miércoles, 1 de enero de 2020

Reseña de ARC: A Girl, A Raccoon, and the Midnight Moon.

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A Girl, a Raccoon, and the Midnight Moon 


Karen Romano Young

392 pages
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Chronicle Books
ISBN: 1452169527 (ISBN13: 9781452169521)
Edition Language: English

BLURB: In a slightly fantastical New York City, one very special library branch has been designated for possible closure. Bookish, socially awkward Pearl, the daughter of the librarian, can't imagine a world without the library—its books, its community of oddballs, its hominess. When the head of their Edna St. Vincent Millay statue goes missing, closure is closer than ever. But Pearl is determined to save the library. And with a ragtag neighborhood library crew—including a constantly tap-dancing girl who might just be her first friend, an older boy she has a crush on, and a pack of raccoons who can read and write—she just might be able to. 
 Age Range: 9-12 years

4.5 let's enjoy to read stars

I don't know but I loved it.

It is said that a village is needed to raise a child, well what do you think of a library? In this beautiful story about a girl, the librarian's daughter, and where we are in a world that points strongly towards globalization maybe we lost some things, we here recover the sense of love of a small community that represents a family, about friendship, facing together and with imagination to the difficulties, and besides, of course how our little world can be much bigger thanks to the books.

Pearl is a complicated , bookish, precocius girl, and the Lancaster Library is all her world. She never thought something will change. Well, sometimes the change come with a bang, or with a inconcebible act that led to more changes, not all bad.

lunes, 23 de diciembre de 2019

Reseña de ARC: The Singer's Crown: The Author's Cut

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The Singer's Crown: The Author's Cut 
Elaine Isaak

589 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by Rocinante (first published October 11th 2005)
Lenguaje: Inglés

BLURB: When his uncle murders his family to take the throne, Prince Kattanan DuRhys is the only royal left alive. . . at a terrible cost. Stripped of his manhood, Kattanan travels as a court singer from one wealthy patron to the next. Given as a courtship gift to the young Princess Melisande, Kattanan feels the stirring of emotions he thought were denied him. But her jealous fiancée has other plans--and the sinister magic to carry them out.
Must Kattanan sacrifice his song to win his kingdom, and the woman he loves?

My rating: 2.8 stars 

The wimpiest and lame protagonists of all. The secondary are a bit better and more interesting.

This is a medieval fantasy.

The story opens up as many stories of a bloody royal succession, the murdered family, and with the youngest prince to whom they forgive his life but at the same time neutralize to prevent it from being a threat of succession - they castrate him.

lunes, 9 de diciembre de 2019

Reseña de ARC: The Avant-Guards Vol. 1

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The Avant-Guards, Vol. 1 


Carly Usdin

Noah Hayes (Illustrator)

112 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by BOOM! Box (first published August 28th 2019)
ISBN: 1684153670 (ISBN13: 9781684153671)
Series: The Avant-Guards #1-4 
BLURB: As a transfer student to the Georgia O’Keeffe College for Arts and Subtle Dramatics, former sports star Charlie is struggling to find her classes, her dorm, and her place amongst a student body full of artists who seem to know exactly where they’re going. When the school’s barely-a-basketball-team unexpectedly attempts to recruit her, Charlie’s adamant that she’s left that life behind…until she’s won over by the charming team captain, Liv, and the ragtag crew she’s managed to assemble. And while Charlie may have left cut-throat competition in in the dust, sinking these hoops may be exactly what she needs to see the person she truly wants to be.

Plot - 2 stars
Art - 3 stars

It is not what I expected.

What's up? New girl comes to college, and is chased by another girl who waits for a member to form a women's basketball team.

But in reality, it leaves the impression that she is pursuing her for more personal reasons.

domingo, 8 de diciembre de 2019

Reseña de ARC: The Dragon's Banker

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The Dragon's Banker 


Scott Warren

255 pages
Published September 25th 2019 by Scott Warren
Edition Language: English 
BLURB: Finance: The lifeblood of any country’s beating heart and the life’s work of Sailor Kelstern — Merchant Banker. While wizards brood in their towers and great warriors charge into battle Sailor is more interested in the price of ore, herbs, and alchemicals carried by the trade ships. But when a spell of bad fortune and bitter rivalry leaves him scrambling to turn a profit on little more than winds and whispers, one such whisper catches Sailor’s ear— a dragon has been seen in the west. Sailor soon finds that the dragons are very real, and not at all what he expected. And they practice a very different sort of economy — one of subterfuge and fire.

With bonus novelette: Forego Quest
.  What if you were the hero of every song, story, and legend?
What if you didn’t want to be?

My rating: 3.3 pecuniary stars

Master Sailor Kelstern is a banker who goes through difficulties after losing the fortune of a nobleman who is not at all satisfied with that; but that is nothing when faced with the challenge of satisfying a dragon (which is not supposed to exist) towards a new era of change towards paper money.

Kelstern is an interesting character, he is not the hero we are used to, and yet he is no stranger to risk his own skin when necessary. But where he is most comfortable is behind a desk with his esteemed account books, and developing strategies to earn money for his clients and his bank.

miércoles, 4 de diciembre de 2019

Reseña de ARC: Manga Classics: Jane Eyre

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Manga Classics: Jane Eyre


Chan Crystal S., 

 SunNeko Lee (Art)

Basada en la obra de Charlote Bronte. 

329 pages
Published August 1st 2016 by Udon Entertainment (first published July 12th 2016)
Edition Language: English

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jane Eyre is the story of an orphan girl, despised by her relatives for being poor, and ending in an orphanage of the time, with cold and hunger. Then she will end up going as a girl's governess in Thornfield Hall, there her employer is a temperamental and strange man named Rochester.

This is a classic of literature, and is even considered feminist by many of the character's ideas (which are from believed come from Charlotte Brontë's autobiographical material). The relevant thing about Jane is that a woman who rebels against injustices, and whose bad circumstances fail to undermine her own inner strength, refusing to be trampled by others or to give in to her own convictions.

lunes, 2 de diciembre de 2019

Mis dramas favoritos 2019

Mis dramas asiáticos favoritos vistos este año:

Oh My Venus (2016)

(la he visto varias veces para subirme el ánimo)
Las química entre los actores principales es fantástica. Los secundarios son estupendos.
¿De qué va? Una abogada pasada de peso (para estandares coreanos, no para los nuestros en realidad) rompe con su novio de toda la vida justo cuando cree que él le pedirá matrimonio, y por casualidad conoce a un entrenador famoso por convertir a una estrella gordita en una superestrella. Claro que dicho entrenador es perseguido por los papparazzi y no le conviene que su familia caiga en el escándalo que rodea esa imagen.

jueves, 28 de noviembre de 2019

Reseña de ARC: Silverlegs I: Seed of Rage

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Silverlegs I: Seed of Rage 
Camilla Monk

 400 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Yaypub
Edition Language: English 
BLURB: A fifteen-year-old girl with a gift for violence and nothing left to lose, Constanter is running. To escape the farm she grew up on in a remote part of the Western Lorian empire.  She runs east, toward the distant war she knows only from the tales of travelers—a twenty-year long conflict, opposing the Western and Eastern halves of the empire. Mistaken for a boy after she stole the gear of a dead soldier, she is captured and drafted by a band of mercenaries whose leader recognizes her innate speed and agility. Her face hidden under a mask, Constanter surrenders to the anger she wears like a second skin and becomes Silverlegs, a legendary killer, an uncontrollable weapon in the hands of power-hungry rulers and religious fanatics.  As the Western empire spirals into madness in the name of the One God, Constanter will have to choose what she truly fights for, before Silverlegs’s rage leads her down the road to hell...

My rating: 3.5 death is my gift stars

Hear the warnings, kids: rape , violence galore, and tons of profanities in this book.

In a Romanesque world (different names and 2 moons) a farmer girl runaway to ends recluited into a mercenary army as male warrior. Constanter was good at it. Mortal, as a matter of fact.

Uh, I'm debating with myself since yesterday how to rate this. Certainly, not my usual reading preference. I never got to watch Spartacus the series so only can compare this to that excellent HBO's Rome series for the kind of viciousness and show how the real society was. So it's a historical drama. Religion divide the Empire between 2 forces at war (you know is not that simple, but... ) ; one is monotheist and the other worship old gods.

jueves, 21 de noviembre de 2019

Reseña: Counter Culture

Counter Culture 


J.L. Merrow

 344 pages
Published November 4th 2019 by Riptide Publishing
ISBN13: 9781626499218
Edition Language: English 
BLURB: Robin Christopher, beleaguered retail worker, isn’t having an easy November. His boss is raising stress levels planning a Black Friday to end all Black Fridays, his family doesn’t understand him, and his best friend thinks his new crush is a hallucination brought on by watching too many episodes of Doctor Who.
Archie Levine dresses in Victorian style and divides his time between caring for his young son and creating weird and wacky steampunk gadgets from bits of old junk—when he’s not looking after his mum and trying to keep on good terms with his ex. The last thing he’s got time for is a relationship, but the flustered young man he met while disembowelling a fridge is proving very tempting.When his mum’s social conscience is roused by a local store with a cavalier attitude to the homeless, former rough sleeper Archie shares her anger. Little does he know that Robin works for that same store.

My rating: 3.8 stars

Robin and Archie meet by chance in the street, while one came back from work worried about Black Friday, and the other determined to crumble an old refrigerator in search of steampunk pieces.

It is a romantic comedy with a social message could be said, against prejudices and preconceived ideas. The protagonists are from a very different environment, but they get to connect and discover that their interests are not so diverse after all. It had the grace to make me laugh a couple of times and that always raises points in my case.

martes, 19 de noviembre de 2019

Reseña: Angélica rumbo a la esperanza

Angélica rumbo a la esperanza (Angélica #12)


Anne Golon

Serge Golon 

426 pages
Published 1985 by Círculo de Lectores, S.A. (first published 1984)
Original Title: Angélique: la Route de l'Espoir
ISBN: 8422619490 (ISBN13: 9788422619499)

Sinopsis: Por fín, todo parece sonreírles, Angélica y Joffrey de Peyrac están más unidos y enamorados que nunca.  En el curso de un viaje por Nueva Inglaterra, la pareja hace escala en Salem, ciudad de la costa atlántica, no muy distante de la puritana Boston. Angélica y Joffrey acarician ya, ciertamente, la cristalización definitiva de sus esperanzas de dicha y paz. Creen tenerlas al alcance de la mano. Sin embargo, la felicidad nunca llega a ser completa. La hora del parto llega prematuramente en condiciones nada seguras y cuya vida no deja de correr peligro. La fama de Salem, el pueblo donde han recalado, dista mucho de ser ejemplar. Habitan allí mujeres extrañas, a quienes sus propias convecinas llaman brujas y, en consecuencia, tratan de evitar...
La situación todavía empeora más cuando, de pronto, una nueva amenaza se cierne sobre el matrimonio: un siniestro mensajero se presenta ante ellos y les informa de que acaba de producirse la muerte del padre D´Orgival, su enemigo acérrimo. Y de esa muerte se acusa a Angélica. Todos los sueños se desintegran bruscamente. Angélica y Joffrey de Peyrac tienen que hacer frente de nuevo a la catastrofe que les acecha, aprestarse a la lucha...

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Angélica pasa por Salem con Jofrey , alli conoce a unas "brujas" cuaqueras y de nuevo pasamos por todo el enredo de religión entre puritanos a franceses, jesuitas y reformados , indios y peleteros , todo ese conjunto de la costa americana de Maine hasta de nuevo las montañas.

«Angélica no se acostumbraba a oír a estos personajes, barbudos, severos, intolerantes, gruñones en su mayoría y pesados de convivencia, apropiarse, como si de un amigo personal se tratara, de la personalidad de Jesucristo, que los Evangelios presentaban más bien como un hombre joven afable, lleno de indulgencia hacia los pecados del mundo, de dulzura y de ternura con respecto a las mujeres y los niños. Podría apostar con mucho que este Maestro, este Señor, que ellos reivindicaban, comentando cada una de Sus palabras como si las hubiesen discutido horas tendidas con Él en el Templo de Jerusalén o en los Recintos del Coloquio o de la Meeting-House, con la más franca de las amistades, podría apostarse, pues, que, en vida Suya, no Le hubiesen sufrido ni tolerado tal como era Él, y que Él se hubiera visto en la picota más a menudo de lo que parece, esperando la cuerda de la horca.»
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