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Book Review: The Room by Jonas Karlsson

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Title: The Room

Published: 17th February 2015

Author: Jonas Karlsson

Synopsis:

Funny, clever, surreal, and thought-provoking, this Kafka-esque masterpiece introduces the unforgettable Bjorn, an exceptionally meticulous office worker striving to live life on his own terms.

Bjorn is a compulsive, exacting bureaucrat who discovers a secret room at the government office where he works–a secret room that no one else in his office will acknowledge. When Bjorn is in his room, what his coworkers see is him standing by the wall and staring off into space looking dazed, relaxed, and decidedly creepy. Bjorn’s bizarre behavior eventually leads his coworkers to try to have him fired, but Bjorn will turn the tables on them with help from his secret room. Author Jonas Karlsson doesn’t leave a word out of place in this brilliant, bizarre, delightful take on how far we will go–in a world ruled by conformity–to live an individual and examined life.

Review:

Another book to mark off my 2015 Reading Challenge – A Book that was originally written in a different language.

Witty, interesting read, with a few things quirky!

I wanted to read something completely different to my usually subject matter (which is usually either paranormal, romance or historical), something completely unique and a bit quirky. Well this book is definitely that, and then some! At quite a few times throughout you are going to be thinking to yourself ‘What the!’ with how the story unfolds. You seem to either want to believe that Bjorn is the ‘normal’ one and everyone else it a bit off or the other way around – the choice is yours.

My first impressions of Bjorn are that he has a bit of a complex mind with how he view’s the world around him. He is a very determined person who view’s himself as a leader and that’s where he wants to get to within his job. He likes to solve problems and seems to have a high IQ but doesn’t know how to handle the everyday world around him, especially the people in it. He needs things to be in a certain order, everything has its place and he wants to feel that he is in a safe environment where he can just sit still and ‘be’. The heart of this story is about feeling isolated, whether it is from your work colleagues or in life in general. I think that everyone can relate to feeling that way about something or sometime in his or her own life. Feeling apart from the world you live in and needing somewhere to escape to. This is what Bjorn finds with ‘the room’. The way he seems to collect himself back together after being in there and the way he views himself as a strong confident handsome person while looking in the mirror in the room is a way to motivate himself to go back into the ‘real’ world. I feel that the room represents Bjorn’s own mind. When he goes in there he can think things through without the outside worlds distractions. The only thing is that he really can’t seem to understand why he is the only person who can accept that the room is there. He will continue to believe in the room no matter what anyone else says. I won’t go into too much more detail about what happens with the rest of the story but I found it a very interesting and amusing read. So check it out today.

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Rating: 4 out of 5

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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☆.•°*°•.☆ COVER REVEAL ☆.•°*°•.☆ Havoc box set by Autumn Grey

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Cover reveal for Havoc
Author: Autumn Grey
Genre: Romance , Erotic

A three month modelling contract in Paris.

Two strangers drawn together by fate.

A stalker hell-bent on keeping them apart.

Selene Michaels is determined to never let anyone make her feel inferior again. After a painful divorce, she finds herself in Paris on a working holiday, hopeful that this will be the opportunity she has been waiting for. She intends to have fun and maybe find someone to flirt with; someone who will show her a good time, treat her right. What she does not expect to find is Remington St. Germain and his adorable son, Adrien. Remington is intense, devastatingly hot and a Prince Charming on the outside, but a dirty talking, insatiable devil behind closed doors and not the type to give up on something that he wants. Adrien makes her loss almost bearable. Selene soon realizes that life with Remington is not only interesting, but adventurous and dangerous. Someone is eager to keep Remington and her apart, and will go into great lengths to make sure that happens.

Remington is at a crossroads. He can either let Selene go, forget about her. Or pursue her with determination, just like he does everything else. Otherwise he will be right back where he was before she came into his life. The clock is ticking, and danger looms closer. He will do anything to save the woman who is fast becoming a part of his soul.

Sometimes life gives you a second chance. But what happens when danger threatens that chance?

 
 
notice * some of these teasers are fan made !
Autumn Grey is the author of the Havoc series (Havoc, Obliterate, Mend). And just like her characters, she is quirky, sometimes funny and definitely flawed. She writes sexy contemporary romances full of drama, steamy kisses and happy ever afters.

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Welcome to the wonderful world of C.M. Owens imagination!

Ok so last year while searching for a new paranormal book (or series – I wasn’t going to be picky) to get into I stumbled across C.M. Owens book Blood’s Fury (Deadly Beauties #1) which was great as it turned out to be a free read (still is by the way!!). I think Amazon do this to get you hooked so you will buy the rest in the series. Doesn’t always work but in this case it did more than just that. By two chapters in I was already hooked and had to purchase the next two in the trilogy (think I may have gone mad if I had had to wait for them!). Didn’t stop there though as went on a bit of a book-buying binge and purchased everything else she had written up until that point. Lots of books to keep me entertained you might think. As some of them were trilogies though with only two, or sometimes one, out at the time of purchase I knew with them I would have to wait to start them or I might have gone a bit crazy waiting for the rest. I digress but can get that way when talking about a certain authors writing and C.M. Owens is definitely one of those authors I can get carried away with.

So anyway here is the book description for the first in the Deadly Beauties series:

Bloods FuryBlood’s Fury (Deadly Beauties #1)

The deadliest things in life are often the most beautiful… until they strike.

Alyssa Coldwell decides to put her destiny as an immortal witch to the side, so she can take the chance to live like a normal girl amongst regular humans before she too is part of the fey world. She wants a break from magic and all the dangerous drama that comes with it, but life doesn’t always let you do as you please.

Magic is supposed to be simple – you’re either light or dark. But Alyssa is brutally awakened when she learns that life isn’t always so simple. There are gray areas, and there is more to being light than simply saying you are.

But magic isn’t her only problem, humans have problems as well. When she meets Kane Ice, she finds herself in a situation she’s never been before. She’s been sheltered by her overly protective mother, so being with a guy hasn’t ever been an easy task. Kane makes it impossible not to try… while she can. Though she knows she’ll have to leave him once her body turns immortal, she can’t help but fall for him.

What’s the problem with a witch loving a human? So, so many things. Her world is too dangerous, and her attempt to take a break from it fails miserably when her mother is taken captive. With danger always around her, she knows Kane will never be safe. But it’s too hard to let him go.

Kane’s not so fragile though, and he refuses to lose the only girl he’s ever really cared for. Secrets are a part of Alyssa’s life, but she’s not the only one with a locked vault full of unspoken truths. When the secrets come out, Alyssa loses all her faith, her will, and her hope.

So you have the basic boy meets girl romance to deal with. Throw in the fact that the boy is a vampire who lives with other vampires and werewolves and the girl is a witch with the most powerful magical parents out there seems to make things that much more interesting. Especially as they seem to not know about the others hidden secrets. The chemistry between the two characters is undeniable electric – they can never seem to quite keep their hands off each other. Not that as a reader you will mind as those scenes are fun to read. Nothing and no-one is going to keep them apart, no matter what life throws at them. Right? (Crossing fingers the whole time you are reading hoping that you will be right). Well things never seem to go quite to plan now do they (but where would the fun be in that though!), the ending is where everything seems to come crashing down around both of them. You are left with your hearts breaking hoping that they will get through this. Knowing deep down that they were brought together for a reason and all will be revealed in the end. All I can say is that it was a very go thing that the next two books in the series were available to read straight away, as that’s what I did. Three books in one-day chain read, as I couldn’t get enough of them. This has to be one of my favourite paranormal series I’ve read. I keep going back to re-read them as a whole set or sometimes just skipping to get to my favourite parts of the books – there are quite a few scenes that you will want to re-read as they are that good. I have kind of a photographic memory so can pretty much remember the books story layout to skip to the bit I want to re-read.

The way C.M. Owens manages to capture the readers attention from the first chapter and keep you hooked through the development of the story as a whole is a testament to her as a writer. I won’t give too much more away as wouldn’t want you going in knowing too much. You may think you have an idea from the start where the story is going but just sit back and enjoy the ride because I’m sure you won’t see it coming. Lot’s of twists and turns with this one, include some danger, intrigue and some combustible chemistry between some great characters and you have yourselves an amazing journey to go on.

Book descriptions for next two installments:

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Alyssa has spent her entire life naively believing things are only laid out in black or white, but now she finds herself stuck in the gray area. The inner battle she faces with her own dark power that she has denied for too long starts to brew all the more fiercely. Kane’s coldness breaks her heart even more than it’s already broken, but fate’s cruel sense of humor forces them to band together despite their torrid conflict.

The biggest problem… There are consequences she didn’t know she’d have to face after giving herself to Kane, and she finds herself in pain each and every time she’s near him. A pain that leaves her feeling like a puppet.

Hope rests on the shoulders of her enemies, and her allies pile up in all the wrong forms. When tragedy strikes, she’s faced with more dark choices to make. Everything gets twisted, and she becomes stuck in the middle of an internal game of tug-of-war. Gage is there, but he’s just as much her enemy as a night stalker. How can she trust any of them?
The world is fully of deadly beauties, and deception is their best played game. Alyssa keeps learning the hard way how true this is.

Red Moon SecretsRed Moon Secrets (Deadly Beauties #3)

Secrets are spilled, lies are revealed, and dark destinies emerge. She’s judged them all – now they’ll be the ones to judge her.

Alyssa is no longer seeing the gray area – she’s living in it. A destiny she never considered is consuming her. Everything ends, and it ends now – no matter what the outcome.

If you start with this one and want to go on to another great paranormal series from this author but with a bit of a different mix (having the ablility to possess the powers of the ancient Greek gods and goddesses maybe?) then you should check out The Daughter Trilogy (Daughter of Aphrodite, Daughter of Asteria and Daughter of Kaos).

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If however the whole paranormal world isn’t for you but still want to check out something by this author then I would definitely recommend The Sterling Shores series. Now these are some hot stories that have some hot men attached to them. The complete series so far is: Hooked on the Game, Kade’s Game, Tagged & Ashed, The Sterling Boys, Loving War (my favourite of the series so far!!), Breaking Even (you will laugh so much with this one) and coming soon A Redo (yay can’t wait!!). These books can be read individually but best to read in the series order as they do make references to the other characters from the other books from time to time – which is good as its nice to catch up with them to see how they are getting on to. By the end of this series you are going to want to move to Sterling Shore though – that’s where all the hot men seem to be. The covers alone might be a good enough reason to check these ones out. Again you can test the waters first with these ones as the firsts in the series are free reads too!

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Hope you do try out some of C.M. Owens books as they are some of my favourites and I hope that they become your favourites too. Enjoy  🙂

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2015 Reading Challenge so far

Well if you are a fan of reading as much as I am then you might be doing this reading challenge aswell.

As we are a third of the way through the year so I thought I would do a check of how many I have completed.

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12 down 38 to go – here’s what i have done so far:

A book published this yearThe Invisable Library by Genevieve Cogman

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Review – 4 out of 5 stars

Great fun read with so much going on.

Irene, a professional spy for the mysterious Library, and her assistant Kai travel to an alernate world to retrieve a dangerous book. Little do they know the trouble that awaits them from the very start of their mission. With danger a every turn they have to keep their witts about them if the want to succeed in not only finding the book but returning it safely to the Library, with it and themselves, unharmed.

Really liked the authors style of writing, she knows how to create an atmosphere around the world she has created. I would recommend this book 🙂

A book with non-human charactersThe Immortal Who Loved Me by Lynsay Sands

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Review –  4 out of 5 stars

I love the Argeneau series and Lynsay Sands has managed to create yet another great story. There are parts where you can feel like the same information is being given out (mainly when the immortal is explaining the nanos technology to the mortal) but each book tells it slightly differently. Which is good as we are 21 (plus 2 short stories) into this series and it doesn’t look like Lynsay is slowing down.

Basil (pro-nounced Baw-zil – though everytime i read it was Basil the spice to me lol) and Sherry start off knowing straight from the get go that they are lifemates. They are thrown together after Stephanie stumbles into Sherry’s office while hiding from Leonius Livius and his sons who are chasing her. As danger tends to follow Stephanie where ever she goes you know that’s not going to be the last we see of Leo and his band of little Leo’s.

Passion and some romance flows between the leads but takes a little bit of a back seat within the story as so much is being told. Lot’s of the characters from the series so far are being used in more and more of the last few books. Not quite like the first few where you had the leads spend more time together and you as a reader got to see the relationships build gradually into the strong base ones they have at the end. However saying that because so much is happening the story keeps its pace and you hooked until the end.

With the Leo storyline coming to an end i’m wondering who the next lot of baddies are going to be. The enforcers have to hunt someone. I can’t wait for Justin Bricker’s story though – his has to be next. You can tell he is getting restless with all his friends and family finding their lifemates and him being left behind. She will need to be a feisty lady who is just as much of a trouble maker as he is. That is going to be one fun book to read.

A funny bookBreaking Even (Sterling Shore Series #5) by C.M. Owens

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Review – 5 out of 5 stars

She has done it again. Another great book. Laughed soooo much lol.

Brin has had enough of her neighbour parking on her side of the street and blocking her in so she goes over to confront him. Having him answer the door in only his boxers is only a slight distraction (tattoos, piercings, muscles and an early morning soldier will do that!) for her before demanding he move his car. When he doesn’t she kind of snaps by ramming her car in reverse to crush his out of the way.

What follows is a mass of pranks: glitter in car vents, blue dye exploding from fridges, ketchup bombs, spiders and snakes left in the house – the list is endless and just keeps getting funnier and funnier the more you read.

When they get set up on a blind date together the fun just continues. The closer they get the more chemistry that explodes. It’s only Rye holding back that makes it hard for a real relationship. Until he opens up they can’t be together for real. When he finally does at the end it is so moving. You see why he has been the way he is. They are stronger together and feel most like themselves when they are.

Well worth a read but better if you read the series in order. Especially as we get a round up of a few of the couples having problems (glad they get everything sorted and very funny how they do).

On to Wren and Allie’s story next and can’t wait for Corbin’s 🙂

A book by a female author – The Reluctant Reformer by Lynsay Sands

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Review – 5 out of 5 stars

I love a good Historical Romance and know that Lynsay Sands can always deliver a good one. I love her paranormal books the most but the historical ones are just as fun to read. Goes down as another book from my 2015 reading challenge – A book by a female author.

The book had quite a few funny bits and misunderstandings that had me laughing throughout. A great story to get your teeth stuck into while curled up on the sofa.

Got some great one liners in it, that as a book lover myself made me smile and laugh out loud:

“Good Lord, not again! What the devil is it with you and libraries that makes you unable to control yourself in them, James? You have always had a passion for books, but really!”

“I fear she is right. I always have had a passion for libraries. Still, i never realised quite how much pleasure they could afford until i met you.”

“Maggies told me all about Lord Ramsey’s love of books.”

“Hmm. Love of books, love on books, love among books.”

I always knew that libraries and books could be a lot of fun! Maggie and James definalty make good use of them.

A book of short storiesAll Regency Collection by Anna Elliott, Sarah M. Eden, Carla Kelly, Josi S. KilpackAnnette Lyon and Heather B. Moore

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Review – 5 out of 5 stars

I do love a good regency book and this was six for the price of one. There were some stories i liked more than others and overall i think if you like regency books then you will love these.

The Wedding Gift by Anna Elliott: A possible next chapter in the Pride and Prejudice story?? Well you never know it could have happened. Written in the format of a diary it shows the tales of Elizabeth after the engagement to Darcy where she gets kidnapped just weeks before her wedding. Its up to Darcy to figure out who has taken her and why before they can have their happy ending.

Dream of a Glourious Season by Sarah M. Eden: To be in love with someone your sister and parents have already seen fit to tell you belongs to her alone would be a very unpleasent thing. That is the situation Elizabeth finds herself in. Its up to Julian to see who he really wants and hold fast to her when he gets her.

The Mender by Carla Kelly: The dialect in this one did have me stuggling a bit but after a while you get used to it. Its about Patience having one last adventure on her cousins ship before she thinks about settling down for marriage. Little does she know that in her quest to have an adventure to take her mind off marriage she might just find herself right in the middle of it with the likes of Adam.

Begin Again by Josi S. Kilpack: Regina has spent the last 15 years trying to forget the one man she thought she loved. After all that time with no word from him she had all but made herself think it a dream. That is until the man in question, Ross, encounters her at a ball. He has been waiting for her for the last 15 years and hopes she will fall into his arms the moment she see’s him. Things are never that simple though as she feels he abandoned her. He has to try and win her back and get her to see that he has been waiting all this time for her. When she discovers that it was her father keeping them apart she fears it may be too late but he has waited 15 years already so what is a few days more to get the women he truly loves.

The Affair at Wildemoore by Annette Lyon: A story of how you can find your way back to the love you thought you had lost after years of marriage. Ellen fears she has lost the connection she once had with her love and husband Anthony. After the loss of their son years before they both shut down and grown apart from each other. After a misunderstanding at a ball where Ellen fears her husband may be intersted in an old love she fleas the ball. Anthony doesn’t appear to know why she would run and only figures things out once his daughtes clue him in. Its only after they confront each other and talk for what seems like the first time in years that the can find their way back to each other how they used to be.

The Duke’s Brother by Heather B. Moore: Loved this story as its funny right from the start when Mabel and Gregory meet. Mainly because she runs right into him knocking him onto the wet rainy path. They can speak easily with each other and are not offended by what the other says, well at the beginning that is so. After a few misunderstandings they seem to get things back on track. They are both quirky characters that are very well suited for each other.

Short and sweet stories that get the plot across without feeling like you are being rushed through or missing any key elements from them.

A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yetLoving War (Sterling Shore Series #4) by C.M. Owens

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Review – 5 out of 5 stars

OMG I absolutely loved this book. Might actually be my favourite of the Sterling Shore series so far. Counts towards my 2015 Reading Challenge aswell – A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet.

After reading the preview chapter at the end of The Sterling Boys I could feel myself chopping at the bit until it was released. Kode and Tria’s relationship starts off hot and just gets hotter. In the end Kode finally realises that he was focusing on the wrong Noles sister – I’m glad he finally saw the light and picked the right one for him. Loved the club scene between them at the start and even more the one at the end. Perfect for each other.

Love also how all the characters are connected and that you keep getting snippets on what’s going on with them. Would recommend that you read the series in order otherwise you might not get some of the references.

Now I’ve just read the preview at the end of it and can’t wait to get stuck into Brin and Rye’s story in Breaking Even. This series just gets better and better 🙂

A book at the bottom of your to-read listSunset in St Tropez by Danielle Steel

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Review – 3 out of 5 stars

I do like Danielle Steel books but this one did seem like it fell a bit short.

Was a book about three sets of couples who have to cope with the loss of one of their partners, showing how each of them handle it. They all end up going on holiday a few months later and each seem to have their own problems going on. It seemed a bit mis-mashed in places and jumped around a bit so not always easy to follow. All finished with a neat bow at the end of the story though. Maybe if it was a bit longer the characters could have been developed a bit more but it was an ok read.

A book your mum lovesWedding Season by Katie Fforde

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Review – 4 out of 5 stars

I do love Katie Ffordes books – fun romances to get stuck into on your lunch break.

Like with The Rose Revived this story revolves around the love lives (or lack of at the beginning) of three main female leads – Sarah, Bron and Elsa. The first female lead in both books always seems to have the hardest job of finding the right person to be with. Or better yet getting out of their own way to see that the right person is in front of them to begin with!

All their romances revolve around the last minute celebrity wedding that they have to plan. Fun seeing how the different couples all come together and the friendship that forms between Sarah, Bron and Elsa.

The sneek peak at the end showing first chapter of Love Letters is also a bonus. Want to read that now! 🙂

A book based entirely on its coverHot Pursuit by Lynn Raye Harris

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Review – 4 out of 5 stars

First thought that comes to mind when looking at it is yum!!! 😉

HOT by name HOT by nature. Hooked from the start, a truely great read. Its got action, suspence and romance with some saucy hot bits thrown in for good measure. Do love a guy in uniform and special ops Matt Girad is one HOT alpha. Come to the rescue anytime! On to the next one i say – lets hoping its just as HOT! 🙂

A book you can finish in a dayThe Vampire Warden by S.J. Wright

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Review – 3 out of 5 stars

Short and sweet is what comes to mind with this book. As vampire stories go is had an interesting premise but felt like a bit more could have been done with the main body of the story. Almost like it was trying to set the ground work for the rest of the series by being a prequel story.

Ok afternoon quick free kindle read and counts towards my 2015 reading challenge as a ‘book you can finish in a day’ (although in my case it was like an hour and a half lol). I’m getting through the list though 🙂

A book that made you cryJohnny Angel by Daniele Steel

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Review – 4 out of 5 stars

If you read this book and are not affected in some way then there is something wrong with you.

Probably not the best book to read a lunchtime at work as there are some points that will make you want to cry. Its an emotional rollercoaster that you are on from start to finish. Its the great writing that really pulls you into the story and makes you feel everything that they are. A good read that will have you feeling like crying one moment, laughing the next and then getting the much needed closer at the end.

A book by an author you’ve never read beforeBad Kitty by Eliza Gayle

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Review – 4 out of 5 stars

Having never read anything by Eliza Gayle before i came into this book with an open mind. That got blown away very quickly. I loved this book! The characters were strong and the story flowed really well together.

This is meant to be a spin off from the Black Cougar series which made me worry that i wouldn’t understand everything that is going on but felt this book worked very well as a stand alone. Although now it is making me want to go get the rest of the series.

The shifter world is not for the light hearted and weak which Kitty knows only too well, after losing her father and being shunned to live in the neutral zone she doesn’t think things can get any worse but after being attacked by cougars from her old pack and running for her life she is beginning to. As luck has it her saviour is non other than the next alpha leader of the wolves Rafe Comyn. He saves her in more ways than one and together they start to find out what it really means to go wild! 🙂

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