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review 2019-01-15 20:24
A Swan for Christmas - M.M. Wilde

Una lettura dolcissima e piena di buoni sentimenti. La storia facente parte di una serie scritta da più autori ci porta in una cittadina dove regnano l'amore e le coccole, una cittadina fatata in cui shifter, umani, streghe e maghi vivono in pace ed armonia aiutandosi e supportandosi. Viste le premesse la novella scorre senza troppi problemi senza mai cadere nel angst o nel dramma. Troviamo Vic un Alpha shifter lupo, proprietario della locanda più famosa della piccola cittadina che durante una tormenta di neve salva da morte certa il dolce Kellan, uno sfortunato omega shifter cigno abbandonato dalla sua famiglia. I due seppur diversi per cultura, età e passato impareranno ben presto a conoscersi avvicinandosi sempre di più fino all'inevitabile, e anche piuttosto affrettato visto il numero di pagine, innamoramento. La storia è molto carina e piena di miele, perfetta per il clima natalizio e per combattere il freddo invernale. Vic è il classico bravo ragazzo che si lancerebbe nel fuoco per salvare l'amato e Kellan è il bravo ragazzo sfortunato, maltrattato e costretto a crescere prima del tempo per pregiudizio, ignoranza e crudeltà della famiglia. I due uomini si completano a vicenda e la loro storia seppur un po' troppo affrettata mi ha conquistato. La pecca principale che mi ha impedito di arrotondare a 5 stelline facendomi storcere il naso ahimè è proprio la lunghezza della storia. Essendo racconti brevi di appena un centinaio di pagine purtroppo mancano di descrizioni e approfondimenti. Sarebbe infatti stato bello esplorare maggiormente la natura degli shifter cigno essendo creature rarissime negli universi shifter/omegaverse così come il rapporto tra i due protagonisti. Non so se alcune cose verranno accennate in altri libri essendo in parte collegati (in questo ad esempio vengono citati due personaggi che saranno la prossima coppietta protagonista) però.. ho trovato i personaggi presentati (sia principali che secondari) non troppo approfonditi a livello di background. Sappiamo qualcosa in più su Kellan in base ai suoi racconti ma pochissimo su Vic e ancora di meno sugli amici della coppietta. Avrei voluto di più. Anche l'innamoramento è rapidissimo e si passa dal flirt al sesso in pochissime pagine. Tempo di uscire insieme che già si mettono insieme e la gravidanza rapidissima di Kellan non aiuta. Anche la gravidanza infatti avrei voluto fosse curata di più essendo particolare vista la natura del giovane omega. Curiosa infatti la scelta delle uova (seppur in tema) e avrei voluto capire come un lupo possa in effetti rendere fertili le uova di un cigno... avrei voluto il classico personaggio che spiega "è successo per questi motivi" almeno... ok che in un mondo fatato e magico le cose strane sono all'ordine del giorno però.. qualche dettaglio non avrebbe fatto male a nessuno. In ogni caso è una storiella carina che consiglio ma... credo sia da leggere solo dopo aver letto i libri precedenti. Non è indispensabile ma mi sono ritrovata a conoscere personaggi che a quanto pare sono vecchie conoscenze di Vic e che probabilmente sono stati approfonditi nei volumi precedenti e anche se ho potuto apprezzare il loro buon cuore e simpatia non mi sono entrati dentro come i protagonisti rimanendo personaggi di contorno carini ma nulla più quindi... anche se standalone lo consiglio solo dopo la lettura dei volumi precedenti della serie così da avere più chiara la struttura e i rapporti tra i vari personaggi secondari, la gerarchia della cittadina, le dinamiche tra le coppie ecc

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review 2018-12-23 22:01
24 Festive Tasks: My Final Books (Doors 16, 17 and 19 -- Human Rights Day, St. Lucia's Day, and Festivus)
A Christmas Guest - Anne Perry,Terrence Hardiman
Skandinavische Weihnachten: Die schönsten Geschichten von Sven Nordqvist, Hans Christian Andersen, Selma Lagerlöf u.a. - Hans Christian Andersen,Selma Lagerlöf,Various Authors,Sven Nordqvist,Josef Tratnik,Dirk Bach,Jens Wawrczeck
A Woman of No Importance - Full Cast,Oscar Wilde
Model Millionaire - David Timson,Oscar Wilde


Anne Perry: A Christmas Guest

The third book in Anne Perry's series of Christmas novellas, each one of which has as their protagonist one of the supporting characters from Perry's main series (William Monk, and Charlotte & Thomas Pitt).  This installment's starring role goes to Charlotte Pitt's vinegar-tongued grandmother, who -- like another remote relative, recently returned to England after having spent most of her adult life living in the Middle East -- finds herself shunted onto Charlotte and her husband Thomas at short notice, because the family with whom she had been planning to spend the holidays have made other plans.  While Grandma pretends to despise her widely-traveled fellow guest, secretly she develops a considerable amount of respect for her, so when the lady is unexpetedly found dead, grandma takes it upon herself to seek out the people who had unloaded her on the Pitt household; convinced that something untoward is afoot.

 

As Perry's Christmas novellas go, this is one of my favorite installments to date, and i loved seeing it told, for once, not from the point of view of an easily likeable character, but from that of Grandma, who is a major pain in the neck to others (even though you'd have to be blind not to recognize from the word "go" that her acerbic tongue and pretensions are merely part of her personal armour).  I also wondered whether the murder victim's character might have been inspired by pioneering women travelers like Gertrude Bell, even if the story is set a few decades earlier than Bell's actual life.  I had issues with a couple of minor aspects of the plot (and characters / behaviour), but they didn't intrude enough to seriously impinge on my enjoyment of the story.  And since Grandma, for all her overblown pretenses, is certainly a strong woman character -- which she shows, not least, by eventually admitting to her own fallibilities -- I am counting this book towards the Human Rights Day square of 24 Festive Tasks.

 

 

 
Various Authors: Skandinavische Weihnachten

A charming anthology of Christmas short stories and poems from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, and Finland; chiefly geared towards children, but more than enjoyable by readers and listeners of all ages and generations.  I knew some of the entries (no Scandinavian Christmas anthology without Andersen's Little Match Girl, I suppose), but many of the stories were new to me, and they made for delightful listening on this 4th weekend of Advent. -- Set in Scandinavia, and thus I'm using it as my book for the St. Lucia's Day square.

 

 


Oscar Wilde: A Woman of No Importance

Wilde's second play; an acerbic take on the narrowness of fin de siècle English morality; or more particularly, supremely hypocritical perceptions of women's role in society.  Unlike in Wilde's later plays, the beginning comes across as a bit of an over-indulgence in the author's own clever wit, with a veritable fireworks of sparkling onelines and repartees following in quick succession without greatly advancing the plot (which is what earns the piece the subtractions in my star ratings -- it's the perfect example of too much of a good thing); but once the plot and the dialogue centers on the opposing protagonists, it quickly finds its feet. -- As Festivus books go, it's rather on the dark side, but it's a satire nevertheless, so I'm counting it for that square ... and though (unusually for Wilde) the last line is telegraphed a mile and a half in advance, I nevertheless enjoyed saying it along with the play's heroine from all my heart.

 

 


Oscar Wilde: Model Millionaire

My encore enjoyment to follow up A Woman of No Importance; a story that couldn't be any more different in tone and intent -- the tale of a gentleman who believes he has done a kindness to a raggedy beggar modelling for his artist friend ... only to find that he could not possibly have been any more mistaken, and that in fact it is he who is ultimately at the receiving end of an unexpected kindness.

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review 2018-12-10 11:16
Tall, Dark and Tempting: A Best Friends to Lovers Romance (Tall, Dark and Sexy Series Book 3) by Erika Wilde
Tall, Dark and Tempting: A Best Friends to Lovers Romance - Erika Wilde

 

 

He's her hero. She's his dream girl. So why are these perfectly in tune soulmates letting fear rob them of what they both want? Tall, Dark and Tempting turns lifelong friends into bumbling lovers. Dylan and Serena have love within their grasp, but have allowed life to get in the way. Will they listen to their hearts and reach for a happy ending before it becomes too late? Wilde tempts the senses with a spicy dynamic, even as she lays claim to emotions with great storytelling.

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review 2018-12-06 04:24
Enjoyed this quick read. A wish for acceptance no matter what.
Damon - Teagan Wilde
A very enjoyable read! Farren was a wonderful heroine because of her kindness, caring, and fierce protectiveness. I loved the many different sides to Damon. Together, these two were a force to be dealt with. The theme of acceptance no matter what made this an interesting story. At times, I had tears because of all the cruelty done by others.

I received a copy of this story through Enticing Journeys Book Promotions, and this is my unsolicited review.
 
 

 

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text 2018-11-24 07:43
24 Tasks of the Festive Season - Day 9 / Task 1 - Thanksgiving
The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays - Oscar Wilde
Bad Blood: Secret and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup - John Carreyrou
The Black Echo - Michael Connelly

Task 1: List the 3 books you’ve read this year you’re most “thankful” for (your favs) or the one book you’ve ever read that changed your life for the better.

 

I´m going with the most "thankful" part of this task. These books might not be my five star reads of the year, but they are the books that I´m most happy about having read this year.

 

  1. The Importance of Being Earnest because it is an utterly delightful play and it brought absolute joy into my life while reading it.
  2. Bad Blood: Secret and Lies in a Silicon Valley Start-Up because it taught me never to trust a blond woman with blue eyes, who tries to stare me down and talks to me in a deep fake voice. This book has been utterly fascinating and it has shown me once again that most people are morons, who just want to believe what they want to believe at any giving moment.
  3. The Black Echo because this book has been my introduction into the world of Harry Bosch. I´m really looking forward to read more of this series.

 

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