T5W: Favorite Bromances

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

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Bromances

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Harry Potter and Ron Weasley from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Oh Ron and Harry are by far one of my favorite friendships ever…  i know they had their ups and downs but their friendship means the world to me and my childhood and everything … blah, blah, blah.. do  have tosay more?

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Isak Valtersen and Jonas Noah Vasquez from Skam by Julie Andem

This gotta be one of my favorite relationships ever, such good friends, just thinking of their friendship, their bromance makes me all emotional… Jonas has one of the most amazing moments on the history of TV showing his support to his best friend… i just adore them so much.

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The Raven Boys (Adam, Gansey, Noah, and Ronan) from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

These boys… their friendship and their amazing world… these guys just are such good friends, and so loyal to each other.. i want to cry … i just have no words to describe how much i love them all and the books they are from … Maggie Stiefvater just works magic.

(art by Cassandra Jean)

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Kate Harker and August Flynn from This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab

I know these aren’t two guys, but their bromance is still of epic proportions… now i’ve only read the first book but i hope it doesn’t develop to more than their friendship because it was so amazing, they are so much about each other without falling into the cliche of falling in love with each other, simply amazing… another author working magic.

(I couldn’t find the author of the art, please if you know who made the fanart let me know so i can give them full credit for it!!)

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Poe Dameron and BB8 from the Star Wars Franchise

Oops… my hand slipped… So maybe BB8 isn’t a guy … but the bromance is real. Poe and BB8 fighting together in a galaxy far far away… these two sure are good friends who trust each other and have each other’s backs always!

and you… what are your favorite bromances?

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Down Among The Sticks And Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire | Review

Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2)Down Among The Sticks And Bones by Seanan McGuire

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 189
Publisher: Tor.com
Rating: 4 stars

Summary: Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.

This is the story of what happened first…

Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.

Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter—adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you’ve got.

They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.

They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.

My opinion on the book:

First of all, the way the author writes… it’s beautiful. When i read the first book in the series i fell in love with the way she writes, it’s just so creepy and interesting, she really takes you places with the way she describes everything.

The story was unexpected. To be honest, i thought we would move forward from where we left in the first book but we are taken back in time to the days when Jack and Jill became who they are today. At first, i was a little disappointed by this, but the story was interesting enough to keep me reading all day long until i finished it.

The new world created for this book is absorbing and creepy. The author does a great job showing us this new side of the girls, the life where they come from and where they went.

As much as i liked the twins in the first book, i fell in love all over again with them in this one. They have some much character and even though their story is told in a mysterious and an uneasy way, they are palpable and even relatable characters in some ways.

Though overall the book is really great, i found the fact that many times the what was going to happen next was very predictable a little disappointing and boring. As we already know the endgame of their adventure, you could guess what was gonna happen in the big picture more than once or twice.

But even knowing at times what was coming, the book is written in a way that will keep you reading even then.

Overall i’ll say it was a fun reading, even if i was expecting the continuation of the previous book it was a nice addition to the story to go back and see what happened before. The fact that we went back in time to see their story really made me wish we could also see some of the others’ background stories.

I cannot wait for the next book; Beneath the Sugar Sky which is expected to be released at the beginning of next year. I’m really looking forward to meeting again the characters from Every heart a doorway.

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Love Is Love by Mette Bach

I got an e-arc of this book from Netgalley.com in exchange of my honest opinion.

Love Is Love Love Is Love by Mette Bach

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Glbt
Pages: 176
Publisher: Lorimer
Rating: 2.5 stars

Summary: Overweight and unhappy at home, Emmy gets sexually involved with a popular classmate so that people will think that she is worth liking. When she realizes that he is just using her, she decides to leave her home in Winnipeg to stay with her uncle’s family in Vancouver. Emmy has always been intimidated by her perfect cousin Paige and Paige’s cool friends, so she is surprised to find that the coolest of them is transgender. Emmy is instantly attracted to Jude (who used to be Judy), and starts hanging out at the coffee shop where he works. She even performs at the poetry slam Jude hosts there.

Emmy is never sure where she stands with Jude, and can’t believe that such a confident, charismatic guy might actually be interested in her. Both her mother back in Winnipeg and Paige warn her away from Jude, saying that he will just use her and she will get hurt. But it’s not until she almost falls again into the trap of casual sex to boost her self-esteem that Emmy realizes it’s worth it to put your true self out there for real love.

My Opinion on the Book:

I got this book to review from netgalley.com. To be honest when i first read the synopsis of the book sounded interesting enough so i decided to give it a chance.

The book tells Emmy’s story. Emmy’s an overweight teenager who after a discussion with her mother is sent to live with her aunt and uncle (and her cousin) in another city. When she gets to the new city her cousin takes her to meet her friend Jude, previously known as Judy, with whom Emmy feels a sort of connection. From here on the story develops as the relationship between Emmy and Jude does too.

The story touches topics as transphobia, eating disorders, mental disorders, self-image and low self-esteem. Sadly enough, even though there were enough interesting topics in the books, they never fully developed and the book ended up falling short.

The book isn´t long, just 176 pages, and it reads easily enough. But because of it many storylines and developments in the book feel rushed while others that feel unnecessary are treated with more time.

To be honest, i tried hard to like the characters in the book but they weren´t  fully developed and they didn´t change or learned anything as the story moved forward. I felt like they were too flat and annoying.

Overall, i think the book could be saved by just being a little longer and developing the characters and storylines as necessary, the fact that is so short doesn´t give us the opportunity to fully know and see the development the characters go through. The idea was nice enough to make me want to give it a chance, just the book itself didn´t deliver the way i was expecting.

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T5W: Books From Before I Joined The Blogosphere

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

Top 5 Wednesday: Books i loved before i joined the blogosphere!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

I’ve been reading these books since i was about 9-10 years old, so it’s pretty obvious that these are books i loved many years before i even thought about having a blog at all. These books are my childhood and the one stable thing in my life as a whole. Man, i love these books so much. *The Goblet of Fire is my favorite from the series*.

 

Daddy-Long-Legs (Daddy-Long-Legs, #1) Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster

This book was read to me for the first time when i was 10 and for the very first reading, i loved it to pieces.  It’s been a while from that first time and I’ve read it many times since then, but i never get tired of it, quite the opposite to be honest, with each time i revisit these characters i love them even more.

 

 

The Gospel According to Larry The Gospel According to Larry by Janet Tashjian

The book that closes the holy trinity of my beloved ‘childhood’ books is this one (the other two titles being the ones above). I don’t think i can express in words how much i love this book… it means so much and i’ve learned so much from it. It’s a shame it’s so little people know and talk about it.

 

 

My Name is Memory My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

From the author who brought The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, this book is one of my favorites. I read it maybe two years ago but as i just started reading it became an instant favorite, forever. It’s a shame not many people seem to know or talk about it in the online community because i think many would really enjoy it… I recommend it so much.

 

Every Day (Every Day, #1) Every Day by David Levithan

This was the first book i’ve ever read by the author David Levithan and the moment i started reading i fell in love with it and the way he writes. Honestly, i think everyone should try and read at least one David Levithan book because they are just the best. Since reading this first book and joining the blogosphere i got an e-arc or the ‘sequel/companion’ of this book to review by netgalley and then i also got to meet the author and it was just awesome. Like, starting reading this book brought so many satisfactory and happy moments that part of them i could then share in my blog… it’s been just AMAZING.

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Every Heart A Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire | Review

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)Every heart a doorway by Seanan McGuire

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Glbt
Pages: 169
Publisher: Tor.com
Rating: 4 stars

Summary: Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.

My opinion on the book:

At first, i was a little reluctant of reading this book because i feel it would be a Miss Peregrine’s Home For Pelicular Children do over, and i wasn’t on the mood for that but the idea of the book kept calling me until i gave up and picked it up to read.

I gotta admit i wasn’t disappointed. The book tells the story of Nancy, a new kid in the Eleanor West’s home for wayward children. She just came back for the underworld and she can’t get over it, she still stands still like a mannequin and doesn’t it much, as she was told there. But as she starts to live her new life in the home she discovers she is not the only one that misses their particular magical world, and how different they all are. She soon befriends a group of people like her and then the story changes as you wouldn’t expect. *spoiler free*

So, this was my first time reading one of the author’s books and i gotta say i loved the way she describes things, how she breaks the fourth to explain something and the way she created so interesting and magical worlds.

I enjoyed the characters as they were. Most of them were unique and fun to read about, i’m really looking forward to the next books where we’ll get more of their personal stories. But, as much as i liked them, they were not characters that really stick with you. Yes, it was fun to read about them, but in contrast to other characters and books i read when i closed the book after finishing it they didn’t ‘stay’ with me.

I particularly enjoyed the creepy environment on the book, it was creepy enough to keep me reading but not enough to make me scared and drop the book.

Overall, it was a very interesting and different reading, i loved it very much hence the 4 starts i gave it. I will heartily recommend it to people who enjoyed the Peculiar Children and some Neil Gaiman books because it has the same kind of creepiness.

Hope you enjoy it!

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Books I wish I read as a child

My love for books comes from my childhood when my language and literature teacher made us start reading at least one book a month, that and the amazing librarian we had at school.

I remember pretty well all the books i read since then, so many of them have mark my life forever.  but

Many times while reading a blog entry or watching a booktuber talk about a children’s book i haven’t read or read when i was older i can’t help but think, what if i read ‘x’ in my childhood too? how could have changed my life?

Seeing there are many books i wish i read as a child i decided to share some of them with you. I’m sure you read some of them yourselves, so you are more than welcome to share your experience and how do you feel the books changed you in the comments section!

Matilda Matilda by Roald Dahl

I remember watching the movie adaptation so many times, it’s a shame i didn’t know it was a book. I know Roald Dahl has written some amazing books and i wish i would’ve read any of them when i was little… but i guess i’ll have to conform with the opportunity of reading them being older.

Actually, this book is sitting on my tbr right now, maybe i should go check it asap.

Harriet the Spy (Harriet the Spy #1) Harriet the spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Another movie i just loved when i was a child was Harriet the Spy, i just loved it… yet again, i didn’t know it was a book until a few years ago… i’ve been planning on reading it soon, since i purchased it not long ago, but i still keep wondering how much little Clemence would’ve enjoy if she read this book and the sequels when she was little.

 

Charlotte's Web Charlotte’s Web by E.B.White

When i was in my teens i had to write a book report in English, and the one book i got for that was this one. At the time i didn’t know it was such a known children’s book and apparently, no one around me knew either, i found out when the movie was made. I enjoyed the book when i read it, but i’m like 100% sure i would’ve enjoyed it even more if i read it when i was about 9-10.

 

A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

I’ve been seeing this book everywhere for a few years now, and never really thought about reading it, only now that the book is getting a movie adaptation i wish i would’ve read it when i was younger and before the movie comes out… anyway, I think i’ll give it a try before the movie premieres next year.

 

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret by Judy Blume

I wish i would have read any of Judy Blume’s books when i was at the right age for them… i remember reading one when i was about 16 but it just isn’t the same.. is it? … it will not stop me from having some of them in my tbr but still.. i wish i read them when i was little.

 

The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew, #1) Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene

Last but not least, the Nancy Drew series. These is the kind of books i was looking for when i just started reading and i really wish i knew back then about this series… it’s just so much fun and i love book series because you keep meeting the same characters which is awesome. So yeah, these books could’ve been a great addition to my childhood’s readings and loved books but i guess it will just stay in the ‘what if’ …

Have you read any of these books in your childhood? did you like them back then? would you reread them as a older person?

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Release by Patrick Ness | Review

Release

Release by Patrick Ness

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Glbt
Pages: 287
Publisher: Walker Books
Rating: 3.75 stars

Summary: Inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever, Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It’s a big day. Things go wrong. It’s intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches…

Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It’s a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won’t come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course.

My opinion on the book:

I have to admit that the first thought that comes to my mind when i look back and think about the book is … WTH?

I’ve read a fair amount of books by the author for me to be a fan and for his books to be an instant must read when i see there’s a new one coming out.

Still, even though i really like his writing i have to admit i’m not so sure where i stand with this one.

The story spreads over a day, a terrible one if someone is having it, in the life of the main character. In this day everything that can go wrong does and Adam, our main, needs to face everything, he needs to choose his battles and let go of many things.

Although most of the story is about Adam there’s another ‘main’ character who meet and follow. This part of the story, the one with the second main character felt a little boring, even if it was necessary. And yeah, i can see that even when most of the time ot felt out of place at the end it made sense.

The truth is, i was a little disappointed by this book. I did enjoy the writing, i think Patrick Ness is great creating ideas and expressing them, but the story felt a little dull to me.

As always Patrick Ness’ book touches important subjects on growing up, finding and admitting to yourself and others who you are and as in every other book it was put in a very personal way, so it speaks to young readers the best.

I’m not saying the book wasn’t enjoyable, i read it pretty fast. Not to mention ia a short book overall. I just didn’t feel the emotion i got while reading other of his books.

Still, i would recommend it if you are looking for a bittersweet contemporary to read.

Overall, i have to give this book not more than 3.5 stars, because it felt a little rushed and like it was missing some of the magic the author’s books usually have.

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