Top Ten Tuesday: Characters who would make great leaders

Happy Top Ten Tuesday!  Today’s theme is ten characters who would make great leaders, which is super fitting for election day.


First up we have Darrow from Pierce Brown’s Red Rising saga.  Do I remember a lot about Red Rising?  No, not really, which is one of the reasons that I still haven’t picked up Morning Star.  But do I remember that Darrow was awesome?  Yes, absolutely.

Next up is Starr from Angie Thomas’ bestselling debut, The Hate U Give.  Starr is put in an almost impossible position as the sole witness to her childhood friend’s tragic death.  Stuck between the expectations of her fancy prep school friends and the real-life implications of the shooting in her neighborhood, Starr has to figure out how to do the right thing without letting anybody down or creating any additional problems.

Then there’s Victor from V.E. Schwab’s Vicious, probably the most controversial pick on my list.  It’s true.  Victor’s a villain.  But this guy has serious leadership potential!  And, in his own way, he is the leader of his group of misfits.  (Side note: I cannot wait for the next installment in this series.)


It’s been a long, long time since I read Peter F. Hamilton’s Void series and I honestly remember very little of it, but I do remember Edeard being a great leader.


Both Rose Calloway and Connor Cobalt from Krista & Becca Ritchie’s massive Addicted/Calloway Sisters series easily make the list of great leaders. While Connor is logical, refined, and cunning, Rose is a perfectionist who wouldn’t hesitate to tear out the heart of her enemies (and look great while doing it).


I’m maybe cheating with these last four picks since they actually are official leaders in their books, but next up is Prince Kai from Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series.  It’s true that Kai starts out the series primarily as a love interest for Cinder, but as he grows up, he becomes a strong, morally sound leader who isn’t afraid to stand up for his people.


I’m definitely cheating with Lady Jane Grey, who ruled England for nine days back in the 1500s.  I’m not sure if the real-life Jane Grey was quite as awesome as this fictionalized version, but the Jane from this book made an awesome leader.

And what about Alexander Hamilton?  The amount of attention this guy is getting now is insane.  There are so many books (above: Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz) written about him, a musical so popular that people wait months for tickets, and suddenly everybody is interested in his life. Why was he never president?

Finally, I’m going with Prince Rhy Maresh from V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series.  While Rhy comes across as a flirty playboy as the series begins, he grows as a person and a leader as the series comes to its conclusion.

Who are your favorite fictional leaders?

Monthly favorites: July 2017

July didn’t actually seem like that great of a reading month as it was happening.  I hadn’t one-starred a single book between January and June, and I had not one, but TWO single-star ratings in July.  Looking back, though, I did read six really great books that I would highly recommend:


★ The Big F ★ Alex & Eliza ★ The Upside of Unrequited ★


Famous ★ Some Sort of Happy ★ The Foxe & the Hound

What were your favorite books from July?

Book review: Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz

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Unlike the rest of the world, I have not yet jumped on the Hamilton bandwagon.  I mean, sure, I’m interested.  And Broadway’s only a quick train ride away.  But every time I’ve looked into getting tickets, they’re sold out and I get discouraged.  What I’m getting at here is that I went into Alex and Eliza with pretty much zero expectations.  And although it had a pretty slow start, by the time we hit about 25%, I could hardly put it down.

This is, of course, a YA retelling of the romance between Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler. De la Cruz herself mentions that there is little documentation of their relationship, but it has been documented that they fell hard and fast for each other, and of course, were married.  This means that de la Cruz had to take some creative liberties with her characters, and since I know little about Hamilton aside from what I learned in history class, this didn’t bother me at all.  I’m not sure which of the events in this book were real and which were made up, but it doesn’t really matter.  This isn’t a history book.  It’s a YA love story, and a really cute one, at that.

Throughout the book, we get to hear what’s going on from both Alex and Eliza’s POV.  I loved both characters, but Alex, in particular, really grew on me.  I’m not sure if he was this precious cinnamon roll in real life, but I just wanted to scoop him up and protect him.  Yes, yes, I know, he was a powerful aide to George Washington.  Whatever.  Book Alex needs to be protected at all costs.

This is my first book by Melissa de la Cruz, and I was not disappointed.  While I don’t think I’m going to run out and purchase her entire backlist, I’ll definitely keep an eye out for more of her books.

Final rating: ★★★★☆