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?

Top Ten Tuesday: Book boyfriends

Happy Top Ten Tuesday!  Today, we’re celebrating the romantic love interests that keep us coming back for more – our top ten book boyfriends.  Buckle up, because I have a lot to say on this topic!

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Krista & Becca Ritchie have a knack for writing really great love interests.  Honestly, I could list any of their male leads as one of my favorite book boyfriends, but I narrowed it down to Connor Cobalt (Kiss the Sky), Luka Kotova (Infini), and Ryke Meadows (Hothouse Flower).  Both Connor Cobalt and Ryke Meadows are heavily featured in many of the Ritchies’ books but are introduced as love interests in the books above.

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Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart is all about reconnecting with a childhood friend and falling in love.  As if it takes much more to win my heart than that… but Kennedy Harrison is a great love interest.  He’s flawed but still romantic.  He knows what he wants, but he’s not an over-the-top alpha.  He’s a realistic love interest.

Similar to the Ritchie sisters, R.S. Grey knows how to write the perfect guy.  In Anything You Can Do, Lucas Thatcher is Daisy Bell’s childhood rival – and new co-worker.  Working together as physicians at a small family practice, Lucas pushes Daisy’s buttons in just the right way.  In The Allure of Julian Lefray, Julian hires Josephine Keller to help him maintain his sister’s fashion line while she’s away.  There’s enough sexual tension to power the entirety of New York City, but they’re determined not to give in and jeopardize the company.

I fell in love with Arm Candy’s Davis Price in Jessica Lemmon’s previous book, Eye Candy. Davis is a sardonic stock analyst who is completely done with relationships.  In his own book, we see him start to open up to the possibility of love… and then really knock the socks off of his love interest (and me) with his absolute perfection.

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Now, clearly, these three books are young adult romances.  They’re not so much book boyfriends for me now, but they’re boys I wish I could have known when I was an actual young adult.

In The Unexpected Everything, Andie’s summer is turned upside down when her father’s political scandal causes her to lose her place in a competitive summer program.  Stuck at home and desperate to get out of the house, she takes a job as a dog walker and befriends Clark, a young, shy, bestselling author.  Clark has a great personality, sure, but imagine finding out that your summer crush is a bestselling author!

The Big F’s leading lady, Danielle, has a similarly upturned life.  When she unexpectedly fails a class during her senior year of high school, her admission to her dream school is revoked.  She enrolls at a community college to get her life back on track and develops surprising feelings for her seemingly grumpy co-worker, Porter.  Not only is Porter a total dreamboat, but he also helps Dani stay on the straight and narrow when it comes to her classes.

Kate’s been crushing on the school’s football star for years.  Now, in her senior year of high school, she’s made it her mission to go to prom with him.  The plan?  Have her friend Cooper teach her how to flirt her way into Mick’s heart.  Operation Prom Date is a go, but what happens when Kate realizes that Cooper is better than Mick in every possible way?

Who are your favorite love interests?

How excited are you for SOME KIND OF PERFECT?!

“What we decide will inevitably shape the lives of our children.
​For better or for worse. We can’t foresee.”

​~ Connor Cobalt, Some Kind of Perfect

This epilogue to the entire Addicted series, as well as its spinoffs, had its release date officially announced today.  I don’t know about you, but I’ll be holding my breath until April 22, 2016.

Only a little over a month away!

More information here.

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After Lily Calloway’s sex addiction and Loren Hale’s alcoholism became national news, Calloway stock plummeted.  Fizzle sales dropped.  Stores refused to sell Calloway Couture.  Sure, the parents and lawyers tried to do damage control, but a sudden engagement between Lily and Loren looked fake.  Nobody believed that the sex addict could be in a monogamous relationship.

Leave it to Rose to find a solution: a reality tv show following her, her sisters, and their boyfriends.  On camera, 24/7, hiding nothing.  The only problem is that reality tv is less than real.  But Rose’s company is on the line, and she’ll do whatever’s necessary to save her dream… even if that means putting up with creative editing and contrived love triangles.

Rose was never my favorite of the Calloways in the previous books.  She seemed distant and judgey, two of my least favorite characteristics.  She improved a little as the series went on and it became apparent that she loved her sisters and only wanted what’s best for them.  But in Kiss the Sky, we get inside Rose’s head and see a totally different side of her.  She is probably the least judgmental character I’ve ever seen.  She has so much compassion for her sisters, and only wishes that she’d been clued in to their problems sooner so that she could have intervened.  And while she puts on such an authoritative front, she’s got her own problems.  Like the fact that she’s almost afraid of her own sexuality.  The complete opposite of Lily.

In the previous books, Rose and Connor seemed like a convenient pairing.  Two driven, intelligent people who aren’t necessarily looking for romance, but more for someone to match them intellectually.  Or, I guess, that’s what all the other characters assumed based on their no-nonsense attitudes.  In Kiss the Sky, it becomes obvious that this is entirely incorrect.  Sure, Rose and Connor are perfect for each other.  They’re a match in every possible way.  Including in the bedroom.  Other reviewers have discussed this better than I ever could, so let me just say that their relationship is pretty much perfect, and it’s exactly what I’m looking for in a new adult book.  The Ritchie sisters did not disappoint.

This book is more of a 4.5 than 4 for me, and I’d have to say, it’s my favorite so far of all their books.  I can’t wait to start Hothouse Flower, but first I need to get through some of my ARC’s!

Final rating: 

★★★★☆