YA Characters that I Would Like to Be

Whenever I read a book, I tend to find characters that I would love to be. Most of the time, the characters have magical powers and are totally badass. Other times, the characters live everyday lives but are badass as well. Since I envy many characters in books, I decided to shorten my list to only five people. Here are my characters that I want to be.

Anna from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

In Anna and the French Kiss, Anna gets sent off to boarding school in Paris. What teenage girl wouldn’t want to be sent off to live in Paris for a year? If I was her, I would be having the time of my life. To make her life more awesome, she meets Étienne St. Clair. Étienne St. Clair is a beautiful character who I wish existed. Being Anna would mean I get to live in Paris for a year and date Étienne St. Clair! That would be perfect!

Katy from Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Katy is one of my favorite YA protagonists. Not only do I like that she is a book blogger, she is badass as well. To top it off, she gets to date Daemon and hang out with aliens. Daemon is my top book boyfriend. If I ever dated him, I would die a happy girl.

Ella from The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

Not only does Ella have a cute and nerdy boyfriend, Ella has an awesome group of friends. Ella and her friends spend the whole night doing fun stuff and enjoying life. To have a night like they had makes me want to be her. Even though there was drama throughout the book, I still think her character has great potential.

Paige from The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Paige is a character who matures greatly throughout the story. Despite her misfortunes, Paige has many blessings. Paige is intelligent, has a supportive group of friends, a family who loves her deeply, and a caring love interest. Even though she doesn’t have super powers or lives a daring life, Paige has everything she could want.

Juliette from Shatter Me Series by Taherah Mafi

Juliette is my favorite character of YA. She develops massively throughout the story! At first, Juliette is whiney and weak but then she embraces who she is to become a fierce heroine. Not to mention, her super power is awesome. Her touch is a weapon! How cool is that?! Not only is she tough and an incredible leader, she winds up with the swoon-worthy love interest. Their relationship is adorable and he is madly in love with her. If I could be anyone in the universe, I would be her.

Those were my top five choices. Surprisingly, this choice was easy because most of my favorite characters have sad pasts or conflicts. If you were any YA character, who would you be, and why?


The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness


This. Book. Is. Fantastic.

As many of you may know, The Rest of Us Just Live Here was my most anticipated release of 2015. Unfortunately, I did not actually get it until a few weeks after its release date. I had mixed emotions about reading it after receiving it. What if I hated it? What if it was a terrible book that I spent most of the year swooning over? Luckily the book did not disappoint!

The main complaint I had read on Goodreads about this book was that it lacked action. Going into the story, I had extremely low expectations for it being action-packed because, after all, it is a story about the non-chosen ones.

The story follows a group of seniors as they try to live out their normal lives while the indie kids keep dying. The story is in Mikey’s, a boy who is suffering from OCD and the constant feeling of being the least wanted in his group of friends, point of view. Despite being told from Mikey’s life, we meet his sister, Mel, as well. Jared is another main character in this story who is Mikey’s best friend and possibly the god of cats. Even though I loved all the other characters, I did not like Henna. Henna is Mikey’s love interest who constantly leads him on throughout the story.

The story is told in two different styles: one section of the book is dedicated specifically to humorously talk about the Indie Kids and the other is told from Mikey about his friends. Ness beautifully portrays what it is like to almost be the hero but never make the cut. To stand in the background as others are chosen for leads. Overall, Ness gave me a story that made me feel less alone.

With a beautiful writing style, personal and diverse characters, and a heart-warming story, The Rest of Us Just Live Here will make you fall in love.

October Wrap Up!

October is over! In the span of a day, Starbucks changed all their flavors to Christmas and the stores exchanged their Halloween decorations for Christmas. October was a good month for me. Throughout this month, I read and received many books. Here is all that happened this month!


(Links to the reviews are on the pictures)

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My review on Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover: https://marissareads.com/2015/10/01/maybe-someday-by-colleen-hoover/

Blood Rose by Danielle Rose: Mini Review: https://marissareads.com/2015/10/04/blood-rose-by-danielle-rose-mini-review/

The Martian Book and Movie Review:https://marissareads.com/2015/10/12/the-martian-book-and-movie-review/

SST Jennifer Walkup Interview: https://marissareads.com/2015/10/12/192/

My Trip to Kidlitcon: https://marissareads.com/2015/10/16/bookish-adventures-kidlitcon-2015/

Tonight the Streets are Ours by Leila Sales Review: https://marissareads.com/2015/10/20/tonight-the-street-are-ours-by-leila-sales/

Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian Review: https://marissareads.com/2015/10/23/cut-both-ways-by-carrie-mesrobian/

The Vogue Book Tag: https://marissareads.com/2015/10/26/the-vogue-book-tag/

Special News: https://marissareads.com/2015/10/30/special-news/


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  • Kidlitcon was my only event I attended this month because I spoke at the conference.



Blood Rose by Danielle Rose: Mini Review

Synopsis: There’s no wrath like that of a witch scorned. Avah Taylor has been given a death sentence: as one of the only spirit users in her coven, Avah has been chosen to wield The Power, the ultimate weapon against the immortal vampire species witches have been at war with for centuries. The Power, given by the gods to one witch of each generation, is considered a great honor, but every witch before has died trying to master this all-too-powerful gift, one that the shell of a mortal can’t contain for long. On the night of her birth rite, Avah’s coven is attacked, and Avah is left for dead. Confronted with a terrible choice, Avah must decide to either die or save herself by becoming like her enemies. Forced to seek refuge among the very beings she has sworn to kill, Avah vows revenge on those who took her former life from her. As Avah slowly transitions into a life of blood and war and battles her own feelings for a man she is supposed to hate, she realizes everything she’s been told is a lie.
Danielle Rose was one of the first authors I have ever promoted. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to promote her on both my bookclub and my blog.

Blood Rose was an amazing read. The characters in the story were fun to read about. Another incredible aspect of the book was the plot. I felt that the plot was extremely captivating and captured the story well. Finally, I have never read a book as fast paced as Blood Rose. Unfortunately, the fast pace plot felt too rushed at times which made you forget details of the plot. Also, the book felt lacking of clarification and details at parts throughout the story.

Overall, the book was a great series starter! I cannot wait to read more of her works!

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Hey everyone!

Before I begin, I decided to let you all know that I won’t be rating books by stars. For me, star ratings are not an accurate judgement of the book. Usually when I use star ratings, I base my stars on how I liked the book, not the content that is included. With that being said, no more star ratings for a while!

As you all know, Colleen Hoover has been getting a lot of buzz throughout the past years. Almost every contemporary reader has read at least one of Colleen’s works. Shamefully, I read my first book of Colleen’s yesterday. I would like to thank Stella for buying me the book to read!

Maybe Someday was an interesting read. Throughout the story, the readers follow two POVs. The first point of view is from Sydney, a twenty-two-year-old women who found out her boyfriend is cheating on her with her best friend. The second POV was Ridge, a deaf guitar player who is dating Maggie though he has feelings for Sydney.

In the beginning, we meet Sydney, a girl who is captivated to Ridge’s ability to play guitar even though she has never met him. Eventually, Ridge gets Sydney to text him when he sees her singing lyrics that he never wrote to his songs.

On her 22nd birthday, Ridge decides to text Sydney about he boyfriend cheating on her since he saw them on her porch. After breaking up with her cheating boyfriend and punching her best friend in the face, Sydney leaves her appointment and has to find somewhere to live at. Ridge kindly lets her live with him, Bridgette- a crazy girl who is always angry-, and Warren who is obsessed with sex and is dating Bridgette. Sydney begins to write the lyrics to Ridge’s band’s songs to pay for rent. Eventually, Ridge and Sydney develop a greater personal relationship although he is in love with Maggie. Ridge and Sydney become confused and heartbroken as they try to figure out their feelings. How could something so wrong be so right?

I honestly did not expect to like this book as much as I did. I thought that since the hype for this book was grand that it may fall flat of my expectations. However, I loved it! The book was extremely emotional and captivating. I finished the book in a day and felt hungry for more! The romance was fantastic. Not to mention, some scenes between Sydney and Ridge that were swoon worthy! Warren was my favorite character! Warren added life and humor to the story. I honestly loved his relationship with Bridgette. Overall, this book was incredible.

Despite my enjoyment in this book, I found one fault. Sydney. I absolutely despised Sydney. My main fault with Sydney was how over emotional she was. I lost count of how many times Sydney cried. Every single chapter features some form of tears. I have never met a character that was as emotional as Sydney. Another character flaw Sydney obtained was how hypocritical she was. Sydney constantly bashed Hunter for cheating on her with Tori even though Sydney and Ridge were doing the same with Maggie.

Besides Sydney, this story was phenomenal. I will definitely read more Colleen Hoover books.