Disappointing Books of 2020 | Blogmas Day 23

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing my most disappointing reads of 2020. I didn’t hate any of these books, I gave 3 and 3.5 stars to most of them, there’s only one book I gave 2.5 stars on this list. Honestly, at this point, I know my taste well enough and I’m very selective with what I read, so I only gave two books less than 3 stars this year.

These are all books that I was expecting to like more than I did, they are books that I read in 2020 but they weren’t all released in 2020, there’s a lot of romance on this list simply because it’s my most read genre (by a lot), and for this list, these books are in the order I read them in. Without further ado, let’s talk about the books that disappointed me in 2020:

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

I enjoyed the first 40% of the book until the romance started. There were so many characters that had the potential for being the love interest in the story and I didn’t like the fact that the author chose the sister of the main character’s dead boyfriend. I think that was unnecessary. Moreover, I didn’t like the dynamic between the main character and the love interest, the main character was rude and disrespectful without a real reason, there was a point where the main character punches the wall next to love interest’s face and the love interest thought she was going to hit her, which to me is not ok. Also, I didn’t really see why they would like each other, they have this instant connection that comes out of nowhere and it’s based on nothing.

Domink by Sawyer Bennett

This is book 6 in the Arizona Vengeance series and, while I recognized the writing in these books is not the best, this book was in my most anticipated romances of 2020 list because I always end up enjoying the couples in this series. Nonetheless, I really disliked Dominik as a protagonist, he was arrogant to an extreme degree, controlling and a two-dimensional character. Also, the main characters had no connection beyond physical chemistry, they barely spoke for the first half of the book and there were no romantic moments between them. Lastly, as I mentioned, the writing isn’t the best and the inner monologues of the characters were so repetitive.

Whatever It Takes and Wherever You Are by Krista and Becca Ritchie

I have been waiting for this duology for at least 4 years, since I finished the Calloway Sisters series, and I was left wanting Willow and Garrison’s story. I read the original Wattpad chapters with the beginning of their story and I have waiting for the rest for SO LONG. I still loved Willow and Garrison as well as their relationship, but the structure the authors decided to tell this story in didn’t work for me. I didn’t enjoy the dual timeline, but my main issue with these books is that it feels like a bunch of scenes put together, like vignettes of their story, instead of a cohesive and fluent narrative.

The King of Crows by Libba Bray

I LOVED the first three books in this series and I’m so sad I didn’t love the conclusion to the series. I didn’t dislike this, and I actually think the ending was ok, I just didn’t like the way we got there. The main characters were separated in three groups for most of the book, so we had three different road trip stories where almost nothing happened. That’s the main problem with this book, nothing happened until the very end and then when the final confrontation took place it was so anticlimactic. The stakes felt exceptionally low and the ending wasn’t memorable at all.

Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

The main problem I had with this book was that the heroine was the worst, she was judgmental, rash and selfish and she went through some character development, but it happened too suddenly, and it didn’t feel organic. Also, the characters go from friends to lovers and I felt like there was something missing from that transition, it didn’t work that well.

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

This book started so strong, I loved the first 10%, it was hilarious. I think that’s why it was such a disappointment, this book fooled me in the beginning into thinking I was going to love it. My main problem with this is that so many moments between the main characters were they were getting to know each other and starting to flirt and like each other happened off page and I was so frustrated about it. When I read a romance book I want to see the characters fall in love, I don’t want to be told that they fell in love in all the moments I didn’t get to read about. Also, the fact that the hero lied to the heroine for 90% of the book didn’t sit well with me.

Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon

This cover of this book is so beautiful and everyone on twitter seems to love this, so I was excited to read it. Unfortunately, I never managed to fully get into this book, mainly because the writing was flat, I was bored, and the characters were two-dimensional. Also, this book switched viewpoints without warning of any kind of indication that it had happened, sometimes the same scene switched from one pov to another and then back again, which was confusing.

Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

I have been hearing wonderful things about this book for so long and when I read it, I had just finished an amazing book by this author, so my expectations were way too high. I had a tough time with the beginning of this book because the main characters had only one scene together in the first 30% of the book, so we didn’t see them interacting and getting to know each other again, which is connected to my second problem, which was that the relationship between the main characters relied too much in their past together, but 10 years is a long time and people change, so what was missing for me was seeing the characters fall in love in the present.

Mangos and Mistletoe by Adriana Herrera

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I think this book was huge disappointment because I have liked every other Adriana Herrera book so much and this was her first f/f relationship, which made me really excited to read it. My main problem with this book is that the characters switched from liking each other to being angry and mean to each other constantly. They didn’t spend more than 5 consecutive pages without fighting in the entire book, right up to the end. There was definitely insta love and there was nothing to back that love.

Tools of Engagement by Tessa Bailey

I have really liked the previous books in this series, and this was one of my most anticipated romances of 2020, so even if think it was ok, it simply didn’t live up to my expectations. My main issue with this book is that the romance was not memorable at all and, while the heroine is great, the hero is really meh, there was nothing special about him. Also, certain elements of the plot felt unrealistic and rushed, especially when it came to the reality show and to the storyline of Wes being the guardian of his nice.

Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones

The premise of this book sounded so cool, I had this idea of what this book was going to be, and it ended up being something completely different that wasn’t half as interesting as what I had imagined. Even if by the end I got more invested in this book, what really annoyed me is that there was a reference to the fact that the person behind the murders stopped taking his meds for his mental illness and that’s a route that I never want a horror book to take. I’m over people with mental illness being the bad guys in horror.

What books disappointed you in 2020?

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The Anti-TBR Tag: books I’m not interested in reading

Hi everyone! Today, I’m excited to share my first tag of 2020. I’m usually not the biggest fan of tags hence this being the first one I do this year and we are already in November, but when I saw this tag I thought it would be cool to talk about books that I’m NOT going to read for a change.

This tag was originally created by NICOLE (@nicoleandherbooks), go check out their video!

Without further ado, here are the books I’m not interested in reading:

a popular book everyone loves but you have no interest in reading?

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

This book ahs been popular for a long time now and I have never thought about reading it. So many of my friends on Goodreads gave this book 4 or 5 stars and not even that has made me consider reading this. It just doesn’t sound interesting to me at all.

a classic book/author you don’t have an interest in reading?

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

I have a few answers for this question, but Moby Dick is the book that I feel most certain that I will never read. The tale of a white man and a whale is not something that I’m interested in.

an author whose books you have no interest in reading?

Stephenie Meyer

I read the Twilight series back in high school, about 10 years ago, and I thought it was ok, I even read The Host and enjoyed it. But I have no inclination to pick up any of her newer books, especially since she doesn’t seem to have any original or new ideas for books and it’s just releasing different versions of Twilight and hurting indigenous communities in the process.

a problematic author whose books you have no interest in reading?

Scott Lynch

I have a few, but the first one that comes to mind is Scott Lynch. I dnfed The Lies of Locke Lamora about 6 years ago while I was halfway through it because I was bored, but a couple years ago I started to hear everyone talk about how amazing the series was again and I was tempted to pick it up and give it another chance. But then this year, it came out that he manipulated and mistreated female authors and I inmidiately took his books out of my tbr.

an author you have read a couple books from and decided their books are not for you?

Cassandra Clare

It’s not so much that I decided that her books are not for me (because I have really enjoyed a lot of her books), but I decided this year that I’m done with Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters world. I read The Mortal Instruments series, The Infernal Devices Trilogy, The Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy, and 2 books in The Dark Artifices trilogy. I may read Queen of Air and Darkness to finish that trilogy, but after that I’m done with that world, I’m not interested anymore so I won’t pick up any of the newer books.

a genre you have no interest in OR genre you tried and couldn’t get into?

Dark Romance

I’m honestly open to try any genre, but Dark Romance is a subgenre that I don’t enjoy and I’m not interested in reading. I find some of the taboo topics that are addressed in this subgenre to be a bit disturbing and they make me uncomfortable.

a book you bought but will never read OR a library book you borrowed but returned unread?

Tres Tristes Tigres by Guillermo Cabrera Infante

I could choose a few different books for this answer because there was a time when I felt bad for reading so many books by english-language authors and I felt pressuared to read more well-known authors from Latin American countries, so during that time I got a bunch of books that I don’t think I’ll ever read. I think the book I’m less likely to read from that group is Tres Tristes Tigres by Guillermo Cabrera Infante.

a series you have no interest in reading OR a series you started but have dnf’d?

The Reign of the Fallen duology by Sarah Glenn Marsh

I had the first book, Reign of the Fallen, on my tbr for years and, at the beginning of 2020 I finally read it and I was extremely disappointed. The sapphic romance, which was one of the things that I was looking forward to, was the biggest problem of the book. I hated that relatinship and you can learn why by reading my review. I definitely won’t read book 2.

a new release you have no interest in reading? 

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

A 2020 release that I have no interest in reading is The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Usually prequels are not my thing, so I wasn’t interested to begin with, but when it was announced that the main character was Snow, I lost any curiosity that I may have had about it. Also, the terrible reviews didn’t help.

What are some books or authors that you are not interested in reading?
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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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Book Review: Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Title: Reign of the Fallen

Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh

Published by: Razorbill

Publishing date: January 23rd 2018

Genre: YA Fantasy

Pages: 375

Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised–the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

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Trigger/content warnings: substance abuse, talk of suicide, violence and death

Reign of the Fallen is a book that was on my tbr since it came out two years ago, a book I kept hearing great things about, which is why I finally decided to pick it up. Unfortunately, I didn’t end up enjoying it as much as I hoped.

The beginning of the book is very enjoyable, the world and magic are engaging and it has a lot of unique elements. I loved the idea of a world ruled by people who died a long time ago, but keep coming back because they feel a responsability towards the people in their kingdom. In this world, the Dead have prohibited change, inventions and progress, which I found to be an interesting element of the story that’s used in a very organic way to cause conflict.

One element that I found fascinating and unique in this story is that the Dead have to pay a big price for coming back (they must remain shrouded or risk transforming into zombies) as well as the necromancer pay a big price to bring people back (they only get one life). That’s one element that this book handles well: the price of magic. Nonetheless, I have one problem with the magic system, which is that there isn’t a very clear limit to what healers can do in this book, so it felt like unless a character died inmediately, they always survived even the most horrific injuries and I think that lowered the stakes of the book.

A very important element of this story is that it addresses substanse abuse and addiction in a way that reflects this issue in our world and still makes sense for the story. I think the way this book shows how grief can make people vulnerable to addiction is very important and in general, the way this portraits grief feels realistic and devastating. This book also addresses recovery of an addiction and I think the way the first few days of that process are portrait is well done, but I also think that after those initial days, it almost feels like the character is “cured” and that’s not how addiction works and I’m not sure how to feel about it.

The characters in this book are amazing, particulary the side characters. I have a special place in my heart for Valoria and Jax and they are the main reason I’m considering reading the second book. Something I really loved about this book is how diverse the chaacters are, the main character has brown skin and she is bisexual (which is #ownvoices rep), there are two gay characters and two women that are attracted to other women, one of which is black. All of it is seemesly integrated in the story and it’s not made out to be a big deal in this world. The only character I have an issue with is the villain, because it’s so obvious who it is and worst of all, he is a boring villain with plain motivations, cero cleverness and no depth at all.

Now, it’s time to talk about my main issue with the book. First of all, I don’t understand why having so many options of people that had great chemestry and relationships with the main character, the author had to choose someone who is connected to the main character in a weird and complicated way to be the love interest. I actually liked the main character when she was not with the love interest, but the moment they were together I found them to be nearly insufferable.

But beyond all that, the worst part for me is the dynamic between them, the main character spends a big portion of the book being rude and disrespectful to the love interest without reason and there’s a point where she punches the wall next to the love interest face and the love interest actually thought she was going to hit her and honestly that’s just not an acceptable behavior. Also, the relationship didn’t make sense to me because I couldn’t really understand why these two girls would like each other, it’s like a weird instant connection that comes out of nowhere and it’s based on nothing.

Overall, Reign of the Fallen has an interesting world and magic system, as well as lovable character, but a really boring villain and a terrible romance.

Have you read this book? How did you feel about it? Do you agree with my opinion?

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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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2018 Releases I Want to Read in 2019

2018 releases i want to read in 2019

Hi everyone! Today, I want to talk about 10 books that were released in 2018 and that I didn’t manage to read, but that I still really want to get to. I did this at the beginning of 2018 as well, because every year there’s a few (or many!) books that are release and I’m highly anticipating, but I don’t get to read them for multiple reason. So, I like to make a list at the end of the year to remind myself of the main releases of that year that I still need to get to.

Without further ado, here are the 10 books:

Reign of the fallen

Reing of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

I need more bisexual main characters in fantasy books, and this has one, so I’m reading it. I haven’t read a book especifically about necromancy, so I’m also intrigued by that. And I read Sarah Glenn Marsh’s debut and I really enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to reading more of her books.

 

The Astonishing Color of After

 

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

This book is one of my 5 star predictions, this seems like a beautifully written, quiet book about grief and I LOVE that type of book. I have a feeling this may be a new favorite for me, so I can’t wait to read it!

 

Escaping from Houdini

Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco 

I’m so nervous about this book, I was going to get to this as soon as it came out, but then I heard so many negative things about it and that made me doubt if I wanted to read it or not. But since then I have talked to some friends that already read it and I have decided to give it a chance, since this is one of my favorite series.

 

Nine Perfect Strangers

 

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty 

The description of this book makes it sounds like an Agatha Christie novel and since I love those, I really want to read this one. I have only read one book by Moriarty and I really enjoyed it, so that also gives me hopes I’ll like this one!

 

Queen of Air and Darkness

 

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

I read Lord of Shadows in November and I after THAT ENDING I can’t wait to read the final book in the series. I didn’t manage to include this in my December tbr because I’m participating in 3 different readathons and it didn’t fit any of the challenges 😭but I will read it SOON.

 

Sadie

 

Sadie by Courtney Summers 

Everyone seems to love this one, so I put it on my 5 star predictions and I’m hoping I’ll love it too. I’m excited about the podcast element, because I LOVE true crime podcasts and I really liked the one book I have read that revolved around a podcast.

 

Vengeful

 

Vengeful by V.E. Shwab

Vicious was the first Victoria Shwab book I ever read and I really liked it, so I’m really curious about this sequel, especially because I have heard it focuses a lot more in female characters.

 

 

Beneath the Citadel 

 

Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

I don’t know of that many fantasy books with anxiety rep, so as soon as found out one of the main characters in this book has severe anxiety I knew I had to get my hands on it.  All my Goodreads friends that have read this have giving it 5 stars, which is really impresive!

 

Strange Grace

 

Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton 

I have been hearing everyone talk about this book and people seem to love it, so I want to know what all the hype is about. Also, the premise sounds creepy and it has me intriged and there’s a polyamorous relationship, which I have never read in any book, so I’m excited!

 

The Boneless Mercies

 

The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke

I have heard mixed things about this book, which usually makes me loss interest in a book, but surprisingly, I’m still really intrigued by this and I’m hoping to get to it soon!

 

 

Is there any 2018 release that you didn’t manage to read but you’re hoping to read in 2019? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Which of this books should I read first? 

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Underrated YA Books (less than 1000 ratings on Goodreads)

Underrated YA Books

The other day I saw a blog post about the number of ratings books have on Goodreads and I was inmediately curious about the number of ratings that the books I have read have on Goodreads and I was suprised because some books I really enjoyed have less than a 1000 ratings. After realizing this, I felt like it was a good idea to promote these amazing books that a lot of people may have not read.

I didn’t choose books released in 2018, because I feel like they haven’t been out for very long and that may have to do with why they don’t have that many ratings. So, this is a list of backlist books with less than a 1000 ratings on Goodreads that I think deserve more attention and love from the reading community:

Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh (2016)  – 863 ratings on Goodreads

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Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.

Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches Bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process.

Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return.

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If you like very atmospheric books, that are eerie and spooky,  that include fascinating mythology and that manage to mantain a mysterious tone until the end, this book is for you!  Those are defenitely the main strengths of this and they make it feel unique and interesting. If you want to know more , here’s my full review.

When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez (2015) – 832 ratings on Goodreads

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A Goth girl with an attitude problem, Elizabeth Davis must learn to control her anger before it destroys her. Emily Delgado appears to be a smart, sweet girl, with a normal life, but as depression clutches at her, she struggles to feel normal. Both girls are in Ms. Diaz’s English class, where they connect to the words of Emily Dickinson. Both are hovering on the edge of an emotional precipice. One of them will attempt suicide. And with Dickinson’s poetry as their guide, both girls must conquer their personal demons to ever be happy.

In an emotionally taut novel with a richly diverse cast of characters, readers will relish in the poetry of Emily Dickinson and be completely swept up in the turmoil of two girls grappling with demons beyond their control.

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The contrast this book portraits between the ways the two main characters live depression is what makes this book unique, as well as incredibly important. If you are looking for a very nuance representation of depresion, this book may be for you! Additionally, this book has #ownvoices latinx rep and its done so well! If you want to know more , here’s my full review. 

God Smites and Other Muslim Girl Problems by Ishara Deen (2017) – 45 ratings on Goodreads

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LIKE NANCY DREW, BUT NOT…

Craving a taste of teenage life, Asiya Haque defies her parents to go for a walk (really, it was just a walk!) in the woods with Michael, her kind-of-friend/crush/the guy with the sweetest smile she’s ever seen. Her tiny transgression goes completely off track when they stumble on a dead body. Michael covers for Asiya, then goes missing himself.

Despite what the police say, Asiya is almost sure Michael is innocent. But how will she, the sheltered girl with the strictest parents ever, prove anything? With Michael gone, a rabid police officer in desperate need of some sensitivity training, and the murderer out there, how much will Asiya risk to do what she believes is right?

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The main character in this book has a unique voice that shines throughout the book and it helps keep it funny and charming. This book has amazing #ownvoices muslim rep and the way it talks about muslim problems is insightful and it can be uncomfortable in its truths. If you are looking for a good mystery full of humour and diverse characters, you’ll probably like this! If you want to know more , here’s my full review.

Future Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O’Beirne (2017) – 278 ratings on Goodreads

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“Finn’s solid. Not in body, but in being. She’s gravity and kindness and all those good things that anchor.”

“Willa’s confusing. Sometimes she’s this sweet, sensitive soul. Other times she’s like a flaming arrow you hope isn’t coming for you.”

Finn and Willa have been picked as team leaders in the future leader camp game. The usually confident Finn doesn’t know what’s throwing her more, the fact she’s leading a team of highly unenthusiastic overachievers or coming up against fierce, competitive Willa. And Willa doesn’t know which is harder, leaving her responsibilities behind to pursue her goals or opening up to someone.

Soon they both realise that the hardest thing of all is balancing their clashing ideals with their unexpected connection. And finding a way to win, of course.

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If you are looking for a book with an interesting setting and premise, with lots of diversity and great characters, this is for you! This book has two main characters, a bisexual girl and an Indian-Australian lesbian girl, that participate in a competition that its a mix between a summer camp and a Model UN. It’s an interesting book that adresses important subject thorughout.

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