Summer Lovin’ runs from July 1-7. This is a no-pressure Read-a-Thon – the point is to have fun and to tackle your summer TBR list. Set your own goals and enjoy participating in posts, challenges, and giveaways! It will all culminate in a 24-hr marathon read-a-thon, from Saturday July 6th at 10am EST, to Sunday July 7th at 10am EST. Sign ups are open through July 6th!
Today is Day Three of the Read-a-Thon, and today’s discussion topic is…
Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee
Introduce us to your favorite fictional female.
Ladies and gents, it is my pleasure to introduce you to…
from Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy
Vin was a thief who grew up on the streets of Luthadel, a dark and unforgiving city for anyone, let alone a young girl. Orphaned when she was a child, and abandoned by her brother, she made her way by joining different thieving crews, keeping her head down, trusting no one, and relying on her quick wits and luck to keep her (relatively) safe. Vin is eventually found by Kelsier, another thief who asks her to join a different crew, unlike any she’s ever known. With them, she finally learns the meaning of friendship and trust – all while playing a pivotal role in Kelsier’s plan to overthrow the corrupt ruler of their world.
I love Vin because whatever way you look at it, she was always an incredibly strong character. She started out as a “nobody” thief, living on the streets, but of course that took serious strength. When she finds herself a part of Kelsier’s crew, asked to truly trust people for the first time in her life, and to act for the good of others rather than herself, she’s wary, and it takes her a long time to finally open up. But her character growth is huge – Vin becomes even stronger and more confident in her skills and in herself. She goes through some incredibly difficult things, and is given a lot of serious responsibility – for others’ lives as well as her own. But she faces everything head-on. She’s just a fascinating character to watch throughout this series and I LOVE HER TO DEATH OKAY?
Just read these books if you haven’t, seriously. Vin’s not the only awesome character – I actually can’t even say there are “minor” characters in these books, because every single one is real and fully developed and gives me ALL THE FEELS. Ugh. But especially Vin.
PS: Honorable Mentions for my Favorite Fictional Female are: Alina from Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy, Scout from Tammy Blackwell’s Timber Wolves trilogy, Deryn Sharp from Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan trilogy, Annabeth Chase from Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, Tris from Divergent, Puck from The Scorpio Races, Mackenzie from The Archived, Rory from Shades of London, and Cassie from The 5th Wave.
Challenge 3: Page 99 Test
The object of the game is to pick a book you have not yet read, turn to page 99 and read that page. Then you give a synopsis of that page and tell us if, based only on that page, would you want to read this book? Please remember to give a synopsis ONLY, no spoilers and no plagarism.
Okay, let’s do this! I’ve decided to use Wake, by Amanda Hocking, for my Page 99 test because I’m honestly not too worried about spoilers in this one. I put it on hold a the library forever ago on a whim, picked it up recently, but haven’t decided whether I’m reeeeally wanting to read it. So maybe this will help?
So page 99 starts off with a group of girls hanging out. There’s Gemma, and three other girls – Lexi, Penn, and Thea. It looks like they’re trying to get to know Gemma, and they’re asking her about this guy-friend of hers, Alex. Thea thinks he’s a “dolt”, and Gemma is insulted that she think this about him. Then Penn jumps in and tries to change the subject, and Lexi breaks out some alcohol and Thea tries to pressure Gemma to drink (which she doesn’t want to, because she doesn’t drink).
HMMMMM. Honestly, I can’t say I’m too impressed with this page. The three other girls seem really condescending and a little annoying, and Gemma didn’t really stand out to me. I’m also totally not comfortable with the fact that Thea and the others were trying to pressure Gemma into drinking when she said she didn’t want to (I’m pretty sure they’re all just teenagers?). Maybe there’s more to it than I’m seeing on this page though… So I’m still undecided on this one.