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June 2016 Wrap Up

June was an amazing reading month for me, I read a total of 11 books and a lot of them were books that had been on my tbr for a really long time. 

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (3,8 stars) 

My favorite thing about this book was Clarke (book boyfriend material right there!), I loved the fact that he wrote fantasy books and he was just so nice. I like how the first date and the ‘getting to know each other’ process was portraited in a realistic way; it was so awkward! Also, the friendships were done really well, but the ending to that storyline was bittersweet and I think that was what made me not like the book as much. I was expecting a feel good book and I ended up feeling a bit sad after I finished it. I guess it wasn’t what I expected or what I wanted at the time. 


 
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour (4 stars) 

The thing that made this book especial was the references to the movie industry; all the things about set design, location scouting, casting, shooting, everything was fascinating. The romance was also great; it was a quiet romance, there were just small moments between Eva and Emi. 

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (4 stars) 

I really liked this book,  I feel like I learned a lot because it had so many references to Dominican Republic’s history. Also, there was a bunch of geeky references that made this book so cool. Nonetheless, what I loved the most about this were the fascinating female characters, the complex relationships between them and how tradition played a really big part in the way those relationships unfolded. 

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day (3,8 stars) 

Here’s some things that you should know about this book: it was slow at some points and it talked a lot about geeky things (especially about gaming) but you don’t have to know anything about those things to enjoy the book (I’m not a gamer, but some of my favorite parts of the books is were she talked about WoW). Lastly, as a blogger or as creator of online content, this book totally inspired me. It made me want to work in my blog not for other people (the people that read or the people that follow), but for me, because it’s something I love to do. 

The Silkworm/ Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith  (4,5/ 3,7 stars)

My favorite and my least favorite book in this series so far. I think The Silkworm is my favorite because of the grotesque and strange nature of the case. I did not guess who the guilty person was, but I don’t say that in a good way; it wasn’t that it was shocking, it was more that it came a bit out of nowhere. On the other hand, I think Career of Evil was my least favorite because it was all over the place, so much time was spent with suspects that had nothing to do with the case. It dragged a little and it got boring.



The Winner’s Curse / The Winner’s Crime/ The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (4,5/ 4,1/ 4,2 stars) 

This was definitely a character driven story, which was great, because this series was full of captivating characters that made me feel gripped by what was happening to them. This series tended to have a slow pace, but there were moments especially at the end of book two and at different points of book three were a lot of important events took place at the same time. This series focused mainly in the romance, there was a plot and a lot of things happened, but in its escence it was a book about the relationship between the main characters. I like that kind of book, so I didn’t have any issues with that, especially because I really liked the main couple in this series. It got a bit frustrating in book two because they weren’t comunicating, but other than that it was great. 


Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella (2,8 Stars) 
I liked the humor in this book, I laughed more than a few times, and I enjoyed some of the conversations that took place between Emma and Jack (the main characters). There were glimpses of how good their relationship could have been if it would have been more fleshed out. My biggest problem with this book was Emma; she was aloof, diluted and unprofessional. Her character development was minimal; a lot of things improved in her life by the end and it was thanks to her love interest that those changes took place. There was no plot, really, it was just about how there relationship developed and the relationship came out of nowhere, I couldn’t see what they were supposed to have seen in each other. Lastly, this book is so short that a lot of things were left unresolved. 

The Secret History by Donna Tartt 

The characters were my favorite part of this book; they were enigmatic and fascinating and even when they did things or had thoughts that were disturbing, I never found myself quite disliking them. Throughout the book, there was an exploration of these characters that were so complex and so real that I found myself wondering if all of us are capable of that kind of actions without guilt or remorse. Other that the characters, I really enjoyed the writing style. This was the first Donna Tartt book I read and I found her writing compelling and beautiful. Also, the fact that the book revolved around the study of greek literature and language was quite interesting, because through that there was a commentary about power, elitism, morality, depravity, freedom, insanity, even religion.


CHALLENGES PROGRESS
RockMyTBR: Everything Leads to You, The Winner’s Curse, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao & You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)   (12/12)
Flights of Fantasy: The Winner’s Curse, The Winner’s Crime & The Winner’s Kiss ( 18/ 30 )
Backlist Books: Everything Leads to You, The Winner’s Curse, The Winner’s Crime,  The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Can You Keep a Secret?, The Secret History &  The Silkworm (30/ 20)
Finishing the Series:   (2/3-6)  


Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? Leave me links to your june wrap up, I would love to check them out! 
Review

Book Review: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater


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Title: The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Published by: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: April  26th 2016
Genre: YA, fantasy, paranormal
Pages: 439

Nothing living is safe. Nothing dead is to be trusted.

For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a lie; and Blue, who loves Gansey… and is certain she is destined to kill him.

Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.

What I liked


I’ll start by saying that I read these books for the characters and the relationship between them, and not particularly for the plot. In that sense, it was not a surprise that my favorite thing about this final book was getting to see how much the characters grew throughout the series and how the relationships between them developed.  I loved how Ronan and Adam’s evolution as characters could be seen in how much the relationship with their families changed, in very different ways for each one of them. While one of them grew closer with his family, the other got away from them, but in both cases it was what was best. 
The other thing I really liked was the romance in this book; it’s an amazing thing when slow burn romances finally pay off. I loved the way the relationship between Ronan and Adam unfolded; I was so captivated with all the scenes between them, because they were so beautifully written that I felt touched and fascinated with all the little gestures. In Gansey and Blue’s case, I loved that they relationship was still as subtle as it had been throughout the other books, but there were still some great scenes between them.
Lastly, I really enjoyed the writing style. Maggie Stiefvater has a beautiful way with words; she made me engage with the story and I became completely engrossed by it. 
What I didn’t like 
I felt a lot of things were left without a real conclusion, too many questions were left unanswered and some story lines and characters didn’t get the recognition they deserved.  There were surprises, but nothing that was mind-blowing. There was just one thing that was really surprising and it was something that was revealed about Blue, but I felt like it wasn’t explained that well and it kind of came out of nowhere. Also, there was a part of the story (it had to do with an auction) that I didn’t care about at all and to me it didn’t connect well with the main plot of the book. I feel like the time that was spent in that story line could have been used to explore things that were more related with the quest to find Glendower, because the ending of that part of the plot (that was so important throughout the books!) felt so lackluster.
Furthermore, I thought that some characters that were part of this series all along were left behind in this book without it affecting the other characters and I felt it was really weird and unrealistic. At the same time, there were some new characters that even if I liked them, they didn’t matter that much to me because they arrived so late in the series. But still, they got such a prominent role in this book. I don’t know how this is going to sound but I feel like there were some characters  in this book (particularly one of them)  that were put in just for the sake of having more diversity, but the way they were incorporated to the story didn’t feel organic. Don’t get me wrong! I’m glad there were some diverse characters, but I feel like they were a last minute thought, and I ended up feeling like they came out of nowhere and they were accepted to quickly in the dynamic of the group, which didn’t feel realistic. 
At the end
My love for the characters and for the way the relationships between them unfolded was what (in a sense) redeemed this book for me. If it wasn’t for that and for Maggie Stiefvater’s amazing writing style, this book would have gotten a lower rating.
Rating: 4 stars
Have you read this book? Did you enjoy it? Do you think it was a good ending for the series? 
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Favorite Books of 2016 (So far!) | Bookish List


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In this post, I will talk about the books I have read in 2016 and that I have loved the most. When I talk about my favorite books of 2016, it doesn’t necessariably mean they were released in 2016, it’s just that I read them in 2016. Also, I’m not counting re-reads, because I only re-read some og the Harry Potter books and that would be unfair to the other books. So here are the top 5 books I have read in the first half of 2016. 


A-Court-of-Mist-and-Fury-Sarah-J-Maas A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas 
I have talk about this book in a few posts, mainly about the new characters and the couples that developed in this book, I just feel like all the little problems I had with the first one were fixed. Honestly, I haven’t read a book as good as this one in a long time. It was full of romance, magic and character development, which are all things I love. I can’t wait to read  the next book in this series. 
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Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares 
I have said this before, but I was not expecting what happened in this book  This book broke me and it put me back together, only a little worse for wear. It was equals part heartbreaking and beautiful. I loved reading about the characters again and I loved the fact that even if it was a deeply sad book, it was still very simillar in style to the other ones  that were more fun, quick reads perfect for summer. 

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
The main aspect I enjoyed about this series and about this book in particular is the  complex, intriguing and fascinating characters that Stieg Larsson created. I especially loved Lisbeth Salander. Furthermore, 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.  (Here’s the post were I talk about why you should read this series) 
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The King’s Men by Nora Sakavic 

There were two main things I liked about this series (I read all three book one after the other and I loved them), the first one was the unique elements of the plot (a competition of a fictional sport and organized crime fammilies all in the same story) and the second are the complex and diverse characters. 

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Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella 
I went into this book without knowing what to expect, because the premise sounded ridiculous; nonetheless, once I started reading it I fell in love with it. I really liked the subtle romance, the writing style, the 20’s references and the relationship between Sadie and Lara. This is a very funny book, but one thing I will tell you, if you are gonna read this book, be prepared for secondhand embarresment… and a lot of it! 


Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? Which books are your favorite so far in 2016? 
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Make Me Read It | Readathon

This is the first time I’m participating in the Make Me Read It Readathon hosted by Val (The Innnocent Smiley) and Ely (Tea & Titles), the readthon is taking place from July 9th to July 16th and we are using #MakeMeRead on Twitter and Instagram. 

I’m gonna be honest, I’m really nervous about this. You may wonder why, it’s just a readathon after all. Well my friends, the reason is that I’m a mood reader. I confess, there’s nothing I can do about it, if I don’t feel like reading a book it’s probably gonna be left unfinish until another time or it’s gonna get a bad rating. If you don’t know how this readathon works you may still not know why I’m worried, so let me explain that first. 
What you have to do in the Make Me Read It Readathon is “look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you’ve borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I’d pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week.

Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram—whatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/booktubers etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read.

When the read-a-thon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes—you read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. If there’s a tie, then it’s your preference. The goal is to read as many as possible.” 
Now you see why I’m nervous? You guys are gonna choose the orden in which I’m gonna read a few books that are high on my tbr. I chose this book thinking about what I feel like reading right now, so I hope I’m in the mood for these books when it’s time to read them. Anyway, here are the options, so you can vote. 
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What Should I Read?

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
The Royal We by Heather Cocks
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo
The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

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Have you read any of these books? Did you like them?  If you are participating in the readathon leave me a link, I would love to vote in your poll. 
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Book Review: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard


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Title: Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1)
Author: Susan Dennard
Published by: Tor Teen
Publication Date: January 5th 2016
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Pages: 416

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.


*Disclamer: I read this book a few months ago, the review has been on my drafts since I read it, I only had to finish the last bit of it and I had to organize this post. It took me a long time to actually do that, but here it is!* 
When I started to read Truthwitch, I got a bit confused. There wasn’t a lot of explanation about how everything in this world worked or about the new words that were introduced or about the magic system. Everything was very complex and Susan Dennard didn’t take any time to explain or set up. Eventually, once the story advanced, everything got a lot clearer and I realised  it was actually a very fascinating and intricate world and magic system. I couldn’t get enought of it and I defintely want to find out more about it in future books. Apart from that, the writing was amazing, it was beautiful, fluid and captivating. It went really well with the fast paced of the story;  there was always something happening!
On top of that, the characters were definitely one of the best parts of  the book. Iseult was my favorite characters, I found her to be really intriguing and fascinating. I loved how the author talked about discrimination through her character and I really liked how complex Iseult was; she always tried to be what her culture expected her to be, but she couldn’t because it wasn’t who she really was. Also, I enjoyed her relationship with Aeduan immensely even if it was not that present in the book; I was really intrigued by him as a character and I really want to see how their relationship develops. I also really liked Safi, even if I didn’t find her as interesting as Iseult. She was a bit impulsive sometimes, but she was brave and clever,  and I really enjoyed her relationship with Merik. 
And now the most important thing, the relationship between Safi and Iseult. It’s weird to find a YA fantasy book that focuses mainly in the friendship between two female characters and I think that’s the caracteristic that made this book stand out. Furthermore, it’s a relationship based on love, respect, and support of one another. 
Truthwitch is a book with a complex and fascinating world and magic system, with a captivating writing style and with compelling and gripping characters. If you haven’t read it yet, you should! 
Rating: 4,2 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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TBR Takedown | Readathon


This is a last minute post, I just wanted to let you know that I will be participating in the TBR Takedown readathon hosted by Shannon (@
leaninglights). This readathon is gonna take place from June 20 to June 26, which means it starts tomorrow, and everyone is gonna be using #TBRTakedown on Twitter. Here are the books I want to read during this readathon: 

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I’m already 60% into The Winner’s Curse, so I plan to finish that and I want to complete the entire Winner’s Trilogy. I don’t think I will finish the other two, especially A Clash of Kings (because it’s HUGE!), but I want to have other options in case I need a break from the series.  
There’s 5 challenges and you don’t have to participate in all of them and you can use the same book to complete different challenges.  So here they are: 

1) A book that’s been on your tbr shelf for over a year: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
2) An unread sequel sitting on your tbr  shelf: The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski/ A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
3) A first book in a series in your tbr shelf: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
4) An ‘out of your comfort zone’ book on le tbr shelf: The Secret History by Donna Tartt
5) A book from your most recent book haul: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

So that’s what I’m gonna be doing the entire week and I hope I can read at least 3 of these book. 

Are any of you participating in this readthon? What are you reading? 


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My OTP’s of 2016 (So far!) | Bookish List


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I have a confession to make. I’m a shipper at heart. I love shipping characters together it doesn’t matter if they are from books, movies or tv shows. I’m an obsessive shipper. A few days ago, I talked  about how I tend to ship secondary couples (A.K.A the ones that don’t involve the main characters) a lot, but today I want to talk about my OTP’s from books I have read so far in 2016 (it doesn’t matter if they were released in a year that was not 2016).  In this case, they are mostly main couples in books.  Here they are: 

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Rhys and Feyre (A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas) 
They were perfect in this book. Honestly, I had a hard time connecting with Feyre in the first book but she evolved so much in ACOMAF and I loved how her relationship with Rhys developed. Also, I was very intrigued by Rhys in book one and it was great getting to know him. They gave me so many feels. And they had so many hot scenes! 

* I want to make an honorary mention to Morrigan and Azriel  and to Cassian and Nesta. They are my secondary couples list, but they also are new OTP’s for me.
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Iseult and Aeduan ( Truthwitch by Susan Dennard) 
Even if I really enjoyed reading about Safi and Merik and I really liked them as a couple, Iseult and Aeduan were the ones that really caught my attention in the few moments they had together. By the end of this book I was shipping them so hard. I can’t wait to see how their relationship evolves in the next book. 


The-Raven-King-Maggie-StiefvaterRonan and Adam (The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater) 
I think of all the couples in this list, this is the one I ship the most. They were the best thing about The Raven King for me. All their scenes were perfect; they were so adorable together and they grew so much as characters through out the series. They were everything!


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Andrew and Neil (The King’s Men by Nora Sakavic) 
I read the three books in this series in 2016, so I chose the last one because it’s were they were really together. These two had a very weird and complicated relationship, mainly because so many things happened to them in the past that they ended up being weird and complicated characters. Nonetheless, together they worked so well. I loved the way their relationship developed and I loved the reaction of the rest of the team when they started to suspect that they were dating. 


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Lena and Kostos (Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares) 

I wasn’t as much of a fan in the previous books, but in this one they were amazing. I loved the letters they sent to each other, I loved that he was there for her when she needed him even if they hadn’t seeing each other in years. I just loved how their relationship developed in this book. 



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Clark and Andie (The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson) 

I’m gonna be honest, the main reason they have a place in this list is because I loved Clark so much. New book boyfriend alert, ladies and gentleman! Anyway, they did make a great couple. 




Do you ship any of these couples? Tell me about your OTP’s of 2016in the comments, I would love to know!