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Evil Step Sisters–A Book With Characters You Hate
All the Rage by Courtney Summers
I can’t think of a book I’ve read where I’ve actively disliked the protagonist–generally, the worst protagonists for me are the ones I don’t care about at all. So instead, I’ll settle for a book that had some secondary characters who were terrible in an incredibly human, realistic way and who made me whisper “I hate people” to myself at several points when I was reading.
Prince Charming–A Book With A Gentleman
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
I am talking about Liam Stewart, who is wonderful and sweet and loves all his friends so much and calls Ruby darlin’ and at one point randomly gives her socks when she’s crying and basically makes my eyes turn into little cartoon hearts. I like Liam Stewart a lot, can you tell?
Cinderella–A Character Who is Kind, Graceful, and Defiant
Sansa Stark–A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
I don’t think I’ve talked about ASOIAF on this blog yet, mostly because it’s been ages since I read it and I remember very little. But I love Sansa Stark and her subtle character growth and the tactics she learns to use to survive in her terrible situation and her ability to keep some of her hope and compassion even after everything she’s been through.
Fairy Godmother–A Character Who Always Has Someone Watching Over Them
Lissa Dragomir–Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
I’ve only read the first Vampire Academy book thus far, but Lissa and Rose’s friendship is by far my favorite thing about the story. Both characters care very deeply about each other, and it’s immediately clear that Rose will do anything to protect Lissa. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books and cry about their friendship some more!
Helpful Creatures–A Book That Makes You Happy When You’re Sad
The Turn of the Story/Wings in the Morning by Sarah Rees Brennan
Wings in the Morning is always what I reread when I need to cheer up. Both stories are so much fun and refreshingly self-aware, with believable, flawed characters and some hilarious dialogue. Also, a certain ship gets together in Wings in the Morning that makes me embarrassingly happy. The first time I read the story, I literally jumped up and down and squealed with excitement. I am a human disaster.
Ashes–A Book You Didn’t Care For
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
I love the Raven Cycle and The Scorpio Races, so I expected to enjoy Shiver at least a little. However, while there are some good things about it (the writing, some cute scenes, Isabel’s entire existence), I mostly found the book slow and boring. My biggest problem was the focus on Sam and Grace’s romance; they were thoroughly uninteresting as a couple and only barely interesting as individuals. Honestly? If Maggie Stiefvater’s name wasn’t on the cover, I probably wouldn’t have finished it.
Pumpkin–A Character With A Transformation
Ida Holmstrom–The Engelsfors Trilogy by Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg
Ida begins the series as the resident mean girl who bullies others and wants nothing to do with the rest of the Chosen Ones. By the end of the second book, her worldview has shifted dramatically. That’s all I can really say about spoilers, but her character arc is amazing and I was surprised by how intensely I grew to love her.
Impossible–A Book With an Ending You Didn’t See Coming
The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
If you’ve read this book, you know exactly what I mean.
Just Breathe–Something that Inspires You to be Courageous
The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan
Kami Glass = life inspiration. That is all.
Happily Ever After–A Book With a Perfect Ending
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
The ending was so CUTE and HAPPY and HEARTWARMING and gave me a mountain of warm fuzzy feelings!