Six for Sunday (Devious Main Characters)

Hi everyone! This week I’m participating in Six for Sunday for the first time, a meme hosted by Steph at A Little But a Lot. This month, the focus is on book characters, and this week’s topic is:  Devious Main Characters.

1) I just finished The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant and Nina, the protagonist, is definitely devious. She’s always throwing a spanner in the works for the reader! You can find my review of this amazing debut novel here.

2) How can I make a post about devious characters without mentioning the notorious Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows? Kaz is a master schemer which means the plot of this duology is awesome.

3) Alessandra from The Shadows Between Us is full of ambition. She’s definitely the kind of girl that will stop at nothing to get what she wants, including killing The Shadow King by making him fall in love with her. Her task will definitely take all of her devious skills if she’s going to succeed!

3) Time for a contemporary devious character. Pip from A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is honestly a good bean – but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a devious streak! Interviewing people of interest in a murder case that everyone thinks is already solved definitely takes some nerves of steel. You can read my review here.

5) Oh Nehza, you broke my heart. The Poppy War trilogy has plenty of devious characters including the protagonist Rin. But Nehza is one of a kind in terms of being a character that you can’t trust and don’t know whether you’re supposed to love them or hate them. You can read my review of the eARC of The Burning God, the final instalment in the series, here.

6) Finally, back to the contemporary genre – Evelyn Hugo from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I actually named a cactus after Evelyn – I definitely put her in the devious character category, especially as she has kept some huge secrets!

In my choices, devious doesn’t exactly equal bad. I love characters that are full of surprises with more than a few tricks up their sleeves. What do you think of my choices? Have you read any? Let me know in the comments and link your Six for Sunday posts!

Adventures in Aesthetics

Hi everyone! My friends from The Book Coven all re-vamped their blogs recently. After seeing what a beautiful job they were doing, I thought I’d join them and create my first blog dedicated to books. So, welcome to our first group idea – adventures in aesthetics.

First, a little about my friends:

We have Sam who has created a beautiful witchy blog full of all kinds of magic. Sam is full of kindness and super perceptive. She absolutely brings the sunshine to my life every day. You can see her adventures in aesthetics post already for 5 witchy recommendations.

Jaye is honestly one of the wittiest people I’ve ever talked to – you definitely won’t want to miss her reviews. Her blog is space themed and has some super cute designs (almost as cute as she is)! You can see her out of this world adventures in aesthetics post here.

For a gorgeous flowery theme, Linaria is bringing it. I am in awe of Linaria’s computer skills (her bots for The Book Coven are something else). She is always so selfless and supportive, we’re so lucky to have her friendship. You can find her adventures in aesthetics post right here – it’s full of big book bois!

Janel has created a stunning pink pastel theme full of moons and stars. She has amazing design skills and is always giving us advice! I rarely meet people as caring as Janel, she’s always the first to help a friend in need. You can find her romance recs for adventures in aesthetics right here!

Finally, Meaghan has a beautiful starry blog with an amazing header. They are incredibly smart – their reviews are always written so well I’m so jealous of their writing skills! Meaghan is so understanding and sensitive – they are absolutely one of the sweetest people I know that definitely has your back! Meaghan’s awesome recommendations based on their favourite planets are here.

So what about me?

There wasn’t much thought into my blog aesthetics – I love bread and toast, what more is there to say? I also kinda like the way it sounds cosy. When I’m not reading, I love hiking, playing animal crossing and walking my favourite dogs. You can find a list of my fave books here, which I will continue to update.

That’s enough rambling from me – let’s get into the prompts for my toastie aesthetic.

A book about a heist

Heists are all about getting the bread, right? For this prompt it has to be Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. It’s one of my favourite found family books and features one of the best uses of multiple points of view ever. This rag-tag group of six kids are trying to pull off one wild heist, and it’s definitely a roller coaster ride. The sequel, Crooked Kingdom, is also absolutely fantastic. This duology is not one to miss.

An ambitious protagonist

For me, this has to be The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller. Alessandra is tired of being overlooked as the second daughter in her family – but she has a plan. Woo the Shadow King, Marry him, Kill him and take the kingdom for herself. Alessandra puts the A in ambition, but don’t let that put you off. The romance is super sexy, this book is not one to miss out on enjoying thoroughly.

A protagonist as sweet as honey

I love honey on toast, it’s amazing! I really like sweet characters that make me smile and warm my heart. One of my faves is Lazlo Strange from Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, but for this post I’m going with Malik from A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown. This debut is a stunning fantasy inspired by West African folklore. It follows Malik and Karina through a twisting plot full of intriguing magic. Malik is such a softie who cares so much for his sisters. The book also has a very real portrayal of what it’s like to have anxiety. I honestly can’t believe it’s a debut, it’s that good!

A book about food or cooking

One of my favourite books of 2019 had to be With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. Emoni dreams of being a chef, and really wants to take her school’s new culinary arts class. She doesn’t know if she’ll have time for it though – Emoni has a young daughter to care for! This book is great – we follow Emoni as she tries to balance her dreams and caring for her little girl. The gorgeous descriptions of her spicy food definitely made me hungry – and hungry for more Elizabeth Acevedo books!

An office romance

Unexpected romance while you’re out getting your bread? Yes please. For this one I’ve decided on The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon. This romance has everything I love -a woman in STEM kicking butt and defying the odds, a mystery (financial crime, my inner nerd is screaming), and characters with unbelievable chemistry. Samiah and Daniel take us on the most thrilling ride, and treat us to a great love story. It also has positive female friendships and shows the dangers of burning out at work. Amazing stuff.

So that’s that, hope you enjoyed my choices for adventures in aesthetics. Have you read any of these books before? What books would you choose for these prompts? Let me know in the comments. Be sure to check out my friends’ blogs, and maybe even join The Book Coven!