Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) Cover Reveal

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I just started Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and I’m already so excited about the second book of the series, Gemina. Look how gorgeous this cover is!!! (you can find the original article here)

From bestselling author duo Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff comes the second edge-of-your-seat installment in the trilogy that reviewers are calling “stylistically mesmerizing” and “out-of-this-world-awesome.”

While Kady and Ezra are fighting for their lives aboard the Alexander, Jump Station Heimdall is facing a different wave of the Beitech assault. Meet Hanna and Nik: she’s the station captain’s pampered daughter, while Nik runs with Heimdall’s dangerous black market scene. When an elite team of Beitech assassins targets Heimdall, Nik and Hanna are thrown together to fight the enemy–and the assassins are just the beginning. With deadly alien creatures slithering through air ducts, a second fleet of attack drones headed their way, and a phenomenon threatening the wormhole near the space station, Hanna and Nik aren’t just critical to the Kerenza fight–they may hold the fate of the very universe in their hands.

The Mistake (Off-Campus #2) (Elle Kennedy )

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He’s a player in more ways than one… 

College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hookups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.

Now he’s going to need to up his game… 

After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat, and she plans on driving him wild.


I won’t lie: I was a bit worried about the whole “Logan lusting after Hannah” thing that was going on at the end of The Deal. I mean, I get it, but I was worried. I was also thinking that he wasn’t into Hannah, not really, just what she and Garrett had… =)

I absolutely freaking loved the beginning of this book. It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for the male’s POV on NA books, and Logan was hilarious from the get go – even if he was complaining about his best friend doing the girl of his dreams and all :P.

Logan won my heart though. He’s freaking awesome. But my heart was breaking for most of the book, because of the future he was facing :(.

I loved Grace from the start, that girl was fierce! I loved her babbling when she was nervous, and how she didn’t totally crumble when her friend Ramona did what she did and the whole situation with Logan. She came back stronger, and OMG, did I love to see Logan beg her and do anything she wanted him to. I hated Ramona though… really really hated her… I mean, who does that?

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I really liked the plot and the romance progression. One of my favorite things about these books is how we actually get to see the couple being a couple, and not only them getting together. And Logan and Grace as a couple? Visiting her dad and stuff? ADORABLE!

Another thing I really liked was seeing the constant presence of Garrett and Hannah – still love puppies as always, and the rest of the gang. I love the guys’ friendship on these books, it’s so freaking awesome. I loved that Tucker was aware of what was going on with Logan from the start, I loved that Dean made fun of Logan for his doubts, and that Garrett was the best friend he could have hoped for. I really liked to see Hannah be a part of the guys’ lives, it was so awesome to see her interacting with Dean and Logan without Garrett around.

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Other great thing of this series – so often absent of NA and YA for that matter – is the inclusion and the importance of the parents. They are always important for the plot, on one way or another, and I love that.

I was squeaking at that little gem in the epilogue, because I needed to know that they would all be ok :D.

To end this review… I think I’m in love with this series!!

Musical Mondays: Portugal by Walk the Moon

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I found this music last week, not even really sure how, but I think it was on someone’s Top Ten Tuesday from last week. Either way, I love it!

I know everyone you know
You know everyone I know
Our Venn diagrams are one circle

You grow up when I’m not looking
We grow apart without knowing
And all of a sudden I’m leaving

So I say I’m sorry I can’t, I’ve got plans
As I watched the time slip through my hands

What you don’t know now,
One day you’ll learn
Growing up is a heavy leaf to turn
A heavy leaf to turn

Take me with you
‘Cause even on your own,
You are not alone

Take me with you
‘Cause even by yourself, my love
You are something else

One summer turns into ten summers
One lover turns into ten others
But this memory is still with me

So close bring me in so close
Your clothes underneath my clothes
Once upon a time in Portugal

So I say I’m sorry I can’t, I’ve got plans
As I watched the time slip through my hands

What you don’t know now,
One day you’ll learn
Growing up is a heavy leaf to turn
A heavy leaf to turn

Take me with you
‘Cause even on your own,
You are not alone

Take me with you
‘Cause even by yourself, my love
You are something else

No matter what you want,
Somebody else wants it just as bad
No matter what you got,
Somebody else has got it worse
No matter when I got to you,
Somebody else got to you first

So I say I’m sorry I can’t, I’ve got plans
As I watched the time slip through my hands

What you don’t know now,
One day you’ll learn
Growing up is a heavy leaf to turn
A heavy leaf to turn

Take me with you
‘Cause even on your own,
You are not alone

Take me with you
‘Cause even by yourself, my love
You are something else

Take me with you
‘Cause even on your own,
You are not alone

Take me with you
‘Cause even by yourself, my love
You can carry with you anyone else

Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Award #3

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Hello!!! Today I’m doing my third Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Award. Bear with me, ok? It’s going to be a long post… I was nominated by a lot of people, which I will list below, and to all of them: THANK YOU!!!!

Now, I’ll change the rules a bit because that’s 16 nominations, which translates to 160 questions, and no one wants that! So I’ll do a couple of questions per nomination, that’s cool right? 😉

THE RULES:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog in your post.
  2. Answer the questions that the blogger who nominated you has provided.
  3. Nominate ten other bloggers (or up to 10).
  4. Create ten questions for your nominees and notify them of their nominations.

Bridgit @outofthebooks89

1. Which book would you be hesitant to lend out because you’d be scared you wouldn’t get it back?

Probably my Illuminae copy, because it’s the hardcover and it’s beyond gorgeous.

2. Do you prefer e-readers or physical copies of books?

This is such a hard question for me. Until a few months back my answer was an unequivocal “physical copies”, but the truth is that I love to read on my kindle. It’s faster, usually cheaper, and I can jump to another book whenever I feel like it… so… e-reader?!


Jesalin @Life : books, the arts, and nature

1. Marvel or DC? If neither, tell why.

MARVEL without a doubt. I was always more into Marvel, even as a kid. I read comics, and watched cartoons, and loved it. DC was always more “meh”.

2. Are you a vegetarian? If not, have you ever considered being a vegetarian?

I’m not. And I never considered being one, I love meat way too much. Mind you, I almost live without eating it, I usually only eat meat about once a week, while I eat fish a lot more. Still, a lot of my meals don’t include any type of animal protein, but I still couldn’t give it up.


Caroline @BeulerBookReview

1. Favorite pet in fiction?

Clive from Wallbanger, for sure!

2. All time favorite book store? (Argue your case convincingly and maybe I’ll review it)

My favorite bookstore, that I’ve been to anyway, was a Waterstones near UCL in London… heaven! I also loved the one in Reading.


Monique @To Curl Up and Escape

1. When you write your reviews do you plan what you’re going to say or write it out then and there?

A little bit of both? I mean, if there are some strong points I want to make about a certain book, I’ll plan that, but the writing comes at the moment.

2. Do you have to read a book before seeing the movie?

Not really. Most times it happened the other way around, I’ve watched the movie, liked it, and then read the book…


Jordan @I Will Never Own Enough Books

1. Favorite and least favorite Disney Princess.

My favorite has to be Rapunzel – yeah… I really loved Tangled. My least has to be a toss between Snow White and Sleeping Beauty =/, they were boring as hell.

2. What are you studying in college? Or if you aren’t there yet, what do you plan on studying?

I’m still there, lol. Let’s see, I took my degree in Biology, in the field of Microbiology and Genetics, then I did my Masters in Human Evolution and Biology, and now I’m finishing my PhD in Anthropology and Diversity. 😉


Karma @cup of tea with that book, please

1. Has any book made you cry?

How about I tell you the last book that made me cry? Because I do cry a lot… The last one was Isla and the Happily Ever After. I seriously cried on that one.

2. If you were running a country, what book characters would you want to be in your cabinet?

This is so hard! Ok, Warner (Shatter Me), Kai (The Lunar Chronicles), Hermione (Harry Potter), Penryn (Penryn and the End of Days) and Aelin (Throne of Glass).


Kara @Ink and Paper

1. How many books do you have on your bookshelf/to read list?

To freaking many to count.

2. Do you have any books on your bookshelf that you have been meaning to read but will probably never read?

Yes, a few. Some of them were gifts, other some that I bought while I was still reading in Portuguese, and I’m pretty sure that I’ll never get to those.


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1. Choose a book that you think is very underrated.

The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis. I’ve been saying this for a while now, but you should really read this book!!!

2. Choose a book that you think is very overrated.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner… =/ sorry!


Bianca @Ultimate Fangirl

1. If you could hang out with a book blogger/booktuber for a day, who would they be?

I’m going with book bloggers here, and I would say that I would love to hang out with Kat @Life and Other Disasters and Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, because we talk every single day!!! 😀 😀 😀

2. Friends or How I Met Your Mother?

Well, Friends, because I’m still not over that crapping ending of How I Met Your Mother!


Rogan @Signing On

1. If you imagine your life a year from now, where do you hope to be?

I hope to be anywhere else in Europe, hopefully working on my field.

2. Do you prefer funny books or sad books?

FUNNY!!!


Tricia @ItIsTrish

1. What was your favorite dinosaur?

It has always been the Brachiosaurus… boring I know ;-).

2. Who was your first celebrity crush?

First, I don’t recall, but I had a huge crush on Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 :D.


Lashaan and Trang @Bookidote

1. If you were stranded on an island, which human fictional character would you want by your side for the rest of your life and why?

Captain Thorne! His sense of humour would come in handy if I had to be there for the REST OF MY LIFE! lol

2. Your favorite fictional character comes to life for a whole day before going back to his or her next adventure; that you know of or not. What would do?

First of all, I would chose for Rowan Whitethorne to come to life, and about what we would do, I’m pleading the 5th :P.


Floriane @flowlessbooks

1. Hardbacks or paperbacks?

I’m a fan of paperbacks, they’re easy to carry, they’re usually cheaper too.

2. Tea, Coffee or chocolate?

TEA!!! All the time. Coffee once at least. Chocolate just to eat :D.


Daniela @Daniela’s Bookshelf

1. Do you prefer Sci-Fi or Fantasy?

Usually fantasy, I can suspend my disbelief easier if it’s fantasy.

2. For you, what is the most important bookish release this year?

Probably The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh, because I really need the sequel and it’s the last book off the series, so it will wrap everything up.


Ronyell @Rabbit Ears Productions Blog

1. What movies are you looking forward to in 2016?

All the Marvel ones. Deadpool, that I watched last week, and Captain America: Civil War mostly.

2. What job do you wish you were working at?

Hmmm, I like what I do. I love doing research, so I just wish that I had already finished my PhD and snagged a good Post-Doc position.


Jasmine @How Useful It Is

1. You only have 2 hours before bedtime: books or movies?

It really depends on my mood, but lately? Books!

2. Have you visit a bookstore during your vacation out of town/country?

Yes. I do it each time I go someplace new, especially if it’s an english language country. Heck, I even went to bookstores in South Korea and Japan :D.

February Book Haul

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Another month bites the dust… time is moving too quickly again =/. Anywho… this month I didn’t get any physical copies o_O – weird, I know! But I did buy a few eBooks and got my hands on a few ARCs and Review copies. So here is my February Book Haul.


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I got 4 eBooks this month. Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa because it was super cheap on kindle deals; The Mistake and The Score by Elle Kennedy because I really needed to read the rest of the series after I finished The Deal. And Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie because Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much read it this month and really enjoyed it (also, it was free).


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I didn’t haul that many books this month, and they were all digital :). Next month I’ll have some physical ones though ;-).

 

The OTP Book Tag

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Hey guys :). This is the last saturday of February, so I’m bringing you yet another love related book tag. I saw this one a while back in Chelsea’s blog, @Books For Thought, and I really wanted to try it on.


rowaelin1. AN A UNPOPULAR OTP THAT YOU SHIP

I don’t think they’re “unpopular” per say, but a lot of people do ship her with one of her other contenders… Rowaelin, a.k.a., Rowan and Aelin from The Throne of Glass series.

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2. AN OTP THAT YOU DIDN’T SHIP BUT NOW YOU DO

When I started reading the Shatter Me trilogy I couldn’t, for the life of me, understand how people shipped Warner and Juliette. Then Unravel Me came and my thoughts on the matter changed drastically. Warnette is perfect!

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3. YOUR MOST HATED OTP

Is this a thing? I don’t have one… o_O


4. AN OTP THAT TOOK WAY TOO LONG TO GET TOGETHER

Jezzz…… probably Penryn and Raffe from the Penryn and the End of Days trilogy. I wanted them together from the moment they met, so the wait felt like too long ;).

  

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5. YOUR FAVOURITE NON-CANON OTP

Eheh, this is a fun one. I’m going with Iko and Kinney, from The Lunar Chronicles. I’m still hoping that they’ll get together in Iko’s graphic novels, because their banter was great.

  

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6. YOUR FAVOURITE BROTP

I’m in love with the relationship between the guys of the Off-Campus series by Elle Kennedy. Garrett, Logan, Dean and Tucker are seriously amazing as friends, and one reason to definitly read this series (amongst others). I’m still not over a couple of scenes from The Score where the guys show just how close they are…


7. AN OTP YOU ADORED IN THE BOOKS BUT NOT AS MUCH IN THE MOVIES OR TV ADAPTATION

I’m going with the classic Harry Potter answer on this one, and say Harry and Ginny. They were beyond perfect on the books, but the movies just didn’t make it work.

  

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8. A POPULAR OTP THAT NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU TRy YOU JUST CAN’T SHIP IT

Just to be clear, it’s not that I don’t ship them, because I do. I seriously do. I love Will and Tessa from The Infernal Devices, but I just ship her with Jem a tiny bit more…

  

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9. YOUR FAVOURITE LGBT+ OTP

This is such a tough one! I have too many!!! I think I’ll go with Malec from The Mortal Instruments today, because I just saw the most amazing fanart and I really want to use it – lamest excuse ever!

  

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10. YOUR ALL TIME FAVOURITE OTP

I don’t know who my favorite OTP of all time is. I really don’t have a clue. I just finished Isla and the Happily Ever After the other day, and I loved it so so much! So today I’m saying Isla and Josh, because their story was just amazing and I love them together.

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I Had fun doing this tag :D. Now it’s your turn ;-). I tag:

One Dream Only (Broken Dreams #0.5) & One, Two, Three (Broken Dreams #1) (Elodie Nowodazkij)

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One Dream Only:

She thought she was on her way to the top…

Sixteen-year-old Natalya Pushkaya has one dream and one dream only: becoming the best ballerina ever. Dancing’s always been who she is and she’s working her hardest to land the main role of the School of Performing Arts’ end-of-the-year showcase. But…will she make it?

Within a week, Natalya’s life will be changed forever.


This little novella was heartbreaking. It’s goes through the events of a week, alternating between the before and after the accident that changes Natalya’s life forever. Heartbreaking.

I really liked to get to know Natalya in the before. Having read A Summer Like No Other and Always Second Best  I knew a bit about Natalya’s from Em’s POV, but this had a totally different feel to it. I’m also glad that I read the novella before the novel below, because it made me understand Natalya a lot better.

The only thing that made me rate it lower was that nothing actually happens… I finished the novella knowing Nata better, but that was it. Now… onto to the novel.


One, Two, Three:

When seventeen-year-old Natalya’s dreams of being a ballerina are killed in a car accident along with her father, she must choose: shut down—like her mother—or open up to love.

Last year,seventeen-year-old Natalya Pushkaya was attending the School of Performing Arts in New York City. Last year, she was well on her way to becoming a professional ballerina. Last year, her father was still alive.

But a car crash changed all that—and Natalya can’t stop blaming herself. Now, she goes to a regular high school in New Jersey; lives with her onetime prima ballerina, now alcoholic mother; and has no hope of a dance career.

At her new school, however, sexy soccer player Antonio sees a brighter future for Natalya, or at least a more pleasant present. Keeping him an arabesque away proves to be a challenge for Natalya and his patient charms eventually draw her out of her shell.

When upsetting secrets come to light and Tonio’s own problems draw her in, Natalya shuts down again, this time turning to alcohol herself.

Can Natalya learn to trust Antonio before she loses him—and destroys herself?


This book was clearly Elodie Nowodazkij’s first one, and it shows. I love her writing, but it’s clear on this one that she was still growing. It’s noticeable in little things, such as slight repetitions of phrases and thoughts, but overall I really liked it.

I did like the characters, Nata and Tonio were amazing and complex, but while they went through a lot of growth in this book, I still felt that they weren’t completely fleshed out. I still liked they’re relationship a lot, and how they truly listened and helped each other.

The situation about Natalya’s mother was sad, and it broke my heart that anyone in such an young age had to go through what she was going through with her mom. Still, I did find a few incongruences within the whole story. I particularly thought that Nata does a 0 to 80 in terms of being able to admit her mom’s problem to others. The why of the whole thing, I managed to anticipate :).

Natalya makes some really stupid decisions for a moment there, and while I understood them, I also felt that some were not as forgivable as others. I did admire the support and love of her friends, boyfriend and “family”, and I was happy by the resolution of that particular conflict.

All in all, I really enjoyed Nata’s story, but ultimately I still love Nick and Em’s story best :D.

Winter (Marissa Meyer): 10 Reasons Why It Rocked

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Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. 

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long. 

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?


Hi guys! I read Winter in the beginning of January – I know… a long time ago… I read more than 25 books in the meantime… but back to business – in a buddy read with Becca @Shih Tzu Book Reviews. A few days ago we published our discussion of the book, which you can read mine here, and Becca’s here.

I’ve previously reviewed the other 3 books in the series: Cinder, Scarlet and Cress, so I thought I would do something different this time around – because we already know how awesome this book is, right? So I give you 10 reasons why this book rocked :D.

1. SO.MUCH.ACTION

2. A lot of twists

3. Ships. Ships all around

4. Perfect Iko

5. Fairytale like scenes

6. Cresswell (because saying ships isn’t enough)

7. Love conquering all

8. Sassy sassy Kai

9. Very smart Cinder (heart swelling with pride here)

10. The Ending! Perfect!

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Stephanie Perkins)

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Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.


After reading and loving Anna and the French Kiss, I had high hopes for Lola and the Boy Next Door. Despite having liked this one slightly less than the first book, I still loved it and thought it was a great read.

Once again, the writing is wonderful. Lola is such a funny protagonist, but comparing her with Anna, i couldn’t notice how she was  a little bit more immature, which was fine, because she IS younger than Anna. She did get on my nerves in the beginning, especially about her relationship with Max, which I could write a whole post about how wrong that one was…

I actually thought that the message of this book was stronger. Lola has to come to grips with who she is and accept it, while accepting everyone else too. It’s a lovely story, really.

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I loved Cricket Bell! And Cricket and Lola as so sweet and cute, my heart was exploding with happiness whenever they were together. I loved that he didn’t shy away from his feelings anymore, and he told her from the start how important she was to him. I loved how slow their relationship progressed and how sure they both were about each other, before anything else happened.

One thing I absolutely adored in this book – that was lacking, for obvious reasons, in Anna – was the involvement of family! Lola’s parents are super awesome! I loved them. I loved how she loved them. Even when they were being overprotective and almost beating the crap out of Cricket… I still loved them. I loved Andy especially, though Nathan was a riot. I really liked Norah’s role on the story, and how Lola manages to start a real relationship with her. Equally, I liked the role of Cricket’s family, especially the importance of Calliope in his live, even if I wasn’t a big fan of hers in the beginning.

Friends were also super important in this book, and I loved Lola’s relationship with Lindsay – there should be more friendships like theirs in YA. But I was ecstatic when two familiar characters became a recurrent appearance… yep, Anna and Étienne were there, and they were glorious! I love them so so much!!!! I loved how close they were, and that they were practically living together 😀 ❤ !!!!

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Ultimately, I loved reading about Lola and Cricket, the only thing that put me off a bit about this book was how irritable Lola was at some points, and sometimes she was just a tiny bit over the top… I still loved her! 😀