Top Ten Tuesday: 8 Books I Feel Differently About Now

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Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed (less love, more love, complicated feelings, indifference, thought it was great in a genre until you became more well read in that genre etc.)

So here it is, 8 books that I feel a little different about now than when I read them.


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Musical Mondays: The Ballad of Russell and Julie by Doctor Who Cast

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I’m a huge Doctor Who fan, though I have to admit that I’ve been slacking and I have quite a few episodes to watch. Still, the 10th Doctor era was my favorite, and I thought I would share something that the cast and crew did to honor Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner, performed by David Tennant, Catherine Tate and John Barrowman. Enjoy!

Julie and Russell sat one night.
Russell sparked up a Marlboro Light.
Julie’s eyes were all ablaze,
As Russell tried to shun her gaze.
He knew the look, he knew the score;
It seemed more manic than before.
Russell cringed in fear and dread
As Julie pulled him near and said:

Let’s do it!
Let’s do it!
I’ve had a really good idea.
We’ll re-vamp, make more camp
A sci-fi show from yester-year.
I’ve had banter with Tranter.
Your written word will be hailed in the ming mong mantra.
Let’s do it!
Let’s do it tonight!

But he said…

I can’t do it!
I can’t do it!
You’re asking far too much of me.
I’m harassed, embarrassed;
I’ve watched the show since I was three.
Don’t choose me, don’t use me,
My mother sent a note to say you must excuse me.
I can’t do it!
I can’t do it tonight!

So she said… 

Let’s do it!
Let’s do it!
Make a brand new Doctor Who.
We’ve got Chris in, all’s missing
Is a sidekick and an all-Welsh crew.
It’s not silly to ask Billie.
We’ll film in every quarry from here to Caerphilly.
Let’s do it!
Let’s do it tonight!

Ooh, then he said…

I can’t do it!
I can’t do it!
The pressure of the BBC.
I must e-mail some young male
To alleviate the stress on me.
I can’t block out, please lock out,
Images of Johnny B getting his cock out.
I can’t do it!
I can’t do it tonight!

She replied…

Let’s do it!
Let’s do it!
Phil okayed my offer to produce.
We’ll get Trac to take flack
When he lets his raging temper loose.
My decision to use your vision
Will make the show the best thing on the television.
Let’s do it!
Let’s do it tonight!

And he squawked…

I can’t do it!
I can’t do it!
Chris is giving up his role.
No Time Lord? Oh good Lord,
How we’re gonna fill this role?
It’s too complex, we’re all wrecks.
My brain is overflowing with a bloody Dalek.
I can’t do it!
I can’t do it tonight!

She excitedly said…

Let’s do it!
Let’s do it!
We’ll get another Time Lord in.
Don’t sweat it, you can’t let it
Make you sad and maudlin.
It’s not over, and moreover,
We’ll get the lovely fellow in from Casanova.
Let’s do it!
Let’s do it tonight!

And he yelled…

I can’t do it!
I can’t do it!
I really think that I can’t cope.
More re-writes, no respite-
I think I’ve given up all hope.
It’ll get canned, it’ll be panned.
Lou says there’s no costumes in the whole of England.
I can’t do it!
I can’t do it tonight!

Then she proclaimed…

Let’s do it!
Let’s do it!
Martha Jones is Freema Agyeman.
We’ll bring back Captain Jack
To fight against the Cybermen.
We’ll cast a great Master,
He can plunge the planet into global disaster.
Let’s do it!
Let’s do it tonight!

And he screamed…

I can’t do it!
I can’t do it!
You’ve cast Australia’s pop princess.
It’s madness, my sadness
Will make this episode a mess.
My panic is manic-
The uproar when I kill her off on the Titanic!
I can’t do it!
I can’t do it tonight!

And she expelled…

Let’s do it!
Let’s do it!
The Doctor needs a brand new mate.
Don’t linger, go ginger.
I’m gonna bring back Catherine Tate.
I wanna, you’re gonna,
Reunite the Doctor with the fabulous Donna.
Let’s do it!
Let’s do it tonight!

He punctuated…

I can’t do it!
I can’t do it!
I’ve got obsessed with E4’s Skins.
Writer’s block. Please don’t mock,
It takes my mind off other things.
It’s so lame,
I must blame dirty thoughts I’m having about Midshipman Frame.
I can’t do it!
I can’t do it tonight!

Excitedly she said…

Let’s do it!
Let’s do it!
To film abroad will get my vote.
I promise Ed Thomas can’t bring Ancient Rome to Upper Boat.
It’s D-Day on Pompeii;
The forums will be buzzing on Outpost Gallifrey.
Let’s do it!
Let’s do it tonight!

And he roared…

I can’t do it!
I can’t do it!
The studio in Rome’s ablaze.
On fire, it’s dire-
How the hell are you not phased?
It’s mental. Be gentle.
They say the cause of fire was a Berkley Menthol.
I can’t do it!
I can’t do it tonight!

So she roared…

Let’s do it!
Let’s do it!
We’ve got kids back behind settees.
Our mission, ambition,
Was a show for all the families.
we should try as our goodbye
A hassle-free excursion to sunny Dubai.
Let’s do it!
Let’s do it tonight!

But he shouted…

Oh, let’s do it!
Let’s do it!
I feel like I’ve been set free.
I won’t sweat it, now Moffat
Is taking up the reins from me.
I can’t wait, it’s just great-
I’ve got a cracking way for Dave to regenerate.
Let’s do it!
let’s do it tonight!

Guess what?

They did it!
They did it!
They opened up the TARDIS door.
They’re terrific, prolific.
Made it better than it was before!
A ‘thank you’ from your crew.
We crown you both the King and Queen of Doctor Who.
You did it!
You did it tonight!

#Rev (GearShark #2) (Cambria Hebert)

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Trent Mask puts the REV in revolution.
A line has been drawn.
Indie vs Pro
Here at GearShark, we’re straddling that line to bring you exclusive coverage of what some have dubbed the war of racing.
Every war starts with a spark and ends in revolution.
Drew Forrester was the spark,
but his second-in-command is the REVolution.
What does it take to stand brave in the face of opposition?
Resolve of steel…
Stubborn will…
And a heart that refuses to give up.
It isn’t just the drivers in this war.
The revolution is about more than just racing.
It’s about shattering labels and taking risks.
So we asked Trent Mask: Truth or Dare?
His answer?
Both.

Check out the full feature article inside…

*This is book 2 in the GearShark series.
This book contains french fries, fast cars and two men in love.


A little while back I reviewed the first book of this series, #Junkie, be sure to read that review, because it’s quite difficult for me to separate both books completely.

#Rev starts exactly where #Junkie lets off, with the aftermath of an horrible attack on Trent and the couple dealing with it. Trent is clear in what he wants, he never ever wants Drew to be in danger, he can’t bear the thought of the love of his life being hurt. But Drew doesn’t accept that easily, and had to fight to convince Trent that they’re better together, stronger.

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While in the first book they both have to come to terms with their sexuality and their feelings towards one another, in this second book they have to deal with what the world thinks of their love and how the people they love will react. That’s the whole theme of this book: the coming out.

I liked this second book better than the first one. I thought that their voices were more distinct, the fact that I had already read a whole book about them helped a lot, and their romance was even sweeter and more swoon-worthy than book 1. There’s no doubt that these 2 were meant to be. It also has less car racing in it, which is good in my opinion.

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I did feel like the book dragged a bit, and it was over the top romantic and extra sweet at times. As well as some strong co-dependency… let’s chalk it out to the honeymoon period that never faded. I also disliked some of the reactions they got to their relationship. Although negative backlash was to be expected, I somehow thought they would have some support from at least some important people in their lives…

To sum it up, this was an enjoyable duology, and Trent and Drew have their own (small) space on my heart. If you enjoy a good M/M romance, give this series a try.

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Neanderthal Seeks Human (Penny Reid)

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There are three things you need to know about Janie Morris: 1) She is incapable of engaging in a conversation without volunteering TMTI (Too Much Trivial Information), especially when she is unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her more than Quinn Sullivan, and 3) She doesn’t know how to knit.

After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can’t help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan – aka Sir McHotpants – witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can’t afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn – the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies – to make her an offer she can’t refuse.


I’ve had this book on my kindle for awhile now, and given that it has great reviews and all, I decided to finally pick it up. Somehow this wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, though I still enjoyed it.

I found the writing a bit dense, this had in part to do with Janie’s (the main character) rants, but it mostly just dragged a bit, and I think that the overall book could have been cut a bit short.

I really liked Janie, it’s great to see an “atypical” woman represented. She’s an introvert, and she struggles with the act of socialization and general interactions with other human beings, doing it mostly for others and because she knows some of the benefits of it. As an introvert myself, it was awesome to read about her. But her awkwardness around people leads her to spill some very random facts about the world and everything in it, and those moments were hilarious.

Unfortunately I wasn’t all convinced about Quinn. I liked how he understood Janie and literally chased her and did everything in his power to show her how good they were. BUT, I felt like he purposely deceived her for longer than necessary, and although he struggles to change later on, the fact that he’s the type of guy who orders your food without even asking first, just doesn’t fly with me. He had his good and funny moments though, and he made Janie a lot happier, so points to him.

I also found the whole knitting group a bit too much and sometimes unnecessary. To be clear, I liked the concept, because I understand that’s the connection between all the books, but there were too many characters introduced, and while they were very different from each other, they weren’t relevant enough for the story for me to be actually invested in them.

The plot had some weird moments and to be 100% honest, I didn’t really like the conflict and I’m not even sure I understood why it came to be. This made me like the book a little less, though the action itself was fun.

All in all, this was a fun romantic comedy, but I’m in no hurry to pick up the rest of the books in this series.

My Intimidating TBR Pile Tag

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Hello people. It«s saturday, which means it’s time for another book tag. This time I’m doing My Intimidating TBR Pile Tag, and I was tagged by the awesome Keira @Signing On, go check out her tag and blog.


What book have you been unable to finish?

I’ve been unable to finish The Iliad by Homer, so far, but I fully intend to try again. I started reading the portuguese translation a long time again, and at the time I wasn’t sleeping enough and I had a long train ride, and somehow the book put me to sleep every single day. I love mythology and I think one of the issues for me it’s that the translation is in prose instead of poem… like most of them. I don’t get why that is…


What book have you yet to read because you just haven’t had the time?

One of the books I’ve been meaning to read but haven’t been able to find the time is Night Owls or The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett. I do want to read it, bad, but time, oh time…

(this book is also one the most gorgeous books I own)


What book have you yet to read because it is a sequel?

I don’t know if I quite get the question, but ok. So, I need to finally read A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) by George R.R. Martin, eventually… some day. Soon. I really loved book 1 and book 2, though that one was a little harder to get through. Why are all the sames so similar?


What book have you yet to read because it is brand new?

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. I’ve had it for a couple of weeks now, but I still haven’t been able to get to it.

Soon, I promise.  


What book have you yet to read because you read a book by the same author and didn’t enjoy it?

Probably The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2) by James Dashner. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy The Maze Runner, it’s just that it didn’t made me pick up the second book, even though it was right there, sitting on my shelf…


What book have you yet to read because you’re just not in the mood for it?

Another one that has been sitting on my shelf for a long long time… Inferno by Dan Brown. I do want to read it before the movie comes out though, so I guess I should consider doing it sooner rather than later.


What book have you yet to read because it is humongous?

For this one I clearly have to say the biggest book on my shelf, and that is Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. This one I doubt that I’ll get to anytime soon. In truth, I’m not sure if it will ever happen.

  


What book Have you yet to read because it was a cover buy that turned out to have poor reviews?

Hmmm, so I bought Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs not only because the cover and the book itself is interesting and beautiful, but because I saw a couple of good reviews. Then I started to read not so stellar reviews and now I’m pretty sure that the book is not really my thing.


What is the most intimidating book in your TBR pile?

Probably Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I love the show, LOVE IT, and I’m 100% sure that I’ll love the book. However, this book is huge and I’m scared of it. Scared!

And this is even though I own the digital version…


I Tag:

Everyone who wants to do this tag 😀 !

She Laughs In Pink (Jessica Calla)

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Four years after her twin is murdered, Juliet Anderson still struggles with guilt, her parents, and her relationships. Two things keep her from falling into a deep, dark place — dancing and her best friend, Ben. So when Ben decides to play football for New Jersey University, Juliet doesn’t hesitate. She follows. Finally away from her past, there is nothing to stand in the way. Juliet will win Ben’s heart.  

Then she meets Ben’s roommate, Chase.

On probation and hell-bent on adhering to a “new life plan,” aspiring artist Chase leaves his New York City home for New Jersey University and meets Juliet before even stepping foot on campus. For him, their connection is instant. She’s the most vibrant girl he’s ever seen. Her colors explode on his canvas, and he’s never been more inspired in his life.

Too bad she’s madly in love with his seemingly perfect, good guy roommate.


As it has been usual lately, I read this eARC as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, you can check her review of this book HERE.

I have to be honest, I don’t even know where to start with this review… I had way too many problems with this book =/. I apologize before hand if some minor SPOILERS spill out, truly, but I might not be able to control myself.

I guess I’ll start by saying that I did like the writing style. It’s a simple, yet very visual and loud writing, and it somewhat fit in the theme of this book. I think that this writing, applied to any other story, might have made a great book.

The backbone of the story is simple enough. Juliet and Chase meet and are attracted to each other, but Juliet has her eyes set on her best friend, Ben, and is sure that she’ll finally get him. Despite some initial refusal, Ben gives in and he and Juliet start a relationship. In the meantime, Chase has to deal with his feelings for his roommate’s girlfriend, considering that she has the same kind of feelings for him. So, why aren’t they together? Because reasons! And Ben. And then more reason! They finally come to their senses, obviously, but it’s a long long road.

Somehow though, this doesn’t work. AT ALL. The book tries to cram all the difficulties and hurdles possible within 288 pages, without explaining or fully developing most of them. Let me make you a list of things that didn’t work for me, were a bit too much or that I simply don’t understand, ok? Warning again, there will probably be some spoilers below

  • This book has the fastest and biggest case of instalove that I’ve ever seen. After knowing Juliet for a couple of hours, Chase KNOWS she’ll change his life. After a week, he loves her…
  • Juliet is CRAZY. Sorry, I don’t know how else to put it, but she follows her BFF of 4 years to college, determined to make something happen with him, when he has said “no” a few times before. Not only that, but she manages to score a room in the same residence as him, by playing the “dead sister” card… a dead sister that she never EVER talks about.

  • Juliet also throws tantrums like she’s actually 6 yo…
  • Ben decides he should give Juliet a shot out of nothing. It is never explained his change of heart. And we never actually get a sense of the both of them in a relationship.
  • We know Chase’s parents died. Given the importance of that event in the story, I would have assumed we would find out how, right?
  • Also, Chase is on probation. What did he do to get on probation? Having to go to rehab and so on? Your guess is as good as mine…

  • We are introduced to an eclectic group of residents, the 12 characters live in the same hall. Most of these characters turn out one dimensional, and are used only as plot devices.
  • There’s a mystical element to this book… it was way too much!
  • Pooja is weird. She’s nice. But she’s weird. I also don’t understand how or why she has minions. Or why she has a wedding every few weeks to attend to.

  • The friendships in this book are weird. They all meet and they’re instantly great friends. WEIRD!
  • In this book there is: instalove, a love triangle, substance abuse problems, a crazy ex, kidnapping, murder, attempted murder, a shooting, attempted rape, sexual favours, dead parents, distant parents, a murdered sister, a lot of guilt, a love pentagon, an unnecessary protest, a sick grandmother and a parent’s related revelation. Ohhhh, almost forgot! And CHEATING!

  • Chase mentions several times that he should be sober… lets just say that each time there’s is alcohol or anything else present, he takes it.

As you can see… a lot of problems. I disliked Juliet as a character way too much, and it was hard for me to connect to her at any level. I did feel sorry for her for what she went through with the death of her sister, but even that story wasn’t completely fleshed out, and the situation with her parents was left way open. I liked Chase a lot better, but it still wasn’t perfect. I did understand his stance a bit more – he wanted her and she wanted his friend, so he was down and all of that. Even though both main characters had problems, the best moments of the book still were when they were together. They had problems and sometimes said the stupidest things, but they had chemistry and they actually talked and bonded. Also, their scenes together were HOT.

Ultimatly this is a book I can’t recommend. I’m sure some people will like the angst and the action, and will be able to ignore the clichés and tropes and half done storylines and the multitude of plot holes (I’m still trying to figure out how Cameron got in…), but I couldn’t… 😦

Book Traveling Thursdays: My Favorite LGBTQ Couple (It’s totally Jamie & Wes!!!)

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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 “Choose a book that features your favorite LGBTQ couple“. A couple of months ago I would have some trouble deciding… now? Not so much! Jamie Canning and Ryan Wesley stole my heart in Him and Us, and have since become the kings of my LGBT ships. They also have a very high ranking in the whole general shipping thing. I’m doing something a bit different today, because both book have too few covers to fill all of the spots, so I’ll show you guys both books, in what’s available, ok?


Original and Favorite COvers:

                                    

I really like the original covers of these 2 books, though I think I like the Him cover just a bit better… maybe it’s because I wanted to see Wes’ tattoos on Us

Other Covers:

                                

The only other edition available (soon) is the german one. And I have to be honest, I kind of like the covers, though they don’t scream Wes and Jamie to me, nor to they remind me of Hockey… at all!

Chased (Part 1 & 2) (Piper Lawson)

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Being a twenty-one-year-old screw-up has its perks: Sleepwalk through class. Drink all day. Nail anything that walks.

Easy f#*$ing peasy. 

In another lifetime, I was the fastest guy at Fielding College. I broke more track records than anyone on the West Coast. But since my world fell apart last year, all I want is to be left the hell alone.

Ariel Hastings isn’t just a wrench in that plan — she’s a bomb. The quiet girl with secrets shows up out of nowhere and suddenly our fates are tied together. She wants to run with me, learn from me, even live with me.

Now we’re spending way too much time together and it’s threatening to bring back the old Chase Owens. I crave something she won’t give me and I sure as hell can’t ask for.  

Because we’ve both got pasts that won’t let go. Even if I can survive hers, we can’t outrun mine.


It comes as no surprise by now, but I read this eARC as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, go to her blog in the next couple of days to read her take on this book.

First of all let me just say that I’m glad that Netgalley provided both parts of this book, because I would have been seriously pissed if I had only gotten the first one. Mostly because each book by itself is clearly not complete, but also part 2 is way better in terms of plot and story.

I really appreciated the writing, even though the book starts a bit fast and jumps right into the story, without easing into it, the writing is compelling, and it had me on the edge of my seat. Also, the steamy hot scenes? So very good!

I ended up really liking the characters. Both Chase and Ariel are deep complex characters, and even though the story goes deeper into Chase’s story, Ariel still has a lot of layers. It was awesome to see them discovering stuff about each other, and falling in love. Even though there’s an instant attraction, there isn’t instalove, which I really appreciated. Also, the little drama about doubts about their feelings is almost non-existent.

There’s definitly a lot of action and a lot going on in this book. It got me hooked! It’s definitly a bit more than just a NA romance, so I would definitly recommend it. But be sure to get both parts 😉 .

1000 WordPress Followers + Giveaway

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Hey guys! Something pretty amazing happened yesterday:

🎉🎉🎉 I reached 1000 WordPress Followers!!! 🎉🎉🎉

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This is huge for me! It wasn’t that long ago that I was hitting the 500 mark, and I honestly just feel so happy about it all. I love you guys! Thank you! You guys are the best!!!

To celebrate I’ll be doing a Giveaway, pretty standard stuff, a book of your choice up to 20$ on Book Depository, open anywhere TBD ships to. The Giveaway will be open from today until June 18th – yep, a whole month! – so participate, and best of luck to you all. Also, hit the comments and let me know which book you would request if you won the giveaway, I’m curious like that 😉 (click on the image below to enter the giveaway).

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GOOD LUCK!!

Top Ten Tuesday: The Cover Made Me Do It!

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Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim (however you decide to interpret that (bought or read or something else) — I know most people read based on recommendation but we want to know those books you picked up without really hearing about or knowing much about!)

Let me show you 10 books I got because of the cover. I’m a sucker for a gorgeous cover! And blue covers… apparently!


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