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March: Books I've Read Recently

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"Books I've Read Recently" is a series where I, Penelope Gomez, will do a monthly wrap up of the books I've read throughout the past month. In this series I will give a brief synopsis of the story and then give the book a rating of :

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I will then give a brief description of why I chose to rate a book a certain way.

So without further delay lets get into the "Books I've Read Recently," and as always leave a comment down below and tell me which of these books you've also read, or plan on reading next.

Books I've Read Recently

Book Cover I Stop Somewhere by Te Carter

Ellie Frias disappeared long before she vanished.
Tormented throughout middle school, Ellie begins her freshman year with a new look: she doesn't need to be popular; she just needs to blend in with the wallpaper.
But when the unthinkable happens, Ellie finds herself trapped after a brutal assault. She wasn't the first victim, and now she watches it happen again and again. She tries to hold on to her happier memories in order to get past the cold days, waiting for someone to find her.
The problem is, no one searches for a girl they never noticed in the first place.

thumbs up emojiI did not read the synopsis before reading this book. I went into this book completely blind not a clue what I was getting myself into! ...I have to say that this book was completely devastating. I want to say that there is a major trigger warning for rape. Rape is the main theme of this book. In this book Ellie Frias is raped and murdered and her killers continue to rape girls from her town. She is a ghost and she can not move on. The book goes back and forth between Ellie's memories from before she died and to the present where she is only a "Spirit" and continues to watch her rapists do bad things, and get away with it. This book was so unique, I have never read anything from a "ghosts" perspective, and I can understand fully why Ellie would not be able to move on. This book does get wrapped up in the end but as a reader your still left feeling completely devastated. You spend the whole book rooting for Ellie, but already knowing that she is dead... This book took an emotional toll on me as a reader and I highly, highly recommend it, if you can get through the theme, because it really is such a unique plot line, and character perspective. It's definitely one I've never seen written quite like this before.

book cover Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Can Anna find love in the City of Light?
Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she's less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.
But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he's taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she's waiting for?

thumbs up emojiSo I think I found my new favorite book!? I don't know why I purposely put off reading this book for so long, but as soon as I started reading it, it was like INSTANT REGRET. I mean a Romance Novel set in the Paris, the city of love should have been enough to make me want to read this book, but I'm just so stubborn. I avoided what I thought was going to be the most boring, sappiest romance novel ever written, but that was not the case. Stephanie Perkins did a wonderful job of writing an honestly genuine and unique human connection between Anna and a boy nick named St. Clair. St. Clair has a girlfriend, and Anna is determined not to fall in love with him, like all the other love struck girls at their school. The two end up creating a wonderful friendship and bond, all while Anna is secretly falling in love with him. She has to constantly remind herself throughout the novel that St. Clair is taken and in a long term relationship! This is the premise that starts you off on a wild adventure of miscommunications. All this while exploring the city of Paris. I can't imagine a more perfect setting for this budding romance than the streets of Paris. This is such a happy, feel good read, honestly I recommend reading this book on a gloomy, rainy day, because it will just turn your whole day around and put you in such a positive mood.

book cover The Luxe by Anna Godberson

Pretty girls in pretty dresses, partying until dawn. Irresistible boys with mischievous smiles and dangerous intentions. White lies, dark secrets, and scandalous hookups. This is Manhattan, 1899. Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan's social scene. Or so it appears. When the girls discover their status among New York City's elite is far from secure, suddenly everyone--from the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud--threatens Elizabeth's and Diana's golden future. With the fate of the Hollands resting on her shoulders, Elizabeth must choose between family duty and true love. But when her carriage overturns near the East River, the girl whose glittering life lit up the city's gossip pages is swallowed by the rough current. As all of New York grieves, some begin to wonder whether life at the top proved too much for this ethereal beauty, or if, perhaps, someone wanted to see Manhattan's most celebrated daughter disappear... In a world of luxury and deception, where appearance matters above everything and breaking the social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever, five teenagers lead dangerously scandalous lives. This thrilling trip to the age of innocence is anything but innocent.

thumbs up emojiThis book was so scandalous, there's nothing I love more than a good time period piece. I just loved the amount of detail Anna Godberson managed to put into this novel, she really just set the scene for 1899 in the way she described the girls dresses, and carriages and proper etiquette for a girl in that time period. For example it was really interesting to read about "Proper" dating etiquette , where a man must send a calling card to announce himself and how every outing with a male companion needed a chaperon, even if a couple was already engaged to be married! It was just a really interesting dynamic to add to an already stressful dating life. There were also a lot of plot twists in this novel, and a lot forbidden romances going on through out the story. I mean who doesn't love a good scandal. It was like reading a Soap Opera. If you like movies with scandals like The Duchess, Marie Antoinette, Pride and Prejudice , then this series is right up your alley. Those aren't the same time periods, but they offer similar themes, for example scandalous love affairs.

book cover The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

NEW YORK CITY AS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE - A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough.
WELCOME TO MANHATTAN, 2118 - A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has something to lose.
LEDA COLE’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.
ERIS DODD-RADSON’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.
RYLIN MYERS’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will this new life cost Rylin her old one?
WATT BAKRADI is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.
And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is AVERY FULLER, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.
Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you're this high up, there's nowhere to go but down....

thumbs up emojiThis book is really hard to describe... It's like the TV show GOSSIP GIRL, but set in the future?? This book takes place in a thousand story building, where Manhattan's top socialites currently reside. The higher the level you live on, the richer and more fabulous you are. The bottom levels are for the maids, and elevator mechanics, etc. No one, who's "anyone" should ever be spotted hanging out below the 100th floor. That's one way to ruin your reputation. Another way is getting sent to rehab, Leda Cole knows this well, so the fact that she wasn't jet setting around the world this summer, but actually in a rehab facility is TOP SECRET. Eris Dodd's father discovers they aren't actually related, his wife had a love affair and has now chosen to move out and leave his family penny-less and struggling to maintain appearances up on the thousandth floor. Can Eris keep the secret that she's actually POOR? Rylin Myer's is a maid up on the thousandth floor, she's poor and close to being evicted. Do you think her boss will find out she'd been stealing drugs from their medicine cabinet, just to make rent? Everyone of Manhattans' elite has a Secret and it's only a matter of time before they all get juicily revealed. This book reads like a Teen Soap Opera, If you loved the Gossip Girl series than you will love this book series entirely. I always love when they throw in scene's of shopping at 'Bergdorf Goodman', and making room in their closets for designer week, etc. It's such a mood. Also the cliffhanger for this book is beyond UNEXPECTED!


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