Top 5 Tuesday | Favorite Fictional Friendships

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Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Bionic Book Worm!

This week we’re talking the best fictional friendships and apparently I’m a sucker for a good team dynamic. I love a great group of friends that balance each other out – the sass machine, the leader, the rule-breaker, the softie. It’s like Breakfast Club in a bunch of different settings!

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Richard Campbell Gansey III and his group of rich boy prep-school friends are life. If I were Blue, I’d want a group of Raven Boys all to myself, too. Gansey is the old-soul. Ronan is the rebel with a sailor’s mouth. Adam, the misfit with magic. And Noah, everyone’s favorite smol cinnamon roll. I need them in my life!

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Emma and Cristina are my definition of friend goals. Cristina is definitely the mom of the crew – always level-headed and reminding you to bring a jacket. She balances out Emma’s sassy, fiery ways and they always have each other’s backs. Who wouldn’t want to be one-half of a badass, demon-hunting duo?

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If you say you don’t like Cassian, Azriel, Mor or Amren it’s probably because you haven’t read this entire series. They’re ancient warrior beings who also have snowball fights, get drunk together, and have some serious issues they need to take care of. But, I wouldn’t have them any other way. Sign me up to be part of the crew

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Who wouldn’t want to be friends with a bunch of hottie, sass-machine soldiers? Carver, Kato, Flynn and Griffin are loyal, fierce, funny, and would die for the ones they love. And did I mention that they’re all hotties with bodies? Because, that’s an important thing to remember.

The Fab Five from The Remnant Chronicles

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The “Fab Five” is the unofficial name I’ve dubbed Rafe and his band of special-ops soldiers – Sven, Orrin, Tavish, and Jeb. They hunt, cook, tell stories, love some fine- linen-crafted shirts, and can kill a man using just their hands. They risk their lives to save Rafe and Lia all while stealing my heart and making me want to be part of the team.

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Top 5 Tuesday | Pretty Book Spines

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This week we’re talking favorite spines! Spoiler alert, most of mine are going to involve Shadowhunter paperbacks because I LIVE FOR THE ARTWORK. I promise to add in a few others for the sake of being a fair and equal book lover.

Paperback Spines of The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassie Clare

Just look at how beautiful this end-of-the-world New York City scene looks. The details! The characters! The font! I just love this set So. Much. It’s one of my favorites.

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The Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard

I love the Ombre coloring and the blood-dripping crowns on the spines. I’m excited to finish my collector’s editions set – they’re entirely different colors!

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Paperback Spines of The Infernal Devices Series by Cassie Clare

I don’t think I need to say much about these spines. They’re amazing. I  could fill an entire bookshelf with just Shadowhunter books and it would be the prettiest thing ever.

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The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

They’re fairy tale retellings and even the spines show it! My favorite is Winter – that apple glows. 

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Paperback Spines of The Dark Artifices

I don’t have the entire set yet because the paperback version of Queen of Air and Darkness isn’t out yet, but I’m an LA girl and this beach pier scene speaks to me. 

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Fiction Files Friday | F*ckbois & Other Random Sh*t

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This Week’s Updates

Is it Fiction Files Friday already? TBH,  Loretta (@LaughingListener) and I have been super busy the past few weeks being “responsible adults”. And, since I’m a horrible person (READ: I spent all last Friday reading), I didn’t post an update. SO, you get double dosage of random to catch you up on all the weirdness that is The Fiction Files.

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The Profiles

No surprise that everyone loved Rowan. Also, no surprise that Sebastian’s and Tamlin’s profiles make me laugh so hard. I can’t get enough of the d-bags!

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Book Tag | Song Requests!

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GUUUYYYSSS, Fiction No Chaser tagged me in the Song Requests challenge and I’m so excited for this. I already add theme songs to all my book reviews and I create bookish playlists, because I am also that nerd who hears a song and thinks “OMG this is so [Insert Character Name Here]”. I hope you like my song & book picks!

Rules:

  • Thank and link back to tagger.
  • Credit to Daniel @ Page to Page
  • Listen to tagger’s song requests! After you’re done listening to the three songs the person who tagged you has chosen, choose a book that you think best goes along with that song and tell us why you chose it!
  • Request 3 songs of your own! Give any three songs (and your corresponding book choices that think go well with said song) you want for your taggers to listen and respond to!
  • Tag 5 people!

Fiction No Chaser’s Songs:

1.”Longshot” by Catfish and the Bottlemen

This is DEF Ronan and Adam and has The Raven King written all over it. I looooove this.

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Go, ahead and tell me you got all you want
Fiver says you’re wrong
And I suppose you’ve come down to help me
Move things along
And we lapped it up and we’re wise enough to know
How it goes to get me honey
But we’re wise enough to know
How it goes to get me honey
‘Cause we know this feeling all a little too well
Listen, the distance between us, could’ve took a while
Once we closed that difference, you turned up like a friend of mine
Every once in a while, the little things make me smile
As if one of our longshots paid off

2. “Here’s to the Heartache” by Nothing More

This song is so dark and emo and reminds me of Cat and Cole from This Mortal Coil.

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What if I warned you, you can’t outrun your fate?

So here’s to the heartache
Here’s to the mistakes
We’ll drink to all the years, the tears
That led to this place
So here’s to the heartache

Here’s to the dark days
It’s been a long wait
We’ll drink to all the years, the tears
That led to this place

3. “Lydia” by Highly Suspect

This is Marjorie singing to Merry in A Head Full of Ghosts. This book is so sick and Screen Shot 2019-02-24 at 6.22.16 PMtwisted and it matched the vibes of this song so well.

Black ocean, cold and dark
I am the hungry shark, fast and merciless

I’ve seen better days
So unafraid in my youth
I can’t breathe, much less believe the truth

My muscles will contract, your bones will crack
It’s just a fact cause I am here to win this fight

My Songs

1. “This Is Gospel” by Panic! At the Disco

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This is gospel for the fallen ones
Locked away in permanent slumber
Assembling their philosophies
From pieces of broken memories
The gnashing teeth and criminal tongues conspire against the odds
But they haven’t seen the best of us yet
If you love me let me go
If you love me let me go
‘Cause these words are knives that often leave scars
The fear of falling apart
And truth be told, I never was yours

2. “Love Like Revenge” by Bad Suns

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I swallow all my fear, it’s clear to me
There’s no good in lies I want to believe
I know, you know, how bad we both need this
Trust me, we can put the past behind us
Meet me at the place where love once found us
But no
You wear your love like revenge
You wear your love like revenge
Swallow all your fear and try to see
There’s no good in lies you want to believe
Am I happy, no, I’m just distracted

3. “Ain’t No Rest For the Wicked” by Cage the Elephant

Even though it’s not my favorite series, I do enjoy the heists and cons in the Six of Crows duology, and this song is definitely a MOOD for both books.

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Money don’t grow on trees
I got bills to pay, I got mouths to feed
There ain’t nothing in this world for free
Oh no, I can’t slow down, I can’t hold back
Though you know, I wish I could
Oh no there ain’t no rest for the wicked
Until we close our eyes for good

Friends I’m Tagging!

If you’re tagged, I hope you enjoy! If you don’t want to work this into your schedule, no biggie. If you’re not tagged, and you want to join in, feel free! Just tag me if you use my picks so I can read your post and fall in love with your music!

Ann – AnnMarieSwaim.com

Erin – Undercover Binge Reader

Chloe – It’s YA Girl

Arin – Tomes Of Our Lives

Malin – GrimmsNaught

 

 

Fiction Files Friday | Swoon-Worthy Part Two

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This Week’s Updates

It’s Fiction Files Friday yet again!  Loretta (@LaughingListener) and I continued to highlight some of our favorite swoon-y characters for Valentine’s Day. Of course everyone loved Mr. Darcy but my personal fave was Emma Carstairs!

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I only pulled a handful of my favorites to highlight here – you definitely don’t want to miss out on the rest!

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Fiction Files Friday | Swoon-Worthy Part One

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This Week’s Updates

It’s Fiction Files Friday again…already?! For February,  Loretta (@LaughingListener) and I decided to highlight some of our favorite characters that happen to have that hyped, swoon-tastic, romance factor. It’s no surprise that everyone went gaga for Rhysand, but I will always save a special place in my heart for the LOVE OF MY LIFE JACE HERONDALE.

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Check out some highlights below and don’t forget to follow our pages for more.

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I only pulled a handful of my favorites to highlight here – you definitely don’t want to miss out on the rest!

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Top 5 Tuesday | Favorite Fierce Females

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Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Bionic Book Worm!

Today’s topic is Badass Females! I was so excited I went a bit overboard with my list and decided to do girl crews, because when there’s one feisty female there’s usually a crew of equally amazing female friends who bring their own heat.

Aelin & Her Court – Throne of Glass Series

After the end scene of Kingdom of Ash how can I not include Aelin Galathynius and her court of femme fatales – Manon, Lysandra, Yrene, Elide, THE ENTIRE 13 (I’m not sobbing…you are). The ladies of this series deserve to be at the top of this list.

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Lia & Her Rahtan – The Remnant Chronicle Universe

If you haven’t read The Remnant Chronicle Trilogy or the spinoff, Dance of Thieves, you should. Lia is the definition of runaway bride. She makes her own destiny and has a female warrior crew that you will want to be part of.

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The Shadowhunter Ladies

Where do I even start with this universe. Clary, Izzy, Emma, Livvy, Dru, Tessa, Charlotte, Cecily…the list goes on and on and on. All the female shadowhunters are 100% the most badass warrior ladies with the best fashion sense you can ever image. Who wouldn’t want to be a part angel/part human demon hunter? Please sign me up to drink from the Mortal Cup.

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Kady & Her Illuminae Crew – The Illuminae Files

Kady, Hanna, Ella, and Asha are all amazing ladies in their own ways. Two hacker geniuses, one take-no-sh*t-from-no-one fighter and a healer with a heart of gold. It’s refreshing to see the world being saved from evil space corporations and aliens not just by magical powers, but by talents & brains. 100% read these if you haven’t. SCI-FI GOLD.

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Cinder & Her Lunar Ladies – The Lunar Chronicles

A Cyborg, a Princess, a Farmer, and a Computer Whiz. They have nothing in common except being FIERCE AF and wanting to save the world from evil moon beings. I love the ladies in Lunar Chronicles. They’re witty, smart and so loyal. They do it all well being the most adorable, precious things ever. And if you need more convincing to read this series – they’re all based on fairy tales!

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Review | Queen of Air And Darkness Gave Me All The Feels

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By: Cassandra Clare

Overall Rating: ★★★★★

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the disease that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.

TL;DR:

This book was an amazing conclusion to a great series. It had it’s flaws, but even with these bumps in the road – it was still an intense and entertaining read. Clare knows her fantasy – I was feeling things I didn’t even know I could feel, and I’m still in shock over that ending! I’m excited for what’s to come in the Shadowhunter universe. The entire world is the literary version of Supernatural…which is also an amazing show about angels, demons, monsters, and all that jazz and everyone should watch it.

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The Good

THAT UNEXPECTED SETTING

Okay, lowkey Part 2 of Queen is EVERYTHING. This is when we get a look at a new place we’ve never seen in the Shadowhunter world before and I was here for it. Cassie Clare did. not. disappoint. This new place definitely sets up the future of the shadowhunter universe to have some unexpected villains (and possibly allies?) I’m trying to keep this review spoiler-free, so trust me when I say you’re in for a treat.

Was I Watching A TV Show In My Head??

The answer is yes, I was, and I was blown away. Cassie Clare will take you on a wild ride following different characters, separated by miles and magical realms, yet somehow everything pieces itself together. I felt like I lived through 10 different seasons of a show. There were multiple threats, unexpected events, happy times, sad times, character introductions, character deaths, character cameos, and THAT EPILOGUE. This leaves me with one question: WHY CAN’T ANYONE TRANSLATE THIS WORK OF ART INTO AN AMAZING TV SHOW OR MOVIE?!

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Let’s All Learn Some World History from Professor Clare

One thing I’ve always loved about Shadowhunter stories was the historical undertones. We’ve visited Hitler/World War Two in The Mortal Instruments, the aftermath of said war at the beginning of The Dark Artifices, and even more recent events (did someone say build a wall?) in this latest installment. All this to say, I hope the younger generation picks these books up and learns a thing or two about history repeating itself, and how to be an open-minded, decent person.

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Jace F***ING Herondale (And All The Other Amazing Characters)

I know, I know. He’s not the main character of this series…but come on. He’s my favorite and any time he shows up it makes my day. So yes, thank you Cassie, for making a perfect fictional character for me to obsess over and bringing him into the equation whenever you possibly can. Emma Carstairs and Mark Blackthorn get honorable mention for being my faves in the series, but let’s be honest, most of Clare’s characters are so adorable and precious and I love them all.

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The Bad

Annabel Who?

Is it just me, or was Annabel hyped up for no reason? Two of the three books in this series are named after her and she has her own freaking cover, but she is definitely not THAT significant. She plays such a small role in this book and I don’t think she’s necessary to this series…like at all. The plot could have been moved along without her or by giving her “important” pieces to literally any other character. And now I’m salty about her in general.

What’s With The “Curse”?

I felt cheated by the resolution of the so called Parabatai Curse. That’s all I can say without going on a rant and spoiling everything.

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The Ugly Truth

Queen of Air and Darkness had it’s flaws BUT even with the issues it was an amazing book. I loved it…probably more so because it wasn’t perfect. The characters are precious, the story is amazing, the fantasy is A+. DROP WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND GO READ THIS SERIES.

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Top 5 Tuesday | Someone Buy Me These Books

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Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Bionic Book Worm!

The holidays are here! So naturally, like the true bookworm that I am, all I want for Christmas is books. And maybe more alone time to read said books. Today’s prompt is all about the top reads on my Christmas list, and maybe if I send out good vibes to the universe they’ll end up under the tree.

The Infernal Devices – Paperback Spine Set

This is my lease favorite Shadowhunters series, but I have all the other pretty spines in the series so of course I need these to finish off my set. Behold the spine artwork in all its glory.

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Harry Potter – Hogwarts Spine Set

Another set of books that I already own, but that I need the pretty spine artwork. There’s no such thing as too many editions of Harry Potter. I currently own the original hardcovers, the 20th anniversary editions, the first 3 illustrated editions…and I want more.

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Percy Jackson & The Olympians – The Lightning Thief Illustrated Edition

Are you sensing a theme yet? I don’t want to spend my own money on books I already own (because I want to spend it on new books, duh) …but I wouldn’t mind if someone just so happened to gift them to me. Percy Jackson is one of my favorite middle-grade series and I would die for an illustrated edition. I LOVE Greek mythology and seeing the gods in all their illustrated glory is all I’m asking for.

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Glass Sword Collector’s Edition

I want the pretty cover, the silver painted edges and the exclusive content. That is all.

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Red Scrolls of Magic

This isn’t even out yet…but I’ve seen ARCs out in the wild and I want someone to send me more Shadowhunter stories STAT. How am I supposed to go an entire year without any Shadowhunter stories?? (HINT: I CAN’T)

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Top 5 Tuesday | Worlds I Want To Live In

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Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Bionic Book Worm!

Today’s topic is all about worlds I’d want to live in! I’m so excited to take everyone on a trip through my favorite fictional places.

The Los Angeles Shadowhunter Institute

It’s no secret that I LOVE anything Cassie Clare writes. While my love started with The Mortal Instruments, I have a soft spot for The Los Angeles Institute – the setting for some of The Dark Artifices. I’m an LA girl and can’t help but imagine all my favorite places in the city as magical (or Julian and Emma sitting in traffic next to me). Can anyone else imagine taking a trip to the beach in Santa Monica and seeing some demon-slaying, half-angel warriors sunbathing next to you or riding magical, flying faerie horses? Because I CAN.

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Henrietta, Virginia

The fictional town where The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater takes place. There are psychics, magical forests, Welsh kings, bee-like demons, and, of course, Aglionby Boys. Who wouldn’t want to live in a world where you can literally make your dreams a reality.

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Hogwarts

How can I not add Hogwarts to my list? Fantastic beasts, magical sweets, flying cars, and spells that can clean my house! Everything about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter calls to me. But can we petition to get JK Rowling to allows dogs as pets?

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Velaris

I just want to live in the City of Starlight, where everything smells like fresh air and jasmine and I’m surrounded by mountains and rivers and all the magical faerie things. Seriously, I even have a tattoo because I am obsessed with all things A Court of Thorns and Roses and Sarah J Mass.

Hobbiton, The Shire

I’m already the size of a hobbit, so why wouldn’t I want to spend my time wandering rolling greens hills, eating and drinking all day? Breakfast, Second Breakfast, Elevenses, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner, Supper…I want them all! Let’s not forget about being besties with Gandalf!

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