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Bad Little Girl, by Frances Vick

Copy kindly sent to me through NetGalley.

Claire is the exact reproduction of a teacher we have all had once in our lives: caring, loving, many times maternal, and interested in her students.

Lorna is the almost exact reproduction of a student/colleague we have all met once in our lives: dissimulated, a liar, but with many family problems that might justify her behavior.
Their paths cross when Lorna steals a scented rubber and breaks it in a million pieces “to share” it with the other children that could not have it. Although stealing is wrong, Claire focused on the poor little girl´s intention – to share with other children. However, Lorna´s mother did not seem to agree, and slapped the girl on the face after leaving school with her that day, after a chat to the principal about the happening. Continue reading “Bad Little Girl, by Frances Vick”

Eustacia´s Secret: A Love Story, by David Bennett Laing

As I finished reading Eustacia´s Secret: A Love Story, by David Bennett Laing, last night, I must say that it is indeed a book with a soul, as someone wrote on its review.

Darcy is a very cult teenager, and as an only child, he was educated at home by his mother and father. Stanford is also a cult teenager, also an only child, but he has always suffered prejudice at school for being a transgender, especially because of the Jamaican culture, that is not that tolerant. Continue reading “Eustacia´s Secret: A Love Story, by David Bennett Laing”

Kith & Kin, by Sophie Bowns

Today I want to share with you the review of Kith & Kin, by Sophie Bowns. Sophie approached me and asked me to review her book and I gladly accepted, so here it is.

I do not believe I have cried this much in a book for a long time; Kith & Kin is an extremely deep book. It disserts about real deep and delicate issues: child abandonment, child abuse, child labor, and all the consequences these traumas can have throughout your life. Continue reading “Kith & Kin, by Sophie Bowns”

Kill Me Twice, by Anna Smith

Hey, guys!
I need to thank NetGalley and Quercus for giving me the opportunity to meet Rosie Gilmour. I would really like to be her friend, in real life. No kidding!
Rosie is a reporter from the Post, and she is covering the apparent suicide of a very famous model – Bella Mason, that happened in a hotel in Madrid. However, Rosie feels this does not feel like a suicide and that some parts of the puzzle just do not fit right.
To add more spice to it, Millie Chambers, the wife of a very important politician, was in that hotel that very night, and she is the only one who can shed some light to all the investigations – but this is far from being an easy task to be done.
Everything comes to its peak when Mitch and Dan come on the scene, and more secrets are revealed. Together with Rosie, Millie Chambers and the lovely Bridget, they become a kind of a league to find the truth about Bella´s death and expose many other criminals, its shameful crimes and network.
Kill Me Twice is not only a thriller… It of course has its plot built around Bella Mason´s death, and it is very well written. Nevertheless, it also touches very sensitive issues such as drugs, political scandals, corruption, child abuse, etc. A book made me think of many situations I have seen on the news, and I was able to relate all of the passages of the book to the real world. This was creepy, but awesome, if you know what I mean.
I would (and certainly will) read more of Anna Smith´s books, especially those with Rosie Gilmour – I get attached to the characters, I confess.
Hope you get a chance to read this amazing book, and see you on the next trip!
Oh, and please check my blog mypapertrips.wordpress.com for more reviews!
=)
Denise

Professional Reader

Desert Hunt, by K.S.R. Menon

Hey, everyone!

Desert Hunt is a must-read for all of those who enjoy a well-written book.

I kindly received a copy from K.S.R. Menon himself, and I couldn’t be happier right now.

Richly detailed, Desert Hunt takes us to the innards of Al Qaeda, introduces us to the dark relations between different terrorist cells, and also imply a few uncertainties between the Intelligence Service of a few countries.

It also explores the reason why many people end up as “terrorists”, and presents us a very human and raw view of how so many people from the Middle East suffer with extremism and violence.

Although Desert Hunt has a very dynamic plot, it has many delicate passages in not only on the terrorism-wise issue, but also on the anti-terrorism one. A very up-to-date book, well-written, and I am dying for a sequel.

Hope you have the opportunity to read it!

See you soon!

Professional Reader

Punctuation Marks

Hi guys!

How are you? Hope you are all doing great!

Today I have read a message in one of the discussions group I participate in Goodreads, and I thought it was worth sharing, since it is soooo interesting!

Dennis Meredith sent a link to the below picture, about many different punctuations marks that are no longer used – what a pity! Continue reading “Punctuation Marks”

My 2016 in Books (Goodreads)

I am really happy to realize that for the last 6 months I have been able to keep with my writing and reading habits.

This is reflected on the humble reading challenge I imposed to myself, of 1 book per month starting in June. The result was amazing, in my opinion: 16 books on the first 6 months.

Hope to keep up my hard work this year and, who knows, in the future, make a living out of my beloved books.

How have you performed this year, reading/writing-wise?

 

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Beignets, Brides and Bodies: A Cozy Mystery Set in Smalltown Arizona (Maggie Miller Mysteries #2)

I suppose many people already knew Maggie Miller from the first book of her series – I didn´t. I kindly got this version from NetGalley in exchange for a review, but I don´t think the fact that I had not read the #1 book affected at all this reading.

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Continue reading “Beignets, Brides and Bodies: A Cozy Mystery Set in Smalltown Arizona (Maggie Miller Mysteries #2)”

Mission Impossible – Madrid edition

Hello, there!
Hope you are all excited about this new year that is about to begin! I certainly am! 2016 was harsh; we lost many talented souls and the world has been through a lot of violence… this is why I am hopeful for what´s coming next!
This post is actually a help request lol. Continue reading “Mission Impossible – Madrid edition”

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