Book Blitz: The Trouble with Unicorns by: D. T. Dyllin

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The Trouble with Unicorns
D.T. Dyllin
(Team Unicorn Talia, #1)
Publication date: April 30th 2018
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Paranormal, Romance

Part-time demon tracker, full-time optimist …

Talia White does what comes naturally to a unicorn: Balances the scales between light and dark with hefty doses of love and joy.

Faced with a string of high profile demon possessions, Talia is determined to do her job, despite the fact that she finds herself strapped with a brooding dragon warrior as her new guardian.

That’s the trouble with unicorns … they’ll accomplish their goal one way or another, even if they have to get a little stabby to do it.

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Book Review: Eternity’s Echoes (Shade Master Book 1) by: Evan Hirson

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Initial Thoughts: I would like to say a thank you to Mr. Hirson for asking me to read and give an honest review of his novel Eternity’s Echoes.

Summary 

Eternity's Echoes (Shade Master Book 1)

Aaron was a promising software designer with an upcoming company. He shared a quaint house on the outskirts of town with his best friends; another young man and two girls.
They’d known each other since school, and lived together peacefully for years with few problems.
Travis the newcomer however had a dark way about him, and all of Aaron’s attempts to get along with him had failed.
But just as the household began to settle down again, a strange device with a peculiar attitude entered their lives.
Would it fulfill all of their dreams, or instead become a curse?” – Goodreads

The Review

Aaron, Mara, Kim, Jay and Travis are housemates. Aaron is a nerd who has a gift for understanding technology, Mara is a model, Jay is struggling to find a job, Kim has a terrible stutter and refuses to leave her room, and finally, Travis is a troublemaker.  One day, Aaron, Jay and Travis decide to explore their backyard with metal detectors and they find a strange device. This device is a time machine controlled by a hologram with an attitude. Little do they know, their lives will be forever changed.

There is just something about novels with time travel that could either be very interesting or become a hindrance to the plotline. I love stories with time travel, but in Eternity’s Echoes, the time traveling parts were not as fleshed out as I had hoped they would be. Whenever the characters would find themselves in the past, there were sparse details of the setting. I just could not make a good mental picture of what was going on. However, I did enjoy how the storyline evolved past the excitement of discovering a time machine into something more unique and sinister. There were a few clever plot twists that I could not see coming.  Continue reading

Book Review: Whisper by: Lynette Noni

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There isn’t anyone else in the world like me.

I’m different. I’m an anomaly. I’m a monster” – Whisper, Lynette Noni

Initial Thoughts: I was automatically drawn to the synopsis of Whisper. Secret government facilities, a strange girl without an identity… I could easily tell that this was going to be up my alley.

Summary

Whisper

“Lengard is a secret government facility for extraordinary people,” they told me.

I believed them. That was my mistake.

There isn’t anyone else in the world like me.

I’m different. I’m an anomaly. I’m a monster.

For two years, six months, fourteen days, eleven hours and sixteen minutes, Subject Six-Eight-Four — ‘Jane Doe’ — has been locked away and experimented on, without uttering a single word.

As Jane’s resolve begins to crack under the influence of her new — and unexpectedly kind — evaluator, she uncovers the truth about Lengard’s mysterious ‘program’, discovering that her own secret is at the heart of a sinister plot … and one wrong move, one wrong word, could change the world.” – Goodreads

The Review

 Jane Doe, subject Six-Eight-Four, has been inside Lengard facility for two years, six months, fourteen days, eleven hours and sixteen minutes. Lengard is a government facility, and Jane is their test subject. Before she became Jane Doe, Jane had admitted herself to a psych ward erasing her entire past behind her, including her ability to speak and her true name. When she is found by Vanik, the top scientist at Lengard, she is assured that she has special abilities. But, every day she is used as a lab rat. She is prodded and experimented on. She is thrown into a cell at night and handcuffed during the day. Throughout those two years, Jane never says a word. That is, until a new evaluator takes an interest in Jane and develops a rapport with her. Little by little, Jane realizes that Lengard is not what she imagined. 

Whisper is one of those novels where the less you know, the better. I tried to be overly vague on purpose in my description of Whisper, because nearly anything and everything is a massive spoiler alert. I was surprised how my attention was captured from the very first page. Hours flew by, and I kept Continue reading

Book Review: The Book of Pearl (Le Livre de Perle) by: Timothée de Fombelle

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In almost three years, he had been unable to find a single link between the world into which he’d emerged and the labyrinth of his memories. There was a gulf separating them, and his attempts to traverse such a impassible precipice were feeding his madness. Should he believe what his memory was telling him? He was starting to think that his mind was fully of nothing but illusions, a great void that he had populated with wild dreams about his love for a fairy” – The Book of Pearl, Timothée de Fombelle

Initial Thoughts: The Book of Pearl (original title: Le Livre de Perle) by Timothée de Fombelle is a blend of fairy tale and historical fiction set against the backdrop of the second world war. I was so interested in this strange blend because the second world war is hardly my idea of a magical moment in history.

Summary

The Book of Pearl

In prose as magical and intricate as the tale it tells, Timothée de Fombelle delivers an unforgettable story of a first love that defines a lifetime.

Joshua Pearl comes from a world that we no longer believe in — a world of fairy tale. He knows that his great love waits for him there, but he is stuck in an unfamiliar time and place — an old-world marshmallow shop in Paris on the eve of World War II. As his memories begin to fade, Joshua seeks out strange objects: tiny fragments of tales that have already been told, trinkets that might possibly help him prove his own story before his love is lost forever. Sarah Ardizzone and Sam Gordon translate the original French into a work both luminous and layered, enabling Timothée de Fombelle’s modern fairy tale to thrum with magic. Brimming with romance and history, mystery and adventure, this ode to the power of memory, storytelling, and love will ensnare any reader’s imagination and every reader’s heart.

The Review

A fourteen-year-old boy runs away from home after suffering deep heart break. The girl he loved has vanished leaving no trace for him to follow. The boy journeys into the woods where he is saved from accidentally drowning by Joshua Pearl, a sixty-year-old man. Every once and a while, Pearl leaves home and arrives with suitcases full of treasures. The boy believes Pearl to be a thief, but he decides to stick around and take photographs of Pearl’s treasures. Years later, the boy has grown up and he decides to retrace Pearl’s curious life and the value of his hidden treasures scattered across Europe.

When I began reading The Book of Pearl, I wasn’t too sure what was going on. The story is not told in a linear fashion, but through flashbacks and it changes from third person to first person, and then back to third person. These vignettes are strung together like pearls until everything comes together into a breathtakingly beautiful story of a young man who does everything in his power to return back to the world he came from, and to the fairy who has captured his heart. de Fombelle’s story reminds me a little of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince in its ability to weave magic into an ordinary story. Continue reading

Spring-Summer Reading List 2018

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Once again, spring is here, and I finally have more time to read. Sure, I still get to read many books for fun while I am at university, but I am severely limited. When my spring-summer break comes around, I try my best to create a to-read list of the books I desperately want to read. Do I always complete my challenge… well… no… I sometimes get sidetracked by other books. Last year’s challenge (2017), I read 6 out of the 10 books on my list. The year before (2016), I read 1 out of 10. Without further adieu, here are my top 10 books I want to read from now until the end of August…

Caraval – Stephanie Garber

Caraval: Chapter Sampler

I know, I am totally late to the party. It seems as if everyone has read Caraval but me, and now everyone is talking about its sequel, Legendary. I tried not to read many reviews of Caraval because I don’t really want to know what it is about. Is that strange? I really want to be surprised.

 

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide, #1)

Yet another book with a lot of hype. I received this book for Christmas, but I had to put off reading it until now. reminded me of the musical The Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder because of the title, and because both main characters are called Monty.

 

Au nom de tous les miens (For Those I Loved) – Martin Gray

Au nom de tous les miens
I always tell myself I should read more French novels to practice my French. It’s difficult when I am surrounded by so many novels written in English that I tend to neglect French novels. For those who do not know, French is my second language, but I have been studying French ever since I was six-years-old. Lately, I find that I have been losing my knowledge of French grammar. So, in addition to this list, I will try to read at least two novels in French per month. Au nom de tous les miens (For Those I Loved) is one of the few French books I have on my shelves. It is the story of a holocaust survivor.

The Brontë Family, with Special Reference to Patrick Branwell Brontë – Francis A. Leyland

The Brontë Family, with Special Reference to Patrick Branwell BrontëI am a bit of a Bronte fanatic. Charlotte Brontë is my favorite novelist of all-time, and Emily Brontë is a close second. I do appreciate Anne’s novels, but they pale in comparison to her sisters’ works. It is not only their novels that fascinate me, it is their biography. They have such a strange and incredible story. Their lives are wrapped in mystery and legend, it is so difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. Out of all the Brontë siblings, Branwell Brontë, the brother of the Brontë sisters, is often turned into a scapegoat. I first “encountered” Branwell’s story in the biopic To Walk Invisible. Before, Branwell was just a shadowy figure in my mind. As I began reading about him, I uncovered how unjustly he had been treated by biographers. He was the failure of the family, the disappointment. Imagine going down in history as “the disappointment.” I have read Daphne du Maurier’s biography The Infernal World of Branwell Brontë, but I wish to read Leyland’s biography as he actually met Branwell while he was still alive.

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