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#BroodyBff — Favorite YA romance trope.

This post is part of my participation as a #BroodyBFF , street team for the upcoming book Brooding YA Hero’s Guide to Achieving Main Character Status by Carrie Ann DiRisio. Cover of the book is up! Check it out here

This challenge was about choosing our favorite YA Romance trope. Sitting down to write about this topic made me rethink about all my “ships” choices in my reading life. I like many tropes. When I read a book I’m in for the romance. Books without a love story must entertain me as much as to make me believe that the romance wasn’t needed. Writers always win my heart through the romance. Even if it’s just a side thing, that longing for each other between characters make my heart melts every time.  I can write about all the tropes I enjoy, but I really challenged myself to just pick one. I never imagined how hard the task was going to be. 
Before finally deciding what to write about I spent hours thinking and thinking, staring at my bookshelves, retrospecting about my fangirling. Love at first sight it’s a no for me if it’s not done right, I love slow-burn romance. I love the tension, I like when the author make us suffer.  Slow burn romance can be found in any most tropes, but specially in the one I’m going to talk about today.

 From all the great YA romance tropes I like, if I had to pick just one, I’d go with “Alpha hero”. (And if you add forbidden love then I’m doneforeveryouhavemywholeheart). I found a website that defines Alpha hero as ” he’s driven, assertive, and in control of the world around him, except where his lover is concerned.” Alpha sounds like a big bad word, but for me it means that the guy is all angry at life and seems to be in control of everything until his love interest is around. I die for those! Think about Warner and Juliette (Shatter Me), Kaz and Inej (Six of Crows) and Lorcan and Elide in (Throne of Glass). I love seeing the alpha male showing his soft side.

Alpha male is so Broody, right?

What’s your favorite YA romance trope?  

Don’t forget to check Brooding YA Hero’s Guide to Achieving Main Character Status by Carrie Ann DiRisio book cover, interview and pre-order link here

#BroodyBFF – How I met Broody…

This post is part of my participation as a #BroodyBFF , street team for the upcoming book Brooding YA Hero’s Guide to Achieving Main Character Status by Carrie Ann DiRisio. (Which I am so excited to read.)
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I wrote about Broody even before I met him. In my dreams, he was always there with his broad chest, messy hair and red shirt and looking straight to my eyes always. Never I thought that he would become real, because Broody will only like pretty girls and I am not pretty.

One day exploring the wild Twitter, I found him. 

My whole world shifted. I explored more about him and it felt like we’ve met before. I couldn’t stop smiling, he was a dream come true. The man of my dreams. The one who would save me with sweat but smelling great. The one with a dark past and secrets he will never tell until finds a benefit from it. The guy who will love me because I am the main character of my story.

Broody changed my life.
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ARC Review: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

This is the first book I read from this author and I absolutely loved her style.

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About the book: 

“You go through life thinking there’s so much you need. . . . Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.”

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.


 

Review: 

We Are Okay is about friendship and family more than anything, it has LGBT themes but it’s not the main theme even though it helps the development of the main character. I loved the pace of the book and that I could get inside the story every time grabbed the book. The pace of the book is soft and easy to read. Like I thought when I was reading it, this is my type of YA book.

This book is very short, I finished it so fast that I wanted more. I wanted to live inside this story for a longer time. I don’t know if this is bad or good.

This is the type of book I would like everyone to read. I loved it so much. I read it back in December and I’ve been dying to see it on shelves so everyone can enjoy this amazing book.

 

 

Digital Review Copy from Edelweiss.

10 Best Books of 2016

I wanted to talk about every book I read this year because there’s a story behind each of them, but I’ll keep it to the best 10 released on 2016. It was a year of great reads and it was hard to pick just ten.

Here’re my Top Ten Best Books of 2016:

(Hover over the images to read the reason why I chose this book.)

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!

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.

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. 😀

Book Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff 

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 !!!!

 

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.

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!