When Marnie was there book impressions

Book Review, Favorite Readings, TBR

Hi there human beings! I decided to write a short review about this book because I thought it was too good to not write about it. Have you heard the title before? If not, then you have a new book to add to your TBR list.

Goodreads Synopsis.

Anna lives with foster parents, a misfit with no friends, always on the outside of things. Then she is sent to Norfolk to stay with old Mr and Mrs Pegg, where she runs wild on the sand dunes and around the water. There is a house, the Marsh House, which she feels she recognises – and she soon meets a strange little girl called Marnie, who becomes Anna’s first ever friend. Then one day, Marnie vanishes. A new family, the Lindsays, move into the Marsh House. Having learnt so much from Marnie about friendship, Anna makes firm friends with the Lindsays – and learns some strange truths about Marnie, who was not all she seemed… 

My opinion.

As a big fan of Studio Ghibli, when I first heard about “When Marnie was there” it was because of the movie adaptation they made. At that moment, I did not know it was a book. So I spoiled myself because I already knew what was going to happen in the end.

This is a very beautiful story, not just the book, but the movie too. Hiromasa Yonebayashi captured the very strong points of the book, leaving just a few details behind. In my opinion, one of the best movies by Studio Ghibli, besides Miyazaki’s movies.

As for the book, I felt identified with Anna’s feelings of solitude. She excluded herself from the world, rejecting to show any type of emotions and thinking the worst about herself. I know it may sound familiar to some of us, because we may feel the same way. But maybe it could be because of a distorted point of view of ourselves.

This book is one of my favorites from this year. I recommend to you all to take a look at this wonderful and touching story.IMG_20170827_093342_489[1]

Quote:

Yesterday’s gone, so has the day before. Don’t let’s waste today arguing about it.

Rating:

5/5 ★

That was all from me peeps! Thanks for reading ❤

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The book Reapers by Mark C. King (Spoiler Free Review) and Author Interview

Author Interview, Book Review, Favorite Readings

Howdy! How have you been?! Well I’ve been sick, but it doesn’t affect me to write a new review. This one is very special because the author sent me a copy in an exchange for an honest review aaaand he decided to answer a few questions for the blog, so YAY! Let’s begin then. 

Goodreads Synopsis:

Naomi Gladwyn is an awkward girl, who is uncomfortable in crowds, has more self-doubt than confidence, and would much rather sit quietly reading than attend the most lavish of celebrations. She is also aware of a frightening secret known only to a relative few – some books are very dangerous.

My opinion:

Since I started reading The book Reapers I felt an inmediate connection with the main character, Naomi. We all have experience the loss of a loved one, the feeling that we’re not worthy and not deserve kindness. Although, through all the story, someone keeps showing mercy and that feeling of protection we all need to feel, which made me think: “well, even when I can’t realize how valuable I am, there’s always a special one that will love me for who I am, leaving my past behind. It is good that someone makes you acknowledge that fact.

Then we have the story setting. I have to say It reminded me a lot of Sherlock Holmes and all that Victorian ambiance behind it was just incredible. The plot is captivating since the beginning until the end so I found myself unable to put it down. The cover art of the book is also stunning, and it attracted my attention at the moment I saw it.

I have to say this has been one of my 2017’s faves for the reasons above and more you will discover by reading it.

Author Interview.

1. What books have most influenced your life?

In a serious way, the Bible has been the biggest influence in my life. In a less serious way, I would say that Mysterious Island (Jules Verne) and the Sherlock Holmes stories (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) have really been influential to me. Mysterious Island, and most every story by Verne, helped grow my love of reading. Sherlock Holmes is not only incredibly enjoyable, but has given me a love of the location and time period. All my books (4 of them) have been set primarily around London in the Victorian era. 

2. Tell us about the protagonist, Naomi, was there a real life inspiration behind her?

Naomi is my wife’s name. I had included the names of some of my friends in my books, but wanted a really good character for her. The Book Reapers provided that. However, the Naomi of the story is really a combination of people. There there some things about the the fictional character that match my wife. There are some things that match me. However, a huge influence for the character was Bookstagram (collection of book lovers on instagram). Many of them are self-proclaimed book loving introverts and I wanted to capture that in my story.

3. Have you ever read a “Dark Book”?

I have had some people ask me this question and the answer is no. Dark Books are complete fiction (thank goodness). The origin of the idea however, is quite interesting. It primarily came from the movie Jaws (yep, the shark movie). It struck me that the movie was so tense, even if the shark was not there. Basically  anytime there was a scene with the ocean, you cringe (and being that the movie takes place at a seaside town, the ocean is in a lot of the movie). I wanted to take the concept of taking a normal/common thing and making it ominous. Hence, books resting on a shelf could be Dark Books.

4. Did you learn anything from writing this book?

This was my first story in the first-person perspective. This approach had me thinking in a very different way than a third-person account. Not only is the viewpoint different, but the way the story develops is very different. Anything you want the reader to know has to be known by the character as well. I found it a bit difficult but fun at the same time.

5. What are your future projects?

I am currently working on a sequel to The Book Reapers. Naomi Gladwyn’s tale is not done yet (I’m roughly 20% done with the first draft). Beyond that, I have an idea for a Victorian adventure that I am looking forward to working on.
You learn more about Mark C. King on his goodreads Author page here
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Quotes:
“I slowly turned in a circle to take in all the books, all the unknown stories that surrounded me. I felt a kind of literary warmth, as if the books radiated a special heat known only to those who appreciated the written word”. 
“Is not that I do not like people, but in most instances, I preferred quiet and solitude. While some people garner energy from association, I need to be alone to rejuvenate mine”.
“Everyone has the right to try and choose better for themselves”.
“For writing can be considered an art, a release of creativity, like playing music or painting pictures, and only some people find it to be a satisfying way to express themselves”.

 

You underestimate the trials of life. It takes strength and courage to face the daily pressures that this world throws at us and to still come out with a sense of hope. So many individuals resign themselves to unhappiness; but not you. You rose above the relentless pull -the gravity, if you will- of this world.

“Our paths may go in unexpected, and even unsure ways, but with a little focus, our goals can be reached”.

“You will never regret fighting for the future you want”.

Rating:

4.5/5 ★

That was all from me peeps! Thanks for reading ❤

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The Fifty Bookish Questions Book Tag

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Hi fellow readers. I was surfing in the web and found a very interesting bookish tag to do here on the blog, so I thought, why not? I left some questions outside, as you may notice. So here it comes. God have mercy, because this is veeeeery long…

1. What was the last book you read?

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. You can read my review here.

2. Was it a good one?

Yes and not too much, to find out why I think like this, go read my review 😉

3. What made it good?

The world setting was fantastic.

4. Do you recommend it to other people?

I don’t see why not… giphy-downsized.gif

5. How often do you read?

I read before bedtime, every night, sometimes I just fall sleep with my glasses on my face XD

6. Do you like to read?

Damn, I don’t know how to answer to that question. Mmmm, yes? giphy-downsized (1)

7. What was the last bad book you read?

The book jumper. God knows I really wanted to like this book but, I just couldn’t. Please don’t kill me if you liked it.

8. What made you dislike it?

I, personally, couldn’t get into the plot. I don’t know how to explain you guys. But since I started and finished I wasn’t moved or identified with any of the characters. There were things missing.

9. Do you wish to be a writer?

YES! That’s my dream…

10. Has any book ever influenced you greatly?

Most of the time, yes.

11. Do you read fan fiction?

Noooo. Not that I won’t read it someday, but no.

12. What’s your favorite book?

Really?!!! Mmmm, The Hunger Games Trilogy, The book of lost things, Les Miserables, The Lord of the Rings… Seriously I can’t keep writing more books on this space. There’s not just one, you understand?

13. What’s your least favorite book?

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. giphy-downsized (2)

14. Do you prefer physical books or read on a device?

Physical books are always better. I love my Kindle, though, but nothing compares.

15. When did you learn how to read?

I think maybe I was 4 or five years old.

16. What is your favorite book you had to read in school?

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

17. What is your favorite book series?

The LORD OF THE RINGS.

18. Who is your favorite author?

AGAIN?!?!?! OH good Grief! No. No…

19. Who is your favorite chatacter in a book series?

Katniss Everdeen, Gandalf, Pippin…

20. Has a book transported you somewhere else?

Every time I take a book in my hands, dude.

21. Which book do you wish had a sequel?

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, just to say one.

22. Which book do you wish DIDNT have a sequel?

I don’t know ATM…

23. How long does it take you to read a book?

It depends. If I’m very busy it ca take me weeks, but I can normally read a book in a seat, or in just a week.

24.  Do you like when books become movies?

Yes and not too much. But it depends of the book and the director.

25.  Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?

Every Stephen King’s book that has become an adaptation. They just ruin it!

26. Which movie has done a book justice?

Every of the Lord of the Rings Series by Peter Jackson.

27.  Do you read newspapers?

Naw.

28. Do you read magazines?

Neither.

29. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?

None.

30.  Do you read while in bed?

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31. Do you read while on the toilet?

Mmmm, no.

32. Do you read while in the car?

I don’t own a car, but I read on my mum’s friend car, so it’s a yes.

33.  Do you read while in the bath?

No.

34. Are you a fast reader?

Sometimes.

35. Are you a slow reader?

Sort of.

36. Where is your favorite place to read?

My room. Outside at the park surrounded by nature.

37. Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?

No, not really.

38. Do you need a room to be silent while you read?

I can concentrate if no one’s talking 🙂

39.  Who gave you your love for reading?

My parents used to read me bedtime stories before sleep, so I guess my love for reading comes since that moment.

40.  What book is next on your list to read?

I can’t answer it. Millions…

41. Which author would you most want to interview?

Tolkien, Victor Hugo, Dickens, Poe (It’s a pity they’re dead 😦 ) Ruta Sepetys, John Conolly, Patrick Ness, Suzanne Collins, Stephen King.

42. Which author do you think you’d be friends with?

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Isn’t he lovely?

43. What book have you reread the most?

LOTR…

44. Which books should be banned from all schools?

None, if it isn’t inappropriate, I can find any reason to ban books.

Well, that was all from me. Until next time…

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Strange the Dreamer Review (It may contain a few Spoilers)

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Hello There! As I said above, this post may contain Spoilers, so read it at your own risk, but I cannot write a review about this book without saying a thing that bothered me a lot. Let’s go.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

My opinion.

This was my first time reading Laini Taylor and I have to say I fell in love with her writing style. The world-building and the magic surrounding this story it’s unique. I really thought this book would be perfect, but then the last chapters appeared and threw away my enchantment.

Let me tell you I loved the characters, specially Lazlo, our protagonist and our Dreamer. Althought he’s not good looking, he’s very sweet and compassionate, and for me those qualities counts for book boyfriend material. Though, that is not our main topic.

So let’s begin with my personal conflict with this book. First let’s talk about the instant romance between Lazlo and Sarai. I don’t know but I felt it was, mmmm, Fake? Is not the word I want to use for it, Forced? Neither. Too instant to be true love? Maybe. Since I don’t believe in love at first sight, it really bothered me. Well, I accepted it, though, and somehow, they were cute.

The love wasn’t the thing that bothered me most, but the ending. WAT?! What just happened? It was an unnecesary event, I will not say what it was. If you’re interest in reading the book you’ll figure it out.

For the rest of the story, the concept behind the plot and the world of Weep, everything was amaizing. I loved Taylor’s writing style. I will read the next book, because of that plot twist at the end. I recommend it even if I had things to complain about, it is a very entertaining reading.

Quotes.

“He might have left his books behind, but he carried all his stories with him, out of the glave-lit nooks of the library and into landscapes far more fit for them”.

“And that’s how you go on. You lay laughter over the dark parts. The more dark parts, the more you have to laugh. With defience, with abandon, with hysteria, any way you can”. 

“You take what you’re given and you’re grateful for it. Once that message is well and truly ingrained in you, it feels like vainglory to imagine one’s own likes and dislikes could matter to other people”.

You think good people can’t hate? You think good people don’t kill? Good people do all the things bad people do, Lazlo. It’s just that when they do them, they call it justice.

Rating:

3.5/5 ★

That was all from me peeps! Thanks for reading ❤

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