Inferno by Dan Brown resurrected my hope for the Robert Langdon series after The Lost Symbol was a super disappointment for me.
The amount of research that is being made for these books blow my mind. I rarely see this much dedication for a fictional piece of work. And that makes it even more special for me. Besides the fact that it’s very entertaining, I also learn historical art and I acquire all kinds of information that I wouldn’t even bother about… I mean… I don’t just suddenly wake up thinking that I should check out Dante Alighieri’s biography and stuff like that. Even if I may not be interested in certain things, Brown suddenly sparks an interest in me through his awesome writing.
What made me like this book so much is the subject, Inferno by Dante Alighieri. I couldn’t wait to get to this book in the series. Although I haven’t read the original Inferno (but I will soon) Brown explains very important stuff about it and I think it’s awesome all the connections he makes to music and paintings.
I will always admire the way good writers know how to twist the plot in such a way that it seems complicated but it’s still easy to understand. All the running around, people chasing each other, shooting guns and a plague, you can still find your way through it.
Looking forward to the next one! I love Robert Langdon.
As promised, here I am with the review I wrote for PageHabit for February’s romance book!
It usually never happens to me to be even more excited about the book in a subscription box than most of the goodies but this time I was (and the goodies were awesome btw). From the moment I have seen the cover I knew this will be a good read! The synopsis of the book made it pretty obvious that I’m gonna read something different than any other romance I have read so far.
Rating: 3.80/5 (it is hard to rate this because it is definitely more than a 3.5 but it’s still not a 4)
Even though the protagonists had different backgrounds and lived in different places, that did not even represent the only difference between them: she is a black, curvy, independent woman that you fall in love with instantly and he is a white, tall and charming man. I love that the author chose to represent an interracial couple in such a realistic and beautiful way!
They took me with them through the anxieties she has had as a black woman in a white community. I loved that the issues about race were not ignored and Alexa even educated Drew about it and Drew was so open to understanding things from another point of view.
I’m a fan of stories where relationships develop from being fake to being real and this story was exactly what I expected. It was fast paced and an easy read, what I usually call a “book-cleanse”. After reading books involving complicated plots I needed one like this, actually I needed it so bad that I’ve read it in 2 days. Everything flowed and I suddenly realized I’ve read half of it in what felt like 5 minutes.
Of course there are no romance books without some steam, and be prepared because there’s a lot of it, maybe too much but it doesn’t feel like it thanks to the author that knew how to describe the scenes without being too vulgar.
One of the reasons why I liked the book even more was the fact that both characters loved their jobs and they were so dedicated and ambitious, you just wish you could be like that. He is so good with the kids he is taking care of as a doctor and he gets so attached to them and she is so refreshing and thoughtful, a big help to the community when trying to create an arts program for underprivileged youth. Apparently the author has a background in law and that is pretty obvious when “monitoring” Alexa at her job.
Also, should I even mention that they eat a lot?! And not only that but the food sounds so good and I’m such a foodie, I could not help but observe that. I literally started craving donuts because of Alexa.
I totally recommend this as a “book-cleanse” or a beach read, all the characters in this book are really well built and each one of them have so many different personalities that Jasmine knew how to differentiate, it’s pretty hard to think that this was her debut novel. I’m totally looking forward to checking out more of her books in the future.
If you like swoony and fun romances, you have to read it!
I’m starting a new series of posts where I will let you know every month’s book releases that I am excited about (you will probably find a lot of YA and Crime/Mystery books so if you love these genres, these posts might be for you). March 6th: ⋅More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer. Genre: Contemporary YA Romance.
“When Rev and Emma meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bond instantly over their shared turmoil. But when their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected.” ⋅The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd
Genre: Mystery/ Crime/ Thriller
“A young schoolteacher falls for a man on Death Row whom she believes is falsely accused, only to begin wondering after their marriage – and his release.” March 13th: ⋅Sometimes I lie by Alice Feeney
Genre: Thriller/ Mystery/ Psychological Thriller
“My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me: 1. I’m in a coma. 2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore. 3. Sometimes I lie. “
“From bestselling author duo Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff comes the exciting finale in the trilogy that broke the mold and has been called “stylistically mesmerizing” and ‘out-of-this-world-awesome.'” March 20th: ⋅The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan
Genre: YA Fantasy/ Magical Realism
“Alternating between real and magic, past and present, friendship and romance, hope and despair, The Astonishing Color of After is a stunning and heartbreaking novel about finding oneself through family history, art, grief, and love.”
This is one of that type of books whose images get stuck in your mind and you know you will never forget them. They’re disturbing and they’re interesting and they sometimes make us realize that we wouldn’t have thought of that, wow. The concept of the book is really good. Blindness, as a sickness, is a pretty delicate subject in my point of view but Saramago knew how to do it right.
At first, you’re gonna stumble upon a weird writing technique. I don’t know if he writes all of his books the same way but you have to get used to it. It was pretty difficult at the beginning but that was not an impediment because the book is really good from the first pages and it won’t let you leave it unfinished.
The thought of the whole population going blind is so unpleasing that it is almost painful to read this book and see their struggles and how hard it is to even go from your bed to the door, to wash yourself or to find a scrap of food to eat and in the end famine, water and electricity crisis installs in the world.
Saramago held no barriers upon approaching this subject. He throws everything he has in it. I hope you don’t have a weak stomach and I sure hope you’re not very sensitive.
What I really loved about this book was the perfect addition of that ONE person who is able to see while the rest of the population isn’t and she is also a female. I consider her one of the strongest (female) characters I have encountered so far in books.
Another awesome thing about it was the happy ending it had that balanced the frustration and sadness the characters depicted.
I also have good news, there’s also a sequel called Seeing that I can’t wait to read!
It’s time to announce my favorite book of January and that is 1Q84by Haruki Murakami (click on the title to read a full review).
Even though that was not a 5 star book, I do have a weakness for Murakami. I didn’t really love all of his books and this one was a little above average. It was full of creativity and it also had a complex plot. I’m sure I will never read a book similar to this one, even though it left me with many unanswered questions and the ending was kinda disappointing.
I also picked this one because 98% of the books I have read in January were pretty bad and this was the best option.
Personally, I’m not necessarily a Sci-Fi fan. I’m not a Sci-Fi fan at all but I still gave this one a shot. I have a friend that usually recommends me really good books so I followed his advice when he told me that I HAVE to read this one.
One of the best literary choices I have ever made was picking up Dark Matter by Blake Crouch.
If you want to know a page-turner, this is the one. I literally had to have some self control and not read it too fast. I had to slow down and read only like a few chapters a day, but that didn’t work as expected… I passed my limit… a lot of times.
*takes a deep breath*
You know from the beginning that this is going to be an awesome experience. It makes a statement from the first pages and you don’t forget it very easily. I’ve never read a book that involved time travelling before and I would start with this one all over again if I could. This was one of the cases when I wished I could delete the memory of a book and then reread it.
I would also like to bring out the fact that Blake is really smart and you can clearly see that by the way he organized the plot and his writing. The plot has tangles and twists and turns but you will never feel like that. He knows how to make the readers UNDERSTAND, and that’s super important since many times a good book can leave the reader unsatisfied because by the end you still can’t get anything that happened in it.
JUST TO LET YOU KNOW, I don’t read only romance and YA. I also read detective novels, crime, thrillers and mystery and I’m gonna recommend you some of my favorites. Only 5 and 4 star ratings!
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. Nothing you have ever read prepared you for what you’re about to go through. It has time travel, a very smart plot and I don’t think that any writer could have written this tangled book but still make the reader understand what is going on. GO READ IT NOW!
Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie. There are no mystery/ crime book lists without at least one Agatha Christie book so I thought of skipping the most popular And Then There Were None and recommend you Murder at the Vicarage. This one has been one of my first Agatha Christie books and it just made me realize how awesome Agatha was. Also, it was my first encounter with Miss Marple and she is totally one of my favorite book characters of all time!
Angels & Demons by Dan Brown. This is the book that will begin the Robert Langdon series, a must-read in my opinion. Angels & Demons so far has been the best book in this series (although I haven’t read The Lost Symbol and Origin yet). It’s a really good start and a pretty interesting concept behind it.
Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. Should I even mention the Hannibal Lecter series?? It’s sooo good! Hannibal is one of my favorite villains ever. So smart and insane and unpredictable! If you like smart psychos, this one will be for you.
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. I had to involve a non-fiction book in this list and In Cold Blood is the best option for me. I didn’t really know at first that this was based on a true story, I only found out by the end of it so you can imagine my shock! It’s moving, crazy and I can assure you that you won’t find any true crime book like this one. I actually searched for pictures of the family and the murder scene on crimearchives.net, don’t judge me. I had to see the real persons and that changed my perspective because I imagined them differently. I recommend you to search for them too! It’s a really interesting feeling that it gives you right after you finish it.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. If I added Miss Marple to this list, I have to add Hercule Poirot as well! You can’t have one without the other. I’m aware that this book got more popular since the movie came out and I kinda feel more attached to it after watching the movie, because the movie was perfect! The cinematography and the cast was sooo on point! And now back to the book, Hercule Poirot never ceases to impress and I barely put this book down. If you want a dash of andrenaline, go ahead and start reading this one.
The Collector by John Fowles. This one’s that kind of book that gives you goosebumps. Frederick (the main character) is so sick minded, you can’t even comprehend it. Totally one of the creepiest books out there!
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith ( J K Rowling). I’ve posted the review for this one already but come on I have to mention again that you have to give it a try! Cormoran is one of the coolest detectives and Robin and him make one of the best combos in the literature I have read so far!
Psycho by Robert Bloch. Ah, good ole’ Norman Bates. Cool in Hitchcock’s movie and he is just as cool in the book. Again, one of my favorite villains. After watching the movie I’ve read the book but Bloch’s writing is so good that I felt like I didn’t even know what the story is about and I can say that I was amazed again by the plot twist. You don’t find this happening with any book that inspires movies.
The Green Mile by Stephen King. Ain’t no thriller without the King. This one might be one of my favorite books written by him because I did not find this much emotion in any of his other books that I have read. I was NOT ready for it. It’s really worth it!
I hope I helped some of you find something to read. I really enjoyed all of these so I hope you will enjoy them too!
Has any of you already read one of these? Which one? What is your opinion?
As I promised on the post where I presented the PageHabit January box, here’s the review for the book that came with it: Starlight Nights by Stacey Kade.
From the moment I’ve seen the cover of this book I was pretty sure I’m gonna enjoy it.
I loved how well Stacey Kate built the characters. You can see how both Calista and Eric begin as being weak persons but throughout the story it gets obvious how much they change, how strong they become and how mature they end up to be. They both know they’re flawed and they both accept each other the way they are instead of trying to change one another based on “how it should be”.
Their parents are horrible persons from the beginning to end and I believe that’s the antithesis this book needed: Eric and Calista vs Rowley and Lori.
I loved how well Stacey depicted the Hollywood ideas through Calista’s mother. It was shocking to think that the fictive life of Calista actually takes place in reality, behind the scenes of some of the celebrities we admire.
Back to our intriguing love story, Calista and Eric are those type of people that are beautiful together even if they are not a couple, if that makes any sense. There could be a crowd of people and I would still ship them. It was obvious they’re ending up together but hey, you never know how surprising an author can be (thank you, Stacey, for not ruining this for us). It was awesome the way their love story developed from beginning to end with an obvious chemistry at a perfect pace.
Starlight Nights contains everything you might expect: addiction, cliches, bad choices, character development, hollywood life and a messy but beautiful and unique love story.
I already have this one and I totally recommend it. You can change the brightness of it and it’s so much easier to read now in the dark because it has 2 lights to cover both pages. Less frustrating and more innovative!
If your eyesight is not in the best condition (just like mine), some small fonts could really mess up your reading time, so this magnifying glass could come in handy, especially because it has LED too!
As of January, something pretty important happened to me: I became a moderator for the PageHabit romance boxes!
I take part in an awesome team and I’m happy to show you the romance box for January. Also, you can find the book review in the PageHabit book club on Facebook.
As you can see, you can get plenty of goodies!
My favorite ones are the sheet face masks. They were the first sheet masks I have tried and it was also the first time I tried any korean beauty items (yes, they were made in Korea). I definitely recommend them! I think I’m gonna get some more because they’re worth it. My face was so moisturized and clean, I could not believe it.
Another cool thing found in this box are the tree friendly pencils, what’s cool about them is that there is sandpaper attached where you can sharpen them, they’re so unique! I haven’t seen them before!
Of course, you can’t have a bookish subscription box without a cool bookmark, this time there is a HARRY POTTER ONE! It’s my first HP bookmark so I was pretty excited! Talking about bookmarks, you get a second bookmark which is too cool! You attach it to the page of the book (you can see that I attached it to Starlight Nights). It looks kinda vintage and there’s a picture of many books in it. It’s my favorite bookmark I have so far.
In every PageHabit box you also get a booklet, it’s a mini book with a short story in it. Very cute and entertaining!
And now last but not least, the Starlight Nights book along with Stacie Kade’s autograph, a hand-written letter and annotations throughout the book. We’re gonna talk about that book soon, I can tell you that I enjoyed it! I trust them when they pick the books and they did an awesome job choosing this one. Also, the annotations in it makes it feel so personal, like the book was written just for you. Review to be posted.
I hope you liked my “unboxing” and maybe I made you think about subscribing to PageHabit, it’s definitely worth it!