Most Anticipated Books | May 2016

Yay! Another month is coming up and with it a great amount of amazing new book releases!! This May, as April, appears to be an incredible month for very interesting books! Check it out!

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1) The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Genre: Young Adult, Mythology, Adventure

Release Date: May 3rd, 2016

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The Unexpected Everything The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Release Date: May 3rd, 2016

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Bloodline: New Republic Bloodline: New Republica by Claudia Gray

Genre: Star Wars, Science Fiction

Release Date: May 3rd, 2016

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Highly Illogical Behavior Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

Genre: Young Adult, Mental Illness, Contemporary, Glbt

Release Date: May 10th, 2016

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Jerkbait Jerkbait by Mia Siegert

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Glbt

Release Date: May 10th, 2016

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Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories Summer Days and Summer Nights – Anthology

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Short Stories

Release Date: May 17th, 2016

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Girl Against the Universe Girl Against The Universe by Paula Stokes

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Sport, Romance

Release Date: May 17th, 2016

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The Inside of Out The Inside Of Out by Jenn Marie Thorne

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Glbt

Release Date: May 31rd, 2016

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Hope you also find great books to read next month!!

Happy Reading 🙂

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Friday Finds | April 29th 2016

Friday Finds
Hosted by: MizB at booksandabeat
Description: Friday Finds showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

On my TBR:

The Walled City
The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

 

United States of Japan
United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas

 

Dark Energy
Dark Energy by Robinson Wells

 

On my shelves:

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
Kill the Boy Band
Kill The Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
More Than This
More Than This by Patrick Ness
The Haters
The Haters by Jesse Andrews
Poe Dameron #1
Poe Dameron #1 by Charles Soule and Phil Noto
The Serpent King
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
The Cemetery Boys
The Cemetery Boys by Heather  Brewer

 

Old Friend Revisited #3: Evangelion

 

In the year 1995, an anime called Neon Genesis Evangelion was broadcast in Japan, … soon enough it became a huge success not only in it’s country but worldwide…

The idea it’s simple ;

Years after  a huge cataclism killed most of humanity,  weird beasts called ‘Angels’ appeared and started trying to destroy what’s left. A few chosen ones need to stop them before the manage to annihilate all humans… The only possible saviors, young teenagers piloting huge mechas that can fight the angels and kill them…

Now, Evangelion wasn’t just about mechas and destruction, but
about the psychology behind the characters, especially the main character Shinji Ikari, a young boy with a lot of issues…

When did you start watching the show?

I started watching the anime when i was about 10 years old.

Why did you started watching it?

To be honest it was completely random, a week before i discovered Saber Marionette J and i liked it, but it was really late in the night and i wasn’t allowed to stay up, so my stepdad recorded it, but the week he did it there was an Evangelion marathon, so i started watching it and it looked interesting so i kept watching until the end.

When did you knew you love the show so much it’d become a favorite?

I guess when i just bing watched all the episodes that were recorded (about 15)… since that moment i just loved it…

How many times did you watch the show?

Oh, too many to count (as any other thing i love.. i watch it too much), it was in a loop on tv, so every month i started watching it again.. it’s weird, because i did anything to not miss any episode even when i had them all taped,i run home every afternoon to watch the “new” episode.

Who is your favorite character?

Asuka Langley Soryu HQ Wallpaper Asuka Langley Souryu Shinikami had always been one of my all time favorites and obviously my favorite from the anime itself. I liked the fact that she was a redhead like me, i liked her eva the most – it wasred and cool and she was awesome, because she was so smart (like, she graduated from an university by the age of 14)… also she has a temperament, and back then, i had one myself, so i felt like i could be like her or something… now, i obviously understand life better and all, but i still find her character fascinating, so i still really like her.


Who is your least favorite character?

 Ritsuko Akagi –  …

yeah, i know, how can i choose her when Gendo Ikari exists… but he was a great haracter, even as a crazy little (huge) s*** as he was… i acutally really enjoy his character, not so much Ritsuko, whom i never liked … she … i actually kind of always hated her, and hated what she did to Rei.. anyway, she annoys me to no end, so yes, i’m saying she is my least favorite ..

 

 

 

Favorite angel?

 Leliel, or whatever its name is, … i have no idea why i like it so much, i just know that its episode is my favorite one, all that happens in the episode and the aftermath of it… oh, and the way it’s killed… Now, looking at the picture i realize that’s not the angel’s real body, but you get the idea…if you watch the series and its episode you’ll see what i mean… Also, a second one that i really love is obviously Tabris … i won’t spoil anything.

Least favorite angel?

 Matariel , … i don’t like this angel or its episode, the thing looks like a freaking spider and i hate spiders, so i hate it…i just hate it.

 

 

 

 

 

One thing you just totally loved;

All the meaning behind even the little things, the names of the agencies ‘nerv’, ‘seele’, ‘gerihn’ (nerv, soul and brain respectively), the name of the angels being related of some aspect of the anel itself and so many little details in the series that it’s incredible to believe all that was random.. .there’s a guide to all the stuff mentioned on the show, i have a copy – it’s just great.

 

One thing you disliked;

The fact that for so long somany things were unanswered, and also that we had to wait soo long for the manga to be finished…

Would you recommend it?

Not to everyone, but if i know a person may enjoy this kind of story, well, of course, this is a gem of anime, sadly, so many won’t watch it because it’s a ‘cartoon’ … but it guess it’s their problem, not mine.

 

Any last words about the show?

I still watch it sometimes, its obviously in my top 1o and my top 5 (and my top 3), it’s ananime i enjoyed and keep enjoying, as i keep discovering little things whenever i watch it. As i said, this was an anime gem that many love, and many hate, and think it’s overrated.. to be honest, i don’t know and i cannot really be a judge of it because i grew up with it, and i totally love it.

Hope you may find the show interesting!

‘Til Next Time 😉

Clems.

 

 

T5W: Favorite Mothers/Maternal Figures

As always, topics for these entries are taken from the Top 5 Wednesday group on Goodreads . The group was created by Lainey, who you can also follow on Youtube.

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Mothers/Maternal Figures

Well, to be honest … even though i did find 5 maternal figures/mother…. i just have to admit that parents aren’t much around in the books i read (YA mostly), as always, in the Young Adult community, parents are mostly either dead or they don’t care about their children for some reason… anyway, i managed so let’s see what we have here;

We Have Always Lived in the Castle 5.) Connie from  We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson

Connie is the main character’s sister, sine their parents died and their uncle isn’t well enough she’s been taking care of her little sister Merricat, her uncle and all the housekeeping stuff. She is a sweet and caring person, although she is afraid of getting out the house. She is loving and becomes a strong young woman as the story develops.

 

 

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) 4.) Sally Jackson from Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan 

I really like Sally very much, she was willing to give up her own happiness and marry some horrible guy in order to keep Percy safe as long as possible. Also, she is like, so understanding and funny… we may not see her much in the books, but she is really important to Percy. And… a Greek God fell in love with her in the past, like, what the heck with that?! ah?! That’s simply amazing!

 

 

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1) 3.) Amma from The Castor Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Amma is Ethan’s caretaker since he was little. Even before his mother’s death she was a very maternal figure for him. I like how she cares about everyone around her, how she is willing to do anything for the people she loves and how funny she is.

 

 

 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe 2.) Ari&Dante’s Parents from Aristotle & Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Well, i know this is actually cheating, choosing the four parents, but i love them all, because they have done so much each in their special way, not to mention how supportive they all were of their children.  Yeah, i do realize of how Ari’s father started in the book, but he went a long way…

 

 

 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) 1.) Molly Weasley from the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Okay, so yeah, in my opinion, Molly Weasley is one of the nicest, greatest maternal figures in the literature i read… She was nice and so caring, even when she didn’t know Harry yet, she was supportive of him and saw him as her own son, she was willing to take care of him even when she had very little even for her own family, she took care of all the Order of the Phoenix when they visited the headquarters, not to mention how fiercely she protected the people she loved. She is amazing, and i totally love her.

 

And that’s all my lovelies! Do you have some maternal figures n literature that you love and admire!? share it with me down in the messages if you want!

Have a great day!

‘Til next time 😉

Clems.

Interworld (Interworld #1) by Neil Gaiman&Michael Reaves

InterWorld (InterWorld, #1)Interworld (Interworld #1) by Neil Gaiman&Michael Reaves

Genre: MG/YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Pages: 239
Publisher: HarperCollins
Rating: 3.5 stars

Summary: When Newbery Medal winner Neil Gaiman and Emmy Award winner Michael Reaves teamed up, they created the bestselling YA novel InterWorld.

InterWorld tells the story of Joey Harker, a very average kid who discovers that his world is only one of a trillion alternate earths. Some of these earths are ruled by magic. Some are ruled by science. All are at war.

Joey teams up with alternate versions of himself from an array of these worlds. Together, the army of Joeys must battle evil magicians Lord Dogknife and Lady Indigo to keep the balance of power between all the earths stable.

(summary taken from Goodreads)

My opinion on the book:

When i first picked up the book i wasn’t sure what to expect, i just like Neil Gaiman, so i decided to give it a chance. The book was nothing i could have expected anyway.

This is a book that takes you to different worlds and it’s full of action, good and absorbing action…It may take a little while to enter the story, but if you give it a chance it will catch you and won’t let you go.

I loved the fact that the walkers (the people that can walk between worlds) are so much alike but so different at the same time, although at moments it was a little difficult to follow on who was who because they all had similar names.

The universe the book created is very fun and interesting, finding out how other worlds are similar to ours but have little (or huge) differences made it engaging. The writing is incredibly appealing since it’s sort of a middle-grade book i was expecting a little infantile writing or explanations, but the book takes its readers seriously and doesn’t underestimate kids, this being refreshing in this kind of books in my opinion.

Reading the book reminded me of reading the Percy Jackson series because of the adventures,the action,  the ‘school’ and the characters.

The characters weren’t very developed in the book, but i hope in the next books it will happen, still, i enjoyed and liked them very much. It was fun to read about them and the villains.

Overall, a fun reading, especially for middle-grade students.

Happy Reading!

C.

 

Reminiscing Monday #4: Daddy-Long-Legs

It’s Monday once again and  i’m here with this section in which i’ll be talking about Books, Shows and Movies i’ve read/seen a while ago but because of reasons i haven’t talked about them in the blog before.

Here i’ll review mostly from the feelings and impressions these left in me back in the day and what i can remember to this day.

And today, i wanna talk to you about:

Daddy-Long-Legs Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster

This book is an epistolary one, about a young orphan girl that gets the possibility of going to college thanks to an anonymous donor to whom she has to write letters as payment for his help. As the story develops Jerusha ‘Judy’ Abbot will find herself as a young independent woman in the world, she’ll find friends and frienemies and even love .

The book has and will always be one of my favorites, i remember the first time my sister read it to me. It was a wonderful book then, and i still love it now.

I use to read it at least once a year, and to be honest i remember it a little too well since i read it about 16 times, but yet, i still enjoy each reading and cry in the end (it’s happy crying not sad crying).

As i said before, it’s written as letters to an anonymous man of whom Jerusha does only know that he is tall and a male. I think this way of telling the story makes it even more real. I love how you can see Jerusha growing as a person in her own words, saying what she thinks and how she should say it to someone she loves but doesn’t know.

The friends Jerusha makes on the way are of my most beloved ones, Sally, Julia and Jarvie are very vivid as Jerusha describes them in her letter.

The book is written in a very sweet way, as the main character is herself sweet and naive at first. Her development, thanks to the people she gets to know and how much she wants to succeed in life is an inspiration even in the XXI century when women have more rights and equality it’s a thing.

Anyway, this is a very fluent reading, is short, funny and very sweet. Also, there’s the wonderful ending to the book that will just leave you in the clouds… i recommend it to everyone because it’s such a beautiful reading, i think most people would totally enjoy it.

‘Til Next Time 😉

Clems.

 

 

Resolutions update #4

Oh man, this month is killing me.

So, i’m still in this huge, horrible slump… i cannot get past through it, even though i managed to read a few books after Half Lost, i’m still grieving and i just can’t.

It’s like every time i manage to finish reading a book i go like “oh god, i cannot keep reading anymore” and sit for day staring at the books in my shelves, wanting to read them but unable to do so…

I decided on trying the shortest ones, maybe shorter books will work better for now, but suddenly they don’t seem so interesting and so i just don’t read.

Anyway, i started trying reading Hamlet, as my classic of the month, and the second play by Shakespeare which are both part of my resolutions (Read a classic every month/Read 2 Shakespeare’s plays), since it only one piece and it’s fullfilling two goals, i’m still not sure if i’m not actually cheating myself…this is getting more difficult than expected. Anyway, I’m finding it more interesting than Macbeth, at last for now, so i think i’ll make it through.

I went to the library last week and found two interesting non-fiction books, one about conspiracies and the other about what’s going on in the middle east…with a little luck one of those will be the fourth non-fiction i’ll be reading this year and so i’ll be completing that goal (Read at least 4 non-fiction books).

About the “Finish reading a series i put on hold“, i think i’ve actually done it by reading Half Wild & Half Lost, although i should count it only if and  when i read the novellas…

All my other resolutons are quite behind, i’m not finishing a good trilogy to read, and i need three of those… the ones i started… i’m not sure i want to eep reading them…

To be honest, it’s been a weird year, in comparation to last year, i haven’t found many books that actually blew my mind, … last year i had so many new favorites and now it’s getting difficult to even read. Man, this is bad.

I’m still haven’t read manga this year, …. actually i’m not watching anime either, i starting to get worried…

And well, those are the updates i have for now, i’m still looking for The Great Gatsby, but i cannot find it anywhere, so it’s still on hold, it will be one of the classics i read this year! (i hope).

‘Til Next Time 😉

Clems.