Weather in Books Tag

Hey everyone, and welcome back to the blog! Today’s tag comes from Kaya over at A Fictional Bookworm – I wasn’t tagged but thought this was perfect to do. I’m not sure who the original creator is, so I do apologise. And without further ado, let’s begin the tag!

Sunshine – a book that made you smile. For this I’ve chosen a recent read and that is Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell, which is the first book in the Goth Girl children’s series. This was a fun little story, with gorgeous illustrations about a young girl named Ada Goth who lives in an old house with her father, and the adventures she has. The hardback edition also comes with a teeny tiny rhyming book that was “written” by the mouse, before he became a ghost. It was a book I could read in one go, and I couldn’t stop smiling at all.

Goth Girl Mouse

Rain – a book you couldn’t put down. A book I couldn’t put down is one I read for the Summer Biannual Bibliothon 2018 and that is The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. This is the first book in The Folk of the Air series, which is a YA fantasy. This follows Jude who was taken from the human world with her two sisters as children, to live out their days in the realm of the Fae. In this new world, Jude wants to belong more than anything and ends up getting involved in political plots… I read this on Kindle and I just wanted to keep reading, even though my eyes began to hurt and it was very late at night. I was thinking about the plot so much, and I didn’t guess any of the twists. It was addictive reading, and I can’t wait for the sequel.

the cruel prince

Wind – a book that blew you away. I’m guessing this means blew you away, as in a good way? For this I’ve chosen Night Film by Marisha Pessl, which is an adult thriller. This follows journalist Scott McGrath as he once again becomes involved in the lives of the Cordova family. Stanislas Cordova is a legendary, cult film director who hides from the world, and Scott nearly lost everything in his search for the truth about him years ago. This time around, Scott enters the Cordova world in search of the truth about musical prodigy and Stanislas’ daughter, Ashley and her supposed suicide. This was full of twists and turns that kept me guessing, with plot points that blew me away, and then in the same breath, it happened all over again.

night film

Hurricane – a tragic book. I didn’t have to think long about this answer and I’m kind of cheating with a mini series. For me it’s, Sword Art Online: Mother’s Rosary Vols 1, 2 and 3 by Tsubasa Haduki. In this series, Asuna learns the awful truth about her new best friend Yuuki when she joins a Guild. She also learns to stand up against her overbearing mother, and breaks away from the limitations placed on her. This was a manga that I cried myself stupid over. I was heartbroken and my feelings were shattered. Definitely a tragic book.

sao

Blizzard – a book you had high expectations for. For this, it’s another recent read – Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian. This is the first in the Ash Princess trilogy, which is a YA fantasy. When Theo was a child, her kingdom was taken over by an evil Kaiser, and her mother was slaughtered before her eyes. Now, Theo is a prisoner in her own kingdom, is a victim to frequent beatings and is mocked at court with the nickname Ash Princess. When her last hope is dashed, she decides the time has come to try and escape, and take back her kingdom… I usually love this type of story, but I don’t feel like it was very well executed. The characters were bland and the plot doesn’t amp up until the second half of the book. This was really disappointing.

Ash Princess

Tornado – a book you didn’t like at first, but ended up loving. I struggled thinking about this answer, but decided on The Foster Child by Jenny Blackhurst, which is an adult psychological thriller. This follows child psychologist Imogen, who moves back to her old town. In her new job, she takes on the case of eleven year old Ellie. Ellie is the only survivor of a fire, which killed her whole family. And now, bad things are happening around her, making her all the more dangerous than the rumours would suggest… This started out quite simplistic, almost typical Kindle thriller – woman with past troubles, a new home, a home life that isn’t perfect, something enters her life that is unexpected and perhaps dangerous. And then, it starts to combine thriller with horror. I found myself loving it, even with the strange, slightly ambiguous ending.

the foster child

So that’s it for the tag – I hope you enjoyed it. Please feel free to do this, or just let me know your answers in the comments below. The weather in the UK is finally breaking as I’m writing this – is this the end of the heatwave, and edging into autumn? Only time will tell…

– ReadWriteZoe.

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