Evey's books' rambling

Book lover... Or should I call myself book addict for the best? I'm 21 years old and I'm from Italy, though I live in Argentina. I'm currently studying the Editing career. I enjoy many genres, including Sci-fi, Dystopia, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Historical fiction, Mystery and more.

The Goodreads Killer - Dave Franklin This is one of those awkward moments when you don't know if it's reality or just a fantasy. I mean... Errrhm...

I. Can't. Even.
El Muro - Klaus Kordon Basic writing style, basic story line portraying not only the friendship between the main characters but their point of view of the shattered world they're living in. Quick, decent read.
Il banchetto - Orazio Bagnasco En un principio le puse tres estrellas pero ahora que termino de releerlo me decanté por dos estrellas, que es lo máximo que merece. La escritura es mediocre a un nivel que llegó a hastiarme. Las descripciones realizadas nunca terminaban en su justo punto y todo el libro parece una conjunción de descripciones sin ton ni son. Partiendo párrafos donde no se debería, terminando párrafos con frases inconexas que poco o anda tenían que ver con lo que se venía diciendo, hay una falta de cohesión que se lleva al punto de la exasperación. Eso sumado al hecho de que repite muchas palabras y frases... ¡Aburriiiiidoooo!

Dejando de lado el tema del estilo de escritura, la trama en sí es burda. Podría haber dado para mucho más porque, vamos, las intrigas históricas son de lo más peculiares e interesantes (¿alguien fan de la serie de los Borgias? ¿Nadie?) y los misterios por resolver en ese mar de traiciones son entretenidos. Pero en este libro, dejada la resolución de aquellos misterios a un cocinero y un embajador que lo único que hacen es cocinar, comer y aducir un par de teorías y pensamientos evidentes, la trama se cae al pozo. A penas si se dedica a la cuestión de los asesinatos. Lo que más peso tiene es el ambiente donde se desarrolla la trama que la trama en sí. Así que, en suma, el libro habla de comida, más comida, sexo, orgías, más orgías... Un todos contra todos donde todos se detestan, todos se aman, todos tienen sexo entre sí y comen como locos. Ah, sí, hubo un par de muertos, ¿qué se le va a hacer? Dos minutos de horror y sigamos comiendo y teniendo sexo, ¡que la vida es corta!

Y a eso se resume el libro... ¿Interesante? No, no mucho. Y mucho menos si se tiene hambre... La abundante descripción de los platillos servidos empeorará el caso de "vamos a picar algo a la heladera".
Vampyr - Carolina Andujar Calificación exacta: 3,25-3,50

Es un libro llevadero, interesante, pero hasta ahí nomás. La protagonista, Martina, si bien se supone ser una luz, a veces parece ser un tanto lenta y tonta, declarando lo evidente como gran hallazgo. Lo mismo pasa con otros personajes al descubrir y develar ciertos misterios que el lector fácilmente dedujo varias páginas antes. Eso le resta bastantes puntos a la hora de calificar el libro, al menos para mí que detesto que una historia sea demasiado predecible.

En cuanto a la escritura, es bastante decente, aunque hay varias repeticiones innecesarias a lo largo de todo el libro. La historia en sí está buena a pesar de algunos fallos en la ejecución de la misma. Yo creo que podría haberse resuelto un tanto más rápido, en menos páginas.

En definitiva, es un libro que recomendaría a aquellos que gustan del género paranormal, específicamente de vampiros. Vampiros más bien clásicos, el típico monstruo maléfico ávido de sangre y no esas imitaciones con abundante brillantina.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake I'm actually between 3-3,5 stars, not really sure.
Untitled (TLH, #1) - Cassandra Clare And I thought E. L. James was the milking mistress...



I'm really amazed by this. Like, for real. But not in a good way. I mean... Is it needed to write a thousand books of the same thing? Well, no, let me put it in a better way. Is it needed to "write" a thousand books of the same -boring- thing? Yeah, no.



Lets face it, all the characters are so similar between each other. The only thing that Clare changes are names. Done. The world is the same. The awful writing style is the same. Everything is the same, for fuck's sake.

El nombre de la rosa - Umberto Eco, Ricardo Pochtar Fue una de esas relecturas necesarias para volver a sumirme en el mundo pintado por Eco, lleno de intrigas, pasiones y misterios que poco a poco se van develando. Un libro más que recomendable, sobre todo a aquellos que disfrutan de novelas históricas.
Los árboles mueren de pie - Alejandro Casona Me acuerdo que fue una de mis lecturas de la secundaria, de esos de las que todos se quejaban y yo leía con gusto. El libro me encantó, tanto que lo releí en unas vacaciones hace unos años atrás. Es una de esas historias que definitivamente te hacen sentir algo y te envuelven en su melancolía.
Daughter of Smoke & Bone - Laini Taylor Oh God... What did I just read? What?



Our main characters: Akiva & Karou



The writing & plot



The ending



My feelings overall







I'd do a proper review, I swear I would. But I just can't. This book was perfection. The world that Laini created was beatiful. Her words and way of telling things left me in awe. And I completely loved the characters, all of them. Karou, Akiva, Zuzana, Brimstone...

I'm really, really glad that I got to know this book and that I got the chance to read it. Finally a new 5 star rating on my shelves!
Twilight, True Love and You: Seven Secret Steps to Finding Your Edward or Jacob - Louise Deacon Excuse me... What... What is -this- thing?


So we keep on with the Twilight hype? Really interesting, huh



But this books isn't fiction, is supposed to be serious



Oh, you know what?



To da shame shelf, mah dear! See you in.. NEVER.
Bared to You - Sylvia Day Oh God, oh God... I'm never picking up a book just by this sake of curiosity I had. Like ever. I mean it.

This book... No, I just can't talk about this as a book. I have nothing against erotica, you know? But this was just porn, full filling pages over pages. And over and over and over again. Gideon and Eva had a problem? Easy, lets have sex to solve it. They fight, they have sex. They argue, they have sex. It doesn't matter what happens after all, everything serves as excuse for sex. Sex. Sex. SEX.

Yes, that's pretty much the entire "book", from now on, thing. There's no story at all. There's no romance either. I mean, Eva sees Gideon for the first time and she's instantly starstruck. Got it, it may happen as he's so handsome and such. But then, she's in love the second time she sees him. And after the first time they have sex, well, they're both in love. Blah, blah, F*CK OFF INSTA-LOVE. You know I do hate you with a great passion! And then, it's all about sex.

You'll probably be asking yourselves why the hell am I giving this two stars. Well, I swear that this thing made me laugh almost all the way. Oh, boy, it did. There are some epic quotes from Eva which made her somehow likeable at first, but then she turned out to be a kiddo in disguise whining all the time and being over dramatic. I wanted to slap her, slap her hard. Then, the references to Gideon's impressive manliness. Oh Gosh! Seriously, you gotta read that guys, it was so damn funny and senseless I wanted to cry! Instead, I laughed incontrollably with my friends and asked for their opinion. Let me say that both guys almost died laughing as well. Ridiculous, the sex descriptions ended up being ridiculous. But, hey, they gave me a good laugh! That's something... But, in the end, laugh was replaced by boredom. It was like seeing the same scene in replay. Once. Twice. Hell, it repeated too many times I lost the count.

So, I enjoyed the half of the book, because it was so stupid. Really, there was no plot more than the whining of Gideon and Eva and them having sex. Repeat that for 350 pages and there you go, you have a best seller. And, yes, in some points is similar to Fifty Shades of Grey. But let me point out something. This is much better than that other crap. Gideon is a bit (oh, just a bit?) of a control freak. But he does like Eva. He doesn't want to hit her nor do anything scary or creepy. And Eva is really more likeable than Ana, maybe because she has some attitude. But mainly because she doesn't have an inner goddess. Yeah, that's it. And, last, Sylvia Day manages to write somehow decently, which E. L. James doesn't. I mean, I'm sure that a primary student would be better at writing than E. L. James. It's not that much difficult.

In a sum up, I did not like it. This wasn't a good story and I got fed up with the horrendous amount of sex scenes. I don't think I'll pick up the next book of the series, nope. The first sex scene was hot, yeah. The others, not so much. The characters where "mneh". The story... What story? They're both f*cked up so... They just f*ck.

HAPPY READING!

P.S.: something that freaked me out a lot about this, which I think it's a bit disrespectful for victims of abuse. You can't just talk about how you've been raped repeatedly for years and miscarried a baby... And an instant later feel worried about telling those things because YOU THINK HE'S NOT GONNA LIKE YOU AND WANT TO HAVE THAT ROUGH SEX WITH YOU. No, you just don't think about that!
Viral Nation - Shaunta Grimes This ARC was provided in exchange for a honest review

Review is gonna be posted in a few hours. By now, all I can say is... I NEED THE SECOND BOOK RIGHT NOW. LIKE... NOW! What did you do to me, Grimes? D:

What to say, what to say? This was a hell of a ride!

Did I enjoy it? Yes, oh yes, I did!
Do I recommend it? Of course! If you like dystopia/post-apocalyptic/sci-fi books, give it a try.

The blurb doesn't sound as interesting as the book is, to be sincere. The cover is awesome, though. So, the story happens sixteen years after the outbreak of a virus that get killed almost the whole population. Things are more than just different from what they used to be. People need to get daily doses of the suppressant, which keeps the virus under control and stops another possible outbreak. Now people live in walled cities, get smal rations of food and electricity and their lives are pretty much controlled since they're born to their death.
Our main character, Clover, is a sixteen year old girl with autism. She lives with her brother West, as their mother died and their father works for the Compañy as executioner. Yes, you read right. Sixteen years before a passage to another time loop was found. A time loop with two years of difference, which permited the government know what would happen and handle with crimes before they were commited by killing those who were supposed to commit them.
Nobody ever went ahead the system. But Clover and West will find themselves questioning it after Clover travels to the other time loop.

I can't tell anymore without spoiling you guys, so you must find out by yourselves how the story keeps on going. I'll just say you that you're gonna like the characters involved in this story. Clover, West, Jude, the other Freaks and even Mango (Clover's dog) are really likeable.

Pros

-Good writing. I liked the style and how it made me want to read more and more and more. It's really fast paced.
-Good plot and plot twists. It reminded me, in part, to Fringe, combined with others dystopian and sci-fi details. Besides, it's not another crappy romantic story settled on a dystopian environment. If you expect romance, you won't get much, really.
-Nice characters. They're not boring, they're not the typical hormonal, teeny-weeny characters whining all around about their sorry life and lack of luck. They're, besides, well developed.

Cons

-The ending. I really wanted to know a bit more about what's coming up! But now I need to wait to the next book. Is it coming in a few days, right? RIGHT? D:
Carrier of the Mark - Leigh Fallon Twilight much?


Props on the originality!

A Shade of Vampire (A Shade Of Vampire, #1) - Bella Forrest This book was given to me by its author in exchange for a honest review

Where to begin? I've got really mixed feelings about this so I'm not really sure what to say about it. First of all, a big thank you to Bella, because she was so nice! Then, stepping to the story... Mhm... Mhm...

Some spoilers coming ahead!

Sofia is abducted by Lucas, she ends up in The Shade with other girls that were also abducted. For what? Just to turn into slaves of those living in The Shade. Vampires, oh yeah. So, Sofia is set up as one of Derek Novak's slaves among with other girls, who turn out to be his harem. Derek, the prince of vampires recently awakened, chooses Sofia as her personal "slave". And, of course, they end up having feelings for each other.

Pros

-The Shade. It was a cool plot this "vampire haven" Bella created, and it's a difficult one to settle. Props on that.
-Some plot devices. Ben's appearance in The Shade is a good example of it. I didn't expected and added a twist to the story.

Cons

-Editing needed. There are some unnecessary repetitions.
-Insta-love. I'm so over the bad guy falls in love with the good and super special girl. At least Sofia isn't portrayed as a super intelligent, cool, pretty girl that's the best of the best. It's just the best of the best in Derek's eyes.
-Some plot twists are predictable.

Overall

It felt like nothing really important happened and I wish a more complex plot was developed. The idea of The Shade and the hunters is great, but this book mainly told the relation between Derek and Sofia and the crazy Lucas being... Well, crazy (I really don't get why Derek didn't kill him when he got the chance!). I did expect more of it, to be honest.

So, if you're in for romance and like paranormal stuff, there you go, read it, you'll like it. But, if you don't, I think this won't be the right book for you.

And that being said, happy reading guys!
Blood and Snow: The Complete Set - RaShelle Workman Volume 12 in this series rating: 4 stars
Complete series rating: 3,5-4 stars


About the 12th volume

So, there happened things I did expect, yep. Oh, Snow White, I knew it was gonna happen something like what happened to Silindra, I knew it! That's why I never trusted Christopher. Stepping aside that, some other things blew my mind and socks! So, yeah, a good read overall, in spite of some details that I didn't like at all (because I didn't find they had any sense).

About the complete series

These were provided by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.

Did I enjoy it? Yeah, quite a lot.
Do I recommend it? Yes, to those who love paranormal stories with interesting twists. And/Or those who love Disney princesses. I love both so... You see why I liked it!

Pros

-Fast read

-Decent writing

-Interesting development through out the entire series

-Lovely characters (who doesn't love those brothers? And what about Cindy?)

-Cool plot twists

Cons

-Some minor editing needed (really, it's not a con but there are a few mistakes in each book)

-Everything happens so fast. Like, so fast. All the characters seem to take everything way to easy. I mean, they're shocked for five minutes and then everything is back to normal.

-More character development needed. It's not that there isn't, but I'd loved to get to know them some more. What they felt, why they reacted in their ways, etc. I felt that some more describing of those aspects would have made the books better.

Overall

I think the author did a good job in this. It amused me, it infuriated me, it made me sad in the moments the main characters felt in that way. I felt sorry for Snow, for Dorian, for Pops, I giggled like crazy and was all "whoa"... I had all the possible feelings. And, I always say it, when a book makes me feel as the characters would, it must be a good book.

Resolved to Rule (Blood and Snow #11) - RaShelle Workman Tears. Tears. And more tears. Oh my god, I'm staying up late just to finish this. It's 3:30am and I needed to finish this book. And it broke me! Just... I can't even. I lost my ability to even.

While reading this book, get ready for a lot of important stuff happening. Snow's mother, the Unknown and their plan to destroy Sharra... You'll be mind blown.

And now, if you let me, I'll crawl to a corner and die. I'll resuscitate a few hours later just to finish the series.

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