Pride and Prejudice Book Tag

Hey y’all! So I was kinda-sorta tagged by journeyintobooks (thanks!) because I saw this tag on her blog and was like, “this is amazing; I love Pride and Prejudice!” and she said I could do it. So kinda tagged, but not officially.

I’ve been a fan of Pride and Prejudice (and Mr. Darcy) for almost three years, and I really ought to reread it soon. This tag is super fun and I’m excited to do it!

While Mr Bennet silently reads in his study, and Mrs Bennet’s tales of woe can be heard from miles away, you spend a lovely afternoon in the garden with your dramatic and doting sisters. What is a favourite novel of yours that features a strong sibling relationship?

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Azalea and her sisters are really close, and it’s one of my favorite elements of the story. The conversations between the Wentworth girls are thoroughly entertaining and it’s cool to see the sister relationship.

You and Mary have decided to walk to the bookshop in Meryton to search for the newest releases. Which book or books are you likely to purchase?

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I’ve been waiting for this book, and it’s finally out! I may wait for it to come to the library, but this book sounds amazing!

Netherfield Park has been let at last, and the owner, a Mr Charles Bingley, hosts a magnificent ball at his new estate. What fictional ball gown would you wear?

Ah, ball gowns… I adore poofy dresses. But for this, I have to say Katniss Everdeen’s Mockingjay dress from Catching Fire. It’s not exactly a “ball gown”, but it’s beautiful and symbolizes a lot.

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It is the Christmas ball and Mary has asked you to join her at the piano. What music would you choose as an accompaniment to your current book?

I’m reading Red Queen right now (and trying to decide if I like it or not), but I just finished Two Summers by Aimee Friedman and it was amazing! There’s a line in the book about Summer passing a shop and hearing French hip-hop, and I’m pretty sure I started singing a Zaho song right then, so “La Roue Tourne” by Zaho ft. Tunisiano.

You’re helping Jane take care of her younger cousins whilst staying with the Gardiners. Which fictional children would you include in your own family?

I’d love Azalea’s sisters to be part of my family, especially Bramble and Clover. And Prim from The Hunger Games. 

It’s a sombre evening at Hunsford Parsonage, and after dinner, Mr Collins stands by the fireplace and quotes from the Good Book while the party tries not to yawn too obviously. What is a memorable quote from a novel that has always stuck with you?

There are a lot of quotes that I love. To name a few:

You cannot change your journey if you are unwilling to move at all.

Ally Condie, Reached

 

Don’t be afraid of death, be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.

Natalie Babbit, Tuck Everlasting (which I haven’t read yet, but I love this quote.)

 

Libraries were full of ideas- perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.

Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

 

Do you always focus on what you’re giving up, rather than what you’ll be gaining? Some things are worth pursuit regardless of the cost.

Stephanie Garber, Caraval

You’ve been invited to dine at Rosings Park by none other than the infamous Lady Catherine de Bourg, but the evening ends in disaster as the pompous Lady insults you and your family. Who’s your favourite fictional villain?

Keeper from Entwined. It’s really not a secret he’s one of my fictional crushes, and the only villain on the list. He’s just so smooth and charming.

As Lydia has gone down to Brighton with the Forsters, and Elizabeth is off on her jaunt to Derbyshire with the Gardiners, you also want to go away for a quick break. Which fictional location would be your perfect holiday destination?

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The InkWorld. It’s beautiful.

And I think I’d love to vacation to The Capitol from The Hunger Games, just to see all the clothes.

You’re running to the fine horse chestnut tree on the green to encounter some of your favourite childhood reading memories. What is one that you remember most fondly?

I was eight years old and reading The Hobbit in the car. My mom had to scream at me to get my attention, I was so engrossed in it.

You’re on a tour of Pemberley and you come across Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy emerging from the pond, scandalously clad in only his wet underdrawers and shirt. You can’t help but swoon at the sight. Aside from Mr Darcy, who is your favourite romantic interest?

Oh dear, if it was me in that situation, I’d probably have looked away quickly because…

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My favorite love interest…

Peeta? Jacques? Carswell Thorne?

You get the idea- I can’t pick just one.

I tag:

Flavia @flaviathebibliophile

Mandy @bookprincessreviews

Annie @annielikeswords

Who’s your favorite fictional love interest? 

-Clara

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Two Summers by Aimee Friedman Review

I just finished this, and I think I have a new favorite contemporary.

I don’t read a lot of contemporary books- they tend to have too much sex and/or language. So when I find one that’s actually clean, I have an inner dance party. Because I really do love contemporaries.

And Two Summers was amazing. I loved it. Recommended by a friend from church, all it took was “France” and “New York” for me to be like, “can I borrow that?”. And it was such a great book.

The novel follows Summer Everett, a girl planning to go to France to visit her father in the summer. A split second decision splits her life into two different summers- one in France, one in her hometown of Hudsonville, New York. In both summers, she finds adventure, love, and a family secret that could rip her life apart. 

I liked the France summer better (which had absolutely nothing to do with Jacques…), probably because it’s France. My country. Well, not really, but I wish. And I understood every single French word without translation, which I’m quite proud of. But the setting was done so well! Aimee’s descriptions were realistic and she handled the French culture well. 

And Jacques. Ok, I lied, he’s probably the main reason I liked the French summer better. Because as soon as he was described, dark-haired, blue-eyed, and French, I’m pretty sure I swooned then and there. And he was speaking French, too. Yeah, he was a total flirt. But guys, he’s French. And I love him. Favorite character, hands down. So that was a lot of fangirling. Still is, obviously. 

Summer was so realistic. She was bad with making decisions and a little whiny at times (aren’t we all?), but I loved her. She had hopes and dreams and just a great character through and through. And her development was written well. 

The New York summer was interesting, and I enjoyed it. Not as much as France. The photography element was cool, and I loved Summer’s Aunt Lydia. 

And the friendship element was amazing. There’s not a lot of friendship stories in YA, at least not in my experience. I loved the way Summer and Ruby’s friendship developed. It was also realistic. 

Hugh, Summer’s New York crush, was cute. Not Jacques cute, but cute. He was a writer, so that’s relatable, but I don’t think I got to know him well enough. 

It was a book about family, friendship, first love, and travel, and all-in-all, it really was amazing. 

4/5 stars- I highly recommend it. Especially if you like France (and French boys, cause I can’t stop fangirling over Jacques. Obviously).

Have you read Two Summers? If so, what did you think?

-Clara

Reader Relationships: Love Triangles

Confession Time: I love love triangles. And love squares.

Sometimes, I find myself torn between multiple characters in books. There are lots of crush-worthy guys in YA, sometimes more than one in the same book or series. I’m looking at you, Marissa Meyer. And a lot of times, I love them all. Here’s some of the love triangles I’m caught in the middle of.

1. Finnick Odair and Peeta Mellark

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Peeta is my beloved who needs lots of hugs from yours truly. I love him so much and seeing him in Mockingjay brought tears to my eyes. He is my precious darling and I want to put him somewhere where the Capitol can’t get to him.

As for Finnick… It was recently pointed out to me (by my brother, of all people) that Finnick and I would be perfect for each other. And it’s true- Finnick and I would have a totally book-worthy romance. It would probably be one of those hate-to-love stories. He’d drive me crazy just for fun and somehow I’d fall in love with him. 

2. Ian Kabra and Jake Rosenbloom

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I’ve had more time to bond with dear, snobby Ian (I have a thing for snobby British guys, I guess), but Jake is one of those fictional guys I don’t think I’ll ever get over. 

Ian is hilarious- and we’d probably hate each other at first- and I just can’t help but love him. He didn’t even know what Walmart was at one point- he’s extrememly wealthy and British- and another character told him it was “the newest luxury store”. Ian is charming, funny, and British. Which means he drinks tea. So we’d get along in that respect. 

Jake was a jerk if ever there was one when he was introduced. And I couldn’t stand him for a second. Not so anymore. Jake is also a tiny bit snobby, exceptionally smart, handsome (ok, he’s gorgeous), and generally amazing. I’m serious, thinking about him makes my face light up.

3. Prince Kai, Wolf, and Carswell Thorne

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How could these guys not be on this list? They are all just amazing in their own ways and I love them all for different reasons.

Kai is that noble Prince Charming (and he most certainly is charming). He’s loyal to his country and his people and isn’t afraid to do what needs to be done. 

Wolf is loyal, gentle, and protective. He’s not the handsomest of the TLC men, but his personality is the one I’m the most drawn to. There’s just something about him. 

Carswell Thorne. My darling Captain. *swoon* He’s a scoundrel, that’s for sure, but he’s also brave and charming. And utterly hilarious. 

Are you caught in a sort-of love triangle in regards to books?

-Clara

Reader Relationships: Hate-to-Love

Ah, my favorite trope in all of fiction. I know, it’s probably cliché, but I absolutely love it when two people hate each other and then fall in love. 

This has happened to me with both characters and whole books, and today I want to share with you guys my personal hate-to-love stories.

1. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

Ok, I was hooked from chapter one. But when I was younger I was utterly disgusted and horrified by the premise. I’ve always disliked the whole gladiators thing- in history I always detest the sections devoted to Rome. So the whole kids-killing-kids thing really horrified me. 

Now that I’ve actually read it, I am completely obsessed. With the books, that is. 

2. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

More like love-to-hate-to-love. 

I heard it was romantic so I picked it up (I know, I’m hopeless). And I got into it before deciding it was boring. It was boring for nearly 300 pages. And then it was amazing for the rest of the book. 

3. Jake Rosenbloom from The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers by Various

Oh, Jake. My darling. 

He was such a jerk in the beginning. I could not stand him. Until he started to fall for the person I won’t name because of spoilers, that is. To be honest, I’d probably marry Jake now. You know, if he was real.

4. Magnus Damora from the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes

I hated Magnus. I really did. He was just too dark and brooding and with his father being so evil, I just couldn’t like him at all.

But now? Um, Magnus is my darling, ok? I love him. So much. And yes, he’s still dark and brooding but ever since that “only light I can see anymore” speech, I’ve fallen in love with him. He’s become infinitely more human since (*spoilers here*) his arranged marriage.

Have you gone from hating to loving a book or character?

-Clara

50 Followers!

Hey guys!

So, yesterday or the day before I hit 50 total followers, and I just want to say thank you guys! Blogging is so much fun and I love getting to talk about all the books I read. 

Once again, thank you all so much for your likes, comments, and just support in general. 

And now I have a question for you guys:

What would you like to see on this blog? Please let me know in the comments!

Thank you again for helping me make this happen!

-Clara

Hunted by Meagan Spooner (Spoiler-Free Review)

I loved Hunted. It was a hauntingly beautiful and romantic retelling of that extraordinary fairytale, Beauty and the Beast. 

The novel follows Yeva, the daughter of a merchant who loses everything. After she moves with her family to the woods, her father begins to disappear for weeks on end, until one day, he doesn’t come back. Yeva goes after him, only to find herself the prisoner of a monstrous beast who seems to have caused her father’s disappearance. 

I found Yeva to be very, very relatable for me. She wants something more- something that’s not just a day-to-day life. She doesn’t know exactly what she wants, either. She thinks she does, but she goes through a lot before she finds out what she’s really been searching for. 

The Beast is both terrifying and so incredibly human all at once. The brief bits in between chapters from his point of view were stunning. I loved it. 

The setting is unique- Russia, I think- and I enjoyed the infusion of Russian folklore. It added depth and was a marvelous addition to the world building. 

The writing read almost like an actual fairytale. It was elegantly simple, giving the story in a quiet manner. 

I did feel like it told a lot- I would have preferred more showing, even if the book would have been substantially longer. I think the romance could have been developed more, but it was one to root for all the same.

I’d give it 4/5 stars. It was a beautiful book, with a relatable heroine and an interesting world. 

Have you read Hunted? Did you like it? Hate it? Tell me in the comments!

Clara

Reader Relationships: We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

Cue the Taylor Swift music. Because for today’s Reader Relationships, I’ll be sharing with you books and characters I just do not like. At all. They had their chance and just didn’t deliver.

1. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

This is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, my most detested book ever. I hate it. It bored me half to death and it had cannibals- something that always makes me dislike whatever it is. 

I read this twice, both times for school, and if I ever have to read this again I’ll scream.

And I think island survival stories are all the same. So I don’t read them.

2. President Snow from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Such a well-done villain. I hate Snow for everything he did in this series, minus telling Katniss about Coin.

3. Queen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I do not care what Channary did to her- Levana will never get my pity. She is evil and twisted and I don’t feel a bit sorry for her.

4. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

The sad thing is, I wanted so badly to enjoy this book. It had so much potential. But I just didn’t like it. The plot was all over the place, I didn’t care a thing about the characters, and it was just boring.

5. Isabel Kabra from The 39 Clues by Various

Last time I mentioned this woman’s son, Ian, whom I absolutely love. But Isabel is about on the same level as Levana for me. No sympathy. At all.

6. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

Oh, how I wanted to love this. It just felt forced and was poorly written. Not good.

What’s a book or character you just don’t like?

Clara

In Which I Fangirl over the Amazing Couples in the Lunar Chronicles

Since I’ve been rereading The Lunar Chronicles, I’m in that super fangirly mode because all of those couples are just so unbelievably adorable. I was reading Cress this morning and just sitting there squealing over how cute Cress and Thorne are. Seriously. 

So here’s me fangirling and quoting some adorable moments about each couple. And if you haven’t read this series, you’ll find lots of spoilers ahead.

Kai and Cinder (Kaider):

“Cinder?”

“Mm?”

He lifted his gaze. “Just to be clear, you’re not using your mind powers on me right now, are you?”

She blinked. “Of course not.”

“Just checking.” 

Then he slid his arms around her waist and kissed her.

These two. Sometimes they argue, usually over the best way to defeat Levana. Other times it’s just banter, which is always fun to read. But they overcame social prejudices. She’s a Lunar cyborg princess- on Earth, where cyborgs aren’t treated well and Lunars are hated. He’s the emperor of an entire country, with way too much stress on his 17-or-18-year-old shoulders. Seeing their relationship grow is nothing short of amazing, and by the time Stars Above rolled around they’d well earned my respect. The amount of things they went through to be together is amazing.

Wolf and Scarlet (Wolflet):

“I know you must want nothing to do with me. I don’t blame you.” Wolf scrunched up his shoulders, and met her with an expression full of regret. “But you’re the only one, Scarlet. You’ll always be the only one.”

Wolflet is my favorite couple of all time. Ever. Because they are just so perfect for each other. I mean really. They’re just so cute. And yes, theirs is probably the cheesiest of all the TLC relationships, but still. It’s one of those Beauty and the Beast stories, and I love how they accept each other completely. Even after Wolf undergoes the full genetic tampering. And he loves her so much. His love for her is so very clear in each of the books, especially when she’s a prisoner on Luna. And when they got reunited, I think I cried tears of joy. 

Cress and Thorne (Cresswell):

“… I have to stop stealing things, but that’s probably a given. So I figure, by the time you realize how much I don’t deserve you… I might kind of deserve you.” His grin turned smug. “And that’s how that speech was supposed to go.”

“That was a good speech,” she said. 

“I know.” 

…”Captain?”

“Cress.”

She couldn’t not say it, although she realized he was right. It was sort of scary. Much scarier than it had been the first time she’d told him, out in the desert. It was different now. It was real. “I’m in love with you.” 

He chuckled. “I should hope so, after all that.” He leaned forward and pressed a kiss against her temple. “And I love you too.”

This relationship is just so sweet. Seeing Cress go from that awkward girl who may be just a little more than obsessed with Carswell Throne to truly loving him is simply beautiful. And then seeing Carswell falling in love with her, when he’d been a criminal and a scoundrel all his life, was just as beautiful. The way their relationship grew just makes me go semi-crazy. Because it’s adorable.

And I’m not yet in love with the Jacin/Winter (I think it’s Wincin) ship, but this reread may change that. They’re cute, but they haven’t grown on me yet.

So, who’s your favorite TLC couple, and why? 

-Clara

What Cats Do Book Tag

I was tagged by A Pretty Story about a month ago, so this is a bit overdue. I actually forgot I even got tagged until I was going through my liked posts a week or so ago. Oops.

So here goes!

For starters, I don’t have a cat, although I’d love one. But they’re adorable and I love this tag!

Purr- As cats do this when they’re happy or relaxed, what’s the book that makes you the happiest or most relaxed?

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It’s got its tense moments, but there’s something about Roshani’s writing style that makes me both happy and relaxed all at once. Of course, it also makes me hungry, but that’s irrelevant.

Sleep- What’s a book that either put you to sleep or was just boring?

Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather. I’m fairly certain I nearly fell asleep reading this, and it just felt plotless and boring.

Twitch While Dreaming- Have you ever dreamt of a book you read?

Many, many, many times. Percy Jackson and the Olympians (and Greek myths in general) was somehow involved in numerous dreams of mine back a few years ago. It was kinda cool, really.

Seems to Play Nice… Until the Claws are Out- What book had the biggest plot twist?

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Just… Everything. All of it. This book had me shocked so many times.

Cuddles- Which character would you give a hug to?

PEETA MELLARK. Honestly, he went through so much that he didn’t deserve to go through. And I just really, really, really want to hug him.

Catnip- A book that gave you warm and fuzzy feels?

I don’t read a lot of contemporary, so this is kinda difficult, but I’ve got to say What Light by Jay Asher. It was such a sweet, adorable Christmas romance.

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Breeds of Cats- What are your favorite books?

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I’ll stop there.

The Vet’s Office- Your Least Favorite Book

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.

Getting Into Places They Shouldn’t- Your Least Favorite Cliche

“He let out a breath he didn’t know he’d been holding.” *sigh*

The Good Old Cardboard Box- That Underrated Book Series

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I really enjoyed this series and thought it was well written.

I tag Annie @Annie Likes Words and whoever else hasn’t been tagged for this yet but wants to do it. 

Thanks y’all!

-Clara

 

My Favorite Classics

I have mixed emotions about classics. Sometimes they’re amazing, sometimes they bore me half to death. But every once in a while I find one that’s fantastic in every way, and today I want to share with you some of those old books that I absolutely love.

1. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Ok, so as soon as I saw the length of this thing, I loved it. It’s nearly 1500 pages, and I love a big book. But it is just so good. It wasn’t boring for a second. The plot was marvelously crafted and well thought out, the characters were flawed and felt so human, and it was just such a good book I couldn’t help but love it. It’s on my list of all-time favorites.

2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Another classic on the favorites list. Unlike Monte Cristo, Gatsby is very short at only 180 pages. Yet those pages contain not only an intriguing story. The book has a quietly beautiful way of telling the reader not to dwell in the past. I don’t “read between the lines”, because I just don’t get the whole “what-did-the-author-mean-by-this” thing, but Gatsby teaches a lesson in a stunning yet subtle manner, and I love it.

3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I love this book. The characters, the writing, the plot line. And it has Mr. Darcy, who must be the root of all dark and brooding princes that you find in YA today. And the haters-to-lovers trope, which I honestly can’t get enough of. It’s just a wonderful story that’s fun to read. And do watch the 90’s TV adaptation. It’s great.

4. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Yes, it took me six months to read. Yes, it was boring for a couple hundred pages. But yes, in the end, I loved it. And I sobbed harder than I can ever remember crying over a book. That ending. 

Rhett and Scarlett are just perfect for each other. Scarlett is truly a character to look up to, for her gunption and raw determination. It’s just a marvelous book, really.

5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I think I was 10 or 11 when I read this, and it’s time for a reread sometime soon. It’s truly a novel written for girls- one that is filled with memorable characters and fun adventures. It’s a simple book, but it holds lots of good memories. 

What’s your favorite classic?

-Clara