Favorite YA Book Characters

I could talk all day about favorite books, but what about favorite characters? Even a “bad” book could have an awesome character.

In no particular order, here some of my favorite book characters.

1. Thorne from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Thorne is hilarious. The book isn’t particularly humorous but Marissa Meyer had a lot of fun with this character’s personality and it really made the already amazing book. Thorne also appears again in Cress!

2. Ash and Puck from the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
I read this series a few years ago, but if you need proof of the fact I liked Ash so much, I put a team Ash poster up in my room and I never took down. (I forgot it was there, ha!)

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Wallpaper from juliekagawa.blogspot.com

I’m trying to decide if that quote is utterly adorable or incredibly creepy… Probably both.

3.  Amy from the Across the Universe series
Everything about this series was awesome, but especially Amy. She fought for what was right and knew exactly what she wanted. Sigh, I miss that trilogy.

4. Derrick from The Falconer by Elizabeth May
This little guy may be small but he’s got a big personality and a Winner the Pooh-esque love for honey. LOVE.

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Gif from Julep.com

5. Tessa from Impostor by Suzanne Winnacker
Wouldn’t it be so cool to have Tessa’s DNA mimicking abilities? Then again, a world with people like that would be pretty scary.

What are your favorite YA book characters? Let me know in the comments below!!

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Creepy Books?!?

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After sitting in the library for hours taking a practice exam, I was finally able to actually look at the books! (Hurray!!)

Here are three books my friend and I found which, somehow, are all incredibly creepy sounding…

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Description screenshots from Goodreads!

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Random fact about me: I play clarinet. When I read this description I was thinking HOLY MAGICAL CLARINET that’s awesome…

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My friend flipped out when she saw this one! She thought it sounded so good that she checked it out on the spot.

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This book so much like Pretty Little Liars- which I don’t love- but it sounds really good anyway.

Have you read any of these books? Do they intrigue you? Let me know in the comments below!

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Creepy Books?!?

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After sitting in the library for hours taking a practice exam, I was finally able to actually look at the books! (Hurray!!)

Here are three books my friend and I found…
Which, somehow, are all incredibly creepy sounding.

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Description screenshots from Goodreads!

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Random fact about me: I play clarinet. When I read this description I was thinking HOLY MAGICAL CLARINET that’s awesome…

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My friend flipped out when she saw this one! She thought it sounded so good that she checked it out on the spot.

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This book so much like Pretty Little Liars- which I don’t love- but it sounds really good anyway.

Have you read any of these books? Do they intrigue you? Let me know in the comments below!

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Review: Impostor by Susanne Winnacker

My Summary

Tessa can absorb DNA and become a perfect mimicry of anyone. She’s been a valuable trainee for the FEA, a branch of the FBI, and the agency has her first assignment lined up. She must imitate a girl named Madison and stop a serial killer before he gets to her. But it’s hard not to get too attached to your classmates, friends and family, especially when anyone could be the killer…

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I loved this book. The characters, the plot, the twists… Everything.

It was engaging. When you needed something to happen plot wise to keep things exciting, something happened. Chapters ended with a cliffhanger, so I felt the need to keep going. At 274 pages, it is most definitely readable in one night. I read it in mainly one sitting.

Tessa is relatable and I loved her. I understood her fears and desires, and she was always on a mission. She felt compassion for those she be heartless towards according to others, and she stayed true to her values despite pretending to be someone else. Although absorbing DNA is not realistic, it felt realistic enough.

However, I do have a couple negative things to say.

– A couple characters were not too well developed personality-wise. I felt they were there more for information giving, not really for the character. I mean Ana and Holly could’ve been the same person really

– This isn’t the most original novel I’ve read. This and Don’t Look Back have many similarities. However, the twist is that this one involves the FEA, impersonation and more of the supernatural than Don’t Look Back did. In Don’t Look Back, the main character was being herself

That being said, I do give this book 5 stars. It’s quick, satisfying, engaging and, honestly, cool. Forget mind reading and invisibility… This chick can literally become someone else! I also love the cover art; it shows you the characters exactly as they are described in the book.

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Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award!

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Rules of the Award
1. Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their site
2. Post the awards logo onto your blog
3. Answer the ten questions you’ve been asked
4. Nominate 10 bloggers
5. Set 10 new questions for your nominees

Thank you so much Alyjoshaver from ilikebookstoomuch.WordPress.com for the nomination!

She asked me….

1. Who is your favorite Disney princess?
Does Anna from Frozen count? I loved her!

2.  Who is your favorite sidekick?
Thorne in Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I really have got to stop talking about him but he was a hilarious sidekick. Also, Wolf was a great sidekick too.

3. If your home / school / work were suddenly attacked by zombies, what would your escape/ survival plan be?

Uh… This question has me stumped! I’d bring all the food we have to the river, get in a boat and propel the boat away from town?

4. What is your greatest achievement to date?
Always striving to try my best and expecting nothing more of myself. I love a good challenge, obviously, and I push myself to meet them. But I watch peers crumble and freak out under unnecessary pressure I don’t force upon myself. I want to be happy and successful, not stressed out and overloaded beyond what I can truly handle!

5. If you could be any character, who would you be and why?
I’d be Cinder from the Lunar Chronicles because she lives in the future and has cool powers!

6. What’s your favorite music?
I don’t have one favorite song or genre. I listen to things and decide if I like them. However, I currently have Papaoutai by Stromae in my head. It’s a really upbeat song but the lyrics are sad!

7. What are three things you can’t live without?
Books, my tablet, and my stuffed animal I was given as a baby 🙂

8. What is your spirit animal?
I don’t know if there is some official spirit animal quiz but elephant!

9. What was your favorite thing done at a wedding you’ve been to?
The music and dancing! I love when a large group of people hits the dance floor; you can blend in and have fun! Also the buffets of food….

10. What book/TV show/movie are you looking forward to?
Switched at Birth on ABC Family will return this winter (I hope!).

My ten questions for my nominees!
1. Describe yourself in three words.
2. If you could paint your walls to look like the cover of a boo, what book cover would you choose?
3. What is your favorite snack food?
4. What is your favorite kind of book?
5. You suddenly wake up as a book character. Who are you?
6. Fairies or zombies?
7. If you could live in another country where would you live?
8. Would you rather live in a world in a book that has been randomly assigned to you, (I.e Fey in the Iron King Series, The maze in The Maze Runner, Hogwarts…) Or randomly be assigned books that you must read?
9. What was your first blog post?
10. OTP?

I apologize if any of you have already done this award!
– Arya at https://aryathefangirl.wordpress.com
– Karen at http://kmn04books.wordpress.com
http://brilliantlynovel.wordpress.com/
http://wordsweheart.wordpress.com/
http://jodiellewellyn.wordpress.com/

Have fun! 🙂

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Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress has been given an average rating of 4.5 stars on Goodreads. This rating surpasses those of the books before it, though each book in the series has had an upward trend in rating. Did Cress meet the high expectations or did it falter?

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Image from Goodreads

I won’t begin this review with a summary, because that may spoil the previous books. This review is simply about what I thought of the content.

If you aren’t familiar with the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer, you should definitely get caught up! They are excellent re-tellings of fairy tales with futuristic sci-fi twists. (My review of Cinder is here and my comparison of Cinder vs. Scarlet is here.) Cress is based off of Rapunzel.

Cress was definitely a five star worthy book. But since I rated Scarlet just as highly, it is hard to say which one edged out the other. I suppose Cress did, although I believe it is also the longest so far! We saw more of Thorne (love that guy! Although perhaps he was slightly funnier in Scarlet) and met Cress. I love how all these characters stories intertwined with one another though they are so far-flung.

The next book in the series, Winter, comes out on November 2015. (Ahh too far away!! Think about where you’ll be a year and two months from now. Scary, right?) However, Fairest comes in January 2015, which is the prequel to the series. I guess that will have to hold us all over.

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Book Signing Haul!

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As you can see the event was a success!! I couldn’t believe how many authors were there and I wish I had time to speak to all of them! I only got a picture of this group since the other rooms were quite congested. But you get the idea; all the authors were seated in a circle behind displays of their books and swag.

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But anyway, here are the things I picked up:

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I purchased the sequel to Waterfell by Amalie Howard and got it signed by Amalie herself! I couldn’t believe how nice she was and when I told her how much I adored Waterfell, she made sure I got the next item.

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Her table was covered with swag. I took a couple temporary tattoos, a seahorse charm, and a Keep Calm and Find Aquarathi bracelet. Sweet!

When everyone got to the bowling after party, they saw this feast awaiting them; tables full of book stacks.

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Yes, ladies and gents, those are free books. You were allowed to take one book from each of the five tables to start. I skipped one table as by the time I got to it, as the selection was extremely limited and there was nothing of interest to either me or my family. I figured why take a book I wasn’t going to read that someone else might have wanted?

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All of the books I chose were books I already wanted to read which was awesome. Not only does Let’s Get Lost have a beautiful cover, I’ve heard the story is amazing too. I can’t wait to read it.

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Sorry about that lens flare there. I found an arc of Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas hidden amongst the piles. It is expected to be published in December 2014. Yay for arcs!

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I could not keep my hands off of The Falconer by Elizabeth May, which I just put on my tbr a couple weeks ago. I could not believe nobody else took it before I did. As soon as I finish writing this post, I’m going to be reading it!

Everyone was also offered a copy of A Taste of Forever, which is a sampler of various New Adult romance e-books.

What do you think of the haul? Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments below!

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