Friday, October 21, 2016

50/50 Friday (3): Best/Worst Villain An Author Has Created

50/50 Friday is a meme hosted by Carrie @The Butterfly Reads and I and focuses on the opposite sides of books (best/worst, differing opinions, etc).  Every week will have a new topic and several advance topics will be listed in the tab labeled 50/50 Friday!

Today's Topic: Best/Worst Villain An Author Has Created

This was so hard to choose because for most authors, I love a lot of what they write.  So I decided to just pick one of my most read authors and put my favorite villain and least favorite villain.

Best Villain
The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa

Currently no review has been written.

Goodreads Blurb:

"Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart."

The Villainy Abounds:
This whole series is focused on the Iron Fey and how they are destroying the Nevernever.  However, how the series ends up is really cool.  I loved how Julie Kagawa put feelings and a face to the villain and gave them humanity (if you've read the last books, you know what I mean!).

The Worst Villain

My review HERE.

Goodreads Blurb:
"Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons."

Meh Villain:
I really wanted to like this book (who doesn't love dragons??) but I just couldn't find anything unique with the villain's and the whole 'war' that was going on.  Yes, they're integrated into modern society, but it just felt kind of meh to me.  I've been enjoying the series overall, it's just been lackluster in terms of the evil-ness of the villains.  It is cool how Julie makes sure that the reader can always see the humanity in her villains, though!

What's your opinion?  Have you read either of these?  What did you think of their villains?  Are there any books with awesome villains that you've read?  Make a post and link it below!

Next week's topic is: character most/least likely to curl up on a couch and read a book

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Bookish Discussions: Why the Lack of Diversity in YA?

It's time for another Bookish Discussion!  Recently, I was reading a lot of blog posts about diverse books (I believe it was a TTT topic a couple weeks ago) and I got to thinking, why is it that there aren't all that many diverse books?  So that's exactly what I'll be discussing today!

Today's Topic: The Lack of Diversity in YA

Friday, October 14, 2016

50/50 Friday (2): Book to the Big Screen/Never to the Big Screen

50/50 Friday is a meme hosted by Carrie @The Butterfly Reads and I and focuses on the opposite sides of books (best/worst, differing opinions, etc).  Every week will have a new topic and several advance topics will be listed in the tab labeled 50/50 Friday!

Today's Topic: Book to the Big Screen/Never to the Big Screen (AKA, a series worthy of a TV show or movie vs a movie that wouldn't translate well)

Book to the Big Screen:

Goodreads Blurb:
"Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior."

Why it would be perfect:
So the rights have already been sold for this book to become a TV show (back in 2015 I believe) but I still decided to choose it!  I'm always leery about sci-fi or fantasy books becoming TV shows or movies because if they have a low budget, the CGI can end up looking really fake and can trivialize the entire plot.  But this series has enough 'real world' in it with just a few fantasy elements that I think it would translate really well!  I also agree with the TV show instead of a movie because they can take it in so many different directions (especially with the open ending of the third book in the trilogy).  Hopefully this becomes a thing soon!

Never to the Big Screen:

Goodreads Blurb:
"Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?"

Why it's better as a book:
At first, I really wanted this to have an adaptation.  But in my honest opinion, half the beauty of this book is the writing and the thoughts that go on within Karou's mind.  It's the psychological element.  And when you adapt the written word into actions, sometimes you can't include those exchanges without making it incredibly weird.  And because of the beautiful writing, I have this certain image in my mind and if they messed up the CGI even a little, it would ruin that image.  So I'm completely content with the books!

What's your opinion?  Have you read these books?  Do you think they should have adaptations?  Know of other books that should or shouldn't have adaptations?  Make a post and link in below!

Next week's topic is: Best/Worst Villain an author has created

Monday, October 10, 2016

To Read or Not To Read: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Time for another To Read or Not To Read!  This time, I'll be talking about The Blood of Olympus and whether or not I'll be reading it.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Review Sunday: Alicia Bewitched by Nick Iuppa and John P. Mendoza

Carlos Mann Trilogy #3

Goodreads Blurb:
"Logic Professor Carlos Mann sets out to murder Tiger Joy in her prison cell. Unfortunately, the gorgeous queen of human traffickers captures him and ships him off to the Yucatan, where the evil witch, La Bruja, uses all her powers to try to weaken and destroy him. Meanwhile, Alicia calls on friends both living and dead to help save her husband, and in the process she learns many terrible secrets that were born in the days of the great Mayan Empire … secrets that could save or even destroy Carlos and Alicia."

Friday, October 7, 2016

50/50 Friday (1): Overrated/Underrated Books

50/50 Friday is a meme hosted by Carrie @The Butterfly Reads and I and focuses on the opposite sides of books (best/worst, differing opinions, etc).  Every week will have a new topic and several advance topics will be listed in the tab labeled 50/50 Friday!

Today's Topic: Overrated/Underrated Books

I don't really like to label books as overrated because the people who did like it just have a different opinion than I do.  However, books that I didn't like that it seemed like other people really did are:
My rating: 2 stars
Average GR rating: 3.58 stars
See my review HERE.

Goodreads Blurb:
"Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight."

What I thought:
I just really didn't like the author's attitude in this book but a lot of other people said how they loved that he was so 'real' and 'authentic'.  To each their own, I suppose.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy
My rating: 2 stars
Average GR rating: 4.13 stars
See my review HERE.

Goodreads Blurb:
"After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up."

What I thought:
The big thing for me in this book was the romance (which was totally predictable) and Cassie (the MC's attitude).  She really annoyed me and seemed very hypocritical.  A lot of people seemed to enjoy it, though!

These are books that I feel like no one has read but I really enjoyed them, or, I went against the grain and really liked them while other people seemed to hate them.  There aren't many of the second time because I generally don't have strong opinions on most books but I do have comments for both sides of the argument.

My rating: 5 stars
Average GR rating: 3.53 stars
See my review HERE.

Goodreads Blurb:
"Young Albert Honig spends much of his time in solitude, his daily routine shaped by the almost mystical attention he quietly lavishes on his bees. Into his tightly repressed existence bursts a brash young neighbour, whose vivacity and boldness begin to transform his life. Yet years pass by, feelings are repressed, opportunities missed. Until one day - led by a trail of bees - Albert discovers her body and is plunged back into his memories, where he must finally confront the lies and secrets that led to their estrangement. In doing so he unearths the truth of Claire’s murder – a question not so much of who but why."

What I thought:
The thing I liked best about this book was the connection to the bees.  I thought it brought that little something extra to an otherwise generally good storyline.  I also thought it was a wonderful onion book!  Many people said there was too much about the bees that they didn't care about which made it slow at times and they couldn't connect to the characters.

My rating: 5 stars
Average GR rating: 3.74 stars
No review written at this time.

Goodreads Blurb:
"From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, hallways hum “Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’s heart with one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. Until they are not. Leo urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her - normal."

What I thought:
I remember reading this in middle school and really loving it.  I could connect with Stargirl so much (being the outsider) and I loved the overall message for the age group it's aimed for.  A lot of people say it was just okay and there was nothing remarkable about it.

So what's your take on this topic?  Make a post and link it over on Carrie's blog HERE!

Next week's topic is: Books to the big screen/Never to the big screen (either books that should be movies/TV shows and books that should never be movies/TV shows or you can do the best and worst book adaptations)

Monday, October 3, 2016

Music Monday (2)

Music Monday is a weekly event hosted by Lauren over at Always Me.  Every Monday, you share one or two of your favorite songs you've been enjoying that week to help other people discover new music!  Here are my picks for this week:

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