Friday, January 9, 2015

FATE: ADAM & EVETTE


Synopsis

Fate is a fast paced novella about two people from opposite ends of the country trying to support each other as friends while denying their instant attraction for one another.

Adam and Evette have both recently ended relationships that were never meant to last. Each of them is longing for something more intense and meaningful, and fate brings them together online in a support system for rebounding daters. The only problem—they’re perfect for each other but too far away to do anything about it.

Will they help each other find love with someone else, or will Fate completely take over their destiny? 


Impressions
The synopsis was the first thing that caught my eyes. I was in need of a sweet and cute story. A rebound body on a dating website was the perfecting plot of a mushy evening… :-)

To be honest I was not expected to really enjoy the story and be hooked. It was a lovely surprise. The flow of the words is easy, the characters are honest, fun and totally believable in their approach of the dating stage.

I'm also not really into novella. Always have the feeling that you couldn't really create a bond with the characters since it's too short. You always have something missing. Here, my only feeling was…"What? No no no, there has to be more…."
Maya James has created an atmosphere where you want to stay to follow the adventure of the characters.

I've really spend a great time with Evette. She is innocent, fun and in need of some ego boost; She needs to believe in herself and Adam is the perfect gentleman for the role.
As for Adam, he is not a billionaire with awesome cars and private jet. He is normal. That's what made him perfect and enjoyable.

And the ending is surprising. Haven't seen it coming. Adam last words and Evette phone call almost put some tears in my eyes. Couldn't believe it was the end…
I even went to the author website to see if a sequel will be provided. Not because it's bad, really because it's an awesome ending.

Easy to read, easy to like. Great story and definitively an author that piqued my interest.




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AUTHOR BIO
Indie Author of contemporary romance and suspense novels such as the Charity Series (Charity's Warrior, Charity’s Secrets, and Charity’s Passion) and a novella titled Fate: Adam & Evette. 

East coast born and raised, I'm married, extremely happily, with 4 kids, 3 of which are now young adults (not sure when that happened). 

I’m a COO in my technology-based "day job,” which requires a mix of technical and creative writing for both internal and client-facing materials, but it was not satisfying my artistic spirit. Writing the “Charity” series has been absolutely fulfilling and exciting. 

My favorite writing takes place on my phone while lying on the Southernmost Beach in Key West, where I try to go at least twice a year. 

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR!



Many blessings, surprises and joy for the year to come!
Lucie

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Brilliant History of Color in Art by Victoria Finlay

Synopsis 
The history of art is inseparable from the history of color. And what a fascinating story they tell together: one that brims with an all-star cast of characters, eye-opening details, and unexpected detours through the annals of human civilization and scientific discovery. 


Enter critically acclaimed writer and popular journalist Victoria Finlay, who here takes readers across the globe and over the centuries on an unforgettable tour through the brilliant history of color in art. Written for newcomers to the subject and aspiring young artists alike, Finlay’s quest to uncover the origins and science of color will beguile readers of all ages with its warm and conversational style. Her rich narrative is illustrated in full color throughout with 166 major works of art—most from the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum. 

Readers of this book will revel in a treasure trove of fun-filled facts and anecdotes. Were it not for Cleopatra, for instance, purple might not have become the royal color of the Western world. Without Napoleon, the black graphite pencil might never have found its way into the hands of Cézanne. Without mango-eating cows, the sunsets of Turner might have lost their shimmering glow. And were it not for the pigment cobalt blue, the halls of museums worldwide might still be filled with forged Vermeers. 

Red ocher, green earth, Indian yellow, lead white—no pigment from the artist’s broad and diverse palette escapes Finlay’s shrewd eye in this breathtaking exploration. 

Quotes

"The left brain does the analytical thinking: itlikes words and numbers and lines and monochrome. It is the critic. The right brain is the chaotic, fun-loving, color-loving, visual, spontaneous side that can't organize its way out of a paper bag. I like to think of disegno as left brain and colorito as right brain. That still doesn't answer the question of which is better. Do you prefer creative order or organized chaos?"

"Pink once meant yellow"


"It was yellow and it came from India, but the name does not mention is that it was made from the urine of cows or buffalo fed mango leaves." 

"Mauve is a chemistry project gone wrong!"

"Blue only become the "traditional" color for boys in the 20th century. Before that pink was just as popular."

Reactions
An amazing read full of fun and serious informations about colors.

From the historical or scientific aspects, the author tells you a story about colors without being boring. 
You don't have to follow page by page, you can explore it according to your moods. You will browse through it and soon become engross in it without knowing it! :-)

It's really a wonderful way to discover more about pigments, dyeing processes while talking about the colors origin or learning about the latin references.

Fun, serious and interesting anecdotes are offered. The reader is also embarked on a journey around the world as well as a stroll through time. 

Flowers, rocks, mineral, bugs and modern colors, you will learn a lot.

A great book for the lovers of art.



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

THE GLASS MAGICIAN BY CHARLIE N. HOLMBERG


THE PAPER MAGICIAN SERIES VOL 2 

Synopsis 
Three months after returning Magician Emery Thane’s heart to his body, Ceony Twill is well on her way to becoming a Folder. Unfortunately, not all of Ceony’s thoughts have been focused on paper magic. Though she was promised romance by a fortuity box, Ceony still hasn’t broken the teacher-student barrier with Emery, despite their growing closeness. 

When a magician with a penchant for revenge believes that Ceony possesses a secret, he vows to discover it…even if it tears apart the very fabric of their magical world. After a series of attacks target Ceony and catch those she holds most dear in the crossfire, Ceony knows she must find the true limits of her powers…and keep her knowledge from falling into wayward hands. 

The delightful sequel to Charlie N. Holmberg’s The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician will charm readers young and old alike. 

Reactions
Much darker, this sequel is a new quest into the magic world for Ceony. I've really appreciated my read. Since I was used to the characters, from the first volume, I've enjoyed their adventures and was hoping for a happy ending. That's when the author decided to put some awesome twists in his story to let the reader stay hooked.

Following Ceony, you learn more about the dangers of the magical world and the magicians who are on her trail since she was able to overpower a strong dangerous one. Now, all want to discover and make use of her secrets...

In this new adventure, she learns new spells as well as a new forbidden magic that places her, once again, in a position of power and new dangers.

The reader also follows her romantic advances with Emery Thane. A brilliant but too gentleman magician to act on his attraction. That is also why their relationship is intriguing. It keeps the reader in suspense strongly as the plot with the bad magicians.

A great enjoyable story that made me have a good time. I admit that I just would have liked even more impressive magic . ;-)




THE GLASS MAGICIAN BY CHARLIE N. HOLMBERG 
THE PAPER MAGICIAN SERIES VOL 2 


Traduction du synopsis
Trois mois après avoir retourné le cœur du Magicien Emery Thane dans son corps, Ceony Twill est en bonne voie pour devenir un Folder. Malheureusement, toutes les pensées de Ceony ne se sont pas concentrées sur la magie du papier. Même si une histoire d'amour lui a été promise par une boîte de divination, Ceony n'a toujours pas brisé la barrière enseignant-élève avec Emery, malgré leur proximité grandissante.

Quand un magicien, avec un penchant pour la vengeance, estime que Ceony possède un secret, il jure de le découvrir ... même si cela doit déchirer l'essence même du monde magique. Après une série d'attaques ciblant Ceony et attaquant ceux qu'elle a de plus cher dans la foulée, Ceony sait qu'elle doit trouver les véritables limites de ses pouvoirs ... et garder ses connaissances afin qu'elles ne tombent pas entre de mauvaises mains.


La charmante suite de Charlie N. Holmberg et de son livre "The Paper Magician", "The Glass magician" charmera les lecteurs de tous les âges.

Impressions
Beaucoup plus sombre, cette suite est une nouvelle quête dans le monde de la magie pour Ceony.

J'ai vraiment apprécié ma lecture. Probablement puisque j'avais pris l'habitude de suivre les personnages depuis le premier volume. Cette familiarité avec les héros m'a permis d'apprécier leurs aventures encore plus. J'avoue même que j'attendais un dénouement plus heureux. Mais c'était sans compter sur les rebondissements concoctés par l'auteur qui a décidé de pimenter son histoire afin de garder le lecteur accroché.

En suivant Ceony, on en apprend plus sur les dangers du monde magique et sur les magiciens qui sont sur ses trousses depuis qu'elle a été capable de maîtriser une pointure du monde occulte. Tous veulent découvrir et se servir de ses secrets.
Dans cette nouvelle aventure, elle apprend de nouvelles formules et elle apprend aussi une magie interdite qui la place dans une position pleine de pouvoir et de nouveaux dangers.

On suit également ses avancées amoureuses avec Emery Thane. Un magicien brillant mais trop gentleman pour réellement faire de ce récit une romance. Voilà pourquoi, leur relation est intriguante. Elle garde le lecteur en haleine autant que l'intrigue avec les méchants.

Une histoire agréable qui m'a fait passer un bon moment. J'avoue juste que j'aurais aimé encore plus de magie et de sort impressionnants. ;-)



Saturday, December 6, 2014

THE PAPER MAGICIAN BY CHARLIE N. HOLMBERG


Synopsis
Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic…forever.

Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined—animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.

An Excisioner—a practitioner of dark, flesh magic—invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.

Reactions
Surprising, this series was a nice discovery.
"The Paper Magician", the first volume, is a fresh enchanting story with a touch of suspense and romance. Well blend and balanced, it is very enjoyable read.

After the synopsis, I thought it was a teen paranormal novel. I was wrong. It is a mixture of magical adventures, more endearing than expected, in the Victorian era with an old-fashioned charm.

This "old fashioned" side allows the story to take its time to settle in and to help the characters to get to know each others. And as a reader, watch out for the small details. They are important for the final plot as the author was careful to set the scene minutiously and brilliantly.

Ceony is an apprentice magician, with a strong personality, who finds herself having to save her teacher, the Magician Thane, while discovering the man with whom she lives in a new light. In tragic and magical circumstances, she finds herself in the man's heart to search his memories. 

In this imaginative full pace read, I liked the unexpected presentation of the heroes's life. I've been hooked by the author's words and the originality of the story very gently.

Of course, there are villains, torn hearts, dead people but also animated imaginary mouse, dogs and paper servants. 
A beautiful creative adventure that made me want to put my hands on "The Glass Magician" with impatience.



Quotes

Mg. Thane: "Never dismiss the value of entertainment, Ceony. Good-quality entertainment is never free, and it's something everyone wants."

Mg. Thane: "Denying it won't make you return to ordinary."

"Fennel squirmed. She hushed him. She didn't need a paper dog reminding her what a fool brain she had inside her skull."

Ceony: "Everyone has a dark side! But it's their choice whether or not they cultivate it."


THE PAPER MAGICIAN 
BY CHARLIE N. HOLMBERG

Traduction du synopsis
Ceony Twill arrive à la demeure du Magicien Emery Thane avec un cœur brisé. Diplômée la première de sa classe de l'école Praff Tagis pour les gens intéressés par l'étude de la magie, Ceony se retrouve a étudier la magie du papier malgré ses rêves de pouvoir commander le métal. Et une fois liée au papier, ce sera sa seule magie ... pour toujours.

Pourtant, les sorts que Ceony apprend sous l'étrange mais gentille éducation de Thane s'avèrent être plus merveilleux que ce qu'elle aurait pu imaginer. Animation de créatures en papier, rendre vivante des histoires à la vie à travers des images fantomatiques, même prédire l'avenir. Mais alors qu'elle découvre ces merveilles, Ceony apprend aussi les dangers extraordinaires de la magie interdite.

Un Excisioner, un magicien pratiquant la magie noire, s'introduit dans la maison et arrache le cœur de Thane. Pour sauver la vie de son professeur, Ceony doit faire face au dangereux magicien et se lancer dans une aventure incroyable qui va l'emmener dans les chambres d'encore battantes du coeur de  Thane et lui révéler l'âme de cet homme.

Impressions
Assez surprenante, cette série a été une belle découverte. 

"The paper Magician", le premier volume, est frais, enchanteur avec une pointe de suspense et de romance, un mélange bien balancé et agréable à lire.

A la lecture du synopsis, je pensais a un roman pour ados avec une touche de paranormal. Au final, c'est un mélange d'aventures magiques à l'époque victorienne plus attachant que prévu. 

Avec un charme un peu désuet, le côté "old fashioned" permet à l'histoire de prendre son temps pour s'installer et aux personnages d'apprendre à se connaître. L'auteur place le décor avec soin car les détails sont importants pour l'intrigue finale.

Ceony est une apprentie magicienne avec du caractère qui se retrouve à devoir sauver son professeur, le Magicien Thane, tout en découvrant l'homme avec lequel elle vit sous un nouveau jour. 
Dans des circonstances magiques tragiques, elle se retrouve dans son coeur à fouiller ses souvenirs. Originale et assez rythmé, j'ai aimé la présentation inattendue de la vie des héros ainsi que le fait d'avoir été captée par l'auteur avec douceur.

Bien entendu, il y a des vilains, des coeurs arrachés, des morts mais aussi des souris animées, des chiens et des serviteurs en papier. 
Une très belle aventure qui m'a donné envie de lire la suite "The Glass Magician"avec impatience.