Have you ever felt in love with a book at first sight? Well, I saw the Binding in a promotional picture on twitter and I knew it needed for it to be mine. I get all the ” don’t judge a book by its cover” but this one turned out being equally amazing on the inside as it is on the outside.


s y n o p s i s :

39964740Imagine you could erase your grief. Imagine you could forget your pain. Imagine you could hide a secret. Forever. Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice – but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse. He will learn to hand-craft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, he can help. If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible. In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, row upon row of books – and memories – are meticulously stored and recorded. Then one day Emmett makes an astonishing discovery: one of them has his name on it. 


I requested the advanced copy of the Binding on Netgallery and forgot all about it. I just kept lusting on that amazing cover that promised wonders and I knew that I had to add it to my collection; then one day I received an email stating that I had been somehow granted the e-book copy of the book I was… torn! Excited, for sure, but torn!
Surely some of you can relate, wanting a book so much, expecting so much from it but also knowing it’s not probably going to be your cup of tea because of personal taste, experience and ones actual state of mind. But if you knew that, why want it so badly?
I guess I wanted a taste of it. I wanted to see if the book was really as good as the cover, to feel the author’s words on my skin, to see with my eyes their choices, their plot devices and to try to get myself out of my own comfort zone.

The truth is, I know myself, I know what it takes for me to like a book. Books are art and as such they need to make you feel something, to trap you into them and that’s what the Binding did to me; the fact that the feeling I ended up having was of deep anxiety has nothing to do with the book and only with my own personal triggers. Nevertheless,  I’m grateful. I’m grateful to this book because it made me feel something. Will I probably enjoy it better the second read around? Sure, but I wouldn’t trade that first experience with anything else.

This book it’s simply spectacular: the ideas, the characters, the world that Bridget Collins created are so vivid, colourful, and magical; they reverberate in your ribcage like hummingbirds needing to burst free from you and make you feel their full power. And you’ll gladly whether through, word after word, page after page, needing more, never having enough. And when the last page will be turned, you’ll mourn the loss of such a beautiful story and invite your friends to have that same experience, right before you’ll dive, once again, right into it.

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Would I recommend this book? Yes, hands down, absolutely. I would add some disclaimer tho: if you are in a bad place, have anxiety and feeling powerless or not in control of your destiny is one of your triggers… Buddy read this book with a friend. Don’t give up on it.  If you are into high fantasy, LGBT characters, medieval-like settings and magic, GO. BUY. THIS. BOOK!  you’ll love it, you’ll devour it or maybe it’ll devour you!

“The Binding is so vivid and seamless, that it can’t be categorised as simple literature.
It’s a hit, a new classic! It must be the work of a binder because a story so vivid can’t be imagined, it can only be thread into pages from a memory of a faraway world.”

4.5/5★A MUST READ

(with disclaimers)

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Oh hi there! It’s so good to see you! Welcome to “ Jess Blogmas race” Where Jess posts multiple times in a row to make up for the days of the slump and lost blog posts!
Today I’ll bring you one of the arcs that was given to me a while ago but that I never managed to review for one reason or the other! It’s a sweet and quick read that you won’t mind add to your TBR!

SYNOPSIS


4997e9c02a412e518c438d57511f30e4a9f4a4d1Even Little Miss Grinch, Nikki, a successful and independent woman, must face her bachelorette status at the most horrible time of the year.
December is her personal version of holly-jolly hell: a merry torture made of couples kissing at every corner, forced vacation days, and an inescapable family reunion.
And when her baby sister announces she’s engaged—to Paul, the man Nikki is secretly in love with—and that he’s spending the holidays with them, Christmas starts looking bluer than ever.
Nikki can’t possibly survive an entire week trapped home as the family’s spinster. But she has no time to meet men or to try the newest dating app, she’s too busy working as a video producer for an advertising agency.
So what’s a girl to do?
Nikki has the perfect solution: to hire a fake boyfriend.
Luckily, her job gives her access to an endless catalogue of gorgeous actors to choose from.
But Nikki will soon discover that keeping business and pleasure from mixing isn’t so easy and that she might not be immune to a little mistletoe magic. Especially not when she picked out the perfect man as her Christmas date…


I’m not going to bore you guys telling you what place this kind of books have for me, you know it full well by now how I feel about them and how much I like the cheap thrill of pleasure in an incredibly good-looking man defying all odds, so yeah, I liked this book even if I found it extremely childish, but maybe also because of it!
C’mon, all the hallmark protagonists are saints, martyr or workaholic! It’s nice to have one that, yes, it’s a workaholic but that is also petty and childish! Having negative traits doesn’t necessarily make you a bad character! Nor a badly written one! And I found that the characters in this book and their story does make sense! They make sense! And I liked it a lot!
Listen, the plot is not exactly innovative, I’m sure that you can think to at least one pretty famous movie with a similar arc, but It’s pleasurable nonetheless! You can see them finally grow the hell up and you can see a household filled with love and the problems of people who don’t really have many problems! And that’s not always bad!
So, yeah, maybe not everyone will like this book, it’s simplistic, petty and childish, but maybe a lot of you would like it because of it! An easy read, that doesn’t claim to be nothing more than that and that will keep you company for an afternoon and leave you with a nice smile on your face.

3/5 MISTLETOES STARS!

happy Blogmas!

Here it is, I can feel it! It’s coming! It’s here! C h r i s t m a s!

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For how much I would like to hold on Halloween there is no denying that November is coming to an end and Christmas is now everywhere. For Americans the transition is quite clear: Thanksgiving marks the change; but forus on the other side of the pond, the transition is made in the form of Christmas ornaments and… well everything red taking over everything orange.  I don’t mind too much, I mean, in the debate Christmas vs Halloween you’ll find me cosy and tightly wrapped with a blanket in the Halloween corner, but I can’t deny that the run to Christmas it’s rather pretty… the lights everywhere, the smells of sweet and spices… it makes me feel warm inside!

Of course, this weather is also guilty of having us all longing for something along the lines of ” a crackling fireplace with a cup of cocoa or mulled wine, a vinyl playing, feet up and a loved one right beside you” … Well, I am single, I don’t have a working fireplace and I can’t have hot cocoa, so… well, I’ll have to make do with the next available things! Chai tea with almond milk, the fireplace app on my laptop and an hallmark-style romantic book! Yes, my dears, Hallmark-like-book-season is Here and I intend to exploit this season potential to its fullest and read all my guilty pleasure books completely guilty free ( not that I’m usually that guilty, tbh…) and you can expect a lot more of this type of books to be reviewed in the future months, sue me.

Now, romance is everywhere; it calls to us like Disney calls to a child, but it’s actually pretty difficult for me to find a decent romantic book that doesn’t leave me unsatisfied and cringing. Sometimes The problem is that I just finished a book of the same genre so good that set the bar ever so high, some others It’s because the book I ended up picking up is filled with insta-love/ insta-lust and toxic masculinity, take your pick.

So when the publisher granted me this book on NetGalley I was tentative but right from the beginning I knew I was in for a treat; this was going to be one of the good ones. And I wasn’t wrong.


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Twenty-nine-year old Saffron Baxter knew her fun holiday plans didn’t stand a chance the moment her sister called to say she was stuck abroad with no hope of being home before Christmas. Saffy would just have to abandon thoughts of wild festive parties in the city and head down to remote Cornwall.

Because every year her sister hosts a huge Christmas meal for all the single parents in her village. And Saffy knows it’d break her heart to let them down.

Arriving as snow starts to fall over the thatched cottages of the little harbour town of Port Breok, she meets Logan – the tall, fair-haired, blue-eyed, devoted single dad who lives over the road, with his adorable daughter Chloe. At first she thinks he might help her make Christmas Day extra-memorable, but he just seems convinced she’ll never manage – that she’s just a party girl who doesn’t care about family, or anyone’s feelings.

Maybe he’s right. After all – she doesn’t want to settle down, she’s only there for a few days… But she’s still determined to do her sister proud with gorgeous decorations, the most beautiful real tree – complete with extra twinkly lights, and delicious mince pies. To make it a Christmas everyone will remember, especially little Chloe. Even if, when the mistletoe comes down, she knows she’ll probably never see Logan again…


T h o u g h t s:

Funny, heartwarming and Christmassy; this book hits home for me in ways I’m not comfortable talking about on the internet. But, even if it does touch critical points it didn’t make me upset, It didn’t even tear me up which is not always a bad thing. Don’t get me wrong, I love a book that makes me feel so many emotions my soul seems to be torn from me, I love that awful feeling, that angst, that raw sensation even if  – at the end- you know there is going to be a happy ending ( …most of the time).  But sometimes, when you are fragile on your own for your own reasons, or when you just want to read a book just for the sake of it,  you need one that doesn’t destroy your feelings so wholesomely; so, here you have it! A book filled with cuteness and tropes and way too well behaved children, amazing characters that read like friends, and families that sometimes are way more than ties of blood; a community made simply by people that are made to be together, even against all the obstacles and that they put on their own way.

The walls will come down in this one, but all in good times, all in a healthy way because when you find the one you’ll discover that you don’t need to change or be fixed, you are perfect exactly as you are.


C o n c l u s i o n s :

At the end I liked it. It was a nice and sweet Christmas story to warm one’s heart and, even if sometimes I felt like the ” family before everything” and ” career women = evil”  trope was overused there is to say that it was the character perception and so it can be understood. I did enjoy the representation of POC and LGBT which had different layers of presence in the novel even if remaining coral. I have yet to decide If I’m loving or perking up my nose to the use of terms like ” to call to” and ” to set straight” But I think they give a nice little regency touch to an all too modern book. Would I recommend it? Yes, especially in a rainy/snowy afternoon with a cup of tea and a bublé cd on. 

3.8/5★lovely read