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~ Iben
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28/01/2011

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire is the second in the Hunger Games trilogy.

My review of the first book, Hunger Games, can be found here.

WARNING: This review contains spoilers for the first book!

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After winning the brutal Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen returns to her district, hoping for a peaceful future. But Katniss starts to hear rumours of a deadly rebellion against the Capitol. A rebellion that she and Peeta have helped to create. As Katniss and Peeta are forced to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. Unless Katniss and Peeta can convince the world that they are still lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying. This is the terrifying sequel to "The Hunger Games".
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Another amazing page turner from Suzanne Collins

The districts are on the verge of an uprising against the tyrant Capitol and President Snow. Katniss fears for her life and those around her as she realises that her act of defiance against the Hunger Games - the defiance that saved both her and Peeta, can now get them all killed. The Capitol does not appreciate being outwitted and it certainly doesn't appreciate the growing unrest in the districts. Katniss and her mockingjay become the symbol of rebellion and there's nothing she can do to stop it as she's pulled back into yet another horrendous fight for survival.

Catching Fire isn't as good as Hunger Games, but it comes very close. I couldn't put the book down once I started. To quote my good friend Kiwiria from Goodreads:
>>Suzanne Collins really has a way with words that draws you in, and doesn't let you go again until the last page is turned. The games are so atrocious, the deaths so futile that one can't help but be effected.<<

It was once again so well written, I love Katniss and all the other characters, and I love the story and where it's heading. It leaves us hanging on the most thrilling cliffhanger and I'm absolutely dying to get reading the third and final book, Mockingjay.




472 pages / published in 2009
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2011

25/01/2011

Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Towers of Midnight (Wheel of Time, #13; A Memory of Light, #2) was partially written by Robert Jordan before his death in 2007. Brandon Sanderson was chosen to take over and he has done a masterful job. Memory of Light was supposed to be just one final book, but so much remained to be told, that they split it into 3.

My review of The Gathering Storm (Wheel of Time # 12; A Memory of Light #1)

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The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One's prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unravelling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight.
The Sun has begun to set on the Third Age.
Perrin Aybara is now hunted by spectres from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, and unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck. To prevail, he must seek answers in Tel'aran'rhiod and find a way - at long last - to master the wolf within him or lose himself to it forever.
Meanwhile, Matrim Cauthon prepares for the most difficult challenge of his life. The creatures beyond the stone gateways - the Aelfinn and the Eelfinn - have confused him, taunted him and left him hanged, his memory stuffed with bits and pieces of other men's lives. He had hoped that his last confrontation with them would be the end of it, but the Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills. The time is coming when he will have to dance with the Snakes and the Foxes, playing a game that cannot be won. The Tower of Ghenjei awaits, and its secrets will reveal the fate of a friend long lost.
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Avid readers of the Wheel of Time series have followed these characters and their stories through 13 books now over 11 years (the first book, Eye of the World, was published in January 1990). I've been reading them since 2005 or so, and my sole attempt to reread them, got me stuck halfway through book 5. They are very heavy books and for most people it's a love or hate relationship.

The Wheel of Time series is coming to an end and there's much left still to be told. Towers of Midnight is like it's predecessor The Gathering Storm a massive book. Towers of Midnight follows more or less all the main characters (unlike tGS that only followed a handful). It took me a while to get back into it and still it was quite a mouthful. There are so many story lines, and so much going on, and just trying to remember what had happened in the prior books or the significance of the appearance of a character was at points a struggle.

However, it was extremely interesting to read and I loved it. A lot of the characters and their stories have been tied back together and it's all now moving (mostly) in the right direction. In many ways, it has been so nice to finally see some solutions and conclusions to some of the characters' long long journeys. They have all grown to the task of preparing their world to the final battle between good and evil, and it's been such a pleasure, particularly in this book, to follow them.

I'm still very happy with Brandon Sanderson, he's done an amazing job, taking over this series, and again, like with book 12, I must admit I actually prefer his style of writing over Jordan's. It's every bit as engaging and fantastic, but it is less heavy and thus easier to read.

The final book, A Memory of Light, should arrive sometime in March 2012, and once again I eagerly await it.Towers of Midnight leaves several things hanging and I want to see how it goes!




861 pages / published in 2010
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2011

21/01/2011

Follow Friday

20/01/2011

Eternal Sleep

I had planned to post a review today of Towers of Midnight, but unfortunate recent events has hindered me from reading more than only half of it so far.

My grandmother died this morning after nearly a week in the hospital. She's been chronically ill for a long period and now, it seems, was her time and her body slowly finally gave up. She's found peace now and is out of her misery. I hope you'll all bear with me as it will take a little while longer for me to get some proper content up.

~iben

13/01/2011

About a Boy by Nick Hornby

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Will is thirty-six but acts like a teenager. He reads the right magazines, goes to the right clubs and knows which trainers to wear. He also discovered a great way to score with women - at single parents' groups, full of available mothers, all waiting for Mr Nice. That's where he meets Marcus, the oldest twelve-year-old in the world. Marcus is a bit strange: he listens to Mozart, looks after his mum and he's never even owned a pair of trainers. Perhaps if Will can teach Marcus how to be a kid, Marcus can help Will grow up.
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About a Boy was written in 1998, and takes place in 1993-94. It is one of my favourite books of all time, and I have reread it several times since I first read it at age 17 or so back in 2005.

I want to use a lot of big shiny clever words to describe this book, but my mind is failing me. The story contains psychology, sociology, a time period's culture, and some of the most well written characters I've ever encountered all wrapped up into a brilliant story. It has some of the most accurate and entertaining comments on human behaviour and it contains the best humour style in the world: the British.

Will is immensely shallow and all about himself and desperately trying to avoid facing real life, while Marcus is utterly clueless but still knows he has to take action before bad things happen, again. Following their lives, their achievements and their growing friendship has once again been one of my favourite reads and I heartily recommend it.




278 pages / published in 1998
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2011

09/01/2011

Stylish Blogger Award

I have been awarded the Stylish Blogger Award by both Book Noise and WordsInSync, so thank you very much, both of you :)

Now, the rules for receiving the award are:

   1. Make sure to give thanks and a shout out to the person or people that gave you the award.  Make sure to include their link.
   2. Share 7 things about yourself
   3. Pass the award on to 15 other bloggers you think have style
   4. Contact your 15 blogger choices to notify them of their award

 As always though I'm horrible at following rules and have managed only to find 12 people to nominate. Not because there aren't hundreds more out there to nominate/award this award to, I'm purely just too lazy and too overwhelmed. (15 is a bit much, I swear these things get more and more demanding!)
  1. All Things Historical Fiction
  2. My Favourite Books
  3. Ashley's Bookshelf
  4. Man of la Book
  5. Preternatural Primer
  6. Cat's Thoughts
  7. Tiny Library
  8. I Read Banned Books 
  9. Xenophobic Bibliophile 
  10. TicToc
  11. The Life of a Bookaholic
  12. Blkosiner's Book Blog
7 Things:
I've got big plans for my immediate future, I own a big teddy Eeyore, I only drink water, I'm a chockoholic, I prefer silver jewellery, I'm trying to lose weight, and I'm rubbish at geography.

07/01/2011

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games #1

My review of the second book, Catching Fire, can be found here.
My review of the third book, Mockingjay, can be found here.

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In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to death before - and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
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The best book ever?

I devoured this book, I couldn't put it down, it's utterly amazing! I don't even know where to begin, how do you describe perfection?

It's extremely well written and the story is so engaging. I initially just picked it up to read the first few pages to decide whether or not to read it now - I couldn't put it back down again. It had me hooked in less than two pages!

Katniss is an incredibly well created character, she is so real and I felt with her the entire book. Nothing she did seemed out of character. In fact all the characters encountered in the book, both the good and the bad, are the same. They have more to them, and you can follow them and feel them.

The world it takes place in is basically the future; North America has one way or the other collapsed and there is now the nation of Panem. It is gloomy and deadly and its story is so detailed and rich. The story is very harsh. It's survival of the fittest with young people forced to fight each other on live TV by a dictating Capitol to keep the enslaved districts down.  It's about so much more than just survival though. It's about human nature and the psychological aspect of this book is so well written, it blows me away.

There are both very dark and quite gruesome scenes in the book, but the story is so enthralling and it is told in such a way that you cannot stop reading. Constantly the plot moves forwards and you're sitting on the edge of your chair reading it, dying to find out what happens next. I have already ordered the next two books in the trilogy, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, and I can't wait for them to arrive.




374 pages / published in 2008
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2011

03/01/2011

Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

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17 year-old Kelley Winslow doesn’t believe in Faeries. Not unless they’re the kind that you find in a theatre, spouting Shakespeare—the kind that Kelley so desperately wishes she could be: on-stage, under lights, with a pair of sparkly wings strapped to her shoulders. But as the understudy in a two-bit, hopelessly off-off-Broadway production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, wishing is probably the closest she’s going to get to becoming a Faerie Queen. At least, that’s what she thinks... In this fun, urban fantasy, Kelley's off-stage life suddenly becomes as complicated as one of Shakespeare’s plot twists when a night-time trip to Central Park holds more than meets the mortal eye
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A YA fairy tale.

Wondrous Strange is the first of faerie trilogy and is on top of that, the debut novel of Livingston. It's well written and engaging, and I'm sure the target YA age group will love it. Personally I found the romance a bit too simple minded (but maybe I'm just an old crone when I shake my head at girls falling in love with beautiful men they've only seen a passing glimpse off). However the romance does evolve into a sweet story and the plot is filled to the brim with magic, action and faeries.

It was well written and I found the faeries' history and background most interesting. The characters are not the most evolved creations ever, but they do work.

I took me a long time to make up my mind about what I actually thought of this book. Up until half way through, it was merely okay, but from then on the plot developed and got deeper and far more interesting, and I've ended up quite liking it. The YA romance it contains is a bit too... YA for me I guess, but the story was very original and sweet and it is well written, so I will be generous and give it 4 stars. Following this book is Darklight and the soon to be published Tempestuous.




266 pages / published in 2009
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2011