Top Five Wednesdays: Five Unlikable Characters

Note that this doesn’t necessarily mean five villains! Just five characters that you found to be unlikable. As usual, these are in no particular order and there will be no spoilers

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I only gave this book a two star rating because I just could not stand Samantha and her group of friends. They were your typical “mean girl” types. Even in the end, they hadn’t really changed. I feel like the author wanted you to think they did, but I didn’t see any significant change in their character. I didn’t feel like they were redeemed at all. The whole butterfly effect story line felt lost in how cruel and unlikable the characters were. 

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This one I actually did enjoy for the most part, but there were moments where the protagonist was being so impulsive and careless that I couldn’t even find an excuse for her. Sometimes she did things or said things that completely broke me out of the story and the atmosphere of the writing. She put herself in situations everyone (but her) knew would turn out badly and never listened to anything her friends or family told her.

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I didn’t like Lia at all. I can’t even put my finger on why exactly it was, but she certainly seemed to be pretty careless about keeping everything incognito when she was suppose to be creating a new identity for herself. I get that she wasn’t used to “average life”, but she certainly could have been a little more cautious about getting close to new men in her life. Also, some of the things she said I found myself rolling my eyes at

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I absolutely hated Greg in the book. I know you’re not really suppose to LOVE him, but the kid just didn’t make any sense. He would overly complicate everything, keep people at arms length for absolutely no reason. He was constantly complaining and whining about situations that he could have easily changed. In the end, he did get better, but not by much. Earl and Rachel were the real heroes of the story. 

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I know I’m in the minority here, but I thought Anna was a bit irritating at times. The entire book was based on Anna not being able to communicate effectively. I know, I know, she was young and sometimes it’s hard to tell someone you like them. But I felt like Anna just drew it out to the point where I was rolling my eyes. Please, Anna, grow a bit of a spine. You’re in a foreign country and you’re going back to America after. What’s the worst that could happen? Sorry, I know this is a lot of people’s favorite contemporary, I just couldn’t see eye to eye. 

Let me know your thoughts on the books I mentioned! Agree or disagree. I would love to know. 

~The Grisha Lieutenant

Top Ten Tuesday: Books that made you want to learn more.

As usual, these are in no particular order!

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This book made me want to learn more about the courtesan’s who lived during the Belle Epoque in Paris, as well as the culture of the artists in Paris. It really made me want to visit La Louvre with it’s numerous mentions of various famous works of art. 

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I’ve always been pretty fascinated by pre-WWI England. Especially after binge watching Downton Abbey numerous times (I can’t help myself, I love it so much). This was admittedly picked up so I could try and fill the void Downton Abbey left in my heart. The premise of the “old ways” of the wealthy dying out has become something of a curiosity as both a historian and a reader. 

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Even though this is a fantasy book, it made me curious about both the culture and history of American carnivals/menageries. 

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I clumped these two together because they both sparked my interest in the Victorian era. It wasn’t really an era I was interested in until I read The Night Circus, then it was renewed again in Clockwork Princess. I was really curious about their manner of speaking and the fashion. Now I’ve been inspired to write my own novel taking place in the era. 

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I’ve always loved the era of the 1920’s, but this really sparked an interest in the world of Illusion and magic during the era. Harry Houdini is one of the characters in the novel and it made me want to know more about his life. 

Comment below and let me know if you’ve read any of the ones I’ve listed or if you have any recommendations based on them! 

~The Grisha Lieutenant

June Wrap Up | July TBR 2016

Greetings and Salutations. 
I didn’t have as good of a reading month as I had hoped I would. Same as last month, I’ve been slumping a bit. Luckily, as of last week I’m really out of it this time. I’ve been wanting to read every second since. So I’m hoping I’ll catch up and out do myself this month. I’m 13 books behind on my yearly reading goal and I really want to pick up the slack. Anyways, here’s the books! 

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Books Read in June

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Hamilton: the Revolution
Lin Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
5/5 Stars

I bought this the day it came out with so much anticipation and it did not let me down one bit. Not only is there a break down of all the lyrics, but there’s also a ton of information about how Hamilton came to be and the people behind it. The book cost a pretty penny, but it was so worth it. From the full color pictures to the frayed edges of the pages and the leather binding this book is nothing short of beautiful.A must have for Hamilton fans.

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Girl, Interrupted
Susanna Kaysen
3/5 Stars

I wasn’t planning on reading this book, but one day I looked at it on my shelf and saw how short it was. I decided to knock it out and see what I thought of it. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t connect with the author’s story as much as I thought I would. I was expecting more of a cohesive memoir, but what I got was kind of just a cluster of little stories. I enjoyed some of them more than the others, but overall I’m glad I read it.

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The Diviners 
Libba Bray
4.5/5 Stars

What can I say about this other than I loved it. I can’t believe I waited so long to read this book (and made my book club read it with me!). All of the characters shined as individuals and there wasn’t a single one that I disliked. There wasn’t a POV that I rolled my eyes at when I went back to it. The backdrop of 1920’s New York mixed with the creepy atmosphere made you feel like you were on a foggy street watching all the events take place. I wasn’t at all disappointed in the villain either, I think I’ll remember Naughty John for quite a while. But I will say if I had a favorite POV, it was Memphis. He was such a lovable character I wish he had his own book. 

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Hollow City
Ransom Riggs
4/5 Stars

Such a satisfying sequel to an iconic first book. It took me a while to finish this book since I was still slumping, but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment at all. I got to see plenty of my favorite character from the first (Horace). I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the new setting, but it ended up being just as memorable as the original. I love the new characters that we meet and it left me begging to know what happened next. It left me with several guesses and questions about the world that I hope will be answered in the last installment.

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Anna and the French Kiss
Stephanie Perkins
2.5/5 Stars

Unfortunately I was pretty disappointed with this one. I heard so many good things about this book. That it was romantic and fluffy, which was just what I needed to get me out of my slump. I read it very quickly, and not because I particularly liked it, but because it was a very easy read. But I just hated the main character. She was so boring and had very little personality. I felt like there was too much emphasis put on the main love interest rather than the main character. The only parts I really enjoyed were the bits and pieces where the main character was exploring Paris and the very end. I felt like there was so much unnecessary conflict and drama in this story that I found myself rolling my eyes a lot of the time. Sorry if you love this book, it just wasn’t for me. 

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The Evil We Love: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman
3/5 Stars

It wasn’t my favorite out of the short stories I’ve read so far, but I definitely got a lot more understanding about the Lightwood’s and some background on why Valentine came to power. I do have to admit I think I’m just really wanting more Tessa, Will and Jem more than anything.

July TBR

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I admit, it’s pretty ambitious. But I really want to catch up to my yearly goal. I think I’ve broken things up enough that it’s obtainable if I really stick to it. Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of the books I’ve mentioned. As always, please do not spoil in the comments. Good luck on your TBR’s!

~The Grisha Lieutenant