February Wrap Up

(All photos were taken from Goodreads.com)

1. Red Glass by Laura Resau

 Red Glass

3/5 stars

 

 

2. Beautiful Creatures- Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)

3/5 stars

 

3. Illegal- Bettina Restrepo

Illegal

5/5 stars

 

 

4. Quidditch Through the Ages

Quidditch Through the Ages

3/5 stars

5. City of Glass

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)

5/5 stars

6. Frankie

Frankie

5/5 stars

 

7. The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

5.5 stars

 

8. Mr. 60%

Mr. 60%

3/5 stars

9. Renegades

Renegades (Renegades, #1)

4/5 stars

 

 

So this is a bit late because I got super sick last month and I was so stressed over school and trying to keep up with everything that I decided to take a break.

 

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Illegal by Bettina Restrepo

Illegal

(Photo Taken from Goodreads.com)

Goodreads Description

A promise.
Quinceañera.
A promise that we would be together on my fifteenth birthday . . .

Instead, Nora is on a desperate journey far away from home. When her father leaves their beloved Mexico in search of work, Nora stays behind. She fights to make sense of her loss while living in poverty—waiting for her father’s return and a better day. When the letters and money stop coming, Nora decides that she and her mother must look for him in Texas. After a frightening experience crossing the border, the two are all alone in a strange place. Now, Nora must find the strength to survive while aching for small comforts: friends, a new school, and her precious quinceañera.

Bettina Restrepo’s gripping, deeply hopeful debut novel captures the challenges of one girl’s unique yet universal immigrant experience.

My Review

I am sort of at a loss for word in describing this book. I absolutely loved it. I can’t believe I waited so long to read this. This young girls journey to find her father and the struggle was something that I couldn’t even imagine but know that it happens often. I felt like some things kind of gloss the surface and it needed more depth but I felt like for the intended audience, it is probably meant to happen. I want more books like this !

 

Semi- Spoiler

 

 

Okay I am getting so frustrated with books where the parents seem so helpless and the child is the boss and makes the decisions and have to baby the parents. It frustrates me so much in books, movies, life… Sorry.. another mini- rant.

Beautiful Creatures- Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)

(Photo was taken from Goodreads.com)

Goodreads Description

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

My Review

I want to start by saying that I didn’t love this book nor hate it. I guess since I am reading the second book, I liked it more than not. At times, it seemed to drag and I honestly don’t think that I could have finished it if it weren’t for the read aloud that I am doing with a few people. I am hoping that now that all the background was told and set, that the next book will have a bit more action. I also watched the movie… and it was awful. It went on its own little tangent and didn’t even follow the book. Everything was different and it seriously annoyed me. I mean I don’t usually mind adaptations as much as everyone else seems to but this one seriously irked me. I mean the movie was just bad, and I watched it before I even finished the book. Okay… Rant over.

Rating: 3/5 stars

Red Glass by Laura Resau mini review

Red Glass

( Photo was taken from Goodreads)

Goodreads Description

ONE NIGHT SOPHIE and her parents are called to a hospital where Pedro, 6-year-old Mexican boy, is recovering from dehydration. Crossing the border into Arizona with a group of Mexicans and a coyote, or guide, Pedro and his parents faced such harsh conditions that the boy is the only survivor. Pedro comes to live with Sophie, her parents, and Sophie’s Aunt Dika, a refugee of the war in Bosnia. Sophie loves Pedro – her Principito, or Little Prince. But after a year, Pedro’s surviving family in Mexico makes contact, and Sophie, Dika, Dika’s new boyfriend, and his son must travel with Pedro to his hometown so that he can make a heartwrenching decision.

My Review

I listened to this book on audio. This book was beautiful. It had some many different elements and cultures and it didn’t feel forced. The development of the characters was gradual and there was so much that happened,yet it didn’t feel rushed. I loved the integration of the Hispanic culture. Now I must admit, the book was very problematic.

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The book mentioned how dangerous and awful areas in Central America were , yet this naive “gringa” goes through not very carefully , I must add, and faces absolutely no consequences.

Sophie had all these … quirks and a lot of anxiety then all of a sudden, she’s over them in Mexico/Guatemala.

Sophie sounded/thought like she was 12 years old rather than 16 or 17. ( I forgot how old she was.)

 

 

 

I still enjoyed the book though and I’m glad that I found it.

 

Rating: 3/5 stars

January Wrap Up

This month I read 14 book! I am so  proud of myself  because this is the most I’ve read in a month. This year, I will be doing these a bit differently. I will put the book and what criteria it met. (All photos were taken from Goodreads)

1. Foolish Hearts- Emma Mills

Foolish Hearts

*Beat the Backlist Challenge

*52 Books in 52 weeks- A book you read in a day

*2018 Reading Challenge-book by a new author

*2018 YA Challenge

*2018 A-Z Challenge- F

*50 states challenge-Illinois

*January Book Battle- Club Read #1

*Bookish 2018 challenge- A book recommended by a librarian

* Fandom Challenge- My Little Pony/ beautiful cover

2. Deadly Sweet- Lola Dodge

Deadly Sweet (The Spellwork Syndicate, #1)

*52 Books in 52 weeks- A Book with food on the cover

*2018 Netgalley/Edelweiss Reading Challenge

*2018 Reading Challenge- book under 300 pages

*2018 YA Challenge

*2018 A-Z Challenge- D

*50 states challenge- New Mexico

*January Book Battle- Book set in your time period

*Bookish 2018 challenge- Book you picked based on title

* Fandom Challenge- Hannibal/ book about food

3. The Princess Saves Herself in This One- Amanda Lovelace

The Princess Saves Herself in this One (Women are Some Kind of Magic, #1)

*Beat the Backlist Challenge

*52 Books in 52 weeks- A book recommended by a friend

*2018 Reading Challenge- recommended by a friend

*2018 A-Z Challenge- P

*January Book Battle- 1st book in series

*Bookish 2018 challenge- Novel told in verse

4. Stranger Than Fanfiction-Chris Colfer

Stranger Than Fanfiction

*Beat the Backlist Challenge

*52 Books in 52 weeks- A book about travel

*2018 Platypire Diversity Challenge- January/Biracial Awareness

*2018 Reading Challenge-book by author named Chris

*2018 YA Challenge

*2018 A-Z Challenge- S

*January Book Battle- Male POV

*Bookish 2018 challenge- Listen to an audiobook

* Fandom Challenge- Avengers/ centered on a group of friends

5. The Assassin’s Blade- Sarah J. Maas

The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5)

*Beat the Backlist Challenge

*52 Books in 52 weeks- An Adventure/espionage novel

*2018 Reading Challenge- an action/adventure book

*2018 YA Challenge

*2018 A-Z Challenge- A

*January Book Battle- Book by favorite author

*Bookish 2018 challenge- Book by favorite author

* Fandom Challenge- The 1oo/ book with morally questionable character or premise

6. Flunked- Jen Calonita

Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School, #1)

*Beat the Backlist Challenge

*52 Books in 52 weeks- An e-book

*2018 Reading Challenge- book with a one-word title

*January Book Battle- Extra books

*Bookish 2018 challenge- First book in a series

* Fandom Challenge- OUAT/ fairytale retelling

7. The Magic Misfits- Neil Patrick Harris

The Magic Misfits (Magic Misfits, #1)

*Beat the Backlist Challenge

*52 Books in 52 weeks- A book already in your bookshelf

*2018 Reading Challenge- book with pictures in it

#readtherainbow- January/Red

*January Book Battle- Club read #2

*Bookish 2018 challenge- Book with a character of color on the cover

* Fandom Challenge- Disney/ reminds you of your childhood

8. P.S. I Like You – Kasie West

P.S. I Like You

*Beat the Backlist Challenge

*52 Books in 52 weeks- Book with the letter “Y” in the title

*2018 Reading Challenge- book with main character with same hair color as you

*2018 YA Challenge

*50 states challenge- Arizona

*January Book Battle- Club read #3

*Bookish 2018 challenge-  book that you regret not reading last year

* Fandom Challenge- Orphan Black/ synopsis reminds you of another book

 

9. The Summer of Jordi Perez- Amy Spalding

The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles)

*52 Books in 52 weeks- A book published in 2018

*2018 Netgalley/Edelweiss Reading Challenge

*2018 Reading Challenge- book involving food

*2018 YA Challenge

*50 states challenge- California

*January Book Battle- Extra books

*Bookish 2018 challenge- Book with an LGBTQ character on the cover

10. The Hollow City- Ransom Riggs

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2)

*Beat the Backlist Challenge

*52 Books in 52 weeks- Book set in a country you want to visit

*2018 Reading Challenge- book that takes place during a war

*2018 YA Challenge

*2018 A-Z Challenge- H

*January Book Battle- Book with Time travel

*Bookish 2018 challenge- A book you’ve lied about reading

* Fandom Challenge- Doctor Who/ plot revolves around time

11. the witch doesn’t burn in this one- Amanda Lovelace

The Witch Doesn't Burn in this One (Women are Some Kind of Magic, #2)

*2018 Netgalley/Edelweiss Reading Challenge

*2018 A-Z Challenge- W

*January Book Battle- Book you own but haven’t read

*Bookish 2018 challenge- Cover uses 3  or fewer colors

* Fandom Challenge-Legends of Korra/ sequel to a beloved book

12. Spill Zone- Scott Westerfeld

Spill Zone (Spill Zone, #1)

*Beat the Backlist Challenge

*2018 YA Challenge

*January Book Battle- Book that came out in 2017

*Bookish 2018 challenge- Book with animal on cover

13. City of Ashes- Cassandra Claire

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)

*Beat the Backlist Challenge

*52 Books in 52 weeks- A YA Best Seller

*2018 Reading Challenge- book on best sellers list

*2018 YA Challenge

*2018 A-Z Challenge- C

*50 states challenge- New York

* Fandom Challenge- The Vampire Diaries/ paranormal romance

14. The 11th Hour- Kristine Scarrow

The 11th Hour

*52 Books in 52 weeks- A book with bad review

*2018 Netgalley/Edelweiss Reading Challenge

*2018 Reading Challenge- book with a male main character

*2018 YA Challenge

*Bookish 2018 challenge- Book whose cover features nature

 

 

 

What books did you read this month? Any suggestions?

 

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2)

(photo taken from Goodreads)

Goodreads Description

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

My Review

I listened to this on audiobook and I must say that I enjoyed it much more than reading it. I also thought that this book was so much better than the first (not to say that the first wasn’t great) because there was just so much action and it was so difficult to push pause. It was very fast paced and we met a lot of new characters. There were plot twist and it was just really enjoyable. I wasn’t planning on finishing the series (or is this on a trilogy?) and I just read it because I needed it for a criteria but I really am interested in continuing!

Rating: 4/5 stars

City of Ashes by Cassandra Claire Mini review

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)

(photo taken from goodreads.)

Goodreads Description

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

My Review

My goodness!!! I know I am late to the game on reading this book but I am absolutely in love with this series. I am currently listening to it on audiobook. I watched the movie and am up to date with the show (which I love-so sorry ) and Jace is so much more … real in the books. I mean he actually says his true feelings to everyone rather than playing as though he were a soulless “too cool for school” jerk. I really am loving the characters even more and just want to read it all NOW!! In the rare case that you haven’t read it, I’m not going to put spoilers but I will say READ THIS SERIES!!!!!!!!

Rating: 4/5 stars

Down the TBR Hole #11

Here is the 11th edition of Down the TBR hole originally created by Lost in A Story. I am a few days late because of Christmas and life so I need more than usual today. My TBR is currently at 1435.

The rules are simple:

Rules

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

***All photos were taken from Goodreads.com***

1. Gone Girl

Date added: 4/8/16

Gone Girl

Verdict: Keep

2. Outlander

Date Added: 4/9/16

Outlander (Outlander, #1)

Verdict: Keep

3. Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things

Date Added: 4/9/16

Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (Dead Things, #1)

Verdict: Keep

4. Worlds of Ink and Shadoe

Date Added: 4/10/16

Worlds of Ink and Shadow

Verdict: Go

5. The Dead House

Date Added: 4/10/16

The Dead House

Verdict: Keep

6. The Lie Tree

Date Added: 4/10/16

The Lie Tree

Verdict: Go

7. The Paladin

Date Added: 4/10/16

The Paladin

Verdict: Go

8: Ultraxenopia

Date Added: 4/11/16

Ultraxenopia (Project W.A.R. #1)

Verdict: Go

9. Much of Madness

Date Added: 4/11/16

Much of Madness (Conexus Chronicles, #1)

Verdict: Go

10. Julia Vanishes

Date Added: 4/11/16

Julia Vanishes

Verdict: Keep

Sorry that this is late again. I think I’m going to just change the posting date to Sundays. Anyways, have you read any of these books?

Books I Can’t Believe I Read

This is a weekly meme created by Broke and Bookish   that is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

 

All these books were books that I wasn’t really interested in reading but did for some reason of another and ended up loving them! (All pictures were taken from goodreads.com)

  1. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil, #1)

2. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies (Uglies, #1)

3. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Tuck Everlasting

4. The Lighting Thief by Rick Riodin

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

5. Bell Prater’s Boy by Ruth White

Belle Prater's Boy

6. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

7. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

8. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)

9. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl

10. You by Caroline Kepner

You (You, #1)