Top Ten Book Peeps at My Lunch Table

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the fly honeys at The Broke and The Bookish

This week they ask the Top Ten Book Characters that would be sitting at our lunch table. 

You'll notice I have kind of a thing for strong, badass female friends. This is true in real life as well.


Audrey is snarky. She's silly. She loves music. She is HILARIOUS. She'd keep things light but totally genuine and build you up while she's at it. She'd also help you keep your cool when things get too crazy because she knows all about the pressure of life, yo.

So he'd be the token dude at the table, but that's okay! I hardly doubt Jackaby would even notice. In addition to being heady and totally out there (which I adore), he'd also be able to tell you if the lunch lady was actually a monster or just a huge B. I'd like to know, wouldn't you? 

I realize that by sitting with Fire at lunch that all the boys would be drawn to us like moths to a flame, but she's totally worth the constant stream of admirers. She's fierce, loyal, caring and badass. I want her in my life. 

I mean yeah, Hermione will be kind of a challenge. She'll totally make me feel guilty for not studying and/or cheating and/or skipping class - but we need Hermiones in our lives, you know? She keeps us balanced. She reminds us why we do what we do when we lack motivation. She'll definitely pull an all nighter with us in the library and she might even let us borrow her notes from time to time. Not to mention she's crazy loyal and sweet to boot. 

Okay so it might be weird eating lunch with a Queen, but Elisa's totally worth it. The girl loves food so you know she's packing an amazing lunch with crazy good scones, am I right? She also works a bit of magic which could be pretty fun, plus she's funny and still kinda figuring out how to be a girl and talking about her feelings regarding Hector. Let me help you be you, Elisa. 

Not gonna lie - these girls intimidate the HELL out of me, but I'm fangirling on them HARD and not sitting at their table would fill me with the most intense jealousy ever. Obviously, they'd be the head of our clique, which is totally fine by me. I'd spend my days mastering womanly arts with Sybella, honing my stealth badassery with Ismae and being well rounded with Annith. 
(review of MORTAL HEART coming on Thursday!)

Oh Viola. You captured the heart of my very favorite male character in the history of ever, but if anyone is worthy of Todd Hewitt, it's you. She's strong. She's smart. She's brave as hell. She's cool under pressure and she's seen A LOT. Let me heal you. And let me be close to Todd by being close to you as a special bonus, okay? 

No friends list is complete without Lizzie Bennet. She reminds me a bit of Audrey with her snark, wit, and humor. I would LOVE to hear the cray stories of her sisters every day while we eat and how amazing would it be to hear her whine about Darcy when you just KNOW they're going to end up together? I'm squealing just thinking about it! 

Would you want to join me and these cool kids at the lunch table? Let me know! 

Review: Where the Stars Still Shine

Title: Where the Stars Still Shine
Author: Trish Doller
Pub Deets: September 2013, Bloomsbury 
Series/Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Source: Gifted by Jamie via The Broke and The Bookish Secret Santa
Genre: Contemporary

Callie is reunited with her father and his new family after her mom was arrested for kidnapping her many years ago. Callie struggles with her life up to this point, how she moves on from the life she thought she knew and how to grow into the person everyone expects her to be. Much romance is also in the picture.

This is one of those books where the plot is super hard to explain. I mean, I've rewritten the "In a sentence or so" thing like 50 times and it still doesn't feel right. Which is a huge compliment to this book because the emotional depth, complexity and richness is so deep and exhausting that I really can't summarize it very well. SO THERE.

Anyway, Trish has this crazy intensity with her writing that doesn't ever feel hokey or silly. The emotions are real. The frustrations that Callie experiences (and that we have with Callie) are real. Her life is hard. There is also hope for her future and support from her family. 

If you're looking for a contemporary read that has an incredible balance of intense emotions, serious family issues, sexy romance and character growth - this book is for you!

A quiet night with nothing to do because you WILL want to finish this book in a sitting. I promise you that! 

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