Review: The Red Sun


Title: The Red Sun

Author: Alane Adams

Genre: fiction 

Publisher: SparkPress, a BookSparks imprint, A division of SparkPoint Studio, LLC Temple, Arizona, USA, 85281

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ISBN: 978-1-940716-24-4



Synopsis: 

Sam Baron is about to get the shock of his life. First his substitute English teacher claims to have turned his old teacher into a lizard; then a strange dwarf bamed Registered arriveand claims Sam is from a magical realm called Orkney. When his friends are taken prisoner, it’s up to Sam to save them.

Sam embarks on a journey to Orkney through a stonefire to find his friends, but when he arrives, he discovers that an ancient curse has turned the sun a poisonous red and threatens to destroy the land. With only young witch girl to guide him, Sam must choose: save his friends, or stop the red sun from consuming the land?

Drawing on Norse mythology, The Red Sun follows Sam’s journey to uncover the truth about his past-a journey during which he has to overcome the simmering anger inside of him, learn to channel his growing magical powers, and find a way to forgive the father who left him behind.


As you can see i have portrait the cover design of the book which is the red sun to be particular.


Rating: โญโญโญโญโญ (5/5)


Review:

     The Red Sun is the first mythology novel I have read that’s why when I received it was too eager to start it. But first let me talk about the cover, the cover is one of the stunning covers I have ever seen! In fact it is one of my favorites now! If you love cover buying or you do cover buys this one is for you. I’m not telling that the cover is the only thing that makes this book interesting… but I swear if you will read the synopsis you’ll be convinced to read it to!. The cover is really eye catching which really a big factor for this book… I love the colors used and the tiny details that are on it, it’s really enchanting! I really hope they publish a hardbound soon…

  Since I am not that familiar with Norse mythology it just add up the excitement for me to read it, giving me all the hype! The prologue is really satisfying, like something you know you’ll enjoy until it’s last page..

Well the characters are all amazing! They are really interesting to be with fun personalities, and the settings are really breathtaking specifically Orkney. It was vividly shown on the book. I am really amazed how the author managed to make a fantastic world like that! It was like experiencing Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter at the same time… since it’s a book for middle schoolers I would say this is a right selection for your child if you are a parent. The book is not just about magic and traveling but it shows so much lessons about family, friendship, trust, self knowing and learning what is good and not..

Forgive me I’m really having trouble fishing the right words to describe such good book like this, it’s really hard to explain but I really do enjoyed reading it all the way to the end… plus I’m being extra careful with what I was telling on this book review to avoid spoiling you from everything! 

If you are planning to read this book you are on the right track! I assure you this book is really great to read! You should prepare yourselves to enter the world of magic, darkness and many more! 

This is the kind of book that will make you laugh and scream out loud because of so much emotions it will give you while reading it! It was like watching your favorite show and acting like you’re one of the cast. (Oh my I wish I was one of the characters)
I highly recommend this to all who love mythology! The book is a great passage to a fantastic world you haven’t seen before! I bet at the end you’ll end up uttering magic spells like me too! Plus there are lots of characters you’d wish you were them. 

PS. I end up doing face painting to portrait some of them ๐Ÿ˜‰

Go check out and read now!



MellanieAnnSDuque 

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Review: Holding Up the Universeย 

Title: Holding Up the Universe 

Author: Jennifer Niven

Genre: Romance Fiction 

Pages: 387

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

ISBN: 978-1-524-71320-1


Synopsis:

EVERYONE THINKS RHEY KNOW LIBBY STROUT. The girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Since her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. I know the past I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do everything.
Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the art of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his own brain n so he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game-which lands them in group counseling-Libby and Jack are both angry, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

Rating: โญโญโญโญ (4/5)


Review:

This I the first Niven book, I haven’t read AtBP before. And it took me a while to pick this up. I bought the book last December 2016 but I read it March of this year. 

I have heard so much good things about HUTU. Until I started reading it it became clear to me how beautiful this book is.

Let me start with the characters, Libby is such a cute girl; I love everything about her in fact i see myself to her in different ways.  Jack is such amazing man and his personality quite surprised me when I turned to read each chapters. I just can’t describe how attached am I with the characters of this book specifically Libby. 

This book is about finding and loving yourself, friendship, fun, bullying.

Yes, the book discussed about bullying which for me is really amazing. Why? Because it shows how can bullying changes or ruins the person being bullied. This book is a big shout out for those who are afraid to speak up for themselves. 

I found the story really relating because I’ve been bullied when I was in high school. I guess me and Libby see High School as the worst time in our lives and of course it has still fun sides…

I am really happy to read such book like this, It literally made me feel loved and belong… I did enjoy reading it the whole time. 

If you are planning to read HUTU I guarantee you you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!… I don’t know but all I can say about this book is that it’s beyond great.. everything seems to be perfect. I love how Ms. Niven pictured all the things happens around us. A really inspiring and moving read…

Such an easy read you could finish it in one sitting without any hustle. A must read for teen who are being bullied. The book made me realize that no matter how much trouble we are experiencing we shouldn’t let these stop us from doing what we love. Though, we all know, in this world, people throw stones that happens to hurt us so much. Loving ourselves is the only key to be happy, being contented to what we have and what we are is the best and of course being sensitive enough for others feelings.

This book have thought me so much lessons.. I would highly recommend this to all, especially to parents and teachers… this book could be a guide to stop bullying..

Let us stop bullying and make everyone feel wanted.💙💙💙

This book has touched my heart and soul so much.

-MellanieAnnSDuque




REVIEW: Lost Nowhereย 

Title: Lost Nowhere 

Author: Phoebe Garnsworthy

Genre: Fiction/Fantasy 

ISBN: 0-9954119-9-9


Synopsis:
Lily doesn’t like change although it seems to follow her everywhere she goes: change of heart, change of school, change of friends. 

She does a pretty good job at rejecting it every chance she gets, but when she stumbled upon an enchanted world full of crystal stone beaches, mermaids, and witches, everything moves faster than she can even perceive possible. And no one seems to be bothered by it! She has two choices-stay in misery on her own, or learn hot to surrender. 


Rating:โญโญโญโญ


Review:

My first impression about this book is that it’s a magical read; which is 100% yes.

This book is about a father and a daughter; the daughter experiences some sort of anxiety. 

The characters are good, though at some parts you might hate Lily (the daughter). But you’ll be amazed how wild her imagination is. I myself was awe how the author make this book, everything in this book enchanting and really interesting… the world the author have created is indeed fantastic. 

Mermaids, witches, and anything that is magical will surely stops your world and make you read it slowly to dive into these breathtaking places you are about to travel with the characters in this book.

There are points in this book that will reminds you about the adventure of Alice in the Wonderland. I love how the author come up with that idea on how Lily discovered the places.. 

The book is really amazing! If you have read fantasies before, this one is different it will surely me you go wild and dream it every night; a story that will surely linger for so long.  Really magical and vividly written. I love the whole concept of this book, this should be read by middle graders. 

Though the book is full of magic that will surely supply all your imagination needs. But what makes this very interesting is that I teaches lessons to everyone who will read it. You will learn to love yourself, forgive and move on. 

I love how an enchanting read teachers a lesson at the same time. A very wonderful book that you can relate to. 

-MellanieAnnSDuque

#InternationalWomensDay

โ–ชโ–ซ

we are all born

so beautiful 

the greatest tragedy is

being convinced we are not -Rupi Kaur

โ–ชโ–ซ
As a celebration of #InternationalWomensDay I wrote an essay… 

   In the eyes of the Almighty God we are all born equal. Boys, girls everyone. Being a girl isn’t as easy as others may thought; in this world people throw rocks that happens to break us. Women are born equally though we vary in different ways. Eyes; blue, black, green and brown. Short and long hair. And sometimes we are being judged by the color of our skin. They see whites as superior while blacks are not. Let us not be selective on people we care for no matter what color our skin is we are still human beings.  I myself has a fair complexion for my great grandparents in both sides are Spanish. I may have a pale skin that everyone might adore to have. Though my skin is pale I still have this flaws I’ll forever be hated; my freckles are starting to show now, from my cheeks to my nose and down to my collar bone. Sometimes I hated everything about me. Feeling insecure about the things you wanted to change. But in the end I have in carve to my mind that these flaws makes us beautiful; Perfectly imperfect. Everyday we should always remember that we are all beautiful and we have the power to change everything around us. Don’t let other break you instead gather these stones to build stairs to achieve are dreams. Be proud to be a woman! 

Greeting every song woman of the world a happy #InternationalWomensDay 
-Mellanie Ann S. Duque 

Review: Crazy Messy Beautifulย 

Sorry im trying to be like Callie 😂

Title:  Crazy Messy Beautiful 

Author: Carrie Arcos

Genre: Fiction (ages 12 & up |grades 7 & up

Pages: 320 

Publisher: Philomel Books an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC Penguinteen.com

ISBN: 9780399175534

Synopsis:

When your namesake is Pablo Nerudaโ€”the greatest love poet of all timeโ€”finding โ€œthe oneโ€ should be easy. After all, sixteen-year-old aspiring artist Neruda Diaz has been in love many times before. So itโ€™s only a matter of time before someone loves him back.


Callie could be that someone. Sheโ€™s creative and edgy, and nothing like the girls Neruda typically falls for, so when a school assignment brings them together, he is pleasantly surprised to learn they have a lot in common. With his true love in reach and his artistic ambitions on track, everything is finally coming together.

But as Neruda begins to fall faster and harder than ever before, he is blindsided by the complicated nature of loveโ€”and artโ€”in more ways than one. And when the relationships heโ€™s looked to for guidance threaten to implode, Neruda must confront the reality that love is crazier, messier, and more beautiful than he ever realizedโ€”and riskier, too, than simply saying the words. (Courtney of goodreads)


RATING: โญโญโญโญ (4/5)

REVIEW

 This book is a contemporary work, I was never been found of contemporaries but this one made me love contemporaries. The way it was written is really impressive, I really love the author’s style on writing, such an easy read. You can finish the book in one sitting because the story is really interesting. I fell in love with the characters of Neruda and Callie immediately. Neruda is such a cute character specially Callie. The way the author connects Neruda’s character to the poet Neruda is such a magnificent thing. It made his character vividly beautiful and fascinating. Callie on the other side has an interesting character. 

This book is about friendship, love, family and art 💜. 

I don’t know how to start to review this but the book is really amazing. One thing I love about it is that it shows me how love changes people, how art give life to anything to anyone. A book full of art is so magnificent it gave. I am motivated by this book to do more art because since I went to college I’ve been busy and stop doing art but this book brought back the magic in me ๐Ÿ™‚ thank to the author for giving it back.

Well the setting is amazing, because I visited museum, I got to know Picasso, and other works of art specifically that museum Neruda and Callie had visited; yellow spaghetti is one of my fave moment because the picture was so vivid (well I have seen my best friend with a picture with that yellow spaghetti that the author was telling in the book that is why I’m very much happy about it because I finally travelled there.)

One of my favorite quotations is from Ezra about family. There are lot of things here that I can relate to which is great. 

About the ending, I’m satisfied how the story end it might not what others expected but I really think it’s the perfect ending for such a great story like this.

I’m trying my best not to say parts that might spoil you guys. I highly recommend this book to everyone. All of you should check out this book. 

This book was sent to me by the author; my rate/review has nothing to do with that. All the things I said about this book is genuinely true. 

Thank you so much Ms. Carrie for giving me a chance to read and review your book💋 
-MellanieAnnSDuque

Bullet journaling ย 📝

I never tried journaling to be exact Bullet Journaling.  Until I read many articles about bullet journaling which caught my attention. Bullet journal is a very fun thing to do plus it will help you organize lot of things, agendas, events, to do list, everything you can do. 

  I started my #BuJo first month of this year. At first I can’t express myself lol. I think my crafting talent is quite rusty now. Since I started college my time for doing crafts became limited because I have to pay attention with the college stuffs. Even my love for drawing, painting seems have flown away.. but my love for reading never fades. 

I have attached some of the parts of my #bujo not including my entry for the month of January (lol because it’s so embarrassing). Here are some of my entry for February.

February first page

On the first page I glued a page of book (angels and demons by Dan Brown) which I did a blackout poetry. And some old pages of news papers.



2nd page.

On this page the events for the month. Inside the hearts you can see the events.

Page 3 and 4


 These are two events last foundation day at our school. I’m a bit creative those days lol.

Page 5 and 6

Right is about my night out with my cousin at the carnival and I we had a blast. I haven’t been motivated to do the next page but hopefully this next weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚ Stand by for my next bullet journal post!

-MellanieAnnSDuque

Book mail!

last Valentine’s day I received my first book mail of the year and im so happy about it! Thank you penguin random house for sending!! 

Synopsis:
When your namesake is Pablo Nerudaโ€”the greatest love poet of all timeโ€”finding โ€œthe oneโ€ should be easy. After all, sixteen-year-old aspiring artist Neruda Diaz has been in love many times before. So itโ€™s only a matter of time before someone loves him back.

Callie could be that someone. Sheโ€™s creative and edgy, and nothing like the girls Neruda typically falls for, so when a school assignment brings them together, he is pleasantly surprised to learn they have a lot in common. With his true love in reach and his artistic ambitions on track, everything is finally coming together.

But as Neruda begins to fall faster and harder than ever before, he is blindsided by the complicated nature of loveโ€”and artโ€”in more ways than one. And when the relationships heโ€™s looked to for guidance threaten to implode, Neruda must confront the reality that love is crazier, messier, and more beautiful than he ever realizedโ€”and riskier, too, than simply saying the words. (Courtney of goodreads)



Review: Pachinko

Title: Pachinko

Author: Min Jin Lee

Genre: Historical Fiction. Culture. Literal fiction

Hardcover490 pages

Expected publication: February 7th 2017 by Grand Central Publishing

ISBN

 

1455563935 (ISBN13: 9781455563937
Edition Language

 

English 



About the Author:

Min Jin Lee went to Yale College where she was awarded both the Henry Wright Prize for Nonfiction and the James Ashmun Veech Prize for Fiction. She then attended law school at Georgetown University and worked as a lawyer for several years in New York prior to writing full time. 

Her debut novel FREE FOOD FOR MILLIONAIRES was a No. 1 Book Sense Pick, a NEW YORK TIMES Editorโ€™s Choice, a WALL STREET JOURNAL Juggle Book Club selection, and a national bestseller; it was a Top 10 Novels of the Year for THE TIMES of London, NPRโ€™s FRESH AIR and USA TODAY. FREE FOOD FOR MILLIONAIRES was also published in the U.K. (Random House, 2007), South Korea (Image Box Publishing) and Italy (Einaudi). 
She lives in Tokyo with her husband and son where she is working on her second novel PACHINKO. 
Synopsis:
A new tour de force from the bestselling author ofFree Food for Millionaires, for readers of The Kite Runnerand Cutting for Stone

Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. 

So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity. 
Rating: 5/5

Review: 
 This book is the first one I enjoyed reading this 2017 so far. I just can’t express how I was moved by the story. This book is about family that strive to live. The setting of the story will give you nostalgic feelings of the past whether you’ve leave from the past or not it can still make you a part of it. The characters in this book are (well a bit) problematic about living. While reading this I feel all the characters hardships, sorrows. I wanted to cry whenever they are so down. 
Some of the characters which has deformation in their features, I adore how they ignore the the stones that people throw onto them. I know leaving in this world can make you feel small specially of they see you different from them. Love that leaves all people broken; such a powerful thing to have and somehow dangerous too. This book shows how cruel the world is how it make people live miserable. A great eye opener to everyone that we can relate with the present life we have. As we know life offers us everything but somehow it destroys us too. Book about different personalities, the poor, the rich and all other people we met in life.
I highly recommend this book to everyone, this is such as inspiring book for everyone. A book full of lessons, struggles and fun about life. If you are planning to buy you won’t regret anything. 
-MellanieAnnSDuque

REVIEW: Sinking (Book 1 Sinking Trilogy)

Title: Sinking 
Author: Sarah Armstrong-Garner

Genre:  YA fantasy 

Pages: 271

Publisher: Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing, LLC 

ISBN: 978-1-943788-04-0


Synopsis:

 Jocelyn washes up on the shore of eighteen century Ireland, alone, naked, and missing all her memories. Taken in by a lonely old woman full of plots and schemes for the lovely yet enigmatic creature, Jocelyn knows only one thing. She longs for the sea with every ounce of her being. Yet it tried to kill her.

Aidan Boyd loves two things. His ship and the sea. When Jocelyn is thrust upon his vessel in the midst of his superstitious crew, he finds himself intoxicated by her-willing to give up everything for her. He soon finds her cannot live without her.

But something holds Jocelyn back. The whisper of another’s love. The embrace of water. Does she belongs to his world? Or could Jocelyn possibly be from the sea?



Rating: โญโญโญโญโญ(5/5)



Review:
   If you fall in love book with pretty covers you better check this one the cover is really stunning and so does the whole concept of it. I have read many YA Fantasies before but I could say this one is different, though some parts are predictable, the author still managed to make everything enjoyable. No parts in this book made me bored or slump-ish because honestly once you started reading it yyou’ll finish it in one sitting. (If I wasn’t that busy I had finished it immediately.) 

  The main characters as well as the others are very entertaining specifically Jocelyn. Her whole character is mysterious and strong.  Some guys which I hated so much for being bossy (lol). 

This book is about love, self knowing and lots of stuff. I don’t know but the author made me fall in love with the sea though I fear to swim. Read this book and appreciate magnificent places and all the fantastic creatures of the ocean And all the sunken treasures of it.  

I am looking forward to read the sequel of this book and drift away with Jocelyn. The language that is used in this book is really great, old but still beautiful. The setting was really captivating. 

I highly recommend this to all fantasy lovers. I guarantee that you will enjoy it!.


-MellanieAnnS.Duque

Review: About a Dogย 

Title: About a Dog
Author: Richard Bloss

Genre: chapter book
Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers LTD.

ISBN: 978-1786296368

Synopsis: 

Falling in love is never easy. True love is involuntary. We love because we have to, not because we want to. For middle-aged Richard, the last thing on his mind was to fall in love with a little puppy that he never wanted in the first place.

But life has its own humour. “About A Dog” is a dry, cynical, black, intensively funny, day to day account of how a little dog callBarney somehow becomes Richard’s best buddy, his soul mate, that opens a door to a new universe of affection.

“About A Dog” is a story for every dog lover – and for all those that would like to be. It is a journey about all of us, in our relationships, our life situations, where – in smiling and laughing at Barney – we can look at ourselves.

Rating: โญโญโญโญ

Review:

 I found this book very entertaining. A perfect book not only for dog lovers but to all pet persons. Enjoy reading Richard’s journey with his pets and how they enjoyed each other’s company. There are many points here that is really relatable. It really did made me smile, laugh and nod while reading it. Which will surely give you throwback thoughts about your hard times with your goofy pets. 

It is also perfect for those you just got their pest recently. The book is amazing it can be your guide to a perfect relationship with your dogs, cats what ever pet you have. 

After reading this I have truly understand how pets changes humans, they become part of our lives, they provide happiness and sorrows somehow but being a pet owner is a great thing!

Fall in love with this amazing book! After reading this book you will definitely love your pets even more! I highly recommend this to all. If you are a patent with a kid which a big fond of animals this is a nice book to read to them. This book can provide learning for everyone, we may have different styles and taste when it comes to animals but we should always know their importance in our life. Most of the time they provide company and give love that we don’t usually get back from people around us!  

So, start reading the book and understand your pets more!


-MellanieAnnS.Duque