1 star, 5 star, meme, wrap up

Wrap Up: May 2020

Hello readers, sorry for the late post!

How are you? I would have the time to post more during May, unfortunately I had severe illness coming back, and I’m still not feeling really well, so I don’t know how much I will posting during the next month.

Rest assured that I tried to read all your blog posts, even if I didn’t leave a comment so often.

In May I’ve read 10 books plus one DNF.

5 stars:

The time hunters and the box of eternity: the second volume in the Time Hunters saga is even better than the first one! A great group of characters, actions and really evil villains. And have you seen the cover?

The adventures of Sophie Mouse, a new friend: I’m totally in love with this series, the illustrations are beautiful!

4 Stars:

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And then you’re dead:well, that was funny! Don’t read it if you’re hypochondriac or really anxious!

3 stars:

Real haunted cemeteries and graveyards: good to know just a little fact here and there, mostly American cemeteries, but without real information or names of the witness.

The heiress of Linn Hagh: it’s not worthy of Agatha Christie, I’m sorry. The mystery is good but not excellent, the characters are not likeable, especially the detective.

2 stars:

The clockwork crow: beautiful cover, poor and predictable plot, the crow is the only character that I liked.

All my friends are dead: I was expecting more. It wasn’t so funny.

1,5 star

Two gothic/supernatural historical fiction that both disappointing me. The seer of shadows is, in fact, a middle grade (and I love middle-grade books) with flat characters and a rush ending. Odd & True is my biggest disappointment of the year so far: Cat Winters is the best to write women in a historical context, but this book is just boring and the sisters are annoying.

DNF:

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The honjin murders

 

And that was my reading month, how was yours?

Tell me in the comments!

1 star, 5 star, meme, wrap up

Wrap Up: February 2020

Hello readers! How are you?

We have finally the rain back, after 70 days without a single drop from the sky, sigh.

In February, thanks to the Demonathon too, I manage to read 11 books!

5 stars:

This is going to hurt is a solid 5 stars for me! I laughed, I cried and I learned a lot of medical things that scared the hell out of me.

Ella, The slayer surprised me! It’s a retelling of Cinderella set in 1918, with Ella who slays “zombies” with a katana. Weird but interesting and funny, I’ve loved the relationship between all the characters!

3 stars:

Midday Moon 1: thanks Kindly Unlimited for all this yaoi manga! This has a lovely (and angst) story, and look at the cover!!

L’origine delle specie (On the origin of the species) well… I’m happy to have read another classic, but honestly, it was too long.

Guns of liberty is the first ARC I received through BookSirens. I fell in love with the cover, but was boring in fact.

Don’t go there: I didn’t know the Dyatlov Pass Mystery until I discover the series by Jeremy Bates. I began with this book because it’s non-fiction written by a Russian author. It’s interesting, but in needs of a good editor.

Greenglass House is a middle-grade mystery, set in a beautiful house full of secrets, it caught my attention but then was predictable.

2 stars:

Replay: An ARC of a yaoi manga I received thanks to Edelweiss, it was cute, but with a serious problem of format.

Paved with good intentions: it’s so similar to Good Omens, in particular to Aziraphale and Crowley, but without all the English humour and with chapters more suitable to a tv show.

Ready player one: well, surprise, I didn’t like a superhyped book! I didn’t understand most of the references, but I admit that the world was interesting.

1 star:

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Ally Rose la quinta vittima (sorry, they didn’t translate it!) it’s an urban fantasy full of s*x scenes, love triangle, love/hate relationship and, unfortunately, with a lot of typos.

And that was my reading month!

How was yours? Have you read some good book?

Tell me in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 

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Wrap Up: November 2019

Hello readers!

December is finally here, and here’s the recap of my readings in November. At the end of November, I reached my goal of 110 books on Goodreads, I’m so happy!

In November I read a total of 10 books, with 1 DNF. As I’ve done last month, from now on I will include in this wrap up the books I read in Italian too, with title translation when possible.

5 Stars:

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Il Mondo è un teatro (Shakespeare, The world as stage) by Bill Bryson: my first ever Bryson book, I totally love it, it’s a great non-fiction about Shakespeare and the world where he has lived.

4 stars:

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The Midnight Sea by Kat Ross: I’ve finally read this hyped book! Everyone in my country seems to love it, I’ve found it really readable and full of action, but a little predictable.

3 Stars:

Sitting Murder by A.J. Wright: this is the fourth book in the Lancashire Detective Mystery series. I love the cover, and the mystery behind the crime is interesting, but there’s a lot of dialects (of Lancashire, I suppose), that makes difficult for me to read.

Crypto by Dan Brown: hello again Mr Brown! I really liked the action parts of this book, but also found boring the computer and codes parts.

2 stars:

Il Drago verde (Dragon’s green) by Scarlett Thomas: this is a strange and confusional book. Sometimes it seems a middle grade, but then there are more adult scenes. It began with a simple plot, but then it adds more worlds, and magic and characters and I was really confused.

La Maschera di Bali by Francesco Durigon: sorry, no translation for this one! A steampunk book, too short for the plot.

The Butchered Man by Harriet Smart: the first 3 chapters were really interesting and I was captivated by the story. Then it began to be boring and more focused on gossip about the characters than solving the crime.

1 star:

Circe by Madeline Miller: I know. I’ve cried all my tears when I finished this book and I understood that I hated it. Well, I really disliked it during my reading too, found it boring and not at all write as good as The Song Of Achilles.

Island of the dolls by Jeremy Bates: as you can read in my review (link on the title), Island of the dolls as the exact same plot and situations as the Suicide forest. But now I want to read all this series, just to find out if even the other books are the same as these two.

DNF:

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The Shrigley abduction by Ashby & Jones: Oh my, I was bored to death.

And that’s my recap! How was your reading month? Have you read some 5 stars books?

Tell me in the comments!

1 star, review

Suicide forest; Island of the dolls: review

 

Title: Suicide Forest / Island of the dolls

Series: World’s scariest place 1 / 4

Author: Jeremy Bates

Pages: 549 / 492

Trigger warnings: suicide, death, blood, s** scenes, violence, murder, guns, swear words

Genre: horror, thriller, adult, suspense

Goodreads rating: 3.68 / 3.96

My rating: 1.5 / 1

Synopsys:

Just outside of Tokyo lies Aokigahara, a vast forest and one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in Japan…and also the most infamous spot to commit suicide in the world. Legend has it that the spirits of those many suicides are still roaming, haunting deep in the ancient woods.
When bad weather prevents a group of friends from climbing neighbouring Mt. Fuji, they decide to spend the night camping in Aokigahara. But they get more than they bargained for when one of them is found hanged in the morning–and they realize there might be some truth to the legends after all.

Deep within an ancient Aztec canal system on the outskirts of Mexico City lies Isla de las Munecas…a reportedly haunted island infested with thousands of decrepit dolls.
While there to film a television documentary, several friends discover a brutal murder. Soon fear and paranoia turn them against one another – even as the unknown killer stalks them throughout the longest night of their lives.

 

Review:

(Please be aware that these books are located in real places of Earth, and this review contain spoilers)

From the beginning, it was Island of the dolls who ignite my interest, but when I saw that was the fourth book in a series, I decided to begin with the first one, Suicide Forest. In fact, all these books are standalone, so you can read it in which order you prefer.

Suicide forest is located at Aokigahara, Japan, at the base of Mt. Fuji. It’s a popular tourist area, but it’s well known because a hundred people per year come here to commit suicide.

The book began like most of the horror movies out there: a group of American teachers decide to climb Mt. Fuji with a couple of Japanese friends, but the weather isn’t good for climbing, so they decided to go camping in Aokigahara. Have you seen horror movies? Are you aware that is a sort of scheme? You know, the first one who died, the most beautiful girl in the group who survive, etc…

Suicide forest is full of WTF?? moments: for example, decide to go camping for a night with 3 half bottles of water for 7 people. Yes, that’s a great decision. Half an hour in the forest and they’ve already finished the water. I will love to sleep in a sleeping bag where people come to die, surrounded by an ocean of trees and corpses.

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Why I combined these two reviews in one post? Simply because Island of the dolls has exactly the same plot as Suicide Forest.

The situations, the cycle of the events, are exactly the same. Even the stupidest decisions of the two groups are nearly the same, but Island is located in Mexico.

The problem with Island of the dolls is also that the dolls… are pretty inexistent. It would be set in Los Angeles or London, and it will be the same. A group of friends visit the Island but they had to spend the night on it, and they begin to die one by one. A group of friends decide to spend the night in Aokigahara and they begin to die one by one.

I know that most of the horror books/movies had this plot, but here even the events had the same timing, like the author wrote only one plot and then just changed the location. It’s frustrating.

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The group of main characters are disrespectful of local legends and the local culture. They don’t respect the dead or the “supernatural” forces that could be in those places, and they always, always don’t understand a single word spoken in the language of the country where they are living. Embarrassing.

A special note for the unnecessary s*x scenes in both books: maybe it’s only me, but these two locations aren’t the most romantic or turn on places to do these things, and only because these are adult books it doesn’t mean you need to throw certain scenes like that.

The “villains” of both stories are similar too; the ending no, fortunately.

Last comment: you can watch the Ghost Adventures Special Episode about the Island of the dolls. If you have a phobia of the dolls, it’s one of their scariest adventures.

The World’s scariest places series is composed by:

Suicide Forest (Japan)

The Catacombs (France)

Helltown (U.S.A.)

Island of the dolls (Mexico)

Mountain of the dead (Russia)

 

1 star, 5 star, middle grade, wrap up

Wrap up: July 2019

Hello readers! I’m back from my holidays, I’m ready and full of ideas for new blog posts, but first, let’s see what I read back in July!

I’ve read 10 books in July, all of them in English!

5 and more stars:

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I love this series sooooo much, and it’s so underrated!! I never see this series on Instagram or in a book tag, and it’s a shame because the plot and the characters are amazing!

3 stars:

A lot of middle grades here!

Teddy Bears in Monsterland is really cute, maybe you don’t know, but I’m collecting Teddy Bears!

The boy from tomorrow is really well written and it’s original and a spooky, unfortunately, it’s also really sad and there’s violence against animals and children, and I don’t like it.

The trials of Morrigan Crow has a lot of potential and the setting and descriptions really have captured my attention, but I was expecting more.

Ink and Bone is the same: I was expecting more, but I was really bored. I liked the secondary characters a lot more than the MC.

The grave digger is set in America, Ohio, in 1875, and it’s a nice change for me. The idea is original, but it’s not well developed, especially the ending.

2 stars:

Those two books are both a little spooky and gothic, but The Requiem Red suffers from confusionary chapters, where I can understand the character who spoke or what’s going on.

Shadow on the wall is better written and understandable, but the mystery and the “horror” scenes are predictable.

1 star:

The destroyer was ridiculous: a main character totally obsessed to make love with every woman he sees. I lost count of how many times I rolled my eyes.

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Children shouldn’t play with dead things has a beautiful cover, but it’s so full of clichès and it’s so similar to a bunch of other YA (special powers, mysterious boy, she doesn’t know she’s special, instalove…) I had to DNF it.

 

And that’s my reading month! How was your July? It’s still hot where you live?

Tell me in the comments!

1 star, review, Senza categoria

Just one damned awful book: a review

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Title: Just one damned thing after another

Author: Jodi Taylor

Genre: science fiction, time travel

Pages: 322

Publisher: Night Shade

Goodreads rating: 3.89

My rating: 1

Trigger Warning: sexual assault, s*x scenes, death, blood, war, curse words.

Synopsis:

“History is just one damned thing after another.” —Arnold Toynbee
Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don’t call it “time travel”—these historians “investigate major historical events in contemporary time.” And they aren’t your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster-magnets.
The first thing you learn on the job at St. Mary’s is that one wrong move and history will fight back—sometimes in particularly nasty ways. But, as new recruit Madeleine Maxwell soon discovers, it’s not only history they’re often fighting.
The Chronicles of St. Mary’s tells the chaotic adventures of Max and her compatriots—Director Bairstow, Leon “Chief” Farrell, Mr. Markham, and many more—as they travel through time, saving St. Mary’s (too often by the very seat of their pants) and thwarting time-travelling terrorists, all the while leaving plenty of time for tea.
From eleventh-century London to World War I, from the Cretaceous Period to the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria, one thing is for sure: wherever the historians at St. Mary’s go, chaos is sure to follow in their wake.

Review with spoiler:

This is one of the worst books I ever read, and one of the most stupid. I wasn’t thinking that for the first 4 or 5 chapters: it wasn’t a well-written story, and all the characters were acting like a teen, but the idea behind the story was interesting, and I found myself reading out of curiosity.

But then I began to see the fall of the plot: the basic rule in every story about time travel is “do not change the past”, but this rule doesn’t apply to our MC. All the science fiction parts of this book are done approximately, and we read this story like: ok that doesn’t make sense.

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The historian of the St. Mary institute are sent to the past just to observe the situation but:

  1. They died. A lot.
  2. Our MC saves a couple of lives during WWI and nobody cares.
  3. And the future doesn’t change!
  4. They didn’t send the historian to the period he/she has a degree, they send them randomly.
  5. We really need to talk about the final exam.
  6. Like she’s just drinking tea and has done nothing and she has passed the exam.
  7. They are sent in a dangerous era without weapons.

These are some of the things that I found stupid in this book, but nothing compares to the s*x scene randomly placed after a car accident. So they are like friends, he’s driving a car, she makes a dirty joke and he BAM, crush the car against a tree. He calls for help, then “take off your clothes and we make it on the car that is destroyed.” I was–>tumblr_omule3fwZC1w1swfno1_250

really, that books keep goes worse every page you turn.

The characters are all historian with degrees in a specific era and they act like teenagers; the plot behind the time travel is so bad I want to cry; the sexual scenes and assault are totally amiss; even the parts in the past are annoying.

The writing style is very elementary, the dialogue is so bland.

There’s nothing except the cover that I will save about this book.  I’m sorry. Please don’t be offended if you liked it, this is only my opinion.

 

1 star, 5 star, non fiction, review, Senza categoria

From Madness to the crime: 2 mini reviews

 

 

 

 

Title: Bedlam, London and its mad / Underworld London, Crime and Punishment in the Capital City

Author: Catharine Arnold

Pages: 320 / 352

Genre: true crime, non-fiction, history, mental illness

Editor: Simon Shuster Uk

Rating on Goodreads: Underworld 3.91 / Bedlam 3.54

My rating: Bedlam 1/5 – Underworld London 4.5/5

Trigger Warning: death, blood, graphic description of corpse, violence and murder, child abuse

Goodreads: Bedlam / Underworld London

Reviews:

I will review these two books together, because I read them in the past months and they are from the same author. And better be prepared, because one of the books will receive a negative review.

Let’s begin with Underworld London, that’s so much better than Bedlam. I have a thing for macabre and dark history, so I was always attracted by the books of Catharine Arnold. Underworld London it’s a long journey about the crime, the most famous criminals and the punishment in London.

We can read of assassin and murderers, from Newgate to Tyburn, from the middle age to the modern days. Each chapter is focused on a famous criminal of a location, but most of the times the author tends to divagate from the main topic. It’s okay, I can tolerate.

But there is a problem: a series of mistakes in one of the chapters. You maybe want to know that I’m obsessed with Jack The Ripper, so obviously I know a thing or two.

Well, in the so brief chapter about Jack and his murders, the main Inspector who conduct the investigations is named Abbeline. But everybody knows that his name is Frederick Abberline. I thought of a series of typos (it’s weird, but…) but then, I read Bedlam and a review on Goodreads has caught my attention: the reviewer says that there are a lot of errors about a character in this book.

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Are you kidding me? A non-fiction book with poor research and a lot of mistakes about real people, and maybe other errors in god knows what. meybe there are mistakes about other people, or their crimes, or about the psychiatric treatment. I was so disappointed.

Bedlam is also the most muddler and chaotic book I ever read. I wanted to read about Bedlam, the hospital and the illness, the life inside the hospital and the most famous patients.

Instead, I’ve read chapter and chapters about all the supervisor of the hospital, about the land on where was the building, and a lot of digressions. A transantlantic of digressions.

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It’s like: I want to read Harry Potter, instead I read a finnish manual about salmon.

I haven’t learned a single thing about the building I visited in December, and also the chapter about the Modern Bedlam, now the Imperial War Museum, is poor written. A couple of lines and that’s all. And it’s a shame because the museum is extraordinary.

I’m also disappointed because I already buy Necropolis from the same author. I don’t know if I want to read it.

 

 

1 star, meme, Senza categoria, wrap up

Worst books of 2018

Hello everyone! Here’s my post with the worst/most disappointing/DNF books of 2018. I’m really a bad person, so probably there will be a lot of books. Please be aware that I will include the books that I read in Italian and also that’s only my opinion.

If I have to choose the worst of the worst, the book that I hated most in 2018, it will be I, Lucifer. A spark Unseen was really disappointing, because the first book of this series was really good.

The last days of night... so incredibly boring, even with an interesting setting.

Mr confidence was so sexist and so rude that I decided to not accept review copies anymore.

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I dodici(The Twelve) was ridiculous, I hated the MC of Vita dopo Vita (Life after Life) and I hated Ci vogliono le palle per essere una donna (How to be a woman).

And that’s the ending, these are all the books that I hated or didn’t like it.

What are the worst books you read in the past year?

 

1 star, 5 star, wrap up

July 2018 Wrap Up

 

The blue and black are the colour of this month covers!

Hello, how are you doing? I had a little accident involving my head and an iron door this month, so I still feel dizzy and tired when I’m reading. Hope to feel better in August!

In July I read a total of 9 books (but one is a re-reading) and 5 are in english:

The Uninvited by Cat Winters: I didn’t like it as much as I liked In The Shadow of Blackbirds, but this book has an amazing plot twist, and can break your heart in tiny little pieces. 4 stars.

Skulduggery Pleasant #1 by Derek Landy:  this book was totally a surprise to me! I heard positive things about it, expecially on Instagram, but I didn’t think it was so good and funny! I will continue this series. 4 stars.

The bone season by Samantha Shannon: I know that my review is in italian, but you can admire the GIFs, really funny. I know too that it’s a popular/super hyped book, but I didn’t like it. 1 star for me.

The watchmaker’s daughter by C. J. Archer: I read and review with entusiasm The Last Necromancer, another book of the same author. But this was like a copy: the plot, the background of the characters, their interactions, and now I’m feeling teased. It’s enjoyable and a lot less dark than The Last Necromancer, but I’m worried that all the series of Archer are the same. 3 stars.

Del Toro Moon by Darby Karchut: I received this ARC from Netgalley. I love the cover, the story that had made me cry, and the author is so kind! She appreciated my review, and I’m so happy! 5 stars for me, the best book I read in July!

How was your reading month?

1 star, contemporary, review

Full Circle — Mr. Confidence, mini reviews

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Full Circle

Author: Regina Timothy

Pages: 314

Genre: contemporary

Add on: Goodreads, Amazon

Rating: 4/5

Summary:

Eight years after the 9/11 attacks, Samia-Al-Sayyid an Iraqi immigrant is living a quiet life in New York City after she fled her home to avoid imminent death.
She works hard for her cold, heartless, high-strung boss, loves her seventeen-years-old-son, and cherishes the close friendship she has formed with her best friend Susan.
Nothing can go wrong, or so she thinks – until the estranged brother she left back in Iraqi shows up on her door step. Then she finds herself in a cab, on her way to the hospital to identify her son, a terror suspect who has blown the city, and with it her boss’ husband, and her best friend’s son. With everything lost, she is forced to flee to Iraq where she confronts her past. Will she make peace with her past? Can she get forgiveness for all the damage she has caused?

Review:

First of all, I want to thank Regina for send me this book. She’s the first author who writes to me and my little blog, and I’m so grateful!

So I received this book for free in exchange of a honest review.

I really like it! It starts with a tragic event that has changed our lifes, our way to travel around the world, our way to look at muslim people: the attacks of 9/11.

All the book is original and so rich of emotions. To me, a european woman who was only 14 on 2001, this book open up a world, and I always like this in a story.

It was so interesting and heartbreaking to read the story of Samia, how the life has changed for her, how all the american people had reacted because of the attacks.

Full circle is a story written by a woman, about the women and how badly the world sometimes treats them, but they can carry on, broken and sad. Sometimes I cried when I was reading, so I can easily say that I liked Samia and her story so much.

Everyone needs to read this story. I highly recommend it.

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Mr. Confidence

Author: Rahiem Brooks

Pages: 230

Genre: crime thriller

Add on: Goodreads, Amazon

Rating: 1/5

Trigger Warning: language, s*x, misoginy

Summary:

When a wrongly accused man (Don Juan Jackson) gets out of prison, he focuses his attention on becoming a good example for his six-year-old daughter, who at her tender age has been terribly influenced by her mother and her mother’s many paramours. He plans to get a job to be a family good father, but his plans are derailed soon after his release.
His life becomes packed with unbelievable excitement when he is drawn into a life of white-collar crime by his childhood pal, Lex. They commit several scams and schemes–and Secret Service agents are watching. But with the money abundantly flowing in, Don Juan takes explosive measures to get custody of his daughter and to avoid another trip to the penitentiary.
Pulse-pounding seconds pass as Don Juan risks his freedom and fatherhood for the score of a lifetime.

Review:

I received this book for free in exchange of a honest review.

I’m feeling so bad writing this, because I didn’t like this book.

I was expecting a good thriller/crime, maybe a little violent, because in the summary I didn’t read about sexual content or something like that.

The first two chapter begins with s*x scenes, a lot of curse words and I was: ok, this guy was in jail, this is a urban thriller, I can resist some bad word.

But all the book is like the first chapters, or even worse: every woman in this book is described as a b***h, a se*ual doll, or a nightmare walking on stiletto.

All the ex-girlfriends of the two MC are the worst women in the world: crazy, manipulative, liar and thief.

All the other women in the book are only good for one thing, and the men tell them out loud in the street just to see them pass by.

As a woman, I was feeling so bad that I was thinking of DNF the book.

And the swear words! OMG they’re everywhere!! 24399326

I tolerate a certain number of swear words, and I totally understand that the author would describe a certain world and a culture, but I prefere to know this before read a book.

I DNF “The second coming” of Niven for all the swear words!

I saved just the daughter in this book, sorry.