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Top Ten Tuesdays: Favorite Fantasy Characters

Top Ten TuesdaysHere we go… this list should be easy ๐Ÿ™‚

1. Hermione Granger – I wonder if J.K. Rowling somehow met me and cloned me for this character even though she lives halfway around the world. Even down to the frizzy brown curls and the know it all attitude which I try to keep under control.ย  Yep, I was Hermione in high school. I knew she was going to pick Ron from the first book… ugh. (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)

2. Kahlan Amnell – She’s amazing. That’s it. Nothing else really to say. Again I tell everyone. READ THESE BOOKS. (Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind)

3. Elisa de Vega – This girl grows in hardship and becomes something amazing. She is forced into a certain position due to who she is and yet she doesn’t allow it to control her life. I want the third book already! (The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson)

4. Celia Bowen – What a character. The whole story centers around this girl and her ability to alter perception of the world around her. The competition between herself and her unknown opponent is intriguing and while she is the center of the story along with Marcus, the rest of the book is still wonderful. I think she’s a favorite simply because the book is so good. (The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern)

5. Edward Cullen – Confession. I was really trying to not mention Twilight this time. I didn’t make it. Sorry. I find all of the Cullens intriguing because the reader is only given snippets of who they are. We get more of Edward than most but there is so much more that I want to know about this character. Really wish Midnight Sun was finished. Just saying…

6. Tris – Those who have read Divergent know why she’s amazing. Those who haven’t though, should go find out. Tris comes from a totally different world than the one she chooses for herself. She is forced to go so far outside of her comfort zone that it disappears. I love that she does things on her own terms and tries to live outside of the expectations of others. (Divergent series by Veronica Roth)

7. Jane Fairfax/Austen – Can you imagine Jane Austen in the modern world? Yep. That’s the idea behind this character and she is hilarious to read. I laugh every time I open these books. Simple as that (Jane Fairfax series by Michael Thomas Ford)

8. Ender Wiggin – Honestly I could fill the rest of the list with characters from the Ender universe but I think that might annoy everyone. Why Ender? Simple. He was the one who sold me on the series. I think I might like Petra and Bean better but Ender started it all. (Ender saga by Orson Scott Card)

9. Matilda – A girl who likes to read and has telekinesis? Sign me up ๐Ÿ™‚ (Matilda by Roald Dahl)

10 Clary Fray – She is a wonderful character who dives into a world that tries to take everything from her time and time again. Cassandra Clare based her on another character on this list though so her inclusion should come as no surprise. (The Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare).

There are so many more names I could include on this list but these were the first ones to come to mind so they made the list. Who makes your list?

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Book Review: Jane Vows Vengeance

Book: Jane Vows Vengeance

Author: Michael Thomas Ford

Recommend: Are you kidding? I love this series. I’m just sad to see it end ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

The third and seemingly final book in the Jane Austen vampire series was a blast to read. Poor Walter finds out that Jane has been married before, putting off the wedding yet again until it can be resolved. They tour Europe on what should have been their honeymoon with the usual entourage of literary vampires making their appearance.

I think my favorite moment in this book is when Jane meets Solomon Grundy (yes that one from the poem about the days of the week). I don’t want to give too much away but I laughed out loud when I was reading it and woke my poor husband up. (I really do think I torture him with my reading sometimes. Poor guy. Of course I don’t bother him about his World of Warcraft obsession so maybe it’s a wash).

I definitely recommend this one after you’ve read Jane Bites Back and Jane Goes Batty. I know this one will be joining my library soon ๐Ÿ™‚

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even more Austen :)

I liked the cover for the first book better- thank goodness I'm not one of those judge a book by its cover types

Book: Jane Goes Batty

Author: Michael Thomas Ford

Recommend: Definitely! It is a hilarious romp ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay, I have reviewed the first book in this series earlier on my blog in a post called Jane- with a bite ;).ย  I was thrilled when I realized that the second book was finally here. I loved the first and thought it was one of the funniest things I had read in quite some time and so I was thrilled to get to read the second one.

This one centers around Jane finally admitting how much she is in love with Walter but she is undecided on whether or hot she should actually be with him. She is getting no where with her follow-up book, while her first book is in the process of being made into a movie in her home town. Then to complicate everything, Walter’s vampire hunting mother shows up, knowing exactly what Jane is and wanting her dead. Oh and of course we can’t forget the infamous Violet Gray(at least that’s what she’s calling herself these days) and her notorious rivalry with Jane after she destroyed the remains of her family and left her for dead in a house fire after trying to claim Jane’s first novel in 200 years as her own.

I loved this book! I was thrilled to find that it kept the same feel as the first book and that the author didn’t do anything to bizarre for the universe he created while still keeping our interest with new material. Jane gets a chance to explore more of her powers with the help of Lord Byron which expands the story somewhat and makes Jane seem a bit more vampire-ish. I even loved the three-legged Chihuahua that belongs to Walter’s mother- it was a genius and quirky addition to an already hilarious story.

The only negatives I can mention is that in a few places it felt aย  bit too much like reading the first book. Some of the twists and turns in the book were entirely too predictable. I also kept hoping that there would be a new vampire literary figure tossed into the mix- but I was disappointed there is always hope for book three though I guess.

I think my favorite moment was when Byron and Jane were discussing famous vampire hunters and Byron mentions that Abraham Lincoln was one and Jane is aghast and blurts out that she can’t believe the book was true (I did a review of the book Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in an earlier post).

This book is definitely worth picking up and reading and I can’t wait to read the third installment in this building series. I can’t wait to see if Jane is able to keep her bargain or not.

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