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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Från Holmes till Sherlock

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Started: December 31, 2015
Finished: June 30, 2016

note! this book was on hold between February 14, 2016, and June 11, 2016

Language: Swedish
Rating: 4/5 stars

The perfect book for any person interested in Sherlock Holmes and/or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

I first got into Sherlock Holmes through fanfiction. Not written fanfiction about Sherlock Holmes; I was researching fanfiction for a small uni paper and Sherlock Holmes came up. When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle decided to *spoilers* kill his detective, the public went crazy and came up with all sorts of theories and ideas as to how he could have survived the Reichenbach Fall (sound familiar?).

Then I started watching some of the movies and the Moffat&Gatiss tv-show (which is brilliant beyond imagining) and read some of the short stories. And that’s the road I’m continuing on with this one!

Now this book is written in an incredibly interesting and captivating way. It’s not like with most thick biography-like books where you feel like you can sort of skip a few lines and still get the picture – I actually tried to do that with this book on several instances and found that it was impossible. The text just draws you in and keeps you there – and you learn a heck of a lot about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, his family and the phenomenon that they created.

However there are a lot of years to keep track of and as it is so full of details it can be a bit boring from time to time when the story moves to a part of the writer’s life or his family’s life that isn’t all that relevant – at least not if you’re not reading this for research. If you do then this is perfect!

Siren’s Fury (The Storm Siren Trilogy #2)

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Started: June 18, 2016
Finished: June 30, 2016

Language: English
Rated: 4/5 stars

Actual rating: 3.5

Okay, so this story was pretty much like this
1 – Lots of things happening, lots of information, watch out, alert, help!
2 – Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Lalalalala.
3 – Lots of things happening, lots of information, watch out, alert, help!

So yeah; middle part was really slow but the beginning and the end were exciting to read. A bit of a downer compared to the first book. I’d hoped for more action now that they went to Bron and the Draewulf is on the move and all of that, but it was mainly sneaking around and trying to gather information. And not in an exciting way.
Also I kinda almost hoped that Eogan wouldn’t survive Draewulf, because that would have made the motives in the next book even more interesting.

Anyway; the ending made me kinda excited for the next book, but will probably not read it until next year.

Captive Prince (Captive Prince #1)

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Started: June 25, 2016
Finished: June 25, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars

I’ve been dying to read some more LGBT+ relationship books and this one caught my eye early on, but I had trouble finding that “perfect reading time” for it. I knew it was explicit and for some reason I have a hell of a lot of trouble getting into explicit romance novels at any other time but in the summer.

Said and done; I bought this on the way to the Midsummer celebrations last weekend and spent Midsummer’s Day reading this – and fell in love. The world, the writing, the characters – everything’s on point. Yes, there are a lot of explicit scenes. No, it’s not a book that I’d tell my grandparents the content of – which I almost had to do as I brought it with me to dinner at their place. Yes, I immediately ordered the two sequels.

I think what made me uncertain about how to rate this for about a week’s time was the fact that it was so short. I often have trouble rating short novels, probably because of that I feel like a lot of stuff could actually have been developed more. Prolonged. A lot of stuff was solved very quickly, which made for a fast paced novel, but a little more detail on stuff would have been nice.

Still; this book was highly addictive and I’m very, very happy that the sequels are waiting for me at the post office right now 🙂

Ruined (Ruined #1)

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Started: June 18, 2016
Finished: June 23, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars

WHERE ARE ALL OF MY SURPRISED GIFS AT??


(thanks guys)

I had honestly not planned to read this for quite some time, but then I saw some of my friends post positive reviews for it and I was like “hey, I’ve got this saved as an audio book, why not give it a go?”

I was not disappointed. Nope. Not at all!

I love that the story starts in the middle of a bloody ambush. That sets the mood at once. The writer does not shy away from describing the gruesomeness of fighting, which is another plus, and the fact that the story is written from the POVs of two opposing forces gives you unique insight into the fact that even though you want to paint the other one as “evil”, that’s not true. Both sides fight for what they believe is right, both sides grieve when they lose people they care about, both sides are human in the way that they feel. And that’s such an important thing to point out!

The intensity never wavers and, usually, you go from solving one bad situation straight into another one. No breather, no rest for the wicked. I had a pulse that was waaay too high for most of the time while listening to this.

Also, here’s a GIF to describe my feelings during that last, teeny tiny part of the last chapter in this book:

The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns #3)

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Started: June 12, 2016
Finished: June 18, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars

Actual rating: 4.5

So, so pleased with how this book turned out. Finally my babies are safe and sound and can live happily ever after, even though the journey there was very, very long.

I’m quite close to rating this a full 5/5 but I do feel that the pace of this book was quite odd – it was very much super intense things are happening everybody freak out help immediately followed by everything’s perfectly alright we don’t need to do anything. Or, well, perhaps not exactly in those words, but you know what I mean.

Bonus stars, however, for having chapters from Hector’s POV! He reminded me of Chaol so much it hurt!

The Jewel (The Lone City #1)

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Started: June 11, 2016
Finished: June 15, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars

I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did!

This book is almost/kind of a retelling of The Handmaid’s Tale, but with magic. In a city-slash-country surrounded by the sea – and protected by high walls – the royals are unable to carry children themselves. But some women from the poorest zones have a gene that allows them to do it for the royals and thus these women become Surrogates to the royals. The main character Violet Lasting is such a character and quite early on in the story she is sold to one of the Duchesses in the Jewel, the center of the city where all the royals live. Soon she discovers that the child that she is supposed to carry is meant to be a vital pawn in the Duchess’ game to seize power – and Violet has no choice but to play along.

Through Violet’s experiences we get to see how little the poor people mean to the rich, how first impressions can be incredibly deceiving, and that in this world it’s every man for himself. Or is it?

The thing that pulls down my rating of this book somewhat is the fact that it has an element of insta-love but unlike in other cases I was not put off by it. In fact I saw it as a natural thing to happen seeing as Violet and the guy in question are treated like nothing but objects by everyone else but each other – of course they are instantly drawn to one another!

Also, guys, this book has a KILLER CLIFFHANGER! I need the next book ASAP!