Saturday, November 1, 2014


Wow! I never thought I’d have made this far!! I’m really thankfull for all of you guys who read it, visit it and everything!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Outlander by Diana Galbadon

Synopsis: The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon--when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach--an "outlander"--in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life...and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

My thoughts: I’m in love. This is definitely going to my top 10 books, soooo good! I’ve always loved Scotland and the UK all in all, but now I just wish I could live there!

    This book isn’t only about romance. In its almost 800 pages you can find adventure, mystery, suspense, anger, envy, all kinds of feelings and book genres that I can possibly think, except horror (actually, thinking again, there was a part that I felt horrified). Diana Galbadon made an exquisite work in creating these characters; all of them had depth, a past, a future, no exception at all. It’s been a long time since I made so many faces during a reading, she made me hate Randall and love Jamie and worry for him as if he actually existed! Its twists made the reading so pleasant! I thought that I would finish it in four months - if not more - and yet I finished in half of it because it was so good and easygoing to read it - I would've finished sooner if it wasn't for my University. And the author isn’t done yet: no, she already wrote eight volumes, with about the same amount of pages as the first one, but why stop it, right? Sooo, she’s writing a ninth volume! Is she competing with George R. R. Martin from the Game of Thrones saga or something?? I don’t have time – nor money – to read all this! :P

     The scenario is greatly written, very detailed, letting you create the whole thing in your head. Sometimes, though, it was a little distressing to keep searching for pictures of the plants and flowers that she used in the scene – she is an ecologist, so it is expected – but it didn’t bother me that much. It was a learning – even though I don’t remember most of the flowers anymore.

      I loved Claire, but the way she is portrayed in the TV series, in some way it seemed a little bit different for me. In the book, her inner strength and strong will is shown most of the time in her attitudes, more than in her manner of speak. In the series is the opposite, but lovely just the same. It's starting to become usual to see strong women in books and I really hope that it continues to be so! We need more and more in order to show girls that damsels in distress aren't the only possible occupation for a lady! ;D

      Jamie though… he is my true love. ;) He is strong, romantic, faithful, stubborn, maddening, everything that makes him a perfect gentleman and in the same time a great scoundrel and a magnificent warrior and Scot. He is different from any character I’ve ever seen because every word he says isn’t off the place or off the beat, he seems to know what to say, when to say and how to say it in a way that will make him ever cuter! In all the reading, I never felt as if the character was “being forced to say” that sentence – I don’t know if it makes sense, I just feel it. When he was suffering I felt it in my bones as if I was watching him right in front of me and I cried and had to close the book for a while before being able to open it again - and that folks, never happened to me before, I can assure you. Even my friends, when they saw me reading it, got preoccupied that I would burst into tears.

     Randall deserves to die a very slowly and painful death that will consume him piece by piece until he is so crazy and tired that he will beg to be killed. That’s all I have to say about him.

    Dougal Mackenzie is different than what the series portray. While reading, I imagined that he would be tall, with mid-length brown hair and black eyes, and in his forties. The series made him look older, I believe.

   Angus and Rupert are the funny duo. Despite their clumsiness, they are the type of person that you can count on. Murtagh, even though he doesn’t talk much, he was, for me, one of the most loyal persons I’ve ever seen, and very protective as well. Miss Fitzgibbons is so cute and reliable I wished I had such a governess to help me every morning!

  Starz is making a wonderful job in turning this saga into a series. I could never ask for a better cast to give Claire and Jamie life.


To everyone who got interested in the series:

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.
Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells's classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman's Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we'll do anything to know and the truths we'll go to any lengths to protect.

My thoughts: I’m drop dead and with my mind blank. Seriously. I have no words to describe the novel I’ve just read. Just…


And now I just found out that it isn’t over and that it’s going to have sequels!! I’m so happy because the ending to this book left me speechless. It’s the first time this ever happened. I can truly agree to the fact that this book became one of the best books I’ve ever read in my few years on this planet. Well-written, beautifully describing, engaging conversations and characters with strong and deep features. This was the first novel ever to give me Goosebumps and butterflies in my stomach, but not from excitement, from for disgust and fear and… ok a little bit of excitement. What can I say? I like a little bit of blood. :P

I have nothing to say about this one. The ending, as mentioned before, and all the unfolding of this novel left me in utter shock and inner conflict. Juliet is a great character: strong headed, resolute, but also timid and profound, with a lot of layers underneath it. I mean, when your father is cast out of London accused of being a lunatic and heretic, all your wealth becomes ashes, your friends desert you and your mother dies when you’re young, it’s kind of obvious that she would built such walls around herself for protection.

I’m team Montgomery, the family butler’s son, all the way through. He’s a gentleman, sweet and seductive, but without leaving his wild – since he was raised in the middle of beasts, it’s expected. He was one of my favorite characters because he had secrets that made my chin drop to the ground, but you’ll have to read to find out what.

This book was based in an classic novel and I must say, compared to Splintered (view my older posts for this review), this book is hands down better. No unnecessary parts, everything fell into place as if it always belonged there. I can’t wait to read the book that gave base to write this one, as well as all the other volumes of this one! Highly recommended for everyone who likes some mystery and adventure, with a touch of blood and gruesome, passion and suspense.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Synopsis: In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

My thoughts: Meh. This one was a little complicated because while it didn’t catch me very much, I finished this book in three days. So, it’s kind of a dilemma here. This book reminds me so much of Hunger Games, from the time when the story happens – in a post-War U.S. where chaos is so strong and balance so delicate that only with a “tyrannical” or a righteous government will survive – to the main character – a strong willed girl – but it still had some subtle differences: comparing the first novel of both – because that’s what I’ve read so far – HG, despite the gruesome part of the deaths of the tributes, isn’t as visceral as in Divergent, because in this time she sees all the blood and loss on her party – I’m not going to tell who dies that is related to her, but it is still pretty strong.

Also in comparison, I think that Divergent is much better written than HG. I’m sorry, but this one isn’t only about what is on her head, all the abstraction. It’s still there, but not so explicit as in HG; in Divergent there was more talking, more activity and dynamic, making this one not that tiresome. It gives you some insight that aren’t only for the book, but actually for the future. For example: don’t ever settle for one thing or another; don’t let people label you, you can belong and fell belonged anywhere you want; don’t let anyone influence on your decision, but whatever you choose, face the consequences, no matter what they are.

As usual, I liked the strong girl character. I think it gives a good image to stimulate girls to be strong and face their fears. I started to enjoy this book near the end; before that It was in a bit of a slow motion, even though it had some pretty fearsome parts: like, jumping from a roof into a gigantic dark hole and maybe death.

It was predictable at some parts – like, I already knew who Four was before Tris figured that out – but all-in-all it wasn’t such a bad thing. I liked the ending and I’m looking forward to read the sequel. My only worry is that because writers discovered this gold mine, this goose of golden eggs – because, guys, these books sold like water, especially to YA readers – they won’t try to innovate it, and keep the same modus operanti as the writers from historical romances do – especially the ones who likes to write about Jane Austen’s era. Please, please, don’t do that! Don’t kill another book gender because of greed!
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw

Strange things are happening on the remote and snowbound archipelago of St. Hauda’s Land. Magical winged creatures flit around the icy bogland, albino animals hide themselves in the snow-glazed woods, and Ida Maclaird is slowly turning into glass. Ida is an outsider in these parts who has only visited the islands once before. Yet during that one fateful visit the glass transformation began to take hold, and now she has returned in search of a cure.

"The Girl with Glass Feet "is a love story to treasure, “crafted with elegance and swept by passionate magic and the yearning for connection.
A rare pleasure” (Katherine Dunn, author of "Geek Love").

My thoughts: Meh. Ali Shaw gives us a romantic/fantastic novel, but there are a few (many) things that I thought were so unnecessary. For an instance, small bull-winged moths?!?! WHAT?!?! I mean, WHAT!?!?!?!

                The only thing that kept me going was the couple. Ida and Midas were really sweet, both trying to solve their shit. Their romance was so pure and simple, they gave each other support despite all things. Because of her, Midas found the strength he needed to get free from his Father’s shadow, and from him, Ida learned that maybe the more important things weren’t to base-jump or to dive in a lake, but to be together with the ones you loved, especially when you needed them most.

                Despite the fact that the Author is really gifted with describing scenarios – really, it was so detailed that astonished me – the book was a drag. I really considered not finishing at all – just to give you guys an idea.

                Also, all those chapters about their relatives and people around them – from an distant Henry Fuwa and his relation with Midas’s mother to Ida’s uncle feelings regarding her mom – for me were unnecessary. Ok, maybe one or two had a meaning because without them, a few things would be left behind without explanation, but not all of them.

                The book left a few unsolved things. For an instance, how did Ida got these “disease”? It couldn’t be like a cold, so how? And how to make it stop? Is there a cure at all? And what about those winged things? What’s the meaning? For me: NONE. The base of the whole story for me was to find a cure for her, but if you don’t know what in God’s name is it and how did you get it, how can you find a cure?

                I don’t know… this book didn’t catch me at all, and I’m kind of glad that it ended.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Milkrun by Sarah Mlynowski

Synopsis: "Milkrun" -- a novel about drinks, dates and other distractions -- is the fun and compelling story of hyperactive 25-year-old Jackie Norris. Her luck with dating is analogous to riding the bus: intending to take the express, but finding herself on the painfully long local. In "Milkrun," we see Jackie doing the Singles Scene: going to bars, meeting men and making up her own -- hilarious! -- dating rules. Join Jackie on her mission as she deals with life's many problems...and discovers what she really wants.

My thoughts: I laughed my heart out on this one, I gotta tell you guys! Very, very funny! Every page was a different laughter. Jackie Norris is one of the most neurotic characters I’ve ever seen! If a man touched her arm by accident – there he wants to marry her and have kids and live in a beautiful country house with a dog. If another one offered her a drink – there he was going to say that he fell in love with her at first sight and was not going to lose her. I mean, come on! You’re not the hottest girl on the neighborhood, and even if you were, you don’t’ have to be so neurotic about every man! LOL That was a thing that kept me thinking for a while: she was so desperate to find a guy to be with her that she wasn’t trying to improve herself, or to love herself first. It seemed to me, after I finished the reading, that only by finding a boyfriend you’ll find true happiness, reminding me of those 50’s vision that only with a husband and kids you can call yourself a happy woman. I think that:

1)      You got to love yourself

2)      By loving yourself and being happy with it, whatever comes next – man, boyfriend, husband, kids, dog and house – is just the profit.

3)      If you love yourself first, your man will respect you enough. You don’t need his approval for anything!

                This book has a quick and different rhythm, always bringing different reactions. I can’t tell how many times I screamed and squeaked while reading it – my brother saw me and was worried with my sanity, so you can get the picture here.

                Jeremy was a douche. My Goddess, how could she get such a guy as her boyfriend? What kind of man makes a girl give up on her master’s degree?! Or makes her move to Boston with him only to tell her “well, you see, I’m going to Thailand by myself, because, you see, I’m kind of lost and need to find myself…” WHAT?! I mean WHAT?!?! Did the doctor hit your head on the wall when you were born and your insides got jumbled?!

                From all her friends, the one that I thought was different from everybody else was Wendy. She is focused on her stuff and she took a lot of pressure before breaking down.  I’ll sound self-centered now, but I think liked her the most because she reminds me. :P

                One of the guys Jackie dates was a pain in the ass, gotta tell ya. At the beginning he was cute with his e-cards he sent to her at her work, but after a while… SWEET JESUS HOW THAT WAS ANNOYING! >:(

                I didn’t like the ending. I was expecting so much from it, and then got… that. I wanted to know with whom she was going to hook up with, and it didn’t tell! But it was kind of predicted, at least for me. I already had my bets on whom she was going to get together with – and I’m not going to tell who! You’ll have to read and see for yourselves. So the ending was expected and unpleasant. I had actually thought that it might had a sequel, but to my despair there isn’t: what you see it’s what you get. And I was expecting more at the end. No more complaints regarding the insides because I had a good deal of laughs, I really only disliked the end.


and a half

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Venetia by Georgette Heyer

At five-and-twenty, Venetia Lanyon despairs of ever meeting the handsome hero of her romantic dreams. Then her long-absent neighbor, Lord Damerel, returns home to Yorkshire. An infamous rake, he is the most scandalous man in all of England and he has set his amorous sights on the lovely Venetia.

Determined to woo and win the fair Venetia, Lord Damerel pursues her with a passionate abandon that is soon the talk of the town. But Venetia has no intention of losing her heart to the rakish lord until she is sure that beneath his swashbuckling ways and shocking manners lies a tender heart belonging to her.

My thoughts: L-O-V-E I-T! Just lovely! Damerel is a veery charming and seductive scoundrel, I must give him that! Georgette Heyer is the Mother of Historical Romance as we know it today, for without her and the authors before her, there wouldn't be basis for Julia Quinn, Mary Balough, Madeline Hunter and so on, in my humble opinion.

Julia Quinn and Georgette Heyer are compared to Jane Austen, but I saw many differences between them. For an instance, Heyer and Quinn don’t focus on the social matters and daily issues that were important to Austen. On the other hand, Quinn gets the sexual a little bit more intense than Heyer and OBVIOUSLY – since that during 1814 and everything after that, a female author writing was scandalous enough, imagine writing about sexual scenes! – Austen, but the romance is there all right. Another difference that I've noticed - although it's more of a statement - Jane Austen always had a head start because she lived in the period that Quinn or Heyer had to do their homework and research about it.

Heyer was a delight to read. It’s been a while since I last cheered for a historical novel. As I said in late posts, there’s been a pattern in these new books, so I’ve been finding difficulties to enjoy my reading. But this time was different. Heyer was from the 20’s so the innocence was still kept while reading it, but it wasn’t so bucolic as in the novels from the nineteenth century.

Venetia is a strong headed girl that likes her independence. Living in the same neighborhood for 25 years and never leaving because of her recluse father, her only friends were her younger brother Aubrey, a sharp-tongued 17-years-old boy with a hip disability but a big brain; Lady Denny, a long family friend and protector of Venetia; Edward Yardley, just a presumptuous asshole that thought that owned Venetia; Oswald Denny, nobody; the servants and no one else. But the arrival of Lord Damerel shook things up, for he is known for having eloped with a married woman. Their first meeting was… how can I say it… interesting. But I won’t say why. ;P

Anyway, as the story goes on, you realize that the romance isn’t the focus. Yeah, I know, I wasn’t expecting it myself. Damerel don’t try to seduce her, don’t try to get her to his bed, don’t try to “ruin” her virtue, nothing! They become friends, her brother becomes friends with him too, and soon they are all in such good terms, that you forget that Lord Damerel was in the past such a “bad person”.

After all this you think “ok, they are friends now then they fall in love for each other and then they get together, right?” WRONG! Damerel dismisses her! And so she goes to her aunt’s house in London, to escape from seeing him and the new Lady Lanyon that arrives in Yorkshire, with her mother claiming that she is married and pregnant with Venetia’s older brother’s child.

What I liked most were the plot, obviously, and the couple. Damerel may be a rakish, but he has good judgment to know that a relation, especially a romantic one – their friendship was already seen with bad eyes – would be Venetia’s doom. But she couldn’t care less! She has her mind made, she loves her independence, and she loves him! Look at the F**** she gives for the talk of the town.

I really liked this. I want the rest. That’s all I’ll say in the end.


Friday, July 4, 2014

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Synopsis: "Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?" ad attracts dozens for mind-bending tests readers may try. Only two boys and two girls succeed for a secret mission, undercover and underground into hidden tunnels. At the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, the only rule is - there are no rules.

My thoughts: this book talks about the adventures of four children, who must defeat Mr. Curtain (the villain) before he wins everybody minds. The kids are: Reynie Muldoon, an orphan boy with a golden heart and leadership; George “Sticky” Washington, a runaway kid with the ability to stick – that’s why his name – everything that he reads into his bald head; Kate Wetherall and her bucket, an orphan girl whose mother died and father disappeared, making her runaway with the circus, where she learned as many abilities as you can imagine; and last, but not least, little Miss Constance Contraire, the most gifted of all – and the most annoying. Together they are the Mysterious Benedict Society, the most gifted kids and only hope for the world.

                At first, I thought that I would be able to draw a rank with my favorite and hated character among the children, but now I find it impossible to do so. Simply because they are adorable and unique, making each one, in its own way, important for the success of their mission.

According to booklist, this book is compared to Harry Potter’s saga, and although I agree in most of it – the common villain that together they must defeat, the danger to everyone if they fail etcetera – their genre doesn’t match (in my humble opinion): The MBS has the small kids between 6 to 13 or 14 years old as their target, while The HP focus on everybody in a general matter, but mainly juvenile people.

The book altogether was very entertaining and fun, I had my share of laughter, surprise and caring for each chapter and each character – except for Mr. Curtain, obviously. Despite all efforts, I couldn’t find a book category for it, since it has adventure, mystery, a fiction, action, comedy, differently from the other novels that I’ve read over the years – mostly of them fits in the romance and historical romance category. So I can say, with a certain amount of security, that it pleases all tastes.

Even though it’s a childlike book, the focus, for me, wasn’t only in the games and enigmas that the book gives you to solve together with the heroes, but the messages within the book itself: you’re never alone if you have friends; everyone is especial and important for something or someone, no matter what they are like or what they do; there is no 100% right side in politics or in everything in life, for that matter; family isn’t only the one with blood-relations. That’s why I had such a hard time finding a place to put them in :P
Here is the website from the book, with games and everything:
Welcome to The Mysterious Benedict Society!


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Hannah Snell, The Female Warrior

Name of Birth:                           Hannah Snell

Place of Birth:                            Worcester, England

Date of Birth:                             April 23rd, 1723

Place of Death:                          Bedlam, England

Date of Death:                           February 8th, 1792

            Hannah Snell, AKA James Gray, was one of the most important mariners in England’s history. Disguised as a man for two years, this woman sailed to India through great storms and fought in mud-filled trenches at the siege of Pondicherry. What made her go to the Marine? After her baby died, her husband deserted her. She began dressing as a man, tracking down her husband who had been executed for murder.

            Born into a large Worcester family in 1723, she travelled to London to live with her half-sister, Susannah Gray. In 1744, at the age of twenty-one, Hannah married a Dutch sailor, James Summs, and soon fell pregnant. However, in mid-1745, Hannah's husband abandoned her while she was seven months pregnant. After the baby’s premature death, Hannah decided to pursue her deceitful lover, disguising herself in a suit belonging to her brother-in-law, James Gray. A victim of her success at masquerade, Hannah says she was pressed into the English army and forced to march in pursuit of the fleeing troops of Bonnie Prince Charlie. She then joined the marines and was sent to India, aboard the ship Swallow on 23rd October, 1747. It sailed to Lisbon and after India, where she fought against the French at Pondicherry. She claims to have been severely injured at Pondicherry, but managed to conceal her sex by treating her wounds in secret.

            When she revealed herself to a comrade – right after returning to London – he suggested that she presented a petition to the head of the British Army, the Duke of Cumberland, requesting financial recognition. After a time debating the veracity of her story, the Army accepted and granted a lifelong pension. In the meantime, she became the fuss of London – and in consequence, the whole of Britain – by appearing in her male clothes and telling her story. Her portrait appeared on every street corner.

            For over two centuries people have been fascinated by Hannah’s life, and her story has appeared in a great variety of forms, but her life remains a mystery, due to her lowly beginnings. In addition to these simple sources, however, is a document that has proved invaluable in recreating Hannah’s life. In June 1750, the printer and publisher Robert Walker made an agreement with Hannah to publish her biography, The Female Soldier; or The Surprising Life and Adventures of Hannah Snell.2 The book was a runaway success and Walker published a much longer serialised edition barely a fortnight later which was to ensure Hannah’s place in history. However, it is said that her story is filled with inaccuracies, but it is due to an era when biographies were little concerned with establishing a factually based "truth".

            After her “grand debut” and ascension to one of the biggest gossips of Britain, she opened a pub that had the same name as her biography, The Female Warrior (or The Widow in Masquerade, accounts disagree), but it didn’t last long. She remarried to Richard Eyles, in 1759, and had two children and lived another forty years. In 1772, she married Richard Habgood of Welford, also in Berkshire, and the two moved to the Midlands. In 1785, she was living with her son George Spence Eyles, a clerk, on Church Street, Stoke Newington. However, after a few years, in 1791, she was admitted to a lunatic asylum, with an unknown disease, in Bedlam, were she died six months after.

“Why gentlemen, James Gray will cast off his skin like a snake and become a new creature. In a word, gentlemen, I am as much a woman as my mother ever was, and my real name is Hannah Snell.” - The Female Soldier, 1750


Saturday, June 7, 2014

An Offer from a Gentleman by Julia Quinn

Synopsis: Sophie Beckett never dreamed she′d be able to sneak into Lady Bridgerton′s famed masquerade ball - or that "Prince Charming" would be waiting there for her! Though the daughter of an earl, Sophie has been relegated to the role of servant by her disdainful stepmother. But now, spinning in the strong arms of the debonair and devastatingly handsome Benedict Bridgerton, she feels like royalty. Alas, she knows all enchantments must end when the clock strikes midnight.

Who was that extraordinary woman? Ever since that magical night, a radiant vision in silver has blinded Benedict to the attractions of any other - except, perhaps, this alluring and oddly familiar beauty dressed in housemaid′s garb whom he feels compelled to rescue from a most disagreeable situation. He has sworn to find and wed his mystery miss, but this breathtaking maid makes him weak with wanting her. Yet, if he offers her his heart, will Benedict sacrifice his only chance for a fairy tale love?

My thoughts: At first I fell in love. Hard. Benedict was the type of man every woman would like: tall, strong, so handsome it hurts, gentleman, rich. But near the end I kind of got uninterested. Not that the ending wasn’t good – it was rather cute – but the pattern of historical novels is starting to get on my nerves. Everytime is the same thing: a girl from a very different social scale falls head over heels for a wealthy man, but she keeps inside her head that “oh, I can’t love him because I’ll suffer if I do… blah blah blah…” I mean, it’s cute at the first time you read it, but after the 5th book it kinds of gets annoying. And more, instead of having such a negative behavior, why won’t she go and give it her best shot? The worst thing that could happen is she losing her job… and if she does, London – and England - is big enough to have other Manors looking for a chambermaid or something like that.

                Because of the fact that these novels are following a path, I kind of knew what was going to happen, so it wasn’t surprising that she would succumb to his seductive behavior.

                Lady Whistledown – a London gossiper that knows about everything that happens in the city – was a joy, and the only mystery I couldn’t solve in this novel, so I give that to the author. In my mind is one person, but it could be many others. The only hint that I could give is this: I’m almost sure that it’s from the Brigderton family. That’s all I’m going to say, if you want to debate go on and read the novel first and tell me what you think! ;)

                I liked Eloise and I think her novel is going to be the best of the whole family. She is sassy mouth, charming, a true gossiper, genius and devilish in a cute manner, all that I like in a Jane-Austen-period-based book.

                I hated Araminth - the stepmother - from the beginning. She was stupid, ridiculous, childish, greedy, false and many other adjectives that I would rather not use it here. Lady Brigderton won me when she bitchslaped Araminth on the face, but that only happens at the end. I felt pity of Posy, because she was indeed a good girl, but she never took a stand and faced her mother – until the end… AS WELL. Everyone revealed itself at the end, huh?  

                It’s a pastime book, something that won’t make you think much, so I recommend it for a vacation season, a trip or something like this. But TRUST me: if you are looking for something out of the ordinary, don’t bother that much about this book. The only reason why I won’t give 2 or even 1 star is because of two people: FIRST, Julia Quinn is still one of my favorite authors – together with Jane Austen, Erin Morgenstein, Lauren Kate, Melissa de La Cruz… – and SECOND, because of Benedict: he is perrrrrrfect!


Monday, June 2, 2014

Austenland by Shannon Hale

Synopsis: Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined. 

Decked out in empire-waist gowns, Jane struggles to master Regency etiquette and flirts with gardeners and gentlemen;or maybe even, she suspects, with the actors who are playing them. It's all a game, Jane knows. And yet the longer she stays, the more her insecurities seem to fall away, and the more she wonders: Is she about to kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own?

My thoughts: As an Austen fan, if I could die and choose a place to go to, I would definitely choose England around the XIXth century. Why? One answer: Jane Austen. Case closed.

                But relax, you don’t have to die to have an Austen experience: just get rich and go to Pembroke Park! LOL When Jane’s great-aunt dies and leaves her a 3-weeks trip to someplace called Pembroke Park, Jane doesn’t have many choices but to accept it and travel to Kent, England, to live an experience that maybe would cure her from her Pride and Prejudice’s Obsession, especially from Colin Firth’s role as Mr. Darcy in the BBC series. But when she is faced with the task to live – which includes no electronics devices – and behave like a XIXth century lady, things get a little bit more difficult than she expected, and perhaps she isn’t up to the challenge.

                What to say about this book? Well, it’s H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S from the beginning to the end! Every chapter began with a little talk about one of Jane’s boyfriend, each one a bigger asshole or mistake than the other. Jane – let’s not discuss the fact that the character has the same name as the famous author – is very funny and I laughed a lot! I’m in love with Mr. Nobley, one of the gentlemen that were in the experience, despite the fact that he behaved like a complete jerk/asshole and resembled A LOT Mr. Darcy – taciturn, reserved, seemed to be borrowed with every damn thing – so you can see why I love in – yes, I’m a Darcy fan/lover.

                My wish? That this book wasn’t so short and that this place actually existed! I hope that when I get reeeeally old and rich I’ll be able to built this place so that all the Austen’s fans – because let’s face it, no one will ever get tired of Miss Austen’s novels – could go there and have their experience.

                The writing wasn’t that complex like the original novels, but there were many references to Austen’s books, especially about P&P and Mansfield Park, the only novel that I haven’t read yet. Even though I really liked the novel, I think it lacked in the writing category, especially when this wasn’t the author’s first novel, since she wrote child books, but as an adult’s book, the text should be a little bit better done or better written, since the “mind’s demand” – let’s call it that – is bigger.

                This book was published in 2007 in the U.S., but where I am it only got here now! Yes, the press here is that slow. And worse: a movie was made in the meantime and no one ever knew about it! How did this happened?!  Here is the movie trailer so that you can see it for yourself:


Splintered by A.G. Howard

Synopsis: This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

My thoughts: Whenever I say Alice, what do I think? White Rabbit wearing a blazer and late for tea, flowers that talk, butterflies with wings made of bread with butter, Queen of Hearts. But what if you find out that in fact the white rabbit was Rapid, a half skeleton with bug antennas instead of rabbit’s fluffy ears, that the flowers could eat you alive and had arms and their roots could get released from the ground so that they could chase you? And what if the Caterpillar or “Absolen” became a moth? Or worse… What if Alice wasn’t the real Alice?

                In this novel all this questions get answered. Alyssa was always bullied because of her roots: well, being the great-granddaughter of Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll that was diagnosed as mad as the Mad Hatter isn’t something that she would be proud of. Because of the curse that the women descending from Alice have, they all end up in a hospice from real – and that’s what happened to Alyssa’s Mother. Now Alison is in great danger and Alyssa might be the only one able to find the rabbit’s hole and try to destroy the curse and save her mom. But it won’t be easy. Or most importantly… what if Alyssa actually belonged in Wonderland?

                This book gives you a very different view – as you can see from the top – of the original novel from Lewis Carroll. In this one, the descendent has challenges to defeat with her friend Jeb, who end up falling inside the rabbit’s hole with Alyssa, and with Morpheus, the Caterpillar – actually a moth now with human body, rock ‘n’ roll style with blue hair and a plan for Alyssa.

                I really liked this one! So much that if gave me a crave to read the original novel from Lewis Carroll – please don’t kill me I haven’t found time yet to read it. There were a few unnecessary part – (SPOILER) Like the fact that Alyssa has wings… I mean WHAT? (SPOILER) – but all-in-all it was very interesting and fun.

                Since this is the debut of the Author, I’ll say that I’m quite pleased with the results: good written novel, pleasant reading, with just a few parts over-the-top but nothing that would actually make me dislike the book.

                I really liked Jeb, and for a moment I thought that he had a relation with Wonderland as well as Alyssa because he really looked like the army from the White Queen – actually Ivory Queen in this novel – but he was human. He’s a sweet, loving, romantic and overprotective guy who has a crush for Alyssa but never told her because both of them are wrecked and filled with issues and he was afraid to pour it on her! *--*

                The other character that I liked was Morpheus, despite the fact of him being an asshole/cute/annoying/seductive bastard who also has a deep story with the main character. I was “Team Jeb” the whole time, but I gotta tell you that it wasn’t easy at all.

                The cover of the book is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L and one of the main reason that I picked it in the first place – yes I judge a book by its cover. The mad way the girl looks at you is very mysterious and makes you think “curiouser and curiouser”.