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Aug 28, 2017, 1:04 PM
Desaparecidas de Jodi Lynn Anderson -0 comment(s)

Todas las personas que me vieron leyendo este libro pensaron que era de terror, ¿por qué? Porque la portada de en la edición en español es algo creepy, muy bonita pero creepy porque da una sensación de libro de terror. La leyenda “Cuando el fantasma que habita tu casa sigue cada uno de tus movimientos...” tampoco ayuda mucho. Si, hay un fantasma en la historia pero no se trata de un fantasma que esté buscando espantar a nadie ni mucho menos. Asi que si no te gustan los libros de terror, no temeis, que este libro no os dará pesadillas.

Lo que sabía antes de comenzar a leerlo:
  • Un personaje es un fantasma, quien narra algunos pasajes (y que está más perdido que nosotros sobre lo que está sucediendo)
  • La trama se desarrolla en un pequeño pueblo en el que hay chicas desapareciendo.
Eso es todo lo que sabía del libro y honestamente creo que es mejor leerlo de ese modo. Poco a poco te vas adentrando al libro sin saber qué sucederá hasta la última página.
Es una historia que desde el principio se siente diferente, ya que aunque empezamos con una premisa ya conocida de la adolescente que se muda a un pequeño pueblo, no sigue el patrón habitual ya que para empezar ella no irá a la preparatoria, sino que es educada en casa y los amigos que hace no son tan convencionales.

ME GUSTÓ
  • La ambientación del pueblo. La historia se siente. Puedes sentir el frio, lo antiguo y el temor. Jodi Lynn Anderson sabe como adentrarte en el lugar de la historia de una manera impresionante.
  • Pauline y Liam . Son tan impredecibles e interesantes que te ves atraídos a ellos. Aunque eso sí, muchas veces terminé odiándolos ya que podían ser muy egoístas.
  • Los padres de Maggie. En especial su papá, es tan gracioso, me encantó la escena en la que Liam va a su casa.  

¡Cuidado Spoilers a partir de aquí!
NO ME GUSTÓ
  • No entiendo por qué no se siguió un poco más con la trama del asesino serial al final. Siento que le pudo haber sacado más jugo y que hubiera tenido más emoción. Entiendo que la autora quisiera llevarnos por un lado inesperado pero el desenlace se queda algo corto después de toda la tensión que se había estado construyendo.
  • Y hablando del final, ¿qué final es ese? Terminé muy enojada en cuanto me di cuenta que ella era el fantasma. Ellos en realidad no se terminan reconciliando por lo que pasó y no puedo creer que el que haya muerto por ellos sea una forma de perdonarlos. Simplemente no. La trataron muy mal y no lo acepto. Lo siento como un final un tanto inconcluso por lo mismo.

Aug 27, 2017, 1:51 PM
Unforgiven by Lauren Kate -0 comment(s)



The only book I had read of the Fallen series was the first one. Honestly I didn’t like it enough to continue with the series. But my cousin loved the books so I bought this one for her... and I ended up reading it as well (but shhh is a secret, although since I haven’t giving it to her yet probably she suspects it) and… I liked it! I knew how the Fallen series generally ended so I never felt lost or like I was missing something important since the story centers around Cam (the second lead in Fallen).

Let's discuss it! (Beware Spoilers)

THE GOOD STUFF
  • The chapters alternates between Cam and Lilith, so we actually know what is going on (unlike Fallen where I didn’t understand what was happening the entire book and I was so frustrated when I finished the book and I still couldn’t know what had happened) 
  • Also, as far as we know, is a standalone, hurray! 
  •  •Cam is an awesome character, he is so interesting and I’m glad he got his own story. 
  • I liked the idea of Lilith living in her personal hell over and over again (now that would have been enough to make me angry at him). From the first page we can see everything always going wrong for her. 
  • Is great to find a story where the girl isn’t constantly lost into the hotness of the guy (seriously, in some books every time the girl sees him, she can’t stop babbling about his looks like it is the only reason she likes him). And that isn’t just because Cam is losing his beauty as the story progresses. Is that Lilith doesn´t even notices it! 
  • Lilith’s brother is just so adorable. I loved all his scenes with her but mostly with Cam. Probably my favorite part of the book is when he is sick at the hospital and Cam gives him a bit of his blood.  
THE BAD STUFF
  • We know how it goes when there’s a school talent show/battle of bands. There’s always two ways, they either lose even when the crowd loved them and they so obviously should have won or they do win (because yes, the crowd loved them). How many movies have we seen with this story? And that’s the thing, this book is like your classical teen movie (but with angels). 
  • Why does it seems like we take Lilith’s suicide so lightly? This is serious topic and it was not only uncomfortable to see it displayed this way. Is wrong, so wrong. I thought we had reached a good point in mental health in YA. But this book was all stereotyped suicide just so it could be used as plot device. NO NO NO! 
  • I think that it had potential to be even better. It did had the elements to be better. But they weren’t developed enough. Instead it got stuck into a fighting-making up cycle. It keep it simple, easy and predictable instead of trying to take it further which is such a big shame. 
  • Luke ugggh! I know we are supposed to hate him and is an interesting take on the devil, but seriously, doesn’t he have better things to do? 
  • That ending was so rushed and abrupt. They won I get it, but what happens next? I need an epilogue with Lilith actually having a real life please! 

MY FINAL VERDICT

 Overall is a fun and fast read (I read it in two days because I had to sleep an also life). And I really enjoyed it. It played in my mind as a movie, since the story and the description were very visual. So yeah, I can see now why everyone loves Cam (even when in this book there’s not much bad boy vibe anymore), he is definitely a very cool and dimensional character.

Apr 10, 2017, 4:37 PM
Algo parecido al verdadero amor de Cristina Petit -0 comment(s)


Leer este libro fue una delicia. Es de ese tipo de libro que te deja con una sonrisa por lo lindo que es. 




Clementine se muda a un nuevo departamento de ensueño en París que ha heredado por casualidad. Ahora que ya no tiene que preocuparse por la renta puede hacer realidad un sueño que ha tenido en mente: Leer a niños con problemas. Ella está convencida que los libros pueden ayudarles, como una especie de libroterapia y como su departamento cuenta con una librería espectacular (que cualquier amante de los libros ya quisiera tener,) ahora puede recibirlos. La historia del libro no es en sí nada espectacular, pero es muy linda. La manera en la que es contada es simplemente bellísima, poesía pura. Dentro de la historia de Clementine tenemos fragmentos de otra historia, la de un escritor que ha encontrado una chica de la cual se ha quedado enamorado a primera vista y poco a poco ambas historias se entrelazan y le dan un toque de misterio. ¡Básicamente es un libro que gira alrededor de los libros!



ME GUSTÓ
  • Te deja con un lindo sentimiento al leerla
  • Todo es sobre los LIBROS. 
  • Es un mundo ideal *canta la canción de Aladdin* (vecinos amigables, el departamento perfecto, amor de película y ¿ya mencioné libros?) 
  • Terminas enamorándote de los personajes secundarios. Se sienten muy reales por la forma en la que interactúan en la historia.
  • Me encantó la idea del teléfono. No podía parar de leer cuando toda esta trama empezó. Ojalá y hubiera habido más de esta parte. La manera de ver la vida que la escritora plasma en el libro 

NO ME GUSTÓ
  • La historia en si misma es muy poca
  • Como ya dije los personajes secundarios son geniales pero cada uno tiene una backstory super extensa. Era como ¿podemos dejar de decir cada aspecto de la vida de los personajes secundarios y decir más de la protagonista por favor? Alenta muchísimo la historia, en especial al principio sentí que no empezaba porque solo teníamos párrafos y párrafos de los demás personajes. Y todas estas backstories son contadas por el narrador, cuando creo que hubiera sido mejor conocerlos de una forma más natural a través de conversaciones entre los personajes.
  • La backstory de la protagonista en cambio no está tan desarrollada en comparación con los otros personajes. Además de que Clementine como personaje no tiene un arco muy grande. Y eso es porque ella es casi perfecta. Incluso en el capítulo donde es niña ya es perfecta, tanto que simplemente no parece una niña. Fue una decepción porque esta historia cuenta con muchos niños y todos están bien desarrollados pero Clementine es miss perfect desde pequeña. Me hubiera gustado ver más de ella luchando con todos los problemas que llevó perder a su hermano a tan corta edad.






Jan 18, 2017, 4:13 PM
What Light by Jay Asher -0 comment(s)

 

I´ve never had a real Christmas tree. I always thought having a real one=murdering a tree. However this book made me look at it in a different way. Sierra’s parents own a Christmas tree farm in Oregon and every year they go to California to sell them in their lot. And there´s so much I learned about tree farming I feel almost like an expert (ok, maybe not, but I think I could now talk about it and impress people muahaha). It was so interesting and the way Sierra was so caring about trees and how special they were in her life, was so cute.

#ParentsGoals. First let’s appreciate the fact that this YA book has parents that are actually in their kid’s life. And that they are real characters. Seriously, Sierra´s parents are the most understanding parents ever. They trust her (say what?), I mean, sure they don’t always agree with her, but they deal it with her by actually talking. No big and unnecessary dramas. Their relationship is so good that is too good. Are you telling me this type of perfect relationship exists in real life and not only in my mind?

It totally puts you in Christmas spirit with an original story. Sierra’s Christmas is different from others and it was nice to see her traditions in their tree lot and the scene where she and Caleb go to the church was so nice.
CHARACTERS
I feel so contradicted with them. It’s so weird because I like them but there are also so many parts that I don’t that I just don’t know how to feel about them.

  • I’m gonna start with her friend Heather. At first I didn’t like her very much I was like are you pushing your friend to have a Christmas affair so you don’t get bored with your boyfriend? But when we learn more about her and what is really going on I realized that yes she was being selfish but she did care about Sierra and was actually a good friend. And her story was interesting so yeah, I ended up liking her.
  • Sierra: I like that she very mature and smart. Like sometimes you feel like slapping YA characters but no with Sierra. I’m so happy we get this kind of main characters. She makes good choices and is sensitive and caring. Although sometimes I felt like she was too perfect. A part of me likes it but the other feels like she doesn’t have too much character development.
  • Caleb: He is the one that makes me feel more torn about. I mean he delivers free trees for people that he pays with his own tips, can he being more adorable? And he and Sierra are perfect for each other. But his past is not a small thing to look upon. Sierra was the most understandable human being with his situation but the other’s people reaction made sense. I would be wary too. He would never hurt his sister and yes he was dealing with all his family problems and it was just too much for him. But taking a knife and smashing his sister´s door with it? That´s scary as hell. Sierra only understand it until she saw the door but after that she doesn’t think about it much. I think such a serious topic could have been more reflected upon but instead Sierra barely blinked when he told her, just no.
MY FINAL VERDICT
I enjoyed reading this book a lot. The ending is open but is also good as a standalone. Not everything gets magically solved but I think the ending fits the story (although I would have liked a prologue so it felt more complete but oh well!)

As I said, I have mixed feelings with the characters and the way they deal with things with such lightness despite the seriousness of the circumstances. I think it could have gone further but since is a Christmas story the author decided to keep it simple and cheerful… to the point some things feel too perfect.

Overall, is what I was expecting, a sweet romance with Christmas trees, and cookies and perpemint mocha...is like you can almost smell them with this book.



Jul 23, 2013, 7:30 PM
Coffee House Angel by Suzanne Selfors -0 comment(s)

THE STORY

The story is really cute, simple, nice and is very well made. There aren't any loose points and has a good rhythm. Despite the fact that it has the classical theme of the angel that falls inlove with a human girl it's still interesting and unique. It is the setting of a town with a Scandinavian past, the coffee shop, and the problems that our main character, Katrina faces, what makes this story different from others.

THE CHARACTERS

We have a Katrina who is an orphan girl that, unlike her friends, has no clue what she is gonna do with her life even though she does have tried a lot of things. All she has is her job at her grandma coffee shop, which is going through hard times because of the new and cool organic coffee shop next door. She is also a good girl in the sense that she cares about other people which is why she gets involved into this whole angel situation. She is the kind of character that goes against the damsel in distress, she just takes control and even go to save others. Like every teenager she is not perfect but she really tries hard and through the story she grows up and learns a lot.

She has two good friends, Vincent and Elizabeth. He is in the swimming team and she takes art classes. I liked their personalities they are awesome in their particular way, they are both different and two dimensional. They have been friends since kids and you can see it in the story.

The other secondary characters are also good, they have their purpose in the story which I liked because it makes it more complete.

THE LOVE

Ok, so there is the angel who is of course an amazing guy because he is an angel. We don't know much about him but the fact that he is a messenger angel and that his last job was in Ireland. They don't really get a lot of time together because of all the other things they have to do, so their love goes slow and then it kind of rushes at the end a bit. Still, it has sweet moments. I liked that it shows the kind of love in which people gives everything for the other.

MY FINAL VEREDICT

I recommend this story to the ones that are searching for a sweet love story, specially if you like angels and coffee in the holiday season :)