Category: Book reviews in English

One of Us Is Lying – Karen M. McManus

Original book title: One of Us Is Lying
Author: Karen M. McManus
Publisher: Storyside
Language: Swedish
Original languageEnglish
Year of publication: 2017 
FormatAudiobook, 10h 40m 

Five students at Bayview High settle down in their classroom for quarrying: Bronwyn, the clever girl. Addy, school’s most popular girl. Nate, a badboy with dot in the registry. Cooper, baseball god. And Simon, who runs Bayview Highs most popular gossip blog. But only four of them get alive from there.

I had high expectations when I started reading/listening to this book. But with an intrigue like this, it could either be really good or really bad.
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I Am Legend – Richard Matheson

Original book title: I Am Legend
Author: Richard Matheson
Publisher: Styxx Fantasy, 211 pages
Language: Swedish
Original languageEnglish
Year of publication: 2010 (first published 1954)
FormatPaperback

It’s been several years since I watched the movie I Am Legend with Will Smith and I remember I liked it. Of course I became curious about the book on which the film is based. I was pleasantly surprised at how different the movie was from the book. It made the whole reading experience much better and above all exciting.

In I Am Legend, we get to know Robert Neville, who is the last man on earth – but he’s not alone. A horrendous fate has drawn and made that the rest of humanity – men, women and children – has mutated and turned into terrible, nightlife creatures dying for Roberts blood. (more…)

A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara

Original book title: A Little Life
Author: Hanya Yanagihara
Publisher: Albert Bonniers Förlag , 734 pages
Language: Swedish
Original languageEnglish
Year of publication:  2016
FormatPaperback

In Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life, we follow the four friends Jude, Willem, Malcom and J.B and their lives in New York. We follow them from college until they are middle aged. Jude is at the heart of the story. He is orphaned and it doesn’t take long until the reader understands that his past conceals a wide range of dark secrets and traumas. He is both mentally and physically scared because of what happened to him.
This is a long novel, 734 pages, about sexual abuse, violence and abuse of power. (more…)

The Song Rising – Samantha Shannon

Original book title: The Song Rising (The Bone Season #3)
Author: Samantha Shannon
Publisher: Bloomsbury , 350 pages
Language: English
Original languageEnglish
Year of publication:  2017
FormatPaperback

This is the third book in Samantha Shannon’s series, The Bone Season. I don’t really know how to write this review, because I neither liked nor disliked the book. Honestly, I’m tired of the series and am not sure if I will continue reading it.

In this book, the revolution has begun with our main character, Paige Mahoney, as a leader. It doesn’t work properly as she wants and an enemy from her past pops up and risks destroying everything. (more…)

The Mime Order – Samantha Shannon

Original book title: The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2)
Author: Samantha Shannon
Publisher: Bloomsbury , 554 pages
Language: English
Original languageEnglish
Year of publication:  2015
FormatPaperback

This is the second book in The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon. If you have not read the first book, I wouldn’t read this review because it will probably reveal a lot from the first book. If you’re curious about this series, you’re welcome to read my review of book number one – The Bone Season.

This book begins immediately where book number one ended which is very good. The reader is immediately thrown into chaos and action. But it’s still confusing to read about all the clairvoyant and their abilities and classes. (more…)

The Girl with All the Gifts – M.R. Carey

Original book title: The Girl with All the Gifts
Author: M.R Carey
Publisher: Orbit , 460 pages
Language: English
Original language: English
Year of publication:  2016
FormatPaperback

I discovered this book a bit late, so I already knew what The Girl with all the gifts was really about. The great revelation came after only a few chapters, but by then I already had seen the movie trailer. It didn’t matter to me and I was still eager to read the book.
This book is about ten-year-old Melanie, who is a very special girl who lives in a cell in a military bunker. She is tucked in a chair with straps around both arms, legs, and head every morning. It is done while a soldier holds a gun directed at her head. (more…)

Grief is the Thing with Feathers – Max Porter

Original book title: Grief is the Thing with Feathers
Author: Max Porter
Publisher: Faber & Faber , 114 pages
Language: English
Original language: English
Year of publication:  2016
FormatPaperback

I heard a lot of good things about this book and wanted to read it very badly. I’m not a big fan of poetry, but can enjoy one or two sometimes. Unfortunately, I couldn’t enjoy this one.

When the mother of the family dies, the man and his two sons are visited by a Crow who helps them deal with the grief. This is a book that mixes poetry, fable and essay.
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