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Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday- Book Topics

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is top ten words/topics that instantly make you buy/pick up a book.

1. Drugs- I always enjoy books that are about drugs because I’ve always wanted to know what they’d be like to try, but I’d never actually do them. And I kind of get to experience it.

2. Murder- I love murder mystery books. They’re all good. They’re all exciting and suspenseful and I love them all.

3. Car Accident- Most young adult books that have car accidents involved are exciting books and can generally keep my interest.

4. Paranormal- Like vampires, fairies, werewolves, etc. I like a lot of young adult paranormal fiction books. Twilight started the paranormal interest and now I have to pick it up to see if it sounds like it’ll be good.

5. Memoirs- It’s not all memoirs. It’s really only young adult-ish memoirs about crazy drugs and babies and stupid shit they did when they were young.

6. Irish- I will read anything about hot Irish guys.

7. Love- I adore romance novels and I love falling in love with the handsome man that the main character does.

8. City- Books with setting in the city. I live in a kind of small town, sheltered area and I’d love to live in the city. So reading books that take place there kind of give me a glimpse of the city I don’t have.

9. Boarding Schools- This is another that gives me a glimpse of a life I didn’t live. I always thought it would be so cool to go to a boarding school.

10. Reincarnation- I’m adding this one because they usually involve lots of sappy love and romance things. And they almost always end happy. And I love getting to see the love go through each life time.

These are mine. Let me know what yours are.
Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.

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Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday- Book Topics

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is top ten words/topics that instantly make you buy/pick up a book. These are mine (in no particular order):

1. Dragons- I’ve always loved dragons. I like seeing all the different ways different authors portray them. For example: Eon, The Dragon Jousters, The Inheritance Cycle.
2. Books- I think this one is self explanatory. A book where the main character loves books? Yes, please. For example: The Next Always, The Expected One, and, of course, Beauty and the Beast.
3. Fairy tales- I absolutely adore fairy tale adaptations. For example: Eloisa James’s fairy tales, Alex Flinn’s fairy tales, An Offer From a Gentleman.
4. Obsidian- I never would have thought this would be on my list. I don’t know why, but I’ve always loved the stone. My favorite series ever is the Obsidian Trilogy. I happened to recently see Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout and immediately wanted to read it, just for the title. It just so happens that I loved it so now I’m keeping my eyes open for this topic.
5. Love- I am such a sucker for love stories. Even trashy romance novels get to me. For example: Oh, pretty much anything with romance.
6. Magic- It doesn’t really matter what type of magic it is. Magic always adds something extraordinary to a story. For example: The Elemental Masters, A Spell for Chameleon, The Riftwar Saga.
7. Thief- When the male MC is an attractive thief, I tend to fall in love. For example: To Take a Thief, The Demon King, Bitterblue, Jimmy the Hand.
8.Mythology- I love mythology. Especially Greek, though I find others interesting too. I think books that incorporate ancient cultures/ religions into them are amazing. For example: The Dark-Hunters, The Goddess Summoning series, The Goddess Test.
9. Reluctant Hero- With this topic, I mean when the main character is specifically chosen to complete a task, save the world, etc. and they ABSOLUTELY don’t want to. I think it’s more realistic. If someone just popped into your life and told you had this great mission to accomplish, I don’t think most people would jump up and say, “This is awesome! When do we start?” When the hero becomes a hero in spite of him/herself, I can’t resist. For example: The Hobbit, The Enduring Flame Trilogy, Maximum Ride.
10. Multiple Points of View- I don’t know if it counts because it’s a writing style not a topic. However, it’s a particular writing style that I tend to prefer. If there are too many points of view changing every few pages it can get annoying, but if the few main characters alternate chapters I really enjoy it. I like being able to see the story from more than one perspective, instead of just one side. For example: A Game of Thrones, The Obsidian Trilogy (This one breaks my rule. It’s from quite a few different viewpoints and it occasionally changes in the middle of the chapter, but the authors managed to make it simple and not overwhelming.)

Well, these are mine. I added a few examples for each so if you see a topic that happens to be a favorite of yours then you can have a few recommendations. If you know of any books that fall under these topics, please let me know. I love finding new favorites.
-Antonia


Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday- Books I Liked More/Less Than I Thought I would

I seriously love all these Top Ten Tuesday Topics. TTT is a weekly prompt hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is books you liked more or less than you thought you would. Here are mine (in no particular order):

1. Cloaked by Alex Flinn- Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Flinn’s fairy tales. But Cloaked is the only one of them that I don’t REALLY want to read again. I’m sure I eventually will anyways, but it wasn’t my favorite. I’d been expecting it to be a new favorite (her books usually are) but it wasn’t.
2. When Darkness Falls by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory- This is hands-down my favorite series ever. I read it once or twice a year, I’m that obsessed. The funny part? The first time I tried reading this book: I. Put. It. Down. I got about fifty pages in and stopped reading it for several months. The beginning is kind of slow while they’re giving background information, but once you get past that it picks up and you can’t put them down until the series is over. The only reason I tried reading this book again was because I was bored, not because I thought I’d really like it. Once I got past that initial slow section, I was instantly infatuated.
3. Fallen by Lauren Kate- I hadn’t expected to love this book, but I usually enjoy other books of the same style so I figured I’d at least like it even if it didn’t become a new favorite. I absolutely did not expect to dislike it so much that I wouldn’t try to finish the series. Which is what happened.
4. Dream Hunter by Sherrilyn Kenyon- This is actually like the eighth book in the Dark-Hunters series. (It’s technically part of the Dream-Hunters series which I think is a sub-series of the Dark-Hunters but they all connect so I just consider them part of the larger series.) This was the first book I read by Kenyon and I hadn’t really been looking to read the series. I was staying at my sister’s house and didn’t have anything to read. I found this book and figured, “Whatever, I’m bored.” This series is now one of my favorites. I absolutely love her books.
5. Halo by Alexandra Adornetto- I didn’t hate this book. I just wasn’t as impressed by the book as I’d been by the description.
6. The Source of Magic by Piers Anthony- I liked this book but I didn’t love it. The book before it, A Spell for Chameleon, was fantastic. I think I had so many expectations from the first book that I ended up being disappointed with the second. It was a good story, but didn’t leave the characters where I wanted or expected them to be at the end.
7. On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn- This was the last book in the series about the eight Bridgerton siblings. I loved every single one of these books. Except this one. It wasn’t terrible because I adore Julia Quinn but Gregory’s story just didn’t entertain me as much as the other seven books did.
8. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare- I wasn’t terribly enthusiastic about reading this. My sister and Amanda kept telling me I should and I kept refusing. I finally didn’t have anything else to read and grudgingly started it… and immediately became so engrossed that I read the first three books in two days.
9. Impulse by Ellen Hopkins- These books are intense and overwhelming and drive me a little bit crazy, but they’re written in such a creative way that I can’t help but like them. Unfortunately, I wasn’t a big fan of Impulse.
10. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima- I was absolutely blown away by this book. This series is a new favorite of mine. Usually my favorites are books that I’m really excited to read, whether because I know the author or I really liked the cover or the description. I read this book because I needed something to read and I figured it wouldn’t be terrible. Instead, I literally inhaled all four books and love them all.

I really enjoyed this topic. Let me know if you had the similar reactions to these books or others you’ve read.
-Antonia


Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Rewind

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week we post our Top Ten for the weeks topic. This week’s is to pick a topic we missed or wanted to revisit. I chose to do my Top Ten Favorite Book Quotes. Antonia chose a different topic, but also liked this one so her top ten is here along with mine. Enjoy!

Amanda’s Top Ten:

1 – “True love will triumph in the end – which may or may not be a lie, but if it is a lie, it is the most beautiful lie we have.” –John Green, Looking for Alaska. This is one of my absolute favorite John Green quotes and there was no way I would leave it out.

2 – “When I look at my room, I see a girl who loves books.” –John Green, Looking for Alaska. Basically my life.

3 – “I’m in love and I like how that feels. And I hate how that feels. Because love is an invention of fiction writers” –Ellen Hopkins, Identical.

4 – “One must always be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” –Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel. There has never been a more accurate quote.

5 – “Everyone has choices to make; no one had the right to take those choices away from us. Not even out of love.” –Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes.

6 – “You have slipped under my skin, invaded my blood, and seized my heart. You have poisoned me.” –Maria V. Snyder, Poison Study. If you’ve read the book you know why I love this quote.

7 – “Anyone else feel like that? Like your life’s a big act. Like you’re trying to be a man when you’re just a scared kid, trying to keep under control when you really want to scream, cry, or maybe hit someone. Ever feel like you’re breathing underwater and you have to stop because you’re gulping in too much fluid.” –Alex Flinn, Breathing Underwater.

8 – “I wasn’t dating anyone. I was fornicating with Batman.” –Janet Evanovich, Hard Eight. oh Ranger, I love you so much.

9 – “It’s fucking hard to be classy.” –Janet Evanovich, One for the Money. The perfect quote to describe myself and Antonia here at Classy as Fuck Book Reviews.

10 – “People come, people go – they’ll drift in and out of your life, almost like characters in a favorite book. When you finally close the cover, the characters have told their story and you start up again with another book, complete with new characters and adventures. Then you find yourself focusing on the new ones, not the ones from the past.” –Nicholas Sparks, The Rescue.

Antonia’s Top Ten:

1) “If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be, and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.” Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte. I don’t think I need to explain any of my Wuthering Heights quotes. They just stuck with me years after finishing the book. I don’t usually remember quotes from books, but these wouldn’t leave me alone.

2) “Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living. You said I killed you–haunt me then. The murdered do haunt their murderers. I believe–I know that ghosts have wandered the earth. Be with me always–take any form–drive me mad. Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!” Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte.

3) “It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now; so he shall never know how I love him: and that, not because he’s handsome, Nelly, but because he’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same; and Linton’s is as different as a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire.” Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte.

4) “In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen. *Swoon* Enough said.

5) “End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take.” Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkien. I adore Tolkien and every word he wrote in these books.

6) “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no telling where you might be swept off to.” The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien. This quote just always gave me this nice, happy feeling.

7) “Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.” Inkheart, Cornelia Funke. Books are the love of my life. I don’t need to explain book quotes to you guys, do I?

8) “Books loved anyone who opened them, they gave you security and friendship and didn’t ask for anything in return; they never went away, never, not even when you treated them badly.” Inkheart, Cornelia Funke.

9) “If you would change a thing, first understand why it exists.” Outstretched Shadow, Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. I’m not sure why. I just really love this quote.

10) “And infatuated be damned. He was near to being blinded by his attraction to her. He was in love, damn it all. He disliked her, he resented her, he disapproved of almost everything about her, yet he was head over ears in love with her, like a foolish schoolboy. He wondered grimly what he was going to do about it. He was not amused. Or in any way pleased.” Slightly Dangerous, Mary Balogh. I love Wulfric. He’s fantastic and tries so hard not to love Christine. He reminds me a lot of Mr. Darcy which might be the entire reason I love him.

These are mine, but I love hearing new quotes so don’t be afraid to share your favorites too!

-Antonia.


Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday- Rewind

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is a rewind. You get to choose any past topic they’ve done. Which ended up being terribly difficult for both me and Amanda. We ended up wanting to do pretty much all of them. I finally decided on Top Ten Books That Broke My Heart a Little and I was very happy with my choice. Until Amanda started talking about hers (Top Ten Favorite Quotes) and she really liked mine also. So we’re going to cheat a little bit and include our opinions in each others posts. So, in no particular order, here are mine:

Antonia’s Top Ten:

1. Inheritance by Christopher Paolini– I loved this entire series but also spent the entire time hoping Arya and Eragon would end up together. They don’t. Even worse, they will never see each other again… I definitely died a little at the end.

2. The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling– I shouldn’t need to explain this whatsoever.

3. Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon– I cried and cried and cried and cried. It ends happy. But the first half of the book just broke my heart a little bit for each page.

4. When Darkness Falls by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory– I. Can’t. Believe. She. Died. The world dropped out from under me. I didn’t think anything could make it better. Fortunately, I adore these authors for a reason and they DID make it okay. But for those few moments, I was inconsolable.

5. Shadowkiss by Richelle Mead– Dimitri… Most books, when something bad happens, you retain that little bit of hope that the author will fix it and make it better. This was not one of those books for me. I absolutely lost all hope for a happy ending for this series.

6. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins– If you need an explanation as to why this broke my heart then I have nothing to say to you except GO READ THESE BOOKS.

7. Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout– The end. I honestly don’t know how I’m functioning normally right now. I feel like everything in the world should stop until the next book comes out. Armentrout HAS to make it alright. She just has to.

8. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks– Both the book and the movie, though the book was worse. The movie was a lot different than the book but the ending of both made me bawl my eyes out.

9. Brightly Burning by Mercedes Lackey– This was such an amazing book. I haven’t read it in years and I kind of want to read it again. But the ending devastated me. I absolutely did not see it coming.

10. The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis– The heartbreak from this book wasn’t completely from the events of the book. Most of it was just because the series had ended. And it kind of seemed like it was the end of something for me. Like my childhood. I’m pretty sure I walked around in a daze for the week after I finished it.

These are mine. I hope everyone has read a book that was heartbreaking at least once in their life. What are yours?
-Antonia

Amanda’s Top Ten:

Writing this short list of ten books that make me feel way too much ended up being much more difficult than I thought it would be. Here is the list I came up with in no special order.

1 – Looking for Alaska – John Green, I put this book on almost every single one of my Top Ten Tuesday posts. This book shattered my heart into a thousand little pieces. When we find out what happened I was crushed, I mourned this character as if they were a real person I’d known my whole life.

2 – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling, Uh, duh. If you don’t know why this book would be heartbreaking then you either haven’t read it, or you’re an idiot.

3 – Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins, This is another one that if you don’t understand why I’m heartbroken then you need to go read the book, or stop being an idiot.

4 – New Moon – Stephenie Meyer, I know, I know. “Ew, Twilight,” but fifteen year old me that read these books can’t be argued with. My heart broke, and I’ll willingly admit to this fact.

5 – Beautiful Darkness – Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, This book made me cry because of an awful plot twist that came out of no where. It took me a while to recover from this one.

6 – Burned – Ellen Hopkins, How could you do this to me Ellen? Make me fall in love with these fictional characters just to take them away from me?

7 – Shadow Kiss – Richelle Mead, This book left me with no hope left in anything. I knew there were more books being written, but I couldn’t think about that when everything was left so hopeless.

8 – Fire Study – Maria V. Snyder, Fire Study is the third in the Study Trilogy. I absolutely adored this series, but the third definitely pulled at my heart. After going through so much with Yelena, the events in Fire Study had my emotions all over the place.

9 – Opal – Jennifer L. Armentrout, Literally everything about this book left me heartbroken. Everything.

10 – The Fault in our Stars – John Green, I was trying to stay away from doing more than one of the same author, but I just can’t not have this book on my list. I just, Augustus…I love you. Come back.

Let me know what you think, if you agree or disagree. What’s your top ten?
Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


Looking for Alaska – John Green

Summary: Miles “Pudge Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole existence has been on big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (Francois Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

Review: My dear Lord this book. Looking for Alaska is my all time favorite book and has been for the four years. I’ve read this book six or seven times and my reaction hasn’t changed for any of them. Every time I read this book I laugh, I cry, I hurt, I love along with all the characters. This time reading it was no different. I always get so emotional with book. I love the story line, the characters and the fact that it makes me think. I love everything about this book.
I guess I’ll start with the story line. Yeah, there’s a countless number of books about kids that go to a new school and want fun adventures. They want exciting stories to tell. But the way John Green writes his books makes it so much more than what it is. This kid Miles is inspired to “seek a great perhaps”. How awesome is that? And of course, he does. But the friends that he makes at his new school aren’t the popular kids. He joins a group of what seems like troublemakers. Miles and his friends are normal boarding school kids with a whole lot of secrets. The plot twist in this story was one I never saw coming the first time I read it. I had no idea of the heartbreak that headed my way as soon as I opened this book. So many things that I read in this book made me think about some seriously intense things. It made me reevaluate a bit. I love every thought John Green’s words cause.
Now, on to the characters. There’s Miles “Pudge” Halter, Takumi, Chip “The Colonel” Martin, Lara, and, of course, the wonderful Alaska Young. Nothing can ever compete for the amount of love I have for these five characters. Which might be slightly frowned upon and probably not very healthy, but that’s okay. I’ll start with Pudge. I adored Pudge from the first page. He’s the typical slightly awkward high school boy who’s forever in love with a girl he’ll never get. But regardless of that, I loved him. He’s so sweet and innocent at the beginning of the book. By the end, Pudge has been through so much and changed because of it. I love that we get to see Pudge change. And I know that I definitely grew and changed with him. I love Pudge because he never loses hope throughout the whole book. With everything he goes through, he always has hope and that’s why I love him.
Let’s talk about Takumi next. The one thing that would have made me love Looking for Alaska more was that if Takumi had played a bigger part in the whole story. (The same goes for Lara, but we’ll get to her.) but I really liked Takumi’s character. He was always cracking jokes about everything. He was a very up-beat kind of guy. And I really liked that. Another thing was that Takumi gave Pudge and The Colonel their space when he knew it was needed. He also helped Lara through everything that was happening. I just found Takumi to be a stand up guy. Someone who I’d love to be friends with.
We can go to The Colonel next. The first couple of times I read this book, The Colonel was my favorite. The guy knows every capitol of every country in the world. How fucking cool is that? But there’s more. He also knows each country’s population as well. How ridiculous is that? I wish I was that smart. I also love how much of a no bullshit person he is. He’s very proud of what he has, even though it’s not a lot. The Colonel is very stubborn in his ways. Which isn’t really a bad thing because his values are basically, “Don’t rat anyone out ever. We look out for our own, even when it’s someone we don’t get along with. You don’t rat. It’s simple.” He has such loyalty even to those he doesn’t like. He has such strong morals and I love that.
And to Lara. Another character I really would have loved to see more of. She played a good part but there should have been more of her. She just plays this quiet little girl and all she wants is for Pudge to like her. But he loves Alaska. She deals with so much of his crap and still sticks around to be there as his friend when he needs one. Lara’s just so innocent and pure and just truly kind. I wish I knew her as a real person.
Last, but nowhere near least, my dear friend Alaska Young. Alaska Young is that girl that everyone secretly wants to be. She’s basically the most badass girl you’ve ever seen. Imagine yourself, a boy in small town Florida, going to a new school, better yet a boarding school, and you’ve never really had many friends. Especially girl friends. So you’re immediately infatuated with her. Then the more you get to know her, you start to fall in love with her. This kickass person who loves books, pranking people, and crazy adventures. This girl that makes you say “you can’t just make me different and then leave. Because I was fine before, Alaska. I was fine with just me and last words and school friends. And you can’t just make me different … Alaska, because now I’m irretrievably different, and I’m sorry I let you go, yes, but you made the choice. You left me. Perhaps-less, stuck in your goddamn labyrinth.” Imagine feeling all the things this high school boy was feeling with everything this girl caused. I love her the way that Pudge loves her because that’s the only way I know Alaska. Alaska Young will be my dream girl for the rest of my life. There’s no way for us to not understand how Pudge feels because we feel everything with him. I fell in love with Alaska just like Pudge did.
As a whole, I love this story more than life itself. Looking for Alaska is one of those books that I need to share with the world and make everyone be as crazy about it as I am. So my only suggestion is to buy this book, read it, and fall hopelessly in love like I did.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday- Favorite books before I was a blogger

It’s Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is your top ten favorite books from before you were a blogger. It was very hard to choose. These are mine in a very vague order of preference though it’s pretty much just one giant tie.

1. Beastly by Alex Flinn- I adore this book. I’ve read it too many times to count. I think a lot of it is my obsession with Beauty and the Beast. I always related to Belle as a character. Flinn does an amazing modern adaptation of the fairytale.
2. The Obsidian Mountain Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory- I’ve also read these books too many times to count. I love what they’ve created; the world, the characters, the culture. I think these books will remain on my favorites list until I die.
3. The Host by Stephenie Meyer- I love this book. Wanda is probably my favorite female lead ever. But the main reason I love this book so much is Ian. I’ve talked about how much I love him in my review of this book and my last Top Ten Tuesday. I’m not sure if there are actually words I can use to describe my feelings for him and this book.
4. Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon- Acheron has always been my favorite character in the Dark-Hunters series. His book absolutely blew me away. I couldn’t put it down. I pretty much bawled my eyes out for the first half of the book. But it’s okay because I laughed my ass off for the second half.
5. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini- I loved these books. The amount of detail and the complexity of the plot made them books that just pull you in so fast you don’t come up for air until they’re over.
6. Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh- I love adaptations of classics. I’m not actually sure if this was meant to be an adaption of Pride and Prejudice but it reminds me of it so much. Wulfric is amazing and I adore him.
7. The BFG by Roald Dahl- This will forever be one of my favorite books. Ive loved it since my third grade teacher read it to my class. I recently did a school project on Dahl and it reminded me of what an amazing man he was and how much I love his books. There isn’t a single one of his books I didn’t like but this was my favorite.
8. Take a Thief by Mercedes Lackey- I loved this book. Reformed thief? Fucking awesome.
9. The Riftwar Saga by Robert E. Feist- I can’t describe how much I loved this series. I couldn’t just pick one as my favorite because they’re all fantastic and they all have different aspects that I like. They literally have EVERYTHING in them.
10. When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James- Another Beauty and the Beast adaptation. Yes, I know I have an obsession. But it’s only a little one. The beast in this book isn’t an actual beast. He’s a doctor and he’s pretty much exactly like House. I love him. It was a great twist to the story.
Here are my favorites. What are yours?
-Antonia



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This weeks Top Ten is favorite books before I became a blogger. These are my Top Ten favorites. There in no particular order. Let me know what you think.

1. Looking for Alaska by John Green – Looking for Alaska has been my favorite book for almost four years now. And I don’t see that changing anytime soon. You’ll actually be getting a review on this book in the near future.

2. The Ugly Duckling by Iris Johansen – I can’t even explain in words how much I love this book. The Ugly Duckling is the book that pulled me into the reading obsessed world. It was suspenseful and full of action which I’ve come to expect from Johansen. Reading this gave me a thrill that never went away.

3. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder – I’m putting this on my list of favorites because when I finally decided to read this series I immediately fell in love. I don’t usually read fantasy type books but this book sucked me in so quickly. I didn’t out it down until I was finished.

4. Identical by Ellen Hopkins – The first time I read this book I was a mess by the time I finished. This book shocked me, made me think. I couldn’t put it down. I love everything about this book. You should too.

5. The Next Always by Nora Roberts – The Inn Boonsboro books are a fantastic read. The first is my favorite because, basically, Claire. I fell in love with Claire and her three boys and her bookstore very quickly. Read this book now.

6. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey – I’ve read this book a few times and it’s on my favorites list because the truth of this story blew me away. The powerfulness of this man’s struggles really got to me.

7. Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich – I love the Stephanie Plum series because they’re enjoyable and seriously funny books. Eight’s my favorite because lots of things happen with my favorite characters. Along with the new characters that are introduced and the crazy things Stephanie gets herself into.

8. Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn – This book was shown to me by my brother which, if you knew him, you’d know that he doesn’t belong in the same sentence as the word book. I didn’t know what to expect from a book my brother recommended but I gave it a shot. I’ve read many of Alex Flinn’s books and this is by far my favorite out of all of them.

9. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter will forever be a favorite of mine. That’s it. End of story.

10. Nobody’s Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips – I have read so many books by her and I love them all but this is my favorite. It’s hilarious, heart breaking and suspenseful all at the same time.

Love them like I do, read them all.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


Crown of Vengeance by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

Summary: Many legends begin as history, and much history begins with a single person caught up in an extraordinary time. So it is with the great Elven Queen Vieliessar of Farcarinon, who was the first to lead the forces of Light against the Endarkened. Perhaps the greatest Elven Mage of all time, Vieliessar was the first person to ever bond with a dragon. On behalf of her people and to save the world, Vieliessar worked astonishing magics…and paid a heartrending price.
But long before those days, Vieliessar was Varuthir, a young orphan who dreamed of becoming a knight. Varuthir’s dream was cruelly ripped from her when she was abruptly banished to the Sanctuary of the Star, to spend her life in service to the greatest Mages of the Fortunate Lands.
The Sanctuary was Varuthir’s prison- and Vieliessar’s birthplace. For ti was there that she learned that she was not just the last heir of the vanished kingdom of Farcarinon but also the Child of the Prophecy, whose coming heralded the destruction of the hundred kingdoms. More, Vieliessar discovered she was a Mage of undreamed-of power.
But magecraft alone will not make Vieliessar High King over the Hundred Houses. Her campaign to seize the Unicorn Throne is a tale of loyalty and betrayal, of love and loss, and of sacrifice and salvation. Of moments of humanity in the midst of war. And of the greatest battle of all, between Light and Dark.

This book is the third trilogy Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory have collaborated on. The first was the Obsidian Mountain Trilogy (possibly my favorite series ever) and the second was the Enduring Flame trilogy which takes place about a thousand years after the events of the first. They’ve just published the first in the Dragon Prophecy trilogy, which explains the history of events and people from the Obsidian Mountain Trilogy. I’m not sure what the timeline is for this one. I want to say it’s two thousand years or so before OMT, but I’m not sure so don’t quote me on it.
I’m so happy I finally read this book. At the same time, I’m really upset I finally read this book. This is only because I have no idea when the next one’s going to come out but probably not for at least a year. A fact that makes me want to cry.
I loved this book. In my personal opinion, Lackey and Mallory can do no wrong. I’ve read many other books by Lackey and liked all of them. I haven’t read any by Mallory yet but I’m sure I will at some point. I’ve loved both series they’ve written previously. They’ve created such an extraordinary world with amazing characters.
I was worried that I’d be disappointed by this book because I’d had my hopes up for so long. I wasn’t disappointed at all. I loved this story. I only wish I didn’t have to wait for the rest of it.
The characters are elves that live for about a thousand years, give or take a few centuries. This makes it so they’re still considered “young” long after what it means in our world. This meant I got to watch Vieliessar grow up through several decades. And no, it felt neither rushed nor drawn out. Vieliessar is a great, strong, female lead. At first it seems everyone and everything is working against her, but she doesn’t let it stop her. She fights against the prophecy set on her from birth, but when she realizes it’s something she’s meant to do to save the Hundred Houses, she sets everything else aside and whole-heartedly throws herself into the task, despite everyone telling her she’s crazy. I love her and I can’t wait to see what she’ll do next.
Runacarendalur is basically the equivalent to the male lead. I didn’t really like him much at the beginning. He seemed like all the other ambitious, arrogant War Princes. Eventually, I realized he’s not and now, I love him. Also, SPOILERS, they’re bonded! (It’s the equivalent of soul mates, just more magical. If one of them dies, the other does also.) It makes me so happy even though they think they hate each other. They don’t. They’re going to love each other. How do I know this? Well, because it has to happen or I’m going to cry. Also, I CAN’T BELIVE HE FUCKING LEFT! And then the book fucking ended! I am so not happy about this. But it’s okay. Because he’s going to come back and love Vieliessar for forever. …Because I said so. END SPOILERS.
If you like fantasy books I would absolutely recommend these books. If you haven’t read the other two series, I would advise you start with the Obsidian Mountain trilogy, partly because it’s my favorite and partly because it’s the first one they published. I would advise reading the Enduring Flame trilogy after Obsidian because it gives away some very important details. If you’d rather read them all chronologically (which I know some people prefer), that might be a little difficult considering only the first book in the Dragon Prophecy trilogy is out.
However you decide to read them, you absolutely, 100%, without hesitating, should run to your bookstore or library and read them. Right now.
I don’t get the chance to talk to many people who’ve read these series, so if you have, I would love to hear your opinion on it.
-Antonia


Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday- Book Boyfriends

It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is “Top Ten Characters I Would Crush On If I Were Also A Fictional Character”. I’m really excited about this one because I can’t help but fall in love with pretty much every male lead in every book I read. Here they are (in no particular order):

1. Ian O’Shea- The Host by Stephenie Meyer- I adore Ian. I will always adore him. Amanda and I saw the movie last weekend and spent the entire time fan-girling over him. I’m not as embarrassed about it as I probably should be.
2. Kyle Kingsbury- Beastly by Alex Flinn- Technically, I didn’t like Kyle. But after he becomes Adrian he’s fantastic and I love him. He grows so much as a character that I can’t help being almost proud of him, despite the fact he’s not real. It’s okay, I don’t hold that against him.
3. Sebastian Grey- 10 Things I Love About You by Julia Quinn- Sebastian is absolutely hilarious. You read about him in What Happens In London and I loved the small part he played in that story. His own story is so much better. Especially because of the secret he has.
4. Shaun Gallagher- Tears of the Moon by Nora Roberts- I’m pretty sure half the reason I love him is because of the Irish accent. Oh, and he’s wicked funny.
5. Daemon Black- Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout- Basically, I just want to marry him. That’s it. End of story.
6. Prince Runacarendalur- Crown of Vengeance by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory- I’m not even completely sure why he’s on this list. I didn’t like him at first, but by the time I got to the end of the book I was completely infatuated.
7. Dimitri Belokov- Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead- He’s a gorgeous badass with a sexy accent. Enough said.
8. Adrian Ivashkov- Bloodlines by Richelle Mead- He might be my absolute favorite book boyfriend. He’s funny and sweet and pretty and I love him.
9. Wulfric Bedwyn- Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh- He’s aloof and arrogant and seriously irritating in how proper he always has to be. But he’s also caring, and generous, and loyal to a fault. He’s fantastic.
10. Fitzwilliam Darcy- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen- I saw the movie starring Colin Firth long before I read the book. I adore Colin Firth and I loved his portrayal of Mr. Darcy. When I finally read the book, I was able to picture Colin Firth the entire time which just made me love Darcy even more.

It was really difficult for me to narrow the loves of my life down to these ten, but I think these were the best choices. Which fictional characters are you in love with?
-Antonia