“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine , that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Gone Too Far – Expected publication January 6th 2015

Piper Woods can’t wait for the purgatory of senior year to end. She skirts the fringes of high school like a pro until the morning she finds a notebook with mutilated photographs and a list of student sins. She’s sure the book is too gruesome to be true, until pretty, popular Stella dies after a sex-tape goes viral. Everyone’s sure it’s suicide, but Piper remembers Stella’s name from the book and begins to suspect something much worse.

Drowning in secrets she doesn’t want to keep, Piper’s fears are confirmed when she receives an anonymous text message daring her to make things right. All she needs to do is choose a name, the name of someone who deserves to be punished…

The Law of Loving Others – Expected publication January 8th 2015

The car glows with that careless feeling before the freedom of winter break as Emma drives home from boarding school with her boyfriend, Daniel. But when Emma calls to tell her mom she’ll be home before dinner, something is wrong. Just hours after Emma returns home, she realizes that her mom is suffering from a schizophrenic break. Emma’s entire childhood and identity is called into question. How could the woman who sent huge care packages of candy to sleep away camp be the same woman duct taping their windows to keep out the voices in her head? In her search for answers, Emma lands on a terrible possibility: schizophrenia is genetic. Emma could have only a few more years of sanity. Emma could end up just like her mom.

In the span of just one winter break, Emma’s life falls apart. Her relationships alter forever and she is forced to see the hard reality in a line from Anna Karenina: “The law of loving others could not be discovered by reason, because it is unreasonable.”

Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015 (Bookish)

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

In no particular order:

  1. Read and review a book a week and be more critical in my ratings and reviews
  2. Complete the  Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge and Kat’s TBR Jar Challenge – I mixed the two and made a jar with all the challenges so I can do 3/month.
  3. Finish started series that have all books published;
  4. Invest in physical books
  5. Read more classics
  6. Read more Brazilian books (or Portuguese original language, so I can count Saramago in that) But also, prefer books written by brazilian women;
  7. Reread Harry Potter
  8. Take bookish photos
  9. Read more non-fiction
  10. Read more diverse books

Annual End of Year Book Survey – 2014 Edition!

Original survey from The Perpetual Page-Turner

2014 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 128
Number of Re-Reads: 4
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy/Paranormal

Best In Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

God, there were so many like this. But the biggest disappointments were:
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014? 

The Unbecoming of Mara by Michelle Hodkin (good surprise)

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (I read it in the end of 2013, but it was the only book I pushed on people so…)

5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?

The Darkest Minds
Never Fade
In the Afterlight
by Alexandra Bracken
Also The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

Jennifer L Armentrout (read 9 of her books this year)

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I’m gonna say Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and The Opposite of Loneliness by  Marina Keegan since I don’t read a lot of thriller or non-fiction

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Not really super action-packed, but one book I couldn’t put down was Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

 9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The Book Thief
Jane Eyre
Fangirl

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?

image11. Most memorable character of 2014?

Ruby Daly from The Darkest Minds Trilogy

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?

If I stay by Gayle Forman

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read? 

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.” – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

“Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and mildly socially retarded, I’m a complete disaster.” – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

“People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see.” – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Longest: A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin
Shortest (excluding novellas and comics): The Little Prince by

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

I never get too shocked by anything. Maybe Agatha Christie’s The Seven Dials Mystery

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Katy and Daemon from The Lux Series
Aria and Perry from Under The Never Sky

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Bod and Silas from The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Nothing really.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

Daemon Black, Perry

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

Maybe Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. Not sure.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Fangirl

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

If I Stay

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The School For Good and Evil by Soman Chaining

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

The Night Circus

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

If I were you (ugh)
So many great books didn’t make the cut. Every book I’ve read this year had an impact and was important in my overall reading history. Even the ones that weren’t all that great. This was the year that I have read more books in my entire life. And most of them in english (which is not my mother language but it is my favorite) and ebooks (which is a format I just recently discover that I really enjoy).

Overall a great reading year!

Anticipated Books of January 2015.

A lot of cool books coming out in January and in 2015 overall, but these are some I definitely want to get my hands on (metaphorically speaking, since I will probably get most on ebook format).

Review: Paper Towns by John Green

Rating: ★★★★★

4.5

I debated how many stars to give this. I didn’t start out liking it.

It had the classical boy-comedy/manic pixie dream girl feeling to it. Not exactly the kind of thing that I like. But after reading it for a while, I guess I changed my mind about not liking it. It was funny, it was enlightening, it had meaning to me.

And in the end it is Margo who paints herself as a manic pixie dream girl. And even the book acknowledges that.

I know some people thought of this as mystery novel, and felt the need for a stronger plot. I disagree, there is a mystery of Margo’s disappearance, but it is in no way intended to be a mystery the reader can solve (which is number one rule of mystery novels).

It is a story of friendship, and self-discovery and coming of age. And that’s how it works. Personally I think it had too much plot. If it had been less convoluted and unrealistic in the unnecessary mystery-quest, it would have been a great literary piece.

So in the end, for making me think and making me laugh, despite its flaws, I rounded up to a 5 star rating. (every new book I read I hate rating more, like every time I have to quantify what I think/feel about something. It is just not a fair system).

Under The Never Sky

Rating: ★★★★★

I honestly couldn’t find anything wrong with this book. Nothing that bothered me enough to knock down any stars. Not that it was completely perfect or the most amazing book I have ever read. But it was perfect for what it was, which is YA romance/sci-fi/dystopia.

I got so engrossed reading it, I couldn’t really stop to make notes, so I just marked a couple of beautiful passages that I liked. The book has a very visual writing style – very translatable to movie sort of thing. I could visualize everything that was happening, even with the complex world. And it’s definitely a very complex and cool world. I had a hard time understanding how exactly our world would have become this world they live in, but that wasn’t a bad thing. Just something I’m hoping to see explored in the other books.

For me the book was interesting and fast-paced from the very beginning, even when I wasn’t really understanding what the hell that world was about. But once you get into the mindset of how it all works, it gets even better.

The plot is very open, that are a lot of different things that the characters are trying to achieve and a lot of different antagonists they come across. And the characters! Both Aria and Perry have such great character development throughout the book and you get to see their progress and how they make each other grow. Which is another reason why their romance is so great. The other reason is that it is hot. I like romance. I read books for the romance. And if a romance is hot, I’m going to be all over that ship. So this is it for Perry and Aria. New OTP.

Another thing I really like is switching POVs. When done well, like in this book it works great, both for the action and the romance development.

This book is certainly a new favorite of the year and I can’t wait to continue on with the series!

Find Me I’m Yours – Book Review

★★★☆☆

2.8 stars

I know, that’s very specific. I promise that I enjoyed reading this book, and my lowerish rating is not an invitation for people not to read it. I think if you’re interested in the premise of a book you should read it and form your own conclusions. Because there will always be good and bad reviews.

The premise of a click through book with websites and videos and interactiveness was what drove me to read this. And the idea of a treasure hunt!

I had some problems right at the beginning with the main character and the fact the she didn’t feel real to me. She felt like such a cookie-cutter caricature of the artsy-irresponsible girl who doesn’t know what to do with her life and wants to find true love. It does get better towards the end, but that was quite annoying. It was hard to relate to her, I am 24 years old, like Mags, and I don’t mean to sound superior, but my life is a lot more put together than that. Also, I don’t behave and talk like a teenager with weird slang and abbrevs. Also, Mags goals and priorities seem a little bit out there. She has no financial stability/independence and yet her main focus is her love life. Which, you know, is not necessarily an anti-feminist thing. If a woman wants to find love and get married and have kids, she absolutely should go for it. But getting married before having your financial independence is the worst thing you could do with your life. I’ve seen it happen.

This is sort of fixed in the ending, though.

There were a lot of other cringe worthy things about Mags, like the way she treats her roommate, calling her a whore, and a certain scene when they are both in the apartment with a different boy each, that was just gross.

Another thing that bother me was the writing style, is just too simple and straight forward. I don’t love books with super long descriptions, but these one had almost zero. She would list some LA streets and some smells and that would be it. I didn’t get a real sense of setting, and I didn’t feel like I got to know any of the characters beyond a superficial level. The way she writes, there is no conveying of emotion. She is telling me Mags is sad at a certain point, but I don’t see it, I don’t feel anything.

Some of the interactive things were also disappointing. What is the point of answering a  poll? And the art in some of it just was not my thing (that is very subjective). I know that stuff was probably a lot of work, but it didn’t do anything for me. Towards the end I barely bother going in the sites. And her nail art is totally computer generated. If anyone was in awe of that, they shouldn’t be. (at least that’s what I believe until proven otherwise)

The hunt was interesting, but the whole idea was kind of creepy and weird. <spoiler> And it makes for a lousy romance when the main couple doesn’t even meet until the very end (I guess this is a bit of a spoiler). </spoiler>

There were some good parts though, it was funny at some times, and in the end I had a good time reading it. The final message was nice and sweet, despite all the other issues.

It was a little better than okay, but I didn’t like it enough to give it a full 3 stars. But like I keep saying, it’s all subjective.

See more about the book: http://www.findmeimyours.com

Book Series 2014

Finished:
Percy Jackson and The Olympians – 5 stars
Divergent (except Four) – 4 stars
The Syrena Legacy – 5 stars
The Grisha Trilogy – 3.5 stars
The Lux Series – 4.5 stars
If I stay – 5 stars
The Archived (?) – 5 stars
The Selection – 3 stars
The Assassin’s Curse – 3 stars
The Darkest Minds – 5 stars
Cormoran Strike (?) – 4 stars
? – means I don’t know if there will be more books or not
image*excited for finishing these

Started:
The Mortal Instruments (2/6)
Vampire Academy (2/6)
Mara Dyer (1/3)
Amulet (3/6)
The Lord of the Rings (1/3)
Losing It (1/3 and novellas)
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*so interested in continuing these
Ongoing:
A Song of Ice and Fire (read first 2)
Rebel Belle (1/?)
The Lunar Chronicles (3/5?)
Alienated (1/3?)
To all the boys I’ve loved before (1/2?)
Saga (3/?)
Dorothy must die (1/3)
The School for good and evil (1/3)
Throne of Glass (1/6)
Biggest Flirts (The Superlatives) (1/3)
The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles)(1/3?)
These Broken Stars (Starbound) (1/3?)
Lumberjanes (8/?)
The Dark Elements (1/3?)
*where’s the rest?image
WON’T continue
Sherlock Holmes (I’d rather read Agatha Christie, Dashiel Hammet and Raymond Chandler)
Mer Tales (Everblue)
Pushing the limits
The Ring and the Crown (unsure)
Nick and Tesla (unsure)
Anna and the french kiss (read first two, didn’t love, even though I gave Lola 5 stars, I just don’t care for reading Isla )
Attack on Titan
Inside Out (argh)
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