The Roses of May

Forfatter: Dot Hutchison

Udgivelse: Thomas and Mercer, 2017

Antal hjerter af fem mulige: ♥♥♥♥♥

Serie: The Collector #2

The Roses of May er bog nummer 2 i The Collector-serien af Dot Hutchison. Den første bog hedder The Butterfly Garden, og jeg vil anbefale dig at læse The Butterfly Garden før du giver dig i kast med The Roses of May. Det behøves ikke, men jeg synes, det vil give bedst mening! Serien er endnu ikke udgivet på dansk.

Om The Roses of May

Fire måneder efter bog ets afslutning følger vi teamet fra Quantico på jagt efter en seriemorder, der slår til en gang om året ved hvert forår. Morderen slår til i forskellige stater og det eneste ofrene umiddelbart har til fælles er, at de er unge piger, som findes dræbte på gulvet i en kirke omgivet af blomster.

Mine tanker om The Roses of May

Jeg har i et års tid nu tænkt, at jeg skulle få begyndt på The Roses of May, da den første bog i serien overvældede mig fuldstændigt. Alligevel blev jeg ved med at udskyde den til fordel for en masse andre bøger, og nu da jeg har læst den, har jeg lyst til at slå mit gamle jeg i hovedet og sige, at jeg kommer til at fortryde det, hvis jeg ikke går i gang med det samme.

Jeg skulle have startet den her for flere måneder siden. For et år siden. Lige så snart jeg var kommet mig over afslutningen på The Butterfly Garden.

Fantastisk velskrevet

Jeg ved ikke, hvad det er Dot Hutchison kan med ord, men det er noget, der virkelig fanger mig. Hun får alt det grimme og forfærdelige til at føles let at læse, samtidig med, at det borer sig dybt ind i hjertet på mig, og får mig til at savne en, der kan holde om mig. Hun formår at skrive scener, der starter en hel film af forfærdelige billeder for mit indre syn, og alligevel siger hun ikke så meget.

Hvor The Butterfly Garden er direkte klam og afskyelig, så er The Roses of May mere tragisk.

Lige som i The Butterfly Garden følger vi i The Roses of May flere synsvinkler, hvilket er med til at give historien dybde, og virker spændingsopbyggende, da sagen ses fra flere sider.

Autentisk og besnærende

Dot Huchison giver stor taletid til ofrene og de pårørende, og skærer lidt ned på mængden af tekst, der har med opklaringsarbejdet at gøre, hvilket jeg synes fungerer upåklageligt! Opklaringsarbejde er mest papirarbejde, og det kan simpelthen ikke gøres mere spændende end det. Dette accepterer Hutchison, hvilket er med til at give de tre FBI agenter en troværdig stemme, jeg sætter enorm stor pris på.

Nu skriver jeg autentisk i overskriften – og det ved jeg naturligvis slet ikke om den er, da min erfaring med kriminalsager og mordere er 100% ikke-eksisterende. Men baseret på min spinkle viden fra True Crime-genren, så virker The Collector serien mere realistisk end meget andet krimi jeg har læst. Der er frustrationer, uopklarede sager, mordere på fri fod, længsel efter retfærdighed og fuldstændig lammende frygt og sorg. Alle sammen elementer, der gør at jeg ikke på noget tidspunkt oplever historien som lidt for langt ude og utroværdig. Derved føler jeg mig også fanget og mærket af historien hele vejen igennem og (længe) efter.

Hvem kan læse The Roses of May

Det kan du gøre, hvis du er vild med krimigenren, og i særdeleshed den del, der sætter forbrydelsen og dens konsekvenser i fokus frem for politimandens jagt. Du kan læse The Roses of May, hvis du holder af et plot, der kun langsomt udfolder sig uden at miste grebet om sin læser.

Du kan læse The Roses of May, hvis du kan læse og forstå engelsk.

The Roses of May er som tidligere nævnt den anden bog i The Collector-serien, så jeg vil anbefale dig at du starter med The Butterfly Garden, der er mindst lige så fantastisk som denne!

January Book Haul

January has been crazy! I told myself I should contain myself this year and stop buying books just because they’re cheap. Then plusbog opened the year with an amazing sale to introduce their new audiobook app. That meant close to 300 titles on sale for 1 DKK (£0.12 or 0.13 or $0.17) each! Titles I will probably never listen to went in the basket simply because I told myself that I would maybe (though probably not) begin listening more to audiobooks.

Books on sale

We have this thing called January sale, which is one of the most silly things I know. Everybody has just spent millions (well, you know what they say about exaggerating) on Christmas gifts and food and ornaments and trees and decorations and fireworks and more food… and now the wallet is a little sore. “Great,” the shops say: “We’ll just lower the prices and then they’ll come shop anyways.” And we do. We do come running. And spend more than we normally would. Some of us at least. Most of us probably.

Well, I did fall for it and ended up with no less than 70 audiobooks, 6 e-books and 5 physical copies. It’s more books than I can go through in a year.

I will not go through all of the audiobook titles, but most of them I bought because they were books I sort of want to read, but they are not very high on my TBR. However, for 1 DKK I would give it a try. Hopefully they are all of good quality, so that it doesn’t ruin the experience of the book to have it read aloud.

E-books

It is way too easy to buy books for my Kindle. It’s one click and then the book is in my kindle library. And they are often just so cheap compared to the physical copies.

This month I have purchased six e-books and I really look forward to reading them all! They are a mix of genres, though mostly fantastical tellings.

Never Let You Go

The first one is Never Let You Go by Chevy Stephens. It is a story about a woman escaping an abusive relationship with her daughter and her husband goes to jail. One day her now ex-husband is released from jail, and she suddenly begins to feel watched…

I have high expectations to this one and really hope to read it this year! I don’t know though, ’cause I have a lot of books I want to read this year 😉 Probably also more than I will end up reading. Isn’t that every bookworm’s problem?

The Sophisticates Trilogy

Okay, so this was probably a stupid purchase. I mean, I may have ended up buying something wonderful, but I primarily bought it because it is a complete trilogy that was on sale for only $1. It sounds amazing though – and I wouldn’t have bought it if I didn’t think it sounded like something I would read!

The Sophisticates Trilogy by Christine Manzari is a dystopian sci-fi trilogy. It’s a story about the seventeen year old Cleo, who has been genetically modified and raised to be a super soldier, but who in the midst of it all begins to long for freedom. Clearly that is ground for trouble.

Angelfall: Penryn and the End of Days #1

Again a book that was very cheap and accidentally ended up in my Kindle library. However, it is about angels and the end of days – what’s not to like?!

In Angelfall by Susan Ee angels of the apocalypse have descended to demolish the modern world. However, when the angels fly away with a little girl, Penryn; the girl’s big sister, will do anything to get her back and therefore makes a deal with a fallen angel.  Angelfall is the first book in a dystopian trilogy.

A Wild and Unremarkable Thing

This book is my first pre-order purchase ever. I just knew I had to have this and read it. I read about it on Parliament House Publishing’s instagram and was sold immediately. The title alone is amazing.

A Wild and Unremarkable Thing by Jen Castleberry is a fantasy story about a female dragonslayer (oh yes – they also exist!) on her route to the Summer Alps, where she will collect a reward for slaying a Fire Scale. However, the roads to these things are never simple and easy, and Cayda (our dragonslayer) must aso learn this.

This book has me on the edge almost. I love a good fantasy set in some sort of medieval setting (which I believe this is). I have put this on my TBR for February, and really hope I get to read it too!

Hopefully my New Year’s Resolution to read more e-books will help me read some of these.

Books

Despite how easy it is to handle and buy e-books, I prefer to read actual books; physical copies. This also lead me to buy two books in January that I have already bought for my kindle. These are the first two books in The Collector Trilogy by Dot Hutchison: The Butterfly Garden and The Roses of May. I have already read The Butterfly Garden and I really think it is an amazing and creepy thriller! The Roses of May, however, was constantly pushed a little and I just didn’t get to read it last year despite the fact that I really look forward to reading it. This year, in May, the third book in the trilogy (The Summer Children) comes out, and I plan to read The Roses of May before that happens.

The next two books I purchased this month were:

  1. The Danish edition of Victim Without a Face (Fabian Risk #1) by Stefan Ahnhem. Again, this as a book I should have probably put on my wish list before buying it, because I fear it will stay on my shelves for quite some time. It just sounded so good when I had it in my hand in the store, and for only 30 DKK (£3.54 or €4.03 or $5.01) I put it in my shopping basket.
  2. The Danish edition of Eeny Meeny (Helen Grace #1) by M. J. Arlidge. I have wanted to buy this since before Christmas, but didn’t want to spend too much on it. I found it on sale while shopping for books for my boyfriend and put it in the basket as well. Again, this is a book that will probably stay on my shelves for quite some time before I read it. It’s not that I don’t want to read now, I just have so many books I want to read, and I try to also read some of the books I have had for a longer while.

Owlcrate (spoiler alert)

On top of all these books on sale I also received my owlcrate this month, which is the last book I bought this month and also the only one I didn’t buy on sale. Well, technically it was the first book I bought since my subscription renews on the 1st. Nevertheless it was the last book to arrive.

The book in an owlcrate is always a surprise, and when purchasing the crate you gamble a little. This month however, I thought I knew which book was in the box, and it was a book I really wanted to read! I was right!

The book in the January Owlcrate was The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I think this book sounds absolutely amazing, and it has also received a great deal of praise. It came with an owlcrate exclusive cover, that is gorgeous. When I saw the Barnes&Noble edition of the cover I hoped so much that the owlcrate edition would look like it! An it does. Sort of. It is dark and beautiful, and under the dust jacket is the most wonderful golden print. I adore this book! I hope it is just as fantastic inside as it is on the outside

TLDR

Okay, so I bought the following books this month:

  1. Never Let You Go by Chevy Stephens
  2. The Sophisticates Trilogy by Christine Manzari
  3. Angelfall by Susan Ee
  4. A Wild and Unremarkable Thing by Jen Castleberry (also, what an amazing surname)
  5. The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
  6. The Roses of May by Dot Hutchison
  7. Victim Without a Face by Stefan Ahnhem
  8. Eeny Meeny by M. J. Arlidge
  9. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  10. 70 audiobooks that I will not give the name of

Thank you for reading<3 I love that you stop by once in a while! To help you out, I try to put a new blog post up every Friday, though sometimes it happens that the post will be slightly delayed. I will post once a week though!

If you have read (or plan to read) any of the books I’ve mentioned in this post, feel free to tell me about your impressions! I would love to receive recommendations on what to read next or what to expect!

Have a great day!

The books Desert Skies, Rebel Souls and Pigen fra Månehøjen on a flowery background.

2017 in Books

2017 has been an amazing reading year for me. Only this year did I begin to actually organise my reading; keep lists of books I have read and lists of books I want to read. It was this year I finally began to learn how to use Goodreads (Okay, I did that yesterday, so maybe I’ll learn a lot more in the new year).

2017 proved to be a year where I read a lot of books. More than anticipated. 20 more books than anticipated. That is crazy! And I very much enjoyed most of them! 2017 was also a year where I did not DNF any of the books I began! Maybe I have become a more flexible reader, or maybe I have become better at picking my books. I don’t know, but I am happy for this experience.

owlcrate

This year I began an owlcrate subscription, and I am so glad I finally got to do so! It was my birthday present from my boyfriend back in May and it has opened my eyes to a world og book merchandise and all the creative little shops that exist. And I love it!

Owlcrate has also introduced me to a variety of books I had never heard of, and thus also to authors I had never heard of. This means that 2017 for me has been a year where my knowledge of books and pretty much anything book related was seriously widened. If one can say that…

ARC’s

This year also became the year where I received my very first ARC (Advance Reading (or Review) Copy). It was something I dreamed of doing someday after having settled as a bookstagrammer – or a book blogger, when I finally got my blog up and running. It was such an amazing experience, and I still feel bubbles in my chest when I think of it or look at my books; An author actually wanted me to read her book, write down my thoughts and post a review of the book. And not just one author: Two authors. I cannot believe it.

I keep being in awe of writers. Of authors. They get to do this fantastic thing; write down stories for me to read! They’re like super stars to me. And then suddenly, some of them want to hear my thoughts on their books. I am still so thrilled! And so happy! I honestly didn’t expect to be able to do this in my very first year in the online bookloving community. The ARC’s I received can be seen in the image at the top of this post.

I am so grateful for this experience I would like to thank M. P. Tonnesen and Lene Krog for giving me this experience and for letting me review their amazing stories: Desert Skies, Rebel Souls and Pigen fra Månehøjen!

The reads

I managed to red 40 books in 2017, and although a few of them were for my class in literature at the teacher education, I actually enjoyed all of them. Some more than others of course 😉

I read a variety of books this year including two children’s books. I rarely read children’s books, which I can see is actually a mistake. Especially since I work with children, because I wouldn’t know where to start, if they asked me to read a book to them.

The Holiday Bag

This year I tried my local library’s new concept; a holiday bag. A concept, where one of the librarians of my local library mixed a bag of books for me based on some questions I had answered as I ordered one. It is a concept I hope, they will keep doing and a concept I hope more libraries will begin, since it is a really great way to find new authors and new reading material. Without this bag who knows if I would have ever been introduced to The Girl at Midnight or Regnfaldet.

The best read(S) of 2017

This is a tough one, since I feel I have read a lot of amazing books this year. Some of the books that I have the best recollections of are:

  • Half Lost by Sally Green, which was an outstanding reading experience – so was the entire trilogy(!) – and I really look forward to reading more of Sally Green’s work.
  • The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison. This was a creepy read. One of those, where you are sometimes scared how much you like the book, because it is actually quite disturbing. I cannot recommend people read this enough, and I sincerely hope thet one of the Danish publishing houses will decide to publish it!
  • Haabet by Mich Vraa was amazing! I don’t normally read this genre, but I was swept away by Vraa’s writing! I even contemplate on reading more of his books alone because of his skills as a story teller!
  • Spektrum by Nanna Foss. Yes. I know Spektrum isn’t one book. But Nanna writes exceedingly well and the books are so different, yet all the same. In a good way! And I love how the main character’s change from book to book. Even though it makes it so much harder when the book ends.
  • Til døden os skiller by Kit A. Rasmussen. This was so good, and I also possible just read it at the right time, which made the experience so much greater! I loved how the book was written like this mystery I, the reader, needed to solve – yet there was no mystery, only a tough story, where I could only hope for a happy ending. It is such an important story to tell and I think Kit did an amazing job!

Okay, I could keep on going, but I promised myself I wouldn’t make a top 20 out of 40 books. I could do that though. Or well… a lot of book would probably share the places. So this is a handful of the books I enjoyed this year.

Happy New Year

The bookstagram community, Goodreads and all the book bloggers I follow has opened my eyes to the importance of being organised and I have tried to be this year, but I still need a lot more practise!

All in all 2017 has been amazing and I can ony hope that 2018 will be even more so!

Happy New Year!