Showing posts with label vinegar girl. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vinegar girl. Show all posts

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Meet My Book Boyfriends feat. The Seafarer's Kiss, Starflight & more


Meet the reason why I stuck with most of these book series. 

Sometimes cute boys are 100% a reason to keep on reading and swooning!








Magnus from BOYS THAT BITE by Mari Mancusi
One of my first book boyfriends ever! Magnus is the most awkward vampire you'd ever meet and I love him to death. He's so weird.

This series is awfully underrated in general, if you like humor and vampires, this is such a fabulous pick.


Lieutenant Paul Markov from A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU by Claudia Gray
If you know me, you know that he's e v e r y t h i n g.

Lieutenant Paul is the shy royal guard of Duchess Marguerite in the Russia!verse and I love him more than anything in the world. Cute boys who love science are the best. Don't let this pretty white boy fancast fool you into thinking this is a book you should pick up though, make sure to read my linked review because this book features dubious consent.

Pyotr from VINEGAR GIRL by Anne Tyler
Another Eastern European scientist for the win! Pyotr is a sassy little dork. He's hilarious, with a smokin' bod and sometimes a little shy. I love him.





Dimitri Belikov from VAMPIRE ACADEMY by Richelle Mead
By now you've probably noticed that I tend to have a type.

Dorky Eastern European dudes are always at risk of joining this list. Dimitri is one half of the biggest OTP I have - him and Rose make the perfect badass fighting vampire couple and calm
and collected Dimitri is the perfect match for hot-headed Rose.





Doran Spaulding from STARFLIGHT by Melissa Landers
This one's a first. I usually don't like the rich arrogant billionaire type but something about dear old Doran really got me. I'll tell you once I manage to pinpoint it.



Havamal from THE SEAFARER'S KISS by Julia Ember
I'm actually so embarrassed by this because the book has a sapphic main couple. And of course, problematic me is swooning all over the dude. Havamal is an aspiring king's guard and an absolutely ripped merman with a heart of gold. I mean, come on. How was I supposed to resist. Christ.




Who are your book boyfriends?

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Favorite Covers, Surprising Books, Excitement | 2016 End of Year Book Survey

I can't believe 2016 is over already. This really didn't feel like a whole year. Let's hope 2017 brings everyone of us some good things. Buckle up, this one's a long one.

This tag was created by Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner.





1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
Mh. I think I'll have to go with A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU by Claudia Gray. That book totally took over my blog and social media this year.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Several! LIFE AS WE KNEW IT really disappointed me, because I love disaster books. WITHER, RED QUEEN, and SIX OF CROWS were also massive disappointments.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Probably BUMPED by Megan McCafferty. I totally didn't expect this to be about over-the-top religious teens. Mixed with a world where teens are eager to get pregnant, I was very disturbed.


 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Omg that's totally LABYRINTH LOST by Zoraida Córdova. I was -so- annoying about this book, but it's so good, y'all. Bisexual latinx witches. C'mon.

 5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
Best series: Firbird by Claudia Gray.
Best sequel: TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU by Claudia Gray
Best series ender: Firebird by Claudia Gray.

You know why? Because I never finish book series! This is the one series that I even picked up the sequels for this year.



6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
Sarah Crossan joined the glorious ranks of my new contemporary favorites. I welcome her into my blog, y'all will see her around.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Probably SOMETHING WICKED by Debi Chestnut. I don't read a lot of Non-Fiction, but books about ghosts and the paranormal always pique my interest. This one scared the @'#!+ out of me.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
UNNATURAL DEEDS by Cyn Balog. One sitting wonder, read completely while I was in the waiting room for a doctor's appointment. Totally hooked me on reading more of her books.

9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I'm not a rereader. If at all probably A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU by Claudia Gray because I've got a book boyfriend in there that I already dearly miss.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
I need to stop answering with A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU .... I did the exact same thing with READY PLAYER ONE last year, where is my self-control... ehhh... WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT by April Genevieve Tucholke is quite pretty.

11. Most memorable character of 2016?
I don't know, these are getting so difficult. Maybe Pyotr from VINEGAR GIRL by Anne Tyler? I really liked him.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
THE ACCIDENT SEASON by Moira Fowley-Doyle maybe. I like her style a lot and even though her book didn't really quite line up with my personal taste, I'll be checking out more by her for sure.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES by Louise Gornall, no contest. The first book with a chronically-ill character and great representation that I've read and forever cherished.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 
I'm really ashamed of reading WITHER by Lauren DeStefano so late. That book came out ages ago, I feel like I totally missed the 2010 dystopian craze. Super embarrassing to be so late to the party.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
*clutches heart*

“Everything he’s done, everything he gave up and risked for me: Paul did all that without the slightest idea of being loved in return.”

― Claudia Gray, A Thousand Pieces of You


16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
Oh lord. I don't know how I did this the last time, the longest seems to be LAST SACRIFICE by Richelle Mead with a whopping 608 pages apparently. Don't know about the shortest one.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
I guess this one's going to BUMPED by Megan McCafferty again for the weirdness factor.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
GRAND DUCHESS MARGUERITE AND LIEUTENANT PAUL MARKOV FROM THE FIREBIRD SERIES BY CLAUDIA GRAY OKAY NO CONTEST DON'T EVEN

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
I don't think I have one this year.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Previously this year? Or previously before 2016? Because I totally don't have one for the latter, I refuse to put any books that were less than three stars in this category. Another blank then.

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
This one might be POISON STUDY by Maria V. Snyder. It was solid, but I don't really have a desire to read the rest of the series, totally didn't care for the magical elements.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
Oh I guess if we have to go with Pyotr from VINEGAR GIRL by Anne Tyler then. Eastern European scientists are my jam.

23. Best 2016 debut you read?
SLEEPING GIANTS by Sylvain Neuvel, that one messed me up. Space robots, yessir

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Mhhh, difficult. I remember being very impressed with Tara Sim's debut TIMEKEEPER. Steampunk world where time is controlled by clock towers. Super imaginative and fun.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Again, VINEGAR GIRL by Anne Tyler. The Taming of the Shrew is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays and a retelling of that is always super fun to read for me.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
Ho boy, ONE by Sarah Crossan is a tearjerker deluxe. Poetry about conjoined twins. You always know what'll happen to fictional conjoined twins before even reading the book, so you can imagine.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
UNICORN TRACKS by Julia Ember. Give me more African lesbians please!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES again, I was Advanced Crushed™.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT again. Nobody has a magical mind quite  like April Genevieve Tucholke.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Probably RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard. I just don't get it, it's so many books fused into one. I'm not even mad about the book I'm mad at the friends who thought I'd like this, haha.



Feel free to leave the link to your tag in the comments so I can look!



 Last year: Best and Worst Books of 2015 | End of Year Book Survey

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Recommendation: Vinegar Girl - Anne Tyler: Marriage and Greencards

In VINEGAR GIRL, Kate's scientist father is trying to set her up with his lab assisstant Pyotr so he doesn't get deported.

What intrigued me: The Taming of the Shrew is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays.

Quiet and Hilarious

VINEGAR GIRL is part of a series of retellings originally published by Hogarth Shakespeare. It very clearly is inspired by Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, though you don't have to be familiar with the original or even like it to enjoy this. VINEGAR GIRL is a clever and entertaining story that can easily stand on its own because of the brilliantly original characters and storyline. Especially the dialogue is so flat-out hilarious that I'm so enamoured and will definitely pick up more of Tyler's books.

VINEGAR GIRL is a quiet story at the core but has its funny moments that were ultimately the reason why I had such a great reading experience. A little over 200 pages this is quite a short novel but Tyler doesn't rush through the storyline.


Brilliant original characters

I fell in love with every single character. From the starry-eyed protagonist Kate, her naive sister Bunny, to the dorky love interest Pyotr. They're all people I have surely never read about before and this truly makes for such an interesting dynamic.

VINEGAR GIRL isn't a romance per se, if you're looking for swooniness and romance this isn't the right pick. Pyotr and Kate don't necessarily fall head over heels for each other, I'm not even sure if I'd even call this a romance. Nonetheless the story is just so fascinating and fun to read, simply because of the fantastic cast of characters and the fun dynamics.


Rating:

★★★★

 



Overall: Do I Recommend?

VINEGAR GIRL is the surprise of the year for me. A must-read for everyone who loves The Taming of the Shrew and everyone who'd like a retelling with a different spin on the classic play!



Additional Info

Published: 11th October 2016
Pages: 224
Publisher: Knaus
Genre: Adult / Contemporary
ISBN: 978-3-8135-0655-6

Synopsis:
"Kate Battista feels stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Plus, she’s always in trouble at work – her pre-school charges adore her, but their parents don’t always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner.  

Dr. Battista has other problems. After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There’s only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr, all would be lost.

When Dr. Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he’s relying – as usual – on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: this time he’s really asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men’s touchingly ludicrous campaign to bring her around?"(Source: Goodreads)


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