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More than words by Mia Sheridan

More than words”

By Mia Sheridan

Book review

Synopsis: The moment she met Callen Hayes, eleven-year-old Jessica Creswell knew he was a broken prince. Her prince. They became each other’s refuge, a safe and magical place far from their troubled lives. Until the day Callen kissed herJessica’s first real, dreamy kiss—and then disappeared from her life without a word.

Years later, everyone knows who Callen Hayes is. Famous composer. Infamous bad boy. What no one knows is that Callen’s music is now locked deep inside, trapped behind his own inner demons. It’s only when he withdraws to France to drink his way through the darkness that Callen stumbles into the one person who makes the music return. Jessica. His Jessie. And she still tastes of fresh, sweet innocence . . . even as she sets his blood on fire.

But they don’t belong in each other’s worlds anymore. There are too many mistakes. Too many secrets. Too many lies. All they have is that instinctive longing, that needs—and something that looks dangerously like love.

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Mia has given her readers another heartfelt story that weaves life lessons throughout, ones that every person needs to be reminded of every now and then, no matter how good they have it. And she does this in a unique way – through the discovery of ancient documents penned by a young woman living in the 1400’s.

I loved getting the point of view of both Jessie and Callen. Particularly Callen, who appeared to be this successful, award-winning composer but in fact was hiding a slew of painful secrets from everyone. The vices he indulged into numb the constant voices in his head made me very sad.

I admired and loved Jessie. She was a strong young woman who had a good head on her shoulders. She knew what she wanted and was doing everything she could to accomplish the goals she set for herself. As strong as she was, she had a weakness when it came to Callen. She’s never forgotten about him, even though he disappeared without a trace when they were kids. He was her Prince and she’s held onto that dream for the past 10 years.

Mia masterfully weaves the letters from the young woman in 1400’s France that Jessie is translating into the present day. The fears and insecurities the young woman felt, not so different than what Jessie and Callen are feeling now. It is obvious these two are very much in love, but how can they ever forge a path forward when Callen doesn’t feel worthy of someone as precious as Jessie is to him?

This story was an emotional roller coaster. I felt all the highs and all the lows these characters felt. I wanted to shake Callen (most of the time) for the things he was doing. I cheered Jessie on when she would put him in his place. I wasn’t sure they were going to be able to overcome the obstacles in their path, mainly Callen’s fears, the secrets he was hiding, and the way his debauched lifestyle kept rearing its ugly head. But fate has a way of intervening when two people are supposed to be together.

Mia never ceases to amaze me with her storytelling, and this book particularly held so much insight into the way she wove the historical element through the present day. I personally love anything history related, and regardless that this is a work of fiction, I absolutely loved reading those translated passages from the past. I waited with baited breath for each one to come so I could find out what was happening with that young woman from so long ago. Would she find her happily ever after? Were Jessie and Callen going to find theirs as well?

Bravo, Mia on this beautiful story of second chance love, forgiveness and redemption. I loved it! Mia has given her readers another heartfelt story that weaves life lessons throughout, ones that every person needs to be reminded of every now and then, no matter how good they have it. And she does this in a unique way – through the discovery of ancient documents penned by a young woman living in the 1400’s.

Thank you Piatkus Books for the copy you provided me.

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Roomies by Christina Lauren

“Roomies”

By Christina Lauren

Book review

Synopsis: Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a big-time musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally.

Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realizeimg_7622 that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

This book had a few rough spots, but overall I really liked it. The book is written in the first person present tense from Holland’s point of view, which works. Usually, I like my romances to give the point of view of both leads, but due to the nature of Holland and Calvin’s relationship the single viewpoint works and is the best way to tell the story. I could probably have done without some of Lulu’s more crass stories, but I suppose Holland and Calvin felt the same so maybe it’s good they were in there.

Holland is a total spaz (and thus I identify with her on some level). I also get what it’s like to struggle to find your own identity and feel special when you’re surrounded by highly talented, exceptional people. I love her passion for music (and for Calvin), her love of her uncles, and the fact that she was so driven to complete her MFA in creative writing (and I did have to go Google what an MFA is – Master in Fine Arts, for the uninitiated) and then struggled to find her passion/muse/whatever you want to call it once she was out of school and suddenly faced with turning her passion into a career. Holland’s relationship with her uncles is also great (love love love Robert and Jeff!) and I appreciated her interactions with her brother Davis as well (who reminds me a little of my own bearded bro).

I love Calvin. He’s a hot musician so what’s not to love? (haha!) All joking aside, Calvin has a sensitive heart (which he needs to be such a great musician), a sexy Irish accent (which I can hear in my head) and a wonderfully silly way he phrases things sometimes. He does his fair share of stupid boy things and sometimes does better than other at understanding why Holland is upset about things.

Throughout the book, Holland is forced to examine her life, her relationship with (and dependence upon) her uncles, and her relationship with herself. The book is a love story between Holland and Calvin, but it’s also a story about Holland discovering who she is and learning to love herself. That element of self-discovery is what makes this an excellent New Adult novel, and the hunka-hunka-burnin’-love makes it a great contemporary romance.

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Munmun by Jesse Andrews.

Munmun

By Jesse Andrews

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Synopsis: In an alternate reality a lot like our world, every person’s physical size is directly proportional to their wealth. The poorest of the poor are the size of rats, and billionaires are the size of skyscrapers.

Warner and his sister Prayer are destitute—and tiny. Their size is not just demeaning, but dangerous: day and night they face mortal dangers that bigger richer people don’t ever have to think about, from being mauled by cats to their house getting stepped on. There are no cars or phones built small enough for them, or schools or hospitals, for that matter—there’s no point, when no one that little has any purchasing power, and when salaried doctors and teachers would never fit in buildings so small. Warner and Prayer know their only hope is to scale up, but how can two little poor survive in a world built against them?

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I think it is safe to say that “Munmun” is one of the most peculiar books that I’ve ever read. Set in an alternate reality that closely mirrors our own, everyone’s physical size is determined by their wealth or munmun. The poorest citizens are the size of rodents and the wealthiest are giants who can’t even fit in the cities, but in gigantic homes out near large bodies of water. Everyone else falls somewhere in between, and the idea is to raise oneself out of whatever level they currently reside in, at whatever cost, to be more than who they are. It’s a pretty good social commentary if you look at it like that.

We follow Warner, a Little Poor, whose dream is to earn enough munmun to become bigger than who he is and bring his sister and mother along with him. As such, he sets out with his sister, Prayer, who hopes to secure a good marriage which will increase her munmun,and therefore, size.

Things don’t quite go to plan. In fact, they quickly go from bad to worse.

Warner is an interesting character, and as a result, the book has a very strange narrative style. He’s illiterate, and thus, as a narrator, which speech patterns are phonetic. Words are spelled phonetically, or run together, the way he might say or hear them in real life – which takes some getting used to as a reader. He also starts out as an ambitious but optimistic boy who wants to improve his life. However, the events in the book quickly begin to shape who he is and his actions, and not always for the better.

This book deals heavily with societal expectations, poverty and crime rates, exploitation for political gain and many more things. It’s a good book, and very cleverly told, but the sheer weight of the social commentary sometimes lost me.

The ending also took a really unexpected turn and left me feeling slightly disconnected.

Overall, though, I thought it a truly interesting read and I’m glad I read it.

Thank you Atlantic Books for the copy of Munmun.

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Review Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

23638955A chance encounter sparks an unrelenting web of lies in this stunning new psychological thriller from national bestselling author Mary Kubica

She sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can’t get the girl out of her head…

Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: she works for a nonprofit, takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal—or worse. But despite her family’s objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.

Heidi spends the next few days helping Willow get back on her feet, but as clues into Willow’s past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she’s willing to go to help a stranger. What starts as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated.

I did not think twice when I decided to pick Pretty Baby as my next summer read, knowing that I had previously enjoyed Mary Kubica’ debut very much. While I am the type of reader open in general to the idea of experiencing and being appreciative of various writing genres, the truth is that I cannot distance myself from psychological thrillers and mysteries for long. There is a group of contemporary novelists who write in the said genres I typically rely on and whose works lie on top of my to-read book list. After reading The Good Girl and Pretty Baby, I am inclined to consider Kubica as being one of these novelists and I will most likely read everything she has written.

Pretty Baby is a tense and realistic domestic thriller, extremely slow-paced and character-driven, perhaps without a turn of events as dramatic as that delivered at the end of The Good Girl. The complex blend of themes – family, marriage, motherhood, sisterhood, depression and what goes on behind closed doors – caters for the domestic aspect of the novel as well as contribute to the construction of the psychological profiles of the protagonists. The action is not plentiful and the slow-burn characteristic might be the reason why you do not feel initially hooked or interested in the characters. Personally, I nearly gave up on the possibility of enjoying Pretty Baby. Thankfully, at about 30% into the book, the good stuff surfaced and from then on I was able to appreciate the well-drawn characters and their inner conflicts, anxiety and restlessness.

In my opinion, Mary Kubica is an all-around psychological thriller writer who excels at characterization and the creation of tension in the narrative while also delivering well-done, credible twists and writing in a style that can be quite easily embraced by different types of readers. Pretty Baby is yet another confirmation of Kubica’s talent and I reckon I enjoyed it as much as The Good Girl.

Rating:

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Dorothy trebuie sa moara la Leda Edge

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Amy Gumm este o adolescentă inteligentă, care avea deja suficiente probleme în Kansasul natal și fără să fie silită să supraviețuiască unei tornade. Iar atunci când furtuna o aruncă într-un tarâm magic în care lucrurile par să fi scăpat de sub control, viața sa o ia cu totul razna. În curând, tânăra se vede târâtă în mijlocul unui adevărat razboi civil care se poartă în ținutul Oz între popoarele asuprite și cei care îi sunt loiali lui Dorothy Gale, care nu mai e, nici pe departe, inocenta și drăgălașa fetiță pe care credeam că o știam cu toții din romanul lui L. Frank Baum, Vrăjitorul din Oz. O aventură palpitantă, un thriller în care forțele revoluționare ale Ordinului Celor Răi se confruntă cu o tirană nemilostivă și plină de cruzime. Concluzia rebelilor e una singură: DOROTHY TREBUIE SĂ MOARĂ!

„Dorothy trebuie să moară! este o lectură obligatorie pentru toți aceia cărora le plac poveștile extraordinare, care au fost reinterpretate și răsturnate pe dos.” Huffington Post

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Puterea de Jennifer L Armentrout la Leda Edge

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Când dragostea și puterea se înfruntă e posibil să nu existe învingători, ci doar învinși.

Universitatea Covenant a devenit câmpul de luptă pentru puri, care își doresc revenirea la venerabila Orânduire a Rasei, și impuri, care cer dreptul de a-și controla propriile destine.

Zeii însă au alte planuri.

Războiul pare inevitabil și nici că ar putea pica într-un moment mai prost. Seth a primit sarcina de a o învăța pe neîndemânatica Josie să-și strunească recent descoperitele puteri și împreună trebuie să îi găsească pe ceilalți semizei. Lucrurile se complică atunci când personaje din trecut revin la Covenant și tulbură apele între cei doi îndrăgostiți. Mai mult, fascinația puterii îl prinde din nou în mrejele ei pe Seth, iar, de data aceasta, e posibil ca Josie să nu îl mai poată salva.