Tuesday Top Ten-Favorite Romantic/Sexy Scenes!

Apparently I am in a super romantic mode right now because I am continuing the romantic Tuesday Top Tens. I got the idea for this one from my dear author friend, check Erin Albert, sildenafil who read last week’s top ten and suggested something very similar to this one that I am doing right now.

I liked the idea because there are so many movies and books, cure TV shows, etc, where you wait and wait and wait for that moment, the moment that we’ve been building up to for way too long and when it finally happens, you want to squeal with happiness. Or there are those scenes that surprise you out of no where and you’re suddenly blushing. I love it. I love that a book or movie can make you feel that way and so I’m counting down some of my absolute favorite moments.

Also, most of the pictures that are posted today are fan art pictures, and I tried to find the artists but its really hard to find them when you Google the pictures. If you know who these pictures belong to, please let me know, so I can credit them! Especially since these are so beautiful :)

Here we go:

10. Harry and Ginny-Kiss After the Quidditch Match

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Seriously? I did not see the Harry and Ginny thing coming at all in the slightest. We all knew Ginny had a crush but she moved on, and dated Michael Corner and Dean Thomas and then out of no where, Harry is super in love with Ginny and I was way into it. I feel like I am one of the only people who actually like Ginny and Harry together. I think it was both the most obvious and yet the least obvious thing to happen. And their first kiss was the first romance we really get in Harry Potter. Harry and Cho’s kisses are “off screen” and same with Hermione and Krum. Ron and Lavender is just straight up annoying. But Harry and Ginny’s first kiss after they win the Quidditch Cup, where Ginny goes sprinting across the common room and into his arms, is SO hot and so awesome. I was so incredibly disappointed in the movie kiss. SO lame. Harry and Ginny straight up have a juicy, beautiful first kiss and the kiss in the movie is too tame for me.

9. Samantha and Jake-After the Wedding

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When I was a young teeny bopper, from the age of about 12-18, I loved this movie with a huge passion. It still remains a movie that I adore but in high school? This was MY movie. I watched it so many times that even now, I can quote it on command. This moment in the movie is always the one that gets me every single time. Not the moment where they’re sitting on the table, and blowing out the candles and the kiss. This one. I remember seeing it for the first time and getting so excited. You’re not expecting it and Samantha is totally not expecting it and the music starts and Sam is so excited because the boy that she’s madly in love with is waiting outside the wedding for her, and you’re just filled with happy tummy bubbles. Plus, Jake Ryan was so hot. So so hot. I loved the name and he was so yummy to look at it and I so wanted to be Molly Ringwald and I just adore this moment.

8. Jace and Clary-City of Glass Moment

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This moment (spoiler if you haven’t read these books) when Jace comes to Amatis’ house, after walking alone for hours, to tell Clary what they’ve both known all along? I die. Every single time. Jace is about to leave, to track down his father and kill him, to stop the war from happening and he has to tell Clary before he goes. He has to tell her. And at this point, we still believe Clary and Jace to be brother and sister, and I know I was shipping incest SO hard. When Jace cuts Clary off and says “There is no pretending. I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is a life after that, I’ll love you then.” Literally my favorite quote in the entire series because you’re just like, YES FINALLY! They can both stop denying it. Of course, then we learn that they aren’t actually brother and sister, and they can be together, but this is my moment. Its such a simple sweet moment, and Jace and Clary sleep together in the bed, barely touching, and its so simple, and it doesn’t have to be overly sexy to be perfect.

7. Magnus and Alec-First Kiss

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This is an outside story, taking place during the events of City of Bones, but written as supplemental material. Alec is one of my absolute favorite characters in the Mortal Instruments series and I admire Cassandra Clare so much for including LGBT characters in her novels. I love the relationship between Magnus and Alec and the dynamic and all of that, and when I discovered that there had been a story written of their first kiss, I loved it. I was so happy, and I’m happy to hear that there will be more of Alec and Magnus in the Bane Chronicles. But this story of Alec’s first kiss ever is amazing because its so…real. Alec is so awkward and unsure, and he’s fumbling around and when Magnus kisses him, he reacts in such a cute and awesome way, and then he grabs Magnus and plants a messy kiss on him….its just too much for my Malec feelings to handle haha. And Godfrey Gao (who is playing Magnus in the movie) confirms that this scene WILL be in the movie. Oh.My.God.

6. Scarlett and Rhett-Dance at the Bazaar

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I LOVE this moment. Its one of my absolute favorite parts in the book and the movie. I love that Scarlett is so different. I love that she wants so badly to be a pretty, popular, perfect Southern Belle but she isn’t. She’s not overly attractive, but she’s feisty and flirtatious and selfish and she likes to break the rules. When she’s in mourning for a husband she most definitely didn’t love and just wants to dance, its hard not to feel for her. I know, you should feel some sympathy for dead Charles Hamilton for a woman who married him and didn’t even care about it. But well, Charles is dead and Scarlett is seventeen years old and already a widow with a baby. So when Rhett purchases her to dance with him at the bazaar, and she’s not allowed to and yet she screams out “Oh, yes I will”, I just died. Its SUCH an amazing part. And they dance together all night. I think this is the moment when they both SHOULD have realized they were meant to be, and it was such a beautiful moment they shared, scandalizing all the respectable families of Atlanta.

5. Percy and Annabeth-You Dropped This

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My Percy friend, Deb, would totally appreciate this, and we constantly fangirl about this part together. It took five books in the Percy Jackson series for Annabeth and Percy to finally get together, and then in the Heroes of Olympus series, we don’t get to see Percabeth until the Mark of Athena because they have been separated. That was just too hard to handle. So every little interaction, every kiss, every conversation is just too cute for me in Mark of Athena…in all the good ways. I just really love this part because it’s so…its so Percy and its so hilarious and its always so ridiculously romantic. Annabeth is being attacked, along with Hazel and someone else, I can’t remember, and she drops her dagger in the water because she knows Percy is in the ocean. Percy leaps out of the ocean, with the dagger, to save her, but says in a straight face “You dropped this.” Demigod in shining armor. Then Annabeth throws her arms around him and tells him she loves him and its just one of those moments that we had been waiting for for so long.

4. Will and Tessa-Balcony Scene

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Okay, Cassandra Clare built up this scene for ages. She referred to it as the Dirty Sexy Balcony Scene and released a tiny little snippet to tease us about it and I was like, can this scene really be that good? Then I read Clockwork Prince, and I was practically panting by the end of this scene. We had been waiting to see some affection from Will for so long, and I was a major Wessa shipper once I had figured out why Will was so mean. I mean, if you thought a demon had cursed you so that everyone you loved and loved you died, you would act the way he would. But he loves Tessa so much that its tearing him apart and he’s killing himself trying to find the demon who placed that curse on him. So when this moment happens, I just was so happy. All this build up for this scene and it definitely delivered and it definitely did not disappoint. They both let go of their inhibitions during this scene (okay, and it was totally the punch, but whatever) and it makes for one sexy, beautiful scene.

3. Ron and Hermione-First Kiss

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I had to put up this fan art of the scene instead of the movie scene, because even though I actually did like the movie scene, the book scene is better, and this artwork of it just made me crack up so much. I think it was so typical Hermione and Ron, and it took way too damn long to get there. I remember breathing really hard, and I had tears in my eyes and I squealed with excitement. This was a scene that had been built up for so long and when it finally happened, I was so happy. Through all the war, and the dying, and the crying, and all of that that was going on in Deathly Hallows, you had Ron and Hermione finally falling in love and being together, when Hermione realizes how much Ron has changed, how compassionate he is, and how they both just love each other so much. Its such a perfect moment. I really love the book scene because of Ron’s concern for the house elves, which everyone knows is SO important to Hermione and she just throws herself into his arms and they have an amazing kiss. Then there’s the awesomeness of Harry standing there, like, “Um, guys, there’s a war going on…” Such a great moment.

2. Jace and Clary-Seelie Court Scene

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Again with the incest! Seriously, Cassandra Clare, you are such an amazing and talented writer that you got a ton of people to ship incest for two and a half books. We’ve just found out Jace and Clary are brother and sister at the end of City of Bones and we spend the first half of City of Ashes watching the ANGST of these two characters as they can’t even look at each other anymore, because they are so obviously madly in love. We get to the Seelie Court (which is faeries, if you don’t know), and the Seelie Queen says Clary has to say because she has consumed some of their drink. The only way to free her is with a kiss. There’s a debate on what that means, and Simon, who is kind of dating Clary, tries to kiss her but that’s not the kiss that works. “The kiss that will free the girl is the kiss that she most desires”. Meaning Jace, of course. And you think, they want to save Clary so Jace’ll kiss Clary real quick and it’ll be done. But NO, its a gut wrenching, sexy, beautiful, amazing kiss that is so heartbreaking and amazing. Oh god. I love that scene so much. The amount of pain and confusion and emotion that is going through Jace and Clary and Simon and Isabelle and Jace makes this easily one of my VERY favorite scenes. It MUST be in the City of Ashes movie, or I will be SO disappointed.

1. Han and Leia-The “I Know” Moment

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I literally find this to be the most romantic scene EVER. Like, I thought this scene was so incredibly romantic that all I wanted my entire life was to find a guy that would say “I know” to me when I said “I love you”. And not the way my high school boyfriend said it. He said it because it was the easiest way for him to completely avoid what I said to him haha. When Jon said it to me, and he had a smile on his face, I so knew I had found the right guy because he was saying it like Han Solo. George Lucas talks about how the original script had Han saying “I love you” back, but after several takes, it just wasn’t working. So they decided to just go with it, and this is what came out of Harrison Ford’s mouth. And I don’t think there could have been any other way for this to work. Its SO Han Solo, and so romantic because he is totally saying it back but in his scoundrel, bad boy ways and I just love it. Han Solo <3 Sigh.

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Hope you enjoyed this week’s post of the Tuesday Top Ten. Check out the Tuesday Top Ten page for previous lists!

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What are some of your favorite romantic or love scenes in books or movies? Share them below in the comments!

Fandom Friday-Percy Jackson

The Fandom Friday is a weekly feature, approved with each blog post written by a new contributor.

This is the weekly post where either myself, pharm or a guest blogger, talks about a new fandom. See, I’ve had the experience in my life where I’ve been made fun or put down about my particular fandoms. And that has made me feel pretty crappy. But I’ve also put down other fandoms as well.

So I’ve decided to change that. I’m opening my world up to new fandoms, and the best way to do that is to bring people in to write about various fandoms. I’m very excited about this segment.

If you guys are interested in becoming a guest blogger for the Fandom Friday, feel free to email me at whatanerdgirlsays at gmail.com or contact me HERE

I am SO excited about this week’s Fandom Friday guest blogger. Her name is Erin Albert, and she is an up-and-coming young adult author, whose debut novel, The Prophecy, is coming out in November of this year.

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Erin Albert is an author and fitness trainer.  Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written word.  She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the “Grammar Police.”  In her free time, Erin enjoys acting, running, kickboxing, and, of course, reading and writing. 

Today, Erin is going to delight you all with her take on the very popular Rick Riordan series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus.

Check it out!

Rick Riordan and Percy Jackson

About the Series

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For those unfamiliar with the awesomeness that is Percy Jackson, let me tell you a bit about the series (good news—there are actually two series).  The first is entitled Percy Jackson and The Olympians, and it includes five books:  The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian.  Percy starts out as a twelve year old and progresses to the age of sixteen by the final book.  Thankfully, readers didn’t have to say goodbye to Percy because Rick Riordan, the author, wrote a second series called Heroes of Olympus.  It is still being written but currently includes:  The Lost Hero, Son of Neptune, Mark of Athena, and (coming in October) House of Hades.

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When The Lightning Thief begins, we meet Percy Jackson, a twelve year old dyslexic, ADHD troublemaker.  He soon finds out he’s a demigod, meaning he’s part human and part Greek god.  Shortly after receiving that hefty news, Percy learns he’s “Suspect #1” in a crime against the king of the gods, Zeus.  He collects a loveable group of friends throughout the story:

1) Annabeth, daughter of Athena with a chip on her shoulder

2) Grover, a hapless satyr tasked with Percy’s protection

3) Chiron, a centaur in charge of training the demigods.

He also manages to pick up his fair share of enemies as well:

1) Clarisse, the combative daughter of Ares.

2) Dionysus, a god sent to watch over the demigods as punishment.

3) Hades, god of the Underworld and castigated brother of Zeus

4) Ares, god of war with a short temper

3) The typical list of Greek oddities:  Furies, a Minotaur, Medusa, and an Echidna

In the other four books, Percy goes on numerous adventures—makes more friends, and plenty more enemies—all while trying to save the Greek gods from an attack by the Titans.  Just your everyday demigod stuff…   J

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Heroes of Olympus picks up with a whole new cast of characters, the Roman demigods.  Though the Greeks and Romans worshipped basically the same gods, they appreciated different aspects of the gods’ personalities.  Thus, the gods behave one way in Greece and another in Rome, and they keep their demigods separated as a result.  Someone creates a way for the Roman and Greek demigods, natural enemies, to meet with calamitous, often amusing, results.

How I Discovered It

My friends told me I simply “had” to read this fun, engaging series called Percy Jackson and The Olympians.  I asked them to describe the story.  When they mentioned the MC was only twelve, I tuned out.  I LOVE young adult fiction, but I don’t often get into middle grade fiction.  These friends insisted that I would enjoy the series and, despite Percy’s age, I had to read it.  One day at the library, I saw The Lightning Thief and picked it up on a whim.  I honestly did not think I would like it.  From the first page, I took off with Percy on his epic adventure.  I went from someone only half interested to someone completely absorbed in the world.  I couldn’t read the books fast enough.  When I finished The Last Olympian, I had a major book hangover.  The thought of not traveling on another adventure with Percy saddened me more than I thought possible.  Then, my friend Danielle delivered outstanding news…Percy and his band of demigods would make a comeback in a new series!  I snatched up each book as soon as it got released, and I’m willing October to come faster so I can rejoin the group again for another thrill ride.

Why I Love The Percy Jackson Series

 

First and foremost, Percy makes me laugh.  He’s got this super snarky attitude.  Some snarks can be downright rude, but others use sarcasm to their advantage.  Percy falls into the latter group.

Sidebar (forgive me, I can’t help myself):  In the YA writing/publishing/reading world, debates have arisen about the use of first person verses third person.  I personally don’t care which way the story is told, just tell me a good one.  LOL!  There are benefits to both styles, but I think Rick Riordan made the best possible decision when he wrote the original series in first person (the second series is in third person).  Living inside Percy’s head and hearing his thoughts are part of what make the series so outstanding.  Percy’s thoughts often made me laugh harder than the words he spoke out loud—although those were hilarious too.

While Percy is completely hysterical (and I do mean com-plete-ly…), he possesses a great number of other endearing characteristics.  One of his most swoon worthy qualities is his desire to do the right thing and fight for the underdog.  His own experiences shape this aspect of his personality.  All his life, those in positions of authority underestimate Percy and bring him down though he is actually quite smart and witty.  His acceptance of his role as demigod highlights his quick thinking and clever problem solving.

When asked, women often say the characteristics they most want in a man are humor and loyalty.  Percy has both.  His loyalty to his friends and family really defines his personality.  Yes, he’s snarky and temperamental, but he always has his friends’ backs.  So, yeah, when he becomes “legal,” he’s a total catch!  J

In addition to Percy, I really loved the supporting characters.  Each character had loveable, annoying, and quirky traits—just like real people.  Percy’s mother, for example, ate as much blue food as she could find after someone told her blue food didn’t exist.  Annabeth had complicated family issues, and Grover wanted to belong.  Riordan uses all of his characters to explore different feelings and situations that many readers can relate to in their own lives.  Sidebar:  Leo, a character in the Heroes of Olympus series, is the second coming of Percy Jackson.  I literally spit out my drink a few times laughing at him.  Love Leo!  J

Let’s go for the obvious one here—who doesn’t love Greek mythology??  I remember sitting in school, bored out of my mind, but if my teacher told a tale from Ancient Greece, my head popped up!  Greek mythology ignites the imagination.  It’s a world where so many things are possible.  I love how Rick Riordan merges that world with the modern day one.  All these mythical beings and grand gods and goddesses spring to life right on the page.  I feel like I “know” Zeus, Athena, Poseidon, Medusa, etc. in a way I never did as a child hearing their stories.  Books transport us to new place, and Rick Riordan (through the voice of Percy Jackson) makes an excellent tour guide.

Thank you again, Sara, for having me on your site!  I’m honored to serve as guest blogger and to gush about my love for all things Percy Jackson and Rick Riordan!!

If you want to know more about me and my upcoming book, The Prophecy, you can like me on FB (Erin Albert Books), follow me on Twitter (@ErinAlbertBooks), or subscribe to my blog (www.erinalbertbooks.com).

Until next time,

Erin

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Thank you SO much Erin for contributing to the Fandom Friday!

Please visit Erin at her website, which is linked above, and keep an eye out for The Prophecy in November!

Don’t forget to check out previous Fandom Fridays!

And stay tuned for more awesome to come!

Tuesday Top Ten-Favorite Cliffhangers

So I was hanging out with my girls yesterday, ed (that would be Tatiana, Sylvia and Paulina, my girls from iFandoms Collide) and of course, most of our conversations center around books. Books books books. I run a young adult book blog, as well as Sylvia, Tatiana runs a Mortal Instruments site and Paulina runs a Divergent site.

Anyway, we obviously were talking about all these books and how we absolutely cannot wait until the sequels or final books, like Allegiant and City of Heavenly Fire and books like that.

And its SO true. There are so many books out there that I just can’t wait for. I can’t wait for Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and House of Hades by Rick Riordan and Allegiant by Veronica Roth and Champion by Marie Lu, and SO so so so many more.

Because let’s face it, these authors? They know exactly how to torture us, how to leave us hanging, dying for the next book, counting down the days just to find out what happens next .

So this is the inspiration for this week’s Tuesday Top Ten: the top ten cliffhangers. These nine books (and one movie) leave us hanging, cursing the authors and lamenting over the fact that we have to wait days, months, years to find out what happens next.

So here it goes guys, my favorite cliffhangers…that both left me excited and pissed off. In good ways of course :)

I am going to warn you guys right now, I’m talking about cliffhangers. Which means if you haven’t read these books, it includes spoilers. Just deal with it. Haha. Skip the ones you haven’t read yet!

10. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins 

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Suzanne Collins is a brutal lady who is fully capable of breaking all of our hearts and she seriously did that with Catching Fire. Honestly, she is SO lucky that I picked up this series literally like a few days before Mockingjay came out. If I would have had to wait all that time like the original fans did…I’d probably die. What a ridiculous ending. Like HOW DARE YOU Suzanne Collins for ending Catching Fire with the words “District 12 is Gone!” Like, how could you do that? I knew that there were rumblings of a rebellion going on, but I honestly didn’t expect this plan that they had come up with to actually work, or to lead to what it did. One minute, they’re trying to eliminate opponents in the arena, the next thing you know, Katniss is basically blowing up the arena and being taken away. It was insane. All this action is suddenly happening and you don’t know what’s going on, and then it just ends. It ends with the line that District 12 is gone, Katniss’s home is gone. You don’t know if her mother or Prim or Madge or anyone is safe. You don’t know anything. It just ends. I swear, I almost threw the book across the room.

9. Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout 

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I like these books a lot. I think Jennifer Armentrout creates a really fun, sci-fi book, with a lot of epic sexiness in it too. But there’s a lot of awesome sci-fi in it. I think people might look at a cover like this and be deterred from it because it looks like a romance novel, but it is SO much more than that. That being said, in this book, there’s a lot built up to this moment where Katy, Daemon, and the rest break into a facility to get Beth back. And here’s the thing, you know its not going to go perfectly. What plan ever goes perfectly? I’ll tell you: none. Ever. Never. So I knew something was going to go down, and I knew I was getting close to the end so I had a feeling it was going to be a pretty epic ending. What I didn’t expect was for it to end with Daemon, safe, and Katy, stuck inside, facing the very people that she needs to stay very, very far away from. She’s stuck! She turns away from Daemon to face whats coming after them and then it just ends! How could you do that to me? I was like, NO WAY! And now I have to wait until August 27th to find out what happens next. Who knows what happened to Katy!

8. The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson 

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I tend to throw my books across the room, either when I’m like “that book was TERRIBLE” or when a book makes you so mad but in a good way. That’s exactly what The Crown of Embers did…except I had to hold myself back because I was reading this book on my Kindle. Probably not a good idea to throw that. But damn, does Rae Carson create an amazing fantasy world and weave a great story. She’s talented writer, but oh was I SO angry when I read the end of this novel. There had been so much going on, Elisa was on this impossible quest to find something that she didn’t even really know exists, she nearly dies, escapes, and is finally going to head home and hopefully bring her kingdom back together…and then the love of her life, Hector, though he doesn’t know it yet, is taken from her. Yanked away from her and now she has to go and rescue him, before they hurt him or torture him or kill him. I was SO MAD. All I could think of was…no, Elisa has to bring her kingdom back together, and she needs to save her people, and there’s already been way too much drama for this book AND NOW YOU TOOK AWAY HECTOR! I was not pleased about having to wait until August 27th for that but I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC so I know what happens :)

7. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo 

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OHMYGOD Leigh Bardugo is AMAZING. I am so into her books and I only picked them up a month ago! But I am officially addicted. She gives us an intricate fantasy world with incredible characters and an addicting story. She has inspired me so much with her books, and her world that I just started a fansite for her trilogy called The Grisha Army, and you should totally check it out! Anyway, that being said, and taken care of, Siege and Storm came out one week ago today. And I am STILL reeling over what happened in this book. I’m not going to spoil too much on this one because it just came out and I really am pushing people to read this series, but what Leigh does to her main character, Alina, is incredible. The kind of power she gives her, the motivations, the situations. You don’t see that ending coming in the slightest and when it does, you’re left, jaw dropped, heart racing, hoping for more pages, and knowing that you aren’t going to get any more. Rune and Rising, the third book, has no cover, no release date, nothing, of course, since Siege and Storm came out just last week. But I don’t know if I’ll make it, I need to know what happens with Alina and Mal and the Darkling and Sturmhond and all of them.

6. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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Oh Veronica Roth, you sneaky talented lady you know. Actually I can’t call you lady because that’s weird; you’re six months younger than me haha. But oh how dare you! The thing you have to understand about the Divergent series is that I purchased the first book on my Kindle and stayed up until about…I think one a.m.-ish to read it. Insurgent had just come out THAT day and so I immediately downloaded Insurgent and read it in about 3 or 4 hours. I distinctly remember the sun coming up as I finished that book. And I couldn’t even believe it. I was exhausted and uncomfortable and my eyes were burning and I was like…you did NOT just do this. You did not just end it that way, Veronica Roth. How dare you? And like I said, I read this book the day it came out, which is May 1st, 2012. The release date for Allegiant is October 27th. I’ve been waiting FOREVER it seems like to find out what is going to happen next. The very last line of the book is “Then the shouting begins.” SERIOUSLY? I can’t even handle it. I need to know what is going on…and I’ll have waited a year and half by the time I know.

5. Prodigy by Marie Lu 

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This has major spoilers. Don’t read this if you’ve never read Prodigy before. Seriously.

Marie Lu, you are an absolute genius. In a world where we are constantly getting new young adult dystopian series, you are an author that stands out amongst them all and I truly believe this. I know so many people who are over the whole dystopian books thing but this is one series I will pressure you to try, even if you’re over it. Its totally worth it. Its an absolutely amazing, one-of-a-kind series :) But this book…it almost feels like it would be the last book of the series, in a way. A lot of things happen to make it seem like a conclusion but then it completely 180s on you! Sure, there’s a leader but its a shaky leader and a shaky government and a government that is NOT supported by outside governments. And yay, maybe June and Day can finally get to be together but June is offered a position that would keep her away from Day, permanently and she doesn’t want to do that but then Day tells her to do it, and you learn that he does it because he is DYING. Day, the MAIN CHARACTER OF THE NOVEL BESIDES JUNE, is dying. How…how…how…NO! There’s NO way this is happening right now. Luckily enough, Prodigy came out in January of this year, and we only have to wait until November, not even a full year. Because I NEED to find out what happens next. You can’t kill a main character, you just can’t!

4. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare 

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This is one of my favorite cliffhangers mostly because its absolutely hilarious. Seriously if you have not read these books yet, do not read this. Because it will kill the entire book series for you. You’re brought into the world of Shadowhunters, by Clary, a normal sixteen year old girl whose mom is kidnapped and she then finds out she’s a Shadowhunter and she meets super hot Jace Wayland and they’re trying to find a way to get her mom back and they learn she was once married to an evil guy named Valentine and he kidnapped her. All this fun, awesome, dramatic stuff is going on. And just when you think, there’s going to be this battle scene and things are going to mostly work out, and then you learn that Jace’s father is Valentine, and that Clary’s father is Valentine and that they’re brother and sister…and they’re falling in love. And you’re like…no, no way. No way is this happening right now. How, what, but, he’s and she’s and they…what?! I went out and bought City of Ashes the next morning, basically as soon as the bookstore opened because I was like…this can’t be right, this is NOT right. What a great way to get people to continue to read your books, Cassie, seriously.

3. Empire Strikes Back-Star Wars by George Lucas 

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The one movie on the list. I was trying to keep it all books but…I had to put it on there because it is one of the BEST cliffhangers of ALL time. The only reason its number 3 and not number 1 is because this movie and the following movie, both came up before I was even born so it wasn’t a huge cliffhanger for me, personally. I watched this movie for the first time when I was about five years old so it probably didn’t have the same impact on me as it would have if I had seen it for the first time, in theaters, at an older age. But its an amazing cliffhanger. Literally everything has gone to CRAP! Han Solo is frozen in carbonite and taken away to Jabba’s palace. The rebellion is feeling less than spectacular. Yoda and Obi Wan are hinting that there is “another” that could save the galaxy from the Empire and the Sith influence. And Luke! Luke has just found out that the person he must take down, the person he has to face and get rid of….is his FATHER! What an amazing moment in movie history. George Lucas kept this a secret from pretty much EVERYONE, and it was the most shocking moment, and the best cliffhanger. I’ve never felt more defeated at the end of a movie, ever. I don’t know how people waited to find out what happened next, I don’t think I could have handled that.

2. Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

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This book. This book KILLED me. There were so many feels, yanking you in about a hundred different directions. The biggest thing that I just loved about this book is that we finally get the whole gang, both old characters and new characters of the Heroes of Olympus all together in one book. Jason, Piper, Leo, Hazel, Frank, Percy, Annabeth, they’re all together now. And Percy and Annabeth are finally back together and they’re so cute and in love and I’m shipping them so hard, and then they get separated because Annabeth has to go on her own little separate quest for the Mark of Athena. But then they end up back together, he comes for her and you think, everything is going to be okay! We’re all going to get this statue out of this big ol’ hole in the ground and we’re going to restore peace between the Romans and the Greeks and we’re going to save the world! Yeah, of course, that wouldn’t be the way it happened. Percy and Annabeth get themselves into an impossible situation and they literally FALL INTO TARTARUS! They fall into the inescapable part of the Underworld…and then the book ends. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read this. I thought for sure it was a joke. I kept turning the pages, hoping there was more. I am seriously counting down the days for The House of Hades this fall. I need my Percabeth back!

1. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

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Of course this is number one. This isn’t so much as a single cliffhanger; its more of a….how dare you leave us with such a defeated feeling and now we have to wait for the last book? The Half Blood Prince was released in July of 2006 and we didn’t get Deathly Hallows until July of 2007. A whole year of utter pain and agony, waiting to find out what happened next. And J.K. Rowling is amazing; she doesn’t reveal ANYTHING. No spoilers, no snippets, no sneak peeks. She just releases the title and the title doesn’t tell us anything. Half Blood Prince ends Dumbledore’s death, Hogwarts torn apart, the revelation that Snape is still a Death Eater (I mean, as far as we know) and just KILLED Dumbledore, and that Harry has to find these Horcruxes, which can be anywhere in the entire world, and its just…its like Empire Strikes Back all over again. You just feel so defeated. Dumbledore is dead, and he’s the head of the Order of the Phoenix…and the Horcrux they just went to go and find is a fake, and Snape…Snape is a BAD guy and everyone is just so sad and Harry just broke up with Ginny, and its just sad, sad, sad feelings all around. But its also excited and anxious feelings too because Harry isn’t coming back, and he’s going to go hunting for these Horcruxes and he’s going to go hunting for Snape and Voldemort and its just SO EPIC.

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So I hope you all enjoyed this week’s edition of the Tuesday Top Ten, and I hope I didn’t ruin too many books for you, because I would NEVER want to do that.

And don’t forget to check out some previous Top Ten Tuesdays!

If you guys have any ideas for some Top Ten lists, please contact me :) I am running out of ideas!

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE CLIFFHANGERS? AS ALWAYS, SHARE IN THE COMMENTS!

Book of the Week: Mark of Athena

Hello, case all. Are you happy that its Friday? I know that I definitely am! Weekends are amazing. The best part of this weekend? Southern California finally got some rain today, website and some lovely fall weather! After weeks and weeks of extremely hot weather, here it was so nice to finally get some cold weather! I’m stoked on it.

You know what else comes along with fall, it seems like? Besides colder weather and new boots and sweaters and Thanksgiving and new TV shows? New book releases. I’ve already blown through J.K. Rowling’s new book, The Casual Vacancy, and Jen Calonita’s new book in her Belles series, Winter White. Now we’re going to talk about another recent release…our book of the week.

Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan may have started off writing books for children, just the way J.K. Rowling did, but to me, he has definitely roped in adults as well. His stories are fun, adventurous, relatable and addicting. He is most famous for his Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth and The Last Olympian), which chronicle Percy Jackson’s discovery of being a demigod-the son of Poseidon-and his quests to keep the Titan, Kronos, from resurrecting and taking down the gods of Olympus. His home is Camp Half-Blood, where demigods can go to be safe and to train, and his best friends are Annabeth Chase, daughter of Athena, and Grover Underwood, a satyr.

The newer series is called the Heroes of Olympus. The Lost Hero is about a new demigod, Jason Grace, the son of Jupiter (Roman version of Zeus) and his friends Piper, daughter of Aphrodite, and Leo, son of Hephaestus, and their own entrance into this world. Jason doesn’t remember who he is and winds up at Camp Half-Blood, brought there by Annabeth Chase, who is looking for her missing boyfriend, Percy, and then a quest to find and free Hera, who has been kidnapped. At the end of the story, once Hera has been saved, Jason full gets his memory back. He came from a camp called Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of the Greek Camp Half-Blood, and it is revealed that there is a prophecy, a prophecy of seven demigods, a mix of Roman and Greek, who are going to defeat the earth mother, Gaia and that Percy has probably ended up at Camp Jupiter.

The second novel in the series is The Son of Neptune, where we find Percy Jackson, lost of his memory of all his previous adventures and of everything that he is, except for one thing, one name: Annabeth. Soon he finds his way to Camp Jupiter and makes friends with Frank, son of Mars (Roman equivalent of Ares) and Hazel, daughter of Pluto (Roman equivalent of Hades). They embark on a quest to free Thanatos, death itself, from Gaia’s clutches. Just as with Jason, Percy gets his memories back and the book ends with the arrival of the Camp Half-Blood demigods showing up.

Now that I’ve caught you up for the most part (though I really, seriously, definitely recommend reading the first two), I’m ready to talk about the third installment of the series, Mark of Athena. Mark of Athena opens up at the end of The Son of Neptune, with Annabeth on the deck of the Argo II, looking out at Camp Jupiter, feeling pretty excited to be reunited with Percy. As the Greeks and Romans attempt to reconcile and work together, Leo, posessed by some spirits, bombs the Roman camp, causing Leo, Hazel, Frank, Percy, Annabeth, Piper and Jason to flee, setting off their quest, the seven of the prophecy. They embark on their way across the United States, on their way to Rome, where they have to save Nico di Angelo, Hazel’s brother, and defeat two giants. Annabeth is on a mission for her mother to follow the Mark of Athena, to finally bring peace between the Roman and the Greek demigods.

In the end, they rescue Nico, and defeat the two giants with the help of their camp director, Dionysus, in his Roman form, Bacchus. Annabeth has gone off her own, to find the statue of Athena to bring it back to its rightful place. The demigods of Camp Jupiter are headed to Camp Half-Blood on the warpath.

Spoiler Alert!! If you don’t want to know the end, then stop reading. The demigods attempt to rescue the statue of Athena, but as they are doing so, the floor begins to crumble and Annbeth and Percy fall, together, holding hands, into the pit of Tartarus, promising to meet them on the other side, to close the doors of death.

The Good or Bad:

This book was amazing! I loved it and the best part was meeting up with some of my friends for a book club lunch to talk about it. There were soooo many good things about this book.

One, Percabeth. Percy and Annabeth. Their relationship was barely blossoming at the end of The Last Olympian, when they shared the best underwater kiss ever. So their reunion is awesome, and something we’ve been waiting for in two other books. The fact that they embraced and then Annabeth flipped him over her shoulder and threatened him to never leave her again.

Two, Piper. There wasn’t much of Jason in this one and I’m kind of okay with that. I’m glad Piper and Jason are together because I’m corny and I love relationships haha. But I wasn’t the biggest fan of Piper before, probably because I love Annabeth so much. But Piper becomes badass in this one, using her charmspeak to save the day and coming up with awesome plans and all of that.

Three, there’s a part where Annabeth, Piper and Hazel are surrounded and there’s no way to get out of the situation, no way to call the others, who are in other parts of Charleston or underwater (Percy). So Annabeth drops her dagger in the water…and Percy comes up, dousing the enemy with water, and holds up the dagger, in the most poker face ever, “You dropped this.” I freakin LOVE Percy.

Four, Annabeth going on her own to find the Mark of Athena, and how she has to get through all these obstacles to find the statue of Athena. She has to work on her own, through some crazy things, weaving away from spiders, setting said spiders on fire, and tricking Arachne into weaving her own prisoner. Annabeth is badass, she has always badass but this is amazing. Did I mention she does it with a broken ankle?

Fifth, Leo…Leo is adorable. I liked Leo in the Lost Hero but in the Mark of Athena he is that much better. He built the badass Argo II, and kept it running across the United States, the Atlantic Ocean and into Rome. He’s smart and powerful and people tend overlook Leo, maybe because he isn’t paired up or he isn’t the hero of the story. But he is important and without him and his awesome talents, this quest would’ve been an ultimate failure.

So the fourth installment of the series is called The House of Hades and is due to release next fall, in 2013. Too. Far. Away. Especially with the ending that they left us with. Annabeth is being yanked into Tartarus and instead of letting her go, Percy holds on her to and goes with her, because he doesn’t want to be apart from her again (can we say waterworks? Damn you, Rick Riordan). The statue of Athena is rescued and they have a month to stop Gaia from rising and they have to stop Camp Jupiter from obliberating Camp Half-Blood. I can’t wait til the next release, and I seriously recommend to anyone who hasn’t read any of the Percy Jackson books or the Heroes of Olympus to read them. Now. Go. Okay awesome :D

What did you guys think? Let me know what you think, in the comments!

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