SIDE CHARACTERS THAT DESERVE THEIR OWN SERIES | T5W

Hihi! Today, I’ll be participating in my first ever T5W! I’m so excited! This weeks topic is: Side Characters That Deserve Their Own Series.

To be perfectly honest, most of the time, I tend to prefer side characters much more than the main characters, although, there are certain exceptions. So, here’s my list of Side Characters That Deserve Their Own Series. (This is not in any particular order.)

1) The Lightwood siblings from TMI by Cassandra Clare. I mean, come on. Who doesn’t love them? Those 2 are perfect.

2) Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. He most certainly deserves his own series and I would like to kind of know more about him in general.

3) Julian from Wonder by R.J. Palacio. I think that his character wasn’t really given enough attention in Wonder and I do know that R.J. Palacio did publish a short story from his perspective, but I’ve yet to read it.

4) John Ambrose McClaren from TATBILB by Jenny Han. I think he does deserve at least a novella about his life between middle school and until he met Lara Jean. I really do want to know more about him.

5) Izzy from An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. She was my favorite character in the whole book, so I would love it if Sabaa were to write a book dedicated to her.

That’s all for my T5W, hope you enjoyed! Stay tuned for more of these in the future 🙂

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THE SELECTION TRILOGY BY KIERA CASS REVIEW

Today, I’ll finally be doing a review of one of my favorite reads of this year: The Selection trilogy by Kiera Cass. I finally decided to pick up the book when news of the movie was dropped a couple of months ago.

The Selection is a competition that takes place in futuristic America, now known as Illea, when the prince comes of age. 35 girls are chosen to live in the palace to compete for his heart, and in return, become queen.

Let me start off with saying that, when everyone else says that they’re quick reads, they’re not lying. They certainly are. Also, this series doesn’t feel like a dystopia, but more like a contemporary.

The characters, in my opinion are some of the most annoying and indecisive characters I’ve ever read about. I gave The Selection a 4.5/5 stars, The Elite a 3.75/5 stars and The One a 5/5 stars. The One was also the only book that made me tear up. Personally, I felt that the world building wasn’t exactly the best and there certainly are lots of flaws in the plot, but there’s just something about it that makes it so addictive and enjoyable.

I feel that The Elite wasn’t really necessary in the whole series, and it just became kind of repetitive, except this time, with America’s indecisiveness. She isn’t even able to keep to one decision in like a chapter. She just changes her mind over the smallest things and I just really disliked it. The Elite should’ve instead just be squeezed into a 100 pages and placed at the back of The Selection.

Another issue was Maxon. I know that Maxon is favored a lot by those who’ve read the series, but I thought that he too was a little impulsive at times.

*spoilers from here onwards*

There was this one scene in The One when Maxon first found out about America’s and Aspen’s relationship and he just jumped to conclusions about what was happening without even listening to anyone’s explanations. That scene was a little overdone, in my opinion, and not very well written. Also, I didn’t see why America couldn’t have just told him straight in the face that she USED to be with Aspen, but has now broken up with him.

After all, America had no right to be mad at Maxon for not telling her about him and the other Selected girls, when she herself is still not sure about her feelings for him. It seems like she had forgotten that Maxon was supposed to be doing this with the other girls, but instead, she had acted like he was cheating on her.

Celeste. Her death was so quick! One minute she becomes our ally and the next boom! She’s dead! I really did not see the point in killing off her, as there wasn’t even a scene for the funeral in the book.

Kriss. I never actually suspected that she was a northern rebel. I did wish that there was a scene when she comes out to everyone about her being a northern rebel though. That would’ve been a great addition.

And then we had the scene where Maxon was supposed to announce who he was going to marry. What he was going to do seemed really childish, just saying. I cannot believe he was actually going to give up the chance on marrying the woman he loves just because…urgh! FYI Maxon, you can’t just demand someone to give you back something you gave them!

CINDER BY MARISSA MEYER |BOOK REVIEW

Summary: Even in the future, the story begins with Once Upon A Time. Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

I gave this book a 4.5/5 stars, and I absolutely loved it. Also, this wasn’t my first time picking this book up. I tried reading this book a couple of years back, when Scarlet first came out, but only got in a 100+ pages before I put it down, because I couldn’t get into the story. I was a little hesitant going into it this time, as I found out that this was sci-fi, had to do with space, cyborgs and stuff like that. Not really my thing. But, as I went on reading it, I found myself really enjoying it, but I do have to say, it’s not very easy to get into.

The turn the story took wasn’t how I expected it to go, although I’m excited to see how it turns out in the following books. Another thing was I constantly kept comparing Kai, the male protagonist, to Maxon from The Selection. Somehow, I find their situations and personalities quite similar, although I do have to say, I prefer Kai much more.


spoilers from here onward!!

Iko’s “death” hit me right in the feels. It was the only point in the book where I really cried. Somehow, you just get super attached to Iko and I do hope that Cinder finds a body for Iko.

For some reason, I didn’t believe that Peony was dead, like for real. I thought that she would be revived. And it took me quite a while until I really thought of her as dead. Also, the book said that Chang Sunto was interviewed and I wondered why he never revealed that he was actually given an antidote, or why Dr. Erland never confronted Cinder about it.

The ending also left me quite confused, and I’m still not quite sure as to what happened between Cinder and Kai. Did she unknowingly use her glamour on him? Or maybe during certain incidents, like the time in the elevator? Or not at all?

I know that some people actually already knew that Cinder was Princess Selena, but that thought never even occurred to me at all. I do have a theory that the girl Cinder was speaking to before the ball through the D-Comm chip could probably be Cress.

I’m still quite confused over the ID Chip system thing, about how it works. When do you actually get the chip inserted in you? Like when you’re born and stuff? I still don’t actually see the use of this, except when you’re trying to track someone down. I don’t get why they have to extract those chips from people who have died. Because if they’re selling it to someone else for them to assume a brand new identity, won’t that be like helping criminals?

That’s all for my thoughts and feelings on Cinder. Hope do to a book review for Scarlet as soon as I finish it! x