Top Ten Characters To Keep Me Company While Deserted

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Today’s TTT topic is: Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island (pick based on however you want…skills they would bring, their company…or pure hotness factor :P) I actually think I’ll stick with those three categories! As long as this doesn’t go Lord of the Flies, I think I could be quite happy stuck on an island with these ten characters. I tried to get fanart for all of these characters, but some I just couldn’t find, so I put the covers instead. All art is sourced to their creators 🙂

For… skills they would bring

1. Karou from Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. Even without the magic, Karou is intelligent and quick, and she would take charge and handle things in a crisis easily.

2. Sturmhond from Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. I mean, who wouldn’t want to have a privateer with them? Not just for the hotness factor, I mean. He’s probably used to surviving in harsher conditions, and he could make any tough situation a bit lighter with his sarcasm and wit. 

3. Celaena Sardothian from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Of course I want an assassin on my side! But she’d also be nice to have for company – I mean, she loves chocolate cake. I don’t think I could hate any person who loves chocolate cake.

So. Many. Feels.
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For… their company

4. Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Oh Peeta ❤ My one true love and first book boyfriend. I’m pretty sure I could be happy just by seeing him smile every day. That’s all I’d need to survive a deserted island.

 5. Josie from Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan. We could sit on the beach and complain about sock seams and shirt tags all day, and then talk about linguistics and syntax together. The time would fly by and we might actually cry when the rescue teams pick us up!

6. Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Josie may be just like me, but Cath is my soulmate. It’s been several months since I read Fangirl, and I still can’t even properly word how much that book means to me, and how much it helped me understand myself. If I could just be with Cath for five minutes, my life would be made.

7. Emi from Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour. She’s got big ideas – maybe even too big sometimes – but I love the fact that she’s a dreamer. And she pays attention to the little details; the important parts of what makes someone unique.

For… pure hotness factor

8. North from Free to Fall by Lauren Miller. I mean, he’s a bit unconventional, but I’m a sucker for forearm tattoos. And when they reference literature? *swoon* Plus, he’s the most respectful character I’ve read about in a while. World is ending and girl is throwing herself at you? Nah, son, let’s save the sexy times for when we’re not acting out of fear. *swooning again*

9. Raffe from Angelfall by Susan Ee. *fans self* Let’s not get me started. This snarky asshole is the bane of my existence.

Yeah, I don’t like you either.
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10. Matt Finch from Open Road Summer by Emery Lord. He could serenade us while we all watch the sunset. Now tell me that isn’t a beautiful, beautiful dream…

11. Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I need a Levi. Seriously, someone make one for me. Or buy one. I’m not too concerned about ethics in this situation.

THIS SCENE
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I just have to make a note here that while I’ve never read the Heroes of Olympus (just a few more months till the boxed set is released… patience, my love), y’all need to see this art. Oh lawd.

That’s my list for this week – link me yours below!

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Top Ten Books to Make Me Swoon

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Today’s TTT topic is: Top Ten Books That Will Make You Swoon. 

Baby butterflies:

1. Pivot Point by Kasie West. Addie + Trevor was my favorite, even though I loved the Para world better than the Norm world. I’d give up my super powers too!

2. Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw. This is a huge blast from the past – seventh grade Kayla’s first swoon worthy book. I haven’t read it in years, but when I owned a copy I read it over at least twenty times in two years. 

Some squealing:

3. Crash Into You by Katie McGarry. Rachel and Isaiah <333 This was the beginning of my love affair with McGarry’s series, and I think it’s still my favorite!

4. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Wolf and Scarlet – I shipped it so hard. The tomatoes??? Perfect!

5. Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton. It started out a bit slow, but the burn smoldered into a blaze and WOW Fear is a fantastic character and y’all need to meet him. 

6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I almost put Lola and the Boy Next Door instead, but AatFK is the one that made me swoon more. LatBND is the soft comforting one that makes me super bubbly. Very much like my taste in men: I’m drawn towards the St. Clairs, but in the end I’ll settle down with the Crickets 😉

Hardcore swooning:

7.  Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. Sturmhond. The Darkling. Mal. IT’S ALL TOO MUCH FOR ME TO HANDLE. Ruin and Rising is going to be the death of me.

8. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. THE. FEELS. This week is pretty much Ignite Me week on the blog, so I won’t go into too much detail since I’m posting my review tomorrow and a discussion on Thursday. BUT I CAN’T PUT IT INTO WORDS HOW MUCH PERFECT WAS PACKED INTO THESE PAGES.

9. Angelfall by Susan Ee. I’ve always loved angels, but this was the first where I fell head over heels for the main character. Raffe is so multi-dimensional, and his relationship with Pen is antagonistic, yet the sweetest!

That’s my list for this week – link me yours below!

I Wish More Authors Wrote With Color

No, that isn’t a metaphor. And it isn’t a statement about whitewashing in YA either. I mean actual, literal color.

I think this needs some explaining. When I write my reviews, I assign the book some colors. Not on purpose, really, but I just imagine the book in my head and the first impression/color I get is what it is. Maybe one character is orange, while the other is aqua. The plot might be red, with some hints of pink, or maybe even a streak or two of white. After they get their colors, I assess how those colors make me feel. If a character is orange, they’re a bit fiery, but maybe more controlled than a red character would be. If a character is aqua, then they’re softer, more comforting, and a steady temper. A red plot might mean it’s full of action, but the pink and white indicates that it slows down in some parts.

I know, I know. But it’s the only way I can sort out my feelings sometimes! I don’t always have the words at first, but if I have a color, I know exactly what impressions that color gives me, and I can always put that into words. Usually it translates pretty well when I’m trying to describe a book. Besides reviewing books and writing my blog, this actually applies to the rest of my life. If I want to remember something, I give it a color. Memory recall goes up by 100% after that!

So now that I’ve explained the psychosis I live by, here’s my actual point: I wish more authors would write using color. I wish they would describe their settings and characters with more vibrancy. Often I find that when describing a setting it’s just the basics, maybe they mention that there’s a skyscraper or they’re in the woods. They rely on my previously ingrained images that I may have gleaned from google to fill in the blanks. I don’t want that. I want to see the exact forest that they see! I want to know if the windows are so clean they reflect the blue sky, or if they’re tinted so darkly that they’re nearly black.

Of course the lack of color doesn’t make me automatically hate a book, but when I find one that includes more than normal, I pretty much fall in love. Two really stand out to me as ones that I remember: Angelfall by Susan Ee and White Like Milk, Red Like Blood by Alessandro D’Avenia. Angelfall had a setting that was just vivid – everything was described in detail, using a million colors, from the forest to the sky, and the angels’ aerie was flawless. White Like Milk, Red Like Blood focused more on the characters, and there were two in particular – Sylvia and Beatrice. Leo, the main character, described Sylvia as blue like the ocean, and Beatrice was red like her fiery hair. Sylvia was calm, steady, and peaceful, and a hidden quiet force, while Beatrice was bright and extroverted, shining like a flame.

Both those books really sucked me in, because it was written like I think! I didn’t have to adapt to someone else’s way of thinking; I just slipped right in like I was home. It’s the greatest feeling when I find a book written with color. And I really wish I could find more authors who write that way!

So now that I’ve exposed my crazy sauce, let’s turn the tables on you. Do you like books written with lots of detail and colors? Do you understand at all what I’m trying to say? What writing styles do you feel most comfortable reading? 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Recommend to Turn Someone Into a Fantasy Reader

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Today’s TTT topic is: Top Ten Books I’d Recommend To A Non-Fantasy Person. I do love contemporary, and science fiction, but my true heart lies in fantasy. And a lot of people don’t like it! These are some books I’d recommend to turn someone to the dark side and begin enjoying fantasy.

1. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. This is true fantasy (or high fantasy, however you want to term it), so maybe not one to jump into immediately. But there’s just something so classic and timeless about Bilbo’s story – it’s a special favorite of mine, and if you enjoy this one enough, read the Lord of the Rings too.

2. The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima. Second in a series, but my personal favorite so far, this is more urban fantasy – kid finds out he has powers and chaos of the magical variety ensues. This one has a male protagonist, so it’s definitely more appealing to a male reader!

3. Angelfall by Susan Ee. Post-apocalyptic fantasy, and even though Penryn herself isn’t magical in any way (physically at least – her personality is absolute magic), it’s angels and demons. Maybe it could fall into the paranormal category too, but I call it fantasy. This is one of my all time favorite books, and I recommend it to anyone who will listen!

4. The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. It’s a bit more middle grade, but the writing is humorous, yet still well developed and intricate with all the details drawn from Greek myths.

5. Harry Potter by JK Rowling. What fantasy list would be complete without this mention? Harry Potter is my childhood, and to this day a huge influence in my life. I’ll be re-reading this thing, and if I lose my memory when I’m old, the best part will be that I can read this for the first time all over.

6. Eragon by Christopher Paolini. I’m a naysayer for the remaining three books, but Eragon is still my favorite despite my displeasure with the fallout of the rest of the series. I love Saphira, in particular, and her sarcasm/wit/snark is flawless. Another male protagonist, so I’d recommend it especially for a male reader.

7. The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis. Another series that truly influenced my life. I even wrote a 75 page paper (when I only needed to write 25) for my capstone project at college on this series. They’re short, and middle grade in style, but the themes and applications are for any age.

 8. Cracked by Eliza Crewe. Again, maybe more paranormal than a true fantasy, but this is templars and demons. It’s a perfect, unique mix, and the snark of the main character is off the charts. Plus, the unexpected feels really round this out and make it an outstanding debut effort from an author I’ll be keeping my eye on.

9. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I can’t believe I almost forgot this one! Truly a new favorite series of mine, which isn’t a title I hand out lightly. The characters are complex, the world-building is beyond satisfactory, and every single page is a new adventure that you just can’t put down.

That’s my list for this week – link me yours below!