I'm sorry Stephenie Meyer, I wanted to like Breaking Dawn but it just wasn't for me. I found it to be a bit boring and lacking action etc. I thought t...moreI'm sorry Stephenie Meyer, I wanted to like Breaking Dawn but it just wasn't for me. I found it to be a bit boring and lacking action etc. I thought the three first books in the saga was really great but somehow this book wasn't anything like the first books.(less)
So the book begins.... : 'It is said, in Imardin, that the wind has a soul, and that it wails through the narrow city streets because it is grieved by...moreSo the book begins.... : 'It is said, in Imardin, that the wind has a soul, and that it wails through the narrow city streets because it is grieved by what it finds there.'
The Magician's Guild is the first book in the Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi Canavan, this is the first book I have ever read by the author.
My thoughts: The Magicians' Guild book is kind of like an introductionus to the trilogy's characters and the magical kingdom they live in, Kyralia; we meet the magicians, the thieves and the dwellers. The narrator switches back and forth between some of the books main characters point of view, I think it is a nice way to let the reader get to know a little at at time about each of the characters. In the book there's an enigma, in the end of this first book it is still undecided how the matter is going to be solved. I'm really eager to find out how they are going about it in the sequel The Novice.
There is some made up slang in this book and I find that slightly annoying, especially since the glossary is the very last thing on the audio book version, at least in the book one can look it up. It disturbes a bit of the experience of the book when one has to stop to look up words. (less)
I had high expectations for this book, perhaps this is the reason for my disappointment. I have never previously read any books by Gaiman or Pratchett...moreI had high expectations for this book, perhaps this is the reason for my disappointment. I have never previously read any books by Gaiman or Pratchett, maybe this wasn't a good place to start to get to know the writing of either of them? This book is claimed by many as the most funny book ever written, sure I laughed but but not as much as I hoped. I have decided to give the book another chance sometime in the future and then review it again if I have a change of heart.(less)
Let me start off with my favorite quote from the book:
'I reached inside the envelope. It was a postcard of a Rembrandt self-portrait. On the back it s...moreLet me start off with my favorite quote from the book:
'I reached inside the envelope. It was a postcard of a Rembrandt self-portrait. On the back it said: Dear Al, Wittgenstein once wrote that when the eye sees something beautiful, the hand wants to draw it. I wish I could draw you. Happy early birthday. Love, your Uncle Julian.' . I could very well keep this review short and simple with J.M. Coetzee's praise for this book 'Charming, tender and wholly original' but I want to add something. This is truly a wonderful book and I loved reading it, although I thought it had a bit of a slow start.
Nicole Krauss has a wonderful way of portraying feelings in this book, love, loss, grieve and loneliness. The main character in this book, Leo, is an old lonely man. For me it is truly horrifying to imagine a future alone without anyone. I cannot help but think about how many elderly people living out there, lonely; in this world where many people even shy away from caring about their next door neighbor.
'Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.' - The History of Love.
This book describes feelings many of the Jewish refugees experienced around the time of World War II. I believe it is very important that we never let ourselves forget what happened in Europe during that time period. The author herself had grandparents that fled to America before the war started (several of Krauss older relatives died in the Holocaust). In the dedication of the book she writes about her grandparents 'who taught me the opposite of disappearing'.(less)
I'm not quite sure if I'm able to place The Shadow of the Wind in just one category; the book can be described as a Gothic, mystery/crime and romance...more I'm not quite sure if I'm able to place The Shadow of the Wind in just one category; the book can be described as a Gothic, mystery/crime and romance novel. Zafón writes in a most beautiful and descriptive way that makes you want to keep on reading. I would like to quote Stephen Kings description of this novel: 'If you thought the gothic novel died with the 19th century, this will change your mind. In Zafón's hands, every scene seems to come from an early Orson Wells movie. One gorgeous read.'
This novel takes place in Spain in the time period 1945-1966, when Francisco Franco was head of state/dictator there. The Barcelona described in this novel is far from the tourist attraction it is today. Zafón gives us an impression of how times were for the people in Spain at that time; economy, politic and the social aspects.
Some authors have trouble finding balance when describing the scenery in which their novel is taking place, some includes so many details that the story becomes tiresome, others again doesn't describe the scenery well enough. The scenery created by Zafón in The Shadow of the Wind; the buildings, streets and the monuments in Barcelona, is perfect.
Zafón slowly, although not to slowly, unveils small pieces of information about the mystery concerning the author, Julian Carax, to the readers and the main character, Daniel. I must admit that I was a bit disappointed about some aspects of the cardinal plot, early on I figured out parts of it myself. I love it when the solution of the mystery is hidden from me until the story is revealing it to me. However that's not entirely Zafóns fault(I'm just that smart...ehm), but a small part of the mystery reminded me of something I read in a book a couple of years back.
I loved the way we got to know the secondary characters in this book, I felt that I got to know the history to each one of them and I think that is quite impressive(quite a few books have secondary characters that's not being introduced properly). My favorite was a character called Fermin Romero de Torres, ex-spy and ex-beggar.
The book has a wonderful blend of mystery, horror, humor and heartbreak. I would definitely recommend it! (less)
First line: Seth knew the moment Aislinn slipped into the house; the slight rise in temperature would've told him even if he hadn't seen the glimmer of...moreFirst line: Seth knew the moment Aislinn slipped into the house; the slight rise in temperature would've told him even if he hadn't seen the glimmer of sunlight in the middle of the night.
This is the best book so far in the Wicked Lovely series. When I finished this book I wished I had number four at hand.
Fragile Eternity evolves much around Seth and what he is willing to sacrifice to be with Aislinn. A royal fairy could make him immortal but non of his friends in the fairy courts wants to help him. They know it's not easy being a fairy and having your mortality taken away from you. Seth is acting like a young boy in love and tries his best to figure out a way that he can have forever with Aislinn. He doesn't want to let Aislinn go for anything in the world, especially not to the summer king, Keenan, who is right by Aislinn's side all the time, waiting for Seth to disappear from her life.
One of the strongest dark fey, Bonanach, is thirsting for war among the fairy courts. Bonanach does what she can to ignite tension between the courts.Does Seth have to let Aislinn go? Will there be a war? I guess you have to read the book to get these questions answered. (less)
Wicked Lovely was an entertaining book and might I add a great debut novel. I'm looking forward to read the next book in this series(so far I believe...moreWicked Lovely was an entertaining book and might I add a great debut novel. I'm looking forward to read the next book in this series(so far I believe five books is planned), Ink Exchange. Even tough at the end of Wicked Lovely I felt that it would do find as a standalone novel. I slightly disagree in the statment that "If you liked the Twilight-saga then you'll love Wicked Lovely", don't get me wrong I enjoyd reading this book but I felt that there were some dry spots which I didn't experience when I read Twilight. I guess the reason for the dry spots is as Alaine - The Queen of Happy Endings commented to me on her own review of this book:
I think it's like the first book in any series and is setting the scene so it needs some patience.
The characters in this book is believable, I love the way Melissa Marr makes the characters develop through out the book(neither too little nor too much). I especially like the way that the main character, Aislinn, grows into a stronger woman in this novel(yes, I know she's only seventeen). I like her as a main character much better than Bella in Twilight.
Wicked Lovely contains some sexual references and underage drinking, for those who'd like a warning. This is a young adult book, I've noticed that the age definition of a young adult is from 12 - 18 years. I believe that this book isn't targeted for the younger ones in the YA defintion, perhaps for 15-16 year olds and upwards(this is a good book for adult as well as teens). (less)
And so the book begins: The problem was. Megan had just taken the second half of the ecstasy when her father called with the news.
The history in this b...moreAnd so the book begins: The problem was. Megan had just taken the second half of the ecstasy when her father called with the news.
The history in this book takes place in a small town in Colorado, USA. Like in any other town in this world many of the towns inhabitants has got their own dark little secrets. One of these dark secrets has lead to a fatal obsession. We meet 19 year old Megan and her father, Frank. Once upon a time they belonged to a family of four, now Megan and Frank are the only ones left of their little family. Megan once had a little brother named Ben, he died very young, and now her mother, Diana, is killed. Diana was running her own abortion clinic, a job that guranteed
It was kind of weird opening up the newspaper the day after I started reading The Abortionist's Daughter see an article about an abortionist being killed in Kansas, USA.
I'm going to be completely honest, I didn't have a clue to what this book was about when I bought it. The cover was the main reason for me picking it up, yes, yes, I know it is shallow of me. I was a bit surprised when started reading and found out that this was a suspense/mystery book.
The abortionist's daughter touches several hot topics, such as abortion, pornography and drugs. For me it was the use of the topic abortion that made this book to something more than just a suspense/mystery novel. The reader gets a little insight in the medical procedure around an abortion, I''m not working in the health care sector but the information seems believable to me.
It is heartbreaking to see how the different characters in this book analyzes their own their choices and who they perhaps somehow could have done something to prevent Diana from being murdered. Elisabeth Hyde makes this feel very real, I believe that this kind of soul searching comes naturally in these kind of situations.
I really enjoyed Melanie as a character, even though I couldn't relate much to her, except for the quarreling with her mum part(I love my mum, but of course we had some feuds when I was in my teens but nothing big). Still I know that there are girls out there who has experienced many of the same things or at least has similar experiences as Melanie; being persuaded to do stupid things while in love and trying out drugs. (less)
Description: For Jenny, Churinga, a remote sheep-station in the Australian Outback, is a parting gift from her husband following his tragic death. Not...moreDescription: For Jenny, Churinga, a remote sheep-station in the Australian Outback, is a parting gift from her husband following his tragic death. Not knowing where to turn for comfort, it seems natural to travel to Churinga. She finds a harsh, unforgiving place, but not without its own quiet beauty. Jenny's new neighbors seem reluctant to talk about the previous owner, Matilda Thomas, but Jenny becomes aware of her predecessor's lingering presence. Then she discovers Matilda's diaries and uncovers a tale more shocking than anything she could possibly have imagined. Is her inheritance going to prove a blessing or a curse? [return][return]My thoughts: I truly loved this book! The way Tamara McKinley writes almost makes me feel and taste the Australian red gravel, she is a master in describing the Australian landscape. This is a lovely and heartbreaking story. I highly recommend it.(less)