Some of you know that I have already dabbled in the contemporary romance genre when I read Stripped by Zoey Castille. It was a fun story, I’ve never read anything like it before, but I’ve been wanting to return to the genre as of late. Especially since I keep seeing people on my feed reading and loving these books and I just want to join in on the fun! You know I don’t read contemporary anything often, so this is like a miracle that I am in the mood to read books like these!
I might stay away from the strippers this time though and keep in line of something more contemporary in the sense that it’s a little fluffier and FUNNY. (No offense to the stripper books though because it was fun!)
This one is a little older, it came out two years ago I think, but I keep seeing it pop up on my feed! It sounds absolutely adorable and fun! It’s an #OwnVoices novel with Asian and Autistic rep. I’ve never read anything like that before and this seems like a great start since most people seem to love it!
I will stan any and all Latinx Romance, especially those written by Latinx authors. Besides that fact, this cover is absolutely amazing (Like I have major heart eyes) the synopsis pitches it as a telenovela romcom and afjknfjnfjenj I need it nowwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously this sounds like so much fun, it’s going to have scandal and drama and romance and everything good thing that is in a good novela. I’m ready for it!
This sounds so obnoxiously cute. I love it already. So many people on my instagram have been raving about it! I feel like I will relate to the MCs personality in some ways. I’m no computer geek, but like I wouldn’t classify myself as much lived either. And the hot neighbour trope really has me wanting to read it!
Enemies with benefits. Yes. You know I will gobble this up. I’m also super attracted to the construction people life, if that makes any sense. I think this one has some mixed reviews, but I’m hoping to enjoy it! I have get over the guys name though. It’s not a bad name, it’s just one of those names I find super unattractive XD
Renaissance Faire enemies to lovers sounds like a lot of fun to me. I mean it really sounds like a white-people kind of thing…not saying that POC don’t do renaissance fairs, never actually been so I shouldn’t judge. Still I’m intrigued by the concept, I might get triggered with the Shakespeare stuff since I’m taking a Shakespeare course right now, but I’m excited!
Fake dating trope is something I will die for!!!! Yes, give it to me. And these characters sound delightful! Oh yes, I am so going to jump on the train with this one. The town clown and the hot ex-baseball player…yessssssss!
That’s all I have for now! Obviously I am missing many more, but I’d figured I would start off with a small list!
Let me know what you think! I would LOVE your recommendations. Keeping in mind that I prefer something contemporary and fluffy with lots of funnies! I mean you wanna hit me with the hard stuff, go ahead, but I like the cheese in combo with the fluff!
It’s been forever since I last wrote one of these posts! So it is time to bring it back. Naturally we are going to take a bit of a sad turn here XD The last two times I did this post, I chose happier emotions, so we are going to get SAD. Actually, we are going to get weepy, these books are not just books that made me sad, these actually manifested physical tears in my eyes!
So grab your tissues and let’s get to it!
It’s About the Deaths
Crooked Kingdomby Leigh Bardugo
Technically, I already knew who was going to die before I even read this. I was unfortunately spoiled before I even thought about picking up the book AND YET when I read the scene, I SOBBED. Just the whole scene of how it went down and the chapter that came after it…Like I’m getting emotional right now! I remember when I read it the first time, I was crying bitterly to myself in my room. I still think about it sometimes and get super sad XD
The Penderwicks on Gardam Steet – Prologue by Jeanne Birdsall
Let me tell you. I am actually tearing up right now as I think about it! I can’t even explain how gut-wrenching this prologue is. It’s not even the whole book, it’s the PROLOGUE! It just breaks me every time, especially since it is being told mainly through the experience of little girls. I love this book to pieces and the fact that it makes me laugh and WEEP means that it is something special.
Just Sad Happenings
The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
So I actually didn’t cry while I read this the first time. I finished the book, closed it and went to bed. Then all of a sudden *poof* rivers of tears start running down my face. I was overwhelmed with this flood of emotions. The whole novel just came to attack me as I started to sleep. It was quite an experience. THEN I listened to the audiobook. And let me tell you, I cried multiple times throughout the novel. But the final chapters, with the emotion that the narrators put into it…I couldn’t hold back. I was a snotty mess!
The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall
Surprised to see another Penderwick book here? I’m not! This book is a different kind of sad, it’s a soul-tearing kind of sadness, you can’t help but feel for the characters. When I experienced this the first time, I woke up at about 8 a.m. to read (because I was that desperate to read it!) and I was sitting in my living room sobbing and wiping boogers from my noise. I was a mess!!!!!!!!!!!! The second time I read it, I thought I would be better prepared…WRONG! I burst into tears in the middle of the afternoon and then next thing you know ding-dong! The doorbell rang, we had guests! And I had about 30 seconds to not look like a weeping disaster!
The First Book That Will Always Get Me
Championby Marie Lu
It was a chilly December day. I was in my living room, reading the final book of a trilogy I have loved since I first started! I was reaching the final chapters when things started getting sad. And then this unbelievable twist happens and I lost it. My eyes started running, but no, I had not reached the climax yet. Then I read the epilogue and all of a sudden I couldn’t see the words on the page, everything was blurry, I tasted salt on my lips and my heart was hurtinggg. This was the first time I have ever cried for a book and I SOBBED HARD. There were actual tears stains on the pages!!! The final words are just killer! Killer! I have not reread the book since, but I am preparing for a reread very soon, so we shall see how it goes!
*wipes tears* Well this was an emotional roller coaster! I promise that next time I will go for a happier emotion XD But goodness me, I love it when books make me cry. It really means the author has wrapped their whole idea around me and completely shaken my being. It’s the ultimate sign of a great read in my opinion!
Let me know what you think! What books have made you weep? Do you even cry when you read? What’s the saddest book you’ve ever read?
Today is another review round-up from my Hispanic Heritage Month TBR. I had two backlist books lying around my house and I am so happy I got around to reading them this past month!
The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes
Publisher: Disney Books
Pub Date: Sept 18th, 2018 Goodreads
Zane has always enjoyed exploring the dormant volcano near his home in New Mexico, even though hiking it is challenging. He’d much rather hang out there with his dog, Rosie, than go to middle school, where kids call him Sir Limps a Lot, McGimpster, or Uno — for his one good leg. What Zane doesn’t know is that the volcano is a gateway to another world and he is at the center of a powerful prophecy.
A new girl at school, Brooks, informs him that he’s destined to release an evil god from the ancient Maya relic he is imprisoned in — unless she can find and remove it first. Together they return to the volcano, where all kinds of crazy happens. Brooks turns into a hawk, a demon attacks them in a cave, and Rosie gives her all while trying to protect Zane. When Zane decides to save his dog no matter the cost, he is thrust into an adventure full of surprising discoveries, dangerous secrets, and an all-out war between the gods, one of whom happens to be his father. To survive, Zane will have to become the Storm Runner. But how can he run when he can’t even walk well without a cane?
Feisty heroes, tricky gods, murderous demons, and spirited giants are just some of the pleasures that await in this fresh and funny take on Maya mythology, as rich and delicious as a mug of authentic hot chocolate.
These characters were wonderful! I thought Zane was a really fun character to be around. Just his way of talking was hilarious and the part when he sprinkles holy water on his myth book after reading about demons was peak Rendz XD
Brooks was also an interesting character. I liked her stand-offishness and cool demeanor. She was so set on getting her goal done and even though she realizes its a little selfish she tries to make up for it which is nice.
Uncle Hondo is the reason I was in this to win this. I wish he was my uncle XD Even though we’re pretty much the same age XD
The writing was really perfect for a middle grade book. It was always cracking jokes and like I said Zane was a perfect voice for this adventure!
I liked the road trip plot. You can never go wrong with a road trip plot so long as there is lots of action, suspense and twists, which I totally think the book delivered on.
Now let’s talk Maya Mythology because that is what we are here for!: It was lovely. I think that rep was great and I loved how Cervantes wove it into every aspect of the book.
The gods were quite conniving and I quite liked their parts in the book!
The monsters were wonderfull!!!!!!!!!
And the magic was very clever!
Overall, I enjoyed myself very much while reading! It is perfect for young readers. Lots of people have said it reads like Percy Jackson and I can see why, but I still think that this book has its own unique take! Don’t forget that this book has great Hispanic and disabled rep bringing in a lot of good content to the book world!
Rating: 3.75 / 5 Stars
Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano
Publisher: Walden Pond Press
Pub Date: Jan 2nd, 2018 Goodreads
Leonora Logroño’s family owns the most beloved bakery in Rose Hill, Texas, spending their days conjuring delicious cookies and cakes for any occasion. And no occasion is more important than the annual Dia de los Muertos festival.
Leo hopes that this might be the year that she gets to help prepare for the big celebration—but, once again, she is told she’s too young. Sneaking out of school and down to the bakery, she discovers that her mother, aunt, and four older sisters have in fact been keeping a big secret: they’re brujas—witches of Mexican ancestry—who pour a little bit of sweet magic into everything that they bake.
Leo knows that she has magical ability as well and is more determined than ever to join the family business—even if she can’t let her mama and hermanas know about it yet.
And when her best friend, Caroline, has a problem that needs solving, Leo has the perfect opportunity to try out her craft. It’s just one little spell, after all…what could possibly go wrong?
Oh my god, I loved this book.
The characters were PHENOMENAL. Leo was so mischievous and funny and stubborn and ADORABLE.
The whole sister clan was PERFECT! I definitely got some Penderwick ~vibes~!!!
This wholesome family dynamic had me permanently in heart eyes!!!!!
The Latinx rep was beautiful. This is a Mexican family that loves their traditions and I loved reading about them!
The MAGIC is FANTASTIC. I found it so unique that this bruja family was able to perform magic while baking and wishing. I really hope to delve in this system a little bit more in the next books
I loved that the book was set around the Day of the Dead, it definitely added that perfect spook vibe, but more importantly really emphasized that family dynamic.
The actual plot was so much fun. Leo gets into lots of antics and gets into quite a bit of trouble which makes this book so entertaining!
You could honestly fly through this book, that’s how great it is.
It’s a feel great book. Perfect for the Halloween season.
Seriously I just felt so happy after finishing it, which is just a wonderful sign overall!
Overall, I simply loved this book. It is wonderfully entertaining. It has beautiful family and friendship dynamics. The magic is so sweet and intriguing. And yes you will be hungry after reading this!
Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Recommend: YES PLEASE READ THIS WONDERFUL BOOK!
Let me know what you think! Have you read either of these? Are they on your TBR? What middle grade books give you that wholesome feeling?
It has been a while since I did a Theme Thursday post! We can kindly blame school for pushing me off track, but I am super happy to be posting this today!
Theme Thursday is a new monthly feature created by Sophie @ Blame Chocolate where bloggers can share recs and newly found books featuring that week’s theme.
There will be a different theme (genre, trope, etc) to use on any Thursday of the month. You can check the theme calendar and official rules here.
This month’s theme is witches, and I have certainly read my fair share of witchy books that I am excited to share!
🍫 Books I’ve Read/I’m Reading:
🍫 Books I Want to Read:
🍫 Other Books That Fit The Theme:
*all images via Goodreads*
Gosh there were so many good witchy books to pick from! And I totally want to drop everything and read these books now! (Well I am currently reading A Dash of Trouble so I am getting a witch-fix at the moment). As someone who dressed up as a witch for yearrrrsss on Halloween, this is definitely a theme I take to heart XD
Let me know what you think! What are your favourite witch books? Which witch books are you looking forward to reading?
Today I am excited to share my first review of my Hispanic Heritage Month read. This is one of my most anticipated reads of 2020 and I am so grateful that I was able to get my hands on it!
I would like to thank the Canadian Manda Book Group for sending me an ARC! This is in no way affects my opinions!
Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez
Pub Date: Jan 7th, 2020
Publisher: Page Street Books Goodreads
A lush tapestry of magic, romance, and revolución, drawing inspiration from Bolivian politics and history.
Ximena is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. Her people lost everything when the usurper, Atoc, used an ancient relic to summon ghosts and drive the Illustrians from La Ciudad. Now Ximena’s motivated by her insatiable thirst for revenge, and her rare ability to spin thread from moonlight.
When Atoc demands the real Condesa’s hand in marriage, it’s Ximena’s duty to go in her stead. She relishes the chance, as Illustrian spies have reported that Atoc’s no longer carrying his deadly relic. If Ximena can find it, she can return the true aristócrata to their rightful place.
She hunts for the relic, using her weaving ability to hide messages in tapestries for the resistance. But when a masked vigilante, a warm-hearted princess, and a thoughtful healer challenge Ximena, her mission becomes more complicated. There could be a way to overthrow the usurper without starting another war, but only if Ximena turns her back on revenge—and her Condesa.
I really liked the plot of the book, it was very politically charged and dealt with themes of colonialism and revolution. It really shows how grey and complicated it is to discuss this subject, but also how necessary it is. The kingdom of Inkasisa has suffered centuries of conquest and has recently felt the rumbles of a revolt that has the kingdom headed down a rough path. Ximena, an Illustrian, was part of the group that was overthrown by the Llacsans. She had a very one-sided view of how the world worked and she was constantly painting the Illustrians as the victims. What I loved to read about was her growth in understanding that Illustrians were not blameless and that their racism led to this mass schism and eventual revolt. However, the book doesn’t show that the revolt results in perfect harmony either and I loved that Ibañez didn’t shy away from writing about the corruption of power.
I also loved how the author displayed this cycle of violence that persists when people choose to always focus on the differences between groups of people instead of A) embracing the diversity of cultures and B) Seeing the harmony that also exists between cultures. I know that Ibañez was heavily inspired by the political climate in Bolivia, which just makes this book all the more realistic and authentic.
The magic system had to be my favourite aspect of this book. Ximena’s weaving of moonlight (title epiphany!!!) was so cool. And while I don’t want to give too much away, I must say that the cover is quite a revealing piece…..*wags eyebrows* Lots of characters in the book practiced magic and I was super intrigued to see everyone explore their powers.
You’ll honestly probably be hungry after reading this book. Ximena does a lot of eating and there are so many delicious foods described in this book. Luckily there is a glossary at the end for those who want to know more about the tasty treats. Beyond the delicious food, there was a wonderful exploration of culture in the book. There was a lot of talk about traditions, clothing and religion. Most of it fiction, but a lot of it was drawn from Bolivian life. Safe to say that the world building is top notch and you really get immersed into the life and conflict of the people of Inkasisa.
I liked how the ending set up the companion novel. I really, really liked the drama at the end. It was bittersweet because it is a reflection of what happens in real life when opposing views sever bonds.
The characters were just not in it for me to win it. I feel like this is such a cop-out for not enjoying a book, but I cannot lie about how I feel. Ximena, whose name I forgot was Ximena half the time since everyone referred to her as “Condesa”, was a decent character to say the least. I wasn’t totally in love with her but I didn’t mind reading from her perspective. It was actually very interesting reading about her growth from this close-minded, hostile girl to a more open-minded one. I understand that pretending to be someone you are not is pretty much a guaranteed way to lose yourself, so I liked that we got this self exploration plot. I can’t say that I really connected with her. Maybe a little when she would talk about having to unlearn an almost heritable hatred and the discomfort of re-evaluating your whole life, but other than that…meh. There was nothing really exciting to look forward to with her, this feels like such a horrible reason for not enjoying a character…
Rumi fell so flat to me. I…couldn’t. Like I found nothing remotely intriguing about him and I cannot even think of one thing right now that made him interesting. It’s not that he was bad and I in no means hate him, but he was just there. I didn’t connect to him in any way which is upsetting because I really wanted to find him interesting.
The other characters were slightly more intriguing. Like Atoc, the dictator, although he was pretty nasty. The priest guy and Atoc’s sister were also very, very interesting. They had lots to do with the twists which I really like.
The romance, I did not buy. It really tried to sell me this enemies to lovers thing which did happen, but I didn’t find myself involved. It probably has to do with my lack of connection to the characters. I just felt nothing. I had no feels. How do you ship, if you have no feeeeeellllzzzzz.
The pacing was quite slow and there weren’t many action packed moments. The author does kind of make up for it with some twists and secrets. But the single most important twist was so obvious, I just couldn’t.
Overall, this book was good, but it wasn’t what I was hoping for. Maybe I aimed too high with my expectations which is the likely culprit of my disappointment. I hate to call it disappointment though because this book has a really important message and I think that the YA world really needs to read this message.
Rating: 3.5 / 5 Stars
Recommend: Yes, on the basis of the plot and it’s overall meaning.
Let me know what you think! Are you looking forward to picking this up? What politically charged books do you enjoy? Have you ever had the problem of not connecting to characters?
Well, hi. It’s been a while, hasn’t it. We are well into October and this is my first post of the month. Huh. Well the reason why is pretty much in the title of the post.
It’s that time of the year, it’s the mid-term time of year when readings, assignments and tests all start piling up and try to drown you. Then there is this very small grace period where you can breathe until the pile starts growing again. That grace period just so happens to be this week.
So I have to get in all my blogging in nowww.
That means starting by wrapping up last month!
What Rendz Read
The Zeppelin Deception by Colleen Gleason
It was a lovely conclusion for a series I have been waiting for! Review to come!
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
God, I loved this duology! I absolutely adored it! My Full Review.
The Brilliant Dark by S.M. Beiko
Another finale to a series! I thought it was great even though it broke me a little! My Full Review
Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez
I have ~thoughts~ on this very highly anticipated book, it did not go exactly as planned. Review to come.
It was not that bad a month considering I started school, so I’m very proud I was able to finish one series and read another entire one.
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth
Simon & Schuster CA Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast Cold Falling White by G.S. Prendergast
Aug 31, I celebrated 3 years on WordPress. Can you believe it! I’ve been doing this for three years already and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon! I am so very thankful for each and every one of you who follow and read my posts! For those who comment and send me so much love, I thank you! To the publishers who entrust me with books, I thank you! To the authors who send me requests and grant my requests, I thank you! I have learned a lot over the three years and I look forward to seeing what the next year has in store.
Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations
I have slowly been making my way through my TBR for HHM. I have gotten through 2 of the 4 books I have planned! I’ve also added a lot more Latinx books to by Want-to-Read list! There are so many good books coming our wayyyy!
I have also been posting a lot on Instagram lately…And if you follow me you’ll know that I had a little reveal….I’ll post it here to, just for my lovely blogger frens.
IS THAT ME????????????????????????????????????????????????????
An Ember in the Ashes Graphic Novel
I screamed when I saw the news! You all must know how much I love Ember and the fact that we are getting a PREQUEL GRAPHIC NOVEL TRILOGY is the highlight of my month. I am actually gonna get to see baby Elias!!!!!!!!!!! It comes out next July, my birthday month, so happy birthday to me!!
HHM TBR (The End Game)
Five Midnights by Ann Dávila Cardinal Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano Prime Meridian by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Regular TBR–My Dedication to Penguin Teen CA
The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh Grave Maidens by Kelly Coon A River of Royal Blood by Amanda by Amanda Joy Fireborne by Rosaria Munda Song of a Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao
Am I being overly ambitious again? Absolutely. Am I still gonna go for it? Absolutely.
Let me know what you think! How was your September? What were your favourite reads? What do you have planned for October?