Category: Hype or Like Friday

Hype or Like Friday: Favorite Fictional Friendships

Hello wonderful readers! Today is Friday, which means it’s time for Hype or Like Friday. If you don’t already know, Hype or Like Friday is a Goodreads group created by Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books, Britt @ Geronimo Reads, and Larkin @ Wonderfilled Reads. You can check out the Goodreads group by clicking the description below. Continue reading “Hype or Like Friday: Favorite Fictional Friendships”

Hype or Like Friday: Fictional Valentine

Hello wonderful readers! Today is Friday, which means it’s time for Hype or Like Friday. If you don’t already know, Hype or Like Friday is a Goodreads group created by Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books, Britt @ Geronimo Reads, and Larkin @ Wonderfilled Reads. You can check out the Goodreads group by clicking the description below.

“A weekly meme created by three book bloggers after sharing their opinions about overly hyped books. Each week we’ll discuss everything from fantasy to contemporary, as long as it’s a hyped book everyone’s been talking about. This is a group created by book bloggers for book bloggers, booktubers, bookstagramers, etc. Whatever method you use to review books you are welcome to join.”

So this week’s topic is all about Valentine’s Day. Today I will be listing the top 5 book characters that I would want to be my Valentine. Now, let’s get on with it.


Rules:


  • Answer the weekly discussion topic.
  • Optional: Discuss your chosen hyped book of the week.
  • Optional: Talk about your progress on the BOTM.

Park from Eleanor & Park

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While everybody else will probably be choosing the hunks with toned abs and a razor-sharp jawline, I’m going to choose the nerdy and awkward Park Sheridan from Eleanor & Park. He is seriously the most adorable, kind, and loyal guy you could ever possibly ask for. He’s funny and he’s sweet and he will make you feel special.

Fred Weasley from Harry Potter

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Sorry, George! I’ve just always had a thing for Fred. I don’t know why, but I’ve always kind of had a crush on Fred Weasley. He’s funny but he’s also brave and is loyal to those that mean the world to him. And he’d keep things interesting as well, giving me odd gifts and whatnot.

Maxon Schreave from The Selection

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Who wouldn’t want a freaking Prince? Not any prince, but Prince Maxon from The Selection series. Maxon isn’t shallow or anything you might expect a Prince to be. Instead he’s kind and compassionate and does his best to understand your needs and wants (as well as things you don’t like/want). Plus, he’s an expert in the romance department (I mean he was technically dating like 34 girls at once).

Prince Kai from The Lunar Chronicles

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Kai is the second Asian and Prince on this list, funny enough. Kai is a Just and loyal leader to his country and he does the best he can to protect those that he cares about, while still making the decisions to save his country. He’s also not stuck-up and doesn’t care if you’re different than everybody else.

Anubis from The Kane Chronicles

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Anubis might be the God of Funerals, but that doesn’t mean he is dead on the inside. He cares about people and will do anything to protect those he loves. He also has the powers of a God which is wicked awesome. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s cute.


BOTM Progress:


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I read a bit more of this book since last week, but not all that much. I’m 82 pages in the book, which means I’m 20% done. I’m starting to like it more. I’m going to be participating in  Owlcrate-a-thon, which is a readathon hosted by Owlcrate and it’ll be a 2-week-long readathon where I’ll try and read 3-5 books.

– Have you read this month’s BOTM? Did you like it or hype it? Let me know in the comments!

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Hype or Like Friday: Favorite OTPs

Hello wonderful readers! Today is Friday, which means it’s time for Hype or Like Friday. If you don’t already know, Hype or Like Friday is a Goodreads group created by Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books, Britt @ Geronimo Reads, and Larkin @ Wonderfilled Reads. You can check out the Goodreads group by clicking the description below.

“A weekly meme created by three book bloggers after sharing their opinions about overly hyped books. Each week we’ll discuss everything from fantasy to contemporary, as long as it’s a hyped book everyone’s been talking about. This is a group created by book bloggers for book bloggers, booktubers, bookstagramers, etc. Whatever method you use to review books you are welcome to join.”

This week’s topic – in the spirit of Valentine’s Day later this month – is my favorite OTPs. If you don’t already know, OTP stands for ‘One True Pairing’, which basically means your favorite couple from a novel. The pair doesn’t have to be canon, so it can just be two people that I think would make a perfect couple. So this list could go on forever, so I’ll just list my top 5 OTPs from books. I’m excited for this topic, so let’s get on with it!


RULES:


  • Answer the weekly discussion topic.
  • Optional: Discuss your chosen hyped book of the week.
  • Optional: Talk about your progress on the BOTM.

Ron/Hermione (Romione) from Harry Potter

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I don’t care what anybody says about Harry and Hermione belonging together. They don’t, okay? They’re great friends, but Ron and Hermione are perfect for one another. They make each other better people. Hermione keeps Ron intact (literally) and Ron shows Hermione it’s okay to loosen up a bit every once in a while. They will forever and always be my #1 favorite book couple, end of discussion.

Celia/Marco (Melia?) from The Night Circus

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As you all may know, I love The Night Circus. I actually said in my review of this book that they were among my favorite book couples of all time. That’s certainly no easy feat. I’m not exactly sure what their ship name is, but Melia looks and sounds good, so I’ll go with that. They both just brought such wonderful things into each other’s lives and I just loved their relationship.

Scorpius/Albus (Scorbus) from Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

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Although I didn’t much enjoy the book/play itself much, there’s no denying that Scorpius and Albus’s friendship was the best part of the entire thing. But not just their friendship, but their obvious love for one another can’t be denied when reading the text. I won’t go into much depth with my thoughts on this, since I talked about it here, but I think that those who say there’s nothing more than just friendship needs to reread and rethink the entire script. I will go down with this ship until the very end.

Eleanor/Park (Elark?) from Eleanor & Park

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I’m not exactly sure what their ship name is either, but I just went ahead and guessed. Eleanor & Park would have to be one of my favorites (if not favorite) contemporary book. It’s just so heartwarming and wonderful in every way. I would recommend it to anybody.

Magnus/Alec (Malec) from The Mortal Instruments

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Malec is one of the reasons why the Shadowhunters TV show is tolerable. That may be a bit brutal, but it’s true. It’s the love between an immortal Warlock and a closeted Shadowhunter. If you say you don’t ship them, you’re lying.


BOTM:


truthwitchFebruary’s Book of the Month is Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. I’m very excited about this book, and have already started it. So far I’m enjoying it, but I haven’t gotten that far into it yet. I’m excited to see where the story ends up going and whether or not I’ll end up ‘liking’ it or ‘hyping’ it. We shall see!

– Have you read this month’s BOTM? Did you like it or hype it? Let me know in the comments!

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A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) REVIEW

athousandpiecesofyouA Thousand Pieces of You

By: Claudia Gray

Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father’s killer through multiple dimensions.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.

**This review is non-spoiler!**

My Review:

Let me start by saying that this book left me breathless. I was hanging on the edge of my seat for a large duration of the novel, and it’s quite difficult to sway me like that. I’m so glad this book wasn’t just a pretty cover. It’s so much more than that. I was having such a hard time not to fangirl by the end, and I think I did a good job but OH. MY. GOD. I was not prepared for some of the twists that came in the second half of the novel. I’m still processing a lot of it. This book was fantastic in every way. There was the perfect dosage of romance, a strong heroine who needs no guy to save her, and a wonderful plot that kept on getting better the more you read. I’m definitely looking forward to reading the second novel in this trilogy, it’s bound to be even more packed with action and plot twists.

World Development:

There was a lot of world development needed in this book. In fact, the author had to develop multiple worlds. That’s right. Since this book is about travelling through different dimensions, that means the author had to build different versions similar, but not the same, as the original world our protagonist is from. It’s a complex and messy task Claudia Gray set up for herself, and it could’ve gone wrong in so many ways, but I think she handled it with excellence.

Character Development:

Our protagonist, Marguerite, goes through a lot of crap in this book. Her alliances are tested, and she is willing to put her life on the line if it means keeping the ones she loves safe. She is the heroine I’ve been waiting to read for a very long time. She’s not annoying, but she’s strong and stubborn when need be. She’s so full of heart and determination that she might as well be from Undertale. She doesn’t overestimate herself, but she also doesn’t put herself down to the point of annoyance. She never loses hope, even when it seems like all hope is lost.

I may just be getting ahead of myself, but I believe Marguerite is the next great YA heroine, up there with Hermione Granger and Annabeth Chase. She is just that good, and I give her a lot of respect for persevering through the thick and thin.What also makes her so awesome is the fact that she doesn’t rely on a man to save her. Instead, she brings it upon herself to save them. Not just that, but she makes sure they know that she can handle herself and that she’s going to save them sometimes, that she’s not the one that always needs saving.

That aside, I liked Paul the most out of all the characters (Marguerite excluded, of course). You’ll see why if you’ve read the book. This is a non-spoiler review after all. Theo was fine, but I always had a gut feeling that something was wrong with him. He just didn’t seem right throughout the novel. And that question was answered by the end of the book, thankfully.

Plot:

So much happens in this book. Much more than I was expecting from a 360 page novel, to be honest. What surprised me was the fact that although a lot happened in a book that was reasonably short for the number of events that occurred, it wasn’t rushed. Usually books are either rushed or painfully slow, but this book found a good medium that seemed to work for the plot and characters. Nothing was happening too quickly, yet I was never bored. That’s masterful storytelling right there.


This book was read for Hype or Like Friday. What did you think of my review? Also, have you read this book? If so, let me know your own thoughts in the comments!

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Hype or Like Friday: Top Over-Hyped Books

Hello wonderful readers! Today is Friday, which means it’s time for Hype or Like Friday. If you don’t already know, Hype or Like Friday is a Goodreads group created by Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books, Britt @ Geronimo Reads, and Larkin @ Wonderfilled Reads. You can check out the Goodreads group by clicking the description below.

“A weekly meme created by three book bloggers after sharing their opinions about overly hyped books. Each week we’ll discuss everything from fantasy to contemporary, as long as it’s a hyped book everyone’s been talking about. This is a group created by book bloggers for book bloggers, booktubers, bookstagramers, etc. Whatever method you use to review books you are welcome to join.”

So this week’s topic is the top over-hyped books that I’ve read. I think this topic is perfect because of the group’s name and just overall there are so many books that’re hyped up and end up sucking or I just end up not liking as much as other people.


RULES:

Answer the weekly discussion topic.
Optional: Discuss your chosen hyped book of the week.
Optional: Talk about your progress on the BOTM.


Okay so those are my top over-hyped books that I’ve read and thought didn’t deserve the hype. The top row of books (ironically) are books that I absolutely hate and they’re books that I’ve rated 2 or less stars (except for the first Divergent book). I liked Miss Peregrine’s and Passenger, but they weren’t amazing. I rated them 3 stars and still haven’t written a review for them. I’m so sorry about that, but I have a long list of books that I need to write reviews for, and I’m going to try and write them sometime this weekend so they’ll be ready for me to post throughout the week.


My Progress on the Book of the Month:

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So I’m currently liking this book. It’s not amazing me yet, but I’m liking it enough so far. It has an interesting concept and the writing it okay enough, even though I find that the author jumps around a lot between the past and present without much warning. I’m 52 pages in, which is 14%.

 

 

 

 


What’re some of your top over-hyped books that you’ve read? And if you’re taking part in this month’s Hype or Like Friday, how far are you in the BOTM and what’re you thinking of the novel so far? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
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Hype or Like Friday: “Pleasant Surprise”

Today is Friday, and the second day of December, which means it’s time for a Hype or Like Friday post. You guys may not know what Hype or Like Friday is because it’s not too popular yet, but if you aren’t aware of what Hype or Like Friday is, it’s a weekly Goodreads meme/book club where every month the group picks out a hyped-up book and read it by the end of the month. Throughout the month, the group members answer the prompts set for each Friday. It’s a really fun group to be a part of and I think a lot of you guys will enjoy it. The group was created by Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books, Britt @ Geronimo Reads, and Larkin @ Wonderfilled Reads. They’re all amazing book bloggers and you can check out the Goodreads group here.


RULES:

  • Answer the weekly discussion topic.
  • Optional: Discuss your chosen hyped book of the week.
  • Optional: Talk about your progress on the BOTM.

TOPIC OF THE WEEK:

Pleasant Surprise – What books did you read in 2016 that you weren’t expecting much from but ending up completely loving?

I received The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman in the mail as my second ever ARC and it was historical fiction, which I don’t read much of so I wasn’t sure if I would like it or not. I’m happy to say that I was completely wrong. I loved the book and I am waiting for Loigman ton write more historical fiction novels. Another book that I was pleasantly surprised by was The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider. This wasn’t my favorite book ever, but there were nerdy jokes and geeky references that I appreciated because I wasn’t expecting them and they didn’t ever seem forced.


Now, the book of the month for December is A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Grey. Luckily, I already owned this book and it’s part of my Fall Bookish Bingo. I’m only a couple of chapters into this book (30 or so pages) so I haven’t made it very far, but I am planning on completing this book by the end of the month, as well as having a review up by December 31st. I’m going to be getting my stuff together and finishing what I task myself to do. I still have 8 books to read in order to complete my Goodreads goal for the year, which isn’t impossible, but improbable to think about because I have a lot going on this year (as a lot of you probably do as well).But, aside from that, I will finish this book this month and I will hopefully enjoy it because there’s an interesting premise and it would be nice to read a ‘Like’ book.

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Now that’s all for this week’s Hype or Like Friday post. If you’ve read this book, what did you think of it? And are there any pleasant surprises you’ve read this year? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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Hype or Like Friday “It’s Locked!”

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Today is Friday, which means it’s time for Hype or Like Friday! If you don’t already know, Hype or Like Friday is a Goodreads group created by the brilliant Jill from Rantandraveaboutbooks. If you haven’t already, go and check out her blog because she’s awesome. Each month, Hype or Like Friday-ers all read a book that fits within a theme for that month. This month is Spooktober since Halloween is near, and the book chosen to read is Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Today’s Hype or Like Friday topic is“It’s locked”. This would be the scariest settings/places where you would not want to be stuck. I am a scaredy cat so I wouldn’t want to be stuck basically anywhere, but I will pick out spooky places and places I would just pee my pants if I were stuck there.

Being Buried Alive

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Can we just talk about how freaking scary it would be to be buried alive? I mean seriously, you would slowly either starve to death from lack of food or slowly suffocate from losing air. There was this episode of Lost where these two people got bit by a spider and it caused them to become paralyzed. The other survivors didn’t realize they were paralyzed, instead thinking they were dead, so they buried them. Alive. Intense, right? Also, in an episode of Supernatural, there was this guy sort of like Frankenstein’s Monster, who figured out the secret of immortality by replacing his limbs with the body parts of other people (have a heart condition? No problem! That girl over there has a healthy heart, I’ve heard!). Anyway, the brothers couldn’t figure out how to kill the guy so they ended up trapping him in a coffin and burying him in the ground… yeah that episode scared the heebie jeebies out of me.

Haunted Elevator

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As you might be able to tell, I’m not a fan of small spaces. Elevators are no exception, especially since I’m afraid of heights (I hate the feeling of going up and down elevators, because I can feel every floor we’re passing). Not only would it be scary if an elevator got stuck, but what if it was haunted? All the ghost would have to do is cut a wire or two and BAM! Dead. Well, it is possible to survive that, I guess, but they can always close the doors on you (like in the picture above). I don’t know, I guess if I ever live in a large apartment building I will just take the stairs if I don’t have groceries to carry. A little exercise never hurt anyone.

“The Suicide Forest”

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It would be scary to get stuck in any forest alone – especially at night – but the “Suicide Forest” would be even creepier. If you don’t already know, the Suicide Forest or Sea of Trees, is a 35-square-kilometer forest that is located at the northwest base of Mount Fuji in Japan. Aokigahara, the forest’s given name, even had a movie made about it starring Natalie Dormer earlier this year. It wasn’t very scary, and was a bit on the boring side, but that doesn’t mean I would want to go into that forest at night. There have been a reported 200 suicide attempts and 54 who have completed the act. Yeah… I would rather go to DisneyWorld for my next vacation.


I hope you enjoyed this post! Just writing this made my skin crawl. Are there any places you would hate to get stuck? What are some of your worst fears? Let me know in the comments below!

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