A DC Universe Christmas by Mike Carlin

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“…I know you love me. What I want is for you to show it… By listening to me. Really listening, with all your heart, when we talk. Between the alien invasions and the super-villains and who knows what else… Well, sometimes it’s hard to fight for attention in your world.”

— Mark Waid, A DC Universe Christmas

           Isn’t it a beautiful tradition to have Holidays and celebrate these cold times with your loved ones? I couldn’t be any happier to know that the holidays are at my doorsteps. Other than the fact that it announces freedom from school and work (for some anyways), this time of the year is definitely the most heart-warming and needed one of them all. Showing the people you love most how much you care through dedicated time, shared laughter and expressed gratitude, the Holidays will always somehow manage to put a smile on our faces. Continue reading

One Lovely Blog Award

 

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Hello lovelies <3,

It’s time again to clear up more tags and awards that were stacking up as time’s flying by! This time, we’ve got the One Lovely Blog Award to share with everyone. We were tagged by three awesome bloggers for this award: Killkenny @ Please Kill The Messenger, Giovanna @ bookcomablog and The Family @ Teens and Tweens Book Club. If you’ve never heard of their blogs, you know you’re missing out on excellent entertainment. Please take the time to check out their pages. Since this award is fairly simple, we decided that we might as well knock down all three at the same time. Now, on to the rules! Continue reading

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

My rating : ★★★★

“If my life were a book and you read it backward, nothing would change. Today is the same as yesterday. Tomorrow will be the same as today. In the book of Maddy, all the chapters are the same.
Until Olly.”
Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything

         Madeline has been suffering of a severe immunodeficiency (SCID) all her life. She’s been living in a bubble life where everything had to be decontaminated, filtered, because everything she touches or eats can trigger her immunity system and hurt her. Until one day, a new family moves right beside her house and she falls in love with the boy next door. They begin to exchange messages through their windows, and then by chatting through IM. But then, they crave for more. They want to meet each other. The desire to touch other. The novel begins with an ordinary romance but the twist in the end is what makes this novel great. It takes the relationship between Madeline and her mother to another level and another layer is added to the complexity of their connection. Although Nicola Yoon didn’t develop the aspect as much, I love the psychology impact on that matter. Continue reading

The Conversion Prophecy by Michael Solomon

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“However, although there is a belief that there is total peace in the world, it is not one that Islam truly embraces. According to our Qur’an, there will never be absolute and complete peace until the entire world’s population is converted to Island, a belief that is widely held by every true Moslem in the world.”

— Michael Solomon, The Conversion Prophecy

       It might not be the right time of the year to be talking about a touchy subject like this. Then again, there’s never a good time to talk about the bad things that people do and the wrong reasons that motivate them to do so. The Conversion Prophecy is the story of a global economic power change planned and executed over several years. It’s essentially a conspiracy story that circles around corporations and control over essential resources for human beings. The story conveys a well-thought plan by a secret organization that hopes to convert every human being through starvation and misery so that the Twelfth Imam can appear just like it is written in the Qur’an. While giving readers several point of views to slowly but surely lay out the plot, The Conversion Prophecy spans over several years and focuses on the dialogue between key characters. This tale of terrorism is one to depict an economic downfall for the American government and the G-20 countries, without ever dwelling on the microscopic impacts of an attack of this scale. Continue reading

Dashing Through The Snow Tag

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Hi Y’all 🙂 We are back here with another and fun tag  ! Wev’e been tagged by Books at Dawn , super sweet guy ! 😀 Thank you very much for that. We also changed our theme home page to a Christmassy feel, so go check it out after reading this post 😉 That aside, I want to thank you my boyfriend for updating this blog these past weeks, I’ve been so busy with school, the finals and work. He has been a sweetheart to me ❤ And I want to let everyone know how I am grateful to have him hihi 😀 Continue reading

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”

— Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

          They say there’s a book for every person. Well, I say that there’s also a book for every time of the year. I took these holidays to acquaint myself with a cult classic novel by the famous Charles Dickens. This novel has known so many references, it’s hard to not know the premise behind it or its heart-warming ending. However, being able to get my own hands-on impression of the novel was a real treat. I haven’t ever had the chance to read this novel and finally being able to do was a great pleasure. Nothing like a good classic novel checked off my list of novels to read. Sprinkled with our favorite Dickensian writing, A Christmas Carol follows the story of Ebenezer Scrooge. Mean at heart and not giving two cents about Christmas, old man Scrooge works in the money-lending business and hates Christmas with a passion. Can’t forget to mention how he also loves to “Bah!Humbug!” whenever Christmas is mentioned. But Scrooge doesn’t know that he’s about to be visited by three kind spirits who will change him forever. Continue reading

About Anna by Sophia Michelle Delanner

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My rating : ★★★★★

“The gentlemen callers who charmed me and shared my bed were but salt in the wound […] Each one carried away a generous sliver of my heart, carved a hollow space into my soul, and only gave me fibroids, as they say.”

— Sophia Michelle Delanner, About Anna

            This is an amazing, witty, smart and powerful novel. It depicts the life of Anna, a Soviet immigrant who comes to America to seek a better life. We follow her journey inside out : relationships and family are at the heart of this story. I fell in love with the originality of the characters. Every single one of them is so unique, special and colorful. One’s personality and behaviour has always intrigued me. The writing is marvelous ! I was already impressed by the first sentences.

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“Mother would still be Mother […] Her mind, prone to perodic eruptions of hysteria, was ruled by a humongous collection of phobias, big and small, for every occasion, need, and taste.”

— Sophia Michelle Delanner, About Anna

    What I find fascinating is the relationship between Anna and her mother, it’s so psychologically demanding and exhausting. Parents and children relationships are one of the dynamics that always interested me. Some dialogues between them were really relatable and I think anyone can relate to it as a mother or as a daughter. In the story, the author succeeds in mirroring the relationship between Anna and her mother and Anna and her daughter, Hannah. I can feel that the protagonist is doing all her best to not be like her mother by raising Hannah as healthy as possible. Everything is so compelling. From that first awkward conversation about sex with your child to the abusive boyfriends, Sophia Michelle Delanner definitely wrote a beautiful story here.

Thank you to the author for giving me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Big thank you to my lovely boyfriend for keeping the blog updated in my absence ❤ 

Click here to purchase your copy!

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The Alienist by Caleb Carr

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“The defenders of decent society and the disciples of degeneracy are often the same people.”

— Caleb Carr, The Alienist

          Hello. My name is Lashaan and I’m a sucker for classics. It comes as no surprise that the year is about to end and you can’t help but admire all those juicy, scrumptious, voluptuous and jaw-dropping novels you’ve had the chance to read. The year 2015 marks the year where I’ve vowed upon myself to read every cult classic and hit novel that have made a name for themselves in the world of literature. Ambitious, isn’t it? Don’t worry. We basically all strive to read books and unconsciously—consciously for some—make it a part of our lives. Doesn’t that mean that we are all never-ending consumer of words, that books will never seize to be published and that they’ll eventually all reach our hands? That’s right. We technically all aim to read everything while never being able to reach an end. And that’s what’s so magnificent about reading. However, what’s troubling about the year 2015 is that it also marks the year where I’ve read the most books in a year and a lot of those are classic masterpieces. It’s in being able to decide what left the biggest impression on my story-hungry mind that scares me. I just can’t answer that. But there is one thing I can say. The Alienist by Caleb Carr is one of my favorite reads of all time. Continue reading

Encouraging Thunder Award

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Hello our favorite followers ,

          We’ve got a brand new award to present on our blog and it goes by the name of the Encouraging Thunder Award! This time, we were tagged by Sarah @ Bits & Books with Sarah and we’re happy to finally be able to post this long awaited award and share it with everyone. Thank you again Sarah for the nomination and we hope there’s no hard feelings for taking our time in getting this done! 😀 Without further ado, let’s get right to business.

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Superman Earth One (Volume 1) by J. Michael Straczynski

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“Because truth is, if you do go down that road, you’ll probably lose more than you’d ever stand to gain from it.”

— J. Michael Straczynski, Superman Earth One (Volume 1)

             Seriously. I really believe the Earth One series only truly work if you don’t know much about the superhero in the first place. My knowledge of Superman is really limited to the movies and the animated appearances of the Man of Steel. If you’ve followed Clark Kent through the comic world and know every bit of his story, from Action Comics to All-Star, I’m pretty confident that this volume let you down in many ways. As you might already know, the Earth One series is a trend in DC’s universe where the superheroes all get a reboot treatment. Superman Earth One (Volume 1) is the story of a depressed and conflicted Clark Kent who tries vainly to fit in with humans. As he struggles to find an identity that suits him throughout a great deal of this book, a menace from way back in Superman’s past surges from space to seek and destroy the last Son of Krypton. Continue reading

Around The World (Books) Tag

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Hello lovelies ❤ !

               We’re back with a new challenge and this time it’s the Around The World (Books) Tag. Quite an interesting idea we have here and we’re glad that Jesse Nicholas @ Books at Dawn tagged us! Thank you for sharing the fun with us and we’re as thrilled as you were doing it. After all, travelling is also one of our favorite activities of all time. Nothing like discovering cultures, admiring art in its innumerable forms and enjoying life to the fullest! Leaving our responsibilities back in our closet is probably the best part. Or maybe it’s the food. No, it’s definitely the food. *drool* Now, now. Let’s get back to business. If you haven’t checked out Jesse’s blog, you’re missing out on some consistent and awesome content. Go take a peek, after you’re done with this little adventure you’re about to embark on. 😉 Continue reading

The Raping of Ava DeSantis by Mylo Carbia

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“Among the many life lessons she sadly had to learn as a young girl, her father often warned her, Easy money always comes with a big price tag.”

— Mylo Carbia, The Raping of Ava DeSantis

             I have been looking forward to meet and greet a good horror story since I haven’t tried a pure horror novel in my life. That’s when I got my hands on this novel and found reviews comparing the author to Stephen King. It was a mistake from my part to believe a novel praised as the next Stephen King to be a great debut to my horror novel exploration. The Raping of Ava DeSantis was one of the most underwhelming adventures, especially when the author proclaims herself as “The Queen of Horror”. This book follows three college student who commit one of the most repulsive crimes known to man: rape. Awaken in a hospital bed with not only the most brutal physical wounds but a psychological trauma, Ava DeSantis is left no choice when the mother of one the guy, a fairly popular kid in school with powerful parents, asks—more like demands—that she keeps the whole situation silent for a large sum of money. It is then that Ava embarks on a vengeful adventure a couple years later on the three men and their family. Continue reading

I Dreamt of Trees by Gilles DeCruyenaere

My rating : ★★★ (3.5)☆☆

“Jason’s serenity was suddenly imbued with a dreamlike anxiety and panic, as hazy, nightmarish sensations flooded into his brain.”

— Gilles DeCruyenaere, I Dreamt of Trees

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The story introduces us to Jason Crawford, a citizen who lives in a ship-like city. While the ship is at risk of having alien invasions, Jason discovers huge secrets that will change the faith of the city. I’m really not a big fan of science-fiction, especially those involving aliens. However, I admit that this book was a pleasant read. The writing is good, the plot is well-constructed and the world-building is amazing.

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Then again, why a 3.5 stars, and not 5 stars ? Because the flaw is in the dialogues. Some dialogues were homophobic and vulgar, not only from one character but from several other characters as well. Usually, I don’t need to mention it but this time I do, since it kind of disturbed me and ruined my reading experience. I don’t think it was relevant to the characters’ personalities or to the story.  The word “f**k” was mentioned at least 5-6 times every three page.

“F**king, f**king, f**k..he thought grimly, I’m getting way too f**king old for this shit.”

— Gilles DeCruyenaere, I Dreamt of Trees

It still remains a 3.5 stars since I think the book mentions some really interesting themes that made me reflect and relate to. A book that makes me reflect is definitely a book worth reading for me haha.

I would recommend this book to all the sci-fi lovers and people who don’t get offended easily by the foul language. You can purchase the book here !

Thank you to the author for giving me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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The Gods of Gotham by Lindsay Faye

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“Hope, I’ve discovered, is a sad nuisance. Hope is a horse with a broken leg.”

— Lyndsay Faye, The Gods of Gotham

       This novel is quite special for me. After several years without cracking a fiction for the simple love of reading, I was gifted for Christmas 2015 with a copy of this historical crime thriller. My wonderful girlfriend reached into a dark and cold abyss and pulled me out of a slumber that I foresee will never happen again. Stuck in a non-fiction novel on criminal studies and enjoying one every year or so, I had lost a great love for books; a strong love that berth in my elementary days and followed me into the first half of my high school years. Finding her and being pulled back into the literature world has shown me the number of years I’ve lost not reading novel when there was so much a work of fiction had to offer to the simple mind. Rekindling my love for books wasn’t a process. It was instantaneous. This novel showed me that authors can do a lot more with words than we can imagine. The strength of a sentence to have an impact on your perception of an element in the story is truly terrifying. It is absolutely tremendous and  still sends chills down my spine. This background tale was not only to warn you in advance that my rating of the book could be considered biased since The Gods of Gotham is the first fiction read after countless years; I did not have much experience, if one could call it so, to be able to analyze and criticize the characters, the setting, the plot or the ending. Then again, I still believe Lyndsay Faye’s newest hero deserves to be followed in his adventures. Continue reading

SHORT REVIEW: To All the Boys I’ve loved before by Jenny Han

My rating : ★★★☆☆ (2.7)

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has     never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter   about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed

Am I the only one who didn’t think this was worth it ? It started well, with a great introduction to characters and then they start talking..it ruined everything LOL. The main character sounds childish and pretty immature to me. Character development was not really there either. I love reading contemporary romance but this one was not for me. I didn’t feel the romance, it was not special, it didn’t make me want to fall in love or dream about it or just appreciate it. The storyline seems weirdly off to me too. Coincidentally, when she needed to hide from shame, the one guy she had a crush on decides to be in a couple with her just for fun ? Ehh..

I know there a lot of buzz about the second one so I hope it’s better. I still want to read it.

You can purchase a copy of this novel by clicking here.

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The Dark Knight Strikes Again by Frank Miller

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“Freedom of speech is a powerful thing — so long as nobody’s listening.”

— Frank Miller, The Dark Knight Strikes Again

          This is the most epic, mind-boggling, creative, throne-worthy and more-colors-than-an-90s-arcade-game piece of garbage that the comic industry must have ever known; I really hope it can’t get worse than this. Almost two decades after the release of The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, the man returns with a brand new storyline—I don’t even think that’s appropriate. You know how a writer has an idea and feels the urge to scribble it away as soon as paper meets hand? Well, Frank Miller didn’t have one. What he has created for our fellow comic readers is a nightmare where anything and everything goes. From News in the Nude to a sadistic Batman who barely even appears in a comic while his name’s on the cover page. “The Great Miller” has stooped very low to release a sequel to what a lot would call a masterpiece. Albeit some very interes- no. Fuggedaboutit (Manhunter’s voice). Nothing interesting in this bowl of baloney! Continue reading