I have an enormous soft spot for side characters. They’re often so underrated but I LOVE THEM.
Obviously a book revolves around its protagonists, but side characters offer new perspectives and are key to propelling the story forward. Plus they’re fabulous for the entertainment value! I mean, some side characters have such a larger-than-life personality that the author feels compelled to continue their journey in a spin-off series (I’m looking @ you King of Scars ;)).
So to celebrate the value of supporting characters, I’m going to highlight some of my absolute favorites! These will all be in bullet points because why not and also I’m too lazy to write complete, coherent sentences.
We are magicians because of our suffering. A woman’s body can survive only so much abuse before our very blood and bones rise up in revolt.
Witches who can snuff out life with the slightest whisper of a touch. Ancient, glorious, forbidden magic. Cruel kings and a vicious palace filled with pawns. What more could I ask for in a book?
(Turns out, a lot of things.)
Alas, the promising synopsis—and, may I add, the absolutely breathtaking cover—failed to truly deliver. Heart of Thorns was disappointingly mediocre, and my overall experience with it can be summed up with a simple yet quite pertinent phrase: been there, read that.
In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.
Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace – someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir’s eye, it’s Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.
Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything.
Nomi has committed a terrible, unforgivable, inexcusable crime, on the scale of theft or arson or possibly even murder. In the eyes of society, she is now tainted, the lowest of the low, beyond saving. And the crime? She had the audacity to learn how to read.
(Why does this intro sound like the beginning of a passive aggressively worded email.)
I’m so excited to return from the dead and participate in the blog tour for Micheal Belanger’s A History of Jane Doe, a quirky little story about love, loss, and green cows.
Yes, you read that right, green cows. Lots of them. And it is every bit as fabulous as it sounds.
Other delightful things this book includes: an abundance of cookies and milk, conspiracy theories involving a flying possum, human groundhogs, and outrageous historical anecdotes.
My review is still currently Under Construction and will be coming sometime…. this century, but I’ve curated moodboards that (hopefully!) reflect the overall vibe of the characters and the story.
(If you’re unfamiliar with moodboards, they’re basically collages of photographs, usually edited with a similar filter or color palette, meant to convey a certain emotion, character, image. In my experience, they’re used by companies to help develop their products or brand image, but they’re also super popular in the fandom world and used for character inspiration by writers.)
Also, can I just say—I dove very deep into the realms of Tumblr and Pinterest to make this and now I feel like a true hipster.