Sunday, September 21, 2014

Booktube Channel, Finally I Did It!!!

Hey Guys!
Well, as the title said, finally I did it!, for the last couple of months, since the discovery of the Booktube Community, I've been contemplating start my own channel. I'm not going to lie here, I made lots of excuses, discarding the idea, but while I keep watching those amazing videos, discovering new booktubers, I knew deep inside that this was a community in which I would love to be part.
Books are a huge part of my life, and even when I'm refusing to focus this blog 100% to books, since I would feel like I'm missing something -like taking pictures here and there-, I knew that a booktube channel was the best choice for me.
So here it is, my first video in the community:
And probably you already read my reviews for Camilla Läckberg from book one to six, but since next Wednesday I'm going to review book 7, I decided to change a little bit the dynamic here, so I decided to make a mash-up from book 1-6 as my first official review video :)
Hope you join me in this new crazy idea, and if you like my videos subscribe to my channel, please!!!!!
Well, that's it for today, have a lovely Sunday!!!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

We were liars, book review

Rating: ★★★
We were liars.
I’m trying so hard to not give away too much information about the book, since the main reason why I loved it was the way you go discovering bits and bits of what truly happened with the main character and her friends.
Also I think it was very clever the way the girl recreated the fairy tales stories she used to read when she was a kid, focusing in her own family and the events that all of them kept hide from her since the accident.
The way she express her emotions was brilliant, and all the story and the way it was wrote was absolutely fantastic.
But what this book is about? Well, the family Sinclair is the kind of family in which everything is perfect, rich, blond, gorgeous, every single member is a perfect example of what good blood and genes can create. Which made you think if everything is just as it looks like.
We were liars is about princesses, about a king, and a puppeteer, it's about family, it's about friendship, and in some way is about haunted. 
So, seriously I recommend this book, which was pretty cool.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

I Made a Bookshelf + A New Resolution

Probably you know this, probably not (if you are new on this blog). I love books, I totally love them with all my heart. The thing is that I don't own many books, at least not in print version, I'm a huge fan of ebooks, but print editions had been in my heart a little longer. The problem is that in 2010 I lost all of them, all those precios and treasured books that were important to me. Lost them, trash them, went to the gargabe like if the did't have a value. In 2010 a flotation took them away from me, and here I'm talking of hardcover first edition of Harry Potter (for which I cried).
I am grateful that my furry babes were ok, and every single day I'm grateful for that. But I'm not going to lie here, even when I wasn't sad for most of the things that I lost -which was pretty much everything in my bedroom plus some of my mom's stuff, and all my childhood pictures- I can't deny that if I cried in that moment it was only for my books. The moment I saw my neighbor trashing them with a hammer to realese them from the bookshelf I felt a piece of me went with those treasured books. Still I didn't cried until it was over.
We worked hard, and even when we thought we would have a sad Christmas, it wasn't like that. I had one of my favorite Christmas that year, and also, I gave myself a pretty present. A book. I bought the most pretty book I found on the bookstore, and even when I didn't know what was it about, I knew I had to have it. The story was pretty good, and I was very glad for my purchase. (Sepulchre by Kate Mosse)
In 2011 I was so glad when I finally had in my hands my Kindle, and since them, I've been an ebook fan.
Finally a couple of weeks ago, with the discovery of The Book Depository, I finally saw it clear. I love book, and it's hard to find books in english here in Sunny Hell, or if you find them, they are quite expensive. And then this amazing site offers great books, awesome prices and boom! Free delivery!!!!
So of course I made my mind. I don't win lots of money, and evey cent that I win is with hard work, but even though, I can adjust my budget, I can keep working hard no matter what, but one day I'm going to have a bookshelf fill with print books from top to bottom.
That's my goal, that's the collection that I want to start, a collection not of lost books, -which probably I'm going to purchase in new editions since I'm a little bit supersticious-, but with books that I love, that I've been discovery, that I probably read on ebook version, or that I'm dying to read.
And for start this new step, I needed a bookshelf itself, since the one that I have is so small. So I went to find the perfect one, but there's something weird about the people who sell bookshelf, they don't understand, they made bookshelfs with the same space between one shelf and the other, and they are not the size of books at all but bigger, so there's a lot of space waste. Plus they are expensive!
Instead of get one of those awful bookshelfs, I decided to make one, and I mean made a silly design, go to Home Deapot to buy the wood, ask for the precise cuts, bring the wood at home and start from scratch taking measures, working with the hammer and other tools, and finally see the product of my hard work.
So here it is, this is the beginning of a new goal, the beginning of a new dream.

And also I made a small one which probably would serve for camerashelf!

Since I already created my channel on youtube which I intend to use more frequently, here's a little video of the process on making my bookshelfs:

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Witch of Duva

There was a time when the woods near Duva ate girls...or so the story goes. But it’s just possible that the danger may be a little bit closer to home. This story is a companion folk tale to Leigh Bardugo’s debut novel, Shadow and Bone.
Rating: ★★★
This is a short story by Leigh Bardugo, author of the Grisha triology, which I'm intending to read pretty soon, but for now, let us focus on the story.
When I started to read it, I find it a little difficult with all those names that were mentioning, thinking if I must keep them in mind for the rest of the book, but then, I discovered that the names weren’t so relevant for the story itself, and I quite enjoyed it.
A pretty good story, and very easy to read, to the point that I was kind of sad when the book ended. What I loved the most of the book, is the taught on it, since you shouldn’t judge people by their appearance, and less their motives, since we never know what are the reasons a person acts some way.
Totally recommended to those who enjoy “Fairy Tales” with a Grimm and not a Disney ending.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

The Way We Go book, why you should pre-order it?

Why should pre-order a book? Specially a book by an indie author from who you probably don't know a thing or never heard about her. Why you should spend your money ordering a signed copy from this person, or the ebook edition of her new novel? 
Well, if you didn't know this already, last year Miss Roxie Prince published her first book, Compendium: A horror novelette, and I was over the moon with it, like I said before, my only complaint was that I wanted to keep reading more and more stories from her. (check my review here). The way Miss Prince writes fascinated me from the beginning, when I started reading her livejournal post, or when I started to read the poems she shared on tumblr.
If I could say one thing about her is this, she's the kind of person that you want to keep as friend, the kind of person that cause you such an admiration because she's not only a survivor, but because she set a goal in her life and she's doing it, she's a WRITER, and I wrote it in capital letters because I have faith in this person as I never have faith in someone that I consider my friend even when we don't know each other in person. 
She's smart and funny, but the most important she's a storyteller. She decided to be an indie author because she doesn't measure success with being rich, or famous, she wants to share her stories with the world, and for that I'm grateful, because Miss Prince is so talented, and here's the main reason why you should support an indie author. You never know what treasures you can find on those self published books. What stories could come so close to your heart, and if you don't give them a chance, they would stay there, and would be lost for all of those who can find them interesting, and here let me quote Vida Winter, from The Thirteenth Tale, because her words went to my heart, just like Roxie's:
"Silence is not a natural environment for stories. They need words. Without them they grow pale, sicken and die. And then they haunt you"
And that's precisely what Miss Prince is doing, she's sharing the stories that live inside her head, and by supporting her, by supporting an indie author, you made possible that those stories go there on the world, be spread, and shared and loved by others.

Lindsay Picou is sixteen going on thirty. She's been forced to not only take care of herself, but to raise her little sister, too, because their mother, Gloria, is a part-time prostitute and a full-time wanderer. 

Then, Gloria meets Ben. He not only changes her life for the better, but Lindsay's, too. 
These changes come with a set of challenges Lindsay isn't equipped for; she has to learn to be a student, a friend, and a daughter. In short, she has to learn how to be herself in a completely new world, and she is forced to learn things about the people in her life that both hurt and free her.  
Just when she starts to feel like she's getting a handle on things, she meets Micah, Ben's best friend, and things get a lot more complicated.

The release date for this fantastic book would be on November 26th, but like the title says, you can pre-order already. Roxie is offering signed copies on her website, but also if you can't purchase a printed copy, you can pre-order the ebook version (I can't wait to get mine!)
And if you want to read in Roxie Prince words how she measure success, you can read more here, that way you can have a glimpse of the kind of amazing person she is.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Document your life July/August

I wouldn't consider this video an actual Document your life, since July and August were pretty lazy, I wasn't in the mood for challenges, still, there were a few moments when I couldn't help but record something or take a few pictures here and there, so of course, they were enough for a silly video, which basically is a way to show my love for my furry babes, can you guess who is the most showtime?

Happy Thursday!!! Oh and I probably going to show you the bookshelf I'm building from scratch, yes, I'm doing it, so probably i'm going to make a video or something. I decided to save money and with it buy as many books I can, I want to fill the bookshelf with pretty shinny books!, so wish me luck!

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Fault in our Stars, book review

Rating: ★★★
Sometimes there are books that you totally love, books that get to you, and stay deep in your heart. Here I must be completely honest. I read and heard a lot of good things about this book, how lovely and touching it was, people who recommended it to me told me that i was going to cry, so of course I was ready with a packed of tissues and all my heart in depressing mood.
The book was good, but not that good. Did i cried? Not. At. All
Did i loved it? Not. So. Much.
Here's the why. While i was reading the book, since the beginning, i couldn't feel a connection with Hazel, the main character, she wasn't the kind of person I would totally love and care, and i felt terrible because well, she was dying.
The second major problem was Augustus, he probably was the favorite character of a lot of people, for me, he was just the same, the outgoing boy, with lots of possibilities, the charming and most loved, the atletic kind of guy who felt in love with the not so fantastic girl (twilight, mara dyer too much for my taste).
But what really got me to the point in which I decided this book wasn't going to be a favorite one was the fact that once more, prince charming came to the rescue and made Hazel's death wish come true, even when he put his own life in danger, making it more "tragic".
I get these were teenagers, and what's worst, they were sick teenagers, and I could understand how unfair the whole thing was, but what I felt more unfair was the fact that once more prince charming is the hero of the story. Once more I wonder what about the parents? The parents who gave up to everything to pay for the treatments, who stayed with them and cleaned them when they trow up or pee themselves.
I guess that's why I didn't felt the book so much, or felt conected to it. I've been sick. I've been on ER of course not for something so terrible as those kids, but in every single moment I was sick, my parents were there for me, taking care of me, making me feel better, why people never praise that in a book?, why is always the tragic prince charming who save the day?
Probably most people think is romantic, and in a poetic way it is, but still, the characters never get to me, and the story was in some parts totally annoying. I know, I know lots of people would think I'm crazy, but that's how I feel with the book, and believe me, I was ready to love this book, totally ready for it. I didn't see the movie after reading the book, since I found so awful Hazel's attitude sometimes, and would be terrible watching it on the big screen.
Still, you must read and make your own opinion on every book, so if you didn't read it already, go for it, probably you would like it, so I'm not totally recommended it, since it was recommended to me and didn't work out, so to be honest, I would say, I recommend the book if you really enjoy young adult romance, love stories with tragic endings, when the most important is to love and be loved, no matter the time.
As usual, you can get a copy here!

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