“First, there were ten—a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal—and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.”
And Then There Were None is a compelling, fun and quick read that keeps readers at the edge of their sit with the supense, secrets and lies. To be honest, the beginning of this book is a bit overwhelming since we are introduced to 10 characters in very short chapters, so it’s difficult to keep track of all of them, but once they get to the island that gets much easier.
One of my favorite aspects of the book is the setting, it takes place in a secluded island, where the 10 characters are trapped since there’s no boat to take them away and there’s no way to communicate with the outside world. The characters don’t know who to trust and they are all paranoid, they are all accused of murder when they get to the island and most of them deny it, but they are all being ‘brough to justice’ regarless and no one knows who is next. That situation sets a compelling mood for the story since the reader doesn’t know the truth about the characters either, so there’s several mysteries at a time, what happened in the past of all these characters and what’s happening in the present while they are in the island.
Another of my favorite things about the book is that there’s a character that very methodically tries to figure out what’s going on and I always like mysteries where the facts are presented orderly to the reader by a character that’s trying to figure out things like alibis, motives, opportunity and that kind of things. Not all characters have the same reaction of trying to understand what’s happening, but that’s something I liked about the book because the reactions of all the characters to the situation are different but very realistic.
From the moment the characters get to the island, there’s suspense and intrigue non stop, which set a really amazing pace to the story and it kept me in the edge of my sit the entire time. The way the secrets of the characters are revealed throughout the story and not just at the beginning, kept my interest really high and kept me confused the whole book. At the end, it’s explained who did it and why, and I liked the fact that even when I didn’t guess, I know I could have guessed because, at the end, the character who set the whole thing up tells you which clues could have helped you figure it out.
Rating: 4,4 stars
Have you read this book? Did you like it? Do you have it on your tbr?
Along with her two friends, a determined woman travels to Vietnam to bring home the baby her recently deceased daughter had planned to adopt.
Directed By: Patricia Ferreira
Written By: Marta Sánchez
Cast: Carmen Machi, Adriana Ozores, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón
This is a spanish film that managed to be both emotional and hilarious. I was scared that this was gonna be exoticizing in terms of the Vietnamese culture, but it was actually well handdled. My favorite things about this movie were the performances by the three main actresses and the very realistic depiction of friendship, the three main characeters were always there for each other, even when they didn’t always agree with the decisions that the others were making. The only things I would say are that this movie ask for a lot of suspension of disbelief from its audience and it’s not particulary thought provoking. BTW, this is on Netflix!
Debbie Ocean gathers an all-female crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala.
Directed by: Gary Ross
Written by: Gary Ross,Olivia Milch
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling
I thought this movie was ok and that was disappointing because I expected it to be amazing. It was never exciting, there was no tension, the heist was so simple… honestly I was never scared that they were gonna be caught. There’s a twist at the end that made me think that this could have been a great movie if they had decided to NOT make certain thing a twist and instead show the audience from the beginning; it would have made the movie much more exciting. I also didn’t like that they brought a guy to help them at one point. The performances were good but there was only so much the actresses could do with what they were given.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione search for Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts.
Directed By: David Yates
Written By: Steve Kloves
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
This was obviously a rewatch and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I haven’t rewatched the last 3 films in the series as much as the first 5 films and it was amazing to see all the little moments that made this movie epic. This time around it even made me cry, which I don’t remember happening any of the other times that I have watched it.
Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is left to care for the kids while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world.
Directed & Written by: Brad Bird
Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner
Honestly, I’m not a big fan of animated movies unless they are very sweet and emotional films. I knew going in that Incredibles 2 was not that kind of movie, but there was an element of nostalgia that made me want to watch it. At the end, I really liked it, my favorite part was how funny it is, especially the scenes with the baby Jack-Jack. Also, I think it was interesting to see the role reversal of Mr. Incredible staying at home and Elasticgirl saving the world, that added some funny moments as well and also made some commentary about gender roles.
Most of us have noticed that there has been a lack of old fashion romantic comedies in recent years, lucky for us this movie delivers just that. A lot of rom-coms lately have tried to innovate by being raunchy and Set It Up steps completely away from that. Instead it’s funny, it’s sweet, it’s tropey, it’s everything that a rom-com should be and because of that it’s a wonderful film. The two main characters have a lot of chemestry and both actors deliver amazing performances, which is one of the strong points of the film.
Have you watched any of the movies I mentioned? Did you enjoy them? Do you want to watch any of them? Let me know in the comments!
Recently, I went through my Goodreads shelves and I made a list of some fantasy series that I started but I didn’t read the sequels or I haven’t read all the books in the series that have been published. On this list, I have 4 fantasy series that I know for sure I want to catch up on and then there’s 6 fantasy series that I’m not sure if I want to continue reading, so I thought you could help me decide what to do with those 6 series by giving me your opinions and tell if they are worth finishing or not.
The third book in this series came out recently and there was a whole promotional campaing, so this series has been EVERYWHERE. I really enjoyed the first book, An Ember in the Ashes, I found the brutal and violent world fascinating, I really cared for the characters and I was scared the entire time of something horrible happening to them. I didn’t read the second book, A Torch Against the Night, right after finishing the first one because the realese date for the third book was so far away. Now that the third book is finally out, I can’t wait to continue with this series.
I read the first book in this series, The Diviners, a few months ago and I really enjoyed it, it’s one of my favorite books of the year so far. The different paranormal aspects of the story, the mystery, the spooky scenes and the characters intrigued me a lot and made me love the first book. I’m currently reading the second book in the series, Lair of Dreams and I’m really enjoying it as well. I’m planning on reading the third book before the end of the year and then I’ll have to wait who know’s how long for the next book in the series 😭
I really liked Lady Midnight, the first book in this series. I enjoyed being back in the shadowhunters world, I liked the new set of characters and I loved learning more about the fey, which I find fascinating. I have heard nothing but great things about the sequel, Lord of Shadows, but I have been nervous to read it and I’m not sure why. I hope to read it before the third book comes out in December.
I have said this before, I’m always in awe of the world building in the books in this series; the amount of details in terms of hystory, family trees, religions and so much more is mindblowing. Also, there’s so many complex and captivating characters that I can’t help but root for most of them even when they are in completely opposite sides of what’s going on. I have been reading this series slowly because the books are HUGE, but I finally finished book four last month and I’m looking forward to reading the fifth book, even if I’m nervous the sixth book is never gonna be realesed 😕
The series I’m not sure if I want to continue reading or not:
These are the series that I want to know your opinions on, should I keep reading them? Are they worth finishing? Let me know what you think!
I read Poison Study at the beginning of 2018 and I think it was ok (I gave it 3,8 stars), I really liked most of the characters, but there was nothing unique about it and it was easy to tell it was an older ya fantasy book and that a lot of books have replicated what this book did since then. Nonetheless, I’m still curious about this one and I have been wondering lately if I should continue this series even if I think it’s gonna be similar to things I have read before. Is this series too similar to other YA Fantasy series? Does this series have unique elements? Is it worth reading even if it’s similar to other series?
I LOVED Truthwitch, the first book in this series, because of its complex magic system and world building and the amazing characters. Once the second book, Windwitch, came out, I got it and started to read it inmediately, but after reading a few pages I was not enjoying it at all. I don’t know if it wasn’t the right time to read it or if I should have read a bit more pages or what. I loved the first book enough to give the rest of the series another chance, but I do want to know if you think it’s worth it or not. Is the rest of the series as good as the first book? Does the series go downhill after the first book?
When I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the first book in the series, I really enjoyed Laini Taylor’s writing and I was fascinated with the world she had created. Nonetheless, the romance in the book put me off of reading the rest of the trilogy, because it was so insta-lovey and I didn’t like Akiva, the love interest, that much. I’m still really intrigued about the world and it’s not like I didn’t like the first book, I gave it 4 stars, but I’m not sure if I liked it enough to suffer through the romance. Does the romance get better in the rest of the series? Should I continue reading the series even if I didn’t like the romance?
Falling Kingdom is the lowest rated book I included in this list, I gave it 3,5 stars. I had a lot of trouble with the first half of this book, I found it boring and I even stopped for two month halfway through before finishing the book. I didn’t like any of the characters and some of the relationships made me uncomfortable. But the world left me intrigued and even when I finished the book and I thought it wasn’t that good, I was still interested in reading the rest of the story. Do you think the next books get better? Or are they really similar to the first book? Do the characters develop in the other books of the series?
I enjoyed The Name of the Wind a lot when I read it, but then I check out the second book in this series from the library three times in the last few years and I haven’t read it. I don’t know what is it – maybe the fact that it’s so long or maybe it’s because the third book isn’t out yet and we don’t know when it’s coming out- but I haven’t been able to read this. I feel like I have forgotten a lot of things about the first book and that worries me because I think I’m gonna feel lost while reading the other books in the series. Is the second book good? Should I read it now or wait until the release date for the third book is announced?
I liked the first book in this series, Labyrinth Lost, because the premise and the characters were wonderful. I was interested in the second book of the series until I found out it is a companion novel, it follows other characters within this world and a totally different premise. I’m not sure what to feel about that and my excitement to read the second book, Bruja Born, has declined a lot. If anyone has read it, is the second book as good as the first? Do we see the characters from the other book?
Please let me know your opinions about these series! Are they worth finishing?
This month has been mixed between good and bad news. The bad news: I didn’t get the scholarship for my master’s degree, I knew it was a long shot so it’s ok. The good news: my contract with the goverment is almost a done deal, out of the three approvals I need I already have two and it seems like they are gonna call me to sign my contract next week. That’s great because it’s a job I really wanted.
Now the real reason this month was hard was because the presidential elections took place in Colombia, and the worst possible person was elected and it we are gonna be stuck with a far right president for four years and everything sucks. Honestly it has costed me tears and moments of extreme anxiety.
Also, my kindle broke down after 8 years of being my loyal companion and that affected my reading in a big way.
After a rough start, I ended up rooting for most of the characters in this book, even if they were unlikable and flawed, I emphatized with most of them and I really enjoyed seeing the character development they went through. Additionally, I really liked the writing and the romance for the most part. I’m not sure what I feel about the alien aspect of this book.
I enjoyed the concept of this book, the way the elevator was used as a vehicle to transmit the message of the cyclic nature of violence that was the central theme in this book. Also this is written in verse and it was very well done. My only minor issue was that I thought this was gonna be much more emotional and heart hitting and I felt like it lack a bit in that sense.
The first things I need to say about this book is that it’s one of the best written books I have ever read, it deals with heavy subjects like abuse and rape in a raw and honest way, because of that, it’s not a very enjoyable book to read but a brilliant one nonetheless. My only minor issue with this book is that the narrator tries to distance herself from her story to be able to tell it, and while that makes sense, it made me feel like I was being kept at arms leght from the story.
I wasn’t enjoying this book that much at the beginning, but I changed my mind and it ended up being one of my favorite books of 2018 so far. I completely loved the huge character development the main character, Eleanor, went through; I loved the other characters she met throughout the book and how they made her see things in a different way. The subject of depression was delicately handdled and there was a positive representation of therapy. The mystery surrounding her past had a twist that was really surpising.
I’m always in awe of the world building in these books and this was no exception, the amount of details in terms of hystory, family trees, religions and so much more is mindblowing. In terms of the plot, there’s not much happening, I mean there’s a lot happening, BUT they are minor things, small movements of the pieces of the story to set up for what’s to come. So while there’s a lot happening, it doesn’t move the plot along that much. Nonetheless, I didn’t mind it because I was fascinated by the intrigues, the strategizing and the deceptions in this book. My main issue with this was Cersai, it was frustrating seeing her make all the wrong choices and she kept thinking she was being so smart.
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Here’s everything I posted this month on the blog:
I only had two books that are gonna be release on July on my Goodreads shelf of anticipated book releases of 2018, so when I started to write this post I decided to check some of the lists on Goodreads and see if I was missing some amazing book. It turns out that I found two more books that sound absolutely fantastic and that I can’t wait to read.
Here are the four books being release in July that I’m really excited to read, I hope you find something new to add to your tbr!
I have been waiting for this book for an entire year and it’s almost time to read it and I’m so excited! This is the fifth book in a series, but the series can be read out of order. The books follow the Winston brothers as they each find love and it’s one of my favorite romance series, so I can’t wait to read this book.
I read The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie a few months ago and I really enjoyed it, so I’m really excited to read another book by her. This is a science fiction book about two girls that become mechanically enhanced soldiers, one does it to save her brother and the other one doesn’t remember why she did it. That sounds so interesting to me, I haven’t read a lot of books about cyborgs but I’m really intrigued to see how it’s explored in this book.
This is one of those book written from a very appathetic perspective, which is very much related to the fact that the main character suffers from depression, and I always find that that kind of perspectives resonate a lot with me. Also, the entire premise of a woman taking a year off to sleep sounds weird but intriguing to me and I can’t wait to read this book and find out what happens. Additionally, I have heard nothing but amazing things about Moshfegh’s writing and I want to see for myself what’s so especial about it.
This book is a recently discovery of mine, it’s a book set in Colombia (where I’m from) and it’s about an unlikely friendship between two girls that lived in Bogotá during a time where the internal armed conflict was taking over the country and touching the lives of its habitants in a million diferent ways. I can’t believe this book exists and I’m so excited to read it, especially because it’s inspired by the author’s own life. I’m a bit nervous, but I’m hoping this is great and more people will learn about the history of my country from a better source than Narcos on Netflix.
Release Date: July 31st 2018
What July book releases are you anticipating? Do you want to read any of these books? Have you read any of these books and what did you think about them?
Why I loved it?: The main reason I loved this book was Evelyn Hugo, she is a morally gray character that unapologetically does terrible things in order to achive what she wants in life, she sacrifices parts of herlself to succeed, but at the same time she loves deeply and she is undeniably loyal to those she loves. She is calculating, cruel, ambitious, smart, hard working, persistent and so much more. She is such a complex character that I couldn’t help but be fascianted by her and as much as she is an unlikable character I was rooting for her. Evelyn Hugo is a cuban-american bisexual woman and the representation is something more that I loved about this book. Then there is the love story, which is so beautiful, sad and complicated, and you can’t help but want them to be together. Also, this a very thought provoking book with its depiction of the roles and spaces that women were allowed to have in Hollywood in the past and also the way homophobia impacted peoples lives in such a huge way, even in a more ‘liberal’ industry.
Why I loved it?: I tent to love quiet books especially when they deal with delicate subjects like grief in a honest and powerful way, which is the case with this book. I loved the estructure in which the story was told, alternating between present and past. During the entire book there was this sense that a big reveal was coming in the storyline that took place in the past, but when it finally happened it was something I wasn’t expecting and that it actually shocked me a lot and I really enjoyed that aspect of the book. Meanwhile in the present, the awkward situation between the main character and her best friend – that are trying to reconnect and forgive what happened in the past, while trying to address all the hurt and the pain- was really uncomfortable to read about but it was so well done. There was so much loneliness, hurt and grief in both timelines and the way Nina Lacour wrote about those things is so beautiful and so heartbreaking, I found myself crying in certain parts of this book, which I don’t do often.
Why I loved it?: I loved this book because it explores powerful themes: the main character struggle with inhabiting her body, a body that attracs attention and because of it, it’s unwillingly subjected to the male gaze; it also deals with growing up in a conservative latinx family that it’s extremely religious and that imposes faith and leaves no room for questions. I loved the way it handdled the idea of trying to figure who you are in an enviroment that doesn’t leave much room to do so. Also, I loved this book because it’s written in verse and that allowed me to feel a bigger connection to the powerful emotions that the main character was experiencing and trying to express. Also, the #ownvoices latinx representation is another reason I loved this book.
Why I loved it?: The main characters, the complex family dynamics and the fascinating world in which this is set made me love this book. But the main reason why I fell in love with this, it’s how diverse it is and the fact that it addresses important subjects: the main characters are all queer, including a non binary main character. Also, one of the main characters is a black girl and there’s conversations throughout the book about systematic racism and especially about racial profiling and incarceration of black people. Additionally, there are deaf characters and there are characters that use ASL to communicate, and while there’s ableism portrait in this book, it’s called out and talked about on page. The deaf representation is #ownvoices and that’s another thing I loved about this book.
Why I loved it?: I have been in a fantasy slump for a while and this book made me feel consumed by a world and characters in a way that hadn’t happened in some time. That’s one of the reasons this is one of my favorite books of the year so far, it managed to enthrall me and it made me feel inmersed in a world full of political intrigued, deceitful characters, unexpected turns and so much cruelty from the very beginning. Another thing I really liked about it is that I was so inmerssed in it that it kept me on the edge of my sit, I was so worried for all the characters throughout the book. Also, it gave me a new couple to root for, which always makes me enjoy a fantasy book more.
Why I loved it?: Isabel Allende’s writing never fails to captivate me, and when I’m reading her autobiographical books, she manages to make me feel like she is talking directly to me and telling me her story, and she tells it with so much honesty and candor, that it’s imposible not to be fascinating by it. That’s the main reason why I loved this book, but I also loved the structure she uses to tell her story – a letter written for her dead daughter, Paula – because it gives this book a nostalgic and sad tone that made me connect with the story even more and feel touched by it.
Why I loved it?: The main reason why I loved this book is that it is this atmospheric book with a creepy vibe and some scary scenes, which is not something I have found in the fantasy book I have read before, so to me this book represents a type of fantasy that it’s new to me and it intrigues me. Also, fantasy is my favorite genre and I love a good mystery, so finding a book that mixes both of fantasy and mystery was very surprising and enjoyable. Another reason why I loved this book was the characters, they were all captivating and so different from each other and I kept waiting to see how their stories would intertwined.
Why I loved it?: At the beginning, I wasn’t enjoying this because the main character, Eleanor, was very peculiar (which isn’t a bad thing in itself), but she was judgemental, rude and infuriating. Nonetheless, I completely loved the huge character development she went through, I loved the other characters she met throughout the book and how they changed her and made her see things in a different way. Raymond was a wonderful character: understanding, supportive and empathetic. The subject of depression was delicately handdled and there was a positive representation of therapy. In terms of the plot, there was a mystery surrounding her past that I thought I had figured out early on, but I had not and the twist at the end was really surpising. At the end, I found this to be a really heartwarming book.
Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? What are some of your favorite books of 2018 so far? Let me know in the comments!
Lately, I have made a few posts about underrated books and since June is Pride Month (By the way, HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!), I decided that it was the perfect time to write a post about underrated books with LBGTQ+ main characters. Here are some books that I loved and I desperately want more people to read them, because I think they deserve more love:
*In this post, you will see the abbreviations mc and li and I wanted to clarify what they meant. So, mc=main character and li= love interest.
Why read it?: A story about a bisexual female tattoo artist that’s dating a guy, who is the sweetest, nicest love interest ever. It deals with gender and with the idea of a woman in a male dominated industry.
Why read it?: Complex characters, interesting discussions about race and mental health, and a really adorable love story.
These are 3 books that have a higher amount of ratings on Goodreads, but they still have less than 3000 ratings. I feel that these books deserve to be read by a lot more people and that’s why I’m including them.