Dragon’s Loyalty Award!

Hi, there! I’m alive after a very unproductive Saturday – Jess, from Mud and Stars, can testify that, haha!

Anyway, it’s time for a tag and lovely Victoria, from Addlepates and book nerds, nominated me to the Dragon’s Loyalty Award 😀 Thanks so much, dear! It’s my first time receiving it and I’m beyond happy, haha!

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(x) Display the award on your blog and announce your win with a post;

(x) Link the blogger who awarded you;

(x) Present six deserving blogs with the award and link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded;

(x) Write seven interesting things about you.

Seven interesting (?) facts about me

 1) I just started to work again after a year break to finish college and put my health back on track 🙂 I’m enjoying it a lot and hope to stay there for a while, as I like my clients and my co-workers!

 2) I’m totally not a movie person. I always have déjà vu feelings when I read movie synopsis and I never was much of a movie watcher to say that I’ve “seen it all”. I’m okay with tv shows, though. I like to marathon them all at once, because if I stop, I will pick it up again only months – OR YEARS – after. Also, I have an extreme difficulty in ending them for this reason. In 21 years, I’ve only finished watching the classic Scooby Doo season, The Little Mermaid tv series from Disney, and I Dream of Jeannie. Btw, I finished I Dream of Jeannie last month, so yay for me, haha! Now I’m hell bent on finishing Bewitched. I started it all over again and am on the middle of the second season – work got in the way of this plan, but I’ll be watching more episodes tonight, for example 🙂

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I Dream of Jeannie ❤

 3) I’m a linguistics nut. If I could, I’d learn all the languages in the world. I currently only speak Brazilian Portuguese and English fluently unfortunately, but I’m working on my French now – I’m learning by myself for now, but I think I’ll enter a proper course on the next semester 🙂 My top priority languages to learn after mastering French include German, as I’m a German descendent, Japanese, as I HATE to depend on online translators and editors to read the titles that I want, and Russian just for the fun of knowing it, haha!

 4) I’m a sucker for gay romance and gay manga. I’m often asked whether I’m a homosexual myself, but it’s not the case. Actually, I’ve never had sexual desire towards any real living person, be it a girl or a boy. I recognize their beauty, but I have no desire to touch or be touched. I’ve only fell truly in love once and it was for a boy, in my last year of high school. Complications aside, I’ve never once felt the need of kissing him or even touching him. However, as he was sort of in love with my best friend, I admit I didn’t put an effort on this and, ever since, I haven’t truly fallen for anyone else. I tried to fall for one of my best male offline friends, but that didn’t really work out either – his fault for not making the effort of going out with me even as friends, haha! So yeah, I’m heterosexual that lives desire through fictional gay men. Totally natural, yeah.

 5) My 22th Birthday is on August 12th of this year and I don’t know how to feel about it. You see, this week I found a very white hair among my dark blonde others and I still sport the same face that I had when I left high school at 17, so I don’t feel like 22. I also still need to take my driver’s license, so I guess that helps me not to feel as I’m not a teen anymore. Even with my college being proudly over with all the stars and all and working since I turned 18, I feel froze in time. I’m not saying that I wish to look older, but I wish I could feel older. I wish I could feel like 22 and not like I’m still 17. But oh well, at least I get some funny jokes from my friends on the matter. I’m often called a vampire because of my never aging face and the fact that I tend to oversleep during the day given the chance – my regular sleep time if allowed is of at least 10 hours. My personal record is 18 hours of uninterrupted sleep, oops!

 6) I have a small Lhasa Apso called Lady that is one of the beings that I love the most. She’s a stubborn and lazy girl, but she seems to have a sixth sense that never fails to alert her if I’m not feeling well or if I’m upset. She hates taking pictures, but I pretend I don’t know that, haha!

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 7) I love to travel, but I haven’t been getting many opportunities to do so, especially to new places. I do have to travel to visit my family, but that results in always going to the same places. My goal for the next year is to travel to a new place, let’s see how that will unfold, haha!

Hmm, that post ended up being way more personal than I intended it to, but oh well. Sorry guys, thanks for indulging my reflections, haha!

I nominate…

So, the people that most comment on my blog are:

  • My lovely friend Vinnie, which has a wonderful sense of humor and an endless patience with me, as I tend to read his blog posts all at the same time from month to month, haha! Sorry, darling, know that I love your blog even with the lateness of my comments 🙂 If you guys like movies, go follow him! He writes the BEST MOVIE REVIEWS EVER!
  • My best online friend Jess, from Mud and Stars, that not only tolerates me on WordPress, but also on Twitter, haha! Thanks for spending time with me whenever you can and for indulging me on book club ❤ Her blog is as amazing as she is and that’s saying a lot, trust me. So go follow her, haha! Love you, Jess!
  • My online bff Jeany, from JeanyJanez ❤ Thanks so much for always stopping by and always having something nice to say, dear! Also, thanks for being my friend ❤ If you guys like music and books, you need to follow Jeany!
  • My awesome kick-ass bff Mandy, from The Reading Diaries, that is someone that I admire from the bottom of my heart. She has endless patience with me on Instagram, pops up in here whenever she can and is awesome pretty much 24/7. If you like books, DIY projects and cooking, you have to follow Mandy! I’m sure she’s one of the best cooks in the USA!
  • My offline best-friend Jenny, who insists on reading my blog when she should be writing her dissertation and for that, I’m very proud of her ;D Thanks, twin!
  • My new-found blogger friend, Amanda, from the Cover2CoverMom. In those few months that I’ve known her, I can already tell you that she is one of those precious people that you keep in your heart and I’m really grateful to have met her ❤ Also, her blog is terrific, go follow her!

You guys don’t need to do this award, I just wanted to say how much you all mean to me! Also, thank you that is reading this too! *–*

And that’s the end of an unnecessary long post, haha! How is your weekend so far? 🙂

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The Ruins of Gorlan, from John Flanagan (Ranger’s Apprentice #1)

I would like to start the review thanking my book jar-box. After many studies, I decided to make my own book jar (it is a box, I’ll have to pay therapy for it if I keep calling it a jar xD) and the first raffled book was this one. My expectations weren’t high, so it was an amazing surprise!

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directly from my Instagram profile 😀

Anyway, let’s go to the book: this is the story of Will, an orphan boy who grew up as a protégée in a medieval castle, under the Baron’s protection, among other children. Nobody seems to know about Will’s parentage and, to avoid being mocked by the other orphans of the castle, Will makes up that his dad was a war hero and starts to believe so himself.

When the protégées reach 15 years old, they must ask for a tutor in the castle, to make themselves useful in some way to the feud. Will’s dream is to go to the Battleschool, but Sir Rodney, the captain, thinks that the boy is too thin and weak to that. So, to general surprise, he is chosen by ranger Halt, to be a Ranger Apprentice.

You see, the rangers were seem as some kind of magical people by the people of the feud, so Will is not sure how this will turn out – he only knows that anything is better to spend the rest of his life in a farm.

Halt trains Will to the point of exhaustion, but not in vain: the boy proves himself an excellent apprentice (we soon learn that Halt tends to be always right xD) and slowly changes, realizing that there are more ways to be a hero than to fight.

Mean while, Horace, one of Will’s colleagues, is accepted in the Battleschool and starts to suffer a heavy bullying from the older students. He used to be full of himself and to fight a lot with Will, as both were stupid boys (sorry, but it’s the truth xD), but he also changes. It is amazing how Flanagan can capture and show the effects of bullying. All the symptoms, the fear, the frustration… At first, I hated Horace. Now, I love him, haha!

Both boys exceed in their apprenticing and become friends after an almost death experience sponsored by two angry boars (this is one of my favorite scenes in the book, by the way!). Things would only get dangerous when Halt and Will depart on a very important mission, as one of the greatest enemies from the kingdom is about to rise.

I simply loved it. I love Young Adult Novels and this one surpassed any expectations. The characters are strong, the action is real, the book is fast paced, but not too much that you get lost or miss details and is about the power of friendship. One of my June favorites ❤

That’s it! Thanks for reading 😀 Have you ever read Ranger’s Apprentice series?

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