30 Oct 2015

[Wrap-Up] [TBR] October Wrap-Up and November TBR!

This was the best reading month I've had in a while. I think I can finally say I've beaten my reading slump! The goal for this month was to read all the books I had stuck on my Currently Reading pile, and I think I did a pretty good job. Out of the 6 books I had to read I read 4. It could have been better, but it's a start.
I also participated in the Dewey's readathon, which helped a lot to overcome my reading slump and got me excited to read again.
In total, I managed to read 6 full length novels, 2 novellas and 3 graphic novels.
  1. Avalon high, Meg Cabot
  2. Life and death, Stephenie Meyer
  3. Cress, Marissa Meyer
  4. Carswell's guide to being lucky, Marissa Meyer
  5. The little android, Marissa Meyer
  6. Saga Vol. 1, Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  7. Saga Vol. 2, Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  8. Deathnote Vol. 3, Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata
  9. Bad medicine, Eileen Dreyer
  10. Opposition, Jennifer L. Armentrout
  11. Tsura, Heather Anastasiu
November is always a crazy month for me, mainly because of university. I'm planing on reading the following books, even though I might not get to half of them.
I'm going to try and keep positive though.
  1. Sugar, Dierdre Riordan Hall
  2. Don't forget to breathe, Cathrina Constantine
  3. The strange case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson
  4. From a distant star, Karen McQuestion
  5. Gone girl, Gillian Flynn
  6. Fairest, Marissa Meyer
  7. The immortal rules, Julie Kagawa
  8. The martian, Andy Weir
  9. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
  10. For the record, Charlotte Huang
  11. Fevre dream, George R. R. Martin

Best books of the month   
   

Worst book of the month



What will you be reading in November? Let me know! :)

29 Oct 2015

[Review] Glitches (The Lunar Chronicles, #0,5) - Marissa Meyer

Author: Marissa Meyer
Original Title: Glitches
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: January 18th, 2012
Finished Date: August 1st, 2015
Pages: 32
Read in: English


Synopsis
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. In Glitches, a short prequel story to Cinder, we see the results of that illness play out, and the emotional toll that takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch…

Source: GoodReads


Rating

There won't be any spoilery bits to this review as it is such a short novella.

This was very bittersweet. In a way I loved it, because even though it made me very sad it gave insight into Cinder's childhood as well as her friendship with both Iko and Peony. But at the same time, it was so short. And it made me so mad at Adri. I can't even, you guys. This series is taking over my life.
I always feel very strongly for characters when they're children, especially if there's any kind of abuse involved. Reading this and seeing first hand how Adri psychologically abused Cinder was awful. The part where she decides to be useful and puts Iko back together was so sad. And then that ending with Garan where Iko and Cinder have that first friendship moment left me a bit hollow inside.

This is really very short, and if you have read Cinder, I suggest you read it - it won't take long, and it'll provide some background on Cinder's character.

Click here to see my review of Cinder:

Have you read this? What did you think? Let me know! :)

27 Oct 2015

[Top Ten Tuesday] - Scary Books I Want To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish, through which we share our top ten list on the weekly topic.

This week, the original topic was a Halloween themed freebie. I have not read many scary or Halloween-ish books - definitely not enough to fill in a top ten list -, so I decided to instead list all the scary books (at least they look and sound scary to me) that I have in my TBR.

Scary books I want to read

1 - Dracula, Bram Stoker
This is one of those classics that I've been meaning to read for such a long time it's ridiculous I never got around to it.

2 - Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
Another one of those classics I've seen a ton of interpretations of, but never actually read the real thing.

3 - Coraline, Neil Gaiman
I remember thinking that if this book was at least half as creepy as the Tim Burton film, there was no way this could be a children's book.



4 - The graveyard book, Neil Gaiman
This is the book I always have recommended to me when I say I never read Neil Gaiman, so I'm hoping it'll be good. If the title is any indication, this'll be creepy as hell.

5 - The woman in black, Susan Hill
I must admit that I committed the biggest sin a book lover can commit. I watched the film first. I'm sorry, I didn't know about the book! I am curious to read it though and see what the film left out.

6 - The shining, Stephen King
I've actually already started this book, but ended up putting it down. I was enjoying it, but as I was going through a reading slump, I couldn't find the energy or commitment to finish this huge book.



7 - The unbecoming of Mara Dyer, Michelle Hodkin
Everyone says wonders about this book, and I can't wait to find out what is up with it. It sounds very mysterious. 

8 - Interview with the vampire, Anne Rice
I believe this to be something of a modern classic. And I have yet to pick it up. At least I never watched this film.

9 - The diviners, Libba Bray
Ugh, I can't believe I haven't read this yet. I've had it for a while, and I also have an ARC of Lair of Dreams waiting to be read, so I'll have to read this one soon.

10 - Anna dressed in blood, Kendare Blake
This book sounds creepily awesome. I don't think I've ever read about ghosts before, and I can't wait to dive into this one.



 What are the top scary books on your TBR? Let me know! :)

26 Oct 2015

[Review] Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) - Marissa Meyer

Author: Marissa Meyer
Original Title: Cinder
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: January 3rd, 2012
Finished Date: July 17th, 2015
Pages: 390
Read in: English

Synopsis
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
Source: GoodReads

Rating

This is seriously awesome. Please, check it out. I have no idea why it took me so long to pick it up, it sounded amazing and it really didn't disappoint. This is both science fiction, a futuristic envisioning of Earth and a fairy tale retelling, which honestly sounds like it shouldn't work, but it does. The book has that kind of quality or feeling to it that fairy tales seem to possess, which is that even though everything is kind of predictable in the sense that you know everything will turn out all right, you can't help but enjoy it.
Cinder is a reimagining of Cinderella as a futuristic cyborg mechanic. Even though you know she is Cinderella, don't believe there are no surprises. Don't think you know where her story is going, because trust me, you don't.
This was an awesome ride, and I highly recommend it.

The following extended review contains spoilers
If you have not yet read the book and/or do not wish to be spoiled, please do not read any further.

24 Oct 2015

[Popular Author I've Never Read] - Brandon Sanderson

Okay, so I haven't ever read Brandon Sanderson before. I know, bring out the torches.
Honestly, the only reason why I haven't picked up one of his books before is that I think he'll be one of those power-through authors. And I just don't have the time to put everything else on hold right now. I can't wait until I finally pick one of his books up, based on the amount of recommendations I've received, I know I'll love whichever one I read.

About the author
January 2015 marks the release of Firefight , the sequel to Steelheart . When only evil people gain super powers and become tyrants, it's up to normal people to hunt them down. There is a free 5-chapter preview ebook of Steelheart that you should check out, with a corresponding sampler audiobook on Audible. The Firefight book tour in the US lasts throughout January.
Recent short releases are Legion: Skin Deep (sequel to Legion ), the further investigations of an average man whose many hallucinations are all experts in their own fields, and also my novella Sixth of the Dusk , set in the same universe as Mistborn and Stormlight, revolving around an attack on an island trapper's way of life. It is also available in Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology .
Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This changed when an eighth grade teacher gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.
Brandon was working on his thirteenth novel when Moshe Feder at Tor Books bought the sixth he had written. Tor has published Elantris , the Mistborn trilogy and its followup The Alloy of Law Warbreaker , and The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance , the first two in the planned ten-volume series The Stormlight Archive. He was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series; 2009’s The Gathering Storm and 2010’s Towers of Midnight were followed by the final book in the series, A Memory of Light , in January 2013. Four books in his middle-grade Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians series were released by Scholastic, and his novella Infinity Blade Awakening was an ebook bestseller for Epic Games accompanying their acclaimed Infinity Blade iOS video game series. Two more novellas, Legion and The Emperor s Soul , were released by Subterranean Press and Tachyon Publications in 2012, and 2013 brings two young adult novels, The Rithmatist from Tor and Steelheart from Delacorte.
The only author to make the short list for the David Gemmell Legend Award six times in four years, Brandon won that award in 2011 for The Way of KingsThe Emperor’s Soul won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novella. He has appeared on the New York Times Best-Seller List multiple times, with five novels hitting the #1 spot.
Currently living in Utah with his wife and children, Brandon teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University.
Source: GoodReads

Find Brandon Sanderson
Website: http://brandonsanderson.com
Twitter: @BrandSanderson

Books I want to read by this author


Have you ever read anything by Brandon Sanderson? Do you recommend? :)

23 Oct 2015

[Review] Hopeless (Hopeless, #1) - Colleen Hoover

Author: Colleen Hoover
Original Title: Hopeless
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: March 7th, 2013
Finished Date: April 16th, 2015
Pages: 416
Read in: English

Synopsis

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.
Source: GoodReads


Rating

I don't get this one. I thought Hoover was growing on me after I thoroughly enjoyed Confess (click here to see that review) but this one was definitely not for me. A lot was happening - too much was happening.
I could see the big reveal coming from a mile away, and it honestly was so angsty and dramatic that I couldn't connect to the characters in any level. It felt just like I was watching it happen, but I didn't really care.
There was insta-love, there was drama, there were unrealistic situations - all in all it was a bunch of things glued together, and it made the book seem like a jumbled mess.
This might have been much better had Colleen Hoover decided to tackle only one of the million issues this book deals with.


The following extended review contains spoilers
If you have not yet read the book and/or do not wish to be spoiled, please do not read any further.

20 Oct 2015

[Top Ten Tuesday] - Wishes I'd Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish, through which we share our top ten list on the weekly topic.

This week, the goal is to list the top ten wishes I'd ask the Book Genie to grant me. This were very hard to pick, but here they are:

1 - ALL THE BOOKS! Can you imagine having a library with all the books I've read and all the ones I want to read?


2 - How cool would it be to have a superpower that would slow (or even stop) time while you read? I could get so much more reading done in the few hours I have available for reading... Maybe this way I could finally make a significant dent on my enormous TBR pile.


3 - Hey, Book Genie, can I please, please, please be a character in Harry Potter? Any character. I won't be picky. I just really want to experience life in the Wizarding World - it must be awesome.


4 - Meeting all my favourite authors...


5 - Which would inevitably lead to... having signed copies everywhere.


6 - Strength and patience to (finally) finish my own book.


7 - And publishing it!


8 - Could I please have a mash-up of all the awesome book best friends as my BFF?


9 - Okay, so this one is a bit out there. Imagine that it was possible to go on a tour of all the book worlds. It would be so awesome - you could spend a day everywhere, from Narnia to Westeros. Well, maybe not Westeros. I like having my head attached to my body. But you get the point!


10 - And finally, could I please bring a time-turner from the Wizarding World and have it work in this boring world I seem to be stuck in? It would be very handy...


And that's it guys. That's all it would take to make me happy forever. Not much is it?

What would your wishes to the Book Genie be? Do we have any in common? Let me know! :)

19 Oct 2015

[Review] Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #2) - Laini Taylor

Author: Laini Taylor
Original title: Days of blood & starlight
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: November 6th, 2012
Finished date: April 17th, 2015
Pages: 517
Read in: English

Synopsis
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.
This is not that world.

Art student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.
In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.
While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.
But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

Rating
«(...) In these days of blood, there was no luxury of choice. Death ruled them all.»
This is it, guys. It doesn't get much better than this. This book was perfection.
The thing about Laini Taylor is that she can write the most beautiful words that make it seem as if though you were reading a fairytale, but her plotline, her characters, her whole world feel so real and so raw you can't help but wonder if there isn't always a bit of darkness to every fairytale. This book is a beautifully crafted piece of heaven. It is not a happy book - it is a hopeful one.
I can't really go too much into detail here, seeing as it is a second book in a trilogy, but if you're wondering whether or not you should read this - DO IT.
Even though I seriously can't wait to see how this trilogy comes to an end, I really don't want to do it at the same time. I love this books, and as soon as I read the next one, it's over. I'm just not ready for it to be over.
Daughter of smoke & bone (Book 1) - ★★★★

The following extended review contains spoilers
If you have not yet read the book and/or do not wish to be spoiled, please do not read any further.

18 Oct 2015

[Readathon] Dewey's Readathon Wrap-Up!

So this did not go very well.
I didn't really plan the day, and ended up with only about 6 hours to read. I was super pumped to read, but didn't really have much time to do so, because things kept getting in the way. It was like a big cosmic joke. Nothing ever happens on my weekends, and this weekend that I needed time and peace and quiet to read, stuff happened.
I did manage to complete 2 novellas and 2 graphic novels, start another graphic novel and read a third of a novel. This makes a total of 538 pages. It was bad, but it could have been worse.
I read:
  • Carswell's guide to being lucky, Marissa Meyer
  • The little android, Marissa Meyer
  • Saga Vol. 1, Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  • Saga Vol. 2, Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
And also started, but did not finish:
  • Bad medicine, Eileen Dreyer
  • Deathnote Vol. 3, Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

As a first experience of the readathon, I will say I learned what not to do next time. I'll be better prepared for when the April readathon arrives, because honestly, I loved this experience, and it really got me reading a lot.

What did you manage to read during the readathon? Are you thinking about participating in April? Let me know!

17 Oct 2015

[Popular Author I've Never Read] Gabrielle Zevin

This is one of those authors that everyone has read at least once, and I never did. I don't know why, I guess her books just never called to me. However, last year, when she published The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, my interest was peaked. It is a book about a book seller, and it is supposed to be amazing. While I had never thought too much about Gabrielle Zevin before, now I was very intrigued. I really want to see what Ms. Zevin is all about so that I can finally share my opinion with everyone else. Because it seems I'm the only one who has never read anything by her.

About the author

Gabrielle Zevin has published six novels. Her debut, Margarettown, was a selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program. The Hole We’re In was on Entertainment Weekly's Must List and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice. Entertainment Weekly wrote, "Every day newspaper articles chronicle families battered by the recession, circling the drain in unemployment and debt or scraping by with minimum-wage jobs. But no novel has truly captured that struggle until now." Publishers Weekly called the novel "a Corrections for our recessionary times."
Of all her books, she is probably best known for the young adult novel Elsewhere. Elsewhere, an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book, was nominated for a Quill Award and received the Borders Original Voices Award. The book has been translated into over twenty languages. Of Elsewhere, the New York Times Book Review wrote, “Every so often a book comes along with a premise so fresh and arresting it seems to exist in a category all its own... Elsewhere, by Gabrielle Zevin, is such a book.”
She is the screenwriter of Conversations with Other Women (Helena Bonham Carter, Aaron Eckhart) for which she received an Independent Spirit Award Nomination. In 2009, she and director Hans Canosa adapted her novel Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac (ALA Best Books for Young Adults) into the Japanese film, Dareka ga Watashi ni Kiss wo Shita. She has also written for the New York Times Book Review and NPR’s All Things Considered. She began her writing career at age fourteen as a music critic for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.
Zevin is a graduate of Harvard University. After many years on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, she recently moved to Silver Lake, Los Angeles.
Source: GoodReads


On my wishlist by this author

15 Oct 2015

[Readathon] Dewey's readathon TBR!

I'm kind of new to this readathon business. I've participated in some reading marathons in the past, but those are usually a week long, and had no where near the amount of people participating that Dewey's has.
Basically, if you have no idea what I'm talking about, this is a 24h readathon that takes place on Saturday the 17th of October, and during which you are supposed to read as much as you can. The way I see it, this is a great opportunity to tackle some of those stubborn books that never seem to leave my TBR. Dewey's is supposed to be a lot of fun, as you get to read with many people across the world and everybody is cheering you on. They even have cheerleaders. How cool is that?
I'll be showing you what I'm reading both on Twitter and on GoodReads, so be sure to follow me there.
I decided to make use of this readathon and try and read some of the review copies that have been piling up for too long and some of the comics and graphic novels I have lying around.
These are the books I have decided to try and read this readathon.
  • The little android, Marissa Meyer
  • Carswell's guide to being lucky, Marissa Meyer
  • Fairest, Marissa Meyer
  • Bad medicine, Eileen Dreyer
  • Tsura, Heather Anastasiu
  • Saga Vol. 1, Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  • Saga Vol. 2, Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  • Deathnote Vol. 3: Hard Run, Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata
  • Opposition, Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Sugar, Deirdre Riordan Hall
  • Django/Zorro Vol.1, Quentin Tarantino, Matt Wagner & Esteve Polls



Obviously there are way too many books in this list, and I'll never finish them all, but I'm a very indecisive person, and I like to be able to choose which book I feel like reading the most.

If you wish to know more about Dewey's click here.

Are you participating? What are you planing on reading? Let me know! :)

14 Oct 2015

[Review] Life and death (Twilight, #5) - Stephenie Meyer

Author: Stephenie Meyer
Original title: Life and death - Twilight reimagined
Publisher: Little, Brown
Release date: October 6th, 2015
Finished date: October 11th, 2015
Pages: 442
Read in: English


Synopsis
Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Twilight! This special double-feature book includes the classic novel, Twilight, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer.
Packaged as an oversize, jacketed hardcover “flip book,” this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new back cover art. Readers will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes.


Source: GoodReads

Rating

Life and death is a complete gender swapped version of Twilight, written by Stephenie Meyer to prove that Bella wasn't really a damsel in distress, but a human in distress. Did Stephenie prove her point? I'm not sure, but I really think not. What Stephenie did was show us in not such big words what a screwed up society we live in. But I'll get into that in the spoilery section of this review. The point is this is not Midnight Sun.
Now, what everyone wants to know: IS IT WORTH BUYING?
Let me start out by saying that I'm not a Twilight hater. I started out as a gullible Twilight lover, actually. As I grew up, I begin wondering why my 14/15 year-old self loved this book so much. I went back and reread it. I did not enjoy the story that time around, but I couldn't deny the feeling of nostalgia that came with reading it. You see, back in 1999, 6 year-old me began reading the Harry Potter series. I got a new book every few years, and can you guess what I read in between? The ones that were already out. So by 2007, with the release of the last Harry Potter book, my reading life fell to a standstill. I was in a book hangover for a very long time, during which I read mostly classics.
It's easy to see why Twilight revolutionised my reading - I began reading YA again. I began reading fantasy again. And even though I loved Harry Potter with all my heart, I could finally move on.
It sounds overly dramatic, I know, but everything feels this way when you're 15.
So back to the question, do I believe you should buy this book?
No.
Unless you want to read the Twilight series for the first time, and never came in direct contact with the franchise, in which case, if you're curious enough, go ahead.
If you're just super super curious but don't wish to spend that amount of money on it - lets be honest, the cash cow is moaning right now - and you already know Twilight, try reading the spoilery section to make sure you really are that interested.
All in all, I didn't hate this book - I actually thought it was better than Twilight in some ways -, but I couldn't really take it seriously. Because even though the characters were gender swapped, their dialogue and especially Beau's inner turmoil remained mostly identical to their opposite gender counterparts. 


The following extended review contains spoilers
If you have not yet read the book and/or do not wish to be spoiled, please do not read any further.

13 Oct 2015

[New On My Shelf] - Marissa Meyer, David Levithan, Libba Bray & more!

So it's been a while since I last showed you the books I've been getting, and I have a few I'd like to share with you today.


  • Fairest, Marissa Meyer
I've finally started The lunar chronicles this summer, and I was pleasantly surprised. I liked it a lot more than I was expecting, and even though I'm still currently making my way through Cress, I couldn't help but be totally intrigued by Levana. I've always been one of those people that believe that being a hero or being a villain is a matter of perspective, but Levana sounds legitimately awful during the series. She's so evil that she sort of becomes one-dimensional. So of course, when I heard Fairest was about her, I had to get it. I want to understand exactly what made her like that.
  • Uprooted, Naomi Novik
I've got to admit it - what made me even look at this book twice was the cover. It is such an awesome cover. The girl in the middle with the rose reminded me automatically of Belle from Beauty and the Beast, plus there is what looks like a monster-dragon thing and alchemical instruments. You definitely got my attention. And then I read the synopsis and I knew I had to get it. Evil woods? A wizard known as the Dragon? A sacrifice? Sign me up.


11 Oct 2015

[Review] Tangled (Tangled, #1) - Emma Chase

Author: Emma Chase
Original Title: Tangled
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: May 20th, 2013
Finished Date: April 13th, 2015
Pages: 256
Read in: English

Synopsis

When rich, handsome, and arrogant meets beautiful, brilliant, and ambitious, things are bound to get tangled.

Drew Evans makes multimillion-dollar business deals and seduces New York's most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He'll tell you he has the flu, but we all know that's not really true.

When Katherine Brooks is hired as the new associate at Drew's father's investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy's life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

How can one woman turn a smooth-talking player into a broken, desperate man? By making the one thing he never wanted in life the only thing he can't live without.
Source: GoodReads

Rating

Despite the spoiler warning down below, I wouldn't worry too much about spoilers. And that's because I only managed to read about 20% of the book. Nothing had happened between the main characters yet. Why didn't I read more?, you ask. Well, it seemed to me like Drew had a cronic case of asshole. And I really dislike reading about presumptuous pigs who enjoy degrading women and think of them as lower beings only fit to have sex, cry and be, as he called them, bitches. No thank you.

The following extended review contains spoilers
If you have not yet read the book and/or do not wish to be spoiled, please do not read any further.

10 Oct 2015

[Popular Author I've Never Read] - Jandy Nelson

You know those times when you find out about something or someone and suddenly you can't stop seeing and hearing about it everywhere? When I was very little, this happened to me with new vocabulary. Now it happens with books and authors. That's what happened with me and Jandy Nelson. One bright afternoon, not very long ago, I'll give you the sun showed up on my GoodReads recommendations. I checked out the synopsis and it did sound intriguing. I marked it as TBR. And suddenly that book, but especially, that author is all anyone talks about. I am certain that I'll love her books once I get to finally read them, her writing sounds right up my alley.


Jandy Nelson, like her characters in I’ll Give You the Sun and The Sky is Everywhere, comes from a superstitious lot. She was tutored from a young age in the art of the four-leaf clover hunt; she knocks wood, throws salt, and carries charms in her pockets. Her critically-acclaimed, New York Times bestselling second novel, I’ll Give You the Sun, received the prestigious Printz Award, Bank Street's Josette Frank Award, and is a Stonewall Book Award honor. Both Sun and her debut, The Sky Is Everywhere, have been YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults picks (Sun, a Top Ten on Both YALSA and Rainbow Lists) and on multiple best of the year lists including the New York Times, Time Magazine, NPR, have earned many starred reviews, and continue to enjoy great international success, collectively published in over 47 countries. I'll Give You the Sun has been sold to Warner Brothers and screenwriter Natalie Krinsky is currently writing the adaptation. Jandy, a literary agent for many years, received a BA from Cornell University and MFAs in Poetry and Children's Writing from Brown University and Vermont College of Fine Arts. Currently a full-time writer, she lives and writes in San Francisco, California—not far from the settings of her novels. 



Currently on my TBR by this author


8 Oct 2015

[Review] Confess - Colleen Hoover

Author: Colleen Hoover
Original Title: Confess
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: March 10th, 2015
Finished Date: April 9th, 2015
Pages: 306
Read in: English

Synopsis

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.
For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…
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Rating

Yes. This book finally made me understand why people seem to praise Colleen Hoover so much that they almost treat her as a GOD. This was so much better than what I anticipated, I can't even put it into words. It wasn't perfect - there were some things that didn't really set quite right with me, but it was powerful. It was moving. It was beautiful.
As in Maybe Someday, which I've also read and reviewed (click here to go see that review), Colleen decided to transcend the written word as a way to tell her story. In Maybe Someday she used music to complement the story. In this book she used paintings. Beautiful, soulful paintings. And I don't even like paintings all that much.
The story was heart-wrenching, and even if it was a bit too much at times - which, lets face it, is Colleen's style - it still managed to throw me off with a big revelation that changed everything.
If you're looking for a good NA, go pick this one up.

The following extended review contains spoilers
If you have not yet read the book and/or do not wish to be spoiled, please do not read any further.

6 Oct 2015

[Top Ten Tuesday] - Books and series I did not (and most likely will not) finish

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish, through which we share our top ten list on the weekly topic.

This week, the original topic was the ten bookish things I want to quit, or have quit. I decided to adapt this topic into something that would make a bit more sense to me, and thus, I'll be listing the books and series I did not (and most likely will not) finish.


Top Ten Books and Series I did not (and most likely will not) finish

So there are a lot of books I read and don't necessarily love, or even like at all. But I do always tend to finish the book anyways. Which is probably why in this list of 10, only 2 are books I marked as DNF and the other 8 are just series which I don't intend to continue on with.

1. Hush, hush, Becca Fitzpatrick
I only read the first book, and it seriously pissed me off. I couldn't believe some people counted this book amongst their favourites. It was badly written and transmitted all the wrong values. If you wish to read my in depth review, click here.

2. The house of night series, P. C. Cast & Kristin Cast
I read the first volume of this series a while ago. In short, I do not recommend. At all. When I finished, I remember thinking very clearly that it was the worst thing I'd ever read. It probably isn't as bad as I remember it, but I thought it was so ghastly that I wrote a very very descriptive and in depth review on GoodReads (you can read here my very long rant about it in Portuguese) and it sort of became a joke between me and my sister how bad it was. Nowadays, whenever I say I've read an awful book, my sister asks me how bad from one to Marked. I guess it withstood the test of time. Just not in a good way.

3. Tangled, Emma Chase
It wasn't until I started writing this and actually went looking for this book on my shelf that I noticed it is not only a book, but a series?! And a very loved one. I don't get this, sorry guys. This was one of only three books this year I did not finish. And trust me, it takes a lot for me not to finish a book. I read tons of awful books, and I almost always finish them, usually so I can avoid the "but it gets so much better in the end!" comments. This time I just couldn't do it. In this case, the protagonist pissed me of. He was a sexist brute pig of a man, and I did not care for his view on the world (or women) at all. I stopped after about 50 pages. I have no objection to reading erotica at all, my not liking this book had nothing to do with the genre - I stopped before anything had even happened between the main characters. Don't worry, I have a full rant of a review coming up explaining why I didn't like it in detail.



4. The wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, Maggie Stiefvater 
This is the example of a beautiful writer and a terrible plot. I did not like this book because the story felt forced (and to be honest similar to Twilight) to me. The characters were not intriguing, I wasn't emotionally invested in the plot at all. This was a stereotypical YA paranormal romance, full of insta-love and protagonists with no self-respect. But God, the writing. The writing was phenomenal. It was lyrical and poetic and it made me read the boring story about the plain people, because I was under its spell. I definitely won't read the rest of this trilogy, but I already have The Raven Boys on my TBR waiting for me. You can also read my opinion on this book here.

5. Fifty shades of grey, E. L. James
Here's the thing - I don't really count this as read or DNF. I'm not interested in reading it. I tried reading it and it was terrible. I only read about 20 pages, and I was already bored to tears and very unimpressed with the writing. So I skimmed it. I did not like what I read. And so I put it to rest, never to be seen again in my shelves. Again, I have nothing against the genre, but this was no good.

6. Septimus Heap series, Angie Sage
I have no idea why I didn't like the one book of this series I read, Magyk. It was the first in a Middle Grade/YA (I believe) fantasy series, and it was promising. Why didn't I like it? I have no idea. I can't remember anything about it. All I know is that whenever I think of it I get really uneasy and uncomfortable and I have no intentions of picking it up to find out why. I do a great job blocking out unpleasant memories. That might be why. I honestly couldn't tell you.



7. The coldest girl in Coldtown, Holly Black
Holly Black was one of those authors that had been on my TBR for a long time. Like Cassandra Clare, she seems to be one of those YA authors everyone says wonders about. I tried reading this last month. It started out okay, but got weird very quickly. And that's okay, I'm not opposed to weird. Weird is good. I got to about 25%. By then, I just gave up. I didn't really like the lore, I didn't like or connect to any of the characters, especially not the main character, and I didn't see it progressing. I can't even explain how bored I felt while trying to read it, honestly.

8. Too far series, Abbi Glines
This is not bad exactly. It's just not very good either. I only read the first two volumes, and I don't intend on carrying on. If you're looking for easy to read romance that is not actually too badly written and that can check all the clich├ęs at once, this is your series! Go for it!
I don't exactly like to read a book where I can tell from the start how everything will end (even though there was a plot twist I didn't see coming), and I especially hate it when things are thrown in the plot just to create drama between the characters. Those situations that would never happen in real life, because in real life people just talk to each other instead of assuming everything? Yep. Not a fan of those.




9. The vampire diaries, L. J. Smith
I tried. I read the first four volumes, I believe. But I also watched the TV series, and that honestly ruined the book series for me. I don't watch TVD anymore, because it just got ridiculous after a while. And Joseph Morgan left, so I had no more motivation to watch it (I did watch 5x11, though, because honestly, how could I not?!). The thing is, the TV series was well explored in the first few seasons, and it changed the original so much I just have no inclination to read it and become permanently confused. Besides, look at that cover.

10. Gossip Girl, Cecily Von Ziegsar
The same applies here. I did follow the first few seasons of Gossip Girl, and I didn't try reading the novels until I was already watching the show. This show didn't change as much as TVD did in terms of plot and characters, but it still felt like a waste of time to read them. Plus, it was way more entertaining to watch the TV series, I'm not going to lie.



 All images were obtained through GoodReads.

What are the books and series you didn't finish? Have you also had any problems with any of these books? Let me know! :)