Book Review: Florence & Leon by Simon Boulerice, Delphie Côté-Lacroix (Illustrations), Sophie B Watson (Translation).
Florence and Leon have never met. Florence is a swimming instructor. She has a small problem with her lungs: it’s as if she’s breathing through a straw. Leon is an insurance salesman. He has a small problem with his eyes: it’s as if he’s seeing the world through a straw. One day Florence and Leon bump into each other, literally, and this mishap turns their lives upside down. Over slushy drinks with proper straws, Florence and Leon find out how their differences make them alike.
This lovely picture book tells a story about two people who meet one day and they seem to “click” immediately, they share stories of their own disabilities (Florence has a problem with her lungs and Leon has a problem with his eyes) and try to relate to each other.
The romance is sweet and the illustrations are beautiful. This is a children’s book but I think teens and adults would enjoy it too.
My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Do I recommend this book? Yes.
Will I read more books from this author? Yes.
“I received a copy of this Ebook from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.”
Book Review: Empress Unveiled by Jenna Morland.
Book Synopsis (from Goodreads)
What if a magical touch meant leaving everything you loved behind?
I was supposed to die. The doctors told me I had only two months to live.
That was before I met him. Daylan.
He was the miracle cure I had been waiting for. With Daylan, I was no longer the small-town girl with that unexplained illness. I was something more. The fate of a magical world depended on my survival, and I longed to go with him. There was only one thing stopping me.
For fans of fantastical adventures, unexplained magic and deadly romance.
First of all, I have to say that I really love the cover of this book.
Empress Unveiled is a fantasy story that, besides humans, involves creatures like fae, angels, demons, witches and an interesting love triangle.
One of the things I liked about this book is the fact that the focus is not only on mythical/fantasy/magical aspects, it also follows a human story of struggles when faced with a terminal disease.
Swayzi is very sick and the doctors can’t find a cure for her, she’s been in and out of hospitals and with her mother as her only family member.
Things are hard for them and I loved to read about their relationship and the kind of support system Swayzi had, not only from her mother, but also from her best friends Penelope and Tyler.
As I mentioned at the beginning there’s a love triangle (and I admit that while I was reading I was constantly changing my mind about the guy I wanted Swayzi to end with), also the arrival of a mystery guy called Daylan that changes things in Swayzi’s life (I won’t give anything more away to avoid spoilers).
At one point this book was heartbreaking and I just couldn’t stop reading because I had to find out what was going to happen.
This book was an enjoyable read, I didn’t know it was part of a Series and as it ends with a cliffhanger I just can’t wait to read the next one.
Currently Reading: Lovely Seeds by R.H. Swaney.
Currently Reading: Marlena by Julie Buntin.
An electric debut novel about love, addiction and lost; the story of two girls and the feral year that will cost one her life, and define the other’s for decades. (From the synopsis on Goodreads).
Book Review: Enginerds by Jarrett Lerner.
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.
I 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:
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!
Currently Reading: The Temptation of Adam by Dave Connis.
Book Quotes: Making Buttons by Amelia Arbek.
Book Review: Lucas. A Preston Brothers Novel by Jay McLean.
In a sprint, every millisecond counts.
When you’re waiting for love, those milliseconds can feel like eons.
High school senior Lucas Preston has it all: star of the track team, a scholarship waiting for him, an apartment to himself and a revolving door of girlfriends. He also has an older sister, five younger brothers and a father who relies on him to make sure those brothers don’t kill each other.
His saving grace? Lois “Laney” Sanders, a girl he started to fall in like with when he was just eleven.
A girl who became his best friend, his confidant, his courage.
It took only sixteen clicks and eight seconds for Lucas to realize that his like for Laney had turned into love.
Eight life-changing seconds.
It’s also the exact length of time it took to lose her.
I opened this book one night around 11:00 PM just to look at it quickly and see how it began but after reading the first pages I felt instantly drawn to the story and I just knew that if I didn’t stop reading at that moment I wouldn’t be able to stop until I finished it… it was with difficulty that I put my Kindle aside and decided that it would be better if I read the book another day when I was able to do it without interruptions and well…. it prove to be the best decision because when I picked up the book again I just couldn’t put it down.
Lucas (Luke) and Lois (Laney) met when they’re eleven and there seems to be an instant connection between them, they become best friends and are inseparable.
The book shifts between Luke’s and Lois’s POV, and past and present time easily which helps to get a better context and make the reading more engaging.
This book has wonderful characters and it’s really hard for me to choose only one among them, but I can say with certainty that Luke became my favorite male character from all the books I’ve read (he’s far from perfect, he makes mistakes but I think that was the reason I liked him even more). Another character I loved was Lachlan, who is Luke’s younger brother and the cutest kid ever (he deserves his own book).
The Logan (another member of the Preston Family) references of “He’s so Logan” made me curious about this character and I was happy to find out that there is a book about him, so I’m definitely going to read it.
There are many beautiful, awkwardly cute, heartwarming, funny but also heartbreaking moments in this book; reading was an emotional roller coaster but I loved every moment of it (and yes there moments when I cried a lot).
I really recommend this book and I look forward to reading more about the Preston Family in other books from Jay McLean.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *