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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Top 10 Books I Read in One Sitting feat. Labyrinth Lost, Alienated & more





This hardly ever happens. When I read a book in one sitting, it has to be monumental, fantastic, phenomenal. So here are some books that absolutely earn these words:




THE DEVIL'S INTERN - Donna Hosie
Hello, have you heard of this fantabulous story about an intern in hell? This series is so hilarious! (2015, Holiday House) Goodreads

GIRL OUT OF WATER - Laura Silverman
This is the swoony, adorable summery contemporary of your dreams. (May 2nd 2017, Sourcebooks Fire) Goodreads

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL - Meredith Russo
#Ownvoices trans representation and such a sweet love story. You're going to like this one. (May 3rd 2016, Flatiron) Goodreads



GEEKERELLA - Ashley Poston
A compulsively readable and super fun love letter to all fandom people out there. (April 4th 2017, Quirk) Goodreads

THE WOMEN IN THE WALLSAmy Lukavics
This list could never be complete without my favorite creepy haunted house horror extravaganza. (September 27th 2016, Harlequin Teen) Goodreads

UNICORN TRACKS - Julia Ember
In all my swoon about her newest release THE SEAFARER'S KISS, let's not forget how awesome her african-inspired lesbian high fantasy debut is. Because very. (April 21st 2016, Harmony Ink) Goodreads



OBSIDIAN - Jennifer L. Armentrout
I would be such a liar if I didn't put this up here. It's been almost three years since the unreitarated(!), legendary obsession streak in which I read all five books in this series about a snarky alien boy falling in love with a blogger within, like, a week. Boy, I was obsessed. (May 8th 2012, Entangled Teen) Goodreads

ABANDON - Meg Cabot
Oh, ABANDON, how you sucked me in. This is a classic urban fantasy Hades/Persephone retelling with a Latina protagonist and I looooooved the first book. So fun. (September 1st 2011, Macmillan) Goodreads

LABYRINTH LOST - Zoraida Córdova
How long has it been since I reminded you that you need to read more books about bisexual Latinx brujas? More than a week? Okay, this is your reminder. (September 6th 2016, Sourcebooks Fire) Goodreads



ALIENATED - Melissa Landers
My taste is so predictable. As a known OBSIDIAN stan, it was kind of obvious that I also devoured this book about another (this time very confused by social norms) alien boy falling for a human girl. (Februrary 4th 2014, Disney Hyperion) Goodreads


What are your favorite one-sitting reads?


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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Favorite Covers, Surprising Books, Excitement | 2016 End of Year Book Survey

I can't believe 2016 is over already. This really didn't feel like a whole year. Let's hope 2017 brings everyone of us some good things. Buckle up, this one's a long one.

This tag was created by Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner.





1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
Mh. I think I'll have to go with A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU by Claudia Gray. That book totally took over my blog and social media this year.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Several! LIFE AS WE KNEW IT really disappointed me, because I love disaster books. WITHER, RED QUEEN, and SIX OF CROWS were also massive disappointments.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Probably BUMPED by Megan McCafferty. I totally didn't expect this to be about over-the-top religious teens. Mixed with a world where teens are eager to get pregnant, I was very disturbed.


 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Omg that's totally LABYRINTH LOST by Zoraida Córdova. I was -so- annoying about this book, but it's so good, y'all. Bisexual latinx witches. C'mon.

 5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
Best series: Firbird by Claudia Gray.
Best sequel: TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU by Claudia Gray
Best series ender: Firebird by Claudia Gray.

You know why? Because I never finish book series! This is the one series that I even picked up the sequels for this year.



6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
Sarah Crossan joined the glorious ranks of my new contemporary favorites. I welcome her into my blog, y'all will see her around.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Probably SOMETHING WICKED by Debi Chestnut. I don't read a lot of Non-Fiction, but books about ghosts and the paranormal always pique my interest. This one scared the @'#!+ out of me.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
UNNATURAL DEEDS by Cyn Balog. One sitting wonder, read completely while I was in the waiting room for a doctor's appointment. Totally hooked me on reading more of her books.

9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I'm not a rereader. If at all probably A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU by Claudia Gray because I've got a book boyfriend in there that I already dearly miss.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
I need to stop answering with A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU .... I did the exact same thing with READY PLAYER ONE last year, where is my self-control... ehhh... WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT by April Genevieve Tucholke is quite pretty.

11. Most memorable character of 2016?
I don't know, these are getting so difficult. Maybe Pyotr from VINEGAR GIRL by Anne Tyler? I really liked him.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
THE ACCIDENT SEASON by Moira Fowley-Doyle maybe. I like her style a lot and even though her book didn't really quite line up with my personal taste, I'll be checking out more by her for sure.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES by Louise Gornall, no contest. The first book with a chronically-ill character and great representation that I've read and forever cherished.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 
I'm really ashamed of reading WITHER by Lauren DeStefano so late. That book came out ages ago, I feel like I totally missed the 2010 dystopian craze. Super embarrassing to be so late to the party.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
*clutches heart*

“Everything he’s done, everything he gave up and risked for me: Paul did all that without the slightest idea of being loved in return.”

― Claudia Gray, A Thousand Pieces of You


16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
Oh lord. I don't know how I did this the last time, the longest seems to be LAST SACRIFICE by Richelle Mead with a whopping 608 pages apparently. Don't know about the shortest one.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
I guess this one's going to BUMPED by Megan McCafferty again for the weirdness factor.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
GRAND DUCHESS MARGUERITE AND LIEUTENANT PAUL MARKOV FROM THE FIREBIRD SERIES BY CLAUDIA GRAY OKAY NO CONTEST DON'T EVEN

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
I don't think I have one this year.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Previously this year? Or previously before 2016? Because I totally don't have one for the latter, I refuse to put any books that were less than three stars in this category. Another blank then.

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
This one might be POISON STUDY by Maria V. Snyder. It was solid, but I don't really have a desire to read the rest of the series, totally didn't care for the magical elements.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
Oh I guess if we have to go with Pyotr from VINEGAR GIRL by Anne Tyler then. Eastern European scientists are my jam.

23. Best 2016 debut you read?
SLEEPING GIANTS by Sylvain Neuvel, that one messed me up. Space robots, yessir

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Mhhh, difficult. I remember being very impressed with Tara Sim's debut TIMEKEEPER. Steampunk world where time is controlled by clock towers. Super imaginative and fun.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Again, VINEGAR GIRL by Anne Tyler. The Taming of the Shrew is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays and a retelling of that is always super fun to read for me.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
Ho boy, ONE by Sarah Crossan is a tearjerker deluxe. Poetry about conjoined twins. You always know what'll happen to fictional conjoined twins before even reading the book, so you can imagine.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
UNICORN TRACKS by Julia Ember. Give me more African lesbians please!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES again, I was Advanced Crushed™.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT again. Nobody has a magical mind quite  like April Genevieve Tucholke.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Probably RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard. I just don't get it, it's so many books fused into one. I'm not even mad about the book I'm mad at the friends who thought I'd like this, haha.



Feel free to leave the link to your tag in the comments so I can look!



 Last year: Best and Worst Books of 2015 | End of Year Book Survey

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Top 10 Books Released in 2016 that I Loved feat. Louise Gornall, Tara Sim & more



2016 was a fabulous year for my shelves, I discovered a lot of new favorite books and I hope you'll add a couple of those to your tbr as well!






BECAUSE I LOVE YOU - Tori Rigby
Teen pregnancy and so many tears while reading this. (May 2016, Blaze Publishing) Goodreads

THE SOUND OF US - Julie Hammerle
If you love a good contemporary and like Camp Rock, this is your pick. (Jun 2016, Entangled Teen) Goodreads




LABYRINTH LOST - Zoraida Cordova
Of course there's no best of 2016 list without my lovely Latinx witches. (Sep 2016, Sourcebooks Fire)   Goodreads


WE AWAKEN - Calista Lynne
Asexual girl loving girls in the dreamiest novel of the year. Swoon. (Jul 2016, Harmony Ink) Goodreads



                               
NICE GIRLS ENDURE - Chris Struyk-Bonn
This is such a fantastic novel about a fat girl with anxiety #owning it. (Aug 2016, Switch Press) Goodreads

WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT - April Genevieve Tucholke
A magical contemporary with fantastic unreliable narrators. (Mar 2016, DialBooks) Goodreads





UNNATURAL DEEDS - Cyn Balog
Told in second person this is a murder mystery with a side of the best romances I've read this year. (Nov 1st, Sourcebooks Fire) Goodreads

TIMEKEEPER - Tara Sim
A steampunky delight featuring a boy falling in love with a clock spirit. Fresh and fun, this is such an original little gem! (Nov 1st 2016, Sky Pony Press) Goodreads

WRECKED - Maria Padian
This one chronicles sexual assault from the perspective of different people who have had something to do with the assaulted. (Oct 4th 2016, Algonquin) Goodreads

UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES - Louise Gornall
Invisible illness, agoraphobia and being house-
bound. All my love to this one. (Jul 7th 2016, Chicken House) Goodreads


What were your 2016 favorites?

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

10 Chilling Halloween Reads For People Who Can't Stand Blood and Ghosts | Top Ten Tuesday



Not everything has to be spooky and gore-y in order to qualify for a mood-appropriate Halloween read. 
So here are ten books that are all chilling in their own ways but by no means will spill guts and blood in your face while reading. You're welcome.




FORESHADOWED - Holly M. Campbell
Concept: a serial killer is planning to kill you and you're psychic, so you know he'll come. But one thing - your psychic abilities aren't very precise. Constant vigilance it is then. (Dec 2014, 48Fourteen) Goodreads

THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN - Holly Black
Who thought putting ALL vampires in a single enclosure was a good idea? Sounds like an accident waiting to happen. Reality in this one. (Sep 2013, Little Brown Books) Goodreads

LABYRINTH LOST - Zoraida Córdova
Bisexual witches are here to give you a tour of the land of the dead. (Sep 2016, Sourcebook Fire) Goodreads



THE FORBIDDEN GAME - L.J. Smith
Jumanji YA style. L.J. Smith is one of the pioneers of YA and this woman just knows what she's doing. This trilogy is absolutely terrifying and wonderful and swoony. (Jun 2016, Simon Pulse) Goodreads

DON'T LOOK BACK - Jennifer L. Armentrout
So you're found alone wandering in the woods, covered in blood. Next thing they tell you is that yout best friend disappeared. Do you want to know what happened that night? (Apr 2014, Disney Hyperion) Goodreads

UPROOTED - Naomi Novik
There's nothing more terrifying than a forest at night. Especially if that forest starts eating people. (May 2015, Del Rey) Goodreads




ABANDON - Meg Cabot
You can never go wrong with a good-old Persephone & Hades retelling. Even less so when it's a Goth Hades and a Latina Persephone. (May 2011, Macmillan) Goodreads

THE 5TH WAVE - Rick Yancey
I can't imagine anything more creepy than aliens taking over the planet and systematically eradicating humanity step by step.  (May 2013, G.P. Putnam's Sons) Goodreads

MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN - Ransom Riggs
This isn't scary-creepy this is more like... Addams family-creepy. With the movie coming up it's a safe tip to give it a shot! (Jun 2011, Quirk) Goodreads



ALIVE - Scott Sigler
Have you ever woken up alone in a coffin before? ... do you want to? (Jul 2015, Del Rey) Goodreads

Have you read any of these books? 

What's your favorite Halloween read?

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Recommendation: Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1) - Zoraida Córdova: Witches, Latinx, and Demons





In LABYRINTH LOST, Alejandra discovers that her witchy powers are stronger than she thought when she accidentally sends her entire family into limbo.

What intrigued me: I can't pass up books about witches, even less books about Latina witches!

Brujas > Witches

LABYRINTH LOST will show you witches in a way you definitely haven't seen them before. 

Córdova skillfully manages to merge Latin American tradition with magic in a way that makes it seem natural and extremely believable. I thoroughly enjoyed how she doesn't shy away from adding lots of diversity, lots of cultural influences, and lots of little nods to Latinx people. The world building is impeccable, I probably won't ever be able to read about witches again without thinking of Córdova's brujas. 

Paranormal Romance AND Fantasy Adventure in One!

Love interest Nova, fellow brujo and troublemaker deluxe grew close to my heart and became my favorite character throughout the novel. To save Alejandra's family, she bribes him into coming with her to magic limbo, or Los Lagos. Their adventures there differ a lot from the first impression I had of this. On the surface, LABYRINTH LOST is a typical paranormal romance novel, but halfway in changes into an epic magical, mythological-feeling fantasy adventure. 

This is difficult to pull off, to change the entire tenor of a novel so far in, but I think Córdova did a fantastic job. Exactly the fact that we have the first half to get to know her family, raises the stakes and personally made me invested. I needed Alejandra to save her family just as much as her, and I sucked up every little bit of information and lore about Los Lagos

I generally feel like the world building is the core and reason why I consider LABYRINTH LOST to be a gem in the genre. All those stories about the Deos/Gods La Mama and El Papa, the little snippets from the Books of Shadow of Alejandra's ancestors - where is Córdova getting all this from? Regardless whether this is based on real lore, it's fresh, it's fun, it's fantastic.

I need to have a separate bonus novella with a collection of all those little spells! LABYRINTH LOST has the potential to be the beginning of a truly epic and memorable series and I am already in pain when I think about how long I'll have to wait for the sequel. 


Rating:

★★

 



Overall: Do I Recommend?

LABYRINTH LOST is a fantastically magical book about family, adventure, and first love. I can wholeheartedly recommend this to everyone, especially because of the wonderfully and skillfully interwoven Latin American base frame.


Additional Info

Published: September 6th 2016
Pages: 339
Publisher: Sourcebooks 
Genre: YA / Paranormal / Witches and Wizards 

Synopsis:
"Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange markings on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…"(Source: Goodreads)


Can you recommend some witchy books to me?

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

9 Must-Read Books with Less Than 2,000 Goodreads Ratings | Top Ten Tuesday





There are a lot books to choose from and so many to recommend, but today I'll shine some spotlight on the underrated gems I've encountered so far! 

I tried to mix it up and include both Adult and YA recs, there should be something for everybody!





THE NEXT TOGETHER by Lauren James 
| Genre: YA / Time Travel
If you like time travel, internet humor, and epic love stories, you have to read this.

THE SOUND OF US by Julie Hammerle
| Genre: YA / Contemporary
One of my favorite contemporaries of the year and so quirky and lovely that you just can't resist. If you like college settings, artsy characters, and music, this is a must-read

LABYRINTH LOST by Zoraida Córdova 
| Genre: YA / Wizards and Witches
A matriarchy of badass Latina witches. That pretty much sells it, right? It doesn't come out til later this year, but it's already one of my absolute favorites.




THE OTHER CHILD by Charlotte Link 
| Genre: Adult / Crime
I love her books! I don't read crime mysteries often, but when I do, it's only Charlotte Link. This is one of my favorites that was translated in English, it freaked me the hell out.

LOVING by Katrin Bongard 
| Genre: YA / Romance
The cutest romance ever with a book blogging protagonist.

COULD IT BE MAGIC? by Melanie Rose 
| Genre: Adult / Chick-Lit
This is one of my favorite books ever, about a woman that lives the lives of two different people by day and night respectively, after she gets struck by lightning.




THE DEVIL'S INTERN by Donna Hosie 
| Genre: YA /  Time Travel
The afterlife, fantastic girl friendships, time travel, and sass. A must-read.

LIFE'S THAT WAY: A Memoir by Jim Beaver 
| Genre: Non-Fiction / Biographies and Memoirs
Gosh, this book. It's a nonfiction memoir in which a man tells about his last months with his dying wife in epistolary form. This is heartbreaking.

YESTERDAY'S CHILD by Barbara Wood 
| Genre: Adult / Paranormal
A super creepy, almost surrealist story about a romance from beyond the grave.


What are your favorite underrated reads?

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