Bookish Boardgames Recommendations #1 + a guest!

Hello bookworms!
Ha, this post is and isn’t about books. How mischievous. For this one, my very good friend Clio @ Clio’s Boardgames and I came together with a few boardgames with bookish themes as ideas for what to give to people for Christmas or, most likely, for yourself. Games are great for getting people together and, contrary to popular belief, boardgames don’t ALWAYS have to end up like Monopoly, with broken families and friends turned enemies, as well as a terrible idea of how going to jail works. No, sir! Games can be actually fun, and to me it’s twice the fun if the game also has a fun theme and you spend the first 20min deciding who you’re going to play because you just wanna be all of them.

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My Christmas socks and my Christmas mug (well… one of them)

Joking apart, boardgaming has really come far the past few years, with the introduction of a lot of games where you play in a collaborative way instead of against each other for example, if you and your siblings simply are too competitive and will turn Christmas into Apocalypse-mas.

There are many more games we’d like to try out, but we’ll leave them for a next post so we can have this one up before Christmas! 🙂 Continue reading

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Review: Watching Glass Shatter, by James J. Cudney

Watching Glass Shatter James J Cudney

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Contemporary, Mystery

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Disclaimer: I bought this book myself and, although I know the author and had in mind to publish my review to help spread the word about this book, the author didn’t ask me to, neither did it influence my opinions.

When I started Watching Glass Shatter, I actually didn’t know much about it. I’d read the synopsis before and a few reviews, but the week before I actually picked it up, I avoided reading anything about it to be more surprised. Well, I could have read all the reviews I wanted – I am sure I still wouldn’t have seen the twists coming! Continue reading

ARC Review: The Doll House, by Phoebe Morgan

The Doll House Phoebe Morgan

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Thriller, Mystery

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I have received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Corinne has been on edge since her father died, almost a year ago. She and her husband Dominic have been trying for a baby since before that, and after three unsuccessful IVFs, they both feel exhausted. And then, Corinne finds a small chimney in her house, identical to the one from her doll house her dad built. It’s odd and some sort of sign, but Corinne doesn’t know what of. Strange things start happening in her life and in Ashley’s, her sister, and Corinne starts to get a feeling that someone has been watching them, for a long time. Continue reading

ARC Review: Artemis, by Andy Weir

Artemis Andy Weir

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller

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I have received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Jazz is a criminal – she makes deliveries and some of those are – well, less than legal. After a falling out with her father, she lives in an awful, tiny place in the only city in the Moon – Artemis. When she fails her EVA master test, she needs to start saving all over again to buy a new suit and be able to get a better job. But then, she’s offered a million for doing a dangerous job. It’s risky and she’s never done a heist before, but with that kind of money, all her problems would be gone. But her job is far more dangerous to her and the city than she knows. Continue reading

Review: They Both Die At The End, by Adam Silvera [Audiobook]

They Both Die At The End Adam Silvera

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, LGBT+

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What would you do if you knew you had less than 24h before you die?

They Both Die At The End is a lovely, sad and hopeful story that follows Rufus and Mateo on the last day of their lives. When Death-Cast calls them on September 5th, both boys need to decide how to spend their last day, and they end up signing up for the Last Friend app, in hope of getting company one last time and try to live their whole lives in less than 24h.  Continue reading

ARC Review: Dear Martin, by Nic Stone

Dear Martin Nic Stone

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

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Dear Martin is the story of Justyce, who gets top marks at school and dreams of going to Yale. One night, his ex-girlfriend Melo gets very drunk and he attempts to take her home and not let her drive in that state, but before he knows it, two cops arrive and handcuff him, under allegation that he was trying to carjack her. Assaulted and mistreated, even Melo’s testimony for him barely is enough to get him out of jail. After that, Jus can’t ignore anymore the microagressions at school and the major problems in the system and the police when dealing with black people. So he starts writing letters to Martin Luther King, in the hope of becoming more like him. But it won’t be easy, and much more awaits him. Continue reading

Review: The Female of the Species, by Mindy McGinnis

The Female of the Species Mindy McGinnis

Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Thriller, Contemporary, Young Adult

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This was excellent! I bought this novel when it was on sale at Amazon, but now I crave to have the physical copy, too.

The Female of the Species is the story of Alex Craft, whose sister was brutally raped and murdered three years before and the culprit walked away for lack of evidence. Alex knows the language of violence well, and is decided to take justice to her own hands. She can’t stop being this way, and knows she’s a danger to normal people and cannot trust them with her secret. But when she befriends Peekay and starts to fall in love with Jack, things get out of control, and it will change their lives forever. Continue reading

Review: The Punch Escrow, by Tal M. Klein [Audiobook]

The Punch Escrow Tal M Klein

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller

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First of all, I’d like to thank Darque Dreamer for recommending this book and also for recommending that I get it as an audiobook, because wow, the narration was fantastic! Matthew Mercer did such a good job, his narration was full of personality, I could tell each character apart easily and it never felt caricature-like. I’m quite impressed. Continue reading

Review: One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns, #2), by Kendare Blake

One Dark Throne Kendara Blake

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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One Dark Throne is the second volume of the Tree Dark Crown series, a dark fantasy story around three sisters, each with their own magical inclinations: Katharine is a poisoner, Mirabella is an elemental and Arsinoe is a naturalist. The three of them must fight to death in order to become Queen, and using their powers, knowledge and cunning to achieve that, they are raised since childhood with this objective in their hearts.

Much like Three Dark Crowns, I very much wanted to love this book and this series. After being disappointed with the first installment, I decided to buy the second book and read it anyways, since the blurb indicated that this one was even better than the first. Since I want to love this so badly, I gave it a second chance. Continue reading

Review: The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby Scott FItzgerald

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Classic fiction

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Trying to review a classic is always a dramatic thing: the book normally becomes a classic when a lot of high schoolers have dissected the text a bunch of times and are sick of it. Reviewing The Great Gatsby required me to watch the Leonardo DiCaprio movie (what a terrible sacrifice) and read analyses and reviews online to help structure my thoughts.

The Great Gatsby is two stories in one: the story of Gatsby and Daisy’s love affair during the roaring twenties, told through the eyes of Nick, and also the story of the decaying American Dream. Continue reading