Ranking all the books I read this month aka my January 2020 Wrap Up

Reading Wrap Up

Hi everyone! Like you can tell by the title of this blog post, in 2020 I’ll be doing something a bit different for my wrap ups because I’ll be ranking all the books I read from my least favorite to my favorite book of the month and I’m really excited and a bit nervous because I know it’s gonna be hard. The ranking is not enterily dependent on rating, so there can be books with lower ratings that are higher on the list than other books with higher ratings.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted my January tbr and I’m so happy to say that I read most books on it except for The Outsider by Stephen King, which I chose not to read because Stephen King tweeted some disappointed things and made me not want to pick up his book right now, and also Wherever You Are by Krista & Becca Ritchie, which I did start but I didn’t manage to finish it on time. So I read 6 books on my January tbr + 3 more book had were not on my tbr. Here’s how I ranked them:

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

My Least Favorite Books of the Month

I didn’t read any truly terrible books in January, but there were two books that I had issues with. The first one I liked a lot of things about but strongly disliked one element of the story, which affected my overall enjoyment of the book and the other one was plain boring and I had a hard time caring about anything that was happening.

9. Reign of Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh (3,2 stars): This has an interesting world and magic system, as well as lovable character, but a really boring villain and a TERRIBLE romance (Full review)

8. Mr. Hotshot CEO by Jackie Lau (3,3 stars): This was so boring and I think it wasn’t the plot, it was the flat and repetitive writing style specially from one of the two perspectives. Also, the steamy scenes were always rushed through and the ending felt rushed.

The “I Mostly Liked Them, But…” Books

The “I mostly liked them, but…” books are the ones I give between 3,5 and 3,7 stars to and they are books that have small things I disliked or I had small issues with them, but they are never books that I have one element that I strongly dislike.

7. Whatever It Takes by Krista & Becca Ritchie (3,6 stars): I have been waiting for this book for so many years and I had huge expectations for it, which were not met. I still love both of the characters, I love how different they seem from one another but how strong their connection is and I love that their story is angsty and bittersweet, but I didn’t enjoy the dual timelines and also this felt like a bunch of disjointed scenes put together instead of a more cohesive and fluent narrative. 

6. Wrapped by Rebekah Weatherspoon (3,7 stars): this novella started really promising, it was cute and funny and it had a kind and understanding hero. But then it dragged a bit, I was kind of annoyed with the main character, the conflict felt a bit forced and the ending was rushed.

5. Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey (3,6 stars): This book started strong, the heroine was amazing and even when I had issues with the hero because of his internalized toxic masculinity which he needed to work on, their chemestry was fantastic and the story of how they worked to fix their marriage was beautiful, but my enjoyment was severely affected by the conflict in the second half of the story, which relied on miscommunications (Full Review)

4. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (3,7 stars): This book is hard to get into and the beginning was just ok, but then it takes a couple of twist and turns that are very intriguing and made the book so much more interesting and then the ending was heartbreaking and bittersweet and shocking.

The Ones I Really Liked

I consider books I really liked the ones I give a rating somewhere between a 3,8 and a 4,4 stars.

3. Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire (4 stars): The writing was fantastic,the characters from previous books showed up in this, which was amazing, and most of them were strange and vicious and it was easy to see how much going to their worlds skewed the way they think. This book also had outstanding mental health rep.

2.Tweet Cute by Emma Lord (4 stars): This was a fun and witty book, with lovable main characters that were very different from one another but had an adorable relationship. This was full of mouth-watering food, snarky tweets and complicated family dynamics. (Full Review)

My Favorite Book of the Month

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My favorite books of the month can have different ratings depending on how good a particular reading month was, but the books I consider new favorites are the ones that get a rating of 4,5 stars or more and they are books that I truly loved .

1. The Eye of The World by Robert Jordan (4,5 stars): the world building and magic system in this are impressive, the characters are interesting and lovable and the plot is engaging. The pace slows down in the middle of the book and it gets a bit repetetive, but it picks back up and the ending is fanstastic.

What were your favorite and least favorite books you read this month? Have you read any of the books on this wrap up? Do you agree with my opinions about them?

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January TBR: something new for the new year!

Hi everyone! TBRs are not something I put together often, I honestly only do it for readathons, because I am a mood reader so it’s really difficult for me to stick to them. Nonetheless, in an effort to accomplish my reading goals for 2020, complete my reading challenge for the year and try to read a bigger variaty of genres, I have decided to start putting together monthly tbrs.

Below, you can see a list of all the goals and challenges that I want to keep track of and the emoji that will represent each one. 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. Obviously, there will be months where I’ll read books that don’t contribute to any of my goals and there will be months where some goals won’t have a book associated with them.

Without further ado, here are the goals and challenges:

  • 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 (🦄)

BACKLIST

🔮 🌈 ⭐ 💫 Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh: I started this book in December and I didn’t finish it, so I’m hoping to be done with it today.

🔮 The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan: I’m excited to finally be reading this fantasy classic, even if it’s part of a 14 book series. I don’t think I’ll finish this in January since it’s a long book, but at least I’ll start it.

🦄 The Outsider by Stephen King: I finished the Bill Hoadge Trilogy in 2019 and I’m excited to see more of Holly in this book.

🔥 🌈 ⭐ 🦄 More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera: I’m reading this with the Backlist Bookworms

2020 RELEASES

🦄 Tweet Cute by Emma Lord: I’m part of the blog tour so I need to read this ASAP (January 21st)

Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey: I have wanted to readthis book since the moment I finished the first one in the series, I can’t believe it’s almost here! (January 14th)

Whatever It Takes + Wherever You Are by Krista & Becca Ritchie: I have been waiting 4 years for these books and I NEED THEM NOW. (January 21st & 28th)

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

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My Most Anticipated YA Fantasy Books of 2020 | Blogmas Day 11

Hi everyone! Today I want to talk about my most anticipated YA fantasy books coming out in 2020. I wanted to make a list of books that I actually think I’ll read, that’s why there’s not too many books on this list and why a lot of them are sequels. If you want to know about all the YA releases of 2020, check out the amazing and comprehensive list posted at Book Birds.

Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova

This book is about a girl that has the power to erase memories and is kidnapped and forced to do something that hurts her people. After being rescued by a rebel group, she has to go back to her kidnappers convince them that she is loyal to them and complete a mission.

Why am I anticipating it? I love Zoraida’s urban fantasy series, the Brooklyn Brujas, and I can’t wait to read this new and different take on fantasy from her. I have an eARC of this and it’ll probably be one of my first reads of 2020.

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

This book is about a girl who’s rejected by her community because her blood is gold instead of red, and then she is asked to become part of an army of near-immortals girls with rare gifts.

Why am I anticipating it? This is probably the most beautiful cover of any 2020 release and I won’t lie it’s the first thing that caught my eye and made me check this book out. But since then I have heard great things about this, specially about its brilliant cast of female characters.

Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

This book is a retelling of one of Andersen’s most brutal fairy tales, The Red Shoes, imixed with the true medieval events that likely inspired it, a dancing “plague” in 1518 . At the center of this book is a Romani girl & trans boy.

Why am I anticipating it? I have read two McLemore books and I loved them. I think their retellings of less well-known fairy tales are so interesting and unique and I love the fact that there’s always so much diversity in them.

Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

This urban fantasy about two brothers, one that has always wanted powers and doesn’t have them and one that never wanted them but has them, and how they become involve with a vigilante group that fights against a gang of specters who can steal people’s powers.

Why am I anticipating it? I have read two Adam Silvera books in the past and I really liked them, so I’m excited to give his first fantasy book a chance. Also, I love supporting Latinx authors and in this case, even more so, becasue the main character in this book is a gay Puerto Rican boy.

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Mass

This book is about a half-Fae and half-human woman seeking revenge and a fallen angel fighting for his freedom, who end up working together to find a demon that has been murdering people.

Why am I anticipating it? Honestly, I love most of Sarah J. Maas books. I just love them even if I know they lack diversity and good representation. Her writing style works for me, some of her characters are my all time favorites and I’m really excited to see what she does in this new series, specially since it sounds so different from her previous ones.

Wayward Witch by Zoraida Cordova

Rose, the younger of three sisters, has recently discovered new powers and she’s forced to use them when her father and her are sent to the land of Adas, a fairy realm hidden in the Caribbean Sea.

Why am I anticipating it? I love the Brooklyn Brujas series and I can’t wait to know what it’s gonna happen to this family next. My favorite thing about this series is the complex but lovable characters, the family dynamics and the fact that it includes Latinx folklore.

We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia

This series is about a world in which men have two wives: one wife, the Primera, is the man’s right hand and in charge of the machinations of the family; the other, the Segunda, is there to love the husband and provide offspring. The book is the story of the Primera and the Segunda of a powerful man, who fall in love with each other and end up becoming involve with a rebel group.

Why am I anticipating it? I loved the first book in this series and I’m dying to know how the story continues. Honestly, I love the characters in this story so much and I just want them to be happy together, ok? ok. Beyond the complex main characters and the forbidden love story, I loved the way the first book addressed immigration, privilege, poverty and opression.

The King of Crows by Libba Bray

This series is about a group of teens, called Diviners, who have different powers and live in New York in the 1920’s and it’s the story of how they all meet and work together against supernatural forces.

Why am I anticipating it? The Diviners series is one of my favorite series of all time and I can’t wait to read the conclusion. I love the characters in this series and I’m rooting for Sam and Evie to end up together and I’m really curious to see how all the characters are gonna get reunited and how they are gonna defeat the King of Crows.

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

This series is about a group of kids who have gone to magical worlds and when they come back they no longer fit into society, so they end up in boarding school created just for them.

Why am I anticipating it? I really like all the books in this series, but I particulary loved the last book, In An Absent Dream, so that makes me even more excited for this one, specially since it’s the continuation of the original story in the first book and we’ll get to see more characters from previous books.

What 2020 YA Fantasy books are you highly anticipating?

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My TBR for the Latinx Book Bingo & the Latinxathon| Latinx Heritage Month 2019

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be writing this post to let you know what I’ll be reading for Latinx Heritage Month and especifically for the Latinx Book Bingo and the Latinxathon. I used the same books to fullfil the prompts of both readathons, because as much as I wish to read  one book for each prompt, the truth is that I’m traveling to Denmark to study for 2 weeks during Latinx Heritage Month and that means that reading 17 books is just out of the question. Nonetheless, I’ll still try to read 12 books during the month.

For the Latinxaton there are 5 prompts:

  1. VOICES: Read a book written by an Indigenous or Afro-Latinx author.
  2. LATINIDAD: Read a book written by an intersectional Latinx author. 
  3. ROOTS: Read a translated book or a book that features more than one language
  4. HERITAGE: Read a book written by an author from a non-Spanish speaking Latin American country/heritage
  5. #LatinxLitTakeover: Read the group Book

And for the Latinx Book Bingo, the idea is to read books that fit the prompts of this bingo board:

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Without further ado, here are the books that I chose to fullfill the challenges (books 2, 3, 8, 11 and 12 on this list count towars both readathons, in each case I especify what prompts they fulfill):

Blanca & Roja

1. Any book by a Latinx author: Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

The biggest lie of all is the story you think you already know.

The del Cisne girls have never just been sisters; they’re also rivals, Blanca as obedient and graceful as Roja is vicious and manipulative. They know that, because of a generations-old spell, their family is bound to a bevy of swans deep in the woods. They know that, one day, the swans will pull them into a dangerous game that will leave one of them a girl, and trap the other in the body of a swan.

But when two local boys become drawn into the game, the swans’ spell intertwines with the strange and unpredictable magic lacing the woods, and all four of their fates depend on facing truths that could either save or destroy them. Blanca & Roja is the captivating story of sisters, friendship, love, hatred, and the price we pay to protect our hearts.

More Happy Than Not2. Intersectional MC + Read a book written by an intersectional Latinx author: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera 

Sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto is struggling to find happiness after a family tragedy leaves him reeling. He’s slowly remembering what happiness might feel like this summer with the support of his girlfriend Genevieve, but it’s his new best friend, Thomas, who really gets Aaron to open up about his past and confront his future.

As Thomas and Aaron get closer, Aaron discovers things about himself that threaten to shatter his newfound contentment. A revolutionary memory-alteration procedure, courtesy of the Leteo Institute, might be the way to straighten himself out. But what if it means forgetting who he truly is?

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3. Afro-Latinx MC + Read a book written by an Indigenous or Afro-Latinx author: American Dreamer by Adriana Herrera 

For Nesto Vasquez, moving his Afro-Caribbean food truck from New York City to the wilds of Upstate New York is a huge gamble. If it works? He’ll be a big fish in a little pond. If it doesn’t? He’ll have to give up the hustle and return to the day job he hates. He’s got six months to make it happen—the last thing he needs is a distraction.

Jude Fuller is proud of the life he’s built on the banks of Cayuga Lake. He has a job he loves and good friends. It’s safe. It’s quiet. And it’s damn lonely. Until he tries Ithaca’s most-talked-about new lunch spot and works up the courage to flirt with the handsome owner. Soon he can’t get enough—of Nesto’s food orof Nesto. For the first time in his life, Jude can finally taste the kind of happiness that’s always been just out of reach.

An opportunity too good to pass up could mean a way to stay together and an incredible future for them both…if Nesto can remember happiness isn’t always measured by business success. And if Jude can overcome his past and trust his man will never let him down.

Pitch Dark

4. Out of your confort zone: Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda

Lost to time, Tuck Morgan and his crew have slept in stasis aboard the USS John Muir for centuries. Their ship harbors a chunk of Earth, which unbeknownst to them, is the last hope for the failing human race.

Laura Cruz is a shipraider searching the galaxy for the history that was scattered to the stars. Once her family locates the John Muir and its precious cargo, they are certain human civilization is saved.

When Tuck’s and Laura’s worlds collide―literally―the two teens must outwit their enemies, evade brutal monsters that kill with sound, and work together to save the John Muir . . . and the whole human race.

Take the Lead

5. On cover rep: Take the Lead by Alexis Daria

Gina Morales wants to win. It’s her fifth season on The Dance Off, a top-rated network TV celebrity dance competition, and she’s never even made it to the finals. When she meets her latest partner, she sees her chance. He’s handsome, rippling with muscles, and he stars on the popular Alaskan wilderness reality show Living Wild. With his sexy physique and name recognition, she thinks he’s her ticket to the finals—until she realizes they’re being set up.

Stone Nielson hates Los Angeles, he hates reality TV, and he hates that fact that he had to join the cast of the The Dance Off because of family obligations. He can’t wait to get back to Alaska, but he also can’t deny his growing attraction to his bubbly Puerto Rican dance partner. Neither of them are looking for romantic entanglements, and Stone can’t risk revealing his secrets, but as they heat up the dance floor, it’s only a matter of time until he feels an overwhelming urge to take the lead.

When the tabloids catch on to their developing romance, the spotlight threatens to ruin not just their relationship, but their careers and their shot at the trophy. Gina and Stone will have to decide if their priorities lie with fame, fortune, or the chance at a future together.

Shadowshaper

6. New to you author: Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra’s near-comatose abuelo begins to say “Lo siento” over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep…. Well, something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on.

Sierra soon discovers a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers, who connect with spirits via paintings, music, and stories. Her grandfather once shared the order’s secrets with an anthropologist, Dr. Jonathan Wick, who turned the Caribbean magic to his own foul ends. Now Wick wants to become the ultimate Shadowshaper by killing all the others, one by one. With the help of her friends and the hot graffiti artist Robbie, Sierra must dodge Wick’s supernatural creations, harness her own Shadowshaping abilities, and save her family’s past, present, and future.

7. Fat Rep: Undead Girl GangUndead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson 

Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There’s not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley’s favorite activity: amateur witchcraft.

So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone’s explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.

Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders, but they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer…before the killer strikes again.

Iron Cast8. Backlist book + Read a book  by an author from a non-Spanish speaking Latin American country/heritage: Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

In 1919, Ada Navarra—the intrepid daughter of immigrants—and Corinne Wells—a spunky, devil-may-care heiress—make an unlikely pair. But at the Cast Iron nightclub in Boston, anything and everything is possible. At night, on stage together, the two best friends, whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art, weave magic under the employ of Johnny Dervish, the club’s owner and a notorious gangster. By day, Ada and Corinne use these same skills to con the city’s elite in an attempt to keep the club afloat.

When a “job” goes awry and Ada is imprisoned, she realizes they’re on the precipice of danger. Only Corinne—her partner in crime—can break her out of Haversham Asylum. But once Ada is out, they face betrayal at every turn.

America, Vol. 29. Non-traditional Format: America Vol. 2: Fast and Fuertona

It begins with the story you’ve been waiting for: the origin of America Chavez! But everyone’s favorite no-nonsense powerhouse soon meets her match — in the form of the deadly and exotic Exterminatrix! Can America stand against this vile villainess, backed by the full power of the ominous Midas Corporation? America gains all-new but untested abilities — and she’ll need them against the oncoming horde! But what does Exterminatrix want with Sotomayor University? With America in lockup, it’s up to Prodigy to find out — and that won’t be easy when campus queen X’Andria is working for the enemy! As the Midas Corporation reignites a decades-old danger, America’s newly discovered home comes under threat — but they’re about to learn that you don’t mess with a Fuertona. And you definitely don’t mess with a Chavez!

 Gods of Jade and Shadow10. Recommended by a Latinx reader :  Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (This book was recommended to me by the lovely Alicia @A Kernel of Nonsense)

The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own.

Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it—and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea’s demise, but success could make her dreams come true.

In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City—and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworld.

The Grief Keeper11. Group book + Group book: The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante

Seventeen-year-old Marisol has always dreamed of being American, learning what Americans and the US are like from television and Mrs. Rosen, an elderly expat who had employed Marisol’s mother as a maid. When she pictured an American life for herself, she dreamed of a life like Aimee and Amber’s, the title characters of her favorite American TV show. She never pictured fleeing her home in El Salvador under threat of death and stealing across the US border as “an illegal”, but after her brother is murdered and her younger sister, Gabi’s, life is also placed in equal jeopardy, she has no choice, especially because she knows everything is her fault. If she had never fallen for the charms of a beautiful girl named Liliana, Pablo might still be alive, her mother wouldn’t be in hiding and she and Gabi wouldn’t have been caught crossing the border.

But they have been caught and their asylum request will most certainly be denied. With truly no options remaining, Marisol jumps at an unusual opportunity to stay in the United States. She’s asked to become a grief keeper, taking the grief of another into her own body to save a life. It’s a risky, experimental study, but if it means Marisol can keep her sister safe, she will risk anything. She just never imagined one of the risks would be falling in love, a love that may even be powerful enough to finally help her face her own crushing grief.

News of a Kidnapping12. Non Fiction + Read a translated book or with more than one language: Noticias de un Secuestro (News of a Kidnapping) by Gabriel García Márquez

This astonishing book by the Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez chronicles the 1990 kidnappings of ten Colombian man and women–all journalists but one–by the Medellín drug boss Pablo Escobar. The carefully orchestrated abductions were Escobar’s attempt to extort from the government its assurance that he, and other narcotics traffickers, would not be extradited to the United States if they were to surrender.

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December 2018 Wrap Up: Queer Lit Readathon, Smutathon & Shortathon

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Life Update 
  • December was such an amazing month. I went on a trip to Barcelona with my best friend and we had an amazing time. There are so many things to do and it’s such a vibrant and beautiful city, it’s a new favorite place for me.  We were there for only 4 days and I really want to go back some day!
  • Since I’m living in Spain and I had to spend Christmas and New Year’s eve away from my family that is back in Colombia, my best friend and I planned a trip to Paris for Christmas, then Milan and then Rome for New Year’s Eve (Spoilers for January:  I also went to Florence and Venice at the beginning of 2019, I just got home yesterday!). Paris is my new favorite city, I had the best time there, we stayed for 6 days and got to see so much of that beautiful place. I can’t wait to go back!
  • Even after traveling so much, I managed to read the 16 books that I needed to complete my goal of reading 150 books in 2018, so that’s really exciting as well!
What I Read
Queer Lit Readathon

 

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera (3,6 stars) 

It took me a while to get into this books, I didn’t really enjoy the first part of it, but once it got to part two, I found it a very cute read. (full review)

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (4 stars)

I really enjoyed this book, I think it was interesting that instead of a coming out story, this was about a trans girl living her life. I liked the way this book explored the relationships between Amanda and her parents and the way those relationships developed.  I think the main conflict was a bit unnecessary and I wish things could have gone differently, but overall this was a great read.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera  (3,8 stars) 

It took me a while to get into this book, but when both of the main characters finally meet it gets better. While I didn’t really feel the chemistry, overall I really liked their relationship and I think the way they both grew in this book was amazing. I don’t understand what was the point of the chapters told from other people’s perspectives, since I didn’t feel like they added anything to the story, but nontheless, I fount his to be a thought provoking book.

Smutathon

 

Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon (3 stars) 

This was just ok, sadly the writing style wasn’t for me and I felt like the characters had no chemistry, they had their sweet moments though.

Big Rock by Lauren Blakely (3,7stars) 

This was a short and fun read, steamy and low on angst. The fake relationship trope is one of my favorites and that part of the story was really well done. Also, the fact that this was friends to lovers made it even better. The characters had so much chemistry and I really enjoyed their interactions.

Mister O by Lauren Blakely (3,7 stars)

After reading Big Rock, I wanted to read the sequel right away. I really liked this couple, their dynamic is playfull and fun and they have lots of chemistry. This book handles the best friend’s little sister trope really well, because it avoids the whole ‘you’re my best friend but you don’t deserve my sister’ narrative.

 

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole (3,7 stars) 

At first I thought I wasn’t gonna like this, because the prince in this story comes off as a entitled jerk, but at the end I enjoyed seeing his development. I really liked the fact that the main character was a woman in STEM and I think the topic of sexism in her field was handled really well. My problem with this was that the last part of the book goes in a weird direction and it didn’t worked that well for me.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne (4 stars) 

I really enjoyed reading about Josh and Lucy’s relationship. Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite tropes and this book did it so well. I really liked Josh as a love interest, he is introduced as an asshole, but ends up being such a soft guy and I want to cry just thinking about it!

From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata (4 stars) 

This is the most beautiful enemies to friends to lovers relationship of all times. The main character, Jasmine, goes through so much character development and it’s amazing, and she and Ivan are perfect for each other. I usually don’t get crushes in fictional characters, but I have a huge crush on Ivan Lukov.

Shortathon

 

Filthy Gods by R. Scarlett (3,4 stars) 

I had low expectations for this one, but I found it entertaining and it actually left me intrigued about the next books in this series. A short and steamy romance, it has good characters and it has low levels of angst.

Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen (4 stars)

This was so relatable!!! I really enjoyed this one, it was cute and funny and I wanted to take pictures of so many pages and send them to my friends.

Merry Inkmas by Talia Hibbert (3 stars) 

My main problem with this was that I didn”t understand why the characters got together, they had cero chemistry and honestly the guy was a jerk most of the time and it was excused because of his tragic past. Also, the writing wasn’t for me. At the end, it got better and when the guy wasn’t being a jerk, they actually had some nice moments, but nothing beyond that.

The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks & Kurt Busiek (3 stars) 

This was ok, it did nothing especial, but it was entertaining. I honestly don’t have anything else to say about it.

 

Soft on Soft by Em Ali (4 stars) 

This was so adorable and soft. I loved both of the main characters and their relationship, even if I did feel like they got together out of nowhere. A f/f romance that I would totally recommend!

Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman (3 stars)

This is a f/f romance novella and I think it was ok, it had some cute moments, but I felt like it tried to cover too much in very few pages and somethings felt both unnecessary and unresolved.

For Every One by Jason Reynolds (4,5 stars) 

I really enjoyed this book, it was the perfect book to end the year because it left me feeling hopeful. A beautiful book written in verse about working to accomplish your dreams and not giving up.

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Book Review: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

What if it's us

Title: What If It’s Us

Author: Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

Published by:HarperTeen

Publishing date: October 9th 2018

Genre: YA Contemporary

Pages: 437

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

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I took me some time to get into this book and I think it was mainly because of the characters. First we have Arthur, who annoyed me a little at the beginning. He has zero chill, he talks SO MUCH, he’s jealous and immature. But eventually I started to like him more because he’s also smart, kind and earnest. Then we have Ben, he grew on my as a character and by the end I really liked him. He’s an introvert and a writer and a bit of an asshole at times and I could relate.

For the first half of the book, I felt like Ben and Arthur had no chemistry and honestly, I didn’t know why they kept trying to make things work. But then they had some cute moments and I started to like them together more. I will say that they went from no chemestry, awkward moments, jealousy and miscomunicationcute to a couple that seemed to work pretty well together in the blink of an eye, from one chapter to the next. The pacing of the development of the relationship could have been better.

As I was saying the characters and romance in the first part of the book didn’t seem to be working, but then when Ben and Arthur finally find their footing in their relationship, even if it’s abrupt, the book becomes so much more enjoyable. They just became this adorable couple that wanted to spend all their time together being cute and this became the fluffy book that I imagined when I saw the cover.

I need to mention that the parents in this book are amazing, both Ben’s and Arthur’s, they are understanding, caring and involved in their son’s lives. I also really liked Ben’s best friend, Dylan, he was funny and quirky and nice, and I liked the glimpses we got from his relationship with Samantha.

This book handles some sensitive topics very well, it addresses light-skinned latinx and how while they have certain priviliges for it, there’s pain that comes from having your heritage doubted and erased as well. Also, this is a very sex positive, which I feel is something we need more of in YA.

Finally, I’ll just say that I liked the ending, which I know a lot of people may not, but it was one of the most realistic parts of the book. I would give the first part of this books 3 stars and the second part 4 stars, so that’s why the rating is what it is.

 Rating: 3,6 stars 

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Looking Back at My 2018 TBR

Looking back at my 2018 tbr

Hi everyone! At the beginning of the year I wrote two posts about some books I wanted to read in 2018: 8 Books I Want to Read in 2018 and 2017 Releases I Want to Read in 2018. Since December is here, I thought it would be a good idea to check how many of those books I actually read.

Let’s start with the 8 books I wanted to read in 2018:

8 books to read in 2018

I read 6 out of the 8 books and I really liked all of them, out of the 2 books I didn’t read, I still want to read one of them and I’m taking the other out of my tbr.

Now, for the 2017 releases that I wanted to read in 2018: 

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Unfortunately, I didn’t do a good job with these books. I only read 3 of the book out of 6 and I will try to read another before the year is over.

Did you read the books on your 2018 tbr? Have you read any of the books on this list? What books are you expecting to read before the end of the year? 

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Queer Lit Readathon TBR

I’m really excited to be participating in Queer Lit Readathon, which will take place from December 2nd to December 8th. This is an ambitious tbr considering I have a lot of school work and things to do before leaving for a trip on December 15. Also I’m participating in 2 other readathons in December, so I’m gonna be busy!

Anyway, here’s the bingo board for the Queer Lit Readathon with all the challenges:

Queer Lit Bingo

I’m reading 4 books for this readathon and I’m using each book to fill more than one square because they fit several squares and I don’t think I’ll be able to read more than 4 books that week, so here’s my tbr:

 

Ace Spectrum Main Character/ Historical Fiction:  The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats & Piracy by Mackenzi Lee 

Felicity Montague must use all her womanly wits and wiles to achieve her dreams of becoming a doctor—even if she has to scheme her way across Europe to do it. 

This is one of my most anticipated releases of 2018 and this is the perfect opportunity to finally get to it! I really enjoy the first book in this series, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, and I can’t wait to know what happens next in Felicity’s story.

New to Me Author/ Author of Color: They Both Die at The End by Adam Silvera 

On September 5, Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio get a call letting them know they’re going to die that day, then they meet through an app called the Last Friend for a last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

This book had been in my tbr in more than one occasion this year and I haven’t gotten to it, but this is finally the time when I read it, that way I won’t have to say that I haven’t read any Adam Silvera books ever again.

Trans Spectrum Main Character/ #ownvoices: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo 

Amanda, a trans girl,  just moved to a new town and started at a new high school after a bad experience with bullying and transphobia. In the new school, she starts dating a great guy and has a ton of friends, but she isn’t sure if she should tell people about being trans or not.

This books has a trans main character, a trans writer and a trans model on the cover, which is amazing! I have read a short story by this author and loved it, so I’m hoping I’ll feel the same way about her book.

5 Stars Prediction: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

This is the story of  Arthur and Ben, who meet-cute at the post office, and what the universe has in store for them. 

Another one of my anticipated releases of 2018, I have really high hopes for this which makes me a bit nervous to read it, but I’m still excited. Also, I’m taking no chances, I will have read an Adam Silvera book by the end of 2018.

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Most Anticipated Book Releases of October 2018: books I can’t wait to get my hands on!

Most anticipated book releases 2018

September and October are always the best months for releases in my opinion, so I have some amazing book that I can’t wait to get my hands on!

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee 

I read and enjoyed the first book in this series and I can’t wait to read Felicity’s story, since she is one of my favorite characters from book one. In this sequel, Felicity is looking for a way to accomplish her dream of becoming a doctor, in a time when men are seen as the sole guardians of science, and in this persue,  she becomes part of a perilous quest.

Release Date: October 2nd 2018

Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore 

I’m a huge fan of Anna-Marie McLemore, I LOVE When The Moon Was Ours, and I can’t wait to read her next book. I’m definetely adding this to my Latinx Book Bingo TBR since I completely forgot this was coming out during the readathon. This is the story of two sisters that are rivals because of a curse that one day will leave one of them a girl and trap the other in the body of a swan.

Release Date: October 9th 2018

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera 

This is the story of  Arthur and Ben, who meet-cute at the post office, and what the universe have in store for them. I have never read an Adam Silvera book and that really needs to change but I’m scared of how sad his books seem to be, so I’m excited to read this one, because after reading Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda, I’m sure Becky won’t let him crush our heart too badly. RIGHT?!

Release Date: October 9th 2018

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi 

It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped. I’m so excited to read this kind of story from an #ownvoices author, and I’m even more excited because I have heard nothing but great things from people who got arcs.

Release Date: October 16th 2018

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas 

This is my most anticipated release of the entire year, I have been reading these books for the longest time and I just want to know how everything ends …who am I kidding? I’M DYING TO KNOW HOW THIS ENDS.  Aelin’s journey from slave to king’s assassin to the queen of a once-great kingdom reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world. 

Release Date: October 23rd 2018

What October 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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My TBR for the Latinx Book Bingo

latinx book bingo

There’s only one week left before the #LatinxBookBingo begins! I’m so excited to be one of the hosts of this readathon and I’m incredibly happy with the response that we have gotten so far from so many people in the book community. If you want to participate, but need recs for your tbr, here’s a list I made with 90 Book Recommendations for the Latinx Book Bingo. Also, if you’re participating, remember to follow the official twitter account @latinxbookbingo

Now, here’s my tbr:

Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova – Sci-fi/Fantasy with a Latinx Main Character

When all her classmates, including her boyfriend Maks, die in a bus crash, Lula tries to bring Maks back with her healing power, even if it means seeking help from her sisters and defying Death herself. But magic that defies the laws of the deos is dangerous and it turns out, Maks isn’t the only one who’s been brought back.

I really liked the first book in the Brooklyn Brujas series, so I’m excited to continue on, even if this follows a different main character. #ownvoices Latinx rep

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera – Latinx Main Character with Mental Illness

Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio get a call letting them know they’re going to die that day, then they meet through an app called the Last Friend for a last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

I’m honestly ashamed to say that I haven’t read an Adam Silvera book, but all his books have been in my tbr for a long time and this is the perfect opportunity to finally read one of them! #ownvoices Puerto Rican rep & #ownvoices anxiety and OCD rep. Also, there’s Cuban-American rep. 

Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa – On Cover Representation 

Fitness trainer Tori Alvarez goes on vacation and she vows to keep it a man-free zone, but then she meets a guy on the plane, who turns out to be actor Carter Stone. She doesn’t recognize him because he underwent a physical transformation for a movie, he’s  looking to get back in shape and Tori agrees to help him without knowing who he is.

I have heard nothing but great things about this book and since I’m a huge fan of romance books, I really wanted to include a romance with a latinx main character on my tbr. #ownvoices Puerto Rican Rep

Fruit of the Drunken Tree by  Ingrid Rojas Contreras – Historical Fiction 

Set against the backdrop of the devastating violence of 1990’s Colombia, this is the story of a sheltered young girl and a teenage maid who strike an unlikely friendship that threatens to undo them both. 

I found out about this book a few months ago and since I’m Colombian, I immediately added it to my most anticipated books of 2018 list. I can’t wait to see what Ingrid those with this story! #ownvoice Colombian rep

Analee, In Real Life by Janelle Milanes – Contemporary/Romance 

Since her mother passed away, Analee Echevarria spends her time role playing in an online game where she meets a boy she likes but she isn’t able to tell him. At the same time, in real life, a popular boy asks her to be his fake girlfriend and he starts to coax her out of her comfort zone. 

I have an arc of this and I’m extremely excited to finally read it!  This comes out September 18th and it sounds like a perfect YA Contemporary read. #ownvoices Cuban-American rep

La Casa de los Espíritus (The House of the Spirits) by Isabel Allende – Magical Realism

This book tells the story of Patriarch Esteban, whose desires and political machinations are tempered only by his love for his wife, Clara, a woman touched by an otherworldly hand. Their daughter, Blanca, whose forbidden love infuriates her father, yet will produce his greatest joy: his granddaughter Alba, who will lead the family and their country into a revolutionary future.

Isabel Allende is my favorite Latinx author and I have read several of her books, but I have owned The House of the Spirits, her most recognized novel, for over a year and I still havent read it. BUT now it’s defintely the moment to finally read it! #ownvoices Chilean rep

 Peluda by Melissa Lozada-Oliva – Poetry 

The book explores the relationship between femininity and body hair as well as the intersections of family, class, the immigrant experience, Latina identity, and much more, all through Lozada-Oliva’s unique lens and striking voice. 

I just found out while writing this that while Melissa’s mother is from Guatemala, her dad is Colombian. Now, I’m even more excited to read it! #ownvoices latinx poetry

Diarios de Motocicleta (The Motorcycle Diaries) by Ernesto Che Guevara – Non Fiction 

The young Che Guevara’s lively and highly entertaining travel diary. 

I’m gonna be honest, this is the only book on this list that I chose especially to get a bingo. I wasn’t planning on reading this one, but since it’s short and it’s non fiction, it fit the requirements that I had. #ownvoices argentine rep

Cien Años de Soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude) by Gabriel García Márquez – Classic Latinx Author 

This book tells the story of the Buendia family, and chronicles the irreconcilable conflict between the desire for solitude and the need for love. 

I tried to read this book when I was 14 years old, almost 10 years ago, and honestly I got really confused and I DNFed it. After that, I have never tried agan until now. This is the most famous colombian novel of all time, it won a nobel prize for literature, and as a colombian, I feel a bit bad about not having read it. #ownvoices Colombian rep

The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea – Free Space

The entire De La Cruz clan gathers for the final birthday party that the Patriarch, Big Angel, is throwing for himself, as he nears the end of his struggle with cancer.  When Big Angel’s mother, Mama America, dies herself, he must plan her funeral as well. Among the attendants is his half-brother, Little Angel, who comes face to face with the siblings with whom he shared a father but not a life. 

Another 2018 release, I’m so excited to be reading! This sounds so interesting and I have heard the writing is beautiful. #ownvoices Mexican-American rep

Now, let’s check how many bingos I’m getting….

Latinx bingo board 2

 

 

If I read all the books on this TBR,  I get 2 bingos! And I’m missing only 1 book for my third bingo, so after reading all these books, I’ll defintely try to find a book with a Latinx Bisexual main character to read.

 

 

 

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