Top 5 Wednesdays | WORST Love Interests

Top 5 Wednesday Squad  Top 5 Wednesdays was created by Gingerreadslainey!

This Week: Top 5 WORST Love Interests

Gallagher from Menagerie by Rachel Vincent

I get it, he was there for a purpose. But that wasn’t a good enough excuse for me. Nothing could excuse his behavior towards Delilah. NOTHING.

Cho Chang from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

I just found Cho to be very out of place in the series. I didn’t dislike her, I just thought she felt very out of place in context of the story. I get it, Harry was the age where he was paying more attention to girls, but I think the tournament was a little more important.

Red Queen
Maven from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I knew what was going on with Maven from the first few times he started actually showing interest in Mare. Something just wasn’t right. Besides, Cal was a lot more appealing.

Mal from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo


Chaol from Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

Dorian/Celaena FOREVER.

(I haven’t read Heir of Fire yet. Please don’t spoil it)

Let me know about your NOTP’s in the comments. Thanks for reading!

~The Grisha


Top Ten Tuesdays | Books & Songs

Hey everyone! It’s another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, this time with the topic of books and music! I will give my best attempt at this. I’ve chosen to go the first route and link a song to a book! Hope you enjoy.




This song makes me think of Kaz instantly.

The Archived

The atmosphere of this song captures the feeling of the book perfectly.

Clockwork Princess




I know it doesn’t exactly match the time period in the book. But I think it’s really reflective of the relationship between Marco and Celia.

I couldn’t think of all ten. I didn’t want to just substitute mediocre answers, so I cut it short. Let me know if you have any songs you match with my choices.

~The Grisha Lieutenant


The Classics Book Tag!

I was tagged by the lovely Eve Messenger to do this tag. And it’s cold out and I’m reading a classic right now, so it’s the perfect time.

1. An overhyped classic that you didn’t like
For some reason this was just about the only book from high school English class that I didn’t like. It might be due to the fact that I hate modern warfare and basically the entire idea of war and death. I didn’t find anything to relate to in this book which is sad because I know a lot of people adore this novel.

2. Favorite time period to read about
Since I’m a history junkie and I love LOVE historical fiction. So I’m going to say my CURRENT favorite time period is WWI England. I think it’s my obsession with Downton Abbey that’s fueling it.

3. Favorite Fairy Tale
Peter Pan has always been a particular favorite of mine ever since I was a kid. I loved the Disney movie and watched it over and over again when I was little. Now it may have been enhanced by Once Upon a Time just a little bit.

4. Most embarrassing Classic that you haven’t read
For someone completely obsessed with The French Revolution, it’s pathetic that I haven’t read this book yet. It’s the ultimate historical fiction.

5. Top Five Classics you want to read
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (currently reading)
– Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
– Paradise Lost by John Milton
– The Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
– Persuasion by Jane Austin

6. Favorite modern book that’s based on a Classic
I’ve never actually read one. If you know of any good ones, leave a suggestion below!

7. Favorite movie based on a Classic
It’s pretty surprising that my favorite adaptation of a classic is based on my favorite book of all time that also happens to be a classic. I thought they captured the essence of Jane Eyre extremely well in this adaptation. Most of the lines were straight out of the book. There were no “extra” events or unnecessary additions to the movie. The acting is spectacular and the Rochester/Jane feels are real.

8. Worse adaption of a Classic
The Scarlett Letter movie with Demi Moore. It was awful.

9. Favorite editions you would like to collect
The Penguin English Library Editions

10. An Underhyped Classic
I hardly hear anything about this book on blogs, booktube or anywhere. It’s a thought provoking and heartbreaking tale. But very worth a read. Especially for women.

I’m going to tag some lovely people who’s posts I really enjoy. Please check their blogs out!

Dilara from Deceived by Dreams
Samantha from Samanthafabris
Jesse from Books at Dawn
Cath from Trust in the 

~ The Grisha Lieutenant

The Book vs. The Movie | It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Hey everyone! I’ve decided to start reading those books that I’ve always said “I’m going to wait to watch those movies until I read the book” because they have piled up over the years, haven’t they? And after I’ve both read the book and watched the movie, I’ll write about it. And I’ll try to keep the time between reading and watching the movie to a minimum so I can compare them.

The Book


Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Wow. I knew that this book was going to be a love or hate for me. When you cover a topic like mental illness and hospitalization, there’s a right way to do it and there’s a wrong way. In the case of this book, it was done so well. I’m so glad that I picked it up finally.

I have struggled with depression since I was old enough to go to Hogwarts. In fact, I remember that because it was Harry Potter that I always turned to when I was sad (and this was when the books were coming out). When I was reading this book, I could completely understand the main character’s struggles and feelings and thoughts. I found myself highlighting passages over and over again just because I felt such a personal connection to them. I felt incredibly close to Craig because I knew exactly what he was going through.

My absolute favorite part of this book was how mental illness was portrayed. The other patients in the hospital and Craig himself weren’t described as “crazy, strange, foreign, scary” at all. They each had their own personalities and their own struggles. I feel it’s so important that when an author portrays a place like a mental hospital, that the patients are portrayed as people and not characteristics of their illness. They aren’t just there to be other “crazy people”. That they are people with an illness and they are not their illness.

Upon reflection, what I loved most about this book was that you were with Craig on his entire journey. You almost feel like you’re going through what he is and that you’re in the same positions that he is. You feel his pain, his loneliness and his struggles. By the end of the book you do feel hopeful and you do feel good. You don’t feel like the stigma of mental illness is there anymore, you feel almost liberated. You feel better as Craig feels better. And that’s important when you’re trying to make someone without depression understand just how crippling it can be.

And the book ends on a positive note that isn’t horrible cheesy. Which is rare.

The Movie


Rating: 2/5 Stars

Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate the movie. I thought it was actually pretty charming in a lot of ways. There were some really cute moments and some very uplifting moments. But I also had a lot of problems with it.

First of all, the characters. They seemed so bland and without personality in the movie. Craig in the book was not boring at all. He had endless thoughts and actions that made him a unique character. But in the movie he was just this blank slate character with a crush on a girl he can’t have. I don’t know if this was due to the casting or the script or what, but the main character was just a miss.

They hardly spent any time at all with Craig before he was checked in to the hospital. I don’t think it’s even five minutes in to the movie before he’s at the hospital’s front doors. We don’t get to see backstory, we don’t get to “meet” Craig at all. When in the book, it’s over a hundred pages before he’s even thinking about going to the hospital. This may have been why he fell so flat for me in the movie.

They scrambled around the characters, made some more important than others. They did the thing that I hate in movies about mental illness, they made the characters their illness. They didn’t have personalities. They just had “quirks”. We never got to know the other patients (other than the love interest and Zac Galifin-whatever), they are there to fill the space in the back. They weren’t people, they were props. Ugh.

The main miss in the movie for me was that we didn’t get to see the depressed mind like we did in the book. A lot of people would say that it would be hard to portray that in a movie. As someone who’s taken several film classes, I say NO. Craig was a unique character with his own unique human experience and they turned him in to another teen indie movie character who doesn’t come to life until he meets a cute girl. 

And for the girl, Noelle. Portrayed by Emma Roberts. She actually did really well with Noelle I thought. But they downplayed her illness a lot. Noelle is suppose to have large cuts on her face. In the movie they were tiny little white lines that were hardly noticeable. Noelle never gets to tell her story in the movie, she never gets to be a character. She’s just a trope.

All in all, I thought the movie was adapted by someone who didn’t understand the book at all. They didn’t care about portraying the characters well, they didn’t care about Craig’s journey, they cared about appealing to people who read the book. And then they let us down. Shame. 

Let me know what you thought of either! Thanks for reading!
Crush your TBR

~The Grisha Lieutenant

Top Ten Tuesdays | Valentines Day Freebie

Creators of Top Ten Tuesdays!

Hello everyone! Valentine’s Day is upon us and of course this week’s topic has to do with love. There was the option to choose from several different suggestions including things like your favorite literary couples, OTP’s, etc. I chose to do the same topic as they did on their blog.

Top 10 Swoony Quotes from Books

Real love isn’t about drama or heartbreak, real love just is.”
-Susan Dennard

“I have tried to let you go and I cannot. I cannot stop thinking about you. I cannot stop dreaming about you.”
-Erin Morgenstern

I love you.” He whispered, and kissed my brow. “Thorns and all.”
-Sarah J. Maas

“I can’t imagine a universe in which I try to unlove her.”
-Maria Dahvana Headley

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, and then all at once.”
-John Green

Heavenly Fire
“There are a hundred trillion cells in the human body, and every single one of the cells of my body loves you. We shed cells, and grow new ones, and my new cells love you more than the old ones, which is why I love you more every day than I did the day before. It’s science. And when I die and they burn my body and I become ashes that mix with the air, and part of the ground and the trees and the stars, everyone who breathes that air or sees the flowers that grow out of the ground or looks up at the stars will remember you and love you, because I love you that much.”
-Cassandra Clare

“The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.”
-Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising
“I would have been different too, without you. Weaker, reckless.” He smiled slightly. “Afraid of the dark.” He brushed the tears from my cheeks. I wasn’t sure when they’d started. “But not matter who or what I was, I would have been yours.”
-Leigh Bardugo


Clockwork Princess
Life is a book, and there are a thousand pages I have not read. I would read them together with you, as many as I can, before I die…I know how you are with your words, and, Will- I love all of them. Every word you say. The silly ones, the mad ones, the beautiful ones, and the ones that are only for me. I love them, and I love you.”
-Cassandra Clare


“I have for the first time found what I can truly love–I have found you. You are my sympathy–my better self–my good angel–I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my centre and spring of life, wrap my existence about you–and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.”
– Charlotte Bronte

Hope I didn’t break your heart too much. Seriously, I need to read more positive love stories. Comment below some of your favorite quotes!

Happy Valentines!
~The Grisha Lieutenant

Weekly Reading Update | February 7th, 2016

I’m afraid to report that I’ve hit a slump. Last week I finished Red Queen and picked up Six of Crows. I obviously love the Grisha Trilogy and was anxious to read more in the universe. I really thought I was going to continue on the track of reading two books a week like I started in January. But I suppose that was pretty idealistic.

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Now, I did read a bit more in Six of Crows last night, but I was so overtired from the lack of sleep all week that I passed out fairly quickly. According to Goodreads, I’m about 35% of the way through it. After a week of reading it. That’s simply unacceptable.

Should I just buckle down and read no matter what? Should I try reading something else? What do you do during reading slumps that help you? Please comment and let me know! I’m dying.

~ The Grisha Lieutenant



Top Five Wednesdays | Top 5 Badasses

Top Five Wednesdays was created by Gingerreadslainey. Here’s a complete list of participants. Check out the group on Goodreads for topics and more information!

This was an incredibally hard topic to narrow down characters on. I had about ten narrowed down, then had to cut some very beloved characters that are near and dear to my heart. The struggle is real, guys.

5. Alice Quinn (The Magician’s Series by Lev Grossman)
Alice Quinn is your typical “quiet, intelligent, studious and focused” character at the start of the series. She shows a talent for magic and coursework at Brakebills University bringing about the envy of her peers at the start of the series. Alice evolves throughout the series from the trope of quiet girl with no worldly experience, to the girl that uses her natural intelligence and highly developed skills to become the person everyone would have died without. In the last book in the series, Alice isn’t even recognizable from the person she was in the first book. She’s evolved in to one of the scariest people and most powerful people in the series after so many trials and tests of heart. Alice Quinn needs to get more attention in the book world.

4. Nikolai Lantsov (The Grisha Series by Leigh Bardugo)
I cannot say much about Nikolai throughout the series (because spoilers). I can tell you that he’s one of the most brave and surprising heroes in the world of the Grisha. He’s so clever, he’s able to hide his identity for years from those closest to him so that his high position in the world won’t effect his work. He befriends Aline, the protagonist and becomes essential in her quest to save Ravka from an evil dictator. Nikolai is a strategist, a soldier, a leader and always does what needs to be done. I really wish I could say more, but I don’t want to spoil anyone, please read this unforgettable series and find out all about my beloved Nikolai.

3. Kell (A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab)
Kell is a misfit of a character if there ever was one. He’s a rare and gifted traveler who can travel between alternate London’s, carrying messages between them for the nobility. In his travels he also smuggler and a con artist. He takes small magical tokens from Red London (a place filled with magic) and sells them to those without magic in Grey London which is strictly forbidden, armed with only his sly demeanor and magical red coat. Through his adventures he comes across a very strange token that sends him on an adventure across the dimensions. He squares off against the most powerful and dangerous magic users from White London, turning him in to a hero. He’s clever, sharp-witted and manages to change the course of history in the worlds. I personally cannot wait until A Gathering of Shadows comes out to learn more.

2. Celanea Sardothien (Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas)
I don’t think there’s anything about Celanea Sardothien that isn’t badass. Since the first novel, everything has been stacked against her. Everytime she seemed to gain any sort of advantage, another obstacle came along. What I love most about Celanea is that she’s so resourceful, powerful and not afraid to take control. She’s almost always left with no choices and always manipulates a situation to her advantage. She survived a fight to the death, a year in slave labor, heartbreak and so much more. But she still manages to be who she is and she doesn’t bow to anyone.
Note: I’ve only just finished Crown of Midnight. No spoilers in comments please!

1. Agnieszka (Uprooted by Naomi Novik)
Agnieszka is thrust in to a world of magic and taken by The Dragon, a local wizard who takes one young girl every ten years and then lets them go. Everyone in the village had expected her best friend Kasia to be chosen, who is the most beautiful and talented of the bunch. Agnieszka is forced to adjust to a new life of magic, violence and impossible odds. Through her own will, she gains powers she had never imagined before and takes on her world’s biggest threat, The Wood. The Dragon, her wizard captor, is the most powerful in the land and he’s very quickly outshined by her in every way. I think I love Agnieszka so much because no one had any expectation for her until she took things in to her own hands. Once she realized that she did have potential and could be great, everything started blossoming for her. She didn’t lean on The Dragon for power, she created her own. She followed every lead she could come up with a plan to fight against The Wood.

That’s it for this week’s Top posts. Comment below and let me know your thoughts and your picks!

~The Grisha Lieutenant