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Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Villains

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is top ten – Villains (favorite, best, worst, lovable, creepiest, most evil, etc.) I’m going to go with a combination of all the options. This list will include some of my favorite villains, who are the best and the worst at the same time, but also loveable. Some will be the evilesttop t t and maybe a little creepy too. Villains are some of my favorite and a great Spooktober topic!

 

1. The Darkling, Grisha Verse by Leigh Bardugo – Anyone that knows me knows that I miiiight be a little obsessed with this series and the Darkling. He’s such an excellent villain. Attractive and mysterious, he lures you in before pulling you into the dark side. A backstory that gives him a human side. He’s excellently developed and I just love him.
2. Lord Voldemort, Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – Creepy, downright evil, this guy is just the worst in all the best ways. He’s a character that I love to hate.
3. Maven Calore, Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard – A loveable villain in the first book. Before we’re blindsided by the fact that he’s actually the villain for this series. I loved him in Red Queen and HATED him the rest of the series. Aveyard made him loveable and personable and I still love him a little even though he’s pure evil.
4. Tea, The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco – Tea is made out to be the villain in this story but as we read we find out that she’s doing what she really believes in, despite the fact that she knows it will upset pretty much everyone. The minute she finds out she’s a bone witch she’s already given a stigma of being bad.
5. BeiTech, The Illuminae Files by Aime Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – I think this interesting twist of making a corporation the villain of the story is really cool. Though there’s more to this villain I won’t spoil anything. I think this was a well thought out and well-executed villain.
6. Empress Celestine, The Shattered Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima – There’s still much to learn about this particular villain, but so far she’s very intriguing. She’s the worst, but I find myself liking her more as we get deeper into the series.
7. Nova/Insomnia, Renegades by Marissa Meyer – The main character who is a villain, but seems to start to have conflicting feelings about being a villain once she finds herself surrounded by heroes.
8. Martin Chatwin, The Magicians by Lev Grossman – Martin is just the worst. He’s basically psychotic on top of being pure evil.
9. Adelina Amouteru, The Young Elites by Marie Lu – Adelina was one of the first characters that made me realize I might like villains more than I thought.
10. King of Hybern, ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas – This guy sucked. He was actually the worst and I hated everything about him. Greedy and selfish, not satisfied with what he already has so he has to stir up all kinds of drama.

Who are your favorite, best, worst, most evil villains?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Summary:
If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.
Mare Barrow’s blood is red-the color of common folk-but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.
The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince-the friend- who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: She is not the only one of her kind.
Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.
But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.
Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?
The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known-and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.
Review:
Glass Sword was a story that kept me trapped within the story until the very last page. There were tears and laughter and all of the other emotions as well. I fell even more in love with the characters in this story.
I reviewed the first book of this series, Red Queen, here. Feel free to see what I thought of the first book and how my feelings for these characters have changed. My favorite part of this second book is the development that Mare Barrow has undergone since the beginning of the series. She is strong and clever and passionate and feisty. She’s grown from a girl who’s decided that her fate is to fight in a war that isn’t hers and will likely die for it. Now she fights for something she really believes is worth fighting for. She’s found herself made into a leader and a symbol of a revolution that’s getting a bit out of control. I like Mare because she’s flawed. She does what she thinks is best, even if it may cause some problems before it proves to be the best choice in the end. There was so much about Mare that I liked. She was betrayed and hurt and it was shown by her actions. She was dealing with horrible events and she didn’t just get over them like too many other books do. There may be a lot going on, she may be starting a revolution but she’s still a bit broken inside and that’s shown. She’s finding that there’s a darkness alive inside of her.

“The girl I see is both familiar and foreign, Mare, Mareena, the lightning girl, the Red Queen, and no one at all. She does not look afraid. She looks carved of stone, with severe features, hair braided tight to her head, and a tangle of scars on her neck. She is not seventeen, but ageless, Silver but not, Red but not, human-but not. A banner of the Scarlet Guard, a face on a wanted poster, a prince’s downfall, a thief…a killer. A doll who can take any form but her own.”

I liked Cal in the first book but I like him even more in Glass Sword. He’s just lost everything he’d ever thought he had. He’s just trying to figure out who he is now that he’s lost his family and his crown. He still manages to do his best to help even though he’s not sure if he’s ready to fight for a cause that’s fighting his brother and the only life he’s ever known. I really enjoyed seeing the crown prince try to figure out who he is now and what his next step is supposed to be.

“His bright flame has grown dark indeed.”

These two characters had the most significant development and I loved watching them grow. There were so so many new supporting characters introduced. The variety of abilities and personalities all together was an interesting addition to the story but I feel like it didn’t really allow for much development of these supporting characters. There was just too many. I have a feeling we will get some more in the next book, but who knows.
This story is fast paced and exciting. There is so much action and adventure I couldn’t put it down. We get to see and explore more of the world. I’m excited to continue on with this series and dive into the next book! There was darkness within this book. Characters doing and feeling things they didn’t know they were capable of feeling or doing. It was a dynamic that kept me interested in the story for sure.

“Lightning has no mercy.”

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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ABC Book Challenge |Q|

Hello, Bookworms! This week we are talking about books with the letter Q.

For those of you that are new here – each week we post about books beginning with a specific letter of the alphabet starting with A all the way through Z. We’re going to mention one or sometimes a few books that were memorable with the letter of the week and also books that are sadly still living on our TBR lists. So without further ado.

This week’s letter is – Q.

Most Memorable Books

Amanda

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas – Another book written by the Queen. This series is excellent and i love every page (quietly dying as i wait for Kingdom of Ash to get delivered to my house Tuesday.)

Antonia

Queen’s Own Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey – This is one of the first series that I read by Lackey. I remember absolutely loving it though I don’t recall much about the actual story so I’ll have to reread them soon.

Books Still on Our TBR Lists

Amanda

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare – Being released this December and I CANNOT WAIT. It’s going to kill me.

Antonia

(The) Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – This series sounds amazing; magic, war, intrigue. I hope I get to read it soon.

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Book Tag – Finally Fall

Another Saturday, another book tag! Happy Fall bookworms! We’re back with another book tag! We found this one because Thrice Read posted it! Head over and check out their blog for some great bookish posts.

In Fall, the air is crisp and clear // Name a book with a vivid setting –

Amanda: Antonia stole mine, so I’ll go with Maas’ other series (because I’m binge reading it before the last book comes out). Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I love exploring this world alongside the characters.

Antonia: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas has amazing settings that are described so perfectly.

Nature is beautiful, but also dying // Name a book that is beautifully written but deals with a heavy topic –  

Amanda: WOW, Antonia stole my answer again. So, Ellen Hopkins wins this one. She writes about such heavy serious issues from drug abuse to mental health to gun violence. And she does it all in such a unique format.

Antonia: Anything by John Green. No matter what’s happening in his books, his writing is always profound.

Fall is back to school season // Share a non-fiction book that taught you something new – 

Amanda: I don’t read a whole lot of non-fiction so I’ll substitute with a historical fiction. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly based on the French Revolution taught me a lot!

Antonia: I pretty much never read nonfiction so I don’t have an answer for this one.

In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend time with people we love // Name a fictional family, household, or friend group you’d like to be a part of –

Amanda: I have to say the Inner Circle from ACOTAR because I just love them all and their dynamic is so fun an entertaining.

Antonia: I would love to be friends with Del, Cass, and Nix from the Dragon’s Gift series by Linsey Hall. They have amazing friendships and are all about the girl power.

The colorful leaves are piling up on the ground // Show us a pile of fall-colored spines –

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Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside // Share a book wherein someone is telling a story – 

Amanda: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Antonia: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

The nights are getting darker // Share a dark, creepy read – 

Amanda: Uprooted by Naomi Novik, dark but not so much creepy. I loved every page of this surprisingly dark story.

Antonia: I’m not big on the dark and creepy. The closest I can think of is The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert but I’ve only just started reading it so I really have no idea.

The days are getting colder // Name a short, heartwarming read to warm up someone’s cold, rainy day –

Amanda: Any of the books from the Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich. They’re full of love and laughs and adventure.

Antonia: Julia Quinn’s books always cheer me up. They’re funny and romantic and it’s impossible to be in a bad mood while reading them.

Fall returns every year // Name an old favorite you’d like to return to soon –

Amanda: The Harry Potter Series. I’ve been trying to reread it for a while, but I’ve been slowly reading the first book to my baby at night.

Antonia: All of them? I’m so bad when it comes to rereading books. Joust by Mercedes Lackey is currently on my list though.

We tag whoever wants to participate! Happy fall bookworms!

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The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout

GoodReads Summary:
When seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen…but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she’d only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head…
#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the universe of the Lux in this brand new series, featuring beloved characters both new and old.
Review:
The Darkest Star was a book that I received from NetGalley as an ARC. Jennifer L. Armentrout’s first book in the Lux series, Obsidian, is actually the book that inspired myself and Antonia to create this book review blog in the first place. So when I saw that Armentrout was coming out with another installment in the same world featuring some of the characters we’ve grown to love very much I knew that I had to have it. When NetGalley approved me for this I think I actually shrieked out loud.
I tore through this story like no body’s business. I totally loved Evie. She’s a nice girl that gets her entire world shaken to its core. She was a realistic reaction to everything she goes through. Having a minor meltdown but still trying to keep it together. Talking about her problems with her friends. Even the ending was great. Nothing completely resolved, she acknowledges that she needs to take time to figure out who she really is, but is willing to do that surrounded by those that care about her. I liked Evie. She was a realistic and likable character.
Luc is a total book boyfriend babe. He’s our typical mysterious, protective, I-know-everything macho male main character. But I loved every second of it. He was just trying to look out for Evie because she didn’t really even know the whole story. Luc is a guy with a dark past. He is our ‘darkest star’ as the title tells us. I liked that with the mysterious vibe he gives there was actual darkness within him instead of just being mysterious because we didn’t know his history. He has a dark history and has dealt with hardships, done things he’d rather forget. I really loved Luc.

“We were all stars, but Luc … he was the darkest.”

This book was super quotable. I’m a bookworm that loves books that have memorable quotes. This one has a couple that I really love. It’s a wonderfully written story with characters that I love and can’t wait to read more about. The book was fast paced and exciting, giving us a little bit of information at a time, just enough to keep the reader interested and needing to know more.
I would recommend this to all the lovers of the Lux series for sure. And to those who don’t know about the Lux series, go look them up now and read them and love them.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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I Heart Characters!

I Heart Characters! is a weekly meme hosted by Dani @ Perspective of a Writer to showcase our book blogger love for characters! Each week she’ll supply a topic and you’ll supply the character. Post on whatever day suits you, about characters from whatever media you love (books, movies, K-dramas, television, manga, anime, webtoons, whatever!) and link up on Thursday so you and others can blog hop and share the character love.

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This weeks topic is Plagued by Ghosts (A character who IS a ghost or can see and/or interacts with the spiritual realm.)

Amanda

Okay so who here has read The Wicked Deep. our main character sees ghosts. Penny is sort of an outsider in her town. She lives on the island with the lighthouse and takes a little boat to the mainland everyday for school and everything. While I didn’t absolutely love Penny, she was definitely intriguing in this book. A great book for spooky season if you’re looking for something to read this Halloween!

Antonia

The In The Garden Trilogy by Nora Roberts follows three women as they deal with a ghost who’s haunting their house. The ghost has a sad, twisted backstory that I completely loved.

Everything & Anything · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday

Hey, bookworms! It’s that day of the week again where we participate in the wonderful bookish post that was formerly hosted by Should be Reading and was recently taken over by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer three questions to give an update about what you’re currently reading, going to read next and have read recently. Feel free to leave your answers in the comments or link your post!

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What are you currently reading?

Amanda- Listening to The Diviners by Libba Bray. Perfect for spooky season. I’m still working on An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green. I wish I had more time to finish this book already. I’m also still trying to finish the third book in The Magicians series, The Magicians Land by Lev Grossman.

Antonia- I just started The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. I’ve been so excited to start this one and can’t wait to see where it takes me.

What did you recently finish reading?

Amanda- I just finished Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and I’m still not over all the things it made me feel.

Antonia- I just finished A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas. Expect to see a review soon.

What do you think you will read next?

Amanda- Next I’ll keep trying to work on my Fall Bookish Bingo reading challenge list. Maybe City of Ashes or Norse Mythology.

Antonia- I’ll also be picking something off my Fall Bookish Bingo list though I’m not sure what I’m in the mood for yet.

 

Thanks for reading our W’s this week. What are yours? Leave them in the comments or leave us a link to your post.