Favorite Books I Read | Winter ’18

Sooo I know this is kind of late, but I still wanted to share it with you. Today I’m talking about the favorite books I read this past Winter – which was full of great reads!

Most of these were 5-star reads, but there are also a couple of 4-stars. All of them were read during the months of December-March. Let’s get started!

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi


You’re probably tired of me talking about Tahereh Mafi’s books, but I can’t stop! 😁

This one is the fourth book in her Shatter Me series and, to my surprise, I actually thought it was better than the previous books – and that’s saying a lot!

I thought the character development was very well-done, and the plot was rather intriguing and addictive, so I read it in no time!

I have a full review of it, so if you want you can read it here.

★★★★★ 5/5 stars

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen


This is one of the best thrillers I have ever read, by far. It follows two women who are connected by one man: one is his ex-wife and the other one is his fiancée.

The plot itself makes it seem like a normal book – a dramatic romance, even. However, there are great, intriguing elements and plot twists that I would have never seen coming, which made this an amazing and surprising read.

I’ve also just learned that this will be coming out in Portugal this month, and I am SO EXCITED about it!!!! Now the people who watch my Youtube channel will finally be able to read this book that I won’t shut up about 😂

I’ve also reviewed this one – you can read the post here.

★★★★★ 5/5 stars

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor


Another amazing thriller, this one with It and Stranger Things vibes. Don’t get me wrong: there are no monsters or sci-fi elements in this one. What reminded me of those two was the fact that we follow a group of kids in the 80’s that get themselves into trouble.

Then, we see them as adults, and how they turned out to be after the traumatic events that took place. It’s a great mystery with a cold and creepy atmosphere, and with a deliciously dark revelation.

Read my full review here.

★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Her Every fear by Peter Swanson


I had heard wonders about Peter Swanson’s books, so when I had the opportunity to buddy-read this one with a booktube friend, I had to take it. Needless to say, I was not disappointed!!

Her Every Fear follows Kate, who temporarily trades houses with her cousin. When she gets to his house in Boston, she finds out that there has been a murder next door to her. Throughout the book, we read from different perspectives as we try to figure out what happened to Audrey, the girl that was killed.

A rather suspenseful read, full of messed-up characters who do messed-up things. I read it pretty quickly, and I would’ve read it even more quickly if I wasn’t trying to keep the same pace as my friend!

Full review here!

★★★★☆ 4/5 stars

O Diário Oculto de Nora Rute by Mário Zambujal


The first book by a Portuguese book that I fully read – and boy was I off to a good start!!

Unfortunately, this one hasn’t been translated into English, but I still wanted to mention it. It’s written in a diary format, so it’s a very short and quick read.

It’s the story of Nora Rute, a girl in her early 20’s, and her life through the different events that took place in 1969 Portugal.

Although I wasn’t alive back then, I saw a lot of the things my grandparents told me about their younger years pictured in this book. That was definitely something that made me enjoy it even more, and I now hold it near and dear to my heart because it reminds me of my grandparents, whom I love very much 💕

★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

aca95806-61b9-4748-a36b-5e4e09a1c114Last, but not least, we have an amazing psychological thriller. This has one of the most intriguing premises I’ve ever read:

Annie has had to start a new life – brand new family, brand new home, brand new self. Why? Because her mother is a serial killer, and she turned her in. Now, she has to hide so that the press doesn’t harass her since she’s the daughter of a monster – and the only one who can testify against her.

Isn’t that an amazing plot? I loved this book! Dark, gripping and full of messed up characters – emotionally messed up, and some of them even mentally ill. What more could I ask for in a thriller?

The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is that I felt there was something missing. I can’t put my finger on it, but it wasn’t at the same level as some of the other books I mentioned in this post so it wouldn’t be fair to give it the same rating. However, if Ali Land can give us a debut like this, I can’t wait for what she’ll do next!! 😊

Click here for my full review.

★★★★☆ 4/5 stars

So those are my favorite books I read during the past season. I hope you enjoy this post – I’m already looking forward to my Spring favorites! 🌿

What are your Winter favorites? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post♡

5 Star Predictions: New Thriller Releases Edition

I absolutely love to write these posts, so I’ve sort of turned this into a series. This time, I’ll be focusing on new thriller releases, since I’ve been obsessed with the genre and it’s all I want to read. I’ve also just ordered a bunch of thriller books that I’ll be sharing with you very soon – there goes my book-buying ban 😅

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The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

They call themselves the May Mothers—a collection of new moms who gave birth in the same month. Twice a week, with strollers in tow, they get together in Prospect Park, seeking refuge from the isolation of new motherhood; sharing the fears, joys, and anxieties of their new child-centered lives.

When the group’s members agree to meet for drinks at a hip local bar, they have in mind a casual evening of fun, a brief break from their daily routine. But on this sultry Fourth of July night during the hottest summer in Brooklyn’s history, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is abducted from his crib. Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but the May Mothers insisted that everything would be fine. Now Midas is missing, the police are asking disturbing questions, and Winnie’s very private life has become fodder for a ravenous media.

Though none of the other members in the group are close to the reserved Winnie, three of them will go to increasingly risky lengths to help her find her son. And as the police bungle the investigation and the media begin to scrutinize the mothers in the days that follow, damaging secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are formed and fractured.

This kind of reminds me of that Liane Moriarty book that I haven’t read but everyone loves… you know the one! A bunch of moms with dark secrets and lies + an abduction + an investigation = a book I will most likely devour.

Look for Me by Lisa Gardner

Image result for Look for Me by Lisa Gardner coverIn #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner’s latest twisty thrill ride, Detective D. D. Warren and “Find Her”‘s Flora Dane return in a race against the clock to either save a young girl’s life . . . or bring her to justice.

The home of a family of five is now a crime scene: four of them savagely murdered, one—a sixteen-year-old girl—missing. Was she lucky to have escaped? Or is her absence evidence of something sinister? Detective D. D. Warren is on the case—but so is survivor-turned-avenger Flora Dane.

Seeking different types of justice, they must make sense of the clues left behind by a young woman who, whether as victim or suspect, is silently pleading, Look for me.

Look for Me reminded me of the book I’m currently reading, The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler, because in both of them there are families that are murdered, but there’s someone who survives. And since I’m loving my current read, I’m certain I will love this one too!

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

Image result for The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn coverAnna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

This book has been EVERYWHERE. It also recently came out here in Portugal, so everyone’s been reading it and raving about it. I love the idea of reading from the perspective of someone who, like me, is kind of a hermit. Even better if they, instead of living their own life, live the lives of people they spy on. This seems like one of those books that, once you start reading, you won’t want to stop, so I’m very excited to get to it!

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Image result for Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney coverMy name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me: 
1. I’m in a coma. 
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore. 
3. Sometimes I lie. 

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it’s the truth?

Unreliable narrator? Family drama? Secrets? Sign me up!! This is basically a compilation of things I love in books, so I’m very excited to get to it sometime – it sounds so damn intriguing!

Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

Image result for Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh coverThe police say it was suicide.
Anna says it was murder.
They’re both wrong.

One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life brutally: a shocking suicide planned to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with their loss ever since.

Now with a young baby of her own, Anna misses her mother more than ever and starts to question her parents’ deaths. But by digging up their past, she’ll put her future in danger. Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie…

The first three lines had me sold. If it wasn’t suicide or murder, WHAT WAS IT!? I need to have this book in my hands asap 😄

Lies by T. M. Logan

Image result for lies tm logan coverWHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE WAS BASED ON LIES?
When Joe Lynch stumbles across his wife driving into a hotel car park while she’s supposed to be at work, he’s intrigued enough to follow her in.

And when he witnesses her in an angry altercation with family friend Ben, he knows he ought to intervene.

But just as the confrontation between the two men turns violent, and Ben is knocked unconscious, Joe’s young son has an asthma attack – and Joe must flee in order to help him.

When he returns, desperate to make sure Ben is OK, Joe is horrified to find that Ben has disappeared.
And that’s when Joe receives the first message…

This one I saw on Zuky’s Netgalley Picks of the Week and I was instantly drawn to it. Since I work with St. Martin’s Press, I requested an ARC and they very kindly sent it to me, so thank you! One of my favorite things in books is when characters lie, so this one seems to be right up my alley 👌🏼

11 Missed Calls by Elisabeth Carpenter

Image result for 11 missed calls elisabeth coverHere are two things I know about my mother:

1. She had dark hair, like mine. 
2. She wasn’t very happy at the end.

Anna has always believed that her mother, Debbie, died 30 years ago on the night she disappeared.

But when her father gets a strange note, she realises that she’s never been told the full story of what happened that night on the cliff.

Confused and upset, Anna turns to her husband Jack – but when she finds a love letter from another woman in his wallet, she realises there’s no-one left to help her, least of all her family.

And then a body is found…

This one was also in Zuky’s post, and I liked the cover so I thought I’d read the synopsis… and boy was I intrigued! Again, family drama and abductions are what I live for 🤷🏻‍♀️

So those are some of the new thrillers on my TBR that I think I’ll give 5 stars to. I plan on coming back to this list and seeing whether I got my guesses right or not, that seems fun!

What are your five-star predictions? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

5 Star Predictions: New YA Releases Edition

You might remember a post I made just a few months ago all about 5-star predictions. It’s a post in which you pick a few books that you think will be 5-star reads for you. Well, I enjoyed it so much that I thought I would kind of turn it into a series here on the blog. This time, I’m focusing on Young Adult fiction books that have been or will be published this year, and that I’m really looking forward to!

Without further ado, let’s get right into it…

tbz2meqRestore Me by Tahereh Mafi

“Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?”

Meet Cute by Various Authors

“Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first 

sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors. 

Readers will experience Nina LaCour’s beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard’s glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon’s imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno’s story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants. 

This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.”

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1)

“The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before. A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that lov

e, bled for it. Rhys had died for it.”

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The World of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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“Everyone knows the story of the assassin queen. But now, fans of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series will be immersed in her journey like never before. From Adarlan’s dark past to Terrasen’s bright future, this comprehensive guide will bring the people, creatures, settings, magic, gods, and world of Aelin’s epic journey to life in stunning illustrations and descriptive portrayals. Complete with an expansive vocabulary and timeline of events, this is the must-have official companion to the Throne of Glass series.”

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

“Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.”

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

“Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever. And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.”

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences. In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.”

So those are some of this year’s Young Adult releases I think will get 5 stars, and maybe even become favorites of mine, who knows?

What are your five-star predictions? Let me know in the comments!

Do you like these posts? Should I keep making more of them? Please leave feedback in the comments section, it really helps!! Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this post, I really enjoy making these!

Thank you for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

5 Star Book Predictions

I’ve been seeing this trend EVERYWHERE – videos, blog posts, Instagram – and I love the idea, so I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon! Basically, it consists of picking out a few books that you think will be 5-star reads for you. Sounds fun, right?

I chose not only books that are on my shelves, but also some books that I don’t own yet, but will most likely be buying soon. I will also leave the synopsis next to the books, in case you’re curious as to what it is about. You can click the titles to get them from BookDepository with free worldwide shipping!

Let’s jump right in…

4347796401901b0f5966e4af7aa65f6f-maggie-stiefvater-lose-yourselfThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogersonenchantment-of-ravens-margaret-rogerson

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron–Rook, the autumn prince–she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes–a weakness that could cost him his life. Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love–and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

name-of-the-windThe Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

The Dinner by Herman Koche1a11bc317c2459690bab95630fff168-the-dinner-koch

It’s a summer’s evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse – the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened.

Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children. As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple show just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.

tumblr_inline_ongdksbhno1qbqs8d_540Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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?

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert36375387

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

714rkmv-qlCloaked in Shadow by Ben Alderson

Zacriah Trovirn is concerned with two things in life: hunting and dodging Petrer, the boy who broke his heart.

Heartbreak becomes a distant concern when Zacriah is taken to the Elven capital of Thessolina, where he is forced into King Dalior’s new legion of shapeshifters. But Zacriah isn’t a shapeshifter. In truth, he doesn’t know what he is.

Zacriah joins forces with new friends and they soon find themselves embroiled in a clash between the three Elven continents. With war looming on the horizon, Zacriah must learn to use his latent power to fight and protect those he loves before they are destroyed.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgensternimg_0104

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway – a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

So those are some of the books on my TBR that I think I’ll give 5 stars to! I might do an update on this list, once I read them all maybe?

What are your five-star predictions? Let me know in the comments!

This was so fun to do, I might make a series out of it! What do you think? Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this little post!

Thank you for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡