sábado, 26 de dezembro de 2015

The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Published on September 20, 2011 by Bloomsbury Publishing

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper - despite the displeasure of Achilles' mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.

But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

Oh boy, this book was such a disappointment for me, it had everything to make me love it: a revival of a well know mythology character, ancient history and a gay ship to give me all the shippy feels but in the end none of this actually worked for me. I think that what killed this for me was the writing, all of the sentences and paragrafes were too fragmented, written on short sentences which annoyed me and the scenes were all short too, so this didn't let me get a good pacing while reading the story because I could pick it up, read a scene of a page or two and put it back down again, usually if I have to push myself to finish chapters at least I have more progress on my reading.

Other thing that didn't worked for me was the fact that tried too hard to be like an actual myth - if you already had to read one for a history class you know what I'm talking about, it's all very formal and detached and centered on the conflicts, leaving things like characters on the second plane to the plot,  and this ended up giving me a sense of detachment with its characters and their stories. I guess the wrong on this was me, since I was expecting pure fiction while going into this and with these expectations I wanted all the feels and etc. Or maybe it was just the hype towards this tittle.

I would recommend this if you like history/mythology and is looking for a new read and/or is interested on ancient history for fun/class/work, but as a work of fiction alone it didn't worked for me and I'm not sure to who it would work, if you're interested on this one but isn't sure it's gonna work for you probably just pick it up on the library or read an excerpt here.

quarta-feira, 23 de dezembro de 2015

Dressing Up The Part: Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl

Hey guys, today I'm here again with the feature Dressing Up The Part, this time around I'm getting to dress up an old favorite character of mine: Blair Waldorf from the Gossip Girl series. I gathered influences from both the books and the tv show, since I was completely obsessed with both of those on my teen years. For the collages I used the site Polyvore. There may be mild spoilers. 

This one is a daily look, for when she is going to shop with Serena on the 5th Avenue or Soho, or even just chill on the Central Park. I mixed the colors, the print and the glittered detail on the shirt because I think that Blair always risked on her looks mixing different tendencies and bold colors. The hair is on a more elaborated way because even being an informal occasion Blair would never be that informal.

When I was doing this I was thinking on Blair on law school or already having her own office. The jewels of pearls are always a classic but mixed with the fur and the floral skirt it gave the look more life and more of a Blair face to it, always classy but also always launching new trends.
Now, couldn't forget about date night with Chuck and Blair will want to look her best for those of course. I chose more of a clear aspect this time around, with white and pink, the only stamp being on the shoes. The jewels are what give the finale touch for this look and that really stand out, because obvs Blair will want everyone to see the giant rock that Chuck put on her finger and get jealous.

That was it for this edition, I hope you guys enjoyed this one I really had fun since Blair has such a unique fashion sense. There will probably be a Serena edition too, so stay tuned for that and until next time! 

segunda-feira, 21 de dezembro de 2015

2016 Reading Challenge

Hey guys, today I'm here to announce the challenge that I will be partaking during 2016. Since I'm not sure how much I will be able to read during 2016 I don't want to compromise my reading with lots of challenges that I may not follow through so I'll be only participating in one that I'm highly excited.

A Series A Month, hosted by Danielle at Love at First Page

I'm so excited to take part on this challenge! It always seems like YA books are much more series than stand alone, but even thought it seems that I'm always reading series I hardly ever finish them, there is also that finished series that I didn't get around to read while they were being published so now with this challenge I have the perfect chance to catch up on all the books that I've been dying to read for some time already. 

 So as you can see I have quite a lot of series to catch up to, you could probably call me a book hoarder because omg there is more than 12 series on this list and I only put the books visible on my bookshelves imagine if I had logged into Goodreads and looked into my "want to read" list there oh my god let's not think about this. You can get to know all the tidbits and details about this challenge on it's official sign up post here, but the basically guide lines is to read a series new to you each month, but if you don't manage to read one series every month there is no stress you can still keep participating. I suck at being active at challenges, I usually do try on my reading year to keep track and achieve my challenges but hardly ever update things around here but this year I'll try to do series reviews of the series that I manage to read. Let's hope I succeed. 

Well, that is it for me, tell me all about it on the comments bellow!

sexta-feira, 18 de dezembro de 2015


Hey guys, so this is very last minute but I decided to join in on the fun of the Cramathon, it's a read-a-thon hosted by Whitty Novels and you can get to know more about it on this video. It goes from December 19 to December 22 and there is some challenges, so let's get into my TBR.

1. Read an audibook or ebook: For me is quite easy to read an ebook since I read them for the majority of the time, but I'm putting "This Savage Song" by Victoria Schwab here because I've been dying to read something by her and this one is up on Edelweiss. Other likely options are: anything available at Edelweiss or from my Kobo.

2. Read a bindup: When I got the Losing It series I got it on a bindup edition and I still have Finding It & Keeping Her to read. I have some other options on this one but they are 1000+ pages so yeah, this one is the more likely to happen.

3. Finish a series/Read the last book of a series: I just downloaded "Remembrance" by Meg Cabot from Edelweiss and it fits perfectly this category since it's the (maybe) last/newest book on the Mediator series. Other probably option is "Lady Renegades" by Rachel Hawkins, the third and final book of the Rebel Belle trilogy.

4. Read a book under 200 pages: "Beasts of no Nation" is actually my only option of book and not novella/short story so yeah. But maybe I read a novella from one of my series if I don't feel like reading this one.

5. Finish a book you DNF'ed: this is actual a cheat since I did put "Onyx" but with every intention of picking it up again, another option for this category would be "Saving Francesca".

6. Read a graphic novel series (or as many as you can): I read the first volume of Ms. Marvel a while back and I definitely want to pick it up its sequels, so this is a great opportunity. Other options are Amulet and Fables.

7. Read 5 books total: well, I would love to this to happen but it seems unlikely I'm not a speed reader and have things to do like, every day of this read-a-thon but still I hope that getting into this will give me a gas to read a bit more this week. 

That's it for my Cramathon TBR, tell me on the comments bellow if you're participating and what is your TBR for it. 

sábado, 12 de dezembro de 2015

Calvin - Martine Leavitt

Calvin by Martine Leavitt
Published on November 17, 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

As a child, Calvin felt an affinity with the comic book character from Bill Watterson’s Calvin & Hobbes.

He was born on the day the last strip was published; his grandpa left a stuffed tiger named Hobbes in his crib; and he even had a best friend named Susie. Then Calvin’s mom washed Hobbes to death, Susie grew up beautiful and stopped talking to him, and Calvin pretty much forgot about the strip—until now. Now he is seventeen years old and has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Hobbes is back, as a delusion, and Calvin can’t control him. Calvin decides that Watterson is the key to everything—if he would just make one more comic strip, but without Hobbes, Calvin would be cured. Calvin and Susie (is she real?) and Hobbes (he can’t be real, can he?) set out on a dangerous trek across frozen Lake Erie to track down Watterson.
It's been almost two months since I finished Calvin and I honestly can't say how I feel about it, I guess the good outweighs some of the problems I had with it and I would definitely recommend to some people but at the same time I don't know if I really liked it. Oh, well, let's make a list and see how this goes.

  • This book is super short, like really short, my eARC version of it had about 70 pages and while reading/thinking back on my experience with this story I don't think such a short amount of pages is enough to deal with such a hard topic as schizophrenia, it doesn't give the author the time to really make the reader, that don't know about this decease, to understand how it works and the whys. 
  • But still, the part that I thought most suffered from this shortage of pages was the ending, it was incredible rushed. I liked that this one ended in a happy tone since there was so many times where I thought things were going down but, since it's written on a letter format, we just get some pages of Calvin telling us what went down and how he is dealing with everything and them boom it ended, I don't know if it was the way it was told us and not showed us or if it was the number of pages that had to fit such a amount of information but things felt rushed and brushed off. 
  • The romance. When it comes to books about mental health I'm always wary about the way romances are portrait, never in a million years I'm willing to accept the love interest as some kind of savior for the mental health problems but in this case it kind of did happen that, but it didn't at the same time. Okay, this is problem the part that most confused me if I enjoyed this story or not, I'll try to make myself clear but it will be hard. So Susie, the love interest, does help Calvin while he is at his worst and her help is a BIG part of why he gets better, but at the same time they have a good relationship dynamic, yes she helps him getting better but she isn't the whole reason why.
  • Also, I was so happy with the way the ending showed how important it's to get proper help, like medication and doctors, and how that isn't a bad thing at all.
  • This was funny, like laugh out loud funny at a lot of scenes.
  • Parts of it is written on letter format, but most of it is on a kind of script way and this made it even more quickly to read since is basically only dialogues.
  • The plot is totally insane, we have two teenagers crossing a frozen lake on winter and is cold as shit and is dangerous and as crazy as that may sound they find things and people on the middle of this crossing, so yeah, it was quite fun to read about Calvin and Susie adventures. 
Overall the good is bigger than my personal peeves and I think that maybe if you're looking for a book about mental health that isn't dark and heavy, but light and fun while still managing to create good characters dealing with their problems they you have found the right book, but if you want a deep look into schizophrenia I don't think this will be your best shot.

quinta-feira, 10 de dezembro de 2015

Faking It - Cora Carmack

Faking It by Cora Carmack 
Series: Losing It #2 
Published on June 4, 2013 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.

Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.
I dived in Faking It right when I finished Losing It, its prequel, having heard so much praise for this one I was super excited to be getting into it, but unfortunately some parts didn't worked for me while others did. This one as its predecessor is a super funny and quickly read, these books are the perfect reads for when you want some brain candy but I for me Faking It loosed a little of its fun by giving their characters a complicated past, especially Max. Max is a supposed trouble maker because of *reasons* on her past and this weighted down my enjoyment on some parts of the story, this isn't a book problem more of a me problem, since I came into this one expecting only fun sexy times and got drama on a way that is pretty common among New Adult books.

Nonetheless this was still super enjoyable on its fun and sexy parts, I was super happy when I discovered this one was about Cade because he was such a good guy on Losing It and I couldn't wait to see him get his happy ending. The faking dating trope is something that always works for me, it's always fun to see the couple struggling to keep things on the fake side but you already know there is no turning back, and oh boy all the banter and hilarious scenes this leads us to.

In the end of the day this was a pretty good book that I would recommend to anyone looking for a fun, quickly and sexy read but be warmed this series does tend to be pretty predictable and more on the drama side at times.