The war that Saved my life.

Book Review, Favorite Readings, TBR

Hello there again. I can say Im proud of myself because I could finish my first book of the year, even if it took me over two weeks to do so. But hey, I did it! This story touched my soul, allow me to explain you why. But first…

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Bird Box by Josh Malerman Review

Book Review, Favorite Readings, TBR

I had this book on my kindle for a few months ago and the other day I felt compelled to start reading it. I don’t regret…

Goodreads Synopsis:

Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it’s time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat–blindfolded–with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

My Opinion:

Ok, where to start? This book is such a mindblowing read. From the first sentence I felt attracted to the writing style. This book has the something that makes you feel you won’t be able to put it down until you finish it and then the end is going to break you. So it did. This psychological thriller plays with your mind in a magestic way. The end of each chapter leaves you with the hunger for more, indeed, you just can’t put it down. Every scene, character and plot line is a piece of art. I don’t know if you will agree with me, but please just add this book to your TBR list. It is a perfect option to read in autumn.

Quotes:

“It’s better to face madness with a plan than to sit still and let it take you in pieces.”

“Man is the creature he fears.”

Rating:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Coraline By Neil Gaiman

Book Review, Favorite Readings

Hi everyone, I hope you’re having a great week so far…

I don’t know how I’m going to do to complete my goodreads challenge this year. Maybe I should decrease the amount of books I set for this year’s challenge 🤔 Or try to read 30 books in two months 😂. I’ll figure it out. So the past week I was reading Coraline (which wasn’t part of my fall TBR) because I don’t have two of the books that are on my list, so… Let’s start.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring….

In Coraline’s family’s new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. 

The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own. 

Only it’s different. 

At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there’s another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. 

Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself. 

My opinion:

From the beginning until the end this story is frightening. Not just because of the spooky surroundings but for the ‘childhood ruining elements’. Yeah, if you want to get traumatized, just read Coraline, you won’t regret it. The illustrations are freaking terrifiying, for example…

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Meet Mr. Bobo.

It was past midnight when I saw that image, which is nothing compared to the Mister Bobinsky from the movie. With no doubt Dave Mckean has done a great job with the illustrations, because this is not the only disturbing picture of the book.

This book is awesome for this season if you want to enjoy a spooky story with a beautiful prose. If I had to chose between the movie or the book, I wouldn’t know which one to chose because both of them are masterpieces.

Quotes:

“Now, you people have names. That’s because you don’t know who you are. We know who we are, so we don’t need names”. (Can we take a second of our lives to appreciate this cat’s wisdom?)

Nobody is ever given more to shoulder than he or she can bear.

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Rating.

5/5⭐️

House of Furies by Madeleine Roux

Book Review, TBR, Unliked Books

Hello! It’s been a long time. Well not too long, though. I know what you might be thinking but, I wasn’t feeling good the past days and as a result I took me an eternity to read House of Furies. Now I’m back and hope to end reading all the books on my fall TBR. (If possible😳).

To start let me tell you what I liked about this book:

  1. The Gothic ambiance.
  2. Found some good quotes.
  3. Mr. Moningside.

Now that I told you what I liked, I’ll proceed with the review.

Despite of having a very good topic on the beggining and all the Gothic ambiance surroundings, this book,  for me, was too slow. The protagonist, Louisa Ditton, she made me upset, and yes, I hated her. It took me eons to finish this book but the main reason was when I started to read, I found it quite boring, but decided to give it a try.

After 100 pages, it caught my attention, but then, it started to be annoying. I don’t know if it was the slowness, but I was expecting more. It wasn’t terrifiying and I think it’s a book that can be read in any season of the year. So if you’re planning to read this “spooky” book for october, mmm, let me tell you is not that “spooky”. There is couple of disturbing images, but nothing so extraordinary.

Also I feel a little bit guilty because I’ve destroyed at least three books on this blog, and I’m not proud of myself. As an indie writer I know the struggle of writing a book and it is sad when someone doesn’t like what you wrote. But gosh! Is my opinion. My experience while reading a story, and I would be a liar if I say I loved the story when that doesn’t really happened! 🤷‍♀️

Anyway, here are the quotes: 

“Even when the world is crashing down around my ears, you find a way to make it easier.”

“Misfortune find us all. The only difference is when and how you resolve to face it.”

“The grim reality we must all face is that the dark and different and strange among us us face a kind of exile.”

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Rating:

2.5/5 ⭐️

In other news, this blog turns a year in november! WUT!! 😱 I think I have to do something special ☺️ to celebrate!

Murder is Easy (Short Spoiler free review).

Book Review, TBR

There are authors who have thousands of “Number one fans”; Agatha Christie is not the exception and I’m part of her big list of number one fans. What I like the most about her books is the atmosphere surrounding every story, which captures your attention and doesn’t make you put any of her books down. 

Goodreads Synopsis:

An elderly lady is on her way to Scotland Yard to report several murders in her village. “It is very easy to kill, so long as no one suspect you,” she tells the man she meets on the London train, retired policeman Luke Fitzwilliam. He ascribes it all to a vivid imagination and hopes they’ll let the old dear down lightly. That is, until let learns about two more suspicious deaths – one of which is the old lady’s.

My Opinion:

I loved this book from the first page to the end! Gosh this woman is amaizing! Not in vain she’s been called the Queen of Crime, and to earn such title you must be really good in what you do.

This book is suspenseful, captivating; perfect for a night read. The characters are fascinating, each one in their own way, which makes the book even more special besides the mystery you have to solve, because murder is easy and anyone could do it 😈.

I had a little conflict with the protagonist, Luke Fitzwilliam, because sometimes he was very dumb to be called a detective, but I think this was part of Christie’s plan. The girl power is also wonderful and it is imposible not to fall in love with some of them🤘.

I’m glad I included this book on my Autumn TBR… Anyway this was my short review for this Sunday. Up next, House of Furies.

Quotes:

“No one human being knows the full truth about another human being. Not even one’s nearest and dearest.” 

“Men have courage-one knows that…but they are more easily deceived than women.”

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Rating:

4.5/5★

That was all from me peeps! Thanks for reading ❤

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August 2017 Wrap-Up

Author Interview, Book Review, Favorite Readings, Wrap-Up

Hallo! Welcome to my first Wrap-Up here in the blog. I’ve done this before on my IG account, but not in all of my captions.

I wanted to start doing Wrap-Ups since early this year, but I kept postponing it because I thought I was a very slow reader. Then I remembered “you don’t have to be a super reader and read 10 books in a month”. So I was thinking about to start next year, in January, but then I thought it was a long wait. And considering my blog is almost one year old, I decided to do it before… I mean right now!

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor⇒⇒⇒⇒ 3.5/5 ★

 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. But there were a few things that dissapointed me while reading this book. For a full review, please click here.

The book Reapers by Mark C. King⇒⇒⇒⇒  4.5/5 ★

Since I started reading The book Reapers I felt an inmediate connection with the main character and the victorian air surrounding the story. The story is amazing and touching. Click here to read my complete review and the author interview.

When Marnie was There by Joan G. Robinson⇒⇒⇒⇒ 5/5 ★

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 goint to happen in the end. Read my review here.

So that’s all, I just read these three books this month, but please don’t judge me, I’ve been sick and busy. I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Hurricaine Irma will be passing near the island tomorrow, so we’re under threat, please stay safe 🙂

That was all from me peeps! Thanks for reading ❤

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The Vanishing of Katharina Linden Spoiler Free Review

Book Review, Unliked Books

Hallo! Happy Saturday! I bought a copy of this book in spanish a long time ago after reading the synopsis. I thought it was interesting and finally decided to read it this past week. I finished reading TVKL last night and it left me like WAT… What in the world I just read? Let’s start…

Goodreads Synopsis:

It isn’t ten-year-old Pia’s fault that her grandmother dies in a freak accident. But tell that to the citizens of Pia’s little German hometown of Bad Münstereifel, or to the classmates who shun her. The only one who still wants to be her friend is StinkStefan, the most unpopular child in school.

But then something else captures the community’s attention: the vanishing of Katharina Linden. Katharina was last seen on a float in a parade, dressed as Snow White. Then, like a character in a Grimm’s fairy tale, she disappears. But, this being real life, she doesn’t return.
Pia and Stefan suspect that Katharina has been spirited away by the supernatural. Their investigation is inspired by the instructive—and cautionary—local legends told to them by their elderly friend Herr Schiller, tales such as that of Unshockable Hans, visited by witches in the form of cats, or of the knight whose son is doomed to hunt forever.

Then another girl disappears, and Pia is plunged into a new and unnerving place, one far away from fairy tales—and perilously close to adulthood.

My opinion.

I have a positive point about the plot. When I was reading I thought it was a really interesting story, with all the supernatural ambiace surrounding it. But then, just few pages ahead I started to feel dissapointed. The mistery of the beginning dissapeared, there was a lack of sense in the plot and the end was predictable.

My major conflict with the book was the protagonist, Pia Kolvenvach. She was inmature, stubborn, selfish? Yeah. Everything about the vanishing of Katharina Linden stopped to focuse on Pia’s life, leaving behind the urgency to find out what was going on.

The concept of the plot was good, interesting, I personally think it could have been an awesome book, if only the plot line was developped in another way.

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Rating.

2.5/5 ★

That was all from me peeps! Thanks for reading ❤

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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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