BOOK FAIR (FILMTY) VLOG 2016

Hello! And welcome to a new blog post! That’s how I usually start my videos so it only sounded fitting. Yesterday, Sunday the 16th of October I attended the “Feria Internacional del Libro Monterrey” which is basically the International Book Fair in Monterrey which takes place in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México and runs from the 15th to the 23rd of October.

It’s my third time attending this event and I always go crazy looking at how many books there are in one place. At this event a lot of prestigious editor houses that come and expose their books as well as their authors. We’ve had authors like Laini Taylor attend this event (last year).

As you guys know, most of the books that I read are in english and this is the perfect time to look for the books that I want in this format. I usually go to 2 bookstores for English books but during this time they are expensive af because they are new releases what I look for. Nevertheless, I also like looking at what other Hispanic and Latino writers have to offer.

I hope you enjoy this little vlog about my experience.

Thank you guys for reading this! And have an amazing start up week!.

SEPTEMBER WRAP-UP | 2016

Another month has come and gone by and I only managed to read 2 books in the month of September but BUT I am happy with the books that I read because one of the two books I’ve had on my shelf waiting for me to read, a year. Yes, a year ladies and gentlemen a freaking year! But I finally got to read it and Im excited to read the next one, hopefully doesn’t take me more than a year to read.

The first book that I read in the month of September was Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by  John Tiffany and Jack Thorne which was obviously inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. NOW, I am a huge Harry Potter fan and as a fan I would have to say that this book was unnecessary and it is in my most honest unpopular opinion that this book should not be called the 8th book the series.

With that said I did like a few things about this book. I liked seeing the dynamic trio together back at it again. I also LOVED Scorpius Malfoy. I can’t begin to explain my love for him. I also enjoyed the humor that the book managed. The jokes that the characters made felt really true to their characters and there were times where I did laugh out loud ESPECIALLY at one plot line but that’s for another point to discuss. But I think the thing that I loved most about the book was the story started at the epilogue of Deathly Hallows. I didn’t even think this was a possibility, but I think it was the perfect way to combine the two stories into one another.

Now on to the things that I disliked and this are a few so bear with me.

Sometimes the relationship with our previous main characters such as Ron and Hermione for example felt off to me. Don’t get me wrong we still got their sense of humor and their wittiness but relationship wise it felt off and it disappointed me. Also, Harry in this book was just so out of character. I just couldn’t believe that this was the Harry that I grew up reading about and this is how he is now with his own children. Talking about relationships, I really disliked how Albus treated his father, Harry. Granted, Albus was terrible to Harry from the very beginning which may have played a huge part as to why Harry was so out of character but come on they were both acting like children and it bothered me so much. LIKE AS IF HARRY WAS NEVER A TEENAGER AND ALBUS GIVE YOUR FATHER A BREAK ALREADY. It was really frustrating.

But apart from all of this my biggest problem was the HUGE reveal on the plotline. I can’t even say what it is because it will spoil the book but oh my god it’s ridiculous! I just can’t wrap my head around to thinking WHEN did all of this happen or even took place while everything was happening in Deathly Hollows. It just doesn’t make sense at all so I refused to believe it haha.

AND to wrap things up about this book…

I FELT like I was reading fan fiction. Not that fan fiction is bad but this was ridiculous, hence why I can’t consider it the 8th book in the series.  I enjoyed it for the most part but read it if you want to just have a fun or don’t really don’t mind ridiculous and inconsistencies with a plot. Im sure the play will do better in portraying this story than just reading the script just for the plain fact that they are two different mediums.

RATING: ★★★

AND WOW that was a lot to handle Im sorry.
I got carried away talking about this book. 

Let’s continue with my September Wrap-Up.
The next book I read was Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas which is the 4th book in her Throne of Glass series AND it only took me 3 months to finish it…well over a year because I’ve had this book on my shelf for more than a year. I know I’m insane and a very insensitive person.

I already have a written review about this book but in general I liked it. I had a hard time reading the first part because previous characters felt foreign to me even their interactions but as I read a long the story just kept getting better and better and new characters were introduced and old ones were given a bigger part in the story so over all I was happy with the outcome. Though I do have to say that I had a breakdown over something that I can’t say but I cried. My boyfriend can testify to this because I was on the phone with him while finishing this book up.

RATING: ★★★★

AND those are all the books that I read in the month of September. I am so sorry this is so long and if you made it this far.

Let me know if you have read any of the books mentioned above and what are your thoughts!

I hope you all have a good reading month in October!

BOOKSHELF REORGANIZATION | 2016

So  a few days ago I decided to clean up my bookshelf cause well you know dust accumulates and I don’t want my babies to be dirty and collecting that dust SO while doing that I thought “Hmm wouldn’t it be great to reorganize my bookshelf and film it? I mean I’ve been trying to do that for a while now so why not”. I should’ve thought about it twice cause the minute I got ALL of my books out of my bookshelf I immediately regretted it haha. I have about 200 books. 200 BOOKS! Thats a lot of books.

But in the end I indeed filmed it and did move a few books around different so  here is the final product. ENJOY!

QUEEN OF SHADOWS BY SARAH J. MAAS | BOOK REVIEW

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Title: Queen of Shadows #4
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass
Publication date: September  1st. 2015

Goodreads Synopsis: *MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS* 

The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

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RATING: ★★★★

I don’t even know where to begin with this review but let’s hope for the best.

It took me literally more than a year to finish this book and it wasn’t because I didn’t want to or anything I just never picked it up. It took me a while to do so mostly because I had heard mixed reviews and some angry people about a certain ship that I adored and well…that ship has officially sunk. It was painful to read and some of the characters felt foreign to me. I don’t know if it was because I had not been in the world for a while or because they are completely different but I will attribute it to all the things that happened in Heir of Fire cause man even from that point on everything was painful.

What I liked about this book was being back in the world and getting to know a little bit more about each character, especially their interactions. I think this is what I loved most about the book. I also liked how we got to see a much bigger and rich world that Sarah J. Maas has created. It was a bit confusing though but I think it was mostly because I had waited a year to read the book so …that’s not really a bad thing or an excuse. Also the pace of the book was really good. There was always something happening and well I mean the book is indeed 600+.

What I didn’t love about the book were Chaol and Aelin’s characters. I thought that Chaol’s character did a complete 180. He wasn’t the Chaol I felt in love with and the same goes for Aelin. She wasn’t the girl I once knew from book 1 through book 3 but then again it could be the fact that the situations that they were put in completely changed them or were meant to shape them into the characters that we got in this book. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it. The first half of this book was really hard to read because of it. I also felt like some parts in the book dragged but at the same time it wasn’t too bad.

What I did like and love about the book is how this world is bigger than I could have ever imagined. You have so many different characters who are all so different from each other but at the same time are the same? Or that’s what I think. I also liked seeing the court play all together. I love Lysandra, Aedion and Manon. OMG MANON I LOVE HER SO MUCH and Dorian. I never thought I would fall in love with Dorian but I did in this book. It was more of a huge concern for him.

Also, I know I said that I didn’t like Chaol’s characterization in the beginning but towards the end I couldn’t help but remember why I fell in love with him in the first place.

AND yes, I cried. I was freaking out towards the end of this book. I never felt so scared to read ahead. That’s when I knew that Sarah J. Maas has me wrapped around her finger and no one is safe.

Overall, I liked the book. I did have a few issues with it and it’s totally not perfect in any way but I will indeed continue with the series. I am currently reading Empire of Storms so we shall see how that goes. HOPEFULLY it doesn’t take me a year to read haha.

Its time.

I think its time for me to put this blog into good use so I will be writing more on here. I usually do videos but I think this is also a great outlet, especially when I can’t coherently put into words what I want to say about a book in video format haha.

So hi, Im Ilse and welcome to my blog.

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THE VRAI DOMICILE BY COURTNEY RUGGLES | BOOK REVIEW

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Q437B was ready to die for the Second Revolution. Then she entered the Meurtre…

Vrai Domicile book 2 ebookQ and B expected death when the Elders ordered their execution. What they discover instead changes everything they thought they knew about their world. Saved by the mercy of the Elders, they awaken in the Vrai Domicile, a mysterious place hidden below the Sixth Domicile housing hundreds of former rebels.

Except these rebels have been brainwashed, conditioned to be blind followers.

Q quickly learns of the Elders’ new plan for her – she is to become their warrior, to reunite the Vrai and Sixth Domiciles with purity, love, and unwavering faith. But to Q, she’ll be undoing everything she and the rebels fought for.

Now Q and B must fight to survive once more, forced to forge new alliances with strangers who promise nothing is as it seems. But surviving comes with a choice – follow the Elders and quash the Revolution, or defy them and free the people, putting B’s and Grandmother’s lives at risk.

In a place where the fire of rebellion is extinguished at every turn, can Q continue to be the spark that fuels the Revolution?

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RATING: ★★★★

First and foremost thank you to Courtney for being so amazing and letting me get this before it got published. 

This book starts where book 1 ended. Q and B walk into The Meurtre. The pacing of the story is really fast but its only because the story itself is quite short. There is a lot of information being thrown at you from beginning to end and as you are reading you are trying to piece everything together or at least predict what could happen.

I fell in love with Q in this book and that is because we see a huge character development in her. She is strong, courageous and determined. She is also very compassionate and loving to the people that she cares about and strives to do what she believes in her heart is right.

I think my favorite parts of the book is Q striving to be strong and courageous and obviously Q and B interactions of you know what I mean 😉 😉 ;).

There were also some scenes that I couldn’t help but cringe of how agonizing and painful it was to read. I really cannot imagine living in a world like this where people are expected to follow leaders that are cruel and not care about their own people’s well being. The flogging scenes were just painful, the threats were unbelievable and ridiculous at the same time, everything is blunt and brutally honest. Some scenes are graphically violent and may be a little much for some readers but it was raw and true so if you have issues with that watch out.

Nothing is as it seems. There are tons of clues that push the plot forward and will make you turn pages just to get to the truth. I swear that I was reading so fast the last few pages cause I needed to know how things were going to end ESPECIALLY when I only had like a few minutes left of the book.

And the ending. YEP that ending. GREAT another painful cliffhanger. THANKS COURTNEY! hahah

I am excited to read the next book because things just started to get interesting.

 

 

MEETING MY BOOKTUBE FRIENDS & VIDCON EXPERIENCE

Well hello guys! I know I have been MIA on my blog but it’s with good reason. As the title of this post says I met my booktube friends and went to VidCon 2016. If you don’t know what VidCon is the largest gathering for the online digital video community and its fans. So if you are a fan of any youtubers this is the place to go cause there is literally youtubers EVERYWHERE you look.

This was my first time going to VidCon and it was definitely a whole new experience for me especially because I was going to meet my booktube friends for the first time. Some of these people I have watched from the very beginning and have become my closest friends and just the fact that we met was so surreal and amazing.

It was definitely nerve wracking because I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know if they were going to like me in person or if they had expectations about me and my appearance but thank god everything turned out amazing. We got all got along and definitely wasn’t weird at all. We actually spent the majority of the time laughing and cracking up jokes and to be honest is the most fun I’ve had in a while.

This year’s VidCon was very different or at least from what people have talked about. There was more security due to recent events that had happened but none the less everything was pretty organized. My friends and I got community passes which was great for our first time attending VidCon. We got to meet some of our favorite youtubers, for example I met, The Hillywood Show, Alli Speed and Flula! Some of my friends met the Green brothers, Joey Graceffa and Mamrie Hart plus others. We were allowed to take pictures and to make small talk which was just amazing.

Apart from meeting your faves we also got the chance to experience the Expo Hall which was filled with a lot of different booths like the Instagram booth, the Vine booth, THE NICKELODEON BOOTH and others. You could do so many activities.

Panels and Q and A’s was also a thing. In these you basically attend to know a little bit more about the creator’s success and how to do certain things and it was just very informational and interested to know how each and everyone did to get to where they are right now.

There is so much more I want to say about my experience but I’ll let my vlogs talk for themselves. Im still in the process on getting  them all up and if you want to see the rest please subscribe to my channel! For now enjoy the two vlogs I have up!

Thaaaaaank you for reading this if you’ve made it this far!