Sunday, June 15, 2014

June New Release Giveaway Hop (Int)

Hosted by bo-ok nerd.

The Blog Hop runs from June 15th to June 30th.
Winners will be drawn via and notified promptly.

Here you can win a book released this month up to 25 USD from The Book Depository.
In comments tell me 3 newly released books you would like to read (I will send you one of those 3, but I won't tell you which...who doesn't love surprises?!), along with your name, email and country (I'm just curious! :P).
The only requirement is that you follow the blog.
One extra entry if you spread the word (link in comments).
Another extra entry if you follow me on twitter (@hatshepsut0011)

This giveaway is open to any country that The Book Depository ships to.

Good luck!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Babayaga by Rébecca Dautremer, Tai-Marc Le Thanh

Italian Publisher: Donzelli Editore
Babayaga has only one tooth and perhaps that is why she is so evil. Sure enough this fearful Babayaga has wickedness to spare! Ogress by natural inclination, she has only one passion: eating, preferably plump and chubby children. So how to get by on your own if you're a girl three apples tall (of those big and juicy!) and you are trapped in Babayaga's lair? (Description from IBS)

I own almost every book illustrated by the extremely talented Rebecca Dautremer, and those books are among my dearest possessions. She has the ability to give life to a dreamlike atmosphere thanks to her elegant, sophisticated lines and emotionally charged colors. 

When Babayaga was young the other kids constantly made fun of her, because she had only one tooth, because she was different. However, that doesn't justify what she became. She always harboured in her heart an evil flame and she is the one who chose to transform it into an inferno. It was Babayaga who decided to become an ogress. No excuses. 

Lastly, this is also the story of a kind and clever girl, one whose generosity will be rewarded in the most unexpected ways.  

"Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others can not keep it from themselves." (James M. Barrie)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Suicide Shop by Jean Teulé

Publisher: Gallic Books
With the twenty-first century just a distant memory and the world in environmental chaos, many people have lost the will to live. And business is brisk at The Suicide Shop. Run by the Tuvache family for generations, the shop offers an amazing variety of ways to end it all, with something to fit every budget. The Tuvaches go mournfully about their business, taking pride in the morbid service they provide. Until the youngest member of the family threatens to destroy their contented misery by confronting them with something they've never encountered before: a love of life. (Description from BookDepository)

"Has your life been a failure? Let's make your death a success." In a world where there's nothing to live for, a world plagued by pollution, desertification, crime, the Suicide Shop helps depressed, devastated, sad, weary people put an end to their lives. Poisons? Ropes? Swords? Napalm? Guns? Deadly animals? Death kiss? They have it all and much more! Madame Tuvache prepares the poisons, Monsieur Tuvache instructs their customers on the best way to commit suicide (drowning, seppuku, poisoned apple, defenestration etc.), Marilyn (Monroe) Tuvache dispenses the Death kiss, Vincent (van Gogh) Tuvache is planning a deadly amusement park, and then there's Alan. Alan (Turing) Tuvache is the child that laughs, the little boy that brings a ray of sunshine in the shop and that with his good spirits will change the lives of those around him. 
The Suicide Shop is a story that cheers you up, showing us that life is worth living even when everything seems black, irreparable, lost. There can't be black without white, darkness without light. The book begins in darkness and, shockingly, in darkness it ends. 

Jean Teulé

Jean Teulé (born 26 February 1953, in Saint-Lô, Manche) is a French novelist, cartoonist and screenwriter. He is the partner of the actress Miou-Miou.
Jean’s book, Le magasin des suicides, has been turned into a film called, The Suicide Shop. It screened at the Newport Beach Film Festival in Newport Beach, CA, on Sunday, April 28, 2013 and Thursday, May 2, 2013. (Wikipedia)