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“28 Days” Review

Hello Friends!

Today has been a crazy day since it was my aunt’s birthday, but I’m back and I bring you two reviews and another special post. To start, here is the first review of the night.

28 Days“, written by Sue Parritt, is a Speculative fiction novel, published on 21th May 2021.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, Sue Parritt for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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Melbourne, February 2100. Emma Cartwright has 28 days left to find work, otherwise she must report to the Productive Citizens Bureau and accept any vacancy, regardless of location, pay or conditions.

Her situation becomes even more grave when the Employment Positions Portal is disabled and the government refuses to extend her unemployment period. At 70, Emma could opt for voluntary euthanasia, but she has her student son Jack to support.

After a chance meeting with the eccentric Cal Ritchie, founder of the clandestine group Citizens’ Voice and supporter of those fleeing repressive laws to live in bush camps, Emma is determined to escape her life of compliance.

When her son Jack is suddenly arrested, Emma finds herself running out of time and options, and has to take drastic measures. But can she save her son?

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Amazon AU


About the Author

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Originally from England, and now living on the Mornington Peninsula, south-east of Melbourne, Sue worked in university libraries until taking early retirement in 2008 to concentrate on writing novels. Creative writing has been a passion since her teenage years, with short stories, poetry and articles published in magazines and anthologies in Australia, the US and the UK.  To date, Sue has written nine novels:

Sannah and the Pilgrim, first in a trilogy of a future dystopian Australia focusing on climate change and the harsh treatment of refugees from drowned Pacific islands. Odyssey Books, 2014. Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2014.

Pia and the Skyman. Along with Kaire, pilgrim and skyman, Sannah’s daughter, Pia continues her people’s fight for freedom. Odyssey Books, 2016. Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2016.

The Sky Lines Alliance: three groups join forces to overthrow the brutal Australian government. Odyssey Books, 2016.

Chrysalis, the story of a perceptive girl growing up in a Quaker family in Swinging Sixties’ Britain. Morning Star Press, 2017

Re-Navigation recounts a life turned upside down when Julia, aged 40, journeys from the sanctuary of middle-class Australian suburbia to undertake a retreat at a college located on an isolated Welsh island. Creativia Publishing, 2019.

Feed Thy Enemy, based on Sue’s father’s experiences, is an account of courage and compassion in the face of trauma as a British airman embarks on a plan that risks all to feed a starving, war-stricken Italian family. Creativia Publishing, 2019.

A Question of Country explores the migrant experience through the protagonist’s lifelong search for meaningful identity. Next Chapter, April 2020.

Sue’s current project, The Reluctant Doorkeeper Trilogy, set in Melbourne, 2100-2105, explores the problem of overpopulation and extended life expectancy in an increasingly climate-challenged world and the inhumane solutions adopted by a government determined to rid Australia of unproductive citizens.

Book 1, 28 Days, sees Emma, aged 70, emerge from a life of compliance to one of civil disobedience when the Employment Positions Portal is disabled during the final 28 days of her Government Allocated Unemployment Period.

Book 2, Next Step, follows Emma’s first year as a Trainee Doorkeeper, her role to assign appropriate positions to unemployed citizens, and her unofficial work for political change.

Book 3 will deal with a citizens’ revolution, as the population learn the truth about the role of Fully-Trained Doorkeepers.

Passionate about social justice, Sue’s goal as a fiction writer is to continue creating intrepid characters prepared to risk their lives to effect positive change in a troubled world. She intends to write for as long as possible, believing the extensive life experiences of older writers can be employed to engage readers of all ages.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook


My Review

There are a lot of genres I haven’t explore a lot, and Speculative fiction is one of them. Yet, I gave it a shot, with no expectation except to try something different. I can say it really was. It was a fascinating story and I was mind blown by the world building.

“28 Days” had an amazing feel to it that I almost wish it was also a movie, it would be great visual story. And as we follow Emma Cartwright we are taken into a journey that not only left us thinking about the world and our future, but also the meaning of life, our roles in society, and the cultural and political changes that could happen.

It is a dystopian, and I don’t have enough experience with it to comment on it. What I can say is that it was an enjoyable story, that grabbed my attention, made me connect with the characters despite the difference between our world and theirs, and it made my mind work with all the thought provoking themes, the tone in the writing, the scenery, the cultural and social aspects and the drama and darkness in the plot.

Overall, this was the beginning of a series and it was quite a good start. I had no real idea what the book would be about, or how it would impact the reading experience, and it was brilliant. I hope I can get to read the next books, because I’m very curious to see where the story is going and I want some answers about certain characters.


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“O Caça-Cidades” Review

Olá, meus queridos amigos!

Hoje trago mais uma review de um livro de uma autora portuguesa. Um conto publicado de forma independente.

O Caça-Cidades“, escrito por Ana C. Reis, um conto, autopublicado a September 20th 2020.

Adquiri a eBook através do Kobo. Todas as opiniões expressas nesta review são completamente minhas.


Sinopse

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Sofia nunca pensou que a pandemia a forçasse a voltar à cidade que a viu crescer.

Dentro de quatro paredes e lutando com um crescente sentimento de claustrofobia, Sofia faz por esquecer as sombras do seu passado enquanto lida com a inesperada morte do pai e luta por reavivar o relacionamento com a irmã. Mas a Helena aventureira e feliz que ela recordava parece ter-se esfumado deixando em seu lugar um fantasma de olhar cortante.

O tempo e as escolhas transformaram-nas em duas estranhas. Mas enquanto o mundo se encerra em si próprio para se proteger de um inimigo invisível, Sofia e Helena são forçadas a voltar a confiar uma na outra.

Com a ajuda da vizinha Dolores, uma enfermeira paraquedista da Guerra do Ultramar, as duas irmãs vão aprender que a coragem nem sempre nos livra da dor e que, por vezes, ser livres significa arcar com o peso das nossas escolhas.

Com os telhados da cidade do Porto como pano de fundo, o caça-cidades é uma história sobre escolhas impossíveis e sobre os segredos escuros que levamos tatuados nos ossos. Na cidade que se calou perante os horrores do seu passado, Sofia vai redescobrir a esperança no futuro.

Link the compra: Amazon | Kobo


Sobre a Autora

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Ana C. Reis was born in a small village on the outskirts of Porto, Portugal, that most foreigners find hard to pronounce. She has been an official nomad since 2009 but found a new home in the city of Strasbourg (France) where she lives with her husband since 2019.

Being an awkward, shy, and a bit of chubby kid, she found comfort in writing and reading early in her life. Fantasy books allowed her to escape feelings of loneliness and writing offered a gateway to express her strange ideas in a creative and safe environment.

Most of her work revolves around being out of place and finding one’s identity in a noisy and complicated world. Her background in journalism instilled her with a hunger for the truth and the years spent as a microbiologist ingrained her mind with strong curiosity. She writes fantasy stories but, on occasion, some elements of science fiction slip into her plots without consent leading to surprising and weird results.

In 2018, she published a dark fantasy short story “Nobody Tricks the Trickster” and later released a literary short story in Portuguese called “O Caça-Cidades.” Currently, she is writing a New Adult Dark Fantasy novel about an overly curious protagonist that finds herself working in a shady hotel filled with strange guests.

Social Media Links: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon


A Minha Review

“O Caça-Cidades” de Ana C. Reis é um lindo conto que a única coisa que digo “negativa” é que queria mais. Mais da escrita da Ana. Mais da mente dela. O conto está perfeitamente maravilhoso com o tamanho que tem. Eu é que sou uma insatisfeita e quero sempre ler mais quando gosto muito da escrita de um autor.

Esta história contada pelos olhos de Sofia, é relatada durante um tempo muito intenso das nossas vidas: durante a Pandemia. Existe um momento em que me senti de volta aquele estado emocional inicial, quando tudo se tornou diferente e a estranheza ainda demorou a ser normalizada na minha mente.

Consegui sentir as personagens em cada página lida. Consegui compreender o que a Sofia queria dizer com certas reflexões, com certos pensamentos. Consegui ver a minha avó na Senhora Dolores e consegui ver familiares na Helena. Seria impossível não ver as personagens e não pensar nas pessoas que conhecemos que se assemelham.

Estabeleci essas ligações imediatas com as personagens. Quase chorei, senti o coração apertado mais do que uma vez, e senti-o a acelerar com alguma ansiedade. Uma autêntica montanha-russa emocional.

O livro está bem estruturado e a narrativa é fluida, levando-me de página para página, perdendo-me nas palavras escolhidas pela autora. E como se não bastasse o retrato da sociedade do momento e que bem representa muitas das nossas vivências… A Ana C. Reis deixou-nos questionar e revelou-nos verdades que por vezes só são contadas em épocas de grandes fragilidades e intensa emoção.

A nível geral, adorei. Mal posso esperar pelas obras futuras desta autora portuguesa que já conquistou a minha mente.


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Love,

Jess

Recommendations

Promo Post: “Valentina” de Carina Romano

Olá, meus queridos amigos!

Hoje venho divulgar um livro publicado de forma independente (edição de autor). Um livro com uma temática fantástica que apela ao meu lado de Técnica Superior de Educação Social.

Valentina“, escrito por Carina Romano, um livro de ficção baseado em factos reais, que foi publicado a 22 de dezembro de 2020.


Sinopse

A história possibilitará ao leitor calçar o sapato de uma criança da cidade do Porto, simples, humilde e resiliente, que amadurece, confrontada com múltiplos desafios ao longo da sua infância e adolescência. A Valentina, mergulhada em cenários de negligência, permite-se caminhar em direção ao amor que, no final, é a sua salvação. O livro impulsiona a reflexão de diferentes questões e faz-nos acreditar que, se há amor no mundo, há esperança.
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A história é baseada em factos reais.


Um livro com a intenção de gerar um momento de reflexão crítica dos leitores sobre:
➡️ Efeitos da dependência;
➡️ Negligência;
➡️ Violência;
➡️ Amor;
➡️ Esperança.

Link de Compra Com a autora, através da sua conta do Instagram


Não se esqueçam de comentar, não sejam estranhos.

Se tem alguma recomendação de livros que acham que deva ler, podem enviar uma mensagem usando o formulário na página Contact Me.

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Love,

Jess

Reviews

“Wild Justice” Review

Hello Friends!

Today I bring you a review of the third book I have read for the Four Nations Readathon. If you don’t know what it is, check out their Instagram account to learn more. Yet another book I absolutely loved.

Wild Justice“, written by Linda Hebert Todd, is a mystery novel, published on April 4th 2016 by Bald Cypress Publishing.

This book was gifted to me by my dear auntie Debra, and I’m so glad she send it to me because otherwise I may have not met this brilliant book and author.

Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Blurb

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He’s the police chief’s son. Her best friend is his girlfriend. He killed her family.

“Vengeance is mine,” sayeth the Lord, but sometimes it hurts too much to wait.

Keeley Chesson decides to give the Lord some assistance. She knows who the killer is, but can’t go to the police because of his connections to law enforcement.

She vows to secure justice for her loved ones on her own.

Wild Justice is a journey of revenge and redemption through the rivers and bayous of south Louisiana.

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

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Linda Hebert Todd writes fiction and poetry, and since she enjoys reading mysteries, much of her fiction is about mayhem and murder. Nearly all her fiction is set in the bayou country of south Louisiana, where she came of age swimming in the river and listening to tales of LaFitte the Pirate and the loup-garou.

Linda has a short story in Journeys: Bayou Writers Group Anthology Volume 1 (Bayou Writers Group, 2014). Several of her short stories and poems have won prizes in various contests, and have appeared in the Jambalaya Writers’ Conference anthologies.

She has one novel completed—Wild Justice, a crime story with a revenge theme, and has started another one set in Labrador and Louisiana.

Linda is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime on the national level. She is a charter member of the Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and a member of Writer’s League of Texas based in Austin. She is past Secretary of Bayou Writers Group and is currently serving on the board as Member-at-Large.

Social Media Link: Website


My Review

The first time I learn something about this book besides that it was set in Louisiana, was when I read the synopsis before diving into the story. Still, even with having read the synopsis, I had no idea what I was going to find in terms of the plotting. How everything would develop. How the things that the synopsis said, were going to happen.

I was captivated from the first chapter. The brilliant story telling, the suspense in each scene, each question and each revelation. It was a while ride, and I loved ever single second of reading this novel.

First, the characters. The very first moment of introduction of the characters and realizing some of their reasons for acting that way, was immediately a positive point. I loved the way the characters interacted with each other, the way their true reasons for the events and the acts and responses they had, kept being revealed as we kept reading.

Secondly, there is this amazing feeling about being transported to a moment in time and space. To truly submerge into the story and follow the characters life, peeling the pages and letters go of my control and just go for a ride. That’s what reading this book felt like. I couldn’t stop reading because I just wanted to see what was going to happen next.

The suspense lasted until the very last page. It kept me going and going, wondering what would happen, what new information I was going to learn, when were the characters find out the truth. That was the perfect element for a mystery, crime and suspense novel.

A book about Revenge and Redemption. A book with secrets. A book that has fantastic characters, good guys and bad guys. And a book I full heartily recommend if you want to go on a journey that will make you excited and definitely intriguing by each question, each theory, each surprising moments. It will all be worth wild.


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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour · Contemporary Romance · Reviews

“The Beauty of Broken Things” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you had a lovely week. Mine was interesting and full of books, since I spend most of my time reading. And today I have a review to share with you guys.

“The Beauty of Broken Things”, written by Victoria Connelly, is a romance novel published June 9th 2020 by Lake Union Publishing.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Victoria Connelly for the eCopy of this book, via NetGalley, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

United by tragedy, can two broken souls make each other whole?

After the tragic loss of his wife, Helen, Luke Hansard is desperate to keep her memory alive. In an effort to stay close to her, he reaches out to an online friend Helen often mentioned: a reclusive photographer with a curious interest in beautiful but broken objects. But first he must find her—and she doesn’t want to be found.

Orla Kendrick lives alone in the ruins of a remote Suffolk castle, hiding from the haunting past that has left her physically and emotionally scarred. In her fortress, she can keep a safe distance from prying eyes, surrounded by her broken treasures and insulated from the world outside.

When Luke tracks Orla down, he is determined to help her in the way Helen wanted to: by encouraging her out of her isolation and back into the world. But Orla has never seen her refuge as a prison and, when painful secrets and dangerous threats begin to resurface, Luke’s good deed is turned on its head.

As they work through their grief for Helen in very different ways, will these two broken souls be able to heal?

Purchase Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Potential Trigger Warning: Acid burn victim. Loss of a spouse


About the Author

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Victoria Connelly studied English Literature at Worcester University, got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales and now lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a young springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the author of two bestselling series, Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in 2008 by Ziegler Films in Germany. The Runaway Actress was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Novel award.

Victoria loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden either with a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.

Social Media Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook


My Review

This isn’t the first novel I’ve read by Victoria Conelly, and I must say, I loved this book even more than the previous ones I have read. I enjoyed every book I have read by this author, so far, but this one took me to a different mind set, a thought provoking story really.

A beautiful story that follows Luke Hansard and Orla Kendrick, through a journey of connecting with other, going through grief, and finally getting some much needed healing done. Both characters were very realistic, and despite the fact that I have not went through the same tribulation as they did, I still found myself feeling empathy and understanding them.

There are so many details in this story that make it so special. From the characters’ past, their struggles, their emotional state, their goals, their connection… From the descriptions, the narrative, the dialogues… From the images and the feelings behind the scenes… There was a lot that caught my attention, and that made it possible for me to get a big picture of the story.

Overall, I couldn’t put it down, it was late night and I was still reading. I was captivated by the heartwarming story that made me emotional, as well as wondering about life. About Luke and Orla’s lives. The hope and love in the pages. The friendship and the strength.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, with their reviews and promo/spotlight posts.


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour · Reviews

“The Book of Us” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well this lovely day. I’m posting later than what I wanted to, but today is a National Holiday here in Portugal and I was with my family until moments ago. But, I’m quite excited to share my review of this books with all of you.

The Book of Us“, written by Andrea Michael, is a Fiction book, published March 6th 2020 by One More Chapter.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, Andrea Michael and One More Chapter for the eCopy of this book, via NetGalley, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

The Book of Us is a story of the complexity of forgiveness and the friendships that change our lives forever. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Jojo Moyes and Diane Chamberlain.​

We’ve got some important things to talk about. It’s time.

​Cass and Loll used to be inseparable. They met at university and they made sense, like two halves of a whole. They had planned their lives around each other, writing down their dreams in The Big Book of Our Life – the things they wanted to achieve, the places they’d go after they finished university. But then one night changed everything.

Seven years later, Loll receives a letter from her old friend. The coming year will be the year they both turn 30, but Loll might be making it to 30 alone. Cass has cancer. Loll had believed she would have her whole life to come to terms with Cass’ betrayal, but time is running out.

Cass’ final wish is to complete The Big Book of Our Life, but has enough time passed to heal old wounds?

Purchase Link: Amazon US


About The Author

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Andrea Michael writes books to explore complicated relationships. Having trained in using writing for therapy, she really believes in the magic of stories to change your life. Failing that, sparkling wine and obnoxious sing-a-longs also do the trick.

Andrea works in content marketing, and runs Writing for Wellbeing workshops. She lives in Hertfordshire with her fiancé and their crazy cat, and can be found reading in a comfy corner or digging something at the allotment.

You may also know her from her romantic comedies written as A L Michael.

Andrea is represented by Hayley Steed at Madeleine Milburn. The Book of Us is her thirteenth book. She’s hoping it’s lucky.

​Social Media Links: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


My Review

This review is coming out on the Portugal’s Day, our National day. And Like many other Holidays that have a strong emotional connection to it, not only because their are ours, but because they remind us of home, of our pass and the path we took to get to where we are… and even to reflect all the things we have to change and do to make our country and the world really, a better place.

All of those feelings, that moment of reflection, I also had while reading this story, so even though this is not a book written by a Portuguese author, And you may be wondering so why am I talking about a Portuguese Holiday?… I do have a point in this.

Andrea Michael took me on a journey of reflection, emotions, friendship, dreams and adventure. Just like I feel every year on the 10th June, when I think about my country, my family and what make us Portuguese, and what make us human.

It may seem a weird start of a review, but books – no matter the author’s nationality – have the power to take us on journeys, unexpected ones too. I knew from the very beginning that this was that kind of story. That I would go on an emotional rollercoaster, and that this story would deeply touch my heart. I was expecting that. And it did happen.

It was a book that I absolutely enjoyed reading. I loved the story and it was a wonderful and heartbreaking tale and adventure. The descriptions, the characters, the plot and the emotions in every moment and every set and page…

That been said, and if it wasn’t already clear, what I loved more in this book was the emotional aspect of the plot, the characters and the connection I felt with them, the connection to their path. Every single small thing that happened.

Overall, just like a Holiday that make us reflect, and go deep into our hearts, think about our path and the path of our people… This book had a moment like that for me. Maybe it was because of the characters, what they were going through, what they wanted to do. Maybe it was because of the circumstances, or the ending. or even the topics that are touched in the book. Maybe it was the storytelling, the way the author told us the story and lead us through the events that were happening. I can’t really point to one element, I just felt the story was thought provoking, as well as heart warming and emotional.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour.


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

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Love,

Jess

Reviews

“Treze Más Histórias Para Adormecer” Review

Olá Amigos!

Hoje trago uma review de um livro de contos que comprei na feira do livro de Lisboa o ano passado, e estava bastante entusiasmada por o ler.

Treze Más Histórias Para Adormecer“, escrito por Ana Cláudia Dâmaso, é um livro de contos de terror, publicado em julho de 2018 pela Manufactura Editora.

Todas as opiniões expressas nesta review são completamente minhas.


Sinopse

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Este livro oferece-nos treze maus motivos para outras tantas histórias inesquecíveis.

São histórias de terror e do paranormal, que fazem inesperados jogos psicológicos com o leitor, falando de assuntos que preferiríamos manter bem longe do nosso pensamento.

Começamos a conspirar e a detectar elos de ligação, como se as personagens saltassem de uma história para outra. E de repente, enquanto lemos sobre a miúda que consegue parar o tempo, ou o cego que vê fantasmas, perguntamo-nos se algumas delas não se terão passado na nossa rua, no nosso bairro, na nossa cidade…

Certo é que a autora garante: todas elas têm uma ponta de verdade!

Purchase Links: Bertrand | Wook


Sobre a Autora

Ana Cláudia Dâmaso nasceu em Lisboa, no ano de 1992.

Sempre possuiu uma mente criativa e, desde muito nova, sentiu a necessidade de colocar as suas ideias no papel.

Considerando-se uma amante de artes, doida por desporto e ávida por informação, Ana encontra inspiração nos pequenos pormenores da vida quotidiana, da qual gosta de quebrar as suas rotinas.

Autora da saga distópica “Koldbrann”, de “Treze Más Histórias para Adormecer” de terror e paranormal e outros títulos de diferentes géneros literários, adora viajar e conhecer novos lugares, tendo por tradição acabar as suas obras sempre em locais diferentes.

Social Media Links: Goodreads | Instagram


Minha Review

“Treze Más Histórias Para Adormecer” é o primeiro livro de contos e de terror da autora Ana Cláudia Dâmaso. Um livro que posso já dizer que adorei!

É sempre difícil para mim escrever uma opinião sobre um livro de contos, principalmente porque não quero dar spoilers e porque a review ficaria muito extensa se falasse de cada um dos contos.

20200515_153246No entanto, direi que houve contos que gostei mais do que outros, apesar de ter adoro cada um dos treze contos por diferentes motivos. “Mendigar destinos” e “Boneca de Estimação” foram os meus favoritos, ambos por diversas razões, que vão desde a imagem criada aos arrepios provocados; da mensagem passada ao paralelismo com a realidade; desde as descrições às interações entre personagens.

Algo que igualmente adorei neste livro foi o conceito dele. A autora estabeleceu uma linha condutora que liga cada uma das histórias num mundo tão real que nos assusta. Esta ligação acaba por ser uma forma de manter uma base para os contos, pois estabelece assim o elemento comum, e criando um mundo consistente, no qual cada evento acaba por estar conetado.

Cada história serviu para explorar algum aspeto da essência humano, daquilo que ocorre na nossa sociedade. Desde as crenças, aos desejos, às loucuras, à dor… tanto que existe em cada conto em cada personagem e em cada momento mais ou menos macabro e mais ou menos fantasiado.

De uma forma geral, adorei e mal posso esperar pela sequela e saber para que lado a Ana Cláudia nos vai levar. “Treze Más Histórias Para Adormecer”? Eu diria “Treze Brilhantes Histórias Para Ler”! Dentro deste pequeno livro de contos existem histórias para todas as pessoas e para todos os gostos. Basta aventurarem-se neste mundo e esperar não sonhar com estas personagens.


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Promo Post: “Song of the Nightingale” by Marilyn Pemberton

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well this lovely Saturday. It is a very special day for so many reasons. Besides de announcement I will be making, and the review, I bring you now a promo post.

Song of the Nightingale“, written by Marilyn Pemberton, is a Historical Fiction novel published on December 14th 2019 by The Conrad Press.


Synopsis

Song of the Nightingale - Front coverPhilippe, the narrator of this tale, is secretary to Count De Lorenzo, and lover to the Count’s young wife. He is tasked with buying young boys from poor villagers, having them castrated and taking them to Florence to be taught to sing as castrati. The parents are told that their sons are especially blessed with their wonderful voices and they do not object to the boys making a physical sacrifice in order to thank and praise the Lord; nor to the bag of gold they are given in exchange.

The boys are innocents, victims of circumstances beyond their control. Surely they can have nothing to do with a barber’s mysterious death, or the suicide of an abusive Jesuit priest?

This is a tale of passion, revenge, guilt, regret, loss and redemption.

Don’t forget to add the book to your Goodreads TBR if you find it interesting: Song of the Nightingale.

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

Marilyn Pemberton has always worked in IT and until October 2019 she was a full-time project manager. Now that she’s retired she can focus on the thing she loves most – writing.

At the age of 40 she did a part-time BA degree in Literature at Warwick, which progressed to an MA and then a PhD, her thesis being “Glimpses of Utopia & Dystopia in Victorian Fairylands”. As a result of giving a paper on fairy tales she was approached by a publisher who suggested she gather together some lesser known fairy tales and as a result “Enchanted Ideologies: A Collection of Rediscovered Nineteenth-Century English Moral Fairy Tales” was published by The True Bill Press in 2010.

She has just finished her second novel, “Song of the Nightingale”, published by The Conrad Press. And she’s now working on her third novel, whose working title is “Grandmothers’ Footsteps”.

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter


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Blog Tour · Reviews

“Surviving Me” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope your Saturday is going well, and that this week has been kind. Today I bring you some reviews, and I hope you are ready.

Surviving Me“, written by Jo Johnson, is a Women’s fiction novel, published on November 14th 2019 by Unbound Digital.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Jo Johnson for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.

Surviving Me


Synopsis

Surviving Me CoverDeceit has a certain allure when your life doesn’t match up to the ideal of what it means to be a modern man.

Tom’s lost his job and now he’s been labelled ‘spermless’. He doesn’t exactly feel like a modern man, although his double life helps. Yet when his secret identity threatens to unravel, he starts to lose the plot and comes perilously close to the edge.

All the while Adam has his own duplicity, albeit for very different reasons, reasons which will blow the family’s future out of the water.

If they can’t be honest with themselves, and everyone else, then things are going to get a whole lot more complicated.

This book tackles hard issues such as male depression, dysfunctional families and degenerative diseases in an honest, life-affirming and often humorous way. It focuses particularly on the challenges of being male in today’s world and explores how our silence on these big issues can help push men to the brink.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US


Author Bio

Jo Johnson PhotoI’m very excited that my debut novel ‘Surviving Me’ is due to be published on the 14 November. The novel is about male minds and what pushes a regular man to the edge. The novel combines all the themes I can write about with authenticity.

I qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1992 and initially worked with people with learning disabilities before moving into the field of neurology in 1996. I worked in the NHS until 2008 when i left to write and explore new projects.

I now work as an independent clinical psychologist in West Sussex.

~ Jo Johnson

Jo speaks and writes for several national neurology charities including Headway and the MS Trust. Client and family related publications include, “Talking to your kids about MS”, “My mum makes the best cakes” and “Shrinking the Smirch”. 

In the last few years Jo has been offering psychological intervention using the acceptance and commitment therapeutic model (ACT) which is the most up to date version of CBT. She is now using THE ACT model in a range of organisations such as the police to help employees protect their minds in order to avoid symptoms of stress and work related burnout.

Social Media Links: Facebook | Goodreads


My Review

Personally, I decided this year to try and read more books out of my comfort zone, books that talk about topics that I haven’t read a lot about, or read books that make me think about the world, life and us as a global society with different cultures, political views and religions. When I read the blurb of this novel, I realized I hadn’t read many books that talked about male depression, so I was intrigued. I had to join in and I had to learn more about it.

Depression is a subject that is close to my family, not just because of the women in my family (including me) that are dealing with it, but also men. Yes, I have a big family, and I counting my second and third cousins in the mix, nevertheless this book got me thinking about everyone I know and that has to deal with all the issues talked about in this story.

I’m not a man, and I don’t pretend to know what it’s like, but I try to empathize and understand their point of view, just like I want others to understand and respect mine. With this novel as we follow Tom, we are taken into a journey. We end up explore the male view on these issues.

P1070794I could talk about the personal experiences I have with talking to family members or what I have watch during my 25 years in this Earth, but that’s not really the point. What made me love about this book was that it openly talked about things that I know a lot of times are silenced, are deemed unimportant and untrue. And I have seen that happened. I do believe this book could teach a lot of people about these issues.

It’s a beautifully written novel, with characters that are complex and that could be real life people. We care for them, we want the best for them, and that connection makes the storytelling even more powerful. We get to feel as though we are a part fo the book, and it was an emotional and insightful reading.

Overall, it was the kind of book I needed to read. It was thought-provoking, it was brilliantly created, with a plot that had multiple ‘obstacles’ that are talked about and that open our eyes to the society represented in the pages of this novel. Do I recommend it? Sure, if you want to read a book that has all the characteristic this one has, in terms of: mental health and suicidal ideation, infertility, neurological disease, Faith… Then go for it.


Giveaway

For a Chance to Win two signed copies of “Surviving Me” &  five “Surviving Me” fridge magnets Enter Here.

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1st Prize – 2 winners each winning a signed copy of Surviving Me

5 Runners Up – each winning a Surviving Me Fridge Magnet

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour.

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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

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Jess

New Releases · Uncategorized

Promo Post: “Palestina Sobre uma Tela” de André Ouro Verde

Olá meus queridos amigos!

Hoje venho divulgar a publicação de um livro de uma nova editora, Edições Velha Lenda.

Palestina Sobre uma Tela“, escrito por André Ouro Verde, é um Romance, publicado a 25 de Março por Edições Velha Lenda.


Sinopse

Uma pintora que desafiava a vida e retratava nas suas telas os mórbidos cenários que eram fruto da incessante guerra entre a Palestina e Israel.

Um capitão do Exército da Libertação da Palestina que sonha que ambas as nações, um dia, possam conviver lado a lado, em paz.

Esta história é um grito à humanidade. Um pedido de ajuda ao mundo contra os crimes cometidos contra o povo da Palestina.

Um livro escrito para que a sua história pare de se repetir na vida real.

Não se esqueçam de adicionar o livro à vossa TBR no Goodreads: Palestina Sobre uma Tela

Link de Compra: Edições Velha Lenda

Podem ver também o vídeo promocional do livro no Youtube: Palestina Sobre uma Tela | André Ouro Verde


Sobre o Autor

Autor de ‘Palestina Sobre uma Tela’, André Ouro Verde é um homem de poucas palavras. Fotógrafo, professor e historiador, investe o seu tempo em viagens e investigações minuciosas que o levam para bem longe do seu país de origem, Portugal. Quando questionado sobre quem é, responde:

“Sou um entre milhões, que acredita que petróleo, diamantes e terra não valem a vida de quem quer que seja; nem sequer a de um insecto.”

Social Media Links: Goodreads | Edições Velha Lenda


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