Hey everyone, and welcome back to the blog! During this Covid 19 Coronavirus lockdown, I’ve been playing a lot of Pokémon Shield, a Nintendo Switch video game! I’ve been having so much fun with this, and it took me back to some childhood memories of playing Yellow and Sapphire. So today, I’m going to do a tag I’ve seen online at Coffee, Stars, Books blog! So without futher ado, let’s begin and fair warning, there may be spoilers!
Ice Type: a book that gave you chills. For this, I chose The Ladykiller by Martina Cole, which is an adult thriller. This is the first book in the DI Kate Burrows series, which follows detective inspector Kate, as she hunts down a sexually depraved killer… This was a book that sent shivers down my spine. Even though we are aware of the killer, it was his background and his actions that truly chilled me. I’m really pleased that I borrowed this from my mum!
Electric Type: A book with a shocking twist. A twist that I didn’t see coming and was initially shocking was One of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus, which is a YA contemporary thriller. This is the second book in the One of Us Is Lying series, which follows shock and terror that occurs at Bayview High School. In this novel, a year has passed since the events of the first book, and now, a dangerous game of Truth or Dare is rocking the school… Like I said, I didn’t see the twists and it really made me think differently about the events of the book!
Fire Type: A book with a hot romance. There were a few books I could choose for this, but I’ve had to go with Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahourin, which is a YA fantasy. This is the first book in the Serpent and Dove series, which follows witch Lou, and witch-hunter, Reid as they are thrown into an impossible union – marriage! I absolutely loved this when I read it last year, and I can’t wait to continue the series. The romance between Lou and Reid has some of my favourite tropes – enemies to lovers, and slow burn. It was just so wonderful, and I’m so pleased I got the box from Fairyloot!
Dragon Type: A book that was really awesome. For this, I’m going with Renegades by Marissa Meyer, which is a YA fantasy science-fiction. This is the first book in the Renegades series, which follows superheroes and supervillains in Gatlon City. Nova is a villain, with reasons to hate the heroes, and when she gets the opportunity to infiltrate them, she grasps it with both hands… This was a hugely fun read, that really took a spin on the typical powers you read about in comic books. I loved the characters, and the world, and this was one of those books that I couldn’t believe it had taken me that long to read. I’m so glad I borrowed this from the library!
Fighting Type: A book with lots of action. For this question, I chose Killing Mind by Angela Marsons, which is an adult crime thriller. This is the twelfth book in the D.I. Kim Stone series, which follows Kim and her team as they put their police skills to the test, investigating various crimes. In this novel, an apparent suicide leads the team to a holistic retreat, which may be more than meets the eye… This was a book I read on my Kindle. This was full of action – not just of the police kind, but characters are hiding their own secrets. It leads to this amazing action packed climax, and I just loved this so much!
Ghost Type: A book that scared you. It’s quite hard to scare me in books, but one that really unsettled me was Broken by Martina Cole, which is an adult thriller. This is the second book in the DI Kate Burrows series, and in this installment, Kate and her team are investigating cases of abandoned children… This was another book I borrowed from my mum. The case gradually leads the plot into territories of abuse of all forms, prostitution, pedophilia, and violence. Very gritty and definitely unnerved me with its realism…
Flying Type: A book that took you away. For this, I had to go with The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien, which is an adult fantasy. This is the first book in The Lord of the Rings, which follows young hobbit Frodo, who learns that his prized ring is the One Ring – a magical token which can destroy and enslave Middle Earth. Frodo is tasked with its destruction, and so he is accompanied by the Fellowship – three fellow hobbits, one elf, one dwarf, one wizard, and two from the race of Men… I just loved this world, and Tolkien’s writing style is so fantastically, unique that it just transports you away with its description and detail.
Grass Type: A book with elemental magic. For this, I’ve chosen Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, which is a YA fantasy. This is the first book in the Grisha Trilogy, which follows Alina, as she learns about her hidden magical abilities in a Russian inspired world. In this first novel, Alina is stunned when she learns about her abilities, and is soon whisked away to the capital city of Ravka to undergo training with her peers. There are so many types of magic at play in the series, and elemental magic is definitely part of it. The different types of magic flow through the rest of the series, and builds up more of this new and innovative world. I remember borrowing this from the library years ago, and then rereading this on Kindle just last year!
Rock/Ground Type: A solid recommendation. For this, I’ve chosen On the Come Up by Angie Thomas, which is a YA contemporary. This follows aspiring rapper Bri, as her latest song goes viral for all the wrong reasons… I read this on Kindle and I loved it! This is an amazing read that is so relevant with the problems going on in the world. Thomas is great at creating discussions of race, prejudice, wealth, and stereotypes. This whole novel felt realistic, and for those reasons, I think it’s a solid recommendation.
Water Type: A book that features the sea. For this, I’ve chosen Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch, which is an adult fantasy. This is the second book in the Gentleman Bastard series, which follows criminal Locke Lamora as he undertakes various schemes… In this installment, Locke and his best friend Jean decide to target the Sinspire, the ultimate gambling house in Tal Verrar. It isn’t long though before the pair find themselves engaged in piracy… I borrowed the first three books in this series from a friend. This installment heavily features the sea, mainly because of the piracy aspect. Whilst I didn’t think this was the best in the series, I did enjoy it, although sometimes all the naval terminology bogs this down…
Bug Type: A book that annoyed you. For this, I’ve chosen Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton, which is a YA fantasy. This is the first book in the Heart of Thorns series, which follows Mia who has pledged her life to hunting the Gwyrach – women who can manipulate blood, bones, breath and flesh. When Mia is thrown into an alliance with the royal family, her plans are thrown away, especially when she learns that she possesses abilities of those she wishes to eradicate… When I read this on Kindle, I found it very trope heavy, and sadly, the writing style didn’t capture me. I felt the book was also very heavy on information dumping and inconsistent pacing, which was definitely annoying.
Psychic Type: A book with some really cool powers. For this, I’ve chosen Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, which is a YA fantasy. This is the first book in the Strange the Dreamer series, which follows librarian and dreamer, Lazlo Strange, as he attempts to uncover the mysteries of the lost city of Weep… I read this last month on my Kindle, and liked it. The magical powers which are explored are awe inspiring. There is so much at work here, with the mythology of Gods and Goddesses, and the powers they possess. I loved the character of Sarai, and her dream entering ability – this was just really cool, there’s no other way about it!
Poison Type: A book that gave you a book hangover. I think I’m still genuinely having book hangover feelings for this, and that is Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan, which is a YA fantasy. This is the first book in the Girls of Paper and Fire series, which follows Lei, a low ranking member of society, who is brought to the palace to be consort… This is a book I can’t stop talking about – I absolutely loved it when I read this on Kindle. There was so much about it that drew me in, kept me engaged, and left me with a lot of emotions!
Normal Type: A book you felt a bit meh about. For this, I chose Loveboat Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen, which is a YA contemporary. This is the first book in the Loveboat Taipei series, which follows groups of students attending a summer school in Taiwan. This first novel follows Ever as she is sent to this school, expecting to learn Mandarin. It isn’t until she arrives that she learns about the school’s nickname and reputation. Free for the first time, Ever is about to break all her predetermined rules… Whilst I did like Ever’s growth and the cultural exploration, for me the plot felt cliche. Everything was a little bit dramatic and over the top, even though there are discussions of abuse, family, mental health, and virginity. I’m not sure I’ll be picking up the sequel, so yes, it was a little meh…
So that’s it for the tag! Have you been playing any video games in lockdown? If you’ve played Pokémon Sword and Shield, what was your starter? Mine was the fire bunny, Scorbunny, a change from my usual water type!