Simply Sunday #22

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Simply Sunday is a reading meme hosted by Books For a Delicate Eternity. It’s where you share your favorite quote; be it from a book movie, novella, song, ect.

My favorite quote this week is from the publishing source Electric Writing:

Why I Chose It

This is a friendly reminder to just sit down and write. No excuses. I loved how direct and to the point it is as well as holding a bit of underlining humor. I am going to listen to my writing and do as it has asked. I think it’s time.

Do you have a favorite quote this week? Tell me all about in the comments down below. I’d love to read them! <3

Emma

 

Film Review: Django Unchained

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Here is my first attempt at a movie review! I hope you enjoy! Let me know if you’ve seen this movie. I’d love to read your own thoughts :)

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I had some pretty lofty preconceived notions about Django Unchained. I thought it was a comedic parody along the lines of A Haunted House (a parody of the Paranormal Activity). I, for one, do not enjoy those kinds of movies. I just think they are unnecessarily funny. I love subtlety and those movies do not convey that aspect.

Anyways, what is Django Unchained? Well, let me give you the synopsis:

Two years before the Civil War, Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave, finds himself accompanying an unorthodox German bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) on a mission to capture the vicious Brittle brothers. Their mission successful, Schultz frees Django, and together they hunt the South’s most-wanted criminals. Their travels take them to the infamous plantation of shady Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), where Django’s long-lost wife (Kerry Washington) is still a slave.

To my surprise, I ended up enjoying the movie very much. It was not a parody, but a story about a former slave who is offered a deal: to help a man kill criminals in exchange for money. It is one big adventure after another, catching criminals all over the south. Django learns to be an expert shot, while also gaining confidence as a free man. There is one thing that Django wants, though. And that is to find his wife who had been sold to a different plantation owner after their original owners realized they had secretly gotten married. That journey leads them to Calvin Candie and their lives take an unexpected bloody turn.

Dun. Dun. Dunnnnnn.

I found the movie emotionally gripping. I felt sympathetic for Django and absolutely loved Dr. King Schultz, a black sympathizer. I liked how the story was true to the era and made me feel for those who were treated badly due to the color of their skin. It was a horrible time and I am happy for those who were able to be free and start a life anew much like Django.

I also thought that the actors were brilliant! Here are some big shot actors like Jamie, Leo, and Kerry. I remember on tumblr a long time ago a gif where Leo had cut his hand unintentionally during a scene in this movie. He then said he would film regardless. To me, that takes true character dedication. I can’t imagine how those whipping scenes went…how they managed it. Nevertheless, I could see that these actors took great effort to portray their characters authentically.

Lastly, my one grief about the movie was the bloody scenes. It did not look like real blood at all.

If you’ve never heard of this movie I sincerely suggest it! It’s action packed filled with subtle humor and a thought provoking message of fighting for what is right.

All in all, I give this movie…a 5 cupcake approval!

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Victorian Nephilim

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Release date: August 31, 2010

Purchase from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

SYNOPSIS

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them… — Goodreads

WHEN I First Read

I first read this in September 2011. It’s nearly been 5 years since I first started this series that took me worlds away. I read this after I had picked up City of Bones and LOVED it! I remember pre-ordering it at the library and waiting months after the release to get my hands on a copy.

WHAT I Remember

Tessa Gray arrives in London and her life takes a turn for the worst. She is held by women who are warlocks when a devilishly handsome boy helps her escape. She then learns that she is not human, but otherwordly. You see, Tessa is a shape changer. She can change into a person and know their thoughts. As far as anyone knows, Tessa is the only one in the world who can do such a thing. Tessa also begins to develop feelings for the boy who saved her. Will Herondale is sarcastic, brooding, and protective. He tries to push everyone away with reason. For he has a secret that he has never told anyone else. In the midst of all this, someone called The Magister wants Tessa and has a clockwork army at his beck and call.

WHY I Wanted To Re-Read

I really wanted to re-read this because it’s been ages since I last read this story that caused so many FEELS. This time around I was able to use sticky notes and put them in place where all my favorite scenes and quotes happened. I also needed a Cassandra Clare fix, seeing as her newest novel was pushed back till next year! #DREADFUL

HOW I Felt After Re-Reading

I fell even more in love with the world after I finished the novel for the second time. I liked how I payed particular attention to certain aspects of the book that I never would have the first time around. I also loved the anticipation of knowing what was going to happen and waiting for it! Then, there are the characters who I absolutely adore. I love every single one (except the bad ones). I consider them my friends, you know? These characters are very dear to my heart and I wouldn’t want anything horrible to happen to them. As you can tell, I am emotionally invested. I love the world Cassie has created and I am looking forward to all that she has in store with this world and new characters I’m sure to love.

WOULD I Re-Read Again

Absolutely! There is not doubt in my mind that I will reread this book and the series for the rest of my life. It’s an amazing world to lose yourself in and after you’re done, well, it’s like someone just ripped your heart open. It’s a good feeling, I guess? Who wants to get their heart ripped open? But, it’s quite extraordinary.

Adapted for Film Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway!

Why hello there my lovely people of the interwebs! Today I have an excerpt from Stacey Rourke’s new contemporary novel, Adapted for Film. If you like what you read be sure to grab a copy of the book at the links provided below! All information about the book, author, and GIVEAWAY will also be listed afterwards. Happy Reading! :)

EXCERPT

“I think I get it. If a butterfly were to land on you, its touch would be so delicate that you would wonder if it had really happened at all, or if it was merely your mind fantasizing that such a rare beauty would honor you with the gift of their touch.”

A gorgeous man uttering such poetry temporarily short circuited my brain. Catching myself doing the slack-jawed fan-girl thing, I quickly snapped my mouth shut and averted my gaze to a nonthreatening cement turtle by the edge of the gazebo.

“Yep,” I muttered to the turtle. “I think you’ve got it.”

Unfortunately for my last remaining shred of dignity, Greyson wasn’t done with his tutorial. He closed the distance between us with a burning hunger blazing in his eyes. A hot flush rose in my cheeks, creeping clear up to my earlobes as his sculpted body skimmed against mine. Toned, rigid perfection only a few thin layers of fabric away …

“What are you doing?” My voice failed me, coming out in a raspy yelp.

“Making sure I’ve got this right.” Temptation, of the most carnal variety, emanated off of him. His focused gaze followed the curve of my lips, the lift of one brow promising toe-curling fun.

It had been a really long time since someone had looked at me like that. Much less one of the sexiest men on the planet. That almost never happened.

“Aiden wouldn’t grab Paige, wouldn’t pull her to him.” Raising one hand, he traced the length of my arm with two fingers.

Starting at my wrist, he worked his way up. His skin never actually made contact, but whispered over mine in an electrifying rush that rolled and built. Bowing his head, his silky locks tickled my cheek. Hot breath teased over my collarbone, awakening a need so powerful my hands curled into tight fists at my sides. Agonizingly slow, he raised his head. The blissful torment of his lips teased over mine, setting the veil of energy between us alive with desire.

“He wouldn’t want to crush her lips with his need,” he murmured against my mouth, “but would wait … patiently for her to close that last … remaining … space.”

Despite our audience, it took every ounce of willpower I had to fight the urge to rise up on tiptoe and let my lips find his in a moment of blissful rapture that would make my eyes roll back and the heavens sing. Before that bothersome whim could stomp down the last of my common sense, I stumbled back a step and inserted some much needed distance between us.

I took great pleasure in seeing Greyson as flushed and ruffled as I was. “Yeah, that was … good,” I panted. “I think you got it.”

SYNOPSIS

Aubrey Evans is living every author’s dream; her sizzling romance novel is being turned into a blockbuster film. She would be celebrating this momentous event, if she wasn’t busy fighting over every tiny production detail with the maddeningly cavalier director, Kole Camden.

When news of their heated rivalry hits the gossip columns, drastic measures must be taken to save their sinking project. In an elaborate PR hoax, she is publicly linked to Greyson Meyers, the swoon-worthy star of her movie. A whirl-wind love affair is staged for the couple to mirror the steamy chapters of her own books.

Can the introverted author resist the charms of Hollywood’s sexiest leading man? Or will love find her in the City of Angels? — Goodreads

Adapted for Film is available to purchase from Amazon.

P.S. I think the cover is gorgeous! Good job graphic designer! Many kudos to you :)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel

Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012

Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013

Stacey Rourke lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction  and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. Mark your calendars! Her latest literary adventure, Crane, will release May 26, 2014. She is currently hard at work on the continuations of this thrilling Legends Saga, as well as other literary projects.

PLACES WHERE YOU CAN FIND STACEY
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Simply Sunday #21

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Simply Sunday is a reading meme hosted by Books For a Delicate Eternity. It’s where you share your favorite quote; be it from a book movie, novella, song, ect.

My favorite quote this week is from an unknown source:

Sometimes, you can’t explain what you see in a person. It’s just the way they take you to a place where no else can.

Why I Chose It

There is one more hour to go for the day and in my late night musing about soulmates I found the above quote. Sometimes, life is illogical and there is no sense in trying to make sense of it. It’s better to leave things in the shadow of mystery and accept that it just is. I feel like this perfectly personifies what it means to be in love.

Got your own favorite quote for the week? Let me know in the comments down below! I’d love to read them.

I hope you all had a lovely week. Here is to another amazing week ahead!

Emma

Book Review: Almost Loved by Mira Toria

Author: Mira Toria

Publisher: Mira Toria

Release date: March 6, 2015

Purchase from Amazon

SYNOPSIS

Falling in love is easy.

After Bradley, Lyris is convinced that love is temporary and the repercussions are permanent, but everything changes when she meets Hale. Falling in love with him begins as something tumultuous and unexpectedly effortless despite her resistance.

Lyris loves him.
Hale loves her.
Staying in love is hard.

As their pasts start to surface, how hard will they fight to stay together? Her ex holds a piece of her heart and he won’t give up without a fight – but that might not be necessary. Hale has a secret of his own that is enough to threaten everything before it even begins.

This isn’t just a love story.
This is their story.

TREAD CAREFULLY YOUNG WIZARDS, SPOILERS MAY LIE AHEAD.

Please stay tune at the end for the Almost Loved Release Day Party info!

I was kindly asked to be one of the first readers for Mira’s debut novel. It was quite an honor as I had previously read the first few chapters on Wattpad and remember adoring the story! I was ecstatic and impressed by Almost Loved, a love story but not just your typical love story. Lyris and Hale both have reasons to stay away from each other, to stay away from falling in love. But it seems like fate has a different idea.

One of the many aspects of the story that I loved was the writing. I was easily swept away by the description and the dialogue. I love witty dialogue! I couldn’t help but laugh and swoon and want to cry. Along with the dialogue was the great character dynamics. You have to have good character dynamics in order to have good dialogue. The two correlated like peanut butter and jelly. I absolutely adored Lyris and Evey’s relationship. It reminded me of my relationship with my best friend and to me that is authenticity. It brought a smile to my face whenever I read about the two, teasing each other and telling each other things that the other needed to hear.

Aside from the male protagonist (we’ll get to him in a bit), there were secondary characters that added a certain sweetness and reality to the story. Like West and Leon, Evey’s boyfriend and Lyris’ friend, who added their own kind of quriks to the novel. West and Leon were protective, both in different ways. They were also loyal and witty. West particularly made me laugh more than once out loud. I realize that I’m talking about these characters like they are real. But you don’t realize how very real they were to me because the author made it so.

Then, there was Hale. Ah, Hale. You are my new book boyfriend. It is unbelievable how he made me giddy with his undeniable charming self. He was strong and persevered. He was also honest from the start as the past constantly surfaced. I won’t say more than that as I don’t want to spoil you! I like how Hale tried, how he was willing to put his past aside in order to give his blossoming relationship with Lyris a chance.

This isn’t your typical “boy meets girl” story or a typical romantic comedy. How can I explain it? It’s a love story, where both parties are desperately trying to figure out what to do and how to move forward in hopes to finding a love that is real – truer than their past relationships. To me, that is a great message to have realized while reading. Most people don’t realize that they can find love again even when they think it’s quite impossible.

Lastly, you have your leading lady, Lyris. She is so easy to relate to. She’s been hurt (as many of us have been) when it comes to an ex-boyfriend. We see her struggle and slowly begin to evolve from the woman she is at the start of the story to the woman she ends up to be. It’s a beautiful evolution that is wonderfully written. I also love her voice. It made the story far more interesting because of amazing narration!

I didn’t just adore Almost Loved. I loved Almost Loved. There was no almost about it. But don’t just take my word for it, give this story a shot. It’s currently 99 cents on Amazon! That is a steal for a uniquely woven tale of finding love again.

Almost Loved gets a well deserved…5 cupcakes!

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Almost Loved Release Day Party Information

Courtesy of the Malice Girls, there is a release party being held in honor of Mira Toria and her debut novel, Almost Loved on Facebook. It is tomorrow, Saturday, March 7, 2015. Come and join on the fun as the hosts give away bookish prizes like ebooks, bookmarks, ect.

Click here to RSVP to the event! Hope to see you there! <3

Emma

WE ARE ALL DUFFS

Author: Kody Keplinger

Publisher: Little Brown/Poppy

Release date: September 7, 2010

Purchase from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

SYNOPSIS

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

 

WHEN I First Read

I first read this in May of 2012. It was one of the first books I read when I joined Goodreads and became an avid reader.

WHAT I Remember

After being deemed the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by the school’s hottest boy, Bianca can’t stop thinking about the word and what it means. Then, she gets involved with that same boy as a form of distraction to mask the pain at home.

WHY I Wanted To Re-Read

The book turned movie adaptions was release earlier this month and I make it a habit to read or reread the book if I am going to see the movie. I’m actually going to see the movie tomorrow with some friends! I’ve heard the message of the book to movie is quite different, but overall it is still a good book to movie adaptation. We shall see!

HOW I Felt After Re-Reading

I really liked it overall. I can certainly see that my feelings have changed from when I was a seventeen year old girl. I still very much liked the message behind the story – that we are all DUFFS. We all feel like we are the least likeable and least attractive of our circle of friends. What that generally means is that we all have flaws and we perceive ourselves harsher than someone else would. As long as you surround yourself with positive, loving people your circle of the world will be okay.

WOULD I Re-Read Again

I don’t think I will be picking this up again. I will always remember the meaning the book gave to my seventeen year old self and the lesson I’ve remembered now, but it’s not something I would like to spend time reading again. It’s good, but definitely not one of my all time favorites.

Goodbye February, Hello March (2015)

Hello my lovely birds! Is it just me or was February practically non-existent? I feel like I didn’t accomplish anything remotely interesting. I may have underestimated my Arthurian Literature class. This past week, I was unable to get any reading done due to reading about Lancelot and Perceval, which was a bit dry. I rather would read about how King Arthur was a tyrant, conquering and ruling all of Europe.

Anyways, you guys know the drill. Every month I highlight my favorite things while welcoming in the new month! I hope you enjoy!

Favorite Book

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. This book by far was one of my favorites for the month. And believe me, I read a lot of good books. But this one surpassed them all in a way that surprised me. I love books that make me feel for the characters in ways that are real. I won’t go into too much detail as I did write a review for this story. And I’m sure many of you have heard about Eleanor & Park; it is surely not a novel that is disappointing.

Favorite Music

With the release of their new album, American Beauty/American Psycho, Fall Out Boy has made me fall in love with them all over again. My absolute favorite song from this album is Favorite Record.

Favorite Show

 

 

Scandal

So for the past month and half I have been obsessed with Scandal. I watched all 3 seasons available on Netflix when I probably should have used my time a little more wisely. I could not stop watching. I was so engrossed and utterly captivated by the characters and plot that changed within each season, but did not slow down the momentum.

So what is this show about? IMDB gives us a vague description: A former White House Communications Director starts her own crisis management firm only to realize her clients are not the only ones with secrets.

Olivia Pope & Associate handle scandals surrounding America’s political representatives. They use the media to turn the scandal in her client’s favor and with her team, she uncovers more to what they tell her. The show also centers around the characters and their lives, most specifically Olivia’s and her secret involving the President of the United States.

I don’t want to spoil this show because it is SOGOOD. I seriously just want to tell you to go and watch it right now! :)

I absolutely love the development of these characters. Their stories are slowly unraveled as the seasons go by. I like that because it let’s the audience know what drives them and why these characters are the way they are and how they came to be on Olivia’s Dream Team. In their line of work, they are the best in the country.

I also really love Olivia Pope’s character. She is an extremely intelligent individual, has strong convictions, and is flawed. I can’t see anyone else portray Olivia as well as Kerry Washington portrays her. I’m just like…

I realize that the fourth season is coming to an end and I cannot wait to see what happens because the third season was left off at quite a bit of cliffhanger.

For those of you who watch the show…I am willing with all my heart for Olivia and Jake to be end game. The other shmuck (not naming names) is not a better man than Jake. I dislike it when Olivia goes and runs to him when Jake is right in front of her.

Anyways, I am so looking forward to the next season and the binge watching that comes with it ;)

Favorite Beauty Product

Maybelline Lash Sensational

I don’t usually wear mascara, but this one is perfection in cute packaging! I love the way the bristle brush is curved, getting every lash, even those at the corner of your eye. I know a lot of people do not like that aspect, but it seriously is like a god sent. The other thing I love about this product is it’s longevity. After a long day, I do not see the contents smudged at the bottom of my eyes. That is definitely a plus! I think I’ve finally found my favorite go-to mascara. I highly recommend this a try! It’s also inexpensive, retailing at about $6.45.

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I thought I had more favorites this month but it seems like I did not do much, which is true! I am a failure. I hope next month brings productivity. I have to get my paperwork together to transfer to university. I also plan to start working on a new WIP and reading more! I read a total of 4 books this month and Goodreads says I’m on track by 1 book! Yays!

What were your February favorites? Let me know in the comments down below! I’d love to read about them! <3

Hope everyone has a lovely March. Here is to Spring and cool weather!

P.S. I am not looking forward to the heat.

Emma

 

 

Book Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release date: February 26, 2013

Purchase from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

SYNOPSIS

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

SPOILERS MAY LIE AHEAD. TREAD CAREFULLY MY LOVELIES.

When I picked this book up, I was sure I would find a lovely story about first love and the obstacles that come along with it. But boy, was I wrong. I was so so wrong.

The synopsis leads you a stray. Sure, it’s about two teenage sixteen-year-olds who navigate the waters of what it means to truly love someone. But the story also highlights Eleanor’s dysfunctional home. Her mother is submissive, while her step-father is cruel, manipulative, and abusive. It was a topic that I never would have thought coursed through the pages of this book. It was surprising, but it didn’t mean that i liked it any less.

Eleanor and Park’s love story is set in the 80’s, which is a rad decade. I loved Eleanor’s spontaneous and rather odd pieces of clothing. I also loved Park’s taste in the “hard emo” music. Most of all, I loved the variety of characters. For example, Eleanor is a red head and Park is Korean (I think…I don’t exactly remember). I loved reading the dialogue from Park’s mom as it was broken English as she herself is full blooded Korean. This part in particular was authentic. I could picture my own mother this way as she was an immigrant and while she tries, her English is still a bit shaky. But it doesn’t mean that people dislike her. People loved Park’s mom and I really liked how the community treated her in a respectful light.

I got off on a bit of a tangent there. Sorry, loves!

I adored the progression of Park and Eleanor’s relationship. At first, it was unknown territory. They each were mindful of each other as if the other was a ticking bomb ready to explode. Slowly. Very slowly, did they finally begin to open up to each other. Eleanor kept her life at home a secret from Park for the most part. She didn’t want to expose him to what she dealt with and for me, it was heartbreaking. I wish she would have told him sooner, maybe the story would have ended in a different way. A happy way rather than ripping my heart open and shattering the pieces all over my bedroom floor.

I cried. A lot. It was kind of sad as I was finishing the book over at Kevin’s and he…bless his soul…did not know what to do with me. I wanted to just stop reading all together and sit in a corner, unleashing the onslaught of tears.

I haven’t cried in a long time over a book and I loved that the story was compelling enough to draw emotion from me. Those are good books. This was an amazing read that encompassed real life situations and struggles. I sympathized with Eleanor the most, being angry, sad, and heartbroken on her behalf.

Rainbow Rowell’s writing captivated me from the beginning, drawing me deeper and deeper into Eleanor and Park’s world. The prose, the points of views, the description – it was all beautifully written and visually aesthetic.

I’m glad that this wasn’t what I expected. It was even better than I could have ever imagined.

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Writing Endeavors: Taking a Chance

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Lately, I’ve been writing a lot more often than normal. The following story is a one shot that I wrote last week. I liked it so much that I thought I’d share! I hope you enjoy! Any constructive criticism is welcome. Thank you!

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Layla peered around her computer, listening to the rapid tap tap tap of keys in the empty lab. Well, it was no longer empty. She had not heard the sound of the glass door opening or closing. So deep was she lost in her thoughts that the world disappeared around her.

The incessant tapping was coming from a boy Layla recognized was in her first level Woman’s Studies course. There was no doubt in her mind that Kade was working feverishly on his three page response to the recent feminist movement.

She smiled at his furrowed brow. He looked handsome, even more so than she thought on a regular basis. Kade was brilliant and passionate. That was part of the reason why she found him attractive. He also wore these silly graphic shirts that suggested he still had a child’s heart.

A few weeks ago, Kade had walked into class wearing a Doctor Who shirt. She nearly lost it, squealing in silent delight. The grin that was etched on her face proved to be unbearably inconspicuous. That day she hid her face in her book throughout the entire lecture.

Layla was afraid to approach Kade. She was intimated. He used words like abase and advocacy; words that were difficult to comprehend at times. She sometimes wished she carried a dictionary just to keep up with him in class.

She tried to get back to editing her story, but thoughts of him clouded the recesses of her mind. She liked it when he smiled, which he rarely did. But when he found something amusing, the corner of his mouth quirked up and his eyes sparkled a dazzling blue. She wanted to make him laugh. She bet her savings that he had a contagious laugh that filled the atmosphere with an unexplainable amount of light.

Her eyes flickered back to the monitor. She tapped her right forefinger lightly on letter J, debating whether she should take a chance and talk to him. Layla was never the kind of girl to approach a guy, nor was she was the kind of girl where guys approached her. She had always been quiet, not too quiet to the point where she was a hermit. Because of this men didn’t generally look twice at her. She was the kind of girl who practically lived at the library and found comfort in books; a girl who lived in her head more than she lived life. She was the type of girl who liked boys who were way out of her league.

For example: Kade.

She hadn’t noticed that the tapping had stopped from across the room. Nor, did she notice that Kade had walked towards her until he softly said her name.

Layla looked up, her eyes widening at his closeness. She mentally slapped herself. Stop it! You’ll look like an owl!  Hopefully, he’ll think he just startled you.

“Sorry. I didn’t mean to frighten you.”

She felt warmth pooling at her cheeks.

“You’re in Baker’s class with me, right?”

She nodded.

“This may seem strange,” he started, “but I like your Zelda shirt.”

Layla couldn’t help but smile. She was practically swooning by his presence.

“Would you like to grab coffee with me? I’m heading down to the café now and I was wondering if you would like to join me if you’re finished with-”

“Yes,” she interrupted, “I’d love to.” She could see that he was embarrassed – that he didn’t seem to do this often. She saved him from himself or else he would have looked like a babbling caveman. She found it endearing and adorable.

Layla gathered up her things, saving a copy of her work to a flashdrive and logging off her computer. As they exited the computer lab, Kade opened the door for her, his blue eyes lighting up the dim room.

She never would have thought that he would be the guy who had stolen her heart.

© 2014, Emma @ Books Forget Me Knot. All rights reserved.

Emma

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