Top Ten Favourite Villains

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 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s prompt is all about villains. We could talk about the best, worst, most lovable etc. I decided to talk about my favourite villains. Those that I love to hate!

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

Queen Levana- The Lunar Chronicles- Marissa Meyer

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)

I feel Fairest made me understand Queen Levana more, but I still love to hate her!

President Snow- The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

President Snow just irritates me! But I love that.

Dolores Umbridge, Lucius Malfoy and Voldemort- Harry Potter- J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

I think I dislike Dolores even more than Voldemort, but all three of these characters are pretty bad! (But awesome villains!)

The Darkling- The Grisha Trilogy- Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse, #1)

I love The Darkling’s character. Such a great villain!

The Grand High Witch- The Witches- Roald Dahl

The Witches

This is one of my favourite Roald Dahl books. I love to hate The Grand High Witch!

Miss Trunchbull- Matilda- Roald Dahl

Matilda

The worst headteacher ever! Love to hate Miss Trunchbull.

Amy- Gone Girl- Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

The characters in this book are so messed up!

Mrs Danvers- Rebecca- Daphne Du Maurier

Rebecca

Mrs Danvers is incredible creepy!

Who are your favourite villains? Do we share any? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Shadow and Bone
Siege and Storm
Ruin and Rising

Synopsis:

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Thoughts:

Leigh Bardugo is one of my favourites. Fact. I really adore her writing, so I knew when Six Of Crows came out that I’d have to get to it ASAP. So I made it my mission to read it in January and that I did! This book took me over a week to read with my teacher-y busyness, but I never felt like it was a slog to read it. I enjoyed picking it up whenever I had a free moment. I do, however, think that it was a little longer than necessary. That said, it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the story.

Six Of Crows can totally be read without reading The Grisha trilogy. I think this book just enhances the Grisha trilogy experience. Six Of Crows is jammed full of action. There are so many evil characters. I love that. Six of Crows is certainly not a light and fluffy read. There is darkness everywhere. The story centres around a group of thieves who are going on a heist that could be deadly.

As you can probably summise from the title, there are six in the group. The story is told with six point of views. Kaz is our main man. He is the brains behind every step the group takes. He’s wonderful, but I can imagine that many people will get frustrated with him, or find him hard to connect with. I liked him despite the fact he’s not the most likeable character. Then there’s Inje- I thought she was easy to like and I’m intrigued to see how things develop for her… Nina is a Grisha. I love Grisha and I love how confident she is. She’s such a strong character. There’s also Matthias, Jesper and Waylan. I have to say, I wasn’t as interested in their characters as I was with Kaz, Inje and Nina.

The characters all have quite complex back stories and there’s a lot to get your head around. I don’t feel like I took in as much as I should’ve about the characters. I was more interested in their heist, which is so intriguing.  Leigh Bardugo is a master of world building and I love learning more about the world which she is developing with this particular series.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A fantastic start to the Six Of Crows series. Leigh Bardugo is a fantastic writer!

This Week In Books #22

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly, #3) Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) For Holly

NOW- Strange and Ever AfterSusan Dennard– I have literally just started the last book in the Something Strange and Deadly trilogy. I’ll be sad to see this one finish! I just hope it lives up to the rest of the series!

THEN- Six of CrowsLeigh Bardugo– I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though it took me a week to read due to how busy I was. I adore Leigh Bardugo’s writing!

NEXT- For HollyTanya Byrne– I have been meaning to read this book for such a long time. I’ve decided it needs to be my next book!

What have you been reading recently? Feel free to leave a link to any similar posts that you may do! Happy Reading! 🙂

Stacking The Shelves #129

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book title to get to the Goodreads page!

Bought:

Magonia (Magonia, #1)

I have heard lots of mixed things about this book, but I’m intrigued so I want to make my own judgment! The cover is absolutely stunning.

Proof of Forever

I enjoy contemporary all year around and I’ve been meaning to pick up a copy of this book for a while now!

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

I adore Leigh Bardugo’s writing. I can’t wait to see what this book is like!

Am I Normal Yet?

I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while now! I just need to find time to fit it in!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books I Read In 2014

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week the topic is Top Ten Books I Read In 2014. Ooh, this is going to be a tricky list, but with the help of Goodreads, I’m sure I can find books I’ve rated 5 stars this year! There are so much more than 10 amazing reads, but here are 10 of my favourites…So here goes…

Click on the book title underneath the images for the Goodreads page!

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The Girl Who Walked On Air Emma Carroll– I thought this was a beautiful book. It’s great for middle grade but also extends nicely to adult readers looking for a magical, fantastical read.

Prisoner of Night and Fog- Anne Blackman– This was an unexpected gem. I didn’t know much about the book until I requested it on Bookbridgr. I absolutely loved it and I’m eagerly anticipating beginning the next one!

Golden BoyAbigail Tarttelin– This probably comes as no surprise to regular readers of my blog. I include this book wherever I can as I thought it was a stunning, yet brutal read. I can’t recommend this book enough!

The MadnessAlison Rattle- Alison can do no wrong in my eyes. I’ve adored her books. They really capture my attention.

BirdCrystal Chan– This was another gem of the year. It was a wonderful book which I highly recommend!

The Wrong BoySuzy Zail- I think this book should be much more widely read. It’s stunning and emotional!

Something Real Heather Demetrios– Oh yes, this book appears on a Top Ten list again. Have I convinced you to read it yet?

A Monster CallsPatrick Ness– I may be very behind in reading this book, but I’m so glad I took the time to read it. It’s incredibly emotional, but well worth reading.

Ignite MeTahereh Mafi– I loved the conclusion to the Shatter Me trilogy, so it has to be featured on my top ten for 2014!

Shadow and BoneLeigh Bardugo– I can’t mention a top ten books of the year without mentioning the wonderful Leigh Bardugo. I powered through The Grisha Trilogy in the space of a few months. I loved it!

What are your Top Ten Reads of 2014? Do we share any? Please feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2014.

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Sarah J. MaasThrone of Glass-I’ve only read Throne of Glass but I’m soon to read Crown of Midnight. I can’t wait to get stuck into it. I should listen to my blogger friends more!

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Brodi AshtonEverneath series– I have completed the whole of the Everneath series this year. I love Brodi Ashton’s writing!

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Malorie BlackmanNoughts and Crosses, Knife Edge, Cloud Busting– I can’t believe I haven’t read any Malorie Blackman before now. I have learnt from my mistake! 😉

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Robin TalleyLies We Tell Ourselves– I thought this book was stunning! I very much enjoyed it, even though it was a tough read!

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Heather DemetriosSomething Real- This is easily one of my favourite books of the year. I absolutely devoured it. An unexpected gem.

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Mindy McGinnis- Not A Drop To Drink– This is another book that I didn’t expect to like as much as I did!

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Sally GreenHalf Bad– I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I can’t wait to read the next in the series!

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Emery LordOpen Road Summer– I was really impressed with Open Road Summer. I’m happy to read that Emery has another book coming out next year!

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Leigh BardugoThe Grisha Trilogy– This is another series that I’ve devoured this year. I may have been late to the party, but I powered through the series in a few months!

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Abigail Tarttelin Golden Boy– I adored this book. It’s so intense but incredibly well written!

What new-to-you authors have you discovered this year? Please feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

5th Annual End of Year Survey

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Again,  I’m linking up with one of my favourite bloggers, Jamie, from The Perpetual Page Turner. I can’t believe it’s time for another end of year survey! This year has been packed full of good reads, which I’m looking forward to sharing with you. Of course, it’s not technically the end of the year, yet, but if I read a book this month which HAS to go into this list I shall edit!

2014 Reading Stats:

Number Of Books You Read: 125
Number of Re-Reads: 3
Genre You Read The Most From: YA

Best In Books:

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

Okay, this is hard. Starting with a very hard question! Hmm… I would have to say either Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo or Something Real by Heather Demetrios.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

 To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I enjoyed it, but expected it to be much better than it was!

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014? 

Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin. I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was!

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?

 Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I will forever push that book on everyone that asks for a recommendation!

 5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?

(These are just from books I’ve read this year, they may not necessarily have released this year…)

Best series: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, Best Sequel of 2014: Dead Silent by Sharon Jones, Best Series Ender: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

Sarah J.Maas! Looking forward to reading more from her!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

 Say Her Name by James Dawson

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

 Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson. I couldn’t put it down!

 9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I’m not a big re-reader if I’m honest!

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2014?

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11. Most memorable character of 2014?

Max Walker from Golden Boy.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

 Bird by Crystal Chan.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?

 The Memory Book by Rowan Coleman

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read? 

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

 15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

“It takes strength to be proud of yourself and to accept yourself when you know that you have something out of the ordinary about you.”- Golden Boy, Abigail Tarttelin

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014?

Shortest- The Snow Queen-a novella at 80 pages.

Longest- Take Me On– 544 pages

(How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest).

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The twist at the end of Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Haley and West from Take Me On– Katie McGarry

19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Reagan and Dee- Open Road Summer

20. Favourite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Girl Who Walked On Air by Emma Carroll

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Sorry to say it again, but Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

Matt from Open Road Summer

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

 Ravka- The Grisha Trilogy

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

This Book is Gay– James Dawson

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

Lies We Tell Ourselves– Robin Talley

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Half Bad– Sally Green

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

 A Monster Calls– Patrick Ness

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

A Kiss in The Dark- Cat Clarke

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Dear Killer– Katherine Ewell

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2014? 

I have so many favourite blogs, but to name one of my favourites… is Katie from Sherlockianbooklover!

2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2014? 

 A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

Religion in literature

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

The Young Adult Literature Convention in London!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?

Keeping up with my blog considering how busy I am with my postgraduate course!

6. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

You’re The One That I Want– Giovanna Fletcher

7. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

The Drowning– Rachel Ward. Only so more people can see it and hopefully want to read it!

8. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Mr B’s Emporium in Bath!

9. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I completed The British Books Challenge, The 2014 Debut Challenge and by the end of December, I will have completed Luna’s Picks, Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit 2014 and hopefully my goals for the 14 series I wanted to finish/start!

 Looking ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?

There are so many! I’ll go for… Stolen by Lucy Christopher!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?

Half Wild-Sally Green!

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Everything That Makes You– Moriah McStay

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?

Winter– Marissa Meyer

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?

Put less pressure on myself!

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

Eek, unfortunately I haven’t read any yet. Using some of my holiday time in December to do that. I’m looking forward to All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

So there it is… my answers to Jamie’s End of Year Survey. Please make sure to visit Jamie’s blog to see her answers and link up your post if you have completed the survey. Feel free to link your surveys for me to visit too. I love to see all of the answers!