Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Best Sequels Ever

 

The Broke and The Bookish‘s topic for this week is out Top Ten Best Sequels Ever. There were a few easy choices for me this week but not nearly enough for 10 as I often find the sequels aren’t quite as good but I have managed to pick out 9 (some from the same series) that I thought were particularly good.

    

  • Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver Delirium Trilogy
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games Trilogy
  • Passion by Lauren Kate Fallen Series
  • The Lion , The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis The Chronicles of Narnia
  • Brother to the Death by Darren Shan The Larten Crepsley Saga
  • Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling Harry Potter
  • Tunnels of Blood by Darren Shan The Darren Shan Saga
  • Trials of Death by Darren Shan The Darren Shan Saga
  • Angel Fire by LA Weatherly Angel Trilogy 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Are Your Favourite Or Worst Sequels ?

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Angel Fever

In the devastated remains of the world, millions of people live in “refugee” camps provided by the angels who have all but enslaved humanity. As this angelic stranglehold tightens, Willow and Alex are recruiting and training new Angel Killers while struggling to hold ground on the celestial battlefield. But Willow continues to have feelings for Seb, and her love and resolve are tested as a shattering revelation sends Alex on a separate journey. Now that the final battle versus the angels is about to begin-and the fate of the world hangs in the balance-each of them must face the consequences of their own choices. Will love endure? Will the human race survive?

Once you get past the people on the front of this book, lets face it not many people are picturing any of the characters like that, this book does get your emotions reeling like the previous two. Despite everything in Angel Fire Willow and Alex’s relationship is stronger than ever and they are finding and training new killers to take down the Angels. Raziel has different plans though and they will literally rock the angels and the angel killers world. If this wasn’t bad enough Alex also takes off on a journey on his own and Willow is left to deal with the consequences. It’s these actions that get the emotions rolling. Panic and anger definitely went on and although its good to have an emotional response I didn’t find it quite at satisfying as the last book. There wasn’t enough interaction between the Angels and humans as I would have liked to build up to the end it was more about the resistance and particularly about relationships. Of course these are important and were nice to read about but as a book I wanted more plot than character. I think the final result of this story was a good ending for the series and of course it is worth read but the book itself didn’t quite live up to my expectations. 

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Characters I Would Crush On If I Was Also A Fictional Character

After a few weeks of what have been easy topics for me this weeks topic from The Broke and The Bookish I found quite difficult. I think because a lot of the male characters I read about are seen from a girls point of view and many are the romantic interest in the books so they are written to be crushed one. However I tried to imagine me as a fictional character with all my interests in a boy and how characters compared to that and I do have a list, just not quite of ten.

  • Xander from Matched by Ally Condie Although I appreciated that Cassia was in love with Ky for me Xander would have been the one I think. There was just something about him and the way he thought that drew me to him and I liked that he had made the decision to be part of the rising before anyone else. He was clever and I like clever boys.
  • Edward Cullen from Twilight by Stephenie Meyer Edward was my very frist fictional crush. I am quite old fashioned and his traditional views on relationships won me over straight away. Don’t get me wrong he frustrated me too but I saw so much of the guy I fancied at the time in him too that I definatly crushed on him when reading the books and I’m sure would if I was in then.
  • Peeta Melark from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins This is a bit of an odd one to admit if I am honest becuase when I read the books I wasn’t convinced who I liked. When he lost his memory however I realised just how much I like his devotion to Katniss and I missed their romance. Its this devotion and his innocence that would make me fall for him if I was a charcter but it also helps his actor in the film it really cute. 
  • Alex from Angel by LA Weatherly Alex is probably the only real bad boy on my list and he isn’t really that of a bad boy. I just enjoyed reading about him when I read the books. I was furious when Seth was introduced because to me Alex is so lovely and the person I think Willow should be with.
  • Mikey from You Against Me by Jenny Downham Mikey is just a really good guy. He wants the best for his sister but also the truth. I think I could easily fall for him.  
  • Adam from Before I Die by Jenny Downahm I am unsure about putting Adam on my list because I think he is partly here because of the gorgeous actor that plays him in the film. However in the books he is also lovely and I feel like we could help each other through this madness of making decision about uni. 

Which Fictional Characters Do You Have A Crush On?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Favourite Romances

 With Valentines day just a couple of days away The Broke and The Bookish have given us a love themed topic for this weeks list. Our Top Ten Favourite Romances.

  • Bella and Edward – Twilight Saga 
  • Tris and Four – Divergent Trilogy
  • Willow and Alex – Angel Trilogy
  • Lena and Alex – Delirium Trilogy
  • Elizabeth and Darcy – Pride and Prejudice
  • Abby and Travis – Beautiful Disaster
  • Maya and Lochan – Forbidden
  • Cammie and Zack – Gallagher Girls Series
  • Mickey and Ellie – You Against Me
  • Kate and Taylor – My Sister’s Keeper

Who Are Your Favourite Romances?

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?

2012 End of Year Book Survey

I have been thinking about review my bookish year on my blog for the past month and came across this lovely survey created by The Perpetual Page-Turner that she has been creating for the past few years. With New Year almost here and this being my first year as I blogger I am going to use it to look back over my year and hopefully relive some great moments. I think overall it’s been a good year and that includes for my reading and blogging.

Best in Books 2012

1. Best Book Read in 2012? There was an option to put these books but genre but I think I do havea  favourite book of this year and that’s  Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. I’m not sure why I loved this book because in theory its a girly love story but I just couldn’t put it down.

2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t? I was so looking forward to reading Warm Bodies by Issac Marion this summer but sadly I  felt like it lacked energy.

3. Most surprising (in a good way) book of 2012? Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver The first book in this series was a bit disappointing so I wasn’t sure what to expect from the second book however it was written slightly differently and it was so much better. 

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012? Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson This book was recommended to me by a friend and since I’ve read it I have told everyone I know who loves reading about it. 

5. Best series you discovered in 2012? This question depends on if it is a new series that isn’t finished yet or a whole one you only read this year.  I think I’m going to say the Divergent series by Veronica Roth though as this was the first dystopian I picked up after The Hunger Games and it matched up to it for me.

6.Favourite new author you discovered in 2012? It’s hard to pick a favourite because some authors I read more books of that other’s but I am going to say Jamie McGuire and Patrick Ness

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you? The Black Pear  by Allan Porter This free kindle book was just something that sounded a bit different and I wasn’t sure what to expect but it was totally different from everything else I have read else I had read and I really enjoyed it. 

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012? Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson This book has you questioning everyone and their motives in it the whole way through and the end will still surprise you. 

9. Book you read in 2012 that you are most likely to re-read next year? Slated by Teri Terry I feel I didn’t really understand the ending of this book so I am going to re-read it before the next book in the series comes out. 

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2012? Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

11. Most memorable character of a book you read in 2012? This is also a difficult question I don’t think I can narrow it down to one. Katniss from The Hunger Games of course is one but also Travis from Beautiful Disaster, Link from the Caster Chronicles and Harmony from Bumped.

12. Most beautifully written book you read in 2012? Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein I find this really hard to answer but I have gone for this book because it handled war and the reality of being a prisoner of war really well. 

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012? Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews This was the most intense book I have ever written and there was so many moments in it that till fill me with emotion. 

14. Book you can’t believe you waiting until 2012 to finally read? This one is quite easy to answer really there is The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I am finally able to say I have read Jane Austen and I can now count my self as a true book lover.

15. Favourite quote/passage from a book you read in 2012?

“In approved places, every story serves a purpose. But forbidden books are so much more. Some of them are webs; you can feel your way along their threads, but just barely, into strange and dark corners. Some of them are balloons bobbing up through the sky: totally self-contained, and unreachable, but beautiful to watch.
And some of them- the best ones- are doors.”

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver pg 152

16. Shortest & Longest books you read in 2012? Callum  by Malorie Blackman was shortest at only 66 pages and the longest was re-reading Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer at 756 pages.

17. Book that had a scene in it that had you reeling and dying to talk to someone about? This in an interesting question, I think I will have to say Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews, it was full of scenes that had my heart pounding and my mind racing.

18. Favourite relationship from a book you read in 2012? I have two answers for this one, my favourite friendship was between Queenie and Maddie from Code Name Verity. My favourite romance however was between Link and Ridley from the Caster Chronicles because it was so dysfunctional yet you could tell they really felt something more for one another.

19. Favourite book from an author you read previously?  The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer, I finally got around to reading it and I was surprised to find that I actually really enjoyed it. 

20. Best book you read based solely on a recommendation from someone else? The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. Ever since I started blogging I have read continuous good reviews about this book so I got it out of the library to give it a shot and I had to agree with all the good comments I had read. 

Book Blogging/Reading Life 2012

1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2012? The Broke and The Bookish is by far my favourite blog of this year because it allowed me to discover lots of other people who blog about books and brought people to my blog.

2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2012? This is really hard to answer as I am still not totally sure what makes a good post but I think my review of Flowers in the Attic is good because I had so much emotion still in me from reading it when I wrote it. 

3. Best discussion you had on your blog? I didn’t have many discussions on my blog, just comments that I replied to. hopefully next year I can change that. 

4. Most thought provoking review or discussion you read on someone else blog? Jacket Musings: Gemma Malley by Words and Pieces I really liked this post cause it brought about the fact that books are judged by their covers.

5. Best event you participated in? This year I went back to the Edinburgh International Book Festival for this first time in years and I had a great time. 

6. Best moment of book blogging 2012? Because this is my first year of blogging my favourite part has been getting comments, every one I get excites me still. 

7. Most popular post this year on your blog? I have picked the post for most popular based on comments so with 10 comments by top post was Top Ten Tuesday – Freebie – Top Ten Classics I Want To Read.

8. Post you wished got a little more love? I think this one has to be my movie review of Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 because the film really surprised me and filled me with excitement I really want to know what other people thought of the film.

9. Best bookish discovery? The Top Ten Tuesday meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish as it has really helped me fill my blog and improve my reviews. 

10. Did you complete and reading challenges/goals that you had set yourself at the beginning of this year? My only challenge this year was the Goodread’s 2012 Reading Challenge. I had set myself the goal of 75 books and I am currently on book 84.

Looking Ahead

1. One book you didn’t get round to read in 2012 but will be your number 1 priority in 2013? This year I discovered dystopian and picked up Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I haven’t read it yet but I got it as a Christmas present and can’t wait to get started on it.

2. Book you are most anticipating in 2013? Angel Fever by L.A. Weatherly is due out at sometime next year though the date keeps getting moved. I can’t wait to see how this series will end. 

3. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging 2013? I have a few challenges for next year but I think what I really want to do is read more classics, I think I will aim for at least 6 as this allows me to do some of the other bookish challenges I have signed up for. 

I hope everyone has a great New Year and enjoys a bookish 2013!

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature from The Broke and The Bookish that allows us to write a list each week on a topic they have set. This week it’s our Top Ten Most Anticipated Book for 2013.

1. Angel Fever by LA Weatherly When I went to see her at the book festival she said the book would be out early next year but amazon says November. Hopefully its before then.

2. Fracture by Teri Terry Due 4th April 

3. Requiem by Lauren Oliver Due 5th March 

4. Next Divergent Book by Veronica Roth Due 26th September

5. Rumoured; Gallagher Girl’s Book 6 by Ally Carter

6. Pivot Point by Kasie West Due 12th February

7. Hidden by Marianne Curley Due March

8. The Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson Due 12th February 

9. Imposter by Suzanne Winnacker Due 11th July

10. Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire Due 16th April

Edinburgh International Book Festival

After having not been for YEARS I finally got back to the Edinburgh International Book Festival this summer.

Although there were many Authors over the festival I wanted to see I couldn’t afford to go over every day so after careful thought I decided to go see LA Weatherly, author of the Angel trilogy. When she came into the tent she looked exactly like her picture in the book, this may sounds daft to mention but often people don’t look their pictures. She also has her husband with her and he was in charge of the computer presentation she had along with her. I was really impressed by her talk. She didn’t read from a pre-prepared talk but talked naturally about the books so far. With her presentation to help she had picture of her dream cast including;

the ‘hot mexican actor’ she based Seth on, Amanda Seyfried as Willow

 and Peter Facinelli as Raziel.

She talked about where she got the inspiration for the book, where she writes and about the trips she got to take across America to help her research about the book. She talked about how the characters came to her and developed, how they got their names. One of my favourite bits was about the magic of how sometimes the book can teach you things about the characters you didn’t know, something she had never believed till it happened to her. She was really interesting to listen to and I enjoyed her talk but she gave no clues away to what is going to happen in the final book so we will just have to wait and see.

Whilst there I also decided to go and see S.D. Crockett and Caroline Green. I haven’t read either of their books but they have both written dystopian fiction and their talk was about this genre. They both read a bit from their books first. If I’m honest I still don’t think I will read either of the books, they are both written from a male point of view, one a 14 year old boy and one written the way he speaks and neither are my thing. The talk about dystopian was more interesting but I was the only one who asked a relevant question. I don’t think it was a bad idea to go to the talk, I liked Caroline Green but I have to admit I didn’t really like S.D. Crockett and it isn’t the most interesting thing I have seen at the festival.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I’d Play Hooky With

I appologise for how late  my post is but here it is. This weeks Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and The Bookish is the Top Ten Books I’d Play Hooky With.

1.  Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma This has to be my number one choice as this book sort of was used in a skipping work type situation. That is that I read it instead of revising for my Maths exam. It is not something I regret though, as you will know if you have read any other of my Top Ten post. I regard this book as one of the best I have ever read. It is a totally new concept and totally gripping on an emotional level. I couldn’t put it down, I loved it. 

2. You Against Me by Jenny Downham If I am honest it takes about half the book to get really into this story but once you get there it is definatley worth it. It is an unusual situation and told from a really interesting the point of view, the siblings rather than the people that caused the trouble. It is a story about everyone in your family is effected by your actions but how love sometimes is stronger than misbehaving. I think if I got far enough through the book I would be keeping going and missing some class.

3 & 4.   Angel and Angel Fire by L.A. Weatherly Books 1 and 2 of a trilogy that is to finish later this year I have to say I was hooked reading them both. I think I could easily get destracted from going to class whilst reading these as through out them both I was filled with emotion willing the plot line I wanted and dying to find out what happened. Really good action packed books.

5.  Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy This is on here as I did read it whilst off school one day. It is about someone who has been released from prison after many years for a terrible crime and is trying to make a new life for herself with a new identity. It was an easy read but also a really interesting and that one that I enjoyed.

6.  Before I Die by Jenny Downahm I think this would be a good book to miss school for because you can learn so much about real life from it. It teaches you how important the little things are in life and that is to me as important if not more so than acedemic work. For this reason I would miss school/work to read it.

7.  My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult As with above, I think this also book also teaches really important lessons. About love, relationships and how you feel about yourself. I can easily see myself get caught up in this very emotional and gripping story and missing school. It carries you along dying to find it what happens and has a twist just at the right time to keep you hooked till the end.

8.   Rozy’z Baby by Catherine MacPhail A very unusual plot line this book will have you wondering where the story will go. Once you get started you wont want to put it down so you can find out how the story ends. 

9.  Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling I think that there are very few people that can put a Harry Potter book down once they have started. I’m not sure if the first one is my favourite but I like to read them in order and this is a really good first book. I think as it is easy to read you can get carried away and read right till the end.

10.   Divergent by Veronica Roth I had to rush to a few lecture’s once I started this book as I tried to sneak in a cheeky chapter whenever I could. With its well paced plot line it was easy to get carried away in the story and the characters and I would quite happily not go out to read it.