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

Reading Wrap Up

Hi everyone! It’s time for my february wrap up and I’m excited with the new format that I’m using where I rank all the books I read from my least favorite to my favorite book of the month. 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 and that has to do with my enjoyment of the books.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted my February tbr and I’m so happy to say that I read all the books on it – even if I finished We Unleash the Merciless Storm on March 1st which is why it’s not gonna be in this wrap up. So I read 8 books on my February tbr + 6 more books that were not on it. Here’s how I ranked them:

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

My Least Favorite Books of the Month

Unfortunately, this month I read two books that I really disliked and that I had a lot of issues with, specially in terms of characters and writing.

14. Frenemies by Emma Hart (2,5 stars): The writing in this wasn’t good and the main character was annoying, she kept going around in circles about her relationship with the love interest and then she suddenly changed her mind at the end. I think this had lots of potential, but it needed to be longer and better written.

13. Dominik by Sawyer Bennet (2,8 stars): the hero of this book was extremely arrogant and controlling, he was a very two dimentional character and even if he did get a bit better by the end, the improvement wasn’t significant. Beyond sexual chemistry, the characters didn’t have any connection and they barely speak to each other for the first half of the book. Also, the writing wasn’t the best, the inner monologues of the main characters were so repetitive.

The One I Had Issues With, But It’s Not Bad

The books I give ratings between 3 and 3,5 stars are the ones that I have a lot of issues with but they have redeeming qualities and I can see that they are not bad books.

12. American Street by Ibi Zoboi (3,4 stars): This was a quick read but I had a hard time getting into it because I didn’t like the main character, I found her naive and judgemental. Nonetheless, all the other characters were interesting. This book didn’t handle the topic of abusive relationships very well and the ending was rushed and it was deus ex machina.

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 some issues with them.

11. Unbreakable by Melanie Harlow (3,7 stars): I really liked both of the main characters, they had great chemistry and they were kind and understanding with each other. There was a storyline in this that was predictable revolving around pregnancy and infertility and I think it could have been handled better.

10. Wherever You Are by Krista & Becca Ritchie (3,7 stars): This book was told in dual timelines, at the beginning it did a good job of staying in one timeline long enough to not feel jumpy, but halfway through it started to feel like a bunch of scenes haphazardly put together without a strong narrative behind them and it actually skipped some really important scenes, which annoyed me.

9. The King of Crows by Libba Bray (3,7 stars): Nothing happened in this until the very end and then when the big confrontation took place it was so anticlimatic. The ending was nothing memorable and it felt like the stakes were super low. Still I’m not mad at this book because my two favorite characters got the ending I wanted for them and that was all I was asking.

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.

8. The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor (3,8 stars): It took me a while to get into this, but when the action started, I got really invested in the story. This book tried to cram to much world building into very few pages and it suffered a bit for it and also I didn’t love the ending, but overall I enjoyed the conclusion to Binti’s story.

7. The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa (3,8 stars): This was a highly entertaning read, I really liked the characters and their chemistry was off the charts. Also, I LOVED the way Brazilian culture was incorporated. I know a lot of people were saying that the sex in this book was awkward and I would agree that the first sex scene was, but it got better.

6. Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole (3,8 stars): The plot of this got a bit ridiculous by the end, but I LOVED Portia and Tavish as characters and as a couple, their chemistry was amazing.

5. A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole (3,8 stars): I LOVED the main characters! Nya and Johan are precious and I loved seeing them fall in love and get their happily ever after. I think the whole storyline with Nya’s father was resolved in a very weird and rushed way, but beyond that I really enjoyed it

4. Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole (4 stars): This book has the most adorable, nerdy couple I have ever encountered in a romance book. I LOVED both of the main characters. There was a point where this book had me at the verge of tears just because the hero felt confused and sad and that’s a testament of how deeply Alyssa Cole made me fall in love with the characters.

3. American Sweethearts by Adriana Herrera (4 stars): I love both of the main characters. Juan Pablo is such a swoonworthy hero. I really love how sex positive and unapologetically Latinx this book is. (Full review)

2. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams (4 stars): Queenie’s voice is incredibly captivating even when her life is spinning out of control. The first half of this book is full of Queenie making terrible choices and getting involved with the most horrific men, who treated her like she was a plaything that was there for their pleasure. But seeing the whole process she went through to get better was beautiful.

My Favorite Book of the Month

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 usually are the ones that get a rating of 4,5 stars or more. This month unfortunately I didn’t rate anything higher than 4 stars, but I still read a brilliant book:

1. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (4 stars): The world building and magic system in this book were unique, intriging and devastating. The way it mirrors our society was smart and poignant. There were so many twist, some that I saw coming and some that I didn’t, but they all made sense to the story. I loved Syenite and Alabaster and I’m heartbroken over everything they went through. This is brilliant but the last 80 pages made me feel hopeless and angry and devastated and I’m not sure that I will continue on with the series because this book was one bad thing after another and I feel like I can’t handle that.

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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February TBR: Black History Month + Latinx Book Club + Anticipated Releases

Hi everyone! It’s time for my February tbr and I’m very excited to read the books I picked. Most of the books I’ll be reading in February are books by Black authors because February is Black History Month; I also included on my tbr the book pick of the Month for the Latinx Book Club, which is a book by an Afro-Latinx author; and lastly, I included 3 of my most anticipated releases of the year.

As I did in my January tbr, I have a list below with the goals and challenges that I want to keep track of in 2020 and I chose an emoji that represents 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.

  • 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:

🔮⭐💫🌞 The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin: This book has been on my tbr for so long, I have heard nothing but great things and I’m excited!

🌞⭐🦄 Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor: I read the first two books in this series almost two years ago and I need to finally read the conclusion to the story.

🔥🌞⭐🦄 American Street by Ibi Zoboi: I’m reading this for the Latinx Book Club, which I co-host on Twitter and Goodreads

🌞 ⭐A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole: I have read and liked two books in this series, so I’m excited to read this one, especially aince it seems to be the favorite of a lot of my friends

🔥🌞The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa: one fo my most anticipated releases of the year since I love Mia Sosa’s Love on Cue series. Release date: Fabruary 4th

🌞 ⭐🦄Queenie by Candice Carty Williams: This has been on my tbr for a year but the synopsis is resonating a lot with where I am in my life right now, so I can’t wait to read it.

🔮The King of Crows by Libba Bray: The Diviners Series is one of my all time favorite series and I can’t wait to read the final book. Release date: February 4th

🔮🔥 We Unleash The Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia: The first book in this series was one of my favorite books of 2019, so I can’t wait to see what happens next. Release date: February 25th

Dominik by Sawyer Bennett: This is the sixth book in this series and I have really enjoyed the previous books, so I’m really excited for this one. Release date: February 18th

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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8 Books with Afro-Latinx Characters by Afro-Latinx Authors for Black History Month

Hi everyone! Since Black History Month is just around the corner, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of my favorite books with Afro-Latinx characters by Afro-Latinx authors, in case you are looking for some books to add to your tbrs!

Without further ado, here are my recommendations for you:

*Click the title of the book to go to the Goodreads page*

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

This is a story told in verse, it’s touching and powerful, and it explores a Dominican-american girl’s struggle with inhabiting her body, a body that is unwillingly subjected to the male gaze; it also deals with growing up in a conservative latinx family that it’s extremely religious and that imposes faith and leaves no room for questions. It’s a book about trying to figure who you are in an enviroment that doesn’t leave much room to do so and it’s fantastic (full review)

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo expertly executes the recipe of an amazing book mixing loveable characters, complicated family dynamics and mouth watering descriptions of food. This book has a realistic depiction of a teenage mother and there’s also a cute romance that doesn’t take over the story but allows Acevedo to address sex and intimacy in a positive way. Moreover, Acevedo addresses being Afro-latinx and the experience of not being considered black enough or Latinx enough in a thoughtful and engaging way (Full review)

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

This is a Pride and Prejudice retelling and the main characters are Zuri and Darius, who are Afro-Latinx and Black respectavily. Zuri and Darius are always bantering and bickering and it is a fun dynamic to read. But the main reason this book is interesting and powerful is the way it discusses gentrification and class; incoporating these subjects adds to the original story and makes it more relevant to our time. Also, the representation of a Haitian-Dominican family in terms of the religion, the food and the family dynamics is so fascinating to read.

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika & Maritza Moulite

This book is told in diary entries, tweets and emails, which makes it a very quick read, and it’s the story of Alaine, the daughter of Haitian immigrants. Big part of this book is set in Haiti, which it’s not a common setting in YA books, and I think it’s something that adds to the story inmensely. This book has a lot of different storylines revolving around complicated family relationships and dynamics, but my favorite one is about discovering a family member has early-onset Alzheimer, which is depicted in what I think it’s a very heartbreaking and realistic way.

Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa

This book has a strong, determined, likable Afro-Latinx heroine, who is a phisical trainer, and this is the story of her falling in love with a Hollywood star, who is really sweet. The main couple has lots of chemistry and the book includes great dialogue, captivating writing, complicated family dynamics and descriptions of delicious Puerto Rican food.

Dreamers Series by Adriana Herrera

These books are about a group of 4 friends that are Afro-Latinx and each book is the story of one of them falling in love. Great writing, fantastic friendships, some of the sweetest romances I have ever read, mentions of amazing Latinx food and music, conversations about important subjects like domestic violence and police brutality are some of the reason why I love this series and why I totally recommend it!

What are you reading for Black History Month? Do you have recs for books by Afro-Latinx or Black authors?

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Diverse Pride and Prejudice Retellings

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Hi everyone! As someone who loves Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, I’m always looking for retellings and adaptations.  I love to read new takes on this classic story and I love the diverse retellings that have been coming out lately even more. I know Pride and Prejudice is loved by many of you too and I thought it would be a good idea to share some diverse retellings for those of you who enjoy a new twist of this beloved classic!

Without further ado, here are some diverse Pride and Prejudice retellings that I read and loved:

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In this book, the main character Zuri is Haitian-Dominican and the love interest, Darius, is black. I love their dynamic, they are always bantering and bickering, but the main reason this book is amazing is the way it dicusses gentrification and class, including these subjects adds to the original story and makes it more relevant to our time. Also, the representation of a Haitian-Dominican family, in terms of the religion, the food and the family dynamics is so fascinating to read.

 

The Story of Lizzie and Darcy

The Story of Lizzy and Darcy by Grace Watson

The main change in this retelling is (obviously) that Darcy is a woman and she is biracial and bisexual, while Lizzy is a lesbian. Also, instead of Mary Bennet, we get Mark, who is aroace and Colonel Fitwilliam is Will, a trans man. There’s a lot of diversity in this book and it’s well integrated to the story. Lizzie and Darcy have so much chemestry and they both work in publishing industry, which gave this book a cool setting.

 

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Well Played by Katrina Ramos Atienza

This is a Filipino retelling, it takes place in a university and it’s very interesting to get to learn a little bit about how things work in the educational system in the Philippines. The main character in this book, Patrice Reyes, is a passionate soccer player, and Paul Damacio, the love interest, is a math nerd and he’s very similar to Darcy from the book. Actually, this is a pretty faithful retelling, at least when it comes to the main romance.

 

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The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick 

This book is a companion for the webseries The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, which I LOVE!! You can definitely read this without watching the webseries, but I recommend you watch it since it’s fantastic. This is a pretty close retelling in terms of the main plot points of the story, but it’s set in modern day and Lizzie Bennet is a Youtuber and Darcy runs a media company. Now, the really cool thing is that Bingley is actually Asian and his name is Bing Lee and his sister is, obviously, Caroline Lee. Also, Charlotte is Asian as well!

DIVERSE RETELLINGS I WANT TO READ 

Those were some of the diverse Pride and Prejudice retellings that I have already read, now here are some diverse retellings that I can’t wait to read! Three of them were released recently and one of them is going to be release in 2019.

 

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin 

Two Muslim main characters and an arranged marriage between the wrong people. I think this gonna be a very unique take on the Austen classic and I can’t wait to experience it for myself!

Pride & Prejudice and Passports by Carrie Garrett 

This takes place during the 2016 presidential elections in the United States and the main family, the Benitez, are undocumented immigrants. This retelling seems to give a strong political background to the classic story, which I found fascinating, and I’m excited to have another retelling with Latinx main characters!

Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev (Release date: May 7th 2019) 

For what I have heard, this is a very  loose retelling with a gender flip. In this story, Trisha Raje is a Indian neurosurgeon and Dj Caine is a Indo-African chef, they are from different backgrounds and they don’t like each other at first. I have heard this has interesting discussions about class and cultural difference and I’m excited to give it a chance.

Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal 

The Bennets are the Binats in this retelling set in modern-day Pakistan.  Out of these retelling this seems to be the closest to the original, the Binat family has fallen on hard times, the 5 daughters are unmarried, then Jena meets Bingla at a wedding and everyone is waiting for a proposal. Meanwhile, Alys and Darsee don’t seem to like each other that much.  I have heard great things about this one and I can’t wait to read it!

Have you read Pride and Prejudice? Do you like P&P retellings? Have you read any of the retellings that I mentioned? Are you looking forward to reading any of them? 

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Anticipated Releases of January 2019

Hi everyone! A new year means new amazing books that are being released and I’m so excited to talk about 4 books coming out in January that I can’t wait to get my hands on!

There’s one book coming out in January that it’s missing from this list, Tangled Like Us by Krista and Becca Ritchie, because I mentioned in my post about December anticipated releases before it was announced that the publication date was being moved.

King of Scars

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army. Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

Nikolai is one of my favorite characters from the Grisha Trilogy and I’m so excited to see how his journey continues. I’m also looking forward to cameos of some of the characters I love from the original trilogy and also from Six of Crows.

Release date: January 28th

The Wicked King

The Wicked King by Holly Black

After the revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

The Cruel Prince was one of my favorite books of 2018, so I’m incredibly excited to find out what happens next. I feel like we are gonna get a lot more of Jude and Cardan in this book and I’m here for it! Also, the fact that so many people that got arcs loved the book is giving me a good feeling about it.

Release date: January 8th

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In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire

This is the story of a very serious young girl who would rather study and dream than become a respectable housewife and live up to the expectations of the world around her. As well she should.

When she finds a doorway to a world founded on logic and reason, riddles and lies, she thinks she’s found her paradise. Alas, everything costs at the goblin market, and when her time there is drawing to a close, she makes the kind of bargain that never plays out well. For anyone . . .

I have so much fun reading this series, I truly love the concept behind it and I’m excited to find out more about one of the most intriguing characters in the series and the fact that it’s set in a goblin market makes it even better.

Release date: January 8th

Black Enough

Black Enough by Ibi Zoboi

Black Enough is an anthology that will delve into the closeted thoughts, hidden experiences, and daily struggles of black teens across the country. From a spectrum of backgrounds—urban and rural, wealthy and poor, mixed race, immigrants, and more—Black Enough showcases diversity within diversity.

Whether it’s Jason Reynolds writing about #blackboyjoy or Renee Watson talking about black girls at camp in Portland, or Jay Coles’s story about two cowboys kissing in the south—Black Enough is an essential collection full of captivating coming-of-age stories about what it’s like to be young and black in America.

I wasn’t much of a fan of short story collections, but in 2018, I found a few that I really enjoyed and I want to read more of them. The topics of this particular collection are so important and I’m looking forward to see how every author addresses them, especially since I have read and loved books by some of them.

Release date: January 8th

What January book releases are you anticipating? Do you want to read any of the books I mentioned? Have you read any of them already? what did you think about them?

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6 Diverse YA Contemporaries That You Should Read: 2018 Edition

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Hi everyone! Today I’m bringing you a list of diverse YA contemporaries that were releases in 2018 and that I read and loved. While these books touch on some serious issues, they all have in common that they aren’t dark and heartbreaking contemporaries. There’s sad things in them, but for the most part they are sweet and funny.

I mention each of the books, what type of representation they have in them and then I tell you why I think you should read them:

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The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

Representation: Korean-american main character, Chinese love interest and a Latinx character.

I always say this, this book is a beautiful love letter to L.A. and to food, and with that as a background, we get an amazing father/daughter relationship, a wonderful female friendship and a cute love story. The love interest was so sweet and respectful and it was lovely! We also get so much character development and a really funny book. (Full review).

 

Analee in Real Life

Analee, In Real Life by Janelle Milanes

Representation: Plus Size Cuban-american main character with social anxiety.  

Analee is dealing with her mother’s death by playing an online game all the time, but then in real life, a popular boy asks her to be his fake girlfriend and he starts to coax her out of her comfort zone and it’s such a sweet and fun dynamic. They had so much chemestry! BUT the real focus of the book is family, Analee’s relationship with her father, stepmother and stepsister develop in such a beautiful way.

 

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American Panda by Gloria Chao

Representation: Taiwanese-American main character and Japanese love interest.

This is an amazing story about a Taiwanese-American girl that has to straddle two cultures. Mei is a interesting and relatable main character, the female friendship is lovely, the love interest is really undertanding and caring and there is a really good romance that doesn’t take over the story.  One of the most wonderful things about this is the development of the mother/daughter relationship.

 

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The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding

Representation:  Plus Size lesbian main character and mexican-american lesbian love interest

This is such a fun book, the main character is a pink-haired girl who loves fashion and blogs about it and wears colorful clothes. While the love interest is a girl who loves photography and dresses all in black. Abby and Jordi are incredibly cute together and there’s so many sweet moments between them. Also, this book has complex family dynamics, a lovely female friendship and cool guy/ girl platonic friendship. (Full review)

 

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Pride by Ibi Zoboi 

Representation: Haitian-Dominican main character and black love interest.

A Pride and Prejudice retelling! Zuri and Darius are always bantering and bickering and it is a fun dynamic to read. But the main reason this book is good is the way it dicusses gentrification and class, including these subjects adds to the original story and make it more relevant to our time. Also, the representation of a Haitian-Dominican family, in terms of the religion, the food and the family dynamics is so fascinating to read.

 

The Poet X

 The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Representation: Dominican-american main character

This is a story told in verse, it’s touching and powerful, and it explores a Dominican-american girl’s struggle with inhabiting her body, a body that attracs attention and because of it, it’s unwillingly subjected to the male gaze; it also deals with growing up in a conservative latinx family that it’s extremely religious and that imposes faith and leaves no room for questions. It’s a book about trying to figure who you are in an enviroment that doesn’t leave much room to do so and it’s fantastic. (full review)

What are some diverse contemporaries that you would recommend? Have you read any of these books? Are you interested on reading any of them? 

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Latinx Book Bingo Wrap Up: Books I Read During Hispanic Heritage Month

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Hi guys! This post is a bit late, it’s my first post in a while because my life completely changed (in a good way!) about a month ago and just now I’m starting to get the time and energy to get back into blogging and reading.

The Latinx Book Bingo took place from September 15th to October 15th, the first week of the readathon everything was going great, but then I moved from Colombia to Spain on September 23rd and I had so much to do and I was so jet lagged, that reading wasn’t my priority. Honestly, I wanted to read so much more than the 7 books I ended up reading, but I’m still so happy because I read some incredible books and so many people participated in the readathon and  we got to highlight amazing latinx authors and books. 

Now, without further ado, here are the books I read for the Latinx Book Bingo:

Peluda by Melissa Lozada- Oliva (3,5 stars) 

I really liked the ways in which this short poetry collection makes visible the relationship between femininity, body hair, the immigrant experience and Latina identity. This themes really resonated with me. This didn’t get a higher rating because the poetry style wasn’t my favorite, I felt like sometime the message got a bit lost in the writing choices.

My Wicked Wicked Ways by Sandra Cisnero (3,5 stars) 

I liked the poetry style in this collection, but I felt like the poems were a bit incohesive and the way some of the themes were explored didn’t resonate with me that much. I actually found this collection not to be memorable.

America Vol. 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez by Gabby Rivera (4 stars) 

I really like the art style and the characters in this comic, I liked the diversity and the representation, but I do feel like the world building and the storyline were very choppy. Nonetheless, I had a lot of fun reading this, I’ll keep reading it and I would totally recommend it.

Pride by Ibi Zoboi (4 stars)

It took me a bit of time to get used to the main character in this book, Zuri, she was extremely judgmental and sometimes plain rude. But she changed as the book went on, not completely, but enough to let me enjoy the story. I liked the relationship between Zuri and Darius, with their banter and bickering, but I feel like there were some conflicts between them at the end that were solved too easily or just abandoned. Nonetheless, the reason why I ended up really liking this book and my favorite part of this book was the way it dicussed gentrification and class. I think inlcuding these subjects added to the original story and made it more relevant to our time. I also loved the representation of a Haitian-Dominican family, in terms of the religion, the food and the family dynamics.

Analee, In Real Life by Janelle Milanes (4 stars)

This book features one of my favorite tropes, which is fake dating, Analee’s relationship with Seb was so entertaining and they had a lot of chemestry. On the other hand, I thought there was gonna be a lot more of Analee’s online life in the book and that Harris (her internet friend/crush) was gonna show up a lot more. Nonetheless, I was pleasently surprise by the fact that even when those relationships were important to the story, the real focus was family. I loved the way Analee learned to accept, appreaciate and love the people she had in her life.  Watching Analee’s relationship with her dad, her stepmom and stepsister become stronger and more honest was amazing. Another thing I really liked was seeing Analee’s Cuban culture highlighted, as well as the way her social anxiety and low self-esteem were handled.

Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova (4 stars)

This book is set in New York City and not in some other realm like the first book, so it felt a little less magical, but there were a lot of new and interesting elements in terms of the worldbuilding, which I really liked. We were introduced to hunters, vampires, new brujas, casimuertos (similar to zombies) and even the goddess of death made an apperance. I really loved the main character, Lula, she was going through so much and she was struggling with her mental health, but she was resilient, strong and she grew so much in this book and learned to love herself again, and I couldn’t help but root for her. Also, with this series, family is such an important part and I love the portrait of uncondicional love and sisterhood.

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-García (3,4 stars)

I found the mythology in this book fascinating because there were different species and subspecies of vampires that came from all around the world and had there own histories, powers and apperances. Nonetheless, I didn’t found the main two characters interesting at all, one of them actually annoyed me quite a bit and I would have liked the book to focus on some of the secondary characters. Also, there was a lot of action and violence in this book, a lot of explicit content when it comes to injuries and death, which it’s not my thing.

The Final Results

final results

 

I didn’t get a bingo, but I think I did an okay job. I read books that counted towards 9 of the squares and I’m happy with that!

 

 

 

 

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Most Anticipated Book Releases of September 2018: So many amazing books!

Most anticipated book releases 2018

September is gonna be such an amazing month for book releases, there’s so many books that I’m desperate to read that come out this month and I honestly can not wait!

Here are the six books being release in July that I’m highly anticipating, I hope you find something new to add to your tbr!

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren 

I have read a few Christina Lauren books this year so far and I have really liked them, so off course I’m excited for their newest book to come out, especially since it’s a friends to lovers story with a premise that sounds hilarious. This is about two completely different people who have been acquaintances for years and start setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates, because there’s obviously nothing going on between them. I have heard nothing but good things from people that got ARCs, so I’m even more excited!

Release date: September 4th 2018

Pride by Ibi Zoboi 

I have heard great things about American Street by Ibi Zoboi, but I haven’t read it yet, so I’m excited to give one of her books a chance and what better choice than a Pride and Prejudice retelling with an afro-latinx main character, and a storyline that revolves around the gentrification of a primarily latinx neighborhood. Honestly, what more could I ask for?

Release date: September 18th 2018

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith 

I have been waiting forever for this book and I can’t believe it’s finally here! This is book 4 in the Cormoran Strike series and after the end of book 3, I’m excited to see the changes in the dynamic between the characters. In this book, Detective Cormoran Strike and his ex-asistant- now partner in the detective firm- Robin Ellacott, try to find out what happened years ago to a troubled man who comes looking for their help.

Release date: September 18th 2018

Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalo 

This has to be one of my most anticipated books of the year, it’s the third book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series and I’m so excited to read about Audrey Rose and Thomas new adventure. In this book, the luxurious ship, where Audrey Rose and Thomas are passengers, becomes a floating prison of scandal, madness, and horror when passengers start being murdered and there’s nowhere to run from the killer. The fact that Kerri wrote a fake ending for the ARCs has me so intrigued, I need this book inmidiately!

Release date: September 18th 2018

Analee, In Real Life by Janelle Milanes 

I have been meaning to read Janelle Milanes’ debut novel The Victoria in my Head for a while, and I still haven’t done it, but because of that, I requested an ARC of this book and got it, and I’m excited to read it during the Latinx Book Bingo. This is the story of a latina girl, who’s mother passed away and she spends her time role playing in an online game where she mets 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 don’t know if I’m right, but I’m sensing a You’ve Got Mail situation and I’m excited about it!

Release date: September 18th 2018

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green 

Honestly, I’m mainly curious to see if this is any good since it’s Hank Green’s first book and the premise sounds intriguing. In this book, a bunch of sculptures started to show up in different cities around the world and this is the story of the woman that posted the first video of one of the sculptures online and how that video went viral and that changed her life. Also, it’s about the mystery surrounding the sculptures, about what they are and what they want from us. I have hard that this is quirky, pop-culture-filled, sci-fi-ish and I’m excited to read it!

Release date: September 25th 2018

What September 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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Book Review: Meet Cute by Various Authors

meet cute

Title: Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet

Author: Various Authors

Published by:  HMH Books for Young Readers

Publishing date: January 2nd 2018

Genre: Contemporary, YA, Anthology

Pages: 320

Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors. 

Readers will experience Nina LaCour’s beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard’s glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon’s imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno’s story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants. 

This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.

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I usually don’t read anthologies, short stories just aren’t my thing, because I almost always end up feeling like I wanted more from them. I only  read this one because I like the concept, I love reading about meet cutes,  and I had heard a lot of great things about it. At the end, I foudn that even if this had highs and lows, like every anthology, there was certain consistency in the stories and I enjoyed most of them.

Here are some thoughts about each individual story:

SIEGE ETIQUETTE by KATIE COTUGNO (2.5 stars) 

This story was told in second person and that didn’t work at all, it kept pulling me out of the story. The main character is unlikeable, which I feel is hard to handle in such a short story, and even when you get the impression that there’s more to her, it’s hard to empathize with her.  Also, the main characters have cero chemestry and I saw the ‘big reveal’ coming, it was pretty obvious.

PRINT SHOP by NINA LACOUR (4 stars) 

This was a very cute f/f couple. All the characters were compelling, even if they only appeared for a couple pages, the set up of the print shop was pretty interesting and it was what I was expecting from this anthology, which was a story that left me with the sense that it was a promising start to something more. I would like to read more this couple.

HOURGLASS by IBI ZOBOI (3 stars) 

This story had some very positive aspects, it addressed race, body image and poverty. Nonetheless, there were too many plot elements for such a short story and the meet cute happened in the last page, so there’s just a few sentences about the guy the main character meets. Honestly, it left me with more questions than answers not only about the romance element, but also about other elements of the plot.

CLICK by KATHERINE MCGEE (5 stars)

This was a really cute story, the concept was interesting and it’s the firt story where the characters get to spend more time together, it’s a longer meet cute. There was some deep to this story since it dealt with grief, shortly but in a very emotional way. Also, the ending was so heartwarming.

THE INTERN by SARA SHEPARD (3 stars) 

I feel like this tried to be a very emotional story from the first moment, but it doesn’t enought time to come to emphatize with the main character. Also, the characters involved in the meet cute didn’t have much chemestry.

SOMEWHERE THAT’S GREEN by MEREDITH RUSSO (5 stars) 

This one was cute and precious and I loved it. It had a f/f romance and one of the chracters was a trans girl and the other a lesbian. This story dealt a lot with transphobia and I do think the conflict was resolved a little too quickly and easily, especially because it was a complex issue, BUT I really liked both characters and in the end the two of them together kind of worked.

THE WAY WE LOVE HERE by DHONIELLE CLAYTON (5 stars) 

This had a really captivating and unique concept, it was the first one to be a bit magical but it worked really well with the other stories. Honestly, I don’t understand how she did so much worldbuilding in such a short stoy and still managed to have compelling charatcers as well. This story almost made me cry, I felt connected to the chracters and I was impacted by what they went throught.

OOMPH by EMERY LORD (5 stars) 

My favorite story! This one was the most adorable story about two girls that meet in an airport. There were amazing characters, good dialogue, so much chemistry and the sense that the meet cute is the beggining of something more. I would love to read more about the two of them.

THE DICTIONARY OF YOU AND ME by JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT (4stars)

I liked the premise of this one and the funny phone conversations between the main characters. When they actually meet face to face things got awkward for a little while but the ending is really adorable.

THE UNLIKELY LIKELIHOOD OF FALLING IN LOVE by JOCELYN DAVIES (3,8 stars )

This premise of this story was a bit far fetch for multiple reasons but the ending was so cute! There was insta love, which I normally don’t like, but honestly I didn’t mind it that much in this. Also, I found the secondary characters really compelling, especially the family of the main character and that helped  to keep the story interesting.

259 MILLION MILES by KASS MORGAN (3,5 stars)

This had an interesting premise with the little scifi element but the ending was kind of sad even when I could tell it was trying to be hopeful. This story was the only one in this anthology that left me feeling disappointed and sad about the fact that the main characters met. Also, I think this story tried to cover too many topics that had emotional implications, but never got me to feel anything about any of them.

SOMETHING REAL by JULIE MURPHY (3,5 stars)

I didn’t enjoy this story that much, I think the plot didn’t work that well even if the concept had potential. But the characters were really good and helped to redeem this story a little. Also, the ending was adorable! Another f/f romance with really likeable main characters that get stuck in an uncomfortable situation.

SAY EVERYTHING by HUNTLEY FITZPATRICK (2,8 stars)

The characters in this story had cero chemestry and I didn’t like the plot, I felt like it was the kind of plot that was popular in YA contemporary novels a long time ago, this angsty star-cross lovers story that reminds me a little of late 2000’s books.  Also, it was a really forgattable story.

THE DEPARTMENT OF DEAD LOVE by NICOLA YOON  (4 stars)

This story is really good mainly becuase the concept is fascinating and there’s a lot of worldbuilding packed into a really short story. Also, I felt really sad about the break up portion of the story and I liked that this invoked an emotional response out of me, but the problem is that the new relationship that starts to develop fades to the background becuase the old relationship is such a big part of the story,  so I ended up not being as invested in the meet cute

Overall rating: 4 stars
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