Cramathon 2017 Participation: December Week 4 TBR

 

 

I was at a loss when it came to TBRs this week. Luckily, there is Cramathon going on this week. As the name suggests, this readathon involves cramming books as the year draws to an end. It runs from December 26 to January 2nd.

▸ A book with under 200 pages

The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman sounds like the way to go. I am not scared or intimidated (lies! I am scared of this dude’s writing, because he sounds absolutely brilliant).

▸ A book with LQBTQIA+ representation

Ash by Malinda Lo is calling to me. This is going to ease me into checking out more retellings on my TBR (I am looking at you, Cinder).

▸ Shortest book on your TBR

I have shorter books than this, but I am going with either We Are Okay by Nina LaCour OR Shades of Milk and Honey Mary Robinette Kowal.

▸ Book that has your favorite color on the cover

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrow of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton has to be one of my favorite looking covers I own. And, I understand that this is about favorite colors, but I am twisting it a bit. This color combination is excellent.

▸ A book that was gifted to you

Technically, all my books have been gifted to me by my mom. So, I was thinking of going with History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera.  It’s time for some heartbreak and reflection in general.

▸ One of the hosts’ favorite short books / a book a friend recommends

Vicious by VE Schwab was one of Inge’s favorites this year. I want to check it out. A sequel for this novel is in the making. I need to catch up.

 

▸ Read 7 books

I have two other books to (keep) reading this week: Three Dark Crowns and A Madness so Discreet. 

*Runs off screaming around the universe*

 

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Top 5 Characters on the Naughty List

Look at me going back a week just to use this Top 5 Wednesday topic. Before I get into the discussion and list, let me tell you that the link to this Goodreads group is right here. Once you click on the link, you’ll be able to see the topics and the moderators of Top 5 Wednesday.

5.dr. heedson from a madness so discreet by mindy mcginnis

I understand that medicine wasn’t as good as it is now (and even now, horrible things happen to mentally ill patients). However, this doctor was an absolute abomination to all medical professionals in all the lands, across time periods. He was just a horrific person, and I am not even done with the book yet, but goodness…he lacks understanding, compassion, and kindness that I find to be necessary for a physician to understand those who experience mental illness.

4. maura from born wicked by jessica spotswood

Now, granted, their society would deem the whole family to be on the naughty list (I mean, that would be the least of their worries, but okay). Maura, though, trusts Elena readily and actively seeks approval from her while breaking the rule Cate has set for their family. Sounds like Santa would not be pleased by either sister. Tess would be on the good list for sure, though.

3. Jessamyn Lovelace from the infernal devices by cassandra clare

Nope. I try to think of her as a complicated person. Even then, I still dislike her and would put her on the naught list. Please,Santa, do not send her any parasols or whatever it is she likes, because she gives Will and the gang such a hard time.

2. hailey from the hate u give by angie thomas

Oh, she makes me so angry. Santa doesn’t like racist people.

 1. micah bayar from the demon king by cinda williams chima

The things he does in this book are upsetting, okay? I don’t like what he and his father end up doing to the Queen and to her Heir. Heck no. Whatever, Raisa, I don’t care how “cute” he may be. To me, he will always be a creepy and frightening fellow. Do not like him. So, please, Santa, put him on the bad list for me.

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Top 10 Disappointing Reads of 2017

As the year’s end approaches, I want to reflect on what I have read. Some of these posts will probably upset someone. My intention is not to make anyone feel bad for liking these stories, however, I want to simply say that I was disappointed when I read them. Obviously, I recognize the talent that these writers have, because, for the most part, I see why people like these stories.

10. queens of geek by jen wilde

Why is it that books dealing with fandom do not take their readers seriously? I found this book to be very surface level in its attempts to be inclusive. No, you don’t get brownie points just by including an overweight character, or a bisexual character, or a story set in a fan convention. Books can have such an impact, and it makes me sad to see contemporaries not communicating about serious life experiences and perspectives.

9. uprooted by naomi novik

I know a lot of people like this book, but it was overly descriptive. Plus, I felt like the romance was verbally abusive. I wanted to get to know the Dragon better. The main friendship between the two girls was sweet, and I wish there was more of it, yet the story was bogged down with all the flowery descriptions. I can normally handle magical realism and fantasy, but this was over the top.

8. You know me well by david levithan and nina lacour

Hastily formed friendships are fine, but I at least wanted them to work on it throughout the story. I cannot even remember the characters’ names; that is how forgettable they were. Yes, we should have more inclusive and #ownvoices stories. But, no, we cannot just haphazardly create stories that have no depth. I mean, it’s okay if that’s what some people want to read, but I like a little bit of substance to contemporaries. Why do people not take contemporaries as opportunities to take a stroll in someone else’s shoes?

7. graceling by kristin cashore

Dull as all heck. This story is all about fighting, and then hunting things. Maybe I am just not a warrior type of person (very possible), however, the whole time, I was grasping for any kind of human connection between her and Po. Anything. Just show me why the heck are you attracted to each other.

6. the girl in the steel corset by kady cross

The point of steampunk is the contrast between conventions of a rather conservative society and technological advances that were not actually present at the time. I don’t understand how some random fellow gets to call the main character “sweetheart” even nowadays. Also: it has no rhyme or reason to the attraction between the main characters in this book either.

5. the song of achilles by madeline miller

Again, this is a favorite among the book blogging community. I just did not like the romance, or the main characters. Most importantly, I did not like the way women were treated by the writer. Why can’t we see the validity in their perspective? I want feminist Greek men, for crying out loud. Surely they existed. I mean, since you are creating goddesses and divine prophecies, you can squeeze in a chapter or two from the women’s perspective.

4. fire study by maria v. snyder

I adored the first two books. Look, I care about Yelena’s potential self that could have kicked so much butt–and gotten her butt kicked several times. People who are naturally good fighters, good at magic, and they have the coolest boyfriend in the land irk me okay?

No, I don’t want to talk about it.

Actually, wait. I can articulate. I like characters to slowly become infatuated with each other. But, no. the love interest is just like, “I love you!” And, he never shuts up about it in consequent books. Bleurgh. He only serves the purpose of whatever Yelena wants. No, no! That’s not okay. He was a bad-ass. Come on, Snyder. Why did you do that.

3. timekeeper by tara sim

It was an okay read. Judging by the reviews, I was expecting fireworks and celebratory trumpets playing the whole time while I read it. Nope. Underdeveloped romance, no sense of society or world development, and most of all, the most infuriating of all a tofu of blandness for a main character. What makes Danny, Colton, Cassie, Daphne, or Luke memorable? Matthias, with his unclear purpose, could have added depth to the narrative, but no. We don’t get to see his point of view at all.

2. the school for good and evil by soman chianani

Girls who like to look pretty are villains basically. Also: everyone must be paired with someone else.

Nope!

1. the wrath and the dawn by renee ahdieh

Shahrzad: “Oh, I will get vengeance.”

Khalid: *smizes*

Shahrzad: “I love him! No more vengeance.”

Me: o.O

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Reader’s Crossing Continued (Week 3 of December 2017 TBR)

 

We’re now beginning our third week of December, 2017. I am slowly making my way through the Reader’s Crossing challenge, so here is my continued attempts to participate. Okay. So, I made it through most of the cute challenges. I now will cross into Cool territory.

 

I am first in need of finishing up a middle grade novel, and I am still debating if I’m in the mood to read some contemporary.  My current contemporary stash has some nice contenders: The Upside of Unrequited and the final Lara Jean novel are leading the race to my TBR.

celebrity

I don’t have an unread book written by a celebrity. So, what I am thinking of doing is reading Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. This book deals with celebrity culture and televised competitions. That, and it is a fresh take on a classic.

Another option is to read the second Selection novel, The Elite, as it deals with a royal family and televised competition to be married into that family.

award winner

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake won a couple awards.  I want to see if it is a fun read. Definitely intrigued by it, especially now that I have read Born Wicked which had a nice take on sisters.

Hopefully, it’ll go by fast, because I read some mixed reviews on this one.

recommended reads

So, this is a bit of a cheat, because I have certain books I want to get to. The cool thing is that we have this Goodreads thing where people share their favorites.

Inge liked Vicious this year, and I have it on my TBR. It is about villains, and this is winter time with gloomy weather. That is one option. I am hesitant to read this one, because that’s the last Schwab book I have that is unread, and I am not really too keen on her Archived books. So.

EDIT: My sister also voted for this one, because, “the cover is pretty.”

set in your country

I am very doubtful that I’ll get to this one, but let’s brainstorm together. Adam Silvera has written two unread books on my shelves. The other contender for this challenge is A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis. It’s a thriller/mystery novel set in the United States. I’ll have to weigh the options here, because I may be in the mood to cry (Silvera books would then be more appealing) or be curious (McGinnis book would win then).

so

This is kind of the general list of books I am hoping to get to this week. What are your reading plans for the week?

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The Spotify Playlist Project Entry: The 100 Season 3

Given that my review of The 100 season 3 went up a few days ago, it is time for another Spotify Playlist Project Entry. This entry will focus on highlights of the season for me paired with songs. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

Clarke on the Run

“Hurricane” by Thirty Seconds to Mars embodies the conflict within Clarke early in this season (actually, throughout the season, too, this conflict rakes through Clarke).

the demise of Mount Weather

“No Rest for the Wicked” by Lykke Li sums up the portrayal of Clarke early in this season. On the run and haunted by her actions, Clarke is restless and afraid. She has no one to trust.

The perfect song for the Emerson and Clarke relationship this season is “Haunt” by Bastille. He shows up in moments you’d never expect. And, man, was he a terrifying presence throughout the season. Just like the song’s eerie tone, this man was essentially a personification of Clarke’s past.

Clarke vs. Bellamy

“i miss the old u” by blackbear was something I stumbled on before watching this season. It jumped at me the moment someone got handcuffed while pleading for cooperation. Bellamy is furious with Clarke through her tension with Lexa.

Another really nice depiction of their conflict is “STFU” by mansionz and Spark Master Tape. They really weren’t listening to each other very much in the early episodes of this season.

Clexa (part 1)

“Lights Down Low” by MAX and gnash was what I associated with Clexa in general. The moment when Lexa swears that her allegiance is to Clarke, I was like, “Sweet cinnamon roll of a commander, we don’t deserve you.”

Ontari

“Black Magic Woman” by Fleetwood Mac reflects the relationship between Ontari and Murphy. The magic they have is in the chemistry between them, in the lies they say, and in the facade they create to ease Ontari into her position of power.

Jasper

“Everyone Dies in their Nightmares” by XXXTENTACION reminds me of Jasper this season. Plagued with grief and guilt, he tries to numb his pain in any way possible.

The Blake Heartbreak (Part 1)

“Way Down We Go” by Kaleo coalesces the jarring positions Octavia and Bellamy take this season. The song also reminds me of Jasper, Monty, and Raven dealing with pain and loss from the previous season. Oh, and Bellamy obviously, who loses someone important to him this season as well.

Lincoln and Lexa

“Fourth of July” by Sufjan Stevens reminds me of the losses of this season in terms of allies for the Sky people. Lincoln, in particular, in the rain, on his knees. The same pained yet serene tune echoes as I remember Lexa, in her bed, stunned at her death.

The Blake Heartbreak (Part 2)

“Say Something” by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera is like the embodiment of Octavia punching Bellamy, trying to release the frustration and the loss.

“Silence” by Khalid and marshmallow is literally Lincoln in song form.

ALIE

“Evil Woman” by Electric Light Orchestra sums up my thoughts on ALIE. A seemingly harmless woman, who is dangerous and unpredictable.

Clexa (Part 2)

“Baby I am Yours” Arctic Monkeys. This is what I thought when Lexa shows up in the City of Light. Seriously, their ship will always be really dear to me, because they are complicated and endearing.

Chipped

“DNA” Lia Maria Johnson is all about the reality of what was physically happening while Clarke was in the City of Light. Bellamy, Abby, Octavia, Pike, Indra, Murphy, Miller, and Bryan vs. all the chipped people was part of what I had in mind when choosing this song.

Oh, and obviously, the scene with Becca, Alie, and Clarke was also something I considered. And finally, Murphy vs. Jaha is really interesting to examine under this lens.

Impending doom

“We Will Become Silhouettes” by the Postal Service is what I will leave you with, as I prepare for season 4’s impending doom. Thanks, Alie, for delivering terrible news for my babies.

Grieving

“Lost Without You” Freya Ridings. All the deaths in this season come to mind with this song.

I hope you enjoy the playlist below.

 

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The Netflix Chronicles: Season 3 of the 100

It’s been a while since I did a Netflix Chronicles update. This particular one will focus on season 3 of the 100. My reason for taking too long to finish this season was because of its intensity. Poor characters, this was a rough ride.

Let’s start. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

premise

After the demise of the Mount Weather peeps, Clarke is on the run. Dubbed Wanheda, a Commander of Death, various groups are searching for her. Including Lexa and the Grounders. Meanwhile, something shady is going with Jaha. I’m not bitter or anything about it.

(Yes, I am. He makes me so mad).

full circle

The season starts with the tension between Clarke and Lexa. You can only imagine my joy at seeing Lexa once more in the City of Light. I love her. She’s such a complex and sweet character. Definitely one of my favorites.

Furthermore, the distance between Monty and Jasper at the beginning of this season is addressed by the last few episodes. I can see Jasper’s light fading. It’s so sad.

I feel like Monty lost so much this season. From his mother, to his best friend, it is like things continue to beat him down. He is such a light for this group. *Everyone, let’s shield Monty from this crap world he lives in* Harper is kind of getting some more screen time, which is nice.

(Hopefully she doesn’t die, okay? Let Monty be happy with her. Jeez).

tension

By far the most painful conflict to watch was twofold: Clarke vs. Bellamy, and Octavia vs. Bellamy. I surprisingly did not cry at what happens to Lincoln, which is weird. To tell you the truth, I was too stunned to react.

This tended to be the reaction I had to most of the season. Octavia hitting  Bellamy was such a real moment. I can’t even explain. To me, I imagined them to be really close. And, there’s a fracture there between them now.

Oh! Obviously the tension between Raven and Alie is AWESOME. Raven was pushed to the point of despair. Then, it led to Clarke vs. Alie, and the impending doom of the people on the ground was even more palpable.

Pike and Kane/Abby’s conflict continued to rage on; they were distracted enough to not notice Alie and Jaha (He makes me so mad) creating a whole network of zombie-like people.

favorite moments

All the Murphy and Ontari scenes were gold. He was essentially showcasing his tricks with her, and she was this aggressive, kill-happy person.

Raven resisting Alie with the recitation of The Raven while listening to loud music and exercising.

Speaking of Raven, listen, the whole scene with her chipping away at Bellamy, Clarke, and Jasper’s facade of contentedness was excellent.

All the Monty and Jasper scenes hurt so bad. Shay and Jasper broke my heart.

Flashback scenes with baby-faced cast were helpful to flesh out Pike’s character.

Luna.

You should also know that I had to shush my squeal at seeing Lexa again. Seriously. I love her.

On that note, I’m going to wrap up this post, because I can gush for days.

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Illuminae Book Review

I have been hearing quite a bit about Illuminae and its subsequent books. Hesitant, I picked up the two books out already (Illuminae and Gemina). It took me ages to actually pick it up because the series is hyped beyond measure. Here are my thoughts on the book.

premise

Set in space, the story begins with the destruction of a planet. On that planet, there is a couple breaking up. Ezra and Kady are fighting and they have to awkwardly get in a car together to avoid death.

And the story takes off from there.

characters

I did not expect to love Ezra and Kady that much. In fact, I was unsure about them for a long time. But, even McNulty made an impression on me, and I cannot get over this group of bad-ass sassy peeps.

Kady, a hacker and a general computer whiz, is sarcastic. She tends to have little connection with rules and regulations. When confronted with authority, she tends to be cynical and eve hostile.

Not Ezra. He is more likely to be compliant, makes friends on the ship he’s on, and even opens up about romance/relationships with McNulty.

 format

The format of this book is creative and rather fitting of the story. I do like the emails and the AIDAN freak out sessions most. I do have to say that some of the pages were hard to impact me emotionally. Like, I am not sure if I am supposed to care for AIDAN or not. Same with all the scenes between Kady and AIDAN, or the fights between space ships. I was rather confused for a little. It definitely takes some getting used to.

humor/language

I liked all the bleeped sections in the novel. It just added a sense of depth to the characters and the setting they’re in. The usage of the word “chum” was kind of excessive. I don’t know if it’s Australian for “dude” but, dang it, you don’t have to use it so much.

Astro Princess made me smile real big. I loved this story, even if I was somewhat slow while reading it (that format…it takes some getting used to).

Rating: 4 stars

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Readers Crossing (Week 2 of December 2017 TBR)

The lovely Aentee has created yet another awesome reading challenge. This time, it is inspired by everyone’s latest craze: Animal Crossing. Look, I am not hip. I was not on board the Pokemon Go! train. Needless to say, I am also not on the Animal Crossing hype either. My sister was super kind and helped me create my face in the game (my iPod is not compatible with these games. I wish I could join you all).

 

Surprise! I chose the Cute path (according to my sister, this is what I should start with). Let’s see if I have to cry about that choice because no books fulfill it.

Ahem. Composure. Alright, here we go.

First challenge: read a manga or graphic novel

*Maniacal laughter* I don’t own any comics or manga, because I don’t like that type of book. Sister, you picked the worst path for me. Why is this happening. OH my God.

Ahem. Composure. Alright.

Okay, after a discussion with my sister, I was advised to read a book related to geek culture. So. The one that fits the bill is Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde.

second challenge: pink cover

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins.

I want to read this book so badly, okay, because this author makes me smile. There is a Southern belle at the center of this book. It’s all I needed to know before picking this one up. I am ready for this.

third challenge: main romantic plot

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Based on my reading this past week, I realize that I can read at least two books at a time. This novel is kind of a mystery and an adventure, mixed in with a lesbian romance. So. It may end up being a nice breather from fantasy novels that I have been reading. Slowly, I have been transitioning into less intense settings. A contemporary should be a good change of pace.

Fourth Challenge: Middle grade/children’s novel

I’ll create a poll to see which one you’d recommend for me.

EDIT: Someone recommended Howl’s Moving Castle. I am kind of intimidated, but let’s give it a shot anyway.

fifth challenge: contemporary

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

The possibility of me getting to this one seem weak. Nevertheless, I want to get to it at some point over the course of this readathon/reading challenge.

Finally: gosh darn it, I want to read Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood. The trick is to find a nice spot for it on the challenges.

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The Grinch Book Tag

It has been a while since I have done a book tag. Here is one I have seen on Maddy (The Book Pusher)’s channel. It has questions inspired by the Grinch character and Christmas grumpiness. Let’s go.

Questions:

1. Half of the lights on the Christmas tree are burnt out : Name a book/series/character that started out good but then went downhill

Yelena Zaltana and Valek in Poison Study. Nope. They had so much potential. But, Yelena turned into a lady who is good at everything, and Valek was simply a love-sick puppy.

Bleurgh.

2. Annoying Great Aunt Sally who will not leave you alone : Name a book that you didn’t enjoy, but everyone else seems to love so it never goes away

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. Listen, I have a problem with how women were portrayed in this book. Even the love story was not something I felt remotely interested in. At all.

3. Your pets keep knocking over the Christmas decoration : Name a character that kept messing things up for everyone else (can’t pick a villain!)

Cluck’s douche of a brother in Weight of Feathers. Another someone who ruins things all the time is Mae’s brother in Demon’s Lexicon (His name is Jamie, and I disliked how he was handled overall).

4. You hear your parents putting out the presents and learn Santa isn’t real: Name a book you were spoiled for

Snippets of Fallen Kingdom, like I know some of the people who end up together in later books. Disclaimer, though: I don’t hate spoilers. For the most part, they tend to help me with my anxiety.

5. It’s freezing outside: Name a main character you just couldn’t connect with

Shahrazad in The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. Nope. Zero connection. She goes from “Oh, I am going to get revenge” to “He is so beautiful” so fast. I can’t even understand the attraction.

6. Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ and it’s giving you anti-romantic feelings : Name a couple you couldn’t stand

You know that has to be Po and Katsa from Graceling by Kristen Cashore. Oh, I dislike them so much. They are flat cut outs of action figures, who do nothing more than “fight.”

7. That scratchy homemade wool sweater you got for Christmas years ago but won’t get rid of : show some books that have been sitting on your shelves for a while, and you aren’t motivated to read, but you don’t have the heart to get rid of

For whatever reason, I am uncertain about longer books. They scare me. I don’t want to get rid of any of them, because I know it’s very likely that I will enjoy them. Some of those books include Brandon Sanderson’s novels and Brent Weeks’ books as well. It’s just a different genre for me. But, let me reiterate: I have no intention of getting rid of them. I am just not motivated to read them so far.

8. Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer: Name a character death you still are mad about (warn people for spoilers! You can also use TV or movie deaths)

There is a death in Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo that broke me into a thousand pieces. Another one is in City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare.

9. The malls are overly crowded with holiday shoppers: Name a series that has too many books in it/went on too long

Definitely Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. Why is it fourteen books long? And, how on earth am I going to read it without getting tired of these characters?

10. The Grinch : Name a main character you HATE (No villians again!)

The two main people in You Know Me Well by David Levithan and

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Top 5 Literary and Stylistic Choices that Upset Me

 

 

For this week’s Top 5 Wednesday, the prompt mentions things that irk us as readers. I decided to discuss things that bothered me enough to conside unhauling a book (I tend to just pass them on to my siblings, in case I regret the choice). Here are some of my pet peeves in terms of literary and stylistic choices. Some spoilers ahead.  PS: I hope no one is offended by my opinions. My goal is not to bash anything, but simply to express my annoyance.

5. monster’s point of view

Examples: Our Dark Duet, A Conjuring of Light* (didn’t think of unhauling the books, but I was really irritated by both of them in these “monologues”) 

Often used as a way to hype up the conflict between good and evil, showing a “mysterious monster’s” point of view is often italicized. It is also frequently fragmented and hard to follow. In some ways, it reminds me of Harry hearing Nagini and Voldemort talking to each other. I don’t like that. Just narrate the story the way you always have. Unless the villain/monstrous thing is actually a three-dimensional nuanced character, I don’t really care for the “pure evil” narrative. I could go on and on about this, but in short: I don’t believe anything is “pure evil.”

4. mental illness as a spoiler

Example: Every Last Word 

This one, I definitely unhauled it, because it was like, “Surprise! Another mental illness was at hand here.” We have enough stories about how confusing mental illness can be for a person. What I want is people who already know their diagnosis navigating their paths through life. A good example of this is Turtles All the Way Down. 

3. pretty girl shaming

Example: The School for Good and Evil 

Nope. Stop assuming that girls who care about their appearance are shallow and silly. You can be a multi-faceted person with different interests. Besides, caring about one’s appearance is not a reflection on one’s morality or intelligence. Stop pitting women against each other.

2. unnecessary and surprise flashbacks

Example: The Lies of Locke Lamora 

Don’t jump around the text for no reason. Oh, it makes me so mad that this way of establishing characters’ back-story was used. Ugh, no. I barely could keep up with the main plot, and then all these flashbacks were used to help add dimension to the characters. Let me tell you, there are much clearer ways to narrate such aspects of a character. I felt like I was listening to a drunk man while reading this story, to be quite honest. Hint: not a good thing.

 1. characters who use inappropriate nicknames

Example: The Girl in the Steel Corset , Hush Hush 

They just met, and a day or two later, he’s calling her “sweetheart.” And, it’s not like Han Solo, where it is used sarcastically.  Heck, even Lea did not act amused by his nicknames. I just wish stories did not skip important boundaries being established. Look, I am sure people can fall in love while respecting each others’ space. Don’t call people things that are not appropriate for how close you really are. Stop making it okay for people to use terms of endearment without consent. This leads me to another issue: stop glamorizing or romanticizing sexual violence (example: Twilight). I don’t care that he’s a vampire. If she’s covered in bruises, that was not really a love scene.

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