May 26th 2015
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?
In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.
I was really excited to read this book because I loved To All the Boy I’ve Loved Before however I started reading some reviews that this book wasn’t as good as the first one and that’s the reason it took me so long to read this book. Let’s just say that the reviews I’ve read about this book were right. I’m pretty sure that a lot of people agree with me when I say that this duology would be better if it was just a stand-alone. Jenny Han could have added the first few chapters to the end of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and it would be better. However this was a pretty cute book and I liked it but there was so much unnecessary drama. I loved the beginning of the book. Seeing Lara Jean interacting with her family and seeing her relationship with Peter was amazing but then all the drama started. Let me just tell you that I understand Lara Jean’s jealousy towards Gen. If I was 16 years-old and my boyfriend spent so much time with is ex-girlfriend I was going to feel like Lara Jean but sometimes she was the one creating the problems. If you are with your boyfriend please don’t start thinking and talking about his ex. It’s stupid. This was part of the drama on this book but to add even more John Ambrose McClaren, one of the guys that Lara Jean wrote a letter, appeared. This means that this book didn’t have a love triangle but instead it had a love square. More DRAMA. While I’m saying all this about this book I actually enjoyed it but not as much as the first one and I think that the ending was way too fast. But let’s talk about my favorite thing in this book: Kitty. I loved Kitty and I would love to have her a my little sister so Jenny Han, if you want to I would love to read a book about Kitty when she’s older.
Overall, this was a cute and fast-paced book. While I would prefer this as a stand-alone I still enjoyed it and I loved to read about these characters again. If you loved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and if you like cute contemporary books you should read this one.
Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If you haven’t read it would you read it?
Yesterday Epic Reads decided to do book recommendations based on Zodiac Signs. I thought that this idea was so funny that I decided to share their recommendations here. If you don’t know what Epic Reads is yet basically they are a young adult book community. If you haven’t check them yet go now. They are the best and have the most relatable Book Nerd Problems series on their Youtube channel (and I’m not even talking about the beautiful Instagram). The main reason I wanted to share this with you is to see if their recommendations were on point. I’m saying this because I’m a Capricorn but I identify way more with the Sagittarius book recommendations (The truth is that everyone thinks that I look more like a Sagittarius than a Capricorn 🙂 ).
Aries – because you are energetic, daring, brave and spontaneous!
Taurus – because you are down to earth, independent, practical, sensual and loyal.
Gemini – because you are clever, funny, enthusiastic, smart and you can have a dual nature!
Cancer – because you are creative, sensitive, emotional, loving and empathetic.
Leo – because you are magnanimous, self-aware, aristocratic and romantic!
Virgo – because you are methodical, eloquent, calm, pragmatic and a gifted leader!
Libra – because you are honest, charming, peace-loving, idealistic and harmonious!
Scorpio – because you are passionate, strong-willed, magnetic, brave and mysterious!
Sagittarius – because you are a true character and you are large-hearted, confident, optimistic, and sincere!
Capricorn – because you are wise, cool and calm, incredibly determined and you don’t let setbacks get in the way of you achieving your goals!
Aquarius –because you are progressive, inventive, open minded, humanitarian and you accept people as they are!
Pisces – because you are the dreamers! You are imaginative, romantic, escapist and mystical.
So what do you think? Did their recommendations matched your zodiac sign?
P.S.: If you haven’t check Epic Reads you can do it here:
It’s that time of the week again when I bring you the Top 5 Wednesdays, created by gingerreadslainey. If you want to know how T5W works you can go to the Goodreads group by clicking here. This weeks theme is Top 5 Favorite Character Tropes. I had a lot of problems by figuring out my favorite character tropes but I managed to get a list. So let’s start this list.
5. Love Triangles
I know that a lot of people don’t like love triangles but I actually like them. Well, I like love triangles when they are well done and the love triangle doesn’t overpower the main plot of the book. Cassandra Clare and Sarah J. Maas did a great job in The Infernal Devices and Throne of Glass. I love that love triangles and how it doesn’t feel forced.
4. Character Falls in Love with their Best Friend
This is one of that tropes that I like because I think it’s cute to see the feelings between each other growing up and how it’s not an insta-love thing.
3. Traumatic Childhood
This is a trope that I like because I think that a traumatic childhood makes a book more interesting and it also defines the character when he/she grows up normally in a good way.
2. Bad Boy meets Good Girl
Look, this is an guilty pleasure of mine. I love when a bad boy meets a good girl and starts showing that he actually has a good side. Don’t ask me why but sometimes I need to read this kind of books and I love it.
1. Kick-Ass Female Characters
This one is a no-brainer. I love kick-ass female characters. I love how they don’t need a guy to define their life and how they can save themselves from difficult situations. Normally if a book has a kick-ass female character I will read it because I love them and I love to read about it.
These are some of the my favorite character tropes. What about you? Which characters tropes did you included in your top? Tell me in the comments.
July is almost coming to an end which means that his time to see some of the books that are going to be released in the month of August which also means more amazing books to read. So, these are some of the books that are going to be released July. If you want more information about the book click on its cover. It will take to the Goodreads page.
Never Always Sometimes – Adi Alsaid
What You Left Behind – Jessica Verdi
You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) – Felicia Day
The Boy Most Likely To (My Life Next Door #2) – Huntley Fitzpatrick
Another Day (Every Day #2) – David Levithan
Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) – Libba Bray
Until Friday Night (The Field Party #1) – Abbi Glines
Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals #1) – Eleanor Herman
Mechanica – Betsy Cornwell
The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness
Destiny Rising (True Calling #3) – Siobhan Davis
These are some of the upcoming August releases. Are you excited for the release of any of these books?
Today I bring you Books Covers Around the World again. If you don’t know what this is, basically is me giving everyone a reason to look to beautiful (and sometimes not so beautiful) covers of the same book but in different countries. Today’s book is I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. This is an amazing book and if you want to see my review you can click here. Let’s start looking for amazing covers.
This cover is beautiful. I love how colorful it is and how the font is placed and everything. I absolutely love this cover and I think that a lot of people too because this is the cover that is used in most of the countries where the book was released. This could be easily my favorite cover for this book but you will see that it’s not.
In the beginning I didn’t like this cover that much mainly because I don’t like that yellowish orange. However this cover started growing on me and now I like it. Once again I love the font and also the sun design. It’s a pretty cover and I like it even with that color.
Ok… I’m going to be honest here. This is the only reason why I decided to choose this book this week. I love this cover so much that I thought that everyone should see it. And I’m not saying this because I’m portuguese. I normally don’t like the portuguese book covers but this one is just stunning. I like that is similar to the original cover but at the same time different. Basically I love this cover and is my favorite I’ll Give You the Sun cover.
I don’t like this cover at all. It’s weird and for me it reminds me a coloring book which is weird. I think that they could have done so much better. However I kinda of understand the concept and I think that this cover might be related to the plot. But I still don’t like it.
I can understand that they were trying to re-create the UK cover but for me they failed. I think that this cover is weird and I don’t like. Once again they could have done so much better but they didn’t.
What did you think? Which one is your favourite? And have you read this book yet? Tell me in the comments.
July 23rd 2015
She’s a liar. He knows the truth.
Teagan Walker gets around. Ask anyone—hell, ask her. She’ll own it with a smile. But beneath that smile is a girl whose parents didn’t want her. Whose grandparents raised her without affection. Whose struggle with a burning anger threatens to consume her, though she’d rather punch someone in the face than talk about it. With a new job looming, she’s determined to work her way into a better life. When she meets the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, she decides to kick it off with a bang. And she makes her move.
But he’s got moves of his own, and before the night is out, he strips her of way more than she means to reveal—without removing a single piece of clothing. That comes, too, of course. He’s gotten under her skin like nobody before him, and what’s the harm in one night with a sexy stranger? Exposed or not, she never has to see him again.
Except she does.
On Monday morning, they come face-to-face. He’s the son of her new CEO—and he threatens to bring her entire world crashing down, making her face every lie she’s ever told.
Truth & Temptation is the third book in Riley Edgewood’s Summer Love series, but can be read as a standalone.
*I received an eARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
First let me tell you something, this is a new adult book that contains some mature content. So if you’re too young or you’re not comfortable with this type of books well this book isn’t for you. I started this book with an open mind without knowing what to expecting. Let me tell that my first impressions of the main character weren’t the best. Teagan is a complete b*tch. I’m sorry if you don’t like to hear this kind of things but it’s true. Throughout the book we start to understand that she’s not really like that and she’s only like this to protect herself because she really had a difficult life. Basically Teagan lies to her best friends and pretends to be someone she’s not. In the middle of all this she meets Alec who after a lot of drinks finds out one of Teagan’s secrets. Everything gets worse when Teagan discovers that she’s going to work for Alec during summer. You can see where everything is going in this book. This book had a good plot and I liked to read about Teagan and Alec’s problems and how they tried to solve them. Actually I would love to know more about something that happened in the end of the book. I would love to know how she would handle the situation.
Now let’s talk about some of my problems with this book. First of all I didn’t like Teagan. I understand that she had a difficult life but sometimes she would be a pain in the ass and I don’t even understand how her friends would stand her. There was also a lot of sex in this book. I wasn’t expecting that half of the book was mostly sex and sometimes it would be too much. And believe me, I’m not someone against sex in books. I’ve read books were sex was implicit but the way that it’s in almost all the book was getting to my nerves. Most of the times they were in work and flirting to each other and thinking about sex.
One thing I liked about this book was Teagan’s development and how she overcame her problems and insecurities and how both she and Alec helped each other to be better people.
Overall this was an OK book. The book was well written and it had an interesting plot. If you like this type of books you should give it a try.
Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If you haven’t read it would you read it?
It’s that time of the week again when I bring you the Top 5 Wednesdays, created by gingerreadslainey. If you want to know how T5W works you can go to the Goodreads group by clicking here. This weeks theme is Top 5 Side Characters That Deserve Their Own Series. Let’s start this list.
5. Isaac – The Fault in Our Stars
I would love to know more about Isaac’s story after the events of The Fault in Our Stars. This guy fought a battle against cancer, lost his sight and his best friend. I would love to know what happened to him and how he dealt with everything.
4. Tamlin – A Court of Throns and Roses
I think that Tamlin should have at least a novella. I would love to know everything that happened before he was cursed and also how his youth was.
3. Kenji – Shatter Me
Kenji was one of the best characters of the Shatter Me series so I would read a novel about his past.
2. Tsukiko – The Night Circus
A book about Tsukiko past would be a dream come true. If you’ve read The Night Circus you might know that Tsukiko talks a little bit about her past. I would love to read the complete story of it.
1. Patrick – The Perks of Being a Wallflower
By now you might know that The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of my favorite books. I would read a book written in Patrick’s perspective and also from his past. Patrick is an amazing character and he totally deserved his own book.
These are some of the characters that I think that should have their own novels. What about you? Which characters did you included in your top? Tell me in the comments.