Sunday, 18 November 2018

Omtale; Anestesi av Henrik Fram

For lenge siden fikk jeg tilsendt et leseeksemplar av romanen Anestesi av Henrik Fram. Til slutt har jeg somlet meg til å lese den og i dag kommer omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Anestesi er en actionthriller om menneskeskjebner, og om mørket som omgir oss når vi rammes av det verste som kan skje. Anestesilegen Thoma Bernts møter nettopp det mørkeste av det mørke og en skjebne som han ikke kan kontrollere. Eller kan han?

Mine tanker om boka
Selv om boka er underholdende og jeg leste den på to dager, følte jeg at boka hadde et par feil og mangler. En ting er at det var veldig mange elementer på gang, jeg slet med troverdigheten til tider, samt at det var noen løse tråder på slutten. Boka er om ikke annet actionfylt og underholdende, så hvis en ser bort fra noen av de negative elementene jeg nevnte, er den allikevel brukbar.

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Review; Faceless by Amma Darko

Considering I have my own world literature project in addition to participating in Literary Voyage Around the World Reading Challenge, I ended up reading Faceless by Amma Darko, who happens to come from Ghana.

Description from Goodreads
Street life in the slums of Accra is realistically portrayed in this socially-commited, subtle novel about four educated women who are inspired by the plight of a 14-year old girl, Fofo. As the main characters convert their library center into a practical street initiative, the novel invokes the squalor, health risks, and vicious cycles of poverty and violence that drive children to the streets and women to prostitution; and, from which, ultimately, no one in the society is free.

My Thoughts on the Novel
Faceless is a thought provoking novel about gender, class and poverty in Ghana and acts as a social commentary on the status of women and children. Faceless is not a fluffy comfort read, but a book that should be read considering the issues it tackles.

Friday, 16 November 2018

Release Week Blitz; Bound by Secret by Elena Lawson



I am so excited that BOUND BY SECRET by Elena Lawson is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Elena Lawson, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a finished copy of book 1 in the series and $10 GC courtesy of Elena and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.



About The Book:

Title: BOUND BY SECRET (The Queen's Consorts #2)
Author: Elena Lawson
Pub. Date: November 16, 2018
Publisher: Elena Lawson
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 221
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

I'll be the first to admit it...my rise to power hasn't gone entirely as planned.

I'm still getting over Thana's betrayal and the news of the Mad King when a long-lost war hero reappears at court. He's beguiled the nobles, but I'm not so easily swayed or quick to trust.

At least amidst all the chaos has been one constant; my males. They've been there at every turn, and I'm falling deeper in love with them every day.

But the secrets are starting to pile up and weigh on all of us. Our forbidden romance and the matter of my multiple graces being the least of them...so why do I feel like the secrets others are hiding could be even more destructive than my own?

My males would give their lives to protect me, but I don't think they realize how much I'd sacrifice to ensure that never happens.



BOUND BY SECRET is the second installment in The Queen's Consorts series, a medium-burn reverse harem fantasy romance!

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About Book 1:


Title: CLAIMED BY NIGHT (The Queen's Consorts #1)
Author: Elena Lawson
Pub. Date: July 26, 2018
Publisher: Elena Lawson
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 714
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

Trapped on an island, Liana’s life has been a boring montage of skipping stones and listening to lectures, waiting for her mother to die.

Now the wait is over. The Queen of the Night Court has been assassinated, and the ship has arrived to ferry Liana back to her birthplace and claim her throne.

But not everyone at Court wants Liana to rule.

To make matters worse, she worries her ancestors haven’t graced her with magic, and an ungraced Queen could never keep her crown. Overwhelmed and filled with self-doubt, Liana finds solace and protection in the arms of four Fae warriors.

Charming, devoted, and maddeningly eager to please—it’s clear the males crave more than just royal favor. They want her… and they’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe.

Can Liana’s warriors help her claim her rightful place as Queen, or will she fall to the denizens of Night?


*CLAIMED BY NIGHT is the first book in a new reverse harem fantasy series featuring four irresistible Fae warriors and a Queen on the verge of becoming legend. Intended for Mature YA and up.

Excerpt:

If only he’d take off that ridiculous armored vest, I’d have a full view of his perfectly sculpted chest. But then, I don’t think we’d be playing chess anymore—at least, not the kind you played on a checkered board.

I swallowed back the hint of warmth spreading through me at the thought of Kade bared before me, swallowing air in a way I hoped he wouldn’t notice. I watched him consider the chess pieces before him, and I knew from where he looked what he would do, but it would be his end, he just didn’t know it yet.

Kade clenched his jaw, reaching out to move his bishop into the perfect place for me to check his king.

“I wouldn’t,” I warned, and he groaned in frustration, placing the bishop back to where it had been.

His shoulders relaxed as he realized once again that no matter where he moved, I would end the game within two turns. “You are maddening, you know that?”

I barked a laugh, “And you’re just mad you got beat by a female—sorry, that you keep getting beat by a female.”

Kade’s lips shifted into a coy smile. “One of these days, I will win. You’ll see.”

I put the pieces back into formation, “I doubt it.”

He chuckled low, standing from the armchair to stretch out his stiff muscles, “Oh, do you?”

“I do.”

“How about a deal then, since you’re so cocky?”

I considered what he could be after but could only think of one thing. Heat pooled between my thighs.

“If I win,” he said, his voice taking on a husky tone that vibrated through the air, settling over my skin like a warm blanket after coming in from the cold, “If I win, I get you.”

My lips were suddenly dry. I licked them. Kade growled in response to the gesture. When I didn’t answer right away, he added, “You don’t have to agree, if you don’t want to. I enjoy playing with you whether or not there’s a reward.” He winked.

He really had no idea, did he? How badly I wanted him. If I was being honest, how badly I wanted all my men. Alaric, the contemplative. Tiernan, the lionheart. Finn, the scholar. And Kade, the flame. They were all pieces to my broken puzzle of a self. Bits of my soul I lost along the road to finding my crown and accepting my duty.

I needed them to feel whole.

“I accept the challenge,” I said to Kade, rising to meet his wide-eyed gleaming stare, “But you have your work cut out for you, Kade.”

A delicious, slow smirk spread over his lips, crinkling the tan skin around his honey-amber eyes. His gaze roved along my frame, taking in my neck, my breasts, the curves of my waist and hips, setting on a spot somewhere just below my navel.

Swallowing, I offered him my hand, but not as his queen, as his equal. As a man does another man when a bargain has been struck. His smile faltered, replaced with an earnest respect. He put his hand in mine and shook it, once, hard, before he pulled me against his warm, solid chest.

About Elena:

Elena lives in a small town in Canada with her family. She writes reverse harem fantasy romance stories full of feisty heroines, unforgettable heroes and spellbinding romance. When she comes out of her writing cave, she can be found obsessively rearranging her bookshelves, drinking wine somewhere sunny, or cooking overly fancy meals for her family and friends.

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Giveaway Details: All International
1 Winner will receive a signed paperback of book 1 CLAIMED BY NIGHT, and a $10 gift card, International.

Ends on November 30th at Midnight EST!



Book Blogger Hop; Taking Notes While Reading

It's Friday, which means it's time for another Book Blogger Hop post, courtesy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "Do you take notes about the book you are reading as you read?".
In my case, I rarely do. What I do instead is basically using a post-it or similar to mark a page if I find an interesting quote.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Omtale; Menssmerter av Kopano Matlwa

For en stund tilbake var jeg såpass heldig at jeg fikk tilsendt et leseeksemplar av romanen Menssmerter av Kopano Matlwa fra forlaget. Jeg fant fort ut at jeg kunne bruke den i forbindelse med både land i verden prosjektet mitt, samt Literary Voyage Around the World Reading Challenge og i dag kommer omtalen av boka.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
«Du lærer mye midt på natten: at om du gråter mens du tisser og henger med hodet mellom bena, samler tårene seg i øyevippene dine, slik at når du går ut på avdelingen igjen, har du ikke striper nedover ansiktet, men stjerner foran øynene.»

Masechaba har alltid drømt om å bli lege, men når drømmen går i oppfyllelse blir hun konfrontert med den harde virkeligheten i Sør-Afrikas offentlige sykehusverden. Hun flytter ut av sitt dypt religiøse barndomshjem og inn i en leilighet sammen med den politisk bevisste legen Nyasha fra Zimbabwe. Vennskapet åpner Masechabas øyne for den utbredte fremmedfrykten for innvandrere fra andre afrikanske land etter oppløsningen av apartheid.

Skal Masechaba risikere å sette sin egen sikkerhet til side for å kjempe for rettighetene til sin venninne og kollega? Dette skjebnesvangre valget innebærer først at hun må ta et oppgjør med sine egne demoner.

Menssmerter er en følelsesladet og sterk politisk roman om rasisme, kjønn og situasjonen for unge kvinner i dagens Sør-Afrika.

Mine tanker om boka
Selv om romanen er relativt kort, gjør den allikevel inntrykk. Det er en potensiell mulighet for at en kan bli noe forbannet til tider over behandlingen av innvandrere og kvinner, men det er allikevel viktig at en får øynene opp for nettopp slike problemer. I tillegg har forfatteren et bra språk. Det eneste som irriterte meg litt var kanskje litt mye religion for min del, men det er bare flisespikkeri fra min side siden jeg ikke er verdens mest religiøse person.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Book Blitz; Illusions by Madeline J. Reynolds

Review; Mind Platter by Najwa Zebian

I was fortunate enough to recieve a copy of the poetry collection Mind Platter by Najwa Zebian through Netgallery in exchange for my honest review, which I will post today.

Description from Goodreads
From celebrated Lebanese-Canadian poet and speaker, Najwa Zebian, comes this revised and expanded edition of her debut collection.
 
Mind Platter is a compilation of reflections on life as seen through the eyes of an educator, student, and human who experienced her early days in silence. It is written in the words of a woman who came from Lebanon to Canada at the age of sixteen and experienced what it was like to have fate push her to a place where she didn't belong. It is written in the voice of every person who has felt unheard, mistreated, misjudged, or unseen. The book contains over 200 one-page reflections on topics we encounter in our everyday lives: love, friendship, hurt, inspiration, respect, motivation, integrity, honesty, and more. Mind Platter is not about the words it contains, but what the reader makes of them. May this book give a voice to those who need one, be a crying shoulder for those who yearn for someone to listen, and inspire those who need a reminder of the power they have over their lives.


My Thoughts On The Book
Mind Platter is one of those empowering pick-me-up poetry collections that will perhaps kick you a certain place very gently. What annoyed me a bit was that Mind Platter was very repetitive in some cases and I had the feeling that I'd read the same poem earlier on.