Across The Green Grass Fields (Wayward Children #6) by Seanan McGuire

Across the Green Grass Fields (Wayward Children, #6)

ACROSS THE GREEN GRASS FIELD (WAYWARD CHLDREN #6) BY SEANAN McGUIRE

Genre: YA, LGBT
Pages: 174
Publisher: Tordotcom
Rating: 4.10 stars

Summary: A young girl discovers a portal to a land filled with centaurs and unicorns in Seanan McGuire’s Across the Green Grass Fields, a standalone tale in the Hugo and Nebula Award-wining Wayward Children series.

“Welcome to the Hooflands. We’re happy to have you, even if you being here means something’s coming.”

Regan loves, and is loved, though her school-friend situation has become complicated, of late.

When she suddenly finds herself thrust through a doorway that asks her to “Be Sure” before swallowing her whole, Regan must learn to live in a world filled with centaurs, kelpies, and other magical equines―a world that expects its human visitors to step up and be heroes.

But after embracing her time with the herd, Regan discovers that not all forms of heroism are equal, and not all quests are as they seem…

A girl following all things girly discovers a secret that makes her run away from home and find a doorway to another world, the Hooflands, where Unicorns and Centaurs exists and humans who appear there are expected to be heroes who came to save the world. Regan, the girl then starts living with a group of centaurs and discovers her secret isn’t as important as what’s important is inside our hearts. But, as she stays in the world the queen is looking for her and apparently wants to kill her. Will she be able to save the Hooflands?

That’s pretty much the summary of the book. To be honest i was expecting a continuation from the previous book Come Tumbling Down but clearly the author has other plans and she shows us different stories every year, which i won’t complain because her stories are beautiful always. There wasn’t one of these books i didn’t like.

As i stated before this is the sixth sotry in the world of the Wayward Children, and here we get a completely different story, with a character named Regan that manages to find her special door to a world where she is supposed to be a savior.

As the story follows we get to see her be happy with herself, a thing that became difficult in her real world life and she learns to be happy with what she has, the centaurs become her family and becomes attached to the world.

The problem with Regan is she doesn’t believe in destiny so she doesn’t think she should or could be a savior.

The story is written beautifully as always. I’ve only read the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire but now i’m starting to get curious whether all her books are written this wonderful way. Anyway there is no question about whether the author is marvelous with words because she is.

I did enjoy the world Regan was sent to, and enjoyed how it all turned up to be, i think it felt different from the other stories and yet it felt the same world.

I hope to see her character in the next and future books because i loved her so much and i hope she gets to meet the rest of the wayward children. Who knows maybe next year we’ll get her come to Eleonor’s house for wayward children and maybe she’ll become part of the regular series. I’d really like it to be like that.

Now for a little spoiler on the book; if you don’t want to know the next part i’ll just say that i gave this book 4.5 stars.

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As for the LGBT topic on the series, we already have Kade who is a transgender boy, and now we got Regan who is an intersex girl. I was a bit surprised when it was reveled. But i’m happy the author manages these topics so so well. The characters are well written and respected.

And that´s all! I just give it 4.5 stars ecause i´m still not sure if i should give this series a 5 stars rating as a hole. Only time will say!

Have you read the series? Do you like it? Leave your comment down below!

Music From Another World by Robin Talley

Music from Another WorldMUSIC FROM ANOTHER WORLD BY ROBIN TALLEY

Genre: Young Adult, lgbt, historical
Pages: 384
Publisher: Inkyard Pres
Rating: 4.5 stars

Summary: It’s summer 1977 and closeted lesbian Tammy Larson can’t be herself anywhere. Not at her strict Christian high school, not at her conservative Orange County church and certainly not at home, where her ultrareligious aunt relentlessly organizes antigay political campaigns. Tammy’s only outlet is writing secret letters in her diary to gay civil rights activist Harvey Milk…until she’s matched with a real-life pen pal who changes everything.

Sharon Hawkins bonds with Tammy over punk music and carefully shared secrets, and soon their letters become the one place she can be honest. The rest of her life in San Francisco is full of lies. The kind she tells for others—like helping her gay brother hide the truth from their mom—and the kind she tells herself. But as antigay fervor in America reaches a frightening new pitch, Sharon and Tammy must rely on their long-distance friendship to discover their deeply personal truths, what they’ll stand for…and who they’ll rise against.

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First of all i gotta say that i recieved an arc of this book in exchange of my honest opinion.

When i asked to read an arc of this book i thought it sounded very interesting. As i started it though, i found it, at first a little difficult to follow and to enjoy. But i’m glad i ive it a second chance because it ended being one of the best books i’ve read in quite a while.

The story of the two girls it’s interesting. We get to know them both as they write to “diaries” (actually one writes letter to Harvey Milk, as her imaginary friend) and also as they write to each other.

The letters start fine, but i never had a penpal to know if you can build a trust so fast and without talking about much personal stuff.

But even so, there’s a point in which the book just exploded for me, and it became so interesting i just couldn’t put it down until i finished it. The writing felt right and heartful, the characters felt real, more than cartoonish premade characters which i find a lot lately and it was nicely delivered.

I think the time the book is set on is wisely used, and i enjoyed knowing more about the time. LAst year i read another book set about the same time “We Are Lost And Found” and it was nicely done too (Maybe i should write about it too). 

Anyway, the story that develops between these two girls is so wonderful, i loved every second their (when looking back at the book) and would totally enjoy if again if i reread it (which i probably will).

I’m sure i’ll be checking more books by the author because i totally loved what she did with this story.

So do i recommend it? Of course i do,  i enjoyed it so much. I think this is a story that is worth being told. The author did an amazing job and i think many many people would enjoy the book.

Overall, a great reading, you just need to give it a minute.

Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards

Five Total Strangers

Five Total Stangers by Natalie D. Richards

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 320
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Rating: 3.6 stars

Summary: A hitched ride home in a snow storm turns sinister when one of the passengers is plotting for the ride to end in disaster.

When Mira flies home to spend Christmas with her mother in Pittsburgh, a record-breaking blizzard results in a cancelled layover. Desperate to get to her grief-ridden mother in the wake of a family death, Mira hitches a ride with a group of friendly college kids who were on her initial flight.

As the drive progresses and weather conditions become more treacherous, Mira realizes that the four other passengers she’s stuck in the car with don’t actually know one another.

Soon, they’re not just dealing with heavy snowfall and ice-slick roads, but the fact that somebody will stop at nothing to ensure their trip ends in a deadly disaster.

Five total strangers (duh) take a road trip to get home when all flights get cancelled on Christmas eve because of the weather. At first Mira, our protagonist doesn’t know this, but as road trip keeps getting into trouble after trouble, stuff disappears and such, she begins questioning her fellow travelers while she starts discovering they all have secrets. Will she arrive home safe or will something happen?

The idea of the book sounded to me incredibly appealing, but something about the execution didn’t work. As i tried to read i found myself struggling to go through the pages, and it is only 320 pages long. I never read any books from the author before but i guess it had something to do with the way it was written.

Don’t get me wrong, i did want to know who was trying to savotage they trip the way it was happening, and also the way the savotaging was happening seemed pretty plausible.

As you get into the book you discover someone is truly there to harm someone and it kept me guessing until the very last moment, in which i was truly surprised by the person doing this.

I cared about some of the characters, especially the protagonist and other two, while one of them resulted to be the person behind what was happening which made me sort of sad and disappointed.

You see, the book is pretty good and the mystery is there, the expectation, the suspense. But i didn’t enjoy the way it was written. I just couldn’t connect with it. I can see though why some people liked it. Maybe i just read it at the wrong time, or it just wasn’t the kind of book i look for usually.

I don’t know if i would recommend this book to other because i didn’t enjoy much of the way it is written and for me the writting is one of the mos important things in a book. But it also keeps you guessing so i think f you really like mystery you should try it.

My personal reting for the book will be around the 3 starts, maybe 3.25.

Have you read the book? If so, what is your opinion on it? Leave your comment down below!

Mental Illness & Literature.

Lately i’ve been trying to find the words to a lot of ideas i have. After a while, i ditched a few posts i was writing and i couldn’t find my way back to the blog. I guess, what i am trying to say is, sorry for being absent this much the last few months. The why is without a doubt related to the topic i want to talk about today.

Yesterday was my birthday World Bipolar Day and i thought it would be good to talk about this topic in general since mental illness and literature go far way back together.

It’s not a secret that many famous authors had a Bipolar Disorder, and many of them either tried to hurt themselves or succeeded in committing suicide.

Authors like Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway are only a few of those who left their mark in literature’s history, authors whose books are still relevant and loved by many.

Personally, i haven’t read many books written by mentally ill authors, mostly because they have a huge impact on my life when i do. I’ll forever remember the time when i read J.D. Salinger, it was about 7 years ago and i was obsessed, but also, i felt more sick than usual while reading his works. For this to make any sense you need to know that i suffer from Depression and have an Avoidant Personality Disorder.

So, his works weren’t the best i could read at the moment i did read them and the fear of falling into a deeper state of depression stayed forever in my mind. Still, i will always love Holden Caufield and all the letters i wrote to him at the time are well preserved.  But we aren’t here to talk about me.

The thing is, these past few weeks i’ve been watching (obsessively so if i say it myself) a tv show where they touch the subject of mental illness. The show is mostly for teenagers (…) but is great. It teaches so much more than all the crap going on most shows these days.

The portrait of the mental illness in the show many be a bit off on timing because it is a show with short seasons, but it really shows not only the way a person suffers from a manic episode and then the fall to the depressive one but also the side of the people around the person in a very real way. (if you want to know the name of the show just tell me).

The thing was, it felt real, very real, because of many things. The fact that a person may not be as comfortable on sharing even with the people they care about that they have a mental illness, how people that don’t understand about it may  find it hard to be around mentally ill people even if they are their family, the lonely feelings of a suffering mind, and the truest fact of them all;  Love may help you get through difficult times, but it will not cure your mental illness.

This was the fact that got me the most. As a person suffering from a mental illness myself, as i said before, i have my share of feelings and emotions i went through while in my worst times. Obviously, each one of us is a world on our own, but many tend to feel the same or pretty close to each other in the kind of feelings and can relate to these stories, this is not a thing that happens. I’ve meet a lot of people with mental illnesses and many kinds of them, and never ever saw that falling in love suddenly saved someone from themselves.

And now to the very point i wanted to make. As you can see from my blog, i mostly read YA books, and this is just fine. You see, there a lots of topics to read about in YA literature as in any other genre. The thing is, for some reason, the tropes in YA literature blook-down down on the readers.

This happens with most tropes but the mental illness card or the illnesses at all in YA literature uses love as a magical weapon that can save you from everything. Ridiculous. There is a terrible amount of books I’ve read about mentally ill characters where the love interest somehow manages to get them to feel all better and then life is amazing again, like these characters weren’t ill at all, ever.

Are you seriously trying to sell me the idea that finding love can cure me of my depression? Well, i’ll be damn, i need to get me a boyfriend ASAP then.

No, really. For some reason, as the internet became a place where people look for validation from others and for them to be the most special person ever, mental illness becomes a way for them to stand out(and i do realise this may sound ironic, because i just said that i’m mentally ill myself and i could be looking for the same validation, but i don’t) and so the YA literature gives them, even more ideas and reasons for them to pretend to be ill.

Obviously, there are mentally ill people, young people and older ones and they are all valid and real, but also there are some people looking to sound ‘cool’.

Well, mental illness is not a ‘cool’ thing to have and that is exactly why i think the way YA literature uses many times the topic in a very loosely way and that feels just wrong.

Sure, mental illness is a topic that needs to be talked about, it’s important because many may not even know they should get themselves some medical help and such and these books create awareness on the topic. But they need to take themselves seriously enough and be more real with the people so they don’t create false expectations on the readers, especially on those who suffer from these illnesses.

Well, i wish i could go on and on on the topic right now but i have some other stuff to work on right now.

I hope this didn’t feel disrespectful or anything like that, obviously this was written only because i felt the need to bring this issue to my blog somehow. I’ll be writing more on the topic as the Mental Health Month Awareness get closer.

Have a good day!

firma

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

We Are OkayWe Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Genre: YA, GLBT.
Pages: 240
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Rating: 4.25 stars

Synopsis: You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…

Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

My opinion on the book:

I jumped into the book without knowing anything about it or the writer, i just wanted to immerse myself as much as possible in the book without a previous idea of what could it be about.

It was a great idea. I stumbled upon a very interesting story with lovable character and amazing writing.

The book is a bitter-sweet tale about how life changes not only because of stuff we are expecting to happen (like leaving for college) but also because life is so much bigger than what we think and see of it.

I adored the story. The main character, Marin, was an incredibly sweet character and narrator. I could feel the pain she was feeling through her words. I think the author made a great job creating the voice of the narrator.

There aren’t many characters in the book, and not all of them are fully developed (obviously), but the most important one are three-dimensional and come to life in the best way possible.

I enjoyed a lot the writing style of the author. It was soft and poetic and it suited the narrator very much. This was the first book i read by Nina LaCour, but i believe i’ll be reading more of her books because it was absolutely fantastic (so if you have one that you think i should start with, please tell me).

The book made me really melancholic and i went through a lot of emotions while reading it, i laughed and cried, smiled and felt really sad.

It was an extremely enjoyable reading and the emotions it made me feel were very real.

I would like to recommend this book to pretty much everyone, especially to those looking for a heart-warming, bitter-sweet story about friendship, loss, love & family.

Pixar Book Tag

 

It’s time for another tag! Weren’t you expecting it? really? .. this time i was tagged by Aimal, you go check her blog out if you don’t know her, she is awesome 😀

Sorry it took me so long to finally do the tag,  i was short of time and i’m not a good time manager, so …you see, i’m a mess…

Anyway, Pixar Book Tag! (oh, Pixar is amazing, i love their movies so much! i don’t care if people say they are for kids, the movies are the greatest, so you see, i’ll keep watching them).


The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, #5)TOY STORY: A BOOK WHERE YOU WANTED THE CHARACTERS TO COME TO LIFE

The Heroes Of Olympus Series.

The Percy Jackson world is, without doubt, one of my favorite ones, and the one where i have the most favorite characters so i would LOVE to have them around, also, if all the world with the greek and roman gods was for real, ,i don’t think i could ever ask for more (unless i’m not a demigod, then i’ll have to ask to be one).

 

A BUG’S LIFE: A CHARACTER WHO GOES THROUGH A TRANSFORMATION

Alexander Gideon ‘Alec’ Lightwood.

This guy really changed through the book, from being the most annoying and antipathic person in the world to the cutest best friend and person to trust, becoming stronger and more decided. Every time i read the books and the novellas i’m reminded of all the way he’d come through and then i feel proud of my baby.

 

The Sacred Lies of Minnow BlyMONSTERS INC. A STRONG/SCARY CHARACTER DEVELOPS A SOFT SIDE FOR SOMEONE.

Angel.

So, this girl stared being pretty nasty and with everyone being scared of her, but after meeting Minnow a softer side of her is shown. She becomes a trustworthy friend, one that helps Minnow in Juvie where most of the time people just care about themselves.

 

FINDING NEMO. “P. SHERMAN, 42 WALLABY WAY, SYDNEY.” Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)A BOOK THAT HAS AN ADDRESS OR QUOTE THAT’S BURNED INTO YOUR MEMORY FOREVER.

The Cupboard Under The Stairs

4, Private Drive

Little Whinging

Surrey

 

THE INCREDIBLES. COOLEST BOOK FAMILY.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) The Sargent Household.

Well, they are not all a family, but most of them are. The Sargents with all their different kind of powers, i totally love them. I wish my family was half the cool these people are …

 

 

 

CARS 1,2,3. A BOOK THAT KEEPS GETTING SEQUELS YOU FEEL ARE NOT NEEDED.

I mean, come on… i understand that we all may feel a book is getting too many sequels and we may get annoyed by it, but to be honest, even if we don’t like them, the writers created a whole new world with different laws and logic, why should they give up on their world just because, even if we don’t like them, there are people that still enjoy them. And yeah, i’m one of them most of the time.

RATATOUILLE. A BOOK FEATURING A NON-HUMAN/The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)HUMANOID.

His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman.

So, i’m not sure f it really counts, because practically the dæmon are part of their humans, but they can  change form (when the owner is young) and then become steady as they grow, but they talk to their humans and such, so yeah, i think they count. Also, i always wanted to add the series in a booktag, and i never find the way… oh, these books are great.


All the Bright PlacesWALL-E
. A BOOK THAT MADE YOU LONELY.

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

Mostly because of the topic, but also because the book is wonderfully written and i was having a bad week when reading it, this book broke me and i had no one to even explain what i was feeling, not that anyone in my real life would understand crying over fictional characters so that moment i realized i’m pretty lonely in my love for fictional lives and characters… People are weird and mean anyway, i don’t need them.

 

UP. A BOOK WHOSE CHARACTERS MADE YOUEvery Day (Every Day, #1) QUICKLY BECOME EMOTIONALLY INVESTED IN.

Every Day by David Levithan.

I fell for A’ pretty fast , when i read the book for the first time, and i couldn’t help but feel sorry and sad because of the situation he/she was in. Before i knew all i cared was for A’ to fiknd a way to solve the problems he/she had and finally be able to find some kind of happiness. Rihannon is also my baby like A’. I love them so much, it hurts.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)BRAVE. NAME A BOOK WITH A STRONG MOTHER/DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP.

Jocelyn and Clary from The Mortal Instruments.

They are the only ones i can think of right now, also Blue and her mother are already taken as the cool family (the Sargents).  But i guess, after all, they have a strong bond, Clary did all she did to get back her mother and all. Jocelyn lied and hid the truth to keep her daughter safe. Strong bond there, and bad parenting, because the fact that she didn’t see the stuff doesn’t mean the stuff could have seen her, it was all luck, the fact that Clary managed to grow up safely i mean.

INSIDE OUT. NAME A BOOK THAT COULD BE ONE OF YOUR COREThe Gospel According to Larry MEMORIES.

The Gospel According To Larry by Janet Tashjian.

This book is one of the books that influenced me the most since my teenage years, i know it may sound weird, but the way Josh/Larry decided to live his life was so inspiring to me, i still think about the stuff he would write on his blog. The author is without doubt one of my favorites. So, because it made me the person i am, for the most, this book is a core memory for me. I still read it once in a while.

And that’s all!! i don’t know who to tag, so if you haven’t done it yet, TAG —-> You’re It!

TAG —-> You’re It!

‘Til Next Time;)

C.

Girl of Myth and Legend by Giselle Simlett

Getting late to the party, i recieved an arc of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an  honest opinion before it was published and i forgot i had it waiting for me […] but now that i read it i can finally review it and share it with you all!

Girl of Myth and Legend (The Chosen Saga #1) Girl of Myth and Legend by Giselle Simlett

Genre: Fantasy, Magic, YA.
Pages: 363
Publisher: WWS Publishing
Rating: 3.75 stars

Summary: A girl with a past she tries to forget, and a future she can’t even imagine.

Leonie Woodville wants to live an unremarkable life. She wants routine, she wants repetition, she wants predictability. So when she explodes in a blaze of light one morning on the way to her college, it’s enough to put a real crimp in her day.

And things only get weirder…

Leonie learns from her father that she is last of the Pulsar, a phenomenally powerful member of a magical species called the Chosen. It will be her sole duty to protect the Imperium, a governing hierarchy, from all enemies, and to exceed the reputation of the Pulsar before her. So – no pressure there, then.

Leonie is swept away from her rigorous normality and taken to a world of magic. There, she is forced into a ceremony to join her soul to a guardian, Korren, who is both incredibly handsome and intensely troubled, a relationship for which ‘it’s complicated’ just really doesn’t cut it.

But Leonie is soon to learn that this ancient world is no paradise. With violent dissidents intent to overthrow the Imperium, and dark entities with their own agenda, she and Korren find themselves caught in a war where they will have to overcome their differences if they are to survive.

Dare to dream. Dare to hope. Dare to be a legend.

My Opinion On The Book:

I’m going  to say it first, because it’s something everyone would talk  and critic about; the book has some stereotypes that make some of the story predictable. Yes, the girl, Leonie is a ‘Chosen’ that’s even the name of the characters and she has this companion, non-human (that is seen as worthless than human although he is supposed to be her protector), with whom she feels a strong connection he feels too, even though he “hates” her and all the Chosen.

This said, now i can talk about the story itself.

Although the path is predictable in a way, i need to talk about the way the author writes, because it’s wonderful… Even if just because of that i think is nice to read the book.

I think the world presented in the story has a very interesting potential, I’m looking forward to discover as the story will hopefully develop in the coming books.

To be honest, although the characters are in part archetypes of characters, i enjoyed them pretty much. It may be cheesy but i’m really liking the chemistry between Korren and Leonie and i’m looking forward to see their relationship develop, because i’ve already sailed with the ship.

On the plot; i believe the story has potential, if it gets messier it can be very interesting. There’s a lot that can be work with within the story, since we hadn’t seen much because this was just the beginning. I want to know more about what really happened 200 years ago, about Korren’s past, Leonie’s past. There are so many possibilities within it, i can understand why it was so stereotyped in the beginning, from there will have to see how it develops.

On the main characters; well, i liked them, i know Leonie already has a heroine complex, but most main characters have it … I especially enjoyed when Korren was the narrator,  i’m really wanting to know more about his past, like ASAP. Overall, they are characters i can learn to love.

As for the other characters; there were some interesting ones, i won’t talk much about it because i’m afraid i may spoil some stuff, maybe, i don’t know. But i totally liked the ones there are. Again, if developed well, there are some interesting people there, i’m looking forward to know about.

Overall, the story can be developed in an engaging way, i would give it a chance until the end, mostly because it grows on you as you read it. As i said before there’s place for improvement, so i’ll be here to read the next book on the series, i really hope it’s next year, because i don’t think i can wait much to get my hands in that book. I nmy opinion the story is likable and as i said before, beautifully written.

If you decide to give it a chance, i really hope you enjoy it!

Happy reading!

C.

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Review time! I got this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. So, after calming myself down a notch, after all, i really wanted to read this book badly, now it’s time for me to review it,  so let’s do this!

The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl From Everywhere, #1) The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Genre: Time Travel, Historical Fiction, YA, Fantasy.
Pages: 464 pgs
Publisher: GreenWillow Books
Rating: 4 stars

Summary: It was the kind of August day that hinted at monsoons, and the year was 1774, though not for very much longer.

Sixteen-year-old Nix Song is a time-traveller. She, her father and their crew of time refugees travel the world aboard The Temptation, a glorious pirate ship stuffed with treasures both typical and mythical. Old maps allow Nix and her father to navigate not just to distant lands, but distant times – although a map will only take you somewhere once. And Nix’s father is only interested in one time, and one place: Honolulu 1868. A time before Nix was born, and her mother was alive. Something that puts Nix’s existence rather dangerously in question…

Nix has grown used to her father’s obsession, but only because she’s convinced it can’t work. But then a map falls into her father’s lap that changes everything. And when Nix refuses to help, her father threatens to maroon Kashmir, her only friend (and perhaps, only love) in a time where Nix will never be able to find him. And if Nix has learned one thing, it’s that losing the person you love is a torment that no one can withstand. Nix must work out what she wants, who she is, and where she really belongs before time runs out on her forever.

My opinion on the book:

Okay, so where do i start? To be honest, although i’ve been waiting for the book for a while and i really wanted to read it, when it started and it talked about a ship, time travel and  getting a map i thought the book will be as any other ‘get the thing’ book. I was wrong. Well, they do have to get the thing, but it is done in such an inventive way,  it’s very interesting.

Most of the story is set in Hawaii which gave it a so needed change of place in Young Adult books, it felt refreshing. Also, the great amount of POC in the story couldn’t feel better. I would like to include the fact that having many characters who were in fact, POC felt right and pleasing.

Since this is the first book in the series, many stories and characters weren’t fully developed, but i’m looking forward to the next books in the series to know more about these fascinating people.

Of the characters we did get to know a little better i have to say i fell in love with Kashmir, and i’m already otping him with Nix, although i believe things will get more interesting in the second book if we take count of [spoilers]. No, but seriously, the guy calls her Amira (princess) all the time, and my heart was like exploding each time. Although i’m not quite sure how old is he really, maybe i missed it.

About Nix; oh, i enjoyed reading about her. Finally, a main character without the annoying hero complex. Nix knows her place in the ship and in her father’s (the ship’s captain) life. She is a pretty regular sixteen years old girl, having to do some stuff for her father, but still being a normal gal. Can’t wait to see where the story takes her next.

On the plot; although it looks as many others stories, the author manages to make the turns in the book interesting and mostly unexpected. I couldn’t put the book down because i needed to know what was coming next all the time. Seriously, you have to let the book the chance to show you what it has to say, before you think you ‘already read this plot.

In conclusion, a very interesting and fascinating beginning to a new series. I cannot believe now we  have to wait until somewhen in 2017 to get the second book, but i’ll sure be waiting for it to read asap.

Enjoy the reading!

C.

The Desert Island Book Tag

It’s tag time again! Today i’ll be doing the Desert Island Book Tag, I saw this tag at 

Water — A book you simply cannot live without

Daddy-Long-LegsDaddy – Long – Legs by Jean Webster

One of my favorite books, and the one i take with me wherever i go, it’s Daddy Long Legs . I’ve read this book so many times i can’t even remember anymore. It may not be my favorite above all, but it’s the one i would choose if i could only read one book for the rest of my life. The book has everything, it’s funny, emotional, full of wonder and beautiful moments. I just love it, so so much.

 

Food— A book that is a close second on your favourites list

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

Once again, this is a book i read too many times, yet, i could keep reading it forever. This book helped me shape myself to the person i’m today, and because of that it has a special place in my heart and is obviously one of my favorite books of all time.

 

 

Shelter — A book that makes you feel at home and safeHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Any of the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling

The Harry Potter series is *my home*, these books are one of the most important ones, and the most meaningful to me. I always feel safe when reading them, not only because i know what is going to happen, but because the characters are like my family.

Flare Gun — A book you would recommend to someone who doesn’t read

The Perks of Being a Wallflower The Perks of  Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

In my opinion, if you want to recommend a book to someone who doesn’t read, you have to give them something approchable, something they can relate to… now, i know some stuff in the book may not be fully relatable, but the book is about a boy trying to find his place in this world and i think that’s something we all struggled with at some point. Also, i totally love the book and i would love to have someone to share it with.

Matchsticks — A book that warms your heartEleanor & Park

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

I don’t really have words to describe how much this book means to me and or how much it warms my heart, it’s just an eternal fire, whenever i remember this book i just feel happiness and sadness, it’s just bittersweet and i adore it.

Compass — A book that directed you towards our love of reading

The Secret Garden The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

I said it already so many times, this book is the one that really got me reading books and loving them.. I read it when i was 8 (if i remember right) and it opened my mind to so many new worlds i never thouht could exist… I think  should reread it, it’s been a while since the last time i read it … it’s such a wonderful story, i cannot put my feeling in words, really ….. i love this book with all my heart.

Get Tagged:

Well, since i don’t know who did it and who didn’t i’ll leave the tagging open to whomever wants to do the tag! it’s super fun so if you haven’t done it yet, this is the right time!

‘Til Next Time 😉

C.

Cliches in YA books.

When looking for the next book to read i usually dig a little in the story just to make sure i won’t be finding some terrible and already boring cliches that seem to appear in every possible YA book. It feels as if those were the only ideas in the universe, and they aren’t so i always avoid them and try to find more creative authors.

To be honest, it’s difficult. Apparently there are very little kind of trouble a couple may have, loves triangles happen all the time (never saw one in real life actually), Romeo&Juliette are nothing but hipsters that did it before it was cool and so on..

I wonder, do they have no creative ideas because they tried but didn’t come up with anything or they aren’t even trying at all? Because it surely feels as if they were underestimating the readers sometimes…

I mean, am i the only one feeling like that’s the case? Some writers seem to be making easy money on us, while some incredible fanfiction writers create better stories for borrowed characters than the original ones they come from.

And the thing is, while i do see people complain about cliches, many of them seem to miss the cliches in the books they actually like, and to be honest i may be missing the hints myself, which feels ridiculous, i mean, how come we don’t see the cliches when we like something but see them when we don’t? The brain is a weird thing…(says my own brain…).

So, let’s talk a bit about these cliches …

  1. New girl in town falls for the oh-so-cool guy that everyone loves but is a loner even thou he is so popular. I mean, really? that’s the only way people may fall for one another? Not even by coincidence that this year they just have biology together and for the first time talk to each other even thou they have been in the same school since kindergarten? And why is the guy so many times something special? why can’t he be just plain human? Please, if this ever happened to you, and now you are dating your werewolf soulmate, let me know.
  2. Love Triangles. Everyone loves the girl, who actually is the dullest dull to ever dull and i totally can’t understand why is everyone so obsessed with her. As she is the narrator of the story most of the time, we know she is dull and mostly boring, yet boys seem to be fascinated by her. Yes, sometimes she is a little more than just dull, and yet, do everyone have to be in love with her? Why is everyone loving one girl? is she the only girl there? Also, please at least if they love her, make them interact and fall for her not insta-love(i’ll talk about it later).
  3. Marys and Garys Stu. It doesn’t matter if they have been living in the world all their lives or they just discovered it, apparently there’s always one character (at least) that can do EVERYTHING perfectly.  They are incredible fighters, wizards, talented killers, great cooks, the town’s best athletes, Valedictorians, the most avid readers out there, the best cast spellers, and also inhumanly beautiful. Seriously? They don’t have flows, and many people seem to not see it. I don’t wanna give names of characters here, but we all can think of one or two (or twenty).
  4. Prophecies and Chosen Ones. Yes, the first few times i read those i enjoyed it, but after a while, it becomes really dull. I mean, isn’t there any other way people can become something? Are we all just subject to fate, no one is to decide his destiny, is it all already written? Well, at least now i don’t have to care or make any important choices, everything is already decided before hand.
  5. Everything is an experiment. Whenever someone has a great idea for the first book but doesn’t know how to explain it, it’s always a great solution to make it all an experiment. Yes, i don’t know why, but that’s how it looks like there was a good idea, but no probable way to fully develop it, so they just throw the experiment thing out there and it just explains everything. Why does the sun rise every morning? Because of an experiment we made. Yeah, right.
  6. The orphan or parents that aren’t there. For some reason, there’s something about parents being dead or not giving a damn about their children in YA books. Most of the time they aren’t there, why? This also happens in ‘YA movies’ even in the ones not adapted from books. I don’t have a dad, and i know a lot of people lacking, at least, one parent and still it feels way too frequent in books. Also, why is always a not caring parent the one to blame about all the protagonist’s problems? sometimes people are just messed up even when their family loves them.
  7. The end of life as we knew it. Please don’t get me wrong.  I love dystopian worlds, but at some point, i have to stop reading them because they start to all look the same. I come back after a while and then again, they start all looking the same. Most aliens aren’t nice, civilizations go to hell, WW IV destroyed every country and there are only little communities alive, blah, blah, blah and also, experiments (see point 5).
  8. Unnecessary sequels and fillers. Because sometimes stories and good and deserve sequels, but sometimes the writer is just wanting to make more money. Bonus: splitting books into two movies, once again just to make more money… can’t wait to watch Star Wars episode IX and a  I/II.
  9. Instalove. Because who needs to actually get to know someone these days before falling for them? And it’s not like they develop a crush it’s actually soulmates love that will last forever and ever, even when they try to stop themselves or people don’t want them to be together.
  10. Bookish characters and other geeky stuff. I’ve always found this to be a little condescending, although i’m not sure if the writers are trying to make us relate to the characters because we like reading too (obviously, otherwise i wouldn’t be reading the book) or because they want us to know how much of pop culture they know. Also, using old geeky stuff to try and lure us or somethign, i don’t know i just find them annoying. Please just stop talking abouot Dickens’ books in your book, it’s just pretentious.

There you have it, a list of annoying (to me) cliches, obviously there are a bunch more, but these are the ones that i could think of at this moment.

Bonus Cliche (and a favorite of mine) – Discovering a new ‘world’. I do love the books where the protagonist discovers a different ‘world’ and finds out he/she actually belongs to  it instead of our regular and boring world or just now because of knowing it exists he/she becomes part of it.

examples:

  • Harry Potter
  • The Castor Chronicles
  • The Magicians
  • The Mortal Instruments

Okay, so these books may have other cliches i commented on before…it’s almost impossible to find a completely original book, but if you do know about some, please let me know i’ll be more than happy to find and read some fresh and original stuff!

‘Til Next Time 😉

C.