Wrap up

October Wrap Up

Another month, another wrap-up. Let’s start!

Books read

22445558I started off the month by reading the Book Club pick of the month, In the Tears of God by Brian Burt. In this book, humanity has created a new species of humans who live in the ocean. Even though this was a Book Club book, I couldn’t finish it. The characters were nothing out of the ordinary and the story was confusing and all over the place. As usual, Thatonenerdygirl and I wrote a Book Club discussion over on her blog so, if you want to know more, check it out here! 34963526

 

After that, I read the eighth volume of Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. As expected, I loved it. This has become one of my favorite graphic novel series and I whole-heartedly recommend it.

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Next, I continued reading the second season of  ReMade. This is another Serial Box series in which a group of teenagers wake up in a futuristic Earth full of murderous robots. I really like this series and I recommend it to any YA fan, even though it’s not my favorite Serial Box series.BulletCatcher_episode01

 

I also started reading The Bullet Catcher by Joaquin Lowe, a new Serial Box series. From this first episodes, I can say that this is a western story about a girl who lost her brother. He wanted to join the Bullet Catchers but never came back for Imma. One day, a Bullet Catcher comes into town and she decides to follow him. It only has a few episodes out but it is quite intriguing! I really want to know where the series goes next.

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After that, I read Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill. This graphic novel is about a little girl who travels to her aunt’s island to help after a terrible storm. Meanwhile, she discovers a lonely, wounded aquicorn. I had never read anything by her but had heard amazing things about her previous novels and, when I had the opportunity to pick this one up, I did, and I’m glad! The story and the characters were heart-warming and, combined with the cute art style, it created a wonderful book, which I recommend.37955613

Next, I read The Forbidden Place by Susanne Jansson. In this book, Nathalia, a Ph.D. student, returns to her hometown to do some research on the wetlands. During her work, she finds a dead body and, has, then, to confront the trauma of her past and the reason why she had left the city all those years ago. I really enjoyed this novel. It has a great mystery, not only the dead body but Nathalie’s past, and it also taught me some things about the superstition of wetlands and the conservation of human bodies. I mention this in my review, which I will try to post soon but, thanks to this book, I discovered some interesting facts that I didn’t know. If you enjoy this type of thing, maybe consider searching the story of Rosalia Lombardo, it’s an intriguing case.

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After that, I finally read The Martian by Andy Weir. Oh boy, what a journey! I loved it so much! It is about an astronaut who is left alone in Mars during a mission. With no prospect of a rescue team and no communication with Earth, he has to discover a way to survive. The main character was witty and funny, it set a wonderful tone for the whole novel. The story also kept me on my toes because of how unpredictable it was. There was always a new problem and the relentless determination of the main character was admirable. I recommend it.

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Next, I read Laerka by Laura Matthias Bendloy. This was another Book Club pick and I also didn’t enjoy it much. It is a lot of things, it is about a girl who leaps out of a human trafficking container, a magical dress, Russian criminals, foolish teenagers and so on. I felt that the novel lacked a connection, it had all of this themes and the story didn’t do them justice. It was confusing and followed too many different directions for a finale that could have happened right in the beginning. The characters didn’t get my attention either and the only way for me to finish this book was by skimming through the last chapters. Thatonenerdygirl and I will post the discussion soon so, if you want to know more, keep an eye out for that.

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Finally, I read Loaging Penguin Hugs by Jacqueline Chen. This was such a cute graphic novel. It is filled with motivational cartoon and I loved it. It is perfect to have around the house and pick up whenever we need a little boost of confidence. I recommend it.

 

Blog posts

This was a pretty busy month for the blog!

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I started it off by posting another review of an episode from the third season of Bookburners. I feel like I mention this in every wrap up so I’ll stop going in too much detail. This is another Serial Box series where a group of people fight the paranormal. If you want to know more, check my other posts.

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Then, I posted my review of The Book of Onions by Jake Thompson. This is another relatable comedy graphic novel but it stands out for its unexpected jokes and unique art style. Check my review for more details!

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After that, I posted my review of Emotions Explained with Buff Dudes by Andrew Tsyaston. I didn’t like this graphic novel as much as The Book of Onions but it was still fun to read.

Next, I posted my review of the first episodes of Bullet Catcher by Joaquin Lowe and In the Tears of God by Brian Burt, which I already mentioned above.35887193

Then, I posted my review of The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy. When baby Midas goes missing, his mother, Winnie is blamed by the police. Her group of mothers then decided to take it to their own hands and start an investigation of their own. I loved this book so much! I got confused in the beginning with all the names but, once I got used to them, I couldn’t put the book down. Everybody has a story and a background and I loved that we got to know the characters so well. I recommend it.

 

After that, I posted my list of the Best Mystery/Thriller & Horror Books I Read in 2018. I loved to write this post and would love it if you checked it out. I tried to put a book for different tasted in Mystery and it was fun! Let me know if you want me to do more lists.

Finally, I posted my October Book Haul.

Books added to my TBR

This month I added even more books to my seemingly endless TBR list.

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The first was The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. This book only comes out in February of 2019 but I’m curious to read it. I’ve heard amazing things about the author and the synopsis sounds interesting. I’ll probably wait for people’s reviews once it comes out and decide if I’ll buy it or not.

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Then, I added Dogs of War by Adrian Tchaikovsky. I have heard of this author and even have one of his books but haven’t read it yet. Still, the premise is intriguing and it seems to be right up my alley.

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Finally, I added Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. I’ve seen this name pop up here and there but only now did I check the author’s books and this was the one that seemed to be the most interesting.

 

 

That’s it, another giant wrap up! Let me know in the comments if you read any of these books or if you have any recommendations.

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The Song of the Jubilee (The Phantom of the Earth) REVIEW

28152271The Song of the Jubilee by Raeden Zen

Published September 23rd 2015

Genre: Science Fiction

Pages: 155

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

A CLINICAL TRIAL UPON THE EARTH’S SURFACE …
TO TEST A TREATMENT AGAINST REASSORTMENT …
WILL ALTER THE COURSE OF TRANSHUMAN HISTORY.

In the Great Commonwealth of Beimeni, a subterranean civilization in North America, expansion long ago gave way to peace and prosperity in the face of the history’s most devastating plague. Immortality is the reward for service and loyalty in Beimeni, a place where the physical blends with the metaphysical and power consolidates in the hands of those with a genetic edge. The fissures first spread slowly, then swiftly, until now the Great Commonwealth finds itself on the brink of economic devastation, challenged by forces from within that know its secrets and its crimes. At the center of the conflict lie the Selendias of Piscator, founders of the resistance with an uncanny connection to the zeropoint field, and the Barão Strike Team, three researchers tasked with finding a cure to the Reassortment Strain, the plague that nearly wiped transhumankind from the Earth. Traveling from the uninhabitable but pristine surface to the habitable but inhospitable underground, this is a story about dedication to dreams, battle for survival, discovery and connection, song and celebration, undoing past misdeeds, and sacrifice for the greater good.

In THE SONG OF THE JUBILEE, Captain Broden Barão, Striker Nero Silvana, and Strategist Verena Iglehart, together with the elite Reassortment research team, release a protohuman on the Island of Reverie, testing a serum designed to thwart the Reassortment Strain. They must find a cure to the plague or suffer the inevitable consequence for failure: demotion or worse, exile to the Lower Level some four thousand meters beneath the Earth’s surface. Meanwhile, in the Great Commonwealth, two thousand five hundred meters deep, the resistance movement known as the Liberation Front suffers a disastrous defeat when its leader, Jeremiah Selendia, is captured by Lady Isabelle Lutetia, Supreme Director of the Department of Communications and Commonwealth Relations. With Jeremiah held by the government, his middle son unexpectedly finds the weight of the war on his shoulders. It falls to Johann to lead the Front, to rescue his father from one of the commonwealth’s most impregnable fortresses, and to keep his younger, underdeveloped brother hidden from the chancellor, who forces foes to undergo clinical trials against the plague upon the surface. Johann’s efforts draw the attention of powerful enemies and start a chain of events that will forever change his family, the Barão Strike Team, and the Great Commonwealth of Beimeni.

In this book, transhumans have been forced to live underground due to Reassortment, a disease that can kill you almost instantly. We follow the POV of several characters such as Broden, a scientist working to end Reassortment and bring transhumanity back to the surface and Johann, whose father, founder of the resistance, has been captured. We, then, follow Johann and his younger brother, Connor, in their search for their father, and Broden, in his surface trials.

This book had some interesting new concepts but, sometimes, I felt that it was executed poorly. Whilst reading the book, I often felt that the plot, in general, was nothing out of the ordinary and, when I finished it, I still felt the same way. There was suspense but the outcome was easily predicted. Still, I was able to enjoy the book. The characters were well executed and all the new concepts and worldbuilding kept me intrigued.

I will keep reading the series, which seems promising, but will only give 3 stars to this first book. The ending opened an interesting path for the sequel, that I will read eventually.

Rating: 3 stars

UPDATE:

I started reading the second book of the series but lost interest. I expected it to get better but it was almost the same, if not worse. I will not read more of this series.

Beyond the Book

Beyond the Book: Christopher Paolini

It’s Christopher Paolini’s time! On the last post I talked about Gillian Flynn but, this time, we’re jumping into fantasy. Hope you enjoy! Don’t forget to leave suggestions in the comments below.

Resultado de imagem para christopher paoliniAs you might know, Christopher Paolini made his first appearance in the literary world in 2001 when he self-published Eragon with the help of his family. In 2003, the book was picked up by a publisher and re-released, becoming a New York Times bestseller. The book has currently 1,235,859 ratings on Goodreads and an average rating of 3.87. It won numerous awards, including the Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Children’s Literature. In terms of Goodreads lists, the only one worth mentioning is the Best Young Adult Books, where it is 19th place with more than 4,000 votes. Despite its fairly good Goodreads rating, a lot of people seem to hate it, saying it is “tedious” and “filled with clichés”. Other people love it and defend it by saying that “something largely popular” will have people “screaming about (how) terrible, boring, stereotypical it was (Sashia)”. I personally agree 113436with this point in certain circumstances, like I mentioned in my post about Gillian Flynn. In this case, I don’t know if it justifies it all but, following some people on social media and scrolling through the Goodreads page, I have the impression that hating this book is seen as something cool and hip, much like hating the Twilight series was a few years ago. The fact that the movie was so bad also may be affecting their opinion. Still, everyone is entitled to their opinion and I completely respect those who speak their mind. That said, this series changed my life. I read the books when I was much younger and they got me into this type of epic fantasy, filled with battles and dragons. It might not be a masterpiece but, at the time I read it, it felt like it. Maybe if I picked up the books now I would have a completely different opinion 45978but I can’t change the fact that I was completely obsessed when I started the series. I remember eagerly waiting for the last book and how sad I was when it all finally ended.

In 2005, Paolini published Eldest. This book has only 295,240 ratings on Goodreads, which is much lower when compared with Eragon. Nonetheless, it has a higher average rating (3.97). This doesn’t necessarily mean the book was better because the people who absolutely hated Eragon, probably didn’t bother tBrisingr (The Inheritance Cycle, #3)o read the sequel. It also won fewer awards.

In 2008, Brisingr was published. It has 247,850 ratings and an average of 4.04 stars on Goodreads. There’s nothing worth mentioning in terms of awards. This book was supposed to also include Inheritance but, after realizing it would be a massive book, the author split them in two.

In 2011, Paolini published Inheritance, which completed the Inheritance Cycle. This book has 179,579 ratings and an average rating of 4.09 on Goodreads. I remember being in 7664041school where every kid was waiting for this book, some of my friends even read the series several times while waiting. We were all so happy when it came out, even if the ending was not all we had hoped for. Because of these memories, I will always love the series.

Recently, Paolini announced he’ll be releasing a new book called The Fork, The Witch, and the Worm, which will be a collection of stories from the Eragon world. It seems to feature events one year after Inheritance and I couldn’t be more excited.

Something I was completely surprised to discover was that Christopher Paolini won the Guinness World Record for the “youngest author of a bestselling book series”. He’s also working on other projects like, for example, a new science fiction novel. I don’t know much about this, he didn’t even release the title yet, but I’m intrigued.

Christopher Paolini is active on Twitter and Instagram where he shows his progress in the new novel so, if you want the news first hand, maybe consider paying attention to his accounts.

Like I said before, I love this author. He changed my reading habits and I will always cherish his books because of it.

 

Sources:

https://www.paolini.net/biographies/christopher-paolini-full/

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/113436.Eragon?ac=1&from_search=true

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/43.Best_Young_Adult_Books

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45978.Eldest

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7664041-inheritance

https://www.paolini.net/works/science-fiction-project/

https://www.paolini.net/works/book-five-alagaesia/

https://www.paolini.net/works/fork-witch-worm/

 

I  hope you enjoyed this post. Leave your suggestions for future posts in the comments!

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October Book Haul

October Book Haul

The books I bought this month were:

  • Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
  • You by Caroline Kepnes
  • The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
  • Black Mad Wheel by Josh Malerman
  • The Corpse Reader by Antonio Garrido
  • The Swimming Pool by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Halloween Party and Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
  • How to Give up Plastic by Will McCallum

Have you read any of these? Let me know!

 

Best of

Best Mystery/Thriller & Horror Books I Read in 2018

As you might have guessed from the title, today’s post is all about the Mystery/Thrillers and Horror books I read in 2018. I haven’t read as many as I might have wanted but I’m happy with the list I’m about to present you.

Firstly, I’m going to talk about novels.

30259893One of the books I think was one of the best was Ragdoll by Daniel Cole. This is a typical mystery/thriller where the detective, which is also the main character, has to discover who the murderer is. In this book, a corpse is found but it is not a usual cadaver, it is made up of six people and, the head is of a serial killer who almost ruined the detective’s life. It was such a good book. The mystery was completely addictive and I couldn’t put the book down because of it. The characters were pretty developed and intriguing so, if you like this type of books, I highly recommend it.The Perfect Mother

Another one was The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy. This is another Mystery/Thriller but about a missing baby. The police suspect the mother but her friend group decides to take matters into their own hands and do an investigation of their own. It has less horror when compared to Ragdoll but the main characters were more interesting. They’re a group of new mothers, all with newborn babies, working together to help find Midas. This book also focuses a lot more on their personal lives, with a big part of it being their relationships with the fathers of the babies and the rest of the mothers. I also thought the characters had more interesting backgrounds and it was fun to read about badass mothers.

22557272Next on the list is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. It is about an alcoholic woman who watches the inhabitants of a house she passes every day by train. She has built a whole story around the couple but, when she sees the woman with another man, shortly before she goes missing, she starts suspecting it might not be such a perfect story as she imagined it. I loved this novel because, even though it was a mystery thriller with a mystery to solve, it also had a terrifying psychological part to it, which I really enjoyed. So, if you like horror and mystery and haven’t checked out this book, I think you should. It was very popular a few years ago and, now, I can understand why.35967101

After that, I decided to add The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. This is another Mystery/Thriller where the main characters have to find the culprit but it has an unusual twist. Aidan, the main character, has to repeat the day of the murder over and over, inside the bodies of the different people who were at the party where it occurred. An interesting aspect of the book was that you could clearly see Aidan’s personality merging with the personality of his host, which created an intriguing narrative. Again, if you’re into this stuff, I recommend checking it out!

18007564And, finally, The Martian by Andy Weir. I know this may sound kind of weird but let me explain. The whole book focuses on an astronaut who stuck alone in Mars. He has no food and limited water. The only chance for his survival is by waiting four years for the next Mars mission but, with the food he has, he won’t be able to survive that long. Even though the main character is witty, the book still has some horror to it. The fact that he’s stuck on a planet alone and without food makes the novel a thriller in my eyes so, if you’re into science fiction, consider checking this book out!

 

That’s it for novels. I tried to find a book with some differences so that there’s something for everyone! Now, for the graphic novels.6839093

Firstly, the Chew series by John Layman. This series is all about Tony Chu who is a cibopath. That means he can get psychic impressions of everything he eats. Because of his unique talents, he joins the F. D. A. and solves crimes by eating part of the victim. This started off as a pretty usual Mystery/Thriller but then became so much more than that. I became involved with the characters and the story kept me reading every volume I could get my hands on. It is pretty gory so, if you don’t like that, maybe skip this one.

25486101Then, I thought of Harrow County by Cullen Bunn. This is a story about a normal farm girl who discovers she might be related to a terrifying witch who once lives in her village. It is a horror novel but much softer than Chew. It almost feels like a horror story for a younger audience but it is still pretty gory. The story is not as rich but it’s still enjoyable.36580712

After that, I thought of Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom by Terry Blas. In this graphic novel, a murder occurs on a weight loss camp and the teenagers decide to investigate it. Even though it was a mystery, it is not scary, the story is filled with jokes and the art style is appealing, not gory like we see in Chew. I recommend this novel for everyone who wants a sort of cozy mystery in the form of a graphic novel.

18775119Finally, Monster by Naoki Urasawa. This manga is about a neurosurgeon who decides to save the life of a boy against his superior’s orders. He makes that decision after seeing a young boy die while he operated an old rich man. The problem is that this new kid he saves might not be as innocent as everyone thinks he is. This one is not exactly a mystery but more of a psychological thriller where you follow this doctor on a journey to fix what he did in the past. I recommend it. Even if you don’t like mangas, maybe give this one a shot. I didn’t read mangas either and I loved this one.

So, here you have it! The best mystery/thrillers & horror books I read this year.Write in the comments which ones were your favorite.

Hope you enjoyed the post.

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The Ageless Man (Bullet Catcher S1 Ep2) REVIEW

BulletCatcher_episode02The Ageless Man by Joaquin Lowe

Published 25th October 2018

Genre: Western

Source: the publisher (Serial Box) – in exchange for an honest review

Immaculada Amaya Moreno has been alone for a very long time. Parents dead. Brother gone. Probably dead. Her life is so small, “adopted” out to a saloon owner, washing dishes, and living in a tiny room, nothing but her books and her gun for company. But then a stranger bursts into town, sudden and violent as a bullet wound, and Imma feels something like hope. And when he melts back into the desert, she follows, like a shadow washed out by the noontime sun.

In this episode, Imma follows the Bullet Catcher through the desert. She sleeps when he sleeps, she eats when he eats and, still, she doesn’t seem to get any closer to him. She keeps walking until, one night, she falls exhausted and dehydrated. She wakes up with a wounded fox next to her and a knife with a message saying “Drink”. She drinks the fox’s blood and, in the distance, she sees the Bullet Catcher looking at her.

This is only the second episode, and I feel so eager to read the rest of the series!

The plot is promising, and the characters, especially the Bullet Catcher, are intriguing. I’m loving to get to know Imma’s story and her past with her brother.

I recommend checking out the series and, if you’re feeling unsure about it, you can always read the first episode, it’s free on the Serial Box website!

Rating: 4.5 stars

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The Perfect Mother REVIEW

35887193The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

Published May 1st 2018

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Pages: 317

Source: Bought it (May Book Haul)

Vanity Fair calls it one of the most anticipated books of the summer. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Scandal’s Kerry Washington.

An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing.

They call themselves the May Mothers—a collection of new moms who gave birth in the same month. Twice a week, with strollers in tow, they get together in Prospect Park, seeking refuge from the isolation of new motherhood; sharing the fears, joys, and anxieties of their new child-centered lives.

When the group’s members agree to meet for drinks at a hip local bar, they have in mind a casual evening of fun, a brief break from their daily routine. But on this sultry Fourth of July night during the hottest summer in Brooklyn’s history, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is abducted from his crib. Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but the May Mothers insisted that everything would be fine. Now Midas is missing, the police are asking disturbing questions, and Winnie’s very private life has become fodder for a ravenous media.

Though none of the other members in the group are close to the reserved Winnie, three of them will go to increasingly risky lengths to help her find her son. And as the police bungle the investigation and the media begin to scrutinize the mothers in the days that follow, damaging secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are formed and fractured.

When Winnie’s baby, Midas, disappears, her friends take it upon themselves to find him since they don’t believe the police is doing a good job.

The characters of this book were engaging, everybody had a story of their own and it was interesting to follow their lives as well as following their efforts to find Midas.

The only problem I had with the characters was the fact that each woman had a baby and a husband and, in the beginning, I struggled to remember each name.

The plot was fast-paced and it kept me reading for hours.

I recommend it.

Rating: 4.5 stars