Top 5 Wednesday: Characters on the Naughty List

Happy Wednesday everyone,

Here is something I haven’t done in a while which is Top 5 Wednesday, and the topic is:

December 13th – Characters on the Naughty List
–These can be villains or just characters you don’t like!

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones

With the TV series almost coming to a close Cersie Lannister has proven why she is the baddest bitch of Westeros. The reason she is on the naughty list is mainly all the killing and murdering she did in order to become Queen again.

Elle’s stepmother from Geekerella

All Elle does is to go the ball, i mean Sci Fi convention, and she always belittles Elle with every chance she gets. She also puts down her father and the convention in the process.

Hailey from The Hate U Give

 

A classmate of Starr’s who is basically a racist. She tends to downgrade a lot of Starr’s tumblr posts featuring Emmett Till and also belittles the shooting and basically assuming that Khalil was a thug or drug dealer.

The Boys from the Nowhere Girls

Okay, while there are a few boys who are nice, most of the boys in that high school were mainly misogynist who viewed all of the girls like objects and also lead a gang rape of one girl, Lucy, and would harass all the other girls at the school.

Littlefinger from Game of Thrones

I know, another person from Game of Thrones, but while it was nice to see him scheme his way through Westeros, he is of course not to be trusted. He even tried to manipulate Arya and Sansa but of course failed to do so. He basically started the entire conflict set up in Game of Thrones.

Those are characters who will be getting coal in their stocking. What characters are on your naughty list? Let me know in the comments below.

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Hype or Like Friday: Coming to a close

Happy Friday everyone,

Here is a Hype or Like Friday, sorry I haven’t done these in a while.

The theme for December is Outta This World and the Book of the Month is

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by JillianLarkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.

December 1st – Coming to a Close… What book(s) do you hope to read before the end of the year?

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

Earlier this year I read the first two books of this series, A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Darkness and loved them both. She is one of my new auto-buy authors and I can’t wait to read how this series ends.

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

After reading The Hate U Give, I was recommended this book. It sort of deals with same issues of race in America. I also met the author Nic Stone at Boston Book Festival this year and I was meaning to buy the book there, but it was sold out.

Hunting Prince Dracula by: Kerri Maniscalo

A few months ago I read Stalking Jack the Ripper and loved it. So of course I was excited to find out about a sequel and it deals with Dracula which makes me even more excited to read it.

Before She Ignites by: Jodi Meadows

That COVER! and the premise, but mainly that cover. I am of course a sucker for good fantasy. I also heard great things about this book and I hope I could read before the end of the year.

Hunted by: Megan Spooner

A Fairy Tale retelling of Beauty and the Beast with hunting. Sold. As most of you should know I love fairy tale retellings. I heard some great things about this book and I really hope to read this by the end of the year.

Those are the books I hope to read before the end of the year. What books do you hope to read before the end of the year. Let me know in the comments.

Renegades by: Marissa Meyer

Summary:

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

The Review:

If you have been following my blog you should know that I am a HUGE fan of the Lunar Chronicles, so of course I was very excited about the fact that Marissa Meyer is writing a new series, and this was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017.

The book is mainly told through two POVs, Nova or Nightmare; she has the power to put people to sleep just by touching them. After her family was killed, she always has had disdain for the Renegades because she felt that they didn’t save them. She was a well developed character, she really did bring out a lot of the moral grayness with bringing out the differences between the Renegades and the Anarchists.

Adrian or Sketch, has the power to bring his artwork to life. His mother was killed in the battle of Gatlin and was adopted by two other superheros who are on the council. He also has an arc that deals with trying to get justice for his mother. He deals with a lot of pressure as being the son of two famous superheroes and he always wants to be more than a patrol hero and do some real work as a Renegade. He also deals with some of the issues that the Renegades deal with.

The relationship between both Adrian and Nova was also really fleshed out. It was basically a hero and a villain falling in love but they don’t know who each other are. It added some depth to the story and made it seem like both sides have good points. It reminded me a lot of the X-Men comics, mainly the X-Men vs. The Brotherhood. Both are contentiously combating each other but also has great points.

The world building was very well done. Marissa Meyer introduced us to a world where superheroes are already established in world and they are called Renegades, who are those with powers. I also felt that there was some back story I actually wanted to see more fleshed out. Mainly the Age of Anarchy and the Battle of Gatlin, I feel that could have been a series of books on their own.

The supporting characters were good as well, mainly the group of Anarchists who work with Nova. They had their own distinct personalities to them. I just wish they were a bit more fleshed out. Hopefully the second book will do that. I also felt the villain was a little thinly developed, mainly because Queen Levena was such a great villain I kinds wish the villain was on that level.

The ending I also felt was a tad rushed. I know the book was over 500 pages but I would have liked the ending could have also been a bit more fleshed out and hopefully a sequel will better continue the story.

In the end, Renegades did not disappoint. Marissa Meyer wrote another great book and she wasn’t afraid to explore other genres. Nova and Adrian are great characters, and the world involving superheroes was great. While I felt the ending could have been fleshed out, I want to see the story continue.

Grade: 4.3/5

They Both Die at the End by: Adam Silvera

Summary:

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day. 

The Review:

After finishing this book, I just keep asking myself, why did I do that to myself. This is the third book I read by Adam Silvera this year and each one if just as devastating as the last one. But I do appreciate the fact that tells you in the title how devastating it will be.

The main plot of the book is a 24 hour period after both Mateo and Rufus receive their calls from Death Cast to inform them that they will die in the next 24 hours. After getting their calls they of course are both real devastated, and try to make the best of their last days alive.

Both Rufus and Mateo are both very different characters. Mateo is more reserved, while Rufus is more of a go getter. Adam Silvera does a good job at giving them both distinct personalities and it really shows in their POV chapters. By having them both meet each other through the Last Friend App, it sort of brings out the best in each other. They both seem as if they have nothing in common, you really get a sense of their friendship throughout the day.

The supporting characters were also well developed. Lidia, a friend of Mateo who lost her boyfriend a year earlier and now has to raise a child alone. Also the Plutos, friends of Rufus who he meet in the foster. I like how Silvera puts in their own POV, just to a little more information about the characters, and it also puts into context who Mateo and Rufus are leaving behind.

The concept behind the book is also very interesting. It kinda begs the question if you found out you only had 24 hours to live what would you do? It also ties heavily with the world around them. Deckers, those who get the death notice, get special deals and opportunities that they normally wouldn’t have. I also like the concept of the Last Friend App, for those who worry about dying alone, and they don’t have to.

In comparing this book, with other Adam Silvera’s books; History is All you Left Me and More Happy Than Not, I think this one has a more optimistic outlook. While it is a very devastating book its not as emotional as his other two. It sort of has the common message of live life to the fullest and any day could be your last, but the story is framed differently.

In the end, They Both Die at the End is another great book by Adam Silvera. He is basically 3/3 in great books. You will feel attached to both characters of Rufus and Mateo as they are really great characters. It also has a really good message.

Grade: 5/5

All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis

Summary:

Speth Jime is anxious to deliver her Last Day speech and celebrate her transition into adulthood. The moment she turns fifteen, Speth must pay for every word she speaks (“Sorry” is a flat ten dollars and a legal admission of guilt), for every nod ($0.99/sec), for every scream ($0.99/sec) and even every gesture of affection. She’s been raised to know the consequences of falling into debt, and can’t begin to imagine the pain of having her eyes shocked for speaking words that she’s unable to afford.

But when Speth’s friend Beecher commits suicide rather than work off his family’s crippling debt, she can’t express her shock and dismay without breaking her Last Day contract and sending her family into Collection. Backed into a corner, Speth finds a loophole: rather than read her speech – rather than say anything at all – she closes her mouth and vows never to speak again. Speth’s unexpected defiance of tradition sparks a media frenzy, inspiring others to follow in her footsteps, and threatens to destroy her, her family and the entire city around them.

The Review:

This was a book that I added on my TBR after hearing him speak about this book back in September at Boston Teen Author Festival. The way he describe the premise it was if it was an episode of Black Mirror, that really causes you to think about could this really happen.

The book begins when Speth decides to protest the system that requires payment for every word spoken by simply not speaking at she does so by zipping her lips at her speech ceremony when she reaches of age. It is also noted that the only reason why she has the name, Speth was because it was a very cheap name that her family can afford.

It also was a very risky move by having a protagonist who spends most of teh book not speaking because it could have been difficult to connect with her charcater, but Gregory Scott Katslouis made it so that we were able to connect with her. When she makes the bold act to not speak or communicate, it heavily affects those around her. Most of friends stop speaking to her because of it.  Speth is one of the better YA female protagonist as she wasn’t in it to be the hero, only

I also think that the world building was pretty well handled. The beginning of the book or basically the prologue gave us everything we needed to know about the world which was the copyright page for the book as well as the state of Vermaine, where the story takes place.  This was also a very different dystopian novel because it adds a lot of social commentary about communication and speaking. Even the act of kissing could cost someone.

I did feel some of the pacing in the book was a bit slow, it really didn’t pick up until the middle of the book, when you find out that Speth has sort of started a rebellion in which other people started to not speak as form of protests against the system. The main villain of the book is Silas Rog, who is one of the partners of the law firm that came up with taking every word and putting a patent on it. While he was a good villain, I do feel that he should have been a bit more fleshed out.

As I said earlier, it did feel like an episode of Black Mirror because it allows a commentary on the notion of communication and how much we take it for granted. Some of the cost of communication includes:

Two seconds of screaming costs $1.98
A request to Desist costs $8.99
A charge of Assault costs $14.99
And expressing your Scorn costs 36.99

Also communication is tracked through the cuffs people wear, and if someone can’t pay their fee they would be in a sort of debtors prison. It really handles the moral of “Words matter” really well.

In the end, All Rights Reserved was a great book that I enjoyed reading. While it did have some pacing problems, especially in the beginning, it was made up for a great protagonist in Speth, and social commentary on communication. I am very excited to see where this series goes.

Grade: 4/5

Hype or Like Friday: We’re All Beautiful-Favorite Diverse Reads

Happy Friday everyone,

The theme for November is Celebrating Diversity, and the Book of the Month is:

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by JillianLarkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.

November 3rd – We’re All Beautiful… What are some of your favorite diverse reads?

The Hate U Give by: Angie Thomas

One of my favorite books I have read this year. This is a very powerful book that I marathon through. It was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, and Angie Thomas gave us an amazing main character in Starr.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by: Julie C Dao

This is an Asian fantasy retelling of the origin of the Evil Queen from Snow White, and this is another one of my marathon readings that took me a day to read. I am really beginning to love Asian inspired YA fantasy and the world is phenomenal.

Want by Cindy Pon

This is a Sci-Fi book set in futuristic Taiwan, and it is also one of my favorite books I read this year. This is the second book I read by Cindy Pon and she is already becoming one of my favorite authors.

Six of Crows duology

This is a very diverse book, mainly with the crew that has POC, LGBTQA, disabilities and size. All of these characters are amazing, and I know I talk about this book too much but I can’t help it, I love this series.

Those are just a few of my favorite diverse book, I have a ton on my TBR. What are your favorite diverse books? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

 

November TBR

Hello all,

WIth October coming to a close it is only fitting that I give by TBR for the month of November. I may not read all of these and I may add some books as the month goes on.

They Both Die at the End by: Adam Silvera

Because I am a masochist. I read his previous two books and they were both amazing books that really emotionally gripping and from what I heard this one is too.

Renegades by: Marissa Meyer

One of my favorite auto-buy authors, I am very excited to be reading this. This is one of my most anticipated of 2017 and the fact that it deals with superheros just makes it more awesome. I am a huge fan of her Lunar Chronicles series and I am very excited to read this new series.

Timekeeper by Tara Sim

As a Whovian I am always a fan of time travel, and this seems like a great time travel book with a lot of Victorian elements. I have heard great things about this book and I am excited to read it.

Beasts Made of Night by: Tochi Onyebuchi

At Boston Book Festival over the weekend, I heard him speak about his book and it made me want to read it. It is an Nigerian-inspired fantasy novel. Also the premise sounds really interesting with the use of sin eaters.

Rebel Seoul by: Axie Oh

The author had me at Pacific Rim meets Korean dramas. I am a fan of Pacific Rim and I always like stories with big mech type vehicles. I heard great things about this book and I am excited to read it.

Those are my TBR for November. Do you have any suggestions to add to my TBR? Let me know in the comments below.