Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Who Piss Me Off

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This week’s theme is “characters who” and I decided that since most people would pick character they love or want to be friends with, I would go with the character who wouldn’t be safe being in the same room as me.

1. Dolores Umbridge – Harry Potter Series

If you didn’t know this was coming that means you have been spared the rants I have at least a few times a year. This woman is the one character I would pick to bring to life and then immediately punch in her toad face. She’s a bigot, plain and simple. She’s actually tolerable in the movies, but in the books…she enrages me.

2. Catelyn Stark – Song of Ice and Fire Series

I didn’t mind her all that much in A Game of Thrones…but dear god this woman becomes unbearable in A Clash of Kings. She’s all about the pity party, and she’s not above thinking poorly about people she knows little to nothing about. She’s so condescending and even capable of being outright cruel.

3. Theon Greyjoy – Song of Ice and Fire Series

Another Song of Ice and Fire character…I didn’t even care about him in the first book (A Game of Thrones) but now that he has a POV chapter of his own in A Clash of Kings I really really want to stab him with something pointy. This guy will sleep with anything or at least try too, and I get so tired of hearing about how he deserves more and blah blah blah.

4 & 5. Bella Swan & Edward Cullen – Twilight Saga

So I’ll openly admit that I’ve read the whole series…I’ve even enjoyed the first one. *feels queasy* But that enjoyment died quickly, and I only finished the series because 1) I’m a completionist and I dislike having a book series unfinished and 2) Someone made me borrow them…These two are sickening. Bella does nothing but put herself in danger for most of the series, and Edward is more than a little creepy, over protective, and encourages Bella’s uselessness. All of this *waves hand over gif* is a just a big NO for me.

6. Scarlet Witch – Marvel Universe

Are you ready to have all of reality completely screwed up? No? TOO BAD, because Scarlet Witch will turn everything you’ve ever known on it’s head and you won’t even realize it until someone like Spiderman or Wolverine forcibly snaps you out of it. She’s been a villain, she’s been an avenger, she’s been an X-men…and no matter where her allegiances lay you’re almost guaranteed to end up getting screwed over by her at some point. The best part is a good 80% of the time she doesn’t even realize she’s messed something up.

7. Adam – Shatter Me Trilogy

Fracture Me

So I know there is a whole Team thing with this series, and I’m firmly on the side with Warner. That being said Adam has somehow wormed his way into the ‘hate’ zone, and it’s partially due to Unravel Me and Fracture Me. I can’t really tell you why without giving certain things away or spoiling sections of the book, but I will say he can take his pity and shove it.

8. Yoda – Star Wars

There are a ton of Star Wars book and comics, so I’m totally counting him. Yoda is a deceptive little guy. He seems really wise, is capable of really amazing things, and occasionally kicks some serious ass. Then you start pay attention and realize, this guy is so freaking judge-y. He throws out disapproval like he’s giving out candy, only he probably wouldn’t give out candy because he’s a bit of a stiff. While it’s great when you need rigid training or you’re doing something wrong, he could at least ease up a bit during other moments. I’ll be honest and say I’m not a fan of Jedi, so it’s possible I just don’t appreciate how he can make decisions without emotion (or regard to other’s emotions).

9. Elisa – The Girl of Fire and Thorns

The Girl of Fire and Thorns

 I really liked Elisa at first and I was hopeful that this was going to be a book about being comfortable with one’s apprentice no matter what shape you might be. NOPE! Instead we get a girl who is incredibly harsh on herself, which would have been fine if the moral was going to be self acceptance and self love…NOPE AGAIN! She’s goes on and on about how horrible her weight is and how she’s embarrassed to be hungry, but the randomly flips the tables and eats in spite of people. -_- You don’t get both. It bothered me that she could find very few things about herself that she liked, until she change physically. She becomes bearable again but it’s about 75-80% into the book.

10. Thiago – Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy

Thiago is a colossal douchebag. It’s pretty noticeable in the first book, but trust me it gets worse. He’s one of those cockroach characters, where you really want him to die but for some reason he just won’t. That being said, he’s still a really amazing character…but he falls under the  ‘people I wish to punch’ list. (Though I probably wouldn’t, because he’d kill me).

So there you have it! My top ten characters who piss me off! Of course, all opinion shall vary and I know people who actually love some of the characters I mentioned. So please don’t let my list discourage you from trying out any of the books. All of books/series mentioned have all been rated 3 stars or above (except Twilight), and I firmly believe the only way for most characters to truly piss me off is for them to be well written.

Review: Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Siege and StormSource: Library
Publisher: Macmillian
Series: The Grisha #2
Edition: Hardcover, 432 Pages
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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Rating: 4/5

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

Siege and Storm takes what Bardugo started in Shadow and Bone and amps it up! The wide ranging fantasy goes even farther and even has a few surprises in store.

The world we knew in the first book only gets bigger with this one, in fact it’s rare to find Alina and Mal in one place for very long. It’s really cool to see the different regions, how the people there think and just how far the Darkling’s reach goes. It’s also interesting to see how Alina comes to grips with what she needs to do, and how much her mission begins to change who she is. The book is a bit long and as with most fantasy books it can linger in certain areas, but over all the pacing is really good and I kept the pages turning.

I personally like how much Alina is having to reshape herself to her purpose. People see her differently than she sees herself, and when it becomes apparent that what is has and is, is not enough she sees that she has to add on to it and grow. Of course it leads to some interesting darker moments with her but I definitely think that’s one of the pluses. It shows a side of her that she didn’t beliver herself capable of and it also serves to show her that it’s easy to loose your way while trying to do something good. On the downside I’m still not fond of Mal, in fact I like him even less in this one. He’s so distrustful at times, even when he has no reason to be outright rude and I got tired of how hung up he was on the Darkling’s involvement in Alina’s life. It’s definitely the low point in this book for me, which is kind of a shame. Of course now there is the Stormhund, who is pretty freaking amazing and has an interesting variety of skills and roles. He’s not perfect and he can definitely fall prey to try to manipulate situations, but he’s a pretty good guy and even if he doesn’t seem like a likely love triangle option I do like him more than Mal.

Overall this is a fantastic continuation of the series and I’m really excited to see where Bardugo takes us in book three. I have some ideas but with the amount of interesting twists she likes to throw us I suppose anything is possible!

4 stars