Top 10 Tuesday #4 (April 28): Top 10 Books Which Feature Characters Who Have Parental Issues

Yay! Another Top 10 Tuesday (a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)! 🙂 This week’s theme is Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who _____. I have decided to fill the blank in with “Parental Issues”. I was mostly inspired with this idea since parental issues (dead parents, abandoning parent, abandoned parent, distracted parent, etc.) are over-used in so many popular YA books, I just wanted to point them out.  Let’s get started. 🙂

Note: All ‘series/trilogy’ link to the series’ Goodreads page. If I have a review for any of the books in the series, the first book’s review will be linked on the name of the series. Otherwise, the series name will be linked to the Goodreads page of the 1st book in the series.

Note 2: There are a few books listed here that include SPOILERS. You have been warned. (I believe the books guilty of charge would be Divergent, Legend and the Mortal Instruments.)

In no particular order:

1. Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan:

Percy’s lives with his mother, Sally Jackson, and hadn’t known his father existed (and was a Greek god!) until further in the first book. His parent problem would be an AWOL parent case I suppose.

Percy Jackson series
Percy Jackson series

2. Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead:

There are several characters who have parent problems, however I’ll go with Rose’s ones. Rose’s father is dead, and she has a strained relationship with her mother (at least at the start). The dead parent, as well as the abandoning parent (since Rose’s mother has been absent in most of Rose’s life) is the case for this issue.

Vampire Academy series
Vampire Academy series

3. Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins:

Katniss’s father is dead, and her relationship with her mother is a bit strained due to the fact her mother became depressed and zoned out when Katniss’s father died (leaving Katniss and Prim to fend for themselves). This strained relationship does get better, however.

Hunger Games Trilogy
Hunger Games Trilogy

4. Hush Hush saga by Becca Fitzpatrick:

Nora’s father is dead, and Nora’s mother works over-time and is often AWOL, leaving Nora lots of free time. This particular type of parent is quite popular in YA I’ve noticed, along with the dead parent.

Hush Hush saga
Hush Hush Saga

5. Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth:

(SPOILER) Tris’s parents died in the first book. Tris loved them of course, so there wasn’t any bad blood, this was simply dead parents issue.

Divergent trilogy
Divergent trilogy

6. Legend trilogy by Marie Lu:

June’s parents died when she was really young. (SPOILER) Day’s father was killed before the events in Legend and his mother is also killed in the first book.

Legend Trilogy
Legend Trilogy

7. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling:

Harry Potter’s parents were murdered by Voldemort as you all [should] know, and he goes to live with the Dursleys, who hate him. The popular dead parent stereotype is used here.

HP series
HP series

8. Tiger‘s series by Colleen Houck:

Kelsey’s parents are dead, and she lives with foster parents who aren’t much involved in Kelsey’s life. Of course, Kelsey is 18 throughout basically the whole series, but still. Even before that, it didn’t seem like they made that much of an impact on Kelsey’s life.

Tiger's Curse series
Tiger’s Curse series

9. The Dark Elements trilogy by Jennifer L. Armentrout & the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout:

I’m kind of cheating here by putting two series but oh well. Layla has been living with the Wardens her whole life since her mother and father abandoned her. She believed her father was dead but later finds out he was alive and wanted her dead. Her mother’s been MIA.

In the Lux series, Katy’s father died of cancer before the events of the first book, and her mother is kind of the abandoned and distracted parent (which basically lets Katy do whatever she wants).

10. The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare & The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare:

I’m cheating again, but too bad. 🙂 Tessa Grey’s mother and father (at least the man she thought was her father) are dead. Don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll leave it at that.

Clary Fray has a mother, and the man she thought was her father is also dead. She only found out about her real father later on in the first book I believe. (SPOILER) Her actual father also dies in the third book.

Honorable mentions:

Cath and Wren have been living with their father most of their life since their mother left them when they were 8 years old and hasn’t been present as a mother figure in their lives.

Fangirl bookcover
Fangirl bookcover

Bella Swan goes to live with her father, who hadn’t remarried since he and Bella’s mom divorced. With Twilight it’s not a case of a dead parent or a parent MIA/AWOL, it’s more of the divorced parent case as well as the distraced parent/parent-who-isn’t-an-active-part-in-child’s-life case.

Twilight saga
Twilight Saga


This series (trilogy, more accurately) is a different parent-problem case, since they’re not dead nor divorced, simply estranged from their daughter (Della Tsang). Della is a vampire, and since her parents don’t know that they think she’s become a bad child and distances themselves from her.

So that’s it for this week’s Top 10 Tuesday! This one was more of an open-ended question and I’d love to know what you did for yours! Link your post below or comment! As always, I’d love to hear from you.

Happy Tuesday! For more Tuesday fun, check out my Teaser Tuesday.



Teaser Tuesday #3 (April 28): Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick & Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Welcome to another Teaser Tuesday (a meme hosted by MizB @ A Daily Rhythm)! I am currently reading Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick, and Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen, so here’s one teaser from each:

‘The elevator, which was almost as large as my bedroom, clanged lower and lower, at last grinding to a stop. The heavy steel door rose, and Scott and I walked out onto a loading dock. The ground and walls were dirt, and the only light came from the single light bulb swinging like a pendulum overhead.’

-Nora, Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

‘ “Elinor,” cried Marianne, “is this fair? Is this just? Are my ideas so scanty? But I see
what you mean. I have been too much at my ease, too happy, too frank. I have erred against every common-place notion of decorum; I have been open and sincere where I ought to have been reserved, spiritless, dull, and deceitful–had I talked only of the weather and the roads, and had I spoken only once in ten minutes, this reproach would have been spared.”

“My love,” said her mother, “you must not be offended with Elinor–she was only in jest. I should scold her myself, if she were capable of wishing to check the delight of your conversation with our new friend.” Marianne was softened in a moment. ‘

-Marianne & her mother, Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen

So there we have it! What are your Teaser Tuesdays? Link your post below or comment! I’ll be back later with this week’s Top 10 Tuesday, and maybe even a review! 😉 Have a wonderful Tuesday!


Celebrity Book Tag

I found this thanks to Victoria @ Addlepates and Book Nerds! Check out her blog, because it is totally amazing! ❤

1. Emma Watson — A book with a hot kick-ass female character

I agree with Victoria’s choices for this one: Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, and the girl from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, Celaena Sardothien. I will also add Tris Prior from Divergent by Veronica Roth, as well as Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

2. Ryan Gosling — A book with the hottest male character

Nooooooooo I can’t just choose 1! That’s like telling your body to use only one organ to function! I’ll limit myself to 5:

  • Roth from The Dark Elements (by Jennifer L. Armentrout)
  • Daemon from the Lux series (by Jennifer L. Armentrout)
  • Tucker from the Unearthly series (by Cynthia Hand)
  • Noah from the Mara Dyer trilogy (by Michelle Hodkin)
  • Will from The Infernal Devices (by Cassandra Clare)

So many more, but these will have to do. ❤

3. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt — A book with your favorite fictional book couple

Oooh this is a hard one… I have so many couples I ship so much! A few of them would be:

  • Percabeth (Percy & Annabeth from Percy Jackson & the Olympians series + Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan.)
  • Elizabeth & Darcy (from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Not really sure if they have a ship name or not, but still, they’re so cute together!)
  • Wessa (Will & Tessa from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.)
  • Clace (Clary & Jace from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.)
  • Kaemon (Katy and Daemon from the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout.)
  • Rayla (Roth & Layla from The Dark Elements series by Jennifer L. Armentrout)
  • June & Day (from Legend by Marie Lu.)

And, (last ones, I swear):

  • Emma & Julian (from The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare, even though none of the books have been released yet.)
  • Ren & Kelsey (from Tiger’s Saga by Colleen Houck.)

I know, I know. Lots of couples. But what can I say? These couples are amazing! ❤

4. Shailene Woodley — Author you’ve recently discovered and loved

I guess it would be Rainbow Rowell, or Cecelia Ahern. I haven’t read any books by an author I ‘discovered’ all that recently, but the most recent authors I remember are these two. I’m planning on reading Rainbow Rowell’s Attachments and Landline (I loved Fangirl and Eleanor & Park) as well as Cecelia Ahern’s Love Rosie (I loved If You Could See Me Now). 🙂 I definitely recommend these two authors if you haven’t read any of their works yet.

5. Josh Hutcherson- Favourite short story or novella

My mind for some reason is coming up blank for short stories/novellas that I loved, and the only two I remember really enjoying is Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Tiger’s Promise by Colleen Houck.

6. Dwayne Johnson AKA The Rock — Favorite Big Book (over 500 pages)

Any of the later Harry Potter books for sure! I also really enjoyed Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout, as well as Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare.

7. Leonardio DiCaprio — A series with the most upsetting death (NO SPOILERS)

Definitely the Divergent trilogy! I don’t want to give anything away in case you haven’t read it, but the trilogy, or more specifically, Allegiant, had one of the most upsetting deaths I’ve ever read about. :/

8. Kristen Stewart — A book you found boring

Flash Point by Nancy Kress is the first book that comes to mind (although it actually wasn’t that boring, more that I’m disappointed in it’s plot and characters as well as writing. Too lazy to try and think of another book). I read it for the Popsugar Reading Challenge (for ‘A book set in the future’) and I was expecting so much more. Check out my review on it here!

9. Ian Somerhalder — Cutest book on your shelf

I suppose the cutest book on my shelf would be Ruby the Red Fairy by Rainbow Meadows.

10. Jennifer Lawrence — Perfect book or series

I have to agree again with Victoria for this one; Harry Potter definitely is a perfect series. There are several other books/series that I loved and were perfect in my opinion, however I can’t seem to remember them. Oops! 🙂

That’s it for this tag! I tag:

  • You!

As always, feel free to ignore this if you don’t want to do it. Otherwise, I’ll be looking forward to reading your answers! Make sure to post your link in the comments below so I can come check it out. 🙂

Happy tagging!