August 27, 2018

Daugther of the Pirate King


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Another Monday I am ready to tell you about my readings and today I will be talking about the first audiobook that I heart in English: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller.

I have been meaning to read this book for a while but never finding a paperback I have been refraining myself from buying it. At the end I have started a Scribd subscription and it was the first title I decided to listen to. I do no regret it. The story was entertaining and while in the beach it was perfect to be picturing ships and pirates. Plus, the narrator was great. This is not the first audiobook I heard, but those that I have listen were told in Spanish which is my mother tongue.

In this book we follow Alosa, who is the daughter of the Pirate King himself. She has to infiltrate in an enemy ship in order to find a part of map that will lead the pirates to Isla de Canto. The island is a siren realm in which they keep riches from past ages.  So Alosa infiltrates the Nightfarer to find the map but thing proves to be more difficult that she though they might be at the beginning.

I liked the book but that doesn’t mean that I don’t think that it has it flaws. I will be breaking the whole thing down for you in the following paragraphs but don’t worry if you don’t want to be spoiled because this review will be spoiler free.

I must recognize that first chapter are not the best that I have ever came across. In fact, I even consider to DNF the book and went for something different. In fact, I consider Alosa to be very annoying. She keeps saying how great she is and how she keeps refraining herself. This made me extremely annoyed because as I have said several times I am not idiot and I do not need thing to be constantly reminded to me. It´s okay if in a battle scene the author would tell how she did refrain on order to give a wrong idea to her captors. However, when even when Alosa is on her cell, the fact that she is in there because she wants to and because she refrained herself is been repeated is annoying and I wanted to punch her.

Don’t get me wrong because besides that fact I did enjoyed Alosa as a character. Nowadays we get ton of female protagonist who say that they are strong; however, this is only word and is not later demonstrated with actions. In this case it´s said with word but also through the actions of the main character and that was something that I deeply enjoyed. In fact, I really liked reading from Alosa´s perspective, she is fun, and she doesn’t mind speaking her mind. And most of all I loved how she is finding her place in a mens´ world.

As for the rest of the characters of the book they were great. I enjoyed that they were different from each other and from what I am used to read. I especially enjoyed Riden, because he is much more that he let everyone see and I really liked Draxen. But I have to say that my favourite out of all of them is Kearan; I do hope I get to see more of him in the next book.

The plot was great, and I keep me wanting to keep listening once I went through the first 5 chapters. It went places I didn’t expected and I was highly surprised and pleased.

Regarding the world building I will say that is interesting as it´s slow and only letting us see some small glimpses. However, this works perfectly for the story.


Overall, I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars and I will highly recommend it if you are looking for a pirate/sirens story. I myself am looking forward to go on with the story so you can wait for a review of the next book in the duology very soon.

See you all in my next post!

August 25, 2018

Arderás en la Tormenta


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Otro día más aquí estoy dispuesta a hablaros de mis lecturas veraniegas y, la verdad es que están en concreto me hace bastante ilusión porque en la Feria del Libro tuve la suerte de conocer al autor y, he estado siguiendo la serie durante bastantes años ya. Además, como se trata de un thriller es uno de esos libros que luego comento con mi Padrino que como ya sabréis los habituales del blog, es uno de los principales sponsores de mi lectura.

Hoy voy a hablar de Arderás en la Tormenta en libro 6 en la serie de David Gurney. Pero no os preocupéis todas las historias son independientes y, se pueden leer sin haber leído las anteriores, pero de verdad que los dos primeros libros son tan sumamente buenos que os recomiendo que, si tenéis ocasión los leáis.

En esta nueva entrega seguimos al detective Gurney, que saldrá nuevamente de su retiro para resolver un caso de odio racial en la vecina White River.

La verdad es que la premisa paree bastante sencilla, pero la trama no lo es en absoluto. Una vez empecéis no vais a poder parar. Tengamos en cuenta que es un libro de 500 páginas y, yo me lo leí en un día, no de una tirada porque quería helado y, para eso tenía que parar un rato. Parece que John Verdon vuelve a escribir una novela de esta sería que es sólida. En caso de que no lo sepáis, las novelas 3, 4 y 5 de esta serie me provocan sentimientos encontrados. Por una parte, están muy bien escritas, pero se centran en cosas que no son fundamentales para la investigación y, que al final hacen que la trama se cierre de manera demasiado precipitada. Creo que no tengo reseñas de los anteriores libros de la serie, pero si estáis interesados los releo y las publico, decírmelo en los comentarios.

Con respecto a esta novela, decir que es cierto que se centra en aspectos que no son fundamentales para la trama, pero no es tan molesto como en ocasiones anteriores. Esto es porque, aunque sepa con todo detalle lo que come el detective Gurney (en serie este hombre debería ir a Master Chef) no hay extensivas descripciones de cómo cocina como si lo hay en libros anteriores, o bien cuando habla del detective comiendo no lo hace tan extensivamente como lo ha hecho en otras ocasiones.

La trama de esta historia está bastante bien llevada. Es interesante, aunque tengo que decir que es tan rebuscada que es previsible. Desde la primera vez que aparece el asesino tenía la sospecha de que era ese personaje y, terminar el libro demostró que estaba en lo correcto. 

Con respecto al ritmo de la historia decir que las primeras páginas son bastante lentas, porque estamos conociendo a los nuevos personajes necesarios para la historia y, porque estamos descubriendo de qué va el caso. Una vez habéis pasado los primeros capítulos no vais a poder parar de leer hasta que no terminéis el libro.

Me parece interesante que el autor vuelva a tratar la corrupción policial en un libro. Sé que en uno de los anteriores ya lo había hecho, no recuerdo exactamente en cuál, pero creo que es interesante verlo desde el punto de vista de un autor americano teniendo en cuenta, que hoy en día se ve en las noticias con frecuencia que en Estados Unidos la situación policial no es la mejor, en el sentido de que se ven números caso de abusos, sobre todo contra gente de color. Lo que me lleva a hablar del segundo tema central del libro: el elemento racial. Este es otro gran tema de actualidad, pero me parece interesante que como siempre el protagonista tenga la opción más políticamente correcta.

David Gurney es un bonachón y, es un personaje demasiado perfecto. De hecho, es una de esas cosas que se comenta en el libro, que es demasiado perfecto y el no lo sabe. Es un personaje que tiene una serie de defectos autoimpuestos, que más que defectos son rasgos de la personalidad del protagonista. Creo que de cara a próximos libros el autor se podría mojar un poco, y hacer que la opinión que tiene el protagonista no sea blanca o negra y, que esta sea siempre la que se considera correcta.

El resto de los personajes son los mismo de siempre, pero en esta ocasión tengo que reconocer que me ha faltado más Hardwick. Sé que es un personaje peculiar, que puede llegar a enervar a algunos, pero la verdad es que a mí me encanta y, me cae bastante simpático. Además, las dinámicas entre el protagonista y este personaje son siempre super interesantes de leer. El detective siempre aporta una visión interesante a los casos en los que Gurney se inmiscuye.

Y lo creáis o no, estoy bastante sorprendida de decir esto, pero la verdad es que la aparición de Madelaine no me ha resultado tan molesta como en otras ocasiones. Creo que es un personaje bastante molesto porque quiere que todo sea como ella quiere: pasear por el campo, club de lectura y, galas benéficas. Me parece que el tándem de David Gurney y Madelaine es uno de los más raros que he leído en mi vida porque no es una de esas parejas que digas que no pegan ni con cola y listo, sino que es una pareja que no tiene absolutamente nada en común y, de verdad que no entiendo cómo están juntos. Pero dejando de lado el hecho de que no entiendo cómo están juntos, en esta ocasión las intervenciones de la mujer del detective no han sido para cortarse las venas y, en ocasione hasta han aportado un nuevo punto de vista a la narración.


En resumen, creo que este libro merece 4 estrellas y, que le deis una oportunidad porque es altamente adictivo y entretenido.

¡Nos vemos en la próxima reseña!

August 23, 2018

Obsidio


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It´s time for a new review and today I would like to talk about the final book in the Illuminae Files trilogy: Obsidio. I read the two first instalments of the trilogy last year and they were fun, however I considered the first to be better than the first.

This review will be spoiler free with regard this book however as it´s the third instalment you will find spoilers for the first and second book. So, in case you haven’t read already the first two books I will recommend for you to read he reviews of Illuminae and Gemina by clicking on the title of each book.

Now without further ado, let´s jump into the actual review.

Obsidio takes place right when Gemina finished. The Hypatia and the Mao are becoming one crew and the files need to be put together in case the trial takes place. And barely anything else can be said because it could potentially be a spoiler and I do not like to ruin the books for you guys.

This book was entertaining there is no doubt of it. However, I find that is not as good as the first instalment was. I do not think that any of the books in this series reach its whole potential with the only exception of Illuminae. I really don´t know why but I feel like something is missing.

In this book we get to see all the characters from the previous books working together and that was something that I enjoyed very much. I loved to see Ezra and Nick dynamics and I like how we see how a friendship be could be forming between Hannah and Kady.

In this book there was a new couple that seems to be the equivalent of Nick and Hannah as well as Kady and Ezra on their respective books. To be honest is a wanna be Kady and Ezra that is just that a copy, and not as near as funny and perfect as those two are.

The style was as usual during these books and it was fun and quick to read. Plus, as you read the files you get to see things from a different perspective to what you are used to when reading. You are not reading a cohesive narrative. Instead you are reading the files, with emails, radio communications and video transcriptions.

The story in this book seems to be more ambitious. Is trying to close the whole thing while telling a new story for the book. It´s ok but the conclusion seems rush as there are many elements and the introduction of new characters that are very ambivalent. However, the ambivalence of the characters is not a problem. The problem happens because for almost 400 pages there is barely nothing happening into the book and within the last 200 pages everything tries to be solved. Being the solution rush and letting the reader with the feeling that the story is incomplete.


Overall, I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars and will recommend it to all the syfy lovers outthere even when I have been disappointed with the last two instalments. My disappointment has nothing to do with the books or the story being bad, because at any case they are not.

See you all in my next post!

August 20, 2018

Jonathan Strange & Mr.Norrell


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Here I am bringing a new review all the way to your screens. Today I will be talking about one of the books that I brought with me to my vacations and that unfortunately disappointed me very much even when I do not consider the book to be bad or poorly written. The novel that I will be discussing today I Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell and certainly you can expect that I will write a review of the Tv show as soon as I am done with it.

So, this book is the story of Mr. Norrell and Jonathan Strange, as I imagine you can gather from the title. And it’s about how this two people try to restore the magic, which have disappeared from England from the last 300 years. And barely anything else can be said about the book because few things happens despite the book having over 1000 pages.

As I have said I am disappointed by the book because I was expecting so much more. I really don’t know why because the reviews that I have read are mixed and there is not really an agreement on whether the book is good or just another fantasy novel. Truth to be told it doesn’t read like a fantasy novel. It´s more like a book of history with tons of long and boring references that really don’t bring anything new or make the story richer.

The book was boring at first, then it was fun when Mr. Strange was first introduce and magic was used for war. Then the book became tedious again and I almost stop reading it when I have 200 pages left. As you can imagine after reading 800 pages I forced myself to continue and finished the book for my mental sake. Who reads 80% of a humongous book and then with 20% left decides to quick? Certainly not me.

What make the reading really boring at times were the foot notes. Those were truly awful! At first they were cute and interesting but it comes a time in the story in which they are just bring up stupid facts that are no related with the narration at all. They do not even mean to give a better understanding of the world. And at times the footnotes were 3 or 5 pages long. Ok, I get that the author is trying to be innovative with the writing style by making a fiction work look like a history book, but it was not that interesting.

The style was great. It was certainly one of the things that I enjoyed the most about the book and mostly what keep me going. It´s interesting to read a more elaborate language, and as the book intend to be a chronicle, that seems to be written at the time or at the most a few years later, it was amazing to see how all that was portrayed and achieved.

As for the world building I thought it was poor but I has something to do with one of that characters. And when reflected upon its interesting to see how the book being a “chronicle” and the magic in the period was greatly influenced by the opinion of one of the characters was hidden from the rest of the world. But that does not excuse that when you are reading a fantasy book you are expecting it to describe how the magic works and with the few exceptions of a couple of rituals you cannot understand how magic is performed by any of the magicians of the story.

Regarding the characters I really don’t know where to start talking about. I have mixed feelings. Mr. Norrell us despicable, he is awful and under no circumstances I would ever like him. He does not have any redeeming quality. I get that someone can love books, but he clearly has some OCDC or something of the matter. I love to stay in with my books, but I do not quite reach his obsessiveness. And then there is the fact that he is extremely selfish and does not thinks that anyone with a different opinion from his can be right.

Mr. Strange is quite acceptable and he is very funny. I like him because he is a disaster but as the story progresses I he became like Mr.Norrell and I ended despising him too. Would it be very mean if I say that I like better (way better the villain in the story) whom I cannot mention because it would be spoiler.

The plot was weird: at times it seems that there was something bigger going on and then there was times in which you realized you were entirely wrong about that. And how leaving a story unfished can be acceptable?


I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars because I enjoyed some bits and then became another with other bits. I would have probably rated this book higher if it has been shorter because one of my main issues with this book is that it´s extremely long and very frustrating because of it.

See you all in my next post!

August 18, 2018

Cronicas de la Bruja. La Hija del Roble


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Otro sábado llega y una nueva reseña también lo hace. En esta ocasión os quiero hablar de una de mis lecturas playeras, un libro de fantasía escrito por Raquel Suarez Quintana. Se trata de La Hija del Roble, la primera parte de la bilogía Crónicas de la Bruja publicada por Ediciones Labnar, a quienes aprovecho para dar las gracias por el envío del ejemplar.


En este libro conocemos la historia de Eva una joven bruja que ha ocultado su magia toda su vida por temor. Siempre le han dicho que la magia no es buena, que trae problemas. Pero cuando empieza a trabajar en el castillo como doncella, descubre sus poderes por accidente y tiene que huir. En su viaje descubrirá que puede que la magia no sea tan mala como siempre le han dicho y que su destino es mucho más grande de lo que nunca había esperado.

La verdad es que ha sido una lectura bastante entretenida que ha tenido sus más y sus menos, pero desde luego que me he quedado con ganas de leer la segunda parte de la bilogía. Creo que la historia tiene mucho potencial y, hay elementos propios del género que están muy bien hechos; por otra parte, hay momentos en los que la historia cae en varios clichés.

Lo primero que tengo que decir es que el universo está muy bien construido. Es una novela bastante simple, pero en todo momento vamos descubriendo nuevas cosas sobre el mundo en el que se mueven los personajes. Una cosa que me ha resultado de lo más interesante y creo que aporta bastante es que a lo largo de la novela descubre en qué se basan las economías de los distintos reinos y, de qué son productores. Puede parecer una chorrada, pero creo que aporta a la riqueza del universo en varios sentidos, pero sobre todo porque gracias a qué sabes que en Machester son pescadores, puedes entender mejor a los personajes de dicho reino.

Anécdota graciosa aprovechando que he mencionado que hay un reino que se llama Machester. La palabra es tan parecida a Manchester, que cada vez que leía el nombre del reino tenía que darme un coscorrón mental y recordarme que el reino es Machester y no la ciudad británica.

Volviendo a los temas importantes, otra cosa que está bien hecha con respecto la construcción del universo es el sistema mágico. No es excesivamente complejo, aunque no por ello es menos interesante y, queda bastante claro a lo largo del libro. Esta parte tampoco os la puedo explicar excesivamente porque os haría spoilers y, no me gustaría fastidiaros la amena lectura. Por otra parte, si pensáis que hay cosas que no entendéis, no seáis impacientes, todo queda muy claro al final de la historia.

Sobre los personajes tengo que decir que están bien construidos. Sientes que conoces a todos más o menos, pero la verdad es que muchos palidecen en comparación con la protagonista. Creo que hubiese sido interesante que se profundizase un poco más en el personaje antagonista, porque, aunque se explican sus motivos, no termina de ser una villana con escalas de grises. Con esto quiero decir que es mala y ya está, no tiene ninguna cualidad que la redima. De hecho, esa es uno de los pequeños fallos que le encuentro al libro. Lo malo es malo, tiene energía maligna y lo bueno es buenísimo. No hay un término medio. Y, sé que efectivamente en fantasía uno de los temas recurrentes es la lucha entre el bien y el mal, pero me gusta más cuando los personajes buenos son un poco malos y los malos al final nos caen simpáticos.

El otro problema que encuentro con el libro es el amago de introducción del triángulo amoroso y, lo rápido que este se resuelve. Y el Instalove, no sólo en un caso, sino en dos, con ambos personajes masculinos pasa lo mismo: ven a Eva y, saben que es especial y están enamorados de ella, sin haber cruzado apenas un par de palabras con ella.

En relación con la trama tengo que decir que es muy interesante y está muy bien llevada. No hay un solo momento en el libro en el que tengas tiempo para aburrirte. Es un libro de casi cuatrocientas páginas y yo me lo leí en tres días y, porque en el segundo tuve que ser sociable y salir a relacionarme con otras personas. Es una lectura amena y entretenida perfecta para empezar a adentrarse en el género fantástico.

Por cierto, evidentemente, como es la primera parte de una bilogía el final es abierto, pero ¡ESTÁ BIEN HECHO! No es un final abierto de esos que son extremadamente molestos. Te deja con ganas de más en el mejor sentido posible. 


Yo le doy 3.5 estrellas y como podéis imaginar tras leer la reseña, es una lectura que recomiendo.

Os dejo el link de compra aquí.

¡Nos vemos la semana que viene con un nuevo post!

August 13, 2018

A Conjuring of Light


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A couple of week ago I brought you all my review of A Gathering of Shadows by V.E Schwab and today I am bringing the review of the latest instalment of the series: A Conjuring of Light. And I think that the first thing that I must say is that I am very surprised by this book. It was everything I wanted it to be, but I didn’t know I wanted that. I know that I am not making myself very clear, but you will understand me better as I go on.

Before continuing with this review, I must warn you: this will be a spoiler free review regarding A Conjuring of light but as it is the third book in the series you will find spoilers for both A DarkerShade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows. If you have yet to read any of those you can read my reviews of those by clicking on the titles, but I will recommend you stop reading this review. If you proceed it´s entirely on you as I have warned you.

A Conjuring of Light starts right were we left the story on the previous book. It was quite a cliff hanger, so I was thankful for being able to jump right after in to the latest instalment of this amazing trilogy. Kell, Lila Rhy and the rest of the characters need to find a way to defeat the dark king and to do so the stakes go higher at every single point. Will all the characters make it out alive? You´ll have to read it to know, but I promise that is an amazing read.

As you might know even when I gave 4 stars to the second book in the series I was slightly disappointed. But as I have said, this book surprised me, and it was a very pleasant surprise. This book has everything that I found was lacking on the other one. There is a bigger development on the characters and a bigger development on the world. In fact, we get to see more of the other Londons.

The world building was better because all the Londons appear in this book and all of them are important to the story. I highly enjoyed seen how White London was presented to us in the perspective of Holland allowing us to find more about the character and the city. It´s weird to find a villain that is likeable and that you can understand, and I feel that V.E. Schwab is unique at creating such characters. From the very first moment I liked Holland and as the story went on and I got to get acquittance with Holland and found why he is as he is and why he acts in the way he does was a very enjoyable experience.

I think that by now you all got the part in which I told you I love Kell. He is one of my favourite characters. I really enjoy how he is portrait and how he is hesitating and always trying to see the best of everyone. He is always willing to seek the reasons for things and he is a character that I deeply enjoy because as Rhy says he is not selfish at all.

I love Rhy because he is strong but not powerful. He is in his way to be king and if we get to see a novel in which he is I bet he is going to be a hell of a king.

I have heard several times, that many fans of the series dislikes Lila and I have to say that whereas everyone seems to hate her I really like her. She is a mess and she is very impulsive, but I do think that she as a character brings so much richness into the story. If there is a character that I don’t like, is Allucard, but in fact I do like him as his actions in this novel redeem him from his past actions and let me tell you that your hearts will be broken when you find the reason behind his rushed departure. 

The plot on this book was brilliant and there was not a single moment in with you could have been bored by it. In every single page there is something happening. And everything its interesting!

Style was impeccable as always. I do really like how V.E. Schwab writes. But if I must keep just one thing from those books will be without, hesitating for a single moment, the fighting scenes. Those were truly epic, and I love how the magic in them was described. Also, I would keep the relationship of Rhy and Kell witch I have loved from book 1.


As you can tell I loved this book and I gave it 5 out of 5 stars. I will recommend that you read the series and particularly this book because it´s an amazing concluding novel. With this book I have read 5 books from this author and I want to read more and more of this world.

See you all in my next post!

August 11, 2018

Las Supervivientes

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Hoy os traigo la reseña del primer libro que he leído en el mes de agosto: Las Supervivientes de Riley Sager. Este libro lo encontré por casualidad un día mientras daba una vuelta por El Corte Inglés, me llamó la atención, pero había sido fuerte y había pasado sin comprar el libro. Entonces llegó mi madre y lo compró por mi.

En este libro conocemos la historia de Quincy Carpenter, una estudiante universitaria que fue la única superviviente de una masacre en la que todos sus amigos fueron asesinados. Por ello entra en el infame club de Las Últimas Chicas junto con Lisa y Sam. Las tres son las chicas que, como en las películas de miedo, aguantan vivas hasta el final de la película: no es un club al que quieran pertenecer. Quincy, ha sido capa de rehacer su vida o, eso cree, porque cuando una de las otras chicas aparece muerta, las cosas que creía enterradas en el pasado resultan no estarlo tanto. Y, como es un trhiller no os puedo contar más porque os haría spoilers.

La verdad es que el libro es basntante entretenido y, lo recomiendo, si embargo no ha terminado de ser lo que yo esperaba que seria, pero vamos por partes.

Los personajes son sin lugar a ninguna duda lo que más me ha gustado del libro. Es evidente que tras algo como lo que vivió la protagonista del libro no todo puede ser perfecto, tiene que haber secuelas de alguna clase y, eso es algo que creo que el libro refleja bastante bien. La historia está contada, en su mayoría en primera persona por Quincy, y gracias a eso podemos ver de una manera muy clara cómo su vida no es tan perfecta como quiere que todos crean. 

El resto de personajes de la historia están un poco desdibujados, pero es interesante cómo la autora consigue que el 99,9% de los personajes me caigan mal. Es una novela llena de matices y, la autora juega con nuestras sensaciones, haciendo que nos sintamos mal porque un personaje por el que deberíamos de sentir lastima nos cae mal. Un caso muy claro de esto es Janelle, la mejor amiga de la universidad de la protagonista. No me da realmente ninguna pena que termine como termina. Creo que ese es uno de los fallos del libro, que hace que todos los personajes te importen de poco a nada y, que sean tan sumamente exasperantes que te caen mal, con la excepción de la protagonista de la historia. 

La trama es interesante, pero no es lo que yo esperaba. Creo que la historia no alcanza todo su potencial porque la autora juega con el erotismo demasiado. No es que esto sea malo, sino que no está bien hecho.  Las escenas de sexo eran aburridas, una mera descripción, de las que en ocasiones terminaba por saltarme párrafos enteros. Esto podía haber sido algo interesante para la historia en lineas generales, podría haber aportado algo si estuviese hecho de otra manera, pero en realidad sólo son lineas de relleno. 

De hecho, lo del relleno es algo que he notado bastante durante toda la historia. Hay paginas y páginas que no aportan nada nuevo, mientras que puntos que hubiese sido realmente interesante ver desarrollados se quedan en meras menciones. Creo que la autora tiene buenas ideas, pero que no termina de desarrollar el potencial de las mismas, porque introduce demasiadas cosas. Ya lo dice el refrán: "El que mucho abarca poco aprieta". 

No me malinterpretéis, no es que piense que el libro es una mierda, porque no lo pienso. De hecho, es bastante entretenido y, para tirarse a leer en la playa y relajarse un rato no está mal. Pero creo que es importante que señale los fallos que veo en el libro porque últimamente sólo os hablaba de libros de 4 o 5 estrellas. 



En resumen, recomiendo el libro, pero no esperéis la mejor pieza de literatura del mundo entero, porque no lo es. Le di 3 estrellas. 

¡Nos vemos en la próxima reseña!

August 6, 2018

The Poppy War


Hey guys!

As I promised I am back and this time I will  be talking about a book that completely blew my mind: The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang.

I know that at first the title of the book might seem funny as my friend Alicia have pointed out several times by now. But trust me this book is not funny but is everything you need if you love to read fantasy. In fact I did a review about this book in Spanish urging my language-mates to learn English if only to read this book.

As I have said this is a fantasy book and I think it will be the perfect read for all the Brandon Sanderson lovers as well as for all the Patrick Rothfuss lovers. And this is the point of the review in which if you have been following the blog for a while you will definitely know that I am not messing about how amazing The Poppy War is: The Name of the Wind if my all-time-favourite book and if I say something is good compare to it, I really mean it. Nevertheless R.F.Kuang has a voice on her own and created and amazing story.

In this story we meet Rin a war orphan that lives with a foster family. Her foster parents are opium dealers and all that Rin wants is to leave that live, more so when she is told she will be married within 2 years. To escape she prepares and studies in order to enter Sinegard the most prestigious and the most difficult academy to be admitted in. and she manages to past the test and have a grade good enough to escape from her former life but Siniegard will prove to be harder than expected and she will constantly be in the line. Still, Rin will manage to discover forgotten rituals and martial arts as well as another set of very practical skills for war. And I cannot give you further details because I want you guys to discover the book and felt for it as I have.

I think that by now, you must have already gathered that I fu****g love this book. But I want to tell all the reasons why so you will feel the need to read it (if you haven’t already).

I believe that I should start by talking about Rin. She is a wonderful protagonist and SHE IS FEMALE. There are tons of fantasies with female character as leadings but none of them is as amazing as Rin is (I am sorry Celaena and Vin, Nina, Inej…). Rin is one of those characters that is different from the rest and is not just because the author says so: Rin is truly unique. Ok she is poor and comes from a hard back ground, but she is not the typical chosen one. Rin is smart but things do not come in a silver plate for her; she works really hard to get what she wants and that, is something that I have absolutely adored. She wanted to get into the most difficult school to get in and she worked her ass to get in. Once she is in the school, she realises that she is behind her classmates in martial arts and she does everything she can to be at their level trying even to become better than them. How often have you seen a character that has to work hard to get what they want? That I can recall I have never ever seen a hardworking character and I appreciate that we finally get one. I relate more to her than any other, certainly I have not gotten my University Degree by sleeping all day long. And the aspect that I have probably enjoyed the most about her is that she is not perfect; for instance, morally she is quite ambiguous but reacts certainly as most of us would. I have love to seen how she evolves throughout the story.

The rest of the cast is also remarkable. All the characters are so real and well portrayed. There is no a single character that you feel like 1 dimensional all of them felt real. You like some of them better than others but that is in your personal preferences  with regard to people. I have particularly enjoyed reading about Jiang, he reminded me so much of my school philosophy teacher.

I have really enjoyed how society is reflected upon. The story is based in the first years of the 20th Century and of course some things are very different but most is so actual and applicable. Racism and classism is treated in the most intelligent way I have ever read and I am amused about genocide is presented in such realistic way.

Besides that, drug used is discussed. There is the use of opium as just a merely drug and then there is the magical use of it. Those are very well differentiated within the book and I am astonished about  how the way in which the characters see the opium thought out the book changes as it goes, depending on which part of the story you are in and how things are not completely black or white. In fact  this book has a lot of moral aspects  that are opposing and at some point in the story seem correct or not.

The world building was extraordinary. I do read a ton of fantasy as many of you will know by now. Most of that fantasy follows a pretty similar structure and it´s based on Medieval Europe. This book is based in  20th Century China and that was highly refreshing. It was very interesting to see the contrast between the rural and the urban areas and how there is a huge cultural  shock because of that for Rin. I think I can safely say that the author did a remarkable investigation job about the period before writing the book. Still is a fantasy and there are differences with reality.

What I think is the most interesting part about the world build about this book is that there is a chapter that is based in the Rape of Nakin an historical event that I myself wasn’t aware about. And when talking with some friends, that are very passionate of history, as well they didn’t know about it either. After reading the book I did some research and I do not want to believe that there has been such evil in the world. The chapter I am talking about is very graphical in fact all the book is. There are many trigger warnings, such as rape, self-harm, suicide and general violence.

As I have just said the book is very violent but the violence is necessary for the story. It´s a story about war and we are following a soldier. The author is just presenting thing as there are and not sugar coding them for the reader. I loved the book but I do understand that is not the perfect read for everyone.

Regarding the writing style I did enjoyed immensely. It is very efficient and not to poetic (and I am someone who loves poetic writing). It´s just what the  story needs.
The plot goes perfectly everything happens when it has to. The plot is not rush but it never comes to a pint in which you feel bored because you are for too long in one point of the story. We discover the world as Rin does, because being form the south she is almost as blind as we are when we first enter the narration. The rhythm in with the story is told is simply brilliant giving the little drops that are needed when they are need them to not be dehydrated but leaving us thirsty still, and makes the plot way bigger than any of you could possible imagine.


Overall I think that this books deserves 5 out of 5 stars because is a story told in a very intelligent way and the amount of moral and actual topics that discuss. This is going to be in my top 18 of 2018 for sure and most likely in the top 3. My copy have gone straight to the Favourites shelve in my room. I wish I have written this book, but as I haven’t I thank miss R.F. Kuang for writing such masterpiece.

See you all in my next post!

August 4, 2018

¿Qué libros me llevo de vacaciones?

¡Hola!

Este año tengo menos vacaciones que otros años, porque la vida adulta empieza a ser una realidad. De cualquier manera, he pensado que sería interesante contaros qué libros me llevo de vacaciones. La idea era llevarme libros grandes para llevarme menos que otros años, pero soy masoquista y, como tengo espacio de sobra, pues al final me llevo muchos libros grandes. Ya os contaré en septiembre qué tal me ha ido y, cuántos de estos libros he leído. 
Jonathan Strange & Mr.Norrel de Susanna Clarke

La verdad es que de este libro sólo sé que es de fantasía y qué es gigante. No quiero mirar mucho para llevarme la sorpresa cuando lo lea. Creo que tiene que ver con un par de magos que son rivales, pero tampoco me hagáis mucho caso. Creo que como es el más grande que me llevo, va a ser el primero que intente leer; después de leer eso todo me parecerá pequeño y leeré más rápido. 

The Power de Naomi Alderman

He oido muchas cosas sobre este libro y, la verdad es que tengo ganas de ver qué me parece. O lo amas o lo odias, pero lo cierto es que no deja indiferente a nadie. En esta novela por lo que tengo entendido se cambian los roles sociales y, las mujeres "están en el poder" porque tienen una habilidad especial (creo que dan descargas eléctricas) y, la novela está contada desde el punto de vista de un historiador hombre. Ya os contaré qué me parece. 

Nuncanoche  de Jay Kristoff

Este libro me lo han mandado desde Megustaleer y, la verdad es que aunque he intentado empezarlo un par de veces este mes no me ha terminado de llamar la atención. Creo que el problema es que he leído muchos libros muy buenos muy seguidos y, o es algo maravilloso o soy demasiado critica. Lo intenté empezar justo después de terminar The Poppy War y, no creo que esa fuese la mejor idea. De cualquier manera, espero que me guste porque es una fantasía y, el otro libro que he leído del autor me gustó.

La trilogía de la Fundación de Asimov

¿Qué la gente normal lee libros ligeros en verano? Pues yo por llevar la contraria leo ciencia ficción clásica. Como sabéis hace poco  me leí la saga Odisea Espacial de Arthur C.Clarke y poco después compré la edición que junta los tres libros de La Fundación. Tengo intención de leerlos en la playita. Ya os contaré cuando lo haya leído qué me ha parecido.

La Daga de la Ceguera de Brent Weeks

El verano pasado leí la primera parte de esta saga fantástica y, aunque no me entusiasmó, me interesó lo suficiente como  para querer cotinuar con la historia. Me parece que el sistema mágico es muy interesante, aunque me parece que la narración del autor es machista en exceso.Y no, no es por el entorno medieval, hay diferencias entre eso y mencionar el tamaño de los pechos de cada personaje femenino en todas la páginas. 

El Cuento de la Criada de Margaret Atwood

Llevo queriendo leer este libro demasiado tiempo. Creo que va a ser una lectura de lo más interesante y, tras la cual podré empezar por fin a ver la serie.  Tengo entendido que es una distopía, pero tampoco quiero saber demasiado porque quiero sorprenderme y disfrutar el libro al máximo cuando lo lea, ya os contaré. 

El Baile de las Luciernagas Kristin Hannah

De este libro es del que menos sé de todos y, es porque lo compré simplemente por quién lo había escrito. Hace un par de años leí El ruiseñor de la misma autora y tengo que decir que es uno de los libros que más me ha marcado hasta la fecha y, de hecho se lo voy recomendado a todo el mundo. Sé que es novela histórica y, por variar un poco en el género creo que puede ser interesante. 

Arderás en la Tormenta de John Verdon

Como ya os conté me compré este libro en la Feria del Libro de Madrid y, aunque tenia muchas ganas de seguir leyendo la historia del detective Gurney a pesar de que los últimos libros han tenido altibajos. Podéis esperar una reseña tan pronto como termine el libro. 



Y, creo  que eso  es todo lo que me voy a llevar, aunque puede que cunado me ponga a hacer la maleta, me de cuenta de que me sobra más espacio del esperado y, meta algún libro más (Mamá por favor no me mates). 

¡Nos vemos en el próximo post!