Hey everyone, and welcome back to the blog! Today I’m here with a special little book tag because it is my birthday tomorrow! I’m going to be spending time with family and friends, but I wanted to celebrate it with you lovely readers too. The original tag was created by Antonia at Always Books, and I found this on Becky’s blog over at coffeecocktailsandbooks. So without further ado, let’s begin and fair warning, there may be spoilers.
Birthday cake: A book with a plot that seems cliche, but you adore it anyway. For this, I’m going with Dark Lover by J. R. Ward, which is the first book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Vampire Wrath is trying to cope with his new leadership role, his disability, and the society of Lesser’s that walk this Earth. When he meets half-breed Beth, who stumbles into the world of the undead, he realises he needs to help her… This plot is so overdone and cliche in many adult paranormal romances – even in the remainder of the series, which is approaching it’s 18th release! There’s something about it though, and I’m always drawn in!
Party guests: Your most anticipated book release for this year. I have a few, but I’m going with Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake, which is the fourth and final book in the Three Dark Crowns YA series. This fantasy follows three magical sisters, destined to kill each other for the crown. I love this series so much, and I’m so sad to see it coming to an end this year!
Birthday presents: A book that surprised you with how much you loved it. This is a fairly recent read and that’s Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, which is the first book in The Nevernight Chronicles. This is a dark tale of vengeance as Mia Corvere joins the Red Church. Aiming to become of a Blade of the Lady of Blessed Murder, Mia is drawn into a plot that may bring down the congregation. Will she survive her initiation? And will she finally take revenge on the Senate for robbing her of her family? When I tried reading this on Kindle, I did enjoy it, but found the footnotes distracting and it kept cutting out around the 40 page mark. In the paperback edition however, I was completely drawn in. The characters, the plot – it’s so bloody good! Literally.
The “Happy birthday” song: A book that certainly deserved all the hype it got. For this, I’m going with Vicious by V. E. Schwab, which is an adult science-fiction/dystopian thriller. This follows friends turned enemies, Victor and Eli, set on a course of revenge and destruction. Combining this plot with extraordinary, X-Men, type powers, it was a powerhouse. It deserves all the hype and more – I loved it so much!
Happy music: A book with some very beautiful and memorable quotes. I’m cheating with this and going for a series, and a series that stands out to me is the A Court of Thorns and Roses by my queen, Sarah J. Maas! The first novel follows human Feyre as she navigates the Fae world, in a Beauty and the Beast inspired tale. Throughout the series, there are so many beautiful, memorable and powerful, quotes that I love. This is just one of them:
Getting older: A book that you read a long time ago, but you think you would appreciate more if you read it as a more mature reader. I’m going with a book that’s hugely popular even now and I read a long time ago, and that is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This fantasy novel follows two magicians, trained since childhood, that unknowingly participate in a game, in which only one will be left standing… I remember reading it quite speedily, and not taking much in, so I think I’d definitely appreciate it more now.
Sweet birthday memories: A book that kept you incredibly happy during a sad or demanding period of your life. A book I’ve spoken about a lot is Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, which is a YA fantasy. If you aren’t aware, this follows Mare Barrow, a poor Red citizen, who is thrown into a political and royalist world, when she discovers she possesses a strange lightning power that only a Silver should have… When I read this the first time, I was struggling badly with my mental health and also recovery when I fractured my right ankle. This kept me company and kept the darkness away – I was drawn in and it really kept my spirits up.
So that’s it for this tag – what would your answers be? For now, I’m off to stare at a pile of wrapped presents and try and guess what they are!