Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Top Ten Characters We'd Want With Us on a Deserted Island

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This Week's Topic:
Top Ten Books Characters We'd Want With Us on a Deserted Island

Racquel's super cheating picks!

So this is a beautiful, non threatening island that's rich food and wood for building shelter (if I can have fictional characters with me, I can specify the design of the island!). I'm totally going to rule the island and here are the citizens that will fill *my* island.

My HAREM. I need to be entertained, okay? I'm talking Hardy Cates, Adrian Ivashkov, Dimitri Belikov,  Harry Pye from The Leopard Prince, Knight from *drumroll* Knight, and the Warlord from Warprize. Look at me limiting the harem.

My bad bitch club.  Renna from The Star Thief, Vera from Love, In English, Rose from Vampire Academy, Amy from Anatomy of a Boyfriend, Rylann from About That Night, Audrey and Victoria from Audrey, Wait! Beatrix from Love In the Afternoon, Winnefred from Nearly a Lady, Jess from Lord of Scoundrels. The list *can* go on. I love me so book girlfriends.

SAWYER. We all watched Lost for his dimples, his nicknames, his luscious hair, his perfect blue eyes.
Happy island fantasizing, y'all!

Sharon's Picks
01. Violet from The Countess Conspiracy to be my plant expert and tell me which are nutritious and which would cause all my skin to fall off, leading to a slow and painful death.

02. Katsa from Graceling to be fierce and totally fend off any island cannibals who try to attack us. Plus, her survival skills of awesome would obviously come in handy.

03. Harry Rutledge from Tempt Me at Twilight. While he might seem like just a wealthy hotel owner who pulled himself up by the bootstraps, Harry is also an inventor (of weapons, specifically). Definitely someone useful to have around. Plus, he could totally use that brain to invent a raft or bamboo helicopter of some sort.

04. Carter Maguire from Vision in White. I need someone around who could talk books with me! Plus, it'd be nice not to be the only incompetent one tripping over tree branches while the rest of my companions build a mecca out of sticks and tree gum.

05. Hardy Cates from Blue-Eyed Devil. Yeah, you knew this one was coming. What? He'd be handy! He's big and strong and capable of building a fence to keep out stray polar bears and whatnot. It has absolutely nothing to do with the raw sexuality. Ahem.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

|Review| Boomerang by Noelle August

Title: Boomerang
Published July 8, 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: contemporary NA
Rating: A
Goodreads summary:
The first book in a sensational New Adult trilogy from Noelle August

Welcome to Boomerang.com, the dating site for the millennial gen with its no-fuss, no-commitments matchups, and where work is steamier than any random hook-up

Mia Galliano is an aspiring filmmaker. Ethan Vance has just played his last game as a collegiate soccer star. They’re sharp, hungry for success, and they share a secret.

Last night, Ethan and Mia met at a bar, and, well . . . one thing led to another, which led to them waking up the next morning—together. Things turned awkward in a hurry when they found themselves sharing a post hookup taxi . . . to the same place: Boomerang headquarters.

What began as a powerful connection between them is treated to a cold shower courtesy of two major complications. First, Boomerang has a strict policy against co-worker dating. And second, they’re now competitors for only one job at the end of summer.

As their internships come to an end, will they manage to keep their eyes on the future and their hands off each other, or will the pull of attraction put them right back where they started?
I wanted to say something cheesy like Boomerang came along and boomeranged itself onto my favorite shelf! But since its a boomerang, wouldn't that mean it would fly right back to me? Anyways, you get the point! Boomerang is a surprise. I thought it would be fun to read but I didn't expect it to become a new favorite.

Mia wakes up in bed with Ethan and she doesn't remember his name or what they did. Post hook-up, they share a taxi to their jobs and lo and behold, they're starting the same internship which will end with one of them getting the job. What follows is a whole lot of laughs, attraction and competition!

Early on, Boomerang reminded me of Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James where the couple are in a big competition to be named partner at their law firm and Julie James is the queen of dialogue so there is a whole lot of witty repartee. Boomerang is familiar in that sense, especially with the sexual tension between Mia & Ethan. But what impressed me even some more is the growing friendship between Mia & Ethan. They're supposed to be against each other so they can beat the other for the permanent job position but that doesn't stop their attraction or their understanding of each other. Couples who understand each other and grow to be friends of sorts (think Annabel & Owen from Just Listen by Sarah Dessen) is just one of my all time favorite things in romance. It's a beautiful thing to read about.

Boomerang is told from alternating (Mia & Ethan) first person POV, which if you don't know by now, IS MY FAVORITE. I loved Ethan who's a NICE GUY. He's nice and sweet and it just makes my heart happy to read about a positive relationship and a nice guy. Thank you, Noelle August! (Who's actually half Veronica Rossi and half Lorin Oberweger). Plus he plays and loves soccer, which makes him more than super awesome. I loved his passion for the sport and his kindness with the young boys he coached and how truly caring he was.
I'm screwed because of his thick, serious brows, his perfect angular nose, and his eyes like a lake in the rain. I'm screwed, most of all, because of his kindness, which radiates from every pore. His passion, when he lets himself talk about things he loves.
Pretty much, I just loved getting to know Mia and Ethan. Mia and her love for films and her famous artist mom and her Nana with Alzheimer's and her dad and how they make up a dysfunctional family. Ethan and his passion for soccer and teamwork and the kindness that does radiate from his every pore. Honestly, if I  have a complaint about Boomerang, its that the book ended. I wanted it to go on and on. I wanted to delve deeper into the characters' lives and see them interact with their family and friends more. I want a Boomerang reality tv show.

In Boomerang, you have positive portrayals of family and friendship. Mia has an eccentric family and even crazier friends. Ethan has the standard working hard family and friends so it was nice to see the two sides. Here is a snippet from Mia about her two best friends Beth and Skyler (I would pretty much die for a Beth book and a Skylar book. I wanted to see more of them SOO bad.)
For the next hour, I watch my best friends: one of them onstage, transported, in love with what she's able to do, the other here with me, wearing an avid expression that tells me she's dreaming of her own turn in the spotlight. I want to thank them both for the awesome gift they give me every day. The gift of being kickass beautiful girls.
Can I get an amen for positive female portrayal and positive female friendship portrayal?! AMEN! Mia is comfortable with her body and sexuality and it is A-okay. I would love to see more girls like Mia. She might have ex-boyfriend problems but it never turned agnsty or something like The One (Ethan) Will Fix Me. Anothr round of applause for Noelle August.

Next in my fangirling check list: Boomerang perfected the balance between sweet and sexy. This is not easy. Sweet books are my favorite to read because they put a smile on my face but I also like steamy scenes! Nothing is more disappointing than reading a sweet yet intense romance build up that ends up G rated (this recently happened to me with Warprize and I wanted to CRY). On the other hand, the steamy books get annoying really fast. There is only so much talk of passion I can take before I start skimming (ok so I've been reading a lot of historical romance lately...). Boomerang got the balance just right. I laughed out loud and smiled way too many times to count. Then when it came down to the sexy scenes, they didn't disappoint! Boomerang pretty much hit ALL the right buttons.

Fun books don't get enough credit but there are so many things that Boomerang does RIGHT. The truly nice hero who respect the heroine and the positive portrayal of females is something I want to see more of in books. The characters are just real people and so layered, just like the whole book! So for a "fun" book, Boomerang just goes above and beyond. I've already pre-ordered Rebound, the next book in the series about a different couple. (Ok, I actually haven't pre-ordered it because that option isn't available yet but the sentiment is true).

For $2.99, Boomerang is holy-shit! steal. The book is set in the summertime, it's summer right now, it will make you laugh and swoon and finish the book with a huge smile on your face... so what are you waiting for?! This is a NA for YA fans, a NA for NA fans, and a NA for people who are looking for something fresher (meaning less angsty) from NA. Noelle August did something a lot of readers were asking for and it they did it excellently.

Recommended for people looking for:
  • a fun book
  • a summer read
  • a nice hero
  • Positive portrayals of females and their sexuality
  • NA that is not angsty
Rating: [A] It made me laugh and swoon and it had all my favorite things too!
On the single most important day of my life, I wake up with the thought: oh crap, where are my panties?

I want to tell her my toaster oven misses her thong.

"So, that's the image we're unveiling for our investors? Sex organs whipping through the air?
*thanks to the publisher & Edelweiss for the arc 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Our Top Ten Favorite Television Shows

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This Week's Topic:
Our Top Ten Favorites TV Shows!
Racquel's picks:

01. Best show on TV? Orphan Black! A season is only 10 episodes but that means each and every episode is important and KICKS ASS. Tatiana Maslany plays so many different clones and she's just amazing. 

02. Awkward. This is an MTV show but it is ON POINT! I thought it would be a cliche high school but nope. So many episodes made me go "THIS, OMG YES, THIS!". It's also hilarious and I pretty much have the first three seasons memorized because I rewatch them all. the. time.

    03. MERLIN! This show makes my heart happy and brings out my major fan girl. I'm an Arthur fan girl even though I HATED HIM in the first episodes. 
    Sharon agrees! While this wouldn't quite make her top ten, she's a big fan.

    04. SUITS IS SO GOOD! The fourth season is currently airing and its so different from the previous seasons (which are still very good). This season is intense and just excellent. Plus, I want to be Donna.
    Sharon agrees! Suits rocks her socks off! She wants to be Donna when she grows up. Abso-freaking-lutely Top Ten material. But this way, it's one more she can knock off the list of contenders for the final ten slots...
      05. Do your self a favor and watch Hannibal. It's a beautiful show. Hugh Dancy as Will Graham and Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal are amazing. AMAZING. You think cannibalism means gory but it's sooooo beautiful to watch.

      Shows I also binge watch at the end of their season: Game of Thrones, Scandal, Agents of SHIELD, Melissa & Joey, Lost Girl, and The Americans.

      Sharon's Picks
      01. Friends. This is the one answer I didn't have to contemplate for even a split second. Friends is my all-time favorite show, hands down. Start a line of dialogue with me, and I can finish it. I've seen every episode multiple times, and they never get old. ♥

      *The rest of this list is in no particular order!
      This is actually really hard for me! Because there are several shows that were past favorites to which I would have sworn my undying fealty and happily died defending their honor (CSI, The Vampire Diaries, House MD, etc.), but I'm not really into them anymore, for various reasons. I also don't watch nearly as much television now as I used to. So I decided to go with things that are current favorites or old favorites that still hold their appeal.

      02. Doctor Who. There's a reason this show has been around forever. Whether you're looking for something that will make your brain hurt, scare your pants off, or make you cry, you're in the right place! And you'll enjoy every moment of it. And to answer the question I'm sure you're dying to know: David Tennant is my favorite. DUH. Though I do adore Christopher Eccleston and finally grew to love Matt Smith. I'm so excited to see what Peter Capaldi is going to bring to the role! Oh, and Donna is my favorite companion. Freaking LOVE her.

      03. Gilmore Girls. While the early seasons are my favorite (2 and 3 specifically), I love the whole series. I love Lorelai, Rory, Luke, Sookie, Jackson, Kirk, and the whole gang. I would so move to Stars Hollow if it existed. Really, though, it has snappy dialogue, swoons, yummy food, and pop culture references galore. How could you go wrong? (Plus, Sam is named Dean! Ha!)

      04. The Big Bang Theory. This is really more for the earlier years, as I'm not as much of a fan of it recently. But I will forever love Sheldon (and also Sheldon/Penny because I WILL GO DOWN WITH THIS SHIP, okay), and it always makes me laugh.

      05. Castle. I basically love EVERYTHING about this show. It doesn't take itself too seriously, but is also totally intense and scary sometimes. But at the same time, every episode will make you laugh AT LEAST once. Also, if I can't be Donna from Suits when I grow up, I want to be Kate Beckett, because she is the HBIC, and I love her.

      06. Community. I'm actually just rediscovering my love for Community! I first discovered it the summer after the first season, and I watched those episodes so much in those few months that I could quote them backwards, forwards, and upside down. I stopped watching mid season 3, but I'm catching up now! (Well, relatively speaking, as I'm not watching television in the month of July. But I was in June, and I fully intend to continue in August.)

      07. Hart of Dixie. I actually have an almost equal love/hate relationship with Hart of Dixie, because even though I'm raging and complaining about at least one thing every episode, I LOVE this show to death. It's the only show I actually always stay caught up on as it airs.

      08. Supernatural. I actually debated for a while before deciding to include this one. Why? Because I actually don't love the show itself, as in the storylines, as much as I could, haha. I never watch scary movies, and I'm not really into monsters. But I freaking ADORE *cough*Dean and Cas*cough* the characters. This is my most recent television obsession, and I've logged a considerable amount of hours reading fanfiction since finishing a couple months back. (Is the season premiere here yet? GAHHH.)

      09. Chopped. While I'm not really big on reality television or cooking shows, Chopped is the exception for both. I watch this show every chance I get; it's just so much fun! Plus, in all seriousness, I think my cooking has definitely improved since I started watching! I'm much more adventurous. It doesn't always work out for me, but the results are usually at least edible.

      10. Jeopardy. I am a HUGE Jeopardy freak, and my family is, too. No, really. We DVR the episodes every day and marathon them on Sundays. We're that cool. Really, though, I love game shows and trivia, so what's not to enjoy?
      What about YOU? What are some of your favorite shows? What do you think of the ones we listed? Also, we're always open to recs, if you're so inclined!