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I love mysteries/thrillers, fantasy and science fiction. It's pretty much all I read. My reviews will be in English and Spanish, even though they may only appear in one language at first.

Thomas’s First Memory of the Flare

Thomas’s First Memory of the Flare - James Dashner This story was so short that I don't really have much to say about it. It was an interesting glimpse into an in-between stage of the disease and how it affects their loved ones.

Las pruebas (El corredor del laberinto, #2)

Las pruebas (El corredor del laberinto, #2) - James Dashner, Noemí Risco Mateo Plot: I liked this book much more than I thought I would. What drew me to reading The Maze Runner was the maze, so I thought that I wouldn't enjoy this book as much as the first one. However, I'm glad that I continued reading this series. The plot was ok, but the made up curses were a bit too much. Maybe it's because I read the first one in English, so I didn't notice them so much, but they are completely ridiculous in Spanish. I guess that this language is supposed to add a certain idea of belonging to a group, but it didn't really work. All those invented words looked silly.

The mystery is the best part of this story. The big question is not just whether WICKED is good or evil. As soon as the plot of this book starts to develop, you start asking the same question about one of the characters. The greatest thing is that this book was not very predictable. Nothing is what it seems to be. Even though it's faster than the first book, this does not affect the mystery as it is always in the background.

Characters: We are introduced to a few new characters. They are mostly supporting characters, but some become more important throughout the book. The love story between Thomas and Theresa continues to develop, but becomes a bit exaggerated due to Theresa's subplot. Unfortunately, one of the new characters, Brenda, gets involved in the romance. It is presented more as insta-attraction rather than insta-love, but the general idea of love at first sight (especially from Brenda's point of view) is still there.

Series: It is the second book in The Maze Runner series. A really good second volume that doesn't disappoint. This is not a series that can be read as three stand-alone books.

Other: As I know how the last book ends, I don't know if I would recommend finishing the series. However, if I had written the full review after I had finished The Scorch Trials, I would have suggested reading on.

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Argumento: Este libro me gustó mucho más de lo que creí que me iba a gustar. Lo que me llevó a leer El corredor del laberinto fue el laberinto, así que pensé que éste no me iba a gustar tanto como el primero. Sin embargo, me alegro de haber continuado leyendo esta serie. El argumento estuvo bien, pero los tacos inventados fueron demasiado. Puede que sea porque leí el primero en inglés, así que no lo noté tanto, pero son completamente absurdos en español. Supongo que este lenguaje añade una cierta idea de pertenencia a un grupo, pero no funcionó mucho. Todas esas palabras inventadas parecían una tontería.

El misterio es la mejor parte de esta historia. La pregunta principal no es sólo si CRUEL es buena o mala. Tan pronto como el argumento de este libro empieza a desarrollarse, empiezas a hacerte la misma pregunta sobre uno de los personajes. Lo mejor es que este libro no es demasiado predecible. Nada es lo que parece. Aunque la acción es más rápida que la del primer libro, no afecta al misterio, dado que siempre está latente.

Personajes: Se nos presenta a unos cuantos personajes nuevos. La mayoría son secundarios, pero algunos se vuelven más importantes a lo largo del libro. La historia de amor entre Thomas y Teresa sigue desarrollándose, pero se convierte en algo un poco exagerado, debido al subargumento de Teresa. Desgraciadamente, uno de los personajes nuevos, Brenda, se mente en el romance. Se presenta más como atracción instantánea que como insta-love, pero la idea general del amor a primera vista (especialmente desde el punto de vista de Teresa) sigue ahí.

Serie: Es el segundo libro de la serie El corredor del laberinto. Un muy buen segundo volumen que no decepciona. Ésta no es una serie que se pueda leer como tres novelas autoconclusivas.

Otros: Dado que sé cómo acaba el último libro, no sé si recomendaría terminar la serie. Sin embargo, si hubiera escrito la reseña completa cuando terminé Las pruebas, sí hubiera sugerido seguir leyendo la serie.

The Raven Boys: La profecía del cuervo

The Raven Boys: La profecía del cuervo - Maggie Stiefvater 3,5 stars.

Plot: It is a very interesting book, although it is a bit slow at the beginning. I liked that although we see different points of view, we do not really know much more than they know, so we can discover the mystery with them. On the other hand, this makes the book move much slowlier. Some of the things a character learns are things that we already know because someone else has figured it out first. However, the book does not get too repetitive. Well, maybe a little at the beginning, but this changes as soon as we get closer to understanding what is going on.

After all the mystery, the ending was a bit disappointing. Still, I enjoyed all the not knowing, which is the best part - and the longest part - of this book.

Characters: The characters were ok. Having scenes told from most of their points of view gives us an unusual knowledge of all of them. The author still manages to write them in such a way that they still stay a mystery to the reader until the very end.

The love story was believable. There is no instalove, just a certain attraction and interest. I was surprised that the actual love interest of the main character and the hinted love interest were different people. It even stays like this until the last pages of the book. I hope that they don't turn the love story into a triangle. There is no love triangle in this book, but the last few chapters made me wonder if this is what is going to happen in the rest of the series.
What I felt was missing were more scenes told from the point of view of one of the teachers. Revealing more would be spoiling the ending, but people who have read the book will know which character I'm talking about. I can see why there aren't more throughout the book, but a flashback once the big secret has been revealed would have been nice.

Series: This book is the first one in The Raven Cycle series. The specific plot of this book is finished by the end of the book, so you don't have to wait till the next one to see what happens next. However, there is a plot twist at the end that will probably be the main plot of the next book.

Other: If you don't like it, there is no need to continue the series.

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3,5 estrellas

Argumento: Es un libro muy interesante, aunque es un poco lento al principio. Me gustó que, aunque veamos diferentes puntos de vista, no sepamos realmente mucho más que lo que ellos saben, por lo que podemos descubrir el misterio con ellos. Por otro lado, esto hace que el libro avance de manera más lenta. Algunas de las cosas que averigua un personaje son cosas que ya sabíamos porque otra persona las ha descubierto primero. Sin embargo, el libro llega a ser muy repetitivo. Bueno, puede que un poco al principio, pero esto cambia según nos vamos acercando a comprender lo que está pasando.

Después de todo el misterio, el final fue un poco decepcionante. Aún así, me gustó el no saber, que es la mejor parte (y la parte más larga) de este libro.

Personajes: Los personajes estuvieron bien. El tener escenas narradas desde la mayoría de los puntos de vista nos aporta un conocimiento inusual de todos ellos. La autora consigue, aún así, escribirlos de tal manera que continúan manteniéndose un misterio para el lector hasta el final.

La historia de amor fue creíble. No hay instalove, simplemente una cierta atracción e interés. Me sorprendió que el verdadero interés romántico de la protagonista y el interés romántico sugerido fueran personas diferentes. Incluso permanece así hasta las últimas páginas del libro. Espero que no conviertan la historia de amor en un triángulo. No hay ninguno en este libro, pero los últimos capítulos hiciero que me preguntara si esto es lo que iba a pasar en el resto de la serie.

Lo que eché en falta fueron más escenas narradas desde el punto de vista de uno de los profesores. Decir más sería destripar el final, pero quienes hayan leído el libro sabrá de qué personaje estoy hablando. Puedo ver por qué no hay más a lo largo del libro, pero un flashback una vez que se ha revelado el gran secreto habría estado bien.

Serie: Este libro es el primero en la serie The Raven Boys (parece que en español han cogido el título original del primer libro como nombre de toda la serie). El argumento específico de este libro acaba al final del libro, así que no hace falta esperar al siguiente para saber qué pasa a continuación. Sin embargo, hay un giro argumental al final que probablemente será el argumento principal del siguiente libro.

Otros: Si no te gusta, no hace falta continuar la serie.

The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading

The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading - Charity Tahmaseb, Darcy Vance 3.5 stars

Review soon.

Doctor Who: The Planet of Oblivion (The Darksmith Legacy Book 7)

Doctor Who: The Planet of Oblivion (The Darksmith Legacy Book 7) - Justin Richards While it doesn't feel as short as the last one in this series, it was much more predictable.

Longer review soon.

Doctor Who: The Game of Death (The Darksmith Legacy Book 6)

Doctor Who: The Game of Death (The Darksmith Legacy Book 6) - Trevor Baxendale Read originally in 2012. Re-read in 2016.


The book was very good, but it was too short for the plot to be great. This made the book a bit too rushed for the mystery to develop well. Still, a good fast-paced book.

Full review soon.

We Were Liars

We Were Liars - E. Lockhart Wow, I should have guessed that ending, seeing as I did realise after finishing it that there were lots of clues all over the book, but I didn't.

The book was very interesting, but I wasn't entirely sure which parts were in the past and which, in the present, which made reading it a bit difficult. What I had assumed to be the present turned out to be the past sometimes.

Full review soon.

Wie Monde so silbern (Luna-Chroniken, #1)

Wie Monde so silbern (Luna-Chroniken, #1) - Marissa Meyer 4.5 stars.

Very interesting book. I would have given it five stars if it hadn't been somewhat predictable. The plot twists would have been more surprising and great if they hadn't been obvious. Other than this, it was an awesome book.

Loger review soon.

Palabras envenenadas

Palabras envenenadas - Maite Carranza Review soon.

Lady Susan

Lady Susan - Jane Austen, R.W. Chapman The book was ok and I liked how all characters were represented in the letters, which allows readers to see what is going on from all perspectives.

Green Eggs and Ham

Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss Didn't like it as an adult and I doubt that I would have liked it as a child either.

In the Shadow of No Towers

In the Shadow of No Towers - Art Spiegelman Read for the 2015 reading challenge.

Diarios de Adan y Eva

Diarios de Adan y Eva - Mark Twain Short and entertaining book that can be read very quickly. The first half is much funnier than the second one, but the book as a whole is ok.

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops - Jen Campbell 3,5 stars.

Funny book that had me laughing a lot. However, I don't recommend reading it in only in one day, as I got a bit too tired of all the jokes by the time I reached the end of the book.

It made me wonder if some people leave their brains at home before they leavin in the mornings.

Also Known As

Also Known As - Robin Benway It was a fun book and I enjoyed it, but it was far from the best teenage spy novels that I've read. It was perfect for those days when you don't want to think too much though. The plot is pretty straightforward. Maggie is a girl whose assignement is to get close to a young boy, in order to gain access to his father's documents. Of course, she falls in love with said boy. As soon as a few things are revealed, it is also rather obvious what is really going on. This is the main flaw of Also Known As. What I suppose was meant to be a big plot twist was not surprising at all.

The best character was Roux, the third member of the teenage trio. She is a girl who likes parties too much and who lives more or less alone, because her parents travel a lot. She's funny and, even though she may not look like it, resourceful when it's necessary.

It took me ages to finish this book because I barely had time to read, not because it was bad. It's the kind of book that you can read in an afternoon. Not a bad book if you want something a bit mysterious, but don't want to think too much.

Doctor Who: Sting of the Zygons

Doctor Who: Sting of the Zygons - Stephen Cole It was a great book! The only reason why it took me almost a month to read is because I did not have much time to read this month. At first I thought that the Doctor was a somewhat out of character, as he seemed a bit too hyperactive, but this is something that only happens at the very beginning. Both the Doctor and Martha are perfectly in character for the rest of the story.

What surprised me a bit was that Martha does not realise at one point that she is not talking to the Doctor but to a zygon. It is not clear how long she has been travelling with him, but I thought that it was very obvious that she was talking to a zygon, especially considering that she does know what zygons do. This is something that happens repeatedly throughout the book. A few characters are unable to suspect something that is quite clear.

Other than this, the story was perfect. There is a lot of mystery and the plot twists, while not being huge, keep the plot interesting. While it is never too graphic, it is still one of the more mature NSAs that I have read so far. Sting of the Zygons is a book that I would definitely recommend, even to people who have never watched a zygon episode.

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