Belo and the beginning of a beautiful friendship (Amulet #1 Review)

The Stonekeeper
(Amulet #1)
-Kazu Kabuishi

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Amulet is a middle grade fantasy graphic novel series center in the life of brother and sister Navin and Emily. This is my first graphic novel, I heard about it thanks to my newly booktuber obsession and when I saw the first book in a local bookstore (I live in Mexico so you don’t see a lot of books in English) I immediately picked it up. And let me tell you I was not disappointed.

A brief summary

As I said before this narrates the story of Emily and Navin and their quest in the strange new world that they find themselves in “Alledia”. It all starts when their mother decides to move to a small town and live in an empty house that belong to her great grandfather, “a puzzle maker”, who mysteriously disappear after locking himself in the house (no one knows what happened to him) and the cherry on top is that the locals believe the house is haunted.

image (4)So after a very emotional prologue the real story starts the first night they arrive to this haunted, strange and very dirty house when, after finding a strange amulet, someone that wasn’t invited arrived…

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So, my thoughts…

I really really liked this story. I think is a strong first volume: it gives you a good introduction to the characters, an interesting storyline and an ending that leaves you wanting more. The drawings are beautiful, the plot flows very well, the words in it are just enough and you read it super fast. I would describe it as a story told by drawings that fuels all kinds of emotions between laughter and tears (deep emotions).

I think the story has a lot of space to grow and I will definitely continue the series.

image (9)Do I recommend it? YES! Especially to a kid or teenager that is not that into books or reading (I know this is a graphic novel and not technically a book with a lot of words, but we need to start at some point, right?)

Did I like it? Yes, interesting story, good characters, beautiful drawings and it was really fun and special to read it out loud to “Le Boyfriend” and making all kind of voices.

Goodreads score: 4 stars.

Disclaimer: this and any of my reviews are made with the deepest respect and gratefulness to the author for having the bravery of taking one step forward and putting out there a story that comes from their mind and heart. The opinions are totally mine made by a common reader and in no way I consider myself and expert in the art of literature.

-See you soon

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Belo and Paper Towns’ Wisdom

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So, I guess I am not done with Paper Towns by John Green there are just some quotes that really stuck with me, most of them related to being in love with someone and I need to talk about them because there are those quotes that make you say “Why didn’t I read you sooner?“

I understand now that the main topic of this book is not love or growing up. The main topic is the huge mistake that we all do probably in a daily basis;

  • Wanting people to adjust to our personal belief of what it is a human being,
  • Idealizing someone, specially the one we love.

“You know your problem Quentin? You keep expecting people not to be themselves. I mean, I could hate you for being massively unpunctual, but I don’t give a shit, because you are you, and that’s ok. There is more to us than one feature”

This is something I am working really hard on, not being judgmental. Because is really simple, who am I to judge another human being? I don’t have the absolute truth; I don’t own the only correct path, the secrets of life haven’t been whisper to my ears. I am just me and you are just you, and that should be enough. I am trying to understand that the people that enter my life are here to teach me something and that the people that leave it have finished their job and have to move on to their next encounter. Because I do believe we are all connected by something that goes beyond ourselves and that the other person is a reflection of something I need to see, learn or understand in order to keep evolving and becoming more myself.

Think about it. Do you have something in your life that keeps repeating or reappearing? We need to learn, not to judge, but to think why? What is the purpose of this? In the understanding that the people around us are our biggest and most efficient teachers and that they have no obligation to enter in our little and personal box.

“What a treacherous thing is to believe that a person is more than a person”

This one came hard, because is something that we have all done and can only lead to disappointment and not on the other person’s fault, but in our own responsibility for making them more than what they are, for making them perfect, unfaulty and with no right to get it wrong. Believing this is one of the most common and most unfair things we can do to another and is something that I had done and that it has been done to me. It is insane to want someone else to fulfill our deepest expectations, the ones that we don’t even know we have until we feel disappointed because she or he didn’t got it.

I am not saying that we aren’t marvelous or magnificent, because we are. We are a meticulously design creation, everything about us is something that has been thought of, but we are by no means perfect, we are not above the laws of life and we can’t make everyone happy. The most we can aspire to is to make ourselves happy without hurting anyone else and with that be fortunate enough to bring something good to another living thing. I am responsible of me as you are responsible of yourself, the best thing that I have to offer is myself, my human and normal down to earth self hoping that when we meet you could see past first impressions and see that I am not an unattainable being or an adventure to a galaxy far far away… I am at the end of the day a girl.

-See you soon

Belo and Paper Towns

Book by John Green

This is the third book of John Green that I’ve read (1.Looking for Alaska, 2.The fault in our stars), and as the previous two is a Young Adult/Coming of Age story about a teenage kind of love.

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A brief summary

Quentin “Q” is an average eighteen year old boy who feels very comfortable with routine and is madly “in love” with Margo Roth Spiegelman, his super cool unattainable eighteen year old classmate that is also his neighbor. Living right next to each other they grew up as friends but life and school drifts them apart; Margo becoming the mysterious it girl at school and Q becoming a normal guy with normal friends. The story starts to develop when one night Margo recruits Q to play some practical jokes on her friends as a kind of revenge for messing with her and some other stuff like breaking into Sea World and watching the city from a tall building, during this endeavor they kind of connect. But suddenly the next morning Margo is missing, nobody is particularly worry because this is something she has done before (and she leaves clues about her whereabouts), but her parents are done with her and don’t make an attempt to find her, so when Q finds a clue that was for him he takes on the task of looking for her.

That is what the book is about finding Margo Roth Spiegelman, and in finding her Q kind of redefine himself and gets to know the real Margo.

I got to say that I was expecting another ending, but I liked it and I don’t really like Margo Roth Spiegelman.

So, my thoughts…

I think john green writes really good books, he knows his audience and he knows how to tell a story; but for me the thing is that I feel he is telling the same story with a different twist. Leaving “The fault in our stars” out of the equation, in his books you have a kind of geeky/normal guy who is madly in love with this cool, mysterious, tragic girl that takes an interest in him and leads him into a path full of good self-discovery moments and the realization that the goddess he adores so much is, underneath, just a girl. You have Alaska and Miles, Quentin and Margo, and for what I’ve read so far, Colin and Lindsey (An abundance of Katherines).

Now, don’t get me wrong. It is a good book, I enjoyed it and it gave me some really good quotes to think about, it is what you expect of a John Green book: interesting, funny, with a twist and deep, but I feel I have read it before. Maybe the mystery behind it is that most of us need to hear, read or see something more than once for it to really sink in, and being a theme about rediscover the way you see people, yourself and your philosophy of life I think is handy to read it as much as possible for maximum retention.

Do I recommend it? Yes, especially if you haven’t read anything by John Green, but being honest I would recommend Looking for Alaska first.

Did I like it? Yes, is interesting, easy to read and funny. A good book for Young adults or teens specially if they are starting the habit of reading.

Goodreads score: 3 stars.

-See you soon


Disclaimer: this and any of my reviews are made with the deepest respect and gratefulness to the author for having the bravery of taking one step forward and putting out there a story that comes from their mind and heart. The opinions are totally mine made by a common reader and in no way I consider myself and expert in the art of literature.

Belo and The First Sentence List (1st Edition)

This week I’m finally posting two entries (getting there 2015’s resolutions) and the two are going to be about books. So let’s get this party started.


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Some time ago a friend asked me to recommend some books and she wanted a kind of list to have options. So this post is about that; it’s a small list of books that I have read, liked and recommend, but I want to give it a twist so a chose this books based on the opening sentence. That means that the first sentence caught me or spoke to me or made me feel something.

We all know that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but I think that the first sentence of this books made me say “yeah, this is gonna be good” I totally judged but I wasn’t disappointed.

Some of them I read in Spanish but I’ll do my best to translate. The order is random.

  • “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” 
    • Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone by JK Rowling.
  • “I still remember the sunrise when my father took me for the first time to the cementery of the forgotten books.”
    • The shadow of the wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. To be honest the first two pages of this book moved me a lot.
  • “In the land of Ingary, where such things as seven league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, it is quite a misfortune to be born the eldest of three.”
    • Howl’s moving castle by Diana Wynne Jones.
  • “Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy, lies a small unregarded yellow sun.”
    • The Hitchhicker’s guide to the galaxy by Douglas Adams.
  • “If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better of reading some other book.”
    • A series of unfortunate events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket.
  • “From June of the second year of college to January of the next year Tsukuru Tasaki lived thinking about dying.”
    • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami.
  • “My name is Eva which means life according to a book my mother read to pick my name.”
    • Eva Luna Isabel Allende. Again the whole first paragraph is excellent writing.
  • “You read the announcement: an offer like that is not something that not made every day.”
    • Aura by Carlos Fuentes.
  • “At 22 years old, in Spring, Sumire fell in love for the first time.”
    • Suptnik, my love by Haruki Murakami.

They were read at different moments of my life but every one of them gave me something more than a well spent afternoon. Hope you give some of them a try and if you have read any of them please feel free to comment.

-See you soon

Belo and Nature Chills

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Sunrises.

In November I had the opportunity to travel to the beach. I have never been an early person but something about that trip changed me and I am now a firm lover of the sun. The first morning I woke up around 6am and in the moment I open the curtains I was speechless. The world quite down, a blast of energy rush through my body and the sweet and powerful noise of the sea brought peace to my mind… I fell in love, the moment was simple and beautiful and I understood “happiness is in the “simplicity” of everyday life”.

(In take on the nature chills challenge over at amomma’sview)

Here are 2 more of different days.

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-See you soon

Belo and 2015

2015… a fresh start, a clean slide, a new beginning, a world of opportunities. How in love we are with the magic of a new year, I came to realize that we romanticize all that it means. We are all about what is new and a new year gets the prize. We plan, we make goals, we close circles and we finish the chapters of a year that ends in order to open and start to write the ones of the year that begins.

A new year is just the ending of a day and the begging of another and with that I understand now that my fresh start, my new begging, my world of opportunities is every day I open my eyes. Today is a fresh start, tomorrow is going to be another fresh start. Everyday we get to make choices, try new things and better ourselves. Everyday is a new day.

The only time we live is in the present, the only moment we have is this one, the only sure thing is the air that we are breathing right now, so let’s make the most of it. The future will come and the past is gone, but our power and our strength lives in the present, let’s use it.

Learn for the past, plan ahead and work today for it to come true. Dream but don’t forget to live.

2015

Goals for my todays

  • Review 1 book per month (minimum).
  • Write 2 post a week (a big one).
  • Stay connected with my heart.
  • Think before I speak.
  • Finish decorating my new home :D, mostly with DIY and the help of the Boyfriend.
  • Adopt a dog.
  • Stay on the healthy side of life.
  • Go to Matacanes (an x-trail in Mexico).
  • Climbing “La Viga” again (a mountain in Mexico).
  • Invest my time more wisely.
  • Fill life with love.
  • Make at least 2 short trips to get to know something new about Mexico.

-See you soon