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Hello 26!

When you think about it, life is weird. From 365 days of the year and millions of years I was decided to born on the 4th of July of 1990 a.C., and I have managed to survive for 26 years in this crazy small planet called Earth. It feels surreal.

My 25th year on Earth was crazy. Lots of ups and downs. I gained lots of friends and lost others. Life’s like this. I learned so much about life. 25 was like a new start for me in so many ways.

The struggle of being myself, hasn’t change, it keeps transforming. Being myself has brought good and bad things and I think that’s okay. Not every body has to like me all the time, I wish they did, but I have to carry on. I can’t be who I’m not to please the others. I can’t do it anymore.

When it comes to books, I can’t complain. I read more new favorite books at 25. I read Harry Potter for the first time, and I don’t regret it. I am in love with those books. Also I read new favorite book series like Throne Of Glass, Shadow And Bone and Six Of Crows, and A Darker Shade Of Magic. Beside books, I met new authors in person and online. This little dream I have of writing a book feels more real every time I meet an author. The bookish part of my life keeps getting better.

I still don’t have a BA. No kids, not married, not WIP finished. Nothing. I am still a fangirl, and a dream of big dreams. Sometimes it’s frustrating to think that I am not what society and family has expected me to be… but just you wait. I’m not planning to follow it, but I want and will defy expectations.

Now that I am entering into the late twenties I want to still feel young and I want to write about youth and be a fangirl forever and ever.I want to act like a teenager when is needed and don’t regret it.I want to dance and sing Hamilton like there’s no tomorrow and not be ashamed of it. I want to be myself and keep following my dream, so the moon, the stars and the universe help me.

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Book Review: Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

“Addictive!”

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After reading and loving Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke I wanted to read everything she wrote. I love her writing style and her stories and Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea was a must read.

First of all, I couldn’t stop reading it. It has mystery, unpredictable twist, romance, strong female lead, swoony guy with long brown hair and sun-tanned skin, and Narnia references (again!). Everything I love! Every time I tried to stop reading I had to pick it up again, even at night I couldn’t sleep. I slept a few minutes and woke up to keep reading until I finish it in almost a day.

I loved the main character, Violet, she felt so real and I related a lot to her. I think I love every character in this book, even the bad guy who totally reminded me of Killgrave from Jessica Jones.

This book reminded me a bit of I’ll Give You The Sun, because the main character, Violet, has a painter twin brother and she has a weird obsession with her dead grandmother. Add a spark of Mara Dyer’s paranormality and romance and you’ll get and idea of what this book is. I love Tucholke’s writing style. She makes me want to live in her worlds and live her stories.

The ending was bittersweet but satisfying. I loved it so much. You must read it because my words are nothing. I can talk about this book the whole day.

5/5 stars!

I’m going to read the sequel right now!

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Book Review: Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys

BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR. 

HANDS DOWN.

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I really don’t know how or where to start this review. It was perfect in all the good and painful ways. It’s weird to love so much a book about a ship that sank in World War II, but you won’t understand all my hype until you read it. It was totally unexpected and satisfying  and sad and I LOVED IT.

First of all, I read this book because authors like Leigh Bardugo and Maggie Stiefvater read it and loved it. As long as I remember, I always been interested in World War 2 topic. I really can’t remember when was the last time I read a historical fiction novel, but this is definitely the first YA historical fiction book I read.

This is a fast read. The story alternates chapter between 4 main characters. Each chapters are short and very straight on point. I personally never got lost because each of the characters are totally different from each other. They all have a story, a secret and a shocking past. As the story develops, their lives join and secrets begin to be revealed and relationships begin to get strong. The character I connected with right away was Joana. She’s a nurse and though she’s different from me in so many ways, I imagined myself as her. Also, there’s is long brown hair guy that I couldn’t resist to like. The more you read, the more you’ll want to know about them and care for them. I couldn’t stop reading. When I finished it, I was a mess of tears. I horribly sobbed. I thought I knew what was going to happen that even at one point I thought about stop reading it. I felt that somebody was throwing knives at me or torturing me, but I let hope win and kept reading.

I don’t think I’ll ever be over this book. This review is nothing compared to my feelings for  it. I can’t stop thinking about it. It was my type of book, it has the kind of love story I love reading, it was unpredictable, sad, hopeful, real, honest, perfect.

Salt To The Sea is a masterpiece.

Ruta Sepetys has won my soul.

Book Review

Book Review: A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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Of course, I was one of those few who finished A Court Of Thorns And Roses begging for the sequel to see Rhysand again. When ACOMAF came out, I bought the Kindle version to start it right off on release day. I couldn’t make it that fast. BEA trip was around the corner and I got involved in working and preparing for the trip. Well, in Chicago…guess what?! I got the chance to meet Sarah J. Maas, twice! The second one in a book signing in Anderson’s Book Store in Naperville, IL. Of course, I couldn’t meet Queen Maas without the person  who’s been there to support and understand my feelings towards Maas’s books, Michelle. Sarah means a lot to us, she’s the reason we became friends and we had to meet her, together. While we waited for our turn in the signing, Michelle wrote little notes inside the book with her reactions. I was so fun to read them while I read it. It made book a different experience.

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I have so many mixed feeling for this book, I don’t know where to start. Sometimes I hated it, sometimes I loved it, sometimes it bored me, sometimes I couldn’t stop reading. So many things. I tried to hate Sarah J. Maas but I couldn’t. I never can. Her writing is spectacular and it always inspire me to write. Couple of times, I had to stop reading and grab my writing notebook and write a lot. I love when books do that to me, and Sarah J. Maas’ books always do it.

Before reading this book, it was obvious what was going to happen and I even read a spoiler before starting. This pissed me off a bit. I love surprises when I read, and knowing spoilers from a book I am dying to read, turns me down. Besides that, I was mad at things that happened in the book that I wasn’t expecting to happen and they pissed me off too.  But even that can never let me hate Maas book. I can never hate her books as much as I want. The characters and new places in this one, are all amazing! I dream about being inside that beautiful world. It’s so clear of how much of a fan is Sarah to Lord Of The Rings. Things that I was waiting to happen, happened and it was amazing. Now everyone can join my ship and sail to the end of the world. (Is this how you all felt with Queen Of Shadows?)

I can go a whole day talking about my love and hate relationship with this book. Since I don’t want to go on spoilers I’ll stop here. A Court Of Mist And Fury is a dream of a book. Sarah J. Maas is the High Lady of storytelling. This book will hit every bit of your soul and body, it’s a feast of beauty, sexiness and power.

*This book is for mature audiences.*

RHYS IS MINE! I TOLD YOU SINCE ACOTAR. HE’S MY MATE. I DON’T SHARE.

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Book Review: Girl Against The Universe by Paula Stokes

After reading Liars,Inc by Paula Stokes, and knowing about all its alternates endings I was afraid to read this book.

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Girl Against The Universe surprised me. It’s a beautiful read with amazing characters. I couldn’t put it down!

I read this book as soon as I got it in hands. I was curious to know what Stokes brought up after the amazing Liars, Inc. This is a totally different book with the same heart Paula Stokes gives to her books. I loved that the secondary characters had their own problems too. It helped me to care for them and pay more attention to them, specially to Jordy. He’s Maguire’s love interest and he’s also going through his own problems. He’s a great secondary character and he’s obviously moved by Maguire’s story. Both characters complement each other and they began to work out their fears together. They have a perfect chemistry!

Girl Against The Universe is the kind of cute book with a powerful message  for all of us who suffer insecurities and anxiety. We can’t control the Universe but we can take control of ourselves.

When I finished this book I couldn’t stop hugging it and feel inspired. It reminded me of how I felt when I finished reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. It’s has that kind of ending.

Follow @pstokesbooks for info about a special pre-order offer!

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Book Review: The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater

I can’t believe this over, and it was all magical!

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You all know how much love this series, and it sad that it’s over. So sad! But I am happy because the ending was beautiful. Sincerely, I wish for another book or a short story that continues this story on and on. The ending for each character were perfect, specially for Blue Sargent. She’s one of my biggest inspiration and the way her story ended it’s a way rarely seen in YA, but very important for teens nowadays, at least for me. I wish I was a teen when I read this read series, so I could take more from it.

I have to admit that the ending was kind of incomplete for me because I never knew what happened with some other favorite characters. This is why I really need another book. Besides that, Maggie did a beautiful job developing and ending for this beloved story. This book will get me into a book hangover, and I don’t know when I’ll be ready to start something new.

This series reminded me of why I want to be a writer. I want to create magic. I want to make people feel how books makes me feel. This series will mean a lot to me. Maggie Stiefvater is one of my biggest inspiration in writing!

4.5/5 stars

Reading

Reading Harry Potter series for the time.

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One of my 2016 resolutions, was to read the Harry Potter series. No one believed that after all this time, and knowing how much I love to read and join fandoms, I haven’t read Harry Potter or watched any of its movies. The reason why I never read them when I was young, was because they had magic and you know, magic is from the devil . (*eyes rolls*) Even though I was allowed to read The Da Vinci Code and Lord Of The Rings, Harry Potter was always despised. I wasn’t even taken to watch the films! Then I decided not to because I wanted to do the right thing and read the books first.

Everyone was recommending these books to me, friends, authors, random people, the Wizarding world was calling me long time ago.  Now as a full growth adult I decided to read them, and even at 25 I was told, “Are you going to read THAT?”. Well, yes I read them. Finally! And watched the movies! I am not a Muggle anymore!

I had no expectations when I started them. I barely knew any spoilers ( was careful to not know them and succeed in most parts and character deaths) so I went in 90% blank. It was the best thing!

The first two books were great, but the ending in Prisoner of Azkaban was the one that officially made me fall in love with this series. There I met, Sirius Black, and he changed everything for me. And I ugly cried so much at the ending. The Goblet Of Fire, is the book I say is the one that made me completely fall for this series. It gets more intense and this is where I actually believe that this book is more than a kids book. This book the story gets more intense and the character development is blooming. I knew nothing of what happened in this one and everything was very shocking for me.

Surprisingly, even though The Order Of The Phoenix is so tragic for me, it’s one of my favorites. Harry Potter’s character development is so amazing that he turned into one of my favorite characters in the series. Half-Blood Prince was perfect. And Deathly Hallows, WOOOOWW! 10 stars great/sobbing worthy/swoon worthy/wtfisthis/everything is horribly perfect book.

This post doesn’t totally express how I feel about this series, it’s really hard to put it on words. Reading Harry Potter felt like discovering a world I always knew I would belong in. I never doubted the amazingness of this series and now I understand why. Harry Potter is more than books, it’s an experience every one must have. I don’t regret reading them so late in life. It’s never late to start ready Harry Potter for the first time right? But I feel so small joining this fandom that’s so big and famous. I want to keep this story to myself, save it in my heart. Harry Potter is part of my life now, or let’s say Harry Potter is my Horcrux.

My life is complete!

I ended in a massive book hangover. I seriously don’t want to read fantasy any more. I want to re-read this series over and over again. I totally feel that Harry Potter deserves a category for its own in the bookstores, I can’t place it anywhere. I strongly believe this series is for ALL ages.

 

Hogwarts house? I’m sorted in Gryffindor! I always thought I was Slythering, I wanted to be in that house for sure, Hogwarts wanted me in another house. I did all the quizzes I could find, before the Pottermore quiz was relaunched, and they all sorted me in Gryffindor. When the Pottermore quiz was up again, I did it thinking that this will be the official result. Gryffindor again! So after a few days in denial, I accepted it and now I am full proud Gryffindor and no one can change that now.

Favorite book? I can’t pick one, but it’s a tie between Prisoner Of Azkaban and Order Of The Phoenix. (This can change next week.)

Favorite characters? (so many!)I love them all but if I have to pick just a few, Sirius Black will always be my number 1. Harry Potter, Ginny Weasley, Voldemort, and Narcissa Malfoy.

Thank you to all the Harry Potter fans who pushed me into this series and were with me until the very end listening to my reactions and fangirling. I will continue with the fangirling, always.

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Book Review: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

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I wanted to read this book after seeing so many authors talking about it on Twitter. And when my friend asked me for which I wanted from my wish list, I decided it was time to pick This Is Where It Ends. I started reading it right away, I needed a different book and this was one that filled that need.

This Is Where It Ends it’s the tale about a school shooting. The whole story happens in a hour, told in four different perspectives, diverse characters and full tension that won’t let you keep your eyes away from the book. This a very important read. Each character has it’s own story and relation to each other. I wish we could see and know more about them but the book is very into the point. Even though we get to know more about their pasts I felt like I needed more to feel connected to them.

I don’t blame you if you cry with this book. It’s heartbreaking, there’s a lot of blood and it’s very shocking. I couldn’t stop reading even when I wanted to because I was desperate to know what happens.

Overall, this is a great book! A must read if you are tired of reading love stories and happy endings. I can’t compare it to any book I’ve read so far because I’ve never read anything like it.

4/5 stars.

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Book Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

OMG THIS BOOK!

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First, the cover is one of the best book covers EVER! I finished this book few days ago and now that I go back to remember it I have to admit that IT IS AMAZING. I think that when I read it, I wasn’t in the mood for a fantasy book. This is high fantasy book, full of magic, spells, witches, a spark of romance, so you have to be in the mood for it to enjoy it the way it deserves. Now that I look back, I can tell how amazing this book is.

I don’t want to go in much details in this review, but I strongly suggest this book if you love high fantasy/Lord Of The Rings/Throne Of Glass style books. And if you want to full enjoy it, please be in the mood for it. It took me a long time to read it and I didn’t enjoyed much at the time because I wasn’t totally in the mood for it. But now that I think about it, there wasn’t anything I didn’t liked. I think I fell on its spell.

 Let’s talk about the ending…THE ENDING! OMG. Let me have a moment here. I can’t even express any feeling towards it without wanting to cry or talk nonsense. I didn’t wanted it to end. Even though it took me almost a month to finish, when I did, I realized I wasn’t ready for it. The ending destroyed my life!! It was perfect but I wanted, NEEDED more. I still can’t believe it ended that way. Please, I suggest you to never talk to me about it because I won’t be able to speak or breathe properly.

P.S. There’s an angsty cinnamon roll you’ll love.

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Book Review: Wink Poppy Midnight

New favorite book!

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 I choose to read this book because it was literally calling me. I was on the edge of jumping into a reading slump but the cover of this book called me. I felt it, I had to read it. And I am so glad  I did. I read it in two days, you can read it in one if you have the time. I finished it and all I wanted was to read it again.

Before reading Wink Poppy Midnight I was scared. The promo for this book said that is for fans of We Were Liars, The Raven Boys and The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer, all favorite books of mine. I had super high and low expectations the same time. I never try to trust in “For fans of…” because I usually get disappointed when I don’t find the resembles.This was not the case. Wink Poppy Midnight met all my expectations. I was perfect from the first chapter to the last. I couldn’t stop reading it or stop thinking about it. It has mystery, romance, secrets, impossible love, Narnia references!! (BONUS), amazing characters, and spark of sexiness, it has everything I love in a book. As I was reading, I kept falling in love more and more with the narrative, the style and the characters. I couldn’t believe I was going to love it this much. This is totally my type of book. The characters are perfectly imperfects, and the plot twits are to die for. I could relate to the characters, specially Poppy.  This book spoke to me in so many ways. I love when a book changes me and helps me see things differently or in this case, helps me to see things more clearly in my personal life. I don’t expect to people love it as much as I did because I feel like I have weird taste in books, but this is MUST read if you want to read something different.

It’s beautifully written with dark humor and intrigue. I couldn’t put it down and when I wasn’t reading I couldnt stop thinking about it. I was scared for the ending but I loved it! It was beautiful, and well deserved one for each character. I have to admit that I almost cried at the end.

This book calls for a reread because after discovering the truths at the end, you’ll want to go back.