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review 2019-01-13 23:23
Dear Zoe - Philip Beard

Mi aspettavo... di più. L'idea fin da subito mi era sembrata eccellente e intrigante, perfetta per creare il giusto mood, la giusta introspezione, per raccontarci una storia forte e commovente focalizzandoci sui sentimenti e le emozioni di chi rimane in vita, di chi si sente colpevole per una morte così ingiusta, crudele e senza senso. Un'occasione perfetta che è stata alle solite rovinata. La scelta della narrazione era inusuale e perfetta, la storia con la sua idea di base perfetta ma la resa lascia a desiderare. Mi sarei aspettata di empatizzare fin da subito con la protagonista, sentire il suo dolore e sofferenza invece niente... la vicenda va avanti a singhiozzo raccontandoci dettagli della vita della giovane di cui a nessuno può fregare qualcosa esempio il primo ciclo mestruale e i traumi a esso connessi che... con tutto l'affetto... cavolo ci frega?! Per metà libro ci si riduce ai discorsi tipici di una adolescente che si lamenta del mondo e della famiglia gettando di tanto in tanto al lettore qualche frase fatta e riflessione scontata e triste del tipo "il mondo è brutto e cattivo, la terapia è inutile, la mia sorellina è morta a nessuno frega niente, la vita è brutta e orribile e tutti siamo destinati a morire male come gli Stark!!" Ok... diciamo che le citazioni sono migliori e anche carine, che ti rimangono in testa esempio

"Credo che il motivo per cui gli adulti pensavo che una terapia regolare funzioni è perché, mentre la fanno, il tempo passa. Non stanno meglio perché ne parlano. Stanno meglio perché il tempo trascorre e loro imparano a vivere le loro vite perché devono farlo. Dobbiamo farlo" 

Oppure 

"La mamma, David e io ci sentivamo come incollati insieme finché non ci fu Em. Lei condivideva il sangue di tutti noi e ci rese una vera famiglia. Lei chiuse una specie di cerchio e quando arrivasti tu, ti ci ponesti proprio nel mezzo. Adesso è diverso. Adesso sembra che noi siamo semplicemente il cerchio senza niente in mezzo." 

Belle citazioni ma nulla di più. Le leggi, te le segni e stop... non c'è un vero coinvolgimento emotivo, una riflessione profonda, sono belle citazioni messe lì a caso per riempire il vuoto e ricordarti che la ragazza è traumatizzata dal mondo e si sente in colpa e stop. Di fatto Zoe è quasi invisibile nel romanzo e viene citata solo per dare un minimo di senso e struttura alla storia e ricordarci il trauma di Tess ed è questo che rovina a mio avviso il libro. Come YA sarebbe anche carino, la ragazza con un trauma che incontra un bravo ragazzo, si innamora e grazie all'amore riesce a perdonare se stessa per quello che è successo alla sorellina. Peccato che il libro ti viene presentato come elaborazione del lutto, con al centro Zoe, con Zoe come protagonista, ti aspetti quindi dettagli su Zoe, sul suo passato, racconti di momenti speciali tra le sorelle, ti aspetti di conoscere ogni singolo dettaglio della sua vita invece a malapena a fine romanzo scopri come è morta ed è questo che mi ha demoralizzata... come YA funziona, la storia d'amore un po' tragica e strappalacrime funziona tutto il resto no... il fatto che per l'ennesima volta un buon libro sia stato presentato male illudendo il lettore è triste ed è il motivo per cui non merita 5 stelline... mi sento di consigliarlo solo a chi cerca uno YA un po' diverso rispetto al solito e a cui non importa troppo scoprire i mille retroscena su Zoe e sulla sua breve vita, in tal caso potrete emozionarvi e anche provare affetto per la coppietta in caso contrario girare al largo per evitare la cocente delusione. 

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text 2018-12-21 07:45
Beard Brush Market

Beard Brush is one of the most important airticles in beard Grooming Products.
The global Beard Brush market is valued at xx million US$ in 2018 and will reach xx million US$ by the end of 2025, growing at a CAGR of xx% during 20192025. The objectives of this study are to define, segment, and project the size of the Beard Brush market based on company, product type, end user and key regions.

This report studies the global market size of Beard Brush in key regions like North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America and Middle East & Africa, focuses on the consumption of Beard Brush in these regions.
This research report categorizes the global Beard Brush market by top players/brands, region, type and end user. This report also studies the global Beard Brush market status, competition landscape, market share, growth rate, future trends, market drivers, opportunities and challenges, sales channels and distributors.

The following manufacturers are covered in this report, with sales, revenue, market share for each company:
Mountaineer Brand
DapperGanger
XIKEZAN
Isner Mile
Alpha Vikings
Maison Lambert
Vetyon
Fullight
Rapid Beard

Market size by Product
Electric
Manual
Market size by End User
Wholesale Markets
Retail Stores
Online Retailers

Market size by Region
North America
United States
Canada
Mexico
AsiaPacific
China
India
Japan
South Korea
Australia
Indonesia
Singapore
Malaysia
Philippines
Thailand
Vietnam
Europe
Germany
France
UK
Italy
Spain
Russia
Central & South America
Brazil
Rest of Central & South America
Middle East & Africa
GCC Countries
Turkey
Egypt
South Africa

The study objectives of this report are:
To study and analyze the global Beard Brush market size value & volume by company, key regions, products and end user, breakdown data from 2014 to 2018, and forecast to 2025.
To understand the structure of Beard Brush market by identifying its various subsegments.
To share detailed information about the key factors influencing the growth of the market growth potential, opportunities, drivers, industryspecific challenges and risks.
Focuses on the key global Beard Brush companies, to define, describe and analyze the sales volume, value, market share, market competition landscape and recent development.
To project the value and sales volume of Beard Brush submarkets, with respect to key regions.
To analyze competitive developments such as expansions, agreements, new product launches, and acquisitions in the market.

In this study, the years considered to estimate the market size of Beard Brush are as follows:
History Year: 20142018
Base Year: 2018
Estimated Year: 2019
Forecast Year 2019 to 2025

This report includes the estimation of market size for value million US$ and volume K Units. Both topdown and bottomup approaches have been used to estimate and validate the market size of Beard Brush market, to estimate the size of various other dependent submarkets in the overall market. Key players in the market have been identified through secondary research, and their market shares have been determined through primary and secondary research. All percentage shares, splits, and breakdowns have been determined using secondary sources and verified primary sources.

For the data information by region, company, type and application, 2018 is considered as the base year. Whenever data information was unavailable for the base year, the prior year has been considered.

Source: www.qandqmarketresearch.com
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text 2018-12-21 07:41
Beard Softener Market

Beard softeners are leavein products that moisturize the hair and provide some hold and control.
The global Beard Softener market is valued at xx million US$ in 2018 and will reach xx million US$ by the end of 2025, growing at a CAGR of xx% during 20192025. The objectives of this study are to define, segment, and project the size of the Beard Softener market based on company, product type, end user and key regions.

This report studies the global market size of Beard Softener in key regions like North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America and Middle East & Africa, focuses on the consumption of Beard Softener in these regions.
This research report categorizes the global Beard Softener market by top players/brands, region, type and end user. This report also studies the global Beard Softener market status, competition landscape, market share, growth rate, future trends, market drivers, opportunities and challenges, sales channels and distributors.

The following manufacturers are covered in this report, with sales, revenue, market share for each company:
Macho Beard Company
DapperGanger
XIKEZAN
Isner Mile
Alpha Vikings
Maison Lambert
Vetyon
Fullight
Rapid Beard
Cremo

Market size by Product
Dry Skin
Oil Skin
Combination Skin
Market size by End User
Wholesale Markets
Retail Stores
Online Retailers

Market size by Region
North America
United States
Canada
Mexico
AsiaPacific
China
India
Japan
South Korea
Australia
Indonesia
Singapore
Malaysia
Philippines
Thailand
Vietnam
Europe
Germany
France
UK
Italy
Spain
Russia
Central & South America
Brazil
Rest of Central & South America
Middle East & Africa
GCC Countries
Turkey
Egypt
South Africa

The study objectives of this report are:
To study and analyze the global Beard Softener market size value & volume by company, key regions, products and end user, breakdown data from 2014 to 2018, and forecast to 2025.
To understand the structure of Beard Softener market by identifying its various subsegments.
To share detailed information about the key factors influencing the growth of the market growth potential, opportunities, drivers, industryspecific challenges and risks.
Focuses on the key global Beard Softener companies, to define, describe and analyze the sales volume, value, market share, market competition landscape and recent development.
To project the value and sales volume of Beard Softener submarkets, with respect to key regions.
To analyze competitive developments such as expansions, agreements, new product launches, and acquisitions in the market.

In this study, the years considered to estimate the market size of Beard Softener are as follows:
History Year: 20142018
Base Year: 2018
Estimated Year: 2019
Forecast Year 2019 to 2025

This report includes the estimation of market size for value million US$ and volume K Units. Both topdown and bottomup approaches have been used to estimate and validate the market size of Beard Softener market, to estimate the size of various other dependent submarkets in the overall market. Key players in the market have been identified through secondary research, and their market shares have been determined through primary and secondary research. All percentage shares, splits, and breakdowns have been determined using secondary sources and verified primary sources.

For the data information by region, company, type and application, 2018 is considered as the base year. Whenever data information was unavailable for the base year, the prior year has been considered.

Source: www.qandqmarketresearch.com
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text 2018-10-30 17:37
Reading progress update: I've read 39 out of 382 pages.
Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers Book 1) - Penny Reid

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-10-03 10:56
Reading Anniversaries & First-in-a-Series — June Edition

 

Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on October 3, 2018.

 

 

2018

 

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Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 1 by Gail Carriger

 

Oh, this was such a pretty book! It stayed true to the story from the novels, making me laugh and fall in love with the series all over again. The art is just so manga-ey that you can’t help but like it.  My initial thoughts on reading it can be found here.

 

2015

 

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The Dresden Files: Storm Front, Volume 1: The Gathering Storm by Jim Butcher

 

Another novel converted to graphic novel format. While Ms. Carriger’s humor shines through in both novel formats, I didn’t find the same to be true for Butcher. Even so, if I can stick to this series with its problematic treatment of female characters, I can stomach the graphic novels too. Did that sound like somebody was forcing me to read them? Lol

 

2013

 

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Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson

 

Betsy came into my life when I needed a reprieve from the real world. She might be shallow and it might take her like 9 books to realize that, but she still makes me laugh. Her magnetic ability to attract trouble no matter where she goes reminds me of Mercy of the Mercedes Thompson fame. Her tenacity has shades of Kate Daniels from another favorite series of mine. But most of all, I love her for the way she sticks up for those she considers family!

 

 

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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

 

This is one book that I wish I had found when I was a kid — or had been written back then. I think I’d have appreciated it more? Anyway, it has the charm of the Dahl books but there is a dark undercurrent to them that makes them scary. But in a good way. Fine job I’m doing of explaining why I like this series, right? But I do!

 

 

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

 

Gaiman’s books either wow me or they don’t i.e. there is no middle ground. But I never not like them. Does that make sense? For instance, I wasn’t a fan of American Gods but I loved Coraline and this one. TOATEOTL had this surreal feel to it that never let up. Despite being a short story, I felt like I connected with the characters in it too.

 

 

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Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon by Spider Robinson

 

This book has an old-timey sci-fi-ish feel to it that instantly resonated with me. I am also a fan of anthologies and short story compilations. To me, they present a varied meal where I sample different dishes and decide which ones i loved. Like most books of its genre and time, it isn’t overly long. Another plus in my case! I also reviewed the second book in this series.

 

2012

 

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The Emerald City by J.A. Beard

 

** spoiler alert ** This was such a refreshing book! Another YA novel that I’d recommend to those of us who aren’t too into them. The book had everything: a teenager who acted her age was smart and kicked butt-not dumb enough to dismiss the strange ongoings in her school like most YA protagonists would have done.characters that kept me interested throughout — Nick’s zombieness made him all the more fun and Lydia was cute. It had the right beginning and a balanced ending — the book wasn’t too long either.there were some spelling mistakes, yes.the humor was done just right. It was fun, witty and a quick read — I just couldn’t put the book down till I was done reading.

 

 

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Undermountain by Eric Kent Edstrom

 

** spoiler alert ** I got this book from Making Connections for free, in exchange of an honest review.The action started from the get-go and it never stopped.


It has been so long since I enjoyed a YA novel this much and didn’t end up wanting to hit every character over the head-well, maybe Shiv, at times!


My favorite character was Grizz for obvious reasons. TogYip were cute too.


The transformation that each teenager goes through by the end of their journey (as Harvin was kind to observe for us) made the story even better.


The romance or sprinklings of it was just the right amount.


There were a few spelling mistakes which I noticed though.


The descriptions of the city of Bigfeet were sufficient without being boring.I loved every bit of it!

2011

 

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The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht

 

Sadly, I don’t remember much about this one, just that I loved it. It was a simple, touching story about a family. That much I do remember!

 

So those were my faves from various Junes of various years. Hope you had fun reading about it!

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