Friday, 30 November 2018

Friday Face Off; "...The Children of the Night. What Music They Make."

It's Friday and time for another Friday Face Off, thanks to Lynn's Book Blog and the theme of the week was a cover with a vampire. For that prompt, I chose Vampyrrhic by Simon Clark.





Even though they're all creepy, I prefer the first one.

Book Blogger Hop; Time Travel and First Editions

It's Friday yet again and time for another Book Blogger Hop post, courtesy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "If you could travel back in time to purchase the first printing of a specific novel, what book would that be?".
In honestly doubt that anyone who knows me well enough would be surprised if I said Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Monthly Summary; November 2018

November is almost over and I think it's probably time for the monthly summary. I've managed to read some books this month, even though it wasn't as many as I wanted because of a small renovation of my flat due to a minor water leak (yay, not). Nevertheless, here's the lists of what I've read and my book haul for this month.

Books I've Read
Death of a Christmas Caterer by Lee Hollis
Purring Aroud the Christmas Tree by Liz Mugavero
Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
Hjemmelaget jul - pynt, bakst, godteri, gaver by Miia Seppäla
Sykt enkelt by Mari Hult
Det jeg skulle ha sagt: Håndbok mot seksualisert trakassering by Anja Sletteland and Hannah Helseth
Den lille kafeen i Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez
Frida's Fiestas by Guadalupe Rivera and others

Book Haul
Legendary by Stephanie Garber (free, thanks to the bonus card Norli has with buy 9 English paperbacks, get 1 free)
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (through Blind Date with a Book Club)
A Highland Christmas by M. C. Beaton (purchased)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 20 years anniversary edition in Gryffindor colours, by J. K. Rowling (purchased)
Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto (purchased)
Frida's Fiestas by Guadalupe Rivera and others (purchased)
Hjemmelaget jul - pynt, bakst, godteri, gaver by Miia Seppäla (press copy from the publisher)
Klokkemakerens datter by Kate Morton (press copy from the publisher)
Kjærlighetens magiske regler by Alice Hoffman (press copy from the publisher)
Tre kvinner by Mari Ann Augestad (press copy from the publisher)

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Review; Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Considering that I've heard a lot about Caraval by Stephanie Garber, I ended up borrowing it at the library a while ago and today I'll post the review.

Description from Goodreads
Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.


Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.


Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.


My Thoughts on the Book
I found this book fast paced and really entertaining. Fair enough, I sometimes got a bit fed up at Scarlett, but Caraval was overall an enjoyable read.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Top Ten Tuesday; Platonic Relationships in Books

It's Tuesday, which means it's time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week was platonic relationships in books (friendships, parent/kid, family, etc).

My picks are;

Harry, Hermione and Ron from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (though I should mention Dumbledore as well)

Weetzie Bat and Dirk from the Weetzie Bat series by Francesca Lia Block

Lin and Rufus from The Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell

Charlie and his grandfather from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

The elder artist and her granddaughter in The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny from The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Arabella Holmes and Dr. Watson, plus the father/daughter relationship with her father Sherlock Holmes in Boneseeker by Brynn Chapman

Karou and Zuzana in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor

Ruthie and Alice (daugher/mother) in The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

Kimmy and her grandmother in Grandmother's Dreamcatcher by Becky Ray McCain

Monday, 26 November 2018

Omtale; Viltkokeboka - enkle og fristende oppskrifter av Anders Levén

For et par måneder siden var jeg såpass heldig at jeg fikk tilsendt et leseeksemplar av kokeboka Viltkokeboka - enkle og fristende oppskrifter av Anders Levén fra forlaget, og i dag kommer omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Følelsen av å tilberede vilt som du har felt selv er vanskelig å slå. Selv om du ikke jakter selv, er råvarer fra våre skoger og marker det beste grunnlaget for et godt måltid. Her finner du retter med forskjellige stykningsdeler av viltet, og i de fleste oppskriftene kan du benytte akkurat det viltet som du har tilgang til: elg, hjort, rådyr, hare, villsvin, osv. Klassiske nordiske smakstilsetninger blandes med inspirasjon fra hele verden. Ikke gå glipp av den sørafrikanske bobotien med kvernet kjøtt av elgkalv, shish kebab med flatbiff av elg, karrigryte med elgstek eller chili med kvernet elgbog. Eller hva med godt krydrete hjemmelagde pølser, en saftig burger eller pizza med tynne skiver av elgbiff? Retter som både jaktlaget og familien kommer til å elske! Anders Levén er en av Sveriges mest navngjetne kokker, kjent fra TV, radio og tidsskrifter. I snart tretti år har jakt og vilt vært hans store interesse. Her presenterer han et femtitalls nye oppskrifter for alle som jakter og elsker smaken av vilt.

Mine tanker om boka
For min del var dette en helt grei kokebok. Mange fine fotografier og flere interessante oppskrifter - både enkle og mer avanserte, men jeg tror denne passer bedre for de som er litt mer vant med viltkjøtt enn meg.

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Review; The Street Food Secret: The World’s Most Exciting Fast Food in Your Own Kitchen by Kenny McGovern

I'm not going to deny that I have a weak spot for interesting cook books. When I came across The Street Food Secret: The World’s Most Exciting Fast Food in Your Own Kitchen by Kenny McGovern I couldn't resist and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
Celebrating classic dishes enjoyed every day by generations of people the world over, as well as more modern fusion food creations, this book is packed full of exiting recipes ideal for sharing with friends and family. Following the success of his previous two books, author Kenny McGovern has ventured abroad and developed his repertoire of global fast food, becoming particularly interested in street food - an interest increasingly shared by the UK's foodies whose own travel experiences in places such as Mumbai, Marrakesh and Malaysia have fuelled a rise in authentic ethnic dishes such as Mediterranean kebabs, tacos and wraps, halloumi, satay and jalapenos.

My Thoughts on the Book
Apart from the fact that this book has plenty of recipes to choose from, I really enjoyed that it was so diverse - American, Mexican, Indian, Chinese, Indonesian and several other cuisines are represented in this book. I can't deny that I really want to test quite a few of the recipes in this book, as it is so inspiring looking at the recipes.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Book Tag Saturday; The Birthday Book Tag

I came across The Birthday Book Tag at Heather's Reading Hideaway, and the original can  be found here. As it is my birthday today (I've turned 30, yikes), I decided I wanted to play along.

Here's my answers.
1. Birthday Cake - A book with a plot that seems cliché but you adore it anyway.
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George.

2. Party Guests - Your most anticipated book release for this year.
The year is almost over, but I'm keen on reading Blood Communion by Anne Rice.

3. Birthday Presents - A book that surprised you with how much you love it.
Germinal by Émile Zola.

4. "Happy Birthday" Song - A book that certainly deserved all the hype it got.
Can I mention a trilogy instead? If so, I want to answer Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

5. Happy Music - A book with some very beautiful and truly memorable quotes.
I'll make it easy for myself and answer Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur.

6. Getting Older - A book that you read a long time ago, but you think you would appreciate more if you read it s a more mature reader.
In the Name of Honour by Mukhtar Mai.

7. Sweet Birthday Memories - A book that kept you incredibly happy during a sad or demanding period of your life.
That would probably be the Weetzie Bat series by Francesca Lia Block, as it showed it was room for "odd balls" like me.

Friday, 23 November 2018

Review; Bake for Syria Recipe Book by Lily Vanilli

As part of the Foodies Read Challenge, I ended up reading the Bake for Syria Recipe Book by Lily Vanilli and today I'll post my review of the book.

Description from Goodreads
#BakeForSyria started as an offshoot of the very successful #CookForSyria campaign by Lily Vanilli. This special edition cookbook will raise additional awareness and funds for the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with all profits going to UNICEF’s Syria Relief Fund. This book is an amalgamation of stories and traditions around Syrian food from Syrian nationals and recipes from the restaurants, contributors and chefs headlining the #BakeForSyria campaign.

My Thoughts on the Book
Not only does this book have great photographs and a great variety of recipes, it also raise awareness on the crisis in Syria in addition to raise funds for UNICEF's Syria Relief Fund. It's a great selection of both traditional Syrian recipes and modern recipes inspired by Syrian food, with the added touch of the comments from the contributors. It's truly an inspiring recipe book and if you're not hungry before flicking through the pages, you certainly will be afterwards.

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Omtale; Forvandlinga av Kathrine Nedrejord

For en liten stund tilbake fikk jeg tilsendt et leseeksemplar av romanen Forvandlinga av Kathrine Nedrejord fra forlaget og i dag kommer omtalen av boka.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Hva er det hun ikke orker. Å snakke. Å bruke ord. Å være menneske. Å være voldtatt".

"Forvandlinga" er en roman om å vende tilbake til hverdagen etter en overfallsvoldtekt. K. er en ung norsk forfatter bosatt i Paris. Etter overfallet til-bringer hun noen måneder i Oslo, omgitt av nære venner og familie, før hun returnerer til Paris og forsøker å leve normalt.

K. har ofte valgt annerledes, drevet av åpenhet og eventyrlyst. Hun har reist mye aleine, møtt nye mennesker, lært seg språk. Hun tenker på livet sitt på samme måte som fortellingene hun skriver: Det er hun selv som driver hendelsene fremover og gir mening til det som skjer. Men det brutale overfallet er en hendelse hun ikke selv har valgt, det skriver henne inn i en historie hun ikke ønsker å være en del av, i et språk hun ikke ønsker å bruke.

På en rå og inntrengende måte forteller "Forvandlinga" om en rystende erfaring, samtidig som den trekker opp overraskende forbindelseslinjer til byråkrati, språk og diktning. Det er en formfullendt roman, skrevet med klokskap og varme.

Mine tanker om boka
Forvandlinga er en bok som bør leses av så mange som mulig da den belyser hvordan det er å leve, eller forsøket på å leve, etter en voldtekt. Det er en sterk og tidvis ubehagelig lesning, men av tidligere nevnte grunner er det derfor den bør leses.

I samme slengen, siden boka tross alt omhandler voldtekt, tenkte jeg at det kunne være greit at jeg nevnte at hvis en har blitt utsatt for voldtekt, kan politiet bistå og en kan finne mer informasjon om det her. Dess flere som anmelder, spesielt kjapt etter voldtekten, jo større sjanse er det for at det blir en sak ut av det.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Omtale; Svartstilla av Susanne Skogstad

For en liten stund siden var jeg såpass heldig at jeg fikk tilsendt et leseekemplar av debutromanen Svartstilla av Susanne Skogstad fra det nyoppstartede forlaget Gloria Forlag og i dag kommer omtalen av romanen.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
I Svartstilla har den unge forfattaren valt den gamle kvinnas perspektiv for å skrive om kjærleik, einsemd og om lengsel etter å høyre til. Gjennom den gamle kvinnas sorg får lesaren innblikk i ei uendeleg sterk forteljing om stor kjærleik - og om den stilna som oppstår når eit liv brått tek slutt.

I det store minnearbeidet ho står ovanfor ser den gamle kvinna tilbake på seg sjølv som ung kvinne. Korleis ho elska han som er borte. Gjennom denne erindringa skildrar forfatteren eit liv og ein familie mange kan kjenne seg att i. Skarpt og presist teiknar ho opp eit menneskeliv med all den sårheit og styrke som livet sjølv kan kreve.

Svartstilla er ein liten, men likevel stor roman, om store spørsmål om kva eit menneskeliv er, kva kjærleiken er verdt, og kva den kostar. I den gamle kvinna sin kamp for å halde fast på den store sorga skildras og menneskes søken etter meining i ei stadig meir opplyst verd.

Susanne Skogstad er fødd i 1992 og bur i Oslo, men vaks opp på Eid i Nordfjord. Svartstilla er hennar debutbok. Ho går på manuslinja på Westerdals.

Mine tanker om boka
Personlig hadde jeg skikkelig sansen for denne boka, med tanke på det lyriske språket og hvordan forfatteren får frem sårbarheten i hovedpersonen. Det er en bok som definitivt kan anbefales og en ekstra bonus er at den er på nynorsk.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Top Ten Tuesday; 10 Diverse Books I'm Thankful I've Read

It's Tuesday, which means it's time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week was a Thanksgiving/Thankful freebie, so I decided to write a list of 10 diverse books I'm thankful I've read (no offense to white, straight Christian male authors of course).

My picks are;
African-American Poetry - An Anthology, 1773-1927

Native American Songs and Poems - An Anthology

Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Nagata Kabi

The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Fullblood Arabian by Osama Alomar

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Monday, 19 November 2018

Book Blitz; Berlin Butterfly - Ensnare by Leah Moyes




 Leah Moyes is from Arizona but experienced many parts of the world in thanks to a career in the airlines. Now most of her time, aside from writing, is spent with her family, reading Historical Fiction novels or studying ancient cultures as a student of Archaeology.


She always believed she was born in the wrong time period, but since she doesn’t have access to a time machine she must write and read intriguing stories of the past. 






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Stay or flee? Life or family? An impossible choice.

It's Aug 13, 1961, in Berlin Germany. Nationale Volksarmee soldiers roll barbed wire across the war-torn city to create the first Berlin Wall.
Families are separated, livelihoods destroyed, death comes easily as crippling fear paralyzes the occupants on both sides of the wall. Fifteen-year-old Ella is faced with an agonizing decision. Does she risk crossing the wall and possible death to reach her family? Or does she embrace her new life and blossoming love that could be wrenched from her at any moment? West Germany and possible freedom or East Germany and controlled chaos?

Ensnare, the first book in the “Berlin Butterfly” series, is a story of life, love, survival and the struggle of living through the dark early years of the Berlin Wall. Readers will be captivated with Ella’s strength, determination, and vulnerability as she opens her heart amidst a dangerous and terrifying journey."




Snippet:

“El?” The sound was barely a purr, but there was no doubt where it emerged from.
I glanced at Anton then down to Papa. The commotion must’ve startled him awake. I went to him but delayed my touch, knowing he would sense my uneasiness. I knelt to the side of the couch and leaned my face in until I felt his breath on my cheek.
“Go,” he mumbled.
I looked at him alarmed, although the darkness hid my face. Is he really telling me to leave? I waited for a confirmation that came within seconds.
“You . . . must . . . go,” he gasped with very little strength.
I placed my trembling hand on the side of his face. “Please, Papa. Don’t make me choose.” My eyes stung from the strain. I looked back at Anton, my heart emotionally torn between the people I loved the most.




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

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