Top 5 Minor Characters

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I’m actually a bit late on my Top 5 Wednesday this week, but better late than never I always say.

I actually really like this topic because we don’t really get to appreciate the minor characters in books. I’m actually going to take the definition of Sam’s on this since I think its a pretty good and clear separation between side character and minor character. So basically a minor character are those that are not the sidekick (side character) of the protagonist.

Anyways, here are my Top 5 favorite minor characters:

Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter Series

Luna is actually one of my favorite characters in the whole Harry Potter series and Neville is just as great. I love how courageous the two are and they stand up for what they believe in. It doesn’t hurt that Luna is a Ravenclaw!

Iko from The Lunar Chronicles

I’m not really sure if she is considered a sidekick or Minor Character, but I’m going to bend the rule for her, only because she’s so cool. I wasn’t a fan of Cinder on the first book, but Iko made the book so much better.

Addison MacHenry from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

I love dogs, and I instantly fall in love with dog companions in books right away. Addison wasn’t really introduced until the second book, but he made the second and last book so much more amazing.

Rue from The Hunger Games

She was such a great character in this book. Rue was in such a short part of The Hunger Games, but her part was very integral to the story. It goes to show you how cruel the system is, in letting these young children/teens participate in such a gruesome ‘game’.

Reyna from Heroes of Olympus

I enjoyed Reyna’s character, not in the beginning, but eventually her attitude becomes her redeeming quality. I love how strong she is for her people and yet you still get to see her vulnerable side by the end of the series.

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That’s it for this week’s Top 5 Wednesdays. Hope you guys enjoyed it and commend down below who your favorite Minor Characters are.

 

The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

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Author: J.P. Delaney

Rating: 3.5/5

Protagonist: Emma and Jane

Synopsis: The house is beautiful, its everything a renters dream of acquiring. its modern, sleek and affordable, unfortunately there’s one catch, you must abide to the rules of the builder. Jane first stumble on to this property she was instantly hooked, but as days progress she learns more and more about the house, the builder and Emma, the girl before her.

Review: Ever since I read The Girl on the Train I was hooked into thriller novels. I might not have like Paula Hawkins famous novel, but at least it opened up a whole new sub-genre for me. When I first picked this book up I was a bit apprehensive about it because it didn’t really seem as interesting as the other thrillers I’ve read. I’m pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this book a lot more than the others I’ve read.

The one difficulty that I do have in some of the thriller that I’ve read is the representation of certain characters. I feel that most authors represent one or both genre in a bad light.  It’s either they make all the female characters bad or all the male characters bad or both, this one wasn’t different from the rest. There was no one male character in the whole book that represented in a good light, which I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more if the author decided to include one great male character. I also wasn’t a fan of the two protagonist. Jane is a lot better than Emma by the end, since a lot more women can relate to Jane. However, I still found her to be cunning and deceiving. Although, I wasn’t a fan any of the characters, the gave props to the author for the twist and turns of his story.

I always enjoy a mystery that makes you think and what you have concluded is totally wrong from the actual outcome. This is what happened to me for this book. The ending was totally unexpected and it really did creep me out. This is the reason why I don’t want to live in a house! Anyways, the story line is what sold me to this book. Even though I’m not a fan of the characters, they did make the book great. Each character and their personalities was utilized to make the climactic event a lot more dynamic. I would definitely recommend this book to thriller lovers!

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Ending: I don’t think this is a book that I will reveal the ending. Only because the twist is what made this book stand out!

Wrap-up April and May TBR

Sorry my Wrap-up and TBR is being posted so late in the month, but vacation got in the way and then jet lag. Its better late than never I always say! I had such an awful reading mood the beginning of April and the one lone book that I did read left me off with a bad taste. Plus, my vacation didn’t really help with my reading. So all in all I read a total of one book for April. I read one book of my April TBR and after that I got busy with packing and last minute work issues. I wanted to participate in TomeTopple, but wasn’t even able to start any of the books I picked out.

Anyways, here is the one book I read for April

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I definitely wasn’t a fan of this book. I love the concept of the book and the setting was very unique but the ending was really difficult to wrap my head in. I also didn’t enjoy the representation of the local people in the mainland.

MAY TBR

I know that May is practically finished, but I still want to include a list of books I somewhat want to read for this month. I have finished two of the these books, but I will talk more about them in my wrap-up.

I won’t go that crazy on my TBR, but here are the books I do want to finish by the end of this month. Wish me luck!

TBR Challenge/Motif Challenge #5: Something Different/Book to Movie

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Rating: 3.5/5

Why? I’m not the type who reads contemporary romance. It’s just really not my thing, I basically have less than 10 books on my shelf from this genre and I’ve read only 3 of these books, well 4 now. So I think this will qualify as ‘Something Different’ for me.

I’m also cheating this month because this can also qualify for my Motif Challenge that I’m doing which is read a book-to-movie novel.

Review: I’m pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this book. It’s an easy read with a cute cast of characters, I mean there really aren’t that many, but I enjoyed those that Yoon included in her book. As far as protagonists go, I’m not a big fan of Maddy, I enjoyed her enough, but I really wasn’t that happy with her by the end. I understand the anger, I just don’t understand the hate. I’m not at all pleased that the author chalked up all rebellious as ‘it’s a teenage thing’. I would like to think that not all teens are like that. As far as the love interest, I’m also indifferent towards him. He’s not really swoon worthy or anything, but I do love the fact that he protects the people he cares about.

The one thing I did enjoy, for the majority of the book, is Maddy’s relationship with her mom and nurse, Carla. In fact my favorite character in the whole book is the nurse. I love the mother figure that Carla represent and the connection that she has with the protagonist. I did wish that there was some type of conclusion between her and her daughter, but unfortunately Yoon didn’t think it was pertinent to the story to include an ending for them.

This book reminded me of Romeo and Juliet as I was reading it, but with a modern twist. I’ve read better contemporary romance, but it’s still entertaining enough that a lot of people enjoyed it. I’m glad that the author decided to include different media formats, which I think helped me enjoy the book more. The first half of the book was great but after the climactic event, the book kinda went downhill for me.

I’m not really sure if I’ll be watching the movie, but I might look out for Yoon’s other book when it comes out.

Top 5 Summer Reads

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I’m not really a seasonal reader. There really isn’t a specific genre that I enjoy reading more than another when the weather heats up. I do tend to move towards books that are easier to carry since I do bring a smaller bag, but when I’m really focused on one book I eventually bring it everywhere with me. I’m going to list the books that are actually on top of my reading list for now. I created a similar post for Spring, but unfortunately I hit a slump and wasn’t able to read any of them.

Anyways, here is my top 5 Summer Read:

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

This book is getting so much buzz lately since the trilogy just finished. So I can’t fight it any longer and I must read the books. A definite read this year!

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I’ve been wanting to read this duology for awhile now and I’ve been putting it of again and again, but this summer I have to buckle down and just pick it up.

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

This duology has been getting mixed reviews, but since I did enjoy Bracken’s Darkest Mind Trilogy, I decided to give this book a go. Hopefully, I’ll like it as much as her trilogy.

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Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

I’m not much of a romantic contemporary reader, but I want to finish this trilogy this year. So I might as well grab it for the summer.

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The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

This is actually a book that I don’t have yet. I’ve read the first few chapters and it was really interesting so I definitely want to pick it up and give it a go.

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So that’s it for this weeks Top 5. I haven’t done one in awhile so hope you enjoyed my list. Let me know if you’re planning on reading any of these books soon or if you have let me know your thoughts on them

 

 

 

Book Date #6

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First post since I came back from vacation. I was actually going to post something earlier, but jet lag is such a killer.

Last Week I Finished:

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I’ve been in a reading slump for awhile now, so I’ve been reading my go-to genre. I enjoyed this story as much as the other ones in the series.

Currently Reading:

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This book is being adapted this month and I know I’m not going to watch it, but I’m really interested in the storyline since I saw the movie  previews. I haven’t started it yet, but I will be this week.

Upcoming Reads:

I’m still in a reading funk so I’m going slow with my reading list. Meaning I’m picking up books with my mood.

I’m Baaaaaaack!!!

So I’m back from my holiday, feeling refreshed!

Down below are a few pictures I took from my trip. My husband and I went to Japan and I loved every minute of it! So glad that we took the plunge to actually go since we have been planning on going for awhile now. Anyways, enjoy the pics and will be back at the beginning of the week for reviews, hauls and tags ^_^