October 20, 2017

Review: This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis

This Darkness MineThe Dem
Author: Cinda 
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: October 10th 2017
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC

Rating: 3.5/5

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Sasha Stone knows her place—first-chair clarinet, top of her class, and at the side of her oxford-wearing boyfriend. She’s worked her entire life to ensure that her path to Oberlin Conservatory as a star musician is perfectly paved.

But suddenly there’s a fork in the road, in the shape of Isaac Harver. Her body shifts toward him when he walks by, her skin misses his touch even though she’s never known it, and she relishes the smell of him—smoke, beer, and trouble—all the things she’s avoided to get where she is. Even worse, every time he’s near Sasha, her heart stops, literally. Why does he know her so well—too well—and she doesn’t know him at all?

Sasha discovers that her by-the-book life began by ending another’s: the twin sister she absorbed in the womb. But that doesn’t explain the gaps of missing time in her practice schedule or the memories she has of things she certainly never did with Isaac. As Sasha loses her much-cherished control, her life—and heart—become more entangled with Isaac. Armed with the knowledge that her heart might not be hers alone, Sasha must decide what she’s willing to do—and who she’s willing to hurt—to take it back.

Edgar Award–winning author Mindy McGinnis delivers a dark and gripping psychological thriller about a girl at war with herself, and what it really means to be good or bad.
This Darkness Mine is a Young Adult psychological thriller, quite dark and has an unreliable main character.

Sasha is a 17 year-old girl, in her senior year of high school, she´s the valedictorian, is the first clarinet in her school and her goal is to enter the Oberlin Conservatory, so she practises her clarinet for hours every day, in addition to having the perfect boyfriend to match her image, but everything changes when Sasha starts to not remember some periods of time and Isaac a rebellious classmate begins to talk to her as if they know each other and he makes comments of things that can not be possible. Besides her heart accelerates every time he´s close and she knows things about him that she shouldn´t know. And the things in her life become stranger when she discovers that she had a twin who died in the womb and that she absorbed her (vanishing twin syndrome) and Sasha begins to doubt that her twin sister has completely disappeared and that she´s a part of Sasha.

This is the fifth book of the author that I´ve read, so I already have an idea about what to expect, since her books are typically raw and dark. Where the main character isn´t necessarily a nice and likeable person, but usually they´re strong, intriguing and malicious when necessary, they do everything to survive, something that I enjoyed in her books, but it can be a little shocking for those who are not accustomed to her way of telling stories.

Overall, it´s an interesting, intriguing, dark and twisted story that hook me and couldn´t put down. I read it relatively fast, since I had to know what was going to happen with the main character and when I finished reading I did not know if I liked it or not ... It´s a weird story and I had to process it. In the last chapters there are several shocking twist and has an interesting ending.
And due to certain scenes I recommend it to mature Young Adult.

October 9, 2017

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Date.
Each week we spotlight the books we are reading, planning on reading or just finished reading.

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Finished reading
This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis (3/5 stars)
Shine (Shade #3) by Jeri Smith-Ready (4/5 stars)

Currently reading

What I´m going to read next?

What are you reading today?
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October 6, 2017

Review: Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost


Title:  Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress #1)
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Publisher: Avon
Release date: October 30th 2007
Reading level: Ages 18 and up

Rating: 4.5/5

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Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father - the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.

In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner - are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn't have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

Halfway to the Grave is the first book in the Night Huntress series, which consists of 7 books, plus several spin-offs and the main character is Cat Crawfield a 22 year old woman, she hunts and kills vampires because her mother feels a great hatred against vampires (because she was abused by one of them), so she taught Cat at a young age to hate such monsters. That´s why night after night Cat goes out to hunt them with the intention of killing them until one night she meets with Bones a vampire who is not so easy to kill and in which she´ll forge an alliance where he would teach her a little more of the supernatural world .

Because Cat is half vampire and half human, she´s stronger, faster and has better senses than a human, something that she uses in her favor when she fights the monsters, but Bones will slowly demonstrate to her that not all vampires are villains, and that among humans there are also monsters, something that initially she doesn´t see because of her hatred so ingrained to vampires.

The romance develops slowly due to Cat's prejudices and also Bones doesn´t try to seduce her immediately, but takes his time to gain her confidence, although it´s obvious that there is attraction between them.

Overall, Halfway to the Grave is a very good beginning of a series, with romance, action and has an cliffhanger ending that hooks you to continue reading the series. This is the second time I read the book and I really enjoyed it again. I recommend it for fans of paranormal romance novels.

September 26, 2017

Seven Books That Feature Characters With Mental Health Issues

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created bThe Broke and the Bookish

Seven Books That Feature Characters With Mental Health Issues
(in no particular order)
These are my favorites with mental health issues.
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia (Review)
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (Review)
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone (Review)

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis (Review)
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver (Review)

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (Review)

I could only remember the ones that I mention but if you have some recommendations there´re welcome.
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September 25, 2017

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Date.
Each week we spotlight the books we are reading, planning on reading or just finished reading.

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Finished reading
Mistborn (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson (5/5 stars)

Currently reading
Shine (Shade #3) by Jeri Smith-Ready

What are you reading today?
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September 19, 2017

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created bThe Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List
(in no particular order)
I was checking my Fall TBR from last year and I realized that I had only read 8 of the 10 books, so I´m adding them on this list.
These are the books that I planned to read this fall.
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
Nearly Gone (Nearly Gone #1) by Elle Cosimano
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

 This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis

Visions (Cainsville #2) by Kelley Armstrong

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

What books are on your fall TBR list?
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September 15, 2017

Review: Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch


Title: Love & Gelato
Author: Jenna Evans Welch
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: May 3rd 2016

Rating: 4/5

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“I made the wrong choice.”

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

Love & Gelato is a contemporary novel that takes place in Tuscany, Italy and features a young girl whom is going to spend her summer vacation with all the intention of hating everything, as she´s forced by a promise she made to her mother, but ends up falling in love with Tuscany and the people she meets there.

Lina recently lost her mother and before she died, she asked her to go to Tuscany and meet Howard, whom was her best friend at the time she lived in Tuscany and that him will take care of her. When Lina meets Howard, who happens to be her father, she decides to meet him, to spend her vacation there, but once the summer ends, she hopes to return to her old life in the United States. But not everything is as she expected since once there she receives her mother's diary of her time there as a student and little by little with the help of Ren (a young Italian she meets near her home), she decides to visit all the places that her mother writes about in her diary and maybe that way she´ll know a little more about her and Howard and she will see her father through her mother´s eyes.

I love these types of books where you follow clues or in this case a diary where you are slowly discovering the story or some other element along with the characters, in this case Lina visits the places that her mother mentioned in her diary and we get to see Tuscany along with her, in addition to also know a little more about her mother´s life before she had her and we go along with her as she visit parts of the city with her new friend and love interest.

I really enjoyed it and it´s one of those books that leave you with a very good feeling and looking forward to visiting Italy. I do recommend it, if you enjoy cute contemporary novels. I´m looking forward to reading more of her books.

September 12, 2017

Eleven Books I Loved During The First Years I Started My Blog

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created bThe Broke and the Bookish

Eleven Books I Loved During The First Years I Started My Blog
(in no particular order)
I read these books between the year 2011 and 2012 and loved them! I was obsessed with the majority, but I haven´t re-read them in a while if ever on some cases.

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews 

Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning 

Which books are your favorites that were published more than 5 years ago?
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September 11, 2017

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Date.
Each week we spotlight the books we are reading, planning on reading or just finished reading.

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Finished reading
Up From the Grave (Night Huntress #7) by Jeaniene Frost (4/5 stars)
Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta (4/5 stars)

Currently reading
Mistborn (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson 

What are you reading today?
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September 9, 2017

Stacking the Shelves (62): July - August

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga´s Reviews, which showcases the books we've purchased, won, borrowed and received in the mail. 

These are the books I got in the months of July and August.

FOR REVIEW
The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby

Thanks to the publisher for the eARC.

BOUGHT
FOR MY KINDLE
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Spy Glass (Glass #3) by Maria V. Snyder 
Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff 

Entwined by Heather Dixon
After the Woods by Kim Savage

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes 
How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski 
Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino
Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino

The Obsession by Nora Roberts
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swason

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Night Film by Marisha Pessl


What books did you get?
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