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review 2017-09-17 14:57
Magic Realism Square
Nights at the Circus - Angela Carter

- A story about stories and illusion.



Magic and reading have something in common. It’s that thin wedge that question of what is real and what is fantasy. We know that the magician is doing some trick, but we just can’t get it, can’t figure it out. With books, good ones at least, the trick is the writing taking you someplace else. Books aren’t the only thing that can do this – a good movie, painting, music. 
It’s this line between reality and fantasy that Carter explores in this novel about a circus performer who may actually have real wings. At first glance it seems as if Fevvers is the only character with this problem, but every character in the book comes into contact with this question. Even the tigers, which may or may not really be jealous lovers.
In many ways, this is the human condition, the search for ourselves. Is our work face our real face? It might not be the wings that Fevvers has, but the question of reality and fantasy is one we change and fight in some way every day

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review 2017-09-10 21:27
Pure madness, Chick- Lit with an edge…
Mad: A Novel (Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know Trilogy) - Chloé Esposito

 

 

Book Title:  Mad

Author:  Chloe Esposito

Narration:  Emily Atack

Series:  Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

Genre:  Humor, Mystery, Dark Chick Lit

Setting:  London & Sicily

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.3/5

Main Characters:  4.7/5

Secondary Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  3.8/5

Flow (Writing Style): 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4.5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  4.2/5  Cliffhanger:  pretty much does…

Total:  4.3/5 STARS

 

 

My Thoughts

 

 

Alvina may have the female version of a famous chipmunk for a name…but you should not underestimate her.  She's a lively, seriously funny, albeit slutty, take-no-shit from anybody kind of woman.  She can swear like a sailor…she puts me to shame, even.  She's really not very likable…and yet I found myself somehow liking her anyway…it might have a lot to do with her wicked sense of humor. 

 

Alvina is actually brought to life in the audio version.  Emily Atack can tell a story, she even had a way of speaking in a lower, subdued voice when she spoke the inner dialogue, that was fantastically done.  Usually, with most narrators, I have a difficult time telling if something is said out loud or if it's inner dialogue, when listening on audio. 

 

 

Will I continue this series I will try…another audio added to my tbr.

 

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review 2017-09-09 14:05
Heat
Arm Candy (Real Love) - Jessica Lemmon

This is the 2nd book in the Real Love series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  To avoid spoilers, and to enjoy and understand this series, I recommend reading in order.

 

Davis has wanted Grace for some time.  They banter and give one another a hard time.  This hides the sexual attraction nearly ready to explode between them.

 

Grace thinks she has never seen anyone hotter than Davis.  He is seriously out of her league.  Yet here he is, a regular of hers.  Can she take the chance on him?

 

This story was so much fun to read.  I enjoyed the characters from previous series books here as well.  I laughed, cried, and enjoyed every page.  I cannot wait for the next book in the Real Love series.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Book Spot!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publishers.

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review 2017-09-02 18:48
Halloween Bingo Update 1: The Canterville Ghost
The Canterville Ghost - Oscar Wilde,Inga Moore

The Canterville Ghost is a charming novella by Oscar Wilde, dating, I believe, to about 1887.  The American Minister to the Court of St. James rents the country house of the Canterville family, despite being informed that it's haunted by a dire ghost, because he doesn't believe in ghosts.  Also he figures his incorrigible twin boys (known generally as "Stars and Stripes") will be more than a match for it, if it even exists. 

 

There is indeed a ghost - Sir Simon de Canterville, who has been a successful haunt since 1585.  This time, however, his haunting fails, and the only one who is apparently moved is the Americans' daughter, fifteen-year-old Virginia.

 

I may have read The Canterville Ghost many years ago - but then again I may just have seen the movies.  There's a version from 1944, which my mother grew up with, with Robert Young, Margaret O'Brien, and Charles Laughton as the Ghost, but that's not the one I first saw.  That version was one for TV made in the mid-1970s, with David Niven as the Ghost, and it may be the adaptation I've seen that's closest to the novella.  (There are also more modern adaptations, but the only one of those that I have seen is the one from the mid-80s, with Alyssa Milano and John Gielgud as the Ghost.)  There is apparently yet another version "in preparation" now.  With Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie attached.

 

At any rate, this was a charming start to the bingo, and it fulfills the first call: "Ghost."

 

 

Called and Read:

 

Ghost - The Canterville Ghost, by Oscar Wilde. 

 

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review 2017-09-01 01:44
great story and characters
Too Damn Nice (Choc Lit): A wonderful romance. The perfect summer read! - Kathryn Freeman

Lizzie’s parents had died and her brother Robert had been in the car and now laid in a coma it was still the early days but the doctors weren’t very hopeful that Robert would ever lead a normal life again. Lizzie’s parents had been coming to see her. Nick was at the funeral and at Lizzie’s side. Lizzie flinched but Nick kept his arm around her to offer the comfort he knew she needed. . Nick had lost his own parents when he was young through a faulty gas  fire in the master bedroom during his first school summer holiday. Lizzie’s parents were like a second set of parents to Nick. When the cop had asked Lizzie if there was anyone they could call her mind went right to Nick and of course he had come to her. Even though there was the memory of his rejection between them. Then Lizzie decided to go back to the states shortly after the funeral Nick told her it was too soon but she went anyway to leave Nick to tie things up for her.  Nick drove Lizzie to the airport. Lizzie couldn’t think or function. Her mind was numb. Lizzie begins to live a different kind of life and soon it is spinning out of control as Lizzie was consumed with depression on losing her parents Two years ago Lizzie left NYC where her parents had died and moved to LA. Charles had been Lizzie’s trainer and ends up her boyfriend but creates a sexual scandal with pictures released of Lizzie and him and a third man. Lizzie remembered having a couple of drinks with  Charles then another man appeared a friend of Charles, Lizzie had drank  only two glasses of wine but she started to feel funny. Charles got her a room in the hotel and Lizzie doesn’t remember anything else. Nick has tried to move on with his life and has a girlfriend named Sally. But Nick had never gotten over Lizzie when she wouldn’t answer her phone or texts Nick flew out to be with Lizzie. Lizzie hears someone at her door and it is Nick. Nick brings Lizzie back to the UK with him and she is also staying with him. What is going to happen with Lizzie staying with Nick?

I really loved this story and felt it was well written. I loved the plot and pace. I wish Lizzie and Nick had told each other how they felt about each other before Lizzie ever went to the states. Instead of Lizzie asking Nick to help her get rid of her virginity and him rejecting her. But I so loved how Nick was always there for Lizzie. Even if she tried to turn him away and he was the one she always thought of to turn to. Even when Nick had tried to go on with his life he ran to Lizzie’s side when she was in trouble and took her home. I was so happy when Nick showed up at Lizzie’s apartment even though she hadn’t contacted him or let him contact her. This was just a great read, a great romance and I loved it. I loved the character sand ins and outs of this story and I highly recommend.

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