[ARC] Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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4stars

Title: Aurora Burning
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Series: The Aurora Cycle #2
Release date: May 5th 2020
Number of pages: 512 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Kal!
Bad things about this book: A trope I really hate.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

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*ARC from NetGalley*

I have words, and I have feelings, and I have anger. Yes, all three. And while I know this is typical behavior in Kristoff/Kaufman books, I’m still in this position nonetheless. I never learn, right? The writing as usual is full of sass, lots of banter, jokes, innuendos, and while it might seem too much sometimes, it gives the story the lightness it needs to balance the harder parts.

It’s a 99% action packed book, with only a few chapters of a sort of calm for both the readers and the poor characters. They can’t catch a break, and neither can we. Every chapter, with the different POVs is full of fights, blood, secrets, and mysteries.

I loved seeing and learning more about Kal, who is definitely my favorite character of the whole series. He is just the sweetest and it pained me being uncertain about things that have happened and are happening to him and his new friends. The story about his past was heartbreaking and I just wanted to hug him and make him better.

Not all characters were given the same space to allow us to get to know them better (I want more Fin in the next book, please), but the ones that we did get to know more of (Zila) gave the way they interact and grew from the previous book a brand new meaning. I love seeing characters grow into their better selves. It’s refreshing.

One thing I absolutely didn’t like was the use of one particular trope. Every time I see that trope used, my blood boils, and I get so furious! Without spoiling the trope is this one: blaming the children for the sins and crimes of their relatives. And everyone forgetting all the good things of a person because of that, like all their experiences are automatically fake, and now all they feel is hate, everything else cancelled. I really didn’t like that part and I’m still fuming because of it.

That’s why I’m not giving the 5 stars I initially wanted to give it. It’s my subjective opinion because I personally don’t like it, it’s unnecessary and the response of the other characters just ridiculous.

But the book has a lot of fulfilled potential and I can’t wait to have the next book in my hands because I need to know! That ending! They sure know how to leave the readers hanging.

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[ARC] Eat, Gay, Love: A Memoir by Calum McSwiggan

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5stars

Title: Eat, Gay, Love: A Memoir
Author: Calum McSwiggan
Release date: July 9th 2020
Number of pages: 304 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Very entertaining, my very first memoir.
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 5/5

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*ARC from NetGalley*

I’m so very happy I lost my nonfiction virginity with this book, this memoir. It was emotional, funny, important and full of hope. From the very first pages you know you’re in for a very wild and queer ride. I’ve never read a memoir so I really didn’t know what to expect. I got a story of a young man trying to find himself in the world while traveling. He knows he’s privileged to be able to just leave everything behind after a break up, and just travel, working a bit, but mostly just experiencing all kinds of lives.

What I love the most is how each LGBT member of the community just kind of attracts the other. Wherever Calum went, he found someone dealing with coming out, finding out they may not be straight, being in a relationship, closeted because of their countries’ laws, lovely drag queen, and many more. It was like a videogame in which the character needs to complete certain tasks in certain places and he’ll be given advice or he’ll learn something new and important from the experience to just keep going forward.

At first I envied Calum so much, going around the world, meeting interesting people, gaining adventure points and stories he could tell others. I wish I did just that. Then little by little I realized he was also very lost, like many others, lonely even, in need of guidance. Aren’t we all? It hit hard, close to home. He also experienced something really bad and also something pretty scary, and I was so heartbroken.

I liked how Calum pointed out every single flaw in each countries’ system towards LGBT+ people. He talked openly with the locals and got insights he would never could have gotten otherwise. Even where you think all is very openminded, there’s something hidden. Huge steps forwards have been made, a few backwards, but the path is till very long and in need of everyone’s voices to be truly equal. I loved how he pointed out everything he learned during his travels. How much there’s still to achieve.

How awesome is to be bitten by a baby tiger during your first day of work? I truly liked this memoir. It’s both fun and sad, light and heavy, makes you feel lonely among people you know, but also widely accepted among strangers. It gives you a beautiful sense of community, even among people who barely know each other.

Highly recommended. To both nonfiction fans and not.

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Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan

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5stars

“Aren’t you going to say, I told you so?” Hadrian whispered.
“What would be the point in that?”
“Oh, so you’re saying that you’re going to hang on to this and throw it at me at some future, more personally beneficial moment?”
“I don’t see the point in wasting it now, do you?”

Title: Theft of Swords
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
Series: The Riyria Revelations #1-2
Release date: May 7th 2020
Number of pages: 649 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Action packed and hard to put down.
Bad things about this book: Nothing comes to mind.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 5/5

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It’s been a long long time since I last read a high fantasy book non focused on romance. It was refreshing and I didn’t know I needed it. At the beginning it surprised me that not all the chapters were from Hadrian and Royce pov, but I get how it gives us more perspective into the whole story. It’s complex, I don’t think I fully understand the mechanics of who’s who, the royals, imperialists, nationalists, dwarfs, elves, etc. I also think I’m mispronouncing all the names. But oh well, I enjoyed myself a lot reading it and I ordered right away volume two.

I went to Tumblr looking for fanarts and I think I stumbled onto a spoiler. It wasn’t really unexpected, and I looked away immediately so I don’t think I read it well, but if it’s the truth I think it wouldn’t have been something that my not Sherlock level mind would have missed. We’ll see how things go and if it’s really true what my spoiler magnet eyes saw on the hellish website.

I love love love Hadrian and Royce. The tall and the tiny, the ray of sunshine and the grumpy cinnamon roll. I knew I was going to love them from the very first chapter. How could I not? Now I know even more about them and I love them more. If that awful guy and the guy guy do something to harm my babies I will be furious!

I hope we’ll see more of the side characters of both book 1 and 2 in the next volume. Myrion was a delight. I want to see more of him and his love for horses! I’m not one to binge read a series, but if the shipping gods will give me the sequel soon, I’ll read it when I open the package!

Did I mention anything useful in this review? No, I didn’t! Why? I went in blindly, I didn’t know a thing about this book but the main characters’ name and I think that needs to be enough to enjoy the book fully.

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[ARC] Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn

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3stars

Title: Dangerous Remedy
Author: Kat Dunn
Series: Dangerous Remedy #1
Release date: May 7th 2020
Number of pages: 432 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It’s diverse and the story is interesting.
Bad things about this book: The plot and change of pov is often confusing.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 3.5/5

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*ARC from NetGalley*

This was a solid 3,5 stars read. I expected a bit more, the change of pov was often confusing taking me a bit to understand who was actually talking. The story started very interesting but something changed and then things were confusing and I really didn’t understand why the characters were behaving the way they were. I find myself often rolling my eyes. I liked that the battalion saved innocent people from the guillotine and I liked how all of the characters had different backgrounds.

What I didn’t like much was that most characters were immediately forgotten, and then there were random revelations that came out of nowhere, no built up at all. But as I said, I enjoyed the story, the way it was very well-written, easy to read, the magic/science part of it was very interesting, Olympe’s character, the potential of where everything is going to go in the sequel.

Nonetheless, I find it rushed and there was so much that could’ve been done better. I’m curious enough that I will certainly read the sequel. I want to know more about the characters.

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[ARC] Curse of the Night Witch by Alex Aster

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4stars

Title: Curse of the Night Witch
Author: Alex Aster
Series: Emblem Island #1
Release date: June 2nd 2020
Number of pages: 336 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: I really liked the magic system.
Bad things about this book: There wasn’t anything I disliked.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

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*ARC from NetGalley*

Very interesting magic system, solid introduction to a series, likeable characters only a little whiny so it was perfect, and a lot of adventure!!

I love middle grade fantasy books because the characters are raw and genuine, they have just started to need independence and are ready for whatever life throws at them, even if it’s a quest to go to the opposite side of the world to defeat a witch who cursed them.

Tor, Melda, and Engle each has flaws, weaknesses, and strength, bringing something that will see them victors. It won’t be easy, they are 12 years old, first time away from home, facing all kinds of bad things! But they are lucky to stumble upon good people along their way and they will go back home different when the quest is over.

This is a book about finding what you’re good at, fighting what the world wants you to do with your life, not settling if you’re not okay with it. Maybe it’ll have horrible consequences, maybe not, but if you don’t take a risk, how can you change a situation that’s not good for you?

Love love love how the author used latin america’s myths to create the folklore this book is based on and the magic the people are born into and use in their everyday life. Being latin American myself (Ecuador here!), I love seeing these myths I didn’t know about until now represented one way or the other!

A great first book, a great start. Now I’m really curious to know what other adventures the trio will get to live in the future!

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This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone

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5stars

I have built a you within me, or you have. I wonder what of me there is in you.

Title: This Is How You Lose the Time War
Author: Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
Number of pages: 208 (ebook edition)
Good things about this book: Complex and so so sweet.
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 5/5

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This book messed with my mind in the most peculiar and magnificent way. I found myself smiling a sweet sweet smile. The letters made me swoon and cheer for them to have a chance.

A different kind of sci-fi from the ones I’m used to read, but a good different. A great different, even!!

Two characters, one war through time, letters written in unconventional ways. A recipe for confusion you might think, but the result is one of the sweetest and most heartfelt love story I’ve ever read.

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[ARC] The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune ☆

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5starsplus

Title: The House in the Cerulean Sea
Author: T.J. Klune
Release date: March 17th 2020
Number of pages: 352 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: One of the sweetest book ever.
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes, always.
Rate: 5+++/5

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All the stars for this beauty. ALL THE STARS & ALL THE FEELS.

This might be the most precious book in existence; each character a part of the puzzle that is this perfect little book. You’d think Klune couldn’t surprise me anymore, that I know he is amazing and his books are great, but yet he still manages to catch me off guard. He writes the most complex characters; you see their flaws, because they aren’t perfect, but you are drawn to them and then all of a sudden you would move heaven and earth to protect them and fight anyone who wants to harm them!

Despite being a funny books that made me laugh a lot, it also deals with harder themes. I got furious at how the magical creatures were treated, like they were second class citizens. I don’t know how that does feel. I haven’t experienced it first person but I’ve seen it happen to people close to me. Being different is hard, but all of us are different, right? Each of us are one of a kind. As it should be and each of us is one of a kind.

The kids were definitely different and I adored them with all my heart! Talia, the girl with a beard and a love for gardens. Theodore, the wyvern with a hoard under the couch. Sal, the sweetest were-pomeranian that you just want to protect. Phee, a sprite who can hear the earth and makes trees. Chauncey, a sort of blob/slug who is the most precious boy on the planet and wants to be a freaking bellhop. And Lucy, the son of the devil, who is only 6 years old but he is just a kid even with all the death and end of the world talk.

Arthur and Linus (the ANUS top we all deserve) are just so clueless and adorable. I can’t stop grinning and loving it so much. I want to read it again and again. It made so emotional and I cried. I haven’t cried reading a book in such a long time. I missed it!

So yeah, Klune did it again so you all should pick this book as soon as it’s released!

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[ARC] Wranglestone by Darren Charlton

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3stars

Staying awake with your thoughts while the rest of the world slept was a nightmare in reverse.

Title: Wranglestone
Author: Darren Charlton
Release date: February 6th 2020
Number of pages: 384 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Full of potential and really creepy zombie scenes.
Bad things about this book: Some parts dragged a little then some others were too rushed.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I do.
Rate: 3.5/5

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ARC given by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I couldn’t put it down. It was really interesting and had a lot of themes I like to read in books. Nevertheless, it had parts in which the inner monologues of the main character Peter dragged the story, and parts where more info and insight were needed, felt a lot rushed. Things happened real fast when a little explanation would’ve been great.

The premises was promising. A dystopian world full of zombies and a community trained to survive the walking dead. As I said, it was pretty interesting. Sadly it felt short in a few parts with the rushing of things and some other stuff just there pretty out of the blue. Again, an explanation would’ve been useful.

“Star Wars?” Peter shrugged. “OK. And what’s that about?” “It’s about a brother and a sister and their evil pa who’s up to no good.

Peter and Cooper were really adorable when they weren’t whiny which luckily didn’t happen often. I loved how Peter was all for good grammar, sewing, making pillows, and just having a tidy and clean house. Everyone needs a Peter in their lives. And if you’re a Peter, you’re amazing!!

There were things I didn’t see coming and revelations that I didn’t guess, which made me like the book a lot. I like coming up with theories when reading. Makes me feel like a very amateur Sherlock. Alas, I fail at my deductions most times.

Fast read, finished in a few hours, easy to read, fluent storyline even with its flaws. I sure will recommend it to fans of zombies when it’s release day!

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The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan

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5stars

Title: The Tyrant’s Tomb
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: The Trials of Apollo #4
Number of pages: 448 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: After what happened at the end of the previous book, this was almost a walk in the park.
Bad things about this book: I wanted to know more about Reyna’s thoughts.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 5/5

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We’re reaching the end of the line. The last book will be released next year and all the puzzle pieces are coming together. There are tons of losses and it hurts. They might be characters you only know for a little while, or characters you have loved for longer, but these loses will impact you a lot. My heart hurts so much thinking what might happen in the last book!

In this book we’re still in Camp Jupiter and the awful thing that happened at the end of The Burning Maze? Painful as hell! I still don’t think it actually happened. I don’t want to believe so, for as long as I can, I will believe it didn’t.

Apollo is much more mature and human in this book. He feels deeply for these demigods, for Meg and for everyone else that had helped him out in this quest. He didn’t think it would happen. He starts seeing all the awful things that he’s done while he was a god and some were really bad. I’m not surprised so many people want him dead. But he’s getting better. That’s very important and will make the whole “last book” thing so much harder.

He fought two emperors and a dead king in this book, and he will fight Nero and the beast in the next, surely with the help of demigods from Camp Half Blood. But after that? Will he go back to Mount Olympus? Will he want to go back? I think he wants to be a god again but he will change so much of all the things he’s been doing (wrong). First of all, maybe he’ll stop having children. After being Lester it’d be weird just going places and getting people pregnant. I think it’d be super weird. I have this new image of Apollo in my mind and I can’t think about that at all. And what about Meg? Ahhhh, I need the last book! I need to know!

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Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

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5stars

Title: Tunnel of Bones
Author: Victoria Schwab
Series: Cassidy Blake #2

Number of pages: 304 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: I love Paris and how haunted it seems to be.
Bad things about this book: Cassidy was a bit annoying at times.
Do I recommend it? Yes!

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I was so ready for a Paris ghost hunting but I wasn’t expecting all of this! I want to buy a ticket to Paris right now and go visit the Catacombs! I went to Paris once a lot of years ago and we didn’t went there. We visited the usual, but not the Catacombs! Why? They sound so creepy and amazing!

Cassidy left Edinburgh a bit shaken after all that happened, and she is starting to explore her newly found powers and abilities as a ghost hunter. But maybe this new curiosity is making her take too many risks, and Paris is definitely more haunted that Edinburgh. Jacob is really worried about what Lara told him and Cassidy, about the whole gaining more powers and being possibly a danger to Cassidy, and to everyone. I liked how he trusted Cassidy with his secret. It’s so sad. I wish everything went differently with his life when he wasn’t, you know, dead.

I love how many things I learn with the Inspecters. Everything is so interesting. I really want to visit these cities and explore what they explored. And maybe, just maybe, see a ghost!

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