And The Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness

And the Ocean Was Our Sky

And The Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness, ILLUSTRATED BY ROVINA CAI

Genre: Retelling, Magical Realism, Graphic Novel
Pages: 160
Publisher: Walker Books
Rating: 3.61 stars (Goodreads)

Summary: 

With harpoons strapped to their backs, the proud whales of Bathsheba’s pod live for the hunt, fighting in the ongoing war against the world of men. When they attack a ship bobbing on the surface of the Abyss, they expect to find easy prey. Instead, they find the trail of a myth, a monster, perhaps the devil himself…

As their relentless Captain leads the chase, they embark on a final, vengeful hunt, one that will forever change the worlds of both whales and men.

The story of a whale and her pod, trying to find the horrible monster killing so many of them, a monstrous man everyone thinks it’s a legend, but is he? With prophecies, humans against whales and a weird friend ship this is by far one of the strangest and interesting books i read in a while.


“Call me Batsheba” is the way this book starts. I never read Moby Dick, but i’m guessing this is a retelling of that story, but from the whale’s point of view. Another clue was the fact that the monstrous man was called Toby Wick, which just can’t be a coincidence.

The book tells the story of how whales decided to give hunt to humans as they give hunt to them. It gives them a place, a name, a personality and you can’t help but feel the sorrow for their loss.

The book is magnetic, an increible ode to animals and the way they live. Not to mention the illustrations on this book are amazingly beautiful.

Other than that, i don’t know what to say, i don’t wanna spoil much of the book since it’s a short one. But i totally recommend it to anyone looking for a special retelling of Moby Dick or a moving book about animals and the way they feel. Although there isn’t much talking about feelings.

I don’t know, the book moved me a lot. Especially knowing the way whales are hunted every day. Obviously they aren’t the only animals, but sometimes we forget some of them, because they live far away from us.

I gave this book 4 stars, and I hope you give it a chance.

Have you read the book? If so, what did you think about it? Should i read Moby Dick? Don’t forget to leave your comment down below!

Happy Readings ♥

Most Read Authors

We all have our favorites, we all have read way many books by… so, thinking of it i decided to go to my goodreads list and check out for real who are the authors i read the most from.

So, here we are… my top 7 most read authors of all time:

8. Haruki Murakami (4 books): I gotta admit i thought i read more book by him since i own all of them, but i guess i have a way to go with him.. obviously i’ll keep reading them since he has a magnific way of expressing himself and the stories he writes are just AMAZING. A great author for those looking for something more adult than YA. (yeah, i know i said top 7 but he is too important to me, ok?)

7. Neil Gaiman & Rainbow Rowell & Seanan McGuire(5 books by each): Just put an epigraphy on my tumb about how much i love them. I think they are all so extremely talented, there wasn’t a book by them i read i didn’t like. Will i read more book by them? ABSOLUTELY.

6. Harlan Coben & Richelle Mead (6 books by each): Harlan was my comeback to reading back in the day, so i still love him and one of my all time favorite books was written by him (Gone for Good). I don’t know if i’ll ever read another book by him though since they are all sort of the same after a while… as or Richelle i LOVED Vampire Academy (Christian Ozera i mean… literary boyfriend) but i’m not there anymore, i grew up and i’m not sure it is the kind of writing for me anymore.

5. Stephenie Meyer (6.5 book): Yeah, i read Twilight and i loved it back in the day… yeah i tried reading Midnight Sun (i just had to, okay?) and it was too cringey for me so … understandng now how problematic she is i don’t believe i will be reading any more books by her.

4. Patrick Ness and Stephen King (7 books by each): Patrick Ness is one of my favorite authors of all time, Stephen King is really interesting and i love some of his books (i read) a lot. Obviously i’ll be reading Patrcik’s books for a while, he is amazing – The Rest Of Us Just Live Here & More Than This? ABSOLUTE favorites. About King is more complicated, i guess i’ll read some more, starting with The Institute.

3. J. K. Rowling (10 books): I only read the Harry Potter series and the first three companions… i’m not that interested in the now HUGE universe of HP… and seeing how problematic the author is, i’m pretty sure i won’t be reading any more books by her.

2. Cassandra Clare (16 books): The shadowhunter chronicles are way too many books… i haven’t been reading for a while so i put them aside until i catch up with other readings but i love this world and the characters so i will be coming back for more. Also, i own almost every book so, why not?

And number one is…

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  1. Rick Riordan (19 books): I started reading Percy Jackson when they started to come out and have been reading everything he published uo until the Trails of Apollo, mostly because after so many books i got a little tired… but i guess i’ll finish them too eventually. My favorites were the Magnus Chase and The Kane Chronicles though, maybe because those were just trilogies and they left you wanting more, not like the Pery Jackson series that felt…. neverending, though i understand this one was the last. I think he did something and became problematic? I’m not very sure, but if you know what happened with him let me know.

What are your most read authors? Leave your comment down below!

Release by Patrick Ness | Review

Release

Release by Patrick Ness

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Glbt
Pages: 287
Publisher: Walker Books
Rating: 3.75 stars

Summary: Inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever, Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It’s a big day. Things go wrong. It’s intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches…

Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It’s a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won’t come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course.

My opinion on the book:

I have to admit that the first thought that comes to my mind when i look back and think about the book is … WTH?

I’ve read a fair amount of books by the author for me to be a fan and for his books to be an instant must read when i see there’s a new one coming out.

Still, even though i really like his writing i have to admit i’m not so sure where i stand with this one.

The story spreads over a day, a terrible one if someone is having it, in the life of the main character. In this day everything that can go wrong does and Adam, our main, needs to face everything, he needs to choose his battles and let go of many things.

Although most of the story is about Adam there’s another ‘main’ character who meet and follow. This part of the story, the one with the second main character felt a little boring, even if it was necessary. And yeah, i can see that even when most of the time ot felt out of place at the end it made sense.

The truth is, i was a little disappointed by this book. I did enjoy the writing, i think Patrick Ness is great creating ideas and expressing them, but the story felt a little dull to me.

As always Patrick Ness’ book touches important subjects on growing up, finding and admitting to yourself and others who you are and as in every other book it was put in a very personal way, so it speaks to young readers the best.

I’m not saying the book wasn’t enjoyable, i read it pretty fast. Not to mention ia a short book overall. I just didn’t feel the emotion i got while reading other of his books.

Still, i would recommend it if you are looking for a bittersweet contemporary to read.

Overall, i have to give this book not more than 3.5 stars, because it felt a little rushed and like it was missing some of the magic the author’s books usually have.

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Books Recently Added To My Favorites Ever!

I had to get inventive here, you see… we are in the beginning of February and i never talked to you about my favorite books of 2016, so i figured i could share my top 5 readings of last year disguising it as Books Recently Added To My Favorites Ever!

Am I clever or what?

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Symptoms of Being Human#5  Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Synopsis [here].

The story is about Riley a gender fluid teenager that isn’t out yet to their parents, is new at school and is the child of a congressman. Now, all this come perfectly into one of the most interesting books i read in 2016, not only because it was the first time i read about a gender fluid character in a book but also because of the way the story was told and the plot itself.

I totally loved the fact that you are never told if Riley was born a boy or a gir, because that’s not the important thing about the character. The story is full of feelings and beautiful moments as well as pretty hard ones.

Obviously, i totally recommend it to everyone, it’s on my favorites after all.

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)#4.5 The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Synopsis [here].

I wasn’t about to add this book to the list really, that’s why it’s half a number. Don’t get me wrong i love The Raven Cycle quartet, i think it’s one of my favorite series, but really even though i really loved the way it ended there were some parts that when looking back i feel were a bit lacking. I still love it a lot and all but my favorite book remains The Dream Thieves.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle #4 We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson

Synopsis [here].

I read this book at the beginning of 2016 and i still remember every feeling it got me when reading it. It was written in such an incredible way i just loved it to pieces. Really, it is a gothic sort of story that will keep you wanting more even when you are still reading it.

 

More Than This #3 More Than This by Patrick Ness

Synopsis [here].

Patrick Ness never seizes to amaze me really. There isn’t a book i read by him i haven’t loved. Honestly, all of his books are in my favorites.

In this book, there was something that really was more than anything. I don’t know how to explain the way it made me feel, but i’ll say that from time to time when i think about all that happens in the book and especially about the end i’m awed.  Seriously this book was amazing and kept me guessing all the way through.

1984 #2 1984 by George Orwell

Synopsis [here].

Out of all the classics i read last year this one was the one that got me going ‘wow’ all the way. Honestly, i thought i could enjoy reading some classics but this one was in a completely different level because of everything. I loved it and enjoyed it so much. Sure, it took me a while to really enter the story but the moment i did, i was so hooked. It is incredible.

 

Half Lost (The Half Bad Trilogy, #3) #1 Half Lost by Sally Green

Synopsis [here].

Ok, this was my favorite book of 2016 by far, like honestly, i cried so much over this book, it reminds me of All The Bright Places (in the crying level). Well, i read Half Wild too in 2016 and loved it a lot too, but if i haveto choose between them both, Half Lost broke my heart so badly i just can’t ignore it. So yeah, this book was my favorite.

Well, you see… the Half Life trilogy is by far my favorite trilogy to this day and i believe it will take a lot for another trilogy for it to mean to me as much as this one does. I love the characters and the story so much, i don’t have he right words.

Oh man, this book broke my heart, and still i’m so glad i got to read this amazing trilogy. Like, i think everyone should give it a try at least because it felt really unique and super interesting, like the way it was written and the story itself. I just adore it, okay … i’m never getting over this.

And that’s all for now! Obviously, there’s another book that became an absolute favorite not long ago but it was in 2017 so i’ll be talking about that book when the time is right.

‘Til Next Time 😉

firma

 

 

More Than This by Patrick Ness

More Than This More Than This by Patrick Ness

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary,  Glbt
Pages: 480
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd.
Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis: A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies.

Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive.

How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place?

As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife?

My opinion on the book:

Aha! I’ve been thinking a lot on how to approach this review. This is book was nothing like i thought it will be. SO, excuse me if this goes out of control.

The book narrates the story of Seth, a boy who just committed suicide and then he woke up in a weird desolated town. The town in which an incident changed his family’s life forever. As the story develops we get to see what happened in Seth life for him to kill himself, as we learn different things about what deciding to live really means, friendship and the importance of having hopes and really wanting things to happen.

The plot seems really simple, a boy died and now he finds himself in a town that is pretty much hell, abandoned and solitaire. As the story develops and we get to see what the place really is, Seth finds he isn’t really alone there and the place is nothing like he thought.

I find the idea the plot very unique, i gotta say i was not expecting many of the stuff that happens and that was a really fun ride.

The plot of the book centers on Seth’s experiences in life and death, how he grows to understand life much better and such, so most of the secondary characters i the book are much developed because they are more than anything there to move Seth’s plot forward. So don’t expect much development for most of the characters, although some of them get their shining time.

There’s something about the way the story is written. As i always say, Patrick Ness’ writing style and the way he describes emotions, feelings and situations, is amazing. Also the fact that even though Seth spends much time by himself, thinking, the thoughts of the character don’t repeat themselves, sure there are some that really bothered Seth, but that’s different.

The book talks about some hard topics, obviously since it starts with the main character dying. I think the way these topics were mostly on point, with the exception of one that felt a little weird to me (no spoilers). There was something beautiful in Seth’s way through his realization about life. Even a few day after i finished the book it still sticks with me.

As i said before, one of the things that felt a little less sharpened was the back-story of one of the secondary characters. Anyway, the topic wasn’t developed much.

Overall, it was a very interesting reading full of great moments and many quotes i took with me. The thing is, it made me think a lot about life and what actually matters while we are alive. I enjoyed reading it a lot. I really liked the characters, especially the ones in the “afterlife”.

I would recommend this book to everyone, unless suicide may be a trigger for you.

Have you read the book? What were your impressions on it?

And that’s all for now… hope you are reading some great books!

Happy Reading!

‘Til Next Time 😉

firma

 

 

T5W: Books with Hard Topics

As always, topics for these entries are taken from the Top 5 Wednesday group on Goodreads . The group was created by Lainey, who you can also follow on Youtube.

Top 5 Wednesday: Books with Hard Topics.

A Monster Calls A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

A book about a kid dealing with his mother’s cancer and imminent death, an absent father and bullying at school.

Now that i think about it, this book has so many hard topics in it, no wonder i was crying almost all the time when i was reading it…

 

This Is Where It Ends This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp.

This is about a school shooting and why ‘everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun’.

This book was difficult to read, mostly because it tells what’s happening in a raw way, anyway, this makes the book a very powerful reading (in my opinion).

 

 

The Fault in Our Stars The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.

Teenagers dealing with cancer, death and what it means to live a meaningful life.

It took me years to be able to actually read this book, the first time i tried i was crying so badly i decided to put it aside, and it sat there waiting for me for about three years.

 

 

The Giver (The Giver Quartet #1) The Giver by Lois Lowry.

Basically, a utopia and all the things that need to be done so the world seems perfect, even though life isn’t nearly as perfect as people may think.

Such an interesting way of showing what a perfect world would actually need to do to stay perfect, i read this baby in one sit, because it was so intense i couldn’t put it down.

 

 

All the Bright Places All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

This book deals with grief and mental illness, although it never gives it a particular name ( i think it’s a bipolar disorder), but the way it handles it is so powerful, i don’t have the right words.

The book also deals with some other issues, i won’t tell about because of spoilers, but as i always say, this is my favorite book ever,so i do recommend it, even with all the hard topics it touches.

 

And those are my choices! i know they are pretty known already, i just don’t read much about hard topics because i’m very sensitive and it always makes me cry so i try to stay away from that kind of books… Anyway, which books that deal with hard topic  have you read?!

‘Til Next Time 😉

C.