My Top 5 [YA] Fantasy Series

Hey guys, today I’m bringing you my favorite YA fantasy series. These are all favorites of mine so, there’s not really a particular order this time! Here we go…

5. The Gemma Doyle Trilogy

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This trilogy was one of the first as a teenager to just suck me in,  break me, put me together again, and then repeat. I loved it and it’s something that I recommend with such, like, hope, I truly wish those who decide to read it love it as much as I do but it’s so not for the faint of heart. I only rec this to those who love darkness and beauty all wrapped in one. I have Libba Bray’s Diviners but I haven’t gotten around to it yet and I hope to. I honestly think Gemma is one of my favorite protagonists ever. (I WILL GO DOWN WITH THAT SHIP)

4. The Chronicles of Narnia

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I need to be upfront, I only got to book four as a child, but, I plan on reading the rest. I ended up just pausing and forgetting as I went on to read other things at that time. My favorite so far had been The Magician’s Nephew. There was something extra magical about it for me and I actually read it first as well so I didn’t read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe first like some do. One thing though I know, I always feel like Susan gets a bit of a crap outcome, so, that may have been why I dragged my feet with reading the rest. Still a land of magic that has stayed in my heart.

3. His Dark Materials

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Honestly, this one rocked my world to its core. Philip Pullman doesn’t mind about doing things that can cause an uproar in the real world. People were not happy with this book but I was, I was thrilled. And not to mention his world building just floored me. Lyra is another favorite protagonist of mine and the fact that we get to see her again in the second Book of Dust just has me screaming like a fangirl, and oh yes, I totally preordered it. This is one of the few series I also could get my husband to read, he hated me afterwards due to who his favorite characters was, but, it was totally worth it because he loved it as much as I did. Still can’t get him to read La Belle Sauvage though, bahah.

2. Immortals 

The Immortals was one of my favorite and first forays into proper fantasy. I mean I read others but this was one of the first YA/Middle Grade, aside from Harry Potter. And also like HP, it is also one of the handful of series that I reread frequently. In fact I’m due for another reread but I have so many things to read this. year, we’ll see what happens haha. This quartet focuses on a girl named Daine who has wild magic. Her powers remain my favorite out of all the magical powers I’ve read about and that’s impressive. Not to mention Tamora Pierce just dominates at writing strong women, and Daine is no exception to being a strong female in Pierce’s writing-verse. And it’s a book where I love the couple. Yes, that’s right, me, the cynic.

1. Harry Potter 

Am I that predictable? Yes. Do I care? No. I was the generation that grew up with HP books coming out, doesn’t make me a bigger fan than anyone else, it just means that I had to deal with waiting for the books to come out, so really, the rest that discovered it afterwards are awesome for that reason haha. But no really, like anyone can, I discovered this as a child, in fact I read the first book when I was 11, I had refused to read it the first two years it was out because it was all my friends would talk about, but afterwards, I was hooked like everyone else. There’s still nowhere I would rather be than Hogwarts or Diagon Alley, or even the Burrow. They all feel like home to me.

There we have it, my top 5 for this week! Next top 5 will be Manga. And don’t be put off, these were the ones I read as YA and you can bet my Fantasy picks will be including so many more diverse books, I already know Descendant of the Crane will be a favorite, halfway through and it’s gripping and engaging and all around amazing!

Toodles!

Mailbox Monday

I’ve decided to join the Mailbox Monday book blog meme today, brought to you by Leslie @ Under My Apple Tree.

Today was a good day for me, not so much for my poor postman.

I can say that my mini-me now has her own set of Harry Potter books! [Bahaha like I would give her mine!]

I would include a picture of her set, but, I’m tired and the books are like two rooms over, so, too much work! I will tell you they are all the celebratory editions so they all match and it makes me quite happy to say so lol.

If you’re curious they look like this:

^ Picture is from Brotastico on Ebay lol

Then, of course, I got something for myself! I present to you my newest book additions:[mind you I bought these before I went crazy at the charity shop!]

I got a great deal on those used, but they look brand new! This does mean that I’ll have to wait until Rebel is on paperback before I buy it, you know if I love the series but I feel like I will, if I don’t love it I’ll probably donate it.

This week I’ll be finishing Book of Dust; Belle Sauvage and Serving the Servant, so I’ll have at least one review if not two this week along with a February Wrap-up and February Book Haul post!

What book mail did you all get? I totally want to know, so please drop a link or tell me in the comments.

Anti-Valentine’s Day Tag

I was tagged by Soph @ Bookwyrmingthoughts for this Anti-Valentine’s Day Tag, I know I’m like two days late, but, I was busy, busy thinking obviously. Alright, now…LET’S GET TO IT.

THE RULES:

  • Link back to the blog that tagged you!
  • Answer the 10 anti-Valentine’s Day questions provided.
  • Come up with your own 10 anti-Valentine’s questions for blogs you tag.
  • Tag ten other bloggers to do the tag! [Jesus H. Christ, who hasn’t been tagged? Help me out here guys!]

Name a cute romance in which you will go down with the ship.

Gemma and Kartik

What’s one underhyped romance you want everyone to read?

Name a relationship in which you’d rather toss into the fuck it bucket than go down with it.


Bella and Edward


[I’m so sorry, but I can’t, I just can’t….but here, to prove I don’t hate Meyer with every fibre of my being…..]

 

Name a book in which the romance overpowered the plot but you actually enjoyed.

The Host

I’m not going to say this was a favorite of mine, but I didn’t hate it and really, I didn’t mind the romance in this [and in my opinion a plot like that didn’t need romance so the fact that I’m like ‘eh, cool’ says a lot lol]

What book features an ideal date you would like to go on with your partner/potential partner one day?

I would love to go to the Yule Ball, with Draco, but, you know hubby works too.

A book that had no romance but you wanted to have romance?

The Crystal Cave, we had Merlin growing up and he had one tryst, but, oh I would have loved to have had a romance in his growing up years!

Who’s your favorite stabbing character, one who would wield a weapon in a heartbeat?

Can Katniss count? She leans toward flying stabby things, but man does she have some mean aim!

A ship that never happened but you want to squish those characters together and WANT to happen.

Draco and myself. Whoops. Who said that? Hmm I’m trying to think here, hmm. Okay, Blackburn and Audrey Rose [who does that unless they’re in trouble? Just uses all the first and middle names??] Not that she deserves him. And I could get the hate for him, but honestly, honestly, why make someone out to be a bad guy who is only just a little stupid on arranged marriage etiquette?

A love interest you hated so much you would rather by squished by your TBR than fall in love with them.

Audrey Rose Wadsworth.I would squish her, squish her like a bug I say!!! I’m not going into this in depth. JUST SQUISH!!!!!

A fictional crush you would murder to get out of a sticky situation.

I…Don’t know, I mean none and all. Depends on the situation, you feel me??

*******************************************************************************My Questions:
1. What’s your favorite RomCom? [I know it’s not a book but hey it could be based off one!]

2. What’s your favorite tragedy? [Is there a ship that you indeed have to go down with, are you huddled in the corner crying by the end of their story?]

3. Which minor character romances would you love to have their own story?

4.  You’re least favorite couple in all of literary history?

5. Is there a character [evil or maybe just amoral] that you think love could redeem?

6. Which relationship do you think would do better by breaking up?

7. What character makes you want to shove them off a bridge because of their behavior in a relationship?

8. Quick you can only save one person from your favorite couple, which one do you save? [think of Titanic but with a tinier piece of wood, WE ALL KNOW LEO COULD HAVE LIVED KATE!]

9. What’s your favorite non-romantic book?

10. This isn’t book related but how much do you love 50% of chocolates? -Shoves a whole box into mouth- Just asking for a friend.

Tagging: Whoever Wants to be tagged! If you want to do this let me know so I can add your name and ping you!

Top Ten Tuesday

Another Top Ten Tuesday from ThatArtsyReaderGirl!

This week? Top 10 favorite bookish couples in honor of Valentine’s coming up this week.

I’ll be doing these in no particular order!

 

  1. Anne and Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables
  2. Clary and Jace from The Mortal Instruments series
  3. Daine and Numair from The Immortals
  4. Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games
  5. Ito Miura and Makoto Narita from W Juliet
  6. Gemma and Kartik from The Gemma Doyle Trilogy
  7. Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks from Harry Potter
  8. Young Jolyon Forsyte and Irene Forsyte from The Forsyte Saga
  9. Camille and Nathaniel from the Camille duology
  10. Li Lan and Er Lang from The Ghost Bride

That’s it from me today, I am writing up a review of The Spitfire Girls, I finished it last night and well, it was fluffy and heartwarming and ugh. Yuck. But I mean, kudos to those who like that!

Toodles!

Harry Potter Book Night & The Week Ahead

So, I’m dead tired, I’m actually leaning back in the recliner and my head is dangling off the side of it as I type this. Does it sound uncomfortable? Well, it is.

Today at our library was Harry Potter Book Night, and the event was so much fun for my daughter! They had a man come in to explain some creatures, and she got to pet the cutest and largest snake I’ve ever seen in my life, and I was so proud of her as she is usually the type to shy away from anything not fluffy [she was even excited to see the tarantula!]. She also got make a winged key and a dragon egg and spent probably two hours doing everything so it was a nice Sunday for us. I wish her school would have done something for it as well but I’m super happy that our library did and I basically screamed ‘take my money’ at them when they announced they were.

I’m chugging along with bookstagram, the blog, and still….still progressing through the ARCs.

I’ve got two ARCs for this week plus The Priory of The Orange Tree extract I got from NetGalley, and then that’s it I’m taking a week break so I can go through my monthly Agatha Christie and reading the follow-up book to The Axeman’s Jazz; Dead Man’s Blues.

There’ll be at least one review post this week, and I’ll do a list of my top Dystopia picks tomorrow. Speaking of Dystopia novels, anyone have a favorite in that genre?

That’s it, there’s my post, I’m going to go to bed now, lol toodles everyone!