Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Most Frustrating Characters Ever

This week The Broke and The Bookish have given us a great topic, out Top Ten Most Frustrating Characters Ever. I think this is a brilliant topic cause there are some character’s that really drive me crazy.

1. Seb from Angel Fire by L.A. Weatherly It really frustrated me when Seb was introduced into this series because I didn’t want anyone getting in the way of Willow and Alex. Throughout the book he seems so sure of himself and how he wants to love willow and I just find it arrogant. I don’t want them to end up together. 

2. Corrine Dollanganger from Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews How any mother could do what she does to her children is beyond me. I don’t know how anyone can not be frustrated be her.

3. Aaron from The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness This may give a little bit away about the book if you haven’t read it by Aaron really annoyed me because he just wouldn’t die. He kept coming back and getting in the way at the last minute. 

4. Zack from Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter Zack particularlt annoys me in the latest book of this series because he can’t just admit his feelings for Cammie and let them be together. He even lets her think bad of him and although it is because of his spy training it still infuriates me.

5. Lena from The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl In the second book in this series Lena goes totally off the rails and I just can’t understand her. It seems to go against everything she says in the first book and that annoys me. 

6. Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien I don’t know is this counts but the reason Bilbo frustrates me is because he isn’t a likeable character in the book but in the film he is palyed by Martin Freeman who I think it brilliant. 

7. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen How can anyone not find Darcy frustating? He can’t seem to allow himself to accept his feelings for Elizabeth and seems ignorant to the fact he is seem by other as pompus

8. Tally from Uglies by Scott Westerfeld Tally is just one of those main characters that there is nothing to like about her. She can’t make up her mind about what she wants and ends up taking the wrong side and turning into everything she didn’t want to be. 

9. Peeta Mallark from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Peeta is only frustrating in the last book in the series and it isn’t really his fault but it frustrates me how he looses his memory. All through the series his love and how he treats Katniss is that of a perfect gentleman and it drives me crazy that he looses all of that.

10. Edward Cullen from The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer I do mostly like Edward however there are a few things that really frustrate me about him. The first was when he leaves in the second book. I understand why he does it but it really is unnecessary and not only does he put her in more danger but breaks his promise her. The other things are in the last book, one when he wont believe that he hasn’t hurt her after they sleep together and then wont sleep with her again and then again with the way he deals with the pregnancy. 

Which Character’s Really Frustrate You?

John Green (and Me) on Likeable Character’s

  

My Tumblr dashboard page is often presenting to me new quotes by John Green and almost all are worth reading. This one in particular has caught my attention today however as last night I was writing my Top Ten Tuesday post about frustrating characters.

I understand that a book is suppose to be about the story, books were created to allow people to pass on stories to one another, but for me the characters are just as important if not more. I find that if I can’t connect to the main character I struggle to connect to the story, even if I love the idea of the plot. Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series is an example of this as I thought the idea of a totally vain society is something we could easily become but his main character Tally was just awful and so I couldn’t enjoy reading the book because I was to busy being frustrated at how she behaved. Of course all books need to have a ‘bad guy’ in them so the main characters has someone to over come and I am not saying you have to like every character you read but although I appreciate the point John Green is trying to make I think what makes a good book is at least a likeable main character.

Are Likeable Character’s Important To You In Making A Book Good?  

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Settings I’d Like To See More Of (Or At All)

This week The Broke and The Bookish  have asked us what are our Top Ten Settings I’d Like To See More Of (Or At All). I am sad to say that again I can only think of a few for this topic but they are;

1. Scotland There are probably plenty of books out there set in Scotland that I just haven’t found but I would love to see more contemporary teen fiction based here.

2. Attic. This sounds really strange but the two books I have read set in attics were both really good. I admit there were about intense subjects but they were gripping reads and I think the idea of being trapped is although unimaginable interesting to read about.

That is all I have this week… I feel like I am not making a very good start to Top Ten this year however I’m sure I will get better lists as the year gets on.

 

Alice in Zombieland

Book Blur

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….

My Synopsis

Alice loves her sister more than anything and when she asks her to convince her Dad to let them go to her Ballet recital Alice wants to finally be successful. It’s her birthday and because her mum had forgotten Alice gets her way. However like most teenagers she is about to learn that parents do know best. 

Alice’s life is turned up side down. She has to move in with her Grandparents and change schools and she has to hide that all the things her dad had been protecting her from are real.  Her new school however is going to introduce her to friends that can help her though. A best friend like she has never happened before and a love interest that might be able to help her understand what she saw that tragic night she lost her family. 

 Review

The way Gena Showalter’s mind must work is amazing. If I didn’t know she has written this book I would be have been able to tell from the writing. I have only read one other of her books but I really enjoyed that and now this one.

When I picked up this book I was expecting it to be the story of Alice in Wonderland but with zombies. I was totally wrong. The White Rabbit Chronicles is one of the few direct references to the original story. Apart from the main character being called Alice and the similar chapter titles it isn’t like the story in the slightest. It is a modern teenage story about how Alice learns about the world zombie’s.

I felt there was a great balance of characters in this book. They were all written and explained well depending on how important they were to the story. Alice’s new best friend Kat is a brilliant character with a lot of confidence and her relationship with people I felt was quite typical of other characters I have come across. I also really liked Cole and how he and Alice interacted with each other as I believe that they were they real that is how they would be. What amused me most though was that I could see the characters in this story and how they were similar to the ones I read in the other book I have read by her. This may be annoying for some people I’m sure but for me it just made me really enjoy the book.

The plot line of the book I think isn’t very deep however as it is the first book in a trilogy I think it is successful in introducing all the characters and information we need to be aware of. There is plenty of action in the book though and that is what makes it work. There were enough points in it to keep you interested in how things were going to turn out but it also gradual brings in the information needed to make sense of the zombie world. The action is well spread throughout the book but it still has that last battle that every book has and a series needs to keep you going till the next one comes out. 

Overall I enjoyed this book. I haven’t really read many books about zombies but I trusted Gena Showalter and I wasn’t disappointed. I liked the way this book was written and it’s pace. For me the action/character balance was perfect and I am interested to see how the story is going to develop further. 

Friday Finds 18/1

 

Friday Find is a meme I found through Should Be Reading. It is a weekly post where you share the book titles you discovered or heard about during the past week. These can be books you were told about,  discovered while browsing online or you bought.

I’m so proud of myself, only one book again this week 🙂 I watched the film of this this week so obviously I now need to read the book.

  • Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

What Books Have You Discovered This Week?

 

Monsters of Men

Book Blurb

In the riveting conclusion to the acclaimed dystopian series, a boy and girl caught in the chaos of war face devastating choices that will decide the fate of a world. 
As a world-ending war surges around them, Todd and Viola face monstrous decisions. The indigenous Spackle, thinking and acting as one, have mobilized to avenge their murdered people. Ruthless human leaders prepare to defend their factions at all costs, even as a convoy of new settlers approaches. And as the ceaseless Noise lays all thoughts bare, the projected will of the few threatens to overwhelm the desperate desire of the many. The consequences of each action, each word, are unspeakably vast: To follow a tyrant or a terrorist? To save the life of the one you love most, or thousands of strangers? To believe in redemption, or assume it is lost? Becoming adults amid the turmoil, Todd and Viola question all they have known, racing through horror and outrage toward a shocking finale.

My Synopsis

Just when Todd and Viola finally have the Mayor at their mercy Viola has to go and meet the scout ship and Todd is left with the decision of what to do about the Spackle who are advancing on them. With no other choice he lets the Mayor be untied and once again they find themselves on different sides of the fighting and unable to communicate. However neither forget about the other and their actions are fuelled by their growing love for one another. They are told though that they cannot make war personal and soon their actions are getting not just them but they whole planet into trouble.

There is one among the spackle though who has revenge on his mind and is taken under the wing of their leader to keep him at peace because what is really wanted is peace for the planet. It almost happens. The Spackle have more than one secret that will change the course of the war. However it is also this that changes the Mayor and just when things have finally settled everything seems lost again. 

Viola and Todd continue fighting for on another though and it might just be enough to pull everyone through. 

Review

I really, really enjoyed the final book in this series. I was slightly concerned when I read reviews that talked of it just being 600 pages of war but although it was it was engaging every step of the way. I loved that through out the whole book we were still trying to guess who was the good leader, who was really wanting to do right for the planet. In this book we see both begin to weaken slightly and why they see so much in Viola and Todd and I almost think there is a theme of leadership through the book. This is seen also in the new voice that we are introduced to in this book. I found those sections of the book sometimes a little harder to read at pace but it was really interesting to find out more from the character and how their position was very similar to the Todd and Viola’s. 

This is my favourite book in the series by far. There was a lot going on and the nature of the war changed through out the book but this made it interesting. I was really surprised by how each character was developed and the changes they made through out the book but also by the ending. There was no way I would have guessed it. 

I think what makes this an interesting dystopian is that it isn’t very far away from what we could have if it weren’t for the issues raised by nature on the new planet. However it is dealing with the issue of  power and that is something that we can’t get away from because if we were all equal could we really function effectively? 

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten 2013 Debuts I’m Looking Forward To

This week The Broke and The  have given us the topic of the Debuts we are looking forward to in 2013. I fond this really difficult because I don’t really look forward to debuts I usually just discover after I’ve read a book if it’s the authors first book. I only have one book on my list of books I am looking forward to that is a debut and that is;

  • Altered by Jennifer Rush

This book was released on the 1st of January so I’m not sure if I am even allowed to count this one but it is my only one so far. However I am sure I will find more through out the year that turn out to be debuts.

 

Friday Finds 11/1

 

 

Friday Find is a meme I found through Should Be Reading. It is a weekly post where you share the book titles you discovered or heard about during the past week. These can be books you were told about,  discovered while browsing online or you bought.

Good week this week, just one new book on my list.

 

  • The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist

What Books Have You Discovered This Week?

How The Light Gets In

Book Blurb

“Lou Connor, a precocious, gifted, and unhappy sixteen-year-old, is offered a place as an exchange student in the United States, something that she hopes will take her far away from her bleak life of poverty in Sydney, Australia. Having endured a childhood with an emotionally crass, deadbeat family, she welcomes the opportunity to live the middle-class life she has long dreamed of. But soon after she moves in with her host family, the Hardings – who live in a prefabricated mansion in a nameless Chicago suburb – Lou’s acute need for acceptance and love runs up against the Hardings’ suffocating pursuit of a particular form of suburban perfection.” How the Light Gets In is a portrait of a girl on the verge of adulthood whose world – like Holden Caulfield’s before her – is full of mixed messages.

My Synopsis

Going to America on a scholarship is going to be a new start for Lou. She may come from poverty but she is clever and all she wants is to be away from her family.

However things aren’t going to be as easy as she thinks. Even though her new room is perfect and her host family are welcoming and almost exactly as she imagined Lou still isn’t content. She tries really hard to get on with her everyone and make friends but even the people that she seems to have lot of common with can’t seem to stop her having doubts. 

When she gets picked for the school play things seem like the might be piking up a little though and she makes an effort to connect with people. But even this turns out wrong and she soon finds herself playing a dangerous game that will see her chances of staying in America in jepordy. 

Review

 I feel a bit underwhelmed by this book. It had good reviews and was nominated for the Man Booker Prize award but for me it didn’t do anything. It was a bit like reading a classic. You are expecting to be blown away but then it all just seems a bit boring. A lot of the story seemed to be just normal everyday activities and I found that I wasn’t excited by the plot or drawn in to find out what happened.

As a main character Louise wasn’t ever really made out to be a likely person and I often found that I was feeling frustrated because I was reading her feelings. There were things that she said that I could sympathise with and she talked often of her back ground that must be the reason for her discontent. I also found that a lot of the other characters in the book weren’t very nice either, it wasn’t till the part 3 of the book that characters I like came into it. 

I’m not sure what else to say about his book. Overall I found it an easy enough read, it only took me half a day but I can’t see myself recommending it to anyone and I wouldn’t pick it up again.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2013

This week The Broke and The Bookish have continued the New Year theme and given us the topic of Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2013. I have to admit I have struggled to decided on an angle for this post. I wasn’t sure if it should be almost like resolutions, to just put up my challenges I’m signed up for or to include my blogging goals. However I think I am just going to include a bit of them all and it might not be quite ten this week.

Reading Goals

Read more Classics – I think I am going to aim for 6 as I have lots of other reading challenges to get through this year.

Re-Read Harry Potter – Every time I watch the films I want to re-read the books so I plan to do it this year.

Blogging Goals

Set up a rating system – I feel after a year of blogging some work needs to be done to improve my reviews and this is the first step.

Keep notes while reading – I have found that this helps me blog because I have almost a list of things I want to include.

Challenges

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2o13 – this year I have upped my goal to 80 books

Project: Fairy Tale –  The Cheap Reader is hosting this event for February and it is a month all about Fairy Talee, mine is The Elves and the Shoemaker

Dystopian Reading Challenge – Getting my teeth stuck into what I think is my favourite genre and set myself a goal of 24 books for this event hosted by  Blog of Erised

Off The Shelf 2013 – I am only going for the first level of this which is to read 5 books on my TBR pile that I already own because I know that I am planning re-reads and new reads for my other challenges.

What Are Your Goals for 2013?