Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Things That I’m Thankful For

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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:

Thanksgiving themed Freebie — ten books I’m thankful for, authors I’m thankful for, Ten fictional families I’d like to celebrate Thanksgiving with, a personal non-bookish thankful list, etc. etc.

So, today I’ll share some books, series and other bookish things that I’ve read this year and that I’m Very Thankful For, ok?


1. Shatter Me Series (Tahereh Mafi)

This series kind of opened my eyes in terms of amazingly different writing skills and made me appreciate a whole lot more. Then there’s also the thing that I really loved the story and, mostly, I loved Warner and Juliette. The me that had only read the first book would be disgusted by that statement!

2. Becky Albertalli & Jasmine Warga & Adam Silvera

For introducing me to some amazing diverse books. I was never frantic reader before, so I really didn’t know what I was really missing…

3. ACOTAR & Throne of Glass Series (Sarah J. Maas)

Sarah J. Maas is a genious!! I’m so glad that I started to read these two series, that I absolutely love. She’s a genius, I tell you!!!

4. Penryn & the End of Days Trilogy (Susan Ee)

I just love this trilogy SO SO MUCH!!! I’m so grateful that Josie “made me” read it, because I’m hooked on it. I would like like 100 more books about Penryn, Raffe and the Watchers, PLEASE!!!

5. New Adult books

                         

This is a new thing for me, kind of. I had read romances and Young Adult contemporaries, but in-between of these two genres is something that appeals to me. I like the problems they face, because university and so on is my day to day, and the romances are always super hot (even if the books don’t have that much more to it). More than anything, these books are a great way to pass the time, and mostly easy and fast reads.

6. Netgalley and eARCs

                                          

Netgalley has been a blessing, truly. Not only does it provide me most of my New Adult romances, but it has introduced me to some amazing authors and some of my favorite reads of this year – case and point: The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis and Your Voice is All I Hear by Leah Scheier .

7. Fangirl & Attachments & basically anything Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell “gets me”, so each time I read one of her books, I find myself in it, even if just one tiny bit. So I’m so thankful that I bought Fangirl back in February when I went to London, and proceeded to read anything else she wrote.

8. The blogging community

I’m sure I’ve said this a few times, but you guys are all amazing! This community is truly great and I feel kind of blessed for being part of it.

9. My Aelin (that’s my kindle, if you still haven’t figured that out)

I was one of those persons that was adamant that I would never own an eReader. Then I found out that Netgalley existed, and given that I’m an international blogger, that was my only way to snag some ARCs. So, I gave in and bought a kindle for my birthday… and OMFG, I love it so much!!! I have to say that I actually miss it when I’m reading physical copies, and it’s weird, but my Aelin allows me to highlight stuff, and search for quotes, and jump chapters,…, it’s amazing.

10. The pleasure of a good non-fiction

                        

I usually don’t like non-fiction books… at all. I have to read enough scientific papers to cover that part of my life, and I read enough college manuals during my 5 years of undergrad to last me a lifetime. But this year I read, or better yet, I listened to 2 amazing nonfiction books that changed a bit my standing on the genre.

The Ben ‘n’ Jerry’s Book Tag

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Hello guys! Today I bring you a new book tag, the Ben ‘n’ Jerry’s Book Tag, created by Aimal @Bookshelves & Paperbacks, and she was kind enough to nominate me to do this – thank you so much Aimal. So, here we go…

1. Vanilla Caramel Fudge: pick a light, fluffy contemporary 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han is the definition of light, fluffy contemporary. And it’s so good!!!

2. Mint Chocolate Cookie: a new release that you wish everybody would read

I feel like I’ve been saying this a lot lately, but the answer has to be The One Thing (Marci Lyn Curtis). If you haven’t read this book, I ask you: what the hell are you waiting for?

3. Karamel Sutra Core: a last book in a series that you were completely satisfied with

I was super satisfied with the ending of The Infernal Devices. Clockwork Princess was an amazing book, and even though I wouldn’t have minded to have another 10 books about Jem, Tessa and Will, I was happy with the resolution and about knowing that it wasn’t the last time I would be reading about any of them.

4. Cherry Garcia: an ending that was bittersweet

So many books have bittersweet endings… but today, I’ll go with Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I loved the ending, but I’ll admit that I would like to know if they ever find their way to one another again.

5. Strawberry Shortcake: a book containing your OTP of OTPs

I have too many OTPs to count (actually, I’m thinking about making a list of them, what do you guys think?). Either way, like I was saying, too many to count, but I’ll drop my most recent favorite obsession, and that is Penryn and Raffe from the Penryn & the End of Days trilogy. Guys, the last book is killing me!!!


6. Milk and Cookies: two authors that if they collaborated, they would go perfectly together

I’ll redirect you to a recent Top Ten Tuesday post, because I think that any pairing I put in there would be pretty perfect! – Go HERE!!!

7. Boston Cream Pie: a book that had you turning your pages late into the night

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. I went to sleep when the sun was coming up, it was a wild ride and totally worth it, because this book… wow… wow!!!! Not only did it keep me up all night, it also gave me the biggest book hangover I ever had! It was days before I could stop myself going through its pages re-reading certain chapters… To be honest, it only stopped because the book went to Portugal.

8. Chocolate Therapy: a book that makes you feel better after a long day of life

I’ll go with You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), Felicia Day’s memoir, because this book made me laugh and smile and cry, but it also made me feel less alone. She’s brilliant and I highly recommend this book.

9. Coffee, Coffee, Buzzbuzzbuzz!: a book not yet released that you can’t wait to get your hands on

There are MANY books coming out that I need right now, but most of all I need The Rose and the Dagger the sequel to The Wrath and the Dawnby Renee Ahdieh, because of that ending. That ending tore me apart!!! I need to know that Khalid is Ok, that Shazi is OK, that Shazi is going back, what she’ll do with her magic, how they’re going to break the curse, …, and I need to see Despina and Jalal actually talking. So yeah… I need it!


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World After (Penryn & the End of Days #2) (Susan Ee)

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In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world. When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken. 

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. 

Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans, where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go. 

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?


How do I even begin to talk about this book? I don’t want to spoil anything for you guys, but by now, after what I said about Angelfall, you should have read it!

So, this book starts right where the first one left of, it’s super fast paced and Penryn becomes even more badass than she already was. Not only do her fighting skills kick in, but she learns sword-fight, and get this: it’s the sword itself that teaches her how to fight. Yeah, Pooky Bear is awesome! And Penryn is awesome! She fights ANGELS!!! She kicks Angels in the face and makes them lose important parts of themselves… PENRYN IS FREAKING AMAZING!

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Paige… I don’t even know where to begin with Paige. She creeps the hell out of me, but not as much as their mom, oh no, she takes the prize on that one. But hey, she gets some kind of award, because in her mind Penryn and Raffe are engaged, even if she thinks that he’s the Devil.

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My only complaint about this book is that it took 72% of the book for Raffe to even learn that Penryn was alive, and for them to finally kick some ass together. Luckily they are never again apart after that, and she spend a great deal of time flying in his arms. And she saves his freaking live – POINT TO PENRYN! After he saved hers…

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And then the banter is back, with a lot more meaning behind the words and I was swooning the whole time and kind of wishing that he HAD made her laugh before she ripped her dress… you know what I mean, right? Also, the PEANUT BUTTER SCENE!!! OMG! I wished this was a movie, because I want that scene to play before my eyes.

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Also, Uriel is a freaking son of a b***h, right? he’s so freaking manipulative, and just wanted to slap all those Angels for them to see what was right in front of them… Judgment day… =/ And, I did not see that scene between Paige and Beliel coming, I thought for sure it would go another way entirely, but I was super glad about how it turned out.

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So, to sum it up, I loved this one as much as Angelfall, the only thing I missed throughout this novel was Raffe and his banter with Penryn, but I think she was able to shine that much more without him having her back. We also got a look at Raffe’s past (have I said how amazing his sword is?!) and of his feelings towards Penryn and his fellow Angels. I can’t wait to start on book 3, End of Days, it will possible be today 😀 .

This was my comments during the reading progress, in case you had any doubts about how much I missed Raffe on this book. I do hope they don’t spend that much time apart in book 3.

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November TBR

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Hello, hello. It took me a couple of days to organize what it is that I’m attacking this month, but I got it now. 😀 The main goal this month in terms of reading will be keep up with my ARCs for this month, and finish the 2 series that I’m in the middle of: The Lunar Chronicles and Penryn & the End of Days.

I’ll warn you before hand, this is a very ambitious TBR.

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1. The Last One by Tawdra Kandle – This book is already out – when I was approved for it, it was already passed its publication date. Because of that I want to get to it, but it won’t be my priority.

2. Nirvana by J.R. Stewart – oh man, I’m so scared of picking up this book. This was an auto-approval from netgalley – I didn’t request it – and I do have the revised version, but still, the synopsis doesn’t make me want to jump into it.

3. Something in the Air by Marie Landry – This seems like a fun and easy read, and I’ll read it soon because it comes out in 9 days.

4. Right Where You Are by L.E. Bross – I actually finished this one of at 3 a.m. the night before last (that’s why it isn’t on my October wrap-up). Expect a review this week, and I really liked it – so so so HOT!

5. Crystallum by Laney McMann – This book comes out at the end of November and I’m intrigued by it.

6. Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame – I’m really excited for this one. I hope I have time for it, given that publication date is December 1st.

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7. World After by Susan Ee – I actually already started this book, after reading (and loving) Angelfall, I just had to keep going with this series as soon as possible. I’m about 20% in, and I need Raffe… 20% of the book without him is too much (and I’m sure Penryn agrees with me).

8. End of Days by Susan Ee – Read the above.

9. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – I read Cinder last month, and I was supposed to read Scarlet too, but somehow I just wasn’t in the mood. But with the last installment of this series coming out this month, I really want to get to it minimally spoiled.

10. Cress by Marissa Meyer – Same as above.

11. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – I got my hands on this book very very recently and with all the raving reviews coming out, I have to get to it soon. I honestly don’t know if it will happen this month, because let’s face it, this is a huge TBR, but I really want to at least start it…


Ufff, I know this is a HUGE TBR, but I really need to get through most of these 😀 . At the very least I want to read all my ARCs and World After and End of Days, even if I have to leave The Lunar Chronicles for next month, but I’m hoping that that won’t be necessary…

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) (Susan Ee)

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It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back. 

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel. 

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl. 

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.


Why oh why didn’t I read this before? I have no idea! I can only thank Josie for basically shoving the book in my face and ordering me to read it – I will never doubt you again Josie.

I knew nothing about this book… I had seen the cover and I had added it to my TBR without a second thought, because let’s face it, that cover is just gorgeous. But then the book receded to the back of my mind, until Josie mentioned how much she had loved it, at that time, kindle had a huge amazing deal and the book cost something like 1.99$, so I bought it. Added it to my month’s TBR and again, it went to the back of my mind. But then I confessed this to Josie and she (once again) “forced” me to read it… 😀 😀 😀 (have I thanked you yet?).

So, by now you’ve figured that I loved this book, right? I loved it a lot! The writing was fantastic, it was an easy read without being a simplistic writing style… the perfect combo.

I loved the World Building, it gave us enough details while at the same time not giving us enough information, leaving us as clueless as every character in this book. I’ve been to San Francisco, and I went through the highway that connects Silicon Valley to the city, and I could picture everything that Susan Ee was describing perfectly in my mind, and it broke my heart. Yes, I love San Francisco, it’s my 4th city to live in.

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Now the characters. I love Penryn, she was a breath of fresh air. In a way she might feel just like a lot of other heroines, but not really… she kicks ass! She knows how to fight, she has her priorities in order, she’s not afraid to get physical, she’s sassy – and don’t even get me started to where her thoughts wander when she’s not very aware.

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Now Raffe… wow… Raffe… I liked Raffe from the moment he was almost dying but still had enough in him to make fun of Penryn. That was it! Raffe was great from that moment on, and the banter that he and Penryn have going on is one of the best I’ve ever read.

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I don’t really know what to think about Penryn’s family. Her mom is a complete mystery to me, and I think there’re a lot more to her than meets the eye. I really like the inclusion of mental illness and physical disabilities in this book, it’s not something you usually associate with a post-apocalyptic scenario, so I was all the more amazed by it. Paige… well… Paige… I can’t really say anything about her, you have to read it, but I’ll say that I’m super curious to see how this will turn out in the sequel.

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This book is super fast paced, full of action sequences and not a dull moment. The plot is pretty straight forward from one point on: Penryn and Raffe team up to find her sister and to get him help, but the way they get there and what they have to get through to get those things was incredible and slightly unpredictable. I have to admit that those final chapters kind of broke my heart… poor Raffe (that’s all I’m going to say!).

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So, to sum it up, this was a fantastic read. I want more. It made me pull out my amazon account and spend a lot more than I think I should on kindle books for the sequels. And I want these babies in my hands soon, because I’ll need the physical copies too.

Have you read Angelfall? If not, what are you waiting for?

Rating: 4.6 Stars

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Top Ten Tuesday: Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

It’s Tuesday, September 8th, which means that it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:  Finished Series I Have YET to Finish. The thing is, when I start a finish series, I’ll devour it pretty quickly and one book right after the other. So, there aren’t many finished series that I’ve started and have not finished yet. With that in mind, I’ll share the finish series that I want to start until the end of this year.

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1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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This is in fact the only finished series that I’ve started and have not finished… I’ve only read the first book yet. I will finish it though, I really want to…

 2. Mistborn (the original trilogy) by Brandon Sanderson

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I’m so so curious about this series…

3. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

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Same for this one, the only reason I haven’t bought it yet is because I haven’t found the 3 books at the same moment.

4. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

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I do own the first 2 books for a while now, maybe  Christmas will me the right time to get into it.

5. Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

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This will follow, as soon as I finish the Percy Jackson series.

6. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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I already have the first book. I bought it super cheap for my kindle! This because I want the hardcover, which are beautiful and expensive. I’ll probably read it on my upcoming trip in October… lots of hours inside airplanes with my Kindle.

7. Penryn and the End of Days by Susan Ee

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Much like the one above, I already own the first book in this series, and I’ll be reading it on my upcoming trip in October as well.

8. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

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I will read at least The Hobbit before the year ends… probably… hopefully…

9. The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

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I’ve read so many great things about this trilogy that I need to check it out.

10. The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin

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I’ve been curious about this series for a while, though I don’t know if it’s really my thing. It’s also on the bottom of my To Read List right now.