Top Ten Tuesday: Hot Hot Hot!

Welcome to another Tuesday, which means another Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is a FREEBIE! It might sound easy, but nope, not really! lol. After reading a few struggles on twitter about this week’s theme (this is partly your fault Jesse – go check out his post! 😛 ), and still suffering from a huge book hangover due to Ignite Me – where I totally blame the sexy scenes, I decided to make today’s theme: Hot and Steamy Scenes, whether it was a hot steamy kiss, something more or something considerably less… words can go a long way!

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Fair warning, the passages might be graphic! And there will be SPOILERS! If you are not comfortable with steamy scenes from some YA books, turn away! And if you haven’t read these books and don’t want to know anything, again, turn away!!! You have been warned! 😉


1. Warner & Juliette – Unravel Me

I mentioned above how I’m still suffering from a huge book hangover thanks to Ignite Me, right? Unravel Me is to be blamed as well. How else start this list, if not with the wonderful chapter 62 from Unravel Me? If you read the book, you know what I’m talking about… This WILL NOT be their only entry on this list…

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2. Tamlin & Feyre – A Court of Thorns and Roses

This book is all kinds of hot. There are 3 scenes that I totally needed to fan myself to get over, and I’ll mention 2 of them on this list, but the first one is the hall scene…

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3.  Warner & Juliette – Ignite Me

Let’s be honest, for the last 25% of the book they can’t keep their hands off each other, and it’s cute and hot and OMG…. but that moment!!! WOW! Does Tahereh Mafi know how to write sexy scenes or what?! I’m not going to put the whole scene here, because it’s amazing and you should READ IT! I know it almost by heart now, from the countless times that I read it…

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4. Jace & Clary – City of Fallen Angels

Jace and Clary have some pretty steamy throughout the 6 books, a favorite of mine is the one outside the manor, yeah, when they still believe they’re brother and sister… moving on… my second favorite is in City of Fallen Angels, in the alley…

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5. Tessa & Jem – Clockwork Prince

Let’s never ever forget that the first time that Tessa and Jem kissed, they almost slept together. It took Will a lot more to get there 😉 (but then poor Jem had to wait even longer). Still, this scene took my breath away, and I loved every second of it.

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6. Shazi & Khalid – The Wrath & The Dawn

Shahrzad and Khalid’s first kiss is hot hot hot and epic. I’ll even mention the fact that this is their first truly intimate moment, even after they had slept together twice. It’s so so beautiful!

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7. TAMLIN & FEYRE – A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES

Ok, so as I said before, Tamlin and Feyre have some hot scenes on this book, but the actual sex scene actually made me blush so much that I was truly aware that it shouldn’t be read on the train…

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8. Laia & Elias – An Ember in the Ashes

I’ve said it before, I love Laia and Elias together, and I can’t wait for the next book, when they definitely have to spend some more time in each other’s company… Still, the one time they were all alone, it was pretty hot, right?

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9. Will & Tessa – Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Prince was a busy book for Tessa! She rolled around in bed with Jem, and then had a very steamy make out session with Will, on the Lightwood’s balcony in the middle of a party, under the effect of some mood altering drugs… it was still a pretty great scene!

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10. Magnus & Alec – The Course of True Love (and First Dates)

There are so many damn couples in the Shadowhunter’s world, that it’s hard to move away from it. I love Magnus and Alec, they’re my favorite couple in The Mortal Instruments, and their first date is just hilarious! But it’s also super sweet and you should totally read it, if you haven’t already. (I mean, Alec falls down the stairs…)

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Special Mention – Tessa & Jem  – After the Bridge

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention this story, first because it’s Jem and Tessa, secondly, because the whole story is pretty hot, steamy and emotional. Have you read After the Bridge? If not, you can find it here. Let’s just say that while Will always had the fame, Jem was a complete surprise…

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Shadowhunters, Clace edition

This one is good! We are now on the last day of filming the first episode of Shadowhunters, and showrunner McG just gave us a Clary and Jace picture, and it’s cute as hell.

This is most likely the hospital scene, and Jace looks hot… and I’m really liking the marks.

And one with the Lightwoods 😀

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I will not make promises anymore… this is just too good not to share. We have FULL Magnus, people!

City of Ashes: fav quote #10

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I much prefer the witty, sarcastic Jace, but I have to admit that this totally stole my breath away… if it wasn’t for the fact that a minute after he told her that he just wanted to be a brother to her… oh Jace!

“I swear, I almost died back there on that ship, you know.”

He let her hand go, but he was staring at her, almost as if he meant to memorize her face. ” I know,” he said. “everytime you almost die, I almost die myself.” 

― Cassandra Clare, The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes

Preliminary thoughts on City of Fallen Angels

My thoughts so far about The Mortal Instruments: City of Fallen Angels.

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1 – Oh nice… Simon’s POV, he always gets a few bits…

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2 – Simon!!! YOU DOG!!!

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3 – UUUHHHHH, something is getting hot in the training room… way to hot…

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4 – Simon again? Hmmmm… I really don’t like Camille…

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5 – Jace, WTF?!

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6 – Simon dear, I love you, I really do, but you’re getting way too much time as a POV in this book…

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7 – Simon and Jace bonding… I like this! I like this a LOT!!! Jace is even letting his guard down around Simon… this is nice!

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8 – Luke! I want more Luke! I want more Luke without Clary or Maryse… I want Luke with Jocelyn!!!! Come on people…

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9 – Where the hell are Magnus and Alec! Time to finish up your honeymoon already! I miss you…

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10 – WTF SIMON!!!! What the hell did you just did!!!! OMFG!

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11 – Okay… I thought I was reading Young Adult fantasy novel… When the hell did this turned into an erotic novel?! (OMG, Isabelle, why the hell did you show up… they were so great… great… what was not so great was reading it on the bus…)

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12 – Sorry Simon… You got what you deserved!!! Come on, two timing two great girls like that… And Izzy, just admit that you really do like the boy…

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The Mortal Instruments and why I’m glad I read the spoilers

I have no problem in reading spoilers… I do it all the time! And warning, this post will be full of them…

But never in my life I was so glad to read them than this one time (if you don’t count the HIMYM finale). As soon as I finished watching the movie, The Mortal Instruments: The City of Bones, I went online to clarify the whole business of Clary and Jace being siblings. And again, so glad I did. Why?! Because otherwise I think my head would be utterly screwed up!

city_of_bones_the_mortal_instruments_cassandra_clare_book_cover-398x600Many authors play with the concept of incest, of siblings separated through their whole lives falling in love and loving each other somehow. But honestly, I don’t think someone went as far as Cassandra Clare when she played out Clary and Jace’s relationship. They find out they are brother and sister and the end of the first book, City of Bones, after some hot and steamy make out sessions. So far so good, they are utterly repelled by the thought, although it’s hard for them to ignore their feelings, but unlike the movie, in the book there is no doubt that this is true, they truly believe they are siblings.

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In book two, City of Ashes, is when the shit hits the fan! Jace has no trouble telling Clary that he wants a relationship with her, but not as her brother, that they could be secret lovers and have an incestuous relationship, because he wants her so damn much – this is a very screwed up moment, because here you are, reading, super repulsed by the thought of what he’s proposing and at the same time, wanting to smack Clary on the face because she refuses him!!!! Worst, is when one of the most amazing moments of the book is their kiss in front of the Seelie Court (and Simon, Clary’s “boyfriend”) and one of the worst moments is when Jace lies and tells her that he just wants to be her brother!!!!

Screwed up, right?! I mean, I can only imagine what a 14 year old teen, reading this without knowing what’s coming… wow! =/

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Book three isn’t any easier! In City of Glass, Jace says the worst things to Clary, to push her away, and all the time you can only think “GOD DAMNIT JACE! STOP IT! YOU LOVE HER!!!!“. Then, he apologises, so far so good, but then they find out about the whole demon blood stuff and all hell breaks loose, again, and there they are, making out and undressing themselves on the hill near the Wayland manor!

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Luckily the nightmare of mixed feelings – shipping a couple that are siblings – ends in the end of the third book, when both of them find out that it turns out that they aren’t actually related!!! Thank God, because, seriously, not that we shipped them any less because of it, but at least it stopped being wrong! So yeah! I was so glad that I read the spoilers =D !!!

 

The Mortal Instruments: Never judge a book by its Movie!

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the first book of the Mortal Instruments series, by Cassandra Clare, was adapted to film last year and it didn’t quite live up to the expectations. I first watched the movie a couple of months ago, and although I didn’t love it, it intrigued me enough to want to read the books.

I just finished the first book, City of Bones, and I’m loving the second one, City of Ashes. In a cinematic universe filled with successful Young Adult fantasy books adaptations, what went wrong with this one?

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THE CASTING…

… HITS: When you read a book that’s turned into a movie, it’s sometimes hard to let go of the image you create, weather this is by looks alone, attitude and spunk, or sometimes, only really bad writing. These are the actors I thought were well chosen for their roles:

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        • Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace – well, arguably, although extremely attractive, Jamie is not the handsome young man described in the book. He has, however, the demeanor that makes Jace, well, Jace!
        • Robert Sheehan as Simon – despite some minor differences, Robert plays Simon to a teeth…
        • Lena Headey as Jocelyn – Lena Headey can do no wrong in my eyes, weather she’s playing mean Queen Cersei, or Jocelyn Fray, she looks great doing it. She was also fortunate enough with the role, because it was the only one that they boosted up in regards to the book.
        • Aidan Turner as Luke – I can totally see him as the level headed and fiercely protective werewolf that he’s supposed to be. We could even catch glimpses of it during the film, but like most of the characters, the writers decided that the most important stuff wouldn’t make it… shame!

…MISSES: And these ones, for one reason or another, did not convinced me that they were right for their part…

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        • Lily Collins as Clary – I liked her for some of the movie, and here I blame who ever did this adaptation, because they took out some of the best things about her character. No one can deny, however, that she and Jamie have an incredible chemistry, and I hope that her role doesn’t get so trampled in the upcoming movie. 
        • Kevin Zegers as Alec – It was such a miss, that while I was reading the book I couldn’t even remember his face from the movie. Alec has something special about him, besides being in love with Jace, Clary even says that she sees what Magnus sees in him… well, we don’t see it in the movie.
        • Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Valentine – well, I’m not even going to mention the white-blond hair that Valentine is supposed to have, I’m going to concentrate on the fact that he’s not supposed to wear his rage on his sleeve, he’s supposed to be smart about it and able to manipulate people… he did no such thing! Rhys Meyers, although great on the physical side of stuff, lacked in all other departments…

…IT COULD HAVE BEEN GOOD, BUT…:

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        • Jemima West as Isabelle – she did very well, but I didn’t like her, not in the way I liked in the book, she should have more development… lets hope it comes.
        • Godfrey Gao as Magnus Bane – This could have been a brilliant piece of casting, the guy sure looks the part, but I still have no idea if he can act, given that Bane’s role was so deeply cut!
        • CCH Pounder as Madame Dorothea – I love this actress, really. Not sure about this role though! Not only was the role of Dorothea severely trimmed, but her best interactions with Clary and Jace were not in the movie.
        • Jared Harris as Hodge – I guess it was a good choice, for a very different role from the book… IDK…

   

THE OMISSIONS

There are a lot of omissions in the movie in regard to the book, and it’s only natural, it happen in every single adaptation, because no book has the length of a 2 hour movie. However, certain pieces of information that were kind of vital to the plot were left out, and sometimes replaced by stuff that just doesn’t make sense.

For instance, in the movie Simon is kidnapped by the Vampires because they supposedly want to get to Clary to get hold of the Mortal Cup (WTF?!). At this point in the story, how the hell do they know who she is?! What actually happens is that they take Simon – in RAT FORM – because they think he’s one of them, because he’s a freaking RAT! Then, when Jace and Clary go to rescue him (by themselves), they meet Raphael, the Vampire leader, who will be vital to the plotlines ahead. Also, the wolves help them escape and Clary throws the blade that Jace had already given to her (it doesn’t just occur to her to ask him for it in the heat of the moment) and injures Alaric (NOT LUKE!!!!). I could even accept that they would kidnap Simon to annoy Jace, maybe if they had included the motorcycles story, it could make sense…

The biggest omission of the movie, however, is the Accords and Idris. It’s a vital piece of information that explains a lot of things, from the absence of the Lightwoods in the Institute, to the timing of Valentine’s attack and the whole story behind the Uprising… which they forgot to mention properly as well.

Directly related to the one above, is Luke’s story and his background with Jocelyn and Valentine, which correlates directly to…

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Let’s just say that a bit chunk of the story goes directly against the book… Yeah, you read it, it’s lot a light change, or a different road to get to the same place. No! It’s an entirely different universe! Just from the moment that Valentine shows up at the Institute:

  • Hodge orders Hugo to attack Clary and holds her in place and knocks out Jace, while summoning Valentine;
  • Valentine lifts Hodge curse and Hodge leaves the Institute as soon as he can;
  • Valentine takes an unconscious Jace through his portal, which by the way, is not in any way near the Institute;
  • Hodge then sends a message to Magnus Bane (for him to go and help Alec, which we only read about later on);
  • Clary follows Hodge and Luke, in wolf form, saves her, leaving Hodge incapacitated;
  • Luke tells Clary all her story, including the fact that she’s Valentine’s daughter;
  • Clary finds out where Valentine is hiding, at Renwick’s  – AND NEVER, EVER, EVER WAS HE HIDDEN IN THE INSTITUTE, OR OPENED A PORTAL FOR DEMONS TO GET IN, AND HODGE HAD NO PART WHATSOEVER IN THIS OR IN THE “JACE AND CLARY ARE SIBLINGS” BUSINESS;
  • Luke, Clary and his pack head into Renwick’s, where they find Jocelyn unconscious;
  • Clary finds Jace, who tells her that he got his father back – Valentine – that is, Jace clearly recognizes Valentine has the man who raised him and that he thought was Michael Wayland, unlike the movie, where Jace was never truly convinced of this;
  • Valentine plays with the fact that he knows that Jace and Clary are siblings, slowly torturing both his children;
  • Luke fights with Valentine and is almost killed;
  • Jace only goes against his father when he thinks that Clary is in danger, and only then gets out of his control, refusing to travel through the portal to Idris;
  • Yes, Valentine not only escapes unharmed, he also takes the MORTAL CUP with him!!!!
  • Simon, Isabelle and Hodge were not present during these events. Also, Simon does not get bitten by a Vampire and never in the first book shows any sign of turning.
  • In no point in the book Clary develops the ability to draw up runes that she doesn’t know… actually, she gets her second mark ever in the beginning of the second book (the first being the healing mark at the beginning drawn up by Jace).
  • Clary ends up in good terms with Isabelle and Alec.
  • By the end, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Jace and Clary are really siblings, both children of Valentine and Jocelyn!