[ARC] And I Darken by Kiersten White

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And I Darken is a fiction novel based on the historical facts about the conquer of Constantinople by the Ottoman empire, and about the wars in East Europe during 15th century.

Lada Dragwyla is the first-born of Vlad Dracul, a cruel man, governor of Transylvania but desiring to rule the whole Wallachia. Vlad hopes his daughter to be beautiful, in order to marry her off and strengthen some alliance, but – maybe thanks to the nurse prayers – Lada grows up ugly, strong and ruthless.
Her brother Radu, born a few years later, is instead beautiful and gentle, and he has to suffer the vexation from Lada and other children. Lada and Radu grow up under the attention of their Wallachian nurse, during the war between their country and the Ottoman Empire.

After losing a battle, Vlad Dracul is forced to leave his children in the hand of the Ottoman empire, where they carry on their education. An afternoon they meet Mehmed, one of the sultan’s son, and from that moment their fate changes. Being Mehmed friends, they follow him in a marginal city and during the following years they assist and help him rising to be a sultan. Mehmed is also the person that both brings together and throw apart Lada and Radu: the young sultan is attracted by Lada, who will become his lover, while Radu loves him with a deep and forbidden love.

The narration in And I Darken follows both the POV of Lada and Radu and explain their ambitions: Lada is a woman in a world of men, and most of all she desires to go back to Wallachia and rule the country, while Radu fits perfectly in the Ottoman Empire, but he is forced to hide his love. The relation between the two is complex: they share a common fate and they deeply love each other, but they are extremely different for behaviour and nature.

And I darken is interesting and engaging, and Lada is a very interesting character, with her strong will, so I’m waiting for the story to go on in the next books.

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


* And I Darken by Kiersten White ★★★★☆

*I read this book in english

Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar

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I usually tend to avoid books under the new adult genre because the main theme is usually a love story more or less sexually described. In this case I made an exception because of the good review I read, and in the end I was not disappointed at all.

Summer Skin is an engaging novel leaded by an unconventional and interesting main character. We have the basis for a relationship that evolves in the novel, but it is realistic and complex enough to be credible.

The novel is also about feminism and friendship between women, and the characterization is coherent with the past we have hints about.

 


* Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar ★★★★☆

*I read this book in english

Am I Normal Yet? (The Normal Series #1) by Holly Bourne

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Am I Normal Yet? opens the Normal Series by Holly Bourne, a trilogy where each novel has as protagonist a different girl of a group of three friends. This novel main character is Evie, who is come back in her “normal” life after being hospitalized for OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).

The story is told by Evie’s POV, and in the story we also meet Amber and Lottie, who will be protagonists in the following two books. The reader has not only access to the events, but also to Evie’s way of thinking, always fighting her disease and the bad thoughts it generates.

The author is well able to communicate to the reader what OCD actually means, and that is wrong to minimize it; I liked the story and I think it works from the emotional point of view.

During the story the three girls begin reasoning about feminism, and deepening some specific themes; I also liked these parts; I usually like structured infodump and I’m always eager to learn something new and unexpected; however I think the feminism background of the whole novel is quite excessive, since there is not a male character who is at least decent, and in the end I think it is a fault in the story.

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* Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne ★★★★

*I read this book in English

[ARC] The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs

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The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks è un manuale che spazia su tutto quello che può essere utile a una fangirl o a chi vuole approfondire il mondo delle fanfiction.

Un capitolo è dedicato ai fandom e alle loro caratteristiche, uno su come arrivare preparate a quali conventions (con tanto di descrizione del kit da borsetta), si parla di cosplay, di troll, di come scrivere fanfiction e di come parlare di questa passione con gli amici.

E’ un manualetto divertente che può contenere spunti interessanti per le fangirl, mentre per chi vuole approfondire il tema risultato interessanti alcuni capitoli, tra cui un utile glossario dei termini utilizzati per parlare di fanfiction.

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

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The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks is a handbook about everything a fangirl – or everyone who wants to understand the fanfiction world – could find useful.

The first chapter is about the different kind of fandom and their features, another is about conventions and how to get to them prepared (there is also a bag kit description), there is something about cosplay, about trolls, about writing fanfiction and about sharing this passion with friends.

It’s a funny and nice handbook and it contains some hints for fangirls, while for the ones who want to understand the fangirls world some chapters are more useful than others, in particular the glossary of the terms used when referring to fanfiction.

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

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The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs ★★★☆☆½

[ARC] We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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This short essay is a transposition of a talk made by the author in a TEDxEuston conference.

What does it mean to be a feminist? Being a feminist is it useful in our society? The author answers also to these questions by showing the prejudice connected to the idea of feminism (if you are a feminist you hate men / you don’t wear makeup / you don’t like to dress girly, …) and how the equal right goal is still not fulfilled but it needs more work to change the consolidate cultural behaviors.

Culture evolves: so the need and the importance of a new way to teach children that do not have as output the identification of men with money and dominant characteristics and of women with marriage, kitchen and a more or less stressed submission.

Some of the idea exposed here could seem obvious, but they do not match with actual actions and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie shows us by describing as example the two cultures she belongs to (the Nigerian and the occidental ones), very different but alike in some sense.

It’s a short essay but it’s well argued and useful to think about a still actual thematic.

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

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* We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ★★★★☆

*I read this book in English