Still Me

I loved Me Before You and After You, I thought it was a perfect duo. I did not feel the need of a third book, however, I still had to read it. I would not refuse more Lou Clark.

Rating: 3/5.

Everybody loved the story of Will and Lou in Me Before You. It was truly something else that touched many hearts even through the movie.

Afterwards, I was so happy for Lou for finding someone else and being able to go on with her life in After You. And I hoped that would be the ending, we all know Lou is fine and alive and everybody can go on with their lives too.

When I saw the news of Still Me the first reaction was excitement. I was super excited for another book until I gave it another thought and talked to myself in my mind “ok why would we need MORE? I mean… sometimes LESS is MORE and this is a perfect example. What could happen now?! Is Will raising up from the dead?” and so on and so on I thought of some scenarios.

I was pretty surprised that Lou took New York (yes, the Kardashians inspired me with this line) because I couldn’t ever imagine her there. If there’s a thing I feel that’s pretty exaggerated about her is her awkwardness, especially at the beginning when she is in the airport and she is being asked questions upon entering US. That scene destroyed me.

What I also hate are clichés. Agnes is too clichéic. The idea of NY is also clichéic.

I also have mixed feeling about Sam. I was silently hoping they would break up. I felt like she would be better alone. And I was pretty intrigued about Josh until we actually got to meet him, another cliché.

If there’s a positive thing to say about Lou is that I love the positivity her character transmits. Even when people around her hated on her and were mean to her she managed to be such a sweet and kind lady, I was really impressed.

Overall, the story of the book is not super special but it’s a pretty nice cozy read.

I would recommend it if you’ve read the other 2 books and you want a little closure or you really wanna finish the series.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35791968-still-me

 

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The Wedding Date Review

As promised, here I am with the review I wrote for PageHabit for February’s romance book!

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It usually never happens to me to be even more excited about the book in a subscription box than most of the goodies but this time I was (and the goodies were awesome btw). From the moment I have seen the cover I knew this will be a good read! The synopsis of the book made it pretty obvious that I’m gonna read something different than any other romance I have read so far.

Rating: 3.80/5 (it is hard to rate this because it is definitely more than a 3.5 but it’s still not a 4)

Even though the protagonists had different backgrounds and lived in different places, that did not even represent the only difference between them: she is a black, curvy, independent woman that you fall in love with instantly and he is a white, tall and charming man. I love that the author chose to represent an interracial couple in such a realistic and beautiful way!

They took me with them through the anxieties she has had as a black woman in a white community. I loved that the issues about race were not ignored and Alexa even educated Drew about it and Drew was so open to understanding things from another point of view.

I’m a fan of stories where relationships develop from being fake to being real and this story was exactly what I expected. It was fast paced and an easy read, what I usually call a “book-cleanse”. After reading books involving complicated plots I needed one like this, actually I needed it so bad that I’ve read it in 2 days. Everything flowed and I suddenly realized I’ve read half of it in what felt like 5 minutes.

Of course there are no romance books without some steam, and be prepared because there’s a lot of it, maybe too much but it doesn’t feel like it thanks to the author that knew how to describe the scenes without being too vulgar.

One of the reasons why I liked the book even more was the fact that both characters loved their jobs and they were so dedicated and ambitious, you just wish you could be like that. He is so good with the kids he is taking care of as a doctor and he gets so attached to them and she is so refreshing and thoughtful, a big help to the community when trying to create an arts program for underprivileged youth. Apparently the author has a background in law and that is pretty obvious when “monitoring” Alexa at her job.

Also, should I even mention that they eat a lot?! And not only that but the food sounds so good and I’m such a foodie, I could not help but observe that. I literally started craving donuts because of Alexa.

I totally recommend this as a “book-cleanse” or a beach read, all the characters in this book are really well built and each one of them have so many different personalities that Jasmine knew how to differentiate, it’s pretty hard to think that this was her debut novel. I’m totally looking forward to checking out more of her books in the future.

If you like swoony and fun romances, you have to read it!

 

Time travels

Personally, I’m not necessarily a Sci-Fi fan. I’m not a Sci-Fi fan at all but I still gave this one a shot. I have a friend that usually recommends me really good books so I followed his advice when he told me that I HAVE to read this one.

One of the best literary choices I have ever made was picking up Dark Matter by Blake Crouch.

Rating: 5/5.

If you want to know a page-turner, this is the one. I literally had to have some self control and not read it too fast. I had to slow down and read only like a few chapters a day, but that didn’t work as expected… I passed my limit… a lot of times.

*takes a deep breath*

You know from the beginning that this is going to be an awesome experience. It makes a statement from the first pages and you don’t forget it very easily. I’ve never read a book that involved time travelling before and I would start with this one all over again if I could. This was one of the cases when I wished I could delete the memory of a book and then reread it.

I would also like to bring out the fact that Blake is really smart and you can clearly see that by the way he organized the plot and his writing. The plot has tangles and twists and turns but you will never feel like that. He knows how to make the readers UNDERSTAND, and that’s super important since many times a good book can leave the reader unsatisfied because by the end you still can’t get anything that happened in it.

As a conclusion, yes, go read it. It’s a must.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27833670-dark-matter

Starlight Nights

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As I promised on the post where I presented the PageHabit January box, here’s the review for the book that came with it: Starlight Nights by Stacey Kade.

From the moment I’ve seen the cover of this book I was pretty sure I’m gonna enjoy it.

Rating: 3.5/5

I loved how well Stacey Kate built the characters. You can see how both Calista and Eric begin as being weak persons but throughout the story it gets obvious how much they change, how strong they become and how mature they end up to be. They both know they’re flawed and they both accept each other the way they are instead of trying to change one another based on “how it should be”.

Their parents are horrible persons from the beginning to end and I believe that’s the antithesis this book needed: Eric and Calista vs Rowley and Lori.

I loved how well Stacey depicted the Hollywood ideas through Calista’s mother. It was shocking to think that the fictive life of Calista actually takes place in reality, behind the scenes of some of the celebrities we admire.

Back to our intriguing love story, Calista and Eric are those type of people that are beautiful together even if they are not a couple, if that makes any sense. There could be a crowd of people and I would still ship them. It was obvious they’re ending up together but hey, you never know how surprising an author can be (thank you, Stacey, for not ruining this for us). It was awesome the way their love story developed from beginning to end with an obvious chemistry at a perfect pace.

Starlight Nights contains everything you might expect: addiction, cliches, bad choices, character development, hollywood life and a messy but beautiful and unique love story.

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

  November 9 by Colleen Hoover

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 22.

A book that makes you cry

I didn’t have to think too much about which one it is since I remember how destroyed I felt, I’m looking at you, We Were Liars!!

I still remember laying in bed on one side and my tears were falling on my pillow and I was just amazed and in love with it but super dramatic too. I went downstairs and grabbed a piece of toast with jam and I just ate it and thought about it for a long time lol. It’s funny now when I think about it but back then it was the shock of the shocks of the shocks I guess. Loved it.

November’s Winner.

It’s the 5th so I have to choose my favorite book of the previous month. I put a lot of thought into this and I think as an overview, I didn’t read many great books in november but the best one of them is The Anatomical Shape of a Heart.

I might leave a review for it at one point but I seriously needed an easy to read book. This was fun and entertaining. I love young adult books so of course I had to read it. The title of it was what caught my attention and made it a priority. I didn’t regret it. At all.

30 Days Book Challenge: Day 16.

Wow, I’ve made it this far already.

Favorite female character.
I think it might be Scarlett from Caraval. She was awesome and strong and really smart to figure out every clue in the game. Stephanie dear I know you won’t see this but please protect Scarlett at all costs.

30 Days Book Challenge: Day 15.

Favorite male character.
Just in case you missed me mentioning Colleen Hoover, I can only say that at the moment Will is the best guy out there in the fictional world. If you don’t know what I’m talking about just go read Slammed. You’re gonna fall in love! He’s paying attention and he’s very responsible and super nice, I imagined him looking like Jim Halpert from The Office. They just kinda seemed to be alike… in my opinion. Anyways, he’s got something special that it’s impossible to forget.

30 Days Book Challenge: Day 13.

Your favorite writer

This one’s difficult. My top favorite writers in no particular order are Lang Leav, Colleen Hoover, Stephen King and Haruki Murakami. Now if you’ve read any of their books (or more) you would understand why I’m so indecisive.

Lang Leav inspires me to write my own poems and she’s the only one that got to my heart through a few words and never forget her and also her books have the cutest covers ever.

Colleen Hoover illuminated me and I realised I love the new adult genre (tho I haven’t read many new adult books). She’s just something else for me and if I’m in the mood for a couple to die for and a great love story she’s my first option.

I love Stephen King for being the only one to give me the creeps. I love that he writes a lot and you always have something to read from him. His horror books are so well balanced that no matter how long they are you won’t ever get bored because he knows how to write so the reader is entertained constantly.

Now Haruki Murakami will always have a special place in my heart for his literature. I’ve read almost all of his books (I’m missing Pinball 1973 and the 1q84 series)but if you want something different and I really mean different. Different like super unique and creative that you have never thought about, go for it. Go read Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World or Kafka on the Shore for starters. I still am extremely impressed by him and I miss reading one of his books cause it always gave me such a nice vibe that I only found in his books. By saying this I might even consider jumping on the 1q84 next.