Saturday, October 1, 2011

Books read in September

There's been quite a lot of reading this month :)

White Witch, Black Curse (The Hollows, #7)White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I start one of these books in this series, I just have to finish it. They are so good and they have a great mix of love, mystery and humor. And ofcourse Jenks. The books would not be the same without him! One of the best paranormal series in my opinion.
Rachel Morgan, kick-ass witch and bounty hunter, has taken her fair share of hits, and has broken lines she swore she would never cross. But when her lover was murdered, it left a deeper wound than Rachel ever imagined, and now she won't rest until his death is solved . . . and avenged. Whatever the cost.

Yet the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and when a new predator moves to the apex of the Inderlander food chain, Rachel's past comes back to haunt her.


Tyver, trøbbel og en lysende kometTyver, trøbbel og en lysende komet by Mari Kjetun

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read this outloud for Eirin and she liked it. The book has to be good and with quite alot of action to keep her interested, and this book had all of that. I think there is a second book in, so I'll have to check that out.
The book is about Tessa and her mom who always are moving to a new place. But now her mom has gotten a job at a prison, deep in the woods and they have to live in a house just nearby. One day a prisoner escapes.
Tessa har en far i en ramme på veggen, og en mor som aldri orker å bo lenge på samme sted. Og nå skal de flytte igjen - denne gangen til en hytte i ødemarka med et digert fengsel som nærmeste nabo.

The Endless Forest (Wilderness #6)The Endless Forest by Sara Donati

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've been reading a few chapters now and then to make the book last longer. And it's sad to have come to the end of the story of the Bonner clan... 
I LOVE this series and if you haven't read it - you should! The last book The Endless Forest was beautifully written.
The spring of 1824 is a challenging one for the inhabitants of Paradise N.Y. when a flood devastates the village. But for Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner, it’s also a time of reunion as their children return from far-off places: Lily and her husband from Italy, and Martha Kirby, the Bonners’ ward, from Manhattan. Although Lily is nursing her own grief, it is Martha, fleeing a crushing humiliation, who brings with her trouble that will reverberate in all their lives. Painful secrets and hidden sorrows, joy, heartbreak, and passion follow the Bonners through a season of change and renewal. A rich, passionate, multilayered portrayal of family strength and endurance in a fascinating place and time.

The Shamer series is a series for older childeren and I loved it. It's translated from Danish into New Norwegain - which I love to read! If you like fantasy you should read this. There is never a dull moment in these books which are filled with danger, mystery, sadness, joy and a great ending :)

Skammarens dotter (Skammar, #1)Skammarens dotter by Lene Kaaberbøl

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Dina has unwillingly inherited her mother's gift: the ability to elicit shamed confessions simply by looking into someone's eyes. To Dina, however, these powers are not a gift but a curse. Surrounded by fear and hostility, she longs for simple friendship.
But when her mother is called to Dunark Castle to uncover the truth about a bloody triple murder, Dina must come to terms with her power--or let her mother fall prey to the vicious and revolting dragons of Dunark.

Skammarteiknet  (Skammar, #2)Skammarteiknet by Lene Kaaberbøl

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When there are only four people in the world willing to look you in the face, losing one of them really hurts

One look into the Shamer's eyes and a person's darkest secrets are revealed. Dina has recently inherited this uncomfortable gift, and now even her brother, Davin, no longer dares to meet her gaze.

Yet in these dangerous times there are far worse things in store for the young Shamer. She is kidnapped by the corrupt Valdracu, cousin to the evil Dragon Lord who once tried to kill her mother. Then she's forced to use her gift as a weapon against innocent people. Dina must get free. Can her brother help her escape . . . before it's too late?

Slangens gåve (Skammar, #3)Slangens gåve by Lene Kaaberbøl

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Has Dina inherited another dangerous ability--this time from the father she's never met?

A watching face in a market crowd, a mist-shrouded figure on the moor, a haunting presence seen only when he wants to be seen--Sezuan, possessor of the Serpent Gift for lie and illusion, is a chilling and ambiguous figure at the best of times.

He is also Dina's father.

And when he comes to claim the daughter he has never seen, the Shamer and her family are catapulted into reckless flight and danger. With nowhere else to turn, Dina must learn to see through her father's deceit and use her own powers to her advantage.

Skammarkrigen (Skammar, #4)Skammarkrigen by Lene Kaaberbøl

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The evil Dragon Lord of Dunark is ruthlessly hunting down Shamers and burning them at the stake. Only Dina and her friends can stop him—and only if they can build a successful rebellion. Rebellions need leaders, and what better choice than the legitimate heir to Dunark, Nico? Dina and Nico will need all of their considerable powers to triumph over the Dragon Lord, or they and everyone they love will end up dead . . .

Hvis angsten bare kunne trylles bortHvis angsten bare kunne trylles bort by Bente Wemundstad

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a book were the author tells about how her life turned up side down when she suddenly get anxiety.
Forfatteren forteller om hvordan angsten brått og uventet kom inn i livet hennes. Boka gir et bilde av mange års kamp for å klare å leve med denne sykdommen ingen kan se. Hun formidler at om angsten ikke kan trylles bort går det likevel an å leve med den. Hun forteller også om andre mennesker med angst og deres måter å takle sykdommen på.

TrashTrash by Andy Mulligan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a children/young adults book. We follow the three friends Raphael, Gardo and Rat in the Philippines I think (although this is never stated) and begins on a huge mountain of rubbish named Bahala. They live there picking through rubbish to find things they can eat, use or sell. One day Gardo finds a bag with a key and an ID card. Then the world changes - the police are after them and they know they have found something people will kill for to get their hands on.

Interestingly, many view Trash as a dystopian novel - but I have to disagree. How can it be a futuristic novel when there are children living, eating, breathing trash? When there is widespread corruption by officials high and low and inhumane abuses in the hands of those who are supposed to protect? When children like Raphael, Gardo and Rat barely survive the next dawn and are in constant danger of dying a cruel, cruel death - of famine, war and diseases? It's a story of the ugly reality.
Raphael is a dumpsite boy. He spends his days wading through mountains of steaming trash, sifting it, sorting it, breathing it, sleeping next to it. Then one unlucky-lucky day, Raphael's world turns upside down. A small leather bag falls into his hands. It's a bag of clues. It's a bag of hope. It's a bag that will change everything. Soon Raphael and his friends Gardo and Rat are running for their lives. Wanted by the police, it takes all their quick-thinking, fast-talking to stay ahead. As the net tightens, they uncover a dead man's mission to put right a terrible wrong. And now it's three street-boys against the world...

Den store Ruffen bokenDen store Ruffen boken by Tor Åge Bringsværd

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love these stories about Ruffen, the seaserpent :) And so does my kids.
I denne boken er seks Ruffen-bøker samlet. Ruffen : sjøormen som ikke kunne svømme: Ruffen lærer seg å svømme og blir havets helt. Ruffen på nye eventyr: Ruffen reiser til Skottland for å besøke tante Nessie, men på veien blir han fanget av menneskene og satt i dyrehage. Ruffen og den flyvende hollender: Ruffen får høre eventyret om den flyvende hollender. Ruffen syns veldig synd på kapteinen som er så ensom, så han bestemmer seg for å hjelpe ham. Ruffen og det mystiske hullet: En dag finner Ruffen en flaskepost hvor det står: "Lever likevel. Kan ikke gå fra hullet. Hjelp oss". Ruffen legger på svøm for å finne foreldrene sine. Ruffen og drageslottet: Ruffen savner dragepiken Hamayoko. Onkel Ludvik sier han må finne henne, og dermed svømmer Ruffen helt til Japan. Ruffen og det hemmelige havfolket: En døende havmann driver i land hos sjøormfamilien. Han gir Ruffen en ring og navnet Celine. Ruffen skjønner at han må finne Celine og gi henne ringen.

St. Petersburgs juvelSt. Petersburgs juvel by Kate Furnivall

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sometimes you find one of those rare books you just can't put down until you have read all the pages. This is one of those books! I picked it with me on an impulse when I was at the library last time, and I'm glad I did. I read the book in one day, just putting it down to feed the kids ;)

I love stories from Russia, and this has it all. Tsar, Bolsheviks, rich and poor, rebellion, love, tears and a good end.
When I checked Kate Furnivall's other books, I found out that this book is a prequel to her books about Valentina's daughter Lydia, The Russian Concubine and The Girl from Junchow. They haven't been translated to norwegian yet, so I might have to buy them in english - need to find out how it will continue!
Russia, 1910. Valentina Ivanova is the darling of St. Petersburg's elite aristocracy-until her romance with a Danish engineer creates a terrible scandal and her parents push her into a loveless engagement with a Russian count.

Meanwhile, Russia itself is bound for rebellion. With the Tsar and the Duma at each other's throats, and the Bolsheviks drawing their battle lines, the elegance and opulence of Tsarist rule are in their last days. And Valentina will be forced to make a choice that will change not only her own life, but the lives of those around her forever...


  1. Incredible! So many fun books. We've really fallen in love with Ruffen. Thank you so much for the tip! :-)

  2. Så herlig med bokanmeldelser. Alltid bra å få tips om bøker :)

  3. Du er en racer på å lese - je får aldri kommet meg gjennom så mange bøker pr mnd enda je gjerne skulle gjort det :) Er du på Bokelskere også? I såfall finner du meg her:


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