MHAM: Book Reviews.

Hey there, readers! We are still in may which means we are still in the Metal Health Awareness Month!

This time i wanted to share with you some of my reviews for books that touch mental health problems. There aren’t much because most of the time i find it very hard and triggering to review this kind of books, but anyway, there are a few reviews i managed over the years.

I hope you can enjoy them and maybe they’ll interest you enough to give some of the books a chance!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month | American Behavioral Clinics

We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

Playlist For The Dead by Michelle Falkoff

More Than This by Patrick Ness

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Homeroom Diaries by James Patterson

This Winter by Alice Oseman

Heartstopper V.1-4 By Alice Oseman

Hold Still by Nina LaCour

May is Mental Health Awareness Month | Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital

Cool For The Summer By Dahlia Adler

Cool for the Summer

Cool For The Summer By Dahlia Adler

Genre: YA, LGBT
Pages: 272
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Rating: 3.88 stars (Goodreads)

Summary: Lara’s had eyes for exactly one person throughout her three years of high school: Chase Harding. He’s tall, strong, sweet, a football star, and frankly, stupid hot. Oh, and he’s talking to her now. On purpose and everything. Maybe…flirting, even? No, wait, he’s definitely flirting, which is pretty much the sum of everything Lara’s wanted out of life.

Except she’s haunted by a memory. A memory of a confusing, romantic, strangely perfect summer spent with a girl named Jasmine. A memory that becomes a confusing, disorienting present when Jasmine herself walks through the front doors of the school to see Lara and Chase chatting it up in front of the lockers.

Lara has everything she ever wanted: a tight-knit group of friends, a job that borders on cool, and Chase, the boy of her literal dreams. But if she’s finally got the guy, why can’t she stop thinking about the girl?

Cool for the Summer is a story of self-discovery and new love. It’s about the things we want and the things we need. And it’s about the people who will let us be who we are.

I recieved a copy of this book (an eArc) from Netgalley in exchange of my honest opinion.

Where do I start? This isn’t your typical girl meets girl they fall in love, they have a few troubles and then end up together. Well, it has a part of it but it isn’t exactly that.

This is the story of Larissa. A girl, who has been in love with the same guy since forever and a summer that changed it all.

Now, i don’t wanna get too sentimental about the story because something quite similar happened to me when i was in high school. But i can confirm this kind of stories happen, more than you’ll think. And that is what i liked the most about this book, you can relate to it in a different level.

Larissa is the kind of character you can relate to. She isn’t sure of what she feels but she goes with it, she just, let’s the summer take the rails, and accepts the fact that she is having more than fun with a girl, instead of obsessing as always about the boy of her dreams.

The book started a little slow, it took me a while until i felt the flow reading it, but the moment i started really enjoying it i just couldn’t stop reading, i was so intrigueed by how things would work out, i just needed to keep on reading. This is the kind of books you just read in one or two seats, because it is just addictive. The reading came easy and it was so much fun. An absolute delight.

The character of Larissa was very easy to relate to, she was your typical girl, dreaming about some guy and what people expected her to want in life, until the moment she realizes she night want something more, she develops a “personality” over the summer, which i didn’t understand why she didn’t want to share with her friends when she came back to school, i mean, okay you might skip some details, but she became a different person in the summer and she choose not to let her friends see it.

I didn’t particularly care about her group of friends, most of the time they seemed shallow, the kind of friends that are friends because they have been for a while, but Larissa didn’t share much of her experiences with them. It felt awkward and weird, i wouldn’t want to have that kind of friendships.

Now, Jasmine was a complete different thing, she was ingenious, real, an interesting character i couldn’t completely read until the very end of the book, which was really fun, like trying to read a person through their acts and not completely seeing what is happening, you are set in the same spot as Larissa all the time. I found it very enjoyable.

The story between Jasmine and Larissa felt natural, fun and really a good thing for both of them.

I think, this book manages to show how much we can dream about something, but we need to live it to understand what we really want. Dreaming is not enough.

Overall, a great read. 4.5 stars for sure!

Have you read the book? What is your opinion on it? Leave your comment down below!

Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw

Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here Scarlett Epstein Hates It here by Anna Breslaw

Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance
Pages:  288
Publisher: Razonbill
Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis: Meet Scarlett Epstein, BNF (Big Name Fan) in her online community of fanfiction writers, world-class nobody at Melville High. Her best (read: only) IRL friends are Avery, a painfully shy and annoyingly attractive bookworm, and Ruth, her weed-smoking, possibly insane seventy-three-year-old neighbor.

When Scarlett’s beloved TV show is canceled and her longtime crush, Gideon, is sucked out of her orbit and into the dark and distant world of Populars, Scarlett turns to the fanfic message boards for comfort. This time, though, her subjects aren’t the swoon-worthy stars of her fave series—they’re the real-life kids from her high school. And if they ever find out what Scarlett truly thinks about them, she’ll be thrust into a situation far more dramatic than anything she’s ever seen on TV…

My opinion on the book:

Looks like fandom is becoming a thing in YA literature… i mean, like, the other way around now we don’t have a fandom because of reading, we read about fandom.

Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here was one of the books i was waiting for the most back in the beginning of the year, but to be honest, once i started reading it i struggled with myself to keep reading it.

The story of the book is the following; Scarlett is a huge fan of a tv show that just now was canceled and she doesn’t know how to handle it. Okay, this is an universal truth, the worst that can happen to a fangirl is for her favorite [whatever] to be over, so i could really undertsand what she was going through. And even though i could undertsand i couldn’t make myself like her character, but i’ll talk about it later.

Now that the show is over she tries to keep it alive in fanfiction with other people in the fandom but she finds herself struggling with writing ‘real’ stuff because her social real life sucks.

Enters the cute guy she has been in love with since forever and a ‘worst enemy’ that takes the guy from her… add some real life to fanfiction, some best friend that doesn’t appear much, a nice old lady that seems crazy and you have it, that’s pretty much the book.

Now, i’ll say that i liked the writing style of the author, it felt young and personal, but the story seemed a little flat to me. I mean, it had many kind of high school cliches and what was going to actually happen was pretty obvious from the very beginning.

I said i’ll comment on the fact that i couldn’t relate to Scarlett, like at all… even though we are pretty similar people, there was something about her complaining that felt out of place, if she was to do something about her problems, but she just ended up being just annoying for me.

As for the rest of the characters, we pretty much see what Scarlett sees so we don’t really know much about any of them, and there may be some ‘discoveries’ about some of them but there isn’t a development.

Overall, it is a nice easy read, it won’t break your heart, which is pretty good by itself. I would recommend it to people that want to read something lighthearted, and those who are trying to read something a little *happier* but it really depends on what kind of books you read normally.

‘Til Next Time 😉

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.

 

Half Bad Trilogy by Sally Green

Oh my god! I finally finished the trilogy and now i can bring you my complete review for it!! Oh, i’m so happy because, let me tell you this; these books are life for me, this may be my favorite trilogy ever and there’s nothing more rewarding than talking about something you love so very muchtumblr_inline_n61q9gT5Qa1qhdusl

Oh! before i forget, i made a cut after the non spoilery review, if you read after the cut you’ll find my SPOILERY OPINION of the ending of the trilogy. If you haven’t read the books or the last book, please beware of spoiling yourself! it’s a great reading, so if i were you i wouldn’t do it! But, if you don’t mind spoilers, read under your own discretion.

And now, let’s begin!

Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy, #1)Half Wild (The Half Bad Trilogy, #2)Half Lost (The Half Bad Trilogy, #3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Half Bad, Half Wild and Half Lost by Sally Green.

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Glbt.
Pages: 384; 412 ;352 (respectively; 1148 overall)
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Rating: 4.75 stars

Summary: Wanted by no one. Hunted by everyone.

Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

(Summary of Half Bad taken from Goodreads).

My opinion on the trilogy:

Let me first calm down, because i’m still crying. That freaking ending. I was expecting some of it, but the second half of it, OMG. Yeah, well, i was only hoping for half lost.

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Now, we can talk, i hope.

I started reading the trilogy last year, when a booktuber recommended it. For a very long time i put it in my tbr, but thought i’ll never get toit, because i heard of the main character being on a cage and felt like … meh … but now I gotta say the moment i picked the book up i couldn’t put it down for a second.

The first book is told in a very inventive way; first, second and third person narration, i don’t recall the second book being like that, and the third one doesn’t have it, for sure.  But it’s written incredibly well, i mean, there’s something in the way the story is written that it catches you and it doesn’t let you go.

The story in the book isn’t just well narrated but it’s very interesting, having a world in which there are black and white witches, you may think good and evil are pretty simple to figure out, but as the story develops you find a world where good and evil are a very complicated thing. Not everyone is just ‘good’ or ‘evil’, pretty much as in real life people are made of shades of both. You’ll find  Nathan, the main character, struggling with both, being half and half, is he evil because of the things he does? is he good because he struggles with it? Very conflicted, and very real.

I’ve read some reviews about the books saying they go slow and in the second book nothing happens. In my personal opinion, the books are well paced, it may looks slow, but stuff is happening all the time, if not in the world, in Nathan’s mind and such.

I liked the way the characters were represented, good and evil, as i said before, aren’t decided by being Black or White, actually one of the best at heart character, the moral compass of Nathan, the one that keeps seeing the good in him is a black witch name Gabriel who soon becomes his best friend.

I love Gabriel very much, he is actually my favorite character in the trilogy, always loving and caring, he actually cares a little too much about Nathan, which opens the topic of glbt in the books.

Pretty much from the moment we get to meet Gabriel we know he is interested in Nathan, and it will develop in a delightful way across the books, since Nathan has feelings for his childhood friend Annalise. This part of the story progresses in a very alluring way. And I don’t even like love triangles, and i enjoyed it.

There are  a lot more of interesting characters, good and bad, full of engaging personalities, friends, foes and not sure what are they really. These keep you reading wanting to know what are they.

I got to admit that the last book in the writing felt a little sloppier than the previous two, but the story was incredible, i devoured the book (after i remembered it was released! I was having such a bad week , i  totally forgot at first).

I think here ends my spoilerish free part of the review, from here i just want to give my opinion on the end of Half Lost. Hope you give this trilogy a chance! Becuase it’s totally worth it… it pretty much became my favorite trilogytumblr_inline_msh194QAX31qz4rgp.


Okay, here i wanna talk about the ending of the last book, mostly because i saw so many people complaining about what happened. If you keep reading, you are in for the biggest spoilers of the last book, so.. BEWARE!

Okay, many people are angry because of Gabriel dying, and though at first i felt weird of the way he died, like, Gabriel actually died because Nathan was trying to save him, … like.. no let me die…

But the fact that he died … i gotta say it made me love the ending even more.

Yeah, i know about the bury all your gay characters thing in YA books, but i think in this one it wasn’t because Gabriel was gay, i believe he died because that’s just war. I mean, i wouldn’t take seriously a writer that just saves miraclesly  just because he is the main love interest of the main character.

We forget most of the time that war isn’t fair, people die and we cannot choose who are the ones dying. It is extremely sad, whenever i remember his death and what happened next i start tearing up and want a different and a happier ending, but the way it actually ended it was extremely poetic.

I think, for a person like Nathan, actually finding and being able to feel  such a strong love is the biggest character development i’ve read if not in my whole life, at least in a very long while. It was beautiful, heartbreaking but beautiful.

I’m actually crying more because of how much he suffered and how he wanted to go back to Gabriel than all my crying because of The Fault In Our Stars… I’m crying All The Bright Places level and that’s my highest level.

Nathan wasn’t happy at the end, because of his loss, but at least he found a way to be close to Gabriel even after the later was well.. dead.

I give the last book five stars, because it touched my heart, and i’m pretty sure the people angry are angry because they are struggling and suffering and grieving because of Gabriel’s death…

Or maybe i’m wrong and it was just a move to make the ending completely dramatic. But rereading a little of Half Bad, i just found that a death like that was coming from the very beginning.  I rather Nathan becoming a tree to go back to Gabriel than any other ending, them being extremely happy after all that happened felt unreal. Sure, i’ll read some fanfiction like that because i need a happy ending for my OTP, but in my opinion as for the author, that’s the best ending she could give to the story.

I’ll be rereading these books pretty soon because i miss them already.

Anyway,… i think that’s all i had to say about this trilogy.. Nabriel forever ♥!

Yes, i do realize i did not talk about Edge (his story gotta be really sad too…) or Annalise or anyone else in this opinion, but Nathan and Gabriel are the only thing i can think about right now, so… if i ever have the strength to talk about the others.. maybe i’ll do it in another post.

Right now, my heart is broken, and i cannot really function properly.

See you next time!

C.

 

 

The Sacred Lies Of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

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Genre: YA, Contemporary, Mystery
Pages: 400
Publisher: Dial Books
Rating: 4 stars

Summary: The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust. And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too.

Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it’s clear that Minnow knows something—but she’s not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of—if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.

My Opinion on the Book:

Okay, so i will start by saying this; well, that was an interesting ride.

I didn’t know much about the book when i decided to read it, i just liked the name it had, so i entered it without much expectations. The thing is the book really surprised me, and in a good way.

The book narrates the life of Minnow in Juvinile detetion where she ends after attacking a guy as well as flashbacks of  the lifeshe had before escaping the community she lived for the last 12 years.

To be fairly honest i never read abouta fictional book about people living in a cult, but from what i studied back in college the author did a great job with the reality she described in the community. Also, it’s important to say that she did it in such a beautiful way. Her writing is very descriptive, raw and yet it has beautiy in it.

The way the story develops, how Minnow starts to question things about the beliefs she holds are managed very carefully which made it feel real and credible. Her character was three dimensional, and not only hers. The characters in the book had a life, beliefs and decisions to make, which were made in a way that not always were what Minnow expected. This was in my opinion extremely helpful to the narration, because the narrator, Minnow isn’t know-it-all, she is decived and confused.

There are some very raw and explicit scenes, i mean, like, Minnow doesn’t have hands and she describes how she lost them. Which were at moments difficult to read because of the cruelness.

There’s a little “romance” in the book, which was so well handled, it fitted perfect to the time and the story being told, it doesn’t falls in sterotypes or such things, a refreshing thing in the YA books really..

The story is full of mysteries that develop slowly but steady in a way it keeps you reading and wanting to know more about what really happened. I couldn’t stop bitting my nails when couldn’t read, because i couldn’t stop thinking about it.

The truth is, i really don’t undertsand why aren’t more people talking about this amazing book, it has so many strong points, it a pleasure to read. Also, as i said before, the writing is incredibly beautiful, i’m sure i’ll be reading the Author’s next books.

In conclusion, a book i recommend a lot, it’s a full of thrill and emotional tension story that shows us the wrong side of humanity and a more positive one too. I enjoy it very much, and hope more people will read it and enjoy it too…

That’s all for now!

‘Til Next Time 😉

C.

 

 

 

The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester

The Amazing Book is Not on FireThe Amazing Book Is Not On Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester

Genre: Humor, Non-fiction, Autobiography, Memoir
Pages: 224
Publisher: Ebury Press
Rating: 4.5 stars

Summary: Hello reader,
In this book is a world. A world created by two awkward guys who share their lives on the internet!

We are Dan and Phil and we invite you on a journey inside our minds! From the stories of our actual births, to exploring Phil’s teenage diary and all the reasons why Dan’s a fail.

Learn how to draw the perfect cat whiskers, get advice on what to do in an awkward situation and discover which of our dining chairs represents you emotionally. With everything from what we text each other, to the time we met One Direction and what really happened in Vegas…

My Opinion On The Book:

Okay, so honest time; before i read the book i’d never watched a video made by any of them. Obviously i knew who they are, my tumblr is always full of gifs and art of them, but lke never really thought it…

Now, after reading the book i’m pretty obsessed with them.

So let’s talk about the amazing book, yep i went there.

The book is a recount of their experiences before becoming youtubers and their lives, all the crazy stuff that happened since then, ideas they have, little moments, fics they wrote, etc.

The way the stories are put, all the stuff they share in the book is pretty great. I enjoyed their way of writing, their styles … they are hilarious. But they also talked truthful, i mean… by reading the book you can feel the way they truly invite you to see a little more deeply their world.

I was greatly impressed by the way the book was presented, the photos and their ideas were incredible, also it gave me hope that one day if you make things because you really love them you can truly succeed. I learned and enjoyed it a lot.

In my opinion any person can read and enjoy this book, even those of us that don’t know them, the book is so self explanatory by the end of it you’ll feel as if you knew them a long time.

It is totally one of the craziest, funniest books i’ve read in a very long time!  Great reading!!

Now, if you haven’t watched their videos, this is the moment my child, you go to check AmazingPhil & danisnotonfire what the heck are you waiting for?!

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*the gifs do not belong to me but to their rightful creators, sorry i don’t know how they are and i can’t give them full credit :(, if they’re yours please let me know so i can give you the credit.

The Sword Of Summer by Rick Riordan

I know i’m late to the party, but i forgot i was suppose to write this review a while ago, … I read the book back in October, when it was published and since then i wanted to write an opinion on this book…So, let’s do this!

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)

The Sword Of Summer by Rick Riordan

Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, YA, Middle Grade
Pages: 528
Publisher: Disney – Hyperion Books
Rating: 4.5 stars

Summary: Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

[summary taken from GoodReads]

My opinion on the book:

First of all i gotta say, Rick Riordan is one of my favorite authors, i love the way myths and gods come to life in his books. And i know many people think that he is just recycling the success he had with the Percy Jackson series, re-using the idea of ancient gods and such, but that’s the thing with his books, although they have the ‘same lines’ they are so different from one another, it’s amazing.

This time the book is about how Magnus Chase, Annabeth’s cousin discovers when dying that he is the son of Nordic God, Valhalla and all the other worlds described in the Nordic mythology exists and he has to retrieve his father’s sword.

[It will take a while until you discover who Magnus’ godly father is, but please don’t check it up before, it won’t say much anyway…]

I don’t want to get all spoilery, in case you haven’t read the book yet, so i’ll just skip to my opinion of the book in general and won’t describe the things that happen…much.

The thing i enjoyed the most in the book were the three companions Magnus had in his journey; Sam, a young muslim girl, still going  to school who also has a part job as a valkyrie, i believe she is also a demigod, daughter of one of the Nordic Gods. Blitzen, a dwarf that studied fashion at school and dreams of having his own boutique. And last but not least, Hearthstone, a deaf elf, who wants to be able to use magic, which was lost with time, as the worlds developed toward electricity and such…

The fact that the characters are more than the stereotypes you expect for them is one of the things i appreciated the most on the book. So Sam is muslim and Hearth is deaf, but they are both so much more than that, along the way we learn about the sacrifices the characters had made, and it just makes them even greater.

And so,  Magnus begins a journey, that will take him and his friends to many unexpected places and people. On the way, the four become a sort of a family, they deeply care about each other, which i found refreshing, finally a book that doesn’t have to include romance for it to be great.

The way the book is written, as many other of Rick’s books is very *friendly*, by this i mean that kids will find it attractive and easy enough for them to want to read it, while still not being/feeling to childish to older people.

Overall, the book is a fun reading, it has though a little too much information for the reader, mostly because many of us aren’t very familiar with the Nordic Mythology, so at times it may get a bit confusing.

In my opinion, it was one of the finest books of the year, it was even chosen as the best middle grade&children book of 2015 in GoodReads.

The second book on the series, The Hammer Of Thor will be published October 4th 2016 so stay tuned!

 

 

December Wrap Up

Better later than never, here ci bring you the December Wrap Up … all the books i read last month…

To be honest i expected to read more than i did, but i was feeling pretty bad the last two weeks of the month so i didn’t read much… Anyway, here it is!

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

♥♥♥ [and a half]

In a futuristic dystopian world were a terrible war left most places as a wasteland, only a few are sent to study in the university. But before they get there they are subjected to a lot of testingsto prove they are indeed made for the studies (or something). Many people say the book reminded them of the Hunger Games and at times i felt the same. Only in the Hunger Games Katniss really was better put together than Peeta, like, she knew better of how to survive and stuff but in this book i felt the male character was made dumb on purpose so the main feemale character will be the strong and wise one.. let’s put it this way, they are all the best and most intelligent peple their age in the country… why would he be such an idiot? at least in my opinion… Nevertheless, i enjoyed it more than expected, so i don’t really know what to say about it…


Endgame by Nancy Garden

♥♥♥ [and a half]

I wrote a complete review about this book, you can find it [HERE], so here i’ll just say that in my opinion and although i knew where the book was going i felt it should have been about bullying and just the bullying… the rest felt rushed and sort of out of place.. i don’t know…


How To Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo

♥♥♥♥

I wrote a review for this book back in December, you can find it [HERE]. It was a lovely reading, it was so bittersweet, i enjoyed it very much.


Some short stories by Stephen King

[Also, The Dune]

♥♥♥[and a half]

Because i was feeling like i wasn’t reading enough i decided on reading a few short novellas by Stephen King… I’ll just say they weren’t the greatest reads of the year, the made the time pass by though, so i won’t complain, but yeah… i don’t know i expected a little more of these…


The extraordinary journey of the Fakir who got trapped in an Ikea wardrobe by Romain Puértolas

♥♥♥

Let me tell you that the name of the book says it all, that what the story is about… nothing less, nothing more… I started reading the book back in August but then i wasn’t into it, so i dropped it… the last days of the December i looked back on the books i started but didn’t finish in 2015 and when i looked at it i thought to myself, ‘it’s a little book, i can do it…’ so  i picked it up and read it. The last book i read in 2015.


And well, that was all! those were the last books i read in 2015! what a great year for reading! I enjoyed so many books… I hope 2016 is at least half as good!

‘Til Next Time 😉

 

 

 

The Hunt Trilogy by Andrew Fukuda

People, it’s time…

Today i  wanna talk about a trilogy i found completely by accident, while looking for books to order from BookDepository, and the moment i started reading the first book i knew i’ll be reading the whole trilogy, because it’s awesome. Sadly i haven’t found many reviews or commens on it, so i decided to give it a push and help spreading the word about these books.
The Hunt (The Hunt, #1)The Prey (The Hunt, #2)The Trap (The Hunt, #3)

 

 

 

 

 

The Hunt (2012), The Prey (2013) and The Trap (2013) by Andrew Fukuda

Genre: Dystopian, Horror, Paranormal, Adventure, Vampires (not the regular ones you get in YA novels)
Pages: 296 – 326 – 320, respectively
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Rating: 4.25 stars (overall)

Summary: Don’t Sweat.  Don’t Laugh.  Don’t draw attention to yourself.  And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.

Gene is different from everyone else around him.  He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood.  Gene is a human, and he knows the rules.  Keep the truth a secret.  It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.

When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him.  He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?

(summary taken from GoodReads)

My Opinion On The Trilogy:

When you start reading the first book you’ll probably think this sounds like a Hunger Games rip off, I know.

Gene is a lone human in a city full of duskers (a kind of vampires, very aggressive, willing to die trying to eat any human they would find), in a world where humans are believed extinct except for the ones the Ruler has for him and his people.

When one day he is chosen by a raffle to participate in a hunt for the last humans, an event that will be televised for the rest of duskers in the city, his secret is at risk, he hasn’t have the abilities duskers have and he knows that if he doesn’t do something to keep on hiding his life is over.

When the event starts all hell breaks loose and Gene has to take care of himself, his humanity and his sanity. And all these while doing the right thing for himself and his kind.

The story is full of action, fast paced and very complex, even if it doesn’t seem so at first. Also, the books are pretty short, so it is an easy and fast reading .

The main setting of each book is different, so the dynamics on each of them is very unique, which is kind of difficult to find in many books.

The descriptions were so vivid it was like watching it all myself in real life. The ‘vampires’ in the books are pretty scary, they don’t just drink blood, they have a taste for human flesh, and they’ll do anything to get it.

As the books progress, the story develops to deeper levels, which were made really good. When reading the first book you may get a lot of questions without answers, then in the second it starts growing even more, actually the second book got me so tense because i needed answers, it was driving me crazy. But by the end of book three you’ll get all the answers. I don’t think there was any issue unfinished.

I really loved the characters, i mean, the humans being hunted, they were all such dears, i liked them a lot. Gene was a good natured leader, his heart was in the right place, also, apart of a time or two that i felt like he was being a coxmplete idiot… his character was a good one.

Although the only pov we get (at least in the first two books) is Gene’s, later there’s another one that i enjoyed very much [no spoilers],the author managed to get all the vibe from the story.

Anyway, in my opinion [and without spoilers] the books were a very fun ride, i wish more people would read it, because it totally kicks a**,  i has a great time reading them and i’m pretty sure i’ll reread them.