Books: Review of Fábulas de Nuestra Tierra para contar en un Día de Muertos.


Written by the Mexican author Nora Girón-Dolce and divided into 6 short stories, this book is full of magic that takes you on a wonderful journey through Mexican customs and traditions that revolve around the Day of the Dead.

Reading this book was like sitting in front of the fire, drinking coffee and eating bread while someone told old legends in such a detailed way that it was as if I was there looking at the fields and the altars, smelling the rich food, listening to the wise words of a woman who enjoyed helping others and even understanding the incredible relationship between a dog and its owner.

The author has a style that allows you to easily connect with the characters, lose yourself between the pages and ultimately find you satisfied with the experience.

With a total of 56 pages the book is a quick read that is worthwhile and I highly recommend.

* The book reviews written on this Blog reflect my personal opinion and I do not perceive any kind of compensation for them.

What Book Should I Read Next for the Reading Challenge?

The last book I read was Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, now I’m trying to decide which of the following books will be next on my reading list.

The Categories of the Reading Challenge for these books are:

–  A classic from the 20th Century: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

A book with a blue cover: The Fault in our Stars by John Green.

– A New York Times Bestseller: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

– A book that’s becoming a movie this year: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith.

Have you read any of them? Which one do you recommend?

The fault in our starsThe Great GatsbyPride, Prejudice and ZombiesMe Before You

Book Review: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

 

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice kindle

Reading Challenge Category: A book at least 100 years older than you.

Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Format: Kindle and Audiobook

Rating: 5 of 5.

One of my Favorite Quotes: “How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

Comments:

This book is a Classic and a most read, I found the narration by Rosamund Pike very engaging and I especially enjoyed it in the parts of Mr. Collins, Mrs. Bennet and Jane Bennet.
While listening the Audiobook I couldn’t help compare the book with the 2005 Movie adaptation (the one starring Keira Knightley), and to be honest even when I think the character of Lizzy is really well written, she wasn’t my favorite. There are some things that I found myself questioning about Lizzy after finishing the book (particularly some of her attitudes towards people like Darcy and even sometimes her friend Charlotte).
Overall I enjoyed this book a lot, I love how Jane Austen portrayed the characters and I would recommend it (specially this Audiobook version).

Currently Reading (and listening): Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

I have a big collection of Kindle books and I’m always looking for good offers on the Audiobook version (so I can I switch between reading and listening to the book).

Yesterday I found in Audible a version of Pride and Prejudice narrated by Rosamund Pike, currently I’m on chapter 7 and loving it.

Originally, Pride and Prejudice wasn’t included on my Reading Challenge, but I decided to make it part of the Book List.

Here’s a video from Audible about this Audiobook:

Enjoy your saturday!

Kbooklover

Book Review: Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Peril

Book Description (from Goodreads):

Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?(

 

Book Review:

I read Sweet Evil (Book 1 in the Trilogy) last February and it became one of my favorite books, this week I decided to listen the Audiobook and I loved too.  The narration by Erin Mallon was really good and I liked the different voices she made for the characters (especially Anna and Kaidan).

After finishing the Audiobook I searched for Sweet Peril in my Kindle, I found it and I couldn’t help but start reading it, I needed to know what was going to happen with Anna, Kai and Kop. From page one I was engaged to the story, I loved the writing and how things started to take its place.

In this book we learn more about the story between the Nephilim and the Dukes, and also about Anna’s role.

I like how well developed and interesting are the characters in this and the previous book (Sweet Evil), and I particularly enjoyed reading about the relationship between Anna and the rest of the Neph (especially Kai, Kop and Marna), and the interactions she has with her father Belial.

To me, the story has it all to be an enjoyable reading, is exciting, there’s romance, intrigue, some twists and best of all, I was satisfied with the way this sequel ended (I won’t give any spoilers here).

This was another great book by Wendy Higgins and I really recommend it (as well as Sweet Evil, Book 1), I’ll definitely be reading Sweet Reckoning as soon as is released (I already pre-order the book and the release date is April 2014, sniff sniff).

Ahhh and to deal with months of waiting until Book 3 is released… well I think I’ll be buying and listening the Audiobook of Sweet Peril. 

Book Review: Tangled by Emma Chase

Lines Tangled

Book Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion-dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu. But we all know that’s not really true. 

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful, and ambitious. She refuses to let anything-or anyone-derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, and his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating. Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life? Can Drew Evans win at love? 

Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing in life he never wanted is the only thing he can’t live without.

My Review:

Drew Evans is a successful businessman, a charming and non-strings attached guy who is used to have his way, but then this “golden boy” meets his match in the form of Kate Brooks and with that, everything he has known and believed starts to change.

I was totally hooked since page one and it was impossible to put down this book, the reason?  The story is funny, romantic and truly engaging.

I loved the characters, Drew and Kate are interesting and likeable and there’s also some support characters that I enjoyed reading about, like Alexandra (Drew’s sister) and Drew’s sweet and witty niece, Mackenzie.

My favorite thing about this book is the way is written. I loved the narrative from Drew’s POV and being inside his head provided a lot of entertaining and hilarious moments.

The writing style is like if this character is talking to you, sharing what happened to him, this made me feel even more engaged to the story.

I mentioned on past reviews how much I love male POVs in the Books, but Drew’s POV is the best I’ve read and now, he’s one of my favorite male characters.

My rating:   ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Do I recommend this book? Absolutely.

Will I read more books from this author? Definitely.

My New TBR List

Tim Gunn Book

After giving it some thought I made some changes to my TBR List, here are some of the books that I’ll be reading during the rest of the year (the books are not in a particular order and I’ll be adding more to the list during the next months):

  • Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making It Work by Tim Gunn
  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • These Girls by Sarah Pekkanen
  • Matched by Ally Condie
  • Crossed by Ally Condie
  • Reached by Ally Condie
  • The Hobbit by  J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
  • The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford
  • This is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl by Paul Brannigan
  • This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
  • The Bling Ring by Nancy Jo Sales
  • Camp Kiss by J. K. Rock
  • The Perfect Ring by Rachel Elizabeth Cole
  • The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  • All is Bright by Sarah Pekkanen

Book Review: Forever Too Far by Abbi Glines

Forever Too Far

Book Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Rush promised her forever… but promises can be broken.

Torn between his love for his family and his love for Blaire, Rush has to find a way to save one without losing the other. In the end one has to be more important. Letting go isn’t easy.

Blaire believed in her fairytale… but no one can live in a fantasy.

Her love for Rush and desire to have a family keep her believing that they can find a way for this to work. Until she has to make the right decision for her and the baby. Even if it breaks her heart.

Can they find the forever that they both want or has it all just gone… too far?

Book Review:

This Review may contain spoilers from the previous books in the Series, it’s recommended that you read first Fallen Too Far and Never Too Far.

As soon as the book was released I bought it and the reason is that I really liked the author’s writing style in Fallen Too Far and Never Too Far. After reading Forever Too Far I re-confirm that she really knows how to manage the characters’s emotions in a way that helps you feel connected to them and also to be quickly immersed in the story.

In this book as we follow Blair and Rush we see them both really struggling to keep things going, there are many things in their way and a lot of drama that just makes things harder for their relationship.

I enjoy reading books with multiples POV and in this one we have Blaire’s and Rush’s, which contribute to have a better perspective of her relationship and the obstacles they face, also a plus for me is that we get some chapters from the POV of other characters (I won’t give any spoilers by saying whom, but this POV’s are truly entertaining).

About some of the Characters:

Blaire: If you have read the previous books you know that she’s been through a lot and in this book there are still more things she has to face, but she keeps been brave and supportive.

Rush: Definitely an Alpha Male, in one side he loves Blaire with intensity, he’s really protective and even sweet (of course I liked this side of him), but there were also moments when I just couldn’t understand some of things he was doing (and it made me have kind of a love-hate relationship with this character).

Nan: She’s mean and spoiled, the author gives us a good “villain” in her (I couldn’t help to hate her).

My favorite character was Grant (I love him since Book 1), he’s a really nice guy who deserves a happy ending and I’m glad that this character will get his own book.

Overall, I recommend this book, it has some unexpected twists and turns and it made me experience different emotions while reading (at one time I was crying, later I was smiling, angry, then crying again), it was definitely an emotional rollercoaster all the time and I truly enjoyed it.