Monthly Wrap-Up + Halloween Costume | October 2017

Hello lovely people!

It’s that time of the month where we go through all the good (and maybe bad?) stuff that happened to us!

This is an easy way for everyone to check out posts that might intrigue them or have missed from us and share their thoughts with us. You can even get a glimpse at Trang’s Halloween costume below 😉

Feel free to share what you’ve been up to and talk to us! There’s no bad time for catching up or for fangirl/boy’ing! ❤

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The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

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“This is something I know: no matter how far you have run, no matter how long you have been lost, it is never too late to be found.”

— Rene Denfeld, The Child Finder

    Every once in a while you’ll come across a novel that’ll succeed in doing the impossible. For me, Rene Denfeld’s latest novel The Child Finder does exactly that. After her successful and mesmerizing debut novel The Enchanted, she now continues to tackle similar themes through a mystery thriller like none other. There are subjects in life that will always remain grim and unbearable, but then there are authors out there with a never-before-seen skill with words who will find ways to charm and maintain a relentless grip on you while tackling some of the darkest and most painful incidents that could occur in the lives of some. The Child Finder is my first sighting of a book that harmoniously brings together the beautiful and the horrible this year. Through raw and magical writing, Rene Denfeld offers us a hypnotizing look into what entrapment, survival and redemption is all about. There’s nothing pretty in the world that she disentangles for us, yet she still somehow manages to tinge this story with warmth, light and hope. This is a story that strives in showcasing the very foundation of human survival.

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Lost Boy by Christina Henry – The True Story of Captain Hook

MY RATING: ★/5 

Lost Boy was my first novel from Christina Henry  and to be honest, I was not disappointed. I think Peter Pan has been one of my favourite classic tales. When I read it for the first time last year, I felt like a kid still enjoying the magical world of fairy dust, flying and never growing up. Christina Henry took all the essentials elements that made it magical for us and turn it to ashes, in a good dark and villain way.

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The main character here is Jamie (later known as Captain Hook) and we follow his story of how he met Peter Pan, how he ended up on the island and before he was Peter Pan’s enemy, how he became his best friend. His development was astonishing from beginning to start. What is even more interesting was, for the first time, we have a concrete measure of a character development : his growth. You know how all the children living in Neverland never grow up? Except this one. He’s growing up throughout the stories and all the turning points of his transformations are also the indications of his character development. Masterful move!

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One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel | Read-Along

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    Narrated by a twelve-year old boy, One of the Boys is the story of a shattered family. Emotional and absolutely riveting, Daniel Magariel’s debut novel immerses you into the mind of a child who simply wants to join his father and older brother on their plan of starting a new life away from their mother. There’s nothing more important for our unnamed narrator than to be one of the boys. Winning the war was only the first step to starting over in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Things however are not what they seem when the psychological and physical abuse by the father are about to become a routine ordeal for these children. The story presents us the evolution of two kids as they try to adapt to their new situation, overcome the new challenges of a motherless life and please a father who’s habits become much more evident and destructive. Buddy-read with Trang, One of the Boys has become one of those short yet mesmerizing books of the year. With an ending that had us in awe, we can definitely say that this novel is one that should be read with caution.
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Monthly Wrap-Up | January 2017

Hello lovely people!

Already a month into 2017. I’m sure plenty has happened within 31 days for every single one of us. Hopefully, most of these things bring a smile on all your faces. Today we’re about to revisit all the posts we’ve published, all the wonderful books we’ve discovered and all the great cinematic art we might have crossed paths with! Don’t be shy to share what you think about anything! 😀

Let’s get right to it then! 😉

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Monthly Wrap-Up | December 2016

Hello lovely people!

December is now over! Hope everyone had a wonderful month with the least amount of stress or problems though! Hope the Holidays have been filled with joy and heart-warming moments! Big sorry for the delay for this wrap-up, Trang has been quite busy lately! 😀 Today we’re about to revisit all the posts we’ve published, all the wonderful books we’ve discovered and all the great cinematic art we might have crossed paths with! Don’t be shy to share what you think about anything! 😀

Let’s get right to it then! 😉

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The Last Bookstore- Los Angeles Attraction

In the beginning of May, we had the chance to travel to Los Angeles! As reknowned bookworms *smirk*, we had to visit the most popular bookstore out there: THE LAST BOOKSTORE! 

A real bookworm treat babay!

giphy2They have couches to read, every genre is separated in an unique way and my favourite has to be the Horror Vault. Where you are entering through a Vault Metallic Door (AHHH SO COOL) and then it’s dark and you have all these novels from H,P Lovecraft to Edgar Allan Poe. It’s AMAZING. Unforunately, I lost my mac a few weeks ago and all of my pictures were inside. I just have 3 pics left from the gallery hahah .

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The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

MY RATING: ★★★

“There’s nothing so painful, so corrosive, as suspicion.”

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Goodreads blurb :

“EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. 

UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.”

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Cinedote Review – Trumbo (2015)

Summary: In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood’s top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.

Director: Jay Roach

Writers: John McNamara (screenplay), Bruce Cook (book)

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Louis C.K., Elle Fanning, John Goodman, Michael Struhlbarg

   Cinema has known a lot of drama throughout time. From actors, screenwriters, directors to Hollywood itself, the things that happen behind the big screen is mind-boggling and a lot of it remains in the closet to this day. Politics has played a huge role in marking the cinematographic landscape. Trumbo is a movie that not only shows you what a screenwriter’s political belief can do to his career, but what an artist will do for his passion. No matter his inclinations in the political world, his silence found ways to reach theaters and propel Dalton Trumbo onto a career like none other. Set around the late 40s and early 50s, Trumbo is known as an elite in what he does. However, several individuals still denounce his allegiance to the Communist Party of the USA and his constant use of cinema for communist propaganda purposes. The relentless assault from anti-communists will take a big tole on Dalton Trumbo’s career as he discovers the infamous blacklist. But, will it be enough to stop Trumbo from making history? Continue reading

This or That Tag

Hi Guys! 😀

We are now back with a TAG, YUS YUSS. Thank you to two of the lovely bloggers, Hiraethforthepages and Aubresbooknook, for tagging us 😀

THE RULES:

  • MENTION THE CREATOR OF THE TAG: AYUNDA @ TEA AND PAPERBACKS and Sarah&Faith @ Sublimereads (Again we love these two bloggers ❤ 😀 Definitely check them out!! )
  • THANK THE BLOGGER WHO TAGGED YOU!
  • CHOOSE ONE OF THE OPTIONS, YOU DON’T HAVE TO TELL THE REASONS WHY YOU CHOSE THAT, BUT YOU CAN ALSO DO THEM IF YOU WANT TO.
  • TAG 10 OTHER PEOPLE TO DO THIS TAG TO SPREAD THE LOVE!

Since we have been tagged in two different posts with different questions, we selected a few of them and mixed them up! 

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Going to YALLWEST The Book Festival

Hello lovelies 😀 

We are here with another bookish post and it’s all about YALLWEST Festival! 🙂

So.. you must be wondering: What is it? Why am I reading this?

Well, it’s a book convention, one of the biggest convention ever and it will be receiving authors like Rainbow Rowell, Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Ransom Riggs, etc. Click here for the full list of authors! Some cool booktubers will be attending too like  Polandbananas Jessethereader.  Continue reading

Sunshine Blogger Award #3 and #4

Hello lovelies!

Ain’t it a beautiful day! Hope everyone is having a good one and enjoying every second of it. Whether it’s by eating your favorite dessert or reading your current book! You know that last one can easily book a smile on our face. So does the former though… OH WELL! Here we are with a deluxe edition of a Sunshine Blogger Award! We’d really love to get through all them tags and awards we got stockpiled so we can be up to date with all the fun goodies you guys deliver at our doors.

Without further ado, here’s our third and fourth nomination given by the great Jesse @ Books At Dawn and Rae @ bookmarkchronicles ! You guys should definitely go peek at their windows—hmm… that ain’t creepy at all..— they’ve got some really entertaining content and are really amazing to talk too! 😀 Continue reading

Batman: A Death in the Family by Jim Starlin

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“It’s painfully obvious which path I must choose. The question is: How will I ever be able to live with this decision?”

— Jim Starlin, Batman: A Death in the Family

       Let’s cut to the chase. If the cover of this trade paperback doesn’t single-handedly give away one of the biggest events in Batman’s history, then something’s wrong. Aside from the fact that Batman : A Death in the Family is considered to be one of the most important reads for comic fans and that the death of a Robin is seldom tragic, this volume was a stunning disappointment. I’ll be frank, I jumped into the volume without prior knowledge of the story to expect or even the additional content introducing the new Robin—yes, my friends, there are more than one Robin’s out there. Oh, don’t give me that look. With all those different costumes and physical disparities compared to the original Robin, you’re going to tell me that the kid behind the mask was always the same?  Continue reading

Room by Emma Donoghue

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“Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.”

— Emma Donoghue, Room

        Meet Jack. A curious and brave little fellow who finds comfort, joy and love in Room and Ma. Room is where he lives in. He has everything he needs, from books to television. His own room, inside Room, is a closet through which he hears the boogeyman every now and then at night—that’s Old Nick. Jack’s mom also lives under the same skylight. Telling Jack about stories and teaching him to hold a strict and fun schedule every day, Ma is the only person that Jack needs. She’d do anything for her son, the apple of her eyes. That’s Ma. Room is an intricate and brilliant novel that’s disturbing enough to be claimed a horror story. Emma Donoghue has written a novel that not only examines the world through the eyes and words of a 5 year old, but questions the very foundation of society that governs our daily lives. This novel is drenched in truth and virtue. It’s molded around a scary and sharply accurate depiction of life and doesn’t fail in serving wisdom on a silver platter. Room combines innocence and life in a heart-wrenching tale of love and discovery. Continue reading

Monthly Kick in the Butt – March 2016

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 HELLO LOVELIES!

    Hope everyone is kicking of their month with a fresh cup of coffee and a positive outlook of life! If not, take a moment to lay back, close your eyes and take deep breaths. Life is all about stumbling and getting right back on track one step at a time! We’re back at it again with another installment of our monthly kick in the butt! It seems like every month has its fair share of fascinating books for us to read and enjoy. We can’t wait to see what book and life has in store for us now. 😉 Continue reading