[Top 5 Monday] Books I want to read

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Yeah there are some books I want to read and yet they remain in my selves untouched. I don’t know why but I swear I want to read them badly. I just need to organize and finally start reading them.

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In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she’s spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It’s there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she’s never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can’t be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.

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The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity’s last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it’s all a lie. That Mars has been habitable – and inhabited – for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield – and Darrow isn’t the only student with an agenda.

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[Book Tag] Summertime Madness Book Tag

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I would like to thank lovely Analee [Book Snacks] and the little pokemon Kira [Fieitty Reads] for tagging me, sorry for being so late. You guys take a look at their really interesting blog because they deserves it.

Let’s do this.

❊ Show a book with a summery cover.

❊ Pick one fictional place that would be the perfect destination for a summer vacation!

Ι guess Summerton from [Red Queen] would be a beautiful place to spend the summer.

❊ You’re about to go on a flight to your summer vacation. But you want to read a book that lasts for the whole flight, what novella do you choose?

Aiden is my favorite character and a novella about him would be the best way to spend the time.

❊ You have a case of summertime sadness what happy book do you pick up to shine a smile on your face?

❊ You’re sitting at the beach all alone…which fictional character would be your beach babe?

Oh that would be either Caleb from [Significance] or Aiden from [Covenant].

❊ To match your ice cream you want an icy cool sidekick! Which fictional side kick do you pick?

Jen from [The Grey Wolves].

❊ Share the Summertime Happiness! Who do you TAG?

 Vivian [Outside Hook]

❊ Rae [Bookmark Chronicles]

❊ Kyra and Nikki [Book Allure]

❊ Emily [The Little Book Afair]

❊ Kerry [Kerryberrybooks]

❊ Daniela [Books to get lost in]

❊ Callum [Callum McLaughlin]

❊ Claire [The Coffeeholic Bookworm]

[Review] Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

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3stars

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[“Anyone can betray anyone”]

Red Queen was a book that bravery, loyalty and faith were beaten but cruel betrayal. It’s is quite impressive how many life lessons this book teaches us. There is not always a happy end and that’s because this is how life works.

Writing style

It’s been a while since the last time I was that satisfied. Everything was flawless. The transition from thoughts to dialogue and from physical description to action were perfect. Everything made sense and the story was easy to follow. There was nothing confusing about any scenes and they were detailed enough to satisfy my fantasy and not tire my brain. There was ballance between Mare’s thoughts, feelings and action.

Plot/World building

While the world building was unique and intruiging, the plot was a bit boring and slow. That’s why my rating is minus two stars. Let me explain more.

 There is this dystopian universe were silver-bloods are creatures with powers and red-bloods are simple, lower class people. We get to see both enviroments and experience how both castes are living. The differences, sadly, are big and while the silver-bloods enjoy a good life, the red-bloods suffer and live like servants. So basically the Reds are trying to survive their hunger and the war and the Silvers only care about balls and dresses and politics. Then there’s this twist and a particular Red, Mare, seems to possess a gift that makes her as good as a silver and that’s how the story begins. A few rebellious Reds form the Scarlet Gaurd and they try to start a revolution.

These things were exciting and I was thrilled to read more but for about 70% of the book I was reading about Mare’s life in the castle. When I tried to adjust with how slow paced the book was I decided to focus on her romance but I was disappointed once again. Maven was everywhere and I disliked him since the very beginning. I thought Cal was going to be but we were just reading about Maven. Ok of course I admit that there were a few interesting scenes here and there that kept me going and then I reached the last 20% of the book and then everything happened. There was the twist I needed and finally some actual action. The last part of the book was the whole story and it wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for but at least it was realistic and just like what I said before bot every story has a happy end.

Characters

Mare was actually a pleasant character and I liked her. She was easy to relate and root for her. She suffered a lot and she gave up everything so that her family could live better. Because she is a human being, she is flawed and sometimes makes bad decisions but who doesn’t? She tried to fight for her rights and save all Reds from the Silvers. She put her faith on the wrong people and as excpected she was betrayed. She also allowed herself to lose the battle about love because she was naive but none of these matter because she could only think of her family. I am glad that the book showed as how important is the bond among family members and glorified the family love.

Cal and Maven are the two basic male leads. They’re brothers and they both have their eyes on our Mare. It was annoying that there was once again love triangle but at least it wasn’t the problem. Mare was bethrothed to Maven and Cal chose to marry Evangeline. Nobody tried to steal noone and there were no stupid fight between the brothers for Mare. There was the forbidden love but it was just there so it didn’t bother me at all. Things had a flow. Cal was a ruthless soldier the perfect heir to the throne and everyone was looking up to him, expecting him to be a great ruller. He was indeed prepared to do anything to keep his kingdom safe as it is, including not to show mercy to the Reds. Maven on the other hand was living in his brother’s shadow and he was kind and ready for a change. He was friendly to Mare and tried to help her through everything.

Overall

It wasn’t a bad book and I enjoyed it a lot. I was just expecting more and I was a bit disappointed. So, I decided to be generous and not to judge because no matter what I say, I hadn’t felt so excited for a while and even though it didn’t last untill the end, the feeling was there.

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[VS Battle Saturday] Werewolf Books VS Vampire Books

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I think now that I am completely done with vacation (I came home yesterday) I can focus on my poor neglected blog. Since it’s Saturday already and I didn’t manage to come up with a proper specific battle, I’ll go with a more loose subject.

Genre!

Personally I am more into werewolves. The whole mating thing, the pack, the loyalty and the strength they have to show off in order to be leaders intrigues me. Usually most of the werewolf books are written that way and they emphasize all these subjects. Well, most of the times where there’s a werewolf, there’s also a vampire.

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What about you though? Would you prefer to read a vampire book or a werewolf book and why? Let me know!

[Rant Tuesday] YA side characters

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Has anyone missed my rants? I’m back with another rant Tuesday and ready to just be bitchy.

Today’s theme is YA side charactres. You see, my problem here is that usually the basic side characters are either best friends, the third wheel and of course the villain. All three of them are usually the same.

The Best Friend

If the main lead is shy and inexperienced and all then the best friend is usually super crazy, social and experienced. That specific person always: tries to get the heroine laid, complains about her social status, sets her up with dudes she thinks are awesome but they’re not, warns her against her love interest and disappears when she is needed for real. Why would you, dear YA author write about such a bad friend? I need to read about a friend who is always there, knows that the heroine doesn’t have to get laid or have a boyfriend no matter what. She also doesn’t have to be prom queen and all. I need to read about a friend who will support the heroine and her decisions without complaining, except of course if the heroine is indeed stupid and wrong. Please stop writing about that kind of friend because friendship must be glorified, especially in YA books, read by teens. Friendship is important and the best friend shouldn’t be just a side character. We all have to understand that.

The Third Wheel

First of all, I hate love triangles. So if the third wheel is not a side character but a basic character that keeps annoying the hell out of me then I drop the book, simply as that! If the third wheel is just a side character, like a creepy ex or just someone who’s not important then I don’t mind. But my question is why should there be a third wheel in first place? There are so many other things that could be a problem for the main characters and a love triangle is a killjoy. (Ι guess my next rant will be about love triangles in general so I won’t talk about it a lot today.)

Usually the third wheel is the prom queen and she is a complete bitch. Beautiful, socially strong but brainless and a bad person. This also has to stop because it’s absolutely boring and mainstream.

If the third person is a male, then he is the exact opposite from the main hero. Our hero is a badass, treats the heroine badly and pushes her away in addition to the other who’s more like a gentleman and kind and he sees how special is the girl.That’s also not surprising. Come on dear author, you can do better than that.

I am asking you to be creative and start writing about characters with depth. it would be more interesting if the love rival wouldn’t be just a brainless cheerleader or if the other dude was also a badass or also mysterious.

The Villain

I am not really complaining about the villains because, thank god there are a lot of kinds.

1) The disguised into a good guy but evil.

2) The one we knew since the beginning.

3) The traitor.

4) The one that turns good because of regret.

I think I like the plot twists so if you write about option number 3, then please do a good job. Usually it’s predictable that villain number 3 will betray the heroes.

Also, I like option number 4 because if the villain is awesome (that happens) then I want a spin-off and I think that he could be a frienemy.I love that!

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What do you say about that? Do you agree? Do you know any other types of side characters I should check out?

[Monday’s Top 5] Books I don’t want to read anymore

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There were books I wanted to read so badly when I was younger but I never had the chance. Recently I reorganized my shelves and found these books I know I won’t read no matter how long they stay in my shelves. Why? They just don’t click anymore and I feel that I’ve found already many better and more interesting books.

So let me show you.

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Blood Song (Blood Singer #1) by Cat Adams

Ι guess there was a period when vampires were a trend and we were all trying to find new vampire books to read. I am so over vampires now and I guess this book will just remain in my shelve forever or untill I’m bored out of my mind so that I can read it.

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Bodyguard Celia Graves has definitely accepted her share of weird assignments, both human and supernatural. But her newest job takes the cake. Guarding a prince from terrorists and religious fundamentalists is hard enough, but it seems like the entire supernatural world is after this guy too. When she is betrayed by those she is employed to help, and everything goes horribly wrong, Celia wakes to find herself transformed.

Neither human nor vampire, Celia has become an abomination-something that should not exist-and now both human and supernatural alike want her dead. With the help of a few loyal friends-a sexy mage, a powerful werewolf, and a psychic cop-Celia does her best to stay alive. On the run from her enemies, Celia must try to discover who is behind her transformation . . . before it’s too late.

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Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy #1) by Jennifer Estep

Ι don’t know why I wanted to read this one. I guess because of the Vampire Academy and because of all the greek references. I think it was a trend back when I wanted to read it because many of my friends have already read it.

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My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy; a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody’s head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest.

But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I’m determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why; especially since I should have been the one who died…

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Anew (The Archer’s of Avalon #1) by Chelsea Fine

Oh that’s easy. Back then it was the cool cover and the unique plot that had me wanting to read it. Today I find the plot a bit common and I feel like I can spend my time with more interesting books.

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Two years ago, Scarlet awoke in the forest alone, afraid, and unable to remember anything. Lost and confused, her life was a mystery…until she met a boy with a familiar voice.

Gabriel Archer has a voice from her past, and Scarlet’s determined to remember why. She immerses herself in his life only to discover he has a brother he’s kept hidden from her: Tristan Archer.

Upon meeting Tristan, Scarlet’s world becomes even more muddled. While she’s instinctively drawn to Gabriel, she’s impossibly drawn to Tristan–and confused out of her mind. As she tries to piece together her history Scarlet realizes her past…might just be the death of her.

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The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa

I am not sure about this one. It’s pretty popular and I still find it a bit interesting but I know I won’t read it. Too many books, too little time.

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Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

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Wings (Wings #1) by Aprilynne Pike

I thought Faries were interesting but then I started reading about Angels and I gave up on wanting to read this one. Yeah and then it was werewolves and it’s still werewolves, so no. Fairies have to really wait for their turn… maybe forever.

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Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for words.

Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.

In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.

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Tell me, tell me… you’ve read at least one of these books, right? I know you do!! What do you think? Should I reconsider?

[ARC of the month] netGalley arc presentation

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I am so excited because I have many ARCs to read this month and they will keep me busy. I have a difficulty reading books lately so knowing that I have to read the ARCs in order to review them will motivate me. I don’t know why I am not in the mood to read so much but I guess it’s because I am always on vacation and I have so many other things to do with my boyfriend and friends. I am so exhausted so when I finally have time to read I just can’t.

But enough of this, time for books!

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Remember by Shannon Dermott

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Death is a killer and not to those who’ve died but for those that survive. It’s also an opportunity to change.

I’ve resigned to my place in the shadows until the one person in the world that matters to me more than my own life is taken from me. Then I meet him.

He’s everything I’m not.

Tall, dark, face like an angel, mouth like a sinner and tattoos and piercings to rival that of rock gods, in one word, he’s cocky. And he comes with his own personal fan club, great. (as I secretly apply to be president, okay maybe not)

Only our every meeting is suspect. I’m left to wonder why he only ever turns up when my life is headed south, backwards or upside down. His explanations are shady, and his hot and cold give me whiplash. But his lips on mine burn and take me places I’ve never been.

If only I can trust him. If only he reveals what he is? Then hopefully we won’t end up on opposite sides of a frienemy line, and I’m forced to take him down. Worse case is that he’s already planned to take me out first and not on a date, but in a dead kind of way.

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Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas

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Avery Crosslin is a talented young fashion designer with a bright future ahead of her. But when the company goes into liquidation, Avery finds herself without a job and a boyfriend who decides to leave her.

When her father falls ill, Avery is by his side day and night. But one evening she notices a young man, Joe, in distress and offers to help. Their instant attraction to one another is magnetic but even though she is unexpectedly charmed by the good-looking stranger, Avery tells him that she has to leave. He asks for her name and number, but she lies and tells him she has a boyfriend. At this point in Avery’s life, the last thing she wants or needs is more complications.

The next day, as Avery returns to the hospital to thank the nurses for taking such good care of her father at the end of his life, one of them gives her an envelope from Joe. It is addressed to “Brown-Eyed Girl.”

Avery knows she wants to see Joe again but she faces a dilemma. When she learns that Joe is the man responsible for her father’s death she is troubled.

Is there any hope of a future for them both?

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[VS Battle Saturday] The Hunger Games VS Divergent

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Recently I had this conversation about Hunger Games and Divergent and I mentioned that I prefer Divergent over Hunger Games. I hadn’t read any of the series when I watched the movies but Hunger Games was disappointing because of the cast and the plot so I dropped the idea of reading the book. Divergent on the other hand had awesome cast and world building and excited me to the point I read the book immediatelly after watching the movie. Maybe I should have read both series before favoring one of the two but I felt that way. Please don’t hate.

So this week’s VS battle is about your own opinion. If you had to choose between these two dystopian book series, which one would be your choice?

The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

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The thrilling trilogy expertly described by Suzanne Collins. You enter a future world where every year two tributes from each district are thrown into an arena expected to fight to the death or get knocked out by other means. Only one can survive.

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Divergent

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One choice can transform you. Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling debut is a gripping dystopian tale of electrifying choices, powerful consequences, unexpected romance, and a deeply flawed “perfect society.”

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Can’t wait to hear your opinion!!

[Review] To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

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3stars

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Sweet, cute and cheesy teenage drama! What kind of person doesn’t enjoy this kind of books? I know I couldn’t stop reading and the book was finished before I knew it, over a night.

Writing Style

Easy to read and follow the story. I love a book when it’s simple and comprehensible, without difficult words and without having the author to show off their knowledge. The transition from thoughts to action was good and made sense. The was flow from descriptions to dialogues and then back and I was satisfied that I wasn’t confused… not even once!

Characters

I have mixed feelings about Lara Jean. Even though she was almost an adult and she supposedly looked up to her sister who was so mature and all, she acted like a 12-yearl-old girl who had just found out about love and crushes and kisses, etc. I liked that she was naive and innocent but that contrasted with the fact that her best friend was the exact opposite. I mean you can’t have a best friend who practically hooks up with every guy available and act like sex is something so special and magical. Let’s be realistic, nobody is that naive while being surrounded by people like Chris. That was my only objection and I wish her character was stronger and more realistic.

I also didn’t enjoy the fact that she couldn’t decide who she liked. First it was Josh and then it was Peter but she coudn’t let go of Josh and then Peter treated her well etc etc… it was tiring. I mean, choose one and stick with him.

I totally disliked Josh. Come on!!! The dude was crying for breaking up with Margot one day and the next day he is just so in love with Lara Jean. Why is that teenagers ‘fall in love’ every day with a different person? Ι am that kind of person who can’t forgive such behaviors. Liking and trying to have both sisters is unacceptable.

Peter was decent. I could understand why he just couldn’t let go of Gev. Deleting somone you used to love completely from your life is not easy. Peter was so many years with Gev and it’s only natural that he cared about her even after they broke up. I wish Lara Jean could understand that. Sometimes he was a jerk but I could forgive him everything because he was caring. He treated Lara Jean like a princess and he didn’t have to, he was so nice to Kitty and he tried to make this happen.

Overall

I liked the book because I was reminded of my own love life. I used to write letters but of course I was throwing them away. Writing your feelings in a paper is just dangerous. Anyway, I think I am too old to read that kind of stories because instead of enjoying them I am being judgy and mean. I feel like protecting all these young girls from getting hurt and I end up being that way. It’s like I forgot how to be a teenager and how I used to change my mind about boys all the time. I had many crushes but at least I never ‘loved’ any of them. I won’t start again about the L word because I’ll be extra mean. The YA genre has started not to working anymore for me.

Ok so the point is that the book was not bad. In addition, it was pretty good and enjoyable. I’m just weird and strict.

[Book of the Month] July’s most read book

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Just like the author of the month, this post is based on my GR-list and WP-list. What do my friends in both sites read more? Time to find out.

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I guess there are trends with books that come to the surface from time to time. This month Opal and The End Of Days were both either read or discussed by my friends. Well I guess The End of Days was because the book was recently published but why Opal? I was thrilled to know that even though the book was published two years ago it’s still a trend so I’ll announce it the book of the month!

I am not complaining! Having Pepe Toth featuring in my blog is always a pleasure, right?

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After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it.

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The two books trending in WordPress were Red Queen and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. Well clearly the second one is the book of the month because it was practically in every post made by my friends.

I think I should read this since it’s so popular,

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

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Have you read them? What do you think? And what’s trending among your friends?