A safe place with you by César L. Baquerizo

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I was sent an EARC of A safe place with you by César L. Baquerizo for an honest review.

The Plot

This story is about a group of teenagers who under different circumstances get sent to a clinic were they heal people who are gay/bi. People don’t know and don’t really care what methods are used as long as their family members are cured. The clinic in this book is called Grow and live normally and it is known for having cured a man of being gay. People pay alot of money to send their family members there because they know that they have a cure. Some of the teenagers in the clinic want to be cured and others don’t see anythung wrong with having a different sexual orientation.

The Setting

The story is set in Ecuador in 1987 in the Grow and live normally clinic and in 2012.

The Characters

Tomás: He is the main protagonist, he is bisexual. He is a person that always likes to include others and help those around him. He doesn’t like to upset people. He is diagnosed a schizophrenic and has amnesia. Tomás is looked at as the leader of the group and the glue that holds them together. He is the only pasient who is treated by the main Dr in the clinic.

Sebastián: He is a depressed young man who recently lost his first love Christian. Sebastian has locked himself away from the world because of what happend with his boyfriend at the same time as he still believes that there is good in the world. He is very gullible and believes in other people, something that can lead to him being let down. He is a painter.

Johana : A very quiet girl who doesn’t really speak unless she has to. She is friendly but is mostly on her own. She doesn’t really give her opinion on things the group discuss. Her past is very dark and it has lead to her shutting her self away from the world. She is a fighter and if she believes in something she will fight for it.

Sandra: A bisexual girl who believes in the cure and believes that the only  way ton get out of the clinic is to let them cure them. She is a very jealous girl and gets what she wants by using what she can. She is very outspoken and talks before she thinks often sounding rude. She likes Tomás.

Fabricio: A positive young man, very happy go lucky. He is very outspoken about being gay and does not believe that there is a cure. He is anti the clinic and pretends to take his pills but doesn’t. He is fun and does not think there is anything wrong with being gay or bi. He believes that he will get out of the clinic and be happy.

Mateo: A young man who has been bullied at school. He has pretty much given up on life and is suicidal. He believes that the world is against him and wishes to die and become an angel with wings so he can help others in his situation. He is not outspoken about his sexual orientation. He has never kissed a boy before and has no experience at all. He is a writer and his dream is to live in a world were he can be happy and write even if he believes it will not happen. He wants to be cured to make his parents proud.

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My thoughts on the book id that it is a book that gets you thinking. The story is based on real life clinics and that makes this book even better knowing that these type cures were normal. In the beginning it was a bit difficult for me to get into the book because there were some facts we had to know first, but once I got into it I loved it. The book tells the story of each individual about how they got to the clinic and their stay there. Some stories I liked better than others but only because I liked some characters more than others. Cèsar writes about very dark subjects in this book such as violence, murder and rape but in a way  that helps us understand the characters more. I recommend people who want to read a book that makes them think to read this book. I finished it a week ago and I still think about it..

 

4 stars

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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This is a review of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (non spoiler)

The Plot

The story is about a woman in 1946 who goes to Scotland with her husband after the war to renew their love for each other in the place were they had their honeymoon. Fate brings her to the top of a hill were there is a Stonehenge type of thing that sends her back in time to 1743. There she arrives in the middle of a fight scene between Scottish highlanders and the an English redcoats. One thing leads to the other and she ends up as a prisoner/guest of the Scottish clan McKenzie. She has to try to fit in and at the same time try to get back to the rocks so she can go back to her own time.

The Characters

Claire Beauchamp : Clair is an English lady who was raised by her architect uncle after her parents died in a car accident. She was a nurse during the second world war. She has a passion for herbs and plants for medicinal reasons. Claire is married to Frank Randall.

Frank Randall: Claire’s husband and an historian. He uses their trip to Scotland to go see historical places and castles. He is also looking into an old ancestor of his called Jack Randall who apparently was a English officer during the  war between Scotland and England. He worked in intelligence during the war and was separated with Claire for a long time.

Jamie: Jamie is a young Scottish man that Claire helps heal when she first arrives in 1743. He has ties to the clan McKenzie but is really from another clan. He is a wanted fugitive with a price on his head for a crime he may or may not have committed. He is a person that helps those in need and stands up for others. He helps Claire adjust in a new place as well as she helps him.

Jack Randall: A English officer known for his sadistic behavior and being violent. His job is to keep the clans under control but his passion is inflicting pain. He is especially obsessed with Jamie and doesn’t really care what he does as long as he gets him.

Colum McKenzie: Is the laird of clan McKenzie and resides at Castle Leoch.  Colum is a smart man and a great leader always putting his clan before anything. He suffers from Toulouse-Lautrec Syndrome and because of that he can not fulfill his duties as clan leader 100 %. Thankfully he has a lot of help from is younger brother Dougal.

Dougal McKenzie: Is the war chief of clan McKenzie. He takes the duties that his brother can not do such as go to war, collect the rent from their tenants. He is a strong and big man and is well respected by all the members of the clan. Dougal is a man that gets things done and respects his older brother who is laird.

Murtagh: Jamies godfather and the man that rescues/captures Claire when she arrives in 1743. He is Jamies right hand man as well as his most loyal companion. Were Jamie goes Murtagh goes. Not a man of many words.

Setting

The story is set in Scotland in 1946 and in 1743. Scotland is described in two different ways with the technology of the 1900’s and the old ways of the 1700’s. Some of the places we visit in both timelines.

Inverness: The city that Clair and Frank visit in  1946.

Castle Leoch: The castle that is the home to the clan McKenzie family.

Lallybroch: Jamie’s home

 

My thoughts

This book is old but the content of the book could have been written today. It is about time travel but in a mysterious type of way. There is no device that sends Claire back in time it is a stone and she does not really know how it works and if it will work again. if she touches the stone again will she be sent back to were she came from or will she be sent to an other time completely. This book is full of not knowing and as a book reader you sometimes end up guessing what will happen before it happens. With this book things are a bit different because there is so much that you don’t see coming at all. This book is filled with great fiction as well as a great amount of history. I am already over half way in the second book.

I give this book 5 stars

May Wrap Up

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In May I read the last three books in the Harry Potter series and it was a beautiful journey:)

Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix 5stars

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 5stars

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 5 stars

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Me and Earl and the dying girl a fun contemporary book by Jesse Andrews about a boy who befriends a girl who has cancer

 

4 stars

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The Siren by Kiera Cass about a girl who is a siren.

3,5 stars

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4,5 stars

 

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Half a King is a  high fantasy by Joe Ambercrombie about a boy who is born half a man with a deformed hand who becomes king after his father dies.

4 stars

 

I will post reviews of the books later 🙂