Review: The Girl Who Was Taken, by Charlie Donlea

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Thriller

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The Girl Who Was Taken is the story of two girls: one missing, one who came back. One night, Nicole and Megan disappeared, and two weeks later Megan escaped her captor. One year later, Nicole is still missing and Megan is now a national sensation as the book telling the gritty details of her kidnapping and brave escape.

On the surface, this is not any different from all other thrillers of girls being kidnapped, abused, killed, of which the whole genre is quite saturated. But really, I was very pleased to find out that this does not use the Dead/Missing Girl Trope as most other books do, but instead gives voice to different girls in this story, including the victim, and putting them first. Continue reading

Review: Daughter of the Burning City, by Amanda Foody

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Fantasy, Murder Mystery, Romance, Young Adult

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Daughter of the Burning City is the story of Sorina, a girl who sees without eyes and has the power to create illusions a person can even touch and hear. Gomorrah, the wandering city she has lived in her whole life, is full of wonder, magic and danger. When a murderer starts killing her family, Sorina must find out who is behind this and why. To do that, she allies with Luca, the boy who cannot die, no matter how gruesome the attempts to his life. Is he trustworthy? Will she be able to keep her family safe? As impending war approaches, Sorina knows she must trade with care, but cannot help slowly coming to trust and befriend Luca. Continue reading

Review: Sourdough, by Robin Sloan

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Genres: Contemporary, Magical Realism

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Sourdough is such a gem of a book. It tells the story of Lois, a software engineer who just got what should be her dream job: programming robotic arms to perform tasks and earning more than both her parents combined. She made it! A big job not long after graduating! However, as the work goes on, she slowly finds herself feeling discouraged, demotivated and with stomach pains that the company restaurant food seems to aggravate. One day, she finds a menu at her doorstep, and decides to try their spicy soup and sandwich – and it’s love at first bite. Her love for the spicy food and the amazing sourdough slowly helps heal her stomach pains and anxiety, but the restaurant owner must leave and close the delivery service. Before leaving, he gives her a starter to make their famous sourdough. She must keep it alive, feed it everyday and play music for it. As she learns how to bake (at first rather disastrously), she finds a passion for it she didn’t expect at all – and her sourdough comes out with faces on the bread crust for some mysterious reason. Continue reading

Review: The Fact of a Body, by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Nonfiction, Biography, True Crime

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The Fact of a Body is the true story of the murder of little Jeremy by Ricky Langley, a strange young man who’s a convicted pedophile. It merges with the story of the author, who was an intern in the law firm working on Langley’s defense after the first trial, which sentenced him to death. Alex is strongly against the death penalty her whole life, but finds herself struggling with her own history. For the first time, she wants a man dead.

This was a difficult book to get through at times, in the sense that the theme of child abuse (especially molestation) is so very recurrent and graphic. This made me wince and felt quite heavy to read about. I considered putting it down several times, but in the end I was entranced by the story and wanted to see where it was going. If you hate open endings, maybe skip this one – it’s not that it leaves you in a frustrating note, but it leaves margin for interpretation and I didn’t really know what to make of Ricky Langley in the end. Not a good person, that is for SURE. But how much of what he did or said was true, we might never know. Continue reading

Resenha: Tudo Nela Brilha e Queima, por Ryane Leão

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Gêneros: Poesia, Não-ficção

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Tudo Nela Brilha e Queima é uma coleção de poesias da autora de Cuiabá também dona do projeto Onde Jazz Meu Coração. Esse estilo de poesia contemporânea conquistou meu coração com autoras como Amanda Lovelace e Rupi Kaur, e com Rayane Leão não foi diferente. Cada poema, mesmo os mais curtinhos, são incrivelmente intensos, ardentes e emocionantes. Estou completamente apaixonada por este livro e recomendo para qualquer pessoa que ame poesia.

Segundo minha irmã esta autora popularizou bastante no Instagram, e não é por menos. Acho que os poemas vão ressonar com muitas pessoas, especialmente mulheres que estão todos os dias encarando os padrões da sociedade e tentando rejeitá-los, tentando ser autênticas e fortes. O tema de sororidade permeia as páginas e terminei o livro me sentindo fortalecida. Não consigo escolher um poema preferido! Este é um daqueles livros que você vai querer manter na cabeceira da cama para reler e reler.

só há revolução
quando há amor
por nós mesmas

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Resenha: A Linguagem do Amor, por Lola Salgado

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Nota: ★★★★☆

Gêneros: Romance

Este livro veio recomendado por uma boa amiga minha, que é fã de romances e com certeza é mais conhecedora desse gênero do que eu! Então peguei uma cópia pela Amazon Unlimited bem animada.

A Linguagem do Amor é a história de Rebecca, caloura do curso de Letras que acabou de se mudar para Maringá e sonha em trabalhar numa editora um dia. Suas paixões incluem ler e desenhar, e ela tem um objetivo nessa nova etapa de sua vida: se dedicar aos estudos e não deixar nada distraí-la. Mal sabe ela que seu novo vizinho, um barbudo rude e grosseiro, pode vir a causar alguma distração… Continue reading

Review: Six Wakes, by Mur Lafferty

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Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Science Fiction, Mystery

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I got the recommendation for this book from SFF Yeah! podcast and it sounded so, so good I couldn’t help getting it almost immediately.

The crew of a ship wakes up with no memory of the last 25 years. They are all clones, woken up all at the same time to a gruesome scene: all their previous clones drenched in blood, floating around the spaceship. They were all murdered, and now the murderer is newly awaken, with no memory of doing it. Ian, the Intelligent Artificial Network, is down. Continue reading

Review: Based on a True Story, by Delphine de Vigan

based on a true story delphine de viganRating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Contemporary, Mystery

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Based on a True Story is the elegant story of the relationship of Delphine (the author) and a woman named only as L. throughout the novel. As Delphine deals with the writer’s block and depression after her last autobiographical book about her mother’s mental illness and eventual suicide, L. becomes very close to her. Little by little, L. starts taking over Delphine’s life, becoming her.

What an interesting book! I wouldn’t call this a thriller, this book is a slow burner, and most of the it is about the relationship of the two women, and discussions about fiction and fact, autobiography and bias. Continue reading

eARC Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, by Lauren James

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

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

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe is a very unique book, I have never really read anything like it. It tells the story of Romy Silvers, the sole survivor in a spaceship that is on its way to Earth 2, and will be responsible for getting the new planet ready for other humans to live in it. She’s been completely alone for five years, but one day she gets exciting news: another ship has left Earth to meet with her in one year! But a war has erupted in Earth, and Romy starts receiving mysterious messages from a new power that has taken over the United States and other countries. Continue reading

ARC Review: Juliet Takes a Breath, by Gabby Rivera

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Contemporary YA, LGBT+, Feminism

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

This book was such a positive surprise. I don’t know exactly what I expected from it, but it wasn’t this strong story, which left me open-mouthed at its freshness, its exploration of feminism and intersectionalism, its nonchalant gayness. I’m so here for it.

Juliet Takes a Breath is the story of Juliet, a girl from the Bronx who has just come out to her family just hours before leaving to Portland for an internship with the very famous author Harlowe Brisbane. Now she doesn’t know where she stands with her mom, and if she still accepts her. Also her girlfriend isn’t picking up her calls, and feminism is a big question mark.

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