Mean Girls Book Tag

I saw this over on Confessions of a Book Geek and loved it and knew I had to do it.

It’s Pronounced Like “Cady”.

Which fictional characters’ names did you get completely wrong?

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I just finished A Court of Thorns and Roses and I had no idea how to pronounce Feyre until I found out there was a pronunciation key in the back of the book. *Note to authors – if you need a pronunciation key for your character names, you probably should just re-name your characters!*

She Doesn’t Even Go Here!

Pick a fictional character that you would like to place in another fictional character’s world.

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I think I’ve said this before, but I would love to put Fia from the Mind Games series into the Shatter Me series. I would so love for her and Juliette to be best friends. I also think she would get along super well with Warner.

On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink.

Repetition, repetition. Which book gave you déja vu of another book while reading it?

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Red Queen was pretty similar to a lot of other books.

You all have got to stop calling each other sluts and whores. It just makes it okay for guys to call you sluts and whores.

Which book gave you the complete opposite of girl power feels?

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Sang from the Ghostbird series. She completely lets the boys control her every move and word and it’s uncomfortable.

You Go Glen Coco!

Name a character you felt like you wanted to cheer on whilst reading.

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Katniss from the Hunger Games series, of course!

Get in Loser, We’re Going Shopping!

How long do you typically spend at a book shop?

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I generally try to avoid stores as much as possible, so if I’m going into one it’s with a specific purpose and I’m in and out. I do spend a lot of time browsing the Barnes & Noble website for my Nook, though.

It’s Not My Fault You’re Like In Love With Me Or Something!

Which character would have to get out a restraining order on you, if they were real?

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The Raven boys, Warner from Shatter Me, Daemon Black from Lux, Sean Kendrick from the Scorpio Races, Cricket Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door…There would probably be more than restraining orders since these are all YA characters….

I Can’t Help It That I’m Popular.

Which over-hyped book were you cautious about reading?

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Emmy & Oliver. I ended up giving it 3 stars, but I was super disappointed in it.

She’s A Life Ruiner. She Ruins Peoples’ Lives.

We all love Regina George. Name a villain you just love to hate.

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Amy Dunne from Gone Girl and the Dane Twins from A Darker Shade of Magic

I’m Not Like A Regular Mom, I’m A Cool Mom.

Your favourite fictional parents.

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Kami’s dad in The Lynburn Legacy series

That Is So Fetch!

Which book or series would you love to catch on?

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I adore The Lynburn Legacy and wish it got more attention.

How Do I Even Begin To Explain Regina George?

Describe your ideal character to read about.

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 The Raven Boys and Blue. Their friendship as a whole. Their individual personalities. I could honestly read about these characters forever – doing anything!

I Just Have A Lot Of Feelings.

A book that gave you a bad case of ‘the feels’?

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes made me cry. Like a lot.

Nice Wig Janice, What’s It Made Of? – Your Mom’s Chest Hair!

Which character’s one liners would you love to claim for your own?

I was trying not to repeat books, but for the third time I need to reference The Lynburn Legacy and say Kami Glass. She is such a funny character and I love pretty much everything she says.

Boo, You Whore.

Name a time a characters decision has made you roll your eyes.

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Becky Bloomwood from the Shopaholic series. That girl just never learns!!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is: Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels.

One Plus One

1. One Plus One by JoJo Moyes

Landline

2. Landline by Rainbow Rowell.

Cop Town

3. Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

The Scorpio Races

4. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Fever

5. The Fever by Megan Abbott

All the Truth That's in Me

6. All the Truth that’s in Me by Julie Berry

The Last Letter from Your Lover

7. The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

8. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Defending Jacob

9. Defending Jacob by William Landay

Gone Girl

10. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

What are some of your favorite character driven novels?

Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races

Review from Good Reads:

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

I spent the first half of this book wanting to like it and the second half actually really liking it.

When I first read “water horses” in the summary, I was picturing seahorses…

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…But that’s obviously wrong. They are kind of sea monsters that look like horses that live in the ocean and occasionally come onto the island of Thisby where they are either captured and trained to race or go on a murderous rampage. They are called capaill uisce (which is apparently a real legend, but Stiefvater takes some liberties with it). They mostly come to shore in October and the race day is November 1st (my birthday, by the way). If you can keep your water horse from dragging you out to sea or from eating the other horses during the race, you may live through it and maybe even win. Despite their treachery, most people from the island love them.

Sean Kendrick (oh, Sean Kendrick) has a special ability to work with the capaill uisce. He saw his father die in the Scorpio Race, but has gone on to run in it and win four years in a row. Kate “Puck” Connolley has never attended the race and her parents were killed by the water horses, but has decided to enter to help her family.

OK, let’s stop here to where I have issues.

-First off, capaill uisce? Couldn’t an easier name be used? It’s over ten chapters in before a pronunciation is given – “Coppie Ooshka”. But at the end of the book in the Author’s Note she says it’s pronounced “CAPple ISHka.” It’s maddening.

-Why is Kate’s nickname Puck? This is never addressed.

-Puck’s reason for entering the race is kind of dumb. Her older brother, Gabe, is leaving the island and she tries to buy a few more weeks before he goes by entering the race. He still plans on going after. Eventually, though, the idea of prize money becomes a necessity, so I can overlook the original reason.

-Gabe. I wanted to like him. Or at least understand him. I didn’t really get either. He doesn’t have much a reason for leaving the island and he has seemingly no care that he’s leaving his younger sister and brother to fend for themselves. And it’s hinted at that he was having an affair with his friend’s mother, but nothing is confirmed or even mentioned again after the original incident.

-Sean Kendrick (who is almost always referred to by both first and last name) is a bit of a mystery. Though the story is told through dual 1st person POV, we never get to know Sean as well as we do Puck. Puck thinks once that Sean Kendrick uses one word when others use five or six and that’s how his chapters seemed. He loves the island and sea horses – most especially Corr, who is basically his best friend. He wants to be able to buy Corr off his boss, but his boss is a jerk.

I was annoyed enough by the things mentioned above, as well as the slow-pace, that I was not enjoying the book. Somewhere around half way through, though, I started to get into it. I think it’s because Sean Kendrick and Puck finally started interacting and the events surrounding the race began to pick up the pace of the story.

One thing Maggie Stiefvater does really well is romance. By that I mean that she tells a story that has romantic elements, without it being a romance. Much like Gansey and Blue in The Raven Boys series, Puck and Sean Kendrick’s relationship is a subtle slow build and Stiefvater manages to make even the smallest touch or briefest word significant and intense. But this never overshadows the actual story going on around them.

Overall, I did end up enjoying The Scorpio Races. It was beautifully written with two strong and likable character leads. It’s also a stand alone book, which is something I’ve come to appreciate.

Rating (out of 5):
Plot: 3
Characters: 4
Readability: 3.5
Enjoyability: 4
Overall Average:  3.625 stars

Monday’s Minutes

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Monday’s Minutes  is my (sometimes) weekly post where I share what I’m reading and what I’m reading next.

WHAT I’M READING

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. I’ve read some good things about this book, so I decided to give it a try when I saw there wasn’t a wait for it at the library. It’s a little odd and started off slow, but I’m pretty into it now. There are still some things I don’t quite understand, but I’m hoping my questions will be answered by the end of the book.

WHAT I’M READING NEXT

The Scorpio Races

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. This is another odd looking book that I’ve read great things about. I love Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Boys series, so I’m hoping for more great characters.

What are you reading?