Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesday – Characters Who Need A Break

Sharing a top 5 wednesday post with you all today! So we’ve all read books where the character really goes through it and all we want to do is give them a hug. So here are some of the characters that could really do with a hug and some time off.

Alizayd from The Daevabad Trilogy – He really does not get a break in these books and the fact that they’re set over almost a decade. My boy needs a break. He carried the whole of Daevabad on his back and even the ending was him working to rebuild Daevabad. Shannon please give him a break! Let him nerd out on books and economics! Let me go there and give him a hug and maybe convince him to marry me instead.

Percy Jackson – This boy does not ever get a break even when he tries to distance himself, he’s dragged straight back in and now he has to go on a quest just to get into university?! Let him rest Rick!

Rae from The Theft of Sunlight – My girl really starts off by going to visit her cousin and ends up taking down a slave ring instead. She really needs some time off to go and see her family and friends and just relax for a while.

Selwyn from Legendborn – Look he lives in perpetual stress and it is not good for him. Let him have some time off where he doesn’t have to worry about keeping Bree and Nick alive! 

Laila from The Gilded Wolves – She straight up deserves a holiday after everything she goes through and then also dealing with an angsty Severin. 

Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesday – Strong Females

Hey booknerds! I have another top 5 wednesday post today! And I will be sharing my favourite badass female characters!

Nahri from The Daevabad Trilogy – Smart, resourceful and will happily con all the men in power. I love her.

Amara from The Wolf Den – She fought ruthlessly to escape her being sold into slavery and I cannot wait to see her take on the man who made her work in a brothel.

Rae from The Theft of Sunlight – She decided to fight systemic oppression and take on a slave trade ring. An absolute badass.

Laila from The Gilded Wolves – She is seen as exotic but she fights everyday for her friends and for a better world. She cares deeply and hasn’t let how people treat her get her down. 

Zaynab from The Daevabad Trilogy – She may be seen as a pampered princess but don’t let that fool you. She is the smartest Qahtani and her political skills will rival both Muntadhir and Ghassan.

I love each and every one of these incredible complex women and I highly recommend you all read these books so you can know them too.

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – Favourite Book Settings

Sharing some of my favourite book settings in this post. Some of the places I would absolutely love to visit!

Daevabad from The City of Brass – I mean duh! If Alizayd turned up and said lets go, I would drop everything and absolutely go!

Caraval from Caraval – It seems so magical to go see everything there just as long as I could definitely leave unscathed

Arawiya from We Hunt the Flame – Look let me just go hang out with Altair and eat good food.

Ketterdam from Six of Crows – Would I survive? Who knows? But it will be fun!

The Shire from Lord of the Rings – It just seems so peaceful, I just want to spend my time relaxing and reading there

Camp Half Blood from the Percy Jackson Series – I would love to go hang out with them all!

Lunar from The Lunar Chronicles – Obviously I would visit once Cinder is in charge

San Cristobal from Nocturna – I just want to visit Alfie, Finn and Luka and hang out

City of Noor from The Candle and the Flame – It seems so wonderful and I just want to spend a day walking the streets

L’Edan from The Gilded Wolves – I want to hang out with Laila and Zofia and them all and eat good food, maybe plan a heist or two

Where would you love to visit?

Diverse Books, YA Books

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi – ARC Review

This book is pure pain but I loved every second of it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Séverin and his team members might have successfully thwarted the Fallen House, but victory came at a terrible cost — one that still haunts all of them. Desperate to make amends, Séverin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumored to grant its possessor the power of God.

Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into the icy heart of Russia where crystalline ice animals stalk forgotten mansions, broken goddesses carry deadly secrets, and a string of unsolved murders makes the crew question whether an ancient myth is a myth after all.

As hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them, the crew will discover new dimensions of themselves. But what they find out may lead them down paths they never imagined.

This sequel was spectacular and pure pain but I loved it so much. Roshani’s writing is incredible and she had me completely enthralled by the hidden world she has created within our world. In this book the story continues soon after the events of the first book and we see how everything that happened in The Gilded Wolves has affected and changed each of the characters.

My place is wherever I damn well please.

Laila is my queen, I loved her so much in this book and how she handles everything despite everything going on she makes sure that they are all okay. I especially loved seeing her friendship with Zofia and how she looks out for her and the love between them. She also has a wonderful relationship with Enrique and it was so beautiful to see Zofia and Enrique accept her completely.

Severin is in a dark place in this book and does things out of desperation and fear of losing the rest of them like Tristan. Even though it is clear that he loves them all, he pushes them away and creates a wall around himself which creates tension between him and the others, especially with Laila. Honestly the way he treats Laila at times, I was screaming at her to slap some sense into him.

I wish my love was more beautiful.

Enrique, Hypnos and Zofia also have their own issues to deal with as well as trying to find the divine lyrics with Severin and Laila. It was really great to see their relationships develop and grow and they themselves also grew a lot. Zofia realises she is more capable than she believed herself to be. Enrique learns he is valued and heard by those he loves. Hypnos finds family in these people although it is still a tentative relationship especially as Severin constantly pushes him away.

History is full of ghosts, because it’s full of myth. All of it woven together depending on who survived to do the telling.

The story is incredible and had me completely hooked from the beginning and I was truly rooting for the characters and I loved seeing their friendships. Not only as a group but each of them have individual friendships with each other too. The loyalty between them and the way they love each other despite not always showing it. I just loved them all so much.

The build up and the tension that Roshani created in the book was killing me and I was just wanting to read one more chapter to know what happens next. I loved how we are slowly given clues about the divine lyrics and the fallen house and yet the plot twists still killed me. I was so shocked from the revelations at the end and what an ending that was. I was left an emotional wreck as one thing after another kept going wrong with no good ending in sight.

When a man cannot see a person as a person, then the devil has slipped into him and is peering out of his eyes.

There was also some great discussions about history and colonialism and how the history of people of colour has been destroyed. Discussions about how you are seen as inferior based on where you are from and the colour of your skin. How those with dark skin are seen as barely human and anything can be done to them because no one will care what happened to them. Things that are still relevant today. I really loved seeing that in the book.

These books and these characters have stolen my heart and I just cannot wait for the final book although I am also terrified to read it because I know that this book will hurt me.

Friday Favourites

Friday Favourites – Fictional Families

This was hosted by Something of the Book who created this tag out of a love for lists. Now Geeky Galaxy is taking over the tag. There are different topics for us all to be able to take part and you can find the prompts here. There isn’t a specific number of favourites so it’s entirely up to you how many you share.

This weeks topic is about fictional families and I love seeing fictional families. I especially love this trope as my friends are basically my family too and my sisters are my best friends too so I think it’s so important to show that family can be so different for each person and not just the traditional parent child etc.

So here are my favourite fictional families:

Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan – This series shows such a wonderful found family and how complex it can be and it was just amazing to see.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – I love the Rampion crew so much and how they become a family!

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – I love how they look out for and support each other and how they are understanding of each others differences.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – I adore the Dregs so much and their banter is the best!

Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart – I have a really close relationshipwith my sisters too so it was so great to see how the sisters were together in this book and how they looked out for each other but also argued like sisters do.

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty – I love the Qahtani siblings! They have such interesting dynamics and it’s such a complex relationship between them especially the brothers because of them being a ruling family.

So here are some of my favourite fictional families. What books have some of your favourites?