Top 16 of 2016


Is it too late to share my favorites 16 books of 2016??? I hope as hell not, because I’m doing it today! Here they are, my Top 16 of 2016 ūüėÄ . Click on the titles to get directed to my reviews of those books. And keep in mind, these are my favorite reads of the year, but most of them didn’t come out in 2016.


A Monster Calls | The Score | Isla and the Happily Ever After | Ugly Love | Price of a Kiss | A Court of Mist and Fury | Illuminae | Archer’s Voice | Highly Illogical Behaviour | Us | Anything You Want | Forbidden | Lady Midnight | Carry On | Wallbanger | Life After Juliet

Sailor Moon Book Tag


Hi guys! If you don’t know yet, I’m a huge fan of Sailor Moon, so when I saw this tag at Rayna¬†@ReaderRayna‘s blog, I just had to do it!¬†This tag was created by Kristin @Super Space Chick, Alexa @Alexa Loves Books, Cee @The Novel Hermit, Cristina @Girl in the Pages, and Sierra @SDavReads.

Moon: A book that makes you hungry


The reasons for Simon Snow wanting to go back to school were mostly FOOD! So, how can one read Carry On by Rainbow Rowell and not think of food and being hungry?

Mercury: A book that features science and technology


I love Ami and Sailor Mercury ūüėÄ – look at her! Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff takes place in space, and has several elements of science and technology.

Venus: A book that makes you want to play video games


I think the only logical answer for this question is Ernest Cline, and because I’ve only read Armada so far, I’m saying that. I really liked this book ūüėČ .

Mars: A book inspired by mythology or folklore


Rei Hino was for a long time my favorite Sailor Scout. I loved how she would give shit to Usagi, eheh. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas is a retelling of Hades and Persephone, so it has some elements of mythology.

Jupiter: A book that gave you strong feelings


Then¬†Makoto Kino (a.k.a. Sailor Jupiter) got there, and she stole my heart. I mean, this girl cooks and kicks ass? What’s not to love about her? Back to the question…¬†Forbidden¬†by Tabitha Suzuma gave me SUPER STRONG FEELINGS! So much so, that I haven’t been able to write its review yet…

Saturn: A post apocalyptic book you love


I’m not a huge fan of post apocalyptic books, but I absolutely loved Angelfall by Susan Ee, and I highly recommend this trilogy to everyone. The story is great, but the characters are absolutely amazing!

Pluto: A time travel book


Sailor Pluto… eheh, should we talk about her massive crush on King Endymion?! The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig is much more than a time travel book, but it works for this question perfectly ūüėČ .

Uranus: A book featuring elemental magic


Sailor Uranus, or Haruka Tenoh, was always one of my favorite characters in this show. I loved her sass, and her confidence, and I loved (and still do) her relationship with Michiru. So it’s only fitting to use Heir of Fire for this question, where 2 of my favorite book characters EVER have elemental powers.

Neptune: A book featuring music


Oh Michiru ‚̧ ! Loud is How I Love You by Mercy Brown features a LOT of music, given that the main character and her love interest are part of a band, and they write together too.

Tuxedo Mask: A book with masquerades or hidden identities


I’m so glad that in the new anime Mamoru revealed his identity as Tuxedo Mask to Usagi way earlier in the game, because come on… it was so obvious! In The Girl’s Got Secrets by Linda Kage, the main character pretends to be a boy to be able to get the gig as a¬†band’s drummer. Things get tricky when she falls in love with her frontman.

Rini/Chibi Moon: A favorite middle grade book


I haven’t read a lot of middle grade, so I’m going with the most obvious answer of all, and say Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.

Luna, Artemis & Diana: A book for animal lovers


How cute are Luna, Artemis and Diana? Either way, Wallbanger by Alice Clayton has the most amazing cat ever in books :D.

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Book Traveling Thursdays: A World I Would Like To Live In


Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “Because world building matters… Choose a book in which world you would like to live“. Because I’ve used most of the books I’ve read with worlds I would like to live in, I’m gonna say Illuminae, because even though the thought of space scares me a bit, I do love the setup of this world.

Original and Favorite COver:

This is the US hardcover, and it is one of the most gorgeous covers that I own, because the dust jacket is semitransparent and it lets us see the writing beneath, and it’s just amazing.



Illuminae came out here in Portugal on the 1st of this month! I was so surprised, I was so excited when I saw it for sale yesterday. It is a paperback though, so not as cool as the hardcover. Same goes for the spanish edition.


Even though I still like the UK paperback, I don’t like it as much as the original, or even the spanish and portuguese editions. Somehow I think that the black there doesn’t quite fit, and the orange is slightly less pretty.

Illuminae (Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff)


This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. 

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that‚Äôs little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra‚ÄĒwho are barely even talking to each other‚ÄĒare forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what‚Äôs really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents‚ÄĒincluding emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more‚ÄĒIlluminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

I’ve been trying to write this review for over a month… but today is the day! I read this book with C√°tia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, and we had a blast with this one (as always!). Actually, this book started over a month full of buddy reads!! Eheh. Go check out her review of Illuminae here.

This is a very difficult book to review without spoiling anything, so I’ll give you guys a shortlist of my reasons why you should pick up this book NOW. OK?!

1. The format is fantastic. I wasn’t sure how this book would work, but it does! From interviews, to emails, to security cameras reports, etc, everything clicked and it was fantastic and fun and amazing.

2. This book is gorgeous. Somewhat related to the point above, but not really… This book is visually stunning, and it makes the experience of reading it all the more amazing. By the way, this book totally deserves the hardcover.


3. The characters. I never thought that I would get as attached to the characters as I did. At some point I realized that my heart was breaking for a character that had only appeared a couple of times, or another that I didn’t even think I liked. The format of the book shows the personalities and the characters instead of describing them to you, and in the process it’s impossible not to get attached.

4. It’s action packed and unpredictable. Again, it’s incredible how much action this book really has, and how you feel you’re living in the smack center of it.

5. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions. I can’t even. I laughed and cried, and sobbed, and then laughed some more. Well done!


So, are you convinced yet? You need to pick up this masterpiece soon. It’s one of my favorite books ever. Reading it’s an experience. And don’t get intimidated by the size, because we flew through this book.

Have you read Illuminae? What are your thoughts on it? Are you as excited as me about Gemina?

Top Ten Tuesday: Recent 5 Star Reads

top 10 tuesday

Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Ten¬†Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads (Or Ten Of The Best Books I’ve Read Recently if you don’t 5 star stuff…or you could do 5 of my latest five star reads & five of my most disappointing or 1 star reads)

Well, I do 5 Star books… a lot. I don’t give away full 5 stars easily, but I do rate a lot of books between 4.5 and 5 stars. That’s what I’m showing today: my last ten favorite reads, a.k.a., books I have 4.5 to 5 stars.

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March TBR


Hey guys! ūüôā After a successful reading month of February, when I read only romances, I want to keep the ball rolling and read a bunch of books this month too, and see if I can finally lift my Netgalley ratio closer to 80%. So, here are the books I plan on reading this month of March.


  1. Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)¬†by Amie Kaufman and¬†Jay Kristoff – I actually started this one 3 days ago, and I’m buddy reading it with C√°tia @The Girl Who Read Too Much
  2. The Girl From Everywhere by¬†Heidi Heilig – I got this eARC from Netgalley and the plan is to also read it with C√°tia ūüėÄ
  3. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – Now, as soon as this book is out, I’m buying it!
  4. Extreme by Lark O’Neal¬†–¬†I received this book for review from¬†Xpresso Book Tours and I started it yesterday and OMG!! ūüėÄ ūüėÄ ūüėÄ
  5. Scandal: The Complete Series by Alison Foster РI also got this book for review from Xpresso Book Tours.
  6. Never Stop Falling by Ashley Drew¬†–¬†I’ll be reading this one as part as a blog tour from¬†¬†Xpresso Book Tours.
  7. In Your Dreams by Ginger Scott¬†– ¬†I’ll be reading this one as part as a blog tour from¬†WordSmith Publicity.
  8. Playing Defense by Cate Cameron РeARC from Netgalley, probably reading it with Cátia.
  9. Wanting More¬†by¬†Jessica Ruddick – eARC from Netgalley, probably reading it with C√°tia (yeah, we have a lot of books to read together this month ūüėõ ).
  10. South of Sunshine  by Dana Elmendorf РeARC from Netgalley
  11. Kindred Spirits¬†by Rainbow Rowell – It’s already on my kindle, ready to be read.
  12. The Crown and the Arrow (The Wrath and the Dawn 0.5) by Renee Ahdieh РKhalid is waiting :D.

From this list, only 2 books and 2 novellas aren’t ARCs/Galleys, but I’m positive that I’ll be able to get to them all :). What about you? Are you reading any of these books?

Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) Cover Reveal


I just started Illuminae by¬†Amie¬†Kaufman¬†and Jay¬†Kristoff and I’m already so excited about the second book of the series, Gemina. Look how gorgeous this cover is!!! (you can find the original article here)

From bestselling author duo Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff comes the second edge-of-your-seat installment in the trilogy that reviewers are calling ‚Äústylistically mesmerizing‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúout-of-this-world-awesome.‚ÄĚ

While Kady and Ezra are fighting for their lives aboard the Alexander, Jump Station Heimdall is facing a different wave of the Beitech assault. Meet Hanna and Nik: she‚Äôs the station captain‚Äôs pampered daughter, while Nik runs with Heimdall‚Äôs dangerous black market scene. When an elite team of Beitech assassins targets Heimdall, Nik and Hanna are thrown together to fight the enemy‚Äďand the assassins are just the beginning. With deadly alien creatures slithering through air ducts, a second fleet of attack drones headed their way, and a phenomenon threatening the wormhole near the space station, Hanna and Nik aren‚Äôt just critical to the Kerenza fight‚Äďthey may hold the fate of the very universe in their hands.