Giveaways

The Hat Has Spoken

We would like to thank Lodie, komalAyustika and partsaklo19 for participating in our themed giveaway.

Congratulations, komal! The hat has spoken and you are the lucky winner of our December bundle. Please email us over at infusoesparaaalma@gmail.com to arrange the safe delivery of your newest treasure.

To celebrate the festive season, we will be sending bookish surprises to every interested participant. Just drop us a line at the address mentioned above.

That said, January is approaching. Our one year anniversary! Epic things ahead 🙂

Stay tuned.

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Reviews

“Jessica Jones: Alias [Vol. 1]” by Brian Bendis & Michael Gaydos

I seem to have fallen in love with my very first comic book. Mind you, I have enjoyed the ones I have read up until this point, but for some reason I seem to have connected with Jessica Jones in a different way.

I have given the matter some thought. Could this be because of the television series? While I understand how the physicality of it could help create the bond, I don’t think that’s quite the case. I have read Wynonna Earp and, even though I have enjoyed it, I didn’t find myself as… invested. To be honest, though I find Jessica Jones’s adaptation to be visually beautiful and thought-provokingly disturbing, I can’t help but favourite the written version over it. There’s something about it… can’t quite put my finger on it!

I loved pretty much everything, but there were a couple of moments that just had me. I absolutely adored the interaction with Captain America and the easiness of her lunch with Carol. Also, the moment I realized I was in love with the medium was the interview at the police station. Might be ridiculous and naïve of me, but I found it to be so cleverly drawn and disposed across the page! Also, it was fantastic to see all these heroes being casually mentioned or actually having them show up.

I still know close to nothing about comic books, but falling in love with this one in specific, and reading The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman, has me interested. There’s something undoubtedly special, particularly powerful, if not truly magical, about this world.

Eagerly awaiting the arrival of the others.

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“I am Sleepless: Sim 299” by Johan Twiss

Originally reviewed for Whispering Stories – 5 stars

Planet Ethos is at war with a rather mysterious enemy, the Splicers. As to secure and preserve the continuation of the species, all newborns with a particular genetic code are removed from their families and injected with the Prime Stimulus. Known as the Prime Initiative, its goal is to raise beings capable of great, astonishing, things.

Aidan is one of those children. Aidan is special. At the young age of twelve, Aidan carries the fate of the world on his shoulders.

It’s incredible how appropriate the title of this book is. From the minute you start reading I am Sleepless: Sim 299 by Johan Twiss, it’s like a switch is turned – on or off, you can’t quite tell, perhaps something in-between. It’s almost as if you’re transported into a different reality, and suddenly you find yourself in a state of hyperawareness that quickly becomes addictive, making it impossible to put down.

I must confess that at the beginning I felt like I had been dropped in the epicenter of a storm – now that I have finished it, I am certain that I was, and glad too. I am Sleepless: Sim 299 is an event, an event that grows into epic proportions without ever losing its sense, its purpose, its morals. I am in awe of Johan Twiss’s talent, of his skill, of how he managed to coherently link every single detail.

Speaking of talent, not only is the narrative engaging, mixing adventure with action and even romance, it’s also beyond pertinent, relevant even, creating a safe haven and opening doors to the discussion of matters that the world rather enjoys not acknowledging. Written in a simple yet visually rich tone, the novel is accessible to the young minds that will eventually lead the future.

“Pain is a teacher. Love is life.”

I always fear when powers are involved as they sometimes lead the characters to get lost in them, to become only them. I am Sleepless: Sim 299 surprised me, amazed me, by actively encouraging inclusion. There are still problems, of course, realistic bullying as some develop faster, grow quicker, but the essence is incredibly hopeful. On that note, I must say that, even if sad, the idea of having these powers come with defects is beautiful in its genesis – and all that color, elemental almost, within reach. There’s so much humanity in this book, so much hope, and so much cleverly written humor!

Honestly, I was on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book. I cannot wait for the next one to be out. Oh, and have I mentioned the little blurbs that introduce every chapter? A stroke of genius, I would say.

If you liked Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and Veronica Roth’s The Divergent Series, you should give I am Sleepless: Sim 299 a go.

LGBTQA+ · Reviews

“Curious Wine” by Katherine V. Forrest

I don’t recall how I came upon Curious Wine, but I seem to have had it for quite some time. Perhaps a find from the endless hours spent perusing lists of LGBT-themed books? I did take a leap of faith a few years back, so that must have been it.

Reading Curious Wine made me think of both Desert Hearts and Claire of the Moon. I felt as if I was watching the narrative happening through a grain filter, which was both endearing and helpful, as it offered the distance, both in terms of time and space, required not to take affront about the way certain matters were addressed.

I quite enjoyed the setting, the escape that became the way into something instead of an ephemeral way out of something else. There’s a particular mood, a cloud of mist, surrounding Curious Wine. It has its ups and downs, its clichés and its breathtaking lines… Oh, and the flirting through poetry.

I believe I would go as far as calling Curious Wine relevant, even if I still feel conflicted about the depiction of women at certain times throughout the narrative.

All in all, I would say it was a rather different read, a bit experimental, a bit… secretive. I think I will go and investigate what the author has been up to lately.

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“The Wanderer” by Sharon Creech

If I were to write down my favourite quotes from The Wanderer by Sharon Creech, I have a feeling I would end up transcribing the whole book. Choosing just one moment doesn’t seem fair.

The Wanderer is life and as alive as the sea. It comes with ups and downs, moods and tides, storms and rainbows. Once you are in, you are in for the whole journey.

The story is brought to us by the hands of Sophie and Cody, and is told through their journal entries. Their writing, absolutely stunning in its simplicity, involves you, absorbs you, immerses you to the point that you too start feeling the salt on your skin, on the tip of your tongue. And then Sophie starts wandering through her mind, wondering and questioning things that most people would much prefer to ignore. And out loud too. She is both afraid and fearless, and her story is one that will both break and mend your heart.

It’s most definitely a must read. A story about what it means to be a family.

Giveaways · Goodreads Choice Award

December Giveaway: Anna Kendrick, Gabrielle Zevin and Sierra DeMulder

Cue the snow in, our favourite time of the year is upon us!

We are aware that different meanings are attributed to this particular festive season, but we simply must spread the love (and we don’t really need a reason for that, do we?).

As to celebrate you, us, the world (you have misbehaved, but we are giving you another chance – AGAIN), and all that wonderful jazz, we are giving away not one, not two, but three books. In an attempt to cover all territories, we have sort of an autobiography, fiction and poetry. Ah, and there might be a surprise or two… 😉

So if you would like to take home a copy of Anna Kendrick’s Scrappy Little Nobody, Gabrielle Zevin’s The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and Sierra DeMulder’s Today Means Amen, leave us a comment with a title that you will be gifting this year. You have until the 19th to participate.

Best of luck to you all!

P.S. The winner will be announced on the 24th.

Reviews

“Cocaine Blues” by Kerry Greenwood

Do one thing every day that scares you.

I think Eleanor Roosevelt’s message found the Honorable Phryne Fisher and echoed inside a mind more than willing to allow it to take over. I honestly believe that must be one of Miss Fisher’s life mottos. I don’t think she goes on these adventures just out of curiosity or for the sake of the adrenalin, I think she’s looking for meaning. Or I might just be reading too much into things, as per usual.

“Phryne can not get enough of adventure and the reader can not get enough of Phryne”, announces Deadly Pleasures magazine. I think this should be taken as a warning, for once Phryne has gotten a hold of your attention, she will not let go. You might try to convince yourself that being obsessed with her adventures is not healthy, but she will throw her head back in laughter. She’s beyond persuasive when needed be and she does need a reader, so once you are in, you are in for the long run, I am afraid. She usually gets what she wants, even if it requires rather intense strategies. She’s extremely clever, smart to the point of knowing that life shouldn’t be taken too seriously, but seriously enough. Oh, and does she make you laugh!

Miss Phryne Fisher went from being a complete stranger to becoming one of my very favourite characters. She’s an entertaining, absolutely enchanting, companion. Her adventures are… delicious, even if tainted by death.

Giveaways

The Hat Has Spoken

We would like to thank Hannah, angelbookwhisperer, Velina and Evelyn for participating in our giveaway.

Congratulations, Velina! The hat has spoken and you are the lucky winner of J.K. Rowling’s magical Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay. Please email us over at infusoesparaaalma@gmail.com to arrange the safe delivery of your newest treasure.

December is upon us! It’s our favourite time of the year and we have a special giveaway coming soon.

Stay tuned.

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“Finding Colin Firth” by Mia March

I want Mia March to be my best friend.

That thought has been on my mind ever since I started reading Finding Colin Firth and realized that the Nash sisters from The Meryl Streep Movie Club were back. I couldn’t be happier to revisit the Three Captains Inn. Sadly I can’t just literally pack my bags and move in, else I definitely would. Sigh. Oh well, I have been living there in spirit for the past few hours… for the past few days.

To be honest, I am no longer sure whether I read The Meryl Streep Movie Club at the right moment, or if it was the book itself that made it the right moment. I am pretty sure that this has something to do with the way Mia March introduces her characters and makes us part of their life, instead of making them part of ours. There’s this feeling of being welcomed somewhere… suddenly you are being given a chair, some popcorn and a glass of iced tea during a movie night at the Inn. You are not alone. Not in person, not in pain, not in problems and obstacles, but also not in happiness, not in hope, not in love. You find yourself surrounded by humanity, and it’s such a reassuring feeling – you belong.

And pies. I feel this urge to bake pies. It’s absolutely ridiculous, but I just can’t help it. I guess I was in need of a little magic and Mia March delivered it. Again. I know that Veronica’s pies don’t have special properties, they are not some kind of voodoo thing that will make it all better, but they can be whatever you want them to be. You will never find a way out if you don’t start, willingly, looking for one. You need to be aware of what you want, and then you need to open yourself to the possibly of having it. You have to believe. Yes, I do think that, at the end of the day, it might be as simple as that. If there are still going to be bad days? Sure. But will they matter as much? Will you allow them to hurt you as much?

Finding Colin Firth is a slice of hope. Kindly and gracefully flavored, it contains just the right amount of sweetness.

Thank you, Mia March. Again. Hopefully there will be a new book soon.

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“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay” by J.K. Rowling

“My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice.”

I must confess I was slightly worried about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay. Mind you, my reluctance had nothing to do with its quality, but with its purpose. To be honest, it was the announcement of the four movies to follow that had me raising an eyebrow in suspicion. There’s absolutely no doubt that the Harry Potter universe is pretty much a self-selling treasure, but does that mean one should explore every tiny little corner of it? What about the space for imagination? While in general I think no one will ever be able to answer that question, in particular, concerning this one book, it could be seen as a new spark.

“Newt… I don’t think I am dreaming.”
“What gave it away?”
“I ain’t got the brains to make this up.”

I have yet to watch the movie, but I enjoyed every minute of the screenplay. Newt Scamander has officially become one of my favourite characters of this magical universe. He is so incredibly Hufflepuff – loyal, patient, dedicated. I will never be over the way he interacted with the beasts, more his friends than anything else, and also with Jacob Kowalski, never considering him to be any less for being a Muggle/Non-Maj. His spirit made me think of the word chances, endless ones.

“Whatever it is, one thing’s clear – it must be stopped. It’s terrorizing No-Majs, and when No-Majs are afraid, they attack. This could mean exposure. It could mean war.”

J.K. Rowling was yet again able to create characters that are almost impossible not to bond with, and a villain that is relevant beyond words. Also, I believe the bridge brought up to connect the narratives feels consistent, smooth – was I the only one grinning at the mention of Dumbledore? To be honest, I don’t see how she is going to expand this into four other screenplays, but if anyone can do it, it’s certainly her.

P.S. How magnificent was Queenie Goldstein? She is right up there with Newt Scamander. She doesn’t have magic, she is magic. Bless her!