Sunday, October 6, 2019

Review: Gods of Jade and Shadow

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The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own.

Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it—and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea’s demise, but success could make her dreams come true.

In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City—and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworld.
 



Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Latinxathon Wrap Up


And that's a wrap! So how did I do?

*sigh*

Not so well but then I kind of knew that my personal life was going to affect my reading.  I just did not expect the extent of the chaos of returning to work was going to be. But hey! I survived my first week back at work and I did read somewhat. :D

Here's what I got done:

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Audiobook Review: American Street

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On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.

But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.

Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?



Review: America Volumes 1-6

Image result for america by gabby riveraAt last! Everyone's favorite no-nonsense powerhouse, America Chavez, gets her own series! Critically acclaimed young-adult novelist Gabby Rivera and all-star artist Joe Quinones unite to shine a solo spotlight on America's high-octane and hard-hitting adventures! She was a Young Avenger. She leads the Ultimates. And now she officially claims her place as the preeminent butt-kicker of the entire Marvel Universe! But what's a super-powered teenager to do when she's looking for a little personal fulfi llment? She goes to college! America just has to stop an interdimensional monster or two first and shut down a pesky alien cult that's begun worshipping her exploits before work can begin. Then she can get on with her first assignment: a field trip to the front lines of World War II - with Captain America as her wingman!



Saturday, September 14, 2019

Latinx-a-thon! TBR


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It is Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th. To kick it off, I will do my best to participate in the Latinx-a-thon from September 15th to September 24th. This read-a-thon encourages participants to read books by Latinx authors. 
(For more information about this read-a-thon, you can check out my post.)

Now, let's see what books I finally decided to tackle for this Latinx-a-thon:

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Audiobook Review: Big Little Lies

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Narrated by: Caroline Lee
Length: 16 hours

Big Little Lies is a story of murder, lies and betrayal. As the celebration in Priwee Public Schools annual Trivia Night ends in tragedy with one person dead and a riot breaking out, the townsfolk tries to collect themselves after the events. However, it appears that all is not what initially appears to be and what appears to be an unfortunate accident may in fact be cold blooded murder. Big Little Lies dives into the issue of broken families, broken relationships and parenting in this thought provoking fiction from bestselling author Liane Moriarty.

Caroline Lee is able to breathe life to this bestselling novel and fill it with pure emotion that will surely have you at the edge of your seat and leave you pondering the story’s message.



Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Review: Murder on the Orient Express

Image result for murder on the orient express bookWhat more can a mystery addict desire than a much-loathed murder victim found aboard the luxurious Orient Express with multiple stab wounds, thirteen likely suspects, an incomparably brilliant detective in Hercule Poirot, and the most ingenious crime ever conceived?



My Thoughts: This is the the tenth book in the Hercule Poirot series but my second book that read from the series. I read the first one, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, years ago and I remember liking Hercule Poirot but not the writing style. However, I was told that Agatha Christie's writing improved with each book and that I should try a different one. What better way to try her again than reading her most famous book, Murder on the Orient Express?