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Nunca Mates A Un Pibe

En Nunca Mates A Un Pibe, el autor Gonzalo Villarruel lleva a los lectores en un emocionante viaje a través del inframundo criminal de Buenos Aires y más allá. La historia cuenta sobre un asesino atormentado perseguido por el recuerdo de un niño que mató y la trágica muerte de sus padres durante la segunda presidencia de Juan Domingo Perón. A medida que se desarrollan los acontecimientos, una masacre sacude un pueblo tranquilo y se forma una alianza impensable entre dos asesinos y sus víctimas.

La narración magistral de Villarruel invita a los lectores a una peligrosa aventura con “El lobo”, el enigmático protagonista de la historia con un pasado complicado del que no puede escapar. El autor genera ingeniosamente tensión a medida que comienza la historia, manteniendo a los lectores en la oscuridad sobre las identidades de las cinco personas que hicieron un pacto para nunca hablar de su participación en un asesinato. A medida que avanza la historia y los cinco se vuelven a conectar, se revelan sus identidades, lo que hace que la historia sea aún más intrigante. Los personajes de Nunca Mates A Un Pibe están bien desarrollados y son multidimensionales, con sus alianzas y motivos cambiando constantemente a lo largo de la historia. El ritmo de la trama se ralentiza a medida que Villarruel ofrece a los lectores la historia de fondo de los cinco, mostrando cómo sus pasados están entrelazados entre sí. Disfruté especialmente las transiciones fluidas entre el pasado y el presente, y la acción vertiginosa que mantiene a los lectores expectantes. Si bien las descripciones del país de la Patagonia podrían haber sido más detalladas, esto no resta valor a la narrativa que es apasionante.

En general, Nunca Mates A Un Pibe es una lectura obligada para los fanáticos de las novelas policíacas y de suspenso. La hábil narración de historias de Villarruel y el intrigante elenco de personajes misteriosos hacen de este libro lleno de acción una lectura cautivadora.

Pages: 325 | ASIN : B0BLFM4RH2

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The Adventurers and the Underground River 

Bea and her brother Chris eagerly anticipate a castle tour of Portugal with their cousins, Tony and Daniel. The quartet, accompanied by their witty avian companion, Jack the Crow, set off on a guided exploration of fortresses, keeps, and monasteries. Alongside the primarily elderly tourists, Bea and her family soon discover that a particular pair of middle-aged women seem to harbor ill intentions toward the children. As their journey unfolds, the young Adventurers uncover a perilous scheme while investigating Portugal’s historic castles. Finally, at nightfall, the foursome finds themselves fighting for survival within the enigmatic stone halls of an ancient monastery.

The Adventurers and the Underground River by Isabel Ricardo is the second book in this mysterious and entertaining series. This exciting story can be read as a standalone book or after reading book 1 because the author provides ample backstory to familiarize readers with the main characters. The four cousins—spirited Bea, intellectual Chris, composed Tony, and witty Daniel—are instantly endearing, as is their loyal friend, Jack the Crow. The vivid portrayal of Portugal’s history, from battles and warriors to noble kings and sagacious monks, is thoroughly captivating. The tale of Queen Inez and King Pedro is particularly enchanting, demonstrating the author’s ability to weave engaging historical elements into an action-packed narrative. Echoing the timeless charm of Hardy Boys and Bobbsey Twins mysteries, this adventure is laden with exhilarating action and enlightening historical content. With mild language and the presence of firearms, the story is an ideal choice for readers aged 10 and up who appreciate intelligent, intrepid heroes collaborating to save the day. The thrilling conclusion leaves ample opportunity for future escapades in this world.

The Adventurers and the Underground River is a riveting young adult novel that takes middle-grade readers on an unforgettable adventure. This engaging tale is a valuable addition to any home library, perfect for those who cherish classic, lighthearted mysteries reminiscent of a bygone era.

Pages: 210 | ISBN : 1949868850

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Some Good Writ

Some Good Writ: Christmas, Cancer, Dad, Wine, Sex and Jeff is a poignant anthology of poems that intimately chronicles the salient moments in Jeffrey Bailey’s life. Through his verse, Bailey explores the importance of embracing freedom and acting with resolve as he underscores the fragility and value of life. The collection thoughtfully delves into themes of suffering, the quest for equilibrium between labor and reward, and the danger of losing sight of life’s ephemeral nature amidst work demands. Bailey candidly recounts his familial circumstances, unafraid to bare his flaws, vulnerabilities, and most trying experiences. Consequently, his poetry offers an unvarnished yet deeply resonant portrayal of the adversity he has faced.

Employing an exquisite poetic style, Bailey accentuates the necessity of exertion and the acceptance of life’s inescapable tribulations. His words resonate profoundly as he acknowledges that life often unfolds in unexpected ways. Embracing this reality can be challenging, but it is essential for personal growth and perseverance. By drawing upon his encounters, Bailey’s objective lens bolsters his ideas’ potency. One particularly moving subject Bailey addresses is the harrowing impact of a loved one’s battle with cancer. He poignantly conveys the heartache and helplessness accompanying this plight, articulating his anguish with striking clarity and emotional depth. Throughout the anthology, Bailey masterfully weaves his intricate narrative.

Bailey’s poetry in Some Good Writ: Christmas, Cancer, Dad, Wine, Sex and Jeff is compelling and evocative; at times, its allegorical nature allows readers to create their own interpretation. The collection will particularly resonate with those who have endured profound experiences, regardless of differing circumstances, as well as readers seeking to ruminate on family, love, and self-discovery. I commend Bailey’s courage in sharing his personal journey and highly recommend this work to seasoned poetry enthusiasts eager to contemplate themes of life, death, and the human experience.

Pages: 95 | ASIN : B0BRGKWGYJ

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The Ideal Location For My Love Story

Susan Rounds Author Interview

The Winds of Autumn follows a young woman newly married who accompanies her husband on the Oregon Trail while realizing her feelings for another man. What was the inspiration for the setup of your story?

During my childhood, I remember visiting the fairytale castle, Neuschwanstein, and watching the musical fantasy, Cinderella, on television. Both sparked my imagination and inspired the kind of dream world I would later write about. Jane Austen’s influence would too. The prince becomes the consummate gentleman. The castle becomes a grand mansion. But I also wanted to explore those idyllic notions during the difficult events in America’s past and see how love, like the characters, would find a way to survive the hardships. And, since the city of St. Louis was the starting point of America’s westward expansion, I felt it was the ideal location for my love story to begin.

What were some of the emotional and moral guidelines you followed when developing your characters?

My historical romance novel, The Winds of Autumn, takes place in the 19th century during a tumultuous period in America’s history. This setting allowed me to take readers on a narrative journey set against the backdrop of epic events during that time—the Trail of Tears, the War of the Rebellion (Civil War), and the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. These external events were also important catalysts for creating emotional conflict in my novel and between the characters. So much of a fictional story relies on creating characters that feel real to the reader. I wanted to make that real connection by immersing myself into the mind of my characters so I could feel every emotion they felt and what might happen if they acted on those emotions. Pain is a key motivator that can morph into resentment, or hope and love. I asked myself, what did my protagonist, Mariah, feel when she lost her sister, or Mariah’s mother when she lost her daughter? Those feelings run deep, and my personal experience growing up played a part in developing those characters. My antagonist, Nathan Lawton, faces a moral decision, one he justifies from a traumatic moment in his childhood that fuels his resentment with far-reaching consequences. It was important to raise the emotional stakes by forcing the characters to make choices, right or wrong. But the marriage customs of the 19th century left Mariah no choice when she realizes, too late, that marrying Nathan was a mistake. She suddenly finds herself trapped in her marriage which made me wonder, how was it even possible for a woman to follow her heart? Mariah’s internal struggles propel the story forward, forcing her into unimaginable situations but ones that ultimately transform her into the woman she was meant to be.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

The title of my novel, The Winds of Autumn, uses the word “winds” as a metaphor for change, the main theme throughout the storyline. That transformational change is most evident in Mariah’s character, a refined young lady abruptly turned pioneer woman enduring the harsh plains of the American West. The theme, the sins of the father, was important to convey in Nathan’s character, giving the reader a clear understanding of his motivations. I found this to be a powerful theme because of its consequences to carry over generation to generation. After I finished writing my manuscript, I realized how central the meaning of home was in my novel, and how even a relationship can feel like coming home. And since my novel is about happily ever after, I wanted to exploit the theme of forbidden love as much as the hope that readers yearn for with the possibility of second chances.

What is the next story that you’re writing and when will it be published?

I’m researching the Gilded Age, a fascinating period in America’s history. I like the idea of that setting for a love story.

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A captivating love story transcending the American West, where secrets hide unknown consequences and true love fights for a second chance.
At the end of the War of the Rebellion, Mariah Renwick is still haunted by the memory of her late sister as she tries to piece together the remnants of an innocent time lost. All she wants is to bring happiness home again. Then dashing Lieutenant Nathan Lawton rushes into her life and becomes her new husband. But Nathan’s dark and tormented past hides revenge and betrayal as he stakes his claim to the Renwick fortune and his future out West.
Railroad magnate, Julian Marquette, has just returned to St. Louis to secure another bank loan from Mariah’s father. A brilliant mastermind, Julian orchestrates the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, not for the sake of his own vanity but for the people of America. He’s a man borne of conviction for what he believes in, a passionate man who’s secretly been in love with Mariah since he first saw her two years ago. But now it’s too late . . . until an intimate moment together takes them by storm.
“It was there again, in that infinitesimal space between them, the subtle tremor of attraction, at once forbidden but about to collide.”
Torn between desire and duty, Mariah is caught in a crossfire as she faces unimaginable struggles on an epic westward journey that shows no mercy. Can Julian fight against impossible odds for the woman he loves, or is all hope lost?
Sweeping landscapes. Passionate characters. The consummate gentleman is back.

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Gardens, Groves, and Mechanical Trees

“You may not be interested in AAI, but AAI is interested in you.” This compelling statement sets the tone for Gardens, Groves, and Mechanical Trees, a thought-provoking play by George M. Baker that delves into the ever-evolving world of artificial intelligence. The narrative centers on Professor Garmin, a once healthy individual, now a quadriplegic relying on his advanced robohumanoid, Curantus, for assistance.

Initially displeased with his robohumanoid caretaker, Professor Garmin reflects on his past lectures about artificial intelligence with his former student, Chen. Their conversations span a range of topics, from TechDei (Technological Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) to the ethical control of AI. These flashbacks serve as a timely and necessary exploration of the ethical implications of AI development. As the play progresses, Professor Garmin’s interactions with Curantus shift towards assessing the robohumanoid’s capacity for empathy—a key indicator of consciousness. The narrative culminates with the professor asking Curantus to grant him a compassionate death.

Gardens, Groves, and Mechanical Trees offers a fascinating exploration of AI for readers interested in the technology’s future. Its engaging format, consisting of dialogue and narration, is both informative and intellectually stimulating. Readers will be left pondering the future of technology and the value of Artificial intelligence and how it will shape our future.

Pages: 126

The Cemetery 6: Festival of Fear 

The Cemetery 6: Festival of Fear by David Bond is a spine-tingling narrative that follows a group of teens known as the Cemetery 6. The group gathers in the cemetery to indulge in their favorite pastime of telling horror stories. As they prepare for the evening’s festivities, they meet Kit Bunchu, a vengeful spirit seeking retribution. The teens welcome him into their circle, and Kit opens up about his tragic past as the night progresses. Finally, he reveals how his beloved wife murdered him and got away with the heinous crime.

The group unites to help Kit seek justice and prove the wife’s guilt. Their investigation leads them to share chilling tales of horror from various parts of Thailand. Each story draws the group closer to solving the murder mystery. From a malevolent spirit targeting tourists to a haunted hotel with a gruesome history, the stories are unsettling and gripping, keeping readers on edge.

This book is reminiscent of the classic horror series “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” but with an edgier twist set in Thailand. The stories explore different types of horror, each one bleak and terrifying, leaving readers on edge. The narratives are so vivid that they may deter readers from visiting certain places in Thailand for fear of falling victim to supernatural forces. The book’s main story could have been fleshed out a bit more to provide more depth, but it still manages to engage readers with its thrilling plot. While some of the short stories ended abruptly, they were all so fascinating that readers will find themselves craving more.

The Cemetery 6: Festival of Fear is an excellent portrayal of the dark corners of the world that can keep a person up at night. The engrossing main storyline and string of short stories will keep readers moving along on a fright-filled ride, eager to see how the mystery unfolds.

Pages: 180 | ASIN : B0BRHKMVXL

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Drifters Realm

Drifters Realm by Annemarie Mazotti Gouveia transports readers to a fantastical world steeped in ancient prophecies and extraordinary children. Twelve-year-old twins Ori and Roe are destined to prevent a future uprising and impending war. When Ori vanishes following their parents’ sudden disappearance, Roe embarks on a quest to find her brother and fulfill their shared destiny. As she searches, Roe uncovers a vast conspiracy involving the First Council and a group of outcasts known as the Menace. Joined by her friends and siblings, Roe navigates a world where the lines between good and evil are blurred.

A thrilling adventure for young readers and middle-graders, Drifters Realm captivates with its suspenseful plot and engaging setting, featuring forests, swamps, and other elements that make for a fascinating expedition. Set in a post-civilization world, children are separated from their parents at a certain age, and an ancient prophecy foretells of an uprising that could disrupt the established order. Armed with her magic ring and intuition, the protagonist must traverse the realm and uncover the truth.

Gouveia excels at crafting a compelling narrative, populating her story with a diverse array of unique characters, each endowed with extraordinary gifts and responsibilities. From sorcerers and life-givers to knowledge bearers and storm catchers, Drifters Realm presents a world defined by order and designated roles while also exploring themes of family and friendship. This captivating novel is easy to read and features well-structured and clearly headlined chapters that lend clarity to the scenes. The plot also develops steadily, and readers do not see the plot twist coming.

Drifters Realm by Annemarie Mazotti Gouveia is an action-packed young adult fantasy novel that takes readers on an unforgettable journey. With vivid scenery and relatable characters, this is one story that will capture the interest of readers and leave them wanting to see more of this realm.

Pages: 148 | ISBN: 1639888292

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The Silent Cries Of A Barbie Doll

The Silent Cries of a Barbie Doll, a poignant novel by Tamika Barr Jaskolka, draws inspiration from the author’s own personal experiences. This stirring work interweaves essays with a narrative tone and complimentary poetry to create a cohesive and compelling story. The protagonist, Barbie Desiree Smith, is a young biracial poet who invites readers into her life through essays and poetry detailing her emotional journey.

Barbie’s quest for love leads her to confront both inner and outer demons and endure numerous hardships. Through her writings, she candidly discusses growing up biracial, her religious background and beliefs, relationships, the challenges of becoming a young mother, surviving rape, and more. The poetry in the novel serves as Barbie’s means of expressing her silent cries. Jaskolka’s honest and unflinching writing style resonates deeply with readers, particularly women. She confronts uncomfortable and unpleasant topics head-on, shining a light on the often-hidden struggles many people face. One particularly powerful chapter, titled “A Monster,” explores themes of guilt, loss, and trauma, prompting readers to reflect on their own relationships and the people around them. This chapter tackles complex subject matter, including a harrowing account of sexual assault, which serves as a testament to the raw emotions conveyed throughout the novel.

The Silent Cries of a Barbie Doll by Tamika Barr Jaskolka is an exceptional work that genuinely represents the struggles many women face today, transcending their differences. It is highly recommended for anyone seeking to understand and empathize with these struggles and contribute to their prevention.

Pages: 64 | ASIN : B00L6NFS2A

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