Favorite Books I Never Talk About

When i talk about books i love, i always talk about the same ones. I’ve realized this not long ago and because of that i wanted to get a shout out to the rest of the books i adore with all my heart and never give them the space they deserve. Obviously there are more books that may be on a favorite standard, but either i can recalled them this moment or i just talked about them before.

The Catcher in the Rye

Yes, i do realize having this book as a favorite is a cliche. Still, i remember reading it when i was in high school and really feeling connected to Holden. There was something different about him than any other character i’ve ever read about and so i used to call him my literary boyfriend, thinking on how we would run away together. It’s been a while since i last read the book and i can’t remember if he wanted to go east or west (i think east), but i used to write him letters every week.

Catch-22

This book changed my life and the way i write fiction. I remember the death of Snowden in the book as if i read it yeasterday. The way this book describes things, it just changed me forever. I loved the main character, and i loved the fact that his crewmate was dead in the tent and nobody cared. Like, honestly, what is this book. Can i tattoo everything on my skin, i wish i had this book on my body.

Fahrenheit 451

The book i wish i could remember by heart. If you know what i mean. At first i didn’t like this book, but by the end i was so engaged i couldn’t stop reading it. Such a remarkable book. I have scenes marked in my brain, i think i’ll never forget them.

1984

I own the same edition. I remember reading it in spanish for the first time, and how i started to talk the same way the characters did while i was reading it. I had many expectation for O’Brein, but i guess back then i wasn’t that good catching up what was gonna happen. Now it’s much easier. Another book i wish i could tattoo on my skin. Amazing book.

Flowers for Algernon

When i read this book i happened to meet a person with the same characteristics as the main character which made the experience even more interesting. Obviously the person i knew didn’t went through the treatment as the main character (Charlie) did, but he began in the same place as the person i met. It was interesting because i could see their behavior and understood more the story Charlie was going through, or so i felt.

Manuscript Found in Accra

I haven’t read much by Paulo Coelho, but this is my favorite book by him. By far the most eye opener of them all, i enjoy it so much, i love the quotes i took from it, i still think about them a lot. Still, not one of my favorite authors, i think he is pretty overrated. I know i’m being ridiculous because i keep reading his books after not liking them, but one was worth it, maybe there’s another gem out there.

I'm Thinking of Ending Things

Sometimes when i’m stressed out i like to repeat a song, a word, a phrase. I’m thinking of ending things is one of those lines i like to repeat to myself when i’m feeling anxiety. For some reason after a while it helps me get trhough the difficult time. Now, the book was the most unexpected book i’ve read in a very long time, and i adored it when i read it. Still one of my favorites.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Somedays i can’t stop myself from thinking about this book. It was just so eerie, i adored it. I don’t have muh to say about it, i just, felt to conected to the characters i couldn’t stop reading once i started i finished it in one sit. Remarkable and unforgettable, the story of these two sisters and what happens in this house will live with me forever.

That’s it! these are some of my favorite books, it’s a shame i don’t speak about them enough so i wanted you to know how much i love them! Do you have any books you really love but you feel like you don’t speak about them enough? Leave your comment down below!

Let’s Talk Bookish | Putting Off Books I Actually Want To Read

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books & Dani @ Literary Lion, where a topic is presented each week and we get to share our opinions on it and spread some love among others’s opinions too!

This week’s topic is: PUTTING OFF BOOKS I ACTUALLY WANT TO READ (SUGGESTED BY JILLIAN @ THE BOOKISH BUTTERFLY)

Do you ever put off the books you actually want to be reading?

I put a lot of books on hold because of new ones, to be honest i don’t know why, but like i’ll be making a TBR for the month but then a lot of other books will pop up and i’ll be wanting to read them too. The biggest problem is when i find new books and i instantly buy them, because then i just say “oh, it is already here, i might as well read it this moment”. It happens a lot. You may see it in my wrap ups for the month, i end up reading a lot of books i wasn’t planning on at first.

What do you end up reading instead?

There are so many things i end up reading, i don’t know where to start. I read every book that i find interesting at the very moment. There’s a very big chance i won’t end up reading them if i don’t pick them up the moment i have that “I HAVE TO” feeling. There’s a lot of books i have on my TBR since forever, and i feel i’ll never get to them. So yeah, i go with the flow because otherwise, it might never happen.

Why do you put off the books that you would rather read for other stories?

Mostly because i am a mood reader, i guess. There’s the right moment for the right book, or maybe i just don’t wanna read that big of a book at the moment, as i talked about on my post Who’s Afraid of the Big Book? I just have problem currently reading long books, so i put them on the waiting list, from where the might never come off. We’ll see, eventually.

Do you treat reading books you’re excited as a reward?

Not really, i feel like a love for the books i read. It’s not a reward it’s more of a relationship, so sometimes i just want then to end, but the books i love the most i just put them off as much as i can, like i want to read them as many days as possible, so i just read a little everyday. Unless i just really fall hard and then i devour them.

What about you? Do you stick to your TBR? Do you put books off? Leave your comment and the link to your own post down below!

Why I Read More Ebooks Than Physical Books?

Hey there everyone! I hope you are all doing fine. I´m doing a lot better to be honest, so here i am, ready to present you with a new post!

This time i wanna share with you my experience on why i read more Ebooks than physical ones.

To be honest, i do prefer physical books, they look pretty on you home, and you can hug them when you love them too much. So yeah, if you asked me, i do prefer physical books.

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The things is, and this is something i don´t share many times on my blog, but i live in Asia and many times we don´t get many books in English. Since i don´t enjoy much reading books in the country´s language i tend to buy my books in English, so no having a big variety of it is one of the problems.

More so, physical books in here are like twice the price you can get them from other countries or like on kindle. So, mostly i just buy them on kindle because i can get nice prices and i get the book the moment i buy it unless i preorder and then the book is available for me the moment it is released.

So, not having to wait the time i do have when buying physical books helps with the hype. I mean, i my be hyped by a book this week but i´ll lose my interest on it next week because i didn´t get it.

It helps me keep track on the newest books.

Since i live far and book can arrive a month or two after they are released, it´s obvious i´ll prefer the now option of getting a book i´m dying to read the moment they are released. This way, keeping up with all new books i want to read. That way i could read a book and even finish it the same day it is released.

Because i read most my books in English it helps me keep the language fresh in my mind. If i didn´t read as many books in English as i do, my English would be even worse than it is right now. Imagine that.

The most important thing, the biggest problem i have with physical books is the size of the font. I struggle very much concentrating when the letters are too small, and this way, in my kindle i can manage it. I can have the font size i want, read as comfortable as i can.

As you can see, for me, living where i do, being who i am, the ebook option is the rightest. I can have books as fast as they come out, i can save money and it is easier to concentrate. Yet, when i love a book too much or it calls me i still buy them because i want them on my physical library.

And now it´s your turn, do you read more ebooks or physical books and why ? Leave your comment down below!

Beneath the Sugar Sky(Wayward Children #3) by Seanan McGuire

Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children, #3)Beneath the Sugar Sky(Wayward Children #3) by Seanan McGuire

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 174
Publisher: Tor.com
Rating: 4 stars

Summary: Beneath the Sugar Sky returns to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the “real” world.

Sumi died years before her prophesied daughter Rini could be born. Rini was born anyway, and now she’s trying to bring her mother back from a world without magic.

My opinion on the book:

In this book, we go back to the Eleanor West’s home for wayward children, not far from where the first book in the series left us. In this book, we meet again some of our beloved characters and we also get some new ones. Cora, the mermaid being one of the new characters, is the one who becomes our POV.

As Cora and Nadya (the drown girl) are spending a day in the water a girl falls from the sky. The girl presents herself as Rini, Sumi’s daughter, and she came to earth to get her mother back to her world because she started to disappear (this happening because – major spoiler alert Sumi was murdered in the first book).

Now our heroes and heroines, Kade, Chris, Nadya, Cora, and Rini will have to go looking for Sumi’s remains not only on earth to prevent a disaster in confection (Sumi and Rini’s world).

Can we talk about the writing of these books a second? The Author, Seanan McGuire has, in my opinion, one of the most poetic and beautiful ways of writing.

When i read these books i always feel so melancholic and in the longing for places i haven’t visited in my life, but she makes her characters so alive and real i feel their feelings vividly.

I remember reading Down Among the Bones and Sticks and feeling the book was at times too predictable. This time around, the most important storyline were the characters themselves and they were as unexpected as they come. All of them, full of vasts and unique backstories that I could read about all day long.

Sadly, we keep getting short books, though at least that way we don’t think get unnecessary filler.

I believe the worlds presented on these books can live on and give us a lot of different stories and characters. I’m looking forward to keep visiting these amazing unexpected worlds the author creates in every paragraph.

It isn’t clear yet if the series will continue but I sure hope it does.. it has so much to offer, so many windows and opportunities were opened already I hope we get to see where all of them can take us.

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Catching – Up

I think it’s safe to say Skam (Norwegian tv show i keep saying i’ll talk about here) has officially taken over all my time by this point. Luckily enough (no, not really) the show will be over by the end of the month (cries in Norwegian) after its fourth season.

However sad it really is to see the show ending, it may give me back all my free time. Now that’s a lot of time so i’ve been looking back at my tbr and i’ve been checking on all the reading i should have done but didn’t because watching Skam is a full-time job.

So, now that i’ll be back to my regular schedule, i’ll have time (or so i hope) to catch up with all those releases of the year i was planning on reading but didn’t because the Evak was too strong.

What are the books i’m planning on catching up with you ask? Well, … here are the books i’m looking forward the most to catch up with this year so far…

The Hate U Give The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I gotta admit i’m completely ashamed i haven’t got to this book yet.  I’ve seen nothing but great reviews about this book and i started it when it got out but my head was too invested in other things at the moment… i was liking the writing style a lot, i remember and i cannot wait to go back to it. I think this will be one of the first books i’ll be catching up with these months.

 

Noteworthy Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

I received an e-copy of this book for reviewing back at the beginning of the year and still, i haven’t put myself to the task of reading it yet… i’m looking forward to reading the book, though, because it sounds as so much fun.

 

 

The Upside of Unrequited The Upside Of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

I cannot believe i haven’t read this book yet, okay?? like, i remember reading Becky’s first book ‘Simon and the homo sapiens agenda’ the day it was released and devouring the book because it was so much fun and fluff and it was amazing… so how did i not read it the moment it came out? Great question… i heard it is not as good as the previous one, but i’ll be deciding it for myself as i read it asap.

 

Scar Island Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart

If i recall it right, i heard about this book in one of JesseTheReader‘s videos… it sounded really interesting when he was talking about it, so i decided to give it a change.. obviously, i haven’t yet, but i’ll be working my way to it in the next few months for sure!

 

 

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life The Inexplicable Logic Of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz

I’d been looking forward to reading this book for a very long time, since i really loved ‘Aristotle&Dante discover the secrets of the universe’ which by the way, if you haven’t read it yet, it’s a beautiful book… but then when the book came out i read some harsh reviews and it made me step back for a while… now i’m thinking of giving my own opinion on the book, and for that i need to read it myself, obviously… so yeah…i’ll be reading the book when the time is right.

Release Release by Patrick Ness

In the last year or so, Patrick Ness has become one of my must-read any books by the author… so it’s not a surprise i’m planning on reading this one… I didn’t know it was released in May so it’s not like i was pushing it aside, i just forgot it was coming out already.. anyway, i want to catch up with this one asap, because i totally love the way Ness writes, so i cannot wait to have this book in my hands.

 

Nowhere Near You (Because You'll Never Meet Me, #2) Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas

I was really looking forward for this book to be released since the very moment i finished reading the first one, ‘Because You’ll Never Meet Me’ so i really don’t know why i haven’t got to this one yet… i really don’t understand what happened… well, i do understand… Norwegian teenage-tv drama happened.. but i’m really wanting to read this book, because i remember really liking the characters so i’m really happy to be going back and meeting them again.

 

Oh well, wish me luck with all the catching up i gotta do because it’s not only these books that are waiting on me… I have so many books o my tbr at the moment!!!

’til next time

firma

Books Recently Added To My Favorites Ever!

I had to get inventive here, you see… we are in the beginning of February and i never talked to you about my favorite books of 2016, so i figured i could share my top 5 readings of last year disguising it as Books Recently Added To My Favorites Ever!

Am I clever or what?

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Symptoms of Being Human#5  Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Synopsis [here].

The story is about Riley a gender fluid teenager that isn’t out yet to their parents, is new at school and is the child of a congressman. Now, all this come perfectly into one of the most interesting books i read in 2016, not only because it was the first time i read about a gender fluid character in a book but also because of the way the story was told and the plot itself.

I totally loved the fact that you are never told if Riley was born a boy or a gir, because that’s not the important thing about the character. The story is full of feelings and beautiful moments as well as pretty hard ones.

Obviously, i totally recommend it to everyone, it’s on my favorites after all.

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)#4.5 The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Synopsis [here].

I wasn’t about to add this book to the list really, that’s why it’s half a number. Don’t get me wrong i love The Raven Cycle quartet, i think it’s one of my favorite series, but really even though i really loved the way it ended there were some parts that when looking back i feel were a bit lacking. I still love it a lot and all but my favorite book remains The Dream Thieves.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle #4 We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson

Synopsis [here].

I read this book at the beginning of 2016 and i still remember every feeling it got me when reading it. It was written in such an incredible way i just loved it to pieces. Really, it is a gothic sort of story that will keep you wanting more even when you are still reading it.

 

More Than This #3 More Than This by Patrick Ness

Synopsis [here].

Patrick Ness never seizes to amaze me really. There isn’t a book i read by him i haven’t loved. Honestly, all of his books are in my favorites.

In this book, there was something that really was more than anything. I don’t know how to explain the way it made me feel, but i’ll say that from time to time when i think about all that happens in the book and especially about the end i’m awed.  Seriously this book was amazing and kept me guessing all the way through.

1984 #2 1984 by George Orwell

Synopsis [here].

Out of all the classics i read last year this one was the one that got me going ‘wow’ all the way. Honestly, i thought i could enjoy reading some classics but this one was in a completely different level because of everything. I loved it and enjoyed it so much. Sure, it took me a while to really enter the story but the moment i did, i was so hooked. It is incredible.

 

Half Lost (The Half Bad Trilogy, #3) #1 Half Lost by Sally Green

Synopsis [here].

Ok, this was my favorite book of 2016 by far, like honestly, i cried so much over this book, it reminds me of All The Bright Places (in the crying level). Well, i read Half Wild too in 2016 and loved it a lot too, but if i haveto choose between them both, Half Lost broke my heart so badly i just can’t ignore it. So yeah, this book was my favorite.

Well, you see… the Half Life trilogy is by far my favorite trilogy to this day and i believe it will take a lot for another trilogy for it to mean to me as much as this one does. I love the characters and the story so much, i don’t have he right words.

Oh man, this book broke my heart, and still i’m so glad i got to read this amazing trilogy. Like, i think everyone should give it a try at least because it felt really unique and super interesting, like the way it was written and the story itself. I just adore it, okay … i’m never getting over this.

And that’s all for now! Obviously, there’s another book that became an absolute favorite not long ago but it was in 2017 so i’ll be talking about that book when the time is right.

‘Til Next Time 😉

firma

 

 

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Forgive Me, Leonard PeacockForgive me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Genre: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 288
Publisher: Brown Books for Young Readers
Rating: 4.25 stars

Summary: Today is Leonard Peacock’s birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather’s P-38 pistol.

But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart-obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate, Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school’s class on the Holocaust. Speaking to each in turn, Leonard slowly reveals his secrets as the hours tick by and the moment of truth approaches.

In this riveting look at a day in the life of a disturbed teenage boy, acclaimed author Matthew Quick unflinchingly examines the impossible choices that must be made—and the light in us all that never goes out.

My opinion on the book:

There’s always something about one’s birthday. Leonard decided the special thing about his 18th is that he is going t o kill his ex-best friend and then himself.

That’s how this story begins. Leonard has already decided and now we get to follow him through his last day on earth. He has a complete plan that includes saying goodbye to the important people in his life and to give each one of them a gift (without telling them the truth).

The most wonderful things about this book is the normality on it, like, it’s a regular day (apart of the obvious) and we get to see such deep parts of Leonard’s mind, it’s amazing.

Through the book, we feel his complete loneliness, which feels extremely real. He is no one at school, has no friends, his mother doesn’t care about him much and he has no will of growing up.

The book is by itself a critic to our so boring daily lives, as he tries to understand what awaits him after graduating.

Desperation, loneliness, a very complex and wonderful character. Though we never really know much about the others, we do know what he thinks of them and what he think they think.

At first, i thought the book wouldn’t be able to hold itself by just randomly following one single character that speaks with a few people, but the author really makes it work… now thinking of it, it reminds me of The Catcher In The Rye, though Leonard is way more lovable than Holden…

Leonard’s thoughts aren’t forced nor superficial, at most, you can totally find yourself related to the way he sees the world, i know i did. Everything in the book is so natural, another day in the life of “…”. The book really got me thinking about how we think we see people but we don’t we just have an idea of them and we go with it and that way we miss a lot of relationships we could have.

One of my favorite things about the book was the relationship Leonard has with his WWII history teacher and the way he actually sees Leonard, the interest Leonard had in his teacher, and the talks they had.

I was forgetting to mention that although the book issues some very strong topics  (such as the plan Leonard has), it is also written in a funny tone (not the touchy topics, don’t worry!).  Still, the book never makes fun of itself.

Overall Leonard is a very interesting character, he has an amazing way of seeing things and the book will leave you with a great feeling when you finish it. Did i cry? yes, i did.

Would i recommend it? Well, of course, with this book you are in for a treat.

‘Til Next Time 😉

firma

Reminiscing Monday #11: The Giver

Monday’s here, which means i’m bringing you once again this section, where i talk 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.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

I remember i picked up this book because at the time i was really into dystopian books and it looked as such a small and harmless one. I was so wrong. This book is just one of those i just read oin one sit because it was so damn freaking intense. From the very first moment to it’s climax i was owed.

Telling the story of a boy called Jonas in a ‘utopian’ community where everything is colorless and they live in conformity, or so he believes until he receives his life assigment as the receiver of memory and hen he starts to understand all the wrong going in the community.

It was the story as a whole and the ones behond each character, it was Jonas’s feelings, the way he started to understand his job and life, it was the way the book was written. I was on the verge of tears more than once or twice, i was just…. WOW.

You know that one book you weren’t expecting much from but, BUT by the time you remember you actually have to breath the book has its paws on you forever? That was this book for me. I wasn’t looking for something really special at the time, i just wanted a fun reading or something.  I was just coming back from years of not being a very active reader (other than Harry Potter) ad this book just fired me up.

I remember even the littliest details of the book and the exact images thta came tom y mind when reading it for the first time. It is so vivid in my mind it’s alms as if i could touch it.

There are sequels to the book, but since those weren’t planned from the begining i feel a little scared of reading them. What if those aren’t this good? Because in my mind The Giver was pretty close to perfect, i don’t want anything to ruin that image in my mind.

You may or may not know it also has a movie. Again, i did not watch it, yet. I planned on doing it a while ago, when it came out but i just couldn’t.

Still, i do own all the books and the  movie just in case, you know… some day i’ll be able to read and watch them, hopefully.

Highly recommend you to give the book a chance!

‘Til Next Time 😉

firma

Books I Want To Read ASAP

We all have those books we are like dying to start reading. Most people may look at them in their TBRs, buy them or get them somehow and just take an afternoon to start reading them.

Sadly enough i’m not one of those people.

Lately, i discovered i’m a mood reader, which means i cannot get into a book if i’m not in the right mood for it. Also, i’m like really scared of a lot of the books i want to read; i’m afraid it’ll take me too long to read it, it will not be what i expected, i won’t be able to connect with the characters, they love interests won’t go the way i would enjoy and such and such…

Yes, i’m picky as hell, and yet somehow i’m still hoping i get in the right mood for the right book… also, i’m dying to find some new favorites, because lately i’m a rough patch of good books but not awesome that it’s killing my mood.

So, yeah. After the weird introduction to all this, here are the books i’m like really wanting to start and will read as soon as i have the right mood!

Red Rising (Red Rising, #1) Red Rising by Pierce Brown

I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book, so it got me really curious. Sadly, even though i own the three books already, i cannot find the right time or mood to enter this book.. a few months ago i started it and i was really enjoying but then i cannot remember why i didn’t keep reading.. something came up.. anyway,  since this trilogy is one of the three trilogies i want to read this year, i’m like really hoping the right moment comes by … oh, man.. do i hope.

More Happy Than Not More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

All i hear about this book is how sad i gets (?), i bought it at the moment only because i found it really cheap, but i wasn’t really planning on reading such a sad book… aparently people love this book, but it’s sort of intense (?), i’m not really sure, but if you read it and can advice me on this, i’ll be very happy … (i was about to make a punch, but i decided it was more stupid than not… oops..)

 

I'll Give You the Sun I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

I had plans on reading this book last year when i bought it (…), and i mean i was about to start reading it on the bus that very moment, when i remembered i read that something sad (tragic?) happened between the two siblings that tell the story, and i just couldn’t. I mean, for reading such melancholic(?), sad books i really need to be prepared, otherwise i may find myself facing another “all the bright places” incident… and i’m not even over that one so… i really want to read it, but i’m not quite sure i need to be really sad already so it just flows with my mood or i need to be extremely happy so it won’t ruin my life…

Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1) Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

So many people i follow in the different medias love this book, i figured, i need to give it a try at least… the only problem i have is… i’m afraid i may enter this series in the wrong mood which may leade me to dislike it (very much), and because i’ve heard so many good reviews i really want to enjoy this book myself too… so mostly i’m really nervous, and even when i open the book i cannot move past the first sentence or two.. it already happened a few times… oh man, i want to like this book so much…

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1) To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

This book looks as so much fun! i don’t know… most of the time this kind of books are not my thing, … i’m not usually interested in romance and such, but for some reason a few months ago i thought of buying it (And i did). Now the book it’s sitting in my TBR shelf, and i want to read it, but i feel my regular mood (numb) is not good enough to enjoy it.

 

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1) An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

This book has a lot of hype (or it seems to me …) and at first i wasn’t planning on reading it, but then one day i found it in my local bookstore and  i took a look inside and really liked the writing style, so i decided to buy it… now, it really seem interesing, although most of the time i don’t trust overhyped books, but it looks really good.

 

 

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black

I’ve been wanting to read this book for such a long time.. i bought it a few months ago for kindle and a few days ago i got the physical book… now, i have the feeling i’m really going to enjoy it but for some reason i don’t find the right moment for it.. I hope the right day gets here soon!

 

 

And those are the books i’m wanting the most to read ASAP! do you have any books you are wanting to read and just waiting for the right time?

‘Til Next Time 😉

firma

City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende

City of the Beasts (Eagle and Jaguar, #1) City Of The Beasts (Eagle and Jaguar #1) by Isabel Allende.

Genre: Fantasy, Magical Realism, Children Literature (or Young Adult)
Pages: 408
Publisher: Rayo
Rating: 3.75 stars

Summary: Fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold is about to join his fearless grandmother on the trip of a lifetime. An International Geographic expedition is headed to the dangerous, remote wilds of South America, on a mission to document the legendary Yeti of the Amazon known as the Beast.

But there are many secrets hidden in the unexplored wilderness, as Alex and his new friend Nadia soon discover. Drawing on the strength of their spirit guides, both young people are led on a thrilling and unforgettable journey to the ultimate discovery. . . .

(summary taken from Goodreads)

My Opinion on the book:

Well, this is a difficult review to make, for once it was the first book i managed to finished since Half Lost at the beginning of the month (which left me with a huge slump) on the other hand…. i wonder how did i manage.

Oh, magical realism, i think it used to be a big think among Latin American writers it’s sort of fantasy but believable enough to make you wonder about life, which i find to be incredible. The book starts pretty real, a boy living his life in North America, happens to be thrown upon a

The book starts pretty real, a boy living his life in North America, happens to be thrown upon an amazing adventure with his grandma in the Amazonas.

I wasn’t thinking much of what could happen in the book when mystical and magical stuff struck me in the face. To be honest, the magical stuff mixed with some real believes and folk from the Amazona’s natives made it all so colorful and interesting, i was wondering how much of the folk presented in the book was actually ‘real’.

The way the story is written it’s very satisfactory, the author has such a way with words, you totally can see the things she is describing, all the time. The characters, the jungle even the magic, all feels real.

The story told is fresh and attractive, i haven’t read any books about native folk and such, so i found it to be exciting and different.

The one problem i had with the book and for me made it lose the stars to get 5 was the facct that at some point, in the middle of the book there are so many descriptions that i lost myself and wanted to quit reading because i was getting  bored.

Anyhow, i managed to read til the end, and somewhere about the last quarter of the book the narrative caught up and got extremely engaging again.

The characters are unique, and vivid. The life was pouring off them through the book which made the experience even better.

Overall, it’s a good reading, you just have to pull through the ‘boring’ part and you’ll end up with a great experience.

There are two more book to the series, which i’m not sure i’ll be reading, because it ended well enough, that i’m not sure there’s aa need for more adventures with these characters.