Good morning, fellow readers.
It’s been a rough week for me, my chronic cough got worse and there was a moment I couldn’t breath because of it so I went to the doctor’s yesterday and finally got some prescriptions to feel better. Let’s keep our finger crossed for my unstable health! I need to get better, I have two speeches to give next week and they are both defining grades so my voice has to be loud and decent. But anyways, I somehow managed to read six books and I hope you like them as much as I did.
First one I read was the dark and Victorian styled Pie de Bruja (A Witch’s Foot) by Carolina Andújar.
Ever since she was a little girl, Ava wasn’t meant to be an average girl, she studied all sciences and history and believed in the occult surrounded by people who thought she was doing unlady things in the late 1800’s, even her obnoxious cousin in-law which is why she moves to a foreign land to live with her beloved Nana where she hopes to become an elder single lady living a humble but free life. However, this land has a spark of darkness and wonder that reminds her of an old story Nana used to tell her: A Witch’s Feet, the child of the witch and the devil which might not be what she expected after all.
SO MUCH BETTER THAN I EXPECTED.
Everything, from the characters, their development, their psychology, the mythology, the scenarios and motivations were so on point. Here I wasn’t moved by my feminist side because the main lead was a feminist herself living the last years of the Victorian era in some Slavic land I cannot recall exactly but she was more than just awesome, she had the brains, the heart and the determination of a wolf. However, it was not only the realistic and less idealized romance that attracted me but the raw and corrupted deprivation of the fucking pastor and all the story line surrounding how this blind faith in a human can lead to disaster and criminal fanatism, I was glad this bitches were put to justice (somehow) and I’m glad this was more of a nude book instead of a glamouring phantom of Romance.
The second book I read was All about the Hype by Paige Toon, from the Jessie Jefferson trilogy (?).
Jessie is still struggling with being her famous father’s not so secret child and makes some pretty questionable friends on the way as she deals with the stress that is being the lead singer in a rock band where her experienced secret boyfriend works. Also there’s the fact she could still have some feelings for her dismissed ex and that she might have to choose between being American Jessie or British Jessie. It’s a tough call for a teen.
IS THIS THE END? I DON’T WANT IT TO END.
I already miss Jessie and I’m not even sure if this is the end, I mean Paige didn’t put a synopsis saying it was the end of the trilogy, right? Without that seal I just hope we have more of Jessie, she became such a bright but edgy side of my literary life in the YA genre next to sweet Lara Jean. Anyways, going deep inside the book itself, I almost cried many times while J missed her mom, it was heartbreaking and it melted my icy heart to think of that going through another person, now I know that pain will stay but that somehow it will be OK cuz that means her mom will always be present. Other thing that really got me was the whole progress we did with the Jefferson family, though I still don’t entirely like Meg, I just always feel some bit of hostility towards young Jessie and I despise that in a stepmother; it brings back a Cinderella complex I’ll never find amusing. And even though I didn’t enjoy that, I really liked the story and character introduction, specially Dana and her Georgina Sparks flare (loved and hated the bitch); other thing I liked was that she gave herself some closure with Tom and Stu, it was like that was meant to be, almost fated as her relationship with hot Jack. Idk, I just feel our girl is growing up really fast and she had fixed her life for the very first time, finding her true self once and for all.
The next book I read was The Line by J. D. Horn from the Witching Savannah series.
Mercy’s life was never meant to be simple even though she was the only normality in her family, she was the black sheep that should have died for her magical family tree, her mother died giving birth to her, she has feelings for her twin’s boyfriend, she doesn’t love her own boyfriend and she might have done a deal with the wrong sorceress. So when her unjust and dictatorial grand aunt dies in a bloody and violent murder, the head of the family, a mystery is left hanging, Why? Everyone had reasons but Who actually did it?
NOT WHAT I EXPECTED, AT ALL.
I was thinking about a CW’s Secret Circle kind of book but I got something more mature and regional which was pretty cool to be fair, I was about to get bored in the beginning cuz I wasn’t connecting with the main character and her actions, she didn’t want the same things I wanted for her so I was about to say “oh no this is not for me” and pick another book; however I didn’t and I found a world of secrets, shameful spells and the evil within a pretty face, besides the fucked up aspects of life one can control. The Line had everything I never thought I wanted, the realistic magic and the family drama we’re just the seasonings on top of a good recipe for success. I still don’t entire agree with Mercy and I wish she was more like Jill when it comes to personality but whatever I guess.
The fourth book I read was The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, from the fantasy series of the same name.
Princess Elisa was not a very happy neither accepted nor beautiful lady and she never truly cared, besides she just got into an arranged marriage and has been told all her life that she carries the safety of the world in her belly in the shape of a huge precious rock attached to her skin. She has a destiny but doesn’t know it and will have to wage through blood and sweat to turn up the tables and give her the aptitude to take this bull by the horns.
NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS FIRST FOUR CHAPTERS.
I wasn’t feeling quite sure about the main character in the beginning, she was too needy for affection coming from a man who clearly was a tremendous jerk, and she took everything people said about her even though it hurt her roughly. She lacked some self love so when she overcame her fears and impediments, she proved herself she was worthy and such a fucking great leader. I came to admire the girl and her journey, her destiny and sufferings, she truly owned her world and everyone on it. In other news, I cried when I thought I wouldn’t, but He’s gone before he could say how they could be together, he was fucking gone before I could process it… 😢
The following book I read was Sealed with a Curse by Cecy Robson, from the Weird Girls series.
Celia and her three sisters always had to take care of themselves after their parents death, it was a life or death situation because ever since they can remember they were cursed with some powers in a land that has strange and supernatural as a last name and nick name with blood suckers, witches and many species of weres. So when vampires start crazily attacking humans without reason, it will be the Wird sisters the ones who’ll have to save their small town exposing their unique abilities.
IT WAS GOOD ENOUGH.
I liked the story line but I felt I was waiting for a blow that never came. But I must admit the fight scenes were legit violent and raw, I literally put on some hard rock music to go along with it; these girls are not people to messed around with, they are gorgeous but tough as nails. BTW, I liked the whole thing Celia had with Aric but my feminism didn’t allow me to fully enjoy it, besides I was too worried this would become a love triangle with horny Misha in the mix. Also, the world building is perfect, I laughed my ass off while picturing the other paparazzi weres going into their trash, hilarious. This was good material but I wanted a little more of something.
The sixth one I read was Reinas Malditas (Cursed Queens) by Christina Morató.
This is a compilation of the lives of the most tragic women on the inside and most regal queens on the outside from the sick and emotionally haunted Empress Sissi to the hated but now praised as a saint Empress Alexandra. In a world where foreigners, different thoughts and women’s heart is not wanted nor asked for, this queens and empress had to live the lives they chose or those chosen for them and survive through a series of events that define them as fighters or martyrs.
I just the history class I always wanted to be part of, I got into the human and torn apart side of royalty: inside the ugly, dusty and smelly side. Specially with Sissi, Victoria and Kristina’s lives, they we’re good in some aspects and really fucked up in others, like with Sissi’s lack of sense of reality or Victoria’s desperation for not giving women rights and her concerning obsession with Albert, or Kristina’s badassery being transformed into a shallow and Versailles like existence. However, I also discovered an empress I’d never heard about before, this woman conquered my heart with he strength and uniqueness : Empress Eugenia was simply a heroine in a bag full of scared sheep, she was a low profile lioness defending her nation and authority without loosing what made her herself. She never forgot who she was and what she represented for jewelry or superficiality. She has become my inspiration, my recently discovered motto being “What would Empress Eugenia do? “. So, thank you Cristina for this breath of life and realism in a world so full of itself.