Top 5 Wednesday

Love Interests You Would Have Broken Up With – Top 5 Wednesday

Self. Explanatory.

I may go off on a few of these.

1. Tamlin / Rhys from the Court Of series.

HEAR ME OUT

Tamlin, obviously is a controlling and brutish mess who deserves to die in a gruesome way.

Rhys is charming, charismatic and lovely – until he gets fucking jealous and posessive as well in the third book and the novella which (augh) came out.

The signs are there for both of these men, and while Tamlin is no doubt the worst of them, Rhys isn’t that much better if you look deeper in later novels.

2. Mal (whatever his last name is, i dunno and to be frank – do not care) from the Grisha series

Blaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand

But also his behaviour in book 2 was the shittiest, stompiest crap I’ve seen. He said he loved Alina, and yet he went off flirting and kissing other women as soon as he felt left out because she was going through a tough time, and then had the gall to be offended when Alina flirted with the ever-handsome, Beautiful Book Husband Nikolai.

He was just a mess. I didn’t like him at all, and I didn’t like that ending with him.

I don’t know what even ZOYA saw in him for a one time thing, beacuse she can do miles better.

3. Jessica Bertram and Richard Mayhew in Neverwhere

These two are as bad as each other – she’s up herself, neurotic and controlling, and to be honest Richard doesn’t have a spine, he just flops about without any cause until Door shows up who gives him a purpose in his life.

Woo?

4. Serena in Vicious

Eli and Serena… well. Serena obviously would have been difficult to break up with, being that she could control people with a word and stop them doing things, but that is precisely why I would have said no thanks.

5. Eizabeth Keene in Blacklist

Holy jesus.

Elizabeth is…. maybe one of the most inconsistent, unlikable, stroppy, backflippingly emotional range of a gnat’s penis of a character I’ve seen on TV.

Every episode it’s like she switches from one endgame to the next, I love him, hate him, suspicious of him, respect him, “I want to know the truth!” *then suddenly doesnt*

This has happened every single series with her spy husband Tom Keene, and has continued after his death.

hate her. With a passion. Elizabeth is meant to be a doting new mum, who faked her OWN death to get away from her criminal mastermind father, yet after her hubbo died she left her baby with the mother in law, whom neither of them knew very well – because she’s also a sodding semi-criminal – and then flounced off to get revenge on the father who might not be her father but she loves him but maybe she doesn’t and oh christ on a bike

Even Liz’s husband got this treatment from her, back in the early seasons, and I have no idea why anyone, anywhere, respects her or likes her at all.

WRITE BETTER WOMEN, TV PEOPLE.

WRITE. BETTER. WOMEN.

(Honorable mentions: Ross Geller, Nick from Gone Girl, Rishi out of Dimple Met Rishi)

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5* Read Predictions for 2019

To be clear, this is just what I’m planning to read, not all are new releases of 2019.

But I enjoy the aspect of potentially having 5* reads before I even get to them. (King of Scars was going to be on this list but then I read it and it ended up not being 5* so just goes to show what I know!)

LET’S GET STARTED.

Darkdawn

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I need. To know. WHAT. HAPPENS.

Jay Kristoff rarely disappoints, and as long as we don’t get pages of gladiator fighting in this one I’ll be happy.

Foundryside

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I’ve had this on my radar for about 7 months now, and the cover alone is beautiful. But it was the concept and the first page that made me want to read more of this. I can’t see many reviews of it anywhere, certainly not from friends, but I have a feeling I’ll enjoy it.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

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This has been HYPED so I’m keen to see if it lives up to it for me, but I do think that it’s going to effect me the same. Six of Crows as hyped, I reckon this will be the same.

The Fever King

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I, er – read this once before cause I was lucky enough to be in PitchWars 2017 with Victoria. It’s gone through some revisions since, but I have no doubt it’s still got the magic that I felt the first time reading it.

Temper

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Same as above, I was in PW17 with Layne and – damn. I don’t go for first person POV often but this was gritty, it had me gripped – and I’m sure it will again. I can’t wait to get my hands on this.

Serpent and Dove

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Wow, PW17 gets everywhere — I didn’t read Shelby’s MS – I know I have to break the curve somehow – but from what friends are saying (and from what I know of Shelby) it’s deserving of the hype. I can’t wait!

Jennifer Strange

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This book will be illustrated by the author Cat Scully as well! While I know Cat, I haven’t had chance to read this prior and to be honest I don’t want spoilers! I want to be entertained by this weird, spooky girl.

Hunting Prince Dracula

Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2)

I adored the first book and I’ve no doubt I’ll adore the second!

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King of Scars – Review (spoilers!)

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3.5*

No wait, 4*

No wait….

This is such a hard book to rate!!

I loved it… but I was also disappointed by it

Let me explain.

When we were told we were going to get a Nikolai book I figured this was going to be a Nikolai book which centered on him battling with the demon inside and trying to rule his kingdom, with his sass, wit, and genuine charm coming to the fore. It ended up being a Zoya, Nik, Isaak, Saints, Nina, Fjerda, Leoni, Hanne book with everything and its children happening and veeeeery little Nikolai.

The standout star here was Zoya. Let’s be real. I didn’t like her in the Grisha trilogy, as I suppose we weren’t meant to, not until the last book because of her tryst with Mal (remember him?). But in this duology I have a feeling she’s going to shine.

I love Zoya and Nikolai as separate characters and as their friendship. But it feels like there’s no natural sexual chemistry between them, I didn’t get any “zing!” vibes from them at all. So when it was thrown in that they started feeling flashes of *something* about each other, it felt just like that – flashes of it thrown in, for a romance subplot that we don’t need.

Having two strong characters in their own, both of the opposite sex, doesn’t mean they HAVE to get together. I adore them both as friends cause we hardly ever see a leading man and a leading woman as just great friends in fiction. And yeah, to be honest, I can see Zoya’s jealousy of Nikolai’s impending marriage being rooted in the friendship changing. Not in the “but I want you instead!” jealousy.

Zoya was definitely the stronger character and while I understood why Isaak’s chapters were there I just… didn’t care. We didn’t have enough time to see this impending war intrigue because we switched to a scene in Fjerda then we were in the Saints place, then we were over here, and then Nina was being flirty, and then we went back to Zoya…. It never felt like we had time enough to sit down, settled in, and absorb the feel of the place.

Nina… the thing with Nina’s chapters are like they belong in a different book. I don’t see any correlation between her and the story which centers on Nikolai. Also – CHEATED. I wanted good, honest to god interactions between by girl Nina and my boy Nik. Nikolina? Ninolai? Whatever, I wanted to see them hopelessly flirt with each other.

I will read the second book – of COURSE I will, the Darkling has literally returned for some reason – but while there was a lot to love (Zoya! Nikolai’s lines! Tolya and Tamar! Ravka!…. omg that’s it!) I was deflated.

What are your thoughts?! Have you read it?!

Top 5 Wednesday

February 13: Independent Ladies

–Favorite leading ladies who aren’t distracted from getting shit done by their love interest (they can still have a romance subplot – this is going to be subjective based on what you think would be ~too much~).

Audrey Rose Wadsworth from Stalking Jack the Ripper

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Queeeen of 1880s London, Audrey Rose was sweet, fiesty, and yes a little bit silly sometimes but she was a very independant lady in a time when nobody else wanted her to be, and I love her for it.

Kady Grant from Illuminae Files

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Sassy, small, and sarcastic, she is clearly the brains of the operation. Kady didn’t treat an AI like it was a thing, she sussed things out before anyone else did, she’s not afraid of authority and she’s the bravest kid I know.

Eowyn, Shieldmaiden of Rohan from Lord of the Rings

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I read about her when I was 14, but she’s always stuck with me as being a kick-ass, determined warrior who brought down the Witch-king of Angmar BY HERSELF cause she’s a badass

NO MAN AM I

Nina Zenik from Grishaverse

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Nina is the first plus-sized woman I read who isn’t brought down to just being curves–she’s sexy, fun, powerful, and unapologetic in her love of waffles. She’s also the most powerful Dreg, when you think about her powers.

Tana from Coldest Girl in Coldtoen

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Nostalgic Ships – Top 5 Wednesday

Discuss the first fictional couples you ever got butterflies over, or couples you used to be really into when you were younger.

I’ve never really been a “butterlifer”.

However I did know the couples I wanted to get together, or enjoyed reading/watching, even if they weren’t technically *canon*.

HARRY/LUNA

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I really wanted these two to get together and I was quite upset when they didn’t. I’ve since realised Luna deserved better.

WILLOW/OZ — WILLOW/TARA

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I loved Willow and Oz! They were incredibly sweet and Oz was just the loveliest boyfriend. I know she found Tara, but I still have a soft spot for these two getting together. They were complete dorks and gorgeous.

When she got with Tara I was like “WHAT ABOUT OZ?!” but I did really enjoy Tara. It was the first f/f couple I’d seen on prime time telly.

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MERLIN/ARTHUR

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Now, see… this is the thing. This was queer-coded all over and looking back I hate the direction they took the last series. But I still love these two together.

THE TENTH DOCTOR / ROSE

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I. Cried.

That’s all you need to know about these two.

 

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FREEBIE WEEK on Top 5 Wednesday — Most Disappointing Reads of 2018

I missed doing this earlier on, but now I’m returning to focus on my “oh noes” of the last year.

 

WIZARDS OF EARTHSEA

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I’d heard so much about this book and Ursula Le Guin that this was severely hyped — when I finally got to reading it I wasn’t as immersed as I’d wanted to be. It’s a very classic writing style, something I’ve kinda read-out-of in recent years if that makes sense.

Though I enjoyed the twist and the worldbuilding, and the fact it featured POC, it wasn’t as ‘classic’ to me as I expected. I might pick up the other books in the series eventually but not right now. Ursula, in her interviews, remains HBIC.

DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY

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This book cover—amazing.

The story? Eh. I didn’t care about the main character, or her plight to save her illusions that were actually real. I was confused about who was who, and the worldbuilding wasn’t as amazing either. I would have ideally had about another 50 pages just to immerse me more in characters and feeling, but this was a DNF 😦

DRACULA

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I adore the Dracula legend.

But the book? Jesus.

I didn’t realise we’d follow Jonathan so long and in diary entry, with his loooong ass descriptions of landscapes and journeys. I would rewrite this. In fact it’s on my to-do list.

AND I DARKEN

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The first 100 pages or so were amazing, and then it turned into a love story I had absolutely no interest in. The LI was fucking useless, I had no idea why either sibling adored him, and I wanted my badass Lada back but no. I had to suffer.

What was it with Vlad-inspired books this year that just let me down?!

LIFELIKE

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Now if you know me, you know I adore Jay Kristoff, but this…. this sort of conflicted me. Ezekiel was boring, Lemon was the saviour, Cricket was awesome, and while the first 3rd was amazing, the latter parts of the book waned. The protagonist turned from ass kicking YES queen to “oh my god boring” lovey dovey shit. I read about the twist before it happened, unfortunately, but I don’t think even that could have saved it.

Lemon 5ever.

I will read the sequel but not as hyped to buy it immediately.

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Top of My TBR List – Top 5 Wednesday

Strange the Dreamer

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I’ve been fascinated with this book ever since I saw the cover. All my friends love it, Laini Taylor writes really well, and I need to get it back to Lexi! It’s just so biiiiig

King of Scars

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NIKOLAI FREAKIN LANTSOV.

This time next week I’ll have the book *squeals* so I’m counting it on my TBR. I’m going through some e-ARCs right now so that I can save my hands for this monster of a book.

Leviathan Wakes

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I bought this for my mum for Christmas, and after reading it in a week she’s already nearing the end of the second and wanting the third. So… she’s a very good judge of book, our tastes are similar, so I’m excited to read it!

The Diviners

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I started it, put it down for something else, and haven’t picked it up again. I really should, cause I enjoyed the opening chapter a great deal. Plus I haven’t read any Libba Bray before now.

TRAIL OF LIGHTNING

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I’ve already got this on my “currently reading” on Goodreads, cause I started reading it the other night, but I honestly feel like it’s going to be an incredible read!