Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Feel Differently About Now That Time Has Passed

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This week’s topic is Ten Books That I Feel Differently About Now That Time Has Passed. A challenging topic, I’m not going to lie. I’ve checked all the books I’ve read on my Goodreads account, and here are my choices:

  1. Twilight Series: Although I haven’t read the last book in the series, I don’t have much love for this series. I was never a huge fan of the books. They were all tolerable, but I only really liked one book and that was New Moon. I tried re-reading Twilight, and I couldn’t get past one hundred pages. I put the book down, and ever since then, I have not touched it. If I were in middle school, I know I would would have found it more enjoyable. As an adult, I can’t physically force myself to read the books. (I know a lot of people will have this series on their Top Ten Tuesday, I have a hunch).
  2. Mara Dyer Trilogy – Don’t even read the books. It’s one of those series that has an interesting premise and beautiful covers, but there are so many plot holes and Noah Shaw is written to be too perfect. He’s rich, he’s British and American and something else, and he hardly has any flaws…The overall series was horrible, the only book that was the “best” one was the sequel.
  3. Red Queen – Why did I give this book a three???? The more I think about Red Queen, the more I realize how much of a terrible book it was. Frustrating protagonists, and I should have seen that plot twist coming. I’m not even sure I’ll read the sequel at this point, but who knows if the second book is better.
  4. The 52nd – Even though the synopsis sounded cool, I hated it. It’s another book that I gave a three, but it really deserves a 1.5. The secondary characters had better relationship with their partners instead of the protagonists. The protagonists had a love-hate relationship that was not cute at all.
  5. This Is How You Lose Her – A collection of short stories that centers around Yunior…one of my least favorite male protagonists. There is no redeeming factor to him. I gave donated this book. When I read this, I thought it was okay, but as time went by I knew I couldn’t keep this book on my shelf.
  6. Love Letters To The Dead: When I first read it, I thought it was great. I rated it a four out of five, but thinking about it now, I don’t like it. I even gave the book away to a friend. The main character was terrible.
  7. In Real Life – The story could have been expanded, but it was too short and rushed. The animation style is still beautiful.
  8. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time – Watch the anime adaptation instead of reading the book. It was too short, and not memorable. If only it were longer. Also, unnecessary second short story that had nothing to do with The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.
  9. Brave New World – Initially, I hated this book. I couldn’t get passed several chapters without giving up. It was always recommended to me when I was younger. When this book was assigned for my english college class, I had to read it, there was no way getting out of not reading this book. I had no excuses. After finishing Brave New World, I liked it much better. It’s not amazing, but it’s good.
  10. Bras & Broomsticks – I’ve forgotten about this book, but what I can vaguely remember is that it’s not one of the best books I’ve read about witches. Nope. It was suppose to be hilarious and filled with hijinks, but I didn’t find it funny. I found it okay when I first read it. I don’t find it amusing at all currently.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: Book Review

“The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind.”

Goodreads Synopsis: MARE BARROW’S WORLD IS DIVIDED BY BLOOD—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn’t know she had. Except… her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.

From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.

Commentary: I read many great reviews about Red Queen, and how amazing it is. it took me a while to get into the book. I felt that it was a tad overhyped. It reminded me of Shin Sekai Yori because there are two classes of people: ones with power and the other slaves.This book did remind me of X-Men since the Silvers have godlike powers. Mare Barrow, what can I say? There were moments many moments in the book where i wanted to slap her. She complained way too much and was jealous of her younger sister. I guess the author tried to make Mare seem like a strong female character, but I didn’t get that vibe from her. She had a destructive personality and was pretty selfish, but there were some moments were I was rooting for her. I really like her power of lightening! The beginning was a bit slow for me, most of the time I was wondering how would Mare get her powers. I liked how Mare’s ability activated when she was about to die during the Queenstrial contest. I found it funny how Mare just wanted to go back home, and the royals were like “You have to change your identity and live with us. You are now Mareena Titanos, whether you like it or not. And oh, by the way, you’re going to marry the younger prince. Your old life was awful, but not anymore! Congratulations. You’re welcome.” I knew that she was going to join the rebels and spy on the Silvers. But, I can’t see Mare being the key figure to the rebellion. There are more Reds with special abilities, I hope someone else can represent the rebellion.  She wasn’t the best female protagonist, nor the worst, just a little below average.  My heart is broken. Maven, oh Maven.  I thought that Maven was the right guy for Mare, while Cal was not. I hated how the author made Maven so likable while Cal was not. I hate how you seemed caring, thoughtful, and honest, but you used Mare as a pawn. Most of all, I hate how malicious you became Maven. I was rooting for Maven until he betrayed Mare. I don’t know how to feel anymore. This whole time, I thought he wanted change his society and help the the Scarlet Guard. Nope, he had other plans. I don’t like Maven now and I have some trust issues with Cal. Maven sort of reminded me of the Darkling from the Grisha series, but not he’s not as cool as him because Maven is a mama’s boy. (Darkling > Maven 😌). Now, Kilorn, Mare’s best friend, was irrelevant to me. He likes her, but she only sees him as a friend. I’m glad that he author did not include any romantic moments between Mare and him. Though the guys love Mare, there wasn’t much romance in this book. I really couldn’t trust anyone in this story. The twist, I wasn’t expecting that.  Didn’t think the king would die, didn’t expect Cal to be the “good guy”, and I definitely didn’t expect Shade to be alive. Anyone can betray anyone. The book was quite a fast read. By the time I finished, I wanted more. I hope the sequel in this trilogy explains how the Silvers came into power.

Quotes: 

“In the fairy tales, the poor girl smiles when she becomes a princess. Right now, I don’t know if I’ll ever smile again.”

“Rise, red as the dawn.”

“Do you, Prince? Do you understand what it’s like to be taken away from everything you love, forced to be something else? To lie every minute of every day for the rest of your life. To know there’s something wrong with you?

Final Rating: 👑👑👑

Yallwest 2015!

I went to Yallwest today! I was beyond excited when I first learned about it. I went with my boyfriend and had such a fun time! I got some of my books signed, but sadly not all of them! Anyways, I hope there will be another one next year 😀

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