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Goodreads Monday #2

GoodReads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Budget Tales book blog. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off.

Kate Warne is the first female Pinkerton detective and a desperate widow with a knack for manipulation. Descending into undercover operations, Kate is able to infiltrate the seedy side of the city in ways her fellow detectives can’t. She’s a seductress, an exotic foreign medium, a rich train passenger-all depending on the day and the robber, thief, or murderer she’s been assigned to nab.

But is the woman she’s becoming-capable of lies, swapping identities like dresses-the true Kate? Or has the real disguise been the good girl she always thought she was? As the tensions between the north and south escalate, Kate takes on a job in which the stakes have never been higher. The nation’s future is at risk, even as the lines between disguise and reality begin to blur.

I absolutely love this cover!

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Movie review: Jungle Cruise

Jungle Cruise

Available now on Disney +

Release date: July 24th, 2021

Genre: adventure, fantasy, romance, historical

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Jack Whitehall, Paul Giamatti, etc…

Rating: 4/5

Review:

I’ll not post a summary of the plot, to avoid spoilers, but you will find the trailer and the end of the post.

First of all, you need to know that I have a little crush on Dwayne Johson, and Emily Blunt too.

Jungle Cruise is based on Disney’s eponymous theme park attraction, one of the first to open in 1955 in the Adventureland part of Disneyland.

It’s not a perfect movie, I admit it, but it’s really enjoyable and pays tribute to other more famous and successful adventure movies, from Indiana Jones to The Mummy (A wise and adventurous sister with a more pacific brother… Hello Eve and Jonathan!)

I’ve loved the setting of this movie, first London than Brazil and The amazon forest, and all the historical details, like the old camera and the cars.

The plot and the characters aren’t well developed, and we don’t know a lot of their past, but the strength of the movie is the great connection and feeling between the two main characters, Frank and Lily. You immediately saw that they are great friends even in the real life, and the chemistry (in friendship terms) is really strong.

Plus, I have to say, Emily Blunt with that green shirt and brown pants is stunning. That color is perfect for her.

Her brother is the comic one of the duo, and a really good one. Maybe not as good as Jonathan from The Mummy, but that’s ok. Disney tried to include a diverse cast, it’s an attempt, but it’s not elaborated on.

A good movie to relax, funny and enjoyable.

Have you watched it?

Tell me in the comments!

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GoodReads Monday #1

GoodReads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Budget Tales book blog. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off.

As the kingdom of Camelot descends into complacency, an ambitiously sadistic madman known as Merodach advances his rogue armies, recruiting by the sword and threatening revolt. Eighteen-year-old Princess Gabriella is the only one who understands the severity of the threat, but she is powerless to convince her father or her brave commoner husband, Darrick.

With defeat all but certain, Gabriella sets out on a final, desperate quest. Her plan: to confront and defeat the madman, Merodach, before his armies can destroy everything she loves. Alone and on foot, she must cross the haunted magical wasteland known as the Tempest Barrens, where she is beset by mutant beasts, capricious magical creatures, and even the walking dead.

In the end, wounded and hopeless, Gabriella finally confronts her nemesis and learns his final, horrible secret: He is not alone, and the forces he has allied with are far more powerful than anyone could have imagined.

I have no memory of putting this book on my TBR…

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90’s Music Edition Book Tag

Hello readers! Some months ago I did the Back to the 90s book tag, and it was so fun! Then I found this tag made by And On she reads, and I said: going back to the 90s again!!!

What’s My Age Again- Blink 182:

At what age did you discover your love of reading?

I’m a late reader, I had to admit. During school, we were forced to read some kind of books, and I, as a girl, was obliged to read “books for girls” like The secret garden or Pollyanna. I hated them, preferring much more Goosebumps or crime books. When I was 8 I began reading the Goosebumps series.

All Star- Smash Mouth:

What is your favorite genre?

Definitely historical fiction with some gothic, maybe crime, and a touch of paranormal.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Deep Blue Something:

What’s your go-to reading snack/drink?

When I read in the evening I drink a cup of chamomile, usually I don’t eat when I’m reading.

Give It Away – Red Hot Chili Peppers:

What book do you ALWAYS recommend to people?

I always talk about the same books, but it also depends on the people who ask for the recommendation: I wouldn’t recommend historical paranormal fiction if someone doesn’t like the genre. I tend to suggest The song of Achilles and In The shadow of blackbirds.

…Baby One More Time – Britney Spears:

A book or series you have read more than once?

I have too many books on my TBR to reread a series!!ç___ç In the past I’ve reread Undead by Stoker/Holt at least a couple of times.

Tearin’ Up My Heart – N’Sync:

A book that broke your heart to finish?

The lovely bones broke my heart several times during my reading, particularly in the beginning and the ending.

Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana:

A book that you read as a teen that you still love today?

As a teen, I was in the vampire mania: from Anita Blake to Anne Rice, but today I still love the Gardella Chronicles from Colleen Gleason.

Hurt- Nine Inch Nails:

What book do you love that deals with heavier subjects?

Boo seems an innocent book, with its bright green cover, but it deals with bullying, teen suicide, and the tragedy of firearms in schools.

Tag done, hope you have fun going back to the 90s with me!

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Wrap Up: October 2021

Hello readers! October is gone too fast, and now everywhere it’s already Christmas…

During October, I managed to read 11 books, with a DNF.

5 stars:

Only Amelia Fang and the Half Moon Holiday have reached 5 stars this month! I love this series so much!

4 stars:

I need my monster is a lovely illustrated children’s book perfect for Halloween, but also full of friendship and colors. Children will love it!

The fifth book in the Redmond and Haze series is Murder in the grave. I liked it much more than the previous two volumes, the mystery is really intriguing.

3 stars:

If you are a fan of true crime stories, you had to know the story of JonBenét, in JonBenét: inside the Ramsey murder investigation, you will find a lot of information, theories and suspects. It was interesting, but too long for my liking.

I didn’t realize that Buried beneath the boarding house was the story of Dorotea Puente until I began the book. It’s a macabre story, but very well written.

2 stars:

I was expecting more from Crane, also, the cover is great but it doesn’t remind me of the legend of Sleepy Hollow.

You can read my review of The Women of Blackmouth street here.

The pumpkin field has an amazing cover, but it’s a super short story, written in more than one language, definitely too short.

1 star + DNF:

Confessions is my DNF of the month.

You can read my negative review of The Spirit Engineer here.

What can I say about A House at the bottom of a lake? Two teenagers are searching for a place for their first time together. A House. Completely furnished. At the bottom of a lake. And do you think this is a good idea? Malerman already failed me with Bird box, this is the confirmation that he’s not an author I like.

And that was my reading month, full of horror/thriller and true crime books.

What about you? Have you read some great books this month? Tell me in the comments!