Friday, April 18, 2014

Apologies and Updates

Hey everyone. You might have noticed my absence since Tuesday. The truth is, I got some bad news and it really affected me.

If you want to read the full story, please go over to my other blog: A Sister's Reaction to my Brother's Bullying Case.

In 2012, I moved to Japan for further studies. At that time, I left behind my family, including my little brother, who was turning 8 at that time. That same year, I received a message from my mother, telling me not to worry, but that the teachers had caught my brother attempting to jump from the fourth storey at school.

Apparently, my brother's classmates had told him that if he jumped they would be his friend. He believed them. 

My brother has been diagnosed with mild autism. To put it simply, my brother does not know how to interact with others. My brother wants to make friends, he would love to be friends, but he does not know how to go about doing it. 

Every day, my brother goes to school and tries to make friends. And every day, he has to learn to shrug off the bullying and teasing that goes on. His coping mechanism is to deny that bad things happen. 

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I'll be back with regular updates from Monday. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: The Glass of Time by Michael Cox

Woohoo, it's Tuesday again, and here's Teaser Tuesday to remind me of one of the books that I'm currently reading. Since school started, I've been reading more ebooks, but I really must get on with this awesome book (truth be told, I'm afraid of finishing it and finding out what happens).

The book in question is called The Glass of Time, and it's the sequel to The Meaning of Night. And here's the teaser:

Where is the palpable evidence to connect you to the business? There is none. Words on paper can kill in these matters, my Lady, but you have assured me many times, have you not, that there are no words on paper concerning the matter - nothing committed to that deadly medium - that might condemn you."
 What do you think?

Share the links to your teaser with me in the comments! Hope you have a good week ahead :D

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley

You know, at the rate that Flavia finds corpses, I'm surprised that no one ever suspects her of having something to do with it. Even Kogoro Mouri, the front for detective Conan gets accused of bringing death with him. Then again, Detective Conan has been running for 890 chapters (at last count), not to mention the anime series and the movies that's been produced. And I'm only at book 3 of the Flavia de Luce series, so I guess she still gets a little leeway.

In this book, we not only have the murder of what seems to be an extremely troublesome delinquent, there's a serious assault case that has an old gypsy lady in the hospital. Incidentally, the gypsy lady appears in the first chapter, when she scares Flavia while giving her her fortune (unsurprisingly, Feely and Daffy have something to do with it). And Flavia being Flavia, she ends up forming a friendship with the Porcelain, the niece of the gypsy woman.

But of course, this case isn't so straightforward as to just be about a murder and assault. There's also a secret sect called the Wobblers involved, and a missing baby.

Personally, I felt that the many strands in this book were tied together very well. Unlike the second book, where the mystery was meh to me, the case in this book was interesting and a key focus of the book. Not only do we get to find out more about Flavia and her family (which could hold enough secrets for either a TV soap or a sitcom), but there's an interesting case mixed up in it too!

If you like Flavia de Luce, you'll love this third book.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Viola Doyle by Amy Lynn Spitzley

Viola Doyle is an unconventional girl who lives in what seems to be Victorian-era England (but with a Queen Olivia). Sure, her grandad is (in)famous, but her mother seems determined to make sure that she behaves like a proper lady. Unfortunately for mom, Viola comes into possession of a mysterious pin (or rather, the pin chooses her), and in finding out the history of the pin, life is going to change for Viola.

In a way, this could have been a cliched book. I mean, unconventional protagonist, chafing at the constraints of society, finds a mysterious and possibly magical object and falls in love along the way. But, what this book did right was to have likable protagonists that could carry the story.

Of course, one of the protagonists would be the titular Viola, who doesn't want to be a lady. I enjoyed reading about her 'fights' with the stuck up Maxwell Simpson, who has a crush on her (by wanting to make her admit men are superior). Her love interest is the quiet and scholarly Mikhail, who's a good match for her in every way except socially. Thankfully, she has a supportive and unconventional grandmother.

And there's the dragon. Yes, dragons will appear in this story, although the dragon and Viola won't meet till the very end. I was hoping that they would be one of those lovable wise-cracking duos, but it was not to be. Perhaps in the next book, since the mystery of the pin and the Family has only begun.

Oh, and I found out that the author also wrote Scrapbook of My Revolution, which I read and enjoyed last year. Last year around this time as well, if I remember correctly.

All in all, this is an enjoyable book. If you like strong female protagonists, some mystery and a love story that does not become the main focus of the book, you'll probably enjoy this.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Curiosity Quills via NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review.


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