A three month book report

First of all I want to apologize for not posting for so, so long on this blog. The last month has just been… hectic is almost too small of a word to describe it, but yeah. I started working at a new school mid-August and even though I’m really enjoying it it always takes a while to get into the rhythm and routines of a new workplace. There have been some conflicts that needed to be solved in my class, some conflicts in other classes that I needed to deal with, injured children rushed to the ER (luckily it wasn’t as serious as it first looked) and, yeah, a lot of things.

I also haven’t posted a book report since June. The one I was supposed to post for July never went up because first I was up hiking in the Swedish mountains and right after that I started at the new school and everything about it just got pushed to the back of my mind. The one for August was, similarly, ignored because of the ton of things I had to deal with at work.

The tempo of both August and September have forced me to not read as much as I would have liked, but I haven’t gotten behind on my reading plan because I read so much in July thanks to the triple readathon I did back then. So I’m still on route to completing my goal and if I get my reading back on track now that I feel a bit more comfortable with work and stuff I might actually be able to read more than I thought I would this year.

Because of the length of this book report I won’t add any comments to the Book/Worst/Surprise/Disappointment of the Month.

As always, the format of this is inspired by C.R.M Nilsson – link in the sidebar!

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Started: August 20, 2016
Finished: August 20, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars

NOTE! This review contains spoilers!

Yes, this script gave me the emotions because of what it is – a new Harry Potter story. I have to be honest with you guys, though; I did go into this with the same mindset that I go into a FanFiction, meaning that I did expect there to be some major differences to various characters and such. And I think that might be a good mindset to have when reading this story because there are a lot of times when the characters act a bit OOC.

However, this does not mean that the story is bad. It’s different – not bad. There are elements of it that made me wrinkle my nose, but most of it is good. And we have Scorpius Malfoy. SCORPIUS MALFOY!! God, I love Scorpius after reading this script. Character of the year award to you, young sir!

So yeah; Scorpius is amazing. Albus is mostly cool. Ron is hilarious. Was really happy to see Severus. Those characters made me smile when I read about them.

I am not, however, buying the thought of Voldemort and Bellatrix having a child. That was just… no. Not shipping that in any way. Also the excessive time turner usage became really confusing after a while – and I have to agree with some people who noted that parts of this do not put Cedric Diggory in a good light, which is horrible because Cedric is an amazing character who deserves to be remembered correctly.

In short; it was an enjoyable read and I might re-read it, but don’t go into this expecting a full on sequel for the 7 Harry Potter books.

Sula’s Voyage

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Started: August 4, 2016
Finished: August 13, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars

I received a copy of this book from author Catherine Torres in exchange for an honest review

Okay, so, this book was a really interesting read. The writing style has a really nice flow to it and you easily get lost in the story. It kind of reminded me a bit of Mister Pip – and interestingly the covers sort of work together for these two books.

Anyhow; this story follow’s Sula, who was born out at sea – and, strangely, her skin is very dark while both of her parents are white. She is expelled from school after people start to believe her to be a witch and instead spends her time at her father’s university lectures. Things seem to be perfect for a while, but then her father is offered a research position in the Caribbean and Sula has a fight with her boyfriend James. And when her father leaves, Sula’s mother decides that they should go visit her best friend, who’s dying in cancer. While there, Sula starts to explore the possibility of her actually having magical powers.

I found it really interesting to read a novel based in a different mythology than European – or Chinese, for that matter, since I’ve read quite a bit of that as well. And Sula was a really, really good main character. The storyline progressed really nicely, there was a lot of character development and all in all it was a really, really good read. The only thing that let me down a bit was that the relationship between James and Sula was not that detailed and that there was also a hint of a love triangle, which I was not in the mood to read.

Overall, however, this was a really good read and I highly recommend it.

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1)

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Started: July 15, 2016
Finished: August 2, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars

Actual rating: 3.5/5

This started out pretty slow and was a bit predictable, hence why my rating’s not higher than 3.5. It got more interesting about a quarter into the book and I did enjoy the end of it, even though I’d already figured out most of what then happened. I like the world and how the countries are basically grouped into two divisions. I also enjoyed most of the characters – had a couple that annoyed me a bit, one of them being Mather.

But yeah; beginning was a bit slow and the storyline was a bit predictable. I can see that I’ll probably enjoy reading the next book 🙂

Book Report: August 2015

Alright, I’m a couple of days late, but that’s due to that this week has been about one very crucial thing; moving into my new apartment!

Because of this move and because of that I started my new work in mid-August, I haven’t been able to read as much as I thought I would (even with the BookTubeAThon happening), and also all of my hardcovers and paperbacks are now stashed in boxes until I get new shelves, so I’ve had to rethink my reading list – and adding audio books to it. Which has been an interesting thing.

As usual; format is inspired by C.R.M Nilsson. Link in description!

BOOK REPORT FOR AUGUST 2015

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The Sin Eater’s Daughter (The Sin Eater’s Daughter #1)

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Started: August 26, 2015
Finished: August 28, 2015

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars

AAAAHHHH, THIS WAS BRILLIANT!

Seriously, I couldn’t put this down. The idea with starting to listen to audio books was that I could listen to them while going to and from work, but this one I had to listen to at every other possible time as well. Loved the characters, loved the plot, loved the fact that even though there’s a kind-of-love-triangle it’s not like other love triangles where it’s one person loving two others who try to get his/her attention, but the person “in the middle” knows who she (in this case) loves but does not want to hurt the one she doesn’t love. Which I liked much better 😉

Does anyone know if there will actually be a continuation to this? Because I need one, like, right now!

Defy (Defy #1)

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Started: August 20, 2015
Finished: August 25, 2015

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars

First time listening to an audio book, which was interesting. This particular audio-book had some stuff that annoyed me – the storyline was interesting and so were the characters, albeit the guys felt a bit too shallow from time to time, and the writer did a good job not shying away from the gruesome sides of war. It’s very much like A Song of Ice and Fire in that way. And the environments were interesting, too, as the main characters are from a country with rain forests and tropical temperatures, instead of a more “European” styled country. It’s fresh and new and different and also makes it possible for a diverse number of looks for the characters.

So all in all the book was highly entertaining, but the audio book format did not work for me in the case of this story. First of all because of that I got confused with the locations of the different countries and would not have minded a map to look at and study. That’s probably going to be a downside for all fantasy/sci-fi audio books that I listen to. Also, in my opinion, the one reading the story did not do a really good job. She did specific voices for all of the characters and, since the main character is a girl pretending to be a boy, she made a point of lowering her tone when M.C was speaking. But then she did the opposite for the Prince – in fact he ended up sounding very much like an old-fashioned Disney princess in need of rescuing. Which was very, very, very annoying.

So, in short, the story was interesting, but I would not recommend it as an audio book.