[Book Tags #8] The R.I.P. It or Ship It Book Tag

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Okay, so my good friend Salve from Cuckoo for Books tagged me to do the R.I.P. It or Ship It Book Tag. (Watch her entry here.) When I first saw this tag over at Christine’s Booktube Channel, I thought that this tag was only for booktubers. I mean, reactions would be a lot more legit if this was so, right? But it feels like a fun tag to do so I might as well join in on the fun. So, down below are the names of pairs that I got. By the way, I wrote 30 names, so I’m writing down 15 pairs. 🙂

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[Top Ten Tuesdays #2] Fan Casting of my Top Ten Book Boyfriends in YA Dystopia/Fantasy

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I’ve been wanting to do this post for quite some time now, but the courage to do so didn’t come to me until this weekend, seeing how many I have on my list. But now, I shall list down my most probable book boyfriends in Young Adult Dystopia/Fantasy plus my fan casting. Some of the GIFs I used are my choice for the specific character, while some are the real deal.

Book Boyfriend (n) – A male fictional character that a person wants to be in a relationship with.

#10: The Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo – I really wasn’t a big fan of this series but The Darkling really appealed to me. He’s a very dark and mysterious character that compels the reader to get to know him more. Alone, he was a great character. But that does not change my opinion of The Grisha Trilogy.

My fan cast: Sean O’Pry. Dark hair. Mesmerizing eyes. Yes. Oh, just yes!

#9: Number Nine from The Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore – Sometimes, a fangirl really need cocky boys to mess around with. And who would be more perfect for this than Number Nine? Right? He’s muscular, strong, and so manly. He might be a big ego maniac, but hey. He still has a heart! And with a heart as big as his, who knows what we have in store?

My fan cast: Colton Haynes. I’m basing it on his character from Teen Wolf, Jackson Whittemore. He’s one cocky human being, and I can’t imagine someone as perfect as he is for Number Nine.#8: Darrow au Andromedus from Red Rising by Pierce Brown – Darrow is one of the most passionate, most caring, and bravest characters I have ever came to read about. It is with these traits that I have fallen in love with him and his story. He’s driven, and he will go to different heights just to attain the dream that his wife, Eo, had for him. Who wouldn’t want him for a boyfriend?

My fan cast: Alexander Ludwig. If you’ve watched him on Vikings, or The Hunger Games, you would know just how much he has in common with Darrow. Believe me. He’s freakishly strong and quite a determined creature. Just give him a little darker complexion and we have ourselves a Darrow!#7: Dorian Havilliard from The Throne Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas – A peaceful, caring, and passionate Prince with a love for the printed word, Prince Dorian of Adarlan will surely swoon all types of women, whether a bibliophile or not. Also, he is a prince with a strong disposition. He will stand by his decisions. He’s the type of prince who won’t let you down. *sighs*

My fan cast: Douglas Booth. I don’t even know why. There’s just something about him that reminds me so much of the Crown Prince of Adarlan. Also, his bone structure is on fleek in this gif. You’re welcome, ladies.

#6: Minho from The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner – Minho is a brash yet dependable leader. He will never let you down, and he won’t leave you in your time of need, the same way he didn’t leave Thomas in the maze. I’m adding him to my list since every book boyfriend list needs at least one Asian. Haha!

The cast: Ki Hong Lee. Yep. Asian. Also, he’s a great runner. So, that seems sufficient. Right. And he’s cute!

#5: Tobias “Four” Eaton from The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth – A trained fighter, a born leader with a knack for epic action, Four is absolutely one of the best book boyfriends ever. He’s capable of loving someone as hard-headed as Tris, and for me, that seems enough reason. But also, he’s that kind of guy who would help you especially in times of great need. He’s perfectly capable of leading a nation, and with that said, I know he’s capable of leading a family. Hehehe.

The cast: Theo James. He portrayed Four rather well, if you ask me. He’s rugged, just as the character is defined in the best-selling books. He’s muscular, and everything in Theo is highly believable in reference to Four.

#4: Percy Jackson from The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan – They say that humor is, among many others, a trait that easily captures the heart of women (or men, whatever floats your boat). In that case, Percy Jackson is a shoe-in for this list. Filled with wit, sass, and comedy, our favorite demigod will not only swoon us with his jokes, but also with his healing abilities. Right? Also, those blue eyes? Dayum!

The cast: Logan Lerman. A lot of people might disagree with me on this but The Lightning Thief was one of my favorites at the time it was released. I can recall it vividly: I once handled an account dedicated to him on Tumblr. I used to open and post daily. But circumstances have changed and time constraints led me to leave it to a friend.

#3: Alec Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare – I’m going to be honest. I’ve only read a little about Alec Lightwood. I’ve only read City of Bones, but I know just how brave Alec is. At first, he was afraid to tell the world about his sexuality. Since the Clave shuns those who are “different”, he kept it to himself, but eventually found the courage to come out. I admire bravery. Especially when it comes to homosexuality.

The cast: Matthew Daddario. I don’t know a lot about him either. All I know is he’s a great Alec, physically speaking. Also, he’s a great guy as well! Now, I really can’t wait to watch the Shadowhunters series! Oh! And he’s also playing a role in the Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List movie!

#2: Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – A fae living under a curse, Tamlin is a grungy character with a temper. He is nowhere near the likes of Percy Jackson or any other humorous male characters, but deep, deep, DEEP down, he has a heart bigger than his Spring Court. He’s capable of not only casting magic, but also loving with every fiber of his being. No one would ever turn down someone like Tamlin.

My fan cast: Tyler Hoechlin. For fans of the hit TV series Teen Wolf, I know that you know what I’m talking about right here. Derek Hale, the character he’s portraying on the show, is an immensely dark character. They have the exact same traits. Give him a different shade of hair color, and we’re good to go!

#1: Chaol Westfall from The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas – And of course, how could I forget my most favorite Captain of the Guard? Chaol Westfall is the bravest, most sensitive, most caring, and most passionate captain in literature that I have come to read about. He puts up a brave front, that’s why at first, you would think of him as a snob and immensely disinterested. But deep down, he has a love bigger than Adarlan, and it’s no secret that he’s good in many things, if you know what I mean. 😉

My fan cast: Chace Crawford. Well, to be honest, I had a hard time trying to find a perfect match for Chaol. I have never seen Chace in an intense action movie. His complexion, however, makes me agree with my decision, thus, making me unsure of my choice for this one.

There you have it, folks! A list of my favorite book boyfriends in the YA Dystopia/Fantasy genre! :Let me know if you agree, or disagree, on the comments below! And tell me who’s your number 1 book boyfriend! Add in a fan casting of your own!

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[Book Review #31] City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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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…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

Book Specifications:

Author: Cassandra Clare

Format: Hardcover

Part of a Series: Yes. The Mortal Instruments #1.

Release Date: March 27, 2007

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

No. of Pages: 485 pages

Price: 720.00Php

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Dystopian, Paranormal, Magic, Supernatural, Fiction, Urban Fantasy

Book Review:

The Cover: Featuring a split image of a skyline, which I’m assuming is New York’s, and a body of a blonde Shadowhunter, which I’m also assuming is our protagonist, Jace Wayland, and a yellow background, the cover of the first installment of The Mortal Instruments series certainly has a lot going on for just a cover, but it’s bright and eye-catching elements certainly caught my eye. Good! (4 out of 5 stars)

CONFESSION: I wasn’t supposed to read this book just yet. I wanted to get my hands on the re-prints of the series with new covers (photo provided below) which are scheduled to be released this Fall. Either that, or I also had my eye on the complete boxed set of the whole series, in this specific cover.

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BUT… My curiosity finally gave with all the hype that this series has been getting due to the casting of the new show, Shadowhunters, which is set to be aired January of 2016. (I will do a separate post for that.) So, in efforts to feed my curiosity, I borrowed copies from my friend, Luigi, who was kind enough to lend me the first 3 books in the series. Thanks, man!

The Story: The story was about Clary Fray who had a Shadowhunter for a mom, who didn’t want to risk her finding out about her past, and taking her to live the rest of their lives in peace in New York. As Clary’s coming of age fast approaches, she is then revealed to the truths as to what she is truly capable of. Meeting fellow Shadowhunters on the way, Jace Wayland, The Lightwood Siblings, Clary then goes on a local adventure to find the Mortal Cup, one of the 3 Mortal Instruments, to save their future and her mother. That sums it up for me. Below are some great details about the story.

  • I absolutely love the intense world building in this book. Cassandra Clare did a good job in turning New York City into a place where demons, shadowhunters, werewolves, vampires, warlocks, and other beings came to live. Who would’ve known that Central Park was filled with faeries? That nightclubs were sometimes visited by demons? Right? Well, that is something I loved about this book, and hopefully, the world building gets better as I dive deeper into the series. 
  • I loved how this book (or series, probably) was all about the action. In every single page, there was nothing but action, adventure, fight scenes, and it was intense and it had me on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what was about to happen next. It’s a big book, but I finished it in no time, given the story was just that good, and action-filled.
  • The deep back stories of every single character was immensely appreciated and relevant. It made me know more about everyone, and it’s as if I’ve been reading the series for quite some time thanks to the background stories. I know that Alec is gay, that Jace is probably the sexiest and most angelic Shadowhunter there is. I discovered that Isabelle might seem tough, but she’s a sweetheart all the same. And Clary, she may seem dumbfounded, but she’s a badass in her own way. I love it!
  • It’s been a while since I last read about gay characters. And it feels so good and enlightening that Alec Lightwood and Magnus Bane are both of the same gender, and is shipped by thousands of readers! Heck, Malec (Magnus + Alec) is also one of the many reasons as to why I gave in to my curiosity. Knowing that Matthew Daddario and Harry Shum Jr. will be playing their roles? OH MY GOD. I CANNOT CONTAIN MY FEELS!

I never knew that I would come to love this series as well. Being gay, I am more into contemporaries and light read dystopian novels but this just tickled the reader in me who loved action and adventure. It was a delight reading this book! (5 out of 5 stars)

The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.* I’m so frightened as to what will happen to our favorite Shadowhunters considering the condition of the Mortal Cup on Valentine’s evil hands. God knows what he’ll do with that Mortal Instrument. (Hopefully, everyone stays safe.) And that revelation concerning our protagonists, Clary and Jace, being brother and sister is something I didn’t really expect. But I have to admit, a part of me isn’t really buying it. I don’t know. Maybe answers are in the next books in the series which I, hopefully, will read sometime soon. And I’m so glad Alec and Clary’s on good terms as the first book came to a close. Now, I can love Alec Lightwood with my whole being. ♥ (5 out of 5 stars)


The Verdict: I had no idea that I was going to be as attached as I am right now with this fandom. At first, reading this book started out as an effort to know more about the fandom, considering that I was falling in love with the casting of the TV Show. But now that I have come to read about it, I got attached instantly! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series! (4.67 out of 5 stars)

Quotable Quotes:

“The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he’d learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.” – Jace Wayland

“The meek may inherit the earth, but at the moment it belongs to the conceited. Like me.” – Jace Wayland

“Declarations of love amuse me. Especially when unrequited.” – Jace Wayland

“And next time you’re planning to injure yourself to get me attention, just remember that a little sweet talk works wonders.”

“Sorry, are you telling me that your demon-slaying buddies need to be driven to their next assignment with the forces of darkness by my mom?” – Simon Lewis

“…to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.”

“You know, most psychologists agree that hostility is really just sublimated sexual attraction.” – Clary Fray

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