Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor | Book Review

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Title: Strange the Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 28th, 2017
Source: Purchased
Buy the Book: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real? Welcome to Weep.

What I thought

  Gather around, young ones, and let me tell you all about how much I loved this marvelous and imaginative story, though I'm not sure words will suffice. Why? You ask, well because this book was so insanely beautiful I've just been experiencing the worst book hangover to ever ail a bookworm. It was that good and beautiful and just a masterpiece.

Now, Laura, it couldn't possibly have been that good? THIS BOOK IS LIFE, YOUNG ONES. It will get you in its trap with its beautiful prose and its quirky main character and it will hold you enraptured as the secrets and story start to unravel and it will make you wish you could even gaze upon Weep. It will make you want for things you didn't even know you wanted AND IT WILL MAKE YOU CRY.* Then it will make you proceed to write in your journal with just A VOMIT OF FEELS BECAUSE DAMN IT.

*at least it made me cry and since I have as a rule as little feelings as possible this really was something


Why all the drama? Because I love this story and these characters more than words can possibly explain. Why? Well, because of how complex and beautiful it all was and they all were. Also, because this book could so be used as a metaphor for the real world and damn, Lazlo's dream was a beautiful thing and I'm so emotional about it all. I WAS JUST A WRECK AND YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK, PRONTO!

Have you read Strange the Dreamer? If so, did you love it as much as I do or more? Come cry with me about it.


Ten Series I Haven't Finished Because I'm an Expert Procrastinator

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
I love to procrastinate. I sometimes even procrastinate on my procrastination. So, it should really come as no surprise that I have a bunch of unfinished series just lying around unread, just because. This doesn't speak well of my character, at all, but hey, no one is perfect*. As such, I should really just get on with it and finish what I started**. So, in the spirit of accountability and whatnot here are 10 of the series I haven't finished because, well... I have no good reason tbh.

*Although I come pretty damn close
**It should be noted that this has never been my strong suit

1. Penryn and the End of Days by Susan Ee


This series is about angels and the end of the world and I remember it being deliciously dark with touches of humor. It even had a sexy angel guy named Raffe, which was incentive to read it but not enough. The real reason I loved this series is Penryn Young, badass and just over all good character. So, why haven't I finished it?* Aside from the fact that I am an expert procrastinator, I am also kind of reluctant to part with the world. That and I remember next to nothing of what happens in the second book and I would have to go reread it and that, my friends, is more work than I care to take on right now.

*excuse me, but did you read the title?


2. Monsters of Verity by V.E. Schawb 

In my defense the sequel and conclusion to this duology came out a little while ago and I haven't gotten around to buying it. So, really it's more an issue of me being broke and prioritizing other books because like I said I even procrastinate on my procrastination. So, there. I WILL GET TO IT, OKAY? I know it's probably so good I'm missing out and you're all having a jolly good time knowing what happens. In a similar vein, and though it won't be mentioned as a series I haven't finished yet* I still have to finish the Shades of Magic series.



*the shame of including more than 10 series would not have let me live with myself

3. Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch


I have no good excuse to this other than I don't own the third book and that somehow everytime I buy books I forget to get it. That and the fact that I refuse to read a world in which Theron is anything but the great guy I know him to be. And honestly if Meira and that whatever his name is guy just end up saving the day and making Theron into a villian-esque figure I will just have wasted my time. So, I choose to live in a world where there is still hope.

4. The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson

I... seriosuly as this post goes along I have less and less to say in my defense. LIFE IS BUSY AND NEW AND SHINY BOOKS ARE ALWAYS DISTRACTING ME! This is yet another case in which I don't own the third book (or the second one but I've read that one) and I have forgotten much of what happened in previous installments. Which wouldn't happen if I actually finished what I started, I know.

5. Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

Please excuse the hideousness of my edition. It's dreadful, I know. Which is, in part, why I haven't finished this series. Bottom line being: I want the UK editions and have been too busy with things to buy them. That and the fact that fantasy series are perfect procrastination material. No one even guilt trips you because of it. You get understanding. So, yeah... I'll get to it, eventually.

6. The Lotus War by Jay Kristoff

I love this series for all its Japanese steampunk glory. I do. Buruu is the light of my life and Yukiko is my baby girl, who I will protect at all costs if she needs me to. BUT, and it's a big but, I was waiting for Endsinger to become available in paperback through BookOutlet (I have no idea if it has) and in this process I have just been putting off actually buying and reading the book. Maybe I should change the title of this list to: Ten Series I Haven't Finished Because I Haven't Bought The Last Book In The Series*.

*too long? I agree.

7. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin


LOVE THIS BOOK. PRAISE THIS BOOK. FINISH THIS SERIES. I'm still working on that last one. It's just that the first one was so good, what if the second one isn't? Ah, but what if it's better? BUT WHAT IF IT'S NOT. So, I shall continue to procrastinate out of anxiety of a good thing going sour. That's just the way I roll.

8. Abhorsen by Garth Nix


I don't even know how many books there are in this series, I just know I haven't read them all and that the first one is as old as I am. AWESOME, RIGHT? Well, in the spirit of full disclosure I think this series is awesome and I just haven't picked up the rest because I'm lazy and get distracted by new and shiny books very easily. OH, LOOK A NEW AND SHINY BOOK! Um... where was I? Ah, yes, this series is definitely top priority in my must-finish-soon list.

9.  The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Um... so I want all the books in paperback and the third one isn't out yet in that format and tbh the second one was kind of boring and that has just made all urgency to finish this series to flee my body. So, I'm still going to get to this because I am kind of invested in the fate of the Tearling*, but I can survive without knowing yet.

*holler if you got that reference

10. Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan


I don't even have anything to say, just that I will get to this soon. Not only because I really want to know what the hell happened to Leo Valdez for him to disappear like that or how Nico and Will got together, but also because well... I love Rick's books.

What are some of the books you have been procrastinating on?

The Art of Pantsing | Writing Shenanigans

Friday, July 7, 2017

If you clicked on this because you thought I was going to teach you how to make pants, feel free to close the tab because I don't know the first thing about making pants. I do know a thing or two about the art of pantsing*, which is to just wing your way through a novel. Yeah, it sounds insane, doesn't it? "WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?" Screeches every single planner out there in the writing world. The answer, my friends: because I can. Also because I'm a very pants-y person in real life.

*again nothing to do with making pants. WHY ARE YOU HERE FOR A GUIDE ON HOW TO MAKE PANTS ANYWAY?

The approach

I like to think of pantsing not so much as no plan at all, but rather as a very loose plan in which you kind of know the destination, but you're also kind of leaving room for adventure and some mayhem.


It's you taking your characters and the vague idea of where you want them to go and just going. No detail planning, no stressing. Just giving them and yourself the chance to explore and roam and maybe fall down a very unexpected plot line that you'll either end up loving or hating and throwing into the trash. BUT YOU WENT ON THE ADVENTURE! I like to think of pantsing as a huge giant unplanned adventure. So, when you think of it like that, it doesn't seem so crazy, right?*

*Please tune out the sounds of distress of every single person who loves to plan reading this post and pronouncing me absolutely insane. They'll be fine. I hope.

Listening to your gut (and your characters)

I find that in the art of pantsing listening to your gut (and your characters) is of crucial importance. The only thing that takes more importance is having sufficient snacks for when nothing goes right and you want to burn everything.  If we are to think of pantsing as an unplanned adventure there's going to be moments in which nothing will seem to go the way we want it to* and inevitably that can mean that something just isn't working.


So, it's time to stop and smell the flowers or just run from that dangerous looking stranger in the woods and take a different road altogether. Either way, the best bet you have is to listen to either your gut or your characters and go where the story wants to go. It's important to recall that you're not the master of this situation and that the story will go where the story wants to go and if you try to force it YOU WILL STRESS EAT AND CRY AS WELL AS SCREAM AT YOUR SCREEN IN FRUSTRATION AND THEN JUST PROCEED TO FLIP YOUR DESK!**



*is this a flaw of not having a plan? Maybe. I like to think of it as the risks of exploring an uncharted territory
**not that I would know. Naturally pantsing comes very natural to me, so I'm just assuming this is true. I'VE GOT THIS OKAY

Be true to your story

You embarked on this magnificent adventure for a reason. With the pantsing it's kind of easy to take side roads that aren't really true to your story and explore them for no other reason that you can. So remember, when the lure of that city of gold or extraordinarily good cake appears, that it wasn't part of what you wanted and that even though you might really, really want to go down that avenue you can't. Going on an adventure doesn't mean following every single thing you want to do. So, stay true to your story, to your adventure and go forward to that kind of elusive destination you set out for in the beginning.


Are you more of a pantser or a plotter? Or are you a healthy mix of both?

Monthly Recap: I'm Writing Again (!!!!), I Read Some Good Books and I Posted Semi-Regularly (WINNING TBH)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Hello, hello. Dearest readers, June is done. I know, I know, life is going by so fast. It was a pretty awesome month, I kid you not. For one, it's the month in which my amazingness was bestowed upon the world for the first time. That alone is cause to love June. As such, let me gush about my month because it was great.

Books read

So, for the first time in forever I'm actually ahead on my Goodreads challenge. MIRACLES DO HAPPEN, PEOPLE!

  
 


On the blog

I did a good job of posting on the blog. I didn't post as much as I wanted to, but doing real life stuff is hard, man. However, I did post more than usual, so I'm proud of myself.

Reviews:

Features:

In the life

Remember my film class? Well, my dudes it's a film class dedicated to Spanish movie-maker Pedro Almodovar and dude has some weird movies. Some very weird movies, which I happen to like a lot. So that has been very exciting, if a little tiring. 

Do you remember how I was pissed Sense8 was getting cancelled? Well, we're going to get a 2 hour special! SO YAY EVERYONE WHO WROTE IN AND TWEETED AND SUCH! Seriously, I wish we could get more, but I'll take what I can get.


I turned 22 this month. THE HORROR. I don't know about the whole feeling 22 thing yet, but I'll keep you posted on how wonderful or awful it turns out to be. I celebrated by eating pancakes and swimming in the pool. Also some dancing the night before. No drinking, though. You've got to make responsible choices, everyone.

My little sister graduated secundaria* and I'm so proud of her. They grow up so fast. So, I went to her graduation and traveled and the such. It was all very exhausting, but you have to do what you have to do for your little siblings, right?


I've also been rocking out to Evolve, Imagine Dragons truly did us all a solid. As well as As If It's Your Last by Blackpink and Yes I am by Mamamoo. #girlgroupstakeovertheworld. As for TV and shows, I've been watching kdramas and living for them as well as variety shows. How can 2 Days and 1 Night be so good every single time???? LIKE WHAT IS THIS COMEDIC SORCERY???? 

And last but not least, I'm writing again. It's a contemporary about two best friends trying to find themselves and navigating their senior year at college** and I'm having so much fun writing it. I have a Pinterest board for the main characters and I'm just super excited about writing it. Hopefully, I finish it this time around. 


*I think that's junior high for all of you non-Mexican people out there.
**it's only slightly biographical


That's all on my end. What about you guys? What exciting things have happened in your life this June? Did you take over the world? Did you conquer your TBR? Did you bake some awesome cookies or cake or made pasta? I want to know.

Mid-Year Evaluation: The Very Best Books

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The middle of the year is upon us! PROCEEDS TO FREAK OUT FOREVER AND EVER!!!! As a result we're halfway through the hell that has been 2017. I'm also a year older now *gasps* and I have read some good stuff during these past six months. Today we're going to talk all about my faves, because you've got to spread the book love, my dudes. On to the books!

1. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine


In an exhilarating new series, "New York Times" bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.
Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family. Jess has been sent to be his family's spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library's service.

When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe knowledge is more valuable than any human life and soon both heretics and books will burn.
I read Ink and Bone in January (it was actually the first book I read this year) and I LOVED IT! One of my obsessions is the Library of Alexandria and so when I heard this book explored what would have happened if it hadn't burned down I knew I had to read it. This book didn't disappoint for it had all I could ask for and though I haven't read the sequel, I'm sure it's just as awesome.

2.  A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.
I was utterly destroyed by this book.


I kid you not, this book was the sort of book that just gets you. The delivery of the story was brilliant, the characters so fleshed out you couldn't help but feel for them. The plot perhaps a bit commonplace but emotional. It was a great book and I loved it so much I still think about it. It's definitely a mature read, but one that's so enriching I would think anyone who hasn't read this is missing out.

3. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets--an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.
This book I read in Spanish and I loved it. It's again a more mature book, not YA at all, although it does follow a young-ish protagonist. Still, it wormed its way into my favorites for the year. It's just that the story was so compelling and the delivery very interesting and it's one of those novels that just hooks you and holds you and doesn't let you go until you're through with it.


4. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch


“I made the wrong choice.”
Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.
But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.
People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

This is a cute contemporary set in Italy. I don't know about your reading preferences but in mine this is pretty much a guaranteed read.  I'm a sucker for romances set in Italy. Something about it seems so magical and while this book is by no means a great literary masterpiece like say, A Little Life, it's a book that is unapologetic and it's just what it is and I love it for that. This is a book about a girl finding herself and falling in love and it's honest about that. Besides, it's just so adorable you can't help but love it.

5. North of Beautiful by Justina Chen

As he continued to stare, I wanted to point to my cheek and remind him, But you were the one who wanted this, remember? You're the one who asked-and I repeat-Why not fix your face?

It's hard not to notice Terra Cooper.
She's tall, blond, and has an enviable body. But with one turn of her cheek, all people notice is her unmistakably "flawed" face. Terra secretly plans to leave her stifling small town in the Northwest and escape to an East Coast college, but gets pushed off-course by her controlling father. When an unexpected collision puts Terra directly in Jacob's path, the handsome but quirky Goth boy immediately challenges her assumptions about herself and her life, and she is forced in yet another direction. With her carefully laid plans disrupted, will Terra be able to find her true path?
Written in lively, artful prose, award-winning author Justina Chen Headley has woven together a powerful novel about a fractured family, falling in love, travel, and the meaning of true beauty.

I have made it my life's mission to tell the world about this magnificent book. I have loved it since I was very young and I just so happened to reread it this year. I love it as much (if not more) as I did when I read it at 14. It's just so precious and a book about self-love and I cry every single time I read it. It's also about family and being yourself and finding someone who loves you for you and there are parts of it that are so close to my heart. This book sort of feels like coming home and I love that about it.

6.  The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

MY NAME IS KVOTHE

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.

You may have heard of me.

So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature--the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.
This book is high fantasy and it's excellent. As a matter of fact, I think it's a great place to start for people who want to get into high fantasy because it's not multiple POV nor does it have a super complex world or set of characters. That and the fact that the writing is great and you are getting a first person POV makes it very readable compared to other fantasy books. It's also just a great book.

7. Long Way Down by Krista & Becca Ritchie


With a seven-year age difference, Ryke & Daisy have faced an uphill battle in the eyes of the world and their families. Known as the most adventurous, fast-paced couple — their next step has always been elusive to the rabid media.
Behind the scenes, heartbreaking troubles continue to test Ryke & Daisy’s resilience and shape their future together.

They promise:
To never slow down.
To never compromise who they are.
To never abandon their love for each other.

But preserving their happiness also means adding more risks. Ones that Connor Cobalt wouldn’t even take. As a professional free-solo climber, Ryke is no stranger to risk, but his next step with Daisy wagers more than just his health.

With their lives on the line, Ryke & Daisy head towards the vast, wild unknown in this epic final conclusion to the Addicted series.

Dudes, I love the Addicted series/Calloway Sisters Series so damn much, but Ryke and Daisy are my faves. #RaisyIsReal. So, after pretty much binge reading the second half of the series I fell even more in love with these dorks. All of the dorks, I just happen to love Ryke and Daisy most. This series is just so addicting*. So, if you're into New Adult and don't mind mature content these books are such a ride. You won't regret it and by now Damaged Like Us (series following the kids of all of my dorks) will be out and you can binge read all of the Addicted series first and then make your way to Damaged Like Us. I mean, what a great way to spend a Tuesday, tbh.

*I find it supremely ironic that it's titled Addicted series because damn, the accuracy


8. Some Kind of Perfect by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Epilogue Novel of the Addicted / Calloway Sisters series

Falling in love was just the beginning

The conclusion to the epic ten-book series about the unbreakable strength of family, friendship, and love.

Lily & Lo are back one final time. Childhood best friends and soul mates.

Ryke & Daisy are back one final time. Wild risk-takers and flirty adventurers.

Connor & Rose are back one final time. Genius rivals and intellectual teammates.

Ten years of laughter. Of heartache. And love.

I could read a novel about the Addicted gang eating cereal. I kid you not. I would. I would beg Krista and Becca to take my money. That's the kind of love I have for this series. So, really the epilogue novel had to make its way into this list because IT WAS SUCH A BOOK AND I CRIED AND I LAUGHED AND I LOVED ALL OF IT. I loved seeing my babies grow and their shenanigans and their kids and them being parents. Did I mention I cried and squealed like every five pages or so? Because I did. It was beautiful.
actually me when i read this book. half-sad, half-happy. On a side note, I really miss Siwon

9. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

This book had me shook. It's based on the Black Lives Matter movement and it's also a #ownvoices book. Quite frankly, it was one of the most insightful books I've read so far this year because it deals with something we're living today. As such, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about the reality of black youth in The United States. As a matter of fact, I would recommend it to anyone because it's just that good.

10. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo

Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds guidance in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Steps to True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.
I love this book so much. I wrote a review about it, which you can read here. I'm a big kdrama watcher (?????) so when I heard about this book I was over the moon. KDRAMAS AND A CUTE YA ROMANCE? I was on board faster than the main lead denying his feelings for the girl in a kdrama. I was just so excited and the book didn't disappoint and I JUST NEED EVERYONE TO READ IT AND COME TALK TO ME ABOUT IT BECAUSE I LOVED IT.


What are your picks for best books so far?

I Belive in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo | Book Review

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Title: I Believe in a Thing Called Love
Author: Maurene Goo
Publisher: BYR
Publication Date: May 30th, 2017
Source: Purchased
Buy the Book: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository


Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds guidance in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Steps to True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.

What I thought

Do you guys ever just read a book that FILLS YOU WITH ALL OF THE FEELS AND JUST ENRAPTURES YOU AND TAKES YOU HOSTAGE UNTIL YOU BINGE READ THE HECK OUT OF IT? Well, for me that's what I Believe in a Thing Called Love was. Once I started, I couldn't stop. It was like finding a good k-drama during summer break. Incidentally, this book is about a girl using k-dramas to get the boy. Which I'm all about and thinking about implementing in my own life, because damn I could use some k-drama magic in my life.

Desi's and my love life before implementing the k drama magic. okay, still my love life. Also, is it cheating if this is technically a Japanese drama?

What's so great about this book, you ask. Well, friends let me tell you all about it. First off, Desi is lovable and awkward and flails (flirting fails) as much as I do, which gives her instant likability points. She's also a major nerd. What a dork. She also has this beautiful and loving relationship with her Dad, who is as obsessed with k dramas as I am. Boy, I wish my own Dad was that invested in k dramas*.  Not only that but her relationship with her friends was super cute and they were like real life friends. I wanted to hang out with them. They were very #squadgoals, just like the Healer super team.



*he's more into obscure corruption shows with twisted characters and not that fond of romance, but we can't all be perfect.


Then there was the actual romance itself, which was adorable and weird and very quirky. Desi and Luca don't seem to make much sense on paper, but they're both dorks. Don't let Luca fool you with the whole artist thing. Much like the k drama main lead he is a dork in hiding. Their romance was so well executed and just very cute. I also loved that throughout the whole getting the boy process there were drama references a plenty. I had a moment every time a k-drama was mentioned. As for the k-drama steps to finding true love there were some actual very k-drama-esque moments in the book. WHICH I LOVED, OF COURSE!


Now, if you're not a fan of k-dramas* this book is still for you. It's a cute contemporary with a huge heart. It's quirky and fun and watching Desi grow into herself and in a relationship was such an experience. There's also Luca, who also undergoes incredible character development. It's a read that's perfect for the summer for how honest and kind of ridiculous and funny and just feel-good it is. Besides, you can always get started on the path to k-drama fan. It's a sweet life, I promise.

*first, WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR FREE TIME???? Second, why would you not be???? Third, go watch one now.

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Have you read this book, if so did you LOVE IT SO MUCH YOU COULD BURST INTO EMBARRASSING AEGYO? If not, do you think you'd like to? Last, do you have any k-drama recs (or book recs) you would like to share?