3 Bookish Pet Peeves

There are book tropes I think everyone’s tired of – i.e. the chosen one or the love triangle or the insta-love. These pet peeves I think are a little less talked about but they drive me nuts all the same.

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1. Hot people doing stuff

It torments me to no end when you open a book expecting an actual plot and all you get is 500 hundred pages mentioning how attractive each character is as they do stuff. Don’t bullshit me with your thrilling backcover synopsis. This is just hot people doing stuff. (Looking at you Paper Princess). It also bothers me when everyone in a book is good-looking and it’s a common talking point. I felt like the ACOMAF series did that quite frequently. How dull. Honestly, aside from basic descriptions, I don’t really give a flying rat’s ass what your character looks like. If describing their appearance isn’t a vehicle for some backstory, world-building or character development, I don’t want it. 

The solution? Either create characters that are physically distinctive from each other or forget appearances all together. A Daughter of Smoke and Bones is guilty of occasional gratuitous descriptions, but we also get really imaginatively vivid characters descriptions. I remember hearing the appalling description of Razgut and Izil and picturing the whole scene so clearly. It made it all the more revolting when Razgut licks Karou. Not to mention all the incredible creatures she describes throughout the book. That’s about the only time appearance matters to me.

 

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2. Instant ramen fighters

You don’t get a week of fighting lessons and then go off to war. Hunting rabbits does not a warrior make. You take karate classes at your cool private high school? Nope, still not enough. I’ve been training for fights everyday for a year and a half now, which isn’t that long of a time. If it’s taught me anything, it’s that you don’t get to open a packet of seasoning, add hot water and pop a fighter out of the microwave. It takes years. Years. And even then, that may only give you the skills to hold your own against someone of your size and stature. Forget about fighting off monsters and men strong enough to have become esteemed warriors or evil villains.

The solution? Have characters out-smart or use their own personal strengths to get out of those situations. Example: Lila Bard from ADSOM. Constantly outpowered or outnumbered. She doesn’t always win, but when she does it’s because of her cleverness and willingness to bend the rules to her advantage.

 

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3. Pseudo-intellectual teenagers

AHEMjohngreenAHEM. Really, please see any John Green love interest to see what I’m talking about. It’s lazy characterization to me. Rather than placing your character(s) in situations that reveal their intelligence or maturity, we get ridiculously cheesy descriptions and pages of bad dialogue. This often falls in step with the manic pixie dream girl and hipsters. They’re all an attempt to be different from the mainstream, but are done in such a way that they become their own cliche. Plus, when I’m reading YA, I kind of expect to see immaturity. These are coming of age stories – immaturity and believable age are important.

WHAT KINDA KID TALKS LIKE THIS. 

The solution? Stop trying so damn hard and let kids be kids. See More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, where his characters play tag and behave entirely like teens but still have real, powerful struggles with identity, acceptance and love.

 

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Any of this stuff drive you bananas too? Or is it just me sipping on the haterade?

 

Happy Reading!

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Featured Follows | More Blogs You Should Read

I started this series of posts to highlight the blogs I follow/follow me that I really enjoy reading or interacting with. Check out the last featured follows here!  

 

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Is book porn a thing? I’m not talking erotic novels, I mean book porn like food porn. I’m talking photos of books and bookish things that are so pretty and visually stunning that it makes you want to buy new books and read all day. That’s what you get from Ramsha @ The Booknookae. Her gorgeous bookstagram photos plus her one or two liner reviews and recommendations make this an easy blog to prowl through.

 

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Author and blogger, Lyndsey @ Lyndsey’s Book Blog, has got it all on her blog. Writing tips, book tags, reviews, book crate unboxings…it’s a combination of all things bookish and to top it off, she seems like a genuine and approachable person.

 

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I’ve been following Savannah @ The Book Prophet for a long while, pretty much since I got back into blogging. Her reviews are thorough without being long-winded and I love that you can always skim just the bolded parts and hilarious gifs for a TLDR version. Lots of books on my TBR list have come from her suggestions. My favorite posts are probably her discussion topics though! Sometimes it gets a little repetitive to see the same book tags across all the blogs you follow and Savannah always has interesting, original discussion posts that get me thinking!

 

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Have any great blogs you think I should check out? No shame in volunteering your own, hahah.

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Happy Friday, ya’ll!

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WWW Wednesday #8

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions.

The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


 

What are you currently reading?

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Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Friends, I have a confession. I DNF’d A Court of Mist and Fury. I couldn’t do it. It wasn’t that it was awful, it was just not my cup of tea. Maybe someday I’ll get back to it, but end of the day, I didn’t look forward to reading it. So good-bye for now, Feyre.

I haven’t been reading too much lately. Work’s been stealing my day again, but I’ve been listening to the Days of Blood and Starlight audiobook on my runs. I have my qualms with the series, but it’s such an entertaining read. And easily one of the best audiobooks to listen to.

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What did you recently finish reading?

 

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Mistborn : The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Really enjoyed this one! Though the middle bit dragged a little, I loved this world and these characters. Perfect for all the fantasy buffs out there who are in it for the world-building, the action and the epics. It was a nice break from all the YA fantasy. It was dark and bloody at times with none of the teenage fluff. Also, look at this cover! How beautiful is that? Reminds me of the Fables covers a little bit. Intrigued to see where this goes as a series because I felt like the first novel reads so well as a standalone. Not sure where it’ll go from here.

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What do you think you’ll read next?

I don’t think I’ll pick up the Mistborn sequel just yet. Strange the Dreamer is really calling to me, but I’ve also been trying to get my hands on a copy of Our Dark Duet. As always, who knows? We’ll see.

Happy Reading!

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GIVEAWAY WINNER !

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Image Source : The Bandar Blog

As you all know, I started a giveaway for a copy of A Darker Shade of Magic along with a few other goodies a couple of weeks ago. Well, the giveaway has finally ended and the winner is… (drumroll please)

 

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Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books! 

 

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I actually featured her in my last featured follows post, but I swear this wasn’t rigged. I just pressed the little Rafflecopter button and it randomly selected a winner. Anyways, congrats Kristin! Please check your email and I’ll send you your package as soon as possible!

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Thank you so much to everyone who participated! I’m hoping to have more of these in the future so stay tuned.

 

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In other news, it’s been a crazy weekend for me, but I’ve got plenty of posts coming up in the next week. For those of you in the states, Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Reading!

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Daughter of Smoke and Bones | Review

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ARGH. Such mixed feelings about this book. I finally picked it up and finished it in a week, hopping between the audiobook and the ebook. First off, it was probably the best audiobook I’ve ever listened to. Christine Hvam’s narration brought the story to life in a way for me that was more intriguing than when I first attempted to read the book a few weeks ago.

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What I liked : 

The world is gorgeous. The chimaera and angels, their worlds, the whole idea behind Brimstone and the teeth…it was all vivid and surreal. From Zusana’s quirky charm to the pitiful, yet grotesque Razgut, Laini Taylor’s characters were equally captivating.  So imaginative, I felt like there was an immense amount of potential to the story.

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What I disliked :

Things started to fall apart for me when Akiva came into the story. I was hoping he would be our story’s villain, to be honest. But then our epic fantasy action mystery adventure slowly devolved into a romantic tale of star-crossed lovers. The world around it was still incredible, but I was disappointed at the romance being the central and driving factor for the story.

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Plus, I wish their backstory was revealed slowly throughout their journey through Elsewhere. Instead, we have this epic story set-up that kind of just grinds to a halt as the backstory becomes the whole second half of the book. It doesn’t feel like a climax, it feels like two separate stories, instead of that mysterious history unfolding along with the rest of the plot. Harry Potter, Shades of Magic and even The Mortal Instruments series does this pretty well – giving you nuggets of answers across a series of subplots. Also even the original romance felt kind of…rushed? All of sudden? Kind of beastiality-ish?

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TLDR :

Daughter of Smoke and Bones is chock full of gorgeous, inventive dark characters and worlds, but is ultimately let-down in the latter half of the book with an overdose of romance and cheese.

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By no means is it a bad book though, there’s definitely enough here for me to pick up the second book. I just wish there was more action and less heart fluttering. I’m impressed with Laini Taylor’s creativity though. It may have bumped Strange the Dreamer much higher on my TBR list than it used to be.

Happy Reading!

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WWW Wednesday #7

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions.

The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


 

What are you currently reading?

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Still working my way through these two. Though it’s slow going because I find Maas’ writing style to be kind of slow and repetitive sometimes. You don’t have to tell me every time his purple eyes change direction, thank you very much. The Bear and the Nightingale just hasn’t fully drawn me in yet. It’s still too early on and I keep getting distracted by novels that are somewhat easier to read mindlessly.

 

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What did you recently finish reading?

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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

I was thinking about skipping this week’s WWW, but I actually managed to finish a book just in the nick of time! I have mixed feelings about this. It’s Schwab. AKA the writing was superb. It was a unique idea and written well, but somehow I just wasn’t….feeling it? I think objectively, it was a good book. Something was just not clicking for me, maybe I’ll have figured that out by the time I write a full review on it.

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What do you think you’ll read next?

Actually kind of stumped right now. I keep rifling through my TBR list and nothing is screaming READ ME NOW. Anyone have any suggestions for must-reads? I’m all ears!

Happy Reading!

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WWW Wednesday #6

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions.

The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


 

What are you currently reading?

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Finally hopping back on this series! I’m about a hundred or so pages in and I’m glad to see Maas didn’t just shrug off everything that happened to Feyre. The trauma and stress of what happened is apparent in her character and her relationship with Tamlin, which feels quite real. Unfortunately, it also makes the first part of this book so heavy and dark and difficult for me to get through, because you’re viewing everything through a lens of  depression.

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Plus, her current relationships with Tamlin and Rhys feel so toxic at the moment, which is also kind of cringe-y to me (cue Twilight flashbacks). I’m hoping that changes though at least for one of them. I know how highly this book/series has been received in the community – how do you all feel about the “romance” aspects of it?

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

As you’ll see below, I went on a Victoria Schwab binge recently and was totally creeping on her author’s page on Goodreads. This book happened to be on her recently read list with a 5 star rating. Coming from an author I love, that’s a huge endorsement. Anyways, it’s reading like an old Russian folktale right now, full of whimsy. Me gusta so far.

 

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What did you recently finish reading?

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A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab 

Please excuse me as I ugly cry in the corner here. I loved this series and I’m so so so so so so so so so so so so so so sad it’s over. There have been rumors of a show or a movie and I so hope that’s true, because man, I miss these characters already. I’m definitely going to be ordering pretty special edition hardcovers of this trilogy to put on the shelf.

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Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Schwab has easily become one of my favorite authors. Her ideas are so creative, her characters well developed and I drink up her writing style like a smooth smoky scotch. All those things were here in Vicious, but I do think it was a bit slow for me and just didn’t quite have all the twists and clever scheming that I expected. Especially from a novel that has two genius super villains pitted against each other. That being said, I know she wrote this book as if it may be cut off as a standalone, but then had the opportunity to flesh it out further. So I’m hoping the next few books really kick it up a notch and we get the same complexity in plot that we did with the Shades of Magic trilogy.

 

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What do you think you’ll read next?

I’ve got my eye on The Shadow Cipher (York #1) by Laura RubyI just got my hands on a digital copy recently and am pretty excited to start, but I’m already juggling 2/3 books at the moment. So it’ll have to wait until I knock at least one of them out. Ruby’s debut book, Bone Gap, stole my heart though. I recommend it to everyone. I hope York has some of that same magic and shine. I did also pick up The Midnight Star by Marie Lu when I grabbed ACOMAF from the library. So depending on whether I get through ACOMAF before the due date….Midnight Star may be in the near future too.

 

Happy Reading!

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