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May 2016 Wrap Up

May was an amazing reading month for me; after a long time feeling like I was only reading  4 stars books and that I wasn’t finding books I really loved,  I finally found my way to some books to break that cycle. 

WHAT I READ 
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (4 stars)
I started to read this book in April and I finished May 1st. I enjoyed the relationships between the main characters, both friendships and romantic relationships. It was definitely my favorite thing. Nonetheless, I was a bit disappointed with this book; I had problems with some of the things about the plot and I also had issues with how much it focused on some new characters leaving other characters that we knew form previous books behind.

El Amante Japonés (The Japanese Lover) by Isabel Allende (4, 7 stars) 
I really enjoyed this one; I liked the historical aspect of this book because I learned a lot from it, I think that was my favorite part. I also liked the characters and the relationships between them, and Isabel Allende’s writing is amazing.


A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (5 star)

I haven’t read a book as good as this one in a long time. I loved everything about it, the romance, the adventures, the magic, and the family and friendship dynamics. I have so many new ships from this book.

Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares (4,5 stars) 

I read the other books in this series a few summer ago in a time when I was going through a particular summer experience, so they mean a lot to me. I had been meaning to read this book for the longest time, but what happened in this book was not what I was expecting. This book broke me and it put me back together, only a little worse for wear. It was equals part heartbreaking and beautiful.

1st to Die by James Patterson (3,7 stars)

This book was just alright. I really liked the characters and the relationships between them, and I appreciated the idea of the Women’s Murder Club. Nonetheless, the writing was just fine and the thing that really annoyed me was the way the characters ended in the most random moments cutting scenes in a weird way.


All for the Game series by Nora Sakavic (The Foxhole Court- 4,5 stars; The Raven King- 4,8 stars; The King’s Men – 5 stars)
I loved this series; it’s a new favorite for me. I heard about it for the first time, because someone on Booktube compared it with The Raven Cycle and said it was free on Amazon, but what really convinced me to read it was the people on Tumblr because they are obsessed with it. I would describe this series as a really cool fictional sport + organized crime families + complex and diverse characters. As many of my favorite series, this was completely character driven, and even if the sport played an important part, it was more about what it meant for the characters than anything else.


Emma by Jane Austen (4 stars) 
I liked this book. My favorite thing about it was the conversations/arguments between Mr. Knightley and Emma. There were some annoying characters and some parts of the book that felt unnecessary, but other than that it was good.

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (4 stars)

I didn’t love this, but it was still really good. After getting used to the writing, I appreciated the story a lot more. I really enjoyed the relationship between Amar and Maya. 

                               CHALLENGES PROGRESS

RockMyTBR: Sisterhood Everlasting &  Emma (8/12)
Flights of Fantasy: The Star-Touched Queen, A Court of Mist and Fury, The Raven King ( 15/ 30 )
Backlist Books: Sistehood Everlasting, Emma, 1st to Die, The Foxhole Court, The Raven King, The King’s Men, El Amante Japonés (23/ 20)
Finishing the Series Sisterhood Everlasting (2/3-6)  


Tell me what you read this month or leave me a link to your wrap up, I would love to check it out. If you have read any of the books above, let me know what you though about them! 


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Intimadating TBR | Book Tag


This tag has been going around on booktube, it was created by Lindsay Rey (she’s not on booktube anymore. Unfortunately!)  and I just thought it looked really fun, so I decided to participate! All you have to do in this tag  is look at your tbr pile and answer the questions. 


1)    What book have you been unable to finish?

Americanah by Chimamanda Gnozi Adichie.  I started this book and then a new release that I was looking forward to came out, so I stopped reading it and I haven’t picked it up since. I was really enjoying it and the writing was really impressive, but I haven’t been in the mood to read it since I put it down.


2)    What book have you yet to read because you just haven’t had the time?
I think The Wise Man’s Fear, because it’s so big and I want to read it over summer break when I have the time to really enjoy it and give it my full attention.


3)    What book have you yet to read because it’s a sequel?

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, because I read the first book in the Grisha Trilogy a while back and I really enjoyed it, I just haven’t felt like continuing with the series. But I will do it, because I’m dying to read Six of Crows. 


4)    What book have you yet to read because it’s brand new? 

I just got The Star-Touched Queen and I’m looking forward to reading it. I just haven’t had the time, because I just got it.




5)    What book have you yet to read because you read a book by the same author and didn’t enjoy i
Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes. I read the first book in the Flling Kingdoms series a while back and I didn’t enjoy it that much. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the world and the story, my main problems was with the characters. I haven’t picked up the second book, because of that, but I’m still curious about it. So who knows?




6)    What book have you yet to read because you’re just not in the mood for it?
So many books! I’m definitely a mood reader. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is definitely a book I have been looking forward to read it, but I just haven’t been in the mood to read historical fiction (as much as I like this genre), and that’s why I still haven’t read it. 





7)    What book have you yet to read because it’s humongous?
I could go with The Wise Man’s Fear again, but I will go with diversity and say A Clash of Kings by G.R.R. Martin. It’s not so much that it’s incredible long, it’s more that the Game of Thrones took me so long to read, so I’m a bit nervious to start it.




8)    What book have you yet to read because it was a cover buy that turned out to have poor reviews?
Panic by Lauren Oliver was a mix between a cover buy and a hype buy. I remember back when everyone was reading it and I started to read  reviews  and they were all negative. It’s been years since that and I still haven’t read it. 


9)    What is the most intimidating book in your TBR pile?
I have to say, either  The Wise Man’s Fear or  A Clash of Kings, for the reasons I gave in the other answers. 

10) I’m not gonna tag anyone. If someone wants do this tag, go ahead! Leave me a link in the commetns if you do or I you did it in the past, also leave me a link! 

Review

Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

 
Title: The Cuckoo’s Calling
 
Author: Roberth Galbraith 
 
Published by: Little, Brown and Company
 
Publication Date: April 4, 2013
 
Genre: Mystery, Adult
 

Pages: 455

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

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1) The title: I have heard a lot of people talk about how bad this title is, but I don’t think so. I don’t think the title is bad…on itself. I just think it didn’t have a strong relationship with the book. They made reference to it like 2 times in the entire book and by the time I got to those, it was more than halfway through the book.

2) The pacing: It was a really slow book, especially, because there was a lot of talking and not much action. There was a few exciting or really entertaining bits, were there wasn’t so much talking and a little more of acting, but for most of the time the main characters were interviewing/ interrogating people. 

3) The writting: J.K. Rowling did it again; the writting in this book was incredible, She is definitely a very talented writer. This book had enough details that I could imagine everything, but not so many details as to drag the story. 

4) The main characters: The thing I loved the most from this book and the reason I will keep reading this series, is because Strike and Robin  and the relationship between them. They were both clever and sharp characters, each with their own flaws, that made them really complex characters. Strike had the expirience that Robin didin’t, and Robin had some social skills that Strike was missing, and that was what made them a great team. also, I really enjoy how their relationship developed to a point where it was still a professional relationship. but they were starting to become friends.

5) The Plot: It was a bit predictable, because the motive was really easy to figure out. Nonetheless, a lot of things happened in this book that I wasn’t expecting and the fact that was a bit predictable didn’t take away from the story. Also, something that bother me was that there were some storylines for secundary characters that weren’t tied up at the end; it seemed that they were only there to make them look suspicious, but then they had nothing to do with the final reveal, so they were left in the air. 

Rating: 4 stars
 
Have you read this book? Did you enjoy it? Are you panning on reading it?  Let me know in the comments! 
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March and April 2016 Wrap Up



After a little hiatus, I’m really glad to be back and I thought the best post to start  with was a wrap up, so you can see what I was reading while I wasn’t blogging. Here are the books I read in march and april. 



We Just Clicked by Sophie Childs (3,8 Stars

This book was just what I needed it when I read it. I really enjoyed  the good writing, the sligthly dark humor, the romance and the anecdotes about online dating. 

The V Girl by Mya Robarts 
I couldn’t give this book a rating. I had so many problems with it; it was a story about a girl trying to lose her virginity, which I knew it was even before starting it, but I didn’t think that all the other elements of the story were just ornaments that could be removed without consequences, because it’s JUST a story about a girl losing her virginity. Also, it was plagued with myths about sex that aren’t true, and there was so much gratuitous abuse for shock value. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy some parts of it, but there were more things that I didn’t like than things I liked.  


Game of Thrones by G.R.R Martin (4,5 Stars) 

This book had one of the most complex and fascinating worlds that I have ever encountered, I absolutely loved that. Also, it had really interesting characters and the plot was so intricate and captivating. I’m definitely planning on continuing with this series. 

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (4 Stars) 

I think my expectations for this book were too high and that affected my enjoyment of the book. Also, I thought there was more romance in it, that was what I was reading it for and it ended up not being really about that. I don’t even know what to say about this, because I was expecting to absolutely love it and I didn’t.

Opio en las Nubes (Opium in the Clouds) by Rafael Chaparro  
My boyfriend gave this book to me because it’s one of his favorite books of all times, and he’s always giving me books that are outside my comfort zone, which  I love, and this book in particular is a perfect example of that, it’s honestely one of the weirdest books I have read in my life, but I ended up really enjoying it. I have not been able to find an english version, but if you speak spanish, you should totally give this book a chance. 
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, & Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows  (5 Stars
I decided to re-read this and it was the best desition in the world. Now, I remember the feeling of finishing this series and not wanting it to be over. I have been reading fanfiction and fan theories since I finished it, because I want to stay in this world with this characters. My obssesion is at an all time high. 

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (4 Stars)

This was good and  I really liked the ending, but I wasn’t blown away like most people are. I don’t know if graphic novels or this type of books with illustrations on them are my thing. 


The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman (4 Stars)

I feel like this was such a powerful story, it was devastating and there were some scenes that had such a strong impact on me. But, again, I don’t think graphic novels are my thing; I would have loved to read this in a written novel format and not as a graphic novel.


La Grande Fabrique de Mots by Agnes de Lestrade & Valeria Docampo (5 Stars)

I read the spanish version of this book, and the concept behind this children’s book was so smart and captivating, I fell completely in love with this story. Someone needs to write a book based on this idea, I need it in my life. 



 The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson (5 Starts) 

I loved this book, and I think the main reason was the complex characters that Stieg Larsson  created. I also loved the journalistic investigation aspect of the book, and the way all the pieces of the mystery finally were discovered and woven together. 

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (4 Stars) 

I really enjoyed being back in the shadowhunters world, I really liked the new set of characters and I loved learning more about the fey (I always found them really interesting). 



The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker(4 Stars) 
I loved the mystery in this book, I’m very good at figuring out who did it in this kind of books, and I did have the right suspects, but I was never sure I was right, which was good. Even if I was not entirely surprised by who was behind the mystery in this book, there was a few really shocking moments. Also, the writing was really good, too. 


The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (4 Stars) 

I will begin by saying that this book was really slow, it was a lot of talking, but I still enjoyed very much. The main thing I liked was definitely the main characters, Strike and Robin, and the relationship between them. Also, the writing was amazing as always with J.K Rowling. 

CHALLENGES PROGRESS 
RockMyTBR: Game of Thrones, Me Before You, and Opio en las Nubes (6/12)
Flights of Fantasy: Game of Thrones, Order of the Phoenix, Half-blood Prince, Deathly Hallows, Lady Midnight ( 12/ 30 )
Backlist Books: Game of Thrones, Me Before You, Opio en las Nubes, Order of the Phoenix, Half-blood Prince, Deathly Hallows, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, The Complete Mauss, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair, The Cuckoo’s Calling  (16/ 20)
Finishing the Series The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (1/3-6)  

Commenting 365 Challenge I’m doing awful with this challenge, I have been gone for a while, so I haven’t been commenting and I don’t know in which blogs I commented before my hiatus. 


Leave me links to your wrap ups, I would love to read them!