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,Β  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!Β πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

Anyway, here are the quotes:Β 

“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!

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Salt to the Sea (Spoiler Free Review)

Book Review, Favorite Readings

Goodreads Synopsis:

Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.

Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.

As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.

Yet not all promises can be kept.

My opinion.

This is one of the books everyone should read. This story is breathtaking, touching, shocking, so real.

Every word written in this book has touched my soul. Some people says books can change lives, and I also believe that. This is my first time reading Ruta Sepetys, but she has become one of my favorite authors. I’m sure her other books will be as great as Salt to the Sea.

Although the story is narrated through four different points of view, the reader doesn’t gets lost at the end of every chapter, perhaps it is because the chapters are very short.

I fell in love with Ruta Sepetys writing style. I was checking her official website to see what inspired her to write this book and I saw a short video about herself and about Salt to the Sea. She said something that caught my attention at the end of the video: “Humanity can prevail even in the darkest of hours”. She wanted to give the victims of a Β tragedy a voice, to show the world their lives just weren’t buried in the graves of history.

This book made my cry, it touched my heart and soul. It made me think about all those people who died in World War II, and every war that has taken innocent lives.

YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK! It will change your life. Your tears will be Salt to the Sea…

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Quotes.

“He would never agree with children not being taught reading, writing, and arithmetic. They had burned our books in the Polish language. But I had learned to read very young. They could never take that away from me”.

“The Nazis couldn’t stop the wind and the snow. The Russians couldn’t take the sun or the stars”.

“Killers aren’t always assasins. Sometimes they don’t even have blood on their hands”.

“I wept because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet”

“Sometimes living life is more instructive than studying it”.

Rating:

5/5β˜…

Until next time…

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Top Five of my Favorite Book Quotes

Favorite Readings

Every time we read a book, there is a phrase or a single word waiting to change our lives. In my case, I could say hundreads of book quotes, but I’ll just share fiveΒ with you in this post (just for now). Let’s start:

  1. β€œHe never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.”
    ― Victor Hugo, Les MisΓ©rables.

This is a huge book with a big amount of knowledge, with very strong and complex characters, very human, very everything! And this particular quote is oneof my faves, since I’m a total bookworm as M. Mabeuf was. I think it always happens to me when I come back from the bookstore XD.quote-he-never-went-out-without-a-book-under-his-arm-and-he-often-came-back-with-two-victor-hugo-36-69-94

2.Β β€œYou don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.”
― Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games.6d07ac669bcaadd4870f2587eab8c683

You don’t have to read this Trilogy to know the powerful meaning behind this quote. We never forget the acts of kindness that thepeople we love, or maybe a stranger, do for us just when we need it. Perhaps we too could be a someone’s last hope, help them, show them we care about them.

3.Β β€œHeaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before–more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.” 

― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations.Β 

As you know (or in case you don’t know yet) I’m Dicken’s number one fan. I love all his works and gosh I could write a book about how much I love Dickens XD. My favorite book from him (in case I haven’t told you before) is Great Expectations. This book is rich of wise quotes, but this one above with big letters, is special for me.

How true it is! We should never be ashamed of crying, of our tears. It is relieving, it is human. As a person who has suffered from depression and anxiety, I can advise you: Cry when you feel the need. When you can’t take it anymore, it will make you feel better, and you will let out all that makes you feel bad. Then you will feel how everything takes its course. You will feel relieved and think more clearly. So, never be ashamed of your tears πŸ™‚

4.Β β€œWe always think there’s enough time to do things with other people. Time to say things to them. And then something happens and then we stand there holding on to words like ‘if’.”
― Fredrik Backman, A man called Ove.

I read this book the past year in the right moment of my life. I highly recommend this book to every human being in this world. READ IT! You would neverΒ regret!

5.Β β€œI suppose most things in a person’s life are good for a while, even if that doesn’t last very long. Maybe that is why, even after something has gone wrong, we spend so much time trying to fix it. Because we remember when it wasn’t broken.”
― Claire Legrand,Β Some Kind of Happiness.

This is another book I read this past year and read it in the right time as well as A man called Ove. I gave it a 5 out of 5 stars on goodreads, and this is just one of the meaningful quotes this book has. It was my first reading of Legrand and i left me with the sensations that needed more. So this year I’ll be looking forward to include more books from Legrand on my TBR list.

That was all for this time. Thanks for reading! ❀ (And of course there would be another top five of favorite quotes in the future πŸ˜‰ )