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RAMBLINGS – 24 Hours Into an European Blogger’s Life (+ GIVEAWAY)

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Hey guys! Welcome to the Wonderful World of European Blogging on American Plateforms ™ or should I say the Wonderful World of Blogging About English Books in a Non-English Country™. You’ll love it. I swear.

More seriously, I shouldn’t feel obligated to say it, but as I’m well-aware of the Rude™ label many people put on the French shoulders (not entirely undeserved, but this is another story for another day), I’ll start by renewing my faith in (wow, creepy) reminding everyone that I love blogging about books and talking with book lovers from all around the world – no matter how much some little things annoy me.

I’ll talk about these little things today.

TRIGGER WARNING : Any resemblance to a whiny person is completely intentional.

10am

While editing a post on your blog, you’ve noticed that something wasn’t quite right : either the pictures won’t load, or your …. Alright, those of you who run a blog know that it could be anything, really. Anyway. So what tips did you learn at school for when you’re stuck on something? No, not asking the teacher, the other thing that made her breathe easily : you ask a friend, of course! Team work and all that jazz. The thing is, when you’re running a blog about English books, your co-bloggers most likely live thousands of miles away. Hours away.

10 AM in Paris = 4 AM in Indiana = 1 AM in Nevada.

Well, I’m not a jerk who feels entitled to get an answer in the middle of the night, SO. I’ll have to wait (and probably find the answer alone, so spamming the blog thread with my questions then answers then never mind, I found it! texts).

11am

Let’s say that I want to read Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta during my vacations. Where do I start? Bookstores, of course. Unfortunately, after 1 hour of thoroughly searching for English books in my bookstore (in any bookstore except if you live in Paris/are fucking lucky/want to read Shakespeare or Steinbeck), I had to face the facts : French bookstores don’t sell English books, and when they do, they’ll most likely be classics.

So of course I thought, hey! Amazon is your friend! (well *coughs* except if you take the fact that they don’t pay any taxes in your country into account *coughs* who cares if they’re the best at disloyal deals *coughs* taxes and good employment conditions are overrated anyway right? *suffocates*)

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“European country” is such a weird concept anyway. Let’s confuse them, because really, who the fuck cares

2pm

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Yep, that’s right. Your favorite authors won’t fly to you, and most publishers won’t consider you because…. rights are a bitch. But moving on.

5pm

Don’t you hate it when you’ve done everything you had to do to enter a giveaway, only to realize that the US ONLY tag didn’t mean “us, the book lovers” but more “US, you just wasted your time”? Because I do. EUROPE ONLY is such a rare tag that I’ve decided to run my own giveaway and offer you not one, but two of my favorite novels on paperback, The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves (RONAN! Ronan is life) by Maggie Stiefvater and a signed postcard. Good luck!

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8pm

But fear no more! Living in a Non English speaking country when reviewing is not so bleak. Indeed you can learn wonderful skills thanks to it!

1) You ROCK at devises change : what, now you know that 10$ means “a little less than 10€, I’d say 9€ but really I’m not sure,where is the paypal change widget when you need it”. Wonderful. Just wonderful. (Alright. It’s 9,16896 . You’re welcome.)

2) When you’re texting your real life friends, you frequently use LMAO even though they don’t know what it means. Fuck! (← they always know what that means) Anyway, you’re twice as likely to confuse the hell out of your friends and coworkers. Isn’t it awesome? Here’s some French abbreviations for you if you want to … Well, I’m not sure why you would want them, but oh well.

mdr = Literally, “dead by laughing”, because we’re fun like that.

tkt = Literally, “you worry”, buuuuut it means the opposite : “don’t worry”

pk/pq/pkoi = Whyyyyyyyy do French can’t bloody agree on anything? (It’s “why”)

stp = “please” when talking to a friend (otherwise, for your boss, it will be svp)

dsl = sorry for being a jerk (okay, just “sorry”)

VDM = (my personal favorite) You know when you’re late for work, shoved by an asshole who doesn’t even apologize and you ruin your clothes by spreading coffee all over them? Well, it’s VDM. Literally, “FML”.

3) You regularly pause while speaking French to wonder how the fuck do we say that word in…. French. Yikes.

3am

… but when you have wonderful friends on the other side of the Atlantic, not sleeping at night does not look so horrible <3

So, tell me : can you recognize yourself in some of these situations, or am I really a whiny bitch*? Answer in comments!

* I’m not sure I really want to know if that’s the case, mdr (← HA!)

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REVIEW + EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY – For Better or Worse (The Wedding Belles #2) by Lauren Layne

REVIEW + EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY – For Better or Worse (The Wedding Belles #2) by Lauren Layne

You guys, I loved this book! I already went back through and read my favorite scenes I’m not even going to tell you how many times. Josh, Heather, the fighting, the banter, oh my gosh, it was absolutely perfect! So check out my 5 Star Review below, read a sweet scene between Josh and Heather, and enter a fabulous giveaway to win a copy of this book. Enjoy!

REVIEW + EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY – For Better or Worse (The Wedding Belles #2) by Lauren LayneFor Better or Worse (The Wedding Belles #2)
by Lauren Layne
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Synopsis:

Will a budding wedding planner and her bad boy neighbor stop banging heads and start hearing wedding bells in the sexy second novel in USA TODAY bestselling author Lauren Layne’s irresistible new series that marries Sex and the City with The Wedding Planner?

When small-town girl Heather Fowler finally gets promoted from assistant to actual wedding planner, she’s determined to make it as one of Manhattan’s elite Wedding Belles. Unfortunately, her first client demands an opulent black-tie affair at the Plaza…in five months’ time. Heather’s days quickly become a flurry of cake tastings, dress-fittings, RSVP cards, and bridal tantrums. But what she’s really losing sleep over is the live music blaring from her playboy neighbor’s apartment all night.

Five years ago, Josh Tanner was an up-and-comer on Wall Street, complete with the penthouse and the migraines. But a grim cancer diagnosis made him realize there is more to life than the corner office. If only he could convince his pretty, workaholic neighbor to let loose, too. As Heather lets down her guard, Josh is surprised when he starts falling for the sweet, vulnerable woman hiding beneath those power suits. Soon, it’s Heather’s turn to convince Josh to take the biggest risk of all: love.

Review:

From the first chapter alone, I  knew for Better or Worse was going to be a favorite!  I was giddy, smiley and I already had butterflies dancing around in my stomach.  It was shocking how fast I fell for Josh, and I absolutely adored our heroine Heather.  This was the type of book that I couldn’t read fast enough, yet I wanted to savor it at the same time.  And I’m so ecstatic to say this, because while I thought the novella in this series was just good, the first book was a huge flop for me.  So I was crazy nervous picking up this book, especially since I usually love everything this author has written.  Well, except the first two books in this series *hides face while cringing*.  But  now I can proudly say that I have another LL book to add to my favorites list!

Yep. It was official. The new neighbor had to die. – Heather

Soooo, that first chapter.  I need someone to gush with me over it!  Heather finally has the dream apartment, and she believes she’s close to having her dream job.  Which is being promoted from Assistant Wedding Planner to Wedding Planner.  Yet there’s one huge flaw.  Her noisy neighbor next door who uses his apartment for band practice.  While Heather was storming over there to tell Josh to quiet down in the middle of the night, since she has to work the next morning, I was cheering her along.  But from the moment Josh opened that door, I was a goner.

Life was too short— way too short to sleep with only one person.
Did that make him an ass? Maybe. Did he care? Not particularly. – Josh

Josh Turner is one of those guys that is beyond sexy and mesmerizing.  He quickly captures your attention and there’s truly no getting out of his seduction.  He is forward yet withholds parts of himself, he is confident yet at other times unsure of what to say, oh he just felt so real to me.  And while Heather tries to stay indifferent to Josh and his player ways, he slowly starts to win her over.  I loved all of his attempts, even if his end game was to get her to sleep with him haha.  But over time, a friendship unfolded and it was all so natural and perfect.

Heather held her ground, and they were toe-to-toe, glare-to-glare.
She spread her arms to the side. “You happy? You get what you want?”
Josh shook his head. “Not even fucking close.”
His mouth slammed down on hers a half second before his hands closed greedily around her head as he took her in the hottest kiss of her life.

Their friendship was filled with banter, fighting (I LOVED their arguments, they were insanely sexy when they were fighting!), tenderness and a perfect amount of sexual tension that always left me begging for more.  Every time they were together, I kept thinking now this is my favorite moment in the book!  I even loved the nickname Josh used for Heather.  How in the world did I get so giddy over a nickname?!  Especially that one?!  Yet I did, and I always found myself smiling. 

He scooped up her mug and stood with a wink. “Damned if I don’t like you a little bit, 4C, especially when you’re all pissy and shit.”
Heather ignored this, pointedly looking out the window as she waited for him to return with more of the insane coffee.
But damned if she didn’t like him a little bit, too.

This time around I adored all of the Belles!  They felt fleshed out, which was one of my struggles with the first book.  And meeting Josh’s mom, oh I’m a huge fan, I couldn’t wait to see where she would pop up next ha.  They all fit seamlessly within the pages.  So as the story flowed, I continued to get pulled further and further into their lives.  And by that last chapter, I found myself crying.  Okay not just crying, I completely bawled my eyes out.  This story was absolutely perfect to me!  So if you had issues with the first book, like I did, I truly hope that you’ll give this one a try!  It’s more than worth it!

*ARC kindly provided by Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

 

 

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Excerpt:
“So this is where the noise happens, huh?” she asked.

Josh’s eyes narrowed as his friend’s hand touched Heather’s back briefly. “Absolutely,” Trevor said. “We’re sorry it keeps you up though.”

“Oh, it’s okay,” she said, waving her hand. “I mean . . . it’s not. But tonight I couldn’t sleep anyway, so you get a free pass. What do you all play?”

“Donny’s bass, Felix is on drums. Josh is lead guitar, and I, as the most important member, have the pipes.”

“Oh! I thought Josh was the singer,” Heather said with a quick glance over her shoulder at him.

Their eyes locked, and Josh felt a flicker of . . . something.

“Ah, is that what he’s telling the women these days,” Trevor joked.

“No, I just . . . I hear him, singing sometimes,” Heather muttered.

“Our boy can carry a tune well enough, but wait until you hear me, love,” Trevor said.
Josh turned away in mild disgust, pulling a beer out of the fridge as Trevor and the other guys coaxed Heather into the practice room, thrilled to have any sort of audience, even a reluctant one.

“Yo, Tanner,” Felix called.

“What,” he called, popping the lid off the bottle and tilting the beer back to his lips as he tried to shake off whatever was bringing down his mood tonight.

“Let’s show Heather here that we’re more than a bit of noise coming through her bedroom wall.”

Josh turned around to see Donny dragging one of his kitchen chairs across the room, disappearing into the practice room.

“All right, love, you just sit down and get comfortable,” Trevor said. “Tanner! Come on, man.”

Josh heard the low strum of Donny’s guitar, heard Felix do a little warm-up rhythm, and knew there was no way of getting out of it. If he refused to play a song now, he’d look like an ass.

Still, his feet didn’t move, and he took another sip of beer.

Feeling eyes on him, he glanced up to see Heather in the doorway, leaning one shoulder against the doorjamb as she studied him.

“Okay, 4A?” she asked.

Her tone was lighthearted, almost slightly reluctant, as though she didn’t want to care about why he was out here alone, feeling oddly itchy with his life.

He appreciated it. He’d spent enough time in the past few years dealing with people who walked on eggshells around him, cooing sweetness. Some of it genuine, some of it not so much.

Heather’s no-nonsense question was refreshing—and exactly what he needed.

He was happy and healthy and living the dream, damn it.

Even if he was no longer sure it was his dream.

“You going soft on me?” he asked, taking one last sip of his beer before setting it aside and strolling toward her.

Heather’s eyes narrowed. “Hardly. I just wanted you to get your shit together so I can see your cute lead singer work his magic.”

He deliberately stepped into the doorway so she couldn’t move in either direction without brushing against him, grinning at her discomfort.

“You’re in a better mood tonight,” he said, his eyes skimming over her crazy curls and relaxed expression. “Why?”

“Believe it or not, I’m not a shrew.”

“Huh.”

Heather shoved his shoulder with a little scowl. “I’m not!”

“Does that mean you’re going to start making banana bread like Mrs. Calvin?”

“Yes, definitely. And coffee cake and sugar cookies and whatever other goodies you might like. All while wearing a frilly, feminine apron.”

“Dare I hope there’s nothing under the apron?” he asked, leaning in slightly.

“Right again!” she said, in mock delight. “I just love to bake naked.”

Josh’s pulse leapt, but Trevor interrupted before the sudden X-rated picture in his mind could turn into a full-fledged fantasy.

“Dude, we doing this or what?”

Josh looked at Heather.

“One song,” she said, holding up a finger. “I may as well see what the music sounds like on this side of the wall.”

About Author:
Lauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband (who was her high school sweetheart–cute, right?!) and plus-sized Pomeranian.
In 2011, she ditched her corporate career in Seattle to pursue a full-time writing career in Manhattan, and never looked back.
In her ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.
For a list of all her works, please be sure to check out her official website!

 

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BLOGIVERSARY + GIVEAWAY – Our Most Tortured BBFs

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Today is the last day of our month long celebration!  We hope that you have loved going through our lists of book boyfriends and favorite heroines!  If you missed one, they are Fiercest BBFs, Kindest BBFs, Favorite Heroines, and Darkest BBFsSo for today, we are going to talk about Our Most Tortured BBFs.  These men completely enrapture our hearts, we ache for them as the story progresses and we can’t stop thinking about them long after we have closed the book.  We hope you’ll want to meet all of our favorites and we’re wishing you lots of luck on our final giveaway that features one of Our Most Tortured BBFs!  Enjoy!  And thank you for celebrating all month long with us!

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from I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios   (review)

“How’s the Sky today?”



Price of a kissMason Lowe 
from Price of a Kiss by Linda Kage (review)

 Leaning down, he hugged me and buried his face in my neck. “It feels like a dream, like I’m going to wake up any second and you’ll be gone. I don’t want to wake up from this.”



to professor, with love linda kageNoel Gamble 
from To Professor, With Love by Linda Kage (review)

“You. Are. Mine … I don’t care how wrong we are for each other. I don’t care that I’ll never be good enough for you or that we’re risking everything to be together. Your mother would never approve. Whatever. Fuck it all. You are fucking mine. And I’m yours. And we belong together.”


Todd from The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) by Patrick Ness (review)

Life ain’t fair.
It ain’t.
Not never.
It’s pointless and stupid and there’s only suffering and pain and people who want to hurt you. You can’t love nothing or no one cuz it’ll all be taken away or ruined and you’ll be left alone and constantly having to fight, constantly having to run just to stay alive.



six of crows leigh bardugoKaz 
from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (review)

When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.



Ugly LoveMiles 
from Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover  (review)

He brings his hands up and slides them though my hair, brushing his thumbs across my cheeks. He inhales a shaky breath while looking down at my mouth. “You make it so hard to breathe.”


my heart and other black holesRoman from My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga  (review)

“Be careful,” he says.
“Why?” I’m not thinking about being careful. I’m thinking about one last push, of letting go, of flying, and of falling.
“You aren’t allowed to die without me,” he whispers.

 


Kell from A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab  (review)

Kell had fought before, but never like this, never for his life. He’d gotten into his fair share of scrapes (most of them Rhy’s fault) and had had his fair share of bruises, but he’d always walked away intact. He’d never been seriously hurt, never struggled to keep his own heart beating. Now he feared that if he stopped fighting, if he stopped forcing his feet forward and his eyes open, that he might actually die. He didn’t want to die.


thoughtless sc stephensKellen Kyle from  Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens

“What if I don’t choose you, Kellan? What will you do?”
He looked away, a tear rolling down his cheek. “I’ll leave, Kiera. I’ll leave, and you and Denny can have your happily ever after.” He looked back at me. “You wouldn’t even need to tell him about me. Eventually, the two of you…” his voice broke and another tear fell on his cheek, “the two of you would get married, and have children, and have a great life.”
I fought back a sob. “And you? What happens to you in that scenario?”
“I…get by. And I miss you, every day,” he whispered.”

 

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Anew The Archers of Avalon by Chelsea FineTristan Archer from Anew (The Archers of Avalon #1) by Chelsea Fine   (review)

It would happen. Tristan couldn’t stop it. And, if he really cared about Scarlet, he shouldn’t stop it. But that didn’t make the thought of them together any less gut-wrenching.
Tristan stared blankly at the floor as a piece of his heart broke.
His very real, very existent heart.
And so it begins.


the return titan jennifer armentroutSeth from The Return (Titan #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout   (review)

I didn’t . . . I didn’t deserve this with her.
I didn’t deserve her in general.


Fine Best Kind of BrokenLevi Andrews from Best Kind of Broken (Finding Fate #1) by Chelsea Fine   (review)

My eyes drop to her mouth, her throat, her hands. Every instinct I have is screaming to touch her. To cross the space between us and wrap my arms protectively around her small frame. To shield her from all the bad things, the sorrowful things. All the things I’m made of.

But that can’t happen. We can’t happen.


sweet evil wendy higginsKaidan Rowe from Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy #1) by Wendy Higgins   (review)

“Which was your favorite place?” I asked.
“I’ve never been terribly attached to any place. I guess it would have to be… here.”
I stopped midchew and examined his face. He wouldn’t look at me. He was clenching his jaw, tense. Was he serious or was he teasing me? I swallowed my bite.
“The Texas panhandle?” I asked.
“No.” He seemed to choose each word with deliberate care. “I mean here in this car. With you.”


i wish you were mine lauren layneJackson Burke from I Wish You Were Mine (Oxford, #2) by Lauren Layne   (review)

His mouth lifted in a half smile.  “Trust me, apologizing wasn’t on the agenda, but that was. . . that was a mistake.”
Her heart twisted, and she wanted to retort that the best kiss of her life had not been a mistake.  That a kiss like that could mean only good things.
But of course he was right.  The two of them . . . they couldn’t.
She closed her eyes.  This was a mess.


i'll meet you there heather demetriosJosh Mitchell from I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios   (review)

“This buddy of mine always tells me—” He stopped for a second and tapped his key against the steering wheel. I waited for him to finish his thought, but it was like he’d already gotten out of the truck. Like Mom, he wasn’t there.
“Josh?” I reached out to touch his arm, but he jerked away.
“I’m fine,” he snapped.
“Okay,” I said, my voice soft.


Rhysand from A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas  (review)

“But then she snapped your neck.”

Tears rolled down his face.

“And I felt you die,” he whispered.”


Froi from Froi of the Exile (Lumatere Chronicles #2) by Melina Marchetta  (review)

“He took her face in his bloody hands. ‘I’ll come and find you wherever you are. I’ll not stop breathing until I do. So you’re going to have to promise me that you won’t lose hope. That you will keep yourself alive.’

He tried to wipe her tears, but there were too many.

‘I heard your song the moment we were born,” she sobbed. “And years later, it dragged me back from the lake of the half-dead when all I wanted to do was die. Each time someone tried to kill me, it sang its tune and gave me hope.'”


Thomas Mackee from The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta  (review)

“I can do oblivion, you know. I can do it better than him. I’d like to see how he likes it if I just disappear from his life without a word. It was okay for him to keep in contact with Georgie and my mum, but not once did he pick up the phone or write to me. Like I was fucking nothing to him. Like I’m nothing to no one.”


Todd from The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) by Patrick Ness 

“And someone calls, “Murderer!” from across the square.

But of course it can’t be her –

But at least there’s someone. At least there’s someone.”


Jonah from Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta  (review)

“Please don’t be crazy, Taylor,” Griggs whispers, leaning his head against mine. “Please don’t be crazy.” He kisses me, holding my face between his hands, whispering over and over again, “Please”.


Fitz from Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer Assassin #1) by Robin Hobb  (review)

“Come, hunt with me, the invitation whispers in my heart. Leave the pain behind and let your life be your own again. There is a place where all time is now, and the choices are simple and always your own.

Wolves have no kings.”


Vo from City of Stairs (City of Stairs #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett  (review)

“But if it was your words they taught me as a child, and if it’s your words that encourage this vile and self-disgust, this ridiculous self-flagellation, this incredibly damaging idea that to be human and to love and to risk making mistakes is wrong, then… Well, I guess fuck you, Father Kolkan.”


Kell from A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab  (review)

“You could at least pretend to be grateful.”

“And you couldn’t have picked something a little more…I don’t know…imposing?”

“…A bloody handprint?” retorted Rhy. “Oh, what about a glowing black eye?”

Kell glowered.

“You’re right,” continued Rhy, “I should have just drawn a frowning face. But then everyone would know it’s you.”


Charlie from Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King  (review)

“There was a reason Charlie was such a bright blazing sun. He came from endless cold, black space.”

 

 

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BLOGIVERSARY + GIVEAWAY – Our Darkest BBFs

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In continuing with our month long Blogiversary theme, today we’re talking about our Darkest BBFs.  These men take our breath away, even with all of the darkness within them!  If you haven’t met all of them yet, we hope you will!  And we’re wishing you lots of luck in winning today’s giveaway.  It’s the full trilogy and features one of our Darkest BBFs.  That side of him was shocking, but he completely captured our hearts!  Enjoy!
PS If you missed out on our previous blogiversary posts and giveaways, they were Fiercest BBFs, Kindest BBFs, and Favorite Heroines.

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DISCLAIMER : These characters aren’t what I would call BBF, per se (because PSYCHOPATHS, you all) (alright, some of them more than the others) (some of them are only assholes) (or devious) (but still). Yet they’re complex and fascinating and worth knowing. So, so worth it.

The Darkling from  Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo

“You’re shaking.”
“I’m not used to people trying to kill me.”
“Really? I hardly notice anymore.”


Jorg of Ancrath from Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire #) by Mark Lawrence – (Review)

“You know how to break the cycle of hatred?” I asked.
“Love”, said Gomst, all quiet-like.
“The way to break the cycle is to kill every single one of the bastards that fucked you over”, I said.”


Jasper Dent from I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent #1) by Barry Lyga – (Review)

“The killer was a badass. Talk about supreme confidence. Jazz couldn’t help it; he sort of admired the guy.
People matter. People are real. People matter…


Gabriel from Omens (Cainsville #1) by Kelley Armstrong – (Review)

“I warned you not to touch her,” Gabriel said, his tone conversational.
“She is my fiancée,” James spat.
“EX-fiancée, a concept you appear to have difficulty comprehending, which is at the root of this problem. However, if you are suggesting that even as her fiancé you would have the right to touch her, you are mistaken on a very important point of law. You do not. You will not. Is that clear?”


Laurent from Captive Prince (Captive Prince #1) by C.S. Pacat – (Review)

“There was a man I was supposed to meet. He’s got all these ideas about honour and fair play, and he tries to keep me from doing the wrong thing. But he’s not here right now. Unfortunately for you.”


Cassel from White Cat (The Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black – (Review)

“Marks think they can get something for nothing.

Marks think they can get what they don’t deserve and could never deserve.

Marks are stupid and pathetic and sad.

…..

Marks forget that whenever something’s too good to be true, that’s because it’s a con.”


Werner from All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – (Review)

“It is as if he has been drowning for as long as he can remember and somebody has fetched him up for air.”

 

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falling kingdoms morgan rhodesMagnus from  Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Michelle Rowan, Morgan Rhodes – (Review)

Up ahead, Magnus pulled something from a basket.  It was small, furry, and had long, floppy ears.
It’s nose twitched.
“It’s a rabbit,” Lucia said with surprise. “A baby.”
“A pet. For you.” He handed the animal to her. It nestled into the crook of her neck. She felt it’s rapid heartbeat beneath her fingertips and her own heart swelled. She’d always wanted a pet, especially when she was just a child, but apart from horses and a few wolfhounds owned by the king, her mother had never allowed it. 
“You didn’t kill it.” 
Magnus looked at her curiously. “Of course not. A dead rabbit wouldn’t make a very good pet, would it?” 
Its fur was so soft. She stroked it, trying to ease the animal’s fear. She looked up at Magnus. her throat tightening. “So  you think this excuses you for scaring off Michol-and who knows who else?” 
He gave her a wary look. “Does it help a little?” 
She hissed out a breath but couldn’t keep the smile from appearing on her lips. “Maybe a little.” 
Magnus was challenging, annoying. opinionated, and relied on his masks to hide his true feelings form the world far too much. But she still loved him and knew without a doubt that she would do anything for him, even when he tested her patience.
And she would tell him her secret the next time she had the opportunity. Maybe then he’d tell her what had been troubling him lately. Even now as he gazed down at her holding his gift, there was a deep and bottomless sadness in his eyes.


karen marin moning darkfeverBarrons from Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning – (Review)

The million-dollar question: What are you, Barrons? His answer, on those rare occasions he gave one, was always the same. 
The one that will never let you die.


sins & needles karina halleCam from Sins and Needles (The Artists Trilogy #1) by Karina Halle – (Review)

“That is what I thought of you, Ellie.  Heartless, reckless, selfish, and cruel.”
He was back to shooting me when my armor was down. I turned my face away from him, not wanting to let him see the hurt in my eyes. He reached up and put his fingers under my chin, bringing my face forward again, forcing me to look at him.
“Beautiful, sad, wounded, and lost,” he continued. “A freak, a work of art, a liar, and a lover.”
His gaze was starting to eat away at my insides. Razor-blade butterflies whirled in my heart.
“I hate you, Ellie Watt,” he whispered, lips coming closer to mine, “because I still love you after all these years.” 


the winner's curse marie rutkoskiArin from The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Curse #1) by Marie Rutkoski – (Review)

“Do you know how to play Bite and Sting?” she asked.
“Maybe.”
“Either you do or you don’t.”
“Whether I know or don’t doesn’t matter.”
She made an impatient noise. “Because?”
His teeth flashed in the late, shifting light. “Because you would not want to play against me.


Cassel from White Cat (The Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black – (Review)

I-I don’t want to be a monster, but maybe it’s too late to be anything else.



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from I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent #1) by Barry Lyga – (Review)

Jazz stared at her father. Connie had never seen such a stare. He didn’t move; his expression didn’t change. It was something ethereal, something in his eyes, or in his soul. Something had shifted, and Connie suddenly realized that she’d been wrong before-her father wasn’t the hawk on the high branch. 
Jazz was.

 

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sins & needles karina halleCam from Sins and Needles (The Artists Trilogy #1) by Karina Halle – (Review)

He kissed me so hard I thought I might break. Somewhere in there a sob escaped his lips, or maybe it escaped mine. It didn’ t matter— we were only one, we’ d always been, always been the same. Our lips were wet, the salt of tears hitting our tongue. It wasn’ t a good-bye kiss, it was the opposite . It was the start of something that would last forever.


 

 

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BLOGIVERSARY + GIVEAWAYS – Our Favorite Female Heroines

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Today’s the day!  We’ve officially been blogging for 2 years! *twirls around while smiling*  Since we’ve already had two posts talking about our favorite Fiercest BBFs and Kindest BBFs, today we’re going to talk about some of Our Favorite Female Heroines.  These are the women we look up to, respect and absolutely love!  So have fun meeting our favorite heroines and we’re wishing you lots of luck on our 3 giveaways below!

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angelfall susan eePenryn from Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee – (Review)

When you’ re small enough to have to look up at everyone around you, there’ s no such thing as a dirty fight. That’ s a new motto for me. I think I’ ll keep it.


the iron king julie kagawaMeghan from The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa – (Review)

No matter how much I wanted a normal life, there would be a part of me that longed for this world, for the magic and wonder of it. It had seeped into my soul and shown me things I’ d never thought existed. I couldn’ t be normal and ignorant ever again, knowing what was out there.


obsidian a lux novel jennifer l. armentroutKaty from Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – (Review)

Okay. That was it. “You know, you’ re right. How wrong of me to call you a douchebag. Because a douchebag is too nice of a word for you,” I said, smiling sweetly. “You’ re a dickhead.”

“A dickhead?” He repeated. “How charming.”

I flipped him off.


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Scarlet from Anew (The Archers of Avalon #1) by Chelsea Fine – (Review)

He looked haunted. Pained.

Her heart thrummed as she felt something sorrowful grow inside of her. Heavy and warm and full of regret, it whispered something to her soul. Something powerful. Something sad.

Something Scarlet couldn’ t remember.

 

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Quintana from Quintana of Charyn (The Lumatere Chronicles #3) by Melina Marchetta – (Review)

“Oh, you’ re one of those, the princess said.

‘One of what?’

‘One of those who needs to be told their worth over and over by others. Do you know who tells me my worth, Phaedra of Alonso?’

The princess pointed a hard finger at her own chest.

‘Me. I determine my own worth. If I had to rely on others I’ d have lain down and died waiting.”


Lila from A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by Victoria Schwab – (Review)

“I’ m not going to die,” she said. “Not till I’ ve seen it.”

“Seen what?”

Her smile widened. “Everything.”


Adelina from The Rose Society by Marie Lu – (Review)

“Why can’ ’t I be the one to strike first, to hit so early and with such fury that my enemies cower before they can ever think of turning on me? What is so great about being good?”


Rose Calloway from Kiss the Sky (The Calloway Sisters #1) by Krista and Becca Ritchie – (Review)

“So bring it on, motherfuckers. Try to hurt me. Because I won’ t let you.”


Vera from Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King (so very flawed, and I love her for it) – (Review)

“But there’ s something about telling other people what to ignore that just doesn’ t work for me. Especially things we shouldn’ t be ignoring.

Hear that girl in your class is being abused by her stepfather and had to go to the clinic? Hear she’ s bringing her mother’ s pills to school and selling them to pay for it? Ignore. Ignore. Ignore. Mind your own business. Don’ t make waves. Fly under the radar. It’ s just one of those things, Vera.

I’ m sorry, but I don’ t get it. If we’ re supposed to ignore everything that’ s wrong in our lives, then I can’ t see how we’ ll ever make things right.”

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Penryn from AngelFall (Penryn and the End of the Days #1) by Susan Ee – (Review)

“Oh, please. Your giant head is getting too big for this forest. Pretty soon, you’re going to get stuck trying to walk between two trees. And then, I’ll have to rescue you.” I give him a weary look. “Again.” 


Katniss from The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #) by Suzanne Collins – (Review)

“My spirit. This is a new thought. I’m not sure exactly what it means, but it suggests I’m a fighter. In a sort of brave way. It’s not as if I’m never friendly. Okay, maybe I don’t go around loving everybody I meet, maybe my smiles are hard to come by, but I do care for some people.”


Lila from A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #) by Victoria Schwab – (Review)

“She kicked loose a stone. “Well, I mean, it’s another world, isn’t it? Another version of London? Is there another version of me?”
Kell frowned. “I’ve never met anyone like you.”
He hadn’t meant it as a compliment, but Lila took it that way, flashing him a grin. “What can I say,” she said, “I’m one of a kind.”


Rose Calloway from Kiss the Sky (The Calloway Sisters #1) by Krista and Becca Ritchie – (Review)

“I roll backwards, and he only grins more. This is not a cat-and-mouse game like he believes. I am not a mouse. And he’s not a cat. Or vice versa. I am the fucking shark, and he’s a lame human in my ocean”

 

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