Monday, September 1, 2014

A Little Update

Monday, crazy, grayish Monday. Today is a happy day for me, because I'm celebrating another year with the amazing woman who made me the honor to be my mom. I'm not going to go into much detail since if you've been reading my blog, you probably know how amazing this woman is. But Happy Birthday Momma!!!

And now let's go to a little update since I've been kind of absent around here. 
First, back on July I decided to take a break from challenges, and it extended to August, so today I'm retaking the Document your Live challenge, same as the instagram challenge from The Idea Room. Also, I'm retaking the 365 self portrait challenge, and probably I'm going to do the 30 days vlog challenge (still deciding on it).
Second, I've been watching booktube channels non-stop, I'm totally addict to them, love to hear the opinion of other people about books that I already read or I'm intending to read, while I discover new books that I could add to my TBR. Also, I've been tempting to join the community, but still, I don't feel so comfortable, we'll see, we'll see.
Third, I had a major read-a-thon, during my last week of holiday, so last week I realized that I completed my Reading Challenge on Goodreads already. This year I set the goal of read 29 books, and I'm glad to say that I already did it, so here's a list of the book I read the last couple of days:
1. Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children
2. Asylum
3. Clockwork Princess
4. Ten day in a mad-house
5. Hollow city
6. A feast for Crows
7. Fortunately the milk
8. The exorcist
9. The thirteenth tale
10. Legion
11. Little treasures made by hand
12. Off Magazine Street
13. A complaint free world
14. The Book Thief
15. Thirteen reasons why
16. The Prophecy of the sisters
17. Guardian fot the gate
18. The Accident
19. The Ice Princess
20. The Preacher
21. The Stonecutter
22. The Stranger
23. The hidden child
24. The drowning
25. The witch of Duva (Review pretty soon)
26. The Fault in our stars (Review pretty soon)
27. We were liars (Review pretty soon)
28. The lost boy (Review pretty soon)
29. The Secret Garden (Review pretty soon)

I also read:
The Midnight Witch
Buried Angels

Currently Reading:
Everything I never told you

Looking for Alaska

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Drowning, book review

Rating: ★★★
Book six on Patrik Hedström saga by Camilla Lackberg and Oh My God! It was good, really good.
After Erika found out more about her mother's past, her now family status had changed a little more, she's once more pregnant. Something that at first I didn't like, -just remembering her role in the second book, the Preacher, gave me the chills- but I was glad while I read more and more. She kept her inquiring self at top, and became less annoying like in her previous pregnancy, even when she still acted kind of childish and silly when she was with her now pregnant sister.
Patrik's paternal leave had ended and he had been involved in a case that left him worry, the dissapearing of a local man, Magnus, and the fact that there was no apparent reason for him to go without a trace since he loved his family deeply and never cheated to his wife, who every wednesday went to the police station to ask Patrik if they found something about her husband.
At the same time Erika is excited since her "friend" Christian, from the library, finally got published his first book, the mermaid, thanks to Erika of course, who helped him with the edition of the manuscrip and recommended him with her editor.
So Christian's big day arrives, Erika is with him since she's going to make the introduction and ask him a couple of questions in the launch of "The Mermaid", when the editor arrives with a bouquet of flowers and a note in white paper and wrote in black ink. After reading the note, Christian faints, leaving them with a lot of questions, especially Erika, who wants to know what's going on, and would do all in her power to find out.
The story involves four friends, Christian, of course, Magnus, Kenneth and Erik, and a dark secret from their past.
What i loved about the book once more is the flashback at the beginning of the chapters, reveling more and more about One of the characters past.
I really enjoyed the new role of Mellberg, even when I would appreciate more less descriptions about how to change a nappy
What i didn't like was the fact that Martin Molin once more appears as the rocky and he felt insecure, which really distracted me since in the previous book he was practically in charge of the investigation, and he's been working with Patrik since book one, demostrating his value, the rocky thing here, i don't get it.
Once more I'm not going to reveal much about the story, but let me tell you this, if the previous books surprised me at the end, this once shocked me! That good the end was, so highly recommended if you enjoy psychological thrillers. You can get it here!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Two new stars in heaven...

While I've been reluctant to write about it, the second news shaked me as much as the first. There are two new stars in heaven, while we only kept the memories and the laughs that these two brought to us. So to the best teacher I never had, but always admired, and to the best Santa in the whole world I made this little tribute: My the stars guide you Robin Williams and Richard Attenborough 

O Captain! My Captain!

O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
                         But O heart! heart! heart!
                            O the bleeding drops of red,
                               Where on the deck my Captain lies,
                                  Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding,
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
                         Here Captain! dear father!
                            This arm beneath your head!
                               It is some dream that on the deck,
                                 You’ve fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;
                         Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
                            But I with mournful tread,
                               Walk the deck my Captain lies,
                                  Fallen cold and dead.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

My TBR Jar

Hello guys!

Chaotic week, wasn't it? every year back to school is CRAZYYYY!, thank goodness for the previous two weeks which were my Summer Break, if not I would be under my blanket with no intention to leave home anymore.
But is not about work that I wanted to talk today, it's about why I was so absent during my Summer Break, because let's be honest, Summer is perfect for go outdoors and take pretty pictures, but I had a mission in mind, and that was to read as many books as I could.
The first week since a friend of my mom came to visit us (she's the nicest and funniest person in the world), I didn't have a lot of time for reading, except at night, but the last week...well, I was able to read 6 books, which I think it's pretty cool.
The reviews that I've been posting were part of those awesome books that I read, and there's more to come!
But after finished my Reading challenge -which happened this week-, I had so many books that I wanted to read, that I can't make my mind. That's when I remember the video from Catriona of The Little Book Owl, and decided to give it a try. So the next couple of months that's going to be my process, because ladies and gentlemen, let me present to you my TBR Jar!

Every time I finish a book, I'm going to take off one little paper and the book that is wrote on it, that's what I'm going to read!, easy, simple, but very effective, What do you think?
By the way, I've becoming an addict of Booktube, so many books, so many reviews, I just simply can't stop watching it.
Hopefully next week everything is going to back to normal, and I'm going to be able to post regularly, but if not, at least I'm going to schedule one or two post.
Oh before I forget, this is the video from Catriona and her TBR Jar.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Hidden Child, book review

Rating: ★★★
Book number five on Patrik Hedström saga by Camilla Lackberk. I'm still mot so sure that i loved this book as much as the previous ones but still the story was interesting enough to keep me reading and reading until very late every night.
By the end of book four, Erika discovered a few objects inside a chest in the attic, a chest that evidently belonged to Erika's mother. The objects that caused her more curiosity? A child's t-shirt with rusty spots, three diaries, and a Nazi medal which was raped in the child's t-shirt. In an attempt to discover more about her mother's past and find out about why the woman who supposed to love her was so cold and distant, Erika decided to dig in Elsy's past, at the same time she works in a new book, but her work was affected by the death of an history retired teacher who specialized in the Second World War. Erika went to see him at the beginning of June to find out more about a Nazi medal she discovered in Elsy's chest. 
Erik, the historian was found death in his house by a couple of boys who broke in the house trying to have a look in Erik's collection of Nazi artifacts. What's totally disturbing is the state of Erik's body, apparently it's been months since he died, and the police quickly discovered that he was murdered by a huge mark on his head. Here i'm not going to lie, I was pretty confuse that they noticed that with simple view since the body was in a terrible state by decomposition but well, let us just pass that.
When Erik's brother, Axel, is informed he immediatly went back to Sweden and was interrogated by Martin Molin (the rocky police who was of great help in the previous books and investigations) and Paula, the new detective of the station.
At this point I have to say that for moments I struggled with Patrik position in this book. He was in a paternal leave, in charge of Maja (his and Erika's daughter) and all the house keeping, but at the same time he's so curious about the investigation, and tried to help from time to time since he needs to be in the grown up world. Another thing that I still can't understand is the fact that his ex wife returns and now they became friends and go for walks with their kids (Karin has a boy same age as Maja).
The book has lots of elements, from a Nazi fanatic (Frans), a Nazi criminals hunter (Axel), and a sweet old lady who suffers from Alzheimer, and who in some point was Elsy's best friend. 
Here's what I liked about the book:
1. Elsy's diaries and frlashbacks through her past and the people who were related to her (Erik, Franz, Brita, Hans and Axel)
2. Erika's role in this book, in which she's not a pregnant/newly mom/kind of annoying person, but a more inquisitive and intelligent woman, more like in book one, The Ice Princess
3. Mellberg new relationship with Ernst, and Rita
4. The story itself and the secret that involved Elsy and her friends
What I liked less (not totally disliking the book for it or made me hate it)
1. The still ridiculous relationship between Anna and Erika, they act sometimes so silly that really get to my nerves
2. Patrik trying to be the know-it-all when he should have assume a secondary role since he was on paternal leave.
Totally recommend this book if you enjoy psychological thriller, and if you want to buy this book go here!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Stranger, book review

Rating: ★★★
The fourth novel in the Patrik Hedström saga by Camilla Läckberg, The Stranger also known as The Gallows Bird. Personally I prefer the new title, specially if you go deep in the story. Once more the story is situated in the picturesque town Fjälbacka, from were Patrik and Erika were born. The story focused in a weird car accident in which a local woman was killed. The level of alcohol in her blood is pretty high, and the forensic determined that she probably died before "the accident" which lead to a murder investigation.
Patrik goes to the crime scene in company of the new detective, Hannah, who recently moved to the town with her husband, a psychologist who would be working with the cast of a new reality show that would be filmed in the town. Hannah had been working in different places, according to her to gain more experience and one day be chief. But there's something mysterious about Hannah, something about her past and her marriage that would keep you wondering.
During a party with the cast of the reality show in which alcohol has been the star, a second murder happened, this time, one of the girls from the reality show.
Detective Patrik is forced to focus most of his time in the girl's investigation, but there was something about the first murder that left him uneasy, specially after he knew from family and friends that the victim didn't drink, and even more when they found tape residues around the woman's mouth. There's something more, a page of the a very old book, Hansel and Gretel.
The investigation would lead to a really creepy story, back to 25 years.
While I was reading the book, lots of questions keep coming to my mind, I had a general idea who could be the possible suspect, but like with the other books, I was quite amazed by the end.
Also, I avoided to mention once more Erika-Anna relationship and presence during the book, because those two really get to my nerves sometimes, but at the end of the book Erika made a discover that bring lots of questions and caught my curiosity, making me read the next book almost after finished this one, but I won't tell you more until next week.
Highly recommend The Stranger to those who enjoy a great psychological thriller, also you can found it here.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Beach trip

Since I already posted Kenji's adventures on the beach, today I'm just going to share a couple of pictures I took during the trip to the beach.


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