Himmelborgens Hemmeligheder

Himmelborgens Hemmeligheder af Charlotte Blay

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4 stars

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“Himmelborgens Hemmeligheder er en historie for børn, skrevet på baggrund af de 10 år, hvor Charlotte Blay har boet på middelalderslottet Gjorslev på Stevns. Sammen med godsejeren og hans børn er forfatteren gået på opdagelse i både fortid og nutid i slottets kældre, sale, parker og skove.
Beskrivelsen af godset og dets historie har rod i virkelige personer og begivenheder, mens bogens hovedpersoner og øvrige hændelser er delvis fri fantasi – og enhver lighed med nulevende personer er næsten utilsigtet.

Charlotte Blay har skrevet mere end 80 børnebøger samt noveller og sange. Det meste har hun hentet inspiration til på rejser Jorden rundt, hvor hun har mødt alverdens børn. Forfatteren fik Kulturministeriets Børnebogspris i 2006.
Bogens omslag er illustreret af den anerkendte billedkunstner og illustrator Per O. Jørgensen, der blandt andet har lavet forsiderne til de danske versioner af Harry Potter-bøgerne. Illustrationerne i bogen er lavet af både Per O. Jørgensen og illustrator Lykke Bianca”.

Betrayed (House of Night #2)

Betrayed (House of Night #2) by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast

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“Zoey, High Priestess in training, has managed to settle in at the House of Night and come to terms with the vast powers the Vampyre Goddess Nyx has given her. Just as she finally feels she belongs, the unthinkable happens: human teenagers are being killed, and all evidence points to the House of Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey’s old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves”

I know it’s not everyone who likes the para-normal-vampyre-genre, but personally I think it’s great! I was excited to read “Betrayed” – the second book of the series “House of Night”. After reading the first book I was amazed and looking forward to reading more about Zoey’s world and how she keeps on developing as a character. As the first book (“Marked”) is about finding your right path and your place in the world, this book (“Betrayed”) is about what happens next. Suddenly, Zoey’s mind is filled with the thoughts of guys, crushes, love and sexual attraction – and most importantly, how to deal with all of this, while figuring out where life leads you.


“Night can’t cloak your scarlet dream.  Accept Desire’s call.” 

We get to know Zoey and her group of friends. Each of them are funny and really supportive of their leader of the Dark Daughters. There are many characters and you can easily identify yourself with them. The characters are unique and each possesses something universal that you can see in your own group of friends. Everyone would wish for a solid group of friends like Zoey’s. She tries to change the ways of the “Dark Daughters” and adjust the rituals to being more humane (ironically, as she is being drawn further away from her human life).

There is always a dark element in the story. Humans begin to disappear and some are even killed, but who the big question is: who is killing them? It’s a question of evil vs. good and the fact that it’s not always possible to figure out if it’s all that simple. It usually isn’t!

“Remember, darkness does not always equate to evil, just as light does not always bring good.” 

As I feared there is a death of one of the characters. Of course, this influences the story, but in beautiful and thoughtful way. It sets the mind going how to deal with the loss of a friend, how to cope and finally start moving on. Step by step.

I decided that I like the “House of Night”-series. It’s easy to read, it has a nice atmosphere and as a reader, you are always excited to know more about the world, and what will happen to Zoey next. The book shows hope and Zoey gets aware of how powerful she eventually will be, which will be for the greater good. I’m definitely reading the next book!

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

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“Will Grayson meets Will Grayson. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers are about to cross paths. From that moment on, their world will collide and Iives intertwine.

It’s not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the same surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions. With a push from friends new and old – including the massive, and massively fabulous, Tiny Cooper, offensive lineman and musical theater auteur extraordinaire – Will and Will begin building toward respective romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most awesome high school musical”.

Will Grayson and Will Grayson come from two different worlds, it seems. Will Grayson (1) has a best friend who is gay and called Tiny Cooper (even though, he is huge) and Will Grayson (2) lives with his mother, abandoned by his father, and he has basically given up on life. According to him, the only light in his dark life is Isaac, an internet friend/flirt. One day they decide to meet in Chicago. Not everything goes according to plan, but Will Grayson (2) meets Will Grayson (1) and suddenly, the two Will lives intertwine.

“It’s hard to believe in coincidence, but it’s even harder to believe in anything else.” 

This book is about friendship, love, growing up and going through the many emotions and insecurities of being young and not feeling good about yourself. Love will not always work out, as you hoped, but at least, you have dared yourself to experience it.

“You like someone who can’t like you back because unrequited love can be survived in a way that once-requited love cannot. ”

 

John Green has written many interesting books (e.g. “The Fault in Our Stars, “Will Grayson, Will Grayson”, “Paper Towns” , etc. He focuses on specific topics and it’s great to be able to experience the world through two gay guys point of views and their look on life and love. I like that it wasn’t the classic love story between a guy and a girl.

I liked it, but after reading it, I just realized that it wasn’t the book for me. Personally, I felt that the language and writing style were not enough for me. Books don’t have to have plots with tons of action in order for me to read them, but I think that the book lacked a plot. But again, this book is not about the plot, it’s about the characters and how they live their every-day life trying to cope with love, friendships and insecurity. A beautiful young adult book, but I missed something when I read it. Especially a proper ending. But I guess it’s up to the reader to imagine both of the Will Grayson’s future lives.

“When things break, it’s not the actual breaking that prevents them from getting back together again. It’s because a little piece gets lost – the two remaining ends couldn’t fit together even if they wanted to. The whole shape has changed.” 

Kære dumme døde Vik

Kære dumme døde Vik af Caroline Ørsum

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“´Hvem var hun?´ siger jeg.Han drejer hovedet og ser på mig. En sur smag i min mund. Den får spyttet til at klæbe til tungen, tungen til ganen. Jeg hader fornemmelsen af at kaste op. Det er det klammeste, den ynkeligste kulmination på en aften, der i forvejen var begyndt at gå i krampe. ´Hvem?´ siger han.Selma er levende. Hun har forbrændinger i ansigtet og en fod, der gør ondt. Hun ved, hvad det var, hun var i gang med at sige til Vik, da bilen kørte galt. For at få sit liv tilbage har hun brug for at finde ud af, hvem hende pigen var, som Vik mødtes med, lige inden alt blev slået i stykker.Hun længes efter tiden før ulykken og en verden i alfabetisk orden. Men der mangler et V, et I og et K”.

Celestine

Celestine af olga ravn

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3 stars


”En lærer på en kostskole er besat af historien om spøgelset Celestine. Med sig har hun sin nedtrykte kæreste Kim, bag sig en opvækst i en række sammenbragte familier. Som barn var hun skilsmissens sted, men nu lægger hun ansigt til et spøgelse. Kærligheden er blevet et arbejde. Hun går rundt på skolen om natten i en hvid kjole.
Celestine er Olga Ravns romandebut efter udgivelsen af digtsamlingen Jeg æder mig selv som lyng i 2012”.

Denne bog er noget ganske særligt. Den er enkel udefra, men utrolig dyb indeni. Det handler om at finde sig selv igen eller måske kan ”igen” slettes, da det for hovedpersonen handler om at finde sig selv – punktum. Hun har nemlig aldrig fuldstændig fundet sig selv efter en barndom med skilsmisse og en opvækst i en lang række sammenbragte familier. Hun har altid haft følelsen af ikke at høre til. Hun har ikke kunnet finde tilknytning i form af kærlighed eller venskaber. Hun afskærmer sig fra relationer og andre mennesker, så hun er i sig selv hjemløs.

”Jeg er vel min egen kiste. Jeg behøver ikke mere  for en levende begravelse end mig selv. Jeg bærer hjemløsheden rundt omkring i landet som et skab”

På et tidspunkt i fortællingen glider hun sammen med spøgelset Celestine, som blev begravet levende bag en mur. Hvor den ene slutter, starter den anden. Hun er en karakter, som til sidst bliver en skygge af sig selv. Hun bærer en hvid kjole og bliver næsten et genfærd, som ses gående stille rundt på den gamle skole med alle de gamle minder. Det eneste som adskiller hende fra Celestine er, at hun stadig trækker vejret.

”Den store forskel på Celestine og mig er, at jeg endnu ikke er død”.

Det er tydeligt, at hovedpersonen er skadet og ikke længere er et helt menneske. Barndommens indflydelse har skabt et hul indeni hende – et gråt element i den ellers sort-hvide verden.


”Jeg græder, og jeg ved ikke, om er af sorg over den barndom, der forsegles af rejsen, eller af glæde over stadig at kunne røre ved barndommen, i troen på at den endnu kan forandres”.

Med sin bog ”Celestine” har Olga Ravn skabt et meget spændende værk, hvor billedsprog, symboler og sproget afspejler fortællingen og bringer den videre. Hun fanger mennesket på godt og ondt. Hun beskriver basale elementer, som mennesket rummer og indeholder. Blandt andet ensomhed beskriver hun smukt og stærkt:

”Man kender sin ensomhed så godt, det er uudholdeligt. Intet er jeg så bekendt med i verden som min ensomhed, intet står mig mere nært”

Olga Ravn er vild… Hun besidder simpelthen et fantastisk talent. Det er et smukt sprog, der rammer læseren hårdt og kontant. Billedsproget rammer, hvor det gør ondt, er på nippet til det kvalmende, men samtidig rammer det dét, som inkapsler det smukke og allermest intime i mennesket. Jeg glæder mig til at læse mere! Ingen tvivl om at Olga Ravn er en forfatterinde, som er skabt til at blive i den danske litteratur.

 

Me before You

Me before You by Jojo Moyes

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“Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time”.

Louisa’s life is no longer in motion. She lets her surroundings control her and her actions. One day, she gets a job taking care of Will, who’s disabled after a horrible accident. They don’t have many things in common – only that both them are not really living anymore. Louisa and Will have a long and tough mentally journey together, but along the way, they become closer and start to get to know each other.
“Me before You” is a beautiful story, although it’s sad and sets your mind going. All of the characters are interesting and well-described, and everyone has their own personal battles to fight. Furthermore, it is a story about love and friendship, even though; I wouldn’t completely call it a true love story. Many have discussed this fact after reading the novel. There are elements of love, but more love that combines two people and comes along with trust and the beginning of a friendship.

“I will never, ever regret the things I’ve done. Because most days, all you have are places in your memory that you can go to.”

I liked the ethical dilemma of the story; “is it allowed to end your own life and being well-aware of it?” A thing that keeps turning up in Will’s mind. He wants to end his own life because he is no longer happy due to the fact that he’s limited to sitting in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Even though, Will’s thoughts circles around death and suicide, he actually gets more alive by the thought. Personally, I had an association to “Mrs. Dalloway” which is written by Virginia Woolf. This fact that allowing death as a presence in your life makes you live life more. It simply makes you more alive being aware of it luring in the background.

Jojo Moyes is definitely a great writer. She is really capable of letting the reader be a part of the story and everything that the characters feel, you feel as well, while reading the book.
Sadly, I expected too much because everyone else had told me I was about to read one of the best books – but again, which books you like in books is very subjective. At first, everyone told me I would cry my eyes out, but I didn’t. I thought the story was beautiful, thoughtful and sad, but yet the moral of the story was encouraging. I liked how Will kept on encouraging and supporting Louisa, because he knew that she was not living her life completely.

“Some mistakes… Just have greater consequences than others. But you don’t have to let the result of one mistake be the thing that defines you. You, Clark, have the choice not to let that happen.”

Me before You is a story about friendship and keep on being inspired to not give up on your life and yourself. It’s about letting go of your fears and moving on, although it’s difficult.

It is important to remember to not stop living and not let the ghosts of your past define your present life – and future. Whatever your future holds.

fredag lørdag søndag

Fredag lørdag søndag af Christine Lind Ditlevsen

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Med fredag lørdag søndag debuterer Christine Lind Ditlevsen, og den danske ungdomslitteratur har fået en stærk, ny stemme. I en moderne stream of consciousness sejler Kat ind i en hjemløs weekend, der er et virvar af druk, sex og skyld, tab og forsoning.Det er så status; jeg er Master of Disasters på vej ud af ugen, jeg er værstevennen, sidsteelskeren, første side i et røvsygt blad. Jeg er dyret, helt alene på vejen, græssende her i stenskoven, og hvis du ser mig, så skyd og begrav mig på Twitter og Tumblr.- Citat fra bogenfredag lørdag søndag er en evig aktuel historie om et ungt menneskes rodløse færden ud i storbynatten og livet. Romanens sprog og høje tempo afspejler imidlertid en lige-nu-og-her-virkelighed, som den ser ud for mange unge, hvor livet opleves gennem de sociale medier.Bevæbnet med sin smartphone begiver Kat sig ud af ugen og ind i weekendens høje bølgegang. Men byen er et hav, og under overfladen gemmer sig en alvor, der i brudstykker viser en anden side af Kats virkelighed, #udenfilter”