The Book Love Tag

Big thanks to Beth @ Reading Every Night for tagging me to do this! I always enjoy talking about my favorite literary couples. 🙂

This tag and image were created by Anette Reads, so thank you too Anette!


Your favorite book couple…

I will forever ship Anne and Gilbert from Anne of Green Gables. The best book couple ever with a slow burning romance and how can you not love a boy who says this about a girl?!

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Your top three book boy/girlfriends…

  • Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables
  • Laurie from Little Women
  • Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind

Honorable Mention: Ron Weasley from Harry Potter (Yes, Ron will always be better than Harry and I don’t care what anyone else thinks!)

I like my men to have a personality and who aren’t afraid of smart, strong willed women. I’m a pretty opinionated and stubborn girl so I need a man who can handle that. HAHA!

Imagine your favourite book couple. Who would propose, and how? (If there’s already been a proposal: who would be more into organizing the wedding?)

Well, Anne and Gilbert already had the proposal and wedding but I’m pretty sure that Anne and Diana would be the ones organizing it. Anne is all about the romance and reads so many novels that she will be stressing over making sure it’s the most romantic affair. I’m picturing tons of lace, flowers, with a whimsical touch of pastel colors. They will get married by the ‘Lake of Shining Waters’, because home is very important to Anne.

Unpopular opinions time! Name a popular pairing you can’t stand.

Well, most of you can probably guess what I’ll choose here..

Alina and Mal from Shadow and Bone, The Grisha Trilogy

I could not stand Mal throughout the entire series. He’s controlling and selfish, a major no-no when it comes to what a good boyfriend should be like. Not only that, but he was also wayyyy boring! #TeamNikolai

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What’s your favourite and least favourite romance trope?

Favorite: I’m gonna agree with Beth here, definitely the enemies to lovers. I’m all about the slow burn romances where you can feel that connection and it’s driving you crazy that they just won’t get together already. I want to feel that sexual tension until at least book three, then they can get together. 😉

Least Favorite: Insta-love. It’s so not realistic and makes no sense. There is no such thing as love-at-first-sight, people! It’s called lust and y’all need to learn the difference. I also really dislike it when it’s the best friends that fall in love, where one has been in love with the other for forever. That’s just boring to me.

Do you ship non-canon couples often? Name some if you do.

Nah, it’s not really my thing for the most part. Though, I can see where Hermione and Malfoy might make a good couple. I think there was some sexual tension between them in the movies, more so than in the books.

Your opinion on love triangles. Go!

I don’t mind them as much as some people do. If they’re well-written then it’s totally fine with me. I guess I dislike it when they just come out of nowhere, like you get to some later book in the series and all of a sudden this massive love triangle comes out of nowhere because now the best friend is starting to like the MC or whatever. I see you pandering there, author, and I don’t like it!

Favourite and least favourite love triangle?

Favorite: Will, Tessa, and Jem from The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare. I adored the friendship between these three and was just really well-written I think. Also, it ended perfectly. Go ahead and toss Jeb, Alyssa, and Morpheus from the Splintered Trilogy by A.G. Howard in there, as well. Bravo!

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Least Favorite: Katniss, Peeta, and Gale from The Hunger Games. Seriously, I didn’t like it at all. Maybe it’s because I totally am Team Gale and I just don’t care for Katniss’s character in general. Bit of a whiner, isn’t she?

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Sometimes romance just isn’t the way to go. Favourite friendship?

Puh-lease, the Golden Trio, of course! If the friendship between Harry, Ron, and Hermione isn’t perfection, then what is?! Nothing. That’s what.

What’s your favourite scene with your bookish OTP?

Yes, I am using photos from the Anne of Green Gables miniseries. Why? Because it was amazing and followed the book so perfectly!

Imagine your favourite book couple again. Who’s most excited about Valentine’s Day (either ironically or genuinely)?

Hmmm, I don’t think Anne or Gilbert would be too excited about it. They would probably just buy each other a new book and spend the evening by the fire reading together. The ultimate Valentine’s Day, in my opinion.


 

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ARC Review: Dove

I received a copy of this ARC courtesy of NetGalley and Daytime Moon Publishing, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Expected Publication Date: May 4th, 2016

You know, I am really appreciating NetGalley right now. I love it. I love that I get the chance to read some books that I probably wouldn’t be sure if I wanted to spend money on, just because they might not be something I would typically read. Lucky for me, that I took a chance on Dove by M.H. Salter. It turned out to be the right choice!

Japhy would sacrifice his freedom for people he will never meet. Ray would sacrifice all those unknown people just to protect him.

In 1970, when Japhy receives his draft notice for the Vietnam War, he and girlfriend, Ray, become Dharma Bums. They pack their lives into a duffel bag, and hitch their way to the Canadian border – a safety zone that, once a draft dodger enters, he can never leave. Ever. Not to see family. Not to help injured friends. Not even to attend a father’s funeral.

On the road, Japhy and Ray are joined by flower children, Leaf and Laura, and all four decide to find a hippie commune in Toronto where they will be free of their demons, and safe with their secrets. Or will they?

Amidst a colorful whirl of psychedelics, love-ins, original music, and political protests, Japhy and his friends discover everything has a price, freedom is not free, and true peace comes at a cost whether you are fighting for it in a war or simply within the depths of your own soul.

How far would you go for freedom?

The plot for Dove was great. You don’t really get to read a lot of novels that tackle the Vietnam War, nor the 70’s era in general. I think Salter did a great job bringing that period to life. However, I may be a bit bias with that because I love the 70’s. Have you ever seen Dazed and Confused? If you have then you know exactly what I’m talking about. But in this novel, we get a glimpse of the not so fun part of the Age of Free Love, the Vietnam War. The book starts and immediately things begin to happen which I thought was a good idea because as the book goes on, it becomes less about the action and more about the characters and their emotional and mental development. Which, seeing as they’re only 18 and 19 years old, you can imagine will be quite extensive.

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Oh, Ray. I really tried to like her because she holds onto her convictions so strongly and doesn’t let anyone push her around, but I just couldn’t. I found her to be insufferably annoying. She kept making mistake after mistake and never seemed to really learn from them. I think too that a lot of her problems could have been fixed if she just talked to someone and quit all of the lying. But I tend to get pretty annoyed when books use miscommunication as a way to create conflict. This is probably due to the fact that I will always just tell you what I think. It’s not hard people, this isn’t rocket science. JUST TALK IT OUT. So, I’m sorry, Ray. But you’re a bit of a brat and for being as smart as you are, way too immature.

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However, I really enjoyed Japhy. He was a sweet guy and always tried to do the right thing which was a nice contrast to Ray, who really only focused on herself. I loved seeing how he wanted to protect everyone, and especially in regards to his interactions with his platoon. He was always trying to look out for everyone else and that’s really admirable. It was also interesting to see how he played off of Leaf and the differences between the two male characters.

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The writing in Dove was really well done, as well. There are some amazing quotes in this story. I love the way Salter writes, she has such a way with words that just speak to you. And I think it is so awesome that she weaved music by the folk-singer, James Lee Stanley, so seamlessly into the novel. You can even buy the album with all of the songs referenced in the book to listen to while you’re reading that will help enhance the experience. How cool is that?! The pacing was pretty steady throughout the novel, though it did slow down a tad towards the end as it began to focus more on the character development, rather than action. However, the ending is intense and will leave you begging for answers, especially if you’re like me and don’t like cliffhangers. So just be prepared!

I really enjoyed Dove and I recommend everyone to go and read it when it comes out in a few months. Or you can be like me, and high-tail it over to NetGalley and request it immediately! Just remember that this is not a YA novel and deals with adult themes such as drug use and sexual content.

Final Verdict: 4/5 Stars

Teaser Tuesday – March 22nd, 2016

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme currently being hosted by MizB @ Books and a Beat. All are welcome to participate!

Rules:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! You don’t want to give too much away so as to not ruin the book for others!
  • Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.

 

Physical Book

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Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

I must have walked past the castle five thousand times since that day.

But I have never been to the maze since.

I’m almost finished with this one and while it’s enjoyable, I think I may end up liking the movie more.*GASP*

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The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

She knew that if you wanted somebody to believe something, there was no point forcing it down their throat. Far better to give them a hint, a glimpse, a taste, then snatch it away from them.

I’ve only just started this book but so far, it’s very interesting. I can’t wait to see where it goes!


Leave a link to your Teaser Tuesday or just post it as a comment! This is one of those times where it’s okay to just be a tease! 😉