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Rapid Fire Book Tag

I’ve been trying a few different book tags this week and I’ve been finding myself really stumped about answering some of them so I decided that today’s blog would instead be a really simple fun book tag I picked up from Sarah from Book Hooked Nook a little while back, the rapid-fire book tag!

1. E-Book or Physical Book?

If it’s small enough physical, if not an e-book is more comfortable.

2. Paperback or Hardback?

Paperback.

3. Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

Usually online as the only bookstores nearby are all in other towns and it costs me the price of a standard paperback to get to any of them.

4. Trilogies or Series?

I quite like standalone books at the moment but if I had to pick it would be a trilogy.

5. Heroes or Villains?

It feels so cliche but villains are so much more fun.

6. A book you want everyone to read?

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman because that stuff is food for the soul.

7. Recommend an underrated book?

Invictus by Ryan Graudin, I never hear anyone talk about this book but I adored it.

8. The last book you finished?

I finished Heartstopper Volume 2 in one sitting before bed a couple of nights ago and I’ve barely been able to stop thinking about it since.

9. The Last Book You Bought?

I did a little book order when I got paid a couple of days ago and ordered Do you dream of Terra-Two? By Temi Oh, a finished copy of The Starlight Watchmaker by Lauren James, Heartstopper volume two by Alice Oseman and The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neil. It had been a while since I’d brought books!

10. Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

A fork.

11. Used Books: Yes or No?

As long as they’re in good condition then used is fine with me.

12. Top Three Favourite Genres?

Sci-fi, Fantasy and thriller

13. Borrow or Buy?

Buy, I don’t go into town often enough to to get proper use out of the library and I’m terrible at returning things on time. Also because quite often I’m buying a finished copy of an ARC I’ve enjoyed and might not get to reading it right away.

14. Characters or Plot?

Having one without the other is not enjoyable but I think good characters can save bad plot but a good plot doesn’t often save bad characters.

15. Long or Short Books?

Probably short. I’m finding it really hard to drag myself through longer books. Max 400 ideally although I’m reading a good few that are more than that at the moment so it’s not a make or break thing, I just like to read shorter books, if anything they’re more comfortable to hold.

16. Long or Short Chapters?

Short. I love the feeling of finishing a chapter, plus I tend to wait until I’ve finished a chapter before I stop reading and if it’s too long it just gets annoying.

17. Name The First Three Books You Think Of…

18. Books That Make You Laugh or Cry?

19. Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Fictional, or actually I like a bit of both so our world with a hint of fictional is great sometimes too. I want to say it’s called urban fantasy but I’m bad at this book blogging thing.

20. Audiobooks: Yes or No?

Yes. I’m sad that I don’t really listen to them as much now. I often still listen to ones I’ve heard before when I’m trying to get to sleep (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them read by Eddie Redmayne is my favourite) but now that I’m not in a job where I can just crack on and get my work done with my headphones in all day I’m seriously lagging on the audiobook front.

21. Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

Absolutely. Don’t get me wrong, a book with a bad cover can be good and vice versa but it’s almost always the cover that draws me in or pushes me away.

22. Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

I really enjoy them for the most part. Sometimes they get me interested in a book I’ve yet to read (i.e Dumplin) even though I always try to read the book first but also they sometimes give me the feeling of rereading a book without having to actually do so.

23. A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

Stardust. I enjoyed the Stardust book but the film is one of my all-time favourites and just blew the book out of the water.

24. Series or Standalone’s?

I love me a standalone.

That was a such a fun tag, thank for so much for posting it, Sarah! I won’t tag anyone in particular but as always if you’d like to take part then consider yourself tagged!

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The Nice and Accurate Good Omens Book tag

After watching the whole of Good Omens for the third time and then falling into a hole of video edits on youtube while looking up where to buy the script book, I thought to myself “…I really should be blogging.” Instead, I pressed play on episode three (my favourite for that 6000 years of slow-burn pre-intro alone). It was then I instead thought to myself, perhaps I can do both? I’m due a book tag post this week so what if? No. Surely it seems too easy of a solution. Or is it? I could make a Good Omens book tag I figured before obsessing over it for over a week before actually writing the damned thing. So now here we are, I hope you enjoy it and that it “feels love” to you.

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“Would be funny if we both got it wrong, eh? If I did the good thing and you did the bad one?” – A book you expected to like but didn’t and/or a book you didn’t expect to like but did or more than you had thought you would.

I don’t usually actively decide to read books I don’t think I’ll like but I gave Nexus the benefit of the doubt after not being keen on Zenith and I’m so glad I did because I loved it!

“Get behind thee, foul fiend…After you.” – Favourite flirty line

An oldie but a goldie one of my first and favourites is cocky Jace from City of Bones, he was my first bookish crush and this line killed me every time.

“Is this the part where you start tearing off strips of your shirt to bind my wounds?”
“If you wanted me to rip my clothes off, you should have just asked.”

“Somebody killed my best friend” – Bookish death that affected you the most

So I had to really think about this and honestly, I think it was probably (WARRIOR CATS SPOILER INCOMING) – Spotted Leaf from the Warrior Cats series, I’ve only read a few of the books so far but I get so attached to all the characters and Spotted leaf was a firm favourite. I was utterly devastated when we lost her.

I also want to give an honourable mention to Ned Stark in Game of Thrones, I’d read the first couple of books before the show and so when Ned died at the end of the first book I spent so long convincing myself that it didn’t happen that throughout most of the second book (I wanna say Storm of Swords?) I was waiting for him to show back up. When he didn’t I realised there were no rules about what characters would be killed off and how no one was safe etc and that was the first time I’d experienced that.

“You go too fast for me Crowley” – Favourite slow burn

This depends on your definition of slow burn I guess but I’m picking Nick and Charlie’s relationship in Heartstopper. Watching them two crushing on each other for most of volume one was honestly the best thing and watching them cautiously take their relationship slowly and carefully is just *chef kiss* (Happy Publication day to Vol 2 today btw!)

“Thank you for my pornography” – A romance scene you loved or that made you cringe (stating which is optional if you’d like to keep people guessing)

I’ve taken to skipping over most of the full-on sex scenes from any of the Throne of Glass or ACOTAR books, especially towards the end of both series as they literally cause firestorms, tsunamis and avalanches. I’m good thanks!

“There never was an apple, in Adam’s opinion, that wasn’t worth the trouble you got into for eating it” – Have you ever been caught reading a book when you shouldn’t have been? Either for content or the situation. 

Often. I’ve never been censored for the content that I’ve read but I have a habit of reading pretty much everywhere. One of the most memorable moments for me was the day Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out, both me and the other person I worked with at the small independent pet store I worked in were late to work because we had been picking up our copies of the book and spent the day alternating between  sitting at the till having a sneaky read or hiding in the backroom doing the same thing which was fine until our boss came in and caught us. That was the day that the “no non-work-related books allowed on the shop floor” rule was officially added.

“Well, obviously. You’re a demon. That’s what you do.” – Favourite unapologetic villain. 

Former mob wife turned vengeful (see what I did there) woman who can destroy and erode anything she touches, Marcella from Vengeful by V.E Schwab. I loved her SO much. She did what she wanted and took pleasure in it while also being complex.

“He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players, ie., everybody, to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won’t tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.” – Favourite Twisty book

A Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson hands down. I ADORED this book because I had no idea what was coming at me until it had smacked me in the face. This book was so full of twists to the very end, Holly is an evil (murder) genius.

“Most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally evil, but by people being fundamentally people.” – Favourite complex or morally grey character 

Jude Duarte from the Cruel prince etc. I know Jude and the books as a whole are very marmite, in that some people love them and some people hate them which is totally fair. Personally, I love both The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King and Jude is one of my favourite characters because she’s not a stereotypical YA heroine, she makes bad choices, she’s selfish, she looks out for herself, she isn’t inherently likeable or out to make every one like her etc and she’s certainly not a popular character but I love her.

I tag:

Lucy from A Novel Purpose
Han, Solo from Queens of Geekdom
Layla from Readable Life
Gaynor from Paperbacks and Pinot
Liam from Book Worm Hole
Ash from For the Love of Books

If you enjoyed this tag and want to do it, consider yourself tagged as usual and don’t forget to link back to this post so I can check out your post and share it.

 

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Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag

Oh sorry, WHAT. How is it that time already? How has it been HALF OF A YEAR already? I honestly have no idea where the time has gone, it feels crazy. I’m technically doing this about a month early as last year I posted this on July 19th instead of June 20th but here we are, I figured this was as good a time as ever.

First off I had a look at last years Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag and at the time I was 72% through my Goodreads reading challenge so I thought it would be fun to compare that as well. I’m currently at 52% I’m four books ahead at 31 out of 60 which considering the month difference as I’m doing this a little earlier makes sense as that 72% last year was 36 out of 50. I thought I was a little slower this year so that’s interesting.

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019

So this is a really tough question and I’ve had to come back to it after answering all the others and having a think about it for a few days and I don’t think I really have a clear answer, I like a few books the best so far for different reasons. I loved the crazy twists and immense tension and storytelling in both A Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson as well as Sanctuary by Vic James, I fell in love with the ragtag crews in both Once and Future by Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta and Aurora Rising by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff and I had my mind absolutely shattered to pieces by The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James. Not to mention the Memento Novella (also by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff) I’ve been lucky enough to have read so many great books this year already and I refuse to choose.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019

The Wicked King by Holly Black. I know these books are hit and miss for some but I personally love them to bits, especially the second. Jude and Cardan are absolute trash and I love them both.

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3. New release you haven’t read yet but want to

There are honestly so many but I’m really looking forward to reading the Ghosts of the Shadow market bindup. I’ve been watching the Shadowhunters TV show again lately and it’s got me nostalgic for some Nephilim goodness.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson. I adored Skyward and I can’t wait for the sequel!!

5. Biggest disappointment

I think this probably goes to Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young, I had really high hopes for this book but found it fell a little flat for me personally. I’m still excited to read her next book though, The Girl the Water Gave Back.

6. Biggest surprise 

Nexus by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings was definitely a pleasant surprise, it was really good, especially in comparison to its predecessor Zenith which although I did enjoy overall I feel had a lot of problems that were absolutely rectified in Nexus. I’m actually pretty gutted we’re not getting a third book now.

7. Favourite new author (Debut or new to you)

I LOVED The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman and I definitely think Christine is one to watch, I’m beyond excited for the sequel and for the new book she just announced coming next year.

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8. Newest fictional crush

I absolutely have a platonic crush on Ed from The Paper and Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie, I love him so much! As for a romantic crush, I think I may have a thing for Cole from The Near Witch by V.E Schwab.

9. Newest favourite character 

Definitely Finn from Aurora Rising, he’s the best bean, I love that he’s sassy and funny and he’s such a sweetheart too I would die for him.

10. Book that made you cry

So I’ve cried at a few books this year with the front runners being Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman, (I think I cried within the first ten pages of that book), Once and Future by Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta, Aurora Rising by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff and The Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart destroyed me.


11. Book that made you happy

Heartstopper volume one by Alice Oseman filled me with so much joy and love that I can’t even begin to explain. It made me so immensely happy and just reading it feels like wrapping myself up in a nice cosy blanket on a rainy day.  The Paper and Hearts Society was another great feel-good book that made me happy as well.

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12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year 

I think we all know the only answer to this is Good Omens because COME ON of course it is.

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year

I haven’t posted it yet but I’m immensely happy with my review I’ve written for Sanctuary which I’ll be probably be releasing at the beginning of July. This book was INTENSE and I was worried I would have trouble writing the review for it but honestly, it was one of the easiest reviews I’ve ever written and if I may be so bold, one of the most eloquent. You’ll just have to wait and see.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

The Quiet at the end of the World, beautiful both inside and out. Look at that beautiful cover, it’s absoloutley gorgeous and I love all the little reports inside about the things Shen and Lowrie find, not to mention the story itself is a work of art in it’s own right.

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15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, Gilded Cage by Vic James, Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare and various authors and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

As usual, I’m not going to tag anyone in particular but if you wanted to have a crack at the Mid-Year Freakout Book Tag for yourselves then consider yourself tagged and have at it!

 

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Mass Effect Book tag

Marta from MsBookishCorner created this Mass Effect Book Tag and as I am well and truly into the Sci-Fi binge read and have got back into playing an almost unhealthy amount of Mass Effect again to celebrate I thought this would be an appropriate book tag to take part in! Briefing note: There are a couple of questions towards the end (8 and 10) that could be considered spoilers for the end of Mass Effect 3, obviously it’s a game about choice so they’re not things that will necessarily spoil your personal playthrough but just a heads up anyway.

1. Commander Shepard
Paragon: A main character that puts the needs of everyone else before their own

Iden Versio from Star Wars Battlefront: Inferno Squad is one of my favourite self sacrificing character and not in a conventional way. People die on her watch and she’s killed or led to the deaths of innocent people but she sees this as doing the right thing for the Empire and therefore for the greater good, she puts aside any reservations she has for that better future and even when circumstances change she keeps putting others needs before her own although in some way I do wonder how much of this is guilt.

Renegade: A main character that chooses to do bad things for “the greater good”

AIDAN from The Illuminae Files is my obvious choice for this, a self-aware A.I that makes the hard choices to protect others, even if his sense of the greater good is pretty warped you can see the almost good intent behind it.

2. Eden Prime: the book/book series that got you into reading

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by JK Rowling was a book I read when I started secondary school and was one of the first proper books I read for fun and absolutely threw myself into. I’d always liked and been good at reading but HP just opened up a whole new world to me and I’ve never really stopped since. Honourable mention for ACOTAR for getting me back into more regular reading years and years later as well.

3. Liara T’Soni: a book that taught you something new 

I learned a lot about ancient alchemical texts and the way they were documented thanks to A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I liked that the book very much reminded me of what that first Twilight book could have been had it been better and perhaps aimed at a more adult audience. (Disclaimer: I enjoyed the original Twilight and there was nothing wrong with it being YA, I mentioned genre purely because DoW is an adult book).

4. Garrus Vakarian: a character that brought joy/life to an otherwise sad/too serious book

Zuzana from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone books was the actual soul of those books and I genuinely don’t think I would have finished the series if it weren’t for her and I find her an important role for many reasons. She’s hilarious and asks the real questions, especially the sassy ones but is also just full of support and love, an absolute joy.

5. Virmire
Kaidan Alenko: a book that was boring in the beginning but ended up becoming good

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas as a long painful read for me. I didn’t think very much of Chaol by the time his book came around and he continued to grate on me throughout this story but then Yrene turns up and we get a tribe of people who fly giant birds etc as time goes on and the beginning and even the middle to an extent is a bit of a slog but I did end up very much enjoying the last third of the book even if I still don’t really like Chaol.

Ashley Williams: a book/book series that no matter how many times you’ve tried you just can’t get into it

The Witchlands books by Susan Dennard is usually my go-to answer for this, I read Truthwitch and Windwitch and had to love for any of the characters, their choices bothered me immensely and I could not seem to enjoy them despite trying with both books and a sample of Sightwitch from Netgalley. Coincidently I’m finding myself just this past week, considering trying Bloodwitch, the third in the series.

6. Joker: a book that made you laugh

The Unmumsy Mum by Sarah Turner had me in absolute stitches almost the entire time I was reading it. As a parent, it was so utterly relatable and had me nodding along in between fits of giggles as well as really helping me to adjust to dealing with my sweet little baby becoming a toddler as it turns out toddlers are absolute gits sometimes.

7. Tali’Zorah vas Normandy: a character that grew throughout the book and ended up becoming an amazing character

Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas is the first character that comes to mind for this. I found her a little annoying, to begin with, and remember calling her a “whiny Katniss Everdeen” for a good chunk of the first half of the book but by the end of the book I was pretty much in love with her, her character changed so much but in ways that made sense as she was pushed to her limit and she just grows in so many different ways throughout the first book and the others and not always for good but I enjoyed her character arc throughout.

8. Mordin Solus and Thane Krios: a character that had a tragic death that you wish you could bring back to life

See now this is a difficult one, like with Mordin’s death (depending how you play and the choices you make) most of the deaths that have affected me in books have meant something and tend to have at least some kind of purpose to them so even when they’re tragic it’s for a reason.

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I would bring back Kay.

9. Reapers: a villain that you love

If I hadn’t already used him I would have said AIDAN from The Illuminae Files but I’m also not entirely sure I would call him a villain either. Instead, I pick Sebastian from The Mortal Instruments. He was clever, vindictive, charismatic, broken and had his weaknesses. He was truly a character I loved to hate but often found myself feeling sorry for when remembering everything he had been through.

10. The Ending
Destroy: a book/book series you wish you could make disappear

I don’t think I’ve ever hated a book or series so much I wanted it to disappear, just because I didn’t like something it doesn’t mean others won’t get joy out of it and then I remembered just how many hugely problematic, racist, homophobic and sexist books out there and I’d like to destroy all of them please.

Control: an author you wish you could control in order to change something about their book/book series

I would love to change the end to the Sookie Stackhouse books, think about how angry and disappointed all those entitled people are about Game of Thrones right now. That’s how I feel about the ending to the Sookie Stackhouse books (except I’m fully aware that how I feel about it matters little and it doesn’t actually give me a right to demand it be changed, I can however still be disappointed in it and no end has disappointed me more).

Synthesize: two authors you wish would co-write a book

I feel like I would love something by Becky Chambers and Lauren James. Becky’s amazing world building and Laurens suspenseful writing along with their mad science skills would be a dream collaboration for me!

That was a fun book tag and one of the more difficult ones I’ve done but also very nostalgic because it’s been a little while since I played the original trilogy all the way through and right now I just want to hop back onto the Normandy and see all my old friends. I hope you enjoyed this tag, I’ll tag a few people on Twitter as usual but if you want to take part that’s great too just leave me a link to your post in the comments or link back to me here in your own post so I can check it out!

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I Should Read That – Book Tag

Welcome to the I Should Have Read That Book Tag! I wasn’t tagged to do this but I wanted to do it anyway after seeing it on ConnieReads. Here are the Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post – I wasn’t tagged but thanks to Booksnest for creating the tag!
  • Link to the creator’s blog (booksnest.co.uk) in your post.
  • Answer the questions below.
  • Tag 10 others to take part.
  • ENJOY THE TAG!

Okay, let’s get started!

A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read

Steph is always suggesting loads of great books for me to read and I’m terrible and rarely get around to them. I read Sanctuary (review coming next week) recently which she recommended and was blown away so I guess I better get to reading Gilded Cage?

A book that’s been on your TBR forever and you still haven’t picked up

Outside in by Maria Snyder which is crazy because she’s one of my favourite authors but I just keep deciding to read other things, maybe May or June it will finally be time?

A book series you have started, but haven’t gotten round to finishing yet?

So many recently! The Throne of Glass series is a big one I guess. I did start reading Kingdom of Ash but it just wasn’t grabbing me and that huge book gave me wrist ache so maybe I’ll lift some weights and try again later in the year, I mean there’s no rush now as it’s the last one right?

A classic you have always liked the sound of, but never actually read?

I’m not often that interested in a lot of books deemed “classics” but I would love to finally get around to reading To Kill a Mocking Bird I think.

A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read?

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, I’ve started,  I just keep being distracted by other books.


A book that inspired a film/tv adaption that you really love, but you just haven’t read it yet? 

To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I brought the book right after I watched the film and I can’t wait to finally read it.

A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet?

After scrolling through Instagram for a few minutes I can confirm that my answer is Finale by Stephanie Garber. It just came out recently so it makes sense that it’s everywhere to be fair. I haven’t picked it up yet because I still haven’t read Legendary!

That was a fun little book tag and one that’s kind of inspired me to have a good sort out of my bookshelves and actually get around to some of these books, especially Outside In, it’s been sitting unread for too long!

I won’t tag anyone in particular but if you want to do it consider yourself tagged!

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Aurora Rising – Squad 312 Book Tag

So last year when the cover was revealed for Aurora Rising I wrote a post discussing the artwork and synopsis we were given as well as creating a book tag for the occasion. Now that I’ve had the chance to read the book itself and as it’s been officially out for a few days now I figured I would update it and give create a single post for it to make it easier to read and take part in. If you read the previous edition you’ll notice that I’ve changed a few of the questions to fit more in line with the characters and some of my answers will have changed as it’s been about six months since I initially posted the first one.

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.

Let’s meet the Squad. Awesome artwork by @kiranight_art

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Tyler Jones – The Alpha. Your favourite main character.

I find I’m usually a bigger fan of supporting characters but I pretty much kind of adore Lazlo Strange from the Strange the Dreamer books. He’s a massive book nerd, gets lost in his imagination and creates beautiful dreams. I love that he believes and loves with his whole being. Not to mention that he sounds pretty gorgeous and thanks to Steve West he sounds like a slightly huskier Orlando Bloom circa the Legolas Years.

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Scarlet Jones – The Face. Which character could talk themselves out of anything?

Not only can Loki from Joanne Harris’s Loki books talk himself into a corner he has an uncanny knack of managing to talk his way out as well. I love that he always has a 50/50 chance of making things worse even if he eventually makes it out in the end.

 

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Zila Marden – The Brain. A super smart character who would probably kill you.

Most of them to be honest. I love that we’re beginning to lose that stereotypical ‘nerd’ outlook and more often than not the smartest are the most kick-ass and could almost certainly kill or maim you in multiple ways. I hate to say it but my favourite is A.I.D.A.N from The Illuminae Files, it’s crazy but damn I love that insane murderous A.I.

 

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Finian de Karren de Seel – The Gearhead. Favourite piece of fictional technology.

I mean I didn’t realise artificial gravity from almost any sci-fi book set in space ever, wasn’t already a thing that existed yet so that would be my boring answer. My better answer would probably be M-Bot from Skyward. The smart, sassy, fungi loving Artifical Intelligence inside a ship is fantastic and was my favourite part of Sanderson’s newest series out last year.

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Kallis “Kal” Gilwraeth – The Tank. A book that made you angry. 

The Island by M.A Bennett, I had to stop reading a few times because I was just so damn mad at some of the things Link did and/or got away with. Just thinking about it now is making me mad.

 

 

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Catherine “Cat” Brannock – The Ace. Fictional Crush you’re still not over. 

Okay so there’s a few but I think the oldest one would probably be Damon from The Vampire Diaries books (and later the show) but other front runners would be Jace from the Mortal Instruments, Lucien from the ACOTAR books, Jude AND Cardan from The Folk of the Air books by Holly Black.

 

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Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley – Girl out of Time. If you had to pick just one book or series to read for the rest of your life what would it be? 

I feel like I should pick a really long series to keep it interesting but honestly, it would probably be The Illuminae Files. I am forever re-reading these books. Sometimes I’ll just pick one up on a whim and suddenly I’ve read half the damned thing or quite often I listen to the Gemina Audio Book if I can’t sleep at night.
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I hope you enjoyed the slightly updated Aurora Rising: Squad 312 book tag! I’ll tag a few people via twitter but if you want to take part, tagged by me or not feel free to have a go! I’d really love it if you could link back to this post if you do so and let me know in the comments so I can check out your answers.

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Avengers Book Tag – EndGame edition

Endgame is here! I’m hoping by the time I post this I would have seen it (I have) but please keep any comments etc spoiler free for those that haven’t. I reached out to my lovely Twitter Blogger friends for an Avengers themed book tag and Su (Bemused Bibliophile) from Books Untold recommended this one, you can check her post out here. I realised I had done this same book tag last year for the release of The Gospel of Loki and so I decided to add some extra bits to this book tag to bring it up to date for Endgame!

Iron Man – A book that made you laugh out loud
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman.
This book is SO adorable and full of cute funny moments that I laughed out loud quite a bit. The most feel-good book I’ve ever read, like a nice relaxing, comforting bath.

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Captain America – A book that sends a positive message 
The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James.
I can’t go too much into this without spoilers and there are plenty of messages in this book, including some serious warnings but there is also a beautiful message about life and what it means to be human.

Thor – A book with a character whose strength you admire 
Izzy O’Neil from The Exact Opposite of Okay.
Izzy is so brave in TEOOO, even when she’s hurting she’s almost always ready with a joke or a sarcastic comment but more than that even when she’s down she never stops fighting and she thinks beyond herself even when others are trying to tear her down.

Hulk – A book that made you incredibly angry 
The Island by M.A Bennett.
Link’s behaviour in this book makes me so DAMN furious. I’m pretty sure that’s the intended outcome in this book, I can’t imagine we’re meant to actually like him and I hate him more than any other fictional character.

Black Widow – A kick-ass female protagonist 
Asha from The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli.
I adore Asha SO much. She is strong and brave, deadly and smart. I could read about her adventures all day.

Hawkeye – An underrated book you think more people should pay attention to 
Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson.
I  loved this book to death (get it) and I hadn’t even heard of it until I got a copy of the ARC for free when I brought another book at YALC after it was already out and although I occasionally see it pop up on Twitter now and again I don’t hear about it often. It’s got some great twists and I love the friendships and how they evolve throughout this book.

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Here’s where I change things up a bit – I wanted to make sure I included everyone on the Endgame poster

Ant-Man – A smaller book or novella you really enjoyed or found had a big impact 
The Blue Salt Road by Joanne Harris.
There were a few contenders for this one but The Blue Salt Road had a big impact on me on so many levels. It made me really consider prose and the way I write, Joanne is an absolute poet and her writing is like art. It also made me consider how we as humans treat things we don’t understand and the human habit of taking what we want because we feel we are somehow entitled to it, not to mention the glorious art throughout as well.

Captain Marvel – A book or character who gave you hope or made you feel strong 
A Boy made of blocks by Keith Stuart.
Although there was a good chunk of this book I didn’t particularly enjoy, the last third really spoke to me. This book is about a father and his autistic son who he has trouble connecting with. My little boy, Nate has some extra needs and is possibly autistic and a lot of the behaviours in this book really felt familiar which at first, I found a little scary  thinking of everything that is to come as he gets older but seeing as the two characters become closer and begin to understand one another it really gave me hope for the future and gave me some extra tools that I didn’t have before.

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Nebula – A character you feel is misunderstood or you were too quick to judge 
Reiko from Only love can break your heart by Katherine Webber.
I spent at least one-third, if not more, of this book feeling pretty unkindly towards Reiko and wondering how on earth I was meant to feel anything for her but this book isn’t about loving the characters because they’re good, awesome people, it’s because we are human and we make mistakes, almost all of us are morally grey at some point in our lives and it took me finishing the book and reflecting on it to realise.

Iron Patriot –  A book with disability rep 
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman.
I know I already mentioned this in a book tag just last week and I’m sure there are definitely better ones out there (feel free to recommend more! Especially if Sci-Fi) but I love Harper so much.

Rocket – A character who comes across as overly tough or unfriendly but is a sweetheart 
Nik from Gemina by Amy Kauffman and Jay Kristoff.
I hated him for a good chunk of Gemina but adored him by the end because he is precious and needs to be protected at all costs.

Okoye – A character that does not and will not take crap 
Marcella from Vengeful by V.E Schwab.
I loved the ever loving crap out of Vengeful and Marcella MADE that book great. I just loved how done she was with everyone and everything, possibly one of my absolute favourite villains.

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Thanos – A villain who truly believed they were doing the right thing
Arthas from Arthas by Christie Golden.
I first discovered Arthas’s journey through the story of Warcraft 3 and it was horrific then, it was painful reliving it through the eyes of Arthas himself in the self titled novel years later when you realise just how right he thought he was slaughtering all of those innocent people and the worse thing is…he might actually have been right.

I hope you enjoyed my updated Avengers book tag – The Endgame edition, feel free to consider yourself tagged if you’d like to do it and let me know if you do so I can check out your post in return. Happy Endgame all.