Tuesday, April 3

Our Favorite Novels Where The Characters Outshine Everything Else

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Hello friends! For today's Top Ten Tuesday post (weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl), Clare and I have decided to switch up the topic a little bit, because we were SO BAD at trying to come up with answers for the original TTT that is: 'Characters I liked That Were In Non-Favorite/Disliked Books'. Now, we didn't want to venture too far away from the theme, thus we modified it to 'Books Where the Characters Outshine Everything Else', and wow, are we excited to show these 10 (5-5) books + characters with y'all! So, without further ado, let's get right into this post!

Nell and Co. in Spare and Found Parts. My absolute favourite part of this book was the characters. They were all so morally grey and felt so real - especially Nell herself. Whilst many of the plot points didn't take me by surprise, Nell and her friends constantly did! This book also made a really incredible villain. In a story in which nearly everyone is morally dubious it should have been hard to have one standout character you hated - but that was totally managed and I loved it!

Mara in Freeks. I read this about a year ago and whilst the plot has more or less slipped my memory since then - the characters are still going strong. Mara herself was hugely likable and relatable. But it's the other members of her travelling carnival that really caught my heart and it's them that make this such an enjoyable read. 

Robie in The Raft. I'm a sucker for a good survival story (which this is). There is essentially (aside from the very beginning and the very end) only one character in this story. So to make this a compelling read the author had to make that one character incredible. Robie was so intriguing and fragile but so strong and capable at the same time and I was constantly amazed by her throughout the story. 

Sloane and Friends in This Is Not a Test. A zombie story in which the zombies are hugely secondary to the plot. This is more of an examination of the people involved in this zombie apocalypse - the lengths they will go to survive (or the opposite in one case) and the relationships they form with each other. And that's where this books strength really lies. Its an incredible book overall but it will forever and always be the characters I recommend this for!

Sinclair, Fergus, Cata, Ant, Remi, George, BethAnn in Dreamfall. In Dreamfall you follow six teenagers who get stuck inside their own brains when a sleep experiment goes wrong. I'm usually wary of books with this many points of view, but here it worked incredibly well. Everyone had a unique voice and the secrets they kept from each other (and sometimes even from themselves) were constantly intriguing. And again, the growing friendships between them were super well done and believable. 
Deanna in The Girl in 6E. I'll admit that I was a bit surprised by this novel - a psychological thriller that is (1) slow and (2) basically spoils 85% of the plot in the blurb is... weird to say the least. BUT it worked really well, and the biggest reason for that is how incredibly intriguing Deanna was. She is, on the one hand, a pretty nice person, but, on the other hand, she's been plagued by the desire to kill for years, and the only thing that stops her at night is literally being locked into her house by someone else. I MEAN, if that isn't a fascinating character to read about, idk who is.

Mina and Lynet in Girls Made of Snow and Glass. I've been screaming about this empowering, fantastic book ever since I finished it, and even wrote a - dare I say? - quite spectacular review of it here. I loved each and every aspect of it, but, with that being said, the characters were the ones to steal the show. Mina and Lynet - stepmother and princess - were such complex, such smart and powerful and sometimes even bad characters. L O V E D them.

Magnus and co. in Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. Honestly, anyone who doesn't adore the cast of Magnus Chase is NO FRIEND OF MINE. Sure, sure, the adventurous plot was great fun to read, but let's admit that Riordan's true strength lies in creating epicly funny characters the readers cannot help but root for. Magnus, Alex, Samirah, Hearth, Blitz and ALLLL the others formed such a dynamic team, who could rely on each other even in the darkest times.

Audrey and Thomas in Stalking Jack the Ripper. Okay, so, these books are not the most mysterious, to be honest. That is, I managed to guess who the killer was painfully early on in both the first and second installment. HOWEVER, the protagonists are outstanding as hell. Their banter - and chemistry - is off the charts, and wow, I just love them together and as individuals.

Diana, Alia, Nim and Theo in Wonder Woman: Warbringer. I'll admit that this novel was a bit of a disappointment, because the plot was a bit slower and less action-filled than I expected, the biggest plot twist came out of nowhere, and well, you get it, the story just wasn't epic enough. The characters on the other hand... they were freaking awesome. Diana, Alia and Nim were three powerful and, may I say, WONDERful women, while Theo was such a goofball. LOVED this cast, and their friendship was A++. 

Question Time!
Have you read any of these books? What other books slash characters would you include on a list like this? Is it the characters, or the plot that's more important for you?

30 comments:

  1. At some point I really want to read "Wonder Woman" and the 'Jack the Ripper' books. I've heard good things about both, and look forward to at least meeting memorable characters if nothing else. :)

    Happy Top Ten Tuesday!!

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    1. Both are enjoyable, even if their plots could have been improved. But, yes, the characters are def their highlights. Hope you'll love them!

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  2. You know, I liked the circus/ side characters in Freeks too, and wanted to know more about 'em. Great pick! And yes Sloane and the others from This Is Not A Test- loved that book!

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    1. I'd love a spin-off story about some of the side characters! And This Is Not a Test might be one of my favourite books - it's so incredibly unique!

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  3. Man, I feel like I've barely read any books on the lists I've seen so far...I'm so behind! I had to adjust my list for this week too - just too tricky for me!

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    1. You should def check out our picks, because they are AMAZING.

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  4. I love your twist on the topic!! Sloane defintinely made the book in THIS IS NOT A TEST. I loved that it was a zombie book, but also not really about the zombies at all??? Also, SPARE AND FOUND PARTS is totally on my TBR. And I really want to read it now that you've said it's full of amazing characters!!

    AND I completely agree about STALKING JACK. I knew who the killer was really early on, but I still loved reading Audrey and Thomas's conversations and misunderstandings with each other :)

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    1. Thanks! I really, really hope the third Stalking Jack book will be more twisty and surprising, but even if it isn't, I'm 1000% reading it, because Audrey and Thomas are GOALS. I love them so much.

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  5. Sloane and her friends! Great choice. I loved those characters.

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    1. It was such a great book! The characters all felt so real!

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  6. I love how you changed up the topic! I was pretty daunted by it when it came through on my TTT submission form, but I thought I should make the person happy to submit it and went ahead and put it on the schedule. But it was SO HARD for me to come up with a list because the characters are what make or break a book for me! lol. I don't usually dislike a book if I liked the characters. But I digress. lol.

    - Jana (That Artsy Reader Girl)

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    1. Thank you! It's a really good idea, but wow, so hard to pick books for it, because Clare and I are also like you - characters are probably the most important for us in a book.

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  7. Great re-vamp on the topic! The only ones I have read thus far are Wonderwoman: Warbringer & Girls Made of Snow and Glass which I enjoyed. I do agree the characters were really on point in both and made the story that much better! I am looking forward to starting Stalking Jack the Ripper in the near future as well so I look forward to those characters winning my heart. My Top Ten

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    1. Thanks! Glad you enjoyed those two! Hope you'll love Audrey and Thomas in Stalking Jack as much as I do!

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  8. Dreamfall is on my TBR list, though I don't know when I'll get to it...I want to read it no matter what because of the plot, but I'm glad to hear the multiple POV worked so well!

    Um. That's a thought question. Let's say that I ideally strive for balance, but I believe that a really good character can salvage a "meh" plot, while if it's the character who's "meh", the book suffers. A LOT.

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    1. I completely agree with you - good balance is the best, but the characters can totally save a book for me, even if the plot wasn't the best. E.g. in the case of WW: Warbringer the plot was so forgettable, but the characters were EPIC.

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  9. I enjoyed Wonder Woman: Warbringer, but I definitely agree that the characters were the best part of the book :)

    - louise

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    1. Yep, they really are what makes me remember fondly of that story. THE ENDING MADE ME SAD THO.

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  10. I haven't read any of these books but a few are definitely on my TBR :) Nice list!
    My TTT: http://flippingthruthepages.com/2018/04/ten-characters-i-didnt-like-that-much-in-the-books-i-loved/

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  11. I love your take on this week's topic! I really want to read Stalking Jack the Ripper, but haven't managed to get to it yet. Here is our <a href="http://www.longandshortreviews.com/miscellaneous-musings/top-ten-tuesday-characters-we-liked-that-were-in-books-we-disliked/>Top Ten Tuesday.</a>

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    1. Thanks! Hope you'll love Stalking Jack, the ship is one of my faves. :D

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  12. I love your take on this week's topic and I definitely agree, Magnus and co. are really the stars of the show in the Magnus Chase books (as they should be)!.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/03/top-ten-tuesday-153/

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    1. Thanks! True, I adore Riordan's characters.

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  13. Personally, I loved Wonder Woman, and I enjoyed the slow-moving action. Like you said, the characters were great and I adored their friendship.

    Carmen`s Reading Corner

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    1. I quite liked WW too! But the characters were what shined the brightest for me.

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  14. Magnus and co. and Audrey and Thomas were all great. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

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  15. I actually just bought Stalking Jack the Ripper (after it being on and off my TBR at least three times)- so I'm very excited to see that you liked the characters that much. (The mystery...well, I can't recall the last time I was actually surprised by a mystery that I read, so I don't really read them anymore - and when I do, I definitely don't read them for the mystery.)

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    1. I'm looking forward to your thoughts on it, Amy! As for the mystery - I figure out the mystery many times, too, but it's different when I have to add up the clues, and ponder over it than when it is painfully obvious like in SJtR. I still hope you'll enjoy it - for the characters if nothing else - but the plot itself is just noooot the best sadly lol. Hopefully, the third book will be better.

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