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.

Did I Mention I Miss You? (Estelle Maskame)

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One last chance for love.

It’s been a year since Eden last spoke to Tyler. She remains furious with him for his abrupt departure last summer but has done her best to move on with her life at college in Chicago – and she’s finally over Tyler…isn’t she? As school breaks up for the summer, she’s heading back to Santa Monica, but she’s not the only one who decides to come home…

Despite their breakup, Tyler’s determined to rekindle what they once had. Having been left behind to deal with the aftermath of their bombshell revelation and a family torn apart, Eden’s not sure she can forgive him. Now she must search her heart and decide if Tyler is worth the risk once and for all.


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! You can check out my reviews for book 1 and 2 here: Did I Mention I Love You? and Did I Mention I Need You?.

I had high expectations for this one, especially because I absolutely loved the second book, so I wanted my HEA, but I wanted sound reasoning, good choices, great growth, you know… the whole package. I did get some of those things, so I can’t say I’m disappointed, but I somehow expected a little more.

I still loved the writing on this one, and I think that Estelle has a great future ahead of her, because the writing is great and some parts is actually beautiful. But while the pacing in DIMINY was so amazing, the pacing here felt off. The whole book takes place in a little over 2 weeks, and it just felt like so little time for everything that had come before. First of all, the first half of the book went by ever so slowly, and then the second part of the book felt rushed.

After being away for a year, I thought that Eden and Tyler needed more time to actually talk and resolve everything between them. Because one minute Eden is absolutely mad, and hardly 3 days later she’s absolutely in love again. I’m not doubting the love at all, because they never stopped loving each other, but a lot of shit went down during their year apart, and I just didn’t thought it was believable that everything would be that fine so fast. I wanted them together, of course I did, but I wanted a slower build-up.

Once again, I absolutely loved Tyler… he got better with each book. He had an amazing character development, and I thought he was kind of perfect. Eden though… hmmmm…. I understood why she was so angry, I really did, but she still felt so immature at times. I did like that they both develop a lot throughout the series.

I loved that they FINALLY accepted their relationship as it is. Yes, they’re step-siblings, they’re in love, and they don’t care what you think about it! Aleluia! It took them long enough :D. Their relationship is sweet and romantic and perfect, and I just wish it had gone a little slower than it did.

I was super ok with the resolution of the book, I thought it made a lot of sense, after everything that they’ve been through.

Ok, so apart from the pacing of the story, what else I wasn’t OK with? Some things were not properly explained or resolved. Like Kat said, Eden spends 3 books dealing with her issues with her body, yet here, her solution is not acceptance, or working out, or balance… her solution is to deny herself things she likes, and she kind of compares it to the changes in Tyler’s life, that he had to make himself do, and wow, not comparable at all.

Another thing that I didn’t like was her dad’s explanation to their ruined relationship. It honestly didn’t fly with me, and I absolutely loathed her dad, because no parent has the right to call his daughter what he did, and blame it on what he did.

I also wish there had been some more resolution in terms of Tyler’s history and his family, I felt like a lot of things were mentioned, but not properly tied up.

Overall, it was a good conclusion, but because the pacing was off, I felt like there was a lot of things right at first that could have been cut, and room made for more important issues.

I still love this series, and Tyler will always have a special place in my heart. 😀

November TBR

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I did awesome with my TBR from last month. From the 15 books I’d said I’d read, I read 12 of them (and then I read 8 more). So I’m pointing for 14 books this month that I really need to read, mostly because they’re ARCs. Also… WOW! Half of my TBR is YA… o_O

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  1. Stroked Hard (Stroked #3) by Meghan Quinn (which I already finished and it’s so GOOD!)
  2.  The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey
  3. The Romantics by Leah Konen
  4. Decidedly Off Limits by Stina Lindenblatt
  5. Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru(Creative HeArts #1) by Tera Lynn Childs
  6. Crazy Pucking Love (Taking Shots #3) by Cindi Madsen
  7. My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill
  8. The Bad Boy Bargain by Kendra C. Highley
  9. Slammed (Slammed #1) by Colleen Hoover
  10. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  11. Falling for the Girl Next Door (Creative HeArts #5) by Tera Lynn Childs
  12. The Keeper by Jillian Liota
  13. On the Fence by Kasie West
  14. Did I Mention I Miss You? (The DIMILY Trilogy #3) by Estelle Maskame

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.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases For The 2nd Half Of 2016

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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:

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year (since we did a topic about the releases we were excited about for the first half of 2016 back in the beginning of the year) Feel free to tweak it how you want to — like most anticipated fantasy for the second half of 2016 or debut authors. Whatever you want!

Here we go then, 10 of my anticipated releases for the second half of this year.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Couples and Love Songs

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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:

This week is all about music & books. We previously did books we’d give theme songs to so feel free to do that! Or 10 songs I wish that were books (check out my love songs I wish were books for an example of what I mean) — Thanks to the couple people who suggested making this one an official topic. I don’t know why I hadn’t…I think I thought my post WAS for TTT in my head when I thought back to it.

Given that Valentine’s Day was just a couple of days ago, I decided to fuse some couples with some music. I only used NA couples for this week ;-). So here are some couples with some love lyrics that apply to them (in my opinion 🙂 ).


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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (7): Day 1 (Love is all around!)

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Hello! I was tagged, for the 7th time (a long time ago), to to the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge, and because I love this challenge so much, and Valentine’s Day is upon us, why not share some love? This time I was tagged by Jay @Movie Reviews and Other Stuff, thank you!

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. (consider yourself tagged!)

This time, I’m going for guys declaring their undying love. Eheh! 😀 First up is Tyler, from Did I Mention I Need You?, and what he says he just… *sigh*

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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.”