Recent Reads |Oct. 1 to Oct. 26, 2019

¡Hola, mi gente! It’s been a while, I know. I’m in Colorado visiting my brother and basically, all my time has been spent spending time with my family. I will try to post but it’s going to be quite hard. Anyway, no more blabbering and excuses and let’s go on with the post. 

For this recent reads, I have one 4.5 and two 4 stars so it was a great reading month. I just adored everything I read which makes me truly happy. Now, let’s talk about the books in the order I read them.

38316465._SY475_This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada

This is the second book on the Mortal Coil series so I can’t tell you what is it about. I’m going to start by saying I prefer This Mortal Coil over this one. At times this book was so close to being a three stars. It’s not because it got slow and boring but because it was the complete opposite. The author was trying so hard to keep the readers at the edge of their seat that it just became too much. I felt like it had a different plot twist every 15 pages and it was just too much. It got to a point that I was so over them that I felt numb. Every time a new one came out I was like “oh okay,” I wasn’t even surprised anymore. If the plot twists would’ve been divided between the first book and this one, I would’ve enjoyed it a lot more. I mean, it sounds like I didn’t enjoy it but even with that I had a great time. The beginning and ending were so good and some of the plot twists were indeed shocking. I just love this series so maybe I am biased. 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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23203257Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart 

This book was fantastic. If you’re looking for a middle grade that has both queer and mental illness representation, look no further. What is it about? Lily and Dunkin is about a trans girl who’s having a hard time getting her dad to accept her, getting bullied in school, and wanting to come out but being too afraid to do so. One summer she meets Dunkin who is new in town and is also dealing with bipolar disorder. 

So I, as a ciswoman, can’t talk about the trans representation and I couldn’t find an own voices review backing it up. This is why all I’m going to say is that I hated her best friend. She was constantly pushing Lily to come out when she wasn’t ready and she was mean to her when Lily wouldn’t listen and do it. You can’t just force someone to come out, not with a trans person nor with a queer person in general. I found it disrespectful especially ‘cause she was supposed to be a good friend.

Now about the bipolar rep I can talk as I deal with bipolar disorder. I think the representation of this disorder was fucking amazing like it truly resonated with me. Not only did I see myself in it but close family members who also deal with it. Yes, yes, she took it to a point where it wasn’t the common symptoms but it doesn’t mean that it’s a bad representation. I loved the representation. I honestly got so emotional at times because I saw in him things that I thought I was the only one that did/thought/went through that. The thing is that most of the reviews that I’ve seen critiquing this aren’t from people that deal with it. THE REPRESENTATION WAS GREAT! Stop saying it wasn’t if you haven’t gone through that. I could rant about this all day but I’m pretty sure you guys don’t care. So to summarize it: the representation was great even though it wasn’t the common case. Maybe not all people with bipolar disorder deal with this but someone going through something similar would really appreciate seeing themselves in a book. If you aren’t an own voices reviewer you can F I G H T M E! 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 

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17185496The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes 

All I’m going to say is that I loved this book. If you want to see my full thoughts check out my review.

This book is about Minnow Bly a girl who has spent most of her life being part of a cult. One day she escapes, but not before they cut both of her hands off, and is later found standing over a badly beat up man. Due to this, she’s sent to juvie. 

Another part of the story is that the community where she used to live is burned down and the self-called prophet is found dead. Then an FBI agent comes to her with a deal. He will help her if she helps him figure out if the fire was caused and if the Prophet was killed before of or because of the fire. This book is her narrating her story, which we don’t know if it’s true or not, and also recalling the events that got there. 

 Please check out my review.

 Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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9520360._SY475_.jpgThe Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

This book is the second book on The Heroes of Olympus series but it doesn’t continue, except for a few details, what happened in The Lost Hero. I wouldn’t read it before book one because those few details are very important. What can I say about this book? I love the characters they were nice and care about each other quite a lot. I loved the story even though I missed Rick Riordan’s humor.  

At first, I was bored because like with The Lost Hero it took quite a while for the action to start and I must admit there wasn’t a lot of action. That’s why at first I thought that I prefer this one over The Lost Hero but now thinking about it, I think I still prefer book one. 

Still, I had a really good time and if you haven’t given this series a chance, I must insist that you do. The books are long but it’s worth it.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Well, those were the books I read from October 1st to October 26th. What books have you recently read and loved? Let me know and

HAPPY READINGS!

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