Anamelia (A Tale Before Dying, #1) by Alec Silva

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The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Plot
(by Amazon)

A tale about a girl with heterochromatic eyes that just wanted to flee to a magical world. Between her and her dream, there are only a rock and seven challenging tasks.

Genre(s): Paranormal & Urban Fantasy, Horror
Series: A Tale Before Dying, #1
Length: 55 pages
Release date: 2016-04-14
 Translated by Mike Brandish
Original title Anamélia, um conto antes de morrer

 

Teaser


“One day, of course, Anamelia fled. Forever.

It was such a cold night that dreams froze in the air, the slightest sigh of love was crystallized and the tears became diamond droplets. The snow-covered the streets and souls, although those were happier and able to keep themselves warm.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Anamelia, orphaned young – now trying to realise her dreams at all cost.

With Anamelia, Alec Silva has created a bizarre fantasy story. It is an unusual and quite compelling read, drawing you into the world of Anamelia, watching her activities to fulfil her dreams. As stated in the book’s subtitle, Anamelia is to die eventually; it is a book about death, inspired by the works of Tim Burton and Guillermo del Toro – without copying them. Alec Silva paints a clear and somehow disturbing picture of Anamelia’s mind while the story evolves. Anamelia is of sufficient depth, this also applies to the other characters – depending on their relevance. The story has a fairytale character and a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like urban fantasy combined with a streak of horror, and if you like the work of Tim Burton or Guillermo del Toro.

In brief:

Cover ⭐⭐⭐
Writing ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Plot ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Characters ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Mood Suspenseful, dark
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: –😳
Violence 😳 –😡
Sexual content :mrgreen: –😳

 

About the author

Escrever é uma forma de aliviar a dor e retardar minha morte.
(Writing is a way to alleviate the pain and delay my death.)

In love with dinosaurs and Greek mythology, began writing for Jurassic Park, but the first book, “Ariane”, written in 2007, did the legend of Eros and psyche. Since then, he has accumulated more than 40 books, dozens of short stories and a thousand poems, most disposable, but that matured as a writer. Published “Zarak, the Monster” in 2011, inaugurating the great autobiographical genre; in 2013, presented “the Creatives”, which resulted in ambitious projects, starting officially what he calls Lordeverso, which already has some works.

 

Connect with the author:

Amazon:  Alec Silva
Buy links (English):  books2read.com/u/b6QK20
Buy links (Portuguese):   books2read.com/u/mBeoPN


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you. 🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Anamelia?  Or – if you did not yet read Anamelia – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments. 🙂

 

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3 Quotes – Mark Haddon

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Mark Haddon, British writer, illustrator

born:
September 26, 1962 in Northampton, England, UK

known for (among others):
Agent Z and the Penguin from Mars, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

web site:  http://markhaddon.com/

 

Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well.
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Use your imagination, and you’ll see that even the most narrow, humdrum lives are infinite in scope if you examine them with enough care.
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Writing for children is bloody difficult; books for children are as complex as their adult counterparts, and they should therefore be accorded the same respect.

 

Which is your favourite quote by Mark Haddon? 🙂


Charlotte’s Lance and the Round Fable by Margaret Lynette Sharp

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The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Almost on the eve of her nineteenth birthday, Charlotte – the daughter of a wealthy property developer – starts to date handsome, ambitious, fellow university student Lance. Trouble brews when Lance throws his weight behind an environmental cause that’s in direct opposition to the plans of Charlotte’s father. Will Charlotte follow her heart, or succumb to the demands of her family?

Genre(s): Teen & Young Adult, Romance
Series: n.a.
Length: 66 pages
Release date: 2016-07-29

 

Teaser


“Why do you say that, honey? Why would you want to disclaim kin with one of the wealthiest developers in the State, even if he’s hell-bent on destroying a pristine sanctuary for some of the most rare and endangered species in Australia?”

My jaw fell open. “I… I don’t know anything about that…”

“Fair enough… I don’t s’pose the subject makes for polite discussion around the dinner table.”


My Opinion

This book introduces you to 18-year-old Charlotte. She is in love with Lance – a guy her father wouldn’t really approve of.

With Charlotte’s Lance and the Round Fable, Margaret Lynette Sharp has created a romantic novella for teens and young adults. Once again, the readers find themselves in Australia of the 1950s, including the mindsets of that era. Romance is not my typical genre, therefore I really like that this novella is not a hard-core romance. It is a very appealing read as it covers a controversial issue that is as important as it was then: profit versus environmental protection. Margaret Lynette Sharp draws you close to the protagonist and the topic at hand while the story evolves. I was drawn relatively close to Charlotte and her dilemma, silently encouraging her to do the right thing. The main characters are of sufficient depth, believable in their actions.

This is a book for you if you like young adult romance and are interested in environmental protection.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐⭐⭐
Writing ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Plot ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Characters ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Mood Light-hearted
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence :mrgreen:
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the author

Margaret Lynette Sharp is an award-winning writer, and the author of #1 Amazon Best Seller, ‘Longbourn Revisited’. Her work was highly commended during the 2014 Hurstville Discovery Festival of Community Arts, and published by Hurstville Council in an anthology entitled ‘Write Out Loud’. In November 2015 she won a Second Prize, again in the short story section of this same competition, and her title, ‘More Than a Mere Bagatelle’, has been selected for inclusion in another anthology, ‘The Art of Writing’.

She spent her early years in an inner city suburb of Sydney, moving with her family to a leafy, outer suburb at the age of ten.

A self-motivated student who loved to seek out information, she matriculated just before her eighteenth birthday. Her enthusiasm for literature led to further studies, with a particular focus on Short Story Writing.

Shortly after the death of her elderly mother whom she cared for, Margaret met and later married Ronald Sharp B.E.M., the creator of the Sydney Opera House Grand Organ. She believes that, without doubt, he is her greatest fan and motivator.

Excelling in English himself, Ron has edited much of her work.

Connect with the author:


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you. 🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Charlotte’s Lance and the Round Fable?  Or – if you did not yet read Charlotte’s Lance and the Round Fable – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments. 🙂

 

 

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Meeting of the Mustangs by Cathy Kennedy

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The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

A black colt is born into a band of wild mustangs and soon learns that life can often be difficult. Follow his story as he goes from a free spirit to being captured for profit, and find out how one man gains the trust and extreme loyalty of a very special horse.

(by Amazon)

For hundreds of years, generations of wild mustangs have roamed large parts of the western United States. Many of these magnificent animals can live their entire lives without ever seeing a single human being. Being completely self-sufficient, they inhabit the wilderness in groups, living together peacefully and posing no threat to any of the other animals with which they share the land.

Through knowledge that has been passed down to them from their ancestors, these horses are masters of survival and know what things to fear and how to protect themselves from those dangers.

This is the story of a special horse. His life begins much the same as the other young horses in his group, but will turn out to be much different. Through no fault of his own, he is separated from everything he has come to know and thrown into an entirely different way of life. Although his world changes drastically, his adventures continue until he finds himself in the unexpected position to repay a kindness that was once shown to him.

Friendship can sometimes be found in the least likely forms, in the most difficult times.

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Children, Animals
Series: n.a.
Length: 78 pages
Release date: 2015-06-14

 

Teaser


Late one night as the horses were grazing, the leader came upon some fresh bear tracks. She sensed danger as did the other horses. The little black colt was sleeping when the cry of danger came from the leader. He awoke instantly and was beside his mother in seconds.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to a black colt and his journey.

With Meeting of the Mustangs, Cathy Kennedy has created a remarkable story of a mustang with authentic equine characters and realistic events. It is a very appealing read, keeping you interested in the black colt’s fate – as he sees it. The black colt is believable and complex; his perception of the world – shown in human language – is pretty real. Cathy Kennedy draws you close to the protagonist and his mindset while the story evolves. I was drawn close to the black colt – keeping my fingers crossed for him, and cheering him on. The main character is complex, believable until and including the end (years of practised natural horsemanship revealed remarkable interactions).

This is a book for you if you like animal stories, horses, and love and respect nature.

Recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Writing ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Plot ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Characters ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence 😳
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the author

Cathy Kennedy spent the first years of her life growing up in Pennsylvania before moving to South Florida at age 17. Her book, Meeting of the Mustangs, was started during her teenage years in Pennsylvania and would not be completed until many years later.

The story of the wild mustangs is somewhat reflective of her life living in the country, where her family owned horses. She wanted to complete the book for younger readers who have a love for animals, and finally convinced herself that she should continue the story where she’d stopped writing many years before.

She currently lives in Ohio with her husband and three rescued tuxedo cats.

Connect with the author:

Amazon:  Cathy Kennedy

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you. 🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Meeting of the Mustangs?  Or – if you did not yet read Meeting of the Mustangs – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments. 🙂

 

 

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