Top Ten Tuesday: Best and Worst Villains

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I couldn’t find enough good or bad villains, so I have decided to split the post in half to do five of each!

In this post, I am going to rate the villains on how well they are villains. I am not going to say that the best villains are the ones that had the most elaborate plans, but instead the ones who did the most damage to the lives of the “hero” and who had the most detailed character development.

By the way, my song of the week is this! I listened to it as I made this list, and I hope you all enjoy it too.

Best Villains

5) The Forest Beyond the Earth

The Forest Beyond the EarthIf I told you what the villain did, it would spoil the entire book, but WOW. This villain has both a well-thought-out plan and basically, turns the world of the main character upside down. I was surprised to see a villain of this depth in a book that has a 12-year-old main character.

 

 

 

4) Pepin – Queen of the Darkest Hour

Queen of the Darkest HourPepin had Queen Fastrada living in pure terror. She was afraid to even look at him when pregnant or when holding her newborn child for fear that he would turn her into a cripple like himself. Pepin would pray that she would die every time that she got sick, but he still lusted after her. There was a lot more to him and the people he terrorized in his life, and I just loved reading about him.

 

 

 

3) Girls Made of Snow and Glass

Girls Made of Snow and GlassAgain, this is one I can’t talk too much about. But it is interesting who is supposed to be “good” and who is supposed to be “bad” in the book, and how it all plays out.

 

 

 

 

2) The Monster in Frankenstein

FrankensteinI hated the popular media portrayal of the monster from Frankenstein after reading this book. He was so much more than a green beast with bolts in his neck (that weren’t there in the book) that wanted to kill people. If you haven’t read this book, I suggest that you do right away! It is a little hard to read, but you can look up things online that you don’t understand.

 

 

 

1) The Radium Girls

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining WomenAnd then we get to the real villains. Real people in the real world. Every single man who was a doctor to the girls and hid information was a villain. They deserved to know what had been happening to them, but the doctors just wanted to collect a paycheck. Then there were the companies. When their girls started dying in one factory, they would build another one in a different state or in Canada and employ new girls that would have never heard about the deaths. They didn’t care about the girls, they didn’t care about anyone. This was one of the saddest books I ever read, but these villains knew what they were doing.

Worst Villains

5) The City of Heavenly Fire

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)Sebastian was evil at the start, but by this point, he seemed to have lost his steam. I couldn’t understand why he even tried to do half of the things that he tried to do. Even the incest arc of the story with his sister just came out of nowhere. Like, why? I would not go through this again.

 

 

 

4) Into the Gauntlet

Into the Gauntlet (The 39 Clues, #10)This is also a spoiler, but I have to say that the villain of this book was weak and kinda dumb. How are you gonna try to take on a room of people by yourself? It’s just not gonna work. I think that the villains from the previous books in the series were far scarier and deadlier than this one.

 

 

 

3) Twilight

Twilight (Twilight, #1)I know this is a spoiler, but I think that everyone has read this book on this site already. James was weak. I’m sorry. He’s a vampire, he had plenty of time to kill Bella before Edward and the gang could even show up. He seemed to be a psychopath in both the book and especially in the movie, but then he just kinda tosses Bella around and that’s it. I was expecting Bella to be really hurt. He has the strength to do all sorts of painful things to her. But he doesn’t. Why?

 

 

2) The Cellar

The Cellar (The Cellar #1)Colin is a foolish villain. He made a lot of mistakes that led to his demise. If Summer and the other girls weren’t so brain-dead, they probably could have figured out a way to take him down. It was so stupid that 3 girls couldn’t attack him and kill him or something! He seemed to be the type of skinny kid who would have been bullied, not some sort of bodybuilder, so I highly doubt that it was that difficult to take him down.

 

 

1) His (Cellar #2)

His (The Cellar #2)The only villain in this story was Summer herself. She wouldn’t have been in any danger if she hadn’t kept PUTTING herself in danger. If she was so scared to kill him when she was actually captive, why is she out there looking for him now? She should have fled somewhere where he couldn’t find her. I doubt he has a Summer GPS in his mind. But NO, you are gonna go to the basement where you were kept for months and try to confront him. It’s really like she wanted to be caught, which really hurt her loyal boyfriend. I just….this was awful.

 

There’s my list!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is “Longest Books I’ve Ever Read.” Let’s get started!

Click on the cover of each book to be taken to my review of it! Some were in the early days of my blog and haven’t been seen for a long time. Also, for the most part, these books have been all read in the last 2 years since I started this blog.

1) King’s Cage: 507 Pages

King's Cage (Red Queen, #3)

This book took me FOREVER to get through even though it was the shortest book on this list. I ended up not liking it as much as I thought I would, and after leaving it alone for a few months, I might have to go back and rewrite the review after rereading it.

2) The Red Pyramid: 514 pages

The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1)

I love the Kane Chronicles, and I didn’t realize that it was this long! I hope to be able to finish the trilogy soon.

3) New Moon: 563 pages

New Moon (Twilight, #2)

This book was probably my least favorite book in the Twilight series, as it really just taught that “if your boyfriend breaks up with you, ignore all other guys that might be nice to you and wait for him to eventually take you back.” SOO problematic for teen girls. I might also have to revisit this book now that I have more experience reviewing books.

4) Beautiful Creatures: 563 pages

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)

I liked this book a lot, but I never continued with the series. Maybe I will do that soon.

5) A Court of Mist and Fury: 626 pages

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

One of the best books I have ever read! I would definitely recommend that all my blog friends read the ACOTAR series.

6) Outlander: 627 pages

Outlander (Outlander, #1)

This book honestly outdid itself, but I haven’t been able to bring myself to read the rest of the series. They are just all so LONG.

7) Eclipse: 629 pages

Eclipse (Twilight, #3)

I don’t have much to say about this book honestly. I don’t even remember reading it. I know that there are important plot lines in this book, but I still didn’t like it as much as the first book in the series.

8) Everything Under The Sun: 656 pages

Everything Under the Sun

This book was far longer than I thought it would be, but it was AMAZING. Definitely my second favorite book on this list.

9) A Court of Wings and Ruin: 699 pages

A Court of Wings and Ruin

I also can’t really remember reading this book much. I might have to revisit it and rewrite my review, now that I know that it was technically the “end” of the series.

10) Breaking Dawn: 754 pages

Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)

This, unfortunately, is the only book that I don’t have a review for. I wrote it, but I don’t know what happened to it. I think it was even posted, and maybe it was accidentally deleted. I don’t really feel like reading it again to try to review it. But it was the longest book I ever read I think!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I’ve Read In 2018

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl!

1)Off & Away

This picture book was colorful, adorable, and had a wonderfully diverse storyline! I re-read it often, just to sit and enjoy the art.

2)The Forest Beyond the EarthThis was, by far, one of the most unique dystopian novels that I have read in a long time. Even though Wisp was 12, she was mature for her age (in most ways), and the book had YA to NA levels of action and suspense.

3) Temple of Sorrow (Stonehaven League #1)This was the first LitRPG novel that I had ever read, and I am currently working my way through the second in this series. Some LitRPG novels are cringy or have boring storylines, but this one had just enough action and adventure to keep me engaged while simultaneously maintaining an intricate and delicate storyline.

4)Soraya: A Wielders of Arantha PrequelThis was one of the longest prequels that I have ever read, and I instantly fell in love with the characters. I have been slacking on my reviews of the actual Wielders of Arantha series, and so I aim to tackle that soon!

5) EnlightenedThis book created a unique world where souls have to attend school before they are allowed to continue in the afterlife. Earth is a school for these souls, and the humans on earth are just the reincarnations of the same souls. The souls do not remember their past lives while they are on Earth though, only regaining the memories when they die and go back to school. I loved this book and even finished the second novel in the series, even though I haven’t gotten the chance to write the review yet.

6) The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women

This is a sad but true nonfiction novel about girls who suffered horrible, painful deaths after working in the “safe” factories that painted the faces of watches and clocks with radium to make them glow. It made me think about what other dark secrets industries might be currently hiding about how safe their facilities or products are.

7) The Hate U GiveThis was my second time reading the novel, and I plan to read and review it again before the movie comes out. It is powerful and entertaining simultaneously, and I would recommend it for all.

8)Warcross (Warcross, #1)

This could count as a LitRPG novel as well, which is why I think I liked it so much. I won’t say too much about it, but I loved the world-building and the characters. I can’t wait for the second series installment!

9)Soulbound (Engineered Magic, #1)This book tells the events of Freya Snow’s Kingsguard from Damon’s point of view. It is full of spoilers for that novel so I would suggest that you read the Freya Snow series first.

10) The Gnosis MachineI typically don’t like science fiction, but this one was really enjoyable for me. I don’t really know how to describe it, there is just so much going on in this universe. It’s sort of a story about a machine going out of control, but at the same time, it’s not. I just have to say that you should read it for yourselves!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Red White and Blue Covers!

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I am finally back from my trip, and I have a lot to catch up on. For one, I need to catch up on reviews that I never finished/forgot about. Two, I have a few books that I need to speed read through so that I stop procrastinating on them. Three, I need to catch up on fun posts like this that I didn’t really have the time to do for a while! With all of that said, here we go!

I might not have ten because they are hard to find for me, but here are a few!

Power of Five (Power of Five, #1)Little Brother (Little Brother, #1)Eve & Adam (Eve & Adam, #1)Reign the Earth (The Elementae, #1)Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, #1)Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)

Alright, 6! Still, more than I thought that I would be able to find. Keep an eye out for more posts by me soon!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Stories that I Read When Sad

Are any of you like me? I tend to turn to a specific book when I have a bad day or am in a bad mood, and that book always makes me feel better. A lot of these are actually going to be fanfictions, but a couple will be books. Most of the time I turn to fanfiction stories, which are sometimes as long as books, but often include a lot more fluff.

1) Off and Away

Off & Away
This picture book always cheers me up when I read it, and it is a fairly short read. The art is so colorful!

2) The Mermaid’s Escape

The Mermaid's Escape (The Siren, #1)

I love mermaid stories, and this mermaid reverse harem novel throws me into a world where Coral is loved by the four men she is stuck on the island with, and they work together to solve the mystery of how to get back to the mainland with her.

3) Late Bloomer

I swear I am an Alpha/Beta/Omega fanfiction addict, and this one is my absolute favorite and introduced me to those types of stories. This is a BTS-based fanfic, and Jungkook is presenting as an Omega. All of the older members have already presented, and they are determined to help Jungkook through his change and first heat. It is mature in some chapters, but the last few chapters have mostly been filled with fluff and all of the pack members. Some people think fanfiction like this might be strange because it is based on real people, but when I’m reading them I don’t really relate them with the group that much. I usually think of the fanfiction versions of them as being completely different from their real-life counterparts. Keeping this in mind, onto the next fanfiction!

4) Soulmate 

In this fic, everyone has a soulmate. Yoongi doesn’t think that he believes in them, but then he meets a strange boy on the train who just takes his breath away. This has to be one of the fluffiest fics that I have ever read, as Yoongi starts to fall for Jimin and they slowly accept the soulmate bond. I swear, I read through this one like once a week.

5) Joke’s On You
OH MY GOSH this was finally updated as I was writing this, but I will put it to the side for now. This is basically the Got7 version of Late Bloomer, by the same author. In this one, Yugyeom has been pranked by his older bandmates, and for some reason it has been affecting him more than it should. Little does he know that he’s presenting as an Omega. This one has pretty consistent weekly updates, but I just get really impatient because I love it so much. Late Bloomer is pretty much finished, and now this is my new obsession.

6) Hidden Omega

This one starts off sad, but it gets better as it goes on. 21-year-old Namjoon hasn’t presented as anything and is named a dud. Due to his nasty scent, the BTS pack doesn’t treat him as a real member. He tries his best to get them to accept him, but they just can’t help themselves. Once he lands in the hospital, the other kpop packs in the area realize how much Namjoon has been through. He presents as an omega, and the five groups are determined to court him until he chooses them. Again, the beginning is sad, but once he is with the non-BTS groups, the story does get much fluffier!

7) Little Bit of Trouble

This is the first of a few little space fics that I indulge in. I just love fluff, and these have to be some of the fluffiest fics out there. These aren’t the full baby fics, just fics where members of BTS dote on 3-4-year-old adorable versions of bandmates. This one focuses on Jungkook and is reader-insert, but it is not a poorly written reader-insert like I personally hate. This one even has a lot of development with both big and little Jungkook, and his lovely Noona/girlfriend.

8) Where Skies are Blue

This is another ABO fic with YoonMin (Yoongi and Jimin) focus. I won’t spoil too much about this one because it’s pretty new and so most of the summary would be spoilers, but it gets good. I think that this will be one of my favorite ABO fanfictions yet!

9) Lover not a fighter but I’ll fight for what I love
This has to be one of the darkest fanfictions that I have ever read, and I am currently stressed because I have been left on a series of updates that all have cliffhangers for like 3 weeks, but it is okay. I’m okay. This is a mixture of little space fic and mafia/gang fic. Don’t ask me how this works, but it does, if you are into dark romance, then this is the fic for you! It has a lot of fluff though, somehow, so I do like to read it from time to time.

10) He Ain’t Heavy (He’s Our Maknae)

This is probably the most canon fanfiction on this list, and it’s really just the members of BTS taking care of their Maknae/youngest member: Jungkook! This is mostly fluffy one-shots, but it does have some angsty one-shots somehow. Everything has a happy ending though, so it is still a nice fluffy read in my opinion.

Alright, so two books and 8 fanfictions! Seems like a nice ratio XD . I will see you all next week, I might follow the typical Top Ten Tuesday post then, but if it’s something that I don’t feel like I have enough books for, I might make up a topic like I did here. Thanks for reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl .

1) Cinder

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)I am not a fan of the entire Lunar Chronicles, but I am still happy that I was able to finish the series. I feel that if I hadn’t finished it, it would have just sat on my TBR for years. By finishing the entire series in about one year, I was able to get it out of the way. It also made me realize that even though I didn’t like this series, I really do like fairy tale retellings.

 

 

 

2) Finders Keepers

Finders KeepersI never finished reading this one, but it definitely enlightened me. I realized how much I absolutely despise comedic fantasy novels. I now have decided not to even try to read or review comedic fantasies, and it has worked out rather well for me.

 

 

 

 

3) Superhighway

Superhighway (Superhighway, #1)This novel showed me that I can absolutely despise a book’s protagonist but still enjoy the novel. The world-building and plot of this novel were rather interesting, but the immature and irresponsible main character continued to throw me out of the story. I had to accept the fact that while the novel was great, the main character was simply awful.

 

 

4) Allegiant

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)

This cover of the novel is actually really nice! I’ll bet plenty of people had this novel on their lists, and if you read the trilogy, you know exactly why. The trilogy just seemed to go off on a tangent in this novel, and the ending was just horrible. I wish that it could just be re-written entirely from the middle of Insurgent onwards. It taught me about how a trilogy can be amazing for the first book and half of the second, but then just be bad.

 

 

5) City of Heavenly Fire

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

This series should have stayed a trilogy. It had no reason to become more than that, and this book shows exactly why. Characters die for no reason, it is too long for no reason, and it just seems like a mess of the extra plot pieces that had been added being “tied up” in a messy way.

 

 

 

6) Hamlet

Hamlet

I know that I had to read this for English, but it is just bad. Hamlet is so whiny throughout the entire thing. His mother does something he doesn’t like, and he disrespects her and basically calls her an adulterous horrible woman. When his girlfriend stops paying attention to him, he tells her to go be a nun and verbally harasses her for fun. One of the lines is literally, “Oh. I am slain.” (http://nfs.sparknotes.com/hamlet/page_196.html). It was painful to get through this one, and I won’t be reading it again.

 

This week will only have 6 books because I tend to really just not dislike books for any particular good reason usually, but hopefully next week I will reach 10!