Friday, September 23, 2016

Review: The Nest

The Nest The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is about four siblings who have been waiting to receive their inheritance left to them by their late father. The money was to be granted to them when the youngest turns 40. But as the day approaches, the oldest gets himself in a pickle and most of the inheritance is used to give him a free pass out of disaster; leaving the others with nearly nothing. Two of the siblings had been waiting to receive their parts of the inheritance to repay debts, put children in good colleges and now the money is not enough to cover it all. The oldest makes promises to repay his siblings, but what happens next is the inception of what will change all their lives.

The writing is beautiful and flows smoothly from beginning to end. The story also has interesting cameos which add dimensions to the drama. This book portraits the ups and downs of a dysfunctional family which, if we are honest with ourselves, most of us can relate to. Good read!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Review: The Genius of Birds

The Genius of Birds The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book has given me a new appreciation for birds. I have never learned that much information about birds and how intelligent and unique they are. I have a bird feeder in the backyard and I will pay much more attention to which birds come to feed from it. I have a lot of house sparrows in my neighbourhood and never thought much of them because they are not as colourful as other birds. After reading how bright they are... I am impressed!

This is a short book and worth reading!

House Sparrow

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Review: The Beauty of Darkness

The Beauty of Darkness The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Beauty of Darkness is the last book in The Remnant Chronicles series. Each book in the series got better and better. This story is solid and not foreseeable. Mary E. Pearson keeps her readers engaged and has developed strong characters which are full of surprises. It is important to read the series in the order it was written. There are references in the last book which can only be understood if you read the first two.

I related strongly with Lia. She is resilient and master of her own destiny. Like her, I was raised with only brothers which made me a more exploratory person. But also like her, I had a desire for making my own way and experience life as an exciting adventure.

The story has a spectacular ending. I was captivated to the end. I loved this series and hope to find another one like this one soon.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Review: A Certain Age

A Certain Age A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The 1920's were a time of great change in the US society. The WW1 just ended and it was an era of fast technological discoveries. After decades of inequality between men and women, the "not so fair" sex finally got her chance to fulfil her dreams. This independence brought women the right to vote, the right to work and the right to higher education. The 20's were also a time of fun and leisure and gave birth to the "The Flappers". These free spirited women could be found at the speakesies, a.k.a underground bars where alcohol was served illegally. They were known to have a good time, be carefree, independent and fashion innovators.

1920's flappers

A certain Age is all about that and more. It is a story of emancipation and love affairs, crimes of passion and finding love. Another fantastic book by Beatriz Williams. A great read!

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Review: City of Dark Magic

City of Dark Magic City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Never judge a book by its cover, they say! I have to come clear and admit that I selected this book because of its cover... it is so beautiful! And guess what!!! The book was pretty awesome too! I love stories where the author uses the past to define the present. Especially when they used actual historical characters, documents or events. When I see a name I do not recognise; I google it and learn about who he/she/it was and their contribution to history. This book is full of these kinds of goodies: music composers, alchemists, religious personalities and royalties. This is a great story with lots of surprising plots. Love it!

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