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.

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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.)

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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?

Giveaway Roundup

I used to win Goodreads giveaways all the time.  Back in the day, your chances to win were at least tangentially tied to your activity on the site, and I would win sometimes 3 or 4 books each week.  Things changed a couple years back and now I haven’t won anything in a good year or so.  I still religiously enter these giveaways, though, because someone has to win.

Books I’m interested in reading:

Books I can recommend:

  • Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer (3 copies available through 9/6/17)
  • Fairest (Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer (4 copies available through 9/6/17)
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer (3 copies available through 9/6/17)
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (10 copies available through 8/27/17)
  • Room by Emma Donoghue (30 copies available through 8/28/17)

Maybe there isn’t such a thing as fate. Maybe it’s just the opportunities we’re given, and what we do with them. I’m beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.

Marissa Meyer, Cress (via quoted-books)

Book review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

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I’ll admit that I absolutely adored Cinder and Scarlet, and I was worried that Cress wouldn’t hold up to my expectations. After all, not many authors can keep up the quality throughout a whole series. Why did I question Marissa Meyer? She’s never written anything short of amazing! Cress was everything I was looking forward to and more.

In Cress, we’re introduced to Crescent Moon, a perfectly average Lunar teenager. Wait, no. That’s not right. Cress is far from your average teenager, Lunar or otherwise. For one, she’s Queen Levana’s main hacker, responsible for keeping an eye on the Commonwealth and ensuring that Lunar surveillance isn’t detected. As if that isn’t enough, she’s been locked up, all alone, in a satellite for most of her life! She keeps herself busy by following the feeds on Kai, Cinder, Thorne, and the rest of the crew of the Rampion, dreaming that one day Thorne will realize she’s a true damsel in distress and be compelled to save her.

I can’t say much more than that about the plot without giving away major spoilers, so I’ll just say that Cress is pretty great. The beloved cast of characters from the previous Lunar Chronicles is back, too, and we even get a glimpse into the beginning of Prince Emperor Kai’s rule. Minor characters from previous books begin to take on a larger role in Cress, and tiny details from earlier in the series end up having a huge impact.

I don’t know how Marissa Meyer managed to twist these classic fairy tales and merge them all together into one huge, new world, but she did, and it’s incredible. I’ll be waiting on the edge of my seat for another year until Winter finally comes out!

Final rating: ★★★★★

[see my original review here]