[ARC] Bull by David Elliott

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Bull is a poem retelling of the myth about Theseus and the Minotaur. In this retelling the setting is the original one (no change in the setting or in the characters), the author chooses to focus also in moments that the original story does not deal with: Asterion’s young adulthood and relationships between characters.

The story’s pace is given by Poseidon’s comments, cynical, ironical and deeply funny. The god of the sea chooses which voice to listen to, and by doing so he shows us the characters involved in the story (Minos, Pasiphae, Asterion, Ariadne, Daedalus).

The book is made of poetry monologues – the characters does not interact with dialogues – and the verses structure is specific for the single characters, the only one that is not bound by a scheme is, obviously, Poseidon.

I liked Bull because it’s funny and engaging, the fact that it is a poem does not impede the reading, on the contrary it allows the reader to insert some captivating sentences.

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


* Bull by David Elliott ★★★★☆

*I read this book in english

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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Society merging could be a hard to process: the Bexley & Gamin now has two directors (who hates each other) and each of them has his/her vice, and for this reason Lucy shares the office with the so hated Joshua Templeman.

Every day the purpose of Lucy is to annoy her meticulous colleague, a merciless head-cutter, so different from her, always kind to everybody.

Like similar novels, it’s easy to guess the ending of The Hating Game, but nevertheless it’s nice and entertaining.  It’s a good novel to spend some relaxing time, the hottest scenes – a little bit graphical – are not so recurring as it happens in other romance novels.


The Hating Game by Sally Thorne ★★★★☆

*I read this book in english

A Glove Shop in Vienna and Other Stories by Eva Ibbotson

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A glove shop in Vienna & other stories is a collection of 19 tales by Eva Ibbotson.

Eva Ibbotson’s stories are romantic and positive, a true panacea when I’m sad or dejected. I did not like all the tales the same, but every collection has its highs and lows.

The best tales are the ones a friend defines “concentrated novels”, where the protagonists meet, are separated and then get together again in the most romantic ending; in this category belong the following:  A rose in Amazonia, Sidi, Theatre Street. Other tales have some funny elements, or near-paradox situations, A little disagreement where an old lady uses to act frequently the day of her death, The great carp Ferdinand where the main dish of the Christmas Eve dinner refuses to die, or The Magi of Markham Street and The Little Countess where respectively we have a Christmas play with unexpected ending and a governess is exhausted by the customs of the Russian family she attends to.

Other tales I liked are: Vicky and the Christmas Angel, Osmandine, A Glove shop in Vienna.

The tales have beautiful plot, but the narrative style should be mentioned, too: Ibbotson’s style is beautiful, using few words a scene becomes alive, and the background is full of characters reflecting culture and life style of the period.


* A Glove Shop in Vienna and Other Stories by Eva Ibbotson ★★★★☆

*I read this book in english

Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford

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Suicide Notes affronta un tema piuttosto difficile, quello del suicidio (derivato da problemi di relazione e emotivi) nei ragazzi.

Jeff si risveglia in un centro psichiatrico dopo aver fallito il proprio suicidio, e il romanzo percorre i 45 giorni del programma di recupero in cui i genitori l’hanno iscritto. La vita di Jeff si divide quindi tra sedute di analisi con lo psichiatra responsabile della struttura e di incontri che coinvolgono anche gli altri giovani, ospiti della struttura per motivi differenti. Nel corso del romanzo Jeff si troverà ad affrontare il problema alla base del suo comportamento, prima di tutto ammettendolo con se stesso.

Grazie all’ironia e sarcasmo di Jeff il romanzo non è drammatico, ma risulta in molte parti anche divertente. Non sono però sicura che alcune immagini siano adatte a un pubblico molto giovane.

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Suicide Notes deals with a difficult theme, the suicide in young people (mainly due to emotional and relational issues).

Jeff wakes up in a psychiatric yard after failing to kill himself. The novel follows Jeff’s story during the 45 days of the rehab program he has to follow for his parent’s decision. Jeff’s life is divided among single therapy with the psychiatrist who manages the structure and with group sessions with the other girls and boys living in the structure. During the novel Jeff has to face the problem behind his behaviours, first of all by analyzing it himself. stesso.

Thanks to Jeff’s irony and sarcasm the novel is not dramatic, and some parts are light and funny. However I’m not sure that some images are quite suited for a young reader.

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Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford ★★★☆