Saturday, June 04, 2016

Review: Buzz Books 2016: Fall/Winter

Buzz Books 2016: Fall/Winter Buzz Books 2016: Fall/Winter by Publishers Lunch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Books, book, books!
Amazing selection from all genres!
On my TBR Fiction list:
Christina's World by Christina Baker Kline / The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena /
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett / By Gaslight by Steven Price /
Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple / A Change of Heart by Sonali Dev
Debut Fiction: I want to read them all, but especially
The Mothers by Britt Bennett / The Wangs Vs. the World by Jade Chang / History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund / The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick / Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra
Non Fiction
When in French by Lauren Collins / Truevine by Beth Macy / Les Parisienens by Anne Sebba / Generation Chef by Karen Stabiner / Darling Days by iO Tillett-Wright

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Review: The Yoga of Max's Discontent

The Yoga of Max's Discontent The Yoga of Max's Discontent by Karan Bajaj
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A book about spiritual awakening and self discovery that reads so smoothly you don't realize you've been turning page after page for the last 3 hours.

Max Pzoras has eveything he ever wanted: an education, a good job, wealth and comfort. But when his mother dies, he feels lost and alone. He then embarks on a trip to India on a quest to "find himself" (I know it sounds pedestrian, but there's much more to it)

Looking for a spiritual teacher he's heard about, he goes from the cold North to the hot and droughty south, where he will work hard, physically and spiritually.

I'm always a bit amused when people flee their lives in order to "find themselves", but even if Max starts as an amateur, not knowing exactly what he wants or needs, the road to finding it is incredible. Hard and lonely, but incredible none the less.


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Review: Don't You Cry

Don't You Cry Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a seriously good book. It starts slow... and then builds up until you can't wait to find out what is going to happen. And you will be surprised.

The story is told by Quinn, and it starts when she finds out Esther, her roommate is missing. Not knowing what to do and who to contact, she finds evidence that Esther might be in danger. At one time she even believes Esther might harm her, but she turns out to be pretty resourceful.

Also narrated by Alex, a young man who lives with his lazy alcoholic father, who falls in love and befriends a mysterious woman who squats in the house in front of his own.

Ordinary people, with what seem ordinary lives that suddenly get tangled and complicate with events they don't understand but that will affect them.

My first Mary Kubica book (I do have more of her previous books in my shelves), and even if I had heard about what a good writer she is and of the amazing thrillers she writes, I have to say I was surprised with this book, at how the story escalates and ends with a completely unexpected turn.


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Monday, May 30, 2016

Review: Imagine Me Gone

Imagine Me Gone Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My head is still spinning after reading this book. It's incredibly sad and also beautiful.

When John and Margaret meet and start dating, she is unaware he has mental health issues. But when she finds out, she goes ahead with the marriage.
There don't seem to be more problems than any normal family would have, until the day that John makes a drastic decision that will change them from then on.

Their three children: Michael, Celia and Alec are as different as can be, and each will struggle with the family history in their own way, as will Margaret.

Michael, who is as troubled as his father, will struggle through the years to balance his life and mind, involving all the family. Even when they are far away, they will regroup in order to help him survive.


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Review: A Lesson in Love and Murder

A Lesson in Love and Murder A Lesson in Love and Murder by Rachel McMillan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Canada, 1912.
Herringford and Watts are detecting again. Or should I say Herringford and DeLuca? As Jem is married now.

For me, there are two sides to this book: the historical research, which is fantastic. The Morality Squad, women getting fired for being married (as they have to tend to her husbands and houses), the political corruption! The suffragettes and the anarchists have an important part in the book also. Even if -as she says- Miss McMillan has taken many historical liberties in depicting the city, there is a very solid base. It's extremely well written and interesting.

But I'm a bit puzzled by Merinda and Jem.
From being "bachelor girls", and quite happy with it, Jem got hastily married and she just butts heads with her husband and does whatever she wants. Or rather what Merinda wants?
And Merinda is as self centered as she was in the first book.

But all in all, a very recommendable book and series.

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Review: After the Fire

After the Fire After the Fire by Jane Casey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Big problem here: I have to read the first 5 books of this series asap! Really, this book was perfect. I don't know if I'm sad that I haven't read the previous books or happy that I found a new series and that I have 5 more books to add to my ever growing TBR shelf.

For me, it has all of the elements needed: it's a police procedure, set in the UK, with a very smart, brave and human female main character.

Maeve Kerrigan is in a slump: her boyfriend left a few months ago without any explanation (I guess I have to read book 5 to get a better grasp of this situation, but this book works as a stand alone), her health is not so great and they have a new substitute chief who can be a pain. There's a stalker after her. And last, but not least, her partner, is crashing at her place.

And the fire/crime scene which they are currently investigating is also where she was attacked once, so definitely not a good place to be.

When one of the people found dead turns out to be an important politician, the investigation takes another turn, as other interests take precedent now.


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Review: 24 Hours: An intense, suspenseful psychological thriller

24 Hours: An intense, suspenseful psychological thriller 24 Hours: An intense, suspenseful psychological thriller by Claire Seeber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Laurie's life is falling apart: her marriage is over, her husband has a new and exotic girlfriend and worse of all, her best friend has just died in a fire and Laurie fears it was she who was the intended victim.

Not knowing who is trying to kill her, she has only 24 hours to find her daughter and move to a safe place for both of them. She has no money, no car, no id.

Who can she trust? Also, while in the beginning everybody thinks she died in the fire, it is soon found out it was not her, which makes her a subject of interest for the police.
So Laurie, in a state of shock and exhaustion, begs, borrows and steals in order to find her little girl before it is too late.

This is a great thriller, fast, full of events, but perfectly timed and executed. You feel the mc sadness, and you end as tired as she is.

And the end? You won't guess what is happening there, I promise!

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