I’ve been a bit late at doing tags recently and I was tagged by Reg @ SheLatitude to do this a couple of weeks ago. Thank you for tagging me!
Phase 1: Initial Attraction
A book you bought because of the cover.
Seren longs to have the sunshine on her skin. It’s something she feels she needs to stay sane. But when you’re floating through space at thousands of kilometres an hour, sometimes you have to accept there are things you cannot change. Except that the arrival of Dom in her life changes everything in ways she can barely comprehend. Being with him flaunts every rule designed to keep their home in order, but to lose him would be like losing herself.
The cover of The Loneliness of Distant Beings by Kate Ling is so pretty! I love the blues, I love the birds and I think it does a great job at representing Seren’s feelings about her life. I did enjoy this book, although it does feature a bad case of insta-love which is a bit annoying. But, overall it was really fun to read.
Phase 2: First Impressions
A book that you got because of the summary.
Maresi came to the Red Abbey when she was thirteen. In a world where girls aren’t allowed to learn or do as they please, an island inhabited solely by women sounded like a fantasy. One day Jai arrives on a ship. She has fled to the island to escape terrible danger and unimaginable cruelty. And the men who hurt her will stop at nothing to find her. Now the women of the Red Abbey must combat the forces that wish to destroy them.
Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff features an island haven for women where they can live freely from prejudice and discrimination. This book was also described as being feminist which caught my attention. I like how this story echoes a lot of issues in our own society and it was for that reason that I picked it up.
Phase 3: Sweet Talk
A book with great writing.
Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird. In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others.
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton has beautiful, lyrical, flowing writing which really suits the story. Although, there’s a lot of tragedy following Ava’s life, this book was lovely to read and featured some equally uplifting and destroying moments.
Phase 4: First Date
A first book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest.
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father—but he’s one of the monsters. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.
I loved This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab! It was such a great first book for the series and I’m really sad that I have to wait so long for the rest of the series to be released. The next book is being released next year and I don’t know if I can wait that long!
Phase 5: Late Night Phone Calls
A book that kept you up all night.
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone… Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
I couldn’t stop reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, it was such an amazing book. I instantly fell in love with the characters and the plot was fast moving which is something I love. I’m super excited to read the next book, Crooked Kingdom, as soon as I get my hands on it.
Phase 6: Always on My Mind
A book you couldn’t stop thinking about.
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people. Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it.
So much happened in A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas and I adored it. The world and characters in this story are great. It’s such a step up from the first in the series and is one of my favourite books I’ve read so far this year. This is another book where I’m impatiently waiting for the sequel to be released.
Phase 7: Getting Physical
A book you love because of the way it feels.
Emma Carstairs is a Shadowhunter, the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks.
The only book I could think of for this is Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. There aren’t many books that I like because of the way they feel but I do like this one. It’s probably just because this book is massive and gorgeous and smooth and the cover’s pretty.
Phase 8: Meeting the Parents
A book which you would recommend to your friends and family.
Sephy is a Cross — a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a Nought — a “colourless” member of the underclass. The two have been friends since early childhood, but that’s as far as it can go. In their world, Noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix. Against a background of prejudice and distrust, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum — a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger. Can they possibly find a way to be together?
To be honest I would recommed the Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman to anyone. Even though this series is aimed at younger readers, it’s such a relevant and thought-provoking story. I think this book is very important and everyone should read it.
Phase 9: Thinking About the Future
A book or series you will re-read many times in the future.
When Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder. Much less a murder committed by teenagers covered in strange markings. This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters. It’s also her first meeting with gorgeous golden-haired Jace. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance.
I’ve mentioned before that I love The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. It has a lot of good memories for me and it was one of the first YA series that I picked up. I will read these books many times into the future as well as any and all other books set in the Shadowhunter world.
Phase 10: Share the Love
Who do you tag?
This is where I say that I have no idea who to tag. So anyone reading this post can do this tag if they so desire! Thanks for reading and feel free to link me to your post below if you do decide to do it!