One Lovely Blog Award

Hello, everyone, and happy Tuesday!  Today I’m going to be blogging about the One Lovey Blog Award, which I was nominated for by Yvo @ It’s All About Books and A.D. Martin @ A.D. Martin.  Thank you so much for the nominations!  I’ve never been nominated for this award until now, so I’m excited to participate. :D I won’t be nominating anyone this time around, unfortunately, as I know for some, they are busy with school and such.  But just know that you all have fantastic blogs and I love your content. :D

One lovely blogThe Rules:

1. You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
2. You must list the rules and display the award.
3. You must add 7 facts about yourself.
4. You must nominate 5-15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they’ve been nominated.
5. You must follow the blogger who nominated you.

Now that that’s all out of the way, let’s move onto some facts about me:

1. I learned to type when I was around nine or ten because my friends and I were all obsessed with this website where you could make a character and have virtual chats.  I can’t remember what it was called, but our lives pretty much revolved around that site!  And I remember being frustrated about thinking that I’d never learn to type, so it really helped me learn without making things too aggravating.

2. I go through short periods when all I’ll read is fanfiction.  These last for a few days, but I’ve found some great fanfics (mostly Harry Potter), that I remember to this day (I read them a few years ago).  Some of my favorites include:
The Heir to Prince Manor by Snapegirlkmf (find sequel here)
An Exquisite Pain by Not Enough Answers (find sequels here and here)

3. I usually never wear my hair down, especially in the summer.  I find that it always gets in the way!

4. I got my first electronic that I got to keep all to myself (other than the clunky radio I had) in 2007, and it was my Nintendo DS Lite, which I still own, and it still works. :D  This August marked my seven year anniversary for having this thing!  (PictoChat was also mine and my friends’ way of “texting” each other because we didn’t have phones. XD)


Still works! I got the “metallic pink” DS, and I never replaced it with any of the new ones. The game I have in it right now is Mario Kart, which I’ve successfully defeated. :D

5. I’ve never actually dropped my laptop until two seconds ago.  My laptop was on my sheets, and I was getting off the bed.  Unfortunately, my foot was caught in the sheets, and down fell my precious laptop. D: Luckily, all is well.

6. The first Harry Potter fanfiction I wrote was written so messily, I’m surprised I was even able to decipher it!  There were no paragraphs, no chapters, notes all in the margins.  Disastrous, haha.  But at least I was writing!  I kept it all in this portfolio and it made me feel very… authorly.

IMG_2682[1]I have a feeling this was when my Harry Potter obsession was at its peak! XD As you can see, I adorned this portfolio (I really wasn’t kidding when I said I kept my HP fanfics in a portfolio) with a bunch of the HP characters’ names in black Sharpie marker.  Yep.

IMG_2683[1]And these are the first drafts of my first Harry Potter fanfiction.  I wrote it all out by hand, because at the time, I didn’t own a laptop.  The first page I wrote on is dated 2/29/12.  I’m so glad to know that I at least dated the first page.  I was horrible about dating papers back then, which disappoints me because now when I look back on all this stuff, I’ll have no idea when it was written!  (Moral of this story: Date your papers!!!)

7. I enjoy knitting and crocheting, and though I haven’t crocheted in a very long time, I’ve been knitting myself a scarf every time I pop a DVD into my laptop.  It’s very relaxing!

That’s all for now, and thank you so much for this nomination!  I had fun making this post, and reading others’ posts on this award.


What Deems a Book as “Classic”?

I haven’t hid the fact that I don’t care much for classics, but I can’t really escape them.  I’ve read a few classics for school, and a few for fun.  But honestly?  I don’t feel like I’m missing anything with classics.  There are a few that I enjoyed, but the majority, I know I either won’t read them or probably won’t like.

The Catcher in the Rye and To Kill A Mockingbird, two of the only classics I liked.

The Catcher in the Rye and To Kill A Mockingbird, two of the only classics I liked.

There are several classics I’ve come across, and most of which I didn’t enjoy. I think I was around seven when I read my first classic, Black Beauty.  I wasn’t a fan.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was a classic on my summer reading list for 2013.  It has 180 pages.  Took me two weeks to read.

That’s a no…

And there are several others I read like Animal Farm, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest (I barely remember what happened in this play, but it’s something else I read last summer), Moby Dick, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and a few others that I read that I feel I could have lived without reading.  I remember a friend in school reading Around the World in Eighty Days, and I tried to read it because she was, but I wasn’t feeling it.

But what deems these books as “classics”?  Is there an official list?  (Probably not.)  Is it a matter of opinion?  I think so, though it seems like with most of these books, it’s common knowledge that they’re classics.  But I’ve spoken to people who don’t like them.

What are your thoughts on the subject?  Do you like classics?  Or maybe you don’t.  Let me know!

Also I wanted to mention that Yvo @ It’s All About Books nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award!  Thank you so much for the nomination, Yvo. :D  I love the blogging awards, and it’s so nice that you guys consider me when you’re writing your responses. ^-^ I don’t know if I’ll have time to write a whole response to this post, as school is pretty intense this year, but I wanted to thank her for the nomination. :D  Hopefully I’ll have some free time one of these days and I’ll put together a post for this award!


Book Review: yolo by Lauren Myracle

yoloTitle: yolo

Series: Internet Girls, #4

Author: Lauren Myracle

Summary: Through texts and messages, the mega-bestselling, beloved Internet Girls series followed the ups and downs of school for three very different, very close friends. Now it’s freshman year of college for the winsome threesome, and *everything* is different. For one, the best friends are facing their first semester apart. Way, way apart. Maddie’s in California, Zoe’s in Ohio, and Angela’s back in Georgia. And it’s not just the girls who are separated. Zoe’s worried that Doug wants to break up now that they’re at different schools, and Maddie’s boyfriend, Ian, is on the other side of the country. In the face of change and diverging paths, Maddie’s got a plan to keep the friends close, and it involves embracing the present, making memories, and . . . roller derby! Using of-the-moment technology, Lauren Myracle brings her groundbreaking series into the brave new virtual world of texting and tweets. -Goodreads


**No spoilers!

I was really excited about this book’s release, and when I finally got it, I was so happy!  And yolo definitely did not disappoint.  I loved being submerged into these characters’ lives again, even though they’re off at college.  I was so happy that this book was a much better experience than the last Lauren Myracle book I read.  I had a feeling yolo would be good, just because I knew the series.  However, I did fear that this book was just thrown together for the heck of it.  It didn’t have that feel, though, so I was glad.

So Maddie, Angela, and Zoe are off to separate colleges in different states, but they still manage to keep up with each other on a regular basis.  Maddie and Angela are my favorite characters in this story.  Zoe on the other hand… meh.  She’s a very needy person, especially with her boyfriend, and she acknowledges it several times throughout ttfn; l8r, g8r; and yolo (haven’t read the first one yet :O Will get on it soon…).  But I feel like Zoe’s character went through a lot of development in this installment, which I was so happy for.  She also branched out and made some new friends at college, which I didn’t expect her to do.  I’m proud of her. :D

I really love Maddie.  I don’t want to go into too much detail about her, but she’s a pretty complex character, and I’d really love to see a book in her POV, because she seems like an interesting person to read about.  And if Lauren Myracle doesn’t have plans on doing something like this any time soon, someone write me a fanfiction! XD

I also like Angela, though she was a bit more wild in this book.  Then again, she and Maddie have always been the “wild” ones.  Zoe also kept an open mind (which she usually doesn’t), and I really liked her character development.  She’s still not one of my favorites, but she’s getting there. *thumbs up*

I like the ten year anniversary covers for these books, but I think I liked the old covers better:

ttylI really like the look of this cover.  It’s pretty simple, plus it kind of shows you where we were in technology back then (ttyl was published in 2004).  The emoticons are pretty pixilated, which I thought was cool.  The new covers are nice, but I feel like they lost their quirkiness.

Actually, technology was one of my biggest worries for yolo.  Let me explain.

When I read a book, I like to assume that it’s based in the year it was published in, unless otherwise stated.  I’d actually feel more comfortable if all books had a little note from the author that explained what year the book was set in, but since not all books do that, I like to make my own assumptions.

So, for ttyl, it was published in 2004.  So, I assume that our three main protagonists were in their sophomore year in high school in 2004, too.  The next book, ttfn, was published in 2006, which kind of complicated things for my mind, since we skipped a year, but that’s when the trio were in their junior year of high school.  And the third book, l8r, g8r, was published in 2007, which was their senior year.  So let’s say Maddie, Angela, and Zoe graduated high school in 2007.  Right after high school, they had their summer break, and then they went to college.  So, let’s assume that’s September of 2007.

I was hoping that yolo would stick with the technology of the time, rather than use today’s technology, but that didn’t happen, which was disappointing.  Maybe you’re thinking, “Who cares?”  I don’t even know if the last couple paragraphs made any sense, but it would have been a nice touch if it Lauren Myracle had stuck to the older technology rather than incorporate newer technology.  Nevertheless, it was still good.  Just something I was hoping for.

Anyway, this book really was fantastic!  5/5 stars, and I’m looking forward to more Lauren Myracle.  Perhaps a continuation of The Winnie Years is underway…? :D If so, let me get my money!!!


Blogging Awards Part 2: Liebster Blog Award

This is part two of my Blogging Awards post, and today will be focused on the Liebster Award, and Bookish is my kind nominator. ^-^ Thank you for this nomination. :D I love answering the questions—that’s my favorite part, and I was especially excited to answer these questions in particular, they’re really interesting.

I’ll be doing the same thing for this award, rather than nominating a bunch of blogs, I’ll recommend you to some amazing blogs that you may or may not have heard of.  That’s one of my favorite things about these blogging awards, seeing the people who were nominated.

liebsterrThe Rules:

1. Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their site.
2. Post the award logo on your blog or in a post.
3. Answer eleven questions about yourself.
4. Nominate eleven other bloggers, and give them new questions.

Questions from Bookish:

1. Why did you create your blog?  Do you have a goal for it?

I initially created my blog for the purposes of sharing my fanfiction writing (this may come as a shock to you, fellow new readers ;D).  I had wanted to put it up on, but didn’t think it would really get recognition there amongst all of the other fabulous fanfiction writers, y’know (there are some pretty good ones!)?  So I made my blog and put up the fanfiction… It’s, er, not the best, but at least I was writing.  That’s more than what I can say for right now.

(Fun fact: The first fanfiction I wrote was written all on lined paper.  This was before I even knew what I was doing, so there were pretty much no paragraphs on that first draft. XD Maybe I’ll put up a picture one day.)

As for having any goals for my blog?  I think just to keep with it and not stopping is enough, and to continue communicating with you guys. :D I think that’s my favorite part about blogging, getting feedback, or even just chatting with other bloggers.

2. Do you find yourself driven to watch your stats all the time or do you ignore them for the most part?

I used to watch my stats all the time when I was a new blogger.  I always wondered if I would get any followers, or any comments, or any viewers.  I don’t actually remember when I slowly stopped checking my stats as often, but I think it was when I began to get more readers and interact with other bloggers, because I felt more comfortable here.  I still do check the stats on occasion, though. ;D

3. Do you invite friends and family to follow your blog or would you rather cut off your hands before they participate?

I actually laughed at this. XD Well, I haven’t really invited my friends to my blog, just because they’re not the biggest readers, and I don’t think they’d really be interested in my content.  I’ve mentioned it to them before, but I don’t know if they’ve ever searched for me on the internet.  As for family, a few family members know about my blog, but not too many.  I’m cool with them reading it. ^-^

4. Do you worry about offending people on your blog or do you sometimes post things purposely knowing it will offend people but you like the discussion it brings?

Oh, I am very conscious of the content on my blog.  I don’t really want to put up anything controversial, because I don’t want to alienate anyone or make anyone uncomfortable.  I like having a happy atmosphere around here. :D Just imagine my blog is, like, a room with a bunch of bookshelves (I’ll share my books with you guys, since I know you’d take care of them XD) and comfy sofas, and, like, hot cocoa or something.

5. What book do you consistently give as a gift?

Well, this is going to sound odd: I’ve never gifted anyone a book.  Yep, you heard it here first.  And if I were to do so, that would be so stressful for me, lol.  First I’d have to find the perfect book, then I’d be worried that the person I was giving it to already had it, and that’s pretty much what I’d be thinking about for the whole time, and I wouldn’t want them to be disappointed or anything.

6. What kind of super power would you have if you could pick one?

 Probably telekinesis, or the ability to manipulate things with my mind.  I am constantly wishing that I had this power.  I’ll be sitting down to eat a bag of chips, and I realize I forgot to get a napkin or something, and I’m like, “Ugh, just when I got comfortable.  If only I had the power to make the paper towels move to me with my mind.”

7. Do you see yourself as the hero or the sidekick/Do you see yourself as the protagonist or a supporting character in your life?

Well, this is awkward. XD I feel like I would be the sidekick.  I’m the Ron.  Or, I guess, maybe the Hermione (lol), but I’m not nearly as clever as her. :'( I’m not sure how one could be a supporting character in their own life… Hmm…

8. What do you do as a job in the real world?  If you could blog full-time and not have your day job, would you?

As of right now, my only job is school. :P I don’t know if I’d blog full-time, probably because I’d need something else to keep me occupied as well, like a hobby or another activity.  But, it’s a sweet offer. XD

9. Do you prefer flawed characters you don’t always like or pretty characters that consistently do the right, or at least morally right thing?

This is a toughie, guys.  I really like flawed and quirky characters, because nobody’s perfect, and even in fantasy, I like to have realistic characters with realistic problems.

10. Do you prefer non-fiction or fiction?

Fiction all the way, m’friends!

11.  Are you a good liar?  Do you think this is a good thing or a bad thing?

Erm, I’m okay.  I don’t think lying is a good thing, unless you think it’s absolutely necessary.  Like if you were captured by Death Eaters and had to lie your way out of it. XD

Amazing Blogs To Check Out:

Joey @ thoughts and afterthoughts
Nirvana @ Nirvana’s Pocketful
Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity
Laurel @ The Caffeinated Bibliophile
John @ Write me a book, John!
Yvo @ It’s All About Books
Thomas @ the quiet voice

And those are some other blogs that I really love to read. :D That’s it for now, and thanks again to Bookish, who nominated me for this award.  Great questions, too!

Blogging Awards Part 1: Sisterhood of the World Blog Award

Hey, guys!  So I’ve been nominated for the Sisterhood of the World award by Sarah @ Commas and Ampersands and the Liebster Award by Bookish!  Thank you so much for the nominations, guys! :D

I know I’ve done the Liebster Award a few times before, but I haven’t done the Sisterhood of the World Award, yet.  But, I love being nominated for these awards, and I love doing the responses!  And whenever I’m nominated by someone, I always go back to the blogger who nominated me and see who else they nominated.  I think it’s a great way to discover amazing blogs!

But, because school has started for some people, I know that time is limited, so instead of nominating people for this award, I’m going to leave a list of other bloggers that you guys should check out, just because they’re awesome. ^-^  I’ll be splitting this post into two parts, because award posts are usually pretty long.  Let’s begin!

Sisterhood award

The Rules:

1. Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their site.
2. Post the award logo on your blog or in a post.
3. Answer the ten questions you’ve been set.
4. Nominate ten other bloggers and give them ten new questions.

Questions from Sarah:

1. What book or TV show have you expected to like and ended up hating or vice versa?

I’m really bad at keeping up with TV shows that still air.  I’d rather wait for the show to come out on DVD and order it from the library.  But one show that I didn’t expect to like much is Witches of East End.  I am in love with this show.  I binge-watched it in, like, the last week of June / first week of July, because I found the first season online on Hulu.  And then when the second season came out (we’re still on the second season), I started buying it off Amazon. <3

2. Tell me about a character that’s taken you by surprise for a good or bad reason.

Sophie Mercer from the Hex Hall books really took me by surprise.  Actually, that whole series took me by surprise (I’m about to read the last book!).  I honestly didn’t expect it to be so good, and I didn’t expect Sophie to be so awesome.  I usually can’t stand main characters, but I really liked Sophie.  She’s really funny and sarcastic and isn’t perfect and she’s just fantastic.

3. If your home/school/work were suddenly attacked by zombies, what would your escape/survival plan be?

Oh, man, that’s a tough one.  I’ve actually never thought about this before, but here goes nothing.  If I were at home and places were being attacked by zombies, I would first find any necessities (food, water, clothes, etc.) and maybe escape out a window (I want to pretend to be, like, Day from Legend XD).  Then I would run (lol) and hide in a place where zombies were least-likely to invade (don’t ask me where) and with few people.  There I would wait until things calmed down and…

You know what, this is the most awful half-baked plan ever.

4. If you could easily master any skill, what would it be and why?

For a fictional skill, I’d choose magic (need I explain?).  And for an actual skill, perhaps the skill of editing.  I hate editing, and I’m horrible at it.  I feel like I don’t have the patience for it, which probably wouldn’t be very helpful for an aspiring author. :/

5. Do you have any superstitions?

Not really.  Well, does astrology count?  I don’t really “believe” in it, but I think it’s an interesting concept.

6. What have you read/watched/done recently that you’re excited to share with everyone?

I’m not sure if I’m excited to share this with everyone (it’s not that exciting), but I finally figured out how to use one of the newest iTunes updates, and I’ve learned how to transfer my Amazon music to iTunes.  I have to buy my digital music from Amazon now, because two years ago I was given an iTunes gift card, but when I went to use it, they asked me for the answers to security questions I never made… yeah.

7. What’s one place you’ve read/heard about that you would like to visit, mythical or otherwise?

Cliché, cliché, cliché, but I’m going with England.  I would love to travel to England.  That would be cool.

8. Tell me about something you’re looking forward to in the next year.

All of the books being released!  There are quite a few books being released toward the end of this year that I’m really excited about.

9. If you didn’t have a blog, how would you be spending your time right now?

Wishing I had a blog. XD Just kidding.  Though I had wanted my own blog for a long time before littleonionwrites was created, I’d probably be reading right now if I didn’t have a blog.

10. What’s a blogging milestone or experience that made you really happy?

Ooh, I’ve had so many blogging milestones that made me happy.  Even getting a like on one of my posts still makes me happy!  But one milestone that really stands out to me is when the author of OCD, The Dude, and Me, Lauren Roedy Vaughn, commented on my blog last summer. ^-^ I remember being so excited. :D

Blogs To Check Out:

Ashley @ For the Love of the Page
Cristina @ Girl in the Pages
Anna @ Cool Girls Read Too
Topaz @ Topaz Winters
Stefani @ Caught Read Handed 

Part two will be up soon!  Thanks again to Sarah, who nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Award!

Book Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and parrkTitle: Eleanor & Park

Series: Standalone

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Summary: Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. -Goodreads


**Spoiler free!

*Deep breaths*

What just happened?  Like… what just happened?

Eleanor & Park is the second book by Rainbow Rowell that I’ve read.  I first read Fangirl and thought it was amazing.  But Fangirl was a much lighter read than Eleanor & Park, so if you were looking for a cutesy contemporary, this probably isn’t the right choice.  There’s so much stuff that happens in this book, I just need to unleash the feels on all of you.

I started E&P yesterday after eight hours of studying.  But when I picked it up, it was un-put-downable.  Seriously.  And every time I put it down, I would think to myself, “Man, I really wish I could read Eleanor & Park right now.”  That’s when you know you’re reading a great book.

The book was told in both Eleanor’s and Park’s points of views.  They were both told in third person, which kept you slightly detached from the character, but that actually seemed to work with this book.  The way it was written made you feel like you were in the characters’ minds, even if it was written in third person.  The writing was also really choppy, which also worked for this particular story.  The writing style was more than simplistic (as Rowell was writing from the minds of two teenagers XD), but she wasn’t trying to be overly poetic.  It wasn’t poetic.  It wasn’t philosophical.

My favorite POV to read in was Eleanor’s.  She just had so much going on and it was heartbreaking the situation she was in.  But this is the kind of main character I love.  Different.  Quirky.  Not average.  Imperfect.  She was a fabulous main character.  She actually reminded me of Danielle Levine, the main character from OCD, The Dude, and Me (which I FINALLY got today!!!).

Don’t get me wrong, Park was great, too, and I really loved his family.  Park also wasn’t super perfect, or super muscly.  He was unique, too.  These characters are all so unique.  And despite Park’s family problems, they were still tightly-knit.

Eleanor & Park is set in the 80s, which was one of my favorite parts of the book.  They had so many discussions about music, and there was one point when Eleanor was describing a song, and it was great for me because I actually knew exactly what she was talking about!  There were records and mixtapes and MTV and music and it was fan-freaking-tastic. 

I was on the edge of my seat while reading this so many times.  There was a plot twist that I had kind of assumed, but I hadn’t really expected my prediction to be correct (it had been -.-).  I finished the book in about a day, which shows just how much I enjoyed the book.  I never finish books in one day.

I feel like the quote, “We accept the love we think we deserve” (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) fits perfectly with Eleanor’s mindset.

Rainbow Rowell is one of those authors who’s been getting a lot of attention lately.  You all know my thoughts on hype, but after giving Fangirl a try (and thoroughly loving it), I was more open to reading more of her books.  And so far, I haven’t been disappointed.  She absolutely deserves the hype she’s been receiving.

5/5 stars, and I can’t wait to read more Rainbow Rowell!

“I am the son and the heir
Of a shyness that is criminally vulgar
I am the son and heir
Of nothing in particular…”
-The Smiths

“Love, love will tear us apart again.” -Joy Division

Book Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and BoneTitle: Shadow and Bone

Series: The Grisha, #1

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Summary: The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance. -Goodreads


**No spoilers!

Shadow and Bone was recommended to me by a fellow internet person who told me that she loved it.  So I immediately got it from my library and began to read. :D

I got it about a month ago, at the end of July/beginning of August period, and I finished it not too long ago.  It took me a while to read it because that time usually gets busy for me.  Also, because it’s a fantasy read, you have to take into account that it’s a whole new world that you’re being submerged in, so it might take you a while to become in sync with the book.  There might be some confusion here and there, as there was for me.  Mainly, I think that was because I’m not familiar with this author or her writing style.  The concept also might be confusing to you, but there’s a lot to be explained, so just hang in there!  But once you get past that, it’s pretty much smooth sailing from there, and that’s when all the fun starts. :D

Let me just address this really quick: I liked the Darkling.

Like, a lot.

I’m not going to talk too much about the Darkling, though, because I don’t want to give anything away, so I’m just going to leave you with this: he will sweep you off your feet.  Maybe even literally. XD

I’m not sure how I felt about the pacing of the book.  Sometimes it was super fast-paced, keeping me at the edge of my seat, but other times it dragged with really long descriptions.

I made a few predictions while reading, and I actually got some of them right.  Again, I’m not going to talk about those predictions, because, spoilers. >.< But it’s always nice to be right in a prediction, as long as the story isn’t too predictable.

I also liked Baghra a lot for some reason.  She was kind of scary, but kind of cool…?  I don’t know.

My notes say that I was reminded of The Hunger Games, but I can’t remember how.  All I know is that both in the beginning and at the end of Shadow and Bone, I had feelings of THG.

Let’s talk about Alina.  Now, I have this weird condition where I pretty much hate every main protagonist I encounter.  I don’t know why, they just get on my nerves.  I didn’t really like Tris (Divergent), or Clary (The Mortal Instruments), or Bella (Twilight), or June (Legend), or Sydney (Bloodlines), not really a big fan of Rose (Vampire Academy).  Main characters get on my nerves.

Anyway, Alina fell into this category (it’s kind of rare when a main character doesn’t fall into this category for me >.<).  I can’t really explain why I feel this way about her, or any of the other main characters I listed.

But I loved Mal and the Darkling. XD And I liked Genya as well, but after reading the book, I’m not completely sure about her.  Hmm.

Anyway, I think I’ve covered everything on Shadow and Bone.  In the end, it was an awesome read with many action-y parts, and swoon-worthy dudes, and plot twists, and all that good stuff. ^-^ 4/5 stars for this book, and the only reason I deducted a star was because of my initial confusion about the premise of the story.

Have you read Shadow and Bone?  Did you like it?  Or no?  Let me know down below, and if you’ve reviewed it, I’d love to read your reviews!