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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

28/01/2013

Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan


The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1)
The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus #2)

I've been a big fan of Rick Riordan's books about Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods, heroes and monsters for quite a while and obviously jumped at the chance of reading more. This series brings a twist to it - say hello to Romans! I won't say any more than that, because that's already in ever so slightly Spoiler Land (though it's so obvious right from the beginning). Anyway, all I'll really say about these are:

If you liked the previous books about Percy, this series is a must read! The writing style is great, the stories are captivating and the characters are mostly really sweet.

The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus, #3) came out in 2012 (and I'm waiting to read it) and  The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus, #4) is due to be published in 2013. Furthermore a 5th untitled instalment is expected in 2014.


The Lost Hero (#1)
ISBN13: 9781423113393
557 pages / published in 2010
The Son of Neptune (#2)
ISBN13: 9781423140597
513 pages / published in 2011
Reviews by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2013

24/01/2013

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies #2
My review of  Uglies (Uglies #1) by Scott Westerfeld can be found here

Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she's completely popular. It's everything she's ever wanted.
But beneath all the fun -- the nonstop parties, the high-tech luxury, the total freedom -- is a nagging sense that something's wrong. Something important. Then a message from Tally's ugly past arrives. Reading it, Tally remembers what's wrong with pretty life, and the fun stops cold.
Now she has to choose between fighting to forget what she knows and fighting for her life -- because the authorities don't intend to let anyone with this information survive.

I enjoyed reading the second instalment in the Uglies series, but it lacks a proper ending. It picks up a little while after Pretties ended and it ends with yet another cliff hanger and no resolutions. The entire book is one big journey both physical and internal - Tally has been turned pretty but she's not one to stay empty headed and eventually it's time to try and get away. Her and her new gang of Pretties struggle to stay alert and escape, but (as usual) Special Circumstances (law enforcement unit) are right on their heels.

It annoys me that there are no resolutions to anything and there are no "big" changes that truly forces Tally to think beyond her usual issues. It is very much a sequel, but it was still well written and a good read and I will be reading onwards in the series. I'm very curious about the changes that will unfold in the third book.

Next up in the series is Specials (Uglies #3), followed by Extras (Uglies #4).


370 pages / published in 2005
ISBN13:  9780689865398
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2012

21/01/2013

Bridget Jones by Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones's Diary (Bridget Jones #1)
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (Bridget Jones #2)


Bridget Jones Diary follows the fortunes of a single girl on an optimistic but doomed quest for self-improvement. Cheered by feminist ranting with her friends Jude. Shazzer and 'hag-fag' Tom, humiliated at Smug Marrieds' dinner parties, crazed by parental attempts to fix her up with a rich divorcee in a diamond-patterned sweater, Bridget lurches from torrid affair to pregnancy-scare convinced that if she could just get down to 8st 7, stop smoking and develop Inner Poise, all would be resolved.

I absolutely adored Bridget Jones' diaries. I've been a big fan of the films since forever and could so very easily picture the perfectly casted actors as the main characters.

The books, as it turns out, aren't exactly like the films, so I didn't know exactly where the story was going and I must say, it only got better. I loved the first film and sort of liked the second, but here the second book was actually really good. The first book was just plain awesome.

They are both incredibly well written and Bridget is such a joy. I could relate to so many (completely bonkers) things and she's just so real. I loved being brought back to the 90's and all those little details that just so clearly shows how far some things have evolved since then (i.e. technology) and how some things are still exactly the same (i.e. dating, paranoia and feelings).

These books had me laughing out loud on several occasions and I adopted a very posh British accent while reading them. I love them and can only urge you to read them too.

ALSO:
A third book is coming! Helen Fielding has confirmed  a third Bridget Jones book is to be published next autumn (2013) this time set in present day London with modern technologies such as Facebook and Twitter providing greater opportunities for social embarrassment.


Bridget Jones's Diary (Bridget Jones #1)
ISBN13: 9780330332774
310 pages / published in 1998
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (Bridget Jones #2)
ISBN13: 9780330433587
422 pages / published in 2004
Reviews by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2013

17/01/2013

Library Haul #2


I collected a large pile of library books yesterday. I'd ordered quite a few over a couple of weeks and as luck has it, a lot of them became available all at once.

From top to bottom are:

CS Lewis - Prince Caspian

Lene Kaaberbøl - Vildheks #4

Jen Campbell - Weird things customers say in bookshops

Ellen Degeneres - My point... and I do have one

JK Rowling - The casual vacancy

Rick Riordan - Heroes of Olympus #3

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I've read Campbell's, tossed Degeneres' out the window (figuratively speaking - but seriously, that was a waste of paper) and started on Lewis'. Reviews coming soon!

14/01/2013

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien - and the film

The Hobbit is a tale of high adventure, undertaken by a company of dwarves in search of dragon-guarded gold. A reluctant partner in this perilous quest is Bilbo Baggins; a comfort-loving unambitious hobbit, who surprises even himself by his resourcefulness and skill as a burglar. Encounters with trolls, goblins, dwarves, elves and giant spiders, conversations with the dragon, Smaug, and a rather unwilling presence at the Battle of the Five Armies are just some of the many adventures that befall Bilbo.

I enjoyed rereading the Hobbit in preparation for watching Peter Jackson's film. Make no mistake; this is a children's book (though the appropriate age can be debated). The writing isn't particularly strong and a lot of things are glossed over - including the actual battle at the Battle of the Five Armies. HOWEVER - as Bilbo happily shouts as he runs through Hobbitton to catch up with the dwarves and Gandalf (in the film at least) "I'm going on an adventure!" And that's what this is all about. It's a fun little book that laid the some of the first stones in modern epic fantasy. It's also a fairly quick read - nothing at all like the following trilogy.

The film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which I saw on the 16th of December and again on the 17th of December, this time in 3D and 48 frames-per-second, blew my mind. It was so good.

I loved every second of it and can't wait for the next one. I love how it ties The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and everything that happened in between and behind the scenes in Middle Earth together. It's excellently made, written and executed. Furthermore the film is just so much lighter than the LotR films - there's a definite feel of fun and adventure where it was all just very serious in the other films. In my eyes, it wasn't a minute too long.

(Also, I have a huge crush on both Kili and Thorin).

I'll never be a fan of 3D, it just doesn't do much for me, but I did quite like the 48fps. Sometimes it felt like things were moving too fast and it got a bit weird to look at, but other scenes were just excellent. Particular Bilbo's meeting with Gollum - it looked like the two were on a stage in front of me rather than a screen. Also, Gollum looked amazing. His facial work - that was some of the best damn acting I've ever seen. Andy Serkis deserves so much praise as well as the Weta digital guys. Just wow.

All in all, the book is a good read and the film is awesome and I urge you to read and watch both if you haven't already.


The Hobbit // There and Back Again
ASIN: B0026REBG4
Kindle edition, 288 pages / first published in 1937
Reviews by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2013


08/01/2013

The Harper Connelly series by Charlaine Harris

The Harper Connelly series by True Blood author Charlaine Harris consist of 4 books.
 Grave Sight (#1), Grave Surprise (#2), An Ice Cold Grave (#3), Grave Secret (#4)


The books are narrated by 20-something year old Harper Connelly, a young woman with a deeply disturbed family history and past who makes a living of the ability she gained from being struck by lightning at age 15. Accompanied by her stepbrother and manager Tolliver Lang, she travels around the States finding dead bodies – she can hear them. When near a dead person, she can hear a “buzzing sound” that intensifies if the death is more recent. Beyond that she can also see how the given person died.

The 4 books each have their little crime plot and mystery to be solved. Harper is a likeable character and despite her abilities, she’s mostly just a normal relate-able person with the same thoughts and feelings as the rest of us. Tolliver never grew on me but a few of the other recurring characters were quite fun.

Even more so than the True Blood books, there’s loads of hanging around, doing trivial stuff, passing time and waiting for something dramatic to happen or recovering from just that. Particularly the final book suffered from this, however I still very much enjoy all four books; again, like the True Blood books, they’re guilty pleasures of mine. They’re well written and engaging and a nice way to spend time.


Grave Sight (#1)
ISBN13: 9780575079236
263 pages / published in 2005
Grave Surprise (#2)
ISBN13: 9780425214701
320 pages / published in 2006
An Ice Cold Grave (#3)
ISBN13: 9780425224243
280 pages / published in 2007
Grave Secret (#4)
ISBN13: 9780575085534
320 pages / published in 2009
Reviews by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2013

04/01/2013

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BoB Awards 2012

I meant to post this on the 31st, but I got sick shortly after Christmas and basically forgot everything about a lot of things.

So first and foremost HAPPY NEW YEAR!! :D How's 2013 treating you guys? I got sick again. Or possibly I never truly recovered. Mostly I've just felt off, had a nasty cold and dealing with a terribly sounding and feeling cough.

 Being sick at the worst possible time, I'm also struggling along writing my exam paper due Monday the 7th (being sick over Christmas put me back a lot and the schedule is a minimum of 1000 words a day in order to meet the deadline - that's not been a problem though, even sick I love the subject of the paper and it's "easy" to write [it's titled Online Disclosure: When Privacy Boundaries Are Obscured]).

I am still reading loads, managed to read 77 books in 2012 and new goal for 2013 is 75. I know I've been really bad at getting reviews up lately, but December was a bad month for writing those what with two exam papers to write. I will try and get some done once I've finished the final exam paper, but I start writing my Master Thesis this February and I honestly don't know how taxing that will be on my will to write other stuff! Borough of Books will not go down though, I firmly mean to return to it!

So without further ado, here's the BoB Awards

Best new reads of 2012 (5 stars)

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Closely followed by (4 stars)

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (#2) by Helen Fielding
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Uglies (#1) Scott Westerfeld
The Passage by Justin Cronin
The Shining / Carrie / Misery by Stephen King
The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory
Angel Fire (#2) by LA Weatherly

Best Series (discovered and begun reading in 2012)

Grave Sight, Grave Surprise and An Ice Cold Grave (Harper Connelly series #1-3) by Charlaine Harris
The Lost Hero and The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus series #1-2) by Rick Riordan

Honorary mentions

Age of the Five trilogy by Trudi Canavan
The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
Wondrous Strange trilogy by Lesley Livingston
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson