Sunday, April 29, 2012

Flowerflames

We went for a walk at High Park, and found these tulips. They look like a field of little flames.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012

Review: The Body Finder


The Body Finder
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



The Body Finder was constantly showing up in my book recommendations at Goodreads and I decided to give it a chance. The cover is gorgeous which made me more enthusiastic to go ahead and borrow it from the library.

It reminded me of tea. Yes, another taste-food comparison. I am a heavy coffee drinker, but occasionally enjoy a nice cup of Earl Grey, just black without any sweetener. It starts bitter, but your tongue gets used to it very easy and then, after sipping it through for a while an forget it's there, you just finish it with a big gulp. So at the end is always cold.
This is how I experienced this book, I felt compelled enough to open it, kind of enjoying the story but just not finding it amazing. The romance kept me entertained more than the mystery. I really am not that enthusiastic of going further by reading the next books on this series. It didn't leave that 'warm fuzzy happy first book feeling experience' that makes you want to start the next one RIGHT NOW!

To tell the truth, Violet's POV was not fun to share. I got bored in many parts immersed in her mind. I know I'm not in this book's age target, but I've had my share of YA readings and this particular character felt so much like all the hundred ones out there... Yeah, I'm not impressed.
Again, I feel grateful for simultaneously reading 2 much more engaging books :)



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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Review: Cryer's Cross


Cryer's Cross
Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



So last night I sat down for a quick read before going to sleep. And I told myself, just a couple of chapters and off to dreamland.... 4 hours later I was finishing this book. I was glued, instantly enthralled and highly awake. I'm a zombie right now, but a happy one. I got my brain food dose out of this dark little book.

It tells the story of Kendall and her life in Cryer's Cross a small farming town in the U.S. Her life gets messy after the vanishing of two people from her school. One is a random student at the beginning of the book, another one is a close person to her.

I love ghost stories and mysteries. They bring JOY to my life! This one was an entertaining one and I like how Lisa McMann writes.

Another interesting fact that caught my attention on this book was the dedication at the beginning. Lisa's daughter suffers from OCD the same as the main character, Kendall. I assume this first hand experience made me even more curious as of how Kendall lives her life and explains her behaviour and ultimately how OCD saves her life, something that made me smile, thinking about how this imagined story was sort of a gift from the author to her daughter. The second issue which resolves the mystery of the disappearances was also striking. Yes, this is a story about a haunted desk, but the desk was part of a Reform School with a sadist and cruel headmaster.
The side story of the Reform School caught my attention and my anthropological brain kicked in, (mind you it was probably 3 am) so I ended up making comparisons with Residential Schools and all the pain they brought to people who were affected by them.

The bottom line, all the things that crossed my mind while reading this book made me like it.




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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Behold: my new tattoo

It's gorgeous

Review: When the Sea is Rising Red


When the Sea is Rising Red
When the Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



This book reminds me of pickles (yes, humour me). Pickled cucumbers and pickled foods are one of my favourite little treats. These wonderful green delicacies entice me to savour them once they catch my eye in the fridge. And the result is usually the same:

- Oh yummy, I want you NOW!

- [Opens the jar, struggles getting the right pickle]... sits downs and smiles

- *crunch* yum, This is tasty

- 2nd bite: humm this is a bit salty... but soo good!

- Halfway through... humm I am a little bit overwhelmed... [checks the sodium content of the jar] Ahhhh this is soo bad for me! I can't smell or taste anything different than this tangy - salty pickleness.

- 75% done: If I keep doing this I might be smelling like pickles for a week! I need to stop [but I have never left a pickle uneaten]

- Finished: Yay these are so delicious, Maybe I'll just bite a tiny bit of another one. I can't have enough!
In a pickle

So yes, these are similar sensations and thoughts I had when reading this book. It had familiar ingredients: vampires, magic, a kind of a weird love triangle of main characters: a girl who is a magic welder, a bad boy and a vampire. The setting was eerie and foggy. Halfway through I felt a bit bored, but I really wanted to finish it (like my pickles).

Four days ago I finished it and it was not what I expected. Not at all... It is a fresh new story among the many YA Paranormal ones I've been reading. It is a quick one to read, but left me with a tangy taste... I'm 'in a pickle' with this one... I don't know if I really truly, seriously, enjoyed it... (not like my pickles).

On a side note, the cover kept reminding me of Carrie Ryan's "The Death Tossed Waves"... and in some instances I kept watching out for zombies ;)
Forest of Hands and Teeth #2

Monday, April 9, 2012

Review: Obsidian


Obsidian
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Once upon a time there was this tv show called Roswell whose main characters were so amazing. But this show moved on and then there was Twilight... I know, you've read this in other reviews: Obsidian is a combination of Roswell + Twilight (the fun parts of the latter). However, this book makes Bella look childish, hollow and weak. And brings the best of Liz Parker :)

I was so relieved to read that Katy was not a gullible 'bystander' (as she describes her feelings sometimes) she does stand up for herself, she is strong and flawed (of course, she is human after all).

Yes! This book made me happy. Made me giddy and left a nice big smile on my face. I appreciate when female main characters are not following a well known road of mad love, the kind that makes them forget they are equal to their main love interests, who are as smart, deep, empowered and important as everyone else.
Double- Yes! I loved how this book ended. I now can't wait to read the next one :D

I think Katy would have brought a cool nerdy twist to this imaginary encounter An Imagined Girls Night out between: Hermione, Katniss, Buffy and Bella




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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Incognito

Oh Google, you keep making me laugh.... So I opened an Incognito browsing window. Yes, I like my privacy when checking my e-mail...thank you very much. And this is what I read:

You've gone Incognito. Pages that you view in this window won't appear in your browser history or search history and they won't leave other traces, like cookies, on your computer after you close all open Incognito windows. Any files that you download or bookmarks that you create will be preserved, however.

Going Incognito doesn't affect the behaviour of other people, servers or software.
Be wary of:
-Websites that collect or share information about you
-Internet service providers or employers that track the pages you visit
-Malicious software that tracks your keystrokes in exchange for free smileys
-Surveillance by secret agents
-People standing behind you


The 4 clause made me paranoid, but the 5 one just cracked me up!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Review: Fade


Fade
Fade by Lisa McMann

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I think this Series has a perfect mix of rawness of social interactions covered by a paranormal blanket. As the previous book delivered, I really enjoyed this quick third person objective prose. It made me as a reader take on the story more personally. I felt very much involved in the events that occurred, and I can imagine this reading experience different if the prose was first person.

We follow the life of Janie and how she is dealing with new aspects of her life: a relationship, a new job and finishing school. So Cabel and the Captain are very present. and We also learn more about Janie's Dream Catcher abilities. They are doing an investigation concerning a possible sexual aggressor at their High School and they go undercover.

It kept me glued, reading and wanting to know more. This is quite impressive (for me) considering I'm also currently reading Melina Marchetta's "Froi of the Exiles" and I am a die-hard fan of her books and specially of her Lumatere Chronicles.
I recommend this series for a quick creative paranormal read. It will entertain you. It has mysteries, romance and everyday life situations.



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