Top Ten Favorite Heroines From Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a top ten list and invite bloggers to participate and this weeks is Top Ten Favorite Heroines From Books! So without further ado here is my list!

1) Hermione Granger from Harry Potter by JK Rowling – How could the Brightest Witch of her Age not make this list? Hermione is smart, brave, ruthless and loyal while still being anxious, insecure and a bit of an annoying know-it-all but dammit if I don’t love her.

2) Celaena Sordothien from a Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – The Heir of Ash and Fire who bows to no one. Celaena is my Queen, such a BAMF and an incredible protagonist. Adore her.

3) Kat Bishop from Hiest Society by Ally Carter – Sassy, clever and funny. Kat Bishop is an awesome thief with an incredible crew and I love reading about all of her adventures and heists.

4) Lindsay Boxer from Women’s Murder Club by James Patterson – Lindsay was one of my first ever heroines and I still love her. Dedicated, smart, a terrific friend and detective Lindsay is one of my favourite people to read about.

5) Clary Fray from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare – Fiery, stubborn and a total badass. Tiny Clary Fray let me believe that tiny girls can kick ass and score the hot guy while doing it!

6) June Iparis from Legend by Marie Lu – Clinical, passionate, dedicated June Iparis was such a compelling and intriguing protagonist. I loved her.

7) Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – Karou who wants to fly and won’t let anyone get in her way. Loyal, passionate, romantic, dedicated and sensational. Love her!

8) Verity from Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein – Words cannot properly describe what I feel for this character and the risk of spoilers prevent me from trying but she was just stunning.

9) Kestrel from The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – Clever, strategic, ruthless and willing to do what she has to do what she has to to win. Kestrel is an incredible heroine and I am very much looking forward to reading more about her.

10) Celia Bowen from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Beautiful and enchanting, a true survivor and a most worthy competitor. Alongside the circus Celia was the true star of the Night Circus

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Top Ten Characters You Wish Would Get Their OWN Book

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they post a new top ten list and invite bloggers to answer it. This weeks is Top Ten Characters You Wish Would Get Their OWN Book. Without further ado, here is my list.

1) Jamie Roth from the Mara Dyer Series by Michelle Hodkin – I adore Jamie! He’s so funny and so sarcastic and I’d love to read more about him either before or after Mara came into his life.

2) The Marauders from Harry Potter by JK Rowling – I WANT THIS SO BADLY! I think everyone wants more information about James, Lily, Sirius and Lupin during their time at Hogwarts. Damnit Rowling just give the people what they want!

3) Charlotte Fairchild from The Infernal Device by Cassandra Clare – Charlotte, dear people, is a BAMF and I want to read more about her. Hopefully, she’ll appear again in The Lost Hours.

4) Alex from the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver – Yeah there wasn’t enough Alex in these books. I wouldn’t mind a detailed description of what he was doing during those last two books, or after, or before.

5) The Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo – The Darkling is one of the only villains I’ve actually sort of rooted for! I know it’s messed up but he was all mysterious and sexy. I couldn’t help myself and I would like to know a great deal more about him.

6) Arobynn Hammel from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – He is one of the most manipulative and vindictive characters in the Throne of Glass world and one of the most important people in Celaena’s life so I wouldn’t mind spending some more quality time with him.

7) Ress from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – I want this because I think it would be hilarious. You just know that Ress knows Celaena and Chaol are sneaking off together! I’d love to read a novella from his POV about how obvious they are.

8) Celia Bowen from the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I know she’s technically a main character but she shared the POV with Marco who I didn’t particularly care for so I would like more Celia please – particularly stories about her early life!

9) Isaac from The Fault In Our Stories by John Green – I needed more from him. I’d love to get a novella or short story from his POV after Gus’s death or after Hazel’s death. It be the most depressing thing in the world but I want to know!

10) THE FREAKING MARAUDERS BY JK ROWLING – JUST GIVE IT TO ME.

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The Night Circus: Review

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Author: Erin Morgenstern

Publisher: Vintage

Summary: The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads:

Opens at Nightfalll

Closes at Dawn

As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.

Le Cirque des R�ves

The Circus of Dreams.

Now the circus is open.

Now you may enter.

Review: This book is a spectacle. A marvellous, delightful spectacle. It is possibly the most beautifully written book I’ve ever had the privilege of reading. That being said the book is not without it’s flaws. 

There is nothing particularly original about the plot, in the most basic sense it’s very much Romeo and Juliet set in a magical circus except Romeo and Juliet are in a challenge that will end when one of them dies. So…slightly different but not all that new.

The characters for me are a bit of a mixed bag. The main characters are Celia Bowen and Marco Alisdair and I had some mixed feelings for them. I adored Celia. If the entire book had been about her dealing with her father and learning how to master her powers I would have gladly read it. She is an incredibly strong, wonderful character and I almost wish the focus had been entirely on her. Marco, did not interest me in the way Celia did. When he was alone I found his plot line a bit dull but I was completely in love when he interacted in Celia. Together, they were superb.  Morgenstern wrote their love story in such a way that even though they are very rarely together you very much know that they are deeply in love with each other. A talent not all writers could pull off. 

Morgenstern also gave the supporting characters a lot of page time, I guess you could call it, and it was lovely to see how they interacted with each other and how they fared with the challenge that they were involved-yet-not-quiet-involved in. I would actually read spin off or prequels about all of them but especially about Widget and Poppet and Hector Bowen and Alexander. 

As for the writing itself, there is a lot of description which is usually not my cup of tea. I like some detail but I find that in most cases superfluous detail can slow the book down. Sometimes that does occur here but I couldn’t care less because the descriptions in this book, especially when describing the circus and the costumes is perfect. Decadent, enchanting, sublime. Just incredible and worth every additional second of reading. 

One thing that sort of made the book a bit difficult for me is that it occurs out of chronological order. There are times when it’s confusing because you’re not sure what’s happening or what’s already happened, however in the last few chapters it becomes clear that the book had to be written this way and then you appreciate it a lot more.

Aesthetically, the cover of this book is without a doubt the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. It’s enchanting and perfect and people should nearly buy it just for the cover. 

This book has also ruined the circus for me because I know no circus will ever live up to Le Cirque de Reves. I do kind of want to see this book as a film because the cinematography would be breathtaking but I fear it could never it justice. 

Overall, this book was dazzling. It’s is enchanting, remarkable and just divine. Well worth a read.

4/5