Review of Gooseberry Island by Steven Manchester
Book reviews , Fiction / January 5, 2015

Is it possible to fall in love before going to war? It is possible. This answer is provided by Gooseberry Island, (buy here) the book written by the best selling author Steven Manchester. Steven is a talented American author who is also famous to have written the bestseller novel Rockin Chair. Gooseberry Island is a book speaking about love and war, but also about the bad effects which war has on the soldiers enrolled in the Army. The book is also the story of David McClain and Linsdey Wood.   David and Lindsey are two twin souls because the parents of the girl had a similar love story like the one of their daughter with David. The latter meets Linsdey on the beach of Gooseberry Island a few days before going to the party organized to greet his departure for a mission in Afghanistan. Gooseberry Island overlooks in a stunning sea dominated by an enormous lighthouse. Lindsey and David sit on the bench that looks at the sea enlightened by the lighthouse. That same sea saw many things: migrants, war ships, tourist boats and everything life can offer in good and evil. The two characters fall in love immediately and…

Review of Earth Walk: The Meaning? By Anthony Robson
Book reviews , Fiction / December 11, 2014

What I read is a unique and original book. I figured out that, when I virtually browsed its pages on the screen of my pc. Earth Walk ( buy here or download for free here),  this is the title of the book, begins with a clear introduction by its author Anthony Robson and proceeds with a series of chapters embracing several literary genres: fantasy, religion, horror, fiction, supernatural and so on. But, after reading it wholly, I was sure to have read a religious message and a religion book, a sort of modern metaphor of the Apocalypse (the latter is the final book of the Holy Bible).   Earth Walk, subtitled, The Meaning, is a strong warning for all human beings, an appeal from a supernatural world in order to invite women and men, called kindly brothers and sisters, to save their soul corrupted with sin, murder, abuse, lust, crime, exploitation and violence. In Earth Walk, the author imagines himself as a dead ended up in a supernatural world where he is transformed into a strange winged angel. The angel is sent on the earth to witness the vicissitudes of human beings and self-destruction of the world. This winged being…

Review of The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma
Book reviews , Fiction / November 13, 2014

Have you ever met a writer capable to create a fantastic medley of stories? Yes, we have! This time, indeed, we want to review a book written by a talented Spanish author, Felix J. Palma, a very acclaimed writer in his country, but really famous even overseas. In 2008, Palma wrote a book titled The Map of Time (buy here), translated in English in 2011  and released by Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster Inc.The Map of Time is  the first of a trilogy followed by The Map of the Sky, released in 2012 and The Map of Chaos,  released this year. Advicesbooks has just read the first book, a real masterpiece of invention, narration and creativity. This novel, over 600 pages, is set in London in 1800, during Queen Victoria’s reign.   The book consists of three stories intertwined among them by a common plot: to travel into time. The first story opens with the vicissitudes of Andrew Harrington, an aristocratic young man who falls in love with Marie Janette Kelly, a prostitute killed by Jack the Ripper. Because of this death, Andrew decides to commit suicide, but his cousin Charles persuades him to meet Marie Kelly…

Review of The Shadow of Your Smile by Mary Higgins Clark
Book reviews , Fiction / November 5, 2014

In this life there are some things capable to move the world and arrive up to the sky. The novel I read some weeks ago is one of these. This stunning work is titled The Shadow of Your Smile and was written by a very famous American novelist: Mary Higgins Clark, whose real name is Mary Theresa Eleanor Higgins Clark Conheene. The Shadow of Your Smile ( also published in German, Spanish and Italian language)  opens with the sophisticate, very sick, eighty two Olivia Morrow, who, after realizing to not have much time to live, has to make a hard choice: reveal the truth about her cousin Catherine, a nun who in the past founded seven hospitals for disabled children and that now is about to be declared a saint by the Catholic Church. Indeed, it seems that Sister Catherine, after her death, has made a miracle by allowing the healing of a child dying from brain cancer. The miracle happened thanks to the prayers of boy’s mother, who, after learning by the doctors her son had a terminal cancer, decided to organize a series of prayers turned to Sister Catherine.  After the unexplainable healing of the child,  the Catholic…

The best books for Halloween
Fiction / October 29, 2014

Must a book for Halloween be scary and creepy? Many of us believe it must. But the best book for Halloween can also be a good book or any book which is able to go straight into the heart or soul of its readers. In this post, Advicesbooks wants to suggest some titles that fit for Halloween. We want to point to those titles which according to us, are the best readings for Halloween. As everybody knows, Halloween is a holiday coming from Anglo-Saxon customs and culture. In reality, Halloween has origin by an ancient pagan ritual belonged to the Celtic people about 2000 years ago. These people, indeed, believed the dead could survive to the physical death and to rise as a ghost or spirit who walked along with other living beings. The ghost awoke just during the eve of All Saints, Christian holiday falling on November 1st. The eve, instead, falls on October 31. This date was called Halloween, the night of the witches or only Halloween. During this night, children (and sometimes also adults) wear costumes and masks of monsters and go around to knock the door of neighbours to ask for sweets, biscuits, candies and other…

Review of Caged by Destiny Hawkins
Book reviews , Ebooks , Fiction / October 20, 2014

This is the story of a teenager who was kidnapped during her childhood. This is a tale written by a new author who is about to get fame and success. Her name is Destiny Hawkins, very young author who last September published the first part of her new book titled Caged. Advicesbooks has just received that first part of Caged to review the story and other details that make we think this can be a successful book. Caged begins the story by speaking about a little girl who was kidnapped by a criminal gang that uses children in clandestine fights. The book, hence, begins with a very strong and impressive style made of aggressiveness and violence against an undefended girl forced to fight against other guys to get freedom and to come home. After these hard pages, the book makes a jump of a few years and readers find out the main character of Caged, Rose, is already a teenager and under the protection of her aunt. Rose tries to be accepted in a new environment, at the new school and to find new friends, among these, Rose met a girl who was probably kidnapped like her, but also a…

Review of Cold Fire by Elaina Ellis
Book reviews , Fiction / September 18, 2014

When we read a new book, we always discover the best side of human beings. This has also happened after reading a novel written by a talented new author. Her name is Elaina Ellis, but she likes to sign her novels like Jaden, a sort of Nickname used when she writes her works. Her most important novel is titled Cold Fire and tells a story made of adventure, love and passion. The major characters of Cold Fire are Jaxon Good, named only Jax, and Cassidy Irons, two stunning guys, really. He is a muscular fireman who loves to wear tight jeans and bandana when he doesn’t go to work, Cassidy, is a brave and bold journalist with curly blond hair and azure eyes. The fact that makes Jax and Cassidy meet is very painful and traumatic: Jax saves a little girl by a fire occurred in the hallway of an elementary school. The six year girl, called Madelyn, was shoved in a locker by another girl: Surana Cage, a ten year child with behavioural troubles who has bullied the little Madelyn. The rescue of Jaxon Good gets fame very soon and the man finds himself on all the page of…

The best fiction book of 2012
Fiction / October 6, 2012

We don’t know if it is a best seller book, but we are sure it is the best fiction book of 2012. We are talking about Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo.   The story her author told, speaks in a clear terms of radical changes of twenty first century, an age made of deep conflicts and contradictions. This book tells about Asha and a muslem teenager called Abdul. They live by using the things that are needless for rich persons. They come from Annawady, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and hope that India development can bring them some luck. Then, various episodes of life take the characters to live different experience and choices. Abdul is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy, while Annawadians understand as is possible to get everything by using their fascinating and beautiful daughters. After a childhood very hard and lived in complete poverty, Annawadians girls find a better life, but it is only appearance arising from politic corruption and lies. In the meanwhile, the world goes toward great changings that reveals its true face. This book takes the…