April 2017 Monthly Wrap Up – What I Read in April

After my blogslump last month, I’m very behind on my monthly wrap ups. I was debating on if I should write and publish monthly wrap ups from April and May since it is old now. I decided on writing them, not just for you guys, but for myself too. Even though I was in a blogslump I didn’t take a pause from reading. I have read a lot the last months.

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#famous by Jilly Gagnon

This is a YA contemporary romance, where the story is highly similar and must have been inspired by Alex from Target (yes the meme, or whatever it is). I didn’t like this book that much. The characters wasn’t anything special or memorable, and I didn’t care for the story or romance. The whole book was just meh. 2/5 stars.

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Grave Peril by Jim Butcher

Book 3 in The Dresden Files

I have heard so many people rave about this series. This is the 3rd book in the series and I’m still waiting and wondering when the story is going to as awesome as everybody says. I didn’t love this book, and it is a shame because I really like the idea behind it. I love the world and the main character. A wizard detective who is fighting supernatural crimes, how awesome isn’t that? There is so much potential. Someone told me that the series will be better after book 4, so I’ll give it one more chance.  3/5 stars

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The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Book 1 in the Mistborn 

This is also a series that everybody raves about, and I totally get why! The story was so good and addictive, I couldn’t put the books down. I also loved the world building, the magic system and the characters, everything about it was amazing! I can’t wait to start the next book, because this was a good ride to say it mildly.  4.5/5 stars

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Yet again a book that I have heard great things about. I’m sorry to say that this book and the story didn’t grab me in the same way it did for a lot of other readers. I can see why people loves this book though, because the writing is beautiful and the story is heartbreaking. My favorite part and one thing that I found very interesting about this book was the narrator. It was interesting to read a story told from death’s perspective. 3.5/5 stars

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Blankets by Craig Thompson

Not my absolutely favorite story, but I enjoyed reading it. I liked the drawings. 3.5/5 stars

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō

I picked up this book because a lot of people was recommending and talking about it, and I’m starting to get interested in minimalism and decluttering my house. I think this book was really helpful and gave me a lot of ideas on how to purge and tidy. Some of her views on things was a bit weird, and I don’t think I will be following the book 100% in the future. I don’t think this book is for everyone, but I enjoyed reading it. It is pretty short, so you should give it a try if you are interested.  4/5 stars

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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

DNF at 46%. This story wasn’t for me. I thought it was boring af. The snow child (the child in the story) was pretty interesting but not enough for me to continue and finishing the book.  1/5 stars

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❤ -Rakel

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Review: Red Seas Under Red Skies – The Gentleman Bastards #2 by Scott Lynch | Fantasy |

887877Series: Book 2 in the Gentleman Bastards

Published: June 20th 2007

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 558

Language read: English

Format read: Audiobook

Rating: 4 stars 4stjerner

synopsis

Red Seas Under Red Skies Synopsis: After a brutal battle with the underworld that nearly destroyed him, Locke and his trusted sidekick, Jean, fled the island city of their birth and landed on the exotic shores of Tal Verrar to nurse their wounds. But even at this westernmost edge of civilization, they can’t rest for long — and are soon back to what they do best: stealing from the undeserving rich and pocketing the proceeds for themselves.

This time, however, they have targeted the grandest prize of all: the Sinspire, the most exclusive and heavily guarded gambling house in the world. Its nine floors attract the wealthiest clientele — and to rise to the top, one must impress with good credit, amusing behavior… and excruciatingly impeccable play. For there is one cardinal rule, enforced by Requin, the house’s cold-blooded master: it is death to cheat at any game at the Sinspire.

Brazenly undeterred, Locke and Jean have orchestrated an elaborate plan to lie, trick, and swindle their way up the nine floors… straight to Requin’s teeming vault. Under the cloak of false identities, they meticulously make their climb — until they are closer to the spoils than ever.

But someone in Tal Verrar has uncovered the duo’s secret. Someone from their past who has every intention of making the impudent criminals pay for their sins. Now it will take every ounce of cunning to save their mercenary souls. And even that may not be enough… –Goodreads

My Thoughts

As you might know by now The Lies of Locke Lamora, book 1 in The Gentleman Bastards, is my favorite book of all time. MY REVIEW HERE! I’m always talking about it, and constantly recommend it to people.

Because I loved book 1 so much, I had really high hopes for this one. I was eager to continue reading about these characters that I love so much, and yet again get captivated by the beautiful writing and the incredible world Scott Lynch has made.

Even though this book had a lot of the things I loved about book 1, it didn’t grab me in the same way. To be 100% honest, I’m a little disappointed by this read.

It still had some great parts and the characters and the writing was still really great. It was the story that fell a bit flat for me. Don’t get me wrong, the story wasn’t horrible, it just wasn’t at the same level as the previous book.

The beginning of the story was interesting, it started off great with a premise of pirates and the open sea. I was eager to continue another epic journey with Locke and Jean in a new place and with new characters. The middle of the story didn’t grab me, it was kind of slow and not engaging. At the end of the book it grew on me, and I found the story not to be that bad. The ending really had the feeling of book 1, all the crazy things that happened and Locke and Jean’s brilliant brains when it comes to schemes and plans.

So over to the biggest let down for me. In the previous book we got a lot of flashbacks to the Bastard’s childhood. That storyline was my favorite part, and a big part of why book 1 was so great. In this book we didn’t get to know anything from their past. I just really missed it in this book. I don’t see why the author didn’t include it, especially since it was in the third book.

I also have to mention how funny these books are. The humor and snarky comments are on point. The characters are just so witty and says a lot of funny things.

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Now I want to talk about some details:

Something that I missed in book 1 was more female characters. In this book there is 2 new kickass women, Zamira and Ezri. They both are members of the pirate ship The Orchid. Zamira is the captain of the ship and a mother, and her two small kids are living on board with her. I have never seen or read about a pirate captain with kids before. I just LOVE it. 

I also LOVE Locke and Jean’s relationship/friendship. I love their bond and that they care so much for each other. It is also funny how much they bicker and fight too. One minute they are really mad, fighting and yelling, the other they are willing to die for each other.

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The romance in this book was also really cute. I love that it didn’t take over the plot, but it added a little spice to the story.

One thing I found hilarious and cute, was the part about the cats, haha.

And at last, why Scott Lynch, why are you breaking my heart all the time? How can you do this to me and all the other people who read your books? Lol ok, I know they are just fictional characters, but I get invested in them and their lives.

CONCLUSION

Even though I liked this book, I was a bit disappointed with it. I still really love Locke and Jean, and Scott Lynch’s beautiful writing. The thing I missed the most about this book was the flashbacks to their childhood, because that was one of my favorite parts of book 1. The story was all in all good, but it wasn’t as engaging as the first book. When it comes to the characters I really loved Zamira and Ezri, and of course the main characters, they will forever be my favorites.

I’m definitely going to re-read this book series, because I love them and I want to re-live the story again. I also want to get all the details that I might have missed the first time.

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❤ -Rakel

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Top 5 Wedneday March 22: Favorite Angsty Romances

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:

favorite angsty

romances

-This topic has been much requested! Talk about your favorite ships that have a healthy side of angst. (definition: adj.: describes a situation or literary piece which contains dark, depressing, angry, and/or brooding emotions from the participating characters.)

I don’t typically like and read angsty romances, but I found some that I like. I don’t even know if I’m doing this right haha.

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The Gentleman Bastards – Locke and Sabetha

Locke and Sabetha have one of the most complicated relationship I know. Their relationship was angsty when they were kids/teenagers, and still is over a decade later. They are one of my favorite ships ever.


Carry On – Simon and Baz

I love this book, it was so much fun to read. The romance was angsty because in the beginning of the book Simon and Baz don’t get along very well and they hate each other. It also doesn’t help that they share a room at the magical school they are attending.


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Simon and Blue

The angst Simon is feeling of not knowing who Blue is, because they have only been chatting anonymously online. Blue can literally be almost any guy at his school. This book is angsty, but also really cute.


The Infernal Devices – Tessa, Will & Jem

This love triangle is full of angst and heartache. It is actually one book series where I actually like how the love triangle is written. Do you ship Tessa with Will or Jem? I always liked Jem a bit more, but I like Will too, so I’m not 100% sure.

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Top 5 Wednesday March 15: BOOKS I FELT BETRAYED BY

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:

Books I Felt

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-Beware the Ides of March! What books (or characters) did you feel betrayed by, for whatever reason…big or small.

This Top 5 Wednesday is going to be a bit all over the place. Here are some different random book and book related things that I feel betrayed by.

1.Mr Poe from A Series of Unfortunate Events

If you have read A Series of Unfortunate Events, you know how terrible of a job this character does to protect the Baudelaire Children from County Olaf. It infuriates me and I feel betrayed that he cannot do his job.


2.Jane Austin’s writing

I have tried two times now to read her books, one time in English and one time in Norwegian. The last book I tried to read was Sense and Sensibility, and I DNF’ed it at 30%. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, but I just can’t get through them. I really want to like her books since they are well loved classics, but I just don’t care about the stories or the characters in them.


3.Scott Lynch the author of The Lies of Locke Lamora

I feel betrayed by something that happens at the end of this book. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’m not going to say what. Scott Lynch, you are a terrible person. Sorry, I didn’t mean it, or do I? Hmm ok, maybe a little bit, haha.

I just want to mention that this betrayal doesn’t make this a bad book. This book is still my Favorite, as you probably know by now If you have been following my blog for a while.


4.Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series

I have heard so many great things about this book series, and the premise sounds amazing. I was very disappointed when I read the first book. Even though I love parts of the book (mainly the world-building and the peculiars) and the pictures in the book, I felt betrayed because it wasn’t as great as I thought it would be.


5.Gemina

I loved Illuminae, the first book in the Illuminae Files.  It was one of my favorite reads of last year. When I read Gemina, I felt really disappointed and betrayed that I didn’t like it.

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6.Harry Potter and the Cursed Child PLAY

I feel betrayed by this because I will never be able to go to London and see this play live. I know a lot of people didn’t like this read, but I actually enjoyed it. I WANT TO GO AND SEE IT LIVE!!!

❤ -Rakel

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Mini Review: Final Girls by Riley Sager

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Published: Expected publication: July 11th 2017

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

Pages: 352

Language read: English

Format read: Earc

Rating: 3.5 stars 3-5stjerner

 

synopsis

Final Girls Synopsis: Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet….longer synopsis on Goodreads

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I enjoyed this book for the most parts. I found the first 100 pages a bit slow, but not boring. The story took its time to build up to the latter half of the book. I also had no idea what direction the story would go. Is it a thriller or is the story just about what happened to the three girls, Quincy, Sam and Lisa, and their life after they became the Final Girls? I was very curious about what would happen later in the story, so I kept on reading.

Halfway through the book I started really liking it. It was very intense and nerve wracking, and the book totally sucked me in. I couldn’t put it down, and I was eager to know what would happen at the end.

Even though the start was a bit slow, the book wasn’t bad and I really liked the ending. All in all I liked this book, and I gave it 3.5 stars.

I also want to mention that the whole premise with the Final Girls was very interesting. I have never heard someone use The Final Girls before, I’m not sure if this is something the author has made up or is something that is used in the real world.3-5stjerner

I received this copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Netgalley, Penguin Random House UK, Ebury Publishing & Riley Sager for giving me a copy of this book.

❤ -Rakel

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Life Update #4

Life Update are personal posts I do once in awhile to update you on what’s been going on in my life recently. What I have been doing, my interests and what is currently happening in my life. You can find the other Life Update posts under “Personal” in the archives.

It has been a really long time since my last life update. The last one was published in November, if you don’t count the Christmas post as a life update.

– My health has been really up and down the two last months. Thankfully it is still getting better over all, and everything is going forward. The cold season has been killing me, last week I was really stuffed up and my body was aching. I’m not the only one with that problem, it feels like everybody has been sick lately.

-So over to more fun things. In February I got 2 new pairs of glasses. I’m really happy with them, and I hope they look good on me.

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-Something that I have been thinking about the last months, is that I want to start documenting my life through film. I want to film things in my day to day life as someone who struggles with M.E., and post it as a vlog on Youtube. I started in February with filming some short clips, it isn’t anything special but I have to get used to it. I have to put a February video together asap, Rakel stop procrastinating. And also, I need help, do anyone know about a good free video editing program?

-The game I have been playing lately is Dishonored, and I’m obsessed. Why did it take me so long to pick it up? I should have played it sooner because I’m really liking it. It is right up my alley, and I have a great time playing it.

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Sunday two weeks ago, we celebrated Fastelaven here in Norway. If you want to read about Fastelaven HERE is a link. On Fastelaven the tradition is to eat Boller (buns) with whipped cream, it tasted delicious.

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❤ -Rakel

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Top 5 Wednesday March 8: Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:

favorite sci-fi

and fantasy books

-In collaboration with the BooktubeSFF Awards, talk about your favorite science fiction and fantasy books of all time!

I often find it hard to pick 5 things for T5W, but this T5W was more than hard, it was impossible. How can I narrow down my favorites of all time to only 5 books? Go check out my latest post FAVORITE BOOKS I READ IN 2016 if you want to know some more books that I LOVE!

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Book 1 in The Gentleman Bastards

This was an easy pick, because I absolutely LOVE this book. I love the story, the world-building, the setting, the atmosphere and the characters in this book. Everything about it is just so incredible good. I highly recommend it, especially if you like thieves, the underground world, heists and Morally grey characters.


The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

Book 3 in The Gentleman Bastards

This is the 3rd book in same series as the book above. My favorites in the series are book 1 and 3. Book 2 is also really good but not my absolutely favorite, that is why it isn’t on this list.

If I have to pick one favorite series of all time, it would be The Gentleman bastards. I want to recommend it over and over and over again. Go check it out!

I can’t pick 3 more books, it it literally IMPOSSIBLE to narrow my favorites down. Just go and check out my favorites of 2016 post.

❤ -Rakel

-Which books did you choose for this week’s T5W?

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