Mid-Year Freak Out Tag (2016 Edition)

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Hey guys! We’re halfway through the year, which means it’s time for the Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag, and Deanna @A Novel Glimpse was awesome and tagged me to do it 😀 . Thank you Deanna!!!


BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ YET IN 2016

Without a doubt, my favorite book of this year so far was A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. It was bonkers and amazing and I want and need more. I don’t know how Sarah J. Maas keeps doing it, but I love her books more and more.


BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2016

So many!!! But I’ll settle with another of my favorites of this year, and that is Us (Him #2) by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy. This book stole my heart completely. I love Jamie and Wes and I miss my boys dearly.

   


NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO

Looking around my room, I’ll say The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker, that has been sitting on my shelf since March totally untouched, and I really really want to read it.

*shame on me*


MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

Probably Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. I love the Throne of Glass series, and I have high hopes for book 5, because I’m one of those loving the direction she’s been giving to the series. I’m curious to see if it will take the place of favorite read of the year away from ACOMAF


BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

I had high hopes for South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf, because I’m a huge fan of LGBT contemporaries, and I was in the need to read more F/F romances. Unfortunately this book didn’t match my expectations, and didn’t deal with important issues like the way I thought it should


BIGGEST SURPRISE

One of my biggest surprises this year so far was Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach. This book blew me away, and I know a lot of people didn’t quite like it, but I thought it was an amazing book, and I would like to shove it in everyone’s face!


FAVORITE NEW AUTHORKelly Siskind CREDIT Eirik Dunlop

Can I name 2?! I need to say Elle Kennedy, who wrote my favorite two NA series (Off Campus and Him), because she’s amazing! And then Kelly Siskind, because each time I read one of her books, it makes me so so happy (and she’s also super nice).


NB_milesNEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

Confession time: I have a lot of new crushed this year, and I’ll chose this one because I really want to use a pic of the actor playing the role. So I’m going for Miles from Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover, because REASONS!

And that guy is hottie Nick Bateman, who’s set to play Miles in the Ugly Love movie!!! And that’s his cutie dog Joey 😀 .


NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER

Julian Blackthorn stole my heart in Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I love him! I love him so much that he might have stolen Jem’s place as my favorite shadowhunter (and book boyfriend). Julian is strong, loving, mysterious. He would do ANYTHING for the people he loves. There’s still so much more to know about him, and I can’t wait.


BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

Oh my god… I cried so much when I finished Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. This book is so heartbreaking… so good, but so heartbreaking.

And I have no clue as to how I’m going to review it, because my heart is breaking just thinking about it.


BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

Smut by Karina Halle was a book that made me happy because it put a huge smile on my face. This book had an awesome plot, and awesome romance and it was funny as hell.

Also, so damn sexy!


FAVORITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION

I don’t think I’ve seen adaptations this year, besides Captain America: Civil War, so I’m gonna say that one. I loved this movie, and it’s Marvel, which is always good on my book.

   


FAVORITE POST YOU HAVE DONE THIS YEAR

Are you kidding?! Do you know how much I posted this year already?! LOL. I really liked to do this TTT post though, about first kisses. Also, check how I was doing with my challenges 3 months ago here, but know that I’m way ahead now!


MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR

One of the most beautiful books I’ve got this year so far was Night Owls (or The Anatomical Shape of a Heartby Jenn Bennett .

I love this cover so much. I fell in love with it the minute I locked eyes with this book at Waterstones.


WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR

There are 2 contemporaries that I’m dying to read, and they are Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn and Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway. I’m thinking that maybe September will be their month (because August will be NA month).


I tag EVERYONE who wants to do this tag, because I need to know how you are all doing so far this reading year 🙂 .

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 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!

Book Traveling Thursdays: A Favorite Book

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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 Book Day is in a couple of days! Choose one of your all-time favorite books“. I could go with so many… but not all of them have that many covers, so I’m settling with Heir of Fire, because Aelin and Rowan rock (and QoS doesn’t have that many covers…).


Original COver:

I really like the US cover of this book. I like to colors of the different books.

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

No covers for either country… sorry!

Favorite COVER(s):

My favorite cover is for sure the UK one. I love love love these UK covers, and they look so gorgeous on my shelf.

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

                                             

There aren’t that many different covers for this one, but I really don’t like the Dutch and Russian editions, especially the Dutch one. Is it just me or that girl looks like an Elf from The Lord of The Rings?!

Book Traveling Thursdays: A Book With a Badass Heroine

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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 “It was International Women’s Day!! Choose a book with a badass heroine“.  People, I tried to look at different books, I did, but ultimately I have to go back to Celaena Sardothien on this one (even if I think that Aelin is much more badass than Celaena…). So, Throne of Glass it is.


Original COver:

This is one of those cases where I’m just so freaking glad that they changed the cover design after the first book, because this cover was not good.

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

                                           

I’m so glad that the portuguese edition used the UK cover design, but I’m not a fan of the red letters. About the spanish cover… hmmm, I honestly thought this was a temporary design, but I guess not. It’s beautifully simplistic though.

Favorite COVER(s):

                                           

My favorite cover, without a doubt, is the UK edition, and I’m so glad I own it :D. This book (like the rest of this series) is just gorgeous! But that Dutch edition is kind of beautiful, right? I like it!

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

               

Ok, these are some pretty bad ones. The worst, in my opinion, is the hebraic edition… I mean, what even? Then the Turkish is just a bit weird, but still it’s the least bad of the three. The Romanian cover is something that I don’t even understand.

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Everyone Loves But I Don’t

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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:

Ten Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get or Ten Characters I LOVE But Others Seem To Dislike

I’m doing characters that I don’t like as much as other people seem to ;).


1. Draco Malfoy (Harry Potter)

I honestly don’t get this one. Sure, the kid is highly influenced by his family and stuff, but I don’t see any redeeming qualities in him… sorry.

   

 


2. Professor Snape (Harry Potter)

This one is tricky, because I DO like Snape, I just don’t LOVE him. I don’t think that what he did deserves that much love, to be honest… he wasn’t a nice person. He was a guy who did what he did because he loved someone. If Harry was anyone else’s son, he would have died in the first year.


3. Scarlet Benoit (The Lunar Chronicles)

Again, it’s not that I don’t like Scarlet, I just don’t get overly excited about her… except in Winter, she kicked ass in Winter.

  

  


4. Nehemia Ytger (Throne of Glass)

I never felt strongly for her… NEVER! Not even in that moment in Crown of Midnight. I appreciated that she had a responsibility and that she tried to do good by her people and by Celaena, but I thought her methods were wrong.

  


5. John Ambrose McClaren (P.S.: I Still Love You)

I kind of get why people have some trouble with Peter, but I had a lot of problem with John!! Why was he freaking even there? As good as he might have been to Lara Jean, she belonged with Peter and John should have stayed the hell away.

  


6. Aristotle (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe)

Ari annoyed me so much at times. He was a good character, but I honestly couldn’t deal with him at some points, and I think this is why I didn’t enjoy the book as much as some people did.

  


7. Maia Roberts (The Mortal Instruments)

By the last book I found her quite nice and tolerable, but for most of the time I just dreaded her POVs. Also, her whole think with Jordan? Sad and I didn’t like it… I liked him.

   


8. Penny (Girl Online)

To be totally honest, Penny was not the only one I had problems with during this book, I had a huge problem with the book itself. Still, Penny irritated me to no end when she thought her best friend was the one responsible for the scandal, without even giving him the benefit of the doubt.

  


9. Lola Nolan (Lola and the Boy Next Door)

Again, it’s not that I don’t like Lola, because I do, she’s funny and sweet. But I had a lot of problems with her during the book, especially until the last third or so. She had a weird temper, and she wanted to be a grown up, without having any idea what it meant.

   


10. Jacob Black (Twilight)

This one should come as no surprise. Jacob NO! No no no!

Book Traveling Thursdays: A Character I Love To Hate

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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 books have amazing villains choose a book with a character you love to hate!“. For today I chose a villain that I truly LOVE to hate, and that is Arobynn Hamel from the Throne of Glass series. I feel like he’s such a complex character, and I couldn’t help but love his appearances on the books, even though he’s despicable. Because Queen of Shadows only has 3 covers out yet, I chose The Assassin’s Blade.


Original COver:

This is the original cover for the US. It follows the theme of the others Throne of Glass covers and I really like it.

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

No covers for either countries…

Favorite Cover(s):

I might really like the US cover, but the UK one is my favorite. I just like the font slightly better, and the placing too. Also, it somehow feels more vibrant.

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

                                                

There aren’t a lot of covers for this book, so my least favorites are the Polish and Russian editions. The polish is not all that bad, it uses the silhouette of the Throne of Glass book and the stripes are the different novellas… but I’m not a fan. The Russian is just… nope, it doesn’t do it for me.

Bookish Bromances

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There’s one thing I love to see in books, sometimes even more than the romances themselves, and that is: a good bromance! I mean, seriously, is there anything better than watching/reading about friendshio? Especially between 2 guys? I think it’s magical :D.


1. Will & Jem – The Infernal Devices

Will and Jem are the definition of bromance. They are more than brothers. The way they love each other is epic!

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2. Jace & Alec – The Mortal Instruments

Like good parabatai, the bond between these two is beyond words… now, I just wish that the show would do it justice.

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3. Dorian & Chaol – Throne of Glass

I loved this friendship in the first book and I hated that Chaol’s relationship with Celaena made a dent in it. Luckily, it is all good now, right?

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4. Harry & Ron – Harry Potter

Even fighting sometimes, they always had each other’s backs.


5. Tamlin & Lucien – A Court of Thorns and Roses

The way Lucien makes fun of Tamlin… LOL! These two are adorable!

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6. Aedion & Rowan – Queen of Shadows

They are hostile for a moment there, but they develop a true bond and it’s beautiful.

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7. Seth & RyanSecond Chances 

What Seth and Ryan go through during the two books of this series clearly shows the love that exists between them… #goals!

                                                   


8. Garrett, Logan, Dean & Tucker – Off-Campus

One of the funniest and greatest part of The Deal was watching the relationship between the 4 friends and roommates. I sill have to read the other 2 books that are already out, but they are awesome together.


9. Thorne & Kai – The Lunar Chronicles

Thorne and Kai share a wonderful moment in Winter that made them apt to join this list. I wish we had some more moments of bonding between the guys, but one can always imagine them :D.

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10. Simon & Clive – Wallbanger

I’m cheating here, but come on, can you really blame me? Clive is the most awesome cat ever! And he bonds with Simon just like a person. I mean, Simon puts him on the counter to watch him cook, and goes retrieve him so he can sleep with the… it’s cute as hell!

The Book Love Tag

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Hello guys! Today I’m doing a Valentine’s themed book tag created by Anette @Anette Reads, who was super cool to tag me. If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, I suggest that you do it ;-). Ok, let’s do The Book Love Tag!


1. Your favorite book couple.

THIS.IS.SO.HARD!!!!

I have too many! I’m going to go with Warner and Juliette from the Shatter Me trilogy. Ignite Me was perfection for me just because of these two <3!!!


2. Your top 3 book boy/girlfriends.

▫ Jem Carstairs (The Infernal Devices) – Jem was the first!

▫ Rowan Whitethorne (Throne of Glass series) – Made the list as soon as he appeared in Heir of Fire :D.

▫ Garrett Graham (The Deal) – This is a recent one… but what can I say? 😍😍😍

        


3. Imagine your favorite book couple. Who would propose, and how? (If there’s already been a proposal: who would be more into organizing the wedding?)

Back to Warnette then… ok Warner would totally propose – I’m not sure that Juliette even understands the concept fully. In my mind, he has had the ring for ages, but instead of doing it “right”, he would just blurt it out, in the most awkward and incoherent way possibly, probably during or after sex (because they spend most of their time in bed anyway). That’s how I imagine it :D. It would be cute as hell though, because it’s Warner, and Juliette is everything to him.


4. Unpopular opinions time! Name a popular pairing you can’t stand.

Oh, wow. I don’t think I have an answer for this one… how about I tell you a couple that I do like, but not as much as 99% of the people do? Will that work? Ok then… Celaena and Sam Cortland. I loved them together, sure, but I don’t think they were right for each other at all. That’s why I’m kind of glad that he died… =/


5. What’s your favorite and least favorite romance trope?

Oh my gosh… I have so many favorites!!! I’m a sucker for enemies turned lovers though, and if there’s a step in the middle where they are super friends, all the better. Wallbanger and The Deal do this so good! That’s probably why I loved both books so much :D.

My least favorite is probably insta-love. It’s not that I don’t like it, if done well, it can totally work, because people are attracted to each other at first sight. But more often than not is not done very well :(.


6. Do you ship non-canon couples often? Name some if you do.

I usually don’t. I’ve a very canon type of girl :D. I did ship Haymitch and Effie on The Hunger Games trilogy, so I was super glad that one particular scene was added to Mockingjay pt 2. I was also shipping Rowaelin when they were still claiming to be friends and nothing more, but I was so sure that it would evolve :D.


7. Your opinion on love triangles. Go!

Love triangles… hmmmm…. if done right, I love them! The problem for me is when it’s so obvious that one of the members is just a filler.


8. Favorite and least favorite love triangle?

My absolutely favorite, obviously, is Will/Tessa/Jem triangle of The Infernal Devices. I love it! It’s so well done, because both guys are equally deserving, and you totally understand what she sees in each of them. Better yet, Jem and Will love each other, they love each other so much that they’re more than willing to step aside to let the other one be happy. ❤ I love them!

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Least favorite… hmmmm…. The Hunger Games? What was even that? Why was Gale even considered a love interest?


9. Sometimes romance just isn’t the way to go. Favorite friendship?

I’m going to redirect you to a post I did last week about Boys/Girls platonic friendships in books, ok? Here it is. Juliette and Kenji from the Shatter Me trilogy are probably my faves though :D.


10. What’s your favorite scene with your bookish OTP?

Chapter 62 of Unravel Me… not saying anything else!


11. Imagine your favorite book couple again. Who’s most excited about Valentine’s Day (either ironically or genuinely)?

Oh, does Valentine’s Day still exist after everything that went on? Ok then. I would say that Warner is probably more excited about it, he likes to surprise and do things for Juliette, so I think that would definitly have something very special prepared for her.


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