Monday, May 28, 2012

From 28 to 39

Soon everyone in Toronto will experience first hand how does it feel to be reaching 39. We're going to gain lots of wisdom in a matter of hours. It's like time-traveling in a small scale!! And It all starts with the weather...

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Review: Dead to You


Dead to You
Dead to You by Lisa McMann

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Ethan's story is too sad. I can only imagine the real-life story that inspired this book and it breaks my heart a little. I am a fan of Lisa McMann's prose and her storytelling. But this book is just too depressing. The ending made it worst. I need a quick book/detox.



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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Review: Shadows on the Moon


Shadows on the Moon
Shadows on the Moon by Zoƫ Marriott

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



A bit slow but it had a good story to tell. I decided to read it, because I saw that it was based loosely on Cinderella. And I had recently read Cinder, which I loved, but this one was quite the opposite. The cultural viewpoints and behaviours taken from Asian tales were interesting, but not very engaging. I felt a bit bored at some point in the way the story was told. I did enjoy the ways our main character transformed and took a different name in each one of these transformations, as well as her loss and grieve shaped her choices building up to its ending.

For me, this was an okay book... Well crafted in it's setting and descriptions, but I didn't felt very much attuned or interested enough on what was happening to Suzume.



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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Review: Numbers


Numbers
Numbers by Rachel Ward

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



Sad and strange. This is all I can think about after finishing this book. The paranormal theme of seeing the date people will die felt more like an excuse to tell a story of a broken teenager, a middle-low class setting and some cultural clashes... yes, The Clash's London Calling was in my mind the whole time I was reading this, and I know I am being very stereotypical.

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What I liked about this story was the setting. It was fresh to read something so foreign yet so well described. I could almost feel and see England's landscape and that was great.

The story.... meh. I don't think I will be that interested in reading the sequels, maybe not right now.



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Monday, May 14, 2012

Review: The Book of Blood and Shadow


The Book of Blood and Shadow
The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



'Words do not belong to those who speak them'

400 year old letters, an unsolved cryptic manuscript, Latin, Prague, Francis Bacon, Johannes Kepler, philosophical dilemmas, the tale of the Golem, history, alchemy, God and the messy debate between science and nature. All these neatly packed up within 432 pages of pure intrigue, romance, friendship, poetry, loss, adventure and mystery.
What a ride! I had no clue what I was getting into when I first opened this book. I found myself going back to my first year of undergrad lessons of the history of science and the way people became obsessed with finding answers to God, life, science and nature during the transition between the reinasance and the age of enlightment. I looooovvveeedd this book. It has so much depth. It cleverly brings all these debates into play and makes our characters speak through modern views how this is still valid.

Don't get discouraged by the cover, the picture in the front does not make the best selling point of this book. However, the inside has beautiful figures full of symbols around circles on each one of the IV parts of this book. Great excerpts from classics, and delicate silhouettes in the flipjacket of what I think could be parts of an old skyline of Prague with a medival character and all.

This story reveals itself bit by bit. We start at the middle, as it is overtly described in page # 1. It reveals something new every time making it a wonderful historical mystery to solve, though our characters keep being warned and forewarned: 'Some things are not ours to know'.



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Friday, May 11, 2012

Review: Graceling


Graceling
Graceling by Kristin Cashore

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Beautiful! Well written and simply fantastic. What a wonderful story. This book tells us about Katsa, a woman who can kill with her hands and strength like no other. Her unique qualities are called Graces, and she lives in a land which is divided in seven kingdoms. She is the child killer of her uncle, king Randa. And she is also a member of the Council, a group intended to defend and protect people around the kingdoms. She faces a new event on her life that brings her to a different journey with people she didn't expect and hard choices to make.

I like how strength is embraced by Katsa, not only by her actions, but in her view of life and relationships. Her intensity and intelligence make her one good female character to lead.

This book was wonderful! It reminded me a bit on the imaginary places described in Melina Marchetta's Finnikin of the Rock, a book I ADORE, which makes "Graceling" part o my beloved fantasy worlds.



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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Howard Carter by Google



And this is why I love Google:  Archaeologist of the world rejoice!!!!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Review: City of Ghosts


City of Ghosts
City of Ghosts by Stacia Kane

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



This book's ghosts have scared the hell out of me. I had a nightmare with them! This is how well described and carefully constructed this book is. The most scary images from all this series -so far- are written in this book. A slaughterhouse, underground ghosts and dark foul hexes.

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Chess, the kick-ass drug addict churchwitch faces a new case. One that is bad enough to have her magically binded not to discuss with anyone. Which of course lands her in a lot of trouble. She is forced to work with a member of the Black Squad on this case and her frustrations escalate. Alongside, the mess of things she made with Terribe and Lex bring new ingredient for a very explosive recipe.

I really really enjoy this series :D as dark and messed up as it is, it delivers beautifully my fix of urban fantasy and horror (and a bit of romance, of course).



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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Review: Killbox


Killbox
Killbox by Ann Aguirre

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Space is beautiful!!! Well... Only if there are no Moguls and an imminent threat of annihilation from their increasing attacks to Conglomerate posts... So yeah, the universe is at the brink of war and Jax is trying to make the best out of it. Training and learning new war tactics and facing the challenges imposed in her new role as the Lieutenant Captain of the newly established Armada - which holds March as its Commander. This books delivers as much adventure, explosions, fights and intrigue as its previous. Battles occur and new losses hit close to home for our lovely Sirantha Jax.

I grinned with the cliffhanger at the end *rubs sweaty palms* and thought: way to go Jax!!!

I Love this series! I can't say this enough. Ann Aguirre has made my interest in sci-fi and adventure take a whole new level. I love the world she created and I find myself intrigued in how slowly but steadily the author delivers such smart and heartbreaking plots. These characters are alive in my imagination and I am grateful to have found them.



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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Review: Unholy Ghosts


Unholy Ghosts
Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I enjoy dark, fast-paced, urban fantasy stories, and this one has all the ingredients I like:
1) a very powerful independent witch, who happens to be an unforgiving heroine, full of flaws, a junkie and with great tattoos! 2) a world full of chaos: where ghosts and magic coexist 3) fun musical references from bands I like, such as Misfits 4) mysterious antagonists who create a mess of things 5) dark -and hard to not root for- male counterparts.

Cesaria... I love her name, too bad her nickname is Chess, but okay, It has a nice sound as well. She has serious issues, she is a witch who works for the Church, the institution that took over controlling 'peace' after ghosts decided to take over. She has this addiction problem that makes her in debt with a drug-pimp lord. She must work for him in order to pay her debt on a dangerous job, where she is the only one capable of finding a solution.

We read this story through her POV, and oh my... what a ride. She really needs to find some soul solace soon. I found that her life is headed towards a straight one way train collision, and this is only the beginning. It's what I liked about this book. You can't expect her life to turn around and make amends very quickly. No, this book shows you that because her life is so messed up, many many things need to happen in order to have her think and act differently. I know it's fantasy, but the way Chess is developed makes her very human, battling with all this stuff that makes us unique.

So, it begins a new series of books to read... can't wait to find the second one, 'Unholy Magic'.

On a side note, why is my public library only carrying this first book!!!! I hate when they do this :(




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