[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 #38] Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Book Specifications:

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Format: Hardcover

Part of a Series: Yes. Throne of Glass #2.

Release Date: August 27, 2013

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

No. of Pages: 418 pages

Price: 874.00Php

Genre: Romance, Young Adult, High Fantasy, Magic, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction Fantasy

Book Review:

The Cover: Just like the first book in the series, the cover features an image of a badass-looking woman, holding up two assassin swords/blades, but now, on this action-packed sequel to the Throne of Glass, the cover displays an orange background, with the same image seeming a lot more confident about herself. After accepting the fact that she is now the Champion of the King of Adarlan, she does seem a lot more sure about her plans and position, thus, the radiating kick-ass look. (5 out of 5 stars)

The Story: The story once again followed the life of Celaena Sardothien, otherwise known as Adarlan’s Assassin, after her victory over her other competitors for the title of the King’s Champion. In Crown of Midnight, we get to know our favorite assassin a little more. We discover a lot of back story for not only Celaena, but also for Dorian Havilliard, our favorite prince, and my all-time favorite Captain of the Guard, Chaol Westfall. Through this book, we also met a few more characters such as Archer Finn, Celaena’s old friend from the Assassin’s Keep, and a whole lot more. Below are some more details.

  • First and foremost, I would have to point that I am absolutely aboard the CHAOLAENA ship! Who’s with me? As the story started up until the middle part of the book, we saw quite a lot of my ship. Celaena fell in love with Chaol, and he with her. They were madly in love, and were absolutely ready to face the consequences until one certain thing that happened, which I will discuss onwards. But, I am still on that ship! I won’t change my mind!
  • As I started reading this book, I already knew that it will be as exciting as the first book, Throne of Glass. But boy, was I wrong! Crown of Midnight contained a lot more action in every page! Every chapter made me feel alive! Even the scenes where Chaol and Celaena seemed sweet, were full of swoon and excitement, something that I never thought of seeing in a novel as badass as the Throne of Glass series. *slow clap for Sarah J. Maas*
  • Archer’s motives with Celaena was downright predictable. The moment Celaena bargained with him for his life, I knew right away that he will betray our assassin. But his tricks weren’t predictable at all. He led Celaena to believe that Chaol was her enemy. That Nehemia, our beloved Princess of Eyllwe, hindered her to access her full potential as the King’s Champion. Well. Sarah did a great job making me hate him. But he really was relevant to the story. He made me realize that there are a lot of things that I, myself, didn’t know about Celaena.
  • Nehemia’s death was absolutely heart shattering. She was the perfect friend for Celaena. She was calm. She was regal, and her moves were always calculated: just as a Princess’s actions should have been. But sadly, she was taken away from us way too early. I don’t know if it’ll ever feel necessary, but I will always miss our rebel princess.
  • The amount of revelations in this single book is insane! We get to know more about Celaena, and her origin, I discovered a lot more about Dorian than I’ve honestly anticipated, and the insurmountable amount of details, are not in anyway predictable, making the whole book and the whole series very exciting.

The story was incredible! I couldn’t have asked for more! (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.* Can anyone actually believe that our Celaena Sardothien is Aelin Ashryver Galathynius? That she is the true Queen of Terrasen? Boy! I have to admit! it didn’t become obvious for me until I was reading the last chapter of the book, but OH MY GOD! Why haven’t I seen this coming? It was a perfect fit! She’s a brave and noble assassin. Terrasen is a land known for its solidity. She was the perfect Queen. Hands down! Although, in a different note, I’m not too happy for Celaena, sailing off to Wendlyn leaving Chaol Westfall in Rifthold. That is just so sad. But that was quite an ending, to be honest! (5 out of 5 stars)


The Verdict: All in all, this second book in the Throne of Glass Series is tremendous for a sequel. The characters were immensely developed, the world, Erilea, was given an adept building, and it just made the whole series a lot more exciting! I seriously can’t wait for the next installment, Heir of Fire! (5 out of 5 stars)

Quotable Quotes:

“Believe me, Celaena, I know you can look after yourself. But I worry because I care. Gods help me, I know I shouldn’t but I do. So I will always tell you to be careful, because I will always care what happens.” – Chaol Westfall

“You have power in you, Prince. More power than you realize. It sleeps. In here. When the time comes, when it awakens, do not be afraid. When it is time, I will help you.” – Nehemia Ytger

“I can’t tell if I should be ashamed of wanting to hold you on this day, or grateful that, despite what happened before now, it somehow brought me to you.” – Celaena Sardothien

“The rest of the world quieted into nothing. In that moment, after ten long years, Celaena looked at Chaol and realised she was home.”

“What does that mean?” he demanded.
She smiled sadly. “You’ll figure it out. And when you do…” She shook her head, knowing she shouldn’t say it, but doing it anyway. “When you do, I want you to remember that it wouldn’t have made any difference to me. It’s never made any difference to me when it came to you. I’d still pick you. I’ll always pick you.”

“Who said anything about shame?” She gestured down to her naked body, even though it was covered by the blanket. “Honestly, I’m surprised you’re not strutting about, boasting to everyone. I certainly would be if I’d tumbled me.
“Does your love for yourself know no bounds?”
“Absolutely none.”

“Enough! We have enough enemies as it is! There are worse things out there to face!”
Celaena slowly turned to him, her face splattered with blood and eyes blazing bright. “No, there aren’t,” she said. “Because I’m here now.”

Good God! That’s just half of the quotes that I really want to share, guys! This is such a great book!

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[Book Review #36] Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

Book Specifications:

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Format: Hardcover

Part of a Series: Yes. Throne of Glass #1.

Release Date: August 7, 2012

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

No. of Pages: 404 pages

Price: 855.00Php

Genre: Romance, Young Adult, High Fantasy, Magic, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction Fantasy

Book Review:

The Cover: The cover on my copy features a lady with white hair wearing an absolutely gorgeous biker-chic type of outfit holding two assassin type swords (or blades). I JUST LOVE IT. And did I mention that it’s a large print hardbound book? Yeah. It is. I’m inhaling the glory of this book. Seriously. (5 out of 5 stars)

The Story: The plot follows the life of a Celaena Sardothien, otherwise known as Adarlan’s Assassin, know to be the most notorious in all the land. She was spending her eternity in the Salt Mines (Endovier) when she was collected and was sent to the Crown Prince of Adarlan, Prince Dorian Havilliard, where she was offered a chance at freedom. But first, she was to face 23 other champions, and once she was victorious, must prove her loyalty to the king and in four year’s time, will be given freedom. Below are some great details about the book:

  1. The characters were all spectacular! I loved Celaena from the start! Her badass-iness was absolutely exciting and I wanted to know more from her, making me able to resist many times to put down this book. I also loved her attitude. She was like a modern-day teenager: always angry and feisty, and I loved that about her! Chaol Westfall really reminded me of Four from Divergent, seeing that he was the one who trained Celaena, just like how Four trained Tris. He was sweet, and he didn’t want to admit it. He’s so cute, omg! And Dorian Havilliard. I can’t even begin to express how much I love him. I just do. I’m not going to go further with the other characters, but I loved them all! Their background stories, their developments! I just loved it! I can’t even choose a different word for it. I LOVED IT.
  2. The word building was so evident, rich, and just plain breathtaking. I had no trouble imagining Adarlan, Endovier, Eyllwe, and their entire world. Sarah Maas’ writing style was in every way easy to read and imagine that reading the first page of this book would instantly transport a reader to Adarlan. It was so rich and there was a lot happening, but the reader could still very well grasp the story. Oh, and the map included was very, very helpful. I loved it! Good God!
  3. As I’ve said above, I loved how angry Celaena was on the opening chapters of the book. It is in Anger where I find interest in, specially when it comes to badass female protagonists. But beyond Celaena’s anger and frustration, lies a very good reason for her to be everything that she is. And I love that her character development did occur, but she was a badass female in every step of the way. I just love these kinds of stories. And she might as well be THE best female protagonist since Katniss Everdeen. ‘Nuff said.
  4. I like how our protagonists, well except Chaol, had a fiery passion for the printed word! I just love it when the characters I read about are as in love with books as I am. I mean, come on! That scene where Prince Dorian sent Celaena some books that he “recently read”. That was soooo cute!
  5. Fleetfoot. I can’t even comprehend how I love Fleetfoot. Okay, that’s that.

That’s probably it. And I don’t want to have to tell everyone everything I love about this book because it might take me a hell of a lot longer before this gets posted. And I have a deadline, folks! Haha! (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.* The ending was as it should be for me. I mean, I’m not expecting anything yet, since it’s the first book in the series but it was a great way to sum up Throne of Glass. Celaena winning and becoming the King’s Assassin, Chaol killing Cain, Nehemia having a heart to heart talk with Celaena, Kaltain finally getting what she deserves, and Celaena gently letting down Dorian (YES! And yes, I’m on Team Chaol). I mean, it was a superb ending and I couldn’t have wished for anything more. (5 out of 5 stars)


The Verdict: Before I started reading this book, I was about to give up on the fantasy genre for the sole reason that I binge read quite a disappointing fantasy novel, but just a single page from this book got me hooked up again! I will be reading the rest of the books in the series and will surely re-read again sometime soon! Adarlan is a fictional world that I want to be a part of! Well, only if I’m friends with Celaena, Chaol, Nehemia, and Prince Dorian. (5 out of 5 stars)

“My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name’s Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I’d still beat you, no matter what you call me.” – Badass Celaena Sardothien

“Sometimes, the wicked will tell us things just to confuse us–to haunt our thoughts long after we’ve faced them.” – Nehemia Ytger

“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”

“No. I can survive well enough on my own— if given the proper reading material.” – Celaena Sardothien

“We all bear scars,… Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”

“Names are not important. It’s what lies inside of you that matters.”

“I’m not married, because I can’t stomach the idea of marrying a woman inferior to me in mind and spirit. It would mean the death of my soul.” – Dorian Havilliard

“I name you Elentiya.” She kissed the assassin’s brow. “I give you this name to use with honour, to use when other names grow too heavy. I name you Elentiya, ‘Spirit That Could Not Be Broken.”

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