Top 5 Wednesday!

My Top 5 Favorite “Unlikeable” Protagonist’s

  • I think everyone can agree that both Catherine and Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights are extremely unlikeable. Both of them are horrible human beings yet you root for them. You want them to be together and love each other from beginning to end. As much as I hated them both as characters, I loved their love. I respected their love. I related to their tactics and hatred and all of their unlikeable qualities because I believed in them as a couple. But lets face it, they were a terrible couple as well.
  • America Singer from The Selection is absolutely atrocious to me. The entire series is trash, yet I’m trash for it because it is one of my biggest guilty pleasures. I don’t know what it is about the authors writing but I will read anything she puts out into the world and hate/love it the entire time. America was SO unlikeable in my opinion but I was so with her on her journey through the selection. I hated everything about her personality but God forbid she doesn’t win the hand of Prince Maxon or I would die.
  • Beatrice Prior from Divergent also infuriated me. Was she supposed to? Did she get under anyone else’s skin? I don’t honestly know. But by the end of the trilogy I had still hated her, yet I was so on her team. No spoilers but once I finished the trilogy I was so angry I wanted to throw them all in a dumpster and set them on fire. If you have read the series then you know what the big ending plot twist was. Why the hell was I so angry when I absolutely hated her character? Probably because deep down inside I secretly loved her.
  • The Lannisters from The Game of Thrones series are also extremely unlikeable. Incest, betrayal, flat out terrible people. This is exactly why I love them so much. Do I want them to eventually turn out to win the throne? No. Would I be mad if they did? Also no. I was even sad to see Joffery go (after I was screaming in delight when it did happen). Hate or love the Lannisters but they are some hard ass characters and that house will either go down in some beautiful flames, or rule the entire world. Not even the fictional world, my world too.
  • Lestat from Interview with a Vampire was really one awful son of a bitch I’ll admit that. The entire time I was reading that book I was reading to reach into the pages and punch him in the mouth. But that’s the beauty of it, as you continue Anne Rice’s series you want to reach through the book and hug him instead. A back story can change everything, and in this case it really did the trick for me. I’ll always be completely in love with Lestat.

 

The Lady of the Rivers Review!

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Jacquetta, daughter of the Count of Luxembourg and kinswoman to half the royalty of Europe, was married to the great Englishman John, Duke of Bedford, uncle to Henry VI. Widowed at the age of 19, she took the extraordinary risk of marrying a gentleman of her household for love, and then carved out a new life for herself.

 

This is a prequel to the Cousins War series by Philippa Gregory but I visited Gregory’s Facebook page and she suggest reading them not in the order they were published, but in chronological order, so that is what I did. This book follows Jacquetta, the mother who will eventually give birth to Elizabeth, the Queen of England.

This is the second novel I have read by Gregory and again I was not disappointed in the slightest. I’m a sucker for a good historical fiction, especially when it comes to history and the English crown. King Henry the VIII is one of my favorite things to talk about so when I found out Gregory had a series about the rulers prior to King Henry I was intrigued. I’m always itching to learn more about history and historical fiction (with usual visit to Wikipedia while I’m reading it) is my favorite way to learn. The fact that Gregory solely focuses on the women of the dynasty as the main character is just a huge added bonus. Feminism for the win!

This story follows Jacquettas entire life, up to the very moment her daughter Elizabeth meets the future King of England. There were elements of magic in this story that I deeply appreciated. I think some people might be irked by the presence of magic in a historical fiction novel but I thought it was an added bonus. It really brought the characters to life in a way that they probably wouldn’t have if there was no magic.

I think it’s important to read this book before started the other books in The Cousins War series because if I hadn’t known the back story of King Henry the VI and his Queen and their issues, I wouldn’t have been able to get into the next book. Jacquetta was very close to the Queen of England during this novel therefore we get to see the court politics, some dirty laundry, forbidden romances, and the overall decline in a Kings mental health. There is something for everyone in this novel to appreciate and I think that’s the beauty of it. Not only are you learning something, you are fully invested in these people’s lives. Overall I loved this book as well as the beautiful writing. This is a solid 5 stars from me and I’m so excited to continue onwards! After reading this book I’m obviously rooting for the Lancaster line but who knows who I will be rooting for once I finish the series. It’s almost like a real life Game of Thrones, minus some dope dragons.

 

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Stealing Snow Review!

 

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Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.

Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.

Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.

 

So I’ve taken a solid amount of time before writing this review to try and give myself some thinking space from the book. I was hoping after a break I would change my opinion and give it a higher rating but alas, even space couldn’t change my mind. Snow spends her entire life in a mental institution because as a young child she tried to walk through a mirror, bringing her best friend with her and causing them both harm. This was already a problem for me. Did snow run through the mirror with gloves of steel? How did two young children hurt themselves so badly by something that seems pretty easily fixable with a few stitches. Also, how does walking into a mirror at a young age constitute Snow being insane enough to live in solitude in a hospital her entire life? I like my fantasy to be a little bit believable, especially if some of it is taking place in the real world. I’ll tell you right now, no insurance on earth is going to provide for someone to stay locked up their entire life over something so petty. That’s just where the problems started for me.

This is an ice queen retelling and once Snow traveled to her own land things began to pick up the pace from there (albeit slowly). Snow is searching for her best friend Bale who is kind of her boyfriend and she certainly thinks he’s the love of her life. We don’t see much of Bale to confirm this but honestly from even Snow’s point of view I highly disliked his character. Once Snow finds out she’s able to produce snow and ice magic I started getting annoyed once more. Snow is told that the evil King ruling the kingdom has been basically ruining everybodies lives for many years now and she’s the only person strong enough to stop him. *Insert prophecy here* Snow flat out refuses to fight him, all she is concerned with is finding her boyfriend and getting out of dodge. But to go back to what? The hospital? For someone who was practically imprisoned her entire life unwillingly you’d think she’d be a little bit more keen to protect the people around her who are also theoretically being imprisoned. She knows what it feels like to be locked in a cage.

Then we all of a sudden have a love square? Snow has not one, not two, but THREE love interests. (Team Jagger). UGH. I’m not one to cry about the love triangle trope but good God, three is a little excessive.

Now with all that being sad I didn’t HATE this book. It took a long time for me to read, was certainly boring for a good chunk of it, but did have some fantastic plot twists towards the end. Overall the book just felt like something that I’ve seen over and over again in YA. There was nothing that stuck out to me or that I could carry with me over the years. I rated it 2.5 stars for sheer effort and those twisty plots at the end but I don’t recommend this book honestly. It’s really difficult for me to say that because I love to support authors with all my heart. This just wasn’t worth the time for me and I will not be continuing on at this point. The only thing worth mentioning was that Jagger was the best and only character that stood out to me. If I do end up picking up the second installment to this series it will be so I can see that little angel do good in life. (Also low key have some major skepticism about his character and wanting to confirm my theory).

 

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Top 5 Wednesday!

This Wednesday theme is to recommend five books that represent your Hogwarts house. My Hogwarts house is a firm Slytherin. I’ve taken every sorting quiz imaginable, including the Pottermore quiz multiple times, and I’ve always been sorted into Slytherin. I take GREAT pride in my house so I am excited to give you all a few recommendations based on what I think a fellow Slytherin would enjoy. The key words I’m focusing on today are cunning, ambitious, determined, and leadership.

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  1. The first book I’d like to recommend is the true crime novel Helter Skelter, which focuses on the Manson murders and cult that occurred during the late 1960’s in the United States. This book is the only novel to ever truly scare me and I love how well the facts were put together without a largely bias opinion. I think a lot of people see Slytherin’s as truly evil (which isn’t true) but I wanted to give a recommendation of a story that I did in fact find wholeheartedly evil. Manson himself meets all the criteria for the key words I wanted to focus on, the most accurate word being cunning. I think anyone who has a shred of interest in the Manson cult or the murders should check this book out as it was written by the detective who worked the case for many years.
  2. The second book I’d like the recommend is The Bone Witch. I have a full review for this book here on my blog but I think this is an interesting take on witches. Tea is the main character and she is a necromancer in a world where people fear her power. We follow Tea as she goes on her journey to learn how to control her powers and become an Asha. Tea is absolutely determined in everything she does and I think the ending truly represents the path a Slytherin would take in her position.
  3. Book number three is Heartless and it is a retelling of the Queen of Hearts. I also have a review for this here on my blog if you are interested in seeing more of my thoughts on this. Heartless follows the main character Catherine who only wants one thing in life and that is to own and run her own bakery with her best friend but circumstances throw her life off course when she is made to become Queen, but falls in love with someone who isn’t the King. I think Catherine is very ambitious and there is a lot of adventure in this novel. Catherine’s story also leads her down a rough path and towards the end we all know how the Queen of Hearts turns out (a villain). While I don’t think Slytherins are all villains, I do think that they can identify with the road Catherine took and why she became the way she is.
  4. The next book I’d like to recommend is not a book at all but rather a series and I’m sure you are all familiar with it, or at least the TV show. I’m speaking of the Game of Thrones books. There are so many different perspectives touched on during the length of these books but I think all Slytherins will love the premise, which is a political fight for the throne. There are so many twists and turns in these books and I think the most interesting part is the way these people play the game to win the power, which is something all Slytherins can find fascinating.
  5. The final book on our Top 5 Wednesday journey is The Six of Crows duology. These two books follow a group of criminals who embark on a wild and thoroughly impossible heist. We get to see so many points of view, why all these people are considered criminals (most of these characters I would mentally sort into the house Slytherin) and why these characters came to be the way they are. The theme in this story is dark and the adventure is incredible. Anyone can appreciate this story but I think a Slytherin especially will fall in love with the characters and their pasts.

 

That’s all for today folks! See you next week with another Top 5 Wednesday!