The Book About Blanche and Marie by Per Olov Enquist

The Book About Blanche and MarieThe Book About Blanche and Marie by Per Olov Enquist

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

It’s about Marie Curie. The author is Swedish. It’s on a ridiculous sale. Those are my top reasons why I bought this book. I should not have bought it. Thanks to AYEARATHON, I was able to read and finish this book. If it wasn’t for that challenge, this book will be forever in my TBR. it is very slow, boring and I don’t know what else to say about it.

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book ThiefThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My very first audio book and I’m glad I read it on Audible. I feel like I won’t have that kind of experience if I read it on my own. I’m glad I read it that way. I had more time to feel the words, see the images and just be with my emotions. It is a very good book. I have nothing bad to say about it. I understand why many readers love this book.

I highly recommend that you read it. Read it.

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The Guardian by Elizabetta Holcomb

The GuardianThe Guardian by Elizabetta Holcomb

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Have you seen the movie Timeline? It’s the one with the late Paul Walker in it. This book reminds me of that movie and to some extent, while I was reading it, I was visualizing the setting of the book as the locations in that movie. I didn’t expect it to be a time-traveling plot. I actually thought it was a period book. Who does not love a good old time traveling story? However, in this case, it’s not the present who holds the time traveling capability and that’s something I rarely see in a book.

I’m writing this less than 24 hours after I read the review copy and everything is still fresh on my mind – yep, including a big big pile of feels – I feel like I’m going to explode. Note to self: don’t write a review right after you read a book. I’m trying not to spoil anything but I really want to share how awesome this book made me feel. I was smiling like an idiot, reading in a corner of a coffee shop yesterday.

I am not a fan of romance novels. I consciously avoid reading that genre. But boy oh boy, how I love it when it is part of a story where romance is actually not it’s primary theme. I felt like I love my boyfriend more after I read the book. I was smiling the whole day while I silently go back to the scenes I read from the book. It just sticks to you. Now it sounds like I’m talking about a romantic comedy book. I’m blabbing. This review is not going as I planned.

For a book that is part of a series, especially that this is the first book, not much was explained. I expected it to be like the foundation of the whole series and an introduction of the characters but it was not. You kind of know the characters as you go along the book. Still, there are a few major characters in the book mentioned but their background was barely touched. Almost the entire book is a cliffhanger for me. I understand that since this is only book 1, we have plenty of time for character introductions. When will the next book be out? Urgh! Series. Why do authors enjoy tormenting us like this? It’s been a while since I read a series. Exactly because I was avoiding to feel like this. The anticipation, the waiting. I want the next book ASAP. Now!

It is an easy read with less than 300 pages. Every chapter in the book is action-packed and fast-paced. It was exhilarating and tiring, in a good way. Although the story jumps from on time period to another, it is not confusing. On the other hand, the last chapters felt a little bit rushed for me. That part I got confused. I had to go back a few pages to grasp the transition. It felt like there should be at least a chapter of two before it got to those final chapters. But other than that, I enjoyed experiencing this new world and I definitely want to be there again.

I am recommending this book to all readers who are into time-travelling and/or period fantasy. I am recommending this to everyone. This book comes out on March 21, 2016.

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