T5W: It Got Better

As always, topics for these entries are taken from the Top 5 Wednesday group on Goodreads. The group was created  Lainey. Now the group is under Samantha’s moderation, you can find her here.

T5W: Books Series That Got Better

1. Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

I’m not saying the first book wasn’t good, because for me every Harry Potter book is great but i have to admit that when you reread them a few times you can see how JK Rowling gets more and better into the world and the story with each book… Also, Harry Potter is like wine it gets better with age.

2. Half Bad Trilogy by Sally Green

Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy, #1)

I have to say it… The first book was a little difficult to get into for me the first time around but i pull through and then the second and third book were perfection and i’m in love with this trilogy.

3. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

I love The Raven Boys both the biys and the book but i gotta say that as you keep on reading the following books it gets even better ?? Honestly these books are so amazing, i love them.

4. Percy Jackson series/The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

I have to say that though i really enjoyed the Percy Jackson series i didn’t like it as much as i love the continuation, Heroes of Olympus… May be because it’s more middle grade going into young adult, but i enjoy the latter much better than the first series… I don’t know, Uncle Rick’s books just keep getting better.

5. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

I may be cheating a little here because i haven’t read the last book yet but… Like, the first book was really enjoyable and good but then the story got even better ?? So much better, i totally love those books and i’m sure the last one will be awesome.

What series do you think got better with each new book release?

firma

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Reminiscing Monday #17: The first band i’ve ever listened to.

Reminiscing Monday is basically a series of posts where i talk about everything and anything from books to movies, tv shows, and music that influenced me somehow in my life.

Sure i haven’t been posting this series, or anything much these past few weeks/months but seeing as last week one more light was shut down i thought it would be a good time to bring the series back in order to commemorate it.

Reminiscing Monday: The first band i’ve ever listened to.

Last Thursday Chester Bennington, the lead singer in Linkin Park, was found dead in his home. My sister was the one who gave me the news Friday morning and she shoved the thing off as if it wasn’t important.

At first, i was a little in shock but i thought ‘ok… it’s the shock of knowing someone died’ but as the hours kept passing by i felt worse and worse until i couldn’t stop my tears anymore and broke down crying.

For a fan this could be something normal, but the thing is that even though i do have someLinkin Park songs in my phone and i’ve been listening for a while now i’ve never seen myself as a fan of the band.

So i really stopped to think about why the death of Chester hit me so hard that i’m still bursting into tears from time to time and anywhere.

The realization came to me a few hours ago and it is what i want to talk about today.

Back in 2000 when my sister became a teenager she and i shared a room. This may sound as nothing important but you know how in the pre and teenage years one “discovers” music, meaning for the first time she wasn’t just listening to songs from telenovelas as Chiquititas (little girls) and this affected me as it affected her.

My sister’s first years discovering music were full of rock, rap and punk.

Since i shared the room with her my discovering years were the same.

The most prominent band she listened to was… As you may guess Linkin Park, followed by stuff like Limp Bizkit and Nas.

Sure at the time, i didn’t understand a word of what they sang or why the singer was always screaming but Hybrid Theory was the first cd i’ve ever listened from beginning to end and looking back it meant something because since then i have always had some Linkin Park songs with me.

No, i’ve never been a fan of the band per se, to be honest most of the songs i own are their singles but still, even though i was just a casual listener they have had such an influence in the way i look at the world, how do i choose the battles i believe i can fight, how do i show myself to the world… I mean for years ‘Numb’ was my song, i guess, as many others said already, Linkin Park is the kind of band that is just the soundtrack of life.

I guess it’s the little things that shape us and today i know to appreciate them more than i had before.

From the pages to the screen: Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King gets a TV adaptation

The other day as i was checking on the YouTubers i follow religiously, one of my favorites, the one i follow the most for the thrillers and Stephen King’s updates reacted to the Mr. Mercedes trailer and i almost died.

You gotta understand, when i first read Mr. Mercedes i was in love with the book two pages in, so can you imagine how excited i am because of this?

But, what is the story about?

A retired cop is haunted by a mass killer who one frigid night years ago ran over the waiting crowd of a job fair. The killer, using a stolen car killed 8 people (including a baby) and wounded many others. Now he is back to try and get read of Hodges, the police officer who had the case but could never catch him.

Brady Hartsfield, our killer, an antisocial and intelligent man who still lives with his alcoholic mother is thirsty for blood and nothing will stop him from try and ruin Hodges’s life.

Interested? Here’s the official trailer:

Now, what do i think about the trailer? …

Resultado de imagen para bill hodgesWell, first of all; Yes, that’s my Kermit Bill Hodges. He is actually the actor i pictured for the role so i’m like, super excited about it! In case you didn’t realize or know, he is Brendan Gleeson and he played Alastor Moody in the Harry Potter movies, he is also General Armitage Hux’s (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), aka Bill Weasley’s father in real life.

As for Brady, we have the actor Harry Treadaway, who you may know from Penny Dreadful, where he played Victor Frankenstein.

Really not what i had in mind, but you know… he seems completely crazy like Brady and i sort of  like it…

Resultado de imagen para mr mercedes trailer pictures There are some other characters that threw me out, but i guess, we just have to wait and see how they portrait the characters in the show instead of having any preconceived opinions.

 

As for the references from the book, like the smiley faces or the clown mask, like … okay, i can’t wait to actually see it all in the show.

Have you heard of Mr. Mercedes before? Are you looking forward to watching the series?

The show will start August 9th, don’t forget to tune in!

firma

T5W: A Whole New World

As always, topics for these entries are taken from the Top 5 Wednesday group on Goodreads. The group was created  Lainey. Now the group is under Samantha’s moderation, you can find her here.

Top 5 Wednesday: Books Set In A Non-Western World

Okay,  i tried to find some books set in a less western world, but i failed to find any that i read and actually enjoyed very much, so instead decided to show you the ones i want to read the most from my TBR.

*If any of these books actually don’t relate to the topic i’m sorry, i just realised how little i’ve read or had planned to read out of my Western comfort zone.

Akata Witch (Akata Witch, #1) Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor 

Akata Witch transports the reader to a magical place where nothing is quite as it seems. Born in New York, but living in Aba, Nigeria, twelve-year old Sunny is understandably a little lost. She is albino and thus, incredibly sensitive to the sun. All Sunny wants to do is be able to play football and get through another day of school without being bullied. But once she befriends Orlu and Chichi, Sunny is plunged in to the world of the Leopard People, where your worst defect becomes your greatest asset. Together, Sunny, Orlu, Chichi and Sasha form the youngest ever Oha Coven. Their mission is to track down Black Hat Otokoto, the man responsible for kidnapping and maiming children. Will Sunny be able to overcome the killer with powers stronger than her own, or will the future she saw in the flames become reality?

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1) The Wrath And The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

American Gods (American Gods, #1) American Gods by Neil Gaiman 

Days before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.

Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.

Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, American Gods takes a long, hard look into the soul of America. You’ll be surprised by what – and who – it finds there…

The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #1) The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision. 

The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen, #1) The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself. 

Do You have good recommendations??

firma

Friday Finds| July 7th, 2017

Friday Finds
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).

I haven’t posted this section in a while, but it was because i didn’t add any books to my shelves or tbr lately… this week though i bought some new books, so let me show you the new additions to my lists!

On my shelves:

The Masked Truth The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong 

Synopsis: Riley Vasquez is haunted by the brutal murder of the couple she was babysitting for.

Max Cross is suffering under the shadow of a life-altering diagnosis he doesn’t dare reveal.

The last thing either of them wants is to spend a weekend away at a therapy camp alongside five other teens with “issues.” But that’s exactly where they are when three masked men burst in to take the group hostage.

The building has no windows. The exits are sealed shut. Their phones are gone. And their captors are on a killing spree.

Riley and Max know that if they can’t get out, they’ll be next—but they’re about to discover that even escape doesn’t equal freedom.

The Next Together (The Next Together, #1) The Next Together by Lauren James

Synopsis: How many times can you lose the person you love? 

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?

Maybe the next together will be different…

Level Up Level Up by Cathy Yardley

Synopsis: Geeky introvert Tessa Rodriguez will do whatever it takes to get promoted to video game engineer– including creating a fandom-based video game in just three weeks. The only problem is, she can’t do it alone. Now, she needs to strong-arm, cajole, and otherwise socialize with her video game coworkers, especially her roommate, Adam, who’s always been strictly business with her. The more they work together, though, the closer they get…

Adam London has always thought of his roomie Tessa as “one of the guys” until he agreed to help her with this crazy project. Now, he’s thinking of her all the time… and certainly as something more than just a roommate! But his last girlfriend broke up with him to follow her ambitions, and he knows that Tessa is obsessed with getting ahead in the video game world.

Going from friends to something more is one hell of a challenge. Can Tessa and Adam level up their relationship to love?

Have you added any new books to your shelves this past week? 

Have a nice reading!

firma