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review 2017-02-14 23:34
Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts #1) by Vic James
Gilded Cage - Vic James



Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England's grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England's most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family's secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price?

A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi's brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?



Layers people... layers... Gilded Cage to me felt sort of like a victorian/fantasy/suspense/romance/ kind of multiple layered story. Although I felt it probably could have used a prequel of some kind establishing the world and its players/cast simply because there is just so much information its difficult to take it all in while focusing on the issue at hand. To sum it up I felt like Gilded Cage was Downton Abbey meets the supernatural. Magical users beware. There's a hierarchy even here.

I couldn't really define whether this book should be slated a YA/NA but it falls between the lines there somewhere. The content topic of slavery could be a trigger for some so if that is an issue for you be aware it is involved although its fairly expanded on what the definition of what the slavery is/ translates to with each person who serves in their own sort of political / social structure right down to the working stiffs.

There is quite a bit of who's who and who really is the bad guy where the lines blur to that effect which was interesting but I enjoyed how James handled it and it was written really well. I enjoyed reading Gilded Cage and would definitely pass it on to others. I look forward to reading the next book in the series!


Vic James




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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-02-10 17:24
Always by Sarah Jio
I checked my e-mail yesterday night and I received a message from Random House. The manager of the publishing house asked me to post as soon as possible a review for the launch of Always by Sarah Jio. Eeeek...Bloody Hell, not yet read, I thought in complete panic  without thinking that the launch was yesterday.

I decided to change my schedule and I started to read the eBook yesterday night. I finished it today.

You'll need to keep close to you a box of Kleenex because Always is moving and one of th most interesting love-stories I read since now.

I picked up this book by Sarah Jio time ago for various reasons.

I love her books, I had read previously other novels she wrote.
Seattle is in my heart.
One of my best pen-pals - yes you know paper and pen, envelopes and stamps, that dinosaurs thing of the 1990's - with which I am still in contact with is from Seattle.
One of my favorite movies Sleepless in Seattle set in that city.
Being a friendly reality I have also other connections as well.
I feel the thematic of homeless a lot and I thought while I read the synopsis of this book in NetGalley that this one could have been potentially a very good love-story. As always, my instinct didn't fail. I was approved and joyous for it.

Always by Sara Jio is impressive because it's not just a love-story.

It's something else. It's a love between a man and a woman stolen by destiny and then re-donated at the protagonists.
It's the book of second chances.

It treats of loss and return, of waiting, love and defeat, and at the same time of crucial choices in our life and understanding. Of real love able to set free the partner for love, of gratitude and dignity and sentiments respected.

The book is never superficial but profoundly explores the sentimental dynamics of a lady who thought she had found a stability in every sense and that maybe she must re-think all her life again.
Because the past better than the present, because simply, the love of the 20s for Cade too strong for being thrown away again not giving to it another possibility.

It's a book that will speak at the heart, at the conscience, at the life and at the dignity of people and their lives trying to have respect for every point of view.

The story starts with Kailey and Ryan, a happy couple at the italian restaurant Le Marche of Seattle.

Kailey is a reporter of the Herald and she reached the success she  desires. Ryan a very successful man. A happy couple who intend to start a life together, celebrating the joy of staying together with a wedding pretty soon.

Kayle is a reporter very involved in social problems and she treats the topic of homeless very often. That night while leaving the restaurant Le Marche while she was waiting for her fiancee and their car she notices this homeless pretty starved close to the restaurant. She presents him something to eat and when she looks at his eyes she recognizes him. Impossible to fail: this one was her boyfriend Cade McCallister, never forgotten.

Cade had a label and was very famous in the music industry of Seattle during the mythical 1990s. Why now Cade is here, in this state, homeless and what happened to him during these past 10 years? She asks a desperate Kayle to herself.

Kayle is shocked, and she starts to live in a life of flashbacks.

Oh: the power of the twenties and the magical idea that everything is possible and that life is in your hands. You can imagine to find Mr.Right,   and building a good existence with him, having some children, working and being a satisfied girl.

In general it goes in this way, but not for Kayle.
To Kayle the dream of marrying the man she loved so badly broken. Broken because she knew something: that Cade was her Mr. Right and the man with which she would have wanted to spend the rest of her existence. And he just disappeared like a ghost from her, without to tell her why, without an explanation.

Once this dream over she didn't think at love anymore with the intensity of the past.

Two years spent together, from 1996 to 1998 one day Cade simply evaporated from her life.

Her dream of a family, of a love, some children, replaced by a successful work and other gratifications. Her heart locked until later she would have met Ryan. Other age, a more mature love, her sentimental life back.

Kayle accepted this second chance with enthusiasm thinking that life must be lived and truly loving deeply Ryan. Cade McAllister buried in some corner of her heart but now inoffensive.

But...What happen if the past returns, and which can be the reaction of a person at the return of someone so beloved?

It's what the book wants to analyze, and it does it with great maturity and class according to my point of view.

Memories of the moments  Kailey spent with Cade are back in all their intensity. They had lived a real, beautiful love-story. Walks discovering secret corners of Seattle, trips as the one they did at Big Sur, Carmel, Monterey, where Kailey's grand-dad knew his future wife, unforgettable moments for both of them, moments spent together enjoying the company of each other and thinking that yet, they were made for spent the rest of their life together.

Few characters all very well centered, the book doesn't know any kind of dispersion but focus in the relationship created by the two protagonists at first in 1996. The book is divided in two part: a first part is set in 2008 the crucial year of the return of Cade and a part from 1996 to 1998 the years of the first relationship between Cade and Kailey.

Not only.

Always is also a book that wants to speak at the heart of people revealing the social conditions of American hospitals, sometimes too cold with people marginalized by the society for many reasons.
It wants to speak at the heart of people reclaiming that we are all human being, and it is not important if we are rich or poor, each of us has dignity and should be cured very well.

But in which state Kailey finds Cade? In a miserable one. This man must suffer of some mental retard, she thinks desperate. Maybe he remembers her, maybe not. At the beginning the reporter can't interact with him because the man is absent, starved.

Kailey once saved by him decides that now it's arrived the moment of helping her biggest love of her life, but at what price?

Ryan will understand her feelings? And mostly: is she still loving Ryan as much as she should love him considering that very soon they will be married?

Always is a book that tells of changes. The changes that can occur during our life, the differences that we can find in a person we love so badly and we thought we had lost forever and the acceptance of this person transformed by life but also of the immutability of love when the feeling has been real and sincere with all the crosses that can bring with it.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë is another example of a great love for a wonderful, conflictual man. At the end of the book the protagonist will discover that her love, unforgotten, Edward Rochester had lost the vision from both his eyes because of a terrible incident but she won't go away from him because real love is able to resist everything.

The title Always created because of a tattoo the protagonists once will decide to do while in vacation, in french, Toujours, while the cover of the book speaks of true love. There is the tradition of put a red wrap in a branch of cherries tree everytime you think you have found your true love.

I highly suggest you this book for the maturity I found while I was reading it. It is written by a writer who gives dignity to each protagonists and at the end of the book in the happiness and unhappiness that some protagonists will live, no one will be completely defeated by life because love will always win in every case.

I thank NetGalley and Random House for this book.

Anna Maria Polidori

Source: alfemminile.blogspot.it
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review 2017-02-05 17:50
Dürfen wir wirklich Gott spielen?
Helix: Sie werden uns ersetzen - Marc Elsberg,Simon Jäger,Deutschland Random House Audio


Wer den perfekten Menschen will, verliert irgendwann die Kontrolle über Gut und Böse... Der US-Außenminister stirbt bei einem Staatsbesuch in München, bei der Obduktion erscheint auf seinem Herzen ein seltsames Zeichen. In Brasilien, Tansania und Indien entdecken Mitarbeiter eines Chemiekonzerns Pflanzen und Tiere, die es eigentlich nicht geben kann. Zur gleichen Zeit wenden sich Helen und Greg an eine Kinderwunschklinik in Kalifornien. Der Arzt macht ihnen Hoffnung, erklärt sogar, er könne die genetischen Anlagen ihres Kindes verbessern. Er erzählt ihnen von einem privaten Forschungsprogramm, das bereits an die hundert "sonderbegabter" Kinder hervorgebracht hat. Doch dann verschwindet eines dieser Kinder - und alles deutet auf einen Zusammenhang mit den merkwürdigen Ereignissen überall auf der Welt... (Quelle: randomhouse.de)


Meine Meinung:

Das der Autor gern mit den Ängsten seiner Leser spielt und uns gern den Fortschrittsspiegel vorhält, dürfte wohl inzwischen hinlänglich bekannt sein. Trotzdem überrascht es mich immer wieder, wie er immer wieder ein Thema findet, das noch beängstigender ist. Die Industrie und Medizin erklärt uns immer wieder wie gut die Manipulation des Erbgutes ist, ob bei Pflanzen, Tieren oder auch Menschen. Doch wo sind die Grenzen? Wer darf davon profitieren? Wann wird das Ganze zur Waffe oder wie weit, darf man zum Schutz der eigenen "Familie" gehen? Mit dieser Geschichte gibt uns der Autor einen kleinen Einblick in das, was vielleicht schon ist oder sein könnte. Firmen die Jagd auf Gene machen, weil man damit Profit machen kann. Ärzte, die "moderne" Menschen designen. Die schlauer sind als der "normale" Mensch, die stärker sind und schneller wachsen. Designtet Viren, die nur bestimmte Menschen angreifen und auch töten. Wo sind die Grenzen? Wer will diese ziehen? Und wer will diese Überwachen? Marc Elsberg erzählt 3 Geschichten, die durch ein Thema miteinander verbunden sind und die im Laufe der Story immer mehr miteinander verwoben sind, bis der Knoten so fest ist, das man ihn nicht mehr lösen kann. Dabei zeigt er beide Seiten der Medaille. Den Nutzen, aber auch die Risiken. Wenn man Viren so modifizieren kann, das nur noch die Anführer der feindlichen Seite getötet werden, dann brauchen nicht mehr tausende von Soldaten in sinnlosen Kriegen sterben. Doch wer entscheidet, wer der Feind ist? Wer sterben muss? Wenn wir die Pflanzen und Tiere in ihrem Erbgut so manipulieren können, das sie weniger Wasser und Nährstoffe brauchen, das sie weniger anfällig für Krankheiten und Wettereinflüsse sind - das wäre doch gut? Doch wer profitiert davon. Konzerne, die ihr Saatgut für viel Geld verkaufen, die selbst entscheiden, wie viel Fortschritt sie uns verkaufen, damit sie immer wieder nachlegen können, wenn die Patente auslaufen? Den die Ärmsten dieser Welt, die davon tatsächlich profitieren könnten, können sich das nicht leisten. Heute schon kontrollieren wir in einigen Ländern bei Invitro-Befruchtungen das Erbgut und wenn dort bestimmte Anlagen zu finden sind, dann bekommt das Embryo nie die Chance ein Kind zu werden. Oder es muss genetisch zu seinem kranken Geschwisterchen passen, um Stammzellen, Knochenmark oder dergleichen spenden zu können. Wie weit ist es da noch sich sein Traumerbgut zusammenzustellen, wie bei Kauf eines Autos. Und wer bekommt diese Kinder, nur die Elite, die heute mit Geld ihren Nachkommen zahlreiche Vorsprünge verschafft oder alle Menschen, das uns dann zum genetischen Ausschuss degradiert. All diese Szenarien hat der Autor zu einer Geschichte gestrickt, die mit Hoffnung beginnt und im Schrecken endet. Die Story ist zu großen Teilen sehr Spannend, doch gelegentlich verliert sich der Autor auch etwas in den Details. Wer nur an dem Thriller interessiert ist, könnte sich dann schon in Lesefluss gestört fühlen, doch wen auch die Hintergründe - das wieso und weshalb - interessiert ist, der wird begeistert sein. Die Protagonisten, begleiten den Leser praktisch von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite. Bei ihnen finden sich die "unschuldigen" Opfer wie Helen und Greg, die auf Grund guter Absichten in ihre persönliche Hölle geraten. Bei diesen hat der Autor geschafft, die Freude, die Angst, den Zwiespalt und auch die Konsequenzen sehr gut dargestellt. Man kann sich mit ihnen identifizieren und man fragt sich, wie würde man selbst, in einer solchen Situation entscheiden. Doch dann sind da auch die eher plakativ gehalten "Bösewichte" wie zum Beispiel die Ärzte, die Gott spielen und die Konzerne, die nur an ihre Aktienkurse und Patenteinnahmen denken. Ob es wirklich so einfach ist, weiß ich nicht. Und dann sind das die Menschen, dazwischen wie Politiker oder auch designtet Kinder/Teenager, die glauben, das sie allein Wissen, was für der Rest der Menschen das richtige ist und wenn es dann schiefgeht, die Hände in Unschuld waschen oder den Endschlag befehlen, um alles unter den Teppich zu kehren. Das ist schon ziemlich viel für eine Geschichte, doch der Autor hat sich Zeit gelassen - ganze 921 Minuten oder 648 Seiten. Und er hat das alles, für Laien wie mich, die ihr Halbwissen auf Film, Fernsehen und Internet haben, auch schlüssig und trotzdem interessant dargestellt. Dabei lässt er den Film zwar nicht vergessen das er sich eher um einen Blockbuster handelt, aber immer mit dem kleinen Männchen im Hinterkopf - was wäre wenn ? Helix ist der 3. Roman des Autors, den ich gelesen habe. "Blackout" hat mich damals total gepackt und ich hab mir anschließend eine riesen Vorrat an Kerzen zugelegt. "Zero" war zwar auch interessant, aber doch recht zäh umgesetzt. Doch mit "Helix" bin ich jetzt dieser gefesselt und überzeugt. Und ich bin schon gespannt, was sich der Autor als nächstes einfallen lässt. Fazit: Extrem spannend und realistisch hat Marc Elsberg einige Folgen aufgezeigt, wenn der Mensch Gott spielt. So verbindet man Wissenschaft und Thrill gekonnt.

Source: schnuffelchensbuecher.blogspot.de/2017/01/marc-elsberg-helix-sie-werden-uns.html
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review 2017-01-29 18:33
Love and Gravity by Samantha Sotto
















Andrea Louviere is seven years old the first time he appears. While she’s alone in her bedroom, practicing her beloved cello, the light shivers and a crack forms in the wall. Through the crack, she sees a candle, a window, a desk—and a boy. Though no sound travels through the wall, the boy clearly sees Andrea, too. And then, just as quickly as it opened, the crack closes, and he vanishes.
Over the years, summoning the bright, magnetic boy becomes something of an obsession for Andrea. Then, on her seventeenth birthday, she receives a three-hundred-year-old love letter from Isaac Newton. Andrea knows that Isaac will change the world with his groundbreaking discoveries; the letter tells Andrea that she will change him.
As Isaac’s letters intensify in passion and intimacy, Andrea grows determined to follow his clues to their shared destiny—despite a burgeoning romance in the present. Only when she discovers the way into Isaac’s time does Andrea realize that she faces a heartbreaking decision: between what was . . . and what might be.





I enjoyed Love and Gravity but there felt like there was a lack of focus and maturity in this book. The author created several points that didn't feel finished or resolved which left me feeling as if the author may have been distracted or simply forgot about it as she moved on to other parts of the story.

I know that Andrea is a dreamer and a talent latent inspiration but her mind just felt a little too young. Even though we meet her while shes young I think I was expecting a more "worldly" feel to her.

Andrea was a little too up in the clouds and emotionally dead-ended because she got caught up in the day dreamer stage but doesn't really feel like she pulls herself out of it.

I wasn't sure if this was done on purpose or not but it was distracting for me because it felt as if she wasn't fully developed or well rounded as a personality.

Still it was sweet and interesting as a longing type of love story.



Samantha Sotto




This title will be available for purchase Feb 7th, 2017!



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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-01-26 19:12
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter




We were the lucky ones is this and much more.


At first I picked up this book for the beautiful, romantic cover and the title.


There are moments in our life close to the perfection and other ones where we can pronounce these words: "We were the lucky ones..."


A disgrace, some illness able to change the face of a family.

Life is long and can be plenty of events, sad and happy.


In this family these words can be used with a double meaning: in this case we don't analyze exactly the sad destiny of a family because of the departure of a beloved one for an accident or the illness of a person.




In this case we talk of Holocaust.


In this case we are back to the atrocities of the last 1930s perpetrated by Adolf Hitler at certain people.


The idea of the creation of a pure white race and the suppression of all the Jewish existing in the world including sick people has meant the departure in the various camps established by the same Hitler of more than 6 millions of poor people and a total shame for the world.


So the title can have two meanings: "We were the lucky ones" because of course there will be a long period in which the family will suffer great pains because of the atrocities wanted by Hitler, but at the end when all that horror gone they can repeat this same phrase with a certain relaxation and a complete different meaning because in comparison with most of the people killed in lagers, camps wanted by Hitler this family survived at all of it.


Every time I read a book about the Holocaust is always a sufferance.


Georgia Hunter will introduce to you her family and the problematic that her relatives lived during the Second World War.


Her family lived in Lvov, a little village in Poland and during all the years of the war the reports of the facts of the various protagonists. The book is written with great class, culture and calm. There are not too many dialogues, nor a great sentimentalism although you will find memories, letters exchanged between the various protagonists.


What I love the most of this book, because I read various books about the Holocaust is a true happy end for once.


At the end of every chapter, the bulletins of what was going on in Europe, America and other part of the world in that tragic moments in which world was like suspended.


My favorite characters the one of Addy the granddad of the author and his mom.


What it is important to do with Holocaust and tragedies like these ones is to continue to tell, and never never never think for a second that atrocities like these ones won't never exist anymore. It's important to remember at the new generations that the freedom obtained has been the fruit of all the people who died during the last Second World War and the men who helped to set free again countries taken hostage by an absurd, absolutely cruel dictatorship.




I thank First to Read and Penguin Random House for this book.





Anna Maria Polidori

Source: alfemminile.blogspot.it/2017/01/we-were-lucky-ones-by-georgia-hunter.html
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