May's Books

May's Books



“It is what you read when you don't have to

that determines what you will be when you can't help it.” 

Oscar Wilde


Hogwarts! I always wanted to be a witch.  

Westeros?! No, thanks. I don't have a death wish.


Where would you go?

Books Read in April + Quick Reviews

Yeah, I know. I am LATE!



 [The Secret Speech + Leo Demidov #2 + Tom Rob Smith + 5★]

[Agent 6 + Leo Demidov #3 + Tom Rob Smith + 5★]


Genre: Historical Fiction + Thriller 

My Thoughts: These final two books went in directions I wasn't expecting. Now the policy is the protagonist - an interesting view of the Soviet Union history. The books are very well written and with engaging plot twists. A great historical thriller and an incredible series conclusion!


[Hard Time + Cara McKenna + 3.5★]


Genre: Contemporary Romance 

My Thoughts: The first part of the book was great! The letters were HOT and I couldn't stop reading. In the second half of the book there was something missing. I wanted to see more of Eric and Annie building a healthy and strong relationship.


[The Will + Magdalene #1+ Kristen Ashley + 5★]


Genre: Contemporary Romance 

My Thoughts: I LOVED IT! There is nothing that bothers me about this book. I loved the hero, the heroine (well... all the characters) and the plot. Loved everything! ❤ Recommended!


[Tall, Dark & Lonely + Pyte/Sentinel  #1 + R. L. Mathewson + 3★]


Genre: Paranormal Romance 

My Thoughts: I was a little disappointed with this one. I loved this author’s Neighbors from Hell series, but this just didn't work very well for me. The prologue was great and some scenes were hilarious, but the story didn't make much sense.


[The Law of Attraction + Lawyers in Love #1 + N. M Silber + 4★] 

[The Home Court Advantage + Lawyers in Love #2 + N. M Silber + 3.5★]

[Legal Briefs + Lawyers in Love #3 + N. M Silber + 4★]


Genre: Contemporary Romance + Humor

My Thoughts: What a good surprise! This series was a fun read. No angst, no drama. All the characters are sweet and crazy (in a good way) and it's impossible not to like them. I'll definitely check out the rest of the series.


[Rule's Obsession + The House Of Rule #1 + Lynda Chance + 2.5★]


Genre: Contemporary Romance + Short Story

My Thoughts: This was a quick read, but not as good as I wanted it to be. The dialogue didn't seem real, there was something odd about the hero and I couldn't feel the connection between the couple. If you want to read a book from this author, I recommend Marco's Redemption and Under the Cowboy's Control.


My favorite: Thornfield Hall has a large attic space ideal for storage.


The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel 

The Either/Or Tag

I've been tagged by HUNGER FOR KNOWLEDGE - thanks ;) - so here goes!


BOOKLET OR TOME? Tome. I'm not afraid of long books. The bigger the better.


PRE-OWNED OR NEW? New. I never buy used books, but I'm always picking up books from the library.


HISTORICAL FICTION OR FANTASY? Don't make me choose one! But I think most of my bookshelf is filled with fantasy books.


HARDCOVER OR PAPERBACK? Paperback. But I always buy the hardcover when the bank account allows. After all, I'm just a poor (jobless) student. 


FUNNY OR SAD? Sad (with a happy ending). I don't like books classified as funny - I read, but they're not usually my favorites. I prefer that laugh that comes when you least expect it.


DO YOU PREFER READING IN SUMMER OR IN WINTER? Hahahahahaha. Sorry, I had to laugh at this question. Winter? What is winter? In the place I live in Brazil is summer 12 months a year. I don't even have a coat. It would be sad if I preferred reading in winter.


CLASSICS OR MAINSTREAM? I love both genres. But if I really had to choose, I would say classics. They will always have a special place in my heart. Isn't that right, Jane Austen?


GUIDEBOOK OR FICTION? FICTION. In capital letters. Non-fiction are 0.5% of my bookshelf and I've never bought a guidebook.


CRIME NOVEL OR THRILLER? Can I be honest? I don't really know the difference. All I know is that action plus suspense equals my true love (yeah, I have a big heart).


E-BOOK OR PRINT EDITION? I will always prefer print edition. However, I like to read books in English and they are not easy to find (at least where I live). So, I surrender to e-books and my Kindle is my best friend. Thank you, Amazon Brazil. ;)


COLLECTING OR CLEARING OUT? Collecting. Too bad I can't exhibit my e-books on my shelves.


INTERNET OR BOOKSTORE? Like I said before, I buy a lot of books on the internet. But I love to spend some time in a bookstore and buy a paperback or a hardcover when it's po$$ible. 


BACKLIST OR NEW PUBLICATION? BothI read whatever I am in the mood for.


BEST OR BAD SELLER? Both. I don't care much about that. 


COOKBOOK OR BAKING BOOK? Neither. I'm a clumsy cook. The kitchen and I are not compatible.


That was fun! Feel free to tag me anytime!


Now I'm supposed to tag someone, right?
Well, I tag everyone! Don't be shy. ;-)

"Wilhelm, what is the world to our hearts without love? What is a magic-lantern without light? You have but to kindle the flame within, and the brightest figures shine on the white wall; and, if love only show us fleeting shadows, we are yet happy, when, like mere children, we behold them, and are transported with the splendid phantoms."

The Sorrows of Young Werther by J.W. von Goethe



Vorlesung aus Goethes Werther by Wilhelm Amberg (German, 1822­–1899)

5 Stars
Child 44 (The Child 44 Trilogy) - Tom Rob Smith

[Child 44 + Leo Demidov #1 + Tom Rob Smith + Read Mar 2014 + 5★ + Favorite]


[My Thoughts]


Wow! I love the feeling of finishing a great book and to know it was worth my time.  With Child 44 that was exactly what happened - from the beginning, I was hooked! I was surprised to learn this is Tom Rob Smith's debut novel and I will definitely read book #2 The Secret Speech. But if you're tired of trilogies, Child 44 can be read as standalone. 


Don't fall into the same mistake I did - don't wait too long to read this book!


Child 44 tells the story of Liev Demidov, an agent of MGB - the Soviet State security service during the age of Stalin. In a time when each person could be an enemy , the state was ready arrest them - guilty or no guilty. Nobody had the benefit of the doubt. A cruel regime that Smith's words were perfect to describe - I could feel the fear and desperation. A Soviet society that was devastated and abused by a system without compassion.


Liev was the perfect soldier who believes in the State and was always willing to fulfill its orders without questions. An idealistBut after witnessing the interrogation of an innocent man, his loyalty begins to waver, and when ordered to investigate his own wife, Raisa, Liev is forced to choose where his heart truly lies. He opened his eyes to the abuses of the MGB and went after justice in a state where there is no crime, while trying to win the love of his wife. In a claustrophobic narrative, we follow the couple and their new allies on the hunt for the criminal.


If you're looking for an anguishing unpredictable historical mystery, this is the book for you!


✳ The novel is based on the crimes of Andrei Chikatilo, also known as the Rostov Ripper, who was convicted of and executed for 52 murders in the Soviet Union.

✳ Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and Gary Oldman will star in the film adaptation directed by Daniel Espinosa and produced by Ridley Scott.

✳  I read a Portuguese translation of this book.


Photomanipulations by Joel Robison


A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros


Magical! I want it!

"I am tired of myself tonight.
I should like to be somebody else."

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Random Reads

I couldn't decide what to read next. I read the first chapter of 2 books, but it wasn't what I wanted. *frustration* Then I remembered a post I saw a few days ago - a meme hosted by I'm Loving Books. The idea is to pick one random book from your Goodreads to-read list using

And the winner is....



...Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith!


In Stalin's Soviet Union, crime does not exist. But still millions live in fear. The mere suspicion of disloyalty to the State, the wrong word at the wrong time, can send an innocent person to his execution. 

Officer Leo Demidov, an idealistic war hero, believes he's building a perfect society. But after witnessing the interrogation of an innocent man, his loyalty begins to waver, and when ordered to investigate his own wife, Raisa, Leo is forced to choose where his heart truly lies.

Then the impossible happens. A murderer is on the loose, killing at will, and every belief Leo has ever held is shattered. Denounced by his enemies and exiled from home, with only Raisa by his side, he must risk everything to find a criminal that the State won't admit even exists. On the run, Leo soon discovers the danger isn't from the killer he is trying to catch, but from the country he is trying to protect.


  Started reading it last night... so far so good!



My future library

!!! spoiler alert !!! Review
4 Stars
At Grave's End - Jeaniene Frost

[At Grave's End + Night Huntress #3 + Jeaniene Frost + Read Mar 2014 + 4★]


[Book Description]


It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield's life. With her undead lover Bones at her side, she's successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat's worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover's finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger.

As if that wasn't enough, a woman from Bones's past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp, yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat's about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she's learned as a special agent won't help her. She will need to fully embrace her vampire instincts in order to save herself—and Bones—from a fate worse than the grave.


[My Thoughts & Favorite Quotes]





“We are not helpless.” Bones’s voice was never more controlled. If I didn’t know better, I’d say it was chipper. “Many times in our lives we’ve been powerless, but not this night. Right now we have the power to choose the manner in which we die. If you have been a master of nothing else in all your days, you are now a master of this moment. And I for one am going to give such an answer to this insult that others will dearly regret not being by my side to see it!”


✳ This is the third book in the Night Huntress series and although the reading was not as exciting as the other ones, still kept my attention until the end of the story.
✳ Since Cat and Bones got back together in One Foot in the Grave their relationship is getting stronger despite all the dangerous and complicated situations.


“Want to know one of the things I’ve loved most about you?” […] “That you never lorded your age over me. Yeah, there’s nothing I’ve seen or done that isn’t old news to you, but you’d always treated me like an equal. Well, now you’re treating me like the pathetic little girl Max accused me of being. You want to have your nasty event without me? Fine. But whatever I would have seen later wouldn’t have come between us as much as what you just pulled did.


✳ I cried along with Cat when she thought Bones was dead (I knew is wasn't true, but still...). And what about that box? And the letter? *I need to know!*

(show spoiler)


“I’ll be back before you know it.”


✳ In this book the author gives emphasis on the secondary characters - they all have important roles. I loved Vlad and his sense of humor. I can't wait to read Night Prince - spin-off from the Night Huntress series featuring Vlad as the hero and a new character named Leila as the heroine.


✳ But back to At Grave's End, the thing (or better yet, the someone) that annoyed me the most - Tate. To be honest, I'd never liked him and he needs to move on! I wasn't even surprised when Bones thought he was the traitor.


“That was a warning. The next one won’t be. Did you think you could just slide into Bones’s place and I wouldn't miss a beat? You lay your hands on me again and I’ll finish you, Tate.”


✳ And what I loved the most in this book - the magic. Mencheres, the most powerful one + Bones and his new abilities + Vlad and the fire control + the mind reading + zombies!


Young Woman Reading By A Window by Delphin Enjolras (French, 1865-1945)

currently reading

Progress: 22/742pages