ARC Review: Beyond the Stars by Stacy Wise

        Title: Beyond the Stars 

           Author: Stacy Wise
 Publication Date: February  8, 2016
        Published by: Entangled 
  Genre: New Adult, Romance 
                  Pages: 336

Most girls would kill for the opportunity to work for Jack McAlister, Hollywood’s hottest actor, but twenty-one-year-old Jessica Beckett is ready to kick him out of her red Ford Fiesta and never look back. She should be spending her junior year in France, eating pastries and sharpening her foreign language skills. Instead she’s reluctantly working as Jack’s personal assistant, thanks to her powerhouse talent agent aunt.

Jack is private, prickly, and downright condescending. Jessica pushes his buttons—she’s not the type of girl to swoon over celebrity heartthrobs, precisely why her aunt thought she’d be perfect for the job—and Jack pushes right back.

But as she begins to peel away his layers, Jessica is shocked to find she craves her boss’s easy smile and sexy blue eyes. The problem is, so does the entire female population. And what started out as the job from hell soon has Jess wondering if a guy like Jack could ever find love with a regular girl like her.

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ARC kindly provided by Entangled via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I decided to read Beyond the Star because I saw it at netgalley and the cover caught my eye and from the synopsis I thought it was a book I would like. This book turn out to be a quick, entertaining and really cute book. I had some issues with it, but it’s a really good debut novel. It’s more a romance than a new adult novel, so if you are worried about the content, you should know that it’s not really explicit. 
The writing was alright, it wasn’t particulary special or beautiful, but it went well with the story. It was actually really funny at some points.  The characters  development for the main character was good, she felt real, I didn’t always like her, she was annoying at times, but she was relatable and very human. The love interest, on the other hand, wasn’t fully fleshed out; he was just a bunch of personality traits thrown together, but not woven in a way that made an actual personality. 
Plotwise, I think there were some unnecessary points that were meant to creat drama, but they didn’t. I think they could have been removed from the story. Nonetheless, the overall plot was really entertaining. And in terms of the romance, the relationship between the two main characters evolved in a very slow way for 70% of this book, which was fine because there were some other interesting things happening. Nonetheless, when the story got to the point were the relationship turned into an actual romance, it came out of nowhere. In the last 30% of this books, the characters went from starting to become friends to loving eachother in the blink of an eye. But, I actually didn’t mind so much, because the characters were so cute together. 

At the end, I liked Beyond the Star, I though it was cute and entertaining. The main characters was well developed and the writing went well with the book. I liked the relationship between the main characters, even if the transition into a romances could have been done better. I would recommend this to fans of cute romances.

Rating: 3,5 Stars
This book comes out really soon, are you planning on reading it? 

Movies to Look Forward to: February 2016

It’s been a long time since I made one of these posts. Before I took my little blogging break at the end of october until mid december, I had stopped making a lot of posts that I loved doing because people seam less interested in them (they got less views and comments). Nonetheless, since I’ve been back, I have tried to write the kind of posts I want to do and not worry about views and comments. I want to blog for me and not for other people, I want to be able to share other things that interest me outside of books. So here they are: the movies I’m looking forward to that are released in february 2015. 
1) Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (February 5, 2016) – Trailer
Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England is faced with a new challenge — an army of undead zombies.
When I first heard about this book, I was tempted to read it, but I never ended up doing it. I don’t think I will read the book, but I will definitely watch the movie. The trailer made me want to watch it so much! This movie has a very interesting and unique mix of elements, and I’m dying to see how did they mix this classic tale with zombies. 
2) How to be Single (February 12, 2016) – Trailer

New York City is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, and what Alice, Robin, Lucy, Meg, Tom and David all have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love.
I love movies about girls. Funny movies about girls make me nervous, because they can reproduce a lot of stereotypes and make sexism jokes, and that makes me mad. Nonetheless, I’m willing to take a risk, because it looks really good and I would love to find a new movie about girl to love!
3) Race (February 19, 2016) – Trailer

Jesse Owens’ quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy.
I can’t wait to go to the theater to watch this! From the trailer, it looks like the acting is gonna be on point. The story really interest me, I know a little about Jesse Owens’ story, but I definitely  want to know more.

Good Books / Bad Covers #2

Good Books / Bad Covers is a new feature/weekly meme here at Bookish Wanderess. The idea behind it is to say “Hey, I know this book has a really bad cover, but the book itself is really good. You should read it!”  So every monday I will be choosing one book or book series that I read and really liked, but it has a really bad cover, and I will talk about why that book deserves a chance even if the cover is so bad that I wouldn’t pick the book up in a bookstore even if it was free. Everyone is welcome to join this meme, I just ask that you link back to me in your post. 

Hey Guys! It’s monday again and of course that means there is a new Good Books / Bad Covers post. This week I want to talk about a book series that I started to read this year (2016), I have read the first 3 books in this series and I really enjoyed them. It’s The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. It’s an urban fantasy series about faries that takes place in Irland, and I started to read it because Riley talks about it in her booktube channel (RileyMarie1196) all the time! Nonetheless, If I didn’t know what this books are about, I would have never looked at them in a bookstore.  The old covers were ugly, and the covers of the first and second book were not only ulgy, but also boring and they said nothing about the story. 

On the other hand, the new covers are better, at least they are less ugly. Don’t get me wrong, I still would pretty much walk pass them in a bookstore, but if someone saw me reading this series I would not feel embarrased about the covers (well, I wouldn’t feel too embarresed).
I can understand why someone, especialy if the see the old covers, would not want to pick up this series, but here are some reason to ignore the covers and read the books:
– I don’t know if it’s because I love slow-burn romances, but I’m obsessed with the romance in this story (which is almost non-existent), because is the slowest slow-burn romance in history! A.K.A it’s fabulous! There’s so much tension between the characters. 
– I also love that the romance is not the driving force of this book. It’s quite different from what I expected but it’s really good. 
– Mystery is a big component of this book and that adds a lot to the story. 
-It’s completely addictive, you just can’t put it down. 
– One thing that makes this series so interesting is the setting: Irland. Getting to explore it through this books is amazing. 
– The writting is really easy to get into and goes really well with the story. 
And that’s it! If you haven’t read these books because of their covers, please do it!

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you make a Good Books/ Bad Covers post, please let me know in the comments, I would love to check it out! 

Disappointing Books | Bookish List

I saw a few people on booktube doing this and I thought it would be a post that would generate a lot of discussion and I would LOVE to talk to you guys, so I decided to do it. These books are books that,at one point in my life, I had huge expectations for and that I ended up not enjoying as much as I thought I would.  Most of them still got really good ratings, but I just expected more from them. 

Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
I had heard so many great things about this book that I was expecting to love it. I actually really enjoyed it, but I couldn’t connect with the characters and I felt like the plot, especialy at the beggining, wasn’t going anywhere. Full Review.

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
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. I just felt like I couldn’t connect with the characters and the book needed more world buiding. Full Review.

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
There wasn’t anything particularly wrong with this book, I just thought it wasn’t enough; it was not good enough to be the ending. I still really liked it, I felt like it was more about the characters and the relationships that hadn’t been explored before or dealt with before and that was really good. But so much of the book was spent in little quests, that the main one that was supposed to be almost impossible to win was over in the blink of an eye, the action part of this book was actually a bit disappointing 

The Giver by Lois Lowry
When I read this book, I had heard so many good comments about it that my expectations were really high, and sadly I was very disappointed.  I felt like this book was just the first 25% of a book, like it was an introduction and all the other parts of the book were missing. I felt like there wasn’t enough character development and there wasn’t enough world building. This book needed  more pages.

Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep
A lot of people don’t know the Mythos Academy series, and I used to recommend it often because I enjoyed the first couple of books a lot, but the last books were really disappointing. Killer Frost is the final book in the series and I just felt it was really repetitive and I got bored reading it. Defenitely my least favorite of the series. 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I really liked this books, don’t get me wrong. Honestly, I felt dissapointed when I started to read this book,  because I had heard so many wonderful things about ita nd I just wasn’t connecting with it at all. I think this was in big part because of the slow pace, but then it got better and I started to get into the story. By the time I got to the last 30 pages I was crying uncontrollably.

The Death Cure by James Dashner
I wasn’t really happy with the way this series ended, I was expecting so much more and this was definitely my least favorite book of the series. I was especially disappointed about the way things ended between Thomas and Teresa.

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
I had big expectations for this book and I just didn’t connect with it. I think in part it was because even if I had not watched the movie when I read the book, I knew who played the characters in the movie and they didn’t look how I imagined Nick and Norah when I was reading. I think I  couldn’t focus in the book and I was left really disappointed.  This was more a personal thing, I guess. 

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
I didn’t enjoy this book at all; the way this series ended actually left me frustrated for weeks, I couldn’t stop thinking about all the things I didn’t like about it. I feel like this book had to be longer and there are a lot of things I would change about it. This was the first book I remember feeling really disappointed about. 

So, I want to talk to you guys! Leave your comments about your disappointing books. Tell me if you were disappointed by some of the books I mentioned in this post, too. Or if you disagree with me and you love  one of these book. 

ARC Review: Faith and Moonlight by Mark Gelineau & Joe King

     Title: Faith and Moonlight 
 Author: Mark Gelineau & Joe                        King

 Publication Date: December                      15, 2015

Published by: Gelineau & King

         Genre: Fantasy, YA

               Pages: 104

Roan and Kay are orphans.

A fire destroys their old life, but they have one chance to enter the School of Faith.

They are given one month to pass the entry trials, but as Roan excels and Kay fails, their devotion to each other is put to the test.

They swore they would face everything together, but when the stakes are losing the life they’ve always dreamed of, what will they do to stay together?

What won’t they do?

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ARC kindly provided by the authors via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I’m always scared with short stories, especially if they are fantasy stories, because I feel like there’s not enought space to really explain the world and the magic system, but this novella proved me wrong. The world and magic system were really interesting and captivating, and I did want to know more, but I never felt like there was information missing about any of it and I felt like I undertood everything really well. I can´t wait to read the other novellas that take place in the same world, to be able to see and understand more about it.

On the other hand, the writing was really good and the pace was good as well. My only problem was that it was hard to connect with the characters, because I felt we didn’t really got to know them, and there was not really a lot of character development. Nonetheless, I undertand that this was a novella and there was little space (100 pages) and that the story continues with another novella, and the characters will probably be more developed in it.

Overall, I really enjoyed Faith and Moonlight; it had a really captivating world and magic system, the writing was really good, and the ending left me wanting to read the next novella really soon.

Rating: 4 Stars

Good Books / Bad Covers #1

Good Books / Bad Covers is a new feature/weekly meme here at Bookish Wanderess. The idea behind it is to say “Hey, I know this book has a really bad cover, but the book itself is really good. You should read it!”  So every monday I will be choosing one book or book series that I read and really liked, but it has a really bad cover, and I will talk about why that book deserves a chance even if the cover is so bad that I wouldn’t pick the book up in a bookstore even if it was free. Everyone is welcome to join this meme, I just ask that you link back to me in your post. 

Let’s begin with the books for the first Good Books / Bad Covers post! I know I said I would choose a book or book series, but the thing is: I was looking for a book I read recently and really liked, but that had a bad cover, and I found that I read the first 2 books in the Georgina Kincaid series by Richelle Mead at  the end of 2015. I really liked those books, but the covers were horrible! The worst is that there are three different covers and they are all awful. Here are the three versions of the cover for the first book:

And while I was thinking about this series, I remembered the other, more popular Richelle Mead series and their really ugly covers. You know which one I’m talking about? Well, you are right! I’m talking about the Vampire Academy series and the Bloodlines series.

Here are the new and old covers for the Vampire Academy series. They changed the really ugly covers it used to have, for covers a little less ugly, but much more boring.

And then here are the terrible covers of the  Bloodlines series: 

After the awfulness of those covers, I can understand why someone may not pick them up in a bookstore, but here are some reason to ignore the covers and read the books:

– Richelle Mead writes quick, easy to read and entertaining books.

– BUT she still breaks your heart from time to time.

– Her stories are really interesting because she mixes different creatures: vampires, alchemists, succubus, demons, angels, imps, nephilims, and others. There a lot of creatures!

– She writes great female characters; they are complex and very different from one and other.

– She writes great love stories, and there are ships for everyone, because there are all kinds of  relationships.

And that’s it!  If you haven’t given these books a chance because of their covers, please do it!

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you make a Good Books/ Bad Covers post, please let me know in the comments, I would love to check it out! 

3 Books I Couldn’t Finish | Bookish List

I usually finish all the books I start to read. DNF is not really an abbreviation that you’re gonna see a lot on my blog. Sometimes I won’t finish a book because I’m not in the mood to read that book, I’m not in the mood for that genre or I’m not in the mood to read at all, when that’s the case I end up reading the book later on. But there’s a few books that I started reading and I just couldn’t finish. Here are the three books from that category (the books I couldn’t finish) that I remember the most:

Alligent by Veronica Roth 

I want to start by saying that I was totally spoiled for this book; the night it was released I went to tumblr and there were spoilers everywhere. I immediately felt dread about reading it. I remember I was able to get my hands on this book the second or third day after it came out (I live in Colombia, so that not always the case with new releases), all the excited was gone, and I started to read it just to see if it was as bad as everyone was saying. I couldn’t get into it, I made it to chapter nine and after that I gave up. I have never felt like reading this book after the first attempt. I will probably never read this book.

The Archived by Victoria Shwab
I  was really excited to read this book because I had heard amazing things about it and about Victoria Schwab’s writing. I was incredibly disappointed when I started to read it. I read 15% of this book and I had to stop reading. I was really really bored, I’m not sure what was it, but I had to force myself to read most of the 15%  I made it through, and I decided it wasn’t worth it. 

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
I had very high expectations for this book because there was so much hype around it.  Nonetheless, quickly after I started to read this book, I started to dislike it and I only made it through 30% of it. There was too much descriptions, and  I was very frustrated with the main characters because she said she was gonna do a lot of things and never did anything. But my main problems was the romance, it came out of nowhere, she was supposed to hate him and in the second night she already was falling in love with him. It was insta-love and the love interest was so boring. 

What’s your opinion about this book? Did you like them or not? Do you think I should give a second chance to any of this books? Which books you couldn’t finish?