Book Review | The Alloy of Law

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Synopsis:

“Centuries after the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is on the verge of modernity – railroads, electric street lights, and skyscrapers. Waxillium Ladrian can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will. After 20 years in the dusty Roughs, in the city of Elendel, the new head of a noble house may need to keep his guns.”

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“You are inexperienced. So was I, once. So is every man. The measure of a person is not how much they have lived. It is not how easily they jump at a noise or how quick they are to show emotion. It’s in how they make use of what life has shown them.”

Oh God, how I’ve missed Sanderson’s books! Ever since I finished the Mistborn trilogy I’ve been meaning to get to The Alloy of Law, and I can’t believe it took me this long to pick it up! I had heard so many things about this, especially how it didn’t come even close to how epic and amazing the original Mistborn trilogy was, and I disagree. I do think that this does not even compare to the original books yet, I don’t think Brandon Sanderson intended this to be like those three first books. He has said so himself, he just wanted to create in this new novel a story that would be set in the same world but showing how much this world had changed. And he excelled at doing that. It is a very rare thing to see in the Fantasy genre worlds that resemble a “modern” world, because then we would be talking about a completely different genre, like urban fantasy, but not fantasy per se. And yet, Sanderson did it. He was able to take that gloomy and dark world of Scadrial from the Mistborn series and realistically turn it into a modern one. All the changes and introductions he did to show the passing of time -300 years if we are going to be specific- made sense, and I think this is the first time I see an author from that genre do something like this.

The Alloy of Law, like I’ve said, is set in Scadrial, the same world of the Mistborn trilogy, but we get to see how the world changed after the events of that last book. Even though everything related to the different magic systems -Allomancy, Feruchemy and Hemalurgy- still exist, we are introduced to a modern world. The people have now developed inventions, they have electricity, railways, trains, and guns. Even though at first I was a bit hesitant about the guns, what Sanderson shows us in this book is absolute genius. Imagine all the possibilities of having guns with Allomancers who can actually push or pull on metal? You could not only tear guns away from people’s hands but also change the trajectory of bullets into whatever direction you would want.

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I get why many people when reviewing this book say “it isn’t like Mistborn; it’s not as deep as those books were”, and that is where I think they don’t get what Sanderson was trying to do. He only ever intended for this to be fun. And it was such a joyful ride. True, there are criminals doing awful things, there are serial killers, kidnappers, but it is the lack of that gloomy and dark world that makes this so much lighter than the previous books. And another reason for that is due to the characters themselves. The constant sass and banter from Wax & Wayne was everything this book needed to make it even more enjoyable and light-hearted. The dynamic between those two was one of the highlights of this book for me, I loved and enjoyed every single interaction they had, and just like Marasi said, it does feel as if they were brothers. And Marasi, one of the female characters, also plays a huge part in making the story funnier and more intriguing. I’ve always thought that Sanderson should include more female characters to his stories, since it is usually the case where there is a group of guys and only one female character, and I think that is an aspect of his writing that he needs to improve on, yet with Marasi and later on with the appearance of Ranette, I was satisfied. Marasi brought wisdom and freshness to the story, and as an independent young lady facing many insecurities about herself and her family history, she was never anything but loyal towards Wax and strong-minded.

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I also want to talk about Wayne, the main character, a little bit more. We are introduced into the story with an extremely harsh and unexpected scene -those who have read this book know what I’m talking about. And so, we are already aware of the baggage Wayne might be dealing with throughout, at least, the beginning of the book; we see him struggling afterwards from PTSD from that particular event in his life, and we also see him trying to overcome his grief and his past life of lawmaker in the Roughs to try to save the finances of his house in the city of Elendel. Throughout the book we see his constant struggles between these two sides of him: the lawmaker and Lord Ladrian. Will he be able to find balance between both of them? Or will he have to renounce one in order to be the other?

Even though I was initially going to rate this 4 stars, the last few chapters were absolutely mind-blowing and it was impossible for me to give this anything less than 5 stars. There are no other fight scenes or battle scenes as the ones Sanderson writes, and this one was no exception. And it wasn’t only particularly the fight scene, but the whole ending that left such a strong impression in me. The constant mentions of old characters from the Mistborn trilogy, which are now considered and regarded as Gods or part of religion and myth, the epilogue with the appearance of Ironeyes *cries forever*, and the revelation as to who was the person behind the whole plot with the Vanishers turned this into a solid 5 star book.

If you have never read a Brandon Sanderson book, please pick one up, you will not regret it, I swear. He has a way with words and with creating unique world-buildings that I have never witnessed in my life. I just can’t wait to read the next two books in this series!

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Book Review | A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars

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“Fourteen-year-old Sante isn’t sure where she comes from, but she has a recurring dream of escaping a shipwreck in a sea chest as a baby with her lifelong companion, golden eagle Priss. In the chest was an African bamboo flute, a drum and a dagger inlaid with diamonds. Sante was found and raised by Mama Rose, leader of a nomadic group of misfits and gypsies. They travel around contemporary southern Europe, living off-grid and performing circus tricks for money. Sante grows up alongside two twins, knife-thrower Cat and snake-charmer Cobra, whom she is in love with. During a performance in Cadiz, Sante recognises two men from her dream. They come after her to retrieve the treasures from the sea chest. Sante finds out that she is an Ashanti princess, whose parents probably perished in the shipwreck. After Cat rescues a beautiful red-haired girl called Scarlett from a gang, Mama Rose’s band are forced to flee the city. But Sante and Cobra stay behind, determined to find out more about her family and where she came from”

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Well, this one is going to be hard to review because of the high expectations that I had when I requested this arc on NetGalley. I was mainly attracted to the cover, because let’s be honest, this cover is absolutely stunning, and I was hoping the story would be as good as its cover. Maybe it’s because this type of genre is not what I usually go for when reading books, but I had major problems to get into the story and the characters.

In a Jigsaw of Fire and Stars we follow the story of Sante, a fourteen year old girl who was the only one saved from a shipwreck full of migrants and refugees by being put in a chest full of treasures. When she washed ashore, she was found by Mama Rose, a woman who would later become her adoptive mother, and part of her family. Not only has Mama Rose adopted Sante, but she has also taken into her family two other kids as well. While there is a lot of mystery surrounding Mama Rose and the other adults that live together with Sante and the other kids, we are only told about her background towards the last part of the book.

One of the things I liked about the book was the magical realism vibe that Badoe incorporated throughout the story. Sante, an African migrant, has the ability to communicate with her golden eagle, a bird who was essential in her survival after the shipwreck that ended up killing everyone else. And not only did the eagle help her when she was a kid, but also when she found herself in trouble; it is always the golden eagle who comes to her aid and rescue. We also have one of the other kids, Cobra, showing signs of some sort of magical power in which he can sense his twin’s presence, whether she is in trouble, close or far. Because each one of these kids has a magical ability, they work together with Mama Rose as part of a circus troupe which travels and performs from town to town, and country to country.

Badoe’s writing is also one of the highlights of this book, with it being extremely vibrant and rich with plenty of visual images that evoke the scenery of Africa. She delves into the surreal aspects of the story by blurring the lines between reality and fantasy through her writing style, leaving the reader baffled as to whether what he has read is actually happening or not. However, this wasn’t enough for me to get invested into the story or the characters, for that matter. Everything felt too disconnected, the story lagged towards the middle, and the whole storyline of the child traffickers just felt way too unreal, and I’m not saying those things don’t happen, because they do, but it’s a harsh topic that should be dealt with the seriousness and importance it requires, and I found that lacking in this book.

There are also certain examples of problematic content in the story which involve two of the main characters. Sante, regardless of knowing that the term “gypsy” is a racial slur, uses it to refer to herself and her circus family, and we are told that Mama Rose usually dresses up as a geisha with a kimono and white powder on her face when she needs her “thinking time”. Both of those scenes were hard and uncomfortable to read, but since the book hasn’t come out yet, I hope and expect the author realizes the problem with what she has written and changes them.

While this book does explore certain interesting angles on the issue of migrants and the obstacles people fleeing from their countries face, there is not much more for me to say about this book, because it wasn’t one I particularly enjoyed reading, and perhaps it was because I couldn’t connect with the characters or with the story itself. However, I have seen some positive reviews about this, so maybe it was just me that couldn’t find this story as entertaining and amazing as other people have. A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars comes out this September 7th, so if magical realism is a genre you like or you feel intrigued by the synopsis of this book, feel free to check it out once it’s published.

*  I RECEIVED AN ARC OF THIS BOOK FROM NETGALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.

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The New Disney Princess Book Tag

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I was tagged to do this by Nadwa @painfullyfictional; you guys should totally check her blog out, she has beautiful edits to go with every post she makes! And now onto the tag.

The Rules:

  • Mention where you saw the tag/thank whoever tagged you because that’s always good fun
  • Tag Book Princess Reviews and Zuky with our posts so we can check out the wonderful Princess fun throughout the blog world (Mine is this link and Zuky’s is here)
  • Play a game of tag at the end!

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THIS BOOK (LIKE THE MOVIE) STARTED IT ALL
Favorite Debut Book From an Author 

I think this is an easy choice for me, because I could never choose anything other than the amazing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling. This was the book that got me into reading when I was a kid, and I think this whole series, the books and also the movies, shaped my entire childhood. The Harry Potter books will always hold a special place in my heart.


cinderella tag

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A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH
Just Like Cinderella, You Either Didn’t Expect Much Out of This Character in the Beginning But Turned Out to Be a Total Jem 

I think for this I’m gonna choose Matthias Helvar from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I still cry about it when I think of him, because his character went through one of the most amazing character developments I’ve read. When he is first introduced in Six of Crows, he seems to have certain ideals and beliefs that are very controversial and intolerant, but by the end of the duology all I wanted was for him to have the best ending possible. I’m not gonna say anything spoilery, but if you’ve read the books, I guess you know how that ended.

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SLEEPING BEAUTY
A Book That Makes You Sleepy or Just Could Not Hold Your Attention
This one may be a bit controversial, because a lot of people seem to love it, but for me, there was just nothing I found interesting or even good about the plotline. That book is Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. I loved Fangirl and Eleanor & Park, but this one was extremely boring.

ariel tag

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UNDER THE SEA
A Book With a Water/Ocean Setting

Okay, I have not read a single book that specifically deals with the ocean -something that needs to change by the way- but I think the only one that comes to mind is the one I’m currently reading, and that is The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin. It’s an old fantasy book that follows the story of Ged, a young wizard who has to learn the arts and crafts of magic and control the innate power he seems to have. Here, the world is made up of a series of hundreds of islands, so I think it fits properly for this one.


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BEAUTY AND THE BOOKS
Name a Book With the Best Bookworm/Book Lover
For this one I have so many choices, but I have yet to find another character who loves books more than Hermione Granger does. So again, my choice is the Harry Potter series. Besides being one my favorite characters of the series, I think we can all relate to Hermione’s love for reading and books, am I right?

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THE THIEF AND THE PRINCESS
Name Book with an Unlikely Love Story (Either in Terms of Romance or a Book You Didn’t Expect to Love So Much)
When I first started seeing this series all over tumblr I had no idea how much I was gonna be obsessed with it as well. That is the Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat. This one is a very controversial one, especially the first book, but I assure you that the love story that we see throughout the books is one of the most well-developed and emotional I’ve seen. Many people dismiss this after reading the first one and say that it romanticizes a slave/master relation, but nothing could be further from the truth. There is no romance whatsoever in the first book, and in order to understand everything that motivates these characters to act as they do, you need to read the 3 books.

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THE REAL LIFE PRINCESS
Name a Book that is Based on a Real Life Person You Want to Read/Have Read
I have been meaning to read Malala’s book since ever, and I think this year is gonna happen. Her life story is absolutely inspiring and I can’t wait to learn more about her story and what she went through.

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THE PRINCESS THAT SAVED HER COUNTRY
Name the Fiercest Heroine You Know
There is no doubt in my mind that this one goes to Vin, from the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. Many people disliked her, many people liked her, and I am with the latter, because damn, that girl went through HELL while growing up, and ended up being one of the people who literally saved the freaking world. So yeah, there’s basically no competition when it comes to heroines, for me Vin will always win.

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THE PRINCESS WITH THE COOLEST AND MOST DIVERSE CREW
Name a diverse book whether it is a diverse set of characters (like Tiana’s group of Naveen, Louis, Ray, and more) or just diverse in general
Since I’ve already chosen Six of Crows for a different category, I will choose The Long Way to A Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. I cannot recommend this book enough to every person who is looking for an amazing character-driven story with an extremely diverse cast of characters. Plus, it is set in space.

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LET YOUR LONGGGGGG HAIR DOWN
Name the Longest Book You’ve Ever Read

This one goes to Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind with a total of 872 pages. And the second one of the trilogy is even longer, but I still haven’t read it. Even though I loved the first book, he still hasn’t given any indication as to whether he has started the third and final book or not, and it has been literally 10 years since TNOTW came out, so I’m kind of scared to continue on and having to wait ten more years for the last book.


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I DETERMINE MY OWN FATE
A Book Where There is No Love Story/Interest or Isn’t Needed
Okay, I know from spoilers that I’ve seen that this series or the one that comes after this one features certain love stories, but since I’ve just begun with it, I will choose Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief. Everyone has heard or knows what this is about, so I won’t even say anything.

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FROZEN HEARTS
A Book in a Winter/Cold Setting

Finally I can pick some of my scandinavian books for a category! For this, I choose the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson -yes, trilogy since I do not acknowledge the book published by another author after Larsson’s death as part of this series-. It is set in Sweden and the visual imagery is just stunning, plus, it features my favorite female book character EVER, Lisbeth Salander. She could kick my ass and I would thank her to be honest.


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HOW FAR I’LL GO
A Character That Goes on a Journey
Rose Hathaway goes to Moscow to hunt down Dimitri Belikov in Blood Promise, the fourth book in the Vampire Academy series. And yes, this book was heart-breaking and I loved every single page of it.
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Wow, this took me forever to write and to think of books that could fit in each category.
I tag the following blogs:
@btweenthepages / @aimees23 / @crazyinsomniacbibliophile / bookandwords / @readwithkatie / @abookathoughtblog and anyone else who wants to do this tag, please feel free to do so, I would love to see your answers! Again, there is no pressure for you guys to do this tag 😁

Book Review | Noteworthy

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“Jordan Sun is embarking on her junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts, hopeful that this will be her time: the year she finally gets cast in the school musical. But when her low Alto 2 voice gets her shut out for the third straight year—threatening her future at Kensington-Blaine and jeopardizing her college applications—she’s forced to consider nontraditional options.

Jordan finds herself enmeshed in a precarious juggling act: making friends, alienating friends, crushing on a guy, crushing on a girl, and navigating decades-old rivalries. With her secret growing heavier every day, Jordan pushes beyond gender norms to confront what it means to be a girl (and a guy) in a male-dominated society, and—most importantly—what it means to be herself.”

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This book took me by surprise. I had been hearing amazing things about it everywhere, so I decided to ask for a copy of this on NetGalley. While I enjoyed the story, especially for certain issues that were developed in the storyline which I had never seen talked about or even mentioned in any contemporary book before, I was expecting a little bit more of this.

Noteworthy follows the story of Jordan Sun navigating the obstacles and difficulties of Kensington, a boarding school for the Performing Arts. Riley Redgate does an amazing job at creating Jordan’s voice, and making her character feel close to home to, let’s be real, anyone who has had to go through the nightmare that high school can be. And I think this was one of the main reasons the book kept grabbing my attention, even though I was not interested that much in the musical plotline, since I know nothing about musical technicalities, and I found myself skimming certain passages where things about notes and such were being explained. But let’s go back to Jordan’s storyline. Her struggles to find a main role in the theatre plays of her school due to the fact that her voice “is a little bit deeper than the ones needed for female main protagonists in plays” lead her to make the drastic decision to apply for auditions of an a cappella male group, as a boy. Now, while I was hesitant going into this book knowing that she would spend, probably the majority of the book cross-dressing as a boy, and thinking that maybe it was going to come off as disrespectful towards the trans community, I do think that Redgate managed the whole concept wonderfully and respectfully. However, not being a transgender myself, this is merely my appreciation of the book, and I know I am in no way entitled to affirming whether the introduction of cross-dressing here is respectful or not. But what I can say, is that there are plenty of instances of discourse where the main character has a monologue where she thinks about how she might be appropriating a part of a community that she does not identify herself with, and because of that, being disrespectful to said community. She questions whether what she is doing is wrong when there are so many people out there in the world who ARE trans having to suffer the prejudice and rejection of society, while she does it not because she is transgender, but for the sake of keeping up appearances with the Sharps, the a cappella group.

Besides that, there are plenty of different examples of conversations about important social issues that, like I’ve said, I had never read about in any other YA contemporary book. And I think that is one of the reasons why this book comes like a breath of fresh air to the genre that has been lately lacking so much originality when it comes to plots and tropes. Besides the diversity we find in the Sharps members, in Noteworthy, social issues like sexuality, gender identity and privilege are discussed thoroughly. We are told that Jordan comes from a poor family, with her father being disabled and having to spend most of the money her family has on medical and hospital bills, and here is where Redgate does not shy away from criticizing the health insurance system that the US has, as well as its flaws and its deficiencies.

It can be said that this book has its similarities to the movie “She’s the Man”, because both discuss in different ways the implications of what being a man and what masculinity mean. And this plays a major role in Jordan’s character progression. While at the beginning the struggles she has with cross-dressing are merely superficial like her posture, or how to walk or talk, as the book progresses, she begins to see that boys are also under the societal pressure of what it means to be a man in this day and age. We get to see guys struggling with their sexuality because of this pressure, we get to see characters being cruel and disrespectful to other characters because of the expectations set upon them, and Jordan gets caught in the middle of it.

While these issues played a major role in me liking this book, it was definitely the characters’ dynamic that did it for me. Each one of the members of the a cappella group were well-developed and important to the plotline, even though certain characters were given more importance than others, Jordan’s interactions as Julian with all of them were the highlight of the story.

Despite all of these positive aspects of Noteworthy, I think the author could have done more in relation to the plotline. There wasn’t much going on besides Jordan having her rehearsals with the Sharps, and the Sharps being involved in a constant hazing battle with their rival a cappella group, the Minuets. I think Redgate could have incorporated a bit more of a shocking twist into her story other than the expected climax -when were people going to find out that Jordan was actually a girl, and not a boy.

All in all, Noteworthy ended up being a funny and light-hearted story that incorporates important conversations of social issues that, in my opinion, need to be developed more within the Young Adult genre. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a diverse YA book with an original plotline, especially if music or a cappella is one of your interests.

*  I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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New Releases | May

Here I was thinking it was possible to keep up with all the books that have come out these past few months, and then May came. Oh boy, the amount of new releases that are coming out this month is unbelievable, and I have no clue how I will ever be able to catch up on all the reviews I have to make. Since it was impossible to show all of the May releases without this post being hella long, I decided to pick those I am most excited for and hoping to read, if I ever have the time to actually do so. Let’s get right into them!

ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LARA JEAN
by Jenny Han
May 2nd

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

GIRL OUT OF WATER
by Laura Silverman
May 2nd

Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves.

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May 3rd

A few years down the road in the wrong direction, a woman’s failure to comply with her patriarchal overlords results in exile to the meanest penal planet in the galaxy. But what happened on Earth that this new world order came to pass in the first place?

RELEASE
by Patrick Ness
May 4th

Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It’s a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won’t come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course.

FLAME IN THE MIST
by Renee Ahdieh
May 16th

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

LORD OF SHADOWS (The Dark Artifices #2)
by Cassandra Clare
May 23rd

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.

ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS
by Francesca Zappia
May 30th

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, Eliza is LadyConstellation, anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves her digital community, and has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and Eliza begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile. But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

ONE OF US IS LYING
by Karen M. McManus
May 30th

Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
    Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
    Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
    Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
    Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
    And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Will you be reading any of the May new releases? Which ones are you most excited for? I really can’t wait to read Flame in The Mist and the conclusion to the trilogy of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I’m already behind with my reading this month, so I don’t know how this is gonna turn out, hopefully, I will be able to read the majority of them! Until next time!

April Wrap up

Hello everyone! In this post I will be summing up what I have read this past month of April, which hasn’t been that great in terms of the amount of books I was able to read. I don’t know why but April wasn’t a very good month for me, I had a reading slump towards the middle of the month, and I just wasn’t that motivated towards reading much. I also wasn’t able to write this yesterday, but anyways, here it is! Let’s jump right into this wrap up 😊

1984-by-george-orwell1984 | George Orwell  ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I feel like I’ve read this book years ago, instead of just this month, but this book was really not what I expected, and not necessarily in a bad way. 1984 was the second George Orwell book I’ve read so far, and I have to say that he is becoming one of my favorite authors when it come to satires. I feel like his books have always been relevant and true when it comes to politics. This book deals with an extreme form of totalitarianism, and if you think about it, how far are we from becoming what The Party in 1984 represents? A must read for anyone who is into dystopians, only that in this case, it is taken to an extreme.

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Thirteen Reasons Why | Jay Asher 

This one was a hard one for me to review, and that’s why I have decided not to rate it. While I had MAJOR issues with a lot of actions that happened in this book, and how the main character dealt with those issues, I can’t judge whether it’s right or not to react or deal with something in a certain way like she did. It is easy for us to say that we would have done something different, yet everyone has different ways of coping with life and with anything that happens in life as well. I do have to say that I LOVED the TV show, whilst I didn’t quite much enjoy the book.

exitExit West | Mohsin Hamid ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This was an amazing and heartbreaking book. I would definitely recommend this to literally anyone, so that they could experience at least through words the hell that refugees have to live every single day and the prejudice and hardships they have to endure. While not much action occurs in Exit West, what we have is a realistic portrayal of what it is like living in a country in the middle of a civil war, and the consequences leaving your homeland has. Plus, Hamid incorporates in Exit West a twist on the novel that makes this fall under the category of magical realism. You can check down below my full review if you are interested in knowing more.

⭐⭐⭐ Everything I Never Told You | Celeste Ngeve

I seem to be in the minority in regards to this book, because everyone seems to love it, while I just thought it was an okayish book. It does have an element of mystery as to what happened to Lydia, but honestly, the story did not grab my attention at all. The characters were horrible to each other, and the decisions they made were awful. By the end of it I couldn’t care less about what had actually happened to Lydia and was just wishing for this book to end. It does deal with issues like racism and discrimination which were interesting to read about, but other than that, I was hugely let down by this.

32623542Beyond The Bright Sea | Lauren Wolk ⭐⭐⭐

This middle grade novel was well-paced, filled with mystery at every turn of the page, yet for me, I think it was the characters that stood out, more than the whole mysterious treasure island plotline. This story is mainly Crow’s story, her journey to figure out her own identity, where she came from, who were her parents, and who she is. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a fast read, with well rounded characters, and a touch of adventure. This one comes out tomorrow, so go grab it if you think this may be the book for you! You can also check out my full review if you are interested.

13376363⭐⭐⭐ Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth | Warsan Shire

This is a bind-up of no more than 40 pages of poems that deal with a huge number of issues. It tackles discrimination, racism, sexual abuse, and more. It is bold, straight up to your face kind of bold, and Warsan does not shy away from anything. It is her story, the story of her mother, of her country, told in a lyrical and beautiful way. If you are into poetry that deals with important social issues, then this is definitely for you. It wasn’t the most favorite poetry book I’ve read, but it was touching and eye-opening in many ways.

That’s it guys! Those are the few things I got around to reading this month, not many like I’ve said, but I’m hoping that May will be a better reading month for me. What did you guys read on April? Tell me on the comments below, and have a nice day!logo

The Candy Book Tag

Hello fellow bloggers! I hope everyone had an amazing and relaxing weekend. I was tagged, as the title says, in the Candy Book Tag by Sarah from @btweenthepages -a blogger you should definitely check out by the way- and I thought it was a nice and fun tag for me to do, so here I go!

🍎🍎🍎 APPLES 🍎🍎🍎

Ah. Healthy food. It is deep, meaningful, and probably won a lot of awards but, um, it really isn’t your thing.

For this, I have to pick Brown Girl Dreaming, no matter how much it pains me to say this. I had heard about his book a lot, so I finally decided to pick it up at the beginning of the year, and it was definitely not what I expected. Don’t get me wrong, it deals with a lot of important issues like discrimination and racism, and I think it is extremely relevant and should be respected for that, yet it just wasn’t my kind of book. It is written in prose, and I think this might have influenced on me not liking the book that much. It was an okayish book, just not my cup of tea.


BLACK JELLY BEANS

Why do these exist?

Oh god, I know I’m going to get a lot of hate for my pick but I just can’t help it, for this, I definitely need to choose Stephanie Perkins companion series of Anna and The French Kiss. God, I hated these books -and I have yet to read the final book, because I already own it-, I just wanted to throw them against the wall, because of how unrealistic and stupid they were. I could probably rant about Anna and Lola’s books for days, but let’s just say that these two first books were some of the worst YA contemporaries I have read in my life. The writing was plain average if not completely basic, and the awful characters had me rolling my eyes so freaking much, ugh, I’m getting angry even remembering about those books right now.


🍫🍫🍫 CHOCOLATE KISSES 🍫🍫🍫

Aww…this novel had the best romance.

For this one I have so many that it’s hard for me to choose just one. But I think I’m going to go for Ari and Dante from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets Of the Universe. I still think about how cute and fluffy that whole book was, and it makes me wanna re-read it once again. I think Benjamin Alire Sáenz did an amazing job at creating those two characters and their relationship, and how it evolves from just friendship to something more than just that. And apparently, it is going to become a movie, so I can’t wait to see that!


GUMMY SPIDERS

Eek! You made sure to check under your bed every night for a week after reading this scary one.

I don’t know if there is a version of this book in English, because it’s a French novel and I read the Spanish translation of it, but the title of the book would roughly translate as The Orphans Of Evil by Nicolas d’Estienne d’Orves. I read this years ago while I was young, and I remember it giving me the chills every freaking time I picked it up. It’s about these mysterious deaths happening in places where there used to be concentration camps, and a journalist trying to look into what is going on with those murders. It mainly focuses on the Lebensborn, an actual SS program to create the “pure race”, and on those kids that were born from that program, and how that connects with what is happening during the journalist’s investigation. That was a horrible summary but yeah, it was creepy AF and I still think about it now and then, even though the ending was awful.


🍭🍭🍭 JUMBO LOLLYPOP 🍭🍭🍭

This took you forever to get through, but hey! You did it!

This one has to be Dracula by Bram Stoker. Man, that book was so freaking long, I thought I was never gonna be able to finish it, and I think that the epistolary format didn’t help AT ALL either. It is one of those classics that anyone should read, because you know, vampires, but I don’t think it is an easy read at all.


COTTON CANDY

Admit it, you loved this when you were younger (you probably still do). 

I remember loving this series when I was a kid, and even though I don’t remember anything from those books now, I know I loved them. For this I have to pick the Friendship Ring series by Rachel Vail. I remember I was obsessed with this series, and I also remember there was another book series by a different author that was very similar to this, which I also loved. Basically, these books dealt with a group of friends and their daily problems with boys, friendships, having your first crushes, school, falling in love, parents, and more. It was definitely my favorite book series back then, before Harry Potter took over my life, of course.

Well, there it is guys, the Candy Book Tag! I don’t think I’m gonna tag anyone, but if you want to do it, then go ahead and do it. It was really fun to think of books I haven’t thought of in a long while. Until next time!

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