Unboxing #2

Hello there!

First of all I am so sorry I haven’t posted much lately. Work has been so demanding that when I am out I don’t want to do anything that requires much brainpower, and therefore so much for reading and posting. Ever felt that way? I end up just playing silly games on my phone. *sigh* How time flies if you’re not careful with that stuff.

Anyway, last Wednesday the 21st of June was my birthday and on that same day I got my second Bookishly box. How awesome is that??

Onto the unboxing then!


Dun dun dun…

As usual, all items are of great quality.

And of course the wrapping paper… Gosh. I am still gushing about it. I am so happy they used the same one.

I cannot begin to tell you how delicious that tea is but then again I am partial to all things minty.


The little notebook and bookmark are just lovely and much too pretty to use.

Is it just me or did you also get a sort of Dorian Gray vibe from this description? I am actually curious to read this one!


Have you bought a box from Bookishly UK? If not, what are you waiting for??

Black Butterfly

Black Butterfly

Rating: 4/5

From IMDB:

Outside a mountain town grappling with a series of abductions and murders, Paul (Antonio Banderas), a reclusive writer, struggles to start what he hopes will be a career-saving screenplay.

Review:

Oh wow this was everything I had hoped and more. I could tell Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Antonio Banderas would act their roles well but boy they were brilliant. Banderas was superb in the role of the drunkard functioning writer and Meyer’s controlled lunacy kept me on edge.

The film has a good balance of tension and mystery, in such an idyllic landscape. The photograph and the way some scenes are shot and cut are very well done.

The twist towards the end was not 100% believable but it was good enough to leave me flabbergasted and the way the scenes unfolded after that was spine-chilling.

As has happened lately much too often, the last scene of the movie ruined it big time. It would have been so much better without that, it was an unnecessary cop-out.

Still, I highly recommend Black Butterfly. Savour it, don’t let a single moment slip away because you will want to review everything in the end.

Stacking The Shelves [18] June 17th

sts3

Stacking The Shelves is hosted at Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!


This week I have been good and requested only a couple of books on Edelweiss.
I got one of the two so I am very happy. It should be quite different from the books I have read in the past, so I am excited.


Edelweiss

The Genius Plague
by David Walton

What if the pandemic you thought would kill you made you more intelligent instead? In the Amazon jungle, a disease is spreading. To those who survive, it grants enhanced communication, memory, and pattern recognition. But the miracle may be the sinister survival mechanism of a fungal organism, manipulating the infected into serving it.
Paul Johns, a mycologist, is convinced the fungal host is the next stage of human evolution, while his brother Neil, an analyst at the NSA, is committed to its destruction. Is the human race the master in this symbiotic relationship, or are we becoming the pawns of a subtly dominating and utterly alien intelligence?

This sounds like a completely different take on apocalyptic literature and I am very curious about how the author approached this idea.


And that’s it for this week!

Have you read this book or do you plan to?

Are you excited about reading any particular books you got this week?

Please comment below and if you have a STS post please post it in comments.

The Night Circus

Title: The Night Circus

Author: Erin Morgenstern

Genres: Fantasy | Magical Realism | Romance

Length: 490 pages

Source: Book Depository

Format: Paperback

Rating: 4.5/5

Premise:

The Circus arrives without warning. (…) It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.
The book tell us how did this wonder came to be.

Review:

The Night Circus takes magic to a whole new level. The book is entrancing, whimsical and it just whisked me away whether I wanted to or not.

It is quite an epic tale and did tire me after a while. I was unable to fully feel enraptured by all the beauty because I wanted something more to happen. But that is my own fault. I find myself seeking fantasy less and less and craving more complex characters in each book I read.

However, this was very well done indeed. Even the romance was expertly weaved into the masterful tale and that is usually the part that lets me down the most in a book that has such amazing world building.

I find the narrative quite well achieved. The different timelines and the short chapters using second person bring more dynamic to the book, which definitely helped, even though I was often confused at what happened when.

It is not a book that you can skim through. It is a full-out adventure that you need to completely immerse yourself in and have no room for anything else. However, it will be worth it.

Welcome the Le Cirque des Rêves. Step right in and be mesmerised.

Read from Jun 4th to Jun 11th, 2017
GR Review

Stacking The Shelves [17] June 10th

sts3

Stacking The Shelves is hosted at Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!


Well, this week was a lot more productive in terms of piling up e-books!
It started with the author gifting me the fourth book in the Lake of Sins series, which I highly recommend as it is amongst my top YA books (and I am so picky with that genre) and then I managed to grab a couple more gems from Netgalley.


Author

Betrayal (Lake of Sins, #4)

Betrayal (Lake of Sins, #4)
by L.S. O’Dea

Not only does Hugh have to figure out how to win this war when there are dangers everywhere—the River-Men, the Protective Services, the Brush-Men, Cold Creepers, etc—but he also has to fight his growing attraction to Trinity because soon he’s going to have to break his word to either Meesus or her – or maybe both of them.

Trinity is confused. She likes Hugh—a lot—but even though she shouldn’t she still has feelings for Jethro. She refuses to believe that the boy she loved is gone, replaced by the man fighting against them.

Jethro is struggling with his new life. He is an Almighty. He shouldn’t be attracted to Trinity but he is, searching the bars for look-a-likes. He loves the forest but he’s tired of killing although part of him seems born to it. As the call of the wild in his blood grows stronger where will his loyalties fall?

The author was kind enough to send me the ARC of her most recent addition to the Lake of Sins series, due to be published in July 10th. I am quite looking forward to it, I have enjoyed the other books quite a lot.


Netgalley ARC

An Uncertain Grace

An Uncertain Grace
by Krissy Kneen

Some time in the near future, university lecturer Caspar receives a gift from a former student called Liv: a memory stick containing a virtual narrative. Hooked up to a virtual reality bodysuit, he becomes immersed in the experience of their past sexual relationship. But this time it is her experience. What was for him an erotic interlude, resonant with the thrill of seduction, was very different for her – and when he has lived it, he will understand how.

Later…

A convicted paedophile recruited to Liv’s experiment in collective consciousness discovers a way to escape from his own desolation.

A synthetic boy, designed by Liv’s team to ‘love’ men who desire adolescents, begins to question the terms of his existence.

L, in transition to a state beyond gender, befriends Liv, in transition to a state beyond age.

Liv herself has finally transcended the corporeal – but there is still the problem of love.

An Uncertain Grace is a novel in five parts by one of Australia’s most inventive and provocative writers. Moving, thoughtful, sometimes playful, it is about who we are – our best and worst selves, our innermost selves – and who we might become.

This sounds really thought-provoking and at the same time quite imaginative. I am looking forward to seeing what this blend has produced.


The Curing Begins... (Condition, #2)

The Curing Begins… (Condition, #2)
by Alec Birri

The second in a dystopian trilogy based on the author’s command of a top secret government unit.

If Orwell’s 1984 was a warning, we’re not listening.

What if all brain disorders were treatable? Few would lament the passing of dementia or autism, but what if the twisted mind of a sex-offender or murderer could be cured too? Or how about a terrorist or maybe a political extremist? What if we could all be ‘corrected’?

Discovering an infamous Nazi doctor conducted abortions in Argentina after the Second World War may not come as a surprise, but why was the twisted eugenicist not only allowed to continue his evil experiments, but encouraged to do so? And what has that got to do with a respected neurologist in 2027? Surely the invention of a cure for nearly all the world’s ailments can’t possibly have its roots buried in the horrors of Auschwitz?

The unacceptable is about to become the disturbingly bizarre. What has the treatment’s ‘correction’ of pedophiles got to do with the President of the United States, the Pope and even the UK’s Green Party?

As if the CONDITION trilogy wasn’t unsettling enough…

I had requested book 1 and was afraid it would end in a cliffhanger so I am glad I got to snatch book 2. With any luck I will complete the trilogy from Netgalley. While I am wary I will not like the first book, I do prefer to read all books in a trilogy to form a complete opinion.


And that’s it for this week!

Have you read this book or do you plan to?

Are you excited about reading any particular books you got this week?

Please comment below and if you have a STS post please post it in comments.

Movies I Really Want to Watch [3]

Greetings, everyone!

I didn’t not go to the movies as often as I wanted but I still managed to watch four in this last month and a half (sorry for the late post, guys):

Get Out
The Circle
Viral

Alien: Covenant

And here are only two films I am looking forward to the most during the next month-ish.


Black Butterfly

Black Butterfly

Outside a mountain town grappling with a series of abductions and murders, Paul (Antonio Banderas), a reclusive writer, struggles to start what he hopes will be a career-saving screenplay.

I miss watching a good thriller and this one seems to have all the right ingredients!
These two seem to perform so well in their roles as well, very excited to see it.


3 Generations

3 Generations

After Ray decides to transition from female to male, Ray’s mother, Maggie, must come to terms with the decision while tracking down Ray’s biological father to get his legal consent.

Check out that cast! Elle Fanning has been blowing me away with her performance lately and I am looking forward to seeing Susan Sarandon Again, not to mention Naomi Watts.
This is not an easy subject and I am a bit wary as to how well Fanning will perform in particular, as well as whether the comedy aspect will be stretched a bit far, but we’ll see.

 


Please let me know if you watched any of these and let me know what you thought – no spoilers, though!

My First Unboxing!

For months I have been searching for a box that has a content that appeals to me and ships to Portugal at a manageable rate. I have to tell you, it has not been an easy feat! Most don’t deliver and those that do charge an insane amount for shipping.

Well, after much browsing I found this Tea and Book Club Subscription Box on Bookishly. To be honest I didn’t really want more books – I will never go through my TBR pile in my lifetime – but I loved the idea of tea and a vintage book and stationery, which was what I really was aiming for. I just love pretty notebooks and bookmarks and whatnot.
I have to tell you, even though the box cost me more than I had wanted to spend, I couldn’t be happier.

Let the unboxing begin and prepare for some proper gushing!


Okay so I open my mailbox and ‘lo and behold, a pretty envelope sits there:

I was not expecting it to arrive this soon so I was honestly surprised.
I had no idea what the envelope would look like either, so I found all the pretty stamps adorable.
I may or may not have done a happy dance holding said pretty envelope.

Okay so I open it and inside…

I find a blue envelope with yet another pretty bookishly icon, in this case a sticker, and a gorgeous card. I mean, who even bothers with cards anymore? And I simply adored the font and colour scheme. It just made me feel happy.

Yep, I signed up for three months and so far I do not regret it.
So, what was inside the pretty blue envelope, you say?

And here is where the gushing properly began. I could not decide whether to gawk at the amazing wrap paper or the gorgeous little notebook with the clouds made of writing and the raindrops featuring music notes – sorry you can’t tell by these pictures, I shall be taking more for sure, so keep an eye on my Instagram account. It’s so pretty I am not sure I will be using it…

And what about that beautiful bookmark! I have such a thing for bookmarks and that one is just gorgeous. Again, I loved the font and the colours, it’s all just perfect. And of course, the tea. I am looking forward to trying it, hopefully tomorrow.

And, of course, the vintage book:

(Needless to say I will be keeping this wrapping paper nice and safe)

I actually didn’t know this one!

Another cute note. It’s an old one indeed!


Ok, so that’s it! Please let me know how I fared, as I am unsure how these unboxings usually go. I would appreciate any tips.

Also, if you know any other subscription boxes, mainly with cool book related stationery, please share.

Hope you have a lovely week, folks!