Oy! How are we doing on this dashing Friday??
After a long week of tests and whatnot I am ready to relax for a hot second. The weather is going to be warm (relatively speaking) and the sun will be shining, but I will be channeling my true introvert energy and continue hibernating inside. I have very exciting plans for the weekend that involve sitting around and doing basically nothing. With maybe a side of reading sprinkled in. It’s going to be a blast.
Today we are going to be totally bold and do a tag! To say I am so so SO behind on tags right now would be an understatement. Every time all you lovely people tag me for something I get super excited, so I promise I am working on catching up. Slowly but surely. We are totally living on the wild side with the tags and going to be participating in not one, but two of them!! *gasp* I know, truly wild.
First up we have the End of the Year Superlative Tag created by the lovely Alex @ The Scribe Owl. Do check out the original post as well as their blog, I absolutely love some of the listicles posted! I was tagged to do this challenge by the fabulous Cherry @ Letters To The Lost. Check out their blog as well, the aesthetic is on point!
I’m going to have to go with Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronicles. She knows how to play the long game, and I can respect that. I mean, she did terrible terrible things, but she could have been a force to be reckoned with had she been on the side of the protagonists.
Read my full review of the first book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder here!
Skye is an absolute joy to read about. She is such a resilient and upbeat character, you can’t help but root for her. I lowkey want to do a reread and bask in the absolute glory of this book again, but we shall see.
Read my full review of I’ll Be the One right here!
*insert the name of any fantasy character that is constantly almost dying*
But at the same time… I kind of do want to go to a fantasy land
I’m going to be vague again and say an oceanic setting. I know, shocking everyone with that answer. I’d want to chill on a pirate ship for all of eternity. If someone can teach me to sword fight while on the ship, that would be an added bonus.
Ketterdam. With my barely 5 foot stature, I am quite literally the opposite of intimidating. I’d either need to perfect my I’m-going-to-kill-you-glare or have a boatload of knives, but even then I’m not sure how long I’d last.
I cannot express how much I love these books. I definitely have not reread them more times than I have fingers. Nope. Not at all.
Anyway, Dare You To Lie is drama packed and super twisty. You can’t help but loving the characters and the snappy dialogue is everything.
I don’t know about you, but I am very much an external reader. Like if I’m in the privacy of my room I will most definitely be cackling obnoxiously loud. If the book doesn’t make you snort/cackle/hybrid out loud, then it isn’t worthy of a five star rating (aprilism no 5)
Related: check out rom-com recs, featuring More Than Maybe and more!
You Should See Me in A Crown honestly snuck up on me. It was one of those books that was a solid four star read and first, but as time went on it didn’t fade, it only got brighter.
I originally rated and reviewed it and that was it, all was swell. Well, fast-forward three weeks later and I still couldn’t get this book out of my head. I was just so in awe of the storytelling and so invested in the characters that it continued to haunt my every waking thought.
Check out my full review of You Should See Me In A Crown here!
Ok, I’m going to twist this prompt just a touch. All the Stars and Teeth is pretty generic as far as adventure stories go. You have a princess and a pirate ya de ya de yada. But the magic system???
Truly like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It was so chaotically complex. Grace managed to do more world building and develop her magic system so well and it is truly unique.
Also, I’m just realizing that I read this book in 2021… whoops. Like I said, time no longer exists here sooo
Check out my full review of All the Stars and Teeth here!
Okey dokey, up next I was tagged by the lovely Phoenix @ Words With Wings to do a 2020 Book Tag! Phoenix is the creator of this tag as well as the person who tagged me. Do check out their blog, their blogging voice is one of my favorite!!
*blanks on every book I’ve ever been excited for*
Verona Comics started off really nice and sweet and then went in a totally unexpected direction. I guess I should have expected some of the tragedy aspect of Romeo and Juliet to shine through in this retelling, but I was caught very much unaware. Don’t get me wrong, it was fantastic, but quite unexpected.
The ending of Renegades left me shook. My mind was scrambled and blended and working a million miles per minute all at once. I then proceeded to binge read the rest of the series, as one does.
Check out my full review of Renegades here!
I’m pretty sure that Blood and Honey looked at the word “plot” dead in the eye and thought nope, not today and then skipped out.
Check out my full review of Blood & Honey here!
Five Feet Apart is literally made for this prompt. And also for making me cry uncontrollably.
I feel like bad decision making is kind of a genetic trait that is inherited by all young adult protagonists. Just me??
That being said, Rhen from the Curse So Dark and Lonely Trilogy is literally the worst at making good life choices. The amount of drama that would have been resolved he had talked first, tortured later is astronomical. But then again, this entire series is a walking incarnation of the miscommunication trope, so what did I expect.
Check out my full review of A Heart So Fierce and Broken here!
Jamie Watson from the A Study in Charlotte Series just really wants to solve crime. And for Charlotte to tell him what is happening for once. He is so eager to solve the case, but most of the time just needs to slow his roll.
Check out my full review of A Study in Charlotte here!
In Fable, Fable changes her goal halfway in because she realizes that Saint called no take backsies when he ditched her on a random island all those years ago.
Ok, that was a gross oversimplification of events, but I’m not wrong.
Check out my full review of Fable here!
THERE IS A THIRD GOOD GIRL’S GUIDE TO MURDER COMING OUT AND I CAN’T STOP SCREAMING ABOUT IT
If anyone has invented a time machine or discovered a portal dragon that can make August 5th come faster, it would be much appreciated.
Check out my full review here!
Miss Maniscalco did not come to play with the sequel of Stalking Jack the Ripper, Hunting Prince Dracula. Hands down the best book of the series.
Check out my full review of Hunting Prince Dracula here!
Sadly, Serious Moonlight just wasn’t for me. I started it in October and it took me multiple months to get through. There were many many times that I wanted to stop, but I ended up pushing through.
And thus, The Tags of 2020 ends. Alack, alack, alack.
What were some of your favorite books from last year?? Have you read any of these books? What did you think??