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.

 

18 May, 2018

REVIEW: THE BEFORE NOW AND AFTER THEN by Peter Monn

Title: The Before Now and After Then
Author: Peter Monn
Series: -
Genres: YA, lgbt, Contemporary
Publisher: Pen Name Publishing
Release: July 28th, 2014
Source: ebook
Pages: 304

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BLURB:
Danny Goldstein has always lived in the shadow of his identical, twin brother Sam. But when a hurricane of events forces him into the spotlight, he starts to realize that the only thing he’s truly afraid of is himself.

With the help of his costume changing friend Cher, a famous gay uncle with a mysterious past of his own, two aging punk rocker parents and Rusty, the boy who will become his something to live for, Danny begins to realize that the music of the heart is truly the soundtrack for living.

 

17 May, 2018

16 May, 2018

15 May, 2018

REVIEW: FIZZLESPROCKET by Neven Illiev

Title: Fizzlesprocket
Author: Neven Iliev
Series: Everybody Loves Large Chests 2
Genres: Fantasy, Humor
Publisher: Kindle Edition
Release: February 26th, 2018
Source: ebook
Pages: 306

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BLURB:
Things are not well within the Lodrak Empire. An entire city goes up in smoke and ash, and an entire province is slowly being consumed by an ever-expanding cloud of death.

But while the humans rally to contain the fallout of this disaster, they are much quicker to pin the blame for it on their elven neighbors to the north. With centuries’ worth of strife and bad blood between the two nations flaring up, all out war is rapidly becoming an inevitability.

Powerful figures are already on the move. Some wish to unravel the mystery behind the dead city in order to bring the perpetrators to justice. Others are more than content enough to use this ‘act of terrorism’ as an excuse to further the Empire’s agenda. A select few are even planning on somehow turning this cataclysm into a weapon for the sake of their ambitions. The elves of the Ishigar Republic are hard at work undermining and sabotaging their old enemy while the international community watches the ongoing situation with a critical eye. Even the Gods themselves are closely monitoring the situation, ready to intervene should they deem it necessary.

However, though all these entities have different reasons and methods, they all have the same objective - to find the mastermind responsible for setting all this in motion.

The same ‘mastermind’ that is far too busy figuring out how wagons work to notice the world is stirring.

CONTENT WARNING: Profanity, gore, violence, explicit adult content

 

14 May, 2018

13 May, 2018

12 May, 2018

REVIEW: THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss

Title: The Name of The Wind
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Series: The Kingkiller Chronicles #1
Genres: High Fantasy, Adventure
Publisher: Penguin Group
Source: Physical book
Pages: 662

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BLURB: Told in Kvothe's own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.

The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.

A high-action story written with a poet's hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

11 May, 2018

REVIEW: AN UNSUITABLE HEIR by K.J. Charles

Title: An Unsuitable Heir
Author: K.J. Charles
Series: Sins of the Cities 2
Genres: LGBT, Romance, Historical
Publisher: Loveswept
Release: October 3rd 2017
Source: eBook
Pages: 246

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BLURB:
A private detective finds passion, danger, and the love of a lifetime when he hunts down a lost earl in Victorian London.

On the trail of an aristocrat’s secret son, enquiry agent Mark Braglewicz finds his quarry in a music hall, performing as a trapeze artist with his twin sister. Graceful, beautiful, elusive, and strong, Pen Starling is like nobody Mark’s ever met—and everything he’s ever wanted. But the long-haired acrobat has an earldom and a fortune to claim.

Pen doesn’t want to live as any sort of man, least of all a nobleman. The thought of being wealthy, titled, and always in the public eye is horrifying. He likes his life now—his days on the trapeze, his nights with Mark. And he won’t be pushed into taking a title that would destroy his soul.

But there’s a killer stalking London’s foggy streets, and more lives than just Pen’s are at risk. Mark decides he must force the reluctant heir from music hall to manor house, to save Pen’s neck. Betrayed by the one man he thought he could trust, Pen never wants to see his lover again. But when the killer comes after him, Pen must find a way to forgive—or he might not live long enough for Mark to make amends.

 

10 May, 2018

09 May, 2018

08 May, 2018

REVIEW: THRESHOLD by Jordan L. Hawk

Title: Threshold
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Whyborne & Griffin 2
Genres: LGBT, Romance, Historical
Publisher: Jordan L. Hawk
Release: June 4th, 2013
Source: eBook
Pages: 249

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BLURB:
Introverted scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne wants nothing more than to live quietly with his lover, ex-Pinkerton detective Griffin Flaherty. Unfortunately, Whyborne's railroad tycoon father has other ideas, namely hiring Griffin to investigate mysterious events at a coal mine.

Whyborne, Griffin, and their friend Christine travel to Threshold Mountain, a place of dark legend even before the mine burrowed into its heart. A contingent of Pinkertons-including Griffin's ex-lover Elliot-already guard the mine. But Griffin knows better than anyone just how unprepared the detectives are to face the otherworldly forces threatening them.

Soon, Whyborne and Griffin are on the trail of mysterious disappearances, deadly accidents, and whispered secrets. Is Elliot an ally, or does he only want to rekindle his relationship with Griffin? And if so, how can Whyborne possibly hope to compete with the stunningly handsome Pinkerton-especially when Griffin is hiding secrets about his past?

For in a town where friends become enemies and horror lurks behind a human mask, Whyborne can't afford to trust anything-including his own heart.

 

07 May, 2018

06 May, 2018

05 May, 2018

REVIEW: JOYLAND by Stephen King

Title: Joyland
Author: Stephen King
Series: -
Genres: Mystery, Horror
Publisher: Hard Case Crime
Release: June 4th, 2013
Source: Paperback
Pages: 283

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BLURB:
Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.

Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

 

04 May, 2018

RESEÑA: LA MECÁNICA DEL CORAZÓN por Mathias Malzieu


Título: La Mecánica del Corazón
Autor: Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Serie: -
Géneros: Fiction, YA
Editor: Mondadori
Publicación: 2009 (Primera edición 2007)
Fuente: Tapa blanda
Páginas: 176

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SINÓPSIS: Imagina la noche más fría de la historia. La nieve cae sobre la ciudad de Edimburgo. En lo alto de una colina nace el pequeño Jack, pero su corazón está dañado. Y por eso necesitará reemplazarlo por un reloj de madera, un corazón artificial del que dependerá su vida. Acompañemos a Jack en su aventura quijotesca desde las frías callejuelas escocesas hasta una radiante ciudad andaluza, en busca del amor. Pero, ¡ciudado!, Jack debe seguir unas reglas para sobrevivir.

Uno: NO TOQUES LAS AGUJAS.
Dos: DOMINA TU CÓLERA.
Tres: NO TE ENAMORES NUNCA.

LA MECÁNICA DEL CORAZÓN DEPENDE DE ELLO.

Deseemos suerte a Jack, y recuerda que, como en este cuento para ñinos grandes, todos hemos sufrido alguna vez por nuestro voluble corazón.

03 May, 2018

02 May, 2018

01 May, 2018

REVIEW: BEASTLY by Alex Flinn

Title: Beastly
Author: Alex Flinn
Series: Kendra Chronicles #1
Genres: YA, Fairytales
Publisher: Versátil
Release: 2009 (First published 2007)
Source: Paperback
Pages: 272

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BLURB: I am a beast.

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.