martes, 25 de julio de 2017

Broken Prince - Erin Watt

Tittle: Broken Prince

Series: The Royals

Author: Erin Watt

Genre: Fiction, YA, Romance, Contemporary, New Adult

Pages: 350

Publisher: Timeout LLC

Format: Digital (Kindle)

Time to read it: 2 days

Language: English

Rating: 5/5

“Broken Prince” is the second book book in “The Royals” series written by Erin Watt. The series follows Ella as she goes from barely surviving to living in a palace when her father’s best friend, a father from whom she has never been heard of, takes her as her protege.

Everything happened really fast the night Ella run away, Brooke was naked on Reed’s bedroom and Ella though he was cheating on her with her, not other than his father girlfriend. And there was also Brooke’s pregnancy and her threat to tell everyone it’s Reed’s baby. That night everything collapsed, Reed cannot stop looking and does not care about anything else, not even when the Royals are losing the control over the school. The relationship between the brothers is not holding either, even the twins, who were not really close to Ella miss her and know that is Reeds fault. However, the worst is East who blames Reed openly since he had found in Ella something special, close to a true sister.

“Broken Prince” was an interesting book and surprisingly as compelling as the first one in the series. Part of the story is told in Reeds perspective, and a boy perspective usually puts me off, but did not in this case. I am really compelled by stories told in first person when the voice is a female, since I am a female, however in this case I was able to connect with Reed’s point of view as well. The plot and storyline is quite predictable, however the actions and the twists to get to the resolution is what keeps you on edge all the time. I did not have an idea of what the author might came up next to twist the plot, but she was able to twist the twists and kept me plastered to the book all day.

To sum up, “Broken Prince” did not let me down, it kept me reading all day long and had to push myself to put it down to do something with my life. I really recommended reading it if you liked the first one.

martes, 18 de julio de 2017

Paper Princess - Erin Watt

Tittle: Paper princess
Series: The Royals
Author: Erin Watt
Genre: Fiction, YA, Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Pages: 370
Publisher: Timeout LLC
Format: Digital (Kindle)
Time to read it: 1 day
Language: English
Rating: 5/5
“Paper Princess” is the first book in “The Royals” series written by Erin Watt.

Ella has been living on her own since her mother died. She did not have anyone else and when she died she decided to stay by herself. She uses her dead mothers ID to work as a stripper, which was her mother’s job. She makes roughly enough money to survive but she is pleased with her life.
However, everything changes when she is called to the principal’s office and in there is waiting for her Callum Royal. The man wearing fancy clothes was really close to her father, from which she has never heard anything from. And now, since he is apparently also dead, Callum Royal will be his guardian. Her first instinct is to run away, however she does not get far before Callum finds her and drags her to his fancy house, where his five sons are no near pleased with her presence.

“Paper Princess” was a really compelling book, I read it from cover to cover on one sitting cause I was not able to put it down. I was captured almost immediately by the plot twists and how fast the story moved forward. There are a lot of things happening at the same time in this book and you don’t know what is going to come next. I love that the author kept me wondering what was going to happen and making me feel all the emotions in this book.
I have to say it is not the kind of book you go into looking for the best book of your life, it is a contemporary romance, a chick-lit, however it lived up to my expectations since I was hoping for a book that would drag me out of my reading slump.
I thing I really liked though is that despite the drama and the unrealistic of the situation, the book seemed realistic and part of it was thanks to the use of the language in the dialogues, even the intern monologues were not censured and closer to nowadays use of language around teenagers.

To conclude, this was a fantastic book and I would compare it to a really compelling soap-opera one of those in which every dramatic thing that can happen will happen but you still cannot keep yourself from watching. Therefore, I would recommend the book to anyone wanting to read and be capture by a contemporary book.

jueves, 13 de julio de 2017

The Forever Song - Julie Kagawa

Tittle: The forever song
Series: Blood of Eden
Author:  Julie Kagawa
Genre: Fiction, YA, Romance, dystopia, paranormal, fantasy, vampires
Pages: 403
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Format: Digital (Kindle)
Time to read it: 5 days
Language: English
Rating: 4/5

 “The forever song” is the third and last book in the “Blood of Eden” trilogy, written by the author of the “Iron fey” series, Julie Kagawa. The story is set in a dystopian future in which vampires rule over humans as kings of the cities.

Alison has surrounded to the monster inside her. She is tired of fighting it and she just wants revenge on Sarren, since he taken the last thing that grounded her to her humanity, Zeke. Jackal, Kanin and her start their journey to Eden in order to stop Sarren, and kill him once and for all. The journey leads them to Old Chicago, where Jackal minions have founded a new leader, one Alison is not expecting.

“The forever song” was a really good ending to a good an original series. What I really liked about this book was how Alison is able to reach out to Zeke and teach him how to be like her. The only thing I did not like much though was how incredibly stubborn was Sarren to be killed. Apart from that, I really liked the developing of humanity in Jackal. Moreover, as I said in the review from the previous book, I do not like much the character of Kanin and how he was important to the plot.

In conclusion, this last instalment was a good ending for a series which takes a unique turn on vampires mixing them with dystopia and post-apocalyptical genre.

The Eternity cure - Julie Kagawa

Tittle: The eternity cure
Series: Blood of Eden
Author:  Julie Kagawa
Genre: Fiction, YA, Romance, dystopia, paranormal, fantasy, vampires
Pages: 434
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Format: Digital (Kindle)
Time to read it: 1month
Language: English
Rating: 3.5/5

“The eternity cure” is the second book in the “blood of Eden” trilogy written by Julie Kagawa. The books follow a dystopian future in which a plague was liberated and ended with most of the population. Since then the cities are protected by vampire lords, who reign as kings among humans.

After leaving Eden Alison is decided to find her sire, Kanin, who was trapped by one of the cruelest vampires, Sarren. Following her blood bond, she is lead to find no other but her blood-brother, Jackal, king of Old Chicago and the one that killed Jeremiah. However, they found themselves uniting forces in order to find Kanin and the possible cure. This quest will lead them to the beginning of Alison’s life, New Covington. However, the city would not be the only thing Alison will face that she thought she had left behind.
“The Eternity Cure” was overall a really good book, however it was hard for me to get into it, since it had been almost four years since I read the first one. Also, I founded the beginning when Alison is alone quite slow and tedious, however once she unites with Jackal and specially when they get to New Covington the pace starts picking up.
Apart from that, I really liked the twists that the plot gave, especially in the end. Although I was kind of expecting what was hinted in the prologue.
The characters change a little since book one, however Allison suffered a major development in book one, therefore there was not much to be done. Jackal though suffers an extreme development during this book and I can venture much development in the future. Kanin though was an odd character, I did not feel an attachment to him. He was like ghost, he has little dialog and does not add much to the whole story.

To sum up, “The eternity cure” was an interesting and compelling sequel. And I am now ready to finish up the series with the third book, “The forever song”.

jueves, 6 de julio de 2017

Lord of Shadows - Cassandra Clare

Tittle: Lord of Shadows
Series: Dark Artifices
Author:  Cassandra Clare
Genre: Fiction, YA, Romance, fantasy, paranormal, shadowhunters, demons, angels, vampires
Pages: 704
Publisher: Margaret K. Mc Elderly Books
Format: Digital (Kindle)
Time to read it:
Language: English
Rating: 5/5

“Lord of Shadows” is the second book in the “Dark Artifices” series by Cassandra Clare, a spin-off series of her famous “Mortal Instruments” series. Both these series along the “infernal devices” series conform “the Shadowhunters Chronicles” a series set in a fantasy world in which there is a race called shadowhunters, which has angel blood that keeps the mundane (human) world safe from the shadow world, demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and fairies.
Malcom is now dead but his body has not been founded yet, it remains in the deep ocean. The clave thinks the recently movement of sea demons moving into land, therefore Centurions are sent to the LA institute to start searching for the body of Malcom and the black book. The presence of these makes Julian’s lies about his uncle be in danger. On the other hand, Julian and Emma’s relationship has not been as it was, they not fight as parabatai anymore, ever since Emma started faking dating Mark in order to prevent the curse form parabatai love. However, the feelings they have for each other are not fading at all. 
“Lord of Shadows” was an amazing compelling book. Despite its length I was not able to put it down and wanted to read it from cover to cover. Cassandra Clare is an amazing author, she not only has created a world that many people love, but through that fantasy world she touches themes which are important nowadays. For starters, we can assimilate the “cold peace” to laws countries want to implement against immigrants, and how there are families that will get caught up in the middle of it, separated because some of the members are not from a certain race, like it happens to the Blackthorn. Moreover, couples that might fall in love to someone from other race will be seen in a bad way.
Another theme Cassandra Clare has always touched is sexuality. From the first books, she has included characters which are not heterosexual. The first one being Alec which discovers he is gay and how to deal with it. Then she has been taken steps forward making different kinds of sexuality “normal”, which I think is a very positive thing. Young people nowadays will read about Mark and fall in love with the character and they will not mind if he is bisexual and loved Kieran but at the same time he can be attracted to Cristina. Moreover, they will not mind when a character that has shown to be a really good person and has always protected the Blackthorns turns out to be transgender. I think these are things that we do not find enough of in young adult literature as open as it is in this series. Because in my opinion is not about making a gay couple the center of attention is about portraying characters with different sexualities as normal, as something you do not have the need to see as strange because it is normal.
Apart from that, the plot was interesting and nail-biting, as always with Cassandra Clare. As I said before, I could not put the book down despite being busy or tired I had to keep reading. I liked that the main characters, Emma and Julian, but I loved the other characters in the Blackthorn family, as well. I was not just interested about the two main characters interactions but all the characters of the book.
Talking about characters I loved that in this second book we were able to see a little more of the characters we loved from “the mortal instruments” series, and that they have kind of an important role into the story as well.
The only thing I did not like about the book was how abrupt and kind of unexpected the ending was. It was not much of a cliffhanger but a cut like in the middle of something.

To sum up, “Lord of shadows” was an incredible book. Cassandra Clare has done it again she even went over my expectations, specially making some social and political statements some politicians should take a look into. The only bad thing about this book is that now we have to wait for the next one. The “Shadowhunters” series did not start as one of my favorites but it is gaining positions book after book, therefore it is a much-recommended series to everyone.

martes, 4 de julio de 2017

June Wrap Up and July TBR

June has finished and I do not have good news, between a change of Schedule at my new job and getting into a Reading slump, I have not been reading or posting as much as I would have wanted to this past month. Nonetheless here is my wrap up and my TBR for this month we just have started.
During June, I finished two books and I got to the middle of the third. The first book I finished was “The forever song” by Julie Kagawa. This was the last book in the “Blood of Eden” trilogy, therefore with this book I completed another unfinished series. The book itself was quite interesting and it really captured me. Hopefully this month I will post the reviews for this as well as the second book in the series, “The eternity cure” which I finished on May. However, if you want to know my opinion right away, I did really enjoy the series and I think it was a quite original mix between dystopia and vampires. 

Then I moved to “Lord of Shadows” the second book in the “Dark Artifices” series by Cassandra Clare, last book published in the “Shadowhunter Chronicles”. As always Casandra Clare did not disappointed, I loved the book I really got immersed in the story and I could not put it down. The review for this one will be up on Thursday, if you want to know more about my thoughts for this book.

Then I picked up “Days of blood and starlight” by Laini Taylor and I do not know what is it about this book that I cannot get into it. Probably these are a few of the reasons I do not want to keep with it, there are lots of characters that only appeared for a short period of time at the end of book one, also the fact that it has different storylines. Therefore, you can guess I got into a major reading slump and now that the month is over I have decided to set the book in my shelf for this month, because it is just not going to happen anytime soon.

As for my TBR, since the last past months have not been that great I have set an ambitious TBR with things that I think might get me back to reading.
The first book I want to be completing is the last book in the “Lux” series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, “Opposition”. The truth is that I like this series but it is not like the best thing I have ever read; however, it is something new in the fantasy department for me since I do not read much series about aliens. Apart from that the past books in the series had always been able to capture me and want to read, which is what I need right now.
Then I want to keep going with the “Parasol protectorate” series by reading its fourth book, “Heartless” by Gail Carriger. This is another series from which I have enjoyed the previous books, however the third one was not exactly my favorite and maybe that is the reason I have been putting it off.

Moving forward I want to read an entire trilogy, because there has been time since I last did this and the truth is that I enjoy doing it, especially when series capture me. For this “challenge” I have chosen “The Royals” series by Erin Watt, since it was recommended by the youtuber Tashapolis and she said it was highly addictive, quite what I need right now.

Then since it is summer I have chosen three contemporary books, which are right on my ally at this moment. The first one being “The truth about forever” by Sarah Dessen, one of the most recommended summery reads in every list I could find. Second on my list is “Burn for burn” by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian; I have read books by Jenny Han before and I really like her contemporary romance, this time the plot seems a little more twisty, therefore I wanted to give it a try. Last but not least, I want to read “Hopeless” by Colleen Hoover, another author I have read previously and really enjoyed.

To conclude I want to mention a book I forgot when I was doing my TBR and I remember it came out recently and that is “Always and Forever, Lara Jane” the third book in the “To all the boys I’ve loved before” by Jenny Han. It would be awesome if I could squeeze this book in since I really want to read it, if not it will definitely be on my august TBR.

As I said, I am being really ambitious however I think I can manage it since I am excited for all the books in the list.

Thanks for reading,