Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

IMG_20190403_075548_718

3stars

I think you have to have faith in people before they earn it. Otherwise it’s not faith, right?

Title: Daisy Jones & The Six
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Number of pages: 351 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: The writing style.
Bad things about this book: Annoying characters. I just didn’t like them.
Do I recommend it? Yes, my experience is mine alone. You may love it.
Rate: 3/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

As much as I did like how the book ended, the many annoying things that made me not like Daisy (and often Billy) outweighed the good parts. I can’t bring myself to rate this higher.

It’s subjective; I just didn’t like Daisy and her personality. She knew she was self-centered, spoiled and selfish, and those traits made me really dislike her some of the time, and actually hate her during others.

The whole I love and I can’t have you thing? I would’ve have liked it, but in this case, with these characters and their situations, I didn’t. I spent most of the book mad and begging them not to do what I was afraid they would.

Also, what’s with the I do what I want and I don’t care for the people around me? Why? I can understand she didn’t want to be pushed or used by others, she wanted to stay true to herself, but there are lines, and she crossed them all! I would’ve had a hard time tolerating her if I met her in real life. People can be true to themselves and still be polite, good people, who don’t think they are the center of the universe. She just made me mad.

I’m really sorry I didn’t like this as much as I wanted to, but we can’t always have the story that we build in our heads, right? I’m happy people loved Daisy, I respect that. I just didn’t.

firmablog

[ARC] A Summer Soundtrack for Falling in Love by Arden Powell

41729246

3stars

Title: A Summer Soundtrack for Falling in Love
Author: Arden Powell
Release date: October 29th 2018
Number of pages: 318 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It was very easy to get into the story!
Bad things about this book: It dragged a bit in my opinion!
Do I recommend it? Yes, give it a chance.
Rate: 3/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

ARC from NetGalley

It was cute and infuriating!! All the miscommunication bothers me a lot! And here there was so much of it!! Kris kept postponing his coming out as bisexual because he didn’t want the dynamics of the band to change, but then by not coming out his potential relationship with Rayne, who he was falling hard for, was at risk.

I couldn’t have been hard for him to tell Rayne what he felt because he was surrounded by really supportive people. He was afraid, and he shouldn’t come out if he isn’t ready, but he had more than one occasion to speak his heart, to tell Rayne even in confidence, that he was feeling things beyond friendship. Without labeling it, without coming out, he could have been more honest with Rayne. You could see from miles away how smitten they were for each other, pining for no reason, just because they were stubborn and kept things to themselves.

I always kind of like books with music bands in them. Imagining what kind of music they do, how they behave on stage and out. This was really nice, it dragged a bit, though; I thought it was almost ending when it was only at 50%. Maybe cutting some things out it would have been so much better.

Nevertheless, it was a nice book, even with the weird cult and the random peacock!

firmablog

Sometime After Midnight by L. Philips

IMG_20180913_160542_261

5stars

“I like romance.”
Victor merely shakes his head. “No, you don’t. You like structure, and stability, and a good dose of all those things practical.”

Title: Sometime After Midnight
Author: L. Philips
Number of pages: 352 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: The music, it’s written but you feel it.
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

PLOT —
As much as it was introduced as a sort of Cinderella retelling, this had only the fact that they met, connected, and then one left leaving behind only the picture of his shoes. The rest was so far from being similar to Cinderella that I forgot about it. Nate and Cameron’s story about how they met, how Nate starts avoiding Cameron after learning who he is, and with Cameron having a dream and knowing that Nate is the key of it coming true, is well written and I thought it had a lot of great elements that didn’t drag the story and delivered what it promised.

CHARACTERS —
Nate was a little bit overdramatic and didn’t allow his reason to see what was right in front of him. I could forgive that because all the scenes where we had him and Cameron making music, were so sweet, deep and emotional that I forgot he was been unreasonable the scene before. Cameron from his part is an adorable young man; fresh out of high school, he is supposed to take over the family business, but he has dreams of his own and the fateful meeting with Nate will allow him to wish for more out of his life.

It’s like he planned this to torture me.
And damned if it won’t be the best kind of torture ever.

THOUGHTS —
While I was certain they were going to be okay in the end, the process of this love story, mixed with music and so many feelings, brought goosebumps to my skin. I learned about some bands and musicians I hadn’t heard before, so I put their songs as a background music and kept reading the book. The emotions I felt from that point on, reading the songs the boys were writing, it took me there with them, a little of a fifth wheel of a situation. This is the kind of book about music, in which music is just another character, as important as the main ones. Music raw, true, deep: the description of the music, the darkness of it, its sweetness, its power, brought tears to my eyes and my heart doubled in size.

CONCLUSION —
This book was the type of sweet that gets your eyes a little teary while being a tad sad but also incredibly romantic, all without being too corny. The right amount of sappy. I just loved it and was afraid for my heart, fearing drama incoming that luckily wasn’t as I expected.
I had a gigantic smile when I finished the book. And that’s how I love finishing books, plenty satisfied, full of joy

firmablog

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

20180619_213441

4stars

It’s too simple to hate the people who have doorways where you have walls.

Title: Noteworthy
Author: Riley Redgate
Number of pages: 400 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: A cappella and a lot of good feelings!!
Bad things about this book: I was hoping it to be centered more around the main character understanding her sexuality, and it wasn’t, really.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

It was pretty cute and it put me in such a singing mode that I had to put the book on pause to marathon the three Pitch Perfect movies. Big tears and big emotions after, I resumed where I stopped and read almost without breaks and I finished the book.

There were parts that left me with too many questions, but I’m not entirely bothered about it. I got a lot of She’s the Man vibes and I kind of loved it because that movie is just a lot of fun. This book wasn’t as fun and light as the movie, though, but the sentiment was the same; both girls cross dress to be able to do something that the world (read: the school) didn’t permit them to do, so they had to think outside the box and risk it all to fit in.

The world saw exactly what it wanted to see. Finally, it wanted to see me.

I was expecting this would turn out differently, romantically speaking. I’m happy but not super happy. When I picked the book, I read it was a queer book, so I chose it to read during Pride Month, it sounded perfect. Was it the kind of queer book I was expecting? No, it wasn’t. Did it have enough representation to be qualified as a queer book? Yes, it did. I just hoped the main character’s confusion about her sexuality was taken more into consideration and not just left there like an afterthought.

The Sharps were all magnificent boys and I loved seeing how committed they were to their singing, to always being a little bit better, to be there for each other. I loved the diversity and how the economic struggles were portraited here; how true it felt, how frustrating it made me feel seeing that no matter how much you want something, if you don’t have money, your options are so limited you just feel so powerless all signs point to you don’t having a place in the world. I understood Jordan’s frustration, her loneliness, her decision to just say “f*ck it” and just go for it.

The world wasn’t just made out of instants – it was made out of plans, too, and the ability to learn from your mistakes.

While I enjoyed the overall storyline, I wasn’t a fan of the romance. I loved the characters involved in the various scenarios, but it just didn’t seem convincing. The love looked a little weird, it was missing the spark, and it left me wanting to feel more. I think that we needed more emotions and less actions for it to feel true. And, as I said before, the sexuality situation was just forgotten. It was a fun read, not light but not over dramatic, and it gave me a little insight into the magnificent world of a cappella!

firmablog