The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Synopsis

It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive. There is primal horror here, and menace unleashed – within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.

His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac – as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly’s wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark.

From Goodreads

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane published by Headline Publishing Group (2015)

This is the kind of book anyone who was deeply affected by their childhood’s memories will understand. I don’t believe it’s easy or straightforward. It is a fantasy book, yes, but also a strange sort of memoir. The main character is trying to remember his childhood and some of the most important moments of his life. What we are left with is his perspective of what happened in those moments. I said ‘his perspective’ because, after all, “Different people remember things differently, and you’ll not get any two people to remember anything the same, whether they were there or not.”

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Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

I’ve finished this book months ago but it’s like I haven’t. Not really and not permanently. In fact, I feel like I will be forever reading it. The words seem too reluctant to leave my mind and the characters… those will always stay.

Synopsis

THE INFERNAL DEVICES WILL NEVER STOP COMING.

A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

From Goodreads

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Clockwork Princess published by Simon & Schuster (2013)

I don’t really know what I was expecting from The Infernal Devices ending. The only thing I know is that I wasn’t expecting to finish it sobbing my lungs out for an hour or two.

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Sunshine Blogger Award

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Hey! So, we have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by FlickBox and we’re going to answer his awesome questions to let you know a little bit more about the two crazy people behind ParabataiReviews. Here we go!

Questions

1. What is your vision of you in the future?

Chaos: I see myself as a successful archaeologist, living in London (sometimes in other pretty places) and happy with my fairy and with a crazy cat and two dogs. I have travelled to at least 20 countries and played too many video games.

Fae: I’m nearsighted, I can’t see from that far away. Kidding, but it depends on which future we’re talking about. If it’s, say, 5 years, then I’m probably getting some rejection letters from publishers or maybe one saying “Hey, your book is good and we want to pay you a gazillion pounds for it.” Oh, also, I have a Georgian house in England and sometimes follow my archaeologist into adventures.

2. What type of music do you like the most?

Chaos: Hardcore music. Can’t escape it, no matter how much alternative music Fae makes me listen to.

Fae: Well, alternative everything, of course.

3. If you had 3 wishes, what would you wish for?

Chaos: That’s easy. 1. To have a house where I want. 2. To live with Fae. 3. To have enough money to travel without feeling guilty.

Fae: Only three? 1. To have my work recognised. 2. To never lose anyone I love.  3. To wake up every day feeling like everything has been worth it.

4. If you were in the situation of Neo in the Matrix, which pill would you choose, the blue or the red one? Why?

Chaos: The red pill. I don’t care how bad the truth is as long as I know it.

Fae: The red pill because I like to suffer. Okay… because I try to be as brave as I possibly can and living in an illusion would never even be considered a choice for me.

5. Would you prefer to live in a terminator apocalypse or a zombie apocalypse?

Chaos: I’d go with terminator apocalypse because it would be much easier to face machines than disgusting cadavers.

Fae: Terminator all the way, at least robots don’t bite. Hopefully.

6. If you could wake up tomorrow in a body of someone else and live one day being him/her, who would you pick and what would you do?

Chaos: I’d be Fae because I’m corny like that. And I’d finish the damn book.

Fae: He only said that because I said I’d be him first! He probably would’ve wanted to be Lara Croft (even though he’s denying it), I just know it. Now, I’d be Chaos because I don’t like to spend days without him and I would just enjoy being a dude and shaving my face (even though I wouldn’t have that much beard anyway).

7. If you could have one meal for the rest of your life, which would it be?

Chaos: A secret recipe Fae and I have created that involves roasted chicken, a million different kinds of cheese and other delicious things.

Fae: NIGIRI ROLLS.

8. What is the question that you hate to answer the most?

Chaos: “What have you been up to?”

Fae: “How are you?” (When people ask it sincerely)

9. If you could change one event in history, which would it be?

Chaos: Being the nerd I am, I would change the fact that Atlantis got lost. I don’t care if it’s a legend or not.

Fae: I wouldn’t change anything because I believe that every single person and every single event in history have brought me where I am today. Who can say for sure that if I killed Hitler I would still be alive today?

10. Ugly and live forever or look attractive and die in a year?

Chaos: Ugly and live forever because I would get enough money for plastic surgery to become beautiful and fabulous again.

Fae: Ugly and live forever because I don’t want to and can’t die in a year. There’re too many books for me to read and places to see so it’s a nope.

11. What do you feel when you write?

Chaos: Stressed. But in the end, when I have the final result, it feels quite good.

Fae: When I’m writing, I feel like I’m doing what I should be doing.

So, now you know a little bit more about us!

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Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

“Am I not merciful?”

First of all: This book was amazing! My mind is so blown away that I don’t even know where I should start from.

Illuminae is a young adult/science fiction book. It’s written in a very unique way that makes it truly captivating from the beginning until the very end. Believe me, if you start reading it now, you won’t be able to put it down. So I recommend you to not start reading this book at night, I repeat do not start at night. It will always keep you awake for one more page and when you notice the sun is already rising and you have no hours of sleep left. Worth it, since this story is pretty much amazing.

Synopsis

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival mega corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

From Goodreads

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Illuminae published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

The story is told through a collection of hacked documents, including interviews, emails, schematics, medical reports, military files, surveillance footages, and more. That’s what makes this book so interesting: you will not find the book format you’re used to. Instead, you get a unique way of telling a story which, in my opinion, was a really original and incredible way to do it.

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The best Oscars ceremony ever

Now, this was the 89th Oscars ceremony and it surely made it up to my “Top 100 best things I’ve ever seen”. It was the most embarrassing and the most cringe-worthy award show to ever happen. Let’s start with the basics:

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A lot of wild lampshade dresses appeared (courtesy of HarpersBazaar
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Alicia Vikander’s orangey tan (looks good in this picture but if you watched the Red Carpet you know what I’m talking about) – ENews
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The great-grandmother’s dress of the Fifty Shades of Grey star (HB)
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The many actresses who tried to wear dresses that only look good on models (HB)

Now, about the ceremony itself… here are the top 3 worst things that happened:

3. When you try your best but you don’t succeed

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The poor woman who was put in the In Memoriam but is still alive (Buzzfeed)

Basically, they got the name right but the picture wrong. It would be worse if they didn’t look alike at all, right?

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Jan Chapman (the woman in the picture)
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The real Janet Patterson (on the left)

2. When men like Casey Affleck win stuff

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Oh, you love him? Go read this, then.

Casey Affleck was nominated for Best Actor. He won against Andrew Garfield, Ryan Gosling, Viggo Mortensen and Denzel Washington. So what? What’s the problem with Casey Affleck?

Well, this man was accused of sexual harassment more than once. That’s a crime, by the way. And he still won the Oscar. Clearly, sexual harassment is not taken that seriously in Hollywood. In fact, the Academy only seems to encourage it by letting disgusting men collect awards such as this.

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Denzel Washington’s reaction was just incredible
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The truth has been spoken, people.
  1. The Oscars Miss Universe Fail

I can’t express how embarrassed I felt for the La La Land team. I don’t even care about the movie itself, let alone the cast. Still, I could imagine myself on the stage, thanking everyone who helped me win my Oscar, and being told “Oh, sorry, actually you didn’t win!”

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The question is: was Ryan Gosling aware that they didn’t deserve to win? 
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Matt Damon‘s face was just priceless but..
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nothing can compare to Meryl‘s reaction.
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Seriously.
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Too good to be missed.

Spoiler: The best part is when everyone stands up and claps because La La Land didn’t actually win.

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Like I said, and even though the movie I wanted to win didn’t, this was the worst and the best thing to ever happen at an Oscars ceremony. 

But not everything was bad…

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Viola Davis became the first black woman in history to have won an Emmy, a Tony and an Oscar.

 

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Jimmy Kimmel picked up the cutest kid on the planet like in the Lion King
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Dev Patel and his mom

 

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Jimmy Kimmel tweeting Trump. Everything that Jimmy Kimmel did, really. 

Here you go. If you haven’t watched the ceremony yet, please do. Or just jump right to the end because that’s definitely worth watching. What are your thoughts on the winners?

Fae

 

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

This is the third time I’ve tried to write a review for this book. It’s a hard thing to do when you can’t believe it’s already over. You tend to go into denial if you hate endings like I do.

Synopsis

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

From Goodreads

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Me Before You published by Penguin Books 2015

Me Before You was, fortunately, the book I chose to read in order to take a (much needed) break from fantasy. What I wasn’t really expecting was to get the same amount of magic from a love story that you can get from a fantasy book.

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City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare

Synopsis

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the Lilith’s magic has bound Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

From Goodreads

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City of Lost Souls published by Walker Books 2012

Loving a book is not hard. If you read books regularly, the probabilities of finding a book that you love are very high. You’ll probably find a book that will make you think of it when you’re waiting for the money to come out of the ATM for no apparent reason. You’ll find a book that will force you to stay up late when you have to be up and ready by 7a.m. the next morning. You’ll find that book and you know you really love it when you reach the last page and you think “Goddammit, why does this book have two blank pages after it ends when they could have more of the story for me?”

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clara had that effect on me, as every single one of the previous books of the series did. It made me feel guilty when I was too tired to keep my eyes open to continue reading. It made me want to cry, it made me laugh, it made me feel sick, upset, happy and broken. It made me feel everything a great book should make you feel.

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