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.”

November 9

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.”


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.” 


Part 3
“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?”


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.
 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.


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”
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”
Lady Midnight Cover

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”


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!]”


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. 


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. 


I now tag:
It’s All About Books
Hello Beautiful Book Blog



March Wrap Up

This month was an awesome reading month … I read a total of 19 books (10 of which are novellas)!! I hope I can keep up like this every month or read at least 5 to 10 books!!

  1. Beautiful Bastard (Christina Lauren): 2 stars
  2. White Hot Kiss (Jennifer L. Armentrout): 5 stars
  3. The Shadowhunter’s Codex: 3 stars
  4. Stone Cold Touch (Jennifer L. Armentrout): 4 stars
  5. Every Last Breath (Jennifer L. Armentrout): 3 stars
  6. Stars Above (Marissa Meyer): 4 stars
  7. Obsession (Jennifer L. Armentrout): 4 stars
  8. Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy (Cassandra Clare): 4 stars
  9. The Lost Herondale (Cassandra Clare): 5 stars
  10. The Whitechapel Fiend (Cassandra Clare): 5 stars
  11. Nothing but Shadows (Cassandra Clare): 5 stars
  12. The evil we love (Cassandra Clare): 3 stars
  13. Pale kings and princes(Cassandra Clare): 4 stars
  14. Bitter of Tongue (Cassandra Clare): 4 stars
  15. The Fiery Trial (Cassandra Clare): 3 stars
  16. Born to endless night (Cassandra Clare): 5 stars
  17. Angels Descending Twice (Cassandra Clare): 5 stars
  18. Lady Midnight (Cassandra Clare): 5 stars
  19. Attachments (Rainbow Rowell): 2 stars

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (The Dark Artifices #1)

“It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?”

Lady Midnight Cover

Rating: 5 stars 

This book was one of my most anticipated reads in 2016, I had high expectations and I was hoping it wouldn’t disappoint me. Lady Midnight was absolutely phenomenal and it was as amazing as Clockwork Princess !! If the first book was this good i can’t imagine what  the other 2 books will have in stores for us !! It was a strong start for the TDA trilogy !! 

A book about shadowhunters and new characters was promising. Each character is extremely individual and realistic. I love absolutely all of them. I really liked that we got to see characters who were raised as Shadowhunters
What I loved about it is that every character was adding something to the story. It wasn’t just about Emma and Julian, Cassandra Clare made the whole Blackthorn involved in the mysteries they are solving even little Tivvy. It was an action-packed mystery that kept my attention from the beginning. 

Emma was this strong and determined character. She knew what she wanted to do all the way through even when she was making mistakes. Loved how she didn’t give up all these years and didn’t loose hope on who murdered her parents. Julian, on the other hand, had to really grow up fast since he was taking care of his siblings and didn’t get to live his childhood. We see his struggle during the story … keep up with his siblings and having those forbidden feelings to Emma.
We know since forever that parabatai can’t fall in love and we got to know why in Lady Midnight and it kinda makes sense. 

As I said before, it was a strong start to TDA and it has so much potential to be an awesome trilogy and be as good as TID. We need to know so many things: how Julian and Emma will be acting with each others in the second book and if Kit will have a major role in the story and if we’re gonna know more about Diana’s past. 

“When you love someone, they become a part of who you are. They’re in everything you do. They’re in the air you breathe and the water you drink and the blood in your veins. Their touch stays on your skin and their voice stays in your ears and their thoughts stay in your mind. You know their dreams because their nightmares pierce your heart and their good dreams are your dreams too. And you don’t think they’re perfect, but you know their flaws, the deep-down truth of them, and the shadows of all their secrets, and they don’t frighten you away; in fact you love them more for it, because you don’t want perfect. You want them.”

Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout (The Dark Elements #3)

“Some loves will last ’til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…”

every last breath cover

Rating: 3 stars 

It was a nice conclusion to the series but compared to the two previous books, this one was not what I had in mind. I liked it but kinda expected more idk.
I was happy with Layla’s choice. No surprise in that I was team Roth since he first shows up in White Hot Kiss. Zayne was not happy with the choice but he’ll get over it, he’s a nice guy and he’ll find someone else 😛 !!
Some of the scenes were awesome like when Layla went to face the Lilin and how Abbot died while protecting Layla.
BUT it needed a push and a focus on stuff like this: high school, more scenes with Stacey and how she was handling the situation, wardens (they were pretty left out in the book). I needed more honestly. I had high expectations since the 2 first books were awesome.

Needless to say that i don’t regret reading the story. I had a fun ride with all the characters especially with Roth and his sarcastic comments !!  

“I’m still not happy to see you,” she said.
Roth raised a shoulder. “And I’d say I’m sorry, but I still wouldn’t mean it.”

“And I love you,” he said. “With every breath I take, I will always love you.” 

Why Readers, Scientifically, Are The Best People To Fall In Love With

I came across this article on facebook and thought i should share it here because it’s so accurate 😀

The article is taken from:

Ever finished a book? I mean, truly finished one? Cover to cover. Closed the spine with that slow awakening that comes with reentering consciousness?

You take a breath, deep from the bottom of your lungs and sit there. Book in both hands, your head staring down at the cover, back page or wall in front of you.

You’re grateful, thoughtful, pensive. You feel like a piece of you was just gained and lost. You’ve just experienced something deep, something intimate. (Maybe, erotic?) You just had an intense and somewhat transient metamorphosis.

Like falling in love with a stranger you will never see again, you ache with the yearning and sadness of an ended affair, but at the same time, feel satisfied. Full from the experience, the connection, the richness that comes after digesting another soul. You feel fed, if only for a little while.

This type of reading, according to TIME magazine’s Annie Murphy Paul, is called “deep reading,” a practice that is soon to be extinct now that people are skimming more and reading less.

Readers, like voicemail leavers and card writers, are now a dying breed, their numbers decreasing with every GIF list and online tabloid.

The worst part about this looming extinction is that readers are proven to be nicer and smarter than the average human, and maybe the only people worth falling in love with on this shallow hell on earth.

According to both 2006 and 2009 studies published by Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University in Canada, and Keith Oatley, a professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto, those who read fiction are capable of the most empathy and “theory of mind,” which is the ability to hold opinions, beliefs and interests apart from their own.

They can entertain other ideas, without rejecting them and still retain their own. While this is supposed to be an innate trait in all humans, it requires varying levels of social experiences to bring into fruition and probably the reason your last partner was such a narcissist.

Did you ever see your ex with a book? Did you ever talk about books? If you didn’t, maybe you should think about changing your type.

It’s no surprise that readers are better people. Having experienced someone else’s life through abstract eyes, they’ve learned what it’s like to leave their bodies and see the world through other frames of reference.

They have access to hundreds of souls, and the collected wisdom of all them. They have seen things you’ll never understand and have experienced deaths of people you’ll never know.

They’ve learned what it’s like to be a woman, and a man. They know what it’s like to watch someone suffer. They are wise beyond their years.

Another 2010 study by Mar reinforces this idea with results that prove the more stories children have read to them, the keener their “theory of mind.” So while everyone thinks their kids are the best, the ones who read have the edge as they truly are the wiser, more adaptable and understanding children.

Because reading is something that molds you and adds to your character. Each triumph, lesson and pivotal moment of the protagonist becomes your own.

Every ache, pain and harsh truth becomes yours to bear. You’ve traveled with authors and experienced the pain, sorrow and anguish they suffered while writing through it. You’ve lived a thousand lives and come back to learn from each of them.

If you’re still looking for someone to complete you, to fill the void of your singly-healed heart, look for the breed that’s dying out. You will find them in coffee shops, parks and subways.

You will see them with backpacks, shoulder bags and suitcases. They will be inquisitive and soulful, and you will know by the first few minutes of talking to them.

They Won’t Talk To You… They’ll Speak To You

They will write you letters and texts in verse. They are verbose, but not in the obnoxious way. They do not merely answer questions and give statements, but counter with deep thoughts and profound theories. They will enrapture you with their knowledge of words and ideas.

According to the study, “What Reading Does For The Mind” by Anne E. Cunningham of the University of California, Berkeley, reading provides a vocabulary lesson that children could never attain by schooling.

According to Cunningham, “the bulk of vocabulary growth during a child’s lifetime occurs indirectly through language exposure rather than through direct teaching.”

Do yourself a favor and date someone who really knows how to use their tongue.

They Don’t Just Get You… They Understand You

You should only fall in love with someone who can see your soul. It should be someone who has reached inside you and holds those innermost parts of you no one could find before. It should be someone who doesn’t just know you, but wholly and completely understands you.

According to Psychologist David Comer Kidd, at the New School for Social Research, “What great writers do is to turn you into the writer. In literary fiction, the incompleteness of the characters turns your mind to trying to understand the minds of others.”

This is proved over and over again, the more people take to reading. Their ability to connect with characters they haven’t met makes their understanding of the people around them much easier.

They have the capacity for empathy. They may not always agree with you, but they will try to see things from your point of view.

They’re Not Just Smart… They’re Wise

Being overly smart is obnoxious, being wise is a turn on. There’s something irresistible about someone you can learn from. The need for banter and witty conversation is more imperative than you may believe, and falling in love with a reader will enhance not just the conversation, but the level of it.

According to Cunningham, readers are more intelligent, due to their increased vocabulary and memory skills, along with their ability to spot patterns. They have higher cognitive functions than the average non-reader and can communicate more thoroughly and effectively.

Finding someone who reads is like dating a thousand souls. It’s gaining the experience they’ve gained from everything they’ve ever read and the wisdom that comes with those experiences. It’s like dating a professor, a romantic and an explorer.

If you date someone who reads, then you, too, will live a thousand different lives.