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Review: Deus (A Creatura Novella) by Nely Cab

Friday, April 26, 2013

          It’s the dawn of time and Deus is in charge of creating the entire Universe…only, creating things for no one but him to see is a bit pointless and truly lonesome. Deus molds Starr as a companion, but she could care less about Deus’s creations, being oblivious to the importance of it all. As if he didn't already have the entire weight of the Universe on his shoulders—literally—now, he has to deal with an irritable and beastly girl. Deus might be immortal, but he fears Starr will be the death of him. In this never-ending love story, the fate of the future is anything but child’s play…or is it?

          Deus is a prequel novella that expands and enriches the realms in the Creatura Series by Nely Cab. The story will appeal to present fans and welcome new admirers to its world.

Where to buy:  Deus (A Creatura Novella) by Nely Cab

My Review:

Thank you Nely for the chance to read this book.

     Deus is a short story with the action settled long before Creatura and it speaks about the creation of Terra and the creation of humans. It is actually connected somehow with the main book of the series, but you don’t need to read them in order so that you can understand it.

     I finished this really fast and I started it right after I received it. I wasn’t planning to do so, but the book made me interested right from the start and I am not joking: the first sentence is great, you just read that part and you will feel compelled to read the rest.

First, I am darkness. Then, I am light. Now, I am the first.
     Deus is the almighty God, he created everything and he is taking care of everything on Terra, until one day he realizes that he feels alone, and because of this he creates Starr. The only thing is that she is not exactly what he expected, but in a weird way she was what he wanted and needed. I liked her personality, the way she grew stronger and more confident in a short period of time and if I dare to say that in the end she was much more than her creator.

“What about the black birds up in this tree?” She points. “I don’t think I’d mind you killing those.” 
“You want to eat crows for dinner?” 
“They’ll do,” she nods.

     Deus is a beautiful love story set at the dawn of time. It’s a story of discovery and learning in which both Starr and Deus start of as being innocent and naïve. What I found fascinating is the fact that Deus was using time travel to learn from the humans in the future.

      This was a fast, fresh, funny and sad at the same time love story. :)

Doctor Who Epic Speeches and Quotes

Thursday, April 25, 2013

          There is no secret, I LOVE Doctor Who. I don’t know whether this is a good think or a bad one, but I like it. I am watching for a couple of years and I could only manage to see the new series (2005 - present) and the movie. 

          So I am familiar with Doctors #8, #9, #10 and #11 and I think I am the only person in the world that can’t pick a favorite. Each of the actors brought something new in the character and I enjoyed the variety of the doctors, the different personalities although it was supposed to be the same person … ehem alien.


          The show has some strong scenes with brilliant dialogue and some of the best speeches. Well, I thought I could throw some of my favorite quotes here.

1. "Oh you like to think you’re a god. But you’re not a god, you’re just a parasite. Eat now, the jealousy and envy and longing for the lives of others. You feed on them. On the memory of love and loss and birth and death and joy and sorrow. So…so. Come on, then. Take mine.

      Take my memories, but I hope you’ve got a big appetite because I have lived a long life and I have seen a few things. I walked away from the last great time war. I marked the passing of the Time Lords. I saw the birth of the universe and I watched as time ran out moment by moment until nothing remained. No time, no space, just me!

      I walked in universes where the laws of physics were devised by the mind of a mad man. I’ve watched universes freeze at creation’s birth. I have seen things you wouldn’t believe. I have lost things you will never understand. And I know things. Secrets that must never be told, knowledge that must never be spoken. Knowledge that will make parasite gods blaze!

      So come on, then! Take it! Take it all, baby! Have it! You have it all!"

2. “Hello, Stonehenge! Who takes the Pandorica, takes the universe, but, bad news everyone, ‘cause guess who! Ha! Listen, you lot you’re all whizzing about. It’s really very distracting. Could you all just stay still a minute because I AM TALKING!
      Now the question of the hour is, “Who’s got the Pandorica?” Answer: I do. Next question: Who’s coming to take it from me? Come on! Look at me! No plan, no back-up, no weapons! Oh, and something else I don’t have: Anything to lose! So! If you’re sitting up there in your silly little spaceships with all your silly little guns and you’ve got any plans on taking the Pandorica tonight, just remember who’s standing in your way! Remember every black day I ever stopped you and then, and then… do the smart thing: Let somebody else try first.

3. “I'm old enough to know that a longer life isn't always a better one. In the end you just get tired. Tired of the struggle. Tired of losing everyone that matters to you. Tired of watching everything turn to dust. If you live long enough, Lazarus, the only certainty left is that you'll end up alone.”

4. “Such a lonely little boy. Lonely then and lonelier now! How can you bear it?”
-Reinette Poisson-

5. “Because I've seen him. He's like fire and ice and rage. He's like the night, and the storm in the heart of the sun. He's ancient and forever... He burns at the center of time and he can see the turn of the universe... And... he's wonderful.
- Tim Latimer-

6.” There was a war. A Time War. The Last Great Time War. My people fought a race called the Daleks, for the sake of all creation. And they lost. We lost. Everyone lost. They're all gone now. My family. My friends. Even that sky. [reminiscent] Oh, you should have seen it! That old planet.... The second sun would rise in the south, and the mountains would shine. The leaves on the trees were silver, when they caught the light, every morning it looked like a forest on fire. When the autumn came, a brilliant glow though the branches.

Review: Sliding Beneath the Surface by Doug Dillon

Thursday, April 25, 2013

          In old St. Augustine, Florida, fifteen-year-old Jeff Golden’s recurring dream of being stabbed in the chest and bleeding all over his bed is driving him crazy. It’s causing him to lose sleep and giving him severe headaches. When his psychically gifted friend Carla and an ornery Native American shaman named Lobo try to help, Jeff is inundated with terrifying paranormal experiences. 
          Reaching out of Florida’s distant past, something increasingly entangles Jeff in tentacles of danger that threaten his sanity and eventually his life. But the harder he tries to understand, the deeper he gets. When comprehension finally dawns though, time has almost run out. 
          Lobo does his best to prepare Jeff for what he must face in order to survive but it may be too little and too late. It’s at this point that both Jeff and Carla find themselves swept headlong into an alternative reality from which they may never return. If they don’t quickly and fully adapt to this situation, all hope is lost. From Lobo they know how it might be possible to change what is happening but the question is, can they? 
          Repeatedly, Lobo has told both teens, “You create your own reality whether in this world or in another.” If acted upon properly, that advice just might save their lives and end suffering on an even wider scale.
My review:

          I finished this book a couple of minutes ago and it’s still fresh in my mind. I don’t know if this is a good or a bad thing because I am trying to put in order my thought about it.

          I think I am a little tired, but I found it difficult towards the end to follow up the story. Again, this might be because I forgot to sleep two nights in a row, because when I started it I found Jeff’s voice very easy to follow and easy to understand. Unlike many 15 years old characters, Jeff talked, acted and thought like a real teenager. He even had some usual expressions and I appreciated the lack of fancy words because he was still a teenager so definitely bonus points on that.

          I’ve read Sliding Beneath the Surface without breathing, sleeping or eating. Every time I would tell myself that I will finish the chapter and do anything else I couldn’t. Mr. Doug Dillon has this talent of keeping you glued to the story until you finish it or if your house is on fire (that would be a good moment to stop reading and run). I liked every character and I am happy that I didn’t found any of them annoying, I didn’t feel the urge to slap them, but I will be honest: my favorite was Clara. She is confident, she knows how to make others to listen to her and respect her and she is a great friend. She helps Jeff and she doesn’t losses temper (too often) with him even though he freaks out a lot.

          I also liked Lobo, great character even though he kind of creped me in the beginning. I don’t know why the first time they meet I imagined him with a chainsaw running after the kids like in horror movies. But he eventually proved to be useful and a great mentor. Very well informed in the supernatural stuff and I must agree with Jeff that I would panic the rare moments Lobo would say: “I don’t know”.

          Now to my favorite part, the story. I am not a big fan of history, but I realized that is all about the way the story is told. Sliding Beneath the Surface had historical elements that, honestly, run chills down my spine, but were written in such manner that I found as interesting as a paranormal parts in this book.

          So, if you like mystery and paranormal story with a hint of more or less creepy historical hints, you will absolutely love this.

About the Author:


          Doug Dillon has been writing for adults and young people since 1984, especially in the paranormal realm. An award winning educator, he spent many years as a classroom teacher, school administrator, and coordinator of programs for high-risk students.  Prentice Hall, Harcourt, Mitchell Lane Publishers, Boys' Life magazine, Learning Magazine and The Orlando Sentinel have all published his work.

Giveaway: Custom Notebooks [INTERNATIONAL]

Saturday, April 20, 2013
          Let me tell you my logic: notebooks have pages, just like books have and you can write creative stuff in them just like you find creative things in books. So yeah, this giveaway makes sense, at least to me and I hope you will enjoy the prize since I had fun making them and I think that they look very cool and I hope you like them too.

          What you actually win? Two custom notebooks, which you will hopefully find soon enough on Kraft Studios Website, but until then you can still find some cool designs made by some very talented crafters.

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Movie Review: The Host

Saturday, April 20, 2013
          When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.
Release Date: March 2013
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, Max Irons

My Review:

“Her name is Wanda. Not it.”
          I don’t understand why people hate this movie so much. I saw that many didn’t react that good when they found out that is based on a book written by Stephenie Meyer. I am not a fan of the Twilight series, but that didn’t stop me to watch The Host, which I found completely different from the other books.
The Host was a little more mature; I somehow still felt a teenager-ish part in the story, I guess that mostly in the romance part. I will blame the fact that the book looks pretty big and they didn’t have time to explore all the important issues.
          This was a light, not to complicated movie. I could easily follow thought the story and I loved the entire concept of it. I am still conflicted on whether the aliens were good or bad guys. I mean, yeah they took humans bodies, erasing their being, that way committing genocide, but then again they weren’t violent beings and they were pretty neat with only one goal: to take off the entire humanity. See? They are not that bad (let the invasion begin).

          I don’t think I hated any of them, not even the aliens. I found them likable and I think that all the actors did an excellent job portraying them. I enjoyed the duality of Melanie and Wanda, the fact that they were different: Melanie a bad ass chick and Wanda a newborn soul, still discovering life, much softer than Melanie, but she grows toward the end and ironically, becomes more human than most of the rebels. She learns compassion for her kind and humans as well and ends up helping humanity.
I don’t know which one was supposed to be the main character, but Wanda stood up, and the entire movie was based on her. Maybe that is because we don’t really see Melanie, but we hear her a lot and acts more like Wanda’s consciousness.

          I would like to talk about a non-romantic relationship, which I found adorable: Melanie/Wanda and Jamie, her brother. He was sweet and unlike the others, he never misbehaved when all of them thought that Melanie was dead and Wanda an evil alien. They connected so beautifully until the point Jamie felt Wanda like another sister and she risked a lot to save him.

“Kiss me like you want to get slapped.”

The romantic relationship. Now, this was complicated and a little confusing. The good part was that it was not a love triangle, nope, that was a square and not really. Yes, it was a little complicated because there were two guys and technically two girls, but had the misfortune to live in the same body so in anyone’s vision and in mine as well, there were two couples in The Host with a lot of kissing each other…well, except Jared with Ian…that would have been interesting and pointless in this case.

The Ending
For me, the ending was predictable, shocking and predictable again. I was not expecting a happy one and deep down inside I wished for shock and one final sacrifice for the greater good. I sure hope that the book has much more development in the end since in the movie it felt kind of rushed and convenient.

Book 2?
I can’t understand this. Why write another book when this one was meant to be a stand alone? I am sure that the author will have plenty ideas to continue the series, but the ending (at least in the movie) was a closed, happy one. 

And now I will want to read the book. I need to know what I’ve missed and I am sure I will like it.

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