Friday, November 29, 2013

Sidekick Showcase [52] - Keeping it in the Family

Sidekick Showcase, previously known as Sidekick Saturday, is a weekly bookish meme, hosted here by Jaclyn at JC's Book Haven. There are many secondary characters that are as great as the primaries. In some cases, the sidekicks actually steal the show and you like them better than the heroine or hero. Maybe they didn't have enough page time for how great they were. Anyone can play along! I will post my Sidekicks on Saturday, then whichever day during the week that you would like to post yours, you can put your link in on my page. Just do the following:

• Choose a sidekick *or someone other than the hero or heroine* that you would like to put in the spotlight that fits in the week's topic
• Share a picture (if you can) and information about the character
• Give the title and author of a book the character can be found in
• Please don't include too many spoilers when describing why the character is such a great sidekick
• The day of your post, put your link in below and grab the code for your post so you can see the others that post their's throughout the week as well

December Themes are Christmas related. Your choice! Something like jolly, giving, Angels, Elves, Grinches, Santa-Like, etc. You can choose anyone you feel that is somehow related to a Christmas theme each week in December. There's a lot of freedom there, but if you have any questions, just let me know.

This week is Keeping it in the Family

My choice is Janine Hathaway
The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead

Janine Hathaway picture created by Jaclyn Canada

Janine Hathaway is Rose Hathaway's Mom in the Vampire Academy series. I absolutely LOVE her. The funny part is, Rose doesn' least at first when she's introduced. Janine took her dhampir promise "They Come First" to heart, and puts her Guardian duties over her mothering duties (at least in her daughter's eyes). She's absolutely fierce, feared, and other Guardians look to her for direction. After Rose goes through a tough experience, Janine is there for her more and their relationship is built brick by brick.


“Don't blame us," said my mother. "We didn't blow up half of Court, steal a dozen cars, call out a murderer in the middle of a crowd, or get our teenage friend crowned queen."

"Actually," said Abe, "I did blow up half of Court.”

“Janine Hathaway offered to be my guardian, " said Lissa suddenly.
"Janine Hathaway?" Tatiana's eyebrows rose nearly to her hairline. "I'm sure she has other commitments. No, we've got much better choices."
A better choice than Janine Hathaway? Not likely. Before Dimitri, my mother had been the gold standard by which I measured all badassedness.”

“My mom beat me up," I informed my reflection. It looked back sympathetically.”

“Well, well, well," I said. "If it isn't the people responsible for unleashing Rose Hathaway on the world. You've got a lot to answer for.”

“Did you follow me from the party?"


"I didn't even know you were there." His dark clothes indicated he must have been on guardian duty at the party. "So you saw the illustrious Janine cause a commotion by dragging me out."

"It wasn't a commotion. Hardly anyone noticed. I saw because I was watching you.”

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  1. I literally have the whole Vamp Academy series but have yet to read it. I need to get my butt in gear.

  2. Oh my gosh, the last quote made me dizzy all over again. I love this series so much. Janine is the most badass mom. I love your description of their relationship being built brick by brick. Gosh, I remember the scene in the airplane with Rose's mom. The first brick. You got Janine's expression perfectly in your drawing. Now I want to break out this series and read it again! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Jaclyn!!

  3. Oh, I didn't even think of Vampire Academy! I had a hard time today, actually, because in so many books I've read, family is either non-existent or absent... But I did find someone anyway, and it was a mom as well!

    Great choice, Jaclyn, and I love your drawing, too :) Happy reading. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  4. The movie will be out early 2014 too. Looks like the people who did Mean Girls are doing it so it should be pretty different from the other YA book to movies that've been coming out. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  5. I completely understand Rose's hesitation at having any sort of relationship with her, but I also can understand where she's coming from in this world that Mead created. I'm glad that slowly we were able to see them build that bond up. Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a fantastic weekend :D

  6. Oh yea, you know that's right. I think the family that we do get to enjoy, ends up being pretty wonderful though because of that. Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you're having the best weekend :D

  7. You've done an excellent job of rendering Janine here, Jaclyn! I can see her hard-nosed-ness. :) But that gooey-center is under there, too. :) What a great pick. I love her too. I love that she did what she thought was best - for her daughter and for her. That's all any mom can do. Oh, and to have people quiver in fear? Yeah, that'd be pretty awesome! LOL

  8. I just saw the second trailer and it is so much better than the first. There's a lot sarcasm and Rose is kind of like a taller Ellen Page. I'm so excited to see it.


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