July 27, 2017

Review: The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby


Title: The Secret History of Us
Author: Jessi Kirby
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: September 7th 2010
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC

Rating: 3.5/5

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Gorgeously written and emotionally charged, The Secret History of Us explores the difficult journey of a teenage girl who must piece her life together after losing her memory in a near-fatal accident.

When Olivia awakes in a hospital bed following a car accident that almost took her life, she can’t remember the details about how she got there. She figures the fog is just a symptom of being in a week-long coma, but as time goes on, she realizes she’s lost more than just the last several days of her life—she’s lost her memory of the last four years. Gone is any recollection of starting or graduating high school; the prom; or her steady boyfriend Matt. Trying to figure out who she is feels impossible when everyone keeps telling her who she was.

As Liv tries to block out what her family and friends say about who she used to be, the one person she hasn’t heard enough from is Walker, the guy who saved her the night her car was knocked off that bridge into the bay below. Walker is the hardened boy who’s been keeping his distance—and the only person Olivia inexplicably feels herself with. With her feelings growing for Walker, tensions rising with Matt, and secrets she can’t help but feel are being kept from her, Olivia must find her place in a life she doesn’t remember living.

I read The Secret History of Us in record time at least for me, I admit that is not a very long book since it only has 288 pages, but I read it in a matter of hours that for me is very fast, because the plot hooked me from the prologue and it really did not let go until the end.

The story begins with Olivia waking up in the hospital, not knowing what she does there, nor how she got there, when she wakes up she´s inform that she was in a car accident and that's it, shortly afterwards they give more details of her accident, but all the information that her parents give her was very ambiguous, since they do not want to upset her and they also want to protect her. Several chapters went by before we learned that Olivia has amnesia (something that is not spoiler because it comes in the blurb), and that she didn´t remember several years of her life. A great part of the plot lies around her loss of memory and how she discovers things that had changed in her life, as she is no longer friends with certain people from her childhood, nor does she follows one of her great passions and now she has a boyfriend whom she doesn´t remember and that all the people close to her tell her that they were madly in love with each other, but she does not feel anything when she with him.

Something that I saw as impossible or that she had very bad doctors, is that they don´t test her to see how her memory is soon after she wakes up, after having a car accident, in addition to being hospitalized and in a week-induced coma, it isn´t until Olivia makes a comment about it, that the doctor made some tests on her.

Apart from that, we see how Olivia returned to her life where everyone tells her how she was before the accident and she tries to do the same things for the sake of others, but little by little she realizes that there are things of her that nobody knew and that little by little she begins to discover new things about her.

Overall, I enjoyed The Secret History of Us, it's a good story about where the main character is amnesic and her life after her accident , it has a few twists to the end of the story and it has a good ending.

July 25, 2017

Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created bThe Broke and the Bookish

Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish
(in no particular order)

Okay, I´m assuming that the topic is about series that I´ve started but I haven´t finished and I´ve yet to read the last book in the series.
This list is only of books I own and that I´ve read all the books of the series or trilogy except the last one. Some times I just don´t want the series to end.
Boundless (Unearthly #3) by Cynthia Hand
Dead Silence (The Body Finder #4) by Kimberly Derting
Shine (Shade #3) by Jeri Smith-Ready


We'll Always Have Summer (Summer #3) by Jenny Han
Ashes to Ashes (Burn for Burn #3) by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

Frost Like Night (Snow Like Ashes #3) by Sara Raasch

Which book should I read first?
or
What finished series you have yet to read?
Leave me your link in the comments. 

July 24, 2017

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Date.
Each week we spotlight the books we are reading, planning on reading or just finished reading.

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Finished reading

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson (4.5/5 stars)

Currently reading
Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning

What are you reading today?
Leave me your links!

July 21, 2017

Review: Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland


Title: Hello, Sunshine
Author: Leila Howland
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release date: July 11th 2017
Format: ARC

Rating: 3.5/5

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A Prep School Girl with a Hollywood Dream

Becca Harrington is a reject. After being rebuffed by every college on her list, she needs a fresh start, so she packs up everything and moves to LA, giving herself one year to land an acting gig or kill herself trying.

Unfortunately, not everything turns out as planned, and after a few grueling months, LA is looking like the worst idea ever. As hard as she tries, Becca can’t land an agent, she's running out of cash, and her mom is hounding her to apply to more schools. In an act of desperation, Becca and her friend Marisol start posting short videos online—with the help of their adorable filmmaker neighbor, Raj—and the videos catch the attention of a TV producer. Could this be it? Her big break? Or will she have to move back home with nothing but some bad head shots and a monstrous credit-card bill?

Becca may not get the Hollywood ending she was hoping for, but perhaps she’ll learn there’s more than one way to achieve her dream.

Readers will love every page of this funny, romantic, aspirational, and ultimately triumphant novel about a girl who just wants to make it on her own.

Hello, Sunshine is a cute, light and fun contemporary young adult novel.

Becca, an 18-year-old girl recently graduated from high school, whom after receiving her rejection letters from all the universities that she applied, decides to go to Los Angeles to try her luck and see if she can become an actress. Her mother gives her a year to follow her dream, but after that lapse she must try to apply to some other university.

Becca has a plan, living with her cousin while she finds her way at LA and getting an agent as soon as possible, but from the moment she arrives to California nothing comes out as she expected and soon realizes that achieving her dream will not be as easy as she hoped, since it isn´t so easy to get an appointment with a good agent and the money she had is is running out faster than she thought so she´s resorting to her credit card and her debts increase, so her dream is further every day, but she does not lose hope of reaching it.

Overall, Hello, Sunshine is an ideal novel for the summer, a light read without much heavy drama, where we see a bit of the life of a young aspiring actress.

July 17, 2017

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Date.
Each week we spotlight the books we are reading, planning on reading or just finished reading.

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Finished reading
Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland (3.5/5 stars)
Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson #8) by Darynda Jones (4.25/5 stars)

Currently reading

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

What are you reading today?
Leave me your links!

July 15, 2017

Stacking the Shelves (61): April - June

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga´s Reviews, which showcases the books we've purchased, won, borrowed and received in the mail. 

These are the books I got in the months of April, May and June.

FOR REVIEW
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
I See You by Clare Mackintosh

 This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland

Thanks to the publisher for the eARCs.

BOUGHT
FOR MY KINDLE
A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1) by Brittany Cavallaro
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Replica (Replica #1) by Lauren Oliver
What You Always Wanted (If Only . . . #8) by Kristin Rae

Perfect Lies (Mind Games #2) by Kiersten White
The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight #1) by Melissa Grey
The Shadow Hour (The Girl at Midnight #2) by Melissa Grey

The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan
Send by Patty Blount
And I Darken (The Conqueror's Saga #1) by Kiersten White

The Power (Titan #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Lethal by Sandra Brown
A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks

Anansi Boys (American Gods #2) by Neil Gaiman
Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) by Sylvain Neuvel
Warrior Witch (The Malediction Trilogy #3) by Danielle L. Jensen

The Rook (The Checquy Files #1) by Daniel O'Malley
Stiletto (The Checquy Files #2) by Daniel O'Malley

Friction by Sandra Brown
The Alchemists of Loom (Loom Saga #1) by Elise Kova
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

What books did you get?
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