What If? REVIEW

21413662What If? by Randall Munroe

Published September 2nd 2014

Genre: Science

Pages: 303

Source: Bought it

Randall Munroe left NASA in 2005 to start up his hugely popular site XKCD ‘a web comic of romance, sarcasm, math and language’ which offers a witty take on the world of science and geeks. It now has 600,000 to a million page hits daily. Every now and then, Munroe would get emails asking him to arbitrate a science debate. ‘My friend and I were arguing about what would happen if a bullet got struck by lightning, and we agreed that you should resolve it . . . ‘ He liked these questions so much that he started up What If.
If your cells suddenly lost the power to divide, how long would you survive?
How dangerous is it, really, to be in a swimming pool in a thunderstorm?
If we hooked turbines to people exercising in gyms, how much power could we produce?
What if everyone only had one soulmate?
When (if ever) did the sun go down on the British empire?
How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live?
What would happen if the moon went away?
In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, studded with memorable cartoons and infographics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion. Far more than a book for geeks, WHAT IF: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions explains the laws of science in operation in a way that every intelligent reader will enjoy and feel much the smarter for having read.

In this book, Randall Munroe gives serious scientific answers to several absurd questions sent to him.

I really liked this book, it had intriguing questions with interesting answers. I loved the drawings throughout it and they helped me visualize what the author was discussing.

I recommend this book for everyone that likes scientific explanations to extreme scenarios.

Rating: 4 stars

A Stolen Crown (Stolen Royals #2) REVIEW

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A Stolen Crown by Kelsey Keating

Published January 17th 2017

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 307

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

A stolen crown. An unbreakable friendship. One big mess in the making.
When Princess Cecily Degalt travels south to wed a prince she’s never met, she’s ushered into a strange new world alongside her best friend and bodyguard, Rory Castille. With an MIA fiancé, his handsome twin brother, and a kidnapping gone wrong, life in Myrzel isn’t quite what Cecily expected.
Rory will do anything to keep Cecily from harm–but when Rory’s darkest secret comes between her and Cecily, the greatest danger to the princess might be Rory herself.
Torn apart for the first time, each girl will have to think like the other as she faces not only the darkness of Fangralee Forest, but a dangerous enemy closer to home.

This book is about Princess Cecily that travels to Myrzel to marry the prince, Rakesh. She takes her loyal friend and guard, Rory, Gene and her ladies Muriel, Doreen, and Gayla. In Myrzel, they make new friends and Cecily has to make a tough decision like never before, in order to become a Queen.

A Stolen Crown is a sequel to A Stolen Kiss, the first book of the Stolen Royals series. I read the first book last year but I don’t remember much of the details of the plot, just the overall story. Nonetheless, I was able to enjoy this book.

Still, if you haven’t read the first book, don’t read this one. Even though they have different stories and focus on different characters, it has some spoilers for the first book.

With all that said, let’s dive into the actual review of A Stolen Crown.

First, the characters. Cecily was an okay main character. She wasn’t like the rest of the defenseless ladies and I liked her for that. She could protect herself. Rory, her best friend, was intriguing, she had a big secret and a rich back story that made me love her. I adored her relationship with Gene, another of Cecily’s guards. From the characters of Myrzel, Tom was the one that stood out for me. He’s the youngest brother of the prince and I felt bad for the things he went through. From the twin brothers, I preferred Rakesh, Ephraim was just a fool.

Now, the plot. The books of this series have a rather simple plot. They remind me of fairy tales, there’s a princess looking for a prince but they’re different from the fairy tales we all know and love. The plot and lightness of the writing style kept me reading until the end. The twists weren’t mind-blowing but it was nice to have some suspense mixed in with the plot.

It is a heart warming story and I’m glad I picked it up. I don’t know when the next book is coming out but I’ll make sure I’ll have it as soon as it is available.

So, if you like fairy tales, I recommend trying the first book of this series, A Stolen Kiss.

Rating: 4 stars

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The Hitchcock Murders REVIEW

24733013The Hitchcock Murders by Gavin Collinson

Published January 27th 2015

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Pages: 496

Source: Birthday gift

A killer is targeting women in London every Tuesday. It seems that the murderer is obsessed with Alfred Hitchcock, and his crimes are gruesomely themed around the great director’s films. Josa Jilani, a young and brilliant Muslim DCI is put on the case by her seniors, some of whom feel she has been unfairly fast-tracked and want to see her out of her depth. With the help of a couple of maverick detectives, Josa sets out to prove her worth and stop the Hitchcock Murderer in his tracks before more lives are lost …

This book is about a series of murders following some of Alfred Hitchcock’s movies.

I have seen some episodes of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” but never one of his movies. Still, I enjoyed watching his show and the premise of the book seemed interesting so I decided to pick it up.

The characters in this book were amazing. They had depth and rich back-stories that I loved.

Josa was the main character. I loved her. My only problem was that, in the beginning, the reader was able to see a lot of her personality in her interactions with Blake but somewhere in the middle of the story it seemed that she lost her spark. It might have been because of all the murders but, if that was the case, there should be some reference from the other characters. Still, I think she was a great character and I loved to follow her story.

Even though I loved Josa, Daniel Blake was my favorite character. I adore characters like him. He emanates a Sherlock Holmes/ Hercule Poirot vibe that I just can’t resist. He had a thrilling back story and I truly enjoyed reading about it.

The other characters were also incredible. I loved Holly’s relationship with her dad, Blake, the protective nature of Jack Dempsey and Preya Jilani.

Now, the plot. As I said, I didn’t know much about Hitchcock before reading this book but, after finishing it, I can say that the reader doesn’t need to know much about him to enjoy the book. Everything the author considers the reader needs to know is explained. This book made me feel curious about some of Hitchcock’s works, specially Frenzy.

This book has a brilliant story line. The plot is outstanding and there was suspense right until the end. I found myself reluctant to put the book down because I wanted to keep reading. It was fast paced and gory so, if that kind of thing bothers you, don’t read the book.

If you like mystery thrillers or are a fan of Alfred Hitchcock, you should try The Hitchcock Murders.

I see the potential for a sequel, that I’ll be eagerly waiting.

Rating: 5 stars

The End of the Beginning (ReMade S1 Ep15) REVIEW

31926999The End of the Beginning by Kiersten White

Published December 21st 2016

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Pages: 37

Source: Bought it

Things move quickly after Holden initiates the shutdown sequence of Arcadia. Questions swirl as they grab supplies and hurry to stay ahead of the oncoming caretakers whose circuitry seems programmed to kill. With danger closing in, the time has come to run. True, they have a map – though to what they aren’t quite sure.

This episode was the season finale and it focused on Inez.

If you read my other reviews, you know that I don’t like her. In this episode, that didn’t change. She has some valid points but I still can’t get past some of her actions.

Still, it was a great finale. I’m excited for the next season.

ReMade was a series that I didn’t expect to get attached to. I’m glad I gave it a try.

Rating: 4 stars

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The Slow Fade (ReMade S1 Ep14) REVIEW

31926988The Slow Fade by Matthew Cody

Published December 14th 2016

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Source: Bought it

After a long journey with many trials and tribulations, the teens had finally started to think they’d found someplace to call home. Little did they know the city of Arcadia was also someone. When she finally makes contact, it’s with a grim request – and how the group responds will have major consequences.

 

 

This episode focuses on Holden.

The plot was interesting and I loved to get to know more about Holden’s past.

My problem is still Inez. I can’t like her. I don’t like her attitude and the way she acts makes me roll my eyes.

The next episode will be the finale and I’m excited to read it. I really want to know how the season ends.

I’m truly invested and I recommend the series.

Rating: 4 stars

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Memories of Arcadia (ReMade S1 Ep 13) REVIEW

31926962Memories of Arcadia by Andrea Phillips

Published December 7th 2016

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Pages: 32

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

Arcadia knows what it means to be lonely; she’s had no visitors for an awfully long time. So when a group of haggard teens tumble unto her streets, she welcomes then with open arms and plays host the best she can remember. Of course, they have no idea she’s there watching, listening, helping. But she doesn’t mind – after all, hers is half lost anyway.

This episode focuses on Arcadia, the AI behind the city.

It surprised me. I wasn’t expecting such a complex system at play. I don’t want to say much about what happens because I don’t want to spoil anything. What I can say is that, after the way it ended, I have to read the next episode.

I can’t wait to know what is going to happen next.

Rating: 4,5 stars

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Modern History (ReMade S1 Ep12) REVIEW

31926948Modern History by Carrie Harris

Published November 30th 2016

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Pages: 30

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

Cole is what you’d call a “salt of the earth” type. He works hard, loves his girl, and feels best when he’s being useful – which makes being injured particularly frustrating. When the others go off exploring and leave him behind again, he’s finally had enough. With Naveah as his accomplice he sets off to find answers of his own, and ends up learning more than he wanted.

This episode focuses on Cole.

I’ve been wondering about his story for a while and his episode finally came.

I love Cole. He’s the most mature of them. His story is heartbreaking and it made me like him even more.

Each episode, the teenagers discover something new. I really want to see what happens next and what will the teens do with their new information.

Rating: 4,5 stars

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We’re Dead in this Ghost Town (ReMade S1 Ep11) REVIEW

31926920We’re Dead in this Ghost Town by E. C. Myers

Published November 23rd 2016

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Pages: 35

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

In hopes of finding civilization, people, answers, the group journeys to the city whose lights they’ve been able to see from miles away. But group dynamics can be just as hard to navigate as a new city – especially when death and dragons are involved.

 

This episode focuses on Loki.

I liked to know more about the events leading to Loki’s death. On episode 4 (REVIEW), the readers get to know a part of it but we only get the full story on this episode.

It was nice to see Loki and Holden getting to know each other and helping one another.

The plot is getting intriguing now. They’ve reached the city and I can’t wait to know how that’s going to turn out for the group.

I’m enjoying the series and I can’t wait to read the next episode.

Rating: 4 stars

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Mirror of Fate (ReMade S1 Ep10) REVIEW

31926896Mirror of Fate by Gwenda Bond

Published November 16th 2016

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Pages: 29

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

Seyah makes a discovery to the delight of the whole group and gains some time to reflect. With her dreams of Broadway dashed with her untimely death, she can only wonder what the future holds…and if a special someone has already been cast as her co-star.

 

This episode focuses on Seyah.

I don’t like her very much. I don’t know if it is her personality or how she handles Holden but I truly don’t care about her so, for me, this episode wasn’t as good as the other ones.

The plot was fine and there were major decisions made that will change the course of the next episodes but, because I didn’t care about the main character of the episode, I couldn’t like this episode.

Still, I’m enjoying the series so far and I want to continue reading it.

Rating: 2,5 stars

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