Recent Reads | Sept. 1 to Sept. 15, 2019

Recent Reads #2

¡Hola, mi gente! In the first half of September, I read five books and loved all except one. I had three 4.5 stars, one 4 stars, and one that I’m not sure how to rate but the rating is probably going to be 2.5 stars. It was definitely a fantastic first half of the month. Now let’s talk about them.

The first book was the audiobook of 

12969140Persona Normal by Benito Taibo

This book is in Spanish and it’s written by a Mexican author. It’s about a boy named Sebástian whose parents died in a car accident and is sent to live with his Tío Paco (uncle Paco). It’s their story as Tío Paco creates these crazy adventures, how he teaches him great life lessons, and gets him interested in literature. In it, we follow Sebástian from when he’s a kid until he reaches adulthood.

Their relationship made me so happy. It was so beautiful and heartwarming and it made me wish I had an uncle him. The crazy make-believe adventures they go on are so fun to follow and I appreciate learning about literature in a way that it made me appreciate it. The audiobook was so easy to follow and just made the story so much better.

I should have a lot more to say because I adored it but that’s pretty much all of it. I adored it. That’s it.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

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7736182._SY475_.jpgThe Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

If you follow me here or on Instagram (@lesbe.reader) you know how much I love the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series which is why it shouldn’t come to a surprise that I just had to continue with the spinoff series. This spinoff follows Jason, Leo, and Piper three kids that go to a school for troubled kids. One day Jason wakes up in a school bus on his way to a school trip with no memory of who he is. He apparently has a girlfriend, Piper, and a best friend, Leo, that he doesn’t remember. When something crazy happens during the school trip they are swept away to camp halfblood where they discover a whole new world full of monsters, gods, halfbloods, and adventures.

When I first started this book I struggled a bit. I was constantly comparing it to the Percy Jackson series especially since this one is more on the slow-paced side. But that’s only in the first two-fifth of the book and it’s there to prepare you for the craziness that it’s the rest of the story. Once I saw this book as its own I completely fell in love. The characters are great, the story is full of adventures, and the friendship was as good as the one in the Percy Jackson series. I must say this one is more on the serious side as it’s Young Adult.

My favorite character is Leo, he was sarcastic, caring, and oh so hilarious but the rest were also fantastic. The story is also quite diverse as Leo is Latinx and Piper is Native American.

I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to spoil it but if you have read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, I recommend you to continue with Heroes of Olympus. If you haven’t I have a question for you, how dare you?

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

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36595887._SY475_Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernández

This year has been the year of Middle Grade. I have fallen in love with the genre and have pretty much adored every book I’ve read. This book is not the exception. Sal and Gabi Break the Universe is about a Cuban American boy named Sal who is a magician and who after a raw chicken incident is called to the principal’s office where he meets Gabi a driven smart (possibly Latinx but I can’t remember) girl. Gabi suspects that there’s more to Sal than simple illusions and is set in discovering his secrets. That’s all I have to say because if you know too much about the book it’s going to lose some of the magic. The synopsis on Goodreads is too spoilery so please don’t check it out.

I loved the characters. Sal is hilarious, kind, and knows how to get on the adults’ good side even when he’s causing havoc. He is such a great person. I loved how he’s Cuban American—own voices rep—and how he’s also diabetic. I enjoyed seeing how his diabetes affects his day to day but also how he doesn’t let it control him. Gabi is driven, smart, and also very caring and when she sets her mind on something she doesn’t stop until she achieves it.

Learning more about the Cuban culture and seeing how similar Cubans are to us Puerto Rican was interesting. I really liked the family representation and how it reminds us that families aren’t always just mom, dad, and kids but can be more complex than that. I adore the constant message of acceptance and about how you are great no matter what.

This story is a lot of fun and can be enjoyed by the whole family

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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33876440._SY475_This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

This Mortal Coil is a dystopian novel set in a world where humans and technology have come together and people can use coding to change their appearances and cure the most common diseases. There is, of course, an exception, a plague that killed and is killing a big part of the population and has sent the rest into hiding. In this story, we find Catarina Agatta a hacker who’s hiding from the people who kidnapped her father. One day one of their soldiers arrives at her door with news that her father has died but not before coming up with a cure. A cure that only she can decipher.

This book… I loved this book. The main characters were great, the romance was tolerable, and it was full of plot twists. I don’t know a thing about coding which had me confused at times and I think the author should have done a better job at explaining it. This is why I didn’t give five stars. The plot twists kept slapping me leaving me gasping for air. I must say I can’t predict plot twists so there’s that but it was still such a great read.

I just got the sequel for my birthday and I was so excited that I put the book I was reading aside so I could read it. That’s how much I loved it.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

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39938142This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis

This book is interesting, I guess. I don’t even know how to talk about it without spoiling it. It’s just so weird and intense and um, what the actual…? This book is about Sasha Stone a girl who tries to be the perfect student. She’s first chair in the school band, is valedictorian, and has the boyfriend that it’s expected from her. But what happens when she finds out that her life began by absorbing her twin in the womb? What happens when she suddenly feeling attracted to the school’s bad boy? When her body suddenly misses him?

I think this book was two in one. The first half is a thriller and the second one is a contemporary about friendship and overcoming adversities with some truly messed up moments. That, I wasn’t expecting.

I don’t know how I feel about this book. At first, I read two pages and felt like I was going to hate it because I could not stand the main character. I normally don’t mind an unlikeable character but I hated her with a passion. As the story progressed I learned to enjoy her as a character and accept that she was a controlling *insert insult here.* But I felt numb while reading it. If you would have asked me if I liked it or hated it I wouldn’t have been able to answer you. I just did not feel a thing.

This is why I don’t know how to rate it. I read in less than a week which is surprising because I’m constantly dnfing books and I guess I enjoyed it enough to continue it. So did I enjoy it? Was it a good book? I don’t know but considering how I felt I think I’m okay with this rating, kinda. 

Rating: ⭐⭐.5 

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