22 May, 2018

REVIEW: MATILDA by Roald Dahl

Title: Matilda
Author: Roald Dahl
Series: -
Genres: YA, Childrens
Publisher: Puffin Books
Release: 2007 (First published 1988)
Source: Paperback
Pages: 240

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BLURB: Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she's knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she's a super-nerd and the teacher's pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda's world. For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Then there's the large, busty nightmare of a school principal, Miss ("The") Trunchbull, a former hammer-throwing champion who flings children at will and is approximately as sympathetic as a bulldozer. Fortunately for Matilda, she has the inner resources to deal with such annoyances: astonishing intelligence, saintly patience, and an innate predilection for revenge.

She warms up with some practical jokes aimed at her hapless parents, but the true test comes when she rallies in defense of her teacher, the sweet Miss Honey, against the diabolical Trunchbull. There is never any doubt that Matilda will carry the day. Even so, this wonderful story is far from predictable. Roald Dahl, while keeping the plot moving imaginatively, also has an unerring ear for emotional truth. The reader cares about Matilda because in addition to all her other gifts, she has real feelings.

21 May, 2018

20 May, 2018

SUNDAY PORTRAIT: Alucard Emery


Happy Sunday, friends! Welcome to Sunday Portraits, where we give a face to our beloved book friends!

 Today we have: Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab:

ALUCARD EMERY
Alucard has shown himself to be witty, charming and clever, if not on the vain side (possibly due to his power as a magician). He is described by Lila Bard as being intentionally noisy, going about his life with the goal of making a scene of himself and the others around him. Much like Rhy, it is common for him to take temporary sexual partners. He was not afraid of Lila and either feels little fear or hides it extraordinarily well.

Despite his outward flamboyant nature, Alucard is haunted by his past and his family. Strong ties to them drove him back to rescue his younger sister, and he nearly died protecting her. Alucard also showed deep regret for abandoning Rhy and seems to truly love him.

19 May, 2018

REVIEW: BANGKOK TATTOO by John Burdett

Title: Bangkok Tattoo
Author: John Burdett
Series: Sonchai Jitpleecheep 2
Genres: Crime, Thriller, Mystery
Publisher: Vintage Crime / Black Lizard
Release: July 11th, 2006
Source: ebook
Pages: 320

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BLURB:
Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep of the Royal Thai Police returns in his riveting and smokily atmospheric new thriller.A farang–a foreigner–has been murdered, his body horribly mutilated, at the Bangkok brothel co-owned by Sonchai’s mother and his boss. The dead man was a CIA agent. To make matters worse, the apparent culprit is sweet-natured Chanya, the brothel’s top earner and a woman whom the devoutly Buddhist sleuth has loved for several lifetimes. How can Sonchai solve this crime without sending Chanya to prison? How can he engage in a cover-up without endangering his karma? And how will he ever get to the bottom of a case whose interested parties include American spooks, Muslim fundamentalists, and gangsters from three countries? As addictive as opium, as hot as Sriracha chili sauce, and bursting with surprises, Bangkok Tattoo will leave its mark on you.