What I Read and What I’m Reading

Hello humans!
January has been a good reading month for me, considering that I just started an internship and, I’m late to the party, but lately I’ve been so obsessed with American Crime Story! And The White Queen! However, I always find time to read.

What I read:

Title: Ignite Me

Author: Tahereh Mafi

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Damn. I gave Shatter Me 4 stars and I gave Unravel Me 4.5 stars but Ignite Me definitely deserves 5 stars.
I’m so glad I bought all three books because I honestly believe I wouldn’t have gone on with this trilogy if I had only bought the first book. This one definitely gets better as it goes.
Some aspects of this story gave me X-men vibes and I’m all for it! Can’t wait for Restore Me!

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Title: The Hate U Give

Author: Angie Thomas

My Rating: 4 stars

This book was amazing. It is the type of writing I love in a contemporary, the story is powerful and the characters are great. I think the only reason why I’m not giving this one 5 stars is just because I struggle with contemporaries.

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What I’m Reading: 

Title: The Hero of Ages

Author: Brandon Sanderson

I did it! I finally bought it and I’m finally reading it! So far, I’m finding it a little slow and lacking some of the great action from the two previous books but I have high hopes for it!

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What I Read and What I’m Reading #1

Happy New Year Everyone!!

University has been sucking the life out of me… but I always make time for books! Honestly,  when something goes wrong or when I fail one of my classes I can always count on a book to cheer me up and I’m sure all you bookworms feel the same 😉

TBRs don’t always work for me, so I decided to focus on something which I know I’m going to go through with.

I will always have a current read and a previous read. So I thought I’d talk about that!

What I read:

Title: The Phantom of the Opera 

Author: Gaston Leroux

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis: First published in French as a serial in 1909, The Phantom of the Opera is a riveting story that revolves around the young, Swedish Christine Daaé. Her father, a famous musician, dies, and she is raised in the Paris Opera House with his dying promise of a protective angel of music to guide her. After a time at the opera house, she begins hearing a voice, who eventually teaches her how to sing beautifully. All goes well until Christine’s childhood friend Raoul comes to visit his parents, who are patrons of the opera, and he sees Christine when she begins successfully singing on the stage. The voice, who is the deformed, murderous ‘ghost’ of the opera house named Erik, however, grows violent in his terrible jealousy, until Christine suddenly disappears. The phantom is in love, but it can only spell disaster.

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I might be a little biased on this one. Alright. I am definitely biased. The Phantom of the Opera is my favourite musical and reading this book just felt like a second chance to fall in love with the story all over again.
If you don’t care for the musical, but you like Gothic literature, you should give this one a try and if you like the musical, I highly recommend this book.
I got completely lost in the Paris Opera House and connected with the characters in a way which I hadn’t before. Most notably, Raoul. I never really cared for him and although he’s still not one of my favourites, I got a chance to spend more time with him and understand him better.

What I’m reading:

Title: Ignite Me

Author: Tahereh Mafi

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I want to read this book before Restore Me comes out and, knowing me, if I don’t read it now, I never will!  Thoughts on it on the next What I read, What I’m reading post!

 

The Christmas Song Book Tag!

It’s December!!

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Today, I decided to to the Christmas Song Book Tag which was created by Hailey in Bookland.

Q1: “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” – Name a villainous character you couldn’t help but love.

There are a lot of them. I tend to like the villain a lot…
But I’m gonna go with my favourite Villain ever: Voldy.

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Now, hear me out.
I don’t agree with Voldemort’s ideologies. I think he’s a monster for sure, but he is a great villain. He’s my favourite Harry Potter character because of that. Let me put it this way: if I ever write a book, my ideal villain will be someone like Riddle. J.K. Rowling did a great job with this character!

Q2: “All I Want for Christmas is You” – Which book to you most hope to see under your Christmas tree?

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson.

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I have been putting off reading this book for months. It’s a lot to take in and it’s also the 3rd book in the trilogy and I really don’t want it to end 😦 . I’ve been reading this trilogy in Portuguese, so I’m gonna get this last one in Portuguese as well…which means it will be more expensive. So, if I could find it under my Christmas Tree I would be very happy!

Q3: “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” – Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.

Usually, I try to avoid the clichés…but since it’s Christmas, screw it!

Neville Longbottom 😀 😀

You know why. And if you don’t, GO READ THE BOOKS! Thank me later.

Q4: “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” – a) Which character do you think would be on the top of the naughty list? b) Which character do you think would be at the top of the nice list?

a) Should I pick a villain? or just someone who’s naughty?

I think I’m gonna go with Thomas Cresswell from Stalking Jack The Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco. He’s such a great guy but his behavior, in that time period, towards Audrey Rose would definitely get him in the naughty list 😆

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b) Because it’s 2017, I’m gonna do with Wonder Woman herself, Diana Prince! From Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. She’s just so righteous!

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Q5: “Frosty the Snowman” – Which book just melts your heart.

I haven’t read a cute contemporary romance in a long time…I’ve read contemporaries, but nothing that melted my heart…

God, I need to read some contemporaries!

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Q6: “Feliz Navidad” Choose a book that takes place in a country other than your own.

EVERY BOOK IN THE HISTORY OF BOOKS 😆 (I’m not complaining! 😛 )
And “Merry Christmas” sounds more foreign to me than “Feliz Navidad” 😆

 Q7: “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” – Which holiday themed book do you use to spread the Christmas joy?

The only Christmas themed book I have in my home is Twelve Days Of Christmas by Trisha Ashley and I haven’t read it yet.

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Q8: “Sleigh Ride” – Which fictional character would you choose to spend the holidays with (doesn’t have to be a love interest!).

There are so many!! I have used this book as an answer so many times but if I could spend the holidays with the three main characters from the Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee, I would be the happiest girl in the world!

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Q9: “Baby it’s Cold Outside” – Which book that you didn’t like would you sacrifice to a fire to warm yourself up in the cold?

I’ve sacrificed this book before and I’ll do it as many times as I can 😆

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

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Q10: “Do you hear what I hear” – Which book do you think everyone should read?

I was scrolling through my “read” books on Goodreads and I think I’m gonna recommend Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. The movie adaptation comes out next year (March 30th) and if you haven’t read this book yet, you totally should!

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Most Anticipated 2018 Releases!

There are some pretty amazing books coming out in 2018! Here’s a list of books I can’t wait to get my hands on! (In no particular order)

Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely.

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I love this cover.
This is being published by JIMMY Patterson which is James Patterson’s imprint for middle grade and young adult fiction. Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco, which I loved,  was also published by JIMMY and I’ve read that fans of Westworld will love this book, so I’m in!
Comes out on January 2nd.

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu.

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This book is part of the DC Icons series. I’ve already read Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo and it was so good! Batman is my favourite superhero so I’m really looking forward to this one!

Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

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I keep reading everywhere that this is Indiana Jones (or Lara Croft) in space and I’m sold! I also love Illuminae (Kaufman) and Hunted (Spooner) so I’m pretty sure I’m going to love this one.
Comes out on January 9th.

By A Charm and A Curse by Jaime Questell.

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This novel includes a circus and star-crossed lovers. Cheesy? Maybe, but I think a circus-themed novel a year is a good amount.
Comes out on February 6th.

The Tombs by Deborah Schaumberg .

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The Goodreads’ synopsis says “Gangs of New York meets Cassandra Clare in this debut YA fantasy set in 1882 Brooklyn” and I AM SOLD! I AM SO SOLD!
Comes out on February 20th.

Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas.

No cover yet.

Another DC Icons book!
I think they got it so right with these books! Every author is perfect for the superhero they’re writing about!
Comes out on August 7th.

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee.

No cover yet 😦

This is the second book in the Guide series (trilogy? duology? I don’t know) and it is my most anticipated release for 2018!!
Comes out on October 2nd.

End of the Year Book Tag!

2018 is almost here!!
2017 was one of the craziest and most eventful years of my life but it’s time to start thinking about 2018.

This tag was created by Ariel Bissett over on YouTube.

Q1: Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Yes!
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

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I started this book around September
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and I was  really enjoying it! But then other books got in the way and I lent it to my mother and didn’t pick it up again. I’m hoping I’ll finish it before 2017 comes to an end!

Q2: Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

Probably one of the books from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.
I’ve read Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight and, after I’m done with the book I’m currently reading, I’ll probably start reading Heir of Fire and then continue with the rest of the series.

Q3: Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

Not really, I’m already looking at the 2018 releases!

Q4: What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake.

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I read Three Dark Crowns this year and I’ve been waiting for Black Friday ever since I’ve read it so that I can buy One Dark Throne! 😆
This book is about three sisters who have to kill each other for throne. What more do you need?

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas.

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Mirror, Mirror by Cara Delevigne (with Rowan Coleman).

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I know, I know. But this is my guilty pleasure read of the year, ok?? 😆

Q5: Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

Honestly, I don’t think any book can top The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee, for me.

Q6: Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

It’s almost impossible not to! :lol but I will talk about those in my next post 😉

October Wrap Up!

October is over! How?? Only two months ’till 2018!
This month I read only creepy/mysterious books 😈 😈

So, the first book I read in October was:

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus.

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  I loved this book! Basically, five kids walk into detention and only four come out alive. It gave me a lot of The Breakfast Club vibes but mixed with murder 😆
While reading this I was already imagining a TV show in my head, it was so enjoyable!

My Rating: 4.8/5

Then I read:

Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.

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  This one easily became one of my favourite books ever!
The tittle says it all. We follow the main character, Audrey Rose, as she tries to unveil      Jack The Ripper. Audrey is such a great character, she’s the daughter of a Lord in Victorian England but she’s also very interested in forensic science. She is a feminist from head to toe! I fell in love with every character in this book. As soon as I finished it I immediately ordered the next book in the series Hunting Prince Dracula.

My Rating: 5/5

After that, I read:

The Keep by Jennifer Egan.

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  I didn’t like this one 😦 and it made me so sad because I really wanted to love it! Jennifer Egan wrote A Visit From The Goon Squad which is my favourite book but this one just didn’t do it for me 😦 I was so confused throughout the story and, although it had its moments, overall I just wasn’t feeling this story 😦
It’s about two cousins who reunite after many years to restore a medieval castle in Eastern Europe and it is creepy, I’ll give it that.

My Rating: 3.2/5

The last book I read in October was:

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins.

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  I adored this book!!! It was getting such harsh reviews from the people I follow on Goodreads but I honestly think that’s because not everyone is a slasher fan. Maybe people were expecting a horror novel and this is basically the movie Scream but in book-form. Scream is my favourite slasher EVER and I know those types of movie can be cheesy but I love them 😆 So I only recommend this book if you like those movies and you don’t care that they’re too cliché.
P.S – I think I’m getting old. The love interest of our main character in this book has an older brother and I was swooning over him the entire time instead of the love interest.

My Rating: 4/5

That was it! During the summer I was reading cute contemporaries, then it was creepy reads and now for November I think I’m just going to read whatever the hell I want hahahah

Stranger Things Book Tag!

Hey guys! 😀

I wanted to do another tag so I searched for Halloween themed tags, Supernatural themed tags, etc. and then I thought “Stranger Things season two just premiered two nights ago!” I’m a huge Stranger things fan and it is perfect for Halloween!

I still haven’t watched the first episode of season 2 because I’m drowning in college work but I will soon!

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This tag was created by Sarah Sunbeemz 🙂

Q1: Epic Intro – The opening sequence of Stranger Things is amazing and really grabs your attention. Name a book that grabbed your attention from the first page.

  Definitely Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare.

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  It starts like this: ” The demon exploded in a shower of ichor and guts.  William Herondale jerked back the dagger he was holding, but it was too late. The viscous acid of the demon’s blood had already begun to eat away at the shining blade.”

  The first time I read this I stopped, laughed and then read it again thinking “Oh my god, I love this!!” and it became one of my favourite books 🙂

Q2: Dungeons & Dragons – Name a fantasy world you would like to experience yourself.

This is most likely everyone’s answer to this question so I’ll just leave this here:

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Q3: Squad Goals – When Eleven met Mike, Dustin and Lucas it was a *mostly* perfect team. Name your favourite bookish group of friends.

  Harry Potter is also my answer for this but I’m going to go with another one, a more recent one.
Monty, Percy and Felicity from The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. They are my new favourite trio, I felt head over heels for them! The three of them are so different but complement each other so well.

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Q4: ABC’s & Christmas Lights – Joyce Byers goes mad with grief after Will goes missing. Name your favourite mentally unhinged character.

I honestly can’t think of a single one that I would consider “my favourite” :/

Q5: The Upside Down – Name a book that was the opposite of what you expected.

  Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter.

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  I knew this wasn’t an Alice in Wonderland retelling and I was ok with it because I just wanted a good zombie-apocalypse story, but I didn’t get that 😦 I DNF it.

Q6: Mad Scientists – Dr. Brenner likes to get freaky with humanity. Name the freakiest dystopian government you can think of. 

1984 by George Orwell.

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  For me this was the worst one because it felt real. I’m from a country that was under a dictatorship until 1974 and although I was born in 95, that part of our history is still very present in everyone’s minds. Portugal is 878 years old, so 1974 was basically yesterday.     While reading this book I wasn’t like “oh my god! I never thought of this! “ I was like “Yup, this is what happens when you live under a dictatorship. It’s hell.” (There was a time where we weren’t aloud to drink coca-cola!)

 Q7: Demogorgon – Name a scary bookish creature that you would not want to come through your walls. 

Dementors.
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Q8: Cliffhanger Ending: Name a book that left you wanting more.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

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  I’m waiting for the translated version of Gemina and it’s killing me because I didn’t want this book to end! 😦

Weekend Top 5 | Series I Need To Finish (My Book Buying Ban)

Hello Everyone!

You know when you tell yourself “I need to stop buying books” but you never do? Well, I didn’t tell myself that because I knew I wasn’t going to stick to it. Instead, I told myself “You are only aloud to buy books of the series you’re reading until you finish them or until you get to the latest book in the series.”

  So here’s my attempt at buying less books until December. Hope I can make it happen!

5 – One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake. 

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  I haven’t started this series yet, but it will probably be my next read after I finish the book I’m currently reading. I’ve heard great things about it and I’m positive I’ll want to keep reading it after I finish the first book, The Dark Crowns!

4 – Tower Of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

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  I read Throne Of Glass and Crown Of Midnight in Portuguese and then I waited for the translated version of Heir Of Fire…and I waited…and waited…and waited…and you get the point 😆 . I got tired of waiting so I bought the first five books in the series in English and I’m planning on binge reading them. After I finish Empire Of Storms, I’ll buy Tower Of Dawn ( By the way, it has been so damn hard to avoid Throne Of Glass spoilers! 😆 ).

3 – Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

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  Similar to Throne Of Glass, I read Illuminae in Portuguese and I’m waiting for the Portuguese version of Gemina. But this time, I’m fine with waiting because the publisher said it would be released before the end of the year. They kind of gave us a date while for Throne Of Glass we are completely in the dark.

2 – Hero Of Ages by Brandon Sanderson.

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  This is the last book in the Misborn trilogy and I’ve been putting off reading it because I’m a coward. I’m too scared of what might happen! 😆
But honestly guys, I highly recommend this trilogy. Even if you usually read YA and are a bit “scared” or whatever of adult/high fantasy, I encourage you to read this one 🙂 .

1 – Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco.

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  I just finished Stalking Jack The Ripper a few hours ago and I.AM.IN.LOVE.

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  I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book! I’ll stop everything I’m doing when I get it just to read it!

  So that was it 🙂 I’ve been soooo busy with University lately but hopefully I’ll be able to read all these series without failing all my classes hahaha

 

The Music and Books Tag!

So, Jessiethereader did this tag and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to do it too! This is probably the most fun I had with a tag ever 😀

Q1: Favourite book with a music element involved. 

This was easy.
A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.

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I’m pretty sure you can find this book in almost every post in this blog. If you hate it, I’m truly sorry 😆 but I will never miss a chance to mention this book. We all have that one book.

Q2: Favourite character that is involved with music in some way.

Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.

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He plays the violin, and honestly, this instrument fits this character perfectly!

Q3: An album you wish would be adapted into a book.

 The Killers is my favourite band and I’ve been obsessed with their latest album Wonderful Wonderful so if I could have a book based on it I would die of happiness.  Brandon Flowers wrote these songs about his and his wife’s lives so I guess it would be kind of like a Brandon Flowers autobiography.

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Create a band and album using books

Q4: Pick a band name using a book title.

The Diviners by Libba Bray.

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I’m picturing an all-female indie rock band! The Diviners sounds good!

Q5: Pick an album title using a book title.

City Of Savages by Lee Kelly.

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I don’t know, I just like the sound of it and “City Of Savages” can also have a deeper meaning.

Q6: Pick an album cover using a book cover.

Daugther Of The Burning City by Amanda Foody.

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This is a mixture of purple, pink and some other colours and I guess that’s my aesthetic. Also, I think it goes well with the album title! You can see kind of a circus/city…

Q7: Pick a track list using book titles (10 songs).

This indie rock album needs some indie rock titles!

01. Unity
02. Throne Of Glass
03. Unravel Me
04. Stalking Jack The Ripper
05. Hunted
06. We Were Liars
07. 1984
08. Ruin and Rising
09. Jane Eyre
10. Rose Under Fire

Q8: Pick bandmates using fictional characters.

Ladies and gentleman,

Mercy Thompson on lead guitar! (The Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs).

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Alia Keralis on the guitar! (Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo).

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And on the bass guitar, Cinder! (The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer).

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On the keys…Bronwyn Rojas! (One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus).

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Miss Samantha Evelyn Cook aka Art3mis on the drums! (Ready Player One by Ernest Cline).

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And finally, that blue hair just screams “lead singer”…Karou! (Daughter Of Smoke And Bone by Laini Taylor).

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Wonder Woman: Warbringer

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Title: Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Publishing Date: August 29th 2017

My Rating: 4.8/5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis: Daughter of immortals.

Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.

Daughter of death.

Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together.

Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

My Review:

Oh boy, where do I start?
I guess I’ll start with a warning:
If you are, by any means, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobic or any other kind of asshole, then a) Go to hell and b) don’t read this book.

I had such high expectations for this book and it didn’t disappoint. I already knew Leigh Bardugo was a great writer and was 100% sure she would deliver with this one.
My biggest fear was that the story would center around some heavy topics and forget about the super-hero side of Diana, but it didn’t. Diana was written perfectly. Well done, Leigh Bardugo!

As for Alia, I wasn’t expecting to love her but I did! At first, when I saw that there were two point of views I was a little apprehensive. I thought “This is a story about Diana, what are you doing?” but as soon as I read Alias’ point of view I was glad we had the two. This is her story too.

One of my favourite aspects of the story was that Alia comes from a family of scientists and Diana is the daughter of Zeus (debatable). Diana makes Alia question science, thinking “What’s real and what isn’t?” trying to find a plausible explanation for all that she sees in Themyscira, and Alia helps Diana learn about the World of Men, different from everything she’s known. I genuinely laughed out loud at clueless Diana, I adore her.

And guys, I guessed the plot twist in We Were Liars but I couldn’t figure out this one. Was I the only one?? Anyway, it was a good one and I loved it.

Part of a writer’s job is to try and take you to another world, to create these vivid images in your head. But Leigh Bardugo reeaallyyy takes me to another world, I can almost feel the punches! I don’t know, for me it’s always like that with her books.
The action in this book was great but maybe there wasn’t enough of it. Probably my only issue with it.

Last but not least, I’d like to mention that Theo is Brazilian and I LOVED that! It made me so happy when he spoke Portuguese! 😀 😀

I find it very difficult to review books that I love because all I can think of is “READ IT! READ IT!” , so I’ll say this: I didn’t give it 5 starts because I still feel like something was missing, not much, but still something. However, It’s a great book and it’s totally worth reading!!