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Book Review – Black City by Elizabeth Richards

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Author: Elizabeth Richards
Pages: 374
Genre: YA – Dystopian
Published by: G.P. Putnam’s Sons BYR in 2012
Rating: 🌟🌟

Synopsis from Goodreads:
“In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-old Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong.

When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their…

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Book Review: The White Plague

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Finished listening to The White Plague by Frank Herbert.  Yes, another Frank Herbert book.  This one ain’t part of the Dune cannon this time, just a stand alone job.

Rough plot synopsis: An IRA bomb kills the wife and children of a brilliant bio scientist. He suffers a psychological episode due to this and decides to design a plague.  He decides to target this genetically engineered disease to affect only females.  Then he unleashes the virus in three places: Ireland, Libya and the USA.

Once released, the plague kills most of the woman on the planet, spreading beyond the limits of the original scheme.

The book follows the decent of the protagonist ( John ) as he flicks between the personalities he has created.

All in all, it’s a strange book.  There’s enough technical detail in the genetics to please fans of hard sci-fi (but what else would you expect…

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Book review: The Painted Word

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“The Painted Word” is written by Tom Wolfe. I read this because it was suggested by many people for knowing a contemporary art. Its a very compact book, around little more than hundred pages. It throws light upon the contemporary art scene between  1945-75. Its been presented well. It mainly describes the period art w.r.t. the artist and critics. It describes how the critics helped to establish the artists and their new styles through their writings. I think Tom Wolfe tries to establish the thinking process which made the artist to produce their work at that time.

Rating 3.5/5. Its an engaging book. It helps to gain insight into the specific period between 1945-1975 in detail. There has been many “isms” from that point on until now which is not covered in the book.

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‘Madame Bovary’ by Gustave Flaubert #TuesdayBookBlog #BookReview #DBowieBooks

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Castigated for offending against public decency, Madame Bovary has rarely failed to cause a storm. For Flaubert’s contemporaries, the fascination came from the novelist’s meticulous account of provincial matters. For the writer, subject matter was subordinate to his anguished quest for aesthetic perfection. For his twentieth-century successors the formal experiments that underpin Madame Bovary look forward to the innovations of contemporary fiction.

Flaubert’s protagonist in particular has never ceased to fascinate. Romantic heroine or middle-class neurotic, flawed wife and mother or passionate protester against the conventions of bourgeois society, simultaneously the subject of Flaubert’s admiration and the butt of his irony – Emma Bovary remains one of the most enigmatic of fictional creations.

Flaubert’s meticulous approach to the craft of fiction, his portrayal of contemporary reality, his representation of an unforgettable cast of characters make Madame Bovary one of the major landmarks of modern fiction.

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[Book Review] Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

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Amy ang Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

amy YA contemporary, travel, road trip, | Standalone | 344 pages | Published May 4th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Synopsis

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way

My Rating:

4.5 out of 5 stars

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My Thoughts (spoiler-free):

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This is the second book by…

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Book Review: The Five People you Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

***Rating***

5/5

***Remarks***

My second best read next to “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto”. (**insert teary-eyed me here**)

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I think the best way to describe the recent read I had just hours ago while I am writing this review for Mitch Albom’s another genius work is “Transcendent”. Everything about the book: The Five People You Meet in Heavenwas so contemporary and deep and sentimental and very true. It was very thought-provoking and I was crying from time to time while flipping page after page because it just cut right deep. It was inspiring and sentimental and direct to the point when it comes to putting the lessons altogether. I think this is my second best read next to the Magic Strings of Frankie Presto.

Last year, I decided to buy a book of Mitch entitled, ” For One More Day” and just like his any other books…

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Book Review: The Five People you Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

***Rating***

5/5

***Remarks***

My second best read next to “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto”. (**insert teary-eyed me here**)

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I think the best way to describe the recent read I had just hours ago while I am writing this review for Mitch Albom’s another genius work is “Transcendent”. Everything about the book: The Five People You Meet in Heavenwas so contemporary and deep and sentimental and very true. It was very thought-provoking and I was crying from time to time while flipping page after page because it just cut right deep. It was inspiring and sentimental and direct to the point when it comes to putting the lessons altogether. I think this is my second best read next to the Magic Strings of Frankie Presto.

Last year, I decided to buy a book of Mitch entitled, ” For One More Day” and just like his any other books…

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City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

For the ones who don’t know, City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare is the sixth and the last book in The Mortal Instruments  series.

The Mortal Instruments follows the protagonist Clary Fray, that discovers on her sixteen birthday that she is a shadowhunter . Along with this unexpected discovery, she finds herself in a world full of secrets, magic, demons, vampires, werewolf and many others.

I have to start saying that this  series is definitely one of my favorites, along with The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Cassandra Clare is so talented at writing, all of her books are on point with everything.

When I started CoHF I knew this was going to be my next favorite book but I still didn’t know how much I will love it. I fell in love with all the characters, even the bad ones and…

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Book Review: “3 Lies” by Helen Hanson

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I was on the edge of my seat with this story. Clint Masters is planning to take his girlfriend, Beth, out sailing for the day. When he arrives at her door expecting breakfast, she’s not there. His first thought is that he’s been stood up, after all they’ve only been dating a couple of months. But his affection for her keeps him curious and his questions begin to reveal that something sinister is going on, and Beth’s life is in danger.

I was a little annoyed with Clint and his attitude at the beginning but as the story unfolds and his devotion to Beth becomes clear he became a hero in my eyes. Beth is a dialysis patient, a fact that her captors are unaware of. If she doesn’t get to a machine within the next couple of days, her blood will become toxic and her body will shut down…

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Review & Giveaway: MURDER IN AN IRISH VILLAGE by Carlene O’Connor

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Today, as part of a Blog Tour organized by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours,  it is my pleasure to tell you about a delightful new cozy mystery – Murder in an Irish Village,  by Carlene O’Connor.

Synopsis

MURDER IN AN IRISH VILLAGEA little slice of Heaven on the Emerald Isle…

In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Naomi’s Bistro has always been a warm and welcoming spot to visit with neighbors, enjoy some brown bread and tea, and get the local gossip. Nowadays twenty-two-year-old Siobhán O’Sullivan runs the family bistro named for her mother, along with her five siblings, after the death of their parents in a car crash almost a year ago.

It’s been a rough year for the O’Sullivans, but it’s about to get rougher. One morning, as they’re opening the bistro, they discover a man seated at a table, dressed in a suit as if for his own funeral, a…

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