this week has been too much for me since I had a ton of xRay stuff to do to change my medical prescription from eleven pills six days a week to have less pills two days a week, it sucks to be sick in the middle of summer but it is what it is. Anyways, I was able to, believe or not, read 9 books since I last wrote in the blog; also I have been thinking a lot in writing the story I left just in the epilogue back in the first days of January, it’s definetly going to be a thriller kind of Charles Manson’s ¨family¨ with a Cloverfield vibe and Flowers in the Attic aesthetic so wait for it and me having some time to dedicate to writing instead of reading that much, I promise I’ll keep you updated but let’s go back to my Goodreads updates (pretty close to obsessive, btw).
First book I read was the second installment in the showstopping Partials Sequence by Dan Wells, I’m talking about Fragments.
Kira Walker never actually believed she would live to see a baby growing healthy after taking the cure, but when the rest of them starts dying as she’s unable to copy the same effect the only cure had to that only child, she knows is up to her to get it for the future risking her life and the live of the remaining Partials from a war that’s a spark away from coming to a reality. She’ll get unexpected help from those she’ll meet halfaway, and might discover that the truth behind humanity’s current state is not as simple as everyone told her it was.
TOO MANY PAGES, THEY WERE F*CKING WORTHY.
From beginning to end I needed to know exactly what was going on, every new discovery had me at the edge of my seat exciting for a new piece of info, I wanted something vital and I became a conspiracy theorist in the process making up various answers to explain Kira’s existence as her relationship with Nandita and her “father” after that portrait she found in the last book. Anyways, of course I was wrong looking for a cheesy soap opera answer and I got the responses I ached for just that those were shocking and painful, and a little more confusing like that last chapter from Ariel’s pov I mean who didn’t receive some unstoppable Rosemary’s Baby feels and memories, I got that, call my a fascist racist but my first thought was that the kid looked like Hell Baby (2013) with the whole hybrid thing and delivering at home with such pain in a horror night with a war going on outside of the precarious house, pretty creepy. Great sequel, though… one of the best I read coming from end of the world type of trilogies.
The next one is the end of the mentioned trilogy, its named Ruins.
Kira is secluded trying to find a cure for both deceases after finding out the ugly truth behind curing humanity for the pleasure of an obsessive woman with less time that she wishes was available, Samm is keeping his promise to Kira by offering himself as the source to heal all those newborn humans despite the terrible way its done to his race, and Marcus is helping what’s left of humanity when the Partials’ attack becomes unbearable with only one question left: who’ll sucumb to death first? Creatures appear, the weather changes dramatically and alliances are made to construct a future, but will it be enough to stop an ongoing enmity from utter destruction?
PRETTY DECENT FINALE.
Everything was on point but a couple minor details that were too exhausting to even complain about, like a little rock in one’s shoe that annoys your journey in a tiny fashion. I’m talking about the fact we didn’t see Isolde’s reaction towards “THAT” moment in her life and the romance, it was OK when Samm felt it on his own but once they were reunited I felt it was rushed, too poetic and cheesy for a couple of youngsters. Anyway, I fell for Kira’s bravery, Ariel’s humanity and Heron’s badassery during this book, they showed girl power and vulnerability at its finest without a doubt: thanks Dan for creating such inspirational female characters to follow in the shape of (as strange as it sounds) role models. 😍
The third book I read was a sequel in the creepy Asylum series by Madeleine Roux, I’m referring to Sanctum.
All seems to be going back to normal after their awful experience last year, Dan has new friends that are kind of avoiding him and still has a couple of nightmares, Abby wants to go back to how her life used to be before finding out about her aunt’s seclusion, and Jordan doesn’t know if he is truly ready to leave his parents’ house as a proud gay young man. So when strange Freak Show kind of pictures are mailed to them with some seriously strange captions that only make sense when they put the photos in order encouraging them to return to the Asylum once more to end this the right way.
NOT AS FASCINATING BUT OK.
I kind of was expecting a carnival centered tale, totally creepy and mind blowing just like the first book did with those disturbing asylum images but the carnival was just a small part of the past Dan was so interested in… Anyways, it was interesting and scary, besides we got to discover another side of Dan, one obsessed and selfish part of him that is growing because of being in Daniel’s perspective during all those flashbacks, like a mini sociopath cooking up; however I wanted a little more info on the ghosts he sees and the connection he has to Daniel, let’s dig a little deeper on that mystery in the next book, please.
The following book was the end of the said series named Catacomb.
Once the cult was shattered down just like its leader and the soil it all started on was burnt to the ground, Dan and his friends believed all the crazy supernatural murderous attacks would be gone and they’d be able to experience a sweet roadtrip to New Orleans to accompany Jordan to his new home and life. However once Dan starts receiving text from a person he surely thought was dead, things take a shift for the worst, getting more answers about Dan’s roots than he would have wanted.
I EXPECTED SO MUCH MORE.
I was left with the same questions I had when I finished reading Asylum, the whole supernatural aspect with unlikely psychological explanations that Dan has to deal with is a beating cell in my mind and I need answers. Though it was nice getting to know his parents’ story and the whole bone artists’ story line but I still wasn’t convinced I mean many of the pics weren’t spooky anymore and the name of the book has like one mention in the entire book just like the previous one. I wasn’t thrilled, which was quite sad since Madeleine is such a good writer and the trilogy had some serious potential to become the next supernatural big hit. 😢
The fifth novel I read was the sequel in A Wicked trilogy by the awesome Jennifer L. Armentrout, named Torn.
Last time we saw Ivy, she had just realised she was the half human half fae abomination she grew up to hate and that the rest of her peers surely would kill in a heartbeat so her life seems harder than just having a hot boyfriend with the arrival of the monster known as the Prince who was come to take her and make sure the prophecy is fulfilled. Secrets are revealed and friendships might change, but will Ivy’s strenght be enought to deal with all the filthiness around her fate in the fae world.
IT WAS SURPRISINGLY, A VERY GOOD SEQUEL.
I don’t know if this is a trilogy or a series but it’s going through a path of pretty amazing plotlines, world building, and character development. This was like a test to the attachments She had with what has become her family after Val’s cynic betrayal, our heroine and myself have been permanently damaged, with our eyes burned because of the perversion we have witnessed. 😫😣 BTW, I was totally thinking She could have defended herself a bit more with those chains.
Other book I read was The Glittering Court by the marvellous Richelle Mead, the first one in the trilogy of the same name.
This one tells the story of a young countess tired of her lack of rights, her obnoxious grandmother, her breathless position and the way her life is meant to be; so when a thrilling oportunity shows up she takes it changing her name to Adelaide and her rank to a servant girl. All to be a part of the girls participating in the Glittering Court to travel to the new world and find a wealthy husband of Her choice without tradition or boring stubborness. There she’ll find friendship and love, but not in the way she thought once she ventured in that carriage.
I HAD FUN READING.
I wasn’t expecting a kind of made up historical fiction without a trace of fantasy on it but I ended up liking it, I really enjoyed how it was obviously inspired by the coastal English colonies in the Americas and it got me so political and human rights defensive over the injustice of the icaris. And the fucking racism against Mira’s race, like seriously that had me angry as fuck! However that aspect made me come to root for lady “Adelaide” because even though she couldn’t step inside a carriage on her own at the beginning she wasn’t upset or like a brat for all the many races, and as the story went by not even religion could bother her; I mean she doesn’t fully abandon her sarcastic and inner complaining side she still grows in a way that slowly earn her my heart. Her story of survival and fighting for her independence and those she loves, is an incomparable tale since lately a girl is either a plain submissive Victorian or a contemporary warrior but this time the main character was a weird but so meant to be mix of these characteristics which turn out really realistic and had an impact in my knowledge of leading ladies.
The seventh one I read belongs to the PLAY trilogy by Spanish author Javier Ruescas, the first book is named Play.
Leo and Aarón are a pair of brothers who discover some lifechanging well kept stuff once they return to Spain, Aarón (the young teenager) finds out his girlfriend broke up with him over the holidays without his knowledge and has now become a famous actress who refuses to answer his emails or texts, as Leo (the young adult brother) uncovers the prodigious voice and song writting talent his baby brother has been hiding and decides to use it to his advantage. Let’s just say that things get powdery when Aarón realises his big brother is ¨singing¨ his original songs on YouTube earning himself a name with His talent.
SUCH A STARSTRUCK TALE BUT REALISTIC AS WELL, NO SENSE INTENDED.
I should begin by saying the two main characters were annoying in their own Unique way which Made this story so close to reality, i mean everyone has met a selfish unrealistic guy like Leo, who doesn’t think at all in the consequences and behaves like a child; then there was Aarón and his unhealthy trust over Delila when it was clear from the start she used him while he was worthy at school. In other news, I loved the creativity and boldness of the author when creating the perfect situations for these characters to pop up and live the actual adventure of their lifetime.
Another book I read was the sequel to the same trilogy, named Show.
Aarón hates the life as a famous singer under the wing of shady Develstar that keeps sucking on his gift and legal circunstances to protect Leo. As the older brother is barely enjoying his new status in Spain, making weird coutry like yogurt commercials and no real offers as his relationship with Sophie deteriorates; so when Aarón breaks the news of the new reality show where all of Devestar creations will have to participate is right on the corner, Leo knows this could mean his life is about to get better. Will the life in front of dozens of cameras in a locked up house with jelousy and intrigue beat Aarón down, and will Leo be able to cope being in his brother’s shadow?
I REALLY DON’T LIKE ZOE.
During the progress of the book itself and the development of the plot, I was looking up for possible conspiracy theories or Easter eggs to help me find the secrets behind that cheesy but embarrassingly entertaining reality show, and I was partially right cuz Emma was indeed Wink (nice HP reference, Leo should Wash his mouth up with soup) but I Made a mistake by making up a whole story on Zoe being a puppet of their BOSS to influence in Aarón’s decisions regarding his status in the company. My Sherlock eye made that mistake and I ended up judging a sick and innocent orphan girl because of my literary paranoia. I’m horrified and so into this little sequel.
The final one I read was the end of the trilogy, named Live.
Leo is finally loosing all his hopes and dreams when it comes to fame and love, Aarón just wants to be left alone to live a normal life with his love for music, and Icarus is ready to help his friends by arranging a roadtrip around Europe with the mates they met on their way to this present. The Serafin brothers will realise that there’s no time to live in the past or in shadows, but they must find what truly makes them happy and take it with no remorse whether is love or a carrier move.
MY HEART WAS BROKEN AND I LOVE IT.
What a weird sentence to start a review, right? Anyways, I knew the ending would be memorable but not so graciously liberating, with its ups and downs it stayed the same when it came to personalities and it made me love characters I believed I would never approved when I read book 1, but somehow I ended up transported to a land of friendship and free spirits, reality and a kind of realism that made you glad to be a human with Aaron’s inability to choose or Leo’s lack of confidence in his own persona to Icarus’ passionate life. Such an inspirational message that one could interpret as sugar coated but it was what truly defines a person: hope, hope to see the good in the worst times. 😏