Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Throne of Glass Book Tag

Hannah of So Obsessed With and I recently fell in love with Brittany's The Lunar Chronicles Book Tag, and we thought it would be fun if we created tag for our favorite series - Throne of Glass. We haven't seen this around the blogosphere yet, and we thought it would be a fun way to celebrate the recent release of Queen of Shadows. We had a lot of fun coming up with the categories and filling it out, and we hope you do too. To participate, all you need to do is link to both our blogs, answer the questions and tag a few friends to join in. Can't wait to see your answers!


Lysandra | A book with a cover change you loved | This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
Don't get me wrong, the original cover is striking! But I deeply love the redesigned cover for the paperback. It's very minimalist and artsy, and it definitely catches the eye. The colors from the original are still utilized, but the typography and the additional presence of the turntables makes it look even more appealing.

Abraxos | A book that's better on the inside than it looks on the outside | Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Back when I initially discovered it, this novel did not have the most appealing cover. I didn't like the foreground, with the guy and the girl on the bench. I especially did not like it when I realized the girl did not look like how I imagined Anna would! I'm so pleased that the story contained within its pages was really good, and I'm glad I picked it up in spite of the cover.

Erilea | A series with great world-building | The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta
I read this series for Hannah's read-along two years ago! It's got incredible writing, particularly when it comes to the characters and the world they live in. It's so rich in story, and I particularly loved Marchetta's handling of the world. It's such a large one, and there's enough culture and political intrigue to suit any reader.


Rifthold | A book that combines genres | Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
This story is a blend of science fiction and fantasy, and a unique one too! The story is about Ana, who is the new soul in a world of a million reincarnated souls. It involves dragons and magic, and scientific manipulations, and while that sounds like a potentially confusing thing, I promise that it isn't hard to follow at all.

Damaris | A book based on/inspired by a myth/legend | Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
I had no clue that this was based on actual lore until I had finished it! Erin's author note at the back explained her inspiration for this story, and that included a reference to some pretty wild stories that have been passed down through history. She really did a great job bringing various elements together into one cohesive whole.

Kaltain Rompier | A book with an unexpected twist | Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
There are plenty of novels that I've read that take a turn I never expected. But this one was the first to come to mind! The big reveal certainly left quite the impression; I was stunned silly because I really had no clue that it was even coming. LaFevers does a great job with the build-up and reveal, and I definitely feel like it was an unexpected (but very welcome) twist.


Assassin’s Keep | A book with an unreliable narrator | Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
This book possesses one of the most unique perspectives in YA fiction that I've ever encountered. Juliette communicates via stream of consciousness both self-censored and repetitive. It's very disconcerting, especially if you're used to more straightforward prose, but it's also interesting. I love that it presented a challenge to the reader, a choice whether or not to rely on her narration of her story.

Asterin Blackbeak | A book that’s got SQUAD GOALS | Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
(The obvious answer would have been Queen of Shadows, because goodness knows I want in on that squad. But I didn't want to pick a Throne of Glass book for this tag, so....) I know, I know. Technically, the gang - Kaz, Inej, Matthias, Nina, Wylan and Jesper - are villainous individuals, with special skill sets to suit their life of crime and survival. But they're strong people. It's undeniable that, in spite of their questionable intentions and choices, they are fighters and survivors. Plus, the fact that they become loyal to one another over the course of the heist? Unbeatable. I wouldn't mind being a part of their gang, if it meant I would be just as capable as any one of them.

Terrasen | A book that feels like home | Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
I recently reread this, as part of Return to Green Gables, and it's really a lovely tale to revisit. There's a sense of familiarity as you encounter the characters and events that make up Anne Shirley's arrival and subsequent acclimation into the Avonlea community, and it's hard not to want to hug the book as you read. Anne is a beloved literary friend to me, and hanging out with her will always feel like I'm coming home.


Aelin Ashryver Galathynius | A book with the power to destroy you | Just One Day by Gayle Forman
The first time I read this story, I felt like I had been opened up to the world, raw and aching and emotional. It felt like Gayle had been inside MY head during my college years, with all the insecurity and turmoil I had experienced written into Allyson's tale. In a way, reading it felt like a cleansing - I felt like I could finally learn from my history and move on from the past. So, it's really no surprise that I felt decimated by the power and purpose of Gayle's words.

Manon Blackbeak | A book that intimidated you | Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
Adult classics are always intimidating. I put off reading them most of the time, because the length and prose tend to make me nervous. This is one such novel that I avoided reading for most of my life, until I finally put my foot down and picked it up in 2010. And you know what? It turns out that it's actually a really good read.

Rowan Whitethorn | A book that makes you swoon | Ransom by Julie Garwood
Whenever I'm on the hunt for a swoony read, I tend to return to one of the beloved historical romances I read in my early teen years. Ransom is the second of those novels, and still one of my all-time favorites. The story is really great, the characters are excellent and the romance is the stuff of all my fanciful dreams. I always recommend this one for people looking to read historical romances!


Chaol Westfall | A book that challenged you to see things differently | Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
It's always interesting when I get to read a story about a main character who suffers from mental illness, but there's something especially powerful about this one. Sam suffers from purely-obsessional OCD, which is something I'd never encountered. I believe that the portrayal is so well-done, in a way where you both sympathize and learn as you read. It's certainly a read that opened my eyes to a new perspective, and I will always love it for that.

Fleetfoot | A book that you received as a gift | Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
For this category, I chose the most recent physical book I received as a gift! I got this one in the mail from my #OTSPSecretSister, and I can't wait to read it. I was impressed by Wein's storytelling ability and prose in Code Name Verity; I have no doubt that this novel is going to be equally amazing.

Eye of Elena | A book you found right when you needed it | Golden by Jessi Kirby
I was granted the opportunity to read this novel early in 2013; it slayed me. Even though I was at a completely different stage in my life, I could totally relate to the main character's longing and quest for clarity and identity. It really struck a chord with me, since I was feeling adrift in my own life at the time, and it inspired me to start really pursuing the things I loved and wanted to do.

I'm tagging 
+ anyone else who wants to do the tag!

6 comments:

  1. This is such a fun tag! I can't wait to answer the questions but I am seriously debating posting this as a blog post instead of a video because I will absolutely butcher all of the character's names!

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  2. This is an absolutely great tag, I love the questions and your answers. The Lumatere Chronicles is one of my all time favourite series and even though the Six of Crows crew have all sorts of shades of grey, they are oh so very badass so I'd definitely join them haha.
    I'm always intimidated by the classics but I have enjoyed the ones I read but they can be very dense and slow in their pacing.

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  3. Yay!! I think the world needs more book book tags ;D Thanks so much for the mention too!
    This looks like a blast. I definitely need to do this!

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  4. I had a lot of fun with the Lunar Chronicles tag, now that I'm caught up on the series! Looks like I'll have another fun one to do once I *cough* finally read ToG!...

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  5. I first didn't want to read This song will save your life when I saw the older cover, but with this one I would have picked it up right away. I love it! It reminds me a little of The rest of us just live here, for some reason.

    I had the same with Mortal Heart! I thought I already knew everything that was going to happen, but I never thought THAT was the conclusion.

    Six of Crows has one of the best squads. I love how everyone has their own unique feature.

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  6. This is a great tag! I haven't read SJM's series, but I love how you paired a character's personality with a book. I definitely agree with so many of these - I could choose Vengeance Road, Golden, Every Last Word, Mortal Heart, and The Lumatere Chronicles for those same categories!

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