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Aug 24, 2015

What's new? The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett



 
I've been a little lost these last months, but I've been checking goodreads and I found this book a few days ago and I'm DYING to read it!!
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Expected publication: November 3rd 2015 by Feiwel & Friends  


 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17285330-the-last-time-we-say-goodbye 

Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she's spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Leonardo da Vinci’s footsteps, she's ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix’s own family’s closet tear them apart?

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Aug 22, 2015

Book Review: Winger by Andrew Smith



Winger (Winger #1)
by Andrew Smith
Summary:
Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids in the Pacific Northwest. He’s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he’s madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy.
With the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics, Ryan Dean manages to survive life’s complications and even find some happiness along the way. But when the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out how to hold on to what’s important, even when it feels like everything has fallen apart.
Filled with hand-drawn info-graphics and illustrations and told in a pitch-perfect voice, this realistic depiction of a teen’s experience strikes an exceptional balance of hilarious and heartbreaking.


*****
Marden's Review 



Have you ever felt satisfied and dissatisfied at the same time? Relived but also in pain? Happy but also sad? (I'm sounding more like one of those annoying commercials that sell stupid products) Well, being honest, I hate feeling like that, and Winger by Andrew Smith just made me feel like that... This is the third time I read a book by Andrew Smith (who I miss and admire for being a great person, teacher, and writer), and frankly, I was not expecting such emotional ride with Winger (maybe because The Marbury Lens was a totally different kind of book, and my head was not prepared for this). And I call it a ride because it really is a roller coaster of emotions.

The story is not new at all. We have seen the picture of a scrawny kid trying to get his first girlfriend many times in books, movies, and even in music, but is Smith's humor and tenderness that makes Winger so refreshing. I never felt like reading a cliche story, or expecting the obvious. Everything I read of Winger felt unique, charming, and natural. Plus, there are some funny comic strips throughout the story (like Diary of a Wimpy Kid for teens). And there is also a variety of really good themes--from puberty to high school romance, and more.

The book is also emotionally distinct, at least it was for me. Put it this way (and this reflection can be very personal): when you read a book about two lovers who are ill and about to die, you grieve because of discovering the suffering of the characters, but not because you are actually feeling their pain (unless, like them, you are also dying). Winger presents more average characters, with flaws and issues we are used to see; thus, it is easy for me to relate in a more personal way, not that I'm a high school Rugby player, but I'm also a skinny guy who falls in love once in a while, and who tries to be a better friend every day. So certain emotions were more vivid in me when I read the book. Again, this may vary depending on the mood or the things you are going through, but I truly cannot find any other explanation of why this book feels so emotionally different.

I won't give spoilers, but I have to say that the ride becomes dark when you are not expecting; however, darkness comes with a good and fulfilling message about true friendship.
Winger is a special coming-of-age that never drops its pace, humor, and kindness.


"I found out something about words. There are plenty of words I can put on paper, words I can see with my eyes and scribble with my hand, that I never had the guts to say with my mouth."

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Aug 14, 2015

Some Books Ago: The Glimpse by Claire Merle


Every Tuesday I post about the new books I discover. So, I wanted to give a shout out to all those books published some years ago, that maybe some readers may have forgotten.


The Glimpse was published on June 7th 2012 by Faber & Faber


 


Summary:
In a near future, society is segregated according to whether people are genetically disposed to mental illness. 17-year-old Ana has been living the privileged life of a Pure due to an error in her DNA test. When the authorities find out, she faces banishment from her safe Community, a fate only thwarted by the fact that she has already been promised to Pure-boy Jasper Taurell.

Jasper is from a rich and influential family and despite Ana’s condition, wants to be with her. The authorities grant Ana a tentative reprieve. If she is joined to Jasper before her 18th birthday, she may stay in the Community until her illness manifests. But if Jasper changes his mind, she will be cast out among the Crazies. As Ana’s joining ceremony and her birthday loom closer, she dares to hope she will be saved from the horror of the City and live a ‘normal’ life. But then Jasper disappears.

Led to believe Jasper has been taken by a strange sect the authorities will not intefere with, Ana sneaks out of her well-guarded Community to find him herself. Her search takes her through the underbelly of society, and as she delves deeper into the mystery of Jasper’s abduction she uncovers some devastating truths that destroy everything she has grown up to believe.


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Aug 13, 2015

Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir




The Martian  
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—& a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?



*****
Marden's Review.


Before I knew about The Martian by Andy Weir there was only one book that I described as "a masterpiece," but now that I finished reading The Martian there are two books that I call masterpieces. The Martian is one of them.

This book is amazingly complex in terms of Science. Weir describes in great detail every event that comprises scientific processes. From chemistry to geology, this book includes a bit of everything for those into any scientific field. As someone said, it is a "love letter to science." The most surprising thing is that even though you keep reading scientific words throughout the novel Weir skillfully entertain with unpredicted humor. That was shocking to me, because it's not an easy task if you think about it. The author first engages you to a branch of science--in a serious fashion--and then he suddenly throws at you jokes about a TV show from the 70s, and it totally works. You learn, you laugh. It's incredible.
(Did I mention that his scientific descriptions are relatively accurate? Not that I'm a know-it-all but there is proof if you do research).

The novel spends a lot with the protagonist (who is on Mars), but it also bifurcates the plot to what is happening on Earth and what is happening in an unspecified region in the Universe. That changing of settings comes with great supporting characters, each of them with their very own personality and temper. Their roles are to complement what Weir is trying to build: a survival guide for if you find yourself stuck on Mars. It turns out that this survival guide also features good amount of drama, great thriller, special charisma, and an inspiring reflection to conclude the story. The result is an unforgettable sic-fi novel.

Andy Weir has proved with The Martian that science is not boring at all. I'm so impressed by this author.
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Jul 24, 2015

Some Books Ago: Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor


If you noticed, every Tuesday I post about the new books I discover. So, I wanted to give a shout out to all those books published some years ago, that maybe some readers may have forgotten.


Three tales of supernatural love, each pivoting on a kiss that is no mere kiss, but an action with profound consequences for the kissers' souls:
It was published on October 1st 2009 by Arthur A. Levine Books


 


Summary:

Goblin Fruit
In Victorian times, goblin men had only to offer young girls sumptuous fruits to tempt them to sell their souls. But what does it take to tempt today's savvy girls?

Spicy Little Curses
A demon and the ambassador to Hell tussle over the soul of a beautiful English girl in India. Matters become complicated when she falls in love and decides to test her curse.

Hatchling
Six days before Esme's fourteenth birthday, her left eye turns from brown to blue. She little suspects what the change heralds, but her small safe life begins to unravel at once. What does the beautiful, fanged man want with her, and how is her fate connected to a mysterious race of demons?
 
 
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Jul 20, 2015

What's new? Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie



 
BURNING GLASS is debut author Kathryn Purdie’s stunning tale of dangerous magic, heart-rending romance, and the hard-won courage it takes to let go.
 Check it out!

Expected publication: March 1st 2016 by HarperCollins 

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23677316-burning-glass 

Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. One mistake, one small failure, will cost her own life and the lives of the few people left in the world who still trust her.

But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, her feelings easily usurped, and she sometimes can’t decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.


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Jul 15, 2015

What's new? The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury



 

 
Hello, hello bookish friends!
I really miss this blog and stop by some others, but I’ve been having problems with my internet connection and now I’m definitely changing from company (sorry, I’m not sure if that’s the words you use in your country). So it might take a while to come back completely to this amazing world.
I hope you’re having a great time!

 For now, I'm pining for The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury.

Check it out!

Expected publication: February 23rd 2016 by Razorbill 


 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1728https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1434143748l/21396155.jpg5330-the-last-time-we-say-goodbye 

She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world...

When Aladdin discovers Zahra's jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn't seen in hundreds of years -- a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra's very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Arabian Nights from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury
 
 
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