Teaser Tuesday #26

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Hey Book Nerds, and welcome back to my blog! I am so excited for this week’s Teaser Tuesday because I am reading a phenomenal book! Since I am on Summer break, I have so much free time to read, and get lost in fictional worlds. So, you bet I have been spending every single minute of it reading! This week’s teaser comes from a popular, widely-hyped book, that features a swoon-worthy high lord. Does that give any hints? Here’s the teaser!

‘Apparently, the nearby “inn” was little more than a raucous tavern with a few rooms for rent – usually by the hour. And, as it was, there were no vacancies. Save for a tiny, tiny room in what had once been part of the attic.’

Page 464, A Court of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas

It is actually super difficult to find a non-spoilery teaser from a Sarah J. Maas book. The farther you get into the books, the more action and romance comes into her books. But, i definitely cannot say no to that!

I found that once I started reading this book, ACOTAR felt like a prologue to this novel. They both follow a partially different storyline. ACOMAF starts off the same but quickly moves on to something else. But, I am loving it so I really shouldn’t complain.

Also, when readers say that this book is better than the first, they really aren’t lying. It is incredible and I can’t help but emphasize how badly you need to read this series.

If you are interested in the synopsis, here it is:

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

THAT’S IT FOR TODAY! I hope you enjoyed this week’s teaser! Don’t forget to like, comment and follow to keep up to date with my newest posts!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

REVIEW: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

(Warning: This will be long! Like very, very long. Also, lots of spoilers!)

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)INFORMATION:

Title/Author: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Series: The Dark Artifices (#2)

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Release Date: May 23, 2017

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

ISBN: 9781442468405

SYNOPSIS:

Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

MY THOUGHTS:

I am so proud to say that this is the first book that I have ever bought on release day! And, it also wins the spot of the first book I have read this summer! I remember rushing into Chapters, after school on May 23rd to grab one of the copies off of their lovely 40% off display! Sadly, I wasn’t able to read it back then, but I finally got to it earlier this week and finished it literally a yesterday. It was amazing, and flawlessly written. Cassie worked her magic and wrote heartbreaking cliffhangers and multiple plot holes that should be resolved in future series. In the easiest way possible, I would say that The Dark Artifices is Cassie’s most mature series!

The mood of the story seemed to be a bit darker from what we saw in Lady Midnight. Instead of laughing, eating pancakes, and drinking coffee, The Blackthorns, Rosales and Carstairs seemed to be less excited. They weren’t grieving death in the first few chapters, but you could tell that they weren’t a super happy bunch of teenagers and children anymore. They seemed to be a bit off, and I didn’t find that they lightened up at all throughout the novel.

I also found that the whole storyline of Lord of Shadows was more detailed and complex compared to Lady Midnight’s. It was almost as if the first half of Lady Midnight was the story’s prologue, and then the actual story started during the second half and the continued into this book. Cassie also involved so many new types of demons and the introduction to Piskies! I loved how she featured Sea Demons since they were so close to the Pacific Coast. And they helped the first half of the story evolve into the second half.

A lot of the first half of Lord of Shadows was all about fighting demons, which was almost like a throwback to City of Bones. The Blackthorns spent most of the first half trying to figure out why there was an abundance of demons so suddenly. I loved how Cassie introduced us to some demon history in this portion of the story.

During the first half, we finally got our first look at the Centurions who attended the Scholomance. Of course, we had met Diego previously. But, we finally go to see Manuel, Zara, and all of the other highly educated LIARS. Zara definitely led the evil portion of Centurions and was a member of her father’s Cohort. If anyone earns a spot as one of the villains from this novel, it is definitely Zara Dearborn.

Then came Malcolm. Did anyone expect that, because I totally didn’t! I thought Emma killed him! But, I guess when they say “all the stories are true,” that does include resurrection. But hilariously, I was reading this part out loud (because I was bored holla), and I literally screamed at my book. I was just so shocked! Because, with Malcolm comes Annabel.

The resurrection of Annabel was probably the scariest scene of the novel. I was so happy when the Blackthorns fled for London, because I knew they would be safe. But then Arthur pushed Kit into the portal and left?! I didn’t think he would be brave enough to sacrifice himself. He was always seen as the fragile, sick uncle of the Blackthorns. Not the savior of their lives. Truly the ritual for resurrecting a dead Shadowhunter was dark, bloody, and evil. When Annabel told the story of her painful resurrection, I couldn’t believe what I was reading!

While the Blackthorns fled for London, Cristina, Emma, Julian and Mark were off in the faerie lands, on a mission of their own:  to save Kieran. I really hated Kieran from when Emma and Jules were whipped in Lady Midnight. Although I still didn’t like him when they went to save him, I knew that it was what Mark truly wanted. He was still in love with Kieran and could not bear the death of him. Something I really hated from the seelie lands was that darn bonding “curse.” Like holy, Kieran and Mark are in love, let Cristina go dream about Jaime. Also, one of my favorite scenes from the novel was when the Shadowhunters, Kieran, and Gwyn rode out of faerie on The Wild Hunt horses. It was crazy to have Shadowhunters on fae horses! I wish I was able to snag one of the Bookcon posters of this scene because… LOVE!

Omg if there was anything that brought back all of The Infernal Devices feels, it was the fact that we went back to the London institute! I absolutely adored TID so going back was amazing for me. Although there was lots of tension during this time, I found that Ty had the time of his life! I don’t think he ever expected to be in the same room as first edition Sherlock Holmes copies. I also really loved that all of the books had “W.H.” initialed in them. Like, I was just imagining that one of those books was a copy of Great Expectations!

Ah, and then came Magnus and Alec. We haven’t seen these characters in a while, right? I’m pretty sure both of them were featured and mentioned at the end of Lady Midnight, but they fully made a big appearance in Lord of Shadows. AND THEY BROUGHT MAX AND RAFE!! Ah, the little Shadowhunter and Warlock were so precious! I absolutely loved the fact that Cristina sang Spanish lullabies to Rafe!

The ending of this novel was horrifyingly terrible! I hated how murderous Annabel became in her Clave trial of truth. When she killed Robert Lightwood, I swear I was in shock. He has been around since the first Shadowhunter novels! And then poor Livvy. My heart broke for her. I couldn’t even read the last five pages of the book because I had so many tears flowing down my face. I don’t know what to expect in The Queen of Air And Darkness, but I do know that the Blackthorns will not be the same.

All of the Characters in this book were so fierce! Julian Blackthorn never backed down from a chance to protect his family. Emma Carstairs slayed, killed and fought through terrible deaths. Can I remind you that she killed one of the Seven Riders with Cortana? That’s insane! Ty finally opened up to another person. Kit Herondale became accustomed to the life of a Shadowhunter so quickly! Livvy seconded nicely to Emma. Mark seemed to have finally fit into the Blackthorn family as he did before. And Cristina sipped her coffee, even in the darkest of times.

I found that the Parabatai conflict was even more emphasized in this novel. Emma and Julian’s separation in the beginning of the novel made them even more eager to get together. And, if I do say so myself, I love these two together! #Jemma has both sailed and sunk in this novel an I am just hoping that they pull through in the final installment!

I was really scared for the Kitty ship when I was going into the novel. I remembered how Ty used to sit outside Kit’s door at night, waiting for him to acknowledge him. And then when they finally started talking, they could never be separated. Kit was the only Shadowhunter that had heard of the mundane condition, autism. AND HE KNEW THAT TY HAD IT! When Livvy joined their group, the three of them were inseparable!

One of the parts of the story that shocked me the most, was the fact that Diana Wrayburn was transgender. I don’t think I would ever expect that. But, Cassie does an amazing job with LGBTQ+/mentality representation. She features many gay and lesbian couples throughout her stories and now we also have a transgender lady. If any author can write a great Pride representation, it is Cassandra Clare!

Overall, I cannot help but give this book 5 stars! It was phenomenally written and I found myself not being able to put it down! I don’t know how I am going to wait until 2018 for the final installment! THE WAIT BEGINS…

THAT’S IT FOR TODAY! I hope you all enjoyed my review of Lord of Shadows! Don’t forget to like, comment your thoughts and follow to stay up to date with all of my new posts!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

 

 

Secret Life Of A Book Blogger Tag

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Hey Book Nerds! Can any of you believe that it is already Friday?! I am so ready to just sit back, relax and READ! I wrapped up my Freshman school year with my Math final today and I cannot explain how happy I am now! It is almost as if someone took a 5 pound weight off of me.

Anyways, I was tagged by Angelica @ The Book Cover Girls to do this lovely tag! I have been looking at doing it for a while and was so excited when I saw that Angelica had already tagged me! If you haven’t checked out her beautiful blog, you should definitely click on the link above! She updates so often that you will never run out of new posts to read!

Are you ready to play tag? Well, I am tagging every book blogger that sees this post. I feel like this is a perfect “get to know me better” for us book lovers! Let’s get straight into this!

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING?

I have been blogging for an insanely long time. I originally made my blog in October 2015, but I really didn’t know the ups and downs of blogging. I was just a young, thirteen year old who thought it would be cool to write reviews and share my thoughts on YA books. I really had no clue what I was doing. But, within the last year, I have really started getting into blogging. I have a goal to post every day – every two days and I have been proudly sticking to it!

AT WHAT POINT DO YOU THINK YOU WILL STOP BLOGGING?

I don’t have any plans of stopping my blog in the future. I may go on a few hiatuses when need be, but I don’t want to EVER stop blogging. Every day, I wake up wanting to share new opinions with my followers. Although some days I have a feeling that I have absolutely nothing to write about, I find something! During the school year, I am never as active as I am in the summer. But, once University rolls around, I might slowly become even more inactive. But, I promise I will never give up at blogging, even if I end up only posting once a month in the future. It is something I love doing and could never let it go!

WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT BLOGGING?

Definitely the fact that I get to communicate about something that I love with people around the world! That sounds pretty insane, right? But I post new content daily and I have people from countries EVERY WHERE that view it! I have people in Colombia, Norway, Portugal and the Philippines that have seen my blog! I’m in Canada, which means that people that are thousands of miles away are viewing my blog. INSANE. But all in all, I absolutely love talking about books with people. I don’t know many people where I live that like reading, so being able to talk about it with people over the internet is the next best thing!

WHAT IS THE WORST THING? WHAT DO YOU DO TO MAKE IT OKAY?

Definitely managing my time! Sometimes it is really hard to find time to blog after doing a bunch of math homework, or getting so into a book that you don’t want to stop reading. Let’s be honest, it happens to us book bloggers on a daily basis. But, if you are determined to keep on track with posting, you will be able to finish your homework fast enough, or put the book down. If anything, I am constantly trying to fit in time to write up some posts… especially when I am reading an amazing book!

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO MAKE/FIND PICTURES TO USE?

Honestly, not long. I go the easy route and find all of my pictures on the web. I am so jealous of all of the amazing bloggers who take time to take pictures and edit them for their posts. I am waaaaayy too lazy. I usually get the book covers from each book’s Goodreads profile and I always try to find a little banner for tags. The “Top 5 Wednesday” posts I do always feature the groups logo, which is found on their Goodreads group page.

WHO IS YOUR BOOK CRUSH?

Hmm… I have a long list. Daemon Black from the Lux series has had my #1 spot for the last two years. I don’t think anyone is going to kick him out of that spot. I also really love Rowan Whitethorn from the Throne of Glass series. He’s a babe! Julian Blackthorn has been slowly easing his way into my third spot, recently. He is just so loving and caring that I can’t help but have him on my list! I also really love Kaidan Rowe, Jace Herondale, Will Herondale and Kaz Brekker!

WHAT AUTHOR WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE ON YOUR BLOG?

There are so many that I would want to meet and have a book signed from, but I can easily narrow it down to one author that I would really want to interview for my blog. Obviously, I would have to choose Jennifer L. Armentrout! She has been such an inspiration to me over the past few years and I would be honored to have her on my blog. Is it enough to prove it with the fact that Obsidian is featured in almost all of my posts? But, I have a plethora of questions that I would love to ask her. Other authors that I would love to feature on my blog are Sarah J. Maas, Cassandra Clare and Morgan Matson!

WHAT DO YOU WEAR WHEN YOU WRITE A BLOG POST?

Well, it really depends on the season. For the most part, I write my posts after school. And, I am a lazy person who enjoys changing into pajama shorts and a sweatshirt the moment I walk through my front door! If there’s anything that I am always wearing while blogging, it is a hoodie. In the summer, I usually wear a pair of athletic shorts and in the winter, I usually go for the sweats. I like to be comfy when I blog and you would never catch me in a pair of jeans as I write up a blog post.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO PREPARE?

Depends on what type of post. Before I start typing, I always brainstorm some ideas for my posts. If I am doing a review, it usually takes me about an hour to type up my thoughts. Usually a little bit longer if I have A LOT of thoughts. But, I tend to type up my reviews write after I finish each book, so all of my thoughts are fresh in my head. Teaser Tuesdays take me between fifteen and thirty minutes. They really are the most simple thing to post. Both “Top 5 Wednesday” and tags can take anywhere between two hours and a whole day to write up. It all depends on how busy I am, how easy the questions are and how much I procrastinate writing it. Lol.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE BOOK BLOGGING COMMUNITY?

I absolutely love it. I could not have wanted to be a part of a better community. Every one is so kind and welcoming. The book blogging community truly is a place of friendship, opinions and love. We love books, we love blogging and sometimes we love other things. But, it s so easy to make friends around the world with other book bloggers. Everyone is super inclusive and happy. But what I love most is that no body is scared to share both their opinions and feelings!

WHAT DO YOU THINK ONE SHOULD DO TO GET A SUCCESSFUL BLOG?

Simply be yourself and post frequently. When I first started my blog, I didn’t do either of these things when I first started my blog. Being yourself is key to people liking your blog. Nobody wants to read a post that doesn’t express who you are. Explain all of your thoughts in a review or posts more than just bookish related posts. Talk about fashion, makeup, coffee, or even your adventures on your blog. Just because it is called a book blog doesn’t mean you are subject to post only about books! I also suggest posting frequently. Once a month definitely isn’t enough for success. Usually once a week will do the trick but I can highly recommend posting a few times a week. I know it sounds like a lot, but it works!

THAT’S IT FOR TODAY! I hope you enjoyed today’s post. Don’t forget to like, comment and follow to keep up to date with all of my new posts!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

 

 

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

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Hey Book Nerds! I was recently tagged by one of my amazing bookish friends, Emily @ Who Gave The Write to do this tag! Recently, a lot of blogs, and booktubers have been doing this tag and I have been super excited to do it! This tag has been around for quite a few years now and makes a come back every June/July. With that said, it is June, and it is also the sixth month of the year, so how could I miss this tag?!

Before I get into this tag, I wanted to tag some amazing bloggers to do this tag! If you have already done it, be sure to just ignore this.

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ IN 2017:

I think I am going to go with Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare for this question. It is really tough to pick an answer for this question since I have read 40 books so far this year and quite a few of them have been beyond amazing! But, I loved this book waaayy too much! I waited over a year to get my hands on this book and I was so happy when I toughened up and fought past the thought of how little I have in my bank account. This beauty is $32 in Canada! It’s an insane price! But, I took this lovely book on a vacation to Hawaii and spent the majority of the time there sitting on the beach reading. It was very fitting in my opinion since Spring is very mucky and wet here in Canada, so I brought it to a place with beaches. The book takes place in LA where there are lots of beaches in case you didn’t know!


Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements, #2)BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017

I’ve got to say, Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout definitely lived up to the amazing-ness of the first book! Sometimes paranormal sequels end up lying flat, but this one was witty, humorous and everything you could expect from an Armentrout novel! Like literally, I never stopped liking her usage of the line “crap on a cracker!” It is used waaayy too many times throughout the novel but it is such a unique quote that when you read it, you instantly know is has something to do with Layla. Also, I didn’t think that I could love Roth anymore than I did in the first book! Yes, he can be quite the D-Bag at times, but that’s okay. Anyone on #teamstony is definitely on the wrong team!


Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT WANT TO:

OOOOHH! Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare is stealing this answer! I actually bought it on release day which was… almost a month ago. But, I promised myself that the moment I finish exams, I am diving straight into this book. As I stated before, Cassie’s hardcover are around $32 here in Canada. And I definitely did not want to pay that much for a hardback. With most new releases, they go on sale, especially if they have a super high price. So, when I walked into Chapters on the release day, I was overly happy to see a huge display of Lord of Shadows featuring a bunch of 40% off stickers. Funnily, I was at Chapters recently and they still have the exact same display with copies still marked down. But, I am super excited to dive into this book soon!

(Update: I gave in and started this before I finished exams. WHOOPS!)


If There's No TomorrowMOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

I’ve been having a very difficult time choosing which book I am anticipating the most, but I think I am going to have o go with If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout! I was debating between this and the upcoming Chaol novella, but this one ended up winning by a huge difference! Jennifer L. Armentrout usually write 1 – 2 YA books every year, and this year we are getting this beautiful book! I am still trying to figure out if this is a sequel or spinoff of The Problem With Forever. But, nonetheless, I would probably be satisfied with any work of fiction by JLA!


Paper TownsBIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

Probably Paper Towns by John Green. Not that it was a bad book or anything, it just wasn’t what I was expecting. A few years ago, I picked up TFIOS and absolutely loved it. I loved how detail and inspiring the metaphors were in it. But from reading that, I also expected Paper Towns to give off the same vibe, which it didn’t. I found Paper Towns to be written less formal than TFIOS was. Although there was a four year difference between the publication date, I was still expecting the elegant writing used in TFIOS. But, this book did leave me looking at all of the Walt Whitman books at my local bookstore,so A+ for that!


Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)BIGGEST SURPRISE

Definitely the ending in Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas! That was super intense and tear worthy. If anyone has read the Throne of Glass series, you would know how much you come to love the characters. We journeyed with both Celaena and Dorian from the first chapter of Sarah’s debut novel. And then you read those last 100 pages of Empire of Storms and all you want to do is scream “WHAT IS LIFE?!” It was such a sad and devastating ending that the fact that we have t wait another year for the next book in unbearable. I cried for throughout the last few chapters of the novel, and I don’t remember stopping my internal tears. All I know is that I am so curious as to what is happening to Aelin!


An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU)

Well, I don’t usually instantly reach for a debut author’s books. I usually give them about a year on the store’s shelves before I actually grab them and purchase them. But, a new author that I started reading from this year was Sabaa Tahir. I originally bought myself a copy of An Ember In The Ashes last August, but I truly wasn’t in the mood to read it until recently. But it was amazing! Absolutely fan-flipping amazing. There was so much hype around it that I was slightly terrified of reading it, but I came out loving it! It was brilliant-ly written with a great cast of characters and a magnificent world. I cannot wait to read AEITA’s sequel and more books that Sabaa Tahir writes in the future!


Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

Definitely Julian Blackthorn from The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare! If there is anything that scareams “newest” it is someone from your current read. And, if you couldn’t tell from above, I gave up on waiting until my last exam (which is tomorrow!) to read Lord of Shadows. I gave in and it has been one of the most non-regretted decisions I’ve made in a while. I originally fell in love with Julian Blackthorn back when I read City of Heavenly Fire, when Julian was a little wide-eyed boy who thrived to protect his family. But, I truly started loving him the moment I started reading Lady Midnight! And now, I am reading about Julian again and I am loving it!

(Whoops! I tried to keep each answer to a different book, but I wrote this over the course of a week and didn’t notice that I used Lord of Shadows twice!)


Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER

This is such a hard question because I am constantly reading about new characters, some of which I truly love! One of my recent favorites was Scarlet from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer! I recently read the book of the same name and I couldn’t help but love how innocent she was. She grew up on a farm, harvesting tomatoes in Toulouse. She never really expected to get to know one of the world’s most wanted cyborgs. But, a lot of unexpected things happen to normal people! I honestly loved Scarlet’s story and how strong she was throughout all of the horrible things that happened to her!

(P.S. I was so tempted to pick Cristina Rosales from The Dark Artifices for this question. She is another one of my favs! But, I think I have used The Dark Artifices enough duing this tag!)


Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

Hands down, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. This was actually my most recent finished book but I was an absolute mess of tears after reading it. It’s actually quite funny since I knew how this was going to end. I had watched the trailer for the movie, and had both watched and read reviews of the book. Although I always looked at the non-spoiler ones, I had a feeling that the ending wouldn’t happen in a happy way. It is easy to foreshadow books like these, but I still ended up crying in this one. I got so adjusted to Will and Louisa that the ending hit me hard! Literally, the moment I finished the epilogue, I shut the book, flipped my face into the pillow and cried.


Obsidian (Lux, #1)BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

Out of the 40 books that I have read so far this year, a lot of them have brought smiles to my face! I could truly make a whole list of books that make me happy. But, I think that my reread of Obsidian made me super happy! If you didn’t know, this was the book that made me want to start blogging and really get into YA novels. I try to reread it once or twice every summer, but I fell into a book slump earlier this year and used that time to reintroduce myself to Mr. Daemon Black! This book is filled with hilarious quotes, stubborn characters and scenes that I can’t help but smile when I read them. If any book wins the #1 spot on my happy books list, it is totally this one!


City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)FAVORITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION YOU SAW THIS YEAR

I honestly hardly ever watch movies. I don’t really have easy access to movies so I am usually either blogging, reading or catching up on YouTube videos in my free time. And to be honest, I haven’t seen a movie in theaters since February 2016. i went with a friend to see The 5th Wave right after it was released because I was obsessed with that book! I think one of the only book to movie adaptations I’ve seen this year was The Mortal Instruments movie. It is one of my favorites and I frequently rewatch it. And, Lily Collins is one of my favorite actors. Although a lot of people hate this movie because it is a horrible adaptation, I found it pretty good. I watched it before I read the book and I found that it captures the dark mood of the book perfectly, unlike the TV show! And, the guythey casted for Valentine looks slightly like a pirate…

Just ListenFAVORITE REVIEW YOU’VE WRITTEN THIS YEAR

I really loved how my review of Just Listen by Sarah Dessen turned out! I feel like every review that I read for a book that I loved turns out way better than most. But not only did I love this book, it also had a huge impact on my view of music and life. When books teach me something, I always end up being able to write a more descriptive review. Usually I go by a little outline where I talk briefly about the plot, characters, what I liked and what I didn’t like about the novel. Being able to add in another paragraph to my reviews make me feel so much better about the length of them! And even, although it was a bit of a rant, I was very confident with how this review turned out!


Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR (OR RECEIVED)

I have bought a lot of books this year and have also received some books from both giveaways and authors! But, by far the most beautiful book I got, both cover and writing wise, was Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff! I was so lucky to receive this from Caden @ A Thousand Books To Read who hosted an amazing giveaway a few months ago on her bookstagram account! I didn’t really think that I would have a chance of winning this since she has over 20,000 followers! But somehow, I ended up winning it and I was amazed by how pretty it is in person. Of course, there is a very blue dust jacket, but when you take that off the book, you are revealed with one of the most beautiful naked covers ever! And the story is absolutely stunning and creative!


A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR:

Holy, there are so many! Any huge reader, like myself, has a physical TBR that just keeps getting larger, and larger, and even larger! Yes, I am a bibliophile, and yes I prefer to spend money on books rather than clothes and makeup. Currently I have 25 YA/Adult unread books on my shelf and 11 Classics on my shelf. Since my summer break officially starts in less than 24 hours, I actually plan on finishing a majority of these before next school year starts! A few of the books that I really want to get to soon are A Court of Mist And Fury, The Unexpected Everything and Pride And Prejudice!


THAT’S IT FOR TODAY! I hope you enjoyed this tag! Feel free to do it for yourself even if I didn’t tag you! Don’t forget to like, comment and follow to stay up to date with my newest posts!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

Top 5 Wednesday: Unlikeable Protagonists

Hey Book Nerds, and welcome to another week of Top 5 Wednesday! This week’s theme is “Unlikeable Protagonists,” but with a twist. It is actually your favorite unlikeable protagonists. It isn’t too often that I end up hating a main protagonist. Obviously I have hated MANY antagonists, but I usually always either like or love the protagonist. So, I am going to just list a bunch of protagonists that have a following of haters!

If you haven’t heard of Top 5 Wednesday, it is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Goodreads moderators, Samantha and Lainey! If you are interested in potentially joining the group, you can CLICK HERE!

Anyways, let’s get straight into my list of unlikeable protagonists that I love!

  1. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)CLARY FRAY – THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS
    I have spoken to so many people about Clary and the majority of them have spoken of hating her. But to this day, I still cannot fully understand how anybody could hate Clary! In the first book, she is being introduced to things that don’t seem real. The world of Downworlders and Shadowhunters would seem crazy to any mundane, as Clary thought she was. I, myself, ended up loving Clary’s character. I found her a lot like myself: art lover, nerd, family lover. But, a lot of people have described her as annoying. I could see her being slight annoying but not to an extreme level that I wound end up disliking her.


  2. Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)AELIN ASHRYVER GALATHYNIUS – THRONE OF GLASS
    This is another character that people love and hate. The true haters of Aelin hated her in her Celaena days. But, I found myself loving Aelin ever since the beginning. She started out weak, but worked hard enough to regain her position as the strongest fighter in Erilea. She worked her butt off to get where she was at the start of Erilea. I feel like people hate on her because she continuously needs help being saved. But, I love that through all of her troubles, she was still able to make friends and find family members who care for her. And, I can’t help but love when ROWAELIN get reunited!


  3. Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)KAZ BREKKER – SIX OF CROWS
    Anyone who has not fully read Six of Crows can fully agree with me for this answer! Kaz is a thief, a gang member and an overall poor quality person. He was an evil to Ketterdam. But, the moment I figured out how much Kaz loved Inej, I couldn’t help but fall in love with him! He showed readers that even the most evil people can shed romantic emotions. All of my poor thoughts about Kaz were lost after that and now, I’m waiting with grabby hands fora hardcover of Crooked Kingdom!


  4. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)PEETA MELLARK – THE HUNGER GAMES
    Well, this is a different answer than I expected to put in here. But, who didn’t hate Peeta in the first Hunger Games novel. He got picked to represent District 12 in the 74th annual Hunger Games but wasn’t even brave enough to stick with his teammate. WHAT A TRAITOR! He wanted to try to survive by making friends with the “tough guys.” It was such a bad idea. But, in the end, he realized that he truly needed Katniss’s help to win. If I just ignore the first book Peeta, I remember how much I loved his compassion, his courage, his kindess and how much I wanted some of his bread! #teampeeta over Gale any day!


  5. Obsidian (Lux, #1)DAEMON BLACK – LUX
    Well, I am almost definite that all of you know how much I love Daemon! I even created a tag based off of him. But, I actually HATED him at the beginning of Obsidian, along with a lot of people who have read the book. He was an absolute D-Bag throughout the first book. But, you can’t help but love him during Onyx and the rest of the novels! He had his reasons to act super rude and I can’t help but loving him for it. Family comes before random girls, and that is exactly what Daemon was like.


THAT’S IT FOR TODAY!I hope you enjoyed my answers for this week’s theme! Don’t forget to like, comment and follow to keep up to date when I post!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

Teaser Tuesday #25

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Hey Book Nerds, and welcome back for a new teaser! I feel like you have all got so used to me posting these so late due to school. HAHA! But, I don’t have school this week! It is exam week and my last exam is on Friday. So, with that said, I am finally able to start posting these teasers earlier in the day! Well, at least early for Canada/US time. Anyways, I have an amazing book for this weeks teaser, so let’s get straight into it!

‘As they drove, Kit was silent, looking out the window. The freeway was nearly empty, and stretched ahead of them, gray and deserted. Signs for Crenshaw and Fairfax flashed by. This wasn’t the beautiful Los Angeles of mountains and beaches, green lawns and mansions. This was the L.A. of cracked pavement and struggling trees and skies leaden with smog.’

Page 62 – 63, Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

It was extremely difficult to find an excerpt from this novel that wasn’t filled with spoilers. Being the sequel to Lady Midnight, every page, paragraph and sentence in this book features some sort of spoiler. But you know, it is pretty darn amazing so far!

I was actually planning to start this book the moment I got home after my math exam on the 23rd. But, I have had this books in my hands since release day and COULD NOT last a minute longer without reading this book! It has been staring at me, unread, for the past month! I am super surprised that I lasted this long without reading it. But now that I am back in the world of Shadowhunters, I could hardly stop reading it!

I have been absolutely loving all of the characters throughout the first 60 pages. Of course I was expecting to read about the Blackthorns, Emma and the Rosales. But I definitely was not expecting so much Jace and Clary. Can’t say that I’m not loving it because it is a total throwback to The Mortal Instruments!

If you have read Lady Midnight and are interested in reading Lord of Shadows, here’s the synopsis:

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

THAT’S IT FOR TODAY! I hope you enjoyed this week’s teaser! Don’t forget to like, comment and follow for more posts!

REVIEW: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)INFORMATION:

Title/Author: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Series: Me Before You (#1)

Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books/ Viking

Release Date: December 31, 2012

Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

ISBN: 9780670026609

SYNOPISIS:

Louisa Clark is an ordinary young woman living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

MY THOUGHTS:

This book exceeded my expectations by a mile. I never really expect to love, or let alone enjoy an adult book. Seeing that I am still quite young, sometimes the language and vocabulary used can be a bit more difficult than what I usually read. But, I couldn’t help but pick this one out of the stacks of books in a picked-over thrift shop. It was too much of a popular book to be sitting alone in there. I am super happy that I bought this, and although it took me a long time to build up the courage to read it, I can officially say that I am a Jojo Moyes fan!

Prior to reading the novel, I actually knew quite a bit of what occurs throughout the book, including the tragic ending. Both before and after the movie adaptation released, a lot of readers started picking up this book and reviewing it. Although I wasn’t able to watch/read any of their reviews, I was able to watch the movie’s trailer. And I fell in love.

The plot of this novel was quite different from anything I had ever read. I don’t think I have ever read about anyone that is paralyzed, let alone a quadriplegic. Of course, I have read about disabled people, but not quite disabled into immobility. But I will say that reading about the pain and torture of having to have everything done for a quadriplegic sounds horrible. Absolutely horrible. I don’t want to ever know how it feels like to have people stare at you while you are eating or while you roam a park in your wheelchair. But Will did.

Will… he was a complicated character. I couldn’t figure him out for the first. He was moody, arrogant and someone who I definitely wouldn’t want to spend time with. I think his darker moods were accentuated after is accident. But, by the time I hit the 100th page, he loosened up. He talked about his past adventures and his freedoms. He complained how he truly wasn’t living as a quadriplegic. At first I didn’t understand how he could actually WANT to have a medically assisted death. But then it hit me, he really wasn’t living in his wheelchair. The only thing that he was capable of doing himself was steer his wheelchair. He couldn’t fluff his pillows when uncomfortable, drink a margarita or even read a book without assistance. His past life was gone and he wasn’t happy with his quadriplegic life. Although I don’t think it is right to go through a medically assisted death, I think that once Will knew that that was what he wanted, there was no turning back. Not even when Louisa came into his life.

I absolutely adored Louisa’s character. She was that foolish, awkward goofball that could brighten your day. Even just looking at her appearance could make a smile fill your whole face. I don’t think I have ever seen anyone wear a super mismatched outfit on the streets. Especially not one that was fully bright colours. But that is Louisa for you. Lover of hot beverages, and fashion. I am overjoyed that Will came into Lou’s life! He changed her and showed her the parts of her that stood out and defined her. He proved to her that working to earn money isn’t the way to live life, adventuring is. Although only devastation ended in their relationship, I felt super happy throughout the story for Lou. Because a happy Louisa equaled a happy reader.

I will be totally honest, I knew what was going to happen in the end. I knew it before I even picked up the book. It was just obvious. Even the synopsis gives it away. And even though I knew it was coming, I sobbed my eyes out. I could feel a sob growing in my throat throughout the last 40 pages. But It wasn’t until the last 3 chapters that I started to feel tears prickling my eyes. I tried to hold them in, but they ended up flowing down my cheeks, fast, while reading the epilogue.

One of my favorite scenes in this story was Lou’s birthday! I absolutely loved that they included Will in the celebrations. I have a feeling that the birthday dinner would’ve been terribly boring if he wasn’t there. But Lou’s boyfriend definitely tried to ruin her big day. I understand that he was jealous that Lou was paying attention to Will and making sure that he was having a good time, but Patrick had no right to give them the stink eye. Like holy, give the man a break. But those bumble bee tights MADE MY DAY! I absolutely loved how considerate Will was to buy Lou something that she talked about loving years prior. If anything is a thoughtful gift it was that!

My least favorite thing about this novel was Lou’s boyfriend, hands down. He was just… ick. He didn’t even act like a boyfriend to her, more life a friend who always wanted to kiss her. But he didn’t even take into mind how important Will was to her. After taking care of him for a few months, both Lou and Will started to have a connection between them. One that Lou never had with Patrick. Patrick also never took into consideration of what Lou liked to do. He spent so much of his time exercising and training instead of treating Lou to dinners and spending nights watching TV with her like any proper boyfriend should. #worstboyfriendever

Overall, I decided to give this book 4 stars. It was both high on the “brings me happiness” and the “tear-worthy” scale. But it also got its place on my list of books that affected me in a mental way. This book made me think about how precious life is. Although I wish I could bring myself to give this book 5 stars, I feel like 4 stars is very deserving.

THAT’S IT FOR TODAY! I hope you enjoyed this review! If you have read Me Before You, be sure to leave some of our thoughts down below. Don’t forget to also like and follow for more blog posts!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

School Books: Freshman Year

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Hey Book Nerds! Today was my final day of freshman classes. Although I still have a few exams/finals that I need to write next week, I finished all of my classes today and I could not be happier! My school works in semesters, which means that we take a certain amount of courses each semester. Luckily, this term I got to take English! My English teacher was funny, always energetic and she constantly told jokes that didn’t end up making any sense! She was amazing!

My English teacher ended up giving us a number of short stories, poems and articles to read throughout the semester. Although we didn’t get any full length novels, I was satisfied with everything she gave us. For the most part, they all had a killing vibe to them. And if there is anything that I read A LOT about it is killing.

So, today I wanted to share with you all of the written works that our teacher gave us to read. I wanted to do this so that I could share my thoughts on all of them, but not having to write a full–length review. Hope you enjoy!

SHORT STORIES

  • The Sniper by Liam O’Flaherty
  • On The Sidewalk Bleeding by Evan Hunter
  • The Monkey’s Paw by W. W. Jacobs
  • Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl
  • Once Upon A Time by Nadine Gordimer

I actually ended up liking quite a few of these stories. Although they were all under 10 pages, each of them ended up affecting me in some way. I’m pretty sure my teacher was slightly crazy and every story ended up having a terrible ending. Most of them ended in someone’s death.

If I had to choose which story was the best, I would definitely go with “On The Sidewalk Bleeding.” I enjoyed reading this one so much! Even though I haven’t read The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton, I would definitely recommend this one for anyone to anybody wo was a fan of that novel. It is similar in terms of gangs and the 60’s vibe it gives off.

“Once Upon A Time” and “The Monkey’s Paw” all ended up giving me the absolute creeps after! One ended in the death of a young boy while the other one involved a demonic talisman that haunted every wish you made. Ahhh! So creepy!

Roald Dahl’s short story surprised me in so many ways! I grew up watching the Charlie and The Chocolate Factory movies, and eventually also read the book. And if anyone is like me, they would’ve expected this short story to be about something happy. BUT NO! There’s another killing. From a lamb leg. YUCK!

POEMS

  • Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
  • To My Son by Helen Fogwill Porter
  • To Christine by Susan Forder

I actually came to love poetry after these past few months. I never really read poetry before then. It just never intrigued me to read a bunch of poetry verses, rather than a novel. But, it isn’t the intrigue in an English class that pushes you to read the content, it’s the teachers. But I am so glad that I got to start reading some poetry this past semester because I absolutely cannot wait to purchase some poetry anthologies for myself! SOme that are on the top of my TBR are Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur and The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace!

My favorite poem that I read was “To Christine.” It was about a girl who is trying to be someone that she truly isn’t. She starves herself and dresses in uncomfortable clothes to “look good.” The poem is written from an anonymous perspective that can be assumed to be someone who sees Christine frequently. I don’t really know why I liked this one so much, but it was amazing!

MY THOUGHTS ON FRESHMAN ENGLISH CLASS

I actually loved it! Moving up from a middle school class to a high school class was a huge change for me but it wasn’t as bad as I expected. The first half of the class was grammar and the second half of the class was based on reading, writing responses, and annotating. God, I hate annotating, but it is worth it in the end!

I am so excited to go into my Sophomore year of school next year! English class sounds like it is going to be pretty great since we get to read a FULL-LENGTH NOVEL (!!!) and I get to start studying Shakespeare! Every year contains the exact same set of written materials so I already know that I will be reading both To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Romeo And Juliet by Shakespeare. Sounds like fun to me!

THAT’S IT FOR TODAY! I hope you enjoyed reading about my Freshman English class! Be sure to comment down below some of the books you read during high school! Don’t forget to like, and follow for more posts!

Happy Reading

REVIEW: Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

“Silence is so freaking loud.”

Just ListenINFORMATION:

Title/Author: Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers/Speak

Release Date: April 6, 2006

Genre: YA, Contemporary

ISBN: 9780670061051

SYNOPSIS:

Last year, Annabel was “the girl who has everything” — at least that’s the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf’s Department Store.

This year, she’s the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong.

Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen’s help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.

MY THOUGHTS:

I have got to say, I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. Actually, I didn’t like it, I loved it! There was not one part of this book that I hadn’t enjoyed. I spent everyday, waiting to come home and dive back into this book!

Something I loved about this novel was all of the characters’ stories. The whole story was from Annabel’s perspective, but within this 370 page book, so many stories were revealed. It all really started when Annabel and her two sisters, Kirsten and Whitney modelled without any problems. They lived the teenage dream, as it seemed. But everything quickly went down the drain. After moving to New York, Kirsten and Whitney’s relationship slowly dwindled. But, it also gave them each a story. Whitney’s body went into eating disorder territory, due to the lack of food she ate. Thankfully she ended up recovering, learning to love to cook and eat healthy. Kirsten on the other hand, struggling to juggle a job and modelling, retired from her modelling career and moved on to getting an education!

But there were also so many more stories that all had something to do with Annabel. First came Clarke, Emily and Sophie, three girls that Annabel was once friends with. But with friendship sometimes comes betrayal. Clarke’s friendship with Annabel was over the moment she left her sitting at home as she followed Sophie to a party. With Emily, it ended another way that I will get to later. But Sophie was really the person who changed Annabel’s life. Their friendship lasted, and then broke apart in a terrible way. Ironically, the same way that Sophie and Emily’s relationship ended. A misinterpretation of a situation.

Annabel was actually a victim to sexual assault. By Sophie’s boyfriend. Can you believe how wrong this sounds? Terribly. But really, it joined eating disorders on the list of issues that Sarah Dessen covered in this novel. They are such horrible things that happen to so many teens these days. Eating disorders happen so often, but sometimes they are left unnoticeable. Along with Whitney, teens don’t go for help. It is such a harsh topic to read about but Sarah Dessen wrote about it in an amazing way. If you have gone through an eating disorder and are currently in recovery, try this book out and read about Whitney’s story. I don’t think it will be triggering since it isn’t even from Whitney’s perspective, but I believe it could open eyes to what others see.

Now, can you believe that I still haven’t talked about my favorite character yet? Haha already past 600 words and I haven’t even covered our hottie for the novel? What is life? Well, in this book we had the ever-so-gorgeous Owen Armstrong to fall in love with. And if you are a music lover like myself, you would totally fall head over heels for him. Owen is that bad-boy that every school has who basically get unacknowledged by EVERYONE. People fear him for his past. But really, he has so many inspirational words built up in him that were left unsaid for the longest time! And the one thing he loves to talk about most, is music!

I found the concept of this novel very inspiring. When you first look at the cover, you can spot an ancient iPod, in the front pocket of a girl’s jeans with earbuds dangling out of the headphone jack. That iPod played such a huge role in the novel, let alone music. The iPod was Owen’s prized possession, the one thing he couldn’t live without. But if you could not tell by the title, or the cover, this whole book is about music really. It shows that there are just so many different genres. It also showed me that you are never truly alone with music.

But now that I have read this book, I have also come to understand how loud, silence is. I am writing this post outside with the loud noises of an air conditioner and an airplane flying thousands of feet in the air. There are also quite a few other distinct noises including rustling leaves, flies buzzing and the noise of my keyboard clicking as I press my fingers down on each key. Nothing is quiet about my current situation. But when you are alone in a room, with only silence filling the space, you realize how much louder everything is. You end up thinking about your deepest and darkest thoughts and then there ends up being just silence and you. If you ever need to let your thoughts free, find a silent area and let the silence drive your thoughts.

Some people’s escape is music, while others, like mine are books. Or maybe you are like Whitney and like to use a pen and a notebook. Or maybe like Kirsten, who escapes with a camera. There is always something that you can escape with. And trust me, YOU NEED IT! Everyone needs to escape reality from time to time. You need to get away from all of the drama in your life and hook yourself up with something you enjoy!

There were so many things that I would love to talk about this book, but I do not want this review to go on forever! But, I can proudly give this book 5 stars. It had a huge effect on my views of both people and judging people. It also taught me some life lessons that I just know will stick with me in the future.

If you are looking for an inspiring contemporary, definitely pick this one up! It is the first work I have read by Sarah Dessen and it is getting me super excited to read so many more!

THAT’S IT FOR TODAY! I hope you all enjoyed my review of this book! Don’t forget to like, comment and follow for even more posts!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

Top 5 Wednesday: Side Ships!

Hey Book Nerds, and welcome back for another Top 5 Wednesday! This week’s topic is “side ships,” and I am super excited for it! I really don’t think I talk about the side ships in novels too much. There are just so many, but I am always obsessing over the protagonist’s relationship. I feel like there are always side ships but I am just too blind to notice them. But, I put together my top 5 side ships for today’s post! Hope you enjoy!

If you are interested in joining Top 5 Wednesday, it is a weekly meme where you list your top 5 “things” for each weekly topic, chosen by the lovely Lainey and Samantha. If you would like to check it out for yourself, be sure to CLICK HERE!

  1. Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)ELIDE AND LORCAN – THRONE OF GLASS
    Ahhh if there was any side ship that I wanted to sail into the horizon, it was Elide and Lorcan! They were so cute and perfect for each other! From what I remember, both characters were introduced in the third book, Heir of Fire, but didn’t actually get together until Empire of Storms. I was really weary with the relationship between these characters. The true of them never were a “true” couple, which although I definitely wanted to see that, I don’t think it would have worked. Elide is a human with witch roots, while Lorcan is a fae who is blood-tied to the EVIL MAEVE. It just wouldn’t work out. But after reading Heir of Fire, I couldn’t help but ship them together! And even, Elide’s last name is so similar to Lorcan’s name. Lochan – Lorcan. You see the similarities?!
  2. Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)CECILY AND GABRIEL – THE INFERNAL DEVICES
    I promised myself that I would only put one ship from Cassandra Clare in this post, and I couldn’t help but go with Cecily and Gabriel! They were just the most badass couple ever! Gabriel came off as the brooding, moody Lightwood brother when he was first introduced. And Cecily was a very moody, depressed young girl when she first walked into the institute, but quickly became a fighter! So there are many similarities between the two. But, when they were first introduced to each other, it was love at first sight! I seriously think that I could’ve read a Cecily/Gabriel story!
  3. Obsidian (Lux, #1)ADAM AND DEE – LUX
    Ahh the two food lovers! I’m almost definite that food brought these two aliens together. When Dee first revealed her boyfriend in Obsidian, I couldn’t help but be curious as to how his personality would compare to Dee’s. Dee is that over-the-top happy, sugar rush girl who never fails to put smile on someone else’s face. Whereas, Adam is a peacemaker who always searches for an opportunity to resolve an argument. Their personalities don’t really work together, but they are definitely a powerhouse couple! They are such an innocent couple that I couldn’t help but ship them!
  4. Just ListenCLARKE AND ROLLY – JUST LISTEN
    I actually just read this recently but I absolutely fell in love with these two characters! Neither of the characters are in the novel too often, but their ship MUST SAIL! They were one of the absolute cutest couples I have ever read about! Clarke was an athletic girl who wore glasses and had bad allergies when she was first introduced. But we didn’t really get to see her in the story until approximately a year after she was introduced. Rolly on the other hand was a radio show host and a lover. of pancakes. Let me also tell you that he was obsessed with Clarke before he even knew her name! I was so happy when these two ended up falling in love with each other!
  5. Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)SCARLET AND WOLF – THE LUNAR CHRONICLES
    Who doesn’t love Scarlet and Wolf?! I was kind of scared for the new characters when I started reading Scarlet. I was so obsessed with Cinder’s story that I had no clue what to expect. But, I quickly ended up falling in love with Scarlet and Wolf. They were GOOOAAAALLLLSSSS! It all started off with a tomato farm in Toulouse, to n adventure in Paris! Like, wooo the city of love! Wolf was such a caring man throughout the whole story and I absolutely loved it. He treated Scarlet as every man should!

THAT’S IT FOR TODAY! I hope you enjoyed my answers! Don’t forget to like, comment, and follow for more posts!

Happy Reading

~Alaina