My Perfect Mistake (Kelly Siskind)

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What happens in Aspen is definitely not staying in Aspen. . .

A girls’ trip to Aspen was exactly what Shay needed to forget about her toxic ex-boyfriend. She’s got her girls, pristine slopes for skiing, and hot guys everywhere. Of course, her epic self-rediscovery goes completely to hell when a wild (and deliciously hot) skier knocks Shay on her ass . . . and war is declared.  

Kolton doesn’t know what it is about Shay that makes him lose it. Not just his cool—although she does have an unholy gift for that — but his restraint. When anger gives way to explosive chemistry, they’re both shaken with the intensity of it. But somewhere between lust and hate, Kolton and Shay realize they could have something real . . . if they don’t kill each other first.


Back in January I read Chasing Crazy by Kelly Siskind and I absolutely loved it. So, when Kelly’s second book hit Netgalley, my cursor was on the request button faster than lightning. And then the publisher refused me the book!!! I mean, dudes, WTF????!!!! I got what the problem was: I wasn’t in the countries they were searching for. But I really wanted to read this book, like really really, so I did the smart thing, and wrote to them directly requesting this one and one other (a sequel to another book I had already read and liked), explaining why I NEEDED BOTH BOOKS! They were awesome, and in 2 hours I had the links to both books :D. Smartest decision ever, because both books got 4.5 stars from me 😀 . Now, on to the review…

This book blew me away! As I said, this wasn’t my first book by Kelly Siskind, so I was expecting fun and romantic, but this… wow… just wow… I was laughing so much right from the start that I had to stop having lunch. People, I was snorting, my food was coming out, it was not pretty, and I was in public! Another solution would have been stop reading, but stop eating was more practical at that precise moment. I will read ANYTHING Siskind writes! It’s such an easy, hilarious, fun and heartfelt read. Seriously guys, this book rocks!

I absolutely loved the characters, all of them, ALL, 7% in and I was already wondering when we were going to get a book about Nico, because seriously, a huge cop who moves in with his best friend to take care of a baby? I want to know more, Kelly tell us more!

Shay was amazing! I was smitten by this girl from the moment she started narrating the story. It was amazing to see her recognize what was wrong with everything about her previous relationship and take life by its horns. And Terminator Shay was AMAZEBALLS! And then we have Kolton, and oh boy, I never thought much about guys with long hair… until this dude showed up on this book. Kolton was great, I can’t even, I mean, I’m a sucker for stories about single dads, but Kolton’s relationship with his son and his friends, and his job, and everything around him blew me away.

The relationship was funny as well from the get-go. Their initial hatred for each other was so much fun, and when that turns into something else… oh well… the BATHROOM… I’m still not over the bathroom incident. I really loved the progression of the story, it’s no insta-love. Sure, they’re are instantly attracted to one another, but the feelings develop with time and conversations and actions, and a lot of woo. I loved how supportive they were of each other, whether it was career wise, or the simple things such as supporting Jackson the best way they could. I also LOVED JACKSON and his involvement in their story. The kid is adorable and I wanted more of him.

When things get tricky, I did understand both stands, and my heart was breaking because I did understand both sides and I wanted both of them to just let go… with that said, I loved the last scene, and the only reason this book didn’t get 5 full stars from me it’s that it ended too abruptly. I needed one more chapter, just one, with a sauna, or a pillow forte, or some kind of normal thing like that…

Now, important question… when does the next book come out? I need to know more about Lily, at least I want to know if her story will be with who I think it is, because I so need that to happen! Also, I need some Raven and Nico, I’m so curious about what went down in Aspen between those two. Honestly, I just need more! 😀

So, guys, read this book! It’s fun, beautiful and AMAZINGLY HOT!!!!  

Scandal: The Complete Series (Alison Foster)

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An unlikely assignment throws recent graduate Ella Wade directly into the frenzy of a deadly scandal and the burn-your-fingers-hot male model at its heart, Jaxson Cole. 

*This collection includes all three books in the romantic suspense series SCANDAL and it is the complete story of Ella Wade and Jaxson Cole.* 

Ella Wade knew working at a website called The Daily Scandal might lead to an interesting summer job after graduating college. She did not know that one big mistake would pull her into the heart of a sleazy world of publicity where truths are worse than lies and a murderer is on the loose. 

When Ella gives into temptation and sleeps with her stepsister Madison’s ex, her world flips upside down. It doesn’t matter that Madison is dead or that Jaxson Cole wasn’t, in fact, her boyfriend but a publicist’s stunt to link two of the hottest catwalk models romantically in order to feed tabloid curiosity. The damage is done and with deadly consequences. 

Even worse, Jax definitely knows things he won’t say. Falling for his epic hotness could mean one good screw will screw Ella for a lifetime.


I honestly don’t know what I was expecting from this book, but definitly it wasn’t what I got. EHEH! After reading this I came to a conclusion: Romantic Suspense is not my genre.

With that said, this book was definitly entertaining and fun, and I was laughing throughout most of it. I did have a very hard time suspending my disbelief, and only when I started with my “f*** it, let’s just roll with it“, did I really enjoy it.

The writing was definitly fun and engaging. I found myself laughing with the main characters, because they were hilarious.

My problem was really the plot and the direction of the story. I couldn’t help but feel completely mislead by the blurb… This book is divided in 3 parts, which were first published separately, and from first to the second part, the story does a complete 180º. I should have payed more attention to the fact that this was a romantic suspense book, because maybe then I would have been ready for the weapons, and the crime families, and everyone trying to kill everyone or teach each other lessons… Still, if you like this kind of plot, I will say that this one was kind of good, it had everything! Loads of action, gunfights, strip clubs, a lot of sexy times, and even a tiny little hint of an orgy.

About the characters… I kind of liked them, lol. Ella was determined and passionate, and Jax was a man in love and with a mission. I definitly thought that they had lots of chemistry, even if the romance was far too fast paced. I did enjoy their moments together, in fact, those were my favorite moments of this book. The secondary characters were all very one dimensional to me, and even the 2 mains characters could have used some development as well…

In the end, if you like the romantic suspense genre, and want to read a very steamy book, I would recommend this one to you ;-).

Extreme (Lark O’Neal)

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When snowboard queen Kaitlin Bouvier gets a weird text from her friend Tyler — who has been missing for months — she tracks him to Iceland, where a volcano is threatening to blow any second. She’s been in love with Tyler since childhood and the two shared a few very steamy nights last summer in Italy, giving Kaitlin hope that there might be a real chance for them. 

Unfortunately, Tyler is as elusive as the wind. When the volcano does erupt, Kaitlin is trapped in Reykjavik with a group of young travelers who each have their own reasons for being on the road, including the very sexy, very smart grad student Gabe Walsh, who teaches her how hot her blood can boil. She tells herself he’s just a diversion — there’s no way their crazy lives can work.


This book totally took me by surprise, I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. Somehow, I thought that there would be a whole lot of drama, some hot moments and then Kaitlin would realize that Tyler wasn’t the guy for her anyway, but not before he woke up and realized that he wanted her after all.

Well… that’s not what happens, lol, at all, and I’m so glad, because this was such a sweet, romantic and tender story, about love, friendship, knowing oneself and realizing that following your true passion is the most important thing, even if you have to fight to do it.

I found the writing simply wonderful. It was simple, while at the same time painting clear pictures of what was being described, and I was suddenly fascinated by Iceland, and now I really want to go there – even in winter. I also loved how the connection between Kaitlin and Gabe was described, it felt like some kind of magical thing.

The main POV is Kaitlin’s, but we get small glimpses of Gabe and Tyler’s POVs, and I’m glad we do, because they allow us to know what’s going on on the guy’s heads, which is especially helpful in Tyler’s case. Against my initial thought, I liked Tyler too, and I would like to know more about him and maybe read a book about him finding his way.

Kaitlin and Gabe are both wonderful characters, and even though the book is quite short and spans a very short time period, I was surprised by how well rounded these two characters were, and how much chracater growth there is. The romance is clearly instalove – there’s no way around it – but it is so well done. They complement each other nicely and you can’t help but root for them.

I really really enjoyed this book, and I’m sure I’ll pick up more books by Lark O’Neal soon.

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!

The Total Package (Stephanie Evanovich)

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Star quarterback, first-round draft-pick, and heartthrob Tyson Palmer has made a name for himself with his spectacular moves. When the head coach of the Austin Mavericks refuses to let him waste his million-dollar arm, Tyson makes a Hail Mary pass at redemption and succeeds with everyone . . . except Dani, whose negative comments about his performance draw high ratings and spectacular notices of her own.

Dani can’t forgive Tyson’s transgressions or forget the sizzling history the two of them shared in college, a passionate love Tyson casually threw away. And even more infuriating, he doesn’t realize that the bombshell with huge ratings is the cute girl whose heart he once broke. 

But can a woman trying to claw her way to the top and a quarterback who knows all about rock bottom make it to the Super Bowl without destroying each other? And what will happen when Tyson—riding high now that he’s revived his career—realizes he needs to make an even more important comeback with Dani? Can he make some spectacular moves to get past her defenses—or will she sideline him for good?


I usually love sports romances, but I have to admit that this one just wasn’t for me.

First of all I had some problems with the writing. This book is written in omniscient third person and while it was fun to read for some chapters, it became confusing and not very enticing later on.

In the first chapter we see Tyson and Dani hookup, after she had tutored him a few years back. Tyson was a terrible point of his life, an addict, about to lose his job and with a lot of scandals surrounding him. Somehow, Dani believes she can fix him, so she decides to sleep with him, in hopes that from just that, he’ll turn his life around. Obviously things don’t turn out that way, at all.

The book then follows Tyson road to sobriety, which was quite interesting to read, but utterly slow and it provided nothing to the romance development. We spend the first third of the book learning how deep Tyson has fallen and how he has risen… rehab, training, eating, making friends… it’s a kind of boring exposition his day to day life for a few months. Then he get’s back to the team and the book jumps ahead 4 years. I was ok with the time jump, but all that came before should have been shortened.

When the time jumps, we finally get another look at Dani. Well, let’s just say that her hookup over 4 years before had consequences, and while building her reporting career – which she does because she somehow wants to get near Tyson, she got mad at him because Tyson didn’t recognized her and accidentally uttered some words of animosity towards him. When they end up working on the same place, it’s clear that she’s still has feelings for the guy, and they end up becoming close in the process…

As I said, I had a lot of problems with this one. Apart from the writing style, which irked me at times, the dialog, especially between Dani and Tyson, was cringeworthy. I mean, who says “I could love you” after not seeing someone for years?

Then there’s the characters… while I appreciated Tyson, I couldn’t bring myself to like Dani. This is a girl who at 19 decided she was in love with a guy, which is ok, but almost 10 years later, and without that much contact, she was still very much in love with him. Then she did something that is on my “shit” list, and while I understood it at first, I couldn’t stand it after they got closer again.

Ultimately the pacing was off, the writing style was not my favorite and the main couple lacked something… and said the most weird things to each other… I didn’t love it, but it’s not that it’s bad, you know? Just OK…

Anna and the French Kiss (Stephanie Perkins)

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Anna has everything figured out – she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere… Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own. 

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Etienne, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-missed end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?


I finally did it!!! After owning the book for several months, I finally read Anna and the French Kiss, and I did it in little over 24 hours because it was awesome!

The first thing that really surprised me was how funny the writing was. Most contemporaries are quite light and easy to read, but Stephanie Perkins made this book hilariously funny, and I had such a  great time reading it.

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I adored all this cast of characters. Two things amazed me in this book, for one the characters acted their age, even with the level of maturity that comes with not having a parent present 24/7, they were still teenagers, learning by trial and error. Secondly, I loved that no one was perfect! And how those little imperfections just made for better characters, like the fact that Étienne was short and afraid of heights… I mean, how cute was that?

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Anna and Étienne’s relationship is the epitome of cuteness! They’re adorable :D! I liked how they became friends first and foremost, and how they both helped each other through such hard times. I just wished that some decisions were made a little earlier in the game, but I was pretty happy with the end result.

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This was definitly one of the best contemporary romances I’ve read so far, and I can’t wait to read Lola and Isla

Spanish Lessons (Jessica Peterson)

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Vivian Bingley has big plans for her semester abroad in Spain… 

Along with her BFF, Maddie, Vivian hopes to indulge her inner Art History nerd by visiting the best museums in the world. She also wants to tackle more practical concerns — like a less than stellar GPA in her major, Economics — with the help of a Spanish tutor.

But falling for her studly Spanish tutor definitely isn’t one of them.

Madrileño Rafa Montoya is the stuff study abroad dreams are made of: super studly and super smart. He also happens to be super into Vivian. With his wicked dancing skills and his passion for the arts, he tempts her to throw caution to the wind and live out her wildest dreams. 

Only problem? Maddie wants Rafa, too, and Vivian promised herself she’d never settle for second best again…not after a hookup-gone-awry last semester left her heartbroken. Is it best for Vivian to protect her heart at all costs? Or is letting Rafa in worth the risk?


First of all I would like to say that some of the feelings at the beginning of the book felt familiar to me. I never did the Erasmus program during my undergrad years, but during my Masters I relocated to Barcelona to do the practical component of it, and stayed for roughly 6 months. I was never as lost as Vivian feels though, because even though I didn’t dominate the Spanish language, I always understood it – Portuguese people mostly understand spanish quite well. But still, it’s a daunting feeling, to not feel at home… I know, because I felt it again when I moved again to Barcelona a little over 3 years ago.

Also, I freaking love this cover!!!

Now, onto the book itself. I really liked the writing. It was fun and easy and Vivian was mostly a fun narrator. Obviously, because I do understand spanish SUPER well, I sometimes found it too much to have the translation after every spanish phrase uttered, but I do understand its presence. I did have a couple of moments where I totally went “OK, I’m pretty sure that’s not right”, like Venga con dios” being translated as “Go with God”… nope, it’s Vaya, because “Venga” means “come” and not “go”. Or “Quiero ser contigo”… again nope… the right ways would be “quiero estar contigo”, I know that in english the verb TO BE is used for a lot of things, but for us the verb SER and ESTAR mean different things, though they both translate to TO BE.

The thing that, well, didn’t bothered me, but I just couldn’t quite see it, it was the descriptions of the spanish people and certain habits. Well, maybe I’m just living in the wrong part of Spain, but the way that the spanish people are described? Not exactly what I see everyday. Now, I can totally blame the city here, I’ve only been to Madrid once and back then I wasn’t actually looking (really looking), but here in Barcelona? Nope. I don’t see it.

Other thing that kind of bothered me was the coffee. Wow Cristina, nitpicking much? Well, I am! Because coffee is very important for my survival and the coffee here sucks. With that said, and especially in the center of Madrid, it is quite easy to find coffee chains like Starbucks that not only serve all kinds of coffee, but they all have to-go cups. I know, because in my first day in the city I located a bunch of them. Also, not that I get out much, but I usually see people drinking way more bear than red wine…

Ok, I’m done! Now onto the story :D. I liked the fact that it dealt with Vivian finding her true passion and what she wants to do with her life. I also understand her unwillingness to keep having flings and to find The One, though I thought that at 20, and with very little experience under her belt, it was a bit TOO important for her, if that makes any sense.

I liked how she slowly decided to make the choices that were best for her, and stop focusing on what she should be doing. Still, her road there was a bit unnerving at times. I was frustrated with this girl for most of the book!

Rafa, on the other hand, was a delight to read. I loved his broken english. And how friendly he was to everyone. And how patient he was with Vivian… though, let’s be honest, that had to be hard.

I could have done with the weird sort of love triangle. It was weird! It’s worth noting that Rafa is NEVER interested in Maddie though. I thought that both Viv and Mads were in the wrong, but honestly? Mostly Maddie! She got under my skin. True that Vivian should have been honest about her feelings for Rafa, but Maddie KNEW (and she admits that she knew) that her best friend had feelings for this guy, and still she made a move on him. Not right!

I was super happy about the last 20% of the book. I liked the resolution of the story a lot. That, Raffa, and Vivian’s sense of humour while narrating it, totally did the book for me. I’m excited about the next story of the series, which will be about Maddie, even though I had a lot of problems with her character during this book.

7 Reasons Why You Should Read Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda (Becky Albertalli)

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First of all I would like to say that this was a re-read for me. I first read this book back in May 2015, and I wrote a review for it at the time, that you can read HERE.

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.


1. Because of the Fangirling:

” “And because your glasses make you look like Harry Potter, right Simon?”  One time. I said it once.”  

“Wow, is that Katniss making out with Yoda?” 

” “It’s a dementor robe over my clothes. I think you’ll survive.”   “What’s a dementor?”   I mean, I can’t even. “Nora, you are no longer my sister.”  “So it’s some Harry Potter thing,” she says.”  

2. Because it tells some basic truths:

“Talking to them is more exhausting than keeping a blog.”

“Nothing is worse than the secret humiliation of being insulted by proxy.”

“People are shameless when it comes to cake. It’s a beautiful thing to see.”

3. And then some more:

“I take a sip of my beer, and it’s – I mean, it’s just astonishingly disgusting. I don’t think I was expecting it to taste like ice cream, but holy fucking hell. People lie and get fake IDs and sneak into bars, and for this? I honestly think I’d rather make out with Bieber. The dog. Or Justin.”

“That was the summer I taught myself how to do laundry. There are some socks that shouldn’t be washed by your mom.”

“I actually hate when people say that. I mean, I feel secure in my masculinity, too. Being secure in your masculinity isn’t the same as being straight.”

4. Because there shouldn’t be a default:

“White shouldn’t be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn’t even be a default.”

5. And everyone should have to come out:

“But I’m tired of coming out. All I ever do is come out. I try not to change, but I keep changing, in all these tiny ways. I get a girlfriend. I have a beer. And every freaking time, I have to reintroduce myself to the universe all over again.”

“Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it shouldn’t be this big awkward thing whether you’re straight, gay, bi, or whatever. I’m just saying.” 

“It is definitely annoying that straight (and white, for that matter) is the default, and that the only people who have to think about their identity are the ones who don’t fit that mold. Straight people really should have to come out, and the more awkward it is, the better. Awkwardness should be a requirement.” 

6. And people are more than they appear:

“People really are like house with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.”

7. Because it will make you swoon like crazy!

“It was seriously like five lines, but it was grammatically correct and strangely poetic, and just completely different from anything I’d ever read before.”

“The way I feel about him is like a heartbeat – soft and persistent, underlying everything.”

“Then he smiles and I smile. And then I blush and he lowers his eyes, and it’s like this entire pantomime of nervous gestures. ”


And there are a lot more reasons to read this amazing book. On my first read I rated it 4.5 stars, but on re-read I bumped it up to 5 stars because this book made me smile and laugh and cry and I loved it even more than the first time around.

This time I noticed EVERYTHING about Blue, because I knew who he was (obviously), and I noticed so much more about all the secondary characters. So, if by some disaster you haven’t read this book yet, go and read it! NOW!

 

The High Mountains of Portugal (Yann Martel)

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