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review 2019-01-18 04:39
Oops! Too engrossed to...
A Beautiful Friendship - David Weber

...remember I was reading this for a book club.  I should have been discussing frequently here on the dashboard.  I should be writing a good review.

 

Instead, I wolfed through this one, then book two and then immediately book three.

 

I did want more in the Honor-verse.  I hesitated to start this before was a bookclub because I wasn't confident author could write for YA.  

 

I was wrong; he did very well with YA.  Excellent book, but possibly a bit lacking in some ... not sure "tension" is the correct word.  Everything wasn't breezy and light; a few very possibly serious things just seemed a bit easily resolved with the M.C. often just that much smarter than others.  Most places that worked well; just enough off that it's not quite a five star read for me.

 

Boy did I ever want to read this early backstory of the treecat world!

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review 2019-01-14 20:01
日常茶飯美 Beautiful Life [Nichijousahan Bi - Beautiful Life] - Moto Haruko
Un manga ben realizzato e con una storia emozionante, molto viva e realistica. Ho amato il modo in cui sono stati caratterizzati i personaggi che, nonostante i pochi capitoli del volume, riescono ad entrarti nel cuore. Ho amato Fumichi, un giovane cameriere vittima di violenze e che non ha mai pensato realmente alla sua vita, che non ha mai cercato di avvicinarsi a nessuno per paura di essere ferito e abbandonato, un giovane che dentro di se cerca una famiglia che lo ami e protegga, insegnandoli a vivere e lottare contro gli abusi e la violenza, un ragazzo alla ricerca di riscatto e un futuro migliore. Ho amato Sazawa, un uomo distrutto dalla perdita della sua amata moglie, un uomo che ha combattuto il dolore mantenendo la sua gentilezza ed umanità, un tenero padre che desidera poter proteggere la sua bambina cercando di darle tutto l'amore di cui ha bisogno, cercando di colmare il vuoto della perdita della madre. E ho amato lei...Iyo, la piccolina che anche con poche parole riesce a comunicare tutto l'amore che prova per il padre e per Fumichi, la bimba sorridente che con un solo abbraccio riesce a sciogliere anche il cuore più duro, impossibile non rimanere indifferenti a certe scene zuccherine come quella in cui la bimba desidera regalare a Fumichi uno dei suoi peluche per consolarlo e mostrargli l'affetto che prova per lui. Il rapporto tra i 3 si crea con dolcezza e delicatezza. Sazawa trova il cameriere ferito in vicolo dietro al locale malfamato in cui quest'ultimo lavora e Iyo nonostante la sua giovane età sembra capire la situazione, attaccandosi fin da subito a quel ragazzo, accarezzando dolcemente con la mano il suo viso, cercando quasi di proteggerlo e curare la ferita che il cameriere ha al volto, Sazawa non ha quindi dubbi, decide di portare il giovane che ha rapito il cuore della sua bimba a casa sua e ben presto si viene a creare un legame indissolubile tra i 3, un legame familiare. Fumichi si innamora della bimba, del suo sorriso, dei suoi abbracci gentili, diventa il suo babysitter e un secondo papà per lei e ben presto si avvicina anche al padre, un uomo che nonostante non lo conosca è disposto a dargli una possibilità, un lavoro, un posto dove stare, una famiglia che lo accolga e protegga dal mondo. Il rapporto tra i due uomini è dolce e tenero ma allo stesso tempo anche doloroso e complicato.
I due infatti sono combattuti nei loro sentimenti, Sazawa è insicuro, nonostante quella corazza da uomo forte e gentile ha paura di non essere ricambiato e di ferire il cameriere e Fumichi... è un ragazzo che ancora non ha avuto modo di capire fino in fondo la forza dell'amore, non ha mai sentito l'affetto di una famiglia e teme di essere solo un peso per l'uomo, di non poterlo amare come si deve lui e la sua bimba, di essere un peso che non può dargli nulla in cambio. Ho amato quindi il loro modo di approcciarsi, il loro dire e non dire, il modo di avvicinarsi e allontanarsi per paura di ferirsi a vicenda per poi... capire e accettare i sentimenti, accettare di lottare insieme anche con il rischio di scottarsi e diventare finalmente una famiglia. Questa storia mi ha emozionato e colpito, ammetto che avrei voluto vedere qualche capitolo in più, qualche flashback in più soprattutto su Sazawa e sulla compagna ma anche così... il risultato è ottimo, al contrario di altri manga non si sente troppo il bisogno di aggiungere pezzi alla storia in quanto tutte le cose importanti... sono lì, sotto gli occhi di tutti così come è sotto gli occhi del lettore l'amore, la cura e il rispetto con cui è stata realizzata l'opera. Se siete alla ricerca di bei personaggi, una bella storia, sentimenti, emozioni e... dolcezza. Fa decisamente al caso vostro. Una lettura a mio avviso da non perdere, soprattutto se amate i BL con al centro la famiglia oltre che la coppia
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review 2019-01-13 19:21
A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch - My Thoughts
A Beautiful Blue Death - Charles Finch

This is the third book from my Christmas haul and again, I enjoyed my read. 

The book and the author were recommended by one of my most favourite authors, Louise Penny, the author of the Gamache series.  I just spent 20 minutes trying to find the reference and failed miserably  *LOL*.   Anyway, that's the reason I picked it up.

So, Charles Lenox is a Victorian gentleman who likes to solve mysteries. He has an interesting group of family and friends and he's a smart fellow.  I liked him.  I can see why Louise likes him as well - there's a faint Gamachian feel to the book and the characters which is fine by me. 

I like Finch's writing style, it's easy to read and while there are instances of what could be termed as info-dumping, they're handled well and not annoying.  He also does some easy back and forth banter between Lenox and his old friends that I found quite fun. 

The mystery worked for me, as did the wrapping up of the various plot-lines.  There was a question or two that didn't get answered, or if it did, I missed it, but that didn't impede my enjoyment of the book.

If I had one real problem with the book, it was that there was an awful lot of snowing going on in London for late December/early January.  I don't think it snows that much over there at all. 

Anyway, I enjoyed the book enough to add Book 2 to my wishlist.  :)

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review 2019-01-06 17:31
A beautiful story and a new favorite...
Long Live The Beautiful Hearts - Emma Scott

 

๏ ๏ ๏  Book Blurb ๏ ๏ ๏ 

(for book 1, just in case you don't want spoilers)

 

I fell for Connor Drake. I didn’t want to; I fought against it, but I fell in love with him anyway. With his words. With his poetry. With him. The gentleness and beauty of his soul that speaks directly to mine. He writes as if he can feel my heart, hear its cadence and compose the exact right lyrics to accompany every beat and flow.

 

I’m in love with Connor…so why do I feel an inexplicable pull to his best friend, Weston? Grouchy, sullen, brooding Weston Turner, who could cut you down with a look. Fiercely intelligent with a razor-sharp wit and acid tongue, he’s the exact opposite of Connor in every way, and yet there’s electricity in the air between us. The thorny barbs Weston wraps around himself can’t keep me away.

 

But the more time I spend with these men, the more tangled and confused my emotions become. When they both sign up for the Army Reserves during a time of increasing strife in the Middle East, I fear I’ll never unravel my own heart that sometimes feels as if it will tear straight down the middle…for both of them.

Until it wasn’t.

Until it all came crashing down when I discovered the deep love I thought I’d found was nestled in a web of lies—so soft and silken I hadn’t noticed it was there.

Until it was too late.

 

 

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏  My Review ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

This past year I've really become acquainted with the writing of Emma Scott, I've read a total of 4 books by her and I'm planning on at least two more in the near future...she has cemented herself as one of my favorite Authors with this latest book, Long Live the Beautiful Hearts.

 

This is book 2 of the Beautiful Hearts duet and if this had been one book, it would have been 5 stars easily...as it is with the two books, rounded out (I gave book 1 at 4.3-star rating), it's at about 4.7 or 4.8-star rating.  Bring Down the Stars wasn't an easy read for me, see my review here, as it explains it more in depth why that is.  This second book, I flew through the pages...because the story felt like it was more on track with where I needed it to be.

 

A heartbreaking yet ultimately uplifting story of courage and the power of true love.  With amazing characters and an amazing storyline, I completely loved this...and I'm not even really upset about this being sectioned into two books anymore because overall the beauty of the story makes up for it. If you're worried that this story is about cheating...don't, it's way deeper than that.

 

 

   A Bookish Obsession Favorite   

 

๏ ๏ ๏  MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

☆5+☆STARS - GRADE=A++

 

 

 

 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 5/5
The Feels⇝ 5+/5
Pacing⇝ 5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ its fit the book beautifully
Series⇝ Beautiful Hearts #2
Setting⇝ Amherst and Boston, MA
Source⇝ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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 Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

 

 

 

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text 2019-01-01 19:27
Goodbye, 18. Hello 19.
Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus - Monica Murphy,Bill Wasik
Children of Blood and Bone: The OrÏsha Legacy (Children of OrÏsha) - Tomi Adeyemi
The Book of Essie: A novel - Meghan MacLean Weir
The Astonishing Color of After - Emily X.R. Pan
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock - Imogen Hermes Gowar
Meg - Steve Alten
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender - Leslye Walton
The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple - Jeff Guinn
Jim Henson's The Power of the Dark Crystal Volume 3 - Phillip Kennedy Johnson,Nichole Matthews,Kelly Matthews,Simon Spurrier

2018 was a wild decade, am I right?....oh wait, it was only a year. Damn. I feel like I aged 20 years. 

 

Anyway, here's my list of top reads in 2018. 

 

Rabid

Children of Blood and Bone

The Book of Essie

The Astonishing Color of After 

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

Meg

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

The Road to Jonestown

Power of the Dark Crystal v3

 

I didn't read as much as I would have liked this past year because of being so sick, but I am hoping to do better this go around. I have lots of ideas for monthly themes and I got the popsugar challenge.

 

Possible themes:

Star Trek September 

Ebook Beginning (to start off the year)

Memoirs May

Dinosaur December

 

I have so many books I can't even decide where to start. I will knock out my Dark Crystal book and then read Circe since it was voted the Book of the Year. Then who knows. It's all wide open.

 

 

Happy New Year from chubbygirl and co.

 

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