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Title: A Place to Belong (Sister Circle #4
Author: Vonette Bright & Nancy Moser
Genre: Christian fiction
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 338 pages
Date read: July 2017

Evelyn Peerbaugh is worried. Once again she has taken in new boarders, but this time she's opened the doors of Peerbaugh Place to women who can't pay a cent for her services. But the bonds of sisterhood are as strong as ever. As Evelyn reaches out to these sisters in need, she discovers that God has a whole new plan for the Sister Circle - and for her. Evelyn could not have predicted the shock in store for her and Piper.


Like with all the others, the book comes across as naive and too good to be true at times, so I cannot recommend the series without a disclaimer.... but I wish I could, because I absolutely loved the entire series. Right book at the right time I guess, but it was exactly the type of book / series I was in the mood to read - a thought-provoking comfort read. And as such, it fit the bill perfectly.

I found it funny how Piper went from only being a minor character in the first book, to almost being the main character in these last few. But all the sisters seem like people I'd love to meet in real life.

I sat up until past midnight to finish this, and am sad to have reached the end of the series.
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Title: An Undivided Heart (Sister Circle #3)
Author: Vonette Bright, Nancy Moser
Genre: Christian fiction
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 336 pages
Date read: July 2017

Things are ever changing at Peerbaugh Place, and once again Evelyn Peerbaugh opens her home to new boarders. This time she gets more than she bargains for. With one new tenant whose vanity exceeds all bounds, and another who is a doormat to her dominating fiancé, it seems these women will never find common ground, even as they struggle to share one house. But loyal members of the Sister Circle - Mae, Piper, Audra, and Tessa - are all close by to keep love and faith growing amidst the heartaches and joys. Evelyn even finds the courage to open her heart to new love... and this time, she's not the only one!


While I do still really enjoy this series, the books are becoming rather formulaic: new tenants move in, some are Christians, others aren't, those that aren't quickly discover that they should be. Conversion comes so easily to the sisters and their loved ones that it seems unrealistic. Still - since I know this to be the case, it doesn't bother me too much, and there is so much else to like. I've really grown to love all the sisters, and appreciate that the ones from the earlier books still show up from time to time.

I find it difficult to review these books, because they're really very naive... but they seem to be just what I need these days, so I'm inclined to love them all the same.
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Title: 'Round the Corner (Sister Circle #2)
Author: Vonette Bright & Nancy Moser
Genre: Christian fiction
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 322 pages
Date read: July, 2017

Evelyn is not so sure she likes the new dynamics of Peerbaugh Place, her impromptu boarding house. Even though it had been hard adapting to strangers living in her home, she and the other women from The Sister Circle) had found a calm cove of sisterhood. Now Evelyn is forced to start over with a new set of boarders - with more challenging personalities and problems. Evelyn fears that the bonds of sisterhood may not come as easily this time.


As much as I loved the first book in the series, I knew I had to pick up the sequel straight away. I was slightly disappointed to see that most of the Sisters had moved away from Peerbaugh Place (and again - the timing was way off. This would have been more realistic if it had been set 2 years after the first book instead of less than one), but fortunately most of them turned up on a very regular basis, so I didn't get to miss them too much.

Not quite as good as the first book - some aspects were too unrealistic for me to be able to entirely refrain from rolling my eyes - but even so I ended up enjoying it almost as much. I grew really fond of Heddy, and Summer is just a delight! (I've meet girls her age who are exactly as precocious as she is, so never felt she acted too old for her years). And again, the book seemed to have exactly the right message for me, spurring me on in my own walk with God.
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Title: The Sister Circle (Sister Circle, #1)
Author: Vonette Bright & Nancy Moser
Genre: Christian fiction
Rating: 4.5/5
# pages: 351
Date read: July, 2017

Suddenly widowed with no means of support, Evelyn Peerbaugh hangs a "for rent" sign in front of her large Victorian home and her life changes in ways she never dreamed of. In a matter of days she opens a busy boardinghouse and must cope with the lives and emotions of the most incompatible group of women ever gathered under one roof. How will a meek woman like Evelyn manage?

Peerbaugh Place becomes a refuge to seven women of vastly different ages, personalities, and backgrounds. Through struggles and triumphs, the women forge a special bond of sisterhood.


This was a semi-random pick from Amazon. It came up during my search for Neta Jackson, and both the title, the cover and the back blurb appealed to me.

And fortunately the book itself was delightful. While certainly not as well-written as the Yada Yada books, it had many of the same qualities that spoke to me there. I found it charming, thought-provoking and delightful... at the same time fully seeing its flaws as it was at times both far too rosy and almost naive.

But at the end of the day, I didn't care. I grew to love the characters, and though I sometimes found their grown unrealistic (at least the speed at which it happened), it didn't bother me, because I appreciated the teachings the authors were trying to share - meaning I highlighted quotes all over the place.
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Title: After You (Me Before You #2)
Author: Jojo Moyes
Genre: Chick-lit
Rating: 3/5
# pages: 409
Date read: January, 2017

Lou Clark has lots of questions.
- Like how it is she's ended up working in an airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places.
- Or why the flat she's owned for a year still doesn't feel like home.
- Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago.
- And will she ever get over the love of her life.

What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change.
Then, one night, it does.

But does the stranger on her doorstep hold the answers Lou is searching for - or just more questions?
Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe.
Open it and she risks everything.
But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she's going to keep it, she has to invite them in...


I loved "Me Before You" - rated it 4 stars and sobbed my way through much of the end of it. So I was simultaneously predisposed to like this one too... as well as ever so slightly worried whether or not it could live up to my expectations.

And unfortunately it couldn't... not completely anyway. I really enjoyed parts of it - laughed at some parts, got a tad choked up at others, but there were also aspects that just didn't work for me. Jojo Moyes just tried too hard to get the reader emotionally invested to the point that it almost - almost - felt like manipulation. Fortunately she never quite crossed that line (or I'd have thrown the book away in disgust), but it did sour things for me that she even came close.

But otherwise...
I liked Lou and thought the way she worked through her grief very believable.
I mostly liked Lily... at least later on in the book.
I liked the grief circle.
I liked Mrs. Traynor.
I can't quite make up my mind about Sam, but think I liked him - I definitely liked Donna!
I didn't much care for Lou's mother, father nor sister :-/
I liked the ending, even if I didn't much care for how Lou was pressured to get there.
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Title: Truly, Madly, Guilty
Author: Liane Moriarty
Genre: Fiction
Rating: 3/5
# pages: 415
Date read: January, 2017

Despite their differences, Erika and Clementine have been best friends since they were children. So when Erika needs help, Clementine should be the obvious person to turn to. Or so you'd think.

For Clementine, as a mother of a two desperately trying to practise for the audition of a lifetime, the last thing she needs is Erika asking for something, again.

But the barbecue should be the perfect way to forget their problems for a while. Especially when their hosts, Vid and Tiffany, are only too happy to distract them.

Which is how it all spirals out of control...


I approached this book with very high expectations, as I've loved everything else I've read by Liane Moriarty. Unfortunately, it couldn't live up to those expectations at all. Liane Moriarty used much the same tactic of foreshadowing/hinting/secrecy as in "Big Little Lies", but whereas I loved it in BLL, it just didn't work at all here, and instead came across as being rather silly. (I think the difference is that in BLL the surprise came later chronologically, whereas here, it was danced around as something that happened in the past - which just made me roll my eyes and want to yell at Moriarty to just reveal it already!)

So why still 3 stars? Despite my annoyance at her ridiculous use of foreshadowing, I do enjoy Liane Moriarty's writing style, and the pages almost turned themselves. I liked that the characters were generally nice to one another, and I liked that people talked things through, instead of letting misunderstandings and lack of communication ruin their lives. It made for a refreshing change :)
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Title: Breaking Free
Author: Beth Moore
Genre: Christian non-fiction
Rating: 2.5/5
# pages: 289 pages
Date read: December, 2016

Do you want to know God and really believe Him? Do you want to find satisfaction in God, experience His peace, and enjoy His presence? Do you want to make the freedom Christ promised a reality in your daily life?

In Breaking Free, Beth Moore embarks on a study of selected passages from the book of Isaiah, drawing several parallels between the captive Israelites and today’s Christians, in order to show how to make freedom in Christ a daily reality. Moore teaches readers to remove obstacles that hinder freedom by identifying spiritual strongholds in their lives and overcoming them through the truth of God’s Word—truth that will set us free.


I've only ever heard good things about Beth Moore's books, so it was with high expectations that I approached this book. Unfortunately it couldn't live up to my expectations. I found her main points interesting and relevant, but unfortunately her examples and anecdotes were much too vague for me to be able to draw any sorts of parallels to my own life. Her reasoning was not to lock the reader into thinking those were the only situations relevant, but unfortunately it didn't work for me.

At the end of the day, I remember her main focus-point (escape satan's strongholds in your life, by seeing his lies for what they are, and focusing on Christ's truths instead) - which is the important thing, of course, though nothing I didn't already know - but nothing else... and I have no better understanding of how to apply that to my life than I did before reading this book.

So I guess I'd recommend the book to a new Christian - but "experienced" Christians (for want of better word) probably won't get much new out of it.
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Title: Breaking Free
Author: Beth Moore
Genre: Christian non-fiction
Rating: 2.5/5
# pages: 289
Date read: December, 2016

Do you want to know God and really believe Him? Do you want to find satisfaction in God, experience His peace, and enjoy His presence? Do you want to make the freedom Christ promised a reality in your daily life?

In Breaking Free, Beth Moore embarks on a study of selected passages from the book of Isaiah, drawing several parallels between the captive Israelites and today's Christians, in order to show how to make freedom in Christ a daily reality. Moore teaches readers to remove obstacles that hinder freedom by identifying spiritual strongholds in their lives and overcoming them through the truth of God's Word - truth that will set us free.


I've only ever heard good things about Beth Moore's books, so it was with high expectations that I approached this book. Unfortunately it couldn't live up to my expectations. I found her main points interesting and relevant, but unfortunately her examples and anecdotes were much too vague for me to be able to draw any sorts of parallels to my own life. Her reasoning was not to lock the reader into thinking those were the only situations relevant, but unfortunately it didn't work for me.

At the end of the day, I remember her main focuspoint (escape satan's strongholds in your life, by seeing his lies for what they are, and focusing on Christ's truths instead) - which is the important thing, of course, though nothing I didn't already know - but nothing else... and I have no better understanding of how to apply that to my life than I did before reading this book.

So I guess I'd recommend the book to a new Christian - but "experienced" Christians (for want of better word) probably won't get much new out of it.
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Title: The Alchemaster's Apprentice
Author: Walter Moers
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 3/5
# pages: 384
Date read: July, 2016

Malaisea, the unhealthiest town in the whole of Zamonia, is home to Echo the Crat, a multitalented creature resembling a cat in appearance but capable of speaking any language under the sun, human or animal. When his mistress dies, Echo finds himself out on the street. Dying of starvation, he is compelled to sign a contract with Ghoolion the Alchemaster, Malaisea's evil alchemist-in-chief. This fateful document gives Ghoolion the right to kill Echo at the next full moon and render him down for his fat, with which he hopes to brew an alchemical concoction that will make him immortal. In return, he promises to regale the little Crat with the most exquisite gastronomic delicacies until his time is up.

But Ghoolion has reckoned without Echo's talent for survival and his ability to make new friends. These include the Leathermice, the Cogitating Eggs, the Golden Squirrel, the Cooked Ghost, Theodore T. Theodore the one-eyed Tuwituwu, and, above all, Izanuela Anazazi, the last Uggly in Malaisea.


Unfortunately the weakest of Walter Moers' books so far. I still liked it, and the writing style totally lived up to my expectations, but unfortunately the plot itself didn't, as it was too 'small' a plot to allow for a ~400p book, which resulted in a book that was rather drawn out in places.

Had it been cut down to 200-250 pages I'd probably have loved it.
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Title: What Alice Forgot
Author: Liane Moriarty
Genre: Fiction
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 528
Date read: June, 2016

Alice is twenty-nine. She adores sleep, chocolate, and her ramshackle new house. She's newly engaged to the wonderful Nick and is pregnant with her first baby.

There's just one problem. All of that was ten years ago...

Alice has slipped in a step-aerobics class, hit her head and lost a decade. Now she's a grown-up, bossy mother of three in the middle of a nasty divorce and her beloved sister Elisabeth isn't speaking to her. This is her life but not as she knows it.

Clearly Alice has made some terrible mistakes. Just how much can happen in a decade?

Can she ever get back to the woman she used to be?


I really wanted to give this book 5 stars. For most of it I lived the book, in a way that I haven't done for a long time. I loved seeing people react to "young Alice" and was fascinated by the idea of having lost all memory of the last 10 years (how would I react if I thought it was 2006 and woke up to 2016? Probably wouldn't be quite as big a shock as for Alice, as there haven't been quite as many changes in my life - but still!).

Unfortunately the end was a bit of a let-down. Once Alice gets her memory back, everything is just resolved far too quickly. I did like the way it was resolved, but would have appreciated being shown rather than told that that was what happened.

But otherwise a brilliant book! I definitely need to read more of Liane Moriarty's work.
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Title: Big Little Lies
Author: Liane Moriarty
Genre: Chick lit
Rating: 4.5
# pages: 462
Date read: March, 2016

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. Was it murder, a tragic accident...or something else entirely?

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.


This book took my breath away, and I found it very, very difficult to decide whether to give it 4 or 5 stars, so ended up splitting the difference as it was a tad slow to start and a tad quick to finish. Very minor nit-picking though!

Much like with "Leaning on a Spider's Web" by Jennifer Rees-Larcombe, you know going into it that somebody's going to die by the end of the book, but have no clue who. This adds an extra dimension to the book, as I couldn't help continuously guess who it might be, and pretty much no matter who, hope that I was wrong.

"Big Little Lies" is not your average chick-lit; it contains a lot more depth than that, and I think it's an important book to read, in order to show that it can happen to everybody, and you never know all the secrets of even your closest friends.
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Title: De dunkle butikkers gade
Author: Patrick Modiano
Genre: Cultural
Rating: 2.5/5
# pages: 224
Date read: October, 2015

1965. Guy Roland er privatdetektiv på jagt efter svar. Femten år tidligere mistede han hukommelsen i en mystisk ulykke og blev givet en ny identitet. I takt med at han graver dybere og dybere ned i sin fortid, finder han ud af, at hans rigtige navn er Jimmy Pedro Stern. Han rejser fra Frankrig til Polynesien for at lede efter en barndomskammerat, men da han når frem, er vennen forsvundet, og Guy har kun en gammel adresse som eneste spor.


Jeg har meget svært ved at finde ud af hvordan jeg skal anmelde denne bog. Den er så fuldstændig ulig stort set alle andre bøger jeg nogensinde har læst, så det er ikke rigtig fair at bedømme den efter mine sædvanlige kriterier. Af samme grund har jeg valgt at give den 2.5 stjerner - en gennemsnitlig karakter til en gennemsnitlig bog. Den er absolut ikke dårligt skrevet, så mindre ville være urimeligt, men samtidig synes jeg heller ikke, at den er så fantastisk skrevet, at den fortjente nobelprisen i literatur.

Set ud fra et fuldstændig objektivt synspunkt kan jeg godt se at den er meget interessant skrevet, og benytter sig af skriveteknikker man ikke ofte ser - præcis fordi handlingen er så atypisk - men desværre virkede stilen ikke rigtig for mig, og jeg tvivler på, at jeg havde læst den færdig, hvis den ikke havde været så kort. Især fandt jeg det frustrerende at handlingsbeskrivelsen røbede de sidste sider af bogen og at historien nærmest bare stoppede spontant, uden at have nogen egentlig slutning.
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Title: At the Altar
Author: L.M. Montgomery
Genre: Short stories
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 228
Date read: November, 2014

L.M. Montgomery proves that love does conquer all in this collection of nineteen funny and romantic short stories. Couples make it to the altar despite myriad obstacles, including mistaken identities, family obligations, meddling gossips--even one very determined cat--and their journeys couldn't be more delightful for the reader.


I'm usually not a huge fan of short stories, but LMM is the exception that proves the rule. These stories are sweet and so quickly read that they worked perfectly as a "read for 5 minutes in bed before I fall asleep". They're not meant to have any great depth, but are just quick bites, perfect (in the case of this collection) for any hopeless romantic :)
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Title: Krakens gab
Author: Sigbjørn Mostue
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 368
Date read: December, 2013

Espen har vundet en stilekonkurrence, og præmien? En uges sejltur på skibet Venilia!!! Men for Espen og Eva er det ikke bare en fornøjelsestur - de skal nemlig sørge for at finde Ædelåbne inden Kraken gør det... og inden Nils dør af den sygdom alferne sendte ham på nakken for at fjerne Ædelåbne fra skoven.

Men Espen og Eva er ikke ligefrem venner længere, og den smukke Rita gør det ikke nemmere. Og hvad skal man gøre når skibsnissen er en kujon og man kommer til at sætte genfærdet af den gamle kaptajn på fri fod så han kan hjemsøge skibet igen?

Det er ikke nemt at være de eneste knoklinge der fuldt ud ved hvad der sker, og vide at man 'bare lige' skal redde verdenen.

Der var en del mere forkus på menneskers håndtering af naturen i denne bog, og det ledte direkte ind i kampen mod Kraken. Til at begynde med var jeg lidt spændt på om Sigbjørn Mostue havde et budskab han skulle af med, eller om det ville være relevant for handlingen, men det viste det sig heldigvis at være.

Faktisk endte "Krakens gab" med at være endnu bedre end "Nissedræberen". Jeg kunne godt lide at der igen var mange forskellige væsener på færde, og selvom jeg nogle gange blev dybt frustreret over Espen, så opførte han sig egentlig bare som en ganske almindelig teenagedreng ville gøre.

En glimrende trilogi til eventyrlystne teenagere. Hver bog har en afsluttet handling, men den overordnede røde tråd binder fint bøgerne sammen, og serien lider ikke under den sædvanlige trilogi-svaghed, at de to efterfølgende bøger ikke kan leve op til den første.
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Title: Nissedræberen (The Killer of Santa's Little Helpers) (Alfetegnet #2)
Author: Sigbjørn Mostue
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 365
Date read: November, 2013

Espen og Eva regner ikke med at se mere til nisserne nu hvor de er kommet tilbage til byen, men nogen - eller noget - har gjort byens rotter ualmindeligt aggressive, og da Eva og Espen hører om små livløse børn der er fundet i byens kloakker er de ikke i tvivl - der er nogen der er på jagt efter nisserne, og de må hjælpe hvor de kan!

Det er Nils helt enig med dem i, og sammen med hans Nissekonespetakel prøver de fire at få fat i Mørkebogen og Jernkronen inden Nissedræberen får fat i dem og brugt dem til at udryde alle byens nisser helt. Men hvem er ven og hvem er fjende blandt byens skabninger?

Fortsættelsen til "Bjerget vågner" kører videre i et lige så højt gear som første bog i serien. Jeg savnede lidt den store variation af væsener vi mødte i Gammelskoven, men var glad for gensynet med Nils og at han endelig fandt sig et Nissekonespetakel. Jeg syntes også, det var helt fint at Eva fik en større rolle, og håber det holder ved i trejde og sidste bog i serien.
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Title: Bjerget vågner (The Mountain Awakens) (Alfetegnet #1)
Author: Sigbjørn Mostue
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Rating: 4.5/5
# pages: 336
Date read: November, 2013

Det er sommerferie, og Espen skal op for at besøge sin mormor og morfar på den gård hvor de og Espens onkel bor. Men alt er ikke som det skal være, for onkel Sven vil fælde Gammelskoven og det vil morfar ikke høre tale om. Men da han begynder at vrøvle om "skovens beskyttere" er der ingen der tager ham seriøst... indtil Espen efter et lynnedslag finder en gylden nøgle og pludselig bliver hvirvlet ind i et eventyr han aldrig ville have kunnet forestille sig.

Trolde, alfer, dværge og nisser... vi er tilbage ved de skandinaviske rødder i denne forrygende fortælling af Sigbjørn Mostue, og hvor meget jeg end elsker fantasy i alle dens afskygninger, så er der noget charmerende og "hjemmevant" ved denne type eventyr. Jeg føler mig sat tilbage til min barndom da jeg første gang læste "Ronja Røverdatter" og lærte skovens magiske væsener at kende. Især var jeg fascineret af turserne! Dem kan jeg ikke huske at være stødt på før, men jeg syntes de var fantastiske! :) ... selvom jeg måske ville have lidt svært ved at forstå dem i længden.

"Bjerget vågner" er første bind i en trilogi og jeg ser frem til at se hvad der videre vil ske. Bogen er hurtigt læst - tror det tog mig ca. 2 timer - og god underholdning. Afgjort en bog jeg skal låne ud til mine nevøer og niecer når de bliver lidt ældre.
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Title: Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Genre: Fiction
Rating: 4.5/5
# pages: 385 pages
Date read: November, 2013

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.

I'd suddenly started reading about this book everywhere and people seemed to love it, so I figured I'd give it a shot. I'm glad I did - even with my high expectations I was very pleasantly surprised by it, and ended up loving it :) It started out fairly similar to the movie "The Intouchables" (looove that movie!), but quickly veered off, and actually became more of an exploration into a moral/ethical dilemma. Fortunately it totally worked with the plot, and much like "My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Picoult had the ending it had to have.

Very moving read.
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Title: Guilt by Association (Danielle Ross #1, a.k.a. "One By One")
Author: Gilbert Morris
Genre: Christian fiction, suspense
Rating: 5/5
# pages: 296
Date read: October, 2013

One secret links twelve strangers. One secret that could cost them everything. Danielle Ross's life keeps slipping out of control. First she must abandon her education to take over her ill father's floundering detective agency. Then, while pursuing a new case, Dani becomes a victim herself. She awakens in a strange place and finds herself surrounded by eleven other people. Among them are a doctor, a dancer, a German submarine commander, and a former Death Row inmate--all clueless as to why they have been brought together. The culprit relentlessly insists they are united by one dark secret and that their lives depend on their confessing it. Can Dani find the link between these strangers before time runs out?

One of my favourite books which I've read too many times to count. The evangelization does get a bit heavy handed at times perhaps, but it's kept within the concept of the story-line, so I don't think it would be too much - even to a non-Christian.

I know the story well enough by now that I remember most details, so it's fun to see how many clues I can pick up on before the characters themselves do. Unlike many other crime novels the clues are made present to the reader as well, which makes for a much more satisfying read :)

Still, my favourite parts of the story is reading about life in the silo and the backgrounds of the different people there.
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Title: The Labyrinth of Dreaming Books (Zamonien #6)
Author: Walter Moers
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 3/5
# pages: 430
Date read: April, 2013

Over two hundred years ago Bookholm, the City of Dreaming Books, was destroyed by a catastrophic firestorm. Optimus Yarnspinner, who witnessed this disaster, has since become Zamonia's greatest writer and is resting on his laurels at Lindworm Castle. Spoilt by his monumental success and basking in adulation, he one day receives a disturbing message that finally reinvests his life with meaning: a cryptic missive that lures him back to Bookholm.

Yarnspinner has scarcely set foot in the city before he falls prey to its spirit of adventure. He is reunited with old friends like Inazia Anazazi the Uggly and Ahmed ben Kibitzer the Nocturnomath, but he also encounters the city's new marvels, which include the mysterious Biblionauts, the warring Puppetists, and the city's latest craze, the Invisible Theatre.

Yarnspinner strays ever deeper into the Labyrinth of Dreaming Books, which seems to wield a strange power over Bookholm's destinies. He is eventually drawn into an irresistible maelstrom of events far more sensational than any of the adventures he has previously embarked upon.

I'll tell you straight away what I wish I had known before starting this book: This is not a complete story! Instead it is the first volume in what currently looks to be a 2-volume clunkster.

Had I known that I think I would have enjoyed The Labyrinth of Dreaming Books a lot more than I did, but I spent most of the book wondering when on earth the action would actually start. As such it is obviously not nearly as good as any of the other Walter Moers books I have read, but considering just how much I loved them, I'm willing to give him a chance to redeem himself in the second volume. Had it been almost anybody else I would probably have been too annoyed with him for pulling such a stunt.

It still had spots of brilliance, but as a whole, it simply just couldn't live up to neither my expectations nor his other novels.
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Title: Jane of Lantern Hill
Author: Lucy Maud Montgomery
Genre: Classic
Rating: 4.5/5
# pages: 288
Date read: March, 2013

For as long as she could remember, Jane Stuart and her mother lived with her grandmother in a dreary mansion in Toronto. Jane always believed her father was dead--until she accidentally learned he was alive and well and living on Prince Edward Island. When Jane spends the summer at his cottage on Lantern Hill, doing all the wonderful things Grandmother deems unladylike, she dares to dream that there could be such a house back in Toronto...a house where she, Mother, and Father could live together without Grandmother directing their lives--a house that could be called home.

I was sick and in the need of a comfort read. This fit the bill perfectly, being one of my favourite LMM books, only surpassed by "Anne of the Island" and "The Blue Castle".

I love reading how Jane grows in spirit once she makes it to Prince Edward Island, and how she makes house with her father and finally comes into her own as she learns what it's like not to be down-trod and underfoot all the time. I wish I didn't believe that relatives like Grandmother Kennedy really existed out there.

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