Booksish Discussions

Character Crossovers

Have you ever wondered what characters would do well in a different world? Would they thrive? Would they fit in with those group of characters? What if we swapped two characters from different books?

Well as I was thinking about this I actually realised that I think several characters would survive pretty well if they were swapped. So of course I had to write a blog post about it!
So here are some characters that I think would do well if they were swapped into each other’s stories!

1 Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows and Artemis Fowl from the Artemis Fowl series – Look I firmly believe that Artemis is a younger version of Kaz so obviously they would be able to swap quite well into each other’s lives. Imagine the havoc Kaz could wreak with Artemis’ fortune!

2 Inej Ghafa from Six of Crows and Zafira Iskander from We Hunt the Flame – Both badass women who are deadly with weapons and have questionable taste in men. I mean they could easily be deadly sisters, wow, just imagine if they fought alongside each other. They would be lethal!

3 Cress from The Lunar Chronicles and Kady Grant from Illuminae – Both super smart computer geeks who have to work under exceptional circumstances.

4 Darrow from Red Rising and Alizayd Al-Qahtani from The City of Brass – Both of them fight for injustices happening to their people and both have a knack for being reckless. They are both lethal with weapons and all I’m saying is that if they became allies they would make a pretty deadly team.

5 Elias from An Ember in the Ashes and Okami from Flame in the Mist – They have both reluctantly been made into something they don’t want. Yet they still retain their humanity and battle daily with their violent side.

So here is my character crossovers! Let me know what you think and who you think would do well in each other’s stories!

Booksish Discussions

Characters Who Deserve Their Own Book

So this is something I was discussing recently with some of my friends and now I really want a book for each of these characters. They may not be the main character but they are so important to the story and I just want to see more of their arc and point of view!

We’re also getting stories from some of my favourite characters (Nikolai Lanstov, Alec and Magnus) and it made me think of the other characters who I feel deserve their own book

So here are some characters that I wish would get their own book or at least a novella!

1 Nico Di Angelo from the Percy Jackson series – he is part of several of the Percy Jackson series but we don’t get to see a lot from his point of view or what he does when he’s not with the other demigods and I adore him so much and wish that Rick Riordan would write a series centred around him!

2 Sevro from the Red Rising trilogy – he is one of my favourite characters in this trilogy and he deserves all the love! I really want to see more from his view on things, I think it would be quite funny

3 Shahrzad from Rebel of the Sands – she is a badass and even though I adore how much we get to see of her in the story she’s missing from large parts of the story as we only see Amani’s POV and I want to know more about her, how she ended up as a general of the rebel princes army and just more of her!

4 Jalal and Despina from The Wrath and the Dawn – they were amazing together but we don’t see more than the role they play in helping Shahrzad and Khalid and I want more of them please!

5 The Darkling from the Grisha trilogy – so this is probably the one I want most because I am completely and entirely in love with the Darkling! I want a prequel so bad! To know him before he became the Darkling, how he became the Darkling that we see in the books

6 Kenji from the Shatter Me series – so although I haven’t finished the series I already love Kenji and I hope we get to see more of him and more of his backstory

7 Yumi from Flame in the Mist – we get a short story from her POV and it made me fall in love with her! So I think a novella or a longer story from her POV would be amazing!

So these are the ones I can think of right now, it will probably increase as I read more books too!

What characters would you love to see more of and see that they get their own book?

Fiction Books, YA Books

Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh ARC Review

smoke in the sun
Rating: 4.5/5

Blurb from goodreads:
After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice–to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor’s ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead.
With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and the very safety of the empire.

I was sent an ARC of Smoke in the Sun from the publishers Hodder and Stoughton in exchange for an honest review.

Ever since I read The Wrath and the Dawn duology, Renee Ahdieh has become an auto buy author for me! So When Flame in the Mist came out I was so excited to read it! Especially when I heard that it was a loose Mulan retelling! Mulan is one of my all time favourite Disney films so I went into that book with high expectations and I was not disappointed! I have been eagerly awaiting the release for Smoke in the Sun ever since and when I found out my request to get this ARC was approved I literally squealed with joy! And let me tell you, Smoke in the Sun was even better than Flame in the Mist!

Before reading the ARC I also read both short stories that Renee Ahdieh published. Okami and Yumi were both great short stories and I loved seeing things from their POV. They were both set in between Flame in the Mist and Smoke and the Sun. I would definitely recommend reading both!

So Smoke in the Sun was a slightly different story in the sense that Flame in the Mist had a lot more action whereas there is a lot more of political intrigue pushing the story forward in the second book. We get to see more of the nobility including the new Emperor Roku and his half brother Prince Raidan. They have great development throughout the book and actually turn out to be much more complex than I thought they would be initially. We also get to see the way the Imperial Court works, with women having their own rules and hierarchy.

Some of my favourite parts were the strong female characters, not only is Mariko a badass but she has other women around her who are just as strong but the best part was that they helped and supported each other. I loved seeing women empower women instead of the pettiness we sometimes see amongst female characters. I really loved the female empowerment that was woven throughout the story and how even though the women were considered less, they still made their voices heard.

Okay, so I thought while reading The Wrath and the Dawn, that Shahrzad was a badass but I adored Mariko just as much! Mariko is strong, independent, opinionated and smart but she has vulnerabilities and she has flaws and she knew them. She battled with them to overcome them. She loved Okami but she didn’t let that cloud her judgement for what needed to be done for the greater good. It made her so relatable and such a great complex, well rounded character.

In fact all the characters despite their individual strengths had flaws and I loved that about them. They weren’t just these invincible, perfect people. They were real people and it made the story just that much more amazing to see characters like that. I especially loved the character development of Okami and Prince Raidan.

Of course I have to mention Renee Ahdieh’s writing. I love her writing style, her vivid descriptions meant I could really picture what was going on as the story progressed.

The story itself was full of political intrigue and suspense with all the characters having to make tough decisions to ensure the safety of the people. Family ties and family loyalty is tested, not only between the Emperor and the Prince but also between Mariko and Kenshin and Yumi and her brother. We see how power can make people think they are above everything and make them cruel.

The only thing I would say is that I felt the ending happened too quickly, I wish there had been a few more pages to that climax even though I loved the way it ended, if there had been a few more pages it wouldn’t have felt so sudden.

The ending of the book was bitter sweet for me. I loved how the story ended but it also means that I won’t get to see more of Mariko and Okami and all the other characters I grew to love throughout this duology.

So this book was such a great read and one of my most anticipated books this year and it certainly did not disappoint!

This book is releasing on 7th June so there is not long to wait!

Thank you to Hodder and Stoughton for sending me this ARC.