Book Review || Reclaming Shilo Snow by Mary Weber

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Happy Monday, everyone! Just yesterday I was writing down this post, while watching/listening to Happy. a show recently added on my Netflix. It was absurd but probably kept me inspired, because I managed to write a lot of things, this one included.

Little disclaimer: if you havent’s read the first book, The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, you can read my review there. For some reasons, I’m kinda the only one that liked the series, but anyway…

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Title: Recalming Shilo Snow
Author: Mary Weber
Series: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow #2
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Fiction
Pages: 320
Rating: ★★★

Trapped on the ice-planet of Delon, gamer girl Sofi and Ambassador Miguel have discovered that nothing is what it seems, including their friends. On a quest to rescue her brother, Shilo, a boy everyone believes is dead, they must now escape and warn Earth of Delon’s designs on humanity. Except the more they unearth of the planet and Sofi’s past, the more they feel themselves unraveling, as each new revelation has Sofi questioning the very existence of reality.

Meanwhile, back on Earth, Sofi’s mom, Inola, is battling a different kind of unraveling: a political one that could cost lives, positions, and a barely-rebuilt society, should they discover the deal made with the Delonese.

But there’s a secret deeper than all that. One locked away inside Sofi and ticking away with the beginnings, endings, and answers to everything. Including how to save humanity.

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The adventure of Sofi and Miguel ends with a cliffhanger in the first book. And I wanted to scream a bit when it happened.

The theme that goes around the book, the human traffic , is more and more explored into this second novel. If you’re really sensible to this topic, I suggest you to do not read the book.

Also because one of the new POV is the one of Inola, Sofi and Shilo’s mother. It was difficult to read about this women, of her choices and how sad and bitter was her relationship with her so-not-much family. It was interesting to see someone so near the power, thinking of being right while actually hurting people. One thing that for me wasn’t deeply explored, anyway, was exactly this part.

Inola seems to feel regret, she lost things and regain some, but a further develop ends because of the series (only two books) and because or her path into the story. Not that I found it wrong, since I found it to be the best solution.

Talking about Sofi and Shilo, a thing that left a me bit perplexed, even if it didn’t bother me so much, was that Shilo is basically absent for the majority of the main plot.

The general story left a bit confused. I liked it, just to be clear, but I also had the feel that a lot of things could have ended far before the time if the Delonese took a good decision. A ruthless one, I know, but things were a bit dragged on. And it also left me with some questions, like: what really made the Delonese arrive at that point? How they reduced themself that way? And why? Like, I doubt that a group of people modify their genes and body until the reach of infertility.

A lot is focused on Sofi, the discovery of her past, her fighting a way inside the Delonese planet/ship… Really, one of the most interesting part is some sort of brain hacking, mixed with a good dose of sci-fi ideas. It’s a thing (the brain hacking) that I’ve recently studied, along all the technology trend that spread fastly in our era, including devices that should work along with our brain and it was great to read about it in a book, even with more large interpretations.

So, on the bright side, the whole tech concept captivated me. I really need to find more books related to this particular aspect.

During the whole novel it plays an important part, not also for Sofi’s ability but also because it’s the perfect reign of twist and surprises. Let me add that there was a touch of creepy too. Many scenes and the sensation transmitted by those disturbed quite a bit and I almost didn’t want to discover how some people had end up in a certain way.

Weber’s duology is quite pleasant and different from the few sci-fi novel I read, more focused onto a new type human-technology interaction and also humanitarian themes, even if the latter should have been further developed (it happened but still not enough) instead to giving space to mostly adventure and an emotional discourse.

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HAVE YOU READ THIS SERIES? ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BOOKS BASED ON SOCIAL AND HUMANITARIANS THEME? ARE YOU MORE FOR THE CLASSIC SCI-FI OR SOMETHING DIFFERENT?

 

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From bookshop to readers || May 2018

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Sunday is finally here and so the single monthly blog post about new release! Aren’t you happy to see your virtual tbr get more and more bigger? The answer is: you should!

Anyway, I’m quite glad that this month, as much as there are books that I really desire, there’s nothing that I want in particular. Meaning that I’ve so many books to read and I’m trying to spend not so much money.

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ALLIED || I don’t know that much… because is the third final book of a trilogy. In case you liked it, now here is a reminder that the third book comes out. Also, I read quite positive review about this series by bloggers I trust. (Ruined #3)

THE SMOKE THIEVES || The new book by Sally Green! Not that I ever read anything by her. My bad. And why this cover, even if well made, is just a big no for me? Anyway, looks like characters with bad luck are going to cross path and maybe be all great friend and do something fantasy-ish. I hope. (The Smoke Thieves #1)

SONG OF BLOOD AND STONE || Book with a  black woman as protagonist (I think so? Looks like this from the cover) and wrote by a black woman. For some reasons looks like the second and third book are already out. Maybe this book is being reprinted? I don’t know. Anyway, spies and intrigue and forbidden magic (Earthsinger Chronicles #1)

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ONLY HUMAN || Third and last books of a sci-fi series that got a lot of success. It’s quite speculative, with alien and robots. I cannot say much more but is a series that it’s worth a shot, or at least like it. (Themisis Files #3)

THE MAP OF SALT AND STARS || An adult historical fiction that catched my attention thanks to the cover. It talks about a family going from New York back to Syria. I don’t have to explain to you, if you keep yourself informed, how much is happening. But also, this book explore the perspective of another girl, one that lived eight hundred years earlier.

THE POPPY WAR || This one is a heavy book that we all deserve. First of all because it also dwells on shamanism. I did my university thesis on it, at least from the Siberian side and I studied a bit other type of shamanism across the world. I cannot wait to see more in this book Continue reading

Book Award || Sunshine Blogger Award

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Hello, dear readers! Is time for an award… that I might have already got in the past ( I don’t really remember clearly) but I always find this to be a nice way to do some random chats.

So, looks like this Sunshine Award is given to bloggers that are creative and positive… and looks like I’m like that 😂  But enough with random introductions since I’m really bad at it and let’s go one with the award.

Oh! And thank to Adri @Adri’s Blog that nominated me ❤

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THE RULES

I must thank the person that nominated me (I already did)

Also, I’ve to answer the 10 questions that Adri gave me.

I ‘ve to list other 10 questions (I will try to act normal, I swear)

List the rules and use the award symbol

 

ADRI’S QUESTIONS

What is your favorite thing about blogging?  Mostly is sharing my opinions about books I read and also some of my views on topic discussion. I always love to share discussion, from writing, to lightly bookish stuff and more heavy ones.

What is a quote that inspires you? I’m not really into quotes. The problem is that as much as I like them, they slip by my memory and I don’t recall them in real life. When it comes to the moment… I’ve just myself and my own decision. Sure things I read in books may inspire me in general.

If you could travel anywhere right now, where you would you go and why? I will pick an atlas and randomly point my finger somewhere, then I’m gonna examine the place and see if it’s interesting in general or there are little places to visit, sometimes specific and I would go. You know, just to have a little plan. I like to travel and I really feel my heart crushing a bit when I see photo a places where I can’t go. Almost like crying.

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Book Review || Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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Funny thing of the day: today is the last day of lessons for the week. I’m really happy because I will have all the time to schedule, possible for the majority of the month.

But today, is the day for me to review Stalking Jack the Ripper. I will probably be very brief about it. It was pleasant to read the novel with the Cursed Book Club created by Marta, also because we shared a lot of things about culture and other stuff.

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Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #1
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Pages: 326
Rating: ★★★

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

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Maniscalco’s book has been around my virtual tbr since ages, but just recently I read and… sorry, but I don’t get what all the fuss was about.

When the novel came out, my bookstagram dash was full of this novel, people screaming how much was good. For me it was just okay and nothing more. I can try to look back at it, searching in the depth of my memory as a reader what struck me… and no result.

Still, it was what I call “an okay-read”, meaning that I still had kinda fun reading but mostly because I was, in fact, reading. The story left me still interested and didn’t make me sleepy or such, but I didn’t fell in love.

The writing was a bit strange. Everything was narrated with Audrey Rose’s POV and what left me perplexed about the narration is that a lot of strange comparison were made. Might be that Audrey Rose’ tought were related to the Victorian society and the protagonist social rank, but still it passed from a normal register to a more formal I-really-want-to-be-poetic one.

Aside from the narration, that anyway didn’t bother that much (but I still wanted to point it out), some other factors played for the three stars rating. First of all, the plot.

If you’re particularly sensible to gore, this book is not really for you since it can get quite graphic into the details about Jack’s murders. And those murders, as much as pathology and morgue and Audrey Rose’s skill, should have been the center of everything but didn’t sound like it. Continue reading

April Recap & May’s Goals || I guess that all went kinda okay…

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Hello, dear bookish folks! Hope you’re ready for this new month since I’m not.

This is my first post after the little hiatus I took because of some not so nice stuff (that some of you have notice on Twitter).  This time I’ve not so much to say and the month was a lot less busy and productive than what I wanted.

Plus I just checked my last post and this is the first recap that I make after February. Or at least that’s what come up from my research. So, an award to me for actually being a regular blogger.

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This month was another in which I screamed to myself HOW MANY BOOKS I WAS GOING TO READ. And it was a lie. As usual. It’s almost becoming fun. But there’s one positive thing. I realized that unless I was going to stop doing everything else and just read… I will never read 200 by the end of the year.

I’m still trying to improve my schedule since the first of January. And I’m doing a mess. So, this I lowered my goal to 70 books. I’m currently really behind, only at 20% of the challenge. So, I’m kinda sucking with my general read and with research too. (Let’s talk about the writing stuff later)

Anyway, this month I read:

  • The Case for Jamie and I’ve also reviewed it! Also, I discovered tha the Charlotte Holmes trilogy has actually a fourth book coming out next year! Cavallaro herself confirmed it ❤

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  • Nothing but Sky that was one of the many eArc I got approved out of nowhere and I’m still drowning in them The review is coming this month and trust that it would a positive one.

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