8 de mayo de 2016

Review/Reseña - The Scorch Trials (Las pruebas) - James Dashner




Author/Autor(a): James Dashner
Original: The Scorch Trials
English: The Scorch Trials
Español: Las pruebas
Publisher/Editorial: Delacorte Press / Nocturna Ediciones
Genre/Género: Sci-Fi/Ciencia Ficción, YA/Juvenil

Summary

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn't done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch — the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers' destruction — and they're determined to survive.


Review

Plot: I liked this book much more than I thought I would. What drew me to reading The Maze Runner was the maze, so I thought that I wouldn't enjoy this book as much as the first one. However, I'm glad that I continued reading this series. The plot was ok, but the made up curses were a bit too much. Maybe it's because I read the first one in English, so I didn't notice them so much, but they are completely ridiculous in Spanish. I guess that this language is supposed to add a certain idea of belonging to a group, but it didn't really work. All those invented words looked silly.

The mystery is the best part of this story. The big question is not just whether WICKED is good or evil. As soon as the plot of this book starts to develop, you start asking the same question about one of the characters. The greatest thing is that this book was not very predictable. Nothing is what it seems to be. Even though it's faster than the first book, this does not affect the mystery as it is always in the background.

Characters: We are introduced to a few new characters. They are mostly supporting characters, but some become more important throughout the book. The love story between Thomas and Theresa continues to develop, but becomes a bit exaggerated due to Theresa's subplot. Unfortunately, one of the new characters, Brenda, gets involved in the romance. It is presented more as insta-attraction rather than insta-love, but the general idea of love at first sight (especially from Brenda's point of view) is still there.

Series: It is the second book in The Maze Runner series. A really good second volume that doesn't disappoint. This is not a series that can be read as three stand-alone books.

Other: As I know how the last book ends, I don't know if I would recommend finishing the series. However, if I had written the full review after I had finished The Scorch Trials, I would have suggested reading on.

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Sinopsis

El laberinto era sólo el principio.

Resolver el laberinto se suponía que era el final. No más pruebas, no más huidas. Thomas creía que salir significaba que todos recobrarían sus vidas, pero ninguno sabía a qué clase de vida estaban volviendo.

Árida y carbonizada, gran parte de la tierra es un territorio inservible. El sol abrasa, los gobiernos han caído y una misteriosa enfermedad se ha ido apoderando poco a poco de la gente. Sus causas son desconocidas; su resultado, la locura.

En un lugar infestado de miseria y ruina, y por donde la gente ha enloquecido y deambula en busca de víctimas, Thomas conoce a una chica, Brenda, que asegura haber contraído la enfermedad y estar a punto de sucumbir a sus efectos. Entretanto, Teresa ha desaparecido, la organización CRUEL les ha dejado un mensaje, un misterioso chico ha llegado y alguien ha tatuado unas palabras en los cuellos de los clarianos. La de Minho dice «el líder»; la de Thomas, «el que debe ser asesinado».



Reseña

Argumento: Este libro me gustó mucho más de lo que creí que me iba a gustar. Lo que me llevó a leer El corredor del laberinto fue el laberinto, así que pensé que éste no me iba a gustar tanto como el primero. Sin embargo, me alegro de haber continuado leyendo esta serie. El argumento estuvo bien, pero los tacos inventados fueron demasiado. Puede que sea porque leí el primero en inglés, así que no lo noté tanto, pero son completamente absurdos en español. Supongo que este lenguaje añade una cierta idea de pertenencia a un grupo, pero no funcionó mucho. Todas esas palabras inventadas parecían una tontería.

El misterio es la mejor parte de esta historia. La pregunta principal no es sólo si CRUEL es buena o mala. Tan pronto como el argumento de este libro empieza a desarrollarse, empiezas a hacerte la misma pregunta sobre uno de los personajes. Lo mejor es que este libro no es demasiado predecible. Nada es lo que parece. Aunque la acción es más rápida que la del primer libro, no afecta al misterio, dado que siempre está latente.

Personajes: Se nos presenta a unos cuantos personajes nuevos. La mayoría son secundarios, pero algunos se vuelven más importantes a lo largo del libro. La historia de amor entre Thomas y Teresa sigue desarrollándose, pero se convierte en algo un poco exagerado, debido al subargumento de Teresa. Desgraciadamente, uno de los personajes nuevos, Brenda, se mente en el romance. Se presenta más como atracción instantánea que como insta-love, pero la idea general del amor a primera vista (especialmente desde el punto de vista de Teresa) sigue ahí.

Serie: Es el segundo libro de la serie El corredor del laberinto. Un muy buen segundo volumen que no decepciona. Ésta no es una serie que se pueda leer como tres novelas autoconclusivas.

Otros: Dado que sé cómo acaba el último libro, no sé si recomendaría terminar la serie. Sin embargo, si hubiera escrito la reseña completa cuando terminé Las pruebas, sí hubiera sugerido seguir leyendo la serie.

23 de abril de 2016

Dewey's 24-hour read-a-thon


I'll post all of this in Spanish later in order to spend more time reading now. 

Hour 1:

Opening Meme
  1. What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Spain
  2. Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I don't really have a stack. Just some books and comic books that I'll read depending on what I'm in the mood for.
  3. Which snack are you most looking forward to? None? I don't usually eat snacks. If it gets colder, I'll definitely get some hot chocolate or fruit tea.
  4. Tell us a little something about yourself! I'm a student who loves to read fantasy and mysteries. I'm a big fan of tv shows, especially Doctor Who and LOST. Also, I love Detective Conan! If you know any similar mangas/animes, please let me know.
  5. If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what's one thing you'll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? It's not my first read-a-thon, although I didn't participate in the last one. To be honest, I don't know what I would change. Probably nothing.

Hour 7:

I'm still reading Detctive Conan mangas and procrastinating instead of reading. I really should finish a library book though, but I'll leave that one for later. Maybe...

Mini challenge: #READBLOCK
The thing that stops me from reading most is being busy with other things, usually uni assignements or chores. I didn't appreciate my free time enough when I was still in high school.


Hour 24:
  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Hour 11. I was so tired that I went to bed.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? An exact list would be difficult because everybody has different interests, but I would recommend anything with a lot of mystery to keep you reading.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? Change the time for every read-a-thon, so that everybody gets a chance at a more convenient start.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The twitter questions.
  5. How many books did you read? Only one real book, but many comic books.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? The comic books were all Detective Conan. The book is The Kill Order by James Dashner.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Some of the Detective Conan files. The Kill Order is ok and I'm enjoying it much more than the rest of The Maze Runner series, but Detective Conan has always been one of my favourite series.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? The Kill Order, but only by process of elimination and if we are considering each comic book as one book. Some of the Detective Conan files (each tome has several stories) were not that great.
  9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Very likely if I'm not busy on that day. Only as a reader though.

12 de abril de 2016

Review/Reseña - The Raven Boys (La profecía del cuervo) - Maggie Stiefvater




Author/Autor(a): Maggie Stiefvater
Original: The Raven Boys
English: The Raven Boys
Español: La profecía del cuervo
Publisher/Editorial: Scholastic Press / SM
Genre/Género: Fantasy/Fantasía, Mystery/Misterio, YA/Juvenil

Summary
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them - until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn't believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.


Review
Plot: It is a very interesting book, although it is a bit slow at the beginning. I liked that although we see different points of view, we do not really know much more than they know, so we can discover the mystery with them. On the other hand, this makes the book move much slowlier. Some of the things a character learns are things that we already know because someone else has figured it out first. However, the book does not get too repetitive. Well, maybe a little at the beginning, but this changes as soon as we get closer to understanding what is going on.

After all the mystery, the ending was a bit disappointing. Still, I enjoyed all the not knowing, which is the best part - and the longest part - of this book.

Characters: The characters were ok. Having scenes told from most of their points of view gives us an unusual knowledge of all of them. The author still manages to write them in such a way that they still stay a mystery to the reader until the very end.

The love story was believable. There is no instalove, just a certain attraction and interest. I was surprised that the actual love interest of the main character and the hinted love interest were different people. It even stays like this until the last pages of the book. I hope that they don't turn the love story into a triangle. There is no love triangle in this book, but the last few chapters made me wonder if this is what is going to happen in the rest of the series.
What I felt was missing were more scenes told from the point of view of one of the teachers. Revealing more would be spoiling the ending, but people who have read the book will know which character I'm talking about. I can see why there aren't more throughout the book, but a flashback once the big secret has been revealed would have been nice.

Series: This book is the first one in The Raven Cycle series. The specific plot of this book is finished by the end of the book, so you don't have to wait till the next one to see what happens next. However, there is a plot twist at the end that will probably be the main plot of the next book.

Other: If you don't like it, there is no need to continue the series.

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Sinopsis
Cada año, la noche de San Marcos, Blue Sargent acompaña a su madre al camino de los espíritus para ver a los que morirán en los siguientes doce meses. Sin embargo, este año es distinto: Blue, la única de su familia que no tiene facultades adivinatorias, ha visto a uno de estos espíritus, y eso solo puede significar que es su amor verdadero o que lo va a matar. Él se llama Gansey y es el estudiante más rico del colegio privado más elitista de la zona, la Academia Aglionby, cuyo emblema es un cuervo que todos los estudiantes llevan bordado en el jersey. Junto a Adam, un estudiante brillante, celoso del poder económico de sus compañeros; Ronan, un chico con problemas emocionales desde la muerte de su padre, y Noah, el observador taciturno que apenas habla, forman los chicos del cuervo, y están empeñados en descubrir la ubicación de la tumba del último rey galés, Glendower, el Rey Cuervo. Blue sabe que debe mantenerse alejada de ellos, porque los chicos del cuervo siempre traen problemas. Aunque nunca podría imaginarse el siniestro y oscuro mundo que los rodea, donde la magia dejará de ser un juego para convertirse en una amenaza mortal.

Reseña
Argumento: Es un libro muy interesante, aunque es un poco lento al principio. Me gustó que, aunque veamos diferentes puntos de vista, no sepamos realmente mucho más que lo que ellos saben, por lo que podemos descubrir el misterio con ellos. Por otro lado, esto hace que el libro avance de manera más lenta. Algunas de las cosas que averigua un personaje son cosas que ya sabíamos porque otra persona las ha descubierto primero. Sin embargo, el libro llega a ser muy repetitivo. Bueno, puede que un poco al principio, pero esto cambia según nos vamos acercando a comprender lo que está pasando.

Después de todo el misterio, el final fue un poco decepcionante. Aún así, me gustó el no saber, que es la mejor parte (y la parte más larga) de este libro.

Personajes: Los personajes estuvieron bien. El tener escenas narradas desde la mayoría de los puntos de vista nos aporta un conocimiento inusual de todos ellos. La autora consigue, aún así, escribirlos de tal manera que continúan manteniéndose un misterio para el lector hasta el final.

La historia de amor fue creíble. No hay instalove, simplemente una cierta atracción e interés. Me sorprendió que el verdadero interés romántico de la protagonista y el interés romántico sugerido fueran personas diferentes. Incluso permanece así hasta las últimas páginas del libro. Espero que no conviertan la historia de amor en un triángulo. No hay ninguno en este libro, pero los últimos capítulos hiciero que me preguntara si esto es lo que iba a pasar en el resto de la serie.

Lo que eché en falta fueron más escenas narradas desde el punto de vista de uno de los profesores. Decir más sería destripar el final, pero quienes hayan leído el libro sabrá de qué personaje estoy hablando. Puedo ver por qué no hay más a lo largo del libro, pero un flashback una vez que se ha revelado el gran secreto habría estado bien.

Serie: Este libro es el primero en la serie The Raven Boys (parece que en español han cogido el título original del primer libro como nombre de toda la serie). El argumento específico de este libro acaba al final del libro, así que no hace falta esperar al siguiente para saber qué pasa a continuación. Sin embargo, hay un giro argumental al final que probablemente será el argumento principal del siguiente libro.

Otros: Si no te gusta, no hace falta continuar la serie.

9 de abril de 2016

I'm back! / ¡De vuelta!

After I stopped blogging last year due to lack of time and reading several books about which I didn't have much to say, I'm back.

There will be a few changes:
  • I'm working on changing the background and the header. This might take a while, as I want to do it all myself, but I'm haven't decided what the new dessign will be.
  • The reviews will have a new format, so that people can skip parts or focus on one specific part. The parts will be: plot, characters, series (how it fits in a series if the book is part of one) and other. Also, the summary will be taken either from Goodreads or the book (they're usually the same), instead of writing it myself.
  • I'm working on creating a few new sections. They won't be regular though, as some will depend on which books I'm currently reading.

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Tras haber dejado el blog el año pasado debido a la falta de tiempo y a que leí unos cuantos libros de los que no tenía mucho que decir, he vuelto.

Va a haber algunos cambios:
  • Estoy trabajando en cambiar el fondo y el encabezado. Esto va a llevarme un tiempo, dado que quiero hacerlo todo yo sola, pero aún no he decidido cuál va a ser el nuevo diseño.
  • Las reseñas van a tener un nuevo formato, para que la gente puede saltarse o centrarse en alguna parte en concreto. Las partes van a ser: argumento, personajes, serie (cómo encaja en la serie si el libro es parte de alguna) y otros. Además, la sinopsis la sacaré de Goodreads o del libro (normalmente son las mismas), en lugar de escribirla yo.
  • Estoy trabajando en crear unas pocas secciones nuevas. Sin embargo, no van a ser regulares, ya que algunas dependerán de qué libros esté leyendo en ese momento.