book review

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.

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: 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.

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Book Review: A Darker Shade Of Magic by V. A. Schwab

I thought I didn’t had space for more amazing books and characters. A Darker Shade Of Magic is joining my favorite books list.

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     I jumped into this book by friends and authors recommendations. I read it without knowing what it was about. Reading A Darker Shade Of Magic felt like reading something I’ve never read before but I was familiar with. One of the things I loved was the blood magic. I never read a book where the character had magical blood but it was already an idea I had for a novel I’m writing. Reading about it was fascinating! Of course the idea is this book is much bigger than mine but I was happy to read about it.

The characters!! One of the things that draws me to a story is the characters. The main characters in this book are Kell and Lila. Lila is the one who stole my whole heart. She’s my new favorite female character ( I have so many! I know.) Well, Lila is a role model and not for the reason that she steals a bit too much. Lila is determinate, she know what she wants and goes for it. She’s looking for adventures and is willing to risk everything for the sake of her dreams.

“Aren’t you afraid of dying?” he asked Lila now.
She looked at him as if it were a strange question. And then she shook her head. “Death comes for everyone,” she said simply. “I’m not afraid of dying. But I am afraid of dying here.” She swept her hand over the room, the tavern, the city. “I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.

     The first half of the book might be a bit slow but interesting enough to keep you reading. V. E. Schwab put us in a story where you’ll always want to learn more and more. The rest of the book, specially the last 100 pages, is non-stop action and heart stopping moments.

The ending is not a cliffhanger but the whole story will leave you wanting more.

5/5 stars

Book Review: The Wrath And The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

The Wrath And The Dawn was inspired by A Thousand And One Nights. When this book came out I was not interested in reading it but I was interested in A Thousand And One Nights. I remembered after about this new YA retelling of the story and I got sort of interested in it. What really got me into reading it was reading all the love and fangirling from my book blogger friends, specially from Josie and Brittany (click on either name to view their reviews). I trust their tastes so I was expecting this to be a great book.

Overall, it’s a swoon-worthy experience. I love this kind of love story, where the girl loves the man she shouldn’t love, and her heart is troubled and all that. I loved all the characters, except towards the ending that I began to hate Tariq and it will remain that way. Apart from him and a crazy character, I won’t mention because of spoilers, I loved them all. Each character is very unique and each one has their own story.

Shahrzad and Khalid are the main character. Shahrzad is the girl who sacrifices herself to marry the man who killed her best friend and risks her life for it. Khalid is, your new book boyfriend, the King who kills each new bride each dawn. They have a chemistry I don’t know how to describe but they feel like they are made for each other. Their scenes were so perfect for this story that I had to stop sometimes and say “OMG I can’t keep reading! This is too much!”

“If you would, give him the love that will enable him to see it for himself. To lost soul, such a treasure is worth it’s weight in gold. Worth it’s weight in dreams.”

This book felt like a fast read. It is mostly about trying to figure out secrets and the romance. Once you start to discover secrets, you start to have questions then it all leads to an ending that will leave you wanting more.

“There is no one I would rather see the sunrise with than you.” 

When I finished reading this book I was speechless for while. I couldn’t express any feeling, I couldn’t talk, I couldn’t swallow. It was crazy. I have no idea what’s going to happen next but, I can’t wait for the second book!

Book Review: Find You In The Dark by A. Meredith Walters

From Goodreads: 

Maggie Young had the market on normal. Normal friends, normal parents, normal grades; normal life. Until him.

Clayton Reed was running from his past and an army of personal demons that threatened to take him down. He never thought he had a chance at happiness. Until her.

Maggie thought their love could overcome anything. Clay thought she was all he needed to fix his messy life. That together, they could face the world. But the darkness is always waiting. Sometimes the greatest obstacle to true love is within yourself. 

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When I look for a romance book I like stories that breaks my heart and leave me with a book hangover or the need to read the book again. This book did everything to me. Maggie and Clay are not your typical healthy love relationship. They both need each other for their own reason and in their own personal needs and, as they tangled in a twisted love relationship they find true unconditional love. I loved this book more than the story.

Maggie is a very real character. She reminded me when I was 17 years old, in love and reckless. She’s a teenager acting like a teenager. She goes from the perfect girl who followed the rules to reckless teenage in love with a guy who might not deserve her but she needs him and he needs her. It’s a roller coaster of story, Clay having his mental disorder episodes really were frustrating. Reading from Maggie’s perspective makes you feel what’s goes inside her. She’s trying to keep things together with Clay even when they don’t seem to work anymore, and she’s positive that her love can save him and save their relationship. I can’t say that Maggie is a mature girl because she’s not, and when you don’t have experience in love relationships it’s easy to fall for things easily.

I love this book. I couldn’t put it down after I read the prologue, and the ending will leave you wanting more. Clay and Maggie’s relationship’s though twisted and unperfect is a great story that shows us the things that can be done for love. I finished this book and I wan’t to read it again, I can’t wait to read the sequel.

I can’t recommend this book to everyone because I understand that not everybody is going to enjoy it. But the reviews are really good and mine as well, so you should try it.

I am waiting to get Light In The Shadows in my hands to devour it.

Book Review: Finding Paris by Joy Preble

Release date: April 21,2015

     I know you are going to fall for this book no matter how this review goes. I don’t blame you. This book wears one of the most beautiful book covers of this year, no doubt. And if you take off the dust jacket, you’ll love it more. I admit that one of the reason I wanted to read this book was because of the book cover, yeah I’m that kind of person sometimes. Enough of the book cover praise, let’s talk about the content.

From Goodreads:

Sisters Leo and Paris Hollings have only ever had each other to rely on. They can’t trust their mother, who hops from city to city and from guy to guy, or their gambler stepfather, who’s moved them all to Las Vegas. It’s just the two of them: Paris, who’s always been the dreamer, and Leo, who has a real future in mind–going to Stanford, becoming a doctor, falling in love. But Leo isn’t going anywhere right now, except driving around Vegas all night with her sister.

Until Paris ditches Leo at the Heartbreak Hotel Diner, where moments before they had been talking with physics student Max Sullivan. Outside, Leo finds a cryptic note from Paris–a clue. Is it some kind of game? Where is Paris, and why has she disappeared? When Leo reluctantly accepts Max’s offer of help, the two find themselves following a string of clues through Vegas and beyond. But the search for the truth is not a straight line. And neither is the path to secrets Leo and Max hold inside.


I’m going to do this review very careful because I don’t want to give out any spoilers. I was surprised with the ending although other things in the book where predictable. The real theme of the book is revealed at the end and I was very surprised. I never thought that (judging by cover) this book would go on a very dedicated topic that is very current and important now day.

Leo is the protagonist of this story, we go inside her head the whole book and inside her heart. I was annoyed at first by her personality, she seemed like a very unstable girl, insecure, she wanted something then not, that sort of thing. But after you know what happened to her, everything makes sense. Leo is keeping a secret to her family and even to herself, as she doesn’t want to admit it or think about it, and when she can finally let it out she is able to forgive and move on. She can acknowledge how great she is and appreciate her value.

This story is set in Las Vegas and California, since I’ve been in both place, I enjoyed that I could imagine the places as if I was there using my memory. Its was fun to go back to Las Vegas in my head but seeing Leo, Max and Paris there.

I have mixed feelings over this book. I liked it, but I found things that were predictable. And I enjoyed the things that where predictable because then the story would have been too perfect and I don’t like that. I don’t like when people in books meet by accident and suddenly everything works out and all that. This book might seem to but no.

The love story was great, I loved how Max and Leo with their past and secrets could get along so well.

**An eARC of this title was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.**

Book Review: The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Lennie’s sister, Bailey, unexpected sudden death shakes up her life, now sad and in grief she must learn how to live with her new reality. This sadness and mourning leans her to her sister’s boyfriend, Toby, who is also lost confused and heartbroken. Together they develop a twisted relationship out of grief and confusion that make them both feel guilt and deal with Bailey’s death in the wrong way. On the other side is Joe, the new kid in school who meets Lennie after her sister’s death and meet her in her darkest moment. He helps her forget her grief and begin a new stage in her life. Lennie is torn between her past and the future of giving herself a new chance to be okay and happy. This story is twisted and heartbreaking, but it’s also about forgiveness and second chances. Is about secrets and letting go, and the understanding that the sky is not up but it’s everywhere.

This being the first Jandy Nelson’s book I read, I was not disappointed. This book made me laugh and almost cry. I enjoyed a lot the plot twist and development of the story. Lennie is the little sister who loses her role model big sister. She have to start to live without her being around anymore but to keep her in her memory and heart. The fact that Lennie is attracted to her death sister boyfriend was a fact that really drew me into the book and I was not disappointing by this part in the book. As Lennie starts to find secrets about her sister and starts to find love, she also starts to find her own voice and the ending is great.

I didn’t loved this book as much as I thought I would, and I still don’t know why. This is a great book with a little bit of everything. The story is very original and it’s not a suicide book. Plus, I loved Lennie’s named after John Lennon, her real name is Lennon. I loved this because you must know that I am a huge fan of John Lennon.

I am really looking forward to read I’ll Give You The Sun and any other work from Jandy Nelson.

DRC Book Review: My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp

A coming-of-age story about fate and fixing wrong choices. My Best Everything is a moving story that will take you on a spin about falling in love, finding yourself and following your heart.

Release date: March 3rd,2015

“You say it was all meant to be. You and me. The way we met. Our secrets in the woods. Even the way it all exploded. It was simply a matter of fate.”

In the summer after graduating from high school Lulu’s plan is going to college in California, away from her small boring town in Dale, Virginia. After her father lost the money that was supposed to be for her college Lulu find an illegal way to obtain the money back by producing moonshine. With the help of her friends and former moonshine seller, Mason, Lulu’s summer turns into the summer that changed her life and the way she will think about her future.

The book is written in second person past. She is retelling the story to Mason, but we don’t know what happened to them until the end.  We don’t know if this is an apology, a love letter or a goodbye. But she begins warning us that she’s telling the story again to understand why everything happened as they happened and why she made the choice she made at the end. At some point you feel that everything is going to fall down and crash, several times I had to stop reading because I was sure that something pretty bad was going to happen. I can’t tell you if it did or not.

I loved this book specially for the conclusion and ending. While reading it I had no idea where the story was going to go because I had so many theories in my head. Lulu thought her future was all settled and planned, but life gave her a hard time to fix everything in order. Her character is very tough, sure of what she wants, she’s a fighter, she doesn’t give up. Even when she wanted to do something, her nature didn’t let her. She focus on what she wants and goes for it. Lulu’s best friend, Roni, also know what she wants in life and in that summer her life and dreams change too. Sometimes we want something, or have an idea of what we want and life propose something new. It’s our choice to decide which road to take. To either follow our head or our heart. There’s so much to learn from this book.

Mason is the love interest of Lulu and to whom this story is narrated. The chemistry between Mason and Lulu sparks out since the first chapter. I love how she described the first time she saw him, that got me into the book instantly.

I am sure you will find something good out of this reading. It’s one of those books that makes you think and reflect about life, fate and meant-to-bes.

“Think about each possibility. Roll it around in your head, let your mind play awhile. See how each one makes you feel.”

****ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.Thank you.****

Book Review: “My Heart And Other Black Holes” by Jasmine Warga

I didn’t built myself any expectations when I started reading it for my local bookstore, Book Club. I guess not having any expectations made me enjoy this book better.

Aysel wants to put an end to her life, but she doesn’t have enough courage to do it alone.When she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution. Roman, a teenage boy with a family tragedy, is also looking for a partner. Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more tangible, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through the suicide.  She must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live.
 

This book is simple, a fast read, straight to the point; and that’s the beauty of it. Aysel, (Uh-zel rhymes with Gazelle), went through rejection at school from people who judged her or had a wrong perspective of her. Following “FrozenRobot”‘s  post on Suicide Partners I was expecting him as totally different person, I was wrong. When Roman shows up he’s an athletic guy, good looking, maybe the guy every girl wanted to date, but inside he was broken. Roman, suffered a tragedy that he blames himself for. Both bond in a “suicide pact friendship” that turns up changing Aysel’s life. 

The ending might be predictable, but that doesn’t matter. What matters about this story is that it’s a message of hope, life-affirming, and love. I was very touched with the message of this book; I drop few tears along the reading.

I recommend this book to anyone who’s ever had suicidal thoughts, before or now, because this book is more than a book, it’s a message. There’s hope and you are not alone.

 Since the message I want to bring to the world through this blog is about not feeling lonely, I highly recommend you this book if you are follower. I would loved you to read it. 

 P.S. If you feel sad, lonely, wrong, look for help. I know it’s hard to talk about it with somebody else because we feel scared but, you can talk to someone online or look for help in different sites. There’s hope out there, believe. I tell this by personal experience. You can talk to me if you want.