Top Ten Characters I’d NEVER Want to Trade Places With

Top Ten Tuesday

A weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish :)

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday post is about the characters – for whatever reason – that you would never ever in a million years trade places with. Monica and I decided to spilt this one up this week, and we each chose 5 characters we would never trade places with! So, in no particular order…

Monica’s Choices!
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  1. Harry Potter (Harry Potter Series): I mean, as cool as it would be to realize you were “the chosen one” and all that, would you REALLY want to be? I mean sure it’d be fun being someone like Ron or Neville who helped out and got credit for being awesome but being Harry himself? No thanks, that would mean taking on even more responsibility than I already have PLUS you’d have to deal with the pressure of having to kill one of the most powerful, dangerous and scary people in the world.
  2. Bella Swan (Twilight Series): Honestly, maybe I just didn’t like her that much in general, but as gorgeous as Rob Pattinson is, would you really want someone around who basically stalked you and was addicted to your blood? Added to that you have a younger werewolf with some serious angst also pining for you.  Sorry, I know both of them are incredibly attractive but I’d probably get annoyed with them for a) stalking me and b) obnoxiously warning me about another guy.
  3. Gemma Doyle (Great and Terrible Beauty): First off, her family life is just going downhill (that’s all I’m saying, no spoilers from me!) and she gets shipped off to a boarding school.  She may be able to transport to other realms but what if you get stuck there? What if your friends get stuck there and blame you? I’d rather stay with two feet in the real world and just live in London.
  4. Simon (City of Bones Series): Again, it’s really hard to say why I wouldn’t trade places with him without giving away anything to people who haven’t read it, but it’s pretty obvious he’s in love with his best friend. And she doesn’t reciprocate, which frankly, sucks.  That alone would make me not want to trade places with him, though I’d probably hang out with him.
  5. Nick Carroway (The Great Gatsby): At first you’d want to trade places with him then you realize that being him would actually be the worst.  His cousin Daisy, and his ‘friend’ who he just met use him as a go between to get together and then Daisy’s husband also reveals that he’s cheating to Nick.  The guy keeps so many secrets and has to play it cool, something I definitely couldn’t and wouldn’t want to do.

Natalie’s Choices
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  1. Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games Trilogy): Okay okay, I know she’s a kickass heroine and all that great stuff, but personally? I wouldn’t be able to handle all of that pressure! She’s started a revolution that she didn’t even mean to start, she’s got two very gorgeous boys pining after her but can’t bring her self to choose which one she wants to be with, and OH YEAH! She gets plucked out of her life into an arena to fight TO THE DEATH not once, but twice! Mmhmmm, I think I’m good where I am right now thank you very much.
  2. Georgina Nicolson (Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging): Basically, this girl is hilarious. Unfortunately, her hilarity does not make up for how super awkward her life is! I wouldn’t be able to handle some/most of the things that happen to this girl. Nor do I look good in a beret!
  3. Juliette (Shatter Me): I’m going to keep this one short and sweet. Juliette’s touch kills people. I would go insane if I had to grow up in the absence of human touch, and not being able to hold and hug the people you love would be torture.
  4. Angie Chapman (Pretty Girl-13): Angie goes missing, shows up on her doorstep three years later, and can’t remember anything about the time she was gone, nor remember that she was actually missing. Aside from missing three years of my life from my memory, I wouldn’t really be a fan of getting kidnapped either. And I don’t want to give away any spoilers here, but as Angie’s memories begin to resurface, we learn that some pretty awful things happened to her when she was kidnapped. I would not ever want to experience what she did.
  5. Meggie (Inkheart): Meggie has the ability to enter the worlds of the books she reads, as well as read characters out of them by reading aloud from them. Sounds pretty great, right??! WRONG! She has no control over this power, and what if she was reading a really scary book or something?? I mean, this whole post evidences that there are some characters and worlds that we would never want to enter. So, although Meggie’s gift has it’s merits, it is also a curse. No thanks!

So tell me: What characters would you never trade places with? Why? Are there any people that you would LOVE to trade places with?? WE WANT TO KNOW!

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Mini Book Reviews: Cinder by Marissa Meyer, For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund, and City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

As most of you know, this summer had been pretty busy for me what with work, getting ready to move away to university, and trying to hang out with all of my friends for one last time before I leave! And now that I’m actually in university, life is even more hectic! So, because of this, I have A BUNCH of books that I’ve read dating back to mid-June that I haven’t had time to review yet! I figured that instead of taking a bajillion hours to give all of these books full length reviews, I will have a series of mini reviews come out during the next few weeks, featuring three books per post, just until I get myself caught up. Sound like a good plan?? GOOD! (clicking the book covers will lead you to goodreads)

review cinder

cinderSummary from Goodreads: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

 What I liked:  Well, I am already a big fan of fairy tale retellings, and I just loved this futuristic take on the classic Cinderella story! I thought that Cinder’s relationship with her stepsister Peony was so perfect, and I also liked that Cinder was such an independent girl!

What I didn’t like:  The only this that is holding me back from giving this book a solid 5 stars is the fact that the BIG TWIST was for me, totally foreseeable. I had 100% guessed it at the first time it was mentioned. Oh well, still good :P

Swoon factor?:  YES! Prince Kai is soooooo dreamy <3<3<3

Favourite character:  Iko, Cinder’s little helper robot/friend!

Favourite quote: “Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.”

Rating: 4.5 hearts

review for darkness shows the stars

for darkness shows the starsSummary from Goodreads: It’s been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth–an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret–one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen’s PersuasionFor Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.

What I liked: Where do I start?!?! I loved everything about this book. Its beautiful prose, the characters and their development, the world building, the story. I should have read this long ago, and I can picture myself reading this book a thousand times over. I also definitely need to check out Persuasion by Jane Austen now too. Simply put, there isn’t one thing about this book that I disliked.

What I didn’t like: See above ;)

Swoon factor?: Yup! And with another character named Kai, just like in Cinder above! What are the chances of that??

Favourite character: Elliot North. She was a smart young girl that knew where she stood in the world and knew exactly what she needed to do to take care of herself and her family and friends.

Favourite quote: “Three syllables and three thousand memories.”

Rating: 5 hearts

review city of bones

city of bonesSummary from Goodreads: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

What I liked: City of Bones definitely draws you in and keeps you hooked. Once you start reading you really can’t stop because you just NEED TO KNOW what is going to happen next! The world building in this book is pretty good, and gives you a good understanding of the hidden life that is happening all around. And then there is Jace. Oh, Jace. He’s a pretty boy Shadowhunter who also plays the piano. What’s not to love?

What I didn’t like: Well, there is a love triangle which I am not usually a fan of, but it kind of works here. No instalove, which is good, but yeah, still a triangle.

Swoon factor?: I personally like Jace the best out of the two boys involved in the love triangle. The other is Simon, Clary’s best friend. But for me, Jace is the one she belongs with. I appreciated the buildup to their romance and the fact that it wasn’t instalove, and I also like that Jace is blonde and pretty kick-ass if you ask me!

Favourite character: Clary. She does what she has to do for herself and isn’t just some helpless little girl character.

Favourite quote: Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?’
Jace said, “Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself.”
…”At least,” she said, “you don’t have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland.”
“Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting.”

Rating: 5 hearts

Well ladies and gents, there you have it! Three mini reviews for three good books! Let me know your thoughts on any or all of the books below!!! I love getting feedback from all of you lovelies <3

Top Ten Books of 2013 (so far)

 

Top Ten Tuesday

A weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish :)

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday post is about the top books you have read so far in 2013! So, in no particular order…

best of 2013 so far 1

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler (my review)

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Delirium by Lauren Oliver (my review)

best of 2013 so far 2Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (my review)

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (my review)

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen (my review)

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (my review)

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (my review)

Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

clockwork angelTitle/Author: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Publisher/Year: McElderry Books on August 31, 2010
Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: The Infernal Devices
Other Books by Author: The Mortal Instruments Series
How I got this Book: Borrowed from a friend
Summary From Goodreads: When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own.

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