City of Thieves by David Benioff

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“I’ve always envied people who sleep easily. Their brains must be cleaner, the floorboards of the skull well swept, all the little monsters closed up in a steamer trunk at the foot of the bed.”

— David Benioff, City of Thieves

    With less, a lot was told. Give David Benioff a 100 word count limit and he’ll make the most of every single word. Not a letter went by without it having a crucial role to play in divulging one of the best historical fiction of all time. It takes a master with words to be able to conceive a novel this short, yet so full of wonders. I’ve honestly never been this awestruck by the ability of an author to tell a story with so many raw and tragic moments that are however coated with pure and genuine moments of comic relief. He effortlessly combines the two polarities in a period of time that one could only see darkness. The mere fact this was successfully done warrants that this novel should be praised in a grand fashion. But how exactly did David Benioff do it? What helped him see that this novel becomes an instant bestseller? The perfect duo that are launched on a goose chase for a dozen eggs in the vicinity of Leningrad right around the time that the Nazis are preparing to invade. They’re the reason. Lev and Kolya easily made this adventure the most memorable one in literature. This is a story that is filled with humor, brutality and hopelessness. Things that were delicately sewn together thanks to some of the finest pen skills in the world. Continue reading

The Grisha Trilogy Review

MY RATING: ★★★★★

“This was his soul made flesh, the truth of him laid bare in the blazing sun, shorn of mystery and shadow. This was the truth behind the handsome face and the miraculous powers, the truth that was the dead and empty space between the stars, a wasteland peopled by frightened monsters.”
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Alina and Mal, are best friends and they live in the same orphanage since they were children. Since they do not pass the test for magical abilities, they have to serve for the First Army and go into the Fold. The journey is nerve-wrecking because people usually don’t come back from that place. The Fold is a dangerous place filled with beasts and monsters. Alina struggled in fighting those monsters when something unexpected happened. Continue reading

Cinedote – The Big Short (2015)

 

Summary: Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.

Director: Adam McKay

Writers: Charles Randolph (screenplay), Adam McKay (screenplay), Michael Lewis (book)

Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Marisa Tomei, John Magaro, Finn Wittrock

    This easily portrays one of the most tragic financial crisis since the Great Depression. The stunning part of it all is the angle it took to portray the tragedy. Who would’ve guessed that comedy, Adam McKay’s weapon of choice, was going to help the crew pull off one of the best retellings to hit the box office? An unbelievable cast of actors also served as a great foundation to build this magnificent movie. From Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell to the best performance by a supporting actor Oscar nominee, Christian Bale, this movie was filled with an elite arsenal of talents and there was nothing to reproach from each and every one of them. Let’s not even forget that Brad Pitt joins into the fun with a cameo role that carries a relatively big part in the whole financial disaster that they will all know, inside and out. Continue reading

The Black Jewel by Cassie Clarke

MY RATING: ★★★

“A city in ruin.
A forest filled with secrets.
One girl with the power to change it all.

Trapped in a mundane existence in the heart of a deadly forest, Ela often imagined what life must be like away from the trees. A world without rules and restrictions, with the freedom to do anything. She’d be safe from the ever-lurking threat of the Bowen Elders, the men who seemed so determined to hurt her best friend, Caden.”

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Q&A With Ruth Ware

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Hello everybody!

    Our Summer Fiction Blog Tour hosted by Simon & Schuster Canada is now coming to an end, but we still have one more exclusive post to share with everyone. Recently, we’ve published a review for In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, a psychological thriller that will have you hooked till the end. Today, we’ve got the author herself and a quick Q&A session with her! There’s like getting to know the author behind the novel you’ve read or, are about to read. Let’s get right to it then! 😉 Continue reading

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

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    What would it be like to be accused of a murder, but you can’t remember it? Ruth Ware envisions the perfect setting for a novel to unfold this mystery. With the right characters, the right pace and the right focus on the whodunit nature of the novel, it is possible to be standing in front of a highly entertaining psychological thriller that will keep you on the tip of your feet from cover to cover. In a Dark, Dark Wood is a tale that wishes to stress its reader till the very last page, and as much as possible. Focusing on building the right amount of tension before unleashing the beast, this novel has its ways to immerse you in a well-written story and keep you page-flipping till the end. A routine life is all that’s needed for things to go downhill from there. And it’s when Nora, our main protagonist, receives an invitation for a hen do for a friend she has not seen for over 10 years that things are set into motion. With big question marks floating around her head, Nora accepts to go on an adventure that she is likely never to forget. Continue reading

What Type of Reader Are You?- A Bookidote Discussion

Hello lovely readers!

You know what’s amazing about bookworms? We all have a particular style (and sometimes more than one), yet we love each with all our hearts! 😀 It’s somewhat mind-boggling the different type of readers that roam around the world, and laying out a list of some of them, from the top of our heads, made this entry one of the biggest revelation of mankind; all right, maybe it’s not that big of a deal.

There’s still so many different readers out there, and so we’ve come up with a fun little list to share with everyone! It might not be thorough list out there, but that’s where you come in and share with us what you think you are!

Let’s jump right into this! 😀 

Each type of reader we came up with has their own book name haha 😉 Thumbs up if you recognize them! 

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Here With Me Now by Rebecca Markus

MY RATING: ★★★

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This debut novel tells the  story of Mallory, a young teenager who’s going through the difficult adolescent-age problems : high school, bullies, gossips and dramas.  Her life will take an even more complicated turn when a new 26 years old neighbor moves in : Kain. Their lives will be intertwined in a passionate and prohibited relationship.

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Mallory is still in the middle of her teenage years (13 years old) and I guess that’s why her personality is immature and annoying. I tried to sympathize but these characters’s behaviours are not to my liking. The book may be more appropriate to a younger audience. Once I don’t click with the main character, it’s hard for me to really get into the book. But Rebecca’s writing makes it easy to follow the plot and enjoy it till the very end. Continue reading

Aliss by Patrick Senecal

MY RATING: ★★★★

Everyone knows Alice in Wonderland and its symbolism, sprinkled with vivid colors to eccentric and absurd sceneries. But what if Alice lived in Montreal? What if Wonderland was just a playground with no moral clause with dark and wild colors? Patrick Sénécal, Quebec author, known for his pen skills in writing pure and disturbing horror, a hint of fantasy maybe… but disturbing nonetheless! This is my first book from him and I confirm it, he masters the genre with his fingertips.

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This book’s forte? The narration; huge round of applause for that! The Quebec French might not measure up to Molière’s French, but for once, I found beauty in its vulgarity. The authenticity of the narration by Patrick Sénécal is undeniable, it is raw and filled with Quebec French jargon and expressions.  For a girl who grew up in Montreal, I felt at ease in the universe. As for the humour, it is flawless. You will laugh out loud, that’s for sure. Continue reading

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

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    I’ve experienced some tear-jerking novels. Most of the time, I find that the only way an author can succeed in getting a reader to be moved by what they read isn’t only by telling a sad story, but by making it relatable in more than one way. Integrating themes that are tragic by nature, and bound to be lived by an individual, one day or the other, can prove to be very useful in making a fictional story powerful. Steven Rowley brings us a novel about Ted, Lily and an evil octopus. Ted discovers that Lily, his dog, has an octopus attached to her head and quickly realizes that this uninvited creature seeks to ruin a cherished friendship that has lasted years. As Ted reminisces about his relationship with his beloved dog throughout the book, the story brings joy, sadness and madness all in one neat package for readers to plunge in. Continue reading

July 2016 TBR

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HELLO FRIENDS!

Watch out! It’s Bookidote’s forecast time! 😀 In this edition of our Monthly Kick in the Butt, you’ll see what we’re currently reading, what we plan on reading, our monthly quote + our thoughts and a segment on what’s going on in life!

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All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

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    The past has a funny way to catch up to you. It follows you like a shadow and emerges at the most unexpected turns. It doesn’t have worries, concerns, dilemmas or problems. It does however bring them upon you. Nicolette Farrel left her hometown, friends and family after the disappearance of her best friend, Corinne. She didn’t look back and is now keeping herself busy with work, a fiancé and a harmonious future. But sometimes, things don’t last forever. She has to revisit the past she once left in order to take of her father who still resides in Cooley Ridge, right in Philadelphia, her hometown. Although it’s been 10 years since she’s last stepped foot down memory lane, things weren’t about to get any easier for the girl who had a future set in stone. Another girl, Annaleise Carter, goes missing and she will be the trigger to the unveiling of buried secrets and the discovery of the truth behind the disappearances. Continue reading