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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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

 

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!

 

PageHabit February Box

Time to unbox PageHabit’s February romance box!! I love this time of the month.

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As you can see, February’s donations went to Ethiopia! That’s so thoughtful and awesome!
My favorite thing that came in the box was the beanie that says “bookworm” on it. I was so excited for it, I definitely did not expect that!

My second favorite thing was the book! I’ve read The Wedding Date in 2 days. It’s such a fast and fun book, review will come soon and we will also have the monthly discussions on the PageHabit Book Club on Facebook! Make sure you join in after reading it. Of course it contains annotations and a letter from the author. I love these small details!

Also, this box contained a Game of Thrones bookmark with my favorite GoT quote on it said by Tyrion, of course, he’s the best.

I’ve got some really cute and small letters and papers and deer stickers to use as pretty decorations on the letters. They’re so cute I almost don’t even wanna use them.

They included a pen too and a Rip Van Winkle booklet!! I’ve heard of it some time ago but I never got to read it until now so it was pretty cool.

I’m very excited to see what March will bring!

March releases I’m excited about

I’m starting a new series of posts where I will let you know every month’s book releases that I am excited about (you will probably find a lot of YA and Crime/Mystery books so if you love these genres, these posts might be for you).
March 6th: More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer.
Genre: Contemporary YA Romance.

“When Rev and Emma meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bond instantly over their shared turmoil. But when their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected.”
The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd

Genre: Mystery/ Crime/ Thriller

“A young schoolteacher falls for a man on Death Row whom she believes is falsely accused, only to begin wondering after their marriage – and his release.”
March 13th: Sometimes I lie by Alice Feeney

Genre: Thriller/ Mystery/ Psychological Thriller

“My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:
1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amy Kaufman/ Jay Kristoff.

Genre: YA Science Fiction

“From bestselling author duo Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff comes the exciting finale in the trilogy that broke the mold and has been called “stylistically mesmerizing” and ‘out-of-this-world-awesome.'”
March 20th: The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan

Genre: YA Fantasy/ Magical Realism

“Alternating between real and magic, past and present, friendship and romance, hope and despair, The Astonishing Color of After is a stunning and heartbreaking novel about finding oneself through family history, art, grief, and love.”

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.

PageHabit January Box

As of January, something pretty important happened to me: I became a moderator for the PageHabit romance boxes!

I take part in an awesome team and I’m happy to show you the romance box for January. Also, you can find the book review in the PageHabit book club on Facebook.

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As you can see, you can get plenty of goodies!

My favorite ones are the sheet face masks. They were the first sheet masks I have tried and it was also the first time I tried any korean beauty items (yes, they were made in Korea). I definitely recommend them! I think I’m gonna get some more because they’re worth it. My face was so moisturized and clean, I could not believe it.

Another cool thing found in this box are the tree friendly pencils, what’s cool about them is that there is sandpaper attached where you can sharpen them, they’re so unique! I haven’t seen them before!

Of course, you can’t have a bookish subscription box without a cool bookmark, this time there is a HARRY POTTER ONE! It’s my first HP bookmark so I was pretty excited! Talking about bookmarks, you get a second bookmark which is too cool! You attach it to the page of the book (you can see that I attached it to Starlight Nights). It looks kinda vintage and there’s a picture of many books in it. It’s my favorite bookmark I have so far.

In every PageHabit box you also get a booklet, it’s a mini book with a short story in it. Very cute and entertaining!

And now last but not least, the Starlight Nights book along with Stacie Kade’s autograph, a hand-written letter and annotations throughout the book. We’re gonna talk about that book soon, I can tell you that I enjoyed it! I trust them when they pick the books and they did an awesome job choosing this one. Also, the annotations in it makes it feel so personal, like the book was written just for you. Review to be posted.

I hope you liked my “unboxing” and maybe I made you think about subscribing to PageHabit, it’s definitely worth it!

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Thank you!

 

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 28.

Favorite title of a book

I don’t really have a single favorite but the last one that got me reading it just because I loved the title is The Anatomical Shape of a Heart. Come on, that sounds catchy. I mean, it sounded for me. It’s not your typical ya love story title or book and that’s a big thumbs up from me!

30 Days Book Challenge: Day 20.

Favorite romance book

I don’t have a single favorite romance book but I can mention a few books that own my heart: It Ends With Us, Me Before You/After You, Love and Other Foreign Words and
The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy. Also Jodi Picoult’s The Pact. And All the Bright Places. And Everything Everything. And I’m gonna try to stop now cause I could
go on and on.