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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Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More

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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 that bloggers can answer. This weeks is Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More! Without further ado here are my picks!

1) Lois Lowry – I read the Giver a few months ago and I really enjoyed it so I really, really need to pick up the rest of the quartet!

2) Erin Morgenstern – The Night Circus was such a beautiful, exquisite book and I nned, need to read more about it or about anything else that Morgenstern writes!

3) Louise O’Neill – Of course Louise O’Neill is on this list. Only Ever Yours was an incredibly powerful novel that really resonated with me and pretty much guarantees that I’m going to pick up anything else O’Neill writes!

4) Patrick Ness – The Knife of Never Letting Go was so, so, so, so good and I am dying to read the rest of the series and everything else he has ever written!

5) Rainbow Rowell – Rainbow is pretty much the queen right now, isn’t she? I’ve only read Fangirl but Attachments and Eleanor & Park are definitely on my TBR list!

6) Elizabeth May – I really enjoyed The Falconer and I am just wasting away waiting for the sequel. Very much looking forward to reading more of May’s writing.

7) Laini Taylor – Daughter of Smoke and Bone was amazing! I need Days of Blood and Starlight like I need oxygen! I can’t wait to finish off the series. Taylor’s prose is just so beautiful.

8) Carlos Ruiz Zafon – If you have not read The Shadow of the Wind, read it now. It is incredible! His writing, his story, the relationships all of it is just so sensational. I have the semi-sequel, The Angel Game and I can’t wait to read it!

9) Michael Connelly – A really good crime novelist. I have like six books belonging to him but I’ve only read one! i seriously need to remedy this situation!

10) Libba Bray – I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Diviners but it held my attention enough to ensure that I wanted to read the sequel and some of Bray’s other works!

Top Ten Books I’d Give To Readers Who’ve Never Read YA

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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 this weeks is Top Ten Books I’d Give to Reader Who’ve Never Read X and I have chosen Young Adult Books. (Obviously.) So without further ado, here is my list!

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1) If I Stay by Gayle Forman – A lot of people criticise YA for not having an emotional depth but I challenge anyone to read this and not cry!

2) 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher – An incredibly beautiful and heart wrenching book. I read this almost seven years ago and my friend and I still talk about it.

3) Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill – An amazingly written book, stunning and gripping, set in a future that is all too reminiscent of our present. A book that should be read by everyone.

4) Far From You by Tess Sharpe – If you want to see lesbian and bisexual relationships done right – this is the book for you.

5) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – Fun, sweet and breathtakingly adorable. It won’t matter who you are you will adore this book.

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6) Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas – Slightly cheating but once you read the first you’ll want to read the second. A wonderful fantasy book with sensational writing and characters.

7) The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare – Fun, snarky and packs more than one traumatising emotional punch. It will make you a believer.

8) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Sweet, cute but beautifully realistic. Fangirl is a marvellous portrayal of young adult life.

9) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Rich, decadent, simply exquisite. There is no better book to transport you into a world like the Night Circus.

10) Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – Don’t let the God awful covers fool you, this is a book you are going to love and a series you will devour!

Top Ten Cover Trends I Like/Dislike

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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. This weeks list is Top Ten Cover Trends/Elements that I like or dislike. Without further ado here are mine.

Cover Trend I Like

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1) Black covers. I love dramatic black covers. I am always so drawn to them. It might be something left over from my Twilight obsession days but I don’t care. The Night Circus is one of my favourite covers of all time.

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2) Dramatic images of Girls in Dresses. I love the gothic sort of feel that these covers provide. A cover like this is pretty much a guarantee that I’ll pick it up the book.

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3) New Penguin Classic Covers. I love the new designs by Penguin. I own quite a lot of classics but they’re all made of that really cheap flimsy paper with the standard green covers. So these really leave me very jealous!

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4) Stars. I just really like stars.

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5) Covers that focus on one part of the body. I don’t know why but covers that focus on one part of the body, eye, leg etc just really speak to me.

Cover Trends I Dislike

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1) Full Face on the Cover. I hate these covers. I feel like they’re supposed to be dramatic but I just find them cheesy and awkward.

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2) Half Naked People. We get it! There is torrid romance and sexy times in your book doesn’t make your cover any less shit.

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3) Really White Covers. Why when you have a beautiful dark cover do you reissue it in pure white? Why?

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4) Covers with ugly Buildings. Are you trying to bore me to death?

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5) Girls Back and Ponytail. Make this cover stop. I hate it so much.

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

 

In Which I Bought Some Books

So, last week I ordered some books and they arrived yesterday and I thought, why not share?

I ordered five books from Waterstones.com (In celebration of not failing my exams) and some of them are new, one or two have a few years on them, but I have heard great things about all of them and I’m really excited to read them.

1) The Isobel Journal: Just A Northern Girl From Where Nothing Really Happens.

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Author: Isobel Harrop.

Publisher: Hotkey Books.

About the Book: THE ISOBEL JOURNAL is no ordinary snapshot of a contemporary teenage life. A charming and vivid narrative scrapbook of the eighteen-year-old author’s sketches, mini-graphic novels, photographs and captions, it captures her wit, her observations and her creative talent as she takes us through the three central themes in her life: ‘Love’, ‘Friends, Art and Otters’ and ‘Me’.

Why I Am Excited to Read It: Soooo many reasons. Firstly, the artwork looks absolutely incredible, really youthful and fun and makes me really excited to turn the page. Secondly, everyone has been raving about this book! At the moment I believe it has 4.5 stars on goodreads, so that is always encouraging! Thirdly, finally, what really sold this book for me, the phrase “Friends, Art and Otters.” What can I say? I’m a girl of simple tastes.

2) Fangirl

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Author: Rainbow Rowell.

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin.

About the Book: Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fanfiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fanfiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Why I Am Excited To Read It: I feel like this doesn’t need much explanation. I think anyone who identifies as a fangirl or boy is going to interested in picking this book up. I have been excited for this book for ages! (Even though it came out in September and it’s now Feburary.) and a lot of it has to do with the cover which was designed by Noelle Stevenson aka Gingerhaze who I follow on Tumblr. It’s just so pretty! But moving on from aesthetics, much like the Isobel Journal, this book is getting excellent reviews, I think it’s averaging about just above four stars everywhere (Goodreads, Amazon, Waterstones, etc.)

Also, anything that involves cute guys and fanfiction gets my vote.

3) The Diviners.

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Author: Libba Bray.

Publisher: Little, Brown Books.

About The Book: 

Evie O’Neill has caused a great scandal in her boring Ohio town and sent off to the bustling streets of New York City. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with dreamers, Ziegfeld girls, and annoying pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his strange obsession with the occult. Evie worries he’ll discover her deepest and darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol called a pentacle and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch the killer. In the city that never sleeps, something dark and evil has awakened.

 Why I Am Excited To Read This Book: The reasons are threefold:

1: It is set in the 20s

2: The 20s in New York.

3: IT IS A SUPERNATURAL STORY SET IN THE 1920’S NEW YORK.

4) Anna and the French Kiss.

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Author: Stephanie Perkins

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

About the Book:

Anna can’t wait for her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a good job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she’s not too thrilled when her father unexpectedly ships her off to boarding school in Paris – until she meets Etienne St. Clair, the perfect boy. The only problem? He’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her crush back home. Will a year of romantic near-misses end in the French kiss Anna awaits?

Reasons Why I Am Excited: Much like my reasons for the Diviners, they are threefold.

1: It’s Paris.

2: It’s set in Paris, France.

3: It’s an adorable love story set in a boarding school in Paris.

(Previously said; Girl of Simple Tastes.)

5) The Night Circus

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Author: Erin Morgenstern.

Publisher: Doubleday.

About the Book:

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance

Reasons Why I Am Excited: Did you see the cover? Beautiful! And the plot sounds like Romeo and Juliet set in a magic circus. How could you not be excited?