Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

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Here is my review on Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge, which I just finished last night and fell into a huge book-hangover.

As I see it, it is a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a little more fantasy and a little more action than the original story and it is much darker. This story has quiet a lot of connections with the past, present and the future and there are also many connections to the ancient Greek gods (mythology) which I personally really enjoy reading about.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge is about a girl named Nyx, who have been trained all her life to become the demon prince, the Gentle Lord’s wife and destroy his castle and save their city from his demons and free the city from the parchment dome that is covering it. Nyx’s father had made a bargain with the Gentle Lord, which was to get twin daughters and give one of them to the Gentle Lord as his wife when she becomes of age and keep the other. But what their father did not know was that the bargain would also cost his own wife’s death while giving birth. Now Nyx’s plan is to find the four main elements (earth, air, fire and water) which are giving life to the Gentle Lord’s castle and destroy them with the right sigils and the castle would collapse along with the Gentle Lord and the parchment dome over the city would disappear. But will it go the way it was planned to when she falls in love with the Gentle Lord?

The book starts from the morning of her wedding day and she gets married to a statue which represents the Gentle Lord and afterwards gets dropped off outside the Gentle Lord’s castle and the journey takes off from there. It was really enjoyable, entertaining and fun to read because Nyx was not the kind of helpless, precious little lady like in most princess and prince fairytales. Nyx was strong and funny in a very entertaining way and she could fight for what she wanted.

I love this story and the world is just beautiful, so I decided to give it 5 out of 5 stars.

A DEFINITE RE-READ FOR ME IN THE FUTURE!!!

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Enjoy!!

// Dulguun

The Goddess Inheritance by Aimée Carter

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The Goddess Inheritance by Aimée Carter is the final book in the Goddess Test series. It is a beautiful conclusion to this amazing series (honestly, I just cried through the last 20 pages, non-stop). All readers know the feeling you get when you’re down to the last book in a series you’ve had fallen in love with and it’s exactly that feeling I got when I started reading this book. Now that I finally know almost everyone of the characters’ back-stories, it’s really sad to let them go.

As we all should know by now, the second book in the series (Goddess Interrupted) had such a huge cliff-hanger and this book continues on right where we were left. It would contain major spoilers if I ever even tried to write a mini summary of the book, even the beginning, so I shall not do that this time but I can assure you 100% that you’ll have such a great experience if you read this series. This series shows a lot of examples of life decisions, personalities, consequences to face etc. and it’s really worth your time.

I give this book and this series overall 5 full and complete bright-shining diamond stars!!!!!!

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Enjoy!!

Dulguun

The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter

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The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter is the first book in the Goddess Test series. It is a beautiful take on the Greek myths, really fast paced so you as a reader won’t have time to be bored and it takes no time to hop into the story because there’s nothing you are gonna be thrown into, but you’re gonna get to know everything in time together with the main character.

Kate Winters’ mom is dying and her last wish was to get to spend the last few months or days in her childhood hometown, Eden. And so Kate and her mom moves to Eden, where Kate get’s to go to a new school and meet new people. In some twisted way she meets Henry, the guy who could bring back the dead who offers her a deal. She will spend the next 6 months with Henry at his house and try to pass these tests while her mom will be kept alive, if she passes the tests she will become Henry’s bride and a goddess. But if she fails…

This book will suck you into it’s enchantingly breathtaking world filled with greek myths becoming the real history, beautiful ball gowns and thrones. There’s everything from love and music, to betrayal and blood. Your reality will become a subplot while this magical world will become your new life.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK FOR ALL OF YOU WHO ENJOY GREEK MYTHS, FANTASY AND YOUNG ADULT FICTION BOOKS!! I’M SURE YOU’LL LOVE IT TOO!

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars because of making me want to be one of them.

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Enjoy!

Dulguun

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

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This is the third and final book in the original Mortal Instruments trilogy, which is now known as The Mortal Instruments series because there has been a 4:th, 5:th and even a 6:th book released and the series have finally been finished not so long ago. It also has a prequel to it, The Infernal Devices series, which has a total of three books in it. It starts with Clockwork Angel, continues with Clockwork Prince and is finished with Clockwork Princess. A lot of people who have read both series recommend reading them in their release order, which looks like this:

  1. City of Bones
  2. City of Ashes
  3. City of Glass
  4. Clockwork Angel
  5. City of Fallen Angels
  6. Clockwork Prince
  7. City of Lost Souls
  8. Clockwork Princess
  9. City of Heavenly Fire

They say that the characters from both series end up connecting to each other and other kinds of things so I’ve decided to read those series in that order.

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare would actually have been a beautiful ending to a trilogy if it were so. But now that it’s in the middle of a huge series, you just know that something must be coming soon and you start imagining all the different possibilities of trouble that could pop up in the next book. Otherwise, in this book you get to actually visit the famous city of Alicante and see all of its beautiful demon-towers that pierce the sky with their sharp tops. Clary is still looking for the antidote to wake her mom up from the never ending coma and while she’s in Alicante she gets to meet these gorgeous new characters. Also you will get to see how Clary and Jace’s love life develops further and there are of course some huge plot twists that you didn’t expect at all that makes it even better and more enjoyable.

It is quiet nice to get to know all these characters and then continue reading about them and living amongst them for so long, unlike books that either doesn’t have a sequel or short series like duologies or trilogies. I’m totally looking forward to be starting on the Infernal Devices series and also continuing on the Mortal Instruments series.

I recommend this series in general for all of you who enjoy some good low-fantasy, Young Adult books!!

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars because of it’s amazing character developments and more.

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Enjoy!

Dulguun

Miss Peregrines hem för besynnerliga barn av Ransom Riggs

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Det var inte vad jag förväntade mig. Den var så mycket bättre! Först och främst måste jag påpeka att det läskiga omslaget inte alls betyder att handlingen är läskig. Det här är definitivt fantasy, och bra sådan. Det finns ju fler creepy bilder som dyker upp genom bokens gång men sambandet mellan bilderna och bokens berättelse är egentligen rätt fin och spännande. Miss Peregrines hem för besynnerliga barn är som en saga med magi samtidigt som det är en mild lovestory och väldigt mycket spänning så att man knappt kan sluta läsa. Den har allt man kan önska sig: speciella krafter, parallella dimensioner, humor, spänning, mystik, kärlek och äventyr.

Historien berättas ur en 15-årig pojkes perspektiv. Huvudkaraktären heter Jacob har en väldigt pessimistisk humor (XD). Det hela bygger på historierna och sagorna som han fick höra av sin farfar Abe som litet barn, vilka visar sig vara sanna efter Abes död. Detta är ju positivt, för det betyder för Jacob att hans farfar inte var galen efter allt men är på ett annat sätt också negativt, för finns det goda feer finns det ju alltid onda feer.

Jag tyckte i alla fall om den här boken väldigt mycket, och den hade den där magin som får en att inte vilja sluta läsa som alldeles för många böcker saknar. Av mig får den fem av fem stjärnor!

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Ha det bra! Becca

Little Bee av Chris Cleave

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Jag brukar oftast läsa fantasy men den här boken var på ”rekommenderat’’ hyllan på biblioteket och såg interessant ut så jag bestämde mig för att det inte kunde skada, men jag älskar verkligen den här boken.

Little Bee är en av de mest rörande böcker jag har läst. Den handlar om en 16-årig flyktingflicka i storbritannien. Boken är sorglig men blir berättad på ett roligt sätt.  Det var ingen sträckläsning men man lär sig så mycket av berättelsen och man blir som en del av Little Bee när man följer hennes resa.

Det här var som en uppenbarelse för mig, jag har många gånger hört talas om hur hemskt det är för flyktingar och det hemska som de har upplevt, och självklart tycker man synd om dem, men man kan aldrig riktigt förstå. Den här boken får en att förstå.

Man får genom boken mer och mer reda på vad som har hänt med Little Bee, och samtidigt berättar en engelsk nybliven änka sin historia som har flätats samman med Little Bees. Berättelsen är otroligt vacker, man får se allt ur ett helt annat perspektiv, själva offrets perspektiv (och änkans) och får reda på saker som man annars aldrig hade kunnat föreställa sig. Man upplever allt med henne, smärta, sorg, förvirring och rädsla men samtidigt även hopp och glädje. Det visas hur svårt det är för någon som inte känner till kulturen eller språket att passa in i ett främmande land och hur överväldigande allt kan vara, om man då inte får något stöd är man förlorad.

Little Bee är väldigt stark och jag rekommenderar starkt den här boken, för den fick mig både att skratta och gråta. Uppenbarelsen var att det faktiskt finns människor som lever igenom det här på riktigt.

En fin del i boken som jag vill citera är: ’’Och nu när de är en del av er framtid, anklagar jag inte er för att ni använder dem. Ni förstår antagligen inte ens varifrån de kommer. Ni är inte något dåligt folk. Ni är bara lika blinda för nuet som vi är blinda för framtiden’’

Det är kanske svårt att förstå när man inte känner till sammanhanget men det handlar om den hårda sanningen i att vi verkligen inte bryr oss om varifrån våra kläder eller bensin eller annat som vi använder i vardagen kommer ifrån förrän någon säger det till oss, medans människor lider i andra delar av världen bara för att tillfredsställa dessa behov.

Av mig får den här boken fyra av fem stjärnor!

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Ha det bra! Becca

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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I read this book in 2 days and finished around 3 weeks ago, I know it’s been long since the last review I wrote and it was mainly because school started in the beginning of august and I’ve been pretty busy since then. But here I am now writing another one for you all. The movie premiere took place August 22 in USA and September 5 in Sweden and it is starring one of the actresses I adore, Chloë Grace Moretz, as the main character, Mia Hall.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman is about Mia Hall who has finally gotten a boyfriend and has her cool father, loving and beautiful mother, a precious little brother and a musical talent full of passion that could lead her to a big career. After the car accident, Mia is laying in a coma at the hospital while she has to do the biggest decision of her life. The story is mainly based on all of the flash-backs Mia has while being in a coma and not knowing how to wake up or not even being sure if she wanted to.

It was such a quick read which I liked but also it was heartwarming in a way and it made me tear up a few times. It was not as intense as I expected it to be, but it can be a good one to read if you wanna take a break from all high fantasy, dystopian novels etc. Although I would suggest seeing the movie instead of reading the book if you don’t really enjoy contemporary reads like I do. Becuase I love me some high fantasy or dystopian, whatever that involves things that doesn’t really exist haha!

I gave this one 3 out of 5 stars.

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Enjoy!!

Dulguun