i just love every single character in these books

I’m an observer. I stay quiet, lowkey, taking in everything I can. Stolen glances, facial expressions, the way our eyes can light up, or as if there’s a whole universe imbedded in them. I pay attention when you think no one is looking, that’s when you learn the most about someone. The little mannerisms that make everyone so unique. I’m fascinated by the way people interact with each other. How someone looks at the person they love when their talking about their day. How completely focused and consumed a person is when reading a good book. The way you can tell how much hardship the world has put someone through when they talk about pain. How trusting someone is by how much they share about themselves because they’ve never been hurt. I feel disconnected from most people I come across, and I’m a very good judge of character because of this. Every conversation I engage myself in you may think it’s just a normal talk, but I analyze every single aspect of it. I notice the little things that mean so much to me.

YA Books With Queer Girls

This maaay be stemming from anger, as all my best ideas are, but I figured it might help someone find a really awesome book, and so I shall be your unofficial librarian for a sec. 

I can vouch for all of these books; yes, some are better than others (I mean, yes, Of Fire and Stars has an overly simple plot), but they are all very much enjoyable, especially if you’re not in constantly book-reviewer mode like I am whenever I read. 

Also, I’m focusing this specially on books with queer girls, because I feel like YA has a bit of a problem with wlw. They tend to fly majorly under the radar, while books like Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and Carry On get majorly hyped. Don’t get me wrong, I love both those books to bits, but still. I want to read all the books about girls who love girls. 

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Radio Silence by Alice Oseman: I need to put on of my all-time fav books here, first, don’t I? But, seriously, this book is fucking fantastic, and I love it to bits. It’s got all the amazing things: podcasts, nerdy people being nerdy, geeking out over sci-fi, it’s fantastic. Bisexual female MC/narrator + demisexual male MC + gay male side character + gay female minor character. 

When The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore: Guys. GUYS. This book is gorgeous. One of the most beautiful books I’ve read in a long time. Anna-Marie McLemore is already one of my top ten favorite writers and she’s only written two books, and this…I love this book and I want everyone to read this amazing book SO JUST GO READ IT, OKAY? AND it’s about QPOC, AND it very much respects and embraces true magical realism, AND the author is literally the sweetest person ever. Queer female MC + trans male MC.

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova: This book is like a mix of Alice in Wonderland and a crazy fever dream. BUT IN A GOOD WAY. And can I mention the worldbuilding??? I’m in love with it. Bisexual female MC + queer female MC

Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour: THIS BOOK IS FREAKIN’ ADORABLE. I mean, it’s about romance and movies and mysteries and it has a beautifully built slowburn romance and everyone is adorable and the romance is adorable and just ALL THE YES. Gay female MC + Gay female MC

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee: This book is all about the internet! I mean, if you exist on a creative plain of the internet, you’ll see yourself in this book. PLUS all the amazing and totally important conversations about asexuality. Asexual romantic female MC.

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert: I am SO ANGRY about how much this book has flown under the radar, because it’s amazing and so important and it addresses so many amazing things, and I just…Brandy Colbert writes the most fantastically realistic, flawed characters and I love it. Bisexual female MC + queer female side character.

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst: I need to mention the cover of this book, first, because OH THE GORGEOUSNESS. Also, can I say NON-HOMOPHOBIC FANTASY WORLD??? Gay female MC + gay female MC

Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, and Brooke A. Allen: I shriek about this graphic novel/s every single time someone asks for a comic recommendation. It’s ridiculous in the best way and lighthearted and has the most lovable characters and can I mention the cast is ENTIRELY FEMALE? Gay female MC + Gay female MC + Trans female MC

As I Descended by Robin Talley: Gay modern day Macbeth retelling with ghosts. Want to hear that again? LESBIAN MACBETH. WHY HAVEN’T YOU READ THIS ALREADY? Gay female MC + Gay female MC

10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac: Okay, yes, this book has an awful cover but don’t let that sway you because I love this book to pieces. For one, it’s set in Vancouver, and I love Vancouver, and also it has probably one of the most realistic portrayals of anxiety I’ve ever read, AND THAT ANXIETY DOESN’T GET CURED WITH ROMANCE. Gay female MC + Gay female side character

The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine: Okay, yes, this is a sequel, but I had to add it to the list because I’m in love with this series and this world and I LOVE IT SO MUCH. It’s gloriously stabby. Bisexual female MC + queer female MC

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde: This book is a love letter to fandom and nerd culture and everything, AND I LOVE IT TO PIECES. I’m so, so happy this book is getting so much hype because it stands up to the hype and crushes it and I just love it, okay?? Also, I love all the characters. ALL OF THEM. They’re so fantastically written and adorable and I REALLY, REALLY LOVE THEM. Bisexual female MC + Queer female side character.

Get It Together, Delilah/The Flywheel by Erin Gough: It’s set in a bakery/cafe, which is enough to get my heart beating, but this book is just straight-up adorable. Also, if you don’t think I’m making panna cotta gelato the first chance I get YOU ARE SADLY MISTAKEN. Gay female MC + Gay female MC.

BONUS: These books don’t have queer girls as MCs, but they do have queer girls and are just overall fantastic. The Upside of Unrequited has a sideplot about the MC’s gay sister and her pansexual girlfriend, plus the most adorable moms in YA, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue has a female character whom I’m like 99% sure is asexual, A Tyranny of Petticoats has a couple of stories that are about queer girls, as does Meet Cute

Also, did I miss any important books??? Tell me if I did because I want to know about ALL THE BOOKS with queer girls. 

the percy jackson musical

so a couple of days ago i saw the lightning theif: a percy jackson musical and i thought i’d share some of my favorite moments

• all of the kids sitting around the campfire cursing their parents and percy being like “uh yeah anyway my mom is great i love her so much” it was too pure
• grover singing and ultimately crying about pan at said campfire
• the actors!! we’re all so good!!! every single one of them!!
• mr d’s song was amazing and 100% in character
• “this isn’t some tinfoil zigzag from some off broadway play!”
• chiron didn’t have horse legs he just had like a tail???and then galloped around on two feet?? and somehow it worked??
• “all hail percy jackson, supreme lord of the toilets!”
• the oracle of delphi!!!!! was just like i pictured it in the book!!!!! the lighting/costuming for that scene was phenomenal
• but seriously the toilet paper guns were amazing and hilarious and really everything you would expect from a percy jackson musical
• ANNABETH GETTING REAL ACTUAL CHARACTERIZATION AND HER OWN SOLO ABOUT HER MOM LIKE WOW I WAS IN TEARS
• luke pulled off being super creepy but also really charismatic at the same time he was such a Complex character
• the montage of the trio going cross country was so cute and the song was so catchy
• SO many direct references to the book
• grover talking to the squirrel and percy subsequently offending said squirrel
• the whole underworld scene was. surreal. idk exactly how to explain it but the whole scene was like a disco-esque dream
• the trio has the cutest songs/moments together my heart felt like it was gonna explode
• annabeth leaving percy and grover to reenact thalia’s “death” and then coming back to present day…wow
• percy’s dream with luke and kronos was so good and ominous i had chills
• the actors playing 1073291827 different parts
• seriously medusa was played by the same actor that played chiron and it (surprisingly) worked so well omfg
• clarisse asking about ares “did he mention me?” hit me right in the feels
• also 3/7 of the main cast (including sally jackson) were poc which was really cool!!
• poseidon being kind of a dick and percy basically telling him to fuck off
• the finale was so good and energetic and ive been singing that song ever since i left the theater

tldr; you should see the percy jackson musical if you can it’s amazing

I cannot believe I’ve reached over 10,000 followers! I’ve had this blog for only about 2-3 months, having created it because my original blog was a themed blog. I’m so happy with the people I’ve come to know in this fandom, it’s one of the best and most fastest growing I’ve ever been in and I’m so happy that IT is finally getting the fans it deserves. I have been watching the mini-series since I was very young and reading the book just as long, and in the 2017 movie I’ve found my favorite film, my favorite versions of these characters and quite possibly one of my favorite fandoms. Love all you guys and appreciate every single follower! 

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THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

ok so i’m really surprised that there aren’t more people who’ve read vicious so here are some reasons to read it:

  • this motley crew: Victor Vale, this supervillain-looking motherfucker who wears all black and is actually the protagonist of the book, Mitch, this giant, tattooed, built-like-an-18-wheeler guy who is incredibly skilled at hacking and likes chocolate milk, Sydney, a 12 year old girl who got picked up on the side of the road by Victor and Mitch and just kind of went “yeah i’m with you guys now you can’t get rid of me”, and Dol, a giant black dog who was dead but then wasn’t and Victor let Sydney keep him
  • superpower theories!!!!!!!! victor and eli (the antagonist who was his friend in college) decide to find out where superheroes get their powers from and honestly it makes sense somehow???
  • EVERY SINGLE (main but even then) CHARACTER HAS THEIR OWN MOTIVATIONS AND MORALITY AND BACKSTORY. like i thought i wouldn’t like sydney and her sister at first (i figured they’d just be flat female sidekicks) buT NO. I LOVE THEM I LOVE ALL OF THEM
  • it took a couple chapters to happen but this book GRABS YOU. it does not let go until it ends and even then you won’t stop thinking about it
  • seriously the conflict and action is ridiculously well-done
  • read this book
  • please you won’t regret it

anonymous asked:

Should I read Shatter Me? What is it?

YES YOU SHOULD

the plot is as follows: our main girl, juliette, kills everyone she touches. like. people literally die if she touches their skin. (what??? i kno) for this reason she’s been locked up for a really long time and becomes a little crazy bc of the isolation (it should be noted that the world is falling apart and everyone is dying and stuff) but tbh?? she’s like Extremely powerful and doesn’t really know it - BUT THE GOVERNMENT DOES!!!!! so they want to turn her into a weapon !!!!!! dang!!!!! what will juliette do?????????? will she save the world?????? WILL SHE FALL IN LOVE WITH THE RIGHT GUY??????????

a few things you should know if u want to read shatter me:

  • PATIENCE!!! the first book is……… an experience. there’s a special snowflake main character, “chosen one” trope, a crappy love interest, a SUPER cliche’d plot, and a very peculiar writing style. it is literally the epitome of the 2011/2012 dystopian YA genre. you will ask yourself so many times “why am i doing this to myself” BUT LISTEN TO ME !!!!!!!!! IT GETS BETTER!!!!! IT GETS SO MUCH BETTER THIS TRILOGY SAVED MY ASS YOU JUST NEED TO PULL THRU AND KEEP READING
  • the character development in this trilogy is seriously out of this world like WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAA THE FUCK !!!! every single character (except for the one dude i wont talk about) IS AMAAAZIZINZNGNG
  • tahereh mafi did THAT
  • STRONG GIRLS WHO WILL KICK UR ASS
  • FRIENDSHIPS !!!!!! THAT NEVER TURN INTO ROMANTIC SHIT !!!!!!!! PLATONIC RELATIONSHIPS YOU WOULD DIE FOR
  • (also romantic relationship u would die for but that happens later on because jesus that first book……..)
  • imo the pros outweigh the cons and tbh the only thing that matters is that u must
  • keep
  • READING
  • and reach that third book u will thank me for it
  • this has been a psa thnk u bye 🌹
RFA+V+SAERAN: If they’re a doodler or a writer

Spoilers: Maybe slight NSFW-ish mention? Again (and most likely always), name reveal! Also, some after story spoilers!

A/N: Omg I left for the night and came back to people actually following our blog, I dunno where y'all came from but i loVE YOU ALL, THANK ~Admin 404


*YOOSUNG:

           -DOODLER

           -IT’S EVERYWHERE

           -His homework? DOODLES! School book? DOODLES! Letter that MC is making him write to his mother? DOODLES!

           -He’ll doodle his LOLOL character, him and MC, or just some random cute animal faces!

           -You know, every single piece of paper he’s ever come across has a star on it somewhere

           -His signature has a star incorporated into it!

           -Takes this habit with him when he graduates and gets a job as a vet

           -“Yoosung, you can’t keep drawing dogs on the patients charts.” “Why not! I work with animals all day!! It works out!” “This chart’s for a bird, not a dog”


*ZEN:

           -Writer!

           -He works with stories all the time as an actor! It’s only natural to want to make a few of his own!

           -Despite dropping out of school and all, he isn’t half bad

           - Never finished writing an actual story in his life

           -He’s the type to start a story, but lose interest in it fairly quickly

           -You’ll find all the stories and vague ideas written nicely in a notebook or two

           -“ONCE UPON A TIME-” “Zen, please, that line’s so overused.” “But princess :(”

           -Even tries to write his own play a few different times!

           - No, Zen, you can’t play every character


*JAEHEE:

           -As much as she loves Zen’s plays and good literature…

           -DOODLER! (bitch you thoUGHT)

           -She’s always having to rewrite reports for Jumin because she mindlessly doodles all over them when she’s trying to think

           -Another boring presentation done by Jumin, another dozen reports have doodles on them

           -She’ll doodle simple things, like coffee cups, flowers, that water bottle in front of her…

           -She’d rather be dead than doodle little kitties though (Damn Elizabeth)

           -Never keeps the doodles though, so if you see one, you’re very lucky

           -It’s probably when you decide to help her with her ridiculous work load every now and then and organize her papers for her


*JUMIN:

           -Writer!

           -He reads enough romance novels, might as well write his own, too

           -“He trapped her against the wall, carefully tying the silk tie around her wrists as his tongue paid careful attention to her-” “JUMIN PLEASE CAN YOU NOT READ WHAT YOU WRITE OUT LOUD?!”

           -He puts work before his writing though, so he makes sure everything is done before switching gears to write

           -Sometimes he’s in his home office for hours, and you assume he’s just working very hard for an upcoming project

           -You make him some tea, and come in to find he’s typing away on his laptop like no tomorrow

           -“Oh wow, you’re working really hard! What is the project on this ti- Jumin, that’s not work” “Ah, yes, MC, I’m very aware. Would you like to proofread it? Or perhaps reenact the scene?”

           -YOU’RE LEFT AS A BLUSHING MESS, GOOD LUCK GETTING OUT OF REENACTING THE SCENE NOW


*SAEYOUNG:

           -He’s writing code all day long, why would he want to write MORE?

           -Therefore, DOODLER!

           -You can find pages and post-it notes all around the house with doodles on them

           -Doodles stars, space ships, and kitties!

           -You found a dickbutt on the milk carton once and threatened to throw it at him and all he did was snicker in response

           -“Saeyoung, care to explain why I walked around today with a sticky note with a diCK DRAWN ON IT STUCK TO MY JACKET?” “I was letting people know that your jacket was riDICKulous!” “Get away from me”

           -One time, you gathered all of his doodles of stars and spaceships, and spent the day sticking them all over the ceiling of your shared bedroom

           -He didn’t notice until he came in way after you had fallen asleep waiting for him

           -You know this lil tomato shed a few happy tears once he saw that you had spelt “I love you” in the stars


*V:

           -Writer!!!

           -Hello, “a picture is worth a thousand words”????

           -He likes to write little stories for each one of his photographs

           -Usually, he makes a story out of the events that happened on that day

           -Rreeaallllyy good at description words, and can paint a picture in your mind of how everything looked, felt, sounded, he had it ALL

           -If you request it, he’ll take a favourite photograph of yours and make up a story for it on the spot

           -“V, can you add dinosaurs into the story?” “If that’s what you want, sure sweetheart” (help me this is my sunshine)

           -If you’re having a bad day, he’ll pull out some of the stories and help you relive a happy moment with him

           -Sometimes he makes it into a game- He’ll read the description and you have to guess what the picture is of!


*SAERAN:

           -Okay, this little baby has to be a doodler

           -He’s not very good at expressing his emotions with words, so he finds that doodling helps him to get it out

           -Like Saeyoung, you’ll find doodles in random places, but you’ll realize that from time to time, it’s a game of hide and seek

           -He’ll leave these doodles as clues to where he is, or what he wants

           -Sometimes he’ll just stick a post-it note on your forehead with a face on it to show how he’s feeling

           -Most of the time he just likes to stick the post-it notes on your face to watch you pout at him afterwards

           -A lot of doodles of ice cream cones

           -*Dumps a purse-full of post-it’s with ice creams drawn on them onto the floor* “Saeran?” “Hm?” “Do you….do you want to go get ice cream?” “Well since you’re offering, yes, yes I do.”

So let’s talk for a minute about Dany positivity.

You know what? I guess I would call myself a Dany stan. Or other people would probably call me that. Because I’m into Game of Thrones because of her. She’s the character that I root for, that I obsess over…and if I had to pick one person for the throne, I’d pick her every single time. But is she perfect? No way. She makes mistakes. She gets confused. Let’s just remember that in the first book she’s 13/16 in first season; of course she’s not going to have her shit together. To expect her to have her shit together is putting way too much on her shoulders.

And I love her. I love her despite her faults, in spite of her faults, because of her faults. I love her because she’s complex and complicated and probably scared and when you strip away the titles and the pressure that’s always on her shoulders she’s pretty damn relatable. Like she seems like someone I would want to be friends with.
And she’s such a good role model for teenage girls. I know I’m kind of on the younger side of this fandom, but I basically have gone through my teenage years with her. And I won’t get into it that much because I know you don’t want to hear about all of that, but I wish there were more characters like her in YA contemporary lit. I want characters that aren’t one sided, that screw up and get scared and want to make a difference in the world and overcome incredible odds. Hell, she even experiments with her sexuality and has extramarital sex and she doesn’t bat an eye. I want more characters with her passion and drive, her vision and her compassion. I don’t care that she has dragons. I would love her if she didn’t have dragons. Because she’s worked so hard for everything she has. If you don’t think that, you haven’t been watching the same show I have. I want to meet people like her. I have changed myself over the last few years so I can be more like her. I’ve become braver. I’m willing to speak out for things that I might not have been able to beforehand. And that’s all because I heard about this character and what she went through and I thought if she can do all of that, then I (whose problems are nothing compared to hers) can achieve my goals. Most favorite characters in shows I discard at some point or another, but I haven’t with Dany because I’m still learning things from her.

I love Jon, but I feel I’ve read his story a thousand times before. He just doesn’t connect with me the way that she does. Or maybe I’m too much like him in the first place. I don’t need to learn from him the way I do from her. But for whatever reason, she’s always been my end all be all. And most of these characters are roped into doing things (hell Jon’s KitN bascially because everyone signed him up for it. Maybe that’s why. Dany has always chosen the harder road. Even when she could have done safer things, easier things, lived with the Dosh Khaleen or stayed in Meereen, she didn’t. It’s a choice she makes, even more so than other coming of age stories. She wants to make a better world and she won’t let anyone stop her. She’s not the hero that has to be coerced. She doesn’t really have anyone to coerce her. She is strong and confident in herself and in what she wants.

She protects people from monsters. Monsters don’t have to be outside forces. Monsters can lurk inside our own minds. I know they lurk inside mine. And I know she helps me fight them. She encouraged me to get the help that I needed and I’m not 100% better yet, but at least I’m trying. And I can say that during the worst parts of my (admittedly short) life I got strength from her.

And I’m not afraid to say that. I’m not afraid to say that she’s my favorite and I don’t feel like I need to make apologies for her. People never make apologies for Jon and he is by no means perfect. Of course she’s not perfect. But she learns and grows, and to me that’s even more important. Especially for teenage girls. They need more support than they get, because it’s really tough when everything sends you different messages that makes it hard for us to have that self confidence that we need. She’s not evil, she’s not insane, she’s not vindictive. She’s just trying her best-and she’s doing a lot better than a lot of people would do in her position.

I love when I write all these Daenerys defense posts that people think I’m trying to change their minds. Nope. I just love talking about Daenerys Targaryen (and Targaryens in general; my parents got upset at me for talking about Rhaella deserved so much better at dinner tonight lol) I don’t care who you ship. I mean, of course I’m going to mind when you call my Favorite Character in Anything Ever a bitch and hope that her lover betrays her/kills her and her unborn child dies. So I’ll probably be inspired to rattle off a couple thousand words about how much that’s not how her character is. I don’t care if it persuades you. I enjoy it. Okay? Okay. I write for me, not for any of you. And for Dany, because I don’t see enough positive Dany meta. I don’t see enough people who are willing to just stand up and say ‘you know what? I love her. I know she’s not perfect and I respect that. I love her anyway’.

Because I 50000000% do.

Life Story

Characters: reader, Dean, Sam, Chuck, mention of Becky

Pairing: Dean x reader

Warnings: mention of Wincest, embarrassment, mention of daddy!kink, brief public nudity, smut, angst, mention of abuse

Word count: 3940

Summary: going to the book convention because Chuck believe there is a case leads to some very interesting conversations with the fans of the books

A/N: this is for Jess & Lee’s crack challenge. My prompt is number 7 @wheresthekillswitch @trexrambling

These stupid fucking books.

Those four words are all that came to your head any time that Chuck would bring up the supernatural books that were written about yours and the boys lives. They had your mistakes in there, all the times you had let people down, embarrassing things you had done, your death, the boys deaths, all your sexual encounters. They just had everything documented about your life and you hated it.

So when Chuck had asked you all to attend the supernatural book convention because he believed there was some kind of monster there, you were quick to deny his request. The boys, however, thought maybe it would be useful to just check it out.

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The Danvers Sisters (the youngest sibling)

Request: could you write some headcannons on being alex and kara’s little sister? 

a/n: HECK YEAH I CAN. These are always so fun to do lol, bring it on!! These are more dumb than emotional, I think… I live for the trash and the crack, y’all LOL

Also a little sidenote, headcanon requests (for now, anyway, in my absence) are something I’d be more likely to do since they’re much quicker than coming up with actual prose - those are the ones I really want the most time to focus on. These are just quicker as little flashes of inspiration, and they even help in creating some backstory for the other requests. So that’s just the reason why I’m getting to them before the other prompts, in case anyone was wondering. Have an awesome day y’all :D

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  • it wasn’t always that you were close to your sister, Alex. Life seems to have a different way of handling things than you expect, and you’ve come to learn that things fall into place exactly as they’re meant to; when they’re meant to

  • you were much younger than Alex, and you figured you had a relationship as ordinary as any other siblings would have. She wouldn’t annoy or pester you, but she would tease you quite often whenever she had the chance - for the most part, you took it in stride, never having seen your sister get close to anything that could be described as malicious

  • she was always so cool and even at a young age, she just seemed to know what she was about

  • you, on the other hand, were both parts rambunctious as you were delightful. You spent as much time feeding your untamed imagination as you did swimming the depths of the deep ocean or chartering the vast distances of outer space

  • Alex never failed to mention how lame you were, but nonetheless joined in whenever the two of you were outside and parkouring on nearly every single thing you could find in your wild savannah adventure

  • your parents eventually put you into sports to expend your impressive abundance of energy - needless to say you thrived at it, albeit a little too eagerly, if the bruises you got and the fiery competition in your eyes were any indication

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bitter about Clary’s character

Can the writers please stop to ruin Clary’s character? Seriously where is the Clary I fell in love in the TMI books? Where is the undeniable love towards Jace despite all odds???
Book!Clary would not have hesitated a moment to jump into Jaces’ arms when she learned the truth. Her feelings for him were so deep and honest that despite being siblings she still thought about being with him in secret.
But Show!Clary doesn’t seem to care at all that she can be with Jace. Sure she is with Simon but come on it seemed she only got together with him because there were other girls (it seemed more a jealous move than because of real genuine feelings for Simon other than friendship).

I am totally bitter about this development! I loved Clace in the books so much but in the show only Jace seems to love Clary. Good work Dom btw. The way he looks at Clary is just so heartbreaking. I can literally see his pain! Exceptional work by Dom, he got so much better in expressing feelings during season 2! I love it! 
So what is wrong with Clary. The fans could not care less about the triangle because we all now Clace is endgame but showing Clary to be head over heels for Simon just feels so faked and unbelievable. I want Book!Clary back!!

Sidenote: Jace character development is so perfect! Gosh I love every single scene with Dom! 

How Rick Riordan's Potential Roman Demigod Series Will Lead Directly to my Death and the Imprisonment of my Child: A Helpful Guide.

Okay, guys, this is going to be incredibly long but please just hear me out on this.

First, let’s start with some background information

  • I first discovered Riordan’s work in 8th grade after my best friend Rachel accidentally stole a copy of “The Lightning Thief” and talked me into reading it.
  • I quickly let my life become consumed.
  • I read all five books in the series in like under two months.
  • I made blue cookies and wore an orange shirt to the premiere of the movie, only to end up booing it.
  • “The Lost Hero” came out in 9th grade, and my already intense love for the past books and the awful year I had at that school caused me to cling desperately to the characters, making my whimsical love of the past to grow into more of a full blown obsession.
  • I’ve bought every single Riordan book the exact day they came out. Seriously, for Blood of Olympus I literally had to sneak off my college campus, call a cab, and I just barely made it back in time for my class that day.
  • I was more than a little sad that the story ended, but I was in college so it seemed serendipitous almost; My childhood was ending.
  • I found out about the upcoming Magnus Chase trilogy, and even though I know absolutely nothing about Norse mythology, I was prepared to read it. Three more years of Riordan owning my soul, it could hurt, right?

Okay now this is where things are going to get serious. rrriordan, you might want to pay attention omfg.

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Any Duchess Will Do - Tessa Dare

Ashley’s Fast & Dirty Review™, because I’m a grad student who works full time while also trying to have a personal life and I don’t have time for that in-depth nonsense.  Will probably contain spoilers. 

The Plot: Griffin’s mother drugs & kidnaps him and forces him to choose a wife from among the ladies at Spindle Cove, literally while they are having tea and just trying to enjoy their lives. (Rude.) Griffin picks Pauline, the barmaid knowing full well she could never become a duchess, allowing him to get one over on his mother.  But that Pauline, she is something transcendent indeed. 

The Good:

  • I adore class divisions in romance and this is quite a drastic one.
  • Griffin is pretty much head-over-heels from the word go, which is great because he isn’t overly superior or condescending towards my sweet Pauline.  Well, he is a little later, but she pays him back for it and it is wonderful.
  • Oh, dear, she just insulted their kiss and now he’s going to teach her a lesson…It’s a good lesson, very thorough and necessarily harsh.
  • They are both so silly when they let their guards down - the balcony scene is the strangest, yet sexiest disaster I’ve read in a long time.
  • GODDAMN IT - he needs love and comfort so badly and she needs protecting and to be treasured they are making heart hurt.
  • “There were few things that gave him more satisfaction in life than bringing pleasure to a woman.”  God bless you, Griff.
  • “He gave her again.  He gave her more.  He gave her stroke after stroke of pounding bliss, and she was utterly laid waste.”
  • Mild Spoiler: Honestly, when she calls him “your grace” right before they you know on his desk - I died a little.
  • “There could be a thousand ranks between us, and I would not give one damn.  Every blue-blooded vein in this body pounds with desire for you.”  Have mercy, your grace, I beg you!
  • OKAY HIS MOTHER IS SUPPOSED TO BE CONNIVING AND BRUTAL, BUT SHE IS THE GREATEST THING EVER JUST WAIT!!!!

The Bad:

  • Ms. Dare is my queen, you guys should know this by now.  But I did cry, quite a bit during this book, because, as I’ve said, I’m a sentimental crybaby, so, it’s bound to happen.

The Verdict: If you are prone to sobbing over fictional characters who are so sweet and lovely and in need of love and care and devotion, have your tissues handy.  This is a beautiful book about beautiful souls with beautiful bits of wisdom to impart.  I loved every single word.

Five Stars

so, about the undies man

my story with this series starts about as similarly as everyone else’s does. a quiet kid/kid who isnt good at math/what have you finds a book series about a guy running around in his underwear that was well… funny for potty humour but also surprisingly poignant.

sure i laughed at lauching fake doggy doo-doo or renaming a football team purple dragon sing-along friends or a guy names professor pippy poopypants (his middel name is pee-pee.) but a lot of kids like me saw george and harold, the protagonists, as friends or even relateable characters. because the author, dav pilkey, said their grades were low but always desribed then as smart, funny, kind, capable…

and you know what? both of the boys canonically have adhd. something that makes this series so good is because dav pilkey knows what he’s talking about. when he was a kid, teachers ripped up his comics and made him sit out in the hallway too. but one thing that changed for kids like me- kids like US, kids like dav, who love to draw but teachers would loom over them and drag them back into doing drills of their time tables- dav was there for us. at the end of the day, we may still get our comics torn up, but we have two boys to root for who went through the same- and then we stop crying because we can laugh along with george and harold as they trick their teachers into sticking themselves with packaging peanuts, making cat and dog noises in class, and gluing their mean ol’ principal to his seat.

in a way dav gave us all characters to look up to and have fun with, to know we werent alone and drawing was cool! and fun! like, we da man! me too! i know it inspired so many kids to keep drawing and making comics and just be silly, and have fun, and laugh at stupid things.

and i mean, my experience with the series was i’d hop onto the rickety old school computer with my friend, and we’d go on pilkey.com every day and just watch go poopypants over and over again… and then i moved. of course i didn’t have a bad childhood but when i moved was kinda when i stopped understanding… anything in school. everything was so new and i had no friends, nothing really of familiarity-

except two carefree kids and their superhero friend that i knew i could always come back to at the end of the day.

well now it’s quite a few years later, and ehe, i luckily grew out on my childhood crush on carl the robo-booger, but even today this series holds up. revisiting this and laughing less at potty humour, i still found myself laughing out loud quite a bit. dav’s books are so fun, and now that i’m older i love ALL his characters- heroes, villains, and weird antihero principals who honestly are just lonely. the series is still so damn good, its got clever writing for kids books, and its not afraid of anything. dav will sometimes just have a heart-to-heart about kids about just how stupid adults can be. he made a strand about the GOP and how stingy they were. he made harold gay! a gay main character with adhd! dav pilkey gives no shits!

and the movie.

oh my god, the movie. i could feel every single breath of life that was put into this wonderful homage. everything was so faithful to the books in just the right way- i’m glad dav’s beautiful work was honoured.

and though people on tumblr still make posts about “lol theres a captain underpants fandom? really? tumblr treatment lmao” thatll never change how much this series changed my life.

Thank you, Dav Pilkey. Happy 20th.

awaytothink  asked:

Hi, I just recently found your blog and it's amazing! I'm so happy there are still people there are as invested as I am in the Animorphs series! I especially love your Adult AU and your analysis of the books. In fact I was reading one of your posts where you said that Cassandra Clare's book glorify violence - if I'm remembering correctly - and I was curious if you could expand on that. If you prefer you can message me privately since this is strictly an Animorphs blog. I hope I'm not bothering u

No bother at all.  I sometimes feel like I spend half my blog space whining about how every other book on the planet is inferior to Animorphs, which isn’t actually the kind of vibe I’m going for.  I SWEAR I LOVE YA SF.  Just… Not Mortal Instruments.  I’ve tried.  I tried so hard to like that series.  It is objectively well-written and creative.  I just… I can’t with Cassandra Clare’s work.  I can’t.

First of all: a confession.  I’ve only ever read City of Bones, City of Ashes, and about half of City of Glass, and then several different issues (the glorification of violence, the glorification of “slender” or “skinny” bodies, the way Jace’s Freudian Excuse gets used to let him get away with all kinds of bad behavior, the borderline-pathological worship of True Love in City of Ashes) conspired to drive me away from the series as a whole.  So I don’t actually know if Clare improves in the last 80% of the series.  Thus everything I say has that big honking grain of salt. 

However, I do take issue with the way that, from what I’ve seen, the Mortal Instruments series portrays violence.  Individuals are portrayed as all good or all bad (literally, they’re on the side of the angels or else they support demons) and—from what I’ve seen—there are literally no good demons, nor are there angels worse than “morally grey.” This Manichaeisan worldview (which I think is no accident given the overtly Christian overtones of the series) basically justifies pretty much any acts of violence on the grounds of “they are bad and we are good and therefore pretty much anything we do to them is good, regardless of the means we use to get to that end.”  One extension of this principle which pops up again and again and again with regards to the Shadowhunters is that Might Makes Right.  Clary is the best at coming up with new runes to kill demons, which is a sign she is the best good; Izzy is the best at stabbing demons very dead, which is a sign that she is good too.  Morality comes about by way of violence in that series.

It’s troubling because it glorifies war as “we are the good guys wiping out the bad guys” and utterly dehumanizes the bad guys in the process.  Given that we live in a world where pretty much any group can be potentially cast as “the bad guys,” and that we as humans have an implicit bias toward casting ourselves as “the good guys” no matter what group we belong to… It can reinforce bad behavior.  To say the least.  

Case in point, the first scene in the series is one of Clary witnessing a major fight between (apparently) several children her own age, who are using deadly weapons to launch all-out attacks against each other and (again, apparently) succeed in killing at least two individuals at the end.  The narration doesn’t focus on her shock or horror or utter terror; it spends a long time dwelling on how cute Izzy’s dress is and how nice Jace’s cheekbones are and how cool they all look swirling around with their magical weapons.  (And slender bodies. Can’t ever, ever forget to mention that every single one of them has a slender body.  I confess that’s the #1 pet peeve in the writing that drove me away from the series.)  I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that Clare has probably never witnessed a real fight, or even a video of a real fight, because this is not only unrealistic (real fights are short, chaotic, hard to interpret, and incredibly disturbing—kind of like how they’re described in Animorphs) but it also suggests that violence is cool. 

Meanwhile, I don’t want to suggest that Clare is by any means the only author with this problem.  There was a great article (which I have since lost—I’ll have to send a link if I find it) which pointed out that American Clinton supporters and American Trump supporters and American independent voters all cast themselves as the Rebel Alliance in Star Wars and cast their political nemeses as the Galactic Empire.  Because it’s easy to do: the narrative of Star Wars dehumanizes the stormtrooper enemy (although I could have cried with happiness when Finn took his helmet off in the latest film) while glorifying the individuated, special, blessed-with-magic heroes.  It literally says that there is “light” and “dark,” and that the light is justified in (for instance) blowing up a space station with dozens of prisoners of war and possibly hundreds of innocent sanitation workers on board, just as long as doing so advances the cause of the Light.  Avengers, Doctor Who, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, and a simple majority of sci-fi/fantasy suffers from this problem. 

I also specifically said that Clare doesn’t so much glorify violence and other troubling content as much as she fetishizes violence, which I do view as a problem specific to Mortal Instruments.  It leads to this attitude of “people did bad things to me, therefore I can do bad things to [totally unrelated individuals].” Clary nearly forces Alec to out himself to his parents (which, I admit, hit all of my own personal “NOPE” buttons when I was reading the series as a closeted queer kid) because she idly experiments on him without fully informing him of what he’s getting into, but she’s special and this is how they discover she has the best angel powers of them all and that means that it gets brushed over.  Jace and Clary are jealous and possessive jerks toward each other while also pushing each other away throughout City of Ashes and City of Glass, but this is portrayed as excused because They’re Doing It For (unhealthy, selfish, possessive) True Love.

The one that drives me furthest up the wall is the scene where Jace stalks into a bar, orders a Scotch (because Scotch is a Man’s Drink, never mind that the Man in question is a bratty 16-year-old), throws the Scotch at the wall because he’s Overcome By Emotion, shouts at the people in the bar, and then demands a replacement from the bartender.  This whole sequence gets portrayed as “look how much Jace is suffering” but I couldn’t get away from thinking about how much the bartender, the random patrons, and everyone else who has to deal with his temper tantrum must be suffering.  Seriously, that’s the kind of behavior that I would punish in a six-year-old, because I’d expect a six-year-old to know better, whether or not the six-year-old thinks that he’s in love with his sister and that their father is an evil demagogue (Luke Skywalker called and he wants his plot back, by the way) and whether or not the six-year-old has a Sad Hawk Backstory™. 

Anywhoo, I find Clare’s work… frustrating.  Obviously.  I have ambivalent feelings about most of the other sci-fi/fantasy for which Animorphs has ruined me forever, but Clare’s work is high on my personal “nah” list.

Quick inevitable aside to How Animorphs Did It Better: the kids view avoiding violence as the ultimate end for which they are fighting this war.  Any time the protagonists have to choose between a violent means and a nonviolent one, they struggle to find a nonviolent one.  There are good yeerks (Aftran, Illim, Niss), bad andalites (Estrid, Alloran, Samilin), and even bad Animorphs (mostly David, but to a lesser extent Marco and Rachel).  Even then, the good-bad dichotomy gets complicated and continuously questioned, such that the “good” guys do a lot of things that everyone can agree are “bad” and get condemned for it.  Marco acts like a jerk toward Tobias early on in the series, and the fact that he’s doing it partially because he’s (reasonably) terrified of dying thanks to what Visser One did to both his parents and partially because he’s whistling in the dark very clearly doesn’t excuse his behavior.  Visser One spends AN ENTIRE BOOK trying to argue that her bad behavior is the product of her having had a rough life, and at the end of it Applegate succeeds in getting us to hate her more, not less.  Predominantly “good” characters do “bad” things (Ax killing Hessian soldiers, Cassie letting Tom’s yeerk have the morphing cube, Jake flushing the yeerk pool), just as predominantly “bad” characters do “good” things (Visser Three helping defeat the nartec and helmacrons, Visser One protecting Darwin and Madra, Chapman’s yeerk agreeing to help Melissa), and the series doesn’t offer a moral dichotomy any more absolute than “try not to harm people, I guess.  Oh, and do your best to prevent other people from getting harmed, if they can’t protect themselves.”  The series shows that Tobias’s sad human backstory doesn’t make it okay for him to annihilate the mercora or even to snap at Rachel when he’s hangry.

I just… really love Animorphs.  And it ruined me for every single other book series on the planet. 

anonymous asked:

You always reblog book quotes so I hope you don't mind me asking what is your favotite book and why?

Damn this is a hard question. How can I pick just one? D: Mmmmmh I think the only way I can give you an answer is a short list in no particular order:

  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman. I love its narrative structure and how exaggerated and heartwarming it is. The movie doesn’t even come close to the book.
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I know I’m biased, but I genuinely consider this book one of the best novels ever written. The main characters are fantastic, Jane is sooo badass and Edward is adorkable. Some passages from this book are so beautiful I just want to read them again and again and cry in a corner.
  • The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A Hoffmann. I always had a deep love for this fairy tale since I was a kid. I’ve read many translations and I could write a damn essay about its symbolism (and I am, in fact, currently reading one and it’s SO GOOD and I agree with every single word) and how it relates to Hoffmann’s vision of the world. 
  • The Man who Fell to the Earth by Walter Tevis. During my childhood, my parents exposed me to a ton of stuff that involved David Bowie in some shape or form. I’ve never turned into a fan of his work but I am so glad I discovered this gem of a book. It’s so heart-wrenching and thought-provoking! I love it.
  • The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. The book that made me interested in paganism and then turned me into an atheist with a deep -but strictly anthropologic- interest in the occult and ancient religions. Awesome female characters.
  • The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter. This book is everything. Angela Carter is my damn hero and I love everything that she wrote but this little book in particular. It’s scary, sexy, provocative and you should read it.
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. A story about two kids but the really interesting character is the father of one of them. I love how this book takes its time to explore the father-son relationship, a rare sight in fantasy/adventure books aimed at a younger audience. This book is both poetic and mature and the reason why young-adults authors should stop killing off parents from their narratives.
  • The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov. A buddy cop adventure starring a detective and a human-like robot. Their dynamic is fantastic, the mystery intriguing and well-thought-out. The sequels are even better.
  • A Midsummer’s Night Dream by William Shakespeare. My fave play by the Bard. I’ve seen it multiple times on stage after watching the 1999 movie starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Ruper Everett. I really like how all the plots entwine in the end and how cheeky and sassy the comedy is.
Sarah Reviews: The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

First Thoughts

Final Thoughts

(Disclaimer: I am white, and so I cannot speak with authority on many of the things discussed or written about in this book. I’m keeping my review to things I can comment on–or hope I can–but if I step out of my lane, apologies in advance.)

The Good: This book absolutely lived up to its reputation. I genuinely loved it, and since I don’t read a lot of contemporary at all, I’m very happy. Not only was the story incredibly timely and relevant, but it was also a refreshing, character-driven approach to a topic that can often be so muddied and stained by divisive politics and institutionalized racism. Starr was an amazing narrator, and I loved every single supporting character just as much as I loved her. Her family in particular, even with their complications and imperfections, was so incredible and I loved every moment with them. A+ parenting to both Lisa and Big Mav–I was seriously so in awe of the strength of these characters and how the first-person narrator still managed to portray them as full flesh-and-blood people. I loved how clearly Starr’s own complex feelings about her home were portrayed, and how the bad things were glossed over but the good was highlighted. This is why #ownvoices is so important, because no one else could have tackled this with such beauty and nuance. Also I definitely cried at the last two pages (I’m not a crier, so you know you’ve got me when that happens). Seriously, there is so much good to say, and I could go on and on, but I’ll leave it at that for now.

The Bad: Honestly? I can’t think of anything. If I had to critique something, I’d say the pacing around the middle was a bit slow? But that’s seriously just a nitpick and not something that disrupted my reading experience at all. 

Representation: The cast is almost entirely black, save for Starr’s classmates at school. But the best part is that this book allows readers to see the variety of belief and background and context of black people which is so often covered over with stereotypes or other harmful portrayals. Starr’s best friend is Chinese and I loved their “minority alliance” against their other friend, who refuses to apologize for her racism. There’s no LGBT+ rep in this book, but to a certain degree I can understand that this wasn’t part of the story Thomas was trying to tell, and I can respect that. Especially because the story she did tell was amazing.

Favorite Line: “Fairy tale? No. But I’m not giving up on a better ending.”

Rating: 5/5!

thoughts on the sci fi book I just devoured, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers:

- damn that was good
- A+ alien cultures and social norms that conflict with other alien cultures and social norms
- lesbian human/alien romance!!
- the universal rule is not to assume gender and use the commonly accepted terms xe/xyr and I’d love to see more of this (with a shout out to star trip, which also uses non gendered terms throughout their universe)
- speaking of which it was a little hard to get used to the way the book used “they” as a plural pronoun, just because I’m so used to it being a singular pronoun now. Not really a criticism just a thing
- I loved every single character and need to do fan art now
- just a great book wow
- did I mention the gay alien and human ladies and their mature dealing with different cultural norms for relationships
- tumblr have I got a book for you

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Some Random 5-star Reads!

These are all books that i have rated 5 stars in recent years, and I adore all of them to bits (obviously, since I gave them a full 5-star rating!), but for some reason I don’t talk about them very much! Some of these I’ve never talked about! So I thought I’d share some of them, and give a bit of info on why I love them so much.

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