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⭐️

Books I want to Read this Fall

Favorite Readings, Life Update, TBR

Hallo! Autumn is in the air! It’s time to get cozy: grab your coffee mug, blanket and a book and get yourself comfortable… Oh, and don’t forget the socks!

I don’t know what has Fall to make people love it, but if you ask ‘What is your favorite season?’ Most of them is going to answer “FALL”, and I’m not the exception 😌.  Well, this time of the year is perfect for me, because I live in a tropical zone of the world (DR) and autumn for me it’s gratefully accepted- you don’t even imagine THE HEAT of whe whole year- so I appreciate this season with all my soul.

As you may know, some readers have a special TBR pile for these months, so do I. Let’s start…

 

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1. IT by Stephen King. This book is huuuge and I hope to read it before the season ends 😂.

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2. The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley. Despite of the bad comments I’ve read about this book. I decided to give it a try.

Synopsis: “If it had another name, I never knew, but the locals called it the Loney – that strange nowhere between the Wyre and the Lune where Hanny and I went every Easter time with Mummer, Farther, Mr and Mrs Belderboss and Father Wilfred, the parish priest.

It was impossible to truly know the place. It changed with each influx and retreat, and the neap tides would reveal the skeletons of those who thought they could escape its insidious currents. No one ever went near the water. No one apart from us, that is.

I suppose I always knew that what happened there wouldn’t stay hidden for ever, no matter how much I wanted it to. No matter how hard I tried to forget….”

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3. ThornHill by Pam Smy. What caught my attetion from this book was the cover. It has the typical creepy and dark house of a horror story I could enjoy.

Parallel stories set in different times, one told in prose and one in pictures, converge as Ella unravels the mystery of the girl next door. (Goodreads).

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4. The Grip of It by Jack Jemc. A chilling literary horror novel about a young couple who purchase and live in a haunted house. Jac Jemc’s The Grip of Ittells the eerie story of a young couple haunted by their new home. (Goodreads).

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5. House of Furies by Madeleine Roux. This book has been sitting on my TBR pile for a long time, so I guess it’s time to read it.

After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house. But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, is providing much more than lodging for his guests. Far from a place of rest, the house is a place of judgment, and Mr. Morningside and his unusual staff are meant to execute their own justice on those who are past being saved.

Louisa begins to fear for a young man named Lee who is not like the other guests. He is charismatic and kind, and Louisa knows that it may be up to her to save him from an untimely judgment. But in this house of distortions and lies, how can Louisa be sure whom to trust?

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6. Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie. I  bought a copy in spanish of this book a long time ago. The time to read it has finally arrived and with this one from The Queen, I completed my Fall TBR for this year

Well, wish me luck because I’m a slow reader sometimes and with “IT” on this list I’ll need it… 😳

Please let me know what books are you planning to read this fall 🙂

 

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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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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Animal By G.S. Banks Spoiler free Review

Book Review, Favorite Readings

Disclaimer: The author kindly sent my a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Have you ever wondered if there’s an animal inside you, waiting to get out? If you did, then you were right. More right than you could have ever imagined. 

There are people in this world who, when they reach their teenage years, really do manifest the powers of their animal. They fight like bears, swim like fish, fly like eagles, jump like frogs and scheme like foxes. 

Ordinary people with extraordinary powers. 

They call themselves, Anitars. 

16-year-old Nina Gregory should have manifested by now; everyone else in her family already did. As a young girl it was all she ever wanted, but when a heartbreaking event happens right in front of her and there is nothing she can do to help, Nina begins to feel like she is not destined to become a superhero after all. 

Wherever there is light there is darkness and a group of people exist who want to take the powers of the Anitars for themselves, and these people are growing in resources and strength. When Nina’s little sister is kidnapped by them she has no choice but to try and save her. 

So begins Nina’s incredible adventure, right into the heart of this mysterious, magical world of superheroes and their astonishing gifts. 

My opinion.

I will not lie to you, when I first started reading this book, I wasn’t liking it very much but I decided to give it a try, and, ¡Oh God!, I won’t regret it!

I think my first conflict and the reason I wanted to leave this book, was the main character, Nina. But guys, I will advise you: don’t give up on reading a book, just because it hasn’t caught your attention from the beginning. 

I really loved the concept of the book and the plot was very interesting. I never read anything like this before; all about the Anitars and the manifestation and the process it takes to them to manifestate and everything was just amaizing!

When I decided to give Nina a second chance, I was surprised of the turn the things took in just a moment and once the action begins it never ceases until the end. You’ll follow her through her perils with a gang which is “Squad Goals”. The dangers she has to face once she’s out of her comfort zone, are the reason it takes to give way to a beautiful and stunning transformation. Let me tell you a secret: I knew it! 

Guys this book has been enjoyable, sometimes I wanted to punch her right on her face, sometimes I wanted to hug her. But these are the emotions a book character transmits to a reader. I have to say Banks absoloutely did a great job!

Quote:

“No war has ever been won without the loss of a battle”.

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Rating:

It’s a 4/5 ★ because I feel the ending could have been better… But I must wait for the other books to come, though.

Thanks for reading! Until next time…

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The book of lost Things Spoiler free short Review

Book Review, Favorite Readings

Goodreads Synopsis.

High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own — populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.

My opinion.

Hey guys! Is that time again!

While I’m still reading Hidden Figures (Which I like, but is very slow), sometimes I pick up a Fiction book and this week was The book of lost Things. When I started reading I thought I would be identified with the main character because some things about grief and that sort of stuff. But then everything took a very strange turn and It started to be very creepy and gruesome. I loved it!!!!

It is a very “child-ruining” book, but it also contains a very interesting adventure through an unknown land filled with strange characters and ambiance and all was just awesome, for me. I think what the author wanted the reader to perceive was the journey of the child-adult transition. Sometimes it was a little bit disturbing, but for me it was ok. I recommend this book, not to childs, but teens that want to find their identity and are dealing with troubles of any kind.

Conquer your fears! You’re always stronger than them!

Quotes.

“Stories were different, though: they came alive in the telling. Without a human voice to read them aloud, or a pair of wide eyes following them by flashlight beneath a blanket, they had no real existence in our world. They were like seeds in the beak of a bird, waiting to fall to earth. or notes of a song laid out on a sheet, yearning for an instrument to bring their music into being. They lay dormant, hoping for the chance to emerge. Once someone started to read them, they could begin to change. Stories wanted to be read. They needed it. It was the reason they forced themselves from their world into ours. They wanted us to give them life”.

“We all have our routines. But they must have a purpose and provide an outcome that we can see and take some comfort from, or else they have no use at all. Without that, they are like the endless pacings of a caged animal. If they are not madness itself, then they are prelude to it”.

“This life is filled with threats and danger. We face those that we have to face, and there will be times when we must make the choice to act for a greater good, even at risk to ourselves, but we do not lay down our lives needlessly. Each of us has only one life to livem and one life to give. There is no glory in throwing it away where there is no hope”.

 

Rating:

4/5 ★

Thanks again for reading! Until next Time…

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