Rainbow Readathon Results!

Hello, there! Today is the day to count war spoils and dead bodies from the Rainbow Readathon that I decided to participate on Instagram 😀

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I have to say that definitely I’m growing up on readathons. Comparing to my last one, the #bookishathon was a huge success 😀

Those were the books that I had challenged myself to read:

Emma, Jane Austen (Red and Orange)

Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief, Rick Riordan (Green and Orange)

Escape to Gettis… and Love, Gerri Bowden (New author to me, Green and Blue)

Cinderella, a children’s book edition (shortest book and Purple)

Wonder Woman (Yellow and graphic novel)

Gifted Thief, Helen Harper (purple and new author to me)

Those were the books that I actually read this week:

  • Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief, from Rick Riordan (Green and Orange)
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from my Instagram 😀

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  • Cinderella, a children’s book edition (shortest book and Purple)

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  • Gifted Thief, from Helen Harper (purple and new author to me)

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  • Calling, from Mio Otsuki (new author to me and pink)

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  • Miwaku Shikake Amai Wana, from Yonezou Nekota (new author to me and pink)

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  • Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance vol. 1, from Reki Kawahara and Hazuki Tsubasa (new author to me, green and yellow)

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I didn’t get to my Wonder Woman comic book or to finish Emma again, but I managed to read a rainbow 😀 ❤ To see the available reviews, click on the title’s links.

I’m still learning, but overall, I think I did a way better job than last time, haha!

That’s it, thanks for reading! Do you like readathons?

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Escape to Gettis… And Love, from Gerri Bowen (Love in Gettis #1)

Hello, there! Welcome to a book review, for a change ;D

Our star today is a book I have received from author Gerri Bowen, called Escape to Gettis… And Love, the first in the Love in Gettis series, in exchange for an honest review 😀 Thank you again for the kindness, Gerri! Oh, and I also would like to thank Booktips for introducing me to Gerri’s work ❤

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from my Instagram 🙂

The Story

Maggie is a 21th century woman that thinks she can’t ask for more: she has a good daughter, a sweet granddaughter, a wonderful family, nice friends, a job that she loves doing and money enough to not raise worries. The perfect life.

Or so she felt until laying eyes on the strange Viking man that came through the time travelling portal on her backyard.

Joren is a true Viking man that came through the portal near his village into a strange place called Gettysburg, seeking for lost children. He couldn’t be more surprised to find all of them already grown up. Specially the child of his King… Maggie.

Now Joren must adjust himself to life in 21th century in order to win the heart of the woman that fascinated him. Mean while, Maggie needs to decide whether she can finally be happy with Joren after so many poor choices regarding men on her life.

All the while helping an entire Viking village to flee from the wrath of a psychotic man of their time. Good thing that they have magical guardians to help.

The Analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

I wasn’t prepared to like this book so much! It was my first time-travelling romance and the level of identification that I felt with the characters was awesome! Honestly, my heart warmed every time I picked this up for reading. Some quotes just made my day, keeping me cracking up for several minutes in a roll. There were some minor editing problems and the book pace was weirdly slow/fast, so it was a four stars book 🙂

The narrative style was third person with alternating points of view between Maggie, Joren, and their “dogs”, Koozie and Dromo (they have dog forms, but are magical beings). I liked the switching points of view, this is my favorite style. Point for Bowen ❤ I had a small problem with the pace. I mean, you expect a book to have a small pace if it involved time-travelling people trying to adapt, but I felt that the story dragged in several points and was too fast in others, especially on the acceptance of new habits area. A star was half lost here.

The plot seemed simple, but developed in such a way that you could never predict what would happen and I would have never guessed who the 21th century villain was. AWESOME. As this book opens a series, it’s waste of time to talk about loose ends. What I can do is say how much I long to see what’s going to happen next! ❤ But seriously, I loved this plot. It got me since page one!

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The characters were one of the strongest points in this book. For starters, I got myself a new bookish boyfriend, Joren. He is awesome ❤ A wonderful man in every way possible without losing his Viking touch, haha! And, more important: he was so real. I don’t know how Bowen did this, but all her characters could live in my building with me and be my neighbors. The social drama was palpable and real, I was amazed.

Other new thing is that I loved Maggie! I usually have problems with main female characters, but I loved Maggie. She was the perfect main character, even on her flaws, haha!

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Other thing that got me a little on this book is the amount of main characters that are important for the story. It got me very confused in the beginning and I’m especially bad with names in general, so I was lost sometimes.

Bonus point: Bowen’s humor and dialogical constructions. Just read this piece of dialogue between Maggie and her brother Colin, extracted from the book:

“He [Joren] thought I was in your cell phone?”

“As near as I can figure, yeah. He was ready to skewer me unless I let you [Maggie] out.”

“That’s sweet. Funny, but sweet.”

I cracked so hard. Bowen knows her business, guys. Now, feel Joren’s intensity on this dialogue with Maggie:

“What would you [Joren] like to talk about?”

“You.”

His answer stopped her in her tracks.

“What about me?”

“All about you.”

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Seriously, I can’t even with this man!! *swoons*

Ahem, I’m alive.

Overall, I always looked forward to picking up this book again whenever I had to stop reading and was biting my nails to know what was going to happen next until the last page. Like this:

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If you like time-travelling, romance, beautiful Viking males and women that know exactly what they want, just drop my blog and go read this book ❤

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That’s it! Thanks for reading and thanks once again to both Gerri Bowen and Booktips team! I loved this book ❤

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December Wrap up + Book Haul + January TBR!

Hello, again! I know I am a little late to do this, but better late than never, haha! January is going to be insane for me, as my younger cousin is going to be here until Sunday and next week I may start a course – more info as my life goes, haha!

But I’m blabbering, let’s do this:

December Wrap Up

I’m very proud of my reading month! I’ve read 11 books!! =O I’m still wondering how I did it, so I can repeat the dose this month, haha!

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all pictures from my Instagram!
  • Stripped with the Vampire, from Jax Garren [review here]

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  • Convincing the Secretary, from Ava March [review here]

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  • Cemetery Tours, from Jacqueline E. Smith [review here]

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  • Between Worlds, from Jacqueline E. Smith [review here]

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  • The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, from Anne Rice [review here]

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  • Roses of the Angel, from Kalee Marshall [review here!]

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  • Daughters of Darkness, from L. J. Smith [review here!]

 

December Book Haul

  • Fangirl, from Rainbow Rowell [review here]

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  • Peter Pan, Barnes & Noble edition

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  • A Court of Thorns and Roses, from Sarah J. Maas
  • Of Poseidon, from Anna Banks
  • Treble Maker (Perfect Harmony, #1), from Annabeth Albert (ebook)

 

Books I have won as gifts

  • Leaving Amarillo, from Casey Quinn
  • Convincing the Secretary, from Ava March
  • The Christmas Pearl, from Dorothea Benton Frank
  • After Death, from Jacqueline E. Smith
  • 1/2986, from Annelie Wendeberg
  • Between Sips, from Andrea Michelle
  • Our New Love, from Melissa Foster
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone, from Laini Taylor
  • The Vanishing Game, from Kate Kae Myers
  • Book of Opera, from Arthur Jacobs and Stanley Sadie
  • The Other Side of Midnight, from Sidney Sheldon
  • The Devil’s Advocate, from Morris West
  • Vixen 03, from Clive Cussler
  • The Name of the Rose, from Umberto Eco
  • Lie Down With Lions, Ken Follett
  • An illustrated guide to Dresden
  • Amar se Aprende Amando, from Carlos Drummond de Andrade
  • Antologia Poética, from Vinicius de Moraes
  • Antologia Poética, from Carlos Drummond de Andrade
  • Dona Flor e seus Dois Maridos, from Jorge Amado
  • Tieta do Agreste, from Jorge Amado
  • Tenda dos Milagres, from Jorge Amado
  • A Moreninha, from Joaquim Manuel de Macedo

I know, I know. So many books, haha! I can explain 🙂 14 of my won books were at my uncle’s place, waiting for death. Yeah. So I won a cattle with lots of books and selected the ones that seemed promising 🙂 I wish I could have saved all books that were there, but there were some destroyed ones by the time, others that I knew for being a bore and some that weren’t my thing at all… Anyway, at least I could save some of them, haha!

 

Freebies that I got this month

  • Anywhere But Here (The Starborn Ascension Book 1), from Jason D. Morrow
  • Beyond Secret Worlds: Ten Stories of Paranormal Fantasy and Romance
  • The Ducal Gift and The Christmas Carriage, from Grace Burrowes
  • Soar (The Empire Chronicles Book 1), from Alyssa Rose Ivy
  • Hidden (Dragonlands Book 1), from Megg Jensen
  • Aloha Texas (Aloha #1), from Chris Keniston
  • Binarius: Episode I (The Binarius Series Book 1), from Kendra McMahan
  • Globalização, Mídia e Ética, from Erasmo de Freitas Nuzzi and Clovis de Barros Filho

 

Received books of this month

 

[BONUS: Borrowed books from my younger cousin]

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Cabin fever), from Jeff Kinney
  • The Book of Lost Things, from John Connolly
  • The Key to Rondo, from Emily Rodda

 

January TBR

I want to play it low as I know my month will be crazy, so I have chosen six books:

 

That’s it! Thanks for reading this giant post, haha! Let’s see if I can make it 😀 have you decided what are going to be your first books of 2016??

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TBR of the Week: Escape to Gettis… And Love, by Gerri Bowen

Hello, good morning! We have reached yet another Sunday in December and it’s TBR of the Week day! 😀 I’m still trying to knock out my TBR pile with readathon that I’m participating, but I’ve only read a full book in two days… Oh God. Anyway, today’s TBR of the Week is a book I received from the author herself, called Escape to Gettis… And Love! Thank you again, Gerri Bowen! Can’t wait to read it 😀

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