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review 2017-12-15 07:41
A Tale of One Man and His Hammer Bend on Revenge!
You Were Never Really Here - Jonathan Ames

There are times when I read a crime novel, I always felt the protagonist have to be a hard case hero with a death wish. You Were Never Really Here pulls up that darkness I never thought that is so good, that I am looking forward to the upcoming movie adaptation to be released next year. When it comes to such genre, I always wonder how good can it get. This book, really hits the spot.

 

Joe is a man with an abused past. He is an ex-marine and an ex-FBI agent and now he is a man for hire for doing dirty clean up jobs secretly for important people. When a senator hires him to retrieve his captive daughter in a brothel, Joe is on a quest with his only weapon of choice - a hammer. Little did he know after rescuing the senator's daughter, he is about to be paid a price in a conspiracy that is unexpected.

 

I have never heard of Jonathan Ames but it was that movie trailer starring Joaquin Phoenix caught my attention to read this book. Its dark, gritty and straight to your face in 96 pages. Yes, only 96 pages and already its a compelling crime novel I never expect to enjoy. Its not predictable, its straight forward and its brutal. Not many stories about a protagonist that enjoys darkness without light in many books but this hits it right. I can say I love the attitude this book has and how amazing this book turn out to be. If you can handle a dark thriller and if you really love hammer as a weapon, read this.

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review 2017-12-10 12:34
A Fun, Enjoyable Historical Young Adult Book Not To Be Miss
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - Mackenzi Lee

Historical fiction is a genre I am most interested to read but have a fear that I might put it down. One week ago, I have heard a lot of good reviews and opinions about The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue and with an upcoming book discussion and Skype with Mackenzi Lee. Here's some thing I have to be honest about - I would never pick up a book with a book cover that features a real person. I admit I was skeptical at first but after a while, just trusting my intuitive I give it a go and read it.

 

I have no regrets in the end.

 

Set in a 18th century period, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue begins with Henry 'Monty' Montague, a care less, young drunk charmer who happens to be a born gentleman from a high-class family waking up next to his best friend Percy, one day before their Grand Tour around Europe. Tagging along is Henry's sister Felicity, who is on her way to a boarding school. Every thing was thought as plan by Henry's father, only that it goes very wrong because of Monty's behavior that leads to (surprise) an unexpected turn of events filled with adventure, mystery, conspiracy, a little bit of science and of course, romance. For a young adult book, its a fun read. What is more surprising is that its so light and easy, its enjoyable in many ways. While its pretty straight forward, its the combination of all that makes this relaxing that doesn't need much deep thought but just sit back, rest and drink your preferred tea (or coffee).

 

I would recommend this without a doubt for anyone who wants light reading or a historical buff but in a young adult manner. I can't say much as it will spoil a whole lot more but this is a book, despite how people say never judge a book by its cover, should pick it up and read it.

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review 2017-12-02 03:01
The Third Sequel of The Queen's Thief Almost Fall Short.
A Conspiracy of Kings (Queen's Thief) - Megan Whalen Turner

This was a hard decision on whether I would give it a 3 or a 4 star rating but in the end, the overall of the book won a 4. It took me a while to finish this (again, I am beginning to delay in reading) when I began since October and now its December already! Anyway, once again I love how the world building is but the 3rd sequel focus on a young Sophos, last seen in The Thief, in his perspective on how he became the King of Sounis. After been captive by Medes (twice), slaved and fought back, A Conspiracy of Kings has every thing as it turns out except that I felt the first few chapters were very slow. As how it was delivered, the promising part of unexpected events turns out well in the consistency of writing, character and plot. While (been bias now) I rooted for more Eugenides to appear in this book, his appearance is much lesser but when he does appear, its once again a favorable wind that perks up the reading. Still, this is one series I am still in any way following due to its writing and world building. Of course, I can't wait to see what will happen next and I am one book away to read Thick as Thieves and hope I can read it when time permits. This, again, is a book I would recommend to anyone who started from the beginning.

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review 2017-11-25 13:18
Understanding An Introvert Story Through Illustration
Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story - Debbie Tung

Here's some thing about me - I am an ISFP personality introvert after a personality test. I never thought myself to be an introvert before (for those who know me) but looking back, I was pretty much shut-in myself then before I met someone from a past that brings out the best in me. Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story has been a book I look forward to read. I stumble upon Debbie Tung's work through Facebook and her work spoke true about introverts and this nicely drawn book says so much about introverts that I can connect with. Its a beautiful written work that I can read and read again. The humor, ups and downs of an introvert and the angst of being an introvert spoke true. This is an autobiography drawn book about her life, from the final days of college to adulthood, marriage and self-love captures every thing true for introverts today. I for one would recommend this as it can be a self-help guide for those who are going through some thing they do not understand about themselves. Quiet Girl in a Noisy World is a comic book for all personality types to enjoy.

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review 2017-11-14 16:31
Debut Author On About Love, Lost, Healing and Redemption At A Good Start
I Liked My Life - Abby Fabiaschi

There is a unique voice in I Liked My Life and it comes from Abby Fabiaschi. As I read it, I never thought it would be poignant for me and it does, in a sentimental way. This is a book that talks about loss, connection, healing, redemption and forgiveness in ways it was never predictable. Most books would have their characters stayed on to the very end in a formula that ends with a practical approached in writing. I find this emotionally well-written, and although I did not shed a tear (for my own personal reasons), I do find this book important and should be read.

 

I Liked My Life talks about one family in three perspectives - Madeline, whom recently died from committing suicide still lingers on in spiritual form, Eve, a distraught seventeen year-old daughter in disbelieved that her mother died suddenly and was ashamed of her death and BradyEve's father and husband to Madeline who blamed himself for Madeline's death. As I read on, what draws me in are the depth in the characters that are written. Then, I loved most of the characters that interacts so well together as real as what families are. And what makes it work is how it was handled in it. Every single chapter reveals parts of the characters that really makes you closer to them. Every single dialogue was written in how real people deal with their loss. Its a love story about family, what keeps them together, the secrets family members keep and the importance of compassion. I was trying to gauge the story but in every single chapter, I thought I could predicted it. Turns out, as realism gets, its different in some levels that life isn't what we expected but through help, what we needed is the least expectation.

 

For me, I would have given a higher rating of 5 out of 5 star, but then towards the end of the book it was anti-climatic for me. Not to mention, it was used before. In a way, it was clever to hide the true reason but after reading that chapter, I was just feeling at a bit of loss at the reasoning. I Liked My Life is a book I would recommend to a certain group of people to read because of its writing, its sheer wit and for those who wants to hug their family members more.

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