domingo, 31 de diciembre de 2017

Reseña: A SEAL for Christmas (All I want for Christmas is...#2)

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A SEAL for Christmas


Leslie North

 144 pages
Published December 11th 2017
Series: All I want for Christmas is... #2
Language: English

From the BLURB: It’s Christmas in New York, and the lone wolf is about to go AWOL for love…
Navy SEAL Murphy Coen should be celebrating the upcoming holidays with friends and family, but with his sister Aileen missing, there’s not much for Murph to feel thankful for. To find Aileen, he’s fully prepared to use force, until an unexpected encounter has him rethinking his tactics. Shayma, his friend Daveed’s former fiancée, is sexy as hell, and something about her soothes his wayward soul. The brunette bombshell claims she can help, but Murph’s never been known for his patience. The clock is ticking, and he isn’t sure Shayma won’t get in the way of doing what he needs to do.
After ending her engagement to the man chosen by her father, Shayma bint Amr Kahlan has been enjoying the sights of New York City…and her ex’s best friend Murphy. The menacing military man has the dark, brooding thing down, but Shayma is certain his temper will lead to trouble—trouble his friends don’t want him in. When Daveed offers to promote her father if she can keep Murph in check while he and Heath secretly search for Aileen, Shayma sees a chance to help…and get back in her father’s good graces. She’s happy to prevent Murphy from getting out of hand. Besides, sometimes it takes a softer touch to get what you want.
Shayma and Murphy’s chemistry may be undeniable, but as the stakes get higher, can Murphy open himself up to love? Or will he be forced to choose between Shayma and finding his sister?

My rating: 1.5 don't care stars

bookshelves: contemporary-fiction, romance, netgalley, w_military, adult-mature

The plot: Murphy Coen, SEAL was looking for the holidays instead he is looking for his missing sister. His friends want to help, and so Shayma his friend's ex.
There are some single scene in a party and bedroom scenes and oh he can't and she I am in luuuv.

This i my second chance with this author, and I don't want to give her the third one. I had to push myself to finish this. Is so full of tropes that maybe could be better try it as a parody; not even a single sentence is original. Guys, I found more originality in fanfiction even reading over and over the same theme. Okay I'm not talking here in looking for Nobel's material, but come on!

sábado, 30 de diciembre de 2017

Reseña: The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray

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B.A. Williamson

 300 pages
Expected publication: May 15th 2018 by North Star Editions/Jolly Fish Press
ISBN13: 9781631631726
Edition Language: English

BLURB: Gwendolyn Gray faces an overwhelming battle every day: keeping her imagination under control. It’s a struggle for a dreamer like Gwendolyn, in a city of identical gray skyscrapers, clouds that never clear, and grown-ups who never understand.

But when her daydreams come alive and run amok in The City, the struggle to control them becomes as real as the furry creatures infesting her bedroom. Worse yet, she’s drawn the attention of the Faceless Gentlemen, who want to preserve order in The City by erasing Gwendolyn and her troublesome creations.

With the help of two explorers from another world, Gwendolyn escapes and finds herself in a land of clockwork inventions and colorful creations. Now Gwendolyn must harness her powers and, with a gang of airship pirates, stop the Faceless Gentlemen from destroying the new world she loves and the home that never wanted her—before every world becomes gray and dull.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My bookshelves: netgalley, children-protagonist, fantasy, adventure, steam-punk, dystopia, alternate-reality

Gwendolyn Gray is a twelve-year-old girl living in a gray city, under gray skies, with gray clothes and gray buildings. She doesn't want to grow up, after all the adults look all the same and didn't do anything different ... ever. But Gwendolyn has something that they don't - she has imagination.

This is a middle grade fantasy-adventure story. At the start it reminds me a bit of Momo de Ende. But later some characters invoke different imagenery like the scifi-noir-film Dark City. There are chase, and ships, and pirates, and strange and beautiful cities.

viernes, 22 de diciembre de 2017

Reseña: Saga 48 (issue)

Saga #48 (single issue)
Brian K. Vaughan

Published October 25th 2017 by Image
Edition Language:English
BLURB: END OF STORY ARC Ghüs and Squire have an adventure.

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

My bookshelves: space-opera, graphic-novel, ciencia-ficcion


Not even the reunion can live up this one.

Nor the sort of cute of squire.

I feel a bit afronted in the implication that you can reeplace a person -specially family- so easily.

lunes, 18 de diciembre de 2017

Reseña: Herding Cats (Sarah Scribbles 3)

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Herding Cats 


Sarah Andersen

 112 pages
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN:1449489788 (ISBN13: 9781449489786)
Series:Sarah's Scribbles #3
 BLURB : Sarah valiantly struggles with waking up in the morning, being productive, and dealing with social situations. Sarah's Scribbles is the comic strip that follows her life, finding humor in living as an adulting introvert that is at times weird, awkward, and embarrassing.

My rating: 2.5*

 My bookshelves: comic-strip, netgalley, humor, riete-de-ti-mismo, graphic-novel

As the point of the book is to make me laugh and didn't achieved, lost one star. Anderson is accurare in some strips regarding how introverted people and some kind of nerd people feel in confronted with many situations, and many of us can feel even identify in some aspects, but the spark is absent .

There are love for reading, autumm, pets, being alone, also the procrastinating, periods, and little pains.


miércoles, 13 de diciembre de 2017

Reseña: La Daga de la Ceguera

La Daga de la Ceguera 


 Brent Weeks

 912 pages
Published July 4th 2013 by Fantascy (first published 2012)
Original Title:The Blinding Knife
Edition Language:Spanish
 BLURB: Gavin Guile pensaba disponer de cinco años más de existencia como Prisma, y ahora resulta que le queda menos de uno. Con cincuenta mil refugiados a su cargo, por no hablar de un hijo ilegítimo que hay que formar en las artes mágicas y una ex novia que bien podría haber descubierto su más oscuro secreto, le llueven los problemas.

De repente, la magia en todo el mundo está fuera de control, y este caos amenaza con acabar con las Siete Satrapías. Peor aún, los dioses antiguos están a punto de renacer, y sus ejércitos parecen imparables. Tal vez el único camino para la salvación sea arrojar luz sobre la mentira que rige la vida de Gavin desde hace dieciséis años.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Buscaba mis notas para hacer un comentario semi-coherente, cuando recordé porque no las tenia sino unas pocas líneas: Este es el libro que lei en mi tableta en su mayor parte durante cierta cantidad de apagones en un par de meses. No sé porqué , pero esos son los momentos y horas en que avanzaba más en esta lectura. Extraño. Sobre todo con este título y con todo lo que se refiere este libro y la importancia de la luz.

«La base de la magia es la luz. Quienes practican la magia se denominan trazadores. Un trazador puede transformar la luz de un color determinado en una sustancia física. Todos los colores poseen sus cualidades particulares, pero los usos de esos bloques de construcción son tan ilimitados como lo sean la imaginación y la voluntad del trazador.
En las Siete Satrapías, el funcionamiento de la magia es aproximadamente lo opuesto de una vela encendida. Al consumirse la vela, una sustancia física (la cera) se transforma en luz. Merced a la cromaturgia, la luz se convierte en una sustancia física, la luxina. Todos los colores de la luxina poseen sus propiedades particulares. Si se traza correctamente (dentro de unos límites estrictos), la luxina resultante será estable y durará días o incluso años, dependiendo de su color.»

domingo, 10 de diciembre de 2017

Reseña:Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade

Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade 


Patrick Dennis

 299 pages
Published September 11th 2001 by Broadway Books (first published 1954)
ISBN:0767908198 (ISBN13: 9780767908191)
Edition Language:English
Series:Auntie Mame #1

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My shelves; en-tono-de-comedia, literary-fiction, satirical, situ-1930s-1940s, vi-primero-la-pelicula

Reto 43: con un familiar en el titulo.

Cuando Patrick Dennis queda huérfano a los 10 años quedando a cargo -excepto financieramente- de la hermana de su padre, la tía Mame en Nueva York pasa de un ambiente conservador a uno muy diferente. Las ocurrencias de su tía y toda la gama de gente con que ella se rodea y la vida de una socialité de los años antes y pos-depresión son relatados desde el punto de vista de Patrick mientras crece.


viernes, 8 de diciembre de 2017

Reseña: The Essential Thyroid Cookbook: Over 100 Nourishing Recipes for Thriving with Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's

The Essential Thyroid Cookbook: Over 100 Nourishing Recipes for Thriving with Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's 


Lisa Markley


388 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by Blue Wheel Press, LLC
ISBN;0991170504 (ISBN13: 9780991170500)
Edition Language:English

This long-awaited volume is a book within a cookbook – it contains a substantive educational component as well as over 100 original ''food as medicine'' recipes that not only satisfy and delight your taste buds, but also provide you with maximum nourishment for your thyroid and immune system and help you translate simple, thyroid- and immune-supportive nutrition to your plate.

Hashimoto's is the most common autoimmune disease and thyroid problems are among the most prevalent yet overlooked conditions that compromise women's wellbeing. (Additionally, men are being diagnosed in increasing numbers.) With their combined 20 years of nutrition and culinary wisdom, the authors have a mission to help those with Hashimoto’s reclaim their health.

Additionally, the recipes:

- Emphasize nutrient-dense, whole food ingredients full of color and flavor
- Are gluten-free, dairy-free, and free of refined sugars and other highly processed ingredients
- Are targeted to the home cook and easy to prepare; many can be made in 30 minutes or less
- Are thoughtfully created to appeal to all palates
- Contain sensible adaptations, whenever possible, to fit dietary practices commonly used to address thyroid imbalances and autoimmunity, such as Paleo and Autoimmune Protocol (AIP)

In this cookbook, you'll also discover well-researched and practical education about:

- Root causes of Hashimoto's and hypothyroidism
- Key nutrients known to boost thyroid and immune function and their food sources
- The connection between digestive health and thyroid imbalances
- Nutrition and lifestyle strategies for taming autoimmunity
- A discussion on ''goitrogenic'' foods, soy, and the dangers of ''low carb'' for those with hypothyroidism
- How to determine if certain foods may be triggering inflammation and autoimmunity
- Much, much more

My rating: 3,5 stars

The book is oriented toward the holistic side, gluten-free, and dairy-free., also Paleo diet. The first part is information about the disease and a lot of quotes about what other experts had to say about it, and about how the income of certain element can affect the balance of the functioning of the body.

Thyroid hormones affect our health systemically and directly act on the brain, gastrointestinal tract, cardiovascular system, bone metabolism, red blood cell metabolism, gallbladder and liver function, steroid hormone production, glucose metabolism, protein metabolism, neuromuscular function, digestion, and body temperature regulation.

martes, 5 de diciembre de 2017

Reseña: Cloudia and Rex

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Cloudia and Rex 


Ulises Farinas

80 pages
Published November 28th 2017  
Edition Language:English
BLURB: A lushly rendered supernatural fantasy that follows two girls and their mother who find themselves in the middle of a vast, supernatural exodus. On their journey Cloudia is bestowed the powers of hundreds of different gods, but even those don't help her come to terms with the death of her father.

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

A mother and two daughters are moving after the father death, amidst the odiosities of the older daughter who is about to turn thirteen, when falls over the family, literally from heaven, a pantheon of gods that are fleeing from their own destruction.

First thought: what a mess!

Mix a bunch of all-you-can-think mythological mumbo-jumbo add senseless plot dump over one annoying unbereable adolescent and shake.

viernes, 1 de diciembre de 2017

Reseña: Unicorn of Many Hats (Heavenly Nostrils #7)

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Unicorn of Many Hats (Heavenly Nostrils #7)


Dana Simpson

 176 pages
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN:1449489664 (ISBN13: 9781449489663)
Edition Language:English
Series:Heavenly Nostrils

BLURB: In this installment, Phoebe decides to start the school year off right by offering a peace treaty to frenemy Dakota, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils becomes the unlikeliest of babysitters, and Phoebe is totally surprised to find out that her Secret Santa isn't Dakota or Max!

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My bookshelves: comic-strip, graphic-novel, fantasia-urbana, for-kids, children-protagonist, unicorn,  netgalley

Another delivery of the adventures of Phoebe and her best friend Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, where the delivery goes back to the system of comic strips instead of one storyline like the previus issue.

The summer, frienship, fangirling, internet, school, and Unicorns!

The grace of these vignettes apart from the drawings -really cute- , are good part of the dialogues. The author dedicates a good part of the stories to the impact of technology nowadays like the internet , something that goes from parents to children. I love that Phoebe's parents are addicted to electronic games and inclined towards art in the case of mom.