Blog Tour: Renegades by Marissa Meyer (Top Ten Villains)

Hey everyone! I’m so so so so SO excited to be on the blog tour for Renegades by Marissa Meyer! As most of you know by now, I’m a HUGE Marissa Meyer fan, so the second I heard about Renegades, I added it to my TBR. And as soon as the blog tour invite entered my inbox, I POUNCED on it!

Today, I’m going to be sharing with you my Top Ten Villains. But before we get started, here’s more about the book:

Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

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And now for my post! This is a mix of villains from books and movies. Some of them, I hate to love and others I love to hate. So, without further ado, let’s get started!

10. Nikolai from The Crown’s Game. This was a tough one because he’s not technically a bad guy but… His behavior in The Crown’s Fate left much to be desired. I know WHY he did the things he did, but… To me, he was the bad guy and he didn’t redeem himself enough for me to forgive him by the end of the book.

9. Poison Ivy. I was never a huge comic fan, but I actually really love Poison Ivy. Most of what I know about her, I learned from Batman & Robin. But for whatever reason, I was just always fascinated by her.

8. Harley Quinn. Again, I was never a huge comic fan, and all I know about Harley Quinn is what I saw in the trailor for Suicide Squad, and what I’ve read about her so far in the Super Heroes at Super Hero High series, where she’s still more or less a “good guy.” But like with Poison Ivy, there’s just something fascinating about her. I want to know more about her. I want to know how and why she became a villain – especially since she’s so awesome and good in the Super Heroes at Super Hero High books… I just can’t imagine how she went from that to evil!

7. Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses. You guys… I know a LOT of you may disagree, but I’m confident a strong number will agree. He wasn’t bad in ACOTAR, and I’d even go so far as to say he wasn’t necessarily a bad guy in A Court of Mist and Fury. He was just… stubborn and set in his ways. He held Feyre back. He was so possessive of her, so sure she belonged to him, that he refused to believe she was better off without him. He never treated Feyre like an equal. He never even treated her like a person; rather, he treated her like a possession. And yet in his mind, he was justified. He didn’t see himself as a bad guy, and that’s what made him so scary.

6. The Darkling from Shadow and Bone. He’s the bad guy you can’t help but swoon over, the one you hope ends up on the side of good, who realizes the error of his ways. He’s a master manipulator and it’s hard to tell when he’s being deceitful in order to get his way and when he’s being sincere – something that makes it easy to fall into his trap, to believe his lies and doubt his truths. It makes him very, very scary.

5. Paul from the Mediator series. Oh, Paul… *Rolls eyes.* He let the fact that he was a Mediator go to his head. He saw himself as powerful, as someone who could do no wrong. But he was really just a lonely little boy, craving attention. He kind of redeemed himself at the end of book six, and I ALMOST forgave him for his behavior and for what he tried to do to Jesse. But then Meg Cabot had to go and bring him back in Remembrance, and she had to make him digress, and now I hate him all over again.

4. The Gobling King – more so from the movie Labyrinth, but also a little bit from Wintersong. The Goblin King is the kind of villain that you crave. You hate what he does and how he does it, you hate how he justifies what he does, yet you can’t help but desire him. You can’t help but want to know more about him. And let’s be honest, David Bowie in that role was…

3. Ursula. This one’s an easy one. The Little Mermaid has always been my favorite Disney movie, and who doesn’t hate Ursula for nearly stealing the prince away from our innocent little Ariel? She’s just 100% pure evil – and sometimes, the best villains are just that: pure evil. Also, we’re getting her origin story in 2018, thanks to Sarah Henning’s Sea Witch and I AM SO PUMPED! She’s one of my favorite villains, and I can’t wait to read more about her!

2. Levana from the Lunar Chronicles. The scary thing with Levana is, she actually thinks she’s being a kind, fair ruler, loved by her people. Her mind is so twisted, her sense of right and wrong so warped, she doesn’t even realize she’s doing bad things. And that makes her even more dangerous. It also makes her an epic villain – my favorite kind of villain, honestly. I still wanted to smack her a LOT for how evil and twisted she was. But I also kind of felt bad for her. It was a REALLY strange juxtaposition of feelings.

1. Dolores Umbridge. I mean.. Do I even need to say anything about this one? Let’s break this down: there are a few different types of villains out there – there’s the 100% pure evil villain, like Ursula. And there’s the villain who feels 100% that what they’re doing is right, like Levana. And then there’s Dolores Umbridge. I mean.. *Drops mic.*


And there you have it! Now tell me: who are your top villains? Which villains do you love to hate and hate to love? Or just plain hate? Share your thoughts in the comments!


About the Author:
Marissa Meyer is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Heartless and The Lunar Chronicles. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and twin daughters. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, any occasion that requires a costume), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg.


Blog Tour: The Shield by CJ Bentley (Top Ten List)

Hey everyone! I’m so excited to be on the blog tour for CJ Bentley’s The Shield (July 18, 2017 – Clink Street Publishing). Today, CJ is sharing her Top Ten List of Inspirational Books! First, here’s more about The Shield:

People lose their belongings. That is a fact of life. It can happen by accident, but sometimes it can happen when you put them in a very safe place and forget where that safe place is. Not many people are good at finding them again.

A young, gutsy girl with a kind heart, who’s searching for her own identity growing up in the 1960s, just happens to be very good at finding things. Can she be the one to help return whatever is lost – anywhere and at any time – to its original owner?

With the help of a beautiful yet mysterious wise woman and a chivalrous knight she does just that. She finds and returns his shield, lost in battle, which unbeknown to her holds a secret that is important to his King, the safety of the Kingdom and the life of the daughter of his best friend.
The Shield is the first story in The Finder Series, taking our heroine on extraordinary journeys back in time. Her first adventure takes place in Medieval England in 1340 where she meets King Edward III, his wife Philippa and their son, who will later become the Black Prince.

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And now for CJ’s post! Enjoy!

Being asked to write about only ten books that I have personally found inspirational is quite difficult. It’s like being asked which friend I love the most and I have many friends and many books and many of my books are friends. I have been an avid reader from as far back as I can remember. I can’t ever remember a time when I was not reading a book. To think of only ten is quite difficult so I will put them in to three different stages of reading. The books I remember for being inspirational to me as a child, as a mother for passing on a love of reading to my own children and as myself as an adult, books that I have enjoyed reading for my own pleasure, because I have been unable to do anything else until I have read them, so here goes.

As a child the book I remember being totally enthralled by and made me fall in love with reading, was ‘The Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame. This book was read to us by our Year Five teacher Miss Allen. If we managed to finish our week’s work and been deemed ‘good’ she would read to us on a Friday afternoon, the better and more productive we were the longer she would read and what better incentive was that. She was an amazing teacher and an exceptional, dramatic reader. We were transported back to the river bank with Ratty, to the middle of the road with Toad as he fell in love with motor cars, her wonderful timing with Toad’s “poop poop” had us all in stitches. She took us inside Toad Hall as the weasels tried to take over the house and we listened to the calming and wise words of Badger as he gave his opinions. We couldn’t wait for Fridays. I still possess my own copy my sister bought for me, requested for my tenth birthday present and have reread it many times.

My parents bought me a set of ten classics for Christmas one year. I read all ten by Easter and loved them all. ‘Children of the New Forest’ by Captain Marryat brought the English Civil war alive for me. It instilled in me a love of history and inspired me to read more historical books which I do today. The thoughts of fighting between neighbours and even family members written in this book has been brought to the fore in this twenty first century by what has happened in Syria, it is as relevant now as then.

‘The Coral Island’ by R M Ballantyne inspired me as a child as it opened my eyes to the world, the different and beautiful planet we live on. This book inspired me to travel, to see different places, to meet different people with different cultures and ways of living and I am very thankful that I have been able to visit many different countries and yes, eventually, even a coral island in the Coral Sea.

As a mother reading to my three young boys we were introduced to ‘Winnie the Pooh’ by A A Milne. It is a book for children but also enjoyed by adults whilst reading, one of our all-time favourites. For sheer pleasure of reading to them as a parent I remember reading the ‘What a Mess’ books by Frank Muir. They thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the adventures of a very messy dog and we enjoyed shared laughter at his antics and adventures. As they matured Roald Dhal was the next writer who grabbed their attention. We read them all, loved ‘Danny the Champion of the World’ and ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’, all of his books made such an impact on their falling in love with reading and for different reasons so it is very difficult to choose one book in particular.

Now I have time to read for my own pleasure again I like a book to take over to the point that I get nothing done until I have read it. ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ by Khaled Hosseini was a book I read from start to finish in a day, sitting by a swimming pool as my husband attended an interview for a new job. He left me at eight o clock in the morning and returned at five at night. I did not move from the lounger, apart from a toilet stop and to order a sandwich for lunch and when he returned ready to talk I warned him I needed ten more minutes to finish the book. When I finished it I held it lovingly to my chest as he regaled his day to me. I simply loved it. It moved me and for a book to do that is a wonderful thing. ‘Cutting for Stone’ by Abraham Verghese is another book which hooked me in and grabbed my attention immediately and I thoroughly enjoyed reading. It transported me to Ethiopia as the characters became alive and it had an extra special meaning as I had a friend at the time of my reading the book, an Ethiopian girl I had met at school in Dubai. We enjoyed long discussions about her childhood growing up in Ethiopia and became firm friends all due to my reading a book based in the country of her birth, a country until I had read it, I had known nothing about.


About the Author:
Originally heralding from the North of England, C.J Bentley has travelled extensively and enjoyed living in a variety of countries across the world from Dubai to Doha, Qatar and now the countryside in the South of France. A background in teaching and childcare she has always enjoyed creating adventure short stories. However, it was when she became a grandma and with her grandchildren growing up that she discovered that books seemed to contain only stories of vampires, zombies and farts that she decided seriously to take matters into her own hands and put pen to paper which today she calls The Finder Series.

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