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The Bone Clocks

Onto My Next 40 Years

My Sister bought me,The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell for Christmas in 2014. I put it on my “To Read” stack and then I went through a whole year where I only listened to audiobooks. I was having some sort of reading slump. I couldn’t bring myself to pick up a book. Towards the end of 2015, I told myself to get over myself and I started reading again. There were so many books to catch up on, but I made a deal with myself that I had to read a book I had at home in between any books I got from the library or bookstore. So out cameThe Bone Clocksby David Mitchell. I read some of the reviews on Goodreads.com and found that they were quite mixed. I confess that I became a little less enthusiastic about reading the book, but I stuck to my…

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November 9

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“When you find love, you take it. You grab it with both hands and you do everything in your power not to let it go. You can’t just walk away from it and expect it to linger until you’re ready for it.”

Author: Colleen Hoover

Rating: 5/5

Started on: February 07, 2016

Finished on: February 14, 2016

Edition: UK edition

Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Humor, Young Adult, Fiction

Synopsis:

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to…

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Looking for Alaska

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I wanted to love Looking for Alaska by John Green, but I just didn’t. Maybe I just don’t get John Green. I enjoy his books,so far Paper Townsis my favorite, but I don’t love them the way everyone else does.

When I last mentionedLooking for AlaskaI had high hopes. My husband and I laughed and commiserated with Miles (Pudge) as he integrated himself into his new boarding school, befriending Chip (The Colonel) and Takumi and falling head over heels for Alaska.

Then the “after” happens. I don’t want to say too much and give away the plot, but Pudge drove me crazy.

Despite not loving any of his books, I’m still not going to give up on John Green. An Abundnace of Katherinesis still on my to read list.

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Book Review – The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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17675462Title: The Raven Boys (#1 The Raven Cycle)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Pages: 454
Genre: Young adult – Supernatural/Paranormal
Published by: Scholastic Press in 2012
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis on the Book:
“Even if Blue hadn’t been told her true love would die if she kissed him, she would stay away from boys. Especially the ones from the local private school. Known as the Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But this is the year that everything will change for Blue. This is the year that she will be drawn into the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys. And the year Blue will discover that magic does exist. This is the year she will fall in love.”

My Thoughts:
Fundamentally, a character-driven story, full to the brim of mystery, magic, and myths. The Raven Boys had me sucked in from the very first page and I found it very difficult…

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Bloodlines

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An Aya Hikansu Review

Bloodlines

By: Richelle Mead

Five Stars

Bloodlines is a exemplary book for anyone who enjoys a good supernatural romance novel. It’s got a few unexpected events played into the storyline, but that’s what makes it so entertaining. When I began reading it, like with most books I read, I just could not put it down.

It’s set in the eyes of a main female character named Sydney, who is part of an organization that is in charge of keeping the vampire world a secret from humans. The organization also has to help keep vampire affairs in order, to keep them under wraps. They only interact with one of the two different kinds of vampires set in this series. There are Moroi, which look more human and are typically more accustomed to sunlight, unlike their counterparts the Strigoi, who will attack anyone if they are hungry enough…

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Once Upon A Forever

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Once Upon a Forever
A.V. Scott
5 stars

This book went between the past and the present, laying the foundation from the past for the current story.  Doing this helped keep my attention, I kept waiting to unravel the mysteries.

This is a story that tugs on your heartstrings and makes you feel the heartbreak of the main characters.  They are star crossed lovers.  Emma wanted to be a loner, no friends, no love interest, nothing to hold her there, waiting for the chance to leave.  She meets Cooper, and falls in love.  But that love is broken when she thinks Cooper is cheating on her.  So, she leaves without saying anything to anyone.  She comes back for her mother’s funeral, but dreads seeing anyone from her past.

Cooper loved Emma from the start.  But, now he’s married to her sister.  Deep down, it’s Emma that he wanted then, and…

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Book Review – Black City by Elizabeth Richards

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CeotlBMWEAAsFXQTitle: Black City
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

David Gilchrist

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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