Hype or Like Friday-All’s Fair in War and Magic: A Magical Duel

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 2nd – A Magical Duel… Choose some of your favorite fictional characters to magically duel one another. Who would win?! example – Harry Potter vs. Voldemort

 

Eleven from Stranger Things vs. Lara from Logan

While its not magical, part of me really wants to see these two characters fight it out. While Logan does have claws, Eleven can kill people with her mind

Winner: Eleven

Carrie from Carrie vs. Matilda from Matilda

Both have powers of telekinesis, that were both brought up by parental neglect. But Carrie literally killed everyone at her prom

Winner: Carrie

Caelena from Throne of Glass vs. Inej from Six or Crows

Both are highly skilled, while Caelena is a highly skilled assassin, Inej can sneak around anything, and when Inej makes a hit you will never see it coming.

Winner: Inej

Those are some of the characters I would love to see duel each other. Which characters do you want to see in a duel? Let me know in the comments below,

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Mean Girls Book Tag

Today is October 3rd, when Aaron asked Cady “what day it was”

So to celebrate Mean Girls day I will be doing a Mean Girls book tag. Even though I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I will do it anyway because I love Mean Girls.

The Mean Girls book tag was created by Sarah-Jane atThe BookLife

1 . “It’s pronounced like ‘Cady.’” | Which fictional character’s name did you get completely wrong?

(Insert character from either the Throne of Glass series and Court of Thorns and Roses)

I couldn’t pronounce of the character names of either series. I am so sorry Sarah J. Maas.

2. “She doesn’t even go here!” | Which character would you like to in a fictional world from another book or series?

Hermione Granger in the Hunger Games.

I know that feels random, but hear me out. Most tributes win on strength alone, but it also takes knowledge and survival skills in order to do so. And I think Hermione can definitely survive the Hunger Games, with her skills.

3. “On Wednesdays we wear pink!” | Repetition. Repetition. Which book gave you deja vu of another book whilst reading it?

When I first read Red Queen, last year I felt like I have scene some of the same tropes in most YA fanstatsy novels.

4. “You all have to stop calling each other sluts and whores. It just makes it okay for guys to call you sluts and whores.” | Which book gave you the complete opposite of girl power feels?

I felt by the premise alone, this could have been an amazing story dealing with the commentary of gender roles. But than it ventured in YA territory with dumb love triangles, which I felt was going against the themes that the book was trying to focus on.

5. “You go, Glen Coco!” | Name a character you felt like you wanted to cheer on whilst reading.

Charlie from Perks of Being a Wallflower. He needs a hug. He has been through so much in the book, and you always want to cheer him on, and hopes he finds happiness.

6. “Get in loser, we’re going shopping.” | How long do you typically spend at a book shop?

Typically an hour, depends how much time I have to kill.

7. “It’s not my fault you’re like, in love with me or something!” | Which character would have to get out a restraining order on you, if they were real?

I don’t know if I am that creepy, and I can’t think of any characters that I can obsess over.

8. “I can’t help it that I’m popular.” | Which over hyped book were you cautious about reading?

I read Shadow and Bone, a couple years ago and didn’t see what the big deal was, so of course I wasn’t rushing to buy Six of Crows. I picked up the book a few weeks ago and loved it. Now I am currently reading Crooked Kingdom.

9. “She’s a life ruiner. She ruins people’s lives.” | We all love Regina George. Name a villain you just love to hate.

Cersei Lannister from A Song of Ice and Fire. She is one my favorite villains of Westeros, and part of me wants to see what happens when she rules from the Iron Throne.

10. “I’m not like a regular mom; I’m a cool mom.” | Your favorite fictional parents.

Mr. and Mrs. Weasley are awesome parents to not just their own kids, but also accept Harry and Hermione as if they were their own.

11. “That is so fetch!” | Which book or series would you love to catch on?

It was a book I read recently and really liked it. It is a very underrated book and if you are a fan of Chinese Culture and Mythology, mixed with fantasy, than I recommend that you give it a read.

12. “How do I even begin to explain Regina George?” | Describe your ideal character to read about.

My ideal character would be smart, caring, loyal, strong, funny when they need to be, serious when they need to be and can take of themselves.

13. “I just have a lot of feelings.” | What do you do when a book gives you a bad case of “the feels?”

What an emotionally draining book, and I seriously cannot wait until what more the series has to offer.

14. “Nice wig, Janice, what’s it made of?” “Your mom’s chest hair!” | Which characters one liners would you love to claim for your own?

Basically anything that Tyrion says can be an awesome one-liner I could claim as my own.

15. “Boo, you whore.” | Name a time a character’s decision has made you roll your eyes.

Most of Tris’ decisions in both Insurgent and Allegiant.

 

All right that is the Mean Girls Book Tag. If you reading this, consider yourself TAGGED. And have a Happy Mean Girls Day.

 

Queen of Shadows by: Sarah J. Maas

Summary:

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The Review:

I know, I know I am basically a year late for the review and while everyone was reading Empire of Storms, I was reading Queen of Shadows. But I really liked this book and it was much better than Heir of Fire which I felt had a lot of pacing issues.

This book picks up where Heir of Fire left off, Celaena, now Aelin going back to rescue her cousin Aeodin who was being held prisoner by the King.  I also felt that the Manon chapters actually lead to something because I honestly thought that Manon was going to be the Danearys chapters from a Song of Ice an Fire, being so far from the action that it shouldn’t matter. But I loved the Manon chapters and she is slowly becoming one of favorites. I also liked her relationship with Elide.

One of my favorite parts is where Manon and Aelin. You see a great build up of these two characters in previous books and seeing them meet was the highlight of the book and I hope to see more scenes with them in future books

Like I said earlier, the story was a lot better paced than Heir of Fire, which I felt was a lot of transitioning and not enough plot to really get the book going. This book had a lot of great plot elements throughout the book and you actually got to see a lot of the magic that was always mentioned in previous books but never shown.

I also liked the relationship between Rowan and Aelin. While I would have preferred it not to be a romantic relationship and more of a mentor-mentee relationship, at least it felt a bit more organic than forced, like most other YA fantasy books. I also felt that Celaena/Aelin was a lot less whiny in this book than in Heir of Fire

The climax of the book is what I really loved with all of the characters storming the kingdom, and I honestly felt like this could have been a good final book of the series, if it weren’t for the cliffhanger ending.

In the end, I really enjoyed Queen of Shadows and I hope to enjoy Empire of Storms and what more Sarah J Maas has to offer in the series.It was a return to form of the series and it gave us the action that we love.

Grade: 4/5

 

 

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.

Hype or Like Friday #1

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.

For this week it is Top 10 hyped up books. For this it doesn’t necessarily mean bad, I just felt they were over hyped. If you like any of these books or series that’s fine.

Top 10 Hyped Up books: not in any order

The Darkest Minds Trilogy

This is a book series that had a great premise but the story and execution was poorly done. I mean, kids with powers should be a great premise alone, but the problem was the powers were not clearly defined.

The Mortal Instruments Series

Talk about an over hyped series. Everyone kept saying its Harry Potter meets Buffy, and of course not a bad combination but I really hated the love story, and I actually like the supporting characters better than the two leads. I only read the first two, so tell me that it gets better.

The Winners Curse 

If you read my T5W DNF, this was on the list. I felt the characters were boring and flat and the plot was messy, and when the story finally picked up I didn’t feel anything for the characters.

John Green books

Ok, the only book I actually liked was the Fault in our Stars. But than when I read his other books I felt the tropes were very repetitive. It was Paper Towns that kinda had me lose interest in his books.

Nicholas Sparks books

A Walk to Remember was a book I really likes, I also enjoyed the Notebook. But like with John Green books the book tropes become so repetitive that every book is the same story.

Shadow and Bone trilogy

I read the first book, but it was such a chore to get through and I could see the plot twist coming a mile away. I though the book was okay but no where near the level of hype.

Alice in Zombieland

The title alone should have made this awesome. But what ruined it was the dumb insta-love and the poorly written plot.

Fifty Shades of Grey

In the end the book is just Twilight fan fiction, that is really poorly written and with poorly developed characters.

Thirteen Reasons Why

Okay you probably think I am a heartless bastard but hear me out. I thought the book was good, but I think because when I read Shooter by Walter Dean Myers, that book didn’t hold back. I also felt that Hannah was a thinly developed character.

Throne of Glass

I actually really like this series so far, only in the middle of Heir of Fire. I think the character of Celaena is not the bad ass female character that everyone says she is. I also sometimes feel the romance is taking too much time from the action that everyone wants to see.

Those are my choices for the Top 10 over hyped books. Hope you enjoyed it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass) with Spoilers

Summary (via Goodreads): “A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

My Thoughts: This is where I feel that the series begins to pick up and really expand the world that it is in. While the first book was a great start to the series, this book is where I realiazed that the series was great.

First, I liked Celaena’s development in this book, after winning the tournament she is now indebted to the king and has to do what he says or he will kill Chaol. I like that instead of killing her intended targets, she lets them go and puts them in hiding. She is also told of a rebellion coming from the other kingdom and feels she is conflicted with what she has to do, and what she believes is right according to Nehemia. I think Nehemia’s death was handled very well, and that is what lead to Celaena’s development.

Chaol also gets character development, and also feels conflicted in working for the king, along with Dorian, who has to deal with his father. I know it is still a love triangle, but it’s an example of romance done right in which the characters are actually developed and you care for them, rather them having them be in love because the plot said so.

The plot also expands the world that the story takes place in. The book discusses what happened to Celaena’s parents and finding out she is the lost princess and also part Fae, which were a species that was mostly killed off. While some “lost princess” tropes are annoying this one actually surprised and had several hints throughout the story.

I think this was a great second book and elevated my love for the series.

Grade: 4.3/5

Throne of Glass by: Sarah J. Maas

Summary (Via Goodreads): After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

My Thoughts: I was recommended this book from a friend, who described it as Game of Thrones meets Hunger Games, and I could say that I really enjoyed the book. As a fan of high fantasy the world really grabbed my attention, and while the first few chapters takes a while to set things up it is a given for any high fantasy book.

Now let me discuss the characters. First is Celaena, who was an assassin who has to compete in a tournament in order to receive her freedom. I would describe her as Katniss if she went bad. She also has a bit of snark to her. Next is Chaol, who is captain of the guard and is tasked to train Celaena for the tournament who is basically Four from Divergent and I like Celaena and Chaols back and forth. Another is prince Dorian who is another suitor for Celaena who shares her love of reading. While I am not against love triangles and romances I feel that it was a distraction  from the main plot.

I really liked the plot, the tournament felt like a sick twisted Triwizard tournament with very dangerous tasks such as picking a poison, climbing challenges and hard duels, but I felt some of the other competitors could of had some development. I also liked the murder mystery plot, even though without giving too much away it felt a little anti-climatic.

In the end I felt this was a great first book of a series and despite some problems I really enjoyed the book and was excited to see what came next.

Grade: 3.8/5