Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer 

After reading Cinder, I am confident that Marissa Meyer is one of my new favorite authors. This sci-fi Cinderella retelling is absolutely incredible. Even as I write this I am listening to Scarlet on audiobook. I am in love with the characters that Meyer created . 

Linh Cinder is a cyborg mechanic in the plague addled city of New Beijing in the Eastern Commonwealth of Earth. She’s worked like a slave for as long as she can remember under the hateful eye of her stepmother. When she unexpectedly meets the crown prince and the sister she loves contracts the plague, letumosis, Cinder’s world is turned upside down and she is send unwillingly on a journey of self discovery and rebellion. 

I am still reeling from this story. I loved every second and was captivated by every page. Sci-fi is not the genre for which I usually reach, but I definitely need to change my ways because Cinder blew me away. 

Cinder is sarcastic, stubborn, and misunderstood. Her voice is so pure and relatable, you will not be able to help falling in love with her character. Not only Cinder, but Kai and Iko and all the other characters were amazing. Levana is one of the best/worst villains I’ve ever read. She’s evil and nasty parading as beauty and kindness. I can’t stand her and I think my hatred of her is only overshadowed by my hatred of Dolores Umbridge. 

What I loved most about this novel is that, while there are subtle nods to the original fairytale, it is most definitely unique. Marissa Meyer absolutely killed it with his book. 

5/5 stars. 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Unlikeable Protagonists

Hey guys! Long time no see. Sorry for the absence; life has been crazy. 

This T5W is my top five unlikeable protagonists. This list was very hard for me to come up with but I hope you enjoy it. As usual the Goodreads group for Top 5 Wednesday can be found here

1. Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

She’s kick ass and awesome, but I’ve heard more than one person say that she’s too stubborn and proud. I can see both sides. While I love Celaena, her pride hinders her sometimes. It drives her insane to not be the best and that gets in the way of strategy. 

2. Clary Fray from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare’s

I hated Clary at first. She’s stubborn and let’s her temper get in the way of sound decision making. She treats Simon and her mother like dirt and it bothers me. However, as the series progresses, she definitely gets better. Even when I didn’t like her I still wanted her to succeed if only to make the other characters happy. 

3. Raisa ana Marianna from The Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima

I love Raisa now, but in the beginning she’s annoying. She’s a princess – spoiled, flirtatious, and always gets her way. However, as the books progress, she becomes the strong leader her queendom needs and figures out what her heart wants.

4. Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Not sure if he counts as a protagonist, but whatever. Everyone knows Mr. Darcy is a jerk. He is incapable of speaking to people without talking down to them. But, I still love him and his socially awkward ways. He figures out how to win Elizabeth’s heart and treat people a little better. 

5. Juliette Ferrars from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Okay, we all know that Juliette is a little crazy. What girl wouldn’t be if her touch was lethal? She spends too much time fighting who she is instead of embracing her strengths. However, she is resilient and loves with every fiber of her being and I love her. 

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and if you did let me know! Leave me a like and a comment I’d love to hear your opinions! See you in the next one! 

Top 5 Wednesday: Fandoms I Am No Longer In

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is somewhat sad because I have to write about things that I once loved. Due to varying degrees of circumstance, I have no further interest in these fandoms at the present time. 
As always the Goodreads group for Top 5 Wednesday can be found here. It is hosted by Samantha @ThoughtsonTomes and was created by Lainey @gingerreadslainey. 

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth

I read the first book in this trilogy and absolutely loved it. I was caught up in it’s popularity and sucked into the story…and then I was spoiled for the end of Allegiant. I was so angry about the controversial ending that it completely ruined my love for the series. I do not plan to continue on and given the controversy surrounding Veronica Roth’s newest release Carve the Mark, I doubt I will be picking that up either. 

2. The Walking Dead 

I ADORED this show for the first four seasons. After that, I felt the plot went downhill and all of my favorite characters were either dead or were going to be killed (I was spoiled for several major character deaths, thanks to one of my rude Facebook friends). I just couldn’t take the emotional trauma. I may continue this show someday, but it seems unlikely at this point. 

3. Once Upon a Time

Honestly, I just completely lost interest in this show. It’s not that it wasn’t good; I loved the first two seasons. I just got caught up in life and fell behind. As time passes I realized that I have no desire to get back into this fairytale show. 

4. The Vampire Diaries

After the whole Catherine thing…just no. I was too pissed to go on. The Originals is WAY better anyway. 

5. The 100

This show just smacks you in the face with tragic feels all the time and my little heart couldn’t take it. I will most likely get back into this one, but there will be many tears when that happens. 

I hope you guys enjoyed this list! If you did leave me a like and a comment and tell me some of your left behind fandoms. I will talk to you guys in the next one! 

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Guys. I am in love. 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell follows Cath, a freshman in college, who is less than enthusiastic about her impending college experience. Her twin sister, Wren, has abandoned her and their shared love of Simon Snow (a book series about magicians) on favor of independence. Cath is alone with her fanfiction and anxiety in a world of strangers until her roommate Reagan and Reagan’s friend Levi coax her out of her shell and show her how much fun college can be. 

The characters were definitely the best thing about this story. They are all real and relatable; they have good qualities and flaws and could be real people. I cared so deeply for these characters and I was very sad when the book ended and I couldn’t read about them anymore. 

I LOVED this book. This was my first Rainbow Rowell novel and I was not disappointed. I’m sure I speak for a lot of people when I say that I relate to Cath on a deep and personal level. While Harry Potter is my Simon Snow, I related on almost every level to Cath and her struggles. Even if you aren’t a fangirl or fanboy yourself, this book is still full of fun. The romance is adorable, the plot is compelling, and the characters are amazing. Fangirl explores deep issues such as the desire for acceptance, divorce, and abandonment. I truly think that anyone could enjoy Cath’s story. 

5/5 stars. Would HIGHLY recommend. 

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Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I’ll be honest here, I was expecting a little more out of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I’ve heard so many good things about this book series, and my hopes for loving it were high. It was interesting and I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it. 

Shatter Me follows Juliette Ferrars, a seventeen year old girl trapped in an insane asylum because her touch is lethal. Craziness unfolds as she’s hunted for her abilities and she tries to survive in the destroyed world. 

Tahereh Mafi’s writing style is beautiful, however I felt that it almost distracted from the story. I listened to the audiobook of Shatter Me, and was a bit confused by the flowery style at times. I think that I’m going to read the ebook of Unravel Me to see if I like that format better. 

The characters were definitely compelling, especially Kenji. He was hilarious. The world was terrifyingly realistic. The idea that humanity could screw up the Earth so much is hardly a new concept, but it is scary because it is possible. 

I was a a little bored while listening to this book, but that’s not unusual for the first book in a series. I’m still hopeful going into the next book. 

I ended up giving Shatter Me 3/5 stars, but that could change as I read on. 

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Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast

This is not the kind of thing I usually post on my blog, but I just had to write a review after I saw this movie. The animated version of Beauty and the Beast was my favorite Disney movie of all time…until I saw the new version. 

The cast of this movie was exceptional. Emma Watson absolutely shines as Belle in this 2017 live action remake of the 1991 Disney classic. I don’t think they could have chosen a better actress to play the part. This isn’t really surprising to me considering how similar the characters of Belle and Hermione are. 

Dan Stevens is a fantastic Beast (and once he takes his human form, very sexy). The raw emotion in the way he plays the part made my little fangirl heart flutter, particularly when he sings Evermore. 

I could gush about every member of the cast, but that would make my review ten years long. Luke Evans was a superb Gaston, Josh Gad was perfection as LeFou, and every other member of the cast did an incredible job as well. 

Speaking of LeFou, he was one of my favorite parts of the movie. His obvious and intense crush on Gaston was so cute. He was hilarious and you couldn’t help but like him despite his loyalty to the hilariously despicable Gaston. 

I love the way the film stayed true to the original for the most part. The few differences that were in the film only enhanced the production in my opinion. The new songs were beautiful, the plot holes were fixed, and the story flowed beautifully. 

I dearly loved every minute of this film and I encourage all of you to see it if you haven’t yet. 

10/10 would HIGHLY recommend. 

Top Five Wednesday: Favorite Minor Characters

For this T5W the topic is favorite minor characters and I could not resist doing it. The Goodreads group for Top 5 Wednesday can be found here

Minor characters can completely change the way I see books. Sometimes I keep reading just for the minor characters and I don’t really care about the main characters. Here are my top five favorite minor characters of all time.

1. Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Anyone who doesn’t love Luna can fight me. She’s wonderful and also my fellow Ravenclaw. I connect on an emotional level with Luna and my only complaint is that she doesn’t​ end up with Neville. Her genuine kindess and unapologetically​ weird personality make her one of the best characters in the Harry Potter series. 

2. Kenji Kishimoto from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Need I say more? If you haven’t read Shatter Me, go do it now. Even if it’s just for Kenji. You can thank me later. 

3. Hayden Fire-Dancer from The Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima

Fire-Dancer is wonderful. He’s complex and badass and almost as swoon worthy as the main male protagonist of the series. I love him so much. He succeeds despite the obstacles thrown in his way and is determined to do what he wants in life no matter what anyone says. I respect and admire him a lot.

4. LeFou from Beauty and the Beast (2017)

This one is cheating because it’s not a book character, but Josh Gad as LeFou gave me life. He was hilarious and his crush on Gaston made the movie so enjoyable. Definitely one of the best characters in the movie. 

5. Haymitch Abernathy

I don’t know if Haymitch counts as a minor character or not because he is pretty prominent in the books for the most part, but I love him dearly. He is gruff and rude, but underneath it all he is caring and protective and that kind of character just gets me every time. He’s amazing and definitely one of my faves. 

I hope you guys enjoyed this post. If you did, leave me a comment and let me know some of your favorite minor characters. I will talk to you guys in the next one!