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Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Pick Up A Book

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1. Magic / Magicians - Who doesn't love magic? It's spectacular, it's grand, it's mind-boggling, same goes for the people who practice them be it witches, wizards, mages, sorcerers, illusionists and whatever else they may be called.

2. London - Ah, London. The home of many of my favorite things: Harry Potter, Doctor Who, The Beatles, Spice Girls, and Colin Firth, just to name a few. 

3.  Political Intrigue / Conspiracy Theories - Because they are juicy and exciting and thrilling, what with all the backstabbing and underhanded dealings and the the guessing of who is the snake in the bush.

4. Geeks - Because I can relate more often than not.

5. Superpowers - Because we all want one, at one point or another.

6. Books / Literature - (Obviously) I like reading about stories that give much importance to books and I am more inclined to love a bookish character because we are kindred souls.

7. Fairytale / Mythology Retelling- Reimagined, remade, revamped, a classic with a modern twi…

The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

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Summary from Goodreads:

By scheming and theft, the Thief of Eddis has become King of Attolia. Eugenides wanted the queen, not the crown, but he finds himself trapped in a web of his own making.

Then he drags a naive young guard into the center of the political maelstrom. Poor Costis knows he is the victim of the king's caprice, but his contempt for Eugenides slowly turns to grudging respect. Though struggling against his fate, the newly crowned king is much more than he appears. Soon the corrupt Attolian court will learn that its subtle and dangerous intrigue is no match for Eugenides.

WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

It's official. King of Attolia just cemented my love for The Thief of Eddis Series and Megan Whalen Turner. I don't know how she does it but it just keeps getting better and better, one book after another.

I always love it when every book in a series presents a changed protagonist each time. The Eugenides from book 1 is a far cry from the Eugenides that I see here. …

Top Ten Books I Thought I'd Like MORE/LESS Than I Did

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Books I Thought I'd Like More 

1. The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness - It reminded me too much of Mockingjay, which I unfortunately read first so reading the former felt like more like a rerun and it's original tale's uniqueness somewhat lost it's luster. Coin = Coyle; Snow = Prentiss; Rebels (Districts) vs Town (Capitol).(But the third book, Monsters of Men, I loved! It was amazing!)

2. Matched and Crossed by Ally Condie - I did enjoy the lyrical dialogues for the most parts and also characters like Indie, Vik, and Eli were welcome additions in the second book. But it was just quite too sleepy for my taste. Some more action scenes would have made me like it more.

3. Why We Broke Up by Danile Handler - Only because I could not relate to the story. But it was well written, very earnest. And I loved the illustrations.

4. Fire by Kristin Cashore - Characters and dialogue were a bit too soap opera-dramatic for me. I liked Graceling and Bitterblue better.

5. The Lover's …

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

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Summary from Goodreads:

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they re…

Top Ten Books I'd Want to See Made into a Movie

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Top Ten Tuesday REWIND -- pick a past topic you missed or one you want to revisit!

I am always excited for the movie adaptations of books. While they sometimes tend to be frustrating, and infuriating whenever they leave something out or make out of this world changes. Nevertheless, they are usually a lot of fun to watch. 

So for today's Rewind Topic I picked: Top Ten Books I'd Want to See Made into a Movie. Plus, I thought it would be fun if I also included some Dream Casting of my own.

1. The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness - I love this series and I am curious as to how they would portray the "Noise" in the movie, and the Spackle, and Manchee!
Todd: Dane Dehaan (Chronicle) - I think he can pull off the young, fearful Todd as well as the assertive, strong Todd. Plus he always seem to have that worn out look, perfect for someone who has been on the run and has been into battles.  Viola: Saoirse Ronan (The Host) - She can be both tough and sweet as she was in the mo…

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

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Summary from Goodreads:

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion...she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit--more sparkly, more fun, more wild--the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket--a gifted inventor--steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

As with any other sophomore book, it is quite inevitable that I compared it to the first one. So, I am going to go ahead and say that I liked this better than Anna and the French Kiss. I think it is just a matter of preference really because it still has those campy, dramatic and improbable moments/scenes but....

Plotwise, I like the idea of the protagonists being childho…

Top Ten Favorite Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger

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1. Archie Comics - This reminds me of my childhood the most. I used to sneak read this one in class. I don't think I could really ever out grow Archie Comics.

2. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling - Well, this is practically on almost every top ten list I make. This is the book that started and cemented my obsessive love for books.

3. The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien - Another one that is a staple on my lists, I am still at awe at Tolkien's brilliance for coming up with such a vast rich world.

4. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins - This one got me aware of the YA genre and this is the series that I got truly addicted to and couldn't put down, after Harry Potter that is. 

5. His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman - I never really cared much for this series because I thought the movie was just so-so. So special thanks to my friend who encouraged me and lent me her copies back in college. It's an excellent fantasy series.

6. Mythology: Timele…

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

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Summary from Goodreads:

The long-awaited companion to New York Times bestsellers Graceling and Fire

Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck's reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle--disguised and alone--to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.

Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck's reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn't yet identified, holds a key to her heart.

Bitterblue is the last installment in the Gr…

Required Reading: April 2013

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First off, is my report for how I did with my Superhero Themed April Required Reads. I had three titles lined-up, plus four graphic novels. I am glad to say that I was able to finish all of them and I had a super fantastic time reading all about these cape crusaders. 

MRRC Report
1. Hero by Perry Moore - 4 Stars
2. In Hero Years...I'm Dead by Michael Stackpole - 5 Stars 
3. Rise of Renegade X - 3.5 Stars

4. Year One by Frank Miller - 4 Stars  
5. The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb - 3 Stars
6. The Killing Joke by Alan Moore - 5 Stars 
7. Earth One by Geoff Johns - 3 Stars

Okay, now onto my April Required Reads...
Last year, I did a post for the Top Ten Tuesday Meme Topic: Top Ten Series I haven't Finished Yet. So I thought it would be a great idea to pick up from where I left them off. So this month would be The Sequels Month of April. Here are the titles I have lined-up:

1.Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices #2 by Cassandra Clare) - I started off good with The Mortal Instruments, but by boo…

Top Ten Characters I Would Crush On If I Were Also A Fictional Character

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1. Harry Potter (Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling) - Harry is actually my first bookish crush. I grew up with the boy who lived. He didn't ask for that lightning scar that ties him to Voldemort but he could have hidden or ran away and let others keep him safe. But he's valiant and brave and loyal and took it upon himself to save the wizarding world.

2. Peeta Mellark (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins) -  While Katniss was the beacon during the rebellion, could she still be during the aftermath? But Peeta, I believe, has goodness in his heart that could bring Panem out of the darkness.

2. Finnick Odair (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins) - I did not care much for him during the first time he was introduced. Sure, his cockiness was fun and amusing but it was his love for Mags and Annie Cresta and his being a friend to Katniss in some way that won me over.

3. Cricket Bell (Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins) - I like that Cricket is not the conventional handsome …