Alice’s adventures Book Tag

This tag was made by Falling down the book hole for the Down the read – a – thon hole reading challenge.

Enjoy!

Alice in Wonderland:  A book that makes you think of your childhood.

Night of the living dummy by R.L. Stine. Yes I know, I was a creepy child.

Caucus Race: A book with a race or competition you enjoyed.  

Harry Potter and the Goblet of fire!

Through the Looking Glass: An Alice in Wonderland Retelling you have read or your favorite Alice retelling.

I just finished Curiouser and Curiouser by Melanie Karsak, but I didn’t like it. Alice in Zombieland is another retelling, but it was just meh.

Knave of Hearts:  A book about thieves

Otto Von Trapezoid and the Empress of thieves by Jesse Baruffi is hilarious!

White Rabbit:  A popular book you are late to the party for

The hate you give. I think I have the ebook, maybe I read it this year.

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum: Your favorite sequel

The sands of time by Michael Hoeye, sequel of Time stops for no mouse.

Pool of Tears: A book that makes you cry

The lovely bones by Alice Sebold.

Caterpillar: A book in which the character reminds you of yourself

I’m currently reading Wonder and Auggie reminds me a little of myself. But also Bilbo Baggins reminds me of myself. I miss my books. And my armchair.

Mad Hatter:  A book with a love story 

Die Love Rise by my friend Rosa Campanile!

March Hare: A book dealing with a mental illness

Under Rose tainted skies deals with social anxiety and OCD.

The Dormouse:  An underrated/under-hyped book

Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore. (Isn’t a tag worth it if I didn’t mention Moore at least one time.)

“Eat Me” Cakes:  A book with a magical element

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder.

Flowers of Wonderland:  A book that involves music

In I diari degli angeli by John Peter Sloan, Jesus is a rockstar. That counts, right?

Queen of Hearts:  A book with a villain 

The Darkling from Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.

The Bandersnatch:  A book with a mystical creature

The Percy Jackson series is a good choice here.

Down The Rabbit Hole: A book someone else recommended to you

A ex friend of mine recommended me Dracula in Love by Karen Essex, a horrible retelling of Dracula. That’s (and other things too) why she’s no longer my friend.

Walrus & the Carpenter: A collection of essays, short stories or poems

Bones is the garden by McKayla Debonis is a collection of poems about a lost love and a broken heart.

The Jabberwocky: A book with a battle/fight scene

The Hobbit by Tolkien has a lot of fighting scene (the dragon, the spiders) and the battle of the five armies. *crying on the floor*

The Playing Cards: A book with a group of characters

A game of thrones by George R.R. Martin.

Tea Party: A book based in England/UK

I finished Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch, set in London, of course!

The Cheshire Cat:  A mystery book 

The Hound of the Baskerville by Conan Doyle.

 

 

 

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January 2018 Wrap up

Hello! How’s everyone? Finally January has ended: between my health problems and other things this month for me was endless!

Here’s the first wrap up of this blog! I will put in here only the english books that I read, not the italian one.

A spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron: the worst book of the month. Only 1 star for me, due to a MC stupid and too much romance.

I hate zombies by Shantnu Tiwari: I DNF this book.

Reunion by John Hartness: good scary tale, but the ending is meh.

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder: the best book of the month! Not a 5 star book only for the ending.

Leather Apron by Sylynt Storme: funny vampire/time traveler short story.

And you? What’s your best book of January?

Down the Read – A – Thon Hole Challenge

Hello everyone!

I found today this beatiful read – a – thon on Falling down the book hole (go and check this amazing blog!) and I decided to partecipate. The #BeatTheBacklist challenge is not going very well, and I never partecipate in a read-a-thon, so I’m pretty curious about that!

 

 

So here’s my TBR for this challenge:

Curiouser and Curiouser by Melanie Karsak (I received the complete book for review) Through the looking glass

I fiumi di Londra(Rivers of London) by Ben Aaronovitch White Rabbit or Tea Party

I dodici (Twelve) by Jasper Kent The Jabberwocky

Few are chosen by Grant Storm The Bandersnatch

Wonder by R.J. Palacio Pool of Tears or Caterpillar

Chasing Christmas Past by Melanie Karsak Caucus Race

Liberty Awakened by Alicia Dean Mad hatter

I racconti dell’oltretomba by Ambrose Bierce Walrus and the Carpenter

The challenge will run from February 1 to February 15, I can’t wait to start!

New Year Resolutions Book Tag

New Years Resolutions Book Tag

 

I found this tag at Jenniely. I wasn’t tagged, but this tag seems so fun!

 

1. An Author You’d Like To Read That You’ve Never Read

Paul Tremblay. I have A head full of ghost that I hope to read this year.

2. A Book You’d Like To Read

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3. A Classic You’d Like To Read

I need to read Sense and Sensibility for a reading challenge, but I also want to read The Woman in white by Wilkie Collins (I adored The Haunted hotel), and maybe The turn of the screw.

4. A Book You’d Like To Re-Read

Probably the one that gaves the name to my blog: Fortunately, the milk by Neil Gaiman.

 

5. A Book You’ve Had For Ages and Want To Read

I have a lot of book for ages… tumblr_oegue1wkas1tq4of6o1_400 I say I Dodici (twelve) by Jasper Kent.

 

6. A Big Book You’d Like To Read

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7. An Author You’ve Previously Read and Would Like To Read More Of

Cat Winters!!! I want to read all her books!! *insert fangirl scream here*

8. A Book You Got For Christmas and Would Like To Read

This Christmas I only receive one book (after my request) and it’s The Alienist, with Luke Evans (hi darling) on the cover. I need to watch the tv series and read the book too!

 

9. A Series You Want To Read From Start to Finish

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I never finished reading The Gardella Vampire chronicles by Colleen Gleason. I purchased all the books (5) some years ago, but I stopped reading at the second book. I don’t know why, because I love this series and Colleen Gleason is one of my fave authors!

 

10. A Series You Want To Finish That You’ve Already Started

 

I received just today Silvertongue by Charlie Fletcher, the last volume of the Stoneheart Trilogy, so I really want to finish this series! I had to buy Silvertongue in english because they never translate the last book in italian. ç__ç

11. Do You Set Reading Goals? If So, How Many Books Do You Want To Read in 2018?

Absolutely! In 2018 my goal is 90, but I hope I can reach 100 because I have *cough cough* too many book on my TBR. *cough cough*

12. Any Other Reading Goals?

Yes! I’m partecipating in #BeatTheBacklist challenge (Team BookBards!) and in the TBRPile challenge.

Done! Have you read one of the books above?

The Last Necromancer, C.J. Archer, review

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The Last Necromancer (The Ministry of Curiosities #1)

Author: C. J. Archer

Pages: 270

Genre: YA, Historical fiction, steampunk

Add on: Goodreads, Amazon, BookDepository

Summary:

Victorian London: For five years, Charlotte (Charlie) Holloway has lived as a boy in the slums. But when one theft too many gets her arrested, her only means of escape lies with a dead man. Charlie hasn’t raised a spirit since she first discovered she could do so five years ago. That time, her father banished her. This time, she brings even more trouble upon herself.
People are now hunting Charlie all over London, but only one man succeeds in capturing her.
Lincoln Fitzroy is the mysterious head of a secret organization on the trail of a madman who needs a necromancer to control his newly “made” creatures. There was only one known necromancer in the world – Charlotte – but now there appears to be two. Lincoln captures the willful Charlie in the hopes the boy will lead him to Charlotte. But what happens when he discovers the boy is in fact the young woman he’s been searching for all along? And will she agree to work for the man who held her against her will, and for an organization she doesn’t trust?
Because Lincoln and his ministry might be just as dangerous as the madman they’re hunting.

Review:

London, 1889. Charlie Holloway is a young boy of 13 years old that lives on the street, a skinny thief with his little gang. But the real name of Charlie is Charlotte, a young woman of 18, whom father has abandoned when she has try to reclaim her mother’s soul with her necromancer powers, that she doesn’t know to possess.

Now that she has manifested her powers in a police station, mysterious men are chasing her.

Charlie is now at the Ministry of Curiosities, in a big and elegant house with Cook, the cook obviously; Seth and Gus the handymen and Lincoln Fitzroy, the leader. But living in a house full of men is not a problem, if they all thinking that you are a man too.

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“I wanted him to touch me, to hold me, to see me as a woman. Yet being discovered terrified me. The devil’s daughter was only good for doing the devil’s work.”
In this first volume, the action and the revelations are all in the beginning and in the ending, and all the book is about the interactions and the friendship between the characters. I can’t put it down!
Charlie is not the same MC of all the YA: she has a terrible past, but she is strong; she lives in the fear of her father, of her powers, and the fear of been discovered as a girl, but she’s also intelligent and brave.
The romance is little, there’s not instalove or love triangle! Lincoln is a dark character, fascinating and mysterious, but I adore Seth and Gus: Seth is sweet and gentle, and Gus seems to be rude and not polite, until the revelation. They are fantastic character!
I love the location and the setting too. It’s a dark London, divided between Necromancy and luxury, with a little touch of steampunk and kick ass girls.
Maybe the idea behind a ministery of curiosities, or paranormal activities is not the most original idea on the planet, but here is really well executed, and I can’t wait to read the other books in the series!
Oh, and we can’t forget about the one thing: finally in a YA book, someone (the author of course) reminds that the girls normally has periods. You know what I mean? Finally a main character that seems more human!

P.s.: the ebook is free on amazon!

Rating: 5/5

Best Books of the Year

Hello and welcome to the first Best Books of the Year of this blog!

Photos made by me. Please attention: some titles are in italian! If you click on the title, you can read the summary on Goodreads.

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Lo Hobbit: un viaggio inaspettato, cronache dal set I: I’m a huge fan of the Hobbit movies and book, so I buy 5 of the books that illustrates how the movies were made, with photo and interviews of the cast. Yes, Richard Armitage, you know what I mean.

L’albergo stregato (The Haunted hotel) by Wilkie Collins: I know Collins for The woman in white, that I need to read in 2018, but in 2017 I read The Haunted hotel and it’s amazing! Gothic and spooky and mysterious!

Mano di Ferro (Ironhand) by Charlie Fletcher: The second book in the Stoneheart series, this book has lost a little potential from the first book, but I love the characters. They are intense and realistic and dramatic. I have to buy the third book in english, because they never translate it in italian.

The Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard: I buy this book this summer, in Oxford, and I beagn to read it on the train back home, few days later. It’s darkly funny, like Christopher Moore, and I will read more adventures about Johannes Cabal.

La detective (A spy in the house) by Y.s. Lee: a wonderful YA set in London in 1858, featuring a kick ass girl and a funny romance.

 

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The “Vampyr” book is my copy of Dracula by Bram Stoker: I made this dust jacket for the book for a vampire hunter cosplay that I made some years ago, and I re-read Dracula because in summer I went to Whitby.

Un lavoro Sporco (A dirty Job) by Christopher Moore: Moore is one of my favourite authors, and I re-read A dirty Job because sometimes I need to read or re-read something written by Moore.

Buona apocalisse a tutti! (Good Omens) by Neil Gaiman/Terry Pratchett: Gaiman and Pratchett are my favourite authors, so I read Good Omens and it’s amazing. #TeamCrowley forever! Can’t wait to see the tv adaptation!

Flights and Chimes and mysterious times by Emma Trevayne: OMG this book is amazing!! Steampunk London with fairies and mechanical parts of human body, mysterious fracture in the wall, a poetic and magic middle grade book with a wonderful cover.

Holy Cow by David Duchovny:  I buy this book in Brasov, Romania, the past summer. I was curious about David Duchovny written a book and Holy Cow is a book that made me cry, and laugh and think a lot.

In the shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters: This book is everything for me. I cried a lot after finishing it. Cat Winters is one of my fave authors, thanks to this book.

Percy Jackson racconta gli dei greci (Percy Jackson’s greek god) by Rick Riordan: It’s Percy and it’s written by Riordan, I need to write more?

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The Last Necromancer by C.J. Archer: with an amazing gothic cover and fantastic characters, the first book in the Ministry of Curiosities series is a 5 star read! Review soon!

And you? What’s the best book you read this year?

Happy New Year to all of you!

My Life in Books Tag!

I found this tag on Rainy Days and Pajamas. 
The rules? Pretty simple: answer the questions with books you read this year! Some of the books I chose are in italian, so I translate the title!

In high school I was: Princess Jellyfish (Akiko Higashimura)
People might be surprised (by): The Demon in the wood (Leigh Bardugo)
I will never be: Slave, Warrior, Queen (Morgan Rice)
My fantasy job is: The Last Necromancer (C.J. Archer)
At the end of a long day I need: Good Omens (Pratchett/Gaiman)
I hate it when: It’s not me, it’s you! (Mhairi McFarlane)
Wish I had: The box of demons (Daniel Whelan)
My family reunions are: Holy Cow (David Duchovny)
At a party you’d find me with: Dracula (Bram Stoker)
I’ve never been to: A monstrous Place (Matthew Stott)
A happy day includes: Pyramids (Terry Pratchett)
Motto I live by: The impossible quest of hailing a taxi on Christmas Eve (George Saoulidis)
On my bucket list is: The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra (Vaseem Khan)
In my next life, I want to have: Flights and chimes and mysterious times (Emma Trevayne)

And that’s it! I tag everyone who wants to do this tag!

Beauty and Beastly by Melanie Karsak, Review

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Beauty and Beastly (Steampunk Fairy Tales Series)

Author: Melanie Karsak

Pages: 162

Genre: Steampunk, romance

Add on: Goodreads, Amazon

Summary:

In this tale as old as time, Isabella Hawking must tinker a solution to a heartbreaking mystery.


When Isabelle and her papa set out from London on a sea voyage, Isabelle was thrilled. Visiting foreign courts, learning from master tinkers, and studying new ways to manipulate mechanicals sounded like a dream. But an unexpected gale turns the waters violent, and the ship is lost. Isabelle survives the tempest only to be shipwrecked on a seemingly-deserted island. Dotted with standing stones, faerie mounds, and a crumbling castle, the haunting place hints of a magical past. Isabelle may be an unwitting guest, but her arrival at the forgotten citadel heralds a new beginning for the beastly residents inside.

Beauty and Beastly is a retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast fairy tale set in 1814 Regency England.

Review:

I can’t express how much I loved this book!

I read a lot of retelling in the past years, I even partecipate in a challenge based on retellings, and I never found one that I really really like. For example: I like the idea of Dorothy Must Die, but I didn’t like the MC.

But Isabelle Hawking is a great main character! She’s strong, and intelligent, she doesn’t despise the other girls, and she creates wonderful creations made of metal and music.

“How dare you presume to pick my rose. A rose by any other name would still spell damnation for us all.”

First of all: some of the chapters title are the same of the famous songs from the movies! I don’t know you, but I sing those songs a lot. No, I’m not a good singer.

Second: the author has turn down the Stockolm syndrome tipically associated with this tale. So we don’t have a Beast very angry, and bad and violent with Isabelle, and she isn’t a passive character. This is so important to me, because Melanie Karsak spread a great message with that: violence is not love.

Obviously, there is romance in this book, and drama and adventure, all mixed. I’m not a romantic girl, but I found it so cute!

The world that the author has written is beautiful: I have a special place in my heart for steampunk settings, and this is incredible. Just imagine the castle where the beast live, like in the last movie, but all made in metal, and clockwork. To this world, add some airship, fairies and Celtic folklore.

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All the female characters in the book are great: the fairy that has cast the spell on the castle, Isabelle, and Lily, an amazing airship’s captain that has her own adventure in another book, “Chasing The Star Garden”.

Rating: 5/5

Other books in the series:

Curiouser and Curiouser

Ice and Embers