Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Strange New World by Rachel Vincent

Strange New World
by Rachel Vincent

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Release date: May 8, 2018
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Dystopia, YA
Hardback: 368
Rating: 5

Brave New Girl series:
Brave New Girl
Strange New World

First sentence(s):
At one point or another, most parents declare their daughter to be the most beautiful girl in the world.

Dahlia 16's life is a lie. The city of Lakeview isn't a utopia that raises individuals for the greater good; it is a clone farm that mass-produces servants for the elite. And because Dahlia breaks the rules, her sisters--the 4,999 girls who share her face--are destroyed. She and Trigger 17, the soldier who risked his life for hers, go on the run, escaping into the wild outside the city walls. But it turns out Dahlia has one remaining identical, one who shouldn't even exist.

Waverly Whitmore is teenage royalty, a media sensation with millions of fans who broadcasts her every move--including every detail of her wedding planning, leading up to the day she marries Hennessy Chapman. Waverly lives a perfect life built on the labors of clones like Dahlia. She has no idea that she too is a clone... until she comes face to face with Dahlia.

One deadly secret. Two genetic sisters. And a world that isn't big enough for both of them.


My two-bits:

My love continues for this series.

The ensemble cast was fun to follow with each a hero in their own way.

Social media is a heavy player in this story wielding its powers for the positive.

Got me thinking of clones and the impact they would make.

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* review copy courtesy of publisher

* part of Bout of Books 22 (here)

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 5.19.18

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
Stacking the Shelves (details)
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)

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HAPPY THINGS:

1. CAAMFEST36 - film festival that highlights Asian related films and filmmakers

2. Watching the taped Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan


3. AND tea at a Crown and Crumpet event held at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel


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Bought:

You Think It, I'll Say It
by Curtis Sittenfeld
-Short Stories, Women's Fiction
Amazon | Goodreads

FOR Reese Witherspoon's book club May pick (here).


For Review:

Matchmaking for Beginners
by Maddie Dawson
-Contemporary, Romance
courtesy of Amazon Kindle First -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

LOOKS and sounds cute.


AND watched: in theatre - part of CAAMFEST 36, celebrating Asian American film, music and food (details)

Jimami Tofu (2018)
Director/Writer: Jason Chan, Christian Lee
Stars: Jason Chan, Mari Yamamoto, Masane Tsukayama, Rino Nakasone
-Drama, Romance, Japan, Singapore | imdb | my rating: 5

A Chinese Singaporean chef, formerly working in Tokyo, finds himself in Okinawa begging a disgruntled old chef to teach him traditional Okinawan food. A top Japanese food critic finds herself in Singapore on an eye opening discovery of Southeast Asian cuisine. In reality both are looking for each other after an emotional breakup years ago. Emotionally crippled by their breakup he searches her home-town for her but discovers instead the art of traditional Okinawan food. Through it he learns the incredible balance of two cultures: Chinese and Japanese - a balance they never had in their relationship. When she suddenly appears in Okinawa looking to find closure he cooks and serves her their final meal. Through it she discovers what she had been yearning for all these years.

LOVELY picture postcard scenes of Okinawa and great intro to this island in Japan. Also delicious-looking foodie moments. And romance in the midst as well.

Nailed It! (2018)
Director: Adele Free Pham
Stars: Tippi Hedren, Kelvin Saint Pham, Charlie Vo, Olivett Robinson
-Documentary | website | my rating: 5

A fortuitous encounter with 20 Vietnamese refugee women and The Birds actress Tippi Hedren in 1975, sparks the Asian nail salon as we know it. In this hour long documentary, Nailed It presents a lineage of legacy moments in nails, like Mantrap, the first nail salon chain to cater to Black women in the hood. The democratization of the manicure fans the fire of Vietnamese “discount” nail salons blazing across the country. Through the international journey embarked upon by Nailed It director Adele Pham, this unique film captures an unforgettable and often hilarious saga born of tragedy, charting the rise, struggle, stereotypes, and steady hold Vietnamese Americans have on today’s $8 billion dollar nail industry.

HISTORY behind the nail salon industry and Vietnamese connection.

170 Bucks for a Cab, One Ride, One Night (2018)
Director: Ye Na Kang
Stars: Seul Lee, Minyoung Lee
-Short, South Korea | my rating: 5

When the party’s all over, all she’s left with is empty pockets. After paying $170 for one cab ride during a night of partying, Mija and her friend struggle to uncover the driving force behind the excessive fare.

FUN crazy attempt of two students trying to solve a mystery cab ride.

A Letter for Sang-ah (2018)
Director: Mina Fitzpatrick
-Short, Documentary, Family, South Korea | imdb | my rating: 5

A short documentary about the social stigma against unwed mothers in Korea, and the long-term impacts of overseas adoption.

INTERESTING historical and contemporary look at this issue.

Pragma (2018)
Director: Jihyun Park
-Short, LGBTQ, South Korea | my rating: 5

Yoo-Hee and Joo-Yeon fell in love in high school, but their school’s persecution of gays tore them apart. When meet again years later, sparks fly.

PEEK into the LGBTQ issue in South Korea.

Oh Lucy! (2017)
Director/Writer: Atsuko Hirayanagi
Writers: Boris Frumin, Atsuko Hirayanagi
Stars: Shinobu Terajima, Josh Hartnett, Kaho Minami
-Comedy, Drama, Japan | imdb | my rating: 5

A lonely woman living in Tokyo decides to take an English class where she discovers her alter ego, Lucy.

SERIOUS life changes for a middle-aged woman in a modern Japan with office setting scenes to a trip to California.

A Quiet Place (2018)
Director/Screenplay: John Krasinski
Screenplay: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck,
Stars: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski
-Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | imdb | my rating: 5

In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing.

Oooooo. So quiet that you may feel uncomfortable eating popcorn during most of this film. Good suspense thriller with parts that can make you jump out of your seat. Got me thinking of parental love.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

I Am A Hero, Omnibus, Volume 3 by Kengo Hanazawa

I Am A Hero
Omnibus, Volume 3
by Kengo Hanazawa

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Published: 2017
Publisher: Dark Horse Manga
Genre: Graphic Novel, Zombies, Japan
Paperback: 512
Rating: 5

series:
I Am A Hero, Omnibus, Volume 1
I Am A Hero, Omnibus, Volume 2
I Am A Hero, Omnibus, Volume 3
I Am A Hero, Omnibus, Volume 4
I Am A Hero, Omnibus, Volume 5
I Am A Hero, Omnibus, Volume 6
I Am A Hero, Omnibus, Volume 7

First sentence(s):
...that was from the ministry of health labor and welfare, and now, if everyone watching could please listen carefully...

Hideo and his new ward, young Hiromi, head out of the desolate forest they've been hiding in, hoping to find refuge at a local shrine. Once there, however, they soon realize that populated areas are just as dangerous as the haunted woods they've left! A new ally may help them find a safe place to hole up again--but one quick, deadly bite could threaten all of their lives! Collecting two of the original Japanese volumes into each Dark Horse edition, this value-priced excursion into the world's weirdest zombie apocalypse is not to be missed!

PeekAbook:


My two-bits:

Got some baby zombies and swimming zombies as the duo travels to the fifth station of Mt. Fuji. They gain an addition to their group.

Starting to get into types of survivalists.

Interesting definitions for "hero" are presented that cause for pause.

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* part of May zombie month (here)

* part of World Reads challenge - Japan pt 2 (here)

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Brave New Girl by Rachel Vincent

Brave New Girl
by Rachel Vincent

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Published: 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Dystopia, YA
Hardback: 272
Rating: 5

Brave New Girl series:
Brave New Girl
Strange New World

First sentence(s):
When I was little, I thought every girl in the world looked just like me, because that's how it is in the nurseries.

In a world where everyone is the same, one girl is the unthinkable: unique. A high-stakes fast-paced series launch from New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent.

Dahlia 16 sees her face in every crowd. She’s nothing special—just one of five thousand girls created from a single genome to work for the greater good of the city.

Meeting Trigger 17 changes everything. He thinks she’s interesting. Beautiful. Unique. Which means he must be flawed. When Dahlia can’t stop thinking about him she realizes she’s flawed, too.

But what if Trigger is right? What if Dahlia is different? But if she’s flawed, then so are all her identicals. And any genome found to be flawed will be destroyed, ONE BY ONE BY ONE. . . .


My two-bits:

GOT sucked into this dystopian world and its orderly ways that are in for questioning and major change per the protagonist of the tale.

This story gives an overview and brief history of its world. Just enough for curiosity to grab a hold in order to find out what befalls the characters.

Loved the likable characters with their friendships and budding romantic interests.

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* review copy courtesy of publisher

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Needle in a Haystack by Ernesto Mallo

Needle in a Haystack
by Ernesto Mallo
translated by Jethro Soutar

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Published: 2010
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Buenos Aires
Paperback: 190
Rating: 4

Inspector Lascano Mystery series:
Needle in a Haystack
Sweet Money
book 3 - tba, not yet translated

First sentence(s):
Some days the side of the bed is like the edge of an enormous abyss.

Superintendent Lascano is a detective working under the shadow of military rule in Buenos Aires in the late 1970s. Sent to investigate a double murder, he arrives at the crime scene to find three bodies. Two are clearly the work of the Junta's death squads, murders he is forced to ignore; the other one seems different.

The trail leads Lascano through a decadent Argentina, a country poisoned to its core by the tyranny of the regime. The third corpse turns out to be that of Biterman, moneylender and Auschwitz survivor. When Lascano digs too deep, he must confront Giribaldi, an army major, quick to help old friends but ruthless in dealing with dissenters such as Eva, the young militant with whom Lascano is falling in love.


My two-bits:

Interesting storytelling format with reveals that occur before the end. It started to feel mystery-ish to me midway in the book.

Lots of good character development of several different characters that paint a picture of the place and time period.

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* part of Books, Inc. Foreign Intrigue Book Club (here)
 
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