Wednesday 17 August 2016

5 Favorite First Sentences

At wednesday we (wear pink) have the Top 5 Wednesday weeeee today the theme is "Our 5 avorite First Sentences".

And I mean, I love quotes, I find beauty in a lot of words but there are some first sentences that, man.... those are awesome. They make me freak out and run to get the book and devour it. 

These are my choices: 
(as usual Top 5 Wednesday is hosted by Sam and Lainey and you can find out everything about it here).

Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love.
The Raven Boys, MaggieStiefvater

Today I’m five. I was four last night going to sleep in Wardrobe, but when I wake up in Bed in the dark I’m changed to five, abracadabra. Before that I was three, then two, then one, then zero. “Was I minus numbers?”
Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue

Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. 
Lolita by Vladimir Nobokov

A skydiver,
arrogant in his ability to navigate the heavens, rejects his fragile state
and calls himself a god of the sky. 

Skygods by Sarah Latchaw

I could have warned her when she arrived in Russia, this petty German princess from Zerbst, a town no bigger than St. Petersburg’s Summer Garden, this frail girl who would become Catherine. 

The Winter Palace by Eva Stachnia

Tuesday 16 August 2016

9 Books Spent in the Sports World

Today at Top Ten Tuesday we have an almost freebie theme: "10 Books that are spent in....."!
And okay, maybe I'm a littleeeee away from the theme but I love sports and the Olympic Games are on (I mean, has anyone just seen Simone Biles rocking the gymnastics???) so obviously I couldn't help but choose this: 9 Books About Sports!Hoje no Top Ten Tuesday temos um tema quase, quase livre: "10 Books que se passam em...."!

It's gonna be cool, I promise.

As usual, the Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Go ahead and check them out and join this party!

So, here we go, if you wanna read about sports, then:

Rafa Nadal: My Story (Rafael Nadal)
This book is an autobiography about the tennis player, Rafael Nadal, of whom I'm a huge fan of.

The Hooker and the Hermit (LH Cosway & Penny Reid)
In this book we are taken into the rugby world, with a lot of comedy going on.

The Player and the Pixie (LH Cosway & Penny Reid)
This is the also very funny, second book of the "Rugby" saga.

Pucked (Helena Hunting)
In this book, we may go inside the universe of ice hockey but the temperature sure rises.

You and Everything After (Ginger Scott)
This book joins sports with MS. It's very emotional and eye opening.

The Deal (Elle Kennedy)
This book (asfhajgfja) presents us Garret, a hockey player.

Open (André Agassi)
Another biography by another tennis player: André Agassi.

The Eight (Katherine Neville)
I have yet to read this book, but this story is all about....chess.

The Longest Ride (Nicholas Sparks)
In this book, the male character is a former champion bull rider. This one has even been made into a movie, check it out:

Thursday 11 August 2016

Me Thinks #6: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Year / Pages: 2015 /380
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Today, I am here to tell you about this beautiful, amazing, spectacular and charming book!!! A book that brought back my spirits after the flop that was The Raven Boys and that made me soar.

I really, really, really liked this one.

I am talking about "A Court of Thorns and Roses" by Sarah J. Maasas you have probably seen by the image I put at the top. Look how cool the cover looks!

Guys, WHAT A BOOK!!!! Seriously. Just to tell you a little bit about this book without spoiling it too much, this is an adaptation of "The Beauty and the Beast", this greand classic and the majority of us grew up with. I confess I never really liked the Disney movie but this book...oh this book!

The story focus on Feyre, a mortal, and in her first degree meeting with a fantasy world, with a lot of faeries and other supernatural creatures, in particular: Tamlin. Feyre, unlike Belle, can't read to save her life but she is a good paintor and a great hunter, since she always had to take care of her family and feed them. Until she hunts a friend of Tamlin's. Yup. I suppose you can see in what kind of mess she got into, right?

I can tell you that I picked up this book because I was bored and I had the ebook on my phone and I even dropped it when I got home but then, on this particular day, I had some interviews and some problems to deal with and I knew I'd spend a lot of time in waiting rooms so of course, I devoured this book!!!! I even went by some bookstores to get the physical version, but unfortunetly this hasn't yet been released in Portugal :( 

I want to delve a little more into the characters and talk about them, Tamlin, Feyre, Lucien and Rhys but that would be soooooo spoilery for you guys that haven't yet read this book so, go, go ahead. Go buy it, go download it, it. You won't regret it.

(This is coming from someone who never ever reads or likes fantasy!)

Below the cut, I'll write spoilers. So... don't say I didn't warn you ;)

My quote of the book:
"I was as unburdened as a piece of dandelion fluff, and he was the wind that stirred me about the world."

Tuesday 2 August 2016

Me Thinks #5: The Raven Boys

Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Year / Pages: 2012 / 409
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According to my maths (or better yet, according to the date on my last post), I haven't posted a review since May (!!!) and I can't even explain why but maybe I haven't read good books and the ones I did read, I almost gave up on them (I'm talking about you, "Slammed" by Colleen Hoover, oh yes I am!) or maybe I was just lazy. But I'm baaaaaack! 

And I'm back with a bang. Or "The Raven Boys" by Maggie Stiefvater, to be more exact. Everyone and their mother seems to have read this book and everyone is talking about it and raving about it. Going into this book I knew it dealed with magic and supernatural and stuff like that, which I'm not very fond of, I got to be honest, but there was so much hype and so much "you gotta read this!!!!!" that there I went and got the book.

And...yeah, okay. I don't get the hype.

This book tells us the story of Blue Sargent, who lives with her mum and her aunts (or her mum's friends??? I didn't understand a lot of this book) and they are psychics. Blue is the only one who doesn't have the gift of seeing things although she does amplify them for everyone. Then there are these 4 boys, the Raven Boys, who want to find a ley line (some sort of energy source thingie) and obviously they are going to meet and cross paths!

But Cat, you may ask, what was your problem with this book? And I can't even really tell you. On one hand, I feel like it was so discriptive, there were sooooo many discriptions and I was kind of like 'yeah, okay, okay' and moving on from them (that I might have lost some important discriptions) and I love to read and I like a good amount of discriptive but it was too much. I have heard people saying that it gets better with time, but the beginning was honestly the part I liked the most.
Obviously, then you get into the plot and it's interesting and I read this book until the end but... I kind of felt that I knew everything ahead of time??? (cough Noah cough).

And then, what about Glendower? And who is Blue's father? And wasn't somebody supposed to die from a kiss?

There were so many questions and NO answers!!!

I did like the characters. I loved Blue and how she bickered with Gansey (Team Blue+Gansey... Glue?? Bansey???), I really liked Adam and I even liked the nutjob that is Ronan. I adored the girls at 300 Fox Way, but it just... I couldn't relate with anyone??? I wouldn't defend any of these characters to death.

Maybe I just had too many expectations about this book because of the hype (which reminds me why I never read anything when it's too hyped) or maybe it's not really my genre. However, I still want to read the next book and find if I like it more than the first. I'll let you know then.

(Also someone should turn The Raven Boys into a tv show because that would be super kickass, really!).

My quote of the book is:

"Blue tried not to look at Gansey's boat shoes; she felt better about him as a person if she pretended he wasn't wearing them."