Week #87 of Reading Like A Maniac

Good evening, fellow book addicts.

This week was the real start of university’s stress fest and I’m heating up to feel awkward, embarrassed and potentially teary over projects, homework and exams besides my TBR list which I won’t be abandoning but I will definitely reduce the amount of books to read per week; however that’s not starting this one since I’ve read six unreal novels I’ll share with y’all.

The first book I read was Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige, the third book in the Dorothy Must Die series.

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Amy is back… In Kansas. The witches are with her as well and Nox has 2qce5u0a new position to ascend to, but Dorothy is still alive harboring power to get her kingdom and the fear of the rest of Oz. And the only key to returning to the magical dying land might be a special pair of shoes hidden in the last place she ever wanted to return next to the horrid people she swore wouldn’t trust nor be tamed by. Sometimes we have no choice but to get the craziest allies.

I’M NOT THRILLED NEITHER UPSET.

Beginning to read this, I was so confused because this book contradicted previous statements about Amy’s mom as how she managed to see her through the palace’s magic picture, besides Amy’s aptitude was totally more naive and immature which was an immediate “turn-off” for me, I mean she didn’t use to be like that, she was a down to earth badass not a whiny girl with no plan more than a bit unsuccessful manipulation. But then things shifted and were starting to become interesting like her relationship with Madison and her ugly baby, then came he huge battle in the Thin Man’s palace which was unbelievably intense, and finally the decadence of Dorothy ending her for good (?). Overall it was a good story with a not so strof tone, it was a great follow up just that it wasn’t polished enough.

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Next book was the creative stand alone American Vampire by Jennifer Armintrout.

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The small town of Penance, Ohio used to be a nice little community with villagers looking for a sweet life and some good times with thetumblr_ma2b2t2AWF1qmahxv family in the hard working neighborhood but now all that is gone. Peace, tranquility, happiness nor trust is to be found in this raw land where only fear, judgement and secrets haunt everyone who sets a foot in this field. Until a vampire joins the imprisonment next to the rest of them, Graft realizes that once you’re in this town there’s no way out and that a terrifying guardian keeps everyone in, specially an appealing and mysterious young woman whom he will slowly develop an inevitable attachment.

IT WAS BETTER THAN I EXPECTED.

This might not have been the best vampire stand alone ever but it was an OK tale with a bitchingly creative story line. The whole supernatural aspect of the ghost town lost in its own land was creepy and gave me some Silent Hill movie vibes which is a pretty good sign, on the other hand there was the monster/demon like creature eating people up with its snake and bull like features terrifying the villagers. And then there was the annoying female main character, who kept living her fucked up lifestyle as the on and off mistress of his shitty ex until she falls for the vampire which is not a good way of moving on from a toxic relationship but the ending was so good and swiftly unexpected that I’ll let that go.

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The third book I read was Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep, the first book in the Mythos Academy series.

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When Gwendolyn ‘Gwen’ Frost lost her mom in a terrible car crash she tumblr_n1eimkcoTf1r0rwtlo2_500just wanted to stay with her grandma and cry all day long for the injustice that had plagued her happiness, for the guilt she felt over that accident because if she hadn’t used her “abilities” perhaps her mother wouldn’t have gotten involved in all that mess. She never expected to be sent to the strangest of schools to learn how to use her “gifts” next to other “special” teenagers and young adults. She was sent to Mythos Academy where all myths and legends are true, and an impending war is getting closer to Gwen ’cause she’s more than just the poor weird Gypsy chick.

INTENSE AND FIERY.

Let’s face it, the book started a little slow, repetitive and sloppy but after the first six episodes everything went up and up with a sometimes obvious but still shocking plot line which kept me reading until I felt so attached to the main character (Gwen) that I cried every time Logan made her feel awful. My heart broke next to hers, somehow. Also there were all those times with the joyful memories of her mom and the dress they bought, as well as the picture of her and the friend teacher whose name I feel embarrassed I can’t recall. Besides this, the writing style was on point since it made me finish this book tonight when I thought I would be done with it by tomorrow night or afternoon (it was crazy, and I feel quite accomplished).

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The following book I read was the previous’ sequel, Kiss of Frost by the same author.

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All Gwen wants is some dignity, after all she just survived the murder attempt of Jasmine in the library as getting her heart broken by the tumblr_inline_nvssfiEkL91qk9936_500hottest of Spartans, Logan. However, that’s not on Daphne’s plans since now her new entitled best friends wants her to accompany her and her skilled boyfriend to a school trip in one of the most luxurious snowy resorts in the US to forget about her sadness and gain the confidence that as the Champion of Nike she should have. Soon Gwen will find out that all that liberty maybe more dangerous and risky than she ever thought.

SO MUCH IMPROVEMENT.

Don’t get me wrong, it still held its regular clich√©s like for example that the obvious bad guy is the new one in town or that Logan had a dark/teary family secret. But it managed to have more innovative aspects to make me not feel upset or bored about those aspects, like the fact I was guessing till the end of that scene if perhaps Oliver had a thing for Gwen (despite she saying it wasn’t her) or that Preston had something to do with Grace’s death next to that mysterious girl in the coat which makes me plan my theories about secret twins and hair dying friends or other things; there’s also the lovely fact that Logan and Green are some sort of an item now. However what I enjoyed the most was the transition of Green from making stupid decisions to showing her bravery and kindness in the most kick butt way ever.

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The fifth book I read was Dark Frost, the third one in the series.

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Gwen is having a blast (?). She’s been technically forced to venture in tumblr_n2xxlmRlnW1qhfmeyo2_500the mind of one of her mother’s murderers every day after school, she’s slowly progressing in her own fighting skills, another Reaper is totally attending the academy, she has to find a lost dagger that could unlock Locky’s imprisonment and besides all that: Logan won’t define their relationship or at least inform her of their status. She’s under much pressure with a sword who won’t stop talking about murdering foes with its British accent and a long lost furry friend, but she’ll have to endure and just keep going because she’s still Nike’s Champion no matter the failure neither the pain nor the blood she’ll have to spill, everything is for the greater good.

ALMOST PREDICTABLE.

There were the same issues like the bit of repetitions and a little non feminist reactions but I’ve learnt to deal with those things and focus on the good sides like the whole mystery behind the “cloaked girl” who nobody knew who it was I mean even I started to have my doubts but when it was revealed who it was I was a little disappointed cuz it would have been Bette if it had been a character we’ve known since day one and no this sudden newbies we got on our radar. Other thing I liked was that Gwen kept growing in her butt-kicking ways and never gave up on her warrior skills even though she’s not the best or a born fighter but she tried hard enough to shame some skilled Spartans; and can we discuss her new power? Holy shit! That was creepy and so cool and I just couldn’t help by imagine Pearson growing little and skinnier by the second until he looked like an old dead man. It was just sick and twisted and unexpected and she surely needs to try it on fucking Loki.

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And finally I read Crimson Frost, the fourth one in this passionate series.

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She failed but somehow Gwen’s in her first date with the always charming Logan, despite the dirty looks of some idiot girls. But shetumblr_mhnkvwIqKK1qcg5dbo1_250 knows that so much calmness can’t last, and that’s exactly what happens when a secret someone gives Gwen up to the highest of authorities of the Pantheon with lies about her behavior and murderous desires besides they now think she’s supporting Loki. She’s imprisoned and put into question, she thinks that another secret Reaper is on the run and wants her head for the weak Nordic God of Chaos but reality is way worse than just her death.

I’M SLOWLY TURNING INTO VIC, I’M OUT FOR BLOOD.

Seriously, I was waiting for a bit of murder or at least some easy dismemberment that never came, I was literally pining for Gwen to cut Vivian’s ring finger or some stepmother’s neck to remove her bitch necklace, but somehow Gwen never catches them and stays wondering about irrelevant and redundant things. She’s still nice and buttkicking however that doesn’t exclude that girl needs a lot of work to do and stop being afraid of her “life extracting power” so she can beat Locky how it’s meant. In other news, the mysteries were shocking (like how couldn’t I find out about this earlier) though the revelations were predictable to some extend; however the climax scene remained being bloody and filled with anxiety and nervousness which I strangely enjoyed.

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Week #86 of Reading Like A Maniac

Merry Easter!

Hope you’re having a good time near friends or family, I know I had a great Friday morning eating some pepperoni pizza and watching some 80’s movies on Netflix while catching up with my dad and his various pets. Besides I managed to read a lot during my first week back in university, it was a sort of “hot n’ cold” week, at least that’s how I felt (like something awful would happen and then it didn’t) but I enjoyed my reads so that’s a plus.

The first book I read was Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris, the 12th book in the Sookie Stackhouse series.

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Sookie was invited to another vampire party after the glorious passing tumblr_na68fpaSW11shd8d6o1_250of the new Louisiana King’s wicked lackey, and his pompous majesty is looking for the killer; unfortunately for Sookie that’s not all that is to fear because someone is trying to frame Eric for the murder of a young stripper and on its way attempting to tear their relationship apart in their already precarious state. The answer might not be so obvious, after all, at least not for our dear blonde waitress.

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I shifted sides, from annoyingly hot Eric to sweet stubborn “always-there” Sam Merlotte. The plot contributed to it much, because overall the other books Sookie has seen how the rest of Bon Temps moved on with heir lives getting married/having kids/doing human things and those things gave her a melancholic feeling but just that, however when she thinks Sam could have gotten married to Jannalyn she looses it. That’s her breaking point like when he died, though the way how this was approached wasn’t the best nor the most believable which was a pitty. In the other hand, who would have thought Claude was the betrayer all this time; OK that plot line was weak but interesting and sad as well.

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Next book I read was Dead Ever After by the same author, the last book in the series.

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Sookie knows that after saving Sam, her relationship with Eric might never recover but she doesn’t regret it and while she deals with the71cc84ecec022e7bf33cfe982b15739e aftermath of her new “resuscitater” status and new threat is setting her as his or her target. A former friend dies, Sookie is imprisoned, Eric is more distant than ever, Sookie looks for comfor somewhere else, life isn’t what used to be neither fair: or at least, that’s how things go in the new supernatural town of Bon Temps, Louisiana.

OK.

This book had so much potential to be fucking perfect but i don’t know what the f happened to Charlaine’s creativity after book ten. Anyways, the book was OK because of the whole who is supporting this baddies into killing Arlene to fuck Sookie’s life up; I felt kinda dumb for not realizing it couldn’t be the most likely to but whatever. In other news I must admit that for a long time I’ve only thought of Eric as a hot empty she’ll so Sookie’s heartbreaking break up didn’t reach my edges neither my cold cold heart but I’m happy she ended up with Sam, I just wished their love story would have longed longer and I could have been more epic and realistic. I just wanted more to make sense, I hoped for so much more.

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The third book was Right by Jana Aston, the second one in the Right series.

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Everly has always had one thing in mind when it came to life goals and tumblr_mv1ossUVdk1qd4w1no9_250that was getting together with her brother’s best friend Finn but things haven’t progressed yet. He not only sees her as the little sister of his mate nor just as a student in the college he teaches in but as his annoying and stressful self-proclaimed stalker. However, she’s still trying to be in his mind but things get complicated when his older brother appears and his enormous ego claims her as his own. Sometimes, what you think you want is not what you need neither what you have.

IT’S STRANGE THAT I LIKED THIS WHEN THERE WAS NO REAL THREAT TO THE LOVE MATCH.

The book itself was both cute and an idealized romantic adventure, since there were no actual problems like cheating or different ideas or just fighting al the fucking time so that was like a nice breath of unreal air. I felt a #50Shades vibe when she realizes he’s the owner of the building and is a millionaire and they have some foreplay in front of his large window but it had no bdsm so that we out of the question. I found it very original and fresh, which is not something one finds easily in new adult novels; I didn’t feel there were any clich√© story lines and I was happy with the characters cuz they made me laugh specially Every and her lovely inability of finding a filter in awkward situations, she doesn’t make a fuss about stuff and definitely does not overreact and that makes me admire her even more.

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The fourth book was Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, the first book in the series of the same name.

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Amy Gumm has always been Kansas’ pariah and she knows it. After all, she lives in a dirty caravan with not enough money coming from hertumblr_mt73f6UW4o1r4fzhbo4_250 irresponsible divorced mother and being the constant target of the most popular girl in school. She has never had a purpose more than getting the he’ll out of that sinkhole of a life, but when her wish comes true in the shape of a tornado that drives her to no other place than Oz; she’ll have to face a worst Bitch in Charge than the one she left in Kansas, and this one wears the most stylish red high heels ever. She’s so far away from home now.

OK. I’M HOOKED.

So Dorothy is nothing more than a red high heel shoes bitch. And all her little mates became little egocentric or delusional beasts, but I always though Glinda was a manipulate little cunt so there was no surprise for me there. omg, I love the world building, how everything was Oz but in a twisted more ruthless way, a way I loved by the way. And the characters were really complex (but Dorothy, until now she’s just a power hungry bitch) like the Tin Man with his unrequired love that ended up being his demise, and also as Glemora and her hatred for hee heartless traitorous sister. But I also liked the fight scenes like that last one between Amy and the Tin Man, or the one between Gert and the not-so-Cowardly Lion with the other wild sort of mutant animals. I crave for more of that.

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The last one I read was The Wicked Will Rise by the same author, the second book in the Dorothy Must Die series.

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After trying and failing at killing the Wicked Bitch of Kansas previously tumblr_m7vtqzIetz1r1ubkao7_r2_250known as farmer Dorothy, Amy has to fix her mistakes and follow the instructions of the Wizard to end the tyrant princess once and for all by taking away and destroying the gifts he gave to Dorothy’s partners himself a long time ago. In the way, Amy will discover ugly truths, lovely lies and devastating consequences that could ruin Oz and Amy’s life forever. They say there’s no place like home, but in her position, do you even know the answer?

OMFG. WTF JUST HAPPENED.

I’m still recovering from that last two episodes. I’m confused, shocked and frightened, however I’m a bit intrigued as well to see how things turn out when Amy will try to look for something familiar in the new Kansas perhaps, -I mean… what will she find instead of her mum or fucktard Madison? What will become of Pete? Will Dorothy die eventually? What the f is the matter with the witches and why were they suspiciously waiting for Amy? I literally want to know how all the traumatic and shifting shit that happened in this book will make a stand in the next installment, for example: the Hulk appearance Amy develops when she lets magic take over her, or maybe the presumed new mental state of Ozma, or Nox’s new suspicious yet sweet personality. All I can say is that this book left me amazed by the creativity of the scenes and in a constant “WTF” state.

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Week #85 of Reading Like A Maniac

Good evening,

As I’m watching an old episode of one of my favorite series “What Not to Wear”, I just dyed pieces of my hair blue and green which surprisingly fits my eyes and foundation palette. By now I’ve read another six books by the awesome Charlaine Harris, and I hope that by Monday I’d have read the other two books in the series to finally finish it.

First book I read was Definitely Dead, with my least favorite cover of the series.

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Sookie’s cousin Hadley wasn’t the best daughter, neither granddaughter tumblr_lz8kphnKnl1r4y3lj_largenor cousin but now she’s dead although she was already dead since her vampire girlfriend turn her into one but this time someone has really given her the true death and there are many suspects. After all her maker/lover wasn’t any random boodsucker but the one and only Queen of Louisiana whose new husband seems guilty as many other courtiers. All the Sookie wants is justice for her not so loving cousin as well as a chance to get to know certain shape shifting tiger in a more intimate level.

I WAS EXPECTING SOMETHING A BIT MORE SHOCKING.

IDK about Mr Quinn but his romance with Sookie puts me off, it was just so sudden and out of nowhere that I couldn’t even feel remotely amused by it. Besides I was kind of expecting him to be a bad guy, like allied with king Peter or murdering Hadley, something to make him more than just the guy who turns into a not so soft tiger. On the other hand, my madness for Mr Northman grows by the second as Sookie keeps denying feeling a tingling sensation we all feel when we imagine his pic as Mr January. Anyways, I’m happy Sookie will have some company after that thing with Bill, now she’ll be sharing her house with Amelia and Bob (let’s just hope Bubba doesn’t eat him in one of his unexpected visits).

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Next book I read was All Together Dead.

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The vampire summit has arrived and Sookie is tired of everything. teresaAfter having her heart broken by Bill Compton’s secret task for the recently widowed Queen of Louisiana, she just wants to get away from all vampires and start living her affair with shape shifting tiger Quinn but this is not up to her and she’s forced to attend this celebration that includes two royal factions fighting in the court of vampire law as an impending thread reaches inhuman heights.

ERIC CAN FLY. (*SPOKEN WITH ASOUTHERN ACCENT*)

The most lovely moment while reading this was when Eric danced with Sookie at the ball and she was so into it that she believed they were flying, and then when everything was literally going to he’ll he actually managed to fly and get her out of the pyramid hotel. In the aftermath of this disaster by the Brotherhood, all I hope is that Arlene won’t become a crazy shit real member of that fucked up cult, that Sophie-Anne won’t marry the vampire hotel owned whose name I cannot recall and somehow recovers her legs, I also expect that vampires know what saint Quinn killed poor misunderstood Andre and by vampires I mean all Sophie-Anne’s court. I don’t know I feel wicked and bitchy now after the explosions and all that shit.

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The third book I read was From Dead to Worse.

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Katrina stroke and after the explosion in the summit things couldn’t be tumblr_mfzx7hbGlh1ql6xr4o1_r1_500more depressing for not only the humans but the supernatural community. Sookie knows that other kingdoms might plan on taking advantage of Queen Sophie-Anne’s new disability and economic weakness to invade and take over the entire area of Louisiana while some close shape shutters start being murdered.

I STILL DON’T LIKE WEREWOLVES’ TRADITIONS.

I felt unattached to Alcide the most here, like he was rude and unapologetic besides I find those strange path rites of his kind quite strange, wild and too rough for my sensitive mind. Speaking of animal behavior wtf Jason and Crystal, those selfish motherfuckers fucked Sookie and Calvin the worst way possible with her infidelity and his manipulation skills, I wonder if the fetus is even his now. And Sookie has the protection of the animalistic Alcide pack, the entirety of the vampires in the states of Nevada and Louisiana; also she just discovered she has a little mind reading nephew (like her) and a fairy Prince for a great-grandfather.

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The following book was Dead and Gone.

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The vampire order in Louisiana has change as well as the local687474703a2f2f6d656469612e74756d626c722e636f6d2f74756d626c725f6d3130653676786d56423172353737746a2e676966 werewolf pack, Sookie is nervous and close to a raging war involving her newly discovered great grandfather the fairy Prince Niall. Now she not only shares a blood bond with Eric but faces the horrid fanatic murder of a close relative a wants to find out who did it after the great shape shifter revelation.

I FELT EPIC.

From the beginning to the end, this book was badass. It had it all, the intrigue, betrayal, revelations, shocking events, tearful deaths, annoying traits belonging to the main character (seriously, Sookie, you need to stop trusting humans just because they we’re good at pretending to be your friends before! Fuck Arlene and her needy ass!). Anyways, holy shit! The fairy war got the chills out of me, I was honestly frightened and when they killed Dawson I was so close to loose it because he was such a good guy. And I keep having this ambiguous feelings for hot Viking Eric, now for former traitor Bill, and always for dear old Sam Merlotte; everything is just so much fucked up for Sookie more than ever cause her feelings for Bill returned and she’s tied up to sexy Eric. Talk about complicated love triangles!

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The fifth book I read was Dead in the Family.

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The fairy war was not what Sookie expected, now she’s dealing with the tumblr_inline_okiosxO2LW1tywsvv_500traumatic aftermath of the many deaths and a long lost granduncle with doubtful intentions. All this while the gruesome maker of Eric arrives to Bon Temps, and he is not alone but with a pretty recognizable brother that will definitely cause some trouble in the peaceful small town. Sookie might realize that he bond with Eric is not that strong to help him go through the right path.

THIS WAS THE “LET’S TELL SOOKIE YOUR SAD STORY” BOOK.

So… werewolves’ traditions are not as fucked up as vampires’ sire bonds, cuz there’s no way that constantly raping and enslaving Alexei Romanov for decades is better than having odd but consensual sex with your new alpha in front of the rest of the pack and friends. Now I can say I’ve seen it all, and that Eric is not my favorite love interest anymore because of his fucked up adoration for his pedophile maker besides he’s hot (like seriously, this guy is so hot that I could fry an egg as easily as in an Argentinian street during the summer) but he doesn’t show his softer side since he was amnesiac, however Sam has a sweet side that has me but then he’s jelly about all the guys Sookie dates but he’s so nice. It’s a pretty messy situation, oh and Bill got together with his vampire sister and I’m happy for him, weird right?.

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The final book I read this week was Dead Reckoning.

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tumblr_lz8iv5EeyD1r4y3ljSookie witnesses how Merlotte’s is bombed and she’s almost burned in the process, she has her suspects but none of them as deadly as a angry minor with animalistic tendencies and great hate for the blonde waitress. Besides this issue, Pam and Eric begin to plot the ultimate downfall of annoying Victor as they share a secret that could destroy all he has reached with his new vampire wife.

WITH EVERY BOOK THAT COMES OUT, ERIC BECOMES MORE AND MORE OF AN ASS.

Sookie is definitely (and finally) realizing what it means to be so closely involved with an ancient power hungry vampire, she’s getting to know and understand the violent aspect as the lies around her relationship and the world she so desperately wanted to be part of in the past, and it’s heartbreaking besides a whole reality check for our dear blondie. It’s a new sight for her, she’s seeing the ugly edges that Bill and Eric respectively didn’t want her to see first hand; the ones she definitely doesn’t want to admit are there like Eric’s pending marriage with that other queen besides the fact that his feelings are not as humanly powerful as she once thought.

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Week #84 of Reading Like A Maniac

Hi, y’all!

Now I do have an excuse for using that southern expression cuz I’ve been reading the Sookie Stackhouse series by the badass Charlaine Harris and I feel connected to that accent now so much that I’ve been watching pieces of True Blood where the book characters appear in YouTube, until now it has been a fun ride filled with one a regret and many little adoration hearts cuz these plots are intriguing and passionate. Anyways, this week has been good in comparison to the previous but I still wish I could go back to university to see old friends and start stressing myself out like a regular young woman in her early 20’s. But I guess books are also a way to be stressed and nervous so this is fine, right?.

The first book I read was Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris (BTW, those titles are sickening!).

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After a crazy supernatural old lady with a wild pig attacks Sookie in the woods, she’s healedtumblr_inline_miluavpuCz1qz4rgp by the vampires so now she ows them a favor. Eric gives her away to a pack of other blood suckers so they can find a missing vamp that somehow has to deal with a group of aggressive fanatics, charming shapeshifters and a suicidal walking dead. Sookie should have taught it twice before getting involved with the southern vampires.

STILL ENTERTAINING, ENCHANTING AND ALLURING.

The adventures of Sookie Stackhouse keep making me wonder if there might be creatures up in the south of the US. It is so realistic in the way the story is told that it leads me to believe this is how the world works now with vamps and hidden shape shifters and that crazy maneade wicked woman going round the Louisiana forests and boning doggie Sam. BTW, I hope we see more interactions between Bill and the always annoying Bellefleur family.

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The second book I read was Club Dead by the same author.

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According to Eric, Bill Compton left Sookie for good with no explanation needed following an old flame. But his infidelity is not the only thing that’stumblr_inline_o7p7feYlRU1rifr4k_500 worrying this sweet woman but he has also been kidnapped by the ancient King of Mississippi looking for a secret work he had done for the Queen of Louisiana. Now Eric sends Sookie to look for him in the minds of a bunch of supernsturals in a dangerous club where shapeshifters, werewolves, vampires and other scary things venture, she must do it before it’s too late.

SOOKIE NEEDS TO MAN UP A LITTLE.

Again, another book that catches my attention by the synopsis. This made me love and have a bit of remorse towards my dear Sookie cuz despite all the shit Bill did by abandoning her for (dead bitch) Lorena she still was going to rescue him and I was ready to just let her do it when all of a sudden he rapes her (He fucking did it, you can’t tell me that was sexy consensual cuz it wasn’t) and she still wants his body after she wakes up. That was the thing I disliked about the book, how easily Sookie can become the typical vampire romance novel characteristic female lead, full of abuse and low self-esteem. Anyways, going to other stages I fell for sweet green eyed Alcide though I want to vomit every time he salivates for his shape shifting ex; also Eric is slowly wining over my heart because he’s so light and funny and hot and just such a good listener for a thousands year old Viking.

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The third book was Dead to the World by the same author.

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Sookie almost runs over an amnesiac man on her way home from work, but that’stumblr_inline_mmmiu5CXgb1rompwx not an ordinary man:¬†It is in fact Eric Northman who¬†after being attacked by a powerful witch is left withno memories and only Sookie to take care of him. The sexual tension gathers as the witch gets closer with a desire to be the owner of Bon Temps for good. It will be up to Sookie to figure out the best thing to do to help Eric, her wiccan coworkers and some angry werewolves.

ERIC NORTHMAN IS PERFECT.

OK, he’s not entirely perfect but his amnesiac side was pretty promising and so so so so hot. I hadn’t been so interested in a guy in a physical way in years, but his scene in the shower with Sookie was out of this world. Anyways, going back to the story itself the whole Jason thing had me wondering if it had been Debbie or perhaps that Crystal chick because from the moment Sookie saw what the first turn in and the second’s paw I knew it had to be one of them but it was Crystal’s friend who did it in the end and now Jason might become a were-panther and I’m beyond ecstatic. In other news, Eric lost his memory and regained it again after beating a werewolf vampire’s blood sucking witch down in battle, Pam proved she was boss, Bubba made a small yet sweet appearance, Bill travelled to Peru, Alcide was not so perfect cuz he was again dating bitch Debbie, oh and Sookie killed the bitch to protect Eric. And I need to know more about that fairy woman.

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The fourth book was the first volume in a new duology which will be part of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I’m talking about the graphic novel named Wires and Nerve.

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Iko feels useless with Cinder up in Luna fixing her dresses and helping hertumblr_inline_mu8120PNIM1qf0ipo with etiquette so she ventures in a plan to get rid of the wold creatures Levana left on Earth when she tried to destroy all humanity. Cinder needs more earthen popularity so she accepts sending her beloved android to collaborate to her cause but when things start to get cozy she’ll have to send an unforgiving and a little judgmental soldier to help her out.

I WANT TO READ MORE GRAPHIC NOVELS AFTER THIS.

I was always afraid I might not like this art work after reading an original series cuz perhaps the characters weren’t going to look the way I pictured them in my mind. I was right to be afraid cuz they we’re mostly nothing like I thought but somehow that didn’t scare me off from keep on reading, the lovely drawings were a nice companion for this story and I felt I was able to see my favorite sets and personalities come to life, besides I’m already shipping Iko and Kinney, and I want to know what happen to Iko’s programming: why does she have feelings now? or why she suddenly blushes like a human being?; there’s also the message that Cinder’s adoptive father left for her about her own self. There are so many questions and the next volume comes out next year, I’m not sure I’ll be strong enough to wait.

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The final book I read was Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris.

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Sookie is starting to feel guilty and a bit nervous that someone might findtumblr_inline_mirlxrBtVP1qz4rgp out about the fact she killed Debbie and when two investigators start making questions she wonders if people can see through her as well as she reads thoughts. But all of that is shadowed when a mysterious hunter begins to shoot people of two natures like Sam and Calvin, Sookie is more afraid than anyone cuz now her brother is one as well. But everyone likes to point out that Jason couldn’t be a future victim but the actual killer.

NOW ALCIDE IS OUT OF THE EQUATION.

I never even went that far to consider he would be my first suitor in Sookie’s love life to be cut so dramatically but yeah, after that whole using her without letting her know in the funeral and then all the fucked up shut he exposed her to when he invited her as a friend of the pack to the alpha’s election creepy ceremony. I’m still a bit traumatized by how screwd up are the werewolves and their traditions, and I thought the were-panthers were weird! So now the choice (at least for me) has been reduced to two options, either hot oblivious Eric or safe mysterious Sam because Bill is dead for me since he raped Sookie (besides he fucked Lorena).

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So this is it guys, did you watch Riverdale last night? Who would have thought Hal Cooper was such an immature dick? And what about the promo for next episode? Let’s just pray that Archie didn’t get any STDs from Miss Grundy so he won’t give it to Cheryl as well.¬†

BTW, I can’t wait to watch Starz new show The White Princess based on Phillipa Gregory’s historical fiction novel of the same name; it seems so visually appealing.¬†

Coffee and books, 

Alex. 

Week #83 of Reading Like A Maniac

Good evening, fellow readers.

This week has been the slowest most inconvenient in a long time, and I’m not saying that cuz my period has arrived or because I keep having a wound that looks like a finger print sized ulcer in my arm. This week has been hellish because since my country is still a disaster zone after the floods my classes have been delayed and I won’t be returning to university until April 10the besides I’m currently in my grandfather’s house unable to move since my mother refuses to do so. I’m annoyed as hell. ¬†But somehow I managed to read five unusual but pretty books.

The first I read was A Midsummer’s Nightmare by the always adorable Kody Keplinger.

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Whitley’s life was never easy with self-centered mother dealing with hee tumblr_inline_nox4fl5Nf01szaa83_500hatred for hee father, and the promiscuous behaviour that nobody seems to notice. But what always made her smile and enjoy her youth was spending the summer vacations with her dad and now this is the last one she’ll spend with him before she chooses a career. Unfortunately nothing goes as expected, first her surprises her by not informing her of his engagement and the fact he moved to a new house with his fianc√© and her children, but the most shocking revelation was that her soon to be step brother is the hot guy she slept with after prom. This summer will be full of things like this for this eighteen year old.

DUDE, THIS GOT ME CRYING.

I must assure everyone that Kody Keplinger makes the best male leads in the universe, they don’t break your heart with their mistakes but are lovable sweethearts and her books tell you things the way they are which is that we make our own problems we create them and we just need a little push to fix things. And this book was not different because it had it all: the emotional drama going on in the brain and heart of the main character, the struggle of social issues, the special kind of love and a true family supporting each other. I cried four times reading his, just so you know.

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The second book I read was a wattpad Latin American phenomenon that I had no idea came from wattpad when I downloaded it so don’t blame me, it’s called Bad Boy’s Girl by Blair Holden.

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Tessa was known by her weight during almost all her life, she was thetumblr_ndwx11udVj1tk2mymo2_250 overweight ex best friend of the now HBIC in her high school and the ever so embarrassed number one fan of the sexiest guy in town. But that’s not the worst in her life, cuz now she lost weight and is a good friend of sexy Jay; everything would be great if not for his stepbrother Cole. He just returned to town after some quality time in military school, he was always her personal hell and she’s sure he’s up to no good.

I HAVE A WEIRD PRETTY PARTICULAR FEELING ABOUT THIS.

It had thins I unfortunately liked a lot like for example the whole sweetness of the male lead that got my heart as I was still a fifteen year old adolescent, it’s embarrassing though cuz she feels like she owes him everything in her life, like it was such a miracle and life saving achievement that he loved her from afar: that had the feminist in me totally worried and concern about her self esteem. But Tessa kept changing the subject so one would forget how the abusive signs were there in a small amount, like not something to be exactly worried about without a conversation but still. it’s an embarrassment that I like it but it’s easy to get into and I want to see her on her own now that he fucked everything up by his stupidity. I want for Tessa to realise she’s good, and right without him.

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The thirth book was the sequel to the previous one named Bad Boy’s Heart by the same author.

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Tessa’sAWPljm first relationship ended the worst way possible and after a mourning period she’s ready to move on but Cole won’t let that happen and wants to get her back no matter what. Tessa knows she shouldn’t but she ventures in a give and take game with him where everyone can loose and she definitely could win.

“I LIKED IT”. A FEMINIST IS DYING EVERY TIME I SAY THAT.

It felt so weird to still be into it because of entertainment purposes but at the same time feel so yucky about myself cuz this has such a bad message for girls, he’s obviously possessive but she likes that cuz she’s the same but she doesn’t show it though. It’s totally shameful to be attracted and almost crave this relationship with so many ups and Downs but I guess that’s what a guilty pleasure is all about that no matter how much it makes you consider the author’s morals. Because it might not be the best thing ever written since it comes from wattpad but I liked how it went. I feel so fucking strange right now.

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The fourth book has no official title on English but it’s the third and last part of this trilogy.

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Tessa’s new status as Cole’s ex is not quite working the way she thoughttumblr_inline_nb5xmk2MvY1sk2a26 it would be. His groupies are still after him, his agent hates her and his stepmother accuses him of stealing his future. Something’s maybe right but others are definitely not.

IT TURNED OUT BETTER THAN I EXPECTED IT TO BE.

It actually brought tears to my eyes so that’s an accomplishment. I understand that the author’s motivation was to shut every destructive critic up with the intention of giving a moral by the end of the book though I still found it inconsistent and kind of contradictory towards her own choices and personality but I guess the message was given so I didn’t really care anymore about how much Tessa is not a feminist cuz this is directed to 2008’s teenage public I mean I would have read this back then I would have loved every piece of it without remorse so yeah. I can’t be so judgmental about its negative aspects.

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The last book was Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris, the first book in the Southern Vampires (Sookie Stackhouse) series.

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Thelarge world is no strange to vampires and now with synthetic blood around the corner, they are welcomed. At least that’s what Sookie likes to think, she’s a cheerful 25 year old who is beyond static when a vampire arrives to the Merlotte restaurant during her shift. But vampires are not the only supernatural creature that will change her life for good in the small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana.

PRETTY ADDICTIVE.

I don’t need to read another synopsis to understand I’ll keep reading this series till the end cuz it had the 3 keys to a groundbreaking novel: badass writing style (the first person way is my way and all the setting is marvelous), the characters (Sookie is awesome without even trying she has become my girl) and the whole plot (the murder mystery mixed with this vampire stuff in an imaginary small town is what I want in everything). One thing I wasn’t comfortable reading was the fact that Jason is a first class asshole for slapping his sister and Sam might have an overprotective vibe in him since he grabbed Sookie like that for her alleged safety (he’s just jealous but I somehow consider him cute). Going through her relationship with Bill, I felt it sweet and ethereal which was very pleasing to read about these last days, I felt no abusive tendencies which is something I’m beginning to notice lately except for that moment he fucked and bit her in an anger rage in the porch but without that moment everything was fine. I can’t wait to read the rest and entertain myself with some southern vampires.

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Week #81 of Reading Like A Maniac

Hi y’all.

As not many of you may know I live in Peru and my country is suffering from floods and mud slides because of the heavy storms in the northern part of my country and everything I see in the news is depressing and really far from encouraging besides the water companies have cut it and I’m afraid/stressed as fuck. So reading has become my only relief and that’s why I’ve read all these lovely books.

The first book I read was It Ends With Us by the ever so talented Colleen Hoover.

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Lilly is just starting to live after the death of her abusive father, after all every single decision she ever made was centered in getting away fromtumblr_mini9syqVl1qk01ceo7_250 him and the sad memories he brought into her life. So now she doesn’t know what to do next, until she meets Ryle and he’s everything she never asked for: he’s a hot doctor who only wants a no strings attached relationship with her, he’s intimidating and mysterious. Without noticing it they both are drawn to each other and cannot longer deny their feelings but when her past comes back to hunt her, his own will take over as well.

ALMOST TOO REAL.

Colleen Hoover is a freaking genius. She somehow managed to transport me (an empowered feminist who apparently hates men) into a woman that know understands the pain and heartache that being in love with an abuser really is. From the moment Ryle became possessive and a bit aggressive when they were having rough sex I knew there was a chance of him becoming like that, the moment he first pushed her I knew he wasn’t going to recover from what he had done yet I believed in his apologies and the next time and the last time I knew she had to run or she would stay there forever. And I’m so glad Lilly took the decision hee mother didn’t because of her baby, she did it so the cycle would be broken for good. I’m so glad I got to read this book because of how it made me get what so many people refuse to understand, how a victim can be so blind in love that doesn’t seem to realise that what the other feels when he hits you is not love. How toxic it is for children to be there, and how one must stop thinking in one but at the same time keep thinking in one self because what is healthy for one and for our children is the best choice one can make.
Thanks Colleen.

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The next book I read was the intense electrifying Unteacheable by Leah Raeder.

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Maise O’Malley is an 18-year-old like no other, she admits she has serioustumblr_ns0sdjxnRf1up1uglo1_400 issues going through her head since her father abandoned her and her so called mother became a drug dealer, so now she’s only into older men and feels unapologetic about it. In one of her getaways she meets Evan a charming man in his late twenties or early thirties who intimidates her with his overwhelming kindness so she runs away from all that the moment he turns his head. But of course life couldn’t be easy for this Irish descendant hot headed girl, specially after he finds out hee new cinematography teacher is Evan, the man she left just after having sex.

I LOVED THIS. WHY ISN’T IT MORE FAMOUS.

I need a relief after Colleen so this came so in handy. it’s good, seriously because if you’re mad enough to not be intrigued by the plot then the writing style in prose is what will drive you in this direction. the poetical paragraphs filled with metaphors and beautiful synonyms. but the plot is even better, because it hits you and it hits you again until it finally caresses you with some unrealistic Hollywood threat. it’s definitely something else.

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The third book I read was the raw and realistic Shameless by Nina Lemay.

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Hannah knew the moment she told her parent of her career choice lifetumblr_static__640_v2 would be hard, but she never expected to be so sad and unfair. She had to become a stripper to survive and go to college in Montreal, there’s where for the first time a client seems to really not want her body not lying to her in any way, he didn’t even want the lap dance his friends pay for him so she became besotted until the next day she sees him in class as her new young and kind hearted teacher Emmanuel. They both let their feelings rule them and enter into a dangerous relationship where her nightlife and school life meet in between scandal and roughness.

MY HEART BROKE, IT FUCKING HURTS.

It was a pretty rough and passionate tale of trust and danger that started behind the appearance of a clich√© new adult novel but it finished like a crude independent essay/bio. it was different, a completely strange turn of events that began with Hannah not being insta in love with Emmanuel the moment she lap danced him, this was a relationship that set off like an attraction torpedo but finally landed like a sinking ship in the Canadian shore. There’s no question to why this was published, because it seduces the masses with it’s sinopis though it could have a complete opposite reaction, but once you read it till the end you see how this is so distant from what you immediately expected. It’s a hard read, it breaks the reader in many ways and it doesn’t stop. (*God! It still hurts!*)

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The fourth book was the number one book in a trilogy by Paige Toon, named The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson.

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Jessie is a fifteen year old teenager dealing with the tragic passing of her loving2bd2a35b3fb51e5375d3084ab35ee400 young mother who never had the courtesy of informing her about her father’s whereabouts so when her teacher/stepfather get most vulnerable she gets the truth out of him. Now her rebellious behavior makes sense and her singing voice seems logical, she’s the secret love child of the international rock star Johnny Jefferson when her mom was his first groupie but now his married with two little sons and perhaps she’s not so ready to invade his wild life.

EASYGOING FROM THE BEGINNING TILL THE END.

I love this. It’s so close to become addictive, BTW I didn’t get she was from the UK at first but with the uniforms in school I knew she could be from a super Catholic small town in Detroit (obvi no!) or a preppy rich girl from the upper east side of NY (which didn’t seem likely) or she was from the UK. it was so confusing but then I had no problem with it. I liked this because of how easy was for me to get into this, the plot is not too relatable when it comes to have a superstar daddy you never knew about but after that it is pretty damn similar to my situation since I began crying when Jessie wasn’t feeling welcomed in Johnny’s house or when she felt like a stranger in his family. That was pure literary gold. Anyways, the character of Jessie wasn’t the most responsible nor mature little teen but she wasn’t annoying either, I found her funny and down to earth which was cool and now I feel like we could be friends. She’s just so right, she has the It factor.

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The fifth book I read belongs to the same trilogy by the same author, I’m talking about I Knew You Were Trouble.

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After spending the summer with her new family, Jessie still doesn’ttumblr_inline_mlkdgoJ6ZD1qz4rgp know how to react towards her dad being a rock star and her life no longer being hers but the paparazis. She thinks she managed to forget about Jack and his hot cockyness, and is now enjoying a sweet relationship with her hometown sweetheart. But when the media finds out about her identity she doesn’t know who to trust her new or old friends, her hometown or the city of angels she misses the most.

I NEED THE NEXT ONE.

Literally, damn you vk. This was still so easy and comfy to get into, the troubles we’re realistic and still emotional without reaching the soap opera-ish factor. There was even a funny moment where I went back to be myself like I hadn’t been in a long time laughing and giggling like a blushed kid. But there we’re also instants of tears like whenever she remembered her mom or got complimented about her singing, the tears were real. I still like this rocky, real and lovely teenager.

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The following book was Dark Wild Night by the steam maker Christina Lauren.

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Lola and Oliver remained friends after both couples of their friends got married and they divorced immediately with no remorse. But after a while Lola realized she wanted more from him but for that’s unlikely since he didn’t want her first, while Oliver wants and loves her with a passion but he also thinks she doesn’t feel the same way. Besides they are both too worried about their friends like to screw it by trying a romance or a sexual relationship until the tension and emotional barrier are crossed and none of them is ready for the consequences.

I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE BETTER.

I expected more, I mean the romance was good, the built up was to a relationship was insanely cute and hot but the development of heartbreak wasn’t as successful as with other books of Christina Lauren. I don’t know, I just felt disconnected to Lola’s lack of emotions or to Oliver’s smooth excess of them. The only character that got me liking him was Not-Joe which was kinda weird. I wanted some more, let’s just wait the next one is way better.

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The last book I read was originally written by Princess Mia Thermopolis Renaldo but presented to the public by Meg Cabot, this historical fiction novel is Ransom My Heart.

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Finnula is not your particular lady like English girl and she has no intention to become one, she doesn’t want a husband neither status, all she desires is to help her family and those in need for mercy and justice. She even dares to risk it all for her sister’s welfare by kidnapping a rich Knight in the middle of the rode to her small town but what she doesn’t even notice is that this man is no other the the high Lord of her town when an undeniable attraction between them both increases.

IT WAS LIKE BREEZE OF THIN WINTER AIR.

Reading this felt like winter afternoon or a rainy lunch, so calm yet pretty extroverted and innovative. To be quite hones I’ve never read an erotic historical fiction romance so this was interesting, though relatively long for my taste. One thing I liked the most we’re the characters that were like watching some of the Princess’s Diaries ones through an ancient looking glass because let’s admit Mellana was a lot like Grandm√®re and Lilly, Isabella was like Lana, Peter was a bit like JP, besides Jamie was a lot like Rocky and little Olivia, and how the rest of the town seem to view Finnula like she resembled how Mia sees herself: like an unnatural mess. But overall this characters we’re original and well set in time, besides Finnula was a bad as a female who in the end didn’t give up on her badass ancient leggings no matter what her hot headed husband thought. I would read it again like a guilty pleasure paying more attention to the details unlike this first read.

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I’m so ready to watch CW’s The Originals season premiere! Any of you predicted Stefan dying on TVD’s finale, I didn’t and was kinda upset by it. Weird cuz I was not much a fan of him.

Coffee & books. 

#PrayForPeru

Week #80 of Reading Like A Maniac

Good evening,

It’s so effing hot in my country right now and since most of us don’t own air conditioning because the heat was never so awful but now thanks to global warming we’re melting; it’s awful to the point where I’m so desperate to shower every ten minutes. Anyways I’m here to talk about the book I manage to read this week, they’re al stand alones and I hope you like them as much as I did.

First book was Serial Hottie by Kelly Oram.

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tumblr_mxustmPwiL1s0t9k2o3_250Ellie is not your typical girl, not even your typical Detroit girl. She’s though, some might say aggressive and courageous besides being a stubborn hockey player. For all her life she’s being one of the boys and her older sister has been the girl everyone wants to date, until a mysterious and strange guy moves next door with his protective aunt. His name is Seth and he’s incredibly attracted towards Ellie though she doesn’t seem to understand why. Above all her inner feelings and the inexplicably tension Seth brings to her life, a serial killer has taken Saturday nights as favorite occasion to murder young girls that look a lot like Ellie the moment Seth moved. Is he guilty of murder or she’s just trying to not recognize her feelings for him?

** spoiler alert ** FOR MOMENTS I SERIOUSLY THOUGHT I WASN’T GONNA LIKE THIS, HOWEVER IT CHANGED MY MIND.

I was so into this book because it kept me hanging waiting for another clue of who was the killer and about how Ellie was about giving into Seth’s romantic approaches. I even try to recur to my CSI/Criminal-Minds/Law-and-Order-EVU knowledge to trying figuring out this serial killer mystery, my money was on Dave but then this Pierce detective came in a mysterious way making a big deal of the girls staying alone at home that Saturday and I just knew it. Part of me still hoped Dave was the killer cuz of his closeness to Ellie and being also upset with creepy cat caller abusive moron whose name I don’t remember. But anyways, I enjoy the book and its romancy couple, and how I always loved and trusted nice Seth which makes me wonder many things about myself and my own weirdness.

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Next was The Siren by the easy going Kiera Cass.

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What would life be like if you’d had to kill to survive? If your next blameless life would depend on those murders? Would the nightmarestumblr_o4lww6gewZ1txeyiao1_250 be enough to survive the guilt and the absence of love? Those questions are constantly made by Kehlen since she became a siren by the entity of Oceania, she has twenty years left to kill until her new life begins to live it free but fate says otherwise when she falls for a human risking not only her redemption but his future for breaking the rules of the sirens. Now she’ll have to succumb or deny herself the joy of love and passion, and both decisions could lead to terrible repercussions.

** spoiler alert ** CREATIVELY EMOTIONAL TO THE CORE.

I thought I would be bored by this, idk I just believed it wouldn’t be so extreme or entertaining but then I remembered this was made by Kiera Cass so I gave it a huge shot. Thank God I read it! Such and emotional roller coaster because of all the sweet romance and the unfairness of Kehlen’s siren situation. And you know I’m down for every angsty fated couple so how could I resist to its fluflyness and all the tears it brought to my eyes because of Ocenia’s obsession with Kehlen cuz that was not love, that was an idea of that but not the feeling itself cuz there’s no way you love your daughter and make her suffer shit like that or threaten to kill the other like it was nothing. No no no missy. But anyways, I felt I was on cloud nine because of that sweet ending, so sugary.

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The third book I read was Art Geeks and Prom Queens by Alyson No√ęl.

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Thistumblr_nzq3jb7Sp21ua1nbgo2_r1_250 is the journey of Rio. Being the daughter of an ex almost super model and an absent lawyer was never easy but at least she had her friends to stand against all the world kept throwing at her because of her weird taste and peculiar way of being. Until she arrived LA and started taking her mother’s not so wise advices after an embarrassing heart break, she goes into a self destructive spiral where only her own morals and mind can get her out of.

OK NOW I GET WHY THIS HAS SO MANY LOW REVIEWS.

It was obviously too cold, too rough, too realistic though it tried to portray an easy going YA flesh for the realistic bone structure. The book itself was good but there was not such a redemption, I didn’t feel she really changed, Rio had no personality more than saying “I love photography” instead of developing her inner self. She went from been such a geeky persona to an “I don’t care” sort of IT girl to a social pariah to a no personality who manage to sniff comes with no brain nor nostrils damage. Her journey was the typical teenage downfall that every soap opera seems to want to get access to, it had a great arc but how it was ended didn’t feel so conclusive as it should be. Besides I would’ve appreciated some more personality touches in all the characters.

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The fourth book was Sneaking Candy by Lisa Burstein.

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Candice is currently earning her master degree in Creative Writing with the help of her young and chases teacher. She’s everything he couldn’t eventumblr_mcvhy2Fk9u1r3stzgo5_250 look up to, since she’s become a self published author of erotic romance who goes under the name of Candy which has given her enough money to support herself for an entire year. She feels she needs something new in the form of a hot bartender that ends up being one of her students, but at least she can write more than usual in her Candy persona because of the inspiration their forbidden sexual tension involuntarily gives her.

UCH A GOOD MESSAGE FOR YOUNG AMATEUR AUTHORS.

As a young amateur author I considered this an inspiring/true/entertaining read, the journey of Candy was just lovely and it showed a realistic and less idealized idea of what really happens when the patriarchy tries to run one’s dreams. Because there exist teachers like Dylan that give Fitzgerald a bad name with their inner fears which they decide to portray in the shape of immature reactions like the one he had against Candy’s obvious success. So it was great that despite her probationary scholarship Candy managed to get rid of that egomaniac snob and keep the guy she actually likes, besides she now doesn’t have to feel she has to hide Candy from the world of Candice.

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The following book was How (not) to find a boyfriend by Allyson Valentine.

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** spoiler alert ** THIS WAS SO SO GOOD.

When I started reading this I thought it was a little too narcissistic for my taste, after all I had had enough of dumb teenage girls making shitty decisions like I would have had if I had had the chance; so a part of me wasn’t sure if I’d eventually give in and find some redeemable feature until I found myself laughing about all the connections and fixed situations Nora had to handle to get Adam to notice she wasn’t the stupid girl she tried so hard the rest of the world think she was before. All those moments of awkwardness and unexpected surprises got me gaging my ass off like there was no tomorrow. Besides I felt attached to the whole “Joshie is too adorable to even” instants like when he wears his little cowboy pajamas and wants to show everyone his insect collection in his tiny sock, God! that kid is the epitome of cuteness. In the end this became a great story of self acceptance when Nora dealt with her scrambled choices thanks to Joshie’s advice of asking for forgiveness like a decent human being, and after talking with her dad. I found myself attached to Nora because of all that way of fixing her life which was sweet to commemorate in a place inside my book memory desk.

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The next book was Shut Out by the incomparable Kodi Keplinger.
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Lissa is damn tired of the constant fights between the soccer andtumblr_inline_mgdmlrg68f1r47jkb football teams which are ruining her perfect relationship with her patient yet dummy boyfriend so she decides to leave him without sex and other jocks’ girlfriend follow her lead with this new ultimatum to the boys as she struggles with the sexual tension between her and a former flame Cash. This battle of the sexes becomes more and more serious by the second, while Lissa accidentally turns it to a more personal level when she starts playing dirty.
** spoiler alert ** HAS A NOT SO SLIGHT FEMINIST MESSAGE, AND I LOVE IT.

I just loved all those moments thanks to Chloe’s sassy magical quotes saying how OK is for women to have the same rights as men, how slutshaming is a piece of shit and how we’re in the twenty first century and no longer in the dark sexist ages. Love that so much, it made me feel empowered and capable of saying shit like it is with no fear for repercussions. Besides there was the whole Lissa and Cash going flame, and I’m so thankful that dick of her ex boyfriend didn’t get a chance to get her back; their sweet/lustful moments were adorable and not forced at all which I always appreciate in a Kody Keplinger book. Therefore I ship them like my reaction gifs. No joke.

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The last book was Confess by the mistress of emotions in literary shape Colleen Hoover.
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Auburn’s life hasn’t been easy since the tragic passing of her first love at the tender age of fifteen. But she’s fighting to get her life back together and paying some lawyer, so she answers the most rare job offer she’s ever seen in the studio of Owen Gentry. He’s mysterious, oblivious and unexpectedly warm with her, but she must be careful cause all her efforts to be OK could be easily shattered if some of his secrets come out of the blue and she might not be willing to give up on everything for him.
** spoiler alert ** HOW CAN ANYONE SAY THIS WASN’T BEAUTIFUL?!

I still have tears in my eyes, as once again Colleen Hoover broke my heart and repaired it in one sit. This story started a bit weak but interesting enough to kept me reading since I wanted to know about Owen’s secrets and his weird infatuation with Auburn until the book got amazingly better and I just needed to finish it. I’m not used to admiring the writing structure of a book but I can’t write this without mentioning how the style got me, how it was set and all the emotional surprises. Like I knew from the first moment it was mentioned that Auburn’s teen mom situation got me like a soap opera addict. And the romance, the angst, the desire of kicking the shit out of Lydia and her fucking son Trey! Then I was emotional about their (Auburn + Owen + AJ) reunion, and there was that flashback between Owen and Adam and I lost it!

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Ps: for enjoyment purposes, one must read this while listening to Ed Sheeran’s new album. No joke. I mean it.

Week #79 of Reading Like A Maniac

Hi y’all.

I wasn’t sure if I was gonna be able to post this on Saturday since I’ll be spending the weekend in my grandma’s house for my cousin’s sixteenth birthday and I don’t know if their Wi-Fi works fine. Anyhow, I managed to read 10 stories, quite an accomplishment, right?

The first one I read was a short story in The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot, that goes by the title of Sweet Sixteen Princess.

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Mia is finally turning sixteen, guess she’s no longer a child neither a woman yet but that’s not even at the top of her list of concerns since her grandm√®re is endeavoring to have her party thrown by no other than Mtv’s Sweet Sixteen tv special. Making her more of a freak show than she already is; as her anxiety and nervousness take over her mind once more.

** spoiler alert ** I ALSO BELIEVEF GRANDM√ąRE AND LILLY HAD AGREED IN A DIABOLIC PLAN FEATURING MTV.

How sweet and accurate was of Michael to make her secret wish a reality?! It turns out he’s not such a sex craving college iceberg but a man of details when it comes to romance. Now it’s clear for me that Lilly really wants to be in good terms with Mia after all her crazy behavior in book seven which as pretty psycho if you ask me. Anyways, saying “Thank you” is an obvious answer for a guy who is more interested in chatting with Mia more than his girlfriend.

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The second was also another short story named Valentine Princess.

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Princess Mia narrates how she spent hee first Valentines Day with Michael as her boyfriend. She only wanted everything a normal girl desires: heart shaped chocolates, a bouquet of roses, cheesy movies, clich√© romantic demostrations and why not… A fantasy cute necklace. Anyways, that’s exactly what Lilly got from Boris and Michael just transferred his hatred for prom to the pagan ritual celebrated every 14th of February.

** spoiler alert ** THAT WAS FUNNIER THAN I EXPECTED FOR A SMALL NOVELLA.

Again, couldn’t do anything more than laugh my ass off when the time came. Like when poor Boris got rejected once more by Lilly because he gave her that nice piece of fantasy jewelry (that his future girlfriend Tina wanted), how senior year Michael only reacted to Valentine’s Day when Kenny set up a competition for Mia’s gratitude over the pagan celebration’s gift he got her, and let’s not forget the one-sided affair going on in the Dr’s mind about him and grandm√®re, and how Mia could only compare him to Rasputin and the Romanov downfall.

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BTW, nice touch of going back at time, Meg. And I’m just getting used to that play kinda text replacing some paragraphs of actual diary material.

The next one was number eight in the series, Princess on the Brink. (Or Royal Scandal)

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** spoiler alert ** MY HEART ACHES.

Am I still upset about that break up? Yes, it hurts cuz I understood Mia’s reasoning, I mean I had it till I turn 19 I think but I also got her process of acceptance that despite it hurt her and she can’t change that feel it was not Michael’s fault (perhaps his choice of words wasn’t the most delicate neither), and the past is in the past. Am I so sure JP is the hyena he said Kenny was for giving Mia an open invite after just hours after breaking up with Michael? Hell yeah, but Mia is so oblivious and naive she doesn’t see it besides she totally broke girl code right there not because of the kiss but because she kept on talking with the guy who broke her now ex best friend’s heart.

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This is so sad. And Philippe’s one true love was Helen!

The following one was the ninth in the series named Princess Mia. (Or Bad Heir Day)

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Mia’s life hates her. Grandm√®re is currently forcing her to get her in an exclusive women’s club that Lana’s mom just invited her to attend andmckaley-miller-lvlten-magazine-2016-03-662x863 give an inspirational speech to all famous ladies like Rosie O’Donnell and beyond. All grandm√®re asked her was to not to read or take in consideration her old ancestress Amelie’s diary. Then is Michael breaking her heart and finally leaving an email saying goodbye to their relationship for good, besides Lilly keeps not talking to her and perhaps plotting some mischief to attack her former bff, anyways she hopes JP is continues with his sweet ways of cheering her up.

** spoiler alert ** THIS WAS LITERALLY LIKE CONTEMPORARY HEROIN.

My pride for Mia’s growth has nothing to do with her getting curvy but because of her ultimate choice: the whole reelecting Amelie’s wishes thing, it was so brave and just precious because despite all the stuff she had gone through like not being with Michael and feeling like shit about it, being bossed around by Grandm√®re as usual, her sudden change of friends (Lana is actually nice), JP’s sudden love for her (I still have my concerns but if that gives her hope whatevs) and her own low self-esteem getting even more fucked up by bitch Lilly (I always knew she was just a jealous self absorbed crazy moron!); Mia got to see the end of the rainbow in her unstoppable storm and do the right thing. Besides no one can me with her cuz girl gain some confidence thanks to that old journal and the therapist!

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The next one is the tenth in the series, Princess Forever. (Crowning Glory)

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Michael is back! A whole years has passed and Mia is finally graduating frombailey_prom high school, she has a cuddly boyfriend who wants to spend an eternity with her so she shouldn’t be thinking about the incredible smell of her ex’s neck. Now Genovia is on the way to choosing its first Prime Minister in history and her dad is on the run competing with no other than cousin Ren√© of the ancient Italian royal family, everything is in stake and she cares about is whether she looks like a stalker as Michael gives speeches about his successful surgical arm. And he obviously doesn’t want to get back together with her, right? Right?!

** spoiler alert ** NICE “SORT OF” CONCLUSION.

I never actually thought the journey of Mia would teach me anything. I always thought the only book I could actually relate to would be Fangirl and the Stephanie Perkins’ Isla but I now understand that I’m just as weird and freak-out-ish as Mia. She taught me how to grow up, how to face one’s own immaturity with maturity and the fact we never loose our freakyness which is totally cool. In this book everything seemed to be taken to extremes in her life looking out for a future, an easy one but she finally made the choice to start facing her fears like when she talked to Lilly and accepted her harsh and painful truth in the ladies room at prom night. Then was also how she dealt with (bitch) JP in the most classy and polite way despite he deserved to be kicked in his greedy cruel and non talented nuts. Anyways, I love how all he high school years were seemed as some kind of Dante’s inferno because she started off hating it and she still did sometimes but in the end all the good memories were the ones she would most appreciate and recall. So thanks, Meg Cabot cuz this made me grow up in two weeks like I couldn’t do in four years.

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Then we have an in between little story named Perfect Princess.
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This goes through the povs of different collaborators in Mia’s “household” like grandm√®re, Lilly, Michael, Tina, hairdresser Paolo and her designer cousin Sebastiano, they all tell us why a great number of women should be princesses in their own right.
APRETTY COOL LITTLE ESSAYS.

I must admit there were many inaccuracies when describing certain real life princesses and some important facts that weren’t mentioned (I’m a “history of monarchies” lover, what can I say?), I actually enjoyed the comments and each character’s view on each woman. And it made me remember why I love Elizabeth I so much, though I wish they had made a remark on Catherine of Aragon.

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Ps: we’re all the lazy princess. Let’s be real.
After that comes the actual final book in the series named Royal Wedding.
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Mia has grown in body and mind. She’s not the same overreacting girl shepremiereroadsideattractionsgodspeedpicturesnc2_ikvwxfol once was, OK maybe she still talks a lot with her psychologist and her dad just crashed (literally) his chances of becoming the Prime Minister of Genovia to avoid cousin Ivan’s dreadful wishes to become one misogynist himself, therefore the world hates her for association. Then there’s a secret her grandm√®re has been keeping for somme little time that includes his father and a 12 year old affair with a dead woman, finally there’s Michael her rock and safe fireman/allien/best-lover who’ll manage to keep her calm during these stressful times.
** spoiler alert ** YEAH, I WAS RIGHT. THIS THE SNIFF OF CRACK OF YA LITERATURE.
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I had my doubts this was gonna be as awesome as all the high school books about Mia’s embarrassing adventures since I read a comment that wasn’t much flattering but the reviewer was so wrong cuz this was perfection since the second half of it. Everything that were 90’s clich√©s in sitcoms and literature happened and I was in such state of shock and joy. Like when she met little adorable Olivia and behaved in such a big-stisterly way, then when Phillips and Helen rekindled again their old flame, and of course her pregnancy (I first suspected it when the boob pains came but didn’t actually consider it as an actual fact) of twins! But this was also hilarious with Rocky’s obsession with farting, Lilly’s colorful language and her thing for Lars, then Boris becoming a pop star LOL, and Mia’s own mind machinations. Unforgettable. I’m satisfied with the product I read and now might consider reading the story of Olivia and will definitely read Mia’s historical romance novel.!
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The other book I read was one I anticipated for a long time belonging to the Fallen series by Lauren Oliver, I’m talking about Unforgiven.
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It’s time for Cam to reveal the story of his first and only love. And its lachrymose and inevitable ending. He thought she was lost forever in heaven but his surprise when he find out she wasn’t was what lead him to risk his new life and peaceful existence to get her back from Lucifer’s home. All he wants is to get his Lilith back but there’s a catch because she doesn’t remember him and if she somehow got to do it she would loath him. Will they get their happy ending?
** spoiler alert ** TOO MUCH OF AN OPEN FINALE.

The story itself was great from half of it till before the last two pages. It was heartbreaking to see the ancient love story of Cam and Lilith, and all their ups and downs in the smoking hell she lived in, though I want a continuation so I can rest in peace cuz that ending was so fucking open with both of them in like the reception of hell I mean are they ever going to leave eventually? or do they know how to leave?, and what about the other souls in “smoke town” like little Bruce and the guys at the band, are they ever going to abandon hell since there’s a reckoning going on down there? That would be cool. Anyhow, those we’re to many emotions to handle.

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The next book belongs to a new duology by the same author, the name was Teardrop.
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Eureka’s life has changed forever. She once was a sweet smiling girl with dreams of her own, the leader of the cross country team and the best friend anyone could ever ask for. Until her mother passed away in a mysterious accident from which she was left unharmed, she went from depressed to suicidal to cynical to heartless. All she remembers from her carefree mother in her childhood was never to cry, she didn’t understand why it was so important. Until she meets Ander and he does the same her mother would do, ¬†avoid her tear from falling; he’s out of this world but with his appearance her world starts to corrupt and her best friend Brook is in stake when things take a turn to strange and murderous situations. Eureka’s life has one change left to make and there’s no time for second thoughts.
I DON’T THINK I’M GONNA KEEP READING THHE NEXT ONE AFTER A SPOILER I READ.

I couldn’t help myself and I Googled spoilers so I’m not happy and not sad neither because though the plot and the couple one’s given on a plate are attractive and really appealing, the way these items were developed wasn’t the most understandable besides how the main character spends her days depressed with an unfair life and a wicked stepmother, she also becomes pretty unrelatable and annoying when she doesn’t admit her jealousy towards Brook as her oblivious feelings towards Anter. Anyways, I was willing to give it a go, it wasn’t entirely satisfying but it was OK if it hadn’t felt like a million pages long. Other thing I didn’t like was the fact that there were many sorrounding descriptions but no more of Selene or even some clearness on Eureka’s emotions.

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The final book I finished reading today is the first of the Science Squad new series by Kelly Oram, I’m talking about The Avery Shaw Experiment.
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Avery’s heart was broken in a thousand little spiky pieces when her best-friend/crush decided he didn’t want to be her off anymore and that they should start seeing other people so she had an idea. Using the scientific method to prove that the stages of pain after a loved one dies are the same that are necessary to repair her broken heart, but she still needs a partners after her ex bff ditched her company in the science fair, so she looks for the engaging and dangerous/flirtatious big brother of the one in question: Grayson. No time will pass before their project becomes more a romantic extracurricular than anything in their lives.
THIS WAS EXACTLY WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR TO FINISH THIS WEEK.

After my angry previous review I find myself glad this book was such a success when it comes to my high romance standards where everything needs to be bubbly, relatable and with funny characters. The entire process and interactions Avery and Grayson had to go through to be on the same page was lovely, and pretty in the best way possible. It could have ended up being a little too clich√© for my taste, but it ended up having the exact quantity of sweetness and realism any contemporary novel must have nowadays. It didn’t feel push, instead everything worked out pretty much effervescingly, with not much effort the couple found its place and tranquility.

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Week #78 of Reading Like A Maniac

Good morning, guess who had no electricity for 27 hours? You’re right! Me! It was so awful, I was so desperate for entertainment that I even dared to paint some angry birds with my four year old cousin, and I got to write part of a small scene of a new manuscript I’m working of starting off (BTW, I did it by hand cuz my tablet had literally 5% of energy for seven hours). Anyways, the good news are that I got an A- as my final score in my French Grammar course and I read seven books in a road!! (*congratulates herself*)

The first book I read was Privilege by Kate Brian, the book number one in her spinoff series that goes by the same name.

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Ariana Osgood never thought she would ever end up in an asylum with 2017_02_18_16_45_26the worst and most negligent psychiatrist ever, and protecting her roommate (Kaitlyn) with fierceness, and all because of little Reed Brennan. After two years locked up, she makes the decision of getting out without leaving a trace behind so she fakes a suicide attempt, she manages to get the hell out without a crazy dog eating her face, she dies her hair and buys some green contacts, she takes the road to face the spoiled sixteen year old bitch (Briana Leigh) that got sweet Kaitlyn into that nuthouse unfairly and teach her how to behave. Before she realises, she will find herself questioning if Kaitlyn isn’t as innocent as she seems or if Briana Leigh is truly as dumb as she portrays herself to be. In the end one of them will be a traitor, and Ariana Osgood will have had disappeared for good.

SO…. WOW.

Who would have thought that Ariana could make a good lead? I for sure didn’t. She’s really hard todo get attached to, she was SO murderous and crazy, and a psycho and I dont want to stop reading just because of hher blindness SO IM gonna give this series a go without they need of relating to they main character. And I just spoiled myself SO IM a bit conflicted right here. Let’s just see how this series progresses.

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The second one was Beautiful Disaster by the same author.

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“Ariana doesn’t exist anymore. Her body was found inside the lake near the asylum she planned her suicide in. She was cremated. The location of2017_02_18_21_12_45 her roommate who escaped after her first disappearance remains unknown.” – This is all ‘Briana Leigh Covington’ knows about her former life, she’s no longer that girl and she’s ready to start her new life as a Junior in the most prestigious academy in Washington DC (even better than Easton), where everyone is naive but secretive, where she immediately makes the right popular rich friends, where the new love of hee life seems to be and where her ticket to Princeton is definitely in. But her new life couldn’t be perfect, not if Kaitlyn speaks so her former friend starts blackmailing her asking for millions of dollars that she cannot access to but the clock is ticking and as crazy as Kaitlyn is, she’ll waste no time in revealing crimes and asylum stories.

THIS WAS BETTER THAN THE PREVIOUS ONE.

OK. So Ariana is still an unreliable character to have her pov shown, she is still a murderer in her mind thinking the number one solution is killing the other. When I star pinning for her, she’s like “let’s kill my problems off”, it’s pretty surreal to be in her mind. There are some things you relate to and I love her evil self and overachiever aptitude but not exactly her psycho stuff.

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The next one was Perfect Mistake by the same author. (BTW, I’m in love with Kaitlyn’s hairstyle in the cover)

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She knew she shouldn’t have expected her to just quit on her chase. And as2017_02_20_14_50_07 she thought, Kaitlyn came to stay now under the fake persona of Lilly who seems friendly and nice to Ariana’s friends, but she knows this is nothing more than a cold blooded sociopath free on campus to play with her new young rich toys to hurt Ariana to the core. When both girls find themselves on the run to become the next member of the most privileged secret society in America, Kaitlyn threatens to kill one of her friends if Ariana doesn’t guarantee her spot in the final four. The stress if raising and as she tries to maintain her secret affair with the school’s golden boy, Arian will have to kill agaibor risk a friend.

** spoiler alert ** I’M REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT HOW PEOPLE IS ADMITTED IN AMERICAN PRIVATE SCHOOLS.

Is it bad that I feel bad for Ariana cuz to a part of my brain that sounds insane. Anyways, omfg! Many many fucked up things happened here, mutilations, the always present blackmail, intrigue, backfire pranks and again the murder of an innocent (this one was even more than the previous one). God! I fucking hate Kayleight or however is spelled, she’s not in denial of her insanity like Ariana but totally nuts, willing killing naive girls like poor Brigit.

The following book I read was Sweet Deceit by the same author.

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Is payback time, Ariana knows playing against Kaitlyn is hard but only by2017_02_20_20_58_56 using her psychopath mind she’ll get the key to get her so desired revenge for what happened to Brigit that tragic night. Everyone mourns her as the race to win a spot in the secret society gets shorter by the minute as her friends begin to realise of her affair as the secrecy about “Lilly”. Ariana knows she’ll have to be quick before another death ruins her school year again.

** spoiler alert ** MY WTF FACE IS STILL RIGHT HERE.

Holy fucking shit! Who could’ve seen that coming?! I was fine with Ariana killing Kaitlyn (I finally caugh her name, correctly) I mean the psycho bitch deserved to die in such a dramatic and twisted way, she loved mind tricks and she fell in one of the best, the fact she believed that Adriana would just stay by her side was ridiculous but she did so… Guess you weren’t that smart! Anyhow, the moment Kiran appeared I knew something fucked up was gonna happen, and unfortunately it did. Damn Ariana, I was beginning to side with you, cray bitch!

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The fifth book was Pure Sin by the same author.

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Her2017_02_21_16_32_12 torturer is finally buried underground and nobody can threaten her place as one of the new secret society members, besides she made new unexpected friends and is free to kiss her boyfriend in front of everyone with our fear of scandal. Unfortunately, not everything can be perfect since Lexa witnessed how Ariana killed “Lilly” in “self-defense” trying to save a friend’s life, then both buried her below her roses in Lexa’s backyard. And as a consequence the formerly stable and sane Lexa is loosing her mind dealing with post traumatic stress as the inability of sleeping well. Ariana knows she must keep an eye on her or her life will be destroyed.

** spoiler alert ** SO LEXA… YEAH, SHE’S FUCKED AND ARIANA IS ABOUT TO LOOSE IT.

At least, Briana Leigh had some fun before dying with her teacher. I seriously almost lost it just like Ariana did when he said that of the “bad girls” and I went all nuts saying “of shit he knows! How the fuck does he know?!!”. But above all this conflicted feelings Ana had about her tumultuous affair with Jasper, there was little “post traumatic stress disorder” known to others as Lexa, dude that girl’s totally loosing her shit seeing blood all around her in the wine and going all gaga to the point of needing Valium to recover. And that last instant where Ana saw Reed in the hospital! Oh my fucking God! Wtf is she even doing there?!!

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The sixth book was Cruel Love by the same author, this is the last installment in this series.

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All in Ariana’s life seems to be getting better with each change she2017_02_21_23_05_30 chooses: she is clearly the new It girl and has a boyfriend who she actually loves this time, she refuses to kill one more time and the death of Kiran Hayes is looked as an accident. Everything is fine and just as she had once planned until old enemies rise and her desperation takes over her life: in the end she’s left with one choice, to kill her problems and risk her happiness, or to not kill her obstacles and flee with her love to find a new life and horizons.

** spoiler alert ** IT TURNS OUT THAT LISTENING TO “OF VERONA” WHILE READIBG THE FINAL TWO EPISODES IT’S PRETTY ROUGH.

God. I still can’t believe I fucking cried while reading her death, despite I spoiled myself while checking out the series’ wikia page. Somehow I think that despite not being chosen by Noelle, she was chosen in so many other ways by other people like Jasper and the girls. They loved her, and even though she was fucking insane and I remote think her situation was stressing and undeniably sad for any person, that was the ending she deserved. From the moment she killed other in cold blood and stopped feeling any remorse about it, blaming Reed again for her own actions just crashed over her, until she finally lost control of anything she could still hang on. It as sad, cuz perhaps if she had had some better treatment with other psychiatrist she could’ve been saved, her brain wouldn’t have been so damaged as it was. The world is indefinitely filled with many “what ifs” and this book was no exception, for me at least.

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The final book I read was the seventh in the Princess Diaries series, Party Princess by Meg Cabot.

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Ismckaley32 Mia a party girl? Not even she can stand hearing that without laughing embarrassingly. But apparently Michael wants her to be that in his party at his parents apartment. But of course, that’s not her only issue because she has proven her management as new president was not the students’ at Albert Einstein best choice, specially when she chose an artist to handle the money and got the schools founds broke to the point she must be in a musical next to the rest if the staff to be able to get more money from the tickets her grandm√®re sells besides avoiding getting punched by the brown belt valedictorian of thus year’s senior class.

LOL FOREVER.

I never get tired of reading about Mia and her evil grandm√®re neither about the weird frenemie feelings Lilly always seem to feel for her. This was not different, I’m suddenly interested in more about what’s next. Specially with this JP guy who seems a bit nicer than Michael towards Mia’s unfair grandm√®re with that Musical thing she did, BTW copyright laws infringement right there princess dowager. I would literally kill to get one of those baby Rocky attacking FatLouie stories again.

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I just can’t wait for March cuz there’ll be many good shows premiering like FX’s Feud and the CW’s The Originals new season. And I’ll be green to watch them until April arrives so I’m excited as f.¬†

Books & coffee, 

Alex. 

Week #77 of Reading Like A Maniac

Hello, again.

Just so you know this has been a tough week for moi, I mean French Grammar classes were alright a bit harder than usual but I can deal with that, the problem focuses on my biological clock screwing with me by delaying my lunar business like a bitch and of course the fact that Shadowhunters is getting a bit hurtful putting Jace with that Seelie chick in a bed with an almost topless scene in front of poor Alex, then there’s the other thing that in Riverdale Archie is still an idiot pinning for Miss Grundy when she’s clearly a predator with Lolita heart sunglasses. Fucked up. But I’m not here to discuss my sudden anger but to inform you about certain books that I came to love pretty quickly, these books belong to a beloved series named The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot, and I know most people only saw the two movies but let me tell you that the books are so much better, they are 2000’s lit!

(BTW, I chose the UK new edition covers cuz they are contemporary and chick, and I don’t give a damn that they don’t have the original titles in them, they’re gorgeous and I love them) Anyways, enjoy.

The first book was of course, The Princess Diaries.

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Fourteen year old Mia Thermopolis thought that her only obstacles in life were being flat chested, having triangular rat coloured hair, being68747470733a2f2f36362e6d656469612e74756d626c722e636f6d2f33653466636463646335623139646262643035626162383438333635656435662f74756d626c725f6d786b67637341715642317277647865696f315f3430302e676966 the one who remembers to buy toilet paper all the time and the fact her grandmother is some kind of plastic old monster destined to embarrass her. Her only hopes are that her mother doesn’t take that date with her algebra teacher too seriously, that her boobs grow at least a centimeter, and that she remains invisible from all eyes. Until her beloved yet absent father reveals his not a politician but the reigning Prince ruling the small European country of Genovia so that means Mia is a Princess who won’t succeed in her dream of saving the whales with Green Peace but holding a tiara and not only maintain her cat alive but an entire country in the future. Pretty fun, right?.

PRETTY INTERESTING, ENTERTAINING.

I expected it to be a little more explanatory but I understand this is supposed to be an actual diary so full descriptions of physical situations are meant to be so significant as how the writer sees them, through Mia’s writing we can get to know she’s quirky, not shallow, not aware of her not stunning but neither cero beauty, also quite honest with her diary and fiery when one needs to be fierce (like with grandm√©re, seriously I have a love/hate relationship with that woman). Mia’s this teen girl not listening to her own mature reasoning but to her adolescent motives, which is pretty realistic so there the author succeeded, Met Cabot managed to maintain my entertainment in the adventures of this awkward green peace teenager without even want to educate her so that was something to be praised for. Claps, and I hope to find the next one in no time.

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Second book was Princess in the Spotlight. (Or A Royal Disaster)

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After dancing with Michael, Mia knows her crush is back. She lied to herself by thinking that she loved Josh, he was an idiot anyways. Sotumblr_mzo2x8uczu1t6lgego2_250 her eternal craving for Michael is back and she has no idea of what to do about it! She can’t tell Lilly, obviously, besides she has to worry about her Grandm√®re forcing her to do an interview, her mom’s pregnancy that’ll bind her forever with Mr Gianini, and that she has a secret admirer! She better starts taking yoga lessons because anxiety is in the air.

AGAIN, THIS IS TOO FUNNY TO BE TRUTH.

There’s something about Meg Cabot’s writing that just has the IT factor that keeps everything entertaining and easy going. Mia stays the same awkward but hilarious character ever with her life full of uncomfortable meetings, secret admirers, secret crushes, discouraging revelations and encouraging realisations; she manages to swing this things like she had a baseball bat not always with the smoothest of solutions but she carries her strangeness like a unremovable badge of weirdness. And I can’t get enough of her adventures going through high school and her memorable little family and friends.

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Third was Princess in Love. (Or Princess in the Middle)

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So Mia is dating her secret admirer, it’s too bad that it’s not Michael astumblr_me4xlnwyud1r6m7gwo4_250 she once thought but Kenny. Unfortunately for him, she doesn’t want to be around him neither kiss him and after following her Grandm√®re’s advice she can’t break up with him during finals week cuz it’s not kind (and cuz she wants to pass bio, obviously!). On the other hand there’s still the fact that she loves Michael and he has this new girl around him like a fly, and finally her Grandm√®re is organising the wedding of her mom and Mr Gianini without their consent. Oh, and Lilly is most likely having an affair with Mia’s southern cousin.

I THOUGHT IT WOULDN’T END RIGHT FOR MIA’S HEART BUT IT DID!

The laughter kept going no matter what, besides there was some serious and realistic character development when it came to Grandm√®re and Mia (even Phillipe had it going), I enjoyed the introduction of Mia’s cousin Sebastiano who I already love (pretty talented) and her remote interaction with Ronnie “the transgender neighbour with a boyfriend”. Even though what I was absolutely more excited and giggly about was the teen romance, it’s so cute and realistic that I had forgotten how innocent and not so appreciated it truly is: we need more of this perfect little affairs going on in books, besides besties with strong and defined personalities like Lilly and Mia, and her love for FatLouie.

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The fourth book was Princess in Waiting. (Or Royally Obssesed)

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Ok, so Michael told her how much he loved her, but is it like a friend or more? I mean they’re kissing and everything but is it like friendstumblr_mbon7qaxna1r1guvio1_250 or more? That’s all in Mia’s mind, as her self-esteem grows smaller by the second but still Lilly thinks she has a motive to stay alive, that she has a public talent but Mia is so oblivious that she just doesn’t see it. I mean, she even carries her talent to people’s restrooms all the time she has the chance.! Nervousness and awkwardness be welcome.

I SHOULD HAVE A TAG NAMED “FUNNY-TO-DIE-FOR”.

Meg did again, perhaps not with the same troublesome plot of the last book, but definitely putting to use the obvious limited self-esteem Mia has, clearly this is an emotional problem that not even with her sarcasm could be erased from my reader mind. However that doesn’t stop her from being the most satirical and hysterical main character I’ve ever read of, besides she realised she can be an author for the lonf hours she spends writing in her diary to the point of carrying it to people’s bathrooms (which we appreciate) that we could think has a lot in common with youngsters taking their cellphones everywhere nowadays just that she writes her subnormal and awkward lifestyle while not taking selfies. Leaving that behind, god! The comparisons with her “movie” were to die for, the fact that Gubta was funny there and Lilly all the same. (LoLs for Meg Cabot, right there).

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The fifth book I read was a companion one named Project Princess.

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They’re in love and after Grandm√®re said she didn’t approved her to go to fix some houses of people in need next to her other classmates, mama Thermopolis said “hell yeah, I sign that permission”! Mia couldn’t be more excited to perhaps go to second base with the love of her life Michael, and fixing houses… Absolutely.

LOLS EVERYWHERE.

As this has some good spoilers but I don’t consider them like giving away too much so I’ll mention them no matter what. This book was fun in a more template way, but still with Mia’s awkwardness and the weird situations her friends get into got me laughing my ass off, like when Boris vomited all over the school bus they all moved to the back of it and how from now on Gubta will give him that drug everytime they travel by bus with this little guy guy, how Mia was so desperate to get to kiss Michael but the smell of Boris’s vomit in her hair just got them both turned off. It was peculiar that Grandm√®re was just there to help them with hotel showers and that Dr. Gonz√°les seems interested in her (perhaps he could melt her frozen heart of steal).

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The sixth book was number five named Princess in Pink. (Or Prom Princess)

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All this Princess wanted was to get an invitation to the senior prom bytumblr_mxkh1juzrc1rwdxeio5_250 her senior boyfriend but it turns out he doesn’t like prom, then all she wanted was a nice meal in a expensive restaurant with her relatives but Grandm√®re had to ruin it by taking her OCD dog with her and provoking an scandal, then all she wanted was for Lilly to appreciate her boyfriend Boris and there she went having an illicit affair with the waiter Grandm√®re got fire unfairly after the dog incident. So this Princess will have to take matters in her own inexperienced hands.

MIA HAD IT BETTER, LILLY NOT SO MUCH.

This book was lit, as always I laughed at Mia’s life and FatLouie’s adventures while fighting that traumatized dog Gradm√®re owns after all those protests. Mia got some kinda of epiphany where she saw everything through a realist eyes: like Lilly’s lack of compassion and frightening resemblance to Grandm√®re, the fact that Grandm√®re was not in a room with Mussolini neither Hitler cuz she was like four back then, how Michael hates prom, how Tina and Boris might be a match made in heaven after all, and how she’s not weak. I loved this book cuz it made me see Mia a little bit more mature, I mean the girl is fifteen now but still she has grown.

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The seventh book was number six (chronologically) named Princess in Training. (Or Royal Rebel)

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Mia finally turned 15 and apparently Michael knows it since he wants to have sex with her eventually? Her reaction: “overreacting” istumblr_lsjm1odrkt1qlv12zo1_250 only the tip of the iceberg. But that’s not all, because Lilly just nominated her as class president to compete for the title against bitch Lana and her minions. Lana’s game is playing with her mind and bra, so Mia will have to up that with intelligence, honesty, and grace without vomiting but when even Larry King gets invited by Grandm√®re to their debate, well, let’s just hope things go right this time.

MEG CABOT IS A TEEN-FLICK GODDESS.

Who would say that Mia would show some balls and maturity again in such little time from touching a dead ancestor’s heart? Clearly not me. Her speech in the debate was just perfect, a little pretentious, just a bit but still so right! Down with the patriarchy and the unfairness that the popular class shows to the proletarian cliques! Down with Lana’s colorful extensions, and Michael’s weird joke about not waiting forever! In other things, I always knew Grandm√®re and Lilly would make a kick-ass pairing because of their sometimes needed bitch behaviour. (Down with Gubta’s obvious preferences and Martinez’s pretentiousness in the literary world!), then how hilarious was that Kenny lied about his imaginary girlfriend Heather, how Boris got hot but still breaths with his mouth, and of course despite Mia’s sudden boldness she’s still a bulge of nerves waiting to break which reminds me of my own fatalistic and catastrophic way of seeing life itself. Now I wonder how she’ll tell Lilly about her new like for her presidency.

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Finally I read another companion book named Princess Present.

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It’s Christmas in Genovia and in a weird turnout of events, her dad and Grandm√®re approved that Michael and Lilly could spend a week in the palace to celebrate with the Princess the holidays. She already is on eBay ready to pay for her gift to Michael and only expects some decency and politeness coming from Lilly but you know… Is Lilly the one we’re talking about right here, so let’s keep our fingers crossed.

AGAIN, FUNNY LITTLE STORY BETWEEN BIG BOOKS.

It was good to see Mia being able to stand up to Lilly again, perhaps it happened in the beach with nobody around but she said what she believed and what she thinks Lilly doesn’t seem to get yet, like maybe “don’t play stripbowling in your best friend’s palace with underage Princes cuz it’s not classy neither nice”. And how awkward was it that both Mia and Michael bought need stuff for each other that would have made them both quite happy if it weren’t for the fact she still misses a figure to have the entire collection and he actually just got back the poster he used to own. Besides, there were cats! Cats everywhere! And Prince William taking incriminating pictures of a royal relative!

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I wanted to say I’ll give it a pause, to the Princess Diaries series since I need a cheerful break to read the Privilege series by Kate Brian so just wait for Mia to return to my reviews in two or three weeks, just wait.

Coffee & books,

Alex.