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A great Reckoning (Armand Gamache #12) - Louise Penny

A Great Reckoning - Louise Penny

A Great Reckoning takes place between Three Pines and the Police Academy, where Gamache is the new Chief Superintendent. Of course, someone gets killed and the pursue of the killer begins, but, as always with Louise Penny's Gamache mysteries, there is so much more than that and that's why I love this series.
I also love visiting Three Pines. I didn't realize how much I missed these characters until I got to read them again, but I did miss them and I'd really like to meet them in real life.
Five stars.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sáenz

What a sweet book. A few clichès here and there, but I really, really liked this book. I fell in love with Ari, with Dante, and with their parents. By itself, I would probably have given it 4 or 4.5 stars. But with Lin-Manuel Miranda as the narrator, I was blown away. He does such an amazing job. Five stars!

The Diviners (The Diviners #1) - Libba Bray

The Diviners - Libba Bray

3,5 stars!

 

This book is called The Diviners, but weirdly enought, although you do know who they are, they don't really do anything and they never get together! They keep being the separated entities they were before the start of the book.

I feel like this was just an introductory chapter to the rest of the story - even the murders appear not to be really solved - so everything is just presented to you, they tell you that something is going to happen, someday, probably someday soon, but not now. This makes me very interested in reading the second book, but leaves me feeling a bit cheated with the first one.
However, I did enjoy getting to know all these different characters, I loved to know a little more about New York City all those years ago and I'm really looking forward to read the second book, so I'm very glad I picked up this book.

Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy #1) - Stephen King

Mr Mercedes - Stephen King

Although the ex-detective is an idiot who apparently forgot all about procedure and common sense, the other characters were smart and helpful, and I liked them a lot. The middle of the book lagged a bit, but the beginning and end were really engaging. Four stars! 

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) - Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone - Lauren Fortgang, Leigh Bardugo

Although this book is a variation of everything we've read before, I still had a lot of fun while reading it and I liked it very much. Yes, most of what happens is expected or predictable, but the author writes it so beautifully that I didn't care. I must say, however, that I don't feel the attraction she's supposed to feel for Mal, and I can't help looking at him as her brother and not a romantic partner, so that was a bit awkward in certain scenes.  But I really liked this book and I will continue with this series :)

Lamb: The Gospel according to Biff, Christ's childhood pal - Christopher Moore

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal - Christopher Moore

I loved, loved, loved this book! Definitely one of my favorites of the year! <3

Before the Frost (Linda Wallander #1) - Henning Mankell

Before the Frost - Henning Mankell, Ebba Segerberg

As it turns out, Linda is an insufferable idiot and Kurt a permanently angry man. I normally like Wallander books but this one was exasperating. Two stars.

The Elite (The Selection #2) - Kiera Cass

The Elite - Kiera Cass

I don't understand myself. Everything is infuriatingly childish and there were so many silly situations, I kept rolling my eyes constantly. But I couldn't stop reading, I was and still am interested in knowing what's going to happen next, so I will be continuing with the series. Three stars? My brain says 2,5 stars, but since I did enjoy the book, I guess three will have to be!

Last Rituals - Yrsa Sigurdardóttir

Last Rituals - Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Bernard Scudder

I'm torn between 2.5 and 3 stars. The mystery was well developed and interesting, but I hated the main character, Thora. What a childish, immature, stupid woman. I understand that not all MC can be super smart but she is so stupid it makes you want to hit her. Her 6-year-old daughter tells her that her 16-year-old brother spends his afternoons "jumping on the bed and making strange noises" and Thora can't imagine what he could be doing?? Come on. And don't get me started with how she refers to her secretary because she is fat. Granted, the secretary is a terrible one but all Thora says about her are mean things about her weight. It was offensive and unnecesary. Horrible, horrible main character. But as I said, the mystery was an interesting one and that kept me reading, so that's why I'm torn about the rating. I don't know if I'll continue with the series yet. I think I need some time away from Thora before I decide.

Champion (Legend #3) - Marie Lu

Champion: A Legend Novel - Marie Lu

No spoilers! A great ending to the series, even though a few parts were a bit hard to believe. But still, I'm satisfied with the way it ended, especially because one of the things that bothered be about the first book was that none of the characters was well developed and you can see the author growing in that aspect. Entertaining to the last page, I will continue reading other series by Marie Lu :)

The hypnotist (Joona Linna #1) - Lars Kepler

The Hypnotist - Lars Kepler, Ann Long

I'm torn between 2,5 or 3 stars. Too many plot holes and unexplained, unnecessary things. There was zero communication between the characters which made them make so many stupid mistakes, it was unnerving. Just talk to each other, damn it! I didn't like most of the characters although I didn't dislike the Detective. I didn't like him either, he just... was. However, the dismemberment story was interesting, so maybe I'll give this series another try with the next one.

Legend (legend #01) - Marie Lu

Legend - Marie Lu

There is absolutely nothing new or unpredictable in this book, but it was so much fun. The characters are a bit flat, but the MCs are very likeable and the story was very fast-paced and action-packed. I will continue the series!

Paper Girls Vol.1 - Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang

Paper Girls Volume 1 - Cliff Chiang, Brian K. Vaughan

Very interesting first volume! It kind of reminded me of Stranger Things/Goonies/etc.
I really want to see where the story goes!

The Mephisto Club (Rizzoli & Isles #6) - Tess Gerritsen

The Mephisto Club - Tess Gerritsen

I should have seen it coming, but I didn't! I really liked the main story, although there were times when I wanted to slap Rizzoli and other times I wanted to slap Isles. Come on, girls, you're both smarter than that!

The Body in the Library (Miss Marple #3) - Agatha Christie

The Body in the Library - Agatha Christie

It always astonishes me how Agatha Christie still manages to surprise us all with her intricate plots, written over 70 years ago. Truly the best in her genre!

The Wicked + The Divine Vol.3: Commercial Suicide

The Wicked + The Divine Volume 3: Commercial Suicide - Jamie McKelvie, Kieron Gillen

I'm sorry. I think this is where we part ways. I thought the second volume was boring, but this one was horrible. Maybe I'm the problem, maybe I wasn't in the right mood or something, but I'm just no  longer interested in reading this. Two stars.

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