Category: Book reviews in English

Love Letters to the Dead – Ava Dellaira

Original book title: Love Letters to the Dead
Author: Ava Dellaira
Publisher: Hot Key Books, 323 pages
Language: English
Original languageEnglish
Year of publication: 2014
FormatPaperback 

A while ago I saw, this book “everywhere” in my bookstagram flow, which made me curious. After reading the blurb I decided to give the book a chance. I also have to admit that I think the cover is incredibly beautiful and wanted to have it on my bookshelf :p

It began as a task for English class, writing letters to a dead person. Laurel chooses to write to, among others, Kurt Cobain – he died young and so did Laurel’s sister May. Soon Laurel writes to lots of dead people. (more…)

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Original book title: The Great Gatsby
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Publisher: Vintage Classics, 148 pages
Language: English
Original languageEnglish
Year of publication: 2011 (first published in 1925)
FormatPaperback 

The reason I wanted to read this book was because of the movie. I thought the movie was amazing and wanted to see how the book was.

Nick Carraway is coming to New York to become a stockbroker. He moves into a villa on Long Island and begins hanging out with the tattered couple Tom and Daisy Buchanan. He has an extremely mysterious and colossal wealthy neighbor who gives great parties, usually without showing himself. The neighbor’s name is Jay Gatsby. (more…)

Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson

Original book title: Since You’ve Been Gone
Author: Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s, 449 pages
Language: English
Original languageEnglish
Year of publication: 2014
FormatPaperback 

I have had this book on my bookshelf for a while now, but for some reason haven’t read it until now. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book and thought the plot seemed interesting.

It was Sloane, who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list. Emily hopes that if she finishes Sloane’s list she will find out where her best friend is. (more…)

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…)