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?

Happy New Year! – Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I Resolve To Read In 2013

Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a great night bringing in the bells.

Today is the first day of a new year and it is also a Tuesday! so that means Top Ten Tuesday. To start off this year our topic is Top Ten books I Resolve To Read In 2013. I have decided that these have to be books that I already own and are sitting in my to-read pile. Some of them have been their for years I think 2013 might just be their year.

  1. Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden
  2. Wither by Lauren Destenfano
  3. Heist Society by Ally Carter
  4. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  5. Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garci and Margaret Stohl
  6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  7. Journey to the edge of the World by Billy Connolly
  8. The Green Mile by Stephen King
  9. Jane Austen I read my first Jane Austen book in 2012 and I hope that next year I might be able to get through at least one more.
  10. Harry Potter by JK Rowling I’m not totally sure I will fit this in but I really want to re-read all the books.

What Books Are You Determined To Read In 2013?

Beautiful Creatures; THE MOVIE

I genuinely cannot believe they are making this books into a film.

This is a book I read recently and although it is not one of my favourite reads I really don’t want to see this book made into a movie.

I have watched the trailer three times now and I am really not impressed. I don’t like anything about it. They cast seem way to grown up and when I was reading it I didn’t picture them as that old fashioned.

Despite this, I will want to go see the film, although I may just wait till it is out on DVD and rent it as it is cheaper.

Have you read this book? What do you think of making it into a film? Do you like the trailer?

Beautiful Chaos

Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena’s Claiming. Even Lena’s family of powerful Supernaturals is affected – and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What — or who — will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?

For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He’s being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn’t by Lena – and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself — forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn’t know why, and most days he’s too afraid to ask.

Sometimes there isn’t just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there’s no going back. And this time there won’t be a happy ending.

After the drastic results of Lena’s claiming it is more than the caster world that is in chaos. Everything in the mortal world has turned upside down. And to make things worse it is more than the song of the Eighteenth Moon is full of warning for Ethan.

Everyone is acting weird. Ridley seems to have impossible power, Amma has stopped making pies and Ethans father has decided to write a book and hang out with his English teacher. These things seem like nothing but they are a sign of the terrible things that are still to come.

I want to review this book more but as with when reading the book I feel a lack of enthusiasm for it. There was nothing exactly terrible about it I just didn’t feel drawn into the plot. As with the other books in the series the writing is very easy to read and once I finally sat down to read it I got through it fairly quickly, it just took me a while to get to that stage. The plot has plenty going on but in a way it is almost too much. I kept trying to figure how how parts of the story would become important later on but much off it tailed off into something that wasn’t that exciting.

I think my overall review of this book is that it is sort of unnecessary. It has added in a new dimension to the overriding problem we have been trying to solve since the first book and I would this was the last book in the series as the ending of this book means I will need to get the next one to find out how it all finally resolves itself.

The Booker Award!

This post is a little late but on Friday I was nominated for The Booker Award by Alice at Aliceinreaderland.

I love the tag line of this award, ‘for those who refuse to live in the real world’. I think it reading definitely allows us to explore far more worlds. Thank you to Alice for nominating me for this award 🙂

Now comes my part in the process. The requirements of the award are to post up a list of;

  • your 5 favourite books
  • what you are currently reading
  • and 5 blogs you would like to nominate for the award

So for my top 5 books

  1. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

  2. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
  3. Fordidden by Tabitha Suzuma

  4. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

  5. Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Currently Reading

Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena’s Claiming. Even Lena’s family of powerful Supernaturals is affected – and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What — or who — will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?

For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He’s being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn’t by Lena – and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself — forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn’t know why, and most days he’s too afraid to ask.

Sometimes there isn’t just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there’s no going back. And this time there won’t be a happy ending.

My 5 Nominations 

Should Be Reading

The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say Shhh

The Cheap Reader 

The Picture Book Review

The Bookshelf Of Emily J

What would you’re answers be?

Friday Finds 26/10

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.

This week I have a fairly long list again but this is mostly due to the mini stories I found for other series I have read.

Melissa West

  • Gravity

Amanda Grace

  • But I Love Him

Caragh M O’Brien

  • Birth Marked

Tiffany Truitt

  • Chosen Ones

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

  • Dream Dark

Veronica Roth

  • Free Four

What books have you added to your To-read list this week?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books To Get In The Halloween Spirit

With Halloween just around the corner The Broke and The Bookish have given us the topic this week of The Top Ten Books that get us in the Halloween spirit. I have never really thought about books in this way before so I’m not sure how good my list is but hopefully it’s got a few good spooky stories.

1. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

In this harrowing tale of good and evil, the mild-mannered Dr. Jekyll develops a potion that unleashes his secret, inner persona—the loathsome, twisted Mr. Hyde.

2. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

3. House of Night Series by PC & Kristin Cast

It’s tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends. It gets even harder for Zoey to fit in when she finds she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx. As Zoey tries to make new friends and maybe find a hot boyfriend (or two), she comes up against all kinds of evil. Things at the House of Night are not always what they seem. Can Zoey find the courage deep within herself to find the truth and embrace her destiny?

4. The Drowning Pond by Catherine Forde

Nicky is the least popular girl in school, so when the popular kids briefly befriend her—out of boredom—she’ll do anything to keep them, including picking on the new girl. At first it’s easy since everyone thinks she’s weird anyway, but when does weird become witchy? Is it when Bella’s skin breaks out like a plague? Is it when Mags and Janet end up in the hospital? Is all of this normal teen stuff or evidence of witchcraft? As Nicky’s plan reaches its shocking conclusion, she discovers that she has not only lost her friends but also unleashed something truly evil in the process.

5. The Saga of Darren Shan by Darren Shan

Darren use to be a normal boy but his love for spiders is about to change is life forever. Delve into the world of  not just vampires but the strange creatures that share this planet with us and see if Darren can save himself from destiny.  

6. Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter

A fiercely individualist Goth girl wakes up to discover that the whole world has gone Goth and she’s actually — gag — “popular.” Jade Leigh is a nonconformist who values individuality above all else. She has a small group of like-minded Goth friends who wear black, dabble in the dark arts, and thrive outside the norm. They’re considered the “freaks” of their high school. But when Jade’s smart mouth lands her in trouble — again — her principal decides to teach her a lesson she’ll never forget.

7. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Grace and Sam share a kinship so close they could be lovers or siblings. But they also share a problem. When the temperature slips towards freezing, Sam reverts to his wolf identity and must retreat into the woods to protect his pack. He worries that eventually his human side will fade away and he will be left howling alone at the lonely moon. A stirring supernatural teen romance.

8. The Black Pear by Allan Porter

This was the New Beginning. Away from the memories, away from the past.
But sometimes the past comes back…
What is the secret of the old Black Pear tree that taps on Emily’s window when no one else is around?
And why did Alice, a long-forgotten resident of the house, leave a simple silver necklace twined among its branches?
Emily and her family moved to Orchard Grange to escape the memories of the past.
Unfortunately, Orchard Grange has some terrifying memories of its own…

9. Black Mirror by Nancy Werlin

Convinced her brother’s death was murder rather than suicide, sixteen-year-old Frances begins her own investigation into suspicious student activities at her boarding school.

10. 44 by Jools Sinclair

Last year after falling through the ice, seventeen-year-old Abby Craig woke up from death – but she woke into a world she barely recognizes. She can’t see colors, memories have been erased, and her friends all hate her. And then there’s Jesse, who she loves, but who refuses to forgive her the one mistake she made long ago.

Just when she thinks it can’t get any worse, the visions begin. In them, she sees a faceless serial killer roaming the streets. While the police believe that there have been a lot of accidents in town lately, Abby knows differently. And she soon realizes that it’s up to her to find him. But to stop him, she’ll have to confront more than just the killer. She’ll have to face something else that was lost in those dark waters: the truth.

 

Beautiful Darkness

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena’s family of powerful Supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan’s eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there’s no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town’s tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly criss-crossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

There is something about what happened to Ethan last summer that he can’t quite remember. More importantly however Lena seems to be growing away from him and nothing he does seems to be making any difference. But when everything goes totally pair shaped for him he knows that no matter what he loves Lena and he will do anything to get her back.

He doesn’t quite realise just exactly how much he is letting himself in for. He is about to meet more dangerous creatures from the Caster world, learn that the people he knows not just know much more about his secret life than he thought but are linked to and that maybe there is more to his life than being an average kid from Gatlin.

It isn’t just his life however that is about to change forever.

The reason I enjoy these books is because I find them very easy to read. I don’t like books where the language is too complicated and this doesn’t have that. Another good thing about it was although there was almost a point where the typical love triangle or teen fiction that has become common could have appeared it didn’t. I feel it is something that comes up in too many books now and I was glad it didn’t happen in this one.

As for the actual plot of this book there was a lot going on. He was trying to find Lena and work out what was going on with her but he was also learning about himself and more about the caster world too. I think some people may find it has a little too much at once but I didn’t mind it too much. The over all aim of the series was still there and it is more that which interests me.

I think my favourite bit was the ending though. I like that there was a little bit of normality after the paranormal world of the tunnels. I also found it almost a little comical with some of the events. The set up for book three was also very subtly introduced and I am interested to see how things work out for all the characters more that just with Lena and her mother.

 

Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)

There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.

At least, that’s what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

Ethan’s dreams are very really. When he wakes up in the morning he is often left with physical evidence of his nightmare including mud on his fingernails. When the girl in his dreams turns up in his town he can’t quite believe it. Being with her however isn’t going to be easy. In the small town of Galin they don’t like new comers and with her weird appearance and the fact she is the niece of the town lock-in they really don’t like Lena.

Things go from bad to worse when there is an incident at school. Ethan however just can’t stay away. Going after Lena their connection grows but Ethan still has a lot to learn about Lena and her family. He is about to learn that being together isn’t just a problem from the town, Lena is cursed and counting down the days till she turns 16. Is there anything they can do to prevent loosing on another?

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book, I usually stay away from books about ‘magic’ (apart from Harry Potter of course). Having now finished the book I actually quite enjoyed it. There are a lot of paranormal romances going about just now and I feel this one doesn’t follow the pattern that occurs in many of the others. It is easy to sympathise with Ethan as his life isn’t easy and he is living in a town where nothing is a secret. I also felt bad for Lena and there was part of me that wanted her to be able to shake the rest of the town into being more welcoming. This was a good book and I enjoyed reading a new take on a popular genre.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books on my Autumn TBR List

As it is now into September this weeks topic from The Broke and The Bookish is Top Ten Books on your Fall (or Autumn to us in the UK) to be read List. I thought with so many books on my shelf and library list this would have been easy but cutting it down to ten was actually quite difficult.

1. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love—with a human—in this astonishingly original debut novel.

R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.

2. Wither by Lauren Destefano

By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children. When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape–before her time runs out?

Together with one of Linden’s servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?

3. Heist Society by Ally Carter

When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.

Soon, Kat’s friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat’s father isn’t just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.

For Kat, there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it’s a spectacularly impossible job? She’s got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family’s history–and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way

4. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.

At least, that’s what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything

5. Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult

One moment June Nealon was happily looking forward to years full of laughter and adventure with her family, and the next, she was staring into a future that was as empty as her heart. Now her life is a waiting game. Waiting for time to heal her wounds, waiting for justice. In short, waiting for a miracle to happen. 

For Shay Bourne, life holds no more surprises. The world has given him nothing, and he has nothing to offer the world. In a heartbeat, though, something happens that changes everything for him. Now, he has one last chance for salvation, and it lies with June’s eleven-year-old daughter, Claire. But between Shay and Claire stretches an ocean of bitter regrets, past crimes, and the rage of a mother who has lost her child. 

Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate if it meant saving someone you love? Would you want your dreams to come true if it meant granting your enemy’s dying wish? 

6. Dangerous to Know by Katy Moran

Alex and Bethany are just two teenagers in love. There’s only one problem: Alex’s family has a dark past, and whilst he and Bethany are desperate to be together, Bethany’s family is desperate to keep them apart.

7. Revived by Cat Patrick

A secret government agency has developed a drug called Revive that can bring people back from the dead, and Daisy Appleby, a test subject, has been Revived five times in fifteen years. Daisy takes extraordinary risks, knowing that she can beat death, but each new death also means a new name, a new city, and a new life. When she meets Matt McKean, Daisy begins to question the moral implications of Revive, and as she discovers the agency’s true goals, she realizes she’s at the center of something much larger — and more sinister — than she ever imagined.

8. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand. 

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match

9. Dead Time by Anne Cassidy

Rose and Joshua first met when Joshua and his dad came to live with Rose and her mum. Then their world turns upside down when their mother and father go out for dinner one evening and never return. With police inquiries going nowhere, Rose is dispatched to live with her chilly, unfriendly grandmother and Joshua is sent to live with his uncle. Then Joshua comes to London to study and Rose is witness to not one, but two murders. Why is this happening to Rose? Can it be anything to do with the investigations Joshua has been doing into the disappearance of their parents? A taut and pacy thriller that is the start of a stylish new series from an acclaimed writer for teens.

10. Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate

Unexpected. Unrequited. Forbidden. Eternal. Everyone has their own love story.

And in a twist of fate, four extraordinary love stories combine over the course of a romantic Valentine’s Day in Medieval England. Miles and Shelby find love where they 
least expect it. Roland learns a painful lesson about finding-and losing love. Arianne pays the price for a love so fierce it burns. And for the first -and last- time, Daniel and Luce 
will spend a night together like none other.

Lauren Kate’s FALLEN IN LOVE is filled with love stories . . . the ones everyone has been waiting for.

True love never says goodbye…