Thursday, January 31, 2019

Thursday Tracks [123]

Ohhh! You know, and if you don't you'll know now, that I LOVE, love, LoVe music. Just as I live and breathe words, I live and breathe music. Those two things are just part of me as any other organ in my body. As you can see in my Music page, I hear music while reading! My Thursdays are dedicated to music thanks to this feature! Created to share what song, album, playlist, artist I got stuck in my head every week. 
Now, this week song is...


Artist: Post Malone

favorite part of the lyrics: It's a moment when I show up, got 'em sayin', "Wow".

Hear me next Thursday!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday [178]

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:
Arizona Vengeance #3


by: Sawyer Bennett
Publication Date: February 5th, 2019


The Arizona Vengeance is hockey’s hottest new team. But hockey’s hottest goalie is learning that even the best players sometimes need an assist.

Everything is clicking for the Vengeance. We may be new, but we’re well on our way to winning the championship, and I’m having the time of my life headlining the sports media as the hottest goalie—hell, player—ever. I for one am going to live up to my name . . . because I am Legend Bay.

Dragging my ass home from the gym, I’m blinded by some gaudy, glowing holiday lights. As usual, my hot-as-hell neighbor Pepper Nantais has gone way over the top. But just as I’m about to tell her off, something else catches my eye . . . Seems like Santa left me a present and not one I was expecting.

As life takes an unexpected turn, I realize that there’s much more to Pepper than meets the eye. Sure, she’s gorgeous. And exasperating. And her taste in decorating may be a bit . . . unique.

But beneath her carefree demeanor is a fierce determination and a heart of gold. And before I know it I’ve fallen for her. Hard . . .

Pepper is exactly the woman I never knew I needed.

What are you waiting on?

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Thursday Tracks [122]

Ohhh! You know, and if you don't you'll know now, that I LOVE, love, LoVe music. Just as I live and breathe words, I live and breathe music. Those two things are just part of me as any other organ in my body. As you can see in my Music page, I hear music while reading! My Thursdays are dedicated to music thanks to this feature! Created to share what song, album, playlist, artist I got stuck in my head every week. 
Now, this week song is...


Artist: The Weeknd ft. Gesaffelstein

favorite part of the lyrics: I just want a baby with the right one, 'cause I could never be the one to hurt one, 'cause we lost a lot of things in the fire so it took a year for me to find out... I can't lose you babe!

Hear me next Thursday!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday [177]

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:
Nikolai Duology #1


by: Leigh Bardugo
Publication Date: January 29th, 2018


Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday [82]

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookis in June 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join! This week Top Ten is...

Top Ten Books Meant to Read in '18

*not in order*






How about yours?

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Book to Movie [9]: Series of Unfortunate Events, Part 2



Author: Lemony Snicket
Published: between Sept 30th, '99 to April 15th, '00
Read: between Oct 7th, '17 to Oct 24th, '17

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Released: March 30th, 2018
Seen: around the same time.

Look, if I thought the first season of this series was good enough to make me read all the books, then this one did not disappoint at all. It took me a while to actually see the whole season, but just because it was going to leave me in a literal cliff and I hate waiting. I have patience but ain't a saint.

This season took us to a horrible school, an awful building with a mysterious elevator that no one could use, a very vile village, and a hostile hospital. The Baudelaires are in for a long journey of never-ending unfortunate events, one after the other. I still in shock of no one active listening to these kids. I believe that there was more than a bunch of people willing to help them, but their minds were too far away from what was really happening.

Netflix portrays the kids, the people, and the villains really well. It shows how people were trying to actively help, but fate had other plans. It shows how bad things were and that there was no other option but to continue to survive no matter the cost. But when the cost is one of them, is a no go. That's why these siblings must remain together, which was really frustrating to end this season in the part that they are not together anymore.

The site is having a good mind in doing all these series/movies out of books because it shows their good planning. Then with all the views, it shows that people love books but even more when they can see what they actually read. If you read these books, I recommend this series a lot. It might not be super exact, but all the details are here and more.

Stalking the Shelves [37]

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, which is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. You can read more about the creation of this meme by visiting the official launch page here.

November 4th, 2018 to January 19th, 2019

  • The Princess, the Prick and the Priest, by Ella Frank
  • Mouth to Mouth, by Tessa Bailey
  • Hungry for More, by Alexa Riley
  • Crashed Out, by Tessa Bailey
  • Loose Ends, by Kristen Ashley
  • Claimed by Her Cougar, by Felicity Heaton
  • Judge, by Alexa Riley
  • Lift, by Alexa Riley
  • Naughty or Nice, by Alexa Riley
  • 365 Days of Wonder, by RJ Palacio
  • Christmas Vows, by Alexa Riley
  • Obsidio, by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  • Closer, by Alexa Riley
  • Renaissance Man, by Tessa Bailey
  • Fake Love, by Claire Contreras
  • Heavy Equipment, by Skye Warren
Well, is not an impressive list, but is more than I expected.

[Review] Sommersgate House, by: Kristen Ashley

Ghosts and Reincarnation #2


by: Kristen Ashley
Publication Date: December 7th, 2013
Read Date: June 28th, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Adult
Format: eBook
Pages: 461


Douglas Ashton is the cold and unfeeling owner of the gothic Victorian Mansion, Sommersgate House. Julia Fairfax is his stubborn American sister-in-law. After tragedy strikes, Douglas and Julia are forced to live together at Sommersgate and raise their newly orphaned nieces and nephew.

Douglas has no desire to raise his dead sister’s children nor does he want the distraction of the tempting Julia living under his roof. Julia is struggling with grief and trying to make a go in a new country without much help from impossibly handsome but even more impossibly remote Douglas. Not to mention, she has to deal with the active hostility of Douglas’s frosty, Attila-the-Hun-in-a-skirt mother, Monique.

Douglas decides the best way to give the children what they need, get his mother to behave and give himself what he wants is to marry Julia. When he tells her (yes, tells her) she will be his wife, Julia thinks Douglas is (probably) insane. And anyway, she’s decided if she ever has another husband (since the last one wasn’t so great), he was going to be short, balding, have a paunch and worship the ground she walks on (none of these characteristics define Douglas in the slightest).

One more thing, Sommersgate House is haunted by the ghosts of the man who built the house and the woman who was the love of his life. They both died mysteriously at Sommersgate months after it was finished. When they did, a curse settled on the house making it seem strangely alive. And the only way for the beautiful but frightening house to rid itself of this curse is for its owner to find true love.

my rate

When I opened this book on my device, it went to chapter two or three… meaning that I already started the book. I went in without reading the first chapter again, so I was a little confused in the beginning, but I caught up real fast.

Let me tell you that the ghost story behind the romance story was really creepy. The ghost couple is separated because she was murdered inside and he, outside, and hence they cannot move on. To do so, the owner of the house has to find his true love. Now, Douglas is not a lovey kind of guy. He is cold and a matter of fact guy. He does not believe the story or has seen the ghosts like Julia has. Julia is in the house for one purpose, to care for her nephews that just lost their parents. But Douglas wants her, bad. So these two might actually break the spell of the house.

I really love the story, is no surprise because is a KA story. But I don’t like ghosts, but KA writes them well. I loved how Douglas started to open up little by little to the warm and lovely Julia. The book was long, but it was worth it. And it because it was a long, it was a little slow, but that end made it all worth it. Douglas finally opened his eyes to the magic that surrounded his love for Julia, and the kids were truly happy.

another review in the series

Friday, January 18, 2019

[Review] Obsidio, by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

The Illuminae Files #3


by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Publication Date: March 13th, 2018
Read Date: January 18th, 2019
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover (library book)
Pages: 628


Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they'll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady's cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza's ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha's past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

my rate

Well, I haven't written a review in a LONG while, and I have been reading this book for a LONG while too. So, if you are good at math, this adds well. I remember when I first read the other two books in this series, I was so stocked for everything. These books are formatted very differently and I think that's what I love the most of it, so reading the third (and last) was a must. When I finally got it in my hands, I was like "gonna finish it in a day". But when I started reading it I noticed that this book was (1) long, (2) complicated, but (3) I didn't have the time to actually finish it in a day. Days passed by, then weeks and finally, months. But I finished it today, so I will not put off this review as much as I did reading the book.

The Iluminae Files are a bunch of files (for lack of words) that recapitulate everything that happened in the invasion and the killing of thousands of people thanks to BiTech. In this book, the face of the company is on trial, but to know the verdict, first, we must read what happened after the station got blown away. That is when dear Hannah starts.

If the first book was what happened with the ships that "rescued" people from Kerenza IV, and the second book is what happened when they went to look for help at Heimdall, then this book is about what happened to all those people that were "left behind" on Kerenza, and how the Iluminae group is going to rescue them. If the first book was "around" the couple Ezra and Kady, and the second book was "around" Hannah and Nik, then this book will go "around" Asha and Rhys. I'm telling you that all these characters are important and are keys to the Illuminae Files.

This book is packed as much as the ocean is full of water. From riots inside the Mao to riots on Kerenza IV. Going back and forth was exasperating because the authors would always cut to the other place on the good moments. The suspense of some scenes were killing me. The stubbornness of some characters were trying my patience. But the romantic scenes were melting my heart. The sad parts were making my eyes water, and the action had me at the edge of my bed. This is a series that cannot be compared to anything I have read or ever will.

Recommending these books is beyond already said. You won't regret it. It had heroes, it had villains, but the monster is the one you will love the most. Remember those words when you read these. I will miss these "kids", they made my heart soar at the end and that's what I'm most grateful about.

reviews in this series