WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!

This is such a fitting topic for this weeks Top 5 Wednesday since most of you (and myself) are currently enrolled in classes! So much fun right? I’m taking on a full load this semester, five psychology classes… man, this semester might be a killer. I’m not going to lie though, my teachers this semester are pretty awesome and the classes? Even more interesting. But you know what would be cooler? If there was a school taught by our favorite bookish characters, teaching us what they do best.

001. HOW TO BE A BADA**, BROODY YET BEAUTIFUL PRINCE 101
I’m sure y’all know who I am going to pick for this… my current obsession? Aldrik Solaris. If you haven’t read Air Awakens by Elise Kova, I highly suggest you do now because you are seriously missing out on some good fantasy. Aldrik is a prince, and not just any prince but the CROWNED PRINCE. He is also badass character who can take down a bunch of people by himself, he is powerful and majestic. And of course, he broods. So if you want to learn how to brood properly, this is the class for you! (Also the class for you if you want to stare at someone gorgeous for three hours)

002. HOW TO SURVIVE KNIFE WIELDING THIEVES (a.k.a Lila Bard) 
Who better to teach this than Kell Maresh from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab? He is also taking Aldrik’s class on how to brood, so if you’re curious to know why he is almost always frowning… now you know. But this beautiful soul is an expert on teaching you the basics of survival. Especially if a thief who has a love of knives finds her way into your world and makes you almost have a heart attack like 20 times in one day. 

003. HOW TO BE AN BENEVOLENT VILLAIN 
Taught by Gaius Damora from Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. Okay so benevolent might be slightly the wrong word to use for his class, but that is what he insists it be called. Gaius will teach you all the ways to ruin people’s lives while pretending he is the most loved person to ever exist. I highly suggest you think twice before taking this class, it might not end well for you.

004. HOW TO BE SASSY WHEN YOU’RE IN A LIFE OR DEATH SITUATION
Taught by Elias Veturius from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. Elias is an expert in sassy comebacks and he’s too hot to care. So if you had no reason to want to take this class, now you do! While being exceptionally sassy, Elias is also a badass fighter. He will give you methods to sass your way out of a situation that might not end well for you.

005. HOW TO BE THE BEST PIRATE THERE EVER WAS (besides me)
Taught by only the best PRIVATEER himself, Nikolai Lantsov the one and only. Stormhound, captain, PRINCE. He is exceptional at sailing as well as having powerful enemies. If you ever have any fear that you might be lost out at sea one day, don’t worry! Nikolai is here to give you steps on how to survive being in the middle of the ocean. Not only that, but he is also an inventor and he could perhaps teach you a few things on that side of the spectrum so… a two for one! How about that?

(btw this would totally be me during all of these classes)

So this concludes the end of the topic, honestly… this has been my favorite. I decided to take my own spin on this and absolutely love the outcome of it, I found myself chuckling while writing this, so let me know down below! Would you take any of these classes?

BROMANCES THAT I ABSOLUTELY LOVE

Hello and welcome to another top 5 Wednesday! This weeks topic is your favorite bromances of all time. I’m not going to lie to you when I say this post was a little hard to come up with because I have so many bromances and just picking five? How could I? Now I’d like to put a little disclaimer that I do ship some of these, and some of them should have been taken advantage of in canon but we will save that for another post. So without further ado, onto the list!

001. Dorian Havilliard and Chaol Westfall: Their bromance is probably one of my favorites. They would do anything for each other, they would die for each other. I literally cannot wait for them to reunite with each other. I just can’t.

002. Alexander and Hephaestion: Now this one is tricky, if you know the history of these two. But putting all of those aside, you can’t deny the bromance between these two. They are the ultimate bromance, they are the best. They are beautiful.

003. Rhysand/Azriel/Cassian:  Do I really need to say much about these three? Do I? Because I love the three of them together and I am sure everyone pretty much feels the same.

004. Vhalla Yarl and Fritz Charem: They are from Air Awakens if you have yet to read that series, I highly recommend that you do. But their friendship is so special and so adorable, I love these two together.

005. Nikolai Lantsov and Alina Starkov: I’m a little bitter about the outcome for these two and if you’ve read Ruin and Rising, y’all know what I am talking about. But let’s just put that aside, okay? I really did love the friendship between Nikolai and Alina, I loved all the banter and I honestly need a book with just the two of them, traveling the world.

So those are just a few of my bromances that I love, comment down below and let me know your favorite bromance!

p.s I’m featuring the Air Awakens book because y’all need to read it okay. So GOOD.

MY PERSONAL TRAINERS

Hello and welcome to top 5 Wednesday! This weeks topic is characters whose fitness routines that you want. You can choose basically anything that you want to be whether it is characters who are fast, good at dancing or even foodies! The possibilities are endless! I am going to be talking about

001. Aldrik Solaris
This gem of a character is from Air Awakens by Elise Kova and oh my gosh, I am obsessed with him. He is my absolute favorite character in the world, he beats out every other character ever, but that is a topic for another post. Aldrik is a prince and a powerful sorcerer so it only makes sense that he is strong, fast and agile and almost unbreakable. I would honestly love to be unbreakable (or almost) like Aldrik because of y’all have no idea how clumsy I am. I m always spraining my ankles, hurting myself and I just need to be in a bubble. Or I can just have Aldrik follow me around and make sure I don’t get hurt.

002. Cal Calore
He is from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and he is another character I love with all of my heart. Cal is described as being a super good dancer and he is also good at making things. But oh my goodness the dancing. I am very conscious about dancing and Cal would help me get over my fear of dancing.

003. Nikolai Lantsov
If y’all don’t know who he is then… what are you even doing? He is from the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo and he is full of sass. I would honestly love Nikolai as my best friend because I think he would always make me laugh no matter what. Nikolai would be very good at teaching me jokes and just probably interact with people, in general, a lot more… better? If what I am saying makes any sense.

004. Elias Veturius 
Another gem of a man and he is from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. Elias is lovely and I would just like him to be around me in general okay. No explanation needed.

005. Merik Nihar 
He is from Truthwitch by Susan Dennard and he is glorious. I would like for him to teach me how to sail the seven seas and just strong and brave.

So that concludes my list and honestly? I would love for all these beautiful men to exist in real life.  But if I did, this doggo is the perfect picture of how I would be.

FIVE SEQUELS I ABSOLUTELY ADORE

Honestly, I don’t think that I have come across a sequel that I have not liked. To me, the second book generally is better. This week top  5 Wednesday is sequels that you adore, series or trilogies you feel got better with the second book. So without further ado, here are the books that I absolutely adored!

001. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
I was so down to spite read this because I lived for Feyre and Tamlin and I had heard spoilers about ACOMAF and was like NOPE I’m so mad. I ranted to several of my friends about this because I was angry. But friends, I was in for such an awakening. I was in for such a delightful surprise because this was so fantastic.

002. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
Okay not an improvement from the first because the first book was just as incredible, this whole series is incredible so I had to give it a shout out and y’all should uh, read this??? The second book absolutely wrecked me and it will probably wreck you too.

003. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
I feel like I am one of the only ones who actually loved this book. I thought it was quite reasonable and understanding for how the characters acted and loved what the author did! I just know the author will kill me with the last book!

004. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas
The book where Celeana died lol. If you’ve read up to Empire of Storms, you know what I mean. But I feel like this book is the best of the series and totally overlooked for all the books Rowan is in.

005. Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Nikolai Lantsov was introduced in this, that’s all y’all need to know.

So that’s my list! Comment down below and let me know some of your favorite sequels are!

AYE, YOU SHOULD READ THESE BOOKS!

I am sure most people can agree, but I am tired of reading books set in the western world. Like, don’t y’all realize how big the world is? I’d like to start with a disclaimer saying that I have not read ALL of these books, but the reviews for them are incredible and I need to read them as soon as possible. Some of these are books that I have LOVED and some that I have started and loved what I read. All of these books are also by authors of color, and I just rec y’all to check these out!

001. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Necromancy,  elemental magic, witches…  who could want more? This is a book I started but put down due to being busy and just haven’t had the chance to pick it up, but I absolutely loved what I read!

002. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Set in feudal Japan with Mulan elements, this book sounds incredible! I have yet to actually read this one and I definitely plan to do so soon! Renee has incredible writing and world building, so I know that I will love this!

003. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Another rec from this amazing author, no surprise here! I binge read this duology in a matter of days because her writing is so addicting! This is a 1001 Arabain Nights retelling and I just…  highly recommend you all read it!

004. The Fifth Season by N.K Jemison
I have seen this rec’d on book twitter and decided to just check it out myself and see what it’s all about! The synopsis on the back instantly grabbed me. This is another book I started but put down due to being busy, but this is such a unique dystopian and the way the book is being told is just… READ THIS!

005. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
And my final rec is this beautiful book. This is one of my all time favorite books. It is sort of hard to explain what this book is exactly about cause I don’t really want to give anything away. Just go and get yourself a copy, you will not regret it.

MY FAVORITE BOOKS WITHOUT ROMANCE…?

I actually did not realize how hard this topic would be because now that I think of it, almost all of the books I have read have romance as the main theme in them which is super annoying because sometimes I just wanna read a good SFF with zero romance and have friendship take the main… course… you get it right? So instead of listing books without romance, I’m going to list some books where romance takes the back burner of the story and isn’t like in your face oh my gosh this is too much.

001. A LIST OF CAGES by ROBIN ROE
Okay if you have read this, YES I KNOW, there is a romance but I felt like that wasn’t really important to the story at all. This is about a friendship between two boys and how important it is to be kind to one another. It’s a hard thing to explain but this book made me cry so hard and it was just amazing. You all should read it okay.

002. NYXIA by SCOTT REINTGEN 
This is a science fiction book that comes out in September. I was super lucky to get an arc of this incredible book. This is like a competition but in space to get the chance to go to Eden (I think) which is a planet that was found and already has life on it. There is this substance Nyxia that is supposedly super awesome. Again hard to explain because I don’t want to give much away but there is basically no romance and I can’t wait for you all to read this!

003. OUR DARK DUET by V.E SCHWAB
Or just the Monsters of Verity duology to begin with. This is kind of a dystopia where something happened and monsters are being made from acts of violent deeds. There is absolutely no romance in this duology which is super super refreshing because you know usually you find romance in dystopia books but this? Had none and I was living for it.

004. QUEEN OF BLOOD by SARAH BETH DURST
Another amazing fantasy… ADULT fantasy with no romance. This is set in a fantasy world where there is a spirit in everything you could possibly imagine and nothing is safe. The queen is the one who can control the spirits and protect the citizens. Basically, this is about a girl named Daleina who is in competition to be Queen while trying to find out why in the world the spirits are going haywire. My favorite thing about this book was the friendship between Daleina and her mentor Champion Ven. It was such a perfect friendship/fatherly type thing.

Alright. I tried but I could only think of four books because literally most of the books that I read have some element of romance in them, so yeah, here we have it!

What are some of your favorite non romance books?

MY FAVORITE SIDEKICKS

These are underappreciated characters who are often cast aside when they honestly deserve so much more attention. This is a short description this week, but let’s give some sidekicks some love, shall we?

CHAOL WESTFALL from THRONE OF GLASS

    He isn’t given the attention he deserves, in fact, it bewilders me that people straight up dislike him! Yes I know I know, he isn’t perfect and has a lot of flaws, but since when did characters have to be perfect? I am actually incredibly happy he is getting a novel all to himself and I can’t wait to see what is in store for him!

CAM from TRUTHWITCH

    This series is underrated, to begin with, but I did not expect to love this side character as much as I do now. They are strong, resilient and the kind of friend that I want in life.

GAIUS DAMORA from FALLEN KINGDOMS

    I don’t know if this counts because he has a big part in the series, just not one of the core four we follow. I honestly did not expect to love him as much as I do, in fact, he is my favorite literary villain of all time, he is just so evil and I honestly could rant about him all day.

LUCIEN from A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES

   Lucien is seriously underrated. He deserves so much more and I believe he should get a chance on happiness. I know there are three more books coming out in this series so I am crossing my fingers and hoping that they revolve around him!

JULIAN JACOS from RED QUEEN

   Another character whom I believe is seriously underrated. I mean he is just not appreciated enough as he should be! He is intelligent, caring and wants to do what is right. Please YA, have more father figures like him!

BOOKS THAT REMIND ME OF SUMMER

When I think of summer, I think of contemporary books. Unfortunately, I don’t read contemporary because it is just not my thing? So I’m going to recommend you some books that give me summer vibes! Just a warning, all of these are fantasy because that is quite literally all I read.

 

EMPIRE OF DUST by ELEANOR HERMAN

   This is a retelling/alternate history of Alexander the Great as he was coming into power. This series is so underrated in my opinion and honestly, I would only read this if you love history and know about Alexander the Great… as well as being aware that this is a historical fantasy and not all events are accurate. Yes, I did toss in some shade. Anyway, I’m pretty sure this book literally takes place in Summer? It gives a lot of desert vibes and just, y’all should read it if you love this time in history.

THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by RENEE AHDIEH

    The color of the cover should be clear enough. I mean it is bright red and it reminds me of July because that always seems to be the hottest month of the year (or if you live in Southern California like me, that would be October) But this is a retelling of 1001 nights where we have Khalid who takes a bride every night and the next morning they are dead. I am not going to give away much but this book was surprisingly good and I recommend you read it!

AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by SABAA TAHIR

    Another book that I imagine takes place during the summer. Probably because the setting is in the middle of a desert. But my gosh this book isn’t talked about as much as I think it should be. This book also has the most beautiful cover I have ever laid my eyes on. This is the story of Elias and Laia and it gives off Roman Gladiator vibes and just… just read it.   Image result for empire of dust eleanor herman

 

 

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Okay So I know that this was cheating, but I could honestly only think of three books off the top of my head.

Angsty Romances!

This is top five Wednesday and the topic for this week is angsty romances. Gosh this is SUCH  cliche sometimes, but I am a huge sucker for a good angsty romance. There is just something about them that I hate to love and just… can’t stay away from. Some of these are canon, some aren’t— yet, I am not giving spoilers. Some of these are just characters I ship together and think that they would have SO much angst.

001. Cal Calore and Mare Barrow from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I am a huge advocate for this ship like… I am one of those who shipped them from book one. But they have so many differences and it’s not just because of their blood and their status, but their ideals are wildly different. I mean I think they could work, but there would be so much angst.

002. Magnus Damora and Cleo Bellos from Fallen Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

This ship is chalk full of angst. The lead up to the start of their relationship is was rocky enough and even though they are now together the angst is still there, still going strong. But sometimes I just wish they could be happy because they deserve it okay?

003. Elias Veturius and Helene Aquilla from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I feel like I am the only one who ships these two. I just absolutely love the idea of them together Also don’t get me wrong, I do ship Elias and Laia. I just feel like these two would be great together but there would be so much angst because they are so different from one another.

This post is relatively short and these are honestly all of the angsty romances that I could think of off the top of my head!

Books that utterly betrayed me

I am so pumped to do this tag! This the books you have felt betrayed by or you can even include characters as well no matter how big or small the feeling is. Here is the link to the group!

001. A COURT OF MIST AND FURY BY SARAH J MAAS
I was so betrayed by this book because I went into it thinking I was going to utterly hate Rhysand and I was seriously going to read this out of spite. Sarah made me fall in love with Rhysand and everything about him and his court I just UGH. Not what I was expecting, but I am glad of it!

002. CAPTIVE PRINCE BY C.S PACAT
I was hoping that I was going to get a sweet m/m love story and I read a lot of great reviews on it. Nope, not what I got. I am not even going to talk about this mess because it makes me so mad.

003. MAVEN CALORE FROM RED QUEEN.
Because of spoilers, I won’t say much. But if you have read this book than you know what I am talking about. View Spoiler »

004. THE DARKLING FROM GRISHA TRILOGY
I am mad and happy about this betrayal. Again if you have read it, you know but at the same time I feel like everyone knows who the darkling is.

005. KEENAN FROM A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT.
I didn’t like him that much in the first place, I felt he was a little unnecessary, but still. His betrayal shocked me and I didn’t see it coming at at.