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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Funniest Characters — September 17, 2019

Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Funniest Characters

Top 5 Tuesday is something created by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm. Her blog is amazing and you can find the link to the September Top 5 Tuesday topics here. This is actually really hard. I’m trying to find characters that aren’t cliche and/or comic relief. These are the characters that have always made me laugh and smile with their witty (or not) dialogue. Hopefully, you find them as funny as me.

Dorian Havilliard

This picture was drawn by the wonderful and talented taratjah. The link to her blog, where she posts more amazing artwork like this, is here. Dorian amuses me so much. I never expect him to have a sassy side, so when he does, it always surprises me and makes me snicker.

Rhysand

This work of art was also drawn by taratjah, whom I have a link to above. Rhysand has sass that is always on point and he knows when to be funny and when to tone it down.

AIDAN

AIDAN just makes me chuckle (when he’s not killing people “for the good of the fleet”, that is). I love how he pretends to not know what humor is and then make terrible jokes at Kady. And sometimes he says the funniest stuff. I got this quote off of From Parchment To Books.

Nikolai Lantsov

NIkolai has always made me smile at his antics. I enjoy reading about him and his relationship with his Triumvirate (I hope I’m spelling that right). His sense of humor always brings to my face. This beautiful portrait was made by Melanie @ meliesscribbles.

Cardan Greenbriar

This artwork was made by the exceptionally talented Salome @morgana0anagrom. Cardan is such a unique person and the stuff that he does makes me smile. I hope everything turns out alright for him in the next book.

XOXO

Annalee

What are your favorite funny characters? Have you read any of these books? Tell me in the comments below!
The Girl Of Fire And Thorns, by Rae Carson — September 13, 2019

The Girl Of Fire And Thorns, by Rae Carson

Title: The Girl Of Fire And Thorns

Author: Rae Carson

Page Number: 423

Release Date: September 20, 2011

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Format: Paperback

Genre: Fantasy

Goodreads Rating: 3.8 (out of 71,445 people)

Synopsis

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

Elisa has always felt powerless, useless. Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king-a king who needs her to be the chosen one, not a failure of a princess. And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Fierce enemies, seething with dark magic, are hunting her. A daring determined revolutionary thinks she could she could save his people. Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young. Most of the chosen do.

Thoughts

I really enjoyed this book. It is very empowering and I like how it has lots of women with different body types. That is not something that I normally see in books, fantasy especially. The plot was also not something that I normally see.

I loved Elisa a lot. She is one of my favorite protagonists of the year. I loved her determination and incentive to get things done. I also liked how she asked for help when she knew that she was out of her depth. She also took control when needed and spearheaded quite a few things (that I don’t want to spoil). Elisa has changed a lot over the book and it made me really happy. I was invested in her character and I loved watching her change and become who I knew she was meant to be.

The plot was interesting. And I don’t mean that in a bad way. I just haven’t read a plot like that. It was very fast-paced and action-packed. Relationships were pretty important to the plot, because I was constantly wondering who to trust. There was a lot of political scheming, which I enjoyed because I always like there to be planning of some kind before everyone dives into action and we saw that a lot.

The writing was really good. Especially for a debut novel. Her style isn’t distinctive, but I think that it will develop when I read her next books. Rae did a good job describing the setting, but sometimes it felt a little bit lacking. I think that this will improve in the next book, but I can cope if it doesn’t.

The romance was confusing. It was a sort-of love triangle. Like, Elisa was sort of attracted to someone, and then another guy came along and she forgot about Guy 1 for a while. It was weird. I was happy (-ish) with the ending and the way that it dealt with all the romance. I still wish that there wasn’t a love triangle and all but at least it was dealt with (MAJOR SPOILER: by killing off the 2 guys END OF SPOILER).

I really enjoyed this book, despite some issues, and I highly recommend it. I got the summary off of the back cover. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!!

XOXO

Annalee

Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Covers of 2019 — September 10, 2019

Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Covers of 2019

I published my first Top 5 Tuesday and nothing terrible happened! Yay! So now I am back with another one. You can find the link to all of the September topics here if you want to do it yourself. This one is pretty hard for me, because I don’t pay attention to covers very much. Which means that I will be scouring my bookshelf for likable covers.

Aurora Rising, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The cover of Aurora Rising really calls to me. I really love all of the constellations at the top of the cover and the drawing of Aurora. I hope that the next cover is just as good.

The Modern Faerie Tales, by Holly Black

Even though these stories weren’t my favorite, the cover is stunning. I love the butterfly over the dagger and all of the colors a lot.

We Rule The Night, by Claire Eliza Bartlett

The phoenix and the fire in the background immediately caught my eye and held it. I love how all of the flames and feathers are so distinctive.

Rebel, by Marie Lu

Technically, this book hasn’t come out, but this cover is too beautiful. I mean, the butterfly and all of the colors coming out of it? I sincerely hope that the inside is better than the outside.

We Hunt The Flame, by Hafsah Faizal

The cover for this book is so pretty! I love the gold with the purple background. I can’t wait to read this book!

Have a Great Day!!! Thanks for Reading!!!

XOXO

Annalee

What are some of your favorite covers of 2019? Let me know in the comments!

The Midnight Star, by Maire Lu — September 7, 2019

The Midnight Star, by Maire Lu

Title: The Midnight Star

Author: Marie Lu

Page Number: 316

Release Date: October 11, 2016

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Books For Young Readers

Format: E-Book

Genre: Fantasy

Goodreads Rating: 4.13 (out of 26, 891 ratings)

Synopsis

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she’s gained.

When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

Review

This book was my favorite book in the Young Elites trilogy. I had my expectations lowered a bit after reading The Rose Society, but they didn’t need to be.

When I read The Young Elites series, I could see Marie’s writing style grow. She found her groove during this series. More in the last book or two than the first one, but she found it. Marie’s writing transported me to her world and what a ride it was. She described a world that was having its tables turned by ambitious new rulers and magical imbalances. This world was vastly different from the one in previous books, but that was okay. It interested me and all of the changes that happened to it kept me hooked me on the story.

The characters also changed a lot during this book. Some of those changes were bad, but I think that most of them were for the better. All of these characters grew closer to me as the story went on, and I wanted the best for all of them. Sadly, that didn’t happen most of the time. Some of the characters died, and some lived, at great cost. I wish I could have helped them through some of their problems. I enjoyed watching all of the characters grow individually, and as a team, and I wish I could get more with them.

I think that the plot from this book was the most interesting plot of the whole series. I loved the way that the gods were involved. It is not a trope that I normally see. I wish that we had gotten to see more of Adelina ruling her kingdom and working with her Roses before the inciting action happened. I was kept in my toes throughout the book and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. I loved the ending a lot and the way that it tied everything together. I don’t think that the series could have ended any better.

Thankfully, there was not a lot of romance in this book. I feel like it would have dragged away from the original plot and ruined the vibe of the book. There was a lot of friendship and teamwork in this book, though.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend the whole series. I got the summary from Goodreads. Have a nice day!!!!

xoxo

Annalee

Top 5 Series That I Need To Finish — September 3, 2019

Top 5 Series That I Need To Finish

Okay, so this is my first Top 5 Tuesday. I hope it goes well and I don’t accidentally blow something up. Thank you to Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm for creating this and for all of the lovely topics. And now, for my top 5 series that I need to finish.

Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi

I loved the first book in this series, which came out last June, and have been anxiously awaiting the second one. It’s release date is December 3rd, but I don’t trust it. Children of Virtue and Vengeance was supposed to come sometime this summer, but it has kept getting pushed back! I can’t wait for more from Zelie, Inan (hopefully), and the rest of the gang.

Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake

If you have been following my blog for a while, you will know that I really love this series. All of the queens are so amazing and I am so happy about who got the crown and all of the events that happened afterword. I think that Five Dark Fates comes out today (but I’m not 100% certain), so I will try to get my hands on that and read it as soon as possible.

Aurora Rising, by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

The first book in this series came out over the summer and I loved it a lot. All of the characters captivated me and I wanted more with them. I was on the edge of my seat for the whole book and I can’t wait for the sequel.

The Nevernight Chronicles, by Jay Kristoff

I read Nevernight a while ago and I keep forgetting about it whenever I go to the bookstore or the library. I want to know more about Mia and Mr. Kindly. And whether my theory about Mr. Kindly as the narrator is right. Hopefully, I’ll remember this wonderful series the next time I have access to it.

Renegades, by Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer is one of my favorite authors and I have enjoyed all of her books so far. Supernova comes out in November and I will, hopefully, be getting it then. After Archenemies, I need to see what happens with Nova and Adrian!

What are some series that you haven’t finished? Do you need to read any of these? Let me know in the comments!