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Thursday Thoughts | 14 Romances for Your Single Self

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Yep, I’m posting that cliche post that I’m pretty sure a lot of bloggers are going to be posting today. I wanted to do a post where I mentioned YA romances but then I got lost because I didn’t know which category to write it on. I didn’t know if I wanted to make contemporary romance or fantasy romance or adult romance. So I decided to do all three. A category for each and every single one of you single people out there, just so that you don’t feel as lonely. You are welcome.

Thursday Thoughts are going to be the posts that I would be posting on a Thursday if it’s not a review. Just as FYI. I’m not sure if this has been created before, but if you guys want to go ahead and join, then please do so.

14 YA CONTEMPORARY ROMANCES

  1. Fame, Fate and the First Kiss by Kasie West
  2. Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertally
  3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  4. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  5. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
  6. Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby
  7. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Alejandro Saenz
  8. Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
  9. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  10. Tell me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
  11. Geekerella by Ashley Poston
  12. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
  13. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  14. The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder

14 YA FANTASY ROMANCES 

  1. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
  2. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  3. Vampire Academy/Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead
  4. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  5. Tiger’s Curse  by Colleen Houck
  6. Kanin Chronicles by Amanda Hocking
  7. Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  8. Covenant Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  9. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
  10. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
  11. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  12. The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
  13. Carry on by Rainbow Rowell
  14. Twilight by Stephanie Perkins

14 ADULT ROMANCES TO MAKE YOUR HEART RACE

  1. Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day
  2. Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
  3. Sweet Addiction by J. Daniels
  4. Born in Trilogy by Nora Roberts
  5. Sign of Seven by Nora Roberts
  6. Forbidden Men Series by Linda Kage
  7. Friend-Zoned by Belle Aurora
  8. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  9. On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
  10. Game on by Kristen Callihan
  11. Fever Series by Karen M. Moning
  12. Until Series by Aurora Rose Reynolds
  13. Captive in the Dark by Reynolds
  14. 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James

I wanted to write a description for all of these but the post was going to be too long, so I decided to give you the titles and the authors instead. However, I truly encourage you to look into these books because they are very good! The ones that I really wanted to bring attention to were the adult ones. They have adult sexual content, only for readers 18 years old and older. And say what you say about 50 Shades, I loved the whole series so much. Also, can someone recommend me something similar to the Fever Series by Karen M. Moning?

Anyways, this is my recommended Valentine’s list for you guys to read. If you have a partner then read them for fun like I do. I hope that you find your new favorite romance from this list and if you do, please let me know down below. I would like for you to give me recommendations for any more books you think I should add to this list. Have you read any of these books before, if so, which ones did you like and which ones you didn’t?

Thank you guys for taking to the time to read my post. I truly appreciate it.

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Miscellaneous Monday | YA Heroines You Probably Don’t Know About

Miscellaneous Monday is for whatever you want to write that isn’t part of a tag and that you want to post on a Monday. So it’s pretty much any blog post that you want to post on a Monday that doesn’t follow your regular posting schedule. You guys are more than welcome to use the “MM” for your Monday postings if you’d like. I do ask you to Tag me, please. Now, to the actual post.

Okay so, for this Monday, I decided to show you Heroines that I believe are very underrated for how good they are and because of how underrated they are, you may have not heard of them–so, let’s change that. Also, women’s day is coming up next month so why not get a little bit prepared for that.

Now, when I was researching the names of the characters (because I cannot possibly remember the names of all of them) I either found the full name or only the first name, so I’m sorry if the names are not complete. On the other hand, in some of these books, the authors don’t mention anyone’s last name, so it may not all totally be my fault. Moreover, I went ahead and added the Goodreads link to each of these books just so that you can read more about them if you’d like.

  • Caledonia Styx from SeafireOkay, so, I love this girl. She is a true captain if I’ve read one. Yeah, she is young and you can see that in many of the decisions she makes, like putting her vengeance before her girls, but regardless, she shows courage, strength, and passion throughout this whole story. Caledonia is the captain of her own ship and there are only girls aboard it. It’s the perfect Pirates of the Caribbean meets Mad Max Fury meets Wonder Woman combo, you will love it.
  • Evie from Sea WitchThis is one of the characters whose last name I couldn’t find but she’s so great. What truly impressed me of her was how selfless she was. She gave everything she had to save those who matter the most to her. This is an Ursula from the Little Mermaid backstory. In a way, the author humanizes Ursula in front of our eyes and makes her seem completely different than who we know from the movie. Please read this book if you ever get the chance, it’s a story about friendships, love, and a true act of selflessness.
  • Spensa from SkywardShe was an odd character, to say the least, but she still sparked nonetheless. In this world, Spensa (Spin) wants to be a pilot and fight for what would be considered the army on her planet, but there are certain complications that prevent her from becoming the pilot she always wanted to be. Spensa is young but she’s so full of life. Despite the complications that the school present to her, she manages to push through it all and stick along to follow her dreams, not letting anyone or anything get in her way. She’s also a very bold character, LOL, you’ll see what I mean once you read the book.
  • Qole from Shadow run I never got around writing a review for this book but I enjoyed it a lot. Qola is a character that I really enjoyed, she is captain of her own ship, she doesn’t give no fu*ks, and she’s truly incredible. This Scifi novel follows her story and some kind of Prince through the Galaxies trying to find a purpose for their lives and soon, Qole realizes that not everything in life is just about survival. This is such a great book with such a great main character. Qole reminds me of Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy, you know, minus the green skin.
  • Amani Al’Hiza from Rebel of the Sands: this book reminds me of the Disney movie,  Prince of Persia, I don’t know why but it just reminds of it. But anyways, in this book our Heroine is amazing. She has her flaws and her fears and yet, she manages to be very strong in all of the situations that are thrown at her. This book is heavily action based mixed with a big chunk of fantasy, so if you haven’t read this book, then now it’s the time.
  • Harper from A Curse So Dark and LonelyYo, this girl is my girl. Probably my favorite book I read so far this year. This is a Beauty and the Beast retelling but this retelling is so not what I was expecting it to be. Harper, she’s a badass b*tch. Like, she got, quite literally, plucked into this world where all of the sudden there’s a prince and castles and none of the things she’s ever dealt with. What impresses me the most about her is how she goes about adjusting to this new world she lives in. She has a disability that causes her to be a little bit clumsy, and yet, she’s so confident, full of life. A true warrior. Guys, I don’t think I can emphasize enough how great this book was, I REALLY NEED YOU TO READ IT. Harper was the best part of this story, I promise she won’t let you down.
  • Veronyka from Crown of Feathers: Despite her being so young, Veronyka shows strength like no other. When she finally leaves her sister’s side to follow her own dream, when she changes her appearance to pursue what she truly believes in, and even when she went against orders to make a decision that saved millions of lives, she showed strength through it all. Not only that, but she’s was also vulnerable and scared and in many instances, she doubted herself and who she truly was, I find that so comforting and really necessary for characters to find themselves through stories–and Veronyka did just that.
  • Anouk from Grim LoveliesOur heroine in this one is subtle at the beginning but shows her strength nonetheless. Anouk is about to lose her life, which then sets her in a journey all across France trying to find someone that can save her. She has never been outside before but that doesn’t mean that once she truly goes out there she can’t handle herself. In this story, Anouk teaches us to be patient, despite the fact that your life might just end in a couple of days. It teaches us about love and friendship and how with a little bit of magic things might be alright. I would highly recommend reading this one.
  • Mariko from Flame in the Mist I don’t think you understand how much I love Mariko. Like, this b*tch is THE B*TCH, you know what I mean. In her trip to meet the man she was going to marry for her family’s purpose, her caravan gets ambushed and someone tries to kill her. By some great unknown miracle, Mariko manages to survive and instead of going home crying to hide behind her father’s shadow, she decides to find out who wanted to kill her and why. That’s when she finds these group of men in the forest that are some sort of clan, who she thinks are responsible for her almost death. She disguises as a boy to infiltrate the clan, but in it, she discovers more than she thought she would, and also finds out that these men are not who she thought they were. Mariko shows strength, love, compassion, and certainty throughout this whole story. I truly love it. Also, the love scenes in this book are to die for.
  • Lei from Girls of Paper and FireNow, although I wasn’t a fan of this story, I have to recognize that Lei is one of the greatest characters I’ve ever read. Like, in her situation, she manages to pull through every single obstacle that comes at her. When an opportunity presented itself to help, she didn’t hesitate to offer her hand even if she didn’t know truly what she was getting herself into. There’s a lot of things going on in this book, many dark things too, but still Lei was a great character to read so I would read this book if I were you 🙂

Well, guys, this is my list of YA Heroines that I believe are very underrated, and as you can see these are female YA characters published in the most recent years, I tried keeping it as close to now as I could. But anyways, please let me know if you have ever read any of these books, if you happen to know of any other underrated female heroine that you think I should know about, I’m always open for recommendations.

Furthermore, I didn’t add any other more recent YA Heroines because I really wanted to keep this post narrowed down to characters that I think deserve more recognition than what they originally had. I also want to give you guys an opportunity to probably set out of your comfort zone and read something that you may have not picked out otherwise.

Also, please tell me, what do you think of these characters? Are these books something that you find yourself relating with? If so, then which characters did you resonate the most? I’m sorry, I do not mean to give you homework, but I’m very curious as to what your answers are, LOL. And as always, I want to thank you, readers, for taking the time for reading my post, I truly appreciate it.

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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Smoke in the Sun,” by Reneé Ahdieh

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

4.5/5 Stars

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Wow, once again mind-blown by the beautiful Reneé Ahdieh and her amazing writing. Even though half of the time throughout this books I had no idea what she was saying because many of the words used to described things were in a different language–though there’s an intensive glossary in the back–I didn’t get lost, not even once.

Here we follow the story of Mariko and Okami as they were dragged to the place following immediately after the ending of the last book A Flame in the Mist. In this book, we get different perspectives from various different characters and its written in the third person. Following the ambush of the Black Clan, Mariko has to figure out a way to save Okami and has to find a way to become someone of importance for the Black Clan. There’s political turmoil from within, family’s betrayal, broken hearts, and desperate cries. But at the end, we find our joy.

Mariko is not the same girl we started with in the first book, though in the first book she always seemed full of conviction, in this book we see it being part of her core. Spending time with those men in the woods taught her to believe in herself and to become stronger than she’s ever been before. We see her beeing tested throughout this book time and time again, yet Mariko’s resolved never faultered. She believed in a cause, and one cause only, and she would go to unknown lenghts to regardless of the consequenses, to save her people, to save Okami. She make sure they followed through. That’s something I admired from her in this book, in this story she had to make a choice for herself, could’ve chosen an easier route, but yet she didn’t. She choose to fight, and I truly apprecite divergence.

Ahdieh manages to bring one more time her beautiful writing in this one, and every once in awhile throughout this book I felt like I was reading a beautifully written folklore book that a grandma from Ireland was reading to her children. You know, the kind that passes by generations and that have the kids enthralled all the way to the end of the story. I honestly think she did a great job with world-building and the fact that she used the characters native language throughout this book made the story more diverse, made the story different. The way she portrayed the characters never felt lacking of anything. Renee made you feel the way the characters felt when you read them, if that makes any sense and each of thier thoughts were easy to follow.

If I do have to complain about anything I would say that the book felt a little bit rushed. There are moments throughout this book that I think she could’ve prolonged and/or moments that she could’ve added. There’s still some questions that I need answers to. Some scenes, especially in the last fifty pages or so felt rushed, and the book itself wasn’t very long, so I wouldn’t have mind if she were to add a couple pages to end just so that it can be more solidify. The didn’t necessarily end with a cliffhanger which is why I am confused as to whether there’s going to be another book or not.

Anyways, I would recommend this book if you liked her one, A Flame in the Mist, if you like Mulan, if you like Asian characters, if you like Mulan, oh, an if you like Mulan! There are some sensored sexy scenes in this book, so I would recommend it for ages 14 and up!

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Non-Spoiler Book Review – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

5/5 Stars

“Because I bet you could get into some interesting position with those wings…”

ACOMAF follows the story of Feyre, a young huntress who has faced many challenges on
the first book of this trilogy, “ACOTAR” that changed her whole life.

This book shows Feyre’s transition between her human life to her high fae life, and how broken she really is because of the sacrifices she had to make to save the people she loved. Since she became high fae, Tamlin has brought her to the Spring Court, and she’s suffocating. The pressure of being the high lady of the spring court, the pressure of having to portray an17927395 image, of everyone expecting something from her, wanting her to be someone she’s not is too much for her to take in. In her desperate moments, she asks for anyone to come and help her. That’s where Rhysand comes in.

I love the work that Sarah did with this book. The actual copy is 624 pages long–so this is a book that would keep you entertain during a couple of days–or if you are like me, probably one long night. I did love that she made ACOMAF this long because it gives us time to actually understand the story, and it gave Maas the opportunity to write and explain everything really well. All of the information written on this book is crucial for the bone of the story, I think she did a great job on developing the other side characters. New characters that we get to meet in this that weren’t in the first one–details that make us fall a little more in love with this book.

Romance wise this book is way more heated than ACOTAR, there’s a lot of steam going on on this book guys, but it is just for the best! I like how Sarah doesn’t sugar coat this scenes with cotton candy, because in the end Feyre is 20, and well, she can do whatever she wants. I would recommend it to readers 17 years old or older; however, if you are younger just make sure to keep an open mind.

On characters perspective, I love how Sarah wrote about them, they are powerful characters, and we get to see more from Feyre’s sisters. And we even get to see this other side of Rhysand, a side that we didn’t get to discover on A Court of Thorns and Roses, a side we didn’t even knew he had. Rhysand’s new personality on this book just made me fall in love with the book a little bit more.

Overall I give this book 5/5 stars because Sarah is an amazing writer, and this book is really well developed. It follows everything smoothly and nothing is too complicated to understand. If you haven’t this series, then please do. Is long overdue!

If you guys want to see my video review of this book then click here.

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Who am I?

Waking up is so difficult.
Not just because the bed is comfy,
of because I went to sleep late last night,
is more the lack of motivation that I have to live a next day.
Do you know how hard it is to go to school each day,
and not know what are you doing there?
Wondering what the fuck are you doing with your life.
Do you know how hard it is to actually go outside and plaster a
fake smile on your face just because you don’t want people constantly
asking you the same question? “Are you okay?…”
Your answer is always yes, so I don’t know why they bother to ask,
when in reality no one cares.
Don’t get me wrong, I love life, and everyone in it,
it’s just that sometimes it is not enough.
Just let me be, things are not the way they used to be,
people only look for me when they need me,
but when I need them, they disappear.
I’ll live another day,
another day of fake smiles, fake laughs, and just a fake life,
because if not, then who am I?

Books

The Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

4.5/5 stars.

This was really amazing read. I’d never read a book with these types of characters on it. The whole scenery of this book was new for me. I didn’t know how to pronounce most of the words written on this book, but it was a really nice change. I’24934065ve been craving something like this for a long while now, I’m glad I’ve found this book.

The whole new culture presented in this book is one I’d never crossed path with before on books, so the fact that I got to do that now, for the first time, was really intriguing. All of the characters here were unique, things I’d never heard of–situations I couldn’t imagine begin to form of this wonderful story.

Amani, the desert girl, needs to get out of her home town, because she just can’t stand living there, and now that she has found the opportunity, she won’t let it go. Jin opens up a world full of danger and possibilities, a world full of hope and wonders, one that Amani has never been able to even imagine. The way the author describes the characters and most of the action scenes, is very powerful, you would submerge into a world of danger with the characters themselves.

I ask you to please join them in this new incredible adventure, where things you never imagine would occur.

“I was a desert girl. I thought I knew heat. I was wrong.”

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Me Before You By Jojo Moyes

5/5 stars
I have no words to describe the feelings I have for this book. Scratch that, I have too many. I mean why? There are some books that come to you and you forget their story as soon as you finish reading it; but there are books that when you are in the first page you just can’t let go, and when you are done the story stays with you forever. Me Before You was the exact same thing for me. I wish I’d never read it, but at the same time I couldn’t read it sooner. This is the type of story that I wish I haven’t read, but that I still can’t understand how did I take to long to start it. I read in one night, literally started at 12 am, and by 5 am I was done. Imagine my boss’ face when I got to work all red eyed and with dark circles under my eyes–he thought someone died–if only he knew.

Jojo Moyes is another author that I’ll keep under the heartbreaking category, along side with John Green, Veronica Roth, Markus Zusak,C. J. Roberts, Colleen Hoover, etc.

“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.” -Jojo Moyes.

When I started this book, I’d never expected it to be like this. Heartbreaking, devastating story, with a beautiful message. Will Traynor, a really complicated man, with a past life full of life, and a devastating future, has been in a wheelchair for two years now, he needs assistance. That’s where Louisa Clark, she’s his care giver. The women is a rainbow of colors, literally. Her clothes, her life, her family–everything about her is just so bright. The story is just unbelievably amazing, it only took 5 hours to break my heart, the characters were so powerful, their emotions seem real, and they got to transfer the power of what they were feeling really well.

“I will never, ever regret the things I’ve done. Because most days, all you have are places in your memory that you can go to.” -Jojo Moyes.

I can’t pretend like this book didn’t break my heart, because it did, and I’m the type of person that will wear my heart on my sleeve, I can’t hide my emotions well enough. So I went to work the next day, people were worried. How could I tell them what really happened? I just told them a close friend of mine died. I had to come up with something.

In overall, this book will make you laugh, cry, mad, sad, joyful, and many emotions that I have no time to describe. Give it a try, you will not regret it.

 

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Scrabble Thoughts Pt. 3

This is part 3 of my crazy thoughts. They are just some crazy things I come up while I am working, sometimes they pop-up in my head while I am walking, or even when I’m reading. But they usually come to me when I’m alone at work. They are like these  internal conversations that I have with myself, I call them  scrabble thoughts. They can be called quotes, sentences, poems, or anything that makes more sense to you. These are the one I came up with today:

  1. I want to go back to sleeping normal again.

  2. Are you scared? Or are you not ready? There’s a difference.

  3. I feel lost inside myself.

  4. What would it feel like to kill someone without feeling guilty? How about if that someone is me?

  5. Nothing, I feel nothing. And yet, I can’t help but notice everything.

  6. Why does being human hurts? I s like we are on an every day battle, fighting for survival.

  7. He didn’t smile. I don’t think he ever would again. I wish I could see his smile one more time. Just once more.

That’s is for today. Thank you for reading. Once again, please feel free to use these for anything you’ll like. Have a nice day.

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Fear

Fear is what prevent us from doing something,
but at the same time, pushes us to do it.
I am afraid of falling, play some stupid trick
and I be foolish enough to fall.
I am afraid to pursue my dreams.
Fear of what people might say, fear of my family
not accepting me as who I am.
Fear of not finding the love of my life,
afraid to make the right decision,
and that decision take me to fail.
I am afraid of being accepted,
afraid of being rejected.
Fear of getting lost and never finding my way back.
Fear of believing that tomorrow exist.
I am afraid of flying and that my wings bailed out on me.
I am afraid of falling in love.
I fear life, and I fear that I’m not living it the way I’m
supposed to.
I fear with all my heart, that I’ll die tomorrow, and
that no will care.

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Scrabble Thoughts Part 2

This is going to follow the same flow as the first post. These thoughts come up to me when I ‘m working alone. My brain has this wide imagination that knows no limits. Feel free to use them anyway you want to, if you want to continue them, add a short quote to it, or even write something about it, it is okay with me. These are the ones that I came up with today:

  • And I know is stupid because I’d never even talked to him and now I feel as if my heart would break apart in a tiny million pieces, and he left them all for me to  pick up.
  • It blew in front of my face and it hurt. It was stupid considering I didn’t know the guy; but is the same thing when you see an accident happen, you hurt for the person in the accident. Well, so did I–not for him though, for me.
  • Do you think a person like me deserves a happy ending?
  • None of it matters because in the end none of the goodness in my heart would go through your eyes; if I don’t have a nice body or a beautiful face, why would what is in my heart matter?–You wouldn’t notice anyways.
  • You know how in movies life plays you? As in it makes it seem ad if life is holding you by the hand and if you fall, life would catch you and won’t let you down? Well in real life, things don’t work that way. If you fall, life would probably fall with you. Is all up to you; learn to get up by yourself because life ain’t got no hand to pick you up if you go down.
  • Sometimes we are like roaches. Creeping between the cracks of dirt and darkness. Crawling through the floor, emerging from the rot and decay, just to be fulfilled by more ugliness and to be rejected by people.
  • I feel so good I could kill someone, but in a good way, you know?
  • All this fame and success and all of these things you call happiness won’t last long if you don’t find someone to share it with.

Well, that’s it for today. Once again, please feel free to do whatever you want with these thoughts. I hope that you can identify with one of these, at least. Thank you for reading. Have a nice day!