A Gentleman Never Tells – Book Review

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Finished reading:

A Gentleman Never Tells

by Eloisa James

★★

Expectation

I’ve pre-ordered this little novella on Kindle when it was first announced almost a month ago and it turned up in my Library yesterday. I was a bit surprised but pleasantly so. Last few months I’ve been meaning to find some nice historical romance to binge on. This one came in at the best moment possible. High expectations indeed.

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Summary

I’ve really enjoyed Eloisa James’s Desperate Duchesses series. This is my first book by her not connected to the series I love. I had postponed reading something else from this author.

This novella is a part of Essex Sisters book series. Chronologically it is set after the fourth book. First four books being shown in the picture below.

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I’m not too thrilled by these covers and that’s part of the reason I’ve not read these books already.

This novella is quite short and barely over 100 pages long with interesting and lovable characters. It is a pairing of two minor character from the mentioned series. She is a widow wronged and shamed by her late husband. He seems a little lost and overly sorry for some youthful mistakes. She is quite adorable with her curly hair and bookish ways. It takes one look for him to stop being lost and fall madly in love. Due to the short story there was no bigger character development.

As usual authors quirky writing is delightful. I like how the author does not shy away from writing silly sex scenes. Some quotes taken out of content were pure gold and joy to read.

“When I look at you, Lizzie, I don’t think of sausages.” – Oliver Berwick

Conclusion

Glimpses of other characters from the series were intriguing and this has left me no choice but to add this book series to my reading list. Even in short stories such as this Eloisa James still stays one of my favorite writers of the Historical romance genre.

Our Tragic Universe – Book Review

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Finished reading:

Our Tragic Universe

by Scarlett Thomas

★★

Expectation

I’ve been eyeing this book in our bookstore for a time before actually picking it up. I was intrigued by the strange characters and plot. It looked very promising. The publisher that translated it to Croatian has a certain reputation for good and quality books. I liked the hardcover edition and the book design. It was different and I expected to enjoy the weird. I picked it up for its weirdness. I thought I would like it for its weirdness. It was maybe too weird…

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Summary

There are moments in first reading the book where I wait for all the new to settle in in my mind so I can follow the flow of the plot and characters journey. I’m OK with weird and different books. In fact I prefer them!

First of all the summary on the back of the book lied! I felt a bit cheated for that. I  hate when that happens.

This book had a messy and foggy beginning and I kept waiting for the fog to clear. All of the characters are quite real and multilayered. Most of the time their reasoning escaped me. It seemed to me that the limitations they’ve put upon themselves were too much and depressing.

The character has many discussions about fiction and what it means writing it. I mostly found it cliche. Her formulas for writing a good story that has certain elements and order do not appeal to me.

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Ugh!

This book made me rage a bit. The relationship main heroine has with her live in boyfriend raised the hairs at the back of my neck.

SPOILER ALERT!

They say money doesn’t make people happy. I hated this book up until the point main heroine gets some money of her own. It was so depressing to read about how poor she was, about not having money for food, transportation or a decent place to live.

The book itself does not make a big deal about any of this. Meg – the main character just goes with the flow on these things.

But I was happy to see her finally acquiring some money!

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Conclusion

The demure setting makes the philosophical parts of the book more appealing and interesting. I did like authors view on life and death.

Death defines life: alive are those that will die, not those that are not dead.

Needs more sunshine, needs more happy…

The Girl with All the Gifts – New movie trailer!

I’ve added the book The Girl with All the Gifts to my reading list when I saw it last year when it was nominated for a Arthur C. Clarke award. It was the only one from the list that caught my attention!

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The award went to Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. And The Girl with All the Gifts got the movie adaptation. I stumbled on it accindentally why browsing for new trailers at the IMBD.

I really hate zombies and I’m not a fan of dystopian literature but there is something about this book that just draws me in.

The movie stars veteran actress Glenn Close and lovable Gemma Arterton. I like the little Sennia Nanua as well.

So far the trailer looks very promising and can’t wait to start reading it so I can prepare for the movie better!

Reading in progress – June 2016

This June my reading is slow and scarce. Job is overwhelming and I can’t seem to find the time or the right book to get me to that magical place beyond. I’m still trying to concentrate on the books from the TBR pile.

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I would blame it all on the weather if I could!

Here are the books I’ve started reading this month:

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6 out of 323 pages

Storm’s Heart (Elder Races book #2)

by Thea Harrison

This book actually represents progress! I’ve finished the first one in the series and started this one. I like the characters and have great respect for the author’s world building skills. I’m not much into sex scenes lately.

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67 out of 431 pages

Our Tragic Universe

by Scarlett Thomas

I picked this book up out of curiosity. It seemed weird with a bunch of strange characters. I liked the “different” feel to it. As I started reading it it turned out to be very strange indeed. I’m struggling with oddity of the characters and their lives. It is all very tragic, depressive and small. This book puts me down 😦

Ever-After

17 out of 516 pages

Ever After (The Hollows #11)

by Kim Harrison

When ever I’m feeling low I pick up one of The Hollows books. They work like a balm form my stress levels and low down bouts. Only one chapter in and I’m already hooked to the story. I’m looking forward to this one actually.

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I guess for June I’m trippin’ on urban fantasy! Something about the genre appeals to me.

Also I’m still for that historical romance book to give me mad giggling fits!

Any suggestions?

Books that changed me – A Fistful of Charms

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I consider reading to be a personal experience. There is a quote by Edmund Wilson  “No two persons ever read the same book.” And I believe it to be truth in more ways than one. Some books were there for me when I needed something to hold on to.

A Fistful of Charms is one of those books.

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“If you do it once, it’s a mistake. If you do it twice, it’s not a mistake anymore.”
― Kim Harrison, A Fistful of Charms

I’ve been in the middle of reading A Fistful of Charms when I was going trough a rough period of my life. This book was a lifesaver when I couldn’t do anything else but read the words on pages. Sometimes I remember only the pages and my slow progress. The main character has her ex boyfriend make an appearance in a bad way. And that kinda worked for me.

“There is black. There is white. Gray is a cowardly excuse to mix our wants with our needs.”
― Kim Harrison, A Fistful of Charms

This is a fourth book in The Hollows series by Kim Harrison. I has a kickass heroine and lots of action. This book series is completed and it has thirteen books altogether. I’m slowly buying them and reading them. I’ve read up to book eleven and have all but the last book. This book meant a lot to me. After reading it trough it took me a long time to move on to the next book in the series since the memories that went with it were not the good kind.

“Shades of gray, I thought, knowing I was slipping into places I had vowed I’d never go.”
― Kim Harrison, A Fistful of Charms

I’m glad I found a courage to keep reading. I’m constantly amazed at how good these books are. This book series has me emotionally involved on so many levels. Reading about characters who keep getting back up and keep kicking back is inspirational.

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