Sidekick Showcase Saturday #18

I thought I would continue with my Artemis Fowl Sidekicks theme this week, by talking about one of my favourite characters from the series, Mulch Diggums. I kind of wished he’d been featured more, because even though he plays a role in the series, he’s not a major character. Mulch Diggums is a dwarf, and he’s a kleptomaniac, he loves to steal things and he’s incredibly funny. He’s able to sneak into places by digging tunnels underground, using his jaws as he’s able to unhinge them to dig which is really cool and he has tools which he can use to be able to break into places. Even though he’s a burglar, you can’t help but admire his skills and you root for him because he’s on the side of Holly and Artemis. His skills are actually really helpful as he’s able to use them to break into places to get things that Holly and Artemis need. He is also able to propel himself through tunnels using flatulence, which is kind of gross but also kind of clever and it has different varieties (but again, you can’t help but admire his resourcefulness). His beard hairs act as antennae and they can pick up vibrations through walls and underground, which again I thought was really cool and when they stiffen they can be used to form keys and other useful items, which is very resourceful. When his spit dries, it glows in the dark and becomes rock solid and it contains a ┬ásedative. His dwarf rock polish can be used to melt glass and metal. He also smells horrible.

Basically, Mulch is grumpy, but very funny and kind of lovable, he has some really useful skills and he really grows on you as the series goes on and I love his relationships with Artemis and Holly. He’s one of those characters that you just can’t help but love and I could so read a spin-off series about his adventures as a thief.

I will have my Swoonworthy Sunday post for you all soon (hopefully, if not it will be tomorrow) and next week, I will be back with another one of these posts.

Sidekick Showcase Saturday #17

I wasn’t exactly sure who I was going to choose for this week, it’s hard to think of memorable side characters, the main characters tend to stick in my mind more! It seems to me that most of my choices for these posts come from Harry Potter, The Hunger Games or Percy Jackson, with a few exceptions so this week I decided to choose a character from a book series that I really like, but feel like I don’t rave enough about on this blog. The series is Artemis Fowl and the character is Opal Koboi.

opal koboiOpal is the series’ main villian, she’s a pixie and she’s an evil genius, she’s basically this manic, insane, extremely intelligent pixie who wants to rule the world. I love her because she’s so insane that she’s funny to read about and yet she’s also incredibly interesting because she’s so clever and it’s great to see how her plans play out (I mean you want her to fail because you want Artemis to succeed, but it’s still cool to see how her plans unravel). I love her rivalry with Foaly, they’re both so clever so it’s interesting to see their back and forth and the whole way that she uses her intelligence to make herself more powerful is really cool. Her powers are also great, she harvests animal brain fluid in order to make her magic powers stronger so she can levitate, release energy waves & has acute mind control. She’s able to use remote psychokinesis & is able to shoot lightning bolts from her fingertips, although this is all rendered useless when she has a human pituitary gland installed although she has this removed and manages to find a way to make her powers even better than before. She’s just so clever and powerful and even though she’s evil and her arrogance about her own intelligence is annoying, you can’t help but admire her a little bit. I just found her so much fun to read about and she’s a very worthy villain, the only one whose intelligence rivals Artemis’ own. She’s such a well done villain and it makes a great difference to the series, having a villain who is a real threat.

I will be back next week with another Sidekick Showcase Saturday post but tomorrow I will have my latest Swoonworthy Sunday post for you all, so make sure to check that out. I am about halfway through A Court of Thorns and Roses and I’m hoping I might be able to finish it by the end of the month, so that I will have a review for you as I know they’ve been lacking lately!

Sidekick Showcase Saturday #16

For this week’s Sidekick Showcase, I decided I would choose another Harry Potter character as my subject, since JK Rowling’s 50th Birthday and Harry Potter’s 35th Birthday were on Friday, I thought using a Harry Potter character as my Sidekick Showcase this week would be a nice way to celebrate, even if it is a little late (sorry about that!). The ┬ácharacter I have chosen this week, is one of my favourites in the series, Luna Lovegood.

lunaI love Luna for many reasons, she’s so odd and quirky but she completely doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her, she does as she pleases, a quality that I really admire and I love all her eccentricities and how different she is. Plus, she’s really smart and incredibly perceptive being a Ravenclaw. I love that she’s so blunt and tells everything as it but that she’s also a really great friend and doesn’t care when people are mean to her, she’s accepting of everyone. She’s also incredibly brave and a very skilled witch and I feel like people sometimes underestimate Luna because of how odd she is. She’s also very caring towards people. Of all the characters in Harry Potter, she is one that I would definitely want to be friends with, she’s funny and cool and I imagine she’d be a really great friend.

I will have my Swoonworthy Sunday post for you tomorrow, I meant to have it for you today, but I have work tomorrow and have to get up early, so I’ll do both my Swoonworthy Sunday and Monday Recommendations posts for you all tomorrow and then I will have another Sidekick Showcase post next Saturday.

Sidekick Showcase Saturday #15

For this week’s Sidekick Showcase, I decided to focus on another Hunger Games character and that character is Rue. I love Rue for many reasons, one of which being that I think she’s very brave first for even taking part in the Games, I know she didn’t exactly have much choice, but still, for a twelve year old, taking part in the Games is a very brave thing. I love how she’s underestimated because she’s so small and so young, but that she’s actually very clever and sneaky and uses the fact that she’s underestimated to her advantage. She’s so sweet in nature though that it’s impossible not to like her and I like that her strategy to survive in the Games was by using her climbing skills to spy on the other tributes in training so she could assess their strengths and weaknesses and then using those same skills to evade them in the arena, rather than killing the other tributes, she stands back and lets them fight it out among themselves, which is a clever strategy and sticks to her sweet nature. I love that she brings out Katniss’ softer side, much like Prim and I kind of wished she’d survived longer because I loved her scenes with Katniss. Rue was such a lovely, sweet, innocent girl and that’s why I chose her for my Sidekick Showcase this week, because she’s such a sweet person, so clever and brave and she didn’t deserve what happened to her and her moments in The Hunger Games are definitely standout. I will be back next week with another Sidekick Showcase, but in the meantime, I will be posting my Swoonworthy Sunday post soon, so keep an eye out for that!

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Sidekick Showcase Saturday #14

I’m so sorry for my lack of punctuality on memes recently, life has been really busy and is about to get busier as I start my new part-time job on Friday! Blogging is definitely high priority though and I will make sure that I still post regularly, I just may not be as punctual with my posts as I usually try to be! Anyway, for this week’s Sidekick Showcase, I decided I would choose a character from Skulduggery Pleasant, as I’m still high on the excitement of having met Derek Landy! The character I’ve decided to focus on is Tanith Low.

tanithI have many favourite supporting characters from the world of Skulduggery Pleasant and whilst Tanith isn’t my ultimate favourite, she definitely ranks up there. She’s just the sort of female character that I love, the strong, kick ass, confident female, Tanith basically embodies all of these things. Although I’m generally not that keen of Valkyrie, I do love her and Tanith’s relationship and how they’re like sisters (even though this is kind of weird since Tanith is in her 90’s, but they’re magic and they don’t age in the same way). I love all her fight scenes and though it sounds kind of morbid, it was kind of fun seeing what near-death situation she would end up in next. I love the contrast in her personality, she can be really warm and caring towards people but then she’s so tough and vicious in a fight. I love that she’s smart, able to take care of herself, incredibly loyal and protective of her friends and marches to the beat of her own drum. I was really sad that she and Ghastly never managed to work things out. I even enjoyed her when she was evil, but I won’t deny I was glad when she went back to her normal self. All in all, she’s a pretty awesome character and I’m glad she didn’t die, although it was touch and go for a while!

I will have my Swoonworthy Sunday post for you in a little while!

Sidekick Showcase Saturday #13

I was inspired for this week’s post by last week’s Swoonworthy Sunday post on Gansey, because I love The Raven Cycle and it has a pretty amazing cast of supporting characters, so this seemed like the perfect chance to give some love to the supporting characters of one of my favourite series. I decided to this week focus on the women of 300 Fox Way. I could have done individual posts on each of them I suppose, but I thought a group post would be better, since my reasons for loving them are much the same. I like that, as with all of the characters of The Raven Cycle, the women of Fox Way are wonderfully odd and eccentric. I also like that Blue has a present family, so often in YA books, parents are absent/dead/playing no role in their child’s life and whilst Blue may not have a dad, she certainly doesn’t lack in family. I love her relationship with her mom and that Maura appears to play an active role in her daughter’s life. I like Persephone because she kind of has her head in the clouds and yet she appears to be very wise and she’s really sweet. I have to say I’m not all that keen on Orla, she’s a little vain for me, but I like the variety she adds to the group of women, one of the things I love most about the women of 300 Fox Way is that the women whilst they do share some similairties, all have quite different personalities. Calla is kind of grumpy but I still like her, in fact I feel like she is the most interesting one of psychics because of her psychometry gift, where she can see the origin of an object when she touches it, which I think is so cool. I love that she’s very confident in who she is and doesn’t apologize for it. I also like her relationship with Blue, but that goes for all the women! Neeve kind of creeped me out, but I did enjoy learning about scrying and after the end of the last book, I’m interested in seeing what will happen to her.

Basically, I really love these women, they’re all so different but they work so well as a group, depsite the fact that they probably shouldn’t and I love all their eccentricities. Even though I’m kind of sceptical on the whole psychic thing, I love watching these women work, I find it really cool and they are a very fun group of characters to read about.

I will have another one of these posts for you next week, but tomorrow I will have another Swoonworthy Sunday post for you so make sure to check that out. Voting is also still open for my Make Me Read-It Read-A-Thon Reads, so I would love it if as many people as possible voted for those. I’ve also created my very first book tag, Swiftie Book Tag, so make sure to check that out, do it and then tag your friends!

Sidekick Showcase Saturday #12

I know, I know, I’m awful, I’ve got so behind on my posts these last few days, but hopefully I will be able to catch up tonight and be back on track for tomorrow! I’m still kind of running by myself with this one as JC hasn’t updated their site in months, so I guess it’s just up to me and my memory to come up with brilliant sidekicks for you each week! The character I’ve chosen this week is one of my favourites of the series that they are in and that character is Haymitch from the Hunger Games. Initially I wasn’t too keen on Haymitch, he just seemed like a drunk to me, but he definitely grew on me through the series. Given how much he’s been through, it’s understandable why he’s grumpy and bitter and drinks a lot. I like that Suzanne Collins makes him sympathetic rather than just the embittered drunk, I always felt for Haymitch and what he had been through with being in the Hunger Games, losing his entire family and having to mentor year after year of kids who never made it. I liked that Haymitch had a softer side, that he wasn’t simply the grouchy middle aged man all the time. I love his relationship with Katniss, it’s clear how similar they are and it’s fun seeing them butt heads but I also love their close, leaning on each other moments. I think out of all the characters in the books, Haymitch understands Katniss the best, probably because they’re so similar. I also like his relationship with Peeta, it’s clear how much he cares about both of them even if he doesn’t always seem to show it. Plus, I love how smart and sarcastic Haymitch is, as those are two qualities I love in male characters. Basically, I think Haymitch is pretty awesome, despite his grouchy exterior, he does have his sweet moments and he’s always in Peeta and Katniss’ corner. I can definitely think of worse people than Haymitch to have your back.

I know this was quite short, but I am trying to do a mass update today, so I can’t be writing posts that are very long! I will have my Swoonworthy Sunday post for you and my Monday Recommendations post for you a little later. If you haven’t already though, check out my Make Me Read It Read-a-thon post and vote for which books I’ll be reading for the Read-a-thon.

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Sidekick Showcase Saturday #11

I’m back with another Sidekick Showcase Saturday for all of you, the day when I celebrate all the wonderful supporting characters in fiction, because let’s face it, sometimes we love the supporting characters just as much, if not more than the main protagonists. I’m still kind of going to the beat of my own drum with these posts, as JC doesn’t seem to have updated at all for June. My Friday Favourites post of this week inspired my choice for Sidekick Showcase and I haven’t done a Harry Potter character in a few weeks so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to use this character. The character I have chosen for today’s Sidekick Showcase is Professor Minerva McGonagall. I’m going to say this outright, Professor McGonagall is my favourite Hogwarts teacher. Not Dumbledore, not Hagrid, not Snape (why it would be Snape I don’t know), not anyone else, she is my favourite Hogwarts teacher. I love this woman so much, she’s stern but fair, plus she has some of the best lines in the book, she can be really funny when she wants to be and I love her dry, sort of sarcastic sense of humour. Plus, she’s a feisty woman (which I love, I just did a post on how much I love these kinds of a characters), and let’s face it, she’s a brilliant witch who has shown that she can hold her own in a magical duel. I always loved that her animagus was a cat, it was definitely the perfect choice for her. I always thought that Hermione would be a lot like Professor McGonagall, when she reached her age, since there are some quite obvious similarities between the two of them. I love smart women as well and if there’s one thing McGonagall definitely is, it’s smart. I feel like McGonagall is definitely someone you would want to have on your side in a fight as it’s clear how fiercely protective she is of her students and how much she cares for them. This is kind of a tangent, but how awesome was Maggie Smith in this role? She was perfect for it, they couldn’t have got anyone better. There’s not much else I have to say about McGonagall, I just think she’s brilliant and she’s one of my favourite Harry Potter characters, hence why I picked her today.

I will be back with another Sidekick Showcase Saturday next week, but tomorrow I will have another Swoonworthy Sunday post for all of you, so make sure to check that out.

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Sidekick Showcase Saturday #10

I was having trouble thinking of who to choose for the post this week, but then I figured, why not do the post I meant to do for you a few weeks ago on Nehemia from Throne of Glass? JC still hasn’t posted a topic for June yet (and at this point I’m not sure if they will), so I’m kind of just going along with what I feel like doing for these posts for the moment. As you will all know if you have been reading my blog for a while, I love strong females, and Nehemia definitely falls under this category, but what I love even more is female friendships. I don’t feel like there are enough of them in books, girls always seem to be fighting with each other, or trying undermine each other, and so I love it when I read books where female characters are friends. Especially when you factor in that Nehemia and Celeana are both strong, powerful women, this dynamic is even rarer. As a character, I found Nehemia rather intriguing, she has kind of an air of mystery about her and you sense that there is more to her than meets the eye, it was great to see the layers of her motivations and personality. I feel like Sarah J Maas could have delved even deeper into her character though, there was more to see from her that we didn’t get the chance to see, her storyline was kind of cut short just when it was getting interesting. I liked that Nehemia was a POC, but she wasn’t just added in there for diversity, she had a real purpose for the story. I loved that she was strong and brave and intelligent, all of my favourite qualities in a female character. I feel like people’s opinions of her have been clouded by her actions in the second book and why I don’t agree with what she did, I understand why she did it. Nehemia has always been a honourable character and her love for her country is truly admirable, so it is understandable why she thought she had to take the course of action she did. I also think that she truly did care for Celaena, and that her friendship really did mean something to her. I feel like Nehemia saw Celeana differently from most of the other characters and I liked that. So whilst she may not have been perfect, Nehemia was for the most part, a strong, brave, honourable person, who always acted in the best interests of her people, and despite her actions in Crown of Midnight was a true friend to Celeana. I only wish we had been able to learn more about her because I feel like there is so much more of a story there. A Nehemia based spinoff maybe Sarah J Maas? That’s really all I could think of to explain why I chose Nehemia for my Sidekick Showcase today (my post that got deleted about her probably would have been way better than this one, but oh well!). I apologize for the lack of picture, but there is no Throne of Glass movie or TV show yet (hint movie or TV people, you need to get on that!).

I will have another Sidekick Showcase Saturday post for you next week, but tomorrow I will be back with my next Swoonworthy Sunday post, so make sure to check that out. I also posted a new book tag today, so you could always read that.

Sidekick Showcase Saturday #9

JC still hasn’t done a post for June yet, so I guess I’ll just have to choose a sidekick that I like for this month, and I’ve decided that I’ll focus today’s post on Katniss’s little sister Prim, since I haven’t used any characters from The Hunger Games for this before, and I like her, I thought this was a good choice. I loved how different Prim was to Katniss, in certain ways they are complete opposites, where Katniss is harsh, Prim is sweet, where Katniss loves to hunt, Prim has a talent for healing and she loves animals. I like how she starts off kind of unnoticed in the background at the beginning of the trilogy, but becomes more prominent of a character in the later books, and she becomes more mature and stronger willed. I love how supportive she was of Katniss, and their sisterly relationship was my favourite relationship of the book, forget Katniss and Peeta or Katniss and Gale, Katniss and Prim is the best relationship in this trilogy, and the conversations between them were amongst my favourite scenes in the book. I also loved how Prim brought out the softer side in Katniss, it was nice to see that sometimes, considering Katniss’s personality. Out of all the events of the third book, the ending for Prim is something I don’t think I’ll forgive Suzanne Collins for anytime soon. As Katniss herself says, Prim is the only person that you never doubt that she loves (and maybe Rue, I’m pretty sure that Katniss loved Rue), because with Peeta and Gale, even though you know she cares for them, you can never be sure that she truly loves either one, I don’t feel. That’s all I really have to say about Prim, it would be impossible not to love someone so sweet. Sorry, I know this is a short one, but I don’t really have that much else to say about Prim that I haven’t already said, I kind of wish she had been featured a bit more overall in the story, since she was the entire reason that Katniss volunteered for the games in the first place and I feel like she could have been developed more as a character. I will have another Sidekick Showcase post for you next Saturday, but tomorrow I will have another Swoonworthy Sunday post for you, so check that out. I also posted an Unpopular Opinions Book Tag post earlier today, so you could always check that out! image