Top Ten Author Pairings that NEED to Happen Right NOW

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I thought this list would be really difficult because I’ve never though about this before today. FRET NOT, once I wrote down all my faves it really easy to pair them up. I’m really looking forward to looking at other’s lists this week because there are many other combinations that would make my heart explode which I never even thought of. Anyways, here’s my list!

The Fault  in Our Stars by John GreenIf I Stay by Gayle Forman1. Gayle Forman and John Green

I would spontaneously combust if these two geniuses put their minds together. CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE THE AMOUNT OF SOBBING THAT WOULD OCCUR? The world still isn’t read for this. Their book = a million tissues needed + readers are emotionally scared for a lifetime + something you re-read over and over and over again.

Trouble by Non Pratt Pieces of Us by Margie Gelbwasser2. Margie Gelbwasser and Non Pratt

These two ladies are not that well known but I remember that neither Pieces of Us and Trouble was sugarcoated in any way, shape or form. They’re both amazing at handling heavy topics and Pratt could even slip in a bit of humour in there, who knows? Their book = raw + emotional + fantastic.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas3. Cassandra Clare and Sarah J. Maas

Erm, why have the two Queens of YA Fantasy not collaborated yet? I refer to Sarah J. Maas as a Queen and I refer to Cassandra Clare as a Queen too but don’t EVER make me choose between. Their book = an infinite number of kickass female characters + a love triangle that actually works and rips out your heart from your chest + many attractive males.

Finding Audrey by Sophie KinsellaThe Moon and More by Sarah Dessen 4. Sophie Kinsella and Sarah Dessen

I’ve only read Finding Audrey a few weeks ago from Kinsella and I’ve read only two or three Sarah Dessen books but oh gosh CAN YOU IMAGINE? Their book = hilarious dialogue + summery setting + an adorable yet believable romance.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell5. Rainbow Rowell and Stephanie Perkins

OH GOSH OH GOSH OH GOSH. This is probably my favourite pairing out of all of them. They write the most adorable contemporaries and I would probably die from the cuteness overload if they were to ever collab. Their book = lots of squeal and inhuman noises + all readers’ hearts melt + the need for ONE MORE CHAPTER.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater6. Richelle Mead and Maggie Stiefvater

Okay, I know what you’re thinking: they’re basically polar opposites. Heat me out! I’ve always loved the concept of Maggie’s books and I’m forever sulking that I don’t have the patience for The Raven Boys but her writing just draaaaaaaags so much. Richelle Mead could definitely cure that as well as adding in load of humour. Their book =  something really unique + lots of humor + supernatural powers.

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson We Were Liars by E. Lockhart7. E. Lockhart and Jandy Nelson

Just like Gayle Forman and John Green, these two would need to supply a box of tissues with their book free of charge. Although I feel like this pair would sway more towards dramatic than emotional endings. Their book = stunning lyrical writing + heartbreaking family relationships + a WTF plot twist.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak A Thousand Spledid Suns by Khaled Hosseini8. Markus Zusak and Khaled Hosseini

I’ve read The Book Thief just under and year ago and this summer I read A Thousand Splendid Suns. THESE TWO without a doubt can write children and historical fiction/ I would be the first in line to buy their book. Their book = protagonist starts off as a child + spans over decades and different countries + a sobfest worthy ending.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan9. Rick Riordan and JK Rowling

You have the brilliance that is Rick Riordan’s mythology-based books and the founder of Children’s fantasy to which all the rest are compared to. This includes Rick Riordan and I will forever defend him when somebody tries to tell me his books are just a rip-off of Harry Potter. Having said that, if JK Rowling was to write with Rick Riordan ahhh it would be the greatest adventure! Their book = magic + heroes + the kind of middle grade humour everyone can enjoy.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer The Host by Stephanie Meyer10. Stephanie Meyer and Stephanie Meyer

Because although she was very sneaky dropping Life and Death like that, I am still waiting for the sequel to The Host.  It’s been EIGHT YEARS STEPHANIE. EIGHT YEARS. Their book = The Seeker by Stephanie Meyer

So that’s it! Which two authors would you most want to collaborate? Leave a link to your list and I’ll make sure to check them out!

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas – book review

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Published: September 1st 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Length: 648 pages

Where I got it: LIbrary!

Why I got it: It’s my favourite YA series of all time. Why wouldn’t I get it?

Summary from Goodreads:

The queen has returned.
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…
She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.
She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.
The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series contrinues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

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Top Ten Tropes I Want to Stop Reading About

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First of all I have to say that this is very much a lighthearted list. Yeah, yeah, these things are annoying but when done right, some of them can be great. Ahhh I had a lot of fun making this list and although I’m looking straight at some fantasy authors when I list some of these, all genres have them from time to time so let’s get into it.

tumblr_npyl0mTTh21tg72yro2_2501. Everyone is straight

This one is one of the things that bug me the most when reading fantasy/dystopia/any other universe. I’m 100% more likely to call BS if there’s no LGBT+ in the world you have created than if I see a dragon or a society where children kill other children for entertainment.

2. The Chosen One

Yes. We get it. You’re a half-this half-that and yet you thought you were SO ORDINARY. Your parents secretly had an amazing ability and now you have a DESTINY to fulfill? Woah. I never would have guessed. (I’m only allowing Harry as an exception to this.)

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3. Love Triangles

Honestly, I’m starting to think these are a myth. I have never seen a love triangle in real life and unless it’s done by Cassandra Clare, the book could do without the romantic melodrama AHH BUT NATTIE WHICH SHOULD I CHOOSE? The safe warmth of BOB or the adrenaline that makes me feel ALIVE with JACK? Puh-leaaaaase.

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tumblr_m0fe82V7AV1qh2o7zo1_5004. “She released a breath she didn’t know she was holding.”

Yes I am looking at you Cassandra Clare. I am looking right at you. (Although may others do it too. I cringe and then burst out laughing every time.)

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No. Just no.

6. Everyone is white

Lack of diversity also drives me crazy. YOU’RE TRYING TO TELL ME THAT ALL PEOPLE OF COLOUR JUST DROPPED DOWN DEAD OUT FOR NO REASON? No? Then where are they???tumblr_lc3ijnT8g71qbxnmd

7. Guys with a tragic backstories that excuse all their actions

*cough* Snape *cough*

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8. Boys and girls can’t last long without being more than friends

This is ridiculous and if I get frustrated enough at any one time I will probably rant about it in a post. More boy-girl friendships please??

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ohheyitsaj9. All the adults are pathetic and will never understand your situation

Adults aren’t that bad. They’re not the bad guys. But I guess this group of characters is sooooo misunderstood.

10. “I’m a what?

Again, the only exception is Harry Potter. I guess this links in with being special but although it was nice at the beginning, as a reader, I much prefer for me to be saying “You’re a what?” as the author pulls out a massive plot twist (Example: basically all of Sarah J. Maas’ books.)

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SOOOOO let’s talk about it. What annoying tropes have I missed off my list? What’s the worst LOVE TRIANGLE you’ve ever read about? Any tragic heroes you could never love? Leave a link to your list and I’ll make sure to check them out.

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

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Ahh muy favourite topic: TBRs! Although I am terrible at actually sticking to what I usually say in these kinda of lists, I do try my best and some of these I’m super excited about. In fact, I’m going today to pick up four of them from the library. That’s the first four titles on my list and oh god am I excited to finally get to Queen of Shadows (that’s probably my most anticipated book of the year if I’m being honest) because I know so so many people have read it already and my copy is STILL waiting for me at the library. *sighhhhh* Anyways, here is my list of books I’ll probably read during this Autumn:

1. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

2. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

3. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

4. George by Alex Gino

5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

6. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

7. Zombicorns by John Green

8. Binge by Tyler Oakley

9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition

Let me know what books you’re planning on reading in the next few months! Leave your links down in the comments and I will be sure to check them out! :3

Top Ten Book to Movie Adaptations

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Ahhh everyone that has been around here a while knows I’m a sucker for a good book to movie adaptation. I mean, we all love them right? There is that dilemma of “I don’t want them to ruin it!” versus “What if it’s epic and I’ll have a whole different way to love this story.” I’ve experienced that mental struggle too many times to count and, although this is a post celebrating the films that were translated brilliantly, there have been a lot of cringe worthy adaptions that make me all the more grateful for everyone who made the films below so fantastic. Okay. Enough already! Here is my list of Top 10 Book to Movie Adaptations:

101. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

This is and always will be the best book to movie adaptation out there. I keep a list of book to movie adaptations that I’ve seen on my phone and over the past 4 years I’ve watched over 25. None of the beat the amazing work of ART that is the last Harry Potter movie. The first time I saw it I must have been around 12 years old and I was taken with the adults of the family (parents, uncles, aunties etc.) to go see it and I remembered nothing of it. I didn’t grow up with Harry Potter, I didn’t read the books. Honestly, it was a bit annoying. Fast forward to 2014 and I’m bundled up in a blanket at 10 pm. I’ve finished the book a few hours earlier and stopped crying about an hour beforehand. I put the DVD on and I KID YOU NOT I watched the whole thing and then I restarted it and watched it again. I spent about an hour watching the extra bonus footage after that and so god knows what time I went to bed but I can tell you that so so so many tears were shed that day. (The rest of my list would be mostly HP so I’m going to count all the others in this one too.)

112. Catching Fire

What is there to say about this movie? What can I say that hasn’t been said before. This film is still my favourite out of the three that are out so far (with Mockingjay Part 1 close behind and I’m pretty sure Mockinjay Part 2 will be high on this list too). The Hunger Games is such a fantastic movie series even without mentioning how closely they follow the book. These movies are successful because they know what to change from the book and they know what to leave out all together (especially with Mockingjay. Don’t even get me started on that train wreck of a book.) I’m so so excited for the last film! We’re all going to need a lot of tissues.

123. Divergent

I know a lot of people are a bit iffy about this series/this movie in particular, but this is a one of the few movies I allowed myself to see twice in the cinema. THIS WAS AN INCREDIBLE MOVIE. Gosh, just writing about how amazing this first film was makes me so mad at the creators of the second film. If I was making a list of book to film adaptations which I hated, Insurgent would be very high indeed. Back to Divergent, I thought it was absolutely fantastic and I cried a few times while watching it (what a surprise, I know!).

134. If I Stay

Woah! Another one that a lot of people (*cough* critics *cough*) hated and I couldn’t help but love. Chloe Grace Moretz is such a fantastic choice for Mia and this movie had be bawling 10 minutes into it (just like the book!). I really loved how they did the flashbacks and how they put importance on the family relationships and not just the romance and GUYS IT WAS SO GOOD. I cannot believe I haven’t rewatched it yet (although I think I’m waiting for an evening when I can unapologetically cry over this stupid teenage girl with a stupid family and a stupid boyfriend that gives me all these stupid EMOTIONS).

145. Paper Towns

Paper Towns before TFIOS? OMG Nattie what’s wrong with you????  Honestly, I just liked it better. When I look back at TFIOS it’s nowhere near as funny as Paper Towns and I, unlike many other people, really liked Margo’s character (and Cara Delevingne, but that’s beside the point.) Although looking back at it I would not give it a five star rating, I enjoyed myself immensely while watching this film and as soon as I walked out of the cinema I wanted to go in again. It was wonderful!

Other favourites:

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6. The Fault in Our Stars
7. Mockingjay Part 1
8. Breaking Dawn Part 2

(Shhh, don’t judge. That film was amazing and twilight haters of the past have to admit it was epic)

9. The Hunger Games
10. Eclipse

So that’s it! I hope you also loved some of the films from my list and I’m 100% recommend all of these movies as well as the books that came before them! Leave me a link to your Top Ten for this week and I’ll be checking them out all day. I’m especially excited for today because it’s a Freebie! Who knows what lists I’ll find C:

Summertime Madness Book Tag

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I’ve gone back to school, I’m drowning in work and my reading time has been significantly reduced. Yupp, sounds like summer is officially over. But don’t threat, with this book tag I’ll attempt to hold onto summer for a couple more minutes. Thank you very much to the lovely Kelsey over at Don’t Shush MeI’m not going to waffle any more so let’s begin.

The Moon and More by Sarah DessenShow a book with a summery cover

My mind went instantly to Sarah Dessen’s The Moon and More. I’ve only read two of her books (this one and Along for the Ride) which is bad because I know a lot of people love her and I did enjoy both of the books that I have read from her. What I also know is that her stories mostly (always?) take place during the summer and the cover of The Moon and More is very summery indeed.

tumblr_lzxnn9TksB1rp36l1o1_400Pick one fictional place that would be perfect for a summer vacation

Whenever I hear “fictional place” in a question, my brain chooses to think of nowhere else but Hogwarts. Hogwarts. HOGWARTS. HOGWARTS! However, since this is a summer vacation and nobody’s going to be there until September, I’ll go with the next best thing: the Weasley’s Burrow. I mean, CAN YOU IMAGINE? Playing Quidditch in the garden and eating Mrs Weasley’s massive meals three times a day and going to see the Quidditch World Cup, I repeat: can you just imagine? It sounds perfect.

25005214You’re about to go on a flight to your summer vacation, but you want to read a book that lasts for the whole flight, what novella do you choose?

Since I heard the new Red Queen novella has just been released (although this fantasy world doesn’t exactly scream light-summer-reading), I’d definitely go with Queen Song by Victoria Aveyard. You can find my review of Red Queen HERE but overall I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait for the sequel in 2016. AHHH give it to me already!

Fangirl by Rainbow RowellYou have a case of summertime sadness, what happy book do you pick up to shine a smile on your face?

I know Rainbow Rowell’s books are fantastic as well as funny and cute so I’ll probably pick up Fangirl. I’ve read Eleanor and Park and so I have full trust in the hype surrounding Rainbow Rowell. Fangirl is the one I hear the most about and the one I actually own. Plus, I mean, it’s about a girl who writes fanfiction, how have I not read this yet?

The Lightening Thief by Rick RiordanYou’re sitting alone on the beach alone… which fictional character would be your beach babe?

My default answer for any book boyfriend question is, of course, William Herondale from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. BUT, since this is someone I’m going to be spending my time on the beach with (and let’s be real, all that black Shadowhunter gear and weapons? Not the greatest outfit for the beach) I’m going to chose Percy Jackson. If you don’t know, Percy Jackson is the son of the sea god which makes him an absolutely perfect beach babe.

dobby-harry-potter-dog-222063 (1)To match your ice cream you want an icy cool sidekick! Which fictional side kick do you pick?

I straight away thought of Annabeth from Percy Jackson and the Olympians but she’s not a sidekick and I refuse to consider her a sidekick. I think Dobby would be a really cool and interesting sidekick. Sure, he’s had some ups and downs but he’s super helpful and I’d give him socks every day just to hear him say, “Mistress has given Dobby a sock.”

It’s so sad that summertime is nearly over for the year! Before it is though, I will tag the last 5 blogs I followed!

Cait @ Paper Fury

Shelumiel @ Bookish and Awesome

Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts 

Sarah @ Exploring All Genres

Thank you again to Kelsey for tagging me! You can find her answers to the tag HERE. It’s been fun and now that it’s over I can officially welcome Autumn (or Fall if you want to be American) in all its chilly-days-and-falling-leaves glory. Bring on Halloween!

Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

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This week was hard for me because I tend to marathon all the books in the series together so unless the last book hasn’t come out yet, nearly all of the series that I’ve started are finished. BUT I tried my best and here is the result:

Geek Girl by Holly SmaleRed Queen by Victoria AveyardA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas Throne of Glass by Sarah J. MaasA Darker Shade final for Irene

1. Geek Girl by Holly Smale – After finishing the third book, I’m not too keen on the main character. She’s just too immature and I can’t relate to her whatsoever. I will be finishing it though!

2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – I want the next book now please! Please? Although a new novella just came out so I’ll definitely be reading that sometime soon!

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – This author is a queen and I’m pretty sure I everybody knows why so I’ll save myself from the explanation.

4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – God, I can’t wait for Queen of Shadows to finally arrive. I’m dying over here!

5. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – I have yet to read her other books but I do really like the first book in this series and I can’t wait for the sequel.

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra ClareThe Vampire Diaries by L.J. SmithAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins  The Host by Stephanie Meyer  Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

6. The Magisterium Series by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare – I’ve heard no buzz surrounding the release of the sequel which is a shame because I kinda liked the first one. Will be getting to it soon!

7. The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith – I mean, I’ve read 12 books from this mega series of a four book original series and the two trilogies that followed. I have yet to read the last one. One more won’t kill me?

8. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – Yeah, yeah, this probably doesn’t count. They’re companion novels but I really enjoyed both Anna and Lola so Isla is definitely on the horizon too!

9. The Host by Stephanie Meyer – *glares at the author from a thousand miles away* It’s been SEVEN YEARS Stephanie. I want my sequel.

10. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead – I’ve said this before but I don’t really want to finish this series because the romance annoys me and Sydney annoys me and the way Adrian changed annoys me. I looked on the wiki to see what happens at the end of the series and I might just finish this series out of curiosity. I’ll get there someday…

Are you guilty of starting and not finishing a bunch of series? Or do you like to marathon them back to back like me? Leave me a link to your list for this week and I’ll make sure to check it out!