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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Like to Be Besties With

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s TTT is characters I’d like to be besties with. This is such a fun and interesting idea, as I’m sure there a so many different characters everyone loves and I’m so excited to see who other people pick.

*All images in the post have been taken from the relevant fandom wikis*

Tessa Gray (The Shadowhunter Chronicles)

Tessa’s my favourite character in the Shadowhunter Chronicles (although I haven’t read TDA yet I doubt it’ll really change my opinion. And I hope if she were really we’d be get on well. She likes books, I run a blog about books. She’s taller than average for a woman, I’m taller than average for a woman. She’s immortal, I haven’t died yet so could be immortal, who knows.

Jem Carstairs (The Shadowhunter Chronicles)

Jem’s just such a nice character, like who wouldn’t want to be friends with him?

Magnus Bane (The Shadowhunter Chronicles)

Okay so being friends with Magnus just sounds like it would be so much fun. Parties? Check. Glitter? Check. Magic? Check.

Isabelle Lightwood (The Shadowhunter Chronicles)

Isabelle is just so badass and I love her so much. I’d also want to be her friend so I could find someone better for her than Simon cause come on she is way way out of his league.

Morrigan (A Court of Thorns and Roses)

Besties can also mean girlfriends or wives right? Mor’s just such an amazing character and I love her so much.

Azriel (A Court of Thorns and Roses)

I love a good gossip and as a shadowsinger Azriel knows pretty much everyone’s secrets. Also reckon he needs someone to be like ‘look it’s been centuries it’s time to get over Mor. And like Elain is right there dude.’

Manon Blackbeak (Throne of Glass)

Haven’t finished this series so this might change but I doubt it. Let’s be real we all need someone as ride or die as Manon. Also would like to be her friend to give her advice like ‘girl stop thinking about Dorian when Elide is right there.’ Realising now quite a few of these choices are based on me wanting to tell the characters their choices are wrong.

Jude Duarte (The Folk of the Air)

Actually think Jude just needs an actual friend to be like ‘no don’t do that’ or ‘you’re literally queen can’t you just pardon yourself?’ Also she just needs a hug to be honest.

Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)

She’s always the fictional character I get compared to the most so I’d reckon we’d get on quite well.

Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)

Hermione was pretty much my first ever favourite character so obviously I’d love to be besties with her.


Let me know what you think of my squad and post a link to your TTT in the comments

Book Tag

Birthday Book Tag

As you can probably tell by the title today’s my birthday!!! Today I’m turning 22 (God I feel so old?). Hopefully going to be getting some books as presents.

I’ve seen this tag on so many blogs (if you know who created it please let me know so I can credit them) and have been waiting for my birthday to come around so I could give it a go.


Count your birth day along your bookshelf and then subtract your birth month. What book does it land on?

Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

This is such a good book (if a little predictable at times) and I really enjoyed reading it. Haven’t read the sequel yet so I’m not sure if it continues to be as good, but it is on my Summer TBR so hopefully going to get around to it soon.

If you could spend your birthday with any fictional character who would it be? And why?

Morrigan – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Obviously spending my birthday with one of the Fae would be amazing. And do you know what else would be fun? Drinking wine and going to a gay bar. And with Morrigan I could do both. She’s also my favourite character in the series so that’s also a bonus.

Find a book that takes place in the season you were born

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

This one took a little while because I realised I don’t really have any idea what season most of the books I’ve read are set in, obviously if there’s snow I presume it’s Winter but other than that I have no clue. But according to the timeline on the Shadowhunters wiki City of Bones takes place in August. With the rest of the events taking place by the end of the year? Like what a stressful year that was for poor Clary?

Find a book that is the colour of your birth stone

Wicked by Gregory Maguire

My birthstone is peridot which is green, and obviously the go to book for green is the one with a green main character. I do really love this book and its’ sequel Son of a Witch, although I haven’t yet read the rest of the series. They’ve been on my TBR for years so hopefully I’ll get around to them one day.

Is there a series with the same number of books as your age? If so what is it?

If there is a series with 22 books out then I haven’t found it. Both the Tortall universe by Tamora Pierce and the Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare are nearing it though. These series both have upcoming releases so maybe in a couple of years they might catch up with my age.

Pick a book set in a time period, country or world you would like to live in

The Night Court – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Specifically Velaris. Although maybe not during the events of the third book, but other than that it’s shown to be such a nice place to live.


Thanks for reading and I’ve hope you’ve enjoyed this post. Let me know in the comments if you agree with my choices, or if you’re my birthday twin I’m always on the lookout for those.

Monthly Wrap-Ups

July Wrap-Up

Can’t quite believe that we’re already going into August, this year has gone by far too quickly. On the whole July has been quite a good month, I went on holiday, started my blog, attended YALC for the first and got a new job. Alongside all of that this month I’ve managed to read 6 books and 3 novellas. Here’s what I’ve read this month.

Books:
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas ★★★★★
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas ★★★★★
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh ★★★★☆
The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh ★★★★☆
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan ★★★★★
The Shamer’s Daughter by Lene Kaaberbol ★★★☆☆


Novellas:
The Crown and the Arrow by Renee Ahdieh ★★★☆☆
The Moth and the Flame by Renee Ahdieh ★★★★☆
The Mirror and the Maze by Renee Ahdieh ★★★★☆

Pages: 2,467


Hope you’ve all had a good month. Let me know what you’ve been reading in the comments.

Weekly Posts · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday #2

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam@TakingOnAWorldofWords and was formerly hosted by MizB@ADailyRhythm. Just answer the three question. It’s open to anyone to participate, even without a blog you can comment on Sam’s post with your own answer. It’s a great way to share what you’ve been reading! All you have to do is answer three questions and share a link to your blog in the comments of Sam’s blog.

The Three Rs are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Have been really enjoying this series so far. Started this book yesterday and so far it’s good, hoping it stays that way. I have yet to read a Sarah J. Maas book that I’ve disliked though so I’m hopeful.

Recently Read

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan and The Shamer’s Daughter by Lene Kaaberbol

Enjoyed reading both of these books. My review of Girls of Paper and Fire can be found here, and I’ll have a review of The Shamer’s Daughter up within the next few days.

Reading Next

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas, Jack of Thorns by A.K. Faulker or Here There Are Monsters by Amelinda Berube

Not sure which of these I’m going to read first but I’m planning to read all of them soon.


Let me know you’re currently reading and what you’re planning to read next in the comments.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Completed

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s TTT is an open choice so I’ve decided to go for ten series I’ve fully read and loved. This won’t include some series that I do really enjoy, such as ‘Throne of Glass’, as I haven’t actually finished it yet.


The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden

The Winternight Trilogy is probably my all-time-favourite series. Both the characters and story are amazing and Arden is just such a brilliant writer. I can’t recommend this series enough.

The Rime Chronicles by Mindee Arnett

Okay so this is a duology rather than a series but I’m including it on here because not enough people know of its existence and you all are missing out. The ending of the duology also sets up the possibility for a number of spin-offs so you never know, this could soon become a series.

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Was pretty slow getting around to reading this series and only actually read it this year but I fell completely in love. Which I’m sure most of the people who have read this series will understand. And yes I did spend pretty much all of Clockwork Princess in tears.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Okay so I don’t think this series is as good as The Infernal Devices but I do still love it. Also may be an unpopular opinion but I think the later three books are better than the original trilogy.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I read these back to back on holiday in France about a year or two before the movie came out and completely fell in love with them. I’m super excited about the prequel coming out next year.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

My problematic fave. I get that there are a lot of problems with this series but honestly I just enjoyed reading it so much. Also any book series that has a character like Morrigan in is going to be auto-fave.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles is just such an original take on the fairytale retelling genre, even if it is still very hetero. The books are just such fun reads and I fell in love with so many of the characters.

The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce is pretty much the queen of fantasy so obviously her books where going to end up on this list (although I haven’t read all of them yet, hence why only two series are here). If you haven’t read this series yet then you really must.

The Immortals Quartet by Tamora Pierce

And here’s the second Tamora Pierce series on this list. Set in the same world as The Song Of The Lioness Quartet, this series picks up years later introducing new characters and continuing the stories of some familiar ones.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

I’ve loved these books so much ever since I was a child. Although I do think there’s definitely parts of them that haven’t aged so well I think I’ll also love them due to the nostalgia element. Plus I’m pretty sure I’d due a re-read soon.


Thanks for reading and post your TTT in the comments below and let me know some of your favourite series.

Weekly Posts · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday #1

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam@TakingOnAWorldofWords and was formerly hosted by MizB@ADailyRhythm. Just answer the three question. It’s open to anyone to participate, even without a blog you can comment on Sam’s post with your own answer. It’s a great way to share what you’ve been reading! All you have to do is answer three questions and share a link to your blog in the comments of Sam’s blog.

The Three Rs are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

I’ve heard so many good things about this book so I just knew I had to read it. Am less than halfway through at the moment but really loving it so far. Hoping it stays just as good or gets even better.

Recently Finished Reading

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

I’ve finally gotten around to reading the Throne of Glass, after it being on my tbr for years. I’m yet to read a Sarah J. Maas book that I’ve rated less that four stars and that remains true here.

Reading Next

The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh and The Head, the Eye & the Heart by Zoe Marriott

Hoping to read both of these before YALC on 26th July as both of these authors are speaking on the panel about YA retellings which I’m massively looking forward to.

Thank you for reading and let me know your current reads in the comments.

Isobel

Lists

10 Upcoming Releases I’m Excited For

The Beautiful (The Beautiful, #1)

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh | Goodreads
Publication: 8th October 2019

Synopsis: ‘In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine becomes enamored with the vibrant city, from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt, along with the shame of her own horrible secret. ‘

I’m currently reading Ahdieh’s ‘The Wrath & The Dawn’ and I am enjoying it so far. I’m really excited to see what she does with a vampire story, especially one that sounds fairly original. Also please can we bring back the vampire YA craze? I kinda miss it.

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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood | Goodreads
Publication Date: 10th September 2019

Synopsis: ‘When the van door slammed on Offred’s future at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her—freedom, prison or death.  With The Testaments, the wait is over.  Margaret Atwood’s sequel picks up the story fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead. “Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.” —Margaret Atwood’

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is one of my all-time favourite books so I’m super excited for this book. I have so many questions and hoping at least some of them get answered. Also really liking the idea of three narrators as opposed to just the one, like in the original story.

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Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo | Goodreads
Publication Date: 8th October 2019

Synopsis: ‘Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her? Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.’

I haven’t actually read any of Bardugo’s books yet (although all of them are on my tbr) but I’ve heard such good things about her writing that I’m looking forward to this release anyway.

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The Lady Rogue by Jean Bennet | Goodreads
Publication Date: 3rd September 2019

Synopsis: ‘ Traveling with her treasure-hunting father has always been a dream for Theodora. She’s read every book in his library, has an impressive knowledge of the world’s most sought-after relics, and has all the ambition in the world. What she doesn’t have is her father’s permission. That honor goes to her father’s nineteen-year-old protégé—and once-upon-a-time love of Theodora’s life—Huck Gallagher, while Theodora is left to sit alone in her hotel in Istanbul. Until Huck arrives from an expedition without her father and enlists Theodora’s help in rescuing him. Armed with her father’s travel journal, the reluctant duo learns that her father had been digging up information on a legendary and magical ring that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler—more widely known as Dracula—and that it just might be the key to finding him.’

Haven’t really heard much about this writer, but ‘The Lady Rogue’ just sounds so interesting so it’s automatically going my tbr for this Autumn.

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The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black | Goodreads
Publication Date: 19th November 2019

Synopsis: ‘Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.  Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril. Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.  And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity… ‘

Is there anyone who isn’t looking forward to this release? I need to know what happens next and how this story ends. And who doesn’t love a good enemies to lovers to enemies to ??? story?

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Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare | Goodreads
Publication Date: 3rd March 2020

Synopsis: ‘Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London…and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague. James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero…and falling in love. ‘

Really looking forward to see what happens next to Will, Tessa and Jem, and what happens with the next generation. Although I am super behind with the Shadowhunters books so part of me is somewhat happy that the publication date’s been pushed back as I’ll have longer to catch up.

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The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave | Goodreads
Publicaton Date: 19th September 2019

Synopsis: ‘They say the thirst of blood is like a madness – they must sate it. Even with their own kin. On the eve of her divining, the day she’ll discover her fate, seventeen-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are captured and enslaved by the cruel Boyar Valcar, taken far away from their beloved traveller community. Forced to work in the harsh and unwelcoming castle kitchens, Lil is comforted when she meets Mira, a fellow slave who she feels drawn to in a way she doesn’t understand. But she also learns about the Dragon, a mysterious and terrifying figure of myth and legend who takes girls as gifts.They may not have had their divining day, but the girls will still discover their fate… ‘

Vampires? Feminist re-imagining of Dracula? Focusing on the brides of Dracula? Yes please.

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House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas | Goodreads Publication Date: 3rd March 2020

Synopsis: ‘Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. By day, she works for an antiquities dealer, selling barely legal magical artifacts, and by night, she parties with her friends, savouring every pleasure Lunathion—otherwise known as Crescent City— has to offer. But it all comes crumbling down when a ruthless murder shakes the very foundations of the city—and Bryce’s world. Two years later, her job has become a dead end, and she now seeks only blissful oblivion in the city’s most notorious nightclubs. But when the murderer attacks again, Bryce finds herself dragged into the investigation and paired with an infamous Fallen angel whose own brutal past haunts his every step. Hunt Athalar, personal assassin for the Archangels, wants nothing to do with Bryce Quinlan, despite being ordered to protect her. She stands for everything he once rebelled against and seems more interested in partying than solving the murder, no matter how close to home it might hit. But Hunt soon realizes there’s far more to Bryce than meets the eye—and that he’s going to have to find a way to work with her if they want to solve this case.’

I’m a simple girl, I see Sarah J. Maas, I buy the book. I love her writing so much and I’m so excited to see what she’s going to do with her first adult book (although I do think the ACOTAR books should have been adult to).

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Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin | Goodreads
Publication Date: 3rd September 2019

Synopsis: ‘Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned. Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony. The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made. And love makes fools of us all. ‘

The synopsis of this book sounds so interesting, and the majority of early reviews on goodreads are four and five stars so yes, I am extremely excited for this release.

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The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White | Goodreads
Publication Date: 5th November 2019

Synopsis: ‘There was nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl. Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom’s borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution–send in Guinevere to be Arthur’s wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king’s idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere’s real name–and her true identity–is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.  To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old–including Arthur’s own family–demand things continue as they have been, and the new–those drawn by the dream of Camelot–fight for a better way to live.

I love love love retellings of myths, legends and fairytales so am obviously looking forward to this release. Hopefully it is as good as it sounds.


Thanks for reading, and let me know in the comments what upcoming releases you’re excited for.