Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday – Book Things I’m Grinchy About

Bookish Things You’re a Grinch About
— Since being a grinch is a funny thing, try not to make this serious topics that make you angry (like lack of diversity or abusive relationships in fiction, etc) as this is supposed to be more of a petty bookish things you hate. This can be stuff about covers, dumb tropes, etc. Have fun with it.

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  1. Different Book Sizes

I have a very nice shelf space at the moment, so imagine my utter horror when I bought Crooked Kingdom and it was TALLER than Six of Crows! They’re paperback, why…. why? Why. You ruined my aesthetic and the books I lie flat on top look all wibbly.

2. UK vs US covers

A LOT of the time I prefer US covers over the UK versions. A lot. Sometimes it doesn’t make a difference, others I like the UK but in cases such as Daughter of the Burning City, where the UK cover could belong to any old book in any genre with no distinct personality, I love the US version because it gives you such a sense of MOOD.

Thus:

UK / US

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And while I’m on the subject, women in dresses as a cover. This does not tell me anything about the book! Other than it involves a woman in a dress. Nothing.

3. Reviews At The Beginning

There was a book to do with Angels and it had 14 pages of glowing reviews at the beginning. Yes, I counted, and yes it was front and back. 14 pages. It put me off, because I want to make my own mind up, and I wondered how sodding desperate people were to form the same opinion. It was so bad I can’t even remember the name of it, I just recall it had yellow and blue on the cover.

4. UK doesn’t do hardovers

When books are released in the UK it’s generally paperback first. This is why, originally, I was a bit confused as to the hoo-haa of paperbacks releasing separately in the USA and the big promotions people have for that.

Although they’re not as easy to read as paperbacks, I love hardcovers. There’s something about them, with their shiny glory, that I adore. And it makes me sad that the UK doesn’t do hardcovers unless they want to charge £20 for it.

5. Big, Convenient Proclamations Of Love

Story-centric now – there’s been tension. There’s been intrigue. People shoving their feelings away, even thought it was SO DAMN obvious as to how they felt for each other. And just as it all seems to end in a big, bloody battle, the hero stops the action to say-

I LOVE YOU.

Come on, man. Be like Hermione.

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T5W- Books Featuring? Witches

I KNOW this was meant to be a few weeks ago, and the title is “supernatural creature” but honestly I haven’t read many vampire, werewolf, demon, angel, shifter books– that doesn’t float my boat. Know what does?

Witcheeeeeess.

And vampires. But like I said, not read many of those books so you get this.

What, to me, constitutes a witch? – the ability to manipulate energy in order to receive the desired result. Potions. Wands. Spells. The uncanny ability to manifest.

While some magic-powers characters like Kelsier in The Final Empire could be considered witchy, to me they’re not. Because it’s just… no.

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CARRY ON

You get double whammy here because Baz is both vampire AND a witch. The book itself was fractured IMO though I loved it whenever Baz was on the page. He held a sort of snark which was undeniably adorable, funny and creepy all at the same time. He was the most fleshed out character of all of them and I’m glad he knew he was gay and in love with Simon Snow from the start. None of this “but why am I so attracted?”

Refreshing.

 

 

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A GATHERING OF SHADOWS (and ADSOM in general)

I love Kell, Holland and Lila so much. The rules of magic here were very intricate and also formidable. I love that one of the Antari’s eyes are always dark.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE RAVEN BOYS

Neeve was the witchiest one out of all of them in the entire series — morally ambiguous at best, she used herbs and traditional witches’ scrying methods in order to look into the things she shoudn’t. She used mirrors and symbols. Also there was a herbalist in the family, and I count her as being a witch too, because love ❤

 

 

 

 

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This is my favourite HP book. And know who my favourite witch is? Luna Lovegood. I loved this book for many reasons but mostly because it had more of her. She is a severely underrated character and I want more merchandise with her pronto. Do they even have her wand?! I want it if they do.

 

 

 

 

 

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SIX OF CROWS.

Yes, I’m predictable. Nina. Jesper. Need I say more?! ❤

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Top 5 Wednesday – Fancasts!

September 20th: Favorite Fancasts
–Discuss your preferred fancasts for some of your favorite characters. (Fancasts means actors you’d like to play your favorite characters or imagine your favorite characters as)

Oooooooh I love casting! I really, truly love casting so much. Ever since I was able to audition actors for my short films I’ve imagined who would play who, but of course this is simple fan service. ^_^

Ezra Miller as August, This Savage Song

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I know he’s older than August in the book but I seriously can’t imagine anyone else playing August as well as Ezra could. That mix of both dark and innocent. ❤

Armie Hammer as Nikolai Lantsov, Grisha Trilogy

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Again he’s probably too old now to play him but I want this hot man to play my hot prince, okay?! He’s funny, he’s charming, wit for days…

Evan Peters as Wylan van Eck, Six of Crows / Crooked Kingdom

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Nnnnnngh. ❤ I want him to play my little dynamite.

Daisy Ridley as Lila Bard, Darker Shades of Magic

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She is so cute. She can do tormented and cute, and probably play Lila effortlessly. The RANGE. Also would probably look good in 1800s mens clothing. Just saying.

Cole Sprouse as Gansey, The Raven Cycle

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I dunno, man. Some photos I just see it. He’s that mix of weird and also old school.

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T5W – Characters’ Fitness Routines You Want

This can be interpreted a bunch of different ways! Fitness comes in many different packages. This can be about characters who are super fast, strong, agile, good at dancing, good at climbing, athletes, or foodies! Whatever it means to you. This is inspired by those routines you see in magazines for actors, but with more of an open mind and less body shaming 🙂 

BILBO BAGGINS from the Hobbit

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Dude after my own heart – I’m here for the hobbit mealtimes ALONE. And yet he still manages to traipse around the world on a huge quest. Like… he’d be the most like me to be fair, so yeah. Total hobbit.

PENRYN from Angelfall

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She’s trained in so many various ways of fighting, I’d love to be able to do the many things she does. Not many people I know have read this book but I like how she’s able to stick up for herself.

LEGOLAS – OR ANY ELF from LOTR

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I mean – have you seen Legolas move? He can see for miles, he doesn’t age (plus), he doesn’t feel cold. I wanna be an elf but without losing the hobbity charm.

LILA BARD from DARKER SHADES OF MAGIC

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Girl has magic, she slayed in the tournament in Gathering of Shadows, she’s a sailor, she’s a thief, she’s a fighter, she has energy and stamina for days… I mean…?!

INEJ GHAFA from SIX OF CROWS

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I would love to have such agility like Inej, to be able to balance on a wire and fight and generally be as sodding badass as she is. The scene in the furnace where she’s shuffling up I WAS SO SCARED FOR HER. ❤ my girl

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T5W – Second Book Is Best

We’ve talked about series that went downhill, and series that are worth it, but which series were best in the middle?

Unfortunately I haven’t read that many series – either the first book put me off enough not to bother, or getting the second book is very difficult. However! Here are my FOUR offerings – lend me your series, people! – for you to enjoy.

  • A COURT OF MIST AND FURY

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I suspect this will be VERY HIGH on people’s lists and almost on everyone’s but I had to give a shout-out to this one. The end seemed too big to fit into one book, the first was just…. yeah let’s not, and the middle one set the perfect tone for me.

  • A GATHERING OF SHADOWS

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ADSOM flitted about everywhere, ACOL made me hate Alucard – I know right? – and I disagreed with some choices but the MIDDLE. It was so simplistic in a way with just its focus on the games and magic but hell if I didn’t enjoy Rhy being centre-stage with Kell, and the absolute bromance was impeccable. I notice I enjoyed Rhy a lot more when he WASN’T with Alucard because that character rubbed me up the wrong way but yes. I loved this one.

  • FUTURE THREAT

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Granted, I haven’t read the last book of this series – but this was SO MUCH better than the first. The writing felt easier, the characters felt more refreshed and refined, and I didn’t dislike the MC as much I did last time. It was an improvement all round.

  • SIEGE AND STORM

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I kinda went back and forth in including this one. Thematically, I adored RUIN AND RISING as an ending, even though at times I was a teeny bit confused by it. And then I went back to this one – I really didn’t like the “I can’t tell you because reasons!” trope between Mal and Alina, and to be honest I really didn’t like Mal’s arc in this one. I still don’t like him at all, in fact. His behaviour sucked.

But this book introduced us to NIKOLAI FRICKIN’ LANTSOV *throws up fireworks* so all is forgiven. I love him. He’s amazing. I’d marry him. For him ALONE this book is gold. So there we are.

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books Without Romance

A few (very, very few) people complained about the “shipping” topics lately, so I thought it would be good to talk about books that don’t have a romantic subplot! This is a really hard one, so if you can’t find any, you can talk about some where the romance is super super minor. Like barely mentioned… at all…

I thought this was going to be so difficult, but actually it wasn’t so bad.

CRACKED – Eliza Crewe

Cracked (Soul Eaters, #1)

“Meet Meda. She eats people.”

ONE OF MY FAVOURITES. This novel tended to subvert many tropes and the MC Meda is extremely sarcastic. This is a book where the main character doesn’t get into a romance. There’s a minor side romance with the other characters from the perspective of Meda but that’s about it. And it’s enough, actually, because her story shouldn’t involve love – it’s centering around understanding who she is, where she comes from, controlling her powers and dealing with her mother’s death.

All while trying to stay alive, getting the other characters not to kill her. Which is pretty damn interesting.

THE HOBBIT – J.R.R Tolkien

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There is no romance in this, at all. Not even that crappy elf whatsherface in the movies existed in the books (I understand your motives but why did you cast Evangeline Lilly, PJ?! WHY?!)

It’s meant for kids, primarily, so it’s not a surprise this isn’t about smooching and star crossed lovers. I welcomed that so much, because this is a great adventure and doesn’t lose anything because there isn’t a “OMGERD I LURVE YOU” moment.**

**Thorin and Bilbo shippers may disagree

QUEEN OF THE TEARLING by Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)

Another favourite.

I’m sensing a trend, here….

There is no romance. Like, at all. She fancies a dude called the Fetch but that’s it. Nothing else. It’s about staying alive, changing the political landscape of the shitty kingdom she’s been left to rule and basically figuring out if she’s a good enough Queen to fend off AND piss off the red one with mystical powers.

If it had romance it would have bogged it down so much, I enjoyed it so much more as a woman coming into power.

AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman

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Also a favourite.

This wasn’t really romantic but it had minor little romance-y bits. I mean this in the sense Shadow had lost his wife, and while she comes back it’s not about about their romance, it’s more about the loss of the life they shared. There’s minor romance scenes from side characters in self-contained chapter – the Djinn being one stand out chapter for me –  but the main story is about a good man lost, and finding himself again, this time in a land of Gods and Monsters.

VICIOUS by V.E Schwab

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You guessed it! A FAVOURITE wooo

I love this. While Eli and Serena get their rocks off it’s not shown and it’s definitely not a big enough point to be a subplot. It’s just what the characters are doing while they fuck up shit on the outside.

And let’s be honest, Victor and Sydney are the best ones in here, they are the stars, and a 12 year old and a thirty-year old are not going to have a romance in a book. At least I fucking hope not I STG.

 

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Top 5 Wednesday – Hate to Love Ships 

— Ask and you may receive. By request, a topic all about your favorite hate to love romances!

Unfortunately, I only seem to have four that I can offer up for today’s Top 5, but I hope you enjoy and give me recs!

 Nina & Matthias from Six of Crows

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Ok, so Matthias hates ‘witches’ and everything they stand for – Nina is a ‘witch’, but also adorable. Cue hate to love!
There’s a LOT of history between these two, including the fact Nina got Matthias locked up after he’d helped her, but this just adds so much gorgeousness.
They’re so different from each other, it really lends itself for them to learn from one another. Matthias is able to surprise her, Nina is able to coax Matthias into being freer with his emotions. It’s a marrying of cultures, and I adore them.

Simon & Baz from Carry On

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I loved their relationship in this book, it was just a shame I didn’t get to see much of it as I wanted, since the POV’s were many. Simon thinks Baz wants to kill him – which is true, as they’re sort of sworn enemies – but Baz also loves him to death.

They have attempted to kill each other before, but what follows is the amazing Baz admitting his feelings and auuugh. I love them.

Adam and Ronan from the Raven Cycle

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They didn’t exactly HATE each other, but they didn’t see eye to eye either. Adam was very bitter about his situation, Ronan was – well, just a human version of bitterness in the first place, and they didn’t gel. But gradually it was so openly clear how much Ronan… AUGH. I just loved this development over the whole series.

Rhys and Feyre

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Ok so it was maybe more hatred from Feyre’s side, since Rhys kinda knew he loved her from way back, but still. Rhys is probably one of the best characters I’ve read – I think I love sarcastic, flirty little shits – and their dynamic in ACOMAF was absolutely perfect. I still maintain this second book to have been the best of the series, simply because of that dynamic.