Showing posts from April, 2018

Wrap Up Post; Spring Into Horror Readathon

Now, where did April go? Oh well, nevertheless I've been a bit busy with the Spring Into Horror Readathon. As I'm a bit of a sucker for horror, mystery and thrillers, it wasn't like it was a hard readathon for me in that sense.

Here's the list of books I managed to read this month (one of the reviews will come later on, July at the earlierst due to the blog schedule).
The Reading Buddy by Bryce GibsonThe Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha ChristieRainbirds by Clarissa GoenawanThe Uninvited Corpse (Food Blogger Mysteries #1) by Debra SennefelderBare du som passer på av Jarle Sten OlsenMurder, She Knit by Peggy Ehrhart

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon; Closing Survey

Dewey's Readathon is more or less over and I have to admit that I gave up on reading at 11 PM last night as I couldn't think straight anymore. It's not fun reading if I feel like it's a chore instead of fun, so I went to bed. Nevertheless, at least I managed to read some books, though not as many as I had planned.

Now it's perhaps time to write the closing survey.

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? I had to throw in the towel at the 10th hour as I couldn't think straight anymore.

2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!
Poems on the Underground edited by Gerard Benson (poetry anthology)
Love Poems by Pablo Neruda (poetry collection)
Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra (novella)
Finne kyrkjedøra i meg by Per Helge Genberg (novella)

3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners? Probably Love Poems and Poems on the Underground.

4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile? I do like it as it is, even though I never…

Book Tour, Review & Giveaway, Murder, She Knit by Peggy Ehrhart

Murder, She Knit A Knit & Nibble Mystery Book 1 by Peggy Ehrhart Genre: Cozy Mystery
Since her only daughter left for college, widow Pamela Paterson has kept busy as associate editor of a craft magazine and founder of the Knit and Nibble knitting club in quaint Arborville, New Jersey. Now, she’s trying out a new hobby—solving murders!

Pamela is hosting the next Knit and Nibble meeting and can’t wait to liven up her otherwise empty home with colorful yarn, baking, and a little harmless gossip. She even recruits Amy Morgan, an old friend who recently moved to town, as the group’s newest member. But on the night of the gathering, Amy doesn’t show. Not until Pamela finds the woman dead outside—a knitting needle stabbed through the front of her handmade sweater . . . Someone committed murder before taking off with Amy’s knitting bag, and Pamela realizes that only she can spot the deadly details hidden in mysterious skeins. But when another murder occurs, naming the culprit—and living to spi…

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon; Opening meme

It's less than one hour left until Dewey's Readathon officially starts, which means it's time to answer the opening meme. For those who are unfamiliar with it, Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon is basically a reading marathon where you read for 24 hours, even though I might admit that since it starts at 2 PM where I live, I do get some sleep during the night. I don't see the point in trying to push myself if my head is too loopy due to lack of sleep.

Anyway, here's my answers for the opening meme.
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Bryne, Norway

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Probably "The Spy" by Paulo Coelho

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? A chocolate macaron from Chili Chocolate and some orange flavoured marzipan with chocolate coating.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I'm obviously a bookworm and I'm currently working at an independent bookstore in Stavanger (Norway).


Omtale; Vampyr av Steffen Kverneland

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Siden jeg har en viss svakhet for vampyrer, klarte jeg ikke å motstå fristelsen da jeg kom over romanen Vampyr av Steffen Kverneland på tilbud for en stund tilbake. Nå har jeg lest den og her er omtalen.

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Årets mest originale utgivelse.
En gotisk røverroman om den dystre hemmeligheten bak vår største maler, om svik, fortvilelse og syk kjærlighet, sett gjennom øynene til en forfyllet tegneserieskaper.Ulikt alt annet du har lest. Og bedre enn det meste.

Mine tanker om boka
Den er definitivt makaber og morbid til tider (noe som er et pluss for min del), og den var fascinerende, underholdende og bra skrevet. Boka veksler mellom forteller-stemmer, samt har illustrasjoner, hvorpå sistnevnte gjør at boka får et litt annet uttrykk. Hvis en liker vampyrer og kunst, kan boka definitivt anbefales.

Book Blitz; When They Came by Kody Boye


Review; RoseBlood by A. G. Howard

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As I am a fan of all things Phantom of the Opera, I basically could not resist RoseBlood by A. G. Howard and today I'll post the review of this retelling.

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In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera. 

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced…

Book Blitz; The Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Unforeseeable Truth About Ethan Wilder by Cookie O'Gorman


Book Tour; Daughter of the Sun by Zoe Kalo

About the BookTitle: Daughter of the Sun (Cult of the Cat series, Book 1) Author: Zoe Kalo Genre: YA contemporary Egyptian mythological fantasy/paranormal Word count: 93,000 words / 330 pages DOWNLOAD FREE at Mystery, adventure, a hint of romance, and the delicious sweep of magic… 16-year-old Trinity leads a quiet life until fate takes her to the Island of Cats. As Trinity tries to solve the mystery of an ancient papyrus, she’s pulled into a vortex of bloody sacrifices, evil curses, and a prophecy that points to a horrifying destiny. The author is giving away the first book in the series for FREE to readers who sign up for her mailing list on her website at Praise “This was an amazing story!” –Hot Off the Shelves “Wow- this book was a stunning, magnificent adventure!” –The Recipe Fairy “If you are looking for a Young Adult Fantasy book that is different from the norm, then look no further. Daughter of the Sun is full of Egyptian mythology, with layer upon la…

Omtale; Sauebondens liv - fortellinger fra den engelske landsbygda av James Rebanks

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Jeg kom over boka Sauebondens liv - fortellinger fra den engelske landsbygda av James Rebanks på biblioteket og jeg motstod ikke fristelsen. Nå kommer omtalen.

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Noen mennesker har frihet til å velge sin egen retning i livet. Slik har det ikke vært for James Rebanks. Han er odelsgutten på en sauegård i Lake District som i mer enn seks hundre år har vært i familiens eie. 

James Rebanks' første bok ble en stor publikums- og kritikersuksess. Hans skildringer av sauebondens liv er fascinerende lesning, det er engasjerende, rørende og ærlig. Boka hans om et gammelt yrke forteller historien om en dypt rotfestet tilknytning til et særegent landskap og en stille og tilbaketrukket livsstil. 

I en stemningsfull og klar prosa tar Rebanks oss gjennom en sauebondes år. Boka er en unik fortelling om livet på landsbygda, et liv som de fleste av oss har mistet nærheten til. Det er en historie om arbeidslivet og menneskene rundt ham, hans egen barn…

Book Blitz; The Nerdy Necromancer by S.E. Babin

This is my stop during the book blitz for The Nerdy Necromancer by S.E. Babin. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz takes place on 24 April. See the tour schedule here.

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The Nerdy Necromancer (The Deadicated Matchmaker #1)
By S.E. Babin
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Comedy
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 24 April 2018

Helen Reaper has a weird relationship with the dead. As in she can bring anyone or anything back to life, so she’s constantly bombarded by people begging her to restore their loved ones, their pet fish, that cute girl who fell off a building while taking a selfie. Super. Annoying. So Helen becomes a necessary introvert and a homebody, choosing to absorb herself in books instead of real life.

The Deadication Dating Agency comes to her this time in the form of a mysterious letter and a cute littl…

Top Ten Tuesday; Frequently Used Words in Fantasy Titles

It's Tuesday and time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic of the week was frequently used words in X titles and I decided to write about fantasy.
Here are ten frequently used in fantasy titles; Dark Blood Magic Dragon King Moon Fire Tales Night Shadow

Omtale; Bare du som passer på av Jarle Sten Olsen

For en liten stund tilbake, var jeg såpass heldig at jeg fikk tilsendt et leseeksemplar av krimromanen Bare du som passer på av Jarle Sten Olsen fra forfatteren. Nå har jeg fått lest boka og i dag kommer omtalen.

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Tom Moen, video-journalist i NRK, blir presset til å dra til Bø i Telemark for å utføre et oppdrag for SORG, spesialenheten for overvåking av reaksjonære grupper. Oppdraget, som i utgangspunktet virker som en enkel jobb, viser seg å være langt farligere og gjør at han må nøste i en fortid mange ønsker å glemme. Tematisk fokuserer boken på fremveksten av et nytt ytre-høyre, i Norge såvel som i Europa, og trekker paralleller tilbake til andre verdenskrig.

Mine tanker om boka
Bare du som passer på er en lettlest krimroman med et greit tempo - ikke for fort og ikke for tregt. I tillegg belyser den noen av utfordringene med fremveksten av et nytt ytre-høyre.

Review; The Uninvited Corpse (Food Blogger Mysteries #1) by Debra Sennefelder

It's almost a bit sad that Mystery Thriller Week is over for this time, but I still has one review left; the review of The Uninvited Corpse by Debra Sennefelder. I was fortunate enough to recieve a press copy/eARC of the book from the author and today I'll post the review.

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Leaving behind a failed career as a magazine editor and an embarrassing stint on a reality baking show, newly divorced lifestyle entrepreneur Hope Early thought things were finally on the upswing--until she comes face-to-face with a murderer . . .

Hope's schedule is already jam packed with recipe testing and shameless plugs for her food blog as she rushes off to attend a spring garden tour in the charming town of Jefferson, Connecticut. Unfortunately, it isn't the perfectly arranged potted plants that grab her attention--it's the bloody body of reviled real estate agent Peaches McCoy . . .

One of the tour guests committed murder, and all eyes are on Hope's older sister…

Review; Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan

As part of Mystery Thriller Week, you have maybe figured out that I'm reviewing a few books. Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan, which I recieved as a press copy through Netgallery from the author/publisher is one of them. Today I'll post the review of the book which also enables me to cross of Japan in the Literary Voyage Around the World Reading Challenge

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Clarissa Goenawan’s dark, spellbinding literary debut opens with a murder and shines a spotlight onto life in fictional small-town Japan.

Ren Ishida is nearly finished with graduate school when he receives news of his sister Keiko's sudden death. She was viciously stabbed one rainy night on her way home, and there are no leads. Ren heads to Akakawa to conclude his sister's affairs, still failing to understand why she chose to abandon the family and Tokyo for this desolate town years ago.

But Ren soon finds himself picking up where Keiko left off, accepting both her teaching position at a local cr…

Book Blogger Hop; How Do I Organize My Books For Review?

It's Friday again, which means it's time for a new Book Blogger Hop post thanks to the blogger behind Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "How do you organize your books for review? Does it work for you or have you had to change it?".

Book Blogger Hop Personally, I sort the books by urgency/priority. The rough draft looks something like this; 1. Book blog tours 2. Library books 3. Advanced reading copies 4. Reading challenges 5. Various books that doesn't fit any other category
It's a somewhat flexible way of doing it and I can tweak it as I go, depending on said urgency, so I don't need to panic too much, but of course mishaps do happen from time to time.

Release Day Blitz; The Weekend Bucket List by Mia Kerick


Review; The Reading Buddy by Bryce Gibson

It's time for yet another review in terms of Mystery Thriller Week. Today it's The Reading Buddy by Bryce Gibson, in which I was fortunate enough to recieve as an e-ARC/press copy from the author.

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A SET OF keys jangled in my hand. The keys were my lifeline. One of them would be what saved the day. I held onto them as tightly as I could. I was being followed. The man running behind me was my stepdad, Morris Heyward. He was holding an axe. 

AFTER THE DEATHS of his best friend and stepdad, seventeen-year-old Blake Thomas can't escape the memories of that night...the screams...the blood...the axe. Now, Blake suffers from social anxiety and making friends at his new home seems impossible. With his therapist's suggestion, Blake joins a social media site called The Reading Buddy. It is supposed to be a way for him to slowly step back into social relationships, and it doesn't take long for him to become on…

Book Blitz; Everything Under the Sun by Jessica Redmerski


Review; The Baby On The Back Porch by Lucia N. Davis

It's time for a new review in relation to Mystery Thriller Week. Today I'll post the review of The Baby on the Back Porch by Lucia N. Davis and I was fortunate enough to recieve this short story as an e-ARC/press copy from the author.

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An old cabin, hidden in the forests of the Northern Cascades, has been a silent witness to mysterious events long forgotten. But sometimes the past has a way of resurfacing…

In search of solace after a personal tragedy, Sara Eriksson exchanges vibrant San Francisco for a small mountain village. Initially, everything at the cabin is just as she imagined: Her new surroundings are breathtaking, and her landlord, David, is kind and helpful. As soon as she’s left alone, however, Sara finds her new home is not quite as peaceful as she’d thought. First she has an unwanted visitor. Then, an unsettling dream…

Sara pursues the leads presented to her, but she can’t solve the mystery on her own. It takes both Sara and David to uncover…

Book Blitz; Wings of Flesh and Bones by Cathrina Constantine


Top Ten Tuesday; Debut Novels

It's Tuesday again, which means it's time for another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. It was freebie theme this week, so I chose to write a list of top ten debut novels.

My list includes;
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Night School by C. J. Daugherty

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Tompkin's School: For the Extraordinarily Taleted by Tabi Slick

Endangered by Dani Hoots

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Review; The Haunting of Dr. Bowen: A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River (Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter) by C.A. Verstraete

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I was fortunate enough to recieve a press copy/eARC of The Haunting of Dr. Bowen: A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River (Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter) by C.A. Verstraete from the author. Today, as part of Mystery Thriller Week, I'll post the review.

Description from Goodreads
Gruesome deaths haunt the industrial city of Fall River, Massachusetts.

Dr. Seabury Bowen—physician to the infamous Lizzie Borden—swears he’s being stalked by spirits, though his beloved wife thinks it’s merely his imagination. But the retired doctor insists that neither greed nor anger provoked the recent sensational axe murders in Fall River. Rather, he believes the city is poisoned by bad blood and a thirst for revenge dating back to the Indian and Colonial wars.

Now, two years after the Borden murders, Dr. Bowen is determined to uncover the mysteries stirring up the city’s ancient, bloodthirsty specters. Can he discover who, or what, is shattering the peace before F…

Review; Rituals of the Dead by Jennifer S. Alderson

It's time for a new book review in relation with Mystery Thriller Week. This time it's Rituals of the Dea by Jennifer S. Alderson, and I was fortunate enough to recieve an e-ARC of the novel, which is the third book in the series about Zelda.

Description from Goodreads
Art, religion, and anthropology collide in Alderson’s latest art mystery thriller, Rituals of the Dead, Book three of the Adventures of Zelda Richardson series.

Art history student Zelda Richardson is working at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam on an exhibition of bis poles from the Asmat region of Papua – the same area where a famous American anthropologist disappeared in 1962. When his journals are found inside one of the bis poles, Zelda is tasked with finding out more about the man’s last days and his connection to these ritual objects.

Zelda is pulled into a world of shady anthropologists, headhunters, missionaries, art collectors, and smugglers – where the only certainty is that sins of the past are never fully …

Release Blitz; Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake

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Release Blitz for Beyond a Darkened Shore By Jessica Leake
Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake
Young Adult Historical Fantasy Hardcover & ebook, 384 pages
April 10th 2018 by HarperTeen
The ancient land of Éirinn is mired in war. Ciara, princess of Mide, has never known a time when Éirinn’s kingdoms were not battling for power, or Northmen were not plundering their shores.

The people of Mide have always been safe because of Ciara’s unearthly ability to control her enemies’ minds and actions. But lately a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her clansmen dismiss her visions as pagan nonsense, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just Éirinn but the entire world.

Then the crow leads Ciara to Leif, a young Northman leader. Leif should be Ciara’s enemy, but when Ciara discovers that he, too, shares her prophetic visions, she knows he’s something more. Leif is mounting an impressive …

Omtale; Poké! fargerik gatemat fra Hawaii av Oskar Sellin og Helle Øder Valebrokk

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For et par måneder siden var jeg såpass heldig at jeg fikk tilsendt et leseeksemplar av kokeboka Poké! fargerik gatemat fra Hawaii av Oskar Sellin og Helle Øder Valebrokk, og i dag kommer omtalen av boka.

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Poke, eller pokebowl, har tatt verden med storm. Det er lett å forstå hvorfor! Denne maten har alt: Den er sunn, enkel og rask å lage, den ser lekker og innbydende ut, og den smaker veldig godt. Poke består hovedsakelig av rå fisk, ris, nøtter og marinader, og kan utformes og varieres i det uendelige.

I denne boka har poke-kokk Oskar Sellin og matskribent og blogger Helle Øder Valebrokk dykket ned i historien rundt den hawaiiske retten og funnet fram til deilige varianter fra hele verden. Her får du oppskrifter inspirert av Hawaii, Asia, Stillehavet, California, Mexico og Skandinavia, og ikke minst forslag til hvordan du kan bytte ut fredagstacoen og lage et ordentlig sunt og digg poke-party. 

Med sine karakteristiske food trucks ha…

Release Day Blitz; Bacon Pie by Candace Robinson & Gerardo Delgaldillo

I am so excited that BACON PIE by Candace Robinson & Gerardo Delgadillo is available now and that I get to share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by AuthorsCandace Robinson & Gerardo Delgadillo , be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card courtesy ofCandace Robinson & Gerardo Delgadillo. 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: BACON PIE Author: Candace Robinson & Gerardo Delgadillo Pub. Date: April 13, 2018 Publisher: Evernight Teen Formats: Paperback, eBook Pages: 314 Find it:AmazonB&NiBooksGoodreads
Lia Abbie has the easy life—kicking it back with old school video games, hanging out with her best friend Barnabas, and alternating her living schedule between the apartments of her two dads and her mom.
Kiev Jimenez is a theater geek who loves him some Shakespeare and taking care of his…