Thursday, February 20, 2014

Top Five Most Hated Character Names.

Hi my fellow book lovers! I am going to start in on a series that was created by Gingerreadslainey. She started a series call Top Five Wednesday.   

I'm starting this whole shebang with her first of this series, Top Five Most Hated Character Names.

5.  Malfoy. As in Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter. I don't like that name, not because he was just an unlikeable character, but saying it felt like a really large piece of gum in my mouth. (Please tell me you understand that heh). And yes, maybe his nastiness played a tiny part by association.

4. Renesmee Cullen from Twilight.When I first heard it, I was like huh? Then when I first saw it written, I felt my face scrunch up trying to make sense of the reason for such a nonsensical name. I just do not like it. 

3. Percy from Percy Jackson and the Lightening Theif. That name is just not attractive to say or hear. 

2. Bean from The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown. Her actual name is Bianca, which I love, but they nickname her Bean. It is such an ugly thing. I just imagine a soup bean for some reason. An ugly, reddish soup bean. lol 

1. Dwynwyn from The Bronze Canticles by Tracy and Laura Hickman. This name is what i refer to as a reading speed bump. You are moving along the story, really immersed in the world and what is happening, then you come across this name, Dwynwyn, and you find that you slow down to linger on it for a second while you try to pronounce it or make sense of it in your head or out loud. Even the look of the letters combined together look off. 

What are your most hated character names? Please share with us in the comments section below!

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Bookshelf Tour 2014!

Hello my fellow book lovers! I just wanted to share my newest video showing all my books on my shelves! Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

My Take: Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo is the first book in the Grisha Trilogy. 

It centers around Alina Starkov, who was orphaned by the Border Wars. The only person she trusts and loves has been another orphan, Mal. 

This book takes us into a new and strange world of magics, monsters and mysteries. A world where a magical elite called Grisha hold the true power. Where one of the most powerful of them all called the Darkling leds them. 

They live in a world that is being threatened by the impenetrable darkness called the The Shadow Fold. Inside this darkness that could consume the land of Ravka are monsters who feed off human flesh. Mal and Alina are grown and now are a part of the army regiment. Alina, an apprentice for the map makers, and Mal a strong and respected solider. 

The Darkling has the army cross through the Fold,  where they are attacked and Alina realizes a deep unknown power of her own. A power that thrusts her into, immediate danger by enemies, as the Darkling rushes her off to the capital. There, she enters a life unlike anything she has ever seen or experienced. A life of comfort. But she is there to learn to master her newfound power to help save Ravka, if not the world of the Fold.

But not everything is as it seems, and soon finds herself wondering who she can trust. And despite being surrounded by so many people, she is left feeling lonely. She finds herself missing her lifelong friend Mal, and surprising even to her, a love that runs much deeper.

This was a really interesting book. I love that I felt I had entered into a whole new world. A world I had yet to experience in other books. The characters were well written and the world building was show and not tell. Which was so refreshing given that some other books, rather just tell you what it looks like instead of just taking you on the tour. 

Alina, was a really likable character, that I felt for. That I want to get to know more. And Mal, what a great guy. Truly, he is funny, loyal and brave.  

The Darkling is mysterious and powerful. You don't quite know what his story is, but you find yourself NEEDING to know more about him. 

And this world! Words you never heard of and never will anywhere else in THIS world, and dangers that leave you anxious and entice the imagination create a truly unique experience. I read this book in just under two days. I really couldn't put it down. I just had to know what happens next.  

I cannot wait until I get book two Siege and Storm!

I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars!

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Please leave a comment if you have read this book, and let us know what you thought!