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På bloggen her kan du finde anmeldelser af alt fra fantasy, science fiction, kærlighed, chicklit, YA og NA til historiske romaner, krimier, spændingsbøger, og hvad jeg ellers lige falder over, der ser spændende ud. Herudover er der bl.a. Book Hauls og Kommende Udgivelser, samt Månedlige Opsummeringer. Occasional posts/reviews in English.
~ Iben
Bibliotekar, bogblogger & boganmelder

30/09/2011

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments #1

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When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing - not even a smear of blood - to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know....
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The Mortal Instruments seemed to be all the rage at one point. They were everywhere and everybody apparently loved them. Well, I don't. Having read the first one now, I have no desire or need to read the next in the series. The characters didn't appeal to me, nor did the story. The whole thing seemed bloated and though I can't put a finger on it, I feel like I've seen it all before.

A few hundreds pages in I discovered that Clare started out writing Harry Potter fan fiction and suddenly it all made sense. The mundanes (the muggles), the Steele (wands) and Clarissa (Cassandra)'s centre role as oblivious to everything magical till the day she's revealed to be special. I don't mind fan fiction at all, but in my eyes, City of Bones, seems very much like a piece of fanfic rather than a truly original piece of fiction. And it's not that all good.

Bottom line is, I don't understand all the hype about the book, it didn't appeal to me and it was too full of clichés and things you've seen in films since the 90's. 2 stars for all that, but an extra 3rd star for at least being somewhat well written.





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

29/09/2011

I'm back, baby!

Who am I kidding? I can't stay away!

After 10 days of break from BoB I've got two reviews lined up and will try and give it a go with updating every Friday. Posts may be sporadic though depending on school work and moving.

Upcoming reviews are City of Bones by Cassandra Clare and The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.

I redecorated the place by the way, any thoughts?

Many thanks for the supportive comments on my last post. <3 you all!

19/09/2011

Taking a step back to admire the view

Hi all,

I'm afraid I'm going to have to hold a rather unwanted hiatus for a little while. University is grinding us hard against rough stone and mountains of reading material and I find that I barely have the energy to read fiction let alone review it. On top of that I'm also in the middle of buying an apartment and holy cow I did not see that coming!! (I was just planning on renting).

Point is, as much as I loathe to take yet another break, BoB only gives me a guilty conscience right now and that sucks! I will still be around, reading and commenting, I just won't post for, well, until I'm settled in at the new place (a month and a bit?)

Lots of love to all readers and lots of admiration for all of you who makes this seem like the easiest hobby ever :)

- Iben

13/09/2011

Vampire for Hire, books 2 and 3, by J.R. Rain

My review of Vampire for Hire #1 - Moon Dance - can be found here.

Vampire for Hire #2

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Now in VAMPIRE MOON, sequel to MOON DANCE, private investigator Samantha Moon finds herself hunting down a powerful crime lord and protecting an innocent woman from her ruthless ex-husband — all while two very different men vie for her heart. And as the stakes grow higher and her cases turn personal, Samantha Moon will do whatever it takes to protect the innocent and bring two cold-blooded killers to justice — her own brand of justice.
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Vampire for Hire #3

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Now in AMERICAN VAMPIRE, sequel to VAMPIRE MOON, private investigator Samantha Moon receives a heartbreaking phone call from a very unlikely source: a five-year-old girl who's been missing for three months. Now on the hunt, Samantha will use her considerable resources - including her growing supernatural abilities - to locate the missing girl before it's too late. And as she gets closer and closer to the horrible truth, she receives devastating news on the home front. Now with her world turned upside down, Samantha Moon is forced to make the ultimate choice of life and death.
And through it all, she discovers the identity of one mysterious man...a man she has grown to love.
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First off, it's annoying how short the books are and how up to 20% of the kindle book is actually just spam for other books by the author. Book 3 ended at 80% !!!! ( location 3769 of 4686 -- that's a damn short book)

I bought book 2, Vampire Moon, on a whim, was hooked and because of Rain's constant (over)use of cliffhangers I just -had- to buy book 3, American Vampire, immediately. Neither were very expensive (book 3 was the least cheapest at $4). However though I'd love to read book 4 immediately as I'm extremely annoyed because of yet another really frustrating cliffhanger ending in book 3, book 4 is simply way too overpriced right now at almost $7. Considering how short these books are and how very likely it is, that this isn't anywhere near the end of the series, (and let's face it, how bad this book series really is, my brain just won't admit it) I'm not paying that much for it. A ton of short books at an increasing, but still small price can become far too pricey for any reader in the end!

The books are captivating though and quite hard to put down and a very fast read. Problems with them, includes but aren't limited to, how Sam falls for any man she comes in contact with, how she keeps commenting on how cute she is, how little there is to many of the characters and their relationships, how little sense some of Sam's actions make, how things seem to turn into a somewhat Sookie Stackhouse series rip off, how things and "facts" are repeated endlessly AND how little she still knows about her vampiric condition despite having been one for more than 6 years.

I think a lot of the problems comes down to bad editing or the total lack of it. However, I'm still completely hooked, and the series have become a very guilty pleasure for me.

I'm reviewing the books together (well, I'm rambling anyway) because basically the whole series so far just reads as one long never-ending not-always-very-exciting tale of what goes on in the life of mother-and former-federal-agent-now-turned-vampire-working-as-a-private-investigator-but-still-quite-clueless Samantha Moon - a.k.a. Sam. She's battling her scumbag of a cheating husband, she's struggling to be a good mother, she pretends to have a skin disease as a cover for not being able to tolerate sunlight, she's constantly focused on how much of a freak she is and how good she makes freakish look and last but not least, she's kind of dating a werewolf. And then there's the mysterious Fang, whom she chats with online and tells *everything* despite usually keeping her supernatural state a secret.

Like I said, guilty pleasure.




short and shorter (no page number given) / published in 2010 and 2011
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2011

10/09/2011

Summary - August

I totally forgot to sum up August! But then again it was a brief month for me and BoB as I held a week's break while on holiday in Turkey.

I read approximately 9 books and reviewed 5.

Below is a summary of August. 7 posts in total!


09/09/2011

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Firelight #1

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A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.
Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki—a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.
Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away—if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.
Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.
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I wasn't terribly impressed by Firelight. Jacinda is an incredible annoying main character and I really struggled to like her - now I finally understand the harsh words some have said about Bella from Twiligt. Jacinda is a whiny little brat and rather than do anything about anything she just whines and moans in silence. Even when she occasionally attempts to stand up to her mother, her sister, and all the others who expect her to roll over and be quiet, she does it so half-heartedly, it downright pisses me off.

She also spends *ages* moaning about how she can't be with him (Will - the almost, but not quite Edward) but how she absolutely must, but she really shouldn't, but oh to hell with it and does it anyway. Their instant deep love (*sigh*) is of the worst YA kind and I dread to think that any young adult will think such "love" is in any way depicted realistically.

Beyond all that it's not a book where you're supposed to contemplate the setup or the surroundings. Full of holes and unanswered issues, it's left floating in the breeze, while all attention is focused on Jacinda and her... issues. I think this would have been an amazing book if it had centered around an adult rather than a teenager, provided that the adult didn't throw herself into the most vain love affair ever, of course. The whole Draki thing is really rather interesting and I would have loved to know more about the Pride and well just the whole magical part of it, as well as the Hunters. But Jacinda only gives us a very superficial I don't really care view of it and that's a real shame.

I give it 3 stars because despite Jacinda tempting me to strangle her through the pages, it's moderately well written (but in first person and present time which very few authors manage to pull off successfully) and the cliffhanger ending did leave me wanting to get my hands on the second book in the series, Vanish.





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

02/09/2011

Inside Out by Maria V Snyder

Insider, #1

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I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.
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Inside Out contains a well written great concept. Because I'm vehemently against spoilers there are so many things I can't tell you, but having finished it, despite the thrill and despite the oooh- factor I somewhat feel like I just read through the script of yet another sci-fi run-of-the-mill Hollywood film.

It's decent entertainment but you just kind of feel like you've seen it all before and there isn't a horrible much to the characters. Like in a film, rather than really giving us a in-depth look on who they are and why they do what they do, you're supposed to just emphatize with them through their actions. Though I like Trella, I found her initial reasoning for what sparked the entire rest of the plot so diffuse that I had to end up just outright ignoring it. Because of Trella's handy "I don't care about others" stanza Snyder doesn't even have to properly introduce all the other characters, and with most of them you're left with only the vaguest most stereotypical clue as to why they chose to get involved rather than just spill the beans to the authorities, and a lot of things just seem to happen a bit too smoothy.

Despite my complaints though I was still enjoyed the book and I found it difficult to put down. Because of my ambivalence I hovered somewhere between 2 stars and 4 stars and ended up on the lather, because... It's worth the read and I must also say my opinion of Inside Out rose considerably when I read Outside In immediately after (review to come). As a whole the story the two books contain really works and I enjoyed it a lot (They are also both so relatively short the publishers could easily just have published them as one rather than two books).




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

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I think this review comes off harder than I meant it to be, mostly because there's so much going on in my life right now that I don't feel like I have energy to dedicate to writing really good reviews. Hopefully once I get back to school (going back to University in next week to start on the path to get the cand.scient.bibl degree (that's the Danish name for it in my field of study (library information etc), what comes after a Bachelor degree in the UK/US?) I'll be more in the zone for writing and thinking and spouting smart stuff.