Heroes and Villains

Ahh, heroes and villains… What would books be like without them? As Moriarty said, Every fairytale needs a good old-fashioned villain. And, as Bonnie Tyler said, I need a hero. I’m holding out for a hero ’til the morning light.

The hero, ultimately, is who makes the story. Without one, there’d just be random people bumbling their ways through the apocalypse. The heroes are the ones who make the story what it is. Whether they be defeating a great evil, or giving a stranger an umbrella in the rain, they’re the people we feel for and connect to most of the time. They’re the characters who lead us on a journey, and the best kind of journeys not only provide for a strong character arc, but also change the reader too.

And as much as we all hate the villain of the story, or sometimes we root for them if we hate the protagonist — yes, I’ve wanted the killer to win once or twice — books and movies and shows wouldn’t exist without them. I’ll admit, I was one of those people who cried when Voldemort was killed. I’m not a Death Eater, I swear! It’s just that Voldemort shaped Harry into being who he was, and in turn, he did the same to me. He’s the reason why we know that we can’t let the darkness win and that we have to fight hatred with love. I just really appreciated him as a villain, okay?

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Mini Reviews

Ta da! See, I told you I could do it! Step outside of my comfort zone and try to collate my thoughts about a particular book into less than 400 words. It was a challenge that mostly consisted of incoherent screaming, procrastination snacking, and lying on the ground in the foetal position wondering what the purpose of life is, but I DID IT!

While I love to write long and rambly reviews, they DO take a lot of time, and when I go to seek out reviews personally, I find that I prefer to read shorter ones if possible. I love a good rant, but sometimes all I want is 300 or 400 words telling me why I should pick up a book, or why I should avoid it like the plague.

THANKFULLY, most of the books I’ve read recently have been marvellous! So today, I’d like to share my thoughts on three of my recent reads, and hopefully convince you to pick a couple up and add them to your monstrous TBR. ENJOY!

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Simon Lewis: The Adorkable Munchkin

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Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. But the events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. He knows he was friends with Clary, and that he convinced the total goddess Isabelle Lightwood to go out with him…but he doesn’t know how. And when Clary and Isabelle look at him, expecting him to be a man he doesn’t remember…Simon can’t take it.

So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. His new self. Whomever this new Simon might be.

But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. And that differences—like being a former vampire—are greatly looked down upon. At least Simon is trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.Read More »