Disney Villains Book Tag!

A friend of mine asked me to do this tag a few weeks ago and I couldn’t resist once I got a look at the questions. Villains can really make or break a book for me so I thought it would be interesting to share a little bit about my favorite and least favorite book villains.

                                                           

Maleficent: A book or book series in which there is an overwhelming sense of evil/doom

I’m going to have to pick the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. Nothing scares me as much as this books series and every time a new book comes out, I’m nervous to the point that it’s almost hard for me to read.  There’s always a feeling that anything and everything could go wrong at any moment and these books are beyond unpredictable, so I’m nonstop sweating as I read.

The Evil Queen: A book or book series in which the villain tricks the hero

Harry Potter is the obvious answer and it’s the one I’m going to go with. During the fourth and fifth books especially, it just feels like Voldemort is constantly running circles around Harry.

Cruella DeVil: A book or book series in which the villain brings about their own demise

This one was actually kind of hard to pick but in the end I had to go with every bad guy in The Others series by Anne Bishop. Anyone that thinks they can go against the Others and win really brought their death upon themselves and should have known better… They are all ridiculously over powered and usually crush the threat like a teensy insignificant little bug.

Ursula: A book or book series that left you speechless

I have to pick the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson. If you’ve read this series, you know why. If you haven’t, you should, and I can’t really say without ruining it. But damn, that ending just… wow.

Captain Hook: A book or book series in which you just can’t take the villain seriously

Thanks to the despicable final battle in Inheritance by Christopher Paolini, big bad Galbatorix will always be something of a joke to me. I don’t want to spoil it but lets just say the fight ended in a very ridiculous way that forever took away every bit of evil mojo that Galbatorix was working.

Jafar: A book or book series in which the villain almost wins

I feel like just about every book could qualify for this one but the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews specifically stands out to me, simply because in every book, you have that “Oh ****” moment where you really think the bad guy is going to win. Every. Single. Book. It gets exhausting being so stressed out at the end of every book and frantically trying out figure out a way Kate or her friends won’t die in a horribly gruesome way.

Hades: A book or book series in which you can’t help but love the villain

The Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. Damn, that boy made the dark side look good. He just had this sexy and seductive way about him that made me honestly want the main character to just abandon everyone and rule by his side with an iron fist of darkness. And he seriously needed a hug or two throughout the series.

Scar: A book or book series with family betrayal

Obviously The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare is probably a common choice for this one. Or uhm, how about any book Cassandra Clare ever writes? She obviously likes family betrayal which is kind of sad when you think about it.

Gaston: A book or book series where the villain makes a fool of themselves

This one has to go to the LAMEST villains of all time; The Volturi from the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. Everyone was so scared by this group of heartless ancient vampires and just when a big awesome battle is about to happen, they tuck their tails and run. What a bunch of babies, lamest showdown ever.

Hans: A book or book series with a villain you didn’t see coming

Huge spoiler alert on this one (obviously) but I have to go with Maven from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. That boy is pure evil times two because on top of being evil, he successfully made everything think (including me) that he was good just so he could turn around and stab them in the back. Talk about cold.

                                             

Okay eveyone, I’m going to nominate anyone that reads this and decides they want to do this tag too because it is way too much fun to keep to myself 🙂

Waiting on Wednesday: The Shadow Queen

Title: The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire #1) 23299513

Author: C.J. Redwine

Publisher: Blazer+Bray

Publication Date: February 23rd, 2016

Summary: Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

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Just in case anyone hasn’t noticed already, I absolutely love a good fairy-tale retelling and this book definitely seems to be playing around with a few Snow White aspects. Except Snow White is now a bad ass magic wielder/lost princess/savior of the people instead of a cutesy animal loving maid. Is anyone actually going to have a problem with these changes? Yeah, I didn’t think so. On top of that though, we also have potential for some steamy forbidden romance and buckets of angsty goodness. I love reading books about royals trying to save their kingdom because you know at some point it’s going to come down to them getting all conflicted and emotional about picking love or their people. I’m sure Kol is in for a great time. Also, I’m assuming this book is going to bounce between Kol and Lorelai’s POVs which I’m already super excited for and hopefully it means we get tons of character growth from both of them. The main thing I’m really hoping for is that the evil queen actually has some back story instead of just being evil for the sake of being evil, and maybe we can actually get a well developed villain for once. Fingers crossed. Overall though, this book looks super promising and exciting and that cover is just giving me a serious case of the grabby hands. I want it now *grabby hands*

Review: Six of Crows

Title: Six of Crows (The Dregs #1)22294935

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Publication Date: September 29th, 2015

Summary: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

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Guys, this is seriously one of my favorite books I’ve read so far this year. Yes, I can say that with absolute certainty, it was really that good. Everything about it just drew me in and kept me hooked until the very end, and even after finishing it, I couldn’t stop thinking about what I had just read.

The main thing that really made this book for me was the amazing cast of characters. We have Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Nina, Matthias, and Wylan, who is kind of a not-so-main character because we don’t get any chapters in his perspective. I have to start with Kaz because he was my absolute favorite and amazing beyond words. He has a dark and mysterious past, doesn’t hesitate when he needs to get his hands dirty, is ridiculously smart and constantly ten steps ahead of everyone else, not to mention he has a bad ass cane with a crow’s head on it. I have a huge weakness for tormented, ruthless young men who are too smart for their own good and Kaz fits right into that category and swept me off of my feet. Then we have Inej, aka The Wraith, a girl who was kidnapped and forced into a pleasure house, only to be bought by Kaz and became his eyes and ears on the streets. She was a conflicted character but I love how real she felt and how strong she was, even after everything she had been through. Nina was spunky and so much fun, I love how she used everything she had as a weapon, from her looks, to her sharp tough, to her Grisha powers. Matthias was rough and tough and gruff and grumbly and I absolutely adored him, even though he could never figure out if he wanted to help everyone or kill them. Then we have Jesper and Wylan who I’m just going to group together because all of the scenes with the two of them made me laugh and ship them at the same time. Though it’s a huge cast of  characters, they are all so unique and intriguing, it was hard to say which one I wanted to read about the most.

The thing is, even if the characters weren’t the best ever, which they were, the plot still would have kept me hooked. I loved being in this grimy part of the Grisha universe and I found this story to be a lot more engaging and interesting that Leigh Bardugo’s first trilogy. In Six of Crows, we have a sort of super drug going around that makes Grisha more powerful than anyone could have imagined. Kaz is hired to get a group together and break into one of the most impenetrable places in the world to break out the scientist who knows how to make said super drug of death and destruction. I found the plot to be intense beyond words at time, surprisingly dark and violent and made me feel some things I didn’t even know I could. I’m pretty sure that at one point I was half crying, have screaming, half cheering, then probably having a heart attack at the same time. This book was physically and mentally exhausting.

One complaint I’ve heard a few times is that all of the different characters and flashbacks make the story feel slow, or that it drags on. I personally disagree as much as possible. I found that all of the different perspectives and backstory contributed massively to character development and constantly kept me interested to see who was next and what we would get to learn about them. I was as excited and invested in the flashbacks of each character as I was in the current happenings, because both were equally gripping. It was definitely a slow burn at some points but then the exciting parts were so intense and suspenseful and it would just tease you by jumping to a different perspective in the middle of something, and it was evil and infuriating but genius. And I absolutely adore, beyond words, books like this that have so many twists and a character that is constantly planning ahead and is ridiculously smart so just when you think things are going bad, he reveals the trick up his sleeve and your head just explodes because HOW IS IT EVEN POSSIBLE?!?!

This book was so smart and complex and suspenseful, I think I set it down once the whole time just to go grab a drink of water because my throat was raw from screaming. And that ending was the most evil thing I’ve encountered in a book in a long time, I don’t know if I can handle it. Guys, you should do yourself a favor and read this book. Then do me a favor by coming back here and talking with me about it so I can vent and gush and try not to die waiting for the next book.

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