Time Flies; One week left in LA


They always say that time flies when you’re having fun. I know now why that expression was made. I’ve been here in LA for 7 weeks now, and it’s only one week left. 😦

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I know I were supposed to post weekly updates here on this blog, but to be honest; it hasn’t been possible. I’ve had the best summer of my life, and the most adventurous one as well… So I’ll probably have to write something when I get home, or while waiting on the plane home. I’m sorry…

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I’m a crazy person… I have a little brown suitcase full of books… No joke! I’m bringing a suitcase with books on the plane. Haha… 😀 Important part… I’ve actually managed to have time for reading. I’ve so far read three books and I’m on my fourth book … The Great Gatsby :D…

Let’s call it a day 😀

How Has Your Summer been?

~ Sindre E

Teaser Sunday . . . Cinder, Marissa Meyer


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It’s Sunday again, and I tend to keep up with Teaser Sunday. This week I started a new book because I needed something new to read. The book is called “Cinder” and is written by Marissa Meyer

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“My only mistake was in waiting too long to be rid of you”, Adri said, running the washcloth between her fingers. “Believe me, Cinder. You are a sacrifice I will never regret.”

 

 

 

 

That was a quote from this book that arrose my interest even more. It’s a quote said by Adri, who’s Cinder’s stepmother. Her hideous stepmother which also is a strong symbol of the classic Cinderella story 😀

PS! Check out the new tab page I’ve gotten in my menu bar under REVIEWS -> BOOKS… -> On-Going Series.  

Have a wonderful Sunday, and once again take care of yourselves! 🙂 ❤

~ Sindre

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky


ImageThe Perks Of Being A Wallflower
                                      
Stephen Chbosky

231 pages  1999   Contemporary//Stand Alone

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Charlie is a freshman.
And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his year yet socially awkward,he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.”

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is first of all a really unique written book. Also it’s a really good book that I as normally felt a bit skeptical about. The fact that this book is written from Charlie’s perspective where he writes letters to this unknown person who he dearly calls “friend”. So basically this is just a lot of letters written by the character named Charlie. As the story went along I really fell in love with the writing style and I think that if it hadn’t been for that writing style the characters would probably not be the same. 

The main character Charlie is a character that is really easy falling in love with. I adore him and he’s such a super cute character. He’s written like this insecure fifth-teen year old kid who’s starting high school and have no friends, besides Michael who committed suicide. I all along felt sorry for him, and personally I though there was too much crying at times. In the end Charlie is this open minded smart boy who sees the world like not many… and that’s the art in this book. The other characters in this story that I fell in love with straight from the beginning was Sam & Patrick. They also is this awesome characters who brings life to the pages. I also like each and every characters separate story. Their background stories is all magnificent in many ways.

The overall structure and development throughout the book is really amazing. Once I felt I was out of track or slacking off I’m thrown into more interesting moments in Charlie first year of high school. The thing that I felt was the reason for my whole excitement thing really was the writing style… it made it more realistic in all sort of ways. The romance in this book also kept my attention. I loved the Charlie/Sam moments and the whole friendship thing between Charlie/Sam/Patrick… Just so beautiful.

I’m basicly out of speech really. All I can say is that this will be one of my all time favorite Contemporary Novel, if not the favorite. This book is a recommended read for everyone, but keep an open mind about it while reading it, because it’s like I started this review an “Unique” book in all ways. I’ve given this book a full score, because it was perfect just the way it is.

~ Sindre

Flaggermusmannen (The Bat) by Jo Nesbø


ImageFlaggermusmannen (The Bat)
                         Jo Nesbø

339 pages     1997     Crime//Harry Hole #1

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(Nordic)

“Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry.”

Following Detective Harry Hole “Holy” from when he arrives in Sidney to the solving of the rapist and murderer of Inger Holter was surprisingly awesome. As a matter of fact I’m not the biggest fan of crime novels in general and this is actually my first crime novel. When I first started this book I was afraid that this book would be too television crime-ish, but when I got to about page seventy I got driven into the story. I wanted to figure out who the murderer was, and why he did what he did. I never truly became suspicious onto who the guilty was, I all the way through I had my killer, but then there where new leads pointing toward someone else … and so on. 

The main character Harry Hole is a well written and developed character that you get to know pretty well in this book. Jo Nesbø also manages to contain a lot of Hole’s background story in this book. I think that Nesbø’s ability to make strong characters makes him stand out among many other authors I’ve read. Harry Hole is such a strong likable character that I quickly fell in love with. There are also many other interesting strong characters that makes this book a blast to read. Some of my favorites is Birgitta, Otto and Andrew.

The structure of the story is also really good. The way that Jo Nesbø has developed the murder case all the way to the finish line is really mesmerizing. Without giving too much spoilers here I’ll just say that all the hidden trains throughout the book is well thought out and gives the solution of the case such a twist. I honestly didn’t see everything coming at all, I had somethings sorted out in my mind.

I feel that the elements that in this book was used to keep readers from being bored is really the love stories, tragedies and background story of our main character. I truly fell in love with the love stories. Another thing for my sake is the fact that this book is set in Australia, which gives this book a pinch of salt. I also like the use of clowns, prostitutes, indigenous, transsexuals, pushers, alcoholics and aborigines. The fact that he manages to use the culture and streets of Sidney into his writing.

The fact that this is my first Crime Novel I don’t have much to compare this with, but from my perspective I think this was a really good book. I would recommend this book to everyone really from a mature mind. It can be a good read for people who like mysteries and love well built characters and writing. A 4.5 of 5 stars :D.

Can’t wait to get my hands on Kakerlakkene (The Cockroaches) which is the second book in the Harry Hole series. 😀 Estimated publish date in US/UK is December 10th, 2013. All the other books in his series is already published. That’s actually really weird, haha 😀

~ Sindre E

The Future Of Us


ImageThe Future Of Us
            Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

356 pages     2011     YA//Stand Alone

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“It’s 1996 and very few high school students have ever used the internet. Facebook will not be invented until several years in the future. Emma just got a computer and an America Online CD. She and her best friend Josh power it up and log on – and discover themselves on Facebook in 2011. Everybody wonders what they’ll be like fifteen years in the future. Josh and Emma are about to find out.”

This book was such a cute story that I fell in love with straight from the beginning. The first thing that drew me to this book was the fact that two people discovers themselves on Facebook years before it even were invented and fifthteen years in the future, that really sounds so amazing. This book is a mix of cliques, suspense, romance and a pinch of drama.

The chapters is divided between the two characters Emma & Josh, who is extremely wonderful characters I started loving straight from the beginning. The book kicked off straight from the plot really. When Josh gave Emma and her family an AOL cd, they both discover this thing called Facebook. Facebook is pretty much their get together after many years. Emma & Josh drifted apart from being best friends to barley talking. I really loved the way both authors developed the characters storyline throughout the book. Jay & Carolyn have written really realistic characters who suffer from things that teenagers normally struggles with. That’s why I love Jay Asher, he has that impact on me with his writing.

As we discover more of Facebook we quickly realize that seeing the future isn’t as awesome as It’s supposed to be. The fact that every move they make changes something in the future. That’s what makes this book so fascinating and suspenseful. When they aren’t happy with their future and try to change it, they doesn’t always make the right choices.

Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler’s story is well developed and doesn’t drown you in the facebook plot. They also write about each characters life and relations. I just adore Asher… and once again I understand why he’s one of my favorite writers! 😀 I mentioned above about cliques… and yes… it’s filled with them and some happenings in this book is really predictable. To be honest one of the reasons I really liked this book is because of the cliques. I think it’s good to read cliques sometimes 🙂

The only reason that I didn’t give this book a five star rating is the ending. Honestly I would expect that the ending would leave you out of breath like Thirteen Reasons Why did. At least regarding this book’s suspenseful development throughout. I felt like the ending was kind of rushed. I’d hoped it would have a bigger WOW-factor, but all in all I had to give it a four.

If you haven’t read this book, it’s definitely a book to read. Given in mind that easter is coming now… People who isn’t a fan of Crime Fiction… Pick this one up… You will be satisfied. 😀

~Sindre E