15 Male Fictional Characters to Swoon Over

Hello.

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Here’s the deal. I enjoy male fictional characters. Very much. And regardless of what you do or say, I don’t, never have, and never will care about what you have to say concerning my love for these characters, or of a fictional character in general, apart from the fact that this is none of your concern, and your opinion on this matter is not welcome.

Having said that, in no particular order, here’s a list of 15 swoon-worthy male fictional characters.


  1. Rafe from The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson
  2. Kell from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  3. Chaol from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  4. Dorian from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  5. Sam from The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
  6. Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses
  7. Tamlin from A Court of Thornes and Roses
  8. Mac from Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
  9. Peeta from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (the classic)
  10. Razor (Alex) from Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
  11. Leo from Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
  12. Noah Shaw from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  13. Elias Venturius from An Ember in the Ashes
  14. John Ambrose McLaren from P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
  15. Magiano from The Rose Society by Marie Lu

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Yes, I did mention 5 characters from Sarah J. Maas books. So what? What’s it to you? HUH?!

Also, yes, I did mention Razor instead of Evan or Ben, and yes, I did mention John Ambrose McLaren instead of Peter Kavinsky. Fight me.


I’m not going to elaborate on the reasons why I love and swoon over each of these characters, as I don’t have much time at the moment. If you do want me to write an elaborate post about these characters and list those reasons, do let me know. I have a LOT to say about these characters and I’d be happy to oblige.

Until the next post!

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Read-along Update: The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

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SOOOOOO… It’s been a while…

In the time I’ve been gone I’ve managed to get almost all the way to the end of our October book of the month, The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd. It’s been one hell of a ride…

Where do I start?

Oh yes, let’s start by stating that this book is horrifyingly disgusting, although fascinating at that.

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I said this on my other update but if you have a weak stomach, I wouldn’t recommend reading this book. SPECIALLY if you’re sensitive to animal torture and abuse.

I had my suspicions regarding what Dr. Moreau was doing, but that didn’t change the fact that I literally gagged when I learned what he was doing (and whenever it was mentioned). It’s a pretty shocking to learn, even if you think you expect it. And even more so when it’s described in such vivid details.

I never thought this book would be so abhorrent and revolting when I suggested it for us to read.

And I’m most definitely trying not to talk directly about what Dr. Moreau does, even though the whole plot revolves around it. I’ll save that for the actual review, thanks.

If you’re reading along, or you’ve read this book, then you surely know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t… Then just know that it’s quite lovely. And by lovely I mean gruesome and nauseating.

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Now, let’s move on to more enjoyable subjects.

Montgomery.

You see, no matter what “crimes” he’s committed, even if they’re not his fault, I can’t help but prefer him over Edward. Don’t get me wrong, Edward’s a total sweetheart and he cares for Juliet, and I do definitely enjoy his little moments with Juliet. *cough* The waterfall. *cough* BUUUUUT, Montgomery wins the whole thing.

I’m not going to go into much detail about it, I’m obviously saving that for my review, but just know that I really, reeeeeally love Montgomery’s character.

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Now, as far as plot and story goes, I’m completely infatuated with this book. I wasn’t much of a fan of thrillers or these types of book, but lately I’ve grown fond of that tense, uneasy, on edge, sort of panicky feeling that these types of books give me. I can’t get enough of them, and the fact that I just can’t get enough of this book just proves that.

There are so, so many things happening at once and just when I think everything’s solved, that we’re on the other side, SURPRISE! Something else happens, something significantly worse than the last thing. And just the constant wondering of if it’s finally over, and then finding out that it’s not, and that there are so many things that need to be resolved, it makes me so excited. I love that.

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I also really love Juliet’s character, specially the fact that she knows her faults and flaws, inherited or not. I think it’s good that she’s aware of them. And that just leaves more room for improvement! I mean, she could go all Adelina, down the wrong path, but I really feel like her character has an incredible potential to improve.

And yeeeeeah! Again, I won’t go into much detail because I’m saving everything for the revieeeew, so if you want to get a full look into my opinions, thoughts and feels about this book, keep an eye out for my full review. I’ll be posting it sometime between tomorrow and Monday, as I’m planning to finish this book tonight!

Happy reading, guys!

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Dear Hater…

Dear hater, this one goes out to you:

I would love to know why you feel the need to hate on a book, person that loves a book, or fandom, simply because you didn’t like it, and what you could possibly get from it. Allow me to enlighten you, give me the honors of explaining my point to you, in hopes that you realize how entirely wrong you are.

You see, EVERYONE has different tastes. Just like people would with clothes, or with food, people have the right to read, and love what they want. Having said that, there’s no point to your constant hate and critique, as people aren’t gonna change they’re opinions or tastes simply because you said so, and you’re just being a huge pain in the ass.

Another thing that you should learn is that there are more civilized ways of sharing or stating an opinion without pretty much attacking someone. The thing with opinions is that you share them, you don’t force them upon people. Nope. That’s not how it works. Everyone is entitled to have their own taste and opinions, and who are you to tell them otherwise?

And anyways, if your need to SHARE your opinions is so big, you can do it freely on your own social medias or in some other place that isn’t people’s faces or other accounts. Yes, you have the right your own opinion, and yes, you have the right to share it. Just don’t let that make you feel like you have the right to cross the line and invade other people’s space. You gain absolutely nothing with that, and you’re pretty much failing to get your point across, as no one likes to listen to a hater.

Oh, and one last thing. If after reading this, you still decide to attack me, a book I like, my fandoms, or if I catch you attacking other people, I’m very, very sorry, but we cannot be friends. I simply can’t be friends with someone who can’t respect other people’s space and opinions. If you can’t do that, then I’ve no need for your friendship, as I have friends who share my tastes, and/or respect them. So don’t worry about us, we’ll be fine, trust us.giphy (11)

With love (not really),

Adriana.

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Read-along Update: The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

  Heeeeeeey guys! First of all, I want to excuse myself for not posting at all last week, due to the incredible amount of schoolwork that I’ve been getting. I barely even had time to read, and when I did, it was dedicated solely to The Rose Society by Marie Lu, as I’d been waiting a whole year for it’s release and this was the ONE book I refused to be spoiled on by anyone that wasn’t me. So yeah, enough with the excuses. Hopefully these next weeks will be better, and I’ll be able to find time to post on most days of the week, if not all.

Now, ONTO BUSINESS!

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I’ve been reading a couple chapters here and there, whenever I find the time and I must say, I’m really digging this book. I really, really like that, at least up until now, it’s not a horror book about ghosts or anything paranormal like that. It’s about something that could very much happen in real life, something bloody and gory and highly disgusting, as well as horrifying.

WARNING: THIS BOOK CONTAINS GRAPHIC DESCRIPTIONS OF ANIMAL TORTURE AND ABUSE.

As a vegan, I’m wholeheartedly against animal abuse, obviously. This book contains a lot of it. It’s not a book for someone who can’t handle those kinds of things. Now over the past months I’ve informed myself on all types of animal abuse, and I no longer deny this ugly reality, so although I do still squirm, get the urge to cry and throw up, I still know that, sadly, these kinds of things still do happen. One should never turn a blind eye on all that is wrong in this world.

Having said that, I’m not going to deny myself a good story over the one aspect of it that’s very much real and not fictitious.

AND ANYWAYS, the whole point of a horror book is to horrify. I’d say they’ve done a great job at it by adding that element to the story.

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As I said, I’m really, really digging this story. I like the main character a whole lot. She’s got this sense of self and dignity that even her state of poverty or the disgrace that the acts of her mad father have brought upon her life. I also really like (love) Montgomery. He’s so sweet and such a gentleman. And oH MY GOD, BALTHASAR! He’s the sweetest, most gentle man/creature to ever exist (in a fictional world, that is).

Of course, these are my opinions up until now, who knows what will happen in the next few chapters. But up until now, I’m enjoying this a whole lot. I’m very intrigued, I dig it.

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REMEMBER, IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN! SHARE THIS HORRIFYING JOURNEY WITH US, SO WE CAN DISCUSS IT AND EXCHANGE POTENTIALLY INCOHERENT IDEAS AND FEELINGS ABOUT IT!

Happy reading, PEACE!

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Annoying Things Non-Readers Do

I recently posted something about this on my Instagram and suddenly I was reflecting upon all of these incredibly annoying things non-readers do, and I found that there are so many of these that I decided to write an entire blogpost about it. PREPARE TO RELATE!

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They assume it’s okay to interrupt your reading.

This was precisely what I talked about on my Instagram. It particularly irks me to no end when someone interrupts my tumblr_n32a0etAeo1rzik3go1_500reading like there’s no harm done, WHEN THERE CLEARLY IS! It’s pretty obvious that I’m physically and emotionally invested in what I’m reading, that I’m into it, and yet they still, FOR SOME UNKNOWN REASON, decide to interrupt me. You don’t see me interrupting you when you’re enjoying your favorite meal for something stupid, and you also don’t see me trying to talk to you when you’ve got earbuds in both ears. Unless it’s an emergency or you’re genuinely interested in what I’m reading, don’t bother! It can wait, but my need to continue reading honestly cannot! Oh, and it’s not only that they interrupt my reading, but they also make me lose my concentration and I find myself nOT BEING ABLE TO CONTINUE READING! DON’T YOU SEE THE GINOURMOUS AMOUNT OF DAMAGE YOU’RE INFLICTING UPON MY BEING?! YOU’RE BEING RUDE WHILE I’M TRYING TO KEEP MY CHILL AND CONCENTRATE ON MY READING!


They ask you what you’re reading and make you explain what the book is about… WHILE YOU’RE READING!

Damon_noYou see, as an avid reader and book enthusiast, I love talking about books and spreading the word about them. I love sharing my thoughts and feelings, recommending books to people, all that jazz. Now, this? What you’re doing? It would be okay in any other situation that isN’T WHEN I’M READING! Can’t you just be civilized and wait patiently until I put my book away to ask me what I was reading? Do you really expect me to put down my book to explain to you what it’s about? To choose you over my book? No. Nope. No can do. It isn’t the time. There’s a time for everything, and this clearly isn’t it, okay? And the most irritating part about it is that most people don’t genuinely care about what you’re reading! If you don’t actually care, please don’t waste my time. *shakes head in disapproval.


“Why doesn’t that book have a cover?”

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Okay, honey, let me explain to you. There are these thing that go over hardcover books, they’re called dustjackets.They come with different textures and in different sizes. They’re very pretty, very lovely, and they usually have the cover of the book printed upon them. But yoU SEE, HONEY, DUSTJACKETS MAKE MY READING EXPERIENCE VERY UNCOMFORTABLE SO I CHOOSE TO TAKE THEM OFF WHILE I READ. No, I’m not reading a book with a blank cover (and if I was, what do you care?). No, this book is not coverless. I’m just optimizing the comforts of my reading experience. OKAY, HONEY?


“Oh so that’s like the new Hunger Games?”

giphyJust because a book is Dystopian doesn’t automatically make it a copy of the Hunger Games. YOU SEE, within book genres there are always going to be elements that are present in almost every single book that belongs to that genre. Dystopian books are set in the future and almost always in post-apocalyptic worlds, so just because The Maze Runner is set in the future doesn’t automatically make it the new Divergent. Just because a book is about vampires doesn’t automatically make it the new Twilight. Just because a book has mythology in it doesn’t mean it’s the new Percy Jackson. AND JUST BECAUSE PAPER TOWNS IS BY JOHN GREEN DOESN’T AUTOMATICALLY MAKE IT THE NEW FAULT IN OUR STARS, AND IT DOESN’T MAKE IT A SAPPY-CHEESY-SAD-ROMANCE NOVEL EITHER! GET IT RIGHT PEOPLE! That’s basically like saying that every love song is the same. They all share one element, love, but that doesn’t mean they’re all the same!


“Why are you so invested? Why are you crying? Why are you angry? Why are you happy? Are you honestly attracted to that character? *an infinite amount of questions later* It’s. Just. A. Book.”

Excuse me? ExCUSE ME????? First of all, why do you care? Why? Oh, that’s right. You don’t, so shut up! Second of all Come-At-Me-Bro-khal-drogo-23525547-500-282you’re just a breathing, talking sack of blood, a stupid one at that, but you don’t see me questioning you about it! A book is not just a book. Never just a book. UNLIKE EVERYTHING THAT COMES OUT OF YOUR MOUTH, books always have a meaning. And if I want to invest time and effort and feelings in my reading, then I will! I’ll still do as I please, regardless of if you like it or not. It’s not my fault you have the inability to appreciate art in the form of a book, and of understanding the power and influence a fictional character and/or a story can have over a person. And honestly, when you see a movie and it impacts you so much that you cry, or your whole way of viewing the world changes, is that okay? It is, isn’t it? Then how different is that from my situation? HOW DIFFERENT IS CRYING OVER A MOVIE FROM CRYING OVER A BOOK? TELL ME! I DARE YOU.


They pretend to know more about a book than you do JUST because they’re “huge” fans of the movie.

tumblr_n2rblf9hGr1rxa2k2o1_500Oh how it boils my blood when a non-reader tries to correct me when they only watched the movie. I’m not going to question your decision to only watch the movie, instead of bestowing the blessing of having read the book upon yourself. I’m not. It’s your decision, not mine. But do not, DO NOT, try to beat me at my own game. Sadly, movies never go as deep as the books go. No matter how great the movie is, readers will always have the upper hand in this equation. We’re not bragging, we’re not trying to act superior, it’s just how it is! We can have a peaceful and enjoying discussion about a book/movie, I’d love that. Until you correct me. We, as humans, are not perfect, and we make mistakes. Now we, AS READERS, almost always know what we’re talking about. Oh, and by the way, just because I choose to stay quiet, doesn’t mean that you’re right. It just means that I’ve accepted the fact that no matter how good of a player I am, you’re still gonna run around yelling “GOOOOOOAL,” acting like you won. What I mean by this is that I’m not gonna waste my time on your ignorance.


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So you literally have an Instagram dedicated solely to books? Why?

*chokes* I’m sorry what? Would you be so kind as to explain to me why you have an Instagram dedicated solely to you
and your face? I mean, I’m sure miiiiiiillions of people are interested in looking at your selfies and your daily shenanigans. Right? Jesus Christ. I’m not interested in seeing your face perpetually plastered all over my feed, bUT I DON’T QUESTION WHY YOU INSIST ON POSTING PICTURES OF YOURSELF OR ABOUT YOURSELF! I get to connect with people who share my same interests in the same way you get to connect with people who are just as obsessed with yourself than you are.giphy (2)


“You read books for fun? You’re so weird.”

reading-icarlyYou know, if I said that basketball is not fun, I’d get a gazillion basketballs thrown at my face and a billion explanations on how basketball is fun. I have nothing against basketball players, but it’s simply not my thing. Just because I don’t find it fun, or because I don’t find it useful in MY life doesn’t mean others can’t find it useful or fun. This is just the same. I choose to read books because it’s MY preference and something that I enjoy. I’ve never heard people question a sports player or a dancer or a singer so insistently as they do to readers. When you see someone passionately singing? You just attribute their passion to the fact that they love what they’re doing, right? Well, we, readers, are passionate about books because we love and enjoy reading, because, even if YOU don’t find any meaning in it, we find meaning in what we read. And believe it or not, reading IS fun, it’s just a matter of personal preference. We’re not weird, or socially incapable, we’re readers, just as people who enjoy singing are singers, and people who enjoy playing are players. It’s actually quite a simple concept and it’s lost on me how many people seem to be unable to understand this.


Well, I’m going to stop here because if I don’t, I could keep going on and on and on about this. I’m sure you’ve felt identified with at least one of these frustrating situations, because at least one of these has to have happened in each avid reader’s life. It’s a given. What’s important, though, is that even when we have all of these people questioning why we love reading, we still read, and our love for reading does not falter. Anyways, if you enjoyed this post, maybe I’ll make it into a thing and post more of these sometime in the future. Who knows?

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Nani’s October TBR

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(it’s not as pretty as Cam’s tbr picture but just pretend that it is)

I’ve been particularly behind on my reading since June (yeah, I know, how horrifying) and I’ve decided to attempt to get myself back on track.


So, there are about 9 or so books on my tbr this month, some of which you can see in the picture above. I’m already halfway into The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson, a little more than halfway into Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, which I’m reading for the second time around, aaaaand almost done with Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance audiobook.

Possibly after I’ve finished those I’ll dive right into The Rose Society by Marie Lu because we all know it’s the one book with the most priority on my TBR, and probably also into Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard because I’m so pumped and ready for another Rick Riordan book.

I’ll also be reading The Giver by Lois Lowry throughout the month for my English class, and I’m quite excited about it, to be honest.

Then I’ll also be reading The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd, which is our read-along book for the  month of October, and Half-Bad by Sally Green, as well as Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, because they are my bookclub’s books for the month of October aND I’M SO READY. I’M SO READY TO POOP MY PANTS.

Finally, and hopefully, I hope to be able to at least start reading Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi (I think I’m ready for more Warner), and Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (FINALLY!).


It’s a pretty ambitious TBR, for me at least, as I have a crap load of schoolwork and projects to do but later on in the day I’ll be putting together my reading schedule, which is something I used to do so I’d finish books in a certain period of time, in hopes that I can read all of these, or at least come close to it.

I CAN DO THIS!

I WILL DO THIS!

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(then again, maybe I don’t, bUT THERE’S NO TURNING BACK NOW)

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Update: What I’ve Been Reading

I’m going to be completely honest and say that I had no idea what to post and I’m lacking inspiration, so I’ve decided to give you guys a little update on what I’ve been reading.


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You see, lately I’ve been so occupied with school work, which barely leaves any time to read, and since I’m a huuuuuuge Aziz Ansari fan and I’d heard he’d released a new book recently, I decided to get the Modern Romance audiobook. I must say… I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this audiobook as much as I’m enjoying it, but that’s probably because I didn’t know that Aziz Ansari was the narrator of his own audiobook! He’s so hilarious and entertaining that I manage to do so many things and pay attention to everything he’s saying. There are little side comments and things that he says in the audiobook that aren’t in the actual book, it’s so fun. And something that I really like is the nice balance between comedy and actually relevant, truthful information. I only have a little bit left of it so I hope to finish it sometime during this week and have a review on it ready for you guys sometime in the weekend, maybe.


Throne-of-glass-coverThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas:

As some of you may know, I’m a horrible person. I own all of the Throne of Glass books and I’ve only read two of them. Oh the shame, I know! And the thing is, I have no excuse! I completely adooooored Throne of Glass and The Assassin’s Blade, and I don’t really have a reason for not continuing on with this series. SO, I decided to finally, FINALLY, dive into this series, and since I’d read Throne of Glass last year, I wanted to give it a re-read before I continued on with the rest. This is actually one of the best decision I’ve ever made. I never knew it was possible for me to like this book more than I did, but oh it’s possible. I’m so emotionally attached to this story and the characters in it, it’s destroying and reviving my soul over, and over again. Something that I also thought was that I was sure I preferred Chaol over Dorian. TURNS OUT, I can’t choose. I’m in a place where I’m team Celaena and I’ll be completely pleased with whoever she ends up with. I HOPE to have finished this by the end of the week or the next one but I have a lot of schoolwork, so we’ll see.


91X-Vx9sU2LThe Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson:

I was trying to save this book for when I could give it my full attention… I couldn’t. I COULDN’T RESIST TEMPTATION, OKAY?! The Kiss of Deception is one of my all time favorite books and it’s one that I hold very dear to my heart. I’m a massive fantasy fan, and a huge fan of anything medieval, so I can’t help feeling like this book was made for me. Anywaaaaaaays, point is, I know I’ve made a mistake by starting this book now, but I don’t regret one bit of it. As soon as I started reading it I got hit by a huge wave of nostalgia and an uncontrollable surge of excitement and I love it. I’m not very far into it but what I’ve read, I’ve loved, and the reason why I haven’t read more of it is because of school. SCHOOL IS THE CULPRIT. I hope to have finished this by the end of next week or the one after that because like I said, I have a shit ton of schoolwork.


81CKH3tJWgLArmada by Ernest Cline:

I started reading this book and I was completely in love with it. It’s full of so much geeky and gamer references, how could I not love it? Well here’s the catch. I’m reading this book on my phone because I haven’t had the chance to get an actual copy of the book, and there are so many details and things to this story that I can’t help but feel like I’m missing out on something by reading this on my phone. Surely the placement of everything is different, and I can’t really appreciate the timelines and journal entries and all of that when reading the e-book version of this, so I decided to take a break from reading it, at least until I get a physical copy and can sit down and give my full attention to it for a hours, as it has so many details and descriptions and things and I want to be able to read and process all of it. I don’t want to miss out on anything. Hoooopefully I’ll have read this before the end of the year but who knows? We’ll see what happens.

Also, the cover of this book reminds me so much of Galaga, which I love, and that just makes me like this book even more.


Well, there you have it folks. Hopefully (I keep saying hopefully, what’s wrong with me?) you enjoyed this little update and please excuse me if I don’t post one day or the other during these next few weeks, I have soooo many things going on at the same time and I’m only one person, so please bear with me. BYEEEEE!

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