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Rant about a Character: Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses

So still in my continuing efforts to bring content to blog, I want to write a whole post about a certain character that used to like but now just really want to throw him into a river.

Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

Breathes in Breathe out.

The fandom is at odds with his character cause at first he seem like the typical love interest but as the series goes on , it’s apparent that he’s not as loving or charming as the fandom thought he was. Some people picked it up from the get go and that’s fine. Some people like me loved his character in the first book, started to dislike his character in book two, felt like he need to tone the salt down in book 3 and really need to get off his ass and do something in the novellas.

I have been trying to write this for a couple of weeks cause I trying to figure out what angle I wanted to go with it. Did I wanted to break down what he did, did I want to break down how people kind of brush what he did by saying ” I don’t condone with he did but” or the famous one ” I feel bad for Tamlin” or just me completely getting my feelings out for a character that I used to like but now just feel like saying ” boy bye” or just roll my eyes every time he’s mention in FB ACOTAR group I’m in. I think this rant is going to be a combo of all those things but mostly I how I felt about him as in each book including ACOFAS. I think this is also going to include rants I have written in the past about certain parts.

So lets see where this goes. Warrning. This is super long. Like I didn’t know I could type this much. I guess it shows you how I feel about him.

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My top five favorite books and disappoints of 2018

Hello Everyone!

Another year has come and gone! Its been a year that I really didn’t read that many books as the year before

Number of books read last year: 106

Number of Books this year: 13

So yeah

It haven’t been that productive as last year but hell, I work! lol Also I did a lot of DNF this year as well.

So lets get into it.

Fave Five

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo Rating: 5 Stars ( Review: GoodReads Tanya’s Reading Sopabox)

Pride by Ibi Zoboi Rating: 5 Stars ( Review: GoodReads Tanya’s Reading Sopabox )

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas Rating: 5 Stars ( Review: Goodreads)

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton Rating: 4 Stars ( Review: GoodReads Tanya’s Reading Sopabox )

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas Rating : 4 Stars ( Review: GoodReads Tanya’s Reading Sopabox )

Honorable Mentions

Moonglow by Kristen Callihan

The Opposite of Innocent by Sonya Sones

Five Disappointments aka the Over hyped Train

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi Rating :1 Star/ DNF @33%  ( Review: Goodreads, Tanya’s Reading Soapbox)

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo Rating : 2.5 Stars ( Review: Goodreads, Tanya’s Reading Soapbox)

Willdcard by Marie Lu Rating: 2.5 Stars ( Review: Goodreads, Tanya’s Reading Soapbox)

Wildcard (Warcross, #2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bird and Blade by Megan Bannen Rating: DNF @33% ( Review: Goodreads)

Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton Rating: 1 Star DNF @30% ( Review: Goodreads, Tanya’s Reading Soapbox)

Honorable Mentions

Beauty and the Vampire by Zoey Hunter

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This year was very diverse..  3 of my fave books was from Black Authors….

So here’s to hoping next year will be better. I also got a shition of arcs that I really want to read as well.

Struggle Read · Two Stars

Wildcard by Marie Lu

Wildcard (Warcross, #2)

Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems–and his protection comes at a price.

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

 

 

Review

Rating: 2.5 stars

You can also read  on GR.

This book started out being better than the first one but at the 70% mark,it ran out of gas quickly.

The major problems with this book.

Emika- Emi become stagnant to me. She still had some of the badass qualities but it felt like most of them went. She didn’t really hack into anything like she did in the first one. She honestly become the middle person between Hideo and Zero.

Character development The only person in this book who really got character development is Zero. His back story was tragic as hell and I felt for him. But then Marie started playing “Oh he’s not the villain but a tragic figure who been manipulated but wait he is the villain” game with him and I didn’t like it. The Phoenix riders  barely got shit but a couple of flashbacks that didn’t happen until towards in the end..

Warcross getting sidelined  At first I was like ” Well the plot got bigger than the games so it make sense that it become sidelined” but as the 70% marked, I hated the fact it become the way and only come back into play to stop Zero once and for all.

Plot Twist-Lawd have mercy. I love plot twist like the next person but it comes a point that to many plot twist can ruin a book and this what happen to this book.  Marie couldn’t make up her mind who she wanted to be her main villain. At first it seem like it was going to be Zero but then she turned Zero into a tragic figure and Dr. Taylor was the main villain but then she killed Dr. Taylor and Zero was back the villain. It didn’t make any sense for her to play hot photo like that because having Dr. Taylor as a villain was good. Her whole motivation for the Zero project and the things she was doing was straight up evil. Just her death was straight up anti-climactic.

The Ending-It was kind of confusing to me but I think I got it.

All and All It wasn’t as good as Warcross even tho it started off  very strong.

Badass Protags · Four Stars

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Summary:Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.

With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

Review!!

SPOILERS!!

4 Stars You can also read it on GR! 

What I expected: A YA Historical fantasy with beautiful pose that talks about the social norms of beauty.

What I got: A YA Dynopian, Sci Fi, Historical Fantasy which not only breaks down the social norms of beauty but gets down to the dirtiness of it with its commentary. What people would do to themselves or to others in order to maintain or obtain beauty and power. From magical plastic surgery, to straight up slavery to mass production process.  Which also feel like if the Hunger Games was only focus on the people in the Capital and not the games itself.

The Belles are revered in the World of Orleans ( which is highly influence of French Culture) because they are with magic in their bloods, the Acrcana which can not only alternate a person skin color, but can alternate their height, weight, body shape and anything in between. In a sense, they are magical plastic surgeons who were blessed with their powers from the Goddess of beauty..  Camellia, a 16-year-old Belle which  finally made her debut to the court of Orleans, is desperate to become the favorite, the Belle who highly revered in the World of Orleans  for maintaining the beauty of the Royal Family with beauty treatments. At first she doesn’t become the favorite but during a turn of events, she becomes the favorite and is thrust into the place life which she realized that is not all what it seems.

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1 Star · DNF · Netgalley Books · Struggle Read

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

35917072Summary: Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

Review You can also read it on my GR. 

DNF @33% One Star

I don’t think I’m going back to this at all. 

Life is too short to try and read a book that you been struggling to read since March. Actually before then cause I had the arc of it and struggle with it then. 

It’s good concept but instead of feeling like a story with the basics being the Orisha/ Yoruba mythology ( which I want to know more about myself), it feel like if Avatar the Last Airbender/ The Legend of Korra was based in African culture instead of Asian,Nomadic and Island/Pacfic culture.

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Rant about a Character: Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses

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Tanya's Reading Soapbox

So still in my continuing efforts to bring content to blog, I want to write a whole post about a certain character that used to like but now just really want to throw him into a river.

Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

Breathes in Breathe out.

The fandom is at odds with his character cause at first he seem like the typical love interest but as the series goes on , it’s apparent that he’s not as loving or charming as the fandom thought he was. Some people picked it up from the get go and that’s fine. Some people like me loved his character in the first book, started to dislike his character in book two, felt like he need to tone the salt down in book 3 and really need to get off his ass and do something in the novellas.

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Feature Post: “It’s only fiction! It’s not real!” and I don’t understand the appeal of Bad Boys / Villains.

So in my effort to bring my blog back from the depths of a four months hiatus, I’m going to be doing mini rants like I used to.

So this one will contain two topics that been on my mind for a while.

One thing that grip by gears is how people use the excuse of It’s only fiction when people have a problem of certain characters doing problematic things in the narrative. For example if a character is an abusive and manipulative some people have a huge problem with it some people will scream ” Oh It’s only fiction! It’s not real!” which to me invalidate that person feelings about that character cause they may know someone who is just like that and doesn’t feel comfortable. Which also feels like an excuse for that character actions since it’s takes place in the fictional or fantasy world and not in real life. I have a real big problem with this cause the majority of things that happen in books( any social commentary from economic, political, to physical, mental, emotional and sexual abuse) the author probably got inspiration from events that happen in real life.  They probably got inspiration from people who been through it or they been through it themselves. I know for fact a lot of authors take inspiration from their family members or people they know and put them in their books. So you can’t say ” Oh this is just fiction. It’s not real.” when a character is abusive to another character because that can happen in real life.  Sure things like using magic to lock a person in a house or any other fantasy accept can’t happen in real life but locking a person in a house and telling them it’s for their own good can happen.  Gaslighting a person to thinking it’s their fault in a certain situation can happen but using magical powers in order to do can’t. These things can happen and it’s a complete disregard to a person who may be through it or know someone who has been through it and feels uncomfortable with for  a person who just say ” Oh It’s not real.” . Yes I do feel like social commentary of those situation can become very extreme which it  very heated argument come from it but it still needs to be discussed.  So if a person feels a certain type of way about character actions and felt like their actions shouldn’t be excuse , it’s not ok to say  ” Oh it’s only fiction!” in my opinion. It’s not only disregard to the person feelings but the author putting real life situation and putting a magical or fantasy spin to it.

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Top Five Wednesday : Favorite Friend Groups aka Squads Goals

This weeks Top Five Wednesday is Favorite Friend Groups aka Squads.   Lets get to it.

  1. The Inner Senshi Team from Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi. ( Usagi Tsukino, Rei Hino,Ami Mizuno,Makoto Kino, and Minako Aino)<strong>Cover of KC volume 3</strong><br/> Media: Color ink. Paper: Rough BB Kent.<p>“It’s very unusual for me to paint a green background. Aside from that, I increased the amount of color, and the coloring started to be similar. So for me, this is a color picture I’m resigned to.”</p>

 

 

2. The Golden and Sliver Trios from Harry Potter by J.K Rowling. ( Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Wesley ( Golden), Ginny Wesley, Luna Lovegood,and Neville Longbottom ( Sliver) )

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3. The Inner Circle aka Night Court Squad from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. ( Feyre Archeron, Rhysand, Mor, Amren, Cassian, and Azriel)

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4.  The Rampion Crew from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer ( Linh Cinder, Scarlet Benoit, Cress Darnel , Winter Hayle , Iko, Emperor Kaito, Ze’ev “Wolf” Kesley , Carswell Thorne , and Jacin Clay)

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5. The Dregs from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo ( Kaz Brekker, Inej Ghafa, Nina Zenik, Jesper Fahey,Wylan Van Eck, and Matthias Helvar )

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There you go!

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20 Questions Book Tag!

I’m in a desperate need of finding some more content of for my blog. So I google book tags and I find this one on GR.! 

1. How many books is too many books in a book series? 10 plus
2. How do you feel about cliffhangers? I think it depends of what the cliffhanger is. If it’s someone death than no.
3. Hardcopy or paperback? Both and E-books
4. Favorite book? Animal Farm
5. Least favorite book? Can’t think of one right now.
6. Love triangles, yes or no?  Hell No
7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish? The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen
8. A book you’re currently reading? Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
9. Last book you recommended to someone? Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton 🙂
10. Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date) Julius Ceaser by Shakespeare ( 1599)
11. Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date) Pride by Iti Zoboi ( 2018)
12. Favorite author? Naoko Takeuchi, Sarah J, Maas, J.K Rowling, Marissa Myer
13. Buying books or borrowing books? Buying
14. A book you dislike that everyone else seem to love? To Kill a Kingdomby Alexandra Christo
15. Bookmarks or dog-ears? Bookmarks
16. A book you can always reread? A Court of Mist and Fury
17. Can you read while hearing music? YES!
18. One POV or multiple POV’s? (POV’s = Point of views) 3rd POV
19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days? over days
20. Who do you tag?  Anyone can do this!

Top Five Wednesday

Top Five Wednesday: Freebie

I haven’t done one of these in a while! Since the topic of the week was Freebie I decide to choose one of the topics from last month.

Best Books You’ve Read So Far in 2018

  1. Pride by Ibi Zoboi

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2. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

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3. Moonglow by  Kristen Callihan

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4. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

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5. The Opposite of Innocent by Sonya Sones

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Honestly since I only read 10 books this year. ( Yeah this has been a very slow year for me) I’m shock I liked half of them. lol