Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

This book made so much sense! Its structure is so strong and beautiful that it took me through ages of family history in an honest way,being full of sensibility and strength, so delightfully complete.

I wanted to hug Marjorie and Marcus in the end, being so happy that they both found what they had been looking for through each other. And they also completed the journey of all the generations before them, starting with Effia.

Water and fire are symbols of unity and purpose in this novel, chasing each other through centuries. The characters themselves are like these elements, bold and determined to make a change, somehow burning their roots, yet still finding a way to swim ashore back home to what holds most meaning in life: family and love.

There are so many adjacent topics in this book, that at times I felt I was almost reading a second book. Nevertheless, the borders between segregation, slavery and family history are seemlessly woven to make this book an experience, a flow of emotions.

A journey of suffering, love, wandering and hope. Everyone should read this book!

Make space by Regina Wong

A necessary manifesto for a simpler and more fulfilling life, without clutter and going against consumerism! I have been trying and slowly succeeding to declutter, it is difficult and overwhelming. The good news is that it is possible. This little book introduces the basics of minimalism with inspiring quotes that reawoke in myself the desire to simplify more, hence to live more.

“When we crave simplicity, we are not after an easier life. We are after life”. —Dave Bruno

I recommend this for those who are toying with the idea of finding a way to simplify their lives, this books is a great start!

Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Where would I be without you by Guillaume Musso

Coincidentally beautiful despite the chick flick style, easy to read and annoying at times. Just the book I needed to make a break with between serious books.

If you are in need of a simple yet sophisticated novel which is all about love, betrayal, disappointment and yet more love with a happy ending then this is it. You will undoubtedly love and hate all the main characters with the fierce impression of being betrayed by Archibald playing God with so many lives. Only to resurface all over again and relove him for his struggle to fix his mistakes.

Unusual events happen in this book, so many that it left me dumbfounded by the sheer belief that love can be so strong as to cross the boundaries between life and death, coincidence and prudence. It is, all in all, a beautiful strong love story, with wild souls looking for redemptions and a balance between past and future.IMG_20170729_112523_967.jpg

Release blitz: Privileged

Title: Privileged
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: New Adult Romance
Cover Design: Sarah Hansen, Okay Creations
Release Date: July 23, 2017
Blurb

In a world of wealth and power, the rules of love and war
are nothing as they seem.
Nora Randolph never wanted a life of luxury. But when her
mother falls in love with the heir to the British throne, their small-town
lives are uprooted and every little girl’s fantasy becomes her reality. All too
quickly, she learns the dangers of running in circles with the world’s elite,
especially when she attracts the attention of Winston Academy’s resident golden
boy.
Asher Frederick has known nothing but favor and fortune.
The son of London’s most influential family, his future has been written in
stone since infancy. But a tragic childhood loss redirects his course, and
revenge has been boiling in his blood for years. When innocent and unaware Nora
lands in his path, it’s as if the universe hands him the ammunition to finally
drag his enemy through the mud.
But as his plan for vengeance gets more twisted, so do
his feelings for Nora. And as her immersion into the upper crust dives deeper,
she struggles to keep the secret she’s been guarding for eighteen years.
Heavy lies the crown, and when the ultimate betrayal
blindsides her, will either of them survive the consequences that come crashing
down on their heads?
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Author of romance novels such as Red Card and the Captive Heart Duet, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoony and sarcastic characters who won’t get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.
Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book. She loves spinning tales that include dapper men, women with attitude, and the occasional hunky athlete.
When she isn’t in what her husband calls a “writing coma”, Carrie is freeing up her jam-packed DVR, starting her latest DIY project, or planning her next travel adventure. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, who is more than happy to watch sports while his wife plots love stories.
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The Privileged by Carrie Aarons

This book is a really gorgeous young adult romance, fairytale story of love and war between the high class. It is also a perfect summer read and one that will make you hold on to it and read until the end.

Sure there are the usual cliches, cute romance parts that will make you ask for more.  Girl meets boy, boy needs some revenge and they fall for eachother. I never doubted the plot, though I kept reading because this book is good! The writing style is pretty and it has a flow, with beautiful background descriptions and high emotions to topple you over.

Give it a go and enjoy it as a delightful summer romance read. Many thanks to “Give me Books Promotions” for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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The Nest by Cynthia d’Aprix Sweeney

I am so extremely glad I finally got to read this book. After only a few pages in, I got fully immersed in the complexity and family drama revolving around the shared inheritance and around the character of Leo.

This is largely about choosing among different paths, for many of the characters portrayed in The Nest. I find it brilliant how the author managed to seemlessly hover between good and bad sides of the characters. Really each one of them has done something hidden or lied about and that just comes to show the intricacy of the human mind and its actions.

All characters without exception are beautifully realized, really up to the secondary characters. Some might even mirror challenges one has actually encoutered in real life, coupled with identity crises and personal victories.

Naturally, the Nest is actually everything that the Plumb family ultimately represents, a mix and match of “aviary” disturbia, commonly found individually, yet artistically set up together as an unhappy whole.

This one is definitely a must read, if you are into family dramas and wicked controversies. It is a novel beautifully written, with a flow of actions and feelings.

The Fifth Doll by Charlie N. Holmberg

The brilliant idea behind this novel took me fully unprepared for the feeling of amazingness that engulfed me upon finishing it. I fullheartedly recommend this book to everyone interested in Russian culture (!?), dystopia and mysticism — a beautiful combination!

My most favorite element of this novel was the world created by Holmberg through the character of Slava, the mysticist. There is a huge chunk of reality interspersed with bits of supernatural, barely visible to any other characters but Matrona and Jaska. I will not retell here the story, as you can find yhe synopsis on Goodreads.

My favorite character is Matrona, for her boldness and determination. It is amazing that she could muster the courage to make a change, despite all the magic and warnings that it might not be appreciated by all the villagers once the safe world they had known for 20 years was taken away from them. The paradox here: should one be content with an easy and comfortable life while being completely manipulated OR rather have free will to achieve their dreams through the harsh reality of life?

The dolls gave me creeps at times and I was almost angry with Matrona for not having the patience and enough self-control learn all the ropes from Slava before rebelling against his creation. I found the dolls a fantastic element, the author fully managing to portray their role and eventually to unravel the rules of Slava’s magic.

I absolutely got engrossed by Feodor and was so content with the answer given to him by Matrona in the end. He deserved nothing, such a low person. Surely his character was needed to balance the good with the bad, the magic with what was real. It proves at the same time how people can choose to be manipulated if that means they should not struggle, nor struggle much for their daily bread.

The Fifth Doll is a gem of a book, a lovely mix of dystopia and fantasy, blended with delicious bits of Russian culture and traditions. I fully recommend this book. I am so glad and thankful I had the chance to read an advance copy, courtesy of the author and Netgalley.

Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

“I am overflowing like coffee leaking from a paper cup. I wonder, shall I make myself smaller? Do I have enough space on Earth to make myself less?”

This book is magical in a literary sense, poetically combining curiosity about people and the self. What I absolutely loved about it is that really whatever happens in the book is or could be irrelevant. The transformation of the characters is the focus here, a journey of the self, meandering through the jungle if feelings, imagination and sensations of the surrounding spaces.

Oh how I loved this book, what a fresh perspective this gives to actually breathing in the style and the plot, to riding a wave of jellyfish and not giving a rat about getting stung. Being bold in an seriously simplistic way, loving with all might, being baffled and not understanding thingsthat happen for a reason. Sofia’s life is her analysis of self, a beautifully contorted version of an amalgam, of what means to become and to express the transformation through actions.

Please read this book, you might be surprised and grateful for the effect it can have on you.

My name is Caillou by Christine l’Heureux

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This little book is so adorable, the reader falls in love immediately with Caillou, through his stories and the cute illustrations.
The only suggestion, probably the wording should be more creative. I imagine that in French it sounds more natural.
I plan to check out the other Caillou books fo my son, preferably in hard copy. I am curious of they were published in more languages.
All in all, we loved this delightful book with my son. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Publishing Date: May 16th, 2017