Review: How to Act Like a Grown-Up

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


Title: How to Act Like a Grown-Up
Author: Mark Dupré
Publisher: Broadstreet Publishing Group, LLC
Release Date: May 1st 2015

My Rating:



Are you not quite as ready for the adult world as you want to be? Are you a grown-up who doesn't feel like one? Do you know someone else who needs to act like a grown-up? With humor, occasional bite, and a deep desire to be helpful, this book is today's manual for moving into adulthood.

Filled with a mountain of practical advice, it's a treasure trove of grown-up perspectives that many of us never got to hear on our way to twenty-one. In twenty-nine short, easy-to-read chapters, author Mark DuPre takes what he's learned the hard way and lays it all out there to help everyone of any age move closer to acting like a grown-up. Wise and witty, this book is one of the best gifts you could give - to yourself as well as to others.




My Thoughts





I found this book to be quite ok. It didn't really tell me anything I didn't know but it was still nice to see that someone else has the same ideias or principles on how people should behave.

This book isn't really about being a grown-up more like how to be a decent human being. It tells you how to respect other people while still maintaining the respect for yourself.

It does give some advice on driving for instance and how to find if you're mature enough to be driving which I found interesting but other than that it didn't really provide tips on how to keep your house clean or how to keep yourself organized like I have seen in other books about being an adult.

All in all it was an ok book.

Review: Engage


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


Title: Engage
Author: Erica Crouch
Series: Ignite
Book #: 2.5
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Release Date: May 5th 2015

My Rating:



Kalaziel is a terrible guardian angel: her temper’s shorter than she is, she swears, she’s missing a wing, and she sees no problem with letting man make their own choices—no matter how questionable. That’s what free will is all about, right? Her overseers disagree. 

After she mishandles an assignment, Heaven strips Kala of her title and throws her back into training, hoping to reinforce the covenant of vows she swore to uphold as a guardian. But the angels’ motives aren’t as pure as they appear: they want to eradicate any opinions that conflict with Heaven’s code.

With a mass cleansing on the horizon, Kala discovers she is not alone in her insubordination; there are other angels who are restless with the stasis of Heaven and ready for change. Progress doesn’t come easily, though, especially when it means uniting ancient enemies to fight for a common cause.




My Thoughts





First things first the writing on this novella was beautiful. Don't get me wrong, Erica Crouch always writes beautifully in her books but this one was particularly beautiful, at least to me. There was something about the way she phrased the conflicts in Heaven's moral that I really enjoyed.

I never thought I would want to read Kala and Ana's story but from the moment this novella started that was all I cared about. I must admit that this does not add to the main story itself, but this is the reason why novellas exist in the first place, so we can know more about some parts of the story.

Kala is incredibly sweet and the way she fell in love with Ana was probably one of the cutest things I have ever read. Ana has a very strong character and because of that I was not expecting her to fall in love so quickly, but I cann se from her perspective how Kala seemed almost as a breath of fresh air in such a restrict environment.

Again I adored the mention of Mulan as being an angel in this novella. And I would like to know more about that bat guy.

Review - Monument 14: Savage Drift



Title: Monument 14: Savage Drift
Author: Emmy Laybourne
Series: Monument 14
Book #: 3
Publisher:  Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: May 6th 2014

My Rating: 



It's over.

Dean, Alex, and the other survivors of the Monument 14 have escaped the disaster zone and made it to the safety of a Canadian refugee camp. Some of the kids have been reunited with their families, and everyone is making tentative plans for the future. And then, Niko learns that his lost love, Josie, has survived!
Or is it?

For Josie, separated from the group and presumed dead, life has gone from bad to worse. Trapped in a terrible prison camp with other exposed O’s and traumatized by her experiences, she has given up all hope of rescue. Meanwhile, scared by the government’s unusual interest in her pregnancy, Astrid—along with her two protectors, Dean and Jake—joins Niko on his desperate quest to be reunited with Josie.

In Monument 14: Savage Drift, the stunningly fierce conclusion to the Monument 14 trilogy, author Emmy Laybourne ups the stakes even higher for a group of kids who have continually survived the unthinkable. Can they do so one last time?



My Thoughts




I love this trilogy so much that I was dreading having to finish it hut I'm super glad I did.

This book was amazing in so many levels. The plot was wonderful, the character development was amazing... Gosh, I don't even know what to say.

Dean was incredibly sweet in this installment but I didn't expect anything else from him. The way he took care of the people he cared about especially Astrid, just made my heart melt like butter. On the other hand Astrid was quite annoying at times always pushing dean away and not telling him how she felt about him. I still liked her though.

Josie... Poor, sweet and strong Josie. I was amazed by her! She was so badass here, she took care of Mario and some other kids even though she didn't have to.

The writing in this book was really good too, easy to understand, there was character development and the scenarios were well described and explored in my opinion.

All in all I absolutely loved it and I can't wait to see the movie!!

April TBR




After a month long reading slump I am finally back with a new will to read some books. So here is my April to be read list.









Miles is the ultimate unreliable narrator—a teen recovering from a schizophrenic breakdown who believes he is getting better . . . when in reality he is growing worse.

 Driven to the point of obsession to find his missing younger brother, Teddy, and wrapped up in a romance that may or may not be the real thing, Miles is forever chasing shadows.

As Miles feels his world closing around him, he struggles to keep it open, but what you think you know about his world is actually a blur of gray, and the sharp focus of reality proves startling.







Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter. With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.







Vienna, 1899. Josef Breuer—celebrated psychoanalyst—is about to encounter his strangest case yet. Found by the lunatic asylum, thin, head shaved, she claims to have no name, no feelings—to be, in fact, not even human.

Intrigued, Breuer determines to fathom the roots of her disturbance. Years later, in Germany, we meet Krysta. Krysta’s Papa is busy working in the infirmary with the ‘animal people,’ so little Krysta plays alone, lost in the stories of Hansel and Gretel, the Pied Piper, and more.

And when everything changes and the world around her becomes as frightening as any fairy tale, Krysta finds her imagination holds powers beyond what she could have ever guessed. . . .













It's been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it.

Only pockets of humanity remain. Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night.

When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back...




Hopefully I can manage to read all these books without falling into another book slump. I am excited to get into these.

Review - Amulet Vol.2: The Stonekeeper's Curse



Title: Amulet Vol.2: The Stonekeeper's Curse
Author: Kazu Kibuishi
Series: Amulet
Book#: 2
Publisher: Graphix
Release Date: December 17th 2013 (this edition)

My Rating:



Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi returns with his mysterious world full of new allies . . . and old enemies!

 Emily and Navin's mother is still in a coma from the arachnopod's poison, and there's only one place to find help: Kanalis, the bustling, beautiful city of waterfalls. But when Em, her brother, and Miskit and the rest of the robotic crew aboard the walking house reach the city, they quickly realize that seeking help is looking for trouble, dangerous trouble.




My Thoughts




An amazing sequel to one of my favorite graphic novels!

I enjoyed this one way better than the first one and let me tell you that I really liked the first book. This one was way more action packed than the first book in this series and the storyline was way more interesting.

I really enjoyed getting to know the new character Leon. He is admirable and strong and this makes a perfect addition to the team.

Something else I really enjoyed was the elves. In the first book you don't get the impression that they will be a great threat but they do become that in this book.

Em still is a very strong character and it was nice to discover that the amulet can also be a tool for evil and she must fight it. So not only she has to worry about the elves she also needs to keep herself safe from the stone.

I cannot wait for the 3rd installment on this series.

Review - White Space



Title: White Space
Author: Ilsa J. Bick
Series: Dark Passages
Book#: 1
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Release Date: February 11th 2014

My Rating: 



In the tradition of Memento and Inception comes a thrilling and scary young adult novel about blurred reality where characters in a story find that a deadly and horrifying world exists in the space between the written lines.

Seventeen-year-old Emma Lindsay has problems: a head full of metal, no parents, a crazy artist for a guardian whom a stroke has turned into a vegetable, and all those times when she blinks away, dropping into other lives so ghostly and surreal it's as if the story of her life bleeds into theirs. But one thing Emma has never doubted is that she's real. Then she writes "White Space," a story about these kids stranded in a spooky house during a blizzard. 

Unfortunately, "White Space" turns out to be a dead ringer for part of an unfinished novel by a long-dead writer. The manuscript, which she's never seen, is a loopy Matrix meets Inkheart story in which characters fall out of different books and jump off the page. Thing is, when Emma blinks, she might be doing the same and, before long, she's dropped into the very story she thought she'd written. Trapped in a weird, snow-choked valley, Emma meets other kids with dark secrets and strange abilities: Eric, Casey, Bode, Rima, and a very special little girl, Lizzie. What they discover is that they--and Emma--may be nothing more than characters written into being from an alternative universe for a very specific purpose.

Now what they must uncover is why they've been brought to this place--a world between the lines where parallel realities are created and destroyed and nightmares are written--before someone pens their end.



My Thoughts




I honestly don't even know where to begin with this book... It was so hard to read.

This book was a mess, it was incredibly confusing and I must admit boring at times. The plot was all over the place to the point on which you couldn't figure out what was really real and what was not.

There were some interesting facts to this book though. Every movie or book that you may think about while reading this were actually mentioned in 'White Space'.

I didn't really connect with any character while I was reading this so there's not much I can say about them.

All in all I didn't really like this book and I won't continue with this series.

Series I want to Finish this year



There's a couple of series that I have been pushing and pushing do they don't end because I like them so much or I'm really not emotionaly prepared to finish, but that has to end.

So here are some series that I will finish this year... hopefully.




Series: Harry Potter
Author: J. K. Rowling


This series is known buy probably 75% of the people in the world but I haven't read them all. I know, I know... How is that possible? It just is really.
I never had the desire to read it while I was growing up, and only now developed the need to know what the hype was all about. I must say that after reading 2 books I am super excited and amazed by this series, I cannot wait to read the rest of it.





Series: Chaos Walking
Author: Patrick Ness


The first book of this series completely destroyed me in ways I didn't know possible. That's why it has taking me ages to get back to it.
The sad part is that I really want to read them but I'm actually afraid that I will cry more and end up sobbing like a baby. But my fears will be faced this year and I will finish this series once and for all. I actually cannot wait to continue... Oh Manchee...





Series: Splintered
Author: A.G. Howard


This series actually comes as a surprise to me, as in, How the hell have I not finished this?? The thing is I liked the first book quite a bit and I'm afraid to be disappointed by the rest of the books. There's only one way to fins out though... So this year I must finish this series!

Review: Saga Vol.1




Title: Saga Vol. 1
Author:  Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
Series: Saga
Book #: 1
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: October 10th 2012

My Rating: 



From New York Times bestselling writer BRIAN K.VAUGHAN (Y: THE LAST MAN, EX MACHINA) and critically acclaimed artist FIONA STAPLES (MYSTERY SOCIETY, NORTH 40), SAGA is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds.

When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in a sexy, subversive drama for adults. This specially priced volume collects the first arc of the smash hit series The Onion A.V. Club calls "the emotional epic Hollywood wishes it could make."




My Thoughts





Wow just wow. I went into this graphic novel pretty much not knowing what it was about and I'm glad I did so because it made me appreciate it even more.

Even though this graphic novel was pretty sexual at times, it did not bother me nor did it degrade the storyline. It actually added some realism to it (yeah yeah this is fantasy but I still defend my opinion).

The plot is quite good, lovers from different species have a kid and suddenly everyone is trying to kill them and now they have to protect their child. Sounds simple doesn't it? But it is not. There's so much more to it that I don't even know where to begin.

Something that I really enjoyed about this was that the enemies that are trying to catch them are portrayed in such a way that you cannot help but connect with them as well. You still see them as the enemy but if something happens to them or someone they care about you cannot help but feel sympathy towards those characters which is something remarkable.

When it comes to the main characters I freaking loved Alana, she's my favorite character ever, now. She's completely badass but she's still human and a very good mother. Marko is also a incredibly interesting character and they complete each other in such a way that you can't stop loving them.

I do love the fact that this graphic novel is told, or should I say, has input, from their child. She sort of is the narrator and I love that. I say sort of because this is told from several points of view and she only occasionally gives some input.

All in all I absolutely loved it and I cannot wait to read the rest of this story.

February TBR




I know this may come a little late but oh well, here is my February TBR.





Seventeen-year-old Emma Lindsay has problems: a head full of metal, no parents, a crazy artist for a guardian whom a stroke has turned into a vegetable, and all those times when she blinks away, dropping into other lives so ghostly and surreal it's as if the story of her life bleeds into theirs. But one thing Emma has never doubted is that she's real. Then she writes "White Space," a story about these kids stranded in a spooky house during a blizzard.

Unfortunately, "White Space" turns out to be a dead ringer for part of an unfinished novel by a long-dead writer. The manuscript, which she's never seen, is a loopy Matrix meets Inkheart story in which characters fall out of different books and jump off the page. Thing is, when Emma blinks, she might be doing the same and, before long, she's dropped into the very story she thought she'd written.

Trapped in a weird, snow-choked valley, Emma meets other kids with dark secrets and strange abilities: Eric, Casey, Bode, Rima, and a very special little girl, Lizzie. What they discover is that they--and Emma--may be nothing more than characters written into being from an alternative universe for a very specific purpose. Now what they must uncover is why they've been brought to this place--a world between the lines where parallel realities are created and destroyed and nightmares are written--before someone pens their end.










When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From New York Times bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina) and critically acclaimed artist Fiona Staples (Mystery Society, North 40), Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.
                           










Harry Potter can’t wait for his holidays with the dire Dursleys to end. But a small, self-punishing house-elf warns Harry of mortal danger awaiting him at Hogwarts.

Returning to the castle nevertheless, Harry hears a rumour about a Chamber of Secrets, holding unknown horrors for wizards of Muggle parentage.

Now someone is casting spells that turn people to stone, and a terrible warning is found painted on the wall. The chief suspect – always in the wrong place – is Harry. But something much more terrifying has yet to be unleashed.



And now from my TBR JAR:





Pretty Little Liars meets Final Destination in this YA psychological thriller that will have readers' hearts racing right till the very end!

Every year, the lives of ten girls at Vienna High are transformed. All because of the list. Kenzie Summerall can't imagine how she's been voted onto a list of the hottest girls in school, but when she lands at number five, her average life becomes dazzling.

Doors open to the best parties, new friends surround her, the cutest jock in school is after her. This is the power of the list. If you're on it, your life changes. If you're on it this year? Your life ends. The girls on the list have started to die, one by one. Is it a coincidence? A curse? Or is the list in the hands of a killer? Time is running out for Kenzie, but she’s determined to uncover the deadly secret of the list...before her number’s up.

Review - Amulet: The Stonekeeper



Title: Amulet: The Stonekeeper
Author: Kazu Kibuishi
Series: Amulet
Book#: 1
Publisher: Scholastic
Publishing Date: December 17th 2013(this edition)

My Rating: 



After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids' mom through a door in the basement.

Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals. Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves.



My Thoughts





I got into this graphic novel knowing nothing about it. I had only heard of the hype around it, and I must say the hype is quite accurate.
In the beginning Amulet reminded me of the spiderwick chronicles but then it took a turn for the good - don't get this wrong I'm just saying it had nothing to do with the spiderwick chronicles.
The prologue of this graphic novel freaking broke my heart and it !axe immediately love Em and her loyalty to her family. She is a very strong kid.

Once we get to meet her brother and a bit more of her mother, I could feel myself getting attached to them and their love for eachother. They are going through some hard times but they do stick together and try to make the best of it.

Once Em finds the Amulet I knew shit was about to go down and I was disappointed! I absolutely loved the plot for this graphic novel, and the artwork is so good. I really really liked the artwork in Amulet.

What I 'hated' in this book was the ending... I hate cliffhangers and this was a major one but I guess it will only force me to read the next one which is a very good thing.

All in all I really enjoyed Amulet and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys graphic novels and adventures.

P.s.: Isn't Miskit adorable?

Review - Incite


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



Title: Incite
Author: Erica Crouch
Series: Ignite
Book #: 2
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Release Date: February 17th 2015

My Rating:



Earth is in ruins, and the war of Heaven and Hell has spilled over into the mortal world. In the frozen wasteland of the apocalypse, Azael and his band of cohorts search for Pen and Michael with orders to kill. Little does he know that his sister has incited a rebel army of her own.

 Angels and demons alike stand side by side, ready and willing to fight for a future they didn’t realize they could have. Change doesn't come easy, though. Pen is wary of joining New Genesis's revolution, but when Azael shows his hand and Pen learns all that he holds over them, she chooses to fight back, no matter the risk. She only has to survive, one hour at a time.



My Thoughts



It was a pleasure to once again read about Pen, Azael and Michael. But this time I kind of stood by Azael's side... Now let me explain why.

Something changed in Azael on this book. He became more aware of his need for his sister whilst struggling with the obligation to kill her and I enjoyed that very much. Pen on the other side, to me, she seemed to still remain herself with not much to had to her personality, now keep in mind that this is not a bad thing.
So the reason I stood by Azael's side is because I want him to face both his fears and beliefs and see what choice he will take.

The plot for this book was very interesting, I was always expecting Azael to snap at someone because of what he was dealing with inside his head but he kept himself together quite well. Pen and Michael, it was always a sweet read whenever they were together because you could feel their love as if it was real.

Now there is something I need to talk about... How awesome is the fact that the author managed to insert jack the ripper and freaking mulan as if they were a demon or angel?? I found it quite amazing! I loved the twist on these characters as they were portrayed as a demon\ angel.

All in all this book was awesome and I can't wait to read the last book on this trilogy.

P.S.: something tells me that Lilith will be a pain in the butt.

Review - Far Far Away




Title: Far Far Away
Author: Tom McNeal
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 11th 2013

My Rating: 



Jeremy Johnson Johnson hears voices. Or, specifically, one voice: the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one half of The Brothers Grimm. Jacob watches over Jeremy, protecting him from an unknown dark evil whispered about in the space between this world and the next. But Jacob can't protect Jeremy from everything.

When coltish, copper-haired Ginger Boultinghouse takes a bite of a cake so delicious it’s rumored to be bewitched, she falls in love with the first person she sees: Jeremy.

In any other place, this would be a turn for the better for Jeremy, but not in Never Better, where the Finder of Occasions—whose identity and evil intentions nobody knows—is watching and waiting, waiting and watching. . . And as anyone familiar with the Brothers Grimm know, not all fairy tales have happy endings.




My Thoughts




"What follows is the strange and fateful tale of a boy, a girl, and a ghost." From this first sentence along with the synopsis from this book I expect an amazing adventure that would stay in my mind forever. Well I can say that I won't really forget this book but not really because of its plot.

The reason why I gave this book 3 stars was because the plot was missing something. Or maybe it was the writing itself. I don't really know since I'm purely a reader and not a writer. But I do know it was missing something, because I somewhat felt left down at the end of the book.
Do not get me wrong because I would not change the fact that I have read it nor did I not finish the book, now did I? This book was still a very sweet book not because of the plot, but because of the characters.

The main characters, to me, were very well designed. Jeremy was made for you to feel only sympathy towards him and never give up on him nor the fact that he would deserve and get his happy ending. Jeremy was such a lovely kid, kind, shy and hardworking.
Ginger on the other side was always a little annoying to me until almost the very end of the book where she start showing her true warrior side. I can say though that I cannot envision this book without her.

I could go on and on about the characters that I loved in this book but it would take a while and perhaps spoil it for you. But I do still need to mention the wonderful Jacob Grimm which to me was the sweetest character ever. He never gave up on anything! Perseverance was a must in his mind. And I absolutely loved this. He kept Jeremy focused on his studies and always had his very best interests in mind no matter what he did.

I honestly hope more people get to read this book and appreciate all the characters in it the same way I did or perhaps even more. I know I won't forget them anytime soon, that's for sure.