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Top Ten Tuesday: May 19th, 2020

Hello lovelies! Sorry for not posting the. last few days. It’s been a stressful few days and I haven’t gotten much reading done unfortunately.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl is really fun though so I didn’t want to miss it!

This week’s prompt is Reasons Why I Love… [book, author, genre, series etc.]

For this prompt I decided to list ten reasons why I love my favorite author, V.E. Schwab!

# 10: These covers

(see #1-8)

#9: Get Up Get Up, There Are Worlds To Conquer

This is Schwab’s personal motto and one that got me through some really though times. They mean so much to me and I am so thankful for them.

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#8: If at first you don’t succeed…

Schwab was not an overnight sensation. Her debut novel quietly went out of print, her first Young Adult series wasn’t completed because the publisher didn’t pick up. the third book..but she kept writing. She didn’t give up and now some of her oldest books are being reprinted and maybe we’ll get that third Archived book after all…

#7: Magic Systems

I love that the magic system in the Shades of Magic series is relatively easy to understand. I didn’t need a guidebook to understand how it all worked and it was very refreshing.

A Conjuring of Light, UK Hardcover collectors edition

#6: Peculiar Coats

Coats that have a mind of their own, but also change to suit your needs? Yes please!

A Darker Shade of Magic, UK edition

#5: LGBTQIA+ Representation

Schwab has included some of the best LGBTQIA+ representation throughout her books that I’ve come across, including asexual and gender fluid characters–characters I hardly ever run across.

Vicious, 2018 UK edition

#4: Enemies to Friends

Don’t get me wrong, I love enemies to lovers. But enemies to friends is just as good, and not done as often unfortunately. Kate and August’s relationship is just wonderful and I love that Schwab gave us a story about unlikely friends, rather than lovers. I think we need more stories like these.

This Savage Song, US paperback, 2020

#3: Marcella Riggins

Marcella is fucking tired of men telling her what to do, and who she can be. So, she shows them exactly who she is, what she can do, and just how powerless they really are. She’s always been vindictive, power hungry, spiteful–she just needed a little push to become vengeful.

Vengeful, French edition

#2: Victor Vale

I love villains. I love villain stories. I need more stories where the villain wins. Is Victor Vale a villain? Yes. Anyone who says otherwise is wrong (#sorrynotsorry). He’s hellbent on killing his arch-nemesis and doesn’t care about how things get done to make that happen and he’ll kill anyone who gets in his way or who he views as a liability. Yes he adopts a small child, her undead dog and a computer hacker along the way and would do almost anything for them but they’d also probably be happier and safer if Victor weren’t around.

Vicious, German Edition

#1: Lila Bard

Lila Bard is my favorite character of any book. Ever. She takes what she wants, doesn’t put up with anyone’s shit and is 12 steps ahead of the men in her life. She’s reckless and smart and often gets in over her head and won’t ask for help. She’s unapologetic about who she is. I can’t wait to see what she’s up to in Threads of Power–hopefully she’s taught Kell and thing or two about knives.

A Gathering of Shadows, French edition


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