I haven’t done a post like this in Ages, but I was tagged by Hundreds and Thousands to do the ‘School for Good and Evil’ book tag so here we go. I read the second book in this series last week and had some issues with it… but that shouldn’t overshadow the fact that I Loved the first book. So let’s do this!
- Link to the original tag’s creator: Sabrina @ Notes From a Paper Plane Nomad! (I’m also using her graphics, they’re so great!)
- Thank whoever tagged you and link back to their post!
- Pick a book that fits each prompt.
- Tag whoever, as many or as few as you like!
- Post these rules and list of prompts in your tag post.
I originally wasn’t going to pick this book up… though parts of the blurb sounded interesting, overall it just didn’t sound like my cup of tea with the whole magical realism thing. But then it was gifted to me for my birthday, so I read it. And loved it! There are elements in this book (such as the romance) that I would have hated in most other books, yet somehow here it really worked. Bridget Collins has a new book coming out later this year, and I sure to check it out.
The whole Cogheart series consists of amazing middlegrade books that deal with self acceptance. The main character is unique, in a way that isn’t visible but she becomes quite famous for later in the series… and people look at her in a funny way. The books also brilliantly deal with family, friendship and mourning and are overall just brilliant steampunk adventures.
This is a very recent release, but I got to read it a few months ago already thanks to Netgalley. This is a collection of short stories in a way, all centered around the same character. It is the world that makes this such a unique book… Driftwood is the place where worlds go when they are about to ‘die’. This results in such a colourful group of cultures, people and landscapes. The possibilities are absolutely endless.
Can a group of pirates be called a gang? The Ship of Shadows is another recent release, and another middlegrade. We follow Aleja as she sails with a group of female pirates from Seville to Morocco on a great treasure hunt, but also a journey to self-discovery. The women and girls on this ship are Amazing. They come from a wide variety of countries, and are all insanely talented in some way.
I love (fairytale) retellings, I have two shelfs worth of them. So picking just one was incredibly difficult. I decided to go for The Wendy, by Erin Michelle Sky and Steven Brown. This is a Peter Pan retelling, but with a kickass Wendy and a quite sexy Captain Hook. Although the story itself is a Very loose adaptation, the authorts have managed superbly to capture the characters. Especially Peter is exactly like we know him from the original.
Obviously I had to choose Sherlock Holmes for this. Next…
I really have to reread this series soon! This is a YA fantasy series by Clive Barker… so you know the villain will be great. We follow Candy as she is swept away to Abarat, a world where every island is another hour. That in itself is already amazing, but even though I read these book years ago, the villains, Christopher Carrion and his grandmother Mater Motley have always stayed with me. They are both true villains, torturing many innocent people. Christopher has living nightmares swimming around his face and eating off of people’s fears whenever they are free… an image that has never left me. But whenever he is with just Candy he proves to be so much more complex than just the evil villain.
I was going to use The Wendy for this again, but then realized I could of course use comic books. This Spider-Woman series is absolutely brilliant. It has all the highs and action you would want from a superhero comic, yet also contains one of the most well-developed main characters I have come across. It really shows the human behind the mask, where writing and art fully complement each other.
I read this together with The Husband, as one of our classics buddyreads. I don’t remember any of it, apart from that we absolutely hated it. I do believe we finished it via audiobook, but I don’t know why…
All the books in this series are stressful reads, in the best way possible. They are dark and gory, and the tension is insane. I have rarely felt this invested in what happened to the characters. The ending of the fourth book is absolutely insane and ever so cruel to the reader (while also, of course, being brilliant). I binged this series at the start of the year, and already want to reread them again.
And that was that. I am not going to nominate anyone, but feel free to do this tag if you feel like it.
Hoping you are well,