Now I finally have a Goodreads account for my blog I can take part in this tag without feeling like a fraud. Also, now I finally have a Goodreads account for my blog, I’m not sure why it took me so long to get around to creating one. I was tagged by Kirstie at Upside-Down Books. Thanks so much for the tag Kirstie, I had a lot of fun with this one so I hope you enjoy reading my answers just as much.
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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten of the Best Books I’ve Read So Far in 2017.
This week’s topic was hard, really really hard. There have been so many amazing books released this year that I loved that originally I had twenty books on this list. I managed to narrow it down to ten but I had to make some hard cuts, and one of those was deciding not to include re-reads. These are the best books I’ve read so far this year, but there are a lot more I’ve read that I loved, and a lot more still to be released and read this year that I will likely love just as much.
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This is a topic that has been floating around in my mind ever since I posted a Top Ten Tuesday topic a little while ago on fairytales I’d love to see retold more. I am a massive fan of fairytale retellings, and most retellings actually; all a book needs to do is hint at the fact that it’s a retelling and it’s an automatic add to my to-read list.
However that doesn’t mean I think all retellings are amazing, and that all I read are given five star ratings and should be read by everyone. Retellings, be they fairytale or not, aren’t for everyone, and there have even been a fair few fairytale retellings I haven’t enjoyed at all.
The Pros and Cons of Retellings
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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is a Father’s Day related freebie, so I picked Top Ten Father/Child Relationships in YA Books.
A little while ago there was a Mother’s Day themed free-for-all and I did Top Ten Mother/Child Relationships in YA Books, so I figured now it was time to feature the best father’s in YA books. Again not all of the father/child relationships I featured this week are happy, loving and perfect, but they were all amazingly written.
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Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Release Date: May 2nd 2017
Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’smanoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.
– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com
There may be slight spoilers for A Court of Wings and Ruin in this review. If you haven’t yet read the third book in the Court of Thorns and Roses series I’d recommend skipping this review until you have.
As always this review may contain spoilers for previous book(s) in the series.
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Between the last time I published a post for this award and now, I was nominated by nine bloggers. Rather than creating one massive post of nearly one hundred questions I’ve split this into three parts. If you nominated me for this award before the end of March and don’t see your questions here they’ll be in part two or three which will be published soon, but at a later date. I was tagged by Lost in Pages, Annike and Zoë at Twin Tales, and Sunshine and Cyclones. Thanks so much for the tag everyone, I had a lot of fun with this one so I hope you enjoy reading my answers just as much.
- Thank the person who nominated you.
- Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
- Nominate 11 bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions to answer.
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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is a cover theme freebie, so I picked Top Five Cover Changes I Loved and Top Five Cover Changes I Didn’t Like.
Everyone has an opinion on cover changes, and no matter whether you love the new design or prefer the old one everyone (likely) agrees that there is nothing more annoying than when a series changes covers halfway through. For this week’s free cover themed pick I thought it was the perfect time to talk about some of the best and worst (in my opinion) cover changes, all halfway through a series.
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Now, don’t get me wrong, I love romantic relationships in books but recently, and I’m not sure if this is because I’m getting older or blogging has opened my eyes to it, I’ve started seeing romantic relationships that have felt shoehorned into the plot. They’re simply there to appeal to readers who love reading romance, and more often than not it seems to take away from the character development.
I still want to see romance in books, sometimes there is literally nothing more I want than a fluffy contemporary book with a heart-warming romance to read one afternoon, but I don’t want it to feel like something added in to make the story ‘better’ regardless of all the other aspects that make a good book great.
Is Romance in YA Taking Too Much Away from Character Development?
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Everyone has tropes they love seeing in books, and everyone has tropes they hate seeing in books. However whether you love them or hate them you see them everywhere, especially it seems in YA fiction (although this could be something I notice more in YA books because I read more YA books).
Now don’t get me wrong they’re tropes for a reason, and they’re in so many books because they work to help move a story along. But when you’re looking at the books you own that rely on tropes to tell a story doesn’t it get a bit tired essentially reading the same story over and over again, just with different names?
Tropes in YA Fiction.
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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Five Authors I’ve Met Top Five Authors I Want to Meet.
Most authors I’ve met were at YALC last year, and I am looking forwards to going again this year and meeting even more. You never know some of the authors on the second half of my list this week may be attending. In the end though it feels like the ten authors in this list (five of whom I still want to meet) aren’t enough to fully capture how many authors I still want to meet one day.
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