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Goodreads Monday #9

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Ghosts are everywhere, not just the ghost of Momma in the woods, but ghosts of us too, what we used to be like in those long summers …

Amber Alton knows that the hours pass differently at Black Rabbit Hall, her London family’s country estate, where no two clocks read the same. Summers there are perfect, timeless. Not much ever happens. Until, of course, it does.

More than three decades later, Lorna is determined to be married within the grand, ivy-covered walls of Pencraw Hall, known as Black Rabbit Hall among the locals. But as she’s drawn deeper into the overgrown grounds, half-buried memories of her mother begin to surface and Lorna soon finds herself ensnared within the manor’s labyrinthine history, overcome with an insatiable need for answers about her own past and that of the once-happy family whose memory still haunts the estate.

Stunning and atmospheric, this debut novel is a thrilling spiral into the hearts of two women separated by decades but inescapably linked by the dark and tangled secrets of Black Rabbit Hall.

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Wrap Up: October 2022

Hi readers, here’s my wrap-up for the month of October!

5 stars:

Two amazing middle grade books, Yesterday Crumb is officially one of the best books I’ve read this year. I wasn’t convinced by Spirit hunters initially, but it evolves so well.

4/3 stars:

A lovely cozy mystery by one of my favorite author, Colleen Gleason, Tomes, scones and crones is the first in a new series. Stolen remains is the second volume in The lady of Ashes mystery series, but it’s not as good as the first one. Any old diamonds is a lovely M/M historical fiction. Another first volume in a series is Lady of devices, with a great MC and a steampunk setting.

2/1 stars:

The worst books for me were Doll house and Terre spettrali: both of them full of errors, and some of them keep repeating throughout the book, really annoying. I gave 2 to Cuore d’inchiostro (Inkheart) and Dead mountain only for the respect I have for Brendan Fraser and for the Dyatlov group. L’uomo dei sussurri (The whisper man) was boring, and Silver in the blood has a really interesting setting, but the two female MC are so YA they’re sometimes embarrassing.

How was your month? Have you found a new fave?

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Wrap up: July 2022

I know, I’m a little late with the wrap up of July, I’m sorry. You can find the wrap up of August here.

During July I read a total of 11 books, but be prepared, a lot of them were 1 star only.

5 stars:

Granny’s got a gun is a funny cozy mystery featuring a Granny that is also a retired CIA agent. The lost ones is an outstanding gothic historical fiction and you can read the review here on the blog the next week.

3 stars:

First in a historical vampire fiction, As vital as blood is really good, as it’s Spirits of the storm, about a mall haunted by children’s spirits. I can’t say that I enjoyed the short story that gave the collection its name, but there are other stories really good in La banconota da un milione di sterline.

2 stars:

The cat of Amontillado is a “retelling” of the tale written by Allan Poe, but the title is the only thing they have in common. Miss Marple nei Caraibi (a Caribbean mystery) is great for the setting, but it’s also racist.

1 star:

And this was my reading recap for July, I forgot to write the one about September too, shame on me.

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Goodreads Monday #8

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Moody sixteen-year-old barista Devin Mulwray is doing his best to ignore bizarre manifestations at his job in the chilly Northern California town of Arcata. Already teased about his recurrent ‘phase-outs’, the last thing he needs is to get pegged as a guy who sees ghosts. It doesn’t help his state of mind that his boss is a sarcastic slacker, his single dad is always on the road with clients and local occult fan girl Nayra is spreading ‘ghost boy’ rumors about him online.

But when violent paranormal activity badly spooks teens at an abandoned estate, Devin’s pushed into investigating by his eccentric friends Clive, a budding composer, and Rex, a tech head excited by ghost hunting gadgetry. At first reluctant to get involved, Devin’s encouraged when Emily, one of the more empathetic girls at Grey Bluff High, is impressed with his daring.

Together the friends explore the creepy Rousten manor. But as the only person able to perceive the manifestations, Devin soon finds himself going one-on-one against a powerful spirit who attacks the locals and infiltrates Devin’s own dreams.

Devin must face his fear of confronting the spirit world and get to the bottom of the hauntings before the specter unleashes more havoc on him and his friends.

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Wrap Up: August 2022

Hello readers!

I know I forgot to post the wrap-up for July, I’m sorry, I was already on vacation, I promise I will post it in the next few days!

Here’s what I read during August (click on the cover for the plot):

5 stars:

I wasn’t expecting to love L’imprevedibile viaggio di Harold Fry (The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry) so much, but it’s a heartbreaking story. Same for Lady of ashes, a great historical fiction about a female undertaker in Victorian London.

4 and 3 stars:

My dad visited Iceland this year, and brought me this beautiful book about Aurora Borealis. Do you know that I’m obsessed with Van Gogh right? L’uomo e la terra (The man and the earth) is a wonderful book about the exposition in Milan. I thought that L’isola del tesoro (Treasure island) was more adventurous, but I’m glad I’ve finally read it.

1 or 2 stars/DNF:

The sisters brothers and Devil in the darkness are the books I didn’t finish. Only The power of Poppy Pendle gains 2 stars, the other books are so bad I immediately unhaul them from shelves.

And that was my reading month, hope yours was better than mine!

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Wrap up: June 2022

Hello readers, sorry for the delay, I had busy days at work!

In June I’ve read 12 books with 2 DNF, a record even for me.

4 stars:

I can say that Chad Nicholas can write a really good thriller/horror book, having already enjoyed Nightmare written by him. His stories are really dark and twisted, be aware.

3 stars:

If you have a cat, you can easily relate to the poems of I could pee on this. So hilarious.

Are you terrified of dolls like me? Demonic dolls is the book for you!

Philippe Daverio racconta Van Gogh: I was expecting more from Daverio, this book is just a general portrait of the artist.

2 stars:

3 great covers for 3 predictable books: Reign of Shadows is a dystopian/romance retelling of Rapunzel; Knock knock is a ghost story totally ruined by the prologue; The heir of Hawksclaw tried too hard to be gothic/scary, without success.

1 star/DNF:

I wouldn’t talk about each of these books, I know some are very popular, maybe it was just a bad reading month for me. You can check the GR page by clicking on the cover.

And that was my reading month, hope July will be better!

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Wrap Up: September 2021

Hello readers! My favorite month of the year is finally arrived, I’m so excited, Halloween is coming!

In September I’ve read 9 books with 1 DNF. I also lowered my Goodreads challenge from 140 to 130 books.

5 stars:

Give me all the historical fiction crime books set in Scotland!! An amazing debut of a series, The Anatomist’s Wife has captured my attention and now I want to read all the installment in this series.

4 stars:

A Whale in Paris is a lovely historical middle grade about the war and the friendship between a girl and a lonely whale trapped in the Sein.

Under the oak tree is a manhwa so romantic! Yes, sometimes I read a romantic story, I know you are stunned by this fact.

Another great historical middle grade is The Vanishing trick, a dark fairytale similar to Coraline, very well written.

3 stars:

A lady in the smoke is a historical crime fiction involving a train accident, with a headstrong main character and a hint of romance, but it will gain some points with less pages.

The tutor is M/M historical romance with a gothic setting, two children without a mother and a dark presence in the house.

1 star + DNF:

Tim Specter has great potential: a detective specialized to treat ghosts has to investigate the ghost of a hanged butler… but the writing was horrible.

A shadow on the lens has a wonderful cover, seriously, I’m in love with this cover, and the story is intriguing, with the beginning of the photography, a murder, a ghost who appears only on photo… but again, the writing was poor, focused only on the description of the landscape, and not on the characters.

The eye of Zeus is the DNF of the month: it’s a copy of Percy Jackson, the same scenes, the same monsters. No thanks, there’s only one Percy.

And that’s all, be prepared for a month of ghostly post!

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The time hunters saga: review

Hello readers! I’m finally back with a review!

This will be a general review of the first five installment in the series. There’s a sixth book that I didn’t read yet.

Title: The Time hunters

Author: Carl Ashmore

Genre: Sci -fi/Time Travel/Young Adult

General rating: 5/5

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The time hunters is a great series, and even if GR says that’s young adult, an older middle-grade reader will find it really entreating.

I found it by chance on Amazon unlimited, and quickly became addicted, I easily gave all the first 4 books in the series 5 stars on GR, except for the fifth, with a solid 3 stars.

The plot is simple, at the beginning: Joe and Becky, brother and sister, are invited to spend the summer holidays with their Uncle Percy, an eccentric man who lives at Bowen Hall. They didn’t know that Uncle Percy is a time traveller!

Each book is set in a different era, a bunch of characters are a costant in every story, and it’s fascinating to read all their adventures. The reader will encounter a lot of famous character and creatures (yes, even dinosaurs!) during the time travels.

There are the villains, and they are really mean. There’s a great sense of family and friendship, to try to being kind and do the right things, but the books deal also with some darker pages of our history, like the Olocaust. Keep that in mind for younger readers.

I found myself crying and laughing and hold my breath during my reading sessions, and with the progress of the series, the plot became more violent, and darker and complicated, that’s why the fifth book hasn’t reached the 5 stars for me.

I still reccomend this underrated series, if you have read it or plan to, feel free to comment below! I would love to hear your opinion!

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Wrap Up: August 2020

Hello readers, here’s my wrap up of all the books I’ve read during August. How was your month? I had a little vacation at the beginning of the month, but now I’m back at work.

I managed to read 11 books, only 1 DNF.

5 stars:

Exeunt demon king is a short story featuring Johannes Cabal, our favourite necromancer. It’s hilarious and totally in Cabal style. I suggest you read first the novel Johannes Cabal The Necromancer.

Why I waited so much to begin the Amelia Fang series??! I love her sooo much! Squashy is super cute, I’m planning on making her dress for Halloween!

4 stars:

The world’s most haunted places was very interesting, with photos, historic details and addresses. The author has worked for Ghost Adventures too.

Lady stuff was hilarious!!

I’m totally in love with the illustrations and the covers of the Sophie Mouse series.

3 stars:

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Quiet girl in a noisy world was really relatable.

2 stars:

The year of shadows has an interesting plot, the cat is awesome, but oh my, I hated the main character.

Spork begins very well, but I didn’t like some of the illustrations.

1 star + DNF:

Bride of the sea is my DNF this month. I love the cover, but the genre is not for me.

Vincent: I’m super sensitive about Van Gogh, and I didn’t understand this graphic novel that has erase all the worst and the experience of Vincent, but has included s*x scenes.

Doctor Death is really bad: it’s cruel against children, against animals and women, the plot doesn’t make sense, and the main character is subjected by all the male characters.

 

And that’s all for my reading in August, have you read some great books?

Tell me in the comments!

 

 

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Demonathon + ReadToBreath TBR

Hello readers, how are you?

Tomorrow will be September, I don’t know why but August has last like a week for me…

Anyway, today I’m here to present to you my TBR for the two readathons I’ll participate during September.

Demonathon, the Grand Hotel is the second round organized on Twitter by Yumi where you need to gain the contract with the demon of your choice.

Here you can find the website, I’m always impressed by the effort and the ideas behind this readathon.

The prompts are:

  1. A book featuring the dead
  2. A pretty book
  3. Re-read a favourite/Confort read
  4. Middle grade or children’s book
  5. Intense love or friendship
  6. An indulgent read

ReadToBreathe is a readathon created by Ash on Instagram. 

You can find the informations also on her website.

The prompts are:

  • A book you’ve had longer than 6 months
  • A book over 400 pages
  • A stand-alone novel
  • A book with a sidekick (this is a personal favourite)
  • A novel with magic
  • A book outside your comfort zone

Here’s my tentative TBR, do you see a title you’re interested in? Are you participating in some readathon this month?

Tell me in the comments!