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September Wrap-Up

I know it is almost November  but I noticed I had not posted my September Wrap-Up yet so here it is!

 

I've been really busy with with work and other stuff these past few weeks and I have not been able to post as much as I would have liked. Also, I did not read that much either. Still, I managed to read a few books in september.

 

I only read 4 books and I am really behind on my reading challenge. But I don't want to pressure myself to much about it and I just want to read whatever I feel like reading!

 

You're Welcome, Universe - Whitney Gardner  Save the Date - Morgan Matson  The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Bracken  A Reaper at the Gates - Sabaa Tahir  

 

Also I just adopted a baby cat so expect a lot of pictures of him with books :) 

 

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#54 - A Reaper a the Gates y Sabaa Tahir

A Reaper at the Gates - Sabaa Tahir

I remembered being really excited for this book after finishing A Torch Against The Night but then I did not pick it up directly after it came out. I also thought I would read this really fast but I also took my time reading it. I could not totally focus on this book and I can’t say why. Not because it was bad or I was not interested in the story but I was not into it as much as I would have liked to. I think it was a bad time for me to read this and I should have picked up a lighter book (that is what I did right after though). Still, I enjoyed this book!

 

I think this book was my least favourite of the three because I was not happy with what happens to Elias in it. I am actually kind of sad and furious about his storyline. However, after the events of the last book I was expecting to see less of Helene Aquilla and it was a great surprise to see that she was so present in the book. I love her character and I think she is really interesting. She was less torn between staying faithful to the Empire and helping Elias in this book but the poor girl has a lot of bad things happening to her. I feel like Laia wa also way less present in this book but I did not really care. I can’t say why but I am not a fan of her.

 

The storyline was not predictable and full of surprising events. I just think that it was a bit too slow sometimes.

 

This book was massive and it took me a lot of time to read it but I still really enjoyed it and I will definitely read the next one.

#53 - The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Bracken

I FINALLY decided to read this book. Honestly it had been on my TBR for ages and with the movie coming out I decided to see if it was worth the hype. And IT IS (I immediately ordered the following book).

 

This is a post-apocalyptic book where teenagers are suffering from a kind of virus that killed most of them and the one surviving end up with strange powers. That is why there are locked in “rehabilitation camps”. Honestly, those are my favourite kind of books; I could never grow tired of this. We have seen thousands upon thousands of stories involving diseases and teenagers but I just LOVE that. Anyway, Ruby is among the one surviving and she is sent to Thurmond of which she will escape and run for her life.

 

Ruby is my favourite type of character. She is a normal teenager; she has her fears and she is no superhero. But she is also a real badass when faced with danger, I thought she was weak at the beginning but the more danger she faces, the angrier she gets and she is such a strong character. I loved everything about her.

 

The other characters were interesting as well, especially Zu who is one of my favourites. I hope we will get more of her in the coming books, but I am not so sure about it.

 

The relationships between those teenagers were interesting and particularly well developed. Even in their condition, they still are teenagers and so they behave like ones.

The middle of the book was a bit slower and I think it could have been a little bit shorter but honestely, it is just to find a flaw in the book!

 

I can’t wait to discover the rest of the series (and watch the movie as well!).

#52 - You're Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner

You're Welcome, Universe - Whitney Gardner

This is a masterpiece! Seriously, this book deserves so much more! I want everyone to read it.

 

I don’t remember when or why I bought this book, maybe there was a discount or something. I had heard great things about it but did not know more that than. I decided to pick it up last month expecting a fun contemporary read.

 

Fun, it was. But it was also so much more than that! The main character is totally amazing, and I liked every aspect of her personality. Seriously, she is the best.

The main character, Julia, is going to the Kingston School for the Deaf but she gets expelled and has to go to a “mainstream” school. Julia is amazing because she is an independent teenage girl, but she can also be vulnerable sometimes.  She will meet new people and experiences new things at this school, and of course she will have some bad experiences to.

 

The story is an ordinary one, the only difference is that Julia has a disability. And I LOVED how it was introduced in this story. I don’t know how to explain but even if you knew Julia is Deaf, it is not what you noticed at first about her. I even sometimes forgot. And I think it’s great because it could help a lot of people realized that people with disabilities are just like us and that their lives is not so different. They don’t need help all the time, they don’t need pity most of all and they just need to be treated like everyone. I think it was shown perfectly in this book.

 

I fell in love with Julia and her (diverse) family. I loved that her family is so diverse, but it does not feel forced. Sometimes I have the impression that authors try to include diverse characters but just to include them, if you know what I mean. I thought that Julia family was so great!

 

It is a coming of age story about a young girl who does not totally fit into society because of what other people think of her. And it was beautiful. Everybody should read this book!

#51 - Save the Date by Morgan Matson

Save the Date - Morgan Matson

I’ve listened to this as an audiobook and I thought it was a great way to read this book. I am not sure I would have liked it as much if I had read the physical copy.

 

Charlie Grant is the youngest in a family of 5 brothers and sisters; she is the only one still living at home. Their mother is a cartoonist and she draws about their family. Charlie’s sister is getting married and Charlie is excited about having all her siblings in their house again, which had not happened for 5 years. She has been planning this for months and she can’t wait to have the perfect weekend with them. Unfortunately, all will not go according to plan.

 

I think it was really funny that everything was a total disaster in the wedding planning, and every time you think it couldn’t be worse something even bigger happens (it’s funny cause I am also currently planning my wedding and some of those things could totally happen to me).

 

The characters were great and even if you only have Charlie’s point of view you also get to know them a little bit better.

 

The whole book is a about Charlie not wanting things to change, it was the main theme of the book and I thought it was really well done. In the end, you get that changes are scary but they can be for the best too.

 

If you have read Megan Matson’s books before and you enjoyed it, you will definitely enjoy this one as well. It was a funny, cute and entertaining read.

#50 - War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

War Storm (Red Queen) - Victoria Aveyard

I had been really excited about this book after finishing King’s Cage but then I forgot about it. I hadn’t bought it and I don’t know, I just forgot which is weird as Red Queen had been one of my favorite read. I just kind of lost my interest for this series over the year. It is kind of sad. But I still enjoyed reading War Storm and I think the ending was great.

 

I still don’t like Mare or Cal. I actually hate them and I was not rooting for them at all, I kind of did not care about their problems. But I really enjoyed reading about Iris and Maven, I wish there were more chapters about them. I needed to know more about Iris Cygnet who is an amazing character in my opinion. Maven is just a little piece of shit but I can’t help but love him. Farley is a fierce and badass woman and I liked her. The other characters I did not really cared about.

 

I got confused a lot of time reading this book because I felt like there was a lot of coming and going everywhere and I did not always get why they were leaving or where they were going. It was confusing for me as it had been a while since I had read a Red Queen novel and I did not really remember the name of the different places. But this is just my own fault, I should have read a recap or something before starting War Storm.

 

The pace was too slow in my opinion; there were many pages where sometimes nothing was happening at all. And then all the action happened in the last pages. I have to say, the final scene between Mare and Maven.. oh my. It was intense!

 

I cannot really elaborate on the plot without revealing too much information on the series thought. I would recommend to read this if you have been a fan of the series or if you enjoyed the first books, it is still worth it!

 

Despite the fact that I did not enjoy it that much, I am really sad this series is over because I have been reading it for years now. I remember reading Red Queen while I was supposed to be studying for my exams at university. It is one of the first YA book I read back in the days when I started watching Booktube and writing reviews so it means a lot to me.

August wrap-up

Again, August was not a really good reading month. The weather was quite nice and I used to go out a lot with my friends to make the most of  it (we are not used to dry and warm weather where I live). Oh, I also went to several festivals again and celebrated different things with my friends, so not a lot of time to read.

 

But I really enjoyed the books I read, so that is a good thing :)

 

So here are the 7 books I read in the month of August (well, I thought I did not read that much but in the end 7 is pretty good!):

 

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks - E. Lockhart  Orpheum - D.S. Murphy  Of Fire and Stars - Audrey Coulthurst  To All the Boys I've Loved Before - JennyHan  P.S. I Still Love You - Jenny Han  Always and Forever, Lara Jean - Jenny Han  War Storm (Red Queen) - Victoria Aveyard  

 

Including 3 audiobooks which is a lot as I usually listen to one every month.

 

September is here and it will also be really busy, I have a dancing show coming up at the end of the month and I have to train at least 2 times a week for it, so I know I will be exhausteud and won't have as much time to read as I would like to (also started playing Zelda again and man, this is taking so much of my time!)

 

I hope you had a good summer!

#47, 48, 49 - To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han (series review)

Always and Forever, Lara Jean - Jenny Han P.S. I Still Love You - Jenny Han To All the Boys I've Loved Before - JennyHan

I’ve marathoned this series on Audible so I decided to write a review of the entire trilogy and not one review per book. I am a bit confused about what happened in which book so let’s just write something about the three books!

 

The whole trilogy was one of the cutest things I’ve ever read. Honestly, I am typically not a huge fan of cute stories where nothing real bad happens (I love drama!) but this series was just amazing.

 

Lara Jean and her family are great characters. I especially love how Lara Jean is a “good girl” and totally assumes it. She does not want to do stuff to impress people, her best friend is not really what you’d call a “good girl” but Lara Jean stays true to herself anyway and she does not get influenced by other people. I really loved that about her. The only problem I have with that is that it does not seem realistic to me (or relatable). Peter, on the contrary, is really realistic and reminded me of a lot of people I knew back in high school. He seems like a jerk but once you know him better, you understand he’s a good guy (and you cannot help but love him for that). All the characters were really well developed and even if you only got Lara Jean’s point of view you get the feeling that you know all of them really well (Do I need to say how much I love Kitty? She is so funny and cute).

 

The storylines of the books were easy to follow, a bit predicable but not in a bad way. You just follow the life of an ordinary teenage girl and it was refreshing to read that. Nothing (too) crazy happening to her (well, if you forgot the part about the letters), she is just having a regular life and I was glad for it, I really needed to read something like that.

The romance is one of the best I’ve read in YA contemporary; even if most of it was predictable, I really loved how it was handled. I was really rooting for this relationship and it was sometimes really cute.

 

The last book was particularly interesting as Lara Jean is going through her last year of high school and leaving for college. I know from what I’ve read that college is a really big deal in the US, for us here, it really not is such a huge change. Most of the time you go study in the nearest city or even if you are going to another city, no matter where it is, you can come back every weekend if you want to as the country is really small. So yeah, it changes quite a lot because you become an “adult” but apart from that, most people stay at home. But here it was pretty clear that Lara Jean’s life was really going to change a lot; she won’t be home with her sister and her dad anymore, she will have to make new friend,s live in a new city all by herself etc. which can be pretty scary! And I think the author did a wonderful job here. She perfectly shows that going to college (as a metaphor for going into adulthood) includes a lot of changes but it does not mean some things can’t stay the same. The really important part is staying true to yourself and I think it was beautifully shown in the last book.

 

I can’t express how much I loved this series and how emotional I was at the end of it (I finished it on my way to work and it was so hard to focus after that!).

I don’t want to say too much about it because really, apart from telling you to read it because it is cute and well written and absolutely amazing I don’t know what to say.

#46 - Of fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Of Fire and Stars - Audrey Coulthurst

 

I just marked this book as finished on my Goodreads and I noticed that there were a lot of bad reviews. But as far as I am concerned, I think it was a great and entertaining book.

I really had fun reading it; it was fast-paced, the characters were nice, and the setting was original. I wish the magic system was a little bit more developed though, I feel like there should have been more explanation about it. I was waiting for something that never came.

 

But we all agree to say that the most important part of this book is the romance. I could describe this book as an impossible love in a magical setting. Because I think I know why people are disappointed; when you read the description of the book, you may expect something more than that. But, this is “only” a romance novel. But that was totally fine with me.

 

I think the romance is cute and I liked learning more about those two characters. However, it is true that everything that happened beyond that was not relevant and I did not really care about the supposed war. The story could have happened in a contemporary setting it wouldn’t have made any difference to me.

 

I recommend this book to anyone looking for a cute (same sex) romance.

#45 - Orpheum by D.S. Murphy

Orpheum - D.S. Murphy

I read the first part of Orpheum back in the beginning of this year so when I saw that it was updated I wanted to read the rest of the story. I really enjoyed it, but not as much as the first part though.

I always love the mix between ordinary and extraordinary things in books, it is so great to see those two worlds collide. It was again in this book, really well done.

 

I was a bit confused at the beginning because I was not sure about how the story ended and I had forgotten about most of the character’s names. But after a few pages it was easier, and I was really into it.

I don’t really know what to say because I don’t want to reveal any elements of the story, even more so if you have not read the first part of the book, but I can tell you that is really great and I definitely recommend this.

#44 - The disreputable history of Frankie Landau-Banks

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks - Tanya Eby Sirois, E. Lockhart

This book was way better than I expected. I thought it would be a contemporary romance, but it was more than that.

 

I fell in love with the writing in this book. I read We Were Liars quite a long time ago and I did not remember the writing to be that good, even if I liked it. I really enjoyed it in this book.

 

The plot is not the best, honestly; not a lot happened in the book. But the idea behind it was really original.

 

The characters were complex and I really liked discovering more about all of them. Frankie is such an amazing character; I wanted to know more about her. She wants to belong and she would do anything for it. She really is determined to achiever her goals. That is something I liked about her. What I did not like that much was how she reacted to her boyfriend and to men in general. But I think it was important to the development of the book and it was well done in my opinion.

 

This book is full of interesting lessons, it made you think about a lot of different issues and I liked that. Like in We Were Liars, you expect something light and end up with quite a heavy book.

 

I totally recommend reading this. Also, it is not really long and I read it really quickly because I could not put it down, it was entertaining, fun but also really interesting!

#43 - Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated edition)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition - J.K. Rowling, Jim Kay

It was good! And It was great to read a Harry Potter story on the actual date of Harry's birthday! But in my opinion, there were not enough illustrations in this one. I needed more!! (but still, the book is really pretty)

June + July wrap-up

I haven't read that much in the last two months. I went to different festivals, spent a lot of time with friends and family and celebrated a lot of birthdays (including mine). So it also meant less time for reading, but it was great.

 

So here are the books I read in June and July:

 

The Boy on the Bridge - M.R. Carey  Before I Go to Sleep - S.J. Watson  Becoming Human - Eliza Green  Landline - Rainbow Rowell  Evergreen (Mer Tales, Book 2) - Brenda Pandos  Vicious - V.E. Schwab  Renegades - Marissa Meyer  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition - J.K. Rowling,Jim Kay  

#42 - Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Renegades - Marissa Meyer

I was excited about this book but also a bit scared because I had read mixed reviews. But in the end it was really great and I can’t wait to read more about this world and its characters.

I am all about superheroes these days, after reading Vicious and watching The Incredibles last week! The book was fast-paced, fun and entertaining.

I loved the duality between the good guys and the bad guys, which is not at all what it seems, the villains not really being villains and the heroes who are not really what they seem.

Nova is a really great character and her relationships with the Renegades is interesting and complex. I really love the fact that she understands the Renegades are not all bad and the Anarchists are not all good either. We have both perspectives and it was nice.

I really would have liked to learn more about new abilities, some of them were really intriguing and I needed more!

Anyway, I can’t wait to read what is next.

#41 - Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Vicious - V.E. Schwab

This book was really enjoyable. I don't often read adult novel and I was really glad I decided to pick this one up because it was amazing.

The plot is intriguing; it is somewhat unreal but not fantastic, I mean everything has a rational explanation and I liked that about it, it made it more real. I found that the main topic about EO really cool and I had never really thought about that. Sure, it is not something new, there are a billion materials about superheroes, but I particularly enjoyed this one, as the heroes are in fact "villains". Despite the fact that they are supposed to be villains, I soon grew fond of them!

It is fast-paced and full of mystery, I had a lot of questions reading this book and I could not stop reading because I needed the answers.

I totally recommend this book!

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