August 13, 2018

A Conjuring of Light

Hey guys!

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


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?


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!