Wishes I’d Ask the Book Genie to Grant Me | Top 10 Tuesday

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This week’s topic is wishes we’d want the book genie to grant us.

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10. a new book from kristin cashore

Kristin Cashore wrote The Graceling Realm Trilogy, one of my favorite young adult fantasy series of all time. But I haven’t heard of any new books coming out by her and I NEED MORE!

9. a passport to book worlds

I want to be able to vacation in my favorite fictional worlds. I don’t really want to live there but I want to come and go as I please. I want to visit Hogwarts. I want to hang out in Ravka. I want to go to a day spa in Rivendell. These are my dreams.

8. The power to tell if I will enjoy a book before i read it

We as readers become pretty good at predicting this, and goodreads helps, but sometimes I just want to know if I’m wasting my time and my money BEFORE I pick up a book. With certainty. Because sometimes I only have a limited amount of free time and I want to spend that free time reading good books.

7. “fix” the endings of some books, just for me

I want to change some things about some books. But I don’t want to ruin an ending for anyone else if that’s something they loved. So I want the power for certain things to become canon, just for me.

6. the willpower to DNF

I have made a video about how I rarely can bring myself to DNF books. BUT I WANT THIS ELLUSIVE MAGIC!

5. the power to cover swap some of the ugly covers on books, or to veto cover changes mid series

We all know it sucks. We all want to change it.

4. A new book from erin morgenstern

Ok, I know I already used a similar wish but I was never told no repeats and this one is really worth it. I LOVE The Night Circus, but Erin has been working on her second book for a long time (which I know in the back of my mind is a good thing) BUT I WANT IT NOW! *grabby hands*

3. veto abilities on movie adaptations

I know nothing about film making, so I don’t want to take over, but I want the ability to say “nope, that’s stupid. Keep that the way it was YOU HEATHENS.”

2. E-book downloads when i purchase physical copies of books

Honestly, why isn’t this a thing already?

1. outlawing instalove

I will gladly give up the rest of my wishes to only have this one fulfilled. Seriously.

What would you ask the book genie for?

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Hyped Books I Don’t Feel Like Reading (Ever or Just for Now) | Top 10 Tuesday

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This week’s topic was a FREEBIE, meaning we each got to choose our own. I was having some trouble with this one until I started to think of a current phenomenon in my reading life: the anti-hype.

We all experience book hype. It’s all over blogs, twitter, youtube, instagram, etc. Usually it makes us want to pick up a book RIGHT THIS SECOND. But lately, I’ve been experiencing the anti-hype with a lot of titles, causing me to not want to pick them up (sometimes at all, and sometimes just for now). Here are some of those titles being affected by the anti-hype!

10. you by caroline kepnes

This is a creepier read that everyone has been picking up, and honestly, it is just not my genre. This is one I don’t think I’ll ever be picking up.

9. the fever series by karen marie moning

This is a series I’ve actually been meaning to pick up for some time. My good friend Sarah-Jane from The Book Life has been gushing about it since before I even knew her. But the recent influx of everyone reading it has turned me off to it…for now. This is one I will eventually get to.

8. the girl on the train by paula hawkins

Another thriller, which is just not my genre. Plus people have been saying it’s predictable. I’m on the wait list for the audiobook at my library, but I’m honestly in no rush. I might even pass it by.

7. miss peregrine’s home for peculiar children trilogy by ransom riggs

With all of the movie news and the final book coming out soon, you’d think I’d be all over this, right? Wrong. This is another one on the maybe pile. Creepy just doesn’t tend to be for me.

6. the vampire academy series by richelle mead

Iconic. But I don’t know when I’m ever going to have the motivation to pick up this huge series, plus it’s companion series. The more time goes on, the more I hear mixed things about it. I want to give it a shot, I just don’t know when that will be.

5. the selection series by kiera cass

This seems to be one of those love it or hate it series, and I think I will be part of the latter if I were to pick this up. Plus, I know how it ends. So what is the point…?

4. illuminae by amie kaufman and jay kristoff

This is an upcoming release that I grabbed an ARC of at BEA (they were handing this one out like candy). This one has been blowing up, especially on twitter and in the blogging community, but for some reason it is just not calling to me at the moment. I may try to pick it up before release just to see if it grabs me after all.

3. me before you by jojo moyes

Everyone has been gushing about this, and with the movie coming up it definitely has me intrigued. It doesn’t suit my mood at the moment though. I do plan on reading this one in the future.

2. nimona by noelle stevenson

I know I know. I own this one and everything. But I just have no motivation to pick it up at the moment. Eventually…

1. queen of shadows by sarah j maas

The book that inspired the list to be honest. The anti-hype for this one has been so real. I’m actually actively dreading reading it, to the point where I don’t even own it yet. There are a lot of things I know I’m not going to like about this book and I do not like how a lot of the series’ problematic elements are actively getting worse instead of better. Will I pick this one up eventually? Maybe. But not until I have stopped actively dreading it.

Are there any books you are currently experiencing anti-hype for?

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Finished Series I Have YET to Finish | Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is ten finished series that we have YET to finish. I try to keep this to a minimum by marathon reading my series, so that I don’t end up falling into this trap. If I don’t do that, I find myself with these unfinished series waiting around. Which is what happened with almost all of these. I also included some series in here where I own all of the books, but have yet to actually start the series (oops).

These are in no particular order.

1. The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner

I read the first book last year and enjoyed it well enough, but didn’t own the second so I didn’t continue. I plan to, I’m just in no rush.

2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor

I haven’t even started this series, but it is one that has been on my TBR for some time. I own the first book and am now trying to collect the other two in the editions I want in order to marathon the series.

3. Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

I read and adored the first book, but do not yet own the second two. I’m working on it. I would really like to finish this series this year.

4. Avalon duology by Mindee Arnett

I adored the first book when I read it last year and pre-ordered the second book, but then became distracted. I still remember the first book, so I want to read the second before I forget everything!

5. Eon duology by Alison Goodman

Another series where I own both books and haven’t started it yet, and another end of the year TBR goal.

6. Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I have read the first book, but haven’t finished the series. I’m saving them for when I’m feeling slumpy. I also need to buy the second bindup of the 3rd and 4th books.

7. His Fair Assassin trilogy by Robin LaFevers

I loved the first book when I read it years ago, but the other books weren’t out yet. Now they are and I will probably need to re-read the first one again before tackling those.

8. Anna and the French Kiss companion trilogy by Stephanie Perkins

I liked Anna when I read it last year, but do not own the other two books in the series. I wanted to read them in the summer, but I think my time for that disappearing! Maybe next year…

9. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before duology by Jenny Han

This one I will be getting to very soon as I just got the second book for my birthday, and that was the only thing holding me back.

10. Glamourist Histories by Mary Robinette Kowal

I read the first book in this fantasy of manners series in July and loved it. I own the next two books, but it is a 5 book series. I plan on picking up at least the next two sometime this fall.

So those are all of my unfinished series. What are some of yours you are hoping to get to? Any on your end of the year TBR?

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Books that Celebrate Diversity | Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is books that celebrate diversity or diverse characters. I’m going to be using this week to talk about some highly anticipated LGBTQ+ reads on my TBR!

10. Aristotle & Dante discover the Secrets of the universe by benjamin alire saenz

arianddanteThe only reason I haven’t read this one yet is that I don’t own it.

9. Lies by girlfriend told me by Julie Anne Peters

liesmygirlfriendAfter the main character’s girlfriend dies, she founds out that she has been cheating on her their entire relationship. She ends up meeting up with the other girl, and they become close. I’m interested to see how this book handles a tough topic like this.

8. Black Iris by Leah Raeder

blackirisThis is a thriller, which usually isn’t my genre, but I’m willing to try it out because the main character is bisexual.

7. everything leads to you by nina lacour

18667779This one has probably been on my TBR the longest. It’s about a main character who is a lesbian, but it is not a coming out story. Sounds refreshing.

6. What we left behind by robin talley

9780373211753_BBThis one isn’t released until September, but I am so excited for it. It features a lesbian couple, who are separated due to going to different colleges. This is rare enough in YA fiction by itself, but on top of that, one of the characters is genderqueer and they become involved with the trans community on their campus. This sounds like an original story, with plenty of diverse characters that I need to read ASAP.

5. fingersmith by sarah waters

45162Sarah Waters is a critically acclaimed author who writes lesbian fiction, and I plan on working my way through her work starting with this one.

4. blue is the warmest color by Julie Maroh

17465574This graphic novel sounds stunning, both in the story and with the art.

3. Beauty queens by libba bray

9464733I have yet to read any Libba Bray, but I hope that one of my first will be this satire featuring a plethora of female characters, one of which is trans.

2. Fans of the impossible life by kate scelsa

24039396This book is going to be released in September as well. It involves a guy who falling in love with a girl and her gay male best friend. Bisexual love triangle? Yes, please. As soon as I heard about this, I requested it from the HarperCollins and kindly received an ARC. I cannot wait to read this as soon as possible.

1. The song of Achilles by madeline miller

13623848The fact that I haven’t read this is a tragedy. An Iliad retelling, revolving around the epic relationship between Achilles and Patroclus. And it of course ends tragically. Everyone I trust adores it and I cannot wait for it to rip out my heart and stomp on it.

What are some of your favorite diverse reads?

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Favorite Books of the Year (So Far!) | Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is the top 10 books I’ve read so far this year!


10. Tiger lily by jodi lynn anderson

tigerlilyI read Tiger Lily during Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon in April and I loved it way more than expected. It was haunting and beautiful. I still think about it.

Review

9. The Sky is everywhere by jandy nelson

theskyiseverywhereI was cautiously optimistic about this one. I heard wonderful things about Jandy’s books, but I’ve been burned before. I was not disappointed. It handled a difficult topic with grace, and turned a very hated trope in YA into something with more substance then I’ve seen in a while. I will now read anything Jandy Nelson writes.

Review

8. none of the above by i.w.gregorio

noneoftheaboveThis is a recent read for me, and I was blown away. The main character is intersex, which is a topic that I have never read about before. This book handles the topic with grace while also being very informative about a topic that is frequently brushed under the rug.

Review coming in July.

7. The wicked + the divine: vol. 1 The faust act

TheWickedAndDivine_vol1-1The Wicked + The Divine has become my favorite graphic novel series, right next to Saga. I find the art stunning, and the story line has me intrigued. I cannot wait until the next volume’s release next month.

Review

6. the girl of fire and thorns trilogy by rae carson

thebitterkingdomI marathoned this entire series in May, but if I had to choose a favorite of the trilogy, it would be The Bitter Kingdom. It was such a fantastic and satisfying conclusion to a very strong trilogy.

Review

5. we were liars by e. lockhart

we were liarsI steered clear of this book for the last year due to the hype. Even then, I wasn’t in any hurry to read it and decided to grab it on audiobook. It blew me away. I loved the narration, and I was so pulled into the story that I didn’t even look for the famous twist that so many people referenced in their reviews.

Review

4. gathering darkness by morgan rhodes

Gathering DarknessThe third book in one of my favorite fantasy series, of course it was a favorite. This was the first book I read this year and I could not have been more pleased to start the year on a high note.

Review

Series Review (so far!)

3. The winner’s crime by marie rutkoski

11265077I’m still in pain from this sequel to The Winner’s Curse. I need the last book immediately. I needed it yesterday.

Review

2. the final empire by brandon sanderson

final-empireAnother book I put off for fear of the hype and I again, was not disappointed. I still think about this book almost daily, and I have not yet been able to put my thoughts into a coherent review. I cannot wait to get to the last two books in the series.

1. the grisha trilogy by leigh bardugo

siegeandstormThis should come as no surprise to anyone, as The Grisha Trilogy has pretty much defined my reading year thus far. This was the first series that I marathon read this year, and it has stuck with me. The Grisha Trilogy is now the bar that I hold every other YA fantasy series up against. If I had to pick a favorite book from the series, it would be Siege and Storm, but all of them hold a special place in my heart.

Review

What have been your favorite reads from this year so far?

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Characters I Want to Check In With | Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is our top 10 characters we would like to check in with. I actually only have 5 because most characters I am satisfied with their endings and don’t need to re-visit them. But there are a select few that I wouldn’t mind seeing again.

As these are characters from finished series, this post MAY HAVE SPOILERS for those finished series. Read at your own risk.


5. The characters from under the never sky by veronica rossi

Did everything in the Still Blue work out or did it all descend into chaos after a few years? Are Aria and Perry as cute as ever? Did Roar find happiness again (because he freaking deserves to)? These are the burning questions I have.

4. Naji and Ananna from The assassin’s curse duology by cassandra rose clarke

How did that whole relationship work out? Because in my opinion that whole situation was very open ended. We did not go through two books of angst to have those two go their separate ways after a few years of “long distance.”

3. Any of the characters from the night circus by erin morgenstern

I would love just a little short story or novella about how the circus is doing in the future. I just loved this whole book and the atmosphere and I want more.

2. warner & juliette from Shatter me by tahereh mafi

Goddammit Tahereh, where is our epilogue you keep teasing at?!?

1. Nikolai from the grisha trilogy by leigh bardugo

Nikolai is my everything and I was NOT pleased with how his story left off in Ruin and Rising. Is he okay? Is he happy? Is he still sassy? What is going on with Nikolai?! Luckily, Leigh has hinted that this was just the beginning of his story so I have high hopes for seeing my precious baby in either the upcoming Six of Crows or future books of hers.


Any characters you want to check in with?

Books I Recently Added to my TBR | Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is 10 books we have recently added to our to be read list. The overwhelming majority of these are actually books that have yet to be released!


10. The last summer of us by Maggie harcourt

the last summer of usSet to be released in May of 2015, this is a contemporary YA read about three friends who are going on a summer roadtrip. This book takes place in Wales, which is a location that I have not heard much about, and ARC readers are saying that the way the friendships are portrayed is wonderful and realistic. The synopsis also mentions a slow-burning romance, which is my favorite kind. This sounds like the perfect summer read for me.

9. vengeance road by erin bowman

vengeanceroadSet to be released in September of 2015, this is a YA Western. I loved the last YA western I read (Blood Red Road by Moira Young) and I don’t see many books fall in this genre. Our protagonist’s father was killed by a group called the Rose Riders over a journal holding the location of a mysterious gold mine, and of course, she seeks VENGEANCE. I’m here for it. And can we talk about that cover?!

8. The forbidden wish by jessica khoury

theforbiddenwishAnother yet to be released title, this one is set for sometime in 2016. But it is going to be an Aladdin retelling. Disney’s Aladdin was one of my favorite movies as a child, and continues to be as an adult, so I will not be passing this one up.

7. The sculptor by scott mccloud

thesculptorThis is a MASSIVE graphic novel about a sculptor who makes a deal with Death that he can sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands, but he will die in 200 days. He also happens to finally find love just when his time is running out. I have heard that this is a beautiful story, and the artwork is wonderful.

6. 99 days by katie cutugno

99 daysAlthough I wasn’t a massive fan of her other book, How to Love, based on the subject matter, I still found her writing style very fast-paced and I’m interested to see what I would think of one of her other books. This one is set to be released April 2015, and is about a girl who has come back to her hometown for the summer. But the last time she was home, she was the center of a bit of a scandal between two brothers. And things haven’t exactly calmed down yet. It sounds like it’s going to be full of angst and that’s something we all need once in a while. Plus I enjoy the cover…

5. rook by sharon cameron

rookAnother to be released book, set for release April 2015, about a sort of Robin Hood character who is releasing rebels from prison it what used to be Paris. No one knows who the Red Rook is, but the hunt for him ends on our main character’s doorstep, who is in an arranged marriage with a wealthy man in order to save her family. Who is the Rook, who are the characters… the synopsis is all shrouded in mystery. But it sounds right up my alley.

4. forbidden by tabitha suzuma

forbiddenThis is a controversial YA novel about two siblings who have an alcoholic mother and are forced to raise their three younger siblings. Over time, they end up falling in love. This has been either a love it or hate it novel from what I’ve seen of the reviews, so I want to see where I sit with it.

3. retribution falls by chris wooding

retributionfallsThis book has been recommended to me so many times based on my never-ending love of pirates and steampunk. This is an adult fantasy story set in a steampunk universe about a band of sky pirates. That’s all I know and that is all I need to know.

2. the mirror empire by kameron hurley

themirrorempireAnother adult fantasy novel that has won a ton of awards for the genre, this is set in a world that is mostly run by females (sign me up!). It is said to be very complex, and have a plethora of interesting characters who are all interwoven with a ton of political intrigue.

1. The Raven boys by maggie stiefvater

theravenboysI think it has been far too long that I have gone without reading anything by Maggie. With the final installment sent to be released this year, now is the perfect time to marathon the series. My good friend, Sabrina from Steakuccino, talks about this series on a regular basis and I just cannot put it off any longer.


What are some books you recently have added to your TBR? Let me know in the comments!

Top 10 Heroines | Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is our favorite heroines. I love talking about my favorite female characters (and I’ve done so before on Top 5 Wednesday) but I can never pass up an opportunity to gush about my ladies.

10. Anita blake (Anita Blake series by Laurell K Hamilton)

anitablakeThe Anita Blake was one of the first book series I ever fell in love with and Anita herself will always hold a special place in my heart. She started the series as a vampire hunter/animator (yes, of zombies) and has taken on so many different roles of power since then. I adore her wit, and her general level of badassness. Plus she keeps the company of a host of awesome (and attractive) side characters.

9. Sabriel (From the abhorson series by garth nix)

sabrielI read this series in high school and Sabriel remains one of my favorite characters of all time. She follows the trope of “girl who never really knew she had powers but is actually a badass”, but does so in a different way. She is a strong character that still shows a realistic amount of fear for her situation. And she has an ability that I LOVE to read about: the power to go between life and death, where she “binds” the dead to stay where they belong (“put that thing back where it came from or so help me”). I also happen to use her name for every video game character I ever create…

8. Elphaba (from wicked by gregory macguire)

wickedElphaba is a character that grew on me post-read. She is so morally grey, which I love, but she also really sticks to what she believes in. Her story is a tragic one, and she is way more complex than I ever expected going into the book. Elphaba is probably one of the most realistic characters I have ever read about in a fantasy world.

7. Katniss (from the hunger games by suzanne collins)

MockingjayCoverDo I really need to say anything about Katniss? She was the face of a revolution. She was strong, and flawed. She was a survivor.

6. Saba (from blood red road by moira young)

bloodredroadSo far I have only read the first book in the Dustlands series, but I adore Saba. Another strong character who takes no crap. What I really love about her is her flaws. She is incredibly stubborn, but also very driven. She is cold, but very loyal. Her flaws really highlight her strengths and I love that about her.

5. Katsa (from graceling by kristin cashore)

Graceling_coverAre we sensing a theme with my favorite ladies? Katsa is another badass, who takes no shit. Another character whose flaws highlight her strengths. She is stubborn, and cold, and aggressive, and proud. But underneath all that, she is just a girl who is scared, loyal, and incredibly brave. I love the character development we see with her throughout the series.

4. cleo (from the falling kingdoms series by morgan rhodes)

Gathering DarknessCleo is a different character than the previous ladies I have mentioned, as she is not physically deadly like so many of them are. Her strength comes from her power of manipulation and her intelligence. Throughout the series so far, Cleo has gone through AMAZING character growth. She went from a spoiled princess to someone who believes in something more than herself. She is smart and cunning, and knows how to manipulate a situation, which has made her a strong survivor in this deadly world. I cannot wait to see what happens to her in the rest of the series.

3. Lia (from the kiss of deception by mary e. pearson)

thekissofdeceptionAnother character who is not physically strong, Lia is a character who I instantly fell in love with. She is another example of great character development, even within just the first book in the series. She is loyal and determined, and she is going to end up being such a power player in the rest of this series. She has grown and learned so much in the first book and I cannot wait to see where she goes from here.

2. Kestral (from The winner’s curse by marie rutkowski)

thewinnerscurseKestral was another instant favorite of mine, because the first scene we see her in she is gambling. I love a good morally grey character. Kestral fits the bill of the last few girls I mentioned as well because she is a mentally strong character in a world where physical strength is idealized. But she is able to outwit and outmaneuver those around her with her intelligence and her ability to manipulate a situation to her advantage.

1. alina (from the grisha trilogy by leigh bardugo)

siegeandstormThis should come as no surprise to anyone if you have been watching my recent videos, but my love for Alina knows no bounds. She is such a realistic character for a world that is so unlike our own. I love the way that she embraces her powers, and those moments that she embraces who she is are some of my favorite moments from any book series EVER. I adore her character development and how she grows through each book (we do not talk about the regression in the very end of the last book… it doesn’t exist to me). Her character arc is my favorite from any series I have read thus far. I love her.

Who are some of your favorite heroines?

What I Love/Hate When It Comes to Romance in Books | Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week we are discussing things we love or hate when it comes to the romantic plotlines in books. I could write 10 examples from either, but I chose to give equal thought to each.

top 5 things i hate

5. Crappy love triangles

I will admit, I love a good love triangle. To me, a love triangle is good when I don’t know which love interest to side with. It’s a win/win. There is no favorite, either in my head or in the character whose being pursued (i.e. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson). This all goes to crap when the opposite happens. When there is an obvious “winner” from the beginning, but we still have 3 books of back and forth. 3 books of unnecessary angst. No thank you.

Example: Matched by Alli Condie.

4. Boring, too nice, too perfect guy

I like my characters to be complex. To be realistic. To have flaws. If the guy is perfect, stalwart, and true. Never selfish. Never making a wrong decision. I don’t buy that and I’m bored.

3. Promoting competition among women and/or slut shaming

These things seem to go hand and hand, and are very prevalent in the New Adult genre from what I have seen. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen a book where the male lead is fawned over by every woman he comes in contact with. The main female character will constantly point out other women falling all over him like slobbering fools, and frequently will refer to other women as sluts. NO! Number one, I have never seen women reduced to slobbering puppies over a hot guy regardless of who he is. Two, STOP THE GIRL ON GIRL HATE.

Examples: Ignite by Lily Paradis and Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

2. Instalove

There are few things I hate more in books than instalove. It is the laziest way to set up a love interest. It’s unbelievable. Give me a slow burn romance that takes 2 or 3 books to develop any day.

I’m not even going to give examples because there are so many and it would just make me angry.

1. Romanticizing emotionally abusive behavior

This may be spurred on by my recent read of Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, but nothing is romantic about emotional abuse. If I can check off multiple red flags of emotional abuse regarding the main characters, it is a problem. Especially so in Young Adult or New Adult books, where the target audience has a higher rate of abusive relationships than the rest of the population. It’s gross and it needs to stop.

Now that we got that out of the way, on to things I want to see more of!

top 5 things i love

5. Bad boy gets redemption

I love the bad boys of fiction (probably why it burns me up so much when they are lumped together with the abusive asshole characters I mentioned earlier). I love seeing a character go through tremendous character growth and come out on top. I love when a relationship helps someone become a better person. It makes my heart melt.

4. Supportive relationships

A couple that always has each others’ back, no matter what.

Examples: Aria and Perry from Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, and Warner and Juliette from Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

3. sassy banter

I love witty characters. And when a couple keeps each other on their toes, I love it even more.

2. Evenly matched

I love it when no one has the upper hand in a relationship. When a couple is evenly matched, and balance each other perfectly, without a constant power struggle.

Examples: Arin and Kestrel from The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkowski, Katsa and Po from Graceling by Kristin Cashore, and Chaol and Celeana from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

1. Couples that go from hating each other, to friends, to partners

There is no narrative I love more when it comes to romantic plotlines, and it’s probably because it usually comes with a mix of my other favorites (i.e. redemption for a “bad” character, witty banter, even match, etc.). I also enjoy the slow burn romance, and this is the perfect recipe for that. It is so satisfying when a couple we have been following for an entire book or more admit that maybe they like each other more than they originally thought possible. Few things make me fangirl more!

Examples: Lia and Rafe from The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson, Aria and Perry from Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, Warner and Juliette from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, Kestral and Arin from The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkowski, Cleo and Magnus from Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes, Celia and Marco from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern…. This list could go on forever.

Let me know what some of your hits and misses are when it comes to romance!

Fantasy Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read Yet | Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This weeks topic:

top 10 fantasy books i can’t believe i haven’t read

10. The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

I’m actually in no hurry to read this series, but I do feel a certain amount of guilt as a fantasy fan that hasn’t read this classic. I love the films and I own the beautiful collector’s editions, but I haven’t been able to bring myself to read them.

9. Clariel by Garth nix

I have read the rest of the Abhorson series by Garth Nix. It was one of my favorite fantasy series in high school, and I was so excited for the prequel. So excited in fact, that I pre-ordered it! And it has sat on my shelf ever since.

8. Shades of milk and honey series by Mary robinette kowal

A historical fiction fantasy series set in the Jane Austen period? Sign me up! Except they have been sitting on my shelf for months and I haven’t picked them up yet.

7. The seven realms series by cinda williams chima

This is talked about as one of the best YA fantasy series by many reviewers that I trust. To be fair, I’ve been putting it off because I want to have all of the books in order to marathon them. SOON!

6. Scarlet by AC Gaughen

A Robin Hood retelling with a cross-dressing heroine??? I don’t know why I haven’t picked this up! I have also been seeing rave reviews about the sequels!

5. Snow like ashes by sara raasch

A fantasy world based on the seasons sounds like an amazing concept, and the fandom for this series has already started to explode. This book was given to me for Christmas, so I hope I am able to get to it soon.

4. The queen of the tearling by erika johansen

I have wanted to read this book since I first heard about it over the summer. It is a fantasy that apparently takes place in the future of our world, but the setting is more like medieval times. I’m intrigued. This is another one that I was given for Christmas, so I have no excuse.

3. Finnikin of the rock by melina marchetta

I have heard that this series is very character driven and has amazing character development, as well as will rip out your heart and leave you in tears. Sign me up.

2. the lies of locke lamora by scott lynch

I have wanted to read this series for years. I LOVE THIEVES! And yet, it sits on my shelves. I have a horrible habit of putting off books that I know I will love, and this is no exception.

1. the mistborn trilogy by brandon sanderson

THIS IS FINALLY GOING TO BE REMEDIED THIS MONTH! I am picking up the first book, The Final Empire, to read along with #YearofCosmere and I couldn’t be more excited.

I cannot believe how long I have put off some of these books I am sure I will love. Let me know some books that you can’t believe you haven’t read yet!