Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

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Published: July 27th 2006 by Bantam Spectra

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Thieves

Pages: 500

Language read: English

Format read: Audiobook

Rating: 5+++ stars 5stjerner

Synopsis: In this stunning debut, author Scott Lynch delivers the wonderfully thrilling tale of an audacious criminal and his band of confidence tricksters. Set in a fantastic city pulsing with the lives of decadent nobles and daring thieves, here is a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival that is one part “Robin Hood”, one part Ocean’s Eleven, and entirely enthralling… more on Goodreads.

– I recommend to not read the rest of the synopsis –

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Warning! Warning! This is one of the best books I have ever read!

I wanted to read this book because the synopsis sounded interesting, I really like thieves and the criminal underworld. I got a big association to the thieves guild in The Elder Scrolls games, and that is one of my favorite parts to play through in the games.

In the beginning of this book I was very confused and didn’t understand what was going on. That was until I figured out how the book was structured and that the story is not linear. It alternates between Locke’s childhood, and when he is an adult and The Gentleman Bastards are trying to steal from one of the richest men in Camorr (this might be more clear in the written book than the audiobook). After I figured out this, I loved the story, from the beginning to the end.

I love the story, I love the characters, I love the world, I love the writing and I love Scott Lynch.

The writing style is very descriptive, and that makes for a highly rich world building. The atmosphere in this book is incredible. I love the city of Camorr where the story takes place. In my head the city isn’t very vibrant but it is dark and mysterious. I know the city is based on old Venice, and you really get the feel of that in the book. There are also a lot of details about life and politics in Camorr, especially in the city’s underworld where the majority of the story takes place.

An example on the world building is that the author has made his own religion. It has details about the priests and the different gods, and how people practice this religion (or religions?).

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I also loved the story, it has so many twists and turns. The Gentlemen bastards find themselves in so much trouble. This story is highly entertaining and suspenseful, I couldn’t stop listening.

The Gentleman bastards, the group of characters in this book, are now one of my favorite characters. I love that we got to see a lot of backstory for them. That made them so much more real and detailed, and it gave so much to the character development.

A weird little thing I appreciated is that there is female priests and fighters. It’s typical that there are only men in those positions/characters.

It was a pretty long audiobook, but I didn’t want it to end. I wasn’t even halfway through when I started to dread for it to end. I want to start with the second book asap, but also save it for later, haha (as of publishing this review I have started reading Red Seas Under Red Skies). I really want to know more about Locke and Co and this amazing world Scott Lynch has made.

I fell in love with this world and the characters. If a person is asking me what my favorite book is, I now have an answer. I will definitely re-read this book when I’m finished with the rest of the Gentleman Bastards books.

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❤ -Rakel

Review: Digital Idols by Jon Frater

31829801Published: September 2nd 2016 by Desperate Measures Press

Language read: English

Genre: Science Fiction

Pages: 246

Format: Ebook

Rating: 1/5 stars 1stjerner

Synopsis: In the depths of the Tarterus Corporation, a unique experiment in bioengineering has gone wrong . . . and right. The world’s economy is controlled by building sized “Megabrains” which can only be controlled by cloned “Genetics.” A young pair of twins, specially created by the world-regulating Bioengineering Guild, has just discovered their roles in a plot to micromanage the world’s population . . . and want no part of it. Blade Runner meets Barbarians at the Gate as Norma and Cloris go head-to-head to decide the fate of the world–and settling their family feud is the only way to do it!

In a call-back to “The City of Iron and Light,” which appeared in Chronicle Worlds: Feyland, Digital Idols is the story of Norma Phastlight, the only Genetic to ever walk out of the Tarterus Crop.’s laboratories and try to navigate the cold, hard, world of 22nd century hypercapitalist America. – Goodreads


 

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I was curious about Netgalley so I made a profile. This book looked interesting so I choose it for my first read and review for them. I’m planning on reading more books from Netgalley, maybe one book a month. I don’t know yet.

I’ll start by saying that I didn’t like this book that much. I had problems with the writing style, I was confused a lot when I was reading it. It took me half the book to understand some things and get into the story, and even then I got confused. I felt like a big question mark throughout the whole story.

There was a lot of new futuristic words and things in the book, like Datalink, Neuro-Tail, Megabrain, Genetics, etc. The author didn’t explain well enough for me to understand all of it at first. I kind of figured it out, but it took me a while.

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I also had problems understanding and envision when Norma(the main character) was “Linked Up”, and how it worked. I wish I could tell you more about it but I don’t know how to explain it. It’s like being uploaded to the internet and the mind somehow materializes inside it.

I kind of felt that this book was all over the place and that it was very messy. The story line kept changing and I had no clue where the story was going.

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I must say though that the story had some interesting elements, and I wouldn’t have finished this book if it wasn’t for the story. I liked the futuristic world, I love good worldbuilding so I want to know more about this world and its backstory.

In the beginning it wasn’t hard to follow the side characters, but then we got introduced to so many characters. For me they all blended into each other due to lack of character development. I had problems distinguish them from each other. The only one we got a bit of backstory on was Jack. I think that made her my favorite.

In conclusion, I only finished this book because I was curios about the story. I wanted to see how it was going to end, and hoped it would grow on me. Sadly it didn’t, so I gave this book 1 stars. I didn’t like the writing, poor character development, confusing, and the only redeeming part was the potential of the world and the story. This book was just not for me.

One more thing. I guess it isn’t that important, but I really don’t understand the title of this book. I understand DIGITAL, but what’s up with IDOLS? I don’t get it.

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

Review: Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident by Donnie Eichar

18881732Published: Published October 22nd 2013 by Chronicle Books

Language read: English

Genre: Nonfiction, History, Mystery, Russia

Pages: 288

Format: Ebook

Rating: 4 stars 4stjerner


In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident—unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes—have led to decades of speculation over what really happened. This gripping work of literary nonfiction delves into the mystery through unprecedented access to the hikers’ own journals and photographs, rarely seen government records, dozens of interviews, and the author’s retracing of the hikers’ fateful journey in the Russian winter. A fascinating portrait of the young hikers in the Soviet era, and a skillful interweaving of the hikers narrative, the investigators’ efforts, and the author’s investigations, here for the first time is the real story of what happened that night on Dead Mountain Goodreads


mythoughtsI heard about this book when I was listening to a random podcast a while ago, where they talked about the Dyatlov Pass incident and this book. I found it very interesting and I wanted to read this book myself.

I’ll start by saying that I liked this book. It was very interesting and exciting to read. I’m not used to read true mystery stories, so this was very different and new for me. Now I want to read more nonfiction mysteries.

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This book is written in 3 different timelines.  

1 The author’s journey to write the book, and find out what happened to the students and his trips to Russia.

2 The student’s diary and log of their trip and the days before the incident.

3 The rescue team and the investigation.

My favorite parts was to hear about the investigation and how it was done in 1959. I liked the part where the rescue team was searching for the dead students in deep snow in the rural mountains. How they found the bodies and the different evidences scattered around. I also found it very interesting to hear about the different theories about what had happened that deadly night. Why the students fled the tent and their cause of death.

I must say there was some parts about the book I found a bit boring. Especially the students timeline. It had some unnecessary details and descriptions that I did not care much about. I skimmed through a lot of it, but I think other people might find it more entertaining than me.

This book was not just a fun read, but it was also educational. The book mentions the Russian indigenous people Mansi, which i didn’t know about prior to reading this book. It also mentions the Russian way of living and other things about Russia that I didn’t know.

Without spoiling the ending I want to say it was not expected at all and I definitely learned something new. The author’s theory is very interesting and I found it to be plausible and convincing, but what do I know haha. I liked that he contacted professionals to back up his theory and not just concluded without any experts opinions.

Buying the physical copy might be better than to buy the e-version, because the pictures in the book were very small. Perhaps they are better and bigger in the physical copy.

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Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

23395680Published: October 20th 2015 by Allen & Unwin

Language read: English

Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Pages: 599

Rating: 5 stars

One moment, Kady Grant and Ezra Mason have nothing bigger to worry about than each other. Specifically, avoiding each other in the wake of their messy break-up. In the next second, their entire world falls apart.

The year is 2375 and one of the mega-corporations that control much of deep space has just fired the opening salvo in an intergalactic war, destroying Kady and Ezra’s planet. Forced to flee on a small fleet of crippled rescue ships alongside thousands of other refugees, the fear of enemy warships chasing them down is at first all-consuming but soon becomes the least of their worries. A deadly plague is ravaging the refugees on the ships; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be an enemy; and High Command is refusing to acknowledge that there may be a serious problem. As Kady plunges into a tangled web of data in search of the truth, she realizes that Ezra is possibly the only person who can help her save the refugees before it’s too late.

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Thoughts: 

I want to start with saying WOW this book is awesome. It is such a good book and I loved everything about it.

I really liked the story. It was a very suspenseful, and it had me sitting on the edge of my seat the whole time. There were a lot of action and some really intense moments, you never know what was going to happen next. The book also gets dark and creepy. It is really a book where the characters is fighting for survival from many dangers. I was scared for the characters several times.

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I loved the mixed media in the book and how it was put together. How the book was told through emails, chat logs, military files, interviews and other files. It was a different reading experience. I have not read anything like it before. It took me a while to understand the different files, but when I understood it it was so very good.

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One of my favorite thing in the book was the chat logs between the characters. They made me laugh several times. I also really liked the character AIDAN the AI(artificial intelligence) and his point of view (ok I’m going to call it a he because AIDAN is a masculine name, even though it doesn’t have a gender). It was really interesting to read his thoughts, and what he was thinking about life and the humans.

The love story was good too. It was not instalove or perfect love story like a lot of other YA books have. And thank God there was not a love triangle either. The book started the day after they had broken up. Throughout the book they are slowly finding back together, and it is so cute.

In the last part of the book something happened that made me go OH SHIT NOO! And it was killing my emotions. Then the ending came, and it played with my emotions even more. All of this almost made me cry.

That feeling when you finish a book that you loved. I was feeling empty inside but also full of emotions at the same time. This is now one of my favorite books. 

5 stars for the story. 5 stars for the creativity of the mixed media.

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Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

19547856Published: 7 April 2015 by Balzer + Bray

Language read: English

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT

Pages: 303

Rating: ★★★★★

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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Thoughts:

This book was a fun and easy read. This book is very relatable. It has all the problems and thoughts of a high school student. School, family, friends, fitting in, and first love. And be accepted for who you are.

The characters felt very real. And they did not blend into each other. I loved Simon’s group of friends, and his family. They were very supportive. I also loved Simon. He is so cute.

My favorite part of this book was the emails between the mysterious blue and Simon. The emails, and the anticipation of not knowing who blue is made both me and Simon excited. It took me back to when I was in high school. And I was chatting with my boyfriend before we were together.

This book has it all for a fun read, mystery, romance and teenage drama. This book made me so happy. I could not stop smiling, and I got butterflies in my stomach.

To be honest, this genre is not what I usually choose to read. I bought this book on a whim, because it was on sale on Kindle. And I knew that a lot of people liked this book. After reading this book I am so glad I bought it. I love this book.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Review: The Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice

43763Published: First published in 1976

Genre: Vampires, Paranormal, Horror

Pages: 342

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force—a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write.

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Thoughts:

I wanted to read this book because it is a classic in the vampire genre.

The problem I had with this book is that it is so incredibly boring. I think it is the writing style. The words dragged on and on. A lot of words and nothing really happened in the story. And it got really repetitive. I zoned out a lot while I read, and started thinking about other things.

It is sad because the story is interesting. I especially liked the atmosphere in the book. I almost DNF (did not finish) this book, but I wanted to know what happened with Louis and the other character in the book. I found the characters interesting. So I choose to finish the story because of that.

And I got a bit curious about the next book about Lestrat. I want to hear his story. But I am not sure I will read it.

I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars.

Review: The Moorigad Dragon by Debra Kristi

29221693Published: 23 October 2014

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Dragons

Pages: 120

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆


Kyra is a shapeshifting Moorigad dragon, she is one part fire dragon and one part water dragon. After having run away from home, she is now living in a mysterious magical carnival. This is also where she met her best friend Sebastian, whom she cares deeply for.

After rescuing the mysterious Marcus from drowning. She gets torn between the new young man that she feels a huge indescribable attraction to, and Sebastian. There is also someone or something who wants to hurt Marcus, and a mysterious force bounds her to protect him.

Thoughts:

I wanted to read this book because it sounded like a fun and entertaining read. I liked that the main character can shapeshift to a dragon. And the setting of the book sounded intriguing. I hoped that it was an interesting and fun short read.

I didn’t like the story and I didn’t like the love triangle. I also didn’t like the main character Kyra, she is irritating and she makes some stupid and dumb decisions. The whole book is about should I choose my best friend, or should I choose this dude I have known for only 2 hours. It gets old pretty fast.

I had problems with a few thing in the book. Like in the beginning when she rescuing Marcus from drowning. Why did Sebastian ger angry that she saved him? Should they just let him die. I don’t understand.

There is one place in the book where they are in a deadly danger. And she starts thinking about that men likes to be in charge and feel macho. I have to let him do all the work. Buuhu she didn’t want to take his masculinity. Bitch you are about to die, don’t think about his ego, try to save yourself from death.

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I only continued reading to see where the story went. But the last part of the book is even more NOPE. And I just skim-read it to finish it.

The only thing I liked was the setting. The mysterious carnival with magical creatures. Now I’m intrigued to read more books with the same setting. I also liked that it was free on kindle amazon, good thing that I didn’t use any money on the book.

I gave it 1 star out of 5.

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Review: Red Rising – Pierce Brown

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Norwegian: Rød Revolt

Published: 28 January 2014

Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Dystopia

Pages: 382

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

English:

Red Rising is a dystopian book where society is divided into groups by color. The highest group The Golds have all the power and control of the lower colors. There are strict rules each group must live by, and they have little free choices in life.

16 year old Darrow is a Red. He has lives his entire life underground on Mars. Where he must work in the mines to dig for Helium-3. They have to mine enough each day to make the quota so that the society is happy, otherwise there will be consequences.

His wife Eo has a secret dream of rebelling against the society. And after she was hanged for singing the forbidden song, it was Darrow who got involved with the resistance group Sons of Ares. He gets the task to infiltrate The Golds. The gods of the society. And the Red is now Rising.

Thoughts :

I like dystopian books, it is one of my favorite genres to read. It was interesting how the author has built up the society, and how it works. In the beginning it was difficult to get into the book. Many new words and names, which made it difficult to distinguish people and places. It also took some time before I realize how the hierarchy worked and how the different colors fit in the society.

This book was very exciting to read, and you never knew what was going to happen on the next page. I buddyread the book with a friend. We talked almost every day about it, about what had happened and what we thought was going to happen.

Red Rising is really an action full book with political and tactical games. I really liked this book.

This was me ….

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…. every time this was happening!

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Norsk: Rød Revolt

Red Rising er en dystopisk bok hvor samfunnet er delt opp i grupper etter farger. Den høyeste gruppen The Golds har all makten og kontrollen over de lavere fargene. Det er strenge regler hver gruppe må leve etter, og de har lite frie valg i livet.

16 år gamle Darrow er en Red. Han har levd hele sitt liv under jorden på Mars. Hvor han må jobber i gruver for å grave etter Helium-3. De som bor der er nødt til å mine nok for kvoten hver dag for samfunnet, ellers får det konsekvenser. Det er et hardt og slitsomt liv.

Hans kone Eo har en hemmelig drøm om opprør mot samfunnet. Og etter at hun ble hengt for å synge den forbudte sangen, er det Darrow som blir fanget opp av motstandsbevegelsen Sons of Ares. Og han får oppgaven om å innfiltrere The Golds.

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Jeg liker dystopiske bøker, det er en av mine favoritt sjangere å lese. Det var interessant hvordan forfatteren hadde laget  samfunnet, og hvordan det var bygget opp. I starten var det litt vanskelig å komme inn i boken. Mange nye ord og navn, som gjorde det litt vanskelig å skille personene og stedene. Det tok også litt tid før jeg skjønte hvordan hierarkiet fungerte og de forskjellige fargenes plass i samfunnet.

Denne boka var veldig spennende og du visste aldri hva som kom til å skje på neste side. Jeg leste boka med en venn. Vi snakket nesten hver dag om den, om hva som hadde skjedd og hva vi trodde kom til å skje.

Red Rising er virkelig en action full bok med politisk og taktisk spill. Jeg likte virkelig boken.

Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert

Norwegian: Ekte Magi

Published: 22 september 2015

Genre: Nonfiction, Self help

Pages: 288

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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English:

A book by the same author as Eat, Pray, Love. A beautiful book about the magical world of creativity. And the creative process she calls Big Magic.

The book is about finding creativity, to make creativity a part of your life, and dare to be creative. She also writes about things from her own life, and small stories or events that she has been told from friends and other people. It was these stories that were my favorites.  

I learned to dare to be creative, regardless of the end result. And it is not the end of the world if it is not perfect the first time or second time, or never. Just do it because it gives you happiness to create something. Trust myself and not be afraid.

I think she sometimes repeat herself  in the book. But the stories and her views about things was worth reading, and I learned a lot. And it made me think a lot about how I think about myself and my creativity. The message is something I will bring with me into the future. I recommend reading this book especially if you are a creative person, or wants to be.

“Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden inside you?” (s9)

Norsk:

En bok fra samme forfatter som Eat, Pray, Love. En vakker bok om kreativitetens magiske verden. Og den kreative prosessen som hun kaller Big Magic.

Boken handler om, å finne kreativiteten, å ha et liv med kreativiteten og å tørre å være kreativ. Hun skriver også fra sitt eget liv og små historier eller hendelser som hun har hørt fra venner eller andre personer. Det var disse fortellingene som var mine favoritter.  

Jeg lærte å tørre å være kreativ, uansett sluttresultatet. Og det gjør ingenting om det ikke er perfekt den første eller andre gangen, eller aldri. Bare gjør det fordi det gir deg glede å skape noe. Klare å stole på meg selv og ikke være redd.

Jeg synes hun gjentar seg en del. Men fortellingene og synspunktene hennes var boka verdt å lese, og jeg lærte mye. Den er veldig enkelt å lese og ikke veldig lang. Og budskapet er noe jeg kommet til å tenkte på og ha med meg i fremtiden. Jeg anbefaler å lese denne boka, spesielt om du er kreativ eller vil være det.