The Lucky Ones by Julianne Pachino

MY RATING: ★★/5

A prismatic tale of a group of characters who emerge and recede throughout the novel and touch one another’s lives in ways even they cannot comprehend, The Lucky Ones captures the intensity of life in Colombia as paramilitaries, guerrillas, and drug traffickers tear the country apart. Combining vivid descriptions of life under siege with a hallucinatory feel that befits its violent world, The Lucky Ones introduces a truly original and exciting new voice in fiction.

whatidislike

The marketing campaign describes it as “a jigsaw puzzle”. Oh my god. Hell yes it was! Julianne Pachico not only tells a single story but many stories from different point of views and… in the same chapter. It was very confusing to me. I never knew who the narrator was or how it changed from one event to another, and slowly, it started to only make sense after a few chapters. I think the fact that it was all over the place ruined the reading experience for me.

IMG_5687 Continue reading

The Nightingale Won’t Let You Sleep by Steven Heighton

Elias is sent to Cyprus to recover, where he attempts to find comfort in the arms of Eylul, a beautiful Turkish journalist. But the lovers’ reprieve ends in a moment of shocking brutality that drives Elias into Varosha, once a popular Greek-Cypriot resort town, abandoned since the Turkish invasion of 1974.- Goodreads Blurb

MY RATING : ★★ (4.0)

Bewitchingly touching, this book is about humanity in all of its forms. When I first read the blurb, I expected a political and historical novel but it is so much more. What we have here is a protagonist, an ex-soldier, struggling with the traumas of war in Afghanistan and is sent to Cyprus to “recover”. But he spiraled down a path of no return: a brutal event happens to him and he ends up  in an abandoned town populated by a group of exiles and refugees.

“Rationalizations are daytime creatures, less plausible by night”

The focus of the novel is of course the evolution of Elias, and, oh my, the character development was on point. What’s really special is that as a starting point, Elias is already introduced to us as a broken man with his PTSD moments from Afghanistan. But it doesn’t stop there. He will undergo even more unfortunate events obliging him to fight his own demons while dealing with new encounters. Continue reading

The Twilight Wife by A.J. Banner

t1s

    Psychological thrillers are growing in popularity nowadays. Everywhere you go, you’re bound to see a new one ready to become the next big thing. The appeal behind this genre is however far from being superficial. The narrator, the characters, the pacing and the twists all come together to form a truly enthralling story. From the bestselling author of The Good Neighbor, A.J. Banner now dives into the story of a marine biologist who, after a dangerous diving expedition that resulted in a traumatic head injury, is now confronted with a severe case of amnesia that took away four long years from her memory. Under the care of her dear husband on a remote island, Kyra Winthrop starts to get flashes of past events, bringing her not only to doubt herself, but to doubt everyone around her. The Twilight Wife takes readers by the hand and carries them along with Kyra as she slowly uncovers her past. While doubt remains her biggest enemy during these tough times, it also transpires as her greatest ally in distinguishing fact from fiction.
Continue reading

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

3s

“All children, except one, grow up.”

— J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

 Boy oh boy, did I miss out on a classic! Everyone seems to be born knowing the story of Peter Pan. Well, actually, I speak on behalf of all 90s kid here. The animated movie version of Peter Pan is so well encrusted into our culture that we barely even need to be thought about it to know who on earth this kid is. I mean, think about it. Peter, freaking, Pan. The small, dipped in green, bright smile, flying boy. Oh, and let’s not forget his trustee side-kick that seems just as hard to forget about. Tinker Bell? Gosh. These two magically presents themselves in our minds at the mere mention of their names. Talk about a legacy. But wait. There’s a catch. Peter Pan isn’t just about some boy with a fairy and some crazy place called Neverland. Oh, no, no, no. Peter Pan is actually so much more. The only way to find out is through his classic story written by the one and only J.M. Barrie. If you thought you knew Peter Pan, think again. His adventures are of the most unexpected kind. They are topped off by a very sad ending that has yet to reach the minds of every fan of the movie adaptations.

Continue reading

DC Universe: Rebirth #1 by Geoff Johns

4ss

“Every second is a gift.”

— Geoff Johns, DC Universe: Rebirth #1

    Hey Lashaan, is this another reboot by DC? No, my friend. This is far from being a reboot. We don’t start from scratch. We aren’t about to re-explore all the origin stories of our beloved superheroes. We will not be looking looking at rehashed stories from the past. Wait. Are we? DC Universe Rebirth is a new step by DC Comics. You can gladly say goodbye to all the New 52 tags that you’ve been seeing for the past couple years. DC even changed their logo to mark their brand new beginning. While some people are probably lost and completely disoriented by all the things that happened during the New 52 era, others just jumped into anything that tickled their curiosity. More often than not, people found the New 52 a real big mess, even if some series had some really amazing runs here and there. Rebirth is probably something that was much needed by the company. I’m all in for a completely new management, new creative teams, new series and new numbering. Continue reading

The Anmorian Legends by D.N. Pillay

MY RATING: ★★★

Initially consumed by anger and doubts, plagued by the memories of his parents’ murder and a desire for vengeance, Rezaaran suppresses these demons in the pursuit of a purer purpose to restore peace as he becomes the last War-Mage of the fabled Vokarii.

On a quest spanning the galaxy Rezaaran begins to unravel the secrets of the four realms of Anmor and his destiny in an ancient battle.Yet his greatest challenge will be within. Will he find the strength to walk the path of a hero?

The world building is one of a kind. I have never seen anything like this before.  A great blend of fantasy and science-fiction. Pillar delivers his descriptions very carefully. It has sword combats and spaceships altogether.

Continue reading

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 .

Continue reading

Outcast (Volume 1) – A Darkness Surrounds Him by Robert Kirkman

1s

“Seems like they’ve been trying to hurt me my whole life… I need to find out why.”

— Robert Kirkman, Outcast (Volume 1)

    This is actually the first series I’ve started that’s written by Robert Kirkman. Don’t hurt me! I’m up to date with the Walking Dead TV show (who’s ready for season 7’s big reveal?) and I do plan on checking out the very comics that brought the show to life (in some twisted way). While Robert Kirkman is a tour de force in the comic sphere, it’s not far-fetched to wonder if he can continue strive in the business by delivering new and exciting stories. Outcast, instead of visiting zombies, is actually something unusual from his part. Here, he preferred checking out the upside-down world of exorcism. In a rather small village, quite a few (a lot more than one would wish in his own town) are possessed and end up doing some really nasty things. Nasty enough for Kyle Barnes to help understand. Why him? Because he was one of the first to actually fight off a demon who inhabited his close ones. After a huge period of seclusion, he finally decided that it was time to find answers to all this. Among others, one particular question drives this man. “Why him?” Continue reading

A Series of Unfortunate Events (Book 2) – The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket

1s

“Waiting is one of life’s hardships.”

— Lemony Snicket, The Reptile Room (Book 2)

    A flair for disaster. That is what circulates in his veins. Lemony Snicket continues to deliver events of the most unfortunate kind with The Reptile Room. The story continues where the last book left off. Finding a new host for the Beaudelaire children didn’t take too much time, but will bring them into a whole new chapter of their life. Lemony Snicket doesn’t forget to warn readers of the potential terrors that this series will bring us and gives us the opportunity to relieve ourselves of such a terrible adventure right from the get go.

    What the Beaudelaire’s are to find out with their new host is that a new creature is about to become quite predominant in their lives. Freaking snakes. While all sorts of snakes were illustrated with the brilliant touch of fantasy that Lemony Snicket is capable of, the most dangerous snake isn’t what one would expect. This one blends into its environment and lays waiting till it finds the right opportunity to jump on its preys. You know what I mean?

Continue reading

Montreal Coffee Shops’ Book Nooks

HI MY LOVELIES ! 

Today’s post will be all about those cute coffee shops that we have here in Montreal 🙂 I spent a lot of time coffee crawling this summer and I discovered some amazing chilling places.. and BOOK NOOKS.

How else to discover a city than by going into coffee shops AND READ right? Montreal has one the largest quantities of cute coffee shops ever. #Blessed!

cafe-pista

This green pastel and gold place is so unique and cute ! Their booth are super comfortable and it’s actually a bicycle repair place. 

location-icon-png-0500 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2S 1S5

14273541_10154723718352780_444592117_otell me something real_piccafepista1

Continue reading

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

1s

“We are the choices we make.”

— Patrick Ness, The Knife of Never Letting Go

    It takes a lot of guts to go through with an idea like this one. Patrick Ness seems to never settle with the simple and unoriginal. Known for his famous Chaos Walking trilogy, I’ve only contented myself of reading some of his more recent works till this day. It was only a matter of time before I tackled one of the most popular young adult novel out there. A couple pages into the book, I knew that I was about to enter a brand new universe. One that doesn’t limit itself in the boundaries of reality. Suffice to say that Patrick Ness knows his shit. To make this even more memorable was the fact that I had completely forgotten what the book was about. It is always a pleasure to know that all your books on your shelves are there to be read for a reason. Whether you remember or not that reason is only a plus to the surprises that the book has in store for you. Jumping into this book clueless was definitely worth it. Why? Because this novel relies strongly on suspense and readers start of with little to no information on what’s going on. Continue reading

Dune by Frank Herbert

MY RATING: ★★★★★

“Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.”

As I finished reading this novel, I was wondering why I haven’t heard about DUNE before. Why hasn’t Dune invaded our popular culture like Star Wars, Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings did? I did a few research and found out that Dune is the ancestor of Star Wars. So why haven’t Dune received as much recognition as Star Wars?  Written in 1965, it won the Hugo Award in 1966, an award for the best sci-fi/fantasy genre in the previous year. That’s a lot of recognition alright, but not in the public audience.

Set in the desert of Arrakis, Dune depicts the tale of betrayal and vengeance, in a feudal society where the Elites are ruling different planets. Duke Leto has been assigned the greater Order to rule Arrakis, creating conflicts with the house of Harkonnens who’s been eyeing the planet for so long.

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 2.45.45 AM Continue reading

Batman: Knightfall (Part One: Broken Bat) by Doug Moench

2s

“A community cowers behind locked doors. I have created darkness that chills their very souls. I have made a city injured to its own horrors know fear. Can you feel it? And it has only just begun.”

— Chuck Dixon, Batman: Knightfall (Part 1: Broken Bat)

    If you’ve seen The Dark Knight Rises, then know that what you see here is one of the many comics that inspired some of the great scenes that Christopher Nolan translated onto the big screen. As much as this volume is known as an absolute classic in Batman’s universe, it however struggles to survive the test of time. Published in the 90s, written by both Chuck Dixon and Doug Moench, illustrated by Jim Aparo, Jim Balent, Norm Breyfogle and Graham Nolan, Knightfall is only the first part of a trilogy, and essentially the most memorable story arc. The great writers behind this volume introduces readers to Bane and his ultimate plan to take control of Gotham by first getting rid of the one and only Batman. While Bane manipulates the whole orchestra and devises a painful and exhausting trial for Batman, the story essentially leads to the one and only highlight hinted in the title of the volume. Is Bane’s plan truly flawless? Will he be able to take down the Dark Knight? The crusader that no other villain has yet been able to put an end to? Continue reading

City of Thieves by David Benioff

3ss

“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

Here With Me Now by Rebecca Markus

MY RATING: ★★★

thestory

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.

_sixofcrows2DC9B85CC2B8F1D3C19551F5F8CF5DE60

mythoughts

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

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

3ss

    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

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

1

    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

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

The Muiread by Luke Taylor

3ss

“Let me walk to that day without fear, fair Ivy. Let me walk where the dawn and dusk collide, and there, standing tall against Eternity’s foe, fight the fight of my life.”

— Luke Taylor, The Muiread

     Have you ever read a novel that said more about the author than his biography could? It’s quite the insight, I tell you. I’ve known Luke Taylor since the first day he contacted Bookidote for a review of his novel The Quiet Kill. Since then, he has built a bond with us like no other author has attempted to do so. Through Goodreads, I’ve seen his passion for novels unfold and I’ve learned about classics that I should quick get my hands on thanks to his vast and profound knowledge of the existing literature. It is only much later that I’ve gotten the chance to read The Muiread and see for myself what style he fancies as an author. I jumped into this book with my eyes closed and had close to no expectations on what was about to unravel. It is now with absolute certainty that I can see that Luke Taylor is a man with a deep-seated love for literature. This novel screams that its creator can take upon himself countless styles and reinvigorate even the most lost arts that literature has ever known. Continue reading