If you, like me, are still going through complete Sarah J Maas withdrawal, and can’t really stand to wait for her next books, check out the list below to tide you over! Each book has many of the things I adored about both ToG and ACOMAF: strong and interesting female characters, magic, deeply beautiful writing, love stories to cry about, and an all around sense of adventure. If you have any more recommendations to add, definitely let me know!
I just finished this series, and I am still amazed by how masterfully Anne Bishop weaves her stories. Welcome to the Dark Kingdom, a matriarchal realm ruled by strong queens and the males that support and serve them (Rowan and Aedion anyone?). There is a prophecy fortelling the rise of a Queen with more power than even the High Lord of Hell himself, which gives us a wonderful story full of scheming, war, adventure, and a badass court I would kill to be a part of. Prepare your heart!
Graceling is the best series for all you folks who couldn’t get enough of badass assassin Celaena. Katsa is an assassin Celaena would be proud of, due to her rare ability as a Graceling. She is Graced with a killing power, and has spent her life as the king’s tool in doling out his reign of terror. In waltzes Po, Graced with fighting, and here to shake everything Katsa knows about her world. Cashore definitely gives us a twist Sarah would most certainly support!
This book aligns more with the romance and court mystique that Sarah presents so wonderfully in ToG and ACOMAF. Kestrel is the daughter of a general who helped the emperor conquer territory after territory. As she is faced with a choice, marry or join the military, Kestrel finds a friend in one of the slaves from the conquered people, and so begins one of the most interesting political schemes I have read in awhile! I haven’t finished the trilogy yet, because I am out of the country and can’t get my hands on the final book, but I would highly recommend it.
Cue another really cool empire written by an author who isn’t afraid to be inventive or go beyond the normal realms of fantasy. Vin is another Celaena-esque character, as the abandoned street child who turned thief who struggles to stay alive. When a mentor takes her under his wing, she discovers that her luck on the streets might be more than she could ever explain. Magic, mystery, and of course, a few court balls thrown in make for a wonderful mix. Warning: the last book made me cry. Like really cry. But in a good, I’m-still-mad-at-you-but-I-understand-and-respect-your-story-line type of way.
Raisa is everything that I have ever wanted in a princess. She is intelligent, passionate, feisty, and super compassionate. So when a war arises between the clans and the wizards, you can bet she has goals to achieve and empires to shake up. Throw Han Alister into the mix, a street wise leader, and things get tricky and fireworks explode. One of my favorite love stories in a long time, because it isn’t a story about just romantic love, but also what the love of a princess for her country can do.
Yelena is set for execution for murder, but is given the choice to be the next food taster of the Commander of Ixia. As if the threat of having poison in her system wasn’t enough, she is also given a dose of Butterfly’s Dust, which she needs every day to stay alive, and can of course only get from the chief of security. Fighting for her life soon becomes more than just guessing the right poison, but also a game of magic, love, and all out war. Best kind of combo out there!
This is the only book in the list to be set in a dystopian universe as opposed to a kingdom, but with a prodigy like June, no one can make any complaints. After a war tore the country apart, the Western United States is under the martial rule of the Republic, and June is their perfectly groomed soldier golden child. Day, on the other hand, is a slums boy who has become the Republic’s most wanted criminal. What happens when their paths cross is enough to make any country tremble, and to keep me hanging on to every word!
Literally anything by Tamora Pierce!
Tamora Pierce has been my favorite author since I was a little girl. Each of her series is set in the same universe, based around the story of an interesting and kickass female character, from the first female warrior to a wild-mage. I first found these stories when my mother decided my sister and I didn’t have enough strong women in our literature and Tamora really rose to the occasion. Start with the first series, Song of the Lioness, and work your way from there! I have reread her books at least once every year since I was a little girl and they get better every time. I cannot recommend these books enough!
If you read or have read any of these books, feel free to shoot me a message; I am always ready to geek out over them.
Hello! As all of you know, Coco, the latest Disney-Pixar movie, is set to come out tomorrow. However, many of you, myself included, are concerned that it will copy too much and take away credit from another Day of the Dead-themed animated film, The Book of Life. There have been much discourse on both sides advocating for either movie. Many arguments I’ve heard include: “Coco is a rip-off of Book of Life” “Book of Life is not as good because it’s not Disney/Pixar, etc. Today, I have come to say that we ought to support and celebrate both movies.
First, I’m going to speak out in Coco’s defense. When the first movie came out, many pointed out some similarities between it and the Book of Life. How they both share a music-loving protagonist (Manolo/Miguel) who against their families’ wishes, pursue their dream and both end up in the Land of the Remembered/Dead. One would believe that Disney/Pixar intentionally sole from Jorge R Gutierrez, the director of the Book of Life. However, Jorge R Gutierrez was rejected by DREAMWORKS not Pixar, unlike popular belief. Also, the director Lee Unkrich, took on a lot of research to make sure he and the entire team represented the culture of Mexico correctly. Just because someone is from a different culture does not mean that they will be unable to understand another culture. Even Jorge R Gutierrez and Guillermo Del Toro (the producer of Book of Life) have expressed their support for Coco on their respective Twitters. Since they’re both Mexican and know how much their culture means to them, they surely trust that Coco will represent Mexican culture right.
As for The Book of Life, many of you may know or learn it happens to be one of my favorite movies. Ever since I saw the first trailer, I was in love and the actual movie came out, I wasn’t even disappointed in the slightest. The movie has such compelling themes (doing what is right rather than popular, being comfortable with who you really are, celebrating your past while embracing change) The movie captures the spirit of the Day of the Dead, celebrating life as a whole and knowing that death is never the end. The characters are also very memorable and endearing. Manolo, a bullfighter with a passion for music is especially lovable, as his genuine love for his loved ones makes you root for him. Maria, the mayor’s daughter and Manolo’s love interest, is also an incredible character, being both an independent spirit and someone who’s truly dedicated to defending her town. Joaquin, the town hero, is also a delight! I won’t try to give anything away, but he surprises you in a very good way. All the characters are very likable without coming off as cliched stereotypes. The character designs and the entire animation is just AMAZING. Every frame can be hung up in an art exhibit. That’s how unique and beautiful it is. Jorge R Gutierrez’s passion for his culture oozes wonderfully throughout the movie. The love for Mexico is just as huge as our main hero’s heart, which is pretty big.
Both movies have undeniable heart behind them and who are we to deny heart in film? It’s because of all these reasons we must support both movies. Holidays like Halloween and Christmas have thousands upon thousands of movies. Shouldn’t the Day of the Dead have that chance as well? If you loved the Book of Life, support Coco to show that we want to see Mexico represented and shown more in film. If you plan on watching Coco, please buy the Book of Life on iTunes. Book of Life is not as well known as we would have liked so show the movie industry that we want to see more of it. Jorge R Gutierrez has plans to make the Book of Life into a trilogy and he needs our help to help him make it happen. Read into more about how the Book of Life was made. Also learn how Coco was made and inspired. Doing these things for both will allow both films to thrive. I am calling for both fans of The Book of Life and Coco to support each other and celebrate the beautiful culture of Mexico and the joy both movies will bring.
That is why I say when i comes to The Book of Life or Coco question, I say…
Accidentally found these and I thought it was pretty cool to have a coloured version of Cressida’s illustrations on the covers, although I do not like the How to train your dragon font. It feels a bit generic-fantasy-book-ish.
I’m especially fond of the first, fifth and ninth cover. I also love the handwritten titles <3
(But I am also that person that wants their books’ covers to match and thus passes)
I had a “friend” who had me trapped in an abusive friendship for three years. I’ve always been generous and try to help people as much as I can, but this was far beyond what was acceptable. He moved into my house, stole at least $100 worth of video games (and framed my best friend at the time), shut me off from all my other friends (Except those he introduced me to, of course, since he could control them), exploited my family financially, lied to us constantly, told three different stories about the night that, if the story he told when he thought we weren’t listening was accurate, he committed a terrible crime against someone who he barely even knew and then blamed them for it, which severely damaged their life.
When enough was enough, and I finally opened my eyes to how bad things were, I cut him off completely. He never gave back a single thing he was “borrowing” from me (this is a separate list from what he stole, mind) and he smeared my name to everyone he could. He accused me of his own crimes, stole my gamecube (I got it back from the person he “gave” it to) and tried to turn my family against me by making up lies about me being a drug addict.
When the bridge was nuked out of existence, he brought his ex-marine stepdad to my house, forced our door open and demanded we return “his” things. They woke me up to do this, and I put in pretty much zero effort into giving him his things back for reasons that should be obvious, and made it very clear to him that if he came any further into my house I’d be calling the police.
Turns out there were a few things I forgot, and all of them met a bitter, bitter end.
On top of everything else, he directly, personally owed me $20, a sum I knew I’d never get back at this point. It wasn’t much, but I was unemployed and he wasn’t. I decided that the guitar amp he’d left behind was worth about $20 and gave it away.
Next was the toy guitar he’d had painted for him by someone who poured their heart and soul into decorating it only to have him mostly ignore it. Said guitar is in a landfill right now.
But the crown jewel was his tabletop book collection. Three books he inherited from the father he claimed to idolize despite saying almost nothing but awful things about him (“He died when he got drunk and got in a car accident. He was so awesome!”) and this asshole’s most prized possessions.
I considered a lot of things - burning, shredding, using them as fertilizer - but an opportunity presented itself I couldn’t ignore.
I had another friend who is even more into tabletop games than I am, and I gave them to said friend for free, on the condition he never sell them or give them away so long as he lived - so they could never make their way back to the asshole of assholes. He was cool with it.
A few months later, this friend of mine was involved in a stage production that required a book be torn apart live on stage as a prop.
Hey buddies ! How’re you all ? I definitively can’t draw her with short hair in the end >_I just pictured her with long black hair for to damn long now. BTW, here you have the sigiless version, I’m planning to do sigils on her so I’ll repost her soon :3
Hours of Idleness by Lord Byron - 1807 with early 20th century jewelled Cosway-style binding by Sangorski Sutcliffe, the interior containing miniature portraits of Lord Byron and his ancestral home, Newstead Abbey. Original silk and velvet lined leather bound case.