Top Five Wednesday | Books You Want To See as TV Shows

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube. And this week’s topic is books you want to see as TV Shows. I often have this thought cross through my mind as I read books, so here are my top five books!

129546201. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
It’s super Game of Thrones-y and I would love to see this as a TV show though, even though it could seem as more of a YA GoT I think it’d be cool to see it .

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2. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
A mix between Time Travel and Parallel Universes this book would be amazing if it got picked up for TV.

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3. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
GAH Oh my goodness the moment I read this book I knew the whole series would be PHENOMENAL for TV. Super villains taking over the world and a group of tech savvy, people in search for revenge and to get rid of the super villains?! Like come on…how could you not. And the end of the first book is a great cliff hanger so it’d be an awesome season finale.

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4. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
The characters from this would be so amazing to see on TV as well as the magic system and just all the events that happen…how this hasn’t been picked up yet I don’t understand. SOMEONE MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

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5. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
I would love to see this world and these characters come to life. Marie Lu’s Young Elites is one of my favorites and I think it would translate really great into that dark and gritty TV show.

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Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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Published: June 5, 2012

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

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I feel like I’ve been on a really good lucky streak with amazing books. I literally devoured this one in about two days and that’s really uncommon for me. I’ve picked up Shadow and Bone before but I didn’t really get into it so I put it down a couple times actually, and this time it actually stuck with me.

The Darkling captivated me as I’m sure he swept away most other readers, and Alina was awesome but I kept begging her to get over Mal. I think that was the one thing that really bothered me was the tug at a love triangle, but at the same time I HATED that Alina was so hung up on Mal. Not sure why, he’s a pretty good character, but I still couldn’t get over it for some reason. Maybe it’s because I got caught up with the Darkling (whoopsie! But I mean seriously…come on).

The overall plot and storyline was super engaging! No true lulls to the story and a constant stream of motion and action. I hope to see more of this Grisha Universe though, I read Six of Crows and I’m liking the more in depth look into the Grisha and who they are and how they work etc. etc.  I’m a bit worried as to what will happen in Book 2 since this book finished on a pretty solid note…

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Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

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Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas 
Published: September 2nd 2014
She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestsellingCrown of Midnight.


 

So don’t fret, I haven’t died. I’ve just had a crazy busy month and I’m in the middle of a book slump. So since I’m sick I’ve decided to catch up on my reviews for you lovely readers.

Heir of Fire is the third book in the Throne of Glass series and I have to say, so far it was my favorite (I say was because I have read Queen of Shadows and that book is just…flawless). Heir of Fire is Celaena’s time in Wendlyn where Chaol sends her at the end of Crown of Midnight. She ends up in Doranelle where she meets her aunt Maeve, Queen of the Fae in hopes of learning about the Wyrdkeys.

But alongside the story of Celaena in Doranelle, we also have Rowan Whitethorn who is a Fae Prince with her. He’s bound to Maeve and is his nephew and he’s pretty much a jerk to Celaena the whole way through the book.

You get glimpses of Chaol and Dorian back in Rifthold nothing really happens there throughout the book.

BUT THEN…BUT THEN YOU GET MANON BLACK BEAK OF THE IRONTEETH CLAN. I think this was my favorite point of view in this book. She’s a ruthless witch who’s clan has gathered together and allied with some pretty bad people to bring in the wyverns.

So that’s all the plot points I’ll give but this book was really good actually. You start learning more and more about the creature that took over Cain in Throne of Glass and what that was and how they work etc etc. And new places shown in this book I love seeing more of this world. I hope to see more and more and the series goes on (granted we’re only looking at two other books but I really hope to see more of the world).

You dive more into who Celaena is, what she is, what she holds inside of her and the strength beneath the strength you already see. And as many of you know, or have seen, Rowan becomes a favorite of many, and it’s true. I was team Chaol for a long time, and I think I still am, but Rowan kind of one-ups Chaol. Sorry my love!

Not going to lie though, a lot of this book is setting up for a bigger picture. Yes there’s the adventure and the “what’s this?! what’s that?!” that does happen in the other two books, but it’s a bit slow moving at pace until the last 1/4 of the book. Which for me isn’t a bad thing, I tend to like build ups like that but it’s a lot of context of what’s going on and recapping etc etc for the beginning, build up and plot in the middle and ACTION PACKED in the end.

I really do enjoy this one because there’s more magic, more back story and ultimately it intertwines all the different plots and characters within this story. I found myself rooting for all the different characters and waiting and waiting and anticipating that moment when all of these characters will cross paths again or for the very first time.

This series has yet to disappoint. All the characters are so carefully made and intricately placed and just so amazingly written to a point where it amazes me. I just can’t even begin to explain how I feel when I finish one of these books. I feel so many emotions but at the same time, I just feel in awe of the writing and the perfection that is this series.

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Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

thone of glass coverThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Published: Published May 7th 2013

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien. The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.


 

Well, I absolutely devoured this book. I had to take a break in the middle due to work and life, but I picked it up and finished it within two days. Celaena is so great. Although I got slightly annoyed with her semi-instalove with a certain someone. But all I have to say on that matter is that I’m totally team Chaol.

But I absolutely loved this book. Especially the first half but towards the end I was like screaming at my book. I love love LOVE the character development in this book and how Maas gives everyone a deliberate purpose for being in the story. (Although I’m hoping to see Dorian’s brother in the rest of the series at some point). But, I enjoyed Celaena’s witty-ness and sometimes even had me laughing throughout the book. I kind of liked her at times/kind of hated her.

I keep rounding back to Chaol, he was my favorite. Even though he didn’t change too much from beginning to end, he kind of was a static character but I liked that about him. CAN WE PLEASE TALK ABOUT RITHFOLD AND ENDOVIER THOUGH!?

This was like my favorite elements of the book. The setting. The setting gave the most awesome magical/fantasy setting. I loooooved it. I loved the deep descriptions Maas goes through with painting not only the action of each character but the settings as well.

WELL DONE Ms. Maas, well done. Can’t wait to pick up Crown of Midnight.

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Recommendation Friday #14

Hey guys! So another Friday has arrived! It’s such a hard task for me to recommend books because I feel like I haven’t read enough books to recommend great books but, I’m still going to try and give you the best recommendations possible. But without further ado :20821111

 

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

So this book was a book I absolutely devoured. I read it in the winter and it was one of those books where you read by the window in a bunch of blankets and just read from beginning to end. It was wonderful! The story was so engaging and even though the characters I found to be a little, not so believable, it was something super minor in the whole aspect of the book. It most definitely lived up to the hype and it was super original as well! Pick it up quick because The Rose Society comes to shelves October 13, 2015