Armchair Book Expo Day 1: Introductions & Best Practices in the Online Community


Hi everyone! Today is day ONE in Armchair Book Expo! This fun event brings together all the amazingness that is Book Expo to the comfort of your home. It starts today and ends on Sunday, June 3rd,  and we have such a fun schedule full of great prompts, special guest posts on the site, Twitter parties, and lots of giveaways sponsored by amazing authors & publishers. Click HERE to see the full schedule and be sure not to miss this event! I will be hosting a Twitter party tomorrow @ 12 PM EST about Diversity and I would love to have you join. Join in using #ArmchairBookExpo :)

Anywhoo, today's prompts are all about introductions and the best practices in the bookish community. Check it out :D

Introductions (about me):
  1. I am a book blogger & bookstagrammer from Mexico! This is my blog, but I'm also the Instagram Manager for YA Books Central.
  2. Currently working on a novel with my friend Becky from The Life of a Book Nerd Addict. I'm also 
  3. I love reading about book princes and royalty in YA Fantasy.
  4. My favorite book is Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen.
  5. My least favorite book might be Allegiant by Veronica Roth for being so disappointing.
  6. My current read read is The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich. It's a good read although it is taking me quite some time to finish it!
  7. My summer plans include reading, bookstagramning, binging series on Netflix, and possibly traveling.
  8. My best buddy is my sister, the chef of this site. Also Becky! ♥
  9. My blog was created 3.5 years ago! However, I've been part of the book blogging community for 5 years now. 
  10. The best fandom out there will always by Harry Potter. ♥

Best Practices in the Online Book Community:

Here's what has made my life much easier as a book blogger & what I suggest you also do!

Keep a planner. Write in all the important blog posts such as tour stops, reviews, and blitzes in a planner, It is SO HELPFUL and it somehow makes you more organized. I used to not keep one and I would sometimes wake up in the middle of the night, remembering I had to post something the next morning. Not fun.

Draft blog tour posts as soon as possible. If you are participating in a book tour, I highly suggest that when you get the material for you post, draft it and have it ready, even if you have yet to read the book and write your review (or write up something else). It's much easier at the end of the day when you have everything good to go!

Set a day in the week for cross-posting your reviews. This is something I heard from a fellow book blogger and it is truly a great tip! Dedicate one day to specifically cross-post all of your reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, and any other site. Reviews are super important for authors and they will greatly appreciate it, but this will also help keep you up to date with your posts.

Have a list of ARCs/review books. I keep an Excel sheet of all the ARCs and review copies I own with all of their info, including release date. That way I know which books I need to give priority too, and also where I should post my review (I also review on YA Books Central). I just started writing them down in my planner to have the list on hand as well.

Schedule tweets: Use Tweetdeck or Buffer to schedule tweets about your blog posts! This comes in handy when I'm busy the following day and I don't want to forget to promote on social media. You can also use these two sites to post on Facebook.

Create a template for your blog graphics. Blog graphics can take a lot of time to do from scratch, but if you design one that can be easily changed to fit your blog posts, then you'll see how it'll make your life a lot easier. I use Canva and I love how easy (and FREE) it is to use.


And that's pretty much it. This is what I follow for my blog and I seem to have a much easier time now than how I used to do it a couple of years ago. Basically, organization is key and not that hard to do. :)

Waiting on Wednesday #27: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo


Hi everyone! Welcome to another "Waiting on Wednesday" post (meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!). 

This week I am waiting on:

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Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) by Leigh Bardugo
August 29th 2017, Random House Books for Young Readers
YA Fantasy
The highly anticipated coming-of-age story for the world’s greatest super hero: WONDER WOMAN by the # 1 New York Times bestselling author LEIGH BARDUGO.

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.
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Leigh Bardugo + Wonder Woman? I think this book is pretty much everyone's dream come true and to be honest, you cannot go wrong with anything by Leigh Bardugo. I trust that this book will be amazing and I cannot wait for the day I finally get to read it!!! ♥
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What are you waiting on this week? :)

Girl on the Verge Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway!


Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop in the Girl on the Verge blog tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours! This YA Thriller is written by New York Times bestselling author Pintip Dunn and releases on June 27th. Below you can find my review of this heart-racing book and an amazing international giveaway that you definitely don't want to miss! Enjoy. ♥
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Girl on the Verge 
by Pintip Dunn 
YA Thriller
June 27th 2017 from Kensington
From the author of The Darkest Lie comes a compelling, provocative story for fans of I Was Here and Vanishing Girls, about a high school senior straddling two worlds, unsure how she fits in either—and the journey of self-discovery that leads her to surprising truths.

In her small Kansas town, at her predominantly white school, Kanchana doesn’t look like anyone else. But at home, her Thai grandmother chides her for being too westernized. Only through the clothing Kan designs in secret can she find a way to fuse both cultures into something distinctly her own.

When her mother agrees to provide a home for a teenage girl named Shelly, Kan sees a chance to prove herself useful. Making Shelly feel comfortable is easy at first—her new friend is eager to please, embraces the family’s Thai traditions, and clearly looks up to Kan. Perhaps too much. Shelly seems to want everything Kanchana has, even the blond, blue-eyed boy she has a crush on. As Kan’s growing discomfort compels her to investigate Shelly’s past, she’s shocked to find how much it intersects with her own—and just how far Shelly will go to belong…

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*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 4/5 stars
Um, wow. Consider me officially spooked for the rest of the year. How am I supposed to sleep soundly after this??? I swear my hands are still shaking while I type this. This book... gosh, it's like my worst nightmare. However, it is undoubtedly good, so if you enjoy reading thrillers, you might find this one quite enjoyable.

Girl on the Verge captured me from page one as it introduced Kan, the main character. She's a Thai girl born in USA, living in a small town where she's the only one "different". Never feeling as if she belonged in Kansas or even in Thailand (for she was just not Thai enough, according to them), she constantly struggled balancing her two separate lives. What she did know is that she wanted to be a clothes designer because she's actually really good at it. So her story starts off well, a girl trying to discover herself and possibly get the boy she has a crush on finally notice her. That is until her mother allows a recently orphaned girl to stay with them that all hell breaks lose.

I must say, I think I failed to notice when I first read about this book that it was a thriller. I RARELY read thrillers/horror because it all honesty, I get scared pretty easily. So imagine my surprise when after a few chapters of a great main character struggling with self-identity that I knew she was somehow going to overcome and the swooniest boy ever,  some things started to get oddly creepy, it the subtlest ways. First, a girl coming on a bit strong for being a stranger. Then immediately acting like your best friend. Then making you be blood sisters, ritual and all... among many other things that screamed DANGER. Yup, you bet goosebumps sprouted all over my arms while reading it.

This is my first book by Pintip Dunn and holy muffins, I cannot deny her great ability to captivate you with her words, her storytelling, and characters. I was so damn scared and disturbed, to the point of feeling nauseous, but for the love of books, I could NOT set the book down. I read it in one sitting and I don't regret the read at all, but I also somehow want to forget it. It insanely brought me a sense of déjà vu and that scares me the most because WHY?? I don't ever EVER want to have a stranger come into my life and try to steal my identity, my life. That is truly my worst nightmare.

Ugh. Anyway, this book will surely stay with me for a long time. I thought it was a dark contemporary read, but never guessed THIS dark. It certainly fooled me when the love interest was introduced (OMG so cute, I loved him!) and I thought it would focus more on them as a couple, but instead this book took me into a twisty, devilish journey that I'm perfectly content for it to always remain fictional, thank you very much.

Final Verdict:

Girl on the Verge had me at the edge of my seat the whole time and while it may not be my usual genre, I certainly was enthranced by the thrilling story inside. Definitely check it out of you like to feel your pulse raised!
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About Pintip Dunn

Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL.

Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. Her other novels include THE DARKEST LIE, REMEMBER YESTERDAY, and the novella BEFORE TOMORROW.

She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com

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Giveaway!

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The Week's Entrée #152

Hi everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!

Yesterday we went to watch Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales!! It was a good movie, we laughed a lot because Captain Jack Sparrow and his crew are always hilarious, but what did leave us a bit disappointed were Will Turner & Elizabeth's son, Henry Turner, and his love interest, Mary (I think).  They were too stiff for their roles, at times corny, and the chemistry between them was almost non-existent. Bit bummed about that, yet we still enjoyed our time watching it! Oh, and Orlando Bloom & Keira Knightley together again was just so precious. ♥♥♥



Have you seen it??? :) Hope they make a 6th movie!!!
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New books!
{For review}
From publishers, authors, Netgalley/Edelweiss, etc.


Huge thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for the access to As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti! Ever since we revealed this cover on YABC I fell in love with it. Isn't it dreamy??? ♥ Also thanks to the amazing John Owen Theobald for sending us a signed copy of What the Raven Brings, the sequel to These Dark Wings. So excited to read it!!



I received a super cool box from Farah Ohmerbhoy & Kate Tilton, which included to hardcovers of The Last of the Firedrakes and The Rise of the Dawnstar (The Avalonia Chronicles book 1 & 2), a notebook, an Aurora Firedrake Candle, bookmarks, a bath bomb, candies, a bookish bracelet, pins, a Mary Kay blush powder, and pens! It's glorious ♥ my favorite thing, besides the books, is the bracelet because it has the tiny covers of the books.


Aaand also received a copy of White from the wonderful Angelina J. Steffort for review on YABC. This book is so pretty in person, ack, I am hurrying up to make space to read it. SO SO excited for this one.

{Purchased}


I bought a kindle copy of the The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon! Now I only need to get the second book and I'll be able to binge on the series. Heard it's good! :D
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To Read This Week:

 

I still need to finish reading  The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson & will immediately start with  The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts. Have to pick up my reading pace *cries*.
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And that's it for The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)

Book Review: Infinite Sky by C.J. Flood

Title: Infinite Sky
Series: Infinite Sky #1
Author: C. J. Flood
Genre: YA Contemporary/ Romance/ Fiction
Published: July 14th, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Page count: 288 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Won 


Book Summary:
A truly beautiful book about the summer that changed one girl's life, as her mum leaves home, travellers set up camp in the family's field, her older brother goes off the rails, and she falls in love for the very first time. Opening with a funeral, Iris is mourning the boy in the casket - but who is it? Sam, her tearaway brother, or Trick, her tentative boyfriend? Over one long hot summer, we find out just how their three lives were turned upside-down.

*The Chef's Review*
    Actual rating: 5/5 stars

This book was a surprise to me and I enjoyed reading it so much. Infinite Sky is beautifully written and an emotional first romance story with jaw-dropping twists that is perfect for Contemporary lovers!

What I liked:

When I started reading Infinite Sky, I thought that it was going to be a simple and lovable teenage  romance. This book covers not only that, but some other complicated and sensitive aspects of life like having divorced parents and the emotional effects it might cause, prejudices and judgments in other people's lifestyle choices, and the unexpected death of a beloved one. It even has a bit of the drama that comes with being a teenager and friends that are not really friends but just simple acquaintances.

The main character in this book is a girl named Iris. I really liked her, and despite her family situation, she is a character that does her best to maintain a lively personality as much as possible. There is a part in this book that I specially liked where she spends time with her brother and formulates a plan to make him finish a drawing on a wall. She knows that her brother Sam is having a very hard time with the break up of their parents and that he is slowly losing himself, so she tries to bring him back on track by encouraging to express himself in something that he loves. I thought that part of the book was specially sweet and endearing, further cementing my respect for the main character.

Another aspect of the book that I liked was the cute romance between Iris and her friend Trick. I thought that it was very sweet the way they met and how it was Iris that kept looking for ways to make their meeting happen. They both developed innocent and sincere feelings toward each other and I cherished the time they spent together. 

What didn't do it for me:

There were some parts in the story that I felt were slow, however I think that it added pretty well at the end so it didn't really affect my reading experience by much.

Final Verdict:

Inifinite Sky had me teary right at the end. It's a stunning, surprising read that's well worth your time! 


Happy reading! -- The Chef

Waiting on Wednesday #26: Odd & True by Cat Winters


Hi everyone! Welcome to another "Waiting on Wednesday" post (meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!). 

This week I am waiting on:



Odd & True by Cat Winters
September 12th 2017, Amulet Books
YA Historical
Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.

In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all. 
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LOOK AT THAT COVER. Isn't it glorious? I first saw this cover on Kerri Maniscalco's Instagram account and I immediately fell in love with it, more knowing that the book is along the lines of Stalking Jack the Ripper. I just need this book & I hope that I get to read it soon. :D
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What are you waiting on this week? :)

The Last Star Paperback Release Day Blitz + Giveaway!


Hi everyone! Welcome to the release day blitz for the paperback of The Last Star by Rick Yancey. This book is the third installment in The 5th Wave trilogy which originally released last year but since today it's now out in paperback, we are celebrating with an awesome giveaway that can be found at the end of this post. Don't forget to check out more about this series by clicking on the covers and spread the word about the new release! Thanks for stopping by & enjoy!
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The Last Star
(The 5th Wave #3) by Rick Yancey
YA Dystopian /May 23rd, 2017 from G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
The enemy is Other. The enemy is us.

They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human.



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Check out the first two books in this series! (Click on the covers for more info)


Also, have you seen the movie adaptation of The 5th Wave? Loved it! 
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About Rick Yancey


Rick Yancey (www.rickyancey.com) is the author of the New York Times bestseller The 5th Wave, The Infinite Sea, The Last Star, several adult novels, and the memoir Confessions of a Tax Collector. His first young-adult novel, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal. In 2010, his novel, The Monstrumologist, received a Michael L. Printz Honor, and the sequel, The Curse of the Wendigo, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. When he isn't writing or thinking about writing or traveling the country talking about writing, Rick is hanging out with his family.


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Giveaway!

Enter for a chance to be one (1) grand prize winner and receive a set of The 5th Wave Collection in paperback, including The 5th Wave, The Infinite Sea, and The Last Star (ARV: $32.97), or to be one (1) of five (5) second place winners to receive The 5th Wave in paperback (ARV: $10.99 each).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on May 23, 2017 and 12:00 AM on May 30, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about June 2, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

The Week's Entrée #151

Hi everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!

WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME ANNE OF GREEN GABLES IS AMAZING? 


So my sister & I just watched the first season of Netflix's adaptation, Anne with an E, and it's incredibly good. We initially had a bit of trouble getting into the story and moving past a few things regarding adoption that I believe were not handled that well (as an adult, we might understand, but not children) but after the first two episodes we were hooked. And now I'm suffering from withdrawal. I need to watch the other adaptations and read the books  ASAP because I hear they are even more amazing and that thrills me to no end. This series is sweet, funny, and heart-melting, and I cannot wait to learn more about Anne's adventures.

And Gilbert.... ♥♥♥♥ 


 He's just too cute. LOOK AT HIM! Be still my teenage heart.

Have you seen this new show? Have you read the books??? :)
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New books!
{For review}
From publishers, authors, Netgalley/Edelweiss, etc.


Huge thanks to the publishers for the access to There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins & A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess! Super stoked to have them waiting for me on my kindle (though I will have to read my copy of A Shadow Bright and Burning first!).


Also downloaded Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle from Edelweiss because it looks so cool. Also received a review copy of  Holding Court by K.C. Held and it looks pretty cute.


Also have to review the The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts &  All Laced Up by Erin Fletcher!


And Guyliner by J. Leigh Bailey!


My awesome friend and fellow YABCer, Beth, sent me this pretty ARC of The Sandcastle Empire! Will bump it up my TBR because release day is so close now (June 6th!).

{Purchased}


I bought a kindle copy of the Complete Anne of Green Gables Books by L. M. Montgomery because I am now obsessed and must binge all the books (for the first time!!!). Super excited about it. :D
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To Read This Week:


I still need to finish my eARC of The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King but this week I shall! I'm enjoying it so far and already looking forward to the sequel. And I will probably start with my ARC of The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson as well.
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And that's it for The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)

#BroodyBFF ~ Favorite Brooding Book Boyfriends


Hi everyone! So, one of my favorite book boyfriends, Broody McHottiePants, asked me the other day to share with him who were my favorite brooding book boyfriends, and I sweated. It felt like a trick question since this dashing, eye-smoldering, drop-dead gorgeous guy was asking ME to talk about other guys, with an innocent smile that DID NOT AFFECT ME AT ALL. Okay, maybe a little. (Fine, a lot). Anyway, I told him I would think about it to save face and not instantly hurt his feelings, but I guess now he must understand that while I do love him, there are others who have enamored my heart as well (but no worries Broody, you are on this list too of course!).

1. Prince Tristan de Montigny from Stolen Songbird


Arrogant. Jerk. A troll. Gorgeously brooding. And the secret leader of a rebellion. Naturally, he is the perfect brooding book boyfriend for me. I've been in love with Tristan de Montigny since 2014 to the point of changing my twitter name to Melissa de Montigny and I haven't been able to change it back. Did I mention that he's a prince? Yeah, there's nothing I love more than brooding book princes.  Tristan is my all-time favorite book boyfriend and if you love brooding, then this guy is perfect to look at and NOT TOUCH BECAUSE HE IS MINE, BACK OFF. *Clears throat* No, but seriously, this book boyfriend is amazing! Plus, he loves food. ;)

2. Ash from The Iron Fey


My second favorite book boyfriend! Ash is THE reason why brooding book boyfriends are my all-time favorites. His tragic past and an upbringing in the winter court turned him into a dark and devastatingly gorgeous old soul and ugh, I LOVE HIM SO MUCH.

3. Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows


I know, I know, Kaz Brekker is a bastard but I can't help loving him. I just can't! I love how smart and quick-thinking he is, like, he always has a way out and a plan for EVERYTHING. Need something done? He knows exactly how to achieve it. Something goes wrong? Yeah, he probably planned that too. And apparently, when he loves, he is the gentlest person in the world. ♥♥♥

4. Henry from The Goddess Test 


I truly believe Henry is one of the most underrated brooding book boyfriends in YA, yet he will always belong in my top favorites list. He is the god of the Underworld (aka Hades) and oh-my-beating heart, I need one like him in my life. So sweet and caring, unfairly criticized over his unrequited love for Persephone, and extremely powerful. I mean, he rules over the dead!!!!! Not sure if I'd move into the Underworld to live with him though, it sounds a bit dreary. 

5. Prince Tristan from The Rise of the Dawnstar


ANOTHER PRINCE CALLED TRISTAN. I'm telling you, all Prince Tristans are the best! And this one is also brooding and amazing and aasalkjsskdjl. I will get a teensy bit spoilery with this and say that while Tristan may not be the main love interest of The Avalonia Chronicles (he is introduced in the second book and I fear that he is on the losing end of the complicated love triangle) he is the absolute best and Prince Rafe doesn't hold a candle to him. Okay, okay, Prince Rafe is also awesomely brooding but I don't care if the MC picks him as long as Tristan can be mine. You know what? All the Prince Tristans should be mine. I call dibs!

6. Thomas Cresswell from Stalking Jack the Ripper


I cheat a bit in this one because Thomas is certainly not as brooding as my other loves, but he starts a bit as one and I have to take every chance I get to yell into the wind that Thomas is indeed, mine. Plus, he is smart enough to rival many typical brooding book boyfriends and drive them mad. Thomas has so much sass in him and I love him for it. ♥



Last, but not least, my other one and only. The embodiment of every smoldering gaze, tragic and misunderstood past, and the reason why my knees go weak. I feel that every tweet you send out is about me, about us, and since I'm a main character in my story, we are perfect for each other. 
I mean, how can you not fall in love with THIS:
Speaks to my soul & such lovable arrogance! *swoons*
(Seriously though, 'Mi Pescado' is just a whole other level LOL).
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And there you have it! All my favorite, ridiculously handsome and brooding, book boyfriends. Who are a few of your favorites? ♥