Monday, May 22, 2017

BroodyBFF Challenge #2: Discussion on Romance Tropes

Love at First Write Discussion: Romance Tropes

Today’s blog post is going to be a discussion. The topic is thanks to the #BroodyBFF's Challenge #2- Favorite Romance Trope!

Some of the big romance tropes (and my notable mentions) are The Best Friend’s Sibling, Falling in Love While in Disguise, Unrequited Love, Forbidden Love, Monogamizing the Playboy, Fake Dating, and the Love Triangle. 

Those are all fine and good, but my personal favorite romance trope:

This trope almost ALWAYS starts off with the angsty rival quips as they compete over who-knows-what. Maybe their two teams disappeared on missions and the two have to temporarily team up to survive. The banter slowly turns to flirting as one realizes they have feelings for the other. But does their enemy like them back? Can they trust each other? Will they go on super-secret dates behind both of their team’s backs? Will one of them betray their teammates to help their significant other? There are various possibilities for this trope and it’s got the taint of dark, steamy, and passionate relationships. I just love it so much! 

My favorite example of this trope is probably done in Legend by Marie Lu. Day is rebel and June Iparis works for the government and has the task of capturing Day. One of my favorite book relationships of ALL-TIME. The final book in the trilogy (Champion) is one of the only books to ever make me cry (I’m not a crier). It was just *clenches fist* SO. GOOD. I hope @broodingYAhero talks about my trope in Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me! We BroodyBFF's got a sneak peak at part of the cover and it's looking great.

If you have any book recommendations with my favorite Enemies-to-Lovers trope in it, please drop a line and let me know!

What are your favorite romance tropes??

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Update: BroodingYAHero's Street Team

Hey everybody, quick update! I've been chosen as one of @broodingYAhero's street team members for their new book called Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me. If you don’t know anything about the swoonworthy guy, you should head on over to @broodingYAhero on twitter to get a taste for his tweets. You won’t regret it, and soon we’ll be in competition for his attention. I first met the amatory and effulgent character when I first joined twitter last year. Relatively new to the book blogging community, I was simply looking for YA twitter users to follow. What I found was witty banter from the one and only @broodingYAhero and I’ve been following ever since!

You can also find the book on Goodreads here: Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me

The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo #2) by Rick Riordan

The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo #2)
by Rick Riordan
Publication Date: May 2nd 2017
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Find This Book: The Dark Prophecy
Rating: 4/5

There’s nothing quite like the sun on my book and the sea salt breeze in my hair to finish up a good book! With this fourth review of Riordan’s book, he now pulls into the lead of most reviewed author here on Love at First Write. I am happy to say that I absolutely loved this book though I do have some qualms with it. Of course the typical Riordan wit and banter that we all know and love is in this book, and for that writing style alone I will probably always buy Riordan’s books.

I want to start by saying that Apollo is expressly and canonically bisexual which is pretty fantastic! One of his past male lovers makes an appearance in this book- with lots of juicy flashbacks. There are also some flirty scenes peppered throughout with both men and women. The combat and action left me with no complaints, and was even amusing to watch Apollo and Calypso struggle without their divine powers. Apollo’s perspective on all of the things he used to task demigods with is also really interesting. I adore the new perspective of the old universe Riordan has given us.

One thing I did not really like about the book was how easily Meg and Apollo got back together. The Dream Team was reunited and Apollo clearly cares about her, but she was so psychologically entrenched in Nero at the end of the last book and now she’s running away from Nero? With not much of an explanation? Seems like a cop-out. Additionally, I didn’t fear for any of the characters lives in any of the battles. Apollo and Meg have to be alive for the next book, Calypso and Leo just found each other and were not about to get killed off. Even their new friends Emmie, Jo, and, Georgina seemed safe. It seemed like his older works were so powerful because side characters became so developed and got killed off suddenly (but nor for no reason), such as Charlie Beckendorf and Silena Beauregard. These two things didn’t detract from the book in my opinion, but it took some of the suspense away and that took away a star for me (though I suppose some fates are worse than death).

My favorite part about this whole book is the character development of Apollo. He meets characters that gave up their divinity and immortality for love and humanity and he seems to understand that desire. He’s becoming more caring and human each day. I’m not entirely sure if he’ll become a god again if he succeeds in his quests, though I can’t imagine the world without the god Apollo. I’m not sure who’s taken over his role driving the sun chariot while he’s exiled to earth… Apollo acknowledges that there are gods of other traditions, but doesn’t acknowledge where gods overlap (such as the various gods of the sun).

Last but not least: the reappearance of Grover Underwood. Apparently Riordan did not in fact forget about him, even though he basically made Grover drop off the face of the earth after The Last Olympian. I’m so excited to get even more Grover (and enchilada) action in The Burning Maze!!