March-April wrap up

Hello, hi! Today I am sharing with you the books that I read in March and April. I’ve decided to combine my wrap up since I’ve literally (re)read 1 book in April (thanks exams). So let’s go!

What I read in March:

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

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Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein. (Goodreads)

Okay so I had to read this for college and I really liked it! The plot was captivating and the characters were great. It was also really interesting to study the hidden messages in class and get to know more about the inspirations of the author.

Rating: 4 stars

A Very Large Expanse of Sea – Tahereh Mafi

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It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped. Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother. But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. (Goodreads)

So many people were talking about this book and I just had to give it a go. However, I was quite disappointed. The main plot was thought-provoking and I loved the message of this book. The main issue I had with this book was that it was very romance heavy and I didn’t really like it. To be honest, I feel that some parts of the plot could have been more developed. But it was still good and I’m so glad Tahereh Mafi wrote this book because so many people will relate to Shirin’s struggles.

Rating: 3.5 stars

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ’80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways. (Goodreads)

3 words: TRUST THE HYPE. This book… OMG how do I explain how I felt about this book? It was phenomenal! The representation was fantastic, the characters were well-rounded and I liked the format of the book. Also, the audiobook was fantastic! Evelyn Hugo has quickly become one of my favorite characters of ALL TIME. Read it, please.

Rating: 5 stars (but it honestly deserves more than that)

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy – Cassandra Clare

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I can’t talk about this without spoiling the beginning of the series but I loved it. To be honest, some parts were slower and I wasn’t really engaged the whole time I was reading this book. But if you’re planning to read The Dark Artifices, I would highly recommend reading this first.

Daisy Jones and The Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now. Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. … By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things. Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. … Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend. (Goodreads)

Okay, so I have sort of an unpopular opinion on this book. While I liked the format of the book and the writing (of course, because Taylor Jenkins Reid is an amazing writer), I had a few issues with it. One of them was that I really didn’t like Daisy Jones. I get that she is supposed to be an unlikable character but I felt like she didn’t have any redeemable quality. Also, I didn’t connect with any of the characters except Billy. I know he is flawed too but I appreciated to see his struggles in recovery and desire to get better. So I overall enjoyed my experience reading it and I would recommend picking the audiobook because it is incredible.

Rating: 3.5 stars

What I read in April:

City of Bones – Cassandra Clare

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This was of course a reread and I of course loved it. Though I have to say, I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first time I read it but it was still good.

Rating: 5 stars (and it will always be 5 stars)

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January-February wrap up

Hi everyone! Today I’ve decided to share the books I read in January and February and give you my general opinion on each and everyone of them. This is going to be SOOO long so let’s start.

What I’ve read in January:

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe – Benjamin Alire Saénz

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Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be. (Goodreads)

Well well well, to be honest, this book was a bit disappointing. I have heard so many people raving about this book, saying that it was one of their favorite books of all time and basically recommending it to anyone. And that’s why I decided to pick it up. While I quite enjoyed the plot, I really didn’t like Aristotle. I just struggled to understand him and to connect with him. Some of his reactions seemed so unnatural and he was really passive and sometimes rude. On the contrary, I LOVED Dante. He was a ray of sunshine and I would love to read a book from his perspective only.

Rating: 3.75 stars

What I lost – Alexandra Ballard

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What sixteen-year-old Elizabeth has lost so far: forty pounds, four jean sizes, a boyfriend, and her peace of mind. As a result, she’s finally a size zero. She’s also the newest resident at Wallingfield, a treatment center for girls like her—girls with eating disorders. Elizabeth is determined to endure the program so she can go back home, where she plans to start restricting her food intake again. She’s pretty sure her mom, who has her own size 0 obsession, needs treatment as much as she does. Maybe even more. Then Elizabeth begins receiving mysterious packages. Are they from her ex-boyfriend, a secret admirer, or someone playing a cruel trick? (Goodreads)

This was an emotional read for me. I absolutely loved it and I related to so many aspects of the plot. I would recommend this to anyone who struggled with an eating disorder and who is in the right state of mind to read it since it can be triggering at times.

Rating: 5 stars 

Scythe – Neal Shusterman

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A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own. (Goodreads)

This book was SO good! I can’t explain how much I enjoyed it. The plot was amazing, the characters were amazing, some important topics were discussed and I want everyone to read it! My only complaint is the romance. For me, this book didn’t need a romance and it kind of went out of nowhere and I just couldn’t care less about it.

Rating: 4,5 stars

The Birthday Party – Harold Pinter

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Stanley Webber is visited in his boarding house by strangers, Goldberg and McCann. An innocent-seeming birthday party for Stanley turns into a nightmare. (Goodreads)

Okay, of course, this was a required reading. Quite honestly, I don’t know what to think about this book, hence why I decided not to rate this book.

Rating: — 

An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

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Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear. It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother.  … When Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy. There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. (Goodreads)

This book has become one of my absolute favorites! The plot was compelling, the world was well developed and I couldn’t put the book down. Laia and Elias were two very complex characters and I can’t wait to know more about them and about the world that Sabaa Tahir has created! Highly recommend if you want to read a spectacular high fantasy series.

Rating: 5 stars

Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur

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Okay. I didn’t really liked this one. I’m starting to think that poetry collections are not for me. Also, I didn’t relate to the topics discussed in this collection. However, I enjoyed the message and I would highly recommend it if you like poetry.

Rating: 3 stars

City of Glass – Cassandra Clare

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This was a reread for me. Once again, I loved this book. Though, I have to admit that I was a little bit bored sometimes. But, I still appreciated the characters and the plot as per usual.

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. (Goodreads)

A book with a strong message that anyone should read. I actually have chills thinking about it. This book allowed me to acknowledge what black people may experience in their lives and it made me realize that there’s still a lot to do towards equality.

Rating: 4.5 stars

What I’ve read in February:

The Way I Used to Be – Amber Smith

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Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes. (Goodreads)

This book deals with a girl who has been sexually assaulted but that doesn’t talk about her experience. I listened to the audiobook and I have to say that it was really well done! Now of course, there’s a BIG trigger warning for rape in this book. I liked the structure of the book as it is told in four parts: freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year. However, to be fair, I didn’t really understand some of the reactions of the main character. But I don’t feel like I can judge her since I haven’t experienced what she has been through. My only real complain is that I felt that the ending was a little bit rushed. I would have wanted to know more about how other people react to what Eden has experienced and see how she was going to get help.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Saga Vol.4 + Saga Vol.5 – Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

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There’s not much to say about these graphic novels. They were good, I really enjoyed reading them.

Rating: 4 stars/3.5 stars

A Torch Against the Night – Sabaa Tahir

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This is the second installment of the Ember in the Ashes quartet. While I liked the book, I have to say that I prefered the first one. The truth is I don’t really like on-the-go books and as the characters were travelling during most of the book it didn’t really worked for me. However, I appreciated learning more about Laia and Elias. Oh, and the plot twists were so… UNBELIEVABLE. Highly recommend.

Rating: 4.5 stars

And what about you? Did you read any of these books? What did you think about them?

Thanks for reading! I hope you’re having an amazing day!

thank u, next book tag!

Hello! Today I wanted to do a tag. So I’ve decided to do this one. This tag is inspired by Ariana Grande’s song thank u, next and it was created by thisstoryaintover on BookTube. It came out quite a few months ago but I don’t care. I’m not a huge fan of Ariana Grande’s songs anymore but the tag still sounded cool so let’s go!

Name a book that you said “thank u, next” to, i.e. DNF’d (did not finish)

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I don’t usually DNF books. The ONLY book I ever DNFed was After we collided by Anna Todd. Okay, so I read the first book in the series years ago and it took me SOO long because it was so boring! Besides, I couldn’t stand the main character or anything really in this book. But, one of my friends wanted me to try the rest of the series. Therefore, I started reading it and… I couldn’t finish this freaking book! It was so unnecessarily long and nothing happened and I just couldn’t take it anymore.

Name a book that taught you love (i.e. a book you loved)

Read Away the Day: Review: Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare taught me what real love is. Oh gosh, I don’t even know what to say about this book. Just WOW.

Name a book that taught you patience.

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I really struggled getting into Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. The beginning was a bit slow and I wasn’t really engaged with the story. But I’m SO glad I read the entire series because it is spectacular.

Name a book that taught you pain.

BOOK REVIEW | CLOCKWORK PRINCESS BY CASSANDRA CLARE

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare DESTROYED me and I’m not recovered from it yet.

Name a book that you loved at the time of reading but in hindsight you do not like as much anymore but which you still learned some other quality from.

Why It Sucks Being A ‘Twilight’ Apologist | Thought Catalog

Hum… Twilight maybe?? Oh, I used to love this series. Then of course, I realized that it wasn’t as great as I had previously thought. However, I guess it taught me that it is okay to like something that other people don’t because all of my friends hated (and still hate) this series!

Name a book you’re currently talking to, i.e. have the hots for.

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An Ember in the Ashes! It is SOOOO amazing! I love the world, I love the characters (Eliiiiasss), I love EVERYTHING about this series.

Name the book that gon’ last – the book of you – the book that helped you love yourself a little bit more.

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Can I say Harry Potter? Yes, well I’m going to say Harry Potter. This series made me the reader and the person I am today. It made me feel part of something and even to this day, we still regularly talk about Harry Potter with my friends. And of course, it’s always going to be a favourite of mine.

Tag someone do to the tag!

I tag everyone who comes across this tag to do it! It is SO fun.

Thank you so much for reading! And what about you? What book did you say “thank u, next” to?

TBR: Top 19 books I want to read before the end of 2019

Hello everyone! Today I am going to share the books/series I NEED to read before 2019 is over. This is going to be quite long so let’s start!

Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor

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The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever. (Goodreads)

Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo

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Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. (Goodreads)

Six of crows – Leigh Bardugo

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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first. (Goodreads)

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

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The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. 
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. (…) (Goodreads)

Renegades – Marissa Meyer

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Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.
The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both. (Goodreads)

A reaper at the gates – Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes #3)

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(Spoilers if you haven’t read An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night): Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.
And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias’s devotion–even at the cost of his humanity. (Goodreads)

The Dark Artifices – Cassandra Clare

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(Spoilers if you haven’t read The Mortal Instruments): It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.
Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…
Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. (…) (Goodreads)

The Red Scrolls of Magic – Cassandra Clare

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All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. But as soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke.
Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand and its elusive new leader before the cult can cause any more damage. (Goodreads)

Carry On – Rainbow Rowell

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Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.
Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up. (Goodreads)

Vicious – V. E. Schwab

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Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. (Goodreads)

This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab

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There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy … Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city — a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters.  (Goodreads)

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

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The romantic clash between the opinionated Elizabeth and her proud beau, Mr. Darcy, is a splendid performance of civilized sparring. And Jane Austen’s radiant wit sparkles as her characters dance a delicate quadrille of flirtation and intrigue, making this book the most superb comedy of manners of Regency England. (Goodreads)

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

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Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life; indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only his portrait bears the traces of his decadence. The novel was a succès de scandale and the book was later used as evidence against Wilde at the Old Bailey in 1895. It has lost none of its power to fascinate and disturb. (Penguin Random House)

Sadie – Courtney Summers

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Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him. When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he … starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late. (Goodreads)

Radio Silence – Alice Oseman

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Frances Janvier spends most of her time studying. Everyone knows Aled Last as that quiet boy who gets straight As. You probably think that they are going to fall in love or something. Since he is a boy and she is a girl. They don’t. They make a podcast. In a world determined to shut them up, knock them down, and set them on a cookie cutter life path, Frances and Aled struggle to find their voices over the course of one life-changing year. Will they have the courage to show everyone who they really are? Or will they be met with radio silence? (Goodreads)

Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi

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They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. … Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. Danger lurks in Orïsha. … Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy. (Goodreads)

The Afterlife of Holly Chase – Cinthia Hand

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On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways. She didn’t. And then she died. Now she’s stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge–as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past. Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable. But this year, everything is about to change. . . .

Heretics Anonymous – Katie Henry

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Michael is an atheist. So as he walks through the doors at St. Clare’s—a strict Catholic school—sporting a plaid tie, things can’t get much worse. His dad has just made the family move again, and Michael needs a friend. When a girl challenges their teacher in class, Michael thinks he might have found one, and a fellow nonbeliever at that. Only this girl, Lucy, is not just Catholic . . . she wants to be a priest. But Lucy introduces Michael to other St. Clare’s outcasts, and he officially joins Heretics Anonymous, where he can be an atheist, Lucy can be an outspoken feminist, Avi can be Jewish and gay, Max can wear whatever he wants, and Eden can practice paganism. After an incident in theology class, Michael encourages the Heretics to go from secret society to rebels intent on exposing the school’s hypocrisies.

Again, but Better – Christine Riccio

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Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal—but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that? Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change—there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure! Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart. Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic—the possibilities are endless. (Goodreads)

Well, this is a pretty ambitious TBR but it doesn’t matter if I don’t read all the books in the list. The most important thing is to enjoy what I’m reading!

And what about you? What are the books in your TBR that you can’t wait to pick up?

I hope you’re having an amazing day and that you’re reading whatever you want to read. Byye

TheOneWhoReadIt

November-December Wrap Up

Hello everyone! I know, it’s been a while. But I’m back! So let’s start by talking about what I’ve read at the end of 2018. A lot of the books I’ve read were for school and I feel like everyone knows about them, so I’m just going to give you my rating for these books since I have not much to say about them and talk more about the books that I read for pleasure. 

What I’ve read in November:

The Crucible – Arthur Miller 

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Rating: ★★★★

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald 

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Rating: ★★★★

Song of Myself – Walt Whitman

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Rating: ★★★★

 

What I’ve read in December:

Rip Van Winkle – Washington Irving

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Rating: ★★★★

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

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Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised. (Goodreads) 

I really liked Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. It was a quick and fun read. However I believe that the hype got to me, I was just expecting more from it. That being said, it was still an enjoyable read and the movie is amaziiing! 

Rating: ★★★★

Assassination Classroom vol.1 – Yūsei Matsui

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The students in Class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Junior High have a new teacher: an alien octopus with bizarre powers and unlimited strength, who’s just destroyed the moon and is threatening to destroy the earth – unless they can kill him first! (Goodreads)

If you’re familiar with the anime, then you already know what this manga is about. I am so glad that I read this because it was really good! Well, it was basically the beginning of the anime but I enjoy the story so much that I didn’t mind. 

Rating: ★★★★

A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

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I have to share my thoughts on this. I grew up watching movie adaptations of this book but I had never picked it up until last year when I had to read it for school. Honestly, it was perfect to finish the year with this book. I also loved studying about the symbolism, the evolution of Scrooge and the role of each ghost in class. Oh, and you should absolutely read it around Christmas time! 

Rating: ★★★★.5 stars 

 

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you’re having an amazing day and I promise you that other posts are coming soon! Byye. 

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October Wrap Up!

Hello everyone! Spooky month is almost over and I have to admit that I haven’t really read any creepy book, sorry. But I still managed to finish some books and watch some movies. So here’s my October Wrap Up.

Books :

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments #2)

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Okay, let’s be honest, this was actually a re-read (yes, I already said that I was obsessed with this series). Though, I loved diving once again into the amazing world that Cassandra Clare created and I enjoyed getting to see my favorite characters of all time fight demons and try to defeat Valentine.

This is a summary of the first installment of the series if you’re interested in starting the series : When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

My rating : 5/5 stars 

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

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Predictable? Yes, of course, and I don’t even care. I like Magnus Bane so much that I HAD to read this book and OMG, I wasn’t disappointed. Though I have to admit that it took m quite a bit to really get into the story. Nevertheless, it was so intriguing to see how Magnus changed throughout the years and how his reactions were different in similar situations. I 100% recommend reading this book if you’re a fan of the Shadowhunters Chronicles and especially if you love Magnus.

My rating: 5/5 stars

Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson #3) by Rick Riordan

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This was a surprise! The first two books of the series were kind of okay to me because I struggled to connect to the characters and I thought that the story was quite slow sometimes. However, with this one, I truly started to appreciate the main characters and I really enjoyed the plot. Plus, the gods and goddesses that we “meet” in The Titan’s Curse are phenomenal (I have a preference for Apollo and I just want to read The Trials of Apollo now but I can’t 😪). It’s slowly becoming one of my favorite series.

Here’s a summary of the first book of the series:  Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island). Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

My rating: 4,5/5 stars

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

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As you can guess, this was a required reading for school and oh… it was a struggle. The story is about a woman who feels trapped in her marriage and discovers passionate love outside of her condition. I first hated this book since I couldn’t stand the main character. I just didn’t understand some of her decisions and it was difficult for me to relate to her (which is quite obvious since the book has been published in 1899). But, as we studied this book in class, I changed my opinion on it. And even though I don’t pretend to like it, I understand now why people consider it as being feminist.

My rating: 3/5 stars

Now, let’s move on to the movies I watched this month.

Movies :

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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To be honest, I AM NOT a big fan of The Lord of the Rings. Therefore, I thought that it would be interesting to try watching The Hobbit, hoping that MAYBE I’d like the world a little bit more. And… it didn’t fail. I really liked the first movie, even if I have to say that I was getting a little bit bored sometimes.

Summary of the first movie: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever… Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” …a simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know. — (C) Warner Bros

My rating: 3,5/5 stars.

The Kissing Book

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Okay, moving on to another movie I had the chance of seeing this month and that is… The Kissing Booth. It was a very enjoyable and entertaining movie. Though the beginning and some parts were definitely awkward and so unnatural but anyway, it really is a funny and cute movie!

When Elle Evans (Joey King), a pretty, late-bloomer who’s never-been-kissed, decides to run a kissing booth at her high school’s Spring Carnival, she unexpectedly finds herself locking lips with her secret crush- the ultimate bad boy, Noah Flynn (Jacob Elordi). Sparks fly, but there’s one little problem: Noah just happens to be the brother of her best friend, Lee, (Joel Courtney) and is absolutely off limits according to the rules of their friendship pact. Elle’s life is turned upside down when she realizes that she must ultimately make a choice: follow the rules or follow her heart. Based on Beth Reekle’s self-published coming-of-age novel that became an international sensation, THE KISSING BOOTH is a Netflix Film, written and directed by Vince Marcello. 

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Sierra Burgees Is a loser

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Yeah. This one was something. To be fair, I wasn’t going into this with a lot of expectations since I heard a lot of bad reviews on this. However, I have to admit that it wasn’t THAT bad. Don’t get me wrong some moments were really … bizarre, and don’t even get me started on the relationship between the 2 main female characters – which was so, for a lack of better word, unnatural (is that a Netflix thing though?) to me. But if I take the movie as a whole, it’s wasn’t a total disaster.

A case of mistaken identity results in unexpected romance when the most popular girl in high school and the biggest loser must come together to win over their crushes.

My rating: 3/5 stars (or maybe 3.5)

And finally…

A star is born

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YESSS I finally managed to drag my friends to the theater to see this movie. And OMG. This was definitely my favorite movie of the month. It was so emotional and pure and raw. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper did a fantastic job and their interpretation of the two main characters was flawless. I would totally recommend watching this movie. However I have to make it clear that this is not a “light” movie since it deals with really serious matters. I had some issues with the movie at some point of the story but nonetheless A Star is Born is BEAUTIFUL and the soundtrack is pure gold.

In “A Star Is Born,” Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga fuse their considerable talents to depict the raw and passionate tale of Jack and Ally, two artistic souls coming together, on stage and in life. Theirs is a complex journey through the beauty and the heartbreak of a relationship struggling to survive. In this new take on the iconic love story, four-time Oscar nominee Cooper (“American Sniper,” “American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook”), makes his directorial debut, and also stars alongside multiple award-winning, Oscar-nominated music superstar Gaga in her first leading role in a major motion picture. Cooper portrays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally. She has given up on her dream to become a successful singer, until she meets Jack, who immediately sees her natural talent.

My rating: 4.5/5 stars.

This is the end of this very LOOONG monthly wrap up. Feel free to leave some comments and tell me what you read/watch this month!

I hope you’re all doing fine. Byye.

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The Hamilton Book Tag !

Hi everyone!

Today I decided to do a book tag! I’m a HUGE fan of Broadway and especially of Hamilton. So I decided to do The Hamilton Book Tag that was created by Maureen Keavy! Since I heard the album for the first time I can’t stop listening to it… It is SOOO good and I recommend you give it a try.

Let’s jump right in!

The Room Where It Happens: A book world you would put yourself in :

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OH well. Everyone says Harry Potter and I think I’m also gonna choose this world. I mean… it is so cool! It would be fantastic to know how to cast a spell and to fly on a broomstick. I would totally be down for that. Who wants to join?

The Schuyler Sisters: An underrated female character

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Clary Fray! I don’t understand why some people don’t like her. Of course, she is not the best character in the entire world. But we also have to understand that her whole universe shattered. Her mother disappeared and she just discovered that she is a Shadowhunter. How would you react if that happened to you ?

My Shot: A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anyone stop them

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This one is hard. Can I pick Katniss Everdeen? Even though she didn’t want to be the mockingjay at first, she has values. She knows that she wants to protect her sister and she would do anything for her such as taking her place in the Hunger Games… And I just love her, so that’s my choice.

Stay Alive: A character you wish was still alive

SPOILLLLERRRRS for Harry Potter. DO NOT READ if you haven’t devoured this series yet.

Dobby. My heart will always belong to Dobby. Among all the deaths in the history of YA literature, Dobby death is the most heartbreaking one to me. He was just so pure and he always tried to protect Harry Potter and he just deserved the best… RIP Dobby.

Burn: The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read

SPOILLLLEERRRRS for The Infernal Devices.

Wessa. The epilogue destroyed me. I was sobbing so hard and because of it I couldn’t pick another book for days. What really KILLED me was when Tessa is at Magnus’ house and starts shouting and crying. Oh boy, I get chills and I’m getting emotional so let’s just move on, shall we?

You’ll Be Back: Sassiest villain

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I’m a broken record but anyway… Sebastian Morgenstern. His character is just so complex and he definitely has layers. The relationship he has with Clary and Jace is so tense and it just adds so much to this series that I have to choose him.

The Reynolds Pamphlet: A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming

SPOILLLLERRRRS

Any Cassandra Clare’s books. Okay, I’ll try something else. I really didn’t see the twist from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. During the majority of the book I was convinced that I knew what was going to happen. Then, I read the end of the book and I was shocked. Maven, how could you do that ?!!! And we all understood that his mother was evil…. but can someone be that evil ?!

Non-Stop: A series you marathoned

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Every series I read. It is king of my thing. I’m always worried that I might forget something that happened in the story if I wait to pick the sequel. Though, the last series I marathoned was… The Mortal Instruments (what a surprise).

Satisfied: Favorite book with multiple POVs

The Mortal Instruments. Okay, that’s enough. 

Film vs. Book: Breaking Dawn: Book vs Film

My SECOND favourite book with multiple point of views is Breaking Dawn (OOOh, shame on me). Now I know Twilight has flaws but I can not hate it, maybe because it was one of the first series that I really like. To be honest, I struggled with the first and the second book and I was hesitating of completely giving up on the series. But then I read Eclipse and I loved it. I think having multiple point of views just made the experience more enjoyable since there were different perspectives. My favourite point of view was Edward’s. Yeah, sorry team Jacob.

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history

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HARRYYYYYY freaking POOTTTER. Do I need to say something else?

Harry Potter was the first series I ever read. If I hadn’t picked it up, I would have never be the reader that I am today. Before reading Harry Potter, I HATED books (how was that even possible??) and I’m not the only one : many people started reading books because of Harry Potter. Not only that, Harry Potter created bonds between people that became friends because of it. And I’m so grateful to have this series in my life.

BONUS questions !

Helpless: A relationship you were pulling for from the very start

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For this one, I decided to go with the relationship between Colin and Lindsey from An Abundance of Catherines by John Green. I feel as if I’m the only one who read this book but let’s just keep going. I really didn’t like this book. The story was dragging to me. Nothing was really happening and of course, from the beginning I understood that Colin was going to end with Lindsay. The worst part is that I didn’t even care.

Ten Duel Commandments: Favorite fight scene

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To be honest, I’m not a big fan of fight scenes. But what I can say is that I really like the fight scenes in Percy Jackson. These books are action-packed and if you’re into this, you will clearly like it!

Say No To This: Guilty pleasure read

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I never understood that kind of questions because why should you feel guilty about reading a book ? But for the sake of this tag, I will give an answer : The Selection from Kiera Cass. The reason I picked this book was just to read it for fun. It wasn’t a memorable nor exceptional story but I appreciated it.

What Comes Next: A series you wish had more books

I don’t really like LOOOOONG series so I don’t have an answer to this question…

Right Hand Man: Favorite BROTP

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I’m sorry but I have to choose Will and Jem from The Infernal Devices. Their relationship is so unique and pure. It is so beautiful to see two people care so much about one another.

What’d I Miss: A book or series you were/still are late to reading

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There are so many of them but the one I want to read now is A Darker Shade Of Magic by Victoria Schwab.

THE END

I’m so sad this is already over… I had so much fun doing this tag and I will do another tag soon I think.

What about you? What are your favorite songs from the Hamilton soundtrack? Mine are Satisfied, Wait For It, Non-Stop, The Reynolds Pamphlet and Who Lives, who dies, who tells your story.

I hope you’re all doing great! Byye ❤