The Zero and the One , by Ryan Ruby

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Owen Whiting is a lone wolf at Oxford.

 

Having desperately tried – and failed every time- to make connections to his surrounding environment, he will finally find himself inexplicably drawn to the friendship of Zachary Foedern. Incredibly at ease with his environment and intelligent beyond measure, Zach, who has come for a year from New York, will form a strong friendship with Owen, opening his mind to concepts and ideas that he had never dreamed of. Owen will blindly follow his friend and idol, until Zach will propose his most peculiar and brutal idea of all : a suicide pact. Continue reading “The Zero and the One , by Ryan Ruby”

Stories Within Stories : Hasib & The Queen of Serpents

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Welcome to a Tale of A Thousand and One Nights

This is the tale of Hasib, the son of a wise man, who himself hadn’t inherited the wisdom of his well known father. As Hasib leaves his house to work with other lumberjacks of his village, he stumbles upon pots and pots of honey in a cave – and that’s when all his troubles begin. Continue reading “Stories Within Stories : Hasib & The Queen of Serpents”

Us Against You : The sequel to Beartown you had been waiting for!

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Welcome to Beartown

Beartown is a small, forest town, already stricken by tragedy in its community. The only way out of this place has always been its hockey club. To others it is just a sport. To Beartown, it is salvation. But when tragedy has already almost torn the hockey club apart, and people have started turning against each other, is there really any hope left for this community? Continue reading “Us Against You : The sequel to Beartown you had been waiting for!”

Children’s Book : 101 Awesome Women Who Changed Our World

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Let me tell you a story …

…about 101 women who were (or still are) passionate, energetic, optimistic and resourceful! Fairy tales are undoubtedly wonderful, but sometimes an alternative story can also be very good for children (and, let’s be honest, for adults, too!) 101 Awesome Women Who Changed Our World falls under this category : this is a fun, informative book that you can read with your children. No princesses and castles involved, but a lot of real people that actually changed the world! Continue reading “Children’s Book : 101 Awesome Women Who Changed Our World”

Treachery In Tuscany, by Phyllis Gobbell

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Welcome to Florence

Jordan Mayfair and her uncle find themselves in the heart of Renaissance : Florence. Everything starts out well; this is a trip for relaxation, after all, and a chance for her to see her romantic interest, Paul Broussard, who’s flying to Florence from France just for her.

But things will start  going terribly wrong.

Between a series of robberies around the city and the death of a young girl, Jordan will find herself investigating things the police theorizes are simple accidents. Can the death of a young girl who was full of life really be a suicide? Could it be staged?  And what can Jordan do in order to help uncover the truth?

 

As if all this wasn’t enough, Jordan will have to face cruel facts about Paul Brussard’s daughter, who does not seem to like her at all.  But could she really be more than just spoiled? Could she actually be dangerous?

 

This is a well written, pleasant mystery book. Perfectly easy to read in a day, it easily holds the reader’s attention to the end. The story peaks perfectly, becoming quite unpredictable at points. The region of Tuscany is also very well described, the author drawing a perfectly accurate picture for the reader.

 

All in all very enjoyable, it is specifically ideal for fans of mysteries. Treachery in Tuscany is the third book in the Jordan Mayfair Mystery Series, but it can be read on its own without any plot difficulties for the reader.

 

Take a deep breath… Underwater Breathing, by Cassandra Parkin

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Take a deep breath, we are playing a game

 

Jacob has promised to protect young Ella, even from their own parents. When they argue downstairs, Jacob and Ella practice in Underwater Breathing. There, in the large old mansion’s bathtub, the two of them hold their breath for as long as possible. Under water, no sound of arguing or yelling comes through. This is how the survive. this is how they stay together.

Until one day, Jacob wakes up to find his mother and sister gone.

Years have gone by.  Jacob is trapped at home with an ill father who remembers nothing. When Ella reappears out of the blue, they will both have to face their childhood demons. They might finally realize their childhood was much different than what they remembered. Hidden secrets will resurface from the water, and the puzzle of their lives will be complete – but will they have the courage to face it? Continue reading “Take a deep breath… Underwater Breathing, by Cassandra Parkin”

The Poppy War : The fantasy book you need to read in 2018

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Step into the Poppy War and find yourself in a land of epic fantasy, military, rueful tactics and long forgotten Gods.

The Nikara Empire is a vast place. Consisting of twelve districts and ruled by one Empress, the kingdom is plagued by opium and wars. Thanks to its old heroes, the legendary Trifecta, the land survived the first two Poppy Wars. But now the heroes are gone, and the Empire is clinging on the verge of another war.

War orphan Rin was raised among drug dealing peasants, silently enduring every hardship and torture her foster family had to impose on her. But when a marriage is arranged for her, she claw her way out of it, struggling for a different future. Continue reading “The Poppy War : The fantasy book you need to read in 2018”

Horror and Gothic Mansions : Wildfell, by London Clarke

 

wildfellbibAnne Fleming wants to get as far away from her hometown as possible.

 

After a catastrophic experience with her ex boyfriend, she decides not to testify against him in court. Instead, she boards on a plane without telling anyone, and finds herself in London under a false name.

 

Desperately trying to get away from her own memories, Anne will feel well in the beginning. Having rent a room in a gothic mansion in northern London, she seems very fond of Bain, her striking Irish roommate. Continue reading “Horror and Gothic Mansions : Wildfell, by London Clarke”

Less : The 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winner should be on your reading list!

 

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Arthur Less has hit rock bottom.

His fiftieth birthday approaches menacingly, his last novel has been rejected by his publishers, and, worst of all, his former lover of nine years has just sent him an invitation to his wedding. What can a person do when they feel at their lowest? Why, get away from their problems, of course!

In a desperate attempt to be far , far away from California when Freddy gets married, Arthur decides to accept all symposium and event invitations he has received around the world, thus embarking on a mini Odyssey of his own. Continue reading “Less : The 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winner should be on your reading list!”

Heartbreakingly Beautiful Stories : Someday, Somewhere by Lindsay Champion

There is something painfully beautiful about heartbreaking stories.

 

Whether it is about war, family, friendships or love, it doesn’t really matter. Some stories just tend to break your heart, and you still end up loving them. It’s not strange to see why – if a story has the power to make you break down,  it means there is something essentially important to you in there, or something very, very beautiful.

The last book that made me feel that way was one I read about a month ago. Needless to say, I absolutely loved it. So, let me introduce you to it, and you will probably see what the fuss is about.

When two worlds collide

In the small, impoverished neighborhood of Trenton, Dominique helps her mother make ends meet after school, while dreaming of getting in NYU and becoming a professional dancer. In uptown New York, Ben is a musical prodigy, who aims at being the best violinist in Berkley. It only takes a moment for them to meet. And a moment to change each other’s lives.

Dominique will not have the courage to tell him where she comes from, weaving one lie after the other. At the same time, Ben is turning more and more obsessed with his striving for musical perfection. What Dominique doesn’t know, is that Ben keeps a secret of his own. And his secret is much more serious.

In a time difficult for both of them, will they finally be able to be honest with each other? Which one, if any, will be able to leave their hardships behind and set a course towards their dreams? And, most importantly, what will they have to sacrifice in the meantime?

This is Someday, Somewhere

I could start by saying what an amazing book Someday, Somewhere is, but I feel that it wouldn’t do the book justice. Therefore, I will put it this way: Someday, Somewhere is the best book I have read in 2018. Portraying the everyday hardships of two completely different worlds, Lindsay Champion manages to communicate thoughts and feelings in an absolutely marvelous way.

Portraying characters in an incredibly relatable way, the author manages to help the reader understand the heroes’  backgrounds, their lives, and the reasons the two of them are drawn together. In a magical and effortless way, the reader is immersed in the feelings of a struggling teenager, and the mind of a musical genius.

Love, pain, and everything in between

The story is filled with moments of heartbreak, friendship, pain, and adorable scenes of falling hard in love. The author narrates this so adorably, that it could have been corny, but not the way Lindsay Champion describes it. There is something very special about a story that takes you back to your first awkward feeling of falling in love. It is a delicate and difficult thing to describe. However, the author does not disappoint.

A story filled with melodies

Can there possibly be more things to love in a book? Yes, indeed there can. Someday, Somewhere is filled with music.  Wonderful scenes and carefully picked songs that create a very fitting soundtrack to the story of Dom and Ben. Long after you have read about their adventure, the music will linger in your mind – and that makes it all the more perfect.

I could go on about this story, but sometimes less words do better justice. So, what you actually need to know about reading Someday, Somewhere is this: This book will break you heart, and it will be  absolutely worth it.