Hype or Like Friday: All’s Fair in War and Magic: Magical recommendations

Happy Friday everyone,

Here is another Hype or Like Friday, the theme for June is All’s Fair in War and Magic

And the Book of the Month is:

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.
June 16th – Magical Recommendations… What fantasy books do you recommend that revolve around magic?

A Darker Shade of Magic by: V.E. Schwab

I am two books into this series and I love it so far. The idea of different London’s is amazing. Kell and Lila are some of my favorite characters. I also can’t wait to finish the series with A Conjuring of Light.

The Heir Chronicles by Cinda Williams Chima

A sort of underrated series its a magical world set within a modern setting, I am about the read the third book and I am loving it so far.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

One of my favorite books I have read this year. I also love the magical world it is set in. Safi is one of my favorite female characters, and even the supporting cast is really good.

Falling Kingdoms by: Morgan Rhodes

While many are very split about the Falling Kingdoms series, I actually kinda like. While it may come across as Game of Thrones lite it does however get better as the books go along.

The Young Elites series by: Marie Lu

By one of my favorite authors, it deals with a young girl journey into villainy. The magic is sort of seen as a mutation and those with it would be arrested. While the final book was just okay, it is still a great trilogy.

Those are my magical recommendations. Do you have any magical recommendations? Let me know in the comments below.

Top 5 Wednesday: Gateway Books to Your Favorite Genre

Happy Wednesday everyone, here I am with another Top 5 Wednesday and the topic is:

September 28: Gateway Books to Your Favorite Genre
–What books do you think are good to introduce people to your favorite genre? If you have more than one favorite genre, feel free to split it up to cover both.

Another great topic, mainly because I always love recomennding books to people especially if they want to look at other genres.

Fantasy:

A Song of Ice and Fire aka Game of Thrones by George RR Martin

If you like fantasy, especially those with political intrigue and a lot of back stabbing and many sides. I know I talk a lot about the book series, but it is amazing. Also the world building is how I measure up every fantasy novel and series that I read.

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes:

Calling it a YA answer to Game of Thrones would be an understatement, while it does sort of follow the same beats. Mainly the differing POV and seeing different worlds it is still a great series that I like to recommend to everyone who is a fan of fantasy.

Six of Crows by: Leigh Barugo

While I wasn’t a fan of the Grisha trilogy but Six of Crows blew me away. I loved how it was a heist book set within a fantasy world. I know that Crooked Kingdom is out, but I haven’t read it yet so please no spoilers.

Dystopian Fiction

The Legend Trilogy by: Marie Lu

Another favorite book trilogies, and is one of my favorite series of all time. I love all the characters and the world that Marie Lu created. I also like how politics plays a role in the series, mainly because my major in college was political science.

Fairy tale retelling:

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

As a fan of the Disney classics growing up I knew this was the book for me and also as a fan of Once Upon a Time. I love how she mixes a lot of the Fairy Tale classics with science fiction and it made for an awesome that I always recommend it to anyone who is a fan of fairy tale retelling.

That is my list. What are your gateway books to your favorite genre? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Characters You Wouldn’t want to Switch Places With

Happy Wednesday everyone, I am here with another Top 5 Wednesday and today’s topic is:

September 21: Characters You WOULDN’T Want to Trade Places With
–We always talk about how cool it would be to be a character in our favorite books, but who would you not want to trade places with?

This is another topic I love, mainly because while I love most of these characters I would not want to go through what they went through.

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.

Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games

Yes, she is one of my favorite YA protagonists but I seriously could not survive The Hunger Games. Most likely I would have been killed within the first few minutes.

Cleo from Falling Kingdoms series

In first book she loses her father, her sister and her kingdom. She is also engaged to something she hates and than engaged to another person she hates. She spends the series basically a prisoner in her own kingdom.

Nick Dunne from Gone Girl

When his wife goes “missing” he is the prime suspect. He had to deal with the media, police investigations and suspicions from the community. Yes, he may have done some bad things but he didn’t deserve what happened to him.

Hazel Grace Lancaster from The Fault in Our Stars

Because cancer sucks, and being diagnosed at a young age is terrible, but I love her spirit.

The Stark Family from A Song of Ice and Fire

I was thinking about putting just Sansa on the list, but than I realized that the entire Stark family has went through hell. Hopefully thanks to the show the Starks are finally come up.

There is my list of characters I wouldn’t want to switch places with. What characters would you not want to switch places with? Let me know in comments below.

 

Top 5 Wednesday-Unlikable Characters

Happy Wednesday everyone,

Sorry I haven’t been doing these in a while, its just that some of the topics I couldn’t think of anything to write about those.

This is one I was very excited to see and boy do I have some unpopular opinions or popular depending on who you ask. This is Top 5 unlikable characters, that are not villains. This is just my opinion, if you love these characters that’s fine, to me they were unlikable.

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.

Magnus from Falling Kingdoms

I know a lot of people ship him and Cleo, but I can’t ship it. I feel he was intended to be a “dark prince” sort of like Zuko from The Last Airbender. But I always felt he was too whiny and he also did something that I felt was unforgivable, if you read the book you know what I am talking about.

Clary Fray from The Mortal Instruments series

I used movie Clary as an example because, while show Clary comes off as unlikable she is a better actress than movie Clary. The problem I have is Clary is that she is boring and bland. I feel that the supporting characters are so much better. I also don’t care for her romances.

Serena van der Woodson from Gossip Girl series

Before you kill me, I am talking specifically about book Serena. Book Serena was very arrogant and almost a Mary-Sue. She got into ivy-league schools with mediocre grades, a starring role in movies and boys worshiping the ground she walks on. I do credit the series for at least improving Serena’s character and grounding her a bit. For the record I like show Serena.

Gale Hawthrone from the Hunger Games

Yes, come at me Gale girls! He was basically the hometown guy, he is bland and boring. While he did get better a little by Mockingjay, but unlike Peeta, he doesn’t know what it was like to be in the Hunger Games.

Christian Grey from Fifty Shades of Grey

Yeah, you know this was coming. I seriously don’t know why the girls go for him. He is basically a controlling, abusive stalker and needs a therapist and not a girlfriend. I know he is suppose to be dark and mysterious, and could have worked as a Don Draper type, but he wasn’t written that way.

There’s my list. Who are some unlikable characters from books you have read. Let me know in the comments below.

 

Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdom #2)

Summary (via Goodreads): The road to power… is paved with blood and magic.

Cleo is now a prisoner in her own palace, forced to be an ambassador for Mytica as the evil King Gaius lies to her people.
Magnus stands to eventually inherit the new kingdom but is still obsessed with his feelings for his adopted sister, Lucia.
Lucia is haunted by the outcome of the breathtaking display of magic that allowed her father to capture the kingdoms.
Jonas watched at the palace gates a troop of rebels behind him, waiting for him to tell them how he plans to overtake King Gaius.

After a bloody siege, Auranos has been defeated, its young queen orphaned and dethroned. The three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now unwillingly united as one country called Mytica. But the allure of ancient, dangerous magic beckons still, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the whole world over…

At the heart of the fray are four brave young people grappling for that magic and the power it promises. For Cleo, the magic would enable her to reclaim her royal seat. In Jonas’s hands, it frees his nation, and in Lucia’s, it fulfills the ancient prophecy of her destiny. And if the magic were Magnus’s, he would finally prove his worth in the eyes of his cruel and scheming father, King Gaius, who rules Mytica with a punishing hand.

When Gaius begins to build a road into the Forbidden Mountains to physically link all of Mytica, he sparks a long-smoking fire in the hearts of the people that will forever change the face of this land. For Gaius’s road is paved with blood, and its construction will have cosmic consequences.

My Thoughts: This is where I feel the series started picking up, especially after the way the first book ended. A rebellion is forming around Jonas, Cleo is now being forced the marry Prince Magnus, Magnus is dealing with issues with his father and Lucia is in a coma.

What I like about the book is that it expands the story and develops the characters. Cleo who literally had the worst days of her life is engaged to someone who she despises. This is where I feel her character gets some development. I also like her interactions with both Jonas and Magnus, and even though she is a princess she doesn’t put up with any of their crap either.

Jonas, also got a lot of development in terms of being the new leader of the rebellion and kinda feeling that he doesn’t have what it takes to take on the king with his band of rebels. I like his plan to kidnap Cleo on her wedding day, and hold her hostage in order to get what he wants.

Magnus is the only character I don’t really connect with in terms of development. I get that he is suppose to a dark prince like Prince Zuko from Avatar, but there are times where he sides with a father and times when you see him break away from his father and having a “dear God, what have I done” moment. I also didn’t like him lusting after his adoptive sister. I know Lucia is adopted but it just seems weird.

I also like that you get to see how much a dick King Gaius is. who I kinda envision as the Mad King from Game of Thrones

Lucia spent most of the book in a coma, but still communicating in the spirit world and trying to discover her power that her father is trying to use to take over the kingdom.

In the end I really enjoyed this book, while it did have some pacing issues and you almost felt that you needed a chart to know who wants to be with what person. It did keep me entertained to read what happens next.

Grade: 3.8/5

Hamilton Book Tag

Okay, here is an exciting Tag and it is based on one of my favorite musicals Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda, which is a telling of the founding father Alexander Hamilton. I wasn’t tagged but this excites me so I am doing it.

The musical is very good, which I may review because every song is good. If you can’t afford tickets because Broadway tickets listen to soundtrack on spotify  and you will not regret it.

The tag was originally done by maureenkeavy

The Room Where It Happens | Book world you would put yourself in

At 11 years old, who didn’t want to live in the Wizarding World and go to school at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The Schuyler Sisters: An Underated Female Character

Sabriel from Sabriel, who I see as a badass warrior but is never really mentioned along side the other leading leadies of YA

My Shot | A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them

Jonas from Falling Kingdom, I know he was a bit whinny in the first book but that never stopped him leading a rebellion against the king.

Stay Alive | A character you wish was still alive

Enough said.

Burn | The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read

If you have read the series, you know why.

The Reynolds Pamphlet | A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming

For Gone Girl, this it me by suprise. Steelheart was the defination of what I didn’t see coming and the less I say about The Song of Ice and Fire the better.

Non-stop | A series you marathoned

After reading Cinder I juped right into Scarlet and Cress and then waiting pratically a year and half for Winter.

Satisfied | Favorite book with multiple POVs

This is what I think is the definitive fantasy series and that really nails how to do multiple points of view.

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story | A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history

Lunar Chronicles really nails how to do fairy tale retelling and mixing in Sci Fi while telling a compelling story.

Harry Potter, after almost 10 years since the publiation of Deathly Hallows, the fandom is bigger and better than ever.

Helpless | A relationship you were pulling for from the very start

From the first few page, who didn’t want to see them together.

Ten Duel Commandments | Favorite fight scene

Cinder vs. Levena, the Luke vs. Vader of the series

Say No To This | Guilty pleasure read

I don’t care what anyone says, I thought the books was awesome, and better than the TV show.

Right Hand Man | Favorite BROTP

Will and Jem, Brolationship goals.

What’d I Miss | A book or series you were late to reading

Just started reading a few months ago and so far it is amazing.

That was hard but very fun. Thanks for reading!

Falling Kingdoms by: Morgan Rhodes

Summary (via Goodreads): In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword

My Thoughts: When I first heard about the book, it was described by my friends as a YA Game of Thrones, which kinda turned me off, because I didn’t want to read a sanitized version of Game of Thrones. The book kinda surprised me on how good the story was, even though I felt the conflict was started in a convoluted way. Even though it is not at the level of Game of Thrones, it was still a very good book.

Let me describe the lead characters, first is Cleo; who is the princess of one of the ruling kingdoms. At first she starts off as the pampered princess but by the end she changes. Jonas starts off as the bad boy rebel trying to hate the world because he grew up in poverty but also changes. Lucia is what I like to describe as Davina from the Originals with the powers of the Avatar, while she doesn’t have a lot in terms of development she does in future books, and Magnus; who I like to describe as a dark prince, trying to break from his King father and not really knowing his true allegiance.

I think this was a very solid first book, while it takes a while for the plot to really start moving forward, mainly because it is mostly focusing on world building in which a lot of fantasy books has to do. I enjoyed the book as much as I thought I would and was excited to see what happens next.

Grade: 3.7/5