September 2015 Wrap Up

This month I really didn’t read what I said I would read in my tbr post. I had a very busy month, I was juggling my two majors and a new job, so I had a lot of things to do. I’m particularly sorry because I didn’t read the book I received for review Wonderland by Robert McKay. 

Favorite of the month 
Queen of Shadow by Sarah J. Maas did not disappoint me at all. I LOVED IT! The writing was incredible, as always with Srah J. Maas books. There was amazing world building and character development, and so many things happened. I can’t wait for the next one, I just want to know what’s gonna happen to this characters that I have gotten so attached to.
Rating: 5 stars
Read this month 
Apart form Queen of Shadows, I read 3 books this month. Two of them were on my tbr post from last month.  
Succubus Blue by Richelle Mead 
I always enjoy Richelle Mead’s writing and this was not an exception. Also, I really liked the characters, especially, Georgina and Seth. This was a quick and fun read. 
Rating: 4 stars
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I didn’t think that I would finish this book in september, that’s why I said on my tbr that I was gonna slowly make my way through it. At the end, I read it all and I quite enjoyed it. I think it’s really interesting to see racism through children’s eyes. I definitely enjoyed the writing style, even if I felt like the first part  was too long, and the best part o, the trial, was way too short. 
Rating: 4 stars
A Tale of dispossessed (La Multitud Errante) by Laura Restrepo.
This was a very short book, that I read really quickly, but it was not an easy book to read. The writing was brilliant and that helped with the fact that the subject of this book it’s painful. It took place in Colombia, where I am from, and it dealt with some aspects from the war. This was a love story, but through that story, it told so much about the history of the country and what the war has done to the population
                                Rating: 5 stars

Waiting on Wednesday # 10 | Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Carry On 
Author: Rainbow Rowell

Release Date: October 6th 2015

Published by: St. Martin’s Griffin

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Pages: 384
Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.

I’m a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell’s books and I’m really intrigued to see how she transitioned from YA contemporary books to a YA fantasy book. I also want to see how she develops the relationship between Simon and Baz, because I was a big fan of Cat’s fanfiction in Fangirl. At the beginning, when this book was announced, I wasn’t so excited about this, but after reading the summary and learning more about what this book was about, that changed. Now I can’t wait to read it! 

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Review of Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publication Date: 2012

Published by: Henry Colt and Co.

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Pages: 368

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

I have heard so much about this series and a lot of people considered it their favorite, so I decided to read the first book and see if it was as good as everyone said it was. I’m glad to say I wasn’t disappointed. 

The first thing I noticed when I started reading this book was the writing style. It was really fluid, in no time I was half way through the book without realising I had read that much and how much time had passed. The writing really kept me captivated, but the pace also had a lot to do with that. Even if the plot for the first half of the book was more focused on world building and character development, I never felt bored and I never felt like the pace was off. On the other hand, the second part was a lot more action packed and the writing and pace really worked for that as well. 
In regards to the characters, there were some really interesting characters, especially, the Darkling, who is very intriguing and mystyrious, and I didn’t know what to believe about him for most of the book. I also found Genya fascinating and I really want to see her again in the next book and see how she’s dealing with things. Nonetheless, I though the main character, Alina, was alright, but I really didn’t find anything that set her apart from other main characters in YA fantasy books. Also, I didn’t like Alina’s best friend for the first half of the book, and even later on, I didn’t feel like his character was fully fleshed out. 
The world building and magic system were fascinating. It was set in a world resembeling or inspired by Russia and rusian culture, which was quite different from other things I have read in the YA fantasy genre. In regards to the magic system, the color division, the color representation of the type of magic, and the powers itself that they had, were unique and interesting.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes YA fantasy books with intriguing villains, great writing and a world and magic system that makes you want to read without stopping. 

My Rating: 4,5 stars 
Have you read this book? Did you like it? Let me know in the comments!

Waiting on Wednesday #9 | Menagerie by Rachel Vincent

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

Title: Menagerie (Menagerie #1)

Author: Rachel Vincent

Release Date: September 29th 2015

Published by: MIRA

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 432

When Delilah Marlow visits a famous traveling carnival, Metzger’s Menagerie, she is an ordinary woman in a not-quite-ordinary world. But under the macabre circus black-top, she discovers a fierce, sharp-clawed creature lurking just beneath her human veneer. Captured and put on exhibition, Delilah in her black swan burlesque costume is stripped of her worldly possessions, including her own name, as she’s forced to “perform” in town after town.

But there is breathtaking beauty behind the seamy and grotesque reality of the carnival. Gallagher, her handler, is as kind as he is cryptic and strong. The other “attractions”—mermaids, minotaurs, gryphons and kelpies—are strange, yes, but they share a bond forged by the brutal realities of captivity. And as Delilah struggles for her freedom, and for her fellow menagerie, she’ll discover a strength and a purpose she never knew existed.

This book sounds dark and a bit creepy, I feel like it would be a great book for october. I have never read a book that takes place in a carnival or circus or anything like that, so I’m definitely excited to read this book because of that. Also, a lot of my goodreads friends marked it as to read, so I’m looking forward to seing if it’s as good as it sounds.

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Book Review: The Design by R.S. Grey

The Design by R.S. Grey | Review Bookish Wanderess
Title: The Design (A Heart Novel)

Author: R.S. Grey

Publication Date: 2015

Genre: New Adult, Romance

Pages: 272
Five minutes until the interview begins.
Fresh on the heels of her college graduation, Cameron Heart has landed an interview at a prestigious architecture firm.
Four minutes until the interview.
She knows she’s only there because the owner, Grayson Cole, is her older sister’s friend.
Three minutes.
For the last seven years, Grayson has been the most intimidating man Cammie has ever had the pleasure, or displeasure, of being around.
Two Minutes.
But the job opportunity is too good to pass up. So, Cammie will have to ignore the fact that Grayson is handsome enough to have his own national holiday.
After all, she shouldn’t feel that way about her new boss. And, he will be her new boss.

This book is a standalone, but there’s another book that came out first and that took place in the same universe and that featured the same characters as this book. The main character of The Design, Cammie, caught my eye in the previous book and that was why I decided to read this one. 

Sadly, I was very disappointed. Cammie turned out to be a really inconsistent character, sometimes she seem responsible and smart, but her choices and actions most of the time were from an irrational and dumb person. I felt like the author didn’t give the characters any depth. It was hard to connect not only with the characters, but it was also hard to connect or understand their relationship. A lot of the time I felt like Grayson, the main male character, needed to call the police because Cammie was borderline stalking him. Until later on, because I found what Grayson did really messed up. Honestly, their relationship wasn’t healthy at all, and I feel like there was a bad portrait of what’s ok and what’s stalking, especially, in work relationships. 
Those were my mayor problems with the book, the characters and the relationship between then. On the other hand, the writing was alright, nothing special and I didn’t feel like the plot was that great either. Nonetheless, I never felt like I didn’t want to continue reading it. I think the reason is that it was a really short book, so I didn’t have the time to get frustrated with it.

Rating: 2.5 stars
Have you read this book? Did you like it? Let me know in the comments! 

10 Reasons to Read: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Title: The Girl of Fire and Thorns

Author: Rae Carson
Publication Date2011
Published by: Greenwillow

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Pages: 423

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness. Elisa is the chosen one. But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess. And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young. Most of the chosen do.

I decided to try something new, I didn’t write a review for this book, instead I wrote a list of reason why you should read it. I LOVED this book so much, it’s definitely my favorite book I have read this year and I totally recommend it to everyone. Here are the ten reasons:

1.Often in books, and especially in YA fantasy books, the main characters is a “strong” female characters, and most of the time that strength is physical, like she can kick someone’s ass. I love that the main character in this book, Elisa, is a strong female character in a different way. Her strength comes from her determination, her believes, her personality, her intelligence, it comes from within.

2. All the main characters are POC, even if it’s a fantasy world the reader can tell that they are latinxs. I’m latina, so this was incredible important and significant to me. Representation and diversity matter so much!

3. The main character is overweight when the book starts, and there’s a very realistic depiction of body image issues, which we don’t see that often in fantasy books. Also, she loses weight, but she is never skinny, she is just healthier and she learns to love herself.

4. There are so many amazing, complex, unique female characters. It’s heaven!

5. There is a lot of character development through this book, and even if it’s mainly Elisa, the one who grows and changes, it also happens with other characters.

6.Like a lot of characters in YA fantasy books, Elisa is a Chosen One, but what’s different is that she has known her entire life. We get to see how has been growing up knowing she is supposed to accomplish this great mission, we see her doubts and we see the struggle between destiny vs choice.

7. The plot is great as well, there are a lot of surprises and a lot of twists, and it keeps you on edge the entire time. Something else that was nice, it’s that there is no cliffhanger.

8. Religion has a big role in this book, but it’s not preachy, it’s done in a effortless way. And it’s interesting because the reader gets to see the doubts Elisa has and the book kind of questions religion.

9. The book explores the idea that history is told by the winners, which I think it’s more common in YA fantasy books, but I still think it’s a very important lesson to take from this book.

10. Romance is not as important and it takes place in the background of the book. There’s some cute moments, but the book focuses more on Elisa’s journey.

My Rating: 5 stars

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

Hyped books I haven’t read yet: YA Contemporary | Bookish List

Hyped Books I Haven't Read Yet

I thought it would be a good idea to make a series of posts about hyped books I haven’t read yet from my favorite genres. This is the first post and it’s a list of young adult contemporary books that I haven’t read yet, and that people (book bloggers, booktubers, authors, etc.) have talked a lot about. I used to love the contemporary genre, but I don’t read it that much anymore, still these are some of the books I really want to read from this genre.The books are in no particular order.

1. My heart and other black holes by Jasmine Warga
A lot of people from the booktube community talked a lot about this book a while back, and with that tittle, I knew I wanted to read it. I just haven’t got to it yet!

2. I’ll give you the sun by Jandy Nelson
This one received a lot of hype from booktubers and book bloggers, but I heard this was a bit sad and I just haven’t felt in the mood for a sad book. But soon!

3. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

For a while I saw the cover of this books everywhere, I honestly don’t even remember what it’s about, I just remember the cover. I will  read it because I remember that most of the comments about it were good, and I’m intrigued. I just don’t really know when.  

4. Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
This is another book I found thanks to booktube, the name just caught my attention, and the book sounded really interesting. I’m not sure why I haven’t read this yet. This definitely could be one of my next reads.

5. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
This is a more recent book, but a lot of people had ARC’s, so I have been hearing about it for so long and everyone raves about this book. It has such an interesting concept that I will probably read it really soon. 
What hyped books haven’t you read yet?