Love. Art. Thieves.

Hey guys I’m sorry for my lack of posts, I just needed some time to recharge and now I will definitely try to get back on track… again!

Lately I fell in love with the Heist Society series by Ally Carter. I’m not gonna write about each book separately but I will give a review for them as a whole.

Overall rating: 4/5.

You know how you always judge books by their covers? Well this is exactly why I didn’t wanna read this series but they still kinda made me curious. I mean… look at this cover:

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You just can’t be attracted to a book that looks like this. And this is just the cover for the first book, I don’t think anyone needs any more details.

So because I can give second chances and a benefit of a doubt, I started reading the first one and could not stop. I love the characters and I love how mature they are. I forget they’re like 15-16 years old! Like how can a 15 year old rob a super safe and secured museum making up a really good plan in a super short time? Most of the 15 year olds play Fortnite so that was not very realistic.

I’m trying to keep this as much spoiler-free as I can but there’s also like a huge drama happening (of course) that might endanger Kat’s dad’s life (Kat is the main character). Of course she solves everything in the end with her squad and there’s a love story starting to sparkle between her and W. W. Hale, the rich and cool one.

In the second book Kat has been conned which was really dangerous because it involves the Cleopatra emerald, she basically steals it for the wrong people and she has to get it back from them but they know any tactic they could approach so it was pretty stressful for everyone (even myself). Long story short, there’s drama between Kat and Hale and a lot of suspense and them being smarter than everybody and we don’t know what Hale’s W. W. stand for!! I love how Kat is always trying to guess them.

Anyways, moving forward, Perfect Scoundrels (book 3) was SO GOOD!!!!This time it has to do with Hale’s family and there’s drama between Hale and Kat again because of course she wants to keep him out of it?! I didn’t like that part. It’s his family and he has all the right to know what’s going on, dear. Now they also have to rob the Henley (the museum from the first book which is even more secured) and a huge bank! I like that they make it a little bit more realistic involving the Interpol and all the travelling and talking about art just adds the perfect details. It involved a lot more complications and the most suspense so far. It has plot twists and a much more developed love story and now there’s family involved too! I think it had all the things I wanted like emotions, plot twists, love story, action and cool characters.

I can’t wait for the 4th book to come out!!

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Favorite bookish gadgets

I’m on a hunt for good bookish gadgets for myself so I thought I should share with you my favorite finds! Click on each title to open the amazon page where you can buy them.

THE ENGLISH DICTIONARY BOOKMARK

I just discovered this and I fell in love with it instantly. You also have over 30 thousand of definitions!! That’s so exciting and helpful!

A FOLDED LED BOOK LIGHT

This one’s a pretty impressive addition to any bookworm’s room. It also gives a special effect in pictures for your bookstagram. Can’t wait to get it!

DUAL RECHARGEABLE BOOK LIGHT

I already have this one and I totally recommend it. You can change the brightness of it and it’s so much easier to read now in the dark because it has 2 lights to cover both pages. Less frustrating and more innovative!

THUMB PAGE HOLDER

You know how annoying it is when the book keeps folding, well the guys from Thumb Thing came up with a good idea: a page holder for your thumb.

LED LIGHT MAGNIFYING GLASS FOR BOOKS

If your eyesight is not in the best condition (just like mine), some small fonts could really mess up your reading time, so this magnifying glass could come in handy, especially because it has LED too!

FINGER POINTER BOOKMARK

It’s cool to have a bookmark to know what’s the last page you read but it’s even cooler for that bookmark to have a finger, to indicate even the last row you have read.

POPSLATE E READER PHONE CASE

This is basically a kindle on the back of your phone. It is a pretty interesting concept in my opinion.

IRISCAN WIRELESS BOOK SCANNER

You can have a digital copy of any book you read!

I hope I have been of help with improving your reading life.

Valentine’s Recommendations

You know Valentine’s Day is coming in a month so I just thought it would be nice to give you guys a list of my favorite romance books. Go read them with your partner or if you don’t have one you can enjoy them the same anyways.

Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins

♥ Me Before You series by Jojo Moyes

Slammed series by Colleen Hoover

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The Summer series by Jenny Han

Ten Tiny Breaths by K A Tucker

Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles

Just One Day series by Gayle Forman

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Warga Jasmine

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

♥ Confess by Colleen Hoover

♥ Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

♥ Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

♥ How to Love by Katie Cotugno

♥ Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

I hope you can find one that you like. Personally, I always put Colleen Hoover on the 1st place when I want to read some romance, that’s why I selected more than one book by her because she’s just good at it. Crazy good.

Have fun reading!

30 Days Book Challenge: Day 10.

A book that reminds you of home.

For this I’m gonna choose one of my favorite romanian books, Forest of the Hanged (you can find it in english at Target). It’s totally worth it and I consider that it would please any reader. I fell in love with romanian literature thanks to Liviu Rebreanu. Totally recommended. It’s cheap and awesome and too underrated for its value.

 

 

30 Days Book Challenge: Day 9.

A book you thought you wouldn’t like but you ended up loving.

Mostly I WANT to like some books and I end up hating them so I’m glad I experienced the opposite with Jane Eyre. I wasn’t even sure that I would like it at first but as I kept reading I realised that I have been A FOOL! ALL MY LIFE! And I thought that people that love Jane Eyre are boring and don’t know good books.

Check out the review here.

30 Days Book Challenge: Day 8

Most overrated book.

Frankenstein. I hated it and I didn’t even give it a second thought when I had to choose one. This book is the definition of an overrated book that’s boring and it sucks the whole life out of you cause it’s SO BORING.

Do you imagine it being creepy? Well it ain’t. Not one bit.

You can read my review here.

30 Days Book Challenge: Day 6.

A book that makes you sad

I can’t believe I get all the feels when I see this one on the shelf. All the Bright Places. It made me cry and it made me so sad I just couldn’t get over it for a while. It was just like I was in her place and his death happened in real life. I also really thought Finn could make an awesome boyfriend and I got attached to him I don’t even know how. FINN DESERVED BETTER, JENNIFER! Maybe if something this tragic wouldn’t have happened I wouldn’t have loved him this much but I really believe it would’ve been better for all the readers if he wouldn’t have died and make this beautiful “poetry” out of it. Like it wasn’t enough that he was dead he kept being awesome even after he died. This one’s a page turner alright?!

WWW Wednesday

This is a meme I’ve seen going around the bookish blogs and I wanna join too, of course. No meme without me. You can also leave your answers in the comments section!

🌸What are you currently reading?

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. It’s some christian love story between a prostitute and a weird christian guy. I read it right now just because I wanna finish it and see if it deserves all the good things I’ve heard about it or not although I’m at the middle of it and I still think it’s a bit lame

🌸What did you recently finished reading?

Point of Retreat, Colleen Hoover. Here I go mentioning her again (yes you may take a shot everytime you read her name on my blog, I know I’ve said that before).

🌸What do you think you’ll read next?

I just saw this one and I really consider it, it’s called The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jen Bennett

Murderous breakfast club

I was casually scrolling on Goodreads through my “asap” bookshelf and I saw this book that seemed interesting and I completely forgot why it was there in the first place. Turns out it got me at the first 3 words of the description which were “The breakfast club”. Apparently it’s a combination between the breakfast club and pretty little liars. I never watched PLL but I know it’s popular… does that count? So anyways I thought that if it has common elements with The breakfast club it should be good. And man it was awesome.

One of Us is Lying by Karen K. McManus.

rating: 4/5.

The story is pretty messed up and confusing at times but I really liked it. I can actually say it was addicting. The idea of the detention, again we have a few teenagers that weren’t even friends but they end up sticking together when there’s a tragic event (one of them died right in front of them). You can’t escape the love story, of course, between the rebel and the sweetheart which is pretty cool. Better than I expected actually.

One thing that I appreciated and I have to mention is that even though it’s a YA book, at times it really doesn’t feel like it. It seems to be a legit thriller/crime book that happens to involve teenagers. They’re all mature and know how to deal with the accusations and the drama revolving around them and that just makes me think of all the things I wouldn’t be able to do because social anxiety and fear of phone calls heh.
Anyways, a good idea would be to squeeze a TV show out of this. I think it would be really cool. It is complex enough and it wouldn’t even need a lot of seasons. Even
a single one but good would be enough to include the whole plot in it.
I can tell you that you won’t regret reading it if you’re into this kind of stuff (or if you liked The Breakfast Club which everybody does).

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32571395-one-of-us-is-lying?ac=1&from_search=true

A-Z Book Tag

Hey guys, I’ve never done a book tag before and I got really excited when I stumbled upon this one from mudandstars even though I haven’t been tagged, I just wanna play along cause it seems really fun and interesting lol. Here we go:

Author you’ve read the most books from: That’s Stephen King, of course. I don’t keep track of the number but I might have reached 14 books written by him. One of my reading goals is to read all of his books, wish me luck!

Best sequel: Glass Sword, Victoria Aveyard. I’m in love so far with the series and I was really surprised by how awesome the sequel was.

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Currently reading: I’ve been reading Papillon by Henri Charriere but I just abandoned it cause it wasn’t really my style at all. I tried tho. Right now I started Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.

Drink of choice while reading: I enjoy drinking a cup of tea from time to time because I feel sick from coffee but I won’t ever refuse hot chocolate.

Ereader or physical: Ereader. I love my kindle so much and since I travel a lot it’s pretty hard to carry all the books with me and maybe I won’t be in the mood to read any of the books I brought with me so if I have them all on my kindle it’s super convenient. I love reading actual books too especially if they’re graphic novels but my every day buddy is the kindle. I don’t really get all the hate thrown at ereaders and why some of the people feel superior just because they only read physical books and don’t “degrade” themselves to technology. A book is a book no matter what form it has.

Fictional character you probably would’ve dated in highschool: My number one choice right now is Will from Slammed by Colleen Hoover. I loved him. I used to swoon over Finn from All the Bright Places but I don’t think I would’ve been able to deal with a suicidal guy. WILL IS THE COOLEST ANYWAYSSSS.

Glad you gave this book a chance: Jane Eyre. I’m not a fan of classics and I hardly get myself to read one but Jane Eyre together with Wuthering Heights made me be more open to classics and appreciate them more. Jane Eyre is one of my favorite classics.

Hidden gem book: The Three O’clock in the Morning Sessions by Angie Martin. I don’t actually know how hidden this one is but I know it’s far from popular tho it deserves some more popularity. It’s a poetry book and it was awesome how she combined poetry with short stories and you won’t be disappointed by her writing style either. It’s pretty deep and it just made me read it in one sitting. I got it for free on the amazon kindle store.

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Important moment in your reading life: Probably when I got my kindle. It made it so easier for me to read all the books that I wanted and get them so quickly! It’s also a birthday present from my friends and I still have it for 3 years and I hope I won’t ever have to get rid of it. I moved to USA since then and I miss them a lot and now I appreciate it so much more than I used to when I was still at home.

Just finished: Point of Retreat, Colleen Hoover. I was too obsessed with Lake and Will from the first book so I couldn’t get over it until I’ve read the second one and soon I’m gonna start reading the third one.

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Kind of books you won’t read: Fantasy and biographies (except a few of them but generally I get bored easily).

Longest book you’ve read: Stephen King’s IT (click the title for the review). Very happy it wasn’t shorter.

Major book hangover because of: I have to decide between two Colleen Hoover books (lol I mention her so often). It’s either It Ends With Us or Slammed. Can I just blame the hangovers on Colleen Hoover in general?

Number of bookcases you own: None yet since I just moved into a new place. I keep buying books but I’m gonna build as many as I need with a little help from my husband. Can’t wait! I might post updates on it when we start working on it.

One book you have read multiple times: George Orwell’s 1984. The first book that turned me into this book ape that I am now.

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Preferred  place to read: My bed. All cozy.

Quote that gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read: I actually have a notebook where I write all the quotes I stumble upon in my books so this is a pretty hard decision to just choose one but I’m gonna share the first one that I thought of right now: “Stay gold, Pony Boy, stay gold.”

Gotta love The Outsiders.

Reading Regret: Sometimes I regret that I can’t get myself into reading more serious books like philosophy and researches and stuff like that.

Series you started and need to finish: THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS!! I have only one book left of it so it’s not that bad but besides this series I have a few more that I have to deal with. I like to complete the series but I don’t know if I can finish everything that I started especially when a long time passed by and I don’t even remember what happened in the previous book(s). But The Mortal Instruments it’s my top priority.

Three all time faves: George Orwell’s 1984, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover (take a shot every time I mention her).

Unapologetic fangirl for: Harry Potter. House Hufflepuff (Pottermore said that so it must be true).

Very excited for this release more than all others: The sequel of Caraval called Legendary by Stephanie Garber. May 2018 can’t come soon enough.

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Worst bookish habit: Reading in bed and falling asleep no matter what time of day it is. I hate that.

Your latest book purchase: The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy, The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials and Divergent.

Zzz-snatcher book (a book that kept you up really late): One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. Once you pick it up it’s done, you don’t leave it until you finish it.

Alright so this is my first book tag that I’ve done and I’ve had fun doing this. I can’t wait until the next one! Hope you guys enjoyed it and discovered some books you didn’t know through this.