Love in B Minor (Elodie Nowodazkij)


No promises. No fake tomorrows. That was the plan.

New city. New life. At least, that’s what nineteen-year-old Jen Harrison believes. On the surface, she’s living her dream: dancing in a prestigious dance company in Paris. But her sister’s death and the mistakes she’s tried to bury haunt her. She’s become a pro at hiding who she truly is, and she definitely doesn’t want a guy to derail her, but a one night-stand she can do. Nothing more. She definitely doesn’t plan to see the sexy stranger who made her laugh for the first time in years ever again.  

Girls don’t walk away from Lucas Wills. Bad boy turned rock star, he’s got his share of groupies. Always upfront, he doesn’t promise fake tomorrows because love can destroy everything. Been there, done that. His ex not only lied to him, she stomped on his heart, used him to become famous, and almost ruined him. So, waking up alone after a night beyond his wildest imagination with a girl he just met shouldn’t upset him, shouldn’t inspire one of the saddest songs he’s ever written, shouldn’t make him want to chase after her.  

When Jen, the one-night stand who got away, auditions to be a dancer in Lucas’ next music video, they can’t stop their growing attraction. But Jen’s secrets and his ex could shatter the careers they tried so hard to build and their hearts…they will have to decide what’s more important and if love is worth the fight.

This was yet another buddy read with Cátia@The Girl Who Read Too Much. Go to her blog and check out her review HERE. 😀

Now, this was my 5th book by Elodie Nowodazkij, having previously read all the other titles in the Broken Dreams series:

Love in B Minor is an awesome addition to the series, and it is close to being my favorite of the series, though this one diverges in a big way from the 2 previous stories… beginning with the fact that this book falls within the New Adult genre, due to the age of the protagonists, while the previous stories were well within the Young Adult genre. It is also different when you read about a character that you’re already fond of, and Jen – after a less stellar start in A Summer Like No Other, she really came around in Always Second Best and became super close to Emilia, so I was already fond of her.

I liked the writing style and it’s allusions to ballet, and luckily it wasn’t overdone, which meant that the story flowed well and quickly.

Quick time-out for a huge fangirling moment: Elodie Nowodazkij included references to Villain Complex, the band from Elizabeth Briggs Chasing the Dream series in this book, and I was ecstatic!

I really liked the two main characters and how they were both going through quite similar things, with Jen dealing with the death of her younger sister and Lucas dealing with the death of his best friend, and I really liked how they supported and listened to each other. Their relationship was super cute, though I will admit that Nick and Em are still my favorites. But this is undeniable instalove, and a pretty fast one at that too… I mean, within 3 days of knowing each other they’re way too intense.

Now, this book really surprised me. BIG.TIME. I did not see that coming…. at all, and I still can’t quite wrap my head around what happened.

I did have one thing that bothered me quite a bit, and that was some inconsistencies in the timeline, mostly of some characters’ lives. There was a particular event that technically happened at three different points in time, and not all of them made sense with the rest of the story.

All in all, I really liked this book, it was so not what I was expecting! So, have you read the Broken Dreams series? Why not? Get to it! 😛

Shadowhunters Renewed for Second Season

It’s official! Freeform as announced that Shadowhunters will be back for a second season.

I have to admit that I’m slightly torn here. For one, I’m super happy because I do love this book series and I want to see the characters and the story I love playing out on TV. On another hand, I’m not entirely happy with the path they’re taking this series on, and I’m afraid it will get even more derailed…

Either way, I do hope they take this opportunity to listen to some critics of the first season, and build up from that. 😀

Musical Mondays: Ser Poeta by Luís Represas


This week I’m bringing you yet another portuguese music, because why not?! This song is just amazingly gorgeous. It’s by Luis Represas and the lyrics are a poem by Florbela Espanca.

Ser Poeta é ser mais alto, é ser maior
Do que os homens! Morder como quem beija!
É ser mendigo e dar como quem seja
Rei do Reino de Aquém e de Além Dor!

É ter de mil desejos o esplendor
E não saber sequer que se deseja!
É ter cá dentro um astro que flameja,
É ter garras e asas de condor!

É ter fome, é ter sede de Infinito!
Por elmo, as manhãs de oiro e de cetim…
É condensar o mundo num só grito!  

E é amar-te, assim, perdidamente…
É seres alma e sangue e vida em mim
E dizê-lo cantando a toda gente!

And the translation:

To be a poet it’s to be taller, it’s to be greater
Than men! Biting as the one who kisses!
It’s to be a beggar and give as if you were
King of the Kingdom of Pain and Beyond the Pain!
It’s to have the splendor out of a thousand wishes
And do not even know what you wish!
It’s to have here inside a flashing star,
It’s to have claws and wings of a condor!
It’s to be hungry, it’s to have thirst of Infinite!
With helmet, mornings of gold and satin…
It’s to condense the world into a single cry!
And it’s love you so madly…
And it’s you being soul, and blood and life in me…
And saying it singing to everybody!