Three Years With The Rat

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Format : Paper
Series : N/A
Pub Date : February 2, 2017
Read Date : August 9th, 2016

This is what I call a delicious read.A Sci mystery, twists, conflicts and self-arguments. This book is full of them.

Story is about a young brother who comes back to the city after some years and start hanging out with his sister, her boyfriend and their friends. His sister goes missing one day and after a year the boyfriend goes missing too. To try to search and find these two the young brother steps in the crazy path those two already passed through.

Never in the story have learn about the young brother name despite the fact that he is the main character. He’s always called by names given to him by others Danger,Little Brother,Scruffy and it seems that actually he is being shaped by others. Always looking up to his sister he is confused when she disappears. As he proceed in solving the mystery of their research and disappearance he finds himself too.

Totally recommended if you enjoy mental games.

About The Author :

Jay Hosking obtained his neuroscience Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia, teaching rats how to gamble and studying the neurobiological basis of choice.

At the same time, he also completed a creative writing M.F.A. His short stories have appeared in The Dalhousie Review and Little Fiction, been long-listed for the CBC Canada Writes short story competition, and received an editor’s special mention in the Pushcart Prize anthology.

He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, where he researches decision-making and the human brain. The author lives in Vancouver, B.C. (Source: GoodReads)

Caraval

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Format : Paper
Series : Caraval
Pub Date : January 31th, 2017
Read Date : March 9th, 2017

This book is fascinating and thrilling. A very well written YA fantasy book. The plot is perfect, characters are perfect, and actually everything is perfect in this story. This book was so good once I finished, I checked the writer’s page for more of her work and surprise, and it’s her debut novel! Truly amazing!

Caraval is a game, a magical game with many performers. Each year it is held on a random place and you need an invitation to be able to go there. Forever Scarlett wrote to Caraval’s manager, Legend, asking for an invitation for her sister, Tella. They live with their powerful and abusive father and when Scarllete is to be married to a nameless Count they finally receive the invitation. With the help of a young sailor they get to the game but Scarlett loses Tella and now she should decide she is going to play the game and find Tella or only watch what happens.

At the first glance it looks like a cliché YA book but I think it’s more than that. Scarlett starts a path to find Tella and she finds herself. When the story begins characters are dull and easy to predict but eventually they get deeper and change. As a YA book I really enjoyed it.

An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny

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Format : Audio
Series : N/A
Pub Date : November 1st, 2010
Read Date : February 27, 2017

If you make me lunch,” he said, “will you put it in a brown paper bag?…Because when I see kids come to school with their lunch in a paper bag, that means that someone cares about them. Miss Laura, can I please have my lunch in a paper bag?

I just finished this exceptional story. Living in Toronto now I don’t see any child panhandler but based on my previous experience outside of country I know it’s very easy to just ignore them and continue wherever we go.

In this beautiful book Laura Schroff, tells how one day she didn’t ignore one small boy asking for a change. Actually at first she did but she turned around a few step ahead and instead of giving money she offered the boy to take him to lunch.it was start of a beautiful and lasting friendship between two unlikely people.

I liked how this friendship changed their lives in so many ways. I also liked that Laura didn’t just talk about how all her work was great and showed her mistakes too. The wrong choices she made toward herself or even sometimes Maurice.

Yet I believed then and I believe now that there is something in the universe that brings people who need each other together. There is something that helps two wildly disparate people somehow forge a bond. Maybe it is precisely the thing that haunts us most that makes us reach out to others we think can provide some solace

The Memory Tree

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Format : Ebbook
Series : N/A
Pub Date : March 30th, 2017
Read Date : March 29th, 2017

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an advance copy of this book.

It’s in our dreams that we pull people towards us.

The Memory Tree has four timelines and narratives. All of them connecting to each other through memory or first nations spiritual rituals.Part one starts with Alowa not remembering anything from her past.

“Look how beautiful the flames are, Alowa. Look how beautiful my naked body is, Alowa. Are you looking at my naked body? I’m dancing towards you.”

The only thing she remembers is a boy’s voice in his head asking her to look at the flames and sees him. She escapes UNICorp and meets Janitor a mysterious old man who knows her. With the help of him she starts to dream and knows about Solstice, the boy she hears. It’s kind of a spiritual journey for Alowa and Solstice.

Part two is nowadays world in London. Zinnia has lost his father and her son Felix is being bullied in the school. She also fears that her husband is cheating on her. To run away from all misery she decided to have a trip to Italy to also knows more about her roots having a Jewish grandmother who herself is a daughter of a Indian. The only guide she has is a man named Max. She is trying to find him.
Part three is from view of Max. How he fell in love with Ada the Jewish girl, and how he was twisted into games of Nazis.
The final part is about ghost dance, people who have been killed and those who tried to flee. It connects all three previous parts and gives a clean ending to the book.
I found this book imaginative and liked it. It not an easy read though. Don’t get it to read it on a beach. It’s more like to be read in a quiet place absorbing it.

The Relic Guild

 

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Format : Print
Series : The Relic Guild
Pub Date : September 18th, 2014
Read Date : April 3, 2015

It’s a really good debut fantasy book.I enjoyed the story and the way it is told. It shift continuously between now and past when everything was ruined.Edward Cox knows how to engage the reader with the story.

The relationship between current Relic Guild members is processed very good, Old man Sam Picky, young Clara unsure about her powers and a little confused in the new world she has been dragged into and Van Bam the wise, calm Resident of the Labrys town. oh villains… you hate them but at the same time admire them for their intelligence.Best of them angry and crazy Thaumaturgists.

About the author:

Edward Cox began writing stories at school as a way to pass time in boring lessons. It was a hobby he dabbled with until the late 80’s when he discovered the works of David Gemmell, which not only cemented his love of fantasy but also encouraged a hobby to become something much more serious.

Currently living in Essex with his wife and daughter, Edward is mostly surrounded by fine greenery and spiders the size of his hand. The Relic Guild is his first completed novel, and it is the result of more than ten years of obsessive writing.(Source : GoodReads )

 

 

The Girl Before

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Format : Print
Series : N/A
Pub Date : January 24th, 2017
Read Date : February 24th, 2017

Ok, if I want to describe this book I can say it is intriguing,strange,sometimes creepy but in general a fun read.It caught my attention almost from the beginning to end.

It’s about a strange house and two female tenants. Emma lived at One Folgate Street in the past and ended up dead in a tragic way and now Jane is living there.The book alternates between lives of these women.We see how both of them take similar steps, each one trying to prevent what happened before.

Sometimes I was surprised with the turn of story and it kept me reading more and more.If you enjoy thriller story I’d recommend this book.

The Song Rising

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Format : Ebook
Series : The Bone Season
Pub Date : March 7th, 2017
Read Date : January 24th, 2017

I’m grateful to NetGalley for providing me with an arc copy of this book.

Since the first book, Bone Season has become one my favorite series. In the world of writing Samantha Shannon is a natural. Her words flow on the pages and you cannot stop reading.

Third book starts after what happened in the second book. Scrimmage has ended and by defeating Jaxon, Paige is Underqueen. She selects Nick and Eliza as her mollishers and some of most loyal mime lords/queens as her commanders, but it’s extremely difficult to unite the London syndicate, there are many people in unnatural assembly who prefer Jaxon to replace her, despite the fact that Jaxon was behind lots of suffering voyants endured.

She also need to deal carefully with Ranthen, the Rephaite people who now work with humans to destroy Scion and Sargas. Rephaite’s leader Terebell is not fan of humankind specifically Paige, so she needs to prove herself.

Like its two previous book, this one is full of twists and actions too. So many dangerous moments happening in a few pages plot and somehow you buy it. It’s not hard to connect to what happens in this book.

Everything becomes even more complicated when the most vicious commander in whole Scion comes to London for the sole reason of destroying the Mime Order, Hilliard Vance. She is an excellent mind reader and uses everything to achieve what she wants. She has no conscious and knows Paige too well.

I really like Paige character, she is what a 19th years old in her situation is. Not too perfect, not too weak. Full of excitement, rage and even ambitious sometimes. She does her own mistakes but doesn’t quit until she finds a way out of it. Her relationship with Warden is reasonable and her decisions toward this relationship is what expected of her. Supporting characters like Nick, Maria, Tom and others have a believable and steady appearance through the story and helps carry the weight of the plot well.

I really enjoyed this book, and really I can’t wait to read the next book.

About the author:

Shannon was born in Hammersmith, London in November 1991 and grew up in Ruislip.She first began writing at the age of fifteen, when she wrote her first novel, Aurora, which remains unpublished.Shannon attended and read English Language and Literature at St Anne’s College, Oxford, graduating from Oxford University in 2013.

In 2012 she signed a six-figure book deal with Bloomsbury Publishing, who bid following the London Book Fair, to publish the first three books in a seven-book series, beginning with The Bone Season.Set in 2059, the events of the novel take place in a London governed by a “security force” called Scion and an Oxford which has become a huge prison. Film rights to The Bone Season were optioned by Andy Serkis’s film company, The Imaginarium Studios, in November 2012. (source : wikipedia)