Waiting on Wednesday #4 | Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell


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


Title: Mechanica

Author: Betsy Cornwell

Release Date: August 25th 2015

Published by: Clarion Books

Genre: Fairy Tale retelling, Steampunk, YA

Pages: 340

Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home.
But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.
Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn’t want a fairy tale happy ending after all.

I love fairy tale retellings and this one sounds so good! The fact that it has elements of steampunk makes it even better. I’m really intrigued because the synopsis says this book has themes of social justice, and that makes it sounds really interesting to me. Also, I have heard amazing things from the few people who have read it. And the cover is so beautiful! 

Are you excited for this book? What are you Waiting on Wednesday? Let me your link, so I can visit and comment back! 

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Auto-buy Authors | Top Ten Tuesday #5

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme held over at Broke and Bookish. This week’s topic is: Top Ten of Your Auto-buy Authors (no matter the genre or what it’s about…you’ll buy it from these authors!)

1. Sarah J. Maas: I love the Throne of Glass series, but she became an auto-buy author for me, after I read A Court of Thorns and Roses, and really enjoyed it as well.

2. Alexandra Bracken: I have only read The Darkest Mind trilogy, but from now on she is an auto-buy author for me. I can’t wait for Passenger.

3. Stephanie Perkins: After the Anna and the French Kiss series, I’m absolutely sure I will buy everything she writes. Her books are so cute!

4. Rainbow Rowell: I have read almost all of her books, except, Elenor and Park, I have a feeling I won’t like the ending. She is still an auto-buy author for me, I can’t wait for Carry On.

5. David Levithan and Rachel Cohn: If they ever write another book together I will definitely buy it. Their books have really interesting concepts and they are really cute!

6. Morgan Matson: I have read all of her books and I can’t wait to read more.
7. Maggie Stiefvater: I have only read The Raven Cycle series, but I’m dying to read all the other books she has published and the ones that coming out soon.
8. Colleen Hoover: She is one of my favorite New Adult authors, and even if I sometimes get annoyed with her books, I still get excited when a new one comes out.

9. Cassandra Clare: I know there’s a lot of people annoyed with the amount of books that she has published and that take place in the shadowhunters world, but I have read most of them, except maybe a few of the Bane Chronicles, and I plan on keep reading them.
10. Marissa Meyer: After the Lunar Chronicles series, I’m dying to read her next books. 

Did you participate in TTT this week?  Tell me in the comments, I would love to check out your post! 

Lara Jean’s Style Guide | To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

I’m starting a new feature on my blog and I’m really excited! Bookish Style Guide is a feature  where I will be sharing a Pinterest board with clothes and accessories inspired by the main character in a book I love. The boards will be  full of things that I think the character  I choose would wear. This feature was inspired by a question Jenny Han got on twitter, someone asked if there was a Lara Jean’s style guide, and Jenny Han answered with some of the things Lara Jena would wear. After that, I started to make Pinterest boards with the style guides for some characters I love. I decided I would post the Lara Jean’s Style Guide first, since it started it all. I hope you enjoy it!

THE STYLE GUIDE:

Jenny Han said on twitter that Lara Jean would wear anything with cats, wacky sweaters, bows, floral, and headbands. That answer was the inspiration for this style guide.

 

More about the books: 
Lara Jean is a character in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, PS I Still Love You and Always and Forever, Lara Jean.  A trilogy written by Jenny Han. Here is the sypnosis of the first book:
  Goodreads | Amazon

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once? 

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

Classics I really want to read | Bookish List

1. Emma by Jane Austen
I have read most of Jane Austen’s books, and I love her writing, but I still need to read this book, which is one of her most known works. I haven’t even watched one of the many movies that have been inspired by it. It has been on my to be read list for at least two years. 


2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

I have heard a lot of things about this book, I don’t even remember if they were good things or bad things, I just know I have heard about it for a long time and I can’t wait to read it.

3. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

I’ll be honest, I first found out about this book through Easy A (Yes, the movie with Emma Stone), and I have been dying to read it ever since. 


4. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

I want to read this book because on TV shows, movies, other book,  someone  always mentions it, they love it, they have read it, they haven’t read it, they hate it, etc.  I just want to find out what the big deal is.

5. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

There’s so many books that are describe as similar to this book, or as a mix of this books with something else, that I just want to read it. Also, most of the bookish people I know have read it, so I’m intrigued.

6. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Everyone has read this book, most people because they had to read it for school, since I didn’t went to school in the United States, I didn’t even heard about this book until I was in university, but I’m really looking forward to reading it. I’m actually quite curious about it. 

Review of Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews


Title: Me, Earl and the Dying Girl

Author: Jesse Andrews

Publication Date: 2012

Published by: Amulet Books

Genre: Contemporary, YA

Pages: 295

Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.

                                     Goodreads | Amazon

I have meant to read this book for a long time, I have heard so many great things about it, and I’m not sure why I hadn’t read before. But, to be honest, what finally made me read it was that a bunch of movie critics that I really respect started to talk about how great the movie was and then it won the Sundance Audience Awards and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize this year, and I just couldn’t wait to read the book.


This book was a quick and funny read. The way it was written, with the movie script parts and the bullet points was unique and interesting, the writing style captivated me because the second person POV made me feel like the character was talking to me, and it had a very fascinating sense of humor that managed to be awkward, make you a little uncomfortable, and still be funny.

One of the biggest strength of this book was that the characters actually seem like real teenagers, even if that meant they were annoying and inconsiderate at times, it also meant the story felt honest. This is especially true with Greg, who got on my nerves sometimes. Nonetheless, the thing that took away from this book, for me, was that even if the characters were very real, because of the way the story was told, I felt like I couldn´t really connect with them, and that meant I wasn’t as invested in the story.

The plot especially at the beginning felt like it was going nowhere; it was a bit all over the place. I feel like even if after a while you started to see where it is going, the plot is not a strong point of the book. Also, I feel like sometimes Greg started babbling and got off track, and that contributed to the feeling that this book was all over the place.

Even if I had some minor issue with this book, I would definitely recommend it.  It’s a really quick read, you can read it in a sitting, it’s really entertaining, it has a unique sense of humor and the way it was written is very interesting.

My Rating: 4


Have you read this book? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments!

Waiting on Wednesday #3 | Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

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


Title: Legacy of Kings (Bloog of Gods and Royals #1)

Author: Eleanor Herman

Release Date: August 25th 2015

Published by: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, YA

Pages: 384

“Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.

Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to newcomer Katerina, who must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But Kat’s first love, Jacob, will go to unthinkable lengths to win her, even if it means competing for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince. And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet fiancée, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

Weaving fantasy with the salacious and fascinating details of real history, New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known: Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series”

I love fantasy, so I’m always excited to find new fantasy books being release. I’m particularly excited about this book, because it was written by a historian and I think that will give the details of this book a feeling of realness that will make it very interesting to read.  Also, I’m intrigue to see how the author reimagines the story of Alexander the Great, and how all the other characters that are described in the synopsis come into play.  I can’t wait to read it! 

Are you excited for this book? What are you Waiting on Wednesday? Let me your link, so I can visit and comment back! 


Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From | Top Ten Tuesday #4

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme held over at Broke and Bookish. This week’s topic is: Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From.

1) Richelle Mead: I have read a total of 12 books by her, the 6 books of the Vampire Academy series and the 6 books of the Bloodline series.

2) Rick Riordan: I have read 10 books by him, the Percy Jackson series and the Heroes of Olympus series.

3) Cassandra Clare: I have read 9 books by her and 8 short stories. I read The Mortal Instruments series and The Infernal Devices series. I also read three of The Bane Chronicles: What Happened in Peru, The Course of True Love, and What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything. Lastly, I read the first 5 stories from Tales from the shadowhunter Academy.

4) J.K Rowling: I read the 7 Harry Potter books. I have never felt inclined to read the other books in the Harry Potter universe, and I have never felt like reading her other books either.

5) Abbie Glines: I have read 7 books by her. I read 4 of the books in the Sea Breeze series, 2 books in The Vincent Boys series, and the first book in the Too Far series.

6) Jennifer Estep: I read the 6 books in the Mythos Academy series and one of the prequels.

7) Stephenie Meyer: A long, long time ago, I read the 4 Twilight books, and The Host.

8) Colleen Hoover: I have read 4 books by her and 1 novella. I read Slammed, Ugly Love, Maybe Someday, Confess, and Maybe Not.

For 9 y 10 place, I have a tie because I have read 4 book of each of the next 6 authors.

Sarah J. Maas: I read the first 3 books in the Throne of Glass series and I read A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Marissa Meyer: I read the 4 books in The Lunar Chronicles series.

John Green: I read The Fault in the Stars, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, and An Abundance of Katherines.

Ann Brashares: I read 4 books in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, I’m missing the last one, which came out years later, and it’s about the life of the girls after a few years.

Tolkien: I read the 3 book of the Lord of the Ring, and The Hobbit.

Becca Fitzpatrick: I read the 4 books in the Hush Hush series.

What authors have you read the most books from? Did you participate in TTT this week? Tell me in the comments, I would love to check out your post!