Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

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4stars

All my life I’ve had a body worth commenting on and if living in my skin has taught me anything it’s that if it’s not your body, it’s not yours to comment on.

Title: Dumplin’
Author: Julie Murphy
Series: Dumplin’ #1

Number of pages: 384 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: Fat representation!
Bad things about this book: Will made me angry but the writing kept me glued to the pages.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I do.
Rate: 4/5

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I’ve had this book for so long, yet I left it there along with so many unread books because I impulse buy everything and read slowly! I bought this book because it was about a fat girl and fat girls don’t usually get the spotlight. I have always somewhat related to a lot of characters in the past but rarely in body type. I was happy to read about other girls like me.

I’m not like Willowdean, though; I’m obese (the numbers don’t lie) but I’m not as big as her. I was never bullied because of my body and I find clothes my size in franchising stores. I wear whatever I feel comfortable in and, to hell to “normal” beach bodies, in summer I put on a swimsuit and enjoy the sun and the ocean. I’m not ashamed of being the biggest girl on the beach. I don’t care of sitting next to skinny girls. I want to lose a few kg but it’s because of healthy reasons, I’m not ashamed of how I look.

The word fat makes people uncomfortable. But when you see me, the first thing you notice is my body. And my body is fat. It’s like how I notice some girls having big boobs or shiny hair or knobby knees. Those things are okay to say. But the word fat, the one that best describes me, makes lips frown and cheeks lose their color.

My mother is like Will’s mother. Obsessed with weight, she becomes anxious at the sight of food. She’s been on a diet since she was a teenager because my grandma is exactly like her. When she came to stay with us for a few months, she kept referring to me as “gordita”, fatty in Spanish. I was not bothered because I am fat, but my mom hated it. She is too fixated on how we must look that she doesn’t stop to ask if I’m happy the way I am. I’m miserable when I’m on a diet. Miserable and sad. I think a lot of my eating issues are because of her but I won’t tell her; I love her and I know she means well even if it hurts me so much when she judges me when I eat.

So being a fat girl with a mother like Willowdean’s, I related so much to her but at the same time I wanted to scream and shake her because she had the opportunities a lot of us don’t have and she was letting them slip away. I understood where she was coming from but that didn’t make it easier to read. She had not one but two boys interested in her, boys who didn’t see her body as an obstacle, something to hide or to run from, but as part of the package that made Will so interesting and adorable.

Lucy, my mom, Ellen, Bo. Little versions of each of them seem to live inside of me, one louder than the next. The only voice that isn’t there – the one I need the most – is my own.

I loved that the boys weren’t the real problem of the book; her friends weren’t the problem either. The problem was Willowdean all along. She had to face her insecurities and come out victorious. As cliché as it may sound, she was indeed the only one standing in her way from happiness. She chose to enter the beauty pageant as some kind of protest but also to challenge herself. I liked seeing how she took the competition.

The ending was really sweet I almost forgot how angry I was with Will for a lot of choices she made. Today I received Puddin’, the companion novel to Dumplin’ but from Millie’s pov. That’s going to be interesting to read!

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Fence #6 by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad & Joana Lafuente

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5stars

Ah! An indirect win. The same concept as an indirect kiss!

Title: Fence
Author: C.S. Pacat (Author), Johanna the Mad (Illustrator), Joana Lafuente (Illustrator)
Series: Fence #6

Number of pages: 32 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: More Seiji and Nicholas together!!
Bad things about this book: Nothing! I liked everything even if I still crave more!
Do I recommend it? Always!
Rate: 5/5

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My monthly frustrating 10-minute read has been, as usual, lacking of smooching but full of fencing. And we got to see a super smiley Nicholas and that was worth the wait!

20180517_174437Look at him! Precious boy!

So Seiji lost his match against Aiden and he is of course furious but now it’s not time to focus on Seiji because it’s time for Nicholas match against one of Aiden’s many heartbroken lovers. I’m glad people finally saw what he is capable of; now they won’t keep underestimating him, they will now he can fence and he will only improve if given the chance.

20180517_174354Seiji shows so many different facial expressions for and because of Nicholas!

I loved how coach blocked the door to the bathroom when Seiji was inside brooding and feeling sorry for himself but when Nicholas came looking for him, she let him pass. She knows that somehow, amidst the rivalry, Nicholas’ words and personality go through Seiji’s super stubborn head.

So much smiling. I’m still happy about the smiles I saw and Seii’s angry face being a 5-y.o. because of Nicholas. I love them so much. This comic is getting better and better and I can’t wait for more!

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The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan

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That could be my life motto, I thought: He takes a lot of damage.

Title: The Burning Maze
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: The Trials of Apollo #3
Number of pages: 448 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: I love mythology so I loved this book!
Bad things about this book: After you read it, you’ll know it.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 5/5

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I have been postponing this review because I honestly didn’t know what to say. I don’t know if I can write one thing without sounding like I’m trying not to reveal a spoiler but by being evasive, it’ll be only too easy to spot the spoiler. The fact that I read a major spoiler before starting the book doesn’t mean I want other people to know it in advance. I like my reviews as clean as possible.

Apollo is in California with Meg and Grover to find and free the third Oracle. We’re meeting the third member of the evil triumvirate and it’s one I know from my high school days but that I have to admit not remembering much about. Once again, after a long time, our heroes and Lester, are venturing into Daedalus maze, one part that it’s burning by some mysterious energy force. They have to find out what that is, defeat it, find the oracle, free the oracle, listen to the new prophecy and proceed with their quest. Easy, right?

There’s never nothing easy when it comes to Riordan’s books but this time I was unprepared for what was to come. New friends and old friends, happy times and sad times, everything is put there to play with our heart because why make it easy to get from point A to point B? We have to suffer every step of the way.

I loved the oracle and the way she told her prophecies. It was original and so unnecessarily complex. I loved it to pieces! I’m a fan already. Hope to see more of her in the future. So now we have a new prophecy and the promise of old friends coming along on the quest against the triumvirate. The emperors are all there, all sadly alive, and we have only two books left to fight them, defeat them, and save the world. What can go wrong?

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Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall

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4stars

I have a crush on my best friend. I have become a teen rom-com cliché. There is no hope for me.

Title: Been Here All Along
Author: Sandy Hall
Number of pages: 214 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: It was really sweet and easy to get into the story.
Bad things about this book: Not enough romance for a romance book.
Do I recommend it? Yes, of course.
Rate: 4/5

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Really cute. Almost drama free but since it was obvious from the beginning what the drama was going to be about, I knew it was going to be okay in the end.

This was obviously a happily ever after kind if book, I trusted it to be so. Cute characters that grew as people in such a short time, not forced, very real life and all that, they surprised me. But this is so obviously a utopic book because the little drama didn’t counterbalance how easily they seem to overcome their obstacles. It’s okay, though, I don’t need a constant reminder of how life isn’t easy or fair; sometimes we just need to read about simpler lives.

Many povs that at first I thought were going to confuse me but in the end they gave me the intel I needed to understand the main characters better. You need to see the characters from others povs to really SEE them; if that makes any sense at all. I liked that.

The book promised me to be about Gideon and Kyle’s feelings for each other and how these feelings were going to change their friendship and their lives. There were many scenes with exact that but I felt that there was too much about other things. Too much for a book this short. If the book was a hundred pages longer, all the info would’ve been a very important integration to the narrative, but with a book this short, the info took too much space off the romance I really wanted to see since that was what this book was going to be about.

Nevertheless, this book contained the perfect story needed for a quiet weekday night. A book you could start and finish in a few hours. You wouldn’t have gone to bed desperately wanting to know how it was going to end. You could go to bed at a reasonable time with a smile on your face because this book gave you a cute little story about two nerd guys, with very strong opinions about The Lord of the Rings movies, loving each other. And that was enough to convince me to read it.

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Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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5stars

I am the Reaper and death is my shadow.

Title: Red Rising
Author: Pierce Brown
Series: The Red Rising Saga #1
Number of pages: 382 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: I love the world building and the writing style!
Bad things about this book: Nothing. Maybe the names, they were weird. Good weird, though. Funny weird.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 5/5

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I didn’t think this was going to be a genre I liked because I read people said it was like Hunger Games and I didn’t finish the first book. This was different. A page-turning marvel. Potential fulfilled, characters to love. I didn’t know I was really into it until I took my eyes away from the book after I started it and realized I was already halfway through it and many hours came and went unnoticed. I call it a success!

Darrow is a Red, living on Mars, in a society ruled by colors. Red being the lowest possible color, slaves, trapped in an illusion of life; and Gold being the overlords, perfect beings born to excel and rule all the lowest colors. Darrow, as a Red, has always been told that they are working non-stop so that the surface can be livable for future generations. Darrow doesn’t know that his life, and the lives of all the Reds, has been a lie. The surface is livable and is inhabited by all the other colors and is ruled by the Golds.

Driven by rage and a dream of someone he loved, Darrow is modified, carved, to be a full Gold, in order to infiltrate the Golds’ Institute and destroy them from within.

When I start a book I always think that the characters in it are invincible. I should never read a sci-fi book after some romance novels. I’m so used to expect a little drama and be heartbroken just for a few pages that when I read a sci-fi, I’m never ready to face the mortality of characters I have come to know and love. They are not invincible and I can’t believe I’m always taken by surprised by this. Heartbroken.

As much as I like Darrow, my heart belongs to that ugly handsome short psychopath called Sevro. What can I say? He howls and I cheer. It’s love. Sevro wasn’t much on page in this first book but, blame instagram and tumblr, I know he will be very important in the sequels. I live for it, for my Sevro being the weird Gold doing naughty stuff. I want to know him better, to love him more. I like Darrow, don’t think I don’t, and I like Virginia a lot, but the heart wants what the heart wants.

I will read the sequel next month because I usually don’t like binge-reading a series. I have done it and, as much as I enjoyed it, my brain was a mess after and I couldn’t put into words what was going on. I don’t want that to happen; I want to enjoy this series without overloading my brain. See you next month, Sevro! And Darrow as well!

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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4stars

Sometimes some you have known all your life becomes no longer familiar to you, but strange in a marvelous way, as if you have discovered a beach you have been visiting all your life is made not of sand but of diamonds, and they blind you with their beauty.

Title: Lord of Shadows
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices #2
Number of pages: 699 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: I loved how we got to know more about Gwyn and other faerie mysteries.
Bad things about this book: The romance between some characters war totally nonsense and I hated it.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

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Took me 20 days to finish this. Some days I didn’t want to pick it up, some other days I wanted to read it just to get it over with. It doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. Don’t get me wrong: there is much I liked but there was also a lot I didn’t. Too much unnecessary drama, the miscommunication, the lies, oh my how many lies and tricks. You’d think they’d learned not to do it after the disasters of the previous book but nooooo here we go again, hiding things, making the worst decisions, not thinking anything through.

Our teenage heroes have to venture into forbidden lands for a mission that will unveil plans and secrets from the Lord of Shadows, aka the Unseelie King. The Black Volume is still lost and it contains too many dark spells to be left floating at large. It doesn’t only contain necromancy spells but it contains spells that could strip shadowhunters of their angelic powers. That could be the end of the world and the dominion of the Lord of Shadows all over humans, shadowhunters and downworlders. I’m fascinated by the fair folks and I want to know everything there is to know about the king, the queen and their secrets. They can’t lie but they can deceive and they’re very good at that. I want to know what they are planning.

Julian sought Mark in the crowd on the steps. He was standing with his hands behind his back, exchanging a mistrustful look with a carved stone gnome. “Your pretense does not fool me, gnome,” he muttered. “My eyes will be upon you.”

You may think the Lord of Shadows is the most evil creature in the whole world and he is the one that is a danger to our teenage heroes, but you’ll be wrong!! The Dearborns and the Cohort were the most awful villains to ever have graced the pages of a shadowhunter book, in my opinion. So hateful and kick butt worthy! Everything was their fault, everything that happened in the last chapter was 100% their doing because they are megalomaniac racists bigots. The worst kind of human beings/shadowhunters.

The romance got to my nerve! That useless plotline of forced love that for me had zero chemistry ruined everything for me. I’m talking about Mark and Cristina obviously. I thought Cristina had more chemistry with a random centurion that she had with Mark. They don’t belong together and as much as I like Kieran (I like him A LOT), I think Mark needs to be by himself for a while and be a big brother. That romantic storyline felt so forced and pointless I sighed everytime I knew a Mark+Cristina moment was approaching. I like Cristina so I hope she finds happiness but, girl, you better keep looking. I know Mark is divine but you both are wrong for each other. Get yourself someone else!

Julian was the kind of person who could descend into Hell and come out with the devil himself owing him a favor.

I may be rambling but I got mad about that. Also about how stubborn Julian was being with the martyr mask he liked to wear. Bad decisions were made, that’s an understatement, and people got hurt. The ending did not shocked me, not much, because the internet is a source of unwanted spoilers you can’t avoid and I already knew a lot of things that were going to happen.

This review is only me being angry at the unnecessary love authors like to put in books. Like it’s so unlikely that two people meet each other for the first time, become friends, and NOT fall in love. What was I thinking? That happens all the time, right? Impossible for them to be, I don’t know, just good friends.

There are still 220 days left until the release of Queen of Air and Darkness that, if I’m not wrong, will be the last book of this shadowhunters trilogy. Am I worried? Oh hell you bet I am! But I’m also curious about a lot of things; I can’t wait to be angry at the forced love story, and to see those two parabatai be free to love each other without lies, curses or LIES. Did I already say lies? I thought it was worth repeating myself. I also can’t wait to see Ty and Kit’s friendship blooming. Those two are adorable and their friendship is worth every single cringe worthy moment of the unnecessary story line I have to bear witness to. See you in 220 days!

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Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli ☆

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5starsplus

Imagine going about your day knowing someone’s carrying you in their mind. That has to be the best part of being in love – the feeling of having a home in someone else’s brain.

Title: Leah on the Offbeat
Author: Becky Albertalli
Series: Creekwood, #2
Number of pages: 352 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: EVERYTHING.
Bad things about this book: I didn’t want to say goodbye. I already miss them so much.
Do I recommend it? Yes! Yes! Yes!
Rate: 5+++/5
☆: It made my “favourite books” list

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I started reading it when it was delivered at 17.37 and now it’s 23.45 and I’ve finished it and I have such a huge smile on my face you’ll think I’ve gone mad!! I loved this so freaking much. I loved everything about it. EVERYTHING!!
I’m going to miss these kids so much. They grew up so fast. I’m having a mom moment here, give me a second. Also having a mom moment because I realized I’m only a couple of years younger than Leah’s mom. When did that happen?

Almost everything I knew about Leah changed immediately after reading just one chapter of this book. It was really important for me to read from her point of view to truly understand who she was and to connect to her spiritually. We are so similar (both beautiful curvy Slyterins) even with the very big age gap. I knew Leah had secrets but I would have never guessed her crush and what she went through because of it being unrequited.

It’s like I missed a beat somewhere, and now the whole song’s off tempo.

I don’t want to say anything because everything is a spoiler. Really, everything I want to say will spoil the book for people, like myself, who don’t know what’s going to happen. I didn’t know almost anything about it. I knew Simon and the gang were going to be there, I knew they were going to prepare for graduation and separation, but the rest? I didn’t know anything so I was ready to face whatever Becky was going to throw at me. I was so happy I went in almost blindly. It was such an emotional and adorable book. I fell in love with Leah and I learned more about characters I liked but didn’t really know from Simon’s book. And there was so much Simon and so much Simon and Bram adorableness!!! It was great seeing them being so cute together!

“Am I the worst person?”
“Well, no,” says Simon. “That would be Voldermort.”

I related to Leah so much. She is so much like me, in more ways than I thought possible and I found myself so many times nodding, remembering some things that have happened to me in the past and some that still happen to me. The weight thing hit really close to home. I wish things will change and curvy (real curvy) people can be free to be who they are without all judgments that come with being “not like everyone else”. Don’t do dare start with the “you lost weight you look so much better now” speech, I’ll scream! If I lose weight it’ll be for health reasons or for reasons I won’t share with you and not to be the center of your “you look prettier now” nonsense.

It’s like it doesn’t even matter if I like my body, because there’s always someone there to remind me I shouldn’t.

Long story short, I loved the book, I loved how Leah stoop up for her friends, for what she believed was right even if it could mean losing someone she considered a friend, and how she decided to be really true to herself and be happy. Leah grew up so much from the beginning of the book until the final chapter. She had some sort of awakening; she started feeling things stronger than before, not easy to hide said feelings and so scary to deal with them. She handled the whole thing better that I expected and, while thinking she deserved the world from the start, I knew she needed to challenge herself, to put her head truly in the game and come out victorious. I’m going to miss these kids so much. I want to cry!

The ending was so sweet I still giggle thinking about it. It’s endings like these that make me love romance young adult books when my young-adultness is long gone.

The sneak peak of What If It’s Us caught me off-guard. I’m going to love that book. A collaboration between two of my favorite authors? Yes, please! I just hope my beloved king of drama Adam Silvera, won’t put too many sad moments in it! Adam, I’m trusting you with my heart, don’t crush it too much, I’m begging you!

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