Top 5 Wednesday: Just One More!

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IWelcome back to Top 5 Wednesday! This meme was created by gingerreadslainey and is hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes and you can check out the  Goodreads group here. This week’s theme is Standalones that you wish had a sequel or the last book in the series that you wish wasn’t the last. I’m gonna focus on series that I wish had one more book… at least.


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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Character Names

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I’ve been meaning to do some kind of meme on wednesdays for awhile now, especially because T5W sometimes has some interesting themes. But this week the theme was just too good to pass, so here it is, my first ever Top 5 Wednesday! This meme was created by gingerreadslainey and is hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes and you can check out the  Goodreads group here. This week’s theme is Favorite Character Names.


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I love the name Aelin so so much, that I named my Kindle after her. Sarah J. Maas has some amazing names, for sure, but Aelin is 100% my favorite. And when she finally starts going by it in Heir of Fire, my heart soared!

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Aedion is the male counterpart to Aelin, and these cousins are glorious for sure. They’re also the perfect names for twins, right? Aelin and Aedion! I also happen to love Aedion in Queen of Shadows, so I think his name is special.

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I really enjoyed The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig, and the name is so imaginative and so HER. Nix is an amazing character and an awesome young girl and I can’t wait to see what she’s going and doing on the second book.


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I only read the first chapter of Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma yet, but I’m already in love with Lochan’s name, and my heart is already breaking for this boy.


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Penryn is one of my favorite women in YA. The Penryn and the End of Days trilogy by Susan Ee is amazing, she’s so sick ass!

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.”

Book Traveling Thursdays: An Amazing Gift!

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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 “December is the month of giving. Choose a book in which a character gives an amazing gift to a loved one!!“. This is a hard one! I was in between several books, but those that had physical gifts, didn’t have enough covers, so I settled for an emotional one. I almost didn’t use this one, because it doesn’t have that many covers, but ultimately, what Raffe gives for Penryn in End of Days (Susan Ee) is so much more than any other one I could mention… if you’ve read the book, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!


Original COver:

This is the original one, is pretty cool, following the theme of the first couple of ones. While in book 1 we had perfect angel wings, and in book 2 we had the demon wings, here we have not so perfect angel ones… wonder what that means…

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

No cover for Portugal of course, but the Spanish one is very similar to the original one but a little bit darker and less sparkly.

Favorite COVER(s):

Like I said a few weeks ago about Angelfall, this version, with this lettering, is my favorite.

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

                                            

There aren’t that many diverse covers for this book, still, I don’t really like the Polish and Dutch covers.

Book Traveling Thursdays: A Book With a War

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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 “World Peace Day was two day ago! Choose a book that deals with a war“. I’ve only now realized that I haven’t read that many books with Wars on them, and those I’ve read are either dystopians or fantasy… oh well :P… Still riding the Penryn & the End of Days train, this is the perfect excuse to use Angelfall. If you haven’t read this book, it deals with what happens after the Angels arrive on Earth. In this first book there isn’t that much confrontation between Humans and Angels, but they’re amidst a war for sure, even if it’s clear that the Angels are easily winning.


Original COver:

How gorgeous is this cover? The original US cover is amazing, and I really want to own all 3 physical books, because not only is the story amazing, but the covers themselves are beyond gorgeous.

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

Surprise surprise! Obviously this book hasn’t arrived in Portugal yet… I couldn’t even find the Brazilian version, so I present the Spanish edition to you. The cover is similar to the original one, though those sword shadows are confusing and honestly, not that great…

Favorite COVER(s):

This one is definitely my favorite. It’s very similar to the original one, but the lettering is different and the placement of the title and the author’s name is different. I like this one better, a lot better. This cover is so gorgeous!!! I want it… bad!

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

    

Ohhh, so many bad covers for this book! First off is the Italian, I mean, who is that supposed to be? Penryn? Because that«s not Penryn… Second we have the Indonesian edition, and my only problem with it is the fact that I’m not a fan of people on covers, but let’s face it and admit that that Raffe wannabe is kind of hot. Next up is the Turkish cover, and this one, just NO, God, is that Raffe? It’s so ugly! Now for the German, and my problem with it the the lettering more than anything, because the graphics are tolerable enough. And last, obviously, is the Russian edition, and I’ll say this for it: it’s not the worst russian cover out there, but it still looks like a fantasy cover from the 80’s or 90’s…

 

End of Days (Penryn & the End of Days #3) (Susan Ee)

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End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy. 

After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all. 

When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?


I can’t believe that this trilogy has ended… why oh why?! I needed at least 3 more books… heck, right now, I would be super happy if we could get a short novella about Penryn and Raffe and how they’re adjusting to everything. And maybe another novella about his Watchers… maybe even a novella per Watcher, huh? Wouldn’t that be something?

Do you guys have any idea what I’m talking about here? If no, it’s probably because you haven’t read this trilogy, and maybe you should leave, because I will probably throw in some SPOILERS about the first two books, and one or two about this one.

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All things considering I loved this book, the plot was great and the action was out of this world. Penryn keeps on getting more and more badass, becoming truly Raffe’s equal in this book. Raffe finally opens up a bit, and the appearance of his Watchers sheds some lights into what he has endured during his time on Earth. They also help him see some things more clearly.

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The romance was freaking amazing!!! While in book 1 there was all about denial and book 2 was mostly about distance, this one is about them admitting their feelings, even though Raffe thinks he won’t ever act on them. Penryn becomes bolder, and teases him relentlessly, and Raffe ends up giving in quite a few times… OMFG, I had to read chapter 5 a few times before it totally sunk in. And God, Raffe says the most romantic things, I was there swooning for the guy the whole time.

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*swoon* YES, he truly went there and told her she should find a pig farmer… oh Raffe…

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And then… oh yeah, he would be the best freaking pig farmer EVER, for her!

The only part of the book that felt a bit slower was when the humans were organizing to fight the Angels, maybe because I didn’t like that Penryn was doubting Raffe so much, although I totally understood why she did, but this guy had refused to kill humans before… I don’t know, it made my heart hurt that she was doubting him. And then, when the Angels get to the battle and the Humans win, I would have liked to see more detailed what happened next… the last chapters were a bit rushed, and I wish we had not only more details, but also more closure. But OMG, that battle was epic! And the sacrifice?! OMG!!! I couldn’t believe it, after 3 books trying to be whole, he did what he did… oh my…

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I have a few unanswered questions, and I can’t believe this was the last book! I mean, how the hell did Penryn’s mom knew about the rotten eggs? What happened to all the locusts? Will Paige command them all? What about the Watchers? How are they settling in? Are they staying with Raffe? Is Raffe living with Penryn? See?! I need one more book!!!!

 I already miss this series so much!!!