The Kindle verison of Wildwood's cover in black and white

Wildwood

Author: Jadie Jones

Published: Parliament House, 2017

Series: The Hightower Trilogy

Wildwood

Tanzy is a young girl at around 18 years who lives with her mum, who prefers to stay indoors at home, and dad, who owns a horse farm named Wildwood, where he fully invests his time outside of the family. One day however, something terrible happens; Tanzy loses her father and is dragged in to a long period of sorrow where her mother retreats and leaves Tanzy to fight on her own. This is very tough to read about and Jones has written this exceptionally well! We feel the despair that Tanzy goes through and it is hard to see how she will ever pull through.

My Thoughts

Wildwood was an amazing page-turner and I was thoroughly consumed by Jones’ incredible story!

Tanzy is in many ways a very relatable character, I do however think, that she turns a little more than slightly annoying towards the end of the book. She misses vital and obvious clues that could help her on her way, and she sometimes act a lot younger than her age in that she reacts on pure emotion rather than rationally. This I felt was quite disturbing to my liking of her character. Despite this fact, I really loved the story! The ending left me a little deflated, since a lot of new things and characters were suddenly introduced, but I guess that is to be expected when there are more books in the series.

Jadie Jones has written a marvellous fantasy story that can appeal to a lot of different people. It is hard to know what will happen next, and Jones has created the feeling that the reader is just as lost as Tanzy is, when she is introduced to the bigger picture. It is hard to know who to believe. The story unfolds so deliberately that parts of it reminded me of how J.K. Rowling managed to weave in hints and plot twists in the Harry Potter series. Again, the only regrettable thing about this is how slow Tanzy is to pick up on these clues.
But I for one will be moving quickly on to the next in the series!

Should You Read It?

If you enjoy a good fantasy story that at the same time deals with universally human topics such as grief, this will probably be a good read for you. If you at the same time enjoy a book that leaves little hints to figure out the plot every now and then, then this book would be a good one for you to get your hands on. The story flows from page to page and I sincerely had a hard time putting it down, whenever I had to stop reading (you know, when life gets in the way and you have to go to work or eat dinner or sleep). More than once the book reminded me of the Harry Potter series – not in its use of magic at all, but in the way that Jadie Jones has built up her world and her story.

Thanks

I was kindly send this copy by the Parliament House in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

If you have become interested in this book, you can read more about Wildwood on Goodreads by clicking here.

The book Pigen fra Månehøjen on a tree branch

Drømmen om at skrive

Hello everyone! This post will be in Danish as it is written in connection with a blog tour of the Danish book “Pigen fra Månehøjen” by Lene Krog.


Følgende er skrevet af forfatter Lene Krog og handler om at følge sin forfatterdrøm. God fornøjelse med læsningen, og tak til Lene for at dele disse tanker med os!

drømmen

Engang for længe siden, i den helt spæde begyndelse af dette årtusinde, startede min rejse som forfatter, da et forlag skrev til mig, at de ville udgive min bog. Hurra! Lykken var gjort. Drømmen var nået. Sådan, mand!

Det var før sociale medier (ja, så gammel er jeg), lige kort før jeg fik min første mobiltelefon (og dengang var der ikke engang kamera i), og markedsføring var noget med aviser og blade. Der var da heller ikke meget i budgettet til en så ukendt forfatter som mig, men en af mine lærere tilbød at kontakte den lokale ugeavis for mig, så de kunne lave et interview, og jeg kunne få lidt eksponering.

Vent? Hvad?

Så folk kunne se, det var mig, der havde skrevet den der bog? Nej, sådan skulle det jo ikke være. Drømmen var jo bare at skrive bøger. Ikke stille op til interviews og udstille mig selv. Allerhelst ville jeg jo bare være anonym, mens mine bøger fløj hen over disken ved boghandleren.

Sådan virker det selvfølgelig ikke. Men stakkels, lille, introverte mig var ved at gå til over et simpelt, hypotetisk interview til ugeavisen. Så jeg sagde nej til min lærer. Forbød hende at kontakte dem. Og så kom anmeldelserne. Lidt blandede. Både positive og negative, men det negative vejede naturligvis mest, desværre. Og med det hele blandet sammen, tog det lidt modet fra mig.

Sjovt nok afholdt det mig ikke fra at skrive. Det var jo det, jeg elskede. Drømmen var at skrive. Men at skulle vise det frem, at skulle tage kritik, at skulle promovere bogen og mig selv – det var jo bare slet ikke drømmen. Men det følger alt sammen uvægerligt med, og det havde jeg lidt svært ved at acceptere.

Og til sidst stoppede jeg med at skrive. I rigtig lang tid.

Indtil for fem år siden. Pigen fra Månehøjen begyndte lige så stille at spire, og jeg havde en idé om at skrive den på engelsk og gemme mig bag et pseudonym. Godt nok var jeg på de sociale medier, men det var alligevel ikke helt mig – jeg var jo pseudonymet nu. Jeg legede lidt med Amazon, kom i kontakt med andre forfattere, og fandt Goodreads.

Jeg læste et væld af dårlige anmeldelser på populære bøger, og fandt langt om længe ud af, at man ikke kan behage hver en læser. Ligesom så meget andet, er det individuelt, om nogen kan lide en bog eller ej. Nogle elsker den samme bog, som andre hader. Og da det gik op for mig, var det på en måde nemmere at skrive. Jeg begyndte at skrive det, jeg gerne selv ville læse.

Jeg har også lært at tage kritik til mig, hvis jeg kan bruge den, og ryste den af mig, hvis jeg ikke kan. Det bilder jeg i hvert fald mig selv ind. Og efter mit korte engelske indie eventyr, som var alt for besværligt med alskens udenlandske skatteregler at sætte sig ind i, besluttede jeg mig for at vende tilbage til det danske sprog, omskrive Pigen fra Månehøjen, i mit eget navn tilmed, og tage kampen op mod angsten for selvpromovering.

Det er stadig min drøm at skrive bøger. Det har det sådan set altid været. Pigen fra Månehøjen har jeg selvudgivet, og det lykkedes mig at få den sendt videre til at få en lektørudtalelse, så bibliotekerne rundt omkring i Danmark nu er ved at købe ind af den. Og jeg glæder mig til at folk låner min bog og læser den. Om de kan lide den, tja, det kan jeg jo ikke styre. Men jeg kan håbe det. Og i mellemtiden fortsætter jeg min skrivedrøm, med alt det der følger med.


Pigen fra Månehøjen

Pigen fra Månehøjen er den første bog i en dansk fantasyserie om de to piger Merian og Aia fra landet Bragimark; et land i krig, hvor de få med magiske evner jages og deres evner tages fra dem. En dag tvinges de to piger ud på en rejse, der på mange måder bliver en betydningsfuld færd for de to piger; og ikke kun for dem personligt.

Vind bogen

Hvis du hopper forbi Lenes Facebookprofil har hun gang i en konkurrence, hvor du kan vinde hendes bog Pigen fra Månehøjen. Konkurrencebetingelser og lignende vil være at finde samme sted. Jeg ønsker alle en spandfuld held og lykke, og god fornøjelse!

Hvis du skulle være uheldig ikke at vinde bogen, kan den heldigvis købes flere steder både som fysisk eksemplar og som e-bog eller lånes på biblioteket. Så klik ind på din foretrukne bogsalgshjemmeside eller løb ned i den nærmeste boghandler eller det nærmeste bibliotek og skaf dig dit eget eksemplar, så du kan komme i gang.

The Book Regnfaldet (in English: The Rainfall) is lying between green plants

Regnfaldet – The Rainfall

Author: Gudrun Østergaard

Published: Kandor, 2014

In the beginning of July I read Regnfaldet (from now on referred to as The Rainfall, even though it is not the official translation. As far as I can tell the book has only been published in Danish.)

the book

The Rainfall takes place in a fantastical universe, albeit it does not differ much from what we know. It is a story about a small apartment building with four residents and a caretaker in a world where it rains constantly. The streets are flooded and as the story moves forward, the rain gets worse. Food supplies are cut off and people move away. Businesses shut down and basements are flooded. Yet people carry on, because the rain has been there for so long, it seems normal.

The four residents are four very different people, who do not wish to be involved in the lives of the other residents – or to some extent other people at all. They even prefer to not talk to the caretaker, even when they do have an issue that needs fixing. The caretaker on the other hand is a very talkative man, who smiles to people as he passes them. One day, the caretaker turns up dead, and the four residents come together to solve the mystery of his death, only to discover an even darker side to the whole ordeal.

my thoughts

This book was beyond weird, but so well-written. The fact that the fantstical universe was so close to our world, yet still very different made the reading experience a little odd. Everything seemed so normal, yet everything seemed a little off. This gives the book a somewhat eerie setting and adds a darkness to the story. The characters were really interesting, and for the better part of the story, those were the reason I continues reading. They are all, each in their own way, very peculiar people, and I kept trying to guess what would happen next.

Gudrun Østergaard writes exceedingly well, and the characters were very believable. When we have gotten to know the characters the plot twists and the caretaker turns up dead. The residents come together, and knowing from the first part of the book how they feel about each other and how different they are, I expected an almost comical meeting.

Should you read it?

The story itself was so strange, and at times I am not even sure I understood it, but the writing was excellent, and the characters were so peculiar! This book should definitely be read by someone who enjoys a great universe and cast, but does not need the book to give the reader all the answers.

The Winner's Kiss, on a table

The Winner’s Curse

The Winner’s Curse is the first book of The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski.

I first began reading The Winner’s Curse on my Kindle, but I didn’t get very far into it before I decided that I had to own the trilogy as physical copies. The Winner’s Curse was so good and the books are so pretty! And I am that vain.

It turned out to be a good choice, since The Winner’s Curse was a page-turner, that I devoured over the course of a weekend. The tone’s invigorating and although it is not a revolutionary story, it is a very good read.

The story is about Kestrel, a general’s daughter, who purchases a slave at the local market, even though she doesn’t really condone slavery – or at least not to the extend of her owning a slave. The slave she purchases is Arin, a skilled blacksmith, who – despite being a slave – manages to conduct himself with dignity. Arin is put to work at Kestrel’s father’s forge. At the same time he functions as Kestrel’s personal escort into town. This gives the two of them time to get to know each other.

The Winner’s Curse review: spoilers ahead

As these stories go, of course the one falls a teeny-tiny-bit in love with the other and vice versa, which evidently creates a problem. As I said; nothing revolutionary. I loved this book, though! It has it all: War, love, starcrossed lovers, hurt, hope, friends, pride, and I could go on.

I especially like Kestrel’s fierceness and how her personality embodies both the gentle and the stronger aspects of a person. At times, as with most young characters in stories, I tend to think that she is wise beyond her years, yet at other times, she is as stupid or as self-involved as a regular teenager can be. This is definitely a bonus, since I love when the characters seem ‘real’: Like they could be part of our world. Arin, on the other hand, is difficult for me to grasp. I never really buy the whole “He’s falling in love with her”-part, although it is apparent towards the end of the book, that he has felt this way for some time. He is a very private person, and I completely understand why that is, and that may be why I don’t really get him.

However, I think, that the book could have benefitted from having more thorough descriptions of his affection for Kestrel. And vice versa. Suddenly, I feel like I have not said enough positive things about this book. The Winner’s Curse does deserve to be praised. Although we have heard the story before, and met the characters one way or another, it is a very enjoyable read! I loved every page of it, and do already look forward to reading it again some day.

My summer reads on a table here amongst are Tell the Wolves I'm home, The Girl at Midnight and the Prince of Soul and The Lighthouse.

Summer Reads 2017

I am quite the disorganised reader. My book picks are always pretty random and are pretty much just based on what I feel like reading in the moment. This year, however, I wanted to try something new and did therefore actually create a ToBeRead-list of the books I want to read this summer. My summer reads, if you like, were actually not my picks, but instead I decided to trust a librarian. After the holiday I will go into further details about this, because there is a very specific reason as to why I am suddenly trying to be all organised and practical, and why I let somebody else pick my summer reads for me.

For now, though, I’d like to present to you – in no particular order – the books that ended up in my TBR pile for this summer. Some of the titles are Danish and are not (as far as I can tell) translated into English, but I will provide you with a (somewhat) direct translation of the title, should you not be familiar with the Danish language.

My summer reads in 2017 are (drumroll)

  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
  • Regnfaldet (The Rainfall) by Gudrun Østergaard
  • The Prince of Soul and The Lighthouse by Fredrik Brounéus
  • De utilpassede (The Maladjusted) by John Kenn Mortensen
  • The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
  • Det bliver pinligt uanset hvad (It will be awkward no matter what) by Tyra Teodora Tronstad

It is a good blend of YA novels and fantasy, which are some of my favourite genres. Despite the fact that these all sound very interesting, I especially have high expectations for “Det bliver pinligt uanset hvad”, “Tell the Wolves I’m home” and “The Girl at Midnight”.

I am so excited to begin these and already wonder if my list is long enough for the summer. But if it isn’t, then I guess it is at least a good start to being a more organised reader.