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My Favourite Literary Villains!

Villians, they’re a complicated lot, we love them, we hate them and we love to hate them. We all know that there are some villains in books that are straight up baddies, some, deep down strive to be good and some are just are a little bit more complicated than that.

But no matter where their alliances lie here, are some of my favourite villains (no matter how black there heart may be.)

Cersei Lannister- A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin

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Now she is a devil, George RR Martin is great at making readers empathise for even the darkest of hearts. Cersei is the queen of game playing, lover of her brother and mother to well you know who. This chick can play the game of thrones with style, god help anyone who gets in her way.

Black Jack Randall- Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon 

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Black Jack is one scary guy, he obsessed with poor Jamie Fraser and for some reason will not die (no spoilers pleaser I haven’t finished Dragon fly in Amber yet!) The man’s a rapist, a sadist, just plain evil really and whether I’m reading the books or watching the show I’m looking forward to him getting his just deserts.

Draco Malfoy- Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

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Draco is a tricky one because like a lot of other readers I like to think he comes good in the end. But essentially he is a villain, lead by his father and then by the Dark Lord, Draco makes this list because as much as he is dislikable I like to think there is light in the darkness, and Draco always did have a conscience that one out in the very end.

Seeker- The Host by Stephenie Meyer

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The Host is one of my favourite books and I realise that I mention it at literally any opportunity but today this is for a valid reason not just my READ THE HOST ramblings. The Seeker vs Wanda is a great representation of good vs evil in sci-fi and I really enjoyed the experience of reading it.

Charlotte Blackshaw- Tyringham Park by Rosemary Mcloughlin 

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Charlotte Blackshaw is a complicated one, I read Tyringham Park about three years ago and she is the main character of this novel, there is no way I could ever justify calling her a protagonist. She is fundamentally a bad person and a bit of a life ruiner actually, this book has never left me purely for the fact of how much I hate Charlotte, the things she does to her loved ones really are horrible. I think this would make a great book club book, I have never met anyone else who has read Tyringham Park and another

I think this would make a great book club book, I have never met anyone else who has read Tyringham Park and another perspective would be really interesting.

I hope you enjoyed my favourite villains, thanks for reading!

Happy Reading everyone!

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Musing Mondays ( 25/4/16)

Hi guys and once it’s Monday and as we are back to the beginning of the week its time for Musings Monday! Musings Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Books and a Beat where you answer one of the of the questions bellow followed by a weekly random question. So let’s get started!

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  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Your favorite poem, or collection of poetry?

Currently Reading

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I have been on such a Shadowhunters binge this month and have been totally drawn into this world again, throughout April I have managed to read City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, City of Heavenly Fire and Tales from Shadowhunter Academy. I am still reading Lady Midnight and will do a full review on it soon so I won’t say to much on it now- but I will say I have had so much fun reading this book so far. I tried so hard to stay away from Lady Midnight spoilers and this book has been an unexpected and interesting ride. Sadly I only have about two hundred pages left, I’ll be sad when it’s over but only because there is such a long wait till the next book!

City of Fallen Angels – Review

City of Lost Souls – Review

Favorite poem, or collection of poetry?

Annabel Lee by Edger Allen Poe

I wouldn’t say this is neccessarly my favourite poem but it is definitly a poem that I enjoy and I have read and enjoyed Edger Allen Poe’s poetry collection in the past. Also Annabel Lee is referanced quite alot in Lady Midnight so this poem is on my mind at the moment.

It was many and many a year ago,
   In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
   By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
   Than to love and be loved by me.
I was a child and she was a child,
   In this kingdom by the sea,
But we loved with a love that was more than love—
   I and my Annabel Lee—
With a love that the wingèd seraphs of Heaven
   Coveted her and me.
And this was the reason that, long ago,
   In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
   My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsmen came
   And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
   In this kingdom by the sea.
The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,
   Went envying her and me—
Yes!—that was the reason (as all men know,
   In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
   Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.
But our love it was stronger by far than the love
   Of those who were older than we—
   Of many far wiser than we—
And neither the angels in Heaven above
   Nor the demons down under the sea
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams
   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes
   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
   Of my darling—my darling—my life and my bride,
   In her sepulchre there by the sea—
   In her tomb by the sounding sea.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Musings Monday!

Happy Reading Everyone!

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I Can Show You The World (In Books) – Book Tag

I love to travel – in real life and in my reading life. So it’s no great surprise that I love to read books from all over the world. Thanks to Nicolette from A Little Bookish, A Little Writerly for tagging me in this tag (go check her out :-)), it has been a while since I was actually tag but I always get to my tags eventually!

The rules are simple. List a country, and then show which favorite book of yours is set in that country. You can use the countries I have used, add your own, or use completely different ones!

United States

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

A story of love, home, and self-discovery such an epic tale of first love,true love, loss and family. My Brooklyn Review

England

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Gahh! I love this series if you haven’t read it seriously what have you been doing all this time? The Prequel to The Mortal Instruments Series, The Infernal Devices is probably my favourite love story of all time. Clockwork Angel – Review

The  Maldives

On The Island Tracey Garvis Graves

I recommend this book to everyone if you’re looking for a unique love story that will break your heart and then put it back together again piece by piece this my friend is for you!

Ireland

In The Woods by Tana French

Book 1 in The Dublin Murder Squad Series (can be read as a standalone) In The Woods is a unique, creepy crime novel that constantly keeps you guessing. In The Woods – Review

France

Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

Labyrinth is set both in modern and medieval France switching perspectives between two young women as they go on the same jounrney, generations apart- this is a grail story just not as you have ever heard it before… Labyrinth – Review

I hope you have enjoyed my ‘I can show you the world tag’

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City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare- Review

I’m on such a Shadowhunters kick recently in real time I’m reading Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy right now but this isn’t real time this is review time and this is my review of City of Lost Souls!

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Getting back into this world has been so much fun I had quite a substantial break between reading City of Glass and my reading of City of Fallen Angels which was spurred on when I started watching the show on Netflix. It was brought back to me how much I enjoyed being in this world so the minute season 1 ended I picked up City of Fallen Angels and picked up where I had left off. City of Fallen Angels Review

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By the time I had finished City of Fallen Angels I was totally immersed back in this world and it reminded me of the love and laughs that as a reader you can really have with these characters.

Mild Spoilers for City of Lost Souls Ahead

City of Lost Souls book 5 in The Mortal Instruments Series picks up where City of Fallen Angels left off with Jace missing, abducted by the merciless Sebastian. When Clary finally catches up with him he is not the Jace she had left behind. Jace is now bound magically to her evil, demonic brother Sebastian. Whatever Sebastian wills and wishes are Jace’s are as well when Clary is finally forced to join them in a mysterious demonic apartment that moves so fast to is impossible for the other Shadowhunters to track Clary wonders if she will ever get her Jace back and if that is even possible.

This book also upped the anti when is came to Malec ❤ Magnus is my all time favourite character in any of Cassandra Clares books and I felt that we really got a healthy dose of Magnus moments and his story arc with Alec has really grown and developed into something that is just a joy to read about.

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I felt that City of Lost Souls was an amazing set up for City of Heavenly fire (which I have just finished *squeals* ) I  have the biggest book hangover right now but not to worry Lady Midnight is in the post!

Paint and Butterflies Rating 4/5 Stars!

Happy Reading Everyone!

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City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare Review

Mild Spoilery content For The Mortal Instruments Books 1-4 ahead

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After reading The Mortal Instruments books 1-3 and The Infernal Devices 1-3 a couple of years ago almost back to back I have been on a bit of a Shadowhunters hiatus I think I was over loaded by Shadowhuntery goodness (if that can be I thing?) That was until the series began on Freeform (Netflix for me as I am in the UK) the show reminded how much I loved the books and that I need to catch up on the  rest of the series.

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For those who haven’t read The Mortal Instruments or aren’t caught up on the rest of the series City of Fallen Angels focuses quite heavily on Simon, Clary’s best friend and Vampire and since the Mortal War is newly marked with The Mark of Cain. Simon is doing his best to live as a vampire/human/daylighter he’s playing in his band and dating two amazing girls including beautiful, badass Shadowhunter Izzy although two timing them might not be the wisest of life choices. Soon the mark that was a lovely (if not miss guidedly) bestowed upon him by Clary starts to cause him trouble and he has several attempts on his life and soon he sees what bearing the Mark of Cain really means. Protected by comedy double act Jace and werewolf Jordan what could possibly go wrong?

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The City of Fallen Angels is definitely a bridge book between the end of the first three Mortal Instruments books that I believe were originally only meant to be a trilogy. It’s really interesting seeing the beginning of what is now not just Clary and Jace’s story; Simon is now not just a side character he is so much more than that and I really enjoyed being back in the Shadowhunter world with all its usual witty diolague and angsty romance (I’m looking at you Clace!)

My only problem with this book would be, City of Glass was a book that felt very much like a finale and City of Fallen Angels was almost starting from the beginning again in terms of pacing. But by the time it was over I was hooked and in love with the world again and I am already flying through City of Lost Souls, it’s great to be back in this world one of my favourite series of all time.

Side note: Magnus ❤

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I gave this a Paint and Butterflies Rating of 3/5 Stars!

Happy reading everyone!

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken -Review

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Title: Passenger

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Number in series: 1

Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Rating: 2/5

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Passenger from Netgalley in return for an honest review. 

I have been really excited to read Passenger it has been so hyped up, every review I read of it seems to be a positive one and it is involving one of my favourite tropes – time travel.

Sadly though Passenger really didn’t do it for me. Passenger follows Etta a prodigy violinist who, in the middle of the performance of her life finds out that she is a time traveler. I think this book had the intention of being a swashbuckling, sea- faring, romantic ride. Instead though the ship sank, and the romance was all a bit insta-lovey (eww)

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I personally don’t think the quality of the writing was that great, in regards to the romance these characters love to talk about how each other smell ALL THE TIME which is apparently of the earth and the sea (so dirt and salt then? Sighs).

Passenger is the type of book which is very dialogue heavy- I normally love this in a book because if done well (shout out Cassandra Clare) you can really get into the head and personality of the characters. Etta and Nicholas are the characters who are predominantly speaking to each other; my problem is there is no differentiating between the characters when reading. The dialogue is all really monotone and after a while just blends into one, stunting my ability to get to know the characters on any kind of deeper level.

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I did find Passenger I bit of a slog, I was bored, the story was predictable  and this book is essentially a time travel romance and if you are going to do time travel you better do it well because it has been done soo many times before. (*Shout out Outlander and The Rose Garden*)

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For me this wasn’t great, I didn’t really connect to the characters and I won’t be coming back for book 2.

However, there were some good moments some moments of light, humor and a handsome (and diverse) male protagonist and that’s why this is a two star rather than a 1-star rating.

I hope you enjoyed my review,

Happy reading everyone!

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer Review

Title:Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

Author:Marissa Meyer

Publisher:Puffin Books

Edition:Paperback

Genre: Young Adult 

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I have had a copy of Cinder for over a year now it was a birthday gift from a bookish (non blogger friend) but has sat on my shelves patiently waiting to be read. I have to admit I have put of reading The Lunar Chronicles the idea of Cinderella but as cyborg didn’t really appeal to me.

What is it about?

Cinder is more than just Cyborg /Cinderella Cinder is a complex Young Adult Fairytale re-telling with new ideas and a new world to wade through. The story focuses on Cinder a Cyborg living in New Beijing with her adoptive family, her country is swamped by a plague which is killing people within days and has no cure. Her youngest stepsister soon contracts the plague and Cinder’s family blames her. Adri, Cinder’s Stepmother is quick to sell her Cyborg stepdaughter and give her body for medical research. Cyborgs have no rights, seen as less than human Cinder finds she has no choice and is taken away to tested on until her inevitable death.  (Don’t worry though there is still a Prince and a pretty dress and oh yeah a shoe well, a foot!)

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Cinder vs Cinderella

When studying at University part of my dissertation was fairy-tales effect on feminism  and because of this I have spent a lot of time researching fairy-tales and their origins – particularly Cinderella. One thing that I learnt that Cinderella’s most like to have originated from China (not France thank you Brothers Grimm).  So it was really interesting reading Cinder as it is set in Beijing (New Beijing) but still. Having Asian characters felt right for a story which more than likely came from that culture and if nothing else it made for a diverse reading experience and we always want more of that right?

What did I think?

Over all I think Cinder is a great part one to a series, the first one hundred pages or so were slow but after that it picked up and I got really engrossed in the story. There is a love interest which (considering we are reading Cinderella) is not to romance heavy it’s cheeky and cute and I can’t wait to here more from Cinder and Kai.

Definitely going to be picking up Book 2 Scarlet very soon!

3/5 Paint and Butterflies Stars!

Hope you enjoyed my review,

Happy reading everyone!

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