Sabriel

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Books I Want My Hypothetical Future Children to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week. This week the topic is all about the books we want our future hypothetical kids to read – or if we have any young children in our lives like nieces and nephews, what books we’d love them to read. I don’t know if I’ll have children, but there are definitely some books that I feel young kids should read, and books that shaped me and I’d love to share.

The Magician’s House Quartet by William Corlet
This series was one of the first to make me cry and I was less than ten years old. I’m not saying I want to make my hypothetical children cry but I’d like to see if it affects them as much as it did me.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
This whole series is magical but The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the most magical and I think it’s one of the most accessible for younger readers.

The Animal Ark series by Lucy Daniels
I actually gave all my Animal Ark books, all 70+ of them, to my Godmothers daughter years ago, from what I heard she did enjoy them and I hope now she’s a teenager that she’s either got them in a safe place or has passed them on to someone else to love. (more…)

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: My Top Ten Villains

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week. This week it’s all about villains and I’ve chosen to write about the most memorable villains I’ve ever come across, whether that’s because they really are despicably evil or for some other reason. So without further ado, here’s some great villains.

Professor Dolores Umbridge – Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
While Voldemort might be the main bad guy in Harry Potter, Umbridge is almost more terrifying because she’s so normal and the way she inflicts pain and restrictions is all within the rules of the law. She uses the system to her advantage and is a bigot who always believes she is right.

Nils Bjurman – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
This man is evil and manipulative who preys on people who he sees as weaker than him and who are dependent on him. He’s a rapist and a sadist and just really, really horrible.

Cruella de Vil – The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
I read The Hundred and One Dalmatians when I was about thirteen and I’d seen both the animated and live action films many times, but Cruella de Vil in the book was still super scary. (more…)

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Books You Want to See as TV Shows

Top 5 Wednesday is a great feature created by GingerReadsLainey and hosted by ThoughtsonTomes. To find out more about Top 5 Wednesday and the upcoming topics, check out its Goodreads page. This week, in honour of autumn TV it’s all about those books we’d love to see adapted for TV. Here’s the five books I think would make great TV shows.

fiveghosts vol1Five Ghosts by Frank J. Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham
This is a comic series about an adventurer kind of like Indiana Jones but he has this stone embedded in his chest which grants him the powers of five ghosts, or rather the ghosts take over when he needs it most. It’s very pulp-fictiony and would make a great adventure TV show because it’s full of supernatural elements, archaeology and bad guys.

 

sabriel1Sabriel by Garth Nix
The Old Kingdom series would make such a good TV series! It’s all about a young girl who inherits her father’s legacy of sending the dead back where they came from. It’s magical and creepy and set in a different world to ours. It’s a rich world so having it as a TV show would be a lot better than a film.

 

the passage elenasquareeyesThe Passage by Justin Cronin
This would be a great TV Show for fans of The Walking Dead and The Strain. Most of the story is set in a post-apocalyptic future where a disease has pretty much wiped out everyone and those who are left have to struggle to survive against creatures that are pretty much vampires. The interesting thing about The Passage is that because it’s set a good 100 years after the breakout of the virus, the characters don’t know what life was like before, there’s no nostalgia just a sense of getting on with life the best they can.

emancipatedEmancipated by M.G. Reyes
This would be a show would be full of the usual high school tropes because it’s a bunch of teenagers living together but also have an air of mystery as to why some of them have been emancipated and there’d be secrets and lies to uncover.

 

FullSizeRender (70)Geezer Girls by Dreda Say Mitchell
A crime TV show about some women who were once under the control of a London gangster but now try to live their own lives until that gangster comes back onto the scene? Sign me up! It’s good to see women be bad or morally ambiguous, who will do bad things to protect those they care about plus there’s the family of choice trope.

 

What books would you want to see adapted for TV?

The Totally Should’ve Book Tag

I was tagged by Lauren at Never Anyone Else to do this pretty self-explanatory tag – her blog is pretty darn great so don’t forget to check it out! Now onto the tag!

1. Totally should’ve gotten a sequel
vicious_cvVicious by V.E. Schwab
I’d love to see what happens to these guys next, if the trio stick together or if they go their own ways.

2. Totally should’ve had a spin off series
Harry Potter (obviously!)
I want to know more about what happens to the likes of Seamus, Dean, Luna and Neville after the Battle of Hogwarts.

3. An author who should totally write more books
Christopher Paolini.
He certainly earnt a break after writing the epic Inheritance Cycle but it would be cool to see what other things he would write, would he stick to fantasy or write something completely different? I want to know! (more…)

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Biggest Badasses

Top 5 Wednesday is a feature created by GingerReadsLainey. This is the first week I’ve taken part and I hope to continue with it because it’s a great little feature. To find out more about Top 5 Wednesday and the upcoming topics, check out its Goodreads page.

So without further ado, here are my five biggest badasses!


lisbeth salanderLisbeth Salander – The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson

Lisbeth has a hard life but she doesn’t let that stop her. She’s a super smart and resourceful genius hacker who can fight men twice her size. Lisbeth will go to any lengths to sort out people who have wronged her or the few people she cares about. She’s just a total badass.

 

niko leandrosNiko Leandros – Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman
Niko is a very calm and put-together guy until a monster comes after his younger brother. Niko is a master at multiple martial arts, he can uses guns, knives and he usually has his Katana strapped to his back. You won’t want to go up against Niko in a fight.

 

 

sabrielSabriel – The Old Kingdom trilogy by Garth Nix
Sabriel lives in a world where the dead can walk the earth and she has the power to stop them and send them back to where they came from. Controlling the dead is a seriously badass skill. Sabriel can also fight with a sword and practices powerful magic and is more than capable of looking out for herself and the world.

 

johanna masonJohanna Mason – The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Johanna survived two Hunger Games and when she found out she was going back into the Games for the Quarter Quell, she wasn’t afraid to tell people exactly what she thought about that. Johanna is a fighter, she was tortured but she still got up and wanted to fight against the Capitol. Also Johanna isn’t afraid to give people like Katniss the cold hard truth, she’s a survivor and a badass.

elizabeth bennetElizabeth Bennet – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
I’m actually reading Pride and Prejudice at the moment for the first time and I’m blown away by how much of a badass Elizabeth is. She might not be a fighter but she’s smart and in a battle of words she’s clever enough to show her adversary that she shouldn’t be looked down upon.

 

Who are your favourite bookish biggest badasses?

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Books I’d Love To See As Movies/TV Shows

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week – I’m thinking I might not take part every week but just see if a week takes my fancy. This week is about the books that I think would make good films or TV Shows – Ii chose some because they’re my favourites and some because I think the world is so rich that it would make a great screen adaptation.

Five Ghosts by Frank J. Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham
Five Ghosts would make an excellent adventure film like Indiana Jones but with some supernatural elements. I did hear there might be a TV show made out of Five Ghosts which would be equally awesome.

The Twelve by Justin Cronin
The Twelve is about a vampire-filled apocalypse. It would make a great TV show but I think The Walking Dead has filled the post-apocalyptic world filled with monsters quota for media. (more…)

Books from my childhood: Sabriel – Garth Nix

photo (9)I remember where I was and how old I was when I first read Sabriel. I bought Sabriel from the airport as I was on the way to my dad’s in Spain, I was eleven years old. I’ve reread Sabriel (and other books in the series) twice before but it has been at least six years since I’ve read them all. Since Clariel (the prequel to the series) is being released next month I thought it was time for a reread.

Sabriel is a fantasy novel full of mystery, suspense and some scary bits too. The novel follows Sabriel, the daughter of the Abhorsen – a necromancer who sends the dead back into death with the help of seven bells, a sword and Charter magic – who must step into her father’s shoes when her father disappears. With the help of Mogget, a cat who isn’t exactly normal, Sabriel must find her father and stop one of the Greater Dead returning to the world.

Sabriel is scary. It takes you into death and has monsters like a Mordicant, a dead creature, which are very creepy and unsettling. Rereading Sabriel at almost 23 years old I was struck how certain chases and monsters still put me one edge. I think that’s a sign of a good book and good writing – a book that can scare a child and someone who likes to think she’s an adult. There’s a scene in Lirael (the sequel to Sabriel) that I always say is the scariest thing I’ve ever read and while I may have forgotten most of what happens in the book I always remember that bit. The bit in question involves a glass coffin and a statue of a dog.

My favourite character in Sabriel is Mogget – a white cat who is really an ancient free magic creature bound by Charter magic. He is clever and is bound to serve Sabriel and her father but that doesn’t mean he is always happy about it. I think liking Mogget when I was so young paved the way for the type of characters I’d always end up liking. I always like secondary characters, I like mysterious characters that you never really know everything about, and I like characters that are a bit sarcastic.

Sabriel is one of my favourite books from my childhood and rereading it over ten years later it is still one of my favourite books. It’s set in a world far different from our own with magic (both good and bad) and has a fascinating take on death. Sabriel is a fast-paced adventure that is sometimes a bit scary but is also fun and has great characters and a rich world. I’m so glad this book has been a part of my childhood. 5/5.