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~ Iben
Bibliotekar, bogblogger & boganmelder

30/10/2012

Broken Sky by Chris Wooding

The Broken Sky series was originally published as 9 books, but in 2007-08 republished into the author's originally intended trilogy. I've read the 3 translated books.

Broken Sky is the story of two mirrored worlds, the Dominions and Kirin Taq. It’s about a pair of twins who find themselves torn from the safety of their home and thrown into the conflict, and how they become key players in the battle for both dimensions against the despotic King Macaan and his daughter.
(from the author's page about the series)

The 3 books:
  • Twilight War (Broken Sky: Act 1)
  • Communion (Broken Sky: Act 2)
  • The Citadel (Broken Sky: Act 3)

I'll start out by saying that I can't review the language/writing in the books. The Danish translations are absolutely horrendous, to the point where you sometimes wonder if they ran sentences through Google Translate. HOWEVER - the story is pretty intricate, awesome, action-filled and dramatic and I quite enjoyed it. Some of the characters are a bit too basic, but the plot really isn't. The tone is sometimes a bit silly, even childish, but some of the events are downright brutal - there is no mercy.

Do not be fooled by the covers (illustrated here are the Danish ones). All of them, original language and translated ones, just scream... something negative, I have nothing against the style at all, it's just not a good version of it. Though definitely incredible inspired and influenced by the Japanese cartoon style Manga and Anime, it's proper novels with "proper" writing (as in, not in the least, a cartoon). Having seen Animes though, is a help, because it's so easy to imagine the monsters and creatures in the books when you know what style they derive from. I would actually quite love to see them as an animated TV series.

Ironically – since it was born from the desire to write an animated series – Broken Sky went into development as an animated series. They’d even got to the stage of making trailers – which looked fantastic – but sadly the project has since died. Oh well…
(from the author's page about the series


The 3 books are very similar and all got 3 stars each. They are so inseparable that I read them back to back - obviously you don't have to do that, but I think I would have had trouble remembering who's who and why and what if I hadn't done it like that.


986 pages (3 books) / originally published in 1999-2001
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2012

25/10/2012

Divergent by Veronica Roth

One choice decides your friends
One choice defines your beliefs
One choice determines your loyalties - forever
One choice can transform you

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

Divergent was a great read. Unable to put it down I sped through it and loved every second. I had heard a lot of positive hype about it and it didn't disappoint!

The dystopian world is very well formed (though... a bit too fantasy), and I really liked both main characters and side kicks. I especially liked the mind set of Beatrice and following her struggles to adapt to her choice. The romance felt very real (and steamy!). I did have a few annoyances along the way and am never a fan of open endings with very little, if any, closure, but the writing style and the general story still earned it 5 stars and I look forward to reading book 2 - Insurgent (despite the somewhat bad reviews that one is getting).


487 pages / published in 2011
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2012

16/10/2012

Readathon Wrap-Up and Reviews

The readathon was fabulous. It was really quite addicting to read that much in such little time, focusing solely on that (or at least trying to focus!) and this definitely hasn't been my last time for joining in on the fun!

I didn't read constantly as I was dragged out shopping between 13-16 and called it a night at 1 AM. I did get 3 books read though, a total of 1036 pages!

My 3 reads (who amazingly all turned out to be 4 star reads) were:

Ultraviolet by RJ Sanderson

Once upon a time there was a girl who was special.
This is not her story.
Unless you count the part where I killed her.
Sixteen-year-old Alison has been sectioned in a mental institute for teens, having murdered the most perfect and popular girl at school. But the case is a mystery: no body has been found, and Alison’s condition is proving difficult to diagnose. Alison herself can’t explain what happened: one minute she was fighting with Tori—the next she disintegrated. Into nothing. But that’s impossible. Right?

(Ultraviolet #1)

My first read for the readathon and it was really quite amazing. Ultraviolet was very well written and so different from anything I've read before. I had somehow gotten into my head that it was a dystopian novel, but it's not in any way. Alison's struggle to prove she's not mad - even to herself - was fascinating to read. The ending did take me a bit by surprise, well not as much the ending, but the revelation of the plot. I would probably have preferred something more.. real. Still, though - a great read. Ultraviolet took me about 5 hours to read - I knew I was being dragged off for the afternoon for what turned out to be a shitty convention and some grocery shopping, so I started the book a little early to make up for the delay.

410 pages / published in 2011
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2012


Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris

Accompanied by her stepbrother, Tolliver (who works as her manager), Harper heads to small-town Arkansas for their next job. Her client is a socialite named Sybil Teague, who wants Harper to find a teenage girl who disappeared on the day her son was found shot dead in the woods. The girl, Monteen "Teenie" Hopkins, has a reputation for being "wild as a razorback," and scandalous rumors abound about the two. But once Harper locates Teenie's corpse a short distance from the spot where Sybil's son died and reveals that she was shot in the back while trying to escape, the real trouble starts. As more town residents begin to turn up dead -- and with her brother in jail on bogus charges -- Harper must find the real killer before she becomes his next victim.

(Harper Connelly #1)

I didn't know what to expect with this book, but soon something became very clear - it was just as well written and easily readable as Harris' True Blood books. With plot weighing less on the paranormal and more on the characters, it was very much like a regular crime/thriller book. I genuinely liked the main characters and though some of the plot was easy to guess it was still very entertaining - will definitely be reading more from this series. Grave Sight took me about 6 hours to read (though that includes breaks for dinner, walking the dogs and being distracted by a 007 film).

263 pages / published in 2007
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2012


Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer

Artemis’s mother has contracted a deadly disease—and the only cure lies in the brain fluid of African lemurs. Unfortunately, Artemis himself was responsible for making the lemurs extinct five years ago. Now he must enlist the aid of his fairy friends to travel back in time and save them. Not only that, but he must face his deadliest foe yet... his younger self.

(Artemis Fowl #6)

I can't recall ever being let down by an Artemis Fowl book and this one didn't either. The characters are a joy as usual and the plot as surreal and convoluted as always. It's such an easy series of book to read and as such it was great for the final stretch of the readathon! I had less than 4½ hours to read it and I made it with less than a minute to spare - it was quite dramatic :D

363 pages / published in 2008
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2012

Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl #5

Ten thousand years ago, humans and fairies fought a great battle for the magical island of Ireland. When it became clear to the fairy families that they could never win, they decided to move their civilization underground and keep themselves hidden from the humans. All the fairy families agreed on this, except the eighth family, the demons. The demons planned to lift their small island out of time until they had regrouped and were ready to wage war on the humans once more. However, the time spell went wrong, and the island of Hybras was catapulted into Limbo, where it has remained for ten thousand years. Now the tainted time spell is deteriorating and demons are being sucked back into the present space and time. The fairy council is concerned about this and is monitoring any materializations. But when the spells deterioration accelerates, the materializations become unpredictable. Even the fairy scientists cannot figure out where the next demon will pop up. But someone can. Artemis Fowl, teenage criminal mastermind, has solved temporal equations that no normal human should be intelligent enough to understand. So when a confused and frightened demon pops up in a Sicilian theater, Artemis Fowl is there to meet him. Unfortunately, he is not the only one. A second, mysterious party has also solved the temporal equations, and has managed to abduct the demon before Artemis can secure him. Once again, Artemis will have to pair up with his old comrade, Captain Holly Short, to track down the missing demon and rescue him, before the time spell dissolves completely and the lost demon colony returns violently to Earth.

I'm not actually going to say anything here other than that Artemis Fowl books are well worth the read. I think I've given them all 4 stars. They're well written, funny, interesting and different. Artemis is slowly aging, but he was never a childish character, though I've read about him since I was on. I liked him then and I like him now.


376 pages / published in 2006
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2012

13/10/2012

Readathon progress

Saturday 14:00 -- Let the 24 hour ReadAThon begin!!

UPDATE 14:30 -- So, we're 30 minutes into the readathon and though visiting my parents for the weekend I had expected to just read all day - however mom had some free tickets for a convention on house and home and we all decided to go. It was so not worth it - so dull.

However I have managed to read a fair bit of Ultraviolet by RJ Anderson, I'm on page 177 out of 410 and it's really good! It's no struggle at all to read a lot of it in a short time - in short a great read to start out the readathon with!

UPDATE #2 16:56 -- 59% done with Ultraviolet, got a lot read in the car home.

UPDATE #3 18:43 -- have finished my first ReadAThon book :) 4 stars to Ultraviolet; a very well written paranormal YA book!

UPDATE #4 21:18 -- am 50 pages into Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris and really enjoying it so far. I like her style of writing. Haven't read the back cover though so have no idea what to expect in regards to the plot.

UPDATE #5 01:02 -- it's just past 1 AM now which means the 12th hour of the readathon has just begun. I have just finished my second book and it was a good one. It turned out to be in the crime genre with supernatural elements thrown in to add to the thrill and suspension. I think I'll have to get hold of more books in this series.
For now though, the ReadAThon is over for me for tonight, it's time to get some sleep. To all those brave souls who are staying awake the full 24 hours - I salute you!

UPDATE #6 09:35 -- I'm up and about after a good night's sleep and it's time for breakfast and my third book! I'm reading Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer - it's the 20th hour and I've got less than 4.5 hour to read 369 pages!

UPDATE #7 11:53 -- 71% done with The Time Paradox, quite an easy read

EDIT TO UPDATE 7 - only 52% done, had mistakenly entered 262 rather than 363 when updating the book's details on Goodreads

UPDATE #8 14:06 -- the 24 hour ReadAThon is officially over! I finished my third book just in the nick of time (and now actually suffering a bit of a head ache because of that). Will return later with wrap up post!

12/10/2012

Readathon

First, up - I'm sorry about the infrequency of reviews. I've been super busy the past few weeks, trying (and failing miserably) at catching up with school work, so I haven't had much surplus to also write decent reviews.

Tomorrow though I’m participating in Dewey’s Readathon for the first time ever! To those who don’t know it’s 24 hours where we globally sit down and read all we can.

However because of those damn time zones in Denmark those time zones span from 2 PM Saturday to 2 PM Sunday, so I won’t be able to dedicate myself to it completely as I’m also visiting my parents this weekend. I do have a pile of books lined up though, both physically and digitally.

Borrowed from the library I’ve go:
Ultraviolet by RJ Anderson
Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer
Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris

Digitally I’ve got:
Brands by Marcel Danesi (uni-homework actually) Frostbite (A Vampire Academy #2) by Richelle Mead
Beastly by Alex Finn
Dead until Dawn by Charlaine Harris
And many many more

I doubt I’ll get through even half of the above, I have never done a readathon before and don’t really know what to expect. I do know though that unless a book is really fetching I struggle to read for absolutely hours on end (unless I’m lying by a pool on holiday). There’s just always so much else to do!

We’ll see how it goes, I’ll update regularly on my process both here and on twitter (Nimue1988) and hopefully it’ll be a good experience ^^ Good speed to all those also participating!

Are you joining in on the fun? Throw me a link in the comment section!