25 April 2018

The Leavers by Lisa Ko - Blog Tour

The Leavers by Lisa Ko
Genre: Fiction
Source: Litte Brown
Rating: 4/5

This had been a deep book that will touch you to the core, because reading the story of how a little boy has to accept that his mother had left him is never easy. But, how he tries to be a better boy, study more and be "perfect" because this way will make his mother return is heartbreaking. And on the other hand, the story of Polly Guo, who decides to try to give a "better" life to our unborn child, moving from China to America... alone and so scared...
Be prepared for an emotional tale, beautifully written in which the characters will stay with you for a long time. Because, this book not only tells you a story, but makes you think what it really means belonging to a society or what does it imply, these are the feelings that Polly and Deming, they both will try to be part of a new world, but will they fit in, will they feel part of it?
So many questions and I really don't have answers for them, being myself an immigrant, my little one will be too... Will he feel that he is not part of anything? Will the society ever change and open arms for the ones that for one motive or other had to move countries and welcome them? I would like to say that yes, and truthfully, some people welcome them, but not all...
This is one of those books I recommend to read and talk about, because I always think that when you talk you can make change minds, or simply to talk about something that otherwise would be hidden... really to make a little step to help a society change?

Aequoreus creaturae by Vlad Stankovic

Beautiful sea creatures by the artist Vlad Stankovic, take a look...

24 April 2018

Shot In The Dark by Cleo Coyle - Blog Tour

Shot In The Dark by Cleo Coyle
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Great Escapes
Rating: 4/5

Reading a book full of coffee and mystery is my dream book come true.
Clare is the owner of one of the hotspots at the Village Blend for a good coffee, but when there’s an attempt murder and the same night a regular appears dead, Clare knows that if she doesn’t start to investigate she can start saying goodbye to her business... Let me say that even if Clare is not a detective she loves a good mystery, and with her fiancée being a detective I think this just motivates her even more to be a sleuth from time to time! ;)
Let me say that there are some very interesting characters in this story; the ex-husband who loves to party but is half owner of the coffee business, and still loves Clare... The daughter, that lives in another city but has some problems on her own... The fiancée, that is always working, but always remembers to call...
And of course, if there’s a victim, there are the possible killers, a large list if you ask... but all of them linked to one thing or the other, making you guessing who could be the murderer till the end!
This is the seventeenth book of the “Coffee House” series, but you can read it as standalone, the relations between the characters are well explained making really easy to follow the story.
It was original reading a book where the victims are related to a Dating app, showing us the good and the bad sides of dating in the technology era.
Are you ready to loose your shoe in the ball?

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Art by Marco Melgrati

Some disturbing but real art creations by the artist Marco Melgrati, take a look...

23 April 2018

La Rosa i El Drac - Català; Ara i Sempre

Today is a a very important day in Catalonia, is like Valentine's Day for the rest of the world, that's why today I want to share with you the words "La Rosa i El Drac".

It is quite original because the 23rd of April is an important day for England too, but we can say we celebrate it quite differently. If you ever visit Catalonia one day like today you'll find all the cities full of book markets and flowers, because is tradition to give your loved ones a rose and a book."La Rosa i El Drac" means "The Rose and The Dragon".

I found this translation of our legend, I hope you like it... (the source is Catalans a Aarhus)

According to legend, there was a terrifying dragon located in the village of Montblanc, south-west of Barcelona. The dragon was always hungry, so the people in the village gave him one animal a day to keep it from attacking the village. However, one day the dragon ate the last of the animals, and then it started eating the people of the village too. In order to satisfy the hunger of the dragon, the people of the village decided to randomly chose a person every day to be sacrificed to the beast.
One day the princess’ name came up, and although that made the King very sad, he sent her to the dragon. But just when the dragon was about to eat the princess, a brave and handsome knight, known as Sant Jordi, rode into town and killed the beast with his spear, saving her life.
From the blood of the dragon, there grew a rose bush, and Sant Jordi took a red rose and gave it to the princess as a sign of his love. Everybody in the village was very happy the dragon was dead and they lived peacefully ever after.

Yellow Portraits by Marc Urtasun

Can you guess who are the characters bellow these Yellow Portraits by the artist Marc Urtasun. ;)

Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling by Emer McLysaght & Sarah Breen

Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling by Emer McLysaght & Sarah Breen
Genre: Fiction
Rating: 4/5

If you don't know any Irish possibly you have no idea that Aisling is a name; Irish for 'dream, vision'.
So when I started reading What a Complete Aisling, I was expecting a lot of Irish humour and life, and I wasn't wrong, this had been an insight of life here in Ireland, mixing the life of busy Dublin with the tranquil village of Ballygobbard.
Aisling has her life more or less balanced, during the week she works in the big city while on the weekends she stays with her parents at the small village. Everything will change when a trip to the "too much tourists" Tenerife island with her boyfriend doesn't end with a happy engagement and she decides to take a break of them, not just the boyfriend but all her life as she had lived since then. So when she decides to move to Dublin with her co-workers she knows that she will have to change but, is she ready to stop being Aisling?
This story explains Aisling's life, with her ups and downs, how life with your parents away could make your life quite difficult, or how breaking with your childhood friend is not simply saying stop but having to separate two life that had been together for a long time.
This had not just been a funny book, but an opening eye story, because some of the insights that are written in the book are really how life is here, they see the life in the big city too far away and simply like their lives without big changes or a hurry life. Maybe that's why I still haven't feel the "Irish calling" in my blood yet, too many years living in a busy city and loving it, but reading Aisling life makes it seeing with another view, you have it or not, and it would be your decision to know if Aisling has the blood to survive in the big city... ready for it? 
This book will make you go to a rollercoaster of emotions, ups and downs, but at the same time a really fun attraction to enjoy and remember for a long time. And lets say the truth, I am sure you will repeat the experience! ;)

22 April 2018

Your child imagination is important just like food! - Legoland Advertising

I have to totally agree with the statement "Your child imagination is important just like food!" of this Legoland advertising. The world is too hard not to make them enjoy these few years where their only worry should be if they are eating their favourite food or if they will have enough time to play with all their toys, don't you think?
Take a look at these original Lego images...

Creative Director: Abdelkader Driss
Art Director: Patrick Souleman
Copywriter: Ihssan Ali
Photographer: Alberto Kazck

The source is Ads of the World.

Keeper by Johana Gustawsson - Blog Tour

Genre: Thriller, Crime
Source: Orenda Books
Rating: 4'5/5

"Lobes and mash, home-made style...
Beat two egg yolks and dip the lobes in.
Toss them in breadcrumbs.
Fry the in parsley butter.
Drizzle them in olive oil and serve with mash.
Lobes and mash, home-made style..."

This has been a twisted noir crime mystery, where dark passions and hungry will be mixed with the mythological Sweden Gods, making any other crime book you've read lately superfluous and light compared to this one.
As we start reading the new case of Emily Roy and Alexis Castell we will discover that there's a new killer, of course this would not surprise anyone, the only problem is that this killer has the same pattern as one they thought they put in prison ten years ago... Did he had an accomplice or was he innocent? Richard, the man they put in prison is totally disturbed, but a killer? They will have to dig deeper and travel to the past to discover the truth... because this killer seems to have links with Jack the Reaper...
This had not been an easy read, some scenes were quite difficult to read, but at the same time I understood why they should be in the book, this will not be a compassionate killer, but one that wants to posses completely their victims forever, what could be more possessive than eating them?
It is always interesting how Johana Gustawsson likes to connect their stories between the past and the present, in this case with the mysterious and deadly Jack the Reaper, with his victims it would seem that our present killer could have a similarity... but it will be Emily and Alexis the ones to try to unravel the web of killing and dark needs that this killer has left with the victims.
This story had been full of characters, some time I would say too many, between all the police detectives, the victims, the family of the victims and the killer it was difficult to catch up who was who in the beginning. But let me say I wouldn't had chosen two better characters to investigate this case, even when is too personal for them, they are impersonal on the case and they just want to discover the truth. And even if their friendship would seem quite weird it works on this stories, they connect and make the cases direct and without flourishes, a delight to read (even if the case is as dark as this one!).
Just one little recommendation if you start reading this book, don't have any meat near! ;)
Ready for a feast?

20 April 2018

Calendari - Català; Ara i Sempre

Calendari... I used to buy one each year and had it hanged on the kitchen... now that I have a little one, I have a wood one... I miss my picture papers!! /kæləndʌrɪ/

I think I have given you a lot of clues... and is almost written the same, so I am sure you already know what is a Calendari... Oh yes, Calendari is a calendar; a chart or list displaying the days of each month and week in a year.

Here is a Calendar from this 2018 in Catalan! ;) You can download it with full definition in Tricicle.