Fiction/Science Fiction · Mystery/Crime · Suspense · Thriller/Horror

Broken – Karin Slaughter

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Goodreads synopsis: When Special Agent Will Trent arrives in Grant County, he finds a police department determined to protect its own and far too many unanswered questions about a prisoner’s death. He doesn’t understand why Officer Lena Adams is hiding secrets from him. He doesn’t understand her role in the death of Grant County’s popular police chief. He doesn’t understand why that man’s widow, Dr. Sara Linton, needs him now more than ever to help her crack this case.
While the police force investigates the murder of a young woman pulled from a frigid lake, Trent investigates the police force, putting pressure on Adams just when she’s already about to crack. Caught between two complicated and determined women, trying to understand Linton’s passionate distrust of Adams, the facts surrounding Chief Tolliver’s death, and the complexities of this insular town, Trent will unleash a case filled with explosive secrets–and encounter a thin blue line that could be murderous if crossed.

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My thoughts:

Perfection. Utterly, perfection. Not one book in the Will Trent series has received under five star rating so far. Overall Karin Slaughter is a hell of a good writer, who captivates me from the first to the last word. She grips my heart, stomps on it, shoves it back in my chest and then does it all again. I’m in love. Just so damn in love with Will but also Sara. And every time I finish one of her books I feel empty and mentally run-down. Still I’m not able to stop. She is a drug I cannot quit.

Okay, how come I never talk about her or her book if she is so good, you may ask?! I’ve had the blog for over two years now and still there is only one review on one of her books. Well the answer is pretty simple. I save her books. I’m so afraid that it will end and I will not have anything more by her to read. I literary saves her books for that perfect time. Not long ago I found out that I need to stop doing that because I have a whole list with books I’m saving and have been doing that for years. I don’t want to die and not have read the whole Will Trent series and all the other books I wish to read.

Anyway, got a little side-tracked. This story takes us back to Grant County where Sara is originally from. We get to meet some of the other characters from the Grant County series. I have read two (I think) books in that series and first planned to read more. But accidentally read a huge spoiler in one of the earlier books in the Will Trent series that have made me not wanting to read the rest in Grant County. It was nice though to receive some more details regarding that spoiler and some closure. I’m still not interested so far in reading the Grant County series. But probably will one day in the future.

The plot is believable with devious and greedy people who still does everything in their power to save what they hold most dear. A sad but still captivating story with the most suspenseful energy.

Contemporary · Romance

Fix it up – Jessica Gadziala

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Goodreads synopsis: “The chance of a lifetime. With one little catch.”

All Brinley Spears has ever dreamed about since she completed design school four years ago was getting noticed. By the right people. By the right companies. Anyone who could finally help launch her career onto a new level.

Unfortunately, the opportunity comes to her in the aisle of a home improvement store while she was arguing with the world’s most irritating contractor… Warren Reyes.

It was everything she ever wanted, the chance to star in HITV’s hit show Fix It Up. There’s one problem though. The producers think Brin and Warren are married. And want them as a pair… or not at all.

So, desperate for the opportunity she has always wanted, Brin hatches a plan. One fake marriage. One season of a show. And then they can both go their separate ways.

You know, if they don’t kill each other first…

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My thoughts:

Fantastic! For you who have not yet read Fix it up by Jessica Gadziala, doesn’t know that the word “fantastic” is repeatedly written throughout this book. And it’s a perfect word to describe it. Fantastic! Just utterly, rip out my heart and put it back in again, fantastic. I can’t do anything other than recommend it. Specially if you are looking for something fun, light and easy with great characters, plot and some hot, sexy stuff. Start here.

It’s an easy, lovable and funny book which is a little different from what Gadziala normally writes. But I like it. No, I Love it! It’s refreshing and reminds me a little of R.L Mathewson who writs fantastic and funny romantic contemporary. It is nice to see that Gadziala, even though she is one of my favorite authors, isn’t a one trick pony.

I love Warren and Brinley. Missed some more detailed descriptions of the characters and there were some grammatical errors even I could detect, but that was so small stuff that I don’t even bother thinking about it.

Great stand alone and nice that not everything has to be a series. Gadziala is a queen when it comes to publish books and she writes faster than I have time to read. But in the end Fix it up, is just Fantastic.

Mystery/Crime · Suspense · Thriller/Horror

The black ice – Michael Connelly

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Goodreads synopsis: When an LAPD narcotics officer is found with a fatal bullet wound and a suicide note, Detective Harry Bosch follows a bloody trail of drug murders across the Mexico border.

Working the case, LAPD detective Harry Bosch is reminded of the primal police rule he learned long ago: Don’t look for the facts, but the glue that holds them together. Soon Harry’s making some very dangerous connections, starting with a dead cop and leading to a bloody string of murders that wind from Hollywood Boulevard to the back alleys south of the border. Now this battle-scarred veteran will find himself in the center of a complex and deadly game-one in which he may be the next and likeliest victim.

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My thoughts:

A first class crime thriller with an suspenseful plot and well executed story. A pure 90’s detective story and just what I needed. I was craving some good crime with good cop, bad coop and bad guys. Connolly gave me just what I needed. Well executed characters and I feel the dialog is more natural than the first book. It is an easy book to get lost in and perfect for those rainy days.

I don’t have so much more to say. It is outstanding. It’s old and you certainly feel it’s age but for me it was more nostalgia than anything else. I’m more than satisfied and can only recommend you to read it.

Everyday things

2 new books in my collection

My local bookstore had earlier this week, this 30% off campaign for members and it also included English books. It never does that and I was so happy. Thought that I would make a bargain. Unfortunately there was almost nothing of interest in both of the bookstores in town. I often feel the range of books on English is pretty poor and I don’t read on Norwegian. Sometimes I’m so jealous of you who lives near those big English/american bookstores. What a dream.

Anyway! I did find two books though. Vox by Christina Dalcher. It’s a feminist dystopian?! I don’t know what I should think regarding it’s many mixed reviews, but the synopsis intrigued me, and it is not that big. I should survive reading it even if it’s not that great.

The other book is The Alice network by Kate Quinn. It is an historical fiction with a synopsis I first didn’t fall for. But then I saw it’s ratings on Goodreads (4,26 by 147 000 ratings) and several of my internet friends have loved it, so I though why not. It’s been i while now since I last read a historical fiction and maybe it is time soon.

Have you read any of these two?

Everyday things · Fantasy/Paranormal · Mystery/Crime · Romance · Suspense

Haunted – Heather Graham

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Goodreads synopsis: Love is everywhere. . .

When does a gift become a curse?

Matt Stone doesn’t believe in ghosts. But there are those who are convinced his home, a historic Virginia estate that dates back to the Revolutionary War, is haunted. Pressured to get at the truth about some strange happenings at Melody House, he agrees to let Harrison Investigations explore the house. But he isn’t ready for beautiful, intriguing Darcy Tremayne.

As a paranormal investigator, Darcy has learned to believe in the unbelievable. And she’s given Matt fair warning: sometimes people don’t like the skeletons she finds. She never dreamed that the warning would apply to herself. For she’s about to discover that Melody House holds much more than a simple mystery form the distant past. What it holds is a very real and lethal danger, one that will cast her into a struggle against the worlds of both the living and the dead.

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My thoughts:

I have read a handful of Heather Graham books now and I so badly want to like them. It is stories I feel should be just right for me but I have to be honest with myself. Heather Graham is not an author for me and I need to stop wasting my time reading her books.

I can certainly see why her books are so popular and have the ratings it has. It just don’t fit me. It is too easy, to broken, gullible, I always predicts the endings and most of all, I don’t have fun while reading.

Before I started this book I wrote “I’m not yet ready to give up on her books because I really do like the stories”. But now I am ready. I’m done! It does not mean that it is bad books. I can see the appeal. They do have everything you could wish for. An exciting story and a believable plot even though it is quite excessive. Diverse characters and nice world building but the writing is not on point.

I will now delete all the books on my kindle and hard disk and on Goodreads so I will never be tempted to start one of her books again. Because I will not waste my time with a book by her. Leave it to those who actually like her books instead. She deserves more than I can give as a reader.

Fiction/Science Fiction · Mystery/Crime · Romance · Suspense · Thriller/Horror

Don’t tell – Karen Rose

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Goodreads synopsis: It was a desperate plan. But Mary Grace Winters knew the only way to save herself and her child from her abusive cop husband was to stage their own death. Now all that remains of their former life is at the bottom of a lake. Armed with a new identity in a new town, she and her son have found refuge hundreds of miles away. As Caroline Stewart, she has almost forgotten the nightmare she left behind nine years ago. She is even taking a chance on love with Max Hunter, a man with wounds of his own. But her past is about to collide with the present when her husband uncovers her trail and threatens her hard-won peace. Step by step, he’s closing in on her—and everything and everyone she loves.

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My thoughts:

I have read quite a few books by Karen Rose now and I have to say that this one is probably the one I like the least so far. I did enjoy it even though it got on my nerves. It is over exaggerated and the bad man was so overdone that in the end it bored me. The main character is whining and meek even though she was supposed to be the strongest women of them all. I really like some of the side characters though and an romantic suspense is usually a good read for me even though it is repetitive and predictable.

I know Karen Rose can do so much better so I’m in no means put off to continue reading her books. This one is just going to be placed in the “not so memorable” pile.

Classic/Historical · Fiction/Science Fiction

Daisy Jones & The Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Goodreads synopsis: Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camilla finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.

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My thoughts:

Is it as good as the seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo? That is one big question and to be frank, I have to say….no! No it is not, but it’s pretty damn close.

Daisy Jones and The Six! What a story and I so wish it was real. Just so that I could listen to the music, read more about those people and see picture after picture. It is quite an epic plot and story, just as character driven as expected. It was an amazing story, the characters are deep, complicating and Reid has done a wonderful job creating the atmosphere and settings of the 1970’s rock and roll environment and mindset. The writing is beautiful, easy, jet complicating to such a degree where you feel constantly pulled in. Just as I remember from TSHOEH and I’m happy that it was not just a fluke, but Reid really does have an talent for artful writing.

It keeps touching difficult subjects as drugs, sex, abortions, marriage, cheating, children, family and so on. But my biggest problem with it is that it lacked the deep it needed and somewhat expected. I missed that angst filled aura which grabs your heart, rips it in shreds and then glues it back together before it shoves it back in your chest with an force out of this world. TSHOEH had it, DJATS has not. I felt it was somewhat flat, missing that emotional punch and the ending came way to fast.

But Taylor Jenkins Reid is one talented author and I have gotten even more interested in reading all of her books now.

Monthly summary

August Summary

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Favorite book this month: The pillars of the earth – Ken Follett
Least favorite book this month:
The islands of chaldea – Diana Wynne Jones

Number of physical books:
4
Number of e-books:
 1
Number of audiobooks:
6
Total pages: 3925
Female authors: 7
Male authors: 3

40195487The pillars of the earth – Ken Follett
Pages: 1104 Published: 1989
Genres: Historical, fiction.
My rating: 5/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The Kingsbridge series.
12974171._SY475_Frankenstein – Mary Shelly
Pages: 251 Published: 1818
Genres: Classic, fiction, horror, Science fiction.
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
33158490The sugar bomb 3.0 – Bitten Jonsson, Pia Nordström
Pages: 437 Published: 2018
Genres: Fact, information, self-help.
My rating: 4/5
No review since the book only exits on Swedish. But it was great and really informative. Scary how much sugar we eat in just our food. Not including the obvious as candy, pastries, cakes and so on.
37903770._SX318_Norse mythology – Neil Gaiman
Pages: 301 Published: 2017
Genres: Fantasy, fiction, mythology, short stories.
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
18107099The islands of chaldea – Diana Wynne Jones
Pages: 274 Published: 2014
Genres: Young adult, fantasy, children.
My rating: 1/5
Links: Review
42102301._SY475_The sixteen trees of the Somme – Lars Mytting
Pages: 413 Published: 2014
Genres:
 Historical, fiction, contemporary.
My rating:
 2/5
Links:
Review
25676540._SY475_Preacher – Dahlia West
Pages: 406 Published: 2015
Genres: Contemporary, romance, suspense.
My rating: 5/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The Rapid City Stories series. (still no second book though)
32254The mephisto club – Tess Gerritsen
Pages: 355 Published: 2006
Genres: Crime, mystery, suspense, fiction, thriller.
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
Book 6 in The Rizzoli & Isles series.
36797830Vicious – V.E Schwab
Pages: 384 Published: 2013
Genres: Fiction, fantasy, science fiction.
My rating: 2/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The Villains series.