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.

 

 

 

All the Series EVER (Read, Reading, To Read) Tag

Happy Sunday everyone,

It has been a long time since I did a tag post and I saw this on Donna at  Cholatenwaffles, and thought I should give it a go. This tag was created by Fadwa at Word Wonders.

I like that this tag will tackle book series that I have finished or will be finishing and also go over my favorites.

Series that I have finished.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Overall rating: 5/5

One of my favorites. Love this series so much. A great mix of fairy tale retelling with science fiction.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Overall rating: 4/5

One of my favorite trilogies, with Katniss being one of my favorite characters. I love the world it is set in, and is one of my favorite dystopians.

Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu

Overall rating: 4/5

Another great dystopian series. Love both characters of Day and June. While I felt the ending was off it was still an amazing series.

Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth

Overall rating: 3/5

While I really loved the first book, and second book was pretty good as well, it was the third book that fell off, and I am not talking about the ending. It was a series I felt that was getting weaker.

The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner

Overall rating: 3.5/5

I actually really liked this series. I know it has its problems, but I loved the characters and how they interacted with one another.

The Darkest Minds trilogy by: Alexandra Bracken

Overall rating: 3/5

I thought this series was good but overrated. I liked the concept of kids with powers but I didn’t really feel that the powers connected with the story and I also felt that the powers were not clearly defined.

Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

Overall rating: 5/5

I know, I know. But I love this series so much. What more than I can say.

Series I am currently reading:

The Young Elites trilogy by: Marie Lu

I loved her Legend trilogy and so far this series is amazing. Can’t wait for the last series to see how it ends.

Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown

I recently finished the first book and loved it, and kicking myself into wondering how I didn’t read this series earlier.

An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir:

I loved both of these books. This is one of my new favorite series. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Throne of Glass/ A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas.

After seeing most of my blogger friends reading both of these series, I decided to start reading them, and I like them both. I am on Queen of Shadows right now and I really like this series so far.

Six of Crows duo-logy by: Leigh Bardugo

I wasn’t a fan of her Grisha trilogy, but Six of Crows blew me away and I loved it. Can’t wait for Crooked Kingdom.

Books to be read:

Labyrinth Lost by: Zoraida Cordova

The premise looks amazing and I like to see more diverse authors coming into YA

And I Darken by Kiersten White

I am usually not a cover person, but the cover looks great, and I have heard some good things about the book so far.

There is my tag list. Is there any other books or series I should read? Let me know in the comments below.

I also Tag:

Alex at Young at Heart

Megan at Book Slayer Reads

Aria at What Aria Loves

Jillian at Rant and Rave Books

And also YOU. If you are reading this consider yourself tagged.

Have a good one.

Top 5 Wednesday: Books You want as TV Shows

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

September 14: Books You Want to See as TV Shows
–With fall TV season starting up, this seems relevant.

I love this topic. Mainly because with a lot of the YA adaptations have been very hit-or-miss, I really think a TV adaptation can be much better than film because characters can become fully developed and it isn’t forced to take a 600 page book into a 2 hour run-time. Great examples include; Game of Thrones, The 100 and Dexter.

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.

Zeroes by: Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti

I know only one book has been published, with another being released later this month, but with the comic book boom which is now going to television with shows like; Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Arrow, Flash and Legends of Tomorrow it would be a really good addition to the roster of super powered people.With a good cast and writers it could be a good series.

The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu

One of my favorite book trilogies. While a movie may be great, I think a TV show will be much better, and I think they could add a lot of things that wasn’t in the book that could have been expanded like the political world the series is set in. I could serve as an epic 13 episode limited series.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Yes I know, I love the Lunar Chronicles and even though I would like to see a movie series of this book, I could see this becoming a TV show. Much like Once Upon a Time it has fairy-tale characters but it also mixes with the science fiction genre. Characters and worlds could be expanded upon, and I feel a TV show will give the book justice.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

I know a movie came out and while the movie was all right it just felt more like a pilot episode than an actual movie series and with a better cast and writers a series could work. Sort of like what happened with The Mortal Instruments, after the first film flopped and the sequel was canceled it became a TV show, this could be the same.

The Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter

A very underrated series but it is one my favorites. I know a movie was supposedly in the works but that was years ago and a TV show can work it could work as a Buffy meets Alias type of series.

There is my list for Books that should be TV shows. What books would you like to see as TV shows? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Characters I am Mostly Like

Happy Wednesday everyone,

For this week Top 5 Wednesday it is characters you are mostly 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

Charlie from Perks of Being a Wallflower

Charlie, like myself started of introverted. Mostly throughout my life I was a wallflower and it took me a while to really branch out. I also had dreams of becoming a writer.

Park from Eleanor and Park 

Like Park, I was always geeky and still am. Spent most of my time reading comics and making mixtapes before Itunes and Spotify took over. Also like Charlie he started off as a loner.

Stanley Yelnats from Holes

There was a time when I always felt that I have had bad luck, and that what Stanley always faced which led him to Camp Greenlake. Even while in camp he always looked at things in a positive way.

Samwise Gamgee from Lord of the Rings

While Frodo is said to be the main hero, Sam is the one who saved the day. Like myself he is always there for his friends and will do anything to protect them.

June Iparis from Legend Trilogy

June is very smart, and she always thinks logically before anything. As someone who thinks a lot about their studies I relate to her. Her logic also has her see things that others don’t.

That is my list. Let me know what characters you are mostly like in the comments.

Top 5 Wednesday: Rainy Day Reads

Today is Wednesday and here i my top 5 rainy day reads. This was hard to do because it is hard to describe what would consist of a rainy day read. So I am putting books that make me feel good on a rainy day.

Top 5 Wednesday is group on Goodreads open to everyone. It was started by Lainey at gingerreads.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

This is a nice book on a rainy day because it is short, sweet, and it has a good story. I don’t usually pick up contemporary books but this one impressed me.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This is one of the first YA books I read , so it has sentimental value, and perfect to read while snuggled in a rainy day.

Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu

Sometimes on a rainy day, I like to read something more action packed and engaging. This is one of my favorite series to read over and over and it is perfect on a rainy day.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by JK Rowling

This is another one that has had sentimental value for me because it is one the first books that I read on my own. Also during rainy days it is perfect if you want to feel nostalgic.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This is another feel-good book to read on a rainy day. It is one the best books I ever read and one of the very few 5/5. I love the story, the characters and everything about this book. Here is my review.

 

Disney Book Tag

All right here is another book tag that looked interesting because I love Disney and why not combine it with books

It was saw it in Angie’s Blog so I decided to give it a try.

The Little Mermaid-a character who is out of their element or a “fish out of water.

My answer would be Cress from the Lunar Chronicles. After spending most of her life in a satellite, the way she looks at the world is amazing and is literally experiencing everything for the first time and that is what I love about the character.

Cinderella-a character that goes through a major transformation

Neville Longbotton from Harry Potter. A character that started off as dweeb that everyone picks on to basically the hero of the entire series, lead Dumbledore’s Army while Harry was away and stood up to Voldemort himself.

Snow white-a book with an eclectic cast of characters

The Lunar Chronicles. Each of the characters all play role in defeating Levena and work together. They are basically the Fairy Tale Avengers. They all have different personalities and skill sets that make them different from one another but also relate to each other.

 

Sleeping Beauty: a book that put you to sleep.

The Winner’s Curse: I know this book has a fan base but I really found the book to be very boring and uninteresting. The characters were very flat and the plot was weak.

The Lion King – a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood

Eden from the Legend Trilogy: He had most of family killed aside from Day. Then gets experimented on by the Republic which blinded him temporarily.

Beauty and the Beast – a beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful

A Song of Ice and Fire-mainly A Dance with Dragons. When I first saw the book and how huge it was. But the book was so good it only took me two days.

Aladdin – a character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse

Queen Levana from Lunar Chronicles: She always wanted to be loved and the crown. But at the cost of her sister, and the man she loved.

Mulan – a character who pretends to be someone or something they are not

Arya Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire: She spends a majority of The Clash of Kings pretending to be a boy in order to protect herself.

Toy Story – a book with characters you wish would come to life

Harry Potter. I know most people have this as an answer but come on who wouldn’t wish the Harry Potter characters were real.

Disney Descendants – your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character

Tywin Lannister from a Song of Ice and Fire. While Joffrey and Cersei are more crazy and evil. Tywin is a planner, a strategist and knows how to get things done and make alliances in order to become more powerful.

That’s it. I know most of my choices were from Harry Potter, Lunar Chronicles and A Song of Ice Fire but those are my favorite book series.

If you want to take part and if you are reading this than you are tagged.

Champion by Marie Lu (Legend #3)

Summary (Via Goodreads):

He is a Legend.

She is a Prodigy.

Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this final book in the trilogy. I liked that is focused mostly on the war between the Republic and the Colonies, but not in the military way, but more with political strategy. 

As Prodigy ended, June is now training to be Princeps-Elect, which is the basically the Vice-President, while Day is working for the Republic Army. I like that they are separate throughout most of the book, because it gives both characters a chance to fully develop. 

The book also takes a look inside what the rest of world looks like. For example how Africa, kinda became a super power along with Antarctica, with Anden trying to get aid from both of those regions. It took a look at the political sides of things and the deals that countries has to make. Mainly it’s the POLISCI major in me that really liked it.

Now here is where I get into spoiler territory regarding the ending so highlight here: My main problem with the ending is how Day lost his memory, because he was shot by Commander Jameson, and then in a dream sequence sees his mother and I was thinking that he was actually going to die and I would have been satisfied but then find out he just lost his memory and didn’t remember June, if you saw my Totally Should Have Book Tag., I sort of explain why I felt the ending needed to change because it should have been had Day die and it most likely would have been a stronger ending without having his memory erased and another a downer ending. 

Then the book goes ten years later,, in which June is living in the Capital of the Republic, while Day lives in Antarctica. If I were to describe a positive about the ending was the back and forth between Day and June, having Day wonder if he has seen June before and then in the end has Day ask June out for dinner. 

Now as a final book of the series, I can say is that I enjoyed the series, regardless of the ending I feel that the characters hold onto to you. While it isn’t as strong as Prodigy, the book gave me a sense of finality. I liked that it focused on the war between the Republic and Colonies and felt there was closure with the characters, even though it wasn’t good closure. It is another series I am always happy to revisit.

Grade: 4/5