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5 Popular Books I’ll Never Read

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Okay so I thought this would be an interesting blog post to do. I just want to say that everyone has their own reading taste and not everyone likes the same book. It is cool if you don’t agree with me because the beauty of us being human is we all have our own opinions! If your favorite book is on this list I am not making a personal attack on you.  Anyways, lets get on with the post.

Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

I’ve heard lots of good things about this book and its been recommended to me a few times. The reason that I have no interests whatsoever in reading this is the simple fact that it does not interest me. I’ve felt no desire to pick it up and I don’t think I ever will.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

At one point I was a bit interested in reading this book and the series because the movie was coming out. But then someone I knew thought it would be cool to spoil the ending for me. Not the ending of Divergent but the ending of the whole series. I’ve also heard some things that the second and third book aren’t the best writing and I believe plot wise so I’ve just had no desire to pick up this book or the series.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I feel like out of all the ones I’m going to mention, this will surprise people the most. I have had no interest to ever pick this book up. This is the same for any John Green book. The only one I’ve ever read was Looking for Alaska and after reading that I just haven’t felt the need to read anymore of his books. But back on topic, the story just hasn’t interested me and usually when a book was a lot of hype I’m more inclined to pick it up. However this just isn’t the case for this book. There is also the fact that I was spoiled by yet another friend for the ending so that is just another reason why I don’t want to pick it up and give it a read.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

I know I know, it’s shocking I didn’t read Twilight growing up. This book just has no appeal to me. I’ve also heard that this isn’t the best book and it has a good amount of issues. I feel like getting through this book and the series would be a struggle for me and I don’t really want to put myself through it. I did get the first book thinking I would read it but I came to the realization that I would not read it so I unhauled it.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

This is another one that just has not interested me. One of my closest friends love this book and says its good and it probably is a good book and series because this book had some hype. However the whole premise of this book just doesn’t interest me and i don’t see any fun in reading a book that doesn’t interest me.

So, those are five popular books that I will never read. The only way I could see myself reading these if i somehow forget that I don’t ever want to read these or I have to against my will.

Whats a book, popular or not, that you’ll never read?

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Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites|Underrated Book(s)

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I’ll be honest, I sometimes have a bit of trouble figuring out which books are underrated. I mean, how do I know if its underrated or not, there could be so many people talking about the book but I don’t know therefore I think its underrated. But, I’m going to give it a shot and say a book thats my favorite that I consider underrated.

I think the book Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys is an underrated book. 41ls91Vp2bL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_This book is about a girl named Lina who is Lithuanian in 1941. Soviet officers bang on her home and tear her and her family away from the life they’ve known. When separated from her father, Lina along with her mother and brother make their way up to Siberia to work in the labor camps under the order of Stalin.

This book is honestly a whirlwind of emotions and its just so beautiful written. If you haven’t given this book a read I don’t know what your doing but drop it and add this to your TBR. There are so many beautiful elements in this book that makes it so wonderful and I definitely think more people need to read it.

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Top Ten Tuesday|Book Characters I’d Love to be Besties With

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Hey everyone hows it going!? Its been a hot minutes since I’ve done one of these but I’m back from camp so I’m back to working on the blog. I’m excited for this top ten Tuesday because there are so many characters I’d love to be besties with!

1) Kenji Kishimoto from Shatter Me

Kenji just seems like the ultimate best friend. In the books we get to see him with Juliette and their bestie dynamic and I would love to have that in my life.

2) Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments

Okay Magnus would be such a fun friend to be besties with. I feel like Magnus would bring just such a fun element to everything and it would never be a dull moment with him.

3) Nina from Six of Crows

I don’t really have specific reasons for why I would want to be besties with Nina. However I just know she would make such an awesome bestie.

4) Mor from A Court of Thorns and Roses

Mor would be such a fun friend! She is such a bada** and I feel like she’s just one of those people who when in the presence of you just feel immensely cooler.

5) Amren from A Court of Thorns and Roses

I would want to be besties with Amren because of her loyalty and how when I needed her I know she would come through.

6) Hermione Granger from Harry Potter

I mean, I honestly would just talk books with Hermione all day and I’m completely okay with that lol. I feel like I share some common characteristics with Hermione that would make us work really well as besties and we would get a long super well

7) Simon from Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon just seems like a sweet friend to have. And while I was reading the books I kept thinking how I would love to be friends with him and even his whole group

8) Audrey Rose from Stalking Jack the Ripper

I want to become a medical examiner and thats what Audrey Rose wants to be so we have that connection that I think we would really bond over which would be fun.  She is also just super cool I would definitely love to be besties with her

So this list is a little short of ten but thats okay. If any fairy or witch is out there reading this, please make one or all of these characters come to life so I can be besties with them, thank you!

Who are some characters you would love to be besties with?

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out|Tag

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Its already the end of July which is just crazy, this summer has definitely gone by fast, along with the year. Its crazy how time flies by but at some times it feels like it goes by so slow.

Since its mid way through the year and the lovely  Ash tagged me to do this tag, I was like why not do it. Thank you Ash for tagging me for this tag 🙂

This tag was originally created by ReadLikeWildfire and Earl Grey Books. So without hesitation, onto the tag!

1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far

I would say the best book so far that I have read this year is The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. If you didn’t already know, this has become one of my new all time favorites. I loved the writing style, the character depths and all the symbolism included in this book. I really loved the plot of this story too. Not only was there the main plot, but there was also all the sub-plots that were just as complex and developed, maybe a little less as the main plot line.

If you want to check out my review click here.

2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far This Year

I would say the best sequel I’ve read is Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco. It was a bit hard choosing a book because the few five stars I have read I have really loved but I decided to choose Escaping from Houdini because I really loved the plot and the mystery along with the writing style and the characters. If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend that you do!

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Really Want To

Im so behind on new release because I’ve been on a book ban. However the one that I really want to get to is Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare. I just bought this before I left for camp so when I get back I’m hoping to read it!

4. Most Anticipated Release for Second Half of the Year

Um there really aren’t that much books that are being published in the second half that I’m excited for(wow that sentence was a mouthful lol). However there are a few that I’m looking forward to and those are Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron, The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh, and The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.

5. Biggest Disappointment of the Year

I’ve read a few things that turned out to be 3 stars but I read one book that just turned out to be such a huge disappointment that I gave it 2 stars. That book was Prisoner of Silk by Lidiya Foxglove. Where do I begin with this book. It was pitched as a sort of Marie Antoinette and Rapunzel mashup. But I didn’t get the Marie Antoinette aspect which made me sad because I was really looking forward to that aspect. Someone needs to put up a missing poster sign because the plot was MIA. There were other issues I had with this book but I really don’t want to turn this into a rant so I’m just going to cut it here.

6. Biggest Surprise

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon is probably the book that took me by surprise. I did not think I was going to enjoy it as much as I did. I loved the plot line of this story and thought it was so complex but in a good way. The world building is just wow like I’m so excited to see it be developed even more in the second and third and all the other books in the series.

7. Favorite New Author(Debut or New to You)

I’m going to go with the author Ali Dean. I’ve read three books by her so far and I have about two more at the moment that I need to read and I’ve enjoyed all of them so far. They aren’t 5 star reads but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy them. I like the stories she writes and I think its unique how they are all sports based. I’m looking forward to read more of her books in the future.

8. Newest Fictional Crush

This year, I have come to love the one and only Thomas Cresswell. I love him so freaking much and I am so excited to read the novella about him!

9. Newest Favorite Character

Um lets see, um I’m not really sure who my newest favorite character is. I think I’m going to skip this question because I really don’t think I have a newest favorite fictional character. Well actually I’ll just go with Audrey Rose because I finished all the published books this year and I really love her.

10. Book That Made You Cry

So far I have read no book that has made me cry. I’m not sure if that’s a bad thing or a good thing aha.

11. Book That Made You Happy

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West was such a nice and lighthearted contemporary book and I read it so fast. It definitely made me happy in the end.

12. Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought or Received This Year

I think Finale by Stephanie Garber is the most beautiful book I’ve bought this year. But I also don’t have my bookshelf in front of me so I’m not 100% sure what other books I’ve bought and what their cover looks like but I do know for sure Finale has a gorgeous cover.

13. What Book Do You Need To Read by the End of the Year

All the books that have been sent to me to review!!! Being at camp as made me really behind on this and its little stressful but I keep telling myself that I have the whole rest of the year ahead of me to read them.

14. Favorite Book Community Member

I don’t think I can choose a specific book community member that is my favorite. I have met so many amazing and nice people in this book community that there is no way I could every choose a favorite. Thank you to everyone who follows, likes, and reads my blog posts and show their support, you all are amazingggg!!

I tag:

Becca

Joanna

Eleanor

 

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The Revolution of Birdie Randolph|ARC Review

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38097294.jpgTitle: The Revolution of Birdie Randolph

Author: Brandy Colbert

Pages: 336

Publish Date: 8/20/19

Rating: ★.75

Synopsis: Dove “Birdie” Randolph works hard to be the perfect daughter and follow the path her parents have laid out for her: She quit playing her beloved soccer, she keeps her nose buried in textbooks, and she’s on track to finish high school at the top of her class. But then Birdie falls hard for Booker, a sweet boy with a troubled past…whom she knows her parents will never approve of.

When her estranged aunt Carlene returns to Chicago and moves into the family’s apartment above their hair salon, Birdie notices the tension building at home. Carlene is sweet, friendly, and open-minded–she’s also spent decades in and out of treatment facilities for addiction. As Birdie becomes closer to both Booker and Carlene, she yearns to spread her wings. But when long-buried secrets rise to the surface, everything she’s known to be true is turned upside down.

Spoiler Free Review

Overview

I really enjoyed this book. On the surface this seems like a normal YA young love kind of story. But this book includes much more than that. I liked how all the characters are developed, even the background characters and it was really nice to see. I enjoyed the writing style of the author and it fitted the style of book this was. I feel like some author’s writing doesn’t fit the story/genre of the book but this did(I hope this makes sense lol). I flew right through this book and it was such an enjoyable and easy read.

Characters

Dove/Birdie. Dove lives with the expectations of her mother weighing down on her. She feels this pressure to do good, always be perfect, and ace all her classes. Not only does she live with the expectations her mother has of her, she also has her sisters footsteps to follow in. But in this book, Dove is starting to find her footing and her voice and discover what she wants. It was really cool to see this transformation through the book. Birdie is a relatable character and that made her a more appealing main character. She makes mistakes that I’m sure many teens have made before and just who she is and how she acts just makes her a character I’m sure people can relate to.

In this book there are many background characters and what was nice was the fact that all these characters felt well developed. Some background characters were more rounded out than others but overall I got the feeling that Colbert thought out all of her characters, background and main.

Writing

I really liked Colbert’s writing style. I think part of why I enjoyed this story so much was because of how it was written. It was such a well written coming of age story and it just made the story more enjoyable. I felt that Colbert’s writing style was descriptive but it wasn’t overly descriptive which was nice and something that I appreciated. The pacing of the story was also nice because it wasn’t super fast nor was it super duper slow. The pacing was a nice leisurely pace which fitted the story.

Plot

This is a coming of age story so with these I feel like there really isn’t much of a solid plot line . Like yes there is a plot but its not like with Harry Potter where the main plot is stopping Voldemort. Anyways I’m getting a little off topic. I would guess the main plot of this story is Birdie and how she is living with all these expectations of her and then her aunt Carlene comes in and shakes things up a bit. This book touched topic on a few different issues, some in more details than others. It was a good balance and because of this the plot didn’t feel that cluttered. There are two main themes in this book and to me, those two themes are family and expectations.

Family I feel like is a main theme of this book because in the beginning we are introduced the character Aunt Carlene. Carlene is an addict but when we meet her she is out of rehab and is recovering. Right off the bat we can see there is tension in the family with her arrival and this creates a sort of dynamic in the family along with the plot. Throughout the story we see the theme of family and its importance play out and get tested and I feel like you don’t see that in many YA books.

Expectations is the second main theme of the story because Birdie’s mom has all these expectations for Birdie to follow through with. And in this book we see Birdie struggle with what to do and how to act at times because of these expectations. And these expectations sort of play into who Birdie is as a character and her braking out of these expectations is the coming of age part of this story.

Aside from themes, this book had some plot twists that had me shook aha. One of the things that happened I was able to predict because the foreshadowing that was included was a little obvious at least to me. However the second bomb that was dropped just came out of nowhere. I was not a fan of it and to me, it didn’t really make sense and is a little gross but it had me going what the actual heck. These two twists provided a good little shakeup to the plot and while I don’t think it added a whole lot to the plot, it helped with clarification.

Con

I didn’t like the ending very much. It wasn’t a necessarily bad ending but I just didn’t like how it was wrapped up. I think the ending could of been wrapped up in a more clarifying way and with more reassurance than what was giving.

Final Thoughts

Overall I super duper enjoyed this book. I loved the story and the message it told. The characters were so well developed and though out. The twists in this book are just woahhh. I hope when this book comes out that you all give it a read but in the mean time, add this book to your TBR!

 

 

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The Final Six|Book Review

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36491465._SY475_.jpgTitle: The Final Six

Author: Alexandra Monir

Pages: 352

Rating:

Synopsis: When Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, and Naomi, a science genius from California, are two of the twenty-four teens drafted into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever altered. After erratic climate change has made Earth a dangerous place to live, the fate of the population rests on the shoulders of the final six who will be scouting a new planet. Intense training, global scrutiny, and cutthroat opponents are only a few of the hurdles the contestants must endure in this competition.

For Leo, the prospect of traveling to Europa—Jupiter’s moon—to help resettle humankind is just the sense of purpose he’s been yearning for since losing his entire family in the flooding of Rome. Naomi, after learning of a similar space mission that mysteriously failed, suspects the ISTC isn’t being up front with them about what’s at risk.

As the race to the final six advances, the tests get more challenging—even deadly. With pressure mounting, Naomi finds an unexpected friend in Leo, and the two grow closer with each mind-boggling experience they encounter. But it’s only when the finalists become fewer and their destinies grow nearer that the two can fathom the full weight of everything at stake: the world, the stars, and their lives

Spoiler Free Review

Overview

This is a dystopian and science fiction book. Humans have ruined Earth and now people are looking to colonize another planet. The place they are deciding to repopulate is called Europa. Europa is Jupiters moon and below its layer of ice is where humans will live in the future. In order to decide who goes into space, a draft is created and 24 humans are selected to compete. And out of those 24, 6 will be selected to colonize Europa. This is how our two main characters meet, Leo and Naomi.

I enjoyed this book. I felt it was more dystopian than science fiction but I didn’t not get the sci-fi aspects of the book. This book is medium paced. It’s not all action/fast paced but it isn’t a slow paced story either. The character development was alright. The plot was good and interesting but some points were a bit boring.

Characters

Naomi. Naomi is one of the main characters. Naomi is a very smart person which is why she was drafted for the 24, because of her skills. Naomi is also pretty family oriented. She cares very much about her family, especially her little brother who is sick. Her brother is the reason on why she doesn’t want to be one of the final six. I felt like that besides really caring about her family and being good at like hacking and computers and all that jazz, we didn’t really get to know a ton about her. Yes those are her main personality traits but it would of been nice to get to know her more and get more depth into her. But I liked Naomi and how she didn’t buy into all the B.S. the scientist were telling her.

Leo. Leo is the other main character in the story. He is an olympic swimmer which is why he was chosen for the draft. Leo lives in Rome, but due to natural causes, it is basically destroyed. He lost all his family and he sees the chance to go to Europa as his escape from all thats happened on Earth. And because his need to leave is so big he doesn’t really allow himself to realize the dangers of this trip even after they have been brought to his attention and his need sort of corrupts his thinking about the training and the people and the mission. Even though he has this set mindset on the mission, it doesn’t exactly mean he doesn’t believe the stuff he is told from a logical standpoint. I know that Leo needs this mission and all that but it sort of annoyed me because he knew about everything unlike all the other characters and he still wanted to go on the mission even though it had all these risks. But at the same time I understood why it didn’t matter to him because he has lost so much already and he doesn’t exactly have anything or anybody to live for like Naomi does so I feel like he doesn’t really see the risks as risks.

Writing

I did not love the writing. I wasn’t a fan of the style and because of that it was harder to get into the story. The way so wrote and how things were worded just didn’t agree with me and I wasn’t a fan of it. One thing that i did like that she did and this doesn’t really pertain to her writing but i like how she had the different perspective. There was Naomi’s perspective and there was also Leo’s perspective. I didn’t think it was really necessary but it didn’t take away from the story.

Plot

This was an intriguing plot and I was definitely interested in what Monir was going to do with it. Now I understand this book is a work of fiction however I feel like even if it is fiction, it should still make sense in a logistical way. This story did not make sense from a logistical standpoint. These kids were suppose to have, I think it was four, maybe more weeks to train and then the scientists were like nope and the kids only had about a week to train for a mission that is so complicated and so many things could go wrong and all this stuff. I’m sitting and reading this book and I’m thinking “what the heck,” like there is no way these kids are A) able to learn everything they need to learn for this mission and B) able to survive because of how little training. I mean astronauts now have like month long training and all this stuff, they definitely are not 16 year olds with a week of training.

I also had a problem with the ending. It was so rushed and so just very unreal, even for something of fiction. Everything happened in such a short amount of time that it just didn’t make sense, again from a logistical standpoint. And yes, I do understand that this is fiction, however I feel like even a work of fiction, most importantly science fiction, should work in some way logistically. I feel like one of the things that just should not be rushed is the ending because it is a very important part of the book, even more so for a sequel. And because this ending was rushed, I was so confused as to what was going on and I do want to read the next book in the series because I am curious, but at the same time I’m a little worried I’m going to be a little lost in the beginning.

Final Thoughts

Overall this was an okay book. I definitely had some issues with it but it didn’t take so much away from me enjoying it. I liked it enough that I am interested in reading the second book but I’m not sure how soon I will be reading it once its published.

Wrap-Up

June Wrap-Up|2019

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June was a bit of a slow reading month and that partly had to due with me leaving for camp in the beginning of the month. But I did get some reading done because I took part in a 24 hour readathon which was fun and exhausting. Anyways, onto the books I read in the month of June!

The first book I read was A Curse of Thorns by Nicole Mainardi. This book is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a well done retelling. It was easy to find aspects that relate to Beauty and the Beast and it was also easy to see where the author inserted their own ideas and creativity. If you want to check out my full review just click here. I gave this a 3.75/5 star rating.

The second book I read was The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen. This is a book about a girl who lives in the modern day suddenly gets transported to the Holocaust. This was a very short read but I felt that even in the short amount of pages the book gets a message/point across. If you want to read more of my thoughts on this book just click the link here. I gave this a 4/5 star rating.

Third I read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alice Sáenz. This. Was. Such. A. Good. Book. I understand why everyone loves this book and I am definitely right in there with them. This book is so well written and I really love the writing. The characters and the story were also just wow and I recommend this book to everyone. I gave this a 5/5 star rating.

Fourth I read My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak. This was an enjoyable contemporary book. I liked most of the characters and thought even though there were so many they weren’t as undeveloped as I thought they would be. If you want to read more of my thoughts on this book, just click the link here. I gave this a 4/5 star rating.

And last but not least, I read All the Wandering Light by Heather Fawcett. This duology is definitely one of my favorites. I love all the characters in it a ton. The story is amazing and so full of action. There were some times when it was a little boring and I wasn’t really interested in it. The ending was nice but I felt it was a little rushed and so much happened that I’m not exactly sure what happened. But overall it was such an enjoyable read and I really love this duology. I gave this book a 4.5/5 star rating.

So there it is, all the books I read in the month of June!

How many books did you read in the month of June?

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites|Books Set in Space

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Hey guys, Friday Favorites is hosted by Kibby who started this tag at Something of the Book. And this tag is just a fun way to share some of your favorite things every Friday 🙂

I love science fiction books but I feel like its a very hit or miss genre. Even though I love science fiction books, its a hard genre for me to feel in the mood to read(I am a mood reader) which kind of sucks. But anyways, onto some of my favorite books set in space.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

So I know this book doesn’t wholly take place in space BUT the last book is set in space and some of the third book too so I feel like it counts! I really love the characters in this book, I was so sad to finish this series and say goodbye to the characters. I feel like this series has one of the best set of characters

Salvage Rat by Larry N. Martin

This was a book I didn’t expect myself to like so much. I liked the two main characters in this and the banter between the two of them was enjoyable to read. There was also a lot of action in this book which I loved!

So, what are some of your favorite books set in space?

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Top Ten Tuesday|Books on My Summer 2019 TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

So I don’t really set TBRs because I am a mood reader. However I am going to camp so I will share the books I am bringing with me.

The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy by Jenny Han

I’ve had this trilogy on my shelf for maybe a year to two but this year I am determined to get to it!

The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

I read the first book in this trilogy earlier this year and then I bought the second book but for some reason I haven’t read it yet. But I don’t want to wait any longer so I’m finally going to get to it!

All the Wandering Light by Heather Sawcett

I read Even the Darkest Stars right when it came out and loved it! But I am horrible at continuing series so I haven’t read it yet. But I’m excited to dive back into this world this summer!

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

I just got this book recently but it sounds good so the plan is to read it this summer. I’ve started a little bit of it so I’m off to a good start aha.

So here is my camp/summer TBR. I’m hoping I’ll get to them but I’m not sure considering I’ll be busy at camp.

What are books on your summer TBR?

 

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites|Character Deaths

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Hey guys, Friday Favorites is hosted by Kibby who started this tag at Something of the Book. And this tag is just a fun way to share some of your favorite things every Friday 🙂

So this post is obviously going to contain spoilers for certain books but to make sure no one gets spoiled I will post what book it is before so if you haven’t read it, you won’t get spoiled 🙂

Shadow and Bone Series

The Darkling

I was happy when the Darkling finally died. I know that a lot of people like him but I am not one of those people. He goes about everything wrong and I appreciate his love for Ravka but he goes about it in such a horrible way that I think it outshines his love for Ravka.

The Mortal Instruments Series

Valentine

Valentine is one of my favorite villains. Sometimes when my friend and I insult each other we will turn to villains and we often through Valentine into the mix lol. But I was very glad to see him go because I personally think he is a lunatic and I’m pretty sure I whooped for joy when he died lol.

Harry Potter

Voldemort

Such a great moment when Voldemort died. I think his death scene is one of my favorites which is why he made this list. I don’t think Voldemort is on this list so much because I was glad he was dead(not that I wasn’t) but I liked how he died and sort of the theatrics of it.

Who is one of your favorite character deaths? Please make sure to put a spoiler warning so no one gets spoiled!