The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton

Original book title: The Miniaturist
Author: Jessie Burton
Publisher: Pocketförlaget, 382 pages
Year of publication: 2016
Format: Paperback
Language: Swedish

First and foremost, I need to talk about the cover! It’s beautiful, magical and exciting. I stared at the cover a long while before I started reading the book; it contained so many beautiful small details.

The book is set in the late 1600s and the story begins one autumn day when eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman is knocking on the door of a large house in Amsterdam’s wealthiest neighborhoods. Continue reading

Monsieur Linh and His Child – Philippe Claudel

Monsieur Linh and his child - Philippe Claudel

Original book title: La petite fille de Monsieur Linh
Author: Philippe Claudel
Publisher: Norstedt, 144 pages
Year of publication: 2005
Format: Hardcover
Language: Swedish

This is the story of an old man who leaves his homeland on a boat. In his arms he holds a light suitcase and a newborn baby. The old man is called Monsieur Linh. He is the only one who knows he is called so, for all who have known it is dead. So begins this short but oh so wonderful book. Continue reading

Allegiant – Veronica Roth

Alliegant - Veronica Roth

Original book title: Allegiant
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Harper Collins
Year of publication: 2013
Format: Audiobook
Duration: 11 h 51 min
Language: English

This is the last book in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. Allegiant starts out where Insurgent left off.
There were some new characters and some new facts that made this book interesting. The reader got to see things from Tobias’s perspective and that was great.

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Fire – Kristin Cashore

Fire - Kristin Cashore

Original book title: Fire (Graceling Realm, #2)
Author: Kristin Cashore
Publisher: Storyside
Year of publication: 2014
Format: Audiobook
Duration: 12 h 24 min
Language: 
Swedish

This is the second book in the Graceling series and I really liked the first book, but I didn’t like this one.
Where to start..first of all I didn’t like any of the characters in this book. The protagonist, Fire was supposed to be strong, independent and smart, but I found her to be weak, clumsy and annoying! Continue reading

Graceling – Kristin Cashore

De Vackraste - Kristin Cashore

Original book title: Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
Author: Kristin Cashore
Publisher: Storyside
Year of publication: 2014
Format: Audiobook
Duration: 12 h 12 min
Language: 
Swedish

I like YA fantasy novels and this one was really great. The plot was a bit slow, yet entertaining. The protagonist, Katsa was awesome! She was a badass, strong and independent. I really admired her and was rooting for her the entire novel.
Prince Po was another great character! He was charming and complex. The relationship between them was cute and I liked that it wasn’t a typical YA romance!
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Tinkers – Paul Harding

Tinkers - Paul Harding

Original book title: Tinkers
Author: Paul Harding
Publisher: Ekholm & Tegebjer, 178 pages
Year of publication: 2012
Format: Hardcover
Language: Swedish

This book is part of my 2015 reading challenge

This is the first book I read written by the Pulitzer prize winner Paul Harding.
Reading this book is like going out on the lake with a rowing boat – it’s a great and romantic idea until it’s not. There are moments on the rowing boat where you appreciate the scenery for example, but you quickly realize that it is basically the same wherever you look. And when you try to get back to shore it takes much longer time than you thought. That is the exact same feeling I had while reading Tinkers. There are some beautiful parts in this book, but most of the time I was confused as a reader.

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Talon – Julie Kagawa

Talon - Julie Kagawa

Original book title: Talon (The Talon Saga #1)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Year of publication: 2015
Format: Audiobook
Duration: 12 h 32 min
Language: English

This is the first book in the Talon series by Julie Kagawa.

In Kagawa’s world dragons lives among us, hiding in human form. The dragons of Talon are becoming strong and they’re positioned to take over the world but the Order of St. George is hunting them down. This is a story about Ember Hill, a dragon hiding in human form. She wants to live the teen experience and enjoy summer before taking her destined place in Talon but the summer turns out to be challenging. Continue reading

Kalla det vad fan du vill – Marjaneh Bakhtiari

Kalla det va fan du vill - Marjaneh Bakhtiari,

Original book title: Kalla det vad fan du vill
Author: Marjaneh Bakhtiari
Publisher: Ordfront Förlag, 298 pages
Year of publication: 2006
Format: Paperback
Language: Swedish

This book is funny, depressing and insightful all at the same time. In the center of this book is the family Irandoust. They have left Iran for Sweden and the meeting with the new country and its people is not always painless, but with persistence and a positive attitude they learn more about themselves and the new culture.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Seth Grahame-Smith

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Seth Grahame-Smith

Original book title: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Author: Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith
Publisher: Månpocket, 317 pages
Year of publication: 2010
Format: Paperback
Language:
Swedish

This book is part of my 2015 reading challenge

When I first saw the cover of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies I knew I had to read it. The fact that this book is a mash-up between the classic story by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith’s own zombie world is amazing.

This is the story of the Bennet family and our heroine Elizabeth Bennet is a superhero determined to wipe out all the zombies but gets distracted when the arrogant Mr. Darcy arrives to here small town. Continue reading

Rogue – Julie Kagawa

Rogue - Julie Kagawa

Original book title: Rogue (The Talon Saga #1)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Year of publication: 2015
Format: Audiobook
Duration: 12 h 29 min
Language: English

This book is part of my 2015 reading challenge

This is the second book in the Talon series by Julie Kagawa. The first book, Talon ended with a cliffhanger that made me read this second book right away. I’m not disappointed at all! This book is full of action (more than the first book), many interesting characters and new twists. Continue reading