Books are more than a words

Aug 29, 2016

What's New? Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley



 


She is the author of Graffiti Moon! I'm pretty sure you've read about Graffiti Moon already. Oh my Gosh, this book sounds so beautiful. I can't wait to read it!
Check it out!

Expected publication: August 30th 2016 by Pan Australia

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17285330-the-last-time-we-say-goodbye 

This is a love story.
It's the story of Howling Books, where readers write letters to strangers, to lovers, to poets.
It's the story of Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie. They were best friends once, before Rachel moved to the sea.
Now, she's back, working at the bookstore, grieving for her brother Cal and looking for the future in the books people love, and the words they leave behind.


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Aug 25, 2016

ARC Review: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir


A Torch Against the Night
An Ember in the Ashes #2 by Sabaa Tahir
Source: ARC provided by Harper Reach, thank you!
My Rating: 5 stars
Summary:
Elias and Laia are running for their lives.
After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.
Laia is determined to break into Kauf - the Empire's most secure and dangerous prison - to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars' survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.
But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene - Elias's former friend and the Empire's newest Blood Shrike.
Bound to Marcus's will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own - one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape... and kill them both.


*****

I don’t know how to begging to tell you how much I loved this book. It’s not that I loved everything about it, it’s more about that feeling in my gut, that rush to devour every page and love some characters (Elias!) so deeply!
Thanks so much to Harper Reach for the chance to read this book earlier, it was a privilege.
I have to confess, I requested A Torch Against The Night before I read An Ember In the Ashes, because I knew I’d love it. I had a feeling it was for me, but I had no idea it would become the best book I’ve read this year.

A Torch Against The Night was just as brutal and beautifully written as EMBER. Sabaa Tahir once again did a perfect job creating a fast paced read full of twists and turns, betrayals and heartache.

When I read the synopsis I wasn’t sure having a Helene POVs would be wise to the story, but it gives this amazing world a very different perspective and against all odds, it became one of my favorite parts to read. Helene is such a fierce, loyal and loving character.
Even though EMBER had a great character development, TORCH gave our favorite characters a new setting to reveal her weakness and strengths. Some keep making mistakes. Some show their true heart. And some are deeply unmade.

A Torch Against The Night was an action packed roller coaster. The world-building is bigger here. There’s more magic and answers to many questions. But it also has a lot of bloody scenes and gore. It was heartbreaking.

There are so many things I love about this series, but there’s no doubt I love  Elias Veturious the most. I love him to pieces and I just want him happy.
And that’s why this time Laia was my least favorite character half of the book. In so many ways she was selfish and ungrateful. I like her, but I don’t like her very much right now.

But the thing I hated the most was the romance. God, I hated it. I despised that I thought I was free of the love triangle and there it was, again. And the worst part is that it involves Keenan, the only character I hated since book one.
I don’t want to spoil anything, but even if I hated how Laila felt about Keenan, it didn’t ruin the book for me. I loved too many things. And Elias alones deserves all the stars in the world.

A Torch Against The Night was a perfect sequel to such amazing debut. I’m so glad to know there will be more books and I can’t wait to read them. 


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Aug 23, 2016

What's New? It Started With Goodbye by Christina June



 


Look at that title! I love it, I don't know why but I find it so romantic. I'm not sure this book is for me, but I want to read it for the title alone. Have you hear about it yet?
Check it out!

Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Blink/HarperCollins

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17285330-the-last-time-we-say-goodbye 

Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client). 

When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.

A modern play on the Cinderella story arc, Christina June’s IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE shows us that sometimes going after what you want means breaking the rules.


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Aug 19, 2016

ARC Review: Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) by Jay Kristoff

 
Nevernight
by Jay Kristoff
Source: ARC provided by Harper Reach. Thank you!
My rating: 5 stars
Summary:
Destined to destroy empires Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death. 
Six years later, the child raised in the shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything. 
But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult. 
The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student. The shadows loves her. And they drink her fear.


*****


Hi there! I hope you’re all have a great weekend. I’ve been off line these days because it’s been our holidays and I had two jobs, but now one of them ended and I’m able to read again. Yay!
So, first things first. I can finally share my thoughts about Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. Spoiler alert: I loved it. 

Nevernight was an unexpected and mind-blowing start to a new series. At first, I had no idea it was an adult fantasy because when I shelved it, I found it in a YA section. So, this is my first adult fantasy and I couldn’t be any happier, it was everything I’ve been told. It was better.

I can't say too much about the plot because it was unique and if you haven’t read it, then you deserve to be surprised by it. There were so many unexpected twists and turns. It was an emotional roller coaster!
I loved the darkness in this book. It was bloody and gory. It was full of magic and action. Nevernight was an adventure I loved to live.

Jay Kristoff is a fantastic storyteller. I’ve read some reviews where people struggle with his writing style. And yes, I agree the beginning was a little slow, but hell, his words are poetic and atmospheric. The book even has some foot notes and they were perfect!
I cannot think of a single thing I didn’t like about Nevernight.

Mia is such a good character. I liked her stubbornness, her bravery. She was an assassin, but I was able to connect with her and understand her reasons.
And what can I say about Tric? I fell in love with him right away. Even if I knew this book wasn’t going to be about love.
Nevernight has a great cast of secondary characters, too and I liked them all. Bad and worse. I even loved Mister Kindly (the shadow cat) and Bastard (the horse).

It’s probably everybody said this already, but I’m going to say it again: Nevernight was bloody brilliant! I can’t wait for book two!

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Aug 12, 2016

Some Books Ago: Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles #1) by Kresley Cole


Some Books Ago is a shout out to all those books published some years ago. I don't want you to forget them!

GUYS! This book is so freaking awesome! I don't understand why I didn't read the second book because I loved Poison Princess so much! It was dark and sexy and creepy! I wrote in my mini-review that it was like Mara Dyer and Angenfall... though I don't remember now. I just bough the Endless Knight and I hope I can read it soon.


Poison Princess was published on October 2nd 2012 by Simon & Schuster


 


Summary:

She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen-year-old Evangeline "Evie" Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they're still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.
But she can't do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can't totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?
Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it's not always clear who is on which side.
 

*And yes, that's the old cover because I love it. Here's the new one.

 


Aug 9, 2016

What's New? You're Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

 
A BOOK ABOUT GRAFFITI!!! OMG YES!
I cannot even tell you how much I love graffitis and books about them! You're Welcome, Universe sounds absolutely fantastic! I can't wait to read it!
Check it out and add it to your TBR!

Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Knopf

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17285330-the-last-time-we-say-goodbye 

A vibrant, edgy, fresh new YA voice for fans of More Happy Than Not and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, packed with interior graffiti.
When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.

Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.

Told with wit and grit by debut author Whitney Gardner, who also provides gorgeous interior illustrations of Julia’s graffiti tags, You’re Welcome, Universe introduces audiences to a one-of-a-kind protagonist who is unabashedly herself no matter what life throws in her way.

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Aug 5, 2016

Some Books Ago: Beastly (Kendra Chronicles #1) by Alex Flinn


Some Books Ago is a shout out to all those books published some years ago. I don't want you to forget them!

Have you ever loved a book you never read? No? Well, I did. I do. 
I never had the chance to read Beastly by Alex Flinn, but it was one of the first books I saw when I started reading. I think I added it to my TBR as soon as the Spanish Edition was released... years ago. But I never read it. I didn't even watched the movie... I don't think I'll read it someday, but I still love that cover and it brings great memories. However, you should check it out! 

It was published on October 2nd 2007 by HarperTeen


 


Summary:

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.
 
 
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