Review: Het Wonderkabinet, Brian Selznick

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Het Wonderkabinet, Brian Selznick
Ben and Rose secretly wish for better lives. Ben longs for his unknown father. Rose scrapbooks a famous silent actress. When Ben finds clues and Rose reads enticing news, the children independently run to New York for what they are missing. Ben's story in words, Rose's in pictures, come together in deafness.

Brian Selznick is the illustrator of many celebrated picture books and novels. Selznick has worked as a bookseller, a set designer, and a puppeteer. He lives in Brooklyn, New York and San Diego, California.

Another beautiful and vulnerable story by Selznick. His stories really come to life with the drawings. They are so wonderful and there is so much to see. I can spend hours reading the book just looking at them. I really enjoyed this story between Rose and Ben. Roses story was drawn and it did take me some time to understand what exactly was going on though it was clear she was unhappy. Both their adventures are exciting and a pleasure to go along with.

Het Wonderkabinet
Author: Brian Selznick
Publisher: de Boekerij
Pages: 640
Format: Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9789022561539
Original title: Wonderstruck
Het Wonderkabinet
5 stars

Review: Undertow, Kelly Cozy

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*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review*
Drew Finley was a crime journalist, until his mind couldn't shut out the images of blood and bodies. Alcohol made the images go away, but also ruined Drew's career and innocents' lives.
Drew's eager to make amends and he's got a story that will help him: a profile of a local celebrity who may have been framed for murder. As he digs deeper, he'll uncover secrets and grudges that will put the people he loves in danger.

Kelly Cozy became hooked on books in early infancy, when she turned one of her parents' paperbacks into a teething ring. She lives in California with her husband, son, and cats.
Her hobbies include cooking, reading, watching movies, and attending nerdy conventions.

This books leaves me a bit troubled. I love the writing. Cozy knows how to create characters and set atmosphere.
I felt the struggle Finley was going trough but I had a really hard time understanding his decisions. Especially his attitude towards Evie disturbed me a lot. I had the feeling she was really understanding but he was not really honest. I noticed while reading the annoyance about that disturbed the experience with the rest of the story.
The plot of the story is very interesting. There are a lot of interesting factors. Abuse of young woman. A prisoner on death row. Your sense of right and wrong is tested a lot in this book.

Author: Kelly Cozy
Publisher: Smite Publications
Pages: 270
Format: eBook
ISBN-13: 9780991044511
Smite Publications: eBook | Hardcover | Paperback
4 stars

Wishlist Wednesday: Let The Games Begin, Niccolò Ammaniti

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Wishlist Wednesday is a weeklies hosted by Pen to Paper. As I have enough wishes when it comes to books I decided to join this weekly and tell you about them. I am obviously curious about the books on your wishlist too so feel free to leave a message.

The world might be in the throes of a global recession but when an author on the brink of despair, an enigmatic musician, a supermodel and a Satanic sect meet with the cream of Italian high society at the home of a Roman property tycoon, the world outside the mansion's walls is soon forgotten. There's going to be one hell of a party.

I want to look at this cover for hours. I am not sure if I find it pretty but intriguing it is. I hear great things about his writing too and never read a book by him. I like the dark sound of the synopsis but hear there is a lot more to this story and it is actually fun to read.
Did you read a book by Niccolò Ammaniti?

It's Monday December 15, 2014! What are you reading?

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It's Monday! What are You Reading! is a weekly hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. This weekly is meant to keep you people updated on what I read the last week and what I am planning to read the upcoming week.

Christmas is around the corner and all of a sudden I have this realization of these things I really need to do. Writing the cards (and don't forget to put them in the mail). What to make for Christmas dinner and when to do the shopping (don't want to get caught in the last minute crowd). Work, obviously, one more week before I got a few days off but it is crazy busy and I have to work extra in the evening. I got this foodie workshop on Tuesday evening and theatre on Sunday afternoon. How do you juggle your Christmas shopping and the rest of your life?

I did not read much, which is to say I did not finish a lot of books. I finished The Undertaker's Daughter by Kate Mayfield.

The Undertaker's Daughter by Kate Mayfield

I am currently reading The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell which I totally cheated in because I wanted to read it so bad and I am still listening to Trough the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell Trough the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.

Which means that What I Found Out About Her by Peter Lasalle is still on my next up list.

What I Found Out About Her by Peter Lasalle

What are you reading?

Review: The Vampire Diaries Vol. 1, Colleen Doran

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*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book on Netgalley from the publisher in return for an honest review*
Elena, Stefan and Damon make their comics debut in a new series based on the hit CW television show! This anthology graphic novel will bring some of comics' greatest talents to Mystic Falls and set them loose to bring the characters to life. Or death. They are vampires, you know.

Colleen Doran (born July 24, 1964) is an American writer/artist and cartoonist. She illustrated hundreds of comics, graphic novels, books and magazines, and works written by Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Joe R. Lansdale, Anne Rice, J. Michael Straczynski, Peter David and Tori Amos. She also writes non-fiction articles and essays. Colleen lives quietly on a family farm in rural Appalachia

I love the Vampire Diaries. I read all the books and follow the tv show from the start. This comic is based on the tv show and that is obvious in the graphics. Drawn by various illustrators the characters clearly look like their tv counterparts. There is just one where this is not the case. The details in the illustrations differ in the different stories. As most of the stories were just a few pages you had to get used to a different style very quickly which kind of disturbed my experience with the book.
The stories are extra's. Based on things mentioned or situations that happened in the series but hardly every crossing it. Jumping from the now back to the past and so on. This was very disturbing as I had to guess who was a vampire or not and the relations between the people were different. This would not have been a problem if the stories would have been longer but now the change came to quick.

The Vampire Diaries
Author: Colleen Doran
Publisher: DC Comics
Pages: 432
Format: eArc
ISBN-10: 1401248993
ISBN-13: 9781401248994
Series: The Vampire Diaries 2013 (Printed Edition) #1-39
DC Comics: Softcover
The Vampire Diaries
3 stars

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