Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Boktips til årets Mammutsalg

Tatt i betraktning at årets Mammutsalg begynner den 5. mars, tenkte jeg at det ville være passende at jeg kom med en liste over anbefalte bøker en kan kjøpe. Fordelen med Mammutsalget er at det er et assortert utvalg av bøker, så uavhengig av interesser og smak, er det en mulighet for å finne noe som er av interesse. Siden jeg tross alt er en bokdrage, har jeg forhåndsbestilt 13 bøker, men jeg får se hvor mange av dem som jeg faktisk får tak i siden det ofte varierer litt hvilke og hvor mange bøker hver bokhandel kjøper inn.

Hvis du er på jakt etter noen bokanbefalinger i mylderet av Mammutbøker, kan du sjekke ut disse bøkene (tallet framfor titlene er nummeret i katalogen).

Romaner
10 Gåten av Jessie Burton
28 Charlotte av David Foenkinos
63 Menn som hater ulver av Lars Lenth
78 Den forbudte elven av Chigozie Obioma
226 The Hate U Give av Angie Thomas
227 Ringenes Herre av J. R. R. Tolkien
228 Silmarillion av J. R. R. Tolkien

Dikt
146 Dikt av Yahya Hassan
147 melk og honning av Rupi Kaur
149 Av hele mitt hjerte av Håvard Rem

Krim
157 Det som aldri dør av Øistein Borge
175 Ildjegerne av Mons Kallentoft
183 Skinnet bedrar av Agnes Lovise Matre
196 Dragsug av Yrsa Sigurdardottir
206 Evas siste vitne av Tove Alsterdal
212 Syndenes forlatelse av John Hart

Fagbøker
339 60 damer du skulle ha møtt av Marta Breen
433 Ayla the Fox av Leiv Magnus Grøtte/ Silje Elin Matningsdal

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Release Day Blitz; Clouded by Envy by Candace Robinson



I am so excited that CLOUDED BY ENVY by Candace Robinson is available now and that I get to share the news!

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

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a $10 Amazon GC courtesy of Candace, The Parliament House Press, and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

Title: CLOUDED BY ENVY
Author: Candace Robinson
Pub. Date: February 19, 2019
Publisher: The Parliament House
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 215
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooks

Brenik has always been envious of his twin sister, Bray. Growing up as fairy-like creatures, known as bats, everything came easier to Bray. While Brenik spent his time in her shadows, never feeling he was enough. After escaping their world of Laith, and living on Earth for ten years, Brenik attempts to strike a deal with the Stone of Desire to become human. Though true humanity is not an option, he will accept the curse that will alter him to get as close as he can.

Living in a tree trunk for the past year hasn’t been easy for Bray, more so after her brother disappears again. When a human boy and his brother, Wes, find her, a new friendship is struck. Through Wes, Bray learns there can be more to life than waiting within a tree. But worrying over where Brenik has vanished to always remains in the back of her mind.

When Bray reunites with Brenik, she realizes she must help him break the curse after she discovers the need for blood is beginning to overpower him. The curse not only damages those who get close to Brenik, but it could also destroy whatever is blooming between Bray and Wes.


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                Bray wasn’t sure how long she had drifted off for, but there was a puddle of wetness against her cheek when she woke up—okay, so it was only drool from herself. Lifting a hand up toward her cheek, she swiped the saliva away and rubbed it on to the hammock. Classy, she thought, but there was already some gathered there anyway.
                Remembering the events from earlier, Bray headed straight to the hole and peeked out. She shifted her head from left to right. Nothing. Bray looked up and down—she could see a few bushes had already been planted in the dirt.
                Then she saw it: a circular stone bowl filled with water sitting on top of a long thick stem, attached to a circular bottom. A birdbath! Almost giddily, Bray stepped on the ledge of the hole and leaped off, flapping her wings hurriedly to the nearest pink and yellow peach. Opening her jaw wide, she bit into the thin skin. A juicy one. The fruit filled her mouth with delicious pleasure, and she took one more long bite before diving down to the birdbath.
                The top of her newfound treasure was a perfect circle with tiny mounds around it resembling hills. Bray landed on the ceramic and bent down to take a seat, before placing her bare feet into the warm water that had been perfectly heated from the shining sun.
                Peering down at the clear water, Bray saw no sign of intrusion from other creatures yet. She rotated her head in every direction, as if she would be caught just by thinking about slipping into the water—still no sign of life.
                Flicking her braid over her shoulder, Bray pursed her lips together to hide the smile aching to shine against her face and jumped into the water. The splash echoed. Her bare feet scraped the rough bottom, while her dress inflated and then clung to her body as she shot to the surface. She let out a small giggle to herself. It was sad that the only highlight of the past year was hopping into a shallow pool of water with no one around except for her.
                She leaned back into the liquid, letting herself float and moving her arms slowly up and down, while swimming in figure-eight circles.
                Bray closed her eyes and let the water cover her ears, so it felt like nothing in the world existed, except for the muffled vibrations from the liquid.
                A loud booming sounded from above, and her eyelids thrust open, meeting dark brown eyes, light brown skin, and that black bowl hair. Tiny human. Luca.
                Freeze, Bray thought to herself, not even blinking her eyes. She held them wide open, thinking he wouldn’t notice her, or maybe he would just assume she was a bird. Even though he was staring at her and had spoken something she didn’t hear clearly.
                Nope. That isn’t going to work. He hovered closer, his eyes scrunched halfway closed to examine her more thoroughly. Unable to hold her eyes open any longer, Bray blinked several times.
                “What are you?” he asked, genuine amazement creeping into his words, lips slightly parted.
                “A bat!” Bray yelled, and she jumped up from the warmth of the water, darting straight for the tree hole.
                Breathing heavily, Bray landed inside and collided with the floor. She rolled to her back, running both hands down her face. “Why did I come out without paying attention? I know not to!” Ruth had always told her this.
                A quake trembled through the tree, causing shivers to run up and down her spine. What is the little beast doing? Oh no, what if he is trying to chop down the tree? My home—the peaches! Bray didn’t know why she was thinking about stupid peaches when there was another fruit tree directly next door.
                Despite the thunderous rumbling, Bray grabbed the needle from underneath her hammock and dodged toward the window. If the little beast thought he could take her down, then he had another thing coming. She would prick his eye—actually, she would poke both of his eyes to protect her and Brenik’s home.
                When Bray reached the edge of the window, the sound stopped. She peeped her head out of the hole, right as a face met hers, his black hair falling forward over a hazel eye—an eye she was going to poke. Startled, she jumped back instead of toward him.
                A broad smile crossed the little beast’s face. “Hello.”
                Freezing once again, until she remembered that the staying-still-as-a-statue strategy didn’t work in the birdbath, she meekly said, “Hi.”
                Bray brought the needle up toward his smiling face, just in case.
                “Are you planning on sewing something?” He tilted his head at the needle.
                “Yeah, your eyeball.” She gave him a hard glare.
                “What?” he asked while laughing hysterically.
                He was laughing? Not scared? Bray brought the needle closer. “Yeah, you need to leave and never come back. This is my home.”
                “No. Technically, it’s my brother’s home,” he said, still smiling.
                “What brother? You mean your dad out there who was planting this morning?”
                Luca shook his head, and she didn’t miss the wince before he spoke. “No, that’s my brother, Wes. I don’t have a mom or dad.”
                Crestfallen, Bray lowered the needle. “Oh. Me neither. I only have a brother, but he will be gone for a while.” She paused and glanced at the note Brenik had left behind, her chest tightening. Then she shrugged it off and shifted her gaze back to the boy. “By the way, my name is Brayora, but you can call me Bray.” For some reason, she wasn’t worried anymore about the human.
                “I’m Luca Duran.” He plopped his thin fingers on the edge of the hole.
                “Yeah, I heard your name this morning, little beast. I mean, Luca.” She thought little beast suited him better than Luca.




About Candace:

My name is Candace Robinson. I’m just your average hemiplegic migraine sufferer. My days are spent writing, book reviewing and traveling through books for my blog, Literary Dust. I live just outside of Houston, Texas, where it feels like the hottest place on Earth with the crazy weather. No, seriously, one day it’s 30 degrees and the next it’s 70 degrees! I live with my husband and awesome daughter!

You can also follow me on my review blog Literary Dust





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Top Ten Tuesday; Ten Fantasy Books I LOVED With Fewer Than 2000 Ratings On Goodreads

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 ten books I loved with fewer than 2000 ratings on Goodreads and I decided to narrow it down a bit further with focusing on fantasy novels.

My picks are;
Scales by Amity Green

Murder in Absentia by Assaph Mehr

Wytchfire by Michael Meyerhofer

The Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell

The Laird of Duncairn by Craig Comer

Thread of a Spider by D. L. Gardner

Tompkin's School for the Extraordinarily Talented by Tabi Slick

Romanov by Samaire Provost

The Dark Realm (Feyland #1) by Anthea Sharp

Endangered by Dani Hoots

Monday, 18 February 2019

Book Tour & Giveaway; Ghosts of Thores - Cross by Karen Perkins


The Haunting of Thores-Cross
Ghosts of Thores-Cross Book 1
by Karen Perkins
Genre: Paranormal Suspense

"The ghost of a wronged young woman in the village of Thores-Cross waits 230 years to have her story told in Perkins's suspenseful and atmospheric first Yorkshire Ghost novel" - BookLife by Publishers Weekly


*Silver Medal Winner, European fiction - 2015 IPPY Book Awards
*#1 Bestseller in 6 Amazon Categories, including Ghost Suspense, British Horror and Gothic Romance
*Top 10 Bestseller in 8 more, including Historical Thrillers and Occult Horror
*Over 100 5-STAR reviews on Amazon.com

Likened by independent reviewers on Amazon to the Brontë sisters, Edgar Allen Poe, Barbara Erskine and Nathaniel Hawthorne, Karen Perkins' novels are filled with unflinching honesty and an acute understanding of human nature. She explores not only the depths of humanity, but the depths of human motivation behind the actions and pain people inflict upon each other, as well as the repercussions of these actions not only in the short term, but also the later generations who live with the implications of the past.

Emma Moorcroft is still grieving after a late miscarriage and moves to her dream house at Thruscross Reservoir with her husband, Dave. Both Emma and Dave hope that moving into their new home signifies a fresh start, but life is not that simple. Emma has nightmares about the reservoir and the drowned village that lies beneath the water, and is further disturbed by the sound of church bells - from a church that no longer exists.

Jennet is fifteen and lives in the isolated community of Thores-Cross, where life revolves about the sheep on which they depend. Following the sudden loss of both her parents, she is seduced by the local wool merchant, Richard Ramsgill. She becomes pregnant and is shunned not only by Ramsgill, but by the entire village. Lonely and embittered, Jennet's problems escalate, leading to tragic consequences which continue to have an effect through the centuries.

Emma becomes fixated on Jennet, neglecting herself, her beloved dogs and her husband to the point where her marriage may not survive. As Jennet and Emma's lives become further entwined, Emma's obsession deepens and she realises that the curse Jennet inflicted on the Ramsgill family over two hundred years ago is still claiming lives.

Emma is the only one who can stop Jennet killing again, but will her efforts be enough?










Cursed
Ghosts of Thores-Cross Book 2

Jennet's here. No one is safe.




A skeleton is dug up at the crossing of the ways on Hanging Moor, striking dread into the heart of Old Ma Ramsgill - the elderly matriarch of the village of Thruscross. And with good reason. The eighteenth-century witch, Jennet, has been woken.

A spate of killings by a vicious black dog gives credence to her warnings and the community - in particular her family - realise they are in terrible danger.

Drastic measures are needed to contain her, but with the imminent flooding of the valley to create a new reservoir, do they have the ability to stop her and break her curse?







Jennet
Ghosts of Thores-Cross Book 3

Jennet will have your heart and your fear in equal measure’
Through Jennet we see how cruelty can drive even the most ordinary people to hatred and, in Jennet's case, evil
Yorkshire is in the grip of a heatwave, and Thruscross Reservoir has dried up to reveal the remains of the drowned village of Thores-Cross beneath.
Playing in the mud which coats the valley floor, four-year-old Clare Wainwright finds an old inkpot, and can’t wait to show it to her best friend, Louise. But when Louise’s mother, Emma, sees it, her reaction is shocking, and both families are plunged into their worst nightmares.
Emma knows what the inkpot portends:
Jennet has woken.
Now she wants the children.
This is not a gore-ridden, jump-scare horror story. This is more real than that. Jennet is a story about the horrific things that people do to each other, and the way we react to that maltreatment – which does not always end with death.
Jennet’s story is a horror story because it’s not necessarily fiction. It reflects the way women were treated in the time that Jennet lived. It reflects the psychology of the abuse cycle. And it reflects real life. All of it.
If, as I believe, the spirit does not die when the physical body dies, then how many spirits are looking for vengeance today?
What wrongs will you want to right when you pass through that veil? What will I?
This is the conclusion of Jennet’s story, which began in The Haunting of Thores-Cross. I hope she finds peace. I really do.





Karen Perkins is the author of eight fiction titles: the Yorkshire Ghost Stories and the Valkyrie Series of historical nautical fiction. All of her fiction has appeared at the top of bestseller lists on both sides of the Atlantic, including the top 21 in the UK Kindle Store in 2018.


Her first Yorkshire Ghost Story - THE HAUNTING OF THORES-CROSS - won the Silver Medal for European Fiction in the prestigious 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards in New York, whilst her Valkyrie novel, DEAD RECKONING, was long-listed in the 2011 MSLEXIA novel competition.

Originally a financial advisor, a sailing injury left Karen with a chronic pain condition which she has been battling for over twenty five years (although she did take the European ladies title despite the injury!). Writing has given her a new lease of - and purpose to - life, and she is currently working on a sequel to Parliament of Rooks: Haunting Brontë Country.

When not writing, she helps other authors prepare their books for publishing and has edited over 150 titles, including the 2017 Kindle UK Storyteller Award winner, The Relic Hunters by David Leadbeater, and has also published a series of publishing guides to help aspiring authors realise their dreams.

Karen Perkins is a member of the Society of Authors and the Horror Writers Association.






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Sunday, 17 February 2019

Review; Godchild Volume 8 by Kaori Yuki

As I was a bit keen on finishing the Godchild manga by Kaori Yuki, I ended up reading volume 8 and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
It is time for the truth to be told. At last, all the secrets of the Hargreaves family will emerge from the dark into the harsh light of day, as Kaori Yuki wraps up Cain's epic adventures. Is Cain ready to find out who he truly is? Are you ready?

My Thoughts on the Manga
Even though it's still dark and gloomy, I felt this was one of the worst volumes of Godchild that I've read as the storyline was so confusing, even the ending.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Book Tag Saturday; 3 Bookish Things Tag

I came across the 3 Bookish Things Tag over at Paper Fury and since it looked pretty cool, I decided to play along.

Here's the questions.

3 FAVOURITE AUTHORS
  • James Holland
  • Rupi Kaur
  • Laini Taylor

3 WEIRDEST THINGS USED AS A BOOKMARK
Chocolate wrapper, receipt and another book.

3 SERIES BINGED
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor
  • MaddAddam trilogy by Margaret Atwood
  • Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

3 CHARACTERS YOU LOVE
  • Hermione Granger from Harry Potter
  • Pippi Longstocking from the book with the same name by Astrid Lindgren
  • Ronja the Robber's Daughter from the book with the same name by Astrid Lindgren

3 UNPOPULAR BOOKISH OPINIONS
  • I'm torn in terms of retellings - if an author is going to write one, write a good retelling. "Roseblood" and "The Bear and the Nightingale" is good. "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" is quite a different story as I envision Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy slaying zombies.
  • I sometimes have an apprehension when it comes to hyped books. Are they hyped because they are GOOD or hyped because they are hyped or contain something "new" (looking at you, Fifthy Shades of Grey)?
  • There's better vampire fiction of there than Twilight

3 POPULAR BOOKISH OPINIONS
  • I love bookish candles and wax melts.
  • Secondhand bookstores are awesome. It's almost like a treasure hunt in search of books to "adopt"/give a new home.
  • It's more important that people read, than what they read. Classics, non-fiction, YA, graphic novels and yes, even Twilight/Fifthy Shades of Grey.

3 FAVOURITE BOOK COVERS

  

3 BOOK GOALS FOR THE YEAR
  • Get my act together and actually catch up with all the ARC's/press copies I've recieved and have max. 5 left in the beginning of 2020.
  • Read over 120 books.
  • Get to the 100 books/countries mark for my "World Literature Project".

Friday, 15 February 2019

Book Blogger Hop; Taking a Break From Blogging?

It's Friday again, 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 "Have you ever thought about taking a break from blogging/Booktubing (if you're a Booktuber)? If you have, how long was the break and what did you learn from it?".
It has been times when I considered taking a break from blogging, and even quit, but I decided not to. Even though I love blogging about books, there was times when I was a bit sick and tired of "everything" related to the blog and I felt uninspired to continue. Even though I didn't take a break, I at least learned to not pressure myself too much in terms of the blog and also do the blogging stuff I thought was fun. There's no point in blogging, if the fun is lacking and it feels like a chore.