To Kill a Kingdom – Alexandra Christo

Original book title: To Kill a Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Language: English
Original language: English
Year of publication: 2018
Format: Paperback

I love the story of The Little Mermaid, both the Disney version and the original version by H. C. Andersen. When I heard that Alexandra Christo wrote a dark twist on my favorite story, I knew I had to read it.

In this dark version, Prince Erik or, in this case, Prince Elian is a notorious siren killer (Christo has decided to make Ariel a siren instead of a mermaid). His greatest hobby is to kill these monsters even though he is the heir to the world’s largest kingdom. Our heroine, Lira, is a powerful prince murderer. She gathers their hearts and is a ruthless killer.
Lira does something unforgivable which causes the sea queen to punish Lira to become a human. She ends up on Prince Elian’s ship.  Read more

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow – Jessica Townsend

Original book title: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1)
Author: Jessica Townsend
Publisher: Orion Children’s Books
Language: English
Original language: English
Year of publication: 2018 (First published in 2017)
Format: Paperback

What an amazing little gem this book is! I had so much fun reading this book and I can’t wait to read more about Morrigan’s world.

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday. But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.
It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart–an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests–or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate. Read more

The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater

Original book title: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Audio
Language: English
Original languageEnglish
Year of publication: 2011
FormatAudiobook, 11h 8m

This is the first book in The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. This is the second time I read this book and I liked it just as much as the first time I read it.
There is a lot of things going on in this book. There is a love story, a mystery, a quest and magic. I found this book being a bit messy at first, sometimes it feels like there is too much going on but at the same time that’s what makes it great. Read more

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

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. Read more

The Darkest Room – Johan Theorin

Original book title: Nattfåk (The Öland Quartet, #2)
Author: Johan Theorin
Publisher: Wahlström & Widstrand, 386 pages
Language: Swedish
Original language: Swedish
Year of publication: 2008
Format: Hardcover

This is the second book in The Öland Quartet by Johan Theorin. I read the first book, Echoes from the Dead, a couple of years ago and really enjoyed the mix of mystery and thriller. In The Darkest Room, Theorin continues to mix mystery with thriller. We follow Katrine and Joakim Westin who move into Åludden’s large farm in northern Öland. It is said that the house is built of timber from a ship that has fallen into the flock. Soon they will hear some rumors about the place. Such as, of course, is just grim and superstition. Or? It will not be long before mysterious things begin to happen. Read 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)

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. Read 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

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. Read 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)

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. Read 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

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. Read more