Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday-Favorite Couples

Hello everyone! Today I’ve decided to participate in Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl! I don’t usually participate because I have trouble following prompts, but I found this week’s prompt enjoyable. So, let’s talk about my favorite book couples! Note: This is a fantasy blog and most of these characters will be from fantasy series, but there is at least one couple that I just couldn’t help but add to my list. Also, my main draw to fiction has never been romance so be prepared for light romances with lots of other main plot.

1 Selene and Theo from the Olympus Bound series. In my opinion one of the best couples I’ve ever read. They’re definitely not perfect, but they also recognize that and work on it. There’s a maturity there that I appreciate.


2. Lei and Wren from Girls of Paper and Fire. There’s a sizzle there that just makes me makes me dreamily sigh.


3. Clare and Henry from The Time Traveler’s Wife. It’s been awhile since I’ve read this book, but I still remember it very fondly. Clare and Henry have known each other most of their lives though not in the way you would traditionally assume. Time travel and romance. mmm.


4. Gordo and Mark from Ravensong. They make my heart hurt. They have such a complex history. They’ve really hurt one another, but then they have each other’s backs. So many feels!


5. Jude and Carden from The Wicked King. These two are definitely a guilty pleasure. They’re a complete disaster, but there’s also something there that if they would just give it time I think could grow into something better.


6. Xio Voe and Kudorin from In This Land series. Holy crap, what a power couple! I love all the relationships in this series, but these two are on another level.


7. Lucas and Noah from Strength of the Pack. They’re a solid couple that can literally rely on each other in matter of life and death. military couple.


8. Magnus and Alex from Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard. You want love and acceptance? You’ve found it. It’s a light romance. Not the focus, but still definitely worth it.


9. Meg and Simon from The Others series. This isn’t heavy romance and it doesn’t really hit a good romantic point til the very end, but the growth is slow and sweet!


10. Chise and Elias from Ancient Magus’ Bride (Manga now anime). This story hurts my heart, but also warms it that they care for each other like they do.


Have any of our choices matched? Are there choices here you like that didn’t make your top ten? Do you hate some of these couples? Let me know what you think!

ARC, Reviews

ARC Review- Prince of Air and Darkness by M.A. Grant

Release Date: February 25th

At a Glance

Overall: 3/5

Characterization: 4/5

World building: 2/5

Diversity: 2/5

Note: I received this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Personal Summary: Finn, an all American boy from a small town in Iowa, who has powers beyond his control.

Roark, the prince of the unseelie court, struggling to be true to himself under the weight of the thrown.

Roark and Finn both attend Mather’s School of Magick together and have been uneasy roommates for several years. Finn, is constantly being targeted for his powers and Roark is constantly helping him. This is both their final year at Mather’s and tensions are running high. There’s a war brewing and their growing feelings for each other could be what saves them or the very thing that destroys them both.

Review

I have mixed feelings about this book. I love the premise of the book. I was highly intrigued by the idea of Finn having a power that was a bit beyond his control. What a flaw, right? I loved the characterization of Roark and Finn. They were obviously very different people with different dialogue and tone patterns which is something a lot of books I’ve been reading recently sometimes struggle with. So, I was very pleased with that. I think their behaviors also speak well to their backgrounds and personal histories. But, the world building was sorely lacking. There’s fae and even other patheons all at Mather’s, but it didn’t really play into the story in any major way that I was hoping for. I wanted a lush fae culture that somehow managed to stay hidden in the human world with the help of magic, but if you took out the fact that Roark was a fae and made him human it wouldn’t make much of a difference to his character. He was basically a human with powers. Now, there were tiny bits of world building in the novel with the concept of the knight of the winter court. I thought that was a really interesting idea. The pacing of this book is kinda shaky, but the end of the book the plot definitely picks up and things start falling into place. I enjoyed the last part of this novel way more than I enjoyed the beginning so if you pick up this book I recommend sticking with it until the end. With a note to diversity, our main diversity in this book is the two main characters are gay, but that’s all the diversity we get. Both characters are young white males.

In conclusion, it was an enjoyable, light fantasy read with two enjoyable main characters, but if you’re looking for something new spin on the fae and/or a deep, gritty story then this is not the book for you. If you would like to check out The Prince of Air and Darkness you can find it here.


Has anyone else read this book? Is it on anyone’s TBR? What do you think?

Anticipated Reads

2019- My Top 15 Anticipated Fantasy Reads

There are some great fantasy and paranormal reads coming out this year! I originally started with a top ten list, but there were just too many great books coming out for me to narrow it down. Each of these books has at least one element of diversity in it, some even more. I have organized this list according to when each book is released.

1. The Wicked King (The Folk of Air #2) by Holly Black

Release Date: January 8th

2. The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy #2) by S.A. Chakraborty

Release Date: January 22nd

3. King of Scars (Nikolia Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Release Date: January 29th

4. The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky

Release Date: January 29th

5. Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Dark Star Trilogy #1) by Marlon James

Release date: February 5th

6. Crown of Feathers (Crown of Feathers #1) by Nicki Pau Preto

Release Date: February 12th

7. Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

Release Date: February 26th

8. The Fever King (Feverwake #1) by Victoria Lee

Release date on March 1st

9. Once & Future (Once & Future #1) by Amy Rose Capeeta and Cori McCarthy

Release Date: March 5th

10. Wild Country (World of the Others) by Anne Bishop

Release Date: March 5th

11. The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

Release Date March 12th

12. The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala

Release Date: April 23rd

13. Heartsong (Green Creek #3) by TJ Klune

Book Cover currently unavailable. Release Date: September 2019

14. Brothersong (Green Creek #4) by TJ Klune

Book Cover currently unavailable. Publish Date: December 2019

15. Bayden’s Alpha (Werewolves & Dragons #2) by Kim Dare

Book cover currently unavailable. Publish Date: last part of 2019