ARC Review: Traveling with Ghosts by Shannon Leone Fowler

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Published date : February 21,2017

I16776882_10155256521982780_1992900389_omagine your doctorate thesis is about biology, marine biology to be specific. And your lover’s cause of death is a jelly fish sting. Ironic, right? I would be so frustrated with the world if that happened and that was exactly the case for Shannon Fowler. In this novel, she offers a thoughtful view of death and how she copes with it. One thing that is sure is that we all have different manners to cope with it. From page to page, you can feel all the emotions she’s been through: rage, frustration, confusion, betrayal, the sadness that I can’t even imagine. This book was so provokingly human, it makes me want to live even more.

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ARC: Tell Me Something Real by Calla Devlin

MY RATING: ★★★★

This novel completely surprised me in a very good and unexpected way. And somehow relates to me personally too. We follow the Babcok sisters, three beautiful blonde girls with different personalities who are trying to cope with their mother’s growing leukemia.

The whole story is about coping, an important theme that is being dissected in this novel and the reason why I think everyone should read it. Vanessa is the middle child and also the narrator; it gives a childish voice to the story and puts even more emphasis on how children see certain difficult situations. It shows how they cope with it as individuals but also as a group, hence the sister’s dynamism. Continue reading

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

Girls In The Garden by Lisa Jewell

MY RATING: ★★★★

   The book is about this little neighborhood who has developed a special community sense until a new family came and changed everything. Clare, a single mother with two girls, Pip and Grace, are obliged to adapt to this new environment after their father had a schizophrenia period attack. Grace, the older sister, still remembers everything but Pip seems to miss her dad more than ever and writes to him everyday.

    Clare’s family will meet Adele’s family, a mother of 3 girls with a, maybe too handsome, husband, Leo. And each family has their own dark secrets. The story blends suspense, thriller and drama perfectly. Continue reading

To Swim Beneath The Earth by Ginger Bensman

MY RATING: ★★

The blurb  from Goodreads: MEGAN KIMSEY, born and raised in a small Colorado town on the edge of the La Plata Mountains, grows up haunted by images. Straddling cryptic glimpses of events that foretell her own future, and events remembered from a past in the highlands of Ecuador and Peru more than 400 years before she was born.. 

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Creation (Chronicles of Ara #1) by Joel Eisenberg and Stephen Hillard

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MY RATING: ★★★ (3,5)

“Each immortal is possessed of a particular gift. Each gift is responsible for a particular miracle.”

This book is difficult to rate and difficult to describe too. Briefly, the author tells the story of the collapsing world of fantasy and Creation. Ara, a cursed goddess, also a character of a character’s novel Mirkwood. Yes one of the characters is a writer and Ara is in part of the story but she is more than that. Ara, being the Muse Goddess can influence other’s inspiration and act of creation. When a dragonslayer is killed in one of the book, revenge will get the best of her and turn her goodness into a dark fate. The writing is impeccable. You will find everything in this book : from philosophy and litterature to a math equation that can maybe quantify Creation. The author seemed to go over a thorough search in the Fantasy litterature mentioning some facts about JRR Tolkien’s life and work (BRAVO to these authors I love it when I see authors do their research :). JRR Tolkien is actually one of the main characters in the book. #INCEPTION. Continue reading

Strife of The Mighty by Julius Bailey

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MY RATING: ★★★★☆ 

“Often tales of valiant deeds lighten the heart,” said Brandegan. “They give hope, for they remind us that not all forces in the world work wickedness.”

-Julius Bailey

If Paper Towns can get a movie, this book highly deserves one or even more. A far far land where fantastic and magical creatures and energies exist, lay a small village called Vararel. One day, a warrior came and warned the villagers of the imminent danger that will approach the village but the people didn’t believe him and Giants start their attacks. Now all destroyed and had nothing left, everybody has to take refugee in the Capital. We follow Allon, Merch and Brandegan into this journey to the capital of Darfandor. Continue reading

Evanthia’s Gift by Effie Kammenou

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“Now, in a twist of fate, he would see her again.”

-EFFIE KAMMENOU

A mesmerizing romance over two generations. The first part of the story, we follow the beginning of Anastacia and Alex romance as they try to overcome their past to be in relationship and work it out together. Single motherhood, destroyed and got her heart broken by her first mariage, Ana will not allow herself to trust any man. Alex will have to teach her to love herself again and trust him. They will discover that each of them has their own dark past. Continue reading

The Masks of Monsters by Narayan Liu

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RATING : ★★★★☆

“The stars were a blur of white and blue and the air grew ever colder, it was only the fast pounding of Darius heart that kept him warm.”

– Narayan Liu, The Masks of monsters

If you are in need of a little scary and fun story on this day of Halloween, this book is for you! Only 100 pages long, this beautifully written novel is about Darius, a young man who commits murder and comes face-to-face with Aeron, who is one of the most terrifying creatures on earth: a vampire.  He will be enrolled in their world and will have to confront the lust and the temptations of the underworld. With a roller coaster of actions and suspense, I was not disappointed at all.

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Song of the Sea by Jade Varden

Song of the Sea  : ★★★★☆ (3.8) 

“It’s a liquid land filled with secrets and mysteries, and I wanted to discover them all.”

– Jade Varden, Song of the Sea

Brenna, a fifteen years old girl finds a fairly odd artifact in her attic and decided to use it for her school project. Unusual? Yes, but not useless. She will discover through that action how her world will be changed forever and that her family’s history laid beyond the surface of the Earth. Across the Atlantic Ocean, we will discover another universe with mermaids, selkies and mermen. Honestly, I didn’t know the existence of selkies before reading this. I had to google some pictures and damn, what a fascinating creature it is !

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Power Shift by Robert Arthur Stayton

Power Shift : ★★★★☆

“When we learned to control fire, our first energy source from outside of our bodies, we permanently parted ways with the animal lifestyle. ”

– Robert Arthur Stayton, Power Shift

This book introduces us to a key word, energy, and how this same word makes us different from other animals. It’s such a great way to look at it because we usually talk in a scale of brain differences, a more biological aspect, instead of energy. Yes, we are after all the first species to actually control and produce energy. A detailed documentary with charts, tables and illustrations to really help the readers understand the great importance and the need of changing our ways of using energy, especially fossil energy is what Robert Arthur Stayton presents in Power Shift. Let’s face it people, climate change is a fact. It’s not hypothetical anymore and if you are still denying this fact, I suggest you read about it because the effects have already begun. Raising awareness about this matter is always primordial and important. Here’s a video that explains and summarizes well the problem:

“The scale of our energy use has increased so much that we now load 100 million tons of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere every day.”

– ROBERT ARTHUR STAYTON, POWER SHIFt

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Fables (Volume 1) – Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham

“It took an invasion to unite us.”

– King Cole in Fables (Volume 1)

            Fables. Fables. Fables. You are the series that every fairytale fanatic was waiting for. Snow White? The Big Bad Wolf? Prince Charming? Beauty and the Beast? This comic series doesn’t fail in creating an exquisite world were fairytales clash with reality. Set in New York City, famous classic fairytale and folklore characters are forced to escape into a mundane world, our world. United by a war lead by The Adversary, their original stories are now history. Henceforth, they form a secret community that goes by the name of Fabletown. Fables (Volume 1), covering issues #1-5, focuses on a murder-mystery tale around Snow White’s sister, Red Rose. Discovering her apartment drowned in blood, Bigby Wolf (Big Bad Wolf who became Fabletown’s sheriff after turning over a new leaf) and Snow White (Director of Operations for Fabletown) try and uncover what really happened behind closed doors. Was Red Rose kidnapped? Killed? The task is in their hands to solve this case as the readers are plunged into a world filled with memorable characters.

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Saga (Volume 1) by Brian K. Vaughan

“Doesn’t matter if it’s personal or professional, a good partnership takes work.” 

– Narrator in Saga (Volume 1)

            Who would’ve thought that science fiction and fantasy could give birth to such a beautiful piece. I have been reading countless number of comics for a couple of months but I’ve never really dove into something more galactic. I have to say that I’m really glad that I came across this comic series and got the chance to read the first issues of this beautiful and promising story. Saga (Volume 1) by Brian K. Vaughan collects issues #1 to 6 and vows to get you hooked till the end. This trade paperback introduces us to some major characters while giving us a good idea of the setting and the overall situation. It also gives us amazing and very entertaining background stories that never cease to intrigue you. Saga familiarizes us with two soldiers, Alana and Marko, from two different planets, Landfall (the biggest planet in their universe) and Wreath (an orbit to Landfall). These two planets have been in war for years yet these two fellows fall in love after escaping a prison where she worked and he was imprisoned. Giving birth to a child in the midst of this war, this trade paperback focuses on these protagonists running away from their pursuers (people from Landfall and Wreath) who have concluded that these two soldiers have betrayed them while learning on their own backstories and personalities. Narrated by the new born, Saga unfolds several episodes of this newly founded family that seek peace in a universe condemned to violence and war.

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