Sorry I Don’t Love Them | Top 10 Tuesday [#29]

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Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday weekly fun on my blog! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to join in the fun, hop on over to their blog to see what it’s all about!

This week’s topic is Top 10 Characters Everyone Loves But I Don’t.

I love having unpopular opinions. It makes me unique and sets me apart from other book lovers! So I apologize if I dislike a character you like. It’s nothing personal… it’s just that they suck. Simple.


10. Peeta from the Hunger Games

Peeta

He was a bore to read. Complete snoozefest.


9. Jace from the Mortal Instruments

Jace

Hot as he may be… he was no Alec/Magnus.


8. Rhys from A Court of Thorns and Roses

Rhys

I couldn’t stand how he treated Feyre. It was so uncomfortable to read.


7. Chaol from Throne of Glass

Chaol again

Whine, whine, whine. That’s all he does!


6. Maven from Red Queen

Maven

For reasons I will not disclose.


5. Day from Legend

Day

No sympathies for him. Don’t see how he was the face of a revolution!


4. Draco from Harry Potter

Draco

He was cruel to my favorite character Hermoine. So it’s obvious where my loyalties lie.


3. Cinder from Lunar Chronicles

Cinder

No emotional attachment to her at all… mediocre character.


2. Alina from Shadow and Bone

ALina

Not my favorite heroine. I wouldn’t have minded if the series only revolved around Nikolai and the Darkling!


1. Celaena from Throne of Glass

Celaena

This is pre-Aelin days. She was a mess.


Well there you have it! Top 10Characters Everyone Loves But I Don’t. Do you agree with my choices? What popular characters do you not like?

Until next time,

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The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine | REVIEW

The Impostor QueenThe Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
Published by McElderry Books on January 5th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 432
Format: Hardcover

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

Sixteen-year-old Elli was only a child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic in service of her people. The only life Elli has known has been in the temple, surrounded by luxury, tutored by magic-wielding priests, preparing for the day when the queen perishes—and the ice and fire find a new home in Elli, who is prophesied to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.

Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between her love for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must choose the right side before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.

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First Line:

She didn’t know which hurt more – the ice or the fire.


Review

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine is a high fantasy set with epic portions with fire and ice as it’s magical influence. When the current Valtia (Queen) parishes, it is up to Elli the next in line to take over the magic of the Kupari people (both fire and ice). But when the magic doesn’t activate inside her, she begins to wonder if she is the real Valtia. She flees to the Outlands to find the answers she needs to save her people from the impending evil washing up to their shores.

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The Good

Fire and Ice

I thought the magic system was very well thought out by Fine. It is all centered around a society of people (the Kupari) who have the magic of fire and ice flowing through their veins. But they all don’t possess this magic, and no one but the Valtia can wield both fire and ice.

While reading I got to experience the harsh reality of the effects this magic has on the people that can wield it and how desperately balance is needed in order to survive.

Underlying Deceit

Everyone is hiding secrets of their pasts and future plans from each other. Some are hiding their magic, some are hiding who they really are, and some are hiding their evil plans. With all this deceit it made for an interesting read with never a dull moment.

I loved seeing things unravel in the end and everyone’s secrets one way or another gets exposed and how it effects them all.

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Oskar

Oh how I love Oskar. Another book boyfriend to add to the list. Now he is not your typical love interest. At least not to me. Tall, dark and brooding like the rest, but he holds a tragic past that inevitably makes it hard for him to let anyone in. He suffers nightly from his secret and only Elli can help him.

It was nice to see that he wasn’t what was needed to save the heroine, but it was the other way around. It was hard to see how much he was suffering and I was glad when things starting to turn around for him.

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The Bad

Lackluster Heroine

Now I’m a bit conflicted with this one. The reasons I disliked her are pivotal to her story line. I felt she was too naive but that was because of her sequestered upbringing as the Sadella (next in line for Valtia), she second guessed everything because she was always kept in the dark about the outside world, and she lacks the confidence to be the hero of her own story because she always compares herself to the last Valtia.

So I understand she is the way she is for the point of the story, but I feel she didn’t progress well enough. All I hope is better growth in the sequel and to see how she lives with the events that occur in the first book!


Ok, that’s it. Let me know what you guys thought of The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

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Sarah FineSarah Fine is the author of Of Metal and Wishes, Of Dreams and Rust, and the Guards of the Shadowlands series. She was born on the West Coast, raised in the Midwest, and is now firmly entrenched on the East Coast, where she lives with her husband and two children. When she’s not writing, she’s working as a child psychologist.

Book Boyfriend Tag | Books at Dawn

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Hey guys!

I was tagged by Deanna from A Novel Glimpse to do the Fictional Boyfriend Tag which I decided to rename to the Book Boyfriend Tag, because that is what I like to call them. I have many of them. If you haven’t checked out Deanna’s blog please do so now, she tags me for the best tags!


Most Romantic Boyfriend

Baz “Carry On” & Nikolai “Siege and Storm”

I don’t read many romance centered novels, so if I had to choose I would choose these two characters for the simple fact that they would be the most believable romantic types. Plus they are both rich, and money talks! HAHA

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Dark and Moody Bad Boy with a Good Side

Magnus Damora “Falling Kingdoms”

He is extremely dark and moody with morally amobious tendecies. BUT when it comes down to it (especially with Cleo) he has a very good side to him. Why do I always go for the bad boys?

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Paranormal Boyfriend

Magnus Bane “The Mortal Instruments”

He is the high warlock of Brooklyn, super old and wise, sexy as hell, and has the coolest magic powers. What’s not to like?

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Boyfriend You Want to Tame

Tamlin “A Court of Thorns and Roses”

He is the beast of the story. He is rough around the edges, but super sexy and sweet towards Feyre (sometimes). So I most certainly want to tame this beast!

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Boy You Friend Zoned

Maven “Red Queen”

He was bae in the beginning. Super sweet and kind. The good boyfriend type. But by the end I had to friend zone him for reasons I’m not allowed to say. (I actually don’t even want him to be my friend either)

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Your Soul Mate

Rowan “Heir of Fire”

That sexy fae of a man! I know deep down that we are meant to be together. Sorry Aelin, but you’re just the appetizer! HAHA

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Boyfriend You Want to Elope With

Kaz Brekker “Six of Crows”

Yeah that’s right. Another bad boy. And this time I want to elope with him, because if Inej finds out I wouldn’t be surprise if she sneaks up and slits my throat.

Red Rising

Boyfriend You’d Venture Anywhere With

Darrow of Lykos “Red Rising”

I would go across the galaxy and back if Darrow was at my side. One, for the protection and two, because of his lyrical way of speaking! *swoons*

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Boyfriend You’d Want to Be Stranded on a Deserted Island With

Alec Lightwood “The Mortal Instruments”

Not because he is the second half of one of my OTP’s, and not because he is portrayed by the sexy Matthew Daddario on the TV show. BUT because he has an extensive knowledge in survival, and I do not. (Now if it is Matthew with me on this island, there will be touching involved HAHA)

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Most Badass Boyfriend

Ashur Cortas “Gathering Darkness”

Due to spoilers I can’t really explain this one. BUT if you can achieve what he does in this series then you’re automatically a badass bae!


I TAG YOU

Aimal | Lois | Ashley | Trisha Ann | Trang | Jenna | Flo | Sara

Until next time,

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Anticipated March 2016 Releases

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Hey guys!

Every month I post the books that I’m most excited about that are going to be released. For March I’m bringing you two  exciting releases. Let’s check them out:


Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

Release Date: March 1st, 2016

Burning GlassSonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. One mistake, one small failure, will cost her own life and the lives of the few people left in the world who still trust her.

But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, her feelings easily usurped, and she sometimes can’t decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Release Date: March 1st, 2016

A Study in CharlotteThe last thing sixteen-year-old Jamie Watson–writer and great-great-grandson of the John Watson–wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s enigmatic, fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter, who’s inherited not just his genius but also his vices, volatile temperament, and expertly hidden vulnerability. Charlotte has been the object of his fascination for as long as he can remember–but from the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else.

Then a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Holmes stories, and Jamie and Charlotte become the prime suspects. Convinced they’re being framed, they must race against the police to conduct their own investigation. As danger mounts, it becomes clear that nowhere is safe and the only people they can trust are each other.

Siren’s Song by Mary Weber

Release Date: March 1st, 2016

Siren's SongNym and Draewulf prepare to face off in a battle destined to destroy more lives than it saves.

With the loss of Tulla still fresh in mind, Rasha’s fate unknown, and Lord Myles taken over by the dark ability, Nym and the few Bron soldiers rush to warn Cashlin’s queen. Only to discover it may already be too late for the monarch and her eerie kingdom. As the Luminescents are sifting through Nym’s past memories and the queen is reading into her future, Nym is given a choice of how to defeat Draewulf, but the cost may be more than she can bear. And even then there are no guarantees.

With that reality burrowing into her bones—along with the guilt of the lives she will sacrifice—Nym returns to her homeland of Faelen to raise an army of peasants through promises of freedom. But when the few friends she has left, along with the world and citizens she loves, are staring down the face of a monster and his undead army, will Nym summon every element her blood is capable of controlling . . . or surrender to a different strength—one of sacrifice?

Because in the end, death may be more merciful for them all.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Release Date: March 8th, 2016

Lady MidnightLos Angeles. It’s been five years since the events of the Mortal Instruments when Nephilim stood poised on the brink of oblivion and Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs lost her parents. After the blood and violence she witnessed as a child, Emma has dedicated her life to to discovering exactly what it was that killed her parents and getting her revenge.

Raised in the Los Angeles Institute with the Blackthorn family, Emma is paired as a parabatai with her best friend, Julian Blackthorn. A series of murders in the city catch her attention — they seem to have the same characteristics as the deaths of her parents. Could the murderer be the same person? And her attention isn’t the only one caught: someone has been murdering Downworlders as well. The Fair Folk make a deal with the Institute: if the Blackthorns and Emma will investigate the killings, they’ll return Mark Blackthorn to his home. The catch: they have only two weeks to find the killers. Otherwise it’s open war between faeries and Nephilim.

The Shadowhunters of the Institute must race against time to catch the killers, even as they begin to suspect the involvement of those closest to them. At the same time, Emma is falling in love with the one person in the world she’s absolutely forbidden by Shadowhunter Law to love. Set against the glittering backdrop of present-day Los Angeles, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches from the warlock-run nightclubs of the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica.

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Release Date: March 9th, 2016

The Serpent KingDillard Early, Jr., Travis Bohannon and Lydia Blankenship are three friends from different walks of life who have one thing in common: none of them seem to fit the mold in rural Tennessee’s Forrestville High. Dill has always been branded as an outsider due to his family heritage as snake handlers and poison drinkers, an essential part of their Pentecostal faith. But after his father is sent to prison for sexual abuse of a young parishioner, Dill and his mother become real pariahs. His only two friends are Travis, a gentle giant who works at his family’s lumberyard and is obsessed with a Game of Thrones-like fantasy series (much to his alcoholic father’s chagrin); and Lydia, who runs a popular fashion blog that’s part Tavi Gevinson and part Angela Chase, and is actively plotting her escape from Redneckville, Tennessee.
As the three friends begin their senior year, it becomes clear that they won’t all be getting to start a promising new life after graduation. How they deal with their diverging paths could cause the end of their friendship. Until a shattering act of random violence forces Dill to wrestle with his dark legacy and find a way into the light of a future worth living.


Let me know if you guys are looking forward to any of these books this month! I really can’t wait to get my hands on them.

Until next time,

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The Coffee Book Tag | Books at Dawn

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Hey guys!

I was tagged by Jenna over at Reading with Jenna and Kat over at Impossible Girl Blog to do The Coffee Book Tag.Thanks for the tag and you guys should go check out her blog right now, please and thank you. Now as I am not a coffee drinker, I still thought this would be a fun tag to do!

So let me brew a pot of tea and let’s get this started!


 

Black: A series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans

I still haven’t been able to get through the first book… but I hear it’s an amazing series!

Peppermint mocha: A book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year

I don’t know what it is about this series that reminds me so much of Christmas and the holidays, but it does. Does it do that for you guys too?

Hot chocolate: A favourite children’s book

Harold and the Purple Crayon

This one always sticks out when I think about childhood books!

Double shot of espresso: A book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish

Morning Glories Vol. 1

A recent graphic novel read of mine. I was absolutely glued to the pages from beginning to end!

Starbucks: A book you see everywhere

Over the last couple weeks, all I’ve been seeing everywhere is this wonderful series! I love it!

That hipster coffee shop: A book by an indie author (a shoutout)

Shout out to Elise Kova for this beautiful series!

Oops! I accidentally got decaf: A book you were expecting more from

Carry On

I wanted more from the story. The characters were great though!

The perfect blend: A book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying

That ending though…

Green tea: A book or series that is quietly beautiful

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley

This book is so beautiful and so not talked about enough.

Chai tea: A book or series that makes you dream of far off places

This is probably the only book I have read that evolves time travel, and it is lovely!

Earl grey: A favourite classic

The Outsiders

I don’t read classics, so this is my version of a classic!


I TAG YOU

Vivian | Larkin | Ali | Amanda | Maria | Becca | Emma | Chelsie | Beth

Until next time,

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The Wicked Morning Saga | What’s Next #2

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Hey guys!

Welcome to a new feature I will be doing on my blog every week from now on! What’s Next? is fun weekly meme created by Hafsah & Asma over at Icey Books. If you want to join in the fun and be apart of #WhatsNext … you can find all the details at the BLOG page.

Here are a few books I have to (or want to!) read soon. Which first?

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The Wicked + The Divine Vol 1Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critical tongue-attractors like Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to create a world where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever. Collects THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #1-5

 

 

 

 


Morning Glories Vol. 3One of the most prestigious prep schools in the country…But behind its hallowed doors something sinister and deadly lurks. When six brilliant but troubled new students arrive, they find themselves trapped and desperately seeking answers…and escape from a place where nothing is what it seems to be!

The critically acclaimed, smash-hit series rolls on with this collection of the blockbuster third arc, “P.E. ” The first days were just the beginning–when the faculty cancels classes and sends the students on an outing in the nearby woods, all hell breaks loose–sending the Glories on a mysterious journey through time and space.

 


Saga Vol. 4From the Eisner Award-winning duo of Brian K. Vaughan (The Private Eye, Pride of Baghdad) and Fiona Staples (Mystery Society, Thor, SAGA is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. As they visit a strange new world and encounter even more adversaries, baby Hazel finally becomes a toddler, while her star-crossed parents Marko and Alana struggle to stay on their feet.

 

 

 

 


So what should I read next? I’m leaning toward Saga or The Wicked + The Divine… but we’ll see!

Until next time,

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The Great American Whatever | Waiting on Wednesday [#1]

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Hey guys!

Starting today and every Wednesday after that I will be doing the Waiting on Wednesday Meme. Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

So here’s what I’m waiting on this week!


The Great American Whatever

Author: Tim Federle
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA, Contemporary, LGBT+
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 29th, 2016

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Quinn Roberts is a sixteen-year-old smart aleck and Hollywood hopeful whose only worry used to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister Annabeth. Of course, that was all before—before Quinn stopped going to school, before his mom started sleeping on the sofa…and before Annabeth was killed in a car accident.

Enter Geoff, Quinn’s best friend who insists it’s time that Quinn came out—at least from hibernation. One haircut later, Geoff drags Quinn to his first college party, where instead of nursing his pain, he meets a guy—a hot one—and falls hard. What follows is an upside-down week in which Quinn begins imagining his future as a screenplay that might actually have a happily-ever-after ending—if, that is, he can finally step back into the starring role of his own life story.


Why I’m Waiting

Tragedy turned love story with LGBT characters? YES YES YES!


 

What has you guys waiting this week? Let me know down below!

Until next time,

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March 2016 TBR | Books at Dawn

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Hey guys!

Another month has come and gone and now we’re in the most exciting month of the year: March! You might ask why this month is the most exciting… well it’s for one important reason. It’s my birthday on the 16th of March! But that’s not all that’s got me excited. There will also be more book gatherings for our little group of Toronto book bloggers, I’ll be going to a basketball game, and I can’t forget my first Toronto Comic Con too!

This month is going to be jam packed. Stay tuned to a lovely giveaway coming your way soon too! But first things first. Here is the books I would really love to knock off my TBR this month.


Morning Star

Morning Star

(Red Rising #3)

 Pierce Brown

The Shadow Queen

The Shadow Queen

(Ravenspire #1)

 C.J. Redwine

Burning Glass

Burning Glass

(Burning Glass #1)

 Katheryn Purdie

Glass Sword

Glass Sword

(Red Queen #2)

 Victoria Aveyard

I’m so excited to get a bunch of reading done this month. I really want to get through this list of books as soon as possible!

Be sure to follow me on twitter to track my progress throughout the month: @BooksatDawn

Until next time,

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