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Top Ten Most Annoying Book Characters

13 Jan

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten 2014 releases I meant to read but didn’t get to

I wanted to do this one but after a talk I had with my sister, I thought I’d do a top ten of what our chat was about instead. So for this week, I’ll do a top ten of some of the most annoying characters.

You know those characters that make you want to shout at the book (or your phone), throw it across the room because of what they do, what they say. It makes you wonder if the author intended it that way. You roll your eyes so much and curse more than a freaking YMCM rap video.

You get so frustrated that at times bile starts to rise up and you almost shred your poor innocent book. (PS. I’ve never done such an evil act as shredding a book)

Now I know most of you won’t agree with my list lol. Just read on and tell me what you think.

So, here I go:

  1. Joffrey Baratheon – A song of Ice and Fire
  2. Now, I know that technically I haven’t read the books but that sadistic evil little douchebag annoyed me so much in the series, I just had to include him in my list. I freaking hated him.

  3. Anastasia Steele – Fifty Shades Trilogy
  4. Oh Ana, Ana, Ana. For those of you who read my Fifty Shades review before I removed it, you can agree that I had one nasty rant. It wasn’t pretty. Miss Steele was one main character I desperately wanted to love but ended up being frustrated with.

  5. Ellie – Angelfire Series
  6. So, she is supposed to be The chosen one. The wielder of these ancient blades. An Immortal tasked with saving us all from the reapers, right? And what does she do? She complains about her birthday party being ruined. Always thinks about shopping, boys and going to the movies. Totally disregards her duties and never seems to understand the severity of her actions. It was all Gucci this, Prada that with this ‘Heroine’. If we left our fate to Ellie I’m afraid we’d all be doomed.

  7. Bella Swan – The Twilight Series
  8. Two words…MARY SUE. Whether it’s the movies or the books, Bella was a character I just couldn’t relate to. EVER. Her thoughts, her actions, he beliefs…pretty much everything about her never sat well with me. As the main character, instead of inspiring me to be better or to make the right choices, she just came off as annoying and boring.

  9. Blake – The Lux Series
  10. Ah. The arrival of Blake in The Lux Series didn’t come as a surprise to me. I’d gotten used to love triangles and thought YA romance was synonymous with ‘YA love triangles”… Oh well, then he turned out to be nothing more than a two-timing, back stabbing, annoying jackass. What a jerk. And he was a creeper.

  11. Dolores Umbridge – Harry Potter series
  12. Is there really anything more I can say about this character?

  13. Legion – Lords of the Underworld
  14. Ugly demon turned Hottie, I hated her when she was scaly and I hated her after her transformation. Her obsession with beauty and Aeron annoyed me. Each time a scene with her in it comes up my nose crinkles and my forehead furrows. Okay, fine after her experience in hell, I pitied her but yeah, she still makes the list.

  15. Olivia – Cursed
  16. So, I know she’s just a kid and we should love these adorable little angels. No matter what. Yeah, I didn’t love her. I gave this book a high rating, now that I think about it I think it’s my JLA admiration. All the characters in Cursed pretty much annoyed me. I think I’ll re-review the book just to be fair

  17. Lexi – The Ivy
  18. Now for this one, I just put the first mean girl that popped in my head. I won’t talk about Lexi. I’ll talk about all other characters who are like Lexi.
    So, this goes out to all those popular girls in most highschool or college novels. She’s a slut, she’s rich, she’s captain of the cheer squad, she’s president of the drama club. You name it. I find all such characters annoying. Come on! Who doesn’t find bullies annoying?

  19. Harry Potter – Harry Potter series
  20. Hahaha. I bet you didn’t see this one coming did you? I love Harry Potter. I have since I was like 10, he’s awesome. What annoyed me about Harry were his detective skills. He was always suspecting the wrong people. Always jumping to the wrong conclusion.

So there’s my list, what are some of the most annoying characters you’ve encountered?

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-Dee

Top Ten Most Anticipated Debut Novels 2015

6 Jan

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Most Anticipated 2015 Debut Novels.

This one was a bit tricky for me, there are just too many awesome books that will be out this year. I already have a ton of 2014 books I haven’t even thought of reading. Am drowning in an ocean of books here. Someone rescue me.
You can almost go mad with the thought, but in the end I had my top 10. It’s a mixture of fantasy, contemporary and horror books.

The blurbs were just so enticing I had to put these books on my TBR list. Plus, reading them will help me complete my Debut Author Challenge. I’m so excited.

  1. The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
  2. “feathers for hair”, “magical people underground”….sign me up for that.

  3. Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
  4. A story about a girl who can’t tell the difference between real-life and delusions…um count me in. It’s just the kind of book I want. Mostly cause I also have it hard like that.

  5. Hello, I Love You by Katie. M. Stout
  6. I just want to read this because it’s probably going to be cute. Popstars and the Anna and the french kiss reference just about sealed it.

  7. Pretending to be Erica by Michelle Painshaud
  8. So, she has the same blood type as an heiress who was kidnapped. A whole lot of Surgery later to look like Erica and BOOM, you’ve got yourself a book this reader wants to get swallowed up it.

  9. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  10. Another Fairytale retelling I need to get my hands on. A world of poverty stricken Reds and probably power-hungry silvers. “All aboard the Red Queen express” Choochoo :D.

  11. Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra
  12. Can anyone say “Pretty Little Liars”? Lol. I love PLL and I get the feeling I’ll love this book too.

  13. Shutter by Courtney Alamenda
  14. This is one I’m looked most forward to reading. The tag was horror and I haven’t read enough of this genre.

  15. A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas
  16. It had me at “fairytale retelling”.

  17. The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
  18. After the movie Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters…this was just a must read for me.

  19. In a World Just Right by Jen Brooks
  20. Another cute read I know I’ll really enjoy.

I gotta confess though, most of them seem like they might just be on my Wishlist. At the cost of shipping rates to my far far far far off little country, I might just deplete my savings. Lol

What are you looking forward to reading this year? Share your link. Follow my blog for more book talk.

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-Dee

Top Ten 2015 Bookish Resolutions

30 Dec

Hi. Howdy. Konnichiwa. Salaam. Ola. Shalom. Mulishani 😀 I hope you enjoyed the festivities…whatever it is you celebrate .

So, I know I missed last week’s top ten. I feel awful and bad about it. It couldn’t be helped really. Life got in the way (holidays) and by the time I got to typing, it was already freaking Wednesday. There was no way I was going to send a Top Ten Tuesday blog post on a freaking Wednesday like a Day-confused psycho…nope. The saying “Better late than never” didn’t apply here…at all. I can wear one of those cute panties that say ‘Tuesday’ on a Wednesday, well, cause who really is going to be judging me for that? It is called underwear and unless am an eccentric flasher or Miley Cyrus, none of you would know just what’s under my skinny jeans, would you? I’m rambling again, aren’t I?

Anyway, on to a bit more seriousness.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Goals/ Resolutions for 2015. They have to be book and blog related of course. Sounds exciting and simple enough, right?

Now, before I begin, I must confess that I suck at keeping my resolutions. By the time it’s like the second week of January, I almost always revert to my old ways and feel like such a failure for not improving and achieving anything I set out to do. So, this time I’ll set goals that I can actually achieve. There will be no ‘become besties with J. K Rowling’ or ‘become a New York time’s bestselling author by February 14th’ on my list. What you’ll get are real goals that will help me grow as a reader, blogger and wannabe writer.
Here I go…

  1. Finish writing at least one book
  2. If you were to stumble upon my laptop, you’d find my documents folder full of unfinished writing projects. I don’t know what is wrong with me, but after all the typing and badass talking (yes I said it, badass) I do, I am yet to have a finished project I can proudly share and talk about. So, for 2015, hopeful I can check this one of my list. 365 days, seems manageable, right?

  3. Review every single book I read
  4. I read a lot of books but I don’t always post reviews for them. Either on my blog or on good reads. Mostly it has to do with not wanting to post a bad review of someone’s work. After my 50 shades of Grey rant, I swore never to have such a post again. I know that I can review bad books in a more mature way and so hence this goal.

  5. Read at least 4 classics
  6. There are a lot of people who claim that classic novels can be boring and so they avoid them, except during English class or Literature when they have no choice. You know, since it’s a ‘read or flunk’ situation. I have quite a number of the good old classics in ebook format but haven’t gotten around to reading them. I’d like to change that for 2015.

  7. Discover and endorse at least 10 deserving up and coming authors.
  8. I’m sure if you’ve been following my posts for a while now, you’ve kind of seen that I have gone on a personal crusade of helping out new authors. For 2015, I’d love to talk to you guys about some really great authors that deserve to be read.

  9. Catch up on some recommended book series
  10. My sister has recommended a lot of book series to me but I haven’t yet started any of them. The plots look great and I know when I review them, even you my followers will like them.

  11. Read more books by male authors
  12. This had been on my mind for a very long time now. I rarely read books by male authors and this is something I’d love to work on. If you have any good books that you can recommend to me, leave me a comment or link up with me on my goodreads account. If you’re a male author, do share your work with me. Think of it as ‘self-endorsing’:)

  13. Participate in new reading challenges hosted by fellow book bloggers
  14. This will be a great way for me to read a wider variety of new books. I’m in quite a number of groups on goodreads but I’d very much like to be involved in challenges that are on WordPress as well. It would also be a great way to interact with people I share an interest with. If you have reading challenges on your blog, just send me a link or something.

  15. Read 101 books
  16. Hahaha, so 101 is a random number, right? Why not 100 or 99? Well, that’s beside the point. I just want to read over 100 books next year. Think of all the different worlds and realms I’ll be transported to. I can’t wait. *excited*

  17. Do at least 10 Author interviews
  18. This one falls under the helping new writers have a bigger audience and what better way than to give them a chance to talk about their work and aspirations that an interview. I’ve been meaning to interview Candace Nicole Werts for a while now, but as usual life got in the way.

  19. Have a contest segment on my blog
  20. This will be a great way to interact with my followers and give something back. I love contests, especially writing ones, but really I just want to have any form of contest on my blog. I feel like having a really successful blog and have a ‘giveaway’ segment where followers can get free books (not mine of course lol). Amazon has enough books waiting to be bought and I’m thinking of being in a sharing mood come 2015.

So there you have it. If you want to be part of the list making lovers and have your own Top Ten Tuesday segment on your blog, check out the link I gave somewhere up there. Lists are awesome.

What are some of your 2015 bookish resolutions?

And hey happy holidays.
-Dee

My Top Ten Paranormal YA Fiction Cliches

16 Dec

I’m currently reading Tangled by Emma Chase but that’s not what this post is about. A review of that sizzling book shall come later. Well, if I’m being honest, it’s going to be as soon as I can put up posts with Images.
There is a problem with my WordPress Image uploader which is preventing me from uploading images. It sucks, I tell you and it’s been pissing me off more than I can explain (Mostly because my vocabulary is limited 😀 )

So, no attractive picture to accompany all these words 😦

Anyway this blog is about more than just reviews, so, I’ve decided to have a totally new segment called “Top Ten Tuesdays”. This is where I’ll be blogging about top ten anything…as long as it is book related of course. 

So, I’m taking a break from reviewing for now to talk about something that has been on my mind for a while now after the many Young Adult books I’ve read. 

Clichés. Clichés. Clichés.

Looking at the fact that YA novels sell like hot cakes once they are released, I imagine this means that readers love all the expected clichés and sometimes cringe-fest moments that come with most novels these days. I have to admit, I love a good cliché every once in a while but when you have 5 books to read and each one is following almost the exact same formula, you tend to get a bit bored and reserved about continuing.

This post will just highlight some of the Clichés that I feel have been done to death. It’s like they got the sacred Plot Fruit, squeezed out all the juices and decided to only use the same ideas over and over again…leaving everything else to just disappear off into oblivion, never to be written about. It’s kind of sad actually if you think about it. (Okay, I admit in the stories I’ve attempted to write, I’ve also stuffed most of them in…hey, we all gotta start somewhere, right? :D)

So, without any more delay, here’s my list. If you agree, do leave me a comment and tell me which of them you could do without in the next book you pick up.

  1. Love Triangles

  2. This one is by far the most common one. There is the incredibly hot douchebag of a man and the good, reliable and sometimes plain best friend. We saw it in Twilight, we saw it in The Hunger Games and now even Kresley Cole introduced it in her Arcana Chronicles Series (Which reminds me, I still have to post a review of Book 2). Why, oh why do we always have to be involved in #TeamGale vs #TeamPeeta battles? I get that drama and conflict is great but why can’t the female protagonist just have one love interest? 

  3. Beyond Attractive Bad Boy

  4. Blue or green eyes, broad and toned chest with a face that just leaves the heroine open-mouthed and drooling like a total nut. This is a key ingredient in YA fiction. It works and it definitely sells. Admit it.

    As if the main guy’s jaw-dropping, drool-worthy exterior isn’t overused enough, you add in a hint of the brooding “Stay away from me” factor and you have yourself a winning recipe and a cliché that most avid readers are getting tired of. The main love interest is mostly the bad boy that the female always manages to change. Forgetting the fact that, unless he wears diapers, a man really cannot be changed, should the main guy always be a black clad smartass? 

    I will confess again, I almost always make my main guy a black-leather jacket wearing bad boy? Cliché much 😀

  5. Trilogies

  6. Say goodbye to stand alone novels as they experience a low and imminent death and welcome trilogies. It’s now a well-accepted trend that a YA novel has to come in a three book series. Would a two book series be a flop or a four book series be too much? I don’t even know anymore.

    You know what the worst part is about it all? It’s the fact that I’m complaining about this but will still be one of the people anxiously waiting for the next book in the series to be out. There is one book that definitely deserved a book two and that’s Cursed by Jennifer. L. Armentrout. I know I gave it a 5 star rating but when I went back to it recently, I felt like it at least required the story to be concluded better.

  7. First Person Point-Of-View

  8. Is this one like a requirement for Young Adult fiction? Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against it. I just find it funny that almost every author has to write the story from the first person view. I enjoyed how Laini Taylor wrote her daughter of Smoke and Bone series. It was so beautifully written and she didn’t even go for the commons first person POV. 

    Would female readers buy books if they were written from a guy’s POV? I wonder about that.

  9. The Training Sequence
  10.  
    So, the female lead is suddenly thrust into this magical and sometimes scientific world and obviously they were just some Plain Jane in the crowd a few weeks ago. What happens next? You guessed it…it’s badass-fighting 101 time. The girl is gonna get schooled. 

    Expect that chapter where they are asked to wear combat boots and a tank-top so they can fool around in the dirt and take on the love interest in a “training” session. Of course this is what I always call the “throw-a-few-kicks-and-punches-and-then-fall-with-the-smexy-love-interest-on-top-of-you-so-you-can-kiss-and-make-out-like-bunnies-in-the-dirt” session. Seems fitting because almost half the time, while our heroine is being trained, she is busy fantasizing about how hot he looks in training gear. 

  11. “Oblivious to how beautiful she is’ Main Female Character

  12. When was the last time you read a novel which didn’t have a main female character that didn’t think she was plain, ugly, clumsy, nerdy and boring? I think I can’t remember: D Everybody in town thinks she is gorgeous and all the hot guys want her. She even manages to hook up with Mr-incredibly-sexy-Greek-god main guy, who would destroy the world for her, but she still thinks she looks like a toad’s butt? Umm, yeah sure.

    I imagine writers do this one to stop us from hating her. Like if she referred to herself as a Victoria’s secret Model look-alive or something. But seriously, her being so clueless and naïve kind of also has the same effect, don’t you agree?

  13. Orphaned Main Character or Parents Separated
  14.  
    The supporting characters almost always come from happy stable homes where they are pampered and spoiled and loved like its heaven or something but our lead never gets that privilege. Why is the main character always an orphan or comes from a home where the dad is absent or the mother has met a new man who she ran off with? Does this mean people from happy homes will never have magical things happen to them?

    I think this is somehow just a plot-convenient maneuver that authors use to avoid parents having any influence over the main characters movements or decisions. And sometimes even if they have both parents alive and well (which is rare), the parents turn out to be neglectful and such dicks that the main always grumbles about how they are never cared for.

  15. Dystopia

  16. Hunger games by Suzanne Collins, Divergent by Veronica Roth, Maze runner by James Dashner, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, The giver (It’s older I know) by Lois Lowry, Matched by Ally Condie, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi …need I say more? I think not.

  17. “I Let out a breath I didn’t know I was holding”

  18. This phrase is to most YA fiction like a pregnant woman is to a maternity wing…you just can’t avoid running into it. Okay, so maybe it’s just some way of expressing oneself but do all writers have to use it? I’m a Jennifer Armentrout fan, like major, and I always see this one making an appearance.

    I was reading through a story I am currently writing on FanFiction dot net and I smiled to myself when I read this line. Like I said, we are all weak when it comes to writing and working with overused ideas.

    I can’t really say if it’s a cliché or not but you have to admit this line somehow always makes its way in some of our favourite YA books. 

  19. Petite Females

  20. I’m one tall female and whenever I read YA books, the heroine is always super short and petite that I start to think that maybe I’m a freak of nature for the way I look. All tall and skinny. Even when I was in high school, I was one tall girl. So it would be right for me to at least come across a book that has a female who is tall right? 

    Why are they always short? Is it a way for the writer to use lines like “she looked up at him and met his deep green eyes in a stare that warmed up their bodies” or “resting her petite frame against his herculean one, she felt and heard the beating of his heart”?

    Come on, us tall people want to be written about too. It’s just right. Where is the fairness writers?

So dear readers, that’s it for my Top Ten for this week…well my first week, if you want to be technical about it 🙂
Tell me what you think of my list and if you agree or not. I do love interacting with my readers.

-Dee

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