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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Stranger than Fanfiction,” by Chris Colfer.

5/5 Stars.

This book was one of the most amazing reads I’ve read this year. The whole book is full of life, each character has its own world full of situations that are presented in the real one, in each one of our lives, and it’s so good to see yourself in each one of these characters. It’s hard to find a book where you can find a part of yourself in each one of them, but in this book, it was like so easy to identify with them.
Chris Colfer is an amazing author, and this book is written in the third person. It tells the story about four friends that are going on a road trip as a goodbye trip before they go to college, and as a joke, they invite one of their idols, from a tv show they all love, to join them on the trip. Big surprise happens when Cash Carter, tv star from the famous tv show “Wiz Kids,” decides to join them on their trip, and it will forever change their life.
Cash Carter is the superstar of the friend’s favorite show, they met because of this show, and now they are best friends because of it as well. However, when he joins the group of teenagers, they get the shock of their life when they realize he’s nothing like he is on tv. I mean, of course, they knew he was a character from tv, but the way he acted throughout the whole journey was so different from what they thought that it change their lives. He’s an interesting character fed up with all the “fame” and fortune of being an actor of a big show. He says that there are certain expectations with being an actor that people want him to follow, and he has for most of his life; however, he’s fed up with it, and decides to join four strangers in this random adventure.

31694016I love that Chris gives us a famous person point of view. We get to see how Cash is tired of people every time they meet him, they don’t want to meet Cash Carter, they want to me the character that he plays on the show, and that bothers him a lot. Sometimes we don’t realize that famous people get tired of being behind the camera, and easy for us to judge because well they have everything we don’t, but if you are an actor who;s has grown up behind the lens of a camera, you get tired of it and, well, I imagine that this is how Daniel Radcliffe must’ve felt growing up with Harry Potter, he had gotten tired at some point, and the only thing we did was judge him because of it. I do love this perspective on the book, it most certainly changes our views on that industry.
Topher—the random guy that’s super tall but is not because he plays basketball. He was the mastermind behind the trip and their driving in his mom station wagon. He has a disabled brother, and well that impeding him from going to the school he wants to go, and he decides to stay to help his mom with his brother. I’m mentioning this because it’s a very important factor towards the development of the book, in his life. Oh, and he also has a crush on Sam.that bothers him a lot.
Next, there’s Sam—you see there’s something about her, and I don’t want to give anything away because her secret we don’t see it coming until she tells us what it is. Chris Colfer manages to implement real life situations to these characters, and well, Sam’s secret, is a situation that we see happening every day in our lives, and that many teens deal with what Sam is going through, and that before the YA books didn’t use to talk about. I love the way the author portrayed Sam, and there was a scene in this book where Sam and Cash are on top of a roof, and the way Sam explains her situation to Cash to me is just so amazing, and I wish that teens and people from around the world realized this too. Sam even though she’s afraid, she’s super strong, she’s full of fear, and she keeps going. So, to all the teens that are going through her situation, please understand that you are not alone and that there’s always someone out there who understands you.
Joey is the son of a pastor, a very well respected pastor, loved and adored by their community, and well, his father condemns everybody that doesn’t follow the rules of God. Joey has a secret that is not is as bad, but in his circumstances, he faces challenges because of it. He’s afraid of what his family might think, and he’s afraid that his friends won’t accept him. This, again, is a situation that we see happening a lot in the YA community, and thank God more authors are talking about on the books. Chris doesn’t sugar coat it, and that’s one of the things that I loved about this book, how real it is. Not everything in this book is all fun and games, and things don’t end up well for all of them, but yet somehow they managed to find each other and stick through their friendship despites the secrets and lies, and that’s what every squad should be about.
Mo is a really interesting character. Her secret is not as big the other ones but is a secret nonetheless, and once again, it has to do with a parent perspective. Her father wants Mo going to a school she doesn’t want to go, and she’s faced with the challenge of refusing him, and he refusing to pay for education, or accepting his decision and being miserable for the rest of her life. There’s a scene in this book where she and Cash are in a car together driving like crazy, and Mo tells Cash that she never wanted to go to that school, the only reason she’s doing it, is because her father wants her to, and Cash is like “you can’t live your life the way other are expecting, you are supposed to live your life the way you want,” he didn’t say those exact same words, but it was something similar. And well, that scene stocked to me and made me realized that not everyone is going to be happy on how you go in life, things will be different, but you got to make sure that is the way you want it to go, not to please others.
In the end, we get to see why Cash Carter is living the way he is and behaving like crazy in this trip, and it makes me sad, but what he does in the end for this group of strangers is stranger than fanfiction.

Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Traitor to the Throne” by Alwyn Hamilton.

Wow!, I don’t know what to tell you about this book. It was amazing. I just can’t believe it finished and I still have to wait another year to read the next one. Like the Alwyn doesn’t have anything else to do rather than torture us! I gave this book 4.5 stars out of 5.29739361
This book picks up right where Rebel of the Sands ended, and on this one, we see Amani become more powerful than ever, she’s strong, she suffers, she makes tough decisions–but that’s one of the things that I love about this book. That even though this a whole new universe presenting a situation where none of us would ever imagine being in, Amani still gets to be a teenager and learn from her mistakes.
Also, I felt like Jin and Amani didn’t get much quality time, the time that they got to see each other was either through stolen time or very little time because of everything that was going on around them. In the end, I felt bad for them.
The other characters in this story are so full of life. The author introduces us to a couple of new characters that are joining the rebellion, and we lose a couple more to it as well, but the book never stops having a life. Also like that even though, as I mentioned earlier, this book presents the world where we could never imagine our generation in, there are a lot of real world situations going on in this book, and I love how the character incorporated them to this modern and twisted tale. Something that she doesn’t let us forget, is that the rebellion is formed by a bunch of teenagers, and these teenagers even though they have super powers, they face the same problems that we do on a daily basis. They are filled with anxiety, they deal with a lot of stress, they have to make tough decisions, and they suffer because of them, but yet, they keep fighting, they don’t let anything bring them down, not even at the brink of desperation. These kids are super strong, and they think of each other as a family, I can’t wait for the next book in this series because I know that they are going to come back more badass than ever.
A new dawn. A new desert.

If you guys want to catch up and refresh your memory, here’s the link for my review of the Rebel of the Sands book.

Non-Spoiler Book Review |”What I Need” by J. Daniels.

Okay, I’ve been waiting for this particular book to come out for a while now. It was a gr29328328eat book, a nice romance before I jump back out to my normal fluffy teen reads. This book follows the story of CJ and Riley. We know CJ from the previous book as one of the guy’s partners. Riley is Reed’s baby sister. In this story, CJ gets injured and Riley agrees to help him.
The only problem I had with this book was how disgustingly sweet it was. Between CJ or Riley, I don’t know which one was more cheesy. OMG, there was so much cheesiness in this book to drive me crazy–how many eye rolls I did while reading the book. But besides that, I feel like it was a great story. Riley frustrated me at some point because of her efforts of trying to keep their relationship a secret, which I understand because I had to keep secrets like this from my family before, but she was committed to her belief–I felt bad for CJ. J. Daniels writing style is amazing, I love her writing, 5 stars for that. I gave this whole book 4.5 stars and the only reason is because of too much sweetness between the characters. Don’t get me wrong, they were so cute, but it got overwhelming at some point.
I mean, I wish you could see their “ultimate fight,” I was like, “wait? that was it?” and it happened in the end, and she gave us such a prompt end too, I feel like she could’ve prolonged the conclusion a little bit more, or include an epilogue. But oh well, until the next one Daniels.
xoxo, Martinez.

Non-Spoiler Book Review – The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson.

4.5/5 stars.

My video review :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdYRrsLGBgI17838528

This was a really pretty book. I really enjoyed reading it. I think is the perfect read for the summer and if you enjoyed “[book:Since You’ve Been Gone|18189606]” by Morgan Matson, you are definitely going to love this one.

In this story Morgan brings Andie, who we could say is a normal girl, besides the fact that her father is a congressman, and her life revolves around politics, she has a pretty normal life. She had everything planned out for her summer, an important internship that was crucial for her resume, because she wants to become a doctor, and well, the internship is or young aspirants.
But since a scandal on her father’s office goes down, her internship gets revoked, and well, she gets to spend the summer with 3 of her best friends and has practically the best summer of her life.

There’s a lot of Father/daughter relationship going on this book. Since her father was always working and always on the office, she actually never got to be with him. Now that her dad is the house because of the scandal, they get to see each other which is really awkward to say the least. But after talking and actually getting to know each other their relationship improves, and everything is okay.

Andie is not much of an open book when it comes to boys. She usually lasts 3 weeks with them and then lets them be. That’s until Clark comes in. He’s a cute nerd, just like the rest of us. He gets to break through her barriers and they actually get to have a beautiful relationship.

I actually recommend this book from ages 14 and up. If you are looking for a beautiful contemporary teen fiction/romance to read than this is the perfect book to read, especially since summer is coming up!!!

Non-Spoiler Book Review – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

5/5 Stars

“Because I bet you could get into some interesting position with those wings…”

ACOMAF follows the story of Feyre, a young huntress who has faced many challenges on
the first book of this trilogy, “ACOTAR” that changed her whole life.

This book shows Feyre’s transition between her human life to her high fae life, and how broken she really is because of the sacrifices she had to make to save the people she loved. Since she became high fae, Tamlin has brought her to the Spring Court, and she’s suffocating. The pressure of being the high lady of the spring court, the pressure of having to portray an17927395 image, of everyone expecting something from her, wanting her to be someone she’s not is too much for her to take in. In her desperate moments, she asks for anyone to come and help her. That’s where Rhysand comes in.

I love the work that Sarah did with this book. The actual copy is 624 pages long–so this is a book that would keep you entertain during a couple of days–or if you are like me, probably one long night. I did love that she made ACOMAF this long because it gives us time to actually understand the story, and it gave Maas the opportunity to write and explain everything really well. All of the information written on this book is crucial for the bone of the story, I think she did a great job on developing the other side characters. New characters that we get to meet in this that weren’t in the first one–details that make us fall a little more in love with this book.

Romance wise this book is way more heated than ACOTAR, there’s a lot of steam going on on this book guys, but it is just for the best! I like how Sarah doesn’t sugar coat this scenes with cotton candy, because in the end Feyre is 20, and well, she can do whatever she wants. I would recommend it to readers 17 years old or older; however, if you are younger just make sure to keep an open mind.

On characters perspective, I love how Sarah wrote about them, they are powerful characters, and we get to see more from Feyre’s sisters. And we even get to see this other side of Rhysand, a side that we didn’t get to discover on A Court of Thorns and Roses, a side we didn’t even knew he had. Rhysand’s new personality on this book just made me fall in love with the book a little bit more.

Overall I give this book 5/5 stars because Sarah is an amazing writer, and this book is really well developed. It follows everything smoothly and nothing is too complicated to understand. If you haven’t this series, then please do. Is long overdue!

If you guys want to see my video review of this book then click here.

Non-Spoiler Book Review – The Crown by Kiera Cass

4/5 stars.

Eadlyn Schreave continues her story on “The Crown” where the choices she has to make will not only dictate her future, but her present as well. Since her mother is under medical care, her father has chosen to stay by America’s side through her process; now, is Eadlyn’s duty as a princess and future Queen of Illea to take care of her family, the selection and of her country.26074181

I really enjoyed Kiera Cass’ writing style, I think it was appropriate for the “time” that the book was written on. It was simple and easy, nothing to hard to understand. This book is more clean (romance wise) than her first three books, I would definitely recommend this book to teens from 13 years old and up. I did felt like she rushed us through her story though. The characters were well described in the context of the book; however, the book itself is very short and with a lot of space between chapters–I wish she could’ve prolonged the story and give us a little bit more of description regarding the characters.

 I felt like Eadlyn’s character in this book is more humble towards everyone, and I really appreciate her change of personality. In “The Heir” she was really harsh towards everyone in her court, even her family. But in this one we get to see a change of heart–sort of. I did enjoy seeing how she acted towards the members of the council, she doesn’t take BS from anyone, and I think that is a good quality to have when you are becoming queen of a country. But, since everything that happen with her mom, her brother, and well now with the rest of the selection is good to see her more humble towards them, and I believe that her change of heart made her see who was the best choice for her on the selection.

Now, her prince consort wasn’t a surprise for me. I kind of saw that happening in “The Heir” I won’t spoil it for you, but her choice is going to blow your mind.

Overall, I gave this book a 4/5 stars just because I wish she could’ve describe better the relationship between the Eadlyn and her prince consort. I felt like she didn’t give us enough insight on their relationship–bringing the book to an end way too soon.  However, this book is short and simple, nothing overbearing and not too many issues to overcome. I would definitely recommend this series if you haven’t read it, it will consume your body, soul and mind.

If you guys want to see my YouTube book review on this book, here’s the link

Can’t Wait to Read! – May TBR!

Hello guys,

So, as I keep reading and reading, my TBR pile keeps growing and growing, and for this next upcoming month there’s no exception. May is a month that so many good books are about to come out–finally–after years of waiting, they get to be in my precious 17927395hands, and I am super excited about them:

  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas: This is the second book on the “A Court of Thorns and Roses” series, which came out last year in the month of May. So now, after exactly a year later, we finally get to continue this wonderful adventure with Feyre and Tamlin, an adventure that was long over due. I don’t like the cover on this particular book, I feel like ACOTAR’s cover was so much better design, but I won’t let that detail bring my hopes f the book down. She posted a picture on her instagram with a preview of the actual book, and I’m super excited because the book looks way much bigger than ACOTAR!  Can’t wait! It is out 5/3.
  • The Crown by Kiera Cass: This is the fifth and final book on “The Selection” series, and I jut hope Eadlyn get to solve many of her issues, because I w26074181as seriously disappointed with “The Heir.” I  loved the first 3 books on the series, I think that Kiera did an amazing job coming up with the stories, and plot of the book. The characters and guidelines for the book where very descriptive, and very well written. However, in this part of the story, Eadlyn is totally different from America. I hate to say it, but she’s a little bit of a brat and b*tch. I’m however excited to see with which suitor she ends up with–I am rooting for Kile! and  how this total mess unfolds. This one is supposed to come out 5/3.
  • Wh29328328at I Need by J. Daniels: This is a more adult-romance series, but I’m head over heels in love with it, I’ve been waiting for this 4th book in this series to come out since forever. “The Alabama Summer” series, is a really entertaining and very sexy series that I just can’t see, to get enough of–so much so, that I found myself re-reading the books every once in while. This story brings two characters together, characters that I’ve been dying to read of! Is supposed to come out May the 16th, I hope she doesn’t push the date.
  • The Problem with Forever by Jennifer Armentrout: I love JLA, I think she’s an amazing author, and the fact that she’s coming up with this new story has me all giddy. 26721568She usually writes strong new adult/ teen romance, however this one is more softy in terms of romance environment. Is based on a high school, and supposedly the main character in this book has been home-schooled all her life, but for her senior year she gets to go to a public high school, and apparently the first day she gets there, she sees this guy that she hasn’t seen in years, but that apparently used to be really close to. I am really excited to read this, and see this new perspective that JLA is bringing us from her world, and since I’d never read anything by her that was this sweet looking I think I would really like it. This one is coming out May 17.
  • The La16131489st Star by Rick Yancey: The last book on the “5TH Wave” series. I’m super excited to see the ending to this wonderful series. Granted–I haven’t read the second one yet, but I’m planning on doing it before the last one comes out. I really enjoyed the first book, I think that the actions scenes were really well developed, and well written. The author did a great job describing the character, and giving them different characteristics that made them unique from any other character that I’ve ever read. I’m dying to see how we put an end to the others. This one is supposed to come out the 24th of May.

So, that’s all for me. I wold probably read more than these books that month but those are my most anticipated ones, can’t wait to get my hands on them and actually jump into the adventures. Let me know what you think down in the comments, and if you find something in common with these short reviews I would love to talk about them with you. Thank you guys for reading! Have a day full of wonderful new reads.