Book Review: Florence & Leon by Simon Boulerice, Delphie Côté-Lacroix (Illustrations), Sophie B Watson (Translation).

 

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Synopsis:

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.

 

Book Review:

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.

Empress Unveiled

 

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.
Tyler.

For fans of fantastical adventures, unexplained magic and deadly romance.

 

Book Review

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.

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!