Reasons Why I Often Avoid Reading Sequels (ft 10 sequels I’ve been avoiding)

Hi everyone! I was going through my goodreads shelves recently and I noticed that I had a bunch of sequels that I haven’t read yet, and then I realized that all of them fitted in one of three groups depending on the reason why I haven’t read them yet. Today I decided to share the three main reasons why I avoid sequels and include some sequels I’ve been avoiding. Most of these sequels are still on my tbr, but there’s a couple that I no longer want to read.

without further ado, let’s talk about sequels:

I loved the first book but everyone says the sequel isn’t good

This is the main reason why I not only aviod a lot of sequel but it also the reason why I may decide not to read a sequel at all.

Children of Virtue and Vengance by Tomi Adeyemi: I LOVED the first book in this series, but I have heard terrible things about this sequel from bad writing and no plot, to characters that suddenly are the opposite of who they were in book one. I won’t be reading this one.

Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan: I think the first book could have been a great standalone, but I was still looking forward to giving the sequel a chance. Unfortunely, most people seem to agree that this is boring and I think I rather just keep my memory of how much I enjoyed the first book.

Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud: ok, maybe not everyone says that this one is bad, but there’s a lot of people that loved the first book (like I did) and think this missed the mark and also erased some of the things that made the first book so special. But I still want to give this a chance.

The first book broke my heart and now I’m scared of reading the sequel

These are the sequels that I’m usually really excited about but fear of having my heart broken again keeps me far away, until finally I managed to convince myself to stop being a baby and read a book that I knwo I’m going to love exactly because it’s going to make me feel powerful emotions.

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor: I LOVED the first book so much, but that ending was a) so shocking and unexpected b) really heartbreaking and I don’t know how the author is going to fix what she did but she needs to fix it.

The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco: with this series it’s not so much that the first broke broke my heart and more that , since part of the first book is set in the future, I know that bad things are going to happen and it going to break my heart at some point,

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin: the first book in this series is one of the hardest and sadest books I have ever read and I seriously thought about not continuing with this series, but I want to see if there’s some hope at the end of the story.

A House of Rage and Sorrow by Sangu Mandanna: another book that I loved but had an ending that shocked me and broke my heart. I feel like things are going to get a lot darker in book 2 and I’m not ready.

Too much time has passed and I don’t want to re read book one

This happnes to me all the time. I read so many books that it’s impossible to remember all the details from the different stroylines, characters, and worldbuilding and when too much time has passed between book one and the sequel, it’s hard to continue without re-reading and I’m not the biggest fan of re-reading, so I end up not contuning with series.

A Torch Against the Night by Sabba Tahir: With this sequel, I don’t feel like I need a reread even if I read the first book a long time ago, it’s more that so much time has passed that my excitement for this series has decrease a little bit, but I think I could love it and I still want to give this sequel a chance.

Windwitch by Susan Dennard: I loved the first book in this series so much and I’m still really interested in this book, but I’m not that excited to re-read book one and this story is very complex so I’m not sure I can continue reading when I don’t remember it that well.

Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel: Another really complex story, with multiple pov characters and lots of power dynamics, I read this more recently so I haven’t forgotten as much, but I’m not sure I remember enough to continue without rereading.

Do you avoid reading sequels? what are some sequel that you need to read?

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May 2021 TBR: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month + new releases

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to share my may tbr, I chose most of these books to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and the other 4 books are my most anticipated May releases.

Here are the books I’m planning to read:

We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal: I had fun reading the first book in this series even if I had issues with it (here’s my full review) and I have heard that this sequel is so much better than the first book, so I can’t wait to see how this duology ends.

Jade War by Fonda Lee: I’m so scared of reading this book because I know it’s going to make me suffer, but I know I’m goign to love it and I want to read it before the last book comes out at the end of the year.

The Burning God by R.F. Kuang: another book that I’m scared of reading because I know it’s going to break my heart but I also know I’m going to love it.

Murder in Old Bombay by Nev March: as an Agatha Christie fan and in general a fan of cozy mysteries, I’m looking for more diverse books in this subgenre and I have heard nothing but great things about this one.

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan: I rewatched the Crazy Rich Asian movie this month and I’m even more excited to read the final book in this series.

Tha Dating Plan by Sara Desai: I thought the first book in this series of companion novels was just ok, but this one has two of my favorite tropes: fake dating and marriage of convenience, so off course I’m going to give it a chance.

A Sweet Mess by Jayci Lee: This ounds like a really sweet, fun romance, which is exactly what I’m looking for.

A Match Made for Thanksgiving by Jackie Lau: I have read and enjoyed a couple of Jackie Lau’s books and this is a short novella, which is great since this is an overly ambitious tbr.

Illusionary by Zoraida Cordova: I loved the first book in this duology and I can’t wait to know how it all ends

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry I loved Beach Read, so I was looking forward to Emily Henry’s next romance and then I heard it was a friends to lovers romance and my excitement multiplied.

Hang the Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur: I really enjoyed the first book in this series of companion novels and I can’t wait for this best friend’s little brother romance.

How to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole: Alyssa Cole’s books are great, I loved the first book in this series and I can’t wait to read another f/f romance written by her because I know I’m going to love it.

What books do you want to read in May? Have you read any of the books on my tbr?

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Reviewing 2021 Releases: Twice Shy, The Intimacy Experiment and Meet Me in Paradise

Hi everyone! Today’s post is very exciting, because I’m having a lucky streak in April with all the amazing new releases that I have been reading, and I want to share some of my thoughts about these books:

Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle

Maybell Parish has always been a dreamer and a hopeless romantic. But living in her own world has long been preferable to dealing with the disappointments of real life. So when Maybell inherits a charming house in the Smokies from her Great-Aunt Violet, she seizes the opportunity to make a fresh start.Yet when she arrives, it seems her troubles have only just begun. Not only is the house falling apart around her, but she isn’t the only inheritor: she has to share everything with Wesley Koehler, the groundskeeper who’s as grouchy as he is gorgeous—and it turns out he has very different vision for the property’s future.

Convincing the taciturn Wesley to stop avoiding her and compromise is a task more formidable than the other dying wishes Great-Aunt Violet left behind. But when Maybell uncovers something unexpectedly sweet beneath Wesley’s scowls, and as the two slowly begin to let their guard down, they might learn that sometimes the smallest steps outside one’s comfort zone can lead to the greatest rewards.

4.5 stars

This is such a sweet, wonderful slow burn, sunshine/grumpy romance with a good dose of forced proximity.

When each of the main characters was introduced I had a brief moment of thinking I wasn’t going to like them, but it was a false alarm, I ended up loving both of them. And the same happens to them, they have a bad impression of each other at first, but then slowly that changes and it was beautiful to see. Wesley was so precious, once he got over his extreme shyness and grumpiness, he was still shy and grumpy but he was also kind, sweet and charming. And Maybell was such a genuinely nice, caring character, she was easy to root for.

I do think the shift from antagonism to liking each other was a bit abrupt, but I got over it because Wesley and Maybell were wonderful together and once they were together, they approached every situation and misunderstanding with so much compassion and care, which was very refreshing, because there wasn’t some dramatic conflict, they faced obstacles together and got through them. This is not an angsty romance at all, it’s just a sweet, lovely romance and I loved it for it.

The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan

Naomi Grant has built her life around going against the grain. After the sex-positive start-up she cofounded becomes an international sensation, she wants to extend her educational platform to live lecturing. Unfortunately, despite her long list of qualifications, higher ed won’t hire her.

Ethan Cohen has recently received two honors: LA Mag named him one of the city’s hottest bachelors and he became rabbi of his own synagogue. Taking a gamble in an effort to attract more millennials to the faith, the executive board hired Ethan because of his nontraditional background. Unfortunately, his shul is low on both funds and congregants. The board gives him three months to turn things around or else they’ll close the doors of his synagogue for good.

Naomi and Ethan join forces to host a buzzy seminar series on Modern Intimacy, the perfect solution to their problems–until they discover a new one–their growing attraction to each other. They’ve built the syllabus for love’s latest experiment, but neither of them expected they’d be the ones putting it to the test.

4 stars

My favorite part of this book are the main characters, both of them are very compelling, likable and easy to root for. The heroine is badass and prickly and the hero is a complete cinnamon roll and they are so cute together. They slowly become close and it was entertaining to witness their encounters, Ethan got really flustered when Naomi was around , and Naomi was so surprised by how much she liked him, which was kind of funny.

This is a very sex positive book, from the modern intimacy classes to the steamy scenes between the main characters, which was great and especially the classes added an interesting element to the story. And while I’m not someone who enjoys books that deal with religion, the way this book talks about religion and faith and the interception with romanctic relationships in modern times was very smart and thought-provoking.

My main issues with this book are that it was a bit longer than it needed to be, so there were some parts that were a bit too slow. Also, Naomi let go of her defense mechanisms when it came to relationships really easily, which seemed a bit out of character. And finally, the last part didn’t work so well, Naomi was completely unprofessional which was so out of character, and both of the main characters get to give speeches about their feeling at the end, which felt a bit forced.

Meet Me in Paradise by Libby Hubscher

Ever since her journalist mother died on assignment, Marin has played it safe, refusing to set foot outside the state of Tennessee. Her wild-child younger sister, Sadie, has trotted the globe as a photographer, living off of art and adrenaline.

When Sadie returns from a tough assignment abroad and looks a little worse for wear, Marin reluctantly agrees to a sisters’ spa weekend on the tropical island of Saba. But her lifelong fear of travel is affirmed when Sadie misses the flight, Marin’s luggage gets mixed up with another passenger’s, and an episode of turbulence sends her hurtling into the lap of Lucas Tsai, the handsome stranger who stole her sister’s seat.

For the first time in a long time, Marin has to step outside of her comfort zone as she explores the island with Lucas and learns what she’s been missing out on. With each breathtaking new experience, Marin gets closer to her real self, the man she’s falling for, and the heart-wrenching truth about why she’s there in the first place.

4 stars

This book destroyed me, I cried so much reading it, which doesn’t happen often. I thought this was a romance book, and while there is a romance in the book, this is definitely women’s fiction. The focus is on the main character’s personal growth and her relationship with her sister, and it was such a gripping story.

Most of this book is spent seeing the main character basically coming back to life: learning to face her fears, reigniting her passions, and connecting with others. The journey she goes through is captivating. The romance is also a significant part of the book and while I liked both main characters and liked them together, I wish they had a bit more chemistry. Still, it was fun seeing this two very different people go in adventures together, get to know each other and fall in love.

The final part of this book is so heartbreaking, the reader knows early on that something devastating is going to happen, but the main character doesn’t know and seeing her come to the realization and deal with the consequences is really sad.

Have you read these books? Did you like them? What 2021 releases have you loved?
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Quarterly Favorites #1 (Books, Movies, TV Shows and Songs)

Hi everyone! This is a new thing that I’m doing this year, where at the end of each quarter I will talk about all my favorite things of the last three months. I read a lot of good books, watched so many good shows and discovered some great songs in the first three months of 2021, so it was hard to pick my favorites. The only easy pick was my favorite movie, because I watched just two really good movies and the rest were very meh.

Without futher ado, here are my favorites:

BOOKS

Adult Fiction: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

This was so captivating, I was completely invested and it made me feel so many different emotions. This book did a good job of including important conversations about feminism, race and privilege. Also, it’s a grusome and disgusting type of horror, which I hadn’t read before, but it was very well done. (Full review)

YA Fiction: These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

This book does a great job of exploring political struggles and colonialism. The main characters of the book, Roma and Juliette, felt so real and I really enjoyed their complicated, angsty relationship. Also, the side characters were pretty interesting (full review).

Nonfiction: So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Ijeoma Oluo covers so many topics related to race like police brutality, white priviledge, cultural appropiation and so much more in a concise, clear and very smart way. I learned a lot, especially when it came to ways to reframe conversations and actions that can help in uncomfortable situations when discussing race.

Romance: Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

I loved reading about Eve and seeing her grow throughout the book. The tension between Eve and Jacob gave me life, their chemistry was so evident and their bickering, especially at the beginning, was so entertaining. The way they both accepted and made space for the needs of the other person was incredibly sweet. Also, this book has some really steamy scenes.

An Introduction to the World of Kate Daniels for New Readers | Den of Geek

Book series : Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews

I read the 10 books and 3 novellas in a period of 2 weeks and absolutely loved them. The series has an amazing main character, who is strong, smart and compassioante but also very flawed, and it also has so many lovable side characters, I was so invested in all of their stories. The main relationship was a slow burn, dislike to love romance and it was so good. Also, the world and magic system were so intricate and interesting, this series included mythologies from all over the world and it was really fast paced, easy to read, full of action.

MOVIE

Amazon.com: Train To Busan: Gong Yoo: Cine y TV

Train to Busan: This was a fantastic zombie movie, exciting and action-packed, but also with emotional moments that hit you in the feels. The acting was really good and the characters felt so real, which made me care about them and that in turn made the whole movie more tense and intense because I was invested in everything that was happening.

TV SHOWS

Romance is a Bonus Book: THIS IS A MASTERPIECE. The main character is wonderful and so easy to root for and, while the hero didn’t make the best first impression, he ended up being the sweetest guy. The romance in this is the slow burn friends to lovers romance of my dreams, they were so cute together!! I liked all the side characters and I was invested in all their storylines. Also, the fact that this was set in a publishing house and everyone loved books and talked about books with so much passion made me love this even more.

Bridgerton: this is a fun, fluffy, entertaining show. Daphne and Simon have good chemistry, there’s lovable side characters and Lady Whistledown adds sassy commentary in Regency era style, which makes the show fun to watch. The locations and clothing are beautiful and very distinctive. My main issues with this series is the scene where Daphne takes advantage of Simon and the way that storyline was handdle. Also, the way it handled race left a lot to be desired. (my full thoughts)

Derry Girls (2017) - ¡¡Ábrete libro!! - Foro sobre libros y autores

Derry Girls: This show is SO FUNNY. The characters in this show are not entirely likable but they are easy to root for and all the messes they get themselves into are so entertaining. I really like the way this show includes the political conflict of Northern Ireland in the 1990s, while the show is not about that, it’s interesting to see how growing up in that political climate affects the lives of the characters.

SONGS

This is my top 6 songs that I discovered in the first 3 months of 2021:

I would love to hear about your favorites from the last few months, let me know in the comments!

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What I’ve Been Watching #4: Train to Busan, Godzilla vs Kong, Love and Monsters and more

Hi everyone! Today I’m talking about the movies I watched in March and April, I watched all of these movies on Netflix except for Godzilla vs Kong. I’m really happy because I watched 2 movies that I have been meaning to watch for years: Train to Busan and No, and I enjoyed both of them a lot, they are my two favorite movies of 2021 so far.

Without further ado, let’s talk about movies

Train to Busan

This was a fantastic zombie movie, exciting and action-packed, but also with emotional moments that hit you in the feels. The acting was really good and the characters felt so real, which made me care about them and that in turn made the whole movie more tense and intense because I was invested in everything that was happening. This movie does a great job of showing, in the midst of this zombie outbreak, how the main characters grow, how they realtionship between them change and develop, and how they learn to get over differences and fight together. Also, beyond the zombies, there was a human bad guy who was the worst and the kind of character that’s easy to hate, which added a good element of the story. The last half hour of the movie is intense and also really sad. (Rating: 4,5 stars)

No

This movie doesn’t feel like a movie, it feels more like a documentary, the blend between real historical footage and the movie footage works so well that it ends up feeling like everything is real. It also feels real because it captures the chaotic feeling of seeing things play out in real-time, and at the end, it still feels real because not everything gets wrapped up nicely. 

The performances were fantastic and the way this depicted the conflict at the heard of the No campaign in the Chilean plebiscite of 1988 is extraordinary, it’s easy to see both sides: wanting to win even if it means doing a more lighthearted campaign and not wanting to leave out from the campaign the real and heartbreaking reality of the years lived under the dictatorship just to win. (Rating: 4 stars)

Love and Monsters

In the beginning, I thought this wasn’t going to work for me. I kept thinking that Dylan O’Brien’s character had made the stupidest decision ever and I was scared that they were going to go the cheesy route with that storyline, but they kind of didn’t. I ended up really enjoying this, it’s entertaining and fun, there’s action and monsters but also heartfelt moments. The main characters, Joel, grows a lot throughout the movie and rhere are also a few compelling characters besides Joel. (Rating: 3,5 stars)

Godzilla vs Kong

Let’s be honest, this was a Kong movie. He stole the show. Godzilla spent most of the movie being the bad guy and even the characters from previous Godzilla movies had a really silly storyline centering around conspiracy theories,which did not worked well with the rest of the film. Not that I’m complaining, I loved Kong in this movie, I loved his sweet storyline about communicating with the little girl through sign language and also it was interesting getting to explore the hollow earth. (Rating: 3,5 stars)

Yes Day

This was a cute and entertaining movie. It’s nothing special but it has it’s funny moments and it kept me engaged the entire time. It pains me to say this but the one thing that didn’t really work for me was Edgar Ramirez’s performance (which sometimes felt a bit too over the top and forced) and his character (who took about 16 years to realize that he left all the hard work to his wife). Jennifer Garner and Jenny Ortega did a good job with their roles as well as the other two kids. (Rating: 3,5 stars)

Geostorm

This movie was dull. I was hoping for one of those good old terrible disaster movies that were entertaining and had some emotional moments thrown in there, but this was no it, there were about two or three scenes of end-of-the-earth type destruction and nothing more, and none of the emotional bits landed well. Also, the acting wasn’t great and the script left a lot to be desired. Honestly, there was nothing in this movie that was gripping or interesting, the closest they get is a small romance between side characters that didn’t suck entirely. (Rating: 1,5 stars)

Just Say Yes

I think this is my first Dutch movie and it seems like I liked this movie more than most people. I mean, it wasn’t good exactly but it was entertaining and I actually think the two main characters had good chemistry. My main issue with this is that there were some really shitty characters and they got away with it, like one of her bosses is a misogynistic piece of shit and nothing happens with that, and at then there’s even a reference to him casually dating one of her friends. (Rating: 2,5 stars)

What have you watched lately? What’t the best show or movie you have watched so far in 2021?

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ARC Review: Anchored Hearts by Priscilla Oliveras

Title: Anchored Hearts

Author: Priscilla Oliveras

Publishing date:   April 27th 2021

Publisher:  Zebra Books

Genre: Romance

Pages: 352

Award-winning photographer Alejandro Miranda hasn’t been home to Key West in years–not since he left to explore broader horizons with his papi’s warning echoing in his ears. He wouldn’t be heading there now if it wasn’t for an injury requiring months of recuperation. The drama of a prodigal son returning to his familia is bad enough, but coming home to the island paradise also means coming face to face with the girl he left behind–the one who was supposed to be by his side all along…

Anamaría Navarro was shattered when Alejandro took off without her. Traveling the world was their plan, not just his. But after her father’s heart attack, there was no way she could leave–not even for the man she loved. Now ensconced in the family trade as a firefighter and paramedic, with a side hustle as a personal trainer, Anamaría is dismayed that just the sight of Alejandro is enough to rekindle the flame she’s worked years to put out. And as motherly meddling pushes them together, the heat of their attraction only climbs higher. Can they learn to trust again, before the Key West sun sets on their chance at happiness?

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*I received an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review*

This is a slow burn, second chance romance between two high school sweethearts who ended their relationship really angry with each other, but meet again after twelve years and their Cuban-American families keep trying to meddle and get them back together. My favorite aspect of this book is that it does a good job of showing the tension between the main characters because both of them are really angry and resentful, but they are still attracted to and have feelings for each other. There are a few scenes where the sexual tension and chemistry between the characters are palpable, even if this book is not that steamy.

Anamaria is an amazing heroine, she is strong, driven and compassionate. While I had my issues with Alejandro, he was talented, passionate, hardworking and he really loved Anamaria. The setup of this book allows Oliveras to include a lot of the main character’s families and their culture, which adds a lot to the story. There are family conflicts and drama but also love, support, and community. Their families are very entertaining. Also, the setting is gorgeous, Key West really shines in this book.

I had two main issues with this book: the first one is that I couldn’t believe that after twelve years, the hero hadn’t realized that the heroine had valid reasons to not go with him when he left Key West, that he was mad without a good reason and that he was the one that really messed up. The second issue is that the writing isn’t the best, it can feel a little stilted at times, and also, the word familia was used all the time and SO MANY TIMES, like multiple times on the same page, and it kept pulling me out of the story.

Rating: 3,5 stars

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April 2021 TBR: new releases, accidentally in love book club and fantasy books

Hi everyone! I haven’t making tbrs for the last few months becayse I was in a reading slump and mood reading seem like the best option, but I’m not in areading slump anymore and it’s time to catch up on some of my goals and some of the series that I put aside because of the slump. So that’s why the tbrs are starting again.

Here are some of the books I’m planning to read in April:

The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan: It’s been over a year since I read the first book in this series, so it was time to continue with it. I’m almost done with this and I’m really enjoying it.

The Burning God by R.F. Kuang: I’m so intimidated by this book, Im pretty sure its going to hurt me. I read the first two books in the series in 2020 and I dont want to let too much time pass before finishing it, so it’s time to get to this book.

The Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski: I have tried to read this before but I wans’t in the mood for it, hopefully now I can finish it and continue with the series.

Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse: One of my goals for this year is to read more books by Indigenous authors and I have been failing that goal, so it’s time to start working towards accomplishing it. I have heard great things about all of Roanhorse books and this was the first one to be available from my library..

Oculta by Maya Motayne: I loved the first book in this series, Nocturna, and I have been waiting for this sequel for such a long time, I’m so glad I’m finally going to be able to continue with this story. Release date: April 6th.

Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle: I really liked Sarah Hogle’s debut novel You Deserve Each Other, so I’m excited to pick up her new release especially since the premise sounds amazing. Release date: April 6th.

To Love and to Loath by Martha Waters: I loved the first book in this series and I’m really intrigued about the relationship between the characters that are the protagonists of the book. Release date: April 6th.

Damaged Goods by Talia Hibbert: I’m one of the co-host for the Accidentally in Love book club this month and this is the book that we are going to read . I’mreally excited since I have read two of the books in this series and I enjoyed them.

What books do you want to read in April? Have you read any of the books on my tbr?

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March 2021 Wrap Up: the Kate Daniels series, These Violent Delights and a bunch of romance books

Hi everyone! Today I’m going to talk about the books I read in March, which were mostly the books in the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. I literally did nothing else with my free time the last two weeks but read these books and it was such a fun experince.

Without further ado, let’s talk about the books

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong (4 stars): Roma and Juliette felt so real and I really enjoyed their complicated, angsty relationship. Also, the side characters were pretty interesting and there was a sort of romance between some side characters that gave me life. Also, the way this book explore political struggles and colonialism was fantastic (full review)

An Introduction to the World of Kate Daniels for New Readers | Den of Geek

The Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews (4 stars): I read the 10 books and 3 novellas in a period of 2 weeks and absolutely loved it, I gave all the books 4 or 4,5 stars except for the last one that got a 3,5 but was still a good book. The series has an amazing main character, who is strong, smart and compassioante but also very flawed, and it also has so many lovable side characters, I was so invested in all of their stories. The main relationship was a slow burn, dislike to love romance and it was so good. Also, the world and magic system were so intricate and interesting, this series included mythologies from all over the world and it was really fast paced, easy to read, full of action. Reading these books was such a fun experince. My main issue with this series is that the writing got a bit repetitive because they recounted who all the organizations and charcters were and what happened with them in previous book over and over again throughout the series.

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert ( 4 stars): I loved reading about Eve and seeing her grow throughout the book. The tension between Eve and Jacob gave me life, their chemistry was so evident and their bickering, especially at the beginning, was so entertaining. The way they both accepted and made space for the needs of the other person was incredibly sweet. Also, this book has some really steamy scenes.

Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron (4 stars): I enjoyed seeing the main character work to improve different aspects of her life. Also, the romance was really sweet, I liked seeing Reena and Nadim become friends and then seeing that friendship evolve into something more. Also, Nadim was really sweet and considerate. (Full review)

First Comes Like by Alisha Rai (3,7 stars): I like the two main characters and the exploration of complicated family dynamics. I also really appreciated having more traditional Muslim heroine in a romance novel. My main issue with this book is that the chemistry and tension between the characters weren’t there. (Full review)

Anchored Hearts by Priscilla Oliveras (3,5 stars): A full review is coming closer to the release date. But for now, I really liked this slow burn, second chance romance. The tension and chemistry between the characters was great. My issues with this had to do with the writing and the fact that I found the hero a bit frustrating.

Marriage and Murder by Penny Reid (3,5 stars): My enjoyment of this series comes in a big part from nostalgia. The characterization of Cletus is very good, even if he can be irratating at times, he has a very strong personality, but Jenn got a bit lost in the background, even when she had some important realizations in this book. The strength of this book is definitely Cletus and Jenn together.

Tarot magicomístico de estrellas (pop) - Amalia Andrade | Planeta de Libros

Tarot magicomístico de estrellas (POP) by Amelia Andrade (4 stars): this is an introduction to the tarot but the illustrations in the tarot cards are famous people who embody the essence of the card. It’s done by a Colombian author and illustrator and it’s really cool, so if you speak Spanish and you are interested in the tarot, I would recommend this.

What is your favorite and least favorite book you read in March? What book are you looking forward to reading in April?

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What I’ve Been Watching #3: Kdramas, WandaVision and The Irregulars

Hi everyone! Today I’m talking about the shows I have watched in February and March. I finally gave kdramas a chance and I’m so glad I did, because I discovered some great shows and now I’m super excited to watch more. I also got caught up in the hype for WandaVision, which I wasn’t planning to watch, and I ended up really enjoying it. Lastly, I watched a recent Netflix release that I feel like more people need to watch.

Without further ado, here are the shows I’ve been watching:

Romance is a Bonus Book

This is the first Kdrama I watched and it’s still my favorite. THIS IS A MASTERPIECE. It’s just so sweet, the main character is wonderful and so easy to root for and, while the hero didn’t make the best first impression, he ended up being the sweetest guy. The romance in this is the slow burn frienss to lovers romance of my dreams, they were so cute together!! I liked all the side characters and I was invested in all their storylines. Also, the fact that this was set in a publishing house and everyone loved books and talked about books with so much passion and emotion made me love this kdrama even more. And the soundtrack is fantastic, Take my Hand by Jannabi is one of my new favorite songs. Lastly, I really enjoyed that this talked about the hard choices that women have to make in terms of having a career or having a family, or both or neither and the consecuences of those choices.

Cinderella and Four Knights

This was ok, defintiely entertaining because it was very dramatic. I liked the main character a lot, she was strong, funny and compasionate. My problem with this is that I didn’t particulary liked the love interest, he was rude and mean to the main character. Actually, both of the guys in the two main romances were horrible to the girls they were interested in and I didn’t love that, and out of the three cousins the only nice one was the victim of unrequiered love, which was so sad because he was really sweet. But I did like the set up for this because all four main characters ended up living together, and the forced proximity trope is always fun. I also enjoyed seeing the cousins build a relationship with each other thanks to the main character and become closer by the end.

Because This is My First Life

I really liked this one, the slow burn romance was fantastic and the marriage of convenience and forced proximity added cool elements to the story. I love the main character, she was funny and brave, and while I wasn’t sold on the love interest at first, I ended up really liking him too. I loved the cast of side characters, they were all very different and wanted different things, which I really appreaciated. I liked that this explored how hard relationships are and not only romantic relationship, but also friendships and family relationships. This made me cried, because there was a very emotional scene between the main character and her mom.

WandaVision

The beginning of this show was very bizarre ans I wasn’t sure that I was liking it, but then by the end of episode 3 there were clues that something big was going on and in episode 4 a lot of things get revealed and after that I was sold on it. The acting on this show was brilliant, everyone did such a good job. I really enjoyed all the surprises, reveals and twists. Also, I appreciated the exploration of grief in this show and the last episode made me sob. I can’t wait to see Wanda in other Marvel projects, because while I didn’t care that much about her before now I’m big fan of her character.

The Irregulars

A show with an amazing cast of main characters will always be my weakness and that’s why I enjoyed The Irregulars so much. All the characters have flaws and have complicated pasts and that makes them so interesting. I especially love Beatrice and Billy. Also, I enjoyed the angsty romance and the love triangle, and I can’t wait what happens in season two. Finally, I found the individual mysteries of each episode entertaining, but I think the heart of this show is in the relationships between the characters and the way the characters end up being linked to the overarching mystery.

What shows have you watched lately? What show are you looking forward to watching?

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Historical Romance Reader Tag

Hi everyone! Today, I have a very exciting post. I started reading historical romance a year ago in april 2020 and since then I have read 18 books in this subgenre, while that’s not a lot of time or a lot of books, I have fallen in love with historical romance and I can’t wait to explore it more. That’s why I decided to do the historical romance reader tag created by Jess @ PeaceLoveBooks.

1. What was the first historical romance you ever read?

The first historical romance I read was The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare and I think it was an amazing book to get into the genre because Tessa Dare’s writing is .very accesible and her books work well for modern reader’s sensibilities.

2. What was the last historical romance you read?

A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore, which was just ok, I didn’t enjoy as much as the first book in the series (Bringing Down the Duke) becuase the main characters were very unlikable at times and their chemistry wasn’t really there at the beginning, even if this does get better in the second half of the book. The part I enjoyed about this book was the feminst themes and the inclusion of the suffragette movement, which is the focus of the series and the reason I will keep reading it.

3. Who is an underrated historical romance author you wish more people read?

Lydia San Andres is a Caribbean author, who writes historical romance set in the Caribbean and full on Latinx characters, so I definitely wish that more people read their book. I read and really enjoyed The Infamous Miss Rodriguez and I would completely recommend it.

4. Who is a historical romance author you haven’t read yet but need to?

I think probably Courtney Milan, because of her role in the movement for diversiry in romance, and also Jennifer Ashley because everyone seems to love her book, The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie.

5. What historical romance would you recommend to people who are new to the genre?

I would recomend the Bareknuckle Bastards series by Sarah MacLean, the first book is Wicked and the Wallflower, or the Girls Meet Duke series by Tessa Dare, the first book is The Duchess Deal.

6. What is your favorite historical romance of all time?

My favorite historical romance is Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean. I really loved both of the main characters, but especially Hattie. I enjoyed reading her fight to be in control of her own life. She was witty, she was charming, she was smart. I LOVED Hattie. And her bantering and flirting with Whit was fantastic. I loved Whit too and the two of them together were perfection. Also, this book was really steamy!

7. Do you prefer new or old school historical romance?

Since I’m new to the genre, I have only read new school historical romance, because I’m a bit scared of the older tittles and the problematic elements that they may include.

8. What are your favorite historical romance tropes?

Some of my favorites are Marriage of convenience, Spinsters and the rake & the wallflower.

9. What are your favorite historical romance settings?

I like books set in England during the Regency era or the Victorian era

10. What is the oldest historical romance you own?

It’s Indigo by Beverly Jenkins, which was released in 1996. As I mentioned before, I’m a bit scared of reading old school historical romance, but the one exception is Beverly Jenkins. I have heard so many great things about her book and I can’t wait to read one. I want to read Indigo because it revolves around the Underground railroad and because it has the heroine taking care of the injured hero trope.

12. What historical romance releases that you are excited for?

To Love and to Loathe by Martha Waters because I really loved book one in the series (To Have and to Hoax) and The Bride Bet by Tessa Dare even if the relase date for this one is up in the air right now.

11. What is you favorite stepback you own?

I dont own physical copies of historical romances because you don’t find them in bookstores in Colombia and usually shipping is really expensive, so I don’t really have an answer to this.

13. What creators do you follow for historical romance recommendations?

I need recommendations for bloggers that talk about historical romance, I have seen a couple of the people I follow read the Bridgerton books because of the tv show but I don’t think I follow anyone that talks a lot about historical romances.

I do follow a lot of booktubers that talk about historical romance, some of them are: Jess, Crystal and Jenn.

I’m not tagging anyone, because as I mentioned I don’t follow that many bloggers who read historical romance, but if you like historical romance feel free to do this tag and if you want to tag me on the post because I would love to read it!

Do you read historical romance? what’s your favorite historical romance book, series or author?
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