top ten tuesday

Characters I didn’t click with | Top Ten Tuesday #7


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme held over at Broke and Bookish. This week’s topic is: Characters you didn’t cick with

1. Cleo, Magnus and Lucia from Falling Kigndoms by Morgan Rhodes
My main issue with this book was that I just couldn’t connect with any of the main characters. I thought they were so inconsistent sometimes, they annoyed me.  

2. Jason from The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
I think Jason was my least favorite character of this series. I don’t know if it was some strange kind of loyalty to Percy or something like that, but I couldn’t connect with Jason.

3. Peeta from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
I never understood the love everyone had for Peeta. I didn’t dislike him, I just didn’t find anything special about him.

4. Snape and Malfoy from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
There are so many people who love these two characters, and I have never being able to understand why. I could never really connect with them.

5. Tally from The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
I found this book really boring, even If the ending was a bit better than the rest of the book. I think a big part of the reason I didn’t like this book was because I couldn’t connect with Tally. 

6. Audrey from The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise
I don’t remember much about this book, but I remember I had some issues with the main character, especially, with the way she played with other people’s feelings.

7.Bella from Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
I just didn’t understand a lot of Bella’s decisions and actions. I really couldn’t connect with her, especially, in books 2 and 3.

8. Juliette from Shatter me by Tahereh Mafi
I didn’t connect with Juliette for most of the book, but the ending made me appreciate her and the book a bit more. 

9. Thomas from The Maze Runner by James Dashner
I liked almost all the characters in this book more than I liked Thomas. It’s as simple as that.

10. Lana from The Vincent Boys #2 by Abbi Glines
At the beginning of the book, I didn’t understand or connect with this character at all. Every decision she made, annoyed me,  and I didn’t like her romantic relationship with the other main character. By the end of the book, I understood her better, but I still didn’t really connect with her. 

Did you participate in TTT this week?  Tell me in the comments, I would love to check out your post!

wrap up

August 2015 Wrap Up

Favorite of the month 

I read Shadow and Bone by Leight Bardugo, because I heard a lot of great things about it recently, and I’m glad to say that I wasn’t dissapointed. My favorite things about this book were the writing and the world in which the story took place. This book is definitely not an action pack book, but I still really liked it.

                             Rating: 4.5 stars

Read this month 

Apart from Shadow and Bone, I read 2 books and 3 short stories this month. 


The Design by R.S. Grey is a standalone, but there’s a companion novel that came out before. I read  the other book a while back and I really wanted to know more about Cammie, who is the main characters in  this book. That’s why I decided to read The Design. Sadly, I was a bit dissappointed, I felt like the characters were inconsistent, and I didn’t like a main element of the plot.

Rating: 3 stars

I read Bestiary (Bestiario) by Julio Cortázar, because my boyfriend gave it to me as a present a while ago and I finally felt like reading it. Also, I said that I would read more Latinamerican authors this year and I still need to do it . Just so you know, there is an english version of this collection of short stories, if you want to read it. I think some of the stories are great, but some are just too weird for my taste. And I didn’t enjoy the writing style that much. 
Rating: 3 stars

Pale Kings and Princes is the sixth story in the Tales of  Shadowhunter Academy series of short stories. I love Simon and Isabelle as individual characters and as a couple. So I’m just gonna say: Finally! 

Rating: 5 stars

Bitter of Tongue is the seventh story. I like how this short stories are reveling important things for the new series. I can’t wait to read it!

Rating: 5 stars

My next read

I can’t wait for Queen of Shadows to come out! It needs to be september 1st NOW! I won’t read anything else, until I can get Queen of Shadows and start to read it. 
Bookish Style Guide

Blue Sargent’s Style Guide | The Raven Cycle

Bookish Style Guide is a feature  I have on my blog where I share a Pinterest board with clothes and accessories inspired by the main character in a book I love. The boards will be full of things that I think the character  I choose would wear. This time the character I chose was Blue Sargent from The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater. 

THE BOOKS: 
The first book in The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater is The Raven Boys. Here’s the summary for that book:

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

THE STYLE GUIDE: 

“She wore a dress Ronan thought looked like a lampshade. Whatever sort of lamp it belonged on, Gansey clearly wished he had one.” – The Dream Thives (The Raven Cycle #2). This quote was the inspiration for this style guide. I feel like Blue’s style would be funky and kind of unique . 

*If  you go to Pinterest and you click on the pictures, it will take you to the websites where you can buy the clothes. 

Follow Sofia’s board Blue Sargent’s Style Guide | The Raven Boys on Pinterest.//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday #5 | Queen of Shadow by Sarah J. Maas


Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are excited for.

Title: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: September 1st 2015

Published by: Clarion Books

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Pages: 656


Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .
She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.
Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

I CAN´T WAIT TO READ THIS BOOK! Heir of Fire is one of my favorite books ever, and I NEED to know what happens next. This is my most anticipated release of the year and I only have to wait five more days. I cant believe it! If you haven’t read this series, what are you waiting for?!! Seriously. 

Are you excited for this book? What are you Waiting on Wednesday? Let me your link, so I can visit and comment back! 
top ten tuesday

Books that would be on my syllabus if I taught fantasy 101 | Top Ten Tuesday #6

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme held over at Broke and Bookish. This week’s topic is: Ten books that would be on my syllabuss if I taught fantasy 101. 

1) Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien: I chose this book because it’s a great example of hard fantasy (this is a subgenre of fantasy that present stories set in a world that has consistent history and folk lore, or a well-defined magic system). This book is perfect to learn about world building and about how to create a unique world for a story.


2) Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: This series is a great example of fantasy that takes place in a world within a world.  It’s also a perfect example of how to use elements that are common in fantasy and make them unique.

3) Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson: I chose this book mainly because its a great example of a fantasy book with a complex and unique magic system. It will also serve as a starting point to talk about Sanderson’s First Law of Magics and about the difference between writing soft magic and hard magic.


4) Thrones of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas: I chose this series, because it’s a great example of character development in fantasy books, and it can help to learn about character driven stories.



5) The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson: This book made the list because I think it’s a perfect example of diversity in fantasy books. It has POC main characters and an overweight protagonist. This book will start the discussion about diversity, appropriation, and representation in fantasy.


6) Daughter of Smoke and Bones by Laini Taylor: This book shows how to incorporate fantastical creatures into a fantasy story in a great way. And in general, this book can help to learn about mixing different elements of fantasy, because it has angels, beast-like creatures, a world within a world, and wishes that have a great price.  

7) The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: This book is a great example of incredible writing in a fantasy book. It also has a very interesting concept, its magic from an academic perspective, almost. It’s a great book to start a conversation about writing style and pacing in fantasy.


8) The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien: I chose this book because it shows a different way of writing fantasy. When you are reading this book, sometimes you feel the author is telling you the story instead of feeling like you are reading the story. This book is great way to continue the subject of writing style in fantasy.

9) The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows: This book is an interesting example of surprising twists at the end of books and great endings.  It’s a great book to star the subject of plot: plot twists and plot holes. 



10) A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: This book is on this list because it also has a great ending, something intriguing happens with one of the character at the end, and it lets a lot of questions in the air for the rest of the series, and makes people want to read the next book immediately. It’s a great book to keep talking about plot and endings. 


Did you participate in TTT this week?  Tell me in the comments, I would love to check out your post! 

Review

Review of The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows


Title: The Orphan Queen  (The Orphan Queen #1)

Author: Jodi Meadows

Publication Date: 2015

Published by: Katherine Tegen Books

Genre: Fantasy, YA


Pages: 391

Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.
She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.
She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.
She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others

I started to read this book because after months of being in a reading slump, I was going through the books on my Kindle looking for something that motivated me to read, and this caught my eye. I didn’t read it, but after a few days I was still thinking about it,  so I decided to give it a try. And I was pleasantly surprised because this finally got me out of my reading slump, with incredible writing, amazing world building, great characters, and good pacing.
My favorite part of the book was the world in which it took place, to be more specific, I love how we found out through the book about the history of the Kingdoms, the magic and the wraith. It was interesting to see how the power relationships had developed through time and how each ruling family took the decisions that they considered best for their Kingdoms.
It was also interesting to see how the court relationships worked and all the manipulation that took place. There’s a point where they talked about the place of women in court, and that was fascinating, because it showed that fantasy books can reflect reality as easily as other books.  Nonetheless, I felt like spying the people that lived in the castle was too easy for Mel and Wil, and even if they were trained it should have taken a little more effort.  
Something else I really enjoyed was the relationship between Wil and Black Knife. Even if it was really obvious which character was behind the mask.  I just think their interactions were so witty and fun to read.  There’s one scene in a bridge that was just incredible. On the other hand, I think the character development in this book was good, but I wish there was more of it.  I think it was interesting to see the way Wil and Black Knife faced the grey areas that they encounter along the way and how that changed them and the way they saw things. But I feel like they changed their opinions about things they had believed their whole lives really easily, and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing. I  love books with a lot of character development, and I feel like maybe I didn’t connect with the characters as much, because I felt like there wasn’t enough character development.
At the end, something really surprising happened with the wraith situation that I didn’t see coming at all.  And then the ending was so good and made me need to read the next book immediately. I would totally recommend this book to anyone who really enjoys fantasy and who likes books with great world building.

Rating: 5 stars
 It was more a 4,5, but it got me out of the reading slump, so it deserves a 5

Have you read this book? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments!

Tags and Awards

Sunshine Blogger Award

 

This is my first award since I started blogging a month ago, and I’m really excited! The person that nominated me was Jesalin  @Jbelkbooks, a big thank you to her! 
“The whole idea of the Sunshine Award is that you nominate  bloggers who put a little sunshine in your day, who are positive, creative, and inspiring.”
Rules:
– Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
– Nominate some wonderful bloggers and write 11 questions for them to answer.
 
Jesalin’s questions: 
 
What is your favorite genre of books?
I love fantasy, especially, YA fantasy. I love reading about other worlds full of magic and wonder.
What have you always wanted? Did you get it?
 
This is such a hard questions. I think what I always wanted was to figure out what I wanted, and I still haven’t.
What is your greatest strength or weakness?
 
I think my greatest weakness is my laziness, if I could do nothing all day I would.
If you could wake up tomorrow in someone else’s body, who would you pick and what would you do?
 
I think my honest answer to this is Taylor Swift.  I would love to performe at one of her concerts.
What are you craving right now?
 
Chocolate ice cream
Marvel or DC? If neither, tell why.
 
That’s so hard! I would say Marvel, if I had to choose, but honestly, both.
What is your favorite snack while reading?
 
Chocokrispis… I know it’s weird because is a cereal, but it’s chocolate-flavored. I just love it!
 
Mountains or beaches?
 
I love the sea, but I hate the sand. So I would say, mountains.
What are you currently reading? Do you enjoy it so far?
 
I’m reading Bestiary by Julio Cortazar, because my boyfriend gave it to me as a present. I don’t know how I feel about it yet.  
What do you do in your free time?
 
I watch tv shows, go to the cinema, read books, and hang out with my boyfriends and my  friends.
Do you believe in ghosts?
Maybe? I’m not sure. I think so. 

The blogs I nominate: 
Carrie @Thebookgoddess
Ardis @ Ponderingtheprose 
Sarah @Thereadingpetal

The questions: 

Do you read graphic novels? Do you have recommendations for someone who wants to start reading them?

Do you have a genre that you really don’t like? One you never read?
 
What is your favorite quote?
 
Do you read fantasy? What’s your favorite fantasy book?
 
What’s your favorite tv show?
 
Who is your favorite author?
 
Do you dislike a ship that everyone else likes?
 
What book to movie adaptation is your favorite?
 
Do you listen to music while you are reading?
 
What’s your opinion about classics?
 
Who is the author you have read the most books from? 
 
If you decided to answer the questions, let me the link, I would love to see your answers!