Howdy, Bookworms! Today we’ll be doing something a little different. I’ve yet to do a tag on this blog so I’m super excited for this one, especially since, um, CAKE! Thanks so much bookchanted for tagging me–if you haven’t already, you should definitely go check out her blog too. For ease I linked the titles to their goodreads pages in case any of you want to check them out. Now, on to the deliciously bookish goodness!
This is surprisingly hard since I tend towards the fun, light, and happy novels–I prefer to keep myself in a happy place, thankyouverymuch. Nonetheless, The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow would probably be my pick for chocolate cake. There’s this whole air of hopelessness that colours the entire novel and all the characters which makes it feel gloomy, plus there’s torture and murder and capture in some of the most brutal and vivid ways possible. It’s not my usual cup o’ tea and I probably wouldn’t have picked it up if the blurb expressed this but I am so happy that I actually got to read it in spite of this. I was constantly surprised, shocked, and taken aback; I cried, I cringed, I wailed. It’s a crazy twisted roller coaster of hellishly epic proportions and though I may never be able to say it’s my favourite, I really truly thoroughly liked it.
So many good choices! Despite the whole fantasy vibe I’ve had going on the past few months I really love contemporaries and they–at least the bubbly romantic ones I’m hooked on (I’m a romantic through and through–sue me!)–are the lightest of reads. So for vanilla Imma go for the lightest of the light and choose Royally Crushed by Niki Burnham, which is an omnibus of the Royally Jacked trilogy because a) that’s the way I read them and b) I can’t just pick one! I’m going to be honest here, these books are over-the-top, fluffy, and clichéd in many ways but they’re just SO DAMN CUTE! What’s more: they’re beyond easy to read. I spent basically my entire time with Val and her German prince Georg grinning ear to ear. Seriously. Even my eye rolling was coupled with a smile.
Easy. Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I talked about this one in a review just earlier this week so some of you may already know my feelings about it but I’ll say it again. I don’t remember the last time I had such a love-hate relationship with a book. On the one hand, everything about it was fabulous. On the other hand, the ending was fabulously heartbreaking/heart-wrenching/just-decapitate-me-now-so-I-stop-hurting level pain-inducing. I didn’t like it but I loved it. Heartless and I are essentially the definition of ‘It’s Complicated’ Facebook statuses.
Ha. Haha. That’s a good one. ‘A’ book. As in, one book. As in, only recommend one. single. book. Really, it’s a hilarious joke.
AND A NIGHTMARE OF A QUESTION!
How the Hades am I supposed to choose a book to recommend. My whole life is an endless sequence of giving book recs and now I have to pick JUST ONE? I’ve spent the past 19 years recommending books! I was probably reading even in the womb! Gah!
But then the ‘to anyone’ is not necessarily any easier. I have recs for any fantasy fan, or any romance fan, or any mystery or historical fiction or sci-fi fan but anyone at all is a difficult matter. Idk what you hate.
Okay okay. Hmmm. I think for this I’ll have to go with The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson, mostly because I’m still riding the high from finishing it last week and all I want to do is scream at everybody in the world to READ IT READ IT READ IT! More than that, though, it’s got a really good blend of tons of different elements. It’s more historical fantasy so there are echoes of historical fiction in the completely fictitious world, there are traces of magic for the fantasy lovers, romance is abound but even the love triangle (which usually bugs me) was well done, and there are enough surprises to keep you guessing at all times, even when you don’t think there’s anything to guess about. Plus the characters are likeable, the writing is wonderful, and the plot is thoroughly intriguing.
Just for fun I thought I’d extend this one a little bit for the different genres and different cheesecakes. I’ll try to stray from the super famous when possible, that way you might find something new. So here we go!
Turtle Cheesecake (a rec for any mystery lover): The Sound by Sarah Alderson (it got mixed reviews but I really liked it!)
Cherry Cheesecake (a rec for any romance lover): The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith or anything by Kasie West. Oh! Or The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler. Sorry, couldn’t restrain myself.
Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake (a rec for any horror lover): Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender
White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake (a rec for any historical fiction lover): Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
Key Lime Cheesecake (a rec for any sci-fi lover): Cinder by Marissa Meyer (couldn’t help it)
Cookies and Cream Cheesecake (a rec for any fantasy lover): A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, just so you can get to ACOMAF #sorrynotsorry
Yikes. Let it be known that I rarely ever do this. More often I force myself to get through it even if it’s kind of awful. Sometimes it gets better. Other times I bemoan my wasted life. But almost all times the book is finished. That said, the one book this past year or two that I DNF’d for good was Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon. This one hurt me because I was so so so so SO excited to read it. I bought of the bargain rack at Chapters one day and promptly forgot about it, but a few weeks ago I came across it again and was literally biting at the bit to get at it. Skyships? Stowaways? Fantasy lands with Sci-Fi mix-ins? Yes PLEASE! I was so ready for some sky pirates. Have you seen the movie Stardust? I was seriously channeling Captain Shakespeare and his crew of lightning thieves here. But no sooner than I’d started it, I had to stop. The MC was younger than I was expecting (which would have been fine if I’d been expecting it) so the whole thing felt a lot younger than I’d wanted, the love interest is 17 years to her 14 which just felt so wrong that I couldn’t support it, and a lot of what was happening just felt so utterly pointless that I got bored. I was going to try again until a glance at goodreads reviews quickly confirmed that many of my issues were common gripes and saw little improvement. So alas, DNF.
Hands down, The Wrath and The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh. The book (which I reviewed here) itself was fan-flippin’-tastic but her writing has such a beautiful lyrical quality to it that it makes it all just that much better. Also Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me books. Her writing is just so unique and gorgeous. I was blown away when I read Shatter Me way back when and I recently started reading Unravel Me (finally!) and my love for her has been renewed in full force. I can’t even adequately describe it, it’s so great.
That’s all, folks! This went a fair bit longer than intended but I had a lot of fun with it so hopefully you’ll forgive me for getting a wee bit carried away. I’m tagging back bookchanted, as per her posts request, as well as any book blogger or just blogger who likes to read that reads this post. I want to include everyone 🙂
Tag me back if you do it so I can see your answers!
As for now, bon appétit!