Sunday, February 19, 2017

Books I want to read this year

Hello readers,

today I want to show you some of the books I want to read this year.
Some of them have been on my shelf for years, some are recently bought.
I do not know wether I manage to read all of them because I of course want to bring you reviews of newer books as well, but I also want to finish the books sitting on my shelf.
And of course next semester holds another list of required reads as I am taking another class on modern Scandinavian literature focusing on August Strindberg and Henrik Ibsen. Besides those ...I have a lot of unread classics on my shelf, if you wish a post about those, please let me know in the comments below or on my instagram or twitter.

Some of the books I will mention today were mentioned in previous posts, so I will link you to those as per usual.

Most of the books today are Scandinavian crimes, as you may know besides dystopian Scandinavian crimes are my favorites.

So the one I am dying to read is The Ice Child by Camilla Läckberg. She is one of my favorites and this is the ninth book of the Patrick Hedström series.
You can read my thoughts on this series here.
So in this ninth book a girl nearly naked wanders through the woods in freezing cold weather. When she finally reaches the road a car comes out of nowhere and doesn't manage to stop. The girl had gone missing four month ago and has been subjected to unimaginably brutal treatment.
Patrick Hedström suspects that this is just the start and soon discovers that there are three other girls missing from towns nearby. They can't find any fresh leads, so when his wife Erika Falck, the famous author, discovers a link to an old murder case, Patrick is forced to see the whole case in a new light.

This synopsis just intrigues me so much. And with Camilla Läckberg I know I won't be disappointed in the end. So I can't wait to pick this up. And hopefully I can soon.

After this all books will be read in no particular order.

I have three books by Jo Nesbø on my list for this year although I must say I think one of those is later in the series. Jo Nesbø is often on sale so I buy those whenever I can not really watching the order they are in, but I read them in order.
The series I am reading here is the Harry Hole series. Harry is one of those lonely cops who from time to time has an alcohol problem. The cases I have read so far have been so critical towards society and politics. They were full of twists and turns and always had an unexpected ending. They kept me guessing until the end. I haven't dived into the synopsis with these because they sometimes contain topics that I would avoid reading about but once I am in the book I know I will enjoy them. So I hope you found the overall descriptions helpful.
The books I am planning to read are:
The Devil's Star
and The Redeemer (which I still need to get my hands on).

Next I have a two in one book by Karin Wahlberg (I love those for traveling as it is two books in one, so less to take with me).
This book has been on my shelf for several years now, and I really think I neglected it because I kept to the authors I already new. Karin Wahlberg is new to me. I really can't find an English title for this book. But they are both from the Clas Claesson series.
In the first one nurse in training Malin gets killed. Malin was a quiet young woman that had just started her education as a nurse at the hospital. She had just found a new love, so jealousy could be a motiv. The investigation leads Detective Claesson back into Malins childhood.
The second one deals with the murder of a old lady who is found dead in the laundry home of her apartment building. The only victim gets abducted shortly after the murder. The investigation leads the Detective to believe that the old lady wasn't as nice as thought.
Sounds intriguing to me. If anybody knows the English title please please please let me know in the comments below.

Next is the first book by Lars Pettersson.
It is as far as I know the first book of the Anna Magnusson Series and plays in northern Sweden.
Anna Magnusson is a Lawzer in Stockholm and goes back home far in the north to help her cousin who is accused of being a rapist.
Once the victim is found dead in the wilderness a few days after Anna arrived she doubts what she has geared so far and starts to search for the story behind the story. While doing so she gets nearly killed herself.
To me Lars Pettersson is obviously new but I really feel intrigued. I really hope it is as dark as I think it will be.

So last on my list of the Scandinavian authors in this post is Håkan Nesser. Now these books have been on my shelfs for years and I seriously doubt that I will actually pick them up but I hope  saying it out loud and putting it out here will motivate me to at least pick up one of those.
So the first one is an Inspector Barbarotti case. As far as I am concerned are they still not translated to english so I will just leave the swedish (En helt annan historia)  and german ( Eine ganz andere Geschichte) title here.
Summer 2016 sic swedish tourist are standing their vacation in France. Two couples and two single men. All of them somehow have a relationship to the fictional west swedish city of Kymlinge. Five years later someone starts to kill them one by one. Inspector Gunnar Barbarotti gets anonymous threats that contain hints on the case. He is standing in front of a mystery he has to solve.

The next one by Håkan Nesser is a more philosophical crime book. It contains a heritage and an old crime. The famous philosopher Tomas Borgman allows his former university friend Maertens to spend a week in his exquisite library after his death. After Maertens had spend a long time in jail he has become a loner, but the more time he spends in the library he finds out that has just bin a puppet in the cruel game of his passed friend Borgman.

And finally the last Scandinavian book is a literary thriller. The german title is Die Schatten und der Regen (again I couldn't find an english title for this one). A cruel homicide that happened a long time ago. The shadows of a youth. Two peoples who's paths are crossing again.
It sounds so good and I already started this one once but found the translation or the writing style very annoying, but I want to give it another chance.

So now onto the rest.

As previously mentioned I want to read the Selection series by Kiera Cass and I also started a bit with the first one. To me it seems like the Bachelor in book form. I know this shall be a dystopian but I am not sure I see that element just yet. But it seems like an easy read  so I hope I will like it for the romance or that there actually comes more of the dystopian throughout the series.

Next I have Walk on Earth the Stranger by Rae Carson. This is the first book of the Gold Seer Trilogy.
Lee can sense gold in the world around her. She has kept her family safe even through the harshest winters.
But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? Someone might actually murder for it
Lee flees away to California, where she hopes to be able to be herself.

And finally the last book on this list is The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold. This is a book I bought ten years ago right after I read The lovely bones by her.
So this book explores the complex ties between mothers and daughters, wives and lovers, the meaning of devotion, and the line between love and hate (at least that is what goodreads says and my mother, who actually managed to read a book I bought before me).

So here we go. This is my TBR for this year, or at least a part of it. There will probably some other books pop up. I know that Lauren E. Rico comes out with a new one in May that I want to read, and there are so many other books I will be reading thanks to Uni and also thanks to new releases.

What is on your TBR this year? Which books can you recommend me? Let me know in the comments below.

See you again next week with another bookish post.

Take care,
📚 Nadja

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Review: Requiem by Lauren E. Rico

Hi readers,

Late night review is calling on me.
But it is a good one.
When Lauren E. Rico offered me her first book for review back in September 2016 (it was also my first ever review request) I didn't know where this would lead me.
I didn't actually know that it was a trilogy, I didn't know what the story actually was about, but no more than that didn't I know what I would learn from all of this and that Lauren would become such a great friend (who I never actually met).
All this doesn't make me less critical towards her work but even more so.

Now if you haven't read the first two books of this series head over to my reviews here for Reverie and here for Rhapsody.

Lets face it I usually hate for series to end so I always take ages until I pick up the conclusions but this one just had such an amazing conclusion and I actually wanted to know how it ends.

Julia and Matthew are living their lives, happy with little David. They are living up their careers fullfilling their dreams as musicians.
Brett and Maggie are ready to get married, when Brett gets notified about his fathers death...
Now where is Jeremy and what has he got to do with all this?
He manages to destroy his own career even more and blames Julia and Matthew for it. Revenge is right around the corner.
Who makes it out alive?

It was so fast paced, so extremly ugly detailed at parts that the thriller aspect left me on the edge of my seat.

What I loved even more about this book is how Lauren especially in the beginning managed to let the music speak for the feelings of the characters.

In this book I also finally started to like Matthew who always was the only character I had my troubles with.

Amazing read and 5 out of 5 stars for this conclusion.

Huge thank you again to Lauren for providing me with a free copy!

Requiem is up for sale on the 13th February. Let me know how you enjoyed it and what your favorite scenes were.

I see you again next Sunday for another bookish post.
Take care,
📚 Nadja

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Review: Finding Jade by Mary Jennifer Payne

Hello readers,

today I finally have the review of Finding Jade by Mary Jennifer Payne. I requested this book a while ago via Netgalley but never really found the time to read it, although I kept looking into it constantly reading a couple of pages.
So I guess I have to double thank Dundurn here and apologize for my delayed reviews to all my readers and goodreads followers who have seen this on my shelf for at least 3 months now.

So finding Jade is for me difficult to place in a genre, it has a bit of distopian elements but also fantasy, yet again certain elements are so real. One thing I can say for sure is that it is a YA novel.

So we are having the year 2030, climate change has made it difficult to live on our beautiful planet. Teenage girl Jasmine Guzman is living with her mother who suffers from Lupus. But there is more to the story, because a couple of years back Jasmines sister, Jade, got abducted. While no one in Jasmines surroundings believed in Jade being still alive, Jasmine didn't want to give up on her sister.
After Jasmine was send to another school she suddenly noticed all those strange things happening and at some point she finds herself in the place in-between. She gets to know that she is a seer and how powerful she and Jade are together. She learns that she can save her sister and the adventure starts.
There are angels and demons and can I say it again a place in-between.

So this book is a really fast read, at the beginning I wasn't sure what to think about it and I still wasn't at the end. I really enjoyed the aspect of climate change and criticism. I also enjoyed the part where they try to rescue Jade (not gonna tell you how that ended) but I definitely needed some more explanation to all that Seer, Demon and Angel part and where all that is supposed to go. But thankfully this is a series and I might find out in the next book.

As this book is one of those that I somehow like but somehow also do not know what to say about I rate it with 3/3.25 stars out of 5 stars.

Thanks again to Dundurn and Mary Jennifer Payne for providing me with an egalley of this book.

To my readers who have read this book... please let me know your thoughts on this book, so maybe I can change my mind on some of the points that confused me.

I will be back with another bookish post next Sunday, so see you soon and take care,
📚 Nadja