quarta-feira, 30 de setembro de 2015

Dumplin' - Julie Murphy

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
Published on September 15, 2015 by Balzer + Bray 
[This book was given to me by the Publisher, this in no way affected my opinion.]

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine— Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.
Every book that talks about body image is a personal book for me because this is something that I've struggled with all my life, not just weight but everything involving self esteem and the way you see yourself. I've been overweight since childhood, I remember when I was about 9 years old looking into my moms diet magazines so this is an old struggle and is pretty obvious that Dumplin' was bound to hit me hard on the feels and I'm so glad I read it, because it did hit me on the feels but it also passes an incredible positive message about accepting yourself.

Willowdean was an easy character to like, I'll try to explain her with a scene from the book. She and her friend go to a public pool and Will uses a bikini, her lema is if you have a body you can wear a bikini but at the same time she is overly conscious of the people that are on pool, who is looking when she is getting out/in and her first reaction is to search for a towel to cover herself. So you see, Will is confident and she doesn't have a problem with her body, that doesn't mean she doesn't struggle and have insecurities, she is aware the ideal body to be on a bikini according to general society isn't the one she has and that not every one is cool with her defying this standards.

Basically this book tells the story of Will growing out of her insecurities not just with herself, but with those around you. Like Boo, a boy which she is crazy about and likes her too, I was never head over heels with the romance but it was realistic, in my view, for her to have insecurities around him and I really loved the way it was handled, Boo is basically the sweetest boy ever. Will also gets in a fight with her best friend and ends up joining the most unique group to join the pageant with her (even if that wasn't her intention), I loved their dynamic and their moments where probably the ones that more made me laugh.

But what really made me emotional was Will's relationship with her mom, I cried on so much of their interactions, it really saddens me because there was times when her mom would do or say something hurtful without even realizing thinking it was for the best of Will and just ugh. Also, the grief that Willowdean still has because of her aunt's passing away at such a young age, it touched me and I was happy to see that she found ways to be connected with her aunt and honor her memory even if she wasn't with her anymore.

To say that I enjoyed this book is an understatement, it was a beautiful story told from a unforgettable character and I think everyone can enjoy this story, because it isn't just about weight - it's about acceptance, overcoming insecurities and finding happiness on being who you are without asking for permission or making limitations based on what others tell you is right.

segunda-feira, 28 de setembro de 2015

Tackle Your TBR Wrap-Up

Hey guys, today I'm here to give my final and ultimate update on the Tackle Your TBR read-a-thon! I really loved these two weeks of trying to read my most, it gladly coincided with a time where I'm very pumped to read in general and am finding books that are keeping me interested enough to not put me on a slump (being a mood reader put me on so much mini slumps ugh). Anyway, let's see how I did these past weeks. 

My first goal was to read at least three hours a day during these two weeks and on the first one I did this perfectly, it was easy and fun and I was accomplishing so much but them on the weekend everything went down, ironically on the days that I have more free time I ended up reading less (cough netflix cough) and on the second week I kind of stopped to mark my times oops. But I did read everyday a good amount, even if not three hours it was easily more than one per day, so yeah. 

On my TBR, also on the first week I was doing great I finished 2 books, the novellas and 1 graphic novel of it, leaving 2 books and 2 graphic novels for the second week but well, I kind of trow that TBR to the skies and went with the flown. I'm a very mood reader and my physical book just wasn't going as quickly as my mood wanted so I switched which worked perfectly for me since I ended up reading 3 books on this week, when my most is usually 2 on good weeks. 

Overall on these two weeks I read 5 books, 4 novellas and 1 graphic novel, this gives me a grand total of 2237 pages! Wow, I'm impressed on myself *patches self on the back* And you guys, tell me all bellow on the commentaries how did your Tackle Your TBR read-a-thon went. 

sábado, 26 de setembro de 2015

The Scorpion Rules - Erin Bow

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow 
Series: Prisoners of Peace #1
Published on September 22, 2015 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
[This book was given to me by the Publisher, this in no way affected my opinion.]

A world battered by climate shift and war turns to an ancient method of keeping peace: the exchange of hostages. The Children of Peace - sons and daughters of kings and presidents and generals - are raised together in small, isolated schools called Preceptures. There, they learn history and political theory, and are taught to gracefully accept what may well be their fate: to die if their countries declare war.

Greta Gustafsen Stuart, Duchess of Halifax and Crown Princess of the Pan-Polar Confederation, is the pride of the North American Precepture. Learned and disciplined, Greta is proud of her role in keeping the global peace, even though, with her country controlling two-thirds of the world’s most war-worthy resource — water — she has little chance of reaching adulthood alive.

Enter Elián Palnik, the Precepture’s newest hostage and biggest problem. Greta’s world begins to tilt the moment she sees Elián dragged into the school in chains. The Precepture’s insidious surveillance, its small punishments and rewards, can make no dent in Elián, who is not interested in dignity and tradition, and doesn’t even accept the right of the UN to keep hostages.

What will happen to Elián and Greta as their two nations inch closer to war?
When I first heard about The Scorpion Rules I thought it was a cool concept but dystopia never was a favorite gender of mine so I was almost passing reading this until I saw a very positive review from a trusted reviewer - I'm so, so, so glad I saw that because this book completely won me over and I can't wait to read more books from Bow.

This book started slow for me, I think the first 30% or so where really slow moving. Greta's voice sounded really dry and it made me think that I wouldn't care enough about these characters but I kept reading because the concept of this world is so different from any other dystopia that I ever read, also I needed to know Talis because he's what everyone was talking about. But them, THEM at about 40% *things* started to happen and suddenly I was crying and there was so much pain and so much love and UGH FEELS WHERE FELT WITH INTENSITY and that was the moment I knew this book had won me over.

Basically when these *things* happen Greta passes for a change on her ways and this translated to the writing since it's on first person POV, so from them on I connected really deeply with the characters and this made this book pure torture. Greta started of as a perfect example, she always followed the system, never questioned anything and also had shut herself from the world so to not feel and/or notice what her friends and her are going trough. But them Elián surges, he wasn't created on a Precepture and is completely the opposite of Greta since his desire is always to challenge the system, he is the major reason why Greta "wakes up" and start to really think about what is happening to her and her friends.

The friendships on this story where just so beautiful, these kids grew up together, passed for some hard shit and always stick together I cried so hard on times that they showed this unwavering link between them, a lot of the secondary characters don't have much time on the story but they still touched me. The ones that I really, REALLY cared about where Greta, Elián and Xia, they are my babies and if they hurt I hurt too, so reading this was pure torture. We do also have some kissing and romance and I loved every second of it, the romance is a lesbian ship that was just so utterly amazing but we also have some straight kissing and all of it isn't exactly a love triangle but like I said before these kids have such strong links with each other that is kind of hard to really define they relationship as "just" a romance.

Another character that I ended up caring about was Talis, yeah I know the dictator and possible villain of the story and I liked him. But the thing is that despite Talis being a dictator and a machine he is also humanized, we see parts of who he used to be and I wondered how he got so far from his human self, this added a whole new depth to this world - is pretty easy to want to take down the system when we have someone like, let's say Snow on the power, he is a clearly villain but what when the dictator seems to be actually doing the best possible of this torn world? So yeah, things are really complicated in here, also Talis was such a stress relief - I laughed at so many of his quotes, which was good because this book was intense.

So in case you didn't noticed yet I absolutely loved this one, I couldn't recommend it enough. It's intense, original, dark and bloody but also full of heartfelt moments and even funny ones, I think that there is something for everyone on this so if you got curious by the synopses do not pass this one, read it I think you'll not regret it.

quinta-feira, 24 de setembro de 2015

Can You Keep a Secret? - Sophie Kinsella

Can You Keep a Secretby Sophie Kinsella 
Published on March 23, 2004 by Dell 

Emma is like every girl in the world. She has a few little secrets.

Secrets from her mother:
1. I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom to Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben Hur.

...From her boyfriend:
2. I'm a size twelve. Not a size eight, like Connor thinks.
3. I've always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken.

...From her colleagues:
4. When Artemis really annoys me, I feed her plant orange juice. (Which is pretty much every day)
5. It was me who jammed the copier that time. In fact, all the times.

...Secrets she wouldn't share with anyone in the world:
6. My G string is hurting me.
7. I faked my Maths GCSE grade on my CV.
8. I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even what it is...

...until she spills them all to a stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger...

 So I guess I've been in a re-reading mood late since this one is my third re-read of the month, unfortunately this one wasn't all the good I thought it would be. I remembered reading this book on the beach at 2013, it was cold and raining so I devoured it on one night, in my mind I still had this idea of this being my favorite Sophie Kinsella and one of my favorite chick-lits overall but this re-read kind of dismissive my love for it.

There isn't anything wrong with it really, it was still a funny read and a quickly one but a lot of little things kept me annoying during the read. Like Emma for example, she has a problem with lying but I never really understood why she lied most of the time, 100% of the times she would create this super dramatic situation on her head when in reality really wasn't even close and everything could get resolved so much easily if she just said the truth, so this resulted in a lot of frustration from my part and I would just want to scream and shake her.

Other thing that didn't lived up to my memory was the romance, I remembered it being super sweet and cute and oh my god, I love Jack! But this time around everything seemed really... Rushed, kind of. It wasn't instalove exactly but they do have this "connection" since their first meet because of Emma blabbing all her secrets and this made them already like instafriends and them something more, it wasn't bad just not really swoon worthy. Also, that *thing* that happens on the final half.

Some other things annoyed me, like Jemima's character was such a lifeless character, her one goal on life is to get a rich husband and this is brought up on the story every time she is on the scene, it was funny at first but it got annoying really fast since it was her sole purpose on the story. Actually most, if not all, of the secondary characters have this defining quality to them that is basically they only trait.

Overall this was a regular Kinsella read, it was funny and cute enough but never really got more than that. I would recommend it to lovers of her other books that have yet to read this, but wouldn't really recommend to new chick-lit readers.

terça-feira, 22 de setembro de 2015

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

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This is such an easy topic, I definitely could do more than only 10 books I mean look at all the new shiny releases! I want them all! I focused only on new releases on this list because considering books already published together would just make things impossible. 

A New Hope: The Princess, The Scoundrel, and the Farm boy by Alexandra Bracken (author), Iain Mccaig (illustrator)

Release: September 22, 2015

I have yet to watch all of the star wars movies (so far I only watched the episode I and IV) but I'm totally in for new sci-fi books and it's YA! And it's illustrated! And it sounds so cool. I can't wait.

Never Never  by Brianna R. Shrum

Release: September 22, 2015

I only heard about this book like last month, but since them I've been so excited. Peter Pan is one of my favorites fairy tales from when I was a kid and I definitely want to read about it on YA. 

Menagerie by Rachel Vincent

Release: September 29, 2015 

I never read anything by this author but I heard amazing things about her other works so now seems a fit time to try her out. I absolutely loved the cover, so simplistic and gorgeous! I already read the prologue of this one and it sounds really mysterious and kinda of creepy. Also I think this isn't YA since is being published by Harlequin MIRA, but idk. 

Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis 

Release: October 6, 2015

I loved Stitching Snow when I read it last year so it's fair to say that this is a highly anticipated release. I really want to read more sci-fi on my regular basis and the first book of Lewis did such a good job of being a sci-fi fun read. 

Future Perfect by Jen Larsen

Release: October 6, 2015

I already read other book about body image, Dumplin', this year and it was awesome so I'm ready for more body positive messages on contemporary books! Let's diversify our heroines bodies too. 

Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl 

Release: October 13, 2015 

BLACK WIDOW BOOK BLACK WIDOW BOOK BLACK WIDOW BOOK. That is basically all that matters about this one, like seriously. I didn't heard great things about the early reviews BUT still BLACK WIDOW BOOK!!!! 

Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix

Release: October 13, 2015

Everyone that likes fantasy recommends Garth Nix for me but I have yet to read one of his books, this one seems like a fine start. I already read the first chapter and it stars right into the plot so I think I'll enjoy it. Also there is gender-bending. 

Black Wolves by Kate Elliott 

Release: November 3, 2015

I've been wanting to lose my fear of big books and also read more fantasy this year, so this book is just a perfect fit for both of these things since is a monster of about 800 pages and it's epic fantasy. I have an arc for this one so I plan on starting it soon and take my time with it without the pressure of the release date.

The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May

Release: November 19, 2015

I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS ONE IS FINALLY COMING OUT. Okay, it's the UK release but that's why I love Book Depository ya'know. I should probably re-read The Falconer before reading this one for maximum fangirl feels and refresh my memory. 

The Trouble With Destiny by Lauren Morrill

Release: December 8, 2015

This one is part of the long list of authors that I should have read already but haven't, so yeah new releases make this happen. Also this cover is just too pretty. 

So, some of those are on your Fall TBR too? Some new release that I passed on and you think I'll enjoy it? Tell me all about it on the comments bellow. 

segunda-feira, 21 de setembro de 2015

Tackle Your TBR Update

Hey guys, I'm one day later for my Mid-Point Check but oh well, I was really lazy yesterday and didn't wanted to face my failure haha 

So my goals for this read-a-thon was basically read three hours a day and read 8 books (novellas and graphic novels included) until the end of the two weeks. I have not managed to read three hours every day, everything was nice and flowing till friday but them weekend and marathon of tv shows happened and I just lost my game. About the books, I did managed to finish my re-read of The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima and Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo, more 4 novellas of The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo, and Saga volume 3. With these reads I read a total of 1220 pages this week and this is a totally win for me, since I usually read only 1 or 2 books each week.

But now I'm kind of in a slump, I just have been having a really hard time deciding what I want to read next and since I'm very mood reader this sucks but I think I found my way to keep my reading game on: re-reading. Right now I started Can you keep a secret by Sophie Kinsella and I think I'll stick to this one, on the digital front I think I'll go with ARC's because Harper Collins just put an avalanche of 2016 titles on Edelweiss and that is just so freaking exciting or maybe I'll go with my netgalley ARC's since there are only 3 for me to get totally 0 reviews to be done there.

That's it for me guys, wish me the best luck for this next week and tell me bellow how are you doing with your goals and challenges and TBR's. 

quinta-feira, 17 de setembro de 2015

The Boy Next Door - Meg Cabot

The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot
Series: Boy #1 
Published by Avon on October 11, 2012

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I entered the re-read challenge at the start of this year and so far have been failing miserably, but I have found myself coming back to old favorites from time to time when the mood strikes and this time was the chance for "The Boy Next Door". I have to say that I was very nervous about it, because this is an old favorite of mine, I think I read it the first time when I was about 11 or 12 and re-read it obsessively during my teen years so to say that I was desperate to it to hold up my good memories of it is an understatement. Of course, this being one of the old Meg Cabot books I had nothing to worry about.

This book is a perfect one sitting reading since is wrote on the form of e-mails, making the reading experience very easy to follow and engaging. One think that surprised me was how hilarious I thought this was this time around, I found myself laughing out loud at so many times - I don't know if I just didn't remembered this aspect or if I didn't understood a lot of these passages when I was younger.

Mel is definitely one of my favorite heroines by Meg, she is smart and funny and wit, also obsessed with celebrity and always search for a excuse to buy new clothes, she knows shit about coking and drink bears and just and all around person - I really love how feminist her character sounds without ever being preachy. Actually all this book has such a feminist tone, I just love how I could see on this re-read how much Meg Cabot influenced on my way of thinking when I was growing up with her heroines without me ever noticing, just flawless.

The romance is just as cute as I remembered. John is such a sweet guy and I loved everything about him and the build up of their relationship, from their insta-attraction to their actually being together was just completely cheese and I loved every second of it.

We also kind of have a mystery on this one, but let me tell you it's very subplot and only at the start and the ending that it really matters to the story, this is mostly a romance but still it was nice to have the mystery to break from it at times.

I'm glad to report that "The boy next door" is still a favorite of mine and I think it will continue this way for a very long time. Super recommend this one if you like sweet romances, is looking for a book wrote on a different format and/or is looking for a quickly funny read.

terça-feira, 15 de setembro de 2015

Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

TTT is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This weeks TTT is a freebie BUT since I didn't do the one of last week and I really want to do it I'll use this theme as my freebie. I have to say I'm really scared of what I'll face when looking at all the finished series that I started and have yet to finish, the last couple of years I've not been able to manage the rate between series started versus series finished so yeah, probably gonna freak out at the end of this. 

1. The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout: this series is such a big committed! I only read Obsidian so far and my plan was to binge read it but I'm terrible at binge reading things and Obsidian ended up draping a little bit for me and the second book promises big drama on the romance front so I'm saving this for when I have more patience aka vacations on winter. 

2. The Dark Elements by Jennifer L. Armentrout: yes, another Armentrout paranormal series. I read the first one at the beginning of this year, and despite some reservations with it really enjoyed. This woman knows her paranormal fans, so can't wait for continuing with this one. 

3. Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima: I absolutely LOVED the first book of this series but waited a few months to pick up the second one and my jelly brain didn't remembered much so right now I'm re-reading The Demon King and plan on finishing this series on the next few months. 

4. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead: I read the first three books of this series last year almost one after the other because it was so good, but after the roller coaster that was the third one I got afraid and pushed reading the forth. I did ended up reading it and want to continue with the series, I'm already too invested to quit.

5. Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen: I read and loved Scarlet at the beginning of this year but I picked up the second book of the series and still am at about 20% in. I felt like that one is going so much slower and my ship is making me see red BUT I do want to continue with this series, the first book was so so good </3

6. The Grisha trylogy by Leigh Bardugo: I started this one only last month (I think) and so far only read the first book but I really enjoyed that one and already have plans on continuing with the series these next few months. 

7. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor: I read DoSaB last year and it blew my mind, like so much awesomeness on only one book. But I didn't not owned the other two yet but now I don't have this excuse anymore and need to get back to reading this series because hell yes to more awesome and original fantasy on my life. 

8. The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan: This is a completely shame on my series reading, I absolutely LOVE the Percy Jackson series and I read this one until about half way through The House of Hades until I just stopped... And never picked up again. But I'll remedy that soon.

9. Legend by Marie Lu: I'm not the biggest fan of dystopian novels, most of the more popular ones I didn't read but Legend is such a good book that I just had to pick up the rest of this series, now the only thing missing is for me to finish it!

10. Penryn & the End of Days by Susan Ee: another post apocalyptic series for me to finish! I really enjoyed reading this one last year and really need to organize myself to finish this series because it promises good stuff ahead. 

Honorable mentions: Boys by Meg Cabot, Fables by Bill Willingham, Lord of the Rings by J.R. Tolkien, The Vampire Diaries: The Return by L.J. Smith, Luxe by Anna Godbersen, Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella (is this series finished, idk), Graceling by Kristin Cashore, Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer.

domingo, 13 de setembro de 2015

Tackle Your TBR

Hey guys, today I'm here to announce that I'll be participating on the Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon. So far September has sucked pretty bad on terms of reading, I've on a terrible mood where I basically don't know what I want to read so that makes things difficult because I basically keep just staring at my bookshelves and not reading a thing, but I plan to change that on this two weeks read-a-thon.

Tackle Your TBR is being hosted by Tressa from Wishful Endings. Basically the objective of this read-a-thon is to read as just books of your TBR as you wish, there will be prizes and challenges and other stuff that you can find out all that is gonna happen and how to sign up and join us here

 I would like to read 10 books on September, I already read 2 so that leaves me with 8 books to read and that is gonna be my goal. I'm being really, really, really wishful with this goal but there is why challenges like this exist for me to freak out and get more anxious about my readings get back on my horse and read a ton and make everybody jealous of my super reading power. Another goal is to read at least three hours a day during all the read-a-thon another delusional wish which I think will be manageable.

Physical TBR 

Digital TBR 

Graphic Novels

Well, this will be my TBR for the read-a-thon, there is actually 9 books not 8 on it but oh well. The physical ones will be the hardest to get to read since they all have 400+ pages but I'm optimistic about my digital and graphic novel TBR, on the digital front I put only one book and two novellas so that should be easy and graphic novels are always quickly reads (also can't wait to get to continue with Saga since I loved the first two volumes). 

That's it guys, wish me lucky. Tell me what is yours TBR for this read-a-thon on the comments bellow!

quinta-feira, 10 de setembro de 2015

World Suicide Prevention Day

Hey guys, today I'm here not with a review but to talk a little bit about depression and suicide since today is the World Suicide Prevention Day. I think raising awareness on this subject is of major importance and it always makes me happy to see how much more open the world is becoming when discussing mental health. 

Bless this
For those who don't know I suffered from depression on my teen years and had two attempts of suicide, one when I was 15 and another at 16, the second time I had side effects because of the medication I had taken and ended up having to be interned on a hospital and later on passed to the psychiatric, were I stayed one week. There was when I started getting treatment and when I got out continued with the psychiatric accompaniment until this day. I don't know what I could have said to myself at that time to make the situation better so today I'm not gonna try to talk inspiring things to get people to see a better way of living but will try to talk with the parents, friends and colleges because that is were the help has to come from.

The first thing to understand about depressive people, especially the ones that are thinking about suicide/already tried to commit it is that they don't care about the great joys of life. They aren't making life more difficult for them when they don't make to appointments, can't keep up at work/class, don't want to be social or get out of bed and do simple things like take a shower or eat. It's extremely hard to them to care about anything, I remember on the first years of my treatment that I couldn't see a future, I was only 16 and I already didn't see any reason to keep going, it was so hard to see myself on college or dream about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life - most of the time it felt like life was an ocean and I was just there floating without really caring where I would go and re-starting to care about things was hard, it took time and so much energy and there was a lot of times when I didn't think I would make it. 

Other thing is that when someone depressed doesn't want to get out of bed it isn't because she/he is lazy or because the treatment isn't work or he/she isn't even trying. Having depression is extremely tiring, I remember that I would go to school and when I got home I would just want to sleep or lay in bed because having to interact with people was so exhausting. The best description that I ever read about depression is definitely on It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini, on this book the main character says at one point that the things to do, the tasks of daily life, are Tentacles and he also explains about the loops that a depressive brain goes on, which ends up incapacitating people of doing the things that they should do and them anxiety levels goes up and the cycle begins. 

So, people that are feeling this way almost never can search for help. First because there is (for some reason) still a stigma around mental health I think campaigns like this one help to take away these prejudices and get people to know more about the subject, but still a lot of people don't want to face their problem and admit that they think they could have depression, I think a lot of people still thinks of depression as a weakness - usually depressive patients blame themselves for not being able to handle with daily things like everyone else around them. A lot of people also think of depression as a excuse for lazy people, that isn't a real disease, so this and all of the symptoms of depression makes the patient searching for help extremely hard.

I would like to ask to everyone to keep an eye out for signals of depression on their colleges, friends and family members if someone you know is starting to change their sleep patterns (having insomnia or sleeping during the day and being awake at night), change their food habits (eating more or less than regular, vomiting after eating without another disease related reason, eating excessive amounts of food at short periods of time/stressful times), start showing destructive  behavior (this could go many ways such as uncontrollable expenses, abuse of drugs or alcohol, and drugs can be illegal ones but also auto medication or abuse of remedies that the person has at home, dropping out of or incapability to keep doing work/college/school without any reason that you can see), develops a new habit that is prejudicial and/or hurtful (washing hangs excessively, cutting, this could be a lot of things too, for instance in stressful times I take the hair of my brow until it goes until the point where I have flaws), changes on humor and/or personality (if the person starts having crises of anger and/or extremely sadness this can be a sign of a mental health problem and not only depression). 

I really hope that this kind of campaigns keeps going so more and more people can get information on the subject and help people passing through these hard times, be clear that the best help you can get someone is by helping them get treatment with a professional on mental health - that can be a psychologist or a psychiatrist. Be ware of the symptoms and always try to help, that is the best you can do.  

segunda-feira, 7 de setembro de 2015

Royal Blood - Una McCormack

Royal Blood by Una McCormack 
Series: Doctor Who: The Glamour Chronicles
Published on September 10, 2015  by BBC Books
[This book was given to me by the Publisher but this in no way affected my opinion]

The city-state of Varuz is failing. Duke Aurelian is the last of his line, his capital is crumbling, and the armies of his enemy, Duke Conrad, are poised beyond the mountains to invade. Aurelian is preparing to gamble everything on one last battle. So when a holy man, the Doctor, comes to Varuz from beyond the mountains, Aurelian asks for his blessing in the war.

But all is not what it seems in Varuz. The city-guard have lasers for swords, and the halls are lit by electric candlelight. Aurelian’s beloved wife, Guena, and his most trusted knight, Bernhardt, seem to be plotting to overthrow their Duke, and Clara finds herself drawn into their intrigue...

Will the Doctor stop Aurelian from going to war? Will Clara’s involvement in the plot against the Duke be discovered? Why is Conrad’s ambassador so nervous? And who are the ancient and weary knights who arrive in Varuz claiming to be on a quest for the Holy Grail…?
Before Royal Blood I had never read any of the DW books published, so I was a bit weary of how well the characters would translate to the writing format and if it would be possible to have the same feel as the tv show. After reading it I think that it isn't possible to translate the tone of the show entirely BUT it still is an enjoyable experience. The Doctor and Clara didn't translated exactly for me - there was just times where they would say or do something that I would scratch my head and be like "hmm, I don't think they would actually do that this way and/or say this".

What did bothered me was the start, this book has more than one POV. One is on third person and it usually follows Clara, the other is on first person and follows a character that we don't know who it's at the start and until I figure that out these passages didn't made any sense. Even so I did laughed at some passages and found the overall plot pretty doctor-ish, on its crazyness and twists.

I found this city, Varuz, so interesting. They are kind of a medieval setting but also have the most star-wars like weapons and other magical objects that we have to figure out how ended up being develop on that society and the reveal on this subject was really cool and interesting. We also have, about half into the book, the Holy Grail plot when that happened I couldn't help but remember of episodes as the one with Robin Hood, but these knights aren't as fun as Robin so be warmed - still, at first I thought "what the hell" but they ended up tying nicely with the rest of the story and giving sense to the plot on the most unusual way, as it always is with the Doctor.

If you have a curiosity to check the DW books as well as I had I would definitely recommend to start from here, for me it worked and I can't wait to pick up the next book on the Glamour Chronicles series.

sábado, 5 de setembro de 2015

Looking for Alibrandi - Melina Marchetta

Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta 
Published on October 5, 1992 by E-Penguin

For as long as Josephine Alibrandi can remember, it’s just been her, her mom, and her grandmother. Now it’s her final year at a wealthy Catholic high school. The nuns couldn’t be any stricter—but that doesn’t seem to stop all kinds of men from coming into her life.

Caught between the old-world values of her Italian grandmother, the nononsense wisdom of her mom, and the boys who continue to mystify her, Josephine is on the ride of her life. This will be the year she falls in love, the year she discovers the secrets of her family’s past—and the year she sets herself free.

Told with unmatched depth and humor, this novel—which swept the pool of Australian literary awards and became a major motion picture—is one to laugh through and cry with, to cherish and remember.
So I finally gave in and read a Marchetta book, usually when I start reading a new author I try to read by publication year, from the oldest to the newest, I think this is a safe method because obviously authors grow and  if I read their latest works there is a bigger chance that when I get to their first works it will be underwhelming. Anyways, about Looking for Alibrandi, so, this one was a mixed one for me.

On one side I really get why people obsess over Marchetta, this is her first work and the writing is already so beautiful - I highlighted so many quotes on my Kobo! It has that way of just putting philosophical thoughts on life, growing up and finding yourself in such a natural way that is also very truthful which made me really emotional at some parts. It was incredible to get to know Jose and I was so proud of her on the end, like seriously this is a coming of age story where we actual see, REALLY see the main character change and grow so much.

But at the same time this book kind of... surprised me, maybe, I don't know, at times. Jose and her family and the characters of this book shout and cry and fight a lot, like they will be talking something completely ordinary and suddenly someone will start shouting and there is some big fight and I was like "what". I get that this was on purpose because Jose Italian family and stuff but still, I mean I know this happens, this happens on my family all the time, still, it was weird.

In the end I enjoyed this book more than got bothered by its explosions of feelings. I think that if you enjoy a funny but also meaningful story you will love this one, Jose kind of reminded me of Georgia Nicholson and Ruby Oliver so if you liked those main characters highly recommend this one too and of course to every lover of contemporary and coming of age fiction.