My Bookish Life 2. The Reading Slump is Back & Other Things

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

And the reading slump goes on and on...


Worst reading slump ever!

This year has been pretty awful for me and my readings. Since June that I haven't felt like reading. I have been doing my best to read some books - I finally put my hands on Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier (*all hail the queen*) - but it's really difficult to do it!

I'm hoping 2016 will be a better year for me. Hopefully, I'll be able to read all the books I left behind this year because of this freaking reading slump.

Between, I'm open to suggestions. How do you fight a reading slump?

Now, into the others things...

I have been around because of the reading slump (as it already happened before), but also because I've been planning my London visit - it'll be my first time in London . Now, I was wondering if anyone could recommend me bookshops. As I live in Portugal, if I want to read in English, I've to order the books from Book Depository. So, I can't wait to die in a bookshop surrounded by tons of amazing books. =P

Also, I opened my Etsy shop. For now, I only have available Chirstmas cards, but I've other projects in mind that I can't wait to share. Check it out!

Review 6. Salem's Legacy by Aaron Galvin

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Author: Aaron Galvin 
Published: September 10th 2015

"History is the story of events, with praise or blame. Rebecca Kelly believes in the latter. After months of traipsing through the wilderness, she and her companions arrive in colonial Boston to bring vengeance against those aiding in the deaths of their loved ones. When Rebecca finds the city a foreign hunting ground littered with spies, fate forces her to align with strangers. Questioning identities, motives, and loyalties, she discovers the plots that began in Salem stretch further than anyone could have imagined…and it will be her actions which determine whether history attributes praise or blame to the true masterminds of Salem’s legacy."


Salem’s Legacy is the brilliant conclusion of Salem’s Trilogy. Rebecca has reached Boston and is ready to deliver her vengeance to all those who hurt her loved ones. 

Once again, Aaron Galvin creates a dark world full of twists where nothing is what it seems. However, this time, the scenery is Boston. I just loved how every book gave an inside look of the people's life in different places - from a puritan and native-American community to the colonial Boston. There was always something new to learn and the history geek inside me couldn’t be happier. 

Rebecca is one of the most courageous characters I have ever met and an excellent protagonist (you keep rooting for her). When in a mission, she never gives up. But sometimes being brave also makes her reckless. Once awhile, I simply wanted to yell at Rebecca and explain to her that she wasn’t in the wilderness anymore. She was in Boston where the witches and Cotton had eyes everywhere. Rebecca wanted to believe that she was in control, but she stepped on a vipers nest, so she could never be in control.

[Spoilers Alert] After two books, I should have known that Andrew would only find redemption in death (something I didn't want to happen). His final scene crushed my heart. He wasn’t properly a hero in Salem’s Fury, but in his way he was always loyal to George and he loved Rebecca with all his heart. He was much more than everyone made him to be. At the end, he showed the kind of person he was - and I'm glad for it.  

Overall, I was only disappointed at how Priest’s son was included in the story. His existence was one of the biggest surprises in Salem’s Fury - I was dying to know more about him. I would have enjoyed seeing how Priest would react to his son – and vice-versa. I now wonder if did he know who is father was? However, one moment he was alive and the next one he was dead (and only after his death it’s revealed that he was Priest’s son).

I recommend this trilogy to everyone who loves a good horror story as well as to everyone who has interest in the Salem Trials. It's a great Halloween reading. And Halloween is just around the corner! ;)    

I received this book from the author Aaron Galvin in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Waiting on Wednesday - Spinning Starlight

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week on WoW is Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis. Another fairy-tale retelling. I know, I know... But it has been a while since I mentioned this genre. I still have to read Stitching Snow and I'll do my best to read it before Spinning Starlight comes out. As always it's a case of too many books and so little times... The book will be released on October 6th.


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"Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. But as the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it's hard to escape it. So when a group of men show up at her house uninvited, she assumes it's just the usual media-grubs. That is, until shots are fired.

Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy more complex than she ever could have imagined. Her older brothers have been caught as well, trapped in the conduits between the planets. And when their captor implants a device in Liddi's vocal cords to monitor her speech, their lives are in her hands: One word and her brothers are dead.

Desperate to save her family from a desolate future, Liddi travels to another world, where she meets the one person who might have the skills to help her bring her eight brothers home-a handsome dignitary named Tiav. But without her voice, Liddi must use every bit of her strength and wit to convince Tiav that her mission is true. With the tenuous balance of the planets deeply intertwined with her brothers' survival, just how much is Liddi willing to sacrifice to bring them back?

Haunting and mesmerizing, this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Wild Swans strings the heart of the classic with a stunning, imaginative world as a star-crossed family fights for survival in this companion to Stitching Snow."
From Goodreads

TTT. Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish
Five Books Coming Out This Fall

A Thousand Nights, E. K. Johnston - I never read A Thousand and One Nights, but I believe this book is something I'll enjoy. Death, mystery, magic...All the ingredients a good story needs.

Illuminae, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff - Have you read its summary? Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews. It sounds pretty amazing.  

The Immortal Heights, Sherry Thomas - I'm so happy I only read the first two books of The Elemental Trilogy this year because a year waiting for the conclusion would have killed me. Must know the fate of Iolanthe and Titus.  

The Revolution of Ivy, Amy Engel - I don't know if it's the conclusion of the story started in The Book of Ivy, but I can't wait to know what happens next. My poor Ivy. I just want everything to be okay with her.

These Shallow Graves, Jennifer Donnelly - All I've to say is that I'm jealous of everyone who received ARC of this book. Lucky bookworms... 

Tower of Thorns, Juliet Marillier - I'm dying for this book. I just want it so badly! Gosh, just two more months and I'll say hi again to Blackthorn and Grim. I've missed you so much.

Five Books I Already Own

Rook, Sharon Cameron - I've owned this book since its release. I really wanted to read it but then came out An Ember in the Ashes and A Court of Thorns and Roses and PS. I Still Love You... You know, too many books and so little time.

Scarlet & Cress, Marissa Meyer - Yep, I already own the books, but I still haven't read them *please don't kill me*. But I'll try to read them before Winter comes out. 

Shadow Study, Maria V. Snyder - I'm so sorry Yelena. I promise that I still love you. I'll read Shadow Study before Fall is over. I promise.

Waiting on Wednesday - Six of Crows

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week on WoW is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I haven't read The Grisha series yet. I want to, but as I wrote previously I'm always far behind (it seems I only read a book when the book-sphere isn't talking about it anymore). Well, Six of Crows seems an interesting book an with many interesting characters - yep, I like to follow many characters even if sometimes I end up having no clue of who is who (my memory isn't what it used to be). The book will be released on September 29th.

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"Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first."
 From Goodreads

Cover Reveal. Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

Sunday, 13 September 2015

My first ever cover reveal. Today I present the cover of Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs. I think that by now everyone knows how much I love Mercy Thompson, so I simply can't wait for book number nine. But most important, look at THAT book cover. Mercy looks more ready to kick butt than ever. Also, look how terrifying/dark-ish it looks *I'm looking at you fire dog* 

Fire Touched is expected to be released on March 8th 2016.

"Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.

Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?"
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Waiting on Wednesday - This Monstrous Thing

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week on WoW is This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee. I added this book to my wishlist when I was reading Frankenstein for a literature course - however, I did not finish it. I couldn't get into the story; specially after watching Penny Dreadful. But I'm hoping to enjoy This Monstrous Thing because the summary caught my attention (I want to know more about the Shadow Boys). The book will be released on September 22nd.

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"In 1818 Geneva, men built with clockwork parts live hidden away from society, cared for only by illegal mechanics called Shadow Boys. Two years ago, Shadow Boy Alasdair Finch’s life shattered to bits.

His brother, Oliver—dead. His sweetheart, Mary—gone. His chance to break free of Geneva—lost. Heart-broken and desperate, Alasdair does the unthinkable: He brings Oliver back from the dead.

But putting back together a broken life is more difficult than mending bones and adding clockwork pieces. Oliver returns more monster than man, and Alasdair’s horror further damages the already troubled relationship.

Then comes the publication of Frankenstein and the city intensifies its search for Shadow Boys, aiming to discover the real life doctor and his monster. Alasdair finds refuge with his idol, the brilliant Dr. Geisler, who may offer him a way to escape the dangerous present and his guilt-ridden past, but at a horrible price only Oliver can pay…"
From Goodreads

TTT. Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish
Another short top for me. I can't think of many finished series that I have yet to finish (I checked on Goodreads). However, I can think of some series I've to catch up with that aren't finished yet. Yep, I'm always late! Too many books and so little time...

Top Five Series I Have Yet to Finish
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor - I only read the first book of the series this year during Bout of Book 14 Read-a-Thon. It seems I only start reading a new series when everyone has already read it. I told you: I'm always late!

Dust Lands Trilogy by Moira Young - I loved Blood Red Road so much! I already own the following books, but for some odd reason I haven't picked them out yet from my TBR pile.   

Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier - This is embarrassing to say, I know. I'm always telling you how much I love Juliet Marillier and yet I haven't finished the Sevenwaters series. I my defense when it was first release I was young (I still liked my books with pictures).

The Maze Runner by James Dashner - Book three was spoiled for me. So, I haven't found the courage to read it yet. But I will! It is on my reading list since January.

Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman - I read Unwind in a day. I couldn't put the book down - also, I was participating on Bout of Books 11. I've to read the following books as soon as possible!

Which finished series have you yet to finish? Is there any you'd like to recommend? ;)

Waiting on Wednesday - The Weight of Feathers

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week on WoW is The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore. I only discovered this book a few days ago and I feel for it because it seems a lovely-magical story. The summary gives me Romeo/Juliet vibes, but hopefully no one dies. The book will be released on September 15th.

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"For twenty years, the Palomas and the Corbeaus have been rivals and enemies, locked in an escalating feud for over a generation. Both families make their living as traveling performers in competing shows—the Palomas swimming in mermaid exhibitions, the Corbeaus, former tightrope walkers, performing in the tallest trees they can find.

Lace Paloma may be new to her family’s show, but she knows as well as anyone that the Corbeaus are pure magia negra, black magic from the devil himself. Simply touching one could mean death, and she's been taught from birth to keep away. But when disaster strikes the small town where both families are performing, it’s a Corbeau boy, Cluck, who saves Lace’s life. And his touch immerses her in the world of the Corbeaus, where falling for him could turn his own family against him, and one misstep can be just as dangerous on the ground as it is in the trees.

Beautifully written, and richly imaginative, The Weight of Feathers is an utterly captivating young adult novel by a talented new voice."

TTT. Ten Characters I Just Didn't Click With

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish
This will be a Top Five because I can't think of many characters I don't click with. I always try to give a second chance to a character. I give them an opportunity to redeem themselves. But the few ones I don't click with, most of times, I feel that I end up hating them. A lot.

Charley Davidson from First Grave on the Right -  I hate you so much Charley! I really, but really hate you! Her childish ways annoy me. Charley isn't funny. She is like a little kid who keeps repeating the same jokes over and over again; she is like a girl stuck on high school forever. And the worse is that I enjoy the series plot (I really find it interesting), but Charley's behavior ruins everything for me. Another reason to hate her so much.  

Meg Corbyn from Written in Red - I didn't click with Meg at first. I found really difficult to accept her ingenuity (as a cassandra sangue she had never experienced the real world before). It annoyed me to no end how stupid she could be. But the Others made up for her bland character. I confess that by the end, I warmed up to Meg. I'm currently reading Murder of Crows and I haven't felt like slapping her yet.  

Ron Wesley from the Harry Potter series - This has nothing to do with me being pro Harry/Hermione. I liked Ron in the first three books - even when he and my favourite character, Hermione, were always bickering. But then Ron came across a jealous brat and I just wanted to put some sense in his head. I'm sure Harry would have changed places with him at any time - a loveling family and not having someone trying to murder you every year sounds pretty amazing.

Sansa Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire - Do I really have to explain? I mean, it's Sansa. I tried, but... It's Sansa. Enough said! But her character in Game of Thrones is more interesting than her character in the books.  

Trish Prior from Divergent - I read Divergent in less than 24 hours just so I didn't have to deal with Trish a second more. I can't recall the main reason why I didn't click with her (see? I really don't want anything to do with Trish), but we just didn't click.

Waiting on Wednesday - Ash & Bramble

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week on WoW is Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas. Yes, another Cinderella fairy-tale retelling. And yes, another fairy-tale retelling. I really have no other reason to want read this book because it's a fairy-tale retelling. It doesn't really have a good rating on Goodreads, but I still want to read it. The book will be released on September 15th.
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"When the glass slipper just doesn’t fit…

The tale of Cinderella has been retold countless times. But what you know is not the true story.

Pin has no recollection of who she is or how she got to the Godmother’s fortress. She only knows that she is a Seamstress, working day in and out to make ball gowns fit for fairy tales. But she longs to forsake her backbreaking servitude and dares to escape with the brave young Shoemaker.

Pin isn’t free for long before she’s captured again and forced to live the new life the Godmother chooses for her—a fairy tale story, complete with a charming prince—instead of finding her own happily ever after.

Sarah Prineas’s bold fairy tale retelling is a dark and captivating world where swords are more fitting than slippers, young shoemakers are just as striking as princes, and a heroine is more than ready to rescue herself before the clock strikes midnight."
From Goodreads

TTT. Books That Would Be On My Syllabus If I Taught Demonology in YA Literature

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish
I think I wouldn't mind teaching literature. I used to enjoy some of the literature classes I took - my favourite class was 20th Century North-American Literature. But if I were to teach a Literature class, it would be related with the supernatural. So, let my class begin...

Demonology in YA Literature 666

Welcome to Demonology in YA Literature. During the next semester, it will be discussed the different demonic representations in Young Adult Literature and its roots. To pass this course students are required to read and fangirl. The required readings can be purchase in physical format or eBook. 

These are the first five readings and each story represents demons is a very different way. In Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, Dreams by Daniela Sacerdoti and The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent the main characters are demon hunters which allows the reader the opportunity to understand the reasons that motivate a human to fight demons. In Daughter of Smoke & Blood by Laini Taylor there will be a discussion about who the real demons are.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge offers another representation of demons and their physical and psychological effect on the human being. In Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London, Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr and Written in Red by Anne Bishop, there will be analysed the other demons as the demons can be represented by vampires, fairies and/or human beings. Riders by Veronica Rossi (my cheating book as it hasn't been published yet) will offer a discussion about the Four Horsemen. 

I wish good luck to everyone enrolling on this course. =P

Bout of Books 14 Read-a-Thon - Wrap Up

Monday, 24 August 2015

Time really does fly when you're having fun! I can't believe another Bout of Books has come to an end. It seems it just started yesterday. But once again we did! Congratulations guys; we're survivors. =D I wish I had read more, but I'm proud of myself because I haven't read a single book in months because of my reading slump (hopefully, I overcame it).  

My goals for Bout of Books 14 were:
  1. To read every day;
  2. To participate in two challenges;
  3. To write at least one blog post per day.
To read every day? Check. To participate in two challenges? Check. To write at least one blog per day? Check. I fulfilled all of my goals. =D

About my readings:
  • read four out of the five books I propose myself to read at the beginning of the Bout of Books 14 (I didn't receive my copy of Court of Five by Kate Elliot, so it doesn't count). However, I started reading Child of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier.
  • The day I read more was August 21st (Friday) and the day I read less was August 17th (Wednesday). On Sunday I read 250 pages and on Wednesday I read 100 pages
  • From May 11th to May 17th I read 1182 pages from five different books (one physical book and four ebooks). 
Here are photos of the books I read (the covers belong to the ebook - The Stars Never Rise can be seen in my Kobo):

About the challenges:
My Progress & Challenges
Bout of Books 14 Read-a-Thon - August 17th 

I hope to see everyone again in January (from August to January really goes a long time; there should be another read-a-thon in-between). Until then, happy readings! ;)