Book Traveling Thursdays: A Book With First Love

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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 “Valentine’s Day is just around the corner… Choose a book that deals with first love“. For this week I’m using Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame, I’m considering it a case of first love 😀 , and I kind of miss Eden and Tyler.


Original COver:

I’m not the biggest fan of the original UK covers, to be honest, but they do go well with the book.

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

                                               

There’s no Portuguese edition yet, but there’s a spanish and catalan edition 🙂 .

FAVORITE COVER(s):

                                            

I love the two US covers, the original and the redesigned one that came out when the third book was announced.

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(S):

                                             

I really don’t like the Scottish and Polish covers.

September Book Haul

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My book haul this month was tiny, but here it is. 🙂


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Book Traveling Thursdays: A Favorite Sequel

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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 “Because some sequels are better than the first book choose your favorite sequel“. I chose to highlight Did I Mention I Need You? from the DIMILY series by Estelle Maskame, because I loved the second book of this series, even though it broke my heart a bit.


Original COver:

This is the UK cover, and while it’s not ugly, it is not my favorite either.

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

                                           

The book is not out in Portugal yet, but it came out in spain a few months ago, and it did so in spanish and catalan, so above you can see the 2 covers.

Favorite COVER(s):

I love the US covers, love love love them. I like them so much, that I want to own the physical copies one day… soon.

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

                                          

Well, it’s not like I hate these covers, but the Polish and Lithuanian covers are my least favorites, even though they’re similar to the UK one, they do have some differences, which makes me like them a little less than the original one.

 

Did I Mention I Need You? (Estelle Maskame)

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Love has no rules.

It’s been a year since Eden Munro last saw Tyler Bruce: her stepbrother…and secret love. Although they swore to ignore their feelings and put their family first, Eden can’t help but feel excited when Tyler invites her to join him in New York City for the summer.

But it’s not like anything is going to happen. Eden is happy with her boyfriend Dean, and she knows gorgeous, green-eyed Tyler must have moved on as well. But as they spend the long, hot summer in the city that never sleeps, it becomes obvious that those old feelings are still there…simmering beneath the surface. Will Tyler and Eden be able to resist temptation?


First things first, I buddy-read this book with Kat @Life and Other Disasters, and she already posted her review of it, and you can read it here! Secondly, this is the second book in the DIMILY trilogy, which means that there will be spoilers for the first book for sure. You can check out my review of Did I Mention I Love You? here.

I actually liked this second book better than the first. A lot of things that were a problem for me in the first one, were not on this one, and it overall just made me feel a whole lot more. 

Now, this isn’t an easy story to read. Eden and Tyler are, for all intents and purpose, step-siblings. Their parents are married, and for 2 years they have been playing that part, after Eden gave up on their relationship for the sake of their family. But as soon as the book starts, it’s pretty clear that Eden is not over Tyler – you don’t count the days until you see someone that you’re over with. And as soon as she gets to NY, it’s more than obvious that Tyler is still very much in love with her.

I liked the way their story developed slowly, even though they made their feelings clear early on, it still took them time to act on it. They eventually do, because after 2 years apart it was kind of inevitable. Yes, this means that there is cheating again, but even though this time it hurt me, I liked it better. See, Dean is a great guy, he’s a great boyfriend to Eden, he’s a great best-friend to Tyler and he’s a good person, so it hurts a bit that they cheated on him. Yet, it felt more natural to me, because there isn’t a good excuse for it. Eden loves Dean, Tyler loves Dean, Dean has done nothing wrong, but it happens – as it does in real life.

As much as I love Dean, I very much ship Tyler and Eden, and I wanted them together despite the fact that she had a boyfriend… ups!

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Both main characters have grown a lot since DIMILY, especially Tyler. Eden has a few stupid moments, especially with all the jealousy, but she ultimately understands she was wrong… which is funny, because she’s the one with the boyfriend. Tyler however was a total joy to read. He’s so much lighter and happy. He’s fun and friendly and he’s a great “something” to Eden. He also has a couple of bad reactions and weak moments, but I liked that the characters acted their age.

I could have done without the extensive descriptions of NY city streets, but I’ve been to the city, so I more or less know the grid and it kind of helped me visualize things when they were moving around the city, so I didn’t mind it much. And like Kat, I had a lot of reservations about Tyler’s roommate and friends, but I was so glad to be proven wrong, because they turned out to be exactly what Tyler and Eden needed.

This book made me sad and angry, and I could just have killed some people there, such as some of their friends from LA and Eden’s dad… I hope he doesn’t end well, he doesn’t deserve the people he has in his life.

This was a solid 4 stars book for me until the ending. The ending, abrupt and open, that didn’t make me feel good at all. That ending was perfect. As someone who dealt with addiction in my family, I understood Tyler’s motive’s and I felt like a proud mama for his strength to do what he did – even if it broke my heart. It takes a lot of guts. 

I’m now patiently awaiting for Did I Mention I Miss You? release, because I really need to know what happens next. I need Tyler and Eden to be OK and happy, and together. I need them together.

I very much recommend this series, but be aware that it does have taboo themes and cheating, so if you’re not comfortable with it, you might want to stay clear.

Top Ten Tuesday: Memorable First Kisses

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

Valentine’s Day is next week…let’s do a Valentine’s Day themed freebie! Top Ten Books That Would Make Great Valentine’s Day Reads (or anti-Valentine’s day reads), Top Ten OTPs, Top 10 fictional crushes, top ten great love declarations in fiction, swoony quotes from books etc. Get creative!

This is getting harder and harder to find themes… I decided to go ahead and to Memorable First Kisses! 😀


1. Ron and Hermione – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I don’t think I could start this list any other way. Ron and Hermione’s first kiss is epic and totally memorable. The book one, ok?

“There was a clatter as the basilisk fangs cascaded out of Hermione’s arms. Running at Ron, she flung them around his neck and kissed him full on the mouth. Ron threw away the fangs and broomstick he was holding and responded with such enthusiasm that he lifted Hermione off her feet.”

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2. Cath and Levi – Fangirl

I just loved their first kiss (and every single one of the others, because they’re adorable!).

“He nudged his nose against hers, and their mouths fell sleepily together, already soft and open.”

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3. Simon and Baz – Carry On

Well, given that Cath is above, it’s only fair that Simon and Baz epic first kiss follows. I was literally holding my breath on that scene. I actually had to stop and sit down on the subway bench to read it properly. And yeah, I had people waiting for me 😛

“He shakes his head, and he’s saying something, and I think I might kiss him. Because I’ve never kissed anyone before. (I was afraid I might bite.) And I’ve never wanted to kiss anyone but him. (I won’t bite. I won’t hurt him.) I just want to kiss him, then go.

“Simon…,” I say.

And then he kisses me.”

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4. Thorne and Cress – Cress

I ship these two so hard, and their first kiss was just the most adorable thing ever.

“I guess it’s time.”

While Cress’s thoughts continued to churn through the horrible things that could happen to her, she felt herself being suddenly spun around and dipped backward, a supportive arm scooping beneath her back. She yelped and caught herself on Thorne’s shoulder.

Then he was kissing her.”

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5. Caroline and Simon – Wallbanger

I admit that I’m a fan of angry first kisses, and Simon and Caroline’s first kiss was sort of perfect in that way.

“”Why are you such a manwhoring asshole?” I asked, my face inches from his.

“Why are you such a cockblocking priss?” he asked, and when I opened my mouth to tell him exactly what I though, the fucker kissed me. 

Kissed me. 

Placed his lips on mine and kissed me. Under the moon and the stars, with the sounds of the waves crashing and the crickets cricketing.”


6. Magnus and Alec – The Mortal Instruments

This technically isn’t in any of the books, but it is on Cassie’s site, so I’m gonna roll with it, you can read the whole thing here: Kissed: Magnus and Alec’s First Kiss.

“Magnus’ finger was under his chin, tilting his face up, and then they were kissing. Alec heard a small hitching gasp come from his own throat and then their mouths were pressed together with a sort of controlled urgency. Magnus, Alec thought dazedly, really knew what he was doing. His lips were soft, and he parted Alec’s expertly, exploring his mouth: a symphony of lips, teeth, tongue, every movement waking up a nerve ending Alec had never known he had.”

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7. Rowan and Aelin – Queen of Shadows

This should come to no surprise. Rowan and Aelin are definitly one of my favorite ships, and their first kiss was awesome… come on… we waited a long time for it! It was full of tension and I loved that it was Aelin who kissed him :D.

“Her finger shook as she brushed them against his mouth, and his control shredded apart right there.

“What are you waiting for?” he said, the words near guttural.

“Bastard,” she murmured, and kissed him.

Her mouth was soft and warm, and he bit back a groan. His body went still — his entire world went still — at that whisper of a kiss, the answer to a question he’d asked for centuries. He realized he was staring only when she withdrew slightly. His fingers tightened at her waist.

“Again,” he breathed.”                                                                                            (source)


8. Shahrzad and Khalid – The Wrath and the Dawn

The first kiss between Shazi and Khalid is so damn important! Yep, they had been married for a while and done a lot in the time, but not kissing, that was special.

““What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.

“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.

“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.”

The bow and arrow clattered to the ground as he brought his mouth to hers.

And there was no turning back.”


9. Penryn and Raffe – Angelfall

I ship Penryn and Raffe with all force, so when she made a move and kissed him, I was thrilled, even if he says the worst thing right after it. But come one, did we really believe Raffe at that point? Not a chance!

“I place my hand on his cheek. It’s warm and pleasant. Maybe too pleasant. When his eyes don’t open, I tentatively touch my lips to his.

At first, I get no response and I consider backing off.

Then, his kiss turns hungry.

It is not the gentle kiss of a couple on a first date, nor is it the kiss of a man driven by simple lust. He kisses me with the desperation of a dying man who believes the magic of eternal life is in this kiss.”

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10. Eden and Tyler – Did I Mention I Love You?

After butting heads for half the book, Eden and Tyler finally find some common ground in their step-sibling relationship… yeah, it’s just not what it was supposed to be! They kiss, and then kiss again, and then there’s a huge headache for both of them, because being in love with someone you shouldn’t is not easy.

“His words have just left his lips when I reach out for him, grasping his face in my hands and feeling the warmth of his skin. I slam my lips into his, overwhelmed by the sensation as my eyelids flutter closed and a deafening silence consumes us. It’s agonizing the way my heart thuds against my chest, but exhilarating the way his lips feel against mine.”

Did I Mention I Love You? (Estelle Maskame)

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When sixteen-year-old Eden Munro agrees to spend the summer with her estranged father in the beachfront city of Santa Monica, California, she has no idea what she’s letting herself in for. Eden’s parents are divorced and have gone their separate ways, and now her father has a brand new family. For Eden, this means she’s about to meet three new step-brothers. The eldest of the three is Tyler Bruce, a troubled teenager with a short temper and a huge ego. Complete polar opposites, Eden quickly finds herself thrust into a world full of new experiences as Tyler’s group of friends take her under their wing. But the one thing she just can’t understand is Tyler, and the more she presses to figure out the truth about him, the more she finds herself falling for the one person she shouldn’t – her step-brother.  

Throw in Tyler’s clingy girlfriend and a guy who has his eyes set on Eden, and there’s secrets, lies and a whole lot of drama. But how can Eden keep her feelings under control? And can she ever work out the truth about Tyler?  

Did I Mention I Love You is the first book in the phenomenal DIMILY trilogy, following the lives of Eden Munro and Tyler Bruce as they try to find their way in an increasingly confusing world.


This book took me a bit by surprise. I was expecting a fluff contemporary, with just a hint of a few taboos, but it turned out to be much deeper than that, with incredible difficult and hard subjects.

Full disclaimer: This book includes underage drinking, drug use, bullying, blackmail, as well as a relationship between step-siblings and even some cheating. So, if you’re not at all comfortable with these topics, you probably won’t be able to enjoy the book. 

But even with what I just said above, this book is totally worth reading. The writing is amazing, so amazing in fact that I was on the edge of my seat and with my heart breaking at some moments on this book.

I liked the characters for most of the book, but by the end I realized that I actually love Eden and Tyler.

For the most part of the book, Eden is kind of week, she’s so starved for acceptance that she ends up tagging along and doing all this crazy stuff that she would not have done otherwise. But even making some awful decisions, she ends up growing because of it, and finding real friends. I thought this was exactly how a 16 yo would react given her situation.

Tyler was obnoxious at first, but I’ve met some kids who acted just like him in my life… still, I was intrigued, because it was so clear that there was a world of hurt inside of him, and when it came out, OMG!!! He felt so lost, and he was so lost, and I actually had a pain i my chest when he told Eden what really was going on.

The rest of the characters are weirdly fun, and not that much of stereotypical. Apart from a couple of people in their circle of friends, the other ones are pretty nice, even if they sometimes (every week) get drunk like crazy. The drinking was a bit much for me, but the overall theme has been repeated in any teenager tv show based in LA, so I’m thinking that maybe there’s a bit of truth behind it. I ended up really liking Rachel and Dean, though for totally different reasons, and I hope they have some time in the next book.

Now, let’s get on with the TABOO theme: Eden and Tyler’s relationship! I felt it was so so natural, it didn’t shock me one bit. They had never met before, and they never saw each-other as siblings – which they aren’t – and I felt that their connection was so strong, that it made total sense. I even, secretly, wanted them to get caught, so they could be together without limitations.

The other HUGE thing about this book: the CHEATING. Yeah people, there is cheating involved. When Tyler is with Eden, he’s still in a relationship with Tiffani. I don’t like cheating – I’m sure none of us do – but I don’t oppose it as a theme, because, like it or not, it happens. But the thing is, here, I was more sorry for Eden feeling as guilty as she felt about it, than actually about the person they were cheating on. And if you read this book, you’ll get why. It’s no excuse, but it kind of is… read it, seriously, even if you don’t like cheating in books, don’t let the fact that it happens stir you away from this book, ok?

Now, there are even heavier topics discussed in this book, and I think that they were well introduced and well dealt with.

Now, I’ll give you a small SPOILER, but not really, because it’s written in the next book’s synopsis. The scene when Eden breaks up with Tyler totally tore me apart, even if I knew it was coming, because there was no other way it could be done. Their feelings for each other really moved me. And I like that he was able to start rebuilding his life, not because he fell in love with her, but because he was able to finally start talking about the events of his past.

I really really loved this book, much more than I was thinking possible in the beginning, and I’m trying to control myself, because I do need the next book soon. I’m curious to see where they’ll go from here, if Tyler’s dad will be introduced, if Eden and her own father can get past the stupidity of his actions. And I want them together… bad! Oh, and that last scene of the epilogue… oh my… it’s so wrong, but it felt so right! And also, I was a bit sad that “hey, did I mention I love you?” never escaped her lips…

That’s it, I highly recommend this book!