Sorcery for beginners – Matt Harry


Sorcery for beginners
by Matt Harry (and also Euphemia Whitmore!)
Pages: 403
Publisher: InkShares

Number of dodo’s: dodododododododododo/5

I never thought I wanted a book that combined the atmosphere of Harry Potter, the magical touch of Doctor Strange and the humor and excitement of Percy Jackson until I picked up Sorcery for beginners.
While it gives the clear resemblance to all these different literary worlds, Matt Harry has finally tuned in to a field of YA literature I – personally – have been missing. He has created a world unique enough to be a hit while still familiar enough to slake many readers thirsts after more magic.
Sorcery for beginners is unique in itself. It’s both a story about a young boy who, a little accidentally, stumbles in to the world of magic and sorcery, but it is also literally a guide to sorcery.
Wanna learn some magic? Get this book.
Wanna do fancy hand movements, say mysterious magical words? Get this book.

All while learning to become a kickass sorcerer you will get to know Owen, the aforementioned kid who stumbles in to a book store and finds himself in the mids of a centuries-long war between the world of sorcerers and Euclideans, a group of anti-magic mercenaries.
So, if you’re a kid, you’re handed an ancient book of magic and told you’ve been recruited to fight in said war, what do you do? Well, Owen feels a little lost, understandably, but what can he do? Sit back, play video games and keep telling himself he will never amount to anything in life? Or give magic a fair chance to win, keep the Sorcery for beginners book safe and stop power hungry maniacs from destroying the world? But also stop the school’s worst bully. But that’s beside the point. Ahem.
Read it and find out for yourself!
Personally I loved it. Loved it! It was everything I hoped it would be and everything I’ve been missing. It has humor and action, funny and informative side notes, pages with spells, pages with illustrations, and characters you grow to love. And other you hate. With a passion. (Because they’re asshats.)

Now, there’s just a few things I want. Mr. Harry, take notes!
One: I want a sequel. Immediately.
Two: I want a movie. Presently.
Three: I want my learners permit. STAT.
Chop chop!


Get your copy of Sorcery for beginners right NOW:




Naondel – Maria Turtschaninoff


Naondel. Book 2 in the Red Abbey Chronicles
By: Maria Turtschaninoff
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Read time: 12h 40m with Bookout app
Number of dodo’s: dodododododododododo/5 !

In the opulent palace of Ohaddin, women have one purpose – to obey. Some where brought here as girls, captured and enslaved; some as servants; some as wives. All of them must do what the Master tells them, for he wields a deadly and secret power. But the women have powers too. One is a healer. One can control dreams. One is a warrior. One can see everything that is coming. In their golden prison, the women wait. They plan. They write down their stories. They dream of a refuge, a sage place where girls can be free. And, finally, when the moon glows red, they will have their revenge.

Okay, HOLD THE FRIGGIN PHONE. You know, when I read book 1 in the Red Abbey Chronicles I thought I read the best book ever in this genre. But no! Maria Turtschaninoff is actually able to pull it off and TOP it off with book 2! Naondel is breathtaking, heart-wrenching and so, so beautiful.
 In book 2 we don’t directly follow where we left off with book 1, we don’t follow Maresi at all actually. In this one we thoroughly get to know the original sisters who founded the Abbey. Each woman gets their space in the story and each woman is unique, amazing, flawed and necessary. Turtschaninoff is brilliant in her storytelling, the way she’s able to tie all these different characters together in to a story that makes perfect sense is something truly rare. She nails it. NAILS IT!
This book is not only full of much needed origin stories, but also full of love, magic, female cunning, hateful battles and bloody deaths. It’s not just a story, it’s a journey of self worth, enlightenment and faith.
Thoughts while reading: Small spoiler alert! (highlight to read) I honestly wanted to rip Iskan’s eyes right out of his skull and feed them to his mother. Who, funnily enough, is completely BLIND to her son’s sickening persona!!
If you loved Maresi you will love Naondel. I say that with fierceness! You will love every – single – woman in this story and you will understand Maresi so much better. You might cry, because the love you’ll harbor for these women will be overpowering.
I might have to read Maresi again!

Read this! Read Maresi! READ. Book 3 is expected to come in 2019. I hate every minute I have to wait. 😀

The Plantagenets by Derek Wilson


The Plantagenets. The kings that made Britain. (The picture is from the hardcover I believe)
Derek Wilson
Publisher: Quercus Editions Ltd.
Number of dodos: dodododododododododo/5

This was an absolutely fascinating read. I have always been fascinated with the royal house and especially that of the English house. Lately it has also been extremely fascinating for me because my genealogy show I am a direct descendent, first and foremost of Robert de Bruce of Scotland, but also Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville (direct ancestor, 18 generations) ! Which means my blood is British AND Scottish royalty. 😉

This book starts with the “Plantagenet father” Henry II and follows the line all the way up to the last Plantagenet, Richard III. It’s an easy and entertaining read with great facts and a very clear line of events, making it easy to follow.

I accompanied it with watching “The hollow crown”, the filmed Shakespeare plays about Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V, starring Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear (my hero), Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston. I absolutely recommend watching this, especially Richard II. Ben Whishaw is a GIFT and it’s an absolutely amazing story.

I think that you can never learn or read enough about Englands royal history, so I truly recommend this book to everyone who wants to get a good read AND learn more about the colourful royalties, the battles and murders, plots and treasons that makes history so much more fun. 😉


Kitty-series by Carrie Vaughn

So I’ve been slacking in the blogging department, haven’t I.
Well, I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump, so I can’t excuse it in any other way! Not reading = not reviewing.

But, I’m slowly getting back in to it and I have (again) decided to start from the very top of my first bookshelf (of…I dunno…10?) and I have just finished reading “Kitty and the midnight hour” by Carrie Vaughn.


I’ve read this one before, a long time ago, but it was the first one on my shelf, so… 😀 And I kinda needed to reread it, since I need to read the rest of the series!
It’s a great urban fantasy, with all the stuff, vampires and werewolves and whatnot. I’ll give it: dodododododododo/5

I’m currently reading the follow-up “Kitty goes to Washington”. I’m not sure what it is, but this happened the first time I tried reading it too, but I just get so distracted. Is it just not catching? Is it repetitive? I don’t know. I’m just having a hard time getting in to the story. None of the characters are really sticking out or sticking to my BRAIN in any way. Not yet at least. I’m really not getting a sense of anyone. Not Alette (was that her name?) or Leo the were…something. Or was Leo the other guy. SEE??
But I’m not giving up. I love Kitty and I love Carrie Vaughn. 🙂 It could just as easily be just this one book and the rest is great, like the first one! I’m sticking it out!! 😀


Behind closed doors – B A Paris


Behind closed doors – B A Paris
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Number of Dodo’s: dodododododododododo/5

This book is CHILLING! It’s low-key and straight forward in such a icy cold way I honestly think ya’ll should check if B A Paris has bars on her windows or a basement which doesn’t open from the inside. 😛 Check on her husband please! 😀

Let’s just make this clear: this book is about more than just domestic violence. It’s about a man so twisted and (pardon the french) so fucked up he’s so much more than just a violator. He’s manipulative,sadistic and slick. It’s about a woman who meets the man of her dreams, a lawyer, gorgeous and a gentleman whom has NO idea how horrible and how detailed his plans for her are.

It varies between the past and the present and the story knits perfectly together, even though its goes back and forth quite a lot. I found this way of writing quite ingenious towards the end – you’re seeing the result before you see the actual doing, but you’re never quite sure IF or HOW..!

Paris is a BRILLIANT writer and she’s touched a field of literature I haven’t seen or heard before all that much. She has so perfectly transported herself in to the head of a psychopathic genius and at the same time has such perfect control of the victim.

One thing is for sure: there are more than one kind of domestic abuser.
Actually, two things are for sure…




Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas


Title: Throne of Glass. Book 1  in the Throne of Glass series
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Number of Dodo’s: dodododododododo/5

Throne of Glass is a fantasy book for young adult, but I’d say it’s pretty high up there and even I, with my 32 years, really enjoyed this book.
It took me some time to get through this book. There was probably many reasons for that and one was that it is A LOT of story packed in to one small book. And I grew a bit tired of that for a while, there was just so many things going on at once I just wasn’t able to keep up or keep focused on it.
But when I picked it up again I found that I really couldn’t put it down! There is a continuing high level of action going on and Maas has balanced this out very nicely.

The first hint of this being a YA was the ever-present love triangle. I’m sorry but could we get a book that DOESN’T have a love triangle? Maybe not even a love interest? Just an ass-kicking, fierce, bad ass heroine who’s here to kick ass and take names? Chaol and Dorian…Guard and Prince. Ugh, sure I loved them both (even though there were both AMAZINGLY ANNOYING) and all that, but I did not see them having anything major to do with the plot. (SPOILER HEAD! I mean, Dorian didn’t even do anything in the final fight even though he wanted to because he loved Celaena….so this love interest made no sense)
Just DON’T.

I can totally see the potensial for this series and I do own the rest of the books and I am going to read them, just…not right now.

I loved Celaena. She had the perfect amount of ass-kicking assassin attitude and ladylike grace and beauty. She’s not giving it away at the door but she’s not stone cold either. She’s a flawed, hurt human being with a dark, painful past. It’s clear that her past is something to be brought up later and that her heritage even, can be questioned after reading this book.

If you like fantasy (even epic fantasy) and a good doze of YA you can safely read this book. 🙂


Disclaimer: If this review sucks it’s only because I had the worst, most shitty day yesterday and I’m currently blasting Imagine Dragons, sitting in a huge hoodie and planning my next sugary high to indulge in and cry. Peace out.


Review: The oldest living vampire tells all


The oldest living vampire tells all
Author: Joseph Duncan
Bought for Kindle at
Number of dodo’s: dodododododododododo /5


Now, this story fascinated me based solely on the excerpt. A vampire – sure, we’ve heard the stories before, but a vampire 30.000 years old?? Gimme!!
This is a fascinating autobiography by Gon, a Cro Magnon human from paleolithic Germany, quite literally some 30.000 years ago. Duncan writes with such a sure hand I quite instantly feel I’m being talked to by this ancient, ancient being. He starts his story with a slight distain towards the modern man, drawing both parallels and differences between “us” and “his people”. He tells us of his childhood, their ways, beliefs and mating rituals. Even though we don’t know much about these early Homo sapiens sapiens I did feel this was all accurate. Some things felt strange, of course and I don’t know how much research was done beforehand, but it was absolutely fascinating.

It’s a staggering novel. Duncan has a unique storyteller-voice and for the first time I honestly felt like I was being talked to directly by the main character instead of the main character writing in a journal for example.
Gon is alive right in front of my eyes and, even though, there were parts that had me sighing a little bit with repetition I was enthralled from start to finish.
Like I said above he goes through all the “human” parts of his life. All the every day stuff. Hunting, living, loving, mating, rearing children and having council. The story turns dark faster and faster as an unknown being, a demon, hunts there fellow dwellers close by and they have to head out and find and kill this demon. The kills are savage and described with a crude tough. Nothing is left to the imagination. And I guess that’s what Duncan has become famous for.

The darkest point is absolutely when Gon is turned. I will not say to much about that other than you shouldn’t be weak at heart or stomach.

It’s amazing. Truly amazing. Duncan has created a world and a character so vividly and so real that I am hard pressed to think Gon in anything but real.

If you’re in to vampires (and NOT the teenaged, blue-eyed, lovey-dovey kind mind you) you need to read this. For me it’s a breath of fresh air! Sort of speak.


Review: Curse of the Sphinx


Curse of the sphinx
Author: Raye Wagner
Published: August 2015
Rating: dodododododododo dodoout of 5 DODO’s! ❤

Yes. Everything yes!

Greek mythology as a belief and religion will never stop being awesome. A world, our world, with knowledge and faith in  Gods like Poseidon, Apollo, Hermes and Hades is exactly what Raye Wagner has created in CURSE OF THE SPHINX.
We meet some of the Gods in the beginning of the story and we meet the children of the Gods, Demigods, whom walk the earth with us, like normal kids. We also meet monsters and creatures not of our world.
Hope is a sphinx and she is considered a monster.

The sphinx varies in physical features, but is almost always a composite of two or more animals, and some versions are part-human part-animal.
In Greek mythology it is a winged lion with a woman’s head, or a woman with the paws, claws, and breasts of a lion, a serpent’s tail and eagle wings.

The story kicks of pretty dramatically and though it may seem a spoiler, it’s really not. Everyone is mentioning it in their reviews. 😀 Hope’s mother is killed and, after moving around her entire life Hope now starts to question her constant running.

The dead they escorted always cried. From the time of death until their delivery to Hades, tears dripped and trickled from they grief-stricken eyes.
(Source: Curse of the Sphinx)

Now that her mother is dead she wants answers, but doesn’t really know what to do or where to get them. When she settles in a small town life seems to be calming down, with a new school, new friends and even a hot looking, mysterious boy with his eyes on her.

But she’s still the Sphinx and she still needs to do the monthly change in to the winged creature, but something malevolent lurks in the shadows.

“Skia?” The shadows of Hades didn’t kill monsters, did they?
(Source: Curse of the Sphinx)

This story is absolutely AMAZING. It’s for fans of Percy Jackson, absolutely, but for the little older! 🙂 It’s a YA, but even my 32 year old heart was extremely in to this story. I absolutely LOVE worlds with Gods of other mythology and the way they are incorporated in to our beliefs is fascinating and intriguing. Raye Wagner has managed to do this so effortlessly and has made it believable and real.

“The Gods don’t fix problems. They make bigger ones.”
(Source: Curse of the Sphinx)

She created our heroine, Hope to be strong and different but also young and scared, without making these traits crash. Hope is a teenager, with no friends because of their constant moving and with the worries and fears most teenagers has. But, her knowledge and strength in her Sphinx heritage shines through when it needs to.
The story has a great flow and Wagner introduces a good handful of different characters and none of them falters in their individuality. Even the butcher is a character I can relate to and see clearly for my inner eye and not one of them is forgotten at the end of the book. That’s a trait I really appreciate; characters, both big and small, are given the right amount of characteristics and personality that makes them believable. Even Krista. Yep. 😀

Hope glanced at her classmates. Most of them would live their entire lives believing the gods had withdrawn from humanity, with the exception of the occasional demigod offspring.
(Source: Curse of the Sphinx)

THANK YOU Raye, for letting me read and review this book, I knew it wasn’t a mistake, after seeing all the wonderful reviews on youtube and instagram! 🙂

To all the Norwegian publishers: Peel your hands off whatever you’re holding on to and grab for this. Quickly!!

Maybe Someday – Colleen Hoover


Read in Norwegian.
Publisher: Gursli Berg
Original review in Norwegian:

UUUUUUUUGH what a range of emotions I went through with this book! I can’t grasp or  understand how Hoover made it through the writing process!

In “Maybe Someday” we meet Sydney, who become unwilling (and then so very willingly) audience to Ridge, who sits on the balcony across the courtyard and plays guitar. She is captivated, both by him and the music. It becomes a regular routine; she goes out on her balcony and “does schoolwork,” whereas she actually sits and listens to Ridge and makes up her own lyrics to the tunes.
Then the worst thinkable happens. Sydney discovers that her boyfriend has had a longtime affair with her best friend and roommate, and suddenly she is standing outside in the rain with all her belongings and nowhere to stay. Ridge, which by then has been communicating with her via text messages, takes pity on her and allows her to stay with him and his roommates Warren and Bridgette. There’s quickly no doubt that the two are attracted to each other, but Sydney soon realizes that Ridge has not told her the whole truth about himself.
A “push and pull” game begins and no matter how hard they try to fight it, they need each other in more ways than one.

I’m a sucker for a good, classic love story, often with all the beautiful cliches and the well-known characters. But what I get from Colleen Hoover has all that – but also so much more!
Already on page 62 I received the first jaw drop. I did NOT see that one coming at all and that’s exactly what’s so wonderful about Hoover! She writes the classic love stories, but she weaves in twists and elements of surprise that makes the stories interesting! There were several such moments through the whole story and on top of that I was almost constantly on an emotional roller coaster. I was angry, sad, frustrated, hurt, angry, sad, remorseful, sorry, hurt, sad, happy, very happy. Roughly in that order. It has so many ups and downs that one almost fails to keep pace, but it does not seem strained or excessive. Hoover writes very beautifully and luckily this got very well handled in the translation! Hooray for Dorthe Erichsen, Hilde Lyng and Lisa Vasterås (MNO) !! It pleases me greatly to see that there are skilled translators out there, sadly there are many who are not. These three have managed to find the flow of the language without losing too much of the… well, language. 😀

The cherry on top here is the soundtrack that follows with it. Yep! Music to reading! Ridge is after all a musician and he writes music, and Hoover has collaborated with musician Griffin Peterson who has written an entire soundtrack to the book! During the book you come across lyrics and you listen to the song mentioned. It is done via an app or This book provides a second layer. A second dimension if you will. There’s so much beautiful music there! It really sets the mood for what happens in the book and everything is connected. 😉

Dear beautiful beings, enjoy this book if you like a good love story and some extra heart sorrow. This is amongst my favorites now! The same was “Ugly Love”, so it seems that I really like Colleen Hoover. She knows her stuff!

Another…book haul….? EXCUSE me??


Okay, OKAY! I realize that I am the weakest person in the galaxy right now. Didn’t I JUST make a post about a certain book buying ban?? Yup…yup I did.

But here’s my explanation!! I – technically – didn’t buy these myself! my husband did! Well…he paid for them. Or WILL pay for them. Just as soon as my next paycheck comes, where my work will have pulled the money for these books out and I can transfer his money to my account to balance this out. K?? 😀 No but seriously, he’s paying for these. We just took advantage of my discount at work, which pulls the money out of my paycheck.

So, enough excuses and explaining! Let’s dive right in to the haul, shall we?? (First of all  I would like to blame my husband for finding them and shoving them in my face saying YOU’LL LOVE THIS ONE!!)

(Yes I am totally normal)
The invisible library & The masked city by Genevieve Cogman

So I’ve never heard about Genevieve Cogman or these books before, but they look amazingly interesting! We have a female heroine in an alternative Victorian London. Irene is a professional spy for the Library, which harvest fiction from different realities.
K, game, set and match. We have supernatural creatures, time travel, magic and a enigmatic assistant by the name of Kai with a secret of his own.
I was especially sold on these books when I read on the back of the second book, The masked city, which takes Irene to Venice. An alternate, dark Venice. And I don’t care if it’s a sunken Venice, if it’s Venice I want in!! I’ve long ago left my heart (and past life) in Venice and will buy anything that takes place there.

(…I’m actually able to creep myself out…)
Dragon Fall & Dragon Storm by Katie MacAlister

Another set of Guilty Pleasure books!!
But LOOK – men with dragon tattoos! And it gets better! Men that can TURN IN TO DRAGONS!
So Aoife (PLEASE tell me how that’s pronounced?? That is the worst name I’ve ever encountered!) is witness to a supernatural murder and that has consequences for her future existence. She meets a wise-cracking demon dog and a (prepare thyself) GLORIOUSLY NAKED MAN who can shift in to a dragon and kiss like a god. Who goes by the name Kostya. Another….”great” name.

Seriously. Aoife. How.

The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher

My husband bought this mainly to himself but…it’s me. No book slips by me.
This is also a fantasy book, which also takes place in London. The Oversight is a secret society that polices the lines between the mundane and the magic. They used to have hundreds of members but not they can be tallied on one hand. Until a screaming girl is taken to the Oversight. Her appearance is quite the puzzle to the remaining  guardians and they must solve it or lose each other and their society for good.
We haev witch-hunters, magicians, mirror-walkers and unlikely heroes and a society that can make or break our entire world. I’M SO THERE.

Okay now. NOW the book buying ban is SO official. And I will stop writing in caps.