26 april 2011
24 april 2011
- Revelations by Melissa de la Cruz
- The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz
20 april 2011
17 april 2011
In My Mailbox idea from Kristi @ The Story Siren. All links go to The Book Depository.
- The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
- Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting
16 april 2011
There are English books, sure, but usually not the newest and hottest titles. Perhaps they have some in the larger libraries in for example Stockholm, but not in the small library where I live. And waiting for the books to be translated into Swedish will keep you waiting - maybe forever. The market for books in Swedish just isn't comparable in size to the English-speaking market, for natural reasons.
Don't get me wrong - I love owning my books! But with a new car and potential house-buying in the overseeable future I might be looking at cutting down on my book-buying. Sigh.
15 april 2011
The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow. (Summary from goodreads.com)
First line: Now that I've found the way to fly, which direction should I go into the night?
My expectations, however, sadly fell short and Matched was too much of George Orwell's 1984 for my taste. Naturally, a novel about an overcontrolling government is bound to make one's mind drift to the most dystopian of dystopias, but whereas Collins succeeded in finding a new take on the whole Big Brother-thing, I felt Condie did not.I was also puzzled with the fact that they could read, but not write. What's up with that?
As for the main characters, I could never really relate to them. I didn't mind them, but then again they didn't draw me in. And that is the biggest nail in the coffin for a fictional character, as far as I am concerned. All and all, I don't think I'll read the next installment.
10 april 2011
Falling in love with English boys by Melissa Jensen
(I just stumbled across this one on a blog somewhere and I purchased it because I feel that I sometimes need a break from all the paranormal and just throw some contemporary into the mix. Though I've never had a general preference towards English boys, maybe this is the novel to change my mind.)
Tomorrow when the war began by John Marsden
( A few years ago, probably ten, McDonald's had this drive that you got a book with your Happy Meal. Tomorrow when the war began - although translated into Swedish - was one of the books they were giving away. I remember choosing that one and then I lent it to someone and never got it back. However now with the major film, as it says on the cover, coming up maybe it's a good idea to actually read the book.)
7 april 2011
On the one hand, it appeals to me. Not only do I know that I like the author's writing and the premise. I also (probably) like the characters and want to know more about them. So getting to linger some more in their universe might be wonderful.
And sometimes I would just like a kick-ass standalone novel.
First sentence: The story goes that even after the Return they tried to keep the roller coasters going.
As opposed to its proceeder, I did not find this novel dull at any time. It was fast-paced and action-filled throughout the whole novel, though not losing focus on survival or relationships. The romance that I somewhat felt was lacking from The Forest of Hands and Teeth (sorry for all the comparisons) was more to my liking in this novel. As much as I like zombies (hrmm...?), I really do want some romance in my novels.
Just as Carrie Ryan's first novel, this one also focuses on big existential questions, like Who am I? Where do I come from? What is right? What should I do with my life? Is this it? Is there something else? The Dead-Tossed waves, however, to me felt a lot more hopeful, which makes this novel more in my taste. When everything is awful, I still want to be able to cling on to hope.
Even if you feel that you're not exactly the zombie type, I recommend reading Carrie Ryan's post-apocalyptic zombie series because there is so much more to these novels than meets the eye. It challenges the reader to ponder the same questions as Gabry, questions of right or wrong and what is means to be human.
4 april 2011
First line: My mother used to tell me about the ocean.
Ironically, what I somewhat missed in this book was the actual world building. How did the world as we know it come to an end? Who are the Unconsecrated? Where did they come from? Why? I've read in interviews with Carrie Ryan (don't remember where just now) that she purposely left that part out, but personally I would've enjoyed it.
I put off reading this book for quite some time (or put off buying it is probably more accurate) because I just wasn't intrigued by the whole zombie apocalypse, because let's face it - zombies aren't beautiful, romantic and chivalrous. They're yucky. What made me decide to read it though was the expected romance (which is promoted by the cover blurb), but it kind of fell short for me. It wasn't that whirlwind that I was anticipating, although probably a "healthier" YA romance. Just too bad that I was in the mood for the whirlwind.
Throughout the entire novel I had this constant creeping claustrophobic feeling because the characters are trapped in so many different ways. Obviously physically, they are trapped in their fenced village with a forest full of zombies outside. But also on a totally different level, when Mary wonders if is this really is all there is? Is there nothing more to life? Should she settle? Both for Mary and for the readers, many questions remain unanswered.
3 april 2011
And the books keep coming like never before. I might have to reconsider my book buying...
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
(I've thought about it for a while, however I was a bit put off by the zombie theme, but then I just figured I'd give it a go anyway)
The dead-tossed waves by Carrie Ryan
(And I figured I might as well buy book two if I like it a lot. I'm grown a bit tired of reading first books and then having to wait for a long time for the next installment)
Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
(Another sequel. I read Wicked Lovely in the beginning of the year and enjoyed it a lot. Now I look forward to continuing the series)
Before I fall by Lauren Oliver
(I've never read anything by Lauren Oliver but I've heard so many great things about this book and the premise just seems very interesting)
So, what'd you get?