A court of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR #2) by Sarah J. Maas 

“Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court – but at steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms-and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness he …”

Rating: 5 huge stars

(Book read in September)

How can a sequel be even better than the first book? Usually middle books can lack of excitements, actions and everything… but this one was so freaking good. I loved every single thing in this book! It definitely met the hype around it and I’m happy that I finally got to read this series !!

Tamlin was definitely an a****** in this book !! I really don’t know what was wrong with him but his actions towards Feyre were weird, not nessesary!! If he wanted to protect her he shouldn’t have acted this way and should’ve explain to her his actions and they could have compromise at least !! I really wanted Lucien to step up and defend Feyre from Tamlin because I really loved their relationship in the first book!! He knew what Tamlin was doing is wrong but didn’t say a thing !! Even with that he still is one of my favorite characters!!

On the other hand Feyre turned out to be a kickass character and the author knew how to develop her character really well. She started to be more independent, wanted to improve herself so that she can help everyone. Rhysand (oh my heart) was phenomenal !! He really stood out in this sequel!! I didn’t really like his character in the first book but I felt that there’s something in this character that will make me love him when we discover it. He’s sweet and caring and work with Feyre with patience and knows when he has to push her limits. He knew what she needed and worked with her at her own path. I loved the interaction of Feyre with Rhysand and the whole gang (who is by the way really awesome) and how they made her feel at home easily. 

Can I have book 3??

“To the people who look at the stars and wished. To the stars who listened, and the dreams that are answered”. 

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Holding up the universe by Jennifer Niven

“Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.”

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Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Basically Jennifer Niven has outdone herself another time. All the bright places, her other novel, was one of my favorite reads in 2015 and this one was definitely better and it gradually took its place in my top 5 reads of this year.

This book follows the story of two main characters Libby Strout and Jack Masselin. Each one of them have their own secrets and struggling and want to fit in where they are. Being in high school without having any struggle is hard enough for many students fearing that they may be criticized  so with these 2 fit in became harder.

Like her first book when she highlighted the problem of bipolar and mental illness, in this book Jennifer Niven shed the light on two other issues that can come across our every daily life : Prosopagnosia and being overweight. 

Jack discovered all by himself, from a young age, that he wasn’t able to recognize the faces from the people around him. Not being able to recognize the faces of the people is really frustrating since he wants to be able to remember everyone. He has to meet his friends and family every day like if they are strangers. He uses identifiers to be able to recognize the people close to him. I never heard of prosopagnosia before. When I read about it in the book, it seemed like the author made big researches about it to be able to deliver it to her readers in an easy way so that they can understand it

Libby, on the other hand, was facing another struggle. Being overweight. When her mom died suddenly she started eating and eating till the day she became really overweight and they had to take her out of her home by a crane when people wanted to take down the house. Since that event, she was known as the fattest teen in America. Eating became her coping mechanism. Several years later, after dropping a large number of weight and being followed by therapists, she came back to her old school. Even with dropping lot of weight, she was still being criticized and her classmates made fun of her because she was still big. But after seeing her struggle to fit again, she was trying to believe in herself. She knows she came a long way and wants to be recognized. She made friends again, she started to dance with her friends and most importantly she started to stood up for herself. After being tormented at the beginning of the book about being bullied and after being doubtful, Libby became this optimistic girl who knew that she can achieve anything she want. I connected with her character the most. Being overweight can never be easy on the person. No one knows the reasons of why someone became the way he is. This person never feels good about himself especially when he’s always criticized by everyone … their glares, their whispers, the way they tell him that he should drop his weight. If someone made his mind, he can do whatever he wants and especially dropping a large number of his weight. Nothing is impossible and proving people wrong can be priceless.

When Jack and Libby met it’s like their world collided together. They had to meet so that they can understand each other. They helped each other with their own problems and struggles when no one was there to understand them the way they wanted. Their relationship wasn’t forced at all like someone would say.

Niven knows how to be realistic in her novels while writing about problems that any one can encounter. She delivers her message in a simple way that you can’t help but read the book in one sitting and knowing about what other people can go through.

“Dear friend, You are not a freak. You are wanted. You are necessary. You are the only you there is. Don’t be afraid to leave the castle. It’s a great big world out there. Love, a fellow reader”

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

“She stole a life. Now she must pay with her heart.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.”

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Rating: 5 stars

Throne of Glass is one of my favorite series so entering a new series by the same author scared me at first !! I didn’t set high expectations to not to be disappointed in the end especially that there’s a lot of hype around this book. But man this story is bloody amazing and I couldn’t put the book down except when I wanted to go to bed lol.  What really pushed me as well to read the book is that it is a retelling of The Beauty and the Beast, which is one of favorite fairy tale and Disney movie.  This book is solid start for the series.

The world building is phenomenal and the writing even better, that’s what made me want to read even more. I loved every single characters in this book. They were so well written with an awesome character development that I wanted to be friends with every single one of them. Feyre used to annoy me a little bit at first but she soon became one of my favorite when she turned out to be one kick ass character and done everything she could to save Tamlin. Even when she was with her family she also put their needs before hers, one thing that I love in people. Then there’s Tamlin, Lucien and Rhysand. Three of the most awesome guys/high fay in the world lol. Tamlin is sweet, caring, pay attention to what Feyre wants and wants nothing but the best for her; whereas Rhysand has another approach toward Feyre and is the total opposite of Tamlin. I still want to know a lot more of Rhysand in ACOMAF and his background, and I’m curious to see how him and Feyre will develop their relationship. Now, there’s Lucien the one I had a crush on since the beginning. Loved how he was sarcastic pretty much all the way and was there for Tamlin and even started to care for Feyre as a friend. Their friendship is something I look forward to know about more. The villain in this book, Amarantha, oh man you want to hate her from all your heart from the moment she appeared. We might understand why she’s like that from her background story but it doesn’t excuse all her behaviors toward the faes and the humans. 

Basically I wasn’t disappointed at all by anything in this book. Sarah J. Maas is a brilliant and genius author and that’s why she’s one of my top authors. On to the next book :D. 

“Rhysand stared at me for long enough that I faced him.
“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

Making Faces by Amy Harmon

“Ambrose Young was beautiful. He was tall and muscular, with hair that touched his shoulders and eyes that burned right through you. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She’d been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have…until he wasn’t beautiful anymore.

Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl’s love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior’s love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast where we discover that there is little beauty and a little beast in all of us.”

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Rating: 4 stars

I came across this book over Goodreads as a recommendation. It was one of these few times where I start reading a book blindly. And this book was one hell of a ride. The reason why I rated it 4 stars is because the beginning was slow, but it quickly became an interesting read.

This book follows the story of Fern Taylor, a shy girl in high school who doesn’t think she’s pretty, and has a crush on Ambrose Young our other protagonist. The latter is this handsome, muscular guy loved by every single person in town.
Everyone will think, as I did, that it will be a cliché, contemporary novel where the guy finally realizes that he fell in love with the non popular girl in school couple years later. But this story was deeper than that and I just wanna thank the author for writing an outstanding novel. 

Ambrose Young, called Brosey by everyone, is loved by everyone, AKA the popular guy. He got everything every guy dreams of having: the looks, the girls being madly in love with him, champion of wrestling and on top of that he got a brain. After going to war, losing his best friends, his face being completely deformed, he totally became someone else and didn’t even want to go out except at night. After being known as “Hercules” for a decade, he then started to hide in the shadows. He was different whether it was from the inside or from the outside. 

As for Fern Taylor, she was the complete opposite. She was this shy, sweet, caring girl who remained unnoticed during high school. She never recognized her own worth even though people kept telling her otherwise. As the story continues, and as she become older, she become more confident in herself, knowing what she wanted and never giving up on writing her own novels hoping to get published. She had more confidence in herself, that’s what i liked about her. She knew what Ambrose was going through since she felt she was “ugly” during her whole life. Of course, she didn’t have scars on her face but she was able to get through him and make him feel good about himself. 
(NB: she had a huge crush on him since they were in high school)

Both of them had a meaningful and deep connection and their relationship wasn’t based on a hot steamy sex scenes during all the book. Loved how they were both patient with each others while falling in love, neither one of them pushed the other. The book truly shows that beauty is not always what the eye sees, it’s what every person has on the inside that matters if they get to know them better.

One other special character has a special place in the book. Bailey Sheen, Fern’s cousin and Brosey’s number one fan. He was one awesome character with amazing lines and awesome presence. He’s in a  wheel chair bound since the age of 11 due to Muscular Dystrophy. Despite his decease, he was an incredible character and an important person to the plot. He was the person Fern needed while growing up and he was there for Ambrose after he returned from war. He pushed him by saying everything Brosey didn’t want to hear and he was a great support for him. He was the voice of reason.

Making Faces was heartbreaking and heartwarming. Although there was sadness and loss, there was also much love, laughter and beauty.

“You loved ferris wheels more than roller coasters because life shouldn’t be lived at full speed, but in anticipation and appreciation.”

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

“Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.”

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Rating: 5 stars

I said it once and I’ll say it again … I would read anything by Colleen Hoover even her grocery list. It’s been two days since I finished November 9 and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I wanted to write a review before but didn’t find the proper words to describe what I was feeling.  

Colleen Hoover is a phenomenal writer and knows how to make any reader feels what the character are feeling. She never fails to make me speechless after finishing one of her books. I managed to avoid spoilers and anything related to the story from the moment this book was released and I didn’t even know how since it was released 7 months ago. 

November 9 is not just a date for our two protagonists Fallon and Ben. On November 9 and when she was 16, Fallon was in her father’s apartment when a fire took place. She was burned and had scars for the rest of her life. She would do anything to forget this date. As for Ben, he had his own reasons (avoiding spoilers for people who didn’t read the book yet).

Loved how Fallon and Ben met with Ben faking being her boyfriend in front of her father. Since the moment they met and i fell instantly in love with their relationship. Fallon became the muse of Ben and he started writing his first novel. They agreed to meet every November 9 till they 23 with no interactions between them. This made me wait every November 9 to know how they will interact with each other. Everyone “needs a” Ben in his life who will make any girl feels like she’s a princess.

“People don’t feel uncomfortable when they look at you because of your scars, Fallon. They’re uncomfortable because you make people feel like looking at you is wrong. And believe me—you’re the type of person people want to stare at. People want to stare at you. Believe me, I’m one of them.”

Fallon was struggling with her own insecurities and Ben was there to help her every step of the way. Ben had his own issues, and that’s a mystery for us, one that is revealed during the progression of their story.
They completed each other in a way no one can understand. They had their own world every November 9. I wanted them to be a thing already and not see each other just during this date. They will make you feel every single emotion. One one page these two would have the reader dying from laughing then on the next page he would be crying. 

Every plot twist that happened after we thought that they were finally together and nothing will come in the way, was frustrating. Like every CoHo book something tragic that happened in the past has to make an appearance in the present and make everyone go crazy. I was waiting for something to happen, especially that Ben didn’t let Fallon read his manuscript once, but didn’t expect the plot twist to be like that.  

Hats off for Colleen Hoover for writing another amazing story and can’t wait to read her newest books (Can August come any sooner??) 

Never Never (1, 2, 3) by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Part 1
“Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.
Complete strangers since this morning.
He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.”

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Part 2
“Silas races against time as more truths unravel, while others twist tighter together. And now, the stakes are higher as Silas’ control slips and others begin to point fingers. Charlie is in trouble and he must be the one to bridge the chasm between their past and their present. Because somewhere between I love yous and Never Nevers and Never Agains, a truth they can’t imagine, beckons to be found.” 


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“Together, Silas Nash and Charlize Wynwood must look deeper into the past to find out who they were and who they want to be. With time ticking down, the couple are in a race to find the answers they need before they lose everything. Can they regain what they once had? And will it restore who they once were?”

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Rating: 3 stars (All the novellas) 

It’s a good thing that I’ve waited till now to read the novellas all together, because I don’t think I would’ve been able to wait so long between their releases, especially after the cliffhanger in the first part.

The novellas follow the story of Silas and Charlie who have both lost their memories at the same time and they don’t know why. They can remember everything except anything related to them.

I loved the mystery surrounding the books. It was like the 2 protagonists and the readers were discovering together what’s happening in the present and what happened in the past. Writing the notes was a clever idea so that they will continue their search the day after without losing so much time.

I loved Silas so much. He’s not perfect but he’s nice, a gentleman and the list can go on. In the 3 novellas, he made sure that Charlie was okay and he didn’t give up when she was lost. He wanted from the start to make Charlie fall in love with him all over again.

On the other hand, Charlie wasn’t an easy character.If Silas wanted to remember, she didn’t since she was discovering that she was mean to people and wanted to start again. She wanted to be with Silas yet at the same time she still didn’t want to remember a thing. It’s comprehensible because of everything she went through in the past.

The first 2 novellas were good but the 3rd one wasn’t what I expected to be. It was still good but I wanted to have more and to be a little longer. Anyway I was glad I read them and I might read more Tarryn Fisher’s books in the future since it was the first time I read something by her.

 “Trust your gut. Not your heart, because it’s a people pleaser, and not your brain, because it relies too heavily on logic.” (Never Never Part 3) 

The Burrito Bowl Book Tag

Saw this tag on the blog of readerinareverie so I thought I would do it 😀 

RICE: THE FOUNDATION : “The book that got you into reading (or book blogging)”
I started reading at a young age but what really made me love reading even more was the Harry Potter series and introduced me to the fantasy genre.
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 BEANS: THE FILLER – “A book with a whole lot of nothing happening”
Even though I read the first 3 books and the novellas, I have to say The Selection. Nothing mainly happened and the same thing was repeated during the whole thing.

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PROTEIN: THE BUILDING BLOCK – “A book quote to live by”
“It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them.”
Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince

FAJITAS: THE CRUNCH OF TEXTURE – “A book with immaculate worldbuilding”
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This series is what made me love the world of vampires all over again. Richelle Mead has created a world well constructed from the characters, the plots, the rich development of the story from the very first book till the last one. She knew how to maintain a proper level of writing and world building to not let the reader be bored with the story.

SALSA: THE DANCE OF FLAVOUR – “A book that kept you on your toes”
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I finished this book in one sitting even if it was a big one. I couldn’t put it down and there’s a lot going on on the action and twists level. 

CORN: THE EXPLOSION OF SWEETNESS – “A memorable scene involving friendship/romance”

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Cress and Thorne are so amazingly cute together and I loved every scene that involved them. 

CHEESE: THE BOND OF CALCIUM – “Two characters from different books you wish could be friends”

Aelin from Throne of Glass and June Iparis from Legend. 2 kick ass characters friends would be awesome. 

SOUR CREAM: THE TANGY TOPPER – “The quirkiest character you’ve ever read (protagonist or supporting)”

Lola from Lola and the boy next door 😀 

GUACAMOLE: THE COST OF CREAMINESS – “A book you paid too much for (based on utility experienced)”

I usually get paperbacks so i don’t pay a lot unless i get a big book haul

LETTUCE: THE HANDFUL OF CRISPNESS – “A refreshing concept/theme in a book”thereckonersseries

I loved the idea of having “normal people” attacking “the super heroes”. The latter are not what people think they are so the reckoners had to plan everything to beat them up.

CHIPS: LE PIÈCE DE RÉSISTANCE – “A must-read recommendation if you like [this book/genre—you decide!]”

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Every time someone asks me “what book do you recommend to read?” I reply without hesitation The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It’s an awesome read with lots of actions, mysteries, plot twists and a little bit of romance. Anything you can ask for you can find it there. 

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TABASCO: THE KICK TO THE FACE – “Your favourite fight/action sequence”

The fight between Aelin and Manon in Queen of Shadows. It was one epic fight. Can’t wait to read more scenes between them in the next two books. 

 

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