Lucas (Jay McLean)

In a sprint, every millisecond counts.
When you’re waiting for love, those milliseconds can feel like eons.

High school senior Lucas Preston has it all: star of the track team, a scholarship waiting for him, an apartment to himself and a revolving door of girlfriends. He also has an older sister, five younger brothers and a father who relies on him to make sure those brothers don’t kill each other.

His saving grace? Lois “Laney” Sanders, a girl he started to fall in like with when he was just eleven.

A girl who became his best friend, his confidant, his courage.

It took only sixteen clicks and eight seconds for Lucas to realize that his like for Laney had turned into love.
Eight life-changing seconds.
It’s also the exact length of time it took to lose her.


Oh boy, I’m so glad I saw this giveaway/read and review on goodreads, and I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of this book. This was a book that I didn’t even knew existed, and now it’s within some of my faves and I need more of the writing, of the family, of the story. I need more. So yeah. I’m happy!

This was my first Jay McLean book, and I’m IN LOVE. The writing is fun and emotional at the same time. It’s the perfect blend and I loved loved loved it. The book is told in dual POV, between the present and the past, and tells us the story throughout the years about Lucas and Lois “Laney” relationship. I thought this was of storytelling was perfect, and the prologue just hooked me up right from the start.

I honestly loved Lucas and Laney, even if they frustrated me to no end at times. They both had a lot of growing up to do, and the character development was stellar. They both go through some awful stuff, together and apart, but they learn, and they become better people, and better for each other too.

My favorite theme of this book was FAMILY. All the Preston boys (and girl) have my heart, but this book also had two of the most amazing dad’s I ever read about: Brian and Tom are just great, and they guided and helped their children, spent time with them, provided the best way they could. They were so supportive. They both made me cry throughout the book, and I just love them both.

Overall, I loved this BFFs to lovers romance, it was beautiful and heartbreaking, and it made me sob like a baby at 3 am in the morning. So I highly recommend it. Amazing book. And I’ll for sure pick up the second book, and the first series too.

Go read it, if you haven’t already. It’s so worth it.

The GoodReads Book Tag

I’m not sure I’ve ever done this tag before, but I was tagged by Katlyn @Everything Under the Sun and I thought it was fun to do it now.


What was the last book you marked as “read?”

The last book I marked as READ was Hot Shot by Kelly Jamieson, and I loved it.


What are you currently reading?

I am reading 4 books at the moment: Noteworthy by Riley Redgate, Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson, Something I Need (xoxo Nashville #1) by Lena Lowe  and Royally Matched by Emma Chase.


What was the last book you marked as TBR?

I don’t usually add books to my TBR on goodreads, but these were some of the last I added, so I just didn’t forget I wanted to read them soon.


What book do you plan to read next?

Next I’m reading Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh and Cheater’s Regret by Rachel Van Dyken.


Do you use the star rating system?

I do! I rate my books from 1 to 5 stars, in 1/2 stars intervals.


Are you doing the 2017 Reading Challenge?

I sure am! I set the goal for 150 books, and I’m over half of it, and 23 books ahead of schedule. 😀


Do you have a wishlist?

I don’t have a wishlist on goodreads, but I’m showing here the last 4 books I’ve added to my shopping cart on Book Depository.


What book do you plan to buy next?

See the picture above? Yeah, so those 4 books are my priority at this moment. The first one I’ll buy will probably be Becky’s book.


Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few.

  I’m actually going to share a few quotes from Making Faces, which I LOVED!


Who are your favourite authors?

Hmmm, so Elle Kennedy, Sarina Bowen, Becky Albertalli, Lauren Blakely, Ginger Scott, Colleen Hoover, Rainbow Rowell, Meghan Quinn, Kelly Siskind, Cassandra Clare, Sarah J. Maas, …


Have you joined any groups?

Yep. Here are some of them: Book Traveling ThursdaysNew Adult Book Club2017 New Adult Reading ChallengeTop 5 Wednesday.


I Tag:

EVERYONE!!!
If you haven’t done this tag and want to give it a go, please consider yourself tagged 😀 .

2016 Reading Challenges: Second Trimester Update

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Hello! As I had said at the beginning of the year, I’m doing 2 reading challenges: the Goodreads Reading Challenge, where I’m aiming for 75 books  and the Popsugar Reading Challenge. I’ll do a quick update here on the state of both challenges.


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Originally I had set the goal of 75 books, and by April I was nearing the goal, being several books ahead of schedule. So then I decided to up my challenge to 125 books, and I’ll probably have to up it again, because I’ almost done with it.  So guys, what should I change my challenge to?

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What should I change my challenge to? 150? 175?


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So far I’ve completed 20 of the 40 categories of this challenge – I’m halfway through!!!!

1. A book based on a fairy tale

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2. A National Book Award winner

3. A YA bestseller

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4. A book you haven’t read since high school

5. A book set in your home state

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6. A book translated to English

7. A romance set in the future

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8. A book set in Europe

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9. A book that’s under 150 pages

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10. A New York Times bestseller

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11. A book that’s becoming a movie this year

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12. A book recommended by someone you just met

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13. A self-improvement book

14. A book you can finish in a day

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15. A book written by a celebrity

16. A political memoir

17. A book at least 100 years older than you

18. A book that’s more than 600 pages

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19. A book from Oprah’ Book Club

20. A science-fiction novel

21. A book recommended by a family member

22. A graphic novel

23. A book that is published in 2016

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24.A book with a protagonist who has your occupation

25. A book that takes place during summer

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26. A book and its prequel

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27. A murder mystery

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28. A book written by a comedian

29. A dystopian novel

30. A book with a blue cover

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31. A book of poetry

32. The first book you see in a bookstore

33. A classic from the 20thcentury

34. A book from the library

35. An autobiography

36. A book about a road trip

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37. A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with

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38. A satirical book

39. A book that takes place on an island

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40. A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy

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2016 Reading Challenges: First Trimester Update

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Hello! As I had said at the beginning of the year, I’m doing 2 reading challenges: the Goodreads Reading Challenge, where I’m aiming for 75 books  and the Popsugar Reading Challenge. I’ll do a quick update here on the state of both challenges.


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Starting with the easier one here… so I set myself the goal of 75 books back in January, GR_2016and now I’m kind of thinking that I might have to change that. See, It’s the beginning of April, and I’m 43 books ahead of schedule and I’m 83% done with my challenge. So I’m guessing that I should up this challenge soon, because I’ll probably be done this month or in May.


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So far I’ve completed 16 of the 40 categories of this challenge, so I think I’ve been doing good 🙂 . Of course that now the ones left are the hardest, but I won’t think of that.

1. A book based on a fairy tale

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2. A National Book Award winner

3. A YA bestseller

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4. A book you haven’t read since high school

5. A book set in your home state

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6. A book translated to English

7. A romance set in the future

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8. A book set in Europe

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9. A book that’s under 150 pages

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10. A New York Times bestseller

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11. A book that’s becoming a movie this year

12. A book recommended by someone you just met

13. A self-improvement book

14. A book you can finish in a day

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15. A book written by a celebrity

16. A political memoir

17. A book at least 100 years older than you

18. A book that’s more than 600 pages

19. A book from Oprah’ Book Club

20. A science-fiction novel

21. A book recommended by a family member

22. A graphic novel

23. A book that is published in 2016

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24.A book with a protagonist who has your occupation

25. A book that takes place during summer

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26. A book and its prequel

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27. A murder mystery

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28. A book written by a comedian

29. A dystopian novel

30. A book with a blue cover

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31. A book of poetry

32. The first book you see in a bookstore

33. A classic from the 20thcentury

34. A book from the library

35. An autobiography

36. A book about a road trip

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37. A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with

38. A satirical book

39. A book that takes place on an island

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40. A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy

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Let’s Talk About: Do You Rate Before You Read?

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Hello!!! It’s Friday and I hope I’m somewhere in Barcelona right now, maybe eating Ramen and preparing to go and watch Deadpool or something :D, but today I wanted to talk to you guys about something that kind of bugged me a few weeks ago and I wanted to hear your opinion on the matter.

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As soon as a book is announced on GoodReads, a rating appears. People comment on it and rate it, sometimes based on their excitement, or because they liked the blurb or the title. Sometimes because they didn’t, which was the case that brought this to my attention. But my point is:

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Some people defend that GoodReads allows people to rate based on their excitement level for any given book, but do they? I was checking their Review Guidelines, and they do allow rating prior to the book release, but not for excitement purposes:

Pre-publication reviews. Many of our members receive advance copies of books to review, either through Goodreads giveaways or another source. We have no way of knowing the exact date that review copies are available. As such, each book is eligible to be reviewed as soon as it appears on the site.

I for one am of the opinion that you can comment all you like on a book, but rating should be reserved for after you read said book.

A while back I posted a comment by Patrick Rothfuss to his 5 stars reviews for a book that doesn’t even has a publication date yet, and I’ll leave that comment here again:

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I understand being excited for a book, or underwhelmed by its theme or synopsis, but is it ever OK to grade something that you haven’t read?

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GoodReads Challenge Completed… Now What?

Just a very quick update here. I just completed my GoodReads 2015 Reading Challenge of 51 books! I finished Queen of Shadows last night, and how fitting that that would be the last book for this challenge. (by the way, Queen of Shadows is amazing, utterly brilliant, and I was a sobbing mess for more than 25% of it – I still have no idea how I’m going to review it…)

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Now, back to the issue at hand, there are still 3 months to go on this year, and I have to admit that I get a thrill each time I see that bar in the book count go up just a bit, So… I’m thinking of upping the number, maybe to 75?! What do you guys think?

2015 Reading Challenges Update!

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Initially my goal was to read about 30 books, repeat books in several categories and so on, now I’m convinced that I’ll be able to read the 52 books! I also had initially set the books for each of the topics, but soon discovered that that wouldn’t work… lol. So, this is the progress so far:

1. A book with more than 500 pages – City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6), Cassandra Clare
2. A classic romance – Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. A book that became a movie – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Jesse Andrews
4. A book published this year – An Ember in the Ashes, Sabaa Tahir
5. A book with numbers in the title – The One Thing, Marci Lyn Curtis
6. A book written by someone under 30 – A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J. Maas
7. A book with non-human characters – The Slow Regard of Silent Things, Patrick Rothfuss
8. A funny book – Attachments, Rainbow Rowell
9. A book by a female author – You had me at hello, Mhairi McFarlane
11. A book with a one-word title – Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell

books_112. A book of short stories – The Bane Chronicles, Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson
13. A book set in a different country – The Year of Taking Chances, Lucy Diamond
14. A non-fiction book – Bossypants, Tina Fey and Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari & Eric Klinenberg
15. A popular author’s first book – Eleanor and Park, Rainbow Rowell (I now realize that this is not actually he first book, but I’m too lazy to change all the links)
16. A book from an author you love but haven’t read yet – Landline, Rainbow Rowell
17. A book a friend recommended – More Happy Than Not, Adam Silvera
19. A book based on a true story – Love at First Type: A Chronicle of Addiction to Online Dating, Robert D. Spake
22. A book that scares you – Throne of Glass, Sarah J. Maas and Crown of Midnight, Sarah J. Maas
23. A book that’s more than 100-years-old – Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen
26. A memoir – Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek, Maya Van Wagenen

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27. A book you can finish in a day – Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination, J.K. Rowling
29. A book set in a country you want to visit – The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion
32. A trilogy – Shatter MeUnravel MeIgnite Me, Tahereh Mafi
33. A book from that reminds you of your childhood – A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale, Liz Braswell
34. A book with a love triangle – To all the boys I’ve loved before, Jenny Han & P.S. I Still Love You, Jenny Han
35. A book set in the future – Armada, Ernest Cline
36. A book set in high school – Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, Becky Albertalli

books_337. A book with a color in the title – Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard
38. A book that made you cry – My Heart and Other Black Holes, Jasmine Warga
39. A book with magic – Love in the Time of Global Warming,  Francesca Lia Block
40. A graphic novel – Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal, G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona
41. A book by an author you’ve never read before – The Perfect Match, Katie Fforde
42. A book you own but you’ve never read – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Sáenz
45. A book set during Christmas – Girl Online, Zoe Sugg
49. A book based on or turned into a television show – The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, Bernie Su and Kate Rorick

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To read (15):

10. A mystery or thriller
18. A Pulitzer-Prize winning book
20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list
21. A book that your mum loves
24. A book based entirely on the cover
25.A book you were supposed to read at school but didn’t finish
28. A book with antonyms in the title
30. A book that came out the year you were born
31. A book with bad reviews
43. A book that takes place in your hometown
44. A book that was originally written in a different language
46. A book written by an author with your same initials
47. A play
48. A banned book
50. A book you started but never finished

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This one has a bit more progress than the Popsugar one, that’s because I started to read a lot of stuff that I can’t fit in the other one anymore. My initial number was something like 30 books, I then changed it around April to 51, to fit the Popsugar challenge (given that 1 book that I had already read is not on Goodreads). Now I’m almost done! 12 books ahead of schedule and with 3 more months left to go in the year. I also have all my reviews up to date, which is kind of amazing.

Short Update and Social Media

Hello there. Two and a half years after I created this blog, I finally decided to change the theme, somehow it wasn’t working for me anymore, so it was time for a change.

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I’ll also put here the links to the blog’s social media, that even though are featured on the sidebar, I never actually mentioned them. Please add me on Facebook, TwitterGoodreads, Tumblr and Bloglovin’ (if you wish to, obviously).

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Patrick Rothfuss: Best comment ever!

I was perusing my goodreads “to read” section, and being on the brink of finishing The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss, I went ahead to the page of the third book of the The Kingkiller Chronicles to see if it had a release date yet (though I still haven’t read book 1 and 2). To answer my question, it doesn’t seem to have a release date yet, but it already has a rating. It sometime happens when advanced copies of the book are advanced to reviewers, so I went ahead and read a couple of comments. This is my favorite… by the author himself!

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EPIC!

I hope I get to The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear soon enough.