Friday, February 28, 2014

Review: Looking for Alaska

Title: Looking for Alaska 
Author: John Green 
Synopsis: Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter's whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (François Rabelais, poet) even more. Then he heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

My Review:
I had been hearing about this book for a long while before I eventually decided to grab it in one of my usual book hauls xD. I had heard many good things about it and the author John Green (who is not known for writing the happiest endings I guess), and so I s tarted reading. I have to say that I quite liked the book despite thinking it would be some kind of ‘Nicholas Sparks for adolescents novel’ (not that I don’t like Nicholas Sparks xD).

It is one of those novels that gives you both easy and hard parts to read; sometimes it is light, entertaining, fun to read… But when you get about halfway through the book, (for the lack of better words) shit gets real. You know from the beginning that the novel is going to have hints of tragedy but you don’t expect it that soon in the story. It certainly makes sense though, after the central tragic event, the book gets deeper and somehow more philosophical.
The central character, Alaska, is actually really interesting. She is a cheeky teenager, with a troubled past and a strong personality who lives for the present only. It is one of those characters that we aspire to be like in some aspects (at least I know I do).

All in all even though I wouldn’t say it is a life-changing book it certainly is a great, fast-to-read option. It is both enjoyable and interesting, and I guess highly relatable as well.

“So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.” 

Título: Buscando a Alaska 
Autor: John Green 
Sinopsis: Cansado de su aburrida existencia, Miles, de 16 años, deja su casa para buscar su “gran quizás” en un colegio internado. Ahí su recién descubierta libertad y una enigmática chica, Alaska, lo lanzan de lleno a la vida. Miles se siente que está por alcanzar su objetivo cuando una tragedia inesperada amenaza con arrebatárselo. ¿Cómo la intensidad de la amistad puede terminar en una pérdida devastadora?

Mi reseña:
Había oído mucho sobre este libro antes de decidirme a comprarlo en una de mis habituales búsquedas por las librerías xD. Había leído un montón de cosas buenas sobre él y su autor John Green (a quien no se le conoce precisamente por sus finales felices), así que empecé a leerme el libro. Tengo que decir que me ha gustado bastante a pesar de parecerme al principio algo como una novela de Nicholas Sparks para adolescentes (no es que no me guste Nicholas Sparks, eh xD).

Es una de esas novelas que tiene momentos tanto fáciles como difíciles de leer; a veces es ligera y entretenida… Pero cuando llegas a eso de la mitad del libro, las cosas se ponen serias. Desde el principio sabes que la novela va tener algo de tragedia pero no te lo esperas tan pronto en la historia. Pero la verdad es que funciona muy bien; después del acontecimiento central, el libro se vuelve más profundo e incluso filosófico.
El personaje principal, Alaska, es en realidad muy interesante. Se trata de una adolescente descarada, con un pasado problemático y mucha personalidad que vive solo por y para el presente. Es uno de esos personajes a los que aspiras parecerte en algunos aspectos (yo por lo menos).

En general, aunque no diría que es un libro de los que te cambian la vida, sí que es una muy buena elección, rápida de leer. Es entretenido e interesante a la vez y supongo que fácil de sentirse identificado con él.

“Así que caminé de regreso a mi cuarto y colapsé en el fondo de la litera, pensando que si las personas fueran lluvia, yo era llovizna y ella un huracán.”

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday (37)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we´re eagerly anticipating.

The book that I am waiting is :

Title: A Shard of Ice
Author: Alivia Anders
Release Date: April 14th 2014
Publisher: Red Alice Press

When 13-year-old Lilix Morgan is found alive and floating on a bed of ice at sea, everyone counts it a miracle. Kidnapped nearly four weeks earlier, she remembers nothing of her mysterious abduction. When she tries to remember what happened, she hears only a melody – a faint and delicate set of notes, strung together in a tune she doesn’t understand. 


A year later and desperate to put the lingering nightmares of her past behind her, Lilix crosses the country to enroll at Baelmorte Academy, aiming to become the violinist she once dreamt of. Things seem to be finally going well, and Lilix settles into a routine of sheet music and inspiration among new friends.

Then the dreams start. 

The melody and night terrors she thought she’d left behind return with a vengeance, threatening to ruin her fragile version of normalcy. Then an unlikely ally tells her that she isn’t alone. That there are others just like her, fighting to hide their own shocking truths from coming to light. That they know who she is, and what she’s been through. Now, accompanied by four other girls, Lilix discovers her nightmares are larger than a single trauma; they’re a window to a hidden part of her soul, a place of immense power with a destiny that cannot be ignored. 


With this knowledge comes a new and frightening reality. For Lilix has been reawakened to stop an age-old enemy, one thought to have been destroyed centuries ago. Trapped by her destiny, Lilix is torn between what feels right and what she remembers. Her memories tell her of a star-crossed love waiting to be reunited, of friendships and trust broken in the past. But can she save that love when reality brings her an enemy, and an evil that will be the undoing of them all if they don’t destroy it?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Top Ten Favourite Places to Read

Today´s Top Ten Tuesday was a Rewind so I decided to chose one I´ve never tried before: My Top Ten Favourite Places to Read.

- My bed: I love lying in my bed with my book or computer and enjoy a good book in my own perfect bubble.

-Nestle on the couch with my blanket in a cold day: I love reading in the sofa while the rest of my family watch the TV, is like having family time with my own time.

- In a cafe while drinking a hot chocolate in winter or a chocolate ice-cream in summer: chocolate is my 1st addiction, followed by reading so if I can have both of them at the same time, I am a really happy girl.

-In a sunbed next to the pool or at the beach: I love sunbathing while reading a good book because usually I can´t just lay down not doing anything so a book is always necessary.

-Cuddled up with my doggies: I love feeling the little hot body of Nala, my usual company while reading. She is just so cute!

-In my rocking chair in the summer mornings: the soft swing of the chair while reading is one of the most relaxing things ever.

- The park: finding a spot in the middle of a park and just relaxing while reading.

-In a cozzy bookshop surrounded by thousands of books 

-On a plane or a bus because the journeys just pass by while I´m reading

-Anywhere while I´m on vacation because I can read as many books as I want =D

Which are your favourite places to read? Or which TTT did you chose for today´s rewind?

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Review: Whispers in the Dark

Title: Whispers in the Dark 
Author: K.I.Lynn 
Synopsis: A power outage leaves Mia Harmon stuck alone in the dark with no source of light except her cell phone. Frightened, she heads to a neighbor to ask for a light. Tristan, the new guy in 7D, is more than willing to help her out. A bad day turns into a night where Mia ends up getting much more than she bargained for.

My Review:

This short story is part of my RARE Event reading challenge. I´ve never read anything from K.I.Lynn before Whispers in the Dark and I have to say that after reading this story I am a fan of her writing.
Lynn has created an story full of witty, sexual tension, love, fun and incredible characters in a bunch of pages while other authors in whole novels cannot even express half of the emotions Lynn described in this novella.

It has a very interesting beginning, a difficult situation, a witty heroine a hot guy (love Tristan) and it even has believable secondary characters. The author´s writing style hooks the reader into the story so easily that I didn´t even realized it was ending till I keep trying to turn the page on my Kindle and it said 100%. I was so deep into the story that I didn´t want it to end.

Whispers in the Dark is the perfect reading after a hard day at work or school when the only thing you want to do is to get lost in a story but one that wouldn´t keep you up all night. I really recommend it.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Review: Seven Years to Sin

Title: Seven Years to Sin 
Author: Sylvia Day 
Synopsis: The longer the resistance… Seven years ago, on the eve of her wedding, proper Lady Jessica Sheffield witnessed a licentious scene no innocent young miss could imagine. Shocked, yet strangely titillated, she’d held her silence regarding scandalous Alistair Caulfield, and walked down the aisle as expected. But through years of serene, unremarkable marriage, Caulfield’s image remained burned into her imagination, fueling very illicit dreams… …the sweeter the reward Alistair ran far from the temptation of the prim debutante with the fire of passion in her eyes–all the way to the West Indies. As a successful merchant, he has little in common with the rakehell youth she knew. But when newly widowed Jessica steps aboard his ship for a transatlantic passage, seven years’ worth of denied pleasures are held in check by nothing more than a few layers of silk–and the certainty that surrender will consume them both…

My review: 

I read this book as part of my RARE Event reading challenge. I think I am one of the few romance lovers that haven´t read any Sylvia Day´s books till the moment, but in my defense I have to say that I am always afraid to read authors that are very popular. Though in this case I am really happy I read Seven Years to Sin because it reconnected me with my love for Victorian romances.

The story is wonderfully written, Day´s writng style reminded me of a mixture of Lisa Kleypas and Nora Roberts, two of my favourite authors. Seven Years to Sin is a book full of unexpected twists, the main plot hooks you from the very beginning but the subplots are the basis that make Jess and Alistair´s story reliable. There is a lot of sexual tension in the whole book and it come from everywhere not just from the main couple. Thruth to be say, with such a hot man as Alistair I don´t know how the book didn´t combust from the sexual power. Seven Years to Sin is a historical romance with touches of contemporary romance since I missed more historical facts and dates to portray the whole setting of the novel.

I really liked that it is not the typical historical romance where the heroine is a helpless virgin and the hero is a flawless gentleman. I loved all the dark secrets around Alistair and the hidden desires Jess had without her realizing it. I would give a 10 out of 10 to the characters, even the secondary ones are perfectly described. There were even times when I wanted to read more about Michael and Hester than about Jess and Alistair. The sex scenes were hot but in the end I kind of was tired of them, half book is about sex, which I like reading about  but in the end I was more interested in their feelings than in their sexual encounters.

Seven Years to Sin is the perfect mix of a historical novel and a contemporary romance story full of sex, mysteries and unexpected twists. It is the perfect book for romance addicts looking for a hot hero and a determined heroine fighting for their future in an England full of social constrains.

This song reminds me of Alistair and Jess relationship in the beginning. What do you think?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Review: Naked

Title: Naked (The Blackstone Affair #1) 
Author: Raine Miller 
Synopsis: Brynne Bennett is living the good life. An American art student at the University of London and part-time photographic model, she’s putting her life back on track with school and lots of hard work. When ultra successful London businessman, Ethan Blackstone, buys her nude portrait, he isn’t taking ‘no’ for an answer. He wants Brynne in his bed and makes plans to keep her there no matter what. His dominant nature captivates and ensnares despite the demons she carries inside her. But there are secrets in this relationship. Huge ones. Can Ethan free Brynne from the past that has marked her? Will Brynne let him or will the specters tormenting her resurface to destroy them both…

My review: 

I started reading Naked for the RARE Event challenge of reading and posting a review of a book of every author attending the signing event. I didn´t read any Miller´s books before Naked.

The synopsis and development of this story reminded me in a way to 50 Shades of Grey. The controlling, over protective, rich man obsessing over the insecure, beauty student. Though I have to say the writing style is a lot better. I also liked the setting of pre-olympic London and all the detailed descriptions of one of the cities I love the most. Sometimes it was as if I was back in London for a couple of hours while reading Naked.

From my point of view the main problem for me were the main characters. But not because they were weak or bad developed, it is just a matter of taste. Rich men are my least favourite kind of heroes and if we add overprotective and kind of caveman...just not my kind. I have to say there is a cliffhanger at the end so you may want to have All In, the 2nd book in The Blackstone Affair series to avoid the tension!

Naked was a short and easy read perfect for romantic readers that are looking for insta attraction and caveman behaviour while enjoying a detailed narration in the wonderful city of London.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday (36)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we´re eagerly anticipating.

The book that I am waiting is :

Title: Rellik
Author: Teresa Mummert
Release Date: April 1st 2014
Synopsis from Goodreads: Rellik Bentley is to die for. 

He can have any woman he wants and they will do anything to be with him. He uses and abuses them like drugs and tosses them out with the trash. The only thing he gives a f*ck about is his music. That is, until Ella Lighten walks into his life and stumbles upon one of his darkest secrets. In the midst of doing damage control, he begins to obsess over the mysterious woman who wants absolutely nothing to do with him.
Rellik won’t take no for an answer.

-I am counting the days till Rellik is released. I wanted to read it since I saw that killer cover and that to die for synopsis. And I am absolutely sure Rellik Bentley will be featuring our Bad Boys Monday sooner than later.

 Would you add Rellik to your TBR list?

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Top Ten Reasons Why I Love Being a Blogger

Top Ten Reasons Why I Love Being a Blogger:

1. Free books: Since I started writing the blog, I´ve had the chance to read a lot of free books

2. All the wonderful authors: because without their hard works all their stories would have remained unknown.

3Blogger: it has open me a new universe of possibilities and by blogging I have met wonderful authors and bloggers.

4. Netgalley: I have met my favourite books through this site and I really don´t know what I´d do without it.

5. Deep analysis: I enjoy books more than I used to because now I get to focus on more things in order to write a good review.

6. Goodreads: I just love everything about Goodreads.

7. Giveaways: They are just simply awesome don´t you think?

8. Followers: I love them all! I don´t know if I would have the strenght to keep blogging without them.

9. My book- boyfriends: well, they are not mine, but I love them all xD

10. My co-blogger Juliet: because she was the one that gave me the strenght to began this journey.

What do you love being a blogger??

10 cosas por las que me encanta ser una bloggera:

1. Libros gratis: desde que comencé con el blog he podido leer un montón de libros gratis.

2. Todos los autores maravillosos: porque sin su duro trabajo, todas sus historias se hubieran quedado sin conocer.

3. Blogger: ha abierto un nuevo universo de posibilidades y a través del blog he conocido a autores y bloggers maravillosos.

4. Netgalley: Just for being a blogger I get usually accepted for reviews

5. Análisis profundo: Disfruto más de los libros ahora que antes porque me centro en más cosas para poder hacer una buena reseña

6. Goodreads: me encanta todo de Goodreads.

7. Sorteos: son simplemente maravillosos, ¿no creéis?

8. Nuestros seguidores: ¡os quiero a todos! No se si hubiera tenido la fuerza para continuar con el blog sin vosotros.

9. Mis novios de los libros: no son míos, pero los quiero a todos xD

10. Mi co- blogger Juliet: me dio la fuerza necesaria para empezar esta aventura.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Love After Love

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

More Than Him Review + Giveaway

Synopsis: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us." - Marianne Williamson We live in a world of darkness and shadows, where monsters hide and aim to ruin. And they did. They ruined us and turned our dreams into nightmares. But now we're back. And we're fighting. Not just for us, or for each other, but for our light.


I was really afraid to start reading More Than Him because in More Than Her both Logan and Amanda did things I was completely against, like cheating and leaving without fighting. I knew Jay had hard times ahead in order to make me like this book. The  story itself left my mind in a turbulent state, I finished the book just before I went to sleep and I dreamt about it the whole night. From my point of view the author created a controversial story but it surely left an imprint not good not bad, just confusing.
As you can already imagine with my hectic beginning that I still don´t know what to think about More Than Him so I am going to separate the thinks I liked from the things I didn´t.

-          I liked:

-Very reliable characters, they have faults and problems like anyone else.

-The dialogues are very believable, I even felt myself identified some times.

-I loved that we still get to know about previous characters from the other books like Mikayla and Jake and also that we start to get hints to the future books. I love reading about Cam and Lucy, I so cannot wait till More Than Forever. And I don’t even want to mention the last scene on the book, hello cliffhanger! I need More Than Forever right now!!

-In More Than Her I had a lot of issues with the excessive use of cursing by the characters and luckily in More Than Him this improved a lot.

-I love Jay´s writing style and with the passing of books she has improved it. Fast paced narrative, easy to read, you get into the characters mind without difficulty and the time reading the book goes by easily.

-The huge amount of hot guys that flood her books. The More series give me enough hotties to read in just one book that I swoon over every page.

I didn’t liked:
- Logan leaving Amanda.

-There is so much drama and crying, it kind of make me feel depressed while reading the book.

-I do believe in second chances but not in third or fourth, I was kind of against Logan.

-I also didn’t like Amanda because of the cheating issue with Tyson, I can’t stand cheaters.

Have you realized that my main issues are against the main characters? And you may think how I liked a book so much without liking the characters? Well, that´s because Jay McLean creates wonderful stories in a way that you CANNOT like them, seriously. They are worth reading so go and grab your copy and enjoy!

Now tell me, are you team Jake or team Logan. Vote! ( by the way, I am team Jake! <3) 

Author Bio:

Author of Mature YA / New Adult contemporary novels, MORE THAN THIS, MORE THAN HER, and MORE THAN HIM. I enjoy reading and writing books that make people laugh, cry and swoon for dreamy book boyfriends. When not doing either of those, I can be found looking after my two little boys, and trying to avoid house work at all costs.


The giveaway is international and consists of:

(1) $20 Amazon gift card
(1) $10 Amazon gift card
(2) More Series swag pack
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday (35)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we´re eagerly anticipating.

The book that I am waiting is :

Title: Fire & Flood (Fire &Flood #1)
Author: Victoria Scott
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: February 25th 2014
Synopsis: Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she's helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place? (Goodreads)

- I am a fan of Victoria Scott since I read The Collector back in November so when I heard she had a new book coming out I knew I had to add it to my TBR list. In a way it reminds me of The Hunger Games trilogy but I am sure this one will be better than Collin´s books basically because Victoria´s character are won-der-ful!!!

Now tell me, which book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Top Ten Books that will make you SWOON!!

Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly event organized by the blog the Broke and the Bookish.  This week Top Ten is based on books that will make you swoon. I have to tell that it was really difficult to pick just ten.
- Nothing Left to Lose: the whole story is utterly addictive and magical but Ashton Taylor is completely swoon worthy. It is one of my favourite books, if you haven´t read it yet, go and give it a chance.
-Halo: Ryka and Kit are one of the most "real" couples, their love is always present and is powerful enough to survive in their crumbled world. You won´t want to stop reading their amazing story.
-Cruel Beauty:  This mixture of fairy tales and mythology, unexpected tales and a non so conventional prince will make you sight of pleasure. Definitely swoon worthy!!

- More Than This: Jake and Mikayla´s relationship is a tear jerking rollercoaster. And Jake and his friends are worth drooling over them and they will provoke you thousand swoons.
- Finding Shelter: lately I´ve been reading M/M romance and this one was by far my favourite. The fact that Logan, a straight gay knew that Justin was special and worthy and that he would be open to a relationship regardless of his gender is wonderful. Loved this book!
-Bloodlines: I was addicted to Adrian since his first appearance in Vampire Academy. His whole story and himself is to die for, he is so hot, cute, funny *sight* I adore him and Sydney!!

-Grasping at Eternity: This refreshing story is full of magic, second chances and true love. All the characters are wonderful.
-Lover at Last: I just love Qhuin and Blaylock. They are defenitely swoon worthy <3
- Avery: I loved Ava´s and Ambrose relationship.
- I just love Logan, I´ve read this book 6 times already and I just can´t get enough. I´m definitely an M/M romance addicted. 

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