[ARC] Hap and Leonard: Blood and Lemonade by Joe R. Lansdale

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The novel belongs to the famous series based on the adventures of Hap and Leonard, notorious protagonists of lots of Joe Lansdale’s novels.

The book is a mosaic one: Hap and Leonard remembers some stories of their childhood – like when the met each other – and tell them to their families and friends.

In the end its a collection of stories linked by a common thread; like other mosaic novel or collections not every story is at the same narrative level, and only some of them leave a mark.

One of the major topic is racism (the setting is mostly in Texas) and the struggle to overcome prejudices (Hap’s mother is a truly positive example).

Overall it’s a nice book, but I still prefer the “standard” novels of the series that deal with a single aventure with a wider scope.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.


* Hap and Leonard: Blood and Lemonade by Joe R. Lansdale ★★★☆☆

*I read this book in english

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab

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By V.E. Schwab I already read Vicious that stands out for originality and for detaching from the YA standard, proposing complex characters that were impossible to tag as either good or bad. 

A Darker Shade of Magic is the first book of the trilogy that has the same name, set in part in our London and in part in parallel universes. Four the spatial setting that could me made apart by the amount of magic they allow and by the predominant colour of the environment, like the main character does: the world closer to magic is Black London, that is also the one impossible to travel to, since it was isolated after magic began devouring the inhabitants, the second one is White London, where everyone looks for some magic to dominate, and ruled by a couple of powerful, ambitious and violent twins. Red London is Kell’s home and it’s a place where magic is in balance with the people who uses it, the last is Grey London, our world, where there is no magic at all.

Kell, the main character, belongs to a died out race of people able to use blood magic, so powerful it allows to travel among the four worlds, impossible for common people. Kell has also the bad habit of exchanging objects among the worlds to get nice trinkets he collects, violating the rules that forbid to take objects from a world to the others. And for this bad habit Kell will get a black stone, magical and powerful, coming from Black London and desired by different people for its power.

The only solution seems to sent back the stone from the world it belongs to, but it will not be easy, despite Kell is helped by Lira, thief, assassin without fear and coming from the only magic-less world.

V.E. Schwab confirms herself as an original writer, the novel is engaging and the events cover a short time span and the rhythm is fast-paced. Both the main characters are likeable and interesting, and they exchange some funny dialogues, too. I’m awaiting for the second novel of the series. Ah, also the cover graphic is extremely nice.


* A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab ★★★★☆

*I read this book in english

[ARC] Henni by Miss Lasko-Gross

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La storia di Henni è ambientata in un mondo fantastico popolato da uomini gatto; durante l’infanzia della ragazza il padre è stato arrestato a causa delle sue idee, Henni è cresciuta così con la madre – molto integralista dal punto di vista sociale e religioso – e con la sorella minore.

Raggiunta la maturità per Henni viene il momento di essere data in moglie a un uomo scelto tramite riti religiosi; la società infatti è molto legata a miti e imposizioni, e il potere è accentrato in mani maschili.

Scoprendo che in realtà il rito è manovrato dai sacerdoti Henni sfida le regole imposte e fugge, venendo in contatto così con civiltà differenti, ma accumunate da una rigidità dei costumi.

Henni è una graphic novel interessante che tratta il tema della crescita, della religione e delle imposizioni sociali in modo arguto. La pecca per me sta nel disegno, i personaggi sono molto simili tra loro e lo stile non mi ha fatto impazzire.

Ringrazio l’editore per avermi fornito la copia necessaria per stendere questa recensione.

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Henni’s story is set in a fantastic world where people are cat-men; during her childhood her father was arrested for his ideals, Henni then grew up with her mother – a religious and social foundamentalist – and with her smaller sister.

Once grown up Henni has to marry one of the man of the village, the husband is chosen by a religious rythe; the society Henni lives in believes in myths and religious impositions, and the power is in the hand of males and priests.

Henni discovers how the rythe is manipulated by the priests and decides to walk a forbidden path and then to run away; she then discovers other societies, different from her one but similar for impositions and rules.

Henni is an interesting graphic novel that deals about the coming of age, religion and society with a clever plot. The thing I did not like much is the drawing: the characters are quite alike and I did not particularly like the image style.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

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Henni by Miss Lasko-Gross ★★★☆

[ARC] The Bus Ride by Marianne Dubuc

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Viaggiare in bus da soli per la prima volta è un’avventura: quante personaggi strani si incontrano, e si possono anche creare delle amicizie.

La piccola protagonista prende il bus per andare dalla nonna, e questo attraversa la foresta durante il tragitto; i compagni di viaggio sono tutti animali dal comportamento umano: le illustrazioni sono divertenti e il passaggio in un tunnel buio aumenta il divertimento.

Ringrazio l’editore per avermi fornito la copia necessaria per stendere questa recensione.

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Riding alone in a bus for the first time is an adventure: how many persons to meet, and there is also the chance to make friends.

The children protagonist takes the bus to go to her grandmother, and the bus pass through a forest, the passengers are animals with human behaviour: the images are nice and the bus going throug a dark tunnel increases the fun.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

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The Bus Ride by Marianne Dubuc ★★★☆

[ARC] Maddy Kettle. The Adventure of the Thimblewitch by Eric Orchard

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The Adventure of the Thimblewitch è un romanzo illustrato per bambini che ha come protagonista Maddy, una bambina molto intraprendente decisa a salvare i propri genitori trasformati in ratti-canguri dalla strega Thimblewitch.

Maddy dovrà affrontare un lungo viaggio in cui non mancheranno difficoltà di varia natura, ma grazie al quale avrà la possibilità di incontrare nuovi amici disposti ad aiutarla.

Il racconto è molto grazioso come le illustrazioni che lo compongono, una lettura piacevole.

Ringrazio l’editore per avermi fornito la copia necessaria per scrivere questa recensione.


* Maddy Kettle. The Adventure of the Thimblewitch by Eric Orchard ★★★☆☆

*Ho letto questo libro in inglese

[ARC] Maddy Kettle. The Adventure of the Thimblewitch by Eric Orchard

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The Adventure of the Thimblewitch is a graphic novel for children; its main character is Maddy, a resourceful young girl willing to save her parents turned into kangaroo rats by Thimblewitch.

Maddy has to face a long travel and various hard times, but she will find some new friends willing to help her.

It’s a nice book, and the images are nice as well, overall a pleasant read.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.


* Maddy Kettle. The Adventure of the Thimblewitch by Eric Orchard ★★★☆☆

*I read this book in english

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier

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Peter Nimble is a blind orphan since a raven took away his eyes before a sailor could have saved the newborn Peter.

By using his other senses Peter growns into the most skilled thief of the world, but his talent is taken advantage of by a cruel man, until Peter meets a strange haberdasher from whom Peter steal a box containing a fantastic treasure.

This is how Peter adventure begins: he will try to save a vanished kingdom by his skills and bravery.

The novel is full of adventure and absolutely peculiar characters: Auxier has build a magical world and a main character impossible not to like. The drawback of the novel is that some elements are quite foreseeable and not innovative.

Overall the novel is nice, imaginative and well written.

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* Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier ★★★

*I read this book in English