An Ember in the Ashes Book Review

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What you are about to read is a book review from someone who haven’t read a book this good in a long longe time. Excuse me if i sound crazy 😛

As you seen from the title, I, who haven’t been able to fell in love with a book for a long time, read “An Ember in the Ashes” by Sabaa Tahir . I’m sorry for taking too long to even update with book hauls or just photos but i’m taking this easy!

This book destroyed me, i felt anxious everytime i read it. I felt the need to read more to understand what Laia and Elias where going through, what the Cook really is, how could Izzi handle so many years, how Helene felt, how the Commander was able to be like that and what she was planning, what the Augurs are saying and so much more…
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.
Don’t judge the book by that last paragraph, this is not 100% love story. For me it has enought loving moments and short to me is just the right amount. The plot has a large amount of twists of at least some points we might not be expecting.

The world Sabaa built is amazing, from the creatures to the mystic elements and the culture. Even with all the action going on, almost everything is explained, you understand everything and how the characters fit in this world.
You are left with a ton of questions just like me but that questions are what make this book so f*ing good.

Read this book, just read it. The characters grow in a way I felt compelled, I felt my feelings in them and how they went through them. Give it a chance and don’t compare it with anything you have read before.

I gave it 5 stars!

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Me Before You Book Review

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Hello,

Today i bring you my review of the popular novel “Me Before You” from Jojo Moyes.
I read this through my vacations and i got to tell you, this book is big but it reads like a small. Let’s start.

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

I wanted to read this book after seeing the trailer, i don’t regret it a single bit.
This is romantic but no to much, there isn’t a love triangle there is just a love story, almost more a life story.

The trailer e very spoilery, but i think that we all expect some sort of ending and then we get something different. But i will leave this to the spoilers part!

If you enjoy a good love story, seeing life from others eyes and grow with the simple book like this, please don’t pass this. I don’t say this very often about romances, especially simple ones, this is the most simple romance i ever read but the fact is i love it.

5 out of 5!

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Ms. Marvel, Vol. 4: Last Days

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Hi guys! I know i have been off for a long LONG time.

Ever since the Warm Bodies review i have been in a reading slump so so big, i decided to read Harry Potter (continue my re-read) but it took me much more time than i expected. I was enjoying so much i was reading at my own pace, taking pleasure from it. As soon has i finished i wanted to read some comic books and i had to catch up with Ms. Marvel.

From the moment Kamala put on her costume, she’s been challenged. But nothing has prepared her for this: the last days of the Marvel Universe. Lucky she’s got the help of Carol “Captain Marvel” Danvers! Between teaming up with her personal hero to rescue her brother and trying to keep her city from falling into an all-out frenzy, Kamala has barely had time to come to terms with the face that the world is literally collapsing around her. But the truth will catch up to her, and soon. When the world is about to end, do you still keep fighting? Kamala knows the answer. Let’s do this, Jersey City.

Spoiler free: it feels flat comparing it to others, after reading it i know this is meant to build up this major event but still, when it ended i felt it could had done a lot better. Still, a great addition to the series.

I gave it 4 out of 5, but its like a 3.84-stars

Because i was off for so long this is all for today!

Stay awesome,

Viviana

Warm Bodies Book Review

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After what felt like months (and it was) i finished this book. I never had a reading slump like this or even close.

I bought this book on a trip to the hairdresser, i didn’t take a book with me and it was going to take a while. I was reading another book at the same time (Hollow City) and i already felted the slump crawling but this time i was totally different. I can blame my PS4 (Assassins creed just came out) or even Netflix, but to be honest i didn’t felt like reading.

Still, i read it! I finished and now i’m reading Harry Potter and the goblet of fire! I truly missed this and i hope HP will help me.

Now, onto the review!

R is having a no-life crisis–he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization.

And then he meets a girl.

First as his captive, then his reluctant guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R’s gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn’t want to eat this girl–although she looks delicious–he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight.

I wanted a love story, one i enjoyed well.. that wasn’t the case. It cute and different but this book is about life and how we live it. To me at the time i read it it was to philosophical. Still i enjoyed some of it, but i was left with so many questions that don’t have an answer. (to be honest… i enjoyed the movie a lot more)

This time i don’t want to do a review with spoilers because i don’t think is necessary. I will just leave my questions here.
How did this plague started? If Zombies worked almost like a society why did it sound like a paranormal (extra paranormal) thing? What did it mean the gold eyes thing? And how did the F cure worked?!
Sorry if you found that questions spoilers but i actually don’t think this book as any surprises.

I gave it 3 out of 5 starts.

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Stay awesome,

Viviana

 

Saga, Volume 5 Graphic Novel Review

Hello!

It has been so much time since my last Saga review, it’s a pity i read this so fast…
This series is really growing on me.

This volume did tied up so strings it left open in the previous one, but what chocks me the most about this is there is no filling. Everything just happens. If someone is going to die eventually they die in the next page. Its quite surprising.

I gave it 5 out of 5 of course 🙂

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Hollow City – Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Book 2

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Hello!

Long time no see i know… It as not being easier writing posts and the sudden reading slump hasn’t helped. But i finally finished Hollow City!!!
Hollow City is the sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, so expect this review to be small in the spoiler free section. The first book will be adapted to cinemas by Tim Burton so i have a good feeling about it.

No synopsis today because the one on GoodReads has spoilers.

The book has the same POV as the first book, Jacob, and amazing photographs to illustrate the story.

I really love this photos, the creepiness is the thing that makes me keep reading. I found this book really cool but i also found it dragged a little in some parts. But this parts were really interesting, world building wise.

The first book really felt like a standalone, but if you enjoyed the first book this book is a must. This does end in a cliffhanger, big big one. But i think the third one will me amazing, if it follows the spirit of the end of this one.

If you haven’t read the first book and you like creepy things, horror stories with a pinch of historical fiction give the first one a go! I have this one 4 out of 5 stars.

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Pressures I Face as a Reader

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Hello!

I decided to bring you a different post today. Not a tag, not a review but kind of an opinion post.

So every reader faces a bunch of pressure, because we don’t read enough, because we don’t read fast enough… so i decided to make a list of what i find really as a toll on me.

Not reading classics.
I’m not the biggest fan of classics, i know they are really good and full of good content but they don’t appeal to me. I do know when i really want to read one (ex. Jane Austen) i will pick it up.

Not reading in English (being Portuguese)
I like to read, i speak english, i can read it. I don’t have a problem with reading in english, i would be a lot richer if i only bought books in english but i also like to read in portuguese… i tend to buy books in portuguese because they are ‘at hand’ and because i want to. I do read graphic novels in english and i’m building my collection of english books. I just don’t like when people look at me side ways or judge me as less of a reader because i don’t read 90% of the time in english.

Reading Young Adult
What is wrong with reading YA? Why does reading is about fiction and serious themes all the time? YA is fun and light and no one is less of a reader because of that.

Reading Popular Books
I don’t know if any of you feel this but lately everyone judges each other if you only read popular books or you don’t read them. This goes with the reading classics topic too. I personally read what i want at the time. I like to buy books not only because its famous on booktube but because i like the synopsis.

Having a TBR too big
I’m one of those readers who likes to have a little personal library. I get anxious thinking if i don’t get that awesome book now its going to disappear. I have a ton of books (180+ at this time) the ratio is about 40% read 60% not read and i’m okay with that.

I hope you enjoyed this post and what are the pressures you feel as a reader? I didn’t said the one i truly feel (not reading fast enough) because to me that is almost bullying 😛

Stay awesome,

Viviana

The Infinite Sea Book Review

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Hello!

Sorry for no posting yesterday but i was on vacations and didn’t leaved any post planned. I did finished “The Infinite Sea” by Rick Yancey. To contrary believe i loved this book.
If you are unaware of what this book is, “The Infinite Sea” is the second book in “The 5th Wave” trilogy. Because of that my review will be short (spoiler free one).

How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

After seeing everyone almost hating this book and saying it was so bad compared with the first one i was a little worried. I did enjoy the first one but this one? I actually think i like it better then the first one!  Maybe i read it with different mind sets or i was in the mood for a book like this.

Character wise, i found Ringer a lot more of a interesting character, comparing with Cassie and reading from Poundcake point of view was the high point. We always read from the point of view of the main character and how their life is difficult but this time we actually understood that everyone else suffered from this catastrophe.

Plot wise, we got a lot more information and knowledge, i found it useful and finally i got the answers i needed.

I gave it 5 out of 5! Have you read it? What is your opinion? Spoiler review next!

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