Thursday, 31 July 2014

July Wrap-Up!

Seriously, I can't believe July is over... Seven months of 2014 are gone now. Where is the time going? Basically this month I’ve read 6 books and 1 novella and even though there are less books than previous months I still have to say I’m happy about my reading month.

Here is the list:

1. The Ring & The Crown by Melissa de la Cruz
2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
3. Wonder by R. J. Palacio
4. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
5. Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi
6. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
7. The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

I started The Ring & The Crown in June but didn’t finish it until July mainly because it was quite a disappointment for me. I thought it was gonna be a fantasy read but no, it was like a contemporary read based on a parallel 21st century world with the mindset of the 14th century. I gave it 2 stars.

Then I picked up Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell because I’ve been dying to read this one for a long time and oh my god, this book! It was perfect, just perfect and I was sad when it ended because I needed more, much more. After this one I was still in a contemporary mood so I started Wonder by R. J. Palacio which was pure awesomeness. I did a review of it so if you want to check it out here it is: gave Fangirl 4 stars and Wonder, 5.

After these two I was kind of in a slump and instead of forcing myself to read I decided to embrace it and slow my reading. So I picked up Unravel Me, which is the second book in the Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi, and then I read the novella Fracture Me which focuses on Adam. Fracture Me was okay, nothing really special (I gave it 3 stars) but Unravel Me was a huge improvement from Shatter Me so I ended up giving it 4.5 stars.

The last two books I read in July have been The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken and The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings. Both of them were okay. I enjoyed The Murder Complex a bit more than The Darkest Minds so the former got 4 stars and the latter 3. I did a review of The Complex Murder which you can read here:

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The #ShitIHaveTooManyBooks Read-a-thon Round 2 TBR!

Okay, that title was a mouthful LOL!

A few months ago, Regan from PeruseProject ( started her own Read-a-thon and even though I couldn’t participate in the first one I decided to take part in Round 2 because one, is summer time and two, why the heck not? I don’t have big expectations for it because I’m in a weird reading slump which means I’m reading but at slow pace which I don’t really mind either but anyways… Here is my TBR for this:

1. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
2. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephenie Perkins
3. Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Shioban Vivian
4. La Princesa Prometida by William Goldman (The Princess Bride)

I’m planning on reading these four books and just in case I finished them all (I wish!) I would probably pick up Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman which has been on my shelves like forever.

The Read-a-thon started this last Wednesday and will end next Wednesday, 6th of August. I will be using both Twitter and Instagram to do daily updates instead of my blog. So go follow me there! Anyways, I will stop writing now!

Happy reading!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

"Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?"

The Murder Complex marks the literary debut of Lindsay Cummings and I might say it is a good one. Based on a dystopian world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate, this novel follows two characters, Meadow and Zephyr and their struggles to survive in this world.

First thing readers should take into account is that this book is quiet graphic when it comes to violence. It is explicit and does not hold back any gruesome details but, at the same time, it is not impossible to read even though the reader can picture everything very easily in their heads. And with blood and violence we always have action and to be honest The Murder Complex is full with it. There is not a boring moment. Every time you turn a page, something happens. A bonus for this entire action-packed story is the fast-pacing within it. This book is 398 pages long but it feels like a shorter read and for me what helped it to be so fast-paced were not only the two points of view (Meadow and Zephyr) but also the short chapters, which added fluidity to the plot and introduced the reader into the minds of both protagonists which are good to understand them both.

I might say one thing that bugged me at the beginning was the instalove feeling between Meadow and Zephyr but the author smoothed it throughout the story by one, not focusing on the romance all the time and two, not adding a love triangle. Thank goodness for that. And even though there were some predictable parts as a whole it was a very nice book with quite a cliffhanger at the end.

Summing up, I will say The Murder Complex is a great beginning to a trilogy with loads of potential and an ending that will leave readers craving for more. The trilogy looks very promising but we will have to wait to see how this story fully develops. 


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Friday, 25 July 2014

Book Haul # 1

Today I bring you my first book haul ever (well, the first I do on my blog anyways). I made some cheeky purchases this month and I wanted to share them with you. Here they are:

  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
  • The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  • The Kiss of Deception by Mary. E. Pearson
  • The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings
  • Fire by Kristin Cashore
  • The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling by Peter Ackroyd
  • Entre Tonos de Gris (Between Shades of Grey) by Ruta Sepetys

I've wanted to buy The Sikworm since it came out but I hadn't found a good copy until now. I'm a little bit peeky when it comes to buy books... I need them in perfect conditions. If they are not, I probably will not buy it. The Book of Life is the third and final installment of the All Souls Trilogy and even though I have yet to read the second book (Shadow of Night) I really enjoyed the first one (A Discovery of Witches) so I went ahead and bought it. Both of them I bought them at Fnac.

I heard about The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry thanks to Booktube, everyone was raving about it and is a book about books. What more do you need? The Kiss of Deception is a new fantasy book with some hype around it and the plot intrigued me enough to give it a go. Oh, also, the inside of the book has a map, a MAP! I freaking love when books come with maps inside of them. Here a sneak peak: 

The Murder Complex is the first book in a new dystopian trilogy and the debut novel of Lindsay Cummings. I know about this book thanks to Instagram and I'm currently reading it and so far, so good. It is quite violent and intriguing and I like the design of it, every page has a barcode, which is awesome (picture below). Then we have Fire by Kristin Cashore, the second book in the Graceling Realm companion novels. I haven't read Graceling yet but again I keep hearing very nice things about this books and it was really cheap =P

Last, but not least, we have Entre Tonos de Gris (Between Shades of Grey), which I bought at La Casa del Libro in Madrid because it was there calling my name a.k.a I have a have a book buying problem. The same day I bought The Silkworm and The Book of Life I saw as well this beautiful edition of The Canterbury Tales, which is actually a retelling by Peter Ackroyd and it is written in prose insted of verse. In case you don't know I'm studying English Culture & Literature at University and it was a mandatory read for us. I ended up really liking the book so I want to know what Peter Ackroyd did with all the tales.

Have you read any of these? Let me know!

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Books and Songs # 1

I'm one of those people who love to hear music while reading but I don't normally tend to link certain songs to certain books. Don’t ask me why. I don’t know.

However, when I saw that some booktubers were making Books and Songs video I thought it was a terrific idea and since then I have wanted to make one of my own. As you may or may not know I don’t have a Youtube channel and I didn’t really know how a blog post about this topic would turn out. You simply put the book and next the song? It sounded lame. But then again, why not making it anyways? I picked up 6 books, even though two of them go together. It will be a long post but here it goes nonetheless. Enjoy!!

1. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

While reading this book I listened for the first time to Give Me Love by Ed Sheeran. Yes, yes... I know this song is old but I haven't heard it before and I thought it described perfectly well how Juliette feels about her powers and its consequences. She can't live a normal life, she can't be loved and truly the only thing she wants is to fit in and have someone there by her side.

2. Wonder by J. R. Palacio

Wonder has a soundtrack of its own really because R. J. Palacio picked up some really good songs to introduce some of the POVs in the book, but still I really think both Human by Christina Perri and Brave by Sara Bareilles kind of remind me of what August goes through.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

"I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.
August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?"

In lack of better words to describe Wonder I will say this is an incredible masterpiece of a book. I’m literally speechless. The cover of my copy has a little subtitle that says: “You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out”. That, combined with the title itself could have never described in a better way the book itself. A bit of a warning first: the reader will not be able to put this book down.

Wonder tells the adventures of August, a 10-year- old kid who was born with facial deformity, and his struggles throughout his first year at school. Told from 6 different points of view, we witness how almost all of the characters not only start accepting others, but also how they accept themselves.

It is a book that will leave no one indifferent. It annoys and outrages sometimes but at the same time it steals happy laughs and tears from the reader. I will say with no shame that I was covered in joyful tears thanks to the beauty of its ending and the great lesson it provides: “Such a simple thing, kindness”.

In conclusion, this is an IMPORTANT BOOK. One of the best books I’ve read so far this 2014, if not the best, and possibly one of my all time favourites from now on. READ THIS, YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.


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