Top 5 Wednesday: Angsty Romance

PROMPT

–This topic has been much requested! Talk about your favorite ships that have a healthy side of angst. (definition: adj.: describes a situation or literary piece which contains dark, depressing, angry, and/or brooding emotions from the participating characters.)

Instead of today’s actual topic about video games, I’m going to talk about a previous topic I missed from last month. And it’s all about aangst… I mean angst.

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I have read my share of angsty books, but my least favorite and most worrisome type is the “angsty romance”. I don’t like it because I hate the trope of using romantic love as a solution to a character’s serious problems. Personally, I think it sends a bad message about getting help and recovery, because recovery should start with the individual not someone else. I’m always hyper aware of it in YA romance, and I’m always happy when they avoid that horrendous cliché. Below are some examples of good angsty romance, and one really bad example.

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Review: This One Summer

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AUTHOR: Mariko Tamaki
ILLUSTRATOR: Jillian Tamaki
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Rose and Windy learn more about the complex world of adults on a summer vacation cottage in Awago.
RATING: 3.5/5
GENRE: Graphic Novel | Young Adult | Coming of Age | Contemporary

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Top 5 Wednesday: Fantasy & Sci-Fi TBR

PROMPT

Talk about the science fiction and fantasy books you want to read ASAP!

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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I know Sarah J. Maas is a YA Fantasy Queen, but I haven’t read any of her books because I’m not huge on the fantasy genre. But, lately I’ve been having a itch to read the first book in this series. It’s also been a while since I’ve binged on a good series fantasy or not.

2. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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Although I’ve come to the realization that fantasy books aren’t for me, I will make an exception for Carry On because… Rainbow Rowell. I have read all her other books and I loved them all, so I expect to love this one just as much.

3. Illuminae Files_03 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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I may not know the title for the final book in the Illuminae Files trilogy, but it is definitely in my TBR list. After reading Illuminae and Gemina I can’t wait to read the conclusion of this fantastic sci-fi trilogy. (See what I did there?)

4. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Ok, so this one isn’t exactly fantasy or sci-fi, but does have magical realism, and that’s sort of the same thing… right? It is also one of the longest books I’ve had on my TBR pile.

5. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

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Lately I’ve been craving sci-fi and dystopian classics and I’m hoping H.G. Wells, the father of science fiction, can help me with that.

Review: Gemina (The Illuminae Files_02) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

TITLE: Gemina Image result for gemina book
AUTHOR: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
SUMMARY: When Jump Station Heimdall gets attacked by BeiTech, it’s up to Hanna Donnelly (the captain’s daughter) and Nik Malikov (member of a notorious crime family) to put a stop to it and save their home.
GENRE: Young Adult | Action | Sci-Fi
RATING: 5/5
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