I’m Too Cynical for This Sh*t

I’m Too Cynical for This Sh*t

Alibris: Books, Music, & Movies

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Hello and happy Wednesday. Are you excited that there’s actually going to be a review today? Me too, although I’m also a bit nervous because I’m sure today’s post is going to be full of unpopular opinions. A few weeks ago, I read Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith, and let’s just say, a lot has changed since I was the girl who raved about her fluffy, super romantic novels. Let’s get started, shall we?

I started this book while I was on vacation, and I was on a reading slump, so I actually hoped that this fluffy, cute, and let’s be honest, quick and easy read would get me out of it. I think in a way I underestimated this story, and I sort of forgot that Jen E. Smiths’s novels often have some depth in them, and they deal with family issues, not just romance. To me, that’s why I was so surprised at how original the beginning was because I’d never read a story that started with someone buying a lottery ticket. Another thing I appreciated was the fact that the chapters were short, especially because this book is borderline big in my opinion, with a little over four hundred pages.

Something else I liked about this book, and then again, it’s something I’d underestimated in Jennifer E. Smith’s books, is the fact that she doesn’t leave loose ends or is unnecessarily mysterious. She just tells things as they are without adding drama. I’m talking about when she introduced Alice’s cousin. There weren’t any awkward scenes that had the readers wondering who he was or anything like that, which happens more often than not in YA novels. I’ve read my fair share of Jen E. Smith’s books, but I think this is the first in which the main character is in love with her best friend.

Now that we’ve said all the good, let’s start with the bad and the ugly. Let’s start with the love triangle, okay? That’s something I have no passionate feelings about. I think sometimes love triangles are great and they add drama and they make me change my mind a thousand times, and sometimes I feel like they didn’t even need to exist in the first place. This is probably going to be a spoiler, so if you don’t want to read it, just leave for now and come back when you’ve finished the book. I won’t get mad, I promise. So anyway, this book has a love triangle, right? And it’s your typical love triangle including this guy who’s a complete dickhead and who only realizes he’s going to lose the girl he loves to this amazing, genuine guy who actually makes the girl happy. Guess who the girl picks. Ugh.

After that, it all went to shit for me because I was already upset that I knew how this book was going to end up and there was nothing I could do but keep reading and rant in here. I was so mad, that I caught a gem, the “breath I didn’t know I was holding” gem. Yes, even queens like Jen E. Smith, fall for that one. And while we’re at it, what’s with the editing issues, Jen? Besides that being super annoying for me, I found it uncommon for a book written by this author.

Before we finished this very weird review I must admit that, yes, I cried a few times here and there. That’s probably the “ugly” part of this review because I’m pretty sure I resemble Kim Kardashian when I cry. Now, time for the important question. There are three Jennifer E. Smith novels that I haven’t read. I don’t know what they’re about, and if I’m completely honest, I don’t think I even have them in my wishlist. However, it’s up to you. Should I read these three novels? Or one or two of them? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

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November 2018 Owlcrate

November 2018 Owlcrate

Alibris: Books, Music, & Movies

Hello and happy Wednesday. Are we liking the hauls? Are we hating it? Did I become my worst nightmare only doing Owlcrate unboxings? Hopefully, that’s going to change soon. You know I’ve been going through a reading slump and that obviously means I’m not reading as many books as before, so my review supply is kind of low. I’m working on it, though. And while the slump passes, let’s just take a look at the goodies I got in the month of November.

Planter by Team Owlcrate 

Because this is an exclusive item, I can’t really link a specific shop where you can get this or something similar. It’s a skull planter, which some people might find cool, but I just don’t know. I gave it to my mom and I don’t know what she’s going to do with it. I thought about maybe painting it like a catrina (sugar skull) to make it more festive, but I’ll probably forget and leave the skull forgotten somewhere. It’s not the item itself, it’s just that this might’ve been a good Halloween product but I don’t feel it makes any sense in November.

Wax Seal Kit by Team Owlcrate and Michelle Gray 

Here I do have an issue with the item itself because it sort of feels like a joke. I mean, I would’ve understood if you’d included it in an Owlcrate Jr, but in an Owlcrate? Again, I don’t know what to think about this item. I knew I wasn’t going to use it so I gave it to my best friend who has a ten-year-old nephew. I think that if anything I gave them a fun activity to do together someday.

Pillowcase by Evie Bookish 

I don’t have square cushions in my room, but my sister does, so I use that pillowcase in one of her cushions. A few days later, I found the pillowcase in the floor of her room (she’s messy like that) and I asked her why she’d removed it. She said, I don’t know, the quote was from Game of Thrones or something, right? The quote wasn’t from GoT but it’s from a book neither of us have read and we’re not really interested in, and that’s what she meant. The pillowcase is now folded and in the closet where we store all the bedding stuff, for a rainy day, you know?

Craft Kit from the Ann Williams Group 

Now this is something that I will for sure be enjoying. I’m actually saving it for the New Years. It’s a kit for making a wish bracelet, and I think it’s just the cutest.

Sticker by Susanne Draws 

This sticker has Dumbledore and Fawkes in it and I absolutely adore it. It is now in my sticker notebook until I find a permanent home. This is the kind of thing I enjoy getting, and not just because my teacher brain is obsessed with stickers, but because I think many people can get a good use of them.

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan 

Is it just me, or have the Owlcrate books become more violent with time? I know that maybe it’s just me, and I don’t feel the joy of Owlcrate that I used to. That’s why I cancelled my subscription actually. I don’t know whether I’ll be getting the December box, but after that, you won’t see any more of these unboxings, at least not for a while.

Is there any bookish subscription box that you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!
Love, Miss Camila

October 2018 Owlcrate

October 2018 Owlcrate

Alibris: Books, Music, & Movies

100th.pngHello and happy Wednesday. This is going to be a bit of an anticlimactic Owlcrate unboxing because I forgot to take a picture of the items as soon as I got the box. Is this self-sabotage? Maybe. Let’s get started, shall we?

Choco Mint Truffle Tea from The Tea Spot 

I’ve had this tea twice already and I really like it. Tea is my hot beverage of preference, so I was happy to get this in my Owlcrate. Plus, you all know how much I love the combination of chocolate and mint. It’s like coziness in a mug.

Tea Strainer by Owlcrate Team and Michelle Gray 

I had gotten loose tea leafs in the past and they had pretty much gone to waste because I didn’t have a strainer. I think Owlcrate picked up on the fact that maybe this happened to other people, and they decided to include one in their boxes so that everyone could fully enjoy the products in the box. Besides the strainer itself being cute, I think this was a smart move from the Owlcrate team and a step towards curating more products that are useful for everyone.

Book Nerd Socks by Out of Print and Underlined 

Nights in Bogota have been super cold lately, so guess what I’ve been wearing to sleep. Again, everybody wears socks, even if not in a fashionable style, and nowadays we all know someone who likes to wear socks with cool designs in them, so either you have something great and cozy for cold days and nights, or you have a fashion item you or someone else can appreciate.

Canvas Clutch Purse from Bookworm Boutique 

Okay, this is not just any clutch purse; this is a book pocket and I’m living for it. I’m using it to store my Kindle and the notebook where I write down drafts for book studies, along with a pen. I think it’s adorable and super convenient and something you won’t think you needed until you have it and realize that your life was incomplete before.

Art Print by Michelle Gray 

I linked her before, don’t worry. If I know what the art print is about because I’ve read the book it was inspired by, then I’ll for sure use it to decorate the outside (or the inside) of a notebook and give it a bit more life and magic. That’s what I did with the cutie I got in my Owlcrate.

Pride by Ibi Zoboi and Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa 

In the month of October we got two books instead of one, and honestly, how could I be mad about that? You know I like going into books blindly, but I’ll tell you what I see: one, I see diverse authors, which I think is awesome. Two, I see that Pride might be a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, a classic I have yet to read.

As you can see, I was very happy about the contents of this Owlcrate, which also included the monthly pin. I want you to tell me the item you would’ve liked to receive and why.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

September 2018 Owlcrate

September 2018 Owlcrate

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Hello and happy Wednesday. Welcome to another Owlcrate unboxing. I think for the next weeks all you’ll see will be these unboxings, but don’t worry, I’m only subscribed til December. I feel like I’ve been losing the excitement of getting these boxes lately because I don’t relate to several of the items included, which inevitably leads me to feel that I’ve wasted my money, but goodies are goodies either way and if I can’t enjoy them, then maybe someone else will, or by seeing these posts you’ll maybe want to try this subscription box, in which case the post would be worth it. Anyways, let’s get started, shall we?

Bath Soak by Leeloo Soaps 

This is kind of what I’m talking about. You probably know by now that I love everything that smells nice, and that includes soaps and shower gels and all that good stuff. That being said, I don’t have a bath tub, which means I won’t be using this bath soak. I think I mentioned in a previous unboxing that I give these kinds of products to my best friend because she does have one. I can’t say whether I like this because I haven’t opened it. Here’s a suggestion for the Owlcrate creators/curators: when picking your products, think of stuff that the majority of your costumers will enjoy. This store also has regular soap, so why not include that one instead? I’m just saying…

Fingerless Gloves by Team Owlcrate 

This is an exclusive product, so I don’t have a link for you. I really don’t want this whole unboxing to be a fail, but seriously? I mean, I would’ve at least carrying regular gloves in my backpack for cold mornings or days when I have to leave work late in the afternoon, but fingerless gloves? Honestly, they don’t make any sense to me, and because I haven’t read the book they were inspired in, I can’t even find a sentimental value for them. I know exactly who to give them to, and I think they’ll be excited.

Ceramic Mug by Cara Kozik 

Mugs! Yay Owlcrate. This is what I mean with items that have a more universal appeal. I love Harry Potter with the passion of one thousand burning suns, and I also happen to really enjoy collecting mugs and using them for the occasional cup of tea. But even if I didn’t love Harry Potter and even if I didn’t appreciate the gorgeous art that decorates this mug, I can still use this for its purpose: as a container for hot beverages. And even if I didn’t want to use it for that, I think this would make a great pencil holder. So there you have it, this is multi-functional.

Lip Balm by GeekFireLabs 

Lip balms are like mirrors in my books: there’s no such thing as having too many. I have one lip balm on my desk and one on my nightstand. I have one in my work bag, and also one in every other bag I use because I don’t want to feel that my lips are chapped and not being able to do anything about it. But you know what I love even more than lip balm? Lip balm that smells (tastes?) of something special. I loved the glazed donut one, and the mint blackberry one, and I’m sure enjoying this apple mint scent (flavor?). I mean, who even likes strawberry anymore?

Art Print by Kirsty Carter 

I’ll be short and sweet with this one: I threw it away. I had no idea what the print was inspired by, so I threw it because I didn’t want to have a pretty piece of cardboard floating around my room. I’m sorry, but I’m also very indifferent towards this “item.”

Mirage by Somaiya Daud 

I like the fact that Owlcrate seems to be curating books from diverse authors and not the same five white people Booktubers are always talking about. I don’t know anything about the plot of this book, and I want to keep it that way until I’m able to read it and review it, but a pretty hard cover and an exclusive design are always good things in my books.

Besides those “official” items, I got the Owlcrate pin and a tiny bottle of nail polish, which I think came with an ad for a new book. I’m sorry for this very anticlimactic unboxing, but I still want to know what you thought about it and what items you’d like to have.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

August 2018 Owlcrate

August 2018 Owlcrate

 

Hello and happy Wednesday. I love hauls and I feel like being able to do hauls and unboxings in this blog is super relaxing and fun. I mean, just getting these boxes and going through the goodies is like getting presents every month. Today I’ll be sharing with you what I got in my Owlcrate during the month of August. Let’s get started, shall we?

Pocket Mirror by Catarina Book Designs 

I think this is the second or third pocket mirror I’ve gotten in an Owlcrate, and I’m not mad about it. I personally hate having to take all of my stuff from one bag or purse and move it to another, so I have some basics in each one: lip balm, a tampon, and yes, a pocket mirror. I especially love the fact that this one closes and that it came with a bag, that I still use to avoid it cracking and me getting seven years of bad luck.

Gemstone Ring by GeoCentral 

That is my kind of ring, and it’s honestly a type of product that I never thought I would see in an Owlcrate. I love that it’s big and chunky because I have big hands and I need people to notice my accessories. I also think that the color selection for the gemstone was spot-on because it will look great with just about anything you wear. Good job, Owlcrate.

Magnetic Bookmarks by Craftedvan 

I am not particularly picky with my bookmarks, but I do tend to prefer magnetic ones because I think they’re more practical and also they’re usually cuter. I love that these bookmarks have the three Queen villains and their alter-egos because, fun fact, I love villains.

Book Tin by Stella Bookish Art 

Okay, I’ve never read The Cruel Prince but I thought that quote was awesome, and the design of the tin had to be displayed, so it is now at the top of my bookshelf being pretty. Guess what I’m storing there? Yes, bookmarks.

Tea Towel by Little Inklings Design 

I kind of love/hate when I get stuff for the house in my Owlcrates. I love it because I feel I can give something to my mom for her to use in the apartment, which is nice because it means I can give her an unexpected present. I hate it, though, because it means that is an item I won’t be enjoying directly and that’s pretty much the purpose of spending $30 plus shipping every month. So, yeah, it’s cute, it makes my kitchen look fancy, but there’s not much to say about it.

Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart 

This is the book of the month, which as always is a hard cover, and as per usual with Owlcrate books, it has an exclusive cover. You know that I like going into books blindly but as I was going through the spoiler card, I did read the word “feminism,” which is pretty much an indicator that I’ll like the book.

Besides the items I listed and linked, I got this card with a quote on it, and the Owlcrate pin. Which of these products are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

My OTP’s

My OTP’s

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Hello and happy Wednesday. I have a cold from hell, which made me get up early this morning, even though it’s a Sunday, and take a shower because showers are the only thing that helps me not feel like shit. That means I have a ton of time, so obviously I’m using it to catch up on posts. Today, I’ll share with you my top three OTP’s from books I’ve read this year. Let’s get started, shall we?

Harry and Ginny from the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling 

This year I read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which if I’m not mistaken is the book where Harry and Ginny’s love blooms. I’d never shipped the movie characters, but the way their romance starts in the book is awesome. Also, I totally adore Harry’s sassy attitude, that is met with Ginny’s wits. They’re perfect for each other in a non-cheesy way.

Harper and David from Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins 

I’ve already talked about this two a bit, once when I did the review of this novel, and then I went in and talked about David on my Boy Crushes post, but this is such an adorable couple that I’ll go ahead and feature them in this post too. Just as with Harry and Ginny, I love both Harper’s and David’s personalities separately. Harper is a badass and David is just the cutest, quirkiest guy ever, and together they just make sense. Yes, I think that later on in the series they’ll experience some turbulence, but in the end I think they’ll make it. No spoilers, please.

Emma and literally every guy that crosses her way from Emma by Jane Austen 

Poor Emma’s love life is an absolute mess, but I’ve known women like her, who are always attracting the wrong men at the wrong time, and then when the men lose interest, that’s when they, the women, start checking them out. I’m listening to the audiobook and I’m not done yet, so I might be surprised at the end, but what I’ve listened so far has had me very confused. In my mind, every guy that comes near Emma could be the perfect fit for her: first Mr. Elton, then Frank Churchill, and obviously Mr. Knightly. I’ literally change my mind every time a guy comes into the scene because I think “yes, this is it!” and then he isn’t. My poor little heart has suffered as much as Emma’s, but I’m still hopeful that she’ll find love.

What are your bookish OTP’s? Tell me about them in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

My Top 3 Crushes

My Top 3 Crushes

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Hello and happy Wednesday. I was going to name this my “Top 3 Boy Crushes,” but one of my candidates is not a boy but a man, and calling it my “Top 3 Man Crushes” sounds kinda wrong, don’t you think? It’s a Wednesday, so of course these crushes I’ll be telling you about are totally and completely fictional. As I told you, I have a man in my list, which means I’ll leave him for last. Let’s get started, shall we?

David Stark from Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins 

David Stark to me is the kind of nerdy guy you fall head over heels in love during your senior year in high school because he’s just so mature and quirky and charming and beyond all that school bs that all you want to do is cuddle and play video games and watch nerdy movies with him. He’s also the guy you’ll most likely break up with in university because you’ll get the feeling you’re not smart enough for him. But don’t worry, you’ll meet again ten years later and fall madly in love again, this time for good. Who wouldn’t want that?

Caleb from What Light by Jay Asher 

Poor Caleb has a reputation, and as such it’ll be very tough to get your parents to even accept him into the family. That is until they see how he treats you and what an amazing human being he is and always tries to be. Caleb has that small-town mentality, which won’t really fit with your plans of exploring the world, but because he’s just a wonderful human being and he’s convinced you’re soulmates, he’ll encourage you to take that backpacking trip around the world. And once you come back and are ready to settle down, he’ll be waiting for you with a peppermint moccha and open arms.

Charles Walker from The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP) by Kate Winter 

Charles has always been in love with you but he’s never told you, and if you don’t push him, he probably never will. He will do anything for you and indeed, without you realizing it, he’s done a lot for you already, as friends. Don’t you think it’s weird that he’s been single for so long, even if you know at least four girls who’d die to be with him? Well, that’s because he only wants to be with YOU, but he’s afraid that you won’t feel the same way and he wouldn’t ruin your friendship for the world. Trust me, telling him your feelings will be the start of the most amazing love story you’ll have in your lifetime. It’ll also be the only one because to Charles, you’re the only woman in the world. Oh, yes, and Charles is totally a *man*.

Which of these guys do you prefer? Let me know in the comments. I’d honestly kill to have either one of them in my life.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila