Series Saturday: Curious Liaisons || Sábado de Series: Curious Liaisons

Series Saturday: Curious Liaisons || Sábado de Series: Curious Liaisons

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Hello and happy Saturday. I know that if you’ve been around for a while, you’ve noticed that I am…stricter with my ratings. I think I am more thoughtful about my rating process and that has even caused me to change old ratings. My thoughts about some books have also changed, even years after reading them because now I’m more aware of the ways in which they can be problematic. This is exactly what happened to me with the Curious Liaisons series by Rachel Van Dyken.

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Cheater (Book #1)

I read this between May 20th and May 25th, 2019 and gave it two stars. Now, this wasn’t my original rating for this book. I don’t remember if I’d given it three or four stars. The thing is, after listening to its sequel on audiobook, I concluded that the second book was mediocre at best but still not as bad as this one, so I had to change both my star rating and my review. This book has many tropes, some that I like and some that I don’t: fake dating, enemies-to-lovers, and office romance. It also has a considerable age gap, if I’m not mistaken, and the male main character is a total dick who has been in one way or another involved with three sisters. Oh yeah, and one of the sisters is slut-shamed…constantly.

Cheater’s Regret (Book #2)

I listened to this on audiobook and I’m going to include it in a new post I’m working on, so this is as close as a review as you’ll get. I listened to this between September 3rd and September 24th, 2019 and gave it three stars. Like I said, I prefer this to the first book. This features the main characters’ best friends respectively, who get together in the first book. This book actually starts with their breakup scene. I thought it was original in that way, and I liked the “revenge” plot because it was funny seeing the characters pranking each other, but that died down too quickly and too anticlimactically in my opinion, so the rest of the book was your normal romance plot. You get miscommunication and a potential love triangle that, again, dies down way too quickly and is never really plausible, and just this shitton of added drama to a story that we all know how it’s going to end.

The series only had those two books, so I’m glad to announce I am done with it. Yay! Camila finishes one series, at least. Have you had a change of heart about a book, even years after reading it? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

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(Español)

Hola y feliz sábado. Sé que si han estado por aquí un rato, se han dado cuenta que ahora soy más…estricta con mis puntuaciones. Creo que ahora pienso más acerca del proceso de puntuación y eso ha causado inclusive que cambie puntuaciones viejas. Mis ideas sobre algunos libros también han cambiado, incluso años después de haberlos leído porque ahora soy más consciente de formas en las que pueden ser problemáticos. Esto es exactamente lo que me pasó con la serie Curious Liaisons de Rachel Van Dyken.

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Cheater (Libro #1)

Leí esto entre el 20 y el 25 de mayo de 2019 y le di dos estrellas. Ahora, esa no fue mi puntuación original para este libro. No recuerdo si le había dado tres o cuatro estrellas. La cosa es que después de escuchar la secuela en audiolibro, concluí que el segundo libro era mediocre, pero no tan malo como este, entonces cambié tanto mi puntuación como mi reseña. Este libro tiene muchos clichés, algunos que me gustan y otros que no: relación ficticia, enemigos-a-amigos, y un romance de oficina. También tiene una diferencia de edad considerable, si no me equivovo, y el protagonista ha estado involucrado de alguna forma o de otra con tres hermanas. Ah sí, y a una de las hermanas la tildan de zorra…constantemente.

Cheater’s Regret (Libro #2)

Escuché este audiolibro y voy a incluirlo en una nueva publicación en la que estoy trabajando, entonces esto es lo más parecido a una reseña que van a tener. Escuché esto entre el 3 y el 24 de septiembre de 2019 y le di tres estrellas. Como dije, prefiero este al primer libro. En este, los protagonistas son los mejores amigos de los personajes principales del primer libro. Este libro de hecho comienza cuando ellos terminan. Eso me pareció original, y me gustó la trama de “venganza” porque era divertido ver a los personajes haciéndose bromas entre ellos, pero eso acabó muy rápidamente y de manera muy anticlimática en mi opinión, entonces el resto del libro siguió una traba común de romance. Hay problemas de comunicación y un potencial triángulo amoroso, que, nuevamente, termina muy rápidamente y nunca es realmente plausible, además de que hay este montón de drama que se le agrega a una historia que todos sabemos cómo va a terminar.

La serie solamente tiene dos libros, entonces me enorgullece anunciar que la teriminé. ¡Sí! Camila termina una serie, por lo menos. ¿Han cambiado de parecer respecto a un libro, incluso años después de haberlo leído? Cuéntenme en los comentarios.

¡Feliz lectura!

Con amor, Miss Camila

Series Saturday: DIMILY || Sábado de Series: DIMILY

Series Saturday: DIMILY || Sábado de Series: DIMILY

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Hello and happy Saturday. A while ago, when this blog was still super new, I wrote a review of Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame, which I’m not mistaken started out as a Wattpad novel. In it, I said I thought it was pretty much your typical YA novel and I explained why. Someone actually wrote a super long reply, and I wish I hadn’t deleted but oh well, I was petty then and too protective of my blog I suppose. Did I Mention I Love You? is book one in the DIMILY series, so today we’ll talk all about it (again).

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Did I Mention I Love You? (Book #1)

I’m pretty sure I got this book through NetGalley. I read it between May 26th and June 4th, 2017 and gave it three stars, which was about the lowest rating I’d give a book at that time. This is the story of Eden and Tyler, who are step-siblings but have the hots for each other. That’s pretty much all you need to know. There’s obviously a lot of drama between them, and considering this is a series, there is going to be a lot more of it throughout the sequels.

TBR

Did I Mention I Miss You (Book #3)

WISHLIST

Did I Mention I Need You (Book #2)

Just Don’t Mention It (Book #4)

Did I Mention It’s 10 Years Later? (Bonus chapter)

How do you feel about forbidden romance books? What’s your favorite type of forbidden romance? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

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Hola y feliz sábado. Hace un tiempo, cuando este blog todavía estaba muy nuevo escribí  una reseña de Did I Mention I Love You? de Estelle Maskame, que si no estoy mal comenzó como una novela de Wattpad. En ella, dije que pensaba que era la típica novela para jóvenes y expliqué por qué. Alguien, de hecho, escribió una respuesta muy larga, y desearía no haberla borrado, pero bueno, estaba sobreprotegiendo mi blog, creo. Did I Mention I Love You? es el primer libro de la serie DIMILY, entonces hoy vamos a hablar de él (otra vez).

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Did I Mention I Love You? (Libro #1)

Estoy casi segura de que recibí este libro por NetGalley. Lo leí entre el 26 de mayo y el 4 de junio de 2017 y le di tres estrellas, que es la puntuación más baja que le daba a un libro en ese momento. Esta es la historia de Eden y Tyler, quienes son hermanastros pero se gustan. Eso es todo lo que debes saber. Hay obviamente mucho drama entre ellos, y considerando que esta es una serie, va a haber mucho más a lo largo de las secuelas.

PARA LEER

Did I Mention I Miss You (Libro #3)

LISTA DE DESEOS 

Did I Mention I Need You (Libro #2)

Just Don’t Mention It (Libro #4)

Did I Mention It’s 10 Years Later? (Capítulo extra)

¿Cómo te sientes leyendo acerca de amores prohibidos? ¿Cuál es tu tipo favorito de amor prohibido? Cuéntame en los comentarios.

¡Feliz lectura!

Con amor, Miss Camila

Series Saturday: A Southern Thing

Series Saturday: A Southern Thing

Before you read this post, make sure you have read my post I Can Do Better  to know how and where to donate, get informed, support, and follow the Black Lives Matter movement and people from the Black community. Si hablas español, y especialmente si vives en Colombia, lee mi publicación Puedo hacer algo mejor para enterarte cómo puedes apoyar a la Comunidad afrocolombiana. 

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Hello and happy Saturday. We all know that I don’t have guilty pleasures when it comes to books, but there are some topics that might be controversial and that I love. I, for example, and for some strange reason, really like to read about conversion camps. Look, I don’t know what it is and I know it is completely wrong, but those stories always feature someone rebellious fighting for their freedom and a hidden love story, and that does it for me. That’s probably why I picked a book from the series A Southern Thing by Sara York. I also might have gotten that book for free or really cheap. Here’s how I’m doing with the series:

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Sending Jack Off to Jesus (Book #2)

I read this between July 2nd and July 3rd, 2016 and gave it three stars. I think this is the only book in the series that actually takes place in a conversion camp. In 2016, a three-star rating was bad, and I can understand it. This is a novel featuring two gay men, but it was written by a woman, so the “own voices” element isn’t there. There are definitely better things out there, is all I’m going to say.

TBR

There are no books in this series that I own at the moment.

WISHLIST

Pray the Gay Away (Book #1)

My Big Fat Southern Gay Wedding (Book #3)

Billy (Book #4)

Is there a series, preferably own voices, that features a queer romance? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Series Saturday: Plush Daisies

Series Saturday: Plush Daisies

GOING ON.pngHello and happy Saturday. I’m in a good mood today and I’m feeling super motivated, which is good when you have a list of posts to write and schedule. Today I want to talk to you about two themes I like in books, but that I rarely see. One is online dating, which you know I’m into in real life, but I don’t see that it’s often portrayed in a novel, and the other one is an overweight main character who is happy with her body. I feel that these are still taboo topics and that when they are explored, authors go for the safe route.

Plush Daisies is a series by Ava Catori about a fat main character who launches an online dating website for fat girls. It is by no means my favorite series and it’s got its issues, but the concept is original and what I read was entertaining. As far as I know, each book in this series centers around a different character, and that’s the type of series I like the most because I like having closure in my stories.

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The Big, Not-So-Small, Curvy Girls Dating Agency (Book #1)

I read this book between April 28th and April 30th, 2016 and rated it three stars. Like I said, the concept is original, but it’s not exempt from having issues.

TBR

Curvy, Crazy, and Confused (Book #2)

Chubby, Charming, and Chaotic (Book #3)

What are some uncommon themes that you like in novels? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Unfinished Series: Pretty Little Liars

Unfinished Series: Pretty Little Liars

 

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Hello and happy Saturday. I’m not sure whether I’ve already done this post, so to be sure, I’ll just write about the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard. I have only read one book from the series, but I own some of the books and my plan is to finish it. Let’s get started, shall we?

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Pretty Little Liars Pretty Little Liars (Book #1)

I read this book between January 27th and January 31st, 2016 and gave it four stars. If you don’t know what the story is about, congrats, tell me your secret. Basically, you have a group of friends and one of them has recently died in strange circumstances, which leads to the main characters getting sort of blackmailed. I read the first book and watched the first season of the show, and let me tell you, the book is way better, or rather, less bad.

TBR

Flawless (Book #2)

Perfect (Book #3)

Wicked (Book #5)

Wanted (Book #8)

Twisted (Book #9)

Stunning (Book #11)

Deadly (Book #14)

Vicious (Book #16)

WISHLIST

Ali’s Pretty Little Lies (Book #0.5)

Unbelievable (Book #4)

Pretty Little Secrets (Book #4.5)

Killer (Book #6)

Heartless (Book #7)

Ruthless (Book #10)

Burned (Book #12)

Crushed (Book #13)

Toxic (Book #15)

Have you read the series or watched the show? Are you interested in either? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

 

Series Saturday: Accidentally in Love

Series Saturday: Accidentally in Love

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Hello and happy Saturday. There’s this trope in romance novels that I’m not sure how to feel about. It’s the “pretend dating” kinda deal, and I just don’t know whether I love it or I hate it.

I think the first book that I read with this trope was book one in the Accidentally in Love series by Cindi Madsen. I don’t know, to me, it’s all too predictable, and I know that’s pretty much the point of romance, but I’d rather read a romance that made me think a little bit more.

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Falling for Her Fiancé (Book #1) 

I read this book between December 12th and December 14th, 2015 and gave it the standard four stars. This is the novel that features the “pretend lovers” trope, but I don’t think the other ones are like that. I guess we’ll see.

TBR

I currently don’t own any books from this series that I have yet to read.

WISHLIST

Act Like You Love Me (Book #2)

An Officer and a Rebel (Book #2.5)

Resisting the Hero (Book #3)

What are your thoughts regarding the “pretend date” trope? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

 

Series Saturday: The Heartbreakers Chronicles

Series Saturday: The Heartbreakers Chronicles

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Hello and happy Saturday. Have you ever been blown away by an ARC? Like, after reading it you think, “I would have totally paid money for it”? Well, this is what happened to me when I read The Heartbreakers, which is the first book in the Heartbreakers Chronicles series by Ali Novak.

Ali Novak started writing this series on Wattpad, and I guess someone noticed how good it was and decided it should be properly published. I got the first book in the series via NetGalley and fell in love with it. The Heartbreakers is a boy band, and every book will focus on one member of the band, and I’m just living for it. Just to clarify, only two books have been published. There is a third one in the making, but I’m not including it in the list because technically it doesn’t exist yet.

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The Heartbreakers (Book #1)

I read this book between August 26th and August 27th, 2015 and gave it four stars. It centers around Oliver Perry, who is the band’s lead singer. Oddly enough, he’s not the main character but the love interest, and that makes the story all the more interesting. This isn’t just a cute fluffy YA romance; it deals with family drama and if you’re like me, it’ll make you cry.

Paper Hearts (Book #2)

I was lucky enough to score this babe via NetGalley and I can’t wait to devour it. This book focuses on Alec, whose dad is like the band manager or something. He’s super quiet and shy, so we don’t know much about him from the first book. I hope that we do get to know him better and fall in love with him through his story.

Have you read an ARC that seriously blew your mind? Tell me about it in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila