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Deborah Cartmell
Pathways to Language: From Fetus to Adolescent (The Developing Child)
Kyra Karmiloff, Annette Karmiloff-Smith
Why I Write
George Orwell
A Dance With Dragons
George R.R. Martin
The Arabian Nights (New Deluxe Edition)
Anonymous, Muhsin Mahdi, Husain Haddawy
The Casual Vacancy
J.K. Rowling
Les Misérables: Volume One
Victor Hugo
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Cathy Turner, Synne Behrndt

En kort bok om sosiale medier

En kort bok om sosiale medier - Ida Aalen A book I had to read to my class on Digital Cultures. It was quite interesting, but somewhat boring and some redundant information here and there. However, it's not as annoyingly University-ish as many of my other books from curriculum. It's an easy read with easy language.

A Study in Scarlet & The Sign of the Four

A Study in Scarlet & The Sign of the Four -  Arthur Conan Doyle I'm not going to review this, I'm just going to quickly sum up some thoughts regarding it.

- Short, quick stories. Took me just a few hours to read.
- Not a fan of the re-tellings of the "badguys". I found them quite boring and uninteresting.
- I kept imagining Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock. (Never seen the Cumberbatch-editions, and I'm glad I haven't)
- However. As Watson I imagined Enjolras from Les Misérables. What.
- Quite a few mini-plotholes, but nothing I got too upset about.




Three stars, because even though it's a solid good book, it's not the best classic I've read. Not to compare, but I compare.

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) - Marissa Meyer - Cinderella as a Cyborg. WOW.
- Well-structured plot
- Loved the Cinder+Peony relationship
- Kai <3
- Dr. Erland. Fav!
- Unlike any dystopian I've read.
- Can't wait to read the rest of the series.

I'll upload a full-ish review to my booktube channel at the earliest convenience and put up a link to it. In the meantime you can just check out booksnotlovers on youtube or on tumblr

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)

The Maze Runner - James Dashner OH MY GOD HOLY SHIT WHAT AN ENDING OKAY? Okay?

I want to write so much about the ending, because everything about it was so bloody damn perfect. James Dashner flew all the way up to the top of my favourite authors list. UGH. I tried giving this four stars, I really did, because I didn't really like the slang language. But when that was the only point of the whole story I did not enjoy, I caved in. Five stars. 10/10 would recommend. OH LORD.

Ordering the box set with the rest of the books now. Thank you and goodnight.


/proper review will be on my blog in a few days, when I've had a chance to think things through

Full review can be found on my blog

Othello

Othello - William Shakespeare I'm not even going to bother to review this. It's been done a thousand times - and a thousand times again.

The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman Review on my blog booksnotlovers

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman Neil Gaiman is an author I never would have found out about if it wasn’t for booktube and tumblr bookblogs – and I’m so glad I did, and so thankful to the book community for it.

“I’m going to tell you something important. Grown-ups don’t look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside, they’re big and thoughtless and they always know what they’re doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when they were your age. The truth is, there aren’t any grown-ups. Not one, in the whole wide world.”

The narrator is a big fan of books and stories, but when he’s in the middle of a story himself, he can’t help to be a little scared. It’s lucky that he has Lettie Hempstock, Mrs Hempstock and Old Mrs Hempstock to look after him.

The Narrator – A boy of seven. We never learn his name. He enjoys books, stories and food. Doesn’t have many friends.
Ursula Monkton – A flea who pretends to be a pretty lady so she can watch the kids.
Mommy and daddy – Daddy shouts and mommy does charitable work for children in Africa. Daddy has a relationship with Ursula Monkton
Lettie Hempstock – A girl of eleven. She has been eleven for a while. Her duck pond is an ocean.
Mrs Hempstock and Old Mrs Hempstock – Lives at the end of the lane, on Hempstock farm at with Lettie. Takes care of the boy. Old Mrs Hempstock remembers the Big Bang.

To be honest, I wasn’t 100 per cent convinced by this book. I enjoyed it very, very much, but for me, there was something lacking. The world building was pretty thin, but then again, everything could just be inside the mind of a seven year old with a wild-spun fantasy, and there might not have been a world at all, besides the one of our own.

And that is exactly what I find so interesting about the book. Did it happen, or was it just a silly make-believe game the narrator and Lettie played when they were young. It certainly could seem that way, but it could also have happened.

I absolutely adored the writing style, and Gaimans knack for knowing exactly how a seven-year-old boy would act and approach people. Of course, he doesn’t like Ursula, because what seven year old would like the lady that is prettier than his mommy, and lays her arm on daddy?

I strongly suspect that my perception of the story is vastly different from if say, my sister who is nine would have read the book. She would see it as another monster story – just as most nine-year-olds would – while we as teenagers and adults will see the more complex parts of the story. This is what makes it a brilliant book for me, and that is why I would recommend it to so many.

I do realize that this is a very short review, but there is not so much to say about the book. I was glad I went into this book blind, and I would strongly suggest any potential readers to do the same.

The Hundred

The Hundred  - Kass Morgan When I'm 30 per cent into the story - on chapter 9, with absolutely no interest in the story or the characters whatsoever... I didn't hate it. Not at all. It's probably really good, just with a slow start. I might pick it up again later, but right now I'm not feeling it.

The Iron Trial

The Iron Trial - Cassandra Clare, Holly Black Did I just read Harry Potter?

No, but seriously. Getting this as an ARC (I think I might have mentioned that fact about fifty times now, but I’m going to keep doing it anyway), was amazing. I’ve read a book almost three weeks before it’s publication date. How cool is that?

Not to mention, it was a pretty good book. As I wrote in one of my updates on goodreads, I liked it the same way that I liked Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. A bit too much like Harry Potter at the beginning, but then it evens out, gets hilarious, has an insane plot twist where the bad guy isn’t who he thought it was and so on. I’m having pretty much the same feelings as I had three years ago when I read Percy Jackson.


Read the rest of my review at booksnotlovers

City of Heavenly Fire

City of Heavenly Fire  - Cassandra Clare I have managed to get through May, June, July and August without being spoiled for this book, which I consider somewhat of an accomplishment. Of course I knew from the goodreads description that Tessa was going to be in it, but I did not read the blurb, I did not read the last page, I did not stalk it on goodreads. Nobody spoiled me, which I'm so grateful for.

I also might have read this book in less than 24 hours. Woops.


1) Who the fuck brings CONDOMS to the DEMON realm to kill their slightly insane, and very demonic, half-brother/adoptive brother. WHO? Nobody but Jace Herondale of course. Herondale boys. Always so bloody prepared for everything.
2) I'M SO HAPPY FOR THE REDEMPTION OF JONATHAN MORGENSTERN. I mean, yes. He was EVIL with capitalized letter. Beyond Voldemort-evil, he was Sauron-evil. But the ending with him, and how both Clary and Jocelyn clearly mourned the loss of the brother /son they never had, it was amazing.
3) I'm going to need a book on Simon Lewis as a Shadowhunter. NOW.
4) Jessamine Lovelace. You still amaze me.
5) JEM AND TESSA.
6) I was waiting for Tessa literally the whole book. I was really hoping that she would play some badass part in the big battle scene, and it kind of disappointed me that she didn't.
7) But Jem AND TESSA
8) I love Emma Carstairs. So of course I'm going to have to read the Dark Artifacts. Yes.


I seriously just ramble under the cut. There are spoilers though, so if you haven't read it, don't open.

But I really loved this book. It was SO much better than the rest of the books in this series, and Clary didn't annoy me quite so much as she usually does. The ending was absolutely perfect - one of the best endings I've scene to a series (except for the Infernal Devices... I'm just... Yeah).

City of Lost Souls

City of Lost Souls  - Cassandra Clare 1) Simon did the stupid. Turns out, it wasn't so stupid.
2) I know why Brother Zacharia has a special interest in the Herondale boys
3) I still really miss Will.
4) Clary still really annoys me. It's like Clare has made Clary the living portrait of an even more annoying Mary Sue than usual.
5) Simon is possibly one of my most favourite male characters ever.
6) Magnus Bane is the love of my life. Well, except Will Herondale. Of course.
7) I started to symphatize with Sebastian for a while. Because he's very much like Draco Malfoy, and that makes my heart tremble. He probably won't have the redemption Draco had though. Well, Draco sort of lacked one as well.
8) If Sebastian could be a bit nicer, and not quite so demonic, I could actually love him.
9) I'm going to read City of Heavenly Fire now.

City of Fallen Angels

City of Fallen Angels  - Cassandra Clare Let me start by saying that I was pleased to not have forgotten any of the main characters in this series. You know, the way you only remember their name, but nothing about how they act and who they are. I was not pleased to find out that Clary was exactly as I remembered her. The most annoying female protagonist I've read in a long time.

Why can't teenagers communicate with each other? Why is Sebastian such an ass?

And OH MY GOD. The Will Herondale / Infernal Devices references nearly made me die. By the Angel, how I miss some Will Herondale in my life. Ugh. The references between Magnus and Camille were made beautifully though.

Fangirl

Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell I have to admit; I read this in a day. Not because I was rushing it, but I had one of those days where I didn’t feel like doing anything besides reading. And this was perfect for those days.
I absolutely loved Fangirl, so I don’t know how review-y this is going to be (it’s probably going to lean more towards the rant-y side).

First of all I would like to point out that I really enjoyed the overall writing style of the book. It was fluent, it had a certain degree of personal style, and the overall composition of the book was absolutely beautiful. I absolutely loved the fanfiction breaks, and when Cath read fanfiction out loud.

The characters in the story was amazing, not only for a standalone novel, but also as literary characters generally. The only thing that irked me a bit was that amongst the tens of thousands of characters on campus, there were very few people who were actually mentioned. Yes, I get that the book is about Cath and her friends, but I like to read about “the quirky neighbour who always wears floppy sunhats.” We got a few at the end, with Levi’s room mates, but not particularily much.

Cath was a very believable and relatable main character. I thoroughly enjoyed reading what is undeniably her coming-off-age story. There is a great character arc, and even though she isn’t a completely changed person – which so many girls are in stories like these – she is clearly evolved from her anxious-filled state of the first few chapters. What I loved the most about Cath though, is the way she was with Levi. Yes, she was completely and utterly crushing on him, but she wasn’t all lovey-dovey and desperate because of it. At one point, I even thought she was going to end up with Nick! She acted exactly the same towards Levi as she did with the other characters, and didn’t make him up to be very special. At one point, she even tells herself that he’s not even that cute. I think I made my point here: Cath is awesome.
When it comes to Wren I’m sort of in the middle? I don’t know really what I think about Wren, because in the beginning of the book she’s a real horrible bitch. At one point I thought “wow, I hate her more than I hate Clary Fray” – however, Wren got her redemption. Towards the end of the book, I saw what Cath saw in, and had missed in Wren. In the beginning of the book, Wren has her obvious mommy-issues, but what annoys me the most is that she invalidates Cath’s feelings so much. How is that helping Wren?
Levi. Levi. Levi. I think Levi is one of the best love interests I’ve ever read. He isn’t overly gooey, but he isn’t rude and sarcastic either (not so much that it bugs me, at least). He’s competing very much with Will Herondale on the hotness-scale. I love Levi. And what I love the most about Levi, is that he is far from perfect. He is flawed, and he has his quirks, and even Cath can see that Levi isn’t perfect. I just have a lot of feelings towards Levi.

The plot wasn’t overly exciting, but it was still very important. The book takes up the important issues of a broken home, but it doesn’t necessarily make it the real focus point. Yes, their dad is sort of broken, and we see Cath calling him quite a few times, but he isn’t all we hear about. And of course their obvious mommy-issues, which are turning Wren into a total and utter bitch, but I mean, still not the focus point. The main focus point in this book is simply Cath’s coming of age story, and I absolutely loved it.

One thing I find very amusing was the very clear Simon Snow = Harry Potter references. And gay fanfiction between Simon(Harry) and Baz(Draco). It’s basically Harry Potter fanfiction she’s writing, and she’s not even trying to make it subtle. Baz smells like apples for Christ’s sake. How much more clear do we need it to be? I’ve written Drarry fanfiction who centres around Draco smelling like apples.

Ah, but yes. Fangirl is definitively one of my favourite books of 2014, and I will probably re-read it again(and again, whatever). I fell so in love with the characters, and there is so much I haven’t mentioned. If my university experience could be so cute, I would be lucky.

Allegiant (Divergent, Book 3)

Allegiant (Divergent, Book 3) - Veronica Roth I'll review this when I don't feel like shit from reading this.

Insurgent

Insurgent  - Veronica Roth First reaction: HOLY SHIT WHAT AN ENDING I'M JUST WHAT?

I started this book back in April, when I finished [b:Divergent|13335037|Divergent (Divergent, #1)|Veronica Roth|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1328559506s/13335037.jpg|13155899], but I never finished it because of exams and whatnot. So I decided to pick it up again today. Even though it has been only a few weeks since I read in it, I had forgotten so much, so I had to trace back a few chapters and re-read some of the stuff that was going on. That was okay though, because I got to remember all the characters without being too confused as to what was happening.

Insurgent suffer from Second Book Syndrome - or Shitty Sequel Syndrome if you will. It's not shitty, it's not, but compared to Divergent, it's definitively not the best. The first half of the book was very slow, and I was bored several times, which is one of the reasons I left it alone for a while. However, it did pick up around halfway through, and it finished with a boom. The ending was really good, and I really did not see that coming. Well, sort of, but not quite. (I've read too much Game of Thrones, so I suspected grumpkins).

I was sort of annoyed at Tris and Four through the book. They both seemed to make unbelievable stupid choices in regards to their relationship. Yes, I know they are what 16 and 18? But even so, [i]communication is important in a relationship[/i]. Talk to each other you blind morons. It's not that hard: you open your mouth, say a few well-chosen words, then you wait as the other person does the same. Maybe a question gets asked, maybe not. It's up to you. So yes, that was a major issue I had with the book, Tris and Tobias not being able to communicate. Also Tris's death wish. Stop being so stupid.


The Divergent trilogy, will probably be one of my favourite series, even though this will never be a favourite book. I rarely like sequels as much as the first book, and this was no exception. I will read Allegiant though (and I have such high hopes, even though I've read the reviews).

A Storm of Swords

A Storm of Swords - George R.R. Martin First: WHAT THE FUCK WAS UP WITH THAT EPILOGUE, YO? HELLA RAD.

This book was so amazing. The best in the series so far I would have to say. The character development is believable (and amazing, so amazingly good...). Especially Sams character development is so good, I'm left in awe of George R.R. Martin for this fat, cowardly character who grows so much throughout this book. The plot is good and thick, and even better and more fleshed out than the previous books. I love the wildling culture.

I don't know what to say. I'm horrible at reviewing sequels to books.

I do know that Melissandre (The Red Priestess or whatever) is the most horribly annoying character I've ever had the unfortunate luck to read about. Talk about pushing her religion on everyone else. What the actual f is her problem? Stop breathing, please.