Book Reviews: House Swap, A Court of Frost and Starlight & Como Polvo en El Viento

House Swap by Jo Lovett

Goodreads blurb: He needs an escape. She needs an adventure. So why not swap lives? When Cassie and James find each other on a home swap website, it feels meant to be. City hotshot James needs a bolthole after a relationship goes sour and Cassie needs to leave the comfort of her little island to research her new book. Soon, James is living in Cassie’s cute but ramshackle house off the coast of Maine, and Cassie’s living in James’s super smart London penthouse. It’s the perfect solution. Except it turns out it’s difficult to switch homes without getting involved in each other’s lives. Cassie’s unimpressed when James’s ex turns up, and James is furious when he discovers that he’s going to have to help organise Cassie’s neighbour’s eightieth birthday party. But as the insults fly, so do the sparks, and when the time finally comes to swap back, Cassie and James find they aren’t ready to give each other up – until a shocking discovery brings the pair crashing back to reality and forces them to decide what life they really want. An utterly heart-warming love story that will make you laugh and cry, fans of One Day in December, The Hating Game and The Flatshare will fall head over heels for The House Swap. ( This in an ARC review, thanks to a gift from the publisher, the book comes out on 4/19)

My take: 3 out of 5. It was a perfectly cute and nice book. I really enjoyed it and it was a quick and perfect read for when i needed a little bit of escapist reading after a really hard book. However the premise is a little bit, been there done that. Not only is the uk to US house swap been expertly done already in one of my favorite movies, The Holiday, There was also quite a good book last year as well with the same premise, The Switch, which i reviewed here. If you take that concept away, its a nice romance, yet i wish we got to grow in their relationship with them. I feel like it was a bit rushed, like we were not ok and then thy were falling in love through text, but we hadn’t had access to those. On the other side i really enjoyed both characters so it was easy to root for them

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

Goodreads blurb: Hope warms the coldest night. Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve.Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court

My take: 2.5 out of 5. This is not really a book. I kind of feel robbed by Amazon. Its a cute mini story on the continuation of the saga, and possibly a primer for the new book (which i will get to eventually but im just frustrated after this). Nothing happens. Its cute and you get to hang out with the characters, but its the 1 hour christmas special on TV, reacquaintance but no substance. A waste of time. Although i kind of enjoyed all the characters shopping for each other.

SPANISH REVIEW

Como Polvo en el Viento por Leonardo Padura

Goodread blurb: El día comienza mal para Adela, joven neoyorquina de ascendencia cubana, cuando recibe la llamada de su madre. Llevan enfadadas más de un año, porque Adela no solo se ha trasladado a Miami, sino que vive con Marcos, un joven habanero recién llegado a Estados Unidos que la ha seducido por completo y al cual, por su origen, su madre rechaza. Marcos le cuenta a Adela historias de su infancia en la isla, arropado por un grupo de amigos de sus padres, llamado el Clan, y le muestra una foto de la última comida en que, siendo él niño, estuvieron juntos veinticinco años atrás. Adela, que presentía que el día se iba a torcer, descubre entre los rostros a alguien familiar. Y un abismo se abre bajo sus pies. Como polvo en el viento es la historia de un grupo de amigos que ha sobrevivido a un destino de exilio y dispersión, en Barcelona, en el extremo noroeste de Estados Unidos, en Madrid, en Puerto Rico, en Buenos Aires… ¿Qué ha hecho la vida con ellos, que se habían querido tanto? ¿Qué ha pasado con los que se fueron y con los que decidieron quedarse? ¿Cómo les ha cambiado el tiempo? ¿Volverá a reunirlos el magnetismo del sentimiento de pertenencia, la fuerza de los afectos? ¿O sus vidas son ya polvo en el viento? En el trauma de la diáspora y la desintegración de los vínculos, esta novela es también un canto a la amistad, a los invisibles y poderosos hilos del amor y las viejas lealtades. Una novela deslumbrante, un retrato humano conmovedor, otra obra cumbre de Leonardo Padura

My take: 4 out of 5. La única razón que el puntaje no es más alto es que no fui la más fan de la manera de escribir de Padura. Me pareció una historia increíble, pero el nivel de descripción y detalle de él es demasiado para mí. A mi parecer, podría haber sido muchísimo más corta la historia. Pero en lo que se trata de la historia y los personajes es un espectáculo de libro. Se unen las historias de maneras super interesantes y me encanto como se trata el concepto del exilio. Como psicológicamente, tanto para lo que se van y los que se quedan. Como las personas nunca están completas, por más de todo lo que consiguen. Una gran historia que vale la pena leer, muy recomendado

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