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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Children of Blood and Bone,” by Tomi Adeyemi

5/5 stars

OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG.

I don’t know where to start. This book was AMAZING –since the beginning to the end. From the first line,

“Pick me…”

To the cover, I mean the cover alone makes you want to pick the book up. It was quite literally an amazing trip. It was good enough to see it as a movie. This for sure is one of my favorite reads for the better part of last year and most certainly this one! I cannot wait until you guys get to read it this Tuesday the 6th when it finally comes out.

This book follows along the path of two siblings, a runaway princess and a purpose ridden Prince all across the country of Orïsha. This book is written from three points of view but the main character is still Zélie. She one of the many maji that are being mistreated by the ruthless king. The king that took the magic away from their kingdom.

The characters were strongly driven, each had their own purpose and had different distinctions between them. Zélie herself was so strong, she stood when she couldn’t do it anymore, pushing to the edge. She fought with all her might showing me and everyone in the book how strong she truly was. Even when she didn’t know it herself. She has PTSD from dealing with the memories of losing her mother at such a young age. She’s so vulnerable and yet so strong. She knows that until magic comes back they will never be treated with respect, so that’s what she’s going to do. She will rise.

“Live (…) Whatever you do, survive,”

Princess Amari is a very strong character too! She surprises me at every turn. She’s stronger than she believes she is and when she finally figured that out, she’s like a force that shouldn’t be reckoned with. Zèlie’s brother, Tzain, is a very powerful character too–not in terms of powers, but in terms of his personality. I love him. I really do. I love how determined he is to keep his sister alive, to protect her at all cost. He’s passionate, determined, very hard-driven and extremely sexy. I will marry him. There’s seriously nothing wrong with him.

The book never followed a pattern that I was expecting–which is not necessarily a bad thing. The way that Adeyemi brought everything together and tied correlations and narrations were beautifully shown throughout this book. She truly has a beautiful way with words and I cannot wait to read the next one. The tone, the context, and the message were clearly presented in this book and I’m so glad I’ve stumbled upon it.

Even though the book is supposed to be written in a different world than ours, it is clear to see some of our current situation reflected in this book. Even though every character in this book is black, there’s a lot of racism against the maji, which are noticeably distinguished by their white hair. The maji are treated like the worst of society, they are made into slaves, captured and tortured all because one day their magic might become powerful enough to eradicate the kingdom. There’s also a serious correlation with the BLM movement, which I don’t know if the author did that on purpose or not, but after I read this quote, BLM immediately came to mind, (Not Spoiler, I promise),

“Your people, your guards–they’re nothing more than killers, rapists, and thieves. The only difference between them and criminals is the uniforms they wear.”

However, I’m going to say that it is so hard to pronounce half of this book. I’m actually very surprised that she hasn’t made a YouTube video about a pronunciation guide to the words in this book. It very easy to get lost if you don’t pay close attention. So, just keep track of your reading and take notes lol.

If you enjoy dangerous adventures worked with a little bit of romance, magical superpower and torture then this is the perfect book for you. I would recommend for 15 year-olds and older.

I’m Out! xoxo

P.S. Thank you for reading!

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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Turtles All the Way Down,” by John Green

3.5/5 Stars 

I read this book a couple of months ago when it first came out, I just never got to write down a review for it. I’m just so lazy you guys. LOL. (Don’t judge).

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I was actually expecting so much more from John Green, he’s such an amazing author, but this book was not all that. I like the subject that the author wrote it on, I feel like mental health–especially the kind that our main character had–is not talked a lot about in YA books.

This book follows the story of Aza, whom with her best friend Daisy try to solve a murder mystery. Aza has a mental problem (and I don’t know if I’m explaining it right, so don’t roast me, LOL) that she lets her thoughts consume her. It doesn’t sound bad, but in her case it is. I’ve never read anything like it but, again, it’s not John Green Material. When you read John Green you expect to cry for two weeks after you read the book, to always have a box tissue next to you and your soul to be destroyed for the rest of your life.

When I read this book, I was like “meh.” And don’t get me wrong–it was an interesting story and it has a lot of potential and I’m pretty sure a lot of you would love it, but again, I was expecting more from JG. Aza was a very interesting character, to get inside her head and experience her illness was mindblowing and I recommend everyone to read just because it is a good thing to be aware of this situation.

I feel like most of us can relate to Daisy, Aza’s best friend. There’s a scene in this book (I don’t think this is a spoiler) where Daisy hardcore judges Aza and the way Aza reacts and teaches her about her illness at the end of the book really made an impact on me. I can see myself easily falling into the zone that Daisy was in when she said what she said, and I appreciate the effort the Green put into explaining how that illness feels like.

Finally, if you’re interested in mental health issues, a dab of romance and an interesting friendship, oh! and murder mystery, give this book a try. I would recommend for readers 12 years and older.

I’m Out! xoxo.

March TBR Pile | 2018

I just went and looked at a couple of blogs and saw this trend floating around. I was honestly kind of depressed and jealous because many of these bloggers read about ten to fourteen books a month! I wish… I mean I used to read that many books a month, but working full-time and going to school full-time barely gives me time to breathe.  I really miss reading like that though. However, I’m going to try to push my limits this month and read at least 8 books, silently prays and these would be:

“High Voltage,” by Karen Marie Moning

I’m super excited about this book! Anyone that knows me knows that I would die for Karen Moning. She’s one of my favorite authors ever and I’ve been waiting for this book forever. I’m excited to see how Dani and Ryodan develop in this book. I cannot wait!

“Children of Blood and Bone,” by Tomi Adeyemi

I’m already reading this book, and it’s like your own personal bible. It is so big! But I’m loving it! I want to finish it today (though I doubt it because I have to go to work soon). But this book is full of action, love, mistrust, and lots of magic. I cannot wait for its release and for y’all to read it. I also love Tomi Adeyemi, so there’s that! I really am enjoying this book and cannot wait to finish it just to write a review on it.

“Hero at the Fall,” by Alwyn Hamilton

This book I’m super excited about! I absolutely loved the other two, and I sincerely can’t wait to see the adventures that Hamilton is going to bring us in this new book. I received an e-arc for it but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, and I want to read before Tuesday the 6th because High Voltage is coming out then and I’m not going to be reading anything else until I finish that one, LOL. Anyways, Traitor to the Throne left us with a huge cliffhanger and if I don’t get to read this before the end of this month, shoot me! (HAHA, see what I did there? No? Then you need to read this series).

“Restore Me,” Tahere Mafi

I don’t know what is there to say about this book/series that you guys don’t already know. I loved the first three book in the series and even the novella and when I heard that Mafi was coming out with a fourth book, I about died! Now, it is not on the top of my priorities because I was actually happy with the ending of the last book–like I would have been fine if she decided to end it there. However, we have been blessed by the Lord with a fourth book and I am no one to not the gifts that the Lord brings upon us, so Mafi: here I come!

“Obsidio,” by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

I still haven’t finished Gemina yet, which is the second book on this series, but I plan to finish it at some point to tackle this bad boy. I enjoyed the other ones very much and the only I haven’t finished the second book is because I’m clearly stupid and very lazy. I love the visual stimulation that these books brings. They are most certainly a different format than anything I’ve ever read and I’m so excited to read the last one! (At least I think it’s the last one).

“Tiger’s Dream,” by Colleen Houck 

So, when I first started this series, I read the four books in five days. I remember making a big deal on snapchat about it (add me: deniamartinezz LOL). But anyways, I heard that she was coming with a fourth book as soon as I finished reading the series and that was a couple of years ago and the book never came. Now, I’m going to tackle this book to ground to finally get it on my hands and add it to my collection because I truly enjoyed the series.

“To Kill A Kingdom,” by Alexandra Christo

I just found this book while browsing on Goodreads and I found it pretty interesting. It also has kind of the same font as the Six of Crow does on the front cover, so that’s what called my attention to it. I read the description of the story and I’m kinda interested in it now, so why not give it a try.

 

For my last book, I like to keep it open. Since I work in a bookstore, there’s always a new book that catches my eye and then I’ll be like, “Oh! That seems interesting!” and I’ll give it a try. So yeah girls, this is all I have for this month, I hope I get to read them all and probably squeeze a few new adult romances as well as romance in general because I love that genre. I hope you girls can relate to any of these book and please let me know if you are as excited as I am to read any of them!

I’m Out! xoxo.

 

Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Hunting Prince Dracula,” by Kerri Maniscalco

Again, an amazing, intriguing and intense story by the wonderful Maniscalco.

4.5/5 Stars

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In this story, we follow Audrey Rose and her friend Thomas to Romania, where they are to compete for a spot in a prestigious forensic studies school. The twist in this story is that they are going where the infamous Dracula lived—the school is situated in his castle.

A quick history lesson for you guys, Prince Vlad Dracula reigned in the Country of Romania around the 1600s and when he died people believed he turned into a vampire. This book was written in a late 1800s perspective and I find it fascinating the way the author makes these connections and chooses these myths and folklore to create an amazing story. Maniscalco manages to fuse both, history and fiction in a way that will have you at the edge of your chair with goosebumps all over your body.

We meet a variety of different characters and I must say that I despised the headmaster of the school, but there were some interesting developments throughout the story. I also loved how she incorporated a romance that, in that period of time, would have been seen as wrong and unforgiving—but that didn’t stop the author from bringing that aspect in, which I found very brave. You’ll see what I’m talking about once you read the book.

In other words, if you like solving mysteries, page-turning thrillers, murder investigation, and you are curious about Dracula, then this is the perfect book for you. With the right amount of romance, action, and suspense, Maniscalco will have you craving for me after each page. I cannot wait for the next to come out, “Escaping Houdini,” I’m so excited.

I recommend it to 14+ years-old.

Non-Spoiler Book Review, “The Museum of Heartbreak,” by Meg Leder

4/5 stars

This was an awesome cute read. College and work won’t allow me to read as much as I want to, and well, I can never find time to review books anymore, even if I end up reading them. I have so many hand written reviews that I haven’t had chance to publish them here.

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Okay, back to the review, this was such a cute refreshing read. Penelope Marx is our main character and she’s very much like all of us. Or more so like me, because I don’t know how you guys are, lol. She believes in fairytales and happy endings and true love, and loves fictional boyfriends, etc. She experiences her first crush with this new kid that comes to school, and well, you can imagine how everything goes from there.

This is a story about friendship, growing apart, and then finding each other. It’s about heartbreak and unexpected love. The storyline is very interesting and the writing is cohesive and makes a lot of sense. I never felt like I got lost in the story and the book maintained a peaceful flow. I truly enjoyed reading this fluffy romance book, and I would recommend it for readers 14 and up.

Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Shuffle, Repeat,” by Jen Klein

4/5 stars

This was a beautiful book with an amazing story. I think it has DUFF and Easy A vibes. I enjoyed reading this book a lot, more than I expected, and this is my first book by this author and I’m very satisfied with it.

26067503This book follows the story of June and Oliver. June’s mom and Oliver’s mom arrange for both of them to ride together to school. June doesn’t like this arrangement, but there’s nothing she can do about it. June and Oliver know each other, or knew each other–but then they grew up, and high school happened. June believes that High School traditions are stupid and can’t wait to go to college to leave all of that stupidity behind. Oliver, on the other hand, believes that high school is all there is and that you need to make your high school years the best because you will remember them forever.

Since they have different opinions about high school, they argue most of the time, and to pass the time they listen to music on their way over to the school, hence the title. This story is full of fun, humor, lies, friendship, and future. I would recommend this story to anyone who’s having conflicting feelings about high school or college, and how two strangers can overcome anything, and find the truth in their hearts. 14 and up could read this. Enjoy!

 

 

Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Eliza and Her Monsters,” By Francesca Zappia

4/5 stars

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I really enjoyed reading this book. The last book that I read by this author was “Made you up,” about a year ago, and I really did love it. This one did not disappoint. Francesca’s writing is beautiful and consistent, and I’m very curious as to see if she was the one who drew the art for her book because it is seriously amazing.

Eliza is the creator of a very popular web comic, and when I mean popular, I mean really popular. Like people have tattoos over her webcomic popular. Millions of people read her comic. But no one knows who she is in real life.

In school, she’s treated as a dork and a freak, and one day she decides to stand up for this kid, Wallace, because he was being bullied, or well, pressured is the most correct term. Anyways, he discovers that she likes Monstrous Sea, which is the web comic that she creates. Some pages fall out of the sketchbook she always has in hand and he sees them, but he doesn’t think that she’s the creator. I mean why would he. Anywho, they form a connection over the web comic, which in terms turns into romance, and I like it because Eliza is getting out of her comfort zone, and is the cutest thing to see her get all flustered when he directs any of the attention to her.

This story is about, love, trust, depression, because Jesus, Eliza is always depressed or in a mood. But it is also about friendship and losing people who are very close to you. Would recommend if you’ve read anything by Jennifer Niven, Jandy Nelson, Nicola Yoon, or Ned Vizzini.