Book Author: Alexandre Dumas

Good morning and good Tuesday! 😀 In Brazil, we are having our annually Carnival, a holiday that started on Saturday, February 6th, and ends today. It is very weird to not have anything to do after a Carnival, like classes or work, but I think I can manage, haha!

Anyway, today is Authors from my Heart ❤ day! I’m aware that I skipped the manga author last week and I apologize. The post will go live on February 22th, a Monday, as there won’t be Match Made in Mondays in the foreseeable future and I will join another weekly meme. Which one? You will find out later today ;D

But let’s go back to today’s post! The author chosen is my first male, Alexandre Dumas!

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We first met when I was on elementary school, on 2003. We had to read The Three Musketeers for our Portuguese class and I fell in love, even being a child. Soon enough, I had read The Man in The Iron Mask and his version of Robin Hood. All books are in a sore need for a re-read, haha! Besides, I still want to read The Count of Monte Cristo.

 

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My first book from him, that led me into watching The Man in the Iron Mask, that 1998’s movie with Leonardo DiCaprio (btw, that movie rocks hard!), and that started my love for his works ❤

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I’m fairly positive that the version that I have read of Robin Hood was his version, but as I was too young and the book was borrowed from my school library, I’ll never know. Anyway, it was my second, as the Robin Hood made by Disney set some priorities among his works in my childish mind, haha!

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My last read book from Alexandre, as the end left me heart broken. As a child, I didn’t understand that movies could take liberties from their books, so I was expecting a happy decent enough end. Eh, no. Not at all. I cried a river that day and decided I needed a break from Alexandre, haha! A 13 years break so far, but okay.

Now, hopefully I’ll have the heart to read The Count of Monte Cristo, haha!

Thank you for reading! Do you like Alexandre Dumas’ books?

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Book Author: Sally MacKenzie

Hi, there! LAST THURSDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS, OMG! *–* We are almost there, I can’t wait to be with my family and wake up with my presents on the foot of my bed!

Anyway, it’s Authors from my Heart ❤ day, book author week!

The chosen one was Sally MacKenzie, a sugared historical romances author!

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Sally Mackenzie ❤

We met in the end of last year, on October, when I downloaded one of her books from free at iBooks. It was The Duchess of Love, prequel to the homonymous series. I enjoyed myself immensely reading it and convinced my dad to purchase me the whole series.

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After finish that, I knew I loved her and bought myself a bunch with the whole series of Naked Nobility, books 1 to 7 minus short stories (which I still have to buy, ugh). The first book is brilliant and one of my favorite sugared historical romances ever, but I acquired a serious problem with Sally. Can you believe that 99% on her villains on this series are gay men?! I mean, come on! This got old fast! I’m not saying that you need to be supportive of their cause, but you don’t have to turn them into villains. And it wasn’t just a coincidence. In the stories, you could see that Sally hinted that the villains’ sick personality was due their sexual orientation.

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Sally, I still love you, but just stop.

Anyway, she has only three published series so far: Duchess of Love, Naked Nobility and Spinster House. I’ve read one and three quarters out of three, haha! I guess I can call myself a fan despite our differences 😀

Now, let’s talk about her works:

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from my Instagram!

This was my first series and it is a 5 stars one, without doubts. Really well written, with wonderful characters and twisted plots, I couldn’t stop reading, haha! By the way, I talked a little about the last book in this post 🙂

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This series for me was like a graphic: my evaluations kept changing from book to book, from five to two stars, haha! I’m going to make a list here, as we are talking about so many titles:

The Naked Duke (NN #1): 5 stars (cof and my personal favorite of this series cof)

The Naked Baron (NN #2): 4 stars

The Naked Laird (NN #2.5): to-read, oops! Haha 😉

The Naked Marquis (NN #3): 3 stars

The Naked Earl (NN #4): 3 stars

The Naked Viscount (NN #5): 5 stars!

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The Naked Gentleman (NN #6): 2 stars…

The Naked Prince (NN #6.5): to-read too, oops!

The Naked King (NN #7): 5 stars!

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I’m sorry I don’t have reviews for any of those books, truly. Maybe next year I’ll re-read them ❤

That’s it! Thanks for reading ❤ Do you like sugared historical romances? Someone else here is a fan of Sally MacKenzie? o/

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Convincing the Secretary, from Ava March (London Legal #3)

Good night! I know, the blog is on fire, haha! And it is about to burn all the way up because the reviewed book of the evening is HOT HOT HOT!

Ahem, do you remember when I did this mega post talking about the release of Convincing the Secretary, third book in the London Legal series, from Ava March? So, Ava sent me a copy two days ago as an early Christmas gift and allowed me to open and read it on the spot! 😀 ❤ Thanks so so so much, again!

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from my Instagram!

 

I finished the book on the same day, but Ava plays so hard with my emotions that I needed to breathe before posting this review, haha!

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Ok, I’m in control again. Without any more giber jabber, let’s do this and THANKS AGAIN, I LOVE YOU, AVA! ❤

The Story

Edward Fenton has always fantasized about a lasting relationship with someone that he truly loved and that felt the same way towards him. At first, his boss Arthur Barrington sounded like the perfect choice for his dream to come true. Except that the man is already way taken by his lover, Leopold Thornton. One can’t win them all.

With the arrival of a new solicitor in Barrington’s office, Edward is relocated as his secretary. Lord Grayson is the perfect definition of tall, black and handsome and sends Edward’s imagination to depths that he never knew himself capable of. But can a relationship with such a powerful man work out the way Edward dreams of?

Gray, in the other hand, knows he found the perfect match in the moment he understands Edward’s interests on him, but how to convince the young man that he is Mr. Perfect?

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The Analysis

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

Ava always catches my heart unguarded. I was completely okay with life, minding my own business, when I opened my e-mail and saw her gift. As the book isn’t going to be published until March of 2016, I was trying to lead a mental healthy life without being too much of a goner and counting the minutes for the pre-ordering to start on Amazon. But the heart attack was so worthy! This book was awesome! It is a short book (my copy had 100 pages), but the romance is so intense that you are breathless for the whole time! (Or maybe I was, because it was a gift from my favorite author and a book that I already knew about for quite a while.)

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I’ll try to be professional now, but I won’t promise that I’ll be impartial, because that’s impossible when working with perfect books. #justsaying

I really love March’s narrative style. Third person, alternating points of views between the couple present in the book ❤ Both Edward and Gray had their own minds and you could see who was doing the thinking very clearly. Once again, March showed how important is communication in a relationship, as words unspoken do the damage in both men’s feelings.

The plot was simple, but not obvious, not for me. I mean, okay, boy meets boy in the 19th century, boy is not sure if other boy likes boys as well, both give the relationship a try and things go wrong. To explain why I wasn’t very sure of the outcome of this particular work of March, I’ll have to talk about the characters, so hold that thought. Back to the plot, we get to see Arthur and Leopold again, which was awesomely cool (I always like to see my boys again; those two are the heroes of the first books in the series, Convincing Arthur and Convincing Leopold, respectively). There were no loose ends; it would have been nice to know a little more about Edward’s and Gray’s past, but no information was lacking inside of the proposition of the book.

The characters are the best part. You see, in a regular March novel, you’d have two individuals that really need to find true love, that feel incomplete and don’t know what they need until they meet their soul mates, for say. On this book, it was different. Both Edward and Gray are pinning for a happily ever after, but not necessarily with each other. Gray realizes faster that he needs Edward, that Edward is the one, but Edward was more down on the earth. He felt the need of having Gray around, but could (cof and did cof) survive a break up with him without dying the emotional death of break-ups, you know? Honestly, Edward impressed me. He made a cameo appearance previously in the series and I never paid much attention to him, he was so… Bleak? Haha! But being inside of his head, it all made sense and oh boy, he grows up SO MUCH! He is officially one of my favorite males from March now ❤

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I always like her males, for God’s sake…

And, dealing with a book written by March, I can’t treat sex scenes as a bonus point, because they are always there and she never EVER disappoint her readers. Did I mention that NEVER happens? Okay, haha! Since the beggining, the bed roles between Edward and Gray are pretty clear and I was waiting for them to have a kind of Oliver and Vincent relationship behind closed doors. Once again, I was wrong! =O I mean, none of them gets to really submit and I thought that AWESOME. Neither was the “fragile” part, always so equal even inside of the bedchamber. AVA, YOU ROCKED HARD!

Bonus point: oh, this cover. Do I need to say more?

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also from my Instagram! 😀

Overall, I knew I would love this book since Ava told me she was beginning to write it and I did, a lot. Ava, Thanks again for sending me this, it was the best Christmas present EVER! 😀

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That’s it! Thanks for reading and humoring me as I once again talked about Ava March’s work 😉 I bet you all can’t wait until next year, when I’ll do a big re-reading and reviewing of ALL OF HER BOOKS, MWAHAHA MWAHAHA.

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Ps: don’t worry, there will be Harry Potter and The Vampire Diaries reviews too, haha!

Book author: Meg Cabot

Hello! Today we have the first post in my new section, Authors from my Heart <3, that will talk about a book author! Last time, I talked about a manga author and now we open the book author section with Meg Cabot!

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The first time I’ve read a book by Meg Cabot, I was just a kid. I knew her from The Princess Diaries movies and, of course, wanted to read the books as well. I ran to the bookstore with my mom (I was about 8 or 9) and the first book in the collection was sold out on that particularly place. On that fateful day, my mom couldn’t take me anywhere else and I was so sad that I would have to wait a few more weeks to get it… I don’t remember why, but my mom wouldn’t be able to take me to another bookstore anytime soon. Then, feeling my pain, the bookshop seller said that I could take home a different Meg Cabot series while I waited for The Princess Diaries to be back on stock. That’s when I met The Mediator series ❤ I held the first book with its oh-so-ugly cover in my hands and wanted to cry. My mom insisted that I take it, along with volume 2 in The Princess Diaries series (which had a beautiful cover), so I did it. THANKS, MR. BOOKSHOP SELLER, THANKS, MOM!

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That’s how I got to know my all-time favorite series from Meg and how I discovered that I only liked when Meg wrote supernatural stories. I read the second book in TPD series, believing that I didn’t need book 1 as I had seen the movie and hated everything, haha! Point for the ugly covered book 🙂

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In order of appearance in my life:

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I love the movies with all my heart, but those books weren’t for me, simply like that. I used to have the Brazilian Edition in the picture, but I gave it away to my school’s library, as it was clear I would never read it again or continue reading…

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Oh those covers. Honestly, they were so ugly that the next Brazilian edition had it changed to this:

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despite the inconstancy of Suzannah’s looks through those covers, they are still better than the ones I have home.

The sad part is to see that the original covers also sucked hard. Still, ugly covers or not, I love this series. Jesse was one of my first bookish boyfriends and he played a very important part in my life, as he was almost a cowboy and I have been fascinated by those since I’m a toddler that watched my dad reading Tex’s adventures (a cowboy with a yellow shirt, any bells ringing?). But I’m babbling and the important thing is: WE WILL HAVE ANOTHER BOOK IN THIS SERIES NEXT YEAR!

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This book shouldn’t be a standalone, Meg! Please, stop writing lame books and revisit this series, please! But, again: BRAZIL, WHY DO WE HAVE SUCH AN AWFUL COVER?!

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I was so happy with The Mediator and Jinx that I forgot how big of a flop that TPD was for me and borrowed The Boy Next Door from a friend. Awful mistake. I’m still not into those kind of books :/ I don’t even remember if I was able to finish it or not, haha!

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I actually love the Brazilian Portuguese edition ❤

This book features several authors, including Stephenie Meyer, but Meg Cabot’s short story was my second favorite ❤ Stephenie’s one was awful.

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I had a true State of Grace when I started this series, as I was on a big hiatus from Meg (her fault, as she made it so hard for me to buy her historical romances and impossible for me to like her regular teen books). I read it slowly, savoring each chapter, because I knew it all ended in three books. And it did and I cried because I was once again orphan from her. And still am, btw. I plan on starting the 1-800-Where-R-You series, but I have no guarantees that I shall like it, so I’m delaying this moment, haha!

Oh, and by the way. 1-800-Where-R-You also has awful covers. Meg, you should sue most of your your graphic designers team. Just a friend’s advice, seriously.

That’s it! Thanks for reading ❤ Do you like Meg Cabot? Which is your favorite book? HAVE YOU READ 1-800-Where-R-You SERIES?! I need to know if I won’t have my heart broken, haha!

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Blog news and updates!

Hello, there! Happy Thanksgiving for the American readers!

Today is a big day for me because I finally rearranged the blog’s agenda! When I started it, back on blogspot days, I had a cute schedule to my posts and themes and FINALLY this is back and I can’t wait to share it with you! ❤

Monday

  • (weekly) My dear friend Audrey’s meme Match Made in Mondays posts – come to play with us, Audrey’s themes are the absolutely BEST!

Thrusday

  • (once in two weeks) Authors of my heart: this will be a section were I’ll recommend one of my favorite authors, talk a bit about their history and the books that I already read by them 😀

Wednesday

  • (weekly) Manga of the week: my weekly recommendations of manga titles will be back! ❤

Tuesday

  • (once in two weeks) Mangaka of my heart: this is the same as Authors from my heart, but foccused on Mangakas, authors of mangas 🙂

Friday

  • (once in two weeks) TOP 3: a random list of top 3 books that are my favorite in their categories or genres 😀
  • (once per month) Must Have Edition of The Month: my old post were I seeked different editions of the books that I already have and want in a new form was moved from weekly to monthly 🙂

Saturday

  • Everytime I’m tagged or find a good tag online, it will go live on Satturdays, haha! Of course that nothing will stop me on this beginning of posting them twice a week because I have so many to do, but on an utopic future, saturday will be tag day, haha!

Sunday

  • My TBR of the week will be back on Sundays! Yay!

Monthly posts

  • My bookish wrap up and book haul for the month, usually on the last or the first day of the month (again, utopic agenda that I’ll try my best to follow, haha!), will remain intact!
  • My big post of the selected new books that will be released on the month that started also is keeping strong 😀

My reviews will continue to go live as they get ready, for now, but in the near future (a.k.a. definitive vacation after December 4th), I plan to post at least one review a week. At least. Let’s see how the miracles go LOL.

For 2016, I have three projects being studied for the blog: a) making reviews for the books that I read before starting the blog on 2015; b) re-read my all-time favorite books and professional review then; and c) start a Youtube channel!

In other news, I’ve won a giveaway yesterday! I won an ebook copy of Red August, by dear H. L. Brooks from the author herself! Yay! I’ll review it probably on January, as my TBR sent-by-authors list is a bit big right now, haha! But I wanted to read it so baddly, it was a very lucky day for me ❤ Thanks again for having hosting it, Heather! :DDD

That’s it for now! Thanks for reading and sticking around on such crazy times! Love you!

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