Thursday, July 17, 2014

Review: City of the Sun by Juliana Maio

Title: City of the Sun 
Author: Juliana Maio 
Genre: Historical Fiction 
Format/Length: ebook, 380 pages
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press 
Publication Date: March 9, 2014 
Where did I get my copy: Thank you, Greenleaf Book Group Press! 
Learn more about it on Goodreads 
Now available on Amazon

Synopsis: (From CAIRO, EGYPT 1941. As the Second World War rages, the city known as “Paris on the Nile” plays host to an international set who seem more interested in polo matches and swanky nightclubs than the Germans’ unrelenting advance across North Africa. Meanwhile, as refugees, soldiers, and spies stream into the city, the Nazis conspire with the emerging Muslim Brotherhood to fuel the Egyptian people’s seething resentment against their British overlords. 

My Review:  
There a lot of books about World War II. There are a lot of books about love, even about spies, and about Egypt. But I've never read a novel that had all of these together. I was excited about getting a copy of this book and 
I enjoyed it. 

Juliana Maio successfully put together a novel that is wonderful as a whole. All the little parts fit well, there is continuity, the dialogues are seamless, the descriptions are beautiful, and the mystery was interesting.

The historical details in this book is really impressive. The names, places, and events were aplenty. I enjoyed all that information. As a fan of historical fiction, I appreciate all of that hard work. 

I feel like I learned a little more about Egypt in WWII from reading this book. I enjoyed reading about this time in history in a setting outside of USA or Europe. 

The beauty of the Egypt, the glamorous part of the times - the style, the fashion, different lifestyles, it was all perfectly conveyed. It was easy to feel transported by Maio's words. 

Beautiful imagery and passionate writing aside, I think the story seemed weak towards the end. I thought what should have been the climax of the story fell flat. I didn't think it was exciting. It felt rushed. 

Even though it tied up the story just fine, I think it could have been better. All the build up; the tension and the intrigue deserved a heart pounding conclusion. 

City of the Sun is a beautiful debut novel. It has history, romance, and mystery. Maio seamlessly puts together a plot that kept me very engaged. I strongly recommend this novel to lovers of historical fiction. 

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
Oscar Wilde, 1888
epigraph to The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, 2011

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Love is the world’s infinite mutability; lies, hatred, murder even, are all knit up in it; it is the inevitable blossoming of its opposites, a magnificent rose smelling faintly of blood.
Tony Kushner, The Illusion
the epigraph to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, 2012

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Image from Goodreads
Title: The Rosie Project
Learn more about it on Goodreads
Available on Amazon

Synopsis: Don Tillman, thirty-something brilliant Geneticist, is looking for a wife. As a man of Science and reason, he is going to use his knowledge of experimental design to find his ideal mate. He will use a questionnaire, he will go on dates, he will collect information, and analyze data until The Wife Project is completed.

Then he meets Rosie. Logically, she is not an ideal candidate for The Wife Project. She smokes, she curses, and she's constantly late. 

Still, Don thinks she's the most beautiful woman he's ever seen. Plus, she's interesting and intelligent. But she is also on a quest of her own; to find her biological father. So she enlists Don's help and his search for a wife takes a backseat.

Soon Don learns that he can have fun with Rosie and chaos would not ensue just because he did not have every minute planned out. 

My Review:  Oh how I love this book. Let me tell you about it! 

The Rosie Project is an amazing book. It is funny, thoughtful, and intelligent. It is interesting form start to finish. I could not put this book down and I did not want the story to end. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Musing Mondays

Musing Mondays is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading

This week's musing is a random rant about books/reading. 

Last week I heard about a new book; We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I've never heard of this author before, but based on the description of this book, I want to get my hands on a copy as soon as possible. 

Also, it seems that every book-tuber and people with Twitter only have high praises for this book.

Here's the snippet from Goodreads: 

    A beautiful and distinguished family.
    A private island.
    A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
    A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
    A revolution. An accident. A secret.
    Lies upon lies.
    True love.
    The truth.
    We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National       Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 

    Read it.
   And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE. 

I do enjoy a good mystery. 

I'm thinking this plot might be something along the lines of The Secret History by Donna Tartt. But maybe since it's for a younger demographic, it might be a little less heavy. 

We Were Liars will be available on May 13th, 2014. 

Are you intrigued? Would you pick up We Were Liars? or Have you read it already? 

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