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12/05/2017

Boo by Neil Smith | Book Review




Book Review:

Boo by Neil Smith




Spoilers?
None.

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This is one of the books I read after the passing of Hurricane Maria here in Puerto Rico. With no water, electricity or internet I took to reading my books.
I read this one on November 28, 2017. 70 days after.
Title - Boo
By - Neil Smith
Publication - May 12th 2015  by Vintage   
Copy - ARC Copy, 310 pages   

Genre - Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery

* Winner of the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction.
* Nominated for the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award.
* Nominated for the Sunburst Award.
* Nominated for the Alex Award.
* Longlisted for the Prix des libraires du Québec.


From Neil Smith, author of the award-winning, internationally acclaimed story collection
Bang Crunch, comes a dark but whimsical debut novel about starting over in the afterlife in the vein of Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones.

When Oliver "Boo" Dalrymple wakes up in heaven, the eighth-grade science geek thinks he died of a heart defect at his school. But soon after arriving in this hereafter reserved for dead thirteen-year-olds, Boo discovers he’s a 'gommer', a kid who was murdered. What’s more, his killer may also be in heaven. With help from the volatile Johnny, a classmate killed at the same school, Boo sets out to track down the mysterious Gunboy who cut short both their lives.

In a heartrending story written to his beloved parents, the odd but endearing Boo relates his astonishing heavenly adventures as he tests the limits of friendship, learns about forgiveness and, finally, makes peace with the boy he once was and the boy he can now be.
 

The Rating:




My Review:


My review in a gif. Which equals 2 stars.
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The Cover:
Although they say never judge a book by it's cover I believe the cover should represent what the book is going to be like or at least some aspect of it.
The cover of the green chalkboard locker  and the chalk lettering is very distinct and very reminiscent of school. But what does stand out is the pair of eyes on the locker vents.


The Story:


After a school shooting Boo wakes up in a new place where he is among other children who have died and woken up there too. Now he has to live there with the possibility that the other kid who shoot him was there too.
 


Overall:

I got this book a long time ago and I really thought I was going to enjoy reading it too. But even though trough the first reading I went to 100 pages, I didn't like it. I don't know if it was the characters I couldn't relate too, or the story I couldn't follow but after those 100 pages I stopped reading.

Since Hurricane Maria I decided to read all those books I had been holding up on reading  so I took this book and picked it up to finish up. Now that I have I can say that I didn't like it. It just wasn't my type of book.
The story of Boo was an interesting one but I can't say I liked it all.


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11/21/2017

The Fortune Teller by Gwendolyn Womack




Book Review:

The Fortune Teller by Gwendolyn Womack




Spoilers?
A tad.
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Disclaimer:
This book was sent to me by the publishing company in exchange for an honest review.

This is one of the books I read after the passing of Hurricane Maria here in Puerto Rico. With no water, electricity or internet I took to reading my books.
I read this one on September 26, 2017. 6 days after.

Title - The Fortune Teller
By - Gwendolyn Womack
Publication - June 6th, 2017 by Picador 
ARC copy, 368 pages

Genre - Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Semele Cavnow appraises antiquities for an exclusive Manhattan auction house, deciphering ancient texts—and when she discovers a manuscript written in the time of Cleopatra, she knows it will be the find of her career. Its author tells the story of a priceless tarot deck, now lost to history, but as Semele delves further, she realizes the manuscript is more than it seems. Both a memoir and a prophecy, it appears to be the work of a powerful seer, describing devastating wars and natural disasters in detail thousands of years before they occurred.

The more she reads, the more the manuscript begins to affect Semele’s life. But what happened to the tarot deck? As the mystery of her connection to its story deepens, Semele can’t shake the feeling that she’s being followed. Only one person can help her make sense of it all: her client, Theo Bossard. Yet Theo is arrogant and elusive, concealing secrets of his own, and there’s more to Semele’s desire to speak with him than she would like to admit. Can Semele even trust him?

The auction date is swiftly approaching, and someone wants to interfere—someone who knows the cards exist, and that the Bossard manuscript is tied to her. Semele realizes it’s up to her to stop them: the manuscript holds the key to a two-thousand-year-old secret, a secret someone will do anything to possess.

The Rating:



My Review:

The Cover:
Although they say never judge a book by it's cover I believe the cover should represent what the book is going to be like or at least some aspect of it.
I appreciate this cover so much for its warm orange color but it is very mysterious as to what the book is about.


Relationships:


Semele x Theo
Their relationship was one I didn't completely expect but was delighted it did happen. They have such a grand connection that it was simply meant to be.


Settings:

There were so many locations mentioned and visited in this book that it is hard to pin point my favorites but I probably like old Egypt. Probably because the library sounded so amazing and because my mother has loved Egypt since I can remember. Someday I wish to take her there.



Overall:


This book seemed to me like it was going to be like most historical fiction books I 've read but once I started reading it I couldn't stop -not that I would have wanted to since I wanted to finish it the same day I picked it up. It was filled with just about all the things that would make this book a great movie. It goes into the past smoothly and introduces character that have such important, to the story, lives.


I don't much remember what I had in mind to write here since it was among the first books I read.



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11/15/2017

Books Read Since Hurricane Maria


I live in Puerto Rico and with the passing of Hurricane Maria we were left with no water, no electricity and no internet, and after a couple of days there was little food. It got better after a while and now we have running water but I have to travel three towns over to my university to use their computers.
But there is one thing that has kept me sane and that is reading. And since the day after the hurricane passed I decided to take to reading the books that I had been leaving behind in my to be read pile. Most were even read, start to finish in the same day.


In no particular order.

Midnight in Berlin by James MacManus
Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva
52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody
Shoe Addicts Anonymous by Beth Harbison
Ten Beach Road by Wendy Wax
If I Could Turn Back Time by Beth Harbison
The Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank
Tornado Weather by Deborah E. Kennedy
Her Name is Rose by Christine Breen
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Sisterhood is Dead by Lindsay Emory
How to Tame a Beast in 7 Days by Kerrelyn Sparks
Ivy and The Lonely Rainclouds by Katie Harrett
 Vampire Academy by Richell Mead
Once Upon a Dream, A Twisted Tale by Liz Brazwell
I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Rashkin
The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash by Candance Ganger
The Boy Who Knew Everything by Victoria Forrester
After Hours by Claire Kennedy
My Faire Lady by Laura Wettersten
The Fortune Teller by Gwendolyn Womack
Bad Girl Gone by Temple Mathews
Love, Charms and Other Catastrophes by Kimberly Karalius
The Body Reader by Anne Frasier
Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin
The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forrester
 Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
The Steel Kiss by Jeffrey Deaver
The Mother's Promise by Sally Hepworth       
Happy Halloween Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
The Witches Supermarket by Susan Med augh
The Monster Diaries by Luciano Saracino
Finding Serendipity by Angela Banks
American Goods by Neil Gaiman
All The Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani








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Ivy and The Lonely Rainclouds by Katie Harnett | Book Review





Book Review:
Ivy and The Lonely Rainclouds by Katie Harnett



Spoilers?
A little.
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Disclaimer:
This book was sent to me by the publishing company in exchange for an honest review.

This is one of the books I read after the passing of Hurricane Maria here in Puerto Rico. With no water, electricity or internet I took to reading my books.
I read this one on October 12, 2017. 23 days after.



Title - Ivy and the Lonely Raincloud
By - Katie Harnett
Publication - August 15th, 2017 by Flying Eye Books      
Genre - Picture Book, Children's

Everyone loves the warm sunshine—except the lonely raincloud. No one wants to be his friend! But one day, he stumbles across a grumpy little florist . . . could she be looking for a friend too?

In this charming tale, a solitary raincloud finds a way to make a sad little girl happy again, by using the very thing that most people dislike about him—rain!






The Rating:


My Review:
My review in a gif. Which equals 5 stars.

via GIPHY


The Cover:
Although they say never judge a book by it's cover I believe the cover should represent what the book is going to be like or at least some aspect of it.
This is such a lovely cover. It has bright muted colors that aren't too loud but just perfect. The colors are just the right shade to convey the story of the girl and the raincloud.


The Story:

When a raincloud ventures away from their daily life they find a little florist that's not in the best mood and together they find mutual ground by helping each other out.


Illustrations:


Since I already talked about the cover, I'm going to give the end pages a go. They are adorable. Clouds of various grey tones with itty bitty eyes. They look like they're watercolors too which I adore. And they beautifully weave into the story brilliantly.


The illustrations are done in a variety of colors that go so well together. I love it.


Overall:

This book came at the right time. Just when I needed a good short beautiful book to read and lift my spirits up. And Ivy and The Lonely Raincloud did just that.

I wish I could say more of what I think but I left my book at home and am currently using the universities computers since my home still doesn't have any energy.


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9/18/2017

Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda | Book Review




Book Review:

Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda


Spoilers?
Maybe some.

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Title - Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening 

By - Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda
Publication - July 19th, 2016 by Image Comics
Format - Paperback, 202 pages
Genre - Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Steampunk, Horror, Fiction
Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900's Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers.

Marjorie M. Liu -  (Author)
New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer Marjorie Liu is best known for her fiction and comic books. She teaches comic book writing at MIT, and leads a class on Popular Fiction at the Voices of Our Nation (VONA) workshop. Ms. Liu's extensive work includes the bestselling "Astonishing X-Men" for Marvel Comics, which featured the gay wedding of X-Man Northstar and was subsequently nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for outstanding media images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Prior to writing full-time, Liu was a lawyer. She currently resides in Boston.

Sana Takeda - (Artist)
Sana Takeda is an illustrator and comic book artist who was born in Niigata, and now resides in Tokyo, Japan. At age 20 she started out as a 3D CGI designer for SEGA, a Japanese video game company, and became a freelance artist when she was 25. She is still an artist, and has worked on titles such as "X-23" and "Ms. Marvel" for Marvel Comics, and is an illustrator for trading card games in Japan.



The Rating :



My Review:


My review in a gif. Which equals 5 stars.



The Cover:
Although they say never judge a book by it's cover I believe the cover should represent what the book is going to be like or at least some aspect of it.
The cover was what made me pick it up and eventually buy it. I think that if I hadn't seen the really nostalgic looking cover I wouldn't have gotten to see that this really cool graphic novel was there amongst Superman and Batman comics.
By nostalgic, I mean that the cover looked like some of the comics my brother used to have and a little like some of the art out of a Final Fantasy art book.


The Story:

This graphic novel is about a girl named Maika that is being sold as a slave to a group of rich powerful men, but then she gets sent to a scientist lady that is doing experiments on whatever slaves they caught in order to harvest their magical energy. 
I'm not going to say much more than that as to not spoil the story. But after reading the first few pages I was interested in the story and read until the last page.


Overall:

One of the thing that attracted me to this book was the cover and the quote by Neil Gaiman on the cover. And I'm not interested in everything he does but that quote from him and the cover together made me interested and the very next day I went again to walmart and bought it with some money I had saved up. 




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The illustrations in this book gave me some Ghibli feels, specifically from Princess Mononoke. Because of the spirits and the boar monster in the beginning that looks like the monster that is inside of her. 
But aside from the Ghibli vibes, it also gave me some nostalgia. Mostly because when I was younger I played my big brothers Final Fantasy games and stuff. And this story had that feel from the buildings, and the worlds and even the creatures are reminiscent of Final Fantasy creatures. 

I'd say that if you like the more fantasy side of Ghibli, old school Final Fantasy, and even Saga then you'll like this graphic novel.



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Most of the pages are filled with illustrations that are detailed and some that are gruesome. The colors go from dark/blueish to lighter pages that have yellows and oranges; like golden even. But the entire book gives off this 'rainy day' tone to it.


I'd say that even if this is full of dark and gruesome bits and it even goes to 'f*cked up' levels, I would love to continue to read the rest of this series.

The illustrations are awesome, the characters are well created and it's so strange and different from what I've been reading recently that it is easily one of my favorite reads of the year. Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda are awesome and kickass creators.



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7/19/2017

Waiting on Wednesday #17 - Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson






Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases.

Another book by Lily Anderson and I can't wait to read it.   





Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson

The sequel to The Only Thing Worse than Me Is You, inspired by The Importance of Being Earnest.

Elliot Gabaroche is very clear on what she isn't going to do this summer. 

1. She isn't going to stay home in Sacramento, where she'd have to sit through her stepmother's sixth community theater production of The Importance of Being Earnest.
2. She isn't going to mock trial camp at UCLA.
3. And she certainly isn't going to the Air Force summer program on her mother's base in Colorado Springs. As cool as it would be to live-action-role-play Ender's Game, Ellie's seen three generations of her family go through USAF boot camp up close, and she knows that it's much less Luke/Yoda/"feel the force," and much more one hundred push-ups on three days of no sleep. And that just isn't appealing, no matter how many Xenomorphs from Alien she'd be able to defeat afterwards.

What she is going to do is pack up her attitude, her favorite Octavia Butler novels, and her Jordans, and go to summer camp. Specifically, a cutthroat academic-decathlon-like competition for a full scholarship to Rayevich College, the only college with a Science Fiction Literature program. And she's going to start over as Ever Lawrence, on her own terms, without the shadow of all her family’s expectations. Because why do what’s expected of you when you can fight other genius nerds to the death for a shot at the dream you’re sure your family will consider a complete waste of time?

This summer's going to be great.



Published by: Wednesday Books
The Release Date for the book is:
November 21st 2017
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