The White Cottage Mystery REVIEW

30039016The White Cottage Mystery by Margery Allingham

Published 1927

Genre: Mystery

Pages: 120

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

Eric Crowther collected secrets and used them as weapons. Delighting in nothing more than torturing those around him with what he knew, there is no shortage of suspects when he is found dead in the White Cottage. Chief Inspector Challenor and his son Jerry will have to look deep into everyone’s past–including the victim’s–before they can be sure who has pulled the trigger. The fact that Jerry is in love with one of the suspects, however, might complicate things.

When Eric Crowther is murdered, everyone around him appears guilty. The detectives W. T. and Jerry, father and son, discover Eric’s true nature while interrogating the suspects but, even though everyone had motive and means, they struggle to find the culprit.

The characters of this book were quite interesting, especially Crowther. As we read, we get to see just how twisted he was, which just made the novel more captivating.

The plot of this book reminded me of Agatha Christie’s novels, which was a plus for me. I love Agatha Christie and, now, I’ll probably try to read more of Margery Allingham.

I recommend this book to anyone that likes mystery, especially if you’re into Agatha Christie’s works.

Rating: 4 stars

“If you weren’t in love and therefore insane, I should punch your head, my boy.”

Thatnerdygirl and I did a book club discussion of this book over on her blog. Check it out here!


Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) REVIEW

13455782Shatter Me by Tahere Mafi

Published November 15th 2011

Genre: Dystopian

Pages: 338

Source: Borrowed it

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

This book is about Julliette, a 17-year-old girl who has a lethal touch. Every living being that she touches, dies. When the book starts, she’s been held captive for 264 days and a boy is thrown into her cell. His name is Adam and she remembers him from her distant childhood, even though he doesn’t seem to do so.

The first thing that you’ll notice in this book are the crossed phrases. They usually contain Julliette’s honest thoughts. It was weird in the beginning but as I kept reading the book, I got used to it. It was a different way of showing her true emotions and thoughts but it worked.

Julliette’s power was unusual, which is refreshing in a book like this. Julliette, though, wasn’t as interesting. Even with her lack of personality and with the fact that she half-starved when she was captive, every guy in her life wanted to date her (even her psychologist, Winston, a professional, thought she was attractive and couldn’t look at her when she dressed a latex suit).

Adam was the soldier that was thrown into her cell and, after she finally left it, he was responsible for her. His only characteristic was that he was completely devoted to Julliette and threatened everyone that wanted to harm her or that found her attractive.

Even with mediocre characters, the story kept me reading. It wasn’t that mind-blowing but it kept me going and it intrigued me enough to finish the book. The writing was odd and off-putting sometimes but I got used to it and, by the end, it didn’t bother me anymore.

So, if you’re into Young Adult dystopian book and, for some reason, haven’t picked up Shatter Me, maybe you should check it out. It wasn’t the best book in the world but it was still enjoyable.

Rating: 3 stars

The Ghost of Gaudi REVIEW

36192992The Ghost of Gaudi by El Torres and Jesus Alonso Iglesias

Published October 17th 2017

Genre: Mystery, graphic novel

Pages: 120

Sources: Netgalley

Someone is committing barbarous murders throughout Barcelona, focusing on locations designed by renowned visionary architect Antoni Gaudi. The police have no clues, but a young woman is thrust into the investigation by a man resembling the late Gaudi himself, led to the scenes of the crimes before they even occur… could be a precognizant ghost? A visual tour through the beautiful streets of Barcelona on a true edge-of-your-seat thriller written by El Torres and illustrated by Jesus Alonso, both natives of the city. Winner of several awards in Spain.

This graphic novel is about a series of murders distributed through Gaudi’s designed building. It features several of the most emblematic monuments of Barcelona ending, of course, in the Sagrada Família.

The artwork was brilliant. The illustrations perfectly represented the buildings and their colors.

The plot was interesting but I feel like some parts could have been better. Still, I enjoyed it.

I recommend this graphic novel to everyone that is interested in Gaudi’s buildings, but mostly to horror fans because the images of the murders are very detailed and graphic.

Rating: 4 stars

February Wrap-Up

Another month passed, which means another wrap-up!

Check out my January Wrap-Up here.

Let’s start!

Books read

February was a slow month for me. I had a lot of work to do (still do) so I just managed to read a few times here and there.


This month I read more Bookburners episodes. I’m really enjoying the third season, more that I expected to. We are getting to know a lot about Menchú’s past, which is exciting.




Then, I read The Delirium of Hope by Rick Remen23200006der, Greg Tocchini and Dave McCaig. This is the first volume of Low, a Science Fiction graphic novel series. In this book, mankind has been forced to live on the bottom of the ocean. I really liked this graphic novel! The story was captivating and fast-paced. The characters were unexpected because they were so different from what I’m used to. I’ve seen a lot of bad reviews of this book on Goodreads but, luckily, I wasn’t one of them. I can understand some of their points but I still really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone that likes Science Fiction.


After that, I read Black Seed by Kenneth Marshall. This book was the Book Club pick of the month (discussion). I wasn’t able to finish the book but I feel like I can review it and talk about it since it was so similar to the first book of the series, White Seed (review). The only thing that changed was the main character but it still felt like I was reading the first book all over again. I honestly expected to see improvement in this book but ended up disappointed. Needless to say, I won’t continue reading the series.


Next, I read Flambé by John Layman. This is the fourth volume of Chew, a series about Tony Chu, a cibopathic FDA agent. He knows the story of everything he bites, which makes him a great detective for the FDA. This volume focused on the flaming letters that  suddenly appeared in the sky in the end of the last volume. I love this series and recommend it to anyone that likes mystery.



Then, I read Body of Lies by Iris Johansen. This is the fourth book of the Eve Duncan series that I’ve come to love. I started the series last year and have been enjoying every book since then. It is about Eve Duncan, a woman who reconstructs faces from skulls. Her daughter was murdered when she was a child and that trauma has shaped Eve’s life ever since. This is na action packed series that I never thought I would enjoy this much. I really want to read the next book, Dead Aim and will probably get around to doing it soon.18775119



Finally, I read Monster by Naoki Urasawa. This manga is about Dr. Tenma, a brilliant neurosurgeon that saves the life of a young boy against the orders of his superiors. I can’t say more without spoiling it but this is a gripping thriller that I would recommend to anyone that likes horror. I loved  this story and its characters, and I really want to continue reading it.


Blog Posts


Firstly, I posted the review of Creatures of the Night by Neil Gaiman, Michael Zulli and Todd Klein (review). This is a fantasy graphic novel divided into two stories, one about cats and the other about owls. I liked both stories but found them too short. I read it because I borrowed it but I don’t know if I would even read it if I had to buy it since it has only 48 pages. Still, if you’re a fan of Neil Gaiman, you can try this book, it ended up being enjoyable.


Then, I posted something different. I discovered Humble Bundle also sold books so I wrote a post titled “Today I discovered: Humble Bundle” where I discussed the website (link to the post). It was a fun post to write and, if you want Humble Bundle updates, let me know in the comments.

After that, I posted my disappointed review of Black Seed (review). I already mentioned the book above so I’m not going to talk about it here, just know that I didn’t like it at all.


Then, I posted the review of The Shining by Stephen King (review). I read this book some time ago and enjoyed it but, because of all the hype, I think I didn’t enjoy it as much as I could have. I had really high expectations and I feel like that usually doesn’t end well for me. Still, I recommend this book.




After that, I posted my review of Into the Wastelands by M. K. Reed and Brian Smith (review). This is the second volume of The Castoffs, which is a series about mages fighting against robots. The art of these graphic novels is gorgeous but I keep forgetting its story. The characters are likable and I want to know what happens to them, it’s just that when I started reading this volume, I had already forgotten the story of the first.



Then, I posted my review of The Adventures of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie (review). She has become one of my favorite authors and this book didn’t disappoint. It was an anthology with five Hercule Poirot stories and one Miss Marple story. I liked all of them, ones more than others. I recommend this book to anyone that likes mystery and, specially, to anyone that enjoys Agatha Christie’s books.



Finally, I posted my February Book Haul.

Books added to my TBR

In this section, I usually put the books I added to my “Want to read” list on Goodreads, not the books I bought or the books I already have on my shelf or my Kindle.


The first book I added to my TBR was Gnomon by Nick Harkaway. From what I can tell, this book is a dystopian mystery with lots of characters and stories woven together. It sounds complex and crazy, which was enough for me to add it to my TBR. Besides, it has a pretty good rating on Goodreads.




Then, I added The Prefect by Alastair Reynolds. This seems to be another Science Fiction mystery that, honestly, sounds pretty good. At the time I’m writing this, it has a 4,15 rating on Goodreads, which is very good! I hope I get to read this book someday.



Next, I added Freedom’s Landing by Anne McCaffrey. I read some of her books when I was younger and really enjoyed them but never actually read more from her. In this book, humans have been enslaved by aliens. Now, the aliens found a new planet and decide to drop hundreds of slaves to discover if it is inhabitable or not. This book sounds really good and, since I’ve enjoyed some of her books in the past, I’ll probably enjoy this one too, if I ever get to read it.


Finally, I added The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston. This is a Historical Fiction/Fantasy book that I’ve already seen around YouTube and other blogs. I never actually paid attention to it but, this month, I finally opened it on Goodreads and read the synopsis. From what I can tell, this is about na immortal witch that starts teaching a teenager about magic. It could be fun.



And, with that, I finish my February Wrap-Up. Let me know in the comments if you read any of these books and which books you read in February!


February Book Haul

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The books I got this month were:

  • Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
  • Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
  • Before the Dawn Burns Us (Low Volume 2) by Rick Remender

Let me know in the comments if you read any of these books!

The Adventures of the Christmas Pudding REVIEW

31134108The Adventures of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie

Published October 24th 1960

Genre: Mystery, short stories

Pages: 304

Source: Gift

Agatha Christie’s seasonal Poirot and Marple short story collection, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. First came a sinister warning to Poirot not to eat any plum pudding…then the discovery of a corpse in a chest…next, an overheard quarrel that led to murder…the strange case of the dead man who altered his eating habits…and the puzzle of the victim who dreamt his own suicide. What links these five baffling cases? The little grey cells of Monsieur Hercule Poirot!

1. The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding – 5 stars

This story revolves around a lost ruby. An Eastern prince offers it to a woman he’s trying to impress. Upon seeing such valuable jewelery, she runs away. It is Poirot’s job to find the missing ruby.
I loved this story. Poirot is such a unique character. The mystery was captivating and kept me reading. I recommend it.

2. The Mystery of the Spanish Chest – 4,5 stars

In this story, a dead body appears in a Spanish Chest and Poirot has to discover who’s responsible .
I loved the characters and the mystery surrounding them. I recommend it.

3. The Under Dog – 4 stars

In this story, a man is murdered in his home and Poirot is called by the widow to discover who did it. Charles, her son, has been accused and arrested but she doesn’t believe he did it, nor does Poirot.
I’m giving this story a lower rating compared to the previous ones because, in the beginning, it was hard to distinguish the characters. I was lost with all the names. Halfway through I already knew the characters and was able to actually enjoy the story. I experienced this but it doesn’t mean you will. Nevertheless, even with my initial confusion, I enjoyed the story.

4. Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds – 3,5 stars

I didn’t like this story as much as the other ones. It was only 25 pages so maybe that’s the reason why I didn’t enjoy it as much. The case wasn’t as interesting but I still recommend it.

5. The Dream – 4,5 stars

This story was brilliant. I loved it. The plot was intriguing and so were the characters. I recommend it.

6. The Greenshaw’s Folly – 4,5 stars

This is the only Miss Marple story in the book. It is about an old lady that lives in Greenshaw’s Folly and is murdered shortly after writing her will. I didn’t care much for the beginning of the story but, as it progressed, I started enjoying it.
I love Miss Marple and I can’t wait to read more of Agatha Christie.


So, there were six stories in this book. My favorite was probably the first one, The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding. I recommend this book to anyone that likes mystery and, specially, Agatha Christie fans that haven’t read it. Her short stories are brilliant and I can’t wait to read more.

Overall rating: 4,5 stars

“A weak man in a corner is more dangerous than a strong man.”

Into the Wastelands (The Castoffs Volume 2) REVIEW

36199857Into the Wastelands by M. K. Reed and Brian Smith

Published October 24th 2017

Genre: Graphic novel, fantasy

Pages: 144

Source: Netgalley

Charris, Trinh, and Ursa have managed to work together long enough to defeat the evil Priestess and her hive-mind robot army, the Surrogate. They journey back to the village of Clifton to reunite with their guild, but once there, they discover that the Priestess may not be defeated after all, and a much larger threat may be looming. A secret from Ursa’s past threatens to break the fragile trust between the three mages, but they must overcome their differences and work together if they stand a chance of surviving the coming darkness.

Into the Wastelands is the sequel of Mage Against the Machine, which I already reviewed (here).

This graphic novel continues the story of Charris, Ursa and Trinh, three mages with different abilities. When Leda, the guild leader, discovers that the Surrogate, supposedly defeated, has disappeared, she sends the three mages on a new mission.

I have to say that the art was beautiful. The landscapes were gorgeous and the colors were vibrant.

There were introduced interesting new characters that made the graphic novel better.

The story was captivating and had great villans but it was hard to get through the book in the beginning. I was getting bored by the story but, luckily, it got better. By the end, I was really enjoying the graphic novel.

Rating: 3,5 stars

The Castoffs Volume 1 : Mage Against the Machine REVIEW