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Top 5 Wednesday: Ideal Mash-Ups

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. This week’s topic is Ideal Mash-Ups. This refers to existing pieces of entertainment that are paired up to explain the concept of another product. An example of that would be “Star Wars meets The Hunger Games.”

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  1. Anastasia + Furyborn = A story of an orphan with no memories who discovers she has powers that could save the world or end it.
  2. Glee + The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo = A story that explores the path and hardships of becoming the most famous singer of a generation.
  3. The Diviners + Sense8 = A group of people with supernatural abilities are linked to each other and have to solve a murder mystery before it’s too late.
  4. Lie to Me Six of Crows = A group of morally gray people use psychology to solve murders while also causing chaos around the city.
  5. Stranger Things + The Shadowhunters Chronicles = People with supernatural abilities are sucked into a different dimension and have to fight demons in order to survive and return home.

That’s it for my ideal mash-ups! These are probably not the main things I’d like to see in a book, movie or TV show; I completely forgot everything I might like while coming up with this list. But the things I could come up with would be really fun to read/watch. What is your ideal mash-up?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Auto-Buy Fantasy Authors

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. This week’s topic is Auto-Buy SFF Authors. (I don’t read Sci-Fi, so I will only be mentioning Fantasy authors.)

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  1. Leigh Bardugo – Leigh Bardugo writes excellent morally gray characters, from the villain in her first series (who is my favorite villain of all time), to her main characters in the Six of Crows duology. There are only two books by her that I haven’t read, though I do own them and plan to read them soon.
  2. Cassandra Clare – Cassandra Clare writes the Shadowhunter Chronicles, which is a world that I love. Her characters aren’t the best I’ve ever read about, but I can’t get enough of the world. (And the characters do get better with each series she writes about, which is great.) She will likely be one of my auto-buy authors for years until the Shadowhunters Chronicles are finished.
  3. Sarah J. Maas – This one is interesting because I buy all of Sarah J. Mass’s books, but I don’t love them. There are several books by her that I’ve enjoyed, though they are more annoying than enjoyable. Still, I keep buying and reading all of them.
  4. V.E. Schwab – I’ve only read this author’s Adult books (she publishes Young Adult books under the name Victoria Schwab), and I haven’t loved any of them. However, her stories are easy to read and I like her as a person, so I keep buying and reading her books.
  5. Amanda Foody – This is another case of liking the author as a person. I haven’t read either of her two books yet, though her new book, Ace of Shades, just came out and I plan to read it in either April or May. Once I read that, I will figure out for sure if Foody is going to keep being one of my auto-buy authors.

Are there any Sci-Fi or Fantasy authors who are on your auto-buy list? If so, who are they?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is books I loved but will never re-read.

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  1. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
  2. We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
  3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  4. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
  5. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
  6. The Diviners by Libba Bray
  7. Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda
  8. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
  9. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
  10. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

That’s it for my list of books I loved but will never re-read, whether it’s because they’re too long or I think I wouldn’t like them as much if I read them again. I still consider all of these books to be good; I just don’t think it’s likely that I’ll ever re-read them. What’s one book you loved but will never re-read?

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“Waiting On” Wednesday: Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event that was hosted by Breaking the Spine, in which people talk about a book they are highly anticipating. For me this week, that book is Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody.

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Book title: Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1)
Author: Amanda Foody
Publication date: April 10, 2018

Summary:

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Liked that were in Non-Favorite/Disliked Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, bloggers compile a list compiling ten items that fit a certain topic. This week’s topic is characters I like that were in non-favorite/disliked books.

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    1. Eris Dodd-Radson (The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee) – Eris was the only reason I didn’t hate The Thousandth Floor. I found her to be the most likable character and I was rooting for her the whole time. However, I did have a lot of problems with the book itself. I rated it three stars on Goodreads, but only because I enjoyed reading about Eris. Realistically, the book deserves less stars.
    2. Maven Calore (Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard) – Similar to Eris, Maven was the only character I liked from the book he was in. He seemed to be a complex but enjoyable character, and he was the reason I almost continued the series. I eventually decided not to keep reading the series because I suspected it would make me stop caring about Maven.
    3. Hastra (A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab) – Hastra is a very small character in the Shades of Magic series, but I liked him because he was the only character who was 100% good in a world that corrupted people. He made reading a not-so-great book more bearable.
    4. Samirah al-Abbas (The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan) – Unlike the rest of the characters mentioned above, I don’t care about Sam that much, but she was the smartest character in The Sword of Summer, and I liked her for it.
    5. Bitterblue (Graceling by Kristin Cashore) – Bitterblue was a child and daughter of an evil king. She was so smart for someone her age and the most adorable character in GracelingGraceling itself was not a bad book; I thought it was just okay.

6. Adam Parrish (The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater) – This is kind of cheating because I loved The Raven Cycle when I first read it, and I haven’t read it again. However, I didn’t like the last book in the series and know I wouldn’t like the series if I ever read it again. I still think Adam Parrish is a fantastic character, though. He’s one of my favorites.
7. Raffe* (Angelfall by Susan Ee) – I used to love Raffe when I first read Angelfall. I don’t know why. He doesn’t actually fit in this list anymore.
8. Adrian Ivashkov* (Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead) – The same thing can be said about Adrian from Vampire Academy. I liked him because I thought he was funny. After reading Bloodlines, in which he is a main character, I don’t like him anymore.
9. Sebastian (The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare) – I like some of the books from The Mortal Instruments (particularly City of Heavenly Fire) but not as much as I liked Sebastian. He was my favorite villain of all time for years; now he’s my second favorite.
10. Uriah Pedrad* (Divergent by Veronica Roth) – This is a little less accurate because I liked Uriah based on content that I found outside of the series. In the series, he was an average character. He is another character I don’t care about anymore.

This list was a lot harder to make than I expected. I had to include some characters that I used to like but don’t like anymore (marked with an asterisk). However, it was really fun to think about characters that I constantly forget because I didn’t like the book.

Who is a character you like from a book (or movie or TV show) that you don’t like?

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Book Review: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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Book: Vicious
Author: V.E. Schwab
Publication date: January 20, 2015

 

Plot: Vicious follows Victor Vale, an ex-con with ExtraOrdinary abilities looking to get revenge on his college roommate, Eli Cardale, for something that happened when they were still in college. The book is split between two timelines: the present, when Victor has just gotten out of jail, and ten years into the past, when Victor and Eli were still friends and trying to discover a way to gain ExtraOrdinary abilities.

Plot is always tricky for me to talk about when it comes to V.E. Schwab’s books. All of her books have a clear plot, but the characters are always the main focus. This can be a good thing but with Schwab’s books, I always feel detached from the plot despite it being right there. Something that I found interesting is that at first it felt like the main storyline took place in the past but, as the book goes on, the present overtakes the plot and becomes the main storyline.

Characters: The characters were interesting because none of them were either completely good or completely evil. All of them did bad things, and one of them thought he was the only good person out of all of the characters — but he was the one causing the most damage and pain.

Although I didn’t love any of the characters, the author succeeded at making me feel what the main character was feeling. Near the beginning, Victor was friends with Eli. He admired him, though there was a lot of bitterness and jealousy involved. I didn’t care about Eli but while Victor did care about him, I felt as though I was a little bit in love with and hated Eli a little bit at the same time. However, when Victor’s feelings for Eli were simplified into just hatred, all I felt for Eli was dislike. The way the author achieved that is great, in my opinion. I tend to be indifferent to characters all of the time, so it was fun to like and dislike Eli throughout the book.

Ultimately, I really enjoyed Vicious, though I did feel like there was something missing. Vicious is getting a sequel, Vengeful, later this year, which is bound to be even better than the first book.

 

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Where to Read Books for Free

Buying books can become expensive if you read too many of them, so it’s always good to know where you can legally get them for free. There are multiple ways to legally read books for free, but today I want to talk about Riveted Lit.

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Riveted Lit is a website/community for readers of Young Adult literature. They’re sponsored by Simon Teen and always have free books to read on their website for a limited time. All you need to do is make a free account using your email address. You can view which books they have for free at any given time here.

As of March 7, there are four full books up on the website. They are:

All of these books will be available for free until April 1, 2018.