Monday, 30 May 2016

Book Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

"I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war."

I feel like I've just watched an extremely interesting game of Risk! 4*

I liked this book more than I thought I would. And to be honest, I started reading it because of some seriously gorgeous fan art I discovered online. Yeah, yeah, I know. I'm a sucker for good artwork.

Soooooo, Red Rising. You could say it's your typical dystopian story, but you can't help but feel there is more to it. I personally loved the writing. Even though the story wasn't fast paced (I know, guys, but it's about strategy) it was really easy to read because of the writing, which was so down to the point that the pages just flew past. 

The characters were very interesting and well presented. Darrow's cunning was something out of this world (quite literally, since he is from Mars and all that), and Mustang is a modest badass in my opinion. I hope to see more of her in the next books. But there are more characters to apreciate here. Like, Narol, Dancer, Fitchner, Eo, Sevro, Pax, Roque and even the Jackal. Every one of them had a special role in helping the story stand on its feet. And the success in these characters, is that you can see what drives them. That is some good writing, I tell you.

I will not mention much about the love story. Although it's the moving stone that drives the MC, it is subtle and quiet throughout the book and always, always, present. 

"I live for the dream that my children will be born free," she says. "That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them."
"I live for you," I say sadly.
Eo kisses my cheek. "Then you must live for more."

Now, if you are wondering why 4* and not 5* after everything previously mentioned, I will have to say that the plot twists were always pretty obvious to me. That is the only reason for my 4* rating. 

So, if you are looking for your next dystopian novel, try Red Rising!

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Book Review: Crown of Midnight by S.J.Maas (Throne of glass #2)

"You'll figure it out. And when you do... When you do, I want you to remember that it wouldn't have made any difference to me. It's never made any difference to me when it came to you. I'd still pick you. I'll always pick you."

Crown of Midnight is how sequels ought to be.

It's brutal and tender and heartbreaking. It grabs you by the front of your shirt and yells all its terrible truths at your face. And when you fall on your knees, too weak to even breath, it pats your shoulder and tells you everything is not going to be fine.

It's the book where things are starting to get serious. And the book where we get some pretty serious answers. Answers that lead to even more questions, but... well you can't have it all you know. The writing is pretty good and I enjoyed all the POVs as they filled in the blanks of each other, making the scenes whole. They also helped in viewing the character developement.

So, in this second book we see why Celaena is Adarlan's Assassin. She is stealthy, and fast and just plain badass. But she is also cocky, and stubborn and so full of herself. But you know what? It's what makes her a great character, because it makes her look real. There is no one person that we love everything about, so in order for us to bond with her, she can't be perfect. And she isn't. She is just a girl who got too famous and too rich very fast. The interesting thing is that all the things that made her life a living hell, are the ones that keep her bound to her humanity.

Oh, and about the boyfriend issue: There can really be only one team in this book, and it is Team Chaol. 

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Book Review: Throne Of Glass by S.J.Maas

“You could rattle the stars," she whispered. "You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”

It is so difficult writing reviews for books we like. And one of the reasons I chose to reread this, was to write a proper review. 
I don't think that's possible.

The other reason -the important one- was that I just couldn't get enough of the story and characters S.J.Maas has created. I've read all four books by now, so it was pure delight reading this one again and just knowing what all those hints were about. This installment is by no means the best one -It's not even fit for 5*- but I can't love it any less than the others, because in this book we are introduced in the amazing journey that is going to be the Throne of Glass series.

I wasn't very sure I liked Celaena when I first read it. And there are still things about her character that bother me. But she is true, and loyal and strong in so many more ways than she thinks. And she thinks a great deal, trust me! I was a bit annoyed about how girly she was but in the end, I wouldn't have prefered her to be any other way. 

Chaol and Dorian were amazing in this book. I had almost forgotten how much I liked them both, and it's been so long since I have read about someone actually flirting in this series. 

The main thing about this book, that I can attest to with confidence, is that it's actually a very big and entertaining introduction. To the characters, to the story, to the world and history of Erilea. 

I would advise you not to miss it.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Harmless Queries: How Is Music Inspiring Us?

There's this song. I can't take it off my mind. I keep listening to it on repeat. I'm listening to it right now, as I write these words. 

There is something so weird about it. When I hear it, it's just like I'm transported to some other place. Maybe a beach in Rio at dusk, near a bonfire. Feeling the beat of the song pulsing through me as I move to it's rhythm, hands outstretched toward the sky, bare feet stomping on the warm sand. 

It sets my imagination ablaze. I'm feeling the music, becoming it. It reminds me of reading a book. You open it and instantly get lost in a foreign world. This song is like that. I'm here, typing on my PC and at the same time, I'm far away.  

I'm so inspired by this song.

Quimey Neuquen, José Larralde (Chancha via Circuito)

What song can't you take off your mind?

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Book Review: Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

There are two things you should be aware of, before I start saying anything about this book:
1. Though I love the Joe Wright movie, I haven't enjoyed the original book because of the writing.
2. I absolutely hate zombies, therefore I usually don't read zombie books.

Now, the reason I decided to read this book was actually because of the movie trailer. I had seen this title a few times before, but given my dislike for zombies I hadn't tried it. But have you seen the trailer?

I have to admit I was intrigued! I hadn't imagined that the zombie addition would result in a kickass Lizzy Bennet! So I decided to give it a try. And it was worth it!

Adding the supernatural element in the exact Jane Austen writing style, was brilliant to say the least. I had the good fortune of trying the audiobook, and was rewarded by the excellent english accent combined with all the properness of the english speech of that time. There were times I would laugh out loud, and times I would feel satisfied from the small changes in the original story. And though mr. Darcy is something in the terms of "perfect" for me, this new zombie-fighting Darcy was even better!

I know some people who love classic books may be a bit offended by this alteration, but I believe it has blown a fresh breath in a piece of literature that has been transcripted in many different ways and POVs. I read it with an open mind and enjoyed every bit of it.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Harmless Queries: Dreaming As Inspiration?

Well if this stands, my heart has some pretty weird wishes!

I had this dream yesterday night. It was actually like my usuals: a little fantasy, a little badass and a lot of adventure. I love having these dreams. They are my window to uncharted worlds and possibilities and when I wake up, I'm so excited I want to write them down so I won't forget them because I'm sure I will use them in my writing at some point, you know?

Yeah...well, you know how this goes. I start writing it down and there is no actual connection to what I was dreaming, so I start underlining things that don't make sense and put big question marks above them. Or cross them out and fill the rest of the line's space with possible alternatives or I just use the same old word "something" where I don't know how to fill in the blanks!

Now you will tell me that it is no good trying to make my dreams a solid story idea and I'll tell you that you are right. But it is a great excersise for brainstorming! Because everytime you hit a part that makes no sense, you fill it in with anything that comes to mind at the time because you're in a hurry to write the dream down. Otherwise you will just forget it!

So write your dreams down. Even if you never use them as story elements, you will have developed an idea as much as you can in a very short timeframe. And you will have a nice piece for working on when you are at the known-to-all writer's block. All you need now is a dream journal and a good night's (or day's) sleep!

Did you have a dream that you were sure would be a great story?

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Harmless Queries: The Joy of Buying Books

Do you ever get that blissful feeling when buying a book? The one that makes your heart puff up and your lips pick up in a stupid smile? It's funny how a bunch of papers held together by some threads can make us feel. But it's more than that, isn't it?

It's the smell of paper and the smooth dust-jackets and the beautiful covers that mark the beginning of an adventure! When you hold a book in your hands it's almost wispering about the great times you're going to have together. It's a suble promise for an escape from reality that will return you safely home when it's over. And you will never be the same person again.

I love my books. We have this special relationship where they take me with them in their worlds and I, in return, make sure they are kept safe in mine. And every now and then (maybe more often than you might think) I add new ones on the shelves, so they will not get lonely. 

Here is my new addition! This book order arrived a couple days ago and I was too excited and just had to share it with you!