Saturday, June 30, 2012

BOOK REVIEW Fifty Shades Darker

Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)
Fifty Shades Darker
by E.L. James
(series: #2 Fifty Shades)
Originally published 2011
Publisher: Vintage

4 stars

Now this is the second book in the series (Fifty Shades). The genre is erotica, and yes there is a lot of sex in these books, graphic. So it definitely is not a book for everyone. But even if the genre says erotica, I would say it is so much more than that. The point is not in the sex. The point is about the story and the romance. So basically it is a romance book, that has erotic scenes in it. Not an erotica book with a good plot to it. Do you know what I mean with this? Well at least that´s what I think.

I couldn´t keep writing notes (which is what I nowadays do with every book I read) after reading like half of the book, I just didn´t want to/ have time to. On my way to work I kept reading this book till the last seconds. So yes, it was again a really good book! This story will definitely be in my favourites. It has surprised me many times and surely still will on the last book. At times I felt that maybe there was too much happening in this book.

So there´s also a movie coming of these books. And there is only one man I keep thinking of as Christian Grey.  That is Matt Czuchry. (Come on, look at him: I have read and watched photos of suggested cast for the movie, but I haven’t seen him anywhere. I´m not sure if I´ll get over it if he´s not in the movie :)

I just got to say one more things. These covers are beautiful! I love them. Hopefully I´ll get to read the last of the series soon because I know there is some very interesting events coming up..

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


So, a little while ago I read a book called Gallagher´s Pride. I received the book through a Goodreads group Making Connections as a ARR book – author requesting reviews. I don´t know what exactly caught my attention when I decided to ask for the book, for it is not of a genre I typically read. But I do not regret!

Gallagher´s Pride is a historical/western romance. It was published January this year and it is the first of a series, the second one to be published in August. 

After finishing this book I was left with the familiar feeling of GIVE-ME-MORE-OF-THIS that you get after finishing a book of a series that you´ve been too eager to read. You know what I´m talking about.. it´s annoying, but in a good way! Now here I have the interview of the author of that book, M.K. McClintock, but at first a little bit more about the book:


She was on a quest of discovery. 
He was on a quest for revenge.
Together they would discover a second chance.

Brenna Cameron travels from Scotland after losing someone she loves in search of family she didn't know existed. Alone now in the world, Brenna makes an arduous journey, following the trail of discovery to Briarwood, Montana. Here she meets Ethan Gallagher, and the rest of the Gallagher clan. Only with their help is she able to discover lost family, heal old wounds and embark on a treacherous confrontation with a man who destroyed her family. As head of the Gallagher clan, Ethan has more than enough to occupy his thoughts and time-he didn't need the complication of Brenna Cameron and he certainly didn't need the trouble that came with her. Ethan takes on the unwanted duty of self-appointed protector to the headstrong Scot, only to discover there is such a thing as second chances and more to life than revenge.

And here´s the trailer:

Published January 7th 2012 by Trappers Peak Publishing
Get it from Amazon: paperback/ebook
Find out more:


Where can you get the book Gallagher´s Pride? 
-Gallagher’s Pride is currently available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle.

What new is in the second edition of the book?
-I have a wonderful new editor who worked on the second edition with me. I’ve also added what I feel are a couple of essential scenes, but the heart of the story is the same.

How many books will there be in the series?
-There will be four books. Originally there was going to be a fifth, but a death in the third book prevents that and no, I’m not going to give anything away. :)

How long did it take for you to finish Gallagher´s Pride?
-About 6 months originally and then a couple extra months were added on with the additional editing.

Did the plot of the book turn out the way you thought it would or did something change during the process of writing it?
-Not exactly. I had an idea of where I wanted it to go, but halfway through I realized that wasn’t going to happen. The characters took on a life of their own and I found that if I went with it, the single book would become a series, hence the Gallagher Series.

If you could get anyone to read your book, who would you want to read it?
-That’s a tough one, but I’m going to go with Johanna Lindsey.

If your book was to be made in to a movie, who would you choose to play the leading roles?
-Some of my responses have actually changed since the last time I was asked this question and will probably change again when I see a good-looking guy in cowboy getup! For now my picks for the three Gallaghers are Dylan McDermott as Ethan, Victor Webster as Gabriel and Emily Blunt as Eliza.

Was Gallagher´s Pride the first book you wrote?
-It wasn’t the first complete book, but it was the book I’ve published and promoted. The first full-length book I wrote was temporarily published and will be available again once the editor has worked her magic.

What other books have you written and what are they about?
-Alaina Claiborne was my first full-length novel set in Victorian England (late 19th century) and is the first of what will be three British Agent novels.

Did some music inspire you while you wrote the book? Or something else, what?
-I generally like my surroundings quiet while I write, but once in a while I’ll listen to classical or Celtic music during a particular scene. It helps me to play the scene out in my head before writing it.

What was the hardest part in writing this book?
-The ending. I knew it would carry over into a second book and so I wrote it with a bit of a cliff-hanger. I debated doing that for a few weeks because not everyone likes unanswered questions, but I knew it would be the best way for the story to end and transition into the next book of the series. I’m now happy that I went with the ending I did.

Did you do everything in the book yourself, or did you have some help? (cover design, proof reading..)
-Originally I did everything myself, but no writer can edit on their own, so I began working with an editor in May for the second edition of the book. Never again will I attempt that on my own. Everything else I do myself and luckily enjoy it all.

How did you end up writing a book?
-The story was in my head and wanted to be written, so I wrote—simple as that.

What sort of things do you enjoy doing?
-I love being outdoors and spend a lot of my free time during the summer in the lake, hiking or in the gardens. During the winter I like to snowshoe. I also bake, read, knit, see a movie. . . I like to keep busy.

What is your pet peeve?
-I only get one? :) The latest is hearing people use the phrase “you know” twenty times in a conversation.

Your favourite authors/books?
-My favorites are Kathleen E. Woodiwiss (pick any book) and Edward Rutherford (Princes of Ireland and Rebels of Ireland).

Do you prefer reading paperback/hardback/ebook? Why?
-Print books (hardcover or paperback). I sometimes read eBooks for reviewing, but I spend so much time at a computer during the day, that I don’t want to spend my leisure reading time looking at an electronic screen. I also like holding the book, turning the pages and setting the ones I like on my bookshelf.

Monday, June 25, 2012

KELSAUR THE MIGHTY TAGGED me for Liebster award! Thank you!

This award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. Liebster is a German word meaning sweetest, cute, kind, valued and several other words of adoration. Ain´t that lovely!

Here are the rules:

1. Each person must post 11 facts about themselves

2. Answer 11 questions the tagger has given you and give 11 questions for the people you've tagged.
3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
4. Tell them you've tagged them
5. Remember, no tag backs.

My 11 facts:
1. My mother tongue is Finnish. 
2. I´m 27 years old.
3. So far, I have read 37 books this year.
4. In the winter, I love knitting ------------------------->
5. I love dragons, or things with dragons.
6. I work in a hospital.
7. I used to work under ground.
8. I like computer games or xbox, the last game I´ve played is Diablo 3.
9. I am terrible with houseplants! Almost none has survived in my apartment.
10. I think that I would love to work in a library or even better, a bookstore.
11. I would also love to write a book. Even if it wasn´t a really good book. I think that just being able to make up a story that has a few hundred pages would be marvelous! And to be honest, I have started writing something but there is only about 10 pages and the basic idea. Who knows if I ever finish it.

My answers:
1. If you were stranded on an island with only one book, which book would you choose?
I have seen this questions so many times and I just hate it! :) A bookaholic should never be made to choose ONE book. But, I guess I have to answer it I would pick Lord of the Rings. Because it´s good and there´s lots to read!
2. Where is your favorite place to read?
In the kitchen, with a cup of coffee.
3. What is your favorite book series? 
Wolves of Mercy Falls and Hunger Games are my favourite of the newer series I´ve read.
4. Do you read ebooks? 
Yes, but I´ve only read a few so far. I just got myself a Kindle few weeks ago but I haven´t really gotten to use it yet.
5. How long have you been blogging? 
A few weeks?
6. What is your favorite thing to do besides reading? 
Watching good tv series!
7. What was your favorite book as a child?
Oh my, will I even remember..Well I´m not sure if this counts as a book but this is one that I remember liking, it´s about a bunny character called Pupu Tupuna, and they were written by a Finnish woman called Pirkko Koskimies.
8. What book have you hated the most? 
Um.. another hard one. I´m not sure if I´ve actually hated any book, but disliked enourmously, sure. From the books I´ve read during a year, I´d say I liked Frankenstein the least.
9. Do you ever cry over books?
There is some occasional tearing up, but a lot rarer then while watching a movie.
10. Who is your favorite author? 
There´s not many authors that I´ve read more than for one book or one series, but out of the few I´d say Neil Gaiman.
11. How do you feel about books being made into movies?
I love it! I am not a good movie critic so it takes a lot for a movie to be completely ruined for me.

Blogs I tag:

City of Books:
Reading between classes:

It´s been difficult to find blogs with less than 200 followers that I could tag, so I will add more later if I remember!

My quetions for the bloggers I´ve tagged:
1. Your favourite evil character in a book?
2. Least favourite main character in a book?
3. If you wrote a book, what genre would it be?
4. If a movie was made of a book you wrote, who would you like to act in it?
5. How did you end up starting your blog?
6. If you could have an authors interview on your blog, any author, who would you choose?
7. Which book has surprised you the most in NOT being good?
8. Is reading for you the most enjoyable way to spend your leisure?
9. If you could meet a character of a book, who would you want to meet?
10. Do you read books about sports? Fiction but where a certain sport is part of the plot. If you do, which would you recommend?
11. Do you pay attention to the publishers of the book you read? Do you have some favourite publishers?

Sunday, June 24, 2012


Uglies (Uglies, #1)
by Scott Westerfeld
(series: #1 Uglies)
Originally published 2005
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia

3 stars

This book started off slowly for me. I was interested in how the story would turn out, but it took quite long for me to really get into the story. In the beginning, I thought I´d only want to read this first book of the series, but now that I have just finished the book I do want to continue the series, just not right now. So my mind changed a lot during this book. It was not bad at any point, it kept getting better and better from the ok start. I would´ve given the last half of the book 4 stars.

So I liked the story. But I would have wanted a little bit more out of the characters. In the beginning I also felt that at some points an event was rushed to get to another point in the story. If the story would have been written a little differently, with the emphasis on the events that were written at the last half of the book and a little more introducing the characters, I would have given it more stars. If I did not too many books to read right now, I would continue the series immediately because the ending of this one..well you know how they make these books! :)

[STSmall%255B4%255D.png]STACKING THE SHELVES for week 25
..hosted by Tynga´s reviews.

A Job From Hell (Ancient Legends, #1)

Free from Amazon:
Bridesmaid LottoBeginnings: Prequel to The Guardians of Vesturon

Won through a giveaway:
Trying to Score (Assassins #2)

Sunday, June 17, 2012



This is something I have copied from another blog, hosted by Tynga´s reviews. (

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

It´s a weekly meme, which obviously means that it´s a thing that spreads from one person to another. :)


Moon Spell (The Tale of Lunarmorte, #1)Fallen (Fallen, #1)Rapture (Fallen, #4)
Rapture will be out 21st June!

Free from Amazon:
Eternal SpringEthereal (Celestra, #1)Bound, An Arelia LaRue NovelThe Mind Readers (Mind Readers #1)Branded (Fall of Angels, #1)Tears of the Broken (Dark Secrets #1)
these books were free when I got them, but that offer might have ended now.


No and MeNo and Me
by Delphine de Vigan
Originally published 2007
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Young Adult

3 stars

No and Me. And Lucas. Three kids/teens, who have all been left alone, in different ways. They all have different backgrounds. Still something puts them together to form a friendship. No is homeless. Lucas has a home, but alone. Lou has a home too, with her parents, but she still feels alone. This book is pretty short, it easy enough to read even if it has some quite serious subjects in it.

Come to think of it. I actually don´t know where the homeless in my country/city are. I know that there are homeless people, places that give out food and all that. But places with people actually living on the street, I´ve no idea. Or haven´t I just noticed? I notice the people on the street walking past me looking like they might be homeless. But I do not know where they go. Do you?

Saturday, June 16, 2012

BOOK REVIEW Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey
by E.L. James
(series: #1 Fifty Shades)
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)Originally published 2011
Publisher: Vintage
Romance, Erotica

5 stars

I definitely loved this book! It caught my attention on the very first pages which is always the sign of a good book. It read easily and fast. The sexual scenes weren´t anything I expected, even they were easy to read even if I had some preconception about it. I liked how the characters were written, well Ana and Christian, there was not much room for the others, at least in this first book. I liked that they both had more to them than one side, because that´s what humans are like. An always happy person has his down moments too. The ending was very emotional and I would love to start on the second right now. But I´ll contain myself for a while and read another book before continuing with the series. Definitely a book to recommend!

BOOK REVIEW Gallagher´s Pride

Gallagher's Pride (Gallagher #1)
Gallagher´s Pride
by M.K. McClintock
(series: #1 Gallagher)
Orinally published 2012
Publisher:  by Trappers Peak Publishing
Romance, Western

4 stars

I really liked this book, I would give it 4,5 stars. I´m not sure what it is that is missing from the book, why I´m not giving five stars. But I liked the plot, I liked the characters and it was well written. It was really easy to read, only I don´t have a kindle so I had to read on my laptop.. What I liked about the book a lot, is that it surprised me by being a lot more than what I was expecting. It was more deep and the characters felt real with real emotions, making me quite irritated at times (in a good way!). The characters all had their unique things that made it easy to remember them after they were first introduced, but they weren´t obviously cliché. The book left me wanting to have the next book of the series to read, soon rather than later! I wouldn´t mind for a bit of Gallagher for myself! ;)

BOOK REVIEW The Book Thief

The Book Thief
The Book Thief 
by Markus Zusak
Originally published 2006
Publisher: Definitions
Young Adult, Historical Fiction

5 stars

In the very beginning there was a short part that annoyed me, after that it was all good! Quite a powerful story. I liked the characters, I liked how their relationships slowly evolved. I loved the way this one girl made a difference in so many lives. Somehow I kept imagining her as a girl throughout the book, even though I knew she was a lot older in the end. It was easy to read, so even if it´s quite a big book I would recommend everyone to give it a try, it shouldn´t take long to figure if you like this book or not. A book with Death as a narrator. That just can not be not good! Also this cover is very cool I think!