The Plantagenets by Derek Wilson

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The Plantagenets. The kings that made Britain. (The picture is from the hardcover I believe)
Derek Wilson
Paperback
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. 😉

Enjoy!

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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.

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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

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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…

SOMEBODY CHECK HER BASEMENT!!img-thing

 

 

Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas

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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

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The oldest living vampire tells all
Author: Joseph Duncan
Bought for Kindle at amazon.com
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.

 

Maybe Someday – Colleen Hoover

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Read in Norwegian.
Publisher: Gursli Berg
Original review in Norwegian: http://www.hvaleserdutrine.wordpress.com

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 VasterĂ„s (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 http://www.maybesomedaysoundtrack.com 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!
READ! ❀