My Favourite Friendships in Books

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Hey guys!

Welcome to another TTT! This week’s topic is platonic relationships in books and I thought I’ll list out my favourite friendships in books.


1) Harry and Luna from The Harry Potter series

2) Percy and Annabeth from The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

3) Cinder and Carswell Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles

4) Winter and Scarlet from The Lunar Chronicles

5) Meda and Jo from the Soul eaters Trilogy

6) Inej and Nina from the Six of Crows Duology

7) Bingley and Darcy from Pride and Prejudice

8) Cath and Reagan from Fangirl

9) Gwen and Leslie from The Ruby Red Trilogy

10) Mina and Nan from An Unfortunate Fairy Tale series


Let’s talk!

Which are your favourite friendships? Do we have any in common? Are you doing TTT this week? Tell me in the comments!

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My Thoughts on Strange the Dreamer

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Title: Strange the Dreamer

Author: Laini Taylor

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Blurb:

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around – and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries – including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.

– From Goodreads

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My Thoughts

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1)

Rating: 5/5 stars!

Laini Taylor is one of my favourite authors. I loved Daughter of Smoke And Bone, and Lips Touch (which you have to read, if you haven’t). And I knew I was going to love this, but Strange the Dreamer exceeded my expectations. Like, I knew it was going to be amazing, but it was that and more. It’s the kind of book that feeds your soul.

Reasons you should definitely read Strange the Dreamer:

  • The Beautiful Writing:

Laini Taylor’s prose is really pretty, and one of the best lyrical writing I’ve read. It hooks you from the first line. I kept rereading entire paragraphs because it was just so beautiful.

  • The World-Building

Strange the Dreamer is only about 500 pages, but Laini Taylor builds such an intricate world, and blends Science-Fiction and Fantasy seamlessly. You’re given just enough information to know what’s happening, so there’s this big air of mystery and you desperately want to know more. And it’s a talent-keeping your reader dying to know more.

  • The Characters

Strange the Dreamer had a LOT of characters and I loved how each character was given enough backstory and development (My favourite was Lazlo Strange, he’s so precious).


Now, even though I LOVED Strange the Dreamer, I did have problems:

  • The Romance

I had the same problem with Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the love story in both the books was a bit rushed. The romance between Lazlo and Sarai was actually really(really) cute and adorable for a few chapters. After that, I felt it was a bit too fast. But again, this was not a big issue for me, just this tiny nit-picky thing.

  • The Last Part

I had issues with the last few chapters, especially with the pacing. For the most part, the book is pretty slow-paced, right? And I loved it. Weep’s mystery and other details of this world was described extensively. But everything felt rushed towards the end.


However, Strange the Dreamer was one of the best books I’ve read this year. It was AMAZING and you should definitely pick it up, if you haven’t already!

5 stars


My Favourite Lines

“He read while he walked. He read while he ate. The other librarians suspected he somehow read while he slept, or perhaps didn’t sleep at all.” 

“Without his books, his room felt like a body with its hearts cut out.”

“The library knows its own mind… When it steals a boy, we let it keep him.”

“The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around”

“You’re a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable,” she pleaded. “Something beautiful and full of monsters.”

“Beautiful and full of monsters?”

“All the best stories are.” 


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Have you read Strange the Dreamer? Did you like it? Do you plan to read it? Have you read any other Laini Taylor books? Tell me in the comments!

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Library Lover’s Book Tag

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So it’s been quite a while since I did a book tag. And I LOVE tags! I saw this one over at Book Princess Reviews and I knew I just had to do it (don’t forget to check out their post!).

Now, I get most of my books from the library, buying books is wayyy too costly. And I love visiting my library, it’s one of those places that makes me really happy. Who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by books right? The one I go to has a lot of books,when compared to how small it is. So it’s a really cozy place, and there are books all around you and it’s a really happy place!

So I felt this tag was PERFECT for me!

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My Thoughts on Catwoman: Soulstealer

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Title: Catwoman: Soulstealer

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Blurb:

When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has. . . .
Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing’s undoing.

-From Goodreads

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My Thoughts

Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons, #3)

Disclaimer: I haven’t read any of the comics, so I have absolutely no idea how accurate Catwoman’s portrayal is.

Rating: 3.5 stars!

I hadn’t actually planned to read Catwoman. I’m not a big Sarah J Mass fan, her Court of Thorns and Roses series was not for me ( but I did love the first 2/3rd of Mist and Fury). A Court of Wings and Ruin was a horrible mess and I didn’t really feel like picking up any of  her other books. But I was curious and my library had it and now we’re here.

Surprisingly, I enjoyed Catwoman. It was not a great book, but it kept me entertained and I ended up loving it anyway. It was nothing extraordinary, felt like a typical action hero book, but I loved it.

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My Thoughts On Along For The Ride

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Title: Along for the Ride

Author: Sarah Dessen

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Blurb: 

It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.

A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.

In her signature pitch-perfect style, Sarah Dessen explores the hearts of two lonely people learning to connect.

– From Goodreads

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My Thoughts

Along for the Ride

Rating: 4/5 stars!

The thing about Sarah Dessen is that her books are so addictive. You basically inhale them.

I read Along for the Ride just after Just Listen, which was strange because I almost never read two contemporaries in a row (unless it’s a series). But that’s what I love about these books: It’s so easy to read and you end up feeling so happy.

Like all Sarah Dessen books (at least the three I’ve read), Along for the Ride is about the protagonists journey towards self discovery (and the friends she makes along the way and blah blah blah).

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