Sara 101: Favorite Female Characters

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I am back today with my personal feature, Sara 101, where I talk about me and myself and I and anything and everything that I could want to share about my personal life.

When I was thinking about what to share in this feature this month, I started thinking about female characters (mostly because of the discussion post from yesterday) and how I say that a lot of female characters are part of my favorites list but I haven’t actually made a list. So I decided what better way to help myself and to share something with you all, than to make a list of my favorite female characters and turn it into a post!

I usually try to rank these kinds of lists as best I can because I like to keep it that way for myself but this one is just too hard. The top 3 are absolutely my absolute favorites but the rest of this list is just from last read to most recent read.

SO let’s get started!

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T5W Apr. 5th – Top SFF Books On Your TBR

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Time for another Top 5 Wednesday. Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Top SFF Books On Your TBR. As I mentioned in the other post that had to do with SFF books, I tend to read High Fantasy books more than Science Fiction. So this list is going to be made up of mostly Fantasy books with a bit of SciFi. All these books are ones that I’ve had on TBRs, that I’ve tried to get to a few times but haven’t managed to get to and that I really want to read!

SO let’s get started!

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Book Traveling Thursdays Mar. 30th – It’s Take a Walk in the Park Day

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It’s BTT time! This is a weekly meme created by Danielle at Danielle’s Book Blog and Catia at TheGirlWhoReadTooMuch. You can find all of the information you’ll need to participate on the Goodreads page.

This week’s topic is It’s Take a Walk in the Park Day… choose a book that always relaxes you. Some of these topics are getting harder and harder because they’re just too simple. There’s a lot of different ways to interpret a book that relaxes you so I picked a book that helps me lower my stress levels because it’s really funny and makes me happy.

SO let’s get started!

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Monthly Obsessions #11

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I’m here today to talk about my monthly obsessions. This month has been pretty much filled with music and more music haha. I’m going to have a hard time deciding what I want to share with you today. January has been a month filled with anxiety and that’s no fun at all, so I’ve been trying to distract myself and all the things below have helped me do just that.

SO let’s get started!

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T5W Jan. 25th – Favorite Underrated Books

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Time for another Top 5 Wednesday. Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Favorite Underrated Books. I have a really hard time with the word underrated. I never really know how to classify a book as underrated. I know there’s a lot of books that I’ve read that not many people that I know have read as well, but that doesn’t mean anything in comparison to the rest of the world. So what I did was go on my read shelf on Goodreads and picked the books that I’ve enjoyed the most that have the lowest average rating.

SO let’s get started!

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Book Traveling Thursdays Jan. 5th – New Beginnings…

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Hello everyone!

It’s BTT time! This is a weekly meme created by Danielle at Danielle’s Book Blog and Catia at TheGirlWhoReadTooMuch. You can find all of the information you’ll need to participate on the Goodreads page.

This week’s topic is New beginnings… Choose a book you would like to read for the first time again. I don’t really know if there are books that I would love experience for the first time again. I thought about Aristotle and Dante but I’ve already used that book for a BTT so I decided on another favorite book that I wish I could read all over again for the first time.

SO let’s get started!

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The Stationary Book Tag

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I am back today to share another  tag with you. This week has been so crazy that it’s literally the day before this is supposed to go up and I’m just now starting this post (if you didn’t know, I always schedule the upcoming week’s posts on the weekend). I’m a little scatter brained at the moment so I hope this post makes sense! My friend Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions tagged me to do the Stationary Book Tag. Again, if you didn’t know, I hard write most of my posts and all of my reviews first before sharing them here so obviously I love pens and pencils and colors and I have a billion notebooks so I’m really excited to share my answers with you guys!

The Rules:

  • Thank the creator – Sam @RiverMooseReads
  • Answer the questions
  • Add pictures, if you want
  • Tag 5 people

SO let’s get started!

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T5W Dec. 14th – Series That Got Worse with Each Book

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Time for another Top 5 Wednesday. Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Series That Got Worse with Each Book. I had to think about this a little bit because most of the time, luckily, as I continue a series the books continue to improve. But there have been some where the series just hits a nose dive after the first book and those are the series that I’m gonna talk about today.

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T5W Dec. 7th – Books You Want to Finally Read in 2017

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Hello everyone!

Time for another Top 5 Wednesday. Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Books You Want to Finally Read in 2017. There’s a lot of books on my TBR for next year (Yes, I am so obsessive that I have my entire reading list for the year written out and prepared). But there are a few that I’ve been wanting to read for a long time, or that have been on my TBR for a long time and that’s what I’m sharing today.

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ARC Review – Ice Crypt by Tiana Warner

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Ice Crypt (The Mermaids of Eriana Kwai #2)

Author: Tiana Warner

Publication: July 25th, 2016

Publisher: Rogue Cannon Publishing

Format: e-ARC, 334 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Mythology, Mermaids, LGBTQ+

Read: September 2016

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I received an e-ARC of this book from Rogue Cannon Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

4.5 Stars

Synopsis
Meela has just returned from the Massacre—the annual attempt to wipe out the mermaids threatening her people’s survival. After forming an unlikely connection with Lysi, a mermaid she was trained to kill, Meela is determined to stop the war between humans and merpeople for good. She knows of a legendary weapon that could bring peace if she uses it against King Adaro, ruler of the Pacific Ocean. But her people have plans for future Massacres and refuse to help her uncover it.
While Meela works in secret to unearth the Host of Eriana, Lysi is held captive under Adaro’s tyranny. Sent to the battlefront, Lysi joins forces with a band of rebels that could either bring her freedom—or have her executed for treason.
Separated by the vast Pacific Ocean, Meela and Lysi must find a way to defeat King Adaro and end the war that has been keeping them apart.

Critically

Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
The plot of this book is action packed and full of precious folklore. It’s filled with violence, war and death. It had it’s slow moments and while there was action, it wasn’t as packed as the first book. There were a lot of plot twists that kept me on my toes and there was a bit more romance which I enjoyed it. The ending was open and I can’t wait to see what the last book brings.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
The writing still worked really well with the story. It’s detailed and descriptive, almost to the point of being graphic, specially when depicting violent scenes which I must say was really interesting. It’s imaginative and steady paced. There’s various POVs in this one which was entertaining but it could get lengthy at times.

Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
I’m slowly but surely falling in love with the characters in this series. Meela is an amazing protagonist. She’s determined and yet vulnerable. None of the characters are the same after their first Masscre and you can really tell how it has affected Meela as she narrates her story. She’s tortured and torn. She’s honest and is trying to do everything in her power to stop the war that is terrorizing her island. In this book we also get another POV which I really enjoyed. We get a closer look at the mermaid side of the war, their strategies, their armies and their different cultures. The latter was something I wasn’t expecting. I love that they weren’t all from one group and there was a lot more going on under the sea than we were privy to until this point. The side characters are also pretty great. There’s quite a few antagonists so it never felt like everyone was against just one person. And the characters we get to see more up close are complex, interesting and sometimes even sweet, specially in their relationships with each other.

Emotionally

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