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Top Five Wednesday: Favorite “Unlikeable” Protagonists

Not every protagonist can be every reader’s cup of tea. However, there are some “unlikeable” protagonists that you can’t do anything but love!

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Josie from Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahanLove and Other Foreign Words is one of the most underrated books in the book reviewing and Booktube community—in my opinion, it doesn’t get the hype it deserves! Josie is one of the top YA characters that I can relate to because of her sarcasm and quick remarks. While she does tend to irritate some people around her, you can’t help but love her intelligence and wittiness.

Celaena Sardothein from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas– Some Throne of Glass readers tend to hate on Celaena, finding her arrogant and stubborn, but I just can’t get over her wittiness and kick-butt attitude. As much as I enjoy seeing her develop into a stronger leadership role as the series continues, I do miss seeing the best sassy assassin in all of Adarlan.

Levana from Fairest by Marissa Meyer– The “prequel” to The Lunar Chronicles, Fairest follows Levana’s journey to being the Queen of Luna. Don’t get me wrong, Levana is a despicable person throughout her life, but I enjoyed learning more about her backstory.

Victor Vale from Vicious by V.E. Schwab– Listen, it’s been TWO days since I’ve mentioned Vicious in a blog post! Victor Vale is the perfect anti-hero, and you just have to love his scheming and evil doing.

Adelina from The Young Elites by Marie Lu– I think a lot of people struggle getting into Adelina’s mindset because she’s rather dark, and it’s clear from the beginning of the book that she is not a good individual. I plan on rereading The Young Elites soon and continuing on with this series because when I first read it back in 2015, I definitely enjoyed it, but compared it too much to Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy (aka one of my all time favorite series). The two series are quite different from each other.

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.

 Who are some of your favorite “unlikeable” protagonists? Let me know in the comments!

Books, What I Read

What I Read in May

May was an absolutely fantastic reading month for me! Since I read 10 books this month, I kept my thoughts short and sweet, going from my least favorite read to my favorite read of the month.

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs // 2/5 Stars

Even though this is a YA novel and the main characters are teenagers, Nemesis felt more like a middle grade to me. While the premise was exciting and had some Lord of the Flies vibes, the plot and characters just didn’t deliver for me.

The Cabin by Natasha Preston // 2/5 Stars

My sister loves Natasha Preston’s books, so I typically read them alongside her. I was unfortunately very disappointed, as The Cabin’s premise was exciting, but the story itself didn’t have any sort of spark and was WAY too long– it took us forever to get to some sort of “solution”

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab // 3.75/5 Stars

Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy ADSOM as much as I thought I would, being head-over-heels for Schwab’s This Savage Song and Vicious. I thought that the plot was a bit predictable and unexciting at times, however, I plan on picking up the next book soon!

Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith // 4/5 Stars

While Windfall was over 400 pages long, it was a pretty quick read for me. I found it to be a little tropey and I didn’t completely enjoy the romance. I loved Leo and seeing Alice’s journey outside her relationship with Teddy. I teared up when she reflects on her parents’ lives with her uncle.

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli // 4/5 Stars

I finally read Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and really enjoyed it! There’s a dog and Oreos!! I have a full review here.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston // 4.5 Stars

Geekerella was the fandom+fairytale novel that I didn’t know I needed until I started reading. My full review can be found on Fangirl Fury here.

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr // 4.75/5 Stars

The One Memory of Flora Banks took me by surprise, as it was one of my favorite reads of May. My review can be found here.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas // 4.5/5 Stars

One of my most anticipated reads of 2017 finally delivered this month. I have a full review of ACOWAR here, including a mini conflicted rant about there being more books in the ACOTAR world.

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman // 5/5 Stars

My only 5/5 Star read of the month, Radio Silence was the type of book that I just fell into. There’s Tumblr and Youtube and fanart and friendship and family and school all rolled into one perfect contemporary read.

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord // 5/5 Stars

From the moment I started The Names They Gave Us, I was hooked. Emery Lord’s latest release about family, friendship, religion, and grief was an emotion-filled story rolled into a summer contemporary. I have a full review here.

What did you read in May? Share in the comments below!

Book Reviews, Books

Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J.Maas

If this review is up, then that means that I have conquered the beast that is A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. The latest installment in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, which is no longer a trilogy (!!!), is a whooping 699 pages long— even though the physical hardcover doesn’t look like it because Bloomsbury has made Sarah’s longer books with thinner pages for the sake of the environment. I’m all about being eco-friendly and I love trees, but if I read a book that is 700 pages long, I want that book to look like a monster!! **Warning: there will be spoilers in the my thoughts section of this review**

Cover Lust? : This is my favorite cover in the series so far because I love Feyre’s dress and the mountains in the background. However, I wish the green, at least on the spine, was a bit darker so it could match up with A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury’s darker color tones.

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

My Thoughts:

I made it my goal to read at least one hundred pages per day, which I succeeded in doing so after reading ACOWAR in five days. It was quite easy to do so because there were many moments where I just couldn’t put the book down. For example, during the meeting with all of the courts (my favorite part in the book), I stayed up past my bedtime because I was so enchanted by the new characters we meet and the tension in the meeting. Outside of the Night Court, my favorite court is hands-down the Winter Court because of Viviane. She just felt so human, and she brought a lot of humor to the situation. I love when she asks her husband why she can’t be High Lady like Feyre. I also really enjoyed her friendship with Mor.

My favorite character in ACOWAR is most definitely Nesta. Nesta is willing to do anything to protect Elain, and I feel like her protectiveness was really evident after Graysen breaks his engagement with Elain. Feyre even fears what Nesta may do to him for breaking Elain’s heart. Nesta reminds me of Angelica Schuyler from Hamilton, willing to do anything for her sister. I also enjoyed seeing her try to figure out her power and train with Amren, and her sass was to die for. I wish we got to see her relationship with Cassian further, and I loved every scene where they interacted together. Even though they’re not official, they are my favorite OTP in the series.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading ACOWAR, however, I feel very conflicted about the ending, which prevented me from giving the book a 5 out of 5 stars. The final battle just had so many ups and downs. I was so happy when Elain and Nesta murdered King Hybern, as I believe that they are the two most haunted individuals in the series after their experience in the Cauldron. Yet, I was so confused by Amren potentially betraying the Court (she ultimately doesn’t) and how the Cauldron controlled Feyre. I think a lot of my confusion came from waiting for some sort of real action or resolution. I totally called Rhysand dying, however, I did not know if he would come back to life (which he does). While I am happy that all of the Court of Dreams survived, I feel like someone shouldn’t have lived, considering that this was one of the biggest wars in Fae history. In general, a lot of things just feel unresolved, which may be the point as Sarah releases more books in the ACOTAR world. Are Nesta and Cassian actually going to be a couple or mates? Is Mor going to confess her true feelings and sexuality to Azriel and the gang? Also, is she going to end up with Viviane’s sister?? Sarah doesn’t name her until the very end, which I don’t know if Sarah wrote it that way or if she’ll have a larger role to play in the rest of the series. Is the mating bond between Lucien and Elain going to snap into the place? I could also see Azriel and Elain being a couple as well!! And what about the queens, how is that going to play into the new treaty??? Like I said before, ACOWAR is 699 pages long and while there is never a dull moment, certain components could have been taken out in order to provide some more resolution. Call me impatient, but I really don’t want to have to wait a year+ to find out more, especially since ACOWAR was originally supposed to be a trilogy conclusion. While I consider Sarah as one of my favorite and go-to authors and I adore the worlds she creates, I’m not feeling too excited right now about more ACOTAR books. I’m hoping my feelings will change as we get more details about the series (right now, there is supposed to be three more books and two novellas).

Have you read A Court of Wings and Ruin?? Share your thoughts and reactions in the comments!

Book Reviews, Books, Uncategorized

A Court of Mist and Fury Reread Review

Happy A Court of Wings and Ruin Release Day!!With Sarah J.Maas’s A Court of Wings and Ruin’s finally out, I knew I had to reread A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury before starting the last book in this trilogy. ACOMAF was one of my favorite reads of 2016, again hailing Sarah J.Maas as the queen of fantasy. While I really enjoyed my reread, I wasn’t completely memorized by ACOMAF this time around. Without going into spoilery detail, I was not too enchanted by the romance in this novel, as I was more focused on the characters’ backstories, action, and world-building. Despite my dislike for the romantic elements, I cannot wait to get my hands on ACOWAR once my semester is over! I preordered the book from Barnes & Noble and completed the preorder promotion for a map of the ACOTAR world!

**Warning:This review contains ACOMAF spoilers. **

What I Liked :

  • Learning more about the Court of Dreams My favorite part of ACOMAF are the members of the Court of Dreams– Rhysand, Cassian, Azriel, Mor, and Amren. While I don’t mind Feyre as the main narrator, I enjoy reading about the members of the Court of Dreams so much more. They all add their own character to the story, and I love the humor and Cassian and Mor often bring. I laughed out when Mor hopes that Feyre isn’t dead when she checks in on her at the cabin.
  • The world-building I loved going to the Summer Court and meeting Tarquin and his court. I have a feeling Tarquin will definitely make an appearance or two in ACOWAR, as the Summer Court and Spring Court are allies. I also fell in love with the city of Velaris. I love the contrast between the darkness that comes with being labeled as the Night Court and the rainbow and color that is Velaris. I was screaming during the battle over the city.
  • The ending The court’s trip to Hybern comes shortly after the Rhysand and Feyre are mates/let’s have sex and celebrate scenes, so I was looking for more action as the pages dwindled.  AND SARAH J. MAAS COMPLETELY DELIVERED. Between the appearance of Jurian, the arrival of the Spring Court and Feyre’s sisters, and all the drama and tension in that scene, I was again having all the fangirl feels.
  • Remembering scenes that I had forget about- I think by just focusing on the ending of the novel and thinking about what’s to come in ACOWAR, I forgot a lot of the plot details and scenes in the novel. For example, I forgot about the mortal queens’ involvement with the Book and Lucien’s hunt for Feyre.

What I Disliked:

  • The emphasis on the romance– Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Feyre and Rhysand as a couple and I understand that their bond is a key element to the novel’s plot. However, I hated how almost every scene had to have some sort of detail about their feelings and how hot one looked with their Illyrian wings. I just felt like it took away from the novel’s action and suspense.
  • The sex scenes– In my opinion, the sex scenes in ACOTAR and ACOMAF place the series into the new adult genre instead of the young adult genre. Personally, I do not enjoy the sex scenes because I find them a bit unnecessary and a bit too detailed. I understand Feyre and Rhysand have these deep feelings for each other, but I don’t need to know about what Rhysand wants to do his mate laying on the kitchen table.

What are you most looking forward to in ACOWAR? Let me know in the comments below!!

Book Reviews, Books

A Court of Thorns and Roses Reread Review

As I began to anticipate Sarah J.Maas’s A Court of Wings and Ruin more and more, I knew I had to reread A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury before ACOWAR comes out on May 2nd. I was even more motivated to reread the first two books in the trilogy when Kristin from SuperSpaceChick, Alexa from Alexa Loves Books, and Cristina from Girl in the Pages announced that they would be hosting a A Court of Thorns and Roses Reread. Below, you’ll find my own non-spoilery thoughts of my ACOTAR reread.

ACOTAR Summary: When nineteen year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf, the last thing she expects is a beast-like creature to come and knock down her family’s door. The beast demands a life for life, dragging Feyre to Prythian, the land of the faeries and magic. Feyre’s kind have come to fear and hate the faeries, and Feyre’s own hatred grows when she learns that her captor is not a beast, but Tamlin- one of the powerful, immortal High Fae. As she adjusts to living in Prythian with Tamlin, Feyre’s feelings transform from hatred to passion, and she must find a way to help Tamlin stop a magical being from taking over the faerie lands.

My Reread Feels (warning: there are some minor spoilers about plot details below) 

My favorite part of rereading this book was noticing more of the Beauty and the Beast elements. A Court of Thorns and Roses is a loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and the two stories hold many similarities and differences. One of the differences I noticed in this reread is between our two female protagonists. While Belle is obviously a huge bookworm, Feyre is unable to read. The coolest similarity I noticed was the physical element of the curse. In Beauty and the Beast, all of the Beast’s servants transform into objects. In A Court of Thorns and Roses, all of the people in Tamlin’s court, including himself, are stuck wearing masks. I thought it was so cool of Sarah J.Maas to incorporate this physical element in her book.

I really love the world-building throughout this series, and I’m so excited to refamiliarize myself with the rest of the courts in A Court of Mist and Fury. While I enjoy Feyre as our main protagonist, I enjoy interacting with the side characters so much more. Lucien, Alis, and Rhysand add such character and humor  into the story. Rhysand is a much bigger character in the second novel, so I enjoyed rereading his parts  and how he helps set up the plot for ACOMAF. This book also reminded how strong of a character Feyre is. She totally held her own while living in the human realm and living beside the faeries. However, in this reread, I went from loving Tamlin to holding a lot of animosity against him. Without being too spoilery, Tamlin feels that he has to have complete control over Feyre’s whereabouts and knowledge, which was completely unnecessary and too controlling at times.

Are you rereading A Court of Thorns and Roses & A Court of Mist and Fury in anticipation of ACOWAR?Share your non-spoilerly ACOTAR thoughts and feels below!

Books

My Most Anticipated Spring Releases

From standalones to series finales, there are so many YA books coming out this spring. I’m anticipating all the fangirl feels this season!

Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz– A YA retelling, Melissa de la Cruz’s Alex and Eliza follows the fateful night Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler meet at the Schuylers’ ball. Being the massive Hamilton fan that I am,  I’m excited for this book to come out on April 11,yet I’m a bit skeptical. I’m not sure if we really need a YA retelling of how the couple met, similar to how we “needed” a young adult version of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J.Maas– Since A Court of Mist and Fury reaffirmed my belief that Sarah J. Maas is the queen of fantasy, I cannot wait to get my hands on ACOWAR (Sarah said that this abbreviation is quite fitting to the story). I don’t know what to expect in the final book of this Beauty and the Beast retelling turned retelling of Hades and Persephone turned I don’t know what else yet. ACOWAR comes out May 2.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han– Oh, the series finale that will cause all the tears. I’m so happy Jenny Han decided to add another book to her To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series. This book perfectly captures love and family-relationships, and there’s so much baking! With her father’s wedding, high school graduation, and college all on the horizon, Lara Jean has some big decisions to make about her future and of course her relationship with Peter. Always and Forever, Lara Jean better colem with Kleenex on its release day,May 2.

Our Dark Duet by Victoria SchwabOur Dark Duet is the final book in Victoria Schwab’s Monsters of Verity duology. This Savage Song, the first book in the duology, was my the first Schwab book that I’ve ever read and I’m absolutely obsessed. The duology takes place in Verity, a city divided by monsters. We follow Kate, the daughter of a man who the monsters are even afraid of, and August, who just wants to prove that he’s more than the monster everyone thinks he is. While I’m sad that the series is ending on June 13th, I can’t wait for Augustus and Kate’s story to continue in Our Dark Duet.

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen– Sarah Dessen, the queen of YA contemporary, comes out with her thirteenth novel on June 6th. Once and for All follows Louisa, the daughter of a wedding planner. Having been to more weddings than most people will in their lifetimes, Louisa is quite over the whole happily ever-after thing. Ambrose is determined to get Louisa out of her funk, especially when he begins to develop feelings for her. Mixed with humor, love, and weddings, Once and for All sounds like the perfect summer contemporary.

What books are you most anticipating this spring? Comment below!

Books

Spring 2017 TBR

Happy Spring! There are some great book releases coming out this spring, so I’m excited to get a head start on those and some pre-2017 books this season.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer– As a huge fan of Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles series, I’m actually surprised that I haven’t read Heartless yet. While Heartless isn’t a fairytale retelling, it’s a backstory about the Queen of Hearts. All Catherine wants to do is open a bakery in Wonderland, but her parents’ plan for their daughter involves a marriage to the King. I’m really excited for all of the baking in this book!

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon– Not only am I happy that the two main characters in When Dimple Met Rishi are Indian-American (yay diversity!), but I’m also super excited with the fact that this being promoted as a YA romantic comedy. We obviously have a lot of romance in YA, but not romantic comedy!! When Dimple Met Rishi follows two teens, Dimple and Rishi, who meet at a summer program for web developers. What makes Dimple and Rishi’s story different from others is that they aren’t just fellow camp-mates; they’re each other’s arranged spouse. When Dimple Met Rishi comes out on May 30.

A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR #3) by Sarah J.Maas– The conclusion to the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy, A Court of Wings and Ruin, is sure to break me! I’m so ready to be reunited with the Night Court and find out how Feyre’s story ends. Since ACOTAR was a Beauty and the Beast retelling and A Court of Mist and Fury was inspired by the story of Hades and Persephone, I’m excited to see what Sarah J. Maas has in store when this book comes out on May 2.

A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl– Contemporary meets mystery meets religion in Katie Bayerl’s debut novel, A Psalm for Lost Girls. A March 2017 release, the book follows the aftermath of Tess da Costa’s death, whose town believed that Tess was a miracle-producing saint. When the town petitions for Tess’s official sainthood, her twin sister, Callie, refuses to join in on the cause. All she wants to do is prove that Tess was more than a saint; she was Callie’s sister and best friend. When Ana, a girl who has been missing for six months, is found alive at Tess’s shrine, Callie is more than ready to uncover Tess’s real identity.

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V. E. Schwab– I finally started reading Victoria Schwab’s books this year and I’m absolutely obsessed! I read This Savage Song and Vicious, and I can’t wait to dive into this book about magic and parallel universes and so much more. Once this school semester ends, I plan on diving into A Darker Shade of Magic and marathoning the Shades of Magic trilogy. 

What are books are you excited to read this spring? Comment below!

Books

What I Want to Reread in 2017

I’m always so focused on my growing TBR pile that I feel like I don’t have time to go back and reread. While i constantly look to Harry Potter and Fangirl for my rereading needs, I’m hoping to expand outside my ‘comfort zone’ and re-pick up these books before the end of 2017!
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell– I absolutely loved Carry On when it first came out and I’m still obsessed. Frankly, I love all of Rainbow Rowell’s books and I’d read her grocery list if I could (she often tweets about cake from Whole Foods, so I think my wish is already semi-complete). I can’t wait to dive back into the world of Simon Snow and Baz and magic and romance and everything else! Since I own two copies of the book already, one signed, you could say that I’m more than prepared for this reread. And you better believe I’m buying the gorgeous paperback edition when it comes out in May!

A Court of Thorns & Roses and A Court of Mist & Fury by Sarah J.Maas– I would love to reread A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury before the conclusion to this series, A Court of Wings and Ruin, comes out on May 2. I plan on rereading these alongside Kristin of Super Space Chick, Cristina of Girl in the Pages, and Alexa Loves Books’ACOTAR Series Reread event. Like me, these bloggers know how everyone is super-busy trying to manage their TBR piles. That being said, this reread event has a relaxed reading schedule and what makes it extra-exciting is that Kristina, Cristina, and Alexa will be hosting giveaways in their wrap-up posts for each novel!

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon– With the film adaptation coming out on May 19th,I want to refresh my memory of Everything, Everything before seeing the movie. Since the book is on the shorter side, I should have no problem giving this a quick reread. Everything, Everything follows a girl and her allergy to the outside world, the latter becoming more problematic when she falls in love with the boy next door. If you plan on reading the book before the movie, I recommend not watching the trailer, as in true 2017 movie trailer fashion, the trailer gives away most of the book’s plot.

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner– I picked up this book in 2015 and I enjoyed it, but I really was not into the sci-fi aspect of the novel. This book is often hyped as ‘Titanic in space’, as two protagonists come from two different economic backgrounds and are the only ones to survive when their luxury spaceship liner crashes. Since I’ve picked up more sci-fi since then and love Kaufman’s The Illuminae Files, I really want to give These Broken Stars another go. Its gorgeous cover is also giving me motivation to reread.

If you could reread any book in 2017, what would it be? Share your answers and comments below!