Discussion Friday – Book Tropes & Trends

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So, this is my first discussion post! YAY! This one is going to be a fairly well talked about topic just to get me going on the first one! So today I will be discussing a couple book tropes & trends that I like to read, that I don’t mind or just hate. Please feel free to comment and discuss anything, even if your views are not the same as mine!


Missing/Dead/Unknown Parents

So this one is one of those that I don’t mind. It seems like A LOT of books now have included this trope! To some degree yes it is getting a little bit ridiculous, but at the same time it really doesn’t worry me that much! I find that most characters draw strength from the fact that they have lost their parents and use that to become badass protagonists such as Harry Potter!

The ones that do kinda annoy me are the ones where the protagonist doesn’t know who, most of the time, their father is. That part itself is fine, but every time this is the case the mother knows who it is or lies about who it is. It’s not okay to lie to your kids or keep things like that form them, I get that its always to ‘protect them’ but in natural fact if you tell them and be there for them, then they will get through it and move on with their lives! Yes the world is shitty, but accepting that early is better than pretending everything is fabulous all of the time and then when they get to the point of living away from the mother and they realise life is shit and they spiral down hill because they can’t handle it because everything has been sugar coated for them their whole life! (Hope that makes sense!)
Another thing to do with the unknown father thing is I can guarantee that half way through the book/series the protagonist will find out or be given the chance/option to find out who their father is and every time the character says they have survived this long without them and they don’t need to know! Well guess what in about 2 chapters they have changed their mind! Just because you are portraying a strong character that doesn’t mean they have to always show that face, they can want straight away to find out who their father is, we aren’t going to think less of them! This isn’t the case all of the time, but a majority of the time it is.

Let me just give you an example of how often this trope occurs I’m going to go back through the last few books I have read and whether this trope occurs. I won’t say the names of the books and I don’t want unexpected spoilers. 

Dead mother – unknown father
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Arsehole father – mother to scared to do anything
Orphan
Dead

That’s just the last 5 books/series I have read! 


Multi POV

I don’t know if this is really a trend or trope but I feel like more and more books are using this. And I love it!I like that you can see a lot more of whats going on, not just what the main character is seeing. I also like that it allows you to understand characters better, instead of just seeing other characters from the POV of the main character you can get in their head as well and learn about them and connect with them more than you would normally.

The only thing that annoys me about Multi POV is that some authors don’t put at the top of the chapter whose POV we are now seeing from. This is okay if the writing is done well and you can tell straight away whose head you are in, but when it’s not done well you can be sitting their for 1/4 of a chapter trying to figure out whose POV it is! That there drives me wild! I’m okay if  Multi POV, but just to save confusion, put the name at the start of the chapter! It may make sense to the author when writing it but that doesn’t necessarily translate to the reader as well. 


Love Triangles

No, just fucking no! In my opinion if you actually love the first guy you would not have fallen for the second guy! Don’t lead people on, just sit down and figure out what you want! I hate this shit. That is all! 


Well that is all for now, I feel like this is a topic I could continue on another blog post in time, so I will probably do that soon when I think of some more I want to discuss! 

How did I go on my first discussion post?!

What are some tropes or trends you like or dislike? How do you feel about the ones I talked about? Any suggestions for topics I can discuss in coming weeks?

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April 2017 TBR

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So most of these books will be the same as March’s TBR! I had planned to read all of those books, and then I got approved for 2 eGalley books. So I read them instead and the first book in the Everlife series so that I could actually read Lifeblood and know what was going on. I’m not requesting any eGalleys for a while as quite simply there isn’t anything interesting to request that is available to Australians that I have seen. So I will try and stay on this months TBR!!


Currently Reading

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Traitor To The Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Currently Listening

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling & Narrated by Stephen Fry

Yes I am relistening to the Harry Potter Series AGAIN! 

What I Want To Read In April

I did have The Diabolic on last months TBR, but I also want to read more books that can go towards the Beat The Backlist challenge which is to read books that weren’t released this year, so instead I have put A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas instead. 

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Tomorrow, When The War Began by John Marsden

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

What I Want To Listen To In April

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The Return Of The King by J.R.R. Tolkien

Don’t know if I will get to it this month as I am relistening to the Harry Potter series again, but I might listen to it at some point. 


Well that is all! Now I’m going to go and read more of Traitor To The Throne! It’s been raining for the last 2 days as the leftovers of Cyclone Debbie heads towards South East Queensland. I don’t know if any of my followers are fellow Queenslanders, but if you are I hope everyone is okay and be careful as the flash flooding in Brisbane, Toowoomba, etc is getting pretty dangerous. Thank goodness we live in a small town that is on a hill. Our creek may flood, but it never actually comes into town! Stay safe everyone!

What’s on your TBR for April??

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April 2017 Anticipated Releases

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So, quite honestly I haven’t been anticipating any April releases this last month. Usually I’m having a look on GoodReads every week or so to see what’s coming. But I just haven’t done that this month, so coincidentally this will be a very short post compared to the usual ones.

I will still be adding a book or two that are 2nd, 3rd, etc books in series that I want to start!


Anticipated Releases

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

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 Genre: YA Science Fiction
Pages: 512
Publication Date: 4th April, 2017
Publishers: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Synopsis:

Noemi Vidal is a teen soldier from the planet Genesis, once a colony of Earth that’s now at war for its independence. The humans of Genesis have fought Earth’s robotic “mech” armies for decades with no end in sight.

After a surprise attack, Noemi finds herself stranded in space on an abandoned ship where she meets Abel, the most sophisticated mech prototype ever made. One who should be her enemy. But Abel’s programming forces him to obey Noemi as his commander, which means he has to help her save Genesis–even though her plan to win the war will kill him.

Together they embark on a daring voyage through the galaxy. Before long, Noemi begins to realize Abel may be more than a machine, and, for his part, Abel’s devotion to Noemi is no longer just a matter of programming.

Releases of Series I Want To Read

Legion by Julie Kagawa

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 Genre: YA Fantasy 
Pages: 384
Publication Date: 25th April, 2017
Publishers: Harlequin Teen

Goodreads Synopsis:

The legions are about to be unleashed, and no human, rogue dragon or former dragon slayer can stand against the coming horde. Book 4 of 5 in The Talon Saga from New York Times bestselling author Julie Kagawa.

Dragon hatchling Ember Hill was never prepared to find love at all–dragons do not suffer human emotions–let alone the love of a human and a former dragonslayer, at that. With ex-soldier Garret dying at her feet after sacrificing his freedom and his life to expose the deepest of betrayals, Ember knows only that nothing she was taught by dragon organization Talon is true. About humans, about rogue dragons, about herself and what she’s capable of doing and feeling.

In the face of great loss, Ember vows to stand with rogue dragon Riley against the dragon-slaying Order of St. George and her own twin brother Dante–the heir apparent to all of Talon, and the boy who will soon unleash the greatest threat and terror dragonkind has ever known.

Talon is poised to take over the world, and the abominations they have created will soon take to the skies, darkening the world with the promise of blood and death to those who refuse to yield.

Perfect by Cecelia Ahern

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Genre: YA Science Fiction Dystopian 
Pages: 352
Publication Date: 4th April, 2017
Publishers: Feiwel & Friends

Goodreads Synopsis:

Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine’s life has completely fractured–all her freedoms gone.

Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with Carrick–the only person she can trust.

But Celestine has a secret–one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground. A secret that has already caused countless people to go missing.

Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save just herself or to risk her life to save all Flawed people.

And, most important of all, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed?


Well I think that is all, only short this month, but oh well! I am trying to focus on the Beat The Backlist challenged which is reading book that were released in 2016 or earlier, so that is possibly why I haven’t bothered looking into new releases. Yes I know that Lifeblood & Strange the Dreamer are both 2017 releases and so is Traitor To The Throne which I am currently reading, but I’m trying to get there! The first 2 were eGalleys so I had to get to them otherwise my feedback ratio would go to shit and I have been waiting for Traitor To The Throne to come out for about a year! So I have my reasons, but now I will be concentrating on 2016 or prior  releases. 

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Top 5 Wednesday – Future Classics

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This Meme is hosted by Thoughts On Tomes and the prompts can be found on Goodreads.

This week’s prompt is: Future Classics
–Let us know the books you think will be considered classics one day!

How old does a book have to be before it is considered a classic, that is what confuses me. But these books or series are the last 10 or 20 years?


1.  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 

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I feel like this book is already kind of considered a classic. It’s a book that I think everyone should read, even if you don’t usually read Historical Fiction. It’s eye opening and emotional and definitely a future classic, if not already!

2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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I feel like this book is so unique and could definitely be a classic. There was so much hype and love for this book when it came out and when Gemina was released. I actually haven’t heard many people say they have disliked it! It’s definitely something that will be remembered!

3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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This book address so many issues that many people have had to deal with in their lives. This book is another one that everyone should read. I know not everyone likes this book, but I still think it should be a future classic.

4.  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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This book came out in 2008, but when it’s movie came out everyone started reading the series even more and then reading all these other dystopian. That’s kinda when the phase started with it. And because of that and it just so well know, that is why I consider it a future dystopian. Not necessarily the other 2 books in the series and I know a lot of people have issues with Allegiant, but this book in particular definitely

5. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

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You had to know this was coming! Harry Potter is already a classic really! And I don’t think I need to explain this one.


Well that is all for today!

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Top Ten Tuesday – Authors I’d Love To Meet

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Top Ten Tuesday is a monthly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can find all the info and upcoming prompts Here.

This week’s prompts is: Top Ten Authors I’m Dying To Meet / Ten Authors I Can’t Believe I’ve Met  (some other “meeting authors” type spin you want to do)


1. J.K. Rowling

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2. Alwyn Hamilton

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3. Laini Taylor

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4. Maggie Stiefvater

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5. Ransom Riggs

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6. Amie Kaufman & 7. Jay Kristoff

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8. J.R.R. Tolkien

I know this isn’t actually possible, but I would still have loved to, so wanted to add it.

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9. Amanda Hocking

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10. Richelle MeadRichelle-Mead-2009-r-1000x1000


Well that is all, just a quick and easy post today! Love it!

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Goodreads Monday – A Darker Shade of Magic

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This meme was created by Lauren @ Lauren’s Page Turners and I think it’s such an awesome idea to share books on your TBR and introduce people to new books! All you have to do is to pick a book on your TBR and show it off!

If you have read this book please tell me your thoughts, with NO SPOILERS please!!!

I want to read more well known books for a while that I just haven’t been able to get around to yet! So I’m probably going to be showing off some of those books for a while! It will also hopefully get me keen to get to them sooner! 


A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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My Comments:

So there is a tonne of hype around basically all of V.E Schwab/Victoria Schwab’s books! I’m keen to get to this book soon! The parallel Universes really interest me and especially that the book is based in London, well different versions of london, which I love reading about!

The Book:

Publication Date:  November 1st, 2014
Publisher: Titan Books
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 384

Goodreads Synopsis:

Kell is one of the last travelers–magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city.

There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad King–George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered–and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London–a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.


And that is all! I love everything about the new theme I have on this blog, except that the Quotes are in a really big font, I don’t get why! So I won’t be putting goodreads synopsis in quote form anymore, just using a different colour font instead, that way it still stands out!

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Lifeblood (Everlife #2) by Gena Showalter – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Lifeblood
Author: 
Gena Showalter
Series Name: Everlife
Genre: Fantasy YA
Publication Date: February 28th, 2017
Pages: 416 (Hardcover)
Publishers: Harlequin Teen
Rating:

4 and a half Star

Goodreads Synopsis:

My Firstlife is over, but my Everlife is only now beginning.

With her last living breath, Tenley “Ten” Lockwood made her choice and picked her realm in the Everlife. Now, as the war between Troika and Myriad rages, she must face the consequences.

Because Ten possesses a rare supernatural ability to absorb and share light, the Powers That Be have the highest expectations for her future—and the enemy wants her neutralized. Fighting to save her Secondlife, she must learn about her realm from the ground up while launching her first mission: convincing a select group of humans to join her side before they die. No pressure, right?

But Ten’s competition is Killian, the boy she can’t forget—the one who gave up everything for her happiness. He has only one shot at redemption: beating Ten at a game she’s never even played. As their throw-downs heat up, so do their undeniable feelings, and soon, Ten will have to make another choice. Love…or victory.

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You can find my spoiler free review for Firstlife HERE!

*Thank you to Harlequin Teen & NetGalley – I received an eBook in return for an honest review*

Checkout the book at Harlequin Teens website! Where you can also purchase the ebook or print copies!


Cover Art:

I love that this cover matches the first book so well! They are both gorgeous! I love the hourglass with Troika in the bottom of the glass with I’m assuming the Lifeblood spilling from it! It’s beautiful and fits the books so well.

Writing:

I had a few issues with the writing in this first book that were better in this book! I really enjoyed the writing in this one! I still love the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. I didn’t mention this in my review of firstlife, but I love that they add in messages that were sent between characters, set out like IMs! I love the additions of things like this in books, it just adds that bit extra to the story, rather than just reading about the messages in a paragraph like most books do.

I love that the descriptions of each of the places in Troika had enough info to set a basic idea what the places looked like but also allowed for the reader’s imagination to do the rest. I really enjoy that in books!

Plot:

I love the plot of this one, maybe even a little bit more than the first book! I liked that we got to explore more of Troika in this book! A lot was going on in this book! It was action packed and barely ever slow! Basically the entire book you are confused as to who is actually trustworthy as Ten’s trying to figure it out herself and it definitely keeps you on the edge!

Characters:

The first 3/4 of the book I was still on the fence about what side Killian was on! It was driving me wild, but in the end, it’s actually clear, I hope! I still really like Ten, I liked seeing her develop as a person in this book! I liked that we got to see Sloan again and that there was a change in her! We met some awesome new characters that I really enjoyed getting to know like Meredith and Levi. There was of course characters that I enjoyed but I didn’t like as people in the story, I won’t say who as I don’t want to slip in any spoilers!

Overall:

So I gave this book 1/2 more star than Firstlife and that’s because the few little issues I had with the first book were better in this book! I loved the plot and the characters in this book! The cover is gorgeous and the writing was really good! I really have nothing to fault with this book and I hate that I will have to wait around a year for the next book!

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