Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Villians

Happy Wednesday everyone, and here is another Top 5 Wednesday.

Today’s topic is favorite villains: While we all love our heroes, but a great villain really makes the story great.

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.

Queen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles

Both an evil queen and a wicked step mother. She is willing to do anything and everything to get what she wants, including setting a plague on Earth and using an antidote as leverage to marry the Emperor. She also kills her sister and almost kills her niece, and keeps trying to kill her niece in order to become Queen.

Commander Jameson from Legend Trilogy

A cold hearted commander who is willing to everything to maintain the status quo and killing anyone who gets in her way. She is even willing to kill the Elector, in order to keep things how they are when he wants to change things.

Amy Dunne from Gone Girl

She sets up her husband for her murder, in order to send him to jail and give him the death penalty. She manipulates everyone in order to get what she wants. Her punishments also ruins the lives of other people, including an old prep school classmate and an ex-boyfriend.

Ramsey Bolton

I was thinking of other villains from the Song of Ice and Fire; King Joffery, Tywinn Lannister and Queen Cersei. But Ramsey Bolton in another kind of evil, while King Joffrey was more drunk with power, Ramsey takes a pleasure of killing and sees it as a game. While I am mostly going by the show he kills his infant brother and its mother in order to maintain control of the North.

The Commandant from An Ember in the Ashes series

She is another military leader who rules with an iron fist. It is also scary that she is mother of Elias, the main protagonist and even has an almost hatred of him. She even tries to kill him slowly and painfully by poisoning him. She also manipulates everyone and even sets up Helene in A Torch Against the Night.

Those are my favorite villains. Who are your favorite villains? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Heartless by: Marissa Meyer

Summary:

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

The Review:

This was another anticipated of the year. I am a huge fan of the Lunar Chronicles series and I wanted to see her interpretation of of Wonderland and the Red Queen’s backstory, and it didn’t disappoint.

At first I like that Catherine started off as a normal girl who dreams of owning her bakery instead of royalty, while it did come across as a Disney princess who dreams of something more, the story was framed differently. It reminded me a lot of the movie/musical Waitress about a women who dreams of owning her own bakery but sometimes life gets in the way. She, of course is forced to marry the king and she really doesn’t want to and she falls in love with Jest, the court jester.

I like her relationship with Jest, it reminded me a lot of Wicked in a sense with Elphaba and Fieryo’s relationship and sometimes the song “As Long as You’re Mine” comes off in their scenes together. While it was the cliched forbidden and secret romance the characters were framed better. Jest was a good character and I liked his character arc, but I don’t want to get into it without spoiling anything.

I also liked her interpretation of Wonderland, her writing was very descriptive and it put us back in Wonderland, without trying to make a prequel with a lot of forced references and it flowed a lot better within the story.I pictured mostly the Disney animated movie when I thought of Wonderland.

My only gripe with the story is that it started off very slow and it wasn’t as plot heavy in the first half of the book but mostly devoted to character development, its the second half of the book is where the story really picks up and you see how Catherine becomes the Red Queen, but I also felt that it was a bit rushed and I would have liked to see some build up  before she turns completely evil.

In the end, I think Heartless was a great book and it was a good take on Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland, and the world of Wonderland. I know this is a stand alone book but I hope to see more of Marissa Meyer’s work. I heard she is doing one on superheroes.

Grade: 4/5

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Want to-Reread

Hello and Happy Wednesday everyone, and for those in the US Happy Thanksgiving! And here is another  Top 5 Wednesday, and sorry that I haven’t done these in a while.

November 23: Books I Want to Re-Read
–Though it seems like we are all constantly chasing the next upcoming release, let’s take a trip down memory lane and talk about some books that we’d like to re-visit.

Another great topic, because there are times that I love rereading books especially those that I really like.

Six of Crows duology

I love this series, its one of my favorites. I love all the characters in this series, and I want to see more of those characters, but it did end well and I love both books.

The Hunger Games trilogy

Another favorite trilogy of mine, I remember reading the books when the first came out loving it, seeing the movies and liking those as well. I always wanted to do a series re-visited and talk about what I thought of the series and why I love them. It may come in 2017.

The Gossip Girl series

This was a series I read back in high school/college and it was mainly because my sisters read them and wouldn’t shut up about them so I decided to give them a read and I actually liked the books. While it may be classified as a “guilty pleasure” read it was surprisingly good and very different from the show. I also may out that in my series revisited posts.

The Gallagher Girls series

Another series I read back in high school and I actually reread the first two books over the summer and realizing how much I like the series. It was a sort of Buffy meets Alias, in which girls are enrolled in a spy school in the cover of a prep school. Another book series I may do a series revisited post.

The Lunar Chronicles

Another one of my all time favorite series which is basically Star Wars meets fairy tales. I love all the characters and how each book is a retelling of classic fairy tales in a futuristic world. This is a series I always would would to read again and again.

That is the books I would love to reread. What books would you like to reread? Let me know in the comments below! And have a Happy Thanksgiving.

 

 

Gilmore Girls Book Tag

With the upcoming revival coming back and also the fact that the UP channel is playing an every Gilmore Girls ever marathon, why not do a tag of one of my favorite shows Gilmore Girls. And yes I am a Gilmore Guy. I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I thought it would be fun to do. This tag was created by punksandpaperbooks.

Lorelai-A character with a witty or sarcastic sense of humor

Tyrion Lanniseter from A Song of Ice and Fire. As a former hand to King Joffrey, we always knew what to say in the toughest of times, and he always had a good wit about him.

Rory – Your favorite classic

Matilda by Roald Dahl. It was one of the first chapter books I read, and it is of course my favorite classic because I can relate a lot to the character of Matilda and her love for reading.

Luke – A book you secretly love, but are afraid to admit.

I pick Gossip Girl, while most would think of the show, and I know it would be a cliche for me to say this but, the book is better. I was in high school/college when the book came out, and it would be weird as a guy to say that I openly love Gossip Girl, but I do.

Lane – A musical character

I pick August from This Savage Song. He carries around his guitar not just because he loves music but it is also his weapon and how he uses his powers.

Dean- Your first book love (character or book you first loved!)

Hermione Granger, what can I say. I like my ladies smart and bookish.

Sooki – A book you’ve devoured

Champion by Marie Lu, it took an entire bus ride from Boston to Washington DC to read the book from start to finished and I loved it.

Jess- A book you love, that gets the most hate.

Despite what people may think of the story, I actually like the series a lot. I love the characters and how they interacted with each other. The movies, were pretty bad and didn’t follow the book.

Miss Patty – A book that was ruined by the hype

I was told that this was a Harry Potter meets Buffy, and when I finished the book I just felt a very “meh” feeling towards it. But this was a book I felt was way over hyped. I am currently reading Lady Midnight and I like what I am reading so far.

Emily Gilmore – expensive book

While the other Song of Ice and Fire books I bought were paperback, this is the only hard cover and boy it was very expensive compared to the other books.

Paris – An uptight character

Radu, from And I Darken, he was very whiny in the book and very uptight, hopefully like Paris he loosens up in future books.

That is my Gilmore Girls Book Tag. Can’t wait for Gilmore Girls to come out on Friday, in which I will be binge watching.

If you are reading this consider yourself tagged.

 

My Lady Jane by:Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

Summary:

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England.

The Review:

Another book from my TBR list, and the premise really intrigues me because I like alternative history books, and this is an alternative history book with a little bit of fantasy mixed in.

This is a book where I loved all three main characters. The book is told from three POVs, Jane, Edward and Gifford; and they all have distinct personalities so you could easily differentiate the chapters from one another. Jane is a princess who is forced to marry a stranger in order to secure an alliance, Gifford or “G” as he is in the book, who is training to be king and Edward, who is trying to protect his throne.

My favorite is Jane, mainly because I like her snarky attitude especially with her relationship is Gifford. While it does start as the cliched two people who are forced to marry each other so they hate each other in the beginning and than fall in love, the story was framed better because the characters were very well developed. Also with Edward, I did like his relationship with Grace, who is a character I would have liked to see more of.

My main plot is basically a historical retelling with fantasy elements and the fantasy elements involves shape shifters, and as a fan of Animorphs of course I love animal shape shifters, and the book actually did a good job at introducing that elements in the book.It also did a good job at setting up the conflict between the shape shifters and those who hate them. I also like how the book even breaks the forth wall and admits that the story is not true. Basically its Princess Bride meets Monty Python, but I would have liked to see more of the characters break the forth wall.

I also liked some of the supporting characters such as Queen Mary, who was sort of an antagonist of the book, trying to take her cousin Edwards throne, and of course if you paid attention in History you know what happens. But I would have liked to have seen more of future Queen Elizabeth and have her character become more developed, even though you know her story.

In the end, My Lady Jane was a great book that did a good job at retelling historical events, while mixing it with fantasy. I really hope that this isn’t the last I read of all three authors and I would like to see the authors tackle other historical events and retell them.

Grade: 4.5/5

Hype or Like Friday: Books I’m Thankful someone recommended me.

Happy Friday everyone,

The theme for November’s Hype or Like Friday is about what we’re thankful for and the book of the month is Three Dark Crowns

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Jillian, Larkin, 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.

Friday, November 11th-I’m Thankful Someone Recommended Me… (You can list as many book as you want that you are thankful that someone recommended to you.)

Red Rising series by Pierce Brown

I was recommended this series by the lovely Jillian @RantandRaveBooks. I kept hearing about this book a lot and it really wasn’t until Jillian gave her rave review about is when I finally decided to pick it up and I loved it. I only read Red Rising, but I will be definitely be reading Golden Son and Morning Star. Thank you Jillian!

Six of Crows

While I wasn’t a huge fan of the Grisha trilogy. This was recommended by a friend of mine who said even though I didn’t love the Grisha you will definitely love this book and, of course I loved it. I love the characters and the fact that it was a heist book, and it had me at heist.

Cinder by Marie Lu

A few years ago a women I was seeing recommended this book to me because she saw that I love Disney movies and I also love retelling. She let me borrow this book and I liked it, but than she recommended me the sequel Scarlett and that is where I loved the series.

Saga by: Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staple

The same women I was seeing, also recommended me Saga. She said it was basically Star Wars for adult and I think that was an understatement. It is amazing from start to finish. Volume One starts with a women giving birth and than being on the run. That should easily grab your attention.

Those are the books I am thankful that someone recommended me. Which books are you thankful that someone recommended you? Let me know in the comments below!

WWW Wednesday Nov 9th 2016

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I heard a few things about this book and I decided to give it a read. It had a pretty interesting premise.

What did you recently finished?

A book that was on my TBR since the summer. I gave it a 3/5, it was a good read, but I wish that it dived more into the lore.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I loved the Lunar Chronicles, and I was very excited to see that she was writing another book. I heard this is a stand alone though.

That is my WWW Wednesday. What books are you currently reading? What have you recently finished and what will you read next? Let me know in the comments below!