The Girl I Was Before (Ginger Scott)

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I’m the selfish one. I suppose that’s the nicest thing people say about me. I’ve heard the other things, too. “Paige Owens is a pretty girl with nothing else to offer. She’s just a good time at a party. She’s stupid, heartless, cold and useless. All she cares about is getting a guy to look at her. Why would anyone want to be her friend?”  

Some of those things are true. Others were true. They’re all hurtful.

None of it matters.

I’m ready to make the hard choices. I’m ready to face the consequences. I’m ready to be the girl I was before, and I’m done being the one who lost her way.

I’m ready to become the girl Houston Orr sees when he looks at me.

Houston isn’t a star athlete. He doesn’t play in a band. He’s never going to be president, and his life is so far away from simple and easy it isn’t even funny. He wasn’t part of my plan. But I’m starting to think plans are overrated, and maybe our stories are what we make them. And mine depends entirely on me, and the choices I make…starting now.

Houston is my fairytale. He’s perfectly imperfect. He’s poetry and life. He’s truth and heartbreak, all rolled up in a tall body with dark hair, broad shoulders and green eyes that lull me into submission. He’s nothing I ever thought I wanted, but the very thing I need. He’s the only guy I’ve ever really loved, and he thinks I’m a princess. I fell into him, and now I’m holding on.

But sometimes life takes away our ability to choose. Sometimes…things aren’t in your control. Sometimes, it hurts to be selfless. My only hope is that when it comes time to choose, I get it right.

Welcome to my once upon a time and wish for happily ever after.


And again, I want to thank Deanna @A Novel Glimpse so much for lending me this book! Thank you! I loved reading this whole series. 😉

Let’s be honest, Paige is not painted in the brightest way in the two previous books, so I was a little bit afraid of how she would come across in her own book. I had read the following book, so I knew about her relationship with Casey, Houston’s BFF, and I liked it, so I was willing to give her a chance. In the end I liked her, but not as much as any of the other girls. Still, she grew on me, because she grew up a lot during these series, and she was strong as hell.

I really liked Houston, but hey, I liked him already going into this book, and the fact that Ty approved of him that much was a bonus – because Ty is awesome! I loved how he tried to balance everything in his life, and how unapologetic he was about it. He just had such a positive attitude, even through everything… amazing!

I liked how the romance progressed as well, and I really liked the involvement of Houston’s family and Cass, Rowe, Ty and Nathan. And guys and children are my weakness…

The plot progression still threw me off a little, and this book managed to surprise me… a lot. So, bonus points for that! Still, after reading the whole series, I felt like this book was probably the weakest of the bunch, though I still loved it.

The Book Fangirling Blog Award

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Hey guys :). How you doing? Today I’m doing the The Book Fangirling Blog Award, and I was nominated by Emma @Em Does Book Reviews, Megan @Meganqm1 and Carrianne @Carrianne’s Cuppa n’ Critiques. This is my second time doing this award, you can check the other post here.

The Rules:

  • Create a post to accept your award
  • Add the blog award button to your blog
  • Answer the questions I have set below
  • Nominate between 5-10 book bloggers who you think deserve this award
  • Come up with your own 5 questions for your nominees (at least one question about fangirling)

Emma @Em Does Book Reviews Questions:

1. Who do you normally fangirl with? In real life or over the internet?

This is easy. I fangirl with Kat @Life and Other Disasters and Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much. I do it like all the time. We have opened chats on every social media just for fangirling with each other. 😀

2. Who was your first ‘ship’?

Haruka and Michiru from Sailor Moon, for sure. I mean, I was shipping other people by then, such as Usagi and Mamoru, or Jean Grey and Scott Summers from X-Men… but Haruka and Michiru are OTP!

3. Have you ever read or written fanfiction about a book you loved?

I’ve read a few chapter of Shatter Me fanfic, but mostly one shots. Somehow I have a lot of trouble connecting to fanfic. Then I read Wallbanger and later found out that it was initially fanfic from Twilight, so I’m guessing that it happens sometimes.

4. What was the last book/character/ship you fangirled over?

Oh, I fangirl all the time about a lot of books, characters and ships. But lately I’ve talked a lot about Jamie and Wes from Him and Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy.

5. If you could be flatmates with one fictional character (no romance!) which character would you choose to live with?

I wouldn’t mind being flatmates with Magnus Bane, because he’s glorious, and I would always have coffee :D!!!!


Megan @Meganqm1 Questions:

1. What is your favourite book of all time?

Oh boy… that’s a tough question! I’ll say one of my favorite books of this year (is that good enough?!). Carry On by Rainbow Rowell… Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff… Wallbanger by Alice Clayton… Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy…

   

2. What was the last book you read and what did you think of it?

I finished Love on the Ledge by Zoraida Córdova just yesterday evening, and I really enjoyed it. It’s not my favorite NA book, but it was a good story, and the romance was awesome.

3. Do you like audio books?

It really depends. I liked a few audio non-fiction books, for fiction it really depends on the narrator.

4. Post a photo of describe your book situation at home?

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5. Least favourite book?

One of the worst books I read last year was Nirvana by J.R. Stewart… just… NO!


Carrianne @Carrianne’s Cuppa n’ Critiques Questions:

1. If you could steal a character’s clothes, whose would you steal?

I think I wouldn’t mind having Emma Carstairs wardrobe. I like the idea of all the vintage clothes (and also all the gear).

2. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?

No no no no no… sorry, can’t!

3. What trope would you like to see more in books?

Hmmm, isn’t it the definition of trope something you see a lot?! Either way, I’m a sucker for the best friends to romance trope, and the enemies to lovers one too… I love those!!! 😀 So, more of that would be always ok 😉 .

4. Favorite bookish loot? If you don’t have any, then favorite book cover?

I mean… look at them!

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5. Which scene would you like to be a part of and in what book?

Anything Shadowhunters related. I just love the world!

Anything You Want (Geoff Herbach)

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Taco’s mom always said, “Today is the best day of your life, and tomorrow will be even better.” That was hard to believe the day she died of cancer and when Taco’s dad had to move up north for work, but he sure did believe it when Maggie Corrigan agreed to go with him to junior prom. Taco loves Maggie – even more than the tacos that earned him his nickname. And she loves him right back. 

Except all that love? It gets Maggie pregnant. Everyone else may be freaking out, but Taco can’t wait to have a real family again. He just has to figure out what it means to be a dad and how to pass calculus. And then there’s getting Maggie’s parents to like him. Because it would be so much easier for them to be together if he didn’t have to climb the side of the Corrigans’ house to see her…


I read this book as part of a buddy read with Kat @Life and Other Disasters and Sara @Freadom Library, which was a fun experience 🙂 . You can check out Kat’s review here.

I will admit that when I requested this book, I thought it was a regular contemporary young adult romance, and well… I’m so happy it was not! I never felt so emotionally drained as the moment that I finished reading this book. I sobbed! Yes, I cry easily on books, that is very true, but I don’t SOB that often. This book had me sobbing ugly by the end, as in, I was crying so damn much that I couldn’t really see the letters…

I liked the book from the start, because Taco was an unbelievable narrator. The story was told in such a funny way, that until about 45% of the book, I was laughing out loud like a crazy person. I loved Taco right away!

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I don’t even know how to best describe Taco as a character, because he was the most unique protagonist that I ever read. He’s such a good, fun and optimistic person, even if he sometimes is a bit delusional. But I understood why he was delusional like that, which made me appreciate his take on life all the much more. I wouldn’t be able to see life like he did, if I had gone through what he did. So, kudos Taco, you truly are a gem!

The pregnancy situation is just a drop on the ocean mess that Taco’s life, but even though it was a bit crazy, I loved how he faced the situation: life dealt him lemons, he tried to make lemonade. He loved Maggie, loved the peanut size baby, he wanted to be the best person/dad/boyfriend/student/everything he could be, and he gave it his best. And he did it all alone. 

What really got to me was how no one was there for a person who tried to be there for everybody. Things as simple as one of his friends bringing him meatball subs, had me tearing up, and it will do the same to you, once you realize that Taco doesn’t have food at home. Still, with nothing to eat, being an awesome student, doing extracurricular activities, volunteer work, taking care of himself and his house (and his pregnant girlfriend), he still manages to work so he can give money to his very ungrateful “lady pal”… I wanted to kick Maggie’s ass…

This book kind of destroyed me, people. It was all about growing up and how sometimes doing what’s best, is not the same as doing what makes you happy.

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I loved Taco, and I wish there were more of him in this world. I was glad that someone stepped up to help him, because no 17 yo kid should have to take as much as he did. I would urge you to read this book! It’s so good! It made me see some things in a totally different light…

Totally Should’ve Book Tag

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Hey guys! It’s saturday, which means it’s time for another book tag. Today I’m doing the Totally Should’ve Book Tag, and I was tagged by Makayla @Random Reads and Joey @Thoughts and Afterthoughts.


1. Totally should’ve gotten a sequel 

I have to say Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, but mostly because I really wanted more from Cath, Levi and the rest of the gang.

  

  


2. Totally should’ve had a spin off series

Hmmm, I’ll go with Penryn and The End of Days trilogy, by Susan Ee, because I would love to know more about the Watchers, and how cool would it be if there was a spin off series just about them? Maybe with Raffe and Penryn popping in and out?!

  


3. An author who totally should write more books

I’m gonna twist this a bit, and say two collaborations that should happen more often, ok? That is Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, and then Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy. I love both existing collaborations and I need MORE from both pairs.


4. A character who totally should’ve ended up with someone else

No clue about this one…


5. Totally should’ve ended differently

I’m going to say Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I really liked the book, but the ending is so freaking open – as it generally is in Rowell’s books. But this one I needed more… at the end nothing is truly solved, and I would have liked some resolution.

  


6. Totally should’ve had a movie franchise

The Anna and the French Kiss companion serious would be an amazing film franchise :D… right? Wouldn’t it be awesome as a teen romance? And using Paris, Barcelona, NYC and San Francisco as scenery… awesome!   

 


7. Totally should’ve had a TV show

Hmmmm, I think The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer could work amazingly well as a TV show, because the story has so many main characters that it wouldn’t work as anything other than a good TV show.

   


8. Totally should’ve had only one point of view

I don’t know… I’m a sucker for multiple POVs, but I hated the fact that we got Jacob’s POV in Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. I understood the “necessity” of it, I just didn’t like it at all.

   


9. Totally should have a cover change

There’s one book I really liked, but had probably the worst cover EVER, and that was Innuendos (It Had 2 B U, # 1) by V. Kelly. That cover is pretty awful, right? The book however, is fun, funny, romantic, sweet, and overall amazing.

  


10. Totally should’ve kept the original covers

I understand why Spanish Lessons by Jessica Peterson had a cover change, the original cover looked a bit too young for the contents of the book and its intended target. But I loved the original one, so I’ll miss it.


11. Totally should’ve stopped at book one

I have to say The Maze Runner. True, I haven’t read past book one, but I have no intention to right now… it just didn’t pull me in at all.

   

 


12. Totally should have not pre-judged

My last finished book, for sure, Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach. This book has a lot of DNFs and low ratings on GoodReads, so I was a bit scared about it. But honestly, this book is freaking amazing. AMAZING!!!!

   


This is it. I TAG all of YOU!!!

That Thing Between Eli & Gwen (J.J. McAvoy)

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Eli Davenport thinks he’s found the perfect woman to be his wife. She’s a doctor, like he is. She’s brilliant, like he is. And she’s wealthy, like he is.  

Guinevere ‘Gwen’ Poe thinks her fiancé is the perfect man. He’s handsome, successful and he was her first…

But when Eli’s bride runs off with Gwen’s fiancée on his wedding day, they are left to pick up the broken pieces of each other…


Once again, I read this book with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, as yet another buddy read. So, check out her blog in the next few days for her take on this book.

I have to say that I loved this book from the beginning. The premise on itself is hilarious, and the writing just makes the experience more funny. I love the back and forth between Eli and Gwen’s POV, I thought they went along perfectly.

I really liked Eli and Gwen as characters, they were complex and unapologetic about who they were, and that’s kind of amazing. I think that their different takes on life, personalities and professions, were a perfect complement to each other. I loved how their relationship developed, very slowly, and how they went from 2 people with an understanding, to friends and only then to something more.

Contrary to their previous relationships, theirs is full of understanding and honesty and trust. The way that they share everything with one another is amazing and heartwarming and just plain great. The involvement of each family and Taigi was awesome, and I’m (not so) secretly hoping that Logan, Eli’s brother, gets his own book, because he’s as amazing as his older brother.

I will admit that I wasn’t a huge fan of the conflict that issued towards the end of the book, but I did like Eli’s reaction to it. The only reason this book doesn’t get the whole 5 stars is because I felt that the ending was a bit abrupt. I would have liked to see it a bit more developed.

Book Traveling Thursdays: A Favorite Book

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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 “World Book Day is in a couple of days! Choose one of your all-time favorite books“. I could go with so many… but not all of them have that many covers, so I’m settling with Heir of Fire, because Aelin and Rowan rock (and QoS doesn’t have that many covers…).


Original COver:

I really like the US cover of this book. I like to colors of the different books.

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

No covers for either country… sorry!

Favorite COVER(s):

My favorite cover is for sure the UK one. I love love love these UK covers, and they look so gorgeous on my shelf.

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

                                             

There aren’t that many different covers for this one, but I really don’t like the Dutch and Russian editions, especially the Dutch one. Is it just me or that girl looks like an Elf from The Lord of The Rings?!

You and Everything After (Ginger Scott)

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I’m that teenaged girl who has MS. You haven’t met me, but you’ve seen me around. You probably know my sister. We’re twins, and she’s the pretty one. Maybe you’ve heard about myreputation, how much I like to hook up at parties — how easy it is to get me in bed, get what you want, and forget about me after.

Forget what you think you know. I’m leaving that girl behind.  College is all about new beginnings. So from now on — I’m just Cass. And the rest…it isn’t written yet. And no one else gets to write my story for me.

“Tyson Preeter doesn’t do can’t.”

That’s exactly what I want people to think when they see me. I am strong, invincible, confident, intelligent — arrogant. I’m the man who always finds a way around, over and through — until there’s nothing left. Since losing my ability to walk six years ago, I’ve relearned life. I don’t need sympathy. I don’t want charity. And I don’t do love.

It’s better this way, saves my disappointments for me, and me alone, and it saves my strength for everything I want.  

But Cass Owens is about to wreck everything. She’s about to steal all of my strength away from me, because she needs it more. She’s about to break all of my rules, and break down all of my walls. She’s about to own me…completely. And I’m about to let her.


One again, I want to thank Deanna @A Novel Glimpse so much for lending me this book! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I have to say I liked this one even better than the first one, This is Falling. The writing was amazing again, but the characters were just MORE somehow. I had liked Cass and Ty a lot on the first book, but actually reading their story was amazing.

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I loved that in spite of the challenges that both Cass and Ty faced, with Cass having MS and Ty being paraplegic, the story doesn’t focus on that, and doesn’t use any of those facts to define either character. That is wonderful and unique and I loved it. Instead, it uses those challenges as part of them, and parts of them that they both accept and love and don’t even “see” because they SEE the other person completely.

I really liked the romance, for a moment there I thought that there would be a lot more drama from both sides, but they were both adults who communicated and wow, that’s so rare to read about.

I would highly recommend this story… it’s so beautiful! I might have cried a bit (or a lot).

Musical Mondays: Waka Waka (This Time For Africa) by Shakira

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WOW, weird song, right? LOL! I love this song, and my reason for picking it today is kind of significative. I’m gonna tell you a story (a short one)… During the 2010 FIFA World Cup, for which this song was the official anthem, my grandmother was staying at the hospital where she was diagnosed and latter passed away from lung cancer. It was a long 6 to 7 weeks, and even though it was a sad time, it was also a time of family and friends, and me and my best friend would sneak into the bar (with a couple of beers) whenever there was a game on.

Last Tuesday I had to come to Portugal in a hurry because my dad was admitted to the hospital after having a heart attack. When I was coming off the plane, the music playing on my phone was Waka Waka, and my best friend – love you! – was waiting for me. So, it’s only fitting that this is the music this week. 🙂

Oooeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehh 

You’re a good soldier
Choosing your battles
Pick yourself up
And dust yourself off
Get back in the saddle

You’re on the front line
Everyone’s watching
You know it’s serious
We’re getting closer
This isn’t over

The pressure’s on
You feel it
But you got it all
Believe it

When you fall get up, oh oh
If you fall get up, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
‘Cause this is Africa

Tsamina mina, eh eh
Waka waka, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa

Listen to your God
This is our motto
Your time to shine
Don’t wait in line
Y vamos por todo

People are raising
Their expectations
Go on and feed them
This is your moment
No hesitation

Today’s your day
I feel it
You paved the way
Believe it

If you get down get up, oh oh
When you get down get up, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa

Tsamina mina, eh eh
Waka waka, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa a a
Tsamina mina, eh eh
Waka waka, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa

Ame la mejole biggi biggi mubbo wa A to Z
Asi tsu zala mejole biggi biggi mubbo from East to West
Bathi waka waka ma eh eh waka waka ma eh eh
Tendency suna tsibuye ’cause this is Africa…

Tsamina mina, Anawa a a
Tsamina mina
Tsamina mina, Anawa a a

Tsamina mina, eh eh
Waka waka, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa a a
Tsamina mina, eh eh
Waka waka, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa

[2x]
Django eh eh [2x]
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa a a

[2x]s
This time for Africa

[2x]
We’re all Africa

The One That Got Away (AJ Pine)

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How far will one man go for the woman he’s loved since high school? 

Jamie Kingston has been Brynn Chandler’s best friend since middle school. Only once was their friendship tested—when Brynn gave Jamie a single kiss. Since then, they’ve had an unspoken agreement never to cross that line again, and she’s ready to let go of the past and move on.

But Jamie has loved Brynn for as long as he can remember, and now that he’s ready to tell her, she has her sights set on someone else. Knowing this is his last chance, he asks Brynn to go on a two-week road trip. But their time alone brings old hurts to the surface, and Brynn has to decide if the one that got away lies at the end of the journey or if he’s been by her side all along.


It shouldn’t come as a surprise to you all now, but I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, so go to her blog in the next few days to read her take on this book.

I’m a huge sucker for best friends turn to lovers romances, and this one didn’t disappoint on that account. I really enjoyed the way the double POV was written, with just enough look into the past for us to understand the whole scope of Jamie and Brynn’s friendship.

I really liked both characters, they were both unique and they fitted together perfectly. Their friendship was seriously goals, and I adored the way they knew each other so well and almost had their own language.

I had a few problems with the development of the plot because I got frustrated with both of them… these 2 needed to just talk, and they were great at talking… about anything but the 2 of them together. I just wished they had been a bit more honest with each other, though I did understand both of their positions.

Overall, it was a super cute friends to lovers romance and I would recommend it if you’re into these kind of stories 😉 .