Opinions Needed

Hello fellow people! I need your opinions on something. It requires nothing but  a few minutes and a few words. Think you can handle it?

I am curious on your opinions on characters. Book characters, specifically. I know we all have our favorite (and least favorite) book characters. What I want to know is WHY?! 

Why do you or don’t you like someone? 

What makes them likable or not likable?

So if you could comment below or email me at lilians_books@hotmail.com and explain to me this, I’d greatly appreciate it! Please put in the subject line Opinions Response. Below are some questions taht you can answer to get your juices flowing, just don’t feel limited to only use these!

Who is your favorite (or one of your favorite) book characters? What are some likable qualities about him/her?

What makes a strong antagonist?

What makes a female protagonist annoying?

What do you wish you could change about some characters?

Thanks so much for you help!! 

-Lilian-

UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale) by Chandah Hahn

unenchanted copyMina Grime is unlucky, unpopular and uncoordinated; that is until she saves her crush’s life on a field trip, changing her High School status from loser to hero overnight. But with her new found fame brings misfortune in the form of an old family curse come to light. For Mina is a descendant from the Brothers Grimm and has inherited all of their unfinished fairy tale business which includes trying to outwit a powerful Story from making her its’ next fairy-tale victim.
To break the fairy tale curse on her family and make these deadly occurrences stop, Mina must finish the tales until the very Grimm end.



UnEnchanted was a very quick, amusing read, but it lacked details and depth, which made it plain, at times.

I have had my eye on this book for awhile, but I never got around to buying it. So when I was on Barnes & Nobles website and I saw the ebook was free, I had to download it. I wasn’t planning on reading it so soon, but I was in the mood for a fairytale retelling. I also surprised myself by downloading an ebook, since I prefer an actual, paper book in my hands. But who could beat free?!

I must admit, the plotline was promising. I think, with some work, it could have been one of my favorite books.

Sadly, it fell short of my expectations for it.

This book lacked a lot of detail. I feel like this is a rough draft, not a complete book. The book didn’t have a lot of explanation about what’s going on. Some parts left me feeling confused. And a few parts were a little far fetched. I know it’s a fairytale and all, but still. I couldn’t grasp on to parts. It didn’t make me want to believe in the magic. It felt plain.

The characters also confused me. 

I was suddenly on a first name basis with everybody.

I got so confused when suddenly they are calling Mina’s mom Sara. Or they called this minor character Molly. I couldn’t keep up with it all. I also wished I was provided with more depth into the other characters lives.

I must commend Chanda with writing interesting characters, even if they lack depth. Jarod, especially, was very well written. I am interested in more of his life.

I also must say I was happy with a totally clean book! That can be hard to find.

Overall, I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series, and I am hoping it just gets better from here. I also already got another one of Chanda’s books for free on my NOOK app.

-Lilian-

All Fall Down by Ally Carter

Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:

1. She is not crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.

As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her — so there’s no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.

Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can’t control Grace — no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do. Her past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

Oh my beautiful book!

I have had this book on my TBR list for awhile now. I finally ordered it from the library, in attempts to find something decent to read. Honestly, when it arrived, I didn’t even know what it was about. I just knew it was clean and looked good. I’m so glad I read this.

The writing was impeccable. I love Ally Carter’s writing style. This was the first book I ever read by her and it won’t be the last.

I love the flashbacks of Grace and her mom. I feel like they really help the reader learn more about Grace and tap into her emotions.

Next, the characters.

THE CHARACTERS.

Grace was well-written and believable. She had just enough definition so you can understand her and love her like I did. Most of that definition comes from what other people think of her, or what she thinks everyone thinks about her. It’s a very unique way to describe a character and I love it.

I read a few other reviews of this book upon finishing it and I saw people would think that Grace is whiny and annoying.

Um, did they even read the book?

Grace went through some major emotional trauma. She saw her own mother killed. Everyone thinks she is crazy. If I went through that, I’m sure I would be acting the same way.

But enough of that.

Let’s talk about secondary characters.

Do you ever have that one character that you can’t stand in the beginning, but by the end they are your favorite? That’s Alexei. In the beginning I thought he was a spoiled, annoying teenage boy. By the end I am in love with him. Weird how that works, huh?

In the beginning, I loved Noah. He was funny and cute and quirky. Then him and Grace got into that argument. Now? I don’t like him as much.

Rosie. I’m pretty sure she is like Rue’s (The Hunger Games) twin. So, naturally, I love her like a little sister.

Finally, a (no spoiler) look at the MAJOR plot twist, aka, the last chapter and cliffhanger ending. I never saw it coming. I can’t even explain it. You’ll have to read the book to understand it.

Overall, this is a totally clean book that will get you craving more. I totally recommend it for anyone 13+, due to a small amount of violence.

-Lilian-

Roadside Assistance by Amy Clipston

When Emily Curtis’ mom dies, the hospital bills force her and her dad to move to her wealthy aunt’s house. Emily, who’s used to getting her hands dirty working on cars, isn’t used to the way her aunt is trying to make her over into the perfect girly girl, just like her cousin Whitney. Things start to look up when she meets a fellow car buff her age and they work on cars together . . . but will the hole in her heart ever fill up? Emily learns that sometimes the help you need can come from the person you least expect.


      I hate giving books bad reviews. I wish I liked every book I read so I could always give it a good review. Sadly, today’s review is not gonna be too positive. Let me start off by saying I still love Amy Clipson and will continue to read her YA fiction (I’ve already pre-ordered her latest). She is an amazing author. I’m sorry I didn’t like your book! I really am. I also want to point out that so am not a huge fan of contemporary YA fiction, so this my affect how much I like the book.

       This was my second time reading this book. I am re-reading the first two books in preparation for the third book coming out on April 17. When I first read these books, I thought they were good and I liked them. 

That was not the case this time around.

     This book was so filled with cheesy, cliche romance, it was sorta hard to read it all the way through again. The whole relationship between Emily and Zander seemed like it was a middle school crush. It was painful.

       Then comes Emily. 

Her character is so whiny and stubborn. She gets mad when things aren’t her way and complains about everything. I mean, I know she had the horrible, heartbreaking experience of losing a parent. I’ve been through that, so I know what she felt when she doubted God and had changed so much. I went through the same experience. And I, too, lost a house and all ways of income and moved in with people for awhile. But she was just way too overly inconsiderate, I couldn’t stand it. And that fight. So you heard a few people say a few things? Does that mean you have to blow up and lose someone you love over rumors?!

And Zander.

     What bothers me the most about him is when he got in that fight with Emily (big shocker there), he was too stubborn to apologize or talk it out with her. I’m not just saying that because he’s a guy. I’m saying it because it’s the right thing to do. 

The plot was a good idea, honestly. I just didn’t like much else about the book. It just wasn’t my cup of tea. 

Overall, I probably won’t read this book again for a long time, but I am soon going to be reading the next book in the series over again so I am ready to read the newest book. 

-Lilian-

Remnants: Season of Fire

After tackling her first mission and coming to terms with her power of empathy, Andriana discovers her first battles were only a taste of what is to come. She and her knight, Ronan, have admitted their feelings for each other, but their bonds are tested when Dri is captured by their mortal and spiritual enemy—Sethos—and his master, Keallach, emperor of Pacifica. Andriana is certain Keallach can be convinced to follow the Maker’s plan and join the other Remnants … but in time, she must decide whether she really can pull him back to the Way, or if Sethos’s web of darkness has slowly and thoroughly trapped them both … forever.

      Let me just say.. Oh my beautiful book. Book two was even better then book one. I can only imagine what what Season of Glory will be like. Sadly, I must wait until 2016 until I can find out😭

      So Season of Wonder (book one) left off with (Minor spoilers ahead)  Roniero missing, and the rest of the Remnants heading off to the island prison on Catal. This book picks up right where it left off. 

      I think the main message that Lisa (tha author) was trying to get through was that through your troubles and battles that you must face, you can’t rely on your own strength alone. Relying only on yourself will bring defeat upon you. But if you rely on God and His powers over your own, there’s nothing you can’t do. This message seemed to come to me at just the right time, honestly.

But God usually works like that.

     I also loved how profound the writing was, especially towards the end. It really made me stop for a second amd think about the meaning of what was said.

      I must warn that this book is probably better for older teens and up. It does contain a lot more dark themes and gory parts then the first book. So if those kind of things make you flinch, this might not be the book for you.

Now on to my favorite part: Characters 

      I loved Andriana and her character. She was not a doll to be played with. While she can’t openly kill someone, she was not about to just give up at the first sign of trouble. She fought for everything she believed in and never backed down.

GIRL POWER!

      I also really loved getting to know her and her character better. Throughout the book, she discovered who she was while also growing in her relationship with The Maker (AKA God). 

I really love Keallach. He has so many layers yet to discover. I am really hoping that in Season of Glory, he overcomes the darkness controlling him and joins the Remnants.

I Still love Niero. I won’t spoil the book for you, but let’s just say he isn’t who you think he is😉 That was probably the biggest plot twist of all.

THE PLOT TWIST, THOUGH.

Some familiar characters can be seen again, and a few may surprise you😏 Plus somecharacters may.. reveal themselves to you a bit.

Overall, this book is a story of finding yourself and relying on God through everything. It is very enjoyable and keeps you hanging on the edge as you get to know the characters a lot better. The darkened adds a wonderful edge to keep your attention. I can only imagine how amazing Season of Glory will be!

-Lilian-

P.S. Thanks Lisa T. Bergren for sending me an autographed copy for reviewing purposes! You the best😋