April TBR: Anticipated Releases + Latinx Book Club + Mystery & SFF Books

Hi everyone! It’s that time of the month again when I put together my tbr. With the currrent situation that we are living around the world, I haven’t been reading that much because I don’t seem to be able to concentrate on books, especially if they are long. So for April I decided to pick up some of the short books on my tbr, some of my most anticipated releases or books that I feel excited about to see if I actually manage to get back into reading.

As always, I have a list below with the goals and challenges that I want to keep track of in 2020, I chose an emoji that represents each one and next to each of the books on my tbr, I’ll put the emoji of the goal or challenge that that book is going to help me fullfil.

  • Read 20 fantasy books in 2020 (🔮)
  • Read 35 books by Latinx authors in 2020 (🔥)
  • Keep reading diverse books: by Asian authors (☁️), by black authors (🌞), other #ownvoices rep (🌈)
  • Read 50 books by the #StartOnYourShelfathon challenge (⭐)
  • Read the 20 books on my tbr for the #StartOnYourShelfathon challenge (💫)
  • Read a book from a genre that’s not fantasy or romance (🦄)

Without further ado, here is my Febraury tbr:

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle: This sounds so good and I’m counting the days until it’s out and I’m able to read it. Release date:  April 7th 2020 

☁️ Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai: I read the first book in this series in 2019 and I thought it was just ok, but I’m excited about this one because I think I’ll like it more. Release date: April 21st 2020 

🔥🔮 Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega: I love Claribel and I have been waiting for this book for so long, I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Release date: April 7th 2020

🦄🔥⭐ The Victoria in My Head by Janelle Milanes: I’m reading this for the Latinx Book Club, which I co-host on Twitter and Goodreads.

🦄⭐An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena: This sounds like an Agatha Christie book and I can’t wait to read it.

🦄⭐ A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro: I really want to finish this series and find out what happens to Jamie and Charlotte.

🔮Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski: I read the prequel/first book of this series in March and I really liked and I’m curious about what happens next.

🦄To Be Taught, If Fortunate y Becky Charmbers: Since I want to read the nominees for the Booktube SFF awards and this one is really short, I thought it would a great pick for April.

🦄The Test by Sylvain Neuvel: same as the one before, it’s nominated for the Booktube SFF awards and it’s really short, so it was perfect for April.

What are your reading plans for February? If you want to buddy read any of the books on my tbr, let me know in the comments!

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My Favorite Romance Books by Black Authors

Hi everyone! Happy Valentine’s Day! I thought today was a good day to recommend some romance books and since February is Black History Month, I came up with a list of my favorite romance books written by Black authors.

You can read all of the series mentioned in this post out of order if you don’t mind spoiling the previous books or you can skip one of the books without problem if you are more interested in other books in the series

Without further ado, here they are:

*Click the book series titles to go to the Goodreads page*

Reluctant Royals Series by Alyssa Cole

If you like romance books about royalty, there’s no better choice than the Reluctant Royals series by Alyssa Cole, which includes three books about members of the royalty falling in love and two novellas about people that are connected to royalty in one way or another also falling in love. This series includes Black rep, disability rep, Asian rep, ADHD rep, Latinx rep and one of the main subject that is discussed throughout the series is immigration. If you are looking for an incredibly diverse and inclusive series with complex and lovable characters and swoon-worthy romances, this series is for you!

Fit Series by Rebekah Weatherspoon

If you are looking for short, sweet and steamy romance novellas, I have two perfect recommendations! Fit and Wrapped by Rebekah Weatherspoon have swoony heroes, mentions of delicious food since the heroines have jobs that in one way or another are related to the food industry and some really sexy scenes between the main characters.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

If you like heroes that are adorable softies, this book is for you! Get a Life, Chloe Brown is a fantatic book that manages to be cute, funny and steamy and at the same time it also includes important discussions about chronic pain, abusive relationships and mental illness. This book has a strong, smart and hilarious main character and a hero that’s kind and talented and their banter is fantastic!

The Wedding Date Series by Jasmine Guillory

If you like weddings, this series is perfect for you! An entire romance series in which all three companion novels in one way or another revolve around weddings. Books two and three are specially good, but the entire series is funny, sexy and entertaining. The first two books in the series have interacial couples and race is a subject that’s discuss thoughtfully throughout the series.

Honorable Mentions

This are honorable mentions because I already included these authors in my post about Romance Books by Latinx Authors, but I thought it was a good idea to include them here as well in case anyone missed that post. These books have Afro-Latinx main characters and they are written by Afro-Latinx authors.

Dreamers series by Adriana Herrera: This series is about a group of four friends that are Afro-Latinx and each book is the story of one of them falling in love. Fantastic friendships, sweet romances, mentions of amazing Latinx food and music, conversations about important subjects like domestic violence and police brutality are some of the reason why I would recommend it! The fourth book is coming out March 30th but I read an arc and I can tell you it’s amazing.

Love on Cue Series + The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa: The Love on Cue series is a series of companion novels that includes great dialogues, lovable characters, complicated family dinamics and the second book discusses diversity in the movie industry. The Worst Best Man just came out in Febuary 2020, it has a really sweet hero, lots of chemistry between the main characters and it includes an amazing #ownvoices depiction of Brazilian culture including mouthwatering description of food.

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Book Review: Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey

Title: Love Her or Lose Her

Author: Tessa Bailey

Series: Hot & Hammered #2

Published by: Avon

Publishing date: January 14th 2020

Genre: Romance

Pages: 384

Rosie and Dominic Vega are the perfect couple: high school sweethearts, best friends, madly in love. Well, they used to be anyway. Now Rosie’s lucky to get a caveman grunt from the ex-soldier every time she walks in the door. Dom is faithful and a great provider, but the man she fell in love with ten years ago is nowhere to be found. When her girlfriends encourage Rosie to demand more out of life and pursue her dream of opening a restaurant, she decides to demand more out of love, too. Three words: marriage boot camp.

Never in a million years did Rosie believe her stoic, too-manly-to-emote husband would actually agree to relationship rehab with a weed-smoking hippy. Dom talking about feelings? Sitting on pillows? Communing with nature? Learning love languages? Nope. But to her surprise, he’s all in, and it forces her to admit her own role in their cracked foundation. As they complete one ridiculous—yet surprisingly helpful—assignment after another, their remodeled relationship gets stronger than ever. Except just as they’re getting back on track, Rosie discovers Dom has a secret… and it could demolish everything.

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I have been waiting to read Love Her or Lose Her since I finished Fix Her Up, the first book in the series, about six months ago. In that book there were glimpses of Rosie and Dom’s relationship that left me incredibly intrigued and I couldn’t wait to find out more, so off course I read it as soon as it came out and while I enjoyed a lot of things about it, ultimately it didn’t live up to my expectations.

I loved Rosie right away and as I kept reading I could relate more and more to her. She is such a strong, brave, determined character that’s flawed and has insecurities, but works to overcome them. And then there’s Dom, I’ll admite that I have my issues with Dom, he’s very alpha male, the protective guy who can be a bit too possesive and he has some very antiquated ideas about being the provider for his wife and men not showing emotions. I think he had internalized a lot of toxic masculinity and it was hurting him and ruining his marriage and he had to work on that, and while he doesn’t completely change these aspects, he learns to see why they are wrong or why they can be harmful and that’s depicted well in the book, even if I wanted to see those realizations taken further. But despite the things they needed to work on indivudually and as a couple, the chemistry between Rosie and Dom was fantastic and it was so evident anytime they were together in this book.

I actually really enjoyed the first half of this book, mainly because of the way it depicted two people that loved each other but that had stopped putting work into their marriage, two people who had to accept that things in their marriage were not ok and that both of them had played a part in getting to the point they were in and both of them had to be commited to try and work through their issues and choose to stay and fight for their marriage. I think the book did a good job of showing that whole process with all its ups and downs in the first half.

Nonetheless, the second part of the book revolved around such a ridiculous conflict and that’s where my issue with this book was. I spent so much of the second half wanting to scream at Dom “JUST TELL HER ALREADY”. This book uses the miscomunitation trope, which is a trope I strongly dislike, and in this book it’s worse because the first half was spent getting the characters to learn to communicate and then the conflict in the second half relied on them not doing it. And while I understand that growing and changing doesn’t happen in a day, so off course there were still going to be problems with the communication, this conflict was so ridiculous that it was pretty annoying. The worst of all is that the conflict dragged for a long time and I was bored. And then the resolution was incredibly rushed and I kept thinking that if less time was spent in such a ridiculous conflict more time could have been spent seeing the characters getting to a good place again.

Overall, there were a lot of things I liked about Love Her or Lose Her, but my enjoyment was severely affected by the conflict in the second half of the story. Nonetheless, I’m still really excited to read the next book in the series, the glimpses of the main couple that are present in this book left me wanting more.

Rating: 3,6 stars

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Most Disappointing Books of 2019 | Blogmas Day 23

Hi everyone! Today I’m talking about some books that ended up disappointing me because they didn’t live up to my expectations. These are not the worst books I read this year, just books that for one reason or another, left me feeling disappointed after finishing them. If you are curious, here are my 7 Most Disappointing Books of 2017 and my Most Disappointing Books of 2018.

Without further ado, here are my most disappointing books of 2019:

The Last Swipe by Alisha Rai

What’s this book about?  This is the story of Rhiannon and Samson, who hooked up once thanks to a dating app and decided they wanted to see each other again. Unfortunetely, do to circumstance one of the parties felt ghosted. Then they meet again and realize that they are working for two rival dating app and they find themselves at odds in the boardroom, but in sync in the bedroom.

Why is on this list?  I heard so many great things about this book right when it came out, so I had huge expectations when I decided to pick it up and while I didn’t dislike this, I didn’t like it as much as everyone else seemed to. I felt disconnected from the characters and I never got fully into the story and I think it may have been the writing style that made me feel that way. Still, I’m giving the second book a chance to see if I enjoy it more.

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

What’s this book about? Since this is a sequel I won’t tell you what’s about, but I’ll say that the series is a reimagining of Sherlock and Watson, but told in the perspective of their descendants, Charlotte and Jamie, and it’s set in modern day.

Why is on this list?  After loving the first book ar the beginning of 2019, I started this sequel with huge expectations and unfortunately I was let down. This was a fast and entertaining read, but the mystery left something to be desired, for most of the book, the characters were chasing a lead that wasn’t important and it was frustrating to feel like a lot of what happened in the book was pointless. I was confused the entire time while reading this and I was left confused after I finished it.  Also, there was absolutely no character development. (More of my thoughts)

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

What’s this book about? Dr. Watson, who has just returned from a war in Afghanistan, meets Sherlock Holmes for the first time when they become flat-mates at the famous 221 B Baker Street. Dr. Watson tags along with Holmes as he investigates a murder at Lauriston Gardens while narratively detailing his amazing deductive abilities.

Why is on this list?  I’m a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes TV shows and movies, so I though it was about time I picked up one of the books. But the dry and boring writing style, as well as the weird structure used to tell the story made me not enjoy the reading experience at all. This jumps 20 years in the past to tell a different story, so we actually don’t see Sherlock and Watson for a big part of the book, which was what I was interested in. Also, there were almost no clues, no interrogations and honestly, there’s barely any information about the crime that was committed and the resolution didn’t really make sense (Review)

Finders Keepers by Stephen King

What’s this book about? Since this is a sequel I won’t tell you what’s about, but I’ll say that this series is about retired cop Bill Hodges, who becomes a private detective and solves crimes with two unlikely allies.

Why is on this list?  After finished the first book and loving it, I started Finders Keepers inmediately and it was one of the mosr frustrating reading experiences of my life. My main issue was that the main characters of the series didn’t show up until like 60% of the way through the book and I was so bored before that. The first part of this book was slow and I think the backstory could have been a lot shorter.

Crush, Interrupted by Zaida Polanco

What’s this book about? When a down-on-her-luck writer gets the opportunity to house-sit at her friend’s fancy condo for a few weeks, she jumps at the chance. What she hadn’t planned on, however, is her best friend’s brother crashing at the condo as well. Her best friend’s very very hot brother who just so happens to be the one that got away.

Why is on this list?  I have been looking for more romance Latinx authors, so I was incredibly excited when I heard Zaida Polanco’s ebooks were free on Amazon. I got 3 of her books and I inmideately started reading this one and I was so disappointed. The first 70% was really bad,  the writing wasn’t the best and the romance made no sense at all.  Even if it got a bit better at the end, it wasn’t that much better.

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The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro | Buddy Read Discussion

Buddy Read Discussion

Hi everyone! Like I mentioned in my last wrap up, I’m doing a buddy read with Rebecca @ Bookishly Rebecca and Jenna @ Bookmark Your Thoughts for books 2, 3 and 4 of the Charlotte Holmes series by Brittany Cavallaro. As a way to share the thoughts of all three of us in our blogs, Jenna (inspired by Chaz and Marie), suggested that we should try a “buddy read discussion” post, so that’s what we are doing today! We will be sharing our thoughts on The Last of August, the second book in the series. This ended up being a super interesting discussion since we had very different opinions about the book, as you’ll see.

The Last of August

Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are looking for a winter-break reprieve after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But Charlotte isn’t the only Holmes with secrets, and the mood at her family’s Sussex estate is palpably tense. On top of everything else, Holmes and Watson could be becoming more than friends—but still, the darkness in Charlotte’s past is a wall between them.

A distraction arises soon enough, because Charlotte’s beloved uncle Leander goes missing from the estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring. The game is afoot once again, and Charlotte is single-minded in her pursuit.

Their first stop? Berlin. Their first contact? August Moriarty (formerly Charlotte’s obsession, currently believed by most to be dead), whose powerful family has been ripping off famous paintings for the last hundred years. But as they follow the gritty underground scene in Berlin to glittering art houses in Prague, Holmes and Watson begin to realize that this is a much more complicated case than a disappearance. Much more dangerous, too.

What they learn might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other.

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Without further ado, here are our thoughts about The Last of August:

Q1. That ending was … wow. Without giving away spoilers, what were your thoughts? Were you expecting that outcome?

Jenna: “Honestly, I liked how I did NOT see it coming. So to answer the second question, no … I did NOT see that coming at all. The last 3 chapters were probably my favouite parts of the novel, since the action started to pick up more.”

Sofia: “Even before starting this book I guessed one of the big things that happened at the end, but I did doubt it a bit throughout the book. So in a sense I was expecting the final outcome, but a lot of the situations and characters surrounding that outcome were surprising to me.”

Rebecca: “I most definitely was not expecting it. Maybe it’s because I don’t read many mystery books or thrillers, but I did not see that coming. While I didn’t see it coming, I do think that the ending made sense with the tone of the story. It just wasn’t exactly what I had pictured.”

Q2. What elements and topics did “The Last of August” execute better than its predecessor, “The Study in Charlotte”? What elements and topics did it not execute as well?

Jenna: “I found the character development and depthness to them was better executed in this novel, in addition to the mystery element. But I found the intensity and action was more well-balanced in the first book.”

Sofia: “I want to start by saying that I think this book was a good book, BUT I can’t think of anything that it executed better than the first book. I’ll talk about the characters in the next question, so for now I’ll focus on the mystery. I think the mystery could have turn out to be more interesting that the mystery in the first book, but it ended up being confusing and frustrating, because for most of the book, the characters are chasing a lead that it’s not actually that important t and even tho looking back I can see that there were hints about that not being as important, it’s still frustrating to feel like a lot of what happened was pointless.”

Rebecca: “I’m going to agree with Sofia and say that I didn’t notice much that was executed better than the first book. I felt pretty middle-of-the-road about both so I didn’t see much difference. As for what wasn’t executed as well, I think that mystery was WAY more confusing than it needed to be. It felt like Brittany Cavallaro took the long way around to unravel this mystery rather than making it a bit more straight-forward.”

Q3. Do you feel like Charlotte and Jamie went through character growth between books one and two? Do you feel like their relationship changed between one book and the other?

Jenna: “I do. I feel as though we get to know a bit more about them. But I also feel like they change themselves, adapting to their new surroundings and from the events that took place in the first book — especially Watson. Their relationship definitely changed … but I still feel like it wasn’t explored enough.”

Sofia: “As someone that absolutely loved Charlotte and Jamie in book one and that enjoyed their relationship inmensly, I was disappointed with The Last of August. I didn’t feel like there was any character development, I felt like Jamie was childish at some points and I didn’t know how to feel regarding some of his thoughts and actions towards Charlotte and the sexual assault theme in this book. Also, I was very frustrated with Charalotte and how she handled the mystery and all the things she kept to herself. In terms of their relationship, that in book one was full of banter, tension and chemistry, in book two it became an endless, frustrating back and forth and for the most part it was not as entertatining”

Rebecca: “I think so but maybe not for the better. If anything, I felt like Charlotte and Jamie both did a backslide in terms of their characters especially Charlotte. She seemed like a shell of her former self in this book compared to who she was in A Study in Charlotte and the same can be said for Jamie who played his sidekick role to a tee. As for their relationship, I think it was extremely unhealthy for both of them and that August only pushed a wedge further into it.”

Q4. Finally, what do you anticipate to occur in its sequel “The Case for Jamie”?

Jenna: “From what I can tell with the title, Watson’s going to have his OWN troubles that will need solving. I also think there’s going to be a lot of Watson and Holmes growing as characters APART before they are the amazing dynamic duo we all know and love. And I think it’s going to get darker, since that seems to be the trend so far.”

Sofia: “I think that Charlotte is gonna pull away from Jamie and try to solve all the problems herself. Now, for what I hope will happen, a lot of character development for Charlotte and Jamie and a mystery that doesn’t rely so much on Charlotte hiding things from Jamie as a way to keep the reader in the dark”

Rebecca: “I’ve already read book 3 and I have to say that it’s my favorite of the series. :)”

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Diverse Books On My TBR with Less Than 500 Ratings on Goodreads

lesser known diverse books on my tbr

Hi everyone! Today I’m bringing a post I’m really excited about. The other day I was think about how diverse books often times get less publicity than other books. Wheter it is because they are indie or self published or because they get a smaller publicity budget or because they have less support from the publishers or for any of a hundred other reasons, the truth is there’s tons of diverse books out there that could use all the help they can get publicity wise.

I have written a few post in the past about underrated books with small amount of ratings on Goodreads and those lists are full of diverse books, so I would recommend you check them out!

But today I’m doing somethings a bit different! I went through my Goodreads tbr list and checked which of the diverse books I had in it had less than 500 ratings and were released before 2018 and today I want to talk about them!

Like Nobody's Watching by Tara Frejas Cover & ReviewLike Nobody’s Watching by Tara Frejas (58 ratings) 

The cover is SO CUTE! and it’s the reason I noticed this book in the first place, but then I read the synopsis and found out this books has fake dating, a main character that’s a soft guy and a big focus on family and I inmediately added it to my tbr. This is a #romanceclass book, like a lot of the other books on this list,  which means that it’s written by a Filipino author, it has Filipino main characters and it’s set in the Philippines.

 

Latin@ Rising: An Anthology of Latin@ Science Fiction and Fantasy

Latin@ Rising: An Anthology of Latin@ Science Fiction and Fantasy (79 ratings) 

I discovered this book while writtin my 90 Book Recommendations for the Latinx Book Bingo and I have been meaning to read it ever since. As the title sugests, the stories in this book are written by latinx authors and they are about latinx characters.

 

Learning Curves by Ceillie Simkis Cover & Review

Learning Curves by Ceillei Simkiss (94 ratings) 

This is a romance novella with a Fat Puerto Rican lesbian main character and an asexual panromantic main character with ADHD. I have heard the story is really cute and I’m excited to give it a chance. I actually got an arc of the sequel when I signed up for the authors newsletter, so I need to get to this one to be able to read and review that arc.

 

The Queen's Game

The Queen’s Game by Carla de Guzman (96 ratings)

This is the second #romanceclass book on this list and it’s one that has been on my tbr for a long time. Carla de Guzman is a Filipino author and the main characters in the book are Filipino as well. I love books with royalty and I’m even more excited for this particular story because it has POC who are royals.

 

Feels Like Summer.jpgFeels Like Summer by Six de los Reyes (116 ratings)

This has been on my tbr for the last two years and I really need to read it. Another #romanceclass book (can you tell I’m a fan?) set in the Philippines, it has Filipino main characters and a Filipino author. The main characters in this are a soft guy who is a musician,  and a woman working in STEM. It sound amazing!

 

All's Fair in Blog and War

All’s Fair in Blog and War by Chrissie Peria (159 ratings)

The main characters in this are travel bloggers, which sounds so cool! Another #romanceclass book set in the Philippines with Filipino main characters and written by a Filipino author. This has been on my tbr for two and a half years and I finally bought it thanks to Shelea @ Shut Up, Shelea, who pointed out in one of her posts that it was 0.99 on Amazon (still is if you want it!)

 

The Victoria in my head

The Victoria in my Head by Janelle Milanes (286 ratings)

I read Analee in Real Life, Milanes’ latest book, recently and I loved it, so I’m excited to read her debut, which has been on my tbr for a long time. This book is a YA Contemporary with a Latinx main character, a shy teenager who dreams of being a rock star but  has paralyzing-stage-fright and overprotective Cuban parents … it sounds great and I can’t wait to finally read it!

Acting on Impulse

 

Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa (400 ratings)

This has a Puerto Rican main character and it’s written by a Latinx author. This is a romance book about a personal trainer and an actor who fall in love, as a huge fan of romance books I can’t wait to read one where the main characters is Latinx.

 

Beginner's Guide Love and Other Chemical Reactions

Beginner’s Guide: Love & Other Chemicals Reactions by Six de los Reyes (418 ratings)

Another #romanceclass book and the second book on this list written by Six de los Reyes. I have heard great things about this author and I can’t believe that I haven’t read any of their books yet. This is set in the Philippines, it has Filipino characters and it’s by a Filipino author.

 

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Most Anticipated Book Releases – August 2018

Most anticipated book releases 2018

I was looking through my shelf of anticipated releases of 2018 and I noticed that I didn’t have that many August releases on my list, but I hae SO MANY september releases, so this month is just three books but next I think I have like 10 books I want to talk about.

Meanwhile, here are the three books being release in August that I’m really excited to read, I hope you find something new to add to your tbr!

 

The Raging Ones by Krista & Becca Ritchie 

This book is about three teens who live in a freezing world where everyone knows the day they will die, but the three teens dodge their deathdays and then they need flee their planet to survive. I have been a fan of these authors for a long time, I have read like 13 of their books but they have been new adult romance books, so I’m a bit nervous about reading their first YA Sci-Fi book, but I hope I’ll like it as much as I like their other books.

Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood

This novel is based on the real life story of the kidnapping of an 11 years old girl in 1948, and it follows the two years afterwards as the kidnapper mentally and physically assaults her while they travel and move around to different places. This book is also about the people this girl mets along the way and the people she left behind. This book sounds heartbreaking but fascinating at the same time. 

We Regret to Inform You by Ariel Kaplan 

This is a book about a girl, described as a perfect college application in human form, who is rejected from every single school she applied to and she thinks maybe her transcript was hacked, so she gets the help of her best friend and sometimes crush, Nate, and a group of eccentric techies to figure out what happened. This book sounds like a typical fluffy YA Comtemporary and the reason I want to read it is that I have heard that the romance in the book is fantastic and there’s a very ship-worthy couple.

What August book releases are you anticipating? Do you want to read any of these books? Have you read any of these books and what did you think about them?

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Make Me Read It Readathon 2017

make me read it 2017

Hi guys! This is VERY last minute, but I decided to participate in the Make Me Read It Readathon 2017, that will take place from August 6th to August 13th. I participated last year and had a lot of fun and I’m hoping to repeat that this year.  This readathon is hosted by Val @ The Innocent Smiley and Ely @ Tea & Titles!

What Is This Readathon About?

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. Example: if you think you’ll only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten.

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/bookstagrammers etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read.

When the readathon 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. 

Let me know if you are participating and let me links to your polls if you one up for the readathon!

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5 Books 1 Week: My Very Ambitious TBR

five book one week

Hey guys! I’m really excited because I’m going to be a free person next week! I don’t know how it works in the States, but in Colombia we have a Holy Week during Easter and that means is a free week for almost everyone. I have a lot of uni work to do (Homework, papers, mid-terms to get ready for) during that week, but I will still have a lot of time to read, that’s why I decided to set a very ambitious tbr and try to read as much as I can next week.

Here are the books I will try to read or at least start next week:

1.When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

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To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up. 

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I have been meaning to read this one for a long time, but lately I want to read it even more because I want to read more magical realism and learn a bit more about the history of this genre and the connection between it and latinamerican authors. Anyway I’m buddy reading this with Sinead @Huntress of Diverse Books.

2. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Shwab  

a darker shade of magicKell is one of the last travelers–magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city. There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad King–George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered–and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London–a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

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I have been meaning to read this for the longest time, but my history with Victoria Shwab kind of got in the way of my reading it. I have read 2 books by her: I really liked one and DNF’ed another, so I even when I was really interested in the premise of this book I wasn’t sure if I was gonna like it or not. Now that the last book came out, I decided that I definitely want to give this series a chance because I have heard great things about it.

3. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) 

A Storm of SwordsOf the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, victim of the sorceress who holds him in her thrall. Young Robb still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world. And as opposing forces manoeuver for the final showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost limits of civilization, accompanied by a horde of mythical Others—a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords

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This book is over a thousand pages, of course I’m not planning on reading it in one week and not when I’m trying to read another 4 books in that week. But I really want to continue with this series, so my goal is to read at least 300 pages of this next week.

4. Better at Weddings Than You by Mina V. Esguerra

Better at Weddings than you Daphne Cardenas is the best wedding planner around, and everyone knows it. That’s why her friend Greg hired her as an emergency replacement one month before his wedding—because he fears his fiancée Helen is falling for the guy they first hired for the job.

Aaron Trinidad is new to the wedding industry but years of conference planning and loads of charm make him good at it. Really good at it. Planning the wedding of his friend Helen should be easy, and it is. To be unceremoniously fired isn’t good for his new career, but the chance to learn from the best might be the silver lining.

Aaron and Daphne have chemistry, but there’s history with Helen that at least one other person considers a threat. Who’s the planner who can fix this impending disaster? 

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I have an ARC of this books and the official release date is April 15th, so I want to try and read and review it before it comes out.  I’m not ure it’s gonna be possible, but I do want to try. I have never read anything by Mina V. Esguerra, but I have heard great things about her books, so I want to read something by her.

5. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

The long way to a small angry planetSomewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.

But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war.

Set against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds, this episodic tale weaves together the adventures of nine eclectic characters, each on a journey of their own. 

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I didn’t particulary want to read this until recently, I had heard about it but I didn’t really know what this was about.  Last week, I saw someone talk about it on Booktube and I finally payed atention to what this was about and sicne  I have been wanting to read more Sci-Fi, I’m really excited to read it now.

That’s it! I’m pretty sure I’m not reading all of them in one week, but I’m excited to try!

Have you read any of this books? What did you think about them? Which one should I read first?  Let me know in the commets! 

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Review: The Backstagers by James Tynion IV & Rian Sygh

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Title: The Backstagers

Author: James Tynion IV & Rian Sygh

Published by:  Boom! Box

Publishing Date: August 17th 2016

Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, YA.

Pages: 25

When Jory transfers to the private, all-boys school St. Genesius, he figures joining the stage crew would involve a lot of just fetching props and getting splinters. To his pleasant surprise, he discovers there’s a door backstage that leads to different worlds, and all of the stagehands know about it! All the world’s a stage…but what happens behind the curtain is pure magic!

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The Backstagers is a short and cute graphic novel about finding people to fit in with. It has a diverse cast of characters that includes a lot of POC’s, also an underrepresented body type, and it seems like there’s gonna be characters that belong to the LGBTQ+ community, which makes this graphic novel so important in terms of representation.

There is a bit of a mystery that’s introduced in this first issue about rooms and creatures and it seems like it’s gonna be expanding through all the issues of this graphic novel. The mystery and the fantastical elements are definitely what make this graphic novel interesting and intriguing.

Also, it’s worth-noting that this has a really cool art style that goes really well with the story and manages to convey this different sense of space that’s portrait in it. There’s room that shouldn’t be there and corridors that move and that sort of thing, but it’s never confusing because the art style is really clear and shows those elements really well.

Overall, the first issue of The Backstagers is definitely a strong one, it manages to intrigue the reader by introducing fantastical elements in a contemporary setting and it has an incredible art style. More important, it does a great job in terms of diversity by including different types of minorities.

Rating: 4 stars

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