Book Traveling Thursdays: A Book Set In a Fictional World

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Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “Here’s to different worlds… Choose a book set in a fictional world“. For today I’m using The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski, which I totally loved, by the way, and you guys should all read.


Original COver:

I love the original US cover. Love it! Especially because of the way the title and name are positioned sideways.

COVER FROM MY COUNTRY (PORTUGAL) & COVER FROM THE COUNTRY I LIVE IN (SPAIN):

                                              

The Portuguese cover is similar to the original one, but the tones are a bit different… I like it. I even like that Kestrel is a bit further away. The Spanish cover is just like the original one, which is always good.

FAVORITE COVER(s):

I think my favorite version though, it’s the one I own. I love these Square Fish editions, where the outer cover is just slightly smaller than the interior one. I always love this effect.

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(S):

Without a doubt my least favorite cover is the reprint edition one. I don’t know why they decided to change all the covers when the third book came out, but it was a bad move.

WWW Wednesday: January 18th 2017

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where you have to answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


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I FINALLY started Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy, and OMG, this is already super hilarious and it has made me cry a few times so far too! Then I decided to start Ready Player One by Ernest Cline yesterday, but this one will take a long time, because the font is so tiny.


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This week I finished The Rule Maker by Jennifer Blackwood, which I loved, then I read Trust by Jana Aston which I also loved, then I FINALLY read A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray, which I also loved. To finish the week, I read Summer of Irreverence by Cathrine Goldstein, which… yeah… not my favorite read.


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The only two I really need to read next week are Mia and the Bad Boy by Lisa Burstein and How Not To Let Go by Emily Foster.

Fling (Jana Aston)

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I have a crush on my boss’ best friend.
At least it’s not my brother’s best friend.
Or my best friend’s brother.
Or… never mind. It’s all pretty cliché.

And worse? My boss’ best friend is his business partner. Which sort of makes him my boss too. Okay – it’s not sort of. It’s definite. Gabe Laurent is off limits. Totally off limits.

Which is fine. I make do with my imagination. He’ll never know. Ever. Unless my work bestie passes me an eighties-style teen movie sex quiz during a meeting and I fill it out.

And it ends up in Gabe’s hands…


Wrong (Wrong #1) | Right (Wrong #2)

After reading Right, I was super curious about Sandra and Gabe’s story, because Everly’s plan had to have worked, right?

While this is a story you can totally read by itself, it makes a lot more sense if you’ve read the second book of the series, given that Sawyer and Everly both play big parts here. This is the first story of this series that is told in dual POV, having both Sandra and Gabe’s point of view. I liked this change, because contrary to the two previous books, Gabe wasn’t an open book like Luke or Sawyer. The writing is once again pretty fun, light and the pacing is super fast. This is a very very short novella.

As is usual in novelas, this one is not big on character development or actually getting us to know the characters all that well, but Jana Aston did a good job nonetheless. Sandra is a serious girl, who wants to do the best job she can and is always very focused. She only has one big issue: her huge crush with her boss’ BFF who is also sort of her boss too.

Gabe was not what I was expecting?! After seeing him in Right, I thought he would be the shy, nerdy, rich and hot guy, but there’s nothing shy or actually “good” about him. He’s a good person, but I never thought he would be a manwhore… he was, and that kind of disappointed me a little. Yeah yeah, I know all men in this series are serious alphas and all that, but I was just wishing that Gabe would break the mold just a little bit. I still enjoyed him, and I did enjoy his “fling” with Sandra, and I’m actually not that happy that Fling is the title of this book.

I did like the plot, because there was no huge miscommunication, secrets or silly behaviours. These were two adults and they behaved like it. 

If you’ve been reading and enjoying this series, don’t forget to read this novella too. 😀

Musical Mondays: Scars To Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara

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I listened to this song today for the first time, and it’s just so beautiful that it’s worth sharing. 🙂

She just wants to be beautiful
She goes unnoticed, she knows no limits
She craves attention, she praises an image
She prays to be sculpted by the sculptor
Oh, she don’t see the light that’s shining
Deeper than the eyes can find it
Maybe we have made her blind
So she tries to cover up her pain and cut her woes away
‘Cause cover girls don’t cry after their face is made

But there’s a hope that’s waiting for you in the dark
You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are
And you don’t have to change a thing, the world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful
Oh-oh, oh-oh
And you don’t have to change a thing, yhe world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful

She has dreams to be an envy, so she’s starving
You know, covergirls eat nothing
She says beauty is pain and there’s beauty in everything
What’s a little bit of hunger?
I could go a little while longer, she fades away
She don’t see her perfect, she don’t understand she’s worth it
Or that beauty goes deeper than the surface
Oh, oh
So to all the girls that’s hurting
Let me be your mirror, help you see a little bit clearer
The light that shines within

There’s a hope that’s waiting for you in the dark
You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are
And you don’t have to change a thing, the world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful

Oh-oh, oh-oh
And you don’t have to change a thing, the world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful

No better you than the you that you are (no better you than the you that you are)
No better life than the life we’re living (no better life than the life we’re living)
No better time for your shine, you’re a star (no better time for your shine, you’re a star)
Oh, you’re beautiful, oh, you’re beautiful

And there’s a hope that’s waiting for you in the dark
You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are
And you don’t have to change a thing, the world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful
Oh-oh, oh-oh
And you don’t have to change a thing, the world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful

The Rule Maker (Jennifer Blackwood)

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2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE | Book That Made Me Laugh

Ten Steps to Surviving a New Job:

1. Don’t sleep with the client. It’ll get you fired. (Sounds easy enough.)
2. Don’t blink when new client turns out to be former one-night stand.
3. Don’t call same client a jerk for never texting you back.
4. Don’t believe client when he says he really, really wanted to call.
5. Remember, the client is always right — so you can’t junk punch him when he demands new design after new design.
6. Ignore accelerated heartbeat every time sexy client walks into room.
7. Definitely ignore client’s large hands. They just mean he wears big gloves.
8. Don’t let client’s charm wear you down. Be strong.
9. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the client. You’ll lose more than your job — maybe even your heart.
10. If all else fails, see rule number one again.


As it’s usual with ARCs for awhile now, I’ve read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too – we both read the first book of the series and loved it – so go check her blog in the next few days to read her take on this one.

Like I said, the first book, The Rule Book, was absolutely great, but this second one? AMAZING! The book is told in dual POV, unlike the single POV of the first one, and I loved it even more because of it – I’m all for dual POV. But also, this book is just beyond hilarious. The writing is fun, witty and emotional, while the pace is just perfect. Jennifer Blackwood did an amazing job with this book.

I loved both main characters, Zoey and Ryder. I’m a sucker a second chance romance, and this one fits perfectly in this category. Zoey is just a kick ass woman! I love this girl. She’s just so determined and funny, she’s stubborn and confident, and WOW, she’s just amazing. And Ryder? I loved his dedication to his family and his beliefs, but I also loved his vulnerability and how he let it show sometimes.

Zoey and Ryder together? Explosive! They had amazing chemistry and they were so cute and good together. They brought out the best of each other, even when they were bickering. The romance is just great. I had so much fun reading to the progress of their relationship, with Ryder pursuing something that he didn’t know he wanted, and Zoey learning how to trust her feelings and how to trust a man that had disappointed her before.

I really liked the story on this one, this book made me laugh out loud and it took me out of what I was afraid to be the beginning of my first slump, so YAY! Read this romance, people! You won’t be sorry. And I really really want a book about Jason, Ryder’s older brother who suffered an accident and is now on a wheelchair… he needs a book!