Top Ten Tuesday: Good Characters in Bad Books

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Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

 April 3: Characters I liked That Were In Non-Favorite/Disliked Books

 

This week’s list might be a challenge.  I’m going to have to rely heavily on my reviews and I often leave out names.  Also If a book isn’t working for me I DNF and those titles usually don’t even get a review.  So I’m going to take a look at my one and two-star review books and see if I can find some titles where I liked the characters but maybe not the books itself.  Wish me luck

Ten Good Characters in Crappy Books.

  1. The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2) Paige Mahoney is the main character in this series and I truly liked book one but book two was a bit slow and a supporting character that I liked better than Paige was missing for much of the story.
  2. Time Untime (Dark-Hunter #21; Hellchaser, #4; Were-Hunter, #7) Acheron is the only thing that saved this book for me.  I was not a fan of this one at all.  Acheron doesn’t have big part in this book but it ended up being the only sections that I cared about.
  3. Killing Rocks (The Bloodhound Files, #3) Jace Valchek is the main character in this series and I enjoy her and her smart-mouthed partner Charlie as well as the chemistry between Jace and the head of her department.  The problem for me with this book was that those two supporting characters were missing for much of the book.  I need that dynamics for this world to work for me.  I set down book four for the same reason half the characters I love are MIA.
  4. A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5) I like most of the characters in this world but my favorites are Tyrion and Arya as well as Daenerys and up until this book I had enjoyed the series.  This book just pushed me past my limit of tolerance.  Nothing happened in this and the previous book.  Nothing.  We followed characters as they were moved around a board and nothing happens.  I personally don’t care if he ever finishes the series because I’m done.
  5. Vampire Most Wanted (Argeneau, #20)  The main couple in this book was a struggle for me but I found the bad-guys were really well written.  Then there was an appearance of Lucian who is one of my favorites in the series.
  6. Silver Wolf Clan (Silver Wolf Clan, #1)  I wish I could give you the names of the characters I liked in this book but I don’t remember it much.  I did like the lead but the story felt off or two short.
  7. Thomas's Choice (Scanguards Vampires, #8) Thomas and Eddie were two characters I liked but the book took a graphic violent turn that I couldn’t stomach and I ended up DNF this book.
  8. Legal Wolf's Mate (Fabian Garoux #1) The characters were good in this book but there was a major shift in tone of the story that didn’t quite work for me.
  9. Black Wings (Black Wings, #1) Beezle is a sidekick in this series, a gargoyle I believe.  Overall I was disappointed by the first book in this series but mentioned that I like that character.
  10. A Touch of Crimson (Renegade Angels, #1) In the review, I mentioned that Elijah and Lindsay’s friendship was part of the reason I even finished this book.  I was tempted to DNF the book but must have kept reading for them.

This list was a challenge I often put the books out of my memory when I don’t like them or simply don’t finish them.  What characters from poorly written books have you enjoyed.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Among the Stars

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Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

September 26:  Ten Books That Feature Characters That live or work in Space

I’ve been on a science fiction kick lately so I decided for this open-ended topic I would pick ten characters that either live or work in space.  They might be human or alien or living on another planet but all of them will spend most of their story not on Earth. After all with all the crap going on right now space sounds like an ideal place to be despite its inherent danger….

Ten Characters That Live or Work in Space

  1. Yesterday's Son (Star Trek: The Yesterday Saga, #1)  Going to start with probably my favorite space character that I have.  Spock.  He was my first crush, and was the first alien I was introduced to growing up.  He remains one of my favorites and I often find myself longing for his cool, calm, detached logical facade.  Because we should all know by now that Vulcans do have emotions they have simply learned to control them.
  2. Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1) John Perry from Old Man’s War.  Here is what I said about him in the review: “The characters made this story, getting to know them and grow with them and grieve them. Took my breath away at the end. John is, of course, the main character in this story but also my favorite.”
  3. The Space Between the Stars Jamie Allenby in this fairly recent release is an interesting character.  She is far from perfect and faces a great internal battle for much of the book to overcome her past.  This is a science fiction story for those that want more of a character driven story than a hard-core science fiction.
  4. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) This is tough story to pick just one character from as it is the ensemble cast that makes this story great.  If I had to pick just one I would have to say Rosemary Harper was in my top three.
  5. Artemis Jazz Bashara is the main character in the upcoming release of Andy Weir’s next book.  I’m not going to say much more as I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone but I enjoyed her character quite a bit.
  6. Born of Legend (The League, #9) Not the latest release in this Kenyon series but the last one I’ve read and the only book in The League series that I’ve given five stars to. Danger is the type of character I love from Ms. Kenyon.  She spend countless books making us hate him only to have him redeemed in his book.  This was a great read!
  7. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1) Another instance of a great ensemble cast to pick from.  I’m going to pick Marvin from this story and mainly for the movie version of the character.  Who doesn’t love a depressed paranoid AI.
  8. Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1) I read this before I was writing reviews and it is a toss-up between the two lead characters as to which I enjoyed more.  For the sake of the list I’m going to pick Amy because why the hell not, its a good name ;).  (actually I’ve never been particularly fond of my name…)
  9. Tor (Women of Earth, #2) It has been a while since I read this one but I’m going to step out of my norm for the list and pick the character Mohawk as a favorite from this story.  Partially because he was mentioned in the review as one of my favorites and I do remember being rather fond of him.
  10. The Martian  I tried really hard to not put this book on the list.  I didn’t want more than one book by an author or from a series/franchise but I just couldn’t do it.  I’ve simply not read enough science fiction yet.  Then there is the fact that Mark Watney is an amazing character.  I loved so much about him!  His sarcasm, inventiveness, intelligence, wit, persistence! He will remain one of my favorite characters and stories for years to come.

Well there you have my list this week.  What characters that live or work in space do you love that I haven’t met yet?  Feel free to leave book suggestions in the comments!  Wrote your own TTT list?  Leave that there too for everyone to go check out!  Happy Reading~

Top Ten Tuesday: Not a Fan…

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Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular blog meme Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on:

March 8: Ten Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get or Ten Characters I LOVE But Others Seem To Dislike

 

This week I decided to go negative, seemed fitting for the mood I’ve been in lately.  So I am going to share with you ten characters from books that I just don’t care for.  I know many of them are super-duper popular, but I just can’t stand them or at the very least feel a mild disdain… Shall we begin.

Ten Characters of which I am simply not a fan.

  1. Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2) Harry Dresden: I knew pretty quickly into the first book that I thought Harry had the annoying personality of as awkward 12-year-old.  I hung on for one and a half books because he is so damn popular.  In the end I just couldn’t do it and had to face facts that I just didn’t like Harry and would not be reading this series.
  2. Pride and Prejudice All of them…: I thought most of the characters in this series were stuck up busy bodies who either looked down their noses upon everyone else or where scheming to raise their status in society. Quite frankly none of these characters were good examples of human beings no mater what century they are from.
  3. Vampires of Manhattan (The New Blue Bloods Coven, #1) Returning favorites: I was actually a fan of the Blue Blood’s series and was satisfied with how it ended. I guess I should have left well enough alone because I did not care for how many of the characters ended up in this spin-off.  Oh well I tried and DNF.
  4. Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1) Merit and Ethan: These two are ironic because I actually really love these two now.  I added them to the list because it took me like four books to bond with them.  I didn’t care for Merit’s self loathing in the earlier books and Ethan was just annoying now he’s dreamy go figure.  Sometimes it pays to stick with it, but most of the time not.
  5. The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2) Paige Mahoney: I read the first book in this series and wasn’t excited about it or the main character.  Should have listen to my instinct and walked away then, but no I continued into the second book which bored me to pieces and now I’m done for good.  Paige just wasn’t a strong enough personality to keep me around.
  6. The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1) Teen characters in general…: This book has come to represent my departure from YA level books.  I’m just too old to relate to this age group of characters in most cases.  It was fun while it lasted, but now I want a story with more meat on its bones or in the very least more sex.
  7. Bitten (Otherworld #1) Elena:  Another series I tried that everyone seems to love or loved because it isn’t a very current series.  My main problem is I just didn’t care for Elena.  I do not like when the main character does not like themselves, and Elena has a huge chip on her shoulder about being a werewolf.  Now it might be justified, but I just don’t want to be stuck in their head.  I’m still debating about continuing on, it isn’t looking good as more time passes from when I finished this one.
  8. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) Most of them: I did not write a review for this book, it must have been read before I started reviewing.  I vaguely remember not liking the main character and then when I found out the relationship between the two main “love” interests I was like that’s it I’m out.  It might have changed in the next book, but I was grossed out enough not to continue.
  9. One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1) Stephanie: The problem I have with Stephanie is related to the audio book.  I needed to listen to it at work and the person they picked to read the story just got on my nerves.  I could not take so many hours of listening to her voice which must fall in the range of frequencies that drives me nuts because I have absolute no interest in continuing this series no matter how funny it might be.
  10. The Rook (The Checquy Files, #1) Myfanwy: Yes that is the main character’s first name.  That is one of many points that lead me to DNF this book.  The main character was all over the place and most of her problem was she was super annoying or super boring.  I tried, like 250 pages tried,  this book is not for me.  It is nowhere near as clever as it thinks it is.

Well there you have my list this week.  What characters are you not a fan of that others seem to adore?

Top Ten Tuesday: It’s not you…

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Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday. This week they ask us to share lists on:

 

September 1: Ten Characters You Just Didn’t Click With

 

This should be a fun or rather interesting list to check out at everyone’s blogs.  Reading is such a personal hobby and everyone takes something different from a story and interprets characters differently.  Right off the top of my head I can think of a couple of characters that are going on this list, but I’m hoping I can come up with ten.  We will see what happens once I start digging through Goodreads.  Now if it a main character I don’t care for then it often means I will DNF a book or continue a series.  If it is a secondary character I might put up with them and stick around to see how things play out.  Anyway on to the list.

Ten Characters that I just didn’t click with

 

  1. Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #1)  Anita Blake:  This character and I just didn’t get along.  I stuck it out for about five books too many, but eventually I gave up.  I was very pro-vampire at the time and she hated them. It has been a while but I also think she didn’t care for herself very much and that is something that really bugs me with some characters.
  2. Undead and Unappreciated (Undead, #3) Betsy Taylor: I read like four books in this series before breaking up with the author.  I just found Betsy shallow and annoying.  I couldn’t handle being in her head anymore.
  3. Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1) Merit:  This is an interesting selection.  For the first three books I could not stand Merit.  She was whiny, didn’t like herself, very anti-vampire.  I kept hearing good things about the series so I stuck with it and it is now one of my favorites, but man for a while I didn’t think I would make it.
  4. The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2) Paige Mahoney:  I thought the first book was alright, the second book I didn’t even finish about 50 pages from the end.  I didn’t like Paige.  I’m struggling to remember why, but it was bad enough that I gave the book a one star review.
  5. La Vida Vampire (Oldest City Vampire, #1) Francesca Marinelli: I’m thinking this character’s personality and mine didn’t mesh, but again I can’t remember why…
  6. Eternal Demon (Mark of the Vampire, #5) Erion and Hellen:  This is one series where I didn’t like either of the lead characters.  The supporting cast was the only reason that I even finished the freaking book.
  7. The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1) All of them...: I am not a Tolkien fan, and I am not a fan of his cast of all male characters who wander around and don’t do a freaking helluva lot.  By the end of this book I didn’t give a damn if they ever reach the mountain and destroyed the freaking ring or not.
  8. Vampires of Manhattan (The New Blue Bloods Coven, #1) Most of the returning main characters:  This is a case of the characters I loved in the YA version of the book didn’t work for me in the adult fiction spin-off series.
  9. The Rook (The Checquy Files, #1)  Myfanwy Thomas:  This is a book that I heard such good things about and I promptly DNF when I found the main character annoying and childish.  I was so not being stuck in her head for far too many pages.  Life is too short.

 

Okay so today’s list is pretty lame.  I get that.  I can remember not liking a character most of the time but I have a hard time remembering why.  Also most of the time if I don’t like a character or book I DNF the title and have very little to go on for why they didn’t work for me.  I’m quick to quit some times.  Life is just too short for books and characters you don’t like.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten characters that got the shaft.

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Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular blog meme, Top Ten Tuesday.  This week they ask us to share lists on:

April 28: Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who _____ (are musically inclined, have lost someone, have depression, who grow up poor, etc.)

I was going to go with a bit darker spin on this week’s list, but it was taking forever and I could only come up with eight.  Then another idea hit me and I decided to go with it instead.  All to often a favorite secondary, hell even main characters sometimes, don’t get the ending they deserve.  I’m going to share ten characters that I felt deserved or were owed a different ending than they received.    WARNING:  There will be spoilers.  How can you talk about the unjust fate of a character without giving something away.  So if you don’t want to know what happens don’t read past the bold.

Ten characters that deserved better

  1. Gallowglass in All Soul’s Trilogy by Deborah Harkness:  I loved Gallowglass and he loved Diana, played such an important role in her life too.  Now I don’t think Diana should have ended up with anyone other than Matthew, but Gallowglass deserved something better than ending up alone traveling the world.
  2. Emily Mather & Sarah Bishop in All Soul’s Trilogy by Deborah Harkness:  Emily’s death broke my heart, it was so sudden and unexpected,  and poor Sarah to go on without her.  They should have had years together to spoil Diana and Matthew’s children together.  SO unfair.
  3. Rob Stark in A Song of Fire series and Ice by George R.R. Martin:  This was one of the many characters in this world that didn’t deserve to die.  I could practically have a top ten list alone of characters Martin shouldn’t have killed off.  Poor Rob though, and his new wife.  This shouldn’t have happen.
  4. Ned Stark in A Song of Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin:  Again.  He killed off the only real hero this world had.  Maybe that’s why it all went to hell in a hand basket.  Damn you Martin!
  5. Eric Northman from the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris:  You can read my thought of this series’ end here.  Of all the characters on this list, Eric, got the shaft over them all.  Okay, maybe I’m still a little bitter…and hold grudges…
  6. Al from the Hollows series by Kim Harrison:  Now Al didn’t nessisarily have bad ever after, get it.  I just felt that he deserved more.  He should have gotten someone too.
  7. Kisten from the Hollows series by Kim Harrison:  I bawled when Kisten died.  He shouldn’t have, but I’ve finally come to terms with it and how it helped to shape Rachel’s character.  Still what a loss…
  8. Sam Cortland in Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas: NO, no, no!  I almost hate that I read those flippen novellas to fall in love with Sam only to witness how he was tortured and killed.
  9. Primrose Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins:  This one pisses me off.  The whole bleeping point of this story was for Primrose to live.  It makes everything Katniss went through pointless.  Okay, she did free the society, but still.  Why.  Just why.
  10. Mariam from A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini:  This was not an easy story to read, but reading about life for women under Taliban rule shouldn’t be.  It should reflect the real world and life these women live.  Still I wish Mariam could have had some happiness in her life.  I wish he would have saved her.

 

Progress Report: A Clash of Kings

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At page 280

 

I’ve started the second book in the A Song of Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin, but just barely.  Before my marathon reading session today (200 pages!)  I had only made it to page 80 in two days.  I was busy working on a giveaway for next this week and there was of course winter crap to deal with including a snowplow that re-closed my driveway.  Thank you county…  Anyway.  Since I’ve not made it that far into the book, over 700 yet to go, I’ve decided this progress report I will share some of my thoughts on the major characters thus far in the series.  I’m going to break them into three categories: Love’em, Mixed Emotions, and Want to see their head liberated from their body.

Love’em

Daenerys Targaryn:  This character has had my sympathy from the beginning.  She knew nothing of the war, nothing of the kingdom she came from and was used and abused by the only family she had.  Some times I wonder if she is half crazy, but I admire the strength of character and growth she has shown.  I secretly hope she returns and destroys them all and reclaims the throne for her family’s honor.

Tyrion Lannister:  In the beginning I had mixed emotions about him.  I kept waiting for him to turn into a real bastard, but I have grown to respect this man and feel he may be the only sane/intelligent person in his entire family.

Arya Stark:  I like her spunk.   I enjoy her tom-boy ways and admire her courage.

Drogo: I was sad to see what happen to him.  I wished he had played a larger role in this story.  I respected him for how he treated Daenerys.  I think he truly loved her.

Jon Snow:  When he isn’t feeling sorry for himself about being a bastard I really like reading this character’s pages.  I think he is quite interesting and honorable.

Varys:  Even though I am not entirely sure if this is a ‘good’ guy or ‘bad’ guy, I do love how he knows what all is going on.  I think he has the best interest of the kingdom and people at heart though.

Eddard Stark:  I must say this character’s demise in the first book shook me the most.  I kept telling myself not to get too attached to him,  I knew  he probably going to go after the king, but I kept holding out hope he would survive.

Mixed Emotions

Sansa Stark:  At first I had no respect for this nit-wit.  She was everything I loathed about female characters in fantasy book, but then she changed.  Most of the time she still gets on my nerves, but must stay she is starting to grow on me.

Robb Stark:  Half the time I can’t wait to get through his parts.  I hope he becomes more interesting soon.  I just find his skill, knowledge and path in life a little convenient at time.

Bran Stark:  While he hold great sympathy in my esteem I find his sections of the story a little dull…

Catelyn Stark:  Half the time I hate this character then she does something and I like her again.  In the beginning I really thought she was a bitch, but sometimes she does something that makes me look past her bigotry.

Want to see their head liberated from their body

 

Joffrey:  What a spoil brat.  I can’t believe they actually let him take the throne.  The power is making him crazy too.  So looking forward to his death.  Hope it is painful.

Jaime Lannister:  Besides what he and his sister have going on being so gross, I really think he needs to die to balance out Eddard’s death.

Cersei Lannister:  Total manipulative bitch.  Gives women a bad name. I’m thinking death would be too good for her.  I would like to see her lose everyone she loves and the power she covets.  She should live out her days in a deep dark dungeon.

Tymin Lannister:  I’m thinking he is the reason his children, save Tyrion, are so messed up.  Lets see him be defeated in battle.

Viserys Targaryen:  The only character that has gotten what they deserve so far.

 

There are probably many others I could add to each group, but I think that is enough for now.  I need to get back to the book to see what happen next !   What do you think.  Who do you love or hate?

Top Ten Tuesday: Their own story, PLEASE!

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Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share: November 11: Top Ten Characters You Wish Would Get Their OWN Book (minor or just maybe a semi main character you wish a book was from their POV).  Had to do this list because there are so many series that I read where I am waiting, WAITING for my favorite character to get their own damn book already.  Please note: this blog post is being written while sick and dizzy so at times it might not make sense or there could be an increase in dramatics and/or swearing.

Ten characters that I wish would get their own freaking story already.

  1. The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #12) Lassiter from Black Dagger Brotherhood series:  I WANT this character to get his own story in the worst way. He is often made to be the comic relief is recent books, but I know there is more there.  PLEASE Ms Ward, give Lassiter his own books already.
  2. Styxx (Dark-Hunter, #12) Nick Gautier in the Dark Hunter series:  I know, I KNOW, Nick has his own spin-off series, The Chronicles of Nick, but I want to read Nick’s adult story in the main series.  Ms. Kenyon says it is coming, so it is just a matter of being patient.  Good thing we do have that YA series to tide us over until Nick’s day of reckoning comes.
  3. The Witch With No Name (The Hollows, #13)  Al from the Hollows series:  I love Al.  I also think he got the short end of the stick as far as H.E.A’s come in this series.  I would love to read something more than the 20 page short story from his perspective.  We want more Al!
  4. Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson, #7) Reyes from the Charley Davidson Series:  Again I know there are some short stories and chapters from Reyes perspective, but that has only left me wanting more!  How about a full length book from his P.O.V.  I bet Ms. Jones would have fans clawing each other’s eyes out to get their hands on a copy.
  5. Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) Ian from the Night Huntress world:  He is the only character left from the original series to not have his own spin-off series or book. Common Ms. Frost, find some way to redeem Ian and give him a H.E.A.
  6. Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, #13) Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse series:  Not going to hold my breath on this one, and DON’T get me started on how much I hate how this series ended or what a crappy E.A. Eric received.  I would though love to be in Eric’s head for a whole book.  He was the best part of this entire series.  Maybe someday someone will write some fan fiction…
  7. Night Unbound (Immortal Guardians, #5)  Seth from the Immortal Guardians series: Seth reminds me of Ash from the Dark Hunter world and I believe his story has the potential to be just as amazing.  Hopefully Ms. Duvall will get around to giving this mysterious character his own book cause I definitely want to know more.
  8. The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3) Matthew Clairmont from the All Souls Trilogy: Its Matthew yummy, sexy, dark. mysterious, brilliant Matthew.  Need I say more.
  9. Guardian's Grace (Guardians of the Race, #1) Col or Dov from the Guardian’s of the Race series:  Just finished up the soon to be release Guardian’s Patience, which I am hosting a giveaway for an e-copy of the title releasing Nov 15, 2014.  This is a great series by Indie Author Jacqueline Rhoades that I enjoy tremendously.  Two great characters in this series are twins Col and Dov.  They have come a long way in the five books making up this series and I hope Ms. Rhoades gives them their own stories some day.
  10. Twilight (Twilight, #1) Edward from the Twilight saga: Alright I’ve kinda moved on from loving this series to just having fond memories of our time together.  However if Ms. Meyers ever decides, and I’m not holding my breath on this one either, to finish Midnight Sun I will gladly read it.

Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Characters

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Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on: October 28: Top Ten Books/Movies To Read Or Watch To Get In The Halloween Spirit OR Top Ten Characters Who I Would Totally Want To Be For Halloween.  I have decided to pick characters that I would like to be for Halloween.  I’m not into scary movies or books, so this is the better option for me.   Perhaps I will even be able to come up with my next few year’s costumes for work!

Ten Characters to go as for Halloween.

  1. Fancy Nancy: Tea Parties (Fancy Nancy)  Fancy Nancy.  This is going to be my costume this year as we hand out treats for the kids at the library.  She is a fun character that is pretty easy to pull together for a costume, just think more is more.
  2. The Undead Pool (The Hollows, #12) Rachel could be fun.  Get some kick-ass boots, leather coat, splat gun (paint-ball) and carry around some charms to invoke.  Of course one of the demons from this world might be fun too, perhaps Newt or Al if you were a guy.
  3. Definitely Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #6)  Pam from the Sookie Stackhouse series.  Had to have one vamp on the list and Pam was always one of my favorites.  You could go all goth like she is at work or pick one of her day off outfits.  Personally I like the day-off ones better,  so fun to picture this tough smart-ass vamp in pink sweater sets.
  4. Acheron (Dark-Hunter, #8)  The dark-hunter world has so much potential for Halloween costumes.  I would probably pick one of the Greek Gods or Simi might be fun with her horns and crazy outfits.
  5. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years #1) I’ve gone as Elphaba from this story before.  I think I freaked more kids out with my green skin then the year I went as a vamp.
  6. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1) If I was a guy Arthur Dent would be an easy costume to pull off.  You could wear almost anything you want and carry around a bath towel along with a copy of the book.
  7. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2) Alright this one has been done before, there are tons of young girls going around as Katniss for Halloween.  Personally I would rather go as one of the citizens from Capital city, their outfits are more fun.
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) This is another one that has been done, but might be fun and easily recognizable.  Pick a house and dress in those colors.  After all who didn’t want to be Hermione?
  9. Matched (Matched, #1)  If you happen to have a green ball gown hanging around Cassia would be an easy fun character to dress up as.
  10. Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1) If you could find a blue wig and some fake teeth you could easily pull off Karou from this series.

Top Ten Tuesday- Ten character driven novels

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Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share:  Ten Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels.    Well hell.  They are going to make me work this morning.  I seriously thought about skipping this week because I don’t know what the difference between a character driven novel, a plot driven or any other type of driven novel is.  I’m not really that smart, opinionated yes, smart no.  So off to Google I went and after several hours minutes of reading definitions, I still don’t get it.  So, like my poor grammar, you are just going to have to be happy with the list I give you…or not.  For those of you that get what a character driven novel is please explain it to me using small words in the comments section, thanks.  I’ve decided to select books or series where I was particularly drawn, attached or loved the main characters and hopefully they will fit into this week’s theme.  No particular order, listed as I found them

  1. Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1)  This book stands for the entire Chicagoland Vampire Series.  I picked this world because even thought there is a lot of crap going on, I feel the heart of the story is about Chloe and her growth to accept herself and eventually to build a relationship with Ethan.  What I find most fascinating in this series is the characters and not necessarily what emergency is going on in the moment.  I realized that when she tried to kill off a main character and I had a fit, a big one.
  2. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) What made this my all time favorite story was the characters Matthew and Diana, along with much of the supporting cast.  I loved their complexity and how they grew and changed throughout the entire series.
  3. The Martian This one I am not sure fits in to the theme today, but I absolutely loved the main character.  His humor was hilarious and you couldn’t help but root for him to survive.  I think it would have been a very different type of story if the lead was written any other way.
  4. Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, #1)  This book stands for the entire Hollows series.  Sure a lot of the book is about Rachel and her friends reacting to what goes on around them, but the heart of the story is about this band of friends and their relationships with each other.  Working on the last book now, going to be sad to see it end.
  5. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)  Again the heart of this series is Charley and Reyes, about their relationship and how Charley grows into her powers and place in this world.
  6. Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1)  Got sucked into this world at the beginning of this year devoured the series and its spin-off in under a month.  Great characters full of flaws and strengths thrust into situations where they are forced to discover who they are and what they are truly made of.
  7. Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1)  Loved the chemistry of the relationships in this world.  Finished series, miss my Cat and Bones.
  8. Acheron (Dark-Hunter, #8) & Styxx (Dark-Hunter, #12)  Kenyon writes a tortured hero like nobody else, she also writes amazingly complex relationships and will find ways to redeem most any ‘bad’ guy.  These two books are her best example of her skill and should be read together.  LOVE this world and its characters.
  9. The Gargoyle  Simply a beautiful story about love of all types, perhaps most of all for oneself.
  10. The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)  This is a fun story about a different type of character who makes no apologies for who he is.

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 characters I want with me on a deserted island.

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Welcome to another contribution to the popular blog meme, Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week they ask us: Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island (pick based on however you want…skills they would bring, their company…or pure hotness factor :P).  I’ve decided to pick characters based on their abilities to get us all off the island or survive.  Let’s get started then, here is my list…

 

  1. Acheron (Dark-Hunter, #8)  First up is Acheron from the Dark Hunter series.  This character is an  Atlantean god, basically omnipotent, so we are not going to be stuck on the island and Ash has a habit of pulling what ever he needs out of the back pack he carries with him.
  2. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) Next two characters are going to be from this series.  Up first is Diana Bishop,  as the series progresses we find out just how powerful of a witch Diana is and that she can time walk.  So we might be able to leave the island that way just not end up in the same year.
  3. The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3) The next character I pick from The Discovery of Witches or All Souls trilogy is Ysabeau de Clairmont.  Ysabeau seems to get what ever she wants just by calling her endless supply of contacts on her little red phone.  People don’t tell her no she will have a fleet of ships there to rescue us in no time.
  4. The Martian  Up next I pick Mark Watney from The Martian.  If you can survive for over a year alone on Mars with no food or way to contact home then he is probably going to be able to keep us alive on earth and make a phone out of coconuts à la the professor from Gilligan’s Island.
  5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)  I’ve seen this character on many lists and she made mine too.  I pick Hermione Granger from the world of Potter.  I’d pick Harry, but Hermione’s magic seems to be more reliable.  Besides she seems to pretty resourceful and will get us off the island in no time.
  6. The Lost Gate (Mither Mages, #1) Even though I kind of lost interest in this series I would still pick Danny North from the Mither Mages series.  Danny can create a ‘gate’ between two locations, so he can create one off the island to anywhere in the world.
  7. Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse, #4) Picking Eric Northman and not just for being a pretty face,  he can fly and fly us off the island.  If he can’t fly us off he is another character that seems to get what ever he wants with one phone call…well everything except for Sookie that is…
  8. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) Don’t know if Charley Davidson from this popular series has any special powers to keep us alive or get us off the island, but every time she is in trouble Reyes comes running and saves her, also she will keep our spirits up with her razor sharp wit.
  9. White Witch, Black Curse (The Hollows, #7) Seem to be picking a lot of witches to be with me on the island, so how about another, Rachel Morgan.  Now that she has is getting a handle on more of her demon powers she can tap a line and take us where ever we need to be.
  10. The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #12) Last pick is any one of the brothers from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.  Besides being serious eye candy they can demilitarize and take us all home.