Operation Hail Storm – Book Review

Brett Arquette emailed me his book in exchange for a honest review and I do not refuse to read any kind of books. So I started reading this book on March 17th and finished it on April 1st. I don’t have much time to read books as I had last year, so it took longer than usual. Here’s my review on it:

RATE *** 3/5

The book’s theme is new to me. I haven’t read anything like it. I did not like the first 100 pages, at all. The book starts with giving too much information about the characters and their past. Sometimes it’s useful to get to know what a person went through to get where they are, but when the person it’s not crucial to the story, it’s just too boring to read. And when the person is, in fact, important to the story, it just ruins the mistery of its acts since the beginning. Also on those 100 pages had too much detailed drone activity that I couldn’t visualize it.
The part that I liked the most was when Marshall Hail went to see the memorial for victims of “The Five”. That was when the whole book started to make sense to me and got my attention.
Through the rest of the book I liked the care that the author had on researching all this technologies, the way that they work, and improve them with his creativity, he showed how the world could be affected with them.
I rate a 3, out of 5… I would definitly read the next book of Operation Hail Storm.

 

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My name is Daniella, and I kick and bite

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2017 Reading Challenge

Hi there, today I’m gonna show you my list of books I’ve read through the year 2017 and my rating on them. If you’re interested on a deep opinion about the books, please comment bellow. Also I’ll leave my Goodreads profile, feel free to add me.

My challenge this year was to read 34 books, I actually read (till today) 37 books.

5* Rating

 

4* Rating

3* Rating

2* Rating

1* Rating

Humans of New York – The Series

“Insanity to me means being able to make choices that are not harmful to the next person or individual. (…) Insanity is having a dollar knowing that is worth a hundred times, and not being able to use that money to its fullest. Insanity is being a young wanna grow up too fast. Insanity would be knowing where the gold is and not going to get it, knowing where the diamonds are and not going to get them (…). Insanity would be knowing what love is and not passing it on to the next friend, family member, loved one. Insanity would be having a gift and saying “ohh it’s not worth anything”, and then you find out that the gift was worth something and you spend the rest of your life trying to get it back, and then you find out that the gift that was given to you is life, and once you’ve kinda give your life away, it’s not easy trying to get it back (…)”

This is how Humans of New Yorker – The Series begins his first episode. The famous facebook page that shows a little piece of a person’s life as encounters this journalist on a street is given to us through a deep interview where we get to know that person’s thoughts and mind.
As we listen every story that comes up, we get wiser, we see reality, we acknowledge that individual that we do not know, but now it’s important to us for some reason. He’s not invisible anymore. Some people feel the urge to do something, to help others, or just to get to know more of the other. There’s a connection of both worlds, we can identify ourselves in them, the person we are, the person we will or would be.
I do appreciate all the work this journalist did just by listening to other individual and let them be visible to the world. We all pass our lives looking at the same people everyday, the mailman, the bartender, that lady across the street, that man who’s waiting for the bus… and sometimes we don’t even know their names. It’s important to communicate, create relations, or just acknowledge they are there, and you see them.
As Fernando Pessoa says:

“Nostalgia! I even feel it for people and things that were nothing to me, because time’s fleeing is for me an anguish, and life’s mystery is a torture. Faces I habitually see on my habitual streets – if I stop seeing them I become sad. And they were nothing to me, except perhaps the symbol of all of life”

 

Your Way

Fate has been traced
With a charcoal pencil
It can well be erased and changed
And it's not written in the hands

Fate does not hide
Behind any door
You need to search
And deserve

Following this road
It's you who decides your way
If sometimes at a crossroad
You find out you're never alone.

It is a choice that you make
And you can never go back

In the painting that you are going to paint
You quickly realize it
It's you who draws the draft
You choose the colors you want

Fate does not hide
Behind any door
You need to search
And deserve

Following this road
It's you who decides your way
If sometimes at a crossroad
You find out you're never alone.

It is a choice that you make
And you can never go back


O teu caminho - Polo Norte

Top 100 Romance Novels

Goodreads Romance Week

  • Addicted – Zane
  • Always been Mine – Elizabeth Reyes
  • And Playing the role if herself – K.E. LANE
  • Angels’ Blood – Nalini Singh
  • Archer’s Voice – Mia Sheridan
  • Backstage Pass – Olivia Cunning
  • Bared to You – Sylvia Day
  • Beautiful Bastard
  • Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire
  • Beauty from Pain – Georgia Cates
  • Beyond the Highland Mist – Karen Marie Moning
  • Born in Fire – Nora Roberts
  • The Bride – Julie Garwood
  • The Bronze Horseman – Paullina Simons
  • Bully – Penelope Douglas
  • Captive in the Dark – C. J. Roberts
  • The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden – Jessica Sorensen
  • Collide – Gail McHugh
  • Cut & Run – Madeleine Urban, Abigail Roux
  • Dark Lover – J. R.Ward
  • Dark Prince – Christine Feeman
  • The Darkest Hour -Maya Banks
  • The Darkest Night – Cena Showalter
  • Delaney’s Desert Sheikh – Brenda Jackson
  • Dmitry’s Closet – Latrivia S. Nelson
  • Down to You – M. Leighton
  • Dragon Bound – Thea Harrison
  • The Duke and I – Julia Quinn
  • Edenbrooke – Julianne Donaldson
  • The Edge of Never – J. A. Redmerski
  • Fallen Too Far – Abbi Glines
  • Falling into You-Jasinda Wilder
  • Fantasy Lover – Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Flat-Out Love – Jessica Park
  • Gabriel’s Inferno – Sylvain Reynard
  • Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  • Hot Head – Damon Sued
  • I Can’t Think Straight – Shamim Sarif
  • In Flight – R. K. Lilley
  • Into the Wilderness – Sara Donati
  • It Had To Be You – Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Jacob – Jacquelyn Frank
  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brönte
  • Katherine – Anya Seton, Philippa Gregory
  • A Kingdom of Dreams – Judith McNaught
  • A Kiss of Shadows – Laurell K. Hamilton
  • A Knight in Shining Armor – Jude Deveraus
  • Lethal -Sandra Brown
  • Lick – Kylie Scott
  • Love Comes Softly – Janette Oke
  • Love Unscripted – Tina Reber
  • Maybe Someday – Colleen Hoover
  • Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
  • Memoirs of a Geisha -Arthur Golden
  • Mighty Storm – Samantha Towle
  • Mine Till Midnight – Lisa Kleypas
  • Mr. Perfect – Linda Howard
  • My Favorite Mistake – Chelsea M. Cameron
  • Mystery Man – Kristen Ashley
  • Naked – Raine Miller
  • Naked in Death – J.S. Robb
  • Nine Rules to Break when romancing a Rake -Sarah MacLean
  • North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami
  • The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks
  • On Doublin Street – Samantha Young
  • On the Island – Tracey Garvis Graves
  • Once Burned – Jeaniene Frost
  • Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
  • The Perfect Game – J. Sterling
  • Playing for Keeps – R. L. Mathewson
  • Pleasure Unbound – Larissa Jone
  • Pride and Prejusice – Jane Austen
  • Promises – Marie Sexton
  • The Proposition – Katie Ashley
  • Real – Katy Evans
  • Redeeming Love – Francine Rivers
  • Realease Me – J. Kenner
  • The Rosie Project – Grame Simsion
  • Rule – Jay Crownover
  • Seduction & Snacks – Tara Sivec
  • Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  • Slammed – Colleen Hoover
  • Slaveto Sensation –  Natini Singh
  • Sugar Daddy – Lisa Kleypas
  • Tangled – Emma Chase
  • The Tea Rose – Jennifer Donnelly
  • Ten Tiny Breaths – K. A. Tucker
  • This Man – Jodi Ellen Malpas
  • The Thorn Birds –  Colleen McCullough >>>>>>>>(my recommendation)
  • Thoughtless – S.C. Stephens
  • Twisted Perfection – Abbi Glines
  • Undeniable – Madeline Sheehan
  • Vision in White – Nora Roberts
  • Wait for You – Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • A Walk to Remember – Nicholas Sparks
  • Wallbanger – Alice Clayton
  • The Warlord Wants Forever – Kresley Cole
  • Whatever You Like – Maureen Smith
  • The Winter Sea – Susanna Kersley

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Recently I finished reading the Daughter of Smoke and Bone’s trilogy. You can tell by my 2016 Reading Challenge that I loved them, but I haven’t really talked about them.

WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

For those who don’t know, Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a romance about a girl living on the human world who discovers her past and sees herself in a war between angels and chimeras. Karou, her name, is in fact a chimera herself, with an all human body and she’s in love with an angel. Both dream with a world of peace, as their races extinguish each other.

I had never read a book from Laini Taylor, these were my first and I can tell she’s an amazing writer. She, not only, made a cliche romance that appeal to every young adult and teenager, but she put herself all in those books. We could feel every word she wrote, we can feel empathy with Karou and LIVE Karou’s life as our own. I cried tears of joy every time Karou and Akiva met with each other and showed their love, it also broke my heart every time they ignored their feeling for the sake of duty. I felt so sad for finishing all the books so fast, because now I don’t know how the story went. Laini Taylor left a gap in the story to, maybe someday, write another book.

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Nights of Cake and Puppets (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2.5) – Laini Taylor

I also read the #2.5 book from the trilogy, Night of Cake and Puppets. It’s just some script from Zuzana (Karou’s best friend) and Mik’s diary (Zuzana’s boyfriend) where they tell the story how they met and how did they started dating. The book is small but it fill us with happiness and love seeing a young shy couple playing hide and seek with some magic involved.
Karou has inspired me to do some artwork that I’ve already started but I’m still having more ideas. I’ll be showing these drawings later on another post about my redbubble account where you can buy my t-shirts.

Laini Taylor is launching a new book series this year, and I can’t wait to read them.

My name is Daniella, and I…. kick and bite

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My playlist from 2016

My playlist from 2016

Alone – Alan Walker
Happy Violence – Dada Life
Like a Stone – Audioslave
Filthy Pride – Social Repose
Hymn For The Weekend – Coldplay
Perfect Illusion – Lady Gaga
Sucker for Pain – Lil Wayne
My Pet Coelacanth – Deadmau5
The Greatest – Sia
The Signal – BertycoX
Temporary Scar – House South Brothers
Spectre – Alan Walker
Sing me to sleep – Alan Walker
Wake Me Up – Avicii
You Got This – Fedde Le Grand
Booyah – Showtek
The Tempest – Pendulum
Blood Sugar – Pendulum
The Other Side – Pendulum
In for the kill – La Roux
Fade – Alan Walker
Faded – Alan Walker
Clash – Alesso
Runaway (U & I) – Galantis

My favorite albums to listen on 2016 were:

Human – Three Days Grace
Piñata – Karetus
Bubblebath – That Poppy

Deadmau5 W:/2016Album

OMG, Deadmau5 were have you been? I missed you so.

This month was released the 8th album of Deadmau5 called ‘W:/2016Album/’ . A great name, may I say. We all know he has some creative name ideas for his songs and albums that don’t leave anyone indifferent.
What to expect from this album? Well, by the title, we can tell this album it’s all about the digital world and computers. I’ve listened to all the songs, I liked 80% of them, they get into your head in a few seconds, the beats are very strong and nice, this is the great come back of Deadmau5 definitly. In my opinion he has never been so good since 2012 on his >album title goes here< album.

Track listing and my rating on the songs

                   No.   Title                                                    Rating                                               Length


  1. 1. "4ware"                       *****                    8:39
  2. 2. "2448"                        ****                     6:24
  3. 3. "Cat Thruster"                 ***                     5:36
  4. 4. "Deus Ex Machina"              ***                     6:31
  5. 5. "Glish"                        ***                     2:10
  6. 6. "Imaginary Friends"            ***                     7:46
  7. 7. "Let Go" (featuring Grabbitz)  *****                   6:20
  8. 8. "No Problem"                   *****                   6:59
  9. 9. "Snowcone"                    **                      5:15
  10. 10. "Three Pound Chicken Wing"    *****                   6:22
  11. 11."Whelk Then"                  *                       5:39

Digital bonus track

12."Let Go" (extended edit) (featuring Grabbitz)          11:31

I think “Snowcone” was a bad song to choose as first single, It’s a song without any electronic power into it, I think it doesn’t show all the potential that is on this album. “Snowcone” has a hip-hop beat into it, and it would work just fine if Deadmau5 was into hip-hop, but for his fans, isn’t a type of song expected. The second single ‘Let Go’ had a more impact because of the vocals. Although being the only track with it, it doesn’t depreciate the beat created. What I’m saying is that a person won’t go listen to that particular song because of the vocals, but, despite of. The vocals it’s just the cherry on top.

If you haven’t heard the album, he’s free to listen on Spotify, you can always search for it on youtube too. You can follow Deadmau5’s tour dates and news on his website http://live.deadmau5.com/

I’m Daniella, and I kick and bite

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Letter to Santa Claus – Boss AC

Hello Santa Claus
This is the first time I write to you.
I’m from Lisbon and friends calls me AC
Sorry for the brashness, but I have some requests.
I hope they won’t stay on some shelf forgotten
Since I’ve never asked you for anything
I ask for everything and the conversation is finished.
Maybe you’ll find them extravagant
I wanted you to put judgment on these rulers
Take away their weapons and the warlike will
Else we’re gonna ask you for a new Earth
To the needy homeless homeless man, give him a decent life.
And give him work instead of one more hot soup
And to the poor, and the unemployed
Get him a job where he does not feel exploited
And to the soldier, send him back to his wife
Believe me, that’s what he wants
Go see Africa from close up, do’nt look at the newspapers
Give food to the children, build schools and hospitals
Cure diseases and distribute vaccines
Give little cars to the boys little dolls to the girls
And give them peace and joy
To the elderly alone at home, arrange good company
I know you only offer to well-behaved boys
But some misbehave and you give them closed condominiums
Private jets, imported high-end cars
High salaries, you forget sins to the guilty
Sorry for the little enthusiasm, do not get me wrong
I do not understand how this became a commercial holiday
It seems like it’s an excuse for a year of backsight
And the only thing that matters is if the gifts are all bought
And when Christmas is over, will you leave?
Some people say that you do not exist, who invented you was Coca-Cola
Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone.
If you are Santa Claus, it’s because you are someone’s father.
For me Christmas is anytime, just want
I like to give and do not need excuses to offer
And to finish, without wanting to abuse
Give us Peace and Love, no need to wrap
Much Happiness, health above all else
If you can, give us good grades with little study.
Sorry for the inconvenience and continue with your gifts
Merry Christmas to you, and by the way, lower the rents

Boss AC