Monday, January 22, 2018

Book Review: Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer


"In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

My Review: 
This is a "short Story" about queen Levana and her past, although i do not consider it a short story because it has almost 220 pages, i think of it as a little book.

During the series i suspect that Levana was badly threatened as a child and that it could have been the motif for her being so bad now but reading this book make me realize that although there are situations that may have contributed for her attitude, inside she was always a bad person. 

I liked to see more details about the character's past, it was a easy read that make me want to continue this series even more. I don't know why this is consider book 3,5 i guess you could read it when you want after the 1 book and do not have to wait to finish the 3. 

I gave 3.4 out of 5*, i consider this a good read but not enough to reach the 4* mark. I just have to admit that i love love love the covers for these books and i think this one is the most accurate with the plot so far. 
I recommend this book to everyone that have already read the Lunar Chronicles and have not yet read this one. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Book Review: The Crown (The Selection #5) by Kiera Cass

The Crown 

When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.

Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined."

My Review:

This is the last book from the selection series and i could not wait to start reading it after i finish the heir. I had a bittersweet sensation, for a part i was really curious and anxious to know the final but at the same time i was aware that this was the final book and that i would never read anything from this universe.

It is impossible to not compare this last two books with the others in this series and i think that although this version of a male selection is imaginative and brings another POV to these books at the same time is much less exciting that the first one. Let me explain it a little bit better, women have a way of scheming and ploting against each other that men do not have and because of that i think the other selection had many layers to it. 

A positive thing about this one and that make me read it in a single day was the fact that we do not have absolutely certain who will be the choice, in the other books we know that America will end up being the selected one but here we have so many possibilities. 
I have my thoughts about who will be chosen in this selection, but i have to confess that i was divided between two guys. One of them was the final choice of Eadlyn and i was again happy and sad at the same time. 

I gave this book 3.9 out of 5*, i really like this series and for me it was one of the best i read in this genre. I like the fact that the author make two books about America's daughter and i would love to return to this universe sometime in the future. 
I recommend this book to all that love a good romance but with some mystery and intrigue in it.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Book Review: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass

"Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?"

My Review: 
Since i start my bookstagram a few months ago i always see great reviews about this series so i decided that it would be a great way to start my 2018 reading year. 

This is the first book in the Throne of Glass series and it was a little different than what i was expecting from the blurb, not in a bad way, i was thinking it will be a action book based on a competition but really the competition although have a big part in the plot line are not the center of the book and although there is action in this book there is also a little romance, palatial intrigues and a lot of investigation regarding some mystery evil that is haunting everyone. 

The writing style is simple and at the same time captivating and one could not put the book down since the beginning. The main character's are lovable and we get involved in their lives so much that we end up suffering and felling all the emotions they fell. I have to say that my top 3 are Calaena, Chaol and Nehemia, but i still could not decide who i want Calaena to end up with. 

I gave this book 4.3 out of 5*, i'm so glad i start this series and that i discover this amazing books to read during this year. I will order the next one in my January book haul because i'm so curious to know what will happen next.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Wizardry Student Box _ December 2017

Unboxing WSB December2017

Hi guys, today i bring another unboxing but this time it is a totally new subscription box named Wizardry Student Box (WSB) and i will give all the details before i start the review of this month. 

So this is a bimonthly box, it is only released every two months and this one is related with year two of Harry Potter. 

Every box will contain 4 to 7 items Harry Potter related: 

- 1 or 2 handmade items 
- 1 or 2 House related items 
- 1 exclusive item 
- 1 or 2 items related with each school year

 When you subscribe you have to tell your t shirt size and which Hogwarts house you belong to. The box cost me 30 € (about 27,76£) already with shipment and this is only for a month box, you could also chose other payment options: 4 boxes for 115 € (about 106,45£) or 7 boxes for 190 € (about 175,89£).

This box is sponsored by the online shop called "Loja da Magia" and i will leave the sites bellow for you to take a look. 

So without further ado let's start this unboxing =D 
When you open the box this is what you are going to see....

The items this month are all related somehow with thPrisoner of Azkaban book and i love the idea that each box is about a school year at Hogwarts. Personally i love this book because i get to see for the first time my favorite character in the entire series, Sirius Black!

I was expecting a shirt in this box so you can imagine how excited i got when i see that instead it was a Funko Pop. 
I see in the box guide that you can receive 3 different ones. 
The dementor, Hermione with the time turner or Harry with the marauders map. 
It was amazing that i get this because i have already the dementor and this way i can continue my collection. 

The second "big" item in this box was a fantastic monstrous book of monsters box that is covered with fur and has all the details, the eyes and the teeth .... in one word  PERFECT!

I want one of this boxes for ages but i never buy any because they are a bit expensive. So i went mad when i see they have included it in this box =D Such a great item and very weel made too. 

Since we received this box before Christmas it was totally appropriated to receive Christmas decorations in it, they send us two tree hanging balls with a stag and the letters HP in them. The colors of the letters match the color of your Hogwarts house and again this shows the detail the team put in the construction of this box.

Inside of the box they include a little letter with wishes for good holidays and i love the attention and the feel that this box is directed to you. Also there is a key chain with your Hogwarts house crest, again i have been tempted to buy it a little while ago, but the price makes me always hesitate so i'm so so glad that i have it now, and he rest with my house key right now. 

The last items are a Knight bus ticket that i will add to my collection and join at the Hogwarts express one from the first box, a print featuring the patronus enchantment and a poster of Sirius Black. 

The last item is not a poster is the guide that contain all the items in this box and the explanations but i love it so much that i have to put it on a frame and hang it on my wall. 

 I gave this box 4,7 out of 5* for me it was almost perfect, would love for something marauder related but i cannot complain, the value of this box was beyond what i was expecting and the items..... OMG i'm speechless. 
My favorite has to be the funko but closely followed by the box, the less favorite has to be the print. 

I'm expecting with great anticipation the next box because Goblet of Fire is my favorite book. I would love to see something related to the triwizard tournament and to the Yule ball. Let's see what next month brought....

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Book Review: While the Light Lasts (Hercule Poirot #41) by Agatha Christie

While the Light Lasts 

"These early short stories showcase Christie's talents across a range of styles from romance to the supernatural. Though these are not all crime stories, they reflect Christie's ability to deliver an unexpected twist in the tale.

The House of Dreams
The Actress
The Edge
Christmas Adventure
The Lonely God
Manx Gold
Within a Wall
                                        The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest
                                        While the Light Lasts"

My Review: 

I get this book a little by impulse after i finished Murder on the Orient Express and when i decided to buy more books from Christie i stumble upon this one in a promotion 1=2.

When i read the blurb i do not get the right impression about what type of book this was, in reality this is a collection of short stories written by the author during her life and not a full book.
Personally i do not like this format because the stories are so small that we can´t get the felling we normally got from her books, i mean there is not the sense of empathy with the characters neither the enthusiasm about discovering who the murder is and why she/he did it.

I gave 1,7 out of 5 * to this one, in general the stories are well written and my favorite one was "Manx Gold" but i was expecting more and i would love to see this collection of stories completely developed and with a full book for each one of them.

I only recommend this book to someone who likes really short stories and doesn't mind the little explanation about the plot line and the character's.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Book Review: Lilith's Puppet (From The Shadows Book 1) by Richard Le Tourneau

Lilith's Puppet 

The year is 1810, five children stumble onto an ancient, terrifying secret that will affect the rest of their lives. While playing near an old oak at the edge of the forest, Henry, Howard, Rachel, Phillip and Thalia come across an age-old artefact that will unleash an unimaginable evil that will follow them to adulthood.

My Review: 

*** This book was given to me by the author to read and review. Although the opinions in here are all my own ***

The first thing i notice when i open the file that was send to me was the image on the cover, it was a little bit dark and sinister and make me think of a terror movie. I guess one could say that this is the type of cover that makes an impression at first glance. 

So i would like to start this review saying that i read a little bit of every genre but terror and horror one's are not my favorites and really not my type. That said the writing style is simple enough but for me the language is sometimes a little bit crude, i understand this use in this story and i guess it makes sense considering the plot but the author could have use more variations of some terms that are not so forthcoming. 

This book is divided between two key times during the life of the main characters, their infancy and later their adult life. I like this time lapse because in books that begin with very young characters i like to be able to see what happen to them after they grow up. 

For me the final of the book was lacking, i fell like in the end i miss something. I don't know if it was a better explanation about what happen to the main characters but i was left with the felling this story have not ended yet.... i do not know if this was the idea of the author or not to not finish things completely because he can return to this plot sometime and make a sequel. 

I end up only giving this book 1.8 out of 5* manly because i do not like this genre of books very much and not because i think the book was bad. I think it would be an amazing Halloween read and that for people you like terror and horror stories i would recommend they give this author a go. 

Book Review: Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot #10) by Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient Express 

"The murderer is with us - on the train now..."

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.

Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again...

My Review: 
So i have to admit that i only buy and start this book right now because of the movie, i do not like to see a movie based on a book without reading the book first and when a friend invite me to go see this one i though i need to read it today! 

I really enjoy 99% of Christie books and i think her books have a easy writing and a way of capturing the reader attention. This one has a very interesting plot and for me at least a completely unexpected final. It happens to me in books from this genre, to suspect someone during all the book and do not change my mind, in this one it was the opposite i think i suspect all the characters at some point but i never could have guessed the solution to this mystery. 

The only thing i could point out that may be a downside for some people is the fact that this book does not have much action, the most part of the books are interviews and the main character (Poirot) doing his thinking and connecting dots. For me it was not a problem because i sometimes like a book that makes me think and i do not mind fewer action. 

I went to see the movie some days after i finish the read and i recommend it but again i have to just say THE BOOK WAS BETTER!

Gave this story 4,8 out of 5* and let me say that this was my favorite read of November. It was a book i could not put down from the moment i start it and i as so curious to know what would happen, i definitely recommend this book to all the readers that love a good mystery and also to those that like a book with many twists that made you think and rethink about all the possible scenarios that the plot is going to take.

Book Review: Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer

Fairest  by   Marissa Meyer "In this stunning bridge book between  Cress  and  Winter  in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Qu...