30-Day Book Challenge-Day Three

**Please note that all of these Book Challenge posts will have Spoilers!**

 

Day 03-The best book you’ve read in the last 12 months

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Divergent by Veronica Roth

I am sure that I have read more books in the last twelve months but I read so much, order its hard to remember. This is the first one that pops out in my head so it must be the best I’ve read in the last year haha.

Basic Plot: The story is of our country in the future after, of course, things have gotten out of hand and we’ve had to rebuild our society. The society is divided into five factions: each faction represents a virtue that is necessary for having a stable society: Abnegation (selflessness), Erudite (intelligence), Dauntless (courage/fearlessness), Candor (honesty) and Amity (peaceful). While living in that faction, you embrace everything that it is. Beatrice Prior is born into the Abnegation faction, but when she takes her test to determine what faction she should belong in, she learns that she is what is called divergent, able to fit into multiple factions. When she chooses Dauntless, she begins to learn more about herself, people in general and the society she lives in.

The Awesomeness: Beatrice, who renames herself Tris when she reaches Dauntless, is a fantastic character. She’s been living in Abnegation her whole life, and yet she doesn’t feel she belongs. She’s too curious and unable to keep up the selflessness ways. Then she gets to Dauntless and eventually blooms. It’s really fun to watch her do so because she isn’t used to even touching people and now she has to hit them. Her relationship with Four is interesting to watch too because it’s not like most romances in novels. Tris has barely touched other people her whole life, has barely expressed any affection and so her interactions with Four are so real and so exciting for the reader.

Why it Fits this Category: I would say this is the best book I’ve read in the last year because of how fast I read it and how much I liked it. I immediately read the second installment, Insurgent, the next day. I liked the dystopian element to it, it was very similar to Hunger Games, but I liked Tris’ attitude and courage. I love how determined she is to stay in Dauntless and how her relationship with Four unfolds.

30-Day Book Challenge-Day Two

Day 02-A book or series you wish more people were reading and talking about

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The Trickster Series by Tamora Pierce (Trickster’s Choice and Trickster’s Queen)

This is the fourth Tortall series by Tamora Pierce. She has been writing fantasy since the publication of her first novel: Alanna: The First Adventure in 1981. Her series are:

The Song of the Lioness (story of Alanna)

The Immortals (story of Daine)

The Protector of the Small (story of Keladry)

and this series. I do recommend reading them in order. I read them backwards and, viagra buy well, approved lets just say it ruins the surprises in other books haha.

The Basic Plot: Alianne, drug daughter of the Tortall King’s Champion, the first woman knight in a century, and the King’s spymaster, has many choices laid out in front of her for her future: a Queen’s Rider, a lady-in-waiting, a knight, a scholar at the best universities, etc. However, she doesn’t want any of that; she wants to be a spy. Of course, this is out of the question and not a suitable career for a well-bred noblewoman. After an argument with her mother goes awry, she decides to leave her home on a short trip to give her mother some time to calm down. However, she is kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery at the nearby Copper Isles. It is there that she learns of the different people: the white luarin, who rule the country once ruled by the dark skinned raka. She gets swept up in a rebellion to restore the country to its rightful owners.

The Awesomeness: The basic awesomeness of these books is that they’re fantasy…of girls kicking ass. You have Alanna, the heroine of the first series, who disguises herself as a boy so she can become the first female knight in centuries. You have Daine, who has the immense power of Wild magic, and can speak to animals and heal them and uses this for good. Then there is Keladry, the first female to openly go for her knighthood. Then you have Aly, who is fiercely intelligent and clever and helps put together a spy network for the rebellion going on in the Copper Isles. Its fantastic because they are written so well and they are extremely believable and relatable. They read easily but keep you caught up. There’s humor and fighting and action and yes, a bit of romance, but its all intertwined so well.

Reasons Why it Fits this Category: Now these books aren’t exactly new. Like I said earlier, the Song of the Lioness was written in the 1980s, before I was even born. The Trickster series was published back in 2003 and 2004. Not the oldest of books but not exactly new either. And these books are very very overlooked. You can ask most young adult girls today and they probably haven’t read them. One, not one of her books has been made into a movie (which I just love!) and two, her books do have romance but its not a huge component of the storyline and usually the heroine chooses her dreams and her ambitions over the romance. This is completely not whats popular right now. We are in the days of Twilight, Fifty Shades of Grey, etc. Even some of my favorite books like Hunger Games and the Mortal Instruments have those elements of romance, true love, having to choose between two suitors, etc. But that is what makes Tamora Pierce’s books so good. They are giving us strong female characters that fight for what they want and what they believe in, and fall in love but never let it take them away from what they are doing. This is why I think more people should be reading these books.

30 Day Book Challenge-Day One

Day 01 – A book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just end already

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Now, here what you see above are the first three books of the series: City of Bones, information pills City of Ashes and City of Glass. And they are awesome. There are three books after this: City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire (Out Sept. 2014)

Basic Plot: Clary Fray, sixteen-year-old girl living in New York City, lives a normal teen life, though she feels like there is something missing about her. One day, while at a club with her best friend Simon, she witnesses a murder by three people only she can see. Obviously this freaks her out a bit. I mean, wouldn’t you freak out a bit? Then she meets Jace, one of the murderers she saw, who explains that he is a Shadowhunter, a Nephilim, who hunts demons and kills them, sending them away from the human world. Not long after, her mother is kidnapped and Clary sets out to save her from the evil Valentine, a Shadowhunter gone wrong. As the story unfolds, you learn more about Shadowhunters, Clary, her mother, Valentine, Jace and how all these things connect.

The Awesomeness: These are young kids, in modern day New York City, fighting demons. It’s badass. The culture of the Shadowhunters, the way they are raised to be fighters and the way they give each other Marks (tattoos) to help strengthen them in different ways is just so interesting. Its urban fantasy and its wonderful. There’s just something interesting about this separate world existing parallel to the one we already know. We’re so used to fantasy in a different world but this one coexists with things we already know. One of my favorite parts is when Clary says she is going to sell one of Jace’s seraph blades on Ebay and Jace looks at her like she is a crazy person. Clary is a great character in that she is that normal sixteen year old girl, who eventually learns that she is special, and its very relatable to most girls. And let’s face it, Jace Wayland is a pretty hot male character.

Reasons Why it Fits this Category: In this instance, its a series that should have just stopped. It was originally supposed to be a trilogy. City of Glass ended amazingly. I thought it was a good ending. It wasn’t that perfect, happy ending but it was close. Which is something that I definitely like. I hate those books that end perfect, happily ever after. That doesn’t happen. People die, cities get torn apart, etc. That’s part of war. So there are definitely some downers at the end of the trilogy but it ends on a very good note. However, Cassandra Clare decided because it was so popular, to continue the books. The books were going to be focused on Simon, Clary’s best friend, who (SPOILER ALERT) becomes a vampire in City of Ashes. The books were to follow Simon this time around as he comes to terms with being a vampire, never aging, etc. That would have been okay. That’s not how the fourth and fifth books have put that across yet. To me, the plot is very very weak, hanging out to tendrils from the first trilogy. Also, there seems to be more focus on whether or not (SPOILER ALERT) Jace and Clary are going to have sex and less on the demon hunting. Very disappointed. You should’ve stopped while you were ahead, Ms. Clare.

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30-Day Book Challenge

I saw this on a blog that I follow (shout-out to Nerdy Girl Seeks Self blog!) and thought, recipe I should SO do this! I read 30 books in like two weeks, so I definitely can do this! So today, I’m posting the list, to show what I will be doing over the next month and so you guys can maybe do it along with me!

30-Day Book Challenge:

Day 01 – A book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just end already

Day 02 – A book or series you wish more people were reading and talking about

Day 03 – The best book you’ve read in the last 12 months

Day 04 – Your favorite book or series ever

Day 05 – A book or series you hate

Day 06 – Favorite male character in a book and why

Day 07 – Favorite female character and why

Day 08 -Least favorite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise

Day 09 – A book everyone should read at least once

Day 10 – Best scene ever

Day 11- A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

Day 12 – A book that disappointed you

Day 13 – A book that you’ve read countless times

Day 14 – Favorite book from your favourite author

Day 15 – A book that changed your opinion on something

Day 16 – Your “comfort” book

Day 17 – The most hilarious book you’ve ever read

Day 18 – Favorite beginning scene in a book

Day 19 – Favorite book cover

Day 20 – Favorite kiss

Day 21 – Favorite romantic/sexual relationship

Day 22 – Favorite non-romantic/non-sexual relationship

Day 23 – Favorite mythical place in a book

Day 24 – Best quotation from a novel

Day 25 – Any five books from you “to be read” stack

Day 26 – A book that you liked reading until the ending

Day 27 – If a book contains _____, you will always read it

Day 28 – A book you couldn’t put down

Day 29 – Saddest character death

Day 30 – What book are you reading now?

Happy Reading everyone!

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Ron Weasley is My Best Friend

Its funny; I’m obsessed with a lot of fandoms. Which equals into obsessing over a ton of characters in those fandoms. I love everyone in the Harry Potter universe, viagra I love the elves in Lord of the Rings, I’m obsessed with Princess Leia and the Doctor and on and on. But probably my favorite character in all of my fandoms is Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter world.

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I know, Ron Weasley. Most of the time when people ask me who my favorite Harry Potter character is and I say Ron, I get “why?” Ron’s a jerk, Ron is lazy, etc, etc.

But I adore Ron. And there are several reasons why.

First off, look at his best friends. I couldn’t have Harry Potter as my favorite character. I love Harry, don’t get me wrong. But he’s the Chosen One, the Boy Who Lived, the one who is famous and stands out and has the bravery and the courage and the selflessness to sacrifice himself for everyone he loves and more. Oh and don’t forget his fantastic talent on the Quidditch pitch. And then you have Hermione Granger, the brightest witch of her age, who literally can memorize a book word-for-word and is extremely quick thinking and clever. These two people are amazing, and though I love them dearly, its so hard to relate to them.

Ron, on the other hand, is just Ron. He’s so…real to me. He has his faults, of course. He’s a tall, redheaded, freckly kid with average intelligence and average athletic ability. He’s overshadowed by his five older brothers and even his younger sister at times. He’s overshadowed by his best friend. He’s just so normal with normal feelings. He’s angry and hungry when they’re searching for the Deathly Hallows. Everyone sees him as such a jerk and so selfish but he’s 17/18 years old. That’s not an easy thing to take on. I’m sure all of us are selfless enough to drop everything in our lives to save the world and be hungry and not see our family or friends or any of that. Not. He’s the character with the most realness to him.

And that’s why he’s my favorite character. I can completely relate to this guy. He’s average all around, which is what I’ve felt like for most of my life. I have no considerable talents, except maybe writing and reading, but they don’t exactly gather around to applaud you for reading an 800 page book in a few hours. He’s selfish, which I know that I definitely can be at times. I sometimes fear that is one of my more prominent faults, my selfishness and sometimes it can be hard to control, especially when you’re surrounded by people who are so damn selfless.

And he is constantly living in the shadows of others. This is definitely something I can relate to. I’ve always managed to attach myself to best friends who are prettier and smarter and more outgoing and charming and well-liked than I am. I’m shy and quiet (if I don’t know you) and can be lacking of confidence in my abilities and my looks. And I always seem to attach myself to those shining stars, the ones that can’t help but be noticed by everyone around you. And I love all my friends, past and present, they are amazing people. But sometimes it gets hard to live in that shadow. Its hard to watch your new friends become better friends with your best friend. Its hard watching guys you’ve liked being charmed as hell by your best friend. Its hard standing on the sidelines while the spotlight hits them. And its hard to live in the shadow of my much prettier younger sister and my extremely athletically talented younger brother. It’s hard. And its so very not to feel resentful and selfish and angry and jealous sometimes just like Ron does in the books towards Harry, sometimes Hermione and definitely his brothers.

So that is why Ron is my favorite character of all time. It is why I love Donna Noble the best of the Doctor’s companions, because she’s so normal and real and she lacks that confidence in herself, just a temp. It’s why I love Edmund from Chronicles of Narnia; he only did what a little boy jealous of his older brother would do. It’s why I love Han Solo, because he wants to help, but he’s selfish and he wants that money and he wants to stay alive. I love these characters because they are real and the envelope both the good and bad things about being a human being. Because Ron is a good person, a great person, who just sometimes gets those normal human feelings of anger and jealousy and resentment. But in the end, he always remains a good friend, a good brother and a good person. And I love him for it.

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P.S. I will be doing a Dark Knight Rises review VERY soon and also will be starting the 30-Day Book Challenge VERY soon! Stay tuned for more awesomeness from whatanerdgirlsays!

Clockwork Princess Cover Reveal!

A few days ago, what is ed I posted about the things I was most looking forward to in the remaining months of 2012. One of those things happened to the third and last books of the Infernal Devices trilogy, Clockwork Princess. I posted a fan made cover of the book because there hadn’t been a released cover yet. 

Today, I would love to inform you and share with you the official cover of Clockwork Princess. 

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Insert little fangirl scream. Actually, insert HUGE fangirl scream. 

It looks awesome and even better than I imagined. I seriously cannot wait til this book comes out. I was expecting it to come out in December of this year but was postponed until March 2013. 

The basic synopsis is this: Tessa Gray, a young girl in the Victorian age, comes away from America to London to meet up with her brother, Nate. Instead of Nate meeting her, however, she is kidnapped by the Dark Sisters. It is soon revealed that the world is not as she knows it, and she learns that she has a very strong power to shape-shift into anyone as long as she is holding an object belonging to that person. When she is rescued by Will and Jem (both extremely attractive Shadowhunters, humans with angel blood who fight demons and rogue Downworlders-vampires, warlocks, faery), she gets swept up into their world. While she deals with a family betrayal, corrupt politics, two very attractive boys to choose from, and a madmen with a pretty scary army, she tries to fit in and figure exactly who she is and where she came from. 

Now, the book series has almost come to an end, and like any middle book of a trilogy, it leaves a lot hanging. There are so many questions and I’m hoping that Clockwork Princess answers those questions. I love the cover because it shows Tessa looking so pretty, and a book can sometimes reveal a lot. I love the open book, could it be the Shadowhunter codex? Or maybe its a metaphor for the knowledge Tessa will finally gain on who she really is? Or is it just referring to her deep love for books? Who knows, but I can’t wait to find out!

Either way, I’m super happy about this cover and I cannot wait til it comes out. 

If you have not read any of Cassandra Clare’s books (which seriously is a travesty!), I recommend taking a trip down to Amazon where you can pick up her books, for fairly cheap:


THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS

City of Bones
City of Ashes
City of Glass
City of Fallen Angels
City of Lost Souls
City of Heavenly Fire (to be released Sept. 2014 TOO FAR AWAY) 

and THE INFERNAL DEVICES

Clockwork Angel
Clockwork Prince
Clockwork Princess (Mar. 2013) 

Also, for all my California nerds, it is planned for Cassandra to write a Shadowhunter series in our very own Los Angeles. Insert more fangirl squeals!!!!

For all my fellow Shadowhunters (or Downworlders, if you wish), what do you think?! As always, let me know, in the comments :)

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