sexta-feira, 16 de junho de 2017

PopCorn Corner: Parks and Recreation - Season 3

Parks and Recreation - Season 3 (2011)
Created by Greg Daniels & Michael Schur
Episodes: 16
Runtime: 22 min.
Genre: Comedy

The absurd antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.

I feel like this is the season were everything falls into place and we finally reach the potential Parks and Rec had since season 1. For me season 3 through 7 is some of the best seasons of comedy shows out there, and I love it very much, it's usually where I start my re-watches too.

This is the first full season with Chris and Ben, so we get to know them pretty well. Chris, specially in this season isn't my favorite character, he's extremely positive and is terrible at delivering bad news, which is a give when you work with cities that are on the verge of being bankrupted, so I wasn't really a fan of how he always threw the bad news to Ben but overtime (and re-watches) he has become a better character for me, still not a favorite but I feel like I understand him more and his relationship with Ben.

Ben is one of my favorite characters of the show, probably my favorite after Leslie but it's hard to tell, he is sarcastic and has a sense of humor that is just like mine, I always love when he talks about something nerdy like Game of Thrones or Star Trek. His relationship with Leslie also progress in this season, at first they sort of hate each other, at least she does, them they start to respectfully fight each other and oh my god, this was so good, until they admit their feelings and finally get together and I WAS SO HAPPY.

So yeah, I highly recommend you watch this series if you like comedies or really just good tv shows.

Verditc: 7 out of 10 stars

sexta-feira, 9 de junho de 2017

Who Wore It Best: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Hey guys, today the Who Wore It Best is about The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, I really wanted to do one about this book because ALL of its covers are so pretty! I have one that I adore, but I honestly want to buy a thousand more editions, even in languages that I can't read, just for the covers. 

Let's take a look in some of the covers that I separated...

US Hardcover

This one was the original I think publication cover, it's the first edition on the US, I have this cover in a pocket paperback edition and it's gorgeous, from the details on the front to the spine, everything in this color schme of black, white and red is so beautiful and I love it.

US Paperback

This is a cover that had a lot of different editions from what I looked up, there is some that there is no circus in it, or the people are in white and not gray, some have a blurb, some not, so there is some variations but I this was the one with best quality to post here, I like it but I still prefer the one with only the circus.


I don't know from which country this cover is, but it's in Spanish, it's honestly my least favorite cover for this book, I liked that they added color but the head of that woman is just so big, why did they choose this perspective. 


I really liked this take on the cover, is very different from the other ones and the color scheme is much more lively and colorful, but it does make it seem more like a straight out romance novel than this book actually is


I really loved this one, is probably my second favorite and I would love to have this edition on my shelves even thought I wouldn't understand a thing, I love this blue and how the little dots seems to be starts and lights illuminating the whole cover.

Vintage Classics

I think this is a special edition of the book, I don't know but oh my God, this cover is gorgeous, my favorite definitely, it fits the whole atmosphere of the circus and it shows the two main characters without overtake anything, I just love it.


Another one of my favorites, I loved the addition of gold to the color scheme, it gives the cover a whole new face while still having the main elements of the circus and the characters in it.

Russian Redesign, I think

I gathered that this one is also a Russian edition, I don't know if it's the first one, if it's from another country that also speaks Russian, I don't know, sorry, but oh my this is really different from the other designs too! I think the faces were a bit meh for me, but I like the way the title is done as if it's a cosmos.

There are a ton of other covers, and a lot of countries have different editions but these one were the ones that caught my attention and that stood out from the other designs, now tell me bellow which one is your personal favorite

Who Wore It Best

US Hardcover
US Paperback
Vintage Classics
Russian Redesign
quotes to know

sexta-feira, 2 de junho de 2017

June TBR

I think that June will finally be a chill month for publishing and not completely break me trying to read everything because everything looks so good.

My most anticipated read:

Midnight at the Eletric by Jodi Lynn Anderson
To be published on June 13, 2017 by HarperTeen

Kansas, 2065 Adri has been handpicked to live on Mars. But weeks before Launch, she discovers the journal of a girl who lived in her house over a hundred years ago, and is immediately drawn into the mystery surrounding her fate. While Adri knows she must focus on the mission ahead, she becomes captivated by a life that’s been lost in time…and how it might be inextricably tied to her own. 
Oklahoma, 1934 Amidst the fear and uncertainty of the Dust Bowl, Catherine longs for the immortality promised by a professor at a traveling show called The Electric. But as her family’s situation becomes more dire -- and the suffocating dust threatens her sister’s life -- Catherine must find the courage to sacrifice everything she loves in order to save the one person she loves most.
England, 1919 In the recovery following World War One, Lenore tries to come to terms with her grief for her brother, a fallen British soldier, and plans to sail to America in pursuit of a childhood friend. But even if she makes it that far, will her friend be the person she remembers, and the one who can bring her back to herself? 
While their stories spans thousands of miles and multiple generations, Lenore, Catherine, and Adri’s fates are entwined in ways both heartbreaking and hopeful.

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau - this could be an amazing new fantasy series or not, really hope it's
Rules for Thieves by Alexandra Ott - this middle grade fantasy series sounds awesome
The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson

Such a Good Girl by Amanda K. Morgan - this sounds amazingly addictive
If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee - everyone is reading and LOVING this, so I can't wait for me to love it too

sexta-feira, 19 de maio de 2017

PopCorn Corner: Parks and Recreation - Season 2

Parks and Recreation - Season 2 (2009 - 2010)
Created by Greg Daniels & Michael Schur
Episodes: 24
Runtime: 22 min.
Genre: Comedy

The absurd antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.

The second season of Parks and Recreation still isn't of the best of the show, there is much room for improvement but at least this time around we have enough episodes to get to know its characters and start to caring about them.

One of my favorite things of this season is that Ron gets more scream time and getting to know him, develop his relationship with Leslie is just one of the greatest things of this show. They are both head strong characters with completely different views of the world that still manage to be friends based on their respect and admiration from each other.Leslie and Ann's friendship also grows and turn into an actual friendship and not just a partnership to cover the pit, I love their relationship and how strongly into each others side they are.

On the more romantic side of things Leslie finally stops mopping around for Mark (at least for most of the time) and he actually becomes bearable when they manage to be friends. She dates two guys, who aren't that great as characters, but towards the end of the season Ben comes into the show and I swear it's magical, there is nothing romantic between the two of them yet since Ben is trying to shut down the Park's department but it's amazing to see the start of their relationship and they irritating and getting into each others neck. Prepare to see a lot of gushing about this couple in the next reviews of the series, because they are one of my ultimate OTPs.

Overall this season is an improvement on the first one, we get to know the characters and they start to resemble real life people, with personalities and traits, there is also the start of the greatest friendships and dynamics of this show. There is still room for improvement but things are starting to look better.

Verdict: 6 out of 10 stars

sexta-feira, 12 de maio de 2017

Who Wore It Best: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Unless you live under a rock you probably already heard of the books of the ACOTAR series and the Throne of Glass series, both by Sarah J. Maas and this week the third book, A Court of Wings and Ruin finally came out and since I'm really excited about it I'm doing the Who Wore It Best all about this series.

Since there isn't all that much different covers for these books I'll be doing things a bit different...


I personally love the UK mostly because is the one that I own, but also because I think is just prettier the whole read background, the spine is also prettier, with a bit of thorns and not just the title and black like the US one, tell me bellow which one is YOUR favorite

Who Wore It Best

Poll Maker


Now this is where things get weird, I don't know why the UK edition insisted on using the thorns theme for the cover since it don't really fit with the story anymore, the spine is still beautiful though and I'm glad they didn't insisted on putting the same chapter headers as the first book. I definitely prefer the US one this time, seeing the Night Court in the background is just <3 and is more detailed and fits the story better. What is your opinion

Who Wore It Best

Poll Maker


Why, oh, why do we have thorns on the cover again, I guess the UK covers just decided it was too late to back down now and this will just keeps going for the 6 books of the series, also this sort of green-blue is really scaring me because it seems to be super bold and not my favorite at all. I'll definitely go with the US one again, the green is more darker and the details stand out again.

Who Wore It Best

Poll Maker

sexta-feira, 5 de maio de 2017


Trying to decide which books to put on my May TBR is like torture, there is so many good books coming out this month!! I can't decide so this will be only a loosely list of books that I intend to read during May and hopefully I'm in a good reading month so I can get to most of these.

My most anticipated title of the month is:

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
To be published on May 9, 2017 by Balzer + Bray

Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever. 
Since then, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. Standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona is sure of three things: she likes girls, she’s fiercely devoted to her family, and she knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. 
But juggling multiple jobs, her flaky mom, and her well-meaning but ineffectual dad forces her to be the adult of the family. Now, with her sister, Hattie, pregnant, responsibility weighs more heavily than ever. The return of her childhood friend Freddie brings a welcome distraction. Ramona’s friendship with the former competitive swimmer picks up exactly where it left off, and soon he’s talked her into joining him for laps at the pool. 
But as Ramona falls in love with swimming, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift too, which is the last thing she expected. With her growing affection for Freddie making her question her sexual identity, Ramona begins to wonder if perhaps she likes girls and guys or if this new attraction is just a fluke. Either way, Ramona will discover that, for her, life and love are more fluid than they seem.

Girl out of Water by Laura Silverman - everyone is loving so much this book, I really hope to love it too, it sounds like a great contemporary novel
Dreamfall by Amy Plum
Avenged by Amy Tintera - I haven't read the first one yet, but I hope I read and love it and jump right into the second one

Antisocial by Jillian Blake
Queer There and Everywhere by Sarah Prager - Historical non-fiction about Queer people that changed the world, yes please
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon - diversity ftw + shippy romance
Romancing the Throne by Nadine Jolie Courtney - this could be either really fun fluffy or a disaster 

sexta-feira, 14 de abril de 2017

PopCorn Corner: Parks and Recreation - Season 1

Parks and Recreation - Season 1 (2009)
Created by Greg Daniels & Michael Schur
Episodes: 6
Runtime: 22 min.
Genre: Comedy

The absurd antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.

The first time I watched Parks and Rec it was after a marathon of The Office, which I loved and needed more, so when I discovered this show and it was said it had being inspired by it I had to check out. This was three years ago and since them this has become one of my all time favorite tv shows, I have at least one annual re-watch and always come back to watch more episodes when I need a good show to pick me up.

That being said the first season of the show isn't all that great, so much in fact that in some of my re-watches I just skip her altogether, it's very clear that the show hasn't finding its own voice and footing yet specially when we see the grow of the characters through the seasons. The most distinct difference for me is Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poheler, in this season she isn't the strong, powerful, feminist leader that I look out to, she has some racist and sexist behaviors/jokes and I really hate the way they decided to portrait her relationship with Mark.

The entire show actually still has some jokes about topics that are considered jokes and it's not the kind of jokes that make you think sort of, it's just plain old racist jokes and others. Still, there is glimpses where we can see the good of this, like Tom's not taking shit, and Leslie having role models on strong powerful women and Ann's realistic ways of facing this band of crazy people from the Parks department.

I really enjoy this show overall and recommend it to everyone, so yeah, despite not loving the first season I highly suggest you start watching it, it's only six episodes so it's over really quickly and you can move on.

Verdict: 5 out of 10 stars

sexta-feira, 7 de abril de 2017

Who Wore It Best: On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Hey guys, it's that time again to be the materialistic readers that we all secretly are in our hearts and choose who has the best cover. 


I didn't found this one in a bigger size so the quality is very poor :( but anyway, this is one of my least favorites covers of this book, is not terrible but there are others prettier editions


This one is my thrid favorite, the colors are really bold and I love the way it only focuses on the flower

Aussie redesign 

Definitely my least favorite cover of this book, it just no. The color scheme and the font and a model, it just all doesn't fit and no, thank you.


This is the edition that I own and it's my favorite cover, I just love everything by it and in person is so much prettier too. The color scheme is more on the pastel side and the three seems to be of cut paper, is just really pretty, ily cover.


From what I gathered this is the Swedish cover and I don't get it, I mean it's pretty but it seems like a horror/thriller kind of cover, which this book definitely isn't, okay there is a mystery but like seriously, this look like the cover of a horror movie


This seems to be the Norway cover and I love it, if I had to pick one other than my own cover it would definitely be this, it does still has a bit of a horror/thriller vibe to it but the color scheme is just so pretty and I think the blue fits the mood of the book 

Now is time for you to say which one is your favorite cover

Who Wore It Best

sexta-feira, 31 de março de 2017

April TBR

Why, oh, why publishers hate me??? There is a gazillion books that I wanted to read for months now that are being released on the first two weeks of the month and them weeks with nothing, ugh, let's hope I turn into a reading machine in like 5 seconds to read all of these books.

My most anticipated read: 

The Upside of Unrequired by Becky Albertalli
To be published on April 11, 2017 by Balzer + Bray

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly's totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie's new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she'll get her first kiss and she'll get her twin back.

There's only one problem: Molly's coworker, Reid. He's a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there's absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.


Geekrella by Ashley Poston
Shadowcaster by Cinda Williams Chima - this is a very long shot, because I still need to catch up on the Seven Realms series and start this one, but hope is the last to die
The End Of Our Story by Meg Haston
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Is it just me or the covers just match so perfectly??
Give to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis 
The Freemason's Daughter by Shelley Sackier
Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey
Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

Fireworks by Katie Cotugno - I loved 99 days and I can't wait to try this new story of hers.

sexta-feira, 17 de março de 2017

PopCorn Corner: One Day at a Time (2017) - Season 1

One Day at a Time (2017) - Season 1
Created by Gloria Calderon Kellet & Mike Royce
Episodes: 13
Runtime: 30 min.
Genre: Comedy

Follows three generations of the same Cuban-American family living in the same house: a newly divorced former military mother, her teenage daughter and tween son, and her old-school mother.

I started watching ODaaT in a whim because I was craving some comedy and all my regular tv-shows are on hiatus and I'm so glad I did it! This show won me over right in the first episode with it's wonderful cast and the presence of diverse and important themes being discussed on each episode.

What makes this show stands out among all the other comedies out there is it's fearless disposition to discuss openly about controversial themes, while still making me laugh. The fact that the family is of Cuban origin but already lives in the USA for a while comes into the picture a lot, it shows the struggles of new comers with the stories of Abuelita, and the mixed heritage with Penelope and her kids, having being born in the USA but still identifying with a lot of Cuban traditions. I do have to say that I didn't particularly enjoyed the way the Cuban Revolution was presented here, I'm not Cuban so I can't begin to fathom what was for those who lived there and the impact it still has in the lives of Cuban people, not only those who live there but also those who can't come back to their home country, but I think that this being a American made tv-show and having such a firm position of being against it just leaves a bad taste on my month.

Still, there are a lot of great things to like about it, it brings a lot of everyday discussions to the table, like sexuality, feminism, religion, Penelope's character arc is being really well done, she has to deal with a separation and coming back to normal life after having worked in the Army, I loved the way it dealt with therapy and medication. Actually all of these topics were handled in a extremely good way, we have Abuelita that usually stands for the older and more traditional form of views and the newest generations often fighting about their beliefs, and despite they having different opinions a lot of times the show manages to show how both sides have their reasoning and the family always works to stay together and come to a consensus.

In case you didn't noticed yet, I love this show and I can't wait for the second season next year, it has a great cast with a chemistry that resembles of a real family, some great laughs and important discussions that are relevant not only to Cuban-Americans but to everyone.

Verdict: 7 out of 10 stars

sexta-feira, 10 de março de 2017

Who Wore It Best: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Hey guys, today I'm here with a new feature: Who Wore It Best! It's pretty straight forward, basically I'll pick a book and show the different covers it got around the world and give my impressions on it and a little poll at the end for you to say which cover you liked best, let's get this party started!

The first runner in this super important and relevant contest is

The black US cover, this is the original cover, I was a bit dissapointed by it, it's not in any way ugly but is pretty... Boring, sorry cover, I swear I'm a nice person but maybe if you had a bit of glitter or more wonderland imaginary stuff I could love you.

From what I could gather this was a Owlcrate special edition, so it's a harcover just like the black US just in the white US version. I think I love this one less than the black counter part, at least the red in the other one stood up, now it's just black and white and meh.

This is the UK and DEFINITELY my least favorite, I just found so weird to only have the lips and chin of the model in the cover, and it seems like they covered the model with white powder. 

I think this is from Australia and OH MY GOD, my favorite of them all. I just loved the font and the head of the Queen of Hears and the thorns surrounding her, I really loved this one and is the one I'll be searching to add to my shelves. 

This is from the Dutch edition (I think, somebody pls help me) and I think is the most different, is my second favorite and is just beautiful, it reminds me of a fairy tale cover and this illustration is amazing. 

Now is your time to tell me which one is YOUR favorite in the poll bellow.

Who Wore Best the Heartless Cover

sexta-feira, 3 de março de 2017

March TBR

So, here I'm again trying to make a official TBR and to stick with it... Oh, well, we can never give up on hope. This time around I'll try to focus more on ARCs that I own and NEED to read, so that way I'll at least try to get to it, I hope.

My most anticipated read is:

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
Series: Rebel of the Sands #2
Expected publication March 7, 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers

The sizzling, un-put-downable sequel to the bestselling Rebel of the Sands!

Mere months ago, gunslinger Amani al'Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she's fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne.

When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan's palace—she's determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan's secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she's a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she's been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.

Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about djinni and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change.

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse
Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

100 Hours by Rachel Vincent 
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

quinta-feira, 2 de março de 2017

Legend - Marie Lu

Legend by Marie Lu
Series: Legend #1
Published on November 29, 2011 by Putnam Juvenile

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. 
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

This was a re-read so that maybe I could finally finish reading this series this year (I re-read this in January, now it's March and I still haven't picked up the second one -.-). Anyway, this was a fun ready, it had a it's fair share of distopian tropes but the high pacing, adventure like nature and mysteries kept me turning the pages.

I have to say that the worst part of it is the romance, this book is super short and as soon as they look at each other June and Day can't stop noticing the eyes or hair or abs or whatever of each other, I do have to say that the romance is a side part of the story and never overtakes the plot so that is a good thing, but they still kiss and think a lot about each other pretty early on.

Day and June are both good characters, if a bit stereotypical. Day is (sort of, but not really) part of the resistance of this government, he's a fugitive and a criminal, I was a bit disappointed that we don't really see him in action; he falls into the trope of being the whole noble hero. June is part of the government, having being trained by them she is in a path to greatness until the death of her brother, she them starts to unravel secrets and not trust this organization anymore.

Overall this was a good book, it had a few cliches and the plot makes it hard to create a deeper connection to the characters, since there is so much to find out, also so many questions, I really should get to the second book soon.

quarta-feira, 1 de março de 2017

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - John Tiffany, Jack Throne, J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany, Jack Throne and J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #8 (sort of)
Published on July 31, 2016 by Pottermore

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016. 
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. 
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Well, this was a disappointment, I was really excited to read this since seeing the play is basically impossible for me (geographical and more importantly, monetary wise) but honestly, right now I'm happy I didn't expend a lot on money on this, I imagine it's better as a play thought it would still be a disappointment.

The first thing that stood out to me was that this plot is just so big and disjointed to fit into something small like a play, it passes through years in sentences or paragraphs, leaving the pace all over the place. Other thing is that this plot seems like a plot hole in the Harry Potter books that are already out there, and I hate it, honestly this universe is really well though and re-reading the books is always great to see all the foreshadowing to the future things, but this story just came out of nowhere and didn't made any sense.

Also, it tries to have this whole plot, sort of mystery thing and also a character arc but it ends up falling short on both attempts, we don't have enough time with the characters to care deeply about them and we don't have enough of the mystery to be excited by it. The voices of the old characters were all sorts of wrong too, specially Harry, I kind of hated him in here and it didn't felt like coming back to the familiar characters that I know and love.

Well, this was a bad idea, I did fond some passages funny and there was a comeback of one character that warmed my heart but other than that this was just a sad attempt to revival one of my favorite series.

terça-feira, 28 de fevereiro de 2017

New Year's Book Haul

As of right now I have a total of 70 books on my physical TBR, this is a big number for me, the biggest it has ever been and it's honestly scary, it would take me most of a year to read this quantity of books and this is not counting the ones that are part of series that I want to re-read and yeah... So, I'm trying to be a bit more a aware of the books that I buy.

I finally got my Sarah J. Maas collection, I only had her books on epubs but despite the ups and downs I knew I had to have these books on the physical format, I already read all of these. Also got Empire of Storms, but that was in December and it's the only one I still need to read.

Them I got a few other books that aren't Maas related, because sometimes I do that too

From these I already had read Ignite Me, but since I finally got a physical copy I did a re-read of the series and loved it again <3 I still need to read The Rose Society and The Raven King, but re-reads are necessary before I dive into it, and I already read Harry Potter the review should be up this week.

Tell me bellow if you see any favorites in here and for more bookish photos you can check out my instagram account.

segunda-feira, 27 de fevereiro de 2017

Night Owls - Jenn Bennett

Night Owls by Jenn Bennett
Published on August 13, 2015 by Simon & Schuster UK

Feeling alive is always worth the risk. 
Meeting Jack on the Owl—San Francisco's night bus—turns Beatrix's world upside down. Jack is charming, wildly attractive...and possibly one of San Francisco's most notorious graffiti artists. 
But Jack is hiding a piece of himself. On midnight rides and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who this enigmatic boy really is.

Night Owls or The Anatomical Shape of a Heart in the US edition focuses on Beatrix, a high school student that wishes to become a anatomy books illustrator because of this she ends up meeting Jack, on a Owl, and this whole story unravels.

I was a bit scary at first of the artist aspect of the story, I think it's because artists are usually pictured as tortured souls and all that shit, so I usually run from these kind of stories, this was not the case here, the art of both Beatrix and Jack do reflect on their personal feelings but it's much more than that, it's an intrinsic part of who they are and their characters.

And the story doesn't focus only on their art, each of them have this whole fleshed out life. The family of both characters are really present in the story and I loved this, each had their problems to overcome and it made me emotional so many times, I even cried out a little bit. There were some hard topics to be dealt with here and I feel like Bennett did a great job, with the divorce aspects and the mental health.

What made this one not be an instant favorite for me was that the romance took a while to be shippy levels to me, especially because of Jack's character arc. See, Jack is holding up on things at the start and most of it is understandable, there is some hard stuff with his family and it's hard to trust someone to tell it, but this made me not be all that sympathetic of him and a lot of times it seemed like Beatrix was opening herself up to him only to be shut out of his life. This changes of course, but it was only latter on in the story so it tool a tool on my enjoyment.

Other than that I don't really have complaints about this story, it was a touching tale about first love and family, and it made me cry a bit more than once. Definitely recommend to lovers of YA contemporary.

quinta-feira, 23 de fevereiro de 2017

Reading Diary | December 2016

This will be an update of all the books that I read on December of 2016, with links to reviews already posted on the blog or a small impression on the story.

December was yet another weird reading month I didn't finished anything until the middle of the month and them only finished another books from Christmas on, still I managed to read 6 books, 1 graphic novel and 1 novella.

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
Published on April 5, 2016 by Delacorte Press

This book was so cute but it's also heartbreaking and I cried multiple times. Buxbaum's writing is amazing in its simplicity, managing to put feelings so hard to describe into words, there was so many quote-worthy sentences. This story made me cry while also managing to make me laugh, it's about grief and first love, so you can guess it's pretty bittersweet and sometimes it can be hard to read, but other times it was squell worthy cute, the romance is sweet and a sort of friend to love kind of thing, also already having met some of the best people in my life through the internet I always enjoy reading about people getting to know each other via e-mail/IM first and them meeting. The only thing that I think it was overdone was the whole mean girls thing, it was never really properly addressed imo, it was just treated as something it happens in high school and you have to move on, [also it took Jess so much time to even starting considering Ethan as SN and it was totally obvious since the first time he appeared that it was him, I mean, I know this was a big plot point to the story so I guess, I know why it took so long, but she could have at least thought of him sooner. (hide spoiler)]

One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva
Published on May 27, 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

I enjoyed this one but didn't loved it as much as everyone else, which makes me a bit sad. I think that this was funny and I laughed a lot of moments; I also really liked the introduction of Armenians culture into the story, I don't think I ever had read a book that focused on this culture so it was good to read about something new to me.

My favorite parts of the story were the ones with the family and friends, there was a lot of heartwarming moments and I just loved it. But a big part of this story centers around the romance, and in a way I liked it  because it was a push for the main character to grow up and figure out which parts he wanted to keep from his culture and which are his own things, but also I feel like a lot of the romance was just teenager wish fulfillment and a bit MPDB, idk I didn't shipped so meh.

Game On by Michelle Smith
Series: Lewis Creek #2 
Published on August 16, 2016 by Bloomsbury Spark

• These books always give me a need to re-watch One Tree Hill, because of the whole sports affictionated town thing just switch basketball to baseball. And despite I don't knowing shit about baseball I love the whole team spirit, even thought it was played down this time for plot reasons but we get more of Coach and I love him so so so much.

• From the title and covers (why, oh why the covers don't match) I always think I'm getting something lighter than these books actually are, but they always end up dealing with import YA stuff that isn't always nice and clean cut.

• I loved to read about Bri's story, I don't think I had ever read about an abusive relationship and especially about someone overcoming it and her character arc was everything I could hope for, it was amazing and it made me tear up at times but also it was so heat warming to see her growing and not taking anymore shit, you go girl!

• Eric's POVs were a bit harder for me mostly because I didn't get his character, he acts out a lot and does shit just because... I didn't get a lot of his actions, and because of that I couldn't connect with him as much.

• The romance was sweet and a slow burn that had me so happy when they finally got together, it was perfectly done in my opinion and this can be trick since Bri was getting out of such a bad relationship, but no, it was done really well, no love saves us all and other cliches.

• The story did had a bit more angst and drama than I was hopping for.

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
Published on May 3, 2016 by Simon Pulse

• This one was as sweet & cute as the cover and title makes you think it will be
• which wasn't exactly what I was expecting since it is a grieving book, but I never actually got that gut wrenching feeling and I was a bit let down by it, I don't care if it makes me crazy but I think a book dealing with grief should make me feel things more strongly
• that is not to say this book didn't made me feel things, it was just much more on the lighter side
• it made me laugh, which is always a win
• the wanderlust and THE FOODS
• there was some pretty strong father/daughter feelings too
• but I wish the characters had been more fleshed out, the secondary characters had zero personalities and the main ones didn't had that out of the page life that makes me love them
• also, the plot only exists because of misunderstandings and miscommunication, like seriously, if these characters had only sit down and openly talked about important stuff we wouldn't have a book
• but all this confusion did made a pretty good mystery of what-the-hell-is-happening that made me turn the pages super fast because I needed to know if my theories were correct
• they were
• the romance was more on the cute and instalove-y side of things, since this book passes only through a week and they are already super in love when it ends, but I can be benevolent about it because it was a first love story and with everything that went down in this story it was believable
• I just wish we had skipped the whole love quadrangle sort of thing going on, it was pretty clear who the ship was but for some reason there was these other people that barely had any scenes in the story, so I don't know why they were even there except to make the couple only get together by the end and they had like 0 personalities, annoying
• overall a quick and fun read, it wasn't a favorite because it lacked more FEELS for me but I def recommend if you want a cute contemporary set in Italy, about first loves and family

Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter
Series: Embassy Row #3
Published on December 26, 2016 by Scholastic Press

• Well, this one was just as cray-cray as the rest of this series, perhaps more

• the villain was so goooooood, at first I was in doubt (because when are you sure of anything in this series), but things fit together towards the middle and it was insane, literally
• there is so many insane people in this story omg
• also, don't expect a good representation on mental illness from this series
• I'm a bit torn with the ending the villain had, it crept the hell out of me and I mean, they did the same thing they condone her doing
• so, lots of grey areas
• which I guess makes things better, because who likes clean cut characters
• the squad is still golden and the ship is to the max
• it was just as fast paced as the other books in this series
• I do recommend re-reading the other two if your brain is a bad in remembering books as mine
• thought I did remembered the main facts and characters
• def recommend to lovers of books like The Fixer

One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron
Series: Heartstrikers #2 
Published on August 1, 2015 by Aaron/Bach, LLC

I also read the novella Mother of the Year, which was okay and added a bit more about the whole dragon empire that is the Heartstrikers, but it was really short.

This series is one of those rare that gets better at each book, this one has the best plot of the series so far and oh my god, is it good, even thought it was a re-read I didn't remembered most of the details so it was like I was reading it for the first time again and omg, the plot twists and the stakes are so high and seriously, I can't. Just read this series pretty please.

I also read a graphic novel, Black Widow volume #2 which was very graphic, very low on the plot and fun as always.