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ARC Review: Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

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You all know how passionate I am about Illuminae. It is still is my best read this year, and one book I’ll never forget. At BEA,I was one of the lucky first people to grab an Advance Readers Copy of Gemina, and I meet Jay Kristoff and it was the most perfect day of the year. I read Gemina and now I’m begging for book 3. I really need it. But Gemina was not all what I expected it to be.

The whole book is a big WTF. I’m still confused. This book is more action packed with more space and science terms I’m really not good at understanding. Science is definitely not my area of expertise. I still don’t know how many things happened even though they are explained. It has more video footage than anything else, so it has a lot of narrated parts. I cannot talk about the main plot of the book because it’s a huge spoiler, but it was confusing and although it was very well explained I was still confused after, but this is my fault. The romance was a bit rushed. I didn’t shipped the “ship”, and my ship sank very fast, as usual. After page 505 is when things get lot crazier and more WTF than ever and you’ll definitely won’t be able to stop from there on.

Gemina’s main characters are not the same as in Illuminae. I adored the characters from the first book and I never could quite love the new characters. I missed the old ones so much and I was begging for them to come up again, as promised by the authors. They do show up! And the made the story so much better, because they are perfect. I really didn’t care if the characters lived or die. I don’t know if that’s a bad thing. Kady and Ezra are the top of my world and I think I’m being extra loyal to them. And one special character who I adore is back. The main characters of Gemina aren’t bad, but they didn’t grabbed me as the ones in the first book. That’s what I’m trying to say.

Anyways, the ending got me begging for book 3. It’s not a cliffhanger, but the curiosity and brilliance is too big to resist. I can’t wait for the Illuminae Files 3! I really really can’t.

Jay Kristoff (god) and Amie Kaufman are geniuses !!!! My brain will never reach their brilliance. Not even close.

I got to see the finished copy already and the sketches by Marie Lu are brilliant and they totally help the story and they will make you love the new characters even more. TRUST ME!! I SAW THEM!

 

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with the MASTER of everything, Jay Kristoff.

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GEMINA in my hands!

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Book Review: Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo

I will never forget this series.

Last year, I read an ARC of a very anticipated book about six outcast and one impossible heist and I fell in love with it. Not only fell in love with the story, I fell in love with the characters, world, author, everything. It changed my life. I became a huge fan of Leigh Bardugo, I even had the chance to meet her in BEA. I went crazy buy all the Six of Crows fanarts, jewelry, everything! I went a little obsessed with it. My favorite character is Inej, and my friends are very concern about it and they gift me arrow related stuff because of that “the heart is an arrow” quote. After waiting over a year, the second and final story (for now) from the Grishaverse and ending of Six of Crows came out. My obsession returned and I am more than happy to know this series was not a waste of time and money.

I will never be over Crooked Kingdom. I didn’t wanted to finish it but at the same time I wanted to know what was going to happen with my favorite characters. I have to admit that I wasn’t 100% satisfied with the ending because I wanted more, but I guess I’m going to daydream about things that weren’t shown but implied for the rest of my life. Since I don’t want to spoil anything, there’s a big thing that happened that I will never be over it neither my friends. As Leigh said once, not all the ships are going to sail.

Some character developments were excellent, some I wanted more and more.

Overall, Crooked Kingdom is full of surprises, cleverness, tears, feels, everything you can expect from Leigh Bardugo but in a higher level. I loved it so much!!!!!

Reading this book made me reaffirm my love for Inej. She’s one of my favorite characters ever. My role model, my inspiration and I want to be her. My friends already call me Inej it makes me so happy you have no idea. Every time Inej was in the scene I absorbed her highlighted all her movements. I can’t explain my love for her.

If you haven’t read this series, YOU MUST!!!!!! NOW.

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Empire Of Storms (Throne Of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas

It’s hard to do this review without spoilers or mild spoilers. I won’t say any direct spoiler but it might seem to. Read at your own risk.

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What can I say?!! THIS BOOK WAS PERFECT AND BEYOND PERFECT ! I don’t want to read anything else until the last book.

  1. Elide Lochan is officially my favorite character in this series! I love her so much and you can’t understand until YOU read this book.
  2. Lorcan!!! LORCAN LOVE OF MY LIFE. Okay, yeah, he’s kind of an asshole, but in Queen Of Shadows he hated Rowan and Aelin like I was in that book so I related a lot him now. Well, be aware that he will be your new book boyfriend. Nah, don’t think about it he’s mine.
  3. There’s a new ship. A NEW SHIP I AM OBSESSED WITH.
  4. Manon! YAAAS! Manon is perfection.
  5. My biggest ship in Queen Of Shadows is sailing and it’s amazing! So happy!!
  6. There’s a Dorian scene I die. Yes! My baby is a big man now.
  7. Rowan. My friends were so happy when I finally said, “I LOVE ROWAN!” I can’t explain much why I love him now, but in this book we can see Rowan working things by himself and not being behind Aelin all the time. And well, some other stuff that happened. I totally ship Rowaelin.
  8. Revelations! There’s so many revelations what will twist things and make this story take another level.

The ending broke me in million pieces. It’s a mix of good and bad things, hope and despair. I can’t explain it. You have to read it, specially with the music Sarah J. Maas recommended for the ending. This book changed me. I thought I was losing my love for this series but this book took me back on track.

I’m still on book hangover, searching highlighted passages, and rereading my favorite scenes.

After I finished, I read Chaol’s short story that comes in the WHSmith edition. They’re currently out of stock and impossible to get anywhere outside US, so I suggest you find it online, like I did. This story completed me. It was something I knew I need, first because Chaol is my #1 favorite character and second because here he explained why he could never be with Aelin. I will always secretly ship Chaoleana in my heart, but I’m okay they never ended up together and I’m so happy he found Nesryn Faliq because she’s perfect for him.

I want to give a BIG thanks to my friend and carranam Michelle! We did a read along, celebrating this book and our one year friendship. We were there for each other reading and suffering and shipping at the same time.

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And yes! We were in the cover reveal and we met Sarah J. Maas together twice.๐Ÿ˜€

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Book Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoffย 

I haven’t posted a review in a while, but for this book I can’t ignore not posting one.
I finished this couple of days ago and I’m still not over it. I will never be over this book. Ever.

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Even though I have no words to describe the feelings I have for this book, I’m going to try to write something decent.

I was dying to read this book. I prepaid this book and went running on release day to the bookstore (also my workplace) to start reading it.  First of all, it’s worth the reading and pain. Yes, this book made me suffer in the most inhuman ways for a book to do. I’m not going to sugar coat this. You know how Jay Kristoff used for promo the hashtag “#stabstabstab”?  Well, that’s basically what this book will do to your heart.
Mia is my new favorite female lead. She’s left handed and that completely got me into her. I could imagine myself being her better, and wow! All the choices she makes through the book are just what I was thinking I would do. I felt so proud for her and connected to her in so many ways.
The first pages of the books were slow, but not to the point to stop reading. I read that some people couldn’t handle the writing style and DNF it. This is not a book for teens. It doesn’t have simple descriptions. Somethings will be difficult to understand and that’s okay. KEEP READING. Don’t stop. I agree it takes time to get into it, but it’s world building and the author making you fall in love with the characters and then stab your heart. Jay Kristoff breaks your heart in terrible ways. I was feeling the book hangover before I finished the book.

I haven’t felt this way about a book in a while. Last time I felt like this with a book was last year with Six Of Crows. I am amazed with this story. I can’t wait for the sequel. I fell in love with the characters, besides Mia, and end up heart broken to no repair.
I am obsessed with this book. I can go all day talking about it and rereading my favorite scenes.

Bad side: I don’t want to read anything anymore.

This all I can say.

 

READ IT. READ IT !!!!

 

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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 ย who’s been there to support and understand my feelings towards Maas’s books, Michelle.ย 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. ย 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