Top Ten Tuesday {12}: Character Names I Love

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s theme is…

Top Ten Character Names I Love

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean

1. CrossOne Good Earl Deserves a Lover (The Rules of Scoundrels #2) by Sarah MacLean

Pippa’s breath caught as the man emerged, tall and lanky and unshaven. He was in his shirtsleeves, cuffs rolled up, and her gaze flew to those long, lean forearms, where muscle curved and rippled over bone. Her mouth went dry. She’d never thought of the forearm as being particularly interesting, but then it was not every day that she saw such a fine specimen.

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

2. Warner – Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi (Psst, I love Warner’s first name too!)

He looks immaculate.
Flawless, especially as he stands here among the dirt and destruction, surrounded by the bleakest colors this landscape has to offer. He’s a vision of emerald and onyx, silhouetted in the sunlight in the most deceiving way. He could be glowing. That could be a halo around his head. This could be the world’s way of making an example out of irony. Because Warner is beautiful in ways even Adam isn’t.

Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover

3. Dean Holder – Losing Hope (Hopeless #2) by Colleen Hoover

But I’m not falling in love with her piece by piece anymore. I’m in love with the whole girl. Every single piece of her.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

4. Augustus Waters – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

“It’s just that most really good-looking people are stupid, so I exceed expectations.’
‘Right, it’s primarily his hotness,’ I said.
‘It can be sort of blinding,’ he said.
‘It actually did blind our friend Isaac,’ I said.
‘Terrible tragedy, that. But can I help my own deadly beauty?’
‘You cannot.’
‘It is my burden, this beautiful face.’
‘Not to mention your body.’
‘Seriously, don’t even get me started on my hot bod. You don’t want to see me naked, Dave. Seeing me naked actually took Hazel Grace’s breath away,’ he said, nodding toward the oxygen tank.”

Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

5. Josh BennettThe Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

The world should be full of Josh Bennetts. But it’s not. I had the only one. And I threw him away.

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

6. Travis MaddoxBeautiful Disaster (Beautiful #2) by Jamie McGuire

“To douchebags!” he said, gesturing to Brad. “And to girls that break your heart,” he bowed his head to me. His eyes lost focus. “And to the absolute fucking horror of losing your best friend because you were stupid enough to fall in love with her.”

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

7. Étienne St. ClairAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

French name, English accent, American school. Anna confused.

Crash by Nicole Williams

8. Jude RyderCrash (Crash #1) by Nicole Williams

“The name’s Jude Ryder, since I know you’re all but salivating like a rabid dog to know, and I don’t do girlfriends, relationships, flowers or regular phone calls. If that works for you, I think we could work out something special.”

Divergent by Veronica Roth

9. FourDivergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth

Who is he when he isn’t Dauntless, isn’t an instructor, isn’t Four, isn’t anything in particular?
Whoever he is, I like him. It’s easier to admit that to myself now, in the dark, after all that just happened. He is not sweet or gentle or particularly kind. But he is smart and brave, and even though he saved me, he treated me like I was strong. That is all I need to know.

Slammed by Colleen Hoover

10. Will CooperSlammed (Slammed #1) by Colleen Hoover

“So you keep your ocean, I’ll take the Lake.”

Yes, I KNOW these are all guy characters’ names, but I just can’t help loving them and their names! What are your favorite character names?

lacey

Bookish Related Stuff {1}

Hi everyone! I’m a bit bored right now (actually I’m supposed to be studying, ahem, but oh well), so I decided, Why not make a new post? But about what, exactly? Yeah, I’m not really sure either. Well, I guess this post is going to be more of a compilation of random book-related things rather than a typical book review. SO. What should I start off first with…

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OH!! If you didn’t already know from a previous post about the incredible Colleen Hoover, Cathy, Shirley and I LOVE her. We absolutely ADORE WIll and Holder her books. And this morning, Cathy told me that Colleen had a new post up on her blog, and OH MY GOD it’s a deleted scene!!!! AAAAHHHHH!!! It’s acutally PRETTY SPOILERY, so if you haven’t read Slammed yet, you probably shouldn’t read it. But for those who have finished Slammed (WOOT YOU ROCK) then go check it out and read it HERE!!! It’s such a heart-wrenching scene, and Colleen does such an amazing job of portraying all the emotions, so I’m pretty sad this didn’t actually turn up in the book.

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Yesterday (5/28/13), so many new books were released! But the ones I’m SO FREAKING EXCITED to read are:
(Click the covers to go read the summaries!)
Dare You To by Katie McGarryThe Forever of Ella and MichaSpirit by Brigid Kemmerer

Guys, guys, you seriously have no idea how unbelievably excited I am to read Dare You To. Like, holy mackeral. I’ve been waiting for it since I finished the first book, Pushing the Limits, which is one of my all-time FAVORITE books ever. GOD, I’m just anxiously waiting for my copy to arrive in the mail so I can finally read it! Oh, and The Forever of Ella and Micha is an eagerly awaited sequel, even though I thought the first book, The Secret of Ella and Micha, was only okay and not very impressive. And Spirit is book #3 in the Elemental series, which is a fantastic series about a family of 4 boys with awesome powers, and just really fun to read. I’ve already read Book #1 and #2, so if cute boys and magic powers are your thing, check that series out!

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I’m in a huge dilemma. I don’t know what book I’m going to start reading. DUN DUN DUN. But seriously, I have SO many books to read that I don’t know where to start. And it’s killing me! I recently was recommended by a friend a book called Crash, and she LOVED it, so I might start that. Or Prodigy by Marie Lu. GAH I DON’T KNOW WHICH TO CHOOSE THERE’S TOO MANY GOOD ONES!!

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And speaking of Crash, the author, Nicole Williams, has a new series, and it sounds like something I would love to read. Lost and Found is the first book, and the second book, Near and Far, just had its cover revealed. Lookie! Both covers so pretty!

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And oh my gosh, a dear friend of mine recently wrote a review for an incredible book called Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, and I just wanted to share it with you because both the review and the book are so heartfelt and amazing! Read her review here!

Susan Ee, author of one of my absolute favorites books ever, just announced that the sequel to Angelfall has a name and description!!!

World After (Penryn & the End of Days, Book 2)

In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world.  

When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

And to wrap this up, here are some upcoming books I’m DYING to read…

Losing Hope by Colleen HooverShooting Stars by Karina HalleAllegiant by Veronica RothThe Retribution of Mara DyerUntold by Sarah Rees BrennanThe Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson
❤ Holder ❤ Camden ❤ Four ❤ Noah ❤ Jared ❤ Hector ❤ (LOL sorry I just had to squeeze that in there before I ended things…)

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Joint Review: This Girl by Colleen Hoover

This Girl by Colleen Hoover

This Girl by Colleen Hoover
Series: Slammed #3 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: April 30th 2013
Purchase: Ebook • Paperback

There are two sides to every love story. Now hear Will’s.

Colleen Hoover’s New York Times bestselling Slammed series has brought countless readers to their knees with a whirlwind of love, passion, and heartache. 

Layken and Will’s love has managed to withstand the toughest of circumstances and the young lovers, now married, are beginning to feel safe and secure in their union. As much as Layken relishes their new life together, she finds herself wanting to know everything there is to know about her husband, even though Will makes it clear he prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong. Still, he can’t resist his wife’s pleas and so he begins to untangle his side of the story, revealing for the first time his most intimate feelings and thoughts, retelling both the good and bad moments, and sharing a few shocking confessions of his own from the time when they first met.

In This Girl, Will tells the story of their complicated relationship from his point of view. Their future rests on how well they deal with the past in this final installment of the beloved Slammed series.

Lacey here.

So I have finally, FINALLY finished This Girl by the amazing Colleen Hoover.

And I am just in awe right now because Colleen Hoover did it. Again. She has made me into complete mush thanks to a certain Will Cooper and I can’t even deal with life anymore. I had NO apprehensions before reading This Girl. I knew I would love every word from beginning to end, and Colleen did not disappoint. Everything about this book, the new slams, the way Will loves Layken, the angst, Will’s hardships, the EPILOGUE(!!!!), was SO SO incredibly emotional and touching. And at the end, I wanted nothing more than to keep reading about Will and Layken and their brothers and their story. I don’t think I can ever get enough of them. ESPECIALLY Will.

And speaking of the heart-melting Will Cooper. OH HO HO. Oh my. He is one FINE specimen if I do say so myself. Reading Will’s POV from what happened in Slammed was so wonderful, because Will is probably the sweetest, most selfless, self-sacrificing boy I’ve read. He gave up his whole life for his younger brother, even at the loss of his beloved parents. Probably one of my favorite scenes to read was when Will finally tells Layken the story of when his parents died. Will completely broke my heart when I read it, because it was so heart-wrenching and heart-breaking. And I literally teared up when Will was so happy that his little brother, Caulder, had survived. I B U T T E R F L Y I N G  L O V E this book (hehe This book, get it?). Actually, this entire series. This Girl was just an incredible end to one of the most amazing series I have ever read. The entire book is written in the most beautiful way that you can’t help but fall more in love with Will with every word he says.

Will. Butterflying. Cooper. I just swoon SO HARD because of him. (And Naughty Will was so sexy yet hilarious at the same time! I have no idea why!)

*wails because why isn’t Will Cooper real everything about this series is so beautiful*

 

I will never get tired of this series. I could read it over and over again. And I’m pretty sure I will, too. I’ve come to love and care so much for Will and Layken and everyone else, laughing and tearing up and smiling while reading this series. And when a book has that kind of power, you know that it’s an incredible book.

Absolutely positively 6 hearts!

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Cathy here.

Okay, so I said before that I would wait until August to read this for the first time in paperback…WELL, I caved pretty early. AHH, I COULDN’T RESIST!! It was so amazing, and I’m going to miss Will, Layken, Caulder, Kel, Gavin, Eddie, and Kiersten so much! When I first started reading This Girl, I was so excited because I couldn’t wait to get to hear Slammed from Will’s POV, but when I finished the book, it felt so bittersweet. I was devastated when the story ended, only because I still want to know what’s going on in Will and Layken’s lives! BUT, on the bright side, there were some NEW SLAM POEMS!! WOO HOO!! (= I fell in love with Will even more, if that’s even humanly possible! He’s probably the CUTEST guy in the universe. honeymoon (YAY! SO HAPPY THEY’RE MARRIED! MR. AND MRS. COOPER!! ❤) So the flashbacks were WONDERFUL, since we get to see everything from Will and Vaughn’s breakup to Will and Layken’s wedding night! ^_^ There were some ups and downs, but Lake and Will are so cute together as husband and wife (YIPPEE!). They’re the best couple ever! Their conversations and interactions with each other made my heart melt, and I was so happy for them since they were finally together forever (!) after going through more tragedies than most people encounter in a lifetime! Not only that, but reading from Will’s POV helped me understand his thought process and why he made the decisions he did during Slammed better. And I also love Will for loving Lake so much, and how it was absolutely killing him every single day that they were apart. HE’S SO ADORABLE. I’m glad that we got to see Eddie, Gavin, Kel, Caulder, and Kiersten one more time before the series ended. It was great to see them all together as one big, happy family one last time! EPILOGUE? ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!Since I knew there was an epilogue, I kind of predicted the ending (and I was right!), but it was a butterflying amazing ending, nonetheless! I’m so sad that the series ended, but incredibly happy that I was able to see MR. AND MRS. COOPER’S happily ever after.

6 hearts!! (Because what other rating could we possibly give this book?)

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Cathy

Reading Order: Slammed series

Slammed by Colleen Hoover Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover This Girl by Colleen Hoover

#1 ~ Slammed: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Point of Retreat: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ This Girl: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads

Author Appreciation: Colleen Hoover

So there’s this one author that Cathy, Shirley, and I are completely obsessed crazy about, and you guessed it…. It’s COLLEEN HOOVER!!! I decided to make an appreciation post for Colleen Hoover in time for her new release THIS GIRL, out April 30th!

This Girl by Colleen Hoover

OMG SQUEEEEEE!!!!! I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS GIRL!!!!! I HAVE BEEN DYING FOR THIS BOOK SINCE I FIRST HEARD COLLEEN WAS WRITING IT. IT’S. FINALLY. ALMOST. HERE.

I remember falling immediately in love with Colleen Hoover’s first book, Slammed, and thinking, “Oh my god, that was. FREAKING. AMAZING. HOLYCOW.” And since then, I vowed to myself and the world that I would always read anything Colleen Hoover writes. And boy did she not disappoint. I cannot express just how much I loved reading Slammed, Point of Retreat, and Hopeless. I think, subconsciously, reading them has changed the way I read books now. Because they were so incredibly heart-wrenching and phenomenal, I think I tend to have expectations of books as to whether or not they can make me love them as much as I love Colleen’s books. This is probably a bad thing, since I don’t think there are too many books out there that I can love as much as Slammed, PoR, and Hopeless (but there are! Don’t worry, there are always books that will speak to your heart and just connect with your soul). And another thing Colleen has done is open my eyes towards so many other books, whether they are indie books or from the New Adult genre.

Oh, and how could I forget to mention the amazing hot smexy yumilicious Will Cooper and Dean Holder?!?!?!? At the very least, you should read a book by Colleen for some gorgeous boys Will and Holder!

Holder (Hopeless by Colleen Hoover)

 Like come on. If this doesn’t make your heart melt, I don’t know what does.

GOD COLLEEN HOOVER. YOU. ROCK. But ahem… if you continue to create books like your previous ones which I am so unbelievably in love with it’s crazy and you probably think I’m weird then I will end up as a pile of goo from both your beautiful writing and stories and YOUR. BOYS. But I’m okay with that. Hehe.

GO READ HER BOOKS. THAT IS ALL.

lacey

Cathy here.

WOOO!! COLLEEN HOOVER?! AMAZING WRITER. Each of her books only took me a single day to read, which means I was glued to them ALL DAY. I seriously think these books have ruined any chance for me of finding the perfect guy, because absolutely no guy can compare to, NO, they can’t even come close to the perfection of Will Cooper and Dean Holder. A guy who can melt your heart with slam poetry? The other who’s been in love with a single girl literally his entire life?! NO. NO ONE CAN EVER BE AMAZING AS THE WILL COOPER AND DEAN HOLDER. These books have raised my expectations to admittedly crazy unrealistic expectations, but I DON’T CARE because I want a guy just like them. And the stories themselves were just insanely intense in themselves. Both Layken and Sky are relatable in the way that they hope for the same things we do in life, but their lives are so much more difficult in ways that I hope I myself won’t have to experience. Their experiences in these books prove that anything is possible, and love can conquer all! WOOT! (= Well, that was incredibly cheesy, but being a hopeless romantic, what else can you possibly expect from me? (; While reading these books, I was riding a rollercoaster of emotions. One minute I was practically falling in love (or “live” Dean’s case:) with Will/Dean myself, the next minute I wanted to throw something at the wall, and the next I wanted to bawl my eyes out! It was like Rumplestiltskin (again showing how obsessed I am with OUAT) was tearing my heart out, shoving it back in, only to tear my heart out again to increase the pain by tenfold! CRAZY, RIGHT? I highly recommend reading Slammed and Point of Retreat first since even though they’re both sad, Hopeless is just another level of sadness and depression altogether! I actually had to stop reading it a few times to take a breather because my heart would stop, and my feelings were all over the place. I was a mess.

Anyways, THANKS LACEY for showing me these books and I absolutely love you for showing me these!! AHH. Coolest friend EVER, haha! (= AND COLLEEN HOOVER, thank you for giving me unrealistic expectations for guys now.  I am so happy you brought Layken, Sky, Will and Holder into my life! & thank you for liking my reviews on GoodReads for Point of Retreat and Hopeless! It made me so happy!!  AND we’re all anxiously awaiting This Girl! Lacey’s going to read it on ebook first, and I’m probably (or at least trying) to wait until it comes out in paperback in August. But who knows? I’ll probably cave well before then. (;
Cathy

Reading Order: Slammed series

Slammed by Colleen Hoover Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover This Girl by Colleen Hoover

#1 ~ Slammed: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Point of Retreat: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ This Girl: Our Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads

Reading Order: Hopeless series

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover

#1 ~ Hopeless: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Losing Hope: Lacey’s Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2.5 ~ Finding Cinderella: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads