Book Report: June 2016

Whatup!

Terrible greeting, I know, but hey; I read a ton of books in June and it’s looking good for July so far as well, so I’m happy! I know I’m late with this, but I didn’t have time to write reviews for all of the June books until today and I didn’t want to post a report until I’d posted all of the reviews and stuff. So that’s the reason for the delay.

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Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3)

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Started: April 27, 2016
Finished: June 11, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars

Actual rating: 4.5

This book is the kind of book that you should really read in one go, because once you put it down you might have trouble picking it back up again. Not because it’s bad, but because the moment you start to read you get trapped in the writing and by the characters and suddenly there’s been an hour or two and you’ve completely missed out on some other things that needed to be done.

This is a pattern that I’ve seen in all of the books in this series; they’re intense, there’s a hell of a lot going on and they pull you in and hold you there until the very end. However I did feel that this book was a bit more difficult for me to love than the previous one, due to that there are so, so, so many POV:s in this book and so many characters to keep track of and if you were forced to put it away for a while – which I was due to work – you forget several of those characters and it takes a while to get back into the story.

The story itself is brilliant and I found myself thinking several times that this would be a very interesting movie. The style is very much “written for a movie” as it is fast paced, with short chapters and the scenes shift right where they need to. Also I was very happy to see my ships pull through in the end – God, I was so worried for all of my babies!

Anyhow; good end to the story but could have been a smoother ride with less characters to keep track of.

Book Report: November 2015

So November’s been a stressful month for me. We’ve been doing National Exams in school – or my students have and I have been grading them. And at the same time we’ve also had some issues with the kids’ parents and teachers who have left because they could not handle being treated like shit anymore. So definitely a month I’m glad to leave behind.

Because of all of this happening I haven’t read as much as I hoped I would have done and I am still behind on my reading schedule thing. More about that in the December TBR Pile!

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Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2)

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Started: November 5, 2015
Finished: November 30, 2015

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars

So this was one hell of an emotional roller coaster. It was so intense! I mean the only reason why I didn’t finish it right away was because of that I was afraid of turning the page and getting another heart attack!

So glad to not read a translated version now because the characters seemed a lot more real when depicted in English than in Swedish and I didn’t have to get annoyed with spelling and grammar mistakes… But yeah, enjoyed the story a lot and loved the setting and the characters and the new POVs (and the old ones). I did get confused with the time at some points because it’s not always told chronologically. But that’s probably the only negative thing about this book.

Especially the characters are incredible. Karou has developed so much since the beginning of the story and is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters ever. Akiva… still a bit annoying with a Prince Charming-complex but also seems to be hot enough for that to be ignored…

Then there’s Zuzanna and Mik (how cute can you get?) and Liraz and Hazael and… who else is on the good side of things?
Oh, and Ziri! ZIRI! Definitely a new fav of mine. I just want to keep him (in my bed, maybe) forever.

But there’s also the bad guys to take into account. The White Wolf – Thiago. Are there any words to describe him? I’m at a loss. Same for several of his followers. Didn’t care so much for the Emperor, but Jael certainly gave me the creeps.

Can’t wait to start the next book, but won’t have the time or the money to get it now in December. So it’s going to have to wait until 2016!

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1)

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Started: June 27, 2015
Finished:
July 2, 2015

Language: Swedish
Rating: 4/5 stars

Yes, I liked this story. A lot. What lowered the rating for me was actually the translation I was reading. I shouldn’t be affected by that, I know, but when you come across (for instance) a place where an O has been replaced by a 0, you do get annoyed and distracted from the story in question. So I’m hoping to find a non-translated version of this, re-read it and, through that, possibly change the rating. Can’t promise that I will but we’ll see.

Anyway; loved the mythological elements in this! And I loved Karou; she’s definitely one of my new favorite characters. A bit disappointing that we got so many answers to so many questions already in this first book – I would have liked to see them happen later on, but the ending was still good.

Event: Grand Book Sale Batch (2015)

Hello, sorry, I was unable to post this yesterday but here it is; the books I bought from this year’s grand book sale!

For those of you who don’t know; the grand book sale happens every year in Sweden in late February and, unlike other book sales, this one happens in every store that sells books. Including grocery stores with a very limited supply of books. Every. Single. Store. And no one is allowed to start the sale until a certain set date – although nowadays you can also pre-order books from online stores (but you won’t get them until the sale’s start date at the earliest). Some stores chose books from their stock that they put on sale and those are usually not the newest ones – or maybe they put the newer books on sale for a couple of days only while the rest are on sale for weeks – while other, smaller stores might organize events like “2 for 3 on everything but only for these three days”. As long as they do not start the sale before the set date they are fine.

As I’m not someone known for spending money on a lot of things I have come to allow myself a treat during this time of the year and buy as many books as I can find. This year the final count ended up being 23 + 2 books that weren’t on sale but I had to buy them anyway. You can find them all below – just click the link! Continue reading “Event: Grand Book Sale Batch (2015)”