martes, 6 de marzo de 2018

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Tittle: Bloodlines
Author: Richelle Mead
Genre: Fiction, YA, Fantasy, Vampires.
Pages: 421
Publisher: Penguin group
Format: Digital (Kindle)
Time to read it: 6 days
Language: English
Rating: 4/5

“Bloodlines” is the first book in the “Bloodlines” series by Richelle Mead, a spin-off series from his famous series “Vampire Academy”. The series will follow some of the characters that were introduced to us in the previous series.

Sydney’s reputation as alchemist has been tamed the moment she crossed paths with Rose. Now, in order to clean her image, she must cooperate with vampires again. She has to take care of Jill, new Dragomir princess, since there was an attempt murder on her person. So now it is Sydney and ------, as alchemists to take care of her, her guardian, Eric, and for some reason Adrian Ivanosk. However, things could not stay put and be normal, because weird things are happening in the zone, Moroi killed and tatoos that give special abilities.

I think “Bloodlines” was a nice book, I enjoyed it a lot. I liked the investigator nature of Sydney, I loved the humanity of Adrian and the hints of love story given. The plot was twisty, however a little predictable.

To sum up, a really enjoyable read. I know Vampires are not the “in thing” now but I highly recommend the book if you liked the “Vampire academy” series, since I also think this is a more mature book.

Frebruary Wrap Up & March TBR

Hello everyone,

Another month has come to an end. We have consumed two months of the year, already and my beginning in the year has not been the greatest. I have had health issues during both month, that together with my work schedule, which sucks, has not allowed me to move forward in most of my goals. One of my goals is reading 60 books, which I am not so sure I will be able to fulfill; however, I am going to still try it.

Last month I only completed two books. The first one I completed was “Safe Haven” by Nicholas Sparks, a book that captured me and which I loved very much. I was not that lucky with “La Scelta” or “The choice” by the same author. I do not know if it is that my Italian is rusty, which might be, or that the plot was not able to capture me right away, but I was not able to finish it.

35053441The other book I finally finish was “Getting things done” by David Allen. I liked this book and the method he explains and proposes, I liked enough to start implementing it right away as I read the book; however, as I will explain in the review I will be writing about the book, I thought it was at times a little tedious and long, which make it difficult to get through it.

As I finished this book, I wanted a little less “heavy” book for my morning routine, since I practice the miracle morning routine, I have started “Little Black Book” by Othega Uwagba. So far, I like the book, it is a perfect book to keep at hand with some little tips, which are great for any person that works, from home or an office, especially women.

That was all that I read in the last month, as for this month’s TBR I’m planning to get back into finishing and keep up with series.
First, “The golden lily” by Richelle Mead, second book in the “Bloodlines” series, which is a spin-off of the “Vampire Academy” series by the same author. Then, “The son of Neptune” second book in the “Heroes of Olympus” series by Rick Riordan, another spin-off series, this time from the “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” also by Rick Riordan.
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Then I want to read the first two volumes from Audrey’s Carlan series “Calendar Girl”, since it seems like one of those series I usually fly by.

After that I want to keep series I started a long time ago. The first being “Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard. I started the series like two years ago, and this month I want to read the second one in the series, “Glass Sword”. Then I want to wrap up a series, “The Raven Cycle” by Maggie Stiefvater by reading “The Raven King”, the fourth and last book in the series.
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Last but not least I want to read “Gemina” by Amy Kauffman and Jay Kristoff, the second book in the “Iluminae” series which I started last year and loved. I pre-ordered the third book on amazon which comes out later this month, so I want to be able to read it first thing next month.
While I try to finish this ambitious TBR, I want to finish “Little Black Book” by Othega Uwagba, as part of my miracle morning and read “El Mundo Amarillo” by Albert Espinosa, an Spanish book from an Spanish author I was recommended to read by my therapist.
Thanks for reading,

lunes, 5 de febrero de 2018

Strife - Cate Tiernan

Tittle: Strife
Author: Cate Tiernan
Genre: Fiction, YA, Romance, fantasy, witches, magik, coming of age.
Pages: 188
Publisher: Puffin
Format: Digital (Kindle)
Time to read it: 5 days
Language: English
Rating: 4/5

“Strife is the ninth book in the “Wicca/Sweep” series, a series that follows Morgan as she finds out about the existence of magik and her relationship with it. She discovers a new part of her life that threatens with run over everything else.

Weird things start happening and the only one that can be blame is Morgan who is uninitiated, since now Ciaran is on the run, and Selene and Cal dead. Hunter brings someone to help her out but her solution to things kinds of goes to extreme. Also, Alisa leaves the coven, since all the things happening scared her off.
“Strife” was a good book in the series but it got me lost a little bit. They introduced Alisa’s point of view which kinds of puts me off a little bit and all in all it was a little tedious to get through the book, since there was less action and no antagonist.

To sum up, a good book but a little weird. It does not mean that I should discourage you to keep reading the series.

jueves, 1 de febrero de 2018

January Wrap Up and February TBR

Hello again,

It seems January was not the best month in mainly every area in my life, reading too. I was sick the majority of the month and that made me read really slow since every time I had the time to pick up a book I fell sleep.

Therefore I was only able to complete two books, which were quite good and I really liked. With these two books I started two new spin off series that promise to be quite good and interesting. I finished "The lost hero" first book in the "Heroes of Olympus" series by Rick Riordan, as well as, "Bloodlines" the first in the "Bloodlines" series by Richelle Mead. Both were four stars for me.

I hope this month of February goes much better and I can accomplish, not only my TBR but more things. I want to first complete the last book in the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan, which I started in December.

Then I want to read a bunch of romance books because it is the month of love. I want to read three books by Nicholas Sparks, one of them in Italian, "La scelta" ("The Choice"), "Save Haven" and "The best of me"

Then I want to read the first volume of "Calendar Girl" by Audrey Carlan
And last but not least the second book on the "Hopeless" series by Colleen Hoover, "Losing hope"

Thanks for reading,

lunes, 22 de enero de 2018

Always and forever, Lara Jean - Jenny Han

Tittle: Always and forever, Lara Jean
Series: To all the boy I’ve loved before…
Author: Jenny Han
Genre: Fiction, YA, Romance, coming of age.
Pages: 320
Publisher: Simon & Schuster for Young Readers
Format: Digital (Kindle)
Time to read it: 20 days
Language: English
Rating: 3/5

“Always and forever, Lara Jean” is the third book in the “To all the boy I loved before…” series by Jenny Han. The series follows Lara Jean, a teenage girl who lost her mother years ago and has three sisters. Her older sister is going away for college and her younger sister sends some letters Lara Jean has been storing for years, letters to all the boys she has loved.
Lara’s senior year seems like is going to be the best senior year ever, she and her boyfriend, Peter, have everything figured out about college; her father is marring their neighbor; and her sister is going to be back for the summer. However, mostly nothing will follow her plan and she will have to deal with changes or possible changes in her vision.
“Always and forever, Lara Jean” was a good book, however it did not lived up to my expectations. I must admit I had high standards for this book since I really enjoyed the first two ones and the previous series written by the author, “Summer”. The book was deeper but somehow that made it harder to get into and to be involved in the book, the book was too harsh on poor Lara Jean. And, do not get me wrong it was probably really close to reality but somehow you read to get distracted about reality.
Apart from the plot, Margot character was getting me on my nerves every time she was making an appearance, she was all the time being a pessimistic and hurting people’s feelings surrounding her.
Last but not least, the ending was quite abrupt and open, I do not know hoe to explain it but I was hoping for a more “happy ever after” ending and it was more like “we will see…”

All in all, I recommended the book and as I would say to any book series last book, you should read it, because a series cannot be left without an ending. 

lunes, 15 de enero de 2018

Burn for burn - Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Tittle: Burn for Burn trilogy
Author: Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Genre: Fiction, YA, Romance, fantasy, coming of age.
Pages: 1296
Publisher: Simon an Schuster Books for Young readers
Format: Digital (Kindle)
Time to read it: 3 months
Language: English
Rating: 3/5

In the perfect island of Jar Island three girls find each other as best friends since they share the same goal, revenge. To be able to complete their goal the best secret they must keep is their friendship. However, no one is perfect, everyone has something to hide even them.

Mary gets back to Jar Island after leaving years ago, after changing her appearance and her self she is looking for revenge on the reason she and her parents had to leave the island, Reeve. Lillia is miss perfect and reigns high school next to her best friend Rennie, however one night in summer everything changes, she cannot trust Rennie as much anymore and her other best friend Alex Lind seems to be getting into something with her little sister Nadia, Rennie’s wannabe.
Kat used to be friends with Rennie and Lillia, however Rennie decided to stop talking to her after her mum died of cancer, and made her life hell at high school. And that is when they find each other, all three of them with a person in their minds, all three of them willing to help the others to get revenge themselves.

The “Burn for burn” trilogy was a compelling read, however one of their twists the trilogy gives in the second book throw me out a little bit. I liked the concept and how as the trilogy progressed the plot became more twist and complicated. I liked how feelings get everything complicated since I think that is one of the things that makes things complicated in real life.
None the less, as I said before the fantasy turn it toke by the second book it was in my opinion kind of unnecessary, and even though I saw I coming I was hoping until it gets revealed that the authors would have not picked that turn.

With all that being said, I recommend the trilogy just go into it knowing that it has some fantasy elements to it, and that it is not a complete contemporary novel.

miércoles, 3 de enero de 2018

Reading 2017 wrap Up and January 2018 TBR

Last year did not went as I thought it would; My life changed a lot and with it my schedule, my habits and my time to blog and read. With all that being said, it is obvious that I did not completed my 2017 reading challenge, and that I still have reviews to post from books I did finished last year. 

However, let’s not focus on how 2017 went wrong and focus on the month ahead; this year I want to again complete 60 books and finish up more series, since my series list to be completed seems endless.

In January I want to start two series which are sequels from other series I have read previously and liked. First, I want to complete “The lost hero” by Rick Riordan, the first book in the “Heroes of Olympus” series, which follows Percy Jackson and some new friends into more adventures. Then I will continue with “Bloodlines” the first book in the series with the same name by Richelle Mead, a series that follows Sydney from “Vampire Academy”.

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After these two new additions to my list I want to start summing series up, starting with a book that has been moving from TBR to TBR last year “Days of Blood and Starlight” by Laini Taylor, second book in the “Daughter of smoke and bone” series. Then I will follow with two final books in a series “Iron knight” last book in the “iron fey” series by Julie Kagawa; and “The raven King” last book in the “Raven Cycle” by Maggie Stiefvater.


In addition to all this as part of my “miracle morning routine” I will read “Getting things done” by David Allen, as well as, Demi Lobato’s book “Staying Strong”, which I will read throughout the year.

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I hope to start this year better that I finished last year and complete my TBR.
Thanks for reading,