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The Lords and the New Creatures: poems, by Jim Morrison – My review

Overview (via Goodreads):
Intense, erotic, and enigmatic, Jim Morrison’s persona is as riveting now as the lead singer/composer “Lizard King” was during The Doors’ peak in the late sixties. His fast life and mysterious death remain controversial more than twenty years later.
The Lords and the New Creatures, Morrison’s first published volume of poetry, is an uninhibited exploration of society’s dark side — drugs, sex, fame, and death — captured in sensual, seething images. Here, Morrison gives a revealing glimpse at an era and at the man whose songs and savage performances have left their indelible impression on our culture.

Product details:
Title: The Lords and the New Creatures: poems
Author: Jim Morrison
Number of pages: 144
Publish: October 15th 1971 by Touchstone (first published 1969)

My opinion:

I used to listen to The Doors when I was a child because my dad loved them. At the time it didn’t mean a lot to me, but as I grew older and I started to learn English and understand the lyrics, they became, for me, one of the greatest bands ever.
Jim Morrison is like a god and also one of the persons from all time I would like to meet. This may seem kind of weird to many people and most of my friends don’t understand why, but the only explanation I can give is: it’s Jim. Some will understand, some won’t. (The same, for example, for Janis Joplin. Great woman, great singer, great songs).
I wanted to read this book since I first heard if it. I found it in some stores before, but since I live in Portugal all books I found were translated into Portuguese so I never bought it. I have this weird thing with authors that I really love which is that I have to read what they wrote in the original language, otherwise it doesn’t feel real to me. (The same, for example, for Edgar Allan Poe). 
One day I found the book on the Internet from an American seller but the delivery costs were more expensive than the book itself, so I waited. My boyfriend, who had listened to me speaking about this book for ages, gave it to me for Christmas. Once I started reading it I felt compelled to read more, and more, and more.
I was kind of worried that I would feel disappointed. I love the lyrics of The Doors’ songs so much and I love the random Morrison’s quotes we can find on the Internet, that I was afraid that it would not live up to my expectations; but it did.
I absolutely love Jim’s poems. The way he writes about society is daring but also magical. It makes you feel more exposed, closer to death and mortality. His poems, his words, are raw but sensual. We read about a person who lived in the 60´s rock and roll world of sex, drugs, fame and death. For all that we know of Jim he lived wildly. This book was written by a creative genius who still is speaking to us from beyond the grave.
I tried to forget my obsession for The Doors while reading the book. I want my reviews to be honest. I’m not saying all of this just to make a good publicity to the book. As all books, some people will like it, some people will hate it. For me, it is beyond my initial expectations. Not all of the poems are 5 star quality, but the book overall is.
I finished the book now but I didn’t put it back in the shelf next to the other books I read before. It’s still on my desk so I can occasionally open it and read a little bit again.

My rating:
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Book Tour: The PureLights of Ohm Totem by Omon Hart

*This information and a copy were provided by Enchanted Book Promotions for this tour and an honest review*
Title: The PureLights of Ohm Totem
Author: Omon Hart
Genre: Fantasy

Zoey has a dream, one that feels far more real than it should. A strange wolf with a beautiful, violet crystal embedded in his forehead visits her. “Please help us,” the wolf implores with sad eyes. “Remember, Zoey, who you truly are.” Zoey wakes up, dismissing it as a silly dream. However, she soon realizes that it was far more real than she could’ve ever imagined. 
Coda is Zoey’s older brother. Like many boys his age, he has a craving for adventure and a loathing for his younger sister. He can’t stand it that she constantly gets in his way, joining in on all his fun, and ruining it in the process. The worst, according to Coda, is that Zoey gets all the attention from their parents. A big drag in his mind.
Then destiny arrives, one that Zoey and Coda must face together – if they want to survive.
Together, they journey to a place deep in the Cornell Forest, beyond the Snow Tree, through a patch of blackberry bushes concealing a secret portal that leads them to an ancient world called Ohm Totem – to the place of the PureLights, the race beckoning for their help. There, Zoey and Coda discover something so unique, so magical, and so sacred within themselves, that even those who called for them could not have known how powerful these two children really are. 
Caught between an age old war and finding their way back home, Zoey and Coda go on an amazing adventure, taking them beyond the veils of everything they once knew, and into the terrifying grasp of the unknown.

My opinion:
I can’t find the words to describe perfectly what I feel about this book. You need to read it and to feel it to understand. I don’t want to ruin the magic of it, so here is my honest review in the best way I can express myself about it.

A great fantasy book in which we follow Zoey and Coda, to whom the readers can easily relate to, no matter how old they are. It’s a must-read for children, but not only; everyone should read this inspirational book.

I couldn’t stop reading, it’s a wonderful book full of magic that touched my deeper emotions. This are the best books, the ones that can make me feel something, that touch my heart, my emotions. It not only touched my emotions, it touched my inner self with a wonderful spiritual experience.

The book allowed me to escape from the routine and from the negative things of my daily life. It made me think about things differently, to face them with my heart. It was a wonderful experience, not only a great book but also a spiritual journey. Sometimes I felt like this book was a path for further meditation.
The writing is amazing, and it kept me reading and reading. It made it feel I was part of the story, like the characters were alive and everything around them was real. If you are in touch with Nature you will love this book because of the importance it has on the story, the things you can learn with it. It couldn’t be more perfect. That’s one of the things I love the most about this book. And the descriptions are simply beautiful and what I pictured in my mind in every scene was magical.

The two main characters are guided by their Spirit Guides while they struggle with their responses to conflict. They learn without realizing it how to struggle against fear with love, compassion and forgiveness. At the same time, the reader is guided in his/hers own path in life. At least, that’s what I felt.
It’s a book I’ll read again for sure. I recommend it to anyone, anywhere, no matter how old you are and what type of reading you prefer. It’s a book of wisdom and growth. One of the best book I have ever read, and probably the best I read so far this year.

I can’t wait for the second book of the series.
My rating:

Author Bio:
Omon Hart was born in Portland, Oregon and grew up on the outskirts of the city in a little town known as Gladstone, where he graduated high school and moved on to college. After studying Therapeutic Bodywork at East-West College of the Healing Arts, he excelled in his field, becoming one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading Therapeutic teachers and bodywork professionals. After several years, the love for writing tugged at his heart so much that he decided to put things aside and live his passion – write. He’s now fashioning story after story, creating imaginative worlds of inspiration and art.
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Twitter: @thepurelights

Alice in Zombieland, by Gena Showalter – my review

Overview (via Goodreads):

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.
Her father was right. The monsters are real….
To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….

I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.
I’d tell my sister no.
I’d never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
I’d zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
Or, barring all of that, I’d hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.
I’d tell them I love them.
I wish… Yeah, I wish.

My opinion:

I felt totally hypnotized. The two last books I’ve read were awesome, and this one exceeded my expectations. Now I think I’m afraid to start the reading the next book, because after three brilliant books I might just feel disappointed.
I read some reviews about this book where people totally disagree with what I will say. 
First, this is not a book to compare with Alice in Wonderland. There’s nothing, besides maybe a rabbit-shaped cloud, that resembles in the two stories. So, if you expected, like I did, that this is a different view on Alice in Wonderland, forget it.
What I look for in a book when I read it is not which things make sense and which doesn’t…specially when it comes to fiction and fantasy books. When I read, as well as when I watch a movie, I don’t rationalize things, not like this. I may think about them for a few moments, but that’s it. It’s a fantasy book… What I look for is a story that can blow me away, making it hard to close the book and stop reading it. A story that makes me want to read more and know more, and in the end makes me want the a sequel in that same minute. And I try to look at the writing of the author, hoping it makes the story even better. In my review I’ll try to show you why I liked this book so much.
Okay, fans of zombie books may be disappointed with the zombies in this one. They are not the gore-zombies we are used to see, I agree about that. But while reading I forgot about that. 
I forgot about the “two-girls-who-like-the-same-boy-hate-each-other” thing, which is annoying and I kind of started having doubts about the book when I first read about it… but this “girly issue” is not important, specially because we almost don’t read about that, it’s just a tinny detail in two or three paragraphs in the whole story. The book tells us more than this.
This is the story of Alice (aka Ali) Bell. She’s an ordinary girl…or so it seems.
The book starts with an adrenaline rush, and I kept feeling that adrenaline rush while reading the rest of the book with some of the scenes.
After tragedy takes over her life, she moves to a different school and she has to start over. But from that day one, Ali’s life will not be the same, whether she wants it or not, whether she runs way or she fights. And plus she has to live with an huge pain in her heart, which will make things harder for her. We read a lot about Ali’s monologues, but I didn’t feel bored. I think it was a good way of developing the character, letting the read know about the way she felt.
She meets Kat, who will turn to be a very special friend (the best!), before school starts, and when they run into each other at the first day of school, Kat is more than happy. Kat is quite a cheerful character, and she makes me smile, as she does to Alice. Kat immediately starts telling Alice what she needs to know about the other teenagers. Alice soon meets the “bad boys gang” of the school. Among them, is Cole. Strange things start to happen, she doesn’t know what she’s supposed to think or to be afraid of.
I like Alice, she is stubborn and when she’s talking to Cole I found myself smiling quite a few times, since he is really stubborn and bossy himself. And even if she is described as someone that looks like a doll (or a “princess“, as someone call her in the book), she it wild and determined. 
Okay, Cole kind of annoyed me sometimes with his bossy away of treating people, but Alice decides not to let him boss her around, and it turns to be really funny to read their dialog sometimes. And the way Cole protects Alice…well, I guess we can forgive him and forget about his bossy attitude. It wouldn’t be the same if he wasn’t bossy, with Alice proving she can handle him.
But remember when I said Alice is an ordinary girl? Well, forger that… Cole and his group will find out she’s not ordinary, and she does things they can’t imagine.
The fighting scenes were wonderfully described, full of adrenaline and energy. 
At the same time she has to think about training and fighting zombies, Alice has to take care of her family and starts being worried about Kat. 
Many things happen, things we do not expect, people may not be who they seem to be.
The book kept me reading like crazy until the very last page. Now I want more of it.
About the writing, I read some reviews that say something completely different from what I will say, but I’ll try to, again, explain my opinion.
I loved the way Gena Showalter writes. She knows how to make people keep reading. The pauses, the end of each chapter… It’s easy to read and yet she managed to write everything in a way that I had to keep reading. This book is funny, somehow exciting in the fight scenes, and it exceed my expectations, even if it’s not another version of Alice in Wonderland.
My rating:

Anna Dressed in Blood, by Kendare Blake – my review

Overview (via Goodreads)

Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story…

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.
Author: Kendare Blake
Pages: 316
Published: August 30th 2011
ISBN: 0765328658 (ISBN13: 9780765328656)
My opinion:

Blake is an amazing writer. I almost could feel there, with the characters. It was sometimes an intense reading, and I loved it.
Cas is a brave teenager that does what his dad did before he died: kills dead people. He lives with his mum and she tries everything to protect him, but she doesn’t stop him of going out to “do the job” even if she knows how dangerous that can be. She has other ways of protecting him: some really special ways, since she is a witch.
He doesn’t make friends easily, but in this school he finds two special people who will help him, no matter what they know about him and what he does, no matter what they see and know.
It’s not easy to persuade everyone, and some people will be lost in the way, but the true friends will be there for him, and, God, he will need them.
Cas has some questions that need answers, but some of them he doesn’t even dare to question again. He developed a way of doing things by himself.
Anna isn’t who I thought she would be, it was surprising to see the way thing develop between her and Cas and his friends. I loved her! Mysterious, dark, but at the same time so lovely and sweet. Anna is not just another ghost like the others Cas found before.
Her story is touching and really made me feel mad when I read about it… maybe almost as mad as Cas and his friends. It makes total sense what she does after you know what’s behind.
She and Cas develop a different relationship than he had with other ghosts and that she had with anyone…well…ever, apparently.
With what we can read in the Synopsis, this could be a very boring, predictive ghost book, but in the end it just turned out to be real fun and nice to read… and, yeah, even beautiful… even with all the blood and dead people and all.
Blake is extraordinary, brilliant. When you think you know what will happen next: you’re wrong! 
The plot is original, really well thought and imaginative. 
It’s not a book about some “vampire slayer”, or a book about a regular ghostbuster. It’s a book that deals with magic, too, with heritage. If you like the genre, you really need to read it. 
I can’t tell you how much I loved it by words. All I can say is Blake’s writing is perfect for this story, the descriptions, the dialogs between the characters, the stories of those who are dead, the way the action takes place. It makes sense, and you will need to read more, because you’ll want to know what happens next.
My rating:
The second of the series:
Girl of Nightmares
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The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis – my review

I’m sorry for the delay on posting this review, but I’m travelling this week and I didn’t bring my laptop with me for such a short time.

Here it is, finally, my review about The Storyteller
Overview (via Goodreads):
Anna and Abel couldn’t be more different. They are both seventeen and in their last year of school, but while Anna lives in a nice old town house and comes from a well-to-do family, Abel, the school drug dealer, lives in a big, prisonlike tower block at the edge of town. Anna is afraid of him until she realizes that he is caring for his six-year-old sister on his own. Fascinated, Anna follows the two and listens as Abel tells little Micha the story of a tiny queen assailed by dark forces. It’s a beautiful fairy tale that Anna comes to see has a basis in reality. Abel is in real danger of losing Micha to their abusive father and to his own inability to make ends meet. Anna gradually falls in love with Abel, but when his “enemies” begin to turn up dead, she fears she has fallen for a murderer. Has she?
Award-winning author Antonia Michaelis moves in a bold new direction with her latest novel: a dark, haunting, contemporary story that is part mystery, part romance, and part melodrama.


My opinion:
This book is amazing from page one. I couldn’t stop reading it. The way it’s written is poetic, and yet it’s easy to read. 
It’s hard to write about a book that I enjoyed so much like this one. It’s hard to let you know what I felt while reading, what I fell now. These things you have to feel them, and that happens when you find a great book.
The main character, Anna, is just an ordinary girl who falls in love with Abel. But he seems to have some secrets, and if in the beginning Anna doesn’t suspects anything and she doesn’t even want to think about it, she starts to question lots of things later in the book: things he does,the meaning of the words he says… 
She worries about him and his little sister,an adorable girl named Micha. And later she fears for herself. 
There are strong feelings in this book, which I could feel while reading. Not all books make feel something, but when a book makes you feel the things I felt while reading The Storyteller, it has to be a good book. It made me want to cry, and smile, and laugh, and also scream in frustration.
And I loved the “a story within the story” idea by the author. It is amazingly well written and the transitions between “real life” and Abel’s fairy tale is perfectly well made… I had the same interest in both stories,and both made me feel different things. One wouldn’t make sense without the other. It was amazing how I could feel so connected to both stories too.
I feel happy, sad and angry because of what Anna was living; I felt hope for Abel, but also wondered sometimes who was his real self; and Micha, she is absolutely sweet! I found myself questioning so many times the same things, because once I thought I knew what was going to happen next, but then it turned out I was wrong.
The fairy tale is an amazing story linked to the real world of Anna, Abel and Micha, and all characters are important, everyone has a role in both worlds. It’s simply amazing this connection, and it’s really cool to see how the story goes in both worlds.
While I was reading there were moments when I changed my opinion (and not only once) about how the book would end, who was guilty and who was not, or what really happened and what was a lie.
I thought the book would be something different, a more girlish kind of thing, but I don’t feel that it is. Yes, you have teenage romance and a fairy tale in the story, you have magic, but you also have the thriller and mystery side, a darker side. It was hard for me to put the book down because I always wanted to know what was going to happen next.
Things aren’t what they seem to be. This book totally blew me away.
I highly recommend it.
My rating: