[Book Review] The Redbreast by Jo Nesbø

34313091Title: The Redbreast*
Author: Jo Nesbø
Genre: Fiction, crime, Nordic noir, thriller, mystery

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Bokkilden.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: During President Clinton’s visit in Norway, police officer Harry Hole accidentally shoots a Secret Service Agent. The incident is covered up and Hole is promoted to inspector. He’s assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities, which is a mundane task until the discovery of a rare and unusual rifle is made. This is followed by several startling leads pointing to neo-Nazi networks and a mysterious contact only known as “the Prince”. Then an old drunk and former soldier is found with his throat slit, and Hole slowly unravels a murder plot dating all the way back to World War II.

* I read this in its original language (Norwegian) under the title “Rødstrupe”.

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[Tags] #midyearbookfreakouttag 2017

The lovely Ally @the.imperfect.library tagged me over at Instagram for the #midyearbookfreakouttag, and I also saw that Bill @ Kenyanlibrary made an awesome summary with this tag last month! I liked the questions and thought it made a really nice little summary of my reads so far, so I figured I’d make a post on the blog too. I’m not tagging anyone on here right now, but if you see this and want to do it then please feel free!

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[Book Review] Monsters by Emerald Fennell

25399706Title: Monsters
Author: Emerald Fennell
Genre: Fiction, horror, mystery, YA, children’s

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: In the Cornish town of Fowey, the body of a young woman is discovered in the fishing nets. She has been murdered. While the small town is in grief and shock, there is a twelve-year-old girl who is not. She loves murders and is delighted with these recent events. She starts her own investigation and is eventually joined by Miles Giffard, a twelve-year-old boy who is in Fowey on summer vacation and who has similar morbid interests. The investigation deepens, slowly revealing the town’s dark secrets and the children’s twisted humor.

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[Book Review] The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

7bf7ba53-57a4-45b7-80c8-e94bf4f2da53Title: The Edible Woman
Author: Margaret Atwood
Genre: Fiction, contemporary, feminism

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: All Marian McAlpin wants to be is normal. However, her recent engagement to her boring but respectable boyfriend hasn’t only upset her stable routine, it has also upset her stomach. She gradually loses appetite until she literally can’t eat anything anymore. Where she feels she should be consumed with passion, Marian simply just feels consumed, and she’s soon overcome by a serious identity crisis.

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[Poetry Review] Pitch Lake by Andre Bagoo

51luq7xv95l-_sx331_bo1204203200_Title: Pitch Lake
Author: Andre Bagoo
Genre: Prose poetry

Where I got the book: I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: A poetry collection divided into three distinctive parts. It includes a variety of themes, such as reflections around art, Trinidad’s history and its threatened ecosystem, and queer sexuality in a homophobic climate.

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[Book Review] Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

30037751Title: Do Not Say We Have Nothing
Author: Madeleine Thien
Genre: Fiction, historical fiction, literary fiction

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: Through three successive generations we experience momentous historical events of post-war China. The children of those who survived Mao’s Cultural Revolution in the 1970s became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square in 1989. In a different narrative set in present-day Vancouver, 10-year-old Marie and her mother take in a young Chinese refugee named Ai-Ming. In the years to follow, Marie tries to make sense of her complicated and fractured family history, and her quest unveils how her layered story directly relates to Ai-Ming’s. This epic saga is skillfully weaved together by music, politics, family, and loss.

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