Top Ten Tuesday: Poor unfortunate souls

Oh god, I have back to back Top Ten Tuesdays where is that consistent posting I promised weeks ago??

So this week on TTT it’s freebie week! As usual, I had no idea what to do but after scrolling through past TTT topics I found “Most Unfortunate Character Names” and it just clicked.

1. Chaol Westfall | Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Because this:

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2. Mare Barrow | Red Queen

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)Mare literally means a female horse… is it meant to be symbolic or something because I got none of that.

3. Maven | Red Queen

What??? Where is the author getting these from?

4.  America Singer | The Selection

The Selection (The Selection, #1)She lives in America and she’s a singer!!! Well, she lives in what used to be America.

5. Renesmee Cullen | Twilight Saga

Twilight (Twilight, #1)Please never mashup names like this. Restrain yourselves.

6. Peeta Mellark | The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)Honestly, who doesn’t think this name is just ugly? I love Peeta, it’s just his name is horrible.

7. Valek | The Study Series

Poison Study (Study, #1)His name really made me want to say it in a Russian accent. You know with the throaty a’s.

8. Casimir | Ruined

Ruined (Ruined, #1)

I have no idea how to say this… cashmere without the h?

9. Cricket Bell | Lola and the Boy Next Door

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2)

How can you not think about cricket chirps with a name like that?


So basically every fantasy series! Seriously though, what is it with fantasy and really weird names?

♥ Prima

Please don’t kill me: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)

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Publication Date: 2nd September 2014
Rating: 2/5 bamboo sticks
She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

Confession: I hated Heir of Fire.

Don’t get me wrong, the series really doesn’t work for me but I loathe Heir of Fire. Here’s the 4 reasons why.

  • It was SO GODDAMN SLOW. Took me a better part of a month to finish it and on top of that, I didn’t enjoy one single moment of it. The whole plot was basically just setting up Queen of Shadow’s plot meaning nothing interesting happens. Also, the final battle lasted literally 2 seconds. Just so disappointing.
  • Celaena pisses me off. I’ve never really been able to connect with her as a character and I think I know why: she’s really, really cliched. To me she’s just one in a long line of badass bitches in YA fantasy/dystopia/apocalyptic and nowhere near the front.
  • Chaol pisses me off. The multi-POV situation just made it worse. He’s so indecisive and that’s what annoys me so much. JUST PICK A SIDE!! It’s not hard.
  • The romance set up was just the worst. It’s not that Rowan and Celaena don’t have chemistry, it’s just I feel like they could’ve been so much better as friends. Strictly platonic and no kissing friends. The way Celaena goes through guys it really just feels like Rowan is the flavour of the month or in this case the book so I’m not a shipper. Sorry Rowlin fangirls!

There were two things I did like about this book, namely two characters. Yep, Dorian and Manon saved this book from getting a 1 star rating.

  • Dorian has always been my favourite in the series but omg is he fierce in Heir of Fire! I love how he’s learning to use his magic and I’m so excited to see what happens to it in the next book.
  • Manon is totally evil, I love her. She’s the real badass bitch in Heir of Fire, Celaena can only dream about her. She’s got good character development, interesting life and moral conflicts… THAT’S WHAT I WANT FROM CELAENA instead of the bullshit flitting about everywhere and doing stuff for reasons.

Verdict: I’m only reading the next book because I already bought it.

I’m so sorry to all the Throne of Glass lovers out there. Trust me, I really wanted to like it too 😦

Week of Love #1 | The Book Love Tag!

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And the countdown to Valentine’s Day starts. I thought it would be nice to do a week of Valentine’s Day/Love/Anti Valentine’s Day posts. This is a blog with hearts in the title after all so here’s the first one! Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much did this tag last week and I loved (hur hur) it so much that I just had to do it.

1. Favourite Book Couple

If you know me, you know what my answer will be. Sydrian forever and always. They’re one of my first OTPs before I even knew what shipping was but I felt it in my bones.

2. Top 3 Book Boy/girlfriends

Adrian Ivashkov, Carswell Thorne and Levi from Fangirl. Boom, easy.

3. Imagine your favorite book couple. Who would propose, and how? (If there’s already been a proposal: who would be more into organizing the wedding?)

Spoiler alert: they’re already married so LOL! It was a quick wedding though so I feel like Adrian would be so into organising a whole party… ok no maybe he’ll have the idea but then Sydney would plan the whole thing to perfection XD

4. A pairing you can’t stand.

So I just finished Heir of Fire (finally) and so I’m going to say Rowan and Celaena. I hated it. The whole book just set them up to be a couple but they work so well as a platonic pairing. Another one I can’t stand is Chaol and Celaena because I hate them both. PLEASE DON’T KILL ME.

5. What’s your favorite and least favorite romance trope?

Favourite is definitely enemies turned romance. I don’t know why but the chemistry between enemies is always really good and so it turning into romance is so fun to read about. I also like the complete opposite: friends turned romance. Love it when there’s a connection between the characters before the romance. Like 10 Things I Hate About You.

Least favourite is definitely love triangle or any sort of shape. Indecisiveness is something I really hate in characters. Love triangles are literally just the girl or guy going “Well, I like them but I also like them. OH NO WHAT SHOULD I DO???”

6. Do you ship non-canon couples often?

Hmmm, not really. I like to follow along the canon ones 😀  I totally just remembered who I really ship. Ben and Cassie from The 5th Wave!! I heard that they are not canon though and that makes me so sad because their chemistry is so good.

7. Opinion on love triangles. Go!

Hate them, please get them out of YA books.

8. Favourite and least favourite love triangles?

I’m stealing Catia’s answer and saying the love triangle in The Infernal Devices. It was just really well written and Tessa wasn’t really indecisive like the girl in my least favourite love triangle.

Another steal because it’s just so true: The Selection love triangle. Aspen is just so obviously the third wheel, why is he even trying. Also, he’s such an ass in The Selection why does America even consider him???

9. Sometimes romance isn’t the way to go. Favourite friendship?

I was going to say Thorne and Cinder but Catia already said it too and I’ve stolen way too many answers XD

I’m going slightly old school and saying Percy and Grover. Their banter and bromance in the PJO series was just so good!

10. What’s you favourite scene with your bookish OTP?

THE ENDING OF THE GOLDEN LILY, HANDS DOWN BEST SCENE EVER. The whole What you can drive manual??” thing just gave me all the feels. I must’ve read that bit a hundred times.

11. Imagine your favorite book couple again. Who’s most excited about Valentine’s Day (either ironically or genuinely)?

I feel like Sydney would be genuinely excited funny enough because she hasn’t had a lot of these kind of things in her life. Adrian would plan the whole day with like trips to the museum, looking at architecture and then eating a picnic inside the Ivaskinator… or maybe not because Sydney would kill someone if food was split inside that car XD

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So I’m tagging:

Thuong @ I Read Therefore I Am

Lisa @ Remarkably Lisa

Aentee @ Read at Midnight

Feel free to ignore this if you’ve done it or if you don’t want to do it!

In other news, I MADE AN INSTAGRAM! Check it out here! It’s pretty bad right now… got any photography tips?

 

The Greek Way (Part 1)

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Ok so I saw this awesome survey over at Flip The Page with greek mythology. Being a giant Percy Jackson fan (although Heroes of Olympus is another matter…) I just knew I had to do this. So technically Jasmine has listed out the 12 Olympians and some characters from the PJO and HOO series and paired them with a book. You can find her list and the instructions here. I’m gonna take her up on the suggestion of splitting this survey into 2 parts so here’s my Gods section: Continue reading “The Greek Way (Part 1)”

Review: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight? More like Crown of the Super Awesome Badass Assassin who is bloody awesome. But that probably wouldn’t fit on the cover.

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)

An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.
But her heart never wavers.

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king’s bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she’s given a task that could jeopardize everything she’s come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon — forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice. Where do Continue reading “Review: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas”