Good morning, everyone.
This past week has been filled with tons of books (literally), season finales (RPDR), granola cookies and a very decent movie adaptation. But before saying how many books I read I would like to warn that next week I won’t be able to read as much as I could since I have two doctors’ appointments that cannot be reschedule so I guess I’ll read a regular (3-4) amount of novels. Without further ado, here they are: the twelve books I read.
The first one was the otherworldly stand-alone by Erin Morgenstern named The Night Circus.
Right in the late 1800’s, a pair of special kids are dragged by their neglecting parental figures to a world of magic, mystery and forbidden love in the shape of an unfathomable circus full of unexplicable acts and charismatic characters that will embellish the fated life of Celia and Marco as an unstoppable carrousel from where they’ll find themselves unable to hide nor runaway.
I’M STILL SOMEHOW CONFUSED.
I seriously don’t know what to think was real, was the circus part of a lovely idea of a family from the beginning? or they were all just unfortunately involved in the fantastic tents? I still need those answers but overall the book remained consistent and incredibly surreal, because one could literally feel like another newcomer attending for the first time to a place so out of this world but so enchanting at the same time and there was also the feeling we knew and GRE with this circus people crying cuz of their unfair situations or been wondered by their fantasy filled lives. However, if there was something I was not looking for were some boring and too slow parts like Herr or Friederich’s povs (I wasn’t thrilled, and run through those pages).
Second was the first book in the First Kisses series by Rachel Hawthorne, named Trust Me.
All Jessica Kane wanted was to become a camp counselor before getting to High School with her best friend and obtain some boy info, but things might become horrendous when she discovers that the torment in the shape of a boy is no longer a camper but also wants to become a counselor. Will Sean Ryder be able to ruin this summer? Is he more than the trouble maker she remembers?
SWEET AS COTTON CANDY.
I wasn’t expecting such innocence neither the tenderness of the age before entering high school, without malice or perversion, just a kind and swift desire of understand the other, creating bonds without realising. It was obviously a fast, easy and cute read to go through in between big as novels as a little peanut butter sandwich or some lemonade. Besides the writing style wasn’t making me hate the teenage aspect of the characters so that’s a plus, Jess was real yet not annoying (shocking!).
Third book I read is the first in the supernatural trilogy Ethical Vampires by Susan Hubbard, named The Society of S.
13 year old Ariella Montero has lived secluded to her father’s mansion since she was born, home schooled with no friends nor happiness. Only when she gets a glimpse of the life a teen her own age should have, she understands her father has been keeping more secrets than the unexplicable dissapearance of her estranged mother, that he could not be sick afterall but be a completly dangerous creature with the same supernatural blood that runs through her veins.
NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD FINISH THIS IN A DAY.
I mean I’d read many negative reviews saying awful things, how unreal this was or the issues they had getting to know the characters and the story itself; so you can see how surprised I am that this was such an easy and entertaining read, I was looking for the next chapter because it actually felt so realistic (pretty weird considering this is a vampire novel) and like anyone could relate to Ari in so many levels, I rooted for her yet I wanted to protect her from any emotional and physical harm but my girl needed to explore the world like never before to find her truth seeing the filthy and the kind side of the world. In the end this was more than a vampire story but a tale of finding out that there’s more to the story of a broken family portrait.
The next one is the final installment in The 100 series by Kass Morgan, named Rebellion. (I just love the Spanish cover, and there was no way I was going to put that awful tv show US cover here)
Peace is held captive. Bellamy is dealing with the aftermath of almost been killed, Clarke tries to adjust to have parents again, Wells suffers the death of his love and Glass doesn’t seem to feel helpful. The colony is about to have a peaceful celebration as they get over the former civil war when their tranquility is shattered by an earthling terrorist attack that leaves their recently built town without half its people, some of them dead and other kidnapped for twisted motives. Our main characters will have to discover if they’ll choose the right side between the ¨corteous¨ earthlings or the unknown danger that has become their colony.
It was definitely not perfect, it had some too cheesy moments for my Bellarke and it felt like it lacked such an epic feeling for it to be a suitable conclusion for this series but anyways, I appreciate the changes in the personalities of our characters (some of them were needed, some were just annoying as f*ck, I see you Clarke!) since it showed their true hearts no matter how innocent and selfish it might look at first sight; Glass saw her potential and Clarke saw how fucking stupid a bright sided person can see a potential nutcase. The book gave us that perspective, that perhaps humanity is about revenge, about not letting injustice take over and about the feeling of a family you’re willing to fight for. (Sweet message 😍)
The fifth book was the contemporary stand-alone named The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder.
Hannah and Zoe are used to their mediocre lives in a small town with no happy families neither a hopeful future ahead, they have learnt not to trust kindness easily so when Zoe sees her world finally crumbling to an inevitable and painful end, she decides to take off with Hannah to discover what makes life worthy and fulfill her destiny while her bff tries to protect her running away from the law.
SOMETHING WENT AWFULLY WRONG.
I had totally read the negative reviews but I was willing to give it a shot and to like it since the cover and synopsis seemed so ethereal/flourishing, little did I know the book was gonna be confusing as fuck in the writing and plot scenario. I mean the last 45% of it was not nice, neither understandable like it was written by another author (one who just wanted to get this over with in a rush); the book could have been more developed with a gracious process when it came to maturity but once momenth we were amazed by the strength of a tornado and the other we’re some crazy sex bunnies forgetting about the important issues (like our bipolar friend on the loose). However, despite all the mentioned flaws I still appreciate this complicated mental illness was addressed with it’s symptoms and the way people deal with it, how it seems like a no way out of the tricks of your mind. Pretty decently mentioned. 👮💁
The following book was another contemporary stand-alone, named Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman.
Sally is tired of her full-time matchmakers her bff Hooker and her own mother, she’s sick of going out on awful blind dates with guys that seem more interested in her best friend besides she truly doesn’t want a boyfriend. So this nerdy teenager will gather the help of her other longtime friend, popular jock Becks to pretend being her new stable boyfriend. But will faking it be enough to keep her heart safe from her feelings for him?
NICE WAY OF SURVIVING WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN A BORING WEEKEND.
It had its inevitable cheesy (so unreal) moments and a love that came from self doubt but still it managed to remain sweet and such a cliché in the entertainment department of contemporary novels. I mean, my inner feminist was saying No girl, value yourself some more! 🗽😠 but my inner teenage wannabe was like This is so fucking cute,just stay with the cute boy!! 😍 Somehow, it was so relatable and I rooted for these two and geir angsty path to discover how ridiculous it is to not be together because of lack of communication between bffs.
Then was the first in the popular John Cleaver series by Dan Wells, named I Am Not A Serial Killer.
John Wayne Cleaver knows he’s not obssesively interested in serial killer profiles because his parents named him after one, but because he’s what psychiatrist call a basic sociopath so he’s got some rules to follow around potential victims to avoid, you know… killing them or hurting them in anyway. But his intereset in these profiles become insane when a serial killer starts taking body parts of his victims and John decides to solve this bloody mystery.
Is it ok if I feel attracted and freaked out at the same time? I mean I found myself in a situation I believed I could have never been part of: defending an unstable teenage socipath on the loose. In a heavenly yet mysterious fashion, John managed to get my vote. So props to Dan Wells, man you did your research in all anatomy, and psychos minds, one could feel the unattachment from human emotions and what’s known as natural irrational reactions inside his wicked mind all until a tear made the difference (i cried there too). Anyways, I’m interested on what’s next.
After this was the sequel named Mr. Monster.
John is still getting over the fact he killed a demon that was his serial killer neighbour, his mom refuses to talk about the issue and he feels he’s finally lost all control over his monster alter ego when his desire to hurt Brooke is taking over him. Then’s when another serial killer takes over his small town, these one takes, tortures and murders innocent young women in ways the appeal the twisted mind of John.
SO NOW JOHN HAS A PURPOSE.
OK, let me get this straight, the moment he hit and killed the cat it was I who stopped seeing him as a person; as a cat lover I found myself deeply offended therefore I wasn’t as saddened by the fact Brooke would never give him a shot ever again as I thought I would be in the beginning. Anyways, the book gave me the chills to see a true insane yet strangely emotional serial killer (btw, I kinda saw it coming) and it showed more layers of some sadistic tendencies inside of John’s murderous wet dreams (so fucking twisted), and this is exactly what I liked about this cuz it gives the humane truth despite how rotten and repulsive it is, it doesn’t sugarcoat it. I felt as inhumane as He is.
The ninth book was its third part named I Don’t Want to Kill You.
He lost his mind and was about to hurt Brooke, she finally saw Mr. Monster and wants nothing to do with John after that. Now he’s got himself a new companion who seems to not be afraid of his obsessive mannerisms and wants to help him discover the truth behind the new serial killer in town that has been cutting the tongues and hands of its victims. All while one by one, teenage girls go through a suspicious suicide rampage.
Such a roller coaster of emotions, which sounds weird coming from a book narrating the adventures of a teenage sociopath but hell it was such a ride with John experimenting the regular things a teen should live like having a girlfriend and why not enjoy a bit about life without that icky desire to kill, such a hopeful yet dramatically depressing third book in an emotionless series because no matter how much he lost that’s exactly what brought a bit of humanity on him. In other news, I was kind of super down cuz all the time I was making some theories about Marci’s mom been the killer and the demon and I was getting so creative but anyways the surprise and world building of the truth (the actual killer and demon) was insanely interesting and it glued well with the story.
Book ten was the first one in the Beaumont series by Heidi McLaughling, named Forever My Girl.
Ten years ago, Liam left his small town and his long time girlfriend to become a rockstar, he achieved his goals but never got over how things were left with her. So when he finds out his high school best friend has died in an accident, he decides go back one last time and see her. What he never anticipated was for her to have some company, she’s not only engaged but with a nine year old son. Could Josie forgive him? Could them have a chance of been a family like they had panned years ago? Or is all lost for good?
SUCH AN EASY READ.
Many kids think of this as another wattpad or fanfiction little cliché story, you could tell by seeing some comments on YouTube however I had my special faith this would be entertaining and sweet as cotton candy and I wasn’t wrong (😍). OK, yeah it was cheesy and so expected but still I liked it cuz it was healthy and it was so fast paced I read it in a short amount of time (I would have done it in a night but I had to get my sleeping hours 😢) that I spent pretty much gasping and saying “awwww” like a sixteen year old cuz that love was unbreakable and so right, easy and fucking on time for anyone who needs a fresh start after reading too much fantasy or emotional content coming from a series. My only complain (and I use this term loosely) is that I wish there had been a little more drama, everything was so easily resolved so I wanted to actually fear they not getting back together I know it sounds weird but I wanted the rush and the Happily Ever After to feel meant to be.
The next one belongs to The Field Party series by Abbi Glines, named After the Game.
Nobody believed Riley when she said she was raped by golden boy Rhett, she was bullied till she left town with her parents and now she’s back to take care of her senile grandmother… with a golden haired baby girl. When she gets rescued from the rain by goody two shoes Brady Higgens, she unknowgingly starts changing his mind and makes him see that not everything is as immaculate and clear as it seems in Lawton, Alabama.
I WAS SO ABOUT TO CRY.
The story and characters touched my heart, my soft spot because I shared a bit of His family dramatic issues so I understood the pain of looking down on a person you believed was perfect (the dissapointment 😣). However, I think the romance was a tiny bit rushed for such a realistic turn out, like if you were distracted you could easily pass down the fact He admired Her first, that’s all.
Then was another contemporary stand-alone (quite distinctive) by Siobhan Vivian, named The List.
High School is known for been hard on teens, but extra hard on teenage girls. Except that in this school it has become worst when years ago a secretive tradition was established known as the List to reduce girls to nothing more than Prettiest or Ugliest of their class. No student nor teacher tries to discover the creator of it, until 8 new different girls are chosen and the new principal decides to do her best to finish this cruel thing off for good.
OK, so this is going to contain tons of spoilers, like seriously. I totally enjoyed the book, I mean as a message for teen girls and teens in general it was fantastic cuz it hits the superficial and shallow surface of the jiggly jelly that is high school and how everything that you think matters at that age is nothing more than Plastic (not quoting mean girls) that will be eventually forgotten as unimportant and even as an embarrassing secret your adult self will try to hide forever. That ugly is all the filthy in one’s inside but that a list does not define how you change to feel better with yourself and not to please anyone cuz that’s just pain idiotic. That was good and classy but the wtf part was the fact that Siobhan Vivian didn’t give a fair conclusion to characters like Margo, Jennifer nor Lauren neither Bridget, I was like Noooo!!! I thought this would have a sequel or a tiny epilogue to give me closure but hell no 😰😭. I’m still trying to get over that. 😖
Finally there was another contemporary stand-alone filled with mysterious motives by Karen M. McManus, named One of Us is Lying.
Simon was never kind neither popular, nor smart enough to fit in so he created a gossip app to ruin others’ lives for his own pleasure, so when he’s killed everyone had a reason but the police decides to focus in the last four students that saw him before he died: Good straight A student Bronwyn, pretty trophy popular girl Addy, troublemaker Nate, and golden jock Cooper. They all had ugly secrets he could have unveiled and he was about to when he was murdered. It will be up to them to let this mystery ruin them or save them from jail time.
SOMETHING TO BE RECOMMENDED.
I went reading this book thinking it was another PLL or Dangerous Girls where I could trust no main character but I ended up finding a set of relatable characters with more flaws and sad day teenage stuff than I expected, personalities I accepted and got to understand fully, lived in a sick mystery filled with a labyrinth of clues and lies that for me suspecting of everyone who ever said or did something odd but I never expected to be That person I mean I was expecting the other “team mate” but not that psycho. Anyways, I was at the edge of my seat and was not done reading until I could find out who the fuck did it and why. The truth was twisted and gratifying, and by the end I was thinking Karen was going through the Siobhan road (*inner joke about authors*😨) but thank God for that epilogue.