Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Hi my lovelies ❤ !

We are back again with another award ! We would like to give a big big big thank you to Monique for this nomination! Check out her blog, it’s so worth it :3.  We don’t like spamming with award posts since we just did one recently, but this one was given to us last month so I think it is time to do it..ahhaha xD Since it’s a sisterhood award, I ( the girl in the couple), will be answering the questions 😉

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The Light Side of the Moon by Elizabeth Guizzetti

“One Earth was a stark place too, but we’re building something that will change the destiny of generations.”

– Elizabeth Guizzetti, The Light Side Of The Moon

If you’re looking for a nice attempt to mix science fiction with reality, The Light of the Moon is for you. Set around 3062, idealists seek to create a utopia on another planet beyond Earth. As Earth is slowly caressing diverse problems, from a political to an economical scale, a way is found for individuals to travel light years away onto the abandoned Lunar Colony Serenitatis. Although this was an opportunity to create a utopia that every citizen dreamed of, Kipos (the planet in question) serves as a prison colony more than anything. It gives prisoners that are transported there regularly a second chance while also giving the government the opportunity to deal with overpopulation, with life-long sentences and with violence among captives. The story follows the adventures of a couple of characters as they seek to establish their lives on Kipos for different purposes. Seeking a future that is bound to promise great things, these protagonists learn great lessons as they grow up and figure themselves out through hardship and perseverance. Utopia remains their ultimate goal.

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Fan Choice Award

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Hello fellow Bookidotians <3,

Today we’d like to put up a new award that was given to us, not to mention hand-made, by a “little girl group of bookworms and also comics lovers in a college in Norway”. In order to show their appreciation, their spokesperson, Laura, personally messaged us to let us know that they want to show their love for the dedication we’ve put into Bookidote. As their traditions goes, they wanted to continue to give back to people and this seemed like a great way to do so for our case. And so, to show our followers that we always hear you guys out, here is our Fan Choice Award.

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Locke & Key Vol.1 by Joe Hill

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Locke & Key Vol.1 : ★★★★★ 

It’s dark, gloomy, austere, dense, heavy and complex.

                We follow the Locke family, who after an unfortunate event, have to move to the Key House, a mysterious mansion with hidden keys opening secret doors. I really don’t want to say more than that, because you have to read it to see the amazingness behind the story. It has violence. It deals with teenager problems, how they adapt and come to some adjustments with their new lives. The first chapter already opens to some really violent and gruesome elements; now you are warned hahah. As you progress in the storyline, you will find out that everything seems to make sense but then again, Joe Hill will surprise you. The suspense and spine chilling scenes are building up thanks to the variations of flashback memories and present day story. It has a pretty good amount of haunting spirits and a spooky vibe too. I feel like reading a living phantasmagoria. It’s actually a good feeling. Or maybe I’m just weird hahah.

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                The art is perfect for this kind of dark fantasy. The details are there, facial expressions are on point and O-M-G those eyes.. so realistic and emotional. Rodriguez and Hill are a killer duo! The characters are so well-developed, you can see the difference between the main characters (the siblings) and how they all try to help each other in their own manners. Probably one of my favorite aspect from this graphic novel. It portrayed the characters very accurately and honestly. A real down-to-earth thinking.

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In sum, CAN I JUST GET AN AMENNN for this comic series please? LOL No wonder it won so many awards these past years; #takemymoney. You can click here to purchase the trade paperback ! 🙂

Enjoy!

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Saga (Volume 2) by Brian K. Vaughan

“Never worry what other people think of you, because no one ever thinks of you.”

– Brian K. Vaughan, Saga (Volume 2)

            Mr. Vaughan, my man. My bruh. My hommie. Hook me up with some more of that stuff, will ye? It was already inconceivable to imagine how a person could actually top off the performance, the perfect execution of volume 1. Brian K. Vaughan is probably the only one who could bathe in this universe and pull of such amazing issues one after the other. How does an individual contain this much creativity and innovative ideas in themselves? It’s insane. The brilliancy behind each panel. The complexity of every character. The unexpected twists and engaging moments that prompts reader’s jaws to drop and eyes to widen.  Saga (Volume 2) collects issues #7 to 12 and brings new heights to this beautiful creation. This is a universe you’d want to live in yourself and explore every confines of their planets. In this trade paperback, family comes into play as we discover more insight on Marko and Alana’s background. The chase for this runaway couple continues in another fine volume of Saga.

“Some people are haunted by their pasts, but not my family. I mean, how can you be haunted by something that never really dies?”

– BRIAN K. VAUGHAN, SAGA (VOLUME 2)

            Compelling as ever, the story pursues unbelievable level of story-telling. You end up turning the page only to discover the unexpected. How is that possible? Easy. It’s Brian K. Vaughan. He just sustains amazing use of his science fiction and fantasy ideas. There were several moments that really had me staggered. As you might recall from volume 1, for Marko to use a spell, he needs a special something. In this volume, the use of spells was astonishing. It managed to deliver an amazing wow-factor. It rises the tension from zero to a hundred in an instant. It gets you to wonder how on earth did the writer even think about using that element of Saga’s world in such a beautiful fashion. SPOILER HERE: Hover over text to read. Volume 2 also introduces a new character and that person couldn’t have been introduced in a better way. This character was tied into the tale so smoothly, with so much finesse. It’s dazzling. SPOILER HERE: Hover over text to read.

            Gore is back and as awesome as ever. Violence comes roaring through pages when you least expect them. Sex still clings onto Saga and explores new horizons with more head-turning scenes. Saga (Volume 2) continues to balance everything out perfectly. You can’t turn a page without giggling or frowning in disgust. Fiona Staples art embellishes the ideas of Brian K. Vaughan. The artwork amplifies the power of the dialect. Everything seems to emanate from the details and nothing seems to be arbitrary and disposable. How do these two master comic book storytelling with so much grace? If you haven’t tried this comic series, let me tell you, my friend. You’re missing out on one of the best comics of all time.

“His parents didn’t say a word, but the point of their lesson was clear. Never forget. Never forget the countless heroes who sacrificed so much. And more importantly, never forget those evil fucks with the wings.”

– BRIAN K. VAUGHAN, SAGA (VOLUME 2)

            Did I mention how out of this world you have to be to actually imagine some of the things you find in these issues? Sometimes you have to just sit back and wonder how many blunts you must’ve smoked to come up with these epic ideas. This isn’t to encourage drug-use. Stay away from those, friends. Me and my girlfriend both don’t know if you were high, in the middle of a trance while jerking off to some really disturbing stuff or eating a pie, but whatever you were doing, please keep on doing it Mr. Vaughan. Saga is one hell of a universe and just doesn’t stop getting better. Great things have already been circulating around my ears about the following volumes. I am indubitably ready to get my hands on the following volumes. Well.. Actually.. we were ready to get the whole collection after a couple pages into volume 1. Brian K. Vaughan and Fiano Staples are a team that’s very, very hard to beat in today’s comic age. Hopefuly, Saga is a never-ending universe with plenty of more surprises to unveil. Cause, one things for sure. I’ve been chasing the dragon and each volume of Saga gave me a better, stronger and tastier dose. Don’t let a brutha done !

            Don’t forget to share your thoughts on this trade paperback, as well as like this review and follow us as we continue to write reviews for you guys to enjoy. So what are you waiting for? If you’re interested in volume 2, you can purchase a copy of Saga (Volume 2) by clicking on this hyperlink !

My overall rating: ★★★★★/

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Q&A with Joannes Rhino

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Here’s my 5 stars review of The Unseen Face by Joannes Rhino! Now let’s begin 🙂

1. Hi Joannes, when did you first realize you want to be a writer ?

It was actually my friend in high school who first spotted my writing talent, and so I thought how cool would it be to be a writer. And just like that, everything happened naturally after that.

2. Where do you get your inspirations for The Unseen Face ?

The Unseen Face is actually based on my close mate’s testimony about his disease. He had struggled with mental disorders since the loss of his loved ones. His story was very triggering for me to come up with The Unseen Face. However, it also elicited a lot of unexpected responses, negative or positive. For that reason, and to protect my friend’s personal life, I decided to twist up some of the facts. The content of The Unseen Face, however, 80% is based on actual event.

3. How do you organize your schedule and time in writing a book?

I keep myself organize, and I commit to write every night between 12am until 4am.

4. How long did it take to finish writing this book? What was the hardest part in the process?

Honestly speaking, the writing process didn’t take that long. No more than 6 months I got it done, roughly. However, the editing process took a lot of time, money and effort.

The hardest part in making The Unseen Face is how to make the book a page turner right from the first page, because most of the times I got carry away by telling something so detail that shouldn’t and made it boring.

5. What advice would you want to give to an aspiring writer ?

Be yourself! That’s very important. I mean, don’t try to write using your favorite author’s writing style. Use your own style, and don’t be afraid to show people what’s inside your head.

6. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
The turning over point of my life had occurred when someone handed me a novel by Paulo Coelho “The Alchemist” and a motivational book by Rhonda Byrne “The Secret”. Those books really changed my perspective about life,

7. When you are not writing a book, what are your other hobbies ?

I play games, watch movies, travel, play with dogs.

8. If you could choose to be a character in a book, who would it be?

Well actually I play my own role in the book. I am Richard, the main character’s best mate.

9. The main character in your book is dealing with a lot of psychological disorders, how did you build up a character like that ?
All of my characters in my books are related with me. They could be myself, my friends or someone I know in real life. Having said that, it’s easier for me to feel the emotions of the characters.

10.  What is the main message of your book ? What do you want to say to the readers ? 

A key word of the spiritual message here is FORGIVENESS. We have to remember that everything is giving by purpose. Hatred and revenge are not the best friends in our spiritual journey. Non ability to deal with negativity is leading to serious crimes, psycho problems, crumpled life and as an end result – wrong direction and wrong Spiritual Choices.

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A big thank you to Joannes Rhino for sending us a free copy in exchange for an honest review and for taking the time to answer our questions. We are honored that you shared your book with us and we hope the best for your future projects. 

You can purchase his novel here !

Best regards,

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The Unseen Face by Joannes Rhino

 The Unseen Face : ★★★★★

“I was like a piece of meat, run by machines to keep alive. Everything seemed stagnant and hopeless.”
– The narrator, The unseen face

What cannot be seen, makes us afraid. However, what happens when you can still feel it? Like a shadow haunting us. It makes us fear the depths of our very soul. This is what happens to James, who will discover the hidden side of his life, an Unseen Face. At first, he feels that something is wrong with him. Depression, anxiety, what else could it be? It’s the ultimate quest that James and his psychologist Jonathan will try to demystify.

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Animal Farm by George Orwell

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

– George Orwell, Animal Farm

            Beauty comes in many forms. Never will its definition coincide from a mortal to another. It jumps at you when you least expect it. It steals your soul and leaves your wandering. How is it possible? What do I do? Who am I? Beauty penetrates the very core of your beliefs and wakes the deepest of sensations that Man can feel. When it does, you know what happened. You know it’s real. Animal Farm has perhaps stimulated the very hidden fibers of my own body. Upon its completion, I’ve come to realize that some authors have a great mind and an inexplicable talent for writing. A talent that helps them express their ideas and beliefs effortlessly. Animal Farm is without question one of the best masterpieces that has been written. This novel by George Orwell, author of Nineteen Eighty-Four, is an allegoric science fiction with a perfect pinch of dystopia to top it all. This tale is bound to get you jittering at the edge of your seat once you reach the mind-blowing ending. SPOILER HERE: Hover over text to read. Definitely seals the deal with finesse.

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Q&A with Eric Mrozek

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I had the chance to receive Eric Mrozek, author of Destruction for an interview. Here’s my review for his book for those fantasy fan readers ! 

simple vintage gold frame1. Welcome to Bookidote! To get to know you better, tell us a little about yourself and your background.

I am a 26 year old man that currently works as a businessman and entrepreneur on the Internet in one form or another. I currently reside in Michigan.

2. Have you ever written anything before Destruction? What made you want to start writing this story? 

This isn’t the first project that I’ve written. Since I was seventeen, I have been developing worlds and refining my writing craft through a wide variety of projects, so Destruction was a natural extension of that.

3.What were your inspirations while writing Destruction? How did you build the fantasy world that Helisah and Aegras live in?

Destruction is based around a combination of my study of history and my love of the fantasy genre. When it comes to historical inspiration, the core of the novel is based around the Age of Enlightenment and the early Industrial Revolution, but I also drew from periods before and after that. I knew early on that a move forward to that era would set the novel apart because it allowed me to explore new themes like the rise of democracy, capitalism, and the clash of new and old ideologies. A huge portion of the scenes in the story are influenced by historical events or schools of thought from that time, such as classical liberalism, hedonism, and so on.

As for my love of fantasy, that played a role in the novel because I wanted to challenge myself to make a deep and rich world that can please fantasy fans, but I also wanted to make it accessible to the masses. Even with the success of The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, I think that a lot of people are still put off by fantasy because of things like an enormous cast of characters, which can make it a pain (even for me) to figure out what the point of that background character or this detail was and why I should care. It can also lead to fans becoming unsatisfied with the story because it tends to lead to dropped storylines. I thought that the best way to combat that would be to scale it down and make it much more intimate, which is where the concept of a diary came from.

4. I must say that I was quite impressed by the cover illustration! Who designed it? Tell us about the cover and how you came to choose it.

The chief cover artist is Hermann Kromer, but some of the pieces on there are modified versions of my own design. I knew from the time that I approached Hermann on the Internet that the cover was going to be a scene from the book, so we developed a more collaborative process that was almost akin to writing a comic book. I would script out the scene and, more often than not, he would create characters like Helisah and Aegras for my approval and put them in there. Sometimes, he would also come up with a new surprise that I knew I had to add, such as the unnamed Telurian Officer with his clock-like face mask.

5. I believe Destruction is the first in a series. What can the readers expect in the next books?

I think that Destruction is an exploration of the minds of our heroes and what they are fighting for. Without spoiling anything, the next two books are going to focus primarily on why this war is happening and the continued sacrifices made by the characters. I am working towards a planned ending, so readers will want to look at every little detail from the time that they first open this novel.

On top of that, I am currently working on a series of shorter stories to expand the universe in different directions. The piece that I am working on is about the politics behind the beginning of a conflict over five hundred years before the events of Destruction. I intend to alternate between the two series over time to give the public a steady stream of content.

6.  We know that books are not made in one day. What was the hardest part of writing this story?

I think that the most difficult (and satisfying) part of writing this story was trying to create iconic scenes for the main characters. It’s difficult because you have to get a funny line or an awesome moment just right and base it around their personality. However, it is satisfying when it works because you can laugh with or cheer for the character in a way that you couldn’t before that.

7. Who are your favourite authors?

I’ve read books that range from Voltaire to the present day, so it’s really hard to pick a favorite among them. I would say that the biggest influences on me right now include: J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert J. Sawyer, and Harry Turtledove. They all write quite differently, but their work points out that you have to capture every detail from the wider universe (Tolkien) to the characters and their personality quirks (Sawyer/Turtledove).

8. If you could be the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

I don’t want to be too arrogant here, but I would have to say… mine. If you think about it, it is exactly my style of writing.

9.  Hahha well said. And what advice would you give to your younger self?

Think of alternate ways to tell a story beyond book form and harness the power of the Internet to make your dreams happen.

10. Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Keep writing, develop a thick skin, and don’t publish until it’s polished to a mirror shine.

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If you want to keep track of Eric’s future projects, visit his blog here !

Thank you to the author himself for sending us the Avanced Review Copy of this book, the paperback once it was published and taking the time to answer our questions.

You can purchase a copy of Destruction by clicking here ! 

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Destruction by Eric Mrozek

Destruction :★★★★☆

“Our actions, for good or ill, will cascade through history whether we want them or not.”
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It’s like a remix of Game of Throne and Lord of the Rings and I love every single bit of it ! The story is about Helisah, a young elf girl starting her new school year in the kingdom of Callista like any college student. Until one day, her boyfriend Khal betrayed the land and helped out Thrakoth (a Talurian lord) to flip the city upside down and kill everyone. Lost and having nowhere to go, she decides to join a troupe of assassins to begin her journey to the road of revenge.

“What Aegras failed to understand was that it is not the spells that kept him alive. Rather, it was his own mind. Training can push a person so far, but that person must have a certain brilliance to turn their survival into a certainty.”
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I think this is the perfect book for any fan of fantasy: it has magic, sword combat, funny lines, and amazing character development. Eric Mrozek has triumphed in shaping a whole new world just with a few typical fantasy elements. Furthermore, the diary style was the ideal set for this story. Not only does it offer us a more intimate angle on what’s going on, mentioning only a few people that are really important for the story, but it also allows us to feel the maturation of Helisah, how her mind and perception of the world evolves.

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