El Final

El Final

Hola y feliz miércoles. Terminé de leer la serie Calendar Girl de Audrey Carlan, y el día de hoy quiero compartir con ustedes lo que pensé del último libro, que narra la vida de Mia durante los meses de octubre, noviembre y diciembre.

La forma en la que la autora nos introduce a este libro me gustó mucho. Algo que ya había notado de esta serie, es que hay detalles que se parecen mucho a la de Cincuenta Sombras de E.L James. Tal vez esta vez la similitud se me hizo aún más evidente porque acababa de terminar de leer Más Oscuro, pero en todo caso el tema de los cuadros de Mia que Wes le compra a Alec parece casi copiado textualmente de Cincuenta Sombras, cuando Christian compra las fotos que José le tomó a Ana.

En este último libro, Wes y Mia se comprometen y evidentemente después de todo lo que pasó en los meses anteriores, lo único que quieren es estar juntos todo el tiempo, pero su actitud era un poco exagerada (y molesta). Al comienzo, Mia y Wes tratan de lidiar con el estres post-traumático de Wes de la forma que ellos conocen mejor: con sesiones de sexo salvaje cada diez minutos. Después resuelven ir a donde una psicóloga que trate a Wes, y esto realmente mejoró mi percepción frente a la autora y a esta parte de la historia.

Si leyeron lo que pensé del libro anterior, ya saben que no no me enganché tanto como con los dos primeros, y esto mismo pasó con el último. Lo leí todo porque quería saber cómo terminaba la histora (y por las sesiones de sexo salvaje de las que hablé antes), pero en verdad no tenía muchas expectativas frente a este libro.

Siento que en parte la autora se estaba quedando sin ideas, y que tuvo que recurrir a situaciones viejas, como los celos de Mia frente a Gina, que a estas alturas de la historia no tenían ningún sentido ni agregaban nada a la trama. Algo que la autora hace, no sé realmente si de manera inconsciente o no, es explotar una situación de manera que se vuelve absurda e inverosímil. Por ejemplo, en el primer libro todas estaban embarazadas, mientras que en este pareciera que todas las parejas estuvieran comprometidas.

Y, claro, algo que a Audrey Carlan también le encanta es darnos un milagro en cada libro. En este, el milagro sucedió nada más y nada menos que durante la cena de Acción de Gracias, cuando Mia recibe la llamada de que su papá por fin se despertó del coma. Lo peor de todo esto es que, a pesar de ser un libro muy cursi, hubo momentos que me hicieron llorar, y eso es lo que yo busco siempre que leo erótica.

En los comentarios me gustaría que me dijeran qué series han leído este año y si las recomiendan o no.

¡Feliz lectura!

Con amor, Miss Camila

 

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If You’re In Need of a Superhero

If You’re In Need of a Superhero

Hello and happy Wednesday. I don’t know if I’ve told you this before, but I’m a crier. I cry almost every day for various reasons. I am easily moved by TV shows or ads, songs, movies, and, yes, books. Books that make me cry are usually special for me, and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman is no exception. This book quickly became one of my all-time favorites, and in today’s post I’ll tell you why.

The author’s style was super captivating, and I know some people might find the language a bit complex at times, but to me it was just fantastic. I think he brilliantly managed to tell the story from a seven-year-old girl’s point of view, without over-simplifying any detail like some authors do when talking from a child’s perspective.

I love the fact that this book explores a grandmother-granddaughter relationship; it is something I had never read in a book, and it’s both refreshing and heartwarming. I think this, combined with the author’s style I previously talked about, makes the story appealing and enjoyable to different types of readers. Personally, I’m mostly into YA, and this book clearly doesn’t fall into that genre, but it’s a treasure, and I think young readers will love it as much as adults do.

If you know me, you know that I tend to find links or points in common between books or movies. This book gave me an “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” vibe, and I was living for it. I’m talking about the book by Jonathan Safran Foer. The movie is good, but doesn’t do the book justice. Anyway, if you read that book and then you also read My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, you’ll understand where I get the vibe from.

And while we’re at it, this book also reminds me of The Good Luck of Right now by Matthew Quick. There’s something in both novels that just destroys you inside a little bit, but in a good way, you know?

This book is harsh at times, and nothing is sugar-coated. Elsa, the main character, gets bullied at school in horrible ways, and yet it’s the first time I’ve read about it so explicitly in a book, especially if we take into account that we’re talking about a seven-year-old. Yes, I’ve read about bullying, but it is the stereotypical deal you watch in movies and TV shows. What Fredrik Backman described was brutal, but it’s also real.

Something that got me hooked to this book from the start was the brilliant ways in which fantasy and reality were intertwined. When I say brilliant, I mean you never stopped and wondered what could be real and what couldn’t; it was all part of the universe Elsa’s grandmother had created for them.

The last three chapters broke my heart into pieces and then stepped on them. I bawled while reading the last three chapters. And I mean, I could only stop to catch my breath and clear my eyes of tears to keep reading.

Now, in the comments tell me about a book you’ve read recently, which became one of your all-time favorites. Who knows? Maybe I’ll read and review it next!

Happy Wednesday!

Love, Miss Camila

It’s Good Enough

It’s Good Enough

Hello and happy Wednesday. You probably already know that I’m not really into adult books because I’m a child at heart, but every once in a while I’ll read one and share my thoughts on it in here. Today I’m bringing you a review of The Opposite of Maybe by Maddie Dawson. Let’s get started, shall we?

My first thought with this book was that it was sort of predictable, but the truth is that not much happens, so it’s not a big deal.

At first I thought the characters were dull, you know? Like not much was going on in their lives. I think that was the author’s intention, at least at the beginning.

I grew to like this book enough to read it all, but there were things I didn’t like at all, for example, the fact that Rosie, the main character, who gets pregnant at the age of 44 when having unprotected sex with Jonathan, her boyfriend, is always insisting on her baby needing a father. Like, I get it, you’re old, but babies don’t *need* a father to grow healthy and happy.

The story revolves around Rosie’s life after she decides not to move with Jonathan to the other side of the country and realizes she’s pregnant. I like the fact that the plot is not about Rosie’s love life, but it’s about several aspects of her world and the way she sees things now that she’s going to have a baby.

It is all in all a good book, nothing too great or exciting, but entertaining enough. Do you have any recommendations of fun adult books? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

If You Want an Addictive Read

If You Want an Addictive Read

Hello and happy Wednesday. Today I bring you a book review that has nothing to do with sports or athletics. No, this book that was kindly sent to me by NetGalley and Emma Cline, the author for reviewing purposes, is about a cult, and trust me when I tell you, you won’t be able to put it down until you’re done with it. 

The first thing I noticed about The Girls is that the author’s style is absolutely flawless, and I think is one of the things that made this book so addictive. The author grabs your attention in such a way that you just keep reading, wanting to know more.

I’m all for first impressions when it comes to books, people, and makeup products, and with this book what you get is a very promising prologue, that already throws hints as to what the story is going to be about and has readers hooked from the start.

Although the book revolves around a series of events that took place when the main character was fourteen years old, it is not a YA novel. This is one hundred percent adult, and you can definitely tell by the complexity of the writing style. And even though I was super into the book, it took me a while to get used to it.

Evie, our main character, is in many ways a typical fourteen-year-old, and at first I thought that’s why she felt so attracted to Suzanne, and older girl who is a part of the cult. I changed my mind as I kept on reading that Evie is indeed attracted to girls and has always been.

There’s a bit that I understand was a part of the novel that couldn’t be omitted, and this is the whole sexual content, especially the scenes regarding Evie and Russell, the cult leader, and Mitch, one of his friends because they are both grown men and Evie is a minor.

All in all I liked this story and appreciated the fact that it’s different from what I usually read both in genre and plot-wise, but I was expecting more at the end, I feel that so much anticipation was built and then it fell flat, which is why I ultimately didn’t give it a five-star rating. Still, it’s a read I’d recommend and Emma Cline is an author I’d want to read in the future.

Thanks again to NetGalley and Emma Cline for this ARC. Now I’d like you to tell me about a book you read that’s different from what you’re used to.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila