Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Dracula - Bram Stoker (book review)

So I have reread and listen to one of my old time favorit classic books, Dracula by Bram Stoker

Story
The tale begins with Jonathan Harker, a newly qualified English solicitor, visiting Count Dracula in the Carpathian Mountains on the border of Transylvania, Bukovina, and Moldavia, to provide legal support for a real estate transaction overseen by Harker's employer. At first enticed by Dracula's gracious manners, Harker soon realizes that he is Dracula's prisoner. Wandering the Count's castle against Dracula's admonition, Harker encounters three female vampires, called "the sisters", from whom he is rescued by Dracula. After the preparations are made, Dracula leaves Transylvania and abandons Harker to the sisters. Harker barely escapes from the castle with his life.
Not long afterward, a Russian ship, the Demeter, having weighed anchor at Varna, runs aground on the shores of Whitby. The captain's log narrates the gradual disappearance of the entire crew, until the captain alone remained, himself bound to the helm to maintain course. An animal resembling "a large dog" is seen leaping ashore. The ship's cargo is described as silver sand and 50 boxes of "mould", or earth, from Transylvania.

My Thoughts
I remember the first time I read this book and how much I loved it and I have no reread it and I still love this. This is by now a very old book but the books is still brilliant and so full of life.

I enjoy the way Bram Stoker writes and how this story is told. It gives and insight from different perspective which, I find, drives the story forward. We get to know a lot of what is going on from different points of views. The story is thrilling, and funny at the same time.

This is a classic and a classic I love and are gonna reread a lot because it is a brilliant book. This is one of the book who got me hooked into vampire stories and well written books at the same time. It has done so much for me and I hope more people will read it and understand how brilliant it is. The age of the book is not a problem because even if the book has a old language and a different way of telling things, it is still easy to understand and gives a depth to the language.

I love this book and can really recommend it to other people

Take Two by Traci Hayden (release tour)

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Monday, 25 April 2016

Corralling Kenzie (The Winters Sisters #4) - Joanne Jaytanie (book review)

I got this book for an honest review

Story
Will Kenzie ever find peace and security inside the corrals of her ranch again?

Kenzie Vaughn is lucky to have a big-city, big-paycheck position. But her great job serves as nothing more than the path to her dream: a horse boarding and training ranch outside the big city. Kenzie is a horsewoman who loves Dobermans and peaceful country living. Now she’s found the perfect ranch, right next door to a lovely campus that houses the Winters Corporation. Her luck is holding, for the Corporation is run by the Winters’ sisters, wonderful women who could easily grow to become great friends.

One night her peace was shattered by a gunshot that wounded her horse, Boone. Good thing for Kenzie, Victory Winters is a veterinarian. Still the gunshot was no accident, and Kenzie’s past and the Winters’ present are dangerously intertwined. Kenzie is sucked into a vortex of rogue scientists who only want her for her DNA. Fortunately, the Winters Corporation can help. Even better, a Special Ops team member, Logan Mendoza, is assigned to watch her ranch. He isn’t interested in Kenzie’s DNA; he wants her for much more. Logan takes Kenzie’s personal security personally.

Will corralling Kenzie become Logan’s full-time mission?

My Thoughts
This book is, I dont know it gives me mixed feelings. Some parts of me just really enjoys the book and other parts of me is like “meh”. The story is very interesting and well written. But it feels like something is missing but I cant really say what it is.
The cover is beautiful and do represent the story in some aspect but not in others. This story is a bit different, but that is in a good way. I enjoyed it but I think that due to everything going on around me made me not really appriciate this book as much as I had hoped. The book was a quick easy read. I wish I could tell what I feel is missing but when I dont know myself its hard. I just know I got the feeling that something was missing.

I would recommend for others to read this book because it isnt a bad book or a badly written story, it is just not a book that cought me which is strange due to my love of dogs and animals. The book is worth reading.

Corralling Kenzie by Joanne Jaytanie (release tour)

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account - Miklos Nyiszli (book review)

I decided to read something different, something real and with history to deepened my knowledge and because I enjoy reading different things so I picked this book up... and I shouldnt wright this now because I think I need days weeks or months to really digest this book.

BuyLinks
Buy it as paperback here
Buy it as ebook here
Buy it as audio book here

Story
When the Nazis invaded Hungary in 1944, they sent virtually the entire Jewish population to Auschwitz. A Jew and a medical doctor, the prisoner Dr. Miklos Nyiszli was spared death for a grimmer fate: to perform "scientific research" on his fellow inmates under the supervision of the man who became known as the infamous "Angel of Death" - Dr. Josef Mengele. Nyiszli was named Mengele's personal research pathologist. In that capactity he also served as physician to the Sonderkommando, the Jewish prisoners who worked exclusively in the crematoriums and were routinely executed after four months. Miraculously, Nyiszli survived to give this horrifying and sobering account.

Thoughts
This is a pretty short read but it is very interesting. This book had, for me, new insights and a new perspectives. I dont even know what to wright because this is a memory, about a horror that struck Europe and the short weeks of a doctor who does everything he can to survive.

What I did like about the book is that you can see what made Miklós Nyiszli surive. The book is pretty clean and dont have a lot of emotions but I can imagine that is for different reasons. It was a way he had to put himself in to survive and also a state he had to put himself into to be able to wright this book and tell his story which otherwise may never have been told.

I think it will take days to really digest the book and it will probably take a few days to wright a good review but how do you describe a book that is so real, about a horrible subject without it to be clice?

Saying that the book is good or I enjoyed reading it sounds so wrong when the subject is so horrible. I did learn from the book and got another view of Auschwitz from the one I have from being their, from family who was there.

This was a very interesting read and it gave me a new perspective and new thoughts and feelings.

Narrator for the audio book
I also have this book as an audio book and have listen to it and the narrator is Noah Michael Levine and he does it really well. He tells the story in a perfect way with a calm voice but that captures you and drags you into the story. It feels like you are listening to the one who wrote the book so this audio book is really great and the narrator does a perfect job with it.

River of Love by Melissa Foster (release tour)

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Rise of Alpha by Lorenz Font. (pre-order blast)

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court by Kim Iverson Headlee (relaunch tour)

King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court - Kim Iverson Headlee (book review)

I got this book for an honest review

Story
Morgan le Fay, 6th-century Queen of Gore and the only major character not killed off by Mark Twain in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, vows revenge upon the Yankee Hank Morgan. She casts a spell to take her to 1879 Connecticut so she may waylay Sir Boss before he can travel back in time to destroy her world. But the spell misses by 300 miles and 200 years, landing her in the Washington, D.C., of 2079, replete with flying limousines, hovering office buildings, virtual-reality television, and sundry other technological marvels.


Whatever is a time-displaced queen of magic and minions to do? Why, rebuild her kingdom, of course—two kingdoms, in fact: as Campaign Boss for the reelection of American President Malory Beckham Hinton, and as owner of the London Knights world-champion baseball franchise.


Written as though by the old master himself, King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court by Mark Twain as channeled by Kim Iverson Headlee offers laughs, love, and a candid look at American society, popular culture, politics, baseball...and the human heart.
 

My Thoughts
This book is a really great book. It is a continuing story from Mark Twains story about the famous king. I dont really know what to say about the book more than that I really enjoyed reading it. The story is well written and well presented. IT is easy to follow and from time to time very funny.

I like the style the book is written in, and how it is presented. I couldnt put the book down when I was reading it so my reading before bed turned out to be a whole nighter. Even if this book is different from other books I have read latley, it is still a really good read and the mix of things and the mix of feelings it gives me is awesome.

I can really recommend this book to others.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Eldest: Book Two (The Inheritance cycle) - Christopher Paolini (book review)

This weekend I had some down time so I took time to finish reading some books I have had started but never got around to read. This is the first one

Buy Links
Get it as paperback here

Story
Darkness falls…despair abounds…evil reigns…

Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems. Before long, Eragon doesn’t know whom he can trust.

Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle–one that might put Eragon in even graver danger.

Will the king’s dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life. . . .

My Thoughts

I first read this book when it was new and I read it in my native language Swedish. I got the whole set as a gift in English a while ago and I remembered liking Eragon but hating this one and I really mean that I hated it. I did reread Eragon and like it and then started with this one just so I would have read it before continue in with the series. I was so surprised that I ended up loving this book. I dont  know if it has something to do with age or what it is but this book is solid and is way better than Eragon if I will be honest.

There is a lot going on in this book but still, this book is more about Ergaon and Saphiras training and how things exist and feelings and thoughts. It has a depth that I cant find in the first book. This shows a maturety from the author and it is more fantasy than the first one. I enjoyed reading this book and was so inlove with it. It captured me and following Eragon and Saphira, Varden and Roran… It was just perfect and we had thoughts, feelings, deaths, pain, fights and everything you can wish for.

I understand that a lot of people would find this book boring but this has a strenght that you find in a lot of really good fantasy. I really enjoyed this book this time around.

The Guardian by Jacquie Biggar (release blitz )

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Edge of the heat 3 - Lisa Ladew (book review)

I have previously written reviews of the two first books in the series “Edge of the Heat” and no I will write about the third book in the series.

Buy linkes
Get it as paperback here
Get it as e-book for $0.99 here

Synopsis
Emma and Craig have secured their love and put Emma's evil ex-husband behind bars, but the biggest threat still looms. Now Hawk is forced on the run and only Vivian can save him. Vivian finds herself deeply desiring Hawk every time she sees him, but he still holds her at arm's length, and worse, he sometimes seems to push her away. She knows taking him to her family's cabin in the woods is a bad idea. A horrible idea. But she also knows she'll do anything to keep him safe.

Caught together, will Vivian reveal her true feelings to Hawk?

Will Hawk reveal his true feelings to himself?

And when Norman escapes from prison, who will save Emma?

No cliffhanger.

My thoughts
I have been in love with this series ever since I read the first book in the series. The first book ends in a cliffhanger so I bought book two and loved that one as much. It took me a while to buy the rest of the books in the series but now have I don’t it and this third book is as good as the first once. I so love this book and I don't really know what to say.

We get to follow the story from the first book but this is different in so many levels. The story is full of suspension and love and doubts and trouble and care. I really enjoyed how things happens and how there is a red thread in the story. It is easy to follow as a reader. There is fast parts with a lot of things going on followed by love and slower parts so that the reader can catch their breath from the thrill and get to hold the breath for the love and romance and then off, to more thrill. The way this is happening is very natural and written in a very good way. It was really easy to follow and I never got bored of it.

I enjoy how we get to know the characters on a different level and that we get to follow the story from different angles and how this is possible without losing the reader. I enjoy following Emma, Craig, Emma-Craig, Vivian, Hawk, Vivian-Hawk and everything that is going on. It is an amazing job and I couldn't stop reading when I started.

This book made me laugh and cry. My heart did race both due to the story as a thrilling story and as a romance story. This is a romance story with a depth which I really enjoyed. I also like that this book doesn't end in a cliffhanger. It is nice to sometimes have an end, even if there is more books in the series, having endings is nice and needed. I can really recommend this story and this series because it is really awesome and I really love it.