Author: Nereyda

Underwhelming & Soooooo Annoying: A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor

Posted October 12, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 5 Comments
Underwhelming & Soooooo Annoying: A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor

Holy crap, this book was so annoying! If you haven’t noticed by now, I am so out of the loop when it comes to what books are currently out/coming out. I pretty much read what Nick tells me she thinks I will like, a romance book by an author I love or an audiobook that I think sounds interesting. This book fell into the last category. It showed up in my audiobook monthly email and I was like ‘hmmm, this one sounds like it could be pretty good’ *hits download.* Sadly, in this case I was wrong. I found myself in a constant state of annoyance. Annoyance with the characters. Annoyance with the plot. Annoyance with the way the story was told. And annoyance with myself for not being able to DNF this book because I simply had to find out just what the hell happened between Emma and her sister Henri that would make Henri turn into such a rotten bitch and Emma into a doormat. Spoiler alert, the […]

Imaginative & Addicting: Warcross by Marie Lu

Posted October 10, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 12 Comments
Imaginative & Addicting: Warcross by Marie Lu

I’m not normally into sci-fi books like this, but there was something about this book that was calling me. I would like to say that the fact that I enjoyed Marie Lu’s last series was the main reason that I got this book, but let’s be real, that eye-catching cover probably had more to do with it. This book is a little bit longer than I normally like my books to be (especially if they aren’t contemporary books) so I ended up saving this one for last when it came to listening to my audiobooks. Right away, I really fell in love with Emika. There’s just something about a normal girl in a high-tech and advanced world who is just doing her best trying to get by in life. Her mother abandoned her as a child and her father passed away a few years ago, leaving her in a mountain of gambling debt. Emika has a dead-end job but she makes ends meet (barely) by using her hacker skills to be […]

Smart & Brilliant… Yet Pointless: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Posted October 5, 2017 by Nereyda in ARC, Audiobook, review / 9 Comments
Smart & Brilliant… Yet Pointless: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

I have such mixed feelings about this book… I don’t even know where to start. In all honesty, I probably should not have read this book. I hated We Were Liars and I had a feeling that this book would make me feel the same way as that one. But,  I am such a sucker for Rebecca Soler as a narrator that I caved and ended up downloading this book when I saw she was narrating it. Despite the fact that Soler was brilliant in her performance of the book (what else is new?), I was not a fan of this book. The sad thing is that it had so much potential and the writing was great, but it just fell flat for me in more ways than one. The book starts with Jules in a luxury resort in Mexico, she’s living the life and soon we find out that it may not be her life she’s actually living. She’s  a con artist and uses other identities to live her […]

Nereyda’s Monthly Favorites (September)

Posted October 3, 2017 by Nereyda in Monthly Favorites / 9 Comments
Nereyda’s Monthly Favorites (September)

 September passed by in a blur, it was a little bit tough to remember what my favorites were for the month because they kind of all blended together with August. I did manage to remember a few things I was loving in September and I hope you guys share some of your favorites too! My Monthly Favorites:  I am so in loooove with our new blog design!  We have been itching for a new design for a while now, especially something more ‘fall-looking’ and this was more than what I was expecting. Once again, Aentee did our blog design and she really nailed it. We sent her our inspiration photo (below) and she really captured the feel of what we wanted. Having a co-blogger, it can be tricky for two people to agree on something like this. Luckily, Nick and I were both able to agree on what we liked and didn’t and everything turned out great. Inspiration: I have had two other Fitbits in the past year (the Fitbit […]

Irritating But Redeeming: Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen

Posted September 28, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 12 Comments
Irritating But Redeeming: Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen

I do believe that I downloaded this audiobook by mistake. I was sending Nick a list of the audiobooks I had to listen to so she could pick one for me to listen to next and this one was on the list. Neither of us had heard of it so once I looked it up and read the summary, I knew I must have downloaded this one on accident. Since it wasn’t that long and the summary did sound interesting, I went ahead and kept it on my list. I did struggle with this one a bit in the beginning because Wren was so damn irritating. Also, the narrator’s… raspy/skeaky voice, especially in the beginning was kind of annoying. But I kept with it, and I’m glad I did because seeing Wren grow up was so damn satisfying and totally redeemed the book for me. Wren has been on a downward spiral for the last few years. It was hard for me to figure out at first why the hell […]

I Don’t Know What I Just Read But I Really Liked It: A Semi-Definitive of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland

Posted September 26, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 15 Comments
I Don’t Know What I Just Read But I Really Liked It: A Semi-Definitive of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland

I think I can honestly say that this is one of the most unique books I’ve ever read! I’m not even sure what category this would really fall into, it’s definitely contemporary, it has great friendships, a crazy family, a sweet sibling bond, a super adorable slow build romance, it deals with mental illness (which was done really well) but it also has some quirkiness, some mythology (maybe?), and a bit of silliness all the while hitting you with some hardcore feels here and there. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish and it was such a refreshing story, nothing like what I was expecting! Esther and her twin brother Eugene have grown up on stories of when their grandfather met Death. Since then, it seems her family is cursed. Cursed with their one great fear that will eventually lead to their death. Esther’s mother is obsessed with bad signs that pretty much make her useless. She refuses to pick up her daughter from work because she saw […]

What’s the Point?? The Ends of the World by Maggie Hall

Posted September 21, 2017 by Nereyda in ARC, Audiobook / 2 Comments
What’s the Point?? The Ends of the World by Maggie Hall

Do you ever read a series where you get to the last book and everything just kind of fizzles out? It kind of feels like, what was the point of everything anymore? Sadly, this was the case for me with The Ends of the World. I feel like this series started off pretty strong, even for a non-Fantasy fan like me. It was never a favorite of mine, but it was pretty damn entertaining and despite the dreaded love triangle, I still enjoyed the book, I even liked the damn love triangle (even though I had my Team picked). The first book in this series felt like it had a lot of hype, and then I’m not sure what happened with the second book but I rarely saw any press or reviews on it, even though I still enjoyed the book. I had actually forgotten all about this series when this came up in my emails and it kind of makes me sad that I just don’t really hear anyone […]

Nereyda’s Monthly Favorites (August)

Posted September 14, 2017 by Nereyda in Monthly Favorites / 10 Comments
Nereyda’s Monthly Favorites (August)

I love putting these posts together but life has been so crazy lately that I always remember late into the month. I know we’re almost mid-September (crazy right!?) but I had some favorites I wanted to share anyway. I’ve been really into skin care lately, not sure if it’s because I’m 31 now or what but I’ve found some products that I’ve been loving as well as more things to fuel my bullet journal addiction. My Monthly Favorites: My new journal! Guys, you don’t even understand how long I’ve been wanting to get my hands on this silver Leuchtturm journal. It was announced in the beginning of January this year but it wasn’t released in the US until July. I have been drooling over this journal for months since silver (well gray technically) is my second favorite color (besides black). I love it, it’s sleek and the color just makes me love it more. I started bullet journaling in September of 2016 and this will be my 3rd journal. I […]

When the Hype Is Real: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Posted September 12, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 11 Comments
When the Hype Is Real: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I’m always wary of really hyped books. I just can’t help but wonder, did they really like the book or did they just jump on the hype train? I’ve fallen for the hype monster before which is why I try to stay away from them but I knew that despite the hype and all the raving reviews, this one was one hyped book that I didn’t want to miss. I have a lot of conflicted thought son diverse books, but that’s a topic for another day…maybe, but one of my pet peeves is that minorities like Indian and Hispanic characters. I was excited to read about a young couple with an Indian background falling in love. I was a little nervous it would fall into stereotypes but once Nick gave it her seal of approval, I knew I had nothing to worry about.I’m very happy to say that this book very much lives up to the well deserved hype. Simply put, Dimple and Rishi were two characters that were just […]

Mini Reviews: Nereyda Doesn’t Know or Care What Happened

Posted August 29, 2017 by Nereyda in ARC, Audiobook, review / 24 Comments
Mini Reviews: Nereyda Doesn’t Know or Care What Happened

Spelbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle One stormy summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hair clips and jewellery, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something bigger; something she won’t talk about. Then Olive meets three wild, mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel and Rowan. Like Rose, they’re mourning losses – and holding tight to secrets. When they discover the ancient spellbook, full of hand-inked charms to conjure back lost things, they realise it might be their chance to set everything right. Unless it’s leading them towards secrets that were never meant to be found . . . *** At the risk of sounding entirely stupid, I will admit that I actually did listen to all of this book… and I just don’t know what the fuck happened. I heard The Accident Season by this author and I really liked it and I was expecting this really weird and twisted book for Spellbook, and it was, […]

Why I Miss Good NA: Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Posted August 24, 2017 by Nereyda in review / 18 Comments
Why I Miss Good NA: Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

I feel like it’s been so long since I read a good New Adult book. I have loved New Adult books by both these authors before although this is my first book by them writing together (I think), but I was hoping that this would be another book to add to the ‘I forgot how much I liked good NA books’ list. Although the beginning was a bit rocky for me (to be fair, I find that most things that annoy me now didn’t back then) I really did end up liking this book. It had good characters, great family and friendships, really good romance with swoony scenes that were just the right amount of sexy and not over the top and/or cheesy and it was relatively drama free, which is always a plus for me these days. Like I already stated, this book did start off a bit rocky for me. There was just something about both of the main characters that kind of rubbed me the wrong way. […]

A Refreshing YA Contemporary: Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

Posted August 22, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 16 Comments
A Refreshing YA Contemporary: Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

I’ve been trying to get back into contemporary YA and since my last book with this genre wasn’t impressive, I was really hoping Girl Out of Water would be the kind of book I was looking for. A few pages in and I knew this book and I would get along well. The fact that Anise actually cussed like most normal teenage girls was actually really refreshing and made me like the MC more. Sure, maybe Anise cusses more than the average teenager, but I loved that her dad cared more about what kind of person she was rather than if she uses words like fuck or shit. It really set the tone to what kind of relationship they have and what kind of person Anise was and I liked both. Anise has the perfect life. She plans to spend her summer days in Santa Cruz surfing, hanging out with friends and hopefully having her crush with her friend develop into something more. When her aunt in Nebraska gets in a serious car […]

10 Minimalist (aka Easy) Weekly Bullet Journal Layouts

Posted August 15, 2017 by Nereyda in Bullet Journal / 24 Comments
10 Minimalist (aka Easy) Weekly Bullet Journal Layouts

Last week, I talked about how you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get into bullet journaling and shared some inexpensive dupes you can try. Some of the other comments I usually get in my journal-related posts are how people aren’t good at drawing or how they don’t have a lot of time to spend on creating layouts. I’ve been journaling for a year now and I am not good at drawing, I don’t have nice handwriting, I don’t know how to do calligraphy and I don’t like spending a lot of time on my monthly/weekly spreads either. I’ve developed into a more minimalist approach for my journal, which really helps me be more productive since I spend less time worrying about making my journal nice and I’m able to actually utilize it. I’m not against people who pretty up their journals with drawings because it works for them as a creative outlet and I love looking at them on Pinterest, but in real life, I like […]

Fierce MC, Horrible Romance Take II: Now I Rise by Kiersten White

Posted August 8, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 21 Comments
Fierce MC, Horrible Romance Take II: Now I Rise by Kiersten White

Confession: I don’t think I like Fantasy books anymore, especially not YA Fantasy. To be fair, Fantasy has never been a favorite genre of mine but there are some Fantasy books that I do enjoy from time to time. Especially if I can listen to them in audiobook format with a really good narrator. Luckily, this series has a fantastic narrator which is one of the things that helped me not hate this book. Another thing could be that it was just freaking… entertaining. In as much as killing people and gruesome battles can be entertaining (think Game of Thrones). I really was surprised by the first book because the MC was so damn fierce and tough, but the romance was just awful! I won’t rehash it too much here but the love interest, Mehmed, has a harem of girls and has multiple baby mamas and although he claims he loves Lada, he isn’t quite ready to give up his harem. Also, Lada’s brother Radu also has the hots for Mehmed, […]

Bullet Journal On a Budget (DUPES!)

Posted August 1, 2017 by Nereyda in Bullet Journal, Uncategorized / 20 Comments
Bullet Journal On a Budget (DUPES!)

One of the biggest misconceptions I hear about bullet journaling is that you can’t do it without spending a lot of money on a nice journal and lots of expensive supplies. Well, that’s not true. Really, the only thing you need to bullet journal are any notebook, any pen and maybe a ruler. ANY notebook will do, even a ruled notebook that you can find at the dollar store. I will admit that having a dot or square grid makes things easier (for me) plus, it does look nicer. But you don’t have to spend $20-30 bucks on a Leuchtturm1917 or a Moleskin journal.  Thanks to the popularity of bullet journaling, there are many affordable options for journals as well as inexpensive pens and markers. Since I’m always using my bullet journal, my kids wanted to join in on the fun but I also didn’t want to spend $40 on just journals alone. Luckily I found them some great journals and pens and markers which are just as good as […]

A Fresh Take on Stereotypes & Racism: The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers

Posted July 28, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 9 Comments
A Fresh Take on Stereotypes & Racism: The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers

I don’t normally read books about famous people, but this book caught my eye for a few reasons. The fact that the MC’s hispanic mother was the famous one, made me interested. And the comparison with Jane the Virgin also helped (although I didn’t like the show past the first season). Not only is Cammi’s mom a movie star, but she’s actually really famous and successful… in Mexico. As a hispanic girl, I can’t even begin to tell you how sick I am of all the stereotypes when it comes to hispanic characters in most books I read. Either they are poor or in gangs or selling drugs *insert eye roll.* Just because Cammi’s mother is a successful actress in Mexico, the same can’t be said for the US.  When she gets a chance to move to the states for a work opportunity, Cammi and her family are in for a rude awakening. All of a sudden, her leading lady movie star mother only has a mostly non-speaking part in […]

My Favorite Fitness YouTube Channels

Posted July 26, 2017 by Nereyda in Beyond Books / 15 Comments
My Favorite Fitness YouTube Channels

I loooove youtube and I’m a little bit ashamed to admit that I spend way too much time on there. I love watching videos from there, anything from concerts, performances, music videos, beauty videos, bullet journal videos, funny videos and even cat videos. I thought I’d share with you guys today my favorite youtube fitness channels. Some are big popular channels and others are smaller unknown channels, I don’t really care about that as long as the quality is good and I feel like I can trust the vlogger. I hope you find some good channels to follow if you ever feel like wasting a few hours watching youtube videos and getting some workouts in. 🙂 My Favorite Fitness Channels: Whitney Simmons  Ahhhh, I love this chick! She’s the one that got me into weight training and not being scared to lift weights, even if I started off with baby weights. Whitney has workout videos, meal prep videos and just talks about anything. I really like her attitude and she’s […]

Top 10 ‘Life Changing’ Books

Posted July 25, 2017 by Nereyda in books / 28 Comments
Top 10 ‘Life Changing’ Books

I don’t really think I have what I would consider ‘life changing’ books, but I do have books that have impacted me in some way or another. It may not be in a life altering way, but there are certain books that have always stayed with me either because of the emotions they caused me to feel, or because it changed something for me. I’m a huge fan of rereading books, especially old favorites and when I read one of these books, it brings back all these old feelings of the first time I read the book. Here are some books that really left an impact on me: Top 10 ‘Life Changing’ Books:   Yep, I had to add Twilight to my list! In fact, this is the book that brought on this post. I was sitting outside with my neighbors the other day and one of my neighbors was reading a book and they got to talking about how obsessed they were about Twilight when they first read it […]