Red Days

Started: July 12, 2017
Finished: July 13, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars


If she did nothing it would haunt her for the rest of her life.


I received a copy of this novel from the author in return for an honest review.

Keiko is a young journalist at a British newspaper, writing articles that are assigned to her and not always exactly what she finds herself interested in. Then, one day, she is asked to go to Japan and do an article based on the events portrayed in the movie The Cove.

The Taiji Dolphin Slaughter.

This is the beginning of Keiko’s new life. She becomes involved with the activists trying to stop the slaughter from happening and uses her powers as a journalist to spread the word to the world. And although Keiko’s life and what she decided to do to help is fictional, the events that this book chronicles are not. They are real.

This book serves to further spread the word of the Taiji Dolphin Slaughter – to give people an idea of what happens to dolphins trapped in the cove outside this little Japanese village. It’s honest and doesn’t try to cover up anything. It will make you think, make you look into these things even more – which is a good thing. And thus I highly recommend that people read this novel.

The Book Thief

Started: March 22, 2017
Finished: April 4, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars


“I am haunted by humans.”


That gif is an accurate representation of how I felt when I finished this. It didn’t matter how prepared I felt I was for that ending – it still broke my heart.

The story is a very slow build. In a way, it is an accurate representation of life. It isn’t always fast. But as war closes in around the main characters and their town things start to change. There’s suspicion and distancing, love and grief, and they’re all viewed and told to the reader from Death’s POV – who learned of all of this through different events but also through a book written by Liesl, the Book Thief.

Death is a very interesting POV character but it works so, so well, because he is not human – he is something else – and is able to distance himself from the actions of humans. I wonder how he would narrate other events in human history – and what’s going on in our current time. I think he’d be able to make better and more accurate observations than most humans.

If you – like me – still haven’t picked this book up, I suggest you do. It is such a unique book and it feels like, in the times we currently live in, it is a book we all need to read.

The Mechanical Bird: A Tale of Two Ladies

Started: April 2, 2017
Finished: April 3, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 2/5 stars


“Do you think, they’d ever let a woman study here?”


I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book felt like a third of a book. Like it was only the beginning of something – but not in the way a first installment of a series feels. It was just like someone had written a whole story, then chopped off two thirds of it. And that’s the reason why I felt this did not work for me. Even if it is a novella I still expect it to have a proper beginning, middle and end – and this one only had one of those three things.

The characters were interesting, the world was interesting, the writing was good – but the story felt chopped off. And then I can’t give it a higher rating.

Shadows of the Forest

Started: March 8, 2017
Finished: March 14, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 1/5 stars


“My brother once said that each person has their own world after they die, a world after they die, a world where they can be everything they didn’t have the chance to be in life. I think maybe this is mine.”


I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Actual rating: 1.5/5 stars

This is one of those books that would have needed more pages to make me enjoy it as much as I thought it would. At the moment everything felt a bit flat and boring, the adventure itself was over in a flash and there was no really interesting piece of character development. I liked the romance, even though it felt a bit like insta-love, but it was interesting. Enough to make me give this an extra half star (Goodreads, I’m waiting for that to actually be a possibility).

Hunter

Started: February 15, 2017
Finished: March 7, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 3/5 stars


“You need to stay out of the mark’s head. They will think of anything when they’re in trouble.”


I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a medium book. Fast-paced, action-heavy, but quite lacking in terms of making you connect with the characters properly. The story is interesting enough that you can look past that, but I have to admit that when there were characters dying I merely shrugged. Like it didn’t matter. I would have liked to feel more than that, honestly.

But as I said; the basics of the story are interesting and I would like to read more set in this kind of world where telepaths walk among us and act as assassins. That is a very interesting idea. But the story needs further development in order to engage the reader fully.

Brass Automaton

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Started: February 13, 2017
Finished: February 14, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 2/5 stars


“Let me know when Snow returns to the castle.”


I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Actual rating: 1.5 stars

This was, in short, confusing as heck.

I think that the original idea of this is intriguing; Snow White mixed with steampunk and some time travelling magic, but the execution of it was not quite there. Most of the time I had no idea what was going on and where in time this piece of the story was taking place. Still giving it two stars, though, because I think if this was looked into a bit more and developed a bit further, the story could actually become quite an interesting one.

The Christmasaurus

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Started: January 22, 2017
Finished: February 4, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars


‘I’m pretty sure the elves can’t make real dinosaurs.’


You should have seen my face when Tom Fletcher announced this book on his YouTube channel last year. I’ve been a fan of Tom’s since McFly begun (I blame my sister, who introduced me to the band) but I haven’t read any of his previous books – mainly because they are aimed towards younger kids and by the time they started appearing on the shelves all of my younger cousins were too old for bedtime stories (according to them). This book is different. It works for both adults and children, as a book you read by yourself or aloud to others. And it is amazing!

Not only does this book have fabulous writing, but it also has some amazing characters and deals with a lot of personal things. The main character, William Trundle, is wheelchair bound after an accident that killed his mother. This has never really bothered him until, one day, when there’s a new student in school – Brenda – who decides to make William’s life miserable. And gets the whole school to side with her instead of remaining friends with William. For the first time in his life William realizes that he is different – and he hates it. Despite not really believing in his father’s stories about Santa and the North Pole anymore (did I mention William’s father loves Christmas?) William writes a letter to Santa asking for the one thing that might make him happier: a dinosaur.

And it turns out that that is exactly what Santa has.

In short: prepare for the most Christmas-y adventure of your life!