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30 December, 2016

RESEÑA: LOS ESCARABAJOS VUELAN AL ATARDECER por María Gripe

Título: Los escarabajos vuelan al atardecer
Autor: María Gripe
Serie: -
Géneros: YA, Fiction, Mystery
Editor: SM
Fuente: Edición de bolsillo
Páginas: 225

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SINOPSIS: Tres muchachos aceptan el encargo de cuidar, durante el verano, las flores de una casa deshabitada. Fascinados por el misterio de ésta, la exploran. En el desván encuentran un paquete de cartas. Fueron escritas por Andreas y su hermana Magdalena en el siglo XVIII, e iban dirigidas a Emilie. Hablan de las ideas de Andreas, de sus relaciones amorosas con Emilie y del trágico fin de los dos, debido al maleficio de una estatua funeraria que Andreas había traído de Egipto y sobre la que pesaba una maldición. Los jóvenes inician juntos una búsqueda en la que recibirán pistas de origen misterioso, se verán envueltos en aventuras insólitas y harán descubrimientos desconcertantes.

29 December, 2016

Review: WOMAN IN CABIN 10 by Ruth Ware

Title: Woman in Cabin 10
Author: Ruth Ware
Series: -
Genres: Crime, Thriller, Mystery
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Release: 2016
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 340

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From New York Times bestselling author of the “twisty-mystery” (Vulture) novel In a Dark, Dark Wood, comes The Woman in Cabin 10, an equally suspenseful novel from Ruth Ware—this time, set at sea.

In this tightly wound story, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

With surprising twists and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another intense read.

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24 December, 2016

REVIEW: CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens

Title: Christmas Carol
Author: Charles Dickens
Series: -
Genres: Classics
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 104


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In October 1843, Charles Dickens ― heavily in debt and obligated to his publisher ― began work on a book to help supplement his family's meagre income. That volume, A Christmas Carol, has long since become one of the most beloved stories in the English language. As much a part of the holiday season as holly, mistletoe, and evergreen wreaths, this perennial favourite continues to delight new readers and rekindle thoughts of charity and goodwill.

With its characters exhibiting many qualities ― as well as failures ― often ascribed to Dickens himself, the imaginative and entertaining tale relates Ebenezer Scrooge's eerie encounters with a series of spectral visitors. Journeying with them through Christmases past, present, and future, he is ultimately transformed from an arrogant, obstinate, and insensitive miser to a generous, warm-hearted, and caring human being. Written by one of England's greatest and most popular novelists, A Christmas Carol has come to epitomize the true meaning of Christmas.

23 December, 2016

REVIEW: ICE LIKE FIRE by Sara Raasch

Title: Ice Like Fire
Author: Sara Raasch
Series: Snow Like Ashes #2
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: Kindle Edition
Pages: 432

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SYNOPSIS: Game of Thrones meets Graceling in this thrilling fantasy filled with shocking twists and heart-pounding action, the highly anticipated sequel to Snow Like Ashes. This action-packed series is perfect for fans of An Ember in the Ashes and A Court of Thorns and Roses.

It's been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring's king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria's lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm's secrets, Meira plans on using the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Jannuari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell's growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter's security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken Kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception is woven tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter but for the world.

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19 December, 2016

MONDAY POEM: ODE TO PSYCHE by John Keats


Happy Monday dear readers, today we are meeting to discuss yet another beautiful poem by one of the most talented poets of all time:

Today we are reading

ODE TO PSYCHE by JOHN KEATS



18 December, 2016

REVIEW: DARK MATTER by Blake Crouch

Title: Dark Matter
Author: Blake Crouch
Series: -
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller
Publisher: Crown
Release: 2016
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 342

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Jason Dessen is walking home through the chilly Chicago streets one night, looking forward to a quiet evening in front of the fireplace with his wife, Daniela, and their son, Charlie—when his reality shatters.

It starts with a man in a mask kidnapping him at gunpoint, for reasons Jason can’t begin to fathom—what would anyone want with an ordinary physics professor?—and grows even more terrifying from there, as Jason’s abductor injects him with some unknown drug and watches while he loses consciousness.

When Jason awakes, he’s in a lab, strapped to a gurney—and a man he’s never seen before is cheerily telling him “welcome back!”

Jason soon learns that in this world he’s woken up to, his house is not his house. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born.

And someone is hunting him.

Is the life Jason remembers just some crazed dream? And can he survive long enough to discover the answers he needs?

17 December, 2016

Harry Potter Tag Part II - Martyna



Hello, my dear readers! I am following the footsteps of our very own HannahCassie and today will be doing my own Harry Potter Tag! (if you haven't seen her tag yet, please go check it out).

Why, you might ask? Well, because I simply live and breathe Harry Potter (strange for a person my age, but I do not care)!

So without no further hesitation, let's start the tag!

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REVIEW: VAMPIRE KISSES by Ellen Schreiber

Title: Vampire Kisses
Author: Ellen Schreiber
Series: Vampire Kisses
Genres: YA, Paranormal,Vampires
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release: 2005
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 253

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In her small town, dubbed "Dullsville," sixteen-year-old Raven — a vampire-crazed goth-girl — is an outcast. But not for long...
The intriguing and rumored-to-be haunted mansion on top of Benson Hill has stood vacant and boarded-up for years. That is, until its mysteriously strange new occupants move in. Who are these creepy people — especially the handsome, dark, and elusive Alexander Sterling? Or rather, what are they? Could the town prattle actually ring true? Are they vampires? Raven, who secretly covets a vampire kiss, both at the risk of her own mortality and Alexander's loving trust, is dying to uncover the truth.
Ellen Schreiber's spooky and stirring romance tells the story of two outsiders who fall in love in a town where conformity reigns, and ends with a shocking surprise.

12 December, 2016

MONDAY POEM: THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY by Katherine Kennicott Davis


Happy Monday my dear friends, the holiday season is upon us and I really into the Christmas spirit today so I decided to share with you a special poem/song and one of my most favorite Christmas Carols!

Today we are reading:

THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY BY KATHERINE KENNICOTT DAVIS



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10 December, 2016

REVIEW: MARROW ISLAND by Alexis M. Smith

Title: Marrow Island
Author: Alexis M. Smith
Series: -
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Thriller
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Released: 7th June, 2016
Source: ebook
Pages: 256

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SYNOPSIS: Twenty years ago Lucie Bowen left Marrow Island; along with her mother, she fled the aftermath of an earthquake that compromised the local refinery, killing her father and ravaging the island’s environment. Now, Lucie’s childhood friend Kate is living within a mysterious group called Marrow Colony—a community that claims to be “ministering to the Earth.” There have been remarkable changes to the land at the colony’s homestead. Lucie’s experience as a journalist tells her there’s more to the Colony—and their charismatic leader-- than they want her to know, and that the astonishing success of their environmental remediation has come at great cost to the Colonists themselves. As she uncovers their secrets and methods, will Lucie endanger more than their mission? What price will she pay for the truth?

In the company of Station Eleven and California, Marrow Island uses two tense natural disasters to ask tough questions about our choices—large and small. A second novel from a bookseller whose sleeper-hit debut was praised by Karen Russell as “haunted, joyful, beautiful….” it promises to capture and captivate new readers even as it thrills her many existing fans.

09 December, 2016

REVIEW: HEIR OF NOVRON by Michael J. Sullivan

Title: Heir of Novron
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
Series: The Riyria Revelations #5-6
Genres: High Fantasy, Adventure
Publisher: Orbit
Source: Library physical book
Pages: 932


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A FORCED WEDDING. A DOUBLE EXECUTION. TWO THIEVES HAVE OTHER PLANS.

The New Empire intends to celebrate its victory over the Nationalists with a day that will never be forgotten. On the high holiday of Wintertide, they plan to execute two traitors (Degan Gaunt and the Witch of Melengar) as well as force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

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REVIEW: STARS ABOVE by Marissa Meyer

Title: Stars Above
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4.5
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 400

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SYNOPSIS: The enchantment continues....

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.

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The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.
Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….
The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.
The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.
After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.
The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a game called The Princess
The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.
Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century...

05 December, 2016

04 December, 2016

REVIEW: INFINITE by Jodi meadows

Title: Infinite
Author: Jodi Meadows
Series: Newsoul 3
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Library Physical copy
Pages: 418

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DESTRUCTION

The Year of Souls begins with an earthquake—an alarming rumble from deep within the earth—and it’s only the first of greater dangers to come. The Range caldera is preparing to erupt. Ana knows that as Soul Night approaches, everything near Heart will be at risk.

FLIGHT
Ana’s exile is frightening, but it may also be fortuitous, especially if she can convince her friends to flee Heart and Range with her. They’ll go north, seeking answers and allies to stop Janan’s ascension. And with any luck, the newsouls will be safe from harm’s reach.

CHOICE
The oldsouls might have forgotten the choice they made to give themselves limitless lifetimes, but Ana knows the true cost of reincarnation. What she doesn’t know is whether she’ll have the chance to finish this one sweet life with Sam, especially if she returns to Heart to stop Janan once and for all.

With gorgeous romance and thrilling action, the final book in the Incarnate trilogy offers a brilliant conclusion to the compelling questions of this fascinating world, where one new girl is the key to the lives of millions.

03 December, 2016

REVIEW: SLIP by David Estes

Title: Slip
Author: David Estes
Series: Slip #4
Genres: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Publisher: CreateSpace
Source: Kindle Edition
Pages: 416

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SYNOPSIS: Someone must die before another can be born...

As sea levels rise and livable landmasses shrink, the Reorganized United States of America has instituted population control measures to ensure there are sufficient resources and food to sustain the growing population. Birth authorization must be paid for and obtained prior to having a child. Someone must die before another can be born, keeping the country in a population neutral position at what experts consider to be the optimal population. The new laws are enforced by a ruthless government organization known as Pop Con, responsible for terminating any children resulting from unauthorized births, and any illegals who manage to survive past their second birthday, at which point they are designated a national security threat and given the name Slip.

But what if one child slipped through the cracks? What if someone knew all the loopholes and how to exploit them? Would it change anything? Would the delicate resource balance be thrown into a tailspin, threatening the lives of everyone?

And how far would the government go to find and terminate the Slip?

In a gripping story of a family torn apart by a single choice, Slip is a reminder of the sanctity of a single life and the value of the lives we so often take for granted.

01 December, 2016