Hello bookish fiends!
It’s been a long while since I’ve done a tag and this Halloween-themed one from Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward felt like the perfect one to do, so here we go!
A Magical Character or Book
Moonstruck, Vol. 1: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis & Shae Beagle is the perfect pick for this one. It’s set in a magical town with werewolves, seers, vampires, centaurs and so many more kinds of magical people. The soft colour palette also gives a very magical vibe to this adorably illustrated f/f romance graphic novel.
The Perfect Book to Read at Night
The Diviners series by Libba Bray is definitely perfect to read at night but only if you don’t scare easy. When listening to this series on audio book I tended to be commuting and I work evenings in London so walking to the train station at gone 10 at night was perhaps not the best idea but it certainly added to the atmosphere. Especially with the first book in the series – that was definitely the creepiest!
A Book that Truly Shocked You
I won’t give away one of the plot twists in The Dire King by William Ritter but it was definitely the last time I was truly shocked whilst reading. I’m quite an over-thinker so I’m usually able to guess plot twists very easily but this one I really didn’t think would happen and I am so happy that it did. This is the fourth and final book in one of my favourite series of all time, so I highly recommend it!
A Dark, Evil Character
Not quite ‘evil’ to me but certainly dark, Lada from The Conqueror’s Saga trilogy by Kiersten White definitely fits this category. She does what can only be described as some seriously messed up stuff during the course of this series. Watching her get fiercer and darker and more ruthless was so addicting to read about. She is by far one of my favourite unlikeable heroines and was such an interesting, albeit slightly horrifying, perspective to read from. I think Lada would approve of being placed in a category titled ‘the devil.’
A Character that Should Never Have Died
**Spoilers for City of Heavenly Fire**
Okay so I’m still sad about Raphael from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I know he was a relatively minor character but reading about him from the anthologies that Clare has written has made me love his character even more and especially now that it has been confirmed that he was aroace. I just wish we could have seen more from him in The Dark Artifices and beyond. I do love that he’s still present in The Bane Chronicles, Ghosts of the Shadow Market and The Elder Curses though – that slightly makes up for it!
A Book that Made You ‘Hungry’ for More
Peter Darling by Austin Chant needs a sequel! This was such a beautiful story and it managed to pack so much into only 200 pages. It has so much potential for the expansion of the world or to follow the characters after their journeys in this story. I loved everything about this book and I am desperately craving more of it. If anyone has read any of Chant’s other works and enjoyed them, let me know!
A Character that You Would Protect at All Costs
Radu from The Conqueror’s Saga by Kiersten White absolutely must be protected at all costs. He is so sweet and kind and good and I just adore him. He is the very definition of a Useless Gay and I love him all the more for it and can absolutely relate. I was EXTREMELY stressed out whilst reading this trilogy – there wasn’t a moment where I felt that the main characters were safe and sound so it was a very addicting read. If you love soft Hufflepuff boys you might also love and want to protect Radu!
A Book that Sucked the Life Out of You
I really tried to like His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman but it really did suck the life out of me. Each book felt like such a dense read and there was so much unnecessary description in the third book that, even with the audio book, made it very slow going. I am glad I read this classic trilogy but it really did go on a bit and I wasn’t as impressed as I thought I should have been, considering everyone else’s love for it.
A Book that Still Haunts You
I think the reason why the Monstress graphic novel series by Marjorie M. Liu & Sana Takeda haunts me so much is because of how surprised I was by how deeply I fell in love with it. I was expecting to like it but I certainly wasn’t expecting it to have the effect on me that it did. From the dark themes, to the endearing characters, to the complex plot, to the rich world-building and the breathtaking illustrations – it was all such an incredible experience. And I nearly have my hands on the third volume which I’ll be reading next week eeek!!
A Book that Really Scared You
I’m really not one for scary books but I do like a bit of creepy every now and then. Probably the creepiest book I’ve ever read is The Hollow Boy by Jonathan Stroud. It’s a series about ghost hunting so already it’s pretty darn creepy, but there was something about one of the types of ghosts the team had to face at the end of the third book in the series that just sent shivers down my spine. Even now I’m feeling kind of creeped out just thinking about it!
A Character You Have a Bone to Pick With
I think I’ll have to say every single character from The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I loved them but I also really wanted to punch them some of the time. The way Black wrote them was really interesting to me – she didn’t really try to make you feel a certain way about a character, she just presented the character and their actions to you to make your own mind up about them. She did it in such a clever way that my feelings were all over the place during the course of this book – it was a bit of a roller coaster. But I’m kind of stuck between wanting to hug the characters and wanting to slap them so, job well done I guess!
A Book You Would Preserve Throughout Time
I’m choosing the Kim Reaper graphic novel series by Sarah Graley for this one, mostly because of how criminally underrated it is. It’s so weird and wonderful and cute and out-there. Also, it has an f/f relationship! With seriously cute, bold, and at times sapphic background colours! So I’m going to preserve it so one day you can all read it and love it just as much as I did.
A Cover too Scary to Look At
I haven’t read The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova yet but my Mum has and she really loved it but it’s always kind of creeped me out. Which makes sense given that it’s a horror book but still. Look how creepy!!
This was a really fun tag to do! It’s definitely put me more in the Halloween spirit. I won’t tag anyone but if you want to do it, definitely have a go!