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?

READ

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

 

I’d Like to Stay Here

I’d Like to Stay Here

Hello and happy Wednesday. You know that I’m not really a fantasy/dystopian/anything-that-is-not-contemporary reader, but there comes a book or a series every once in a while that sweeps me of my feet and converts me, even if it is for a short time. That’s what happened when I was reading Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. 

I read this book between March 14th and March 19th and gave it four stars. I’m sure you know that these are uncertain times in the world and saying that I read this book for escapist purposes was an understatement. I watched the movie a few months ago, but I knew that it condensed the first three books in the series or something like that, so I was expecting something different. Adaptation-wise, I think it did a good job, although I can only speak for the parts pertaining to the first book. I would like, however, to have a movie series, each focusing on one installment because some elements were lost, which is understandable but sad nonetheless. 

You know that if you add grandparents to a story, you basically got me hooked. This gave me similar vibes than My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman, although the fantastic elements are heavier and we don’t get to see a lot of the relationship between Jacob and his grandfather. It’s more like the main character is discovering what his grandfather’s life had been like. 

If you’ve heard anything about this book, it’s probably that there are old pictures throughout it. I didn’t know there would be so many pictures; I thought we would have a few of the children at the beginning and that would be it, but no: if I’m not mistaken there are fifty pictures in just the first book. I wonder if the others have them as well. I think the author did a great job of creating a story using those old photographs. 

Something else you might have heard is that this is an analogy of World War 2 and how Jews and people who were considered different were persecuted. Well, part of the story takes place during WW2, so I don’t know if it would be considered an analogy or a juxtaposition of the true events that happened in the world, that Jacob’s grandpa, Abraham had to witness and suffer because he was a Jew, and the war against “peculiars,” that also involved him because he had a special ability of seeing monsters nobody else could see. I think if anything, it brings great commentary on how “peculiars” are still being systematically oppressed, be it for their race, religion, ability or disability, gender, sexual orientation, or pretty much whatever the heteropatriarchy deems different. 

The whole mood of this story is dark, and I felt like when reading this I was picturing an old movie in my mind that always has this opaque tone. There are a couple of violent scenes, and even when they are not, this novel is never happy. It took me a little bit longer than I had anticipated going through it, but I was satisfied with the ending. To me, the ending gives you the option to consider this a stand-alone if you don’t want to continue with the series, but if you do, it is open enough that you know something else is going to happen. That’s great for me because I detest cliffhangers. 

If you know anything about my reading tastes, then you probably know that part of the reason why I enjoyed this book was that Jacob, the main character, was introduced to the whole peculiar thing at the same time as the readers were. That is, we learn what he learns when he learns it. That is the kind of fantasy novel I am into. What I wasn’t into was the whole romantic element in this story. Seriously, I’m not even going to explain it to you because I think it is kind of yucky and totally unnecessary and that is coming from someone who basically eats romance books. 

Have you started reading any new series this year? Tell me about them in the comments below. 

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila 

 

Series Saturday: Capital Girls

Series Saturday: Capital Girls

 

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Hello and happy Saturday. More often than not, I find myself reading the second book of a series without any context or any real idea of what is going on and obviously I end up hating the book because I didn’t understand any of it.

This is what happened when I read A Dangerous Game, which is book number 2.5 in the Capital Girls series by Ella Monroe. I had no clue about what was going on. Kind of like when you join a conversation in the middle of a joke and you don’t know what everyone is laughing about. This series is like Gossip Girl but in DC, hence the name. So I assume that everybody is unlikeable and is related to a politician. Fun times!

READ:

A Dangerous Game (Book #2.5)

TBR: 

I don’t own any book in this series that I have yet to read.

WISHLIST: 

Capital Girls (Book #1)

Secrets and Lies (Book #2)

Truth or Dare (Book #3)

What do you do when you realize you’ve read a book that is part of a series? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Series Saturday: Every Day

Series Saturday: Every Day

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Hello and happy Saturday. As I was updating my TBR and Wish Lists, I realized that I had started many series, but that I hadn’t finished them. And because I am me, I thought “challenge accepted,” so I looked at my Read Books on Goodreads and came up with a list of titles I’ve read that belong to series. The first Saturday of every month will be dedicated to a different series.

Today it’s David Levithan’s turn. His series Every Day is definitely one of a kind for me. It features A, who is basically a soul that migrates to a different body every single day and tries to leave the life of the person whose body they’re occupying as best as they can. That is until A meets Rhiannon when they must occupy her boyfriend’s body for a day. You get romance and adventures, but especially you get a conversation on love, gender identity and sexual orientation that is still very taboo for YA. Keep in mind that I read Every Day, which was the only book of the series that was out, in 2014, so talking about these matters was even more uncommon.

READ: 

Every Day (Book #1)

I gave it three stars, but to be fair, I was going through a rough patch when I read it, so that might have affected my rating. I read it from June 20h to June 22nd, 2014.

Another Day (Book #2)

This book is from Rhiannon’s perspective, while Every Day was from A’s, so maybe that made me like this book more. I gave it five stars and took the longest time reading it; from September 26th to December 6th, 2015.

TBR; 

There are no books from this series that I own and have yet to read.

WISHLIST: 

Six Earlier Days (Book #0.5)

Someday (Book #3)

Have you read any book from this series? What did you think about it? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

To All the Fluff I’ve Loved Before

To All the Fluff I’ve Loved Before

Hello and happy Wednesday. Number one, please dear teenagers who love Noah Centineo don’t come at me after reading this post because I was reading this series when you still thought boys were dumb, and number two, isn’t this title genius? Today I’m going to share with you my (probably very controversial) thoughts on Always and Forever, Lara Jean, which is the last book in the To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before series written by Jenny Han.

Right when I started reading this book, I felt like I was reconnecting with an old crush. I mean, I’d read the second book of the series a long while ago and kinda didn’t like it, but I also was expecting to see what happened in this one. I obviously already knew what was going to happen at the end, but I wanted to know how that happened. So, basically, like with an old crush, I felt that the spark was kind of still there, but trying to pick up where we’d left off was awkward.

I guess now I understand more that feeling, and it’s simply that I outgrew the book. I mean yes, I was like twenty or so when I read To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before, but beyond age, I’ve kind of grown cynical when it comes to such fluffy romance-filled stories. I’m still down for some love in my novels, don’t get me wrong, but I’m just not into the rose-tinted, cotton candy world where Lara Jean appears to live. And as sad as I am to say this, I think Peter Kavinsky’s character also got sort of “contaminated” by this fluff. I felt that, yes, I still loved him (like I still do most of my all crushes. No I don’t, I’m just kidding. Honestly.) but that he was just too loving and too caring and too perfect. And that’s fake. That made the conversations between him and Lara Jean just unnatural and scripted, like really the author wasn’t even trying anymore.

So yeah, I was totally disenchanted by this book. If we’re going to continue with the boy analogies, it was like that moment when I realized I no longer had a crush on a guy and all the stuff he did that I thought was cute became annoying. And I really had to make an effort at some point to continue reading, just for all times’ sake and in a way, just to “get it over with” already, but I’m telling you, it was hard. At times I found myself super bored wanting to read something, and I’d see that book and think “please, anything but this.”

One of the things that I maybe was more accepting of in the past but that I couldn’t stand this time was how Lara Jean referred to her mom and dad as “Mommy” and “Daddy.” You’re eighteen years old, woman! Grow up. Call them whatever you want but don’t refer to them like that. Please. And, on that note, I hated how childish she was, and how mean she acted towards Peter sometimes. You’re not in kindergarten, sweetie, you’re a senior in high school.

Also, Miss Han, and this is a favor I ask you on behalf of all the non-American readers you have out there. Please stop referencing Hamilton every two lines. You might get it, but we don’t, and we don’t have the time or energy to google them. Stick to something global, like Harry Potter.

Did you read this book or are you planning to? If/when you do, share your thoughts on it in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Series I Read in 2018

Series I Read in 2018

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Hello and happy Wednesday. Reading-wise, 2018 was a weird year for me because I decided not to follow any “rules” or challenges, so I basically read whatever I wanted. I know you may be thinking, “well, that should be the whole point of reading,” but I think when you blog sometimes you get more into the content you need to deliver than the actual reading a book for just pleasure and then maybe sharing your thoughts about it. Because it was a weird year, I only really got into three series, so I have one that I read entirely, one that I’m in the process of reading and have been for a couple of years now, and then one I just started.

The series I finished in 2018 is Calendar Girl by Audrey Carlan. I read it in Spanish, but it obviously still counts. It’s mommy porn or erotica or however you want to call it, so if you’re into that, you should definitely check out this series. This author came up with another series called International Guy and I already have the first book in my e-library. I’ll share all my thoughts on it, as always.

I’m still in the process of reading the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling, and I say I’m still in the process because I haven’t yet started reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Still when I do so, I’ll have to read the other books like Quidditch Through the Ages, so I’m not quite done with the series yet.

Finally, I started the Rebel Belle series by Rachel Hawkins. I have only read the first book, but I own the second and have the third one in my wishlist and hopefully I can go through them soon.

What series have you been reading lately? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Such a Badass Read

Such a Badass Read

 

100th.pngHello and happy Wednesday. Sorry for the boring thumbnail, but I recently gave away Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins, which is the book I’ll be reviewing today.

I loved this book and its characters from the beginning. We have Harper, the protagonist, who is annoyingly perfect in every way, and yet for some reason I found her super likeable. There’s also David Stark, a guy I think everyone’s had in their lives, and if I were back at school I would definitely enjoy having him around.

As always, I went into this book blindly, so at first I just thought it would be about high school, like your typical YA novel. Then, of course, everything gets way more interesting when sword fights and secret super powers start happening, and I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been way into Once Upon a Time lately, but anything involving fights and magic makes me happy.

I also appreciate when some depth is added to a story, and in this case there’s a family situation going on that makes everything more real and relatable, even when there are swords and secret super powers involved.

And of course, we all know what’s going to make me really love this story: some old-fashioned romance. We had to wait for this one, we had to fight for this one, but we got it and it was just perfect. It was the kind of I-can’t-stop-smiling romance I love reading about. This is the first book in a series, so I will keep talking about Harper and David in the future.

Have you read Rebel Belle or are you interested in reading it? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila