sexta-feira, 14 de abril de 2017

PopCorn Corner: Parks and Recreation - Season 1

Parks and Recreation - Season 1 (2009)
Created by Greg Daniels & Michael Schur
Episodes: 6
Runtime: 22 min.
Genre: Comedy




The absurd antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.






The first time I watched Parks and Rec it was after a marathon of The Office, which I loved and needed more, so when I discovered this show and it was said it had being inspired by it I had to check out. This was three years ago and since them this has become one of my all time favorite tv shows, I have at least one annual re-watch and always come back to watch more episodes when I need a good show to pick me up.

That being said the first season of the show isn't all that great, so much in fact that in some of my re-watches I just skip her altogether, it's very clear that the show hasn't finding its own voice and footing yet specially when we see the grow of the characters through the seasons. The most distinct difference for me is Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poheler, in this season she isn't the strong, powerful, feminist leader that I look out to, she has some racist and sexist behaviors/jokes and I really hate the way they decided to portrait her relationship with Mark.

The entire show actually still has some jokes about topics that are considered jokes and it's not the kind of jokes that make you think sort of, it's just plain old racist jokes and others. Still, there is glimpses where we can see the good of this, like Tom's not taking shit, and Leslie having role models on strong powerful women and Ann's realistic ways of facing this band of crazy people from the Parks department.

I really enjoy this show overall and recommend it to everyone, so yeah, despite not loving the first season I highly suggest you start watching it, it's only six episodes so it's over really quickly and you can move on.

Verdict: 5 out of 10 stars

sexta-feira, 7 de abril de 2017

Who Wore It Best: On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Hey guys, it's that time again to be the materialistic readers that we all secretly are in our hearts and choose who has the best cover. 


Aussie

I didn't found this one in a bigger size so the quality is very poor :( but anyway, this is one of my least favorites covers of this book, is not terrible but there are others prettier editions


US

This one is my thrid favorite, the colors are really bold and I love the way it only focuses on the flower


Aussie redesign 

Definitely my least favorite cover of this book, it just no. The color scheme and the font and a model, it just all doesn't fit and no, thank you.


Brazilian

This is the edition that I own and it's my favorite cover, I just love everything by it and in person is so much prettier too. The color scheme is more on the pastel side and the three seems to be of cut paper, is just really pretty, ily cover.


Swedish

From what I gathered this is the Swedish cover and I don't get it, I mean it's pretty but it seems like a horror/thriller kind of cover, which this book definitely isn't, okay there is a mystery but like seriously, this look like the cover of a horror movie


Norway

This seems to be the Norway cover and I love it, if I had to pick one other than my own cover it would definitely be this, it does still has a bit of a horror/thriller vibe to it but the color scheme is just so pretty and I think the blue fits the mood of the book 

Now is time for you to say which one is your favorite cover

Who Wore It Best

sexta-feira, 31 de março de 2017

April TBR

Why, oh, why publishers hate me??? There is a gazillion books that I wanted to read for months now that are being released on the first two weeks of the month and them weeks with nothing, ugh, let's hope I turn into a reading machine in like 5 seconds to read all of these books.

My most anticipated read: 

The Upside of Unrequired by Becky Albertalli
To be published on April 11, 2017 by Balzer + Bray


Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly's totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie's new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she'll get her first kiss and she'll get her twin back.

There's only one problem: Molly's coworker, Reid. He's a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there's absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

Right?

Geekrella by Ashley Poston
Shadowcaster by Cinda Williams Chima - this is a very long shot, because I still need to catch up on the Seven Realms series and start this one, but hope is the last to die
The End Of Our Story by Meg Haston
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett


Is it just me or the covers just match so perfectly??
Give to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis 
The Freemason's Daughter by Shelley Sackier
Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey
Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer


Fireworks by Katie Cotugno - I loved 99 days and I can't wait to try this new story of hers.

sexta-feira, 17 de março de 2017

PopCorn Corner: One Day at a Time (2017) - Season 1

One Day at a Time (2017) - Season 1
Created by Gloria Calderon Kellet & Mike Royce
Episodes: 13
Runtime: 30 min.
Genre: Comedy



Follows three generations of the same Cuban-American family living in the same house: a newly divorced former military mother, her teenage daughter and tween son, and her old-school mother.







I started watching ODaaT in a whim because I was craving some comedy and all my regular tv-shows are on hiatus and I'm so glad I did it! This show won me over right in the first episode with it's wonderful cast and the presence of diverse and important themes being discussed on each episode.

What makes this show stands out among all the other comedies out there is it's fearless disposition to discuss openly about controversial themes, while still making me laugh. The fact that the family is of Cuban origin but already lives in the USA for a while comes into the picture a lot, it shows the struggles of new comers with the stories of Abuelita, and the mixed heritage with Penelope and her kids, having being born in the USA but still identifying with a lot of Cuban traditions. I do have to say that I didn't particularly enjoyed the way the Cuban Revolution was presented here, I'm not Cuban so I can't begin to fathom what was for those who lived there and the impact it still has in the lives of Cuban people, not only those who live there but also those who can't come back to their home country, but I think that this being a American made tv-show and having such a firm position of being against it just leaves a bad taste on my month.

Still, there are a lot of great things to like about it, it brings a lot of everyday discussions to the table, like sexuality, feminism, religion, Penelope's character arc is being really well done, she has to deal with a separation and coming back to normal life after having worked in the Army, I loved the way it dealt with therapy and medication. Actually all of these topics were handled in a extremely good way, we have Abuelita that usually stands for the older and more traditional form of views and the newest generations often fighting about their beliefs, and despite they having different opinions a lot of times the show manages to show how both sides have their reasoning and the family always works to stay together and come to a consensus.

In case you didn't noticed yet, I love this show and I can't wait for the second season next year, it has a great cast with a chemistry that resembles of a real family, some great laughs and important discussions that are relevant not only to Cuban-Americans but to everyone.

Verdict: 7 out of 10 stars

sexta-feira, 10 de março de 2017

Who Wore It Best: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Hey guys, today I'm here with a new feature: Who Wore It Best! It's pretty straight forward, basically I'll pick a book and show the different covers it got around the world and give my impressions on it and a little poll at the end for you to say which cover you liked best, let's get this party started!


The first runner in this super important and relevant contest is



The black US cover, this is the original cover, I was a bit dissapointed by it, it's not in any way ugly but is pretty... Boring, sorry cover, I swear I'm a nice person but maybe if you had a bit of glitter or more wonderland imaginary stuff I could love you.


From what I could gather this was a Owlcrate special edition, so it's a harcover just like the black US just in the white US version. I think I love this one less than the black counter part, at least the red in the other one stood up, now it's just black and white and meh.


This is the UK and DEFINITELY my least favorite, I just found so weird to only have the lips and chin of the model in the cover, and it seems like they covered the model with white powder. 


I think this is from Australia and OH MY GOD, my favorite of them all. I just loved the font and the head of the Queen of Hears and the thorns surrounding her, I really loved this one and is the one I'll be searching to add to my shelves. 


This is from the Dutch edition (I think, somebody pls help me) and I think is the most different, is my second favorite and is just beautiful, it reminds me of a fairy tale cover and this illustration is amazing. 

Now is your time to tell me which one is YOUR favorite in the poll bellow.

Who Wore Best the Heartless Cover

sexta-feira, 3 de março de 2017

March TBR

So, here I'm again trying to make a official TBR and to stick with it... Oh, well, we can never give up on hope. This time around I'll try to focus more on ARCs that I own and NEED to read, so that way I'll at least try to get to it, I hope.

My most anticipated read is:

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
Series: Rebel of the Sands #2
Expected publication March 7, 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers



The sizzling, un-put-downable sequel to the bestselling Rebel of the Sands!

Mere months ago, gunslinger Amani al'Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she's fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne.

When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan's palace—she's determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan's secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she's a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she's been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.

Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about djinni and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change.


The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse
Nemesis by Brendan Reichs


100 Hours by Rachel Vincent 
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

quinta-feira, 2 de março de 2017

Legend - Marie Lu

Legend by Marie Lu
Series: Legend #1
Published on November 29, 2011 by Putnam Juvenile


What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. 
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

This was a re-read so that maybe I could finally finish reading this series this year (I re-read this in January, now it's March and I still haven't picked up the second one -.-). Anyway, this was a fun ready, it had a it's fair share of distopian tropes but the high pacing, adventure like nature and mysteries kept me turning the pages.

I have to say that the worst part of it is the romance, this book is super short and as soon as they look at each other June and Day can't stop noticing the eyes or hair or abs or whatever of each other, I do have to say that the romance is a side part of the story and never overtakes the plot so that is a good thing, but they still kiss and think a lot about each other pretty early on.

Day and June are both good characters, if a bit stereotypical. Day is (sort of, but not really) part of the resistance of this government, he's a fugitive and a criminal, I was a bit disappointed that we don't really see him in action; he falls into the trope of being the whole noble hero. June is part of the government, having being trained by them she is in a path to greatness until the death of her brother, she them starts to unravel secrets and not trust this organization anymore.

Overall this was a good book, it had a few cliches and the plot makes it hard to create a deeper connection to the characters, since there is so much to find out, also so many questions, I really should get to the second book soon.

quarta-feira, 1 de março de 2017

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - John Tiffany, Jack Throne, J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany, Jack Throne and J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #8 (sort of)
Published on July 31, 2016 by Pottermore



Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016. 
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. 
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Well, this was a disappointment, I was really excited to read this since seeing the play is basically impossible for me (geographical and more importantly, monetary wise) but honestly, right now I'm happy I didn't expend a lot on money on this, I imagine it's better as a play thought it would still be a disappointment.

The first thing that stood out to me was that this plot is just so big and disjointed to fit into something small like a play, it passes through years in sentences or paragraphs, leaving the pace all over the place. Other thing is that this plot seems like a plot hole in the Harry Potter books that are already out there, and I hate it, honestly this universe is really well though and re-reading the books is always great to see all the foreshadowing to the future things, but this story just came out of nowhere and didn't made any sense.

Also, it tries to have this whole plot, sort of mystery thing and also a character arc but it ends up falling short on both attempts, we don't have enough time with the characters to care deeply about them and we don't have enough of the mystery to be excited by it. The voices of the old characters were all sorts of wrong too, specially Harry, I kind of hated him in here and it didn't felt like coming back to the familiar characters that I know and love.

Well, this was a bad idea, I did fond some passages funny and there was a comeback of one character that warmed my heart but other than that this was just a sad attempt to revival one of my favorite series.

terça-feira, 28 de fevereiro de 2017

New Year's Book Haul

As of right now I have a total of 70 books on my physical TBR, this is a big number for me, the biggest it has ever been and it's honestly scary, it would take me most of a year to read this quantity of books and this is not counting the ones that are part of series that I want to re-read and yeah... So, I'm trying to be a bit more a aware of the books that I buy.

I finally got my Sarah J. Maas collection, I only had her books on epubs but despite the ups and downs I knew I had to have these books on the physical format, I already read all of these. Also got Empire of Storms, but that was in December and it's the only one I still need to read.



Them I got a few other books that aren't Maas related, because sometimes I do that too


From these I already had read Ignite Me, but since I finally got a physical copy I did a re-read of the series and loved it again <3 I still need to read The Rose Society and The Raven King, but re-reads are necessary before I dive into it, and I already read Harry Potter the review should be up this week.

Tell me bellow if you see any favorites in here and for more bookish photos you can check out my instagram account.

segunda-feira, 27 de fevereiro de 2017

Night Owls - Jenn Bennett

Night Owls by Jenn Bennett
Published on August 13, 2015 by Simon & Schuster UK



Feeling alive is always worth the risk. 
Meeting Jack on the Owl—San Francisco's night bus—turns Beatrix's world upside down. Jack is charming, wildly attractive...and possibly one of San Francisco's most notorious graffiti artists. 
But Jack is hiding a piece of himself. On midnight rides and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who this enigmatic boy really is.




Night Owls or The Anatomical Shape of a Heart in the US edition focuses on Beatrix, a high school student that wishes to become a anatomy books illustrator because of this she ends up meeting Jack, on a Owl, and this whole story unravels.

I was a bit scary at first of the artist aspect of the story, I think it's because artists are usually pictured as tortured souls and all that shit, so I usually run from these kind of stories, this was not the case here, the art of both Beatrix and Jack do reflect on their personal feelings but it's much more than that, it's an intrinsic part of who they are and their characters.

And the story doesn't focus only on their art, each of them have this whole fleshed out life. The family of both characters are really present in the story and I loved this, each had their problems to overcome and it made me emotional so many times, I even cried out a little bit. There were some hard topics to be dealt with here and I feel like Bennett did a great job, with the divorce aspects and the mental health.

What made this one not be an instant favorite for me was that the romance took a while to be shippy levels to me, especially because of Jack's character arc. See, Jack is holding up on things at the start and most of it is understandable, there is some hard stuff with his family and it's hard to trust someone to tell it, but this made me not be all that sympathetic of him and a lot of times it seemed like Beatrix was opening herself up to him only to be shut out of his life. This changes of course, but it was only latter on in the story so it tool a tool on my enjoyment.

Other than that I don't really have complaints about this story, it was a touching tale about first love and family, and it made me cry a bit more than once. Definitely recommend to lovers of YA contemporary.

quinta-feira, 23 de fevereiro de 2017

Reading Diary | December 2016

This will be an update of all the books that I read on December of 2016, with links to reviews already posted on the blog or a small impression on the story.

December was yet another weird reading month I didn't finished anything until the middle of the month and them only finished another books from Christmas on, still I managed to read 6 books, 1 graphic novel and 1 novella.

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
Published on April 5, 2016 by Delacorte Press


This book was so cute but it's also heartbreaking and I cried multiple times. Buxbaum's writing is amazing in its simplicity, managing to put feelings so hard to describe into words, there was so many quote-worthy sentences. This story made me cry while also managing to make me laugh, it's about grief and first love, so you can guess it's pretty bittersweet and sometimes it can be hard to read, but other times it was squell worthy cute, the romance is sweet and a sort of friend to love kind of thing, also already having met some of the best people in my life through the internet I always enjoy reading about people getting to know each other via e-mail/IM first and them meeting. The only thing that I think it was overdone was the whole mean girls thing, it was never really properly addressed imo, it was just treated as something it happens in high school and you have to move on, [also it took Jess so much time to even starting considering Ethan as SN and it was totally obvious since the first time he appeared that it was him, I mean, I know this was a big plot point to the story so I guess, I know why it took so long, but she could have at least thought of him sooner. (hide spoiler)]

One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva
Published on May 27, 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

I enjoyed this one but didn't loved it as much as everyone else, which makes me a bit sad. I think that this was funny and I laughed a lot of moments; I also really liked the introduction of Armenians culture into the story, I don't think I ever had read a book that focused on this culture so it was good to read about something new to me.

My favorite parts of the story were the ones with the family and friends, there was a lot of heartwarming moments and I just loved it. But a big part of this story centers around the romance, and in a way I liked it  because it was a push for the main character to grow up and figure out which parts he wanted to keep from his culture and which are his own things, but also I feel like a lot of the romance was just teenager wish fulfillment and a bit MPDB, idk I didn't shipped so meh.

Game On by Michelle Smith
Series: Lewis Creek #2 
Published on August 16, 2016 by Bloomsbury Spark


• These books always give me a need to re-watch One Tree Hill, because of the whole sports affictionated town thing just switch basketball to baseball. And despite I don't knowing shit about baseball I love the whole team spirit, even thought it was played down this time for plot reasons but we get more of Coach and I love him so so so much.

• From the title and covers (why, oh why the covers don't match) I always think I'm getting something lighter than these books actually are, but they always end up dealing with import YA stuff that isn't always nice and clean cut.

• I loved to read about Bri's story, I don't think I had ever read about an abusive relationship and especially about someone overcoming it and her character arc was everything I could hope for, it was amazing and it made me tear up at times but also it was so heat warming to see her growing and not taking anymore shit, you go girl!

• Eric's POVs were a bit harder for me mostly because I didn't get his character, he acts out a lot and does shit just because... I didn't get a lot of his actions, and because of that I couldn't connect with him as much.

• The romance was sweet and a slow burn that had me so happy when they finally got together, it was perfectly done in my opinion and this can be trick since Bri was getting out of such a bad relationship, but no, it was done really well, no love saves us all and other cliches.

• The story did had a bit more angst and drama than I was hopping for.

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
Published on May 3, 2016 by Simon Pulse


• This one was as sweet & cute as the cover and title makes you think it will be
• which wasn't exactly what I was expecting since it is a grieving book, but I never actually got that gut wrenching feeling and I was a bit let down by it, I don't care if it makes me crazy but I think a book dealing with grief should make me feel things more strongly
• that is not to say this book didn't made me feel things, it was just much more on the lighter side
• it made me laugh, which is always a win
• the wanderlust and THE FOODS
• there was some pretty strong father/daughter feelings too
• but I wish the characters had been more fleshed out, the secondary characters had zero personalities and the main ones didn't had that out of the page life that makes me love them
• also, the plot only exists because of misunderstandings and miscommunication, like seriously, if these characters had only sit down and openly talked about important stuff we wouldn't have a book
• but all this confusion did made a pretty good mystery of what-the-hell-is-happening that made me turn the pages super fast because I needed to know if my theories were correct
• they were
• the romance was more on the cute and instalove-y side of things, since this book passes only through a week and they are already super in love when it ends, but I can be benevolent about it because it was a first love story and with everything that went down in this story it was believable
• I just wish we had skipped the whole love quadrangle sort of thing going on, it was pretty clear who the ship was but for some reason there was these other people that barely had any scenes in the story, so I don't know why they were even there except to make the couple only get together by the end and they had like 0 personalities, annoying
• overall a quick and fun read, it wasn't a favorite because it lacked more FEELS for me but I def recommend if you want a cute contemporary set in Italy, about first loves and family

Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter
Series: Embassy Row #3
Published on December 26, 2016 by Scholastic Press


• Well, this one was just as cray-cray as the rest of this series, perhaps more

• the villain was so goooooood, at first I was in doubt (because when are you sure of anything in this series), but things fit together towards the middle and it was insane, literally
• there is so many insane people in this story omg
• also, don't expect a good representation on mental illness from this series
• I'm a bit torn with the ending the villain had, it crept the hell out of me and I mean, they did the same thing they condone her doing
• so, lots of grey areas
• which I guess makes things better, because who likes clean cut characters
• the squad is still golden and the ship is to the max
• it was just as fast paced as the other books in this series
• I do recommend re-reading the other two if your brain is a bad in remembering books as mine
• thought I did remembered the main facts and characters
• def recommend to lovers of books like The Fixer

One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron
Series: Heartstrikers #2 
Published on August 1, 2015 by Aaron/Bach, LLC

I also read the novella Mother of the Year, which was okay and added a bit more about the whole dragon empire that is the Heartstrikers, but it was really short.

This series is one of those rare that gets better at each book, this one has the best plot of the series so far and oh my god, is it good, even thought it was a re-read I didn't remembered most of the details so it was like I was reading it for the first time again and omg, the plot twists and the stakes are so high and seriously, I can't. Just read this series pretty please.





I also read a graphic novel, Black Widow volume #2 which was very graphic, very low on the plot and fun as always.

quarta-feira, 22 de fevereiro de 2017

Reading Diary | November 2016

This will be an update of all the books that I read on November of 2016, with links to reviews already posted on the blog or a small impression on the story.

November was another weird month, I read 5 books which is one more than October (YAY!) but 4 of those were Heather Wells' books so idk, I guess I was in a very specific mood.

Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron
Series: Heartstrikers #1
Published on July 13, 2014 by Aaron/Bach, LLC

I REALLY like this series and wish it got more love from the bookish community out there because it combines a unique and imaginative world involving spirits, dragons and mages, with a great set of characters that are well rounded and fleshed out, while still maintaining a plot that keeps you at the edge of your seat because you honestly can't predict what will happen next.

This was a re-read for me and I love/shipped Julian and Marci even more, Marci is definitely my favorite (at least in this one), she is smart, strong minded and stands up for herself even if she goes against super magical dragons. I love this whole seer-batle but is clear this is only a set up to bigger things that come on the #2. The only thing that bothers me is that I can't seem to read this books quickly, it just took me forever to read it and that detached me a bit.

The Bride Wore Size 12 by Meg Cabot
Series: Heather Wells #5 
Published on September 24, 2013 by William Morrow

I also read numbers #2, #3 and #4 of the Heather Wells' series, but I will not do individual reviews because I don't have that much to say about these books.

The mysteries are always over the top and completely unbelievable, as much as it's to Heather to solve murders before the actual police, but I think that this is a plus side for the books, I mean this is Meg Cabot so you know you can't take it too serious and this just reminds you. The romance was okay for me, I got more into shipping them through the series but I honestly never was OMG SQUEAL levels of shipping. I really love Heather as a main character, she is strong but also has insecurities and definitely doesn't have her life all figure out by her 20-something, the fact that she has great female friendships through all the series and this series has no slut-shamming and actual bonding between ex and current girlfriend just sets it apart. Overall I really recommend this series.

terça-feira, 21 de fevereiro de 2017

Reading Diary | October 2016

This will be an update of all the books that I read on October of 2016, with links to reviews already posted on the blog or a small impression on the story.

Oh, what happened to you October, it was such a slumpish month, I only managed to read 4 books (!) which was together with November my lowest reading month in quite a while... I wish I could say this was because I was studying so hard but yeah, no... Anyways, on to the books

By Your Side by Kasie West
Published on January 31, 2017 by HarperTeen
[This book was given to me by the Publisher. This in no way affected my opinion.]

This is my least favorite West's book but still is pretty awesome. I did thought that the library part was quite small (at first I actually thought the entire romance would pass in the weekend they stayed there) but no, it's only 30% I think of the story.

I liked the two main characters, even though the romance was more on the drama side than I usually enjoy it didn't took my enjoyment away, I wish the "love triangle" wasn't a thing that actually existed here and at least that it hadn't lasted so much. The way anxiety was represented was good but not great, I would have liked more about it.

Overall it was a super quick read and I had a good time reading it, as it always is with a Kasie West' book.

Overbite by Meg Cabot
Series: Insatiable #2
Published on July 5, 2011 by Harper Collins




I finally finished this duology, having read the first one back in 2008 or 2009 I was a bit scared of how this was going to go but it wasn't all bad, just wasn't all that good either. What I remembered of the first one was of being first surprised because I didn't knew what to expect of it and second to find it a good parody of the general YA vampire books that were being published at the time.

Overbite lacks the laugh out loud element the first installment had, this time around I didn't laugh and there wasn't any ironic remarks towards the general paranormal fiction. The plot pretty much takes over and there was a lot of things to go through, I don't remember if we have clues of what is going on behind the scenes in Insatiable but from what I gathered we hadn't, so it was basically a plot out of nowhere (or almost nowhere) all to be pulled of in one book only. It didn't ended up being the biggest plot ever done, it was predictable and the ending was rather rushed, but it was all terrible, it reminded me of the plots of the Mediator series, with some good paranormal stuff but overall never really blew my mind.

The thing that really bothered me is the characters and specially the love triangle. I thought we had dropped the Lucien side of the triangle at the end of Insatiable but apparently not, so instead of having an entire book full of banter between Meena and Alaric, we have Meena insisting on Lucien when we all know who the real ship is. I do not appreciate that last chapter, THAT ISN'T ENOUGH.

Also, because of this love triangle that dragged until the very, very, very end we don't get that much character development, since they insist in behaving the same ways and not seeing what is right in front of their freaking faces.

Despite this, the read was quickly in a typical Meg Cabot way and for me it wasn't that annoying while reading, but the more I think about it the less pleased I'm with this series ending. Only recommend if you really liked the first one or is like me that really doesn't like not finishing series.


Teen Idol by Meg Cabot
Published on July 26, 2005 by HarperTeen


Ugh, I very much didn't enjoyed this one, after finishing I tried to think any redeeming qualities to it, but I couldn't come up with any. If you want a story about a popularity in high school told by Meg Cabot I suggest you go with How to Be Popular, which touches in the same high school problems and is a much more fun and light read.

This one wasn't fun and light for me because the characters of this story are terrible people, like all of them except maybe two or three and I dare say that it was only because they had such little lines, this is a exaggerated version of high school stereotypes - slut-shamming, fat-shamming, a romance that has so many people involved and miscommunication, popular people that are horrible bullies but worshiped anyway, mean teachers - and how Jenny, with the help of a teen actor helps solves all these problems.

I didn't really understood the reason why we needed to have a celebrity in the middle of this story either, it was so random and it didn't added to anything, Jenny could have gone through the same journey with or without this dude. Maybe his character could have been substituted by the other counter part of the real ship and we would have them together for most of the book and actually ship them, just an idea.

Also, that whole Ask Annie thing was so bad, most of the time her counsels were terrible and I don't know who would let it be published, and Jenny is supposed to be this supper people person but she doesn't seem to have that much tact.

Oh well, when you're trying to catch up with old works of one of your favorite authors some will be bad, some will be good. Unfortunately this didn't worked out for me, on to the next adventure.

Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot
Series: Heather Wells #1
Published on December 27, 2005 by William Morrow

WHY DID I WAITED SO LONG TO READ THE HEATHER WELLS SERIES????????? Idk, but I blame all the other blogger who are also Cabot's fans for not pushing this series harder on more people, this is best sorta of fun book you want to curl up with on a Sunday afternoon and loose yourself in, it will not change your life but it'll definitely keep you entertained to whole way through.

Heather is a great main character, in her late (?) twenties and trying to leave her teen fame behind and find her new path, which she isn't all that sure what is, is easy to sympathize and find yourself in her. She also ends up involved in a series of murders that turn up to be a super crazy plot (srly, is laughable) but I think that this makes it even more fun.

If you're a Cabot's fan, don't wait to start/catch up on this series.

segunda-feira, 20 de fevereiro de 2017

Reading Diary | September 2016

This will be an update of all the books that I read on September of 2016, with links to reviews already posted on the blog or a small impression on the story.

September was the month that got me high on a Meg Cabot binge, so expect a lot of her in the next books.

The Boy Is Back by Meg Cabot
Series: Boy #4
Published on October 18, 2016 by William Morrow
[This book was given to me by the Publisher. This in no way affected my opinion.]

This was the book that got me into binging (almost) all of Cabot's blacklist, it reminded me why she was my first auto-buy author and how good her books can be.

Told in the different format that the Boy series usually does this is a book that I flew through. It was hilarious and made me laugh out loud so many times, the romance was super cute and I shipped right from the start, also this time around the main character is really smart and not all pop-culture driven, but actually really organized and loves her binders, which was definitely something that made me love her even more.

Super recommended for fans of a good, light romance.

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter
Series: Gallagher Girls #2
Published on October 2, 2007 by Hyperion


This one is slightly less fun than the first one, I don't know if I have this impression because of the time it took me to read it - this book is so short that reading it in 4 days seems to break its pace. But I also think it has to do with the fact that this one seemed much more like a set up kind of story, we got to know more about the "spy word" and some very interesting new characters coughZachcough, so it seems like we are going for something bigger but were not there yet.

The ship in this one is much more shippable, especially with their banter and the time it took to actually sail. Props for not turning this into a love triangle, also props for not having slut shamming, I just love how these books are about teenager spies, with a heavy focus on the teen part and yet remain unique and not falling for the usual cliches. I'm glad I added another fun read by Carter to my reading history and can't wait to get my hands on the third one.

Boy Meets Girl by Meg Cabot
Series: Boy #2
Published on February 17, 2009 by William Morrow

I had never actually got around to reading all of the Boy's books, so after reading boy #4 I got my hands on #2 and #3 since theses are usually so much fun.

Boy Meets Girl was super fast reading, since I was sick in bed and had nothing else to do, it was less banter-y and funny than I wanted but still a good read. The romance was very much instalove and by the end of the story they're each others eternal loves so not as shippy, but it didn't bothered me while reading. It was a great read to spend a day with, but not all that memorable.





Every Boy's Got One by Meg Cabot
Series: Boys #3 
Published on January 1, 2005 by William Morrow




The more I think about this book, the less I like it, sure while I was reading I was able to keep going and brush off most of the annoying things but now that I finished I don't seem to find good things to say about it.

I hated both characters that form the main couple. Jane came of quite bipolar with the whole hate-love Europe thing, she also decides to hate every woman Cal talks/know/hook ups right from the start and she never seem to see the mistake in her ways. Cal was annoying and his character ended up being inconsistent.

The romance didn't give me any feelings besides maybe annoyance. Both her and Cal have very different ways of seeing life and they're very strong minded, I guess this was to be a romance between opposites and all of that, but they both just sounded so obnoxious whenever they went on each other about why they're right and the other was wrong just because they had a different opinion. Also, Cal does a 180 degree change about 80% into the book and it kind of ruined the whole opposites thing, so in the end we didn't get even that.

This one was also the one of the series that least explored the different format, it was mostly based on diaries entries and that just made it sound like any other book.

The best parts were the cats drawings and the author's note where we get to know more about Cabot's marriage but I can't recommend this one solely based on this, I would say to read the others of this series because they are fun romances and just skip this one.

Avalon High by Meg Cabot
Published on January 1, 2006 by HarperTeen


In a way this one was fun, because I got to know more about the Arthurian legend and it was nice putting everything together along the story and seeing how Cabot would twist to make her own story, but I never really cared about any of the characters and their relationships, so it never surpassed meh for me.










Nicola and the Viscount by Meg Cabot
Published on December 28, 2004 by HarperTeen


I don't really read historical romance so I was excited to try one by Cabot, since I already adore a lot of her other works.

Nicola is very strong minded, always with a come back and remark, not taking shit from anyone and knowing her value, with a pro feminist personality that is ahead of her time, of course in a super accurate historical novel this wouldn't fly but we're here for the cuteness and the romance, so I actually prefer the heroine to not fit the mold of her time, it definitely turns the story more fun.

The romance was super adorable, not as shipping as I expected since it's a hate-to-love thing I expected to have more feelings toward it but it still put a smile in my face in some of the scenes and their "fights" always managed to make me laugh. We have a sort of love triangle in this one, but it really doesn't bothered me at all, it was necessary for character arc and it was clear from the start how it was going to go down.

The plot is pretty straight forward too, if you haven't read the synopses yet I would recommend not reading it because it gives a lot away and just by reading it you can tell where the story is going. But even without the synopses this is a romance, so it isn't exactly worried about a unique plot full of twists and stuff, it's predictable and you know what is going to happen 100% of the time.

I would definitely recommend this one for everyone that loves Meg Cabot' works and/or want to read some historical romance, be warmed that what you see is what you get from this one - fun and predictably, a great read for a day off.

How to be Popular by Meg Cabot
Published on March 18, 2008 by HarperTeen


This one was fun, but it had a few similarities with the first Princess Diaries, at least in the romance front with the whole sorta love triangle between a girl with a popular guy when in reality she was always in love with the guy next door type (in this case literally), we didn't had any drama related to this thank god and since it's a one book novel we come full cycle, not having to way three more books to see the ship sail, as in the Princess Diaries. 

The story was pretty straight forward and predictable, the secondary characters aren't that fleshed out and the message wasn't that memorable, there are other books out there that have done this better but it was fun, quickly, if you like Meg Cabot you will probably enjoy this one.


This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Series: Monsters of Verity #1
Published on July 5, 2016 by Greenwillow Books


I don't know how to feel about this book. It was an unique and interesting story but for the most part of it I felt detached from its characters and was mostly bored, them in the last part I was supper into it and the characters finally gave me feelings and the friendship developed between the main characters, I mean, that ending, I almost cried... So yeah, I'm definitely excited to the second book and probably will give this one a re-read, because I feel like already knowing and caring about these characters this will be better.





I also re-read Royal Wedding, my original review can be found here.

sábado, 18 de fevereiro de 2017

Reading Diary | August 2016


This will be an update of all the books that I read on August of 2016, with links to reviews already posted on the blog or a small impression on the story.

What a weird month, I actually reviewed most of the things that I read! I know, I can't believe it either. To read the reviews just click on the cover of the books.







Now, to the ones I didn't review


Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #1
Published on September 20, 2016 by Jimmy Patterson

I enjoyed the feminist voice of the main character, she was strong and with a curiosity towards science/medicine while being also good at broderie and loving make up and pretty things, but there was more than a few sentences that sounded anachronistic, it wasn't a girl going against the barriers of her time, but a 21 century feminist voice inserted on a historical setting, there was a few other stuff that ringed untrue to me because of historical accuracy (Audrey going out at night and only with male companion, it could have been more believable if there was the use of gender bending more, the language was more modern) and that detached me from the story each time it showed up. 

The romance wasn't instalove and there was a lot of banter, Thomas kind of reminded me of a young Sherlock Holmes YET I never found myself shipping it, I think it has to do with the writing, it was just trying too hard. There is a hint of a love triangle with an arranged marriage, but we stay clear of that, thanks. Also there is a great deal of female friendship, which I loved. 



Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
Series: Untitled #1
Published on September 27, 2016 by Balzer + Bray

Ugh, I wanted to love this one but I was so bored the entire time and I honestly don't know what went wrong, the story was interesting and the pace was even, the world is inventive as it always is with this author but still, it didn't worked for me. I do think that if the gay ships had sailed I would have get on board with it more, instead we have too friendships with a great deal of sexual tension. I still want to re-read this one and try the second one.