Mini Reviews: New Adult (Confess by Colleen Hoover, Overruled by Emma Chase)

I read two new adult books in a row and I wanted to share some short thoughts about them.

Confess by Colleen Hoover.

Confess by Colleen Hoover

Publication date: March 10th 2015

Publisher: Atria Books
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 306

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin.

The concept of this book sounded so unique and interesting that I couldn’t wait to read it.  The idea of art pieces that were based on confessions left in an art studio anonymously through a mail slot on the door was fascinating, and the first part of this book that focused on that idea was my favorite part. However, like most of Colleen Hoover’s books, after the happy and fun beginning, there was drama and a lot of it. The truth is it got to a point where I was bored and annoyed, and I have felt like this with the last couple of Hoover’s books I have read, and in general, with the last couple New Adult books I have read, it’s just too much drama, all the characters need to have a traumatic past, or a really complicated reality. Also, to me the characters in this book were nothing especial, they reminded me of characters from other Colleen Hoover’s books, and I felt like the story drag a little.   

In short, I found the concept and the writing in this book to be great, but the characters in terms of personality and development weren’t particularly noteworthy. Also, the drama was excessive and took away from the story.

Overruled by Emma Chase

Publication date: April 28th 2015

Publisher: Gallery Books

Genres: New Adult, Contemporary
Overruled by Emma ChasePages: 276

What happens when you mix a one stop-light town, two professional arguers, a homecoming queen, four big brothers, some Jimmy Dean sausage and a gun-toting Nana?

The Bourbon flows, passions rise and even the best laid plans get overruled by the desires of the heart. (Read full version on Goodreads) 

I really enjoyed reading this book, it was short, the writing was good, and the characters were funny and witty. It was one of those really predictable books, where you know what’s going to happen at the end, but you really enjoy the ride and all the different twist and turns that it takes to get there. I really appreciated the diversity in this book, because the main female character was Brazilian, and as a latina I really enjoyed having a more relatable protagonist.  This book is definitely an easy and fun read, and even if I could point out a few things I didn’t like about it, those things didn’t affect my level of enjoyment of this book that much.

Have you read these books? did you like them? What new adult books do you recommend?  Let me know in the comments! 


Harry Potter Moment of the Week #1

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The Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a meme hosted by Leah at Uncorked Thoughts and Micheline at Lunar Rainbows. This week topic is: Which book would you recommend to Draco? 
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
The first book I would recommend to Draco is Graceling, because I think he would really enjoy Katsa as a main character, with the grace of killing, but I also think he would enjoy her transformation as she learns more about herself. I feel like it would be good for him to see that transformation. Also, it would be good for him to see that at the end the big bad guy, who has enormous power, is beaten, because maybe he will learn a lesson or two.
Other recommendation I would make to Draco is The Hunger Games series, I wasn’t sure if including this series because there’s no magic in it and I didn’t think Draco would appreciate that, but I felt like he would find the idea of the games amusing, the fact that this kids are sent to fight each other and kill each other. And that way he would want to read the book, and then he would learn  a few things about consequences from the ending of the series.
The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds | Top Ten Tuesday #2

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme held over at Broke and Bookish. This week’s topic is: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds (love reading, are writers, work at a bookstore, etc.). I found this to be a really great topic because most of my favorite characters are book nerds, so this list is was really fun to make.

    Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. I think Hermione is probably the first fellow book nerd I found in a book, because Harry Potter was the series that got me into reading. The magical thing is that Harry Potter still remains my favorite series, and Hermione remains one of my favorite characters.

Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass. A new favorite character of mine, and the reason is that she is such a complex character. I love that she’s not only a badass; she is also a book nerd. (Also, I want to add to this that I love Dorian Havilliard as well, and I love the friendship between this two book nerd in this series)

Tessa Gray from The Infernal Devices One of my absolute favorite quotes about books was uttered by Tessa in Clockwork princess, which by the way is the book that has made me cry the most in all my life. I don’t know what else to say, I just love Tessa.

Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices. I love Will’s relationship with books, I feel like is very similar to the relationship most book nerds have with books. Also, a lot of my favorite quotes are things he says about books in The Infernal Devices trilogy; he is just so relatable and quotable.  

Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. One of my favorite characters of all times. I just love how witty and sassy she is.  

Cath from Fangirl. I found Cath to be incredible relatable, I understood her relationship and dedication to that series, and that’s why she is one of my favorite book nerds. Also, she writes fanfiction, and I love reading fanfiction, so that’s pretty cool as well.

Alaska from Looking for Alaska Here’s the thing, I don’t remember this book so well, but I do remember that when I read it I loved Alaska as a character. I know a lot of people don’t really like her, and I don’t know if I would love Alaska as much If I reread the book now, but I’m letting her in this list. I just remember one of the main reasons behind my love for her was her love for books.

Liesel Meminger from The Book Thief Liesel’s love for books impressed even death and I think that’s all I need to say.

Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I included Charlie, because it’s very interesting to me that this story was told through letters he wrote.

Elend from Mistborn.I really liked that he was reading books that were forbidden in a way, and he was inspired to change things by the books he read, that’s the main reason I included him in this list.

Who are your favorite characters that are fellow book nerds? Did you participate in TTT this week? Tell me in the comments, I would love to check out your post! 

Movies to Look Forward to: August 2015

This are the movies that are being released this month that I really want to watch. 
1) Fantastic Four  (Trailer)
Honestly, I want to watch this movie because it has an amazing cast, especially, Kate Mara and Michael B. Jordan. So I’m excited, even if the trailers have not been able to captivate me and make want to watch.

2) Ricki and the Flash (Trailer)
MERYL STREEP… do I have to say anything else? I don’t think so!

3) Regression (Trailer

I want to watch this movie because of Emma Watson. Also, it looks mysterious and creepy, even if the concept behind the movie look like something we have seen a million times before. 

What movies do you want to watch this month? What movies did you watched last month? did you like them? Let me know your answers in the comments. 

Review of Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Falling Kingdoms by morgan rhodes review

Series: Falling Kingdoms #1
Publication date: December 11th 2012
Publisher: Razorbill
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Format: Kindle edition
Pages: 262
In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.
As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.
The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?
It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

I had really high expectations for this book because I had heard so many great things about it, from book bloggers and booktubers alike. Nonetheless, when I started to read it, I felt disappointed because it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. I couldn’t get into this book and I even stopped for two month after the first half before finishing it, because I wasn’t enjoying it that much. When I picked it up again I got a lot more into it, and after finishing it, I do plan to continue with the series.

When I started to read this book, I felt like nothing was happening and I was just a little bored for the first half of it. The writing was good, the multiple POV’s were different from one another, and I know this part was supposed to show us the different actions and decisions that set the war in motion, but I just didn’t find it entertaining enough. I felt like that first half of the book could have been used for world building, because we don’t get that much of it. Even so, the little world building the author gave us in this book was really fascinating. While she wrote from each characters point of view, she gave us some information about the kingdoms, their beliefs and the style of each ruling family, which was great.  And I think if we learn more about the world in the next books, it could be one of the strong points of this series, especially, the magic system with the watchers and the sanctuary, because they give the story a unique touch.

On the other hand, I couldn’t connect with the characters, I found them annoying most of the time, and I found little consistency in their actions. Also, I had problems with some of the relationships in the book; there was a relationship that felt like instalove to me, and I’m not a fan of that kind of relationships at all, and a relationship that even when it wasn’t really incestuous, it had elements of it and I just didn’t enjoy it. But I do have to recognize that are some very complicated dynamics between some characters that are interesting to read about.

The end of the book had more action, and even when something really predictable happened, some characters in the story had already seen that what was going to happen was predictable, so it didn’t take away from the story because the same characters admitted it. And at the end, some very surprising alliances are made and they hint to what’s to come, and they create a good ending that lets the readers intrigued about the rest of the series. So what I would say about this book is that it was definitely full of intrigue, betrayal and lies, it has a good writing style, and an interesting world and magic system, and even if it wasn’t as good as I was expecting, the rest of the series sounds promising. 

My Rating: 3.5 Start

The 5 best books I have read so far in 2015 | Bookish List

The books are in the order I read them, so the place they have on the list has nothing to do with which book I liked better.

second chance summer by morgan matson
1) Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson.  
This was the first book I read this year, and what I remember the most about it is how beautifully heart breaking it was, and how 

brilliant Morgan Matson writing is, I have read all of her books and I have loved them. 
the magicians guild by trudi canavan

2) Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan

This book was not action packed and it was a bit slow at times, but I still really enjoyed it. The writing was good, the world was interesting, and even if I didn’t connect with the main character, Sonea, the other characters were great, the only problems is that they were all men. I will continue on with the series. 

the ruby circle by richelle mead3) The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

I read the last three books on the Bloodlines series this year; I chose this one because it was a really good ending for the series. I enjoyed these books so much, and the last two books, especially, made me feel so many emotions. 

blue lily, lily blue by maggie stiefvater

4) Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

I just love the characters in this series. Gansey and Blue break my heart,   Adam and Ronan need to happen, and we need more moments between Blue and Ronan like the one we got in this book. I love the ladies that live in 300 Fox Way. 

A court of thorns and roses by sarah j maas

5) A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I loved this book, the writing was great as always with Sarah J Maas, the characters were incredible, and the world was fascinating. I can’t wait to read the next book! 

not that kind of girl by lena dunham

Bonus: Not that Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

What I liked the most about this book was how honest and relatable Lena Dunham was. I really enjoyed her writing style and I thought this book was really funny.  

Waiting on Wednesday #1 | Confessions of a Queen B* by Crista McHugh

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are excited for.

Confessions of a queen b by crista mchugh
Title: Confessions of a Queen B*

Author: Crista McHugh

Release Date: July 28th 2015

Published by: Crista McHugh

Genre: YA, contemporary, romance

“Alexis Wyndham is the other type of Queen B—the Queen Bitch.

After years of being the subject of ridicule, she revels in her ability to make the in-crowd cower via the exposés on her blog, The Eastline Spy. Now that she’s carved out her place in the high school hierarchy, she uses her position to help the unpopular kids walking the hallways.

Saving a freshman from bullies? Check.
Swapping insults with the head cheerleader? Check.Falling for the star quarterback? So not a part of her plan.

But when Brett offers to help her solve the mystery of who’s posting X-rated videos from the girls’ locker room, she’ll have to swallow her pride and learn to see past the high school stereotypes she’s never questioned—until now” 

This week’s book was discovered while I looked for books that were going to be release from July 23th to July 29th, and it reminds me of Mean Girls in a way, which is great because I remember being obsessed with that movie when I was younger, so I’m really excited to read Confessions of a Queen B*.  It sounds like a funny and quick read, and I have read some good reviews.
What are you waiting on this Wednesday? If you participate in this meme, please let me know in the comments, I would love to read your post.