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30/06/2011

Summary - June


June was a busy month. I passed my final exam and can now boast of having a bachelor degree in library and information science. Next stop - a Master's degree! School starts again September 1st, so from now on till then it's work-work-work, read-read-read and SUN-SUN-SUN (hopefully). I won't be going on any actual holiday till mid-August, but am hoping to pass the summer with the above-mentioned and moving. I'm currently waiting for an apartment to become available through the university home association.. thingy (students only, so it's cheap and there's always new places opening up).

Just a few weeks ago I decided to slightly change Borough of Books and start posting more personal posts rather than solely reviews. However, due to my sudden freedom after the exams I read a book a day and have been posting a review Monday - Wednesday - Friday - I hope you don't mind!

Below is a summary of June. 14 posts in total! (this one not included)

29/06/2011

Moon Dance by J.R. Rain

Vampire for Hire series, book 1

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Mother, wife, private investigator...vampire. Six years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire.
Now the world at large thinks Samantha has developed a rare skin disease, a disease which forces her to quit her day job and stay out of the light of the sun. Now working the night shift as a private investigator, Samantha is hired by Kingsley Fulcrum to investigate the murder attempt on his life, a horrific scene captured on TV and seen around the country. But as the case unfolds, Samantha discovers Kingsley isn't exactly what he appears to be; after all, there is a reason why he survived five shots to the head.
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This book is a bit of a mess although it reads well. There are a lot of repetitions and there are a lot of contradictions. The plot has more holes than a Swiss cheese and it's really quite dreadfully simple. However, I was rather entertained while reading it and that's what counts.

I'm not quite sure how to classify it, because it's really more of a detective story which happens to be told by a soccer-mom turned vampire. The vampyric element is quite disappointing though. She was attacked and turned 6 years ago by an unknown and apparently she never did anything about it other than try and adapt and go on with life. There's absolutely no mystery and you've got to wonder why her sister is only now asking questions (which very elegantly easily explains everything the reader needs to know concerning how JR Rain defines vampires). Again, with the contradictions and plot holes, there are just a lot of questions and loose ends and I have to wonder who on earth edited this book. It also often skips a few scenes, supposedly to heighten the tension - problem is, it skips the wrong ones and you're sitting there wondering if you're ever going to get some sort of explanation to how something transpires.

It's got a lot of potential story lines to explore further, but it rather quickly just whizzes past them. Her scumbag husband, the suspecting policeman, the whole being a vampire-thing, the paranormal romance with the werewolf... It's really quite a shame. However so far the 4th book in the series is about to published, so I suppose things can be further delved into in the next few books.

Still though, it's a bit of sloppy book and I can only recommend it because it's still a relatively enjoyable read and it only cost me $0.99 on Amazon (kindle format).




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

26/06/2011

Flee Market

Yesterday I went to a fleemarket with my sister. She had a car full of toys to sell (her son, my nephew, is growing up way too quick!) and I decided to do a harsh but much needed cut on my extensive dvd-collection as well as try and sell some of all the books that only collect dust on the shelves after one read. I also brought some older/unused PC games, my dvd-player (replaced it recently with a bluray player) and some assorted junk stuff.

The market started at 9 am and we had to be there early to get a decent place so we decided to meet at her place around 8, and off we went. We were there at roughly 8.30 and the place was crammed with sellers and booths. It's held on a rather large parking lot and all spaces were taken. However, I noticed that the adjacent parking lot had a lot of room, so we parked there, opened the trunk and ended up with a prime spot! (illustration below as it's just too difficult to explain - hope it makes just a tiny bit sense).



We ended up having a really good day - we didn't sell an enormous amount, but enough to keep the fire going. I only sold two books, but one of them made it all worth it.

A young boy of about 10 years old came biking past, stopped, stepped off his bike, walked straight to my book-box, picked up the Danish paperback of Harry Potter 1, looked at it for a few minutes, then walked straight over to me and waved it in my general direction. He didn't speak a word, just nodded when I asked him if he wanted it and mutely handed me the money when I told him what it cost (I was more or less giving these books away, the prices were so low). He then took his book, put it in the bike's luggage rack and whizzed off again. I really hope he will enjoy that book as much as I did.


 (God, it really does look like a pile of trash - it's all good stuff this!)

24/06/2011

Pottermore

I was considering doing a blog post about Pottermore, but before I knew it the owls had all gathered and the countdown reached 3 - 2 - 1 - TADAAA!

... And then that was pretty much it.

At noon (British time) on Thursday the 23rd of June all was revealed. A video of Rowling is now available online where she introduces this new place called Pottermore which is apparently going be some interactive place where you'll be able to experience or re-experience the books and more as well as gain access to information about the books and characters that she's been hoarding all these years. What more is, that at Pottermore you will be capable of buying audiobooks and for the first time ever - e-books of the Harry Potter series.

Now this is all grand and exciting, but - this was it for now. The owls gathered and now they've left again. The actual site doesn't open till October this year. On July 31st (Harry's birthday) apparently some lucky few will gain early access and help shape the start of the community and experience, but all the rest will have to wait.

Though I'll obviously check it out once it's finally online, I can't help but be a little disappointed. So much tension, so much curiosity - and then being told we've got to wait another 3 months?!!


I'm absolutely kicking myself right now that I didn't take some screen shots myself, I was sitting there right at the final seconds and there were so many owls! I loved the graphics they did on this; if you hovered your mouse over the owls they'd shake and preen their feathers and leaves would fall of the tree.

A Dance of Cloaks by David Dalglish

Book 1 of the Shadowdance Trilogy.

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Thren Felhorn is the greatest assassin of his time. Marshalling the thieves’ guilds under his control, he declares war against the Trifect, an allegiance of wealthy and powerful nobles.
Aaron Felhorn has been groomed since birth to be Thren’s heir. Sent to kill the daughter of a priest, Aaron instead risks his own life to protect her from the wrath of his guild. In doing so, he glimpses a world beyond poison, daggers, and the iron control of his father.
Guilds twist and turn, trading allegiances for survival. The Trifect weakens, its reputation broken, its money dwindling. The players take sides as the war nears its end, and Thren puts in motion a plan to execute hundreds.
Only Aaron can stop the massacre and protect those he loves…
Assassin or protector; every choice has its consequences.
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It's a bit messy storyline and character-wise but it had me hooked from beginning to end.

There are an incredible amount of characters and story lines to keep track off and particularly in the first half of the book it doesn't always work. I was quite lost at times and just went with it, hoping that my memory would at some point flare back to life and remind me why this person was and why his or her doings were significant.

The war between the Trifect and the Thieves' Guilds is albeit interesting a bit of a mess. I don't feel like I ever got any real reason for what exactly was going on and why, and Thren's legendary skills are only mentioned never really shown. It was all just needed as a background story and setting for the main character Aaron, a young boy who has to either stand up to his father or watch everyone die.

Despite my complaints though I could not put it down. It is very well written and some of the characters I was really fond off, particularly Alyssa and Haern was dear to me and I couldn't help but fall for the faceless women.

All in all, you need a bit of patience to get started on it and pay good attention, but it's well worth the read in the end. Inspired by the likes of George RR Martin, Dalglish has made a fantastic and brutal world and population, and the story is both sinister and full of hope.



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

22/06/2011

Evermore by Alyson Noël

Book 1 of The Immortals series

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Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste…
Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.
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I was really disappointed with this book. Just 40 pages in it was very clear that this was a poor excuse of a Twilight rip-off; there are so many scenes, where basically the exact same things happen!

Ever Bloom (*insert snark*) is your average teenager - except she survived a horrible car crash that wiped out her family and left her with mind-reading abilities. She's busy pretending she doesn't exist and blocking out everybody with the exception of her two somehow-best friends Miles and Haven, when one day Mr. OMG-BEAUTIFUL walks in the class room (English, not Biology) and OH NO he has to sit next to her. But Damen is different from all the rest, she can't read his mind/aura! Hurrah!

Of course they engage in some pseudo-relationship which consists of him flirting with everyone else, kissing her till she forgets where she is and her cutting him off every other day because she gets a clue but then soon loses it again. Obviously they're soul mates (as they always are), and how can things not work out? Pardon my French, but the plot (or rather, lack of) is a bit of a cluster fuck and it's just so vile that something like this was not just published, but turned into a best-seller!?

The characters are all a bunch of boring stereotypes and I didn't care for any of them. Ever has no personality and is merely a shell so the reader can easily fill her shoes and play pretend. Haven is your token wannabe-goth-but-is-really-just-lacking-attention-from-parents, Miles is gay, a couple of girls are mean and then you've got Mr. Hot&Perfect a.k.a. Damen. Oh and his lethal and crazy ex-girlfriend.

The constant name-dropping of current and long dead celebrities was incredibly tiring and Damen, who's supposedly just so drop-dead gorgeous, clever, artistic and amazing is just such a one-dimensional character... Just like everyone else in this book. There's nothing to any of them. Or it.

Noël must have had the company of a really big bottle of wine and a copy of Twilight lying next to her when she wrote this book.It's a bit like a car crash - you can't help staring no matter how horrible the sight is. I couldn't stop reading, because I couldn't believe how bad this book was.




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

20/06/2011

Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean


James Matthew Barrie wrote Peter Pan in the start of the 20th century and it became a best-seller. In 1929 he gave the Great Ormond Street Hospital for sick children all rights to Peter Pan, meaning that all income it would bring from then on went to them. In time it has become a far greater gift that Barrie could ever have imagined.

In 2004 the Hospital for the first time ever decided to have a sequel written and a competition was held - Geraldine McCaughrean won and Peter Pan in Scarlet was the result.

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Something is wrong in Neverland. Strange dreams are leaking out and into the ordinary world and Wendy and the Lost Boys, now all grown-up, can only find one reason - Peter Pan needs their help.
When they return to Neverland it's a changed place; it's no longer the fantastic summer-island, it was in their childhood. Time (!), bitterness and sorrow has taken it's toll on the place and it's a scary world out there. Neverland was never safe, but now it's truly out to get you.
What's wrong with Peter Pan and who's the travelling man, Ravello?
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The problem with authors writing a story based on another's work is the risk of it either seeming like fan-fiction or just a poor imitation. Instead of making the story truly hers, McCaughrean tries to duplicate Barrie's way of writing and it just doesn't quite work. Sometimes she's close, but often it just feels off.

Neverland is a very complicated place and I think that Barrie's imaginative madness there is just not possible to duplicate. Pan returns as his complicated self, but he's slightly off. Wendy is the one character which McCaughrean nails completely, and the lost boys all grown up are also acceptable. I thought it was very clever the way they find their way back to Neverland and I did enjoy the various sub-plots.

I thought the main plot was fairly original and well thought through, but at the same time it was just also too simple and easy.  Peter Pan in Scarlet is by no means a great literary work, but as a fund-raiser it serves its purpose and I think a younger audience (for whom it was intended and won't over-think it) would enjoy it.
Myself, I'd prefer reading something completely by McCaughrean and see what she can do on her own.




228 pages / published in 2006
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2011

17/06/2011

Conqueror 1. Emperor of the Plains by Conn Iggulden

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He was born Temujin, the son of a khan, raised in a clan of hunters migrating across the rugged steppe. Temujin’s young life was shaped by a series of brutal acts: the betrayal of his father by a neighboring tribe and the abandonment of his entire family, cruelly left to die on the harsh plain. But Temujin endured—and from that moment on, he was driven by a singular fury: to survive in the face of death, to kill before being killed, and to conquer enemies who could come without warning from beyond the horizon.
Through a series of courageous raids against the Tartars, Temujin’s legend grew. And so did the challenges he faced—from the machinations of a Chinese ambassador to the brutal abduction of his young wife, Borte. Blessed with ferocious courage, it was the young warrior’s ability to learn, to imagine, and to judge the hearts of others that propelled him to greater and greater power. Until Temujin was chasing a vision: to unite many tribes into one, to make the earth tremble under the hoofbeats of a thousand warhorses, to subject unknown nations and even empires to his will.
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After the first 50 pages I wondered why I'd been so eager to read this. It was incredibly dull and just downright gross some of it (drinking fresh pony blood mixed with fresh pony milk - YUM). Thankfully I kept on reading and the plot picked up and it turned out rather good.

It starts out with Temujin's birth and childhood and moves on to his early adult years as he fights for all he believes in (survival and power) and starts to gather the tribes into one.

It's a bit hard following the story sometimes. Temujin's reasons for doing what he does is as such clear enough, but we never really get to know him properly and as such I for one felt a bit distanced to it all. I've never studied the history of Genghis Khan and as such it was very interesting to finally learn. I also much appreciated the epilogue Iggulden included where he highlights what's fiction and what's fact in his story so far. Iggulden actually travelled around rural Mongolia to gather the information for the books.

The Conqueror series consists of a total of four books; Wolf of the Plains (2007) (also known as Birth of an Empire), Lords of the Bow (2008), Bones of the Hills (2008) and Empire of Silver (2010).




659 pages / published in 2006
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2011

16/06/2011

Bookly News #1

I went to a couple of local bookshops today and once I again I was shocked by the prices. I love bookshops. I love walking amongst the shelves and bookcases, I love finding something new and I love recognizing books I've read reviews about online.

However, in Denmark books are incredibly expensive. A new hardback they'll happily charge over 300 dkk for (that's nearly $60). The reason is that first off we pay something like 25% of VAT. Second off - there's about 5½ million people in this small country of mine, so obviously the book market is equally small and thusly books become more expensive. Thirdly? They are all evil overlords who's decided to band together and charge overprices.

Still, much as I'd like to support the bookshops (they are a dying trade after all) I won't/can't, when I can buy the same book for sometimes less than half, online - and that's with shipping! Just to add insult to injury, most bookshops in Denmark have an abysmal selection of English books. I prefer reading in English as I don't think the Danish translations truly live up to the English language's complexity and colour (and, untranslated books are a tiny bit cheaper too!).


However I did manage to find one book. It was on sale, and though I'm really not fond of the YA paranormal romances I thought, what the heck? I'm out of books to read.  

Evermore by Alyson Noël, is the first book in the Immortals series and seems to have received a fairly good reception in the book blogs I follow.

There were a couple of other books there, but the description on the back of one of them had me in sarcastic giggles. It was something silly about a vampire school, a main character with several boy friends (woe is her) and playing detective to find the murder among her fellow vampyric classmates and teachers.

I was a bit surprised when I found these books on the shelves. I'm a friend of Maggie Stiefvater on Livejournal where I found the community where she and some others post short stories every once in a while. I was captivated by her writing style and have followed her ever since. I knew she'd published a number of books, but I was very surprised to find that she's been translated into Danish!

These are from The Wolves of Mercy Falls series and I'm fairly certain it's books 1 and 2 - Shiver and Linger. (Vildskab means savagery/wildness and Lidenskab means passion in Danish.)


To my great surprise and happiness the mail man had finally been there when I got home and this was in my mail box!

Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris. I can't wait to get started on it and see for myself what Sookie is up to now. I've mostly only heard good about this latest instalment in the Southern Vampire/Sookie Stackhouse series.

I was fairly disappointed by the previous book, Dead in the Family, so am really hoping this one will get the story back on track.


That's it for now, I'd better get reading!

14/06/2011

The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Olympians, book 4.

My review of The Lightning Thief - Percy Jackson and the Olympians, book 1 can be found here
My review of The Sea of Monsters - Percy Jackson and the Olympians, book 2 can be found here
My review of The Titan's Curse - Percy Jackson and the Olympians, book 3 can be found here

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Honestly, blowing up another school was the last thing I wanted to do.
As the son of a Greek God, I've had my share of near-death disaster. This summer, I didn't choose to battle the cheerleading squad, but when two hissing she-devils with fangs are heading straight for you, what's a half-blood meant to do?
That was just the beginning. This is the one where my arch-enemy Luke, is looking for a way to invade our camp via an ancient labyrinth. If he succeeds, thousands of bloodthirsty monsters will attack. So it's goodbye sunshine, hello darkness as four of us descend into the terrifying underground and beyond...
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It's still good entertainment, but it's also just getting a bit worn. The amount of things these kids manage to get themselves into and out of again is staggering, and even though this book is definitely darker than the rest it's still just a bit too much of a Disney fairytale. It also bugs me a bit that this great evil labyrinth which they make such a big fuss about is just a series of corridors really. Yes they get into a whole lot of trouble, but it's never truly the labyrinth out to get them, it's everybody else who happens to be down there or manning the exits.

The characters are pretty much at a standstill. We know who they are and this book is all about action. One main plot and a dozen sub-plots taking them out on short-cuts, detours and roundabouts. Percy is of course the main character, but equally important as always is Annabeth, Tyson and Grover, and new additions feature Rachel and Nico. The latter I'd love to learn more about as he seems genuinely interesting compared to Annabeth, who's just been stuffed full of all the stereotypical heroine ideals - strong, clever, broken heart, needs saving, etc.

I don't really know how to describe this book other than it's a good read all in all. I think it's easiest to compare it to some random cartoon on Disney Channel. It's something you'll watch while passing the time waiting for the more serious stuff and you'll find you rather enjoy it. The series as a whole is definitely worth a read, but now I'm also looking forward to reading the fifth and final book so I can put it behind me.



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

The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Olympians, book 3.

My review of The Lightning Thief - Percy Jackson and the Olympians, book 1 can be found here
My review of The Sea of Monsters - Percy Jackson and the Olympians, book 2 can be found here

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When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped.And now it's up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared -- a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever.
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Yet again an entertaining read.

I'm really enjoying myself with the Percy Jackson books; though often containing a pretty serious plot and mortal danger they are still very light and I'm usually in a good mood every time I put one of these books down.

Yet again we embark on a big adventure to save lives and the world in general. We're taken across the United States and once again I love how the old mythological creatures and tales are incorporated into a modern setting. Having just read Brandon Sanderson's "article" on the Laws of Magic I do think some solutions are a bit too easy to come by, but eh. I still enjoyed it. The story is very straightforward: Things happen, they fight, mythological creatures are hinted at and then revealed in all their glory, some people are hurt, some aren't. You'd think Percy would have read up on the mythologies by now, but still he relies on everybody else to fill him in. Obviously that's helpful for the reader, but Percy really should man up to the job by now. I can't tell you much beyond what it says in the summary for the risk of spoiling you, but I can say that it's pretty cool.

My good friend kiwiria made an excellent point, though, in her review of this book on Goodreads
[...] there are no descriptions of what life is like when there isn't a crisis in the making. The books are wonderfully action-filled, but I actually miss descriptions of everyday life at the camp. Such descriptions build the universe more thoroughly than handling the monster of the week.
All in all, I'm still recommending these books to anyone interested and looking forward to the next in the series.




334 pages / published in 2007
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2011

12/06/2011

News

I'd like to just take the time and tell you a little about the possible future of Borough of Books.

As some of you may know I also have the blog Northern Tower, but it's not updated often as I haven't had the time lately. I've been writing my bachelor paper and on Tuesday I'll be defending it and hopefully pass my exam and earn my Bachelor degree in library and information science.

Meanwhile it's struck me as a bit silly that when I finally do write something good for NT it's not seen by a whole lot as I barely do any PR for that blog. All my focus is on BoB. I've therefore decided to start posting more than just reviews/author interviews here (which reminds me I have to write one of those for Patricia Williams!). I'll still do a review every Tuesday and Friday, but from now on I'll just also post other (still book related) stuff once in a while, be it some random news or something funny I thought I'd share with you. Overall I hope to give BoB a tiny dash of personality as it is currently very sombre.

I've also been debating doing a monthly post/newsletter that basically just sums up reviews of the past month and maybe tells about what I plan for the upcoming month.

If you have any suggestions, critique or other comments I'd love to hear it.

10/06/2011

The Desert Spear by Peter V Brett

Book 2 of the Demon Cycle

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The sun is setting on humanity. The night now belongs to voracious demons that prey upon a dwindling population forced to cower behind half-forgotten symbols of power. Legends tell of a Deliverer: a general who once bound all mankind into a single force that defeated the demons. But is the return of the Deliverer just a myth? Perhaps not. Out of the desert rides Ahmann Jardir, who has forged the desert tribes into a demon-killing army. He has proclaimed himsef Shar'Dama Ka, the Deliverer, and he carries ancient weapons - a spear and a crown - that gives credence to his claim. But the Northerners claim their own Deliverer: the Warded Man, a dark, forbidding figure. Once the Shar'Dama Ka and the Warded Man were friends. Now they are fierce adversaries. Yet as old allegiances are tested and fresh alliances forged, all are unaware of the appearance of a new breed of demon, more intelligent - and deadly -  than any that have come before.
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Another masterpiece.

The Demon Cycle is so far, hands down, the best series I have read in a long time. Brett is an amazing author and the books are extremely well written.

The Desert Spear picks up some time not too long after The Warded Man ended, and it starts out with a detailed insight in Jardir, the leader of the Desert people (Krasnians). My first thought was "Nooo, I want to read about Arlen and Leesha and Rojer!!!", but then I actually read the text and I was utterly caught up in it. The culture and the society of the Krasnians is absolutely brutal and it is so well done. It seems like everything has been thought through down to the smallest detail and you can really tell as you read this entire book - it's brilliant. Later on we return to the Northern characters and watch as their stories intertwine.

I don't have enough words of praise for this story, the characters are so alive and you feel with them every step of the way. Brett juggles a numerous amount of point of views and each and every single one is a joy to read. The demons and the wards to fight them off, the people, the world; it's all just a cornucopia of fantastic writing and imagination.

I do not have a single complaint about this book, other than that I didn't want it to end. I love how everything turned out, I love how the characters grow and I love how well it all works.

The next book in the series (of which there are supposedly going to be five in total) is The Daylight War and it's expected possibly sometime in 2011 (the internet is exceedingly vague on this, and Brett's own website is an incredible mess, I'm afraid**). Whenever it comes out though, I'll be there. This is a must-read series! He's also written The Great Bazaar and Other Stories and Brayan's Gold which both include stories about Arlen and other familiar faces that were left out of The Warded Man.




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

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07/06/2011

Priestess of the White by Trudi Canavan

Age of the Five: Book One 

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In a land on the brink of peace—watched jealously by a ruthless cult from across the sea and beset by hidden enemies—five extraordinary humans must serve as sword and shield of the Gods.
Auraya is one.
Her heroism saved a village from destruction; now Auraya has been named Priestess of the White. The limits of her unique talents must be tested in order to prove her worthy of the honor and grave responsibility awarded to her. But a perilous road lies ahead, fraught with pitfalls that will challenge the newest servant of the gods. An enduring friendship with a Dreamweaver—a member of an ancient outcast sect of sorcerer-healers—could destroy Auraya's future. And her destiny has set her in conflict with a powerful and mysterious, black-clad sorcerer with but a single purpose: the total annihilation of the White. And he is not alone . . .
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Long but good.


Priestess of the White is a good book no doubt, I just ended up feeling like it was a little too long. Although the plot moved constantly and it was by no means boring it was just also very easy to put down.

For a book so focused on Gods, I think Canavan avoids the subject a bit. Auraya is one of the 5 chosen by the Gods, a high priestess, yet there's barely anything theological, which I suppose is both good and bad. There are no long boring parts about religion and worship, but for the reader there is just no real understanding of their faith either. It's just something that's there and so be it. I would like to know more about their magic too. The world it's set in though and it's inhabitants, both human and not-so-human, are all well-made and feels whole and real.

Canavan is very skilled at keeping a numerous amount of balls in the air at once. I think there were some 6-7 main point-of-views and some extras beyond that and each and everyone is an interesting read and you don't feel let down when it's time to hear what the other characters have to say or do. However, the main character, Auraya, actually to me feels like less of a major character. I'm far more interested in Emerahl, Leiard, Mirar and Tryss. All of their stories just seem more interesting than hers.

I'm not going to *not* recommend it to anyone, I definitely think it's worth a read. I just also think that her other series are better and should be prioritized as such. It's the first of a trilogy and I must admit it ended in such a way that I was very tempted to pick up the second book immediately to read on.




659 pages / published in 2006
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2011

03/06/2011

Wasteland by Patricia Wiliams

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Becca Wilkinson is a nobody, and those that are aware of her existence know her as "that quiet girl in the back of class", "loser", or her favorite - "that chick that killed all those people."
While most people at Leeville High have long forgotten Becca's role in the devastating car wreck that happened over a year ago, she still has nightmares. Her memories are in fragments and what little she remembers doesn't make sense--things like hearing voices and moving things without touching them.
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Very engaging and well written.

It was hard to put the book down, it was so captivating. I did not see the [spoiler] coming at all! I was a bit disappointed about the ending, as I feel there were too many questions unanswered, and the build-up didn't feel quite right.

I enjoyed the way it was written, it was very easy to follow and understand Becca's line of thought most of the time. I think more should have been done about her supposedly best friend Patrice though. They barely interact and Becca doesn't seem to know or care much about her friend. More could also have been done about the relationship with the Kin. Looking back, we're barely told anything, and the actions and words of some seem very random. It still provided a good interesting story line though and the plot was constantly on the move.

It's overall a bit fragmented, but I'm expecting answers to come. Wasteland is the first book in the Kin Trilogy and the second, Outlaws, is expected sometime soon(ish). I think I'd definitely enjoy reading the second book in the trilogy and see what happens, though I'm a bit concerned about where it will lead too. Book 1 was a bit anti-climactic, so if there's going to be huge showdown something in the future, things need to pick up the pace.




165 pages (ePub) / published in 2011
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2011

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Many thanks to the author for supplying me with a copy of the book.