Monday, February 27, 2017

Review: Internet Famous- Danika Stone


Goodreads Description:
High school senior and internet sensation Madison Nakama seems to have it all: a happy family, good grades, and a massive online following for her pop-culture blog. But when her mother suddenly abandons the family, Madi finds herself struggling to keep up with all of her commitments.

Fandom to the rescue! As her online fans band together to help, an online/offline flirtation sparks with Laurent, a French exchange student. Their internet romance—played out in the comments section of her MadLibs blog—attracts the attention of an internet troll who threatens the separation of Madi’s real and online personas. With her carefully constructed life unraveling, Madi must uncover the hacker’s identity before he can do any more damage, or risk losing the people she loves the most… Laurent included.


I read the first half of the book in a single sitting... I literally just sat there and read for HOURS and the only reason I left the book was because I needed to go fetch breakfast... And thennnnnnn life got in the way and I was unable to continue reading the book for a while but holy shit was I itching to get back to it and when I DIDDDD... JESUS CHRIST I HATED MRS. P ! WHAT A BIOTCH!
Haters going to freaking HATE!
Stone has done it yet again with another love story that it effortless and not too cheesy to the point where you want to shake the characters and scream at them "YOURE FAKE AS SHIT!"
Madi was lovable, with emotions that were all too relatable and the whole book had an 80s movie feel. But you know. With modern technology.
The book was totally goals for me even though I could never be able to reach that goal because I have always been like STRANGER DANGER when it comes to actually talking to people online. I DO have online friends.

Ange, Jo, Mads, Jenny, Pam

And I do wonder how I let them into my life without freaking out, I guess sometimes you just click. Just like Madi did with Laurent. If you have an online best friend, then you yourself know that exact feeling. I mean, the hour long seminars that they would give us in schools about strangers online are kind of hard to not think about at first. 
This book made me happy, im sure im not the only one who has ever wished their life was an 80s movie, my personal favorite, Can't Buy me Love and Back to the Future. This book however, has proved something to those readers that we all want to hear. You dont need to live in the 80s to live your 80s romance.

And that, makes me happy... Even after having an hour long calc test, not having had enough time to finish it and failing it... So... You know... This book achieved the impossible

Note: Keep a look out for my upcoming interview with the author right here on my blog in May, just a month before the book releases :)

Recommend it?

Freaking yes. Just like All the Feels, all fans of anything, need to read this, its almost like fanception.

Amazon- Its crazy stupid cheap right now
Book Depository for you international folks
Barnes and Nobles, crazy cheap here as well

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Review: Life and Death by Stephanie Meyer


Goodreads Review:
Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Twilight! This special double-feature book includes the classic novel, Twilight, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer.
Packaged as an oversize, jacketed hardcover “flip book,” this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new back cover art. Readers will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes.
Twilight has enraptured millions of readers since its first publication in 2005 and has become a modern classic, redefining genres within young adult literature and inspiring a phenomenon that has had readers yearning for more. The novel was a #1 New York Times bestseller, a #1USA Today bestseller, a Time magazine Best Young Adult Book of All Time, an NPR Best-Ever Teen Novel, and a New York Times Editor’s Choice. The Twilight Saga, which also includes New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella, and The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide, has sold nearly 155 million copies worldwide.
Read and Review written -OCTOBER 27 2015
Yeah, no. 
I was very excited for this for one reason and one reason only... I am a twilight fan. 
I really am, but this whole re-imagined thing just was NOT for me. 
Oh how I wished that she had released Midnight Sun u.u
She changed a few things around, so that was good, it wasn't an exact copy of the first one
When they first meet, things are still okay with me, a 4 could still be handed out, I wanted to continue reading it.
But as things went on.... Yeah... no.. That changed. Edward Beau just seemed really whiny to me in a way that Bella didn't
I don't know if its because Bella was strangely poetic and used all these smarts words and stuffs xD and Beau wasn't like that, he was more.... Average than she was. Or if overall the human character of this book was whiny >.>
All I know is that I was reading this book, wishing I could go back to the original.
MAYBE it could be that I tend to put myself as the characters and simply could not visualize having to save and follow someone and do all of the things that Edyth did. It all the depends on the type of person you are or the type of life you live I guess.
I am more of a Bella than an Edyth xD

Bellas Beau's friends got in my nerves ssssooo much ! They are pretty much bullies, before, it all just seemed like the girls were hurt about this crush that did not pay attention to them but when it turned to guys, they just seemed so possessive and not just crushing >.> Which I guess is the point of why Meyer switch genders, to get over that... But I couldn't. I seriously could not see them more than being possessive of the girls they liked. 

The ending... I don't want to spoil the ending because the ending IS different than the original book and it DOES openly tell you that there wont be anymore >.> I WANTED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT EVERYONE ELSE!!!

But anyways... NO 
what the actual ... was that! It was... I can't say shit without spoiling it >.> But I am just very pissed about it 
IT IS CRUEL! There I said it

Recommend it?
..... Stick to the original >.> So no.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Review: As Red as Blood by Salla Simukka


Goodreads Description:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for teens—this international bestseller is a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat Nordic noir that chills to the bone, and not just because of the bleak winter setting.

Lumikki Andersson has made it a rule to stay out of things that do not involve her. She knows all too well that trouble comes to those who stick their nose where it doesn’t belong. But Lumikki’s rule is put to the test when she uncovers thousands of washed Euro notes hung to dry in her school’s darkroom and three of her classmates with blood on their hands. Literally.

A web of lies and deception now has Lumikki on the run from those determined to get the money back—no matter the cost. At the center of the chaos: Polar Bear, the mythical drug lord who has managed to remain anonymous despite hosting lavish parties and having a notorious reputation. If Lumikki hopes to make it out alive, she’ll have to uncover the entire operation.

Even the cold Finnish winter can’t hide a culprit determined to stain the streets red.

Holy shit guys.
This is a book you either swear by or hate.
I swear by it. The book was fast paced and the type that if it was a movie you would be jumping up and down, chewing your lip and possibly screaming at the screen. There where something that where lacking or where a bit confusing about what exactly was happening but I shall go ahead and blame that to the Finnish to English translation. The main character, Lumikki was a bit hard to like, as much as I like what was going on around, I simply couldn't really root for her. She was the type of character that just appears to try too hard to be relatable.

Recommend it?

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Review: The Help by Katheryn Stockett


Goodreads Description:

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.... 

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women--mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends--view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

So this is easily one of my favorite books. Easily. I have read this book about 3-4 times in the last 3 years. This book is so moving, so addicting and so sad yet moving. I love the characters so much, they are characters that have stuck with me solidly throughout the years.
The book, I feel, like it gives you an idea of what it mustve been like to actually be a maid during those times but somehow I still feel like it is sugar coated. 
The stories in this book need to be shared now more than ever, but people need to have a solid idea that all of the themes in the books are still happening in our times,  maybe not as obvious to some but they sure as heck are still there.

Recommend it?
100% yes, this is a book I stand behind all day every day.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Review: Cold Peril by Emily Jane Trent


Goodreads Description:

Is he the wrong man to protect her? 

Hollywood movie star Marlene Parks has struggled to the top of her career, but with a heavy heart. Her father and her older brother died in battle. And in her personal life, men desire her for money or fame—the nice ones don’t ask her out. She’s had stalkers before, suffered harassment by the Paparazzi, and been attacked via social media. Now at the pinnacle of her career, former military Garrett Flynn becomes her protector when a ruthless killer comes after her—but why?

His past might hold the answer… 

Ex-SEAL Garrett Flynn is employed with Stealth Security as a bodyguard for celebrity clients. Since leaving the Navy, he’d planned to meet Marlene, the younger sister of a marine who died in battle. But when he shows up at one of her charity events, a shooter’s sudden attack compels him to be the gorgeous movie star’s bodyguard. Yet a secret haunts him, and he fears it’s the clue to why the killer is after Marlene.

Is love worth the risk? 

While Marlene tries to keep her life together and film a movie that could make her career, the pressure builds as the killer’s attempts on her life escalate. In close proximity to her sexy bodyguard, and drawn to his alpha personality, Marlene’s attraction blossoms. Is it a bodyguard crush or something deeper? She vowed not to get emotionally involved with a military man. But will her heart listen?

Garrett must rescue Marlene, and save her from the cold peril she faces. He’s the only man who can. 

Cold Peril – the first book in the Stealth Security series - is a standalone romance and does not have a cliffhanger.

So as you all can see by the list of reviews I have done in the past, erotic books aren't really on my list of books so this is definitely a first for me. Besides Fifty Shades of Grey, however, unlike 50, this book didn't make me laugh out loud and cringe and the inner characters inner monologue and their inner thoughts being personified. This is a REAL book guys, and much more adult.
The authors writing itself is very easy going, it is the type of book that goes great in between reads, where you want to be able to mindlessly read a good story and call it a day. The book itself contained a great balance of action and romance. The romance itself  to me was enjoyable, it had the frustration of a slow burning fan-fiction with the final relief when the characters finally admit their feelings to each other and do something about it. Or in this case, each other.
Yeah, i'm trying to be clever, so what. 
My only bad thing to say about this book is really not something that can be blamed on the book itself. I blushed all possible shades of red, but that is simply because any time anything sexual happens in a book or movie I either laugh, turn red or both. This book, with the serious story line, I couldn't but remain serious and simply blush like there was no tomorrow.

Recommend it?
Yeah, if you want to give this genre a try, this is a good way to go.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Review: Mexico by Josh Barkan


Goodreads Description:
The unforgettable characters in Josh Barkan’s astonishing and beautiful story collection—chef, architect, nurse, high school teacher, painter, beauty queen, classical bass player, plastic surgeon, businessman, mime—are simply trying to lead their lives and steer clear of violence. Yet, inevitably, crime has a way of intruding on their lives all the same. A surgeon finds himself forced into performing a risky procedure on a narco killer. A teacher struggles to protect lovestruck students whose forbidden romance has put them in mortal peril. A painter’s freewheeling ways land him in the back of a kidnapper’s car. Again and again, the walls between “ordinary life” and cartel violence are shown to be paper thin, and when they collapse the consequences are life-changing.

These are stories about transformation and danger, passion and heartbreak, terror and triumph. They are funny, deeply moving, and stunningly well-crafted, and they tap into the most universal and enduring human experiences: love even in the face of danger and loss, the struggle to grow and keep faith amid hardship and conflict, and the pursuit of authenticity and courage over apathy and oppression. With unflinching honesty and exquisite tenderness, Josh Barkan masterfully introduces us to characters that are full of life, marking the arrival of a new and essential voice in American fiction.

So as a latina I wanted to read this book when I first saw it on BloggingForBooks and now I have finally had the chance. There is hard shit going on but even though it touches on real problems, it still doesn't touch on lifes most basic problems in Mexico. There are things that everyone goes through living there and yet it is still not something that everyone knows unless you actually live there. It wasnt a bad book, it touches the tip of the ice berg on problems, like yeah, it is the most dramatic of stories and stories that seem like they are fantasy but let me tell you. They are very real. 

Recommend it?
Yeah, I do. It is a cold splash of reality South of the Border.