Sexy Sentence Saturday…Fifty Shades Darker (#2)

It’s Sexy Sentence Saturday featuring more of my favorite sentences from  Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James. I was planning on finishing up the book today, but due to illness I wasn’t able to get it all done. The good news? It means one more week of great sentences from this book…even tho it’s shorter than usual I hope you’ll enjoy the ones I chose for today…

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Saturday 9 (#2)

I got an email asking why a book blog is doing memes that have nothing to do with books. That’s a fair question…and the answer is because I think they’re fun, it’s something different, and I had readers ask for more of it. So there you go, but if it’s not your thing I understand completely 🙂

Here’s this weeks questions…

Saturday 9: Just Like a Pill

1. What was the last pill your doctor prescribed?  Why?
2. How well do you swim?
3. Who has a big mouth that you like?
4. Do you believe in political correctness?
5. Do you ever patronize people?
6. Do you or someone you know strive constantly to be perfect?
7. What song are you totally sick of and why?
8. How old were you when you got cocky? Or did you never go there?
9. When you compete with someone, have you ever gotten hostile?

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FanFic Friday: Half Year Milestone

It dawned on me last week that we have reached the HALFWAY mark of this year. OMG, where has the time gone?!?! Honestly, I’ve read some really great stories in the past six months, so I thought that it would be good to look back and pick out our favorites so far. I put out the email to our FanFic connoisseurs here at Bookish Temptations, and let them have at it. Much to my surprise, everyone, as in EVERYONE, on the team wanted to participate. J *happy dance*

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Reading is Sexy…Rob Pattinson…

There are so many things I love about Rob Pattinson…*sigh*…his eyes, his expressive mouth, when he has the sex hair going on…and that he loves to read?!? O…hell yes!

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Booking Through Thursday…

I missed last weeks question on Booking Through Thursday…so here it is…

Do you have a favorite quote from a book?

Wait! What?!? That’s like asking me if I like dessert…Seriously…I have about a bajillion favorites…lemme share just a few…

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Review: The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

 A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.

In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing…

So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampire virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city–a city that includes his wife and son–before it is too late.

 

If you love vampires, a good thriller, and a book that will scare you so bad you want to put it in the freezer just like Joey from ‘Friends’, then you will be sure to enjoy this book. I will admit, the light has stayed on in my room a little longer than usual after I put this sucker down to go to sleep. Find out why, after the jump…

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On the Trail of Gabriel’s Rapture, Part 1: Assisi

This year I had the opportunity to go to Assisi again, St. Francis’s hometown. This is a place important to me and my family and the fact that pivotal scenes of Gabriel’s Rapture are set in Assisi made the city even more special to me. Sometimes all we need is a bit of peace, away from the hectic everyday life, and Assisi is the right place to find the quietness and peacefulness our soul longs for.

You all know by now I’m a huge lover of the Gabriel’s Inferno series and Sylvain Reynard’s writing ( I know, this is actually an understatement) and those of you who’ve read the books know that St. Francis and the very city of Assisi play an instrumental role in the story and in the development of Gabriel and Julia’s relationship. I couldn’t leave The Professor home, could I?? Of course not! So after showing him that I had packed my heels and I was bringing them to Assisi (where, for the record, it’s difficult to walk in heels ( at least for me)  but, hey, The Professor wanted me to bring them, so who am I to refuse? 😉 ) we hopped in the car and we made our way to the beautiful and peaceful Assisi…

After 5 hours and 30 minutes drive we arrived…

You feel the peaceful atmosphere of Assisi already at the gates of the city. It’s as if you find yourself thrown into another completely different world, one I’d gladly live in…. “There was something in the air of Assisi that allowed him to sleep peacefully.” – Gabriel’s Rapture, chapter 35

The days I went there were really hot and since Assisi is all built-in stone, we felt the heat quite a lot. If you go there during summer make sure to have a cap handy. The Professor was wearing  his beret 😉

The streets of the city are magical, with all their narrow passages and quite corners. I could imagine Professor Gabriel walking the same very alleys while heading for the Basilica…

 

” He rose early the next morning and made his way to the Basilica of St. Francis. It was a place of pilgrimage for persons of all faiths, if only for its medieval frescoes and the peaceful atmosphere that pervaded it. ” – Gabriel’s Rapture, chapter 35

The Basilica is truly amazing. No words are apt to describe its magnificence. It comprises two churches, the Basilica Superiore ( Upper Church) and Basilica Inferiore ( Lower Church). It leaves you speechless…And this is how the Basilica looks like at night:

In front of it there’s a garden with the lettering PAX ( Peace) and a statue of St. Francis on a horse, when he was still a knight and was returning defeated from the war against the city of Perugia. I don’t know why but this statue always moves me. Probably because it could represent the moment when we are faced with our own failings and we have to decide what to do with them. Perhaps Professor Gabriel stopped in front of it to gaze at it for a few moments and muse upon his life and his Julia…

The frescoes by Giotto that are in the Basilica show episodes of St. Francis’s life and you could stare at them for hours. Unfortunately, you aren’t allowed to snap pictures( the guards there can be pretty convincing…) but here’s a picture of the  Upper Church that can be found on the web :

Wonderful, isn’t it? The first night we were there, a concert  a cappella was held  inside and I had chills throughout…

My favorite fresco represents St. Francis preaching to the birds :

I wonder which is Professor Gabriel’s favorite one ? Maybe we could find out in the 3rd book? ( *hint to SR* ) 😉 Or maybe The Professor revealed it to his neighbor?? Hmmm… ( coughSIRcough)

” Despite the crowd of tourists and pilgrims, it was easy to pick her out, and so he found himself descending to the Basilica Inferiore…” – Gabriel’s Inferno, chapter 35

I was able to  sneak a picture of this sign that shows the way to the Lower Church. But don’t tell the guards… shhhh 😉

I like imagining he’s Professor Gabriel descending to the Lower Church…

The most moving part of visiting the Basilica is going down to the crypt of St. Francis. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit there several times last week and I have no words to express the feelings I had while in front of the tomb. It was a very touching experience. Those of you who’ve read Gabriel’s Rapture know what happens in the crypt… Those scenes belong to my favorite ones and I’m sure everyone who reads them feels something while thinking about them and the truths they contain.

“The room was small and primitive, a studied contrast to the wide-open and elaborately frescoed upper Basilica. Gabriel was not alone in finding that the simplicity that was St. Francis’s life and mission was more accurately reflected in the unassuming tomb.”- Gabriel’s Rapture, chapter 35

Besides sitting on the pews, pilgrims and tourists can go round the tomb and touch it…Needless to say, it’s all very moving.

When you exit the Lower Church you find yourself in the beautiful and magnificent colonnade where you feel dwarfed by the architecture itself( in a good way 😉 ) Assisi is truly a city worth visiting, not only for her beauty but also for the peace and quiet we can find there. I’m sharing also some pictures of the Piazza del Comune, la Rocca Maggiore and the Church of St. Clare, all places Professor Gabriel might have been to.

I leave you with this picture of the Archangel Gabriel that I particularly like

When I look at this picture, I like to think of our Professor Gabriel… the magnet for sin with the name of an angel, the magnet for sin who seeks forgiveness and redemption. A man who through Julia’s love  and his repentance becomes an angel to our eyes…

Elena

My Book Boyfriend: Andrew Hayes…

It’s been a while since I did a My Book Boyfriend post, but while I was busy You Tubing David Gandy on Saturday… for a future post… I happened to come across a video of Beiron Andersson, and he just screamed Andrew Hayes to me. Andrew is from Grave Refrain by Sarah M. Glover, and he just happens to be the newest edition to my fantasy boyfriends.

Let’s take a look at Beiron now…

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Interview with NYT Bestselling Author Jennifer Probst…

First off, I’d like to welcome  Jennifer Probst to Bookish Temptations and thank her for agreeing to be interviewed and share her thoughts with us. I read “The Marriage Bargain” recently ( of which you can find my review here) and I really enjoyed it. It’s a witty and lovely romance that’s been on the New York Times Bestseller list for weeks now and that I highly recommend! I had the chance to ask Jennifer Probst about her characters, her writing process and more…

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