Top Ten Tuesday: Perfect Male Specimens 101

It’s Tuesday again! Where is the time going?! o_O … So it means, it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, and today’s theme is: Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

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I have to admit that I was a bit at a lost here, I had no idea what to write about, but luckily Kat @Life and Other Disasters, gave me a fantastic idea, she said “Or books that have the perfect fictional crush in them.” and I LOVED IT! With that in mind, welcome to my Top Ten Books with Perfect Male Specimens 101.

1. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

By now it comes to no surprise to anyone, but I have a huge crush on James Carstairs. But these books have multiple sources of perfect (or close to it) male specimens, being Will Herondale a perfect example of a man who makes most of the book community swoon (am I right?). Other perfectly good example, for me, of a swoon-worthy man in this series is Gideon Lightwood (the scones under the bed… wow). Between Jem, Will and Gideon, a lot of crushable guys here.

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Levi is as crush-worthy as they come. I couldn’t stop myself from loving the hell out of him in Fangirl, even when he kind of messes up, because his character feels so real and so absolutely perfect. He always sees the bright side of things and people, he’s always happy, and the poor guy can’t stay away from the girl he loves for one single day… wow.

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

77493_originalWe (all of us who have read Sarah J. Maas books) can all agree that she’s a master at creating men, especially Fae hunks. Now, all the 3 main males from this book are pretty swoon-worthy, and I’m not even mentioning how gorgeous and hot they are, but I’m super partial to Tamlin…

Poor Tamlin, who has forgotten how to flirt, who thinks that “your hair is clean” is enough for… something… oh, but he learns! Soon it’s all “let’s go for a swim” “dance for me” and all those other stuff, so yeah, pretty crushable (especially from all of Feyre’s accounts of their intimate moments).

Then we have Lucien (the red hair kills me), who left his family and all he had for his love. WOW! And then Rhysand, the most beautiful man that Feyre has even seen – and she lives with Tamlin and Lucien. Rhys is kind of amazing and full of potential, I just want to see more of him.

4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Romance is never the main plot of this book, but the perfectness that is Elias is hard to ignore. This guy, who has trained to be a ruthless killer for years on end, has so much more to him… he’s kind, compassionate, he doesn’t want to kill, or fight, he just wants to be free. He’s attracted to his BFF but doesn’t act on it because he doesn’t want things to be weird and he doesn’t want to lose her. He helps a slave (and something more than help…)… The whole time I was reading about him, I couldn’t help but sigh and swoon.

5. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

It will be weird if you haven’t read this book before, so you really need to take this class seriously and read it, only then will you understand why a guy who has all his wives murdered at dawn can be so perfect and honestly, one of the most perfect male specimen that I found in any kind of books.

But trust me, Khalid is perfect, truly perfect! Again, once you ignore the fact that all his brides die. But the relationship he has with Shazi, and the kind of love he has for her, is seriously relationship goal.

6. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han

One name people, Peter K.! This guy is seriously swoon worthy – I feel kind of weird saying this because he’s definitely way too young for me. But he’s so sweet and he cares so much, that it’s impossible not to fall a bit in love with him while reading these books.

7. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Remember when I said in point 3 how amazing Sarah J. Maas is at creating fictional men? It doesn’t end there. Throne of Glass is full of amazing men, all of them are pretty hot and pretty great. I’m a bit more partial to Dorian (prince, fights for what he loves, etc) and Rowan (200 years suffering for a lost love), but you might like Chaol better and that’s totally ok, because he’s pretty amazing as well. Or maybe Aedion?! I know Aedion rocks my boat, but that’s just me… Not even going to mention Sam, because I haven’t read The Assassin’s Blade yet.

8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Come on, a list of books with perfect men, you couldn’t really expect that I wouldn’t include the one fictional character that has been driving women crazy for more than 100 years, right?! Oh Yeah, the one and only, Mr. Darcy! I don’t think I need to explain this one…

9. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

I just find Lincoln pretty perfect, because I relate so much to him. The way he loves is so full and complete…

And I think Christine and Beth say it best:

“Every woman wants a man who’ll fall in love with her soul as well as her body.”

“I didn’t know someone could love me like this,” she said. “Could love me and love me and love without…needing space.”

10. The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis

Mason Milton, people! Read this book, for real, as soon as it is out. It’s so worth it!

Bout of Books 14: What to Read Next Challenge

Here we are, for the last day of the Bout of Books 14 Read-a-thon.

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Today’s challenge is hosted by Sarah Reads too Much and this is the challenge:

For this Challenge, you need to recommend 3 books (and only 3 books) that you have read this year that you think should be recognized as something great – something everyone should have on their TBR list for this fall.  If you can, say a short little something about why you recommend these books.

I’m going for 3 books that not only did I read this year, but that also came out this year, from 3 different genres.

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

I can’t praise this book enough. Everyone should read it, because not only does it has diverse characters and deals with issues of homosexuality and acceptance, but does it in a fun and light way, so that’s impossible not to have a smile on your face and fall in love with the characters.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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YOU’RE NEVER WEIRD ON THE INTERNET (ALMOST) by FELICIA DAY

This book, wow, all the love for this book. Felicia Day, the “Queen of the Geeks” pours her story, hard work and soul into this book, and the result is amazing. I loved to get to know her, I have a newfound respect for her and this is such an inspiring and acceptance driven book… you should read it.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Fairytale Retellings I’ve Read/Want To Read

Oh wow, this week’s theme is hard… “Ten Fairytale Retellings I’ve Read/Want To Read“! I find it hard because after a week of wracking my brain, I realized that I only read 2 fairytale retellings, and one of them I can’t even see the similarities… (Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish).

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Books I’ve Read:

1. A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas – As we all should know by now, ACOTAR is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and it’s perfect!

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2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – Apparently this started out because of Cinderella… I don’t exactly see anything in common, but hey, if it inspired Sarah J. Maas to write this masterpiece, I’m down!

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3. Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block – OK, this is not exactly a Fairytale retelling, but it’s a Odyssey‘s retelling, and I think that’s pretty damn close.

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Books I want to Read:

4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer – Book 1 of The Lunar Chronicles is a Cinderella retelling. I really have to start reading these.

5. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – The second book of the series is based on the Red Riding Hood story.

6. Cress by Marissa Meyer – The third instalment is a Rapunzel retelling.

7. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh –  This book is on my TBR for this month, and AMAZON has already let me know that it is on it’s way, though it won’t arrive until Friday. So, this book is inspired on A Thousand and One Nights.

8. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler – This is a loose retelling of The Little Mermaid that came out recently, and I want to find the time to read it.

9. Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell – This seems like an interesting book, this is yet another retelling of Cinderella.

10. A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston – This is a retelling of  A Thousand and One Nights. But the cover is gorgeous and it sound intriguing, so it’s going on my TBR.

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (2): Day 3

Welcome back for the 3rd (and last) day of my second 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (worry not, I still have one nomination to get through, probably next week). Thanks again to THE BIBLIOTHÈQUE for tagging me to do this again! (Thank you so much THE BIBLIOTHÈQUE!!!).

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Here are the three days of my first Challenge: day 1, day 2 and day 3. And here is the quote from day 1 and day 2 of this go!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

Today’s quote is from a new favorite of mine, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I apologize before hand because the quote is a little smutty, and if you can locate in the book, you know that the whole scene is super hot and steamy.

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But I love this moment, I think it’s the moment I knew that Tamlin is truly dreamy, because even though she clearly wanted more, he wasn’t himself and he still had enough control and respect for her to not push the line (that again, she wouldn’t have mind pushed). Oh Feyre, you’re a lucky girl!


Instead of nominating people today – you should definitely do this challenge if you wish, because it’s amaze-balls! – I will give you another quote and Amarantha’s riddle, from the same book. Can you solve it? Drop the answers in the comments – and if you know because you read the book already, not fair 😛 !!!

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The bedtime book tag

I was tagged by Tasha @ HEAD IN THE CLOUDS, HEART IN THE BOOKS to do this book tag, The Bedtime Book Tag. This was originally created by Kellys BookSpill and you can find the original video here.

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  1. What book kept you up all night reading?

The Mortal Instruments: City of Fallen Angels and City of Lost Souls kept me up until like 4 a.m. each, considering that I had work in the morning. I’m much more controlled now, and I hardly do that anymore, knowing that I will be pretty tired the next day, I mostly force myself to stop reading… Sometimes is quite tough, and I have to shove the book inside my backpack, otherwise I’m tempted to pick it up again.

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(see the gorgeous new covers?! I’m so in love with them)

  1. What book made you scared to go to sleep?

I don’t read horror books, but sometimes a book has me scared to go to sleep because I need to know that the character is all right… and then I toss and turn because I want to know what happens next…

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  1. What book almost put you to sleep?

The Iliad by Homer. I still haven’t finished it. The problem is not in the book, I assure you, I love mythology and all that. But I have a pocket version of the book, in Portuguese, with teeny tiny letters, and I was reading it in my commute to work, on the train, when said commute was about 1h, so I naturally just fell asleep every time I opened the book. I do intent to read it though… someday.

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  1. What book has you tossing and turning in anticipation of its release?

A Court of Thorns and Roses #2 !!!!! I’m obviously waiting for a few others (An Ember in the Ashes #2, I’m looking at you!!!).

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  1. What book has your dream girlfriend/boyfriend?

So many, but mainly The Infernal Devices trilogy… JEM CARSTAIRS!!! 😀

  1. What book world would be your worst nightmare to live in?

The Hunger Games, no doubt. It’s just such a cruel world and a horrible way to grow up (or die). And I’m not even within the reaping age anymore…

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  1. What book cover reminds you of night time?

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Look at that cover! How could you not think of night time?

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  1. What book has a nightmarish cliffhanger?

I can’t remember any! I will say it again, I hardly start a series when it comes out, so usually if there’s a cliffhanger, I just pick up the next book on the series 😉

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  1. What book have you actually dreamed about?

A Court of Thorns and Roses… I also daydream about it… not nightmares though…

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  1. What book monster would you not want to find under your bed?

I don’t remember its name, but there was a kind of monster in ACOTAR which Feyre could not see, but could sense, you know what I mean? I felt that it was something similar to a Dementor, which by the way, I would so not want to find under my bed. I think that the monsters who mess with your head are the worst kind.

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That was fun 😀 !!! I will tag *YOU* (because my brain is not functioning enough to tag specific people, and because everyone should do this one, ’cause it’s great!). A huge thanks to Tasha again for tagging me for this one 😉 .

A Court of Thorns and Roses (Sarah J. Maas)

>>>>  Nº 6 on My 2015 Reading Challenge – A book written by someone under 30 <<<<

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When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

The first thing you should know about A Court of Thorns and Roses is that it is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

It follows Feyre, once rich and part of a good family, but after her father has lost their fortune, she (the youngest of 3 sisters) has to protect them and hunt to keep food on their table. Her land was once rules by Fae, but there was a revolution and as a response the land was divided into human and Fae territories, which neither is supposed to enter the other. One day, while hunting, Feyre kills what she thinks is a wolf, only to latter find out that she actually killed a fairy and as payment, a high Fae, Tamlin, takes her to live in Prythian, in his Spring Court, forever.

**** WARNING – THERE WILL BE MAJOR SPOILERS ****

Since I told you that this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, you can guess what happens next, right? Feyre spends some time trying to get away, but she slowly but surely falls for Tamlin (who wouldn’t). This get complicated then, there’s a great darkness over the fairy lands, a Faerie Queen that rules all the lords through magic, and in order to protect Feyre, Tamlin sends her back home…

That doesn’t last long… after Feyre has gained some senses – it only takes way too long – she goes back, only to be captured and presented to the Queen, and then she has to go through a series of trials in order to free herself and her loved ones.

There are a few twists along the way, and be warned, Fairies can LIE!

I really loved this book. SO SO SO MUCH!

  • I thought the World building was pretty great and I can’t wait to see more of it, mainly all the other courts in Prythian.
  • I’m quite intrigued about Rhysand. As of now, I don’t ship him with Feyre, though I have to agree that the last scene hinted to some higher connections between them. I can’t wait to read about that one week a month that she’ll be spending at his court… forever!
  • I love Lucien. He might be my favorite character of all!!! He’s so snarky, I love him.
  • This book is HOT! Be warned, do not read this in public. I’m serious. From that corridor scene between Tamlin and Feyre, to the hot rendez-vous behind the throne… I mean… Tamlin… wow!
  • At first I really hated Feyre’s family, I mean, she’s the baby and she’s supposed to provide for everyone. But then Nesta really surprised me and I can’t wait to see more of her.
  • Amarantha’s back story was amazing, but I wasn’t sad to see her go…
  • Tamlin is so off his game that it’s hilarious!

“You look . . . better than before.”
Was that a compliment? I could have sworn Lucien gave Tamlin an encouraging nod.
“And you hair is . . . clean.” 

I mean… poor baby… yes, honey, her hair is clean, but don’t worry, you’ll get there… and everywhere else…

  • I was really glad that Feyre got turned into Fae, though I honestly don’t know how she’ll be able to live with what she has done. That last task was brutal. I had my heart clenched the whole time. For a moment I thought that the last person would be Lucien, because let’s face it, Amarantha liked to torture Lucien, but when it turned out to be Tamlin, my heart broke.
  • And now that she’s got a long time to live and doesn’t have to worry about finding food, will Feyre finally learn how to read?

Rating: 4.6 Stars

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June Book Haul

Hello, I’ve been away for a little over a week, during which time it was completely impossible to write anything or even have a little time to open my computer. I went home to Portugal for a week, to spend a few days with my nephews and mom, and with the three kids and the pool I barely even checked my email on my phone 😦 …

I’m back in Barcelona now, and I have a lot of catching up to do, so expect a few books and movies posts in the next few days.

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Let’s start with my June Book Haul. As I had promised on May (more to myself than anyone else), I bought a lot less books this month. I got a total of 8 books, 2 of which were comics:

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas (already read)
  • P.S. I Still Love You, by Jenny Han (currently reading)
  • Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard (already read)
  • Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal (already read)
  • Ms. Marvel Vol. 2: Generation Why
  • Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas
  • Crown of Midnight, by Sarah J. Maas
  • Heir of Fire, by Sarah J. Maas

From the eight books I got, I already read 3 and I’m almost done with a forth. Next up will be the Throne of Glass trilogy, by Sarah J. Maas, because I loved A Court Of Thorns And Roses so much.