Winter Wonderland BookTag

It’s Saturday which means it’s booktag time! This time i’ll be revisiting an old tag i did back in 2015. You could find the original tag [HERE] but it became a private video and now we can’t see it anymore ūüė¶ . Anyway, if you know who the creator of this booktag was, please leave their name and where to find them in the comments down below!

1. What book is so happy and sweet that it warms your heart?

The first time i answered this tag i said Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and i still stand by this choice, but new year new recommendation, so i’ll pick a different one ;

Red, White & Royal Blue

It’s sweet and warm and full of charm. I read it this year and i enjoyed it very much.

2. What is your favorite book with a white cover?

The Hate U Give (The Hate U Give, #1)

I know there are different covers to this book, but this is the one i own, and if i need to choose a book i’ll choose the most powerful i read to this day having a white cover because this is an EXCELLENT book and i think everyone should read it.

3. You’re sitting in a nice comfy chair, wearing a onesie, with a lovely warm hot chocolate but what MONSTER read are you reading?

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I haven’t read this book yet, but as every other book by Murakami i Own it. Murakami is one of my favorite authors, but the edition i own of this book has almost 1000 pages, and i’m scared of big books because i fear i won’t read anything for months because i’m trying to fnish this immense book. I have some other huge books i want to read (most of them by Stephen King). I’m just scared of big books right now.

4. It started snowing so you decided to have a snowball fight! What fictional character would you love to have the snowball fight with?

Last time i chose The Weasley Twins, but this time around i think i’d choose someone from the Shadowhunters universe, maybe Magnus Bane or Simon Lewis (a recent favorite)

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

5. Sadly, your fire is beginning to go out. So what book would you tear the last few chapters out to throw into the fire?

Half Lost (The Half Bad Trilogy, #3)

Oh yes, can we burn the last few chapters of this book and pretend they never happened? I always say it, because i truly mean it… this book owns my heart so very much, but it broke it in such little pieces i cannot restore it. So yeah, this is one of my favorite books and i think it has the perfect ending but at the same time i wish it never happened.

6. What book is so close to your heart that you would gift it to someone this Christmas who hasn’t read it but wants to get into reading?

My mom doesn’t read fiction (at all) she just reads essays and self help books, but if i needed to give her one book so she would understand me a little more i’d give her

Fangirl

It might be a little “old”, but it will never not be true. This book understands me perfectly. In every way possible and i totally love it because of it so i would give it to my mom so she understands what it means to be a Fangirl for me.

I tag everyone who wants todo this tag because tags are for having fun!!

If you want you can leave your posts down below so i can see your answers too!

Books I’d Want To Read Again For The First Time.

Some books were made to read a thousand times. You know, those books you totally adore and you read over and over, and some other, althought not always, are made for the plot twist.

Sure, you can reread a book that has a massive plot twist again and look for all the foreshadowing leading to that moment (i’m looking at you We were liars) but it’s not the same, at least for me.

So, while thinking about More Happy Than Not (by the amazing Adam Silvera), the other day, i thought to myself… If I had the oportunity to erase my memory of a book, which books would i want to have the ability to reread for the first time?

It’s not an easy question… not because i’ve read that many books, but because there are those i don’t mind rereading them knowing what is going to happen, actually i’m mostly looking forward to it.

So, what are actually the books i would want to reread for the first time… and why?

Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster

I know, i know… this is not a “mystery” book, but not knowing who is Jerusha’s Daddy-Long-Legs is actually quite a mystery on the book. I remember the mindblown i got the first time my sister finished reading the book to me… i was… i could not believe it (well, i was 8 or 9). I wish i could try to resolve it again at my age, see if i could figure out the truth… I still enjoy the foreshadowing. This is a book i still read and read… and it’s one of my favorites of all time.

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Another one of my favorite books of all time… I wish i could go back and rediscover who Blue was. I remember i got it the day it came out and i loved it so much i just couldn’t put it down and i tried and tried to figure out who Blue was but i did not discover it myself. I wish i could go back and try again.

Gone For Good by Harlan Coben

Before i got into YA, i was a huge fan of thrillers. My favorite author back then was Harlan Coben and i read all the book that were out back then. Until i realized they all were pretty much the same. But this ne stuck with me and i really love it. I wish i could go back before the massive plot twist.

I’m thinking of ending things by Iain Reid

A book that had me guessing and guessing all the time i was reading it… i wish i could go back and try again to understand what the heck was happening, i did figure it out but just before it was revelead in the book.

Half Lost by Sally Green

The book i wish i never read, period. Don’t get me wrong i absolutely ADORE this trilogy, Half Life, but i was not ready, nor will ever be for that ending, okay? Can all the people who read it agree that never happened? This book never came out. (i love this book so much i have more than one copy of it).

My sister’s keeper by Jodi Picoult

Last but not least … this book. Okay so much happens in this book, i could never reread it without knowing… i wish i could erase my meory of it and read it again for the first time because so many powerful plot twist. If you haven’t read it yet and you don’t have a problem wth books making you vry you should give it a try.

What are the books you wish you could read for the first time again? Leave your answers and comments down below!

Happy readings!

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 ūüėČ

firma

 

 

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‚ÄĒbefore 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 ‚ô•!

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.