Top Ten Tuesday: Books About Friendship

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is: Top Ten Books about Friendship.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

1. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Gansey, Adam, Ronan, Noah, and Blue!

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

2. The Vampire Academy Richelle Mead.  Lissa and Rose!

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3. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. Beth and Jennifer!

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)

4. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan. Kami, Jared, Angela, Rusty, Holly, and Ash!

Storm (Elemental, #1)

5. The Elemental Series by Brigid Kemmerer. – The Merrick brothers!

Well, I’m going to stop at a top 5 for today! What books about friendship are missing from my list?

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The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead – 3 stars (out of 5)

The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines, #4)

Good Reads Synopsis:

In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure—and re-education—looms larger than ever.

Pulses will race throughout this thrilling fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.

So. The Fiery Heart. I just don’t know. Sometimes I really enjoyed it. Sometimes I was just getting through it. I’m going to try to collect my thoughts.

-This is the first book in the series where we get multiple 1st person POV. The chapters alternate between Sydney and Adrian’s POV and I liked it. However, I felt like Adrian’s POV chapters could’ve been a little more Adrian. While I didn’t have trouble forgetting who’s POV we were in, they weren’t really that different. I expected Adrian’s head to be a little more funny and sarcastic than it was. His dialogue still had it, but I would’ve liked to have seen it in his thoughts. I also felt like this allowed more to be added to the story instead of just being stuck with Sydney the whole time.

-We get to see a little of Lissa, Rose, Dimitri, and Christian from The Vampire Academy series, which I liked. I would’ve liked a little more, though. We finally get a little more Lissa, but Christian is still getting the shaft.

-There wasn’t a whole lot of development of secondary characters. I still despise Angeline. And I especially dislike that Trey is still into her. Trey was one of my favorite characters in the first couple of books, but he wasn’t given a lot of time in this book.

-Adrian and Sydney’s romance. What the book lacked in plot, it made up for in romance. Seriously. Not a lot happened in this book that didn’t involve them declaring their love and making out. And they took their relationship to the next level. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I don’t think there should be that much sex in YA books.

-There were some developments with learning how to protect from Strigoi attacks and in making the special Alchemist tattoos for Marcus’ rebellion, but the biggest plot point in the story was Sydney and Adrian trying to keep their romance a secret from her sister, Zoe. Zoe was a poorly developed character and a poor villain, although she did turn out to be more of a threat than anyone really believed.

-The end left on a cliffhanger. Mead wrote in her Acknowledgments, “We’re in the middle of a series, so you know things are going to get rough for the characters, but hang in there! It’ll be worth it.” I read an interview where she compares the development of the series to the way The Vampire Academy developed. This does not give me a lot of hope for what happens next: the book where *VA SPOILER* Rose goes after Dimitri after he becomes a Strigoi and the whole time is spent with Rose pining away and NOTHING HAPPENS.

-Overall, I mostly enjoyed The Fiery Heart. I would recommend it to those who have already started the series. It was an easy, fluffy read with some sweet moments.

Top Ten Tuesday: Character Names I Love/Unusual Character Names

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish are Character Names I Love/Unusual Character Names.  I’m going to split these up between the two.

NAMES I LOVE

1. Magnus Bane – The Mortal Instruments series

2. Augustus Waters – The Fault in Our Stars

3. Étienne St. Clair – Anna and the French Kiss

4. Dimitri Belikov – The Vampire Academy

5. Adrian Ivashkov – The Vampire Academy / Bloodlines (I apparently have a thing for Russian names)

6. West Grayer – Dualed

UNUSUAL NAMES

7. Cricket Bell – Lola and the Boy Next Door

8. Penryn Young- Angelfall

9. Renesmee Cullen – Breaking Dawn

10. Plutarch Heavensbee – Catching Fire/Mockingjay

Top Ten Tuesday: Best/Worst Series Enders

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish is the Best/Worst Series Enders. I was going to split this in half, but all the series enders that stood out to me were bad ones, so I decided to go with all Worst Series Enders. And there’s only 9.

The Worst:

Requiem (Delirium, #3)
1. Requiem – the end to the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium, #3)

2. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – the end to the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson.

Monsters (Ashes Trilogy, #3)

3. Monsters – the end to the Ashes trilogy by Ilsa Bick

Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, #6)

4. Last Sacrifice – the end to the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

The Savage Grace (The Dark Divine, #3)

5. The Savage Grace – the end to the Dark Divine series by Bree Despain

Rapture (Fallen, #4)

6. Rapture – the end of the Fallen series by Lauren Kate

Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)

7. Breaking Dawn – the end to the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer.

As Sure as the Dawn (Mark of the Lion, #3)

8. As Sure as the Dawn – the end to the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers

Reached (Matched, #3)

9. Reached – the end to the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Secondary Characters

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday hosted by the Broke and the Bookish is about your favorite secondary characters.

1. Finnick  from the Catching Fire and Mockingjay. He starts out as just charming and funny and conceited and turns into a really complex, wonderful character.

2. Boggs from Mockingjay. He’s not in the book for long, but in the short time he was, he became one of my favorites. Mostly for this line: “Well don’t expect us to be too impressed. We just saw Finnick Odair in his underwear.”

3. Mary Musgrove from Persuasion. She has no filter. No self-awareness. No tact. I love her.

4. Simon from The Mortal Instruments series. He’s sarcastic and wonderful.

5. “Captain” Thorne from Scarlet. He’s narcissistic, but in a totally amusing, lovable way. He provided a great counterpart to Cinder and was my favorite new character added to the series in this book.

6. Park’s dad from Eleanor and Park. Yes I am too lazy to look up his actual name right now. Though he has flaws, he’s a great husband and a great father. And he gets Eleanor and her situation.

7. Glock from the Kate Burkholder series. He’s everything a good cop should be and is always there for Kate.

8. Penryn’s mom from Angelfall. (I’m still too lazy to look up her actual name). She’s crazy, but she knows it. And she owns it.

9. Chris from Ashes. Pretty much everyone wants to use him for some purpose or another and he tries to please everybody. I think he’s really more complex than what he first appears.

10. Adrian from The Vampire Academy series. I didn’t like his character at first, but he totally grew on me. He’s charming and sarcastic and tortured and a little crazy. He’s the reason I have to read the spinoff series because he was completely shafted at the end of this series.

What are your favorite secondary characters?