Monday, 30 June 2014

June Wrap-Up!

And… another month that ends! I don’t even know how but June is over. Yep! And I have to say that it has been quite a good reading month for me despite having my finals. I ended up reading 9 books and 1 novella.




Here is the list!
  1. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
  2. Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
  3. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (eBook)
  4. Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki
  5. Don’t Look Back by Jennifer. L. Armentrout
  6. Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott
  7. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
  8. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
  9. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  10. Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi (novella)
I will say that starting June by reading The Lost Hero and then Son of Neptune was actually one hell of an amazing choice. I was so happy to be back in the Percy Jackson world and get to know not only the new characters but also about Roman mythology. I gave The Lost Hero 4 stars and 5 stars to Son of Neptune.

Then, as you may know Cassandra Clare released the last and final installment of The Mortal Instruments Series and after being done with my finals I picked it up straightaway. And words cannot describe how much I love this book and how Clare concluded the series. I had all the emotions, all at once. I couldn’t have asked for a better ending. Can you guess my rating? Yes! 5 freaking stars.

My next choice was Branded and I had high expectations with this book because everybody seemed to be loving it but unfortunately it was a letdown for me. I liked the premise of it but I couldn’t stand the main characters and the whole story was cheesy (the eye rolling-cringing type).  I gave this 2 stars and I also did a review, which you can check it out here: http://adayinbookland.blogspot.com.es/2014/06/branded-by-abi-ketner-missy-kalicicki.html

Later I participated in the RYBSAT and I managed to read 4 books in an entire week:
  • First, I read Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout and I loved it from the beginning to the end. Was my first book by her and now I understand why everybody loves her books. 5 stars.
  • Then, I picked up Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott which I really enjoyed and also gave 5 stars. But if you wanna know more about what I thought you can read my review here: http://adayinbookland.blogspot.com.es/2014/06/fire-flood-by-victoria-scott.html
  • My third choice was Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira and as much as I wanted to read this book I had some problems with it mainly because I felt like I was reading a copycat of the Perks of Being a Wallflower. I gave this 2 stars and I know that this book deserves more because the writing is beautiful and the story worth telling but the similarities my brain found with Perks ruin it for me.
  • Finally, the forth book was Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins, which I enjoyed. It was a fun, light read and I gave it 3 stars.

After the RYBSAT I needed to take a break and I actually started a few books but only finished Shatter Me and Destroy Me, the novella, by Tahereh Mafi. It took me a bit to get used to the writing style of Shatter Me because is all very poetic and weird but at the same time really beautiful. Once that was covered I just really enjoyed the story even though nothing much happened. This book is not about world building and explaining why things are the way they are, is about the characters. And Destroy Me is the first novella of this trilogy which focuses on one of the characters and I thought it was really clarifying and lovely. I gave Shatter Me 3 stars and Destroy Me 4.

And if by now you are still reading this I hope you have had a lovely month as well and let’s see what July has in store! Happy reading!

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Friday, 20 June 2014

Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

"Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she's helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?"






The first thing I heard about this book was that it was a mix between The Hunger Games (THG) and Pokémon. Well, I have to disagree, at least partially. For me this was as if Pokémon meets The Amazing Race (a TV Show). But I do understand why everyone is comparing it to THG, because of course it has some similarities (it happens when you deal with the same genre) though they fade as the story goes on.

Fire & Flood follows a girl named Tessa who decides to participate in a Race, the Brimstone Bleed, to win a cure so that she can save her brother. A Race that lasts three (freaking) months and has four phases: jungle, dessert, ocean and mountain. Only one person can win, even though there is a small prize in every phase. Your only help during the Race is your Pandora, a genetic altered animal whose propose is to help and protect his/her Contender. What really intrigued me is that most of the Contenders did not know about the Race, is not a public thing. You only know about it when a special device is delivered to each possible Contender with instructions.

The characters were, for me, very likeable and relatable throughout the entire story and I found myself caring for them. Also, can I have a Pandora of my own? Can that happen? Because let me tell you that I would be awesome! In my own personal opinion I will say Victoria Scott built a great story with an interesting plot that will make you scream for more once you’ve finished it. Action-packed, fast-paced, incredibly addictive and full of twists is how I would describe this great start, which looks like it will become an awesome trilogy. Can’t wait for the second book! 

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Sunday, 15 June 2014

#RYBSAT Round 2 TBR

RYBSAT stands for Read Your Bookshelf-a-thon and is hosted by Miranda from BooKss101 (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo8cV36kdkVG5wpTZLJZMQg), Gary from BookNeedLove (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGJsAa_uPDUcHzBtdxxcYYA) and Lainy from Gingerreadslainey (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWEbV2Z1guEF0SvWF0Ng2qw). It is going to last from Monday 16th to Monday 23rd of June. Basically what you have to do is pick a spot in your bookshelf and start reading from then on and see how much you can read in a week. If you want to see Miranda’s video (that’s how I discovered this read-a-thon) here it is:




My pick is this spot:


I’m going to start reading Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout and continue on with Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott and on and on. I honestly don’t know how much reading I will get done because even though is Summer I don’t know what things may get in the way but anyway the only thing that really matters to me is enjoying the books and have a good time. And if by the end of the read-a-thon I manage to finish The Ring & The Crown by Melissa de la Cruz much better.

Also, I would be updating my progress throughout the week on both Twitter and Instagram so go check it out there! I’m not sure if I would be doing a specific wrap-up for this read-a-thon or just my general wrap-up at the end of the month. We’ll see at the end. Anyway, have a fantastic week and happy reading!

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Friday, 13 June 2014

Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki


"Fifty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best. Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit and now the Hole is my new home. Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain. Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win. The Hole can’t keep me. The Hole can’t break me. I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter. My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story."










The premise of Branded is quite good: a dystopian society where people is imprisoned and branded following a Seven Deathly Sins system. Each sinner is branded with a different colour based on his/her sin (Lust is blue, Gluttony is orange, Greed is yellow, Sloth is black, Wrath is red, Envy is green and Pride is purple). Once you are being accused, you are immediately branded (no trial or anything) and sent to the Hole where you have to fight everyday to stay alive, literally. This story follows Lexi Hamilton and her struggle inside the Hole.

The beginning of this book is quite interesting and at the same time confusing. The authors explain the basic stuff of the world so the reader could get a light idea about how things work but without getting into too many details which I really liked because it confused me and I got a feeling of uneasiness. This is a world I would definitely don’t want to live in, full of injustice and corruption.  However, when I read half the book it started to drag on and it was hard for me to read as fast as the beginning. It was like the plot was going nowhere. But then in the last 70 pages it gets good again, with a fast-paced ending full of action and a plot twist that the reader won’t definitely see coming, I can assure you that.

But the dragging on at the middle of the story was not my only problem. Lexi, the main protagonist, was a big problem for me because she was incredibly annoying and lacked coherence. She thought something and then she thought the opposite of it and I have to be honest and say that it was a little irritating (and I wanted to shake her a few times and tell her to pull herself together and make up her mind already!). Then we have Cole, who is Lexi’s guardian in a way, and I liked his character but I thought the entire romance thing kind of made him a wimp sometimes. And the last two characters that I found liking the most were Sutton, a doctor; and Zeus, Cole’s dog (yes! A dog. But what a nice loyal dog!). Lastly we have the romance, another of my problems. It was incredible cheesy most of the time and I found myself rolling my eyes several times with some of the dialogues.

I dove into this book with a lot of expectations because everyone was raving about it and maybe that kind of affected my reading. It wasn't really my cup of tea....



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