It’s not like it’s a secret by Misa Sugiura | Book Review

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Today I’m here with a bittersweet book review. I was so excited for this book and a friend gave it to me as a birthday present. It promised a cute f/f romance with diverse characters and coming of age. I don’t know if I’m disappointed because I wanted to like it so mad or if I’m disappointed for all it could’ve been.

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Reasons why you should read: Clap when you land by Elizabeth Acevedo

 

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Writing a post right now feels insignificant and irrelevant with everything that is going own in the world. 

Before I start, I ask you to please continue to support the Black community through donating and signing petitions as the Black Lives Matter movement is a continuous fight. Educate yourself on how to be a better ally. 

Now onto the post, as you know when I read a book  (or get obsessed with something) and love it I want everyone to read it and start giving reasons on why you should pick it up. Today it’s clap when you land turn (in case you don’t have enough reasons already) so let’s start:

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Mini Reviews: Middle Grade Books to read this summer | Ghost squad, Other words for home & More to the story

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It’s been a little while since I did my first mini reviews and though I wanted to do full reviews I’ve been having a hard time with writing reviews and this is the perfect way to share some excitement for the books I’ve been reading these past weeks.

Today I am here to show talk about three middle grade novels I listened to thanks to the free trial  Scribd had when the quarantine started. They are so different from each other but still great, and I would definitely recommend the audiobooks.Read More »

Cemetery boys by Aiden Thomas | eARC Review

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After what feel like ages I am here with a new review in which I hope I manage to make sense. And it’s weird because this is one of my most expected releases of the year but I had no idea of what it was about until I started reading it, I knew it had brujxs, LGBTQ+ characters and latinx culture and now is one of my favorite books of the year.

Why is it harder to write reviews for books we loved than for books we hated? I feel like no matter how hard I try there will be no way I can put into words how much I enjoyed reading this book and what it means to me.

Anyway, let’s start with the review:

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3 Reasons why you should read Love Sugar Magic by Anna Meriano

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Today I’m here with another reasons to read post and it’s turn for the amazing books on the Love Sugar Magic series: A dash of trouble, A sprinkle of spirits and A mixture of mischief by Anna Meriano.

The first book A dash of trouble was the March read for the Latinx Book Club and it was amazing, I couldn’t not continue the series so when I found out the audiobooks were available in scribd I listened to them and let me tell you, the narrator is amazing and now I am kind of obsessed with audiobooks.Read More »

Mini Reviews: Two Fake Dating Romances |Island Affair and The princess trap

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It’s been what? Two months? Since I last posted a review, and I don’t know why I really like doing reviews, maybe is the pressure of thinking I have to make them “long” but I’ve decided that I don’t care and it’s completely okay to have mini reviews, actually I think people are more likely to read shorter reviews, who knows.

Anyway, today I’m here with two romances I recently read and liked a lot and the bonus is that they have my favorite trope ever: fake dating.Read More »

8 Reasons why you should read Analee In Real Life

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Today I’me here with another n reasons why you should read this… post! It’s been a long time since I did one of these (Idk why if it’s my favorite type of post to write) and today is turn for Analee in Real Life by Janelle Mirales which was recommended to me by the amazing Joce @joceraptor

This was one of my first reads of the year and it was really cute, so here is its information:

Analee, In Real LifePublished: September 18th 2018 by Simon Pulse

Edition: Hardcover, 416 pages

Genre: Contemporary, young adult, romance, realistic fiction

Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis: 

Ever since her mom died three years ago, Analee Echevarria has had trouble saying out loud the weird thoughts that sit in her head. With a best friend who hates her and a dad who’s marrying a yogi she can’t stand, Analee spends most of her time avoiding reality and role-playing as Kiri, the night elf hunter at the center of her favorite online game.

Through Kiri, Analee is able to express everything real-life Analee cannot: her bravery, her strength, her inner warrior. The one thing both Kiri and Analee can’t do, though, is work up the nerve to confess her romantic feelings for Kiri’s partner-in-crime, Xolkar—aka a teen boy named Harris whom Analee has never actually met in person.

So when high school heartthrob Seb Matias asks Analee to pose as his girlfriend in an attempt to make his ex jealous, Analee agrees. Sure, Seb seems kind of obnoxious, but Analee could use some practice connecting with people in real life. In fact, it’d maybe even help her with Harris.

But the more Seb tries to coax Analee out of her comfort zone, the more she starts to wonder if her anxious, invisible self is even ready for the real world. Can Analee figure it all out without losing herself in the process?

And now onto the reasons:

1.Fake dating

Who doesn’t love fake dating? I mean, I love when to acquaintances agree to fake date and it starts an amazing friendship because that’s a very real way to know each other. They force themselves to try new things, expand their visions and even their world gets bigger.

2. It’s latinx

Analee is daughter of Cuban parents and the book is filled with cultural references and food that will make you hungry. I do not know about the Cuban rep but as latinx I really liked it.

3. Role play

I haven’t read many books that mention characters playing role play games and as someone that used to role play I found this really cute and it made me feel seen, as an introverted child that used to hide behind a computer.

4. Amazing vegan dishes

Analee’s step mom is a yogui that seems super cool, and not at all step mother material but reading how she is always cooking some vegan dishes and trying new recipes would make me hungry. Plus just in general just reading her even if it’s through Analee’s eyes would just made me feel super relaxed.

5. Great family relationships

Most part of the book is about Analee trying to connect with her dad and become closer to him because they started drifting apart when her mom died. I loved and cried over how beautiful they relationship is, because we mostly get bad dads and dads who left and it was really cute reading about a dad that isn’t bad for once.

6. Social phobia/anxiety representation

The social phobia and anxiety representation were relatable, she reminded me of how I used to feel the last year of high school and made me wish I had read this before because my 16 year old self would have felt seen a lot better after reading this and definitely would have felt less alone.

I also liked that she learns to deal with it and starts a path of self love and confidence without having to be force into doing something, she starts everything at her own pace.

7. Deals with grief and depression

The book is about Analee dealing with her mother death and learning who she is without her around to help, but also deals with the grief all of the characters are experiencing after that. It’s a book that reminds you that being sad is fine and that all feelings after losing someone are valid.

8. Coming of age

I love coming of age books, that feeling of breakage and starting a new, figuring out who we are is something that always give me all the feels, not only because they are relatable but also because we are always figuring out who we are in different stages of life and that has a great portrayal in this book.

And those are the main reasons why you should read the book (there are a lot more), I swear is a really good book, it took me by surprise and immediately became one of my best reads of the year so far. If you haven’ read it you should read it, I promise it’s worth it.

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Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon | e-ARC Review

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Today I am here with another book review, I am finally catching up with all my pending reviews. However, this is another book that left me conflicted.

I’ve read all of Sandhya’s previous books and I really liked them, I thought I was going to feel the same about this book but while there were moments that had me screaming and others that had me cringing so badly.

ofakTitle: Of curses and kisses by Sandhya Menon

Edition:  e-arc provided by the publisher via Netgalley *all opinions are my own*

Published: February 18th 2020 by Simon Pulse

Genre: Young adult, romance, retelling, contemporary, fabulism

Rating: ★★★

Synopsis: Will the princess save the beast?

For Princess Jaya Rao, nothing is more important than family. When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud to target Jaya’s little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge. Then Jaya finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. She knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. But much to Jaya’s annoyance, Grey’s brooding demeanor and lupine blue eyes have drawn her in. There’s simply no way she and her sworn enemy could find their fairy-tale ending…right?

His Lordship Grey Emerson is a misanthrope. Thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch, Grey knows he’s doomed once he turns eighteen. Sequestered away in the mountains at St. Rosetta’s International Academy, he’s lived an isolated existence—until Jaya Rao bursts into his life, but he can’t shake the feeling that she’s hiding something. Something that might just have to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant around her neck…

As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether it’s possible to write your own happy ending.

The writing style in the book felt so unlike Menon’s, the pace was great, it hooked me from the beginning but I feel like she tried so hard to make it lyrical and magical and it ended up feeling forced.

Every time the love interest, Grey, was described and wanted to reflect how he is the beast was too forced and out of nowhere that threw me off and made me cringe. There was a cute moment where they were bonding and suddenly it was cut to remind you of how his hand was so big it resembled a paw and how beastly like he is.

It could’ve been a lot more cute if that were cut and only mention from time to time instead of forcing the reader to have in mind that he is the beast of the fairy tale.

As for the story I really liked the idea of a beauty and the beast retelling set in a modern day boarding school but at the end I was left with more questions than answers. I loved how the rose was a necklace made of rubies and each of them falling was resemblance of the real rose petals, and I understand why the Emersons were cursed but there wasn’t any further explanation on how the curse really works or what has to be done to break it and what happens when the curse is broken.

Now, when it comes to the characters I really liked Grey, I wanted to hug him and tell him that he is loved. Jaya was the perfect counterpart, she is strong, extroverted, eager to fight for what she believes is right. And the secondary characters were super fun to read, I was actually trying to get to know more about them.

My problem is that it was fun at the beginning of the book but there’s no much change in them. They were shallow and two dimensional. We don’t know who they are outside the academy or the group and the development happens way too fast. One minute they hate each other and the other they are best friends.

Basically the book is good as entertainment, something to read on the weekend instead of watching a movie. If you are looking for a diverse retelling to swoon over and distract you this is the book, but compared to Sandhya’s previous books it lacks something to make them as good as There’s something about Sweetie or memorable as From Twinkle, with love. I hope that changes in next book because I’m up for a princess and the frog diverse retelling.


Have you read the book? What are your thoughts on it? I know I am the unpopular opinion and I’m curious to know what you think about it, or if you are willing to read it.