Book Review: Poets, Artists, Lovers by Mira Tudor.

Poets, artists, lovers

 

Book Synopsis:

PAL is a fast-paced yet poignant character-driven novel riding waves of romance, drama, and wit in a manner reminiscent of David Nicholls’s books (One Day)—and set in the exciting world of several vibrant Romanian artists and musicians.

Henriette, an accomplished sculptor, seems to find more joy in her feminist-inspired work and her piano playing than in the people who care about her. Ela, a piano teacher turned book reviewer, hopes to discover the key to happiness and a more meaningful life through studying the workings of the mind and crafting poems about emotions she trusts will lead her to a better place. Joining them in beauty and blindness is Pamfil, a violinist who dabbles as a singer and lives mostly for the moment and his monthly parties. As they follow their passions, they find themselves on treacherous journeys to love and happiness, and are slow to figure out how to best tackle their predicaments. Fortunately, their lovers and friends are there to help . . . but then a newcomer complicates things.

 

Book Review:

When Mira Tudor contacted me through this Blog to see if I would be interested in reading and reviewing her book I accepted because I enjoy reading books from different genres (even if YA books are my favorites), also because I was intrigued about the way she described me the book “Contemporary women’s lit, looking for a balance somewhere between commercial and literary” and because I have an appreciation for Arts in its different expressions.

The story follows the lives of a group of Romanian artists and jumps between present and past in a way were you can learn about how the different characters met.

The writing style itself is good and I liked the references to different arts expressions (music, poetry, sculpture) and to some artists and writers that you can find through the book.

I highlighted many quotes while reading this book, among them the following by a character named Anca:

“ De gustibus”, Anca said: “We sometimes need sadness in order to tease away sadness”. 

In this book some of the characters struggle with the realities of adult life, intricate relationships and finding a balance and at times they seem to be experiencing some kind of existential crisis (also they seem to enjoy having a lot of intellectual and kind of philosophical discussions).

I finished the book, but I feel like I didn’t really “connect” with the main characters, also there is one male character whose appeal I just “didn’t get” and I would have liked to have a little more background story of characters like George and Haralambie.
Maybe this book could appeal more to people interested in Literary Fiction or as an exercise in analysis behind the motivations and psychology of the characters.

 

“I received from the author a gift card to purchase the ebook via Amazon in exchange for an honest review”.

Some of the books released today and about my next book review.

Today Apr. 24 was release day for some books and among them are two books already included in my TBR List, Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young (I really love the beautiful cover of this book)

Sky in the Deep

and Love, Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington (both books were already part of my 2018 TBR List).

Love, song and other lies

 

Also today, I’ll be posting my latest book review and it will be of Poets, Artists, Lovers by Mira Tudor, a story about the lives of a group of Romanian artists and musicians.

Which of the books that were released today are you looking forward to read?

Book Review: Enginerds by Jarrett Lerner.

Book Review:

Ever since I saw the cover of this book I knew I needed to read it and when I won a personalized signed copy in a Twitter Giveaway organized by the author I was really excited.

Not being someone to limit myself to the “adults” genres, I enjoy reading all kind of books (from Children’s books, to YA, Fiction, New Adult, Fantasy, etc.) and this one proved to be really a great choice.

Greeeg is a robot that Kennedy (a kid part of a school group called Enginerds) receives in a box that someone left in his doorstep, Greeeg eats everything (except radishes for some reason) and he has an “interesting” way to dispose of food.

love learning and tech and I guess that’s one of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much and why I could relate easily to the wonderful characters created by Jarrett Lerner.

Nerdy and with geeky heart is a way to describe the members of Enginerds, kids that pursue knowledge, learning science and tech while having fun.

Every character has something interesting, but for some reason I liked John Henry the most, with his predilection for “scientifically sound” statements (even if Kennedy is not a fan of him).

Robots, science, tech, friendship, action and teamwork, this book has a lot of elements that

Definitely make it worth to read, share with someone, gift to kids and add to a library collection.

Surprises and twists are present in this fun book that will keep you really entertained and hopefully by the end, also excited about the sequel (the author told me it will be release next year).

New additions to my personal Library and showing appreciation.

Last January when The Shape of Water was released in the Movie Theater near our home I bought tickets for my husband and I, and even when he had some reservations about the movie he ended up loving it as much as I did (he was happy Guillermo del Toro won the Oscar).

When I found out they were releasing the book (written by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus) I immediately put it on my Wish List. Today we celebrated an special occasion and my husband arrived home with a surprise for me:

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Earlier today my husband sent me a message saying he was going to be a little late because of work, the truth is that he went to Barnes and Noble (even when he isn’t a fan of shopping in that store and when he goes he is “in and out” really quickly), but today he spent over an hour looking around the store, reading synopsis and reviews to choose the books he was going to give me as a gift.

I loved the books he brought me, but what I love even more is:

  • He knows me well and knows how much I love reading, so books is a great gift option for me.
  • He spent time doing something he doesn’t particularly like (shopping in a Bookstore) just to make me happy.
  • He pays attention and he remembered that I wanted The Shape of Water book.
  • He brought and extra book because, in his words “I know you love YA books”, and that’s true, is actually my favorite genre.

 

So, besides sharing with you the newer additions to my Library I also want to share my appreciation and love for the wonderful man that is my husband.

 

“Connecting with those you know love, like and appreciate you restores the spirit and give you energy to keep moving forward in this life.” 
― Deborah Day, BE HAPPY NOW!