Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Covers, in which I cheat and present all my favorite ones from 2015

Good day to you! Our day starts with Top 10 Tuesday 😀 This meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and as if I wasn’t a rebel before, now I reached a whole new level, haha! Besides choosing to show you guys my 10 favorite covers within my 2015 reads, I also made it 18 covers because it was IMPOSSIBLE to narrow this down, haha!

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Lest’s go:

  1. Venom, from Kristin Middleton

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  1. The Gentleman and The Lamplighter, from Summer Devon

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  1. Sanctum, from Madeleine Roux

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  1. All In With the Duke, from Ava March

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  1. Fellowship of the Ring – I have the complete edition, so it is shiny and beautiful ❤

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  1. Chasing Rainbows, from Linda Oaks

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  1. The Need, from S. L. Hannah

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  1. Shattered Blue, from Lauren Bird Horowitz

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  1. The Heir, from Kiera Cass

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  1. Secrets and High Spirits, from Lou Harper

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EXTRAS

  1. What Lies Within, from James Morris

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  1. The Tutor, from Bonnie Dee

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  1. The Night Clock, from Paul Meloy

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  1. Misunderstood, from Anya Valentino

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  1. Convincing the Secretary, from Ava March

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  1. After Death, from Jacqueline E. Smith

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  1. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, from Anne Rice

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  1. Night World vol. 1, from L. J. Smith

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I’m a cheater, I know lol But how was I supposed to narrow this down to only 10?! So may pretty covers ❤

Thanks for reading, haha!

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Interview: Anya Valentino, author of Misunderstood: Secrets of a Teen Queen!

Hi, there! Hope you are having an amazing weekend ❤ Today it’s a big day for me, as this is the first official author interview going live on the blog!

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Our start today is Anya Valentino, author of Misunderstood: Secrets of a Teen Queen!

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You can check my review for Misunderstood here and, without anymore gibber jaber, let’s go to the interview!

 

  1. Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I think writing is a calling and, deep down, I’ve always known that, even if I’ve worked as a professional businesswoman for years now and only seriously acknowledged my call of writing on a vacation to LA back in 2008. There, I met an insightful, older man named Elliott. He saw right through me!
You can check out the story in short on my website: anyavalentino.com 😉

 

  1. How did the idea for the “Misunderstood-series” come to you?

I love irony of life and doing things my own way!
“Misunderstood” expresses the irony of the glamorous lifestyle of the protagonist, Enya Utzon, being “on the cover” and “in the spotlight” as her life is perceived as the allegedly and ultimate key to happiness by many. Enya’s life, however, might not be as desirable once one cracks her surface!

Also, there’re so many books out there staring the “underdog”, so I wanted to switch things around and write a book from the most popular girl’s point of view and her struggles in life being a social leader and handling that among other things – even if she at times isn’t very relatable to the reader!

 

  1. Which book genre do you prefer reading? Do you think your tastes as a reader have an influence on your own work?

Personally, I love books that put life into a larger perspective so I cannot limit my taste of reading down to one genre. Also, it really depends a lot on the writer and the writing style as well.

To name a few writers, I can mention Paulo Coelho, Jostein Gaarder, Sophie Kinsella and James Redfield.

As to my own writing, more than anything, it’s life in general: choices, experiences, and the people I meet and places I go that inspires me!

 

  1. James seems to have some kind of problem with all the other boys in Enya’s V.I.P friend group, but he never leaves them. Why is that?

High school can be an intense and scary place where girls and boys deal with finding themselves as they’re growing up and handling adulthood.

There are several reasons that James stays with the group. For one, they have been his friends throughout high school so partly because of the fact that he feels loyal to them – especially Enya, who’s a dear friend to him. Second of all, they’re all on the football team together and have to work as a team, which James takes seriously.

Being alone in high school can be scary for James even if he is a strong character that has gotten stronger throughout his last year of high school going through his parent’s divorce and realizing true life values, and he is not afraid to stand up for himself or others; Even so, it’s nice to have friends and somewhere to “belong”.

 

  1. If you could switch places with Enya for only one day, what would be the first thing that you would do?

The first thing I would do is probably to go to an upscale event and just have fun. That’s really the main part of Enya’s life that’s desirable to my mind! J

The irony is that Enya’s purposively desirably lifestyle being a Teen Queen, fashionista, jetsetter and society girl in the end, isn’t that desirable after all! 😉

 

  1. You comment on the acknowledgment section of Misunderstood that you plan a sequel for the book. What can you say about the plot for now? Do we have a release date already?

The sequel to “Misunderstood – Secrets of a Teen Queen” will reveal more about Enya Utzon, her secrets, travels to Paris among other places, insight into her privileged and luxurious life in LA as she now has moved to her own apartment, as well as her search for what true love really means.

Not to mention, Enya’s future as an A-list movie star, and how she handles the increasing pressure of other people’s expectations while maintaining the “crown”, figuring what’s really matters in her life, and hoping that the one guy – James – that has her heart stops denying their inevitable chemistry together.

The title of the sequel will be “Misunderstood – Queen of the Red Carpet” and will start off in the future at the Oscars. 😉

The sequel will be released around the end of 2016 or in 2017, all depending.

 

That’s it! I am so excited for this sequel ❤ Thanks for reading and thanks to Anya, for being available for the review and a sweetie all the time! You can learn more about Anya and Misunderstood at her website and follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

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November’s Wrap Up, Book Haul and December TBR!

Hi, there! Omg, December is really here! I am sooo happy! ❤

November was a slow reading month for me, as I finished my dissertation and had my finals, but I got to read something 🙂 December will be a better month, as I’ll be on vacation after December 04th, haha!

WRAP UP

I’ve read 8 books, 4 mangas and 1 comic book in November.

BOOKS

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BOOK HAUL

My haul for this month was almost non-existent again. My family has been going through difficult times, so I’m trying not to be a burden, haha! I got some freebies from Amazon and won a giveaway, so this is my haul:

DECEMBER TBR

I’m still working on my December TBR, but I can tell you that I WILL FINISH EMMA, mwahaha mwahaha! ❤ What I’m sure for now:

  • Shielded Past, from Patti Morelli (currently-reading) [UPDATE: review here]

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  • Emma, from Jane Austen (currently-reading)

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  • Night World, vol. 1, from L. J. Smith [reviews: book 1, book 2 and book 3]
  • The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, from Anne Rice (By the way, I already talked about this book here) [review here]
  • Cemetery Tours series, from Jacqueline E. Smith [reviews: book 1, book 2 and book 3]
  • Braver With You, from A. Hart [review here!]
  • The Carnelian Legacy, from Cheryl Koevoet
  • Roses of The Angel, from Kalee Marshall [review here!]
  • Alice’s Adventures in Underland: The Queen of Stilled Hearts, from DeAnna Knippling

I always end up reading unplanned books in the middle of my selected TBR, so I’ll start the month with those and let’s see how it goes, haha!

That’s it! Thanks for reading! What is your first read for Christmas month??

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Misunderstood: Secrets of a Teen Queen, from Anya Valentino

Hi, there! Hope everybody is doing just fine on this wonderful Thursday ❤ I’m happy because I just slayed two of my finals, so the world is looking very nice right now, haha!

Today’s book is Misunderstood: Secrets of a Teen Queen and it has a majestic cover! Sweetie Anya Valentino kindly sent me a copy in exchange for an honest review – thank you again! This is it, the moment finally arrived, let’s go!

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From my Instagram: a little stop for cover appreciation ❤

The Story

 Enya is the epitome of the queen teen stereotype: she is gorgeous, rich, breathes perfection, has tons of friends, the perfect closet, a beautiful boy that would do anything for her. Everybody wants to be Enya Utzon. Or almost everybody.

Despite loving her life, Enya yearns for true love – not camaraderie. She wants a consuming and burning love and James seems the perfect boy for her: popular and beautiful just like her, he had that serious way of making stupid jokes that broke Enya with laughter and gave her butterflies in her stomach. The thing is, James just want to be friends.

Enya feels her perfect world shattering when, besides being refused by the boy she loved, Enya is forced to deal with an old enemy that is threatening to bring her shameful past to light. Would people still admire and envy Enya Uzton knowing what she did?

 

The Analysis

 Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion while reading 🙂

 

At first, I was very excited, because I was connecting with Enya. Sometimes, you have to just wear a mask and pretend that you live the perfect life. You have to be cold on what type of company that you want for yourself, if you really want to do something or if you are only doing because everybody is. Enya had this cold side about her that I really liked, it seemed as if she could separate things. Oh, well. She couldn’t. In the end, she bothered me as hell and she narrates the major part of the book, so I had to stick to her. Maybe If I had read this book when I was a bit younger, I would have liked it more, but I think that my gossip girls time is a little behind now. It was an interesting reading nevertheless, but I expected more from Enya and the plot, that also had so much potential and it turned out to be a bit obvious. Anyway, I liked it, so three stars 🙂

The narrative was a point that bothered me a lot in several moments. The way Valentino voiced her characters voices made all of them to appear superficial and loud. In narrative matters, the characters that seemed more human and real to me were James and Mary Kay. Again, the problem was me: some years ago, like when I entered college (whoa, it’s been 4 years already?!), I would have thought that Enya was my popular twin, as I never liked social status, but loved to play with power. I’m not saying that those things changed, but my perception of people’s essences had. I feel like there’s still a whole side of Enya that it was left off and hidden by Enya himself on this book and I’ll love to see if she can open up to herself on the next book (yes! Anya is working on a sequel! Isn’t this awesome?!!). I will love to see the characters’ growth, as they all are teenagers, as much as they do grown up things. But I’m missing my point. I liked that Valentino changed views during the book, so we could get a fuller picture and left little to imagination in terms of loose ends. I usually am not a fan of first person narratives, but it worked just fine for Misunderstood 🙂

The plot for the book left me on my toes. What is better than a perfect high school queen with juicy secrets from her past? I was dying to know who was threatening Enya and we can’t have any notion until the half of the book, which is awesome. Valentino shows that, despite everything awful that happens to us, life doesn’t stop, you know? Enya is worried about the messages, but she is partying, going to school, having yoga classes: it is important, but she won’t just curl up in bed and wait for it to go away, just like James and his own problems. Just like us, regular people. That was awesome in the plot, really. What made me a little sad is that we can assume who sent the messages since the first moment that the person is mentioned by Enya. Of course, we still don’t know why, as Enya won’t tell us her secret, so we are still left with mystery as why the person is doing that and what the hell Enya did.

I recognize that I am a very skeptical person, so I’m not easily surprised when I’m already expecting something. Like, you tell me that the last Harry Potter movie was AWESOME before I watch it. I will go to the movies with a big smile on my face waiting for it to be AWESOME. Then, it is just a really good movie and I’m like: “meh” (#truestory). Unfortunately I built a big expectative on Enya’s secret and the anti-hero’s motives so, when it all started to surface, I was like: “that’s it?”. Valentino did a great job on leaving her reader second guessing everything and everyone, but I got disappointed on what was the big secret, haha!

Bonus point: part of the book is set on Denmark, Enya’s home country. The descriptions are perfect and you almost feel like you are there with Enya and her girls, just relaxing and enjoying only the best things that Copenhagen can offer ❤

Valentino’s characters made me think of a very important aspect from teenage: sometimes, we desperately want to be something or someone, but we don’t reign in to our wishes, fearful of our “friends” judgment. Moreover, while growing up, this makes perfect sense, as we HAVE TO fit in somewhere – and if this “where” is on the popular’s table, the better. Enya, for example, is a typical teenager in her worries: the guy she likes stops by unannounced and she is worried that she is in sweatpants. James desperately wants to hang out with people with more content than Enya and their group, but doesn’t have the heart to speak up his mind, afraid of losing his position as one of the most popular boys in school. Victoria dates James to get closer to Enya. Brett will do anything for they group to remain intact. This is teen life: the eternal search for the perfect fit and never knowing if you are already there. If you feel like you found your spot, then you grew up, haha 😀

As I said at first, I had everything to be Enya’s best friend If she only admitted how shallow her life could be and how mean she was to make a position at times. There is so not anything wrong with those things! No one lives in paradise, as much as they pretend so. We have good and bad moments, that’s why it is called life and not Disney movie (ps: this is not a critic, I love Disney movies <3). True control only comes with acceptance of the truth about you and who you are. Then, you can create the perfect lie. I’m really excited to read the next book, as Enya life will be at college!

Overall, this book is a good gossip girls styled novel. If you like young adult romances, high school dramas and such, you totally need to read this ❤

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That’s it! Thank you again for sending me Misunderstood, Anya! Great job! And, of course, thanks for reading! Do you like high school set books??

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August Wrap Up: readings, haul and news :)

Hi, there! August has ended, so it’s time to balance everything that has been happening with me and my books!

Wrap Up

 I’ve read 8 books, 5 mangas and 1 comic book this month. I hope I can do better than this in September!

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  • História da Vida Privada no Brasil (Brazil’s Private Life History) – Fernando A. Novais
  • Chasing Rainbows – Linda Oaks (review here)

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  • Hey, Class President! – Monchi Kaori (5 volumes, review here!)
  • Garfield 2.582 strips reunited – Jim Davis

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Book Haul

 I’ve bought 3 mangas and 4 ebooks. That’s right, I didn’t buy a single paperback or hardcover this month and I’m depressed.

  • A Miracle’s Path – Aaron Millar
  • Glagnodian’s Vengeance (Book 1) – Aaron Millar
  • Wanting – Piper Vaughn
  • The Vampire King’s Husband – Amber Kell

 

Received books

 I’ve received 18 books in August in exchange for a honest review 🙂 Here’s the complete list, including my NetGalley books:

Four very busy weeks indeed, haha! And I also would like to say that my Review Policy is finally up!! It took me a while, but it’s beautiful ❤ I hope I can get more reading done this month 🙂

That’s it, guys! That’s my August report, haha! Thanks for reading! What have you been up to this last month?

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