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Water for Elephants

water2Not since I read Susan Elisabeth Phillips Kiss an Angel did I have the pleasure to read about life in the Circus. Glamorous, set in the 1930’s – it’s a vivid picture about life during the prohibition told through the eyes of a wanderer, a runaway, a travelling soul.

When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, grifters, and misfits the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth a second-rate travelling circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town.

Jacob, a veterinary student who almost earned his degree, is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her.

Water for Elephants is illuminated by a wonderful sense of time and place. It tells a story of a love between two people that overcomes incredible odds in a world in which even love is a luxury that few can afford.

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Mortal Instruments – Book 1 – City of Bones * Cassandra Clare

c0e58c2771295cc8b00de4882c194580Imagine a book so steampunk you are literally sprouting tattoos as you are reading it. Imagine a potent mix and match of anything that would make a teenager pick up a book from a shelf and read it. Vampires, werewolves, motorcycles, immortals, items to collect, a massive fight between good versus evil, teenagers with no parental supervision, cool tattoos, magic animals, portals between worlds, people trapped in dreams, oh… did I say demons, slayers, shadowhunters?
Yep, there are so many things in this little book I’m surprised it did not scream at me to pick it up.

What did I think of it? I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it either.

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Me before you * Jojo Moyes

imagesI was really happy to see this book was getting a movie! With Emilia Clarke! (Clark!) – You’ll know what I mean once you read the book.

I must admit I dreaded reading the book after being told with teary eyes that this specific novel will leave me in pieces and crying before the end. I have cried when reading books before, mostly during the rape scene in Blindness and when Pi was going hungry in Life of Pi and when the Wolf was revealed in The Blind Assassin. But on this one, I pulled my tears back, placed them behind a wall and promised myself I would not join the weak-hearted. I would read and analyze this book as an objective critic. I would not cry.

Today, when I put down the last chapter, I was hiccuping and crying with massive tears. I lost.

Me-Before-You

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Susan Elizabeth Phillips * Hot Shot

51Q0bOo3tBL._SX308_BO1,204,203,200_If you are a computer geek like me, you will appreciate a book detailing the struggles of a start-up computer company in Silicon Valley at the start of the 80s.
Mix in a wedding crasher, a sexy biker and a rich heiress and the struggle to dominate a market which is just emerging and you find yourself in the geekiest romance of the century.

It’s all about the beginnings of personal computers with empassioned nerds working in their garages, and at the same time it’s about a woman who is trying to free herself from her past and rigid need to please.

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Stephen King

The cycle of the werewolf * Stephen King

Cycle of the Werewolf is a short horror novel by Stephen King, featuring illustrations by renowned comic book artist Bernie Wrightson. Each chapter is a short story unto itself. It tells the story of a werewolf haunting a small town as the moon turns full once every month. It was published as a limited edition hardcover in 1983 by Land of Enchantment, and in 1985 as a mass-market trade paperback by Signet.

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