Friday, February 16, 2018

Review: The Immortalists

The Immortalists The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin will surely be one of the must-reads in 2018. This is the story of four siblings who went to a fortune teller when they were children to find out the dates when they each will die. Morbid, you would think, but not really. What would you do if you knew the exact date of your death? Would you live your life differently? Would you try to cheat death? These are the dilemmas that Varya, Daniel, Klara, and Simon face. The story follows their unique journeys and their quests to live their lives before the clock stops. There is no escaping death even when you know the day it will knock at your door. Let’s face it, that we want it or not; we all die someday. Chloe Benjamin writes a story of family, love, loss, forgiveness, and despair. This book will move you and will pull your heart's strings. It is beautifully written and deals with hard subjects such as homosexuality in the 80’s, suicide, murder and unethical behavior.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Review: Bring Me Back

Bring Me Back Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I big thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for granting me an advanced copy of Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris. This book will be available in your favourite bookstore on June 19, 2018.

This is a story of passion, loss, and damaged hearts. Twelve years ago, Layla disappeared from Finn's life in a very tragic way. Years later, he is dating Layla's sister, Ellen, and asks her to marry him. Soon after their engagement is published in the newspapers, Russian dolls start showing up everywhere and he receives emails from the one he thought he lost forever. The Russian dolls are sending a clear message to Finn: get rid of Ellen. Conflicted, Finn tries to solve this mystery, but there are too many lies and how can it be possible that Layla would still be alive? But is it Layla? Who would want Ellen out of his life?

Bring Me Back is a page turner which will leave an imprint on your thoughts. Every time I put the book down, I found myself thinking about the story to figure out the plot. Great book!

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Review: Every Note Played

Every Note Played Every Note Played by Lisa Genova
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I want to thank NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for granting me an advanced copy of the Every Note Played book by Lisa Genova.

Lisa Genova, author of "Still Alice" and "Inside the O'Briens", delivers yet another masterpiece. Every Note Played is a novel which addresses the devastating effect of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) on a celebrated pianist and his family. ALS (a.k.a. motor neuron disease (MND) or Lou Gehrig's disease) causes the death of neurons controlling voluntary muscles. Over time, as the muscles of the body break down, someone living with ALS loses the ability to walk, talk, eat, swallow, and eventually breathe. At 45, Richard is diagnosed with ALS. His career is over and he has no one to turn to for help. Karina, his ex-wife, driven by guilt, becomes his reluctant caretaker. This endeavour is more than she bargains for, and both she and Richard are faced with very life-changing decisions.

This book will be available at your favourite bookstore on April 3rd, 2018. I recommend this book and thank Lisa Genova for writing it in the perspective of the patient and the caregiver. This was an eye-opener for me and prompted me to read more about ALS and educate myself.

According to ALS Canada: “ALS is not contagious. There is no cure for ALS and few treatment options for the majority of people living with the disease. Approximately 80 percent of people with ALS die within two to five years of being diagnosed.”

Food for thoughts:
• More than 200,000 people around the world are living with ALS.
• About 3,000 Canadians are currently living with ALS.
• Each day in Canada 2-3 people die of ALS.
• The lifetime risk of developing ALS is 1 in 1,000.
• 80% of people with ALS die within 2-5 years of diagnosis.

To make a donation to help find a cure, follow these links:
Canada: https://www.als.ca/
US: http://www.alsa.org

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Book Review: Into the Bright Unknown by Rae Carson

Into the Bright Unknown (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #3)Into the Bright Unknown by Rae Carson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the last book in the Gold Seer Trilogy. I really enjoyed the first two and the third one was ok. The story is interesting and there are several historical facts about the California gold rush. The third book did not add much to the story but was still entertaining. Great YA series.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Book Review: The Coincidence Makers: A Novel by Yoav Blum

The Coincidence Makers: A NovelThe Coincidence Makers: A Novel by Yoav Blum


Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Have you ever wonder why it seems that a series of events often takes place in order to bring birth to an incident? I recently read a book about the Great Halifax Explosion of 1917 and that is exactly what happened. A series of events, which occurred in the perfect order, was needed for this deadly disaster to materialize. “The Coincidence Maker” is about these beings whose sole mission is to create coincidences for something to happen without disturbing the free will of humanity. Two people bump into each other and fall in love. Two leaders who randomly meet and bring world peace. No coincidence is too small or too big. Emily, Guy, and Eric have been recruited to join the 75th class of Coincidence Makers. They called themselves “The Three Musketeers”. Guy used to be an imaginary friend and once fell in love with a woman called Cassandra; he never forgot her. Emily is in love with Guy, but cannot reach his heart. Eric… well, Eric is… what is he exactly?

Yoav Blum did an excellent job at incorporating the science of coincidence in the plot. The characters are interesting and the story well routed. Although fantasy is not my preferred genre, I was intrigued by the story outline and I am glad I read the book. Beware that there is a romance aspect in the book which might not appeal to all readers. I was fine with it.

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