Top Ten Tuesday #129

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Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, at the moment it feels like I will never not be writing essays! But only one more week to go and I’ll finally emerge into a brief period of essay freedom, before getting buried again! But enough with my University student woes, it’s Tuesday and that means another Top Ten Tuesday courtesy of the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is a food themed freebie, which I love because food is you know….the best. So I’m going to talk about Food From Books That I Would Love To Try:

  1. Blue chocolate chip cookies-Percy Jackson-Rick Riordan

I would love to try Percy’s favourite food! I mean I’m sure they’re just chocolate chip cookies with blue food colouring and I love chocolate chip cookies so…..

2. Lemon Tarts-Heartless-Marissa Meyer

I’m not a huge fan of lemon, but Cath’s lemon tarts sounded so delicious, I would happily try them.

3. Ludmila’s Borodinsky Bread-The Crown’s Game-Evelyn Skye

Ludmila makes a bunch of delicious treats throughout The Crown’s Game in her bakery, but her Borodinsky Bread is supposed to be the best in Russia, so I would definitely want to try that!

4. Cauldron Cakes-Harry Potter-JK Rowling

I could have picked any number of things from JK Rowling’s Wizarding World because let’s face it, they have some amazing treats, but these are cakes and I do love cake!

5. Bruce Bogtrotter’s Chocolate Cake-Matilda-Roald Dahl

I mean this is one of the most iconic moments in Matilda, when Bruce eats that massive chocolate cake all by himself. And it looked (from the movie) and sounded like a really delicious cake, so I would love to try it!

6. Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight-Charlie and The Chocolate Factory-Roald Dahl

I mean it’s chocolate. With fudge and marshmallow and something whipped I guess. I don’t know but it sounds absolutely delicious!

7. Poison Kitchen’s Goulash-Daughter of Smoke and Bone-Laini Taylor

I would love to try Karou and Zusana’s favourite restaurant’s signature dish! I mean if only so I could go to Poison Kitchen because it totally sounds like my kind of place.

8. Cinnamon Twists-The Night Circus-Erin Morgenstern

All the food at The Night Circus sounded to die for, but I would especially love to try the cinnamon twists, along with the hot apple cider because they sound amazing!

9. Nina’s Waffles-Six of Crows-Leigh Bardugo

Those waffles have to be amazing for Nina to be so addicted to them and if Nina loves them then they’re definitely something that I want to try!

10. Ambrosia-Percy Jackson-Rick Riordan

Apparently Ambrosia tastes different to everyone and it triggers warm and happy memories and I love that! Let’s hope I’m a demigod though, because otherwise it would burn me alive!

This was actually a lot harder than I thought it would be! Clearly more books need to have memorable food in them. What fictional foods would you like to try? Do we share any? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is Top Ten Unique Book Titles, so that should be a fun one to do! You won’t hear from me again until next week when all of my assessments are done (at least for a while!), so I apologise for that and I’ll see you guys on the other side of my essay nightmare!

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#RockMyTBR September Update (2017)

Hi everyone! I’m so sorry this is so late, I’ve been really busy with essays and uni work and I haven’t had time to write reviews, I’ve only just caught up now! Anyway, it’s October, and I’m here with another #RockMyTBR update, if a little later than usual. For anyone who’s new here, I do one of these each month where I talk about how tackling my TBR is going. September wasn’t bad in terms of reading, I read 3 books and I’m still ahead on my Goodreads Challenge (just), so I’m quite happy with that. Here is what I read in September:

23174274Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard:

I read this one from 28th August-10th September. I wanted to like this one, I really did, but it was such a chore to get through! I had hoped that this series would get better, but Mare was completely intolerable in this one, the story lagged, the plot was basically non-existent, I wasn’t keen on the writing and it just generally wasn’t a very fun experience to read. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/glass-sword-red-queen-2-review/

35005611Charlotte Says by Alex Bell:

This was my Netgalley read for September, I read it from 18th August-30th September. This was a very creepy prequel to Frozen Charlotte and it was definitely unsettling to read at times, but I still enjoyed it. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/charlotte-says-review-e-arc/

25324111And I Darken by Kiersten White:

This was my #RockMyTBR book for September and I read it from 12th September-8th October. I really wanted to enjoy this one more than I did, I loved Lada, but the plot and other characters didn’t really work for me. It was a very dense read and took me way longer than it should have to get through. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/15/and-i-darken-the-conquerors-saga-1/

That’s what I read in September, this is what I’m planning to read in what’s left of this month:

The Girl From Everywhere-Heidi Heilig-This is my #RockMyTBR book for this month, I’m around halfway through it at the moment and I’m really enjoying it.

House of Ash-This is my Netgalley read for this month, I thought it would be a good one for October as it sounds suitably creepy.

Scythe-Neal Shusterman-I’ve been wanting to read this one for ages but haven’t got around to it, so I thought this time of year would be the perfect chance!

Tower of Dawn-Sarah J Maas-I know I said I would read this last month, but I just haven’t had time! I will hopefully start this when I’m at home for reading week!

I’m 2 books ahead of my Goodreads challenge right now, which is still good, though I was further ahead before I got back to Uni! How are you guys doing with your reading goals so far this year? What have you been reading lately? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

And I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga #1)

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Book: And I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga #1)

Author: Kiersten White

I was really excited for this book as I’d heard such great things about it, that it had a lot of stabbing, that the female main character was very fierce and that it was generally a great read. However, I found myself struggling to read it, it took me three weeks to get through which is slow even for me, especially with a 400 page book, three+ weeks is usual for me for 600+ page books, but  not for something like this. It was just incredibly dense, both the prose and the story itself and whilst I was promised a stabfest, what I actually got was a political yawnfest. Here is a short synopsis of the book:

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwyla likes it that way.

Ever since she and her brother were abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman sultan’s courts, Lada has known that ruthlessness is the key to survival. For the lineage that makes her and her brother special also makes them targets.

Lada hones her skills as a warrior as she nurtures plans to wreak revenge on the empire that holds her captive. Then she and Radu meet the sultan’s son, Mehmed, and everything changes. Now Mehmed unwittingly stands between Lada and Radu as they transform from siblings to rivals, and the ties of love and loyalty that bind them together are stretched to breaking point.

The first of an epic new trilogy starring the ultimate anti-princess who does not have a gentle heart. Lada knows how to wield a sword, and she’ll stop at nothing to keep herself and her brother alive.

The premise sounded amazing, a genderbent retelling of Vlad The Impaler? Sign me up! However the book didn’t really live up to the promise of its premise. There was a lot of dense political talk and romance and religion, but not exactly very much of Lada being stabby and vicious, at least not as much as I was expecting.

The story was VERY slow. It moved at an almost glacial pace throughout, even when they arrived at the Sultan’s court, it’s still incredibly slow. That combined with all the politics, the dense prose and the large focus on religion made it a struggle to get through. I mean I appreciated seeing the religious aspects, as religion is too often glossed over in YA, but this in combination with the politics and the dense prose really did not work. I can’t speak to how good the Islam representation was, but it is there, if there are any Muslim reviewers reading this who have read the book, I’d love to know what you thought about the rep in this.

I actually lost track of how old the characters were, because there was so much skipping about in time. First they were kids, then they were 10 and 11 then loads of time skipped and they’re suddenly like 15 and 16, but they felt a lot younger? I don’t know, it just bugged me a little, because I always felt they were a lot younger than they actually were, so some of their actions didn’t make complete sense to me.

I did like Lada, but she wasn’t quite what I was expecting. I was expecting her to be really, really vicious and she was sometimes, but nowhere near to the level that I wanted her to be. I also didn’t like how she seemed to do a complete 180 when she fell for Mehmed. Still I did like that she was fierce and knew her own mind and beliefs and stuck to them that was great. Radu was sweet and I liked him at first but once the whole Lada/Mehmed thing started, he got all jealous and brooding and I wasn’t such a fan? I also didn’t believe that Mehmed could be that dense about Radu’s feelings for him, I think he’s using him.

I really hated that it had to be constantly emphasised how ugly Lada was. Like I get you need to show that she can’t rely on her looks but I don’t think it was necessary to be reminded every other page how ugly she was.

Mehmed really bothered me. I didn’t get why he wanted Constantinople so much and it honestly seemed like he was just using both Lada and Radu. He had his harem, he didn’t need Lada and yet he keeps her around just because he wants her. Honestly it felt like he was emotionally abusive to both of them and I didn’t really like that.

There is LGBTQ+ representation which I liked, because it’s not something you see very often in historical fiction, especially not in this time period, but there is a bit towards the end that utilises the “bury your gays” trope. That really disappointed me because I had thought the rep was okay up until that point.

The plot wasn’t particularly coherent and didn’t really seem to have a point until right up at the end. I will admit I really loved the climax, especially with what happened to Lada’s character. I was just expecting far more action throughout the book and I didn’t really get it.

I have seen some reviews from native reviewers, Romanian in this case, who have said that they weren’t pleased with the representation of their history, so that’s something to take into account when choosing whether to read this book.

Some of the chapters were definitely a little overlong, which contributed to the lagging pace.

Overall, it’s not a terrible book, but it could have been so much better. Lada was great, but most of the other characters I didn’t really get along with, the plot was slow, it was very dense and generally just not particularly easy to read. This would be great for anyone who likes historical reads, packed with politics and religion but not so much for lovers of action packed, fast paced reads like me.

My Rating: 3/5

The next book I will be reviewing is Heidi Heilig’s The Girl From Everywhere, as my #RockMyTBR book for October. Also I promise guys, my September Update is coming, I will hopefully have it up for you tomorrow!

 

 

 

Charlotte Says Review (e-ARC)

Book: Charlotte Says

Author: Alex Bell

Published By: Stripes Publishing

Expected Publication: 7th September (oops!)

Format: e-book

I received this book for free via Netgalley. This in no way affected my opinion of the book.

As always, thank you to Netgalley and Stripes Publishing for allowing me to read this book.

I enjoyed reading Frozen Charlotte by this author over the summer, so when I saw that there was going to be a prequel to it coming out this year and that it was available on Netgalley, I immediately jumped at the chance to read it and requested it. Luckily for me, my request was granted! If possible, this book was even creepier than Frozen Charlotte and I definitely felt more unsettled when reading it, but I think I enjoyed Frozen Charlotte just a tad more? Maybe because I had no expectations. I also kind of knew where the story was going to go in this one because a lot of the events are mentioned in Frozen Charlotte, having said that, the way events unfurled really surprised me! Here is a short synopsis of the book:

The much-anticipated prequel to the bestselling FROZEN CHARLOTTE, a Zoella Book Club title in Autumn 2016.
Following the death of her mother in a terrible fire, Jemima flees to the remote Isle of Skye, to take up a job at a school for girls. There she finds herself tormented by the mystery of what really happened that night.
Then Jemima receives a box of Frozen Charlotte dolls from a mystery sender and she begins to remember – a séance with the dolls, a violent argument with her step-father and the inferno that destroyed their home. And when it seems that the dolls are triggering a series of accidents at the school, Jemima realizes she must stop the demonic spirits possessing the dolls – whatever it takes.

First off, you don’t necessarily need to read Frozen Charlotte to read this one, it’s a completely stand alone book and it really depends whether you want to know the backstory first or whether you want to read Frozen Charlotte and then find out the backstory.

This book was definitely a lot more intense than the first one, what with the dolls, the evil schoolmistress, Jemima’s sadistic stepfather, all of it together makes for a very intense reading experience and I was definitely more horrified at this one than I was at the first one. It’s a lot more graphic as well, there’s animal abuse, human abuse, murder, some pretty nasty injuries, so definitely not for the fainthearted and possibly more for older teens than younger ones, I think. Also warning to anyone with the same phobia of needles as me, there are some scenes involving needles in this, so you may want to flick past those!

I found it interesting that the book started with dialogue as it’s not something that you see very often but I think it worked well here.

I liked the integration of the flashbacks with the present story, it was all woven together really well and the transitions between past and present weren’t clunky like they sometimes are.

This book answers many of the important questions we were left with from the first book, why are the dolls evil, how did they get to the school, what happened for the school to be closed etc whilst still leaving the end slightly open, so you’re not entirely sure what will happen to all the characters once the story is over.

I’m not sure how I really felt about Jemima as a character, for most of the story I was really rooting for her, I wanted her to find out what was happening with the Frozen Charlotte dolls and I felt really bad for what happened to her with Redwing but there was a big twist at the end that kind of changed my opinion of her? I did find it a bit weird that she was 17 and an assistant schoolmistress, but this was the 1900’s so I think that was pretty normal back then.

The schoolmistress, Miss Grayson, was absolutely horrible, I mean it fits with what I know about schools in the 1900s, but it was still quite shocking to see how awful she was! I felt really bad for all the poor girls, especially Estella, who I just wanted to give a massive hug to.

The dolls were just as creepy, if not more so than in the first book. It’s cemented now, I definitely hate dolls. Why do we think those things are cute? They’re freakin’ terrifying!

Jemima’s stepfather Redwing, is one of the most atrocious human beings ever, he’s truly awful and the chapters detailing his forcing Jemima to communicate with his dead daughter were very difficult to read.

I didn’t really see the point of Henry. He seemed to just be there to provide the requisite YA love interest and didn’t have much of a personality aside from being a nice, too perfect, kind of blank guy.

I will admit, wasn’t a huge fan of the sexism in this book. I know it’s the time period, but this is a story where demonic dolls can control human beings, I think you can tone down the sexism! There was also the classic YA girl on girl hate that needs to die a slow painful death like now please? It’s getting old!

I loved the little cameo from Cameron, it was a nice throwback to Frozen Charlotte.

Once again, the setting was awesome, I love reading books set in Scotland and it’s such a good setting for horror novels, so atmospheric! Alex Bell is definitely very good at setting a scene.

The pacing felt a lot better than the first book, the chapters were shorter, the mystery felt tighter, and actually by the end I was wishing there was more!

The epilogue felt very similar to the one in the first book, except I actually liked it better here, because implying that the dolls are still out there doing damage, leads quite well onto Frozen Charlotte.

Overall, this was another engaging horror story from Alex Bell, it was a fast, if not necessarily an easy read as it’s quite horrifying and if you liked Frozen Charlotte, then I would definitely recommending continuing (or starting, if you want to read this first!) the dolls’ story.

My rating: 3/5

My next review will be of Kiersten White’s And I Darken, which I finished last Sunday, but have been so busy with essays, I haven’t had a chance to write it yet. Will try to get it up ASAP!

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday #128

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Hi all! I hope you guys have all had a good week since I last did one of these, I have been in essay hell for the past week and will continue to be for the next week, so it’s not a great week for Jo! Anyway, since it’s Tuesday, I have another Top Tuesday for you all, courtesy of the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is Books With Autumn Covers/Themes. I’m twisting this slightly and going with Books To Get You In The Mood For Autumn. So here we go:

  1. The Raven Cycle-Maggie Stiefvater

This series just gives me all the Autumn vibes! You have psychics, you have a dead Welsh King, you have magic forests and someone who can pull things out of dreams, if all of that doesn’t scream Autumn, I don’t know what does.

2. Unwind Dystology-Neal Shusterman

These books aren’t set in Autumn or anything, but the whole idea of a society where kids can be taken to pieces if their parents consider them troublemakers in order to provide organs to the rest of society, is pretty creepy and the whole series has a very creepy vibe, so I think it’s a perfect read for this time of year.

3. Skulduggery Pleasant Series-Derek Landy

This series is all about a walking, talking, magical skeleton detective, who solves magical crimes and saves the world with his human sidekick, is there anything more Halloweeny/Autumny, than that?

4. The Accident Season-Moira Fowley-Doyle

I didn’t personally love this one, but if you like very descriptive writing and good dose of the fantastical in your stories, then this might be for you and since it’s set in the week running up to Halloween, it’s perfect for this time of year.

5. The Night Circus-Erin Morgernstern

Again, not one of my favourites, but the atmosphere of this book definitely feels very Autumny, it’s the kind of book that you can curl up with a hot chocolate on a cold day and really dive into.

6. Caraval-Stephanie Garber

This one is kind of like The Night Circus but I actually liked it better. The atmosphere again just feels very autumny, with the magic and the game and all the mystery, it’s another one you can curl up with on a cold day!

7. The Archived-Victoria Schwab

With its Library of The Dead, this book is perfect for the spooky season!

8. Frozen Charlotte-Alex Bell

Creepy dolls abound, this book (and it’s prequel, which I will be reviewing soon) is perfect for October, I swear you will never look at dolls the same way after reading this!

9. Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone-JK Rowling

Okay, so I will find a way to fit Harry Potter into absolutely everything, but there is no bad time of year to read this book and I always feel in a very Harry Potter mood in the Autumn/around Christmas!

10. Timekeeper-Tara Sim

With its steampunk Victorian world, I feel like this book is perfect to read in the Autumn, I don’t know if it’s just because I read it in September/October time of last year, but it definitely gives off that kind of vibe.

So how about you? What books scream Autumn to you? Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is a food based freebie, so naturally I’m very excited for that! I will probably not have much for you guys in the next few weeks as I’m really busy with work, so I apologise in advance for that!

Top Ten Tuesday #127

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Hi everyone! I hope you’ve had a good week since I last did one of these, mine was relatively quiet, but I have a very busy week coming up! I’m going to see Hairspray in Glasgow with my friends tomorrow as a late birthday celebration, so I’m very excited for that. Anyway, it’s Tuesday again, so that means another Top Ten Tuesday from the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Book Boyfriends. I don’t know if it’s kind of weird for a 21 year old to still have crushes on 16/17 year old fictional boys, but that’s what you get when you read mostly YA I guess! And let’s face it, fictional guys are so much better than real ones. So here we go, my Top Ten Book Boyfriends:

  1. Percy Jackson-PJO, HOO & TOA-Rick Riordan

I would like to clarify that this is current 18 year old Percy rather than 12 year old Percy because that would be really weird (although when I was 14, it was 12 year old Percy, this has been a very long standing crush!). Percy’s sassy, goofy, loyal and lovable and I think he would be a great boyfriend. Of course we have the minor problem that I ship him and Annabeth……

2. Connor Lassiter-Unwind Dystology-Rick Riordan

Okay so he’s a bit reckless and has kind of a short temper, but he’s also really kind and sassy and sweet, and a bit self deprecating and I love that! Plus he’s so protective of Risa (his girlfriend in the novels), so you know he’d be a great boyfriend!

3. Peeta Mellark-The Hunger Games Trilogy-Suzanne Collins

HE BAKES. That is all. I could have bread and cake and other baked goods whenever I wanted and that’s a surefire way to my heart. Plus he’s cute and sweet and everything, but mostly the cake.

4. Dorian Havilliard-Throne of Glass series-Sarah J Maas

He’s actually around the same age as me, so this one wouldn’t be weird! I have a thing for tall, dark, handsome guys, so he definitely fits the bill, plus he likes to read and you barely ever find that in real life guys!

5. Kell Maresh-Shades of Magic Trilogy-VE Schwab

Kell is sassy and brooding, and a little lost and kind of flawed and you just want to give him a massive hug. Plus he has an awesome coat that hopefully if I was his girlfriend, he would let me share?

6. Rhy Maresh-Shades of Magic Trilogy-VE Schwab

Also sassy (I may have a problem with sassy guys) and incredibly charming and witty but also incredibly clever, he speaks loads of different languages and I find that so attractive in a guy. Plus I love the brotherly bond between him and Kell.

7. Will Greyton-The Glory-Lauren St John

If I could find a guy like this in my real life, I would be set. He’s kind, he loves horses, he wants to be a vet, he’s brave and generous and amazing and now I’m starting to realise why guys like this aren’t real.

8. Jin-Rebel of The Sands Trilogy-Alwyn Hamilton

Jin is cute, mysterious, charming and funny and really clever, definitely the sort of guy that I would love to date in real life.

9. Sam Cortland-The Assassin’s Blade-Sarah J Maas

WHY SARAH WHY? Sam is freaking boyfriend goals! He’s cute, sweet, snarky and just altogether perfect for Celaena, I would love to find a Sam Cortland in real life.

10. Newt-The Maze Runner Trilogy-James Dashner

Okay so this is slightly more based on the movie, because Newt in my head was nowhere near as hot as Thomas Brodie-Sangster, but still, Newt is British and I find his accent very sexy (and no I’m not biased just because I’m British. Irish accents are actually the sexiest).

So how about you? Who are your book boyfriends, or girlfriends, or both? Do we share any? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is about books that scream Autumn, so I’m going to be giving you Top Ten Books To Get You In The Mood For Autumn. I have recently finished Charlotte Says, so I’m hoping to get a review of that up soon, but I don’t know when as I have a lot of work to do this week!

Top Ten Tuesday #126

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Hi all! I hope you’ve had a good week since I last did one of these, mine has been relatively quiet, just getting back into the swing of Uni really, my first assignments are due in a couple of weeks though, so I’ll be starting them this week probably, basically, the stress is about to begin! Anyway, it’s Tuesday again, so that means another Top Ten Tuesday from the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week is a character freebie, so instead of focusing on human characters, I’m going to talk about my Top Ten Animal Characters from Books. Because let’s face it, animals are way better than people! So here we go, my favourite furry friends from books:

  1. Hedwig-Harry Potter Series-JK Rowling

I couldn’t do this list without everyone’s favourite fictional owl could I? Through the course of the books Hedwig was as much a character as Harry, Hermione or Ron. Darn you JK for what you did to Hedwig!

2. Fleetfoot-Throne of Glass Series-Sarah J Maas

PUPPY! I don’t care who out of the main TOG team dies, because let’s face it, some of them are going to, as long as Aelin’s adorable and faithful hound is alive at the end of the series. Don’t kill the dog Sarah. Just don’t do it. I know you love breaking our hearts, but not the dog.

3. Black Beauty-Black Beauty-Anna Sewell

I don’t think I could do a list of my favourite animal characters without including one of literature’s most famous horses. Poor Beauty went through so much in his life, but he came out the other side and eventually got his happy ending, it was truly beautiful!

4. Charlotte-Charlotte’s Web-EB White

I don’t see a day where I won’t be scared of spiders (THEY HAVE TOO MANY LEGS AND EYES, IT’S UNSETTLING, OKAY!), but I did love this fictional spider when I was a kid. Charlotte was so kind and loving and she saved Wilbur from becoming bacon. I nearly cried at the end of this book, I swear!

5. Shadow-Shadow The Sheepdog-Enid Blyton

This was one of my favourite books when I was a kid, and reading about Johnny’s relationship with his faithful dog Shadow was one of the first things that made me want my own dog, I wanted a dog like Shadow who would be my best friend (I now have a gorgeous black Labrador Otis, who I love!).

6. Blackjack-Percy Jackson and The Olympians-Rick Riordan

Okay so Blackjack is a mythical creature rather than one that exists in real life but it still counts! Blackjack the Pegasus is hilarious and always there for our main gang when they need him.

7. Pinkie-The Pearl Thief-Elizabeth Wein

The McEwen’s excitable dog Pinkie is a great feature in this book, she doesn’t really do much, but she made me smile every time she was on the page!

8. Buffoon-Blind Beauty-KM Peyton

The relationship between Tessa and her horse Buffoon is central to this book and it’s wonderful to see these two outcasts bond over the course of the book, to see each of them give each other a goal in life and a sense of purpose.

9. Scout-The Glory-Lauren St John

Yup another horse! Scout is central to the plot of The Glory as he is the horse that Alex rides the race on, and they have such a beautiful bond, it’s wonderful to see.

10. Buckbeak-Harry Potter-JK Rowling

Yes I know, again a mythical creature, but I couldn’t not include Buckbeak. It sounds like so much fun to fly on a Hippogriff and I practically cheered when he hurt Malfoy for insulting him!

Honourable Mentions: Abraxos (Throne of Glass, wyvern), Merrylegs & Ginger (Black Beauty, horses), James Herriot Books (various animals, but most memorable is Pandora the Pekingnese), Chainsaw (Raven, the Raven Cycle), Joey (War Horse, Horse, I’ll admit I haven’t actually read the book for this one, but I saw the play and loved it, so I think I can include him as a favourite fictional horse), Fawkes (Phoenix, Harry Potter)

So how about you? What are your favourite fictional animals? Do we share any? What did you do for your character freebie this week? Let me know in the comments!

I will be back next week with a new Top Ten Tuesday, which is Top Ten Book Boyfriends (or Girlfriends, personally I’m going for boyfriends), so that should be a pretty fun one! I don’t know if I’ll have anything else up this week as I’m quite busy and want to get a jump start on my essays, so if I don’t post anything else this week, then I’ll see all you guys back here next week!