Apr 30, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog topic that is brought to you by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!!



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Guy in Real Life
By: Steve Brezenoff
Release Date: May 27th, 2014

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From the acclaimed author of Brooklyn, Burning comes Guy in Real Life, an achingly real and profoundly moving love story in the vein of Rainbow Rowell and John Green, about two Minnesota teens whose lives become intertwined through school, role-playing games, and a chance two-a.m. bike accident.

It is Labor Day weekend in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and boy and girl collide on a dark street at two thirty in the morning: Lesh, who wears black, listens to metal, and plays MMOs; Svetlana, who embroiders her skirts, listens to Björk and Berlioz, and dungeon masters her own RPG. They should pick themselves up, continue on their way, and never talk to each other again.

But they don't.

This is a story of two people who do not belong in each other's lives, who find each other at a time when they desperately need someone who doesn't belong in their lives. A story of those moments when we act like people we aren't in order to figure out who we are. A story of the roles we all play-at school, at home, with our friends, and without our friends-and the one person who might show us what lies underneath it all.




Apr 29, 2014

Teaser Tuesday -- Keeping the Moon


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone is able to play along, just do the following :)
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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My Teaser:

"  It wasn't just Bea Williamson, of course. There were the women at the library who rolled their eyes when they saw Mire coming. The men at the hardware store who stifled their laughter as she picked intently through the screw section, pink purse tucked under her arm. Some people just smirked, ducking their heads. But others made it clear how they felt. "

on page 100 Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen

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Apr 28, 2014

Memory Lane Monday #5 (Breaking Dawn)


This is a new weekly meme that Kristalyn over at The Sarcastic Palmtree and I, Amber at Paradise of Pages, came up with. We have been wanting to re-read some of our favorites but feel overwhelmed by all the other new books coming out that our re-reads get put to the side. That is how we came up with this meme, we decided we don't want to put them aside anymore, so we will be taking turns putting up our reviews on the re-reads we do throughout the month. This does not mean we won't keep up with recent releases as well, it just means we will make more time for those we have read before as well.

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So here is how this meme will work:

  • Each week the co-hosts will trade off with recapping when it is a re-read or what they have heard so far about the book and the other co-host will put up their review. 
  • The participants can read anything that they remember reading in the past, or something that they have wanted to read that has been around for a while and just haven't gotten around to reading it yet for whatever reason.
  • Participants can decide if they want to recap the book before reading it or just put up a review of what they read.
  • Anyone can join in, just please link back to our blogs as well as add your name to the linky so we can hop around and see what everyone is reading.
  • Please put our banner on your post as well, so we all look the same!
  • We ask you kindly to follow BOTH of our blogs.
  • Most importantly remember to just have fun! :)

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We will be providing each week a linky that you will be able to also link your posts for us to view. All we ask is for you to put up our banner as well as a link back to BOTH hosts on your post. 
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Review

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Author: Stephenie Meyer
Release Date: August 2nd, 2008
Publisher: Little Brown
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 756
Format: Hardcover, Bought

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Synopsis:

"Don't be afraid," I murmured. "We belong together."

I was abruptly overwhelmed by the truth of my own words. This moment was so perfect, so right, there was no way to doubt it.

His arms wrapped around me, holding me against him... It felt like every nerve ending in my body was a live wire.

"Forever," he agreed.


When you loved the one who was killing you, it left you no options. How could you run, how could you fight, when doing so would hurt that beloved one? If your life was all you had to give, how could you not give it? If it was someone you truly loved?

To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife have led her to the ultimate turning point. Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or to pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fates of two tribes hangs.

Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating, and unfathomable, consequences. Just when the frayed strands of Bella's life-first discovered in Twilight, then scattered and torn in New Moon and Eclipse-seem ready to heal and knit together, could they be destroyed... forever?




My Review:
You can read my re-cap on this book that I put up last week by clicking here.

I was curious how my opinion on this book would be this time around. I think I loved it even more than I did the first time. I was sucked in even more. I also understood things a little better this time around.

The first time I read this book I was so angry that Jacob was still around, though the reason is now different, that my anger clouded my judgment for the book. I understood this time a little more about why he was around and the pull that he has always felt for Bella. So, my hatred for Jacob isn't quite as bad as it was.

I loved the romance in this book. Yes, certain times were a lot more intense than others, but the love they had was still so strong no matter what was going on. They always wanted each other, even when Edward wasn't sure if he was the right one for Bella. Bella knew in her heart who she always wanted, and it was even more clear after the change.

The honeymoon sucked me in. I could have re-read it several times to see they both finally got what they wanted, even if Edward was pretty scared about possibly killing Bella. Though I must say, there was always a chance he could kill her no matter what. I enjoyed it. Of course, since it is YA, the scenes weren't detailed which I enjoyed, because I knew it wasn't going to leave me scarred when it was all over.

I was so mad at Edward for part of this for him wanting to kill something that he had no idea what it was. I understand though, he didn't want Bella to die. There was always a chance the venom couldn't save her and he was scared to death over it. Yes, I said scared to death, even though he is immortal he would have died with her anyway, he would have found a way to make sure of it. When he finally got to hear the mind, he changed quickly and was just as in love as Bella was. I loved how that small thing could change his whole outlook completely. I know it also made him know that Bella could actually have everything he ever wanted her to have, and he got to be a part of it. It was so sweet.

I love how Meyer did that in the book. She took something that was intense already and sucked you into the pages even more. I know so many hated this series, but I know just as many people love it (whether some are secretly or not). She was able to suck us all into the pages and held us there for 4 books.

I also liked how she split it from Bella to Jacob for a small part of the book. I hated it the first time I have read this book, but I didn't mind it so much this time around. I understood it as I said before. I was able to watch Bella from the outside and watch her progress. Though I wish it would have been following Edward's mind instead. I think I would have liked reading his emotions a lot more than I would have Jacob, but we all know I'm biased. :)

This is still my top 3 series I have read and I have a feeling it will stay there for the rest of my life. Breaking Dawn is also my favorite book in the series. I love Twilight, but the joy I get from Breaking Dawn just can't compare. I got my own happy ending within the pages and I always end the book with a huge smile on my face. This time around I am still smiling. I am already to start re-read the series all over again!




Couldn't Put It Down!!


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We have decided now that it is the end of the series, we will now be flip flopping off our recaps and reviews. I will be starting a recap next week with The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer and Kristalyn will have her review for Breaking Dawn up :)
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We will be back next week with a new review or recap!

What about you? What do you remember about the time that you read this book/series? Would you like to read it with us?

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Apr 25, 2014

Review -- Sweethearts

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Author: Sara Zarr
Release Date: February 1st, 2008
Publisher: Little Brown
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 217
Format: Paperback, bought

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Synopsis:

As children, Jennifer Harris and Cameron Quick were both social outcasts. They were also one another's only friend. So when Cameron disappears without warning, Jennifer thinks she's lost the only person who will ever understand her. Now in high school, Jennifer has been transformed. Known as Jenna, she's popular, happy, and dating, everything "Jennifer" couldn't be---but she still can't shake the memory of her long-lost friend. 

When Cameron suddenly reappears, they are both confronted with memories of their shared past and the drastically different paths their lives have taken.

From the National Book Award nominated author of Story of a Girl, Sweethearts is a story about the power of memory, the bond of friendship, and the quiet resilience of our childhood hearts.




My Review:
Jennifer, or aka Jenna, grew up with a childhood best friend, Cameron. They were together all the time and couldn't stand to not be together. Then one day out of no where, he just disappears. She spends the next 8 years missing him, thinking he died. She can't hide her shock when one day, he comes back into her life.

The majority of this book is her battling with her emotions and her struggle to want to eat. She used to be a bigger girl and got made fun of a lot. When she moved away herself, she vowed to change herself. She started watching what she ate and got herself skinny. When Cameron shows up, she spends the next few months battling with the food she is intaking.

Throughout the story, you get flashbacks of a time that was very tramatizing to Jenna. You get small glimpses of what happened throughout the story and find out at the end what all really happened. You have this big horrible ending in your head, but it just fell flat for me.

I felt she was really naggy throughout the whole story. I didn't really connect with her much. I tried, I really tried. Then there is Cameron, who one minute wants to be around, the next minute he isn't. It is all really annoying. But still, I persevered through the story hoping for a happy ending.

As I said about on the flashbacks, the real ending to the story fell even more flat. I sat there looking at the end of the book thinking there has to be more. I feel like I was just pulled onto a journey that wasn't meant to be taken. I spent the day reading a book that I had a good feeling about. I was very disappointed. I understand not all stories end well, but the amount of time and effort she put into the story seeming like it would end differently was highly disappointing.

I gave this book a 2 out of 5 stars to be slightly generous, also because the writing wasn't that horrible. I could see a good writing style, just the story itself wasn't great. The plot was decent. I just felt throughout most of the story that it was boring and that something had to eventually happen. It was very relatable, as you read about her struggles and the things she dealt with in her life. But when offered the chance to fix things, things were handled in a way that wasn't worth reading.

I've heard so many great things about this author, but after what I just read, I don't know if I will give her another chance again.


Not for me.


Apr 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog topic that is brought to you by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!!



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Second Star
By: Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Release Date: May 13th, 2014

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A twisty story about love, loss, and lies, this contemporary oceanside adventure is tinged with a touch of dark magic as it follows seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling on a search for her missing surfer brothers. Wendy’s journey leads her to a mysterious hidden cove inhabited by a tribe of young renegade surfers, most of them runaways like her brothers. Wendy is instantly drawn to the cove’s charismatic leader, Pete, but her search also points her toward Pete's nemesis, the drug-dealing Jas. Enigmatic, dangerous, and handsome, Jas pulls Wendy in even as she's falling hard for Pete. A radical reinvention of a classic, Second Star is an irresistible summer romance about two young men who have yet to grow up--and the troubled beauty trapped between them.



Apr 22, 2014

Guest Post -- Nikki Godwin -- LGBT Book Excerpt -- Breaking Saint Jude



Nikki Godwin

When Amber asked me to guest post on her blog for LGBT April, I was super honored and excited. But then, after many attempts at guest posts that just weren’t coming across the way I intended, I decided to share something else with Amber instead. This is the (unedited) first chapter of my next YA LGBT contemporary romance, set for publication this October, titled Breaking Saint Jude. Click here to see it on Goodreads. Thank you so much to Amber for hosting this exclusive sneak peek! :)

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About the Author:


Nikki Godwin
Nikki Godwin is a Young Adult/LGBT author from the southern USA. She can't live without Mountain Dew, black eyeliner, and music by Hawthorne Heights. When not writing, she's internet-stalking her favorite bands and keeping tabs on surf competitions. She adores Liam Payne of One Direction and pro surfer John John Florence.

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Chapter One

I always secretly hope when I walk into support group meetings, everyone will rise from their chairs and burst into songs from Rent. It’s never happened, and I know it won’t tonight.
But a guy can wish.
This side of town is like a ghost town from a black and white film. Not even the homeless will live in these buildings. Half of the streetlights don’t work. So why a teen LGBT support group would hold meetings out here is beyond me. I’m not here for the meeting, though. Not entirely.
The old concrete steps echo under my boots. Laughter bounces off the walls and ricochets off my eardrums. I already know that laugh – the bicurious girls who think it’s some kind of fashion statement to say they sometimes like girls. It’s just another ploy to get guys to notice them. Girl-on-girl action always works.
“L, G, B, or T?” One of the girls meets me in the doorway holding a pink shoebox of pin-on buttons. They’re rainbow striped with big black letters.
“G,” I answer. I hope she doesn’t expect me to actually wear that damn button.
“You sure you’re not a B?” she asks into the shoebox.
She digs around like Gs are so rare. I can’t tell if her hair is naturally blonde or red. It’s three different shades of each and looks like hell.
“I’m sure.” I’ve been sure for sixteen years. I’m not a B. And if I was, I still wouldn’t be interested.
She looks disappointed, but I take her stupid G button and go on my way. This crowd looks typical. Bicurious girls, one awkward guy refusing to make eye contact, straight girls who get a thrill from faking, the obvious lame ass guy (me, for the most part), and not a cute boy in the room to be my eye candy while I suffer through this.
Definitely no Rent songs tonight.
I shift my eyes from the water-stained ceiling to the paint-peeling walls. There’s an ancient heater against the back wall, and the room smells like butane. It’s a miracle the homeless didn’t burn this place down. Not that anyone would care. They might as well add this place to the demolition list…right after that cathedral two blocks down, which is why I’m really here tonight.
“We have a few new faces here tonight, and I want all of you regulars to make sure they feel welcome here,” the girl who gave me the G button says.
Oh God. Please don’t make me introduce myself. Hi, I’m Jude. I’m 16 and I’m totally a G, not a B. My last relationship bombed because my boyfriend’s religious parents were convinced he was faking gay and sent him to a wilderness camp to cure him. I’m a vegetarian. I collect broken glass, which is why I need to leave now because there’s a shattered stained glass window with my name written all over every broken piece. See ya!
Miss Multi-Dye-Job skips the awkward intro speeches and rattles on about one of her friends and a coming out success story. I hope this doesn’t last all night. One of those churchy kids at school cried through most of English class this morning over the broken window at the old cathedral. Apparently the construction crew was supposed to move the window to the newly built location, but some dumbass college boy was driving the equipment and shattered the whole damn thing. Maybe I should be more sympathetic of her religion and emotional ties to the building, but really, I could kiss the dumbass college boy. It’s going to be a Godforsaken goldmine!
“We started ten minutes ago,” the girl says from the front of the room. It breaks my thoughts of red glass.
“Sorry. Got caught up with something,” the guy says, coming through the doorway.
He sits in a chair on the other side of our circle and stretches his legs out. He must be a regular; he’s too comfortable. He’s taller than my usual type, but he’s cute in his own way, kind of like the guy who sits diagonally from you in math class who you never notice until he asks to borrow a pencil and you suddenly realize he’s cute. Hello eye candy.
Time passes so much faster with a distraction. He checks his cell phone about thirteen times during the meeting. Not that I’ve counted or anything. I wonder what’s so exciting outside because he keeps looking out the window into the dead neighborhood. He’s the first one up to leave when we dismiss. By the time I reach my car, he has faded into the darkness. I crank up and wait until the heater is in full effect.
But I kill the engine and tighten my scarf around my neck after the group leaves. The air is colder than usual for October, and the dry wind slaps my face when I step out of the warmth of my car.
My eyes remain on the sidewalk as I walk along, hoping not to trip over my own two feet in the dark. The streetlights attempt to flicker on but just cough on a few sparks before fizzling back out. I use my cell phone as my guide. An old white streetlight glows behind the cathedral, spilling just enough light to find my way through the black alleyway and into the sea of yellow caution tape and construction equipment.
Now isn’t the time to think of serial killers and drug lords hiding in the shadows. But of course, I think about it anyway. My boots shuffle over dried leaves and leftover trash from the construction crew.
And I see it. The window in all its shattered glory, jagged pieces still frozen in the sill and trying to decide if they should take the plunge or hold on in hopes of finding salvation.
There is no goldmine on the ground, though. I silence my cell phone and shine its glow onto what used to be the cathedral’s side parking lot. Droplets of red, green, and orange glisten up at me, taunting me and laughing at me like those few drops of teasing rain in a drought.
I glance back at what’s left of the stained-glass window, grab a stone from the ground, and hurl it. The shatter reverberates against the empty ghost town. It’s the most beautiful sound.
I pull myself onto the arched windowsill, careful not to grab onto the sharp remnants, and crawl over into the building. I refuse to go home empty-handed.
The floor bleeds red glass. I bet this wasn’t what my old therapist had in mind when she told me to find beauty in the things that made me different. Collecting pieces of the rainbow was her idea –  not mine. I drop to my knees and gently place the red slices into my bag. I ignore that nagging voice in the back of my head reminding me that I should have some morals. Stealing from a church is wrong, half-demolished or not.
Oh well. I’ll repent later.
Six glass jars line the shelf on my bedroom wall. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple. My broken glass collection of pieces of the rainbow just expanded in a matter of minutes. Fucking beautiful. God, I wish my old therapist could see this.
But this will have to stay between the cathedral and me.
Lights sweep across the high ceiling. My throat runs dry and my hands sweat. I hold my breath and ease against the wall, into the shadows. Times like these remind me that I’m not a freak for wearing black every season.
I listen for any sign of life. No one knows I’m here, as long as I don’t breathe out loud. A door slams. Loud beeps echo against the walls. Fuckfuckfuckfuckfuck. The construction equipment. This place is about to meet its death with me inside.
I stretch out on the floor, careful not to cut myself, and look through the darkness in hopes of seeing what’s happening outside.
A purple and white eighteen-wheeler pulls up, jake brakes screaming to a halt. The driver jumps down, too thin and too short and not grizzly enough to be a real trucker. He lights a cigarette and walks around back.
“Don’t put that thing out here. DNA, you know,” someone calls out to him from the beeping backhoe.
The trucker breathes in and exhales a cloud of smoke. “I know better,” he says. “You’re the one making all the noise out here. If anyone gets us caught, it’ll be you.”
My heart thuds against the floor of the church. It vibrates through the floor like drums at a  concert. I seriously pray this is a drug deal going down rather than after-hours demolition. I can’t explain myself. I’m the loser who hid out and stole glass. I think I’d rather be demolished than have to face the construction crew outside with my lame ass story.
“Let’s get this over with…quick.” Another guy walks around the eighteen-wheeler. Tall. Skinny. Pale. Tattooed. Wild black hair. He looks like something out of a Tim Burton movie. He helps the trucker open the trailer. An entourage pours out.
The smoking trucker. The real live Nightmare Before Christmas. A guy in a blazer. Blonde in a baseball cap. And eye candy – the eye candy from support group! He was too cute. I should’ve known he was mixed up in something bad.
Muffled words spin through the air, from the trailer into the night. Clinging and clanging and cuss words later, the Nightmare emerges and motions them toward the other piece of equipment. It’s not beeping. It’s eerily silent. He places a tarp inside the giant scoop on the backhoe and crawls back into the trailer.
I wait for bricks of cocaine or blocks of marijuana to pile up on the backhoe, but what emerges from the trailer is far from a box of drugs. I only see a leg, but the spots are as clear as if we were out here in broad daylight. I’m losing my mind. There’s no way there’s a giraffe in the trailer of that eighteen-wheeler.
Close your eyes. Inhale. Count to ten. Exhale.
 If I weren’t already plastered to the floor, I would’ve fallen thirty seconds ago. My legs are shaky, and I’m not even using them. I squeeze my eyes shut and then open them and refocus. It takes all of the guys to move the animal from the trailer to the tarp. They know every detail – how to bend the legs, how to turn the neck, how to lift accurately like a power lifter. I breathe in the dust from the floor and feel my stomach swim in dizzy circles. What the hell are a bunch of guys doing with a dead giraffe?
“Cover it,” the Nightmare says.
Eye Candy unfolds another tarp, and they all rush to it, wrapping the giraffe carefully. My anxiety and fear and outright nausea rushes up through my chest. I bite my lip and tighten my fists until they burn. The dust rises from the floor and invades my lungs. I swallow the cough and wipe my mouth with my scarf. I dry my hands as well, but I’m not sweating. I’m bleeding. Bleeding all over the broken glass and my gray scarf. I twist it around my hand like gauze and bury my face as the beeping begins again outside.
“Take it to the freezer. I’m headed out to Boston. Back in two days!” one of the guys shouts. The trucker, I assume.
The freezer. They’re going to eat that giraffe. Who the hell eats giraffe meat?
The eighteen-wheeler speeds off. More car doors slam. The beeping silences and hazard lights flash. A splash of yellow catches my eye as the piece of equipment pulls onto the back road and follows a blue truck. They’re gone.
My thoughts spiral in whirlwind circles, and I can’t comprehend anything around me. Eighteen-wheelers hauling dead giraffes, taking a carcass to a freezer, and a group of guys who can’t be that much older than me operating the mission. Maybe it was a drug deal, and they all lit up outside and the secondhand marijuana caused me to hallucinate. There’s no fucking way I just saw that.
Blood gushes from my hand. It’s sticky and gross, and this scarf is going in the trash when I get home. I push myself up to my feet, grab my bag of broken glass, and tighten the scarf around my hand. I squeeze into it, making sure the fabric catches all of my DNA. I spot check the floor with my cell phone. Blood free.
I don’t bother with climbing through the window. My cell phone lights the floor to the back opening, where the pulpit once was, and I jump down. The night is quiet and black and dead again, like the giraffe swap hadn’t just taken place behind a half-dead church. Glass clinks against glass in my bag, but I think it’s pretty secure. No more cuts.
The alleyway seems darker than earlier, but I think it’s just my own paranoia. My shoes echo louder than before, the leaves crunch louder. I hear my own breathing, my own tell-tale heart thumping. The whole town probably hears its beat. It’s perfectly in sync with the sound of footsteps. I stop walking. I still hear them.
A black shadow rounds the corner and moves in my direction. I don’t move. I don’t think my legs or bleeding hand or bag of glass will let me.
“What the fuck?” he shouts, jumping back and holding up his cell phone. “What are you doing here?”
It’s Eye Candy from support group. The same one who helped load up a dead giraffe. And he’s back.
“What are you doing here?” I counter.
“That’s none of your business,” he says, sliding his phone back into his pocket.
I see his silhouette in the dark, but his face is a shadow. His breathing steadies, but my heart still thumps. I wonder if he can hear it too.
“Well, how about you let me go on my way and I’ll let you go on yours and we won’t ask questions. Deal?” I ask. I reach out to shake his hand but pull back and offer the other.
He moves forward but stops again. “What happened to your hand?”
“I cut it. I’m bleeding like a murder victim, so can we drop the questions and go on our ways?” I suggest again.
He shakes my good hand. “Deal.”

He brushes past me and disappears into the night. 




Top Ten Tuesday -- Top Ten Characters Who Stole my Heart

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you at The Broke and the Bookish!! Each week we will be releasing a top ten book related list for you all to enjoy!

I had a hard time deciding what topic I wanted to do this week. I really thought about doing characters that piss me off, but I just didn't think I could go over 5 of them. So I went with the one that I knew I could get a whole ten out of, characters who stole my heart. I have so many that I have just fallen for, that I just had to try to narrow it down to my top ten. They just have that special quality in them that makes them have a special place to me!

Top Ten Characters Who Stole my Heart

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1. The Weasley Family
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

I couldn't pick just one of them. I love Fred and George. They are hilarious and more smart than most gave them credit for. I was always wanting to have them in the pages more. Then there is Molly and Arthur, they were wonderful parents to read about. I loved being able to have the interest of muggles from Arthur, and just how much Molly truly cared for her children, which she included Harry and Hermione as well. The whole family is wonderful and if I was in the wizard world, I would definitely be marrying Fred or George and become a part of the family.



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2. Noah Calhoun
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

The love Noah holds for Allie is astonishing. Even from the beginning, she is the flame to his candle. I loved reading all about how much he holds on no matter what. It still brings tears to my eyes. I have to space out my reading on this book just so I don't destroy myself emotionally. 



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3. Edward Cullen
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

I have always loved Edward. As most of you know now from my recent re-reads on this series, I love Edward. I have a burning hatred for Jacob just because of how much I like Edward. He stole my heart a long time ago, and I doubt that he will ever be giving it back to me. His true passion he has for Bella is breath taking. He is always trying to do anything he can to make her happy, no matter the pain it causes him in return. He has a good old fashioned soul and I love that about him. #TeamEdward



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4. Peeta Mellark
Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Words cannot describe Peeta. His is so selfless. No matter what he is always there for Katniss, even when she doesn't even realize it. He doesn't care if he is treated badly, he doesn't care if his heart gets broken very often. He still holds true to his feelings. He might not always be center stage, but he does his best to still do anything he can while not being so obvious about it. Even with all he goes through, his heart stays. 
#TeamPeeta




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5. Tamani
Wings by Aprilynne Pike

This is the first Faerie I fell for. I could picture everything about him throughout the pages, even with him being a mythical creature. He stood around to do anything he could for Laurel, even when he got his heart broken time and time again. I followed him through all the books still holding hope that the poor guy would finally get a break. The David character made me so mad throughout this series. If I were to have done characters to piss me off, David would for sure be in the top 3. Tamani has such a wonderful heart and he isn't ashamed that he is a spring faerie. He takes it with stride and doesn't hide it. He loves his family so much and is so happy to be able to show them off when he can. I love that about him, he was definitely a family faerie! 
#TeamTamani



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6. Prince Ash
The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa

Ash. What can I say about Ash that can really explain him the way I see him. Of course, he is a faerie. He is used to the cold, as his heart is also cold. Well, he tries to make it seem that way. But when his heart starts to beat again after such a long time, he is surprised by who made it that way. He is willing to give up his court, his life, his everything, in order to just be with her. He fights it for so long, but he just can't see to do it. Once he gets past that, he is so dedicated. I love that. He was one of those rough on the edges character that surprises you by how much they change when love, true love, becomes a part of his life. I think Ash might be my number 1 book boyfriend. 
#TeamAsh


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7. Christian Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

I had such a soft spot for Christian. I did have one at first, but the more the books went on and the more things came out, you can't help but want to cry for him. He may be fifty shades of screwed up, but there are reasons for it. More than I ever expected to know even. I started to get protective of him throughout the books and I still am to this day. I defend this trilogy, and tell people that it is good. Yes, it is my opinion, but I hold onto it strongly and proudly. I hold onto it because of Christian. Ana was just any other character for me, Christian is the one who sucked me in and kept me reading.


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8. Dimitri Belikov
Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead

This is the first character that I have ever read that I had a sexual attraction to. I have had others that I was like oh, he seems like he would be cute. Dimitri, I could picture all of him, his face, his body, his personality. He sucked me into the pages. I just finished this series less than 6 months ago, yet I want to run and read these all over again. I had the biggest hangover after this series. I didn't read for a few weeks after just because I couldn't get over him. He affected me pretty badly, my poor boyfriend had to watch me walk around the house moping for days. Dimitri tries to come across as this badass, but yet he is so soft inside. Every time he says Rosa, it makes me melt. I can hear it in my head, accent and all. Even when things went bad for him, I still held on hope somehow he would pull through again.
#TeamDimitri



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9. Prince Maxon
The Selection Trilogy by Kiera Cass

I didn't know how to feel about this guy at first. I had to try to figure him out. Granted, there is another book still coming out, but I don't think he is going to change who is in the final book. Even though he is royalty, he doesn't hold that attitude. He has to do what he must for him being royalty, but the young self he is is still around off duty. He is another one like Peeta, that sits there and lets him go through pain time and time again and hopes that it all works out. He knows no one is the one he wants except one, but he has to wait painfully to find out if she ends up returning the feeling as well. I know that can't be an easy thing to go with. To know you might have to choose someone you don't even want, just because he doesn't want to force anything on any of the girls. He is a wonderful guy and I support him all the way :)
#TeamMaxon



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10. Travis Maddox
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

This goes along with the Christian Grey thing. Travis has such a strong past he is trying to hid from. he is trying to be the tough guy, because he doesn't want anyone to know the real him. Even he doesn't realize he is doing it. Until the one day Abby comes into his life. At first he finds it all funny, laughs it off really. But then all of his emotions come out, all of his fears. He now has to try to find out how he is going to deal with it all. He doesn't always deal with it right, but you are able to piece things together and figure out exactly what is bothering him so much. I love when you get to watch his shell fall apart and he just comes out into such a wonderful person!


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Well, that's my list for the week! Hope you all enjoy!
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Apr 21, 2014

Memory Lane Monday #4 (Eclipse & Breaking Dawn)


This is a new weekly meme that Kristalyn over at The Sarcastic Palmtree and I, Amber at Paradise of Pages, came up with. We have been wanting to re-read some of our favorites but feel overwhelmed by all the other new books coming out that our re-reads get put to the side. That is how we came up with this meme, we decided we don't want to put them aside anymore, so we will be taking turns putting up our reviews on the re-reads we do throughout the month. This does not mean we won't keep up with recent releases as well, it just means we will make more time for those we have read before as well.

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So here is how this meme will work:

  • Each week the co-hosts will trade off with recapping when it is a re-read or what they have heard so far about the book and the other co-host will put up their review. 
  • The participants can read anything that they remember reading in the past, or something that they have wanted to read that has been around for a while and just haven't gotten around to reading it yet for whatever reason.
  • Participants can decide if they want to recap the book before reading it or just put up a review of what they read.
  • Anyone can join in, just please link back to our blogs as well as add your name to the linky so we can hop around and see what everyone is reading.
  • Please put our banner on your post as well, so we all look the same!
  • We ask you kindly to follow BOTH of our blogs.
  • Most importantly remember to just have fun! :)

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We will be providing each week a linky that you will be able to also link your posts for us to view. All we ask is for you to put up our banner as well as a link back to BOTH hosts on your post. 
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Review

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Author: Stephenie Meyer
Release Date: August 7th, 2007
Publisher: Little Brown
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 629
Format: Hardcover, Bought

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Synopsis:

In the dead silence, all the details suddenly fell into place for me with a burst of intuition.

Something Edward didn't want me to know. Something Jacob wouldn't have kept from me...

It was never going to end, was it?


As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob - knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?




My Review:
You can read my re-cap on this book that I put up last week by clicking here.

I knew I loved this book from the last time I read it, though I weirdly didn't remember much from it. I found out as I was reading it that it was because it tends to drag in the beginning. It wasn't horrible, it had a lot that was going on in it so I stayed interested. It deals a lot with them trying to find out who is making the newborn vampires in Seattle.

I loved the relationships in this book. I saw that Bella was trying to be a good daughter to her dad, was trying to be a good girlfriend to Edward, and was still trying to be the best friend of Jacob. That can be a lot to juggle. Especially when Jacob and Edward don't get along. I was so proud of Edward when he didn't ask Bella to stay away from Jacob anymore. He tried to put aside his jealousy in order to make her happy.

I love the ending of this book, well I should say the last 150 pages. I liked being to read about her not sure about getting engaged. She was so worried about marriage for some reason, though she wanted her forever fairy tale ending with Edward. I liked being able to go through her head and watch her really think it all through. We all know what she decided on :)

The love Edward has for her is breathtaking. I loved reading about it and I really just can't get enough of it. It sucks you in for sure. I still hated Jacob in this book. He did everything he could to try to get her to change her mind. He knew her weakness and he played on them, which I didn't think was right or fair. Some people need to learn that they can make decisions by themselves. Just because you don't like the decision, doesn't mean you have the right to try and change it.

I laughed at the part where Bella punched Jacob. It made me smile quite a bit. I liked her explanation of the act as well. The way she told Charlie and then Edward why she punched him. It was even more funny when Charlie still wanted her with Jacob, but even Charlie was telling Jacob he had a death wish. Charlie is such a great character.

I liked how she spent the time to try and go between their normal everyday life, but also tried to keep you up to date with what was going on in Seattle. She did a great job of giving the story a big climax. Then when you think that it is all over in the field, she throws a curve ball out there when it comes to the romance world in the story. It kept you sucked in until the very last page and you just had to run out to get Breaking Dawn in order to keep going!



Couldn't Put It Down!!


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Recap


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Breaking Dawn
by Stephenie Meyer

"Don't be afraid," I murmured. "We belong together."

I was abruptly overwhelmed by the truth of my own words. This moment was so perfect, so right, there was no way to doubt it.

His arms wrapped around me, holding me against him... It felt like every nerve ending in my body was a live wire.

"Forever," he agreed.


When you loved the one who was killing you, it left you no options. How could you run, how could you fight, when doing so would hurt that beloved one? If your life was all you had to give, how could you not give it? If it was someone you truly loved?

To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife have led her to the ultimate turning point. Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or to pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fates of two tribes hangs.

Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating, and unfathomable, consequences. Just when the frayed strands of Bella's life-first discovered in Twilight, then scattered and torn in New Moon and Eclipse-seem ready to heal and knit together, could they be destroyed... forever?




This was one of my favorite books of the series. I, of course, loved Twilight, but this book is also very dear to me. I loved everything that happened in the beginning. I also loved the very end of it. 

I remember that part of the book is from Jacob's eyes, not Bella's. Since I am not a big Jacob fan, I remember hating this part of the book. I am hoping since I know the whole story I will be able to read it a little better. I skimmed over it quite a bit the first time I read this book.

I remember most of this book, I am surprised (minus Jacob's mind). The other books were kind of fuzzy, but this book is definitely really clear.

I love the love that is in this story. There is so much that goes around. I also liked the more steamy parts of the books. I know a lot of books out there will hint towards dirty things, but they usually don't end up happening. It was nice to read a series where everything actually goes through. I commend the author for this. She set everything up how she wanted it and made sure it happened. 

I know when I ended this book when I read it years ago, I was in a big book coma. I walked around thinking about it. I was so messed up with it that I had to go back and re-read the ending several times in order to get a daily dose of the characters. It took me a good 2 weeks before that stopped. I walked around like a zombie till I finally got out of it. I am hoping this time around I will still love it just as much, but it won't leave me so broken when it is okay.

Let me just say I won't be broken because I don't like it, I will be broken because I love the story so much I don't want it to end. This series will forever be a part of me, I always thought that the first time I read the series, but this time around I love it even more. That has let me know that it will never leave my heart. :)


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We will be back next week with our reviews on this book!

What about you? What do you remember about the time that you read this series? Would you like to read it with us?

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