Top 5 Wednesdays: Top 5 Character Tropes!

Top 5 Wednesday Family!

I love this topic! I’ve been waiting all month for it. But now that it’s here, I actually had trouble coming up with five character tropes. Shame on me. But here were my choices!

5. “Strong willed Victorian lady who happens to kick some serious ass” 

Examples:

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I really love the Victorian Era. It’s probably my favorite era next to Revolutionary France (I wish that was popular enough to be a trope!). Gemma Doyle, Celia and Tessa Gray are just a few examples of them. There’s always some hidden magic in them or their stories mixed with the culture and atmosphere of the Victorian Era. Something about women of fine breeding pushing aside the prim and proper for the more exciting dark and dangerous. It’s fantastic. I love it.

4. The “Side Character who’s more likable than the main character”  

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This is a very common trope, but one that I adore! Examples from above are Magnus Bane, Fred and George Weasley and Nickoli. I always looked forward to their small bits and appearances in the story. It’s not that I don’t like the main characters, it’s that I don’t care about them as much as these side characters. Especailly Magnus Bane. Because he’s my favorite.

3. The “Brooding Angry Handsome Male Lead”

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Okay, as a female I object to men being like this in real life. If a guy is like this in real life, you should probably steer clear of him. But this is FICTION. We love to think that we can change the indifferent moody guy in to a sensitive guy who worships the ground we walk on. Examples: Will Harondale, Tamlin, The Darkling. From the second he brushes the main female off we’re like, “AH HAH. There’s the male lead” and we totally ship it until it hurts.

2. The “Girl who knows books better than she knows people”. 

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I especially love this one, because I totally feel like I am one of these. The ladies who don’t understand jokes and don’t know how to talk to people very well. Hermionie, Tessa and Alice. They are the best characters for me, because they don’t have a need to talk unnecessarily. They say what they mean in a literal sense and that’s the end of it. Their actions often speak volumes louder than their words and they’re never afraid to step up, especially if they’ve read about the situation they are in in a book.

1. The “Lady thief, assassin, pirate, warrior”

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Women who are in the rolls traditionally reserved for men. Those are the best female characters. It sounds a little repetitive, I know, but seriously they’re amazing. Examples: Lila, Celina and Feyre. Two Sarah J Maas books, coincidence? I think not. It’s always fun to see the female be the leading badass in the story, admit it.

Hope you like my picks for this topic! Comment and like! Thank you! ❤

Books and Songs: Favorite couples

I’ve seen several BookTubers match books with songs! So I figured I would try it with various topics! I thought for my first books and songs post I would do my favorite book couples. 🙂

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Tamlin and Feyre

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The Darkling + Alina

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Jace + Clary

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Celia and Marco 

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Gemma + Kartik 

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Pudge + Alaska 

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Tessa + Will 

Hope you enjoyed! Comment below if you’d like to see more posts like these! 🙂

Disney Book Tag!

1. The Little Mermaid: Name a character that is out of place or is “a fish out of water”.

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The first character that comes to mind is Alina from the Grisha Trilogy. I may be a little bias,  based on my blog name, but seriously. If you discovered you were a person with such a rare magical ability that hasn’t been seen in years, you would feel out of place too. Then she’s thrown straight in to the world of the Grisha and The Darkling. Talk about a fish out of water, one day you’re a mapmaker and the next you have a rare magical power.

2. Cinderella: Name a character that goes through a major transformation. 

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I would have to go with Elisa from The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy. In the first book we see her very passive and shy. She’s not confident in herself and she’s very naive and timid. By the end of the third book she’s a completely different person. She’s strong, she’s tough and she knows exactly who she is. I didn’t particularly love this trilogy, but it was really cool to see a character develop that much over a span of three books.

3. Snow White: Name a book with an eclectic cast of characters.

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I chose of course, The Mortal Instruments. Not only are there all sorts of different paranormal beings, but the characters are all unique in their own right. There are some tropes in there, but there’s also so many original characters like Magnus Bane (*swoon*) and Isabelle Lightwood. And they all play different and vital roles in the story line.

4. Sleeping Beauty: A book that put you to sleep. 

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I read this book for my bookclub and it started out really strong. I loved the first part of the book. The story was interesting and thrilling, but then it got to the second part, which was a lot less thrilling and a lot more boring. Then in the third part I was falling asleep. I literally could not push myself through this book. I was just so bored of the story by then that I couldn’t force myself to the end, which is actually really rare for me.

5. The Lion King: Name a character that had something traumatic happen to them in childhood: 

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I realized that I had not once mentioned my favorite book on my blog and this is the perfect category for it. I won’t give too much away because, trust me, you’ll want to experience this book for yourself. But Jane has a very rough childhood and moves around a lot from place to place. Everything is against her in her childhood and she has to overcome a lot to become the woman she becomes.

6. Beauty and the Beast: Name a “beast” of a book that you were intimidated at first, but found beautiful at the end. 

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I’ll have to go with Outlander. Some of you may be thinking “it’s not that big”, but I have the tall versions of the books. The ones that are in fact very tall and very thick with tiny little print. Going in to it I thought that I would like it and then by the end of it, I was in love.

7. Aladdin: Name a character that gets their wish granted for better or for worse: 

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I went with Quentin from The Magicians. I can’t tell you exactly what his wish is or how it comes true. But let’s just say that the entire book there’s only one wish or thing on his mind. At the end his wish comes true, but it’s definitely not for the better.

8. Mulan: A character that pretends to be something or someone that they’re not. 

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For this category, I chose Lila from A Darker Shade of Magic. She wasn’t my favorite character in the book, but she certainly was unique. She pretends to be a man in the very beginning of the book. She’s an expert thief who disguises herself as a man and is Wanted, but as a man. Very Mulan like.

9. Toy Story: Name a book where you wish the characters would literally come to life. 

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Obligatory Harry Potter mention! Of course I wish the characters from Harry Potter were real. I think about them so often that for me, they basically are. I would absolutely adore being best friends with Hermionie! She’s pretty much my favorite female from any fantasy series! If she could you know, teach me magic and stuff, that would be cool too.

10. Disney Decedents: Name your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character: 

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I of course have to go with Rhys from A Court of Thorns and Roses. We don’t know much about him yet, other than he is in fact morally ambiguous. He’s manipulative and he’s playing Feyre like a piano, but you know what, I like him. In the epic clash of teams, I’m on team Rhys. From the moment he showed up in the middle of the book, I was all about Rhys.

Hope you enjoyed it! And if you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged! Comments are always appreciated!

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson: Review

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Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

My rating: 2/5 stars
Genera: Young Adult Contemporary
Age Appropriate for 13+ 

I had been hearing about Morgan Matson’s books over and over again on Booktube until I was sick of hearing the hype without at least taking a peak in to what everyone was talking about. It seemed like every Booktuber that I frequently watch has mentioned Morgan Matson at least once and there’s even a “Summer of Matson” readathon going on over the summer. So I decided to read one of her books and then join the “Summer of Matson” readathon if I liked it. Unfortunately, I didn’t like it. And I really hate slamming books. But I seriously had some problems with this one.

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Starting out, it seemed okay. Like the plot was going to progress a lot further as it went on and it would get more exciting as the roadtrip actually started to happen. We meet Amy, who like me has lost a parent, loves to read and is obsessed with musical theater. I thought that I would maybe relate to her on a personal level. But then things just kind of started to unravel and fall apart for me as it continued to go on. When Roger comes in to the picture, I thought maybe I’ll connect with him? Wrong again. My problem with them as main characters was that they weren’t all that interesting and they didn’t really seem like “real people”. They were just tropes of “girl who lost a parent and blames herself” and “boy who is pining over a girl who dumped him”. They didn’t have a personality, they were JUST TROPES. I was very aware that these were made up characters in a book. I didn’t “escape” while reading this at all, I just found myself wanting to finish it so I could move on to the next book.

So as they go along on the roadtrip, they make all sorts of detours to random places that are completely out of the way before arriving at their destination across the country. I won’t tell you where they stop in case you want to read this one day, but it’s suffice to say they’re pretty random. The entire time Amy’s just kind of there making vague comments and Roger’s getting stars in his eyes about a girl with no personality at all. They both revisit some painful things and help each other through along the way. But I found myself not believing a lot of this. It seemed a little too far fetched that two teenagers would actually do this. When it got to the end I was overjoyed because it meant that I didn’t have to read anymore of this book. That I could put it down and forget about it.

Sorry if you really love Morgan Matson or this book. I just didn’t enjoy it all that much. 😦

Comment below!

3 Days, 3 Quotes: Day 2

I’m late on this, as I always am with cool new blog tags. But to make up for it, I’ll post two today and one tomorrow!

The Rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

Thank you to Kaciesbookshelf for tagging me!

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1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

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This is one of my favorite books of all time and I think the opening line is so powerful. It really speaks to me on a personal level, not only because I’ve faced criticism myself, but I try really hard to never criticize other people. They may not have had a happy childhood or a loving relationship with their family. They may have been born differently, they may learn things differently and at a different pace. I think it’s a great quote to keep in your mind at all times.

2. The Magicians by Lev Grossman

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I haven’t finished the Magician series yet, but I’m getting ready to read the third book so that I can add another check mark to my “finished series” list.

But I think this quote speaks a lot about reality and being realistic about things like personal goals and growing older. When you’re a teenager and you’re planning for your college career and your future you think “I want to be a _____.” and that you’ll go through college within four years and then instantly get a job. And let me tell you as a 25 year old who’s changed their major three times, I can tell you, it’s not that simple. I have about a year left on my history degree, then there’s grad school and getting my doctorate if I ever plan on a career as a historian. And every day I have to work towards it. I also have always struggled with body image issues and only now am I realizing to myself that if I don’t start working at it now, it will “never be so”.

It’s not the most inspirational of quotes, but it’s certainly realistic.

I’m being lame and tagging anyone and everyone who’s read this post! I’ve only really been tagged once ever in a post (Thanks again Kaci). So, tag me so that I can start tagging you in things!

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Let me know some of your favorite quotes in the comments!

Top 5 Wednesday: Side Characters that Deserve Their Own Series!

Top 5 Wednesday Family

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Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I know it’s only the first book in the series and that there’s so much more to come, but I want to know everything about Rhysnand right now! I want to know how he came to power, what it’s like in his kingdom and how he even ended up running in to everyone near the end of the book? And you have to admit, even if you’re Team Tamlin, Rhys is pretty damn charming. Me+Rhys plz.

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Art3mis from Ready Player One by Ernest Cline 

Not only was Art3mis a badass in the Oasis, but ended up being a badass in real life too. Wade was a fantastic main character and I really loved him, but I always wanted to know more about Art3mis. It’s been a while since I read Ready Player One but I remember loving Art3mis a lot. Sorry I don’t have a better explanation than that.

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Isaac from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I always thought the most heartbreaking line from TFIOS was “I don’t want to see a world without Augustus Waters”. That really stuck with me after I read it and even when I saw it in the movie. His story wasn’t told in full. There was plenty of things I still wanted to know about him! What happened when he first got diagnosed? How did his ex actually break up with him? How did him and Augustus meet?

To John Green:
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Draco Malfoy from The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

This is probably an unpopular ones, but Draco is one of my favorite characters. You have to admit, he has the most character development of any character. From a spoiled little rotten toad to someone who realized that the views of your parents aren’t always right. I want to see how he was raised, what his experience growing up as a Death Eater was like and his point of view all through out the events of the series were. Maybe even what happened to him after the Battle of Hogwarts? What happened to the Malfoys?

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Yes, you Draco. 

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Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

Magnus Bane is my favorite character. I haven’t finished City of Heavenly Fire yet, but soon! SOOONNN. I know there’s “The Bane Chronicles” But you know what?

YOU KNOW WHAT?

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Magnus Bane is my everything. I think out of all the characters, he’s the only one I’d ever realistically see myself with. Sure, I do love Jace, but it would never work. Magnus4Ever. ❤

Comment and let me know your opinions on my choices! Or your answers?

Review: Armada by Ernest Cline (Spoiler Free)

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Armada by Ernest Cline (3.5/5 starts) 

I was really looking forward to reading this, I requested it weeks ago at the library and I was lucky enough to pick up my copy right after the release! I devoured this book mostly because I had a really slow Saturday at work and I had nothing better to do. After reading Ready Player One I was hyped to read Earnest Cline’s newest novel!

The Good: I did enjoy myself while reading this book for the most part. There were cute quirky little moments and so many nerdy references that I really liked. The fact that this book had it’s own playlist was amazingly cool. I didn’t listen to it while reading it, but I liked that I had the option to. It’s even listed in the back of the book for reference. I sort of wish I had known that before I started reading it actually.
Ernest Cline just has this writing style that makes it seem like you’re playing a video game in your mind, but you’re actually reading a book. It’s a strange sort of experience to say the least. But it’s also exciting and unlike reading any other author’s work that I’ve come across.

The Bad: I actually have quite a few criticisms about this book. It may be because I was expecting that same invigorating feeling that I had while reading Ready Player One to be present, and it wasn’t. The first 90 pages did not hook me at all. If anything I felt like I was reading someone’s blog post about their favorite video game. I found the description of the game to be underwhelming and that it had an unnecessary amount of detail involved. When I put the book down for the first time I wasn’t sure I was going to pick it back up. I just didn’t give a shit about it.
After those 90 pages, the plot finally did seem to move along. But I felt like I had heard this same exact plot done over and over again. GAMERS! GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY! SCARY ALIENS! EARTH INVASION! Usually I’m okay with these themes, in fact, usually I quite enjoy them. But there was too much “we don’t know” about the aliens. If this is a sci-fi book, I want to know about them, I don’t want to know about the humans. I am a human. I know about humans. They continually said “we don’t know what they look like” and that pissed me off.
My main critique of this book was the ending. I saw it coming from about page 150. I knew what was going to happen. It was completely predictable. I read a main point in the book, or more specifically a conversation and knew instantly what the end was going to be like and ended up being right. I kind of hate it when that happens. I also hate that they left it open for a sequel. I love trilogies, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t think there’s much story left to tell with this particular book. Sorry guys, I just wasn’t feeling this one. I had more critiques than good.

Please let me know if you’ve read it and what your thoughts are!