Sunday, 30 September 2018

Monthly Summary; September 2018

It's the end of the month again and time for a monthly summary. This month I've managed to read quite a few books and it's a bit needed, considering I had a "small" bookhaul this month. Luckily I've even read a few of the books in the bookhaul, which helps a bit. Anyway, beneath the photo, there's a list of books read and this month's book haul.


Books I've Read
Korset by Ingar Johnsrud
Ravnens time by Roar Ræstad
En bokhandlers dagbok by Shaun Bythell
One Blood by Graeme Kent
Sauesankertanker by Torgeir Rebolledo Pedersen
Vindene by Morten Claussen
Stalpi by Stefan Spjut
A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz
Hundetrening - trinn for trinn-instruksjoner by Kyra Sundance
Svartstilla by Susanne Skogstad
Anestesi by Henrik Fram
Forvandlinga by Kathrine Nedrejord
Dead Poets Society by N. H. Kleinbaum
Not a Creature Was Purring by Krista Davis
Death by Eggnog by Alex Erickson
#Bake For Syria Recipe Book by Lily Vanilli
The Street Food Secret by Kenny McGovern
Viltkokeboka by Anders Levén

Book Haul
Alkymistens datter by Katharine McMahon (purchased)
I skyggen av vingården by Tamara McKinley (purchased)
The Sixth Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko (purchased)
The Street Food Secret by Kenny McGovern (purchased)
Sea of Strangers by Lang Leav (purchased)
#Bake For Syria Recipe Book by Lily Vanilli (purchased)
En bokhandlers dagbok by Shaun Bythell (press copy from the publisher)
Vindene by Morten Claussen (press copy from the publisher)
Min datters far by Nenad Velickovic (press copy from the publisher)
Sauesankertanker by Torgeir Rebolledo Pedersen (press copy from the publisher)
Forvandlinga by Kathrine Nedrejord (press copy from the publisher)
Stalpi by Stefan Spjut (press copy from the publisher)
Ingenlund: Morrigans forbannelse by Jessica Townsend (press copy from the publisher)
Effekten av måneskinn på nyfallen snø by Tove Braathen (press copy from the publisher)
Djeveldansen by Tore Aurstad and Carina Westberg (press copy from the publisher)
Viltkokeboka by Anders Levén (press copy from the publisher)

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Omtale; Gåten av Jessie Burton

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For en god stund siden fikk jeg tilsendt et leseeksemplar av romanen Gåten av Jessie Burton fra forlaget. Jeg har til slutt lest boka og nå kommer omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Bestselgerforfatter Jessie Burton tar leseren tilbake til 1960-tallets London hvor et gåtefullt maleri viser seg å ha tråder til et stort drama som utspilte seg på den spanske landsbygda 30 år tidligere. 

England, 1967. Odelle Bastien er en karibisk immigrant som prøver å skape seg en karriere i London. Da hun begynner å jobbe på prestisjetunge Skelton Institute of Art, oppdager hun et maleri som etter sigende skal være et verk av Isaac Robles, en talentfull og visjonær ung kunstner hvis mystiske død har vært en gåte for kunstverdenen i flere tiår. Spenningen rundt maleriet forsterkes av motstridende historier om hvordan det ble oppdaget. Odelle blir trukket inn i et komplisert nett av hemmeligheter og bedrag, og vet ikke hva hun skal tro eller hvem hun kan stole på.


Spania, 1936. Olive Schloss, barn av en anerkjent jødisk kunsthandler, flytter med familien til en fattig landsby på sørkysten av Spania. Hun får et nært forhold til den unge husholdersken Teresa og hennes halvbror Isaac Robles som er en idealistisk og ambisiøs maler som nylig er hjemkommet fra Barcelonas salonger. Fylt av revolusjonær glød, drømmer Isaac om å bli like kjent som sin landsmann Picasso. Olive trenger Teresa og Isaac, men forholdet mellom dem og familien Schloss får ødeleggende konsekvenser som gir gjenlyd i de neste tiårene.


Mine tanker om boka
Det var en interessant og spennende roman, selv om jeg tidvis ble noe frustrert på enkelte av karakterene. Forfatteren klarte i tillegg det å knytte de to historiene fint sammen uten at det virket unaturlig. I tillegg forteller boka at uansett hva du selv eller andre mener, burde en følge drømmene sine.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Book Blogger Hop; Peaking at Statistics

It's Friday and time for a new Book Blogger Hop post, courtesy of  Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "Do you sneak a peak at the number of views your posts have gotten?".
In my case, the answer would be yes. For me, it's a bit due to the fact that I want to check which posts "work", have hit the audience, are popular or not. This does to a certain extent aid me a little bit in writing future posts.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Cover Reveal; Blastaway by Melissa Landers



Today Melissa Landers and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover and an exclusive content for BLASTAWAY, her new Middle Grade Sci-Fi which releases Summer 2019! Check out the awesome cover and the excerpt!

On to the reveal! 



Title: BLASTAWAY
Author: Melissa Landers
Pub. Date: Summer 2019
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: ?
Find it: Goodreads

Pitched as "Home Alone in space," a young science prodigy who runs away in his family spaceship must team up with a plucky mutant to save the Earth from destruction.

Scheduled for publication Summer 2019.


Exclusive Excerpt!

At some point, I must have fallen asleep.

I say that for two reasons. First, my chin was wet with drool, and I hardly ever slobber on myself when I’m awake. And second, I was no longer on Earth.

I sat bolt upright and stared out the window as distant stars whizzed past in a blur. There were no planets in sight, and judging by the swirling purple nebula ahead of me, this wasn’t the way to Nana’s house. I checked the navigation screen and felt my mouth drop open. The flashing beacon that represented my ship was halfway between Earth and Fasti.

(So you see, it is totally possible to steal a spaceship on accident.)

I guess my hand hit the EXECUTE button when I fell asleep. And because it would take just as long for me to turn around and go home as it would to finish my journey, it made sense to keep going, right? Either way, my parents would ground me into the afterlife, so I might as well earn the sentence, right?

Right.

An electric thrill rushed through my veins when I thought about the possibilities that lay ahead of me. Anything could happen on this trip. Literally anything. I could discover a brand-new element. Or meet a secret race of aliens. Or invent a new energy source. Or eat so much chocolate that I puked. Either way, I had complete freedom to make this journey into whatever I wanted, and once I realized that, there was no freaking way I could turn back. It was like the universe had dropped a gift in my lap, a gift I had no intention of returning.    

I wiped the drool off my chin and smiled.

“Hold onto your stars, Fasti. Here I come.”

About Melissa:

Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her kids. She lives just outside Cincinnati in the town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.”


Book Tour & Giveaway; Exile of the Seas by Jeffe Kennedy


Exile of the Seas
Chronicles of Dasnaria #2
by Jeffe Kennedy
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Pub Date: 9/4/18

Around the shifting borders of the Twelve Kingdoms, trade and conflict, danger and adventure put every traveler on guard . . . but some have everything to lose.

ESCAPED
Once she was known as Jenna, Imperial Princess of Dasnaria, schooled in graceful dance and comely submission. Until the man her parents married her off to almost killed her with his brutality.

Now, all she knows is that the ship she’s boarded is bound away from her vicious homeland. The warrior woman aboard says Jenna’s skill in dancing might translate into a more lethal ability. Danu’s fighter priestesses will take her in, disguise her as one of their own—and allow her to keep her silence.

But it’s only a matter of time until Jenna’s monster of a husband hunts her down. Her best chance to stay hidden is to hire out as bodyguard to a caravan traveling to a far-off land, home to beasts and people so unfamiliar they seem like part of a fairy tale. But her supposed prowess in combat is a fraud. And sooner or later, Jenna’s flight will end in battle—or betrayal . . .



Prisoner of the Crown
Chronicles of Dasnaria #1 

She was raised to be beautiful, nothing more. And then the rules changed . . .
In icy Dasnaria, rival realm to the Twelve Kingdoms, a woman’s role is to give pleasure, produce heirs, and question nothing. But a plot to overthrow the emperor depends on the fate of his eldest daughter. And the treachery at its heart will change more than one carefully limited life . . .

The Gilded Cage
Princess Jenna has been raised in supreme luxury—and ignorance. Within the sweet-scented, golden confines of the palace seraglio, she’s never seen the sun, or a man, or even learned her numbers. But she’s been schooled enough in the paths to a woman’s power. When her betrothal is announced, she’s ready to begin the machinations that her mother promises will take Jenna from ornament to queen.
But the man named as Jenna’s husband is no innocent to be cozened or prince to charm. He’s a monster in human form, and the horrors of life under his thumb are clear within moments of her wedding vows. If Jenna is to live, she must somehow break free—and for one born to a soft prison, the way to cold, hard freedom will be a dangerous path indeed…



Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author with a writing career that spans decades. She lives in Santa Fe, with two Maine Coon cats, a border collie, plentiful free-range lizards and a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Jeffe can be found online at JeffeKennedy.com, or every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog.




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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Omtale; Lucifers fall - et Falkener og Wilberg-mysterium av Jan Boris Stene

For en liten stund siden fikk jeg tilsendt et leseeksemplar av krimromanen Lucifers fall - et Falkener og Wilberg-mysterium av Jan Boris Stene. Nå har jeg fått lest den, siden den passet inn under Cloak and Dagger Mystery Challenge og i dag kommer omtalen av romanen, som er den tredje i rekka om Falkener og Wilberg.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Sensommeren 1918 bringer en hensynsløs morder død og fordervelse til Trondheim. Flere av byens ledende borgere tas av dage på grotesk vis. Privatoppdager Falkener og hans følgesvenn doktor Wilberg følger sporene til en av byens eliter, der skjelettene i skapene er mange. Uhyggen brer seg hvem blir neste offer? For å stanse de bestialske drapene, må Falkener og Wilberg først finne ut hvorfor morderen begår ugjerningene. 
"Fascinerende lokalkoloritt, godt plott, nifs handling, bra bok. " Ole Jacob Hoel, Adresseavisa

Mine tanker om boka
Dette er den andre Falkener & Wilberg romanen jeg har lest (omtale av I djevelens klør her), og jeg liker den klassiske whodunnit-stilen i samme gate som Agatha Christie og Arthur Conan Doyle. I tillegg er det flere lag i historien, noe som gjør det enda mer interessant, på grunn av dynamikken det medfører. En ekstra bonus er at det foregår i Trondheim, siden jeg en periode bodde i den byen.

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Top Ten Tuesday; Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

It's Tuesday and time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl and the theme of the week is ten books by my favourite authors that I still haven't read.

My list includes;

The Battle of Britain by James Holland

RAF Centenary Experience by James Holland

Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker

Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker

The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Treasure Island by R. L. Stevenson

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Runemarks by Joanne Harris

The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice

The Wolves of Midwinter by Anne Rice

Monday, 24 September 2018

Omtale; Catfulness kattens oppskrift på et lykkelig liv av Paolo Valentino

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For en liten stund side fikk jeg tilsendt et leseeksemplar av boka Catfulness kattens oppskrift på et lykkelig liv av Paolo Valentino fra forlaget, og nå kommer omtalen av boka.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Katten behersker kunsten å leve bevisst, og har alltid gjort det. I "Catfulness" byr katten på et syv ukers mindfulness-program for mennesker, illustrert med en rekke sjarmerende fotografier fra dens lykksalige hverdag. Denne inspirerende og bedårende lille boken er blitt en internasjonal bestselger. 

"Tiden du tilbringer i selskap med en katt, er aldri bortkastet." Sigmund Freud 

Mennesker elsker å skape problemer for seg selv. Jeg ser det hver eneste dag, og det samme gjør alle mine kattevenner. En av menneskets favorittsysler er å finne på mer å sysle med. De er alltid på jakt etter noe annet, som om livet de har ikke er nok. De sier at de leter etter lykke, men vet de hva lykke er? 


Heldigvis finnes vi katter. Vi behersker kunsten å leve - vi spiser når vi er sultne, drikker når vi er tørste, sover når vi er trøtte. Vi behøver ikke tilfredsstille noen andre enn oss selv, og derfor gjør vi alle rundt oss lykkeligere. Vi har lært oss tålmodighet av å vente i timevis foran et musehull. 


Meditasjon er for oss å stirre på et akvarium. Vi vet hva som er det gode liv. I denne boken tilbyr vi et syv ukers mindfulness-program for mennesker. Ved hjelp av enkle råd vil du lære å slå deg til ro med hverdagslivet, leve i øyeblikket, la deg overraske over undrene som omgir deg og skjønnheten i livet. Lær deg å leve livet slik vi gjør - da vil verden bli et fredeligere og lykkeligere sted. 

"En illustrert veiviser i jakten på lykke, som du kan oppnå på bare syv uker ved å følge rådene til vår læremester katten." Cosmopolitan


Mine tanker om boka
En kan kanskje ta det som står i denne boka med en liten klype salt, men jeg vil tro at det er flere katte-elskere som vil bli sjarmert av den, samtidig som de potensielt vil humre/le litt innimellom når en leser noe en kjenner litt igjen fra de firbeinte vennene.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Review; Slow-Cooker Fall Favorites by Gooseberry Patch

Feel free to laugh as I am fully capable of switching from writing reviews on feminist essays to cookbooks. One can be a feminist and still enjoy cooking - it's not mutually exclusive. Nevertheless, today I'll post my review of Slow-Cooker Fall Favorites by Gooseberry Patch.

Description from Goodreads
Fall not only brings beautiful leaves, warm cider and hayrides in the country...it also brings busy back-to-school nights, get-togethers and the cherished Thanksgiving dinner. What a perfect season to put your slow cooker to work, and what better cookbook to use than Slow-Cooker Fall Favorites? From breakfast to soups, dinners to desserts, Slow-Cooker Fall Favorites has the hearty slow-cooker recipe that you're looking for. Start the day of apple-picking off right with a hearty breakfast like Cranberry Bread Pudding, Breezy Brunch Florentine or Banana-Walnut Oatmeal. Invite family & friends over to watch the big game and munch on Spinach Queso Dip and Honey-Garlic Meatballs. Whip up some Cuban-Style Pork roast with a side of Mushroom & Parsley Stuffing or Veggie Fettuccine Alfredo. Be sure to top it all off with a big slice of White-Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake. Plus, there's an entire chapter dedicated to those warm, nostalgic memories of autumns past...sure to get you in the spirit of the season. So sit back, relax and let your slow cooker do the work while you enjoy the best that fall has to offer.

My Thoughts On The Book
It's a really sweet cookbook subdivided into themes like breakfast and brunches, soups, mains, and desserts. There's also really cute illustrations and the recipes themselves are pretty straight forward and easy to follow with an autumn-feel to them. The book tempts me so much that I really want to try several of the recipes, especially since I have a "thing" for autumn.

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Omtale; Med mine øyne av Sheena Kamal

For noen måneder siden var jeg såpass heldig at jeg fikk tilsendt et leseeksemplar av romanen Med mine øyne av Sheena Kamal fra forlaget. Siden den passet inn i Cloak and Dagger Mystery Challenge, har jeg nå lest den og i dag kommer omtalen av boka.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Hun trodde hun hadde lagt fortiden bak seg. Men hun tok feil.

En natt får Nora Watts en telefonsamtale som bringer fortiden tilbake i livet hennes. Datteren hun adopterte bort for 15 år siden, er forsvunnet. Ettersom Bonnie har rømt hjemmefra flere ganger før, tar ikke politiet forsvinningen på alvor. Nora er nå adoptivforeldrenes siste, desperate håp.

Etter å ha vokst opp i fosterhjem, og med en fortid preget av vold og smerte, vet Nora hva som kan skje med forsvarsløse jenter på gata. Hun har kjempet hardt for å legge det gamle livet bak seg. Motvillig begynner hun likevel å lete etter Bonnie. Med hunden som eneste selskap begir hun seg ut i regnvåte gater, vel vitende om at hun kommer til å åpne sår som aldri har grodd.

Gravingen hennes avdekker konspirasjoner, bedrageri og vold, og leder henne inn i et farlig spill. Til slutt støter hun på det hun frykter aller mest. Alt for å redde et barn hun aldri ville ha, men som har arvet de svarte øynene hennes.

Mine tanker om boka
Med mine øyne er en altoppslukende og fengslende bok som det er vanskelig å legge fra seg. Selv om Nora er langt fra perfekt, heier en allikevel på henne og håper på at alt skal ordne seg.

Friday, 21 September 2018

Cover Reveal; When Stars Come Out by Scarlett St. Clair


When Stars Come Out
Scarlett St. Clair
Publication date: October 31st 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Anora Silby can see the dead and turn spirits into gold coins, two things she would prefer to keep secret as she tries to lead a normal life at her new school. After all, she didn’t change her identity for nothing.
As it turns out, hiding her weirdness is just one of many challenges. By the end of her first day, she’s claimed the soul of a dead girl on campus and lost the coin. Turns out, the coin gives others the ability to steal souls, and when a classmate ends up dead, there’s no mistaking the murder weapon.
Navigating the loss of her Poppa, her mother’s unpredictable behavior, and Roundtable, an anonymous student gossip app threatening to expose her, are hard enough. Now she must find the person who stole her coin before more lives are lost, but that means making herself a target for the Order, an organization that governs the dead on Earth–and they want Anora and her powers for themselves.


Author Bio:
Scarlett St. Clair is a red-hot writer who writes stories for naughty women like her. Whether you're hiding beneath the sheets reading her stories or acting those fantasies out, she has something for you. She writes stories that combine emotional sparks with pleasure and pain, often focusing on the powerplay present in relationships - but that isn't all she likes to write! She dabbles in a little bit of everything sexy, and it can all be found on her author page.
When she isn't teasing the masses with hot smut, Scarlett is a student fantasizing about what it'd be like to have such hot professors. She also enjoys cooking, baking, and watching Netflix, but that usually isn't as dirty! Sign up for Scarlett's mailing list here to receive exclusive writing, information on upcoming stories, and other goodies: http://eepurl.com/bLf8nP

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Book Blogger Hop; One Book at the Time or Several?

It's Friday and time for a new Book Blogger Hop post, courtesy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "Do you like to finish one book before starting the next or do you read several at once?".
Personally, I usually stick to reading one book at the time, just so I don't confuse the various book plots or forget anything, but if I get an ARC or a press copy with a quick reading/blog post deadline, I might switch things up a bit.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Review; Love Spell by Mia Kerick

Thanks to YA Bound Book Tours, I got the chance to read Love Spell by Mia Kerick and today I'll post my review of the book.

Description from Goodreads
Chance César is fabulously gay, but his gender identity—or, as he phrases it, “being stuck in the gray area between girl and boy”—remains confusing. Nonetheless, he struts his stuff on the catwalk in black patent leather pumps and a snug-in-all-the-right (wrong)-places orange tuxedo as the winner of this year’s Miss (ter) Harvest Moon Festival. He rules supreme at the local Beans and Greens Farm’s annual fall celebration, serenaded by the enthusiastic catcalls of his BFF, Emily Benson.

Although he refuses to visually fade into the background of his rural New Hampshire town, Chance is socially invisible—except when being tormented by familiar bullies. But sparks fly when Chance, Pumpkin Pageant Queen, meets Jasper (Jazz) Donahue, winner of the Pumpkin Carving King contest. Chance wants to be noticed and admired and romantically embraced by Jazz, in all of his neon-orange-haired glory.

And so at a sleepover, Chance and Emily conduct intense, late-night research, and find an online article: “Ten Scientifically Proven Ways to Make a Man Fall in Love With You.” Along with a bonus love spell thrown in for good measure, it becomes the basis of their strategy to capture Jazz’s heart.

But will this “no-fail” plan work? Can Chance and Jazz fall under the fickle spell of love?'

My Thoughts On The Book
I had a good laugh at times while reading this novel, especially because of Chance. I also liked that Chance and Jazz was the polar opposites - Chance being a bit OTP flamboyant at times and Jazz being slightly more down to earth, nice and a bit immune to high school theatrics. The really big bonus of this book was that it tackles issues such as gender identity and learning how to be true to oneself as there is no such thing as "one size - fits all".

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Top Ten Tuesday; Books on My Autumn TBR

It's Tuesday again, which means it's time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week was something so simple as top ten books on my autumn TBR pile. At the moment I wanted to focus a bit on reading press copies, as I'm unfortunately a bit backlogged and need to get my act together. Some of the press copies are for books published in the last couple of months, while some of the others are a tad bit older.

My list includes;
Trikset by Emanuel Bergmann

Anestesi by Henrik Fram

Svartstilla by Susanne Skogstad

De tapte barna by Rosanna Ley

Vindene by Morten Claussen

Stalpi by Stefan Spjut

Forvandlinga by Kathrine Nedrejord

Sauesankertanker by Torgeir Rebolledo Pedersen

Ingenlund: Morrigans forbannelse by Jessica Townsend

The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell