Happy New Year!

This is the last post of the year. I can’t believe it! 2015 was a really especial year for me because it was the year I started blogging. There has been ups and down, I only blogged for like 3 months from July to October and then I had to take a break until the end of December, but no matter what, I’m really glad I decided to start this blog. 
I just wanted to make this post to wish you all the best for the year that’s about to start. I hope it brings positive things for your personal and professional life, but I especially hope it brings all the best to your reading and blogging life. I really wish to meet more of you next year, and to all the people who have been here in this first few months of blogging, I just want to say THANK YOU! You have made this year so much better, I’m glad you are part of my life. 
Happy New Year, guys! 


Series I Want to Finish in 2016 | Bookish List

I was thinking the other day and I realised that I’m one of those people that read the first book of a series and never gets around to read the other books, so one of my goals for 2016 is finishing some of the series that I started in 2015 (I read the first book or more), and that are finished series or the last books comes out in 2016.

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
After hearing a lot about it, I finally read the first book and I really enjoyed it. I’m definitely looking forward to reading the other two book to know more about the world and  the magic system. Also, I really want to read Six of Crows, that’s some sort of companion series, because I have heard that it’s even better than the original series. 
The Daughter of Smoke and Bones Series by Laini Taylor 
I read the first book and even if I had a few problems with it, I’m very intrigued with the world that Laini Taylor created, and I can’t wait to know more. I also want to know what happened to the main character’s friends, and what’s gonna happen between the two main characters.

The Queen of the Tearling Series by Erika Johansen 
I read the first book and really enjoyed it, I really liked the main characters, Kelsea, and the whole political situaion she had to deal with.  I know the third book comes out in november 2016 and I hope that I have read the second book by then and I’m able to read the third book when it comes out.

The Georgina Kincaid Series by Richelle Mead
I read the first two books in the last months of this year and I really enjoyed them. I found them to be quick reads, like most of the Richelle Mead’s books. I have four books left to read so I can finish this series, and I’m looking forward to know how the story ends for Georgina and Seth.

The Orphan Queen Duology by Jodi Meadows
I read the first book after a really really long reading slump, it was the book that was able to make me want to read again and I will forever be grateful because I was starting to lose hope (I know I’m being a bit dramatic… but really I’m not!). I can’t wait to know how Wilhelmina’s story ends.

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater 
I can’t believe this series is coming to an end. I have read all the books that are out and I’m dying to know what happens to the main characters that I have come to love. I’m also really scared, which normaly happens with the last book in a series, but I’m especially scared for this one because I’m worried about Gansey.

The Black Magicians Series by Trudi Canavan 
I read the first book in this series back in february of 2015 because one of my best friends recommended it to me. I’ really curious to learn more about the world and magic system, because I feel like we didn’t get that much about it in the first book. ALso, I want to see a lot of character development from the protagonist. 
Are you like me and start series and then you don’t finish them? Which series do you want to finish in 2016? 

Anticipated Debut Novels of 2016 | Bookish List

I already published a list of my anticipated book releases of 2016 by author that have other books out already and are somewhat popular. In this post, I wanted to put in the spotlight some of the books written by debut authors, and talk about why I want to read them.

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
The whole time travel, ships and romance premise is really appealing to me; the synopsis is very intriguing and it makes me really want to know what happens. Also, I have heard so many people talk about this book that I can’t wait to read it.

Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan
I found this book on Goodreads while I was checking out list of debut novels of 2016 and it immediately caught my attention; its fantasy, which is my favorite genre, and reading and writing have a very important role in the story and that makes me excited to read it.  I want to see if it’s as good as it sounds.

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
This book sounds really cool; I love books where there are magic competitions, I just get so excited to see who is gonna win and what challenges the character face. I can’t wait to read this and found out about the magic system, because the little information that the synopsis gives makes it sound amazing.

Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto
I have been hearing about this book for a really long time and the synopsis made me really excited to read it. Even if I don’t read that much steampunk, this one sound really good and I feel like I’m gonna enjoy it.

Which debut novels of 2016 are you anticipating? Have you read any of the books on this list ? Did you enjoy them? 

Anticipated Book Releases of 2016 | Bookish List

These are the book releases I’m most excited about from authors that already have other books out and are well-known. Tomorrow I will be posting about my most anticipated books by debut authors. 

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
I loved The Darkest Minds series and I instantly became a fan of Alexandra Bracken’s writing, she is definitely an auto-buy author for me. Nonetheless, I don’t want to read this book because it’s written by her; the synopsis is a bit vague, but it has time travel, music, pirates and romance… and because of that, I’m very intrigued to read this book!

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
I will start by saying that I have never read a Susan Dennard’s book, but I have been hearing about this books from so many people and everyone seems to love it, the synopsis sounds amazing, and it’s fantasy, which it’s my favorite genre, and just like that my excitement for this book has been growing for the last couple of months. Now, I just can’t wait to read it!

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
I love this series so much!  I think reading the last book and finding out how everything ends, it’s gonna be bittersweet. I’m really worried about Gansey, so I feel like I want to know what happens to him, but if it’s something bad then I don’t want to know. This book has me excited and worried in equal parts . I don’t know how I’m gonna feel after I read it. 

Also, I really want to read A Court of Mist and Fury and Throne of Glass 5 by Sarah J. Maas, but we don’t have covers yet, so I will probably make another list later. 

Which book releases of 2016 are you anticipating? Have you read any of the books on this list? do you want to read any of the book on this list? 

Favorite Books of 2015 | Bookish List

2015 was a good reading year, but not the best. I definitely read less that previous years, and even if I read some good (even great!) books, I was expecting more from a lot of the books I read. Expectations are a dangerous thing! Nonetheless, here are my favorite books of 2015 in no particular order (because I just can’t put them in order. Ok? I can’t!).  

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I’m gonna start by saying that I’m a huge Sarah J. Maas fan. I really enjoyed this book; I  liked the world it took place in, I think it had some great characters, especially, Rhys and Lucien, and as always Sarah’s writing was great. I can’t wait to see if this series gets better with every book, like the Throne of Glass series does.

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

I heard so much about this book on twitter (especially from Sarah @ The YA Book Traveler),  that I had to read it. And when I finally did, I was going through a reading slump and this book totally help me get in the reading mood again. I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait for the next book after THAT ENDING! 

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

As I said before, I’m a huge Sarah J. Maas fan. So, of course my most anticipated book of 2015 was Queen of Shadows, and I loved it. I think this is probably my favorite book of the year. I love Aelin, and Manon and Lisandra are great as well. Also, I love all the new ships!

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

This book was of my favorite books of the year. It has great characters, an amazing world and magic system, but what I liked more was the diveristy and the incredible way it handle some sensitive subjects like body image. This is the first book I read by Rae Carson, but I’m definitely a fan of her writing.

Paula by Isabel Allende

I promised myself that I would try to read more Latin American authors in 2015. I’m from Colombia, so I felt like it was something I needed to do. At the end, I ended up reading like 4 or 5 books, and honestly I expected to read more, but it I feel the number was not that bad. Paula was one of those books and it was amazing. One of the few 5 stars books for me in 2015. My favorite thing about this book was the writing, Isabel Allende is a genius, this book is so heartbreaking and so different from what I normally read, but Isabel’s life is so interesting and the story of her daughter Paula is so touching and sad, I connected with it so much. I hope some of you give this book a chance!

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen 

This book was really good, it took place in an interesting world and there was a very intriguing magic system. Also, I really liked the main character, and something that surprised me a lot is that there was no romace, no love interest, and that was so refreshing.

These were my favorite book of 2015! Please tell me about yours, I would love to know. Also, have you read any of the books on this list? Did you enjoy them? 

Book Review: The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel Book Review

Title: The Book of Ivy

Author: Amy Engel

Publication Date: 2014

Published by: Entangled Teen

Genre: Dystopia

Pages: 282

After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.
This year, it is my turn.
My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power.
But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.
Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…

I decided to read this book because I had been hearing a lot of people talk about it, and they all seem to love not only this book, but also the second and final book that came out recently. I hadn’t read a dystopia book in years (…I think!), and I was pleasantly surprised. This book was a quick read even if it was not action-packed, and it was also a very romance-heavy read, but not in a bad way, at least for me.

This book was well written; it didn’t have a lot of descriptions, but it did focused on the thoughts of the main character and the conflict she had over different ideas her family defended and the way they chose to defend them. There was an interesting reflection about not following blindly; even if it is family, we don’t have to share the same beliefs, we can love them and still think they are wrong, and think for ourselves and make our own choices. At the end, I think this was a very thought provoking book.

About the main characters, I can say I liked them both; Ivy was really complex, and exactly for that reason, she could be frustrating at times, and Bishop was too perfect at times, but I still fell in love with him, because he treated Ivy so well. Also, I really enjoyed that the relationship between them wasn’t rushed at all, it had time to develop, it wasn’t one of those stories were the characters say I love you the day after they met.

On the other hand, this book took place in a small town with a population of 10000 people that survived the war that destroyed the world, and these survivors didn’t have contact with the world beyond the fence they built.  Taking this into account, this book didn’t have a lot of world building, it offered only glimpses of the world beyond the fence and about the consequences of the nuclear war. For me, that was the thing that was missing from this book. I would have enjoyed knowing more about the war, the reasons behind it, and what happened in the fifty years between the war and the time in which the book took place.
Nonetheless, I really enjoyed The Book of Ivy and I’m planning to read The Revolution of Ivy right away. I can’t wait to know what happens to the characters after the ending of this book. I would definitely recommend it, especially if you haven’t read dystopian in a while; I think you would enjoy it! 

Rating: 4 Stars

Have you read  this book? Did you enjoy it? 

Life Update: I’M BACK!

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great holiday! Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates it. I hope you enjoyed it with all your love ones and I hope you had a great time. I don’t know how many of you will read this, I usually don’t write diary-like posts, but after being gone for a few weeks  I thought I would let you know what I have been up to.

After a few months of blogging, I was doing fine with posting regularly, responding to comments and visiting other blogs, and balancing all that with the things I had to do for university, especially, because I’m trying to finish two majors at the same time. Nonetheless, everything changed after I got a job at the end of september; I tried to balance all the university stuff, my job, and all the thing I did related to my blog, but I realized that I needed some time to organized my schedule without having to worry about blogging, because I was honestly going insane, I was so stress out I was getting sick. So, at the end of October/ beginning of November, I decided to take some time off from blogging and just try to learn my way around my job and figure out how to balance all the responsibilities I had.

Now, after a month and a half, I’m really happy to say that I’M BACK!  I will be posting every day for the remaining of December, and then I will post 3 times a week starting in January. Now, please let me know what have you been up to; let me links to your favorite post you or someone else wrote this last few weeks, and if you want to tell me what’s going on in your life outside blogging, I would love to hear it.

I’m so glad to be back, I missed you guys!