My Current Favourite Science Fiction and Fantasy Books!

Todays discussion is a Top 5 Wednesday topic. Here is the link to the group page for any further information or if you’d like to do these topics yourself!

I didn’t really have to think long and hard about todays list – these books are easily some of my favourite books in general and I’ve rated all either a four or five stars!

5. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Although the fantasy aspects of book one are really underdeveloped, and I think that aspect is largely over-shadowed by the romance a bit. (Which I personally don’t mind at all.) But Lia, main character, was such a fantastic heroine and had me enthralled the entirety of the story that I just had to have this book on my list. I believe in the second book – The Heart of Betrayal – the fantasy fleshed out a lot more.

4. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Poison Study, aside from being excellently written, is void of a lot of typical young adult tropes that are more prevalent in many young adult fantasy books today. Which makes it an incredibly refreshing to read. Yelena is a fantastic heroine, who perseveres through a lot despite the internal and external struggles she faces.

3. The Star Thief by Jamie Grey

The Star Thief is truly an exciting, adventurous science fiction duology. The author is very well versed in science fiction and does an excellent job of illustrating her world to the reader. I would highly recommend this book for people who like heroines such as Celaena Sardothien from the Throne of Glass series or Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy series.

2. Vicious by V.E. Schwab

I was incredibly impressed and totally surprised by Vicious. It was a fantastic tale about superheroes – or rather, antiheroes – and moral ambiguity that makes the story incredibly intriguing. It’s told in a then and now perspective, which really adds to the suspense of the novel. Lastly, each character is complex and have a lot of value to the overall story.

1. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

Of all the books on this list Warbreak is the one I’ve read most recently and it’s truly left an impression on me. I believe this is such a sensational fantasy book for many reasons. It has definitely made an impact on my reading and has set the bar pretty high for future fantasy books. I am currently working on my review for this book because there is so much I need to say about this book. I encourage any fantasy lover to add this to their TBR pile!

Thanks for reading! 

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

 

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Romance | Fantasy | Young Adult

Throne of Glass Series #0.1 – #0.5

My Rating: ★★★★

The Assassin’s Blade was not high on my to-read list once it was released. This is largely because on the rare occasion I read a novella, I don’t tend to enjoy them very much. However as the release of Queen of Shadow’s neared, I heard there were several things within this book that connected to Maas’ 2015 release Queen of Shadows which had me intrigued.

Without a doubt, I was clearly missing out. This was more than a mere compilation of superficial short stories. The quality of the stories and their respective plots were amazing. Each novella continues on from where the previous left off, and so it really feels like a complete novel.

If I’m being truthful this book may be my favourite in the series thus far. Sarah J Maas really illustrated just how fantastic she is at story telling and the stories within this book give her world incredible depth. She has an qual talent for drawing out moments and making them extremely suspenseful.

We’re introduced to such a variety of characters, some who play a vital part in the series main story and some who attribute to Celaena’s development as a character. Having read Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire prior to reading this – I was immensely excited to be introduced to some of these characters that are mentioned throughout the series. Such as the King of Assassin’s himself Arobynn Hammel and Celaena’s sweetheart Sam Cortland.

I would recommend any fan of the Throne of Glass series pick this up immediately. Each novella was equally fantastic, thrilling and action packed. If you’re new to the series, my best advice would be to read each book in publication order.

Fictional Jobs I’d Want to Have

This topic took a little more time than expected, but I loved having to brainstorm about some of my favourite fictional worlds and the jobs relative to them. I largely selected jobs based on what I think I’d enjoy and what looked to be a lot of fun.. but I do think I eventually complied a list of jobs that I would both enjoy and be (relatively) good at!

1. Shadowhunter (Inspired by Isabelle Light from Shadowhunters TV Series)

I stopped watching Shadowhunters for a while as I was pretty unsatisfied with where the show was going. But yesterday I picked up from where I left off early on in season two and absolutely binged watched all the episodes. Essentially this rekindled my love for the show and primarily for Isabelle because to me, she is what makes being a Shadowhunter look like fun.

2. Oompa Loompa (Inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) 

It probably makes me a pretty bad vegan to say I’d like to be an Oompa Loompa… but I don’t think I’m in any minority when I say food and theme parks are some of the many things that I love. To combine the two and have it be my day to day job to experiment with sweets would be pretty epic.

3. Meta-Human CSI Expert (Inspired by Julian Albert from The Flash TV Series)

I thought long and hard about a ‘fictional job’ actually existed within The Flash world, because a lot of the main characters actually have jobs that are rooted within the real world. But alas – thanks to Julian Albert (a new character in S3) I have found my way into Team Flash! Although it would be awesome to be a meta-human expert, I was trying to find a job in this universe largely so I could work with all the characters on Team Flash.

4. Dragonologist (Inspired by Charlie Weasley from The Harry Potter Series)

I really think this goes without explanation!

5. Dinosaur Researcher (Inspired by Owen Grady from Jurassic World)

Simiarly to a Dragonologist, being a Dinosaur Researcher would be equally exciting (perhaps Dinosaur Researcher more so because the Jurassic Park franchise was my first favourite series ever.) I love animals and have thought about working in an industry that relates to animals… dinosaurs and dragons would suit me perfectly!

Here is the link to the Top Five Wednesday group if you’d like to have a look through the discussions and further topics.

 

Justice League, Volume 3: Throne of Atlantis by Geoff Johns

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Spoiler Free Review

Graphic Novels | Superheroes | DC Comics

My Rating: ★★★★☆

I was pretty impressed upon finishing Justice League, Volume 3: Throne of Atlantis. I am definitely aware of the mixed reviews towards this graphic novel, but personally this volume really appealed to my reading tastes.

I’ll start my review of with a brief history of my reading experience with this series thus far:

Justice League, Volume 1: Origin – I gave ★★★☆☆. I wasn’t totally enthralled whilst reading, nor did this volume excite me about the series. However I thought it was a solid beginning and I therefore gave it a chance and decided to continue with the series.

Justice League, Volume 2: The Villain’s Journey – I gave ★★☆☆☆ and was honestly less than impressed with. I wasn’t a fan of the quarrel’s within the League, I really wanted (and expected) them to start working as a team more. The plot felt like it jumped around too much and there was also a noticeable discrepancy between the character’s ‘screen’ time, so to speak.

However I had a complete change of heart with Justice League, Volume 3: Throne of Atlantis because I pretty much loved it. (I don’t want to hype it up too much for anyone as this could be a real fluke.)

Within the first couple of pages of this volume I felt like I noticed a huge improvement with the quality of story-telling. It felt a lot cleaner and easier to follow. This may be because the characters actually started to get along more and it was apparent they shared a mutual goal.

I will criticise the plot slightly and say the first chapters or so really go against the grain of the title, as it has nothing to do with Atlantis. I think this was worth mentioning as it may mislead some people. But personally it did entertain me, as I have not yet read a comic with Cheetah and was excited to learn more about her relationship with Diana. Not to mention it really exhibited the growth of the team and their willingness and wantingness (whoops that’s not a word) to help each other out and work together.

As well as this, I loved the involvement of Atlantis in this series because aside from this comic series, I know very little about Aquaman and Atlantis. [This could be why I liked it so much.]

Secondly, I thought the characters were much more likeable – which was largely due to the fact that they wanted to work together more. Aside from the weird absence of The Flash, [whom is my favourite 😥 and I can’t recall if this absence was explained…] I felt like there was more of a balance between the characters ‘screen’ time.

I truly can’t wait to start the next volume in the series, it was left on a great cliffhanger and I can’t wait to see which characters [villainous and otherwise] that will be introduced!

Introductory Post

After several years of hiding in the shadows of bookish communities (youtube, tumblr, goodreads etc.) I have finally decided to create my own space where I can share my opinions.

In todays post I’ll be adapting questions from Between Chapters ‘New to Booktube’ tag as it’s a really great way to tell you a little bit more about myself and this blog.

  1. Where are you joining us from? Australia
  2. How old are you? 20
  3. Why did you join [the blogging community]? I don’t want to sound like a broken record, so I’ll leave a link to my about me page.
  4. What is the meaning behind your [blog] name? It was inspired by Jess from New Girl in the earlier seasons when she says ‘I hope you like feminist rants cause that’s my kind of thing.’
  5. What types of books do you read/want to talk about here? Namely Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Thrillers, Diverse Fiction and LGBT+ related content. (Probably a self help and/or spiritual book here and there.)
  6. Who are some of your favourite authors? At the moment, I am currently obsessed with Brandon Sanderson’s work after recently reading Warbreaker.
  7. What’s the last book you read? Justice League Volume 3: Throne of Atlantis by Geoff Johns
  8. What are you currently reading? Chaos to Calm and Batman: Harley and Ivy
  9. Which do you prefer: Hard cover or paper back? Ebooks or Physical books? Owning or borrowing books? As a frugal person, I absolutely love borrowing books. Preferably in physical form. If I could download library ebooks onto my kindle, I would love that but currently I can only download ebooks onto my laptop and that is a huge
  10. What book or series got you into reading? The Fault in Our Stars (I know, shocking.)
  11. How did you discover [blogging]? I’ve been watching booktube for years now, so I wouldn’t be able to tell you but I guess I just gradually found out about differently online bookish communities through vloggers.
  12. Where else can we find you? Link Up! Tumblr / Goodreads