#MayaHeartsTraveling, Booktalk

#MayaHeartsTraveling : Germany 2017

Hey everyone! Yes, I’m still alive!

This past month I’ve been somewhat absent from WordPress. This happened because I went to the lovely country of Germany for a week and kind of forgot about everything? I do like to relax once in a while, so it was nice.

But I’m back, and I’m ready to blog again! I had a lot of fun, but I’m back in the zone and while it might take me a while to get my posting rhythm back, I have a bunch of things planned, including a couple of reviews, talking about my newfound obsession with Brooklyn Nine-Nine and a follow-up on my body-shaming discussion post!

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I went to Berlin with my school and fell in LOVE with the gorgeous Mauerpark. There were a lot of brilliant live performances and the weather was so good, much better than the weather in my country (even if Spain is famous for its hot temperatures and whatnot, haha).

We didn’t get to see much because we only spent a day there, but it was all so pretty and I really enjoyed visiting the city!

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And the Reichstag… Such an amazing building! Made for some really pretty pictures, like the one above, taken by one of my friends.

I also bought a few books, which is a must every time I travel 🙂 I bought only three, because my mom had warned me about buying too many books while I was there, haha. Here are the covers!

Yes, that last book is in German, even if I have no vocabulary and probably won’t understand anything, I thought it would be interesting to give it a try! I’m halfway through Hidden Figures and loving it 🙂

I was also going to buy The Girl on the Train when I saw it at the airport, but something told me not to, and when I came back home, it was waiting on my desk, thanks to my mom. I love her.

It was a great trip! I made a lot of new friends in Germany and I learned a lot. I hope you guys didn’t miss me too much while I was gone! Do tell me about your latest posts I might have missed in the comments!


Have you ever been to Germany? What is your favorite country? Have you read any of the books I bought? Let’s talk!

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Booktalk

#WeAreTOG March: Elide

Welcome once more to my monthly Throne of Glass booktalk! This month we’re talking about the amazing Elide Lochan, a character from Terrasen, introduced in the fourth book (Queen of Shadows). She’s one of the two PWD main characters in the series, with a crippled foot, so I really have to say Sarah J. Maas did a good job with this one, at least! Yay for representation, honestly.

(Since Elide appears in the fourth and fifth books, I can’t guarantee you won’t get spoiled. Sorry!)

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Booktalk, review

My Experience with NA Lit: 33 razones para volver a verte

Sometimes you can’t find the right book to read, even if you have a massive TBR pile and a slightly smaller public library ten minutes away.

And then a book in your friend’s shelf catches your eye. It doesn’t look like your kind of book, but why not give it a try? Stepping out of my comfort zone was something I’d been planning to do this year, anyway.

This is28446895 how I came across 33 razones para volver a verte, a semi-famous Spanish New Adult novel.

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Book Tag, Booktalk

#WeAreTOG – February: Dorian

Hello! I’m back with another post for my personal take on the #WeAreTOG tag. This month’s topic is Dorian Havilliard, which is great because I love him!

No spoilers because I’m nice like that.

Resultado de imagen de wearetogDorian Havilliard is basically the purest character in this series. He likes reading, he’s been basically shielded from the real world his whole life and when Celaena arrives his world is turned upside down.

For this installment of my #WeAreTOG monthly meme, I thought I’d gather up some quotes and other Dorian-related things I really like, instead of ranting like I did when it was Manon’s turn.

(Because what is there to rant about, he’s a sweetie pie).
(Well there’s all that Manorian crap that went down in EoS *shudders at my own poor choice of words* but I already made myself pretty clear last month).

ANYWAY.

First of all, let’s see some fancasting choices for Dorian:

We have a young Henry Cavill:

And Douglas Booth in his Romeo era, who is basically perfect and ready to film:

Look at that soft smile! That’s so Dorian!

I’ve also seen Logan Lerman and Matthew Daddario, but after PJO and Shadowhunters people will fancast them as literally any blue-eyed character and they’ve kind of got old for me.

They were infinite. They were the beginning and the ending; they were eternity. The king standing before them gaped as the shield of flame died out to reveal Aelin and Dorian, hand in hand, glowing like newborn gods as their magic entwined.

It’s part of one of the most intense parts of the entire series, and this paragraph from Queen of Shadows made me cry like a BABY. I love love love Dorian and his magic and how powerful these two characters are.

You cannot pick and choose what parts of her to love.

Which is one of the most overused quotes but still, it’s such an important quote. Not for Dorian, really, but for Chaol. It’s the sentence where both Chaol and the readers realize that Aelin is so much different from Celaena, and completely incompatible with him. It’s also the moment when I cry because Chaol is the most human character in these books and I love him.

(But this is not about Chaol).
(Or is it).

Dorian surged from the chair and dropped to his knees beside the bed. He grabbed Chaol’s hand, squeezing it as he pressed his brow against his. “You were dead,” the prince said, his voice breaking. “I thought you were dead.”

Haha! Did you really think I could make a post about Dorian and not mention how much I ship Chaorian? Do you know me at all?

Everything- everything was for Dorian, for his friend. For himself, he had nothing left to lose.

Does Chaol even have another conversation topic.

He looked at his friend, perhaps for the last time, and said what he had always known, from the moment they’d met, when he’d understood that the prince was his brother in soul. “I love you.”

No homo though *glares at SJM*

Dorian walked slowly back to his rooms, his heart racing. He could still feel her lips on his, smell the scent of her hair, and see the gold in her eyes flickering in the candlelight.

Consequences be damned. He’d find a way to make it work; he’d find a way to be with her. He had to.

He had leapt from the cliff. He could only wait for the net.

Throwback to when I thought I shipped Doraelin. Good times.


So, this was a much lighter post than my first one! What did you think? Do you like my fancasts? Do you like the quotes? Do you like Chaorian? Let’s talk!

Booktalk

#WeAreTOG – January: Manon & The Thirteen

Hey bookworms! You might have seen the tag #WeAreTOG flying around Tumblr or Twitter, and I’m here to let you know all about it – and write a post monthly! I’m basically taking the tag and using it as a prompt. I think it’ll be fun.

Warning: This might contain some minor spoilers, but they’ll be in white and between tags.

Bloomsbury has a page ALL ABOUT S. J. MAAS. It’s called worldofsarahjmaas.com and I absolutely love it! They recently released ACOWAR’s cover on there too, so, you know, if you’re a Sarah J. Maas fan you might want to go and follow them 🙂 That’s where the tag was born and where I found it.

So, this month I’m going to talk about Manon Blackbeak and her coven. WHICH IS GOING TO BE AWESOME. I’m just going to put my feelings for them out there and you can tell me yours! It’ll be great 🙂

We are the Thirteen, from now until the darkness claims us.

These babes first make an appearance in the third book of the series: Heir of Fire. Which, by the way, is my least favorite book. Oops? But we can see more of that in June, when we talk about Rowan. Or you can just drop a comment down below and we can talk about it now haha.

I shiver every time I read about the Thirteen. They’re just so badass and so different from the witches we usually hear about. If you don’t know, the witches in Throne of Glass are impossibly beautiful and immortal, which is just my goals in life haha.

Obedience. Discipline. Brutality.

While I absolutely love the Thirteen, I have some problems with their stories that kind of extend to the whole Throne of Glass series.

First of all, there is only one black girl that we know of, plus there are only a couple of POC in the series and they’re minor characters anyway. <spoiler> Also, SJM seems to be killing them all off slowly. <spoiler/> Kudos to all the edit makers that included some diversity.

And then there’s Manorian.

I completely respect everyone who wants to ship it, and you are welcome to tell me why you do, but I just cannot see it. It felt like Sarah J. Maas just wanted to pair everyone off so Tumblr could go crazy shipping.

When Dorian met Manon, he wasn’t flirting with her because he thought she was beautiful. <spoiler> He was trying to provoke her into killing him. <spoiler/> And I just realized this a few days ago. (source)

I really thought Malide would be canon+endgame. It was SJM’s best shot at including some major LGBT+ representation in the series, and it wasn’t just a friendship.

“Do you believe monsters are born, or made?”

Manon finding her humanity and her true identity through Elide makes me super emotional. Witches descend from the Fae and the Valg, and the Ironteeth are most like the latter, so Blackbeaks like Manon are more demon than Fae. That’s why she and her relationships are so interesting. <spoiler> Plus, when she discovers she’s also Crochan everything gets more complicated and AWESOME. <spoiler/>

The witches’ brutality makes them have very complex feelings, and I love reading about it. What annoys me is that Sarah J. Maas blatantly ignored Manon and Elide’s chemistry just so she could give Dorian a partner. Well, a girl partner, because you know which two characters also have chemistry? Chaol and Dorian. But of course, we can’t have Dorian, who thousands of girls are in love with, be bi or pan, now can we?

Sorry. I just really don’t like Manorian. They could have had such a great friendship though? Dorian is a literal puppy and having a bloodthirsty witch as his friend could have been so interesting. I don’t know.


I started this post talking about the Thirteen, but I kind of like where I took it. What’s your opinion on Manon? What about Manorian and Malide? Let’s talk!

Booktalk, review

Six of Crows: Review (Pt. 1)

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NO MOURNERS. NO FUNERALS.

Today we’re discussing the first book in the Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo. Fear not, my bookworms, there will be no spoilers in this blog post. I’m making a different one with all the spoilery feels! It’ll be released sometime soon – if you’d like to see it, you can make sure you get it by subscribing to my blog 🙂

My rating is 5 stars, without a doubt.

You can see the blurb here, but I’m going to explain everything so you don’t have to take the time. I’m that nice (plus I really like talking about this book).

DIVERSITY. EPICNESS. FEELS.

Let’s start by talking about Ketterdam, the fictional city the book is based on. It’s the perfect, most brilliant setting! It’s a coastal city, and its main activity is trade. It has so many different districts, but they’re not hard to remember at all! The Barrel, East Stave and West Stave, the University District, the Government District… I just feel like I can see each of these places in my head as I type their names. Leigh Bardugo is so incredibly talented! She’s one of my favorite authors after just two books, and I’m very excited to read more of her writing.

As it says on the Goodreads page for this book, Kaz Brekker, our lovely protagonist, is a gifted thief who knows Ketterdam inside and out. He’s grown up in the Barrel – the bad part of town – and he’s learned to survive in it all on his own. As we unlock his back story he becomes more and more of an interesting person, even if in the first few chapters we already get a taste of just how good a character he is.

He gets offered an impossible job, but if he were to accomplish it, he would become very wealthy! So he puts together a team of six dangerous outcasts, some of the worst people the Barrel has to offer.

“A gambler, a convict, a wayward son, a lost Grisha, a Suli girl who had become a killer, a boy from the Barrel who had become something worse.”

We have Inej Ghafa, also known as the Wraith, a spy with a complicated past trying to keep a clean conscience. She’s very spiritual and her relationship with Kaz was interesting  because of its complexity. The scars they both bear make it difficult for them.

Jesper Fahey is our talented sharpshooter. He is absolutely hilarious and yes, really cute, but as the book progresses, we start to see that he’s as damaged as the rest of the crew.

Nina Zenik, a Grisha Heartrender; Grisha are human-like creatures with gifts, and Nina’s is controlling the human body. She’s in Ketterdam trying to right a wrong, but it might prove harder than she thought.

Nina’s business in Ketterdam is named Matthias Helvar. He’s a drüskelle, which means witch hunter – his people consider the eradication of Grisha their sacred duty to their god, Djel. You might already see how his relationship with Nina will be complicated. And her being Grisha is not the only reason why he should hate her: she got him locked up in prison.

Finally and to close off the crew we have Wylan, a demolition expert (sort of). His past is unclear, but one thing’s for certain: he’s the son of one of the richest merchants in town thus he’s pretty important if the crew wants to make sure their mission succeeds.

Our six characters face an impossible heist along with many other challenges – and the biggest is not killing one another.

As soon as I heard of this, I knew it was going to become one of my favorite books, plus, the praise everyone was giving it excited me. Still, it surpassed every expectation I had. I don’t really cry easily, but this one made me blubber like a baby. I cried much more during Crooked Kingdom, though.

But it’s not a sad book! Most of the dialogues are hilarious – because they are all so sassy. Kaz is definitely not the sassmaster of this book, but he had his moments. I laughed out loud at this gem.

“Well, who can guess at the motives of thieves?

“Not me, certainly.”

And this other one, after he had asked Inej for a new hat not-so-politely, had me smiling like a dummy, and we didn’t even know them much yet!

“Please, my darling Inej, treasure of my heart, won’t you do me the honor of acquiring me a new hat?”

But I’m not going to spam you with all the quotes I loved… It’d take too long! In my booktalk I’ll include lots of them, though.

The best thing about Six of Crows is that you never get bored. There’s just so much going on, and the author crafted the story so well you don’t even notice you’ve read 400+ pages.

So just… read this book, okay? Then we can talk about it.

Booktalk, Controversy

Controversial Sunday: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 

I invite you to go back to the Wizarding World with me!

And set it on fire. Incendio!

Kidding, kidding. But we have to admit that our big return to the Potterverse was slightly disappointing.

Everyone was super excited. Hundreds, thousands of bookstores held great events, all the cosplayers resurged like Dumbledore’s phoenix, it was the eight book, the return of the most successful children’s series EVER!

And then came: “Oh. It’s-It’s a play? Cool… I guess.”

And: “Oh, so J. K. Rowling didn’t actually write it? Well, the idea was hers so it’s fine… Really, it’s fine! *sobs*”

And when it first came out – on Harry’s birthday! – the internet exploded.

  • Everyone was immediately a Scorbus shipper (I’ll fight you, Rose). scorbus
  • People were reasonably WTFing at Harry because seriously, WTF, Harry. wtf-harrypotter
  • PLOT HOLES.timeturner
  • Overall, people were really damn mad.outraged-draco

Let me just explain that I actually didn’t read the book until about two weeks ago. At the time of the release, a copy was about 25 euros and my parent’s refusal to buy it for me really didn’t surprise me. Plus, they had another argument: it wasn’t actually written by J. K. Rowling.

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IT’S HARRY POTTER NEXT GEN. I’ll read anything!

It didn’t convince them. But here we are months later; I got my hands on a friend’s Spanish copy! #excited as heck.

But… It was just meh.

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Harry was completely OOC

(Out of character)

The Harry Potter we knew in the original series was a cinnamon roll, and would never would have told his own son the phrase “Well, sometimes I wish you weren’t my son!”

WHY would anyone think this is okay? Our Harry was an orphan who suffered a lack of love for eleven years and understands how important it is to treat children well. He would never tell his son that. This happened just to move the plot forward and was a terrible mistake.

Also, I personally believe our Harry would have been very accepting of Scorpius: bear in mind that Harry knows what it feels like to be considered different because of a connection to the Dark Lord, plus in his second year he was ostracized because everyone thought he was the Heir of Slytherin… See any similarities here? Aaaaand this leads to our next discussion.

The Malfoys were actually… great?

I’ve been an enormous fan of Draco Malfoy since I read the books, he was one of the smartest characters and the most broken – thus complex and interesting! I think one of the only good things about this book was that anyone who was anti-Draco before finally understood him.

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And particularly in Cursed Child, Scorpius was the best character! And no one can tell me (or the entire Tumblr user base) that he isn’t gay.

Remember when Albus said:

“We’ll be better off without each other, okay?”

And in the next line, the literal quote was:

Scorpius is left looking up after him. Heartbroken.

If you’re not convinced that Scorbus should have ended up as canon, I actually have another quote for you.

Albus: […] You make me stronger – and when Dad forced us apart – without you-

Scorpius: I didn’t much like my life without you in it either.

Ah. Friendship.

I could have handled Scorpius and Albus not ending up as a couple. Really. I would still ship Scorbus, but if there had been a better match (unlikely), I would have accepted it.

But then, Scorpius declared he liked Rose.

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Rose was not the cute Hermione-like nerd I was expecting. She was a huge asshole who did nothing but be incredibly rude to Scorpius and Albus for the entire book. There’s no reason why Scorpius should like Rose Weasley, except maybe the writers were trying to do a modern, canon Dramione.

Which, as a Dramione shipper, I hated. Scorpius isn’t Draco AT ALL, and Rose couldn’t be further from the Hermione we know and love.

But anyway, I just needed to get this of my chest. Feel free to weigh in, there’s a comment box down there calling your name!

What’s up with time turners?

So, as anyone who’s read Harry Potter remembers, time-turners don’t allow any alterations in the past, because any minor change would alter the future too…

Which is what happened in this book.

Basically, Amos Diggory comes to Harry because he’s heard a rumor about a time turner in the Ministry and wants to use it to get Cedric back. Harry says no – and it’s the only reasonable thing he does in the whole book, probably. Albus is angry at his father, so he decides he’ll do it because he thinks Harry’s just being selfish.

Albus and Scorpius steal the time-turner from Hermione’s office (it was lousily protected and quite easy to get for someone with a little brains). Then they just go back in time till the Triwizard Tournament and try to save Cedric. The entirety of Prisoner of Azkaban tells us this shouldn’t be possible.

Even though Cedric still dies, the time-travel leads to a bunch of changes in Albus and Scorpius’s lives – thanks to Hermione seeing them dressed in Durmstrang robes when they were sabotaging the Tournament, she doesn’t trust Krum and rejects him for the Yule Ball thus Ron never gets jealous, so he never falls for her. He ends up marrying Padma Patil and he doesn’t really seem happy. Also Rose doesn’t exist (in this universe, Scorbus would probably have been canon. Yes, I’m still salty).

So Albus and Scorpius have a million-dollar idea and decide to screw up things even more by going back. They sabotage the Tournament even more, and they get Cedric to abandon it, so they save him! Great!

Except his survival is NOT great, because he becomes a Death Eater (I don’t know why, in the original books Cedric was a jolly good fellow) and doesn’t kill many people, but he does kill one of the most crucial fighters in the Battle of Hogwarts: Neville Longbottom.

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For those of you who don’t remember, Neville is super important because he kills Nagini, Voldemort’s snake and his last horcrux (apart from Harry).

So, with one horcrux left, the Dark Lord manages to kill Harry, and in this alternate reality, he wins the war.

Oh, and since Harry is dead, Albus literally does not exist. Plus, Scorpius tortures people and is just an all-around pureblood dirtbag – which is not believable.

In the end they fix all this, but the plot holes still remain.

The only good thing about the confusing alternate universes is that it confirms my anti-Romione theory: it never should have happened. The book literally tells us that they would never have fallen in love if Hermione hadn’t gone to the ball with Krum and made Ron jealous. Isn’t it lovely to see your NOTPs falling apart?

Does anyone else feel sorry for Delphini?

Delphini Diggory- I mean, Delphini Riddle or whatever her name is was one of the most confusing characters here (and boy, were there a few). I cannot believe Voldemort would have a daughter with Bellatrix Lestrange, who, by the way, was married at the time. We can tell that Cursed Child was completely unplanned and spontaneous because there was no foreshadowing at all about the very foreshadow-able events.

And even if Voldemort (who was conceived under the effects of a love potion and therefore was incapable of love) did decide he wanted a heir, I don’t know how or where Delphini would have been raised! Her guardian didn’t care for her too much… It’s all so weird.

When we met her, I thought she was going to be this cute Nymphadora Tonks-like character. And then she really wasn’t. I think her identity reveal was an interesting plot twist, and gave the book some suspense.

I hate her for manipulating Albus. But I can’t help but feel sorry for her.

She’s just another orphan, another Harry. Remember that, when Harry first heard about time-turners in the original series, he wondered if they could be used to go back and see his parents, too.

Delphini wanted to meet her father, just like Harry. But since she had no father-figure and no mentor, she actually went through with it. Poor kid.


I’d really love to hear your thoughts on this, and any other things that bothered you about Cursed Child – and also things that you liked! Do comment below, I’d enjoy talking to you very much 🙂