The Crowns Game by Evelyn Skye Revie | Soñando Despierta




     Oi! I’m back with a review! I haven’t done a review in SO LONG. I am sorry. I’m still   struggling if you read the post where I break my hiatus (here) then you’ll know with what and I am having a hard time staying motivated. Still here I am because I am excited about this post. I have two fun facts: First is that I had planned to review The Perfect Girl, but I was so excited after just finishing the book that I knew that I had to write this one instead. The second fact I spent hours taking pictures and editing of a book that for some random reason I though was the one that belongs to this post. I thought that THAT book was this one. Yeah… I haven’t slept more than 4 hours in a while. ANYWAY, let’s get started.

“She was a diamond in a quarry full of quartz.”
― Evelyn Skye, The Crown’s Game


Original Title: The Crown’s Gameb16dsjc1hts-_ux250_

Author: Evelyn Skye
Amount of pages: 399 pages
Does it have a sequel? Yes, this is the first in the Crown’s Game duology
Does it have a movie: Not at the moment but I would not be surprised if we see one in the future.
Genre: Young Adult, Historical fiction, fantasy, and romance.


      “Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see 26156203-1through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

    And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

     Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

     For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip-smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

     And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love…or be killed himself.

     As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear—the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.”


     I will admit the reason I got this book because it’s my favorite bookstore’s book club book of the month, that’s a mouthful, and because the cover is so freaking beautiful. The hardcover version not only has a beautiful dust cover but the book without is gorgeous. I’m in love! So beautiful that I did not want to touch because I was afraid it would get dirty and I was scared of taking the dust cover because I could lose it. I did indeed get it slightly dirty, and I did, in fact, lose the dust cover but I have hopes that it’s at my sister’s house.

     Now let’s talk book. I had a hard time starting the book because I feel like all YA are starting to sound the same. It took me ranting about it on a bookworm Facebook group and seeing I wasn’t the only one feeling this way to get myself to read more than 5 pages. I needed to read it because I thought the book club discussion was this past Wednesday and I started it on Monday. So I powered through the first 30 pages and then I was hooked. I LOVE when a book leaves me hooked. After I realized that the book club was the next week I told myself, I would slow down and really enjoy it.
This book was one of those books where you want to read it, but you also don’t want to read0572e0865dbdc8ccf8cb7ebdb43d1d20 it because you want to savor it really. I tried to, but I was already a hundred and thirty pages in and I needed answers. I stopped, but I could not stop thinking about it. I was analyzing

that book the way Professor dream we do in class. My literature professors would be so proud of me. I even TRIED to go to bed early so I would not be tempted but I could not. I ended binge reading until I finished it all in one night. Shame on me. It was incredible, though. Now I have the worse book hangover. I went to a bookstore yesterday, and I couldn’t even find a new book to read because my mind was still on The Crown’s Game and the fact that The Crown’s Fate comes out in May 2017.

     The characters were slightly different to most YA characters which are refreshing. I loved

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Nikolai’s magic and all the possibilities. I saw my childhood dream reflected on his magic and I really enjoyed reading him. I loved his humanity, his humbleness yet proudness, I enjoyed his friendship with Pasha, I enjoyed how he treated everyone else and just him in general. I also enjoyed how he did whatever was necessary to satisfy his thirst for knowledge. I could imagine it all in my head like a movie. He is such a good character.


     Vika is stubborn, powerful, driven, humble, human, amazing, and just a really great character. I love how unlike most YA she’s not the chosen one. In a way, she is chosen, yes as an enchantress, but the whole book is not about how she’s the chosen one. It’s not about how she is the one and has everyone fawning over her but how she must fight to be the one. The winner! This is not a spoiler it’s all in the synopsis. Her relationship with her father and Ludmila is such an interesting and beautiful one. I love her relationship with everything that surrounds her. I just loved the characters so much, and I don’t even know how to put them in words.

     I am Pasha. I am the curious Pasha, the self-conscious Pasha, the I want to travel the world and believe in things that seem impossible. I love Pasha. I don’t love him more than anyone else, but he reminds me of well me. I know I mentioned how humble all the character are but I just loved how humbled he was without forgetting his place. He is the prince, yet he is such a humble person.

     I like humble, down to earth characters. I love strong characters that know their flaws and strength. Characters that know how powerful they are but are still humble, down to earth and close to their roots. I just cannot stand overly proud, brag, snobbish characters. I have my exceptions, but I just can’t handle it. I like my characters to be like the people I surround with.

     This book is a fairly light read. It doesn’t go into real deep explanations about how their magic work, how everything works and how life is in Russia. This will not bore you to death, nor it will feed you with information about magic. It assumes you know that magic is just magic. It cannot explain you just have to believe. The book is the story; it’s pretty light in details and mostly straight to the point. I tend to like that in a book because it makes it easier for me to keep the movie in my head rolling instead of focusing too much on how it looks and missing the point.

     Honestly, I thought the book was going to be another of the same YA that are so popular but even though it share certain things it was also very different. I love that is set in Russia because it gives me a window into Russia’s history and culture. Normally I’m not into historical fiction, but this one worked. Honestly, it was just so good. I don’t even know what else to say except YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK.

     It’s sad the terrible rating it has on Goodreads which is why I don’t read Goodreads’s review. I have hope that since this book is fairly new that with time the rating will get better. I really enjoyed the book which is the most important thing, and I am surprised how good it is for a first book. It makes me motivated to write as soon as I find a story good enough. I predict this will become one of those famous books that everyone loves and that has movies, novellas, books and a big fandom. MARK MY WORDS!

     Would I recommend it? YES. 9/10 would recommend.

      Now it’s time for me to rate this treasure. This rating is hard because I loved it, but at the same time, I know there are better books. This is the struggle of rating feelings because the book is a 4 to 4.5 star, the story is a 4, but the characters are 5 and the enjoyment of the book is a solid 5. Okay let’s leave this in math’s hands or well the math I kind of remember. Okay, math don’t make me look bad. The final score is: 4.5


Get it here.


Love, Jane


Why I don’t read Goodreads’ Reviews | Soñando Despierta

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     I don’t like to read Goodreads’ book reviews. I love Goodreads it is a fantastic platform that I enjoy using, but I don’t like reading the reviews. This doesn’t mean I don’t do it but I rather not. If I want to read the reviews of a book I try to do it after I read the book and have formed my opinion on it. Why? I feel like Goodreads’ review are so negative. Most Goodreads’ review I see like to nitpick the books and taking stars away for some reasons that I don’t agree. This affects the rating of the book and the amount of people that read them. Honestly reading reviews WILL change the way you look at a book. So if you don’t want other’s opinion affecting how you see, then I recommend you to do the same.

     I have said no to many books and stopped books because of these reviews before but not anymore. Most of my favorite books don’t have the best ratings and some of the books I dislike have a high rating; I like to rate on how much I enjoyed reading a book and when I used to read Goodreads’ review I noticed that I would try to imitate them. I didn’t want to give 4 stars or 5 stars on a book that has 3.5. Reading a book is a personal experience, and I believe you should rate on how much you enjoyed the book.

     Ignore the tiny little details of a book and just enjoy it. Unless these small details bother you or aren’t tiny at all. I have been very vocal how the handling of certain topics in Colleen Hoover’s Hopeless bothered me to the point where I didn’t enjoy it, and it affected me. In that case, I gave the rating I think it deserves but just because it has some grammatical error or it doesn’t seem realistic enough I won’t remove stars. Again there are some cases like Hopeless.

    I think Goodreads’ reviews are some of the meanest and harshest review on the internet and when you first click to see the meanest and cruelest are also the first one. If I want to read a review, I rather read Amazon’s review but even better book bloggers and book tuber’ reviews. When I commented this to a friend she asked why and I told her that it was simple. Booktubers and book bloggers focus more on if they enjoy the book and if the book was good or was a guilty pleasure versus Goodreads’ reviews. I care the book and essence of it. 
     I care about how much the author worked on it, how good it must have felt to write it, to publish and what a religious experience was to read it. I care about the story and If I enjoyed it or if it made me forget about the outside world. I care about the book.

     The rating should only indicate how it felt having the experience of reading it. How the book made you feel, if you couldn’t stop reading, if it let you experience a night full of dreams and thoughts and if you would recommend it. The same friend told me she expected me to be harsher as an aspiring writer but honestly being an aspiring writer just gives me a whole lot more respect for books and writers. I can be. Some things make me cringe but I rather not be harsh because I, as an aspiring writer, know how hard it is to write a book or a story at all. I know how hard is not to have plot holes, to have round characters and a story that attracts the reader. I respect writers even if they wrote the books I hate the most because it may not have given me the experience I wanted and I’ll rate accordingly, but to other people, it might have. So in conclusion to this rant-like-post. I don’t like to read the Goodreads’ reviews, and I know I have sometimes fallen into the habits of reviewing like those as a way to try to fit in that world, but I decided to continue as myself. Expect slightly different reviews from now on, and well I hope you enjoyed this post.

PS I will be starting to do some miniature blog post but on my Instagram. These will include reviews of places I went, Month’s TBR and so on. Be sure to follow me on Instagram @J.B_William  

love, Jane

I am back! | Let’s talk about Mental Illness. | Soñando Despierta

Today’s late night post is sponsored by the three cups of coffee I had today, my midnight snack (pita chips, hummus, banana, and water) and the conversation I had with a friend.

HELLO GUYS! I am back.Yes, it’s me. You are not hallucinating. It’s been so long but please don’t hate me. I have tried guys. I promise I have tried, but there’s one thing that keeps getting in the way his name is severe anxiety. I have severe anxiety and depression which has led me to stop reading and writing. I love writing, but I get so anxious because of this blog. I want to give you quality content without changing who I am, but I also feel like I cannot for my life follow what’s how in the book world. I have decided to go back to writing as part of me trying to overcome this.


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I know my family probably don’t want people to know, but I want to destigmatize mental illness. Having a mental illness doesn’t make you crazy, I was already crazy before it all, and it doesn’t make you less of a person. Do not listen to the voice that tells you this. I also want to be open because when one person opens the conversation other people, who are probably ashamed of their mental illness, see they are not alone and opens to the conversation. SO YEAH. I am Jeannette Breeze Wilsom William, and I am struggling with depression and anxiety. I am not ashamed.

Mental health is as important as physical health. If you had a broken leg, you would go to the doctor or if you have a physical condition like cancer or the flu you wouldn’t be ashamed of it. Then why is that we make people suffering from mental illness ashamed of being sick? Why are we ashamed of it? Let’s talk about mental health.



I am not ashamed to admit that I go to a psychologist, and a psychiatrist or that I had to take intensive therapy for it. I want you to know. I want you to understand. It was a struggle. I was so ashamed that I didn’t ask for help until I could no longer take it. I didn’t ask for help until I felt like I didn’t know how to live another day. When the thought of living another day like a “normal person” seemed impossible. To go to all my classes? Is that even possible? I used to go to all my classes, study, commute and spend time with f
amily. So why does it seem impossible just to get out of bed? Why did it felt overwhelming thinking I had to do this again and again and again? Well, I didn’t know this at the moment, but the severe anxiety that I always had taken me to the point of depression. I started as a high functioning depressed person until I burned myself to the ground.


“When you have depression and anxiety life is a roller coaster. Some days you are up, high on life, full of hope, feelings like you can conquer anything and some days you are down. When you’re down you feel like everything is shitty, sometimes you hate everything or simply just want to lay on your bed hiding from the world. For me, the worse days are the twirls when you are a mix of emotions. When you feel you’re a tornado and you want to cry and laugh while hating the world and you have hope but you feel hopeless all at the same time until it hits a point where you just need someone but don’t want them to hug you but want their love. UGH. That was me yesterday (…) When you’re anxious, perfectionist and a highly functional person hitting a depression and not having the drive to do things is frustrating. It can work for days, months and even years. You burn yourself doing things you know you have to do, gets frustrated when your depression stops you from achieving perfection all while acting like nothing is wrong. It is draining, but it gets to a point where you burn yourself.” -Burning Closets




I couldn’t have said better myself. I am on a rollercoaster right now I’m in the area that is


full of short-lived ups filled with many downs, but I am working towards it. I am working towards overcoming it, and I want you, my reader, to understand this. I am trying. I swear I am, but every step feels like it weighs a hundred tons and going backward feels as light as a feather.


My psychologist told me that on average the human being gets depressed 3 to 4 times in their life. Everyone is fighting their own battles and just because you can’t see the scars and bruises don’t mean they aren’t hurt. Let’s stop shaming mental illness. Having a mental illness is not a joke or something to be ashamed of. Let’s open the conversation and support each other. Let’s build each other up.



Summer Classes 101: My Experience



I am a girl a plan. I am a girl who knows what she wants and will not stop at nothing until she makes it happen. I know I want to finish my bachelor as soon as possible so I can get my master degree and finally start working as a translator. The problem is that at my university trying to get classes is like being in the Huger Games. To get a class you willgiphy-1.gif fight, cry, beg the sponsors (the secretaries, professors, and directors of the programs) for help; you will pray the that you won’t have a hard time. You will also swear the whole before that you are prepared to give the fight and that no one is more prepared than you but then it is time, and suddenly you realize you’re not prepared at all. Still, in the end, the only thing that matters is if you made it to the survive’s village aka the class.

There is a moment in the year where getting a class is actually not tough at all, and that is giphy-1.gif This is one of the reasons why I love summer classes before the only pain in the Arsch is the making a schedule if you have more than one classes. People like taking breaks and they think taking a class or two in summer will be the end of the world. I have taken in two summer semester, three summer classes, and I actually like them more than regular semester classes.

Summer classes are different in every college or university. In some universities you don’t get the same amount of hours as regular classes but where I study you take the same amount of hours you would in a regular semester just in a more constricted rushed schedule. Also in my university summer classes are divided in two: short classes which are 15 days or long classes which are 20 days long. Short classes are three hours a day, five days a week and long classes are either an hour and a half or two hours a day for five days a week.

Whenever I mention to someone, I’m taking summer classes people wonder how do I do it giphy-2.giflike it’s some kind of big deal. Summer classes are not that big of a deal, and they can actually be really helpful. For example, I don’t like math. I really don’t, and I have to take 3 credits in math but just the mere thought of a whole semester of maths gives me nightmares. I’m more of literature, languages, writing kind of girl. So what did I do? I took that class that I dreaded so much and decided to take it in the summer because two months, 20 days, I can handle but four months plus the other classes, no. This summer semester I took two classes a long one, math, and a short one, literature, and last summer I took Spanish.


My experience with summer classes is a good one. Summer classes are not chill classes there definitely will be lots of work and exams in a short amount of time but at the same time, in my experience, professors are pretty nice. These are professors that really like teaching, but also want to enjoy their summer vacations. The professors I had before, and now, gave me work but not to the point where I couldn’t do anything. Remember they know is summer vacation, and we are all tired of taking classes and just want to enjoy our vacations so they usually work with you so you can balance it out. Actually, I liked the professors I had in summer more than the one I had during the spring or autumn semester. I’m not sure if it is because the class is over before you detest them or because they just try to make you have fun and not be miserable.

Fun fact my first summer semester professor aka my Spanish professor on our last day brought us homemade empanadas as a way to celebrate class is over. My second one, the literature professor, brought pizza for all of us, and since the class ended like two hours earlier, we just chill, ate pizza, dance around to music and just had an excellent time.


giphy-1.gifThe credits for summer classes tend to be more expensive. In Puerto Rico, college is REALLY CHEAP, so I really don’t have a problem with being able to afford it. Yet I have heard that some students from the United States of America decide to take the summer classes in a community college because it is cheaper. I think that’s a pretty good idea. I am not sure how much it would cost you a summer credit over there and I know for some people taking summer classes is not an option because of the money. If you can then try it, spending money on an education is money well spent.

*If you are wondering if you should polish your Spanish classes and come to PR to study let me tell you something. You should! I got six credits and with the quotas and everything I spent $474.00 on my summer classes. Not all colleges here are this cheap but for most, you wouldn’t go over $5,000.00 for a semester. In my university, I don’t even spend a thousand dollar for a semester.


I mentioned, like a hundred times, that I took two classes this summer semester. I am done with literature, and I am almost done with math. Still, I have been able to go to the beach, spend time with my family, and I have plans to go Ice Skating and bowling with my best friend and her family. I also finished the new season of Orange is the New Black, started blogging again, and I’m writing a story for Wattpad. Plus I ace literature! How? Balance and basic organization skills are the way to survive summer classes. You can ace your classes and go out, but it is all about balance and organization.

If you have a math test that is next week, and the professor gave you a syllabus withlarge-2 exercises to practice and old tests to use as practice tests then use them. Take some time every day to study and practice for that test. I usually practiced for 4 to 5 days and then use the old test to practice the two days before the test. When I was taking literature, I had to read a lot, and lots of people were miserable because they had to read a collection of short stories at the last minute because they didn’t do it with time. The professor told us the first day of class that we were going to discuss this book on a week so what did I do? I plan to go get the book the next day. My roommate and I took a trip to the bookstore and got the book, which by the way is an excellent book, and started reading on the way back to the dorm. It is all about organizing your time. If you have a three-hour break between classes, then use that break to eat, to take a nap, to study or do all three. Yes, it is very possible. That way when someone invites you to go out with them, you don’t have to worry that you have a book to finish for the next day, a test in two days that you haven’t studied at all or just too tired to go out.




Well, I think that is all I can think of my experience and thoughts of summer classes. If you have any question, comment or a suggestion write down on the comment box below.



2016’s Reading Challenge Update

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I AM BACK! I know, I know months has passed since I last wrote a post. The reasons were many: finals, the death of family members, traveling, summer classes, and just not having time or inspiration in general but I´m back. Yes, the Harry Potter giveaway is still valid. I thought of canceling the giveaway, but I decided that is better if I do not. Invite your friends and family! I feel like the giveaway is a lovely gift for my followers for when I reach 100 followers, hopefully soon, so it is still on even though I might have to change some details.


Let´s forward to what we came here for the *2016´s reading challenge update. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here. I have read 16 books so far. I am slightly disappointed because I haven’t been able to read more but also my Goodreads lie to me telling me I had read 18 by repeating two books. I noticed when writing this post and that made me feel slightly less motivated. Still, 16 in 6 months is around two and a half book a month and considering I’m a full-time student who’s trying to get all As I think 16 is pretty good. I know not all of them are lengthy, but the point is enjoying the book not bragging the length.

Okay. Let’s start reviewing which of the books challenges I have completed.

1) A book published on a website.2488185-176-k867232.jpg

For this one, I’m using How To Be Queen by AerithSage. This book was published on wattpad and has gotten a lot of popularity on the page, and the author recently published her first book, out of wattpad, called The Billionaire’s Contract.

Check out my review HERE.



617GpzyVeNL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg2) Listen to an audiobook instead.

I listened to a lot of audiobooks these past six months. I like listening audiobooks while reading the books or switching in between the book and the audiobooks but one book I only listened was Binge by Tyler Oakley . Yes, him as the hilarious and famous youtuber.

Check out my review HERE.




3) A book set somewhere you want to travel.51ueOUHHn6L._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_

For this one, I had to decide between a couple but PS I love you by Cecelia Ahern won the round. I haven’t reviewed it, but 11/10 would recommend.


418xpeLSRrL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_4) A book set in the future.

Aren’t all dystopian novels set in the future? I choose Cinder by Melissa Meyers because why not? I’ve wanted to read this book, and this book challenge was the perfect excuse. This book lived up to its hype. 

5. A book set in the past.


The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith. This book was recently republished under the name Carol and then later made into a movie with one of the actresses being nominated for an Oscar.

Check out my review HERE.

51vF3a1RfzL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg6. A book with an LGTBQ+ character

For this book, like in #3, I had to decide between a couple but decided to go with the most obvious. Simon vs. the Homosapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli . This is a very fluffy book that is great for reading after book hangovers.


 7. A book that makes you secretly ashamedcvr9781476743554_9781476743554_hr

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. This book was my first, and I think only, Colleen Hoover’s book I have read. I am ashamed of this book and the way it doesn’t accurately represent particular topic I won’t discuss because of spoilers. I will give Colleen Hoover a second chance because I have heard she is a brilliant writer.

Check out my review HERE.

8. A book someone under 30 wrote.

55744652-176-k499428It’s hard to find a book written by someone under thirty, so I decided to go for the most obvious book. I choose Once Upon A Chat by Darlene Smith. This book was published on Wattpad. The author is 20 years old and even though compared to other books, including fanfictions, is it not that long it still deserves a space on this list. This book a fanfiction of Once Upon a Time and develop in chats that will make you laugh out loud. If you read it, comment Jane sent you. 😉



9. A book that was written by someone who is not from51PdXxxgtYL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg the United States of America.

I choose F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher because she was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. This book is fantastic, full of quotable moments and words crafted so perfectly that you will be sucked in. 12/10 would recommend


51TotTTRSjL._SX353_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg10. A nonfiction book

This book challenge was probably one of the easiest ones. This book hooked me in, open my eye to a culture that is not my own and is a topic that is getting a lot of hate: feminism. The book We Should All Be Feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I sometimes wish I had the money, or just money at all, to buy these and give away to every single person who said we don’t need equality or feminism.


11. A book from an author from your country or island.4174gjfYU-L._SX312_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

I’m from the enchanted island of Puerto Rico and for this one, I decided to use Mundo Cruel by Luis NegrónMundo Cruel by Luis Negrón. I read this book this month and had the opportunity to discuss it with the writer, which was an amazing experience, he is a very talented writer, and this book is getting attention all over the world. My favorite story, The Garden, is going to be produced as a musical, and I’m so excited!

12. A book with less than 200 pages.

511UAkig9TL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_This one is easy! The book I chose is a book I was surprised at how much I loved it. The book I choose is Memorias de mis putas tristes by Gabriel García Márquez. GGM is one of the best writers in the history of Latin-American. I remember studying him in school but when you are forced to read a book you end up detesting it and but I decided to give his book a chance. I am so happy I did because I enjoyed it.

Check out my review HERE.


13. A book based on a fairytale.51AB5fix3UL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas was inspired by Cinderella or so the author said. Well, I can totally see it and therefore I used it for the book challenge. It is also an excellent book by an amazing author.

Check out my review HERE.

512mzQI3YlL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg14. A romantic book

As much as I do not see this book as just a romantic book, I chose the book Me Before You by Jojo Mayes. This book is much more than a romantic book, but since what is known is the very obvious love story I decided to use it. I LOVE this book, and I’m slightly disappointed how over simplified was the movie.

Check out my review HERE.

15. A book you said you were going to412XH9UvpbL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg read for a while but hadn’t.

For this one, I choose a book I kept saying I was going to read but would always leave it for later. That book is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. RR is one of my favorite writers, and she did not disappoint with this book. It his right home.

16. A book recommended by a friend.

For the last book challenge,  I choose a book that my friend recommended to me as soon as I told her I was going to read Throne of Glass, and that is The Assasin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas. If I said, I loved Throne of Glas I was a fool. Throne of glass is poop compared to the amazing collection of novellas that is this book. I recommend it.

Well, guys, that is all of the books I have read. I hope you enjoyed this blog post. Please like, share and comment. Let me know which of the book challenges have you completed. Also, comment down below what kind of post would you love to read from me.

Have you followed me on Wattpad? I’ll be posting stories and poems there. Follow me and check out my newest short story Lilith. It’s on second person point of view and in Spanish.



*Yes, I do the picture said 2015, and it was a typo, but since it took me so long to edit the image to my taste, I decided to kep it.



Wattpad Star Rating

I felt like wattpad book needed their own star rating so I decided to make one. Why? Simple, because even though Wattpad’s Book are real books it wouldn’t be fair to be rated the same way as any other book. Wattpad book don’t usually have an editor, they’re not written by persons who their only job is only to write, and are usually written by people who are not professional writer. They are still good, but they won’t have the quality and the professionalism that books published by publishing houses have.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ This books needs to be published.

★ ★ ★ ★ This book just need a little fixing and it would be fantastic.

★ ★ ★ Pretty good.

★ ★ It needs a lot of work.

★ not good!

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How to Be Queen | REVIEW



     Hello! It has been so long since I last posted something book related, but I know why. You know those books that send you into reading slump? Well, I have some books reviews that are sending me into reviewing slump that combined with this semester coming to an end (just 29 more days until class end and after that 9 more until finals end) and I’m going crazy. You know when you’re so stressed that you get sick of the stupidest thing? Yes, that is me right now. I´m supposed to be in college studying for this German dialogue test on Friday and giving in the papers, but instead I´m stuck in my house feeling too sick or tired to move. Well, enough about me. Since these two reviews are making it hard for me to review I decided to power thought them. Today I will be doing the review of How to Be Queen.

                                                                           Title: How to Be Queen

image via her tumblr

Amount of pages: 51 Part Story

Available thought: Wattpad

Author: Alyssa Urbano aka AerithSage on Wattpad

Series or stand alone: It doesn´t have a series per se of the same characters but it’s part of the Myths Finding Love series. 

#62 Fantasy on Wattpad


” What if Hades never met Persephone? What if he has been alone for millennia now, 2488185-176-k867232lonely and ruling the underworld on his own? What if since the dawn of time the god of the Underworld still hasn’t discovered love? Well, that’s where I come in. The three Fates wove it into their looms for me to be born destined as his queen and rule the Underworld by his side.

My name is Aerith. All my life I believed I was mortal: a

terribly unlucky and cursed mortal. Klutz, uncoordinated, sloppy, unfashionable, nerd, geek were only some of the words used to describe me. I’ve always been an outcast, always bullied, never had a boyfriend, never even been kissed. Definitely far from being queen material.

Join me as I get tutored by Olympian gods and goddesses themselves and the best teachers throughout history whose souls now belonged to the Underworld. Join me on my journey as I fall in love with my great king and learn HOW TO BE A QUEEN…”

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I read this story after I got a massive book hangover because of Me Before You. This book really helped my book hangover, it’s one of those fluffy books that you knew that it was going to make you feel good and have a happy ending. I really enjoyed it. I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I found myself reading this book nonstop. I couldn’t s2488185-176-k784743top, I couldn’t stop talking about and I wanted to force everyone to read it. You knew how it has gone to end from the beginning, but it really didn´t stop me from reading it. This is one of my favorite Wattpad books!

The characters. I liked the characters, most of them, even though the characters were a little on the flat side I enjoyed them. There were some characters you hated, characters
you loved, characters you hate to love and love to hate. I think everyone that reads this book understands my hatred for Aphrodite. I like Hades, even if he was a grumpy impatient god, I like Aerith (I LOVEEE HER NAME) even if she’s a stubborn young woman who I wanted to punch half of the book. The book was really good and like I mentioned before it’s a fluffy book that really helps with book-hangovers. I mean, what´s better than a free book? Nothing! I believe that it could have been a whole lot better, but I think it just deserves a publishing house to pick it up, the writer to go a little deeper in the story, round characters, an editor to polish it and me to get a copy of it.

Available here

Now time to rate! This book I’m going to rate it in Wattpad Stars. 

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Well that is my short review of How to Be Queen. Just one more short review and I promise the next one after that will be longer.  

 LOVE, Jane

Tips for oral presentation


     Hey-o! I am back with college tips! I haven’t posted non book related post in SO LONG! I am so sorry. I will be talking about oral presentations. Don’t die on me just yet!!! These tips will help you rock that dreaded presentations. I’ve done so many oral presentations it seems like professors in Puerto Rico are told that oral presentations are bare. I’ve done many. Last semester I took a class where I had to do one monthly, plus the other presentations my professors made me do. I have come to accept them. I don’t love them, but the thought of it no longer sends me into panic mode. Today I am going to give you tips to help you rock it.


Making the slides:


     -If you’re using a slide presentation (PowerPoint, keynote, Prezi) remember not to overcharge them with information. You are supposed to know the material and professors do not like when people just read the slides. Also, it is very hard to read an overfilled slide.

This hurts me.


     -Just because you can put effects on the presentation doesn’t mean you should.

     -The same goes to actions sound it doesn’t look very professional to use action sounds.


Preparing for the presentation:


  • giphy-3.gif     Once you finish making the presentation (the slides, the information, proofreading,
    everything that will be said and done) take some time to revise the information. Try to practice the presentation before this will help you become more comfortable with the material and that way you won’t be forcing to be reading the slides. If you can memorize or just know the concept so well you don’t need notes, then you will really impress your professors.


  •      If you’re allowed to take notes with you bring them but DO NOT just read them. Use your notes as guides to what you have
    This can´t be you during the presentation.

    to explain, comment, define and so on. Quotes can be read from notes but notes shouldn’t just be all the information you have to say. Reading them will cause you to ignore the audience and make it seem as if you’re not prepare.



  •      If you insist on reading them try to have part of me memorize and look up from the as much as possible. Or my personal favorite brings a computer, tablet or your notes printed in a BIG font and place them in the table in front of you. What I do is I bring my computer and if it’s not connected then I look at the computer but since the computer is facing the audience it’s easier to look up without losing your place and also if will not be as noticeable that you’re reading. Same with the printed notes I just look down without making my head look down (did I explain myself) and read them trying to make it look as natural as possible.


****REMEMBER professor want to see that you know the material****




     -Drink some calming tea, water or anything that will calm you that will not cloud your judgement and mind like drugs do. Being calm will help you make a better job.


     -Before starting take a break, take some deep breath and remind yourself that is all going to be okay that even if it feels like the end of the day it is not.

During the presentation

     -Bring a water bottle, if allowed, to take a quick sip during presentations. This will give you a quick break and stops your voice from drying out.

     -This one is well known but not well used. Talk to some of your classmate and ask them
to ask you a specific question you know the answer for. For this you can’t have your notes or it will seem staged but if you do it correctly and success making it seem believable it will make you look prepared in front of the professors. If you don’t want too many people asking questions you’re unprepared giphy-3.giffor then tell them you’re going to answer a specific amount of question.


You- Well now I’m going to be answering 2 or 3 questions.

Your classmate #1- What is 1+1?

You- 1+1=2. Anyone else?

Your classmate #2- who wrote Poem 20?

You- Pablo Neruda wrote Poem 20.

Your classmate #3- How many books are in a trilogy?

You- three book. Well that is all for today.

     -If you don’t like looking at your audience because it makes you nervous or anxious then pick various spot on top of their head and concentrate there. They will feel like you’re looking at them but you won’t feel that way. Don’t forget to look around the classroom to engage with someone. Once I didn’t do this because the place for me to present was in an awkward position and I got a lot of point taken off because of this. I learn from this experience and you should too.

     -if you can’t stay still, I can’t, while giving a presentation because you’re shaking or moving side to side like you’re dancing to Shakira or singing in a chorus then just pace around while looking at the audience. I don’t know if your professors but mine walk all over the classroom this gets my attention since I have to follow them around. In a presentation you can do this pace around while presenting as long as you’re still engaging with the audience.

     Well those are all my tips for today. I hope they were helpful if you know any other tips I didn´t mention feel free to comment below. If you though these were helpful share it with the world and don´t forget to subscribe.


Love, Jane


April’s TBR


Sweet April showers do

spring May flowers.

                                                                    -Thomas Tusser

The time is going so fast. It is April already! Already the days are getting longer, classes are coming to an end, and my Schedule is getting tighter. In Puerto Rico classes end on May so we are a little more than a month away from the finish line, at least for this semester, and I can’t wait for it to end. I have plans for this summer I’m going to travel, I’m going to take all the summer classes I can take without making me mentally unstable, and I will read a lot.

I have plans for a summer full of BS: beaches, books, bathing suits, boats and beautiful people. Actually just my family. I also want to do a Harry Potter reading marathon. My mom has all the books in English and Spanish. I grew up with Harry Potter like I remember in 8th grade reading Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and I also remember my mom very excited when she my dad got her Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows but even more excited when she got it in Spanish. I grew up doing HP’s movie marathon, but there’s one book I haven’t read. I haven’t read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows because is the last book and I’m not brave enough, I also haven’t seen the last two movies. I do know everything that happened my mom before going to bed, she would tell my dad the story. It was such an adorable image. Anyway, going back to the topic since I want to read all the Harry Potter books this summer and the books are very thick then I need a lot of times. I want to tackle a couple of books before summer, but I don’t have a lot of time because the end is near, of the semester, so this April I want to focus on five books. This is my April’s TBR list.

Books I want to read:


In the Victim’s Shadow by Victoria Schwimley. 

“On a cold San Francisco evening, Amber and Katherine Winters, a mother and daughter

can we please talk about how beautiful is the cover?

modeling team, stop at a corner store after work for some much-needed ice cream and is instead met with an action from a desperate man that will put an end to Amber’s life, and forever scar Katherine.
That desperate man is Spencer Simon, a man out of luck, with no job and no place to live. Rejected from yet another job, at that same corner market, Spencer is surprised to find himself pulling out a gun instead of the change for his cup of coffee. He is even more surprised when the cashier throws the money at him. When the gun fires, killing the beautiful model as he is trying to flee, Spencer doesn’t know what to do-except run, leaving five-year old Katherine crying over her dead mother. 
Twenty-seven years later, Katherine is all grown up, and Spencer has a son who, forced to grow up under his father’s soul-consuming guilt, is bitter over having lost his childhood. Chad focuses his hatred on Katherine, whom he blames for his problems, and devises a plan to make her suffer as much as he has. Katherine has now become a successful lawyer, with a longing in her heart for something special: a child. When Chad attempts to enter Katherine’s life, she is unimpressed and easily dismisses him. This only angers Chad more, causing him to devise another plan. Chad learns of John Wheaton, the man Katherine is in love with, and upon seeing the strength of their bond, reacts in anger over Katherine’s happiness and attacks John, leaving him for dead and Katherine facing another loss in her life. 
Meanwhile, in an attempt to appease his guilt and in some way show his son that he loves him, Spencer sits back and watches as his son become this bitter monster.” via

The synopsis has me in tension and I can’t wait to read this story. This is the kind of story you have to be very careful when you write because it can either be a total fail or a YES YES YES story.


After the Thaw by Therese Heckenkamp 

51aGl8o4UGL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgSome wounds heal. Others leave scars. 
Four years ago, Charlene Perigard survived a brutal kidnapping. Now at twenty-two, she’s put that trauma behind her for a promising future with handsome firefighter Ben Jorgensen. But when new trauma strikes, a new nightmare begins. 

Sinister threats, a midnight attack, and a deathbed promise drive Charlene to the little town of Creekside, where she encounters a man from her past whom she has long struggled to forget: Clay Morrow—ex-convict and brother of her kidnapper. He’s also the man who once helped save her life. 

Despite the odds, Charlene and Clay forge a tentative friendship, unaware of a brooding, mounting danger that seeks to destroy them both. Charlene’s wounded heart must choose between her fiancé and the man whose past is more scarred than her own. But in choosing, she may just lose everything. 

Christian Romantic Suspense 

*After the Thaw is the sequel to Frozen Footprints but can be read as a stand-alone novel.* ” via

What intrigues me more about this story is that is christian but doesn’t sound like the typical everything is the color pink or everything is bad until God came into my life. It sounds really interesting and I’m really curious.

Audiobooks I want to listen to:

Hello Fabulous!: A Funny Story About a Straight Guy Who Continually Gets Mistaken for a Gay Guy by Jason Tanamor 

“The Flamingo, the biggest openly gay event in the world, decides to move from its usual destination of Las Vegas to the lesser-known city of Moline, Illinois. The event features 51J0PRYf+tL._AA300_.jpggay musical acts, clinics, and novelties, and is coming to Moline for the first time due to tax breaks and the fact that the mayor is the uncle of the one and only fabulous host, Spencer Gayman. 

Randy Straight, a boring hetero, is continually mistaken for Gayman. This mistake begins to snowball, with the media believing that Gayman has hit the town well before the scheduled event to perhaps scout out restaurants, tour, shop, or all of the above. Straight then sees his life go from “straight and boring” to “gay and fab-you-luss” overnight. He begins to receive VIP treatment in the form of restaurant, hotel, and clothing comps. Not to mention the occasional hetero woman willing to turn Gayman straight. 

Straight’s super hetero friends, Peter Christman and Jack Dudemeister, begin to enjoy the perks of being in a celebrity entourage. They encourage Straight to play the part – 100 percent. That is until Gayman comes to town for real after hearing that his good, gay name has been tarnished by being seen in places like K-Mart. “Oh no he dih’nt!” 

Hello Fabulous! is a hilarious story about mistaken identity that results in a climax that determines the real fabulous one. Oh, and there’s a giant flamingo, too!” via

This is my first book for the audiobook exercise challenge which I haven’t been able to start yet because I have a never ending list of things to do but I will start this book and this comment is my contract. I choose this book because it sounds hilarious, which ismy favorite thing to listen to while exercising. Also queer literature is one my favorite kind of literature. I’m so tempted to start listening, but now I must follow the challenge.

Books I want to finish:

PS I love you by Cecelia Ahern51tuqCSctuL._SX313_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

“Holly couldn’t live without her husband Gerry, until the day she had to. They were the
kind of young couple who could finish each other’s sentences. When Gerry succumbs to a
terminal illness and dies, 30-year-old Holly is set adrift, unable to pick up the pieces. But with the help of a series of letters her husband left her before he died and a little nudging from an eccentric assortment of family and friends, she learns to laugh, overcome her fears, and discover a world she never knew existed.

The kind of enchanting novel with cross-generational appeal that comes along once in a great while, PS, I Love You is a captivating love letter to the world!”

I am currently reading this book and so much yes is going on but I won’t say until I’m done reading.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

416TWMc56dL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgIn Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life–and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?” via

I got Carry On for free in exchange for a review, butreading I couldn’t understand and started getting bored. A friend told me that I should read Fangirl first so I could understand. So I bought the book and now I’m currently reading. In the meantime Carry On is on hold until I’m done with Fangirl.

That is it for a little window into my childhood and my April’s TBR. What is in your April’s TBR?

 LOVE, Rose