Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte was a book I bought solely because it had a pretty cover. I had never heard about it before and I barely had time to read the blurb on the back of the book at the time. But the cover was so pretty!

I was glad too see on goodreads that my coworker had read the book, finished it one weekend and given it a good score. And so I talked to her the next day at work and she recommended it saying it was a easy and fun read and a stand alone novel. This sounded perfect to me and I was happy to start reading it.

In Four Dead Queens we meet Keralie, a thief/pickpocket who on accident discovers the memories someone murdering the four queens of the four realms/regions. Memory chips can record memories, and this is big news that no one is talking about. What is going on? At the same time we meet the queens and the upset state when one of them gets murdered.

I loved that this book comes with a map even though it is a stand alone novel. It even has portraits of the four queens!

I really enjoyed reading this book. Scholte has done a great job combining fantasy,sci-fi and murder mystery. The book pulls you in immediately and the pace keeps up all throughout the book. I enjoyed this book and can really recommend it!

Kärlek, hat och andra filter av Samira Ahmed

Jag köpte den här boken i en av Lavender Lits bokboxar förra sommaren. Omslaget är så vackert och bokens sammanfattning lät bra, så jag kunde inte låta bli att köpa boxen. Med i boxen fick jag också ett fint bokmärke, ett ljus och en klämma och en poster. En riktigt lyckad bokbox!

Själva boken var väldigt bra! Den var lätt att läsa och jag slukade den under en helg. Maya som boken handlar om är muslim och bor i USA. Maya går sista året på high school och vi får följa lite klassiska tonårsbryderier kring kärlek och vad man ska göra sedan. Men händelser i samhället där Mary bor gör att verkligheten vänds upp och ned. Jag tycker att den här boken är väldigt bra och viktig att läsa. Rekommenderas varmt!

Beskrivning av boken från Lavender Lit.

Maya Aziz är sjutton år och född i USA, ändå känns det som om hon lever i två världar. Hon är kluven mellan att följa sina indiska föräldrars önskan – att börja på college i närheten av deras hem i Chicago, och så småningom gifta sig med en trevlig muslimsk kille som hennes mamma tycker passar – och att följa sin egen dröm. I så fall skulle hon flytta till New York och plugga på filmskola. Och kanske börja dejta den där killen som hon har varit kär i så länge.

Vad Maya inte vet är att det finns andra svårigheter som ligger helt utom hennes kontroll. En terrorattack drabbar staden hon bor i, och det visar sig att den huvudmisstänkte delar efternamn med Maya och hennes familj. Människorna i deras närhet blir plötsligt fyllda av fruktan och hat, och Mayas liv förändras till oigenkännlighet.

 

 

Competence by Gail Carriger

Competence is the third book in the Custard Protocol series by Gail Carriger. I am in love with this series! With a big L.

I love Gail Carriger’s witty and funny writing. This book, as well as the previous two, is full of adventure and breaks for tea. I found it delightful from the beginning to the end. This book focuses on the siblings Primrose and Percy and I find it to be a smooth transition from Rue as the main character.  I really enjoy getting to know and understand Percy and his peculiar ways. And I did love Prim and her love interests in this book! All in all, a great book!

 

Detox in Letters by Cheryl Low

Red is the color of love. And death. Rebellion is coming.

Cheryl Low did it again. This series has it all, decadence, drugs, magic, plotting, pastries, fashion and rebellion! I loved this book as well as the first book. I can easily say it is my favorite fantasy series.

This book takes place a couple of years after the first one. Things have changed, but some things have not. It’s fun to revisit the Realm again and see and take part in all the new things and intrigues. This book picked up the pace and I feel like it was even better than the first one. Maybe because the characters aren’t new to us and instead we get to see the development. I loved AviSariel and Fay in this book! Strong, feisty women with a flair for fashion. I do love how this series isn’t constricted by fantasy “rules”. We do have amazing gowns and such, but there is also a modern twist to this series and the fashion in it. I love it!

Style aesthetic put together by Cheryl Low

Other than fashion, this book has a great story and development. I literally could not put it down because I needed to know what would happen next. I won’t spoil anything, but if you like drama, fantasy and intrigues you’ll like this series!

Here is a quote by Publisher’s Weekly

“This lush fantasy stays ferociously readable while offering a world that’s easy to love: unhappy people waking up to realize there’s more to life, and greeting it with curious wonder. This belle epoque–flavored series will appeal to readers who like their fantasy politics splashed with hope.”
Publishers Weekly

 

 

The Continuum and The Grandmother Paradox by Wendy Nikel

I knew I wanted to read The Continuum by Wendy Nikel as soon as I read the blurb. It did not disappoint!

“Elise Morley is an expert on the past who’s about to get a crash course in the future.”

I have read a few books where someone travels in time or places but none quite like this one. I fully enjoyed the time traveling concept and as a reader you were thrust into the story immediately. It’s not a brick of a book but I find it to be well written and making me want for more when it is over! This book has not only a great concept of time travel but also a very exciting story and a fantastic ending!

Luckily there is a sequel called “The Grandmother Paradox”.

I don’t want to say too much about this book because I don’t want to perhaps spoil something from book one. Just know there is a second book and I’m looking forward to a possible third book!

Caraval av Stephanie Garber

Inget är vad det utger sig för att vara i den här boken. Caraval är verkligen underhållande och magisk. Den är lätt att läsa då det bara är en huvudkaraktär som vi följer. Scarlett får gå igenom många prövningar på bara några dagar och det är verkligen full fart hela tiden. Inget är som du tror, och är det verkligen bara ett spel?

Rekommenderar den här boken till äldre tonåringar och uppåt. Syskonskap, kärlek, död, svek och lögner!

Tack till B.Wahlströms för att jag fick en förhandskopia av boken att läsa och recensera.

Håll utkik i bokhyllorna, den släpps 28 december!

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas

I had been looking forward to this book for a long time. Unfortunately it didn’t live up to my expectations. It was not a bad book at all but it was so predictable and slow paced. Still, it was a good book and I am glad I read it.