I haven’t done a book tag in ages so when I saw this tag over on Leisha’s blog I just had to do it too.
I love this series so freakin much. I know it has its flaws, but I just related so much to Celaena’s mental health struggles in Heir of Fire that these books will be in my heart forever! It honestly helped me so much.
I’ll probably do a reread of the whole series next year.
But I don’t want to bore you, so let’s jump right into the prompts!
Oh, and don’t worry. There will be no spoilers for the series if you haven’t read it yet.
LYSANDRA | A book with a cover change you loved
Okay, honestly? I’m already blanking a little in this question. The only one I can think of right now is actually Throne of Glass. I mean the first one was just … not good.
ABRAXOS | A book that’s better on the inside than it looks on the outside
This was also surprisingly hard! I would’ve thought there were a lot more books to choose from … Maybe after liking the inside so much I grew to like the outside?
Anyhow, I read White Cat a year or so ago and I remember liking it. I haven’t continued the series as of yet, which also may be a little because I don’t want to buy the other books with these covers… There are a couple other covers but I own the first one in this edition and well … the problems of a shallow little bookworm.
They aren’t even that bad … just don’t really relate that much to the book? Or am I remembering something wrong?
Oh, and another one would be the original covers of the Obsidian books … Lux Series? the glittery ones. Horrible!! And that series is something of a guilty pleasure of mine. Luckily I own the German versions which are much prettier (which isn’t all that often)
ERILEA | A series with great world-building
The Queens of Renthia series (trilogy?) has an amazing world. I fell in love with the first book and immediately went out and got the other two in the series (also, bonus, the covers are to die for which greatly pleasures this shallow bookdragon here)
Its this whole world with spirits corresponding to different elements. Like there are wood spirits, air and fire, water etc. And I just loved the atmosphere of it. I could picture everything in my head and I mean, I don’t want to live in this world because dangerous … buuuut I want to live in this world.
And if you need more convincing to give this series a chance … here is my review
RIFTHOLD | A book that combines genres
One that immediately pops into mind (probably because I just finished it. But the Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey combines something like post-apocalyptic and fantasy/paranormal. (I’m very bad at defining genres though)
I’m really liking the blend of these genres and another one that’s actually in a similar vein is Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence. For the longest time, I thought that book was just fantasy until it was mentioned that it’s year 3000-something in our world. Just with some kind of magic. It’s a really dark series and I loved it!
DAMARIS | A book based on/inspired by a myth/legend
I could go with Acomaf here, ya know, a Penelope and Hades Retelling, but let’s maybe talk about something not SJM
How about Circe by Madeline Miller? I still have to write my review for this one and I just don’t know how to word my feelings. Because I just … didn’t enjoy reading it even though I should have? The writing isn’t bad, in fact, it’s very good! I love Greek mythology, I grew up with those stories. And Circe was always an interesting character to me. It just didn’t work for some reason. But since everyone else seems to love it I thought I could mention it here?
Also, I seem to don’t have the best of luck with greek mythology retellings in general. I read another one I can’t remember the title of but it was about Artemis huntresses and it was f/f and I was so excited for that one, too. And it disappointed me as well. Maybe I should just stop reading them … but if you have some recs, please tell me!
KALTAIN ROMPIER | A book with an unexpected twist
What I’m realizing whilst doing this tag is, that apparently, I’m really bad at remembering that I read books at all when trying to think of ones that fit a prompt … like .. am I really a reader? What are books??
Maybe I should just go with The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle because it’s been a while since I shouted about this book. And it’s not exactly a twist that you don’t expect … it’s more that this whole book you’ve no idea what’s happening and it’s a wild ride and it’s the best thing!!
I loved reading this and for a book that long I read it extremely quickly. I’m definitely gonna reread this at some point.
It had so many Agatha Christie vibes and I loved the way the characters were described. And again … need more? Check out my review.
ASSASSIN’S KEEP | A book with an unreliable narrator
Did I already say that I’m bad at remembering what books I read when I get asked to focus on a specific thing??
The only one that comes to mind that would probably for this is an Agatha Christie book but if I tell you the title it will be a spoiler …. so … you just have to believe me that I do, in fact, have an answer for this. I just can’t tell you ^^
ASTERIN BLACKBEAK | A book that’s got squad goals
So many to choose from! I mean, the obvious answers would be Throne of Glass, Six of Crows and The Raven Boys. And I do absolutely adore all of those books and all of those friendship groups. But to try and give a different answer …
The Emperor’s Edge books are so much fun because of the characters. They are a weird group of outlaws and misfits and they are all so very different but work together really well. And also create chaos together really well!
TERRASEN | A book that feels like home
I have a couple answers for this one. And funnily enough most of them are German books (probably because I read them as a kid or with my family together and that just creates such a comfy and cosy feeling.
The one that first came to mind was Tintenherz or Inkheart. I’ve this series a couple time now and I always feel so at home in Cornelia Funke’s writing style. It’s just so easily recognizable! I grew up reading all her books. The Inkheart series, The Wild Chicks (although the English title is horrible!!), Igraine Ohnefurcht, The Thief Lord and The Dragon Rider. So all her books feel like home.
Another trilogy that is definitely amazingly cosy to read to me is the Ruby Red Series of Dream a little Dream, both by Kerstin Gier. Even though the characters have some hardships or adventures … they always have some scenes where they come home and have someone bake cookies for them or get them ice cream or something. They always have a family to fall back on and honestly … I could read a whole book just about Liv sitting at the table in their kitchen watching Lottie bake Vanille Kipferl and just …. pure comfort!
AELIN ASHRYVER GALATHYNIUS | A book with the power to destroy you
I mean … Empire of Storms? 🙈
But other then that … some recent books that made me tear up and melted my heart (a little bit) were Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer. Actually probably the one book that made me try some more contemporary again. Or Sleeping Giants and Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel. Or Charmcaster by Sebastian De Castell. Or Scars like Wings …
I’m not as cold-hearted as I thought, am I?
MANON BLACKBEAK | A book that intimidated you
I’ll have to say Kingdom of Ash. I still haven’t read that yet because I’m scared (and I got spoilt… I’m trying to get my brain to forget because usually, I’m very good at forgetting, like things I should do or pack or stuff like that. But apparently, spoilers are engraved in my brain … figures). It’s huge and the last book! I don’t want that series to end.
And because I’m very bad at only giving one answer … The Lord of the Rings books. I love the movies!! I am actually currently listening to the Rohan theme while writing this. I play the soundtrack on my Cello and have all the extended editions of the movies … (well, they are my brothers but at this point, I think he forgot I have them and now they are mine. That’s how it works with siblings, right?) But I heard the first book is a little difficult to get into and that there are pages and pages and pages of descriptions and just … what if I don’t like them as much as the movies?!
ROWAN WHITETHORN | A book that makes you swoon
I tried to find another answer but … it has to be The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King. I love my twisted and manipulative characters! I love how none of them is good, all are morally … questionable and no one is really good for the other ones. And everyone knows that. And I just … love that!
I love Cardan and his schemes and I can’t wait for Queen of Nothing!
CHAOL WESTFALL | A book that challenged you to see things differently
I don’t really have a good answer for this. But maybe Scars like Wings by Erin Stewart? It’s a book about 16-year-old Ava Lee who not only lost her parents and her cousin in a fire but was burned really badly herself. 60% of her body had third-degree burns. I loved how the book tackled that topic. I love how Ava, her aunt and uncle and her new friend all struggled but did their best to help each other.
And maybe I should try to seek more help from my family and friends when my depression gets worse, something I really struggle with.
FLEETFOOT | A book you received as a gift
I got people to gift me books on every occasion possible so I have a looot to choose from. But I’m gonna go with Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon because I got it for my 18th birthday from my mom and she wrote the most wonderful message in the book of why she chose this one and I love the book ten thousand times more because of that!
And she was completely right with choosing this. I really liked it and it surprised me a lot.
EYE OF ELENA | A book you found right when you needed it
Spellslinger by Sebastian De Castell. I was on the verge of a reading slump and then I started this book in preparation for our group buddy read of Shadowblack, the sequel, and I flew through it. t was so much fun and it was quick. The characters were different and so incredibly sarcastic. My little black heart rejoiced! And then reading Shadowblack with the girls was even better and I had the best time!! The characters make such a great development from book to book and I mean … Reichis! What’s more to say about that.
Are you sick of me mentioning this series yet? (I’m trying to write reviews for the 3 I read already but so far I only have unintelligible gushing. So I need to fine-tune that a bit ^^)