Top Five Wednesdays: 5 Characters You Wish You Could Drown

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I really love this topic. There are so many characters that I just wanted to kick off the fictional cliff. They were so infuriating that sometimes it made me want to not continue a book or a series. I’ll keep things as spoiler free as I can and if I have to spoil, you’ll get a fair warning. But I’m going to try and avoid it. (I seriously hate spoilers more than anything). Anyways! Onwards!

5. Greg from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

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This was the last thing I read, so his character’s still fresh in my mind. The whole reason I didn’t enjoy much of this book was because Greg seemed to irritate me at every turn. I understand what the author was trying to do by making him “strange” and generally weird. I think he was trying to create the “grows as a person over the span of the book” character but ended up just making a really irresponsible and selfish prick. Even in the end of the book, I did not like him one bit and really REALLY wanted to drown him.

4. Dorothy Gale from Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page

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I hate Dorothy because she was written to be an annoying brat who ruins everything. Throughout the book I was actually rooting for Amy to succeed in her mission to kill Dorothy. Dorothy emphasized everything I hate about royal villains. Outlawing magic (which is the coolest element to any story), throwing ridiculous extravagant parties and forcing everyone in her kingdom to wear a “permasmile”. If there’s anything in this world I hate, it’s when people tell you to smile when you don’t want to. Therefore, yes, DOROTHY MUST DIE. (Oh yes..I’m so clever.)

3. Sebastian from The Mortal Instruments Series

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I can’t go in to great detail about why I hate Sebastian because spoilers. If you’ve read the Mortal Instruments series, you know. Sebastian is the most evil, disgusting little cockroach in that entire series. I hate him more than I hated Valentine Morgenstern. Again, if you’ve read the Mortal Instruments, you’ll understand. If not, go read them. They’re amazing.

2. Dolores Umbridge from The Harry Potter Series 

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Alright, this I will spoil. So if you haven’t read Harry Potter, take a step back and look at your life choices. Then go read them all. Then you can read this small section of review that you will eventually forget about anyways. But I’m going to spoil. I hate Umbridge more than anyone in the entire series of Harry Potter. Umbridge was the most loathsome witch I’ve ever seen in any book that involved witches and wizards. She proves that you should never trust anyone that wears that much pink. EVER. When she nearly used the cruciatus curse on Harry, I lost my shit. What kind of little shit would use a torture curse on a child? WHO? She would. She’d also unfairly examine a witch about being a witch, sentances several people to horrible things for crimes they didn’t commit, blindly follow a regime knowingly infiltrated by the most evil wizard who ever lived and basically ruin everyone’s lives that she comes in contact with. I also have a theory that she may have actually loved Fudge, that’s why she followed him so closely and essentially begged for the slightest bit of affection from him.

ALRIGHT! Number One.

1. Blackjack Randall from The Outlander Series 

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(POSSIBLE SLIGHT SPOILERS) I thought after reading the Harry Potter series, no one would infuriate me like Umbridge. But no. Then here comes Blackjack Randall sauntering in like some entitled twat trying to rape someone within the first few minutes of meeting them for no good reason. Not only that, but after all of that he pursues her over and over again for no justifiable reason other than he has a hard on for her and the male lead Jamie Fraser.

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First, he relentlessly questions Clare over and over again to no avail. Then he does this big long speech about being an English gentleman among savage Scotsman. Then what does he do? He starts punching and kicking her. She gets away for a while, then what does he do? Tries to kill her and rape her. Jamie saves Clare. -Insert more story- Jamie gets captured and taken to be executed, Clare tries to save him, Blackjack catches Clare trying to rescue Jamie. In exchange for his wife’s life, Jamie has to submit to Blackjack. Blackjack brands him, rapes him repeatedly, smashes Jamie’s hand and drives a stake through it and then tries to humanize himself to Jamie. ARE YOU KIDDING ME. I HOPE YOU DROWN. I HOPE CLARE DROWNS YOU. DIE.

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Review: Me and Earl and The Dying Girl (Spoiler Free!)

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews: 3/5 Stars

I know the movie’s coming out soon, so I really wanted to read the book before I saw the movie. I just kind of saw it sitting there in my (very small) contemporary section. The bright spine was calling to me, so I picked it up and read it in one sitting with the exception of a few trips for drinks and snacks. Overall, I’m actually a bit disappointed.

I’ve heard the comparisons between The Fault in Our Stars and this book and the one thing I can say for sure is that they are two completely separate entities. There’s no heartwarming love story, there’s no existential crisis happening to you when you finish the book. In fact, I was very underwhelmed by the ending. I was expecting some sort of conclusion but I found myself pretty disappointed. If I could sum it up in an emoticon, it would be :\

My main problem with the story is that the narrator talked too damn much. I know that’s their job as a narrator, but he just had too much dialogue. Granted, at times it was really funny. He made some pretty hilarious jokes and conversations, but about halfway through I just got really sick of him. I wanted more of Earl. Earl was my favorite character. He was always very aware of what was happening and had to kind of pull Greg back in to reality. I wish the book had been told from Earl’s point of view.

I really like to try and challenge myself to read outside of my favorite genera’s (paranormal and fantasy), but this was one of those books that I was sort of justified in saying I rarely like contemporaries. I wasn’t wishing a dragon would fly overhead and start a battle, but I was a little bored at points. I read through it rather quickly and maybe that was a disservice to the book. But I just really WANTED to like this book, but I just couldn’t as much as I wanted it to. The reason it’s higher than a two is because I enjoyed Earl so much. He was what saved the book for me.

Another thing I did like about it was the realism in it. This book deals with a girl who has cancer. The way the character dealt with everything was very realistic and not at all dramatized like it is in a lot of books. I really liked that. The writing was clear, descriptive and humorous. I found myself liking the “scripted” bits of it and the parts described in bullet points. I would be open to reading another book by Jesse Andrews, but I won’t be awaiting it’s release.

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City of Lost Souls Review (Spoilers!!)

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City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare: 4.5/5 stars 

I knew what I was getting in to when I started reading the Mortal Instruments series. A ruthless fandom, heartbreak and drama. My best friend has always encouraged me to finish the series so we could actually talk about it, so I decided in honor of Cassandra Clare’s new series coming out, I would finally finish reading The Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices in their entirety. I’m near completion on both series with one book to go for each as well as The Bane Chronicles (which I am most excited for.) Okay, after this there are spoilers. I’m warning you now. Don’t keep reading if you’re not up to this point in the books. Don’t do it. Stop now.

After the shocker in the last book City of Fallen Angels when Jace is linked to “Johnathan” (He’s Sebastian. I don’t care what anyone says.) I knew things were going to get difficult for Clary/Jace. I expected the book to be something like New Moon from the Twilight series where Clary spent the entire time whining about Jace and crying. But that wasn’t how it went down. She took action and went straight in to Sebastian’s twisted world to be with Jace and find a way to save him. Admirable as it was, as always with Clary, it was a bit reckless. When she was in the travelling apartment there were some very disturbing things. What was with the whole Sebastian incest thing? “Shadowhunters aren’t like mortals. DNA doesn’t matter.”. Uhm, I’m pretty sure it matters, Sebastian. Is this just a trope with Cassandra Clare? Incest? Game of Thrones for Shadowhunters?

I really loved how involved Simon was in this book. He’s becoming more and more important to the storyline. It made sense that he would be the one to go and summon Raziel since he’s immune from harm. Granted, he got what he needed. He got the weapon that could destroy the connection between Jace and Sebastian. He probably did more to save Jace than everyone else put together. Though I’m not too happy that he lost The Mark of Caine. That means he can now be killed. And if you know anything about the last book in a series, there’s going to be some character deaths. I just hope it’s not Simon. I didn’t really like him until City of Fallen Angels. Now he’s my sweet precious child and I cannot part with him.

There’s one thing I’ve noticed in the last five books. Isabelle doesn’t get a big enough part. I want to know more about Isabelle. She’s this badass character who fights her own battles, decides her own fate and generally doesn’t give a shit and we know almost nothing about her except for what I just mentioned. We know she’s had a past with various sorts of faeries, Shadowhunters and mortals. But we don’t get the stories behind them. We just get little bits and pieces of what could be it’s own book. MORE ISABELLE. MORE.

At the climax and close of the book we find Sebastian the Incestual Douche making a grand speech to Valentine’s previous followers about creating a new race of Shadowhunters. They just blindly follow a teenager who’s related to Valentine. Granted, he did force Amatis to drink from the cup first, but afterwords they were all willing to drink demon blood. The very blood they themselves swore to spill. For what? Because the Clave is annoying them? Your job is to hunt demons. Stop complaining. Then when the various allies of Clary show up and start wrecking the place, Sebastian is conveniently covered by a wall of Shadowhunters. I get it, there needs to be a villain for the final book, but seriously. GO AROUND THEM. Use a tactic that’s been used in combat history for thousands of years. Misdirection. When they didn’t think of that and Clary runs away from Jace and Sebastian, she of course decides to chance it and stab Jace instead hoping to cleanse the evil from him. He was literally on fire. That probably was not the best option. You know Sebastian’s just going to get pissed off and fuck up even more shit. Did it work? Yes. But now you’ve got a boyfriend who could give you third degree burns if you tried to kiss him. Clary, think about your life, think about your choices. You’ve done fucked up. Oh, and your brother just literally ripped the wings off of an angel and left them in your house. Good job.

Even after all that, that wasn’t the worse for me. The worst was when Alec went to meet Camille and Magnus was there instead. With his knowledge that Alec wanted to turn him mortal against his consent, he ended their epic romance. Granted, Magnus was justified in doing this. But this broke my will to continue reading that page. The entire series, what has kept me grounded and happy was Magnus and Alec. The most adorable and unlikely couple in the entire Shadowhunter’s universe. And Magnus ended it. I may not have mentioned it, but Magnus Bane is my favorite character.  He’s everything I love about this series. I could do without Clary, Jace and even Alec. But I could never do without Magnus Bane. First it appears he died in the battle, then he and Alec break up. Seriously. Are you trying to kill me?

All in all, I did really enjoy the story and the character development that we see with everyone. I had a few complains…okay…a lot of complaints. But that didn’t take away my love of how the story is progressing. I want to continue reading so that I can ensure Magnus and Alec get back together (they could not, but you know what? I WANT TO BELIEVE). I enjoyed the small little cute whispers of love Alec and Magnus said to each other. I most definitely did my little happy OTP dance only to be crushed later. But after the leaving of the angel wings I really wanted to see Sebastian get ripped apart. Next I’m going to read Clockwork Princess and then I will continue on to City of Heavenly Fire. I’m planning on reading a few books in between just so I stay interested on them, but I will update as I go. Thanks for reading. Like/comment and all that jazz.

Top 5 Wednesday: Books you read in one sitting (or close to)

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It’s pretty rare that I actually read a book in one sitting. I really like to take my time reading and digest every little detail and aspect of a story in appreciation of the writer. But sometimes I can’t help myself and just have to know what’s going to happen.

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5. Percy Jackson: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan: I remember sitting on my bed at like 9 o’clock at night completely committed to finishing this book in one night. I needed to know how the series was going to wrap up. This was before the Heroes of Olympus came out and I thought it would be the end of the series. I wasn’t disappointed. I thought the series wrapped up beautifully.

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4. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige: I suggested this book when it first came out a year ago to my book club because I was so excited to read it. I flew right through it in one long sitting and then one very short one (on my lunch break when I started it. Then I finished it when I got home.). I was so enthralled in the world that I could not put it down. I haven’t started the sequel yet, but it’s on my shelf and I just need to pick it up.

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3. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness: I know what you’re thinking. “Of course you read it in one sitting, it’s short and a picture book!”. That’s true and you can call me a cheater, I’m okay with that. I loved this book and the story hit really close to home with me. I lost my mother to cancer when I was only nineteen, so the ending hit me pretty hard. It’s a story i’ll never forget.

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2. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo: The ending book to my beloved Grisha Trilogy. I sped through this book (probably a bit too fast) because I wanted to see what would happen with The Darkling. I loveeeed The Darkling and I had to see how everything would end with him and Alina. I was really sad about how it ended but also realistic about it. There wasn’t another way it could really work out. But that doesn’t mean I can’t be sad about it.

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1. The Archived by Victoria Schwab: Victoria Schwab is arguably my favorite author. I’ve loved every single book that she’s ever written. Though I have yet to pick up The Unbound I’m really looking forward to it when I eventually do read it. I enjoyed every second of The Archived. The characters, the world building, the story. Just the idea of the dead or impressions of the dead being cataloged in a sort of library is the coolest thing I’ve ever heard in my life.

If you’ve read any of these and agree or disagree. Leave a comment below!

Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Books on your Summer TBR!

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This week’s Top 10 Tuesday topic is your top 10 TBR books for the summer! This is a pretty exciting tag for me since it will be my first blog post for Top 10 Tuesdays. I figured I may as well step up on the bandwagon and do my own! Thanks to those that have followed me back! I’m still pretty new to this and appreciate the support. Anyways, on with the Top 10 picks!

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1. The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare: I’ve slowly been making my way through the Shadowhunter books. Both The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments in preparation for the new series that will be coming out soon. My best friend really loves these books and finally convinced me to finish the series where I had previously left off. I’m on City of Lost Souls right now. After I finish that, I plan on reading Clockwork Princess, City of Heavenly Fire and The Bane Chronicles.

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2. The Diviners by Libba Bray: I’ve wanted to read this for some time and it’s even centered on my shelf because I think the cover is beautiful. I’ve officially run out of excuses and need to read this book. Especially since I’ve read the Gemma Doyle books.

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3. The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout: I’ve had this completed series on my shelf for some time (in the covers above). I’ve been itching to read something in the Sci-Fi genera and am hoping to crack these open. It really appeals to me that the main character is a book blogger of some sort.

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4. Throne of Glass Series: Now that I’ve read A Court of Thorns and Roses there’s no way that I can NOT read Throne of Glass. I’m not really sure why I picked up ACOTAR before Throne of Glass, but I’m sort of glad that I did. It flew to the top of my favorites of 2015 so far.

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5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: I’m seriously slacking in the Rainbow Rowell department. Almost every booktuber that I watch has raved about her books, numerous book blogs I follow love her and it’s a book about fan fiction. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME.

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6. The Chaos Walking Trilogy: Another completed series I’ve had on my shelf for a long time. I always hear wonderful things about the villain in this series being a particular favorite of many bloggers. I haven’t read many books with a male protagonist (other than Harry Potter) and look forward to it.

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7. The Fallen Kingdoms Series: I found Game of Thrones to be a little slow for my liking. But GingerReadsLainey recommends these over and over again and I trust her opinion. I own the first two in paperback and just need an excuse to pick them up.

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8. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: I’ve had this for years and have been too intimidated to pick it up. It’s a thick paperback, you can’t really blame me can you? Most of my friends read adult fantasy and will not stop telling me to read this book. So I better finally give in and see what it’s all about.

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9. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson: I’ve had this book since my birthday last year when a friend bought it for me. Margot from Epic Reads have repeatedly mentioned this is the book that got her in to YA fiction. I love Peter Pan, it’s always been one of my favorite stories, even as an adult.

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10. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black: I’ve never actually read a Holly Black book and figure that I should remedy that. I attempted to read her Curseworkers series and just didn’t get to it before I had to return it to the library. I own this one so I should have no excuse. Besides, after ACOTAR, I really want more faerie reads!

Leave a comment if you’ve read any of these and let me know what you think! 🙂

(Mid?) June TBR!

Since I just started this blog, I figured that I would set myself some reading goals for the next little stretch of June. I’ve been doing less than well with my reading goals because I’ve been distracted by things like Netflix and my health (so annoying, right?). But I’ve decided that I can’t keep doing that! If I’m not making my reading goals, I’ll just get aggravated with myself. So I’ve outlined what I want to read by the end of June and some others I plan on reading in the near future. Let me know if you plan on reading any of these or have read them!

(Mid) June TBR:

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas: A young huntress kills a faerie by accident while hunting in the woods and must pay with her freedom. Taken to the faerie world north of her home, Feyre is forced to live out the rest of her days with the High Fae Tamlin. The story is loosely based on Beauty and the Beast. (My rating: 5/5 stars. See full review)

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City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare: The fifth installation in The Mortal Instruments series. I can’t say too much without spoiling the rest of the series. We follow Shadowhunter’s Jace, Clary, Isabelle and Alec on their adventures to rid the world of demons. Hilarity and action ensues.

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: Told from two perspectives and set in a dystopian world very  much like Ancient Rome. Our first protagonist is Laia, a slave who’s brother has been arrested for treason. The second is Elias, the military school’s finest soldier who secretly harbors a strong hatred for the institution of their society. (I’m hoping to get my book club to read this one)

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Me and Earl and The Dying Girl by Jesse AndrewsSeniors Greg and Earl spend all of their time together making films and worshiping cult directors. Greg’s Mom forces him and Earl to befriend Rachel who has been diagnosed with leukemia.

Books I plan to get to sometime soon, but do not want to say I’ll finish them before the end of the month:
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headly
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell   

A Court of Thorns and Roses (Spoiler Free!) 5/5 Stars

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I am in love with this book. I just want to cuddle with it during thunderstorms and take it out on a date. That’s how much I love this book. I can confidently say that this book is my favorite YA fantasy book. Everything about it was stunning. EVERYTHING. I bought this book because of all the hype on booktube. I buy a lot of books because of that. This one did not disappoint. I’m so happy I bought it in hardcover and right when it came out. Now I can tell everyone to read it. But here are a few more reasons in case you’re not buying in to the hype.

1. The Characters. The characters are so well written that you feel as though they’re your friends in real life. That you’ve been friends with them for years. After just a few chapters I identified strongly with Feyre. Then when Tamlin and Lucien came in to the story I felt like they were people I already knew. Even the antagonists I grew to sort of love in a very strange way.

2. The Setting. Every single place they go to in this story is so well described I could just picture it in my head as if someone had taken a photo. I could almost smell the green fields or hear the snow crunching beneath my feet.

3. The Plot. Such an original concept! I know it’s loosely based on Beauty and the Beast and I can definitely see the parallels, but once it took on it’s own form I was so enthralled with what was going to happen I literally did not sleep. It’s 10:33am. I was up all night reading and I have zero regrets. The story pacing was perfect, it was fast enough to keep me entertained but also slow enough to include all the beautiful little details.

4. The Writing. As I described above, SJM just writes so well and really allows your mind to see all of what’s happening as if you’re watching a movie in your head. It’s like reading a painting. (If that makes any sense)

5. Predictability. I really love books where you can both guess what’s going to happen and at the same time have NO IDEA what is going to happen. I think SJM wrote that perfect balance. There were times when I knew where the story was going to go and others where I was holding my breath and trying not to cry.

Please read it. You’ll be so thankful you did! Leave a comment if you agree/disagree, have a mutual love for SJM or just want to say what you thought!

(Rating: 5/5 Stars)