Monday, January 29, 2018

Readathon: 24 in 48

This past weekend i decided to join in the famous 24in48 Readathon, for those of you that do not know what a readathon is, well it's a type of "marathon," which is defined as "An event or activity that requires prolonged effort or endurance." 

In this case, it's a reading marathon! 

The 24in48 one is where you are supposed to read 24 hours during the 48 of the weekend (or of 48 hours in general). This particular readathon has a proper page and i will leave the link down bellow for you guy's to check it out. 

Now for my experience in this first try, of course i was almost sure i will not be able to achieve the 24 hours mark but at the end i was so happy with my result. I spend a total of 11:15:05 hours reading during the weekend divided between Saturday (4:46:56) and Sunday (6:28:09).

As for the books i finish Everless by Sara Holland (witch i start at page 114), read The assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. Mass (70 pages since it was a short story) and listen to Winter by Marissa Meyer in audiobook (4:09:03). 

In resume i read 3 different books in a total of 324 pages and 11:15:05 hours =D It was an amazing experience that i recommend to everyone who loves to read. For me it was not something that requires prolonged effort because i like spending my free time reading and i do not force myself to do it just because i was in a Readathon. 

As for the hostess of this challenge i have to thanks them  for all re support and the encouragement they show during this weekend, i don't feel alone and to read with a community for me was the best of this weekend. 

I will be participate in the next one for sure =D

Readathon links:

Friday, January 26, 2018

Book Review: Sinful in Satin (The Rarest Blooms #3) by Madeline Hunter

Sinful in Satin by Madeline Hunter

"When famed London courtesan Alessandra Northrope passes away, her daughter Celia Pennifold inherits little more than a hopelessly contaminated reputation, a house in a middle class neighborhood, and an education that prepared her to take her mother’s place the way Alessandra intended. Celia hopes to make her own life on her own terms, however, and moves into the house only to discover one more legacy—an enigmatic, handsome tenant who knows her mother’s plans for her future rather too well.

Jonathan thinks he is on a simple mission to discover whether Celia’s mother left accounts of her lovers that might embarrass important men. Instead he finds himself embroiled in a mystery full of dangerous betrayals and secrets, old and new, that touch on his life as well as Celia’s."

My Review:

This is the 3º book in the Rarest Blooms series by Madeline Hunter and i have only read the second one before, however it was so long ago that i did not remember anything about the plot. I have a little difficulty in the begging about remembering the characters interaction and the relations between them but later it became more easier. 

About the main characters and their romance i like it, it was a sweet one but sometimes Celia get's a little annoying with her ideas that she is not "normal" and because of her situation she can't be happy. It was a book that you could read without thinking too much about it, there are not twist and surprises in this one and you get exactly what you are expecting from the book. 

I gave it 2,7 out of 5*, it was not my favorite book from this genre but it was an easy read that takes you away from reality for some time. 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury


"Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

My Review: 

This is the second book from ACOTAR series and i could not wait to start this one after i finish the first, so i decided to buy it before my next book haul and read it asap. 

I see various spoilers for some parts of this book, so i already know what would happen to Feyre in terms of romance before i start it. That fact was a preoccupation for me because i really like the first book and i was afraid the plot line would be senseless and not to my liking, but i just love this book and i have to admit that what happens makes perfect sense and it could not be another way. 

I fell a great evolution of the character's in this book and so many twist and action, you could not read this book without exhausting yourself because there are not a part where something is not happening. The new character's that are presented are so so well made that is impossible to not love them and suffer for them and i still could not decide who is my favorite from this series. 

I gave this one 4.9 out of 5*, this is a book that make me smile, cry, throw the book at the wall (just kidding my poor book, but i have the will to) fell so many things that when i finish it i just want to star the 3 volume to know what the hell will happen. 
If you do not know this books please go for the next bookshop you see and buy it i can assure you that it will be one of your next favorite series ever.

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....

Wizardry Student Box _ February 2018

Unboxing WSB February 2018 Hi guys, today i bring another unboxing but this time it is a totally new subscription box named  Wizardry...