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February 20, 2018

Movie Review: Black Panther

Black Panther

I loved Black Panther! It wasn't my favorite Marvel's superheroes movie, but it was different and exciting.

T'Challa is a great leader and I can see him as a great avenger. He cares for his nation, his people, but is intelligent and calm. You won't see him fighting without a cause or if it isn't really necessary. He is the perfect person to carry the honor to be the Black Panther. He's the king and heir of Wakanda, a rich nation but hidden from the world, and it comes the time when their secrets are going to be revealed, by force or by decision.

I loved how he was surrounded by amazing women who helped him during his quest. His sister and his guard were incredible, and interesting characters to look up.

Obviously this movie showed Hollywood that other types of heroes can also be a success and even wanted. I'm tired to see the same type of heroes, I wanted something different and Black Panther gave me that. Another country, another culture, another race. The superheroes world is still dominated by men (except for Wonder Woman) but doors are opening and I can't wait to see what's out there.

It doesn't have as much action as other superheroes movies, but it's darker sometimes, specially the villain. I suppose I was expecting it to be a slower movie because it's an introductory movie, we don't really know a lot about Wakanda at first. But also, I can't wait for the big fight at the next movie Avengers: Infinity Wars.


February 17, 2018

Book Review: Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern #1) by Anne McCaffrey

Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern #1) by Anne McCaffrey

Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern #1) by Anne McCaffrey
HOW CAN ONE GIRL SAVE AN ENTIRE WORLD?

To the nobles who live in Benden Weyr, Lessa is nothing but a ragged kitchen girl. For most of her life she has survived by serving those who betrayed her father and took over his lands. Now the time has come for Lessa to shed her disguise—and take back her stolen birthright.

But everything changes when she meets a queen dragon. The bond they share will be deep and last forever. It will protect them when, for the first time in centuries, Lessa’s world is threatened by Thread, an evil substance that falls like rain and destroys everything it touches. Dragons and their Riders once protected the planet from Thread, but there are very few of them left these days. Now brave Lessa must risk her life, and the life of her beloved dragon, to save her beautiful world. . . .
Wow, I loved this book. It was a nice surprise, since the first pages were really confusing. New words as weyr, wher and many weird names, and the story starting in this new world as if I already new how it was, as if I wasn't reading the first book of the series. But after those first pages, I enjoyed an incredible and fantastic story, with powerful dragons, fights and conspirators.

It has been a while since I didn't devour a book so fast, I read it in 3 days and because I was busy with work. I really liked the characters, specially the protagonists Lessa and F'lar. Lessa is very stubborn and even sometimes a little bit childish, but I loved that she was like that and made everything she proposed happen. Also, she wasn't scared of the dragon riders as F'lar, who was much more mature and responsible but also found a weakness in her. Their relationship isn't perfect, specially at the beginning when it was too controlling.

Dragon
Dragon by ameeeeba
It was first published in 1968 and since then many dragon's stories share some of these dragons. These dragons are amazing, I love dragons and these are powerful and wise, and I really liked the whole Pern history, I thought it was original, a little of science fiction with fantasy.

Although I read it fast, it's a story that you have to be careful while reading, specially because time passes between chapters. But I can't wait to read the second of the series: Dragonquest.

February 16, 2018

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: A Falling Friend & A Forsake Friend @rararesources

Cover Reveal + Giveaway


 A FALLING FRIEND

A FALLING FRIEND
There are two sides to every friendship.
After spending her twenties sailing the globe, making love on fine white sand, and thinking only of today, Teri Meyer returns to Yorkshire – and back into the life of childhood friend Lee. Plus, there’s the new job, new man – or three – and the guaranteed lump sum of a bursary for her academic research piece on the way. Life is first-rate. 
What could possibly go wrong?
Going out on a limb to get best friend Teri a job at the same university seemed like a great idea. But it doesn’t take long for Lee Harper to notice a pattern. Teri seems to attract trouble, or maybe she creates it, and Lee can see exactly where things are spiralling – downwards. But Teri’s not the sort to heed a warning, so Lee has no choice but to stand by and watch.
And besides, she has her own life to straighten out.
For fans of BRIDGET JONES, this ‘witty’ chick lit has been described as a ‘rollicking good read’ and is the first in the FRIENDS trilogy following the lives of two thirty-something women, who, despite their close friendship, don’t always see eye-to-eye.


A FORSAKEN FRIEND

A FORSAKEN FRIEND
No-one said friendship was easy.
Things can’t get much worse for Teri Meyer. If losing her job at the university and the regular allowance from her dad’s factory isn’t bad enough, now her ex-best friend has gone and stolen her ex-husband! Well, to hell with them all. A few weeks in the countryside at her brother’s smallholding should do the trick – and the gorgeous and god-like neighbour might help.
But then there’s Declan, not to mention Duck’s Arse back in Yorkshire...
It’s not as if Lee Harper set out to fall in love with her best friend’s ex-husband. But, for once, her love life is looking up – except for all the elephants in the room, not to mention Mammy’s opinion on her dating a twice-divorced man. Perhaps things aren’t as rosy as she first thought. And now with one family crisis after another, Lee’s juggling more roles – and emotions – than she ever imagined.
Maybe sharing her life with a man wasn’t such a grand idea.
The FRIENDS trilogy continues in this heartwarming and hilarious hoot as two best friends navigate men, careers, family and rock bottom in this brilliant sequel to A FALLING FRIEND.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape
Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape are both former newspaper journalists with extensive experience of working for national and regional papers and magazines, and in public relations.

More recently they have worked in higher education, teaching journalism – Sue at Sheffield Hallam and Susan at Leeds Trinity University.

The pair, who have been friends for 25 years, wrote two successful journalism text books together – Newspaper Journalism: A Practical Introduction and Feature Writing: A Practical Introduction (both published by Sage).

Their debut novel, A Falling Friend, published by Lakewater Press, has been followed by a second book, A Failing Friend, in their Friends trilogy.

Sue, who is married with two grown-up daughters, loves reading, writing and Nordic walking in the beautiful countryside near her Yorkshire home.

Susan is married and lives in a village near Leeds, and, when not writing, loves walking and cycling in the Yorkshire Dales. She is also a member of a local ukulele orchestra.

They blog about books at bookloversbooklist.com. You can find both Sue and Susan on Twitter: @SueF_Writer and @wordfocus


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February 8, 2018

Guest Post: Reluctant Courage by Rica Newbery

Please welcome author Rica Newbery and her new book:

Reluctant Courage  A Family’s Struggle to Survive in Nazi Occupied Oslo By Rica Newbery

Reluctant Courage
A Family’s Struggle to Survive in Nazi Occupied Oslo
By Rica Newbery

Amazon | Book Venture
It is 1942 in Oslo, two years into the Nazi occupation of World War II.
Maria is used to struggling with food rations, bickering daughters, and her husband’s frequent absences from home with police work. She is enraged when Johannes leaves her for another woman and Leo Wolff, a Wehrmacht officer, forcibly takes up residence in their flat, but worse is yet to come. One daughter becomes seriously ill, and another is raped. When the youngest goes missing, Maria must find a way to transcend her bitterness and survive, for her own sake and for her daughters.
Although my novel is fiction, it is inspired by real stories told by my mother who was 8 years old when the Nazis marched into Oslo. Real events and situations experienced by Norwegians are woven into the story. Resistance fighters risked death every day with hidden radios and distribution of leaflets. Red hats became a symbol of the resistance and were banned by the Nazis. Teachers and Church leaders refused to propagate Nazi ideology, and teachers were arrested en masse, only to return later as no-one would fill their roles. Underground papers printed cartoons mocking the Nazis and graffiti abounded.

Food was scarce, and women queued for hours or pawned their belongings to afford items such as eggs or meat on the black market. Stomach complaints were common as people ate meat eked out with herring or bread with added newspaper or saw dust from unscrupulous shopkeepers.

Five hundred and thirty two Jews were arrested by Norwegian police and handed over to the Gestapo at Pier 1 in Oslo Harbour. They were sent to Auschwitz via the famous SS Donau on 26th November 1942.

‘Lebensborn’ mother and baby homes were set up as soldiers were encouraged to impregnate local girls, seen by the Nazis as ‘good Aryans’. Many of the resulting babies were taken out of Norway to Germany for adoption, and abortion became punishable by death.

Author Bio

Rica Newbery
I am a retired psychiatrist, living with my husband in Bristol. After completing an Open University course in Creative Writing, I wrote my first novel Reluctant Courage.

I am now writing a novel about a young woman experiencing the trauma of a psychiatric admission in Bristol in 1957.

Publishing Push

Guest post courtesy of author

February 6, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Have Been On My TBR The Longest And I Still Haven’t Read #TopTenTuesday

Top Ten Tuesday

This is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. Everyone is welcome to join!

Today's list is: Books That Have Been On My TBR The Longest And I Still Haven't Read




The one I really want to read soon from this list is Inheritance. Maybe because I want to finish this series, and also becase I'm worried that I left the book on my room in Venezuela and I don't know when I'll go back :S

Have you read any of these books? Which one I should read first?

February 3, 2018

The 5 best TED Talks about books and reading

I love TED Talks. I have learned a lot from them, and what I like most about them is that they are short, and can be about everything. Even books!

That's why I wanted to share with you the best 5 TED talks about books and reading:

the best 5 TED talks about books and reading


How books can open your mind | Lisa Bu



My year reading a book from every country in the world | Ann Morgan



Why a good book is a secret door | Mac Barnett



Power of Reading from a Reluctant Teenager | Alexia Safieh



The library is not a place, it's a concept | Bill Ptacek



Do you like TED talks? Recommend me your favorites!

January 21, 2018

Tv Series Review: Fuller House

I remember watching Full House when I was a kid, but I guess I didn't care a lot about it. But now I'm obsessed with Fuller House and made my husband watch it too haha.

Fuller House is sweet, goofy, soppy and heartwarming. All the girls are adults now and trying to raise their children, sometimes with the help of their father and uncles. I love to see all the craziness in their house, trying to raise good kids, but having fun and being able to do other things than only being mothers.

It's a family show, you don't have to worry about language or anything else, you could just sit with your kids to watch it. It may not have a deep plot, but for me is perfect for a day after work when you just want to have fun and watch something light.

Little spoiler over here --->>Also,  I love that DJ is a veterinarian! Because I'm a veterinarian and I dream about having my own clinic and be able to raise my future kids haha. <<---

January 16, 2018

Cover Reveal: The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James @CarolineJames12 #boomervillehotel @rararesources @ChocLituk @RubyFiction

Cover Reveal: The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James

The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James

The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James
PUB DATE: 13 March2018 | PAGES: 320est
Let the shenanigans begin at the Boomerville hotel …

Jo Docherty and Hattie Contaldo have a vision – a holiday retreat in the heart of the Lake District exclusively for guests of ‘a certain age’ wishing to stimulate both mind and body with new creative experiences. One hotel refurbishment later and the Best Boomerville Hotel is open for business!
Perhaps not surprisingly Boomerville attracts more than it’s fair share of eccentric clientele: there’s fun loving Sir Henry Mulberry and his brother Hugo; Lucinda Brown, an impoverished artist with more ego than talent; Andy Mack, a charming Porsche-driving James Bond lookalike, as well as Kate Simmons, a woman who made her fortune from an internet dating agency but still hasn’t found ‘the One’ herself.
With such an array of colourful individuals there’s bound to be laughs aplenty, but could there be tears and heartbreak too and will the residents get more than they bargained for at Boomerville?

‘Britain’s answer to the Best Marigold Hotel! Book me in for Sharing with the Shaman and Clairvoyance in mid-life – this book is fabulous!’ - Nikki Ashton, Amazon best-selling author

AUTHOR

Caroline James
Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that features in her novels. She is based in the UK but has a great fondness for travel and escapes whenever she can. A public speaker, consultant and food writer, Caroline is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association and writes articles and short stories and contributes to many publications.

Her debut novel,Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy & Meis set in North West England, at the time of a famous gypsy horse fair. The book went straight to number three on Amazon and was E-book of the Week in The Sun.

So, You Think You're A Celebrity...Chef? was runner up the Winchester Writers festival for best TV Drama and takes a light-hearted look at the world of celebrity chefs as they battle it out for fame and fortune.Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean & Me was runner up at The Write Stuff, LBF, 2015 and isan Amazon best-seller and top recommended read by Thomson Holidays. Jungle Rock, a romcom novella set in Australia, revolves around a TV game show.

In her spare time, Caroline can be found trekking up a mountain or relaxing with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.



January 14, 2018

Movie Review: Paddington 2

Paddington 2

I loved the first Paddington movie, but I wasn't sure if Paddington 2 was going to be good. Thankfully, it was great and I loved it even more!

This time, Paddington is looking for a job to earn money and buy his aunt a beautiful London book. It's not as easy as it seems, and when someone steals the book, the police think it was Paddington.

Paddington being as charming as always seems to find a way to make everything ok again, making new interesting friends again and people realizing how amazing he is. I loved to see the old characters and the new ones (Hugh Grant), eccentric but funny.

Overall, you know I love everything Paddington but I'm glad this second movie was as great as the first, maintaining the true essence of this heartwarming bear.





January 7, 2018

Best books I read in 2017 & Reading Challenge 2018

Ok, so I know it's a bit late to wish you a Happy New Year but I've been so busy lately working, getting married, trying to get used to living abroad...

Anyway, I like having goals and resolutions, that's why I always have a goal to read a number of books. Sometimes I read more, but the last couple of years not only I have failed miserably, but also I've been reading less a less.

Why? I don't know, I guess it was life. 2017 I only read 14 books, although I must say I tried to read more but didn't like them so DNFs them. I just don't want to waste precious time reading a book I don't like. Only 14 books was very low if I compare it to a few years ago, but also I feel like I'm enjoying more the books I read.

Readers.com

The best books I read in 2017


Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso



We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Bottle in the Gaza Sea by Valérie Zenatti

Reading Challenge 2018

For this year I want to be realistic with my reading goal. That's why I will to read 15 books.


2018 Reading Challenge

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How many books did you read in 2017? Which one was the best? How many books do you want to read in 2018?

Movie Review: The Healer

The Healer

Alec's life is a mess, so when an uncle shows up accepting to pay all his debts with the condition that he goes to live in a little town Canada for a year, it doesn't sound too bad. But in that little town he will discover he has the gift to heal people, although he isn't ready to have that responsibility.

Alec was stubborn but had his (very sad) reasons, and I really liked Cecilia's characters, because she's a vet and lives in my dream house!! I liked how Alec changed, finally opened his heart to try to help a teenager with cancer. It was heart warming, it makes you remember that even if you feel like your life is shit, you can do better and even help other people. It left me feeling positive about life.

The Healer is a very sweet movie, perfect for those moments when you want to watch something light and with a happy ending. All profits for this film go to charity for children's cancer care, so what are you waiting for?