Book Traveling Thursdays: A Book I’m Thankful I Read

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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 “It’s Thanksgiving! Choose a book you’re thankful you read“. I might be running out of books to use here, eheh. I’m going with Everything, Everything from Nicola Yoon for this one, because I really liked this book, the format and the writing.


Original COver:

I love the original cover. It’s gorgeous!

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

                                           

I like the Portuguese cover, though I don’t think it’s as pretty as the original, I still think it’s beautiful. I’m not that big of a fan of the Spanish cover…

Favorite COVER(s):

      

My favorites are the original cover, the German edition, Zoella book club edition and the Indonesian cover.

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

        

My least favorite ones are: the Bulgarian because who the hell is that girl, the Czech edition, the Swedish because I can’t make sense of that, the Lithuanian and Hungarian because just NO.

WWW Wednesday: November 23rd 2016

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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 started Wasted Words by Staci Hart a couple of days ago… on audio, and I’m really enjoying it, and then I started When Stars Collide by Micalea Smeltzer yesterday, because I’ve had this arc on my reader for ages!


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This week I finished The Keeper by Jillian Liota, Hold my Breath by Ginger Scott and The Bad Boy Bargain by Kendra C. Highley. And I listened to Well Hung and The Sexy One by Lauren Blakely. Great week!


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I’m gonna tackle The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey, as a buddy read with Cátia and Kat, and then maybe I’ll finally read Slammed by Colleen Hoover.

The Bad Boy Bargain (Kendra C. Highley)

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Baseball player Kyle Sawyer has many labels: bad boy, delinquent, ladies’ man, fearless outfielder… Only one of them is actually true. But then sweet ballet dancer Faith Gladwell asks him to help wreck her reputation, and everything goes sideways. 

Faith knows a thing or two about love, and what she had with her cheating jerk of an ex wasn’t it. When he starts spreading rumors about her being an Ice Queen, Faith decides it’s time to let a little bad into her life.

Lucky for her, Kyle Sawyer — dark, dangerous, totally swoonworthy Kyle Sawyer — is landscaping her backyard over Spring Break. Shirtless. And if she can convince him to play along, “dating” Kyle will silence the rumors.

But Faith’s plan threatens to expose Sawyer’s biggest secret of all…and that’s a risk he’s not willing to take.

Disclaimer: This book contains drop-the-book-and-fan-yourself kisses… and touches. Fall in love with a bad boy at your own risk.


Hey guys, once again I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, so check out her blog in the next few days for her take on this book.

Entangled Crush book are awesome! They truly are. And this one did not disappoint at all.

This wasn’t my first book by Kendra C. Highley, as I had previously read Finding Perfect and Defying Gravity, and I really liked both of them, so I knew that I would like her writing, and I was right. This is probably the most beautifully written book of the three, maybe because it deals with such dark emotions. So yeah… I really really liked the writing.

I have to admit that I found it a bit hard to connect with Faith, and I thought that she wasn’t totally fleshed out, even by the end of the book. Maybe because most of the story and plot center around Kyle and the secrets he’s keeping and why he’s keeping them, Faith gets away with being sweet and excited, but there isn’t much more shown of her. Yeah, we know what she likes and doesn’t like, but mostly in the context of Kyle… I feel like after over 200 pages, I don’t really know her.

On the other hand, I loved loved loved Kyle. Kyle is such a complex character!!! I absolutely loved him, and understood why he did what he did at every turn. I liked how scared he was, while trying to appear calm and collected. I loved that he knew who he was, even if he didn’t show himself to the world. Because who doesn’t like to read about a player who has never been kissed?

These two together was all kinds of sweet and adorable. SO CUTE! But I have to say, I might be OK with instalove on occasion, but these two went from not knowing each other to being in love in a week… That’s one of my huge problems with this book, everything (and I do mean everything) happened way too fast!

While I did like that there was never really a pretend relationship, because they tried to be real from the start, I think that the time frame was just so limited. I wanted them to know each other way better before they went all in.

I also had a little problem with the premise of the book and the why they got together in the first place. The reason why Faith wanted to wreck her reputation felt really silly and dumb to me, because I don’t understand why what caused it would be an issue… but hell, I won’t pretend to understand how Highschool works in the US.

Overall, and even with the few problems I had with this book, it was still a very enjoyable read. I really loved the writing and the emotional ride that Kyle got me through. And that made it a worthy read.

It’s been almost 2 weeks, and I still can’t believe it… Yes, I’m talking about that stupid election…

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It has been a few days since the election results came out, and I think I’m still in shock. It’s hard to wrap my head around this and how it happened, my brain can’t compute it.

I’ve been feeling the need to vent out my thoughts on the matter since day one, but I’ve also been unable to actually form them coherently, but I don’t care, I need to talk about it, I need to share why it’s such a disturbing idea to me.

First of all I think I’ll give you some context about me. I’m not a member of any minority. I’m a middle class, heterosexual, white woman. I’m “normal” by any western standard. But I was lucky enough to have been born in Portugal, in a free time, after the revolution. My next door neighbours while I was growing up were black people from one of the Portuguese old colonies. My mom and 2 older brothers were born in Angola. I was lucky enough that I lived in a huge city and in small villages, and I learned the life in the city and in the country. I started to travel at a young age, first with my dad, then alone and with my mom. I got to know different cultures, places and people. I’ve been to several places in Europe, I’ve been to Africa, I’ve been to Northern and Southern America, and I’ve been to Asia. I was raised with the knowledge that as a woman I could do anything. I decided to go into Science and I’m doing a PhD in an area where women dominate. I have several mixed race people in my family. My first boyfriend was from indian ancestry. My mother and brother live in Africa.

With everything said above, I’m a very open minded person. I never truly dealt with racism. I was never in a situation where someone told me I couldn’t do something because I was born a girl. Heck, my dad is the one cooking and cleaning in our house! I was never put down because of religion, or my lack of. I’m not saying racism, bigotry, xenophobia and chauvinism don’t exist in this country, because they sure do, I’m just saying that I was never that exposed to them.

So for ME, the result of the 2016 General Elections in the US is heartbreaking.

I’ll start by saying that I do understand somewhat why it happened. People wanted change, the process of globalization forgets a huge part of the population, and the system in the USA politics was in dire need of change. I understand that people are scared. I get all that. I really do. But how people thought that electing Donald Trump was the answer to their problems, it’s beyond me.

I have to say I don’t understand most of the criticism to Hillary Clinton. You might think that she wasn’t adequate for the job, but my problem is the “why” that people give for this fact. People call her corrupt, and again, why? People don’t trust her, why? The emails? Benghazi? People say that she’s an ice queen, she’s cold, and I wonder, would they think a cold man wouldn’t be good enough to hold office?

But still, no matter what your opinion of Hillary is or was, the question is:

HOW COULD ANYONE THINK THAT DONALD TRUMP WAS A BETTER OPTION?

We’re talking about a man who’s first message was about racism and xenophobia. A man who talked about deporting migrants and called Mexicans “criminal and rapists”.

A man who encouraged Islamophobia saying that all Muslims should be registered, and that they should be subjected to special kinds of checks. And their entering the US should came to a halt.

This is a guy who incited violence in his rallies!!!

A man who defended the use of torture and the killing of civilians.

This is a man who bragged about sexual assaulting women. And then when accused of it, his defense was “did you see them? they weren’t pretty enough for me to sexual abuse them“.

A man who feels the need to score a woman’s looks each times he talks about them!

A man who made fun of disabled people.

Who said that women should get punished for getting abortions.

Insulted war heroes and veterans!

A man who is supported by the KKK!

I don’t know guys, I don’t understand how this happened. How money came before human rights. How 42% of women voted for this awful awful person. How minorities still thought that voting for this abhorrence was better than to vote for someone who fought for women’s and children’s rights all over the world.

Trump wants to defund planned parenthood.

He said that the solution to the school shootings, was to allow children to carry firearms. CHILDREN!

This is a guy who publicly said that global warming is a stunt created by the Chinese!

HOW DID SOMEONE WHO LIED THROUGHOUT HIS ALL CAMPAIGN STILL WON?

He did though… don’t ask me why, because I’ve been waking up since November 9 still thinking that this is just a bad dream that I’m gonna wake up from at any time, but he did. Now what’s to be done?

In all honesty, from someone sitting from the outside, I don’t believe that anything can keep him from office. But people need to keep questioning everything. And exposing everything.

Protests are great, and I agree that people should express their feelings – it’s their right and this is an important issue – but they will solve very little, unfortunately. People will need to be vigilant in the upcoming years.

People need to actively show that they don’t support Trump’s views.

We don’t need silent shows of support to the issues regarding minorities. We need unequivocal ones.

Stop getting your news through Facebook, and if you do, make sure they come from a reliable source, because 39% of the “republican news” during the campaign were FALSE! Pure lies. So support real news teams. Subscribe to actual papers.As John Oliver so well put it, donate to the institutions that will need founds more than ever in the upcoming years.

But now that several days have passed, the reality of what it means for this man to become the president of the United States keeps getting scarier. He chose Michael T. Flynn for National Security Adviser, a guy who said that “Fear of Muslims is RATIONAL.” and defends strong ties to Russia. His Attorney General will be Jeff Sessions, who defends strict immigration laws and made a few racist remarks a few years back. Then we have Steve Bannon as Chief strategist and senior adviser, and there’s just no way around this one, because he’s a white supremacist.

And Mike Pence as his VP! This is a person who defends conversion therapy and said that if abortions were allowed for rape victims, then all women would want to be raped in order to miss work!

This is beyond scary!

At this point, and even though this is looking worse by the minute, it doesn’t even matter if he does something while he sits in the White House, because he’s already done more than enough. He made people afraid.

The fact that this piece of shit was elected, legitimized and validated hate crimes all over the country, because hey, if a guy who says those deplorable stuff gets elected, it means that the other people can do it too, right?

This is sickening. It’s disgusting. I can’t rationalize how a person like him, with his ideologies, with his lies, was able to convince so many people to vote for him.

I’m worried for everyone who lives in the US. I’m worried that some European countries will try to follow suit. I’m scared for what this could mean to women’s and LGBT’s rights. I’m afraid that this will be normalized.

This is NOT normal!

Blog Tour: Hold My Breath (Ginger Scott)

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We’re celebrating the release of HOLD MY BREATH by Ginger Scott! Check out the review, teasers, and giveaway below!

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HOLD MY BREATH

NA Contemporary Romance-Stand Alone

Scheduled to release: November 18, 2016

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Review:

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Fractions of seconds can do lots of damage. One decision can ruin lives. A blink can be tragic. And loving a Hollister…can hurt like hell. 

I would know.

They say the average person can hold their breath under water for two full minutes when pushed to the extremes. Will Hollister has been holding his for years. The oldest of two elite swimming brothers, Will was always a dominant force in the water. But in life, he preferred to let his younger brother Evan be the one to shine. 

Evan got the girl, and Will… he got to bury all of the secrets. A brother’s burden, the weight of it all nearly left him to drown.

The daughter of two Olympians, my path was set the day my fingertips first touched water. My future was as crystal clear as the lane I dominated in the pool—swim hard, win big, love a Hollister. 

My life with Evan burned bright. He gave me arms to come home to, and a smile that fooled the world into believing everything was perfect. But it was Will who pushed me. Will… who really knew me.

And when all of the pieces fell, it was Will who started to pick them up.

In the end, the only thing that matters are those few precious seconds — and what we decide to do while we still have them in our grasp.


I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, so go there in the next few days to check her review of this book.

By now I’ve read a few books by Ginger Scott, and I think that her writing has gotten better and better. Hold My Breath is told in dual POV and it’s just… beautiful. The writing, the way the sentiments and feelings are exposed on the page is just breathtaking.

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The amazing writing and the complex and heartbreaking storyline, make this my favorite Ginger Scott book… without a doubt (and heck, I LOVED The Hard Count!).

As I said, this is one hell of a complex story. Will and Maddy grew up together, trained together, pushed each other, but when Will went away to college, it was Will’s younger brother, Evan, who got the girl. This all came crashing when a terrible accident takes away all of Will’s family… Will lives with the guilt of surviving, and Maddy blames him for it too… for the wrong brother having survived.

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It’s pretty clear from the start though, that the brother who survived was absolutely the right one, because Will is one of the best men I ever read about. And it’s also painfully clear from the start too that he has always loved Maddy. Well before Evan made his move. It’s also obvious that Maddy was always affected by Will too, and her feelings for him were of way more than friendship.

But the story is way deeper than the potential sort of forbidden romance. Will carries the weight of the world on his shoulders, he keeps secrets that are not his, he wants to be there for everyone, while not getting the love and support he needs and deserves. Maddy has her own demons too, the guilt, the pressure of knowing she absolutely needs to be the best for her parents, and her feelings for the boy she always thought was a risk.

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I loved this story. The chemistry, feelings and interactions between Will and Maddy were amazing, and they were sweet and cute and hot. Their love shined. It’s not a happy go lucky story though… it’s actually heartbreaking. But they faced their problems head on, and even through doubts and fears, they didn’t let go of each other. I love this! I love this lack of drama within their relationship. The world might have be falling apart, but they were TOGETHER!

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I can’t recommend this book enough… go read it guys! NOW!


GIVEAWAY:

Click on the link below for a chance to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams and The Hard Count.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

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The Anonymous Bookaholics Tag

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Hey people. It’s book tag day! Sam @RiverMoose-Reads tagged me for The Anonymous Bookaholics Tag, THANK YOU! So, let’s do this.


What do you like about buying new books?

Is this even a question?! What do I like? Having more books, putting them on their shelf, staring at their beauty, knowing that I can read them anytime I want…


How often do you buy new books?

Ok, this is tricky, because nowadays I rarely buy physical books, because MONEY! But I do buy ebooks fairly regularly, especially if there’s a good deal, but probably not more than 2 or 3 times a month.


Bookstore or online book shopping – Which do you prefer?

Ideally, I’d rather buy books at a read physical bookstore. In the ideal setting where such bookstore would have a variety of books in english and also the same prices as Amazon. But that rarely happens so I end up ordering books online a lot.


Do you have a favourite bookshop?

I do! Well, here in Barcelona either way.


Do you pre-order books?

Nope, never done it. I just buy them when they come out, no big deal.


Do you have a monthly book buying limit?

Right now I don’t, and I don’t think I’ve ever had. If I think I have the money to spare and really want the books, I just buy them. No money, means no books. PERIOD!


Book buying bans – Are they something for you?

Not really, I don’t usually think like that. For me it’s like everything else in life, if you have the money, good, when i don’t, I don’t need to ban myself to buy stuff, I just won’t do it, because otherwise I’ll have to struggle for more important things, like food and transportation, and i love books, but i have my limits.


How big is your wishlist?

Quite big! If someone said at this moment “buy how many books you want, I’m paying“, I would probably manage around 100 titles on the spot.


Which three books from your wishlist do you wish to own NOW?

I would probably want Empire of Storms, because DUH! First and Then, because it’s finally out on paperback. And The Sun is Also A Star, because I love Yoon’s first book.

               


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The Understatement of the Year (Sarina Bowen)

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What happened in high school stayed in high school. Until now. 

Five years ago, Michael Graham betrayed the only person who ever really knew him. Since then, he’s made an art of hiding his sexuality from everyone. Including himself.

So it’s a shock when his past strolls right into the Harkness College locker room, sporting a bag of hockey gear and the same slow smile that had always rendered Graham defenseless. For Graham, there is only one possible reaction: total, debilitating panic. With one loose word, the team’s new left wing could destroy Graham’s life as he knows it.

John Rikker is stuck being the new guy. Again. And it’s worse than usual, because the media has latched onto the story of the only “out” player in Division One hockey. As the satellite trucks line the sidewalk outside the rink, his new teammates are not amused.

And one player in particular looks sick every time he enters the room.

Rikker didn’t exactly expect a warm welcome from Graham. But the guy won’t even meet his eyes. From the looks of it, his former… best friend / boyfriend / whatever isn’t doing so well. He drinks too much and can’t focus during practice.

Either the two loneliest guys on the team will self destruct from all the new pressures in their lives, or they can navigate the pain to find a way back to one another. To say that it won’t be easy is the Understatement of the Year.


By now you know that I’ve read a lot of books by Sarina Bowen, right? After I finished the True North series, I still needed more awesome words, so I decided it was time to keep going with The Ivy Years series.

Unlike the previous two books of this series, The Year We Fell Down and The Year We Hid AwayThe Understatement of the Year features a same sex couple. Again, this isn’t my first book featuring a M/M couple from Sarina Bowen, because I’ve read Him and Us and those are two of my overall favorite novels, ever. So, while reading this one, it was hard not to compare to Him, because the books had some things in common.

I’m not going on again about how much I like Sarina’s writing, let’s just assume that’s a given, ok?

About the characters… I have to say that it took me a little bit to warm up to Graham. I understood him, completely, but he shouldered a weight that was just too big, and the way he saw things bothered me a bit. I understood how he was not ready to be out, but I didn’t like how he saw the label, if you know what I mean. I felt sorry for him though, because he was so miserable… 😦 Michael Graham broke my heart each time I was reading his POV!

Rikker was a lot easier to love, probably because he also accepted himself, which was something that Graham didn’t do. I really liked his openness and his sense of humour. I wanted him to stand up for himself more when it came to Graham though, because for awhile there it hurt me that Rikker was willing to settle for something less than he deserved.

Contrary to the two previous books, this one focused heavily on hockey and on the team dynamics, and I really liked that. It was interesting to see the group working together, and how they dealt with Rikker’s sexuality. I loved most of the guys and especially that coach, he was awesome.

Another person that I absolutely loved was Bella, and I loved her relationship with both boys and how supportive she was of them – individually!

The couple of events that advanced the story were something that I wasn’t expecting, and I really liked them, though, again, they were heartbreaking. I liked seeing the guys support each other they way they did… true love there!

I have to complain about something though, and it was that abrupt ending. After Graham’s repressed feelings throughout the whole book, I thought that the resolution was rushed. I needed more from them after they got home. I needed to see Graham being as least partially ok with the fact that people knew he was gay. I wanted to see the team and their reactions. I needed at least an epilogue… Guess I’ll read book 4 and hope that Bella talks about it a little, right?

The Keeper (Jillian Liota)

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Soccer goalie Rachel Jameson is in her final year at Glendale College on academic and athletic scholarships. It’s quite the achievement for a young woman who grew up in a home filled with drunken abuse, who barely made it out of high school alive. 

But she’s smart, dedicated, and has her eyes set on that cap and gown next spring. Nothing’s going to get in the way of a hard-fought battle for the freedom and independence she’s so desperately craved.

Until she meets Mack.

He stumbles into her world with a flirty smile and warm eyes – a man that pushes Rachel out of her comfort zone and into his arms. Their chemistry is swift and undeniable, and soon after meeting the two recognize the depth of their connection.

But an unfortunate circumstance forces the two to abandon their romance before it has truly begun. Rachel’s carefully planned life begins to shake like an unstable house of cards, and when she risks losing Mack completely, she has to decide what’s more important.

Her future.

Or theirs.


I was asked to review this book by the author, and usually I have a pretty good sense of the book, based on previous reviews, but this one had very little… I read it anyway, and OMG guys, I’m so glad I did.

I really liked the writing! You guys know I love dual POV in my romances, and this didn’t have it. Yeah, no dual POV, just Rachel’s POV in the first person. Normally that might have bothered me, but it didn’t, at all. I really really liked it. I didn’t think I was missing a thing by not adding Mack’s POV to the mix.

I absolutely loved the main characters. Both RJ and Mack had some serious shit in their past, but while Mack had been able to deal with it, Rachel hadn’t, because she felt like she couldn’t really burden other people with it, and it was heartbreaking. But they were both strong and determined people. I really liked how unapologetic Rachel was about who she was, though it hurt me to see that she doubted her self worth so much.

Although this is a bit of an instalove story, the connection is there, and it’s always about way more than the physical aspect of things. Actually, I think you could probably count the heated moments in one hand, and there is no explicit scenes… at all. But the amazing connection is there, and it’s so well done. I have to say that I was 100% blindsided by the reason they couldn’t be together… I did not see that one coming! And although it was sort of a forbidden romance, they both try to do the right thing and they talk about it. Yeah, even though at times they think the worst of each other, they don’t let it sit and rot, oh no, they are brutally honest with each other.

I loved how Mack was always willing to fight for her! Even when she didn’t and didn’t think she could. I also really liked that there was no unnecessary drama, like at some points I thought there might be.

Also, Rachel and Jeremy’s relationship is beyond great, it’s a great example of amazing siblings in novels. And now I really want a book about Jeremy and Charlie, because there has to be a lot more to their story.

I really liked this one, it was deep and emotional, and it dealt with so much raw and important issues. Give this one a chance and read it. NOW!