As I was rereading Renegades by Marissa Meyer, I had a sudden tag idea. So now this is the tag I have created from it. If you would like to do, please feel absolutely free to.
Sketch: An author that manages to bring all of her stories to life
Victoria Schwab is one of my favorite authors that somehow manages to bring so many worlds to life. She has written the Darker Shade of Magic, Vicious, and she is currently experimenting in the world of her new novel, City of Ghosts. Her stories are all built from the ground up, and they are full of so much creativity. All of the stories that she writes in will be as real to me as our own world.
Monarch: A story that was all over the place (much like the butterflies are)
For this question, I have chosen Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I didn’t hate the book, and I did think that the chaoticness added to the story. But it was all over the place, and I found it hard to grasp onto the strands that the author left. Caraval follows these two sisters as they embark to the magical festival of Caraval. And when one of the sister becomes a part of the festivities, the other must find her. It is somehow all an elaborate performance even when it doesn’t seem like it. It is an overwhelming adventure of magic and games.
Nightmare: A book that was so boring it put you to sleep
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson has to be answer to this prompt. I loved the whole idea of this novel, and I was so excited to get into it. Sadly, I just spent the entire first half of the novel bored. I distinctly remember falling asleep while reading it multiple times. Somehow I wasn’t able to bring myself to care about any of the characters, and I eventually dnfed it. The story has an interesting premise as it follows the accounts of two men, one an architect and the other a serial killer, as Erik Larson explains the roles they played in the brilliant Chicago Fair.
Puppeteer: A childhood book that you were completely obsessed with
I don’t want to be repetitive and say Harry Potter, so I thought back on my childhood. I remember a series and toy that played a big role in my life was the American girl dolls. I had several dolls, and I tried to read every single one of those stories I could get my hands on. I loved reading about the different time periods, and then, I would want to buy the doll to play with. Elizabeth was my first doll that my grandmother bought for me, and I cherished her for so long.
Hawthorne: A book that completely penetrated your heart with it’s sharp tentacles
I feel no shame admitting that I am a huge book crier. I find myself easily attached to characters. I think Book Thief was definitely one of the books I felt most attached to, and it completely captured and punctured my heart. It follows a girl who finds her life changed in the world war 2 period as her family hides a jew in their basement, and Leslie discovers her love of reading. It is an emotional book, and I recommend it to everyone who needs a good cry.
Captain Chromium: A book that your love is so strong for that no matter the hate, it is invincible
When I love a book, I love a book. The book I have chosen for this series is The Mortal Instruments, or any Cassandra Clare book for that matter. Her books are such a large part of my life, and no matter what happens, I am going to love them. They get quite a tremendous amount of hate but that has yet to stop me from loving it.
The Dread Warden: An invisible (underappreciated) book you’d like to shed some light on
There are a lot of underappreciated published books out there, but I’d like to specifically shed some light on Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry. I haven’t heard a lot around this book, and it is such a refreshing book that I definitely think it needs to be talked about. The book follows Michael as he moves to a new school, a Catholic school. He is an atheist, and he finds his interest is peaked by a girl when she challenges a teacher during class. Soon, she introduces him to the rest of the heretics. Micheal has made it his goal to convince them to go public. It’s a very cute, funny book that takes on a challenging angle on the way we think and are accepting of other religions.