Top 5 Funniest Characters in Young Adult Novels I Have Adored

 

For this week’s Top 5 Wednesday, the prompt was to share the funniest characters in books, movies, or shows. Naturally, I am narrowing it down to the (mostly) Young Adult novels that I have adored thus far in my reading experience.

5. Derrick from the Falconer by Elizabeth May

Words cannot possibly describe how much I love Derrick the Pixie. His love for honey and Aileana know no bounds. He somehow balances being funny with being brave, kind, passionate, and always, always hungry. Loyal and feisty, he is my favorite pixie ever.

Here is a brief description of his behaviors from the perspective of someone who has seen some messed up things in this world.

“What the hell is wrong with your pixie?”-Gavin

4. Monty from the Gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue by Mackenzie Lee

Sometimes, being a spoiled privileged and entitled brat can amuse people around you. Monty is just so clueless. It is often when he asks questions that seem so simple, that is when I laugh at him most.

Here is one of my favorite moments featuring him and my darling queen Felicity.

“Just thinking about all that blood.” I nearly shudder. “Doesn’t it make you a bit squeamish?”
“Ladies haven’t the luxury of being squeamish about blood,” she replies, and Percy and I go fantastically red in unison.”

3. Blue Sargent from The Raven Cycle by Maggie

That girl is way too cool for me to fully express it. I find her limitless in her humor, wit, and charm. She is the teenager who ticks you off for being a smart-ass but you still want to write down what she says. Blue Sargent, a girl with a doomed love life and a heavy burden to carry, is not only funny sometimes. She is often met with things not going her way on such an epic scale, it makes me laugh.

Here:

“Wait!’ called Blue. ‘Will you tell me about my father?”
“No,” Gwenllian replied. “I will get mayonnaise.”

2. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

While Aza’s OCD strikes a nerve, I do think she and Daisy say the funniest things in this novel. It overwhelms me sometimes to think of this book because of Daisy. Her perspective changed my approach to friendships as someone with obsessive thoughts and depression. Her commentary on mundane things made me laugh, though. She’s a good kid.

  1. The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

Sarah Rees Brennan is hilarious. She and Cassandra Clare make me laugh, without fail. I have read The Demon’s Lexicon ages ago. Many books later, I still fondly think of Nick and Jamie’s interactions.

Here’s an example:

“I expected something a little more castle-shaped,” said Jamie.
“Nothing lasts forever,” Nick said. “Except demons, of course.”
“Has anyone ever told you that you’re a charming conversationalist?” Jamie asked.
“No,” Nick replied honestly.
“I cannot tell you how much that surprises me,” Jamie told him, and Nick gave him a half smile.

Here is another one of those gems:

“Sometimes when you pull knives on people, they get this impression that you’re going to hurt them, and then they’re completely terrified. Crazy, I know!”

“Okay,” said Nick. He turned to Jamie & popped his left wrist sheath again. “Look.”

Jamie backed up. “Which part of ‘completely terrified’ did you translate as ‘show us your knives, Nick’? Don’t show me your knives, Nick. I have no interest in your knives.”

Nick rolled his eyes. “This is a quillon dagger. That’s a knife with a sword handle. I like it because it has a good grip for stabbing.”

“Why do you say these things?” Jamie inquired piteously. “Is it to make me sad?”

“I didn’t have you cornered,” Nick went on. “You could’ve run. And this dagger doesn’t have an even weight distribution; it’s absolute rubbish for throwing. If I had any intention of hurting you, I’d have used a knife I could throw.”

Jamie blinked. “I will remember those words always. I may try to forget them, but I sense that I won’t be able to.” 

 

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Thoughts and Rambles on An Ember in the Ashes

I read Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes over the course of two days last week. It was easily one of my favorite reads this year. A review, thoughts, and rambles on An Ember in the Ashes, is in order.

The premise of An Ember in the Ashes

Sabaa Tahir creates a universe inspired by the Roman empire in An Ember in the Ashes. In a cruel world with militaristic tones, Elias and Laia live. Laia is a Scholar with ties to the rebellion. Elias is in training to be a Mask within the Martial Empire. His mother is the Commandant. He and his best friend Helene are preparing for their big tests.

Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, and it leads Laia into the very core of the rebellion. Sent on a doomed mission into the Commandant’s “home,” Laia attempts to spy on the Commandant through her role as a slave.

But, when she and Elias meet, sparks fly. He, a soldier, and her a slave to an Empire unwilling to incorporate the Scholars into their society. Also: efrits, jinns, and other scary things roam the Empire.

What I liked

Let me preface this by saying that I loved An Ember in the Ashes as a whole. I gave it 4.5-5 stars because it was a quick, engaging, and addictive reading experience. So, here are some of my favorite things in this story.

First, Helene, my queen, pretty much stole my heart from page 1. She’s like the Captain Phasma of these books, but on a conflicted one for sure. I enjoyed her dynamic with Elias, and how it clashed with other Masks in training with them.

Elias’ inner turmoil also translated nicely onto the page. He clearly is very much a reaction to his mother’s nature. And, I think he communicates the frustration with the system beautifully.

While Laia’s storyline was sometimes painful because of all the torture she endures, I did like her persistence and her connection to her brother. She does get “visions” that are unexplained (or at least, still unclear to me).  The beauty of her storyline is also in the irony of finding trust in the least likely spaces.

What I did not like

There were some irksome things in this book, I have to admit. First, I did not really buy the attraction/connection between Laia and Elias. It has happened way too fast. Then again, I do recognize that sometimes very sudden connections happen. Elias was already on the edge of renouncing his connection to the Empire. But, I do find it odd that he was willing to give it all up for someone he did not know very well.

Moreover, I think An Ember in the Ashes would have benefited from some additional points of view. For instance, I wanted more Helene’s point of view (something that is remedied in the sequel, from what I have noticed so far). Another point of view I craved was the Commandant’s own perspective.  I am all for villains being mean and all that, but I also want to know why they function that way. What is their motivation? What drives them to be cruel and heartless?

Besides, the Commandant’s birth of Elias is kind of unorthodox. I want more of the undertones of such an origin and how it influences their relationship.

Finally, I also want to see more Scholars. What makes them subservient to the Empire? What is the history of their conflict? Stuff like that could really clear up the tensions between these two groups.

Overall, though, this book was wonderful. I am working on reading the second one in the series. Cannot wait to see more Elias, Helene, and Laia.

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Get to Know Me Through the Movie Tag

 

 

I figured a change of pace would be a good idea for the blog. Today, I am sharing more about myself through the Movie Tag. This tag is one I have seen on one of my favorite BookTuber people Ginger Reads Lainey. Let me tell you about movies that I adore.

Here are the questions.

Favorite movie of all time?

I like all the movies I own, I suppose. That’s quite a number of films. I guess it depends on my mood. When I am sad, I go for The Perks of Being a Wallflower. When I am trying to pick myself back up from a dark spot, I usually go for It’s Kind of a Funny Story. 

Other favorites: The Fault in Our Stars, My Big Fat Greek Wedding (1 and 2), and Coming Through the Rye.  What If and Swiss Army Man. 

 Favorite scene from that movie?

The friendship montage in Swiss Army Man is such a classic in my world. I love it.

Another favorite is the dance sequence from Little Miss Sunshine. 

– Favorite actors /actresses?

I find myself gravitating toward characters and less toward actors. Then, the actors I actually do like I tend to like them for their activism and commentary on social situations.

– Most annoying actor/actress?

I literally tried to do research on actors/actresses I may dislike. It’s very rare when I end up disliking an actor. They have a tough job.

– Best director?

Edgar Wright has my favorite style of directing. I only have two of his films, but I enjoy them quite a bit. I like the very meta tone that his films tend to have.

– Favorite guilty pleasure film?

Movies based on books make me smile. So here are some of those films: Vampire Academy, The Mortal Instruments, Everything Everything,  The Duff, Beautiful Creatures. 

The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films are also dear to me. Harry Potter films are special to me.

Live-Action films:  Mirror Mirror, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella 

– Favorite tear jerker?

Love, Rosie.  Me Before You.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The Book Thief. 

– Character from a movie that scared you the most?

I do not watch scary films. But, I think Voldemort and Bellatrix Lestrange will always be frightening for me. The other terrifying characters I had encountered in films is Gollum. It is the tangible way he is relatable to me; it is scary.

– Movie you love everyone hates?

The Percy Jackson movies, I think. And Spiderwick Chronicles, too, are special. Plus, you can see all the movies based on books are among my favorites. I did notice that not that many people were fond of Paper Towns as a film, which is just wrong.

– Movie you hate everyone loves?

I don’t know if people actually love the Pitch Perfect movies. There are too many of them. I actually did not mind the first one. But, then the jokes got worse in the second one. Eugh.

– Favorite animated movie?

I know I’m being stereotypical but I have always loved Aladdin the most. It was my first film I remember watching in theaters and it was so special.

– Actor/actress crush?

None, I guess.

– Favorite movie villain?

Kylo Ren will always be my favorite. Hands down. Like Gollum, he is so relatable through his conflict within himself.

– What movie surprised you the most?

The Man from U.N.C.L.E was such a pleasant surprise. We ended up spending a whole summer just watching it every day.

– If you could go back in time and marry actor/actress from back when (now old) who would it be?

I think Marilyn Monroe and I could have a good series of discussions on mental illness and body positivity. It could be an open marriage if she wants. I am totally cool with her being with other people.

– What’s the first movie you remember watching in theaters

Aladdin is one of those iconic films that changed everything for me. For a long time, I would play the soundtrack in my head when things were happening in life. It’s hard to explain. But, I lived by that soundtrack.

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Hauling Books for April 2018

 

 

Welcome to my book haul for the month of April 2018. I do my hauling on the last day of the previous month. So, as I write this, I am still in the high of book-buying excitement. Thank God for parents who supply me with books.

By the way, I have been hauling my books from Thriftbooks.c0m, which has used books at awesome prices that are more affordable.

New series

Bravery:

So, I finally dared to get the first two books of the Mara Dyer trilogy: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. I am hoping that the stories are more paranormal and less “horror.” This is mostly because I do not handle scary things too well. Chiara did comfort me by talking about the books. Plus, Noah Shaw needs to be in my life.

My fingers are crossed big time for this series. I just hope we get along together and it serves as a good experience.

Joining the Coolest Kids in Town

The Dresden Files have been on my radar for a while now. I have just been seeing it favorited by really cool people online. Naturally, when I saw the books on the Thrift Books at an affordable price, I decided to give the first two books a try. Storm Front and Fool Moon should give me a feel for what the stories of Harry Dresden feel like. I did hear that there is a bit of Urban Fantasy and Steampunk involved with the stories, which are things I enjoy.

Ely, my Love

I was looking through some of Michael Grant’s work, and I found my friend Ely’s comments on his Front Lines book. It is a historical fiction, world war 2 (I think?). Ely is a World War II buff, so seeing her liking this series made it even more intriguing.

Also, I know Michael Grant has had some backlash from book community members. But, I gathered up the courage to start repurchasing his Gone series. I like his writing a lot, and I think I want to balance being aware of his problematic responses to criticism without being ashamed of liking his work.

With that said, I did purchase the first two books from the Soldier Girl trilogy (series?) and Gone series too.

Chiara, my Love:

My friend Chiara posts pictures of really pretty books. I like her attitude towards series that are often shunned by the “cool” kids. One of them is Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. This series features fairies, and it is one of the original gangsters when it comes to dealing with these creatures. I am excited!

Self Care:

I am trying to read a self-care book once in a while (okay, more frequent than that. So, if you have any favorites, please share them with me). Radical Beauty by Kimberly Snyder and Deepak Chopra is the one I am hoping to get to this month.

 

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Week 1 April 2018 Reading Plans Featuring the GrabOnReadathon Challenges

Hello! April is upon us and, as such, my reading plans for the week are going up on the blog. This month, I am participating in Of Wonderland’s book club challenge of reading books with movies. In addition, for this week, I am supplementing some challenges from the GrabOnReadathon to focus my reading. Here are the challenges.

1. Read a book with a name in the title

For this one, I am considering reading either; Leslye Walton’s The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender or Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.  

2. Read a first book in a series

Again with the indecisiveness. I am considering two options (maybe I’ll read both of them). The Field Guide of the Spiderwick Chronicles is one on my list. It’s also a movie. The other book I really want to get to at some point is Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Right now, I only have the first two books in the series.

3. Read a book from a genre you haven’t read yet this year

The Ava Lavender book is magical realism, which I have not yet read this year. It’s one of my favorites, so I am thinking of maybe trying also to read Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. It honestly depends on which one fits my mood better. However, I do want to get to a magical realism novel early in April.

4. Read a book with LGBTQIA+ representation

While I adore Adam Silvera’s writing, I am not sure I can handle heartbreak right now. And, even though I was not a huge fan of her writing, I do have Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour. If that one does not resonate with me just yet, I could give Ash by Melinda Lo a try.

5. Read a book chosen for you by someone else

I am going to ask my sister to pick something for me to try and read. Already this week’s reading plans are epic. I am afraid (and excited)

6. Read a book set in a different time than the present

I have to squeeze this book in somehow, so I am fitting it here. A Torch Against the Night has an old-time feel to it.

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Top 5 Teachers in Young Adult Literature But Not from Harry Potter

 

 

Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday. The prompt for this week is about the top 5 teachers or mentors. For me, I am going to focus on more recent reads that are not the typical answers I use.

Investigator-type teachers: A Madness so discreet

Not all teachers stand in classrooms. And, not all classrooms are in schools. The doctor in this story is an investigator who helps Grace come to terms with her own mind. To me, some lessons are less about scholarship and more about acceptance and forgiving oneself. Grace leads a whole journey into vengeance and peace within herself in this story. While the story was not 100% entertaining, I found the end result to be powerful.

Plus, that voice-person in the insane asylum was also a teacher I will never forget.

camp half blood’s teachers: Chiron

I actually feel like Chiron is much closer to how I view effective teachers. He balances between hands-on teaching and providing students with some distance to grow as heroes. He is patient, withholds the right amount of information, and leads students into a comfortable existence but also one that has tasks and challenges.

 

 

“I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”
― Albert Einstein

 

roaring good time teachers: Under the Never Sky

Okay, so I have not finished this series yet, but the first book amused me endlessly. Mainly, Roar stole the show. I loved how he and Perry teach Aria about living outside of the world she grew up in. There is also a character living among the “savages” who is very modern in his reliance on technology. I want to see more of him. He is interesting.

Finally, the best teacher ever has to be Perry’s nephew. He teaches Aria and Perry that some things are universal, like family.

The glittering Court Teachers

Adelaide is a countess who escapes the stifling future she was expected to have and steps into the life of one of her maids as a student in the Glittering Court. While I think Cedric and Adelaide teach each other plenty of things about a religion frowned upon, about love, about the importance of equality within a marriage, I think also they mostly learn about the foundations of relationships beyond the confines of their time.

Besides, I have a feeling that Adelaide’s two roommates will also be incredible teachers. I am curious about Mira and Tamsin; how will their points of view change my perception of the story! They certainly are mysterious ladies.

lovers as teachers: an ember in the ashes

This book quickly became a favorite of mine. At first, I hesitated to pick it up because it sounded rather grim and upsetting. But, once I started reading it, it became impossible to stop. My favorite teachers within the story are Laia and Elias, sure, but also Helene. I want to see more from her perspective as Elias’ friend and as someone who is pushed and urged to question the ways of her people. The attitude toward the scholars and the slaves is one that these two friends grapple with throughout the story, particularly the end. I am eager to see how they’ll make peace with that.

 

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Final Week of March 2018 Reading Plans to Tackle Fire-Related Titles

As we wave goodbye to March 2018, I want to continue to pursue fire-related titles to fulfill the Of Wonderland theme for the month. My reading has not been incredible this March. Tackling fire-related titles is a nice way to narrow down my focus for the next few days. Here are some of my reading plans.

fire-related titles

A Torch Against the Night, the follow up to the epic An Ember in the Ashes, is naturally next. I want to read more about Laia and Elias. Saba Tahir has a gift and skill in her writing. She writes fast-paced tales with a lot of betrayal and heartbreak. I am ready for it.

Next fire-related title in my reading plans is Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I know I mentioned it last week, but I was so surprised by Ember in the Ashes that I am now hopeful. Maybe I will fall in love with this book series too.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor is also one of my most anticipated fire-related titles. I do not recall much from my read of it years ago. Still, it is going to be so awesome to meet Karou.

Vaguely fire-related titles

Eon by Alison Goodman has a dragon on the cover, so I suspect there will be a fire in there. We shall see how much I can handle dragons because I remain unsure about those creatures.

And another fire-related book is perhaps the Novice novel by Taran Matharu. I do not know for sure if there are dragon-like creatures in this novel. However, I suspect that they will be in there too.

opposite of fire-related titles

And finally, I may venture into The Coldest Girl in Coldtown land this week. I hope I can get to it because I want to read some vampire narratives again. Holly Black writes some nice stories. Although I feel like Cruel Prince was a bit of a dud, I enjoyed all the rest of her novels. I remain hopeful.

What are you reading this week? Any fire-related novels and titles on your to-be-read pile?

Share in the comments!

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My Favorite Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories in Film As a Newbie to the Genre

 

 

I didn’t immediately gravitate toward science fiction and fantasy stories as a whole. But, particularly in film, there was something inaccessible about the genre for me as a woman of color. Many people are rather protective of these science fiction and fantasy stories, and it is intimidating. For Top 5 Wednesday, I will be sharing my top five favorite science fiction and fantasy stories in films (as a newbie to this genre).

5. Super 8

While I do not recall how this story came into my life, I remember the impact it had on me clearly. A tale of a group of friends who curse a lot as they navigate a strange series of occurrences in their town. Curious, they investigate further.

At a surface level, this story does not seem to fit the science fiction mold. Afterall, it is very much set in this world, our real world. But, the beauty of this is the eerie fantastical wonderment of the main group of characters, all young boys, and one girl.

4. Princess bride

I will never forget watching this film for the first time. It has shaped who I am as a person who loves and appreciates a good fantasy. The humorous tone of the story, light and accessible, was devoid of all pretension. Granted, it is not science fiction in any way but it is still other-worldly and charming.

“Inconceivable!”

3. Merlin

The BBC show of this story was something I stumbled across in a very bizarre set of circumstances. My family does not have cable television and I somehow found a channel streaming the very first episodes of the show. It was the Livejournal days, and people were using Merlin mood themes. I was intrigued so much that I squealed upon seeing these two dudes onscreen for the first time.

Besides dealing with characters I was curious about, I found the relationship between magic and non-magic folk to be fascinating.

2. guardians of the galaxy

As much as I like Captain America and Tony Stark, my heart will always be set on the underdogs, the unlikely heroes, and the strangely comical but brave. I love Star-Lord and his crew of guardians.

It is funny because I hesitated to watch these Marvel films for so long and now I am such a fan of them. They cheer me up.

Nevertheless, Guardians of the Galaxy remains as the most tangible and relatable characters. I love them.

“I am Groot.”

OH, and Spiderman is another favorite (Plus Iron Man).

  1. Star Wars

Even though I started truly enjoying this saga after watching The Force Awakens, I am actually uncertain about the latest installment (I haven’t watched it yet). So far, I love Rey, Poe, and Finn, but I worry about the series not connecting as beautifully as the original trilogy did.

Princess Leia and Han Solo are going to be dear to me forever. They were so charming and real. Still, I am intrigued by the nature of evil and good, friendship, love, and all the shades of grey that can be explored in the newer trilogy.

Like Finn, I don’t want to go back to Jakku.

 

 

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Return of the Netflix Chronicles Under an Authentic Lens

 

 

The Netflix Chronicles are back. If you are new here, the Netflix Chronicles is a feature on my blog where I showcase series or films. Most of the shows are fairly popular ones. But now, I want to approach the return of the Netflix chronicles under an authentic lens.

Let’s see what that entails.

netflix and perilous content

Part of my struggle with Netflix shows like The 100 is that they tend to be far too nerve-wracking for me. I end up anxious. This has been a long way coming because I want to watch things that are less stressful. I can watch The Hunger Games just fine because I feel like there is a hopeful ending. And that is something I really need: hope.  While adventure and dystopian novels, movies, and series don’t always upset me, some of them really strike a nerve.

Triggering content and Netflix

Next, I am eliminating graphic and triggering content. Whether it is physical or mental, I am eliminating the stress of watching upsetting things.

Netflix chronicles update

So, I am watching Nailed It, which is a funny baking show. It is about amateur bakers taking on sophisticated projects. The host of this show makes me smile.

In addition, One Day at a Time is giving me life as it explores the lives of a Cuban-American single mother and her two children. Her kids are so much fun to watch. Besides, her mother is a queen in my world. I adore them.

Finally, I am still working my way through The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. It’s another really accessible and sweet show.

It is refreshing to watch shows that don’t make me feel terrible and hopeless. I can definitely get used to this life. Please, feel free to recommend any other Netflix shows that you find charming and not triggering.

I definitely need to stock up my list on Netflix for more options.

Keep your eyes peeled for more Netflix Chronicles updates and reviews.

 

 

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The Mixed Bag of One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

 

 

I am going to share with you my experience of reading One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake here. Naturally, spoilers will arise. While I avoid naming specific characters, I advise you to read with caution. Okay. When I read Three Dark Crowns, I remembered how much I enjoyed Kendare Blake’s writing. Upon seeing the sequel in the library, I snagged it in the hopes of getting a nice conclusion to what I thought was a duology. Granted, Kendare Blake’s writing is still effortless, I did find this reading experience to be quite a mixed bag. Let’s talk about One Dark Throne. 

the mad sister Nearing the One Dark Throne

At the end of the first book, one of the sisters is essentially betrayed by her lover. In One Dark Throne, she functions as a rogue queen. Sometimes, she was terrifying and great. However, I do have a problem with characters being “evil” for the sake of needing a villain.

There is a sense of mystery to this second novel. One Dark Throne keeps hinting that something is wrong with one of the sisters. Everyone suspects it. Yet, there are very few clues as to what is, in fact, her motivation to behave the way she does.

Betrayals to get to the dark throne

Kendare Blake does something beautiful within the story: betrayals. I think this is the most shocking aspect of One Dark Throne. Political, familial, romantic, and even friendship levels of betrayals and wrongdoings shape the trajectory of a given character.

I am mostly baffled by the lovers-suitors-queens dynamics. There are many characters in that regard and I struggle to remember who was truly liked by a queen.

Plus, I am unsure about the characters who have powers. Are they supposed to be helping their queens? The fun for me is having unskilled queens duke it out. Sure, I like Jules fine. But, she tends to distract from Arsinoe’s storyline.

pacing

Three Dark Crowns featured a bit of a slower pace than what I am used to. Kendare Blake was establishing characters and including political layers to this story. Three queens have to go head-to-head and whoever survives becomes ruler of the land.

Cool.

But, in this one, there was still the slow pace once more. Kendare Blake punctuates the plot by assassination attempts and duels. The sisters spend most of their time apart, again, and I found myself wishing Blake would include enough tension between them.

From what I have heard, this series was initially a duology. This is definitely something I assumed from reading the first book. One Dark Throne could have easily concluded the conflict.

Overall

One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake maintains an interesting tale that is somewhat overstretched.  It was definitely a mixed bag. The reading experience of this second book had highs and lows. For one thing, the characters develop quite a bit. But, the pacing threw me off. It is definitely a step above the first book.

It is definitely within the 3.5 to the 4-star range for me.  While I mostly enjoyed Kendare Blake’s progression of the plot in this one, I felt like One Dark Throne lagged a bit.

 

 

  After reading the Raven Cycle, Maggie Stiefvater became one of the most interesting authors on my
Yesterday, I finished reading the sequel to An Ember in the Ashes, which is called A Torch Against
I read Sabaa Tahir's An Ember in the Ashes over the course of two days last week.