Favorite Villains

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November 30th: Favorite Villains

–It’s been a little while since we’ve done the villain topic, and this one will definitely be a recurring one in the group as there are always new villains to talk about. I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO AVOID HARRY POTTER CHARACTERS!!!! Yes, yes, we all know that Umbridge is the ultimate villain, more hated than Voldemort because she is so realistic. We know that we all love Bellatrix’s particular kind of crazed obsession. We all know that Voldemort is such a classic that he is the first person to jump into our minds. We all know the Dursley’s suck. See? I strongly encourage you to point out some different villains so that Harry Potter doesn’t dominate all the lists. Because as much as we love HP, it does get a little redundant. *jumps off soapbox*

  1. Sebastian Verlac aka Jonathan Morgenstern (The Mortal Instruments)
  2. Maven Calore (Red Queen)
  3. Teren Santoro (The Young Elites)
  4. The Darkling aka Aleksander Morozova (The Grisha)
  5. Magnus Damora (The Falling Kingdoms)

Some are more antagonists than villains, but if any of those is too soft then consider Joffrey Lannister my sixth, my wicked child.

Black Friday Book Haul

It’s not black Friday if I don’t empty my wallet while buying books! And I did it again this year… Keep in mind that not all of my books arrived yet so I will add them later on when I finally have them all on my bookshelf.

So far these are the ones that arrived.

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Update 🙂

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  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • Fantastic Beasts Screenplay by J. K. Rowling
  • Blackhearts by Nicola Castroman
  • Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
  • Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
  • Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare
  • An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of Downworld by Cassandra Clare
  • Maus by Art Spiegelman
  • The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell
  • Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch
  • And I Darken by Kiersten White
  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff and Marie Lu
  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  • Precious by Precious Williams
  • Push by Sapphire
  • The Unbelievable Gwenpool by Hastings, Gurihiru, Beyruth and Bonvillain
  • Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
  • The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson

What books did you buy for Black Friday? Did you also go crazy like me?

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I don’t think I’ll make a lot of personal updates but I need to make this one to apologise in advance if I can’t be as active in the following times.

Besides being drowned in assessment work, today is a special day for me, as I’ve met my boyfriend a year ago. Unfortunately, we’re going to a rough time so I’ll focus more time on healing our relationship. I’ll try to schedule posts on the blog for the following weeks and, hopefully, I’ll be back soon, as it means things between us are healing. I’m afraid I won’t be able to write any reviews during that time, but if I can find the time I will.

Books I Want to Re-Read

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November 23: Books I Want to Re-Read

–Though it seems like we are all constantly chasing the next upcoming release, let’s take a trip down memory lane and talk about some books that we’d like to re-visit.

  1. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

I absolutely loved this book. I want to re-read it so much but I guess more new books come along and I am drawn to them like a moth to a flame. I do plan on re-reading it soon. Maybe Christmas holidays will give me the perfect opportunity.

2. The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

This trilogy is my favourite of all time. I love everything about it. I haven’t re-read it yet because it might take me some time as I’d have to read the three books. However, it’s definitely in my plans to do it soon.

3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I was mind blown when I finished this one. So very well written and planned out yet it felt so organic. Definitely one of my favourite books.

4. Lola and the Boy-Next-Door by Stephanie Perkins

This feel-good book is my go-to when I’m in a reading slump or feeling down. I guess this would be the perfect time to pick it up as things haven’t been so good lately. Maybe after I’m done with all this university work I will.

5. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Oh Lara Jean. This book is so funny! I don’t really care if people find her annoying, but I absolutely love Lara Jean. I’ll definitely make time to pick up this one, it’s a precious gem.

Defy

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Read on: 18/11/2016

Rating: ★★★ 3.3/5

“Those who truly love you will only ever see you for what you really are.”

I was so pumped to read this one. The premise was great, and I guess it delivered to some extent. It did exactly what it said it would, it just didn’t go much further than that. The plot was entertaining but I can’t say it’s anything that surprised me or even made me want to continue the series. So I can honestly say I was disappointed. Unfortunately, I think my journey with Alex & Co has come to the end.

I didn’t hate the main character or the romantic interests. But I can’t say I loved them either. Alex blushed more than a little girl when teased, which is not what I expected from a girl who is pretending to be a guy. Also, the number of times she said that Damien has a beautiful face could be made into a drinking game, we’d be all falling on our faces by the end of the book. Alex is not a bad character, but I think the writer struggled to make her consistent. I’m all for Alex to be feminine and feeling attracted to people, but if she’s been pretending to be a guy for three years before the beginning of the book, one would expect her to have mastered her acting skills and repress her emotions much better. Every single one of the characters seemed to know she’s a girl, that’s how bad her acting is. As a character, Alex wasn’t written consistently, therefore I couldn’t connect very well with her.

Damien was fine, Rylan was fine. None of them really annoyed me that much but I wasn’t head over heels in love with them either. I quite liked the wizard that kidnapped them, I can’t remember his name but I know his face is scarred and he is hella cool.

I can’t say much more. There were a lot of things that could be improved in this book to make it much better, both character-wise and worldbuilding-wise as some things didn’t make much sense. This book also felt like it was a stand-alone by the end of it, so I don’t see the necessity of two more.

Favorite Publishers

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November 16th: Favorite Publishers

–I thought this topic would be a cool way to examine what we read and what publishers put out our favorite books. I encourage you to take a look at your shelf and figure out which books come from which publishers. I think you’d be surprised how many probably end up coming from the same publishing house! Plus, this is your chance to introduce us to some of your favorite small presses or imprints. We talk about the contents or the wrappings of books a lot in this group, but rarely do we talk about the people that bring them together.

  1. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books (The Young Elites, The Wrath and the Dawn)
  2. Simon & Schuster Books (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, The Infernal Devices)
  3. St. Martin’s Griffin (Fangirl, My True Love Gave to Me, Carry On)
  4. Razorbill (An Ember in the Ashes, Falling Kingdoms, Vampire Academy)
  5. Henry Holt and Company (Six of Crows, The Grisha)