[ARC] The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill

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It’s an error to choose this novel for the magic described in the cover summary.

Let’s start by saying that The Lonely Hearts Hotel is not a novel for everyone: there are numerous graphic scenes of poverty, violences and abuses. The story opens with a little girl who is raped and it brings us among orphans and in the downtown where the two main characters end up living.

Pierrot and Rose meet in orphanage, then their life diverge for some years till the great reunion and the realization of their show, The Snowflake Icicle Extravaganza. Again, maybe speaking about two protagonist is kind of lie: Rose and Pierrot are very different for the way they behave, and the story is more focused on Rose, the only of them who always is working for a personal realization.

The Lonely Hearts Hotel in my opinion is mostly a book about the women condition at the beginning of 1900 in Montreal: the women were neglected and always exploited, either they were poor prostitutes or rich wives and lovers. And Rose is aware of this since her childhood – the idea of the imaginary bear – but she chooses not to accept it and to work towards something different. In this sense Pierrot is the perfect man for her, because he loves her so much to allow her to be free.

The lonely hearts hotel is the ending point of the story, that develops in various hotel which names reflects the life of the characters and their emotions.

It’s a novel about strong themes that are dealt in a lyric and with sometimes unconventional images (Rose and Pierrot are always clowns), but reading it in search of the magic of other novels (like The Night Circus) is doubly wrong because of disillusioned expectation and the inability to see this novel strong points.

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


* The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill ★★★★☆

*I read this book in english

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Thunderbird (Miriam Black #4) by Chuck Wendig

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Thunderbird is the so much waited fourth installment of the Miram Black series (here the reference about the first three book), the woman who knows how and when you die by touching you.

Miriam is looking for a method to get rid of her power, that she was never especially comfortable with, and it seems there is a person who could help her: Mary Scissors.

However, finding that person is not so easy,  and during her trip Miriam finds herself involved in the action of a terrorist group with powers that want to change the world, even with extremely violent actions.

Miriam’s great dilemma will be: to get or not to get involved with all this? With the company of her usual visions and the knowledge of possessing new abilities, Miriam will take the best decision in her typical style.

The novel is extremely engaging, in particular in the latter part where I was unable to get the book down. The ending is wonderful, this book is an absolutely must for the Miriam Black fans and readers.

I already miss you, Miriam.


* Thunderbird by Chuck Wendig ★★★★★

*I read this book in english

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

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Carolyn has grown up with her eleven siblings in the Library. Each of them has to master a catalogue: a series of books about a specific theme that they have to master, and become God-like. Carolyn for example speaks all the languages of the past, present and future world.

Their Father is now vanished, maybe someone killed him, but even more serious is the fact that none of them is able to go back to the Library, due to a mysterious magic they are not able to destroy.

So, Carolyn and her brother and sisters have to live as common Americans, but it’s ages since they lived like that, before Father came and took them to the Library.

The Library at Mount Char is a book I find truly engaging: the story, at the beginning mostly incomprehensible, becomes clear with the advancement of the plot, thanks also to some feedbacks. We see some weird things, evil, crazy gods in tutu, people who came back from the death, killer dogs, lions and some lucky humans who appear to be immune to the whole folly.

The novel, that made me think about American Gods, is hard to review because it will be so easy to spoiler, but it is hugely entertaining.


* The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins ★★★★★

*I read this book in english

[ARC] The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

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The story begins in an interrogation room: on one side two agents from FBI, on the other a girl about twenty and in the background reference to hospital, survivors, other girls.

The girl is asked to give some explanation, and so she begins her story and the story of the butterfly garden. Butterflies that are girls, kidnapped and tattooed to have their back resemble butterflies wings, forced to live in a beautiful prison.

The girl – Maya, this is the name given by her captor – talks about the life in the garden, but also about her past life, and the two agents slowly enter in the daily horror of these collected butterflies.

With Maya’s tale the novel is enriched by other new characters – like the other butterflies – every one with a peculiar trait.

The butterfly garden is a book able to catch the reader attention, despite the horror it contains, and it’s hard to leave Maya’s story, because, like the FBI we want to understand what’s happened and how we got to the interrogation room.

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


* The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison ★★☆☆☆

*I read this book in english

[ARC] Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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Ingredients for Big Little Lies: a class of kids going to kindergarten, their helicopter parents, some home dads and moms, lots of gossip and a drama, three points of view of three women, mothers and friends and some hints of other POV.

The three main characters are Madeline, Jane and Celeste, and for each of them we know their issues during the novel that focuses on their POV, absolutely biased by their strong emotions. I particularly liked this analysis of the characters, and their evolution during the story. This is not an action paced novel, but the interesting part is understanding each woman’s character.

Despite the lack of crucial events (there are lots of parenting issues), the author built the novel to be absolutely engaging till the end, mainly by hinting the development of a dramatic event but without explaining what’s going to happen till the end.

I also liked the idea to put at the beginning or end of each chapter quotes from the other parents – who are in the background – to demonstrate how each tiny event could be read and felt differently by different people.

Big Little Lies talks about friendship and relations, and it talks also about hard and dramatic themes, but always with a light tone, thus resulting funny and enjoyable.

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


* Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty ★★★★

*I read this book in english

[Series] A land fit for heroes by Richard K. Morgan

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Richard K. Morgan è autore di una serie di stampo fantascientifico che ho molto apprezzato incentrata su uno specifico personaggio, Takeshi Kovaks. Morgan è però autore anche di una trilogia fantasy nominata A land fit for heroes.

Per questa trilogia, più che per altre, penso che parlare dei singoli romanzi – prescindendo dalla serie – potrebbe fare più male che bene, quindi segue un commento della serie nel suo complesso.

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Richard K. Morgan is the author of the sf series about  Takeshi Kovaks that I liked. Morgan is also author of a fantasy trilogy named A land fit for heroes.

For this series I think commenting each single novel is not the better choice, so here follows a review for the whole series.

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[Series] Locke & Key (vol. 1 – 6) by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodríguez

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 “There are so many doors to open. I am impatient to begin.”

Welcome to Lovecraft.

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