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.

sexta-feira, 17 de fevereiro de 2017

Reading Diary | July 2016

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

Oh, July, why not all of my moths aren't like you? I read 17 books and 3 novellas, the stars aligned in a rare setting, combining my vacations + reading mood = a great reading month.

The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen
Published on June 16, 2015 by HarperTeen

- It was a good surprise to fins out that this book had Brazilian elements, since it isn't something I come across often, but pão de queijo isn't anything like cheese bread, mostly because is much better.
 - Also liked to discover new worlds from various languages.
 - but the story didn't really stood out for me, it was a bit more on the preachy and on the cliché side than I usually like so sometimes I felt like I was being educated on feminism, maybe for a younger target it would work better.
 - the multiple pov's didn't worked much for me either, the voices all sounded the same.

The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: The Fixer #1
Published on July 7, 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Children

I should have listened to the hype and read this book sooner, it was so good kind like scandal for teens and the ending had some serious VM season 2 finale feels. I can't wait for book 2, the stakes are so freaking high by the end of this. Also, I totally get that this book doesn't need a romance and all that, but pls I need more scenes from my shyp.

I also read The Fixer #2 this month and the book was fine, everything was the normal way on the Kendricks-Keyes clan, you know, as normal as they can get with these two names throw in the middle, but them some things really bad start to happen really fast and when I saw my heart was beating so fast even thought I was on my bed, without moving, because TENSION, SO MUCH TENSION, at each new twist my heart sank a little more, things get so bad and the scales are so freaking high, I couldn't even deal with it. Book three now please (yes, I'm a masochist). OH, AND ALSO WHEN I SAID I WANTED MORE OTP STUFF I DIDN'T MEAN THIS KIND OF STUFF! But I know we can get past this, right? RIGHT??????????

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4.5

This collection of short stories didn't really addded anything new for these characters or world, but as a fan of the series it was nice to read about some of my favorite characters again - def worth it to keep the saudade of this series at bay.

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #6

I also read the #5 and two novellas of this series and I can't believe I finally finished the VA series, and I think this is the first series that I finished this year too so yay, me! I think this one was a step up from the last two, but it was really big, if these three last books weren't so intimidating I probably would have finished this series sooner. Also, it still bothers me why these books didn't had both Rose and Lisa's POV, since we spend so many time on Lisa's head through Rose.

I'll probably hold off a little on starting Bloodlines, mostly because I wish to finish some series first, but I really enjoyed Sydney on this one and I can't wait for more Adrian, and for him to have someone that doesn't give him so much shit as Rose.

Trouble Makes a Comeback by Stephanie Tromly
Series: Trouble #2
Published on November 22, 2016 by Kathy Dawson Books
[This book was given to me by the Publisher. This in no way affected my opinion.]

At this point I love this series so much, the only way I will cope with the wait until book 3 is re-reading the first 2. Some random thoughts because my feelings are still all over the place:

- OTP is gold and I finished this book with a silly smile on my face because of that.
- the love triangle was kind of dragged but honestly it didn't bothered me, it was pretty clear what was going to happen and I think it was necessary so Zoe could have a character development, realizing what she thought she wanted versus what she really wants in terms of friendship/romance.
- seeing Zoe and Sloane bound was the best thing, in the first one it was a thing that bothered that Zoe only hanged out with the boys and when she would talk with other girls there was always judgment and even slut-shamming. - the sort of misfits group is still going strong and I love them all to pieces.
- can someone please kill Bill (omg, kill bill, ok, stop), she is so annoying.
- book 3 now please, because those discoveries were like wow and now I have to wait more than a year probably and oh my god, why god why.

Play On by Michelle Smith
Series: Lewis Creek #1
Published on April 21, 2015 by Spencer Hill Press

This book saved a what would be a pretty bad day into a good day. - it started out seeming like a fluffy read but it ended up touching on a very meaningful way on depression
- specially liked the way it dealt with meds + psychotherapy; the hospitalization part really touched me, it's important to show that sometimes this is a necessary mesure and that we should not hide from it because of tabus or fear. It's never a issue book, but I did teared up at some points because there was some intense feelings, but for the most part it's a light and funny read, perfect to relax.
- the romance starts out as a kind of instalove/instacrush but since the book is basically the whole development of this relationship I'm cool with it, it was well done, Austin and Marisa banter put a silly smile on my face.
- oh also, this book managed to pull off some very cheese scenes/phrases and I didn't even rolled my eyes at it or started thinking that no one in real life would do/say that, that is a great accomplishment.
- please give me at least a novella about Jay and Brett relationship, pretty please.
- I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed the sport aspect of this novel, I'm not into baseball at all but I loved reading abou their sense of belonging in this group, and how they really are a family not only on the field and practices, but also supported each other at all times.
- I loved Austin, he just breaks so many stereotypes for like having feelings and owning it, I specially liked the fact that he actually cares about his grades, a lot of it is because of baseball of course, but he genuinely worries about it.
- also, this book totally gave me some One Tree Hill feelings.

Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler
Published on November 17, 2015 by Spencer Hill Contemporary

This book sits comfortably on the bridge between YA and NA, it's passes during senior year but it deals with NA problems like finding one self and it has a more mature tone I think, than YA usually has. I'm a very character driven reader so the strength of this story, for me, lies on both girls, Reagan and Victoria, they are so different from each other and from myself that it could be a con but it isn't, is easy to fall for them, this book awakened in me I feeling, I care about them so much and believe in them and I'll fiercely fight anyone that dare hurts them, fictional or not, they are such strong characters that it took me only a few chapters for me to get to this point. As I said, they are also very different and instead of these differences weakness their friendship, it strengthens it, of course there is ups and downs since they are 17 and finding themselves but they truly love each other and have such a fiercely loyalty, let's just say they gave a lot of feelings.

The romance also gave me a lot of feelings, good and bad, I was 100% aboard with the ship right from the first interaction of Rae and Dev, they have an amazing banter, and are so funny, and their chemistry like seriously, I don't care if it was basically instalove/crush, this is the way to do this and since I was so invested on them I obviously suffered because of things, let's just say there was crying involved. The families also gave me a lot of feelings, good and bad, basically this book made me a big mess of feelings, I laughed and I cried and it was amazing, you should definitely read it.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Published on May 19, 2015 by Del Rey

I really liked this book, it's a great stand alone fantasy, such a rare thing to find these days. I can see why some people think the start is slow, and I guess it's but I enjoyed it anyway, it's the part to understand this world and our main character. The romance was very shippy towards the end, but it took me a while to get there and it's probably the only thing I would change in this book, mostly because I want more.

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Published on September 3, 2013 by Disney Hyperion

This was a really fast paced story, that gripped me right from the first chapter - the mystery is what made me keep engaged in this, at the start I didn't had a clue what was going on but the pieces go falling together as I went reading and it was conducted in a way that wasn't completely predictable. At first I thought the romance would be a central part of this story, and it's but it's also much more about friendship and the undying love this trio has for each other, than romantic love itself, the love triangle does play a big part through all the story and is a messy and emotional one, so if you don't like these stay away from this book, I think this part of the story was well handled, it's definitely one of the biggest emotional parts of the story.

That being said this book is short and with so many things going on with the mystery, I never really felt like I knew these characters that much, most of this is because we don't have the time with so much stuff going on, but I'm a very character driven reader and some of the emotional scenes could have been much more emotional if I was more invested on the characters. Also, notice that I shelf this as sci-fi in a very, very, very loose way, this barely mentions sci-fi elements, even thought the time travel is the central aspect of the story, it's used as a plot device really, the story this book has to tell is a emotional one, not one about how time travel works and it's effects on reality and other scientific things.

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
Series: The Great Library #1
Published on July 7, 2015 by NAL

Me and this book had a funny story, at the first 50% of it I was thinking I would be the black sheep between all those rave reviews, I couldn't connect with the characters and despite the amazing new world that this story was presenting me I couldn't read more than a few chapters per time. But them, around the 50% mark some *things* started to happen and wow, did I started to like this book, I finished it in one night, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough and there was a lot of feelings towards this characters.

So what I did enjoyed was the unique world building, that is a mix of fantasy, distopia and even steampunk with its automatons, believe me when I tell you there is nothing like this out there, it borrows a lot of elements from know sagas (for me it remembered me of Harry Potter, The Hunger Games/The 100 on the distopia elements) and delivers them in a completely new, and magical, way.

The characters are also great once I get to know and care about them, the narrator is honestly the most boring one (sorry Jess), he couldn't fit the box of Gary Stu but is still very clearly one of the good guys, my favorites are Khalila, Dario and Wolfe obviously (please, more Wolfe on the next book, when I finished this one I was hoping Paper and Fire would have Wolfe's POV, even thought so far this is very much Jess' story, a girl can dream). But this characters really shine when they are together, they form a ragtag group and given the circumstances devolve a friendship and sense of loyalty with one another that is amazing.

Also, I know you may be burned of the YA distopia gender, just trust me when I say this is unique and trust the synopses when it says the Library is ruthless, given what happens in this installment I don't have a clue what is coming next because this institution isn't playing around, when there is a treat it eliminates, be prepare because this book isn't going to save your emotions (or favorite characters).

Despite having taken its time to turn into a page turner, I would recommend this one to readers of YA that enjoy these genders and/or was curious by the synopses, I think it's worth reading and seeing for yourself if it'll grow on you as it grew on me.

I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You
Series: Gallagher Girls #1
Published on April 25, 2006 by Hyperion Book CH

Ever since I read All Fall Down in 2014 it was clear that I would need to read her older, and more famous, series Gallagher Girls and it didn't disappointed me. It's fun, fast paced, spy mystery that I was hoping for, maybe with a bit more of romance than I expected but hey, I love having ships so it was cool. Definitely the kind of brain candy read that you want to have around to read after a tiring day.

Wanderlost by Jen Malone
Published on May 31, 2016 by HarperTeen

Reading this book was a delight, from start to finish it put a smile on my face. The European cities descriptions put on me a big wanderlust feeling, I never went to this places and I definitely need/hope to be able to one day; the seniors group grew on me in a way I was not expecting, there was some laughs and at one point at the ending, when a certain thing happened there were a few tears shed; the romance was shippy to the max, it was adorable how Sam and Abree would try to flirt but them something completely hilarious would always happen, it felt very much like me trying to flirt, they interactions were probably my favorite part of the story because there were a lot of feelings involved right from their first talk; Aubree grew a lot on me as a character, I was honestly hesitante at the start because someone that wouldn't think that a travel through Europe as the perfect summer didn't seemed like someone I would like at all, but she discovers a lot about herself during this trip and it was nice watching her grow more into herself. Overall perfect fluffy book is perfect, would highly recommend for those days when you want to curl up with a book and completely forget about real life problems.

I also GASPH! reviewed some of the books that I read in July, here they are: Ony (Lux #2), Opal (Lux #3), My Soul to Lose (Soul Screamers #0.5) and Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit.

quinta-feira, 16 de fevereiro de 2017

Reading Diary | June 2016

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

June was a pretty good month, reading wise - I read more and I read more thing that I liked/loved.

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments
Published originally on July 7, 2008 by Walker Books

And the re-read continues! Unfortunately after this one I kind stopped :( but I plan on continuing from the third one this year, soon-ish.

Anyway, my love for this series just grows more and more each time, I love these characters fiercely and reading about their adventures and relationships all over again knowing where everything is going is amazing.

Also, these new covers are so pretty, I only have 3 right now but I need all of them on this new editions.

The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
Published on February 11, 2014 by Harper

This book was a surprise favorite, I had never read anything by Quick before and really wanted to try, I choose this one at random to start with and oh boy, now I HAVE to read EVERYTHING he ever publishes, because seriously this is the kind of book that makes reading one of my favorite things.

It was slow, all the way through, the pacing is even and the story isn't gripping you because of its plot, it gripes you because of the characters. They are flawed and realistic, seeing the world through Neil's eyes was a whole new experience and the way this story is narrated reflect on it, being simple and direct, but always packing a great deal of feelings, it turned this reading this book into an amazing thing.

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Published on June 9, 2015 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

I was a bit scared going into this one, because Kinsella's protagonists tend to be a bit ditsy and dumb just for the laughs, and her books are never all that serious, so I wanted to see how this author was going to deal with anxiety and changing for the YA audience.

Well, the answer is she did amazing, this is my favorite Kinsella book so far and I loved the way it dealt with anxiety. I can't praise it enough for the way included therapy and medication in it, the way it showed Audrey's progress in her treatment but that it isn't all roses and that people with anxiety will have ups and downs, just as anybody else, and that yes, you can learn to dealt with it and have a life. Love, love, love.

The Rose & the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath & the Dawn #2
Published on April 26, 2016 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers 

I read the other two short stories from this series (The Moth & the Flame and The Mirror & the Maze) and them finally finished reading this one, I don't know what happened, I started it back in March and got distracted and only finished it in June. Don't get me wrong, I still loved this one and this is one of my favorite duologies ever BUT there was a few stuff that kept me from loving this one as unconditionally than the first one. We have a larger cast this time, and I just hoped that we had been following these characters since book 1, because as of right now I wasn't all that happy about they introduction in the story, I only had a limited time with my favorite characters and it kept being cut short by all of those people that I didn't give a fuck, I know they are important for plot reasons but whatever. Also, some of the old characters are given more backstory and developed, just to manipulate my feelings because everyone suffers with that ending. There was very little of magic and I wanted more of Shazi's power. Despite this I still loved it very much and I wanted to life forever in that epilogue.

George by Alex Gino
Published on August 25, 2015 by Scholastic Press

Can I hug this book? This is such a short story that should be given of every kid out there because the message that it passes is one that ought to be delivered to the world, also it doesn't appeal only to the LGBT+ part of society, it has a message of acceptance and growing into oneself that is important to everyone.

This one was an instant favorite, it make me laugh and so, so happy but there was some sad moments too, it was realistic while still being hopeful and positive, there was a few characters that I wanted to shake and scream (mostly adults, because adults are dumb) but there was also the other ones, that made up for it and I just wanted to hug them and say thank you <3

Please read this book.

Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly
Series: Trouble #1
Published on August 4, 2015 by Kathy Dawson Books

- I alway think of Musgrave as Killgrave

 - I started this book back on january but put it down because I wasn't sure if it was gonna work for me, the characters and the story were so weird and unbelievable but a lot of greatness can come from weird so I decides to try it again I'm so happy for it. This book IS weird and unbelievable and the most hilarious book that I've read in these past months, I laughed out loud so many times, like REALLY laughed, it has a fantastic set of unique characters, who are flawled, make mistakes and infuriated me sometimes but also made me care for them. The mystery took turns that I would never have guessed and the ending wasn't a cliffhanger but made me want the second book desperately.

I also read Proposal (The Mediator #6.5) it was short and sweet, but I didn't had any strong feelings towards it.