Guuuyyysss! I don’t even know where to start, because THIS BOOK.
Oh, Lincoln, you extremely shy, sexy, and nerdy beast, let’s have babies together. Goo...moreGuuuyyysss! I don’t even know where to start, because THIS BOOK.
Oh, Lincoln, you extremely shy, sexy, and nerdy beast, let’s have babies together. Goodness me, Rainbow Rowell knows what I like in the men department, what kind of sorcery is this?? Seriously, I love how her heroes are always perfectly normal guys that *I swear* exist in real life, because so many times heroes in books are way too perfect, or just plain cliches, and I’m always like, “pfftttt guys like this don’t exist…”, not with RR’s books though.
What can I even say about the story?? I know from experience that it’s hard to make it sound good, because when I finished reading this book I was in a high, HIGH, state of fangirling so I started gushing about it to a couple of friends, who haven’t read it, and they clearly didn't think it was romantic at all, in fact, they were kinda creeped out when I mentioned the protagonist falls in love with a girl just by reading her emails, hello!without ever seeing what she looks like. Excuse me but he only reads her emails because that’s his job, and even though he likes to know things about her, he hates that reading her emails is the way to do it, really, he hates his job. Lincoln IS NOT a stalker, okay?? But like I said, it’s hard to make it sound good.
Once again I was overwhelmed by RR story-telling abilities, she has a way of writing seemingly simple stories, without crazy plots or fantastic world-building (with RR you don’t need any of that), but with all the heart, such good humor, and really just plain realistic, relatable characters. And she always makes me feel things, ALL THE THINGS.
So read it NOW!NOW! if you like ridiculously adorable, sexy, and nerdy heroes; lovely, so lovely heroines with a wicked sense of humor; and most of all, swoon-worthy OH-My-gOD-my-hEART romance. Do IT. (less)
I was very curious about this one, mostly because I had read so many contradictory reviews that I wanted to find out where I stood in the matter. That...moreI was very curious about this one, mostly because I had read so many contradictory reviews that I wanted to find out where I stood in the matter. That said, many thanks to NetGalley and to Atria Books for providing me with a copy of Beautiful Disaster.
This book tells the story of a young woman, Abby, who goes to college and there she meets Travis Maddox, the bad boy of the place – you know, shaved head, lots of tattoos, a fighter, and most of all, a playboy. Against all odds the two end up becoming best friends, but everyone –except Abby— can see that their relationship is so much more.
Travis can’t stand when Abby goes on a date, when guys talk to her, or even look her way, and he always does something about it, like punch the date/talker/observer straight in the face. Abby complains but deep down inside she loves it, she loves that Travis is so territorial and protective of her, so why not face the situation and just date the guy? Well, Abby has a quite mysterious past, which she slowly lets the reader know along the story, but the main problem is: she doesn’t want to be romantically involved with a guy who kind of reminds her of her father when it comes to vices -- all the drinking, and the easy money that comes from the fights, not to mention she knows about the tons of girls he has slept with and discarded in the morning.
That’s when the “beautiful disaster” part comes in, because despite all of Abby’s fears, they become a couple for real and all is great until it isn't anymore. Of course this wasn't a surprise for me, since they become a couple around page 200, and my copy was 400 pages long, so I figured I was still in for A LOT of drama – and I wasn’t wrong.
Abby and Travis will breakup, start over, breakup, start over, to the point of driving their friends to breakup, they’ll have to face demons from their pasts, go to Vegas, make deals with dangerous people, breakup again, go through hell while apart, try one more time, fail, fail, fail, until SUCCESS!
I'll admit I got to a point where I just wanted them to please stop, please just stay together, I just can’t anymore, PLEASE! And honestly the writing could use some grooming, BUT for some reason since the moment I started I couldn't stop reading, I needed to know how Abby and Travis's story was going to end.
I can’t say Beautiful Disaster is a great book, that the plot is original, that the writing is flawless, or that the hero and heroine are the best main characters around, but I can say that this was one of those addictive, impossible to stop, just-leave-me-alone-I-need-to-finish-this readings, and in my book that's always a positive thing.(less)
Sadly, this is another Twilight copycat -- with aliens instead of vampires. I say "sadly" because I actually liked the heroine, who is a book blogger,...moreSadly, this is another Twilight copycat -- with aliens instead of vampires. I say "sadly" because I actually liked the heroine, who is a book blogger, and it pains me to give her story such a low rating, but I must. Oh and the male lead is beyond obnoxious, please somebody kick him in the mouth.
Wow. Thank you, Tammara Webber, thank you for my first great reading experience in the ‘new adult’ genre. Honestly.
At first sight Easy might seem just...moreWow. Thank you, Tammara Webber, thank you for my first great reading experience in the ‘new adult’ genre. Honestly.
At first sight Easy might seem just like another contemporary romance book (a 50 Shades cover...really?), but believe me when I say: it is not. Of course the romance is the main theme and I absolutely loved, swooned, fangirled over Jacqueline and Lucas together, and how they slowly get to know, trust, love lick each other's wounds; but I equally enjoyed their paths throughout the story as individuals. Lucas won me over since the beginning, and just kept getting better and better as the story unfolded, while Jacqueline I learned to like and cheer for, because to be honest, initially I was like: WHY WOULD YOU FOLLOW YOUR BOYFRIEND TO COLLEGE?? THAT'S SO STUPID!! But I’m happy to say she totally redeemed herself, and in the end I was *aggressively* rooting for her happiness---with Lucas.
So, hell yes, I recommend it, there's great romance, good writing, no insta-love or love triangles (THANK YOU JESUS), a swoon-worthy hero with a dark and mysterious past, who isn’t a jackass, and a quite likable heroine---just about everything I need in contemporary romance.
Hunting Lila was quite the fun read, thank God for that. It’s so hard for me to find a good, fun, young adult paranormal series that when I do it’s li...moreHunting Lila was quite the fun read, thank God for that. It’s so hard for me to find a good, fun, young adult paranormal series that when I do it’s like Christmas.
The heroine, Lila, is very likable and easy to relate with, and even though it’s a tad difficult to believe that a 22 year old guy would fall in love at first sight with a 17 year old girl, at some point I decided to ignore it and just go with the flow, because, really, Lila and Alex are super cute together, and that’s why I love books, because they tell the most unlikely yet amazing stories.
Btw, that's one handsome, perfect, swoon-worthy hero right there. These days pretty much every other paranormal YA hero is this mysterious, dangerous, with no manners at all *ARSE* but "OMG he's SO HOT!" *MC swoons*, that when a great guy like Alex comes along I feel like standing up and give the book a big round of applause, throwing confetti, releasing white doves, opening up the champagne! That's how happy I get.
There’s a plot besides the romance, which is very intriguing, and the reason why this book ends with a cliffhanger, plus with a lot of questions to be answered -- needless to say I was extremely happy that the second book was out already. (less)
I’ve been wanting to read this book for so long to see what the buzz was all about and now that I finally did it, I get it. Anna and the French Kiss i...moreI’ve been wanting to read this book for so long to see what the buzz was all about and now that I finally did it, I get it. Anna and the French Kiss is a lovely, funny read with dramatic elements also, a great heroine, a swoon-worthy hero, great writing and a satisfying ending. The fact that the whole thing happens in Paris is just the cherry on top of the cake.
Basically the story is about this young woman, Anna, who is sent to France against her will for her senior year and there she befriends this really cute guy, Étienne, with whom she starts falling in love, but unfortunately he is already taken.
She tries to stay away from him, and he keeps going after his girlfriend, but it’s quite clear that eventually they will fall into each other’s arms, and honestly no one can blame them, since Étienne was so unhappy in his relationship, his girlfriend couldn’t give him the support he needed, while Anna was always there. It’s actually weird for me to have enjoyed a book that in a way deals with cheating, but somehow Stephanie Perkins makes it look okay.
Most of all, I really enjoyed the way Anna and Étienne’s friendship evolved, and how she gains confidence in herself throughout the story. I also enjoyed how the author took Anna away from her home and parents and gave her what teenagers all around the world most want: freedom to do as they please, but at the same time made her homesick and wishing her mum was there to comfort her in so many scenes.
If I could change anything about this book, I would probably change the first kiss between Anna and Étienne, just because *for me* it didn’t have a wow factor – I mean, they have so many lovely moments where tension builds up to a point where a kiss would have been perfect, and then they go and kiss in this random, totally out of the blue, not romantic at all scene. I didn’t feel it. I also didn’t like how Anna behaved with Bridge when she found out about that guy whose name I can't remember right now.
Anyway, it was a good, fun read, and I certainly recommend it. (less)
Quando Sopra o Vento Norte é um livro diferente. Porquê? Ora, porque é um livro exclusivamente composto por uma troca de e-mails entre dois estranhos...moreQuando Sopra o Vento Norte é um livro diferente. Porquê? Ora, porque é um livro exclusivamente composto por uma troca de e-mails entre dois estranhos -Leo e Emmi-, já que certa vez Emmi se engana numa letra de um remetente de endereço electrónico e a sua mensagem vai ter à caixa de correio de Leo. Eles acham graça à situação e começam a corresponder-se frequentemente, até que isto se torna numa espécie de obsessão para ambos.
Eu gostei deste livro. Ou melhor, achei-lhe piada, porque para além de ser diferente e relativamente fácil de se ler, é também bastante divertido, e daí que tal como Leo e Emmi se viciam nos e-mails um do outro, também eu fiquei viciada neles os dois e no lado mais cómico da sua relação virtual. No entanto não posso dizer que este seja um volume indispensável em cada estante, porque não é – é interessante sim senhora, mas nada por aí além. Por razões óbvias, fez-me lembrar e muito do filme You’ve Got Mail, e isto não só pelo lado virtual da coisa, mas também pela maneira como os protagonistas se comportam um com o outro, e até naquela parte em que eles tanto hesitam em volta da questão de se encontrarem em pessoa ou não. Neste aspecto, o grande “problema” de Quando Sopra o Vento Norte é o de Emmi ser casada e feliz, e portanto em princípio está posta de lado a hipótese de se envolver com Leo. Como disse, em princípio.
Não sei muito bem que dizer mais sobre este livro, confesso que desde que o acabei andei a coçar a cabeça porque não sabia o que escrever na opinião. E ainda agora parece-me que não desenvolvi muito mais do que aquilo que está explicado na sinopse. Pelo menos fica o aviso de que: Quando Sopra o Vento Norte é só composto por e-mails. 222 de 222 páginas de e-mails. Mais nada. Coisa que eu não sabia quando o comprei (…sim, não o folheei antes de ir para a caixa), mas que de certa maneira resulta, porque ao contrário do que possa parecer, consegue-se testemunhar o desabrochar da relação dos protagonistas.
Antes de tudo mais tenho a dizer que este livro é super enganador, já que capa, título e sinopse pouco ou nada têm a haver com o que se passa na narra...moreAntes de tudo mais tenho a dizer que este livro é super enganador, já que capa, título e sinopse pouco ou nada têm a haver com o que se passa na narrativa. O Que Seria Eu Sem Ti? + rapariga de vestido branco num campo + sinopse sobre os dois amores de Gabrielle, levaram-me a pensar que este seria um romance contemporâneo/chick-lit – mas não é, ainda que o estranho início também possa levar a acreditar nisso. E digo “estranho início” porque o estilo de texto das primeiras 30 páginas é…nem sei bem o que ele é, só que conta sucintamente como os protagonistas Martin e Gabrielle se conhecem, se apaixonam, e se separam muito pouco tempo depois. A segunda parte da história passa-se quinze anos depois, e começa com Martin -actualmente polícia- a perseguir Archibald McLean, um conhecido ladrão de arte, pelas ruas de Paris – cena que, salvo um pormenor ou outro, é um autêntico rip-off da cena do roubo no filme O Caso Thomas Crown. Aliás, todo o livro é um bocadinho rip-off d‘O Caso Thomas Crown, com o Archibald no papel do Pierce Brosnan e o Martin no da Rene Russo.
Grande parte do livro centra-se nestes dois personagens, Martin e Archibald, com o ponto de vista alternado várias vezes entre eles – por um lado o leitor vai sabendo como Martin está obcecado em apanhar Archibald, e por outro, como Archibald adora ser perseguido por Martin. É então que Gabrielle reaparece – revelações são feitas, e velhas feridas reabertas e esfregadas com sal, até que os rapazes têm um acidente, entram em coma e parte da história passa a ser contada do limbo onde eles se encontram, e onde só há um bilhete de volta à vida. (Não estou a brincar!)
Não sei bem que dizer sobre este livro…o meu grande problema com ele é que não me interessou o suficiente para me importar com o que se estava a passar ou com o que acontecia com as personagens. Não há assim momentos altos ou muito envolventes ainda que hajam umas quantas surpresas com o desenrolar da história, e confesso que não estava nada à espera daquela última parte passada no limbo entre a vida e a morte, que é retratado como um aeroporto, e muito menos daquele pormenor dos bilhetes de avião que ora reenviam o pessoal para a vida, ora levam-nos para a viagem infinita da morte – achei isto tudo um bocadinho…out of place, quer dizer, afinal tudo começa com um amor louco entre dois jovens, depois passa a uma história de perseguição entre um polícia e um ladrão de arte, e de súbito, BAM, limbo. Não estou a dizer que isto não combina, só que não me convenceu.
A classificação baixinha que lhe vou atribuir não significa que ache este um livro mau, mas apenas que não é para mim. Cuidado com o Dálmata(less)