Heart in a Box by Kelly Thompson

Heart in a Box - Meredith McClaren, Kelly  Thompson

The Man with No Name breaks Emma’s heart and she gets a chance to get rid of her heart to feel no more pain. But she soon realize that a life without a heart she has no life…

This graphic novel was a big surprise for me. I hoped it would be enjoyable to read. The art was a bit meh for me in the beginning, then it grew on me and in the end I came to love it. The same goes for the story. I was a bit confused when it came to the heart of the cat; I was afraid Brock had been run over or something. Then, I went back and read the pages again and I think my heart brook a bit when I realized what the cat had done. Without doubt the best part of the Heart in a Box. But that can be because I love cats.

This is a wonderful graphic novel. I loved the humor, the sadness and how wonderfully lovely the story could be sometimes. The ending was truly great. Read it!

I received this copy from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review! Thank you!

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Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

Circling the Sun - Paula McLain

Beryl Markham was brought to Kenya by her British parents. But her mother could never settle there and left soon home with Beryl’s older brother. Beryl was then brought up by her father who let her run free on the farm and no governesses or school could tame the wild Beryl and she was barely seventeen when she married for the first time.

Paula McLain has painted a vivid picture of this strong wild girl who grows up to be just a strong wild woman who defied the social norms for women at the time. She knew the writer Karen Blixen; both women loved Danys Finch Hatton. She was a great racehorse trainer and she loved to fly.

I enjoyed reading this book immensely. I love the movie Out of Africa and it was a great pleasure to read about Beryl Markham and get another insight on the lives of Karen Blixen and Denys Finch Hatton and of course get an insight on Beryl herself. In many ways she just had a very tough life, abandon by her mother and later on her father and her two marriages that was portrait in the book were both disastrous. And, the love of her life was she sharing with another woman and their time together was cut short.

I had a hard time reading the ending because I knew how it would end for her and Denys. That’s the negative thing about reading a book about real people. You know how it all will end. Also, it was a bit hard to read about her and Denys because in my mind he and Karen has always been a couple since the first time I saw Out of Africa. I loved Beryl and Denys together, but at the same time I felt that they were betraying Karen. It’s tough sometimes to read books.

I received this copy from the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review! Thank you!

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Summary of July

Here we are, the last day of July. Another month has gone by and it’s time to summarize. It’s been a very rainy summer and I have vacation so I have manage to read quite a lot of books. Also, it’s been a really good month with mot many bad books.





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Simon’s Cat Off to the Vet . . . and Other Cat-astrophes by Simon Tofield

Simon's Cat Off to the Vet . . . and Other Cat-astrophes - Simon Tofield

I read this book, ironically, with my cat lying on my chest. Also, I had to read the book on my iPhone since I couldn’t read on my iPad because Caesar isn’t a small kitten anymore. He is a big cat, and it’s really hard to try to hold a book or an iPad while he is lying on my chest. There is just no way one can read comfortable with him lying there, so iPhone it is.

Anyway, as you understand by now I have a cat so I find Simon’s Cat Off to the Vet . . . and Other Cat-astrophes really charming to read because so much is so familiar to me. Having a cat is just basically having a child, a spoiled child, that just see you as his/hers personal slave. You’re not the master of the cat. You are his/her pet.

This book is perfect for anyone that is a slave to a cat or what’s to be a slave to a cat. Just remember it’s hard to laugh when a cat is lying on your chest.


I received this copy from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review! Thank you!

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Preserve The Dead by Brian McGilloway


Preserve the Dead (DS Lucy Black) - Brian McGilloway

Detective Sergeant Lucy Black is visiting her father at the Gransha Hospital when a body is found outside the hospital. But it seems that the dead man has already been embalmed. Why have an embalmed body been dumped in the river?

Despite not having read the previous books was it not hard or in any way confusing to read the book. Lucy Black’s father has Alzheimer’s and is in hospital and he will never get home again and Lucy is slowly getting to terms with it. Her mother is also a police and not many know what they are related since she walked out of Lucy and her father’s life when Lucy was a child. And, beside the case with the embalmed body must Lucy also help a sister to her neighbor. The sister is in a bad relationship and Lucy must try to get her to leave him without revealing that she is a police.

But I never really got into the story. I felt during the time I read the book that I had a really hard time focusing on the book’s story. I just couldn’t get into it. I was constantly distracted. In other words: it just didn’t keep my mind occupied. I never got into the story. I didn’t find it utterly boring in anyway, nor did the character seem boring. But the story was just not that interesting.

Would I still read more in this series? Yes, not only because I own them, but because I still find Lucy Black interesting enough to give another book a try.

I received this copy from the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review! Thank you!

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Living in the Chelsea Hotel by Linda Troeller

Living in the Chelsea Hotel - Linda Troeller

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel,
you were talking so brave and so sweet,
giving me head on the unmade bed,
while the limousines wait in the street.
Those were the reasons and that was New York,
we were running for the money and the flesh.

I think the first time I heard of Chelsea Hotel and remember it was when I heard Leonard Cohen’s Chelsea Hotel #2 for the first time. At least it is the song I always think of when I hear about the hotel.

This is a photographic collage where the art, the guests and residents and of course the hotel itself are shown. It’s a wonderful book for anyone that has ever heard of Chelsea Hotel and wants to step into its world without having to travel there. And, since it’s now is under restoration is it even harder to visit the hotel I suppose.

The drawback with this book is that it really should not be an eBook to read. Sometimes when I read books I just feel that it should be a hardback instead, especially when it comes to a book with photographs. I would also have loved to read more about the people that had lived there, their experiences of living years, sometimes decades in Chelsea Hotel. Update: I was just informed by the publisher that this book will be available in a physical format when it is released. And, I thought should mention it in the review. It’s a lovely book and it will be even lovelier to read in a physical format.

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
you were famous, your heart was a legend.
You told me again you preferred handsome men
but for me you would make an exception.


I received this copy from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review! Thank you!

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Don’t Turn Around by Caroline Mitchell

Don't Turn Around - Caroline Mitchell

D.C. Jennifer Knight starts to notice that a couple of deaths around the town Haven are similar to ones that her mother investigated twenty years before. But the killer, Grim Reaper, is dead. Is there a copycat out there or is the Grim Reaper back from the dead?

I liked the paranormal part of this crime novel. I wasn’t expecting that, mostly because I started to read the book without checking what it was about. More fun that way. The story is told both in present time, with Jennifer investigating the recent deaths, and in the past when we got to follow the killer during his killing period and see how Jennifer’s mother caught him.

It was an OK first book. No more no less. I liked it because it had a paranormal aspect to it, without that, if it just had been an ordinary crime novel wouldn’t it had been that interesting to read, mostly because I just didn’t find the characters that memorable. Jennifer Knight was just not a character that I felt so strong for neither did I especially like her colleagues. If this had been an ordinary crime novel am I not sure I would have read more, but I liked the ending that was interesting enough that I would read the next book just to see if Jennifer will grew on me and if the direction this series seems to take will interest me.

All and all a so-so book, but with a promising future.

I received this copy from the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review! Thank you!

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