Wrap-up : June

  
okay, i had such an amazing reading month! I loved almost all of the books i have read. 

8 novels + 8 mangas 🙂 

– The Living : 3/5⭐️

– Crown of Midnight : 4.5/5⭐️

– Speak : 2.5/5⭐️

– A court of Thorns and roses : 5/5⭐️

– Ten : 4/5⭐️

– Simon VS. the Homosapiens Agenda : 4.5/5⭐️

– A Darker Shade of Magic : 4/5⭐️

– Confess : 4/5⭐️ 

– Attack on Titan ( Vol 13,14 and 16) : 4/5⭐️

– Fairytail (Vol 1,2,3 and 4) : 4/5⭐️

Favorite : A Court of Thorns and Roses 

Overall a very good reading month!

Review : Confess by Colleen Hoover

“Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry. For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it. The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…”

  

I love Colleen Hoover. I always enjoy reading her books because i always get very emotional. Confess was very good., but I didn’t get that emotinal wave I usually get. I’m not sure why because I liked the story and the mystery. The plot is well written and interesting. I also came to realize that Hoover writes pretty much always the same kind of characters. Our main characters sounded and felt the same as the ones I’ve seen in the other books I have read by her. It’s not a big deal, i do love those characters, i just would like to see something else. Auburn is a strong girl, I like her story and the whole A.J. storyline. It brings an interesting aspect to her character. Owen is great too. He’s a perfect boy, maybe even a bit too perfect. he doesn’t have many flaws and it makes it a bit unrealistic. Even when you think he has a big bad secret, it turns out being something else and he ends up being even more perfect…

The art in this book was absolutely gorgeous ( check it out here = X ). 

Confess : 4/5

  

Review : A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

“Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit. Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London—but no one speaks of that now. Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’. But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—trickier than they hoped.”

  
Ohh, my dear Victoria Schwab, you did it again. You wrote one hell of a fun story. 

this book was incredible. The story is just so fun and really captivating. Time traveling, magic, mystery, everything is so well-done. i absolutely love the whole world she created and how we get to see it. Even if it’s complex and rich, I was never lost or not sure if i really understood the world, it was easy to follow. The characters are all so freaking amazing. Kell and Lila both have a very interesting voice. Similar in many ways, but also different. They have a great chemistry and i love seeing them interact. Kell is great. I like that he is clever, but he also makes mistakes. He’s human and he has flaws. Lila is super badass, she’s looking for adventure and i love her. She is strong and capable of taking her of herself. Rhy also got my heart, really like him and his relationship with Kell. Can’t wait to see more of these amazing characters!! And the writing. The writing is magnificent,  it hits me everytime I open up a book by Schwab… i just have to say that I really, really, really, really like her writing style. It’s poetic and beautiful without being too much. She is capable of bringing this magical world to live in such a wonderful way.

I usually am scared of overhyped book, but with this one, i knew from the first sentence that I was in for a good read. I am so excited for the next book in this series, SO EXCITED!

A Darker Shade of Magic : 4/5

Friday’s recommendation…

… A Ghost Story!

Title : Asylum – Madeleine Roux

My Rating : 3/5

read my review : Asylum

goodreads Description : “For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program—it’s a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum—a last resort for the criminally insane. As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it’s no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.”

The cover :

  

Even if it was not the most amazing book i have ever read, I still think this story was entertaining and fun. Really enjoyed the creepy pictures. 

T.A.L.C Read-a-thon – TBR

  

hello lovely people, I decided to be part of this read-a-thon, i probably won’t be able to read all the books i want to, but hey, lets try it! 

my TBR : 

  
1) Top of your TBR – Well, that would be A Darker Shade of Magic. i’m a bit cheating because that is the book i’m currently reading, but i’m not very far in and i know i won’t finish it before the read-a-thon starts, so it’s part of my TBR. 

2) Favorite color cover – A little something different. Pink is my favorite color.

3) Not so well known book – The Turning. 

4) Favorite re-read – that would be the first book in the Harry Potter series. I’ve been thinking about rereading this series for a long time, this is a good time to start! 

5) Favorite genre – Confess. It’s not really my favorite genre, but I have been in a big contemporary mood lately, so i would say it’s one of my favorite genre at this moment.
So here it is, my TBR list for this read-a-thon!

Summer recommendations!

  

it’s officially summer now and you may be looking for a feel good/ summery/happy/interesting book to read while you enjoy the sun and the heat. Don’t worry, i have the books you need. Here are some of my summer recommendations :

Anna and the French kiss – Stephanie Perkins – 4/5 : “Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?”

My Life Next Door – huntley Fitzpatrick – 3.5/5 : “The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?”

Since you’ve been gone – Morgan Matson – On my summer TBR : “It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.
Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?
Kiss a stranger? Um… 
Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?
Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?”

Everything Leads to you – Nina LaCour – 4/5 : “A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world. Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.”

We Were Liars – E. Lockhart – 4.5/5 : “A beautiful and distinguished family.

A private island.

A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.

A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.

A revolution. An accident. A secret.

Lies upon lies.

True love.

The truth.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.”

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz – 5/5 : “Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.”

Amy and Roger’s epic detour – Morgan Matson – on my summer TBR : “Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.”

Review : Simon VS. the homo sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

  
it took me a couple of days before i was capable of having a review that had a bit of sense because  i’m still high on this book. it makes my brain go asdgdsfggd everytime I think about it.

this book is soooo cute. so, so freaking cute!! if you are looking for a good love story that will make you smile for almost the entire time, this one is for you. i just couldn’t stop smiling. Everything about it was amazing. loved the story, it was simple and adorable. I really like the whole idea of not knowing who Blue was. Just like Simon, i kept trying to figure it out and when we finally know who he is everything is perfect and awhhh ( i’m actually smiling while writing this)

Simon is a wonderful character. He is funny and smart. i really enjoyed his voice! And I cared so much about him, i wanted everything to be ok, for him but also for everybody else. The cast of characters is really fun to follow. I really could relate to them because they are all geeks and nerds and the number of geeky references in this one is phenomenal. Doctor Who, Hunger Games, Animes, Harry Potter….because, Yes, Simon is a huge HP fan and it just makes him even more lovable! Blue and Simon’s relationship is so perfect, i can’t even deal with all my emotions. I love seeing the way they learn about eachother. Some parts are cute, others are a bit sad, but it’s mostly cute and funny. they are perfect together, online and in real life. The writing style is great, perfect for this story. it’s simple and good and, gosh, i love everything about this book. EVERYTHING.

So, yes, please read this book, it’s sooo good and adorable. 

Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda : 4.5/5