WWW Wednesdays



WWW Wednesdays is a meme hosted by Should be Reading and it consists of answering three little questions every wednesday. So here it is...


1. What are you currrently reading?


I am literally 5 pages away from finishing this book. I decided to read it once I saw the trailer for the movie coming out in March. Review spoiler: I am really really enjoying it!!










2. What did you recently finished reading?


To be honest, I started reading a book after finishing this one, but I was not enjoying it so I decided to put it aside. So 'Will Grayson, Will Grayson' is technically the last book I actually finished.










3.What do you think you'll read next?


This book is on my 'to review' list for a very long time now, so I need to get to it. I shall be reading it after I am done with Divergent.

Musing Mondays




Musing Mondays is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading and it asks you to muse about one question each week. This week though it asks us to play '3 Books', My answers are:


3 Books that have impacted you:
  1. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
  2. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
  3. I Don't Want to Be Crazy by Samantha Schutz

3 Books currently on your wishlist:
  1. Splintered by A.G. Howard
  2. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
  3. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

3 Books you've purchased in the last 6 months:
  1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

3 Books you can't help but recommend to others:
  1. The Books Of Lost Things by John Connoly
  2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  3. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

3 Books with amazing covers:

Review - Will Grayson, Will Grayson



Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Author: John Green & David Levithan
Publisher: Speak
Release Date: April 5th 2011

My Rating:



One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths.

As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.



My Thoughts



Where to begin with this? Seriously I have no idea.

This is not my type of book, I will say this right now, but this book was freaking awesome. Why? Can't exactly tell, and that's the beauty of it. Sometimes certain books leave a mark on you, on your brain, on your soul and this is one of them.

Both Will Grayson's were quite different in almost every aspect besides their names, but they were both connected and their lives would never be the same after meeting eachother. I think they were both very interesting characters even though I ended up connecting more with the Will Grayson portraited by David Levithan, maybe because I live with depression, the same way his Will Grayson did. My favorite character would be Tiny Cooper though. He has such an amazing vibe to him, and he is so confident, yet vulnerable, that I ended up loving him. These are two things that I never mastered. How to be confident and vulnerable at the same time. I can never get past showing my vulnerabilities, and that makes me into a 'not so confident' person.

It was amazing to see the differences between John Green's writing and Davide Levithan's and the way the complimented eachother in a very intricate way. And to see the musical grow from a little bit of the plot into a very important part of the book, was astonishing. Reading about the musical made it feel so real to me. Brilliant really.

I don't know about other editions of this book, but mine had a little interview with the authors in its final pages. This interview was so fun to read, David Levithan explains why his Will Grayson never capitalizes words and John Green goes on about his first pages on the book on which he talks about picking your friend's nose. I ended up laughing out loud when I read that David Levithan wrote a song called 'I was born this way' and that he was waiting impatiently for Lady Gaga's version. Hilarious.

Book Blogger: Love-a-Thon - Interview




1. How did you come up with your blog name?

Well, I have a weird obsession with everything ‘Alice in Wonderland’, and I figured as her adventures were in Wonderland mine would be in Bookland. So I went from there and got to Lii’s Adventures in Bookland.

2. What genre/subject matter do you read and review most on your blog?

I tend to read/review more of Young Adult books, especially if they are fairytale related. But I often go into other themes. It all depends on my mood. I do have a soft spot for everything supernatural and apocalyptic.

3. Name the 3 books you're excited for in 2014!

I’m excited about ‘Hollow City’ by Ransom Riggs, ‘The Infinite Sea’ by Rick Yancey and ‘Insanity 2’ by Cameron Jace. I cannot express how much I need these books right now in my hands. (I know Hollow City is out already but I haven’t had the chance to buy it yet).

4. Where in the world are you blogging from?

I’m from Lisbon, Portugal.

5. Tell us -- how did you get into blogging in the first place?

Honestly, I have no idea. I just know that I joined Goodreads thanks to a friend, and from there I went to writing my thoughts on the books I read and next thing I know I have a blog. A small one, but still it’s my blog and I love it.

6. Apart from reading, what other hobbies/interests do you have?

I used to watch way to many tv shows, seriously, there was one point in my life on which I was keeping track of 12 different tv shows… I know, it’s mind blowing! I have taken a break from TV Shows but I will go back to them eventually. I do enjoy music, but my main hobby is reading.

7. If you were stuck on a deserted island, which books would you bring with you?

I think I would take with me ‘The Book of Lost Things’ by John Connolly, ‘Insanity’ by Cameron Jace, ‘Will Grayson, Will Grayson’ by John Green and David Levithan and ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ by John Green. Maybe more but these ones would be my main priority.

8. If you were stuck in some dangerous situation (like a fire, a sinking ship, a warzone), which book boy or girl would you want to come and save you?

I think I would have to go with… Most likely it would be Lily Bard from ‘The Lily Bard Mysteries’ by Charlaine Harris. That woman was so badass, you have no idea. If it were to be a boy I would very much love it to be Michael (the archangel) from ‘Ignite’ by Erica Crouch. She made him so astonishing… I am sure he would save me in no time.

9. You’re attending a party with your friends. Suddenly, the DJ changes the song and it’s YOUR song – what song would that be?

This is a very hard one because I don’t have just one song that I like and I tend to listen to music according to my mood. So let’s go with something from the 90’s, like ‘Backstreet’s Back’ or ‘Pop’ (N’Sync) ahah

10. What 3 movies would you love to have your favorite author write into books, or vice versa?

Hum, I am very sensitive when it comes to passing books to movies, but I would love to see a movie of ‘The Book of Lost Things’ but at the same time I am frightened it would suck. And I really don’t have any movies I would like to see into books.

Blog Tour - Invoking Nonna


* A copy was sent to me by the author in exchange for a honest review *





Title: Invoking Nonna
Author: Sage Adderley
Series: Triple Goddess Series (Book 1)
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Paperback: 186 pages
Publisher: Sweet Candy Press; 1ST edition (December 20, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0989709825
ISBN-13: 978-0989709828

My Rating:



Maggie Sloan is a free-spirited teenager growing up in rural Georgia. Unlike her peers, Maggie is a witch and so is her mother. In addition to normal teenager rites of passage, she must learn about her family lineage and witchcraft. Her mother, Laura, keeps a tight lid on their family secrets - like the mysterious life and death of her grandmother who passed away before Maggie was born.

Practicing the craft will test solid friendships and introduce Maggie to new realms. While seeking the truth about herself and her family, Maggie is faced with danger from churchgoing classmates who will stop at nothing to make sure she is found out. Laura and Maggie strengthen their bond through witchcraft and work together to overcome their enemies. Are their magical gifts enough to keep them safe?


Excerpt 



My heart sank as Ruby stood there holding the blue book with the pentacle and a very confused expression. Oh man, why couldn’t Ruby keep her hands to herself? She always looked through my stuff. Normally, I didn’t have anything to hide, so I didn’t think too much about it. I had completely forgotten about the witchcraft book.

I took in a deep breath and just decided to go with it. “Yeah, I’ve been reading about Wicca.”

“What? Since when and why haven’t you told me about it?”

I ran my fingers through the madness on my head, and sighed. I knew this day would come, and I tried to pre- pare myself for the million questions that Ruby would fling at me. I sat on my bed and fiddled with the strings on my pink pajama pants.

“I started seeing these twinkles from the corner of my eye. They were like tiny sparkles of light that flashed quickly around my head. I thought I had low blood sugar and I was getting light headed, but it even happened when I felt physically fine. I tried to explain the sparkles with a rational reason, but I have yet to come up with one.”

“Wait, you see sparkles, and now you read about witchcraft. Call me crazy, but I am not seeing the connection here, Maggie.”

For the first time ever, Ruby was looking at me as if I had gone full blown nuts. I had no idea how to explain my- self or to transfer my thoughts into words that would make sense to her because honestly, I had a hard time understanding things myself. I am reacting on emotion and gut feelings - two things that can be hard to describe to other people not experiencing them. I sat down on the ground and took a deep breath and tried again.

“Ruby, I just feel different. When I see those sparkles, it’s as though I have a higher awareness of what is going on around me. I feel light, almost as though I am floating. It feels ... it feels really awesome.”

I could see Ruby’s brows crunching together, and her head tilts to one side. She was trying very hard to understand me. I saw her lightly nibbling on her bottom lip which meant she was unsure, but sympathetic to her best friend who just came out of the witchcraft closet.

“Well, have you cast any spells?”

Ruby sat down across from me and waited for my response. I picked up the book on Wicca and thumbed through some of the pages. I was waiting for words of wisdom to roll off my tongue.

“When you go to church with your family, do you feel something? Do you feel God?”

Ruby thought for a moment, “I guess so. I mean, I believe in God.”

“See, when I go to church or read about God, I don’t feel anything and it just doesn’t make sense to me. But this, this book makes sense to me. It just feels right.”

“Does your mom know?”

One confession was enough for today. I wouldn't open up the can of worms about my mom being a witch, too.

“No and I’d like to keep it that way for now. And that goes for everyone else, too. Not even Rhiannon!”

Ruby held her hand up in a gesture promising she would not peep a word. I wondered if she thought differently of me now. Ruby was one of the kindest humans I know. I’d be surprised if this shook up things between us.

And it didn’t.

Meet the Author




Sage Adderley is a single (and very busy) mom of three humans and one cat. She is passionate about kindness, coffee, mental health, fat activism, and the DIY lifestyle. Sage is the owner of Sweet Candy Distro & Press, Sage's Blog Tours, and writes the zines Tattooed Memoirs and Marked For Life. She is also the creator of FAT-TASTIC! Sage currently resides in the magical land of Olympia, Wa.

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My Thoughts



This book was a very interesting one for me, mostly because I have not read that many books that have this 'real' view on witches. Usually, when it comes to witches, they are evil and deal with the type of magic that is more common to be seen on wizards.

With 'Invoking Nonna' Sage presents us with the real Wiccan witches, who feed on positive energies, the four natural elements and the stages of the moon in order to cast spells - and they are usually good spells. The story is very linear and keeps you interested until the very end - especially as you get to the end of the book - but it also keeps you wanting more, since not all the questions raised in 'Invoking Nonna' are answered here.

This author has a very intelligent way of writing, when it comes to give us the perspective of differents characters that are important in this book. Sage, jumps from character to character without making the reader confused or wondering whose perspective they are reading. Her writing is very simple and to the point, without the need of big or uncommon words.

As for the characters themselves, I really became found of Maggie, since she was persistent in wanting to find out more about her family and she never showed weakness when presented with challenging situations. Another character that I ended up loving was her grandmother Sophia, but unlike Maggie, I liked Sophia because I felt sorry for her, for being so misunderstood and betrayed.

All in all, 'Invoking Nonna' was a good book and I will read the remainder of this trilogy once it comes out.

2014 Challenge - Dystopia



I have decided to join another challenge! This will be my third and possibly final challenge for this year since I believe I won't be able to take much more than this.

This challenge has the following set of rules:
  • The challenge will run from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
  • Books that count in this challenge must include any form of post-apocalyptic theme. The books must be full-length.
  • All formats allowed.
  • Rereads allowed.
  • It does not matter whether it's a series or a stand-alone book.
  • Click on the banner on top to read more of the rules.

There are four levels in this challenge:

  • Level 1: Recruit (1 to 6 books)
  • Level 2: Rebel (7 to 12 books)
  • Level 3: Revolutionist (13 to 18 books)
  • Level 4: Leader (19+ books)

I'm not sure which one I am aiming for but we shall see how this year goes. There will be a page dedicated to this challenge on top.

WWW Wednesdays


WWW Wednesdays is a meme hosted by Should be Reading and it consists of answering three little questions every wednesday. So here it is...

1. What are you currrently reading?


I just started reading 'Will Grayson, Will Grayson' by John Green and David Levithan. This book is on my tbr list for this month and I really hope to love it. I decided to turn this month into 'John Green' month so I will be reading 3 of his books.









2. What did you recently finished reading?


I just finished reading 'Queen of Hearts' courtesy of its publisher. I had a blast reading this book. It was magical, interesting absolutely fantastic. Make sure to read my review on it and maybe buy a copy of it once it comes out on Valentine's Day.









3.What do you think you'll read next?


Well last time I really didn't read the book I said I would but this time I will. Courtesy of its publisher, 'Hereafter' seems to be promising. I will post a review on it once I read it.

Challenge - 100 Books in a Year




I decided to join yet another challege this year. It makes sense, since on Goodreads I already challenged myself to read 100 books so I think this would be another incentive to actually finish it this year.

This challenge is hosted by Book Chick City and it has some simple rules:
  • Timeline: 01 Jan 2014 – 31 Dec 2014
  • Rules: Read 100 books in 2014 (any genre)
  • You don’t have to select your books ahead of time. The books you choose can crossover into other challenges you have on the go.
  • You can join at anytime. All books read in 2014 count towards the challenge regardless of when you sign up.
  • Audiobooks are accepted.
  • Only fiction, no non-fiction.
  • This challenge can crossover with other challenges.
  • You don’t have to have a blog to join in – for those without a blog but who use Goodreads, Amazon, LibraryThing etc, you can add the URL to where you track your books.
I will have a page on the 'Challenges' tab with the books I have read plus a link to my goodreads challenge page so you can actually visualize the books I have read. Feel free to join in!

Review - Queen of Hearts


*This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for a honest review*



Title: Queen of Hearts
Author: Colleen Oakes
Publisher: Spark Press
Release Date: February 14th 2014

My Rating:



Not every fairytale has a happy ending. This is the story of a princess who became a villain.

A Father’s Betrayal. A Kingdom with a Black Secret. A Princess Slowly Unraveling.

As Princess of Wonderland Palace and the future Queen of Hearts, Dinah’s days are an endless monotony of tea, tarts, and a stream of vicious humiliations at the hands of her father, the King of Hearts. The only highlight of her days is visiting Wardley, her childhood best friend, the future Knave of Hearts — and the love of her life.

When an enchanting stranger arrives at the Palace, Dinah watches as everything she’s ever wanted threatens to crumble. As her coronation date approaches, a series of suspicious and bloody events suggests that something sinister stirs in the whimsical halls of Wonderland. It’s up to Dinah to unravel the mysteries that lurk both inside and under the Palace before she loses her own head to a clever and faceless foe.

Part epic fantasy, part twisted fairy tale, this dazzling saga will have readers shivering as Dinahs furious nature sweeps Wonderland up in the maelstrom of her wrath.

Familiar characters such as Cheshire, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter make their appearance, enchanting readers with this new, dark take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.



My Thoughts



Oh sweet pizza crust... This book was amazing. From the astonishing writing to the beautiful imagined Wonderland, Colleen Oakes really created a work of art.

When it comes to Wonderland, we don't really get to hear such a beautifully written tale of the Queen of Hearts. Well, this author has come to rescue!

No one would think they would ever feel sympathy towards the Queen of Hearts, or, in this case, Dinah, the Princess of Hearts, but this book changes everything. From being neglected by her father to being mocked by the Cards and compared to her 'bastard sister' Vittiore, Dinah has everything to make you feel sorry for her. This character was so well imagined that you cannot for a second hate her or simply forget about her.

Something else that you need to have in consideration when you get to read this book, is that this is not the common Wonderland that we all know from Lewis Carroll's books. Cheshire is no cat, the Mad Hatter is no adult and the White Rabbit...Well, he's no rabbit at all. In her vision of Wonderland, Colleen Oakes invisions Chesire as the king's adviser, the Mad Hatter as Dinah's little brother and the White Rabbit as Dinah's tutor. And all these characters are so involved in the story that they all end up being somewhat vital to its growth. A little side note here: I absolutely love the fact that you cannot tell if Cheshire is to be trusted or not. Even though your gut will say that he's not until the very end, things might change in the upcoming books.

Have you ever had that feeling, when you are getting to the end of the book and you have 10 pages left, and you think, 'well there are NOT ENOUGH PAGES FOR EVERYTHING TO HAPPEN!'. On this book that feeling would be right. 'Queen of Hearts' does not really 'end'. Thankfully, Colleen Oakes was sweet enough to provide us with a sneak peek from the next book. Still, I don't think it was enough and I need to read this entire trilogy RIGHT NOW.


All in all, this book was super fast paced, filled with blood, funny and some sweet moments aswell. Incredibly difficult to let go of once you start reading it. Loved it.

Musing Mondays




Musing Mondays is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading and it asks you to muse about one of the following each week:

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

This week I decided to answer the following question:

What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 

As some of you may have noticed I have a slight obsession with Alice in Wonderland, and I absolutely love to reading retellings about it. Either about Alice herself of any aspect of Wonderland. This being said I am dying to get my hands on 'Splintered':


I mean...Come on, look at this cover art! How can someone say no to this? It is beautiful, plus the plot seems very interesting. I have read some mixed reviews on this book, but I am dying to read it!

I'm waiting to see if a certain publisher's release of this book (cheaper) still has the same cover so I can get my hands on it.

And it also has a sequel, which I must also have RIGHT NOW.

I also have some other books I wanna read on this subject but this one has most certainly priority.

What about you?

Review - Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror



Title: Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror
Author: Chris Priestley
Series: Tales of Terror
Book: #1
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Release Date: September 18th 2007

My Rating:



Uncle Montague lives alone in a big house, but regular visits from his nephew, Edward, give him the opportunity to recount some of the most frightening stories he knows. As each tale unfolds, it becomes clear that something sinister is in the air.

From the account of a curious boy who intrudes on Old Mother Tallow's garden to a shy girl's ghostly encounter during an innocent game of hide and seek, a pattern emerges of young lives gone awry in the most terrifying of ways.

Young Edward begins to wonder just how Uncle Montague knows all these ghastly tales, and ultimately discovers that his mysterious uncle's life has a darker side than he ever imagined.



My Thoughts



This book was a pleasant surprise. I have read other books that are 'horror' aimed at children/teenagers and they always seem to not scare at all. Well this book is scary.

Almost all of the stories will get you goosebumps and make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. I must admit though, that some stories were sort of predictable, but not all.

I enjoyed the way Chris Priestley described the surroundings on which the stories took place, because he did it in a way that allowed you to visualize it perfectly.

This is the first book in a series of five, and this year I will read them all.

Feature & Follow #3




Feature & Follow is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The purpose is to meet new people and gain more followers in the book blogging community. If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers. But you have to know, the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me. The general the rules are:


• Follow the Feature and Follow Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
• Follow the Featured Bloggers
• Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
• Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say "hi" in your comments and that they are now following you.
• Follow Follow Follow as many as you can. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "HI"
• If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers. Thanks!!


This week's question is:

If you could read a book for the “first time” again, which book would it be? Why?

 I have to say that I would chose "The Book of Lost Things" by John Connolly. This book means so much to me that I don't even have the words to express it. It was probably the first book that made me cry and got me so frustrated that I wanted to break something.
But in the end I loved it so much that I wish I could read it over and over and always feel like it was the first time.


&/Or





Review - The Fault In Our Stars



Title: The Fault In Our Stars
Author: John Green
Publisher: Dutton Books
Release Date: January 23rd 2013 (my edition)

My Rating:



Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.



My Thoughts



If I had the opportunity to right a letter to John Green it would be something like:

Dear John Green,
Thanks for ruinning my life.

Best Regards,
Lii

Now seriously, this book, holly pizza crust, this book. Where to begin? 'The Fault In Our Stars' takes you through a roller coaster of emotions, it allows you to explore the deepest parts of your heart, the ones you didn't know have, or you didn't pay attention to. It will make you laugh and then cry and then cry some more.

I have never suffered this much while reading a book as I suffered with this one. I remember finishing some chapter and complaining about it to my sister or immediately text my best friend telling her all about it. I absolutely loved the characters, mostly because they were incredibly intelligent, the way they phrased things, actually the way John Green phrased their conversations, was brilliant. I never thought I would fall for a character the way I fell for Augustus Waters, and even though I know how this book ended, if I was Hazel Grace I wouldn't change a thing about it - and I'm sure she wouldn't either.

Like Hazel Grace Lancaster felt about her book 'An Imperial Affliction' I feel like I must know more about some characters in this book. How long did Hazel live? How did her parents deal with it? How about Isaac? Did he manage to fall in love again? Did Hazel's mother become a social worker after all and did she help many people? How did Gus's parents dealt with losing Hazel, assuming she died eventually? So many questions... I wonder how John Green would answer them.

After finishing it, I immediately placed it among my favorite books. Few are the books that make you think, that make you want to try harder, to understand more, to judge less. This is one of these books and I am sure I will read it over and over again until I die.

Review - Thirteen Reasons Why




Title: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: October 18th 2007

My Rating:



Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.



My Thoughts




I decided to read this book on a period of my life on which I was feeling not particularly well. It's no secret that I have been dealing with depression for years now, and these kind of books have a tendency to attract me, especially if I'm not feeling my best.

'Thirteen Reason Why' was a very difficult book to read sometimes, not because it wasn't good or the writing wasn't appealing, but mostly because of its content. One of the main characters, Hannah, who was the one who commited suicide, describes some feelings that were very easy to relate to and that scared me sometimes. On the other hand, it was quite hard to be on her side when she decided to be particularly 'mean' to some of the people on the tapes, even though she had the right to be. This, though, was due to my own personality.

I felt sorry for Clay for having to hear all those tapes, especially when he didn't really belong in them. But I guess they allowed him to see certain people for who they really were and in the end it provided him with a new perspective in life. You should always try to reach out when you have the chance.

This book holds a very special place in my heart. It made me cry and it taught me a lot, actually it didn't really teach me more than it reminded me of things that I should live by.

I would recommend this book to everyone really, since its one of those books that just stays with you forever, I guess.

WWW Wednesdays




WWW Wednesdays is a meme hosted by Should be Reading and it consists of answering three little questions every wednesday. So here it is...

1. What are you currrently reading?



Currently I am reading "The Fault in our Stars" and so far so good. I haven't cried yet but I am extremely frustrated with John Green for putting my men expectations so damn high, thanks to Augustus.









2. What did you recently finished reading?


I just finished "Invoking Nonna" a book sent to me by the author in exchange for a honest review. I will post a full review on this + blog tour on the 13th.










3.What do you think you'll read next?


I'll most likely be reading "The Boy who couldn't Sleep and never had to". It sounds super interesting and I think it till be a good book to help me recover from "The Fault in Our Stars".

2014 Challenge - Series!


I decided that this year I will be way more commited to my blog and my reading plans. As I sad before this will be the year on which I will read 100 books but I decided to spice things a little more and I am going to join a challenge! It's my first ever so I hope I do well.

There will be a page dedicated to it, you can find it at the top.

So the challenge is hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat and it involves reading entire series.

I still don't know how many series I will read but I am shooting for the gold badge (7-11 series). You can check the list of series on the "2014 Series Challenge" page at the top. Also you can click on the image to go to the host's challenge page.

Review - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children



Title: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Series: Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
Book #: 1
Publisher: Quirk
Release Date: June 7th 2011

My Rating:



A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.




My Thoughts


I have had this book in my TBR list for a while now and when a good friend of mine got it for me as a Christmas gift I knew I had to read it as soon as possible.

'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' is nothing like I have read before. Filled with amazing vintage photographs - which have been slightly altered in order to fit the books intentions - this book is a diferent reading experience. The author did an amazing job with inserting the images in the book since they help you visualize the surroudings he intends you to, in a better way.

Even though I have read the portuguese version of this book, I can tell that Ransom Riggs writing is quite good.

The plot for this book is astonishing! I must admit that it sort of started a little slow for me, but after a few chapters I was hooked. I became in love with all of the peculiar children, including Jacob and his oblivious father.
If I had one little critique about this book, was the little romance in it... I don't particularly agree with it since I suspect the ones involved are more driven out of longing than out of actual love for eachother. But this may change in the next book.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in something different with a touch of fantasy. I don't even have the words to explain how much I enjoyed reading this.

I cannot wait until I can get my hands on the next book - 'Hollow City' - but I think that is going to have to wait until next month... Boohoo.

Top 5 for February


So last month I read 11 books! Hooray for me! And this little fact brings me closer to my goal of reading 100 books this year. If you may recall, last year I also had this very same goal but life happened hardcore time, and I only ended up reading 51 books... I know, I know, I suck.

Well, hopefully this year will be different! I will succeed and I will read 100 books. Anyways let's get to the topic of this post and figure out what are my 'I.MUST.READ.THEM.NOW.' books for this month.




So a little background on why I got this book... I just did. That's it. I didn't know it was coming out as a movie, but I am happy that it is, because the trailer looks awesome. This being said, I am sure I am going to sob my way through this book and hopefully I won't be disappointed when the movie comes out.

I am not big on romances to be honest, even though I am secretely a very romantic person. Yes I say secretely because most people don't get to see this part of me... actually no one gets to see this part of me.
Anyways, I thought this seemed like a different sort of tragic romance, plus it is John Green and from what I have seen from his videos, he is a very sweet person, so I figured it would come out through his writting.







Well... in these last couple of months I seem to be gravitating towards books about depression/suicide attemps/anxiety, which isn't exactly good for me, so I decided this month I shall get away from all that and I will read books that I wouldn't normally read.

I had this friend recommend this book to me, and after reading its synopsis I thought it would actually be an interesting book to read. Also it has John Green in it, and as I said before, he sounds like a very sweet person and I wanna see how that comes out through his writting.






And this will officially be the John Green month for me. And yes, I know I have said that I was trying to keep away from books that talked about depression/suicide attempts but it is John Green and this book is highly reviewed and I shall make an exception for this.















It is no secret that I am a sucker for apocalyptic books/movies, either they are about zombies or aliens. As long as they have some sort of "monsters" I am into it.

I have read about this book last year and I got immediately interested, it sort of reminds me of "The 5th Wave" but I don't want to compare them especially since I have yet to read this one.












A scientist makes a deal with the devil...twice. What's not to love about this? When I first this book, I got instantly attracted to its cover and title, and after reading the synopsis, I had to read it.

Hopefully it will live up to my expectations.












I plan on reading more books besides this 5 books, but at least this 5 are guaranteed. What about you? What books are you going to read this month?